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Flashback Friday - Iraq, Nixon & Sting

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Sting with Nicole Sandler at Channel 103.1/Los Angeles - Oct 1999

Sting with Nicole Sandler at Channel 103.1/Los Angeles - Oct 1999

 

Each Friday morning, we wrap up our broadcast week with a trip into my musical radio past. Believing that music soothes the savage beast, it was especially useful today as the world has descended into savage madness. More on that in a bit.

Today, our Flashback Friday featured my two interview with the former Police-man, Sting!

I first interviewed him at LA's legendary KSCA fm 101.9 in 1996, in conjunction with the release of his Mercury Falling album. As he noted, our "Music Hall" was named with tongue firmly in cheek, as it was actually a hall-way that led from the main studio to the production room and production office. But the sound that came from our "music hall" was magical.

Sting hadn't done a radio station appearance like this in over a decade, but he was so pleased with our session that he began doing more of them.

Three years later, on October 27, 1999, Sting was touring in support of Brand New Day. In the midst of a four-night stand at the Universal Amphitheater, he joined me in studio again, this time at Channel 103.1, also in Los Angeles, this time with some lucky listeners joining us in studio too.

Soothing the Savage Beast

The beasts certainly need soothing right now as the world seems to be a giant pressure cooker ready to blow. Last night, President Obama took to the TV to announce that he had authorized two types of actions in Iraq: the first, air drops of humanitarian had already begun,  the second "targeted" air strikes to protect American interests in Iraq.

The need for humanitarian aid is without question.

U.S. aircraft, escorted by fighter jets, dropped 5,300 gallons of fresh drinking water and 8,000 meals ready to eat. The aircraft were over the drop area for less than 15 minutes flying at a low altitude, the U.S. Central Command said in a statement.

The emergency effort is being deployed to help a group of 40,000 Yazidis, a group of ethnic Kurds, who fled villages in northern Iraq under threat from ISIS.

The Yazidis fled to the Sinjar Mountains, in a remote part of northern Iraq near the border of Syria, where they are stuck without food or water while ISIS forces are gathered at the base of the mountains.

As for the "targeted air strikes," which began early this morning, it's not so clear that bombs are the way to go. My friend David Swanson, one of the founders of World Beyond War, explained in a post this morning he titled "Back in Iraq, Jack.  (I guess this is the bad kind of flashback.)

Obama promises no combat troops will be sent back to Iraq.  No doubt.  Instead it'll be planes, drones, helicopters, and "non-combat" troops.  "America is coming to help" finally just sounded as evil as Reagan meant it to, but it was in Obama's voice.  The ironies exploded like Iraqi houses on Thursday.  While the United States locks Honduran refugee children in cages, it proposes to bomb Iraq for refugees.  While Gaza starves and Detroit lacks water, Obama bombs Iraq to stop people from starving.  While the U.S. ships weapons to Israel to commit genocide, and to Syria for allies of ISIS, it is rushing more weapons into Iraq to supposedly prevent genocide on a mountaintop -- also to add to the weapons supplies already looted by ISIS.

Flash back a bit further - 40 years ago today this happened...

It seems like yesterday...

And finally, I invited my old friend Judge David Young on the show for a couple of reasons this morning. As the first openly gay judge to sit on the bench in Miami, and the first openly gay man with a TV show (The Judge David Young Show), I wanted his take on the progress Florida is making toward marriage equality.  He also gave us some advice on how to vote in judicial elections -- bottom line is DO YOUR RESEARCH!

There's no easy way to figure it out, but he'll help you if you ask nicely!

And with that, we're done for the week.

If we're still standing, we'll be back Monday with Howie Klein and The Steve Israel Hour, and The Nation's Katrina vanden Heuvel too... Radio or Not.

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Gliberal Goddesses

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Gliberal Goddesses

Today, we inaugurated a new segment on the show - The Gliberal Goddesses! It's GottaLaff, Amy Simon and myself talking about things that women talk about, the way women talk about them.

Today we discussed the Ray Rice domestic violence case and the NFL's sad response to it.

So great to hear from Keith Olbermann again! While I agree with him, I also agree with Whoopi Goldberg

We also discussed some Pat Robertson insanity (nothing new there), and the most outrageous comment of the day, this time from Geraldo Rivera...

I don't think we'll have trouble filling this segment in the future. We'll have to decide whether to do it in Laffy's spot every other week or schedule a separate show in the afternoon so Laffy can get her beauty rest in. Stay tuned!

In the first hour, I spoke with Rev. Jasmine Beach-Ferrara, executive director of the Campaign for Southern Equality, about the 4th Circuit Court of Appeals has just ruling in Bostic v. Schaefer upholding the decision to strike down Virginia’s ban on same-sex marriage! The dominoes are falling in the fight against marriage equality..

More tomorrow, radio or not!

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'Redeeming the Dream' on Marriage Equality - GOP.Tea Warning?

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Perhaps 'GOP Progress' is an ambitious thought, but some of them art trying. And not just the famed Log Cabin Republicans.

MSNBC's Thomas Roberts chaired a roundtable hosting the lawyer-team authors of their book, Redeeming the Dream, excerpt here, based on the historic Prop8-Hate victory in Laffy Land, California pulled ahead of the Mormons and the millions and got this SCROTUS to agree to an evolved view.

Rob Reiner and wife Michele were involved from the outset, if you aren't familiar with the origins of the case. An historic lunch at the Polo Lounge with the legal dream team, Theodore Olson and David Boies, was lushly described in the book excerpt.

Thus, at the time of their Polo Lounge lunch, Rob and Michele Reiner and their colleagues were convinced that Proposition 8 would survive a procedural challenge under the California constitution and that the only hope for marriage equality in California was a federal constitutional case. They were also concerned that such a suit was inevitable, given the tens of thousands of gay Californians who yearned to be married. But they were worried that such a case would be brought by a lawyer inexperienced, unprepared, or otherwise ill-equipped for bringing a case that might well go to the Supreme Court of the United States.

No small feat. Clarence Thomas and Scalia alone must have had air sickness bags under their robes, 'cuz you know they weren't exactly cheering for all 'the gays' marrying 'the other gays'. This SCROTUS should be benched in Houston.

Image courtesy TruthDig, Signe Wilkinson.

Image courtesy TruthDig, Signe Wilkinson.

Tony Perkins and Teabagger paranoia aside, the GOP has to be freaking OUT about the number of states on the map of the country lit up with Gay Marriage Permission Lights. Isn't it the best when a new state joins in?

When Vermont legalized same-sex marriage I happened to be on an overnight in Burlington with my best gal pal, and the Inn staff was SO up for celebrating along with … they just assumed we were a psyched couple. (We've gotten that since a wildly fun Provincetown, Cape Cod trip 20 years ago, so it was a rather proud moment.)

It's a mighty fine summer for the LGBT community, and I hope they just rub it in the faces of their Regressive detractors with as much rainbowed-up bunting as possible.

Hate is on notice in this nation, GOP.Tea.

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Same-sex marriage ban in Texas ruled unconstitutional. Two tweets say it all. #LGBT

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Another win for same-sex marriage and gay rights as another homophobic, backwards, discriminatory attempt to legally keep loving couples apart bites the dust. The Texas ban on marriage equality has been ruled unconstitutional. So there.

Yay

Here's the  Los Angeles Times breaking news email alert:

U.S. District Judge Orlando Garcia today ruled that a ban on same-sex marriage in Texas is unconstitutional because it deprives gay couples of due process and equal protection.

The ruling does not allow same-sex couples to immediately marry because the judge stayed the injunction pending any appeal.

The score: Same-sex marriage a Zillion, sad little ignorami Zero. Or something.

Two tweets came across my Twitter stream immediately after the news broke, and they must be shared. They come via two of my favorite Twitter pals, Igor Volsky and Ali Davis. Once you read them, you'll understand why I follow them:

texas gay marriage lgbt ruling tweet Igor Volsky

texas gay marriage lgbt ruling tweet Ali Davis

Another Twitter buddy tweeted this:

Imagine that.

It's wonderful how so few words can speak volumes. Sometimes less is so much more. Thank you Igor, Ali, and Joe.

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