LK’s “AM 970 The Apple” PodKast-The 1/30/12 Show

Usually it’s just the last segment of the show in which LK goes pinball, bouncing around from topic to topic and perspective to perspective.  This show was wall to wall pinball, from the opening bell to the reluctant farewell.

Among this morning’s bonus balls:

Was Haley Barbour, by pardoning 200+ mostly politically connected lowlifes, trying to obfuscate the pardoning of the convicts who worked at the governor’s mansion, convicts who perhaps saw some Mississippi mischief that the Gov doesn’t want going public?

Why the Prez and Ron Paul are currently sitting together in a corner of the schoolroom, backs facing the class, while wearing matching dunce caps.

Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close almost killed LK as he attempted not to break into full-blown blubbering in a crowded movie theater.  Its impact knocked him for a loop and probably influenced the show more than he’d like to admit.  The film was as powerful as The Descendants was limp. For reasons not easily explained, but LK takes a shot at it.

Why Leon Panetta couldn’t be Warren Buffet’s secretary, let alone the SecDef.

How Greece is being raped by the EuroZone (read “Germany”).

Dr. John weighs in with his timely and much needed observations on the proliferation of medz for kidz.

Enjoy the free game (see pinball references above):

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Dr. John or Ron Paul; You Decide

LK here.  The following transcript of Dr. John’s rant last night was delivered on air at around 7:25pm EST.  There’s no way that Ron Paul, in the live Republican debate that followed at 8:00pm EST, might have been influenced by the piece.  Is there?

Here’s an idiotic question I saw in the CNN poll this morning.  “Is it time for the US to pull out of Afghanistan?”  HAHAHAHAHA!  The poll numbers indicate that 83% of Americans said – to use a Palin-ism,  “You betcha.”

We should also leave Pakistan, any military interest in Bahrain, Syria, Libya, and basically anyplace that is NOT the US!  I need to repeat… IT AINT WORKING!!!! We are not responsible for multi-culturizing the friggin world!!!!  Even China is realizing that it’s not getting much help from its new friends. Pakistan’s prime minister, Yousaf Raza Gilani, may have embarrassed the United States by praising China to the skies during a recent visit. But he also embarrassed Beijing by asserting that China has offered to build a naval base for Pakistan at Gwadar, close to the Gulf of Oman, to which China would have access. While this was probably an exaggeration, according to the Times, it touched Indian nerves.  Plus, China’s got its own problems as the Arab Spring seems to be spreading, sending hundreds of migrant workers into the streets rioting to the extent that the Chinese cops had to roll out their tanks and other people- muffle stuff to break it up.

So, how long ya think before China realizes that these lunatic fanatics are probably not the best guys to have on your side?  China is smart… ain’t they?  I mean I thought they were smart.  They invented spaghetti for god sake.

It must be, then, a scam.  China trying to make the US jealous.  Right?  And guess what?  As long as we play kissy face with the mutts in any of the “stans,” China is going to keep playing the new lover.

What part of all this do the geniuses in DC not get?  Want to start climbing out of the fiscal nightmare?  Stop the wars.  Want to stop killing our young men and women who are dying for absolutely no reason?  Stop the wars.  You know what?  The guy who is going to win the next presidential election is the guy who records this show and repeats this piece verbatim.  Troops home to protect our borders, take our noses out of everyone’s business and rebuild what Bush and Obama have destroyed.

Never gonna happen.  Obama is a nice guy, but just a windbag.  An intellectual windbag, but a windbag just the same.  Bush and his crew should be tried as war criminals, but that ain’t gonna happen either.  So where are we?  Where is our choice, our input to salvage our beloved country?  Voting?  For who?????

The only guy saying anything close to getting out of there is Ron Paul and the powers that be will destroy him in a heartbeat by presenting him as another version of Ross Perot, which he may well be.  The latest CNN poll tells us that Mitt Romney and Sarah Palin – who hasn’t even declared yet -  are at the top of the heap.  They are followed by also undeclared Rudy Giuliani. Then in a breathtaking tie is the guy who was in charge of Godfathers Pizza and crazy Newt Gingrich.

The only sort of good news is that Crazier-than-Newt, Michelle Bachmann is down in the basement with Tim Pawlenty and Homophobe, Rick Santorum.

Feeling sick in your tummy?  Kurt Vonnegut said, “There is a tragic flaw in our precious Constitution, and I don’t know what can be done to fix it. This is it: Only nut cases want to be president.”

Anybody Wanna Run?-LK’s WOR BroadKast 5/26/11

LK knows why reasonable Republicans don’t want to run for President, and why no Democrat is mounting a primary challenge to the ultra-vulnerable Obama. The job is too demanding for any one person, and the better qualified you are, the more likely it is you’ve realized that, and subsequently bowed out, or never bothered to take the stage in the first place.

Here’s the link.

3 Stooges Du Jour-LK’s WOR BroadKast 3-18-11

On slightly more optimistic Friday, LK marveled at NASA’s Mercury probe and took comfort in hearing that some members of the Camden NJ police and fire departments were being hired back. Dr. John placed Libya in the larger context of humanity’s insistence on perpetual warfare, and LK got in some vebal jabs at tonight’s 3 stooges, Obama, Palin, and the SEC.

Here’s the link.

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.”

Pelosi-Obama’s Biggest Impediment

My lack of regard for Speaker Pelosi has been chronicled here and in other posts on this site.

She’s a prime example of the Peter Principle, which, roughly stated, says that one rises to one’s level of incompetence. She suffers from the same lack of perspective that plagued Dan Quayle and plagues Sarah Palin: all three of them are so small-minded that they’re incapable of seeing their own limitations. So they all shamelessly go forth with an authority that would be comical if it wasn’t so dangerous.

Of course there’s a need for economic stimulus. No major insight there. Nancy, bloated with gumption following the end of the Bush era, crams every special interest allocation sitting on her desk into a bill labeled stimulus, and expects to get the Obama years off to a rousing bipartisan start. Doesn’t happen, and shouldn’t have.

The Big O knows that the Senate’s going to do some chopping, so he stands aside and bides his time. He doesn’t want intra-party squabbling, so he let’s the Senate cut Nancy’s bill down to size for him.

The fun starts when the House and Senate try to reconcile their disparate pieces of legislation. Does Ms. Pelosi, hack fundraiser disguised as distinguished statesperson, wake up and smell the pragmatism, or does she sabotage her own party’s leader because, he, for the sake of the American people, is spoiling her personal party?

Missing The Boat-2 of 2: The College Is Killing the Country

editor’s note: this is the second of two pieces that deal with the media’s misplacement of focus within issues of critical import. The first piece can be found here.

These past few days I’ve read a number of expected and predictable pieces about the Electoral College. I’ve also read a number of pieces on the notion of two Americas.

I didn’t read anything that made a connection between the College and the rupture.

The Electoral College is what keeps Sarah Palin from coming to NYC for anything but a Saturday Night Live appearance. If New Yorkers and Californians aren’t in play for her, and she comes from the relatively isolated and insulated background that she does, it makes it easy for her to see the citizens of these and other deep blue states as two dimensional, unpatriotic Americans.

And if Barack Obama doesn’t have reason to go to blood red states because there’s nothing to be gained in his election bid, how are the people there supposed to see him as anything but an alien, discomforting being? And how is he going to absorb the feelings and orientations of people with whom he truly doesn’t, at present, have much in common with?

I just received an e-mail from the Obama campaign urging me to “Help Barack Win Battleground States”. I’m sure I’ll be getting something similar from the McCain campaign shortly.

States shouldn’t be battlegrounds. That only further polarizes an already divided nation.

The founding fathers created a provision for flexibility in the face of changing circumstances. It’s called a constitutional amendment. Most of the calls for abolishing the Electoral College have to do with giving every individual the right to make a difference in the presidential election.

This call is motivated by the desire to begin to close the chasm that’s been widening over the last 8 years.

The Electoral College, once a protector of state’s rights, now threatens the existence of the nation it helped midwife. It’s having the increasingly insidious effect of pitting brother against brother.

The Clown Princess

Sarah Palin now joins Emmett Kelly and Bozo as one of history’s iconic clowns.

The primary purpose of a circus clown isn’t to make people laugh. It’s to be a diversion.

While the crew is busy moving props between acts, or if the elephant has an, umm, accident, the clowns come out to distract the audience from the heavy lifting while maintaining the suspension of disbelief that something as phantasmagorical as a circus or a political campaign requires.

Palin’s assigned mission yesterday, which was to accuse Obama of “palling around with terrorists”, is that type of diversionary tactic. Expect more of them as the Republican elephant has more accidents.

For the Big Red Machine to be using her this way is both cynical and insulting to the folks she’s supposed to be courting, particularly the women.

That she’s allowing it to happen shows a monumental lack of self-awareness, like a pawn whose narcissism allows her to think she’s a queen.

For Dems and Country’s Sake, Ifill Should Recuse Herself

The moderator of tonight’s vice-presidential debate, Gwen Ifill, host of PBS’s Washinton Week, is also the author of the early 2009 release Breakthrough: Politics and Race in the Age of Obama.

One would think, upon first glance, that this favors Biden and the Democrats. Republicans have been howling that Ifill’s participation is a travesty, and that it mocks the concept of a level playing field

The Republicans are wrong.

Katie Couric and Charles Gibson could ask pointed questions of Palin and the quality of those answers reflected overwhelmingly on Palin herself, not on the bias of the interviewers, although admittedly Couric and Gibson were lumped in with the media elite by the usual right wing suspects (as if Limbaugh and Hannity aren’t members of the media elite themselves).

Now questions of the same caliber and nature may well be viewed with skepticism and attributed to ulterior motives, even if Ifill turns out to be the 2008 version of Robert Heinlein’s “Fair Witness”. And Ifill may find herself stopping short of pursuing specific answers for legitimate questions, the answers of which the country deserves to hear.

Biden will be forced to carefully monitor the prevailing atmosphere and perhaps modulate what would have been the appropriate degree of both attack and graciousness. If the past is any guide, that’s not his strong suit.

It’s not too late for Ifill to recuse herself, and would actually be seen, not as caving in to the right (who haven’t fully thought through the ramifications anyway), but as a heroic gesture to insure a debate where the focus and spotlight are on the candidates. Just the candidates.

And Ifill will still receive the hopefully unintended consequence of promotion for her upcoming release.

Passports and Prayers

John McCain has now squandered the good will that has, up until now, been extended to him by members of both parties in deference to the strength of character he displayed while enduring his stay at the Hanoi Hilton.

His last gasp attempt to revive his campaign, at the expense of tens of millions of Americans, whose jobs and ways of life are being put in jeopardy by McCain injecting his economically challenged self into a process that was grinding its way towards resolution, is shameless.

He’s reduced himself from war hero and maverick to just another politician. Quite the fall from grace.

Meanwhile, Sarah Palin, in her interview with Katie Couric, reveals herself to be a well put together, losing contestant in “Are You Smarter Than A Fifth Grader?”.

Choosing her to be his vice-presidential nominee, one senile heartbeat away from the presidency, is a display of McCain’s frighteningly poor executive decision making. One can only hope that, should he be elected, he won’t be able to remember the activation codes for the nukes.

No doubt Karl Rove still has a number of tricks up his sleeve. At this point, a nation that buys into Rasputin’s dark magic deserves the even darker fate they’ve been sold.

If the voters haven’t wised up, after 8 years of witnessing and suffering from the decimation of the American dream brought on by Rove and crew (including Bush, who was the kid who’d make the beer and smoke runs before they made him President), we’re in a sorry state that may well require passports and prayers.