LK’s “AM 970 The Apple” PodKast-The 12/26/11 Show

‘Twas the morn after Xmas and LK did a lot more than stir.  He proposed the Common Decency Party, bemoaned the fact that his Stratfor.com info had been hacked, and redefined both war and broadcasting in the second decade of the 21st century.

Situational rather than absolute ethics means that we’re a society which has at least misplaced, if not lost, our core values, and LK finds himself agreeing with the Pope, the type of authority figure who usually makes him bristle.

Dr. John Palumbo goes from Buddha to bourbon in the blink of an eye while addressing the new Kim and the old Pelosi and Boehner.

Here’s the show:

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Which Way Is Up?-LK’s WOR BroadKast 5/12/11

It was the “day of a thousand protests” in downtown Manhattan, and LK was either losing his mind or seeing things too clearly for his own good. Thankfully, Dr. John was in the house to right the mental ship.

The link is here.

Boehner Gets Nailed To The Cross

The Catholics are nailing Boehner – no pun intended.  Saturday he is going to give the commencement address at Catholic University in DC, and the faithful are a tad upset and ready to dance!

CNN reports that on this past Wednesday a group of 70 professors, priests, nuns and others from the Washington university and other Catholic colleges around the country fired off a letter calling Boehner on the carpet for what they say is his lack of support of legislation for the poor.  Quote:  “Your record in support of legislation to address the desperate needs of the poor is among the worst in Congress. This fundamental concern should have great urgency for Catholic policy makers. Yet, even now, you work in opposition to it.”

Peeved at the passage of HR-1, Catholics, joined by Protestants, and Evangelical leaders, are up in arms that Boehner – himself a professed Catholic, pushed through a proposal that cuts Medicare, The Women’s Infant and Children Nutrition Program, and food stamps. You know, all the supportive programs the poor depend on to survive.  Hello, religious kingpins!  You guys been living under the rock that Jesus blew out in the resurrection?  This your first clue that the poor don’t count for anything?  Your first insight that the lying whore, Boehner and his Republican cronies spend their time on their knees sniffing the butts of the power brokers and the wealthiest 2%?  A letter?  You wrote him a nasty letter?  HA!

Remember when you guys were all smitten with the Right, and molded policy, spooked advertisers, and manipulated your evangelical mores into the mainstream?  Well, kids, this is what ya got.  Smarmy, lying, hypocrites who told you what you wanted to hear until they got in.  Oldest scam in the political playbook, and you ate it like a communion wafer.  Dopes.

You want action?  You gotta blow the guy up by pulling your support.  You gotta lay him out in language he understands – money!  Grab your lobbyists and tell them to shift gears.  They’re mercenaries, they won’t object, cause they have as much character as Boehner does.  Yank them off the right wing Love Boat, and send them to bible study.  Make them read what Jesus had to say about love and kindness to our fellow man.  Start with these little tidbits.  “Happy is he who is gracious to the poor.”  “Whoever has the world’s goods and beholds his brother in need and closes his heart against him, how does the love of God abide in him?”  “He who gives to the poor will never want, but he who shuts his eyes will have many curses.”

Now, you people believe that stuff, and whether or not Jesus could fly like Superman, he remains historically a great teacher of humanity.  Like Ghandi, the Buddha, and Allah, Jesus delivered a clear and critical message.  Love is the foundation on which we must build our civilization.

In this time of divisiveness, love and community is lost and we are crawling toward our demise like worms to a rotting corpse.  That corpse lies in Washington — in the halls of Congress and the Senate, and the stench alone should be our cue that evil is eating away at our nation.

Oscar Observes: Origin of the Species-Republicanus Rejectus

We need to re-investigate the Origin of The Species – the species of today’s Republicans.

Why are Republicans against whatever Democrats or Independents are for?  Michael Bérubé, a literature professor at Penn State observes “It is very difficult to get a man to understand something when his tribal identity depends on his not understanding it.” Man, that hits the nail on the head, in one sentence.

The Democrats have Centrists, ultra liberals, and the Blue Dogs who are simply trying to court favor with enough Republicans in their districts to have a chance for re-election. But the Republican leadership, through threats and intimidation, have kept their party voting as a bloc, and they’ve made it clear that the failure of the Democrats as a party for the past 2 years is diversity of opinion and voting independence.

The Origin of the Republican Species is policies that favor the interests of very few and distrusting anything that smells of populism.  Republicans and Tea Partiers decrying “elitism” is self-condemnation uttered by the deaf and blind.

Republicans with brains won’t vote their consciences because they don’t want to be branded in campaigns as the persons responsible for Obama’s re-election or re-election of Democrats.

“Big government”is a false issue, subscribed to because of American provincialism and ignorance of history and civics. Who’s opposed to effective rules to prevent Wall Street’s excesses and conniving that precipitated this economic retrogression? Or really opposed to expansion of the middle class and contraction of the super rich that widens the gulf between Americans each year? Is the fear of government “control” of our lives more realistic than “control” of our lives by mega corporations, by Wall Street traders and bankers who don’t care about the consequences of their effort to maximize their incomes at the expense of everyone else’s?

We should counter the false alarm of “big government” with“intelligent government for you and me.” Americans are sacrificial lambs when politicians comport themselves only to thwart social and economic progress so that “the other party” will not be able to claim any accomplishments in the next election campaign.  And we have to combat the falsehood that the Democrats are more dedicated to improving the lot of the poor than improving the social and economic conditions of all Americans.  In that respect, we should adopt the term “Obamacare” proudly, as a force for accomplishment and improvement for all Americans and be ready to improve the program as necessary.If the economy improves without Republicans proposing concrete steps to improve it, will the GOP  claim the improvement came from Republican budget-cutting initiatives? Yes, they will. Will Americans be dumb enough to believe it?  I hope not, but I won’t bet on it.

Are we now going to let American tribal identity imitate Libyan, Pakastani, Afghan and Iraqi tribal allegiances? Welcome to the 16th century, Boehner and McConnell.

Commenting on Cynicism

LK here.  The following comment, received shortly after I posted my “Cynicism” piece earlier today, warrants better placement than hidden beneath my own post.  It fleshes out the Corker situation and goes on to provide legislative suggestions to plug a leak in the anti-corruption dam.

Even though I made it clear that I believe it’s a national change of attitude, not individual pieces of legislation, that can put us back on track, this piece demands reading and as such, belongs on the front page.

It’s author, who goes by the pen name “Oscar the Observer”,  is a brilliant attorney, but despite that, he’s also a brilliant thinker and a wonderful man who cares about our nation’s future.

The contributions to his campaign were negligible, but it was clear (from the article) that his very, very close friend owns 1100 payday lenders. There is a culture of corruption in Congress, for sure. It’s evidenced every day. Corker at first denied that he was trying to negotiate (with Dodd) an exclusion for payday lenders from the bill. And there’s a Congressional culture of falsely (or at least inaccurately or incompletely) characterizing support or resistance to legislation, from the electorate, as empirical facts.

The NY Times also reported, earlier this month, or at the end of February, that the GOP leaders went to Wall Street to get campaign contributions to the party, and were somewhat rebuffed. Then Mitch McConnell and Boehner visited Wall Street, and received commitments for GOP campaign contributions. Want to speculate on what they traded for the dollars? Watch whether ANY Republican will vote for the bill reported out of Dodd’s committee. And the Democrats who heavily rely on Wall Street contributions will also vote against it. Cynicism? It’s too mild a term. “Disgust” is much closer to the truth.

We can reduce the disgust by passing legislation that forbids any Representative or Senator from being a lobbyist, directly or indirectly, for 10 years after he/she leaves office and legislation that prevents votes or appointments by one legislator (the Bunning/Shelby ploy) or by less than a majority of the Senate; and a constitutional amendment that: (i) increases the terms of Representatives to 4 years, (ii) caps Senators’ terms at 12 or 18 years, (iii) creates an independent panel to establish congressional districts, so that Democrats are not always re-elected to the House from Democrat-gerrymandered districts and Republicans from Republican-gerrymandered districts or the same legislators automatically winning their primaries and elections in their districts, and (iv) makes the McCain-Feingold provisions constitutional.

But the legislators creating the cynicism and disgust are not interested in any of the above, because the mantra of Congress is “Don’t vote against your own self-interest; just tell the public that they don’t want it and don’t support those changes, because if you say that long enough and loud enough it brainwashes a majority of voters.”