Saturday, February 18, 2006

Laura Flanders broadcasts from Nevada; Ruth takes on The Pooper

Just posted this info at The Common Ills so let me crosspost and then I'll get into this entry:

On Feb 18 and 19th, RadioNation with Laura Flanders will broadcast from Nevada -- this month's stop on Laura's "America is Purple" tour. The broadcasts are live and open to the public.
Come on down! 4-7 PM local time.
Saturday, Feb. 18, 2006.
RadioNation with Laura Flanders will broadcast live from:
Culinary Institute Union Hall
1630 South Commerce Street
Las Vegas Nevada 89102
SUNDAY, Feb 19, 2006
RadioNation with Laura Flanders will broadcast live from:
the offices of PLAN
(the Progressive Leadership Alliance of Nevada)
821 Riverside Drive
Reno, Nevada 89503

Not in Nevada? Well lose the frowns, we can still listen:

RadioNation with Laura Flanders
LIVE from Las Vegas and RenoThis Weekend, RadioNation comes to you live from the Culinary Hall in Las Vegas and the Progressive Leadership Alliance in Reno.
Saturdays & Sundays, 7-10pm ET on Air America Radio
Want to know how ["]red state["] Nevadans came to vote for new taxes? How they used a ballot initiative to raise the minimum wage? Find out how casino workers built one of the strongest unions in the country and how women could claim two Congressional seats for Democrats. With D Taylor, Secretary-Treasurer of the Culinary Workers Local 226, Assemblywoman Sheila Leslie and Kristina Wilfore of the Ballot Initiative Strategy Center.
We've got good news from Nevada, this weekend!
And as always, a one-hour version of last weekends's show is available for podcast at The Nation's website:
It's all on RadioNation with Laura Flanders this weekend on Air America Radio.

First off, my apologies to the community, I rushed to get that post up at The Common Ills and didn't notice until now that the mythical "red state" was in the info. There are no red states, no blue states. We live in a purple nation and that's the whole part of Laura Flanders' current tour across the country. I always say, "It is what it is." But if I'd ever go back and change anything in an entry I did, I would go back in and put quotation remarks around it. Coming from someone living in a supposed "blue" state, some community members may see that as a slap in the face. It wasn't. It was the result of my rushing. ("Go back in and change it, Kat!" Though I don't have the problems logging in that C.I. currently has, that thing is publishing right now and will take another twenty minutes to finish publishing. I don't have time to change it now. Possibly later.) It shouldn't have made it up and I take responsibility for not looking at what I was copying and pasting.

Now . . .

Ruth has an entry up at The Common Ills. They are called "Ruth's Public Radio Report" now days. No longer "Ruth's Morning Edition Report." So there shouldn't be a worry about when they post to begin with. But that was intended as a morning entry. Here's the back story because Ruth was including it but she and I decided it took away from the other points she was making.

She phoned C.I. last night about her entry because Kyle had sent an e-mailed copy of a post from The Pooper. Ruth felt she should respond since she covers Pacifica for the community. She spoke to C.I. and didn't realize this was "The Pooper." (C.I. dismissed The Pooper some months ago -- and noted the radio shows would be disappearing.) C.I. was listening to her ideas and then had to stop her because two people that C.I. knows (one that C.I. knew -- the woman is dead) are mentioned and C.I. told Ruth to write whatever, that it was her space, but not to mention The Pooper by name (no need to promote the right-leaning -- he is still just leaning, right?) and to make sure Dallas knew there would be no link to The Pooper's post.

Ruth needed someone to bounce off of and this morning, C.I. attempted to do that. But it wasn't working. (This is noted with both Ruth and C.I.'s permission.) C.I. was too bothered by The Pooper's nonsense so C.I. suggested me. I'm familiar with The Pooper. So Ruth bounced ideas off me and then we rolled up our sleeves while Ruth dictated and I attempted to type. ("Slow down!" I kept insisting.) Dallas helped us with links. When Ruth dictates to C.I., she usually edits as she goes along. I told Ruth not to edit while she went along and that I'd read it back to her after and she could do her editing then. Which meant taking more time but it also meant she wasn't stopping to consider and reconsider every paragraph.

Ruth did pull a few sentences and several paragraphs but what's up there is strong writing. The Pooper, as Ruth points out, lost both jobs at Pacifica so that may explain why he's posted such an attack on Pacifica. With Ruth being the voice of the community covering Pacifica, she really did need to respond to The Pooper's nonsense and Kyle had asked her to.

She was worried that posting anything might upset C.I. ("upset further") but that wasn't the case. C.I. wanted Ruth to weigh in with her take on it. C.I. just wasn't up to listening to The Pooper's nonsense in the discussion stages. I was happy to help out. The Pooper bores me as much as he does C.I. But the attacks in this post really bothered C.I. C.I.'s time was limited today (and all weekend) due to speaking to groups about the Bully Boy so it just wasn't worth it for the two of them for Ruth to bounce ideas off the C.I.

Ruth doesn't cover every slam, she can't because there are too many. She was worried that some of the slams, left uncommented on, might be read as her endorsement of them which is why she wanted a sounding board on this column. I was glad to help out Ruth and C.I. I hope you'll read it and I hope you get that this isn't a new attack on the roots and history of Pacifica
by The Pooper. He's reviving his old attacks, more publicly this time since he attempted to back off them in 1999 when people were speaking out loudly in support of community radio. He notes somewhere in his post that he wasn't sure he should post it. I'm glad he posted his attack. A lot of people got confused, when the board started to lose the battle, and The Pooper started acting as though he hadn't supported the board from the start. "I thought he had," you'd hear people saying. He had. He rewrote history as the (then) board started losing support for their attacks on Pacifica and people like Amy Goodman started winning. If you listen to Pacifica today, you're hearing the vision of the victors. If you're interested in hearing what Pacifica would have sounded like had The Pooper's side won, check out NPR.

Monday, February 13, 2006

Cartoons, speak out and check out Wally on Cheney's fishing accident

"Oh Kat," wrote one person, "how could you forget ?"

I forget many things. However, I didn't forget to list as one of my favorite cartoon heroines since he is, after all, a "he." Possibly, you meant who were his partners for a bit? I didn't enjoy them either. I don't think they even behaved like individual characters.

On the topic of cartoons, Candice e-mailed me a link which, if you go there, lists a number of cartoon movies. Here's the one having to do with That Girl:

That Girl In Wonderland (1974) Another Saturday Superstar Movie featuring the voice of . An animated Ann Marie (Thomas's character from her "That Girl" sitcom) daydreams herself into popular fairy tales such as Wizard of Oz, Snow White, and Cinderella.

I remember that one but I also thought I remembered one with a circus? Maybe I'm just thinking of the episode of with the crime at the circus? If I'm remembering right, the crook (or one of them) stabs herself so that she won't look guilty. That and the one where Sally's stalker, creepy -- very creepy, were probably my two favorite episodes. I quit watching the show when left. It wasn't the same after that.

Rebecca () asked me if I'd note an interview with ? As a fan of Walker and , no problem.

"I am a Renegade, an Outlaw, a Pagan" - Author, Poet and Activist Alice Walker in Her Own Words
February is African-American History Month. To honor it, we bring you a conversation with the renowned author, poet and activist Alice Walker. She is perhaps best known for her book "The Color Purple" for which she won the Pulitzer Prize in 1983, becoming the first African-American woman to win the Pulitzer for fiction. The novel was adapted into an Oscar-nominated feature length film and has been recently made into a Broadway musical. Alice Walker's latest novel is "Now is the Time to Open Your Heart."
Last month, 1,000 people gathered in the First Congregational Church in Oakland to celebrate the 30th anniversary of Media Alliance. We spend the hour playing Amy Goodman's onstage interview with Alice Walker. [includes rush transcript - partial]

I heard that today on the radio (twice in fact) and if you missed it, you should watch, listen or read it. Among other things, Walker shares a wonderful story about .

C.I. passed on an e-mail to me and the writer had just discovered 's "War Got Your Tongue?" and had a few questions. The most important was did I still stand by it? Yes, I do.

There's been more than enough silence on the topic and the silence continues. The troops will not be brought home until we can all speak with brave voices. The war will not end without us all speaking out and calling for an end to it. It's silly to think that you can say "Well in my private life, I am opposed to the war" and think that cuts it. Your private life? Why are you posting online, putting out a magazine or in any other way weighing in if you can't speak out on one of the most important issues addressing the nation?

This is still, for now, a democracy. You do have Freedom of Speech. If you don't want to use it, don't. But don't be surprised when you're called out on it. And offering up mealy mouthed statements of "Of course I'm opposed but I can't say that" helps no one.

In fact, not only do I stand by it, I think you can file something we all worked on yesterday under the same category -- "Cowardly Journalism Review (Parody)."

Does the fact that people are dying (on all sides) not matter to you? Is your corporate media failing you and you have no idea what's going on?

If it's the later, check out C.I.'s "And the war drags on . . ." and stop counting on corporate media to provide you with the news you need.

I'm a member of community. Obviously. (Check out the title of this site.) But one reason I am is because C.I.'s never shied away from that topic. When people were saying "pack it in, move on" following the 2004 elections, C.I. didn't drop the issue.

doesn't fade away at The Common Ills. Nor has C.I. ever made the idiotic statement, though someone did, that it didn't matter what the people thought, the decision belonged in the hands of the leaders. Not in a democracy it doesn't. A blogger really wrote that, a blogger on the "left," in the midst of 's original vigil. The same blogger also wrote that Cindy Sheehan didn't want the troops brought home. I may not be the most politically astute, but I do grasp basic facts. And that nonsense was one of the inspirations behind "That Wacky Web" which you can probably also file under the same "War Got Your Tongue?" heading.

"Silence equals death" is an old slogan. But I'd argue in today's climate, it's also shameful. Why? It's not hard to speak out against the war now. Thanks to Cindy Sheehan's vigil and the movement backing it up, most people are now saying "Bringing the troops home!" So I really have no use for people who won't speak out so that they can look "reasoned." Or maybe "mature."

So that's where I stand on the invasion/occupation. I've said it before, "Bring the troops home!" But it can't be said enough.

To answer another question popping up in e-mails, I am attempting to complete a new review.
and her new CD are what I'm working on right now. If I can't get something there within a week, I'll just note my thoughts here on it and move on to another album to review.

By the way, if and his hunting accident has you scratching your head, check out Wally's "THIS JUST IN! DICK CHENEY HAS A FISHING MISHAP!" at . That's it for tonight.