Saturday, October 8, 2011

Radio radio (update)

Today on the ever-fabulous Daisy Deadhead show, we covered the following:

>>Is the 'Occupy Wall Street' movement being hijacked by newcomers? More people and organizations are joining Occupy Wall Street or expressing solidarity every day. Whether it's an infusion of vital energy or a force that tears at cohesion is up to the movement.

>>Governor Haley uses the South Carolina Governor's Mansion as a Motel 6 for Republican millionaires campaigning for president. You'd think millionaires wouldn't have to ask the poor people of SC to foot the bill for their ridiculous, ego-ridden presidential campaigns... but you'd think wrong. Newt Gingrich stayed there this week (en route to Hilton Head), Michele Bachmann has racked up two visits, and Mitt's spouse, Ann Romney, stayed overnight once. And the campaign season isn't even in full swing yet!

Mitt and Ann Tomney have a net worth of between $190-250 million (I guess its too much to count accurately, at those levels) and yet, can't afford to pay for their own Hampton Inn bill. Do you trust him to be the president? Think of what ELSE he will charge to us.

Meanwhile, Governor Haley continues pretending she is a "fiscal conservative"--while spending our money on her friends. Nice work if you can get it!

>>Three women's rights activists win the Nobel Peace Prize! Liberian President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, activist Leymah Gbowee of Liberia and rights activist Tawakkul Karman of Yemen share this year's Nobel Peace Prize, the Norwegian Nobel Committee announced Friday. These women were chosen "for their nonviolent struggle for the safety of women and for women's rights to full participation in peace-building work," the Nobel committee said in Oslo, Norway.

>>Secret panel can put Americans on "kill list'. American militants like [recently assassinated] Anwar al-Awlaki are placed on a kill or capture list by a secretive panel of senior government officials, which then informs the president of its decisions, according to officials. According to Reuters: There is no public record of the operations or decisions of the panel, which is a subset of the White House's National Security Council, several current and former officials said. Neither is there any law establishing its existence or setting out the rules by which it is supposed to operate.

And we wrapped up with earnest exhortations to join local OCCUPY TOGETHER demonstrations: Thursday, October 13th, noon, Bowman's Field at Clemson University, ... and at about the same time, MoveOn is sponsoring one in Daniel Morgan Square, Spartanburg, which will be going on all day.

Your humble narrator will be in attendance at the latter event, so come on down!

And please join us on the air next Saturday morning at 9-10am, streaming on or locally at 1600am or 94.9fm on your radio dial. (The podcast is up!)


JoJo said...

Mitt Romney was the Gov of MA for awhile, I believe. This surprises me considering how progressive a state it is, and traditionally Democrat.

Great topics. So there are now people with their own agendas riding in on the 'occupy' coattails? Bogus. I hate when that happens but it always does.

sheila said...

Love your voice! I hope Perry really isn't going to be the nominee. Ughhh. I don't even like the looks of him, very shady looking to me. Enjoyed your (radio) talk about him, and makes me even more suspicious.

Sevesteen said...

Barely off topic here, but you did mention the "occupy" movement--Can you explain what they are about, other than the left-wing version of the Tea Party? I don't mean that dismissively, but both suffer from some of the same problems--People are mad, but apparently no unified public platform. I've seen a list of Occupy Wall Street demands circulating that are absurd, but not quite up to The Onion level of satire.

DaisyDeadhead said...

Sevesteen, its right here on this page, see October 3 post, a general list of Wall Street/bank system crimes against The People. I'd go further and specify, these are crimes by the 1%, perpetrated against the 99% (includes trashing the environment).

Our task as activists will be to tie those points together, get people to see the connections between them, and that will be the bigger job. Some connections will be fairly easy to make; some of the more arcane points won't be. (Similarly, some people will agree with the connections we have made, and others will not.)

A "left-wing version of the Tea Party" is fine with me. But I would like to see us go further and not sell out.

I will be satisfied if *class awareness* comes back, good and strong, into the American consciousness... and working class people never again cower when some rich swine at Fox News (yes I'm lookin at you, Charles Krauthammer and Brit Hume!) accuses anyone of "CLASS WARFARE"... hell yeah class warfare, and if they didn't want class warfare, Wall Street shouldn't have declared war on us in the first place.

I want the above paragraph to be the popular reaction: when the rabble is accused of perpetrating class war, the acceptable response should always be, "Oh thank you!" or "Hell yeah!" etc