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

The menu is full of fine choices and LK isn’t sure what his first course is going to be until the moment the waiter asks for his order.  Should it be:

a.  The anxiety attack Repubs and Dems alike no doubt had upon watching Saturday night’s Repub debate?

b.  The decadence of the price of pet accoutrements at Barney’s considering the number of people on food stamps, while the nose in the air pet-owners bitch and moan over a potential  luxury or “millionaire’s” tax?

c.  The US gov’t welcoming (and paying for) Iraqi students to come here to study before extending a helping hand to the servicemen and woman who sacrificed life and limb to attempt to make the place livable?

LK ends up ordering the complete dinner and manages to both devour the subject material and offer it up at the same time.  Dr. John Palumbo is absent with leave (not that he’s gotta ask) as he’s doing yet another one of his soulful good deeds.

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LK’s “AM 970 The Apple” PodKast-The 11/28/11 Show

From J-Lo to John Liu (NYC comptroller), no one is telling it like it is.  No one, that is, besides LK.  The hedgies and skankster banksters swoop down on Iraq after our young men and women sacrifice life and limb to make the place investable, and leave without any of the spoils.  They and their families should be the first in line.

Gratitude (the enduring kind, not the one day and back to complaining kind) is taken up first by Dr. John and then by Dorothy from Brooklyn. LK does a Rick Perry on the word ignominy, one of the SAT type words that usually flows out of his mouth too often.

China, those Asian cyber-terrorists, are going to be building high speed rail lines for the British, while the European countries begin surrendering their sovereignty to the IMF, the ECB, the EU and any other alphabet soup that wants to get in on the plundering.

And Jim Boeheim should follow Bernie Fine out the door.

The show is a blast; LK comes out swinging and doesn’t let down. The Red Bull and military alertness gum work overtime. Enjoy.

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Little Anthony and His Imperials-LK’s WOR BroadKast 6/6/11

Hope you’re all Motown savvy enough to have the play on the great singing group’s name as a frame of reference.

Some days it doesn’t pay to do show prep until a couple hours before airtime. Today was one of them. LK dispenses with the cheap puns; Anthony Weiner’s pathology makes him a danger to the country. We’re lucky to have Dr. John, Psy D, along with us, to attempt to make sense of Weiner’s cranium.

Here’s the link.

Inhumane Masters Of War

I read an incredible piece today on the CNN site.  It’s the second part of a special they call The War at Home that deals with the horrors our soldiers experience when their tours are done and they attempt to re-acclimate to life.  Mainly it depicts PTSD, and although I have read, met, and even treated people with trauma, this particular article drew from deep inside of me anger instead of my usual empathy.  It’s not because it was written so well – which it in fact absolutely is – but more I think because of what is currently going on in Pakistan and Afghanistan.

These men and women, basically kids, are sent into a nether-world of unspeakable inhumane acts with minimum preparedness. Not that anyone could ever truly be prepared for that.  These are not the elite SEALs or Green Beret’s who are mentally psyched to go kick ass. These are farmers and clerks and insurance salesmen – regular folks who are doing their part to protect our country.  And there is where my anger festers.  They have been fed and nursed like babes on a breast to believe the lies sold to them by a collective of manipulators that snakes all the way to the top.  I have always been of the opinion that any of our presidents who have given the green light to go to war are mass murderers.  In a court of law, they would be convicted as such given that the motivation for killing hundreds of thousands of people is circumstantial and self serving at best.  The Christian, God-fearing men who profess to be humbled in the eyes of God, are responsible for committing the number one un-godlike act – the taking of the life of his fellow man.

Einstein said, “He who joyfully marches to music in rank and file has already earned my contempt. This disgrace to civilization should be done away with at once.
Heroism at command, senseless brutality, deplorable love-of-country stance, how violently I hate all this, how despicable and ignoble war is; I would rather be torn to shreds than be a part of so base an action! It is my conviction that killing under the cloak of war is nothing but an act of murder.”

A Taxing Day-LK’s WOR BroadKast 4/18/11

LK’s jury is in: a higher top tax rate means better times ahead for all, the rich included. Dr. John joins a local protest and returns with a poignant reminder of the brighter side of America. LK points out the folly of attempting to change heartsand minds in a region that might as well be another planet.

Here’s the link.

Commander Obama Speaks-LK’s WOR BroadKast 3-28-11

LK does the play by play on the President’s address to the nation re Libya. Dr. John predicts the content of the speech so precisely that one wonders who his White House contact is.
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Oscar Says: Econ 101 For Congress, Pronto

editors note: Oscar the Observer is astounded at the great void of economic knowledge that fills the halls of Congress.  Considering the state the budget’s in, how can anyone dispute Oscar’s Observation?

I majored in Economics in college.  Didn’t learn much, but I did learn some key things.  (Even passed my Economics Concentration exam With Distinction —– boy, I wonder which relative of mine marked my exam paper!)

I listen to these Representatives, Senators and Wannabe’s (like Newt Gingrich, Sarah Palin, etc.) pontificate about cutting the budget, getting the deficits under control NOW, using the rubric that we are mortgaging the future of our children  —– all of this during a near-depression, and certainly a devastating, crippling recession fueled by massive unemployment.  Have any of these people ever taken any meaningful courses in Economics?  Do they know anything about Keynes, Galbraith, Samuelson?  Have they ever heard of the concept and effect of the circular flow of money?  Do they know that historically the building cycle was independent of the general economic cycles?

I suggest that anyone speaking about the economy, opposed to government expenditures as unavailing to stimulate the economy and affect employment, and those in support of such expenditures to pull out of a recession and increase employment, must present his/her educational credentials as to whether or not, and where, they were educated in Economics, for how many courses, AND WHAT MARKS THEY GOT.  They should all sign waivers, permitting accredited news services, to receive and publish copies of their transcripts, to verify these facts, and to determine what bona fides they have concerning American history and the Depression of the 30’s.

They won’t, of course, but President Obama and others supporting deficit spending programs that they profess will combat the recession and effectively increase employment, should challenge these “mouths” who mainly scare themselves by claiming our children will be “mortgaged” and say “What education do you have in Economic theory?  You don’t know enough about Economics to be espousing cuts that will reverse the spending programs designed to pull us out of this recession and stimulate employment.  Do you have any appreciation that a healthy economy and full employment will provide the tax revenue necessary to pay down accumulated debt?  Oh, you say you only want to have tax reductions in healthy economy periods?   Were you one of the Congressmen who supported the Iraq and Afghanistan wars without being willing to adopt programs to fund them?  What economic benefit have you conceived that results from the financial support the USA oil industry receives from the U.S. government?  When you wake up, will you know you don’t know what you’re talking about?  No?  You might as well go back to sleep.”

Opapa – VideoKast

LK already had a father who micro-managed his behavior. He didn’t think that casting his ballot for Obama meant signing up for a second one.

Opapa

LK already had a father who micro-managed his behavior. He didn’t think that casting his ballot for Obama meant signing up for a second one.

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Mr. President, I Already HAD A Father

editor’s note: The following is a more fully fleshed out take on the theme of the “Opapa” PodKast posted above.

Dear Mr. President,

You’ve crossed a subtle but dangerous line.  You may not be aware that you’ve done so, even though much of the vitriol you’ve been receiving and referring to lately is probably rooted in it, and many of your pissed off constituents may well not realize that’s what’s driving them.

What exactly is the line that you’ve crossed?  It’s not unlike the one that you, me, and most of your supporters despise whenever the government tries to legislate intimate, personal behavior.  You, me, and most of your supporters don’t want the government in our bedrooms, and we kick and scream when sexual behavior or “morning after” contraceptive pills are the subject of possible federal mandates.  Isn’t that right, Mr. President?  You know it is.

Well, we also have our limits when it comes to the government in our wallets, or our pocketbooks, especially when it’s to reallocate wealth from, not even rich, but middle class folks who were prudent and didn’t spend beyond their means, in order to bail out others who did.  Most of us could handle the progressive income tax as it stood, where those with more lent a hand to those with less.

It’s the American way.  But you’ve gone too far.  I was raised in a way that instilled an innate drive to give to those less fortunate than myself.  I give such a large percentage of my income to charities, charities that I pick, that my accountant tells me it may raise a red flag with the IRS folks.  I call it secular tithing, and I call it a good thing.  You should try it.  I understand you donate a far smaller percentage of your income to charity than I do, even though your income is far greater than mine.

You display a largess with other people’s money for causes you believe in, a largess that you don’t display with your own cash.  And you wonder why your supporters are turning against you?

I don’t need, and I don’t want you, to tell me who I should be helping.  I don’t want you telling me what to eat; I already grew up with massively imperfect but well meaning adults, called parents, telling me what to eat.  I already had a father come down hard on me if I didn’t study my ass off so that I wouldn’t be a burden to others.

Now I’m not impervious to the fact that many kids in this country don’t have the benefit of two active parents in their lives.  And you and your wife are right in stating that we need to turn off the TV’s and videogames that numb our kid’s minds and get them reading and running.

But your desire to legislate these behaviors offends me to my core; it makes me feel, for lack of a better word, violated.

If you want to improve early education and create an orientation that will lead the next generation of Americans to be world leaders in technology, in political science and military strategy that keeps us safe at home, and education that nurtures the creative writers and thinkers of tomorrow who will reach and touch billions of hearts and minds with what is unique and good about the American soul, here’s what you ought to do:

Take some of the billions of dollars you’ve authorized to maintain troops in Iraq, to prop up a bunch of drug dealing thugs in Afghanistan, and to maintain military bases in countries that spit in our faces on a regular basis, and bring those dollars, and those soldiers in harm’s way, home, and use them on early education.

And take some of the billions you and your Bush alumni (can you say Geithner?) used to prop up their friendly, campaign contributing, mega-banks and use those dollars to teach,and I said teach, not indoctrinate, our youth and our underprivileged about money and how to handle it, so that they pay for textbooks and tutors before they buy flat screen TV’s and PS3′s.

But do not try to re-raise me; I’ve already been raised thank you, and, notwithstanding the inevitable bumps in the road, I was raised pretty right.  And so were a lot of other Americans who are not taking kindly to your intrusion into their ways and standards of living.

We need a commander in chief, not a father in chief.  I already had one of those.  He’s gone now, and I don’t remember asking for a replacement.

And one last thought that may be of help to you.  It’s only a matter of time before someone with a far larger reach and who’s far less even-handed than I am grabs hold of this theme, and points out that your upbringing (like that of the smarmy frat boy Bush, which they won’t bring up) influences the substance and the style of your governing.  And whoever that partisan messenger turns out to be most assuredly won’t be as well meaning, or as civil as I am.