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A Matter of Life and Death

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War. What is it good for? Absolutely nothing! --Edwin Starr

I was hit with a dose of sad reality yesterday during the show when, as I was discussing the sickening situation in Gaza, a long-time regular listener of this show, contributor and participant in the chat room posted in there, "Israeli Jews are Nazis." When I implored him to rethink his over generalization and admit that his hyperbole was overblown, he left the chat room in a huff and quickly stopped his monthly $5 contribution of support for Radio or Not. I emailed him the following:

"I'm sorry that you feel that all Jews in Israel are Nazis. If that is, indeed, how you feel, then you probably should not listen to my show any more, as you probably believe that all Americans are war mongering right wing assholes too.

I may not be a religious Jew, but I am of Jewish descent, which makes me Jewish. Not all Jews are bad, not all Palestinians are innocent. And you painting all Jews in Israel as Nazis is indefensible.

His response was a simple

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I don't know what that meant. I'm guessing he'll stop listening to my show, which is fine with me as I have no need or patience for bigots. But how sad is it that an otherwise forward-thinking individual would stoop to taking sides in a conflict where both sides are wrong and, further, to paint all in Israel with such an ugly. broad brush.

I'm no fan of Netanyahu and the others in the Israeli government who are killing innocent civilians trapped in the Gaza strip indiscriminately. But to not realize that there are many "Israeli Jews" who are as outraged over their governments actions as are we is just plain wrong.

This morning I reached out to the founder of Israel's peace movement Gush-Shalom, Uri Avnery. He'll turn 91 in September and, as he told me on the air this morning, he's spent the past 65 years fighting for peace!

Follow the link and read about Avnery's remarkable life, or just read this brief bio:

A member of theIrgunas a teenager, Avnery sat in theKnessetfrom 1965–74 and 1979–81.He was also the owner ofHaOlam HaZeh, an Israeli news magazine, from 1950 until it closed in 1993. Avnery turned toleft-wingpeace activism and founded theGush Shalommovement in 1993, which he continues to lead as of 2009. He is a secularistand strongly opposed to theOrthodoxinfluence in religious and political life. In 2001, Avnery and his wife Rachel Avnery were honored with theRight Livelihood Award, sometimes called the "Alternative Nobel Prize", "… for their unwavering conviction, in the midst of violence, that peace can only be achieved through justice and reconciliation".In 2006, settler activistBaruch Marzelcalled on theIsraeli militaryto carry out "a targeted killing" against Avnery. Avnery is a contributor to the news and opinion sitesCounterPunch,Information Clearing House,Scoop.co.nz,LewRockwell.comandThe Exception Magazine. He is famous for crossing the lines during theSiege of Beirutto meet Yassir Arafat on 3 July 1982, the first time the Palestinian leader ever met with an Israeli. Avnery is the author of several books about theIsraeli-Palestinian conflict, including1948: A Soldier’s Tale, the Bloody Road to Jerusalem(2008);Israel’s Vicious Circle(2008); andMy Friend, the Enemy(1986).

I'll post the interview later as a standalone, but it comes at the very beginning of the show today, and I urge you to listen to it with an open mind.

Today on the show, we also addressed the issue of poverty in America as it affects single minority mothers. Bryce Covert, economic policy editor at Think Progress and blogger for The Nation joined me to discuss her latest piece, "We're Arresting Poor Mothers for Our Own Failures," about recent legal crises involving Shanesha Taylor, the Arizona mother arrested for leaving her children in the car while she went to a job interview, and Debra Harrell, the South Carolina mother arrested for letting her 9-year-old daughter play alone in a park while she worked her shift at McDonalds.

Next week, we'll delve further into the poverty crisis in the US with Anat Shenker-Osario who, along with Celinda Lake worked on a new report, Redefining the Way we Talk About Poverty.

It is Thursday, so we feature two regular segments during the second hour of the show:

Amy Simon of She's History today told us about the first Women's Convention that took place in Seneca Falls this week in 1848. Even after 166 years, we still have a long way to go!

And for today's "No More Bullshit Minute," Stephen Goldstein and I discussed the bullshit term "Peace with honor." Puh-leeze. As Stephen wrote in The Dictionary of American Political Bullshit, <

never have peace with honor because war is never honorable, even when and if we win it... The only way to have peace with honor uis not to get into war in the first place..."

To which I say, "Amen!"

Tomorrow, we'll wrap up the week with a few more of the interviews I recorded at Netroots Nation in the first hour. And for our Flashback Friday segment, in the second hour, we'll hear the World Premiere Broadcast of Steely Dan's Two Against Nature! It had been 20 years since Steely Dan released an album, and I was honored to be chosen to fly from LA to NYC to interview Donald Fagen and Walter Becker for this nationally syndicated program. The album then went on to win the Album of the Year Grammy...

Talk to you then, radio or not!

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Helping the Homeless in Los Angeles Is an Under-discussed/funded Issue

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Despite its status as one of the country's largest urban areas, the plight of the homeless in Los Angeles is a vastly under-discussed and under-addressed issue.

It was heartening to see Josè Díez-Balart, newly in the MSNBC morning lineup from 10-11 a.m. EST, host advocate Dr. Sophia Momand to get to the heart of the matter.

Her religious credo as a Muslim included a highly unusual promise she made when she became a doctor -- a very personal and unique oath to give care to all in her path, and give harm to none by choice.

A little further research on Dr. Momand proved edifying. From Southern California Public Radio, a bit more on that particular oath she swore more than twenty years ago. When homelessnessness was an equally large and looming plight.

Momand says she became a doctor because she enjoys helping people, "but it’s also part of my faith. I happen to be a Muslim, and part of our religion is that you have to be active helping humanity. For me it’s pretty easy, so it’s not like I’m giving up a whole lot of time, but whatever little I can help has really made a difference in their lives."

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So we have been hearing a deal from the popular Jesuit hippie Pope about caring for the poor, the homeless, the sick ... now Muslims are stepping up. Who is it that lags behind ... again?

Oh rihhght right right, the Religious Right.

The 'Turn Back Time' crowd.

They that listen to La Palin and worship at the feet of hate-mongorers extraordinaire Hannity and Limbaugh ... the station of Fvx Nation.

Apparently less free with their charity than other organized religious bodies of work.

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Former W&CheneyCo National Guard Chief Warns Against Fox Hysteria at the Borders

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When WaPo is going the way of one of W and CheneyCo.'s erstwhile immigration strategists about the crisis on the borders, the Right has jumped the shark on crisis amplification.

Let Shark Week ensue.

President Obama has yet to visit the site of the humanitarian crisis we are all allegedly seeing through a distorted and divisive politician lens, the mainstream media with a liberal bent. Or, as we like to call it, reality.

Where Jon Stewart is asking Hillary Clinton the tough questions, getting the good answers and all of a sudden The Plum Line at The Washington Post (and no matter how much we love us some mustachioed Gene Robinson, they are still the right-tilted paper of record for the Beltway Bubble) calls out Fvx Nation and Governor Good Hair Perry and the frenzied-up masses.

There's less of an appetite for harsh No Amnesty rhetoric that you thought, eh GOP power rain-makers? Interesting.

From The Washington Post.

But in an interview today, the head of the National Guard under George W. Bush said he had not yet heard a clear rationale for sending in the Guard and suggested it might not be the appropriate response to the problems at the core of the current crisis, though he did say he could envision the Guard playing some sort of part in a broader solution.

So no need to send in the militias? Do proceed. You, H. Steven Blum, are actually someone qualified to speak about Katrina and that hardly ever happens.

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“Until mission requirements are clearly defined, it can’t be determined whether this is an appropriate use of the Guard in this particular case,” H. Steven Blum, who was the Chief of the National Guard Bureau from 2003 to 2009 and has been a career military man for decades, told me. “There may be many other organizations that might more appropriately be called upon. If you’re talking about search and rescue, maintaining the rule of law or restoring conditions back to normal after a natural disaster or a catastrophe, the Guard is superbly suited to that. I’m not so sure that what we’re dealing with in scope and causation right now would make it the ideal choice.”

Shut Up! No need to set our hair on fire and find rural causes and "bus lookout" posse meet-n'-greet-ups somewhere near a border to bring loaded guns and Tea Party wackadoo to this week? Hannity is going to be so dreadfully deflated.

And he pouts.

Last night he was primed and ready to incite. And he had Rudy Noun, Verb, 9-11 Guiliani riding shotgun.

Seriously? "An insecure border leads to terrorism?" Oh, Rudy. A New Yorker should just have more common sense than you display.

There is nothing sensible about Fvx News, and they plan to keep it that way.
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Overnight: The Tennessee Valley Authority

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Whenever I hear right-wingers / Libertarians complaining about the Federal Government, it's clear to me they have not the slightest idea about how to run a country and the important role the Federal Government can play and has played. Ask them about the Tennessee Valley Authority and you will draw a blank.

Here's what the TVA did for the south, thanks to the New Deal.

From YouTube (for this video)

President Roosevelt's Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) brings electricity to the masses as it works to build dams and transport coal in horse drawn carriages throughout the Tennessee region. Norris Dam and Muscle Shoals and Wheeler are all featured in this Department of the Interior footage from the National Archives.

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Part 1 shows a dam, generators, power lines and a power house; workers constructing a dam with steam shovels and other machinery; the flooded Tennessee River; and views of horse drawn coal cars, deserted farms, and eroded land. President Roosevelt addresses Congress requesting the creation of Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA). It shows Wilson dam and powerhouse at Muscle Shoals, Ala., and Norris dam under construction. Part 2 shows views of laborers operating dump trucks, drills, steam shovels, and other equipment to construct Norris dam. Mrs. Roosevelt, Arthur E. Morgan, and David Lilienthal inspect Norris dam site. Includes an aerial view of the town of Norris. Part 3 shows the library, bank, dormitories, homes, and cafeteria for workers in Norris, and views of machine shops and trade schools. Workers watch a track meet. Wheeler dam is shown under construction. Rock is drilled and blasted, power shovels scoop up the rock, and concrete is poured into forms. President Roosevelt arrives in a motorcade, inspects the TVA area, and speaks. Part 4 shows a drill taking a rock core sample, men chopping down trees and burning brush, and men spraying river banks. Includes views of eroded land and a fertilizer factory. In part 5, land is contour plowed to prevent erosion. Water flows over Wilson dam at Muscle Shoals. Scenes of city streets and building illustrate the blessings of electric power from TVA. Contrasts the old animal and human muscle methods of performing farm chores with the modern electrical way.

The federal government is just as important today as it was when FDR was president.

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Pastor on Fox Noise Freaks Out About Free Medical Marijuana in Berkeley

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It's [the Evil Weed] going to cause Berkeley to make the poverty rate and the income rate to move down over generations …

This is Fvx's new favorite irrational hate target:  The city of Berkeley and their 'free weed' giveaways to the low income population for healthcare' purposes. You won't believe it until you see it, so find those Fox Noise Nausea Meds and I'll meet you on the other side.

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They had former addict and practicing Religionist Bishop Ron Allen on to opine. Twas his erudite quote, above. Gag.

"Why don't Berkeley give 'em free pipes n' papers, also?!?" … This is going to go through generations, and be a really bad deal," summated Fvx's Bishop.

Oh My Christian God … The Good Bishop actually said pot makes you lazy and tripled down on Paul Boy Non-Wonder Ryan's 'generations of unemployed' meme.

Asshat of The Day Award, won.

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Even Goldman Sachs Is Calling Income Inequality 'destabilizing', GOP

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It is a horrific statistic to report, but average hourly pay in this country declined over the last twelve months. Liberals have knows since before The Great War that Republicans had no idea how to manage money, and they have certainly proved us right every decade since.

It was a shock, and a slightly pleasant one for a change, to note that the CEO - a verified Muckety Muck - over at Goldman Sachs (the one we love to hate, rather the flagship of the kind of company our Bernie Sanders and his colleague Elizabeth Warren like to take on as Senators) had at least for publicity purposes, come to his senses about income inequality.

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On CBS This Morning, some remarkable footage occurred when said CEO spoke of the global economy.

Income inequality is destabilizing and "responsible for the divisions in the country," CEO and chairman of Goldman Sachs Lloyd Blankfein said on "CBS This Morning".

"The divisions could get wider," Blankfein said. "If you can't legislate, you can't deal with problems. [If] you can't deal with problems, you can't drive growth and you can't drive the success of the country. It's a very big issue and something that has to be dealt with."

Has Elizabeth Warren had a 'chat' with this cat? Tell us more, oh sage USD-master Lloyd Blankfein.

He said one way to deal with it would be to "make the pie grow."

"Too much of the GDP over the last generation has gone to too few of the people," he said.

In his own words:


Income equality is degrading, depressing, disgusting, deeply shame-worthy and definitely overdue for our attention. Yes, the DOW is chugging along, the economy is bouncing back and we are entirely sure that President Obama made the best choices for the country going forward, despite the screeching to the Right.

Fvx Nation is going to have to react to this.

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Overnight: John Oliver Explains FIFA

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John Oliver is a very funny man as you will see in this highly-instructive video about FIFA, the International Federation of Soccer Associations.

Enjoy.

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