The Abe and Joe Talk Radio Show
Joe Uris hosts a discussion of the proposed reorganization of the Portland Public School System. Last week the Portland School Board approved a resolution to reorganize the high school system. In less than two months superintendent Carole Smith must come up with recommendations that address equal access to programs, low graduation rates, the achievement gap and a loss of enrollment.
Today's guest is David Wood, HS Curriculum Guide Administrator from the Portland Public School System, who will explain the proposed changes, and answer questions from Joe and our listening audience.
Hosted by Joe Uris
Today, Joe talks about The Environment, Energy, Coal Mining, Nuclear Power, and More...
As usual, our listeners provided us with plenty of extra thinking material...
George (7:00) says to Google "The Carbon Footprint of Nuclear Energy"and see that there really is a significant carbon footprint from the mining, processing, transporting, construction of plants and storage of Uranium and it's entire support infrastructure.
Steve (21:00) tells us to read Storms of My Grandchildren, by James Hanson.
With Joe back from a stint in a Turkish prison, Joe and Abe get back to the business of discussing all things political and newsy. In this case, Joe waxes eloquent about why foreign films are so much better than anything produced in the world of American cinema. Except for Animal House, which is a work of enduring genius.
Of course, the conversation turned more political than THAT!
Recommended readings from our listeners:
Brand Obama, by Chris Hedges
The Century of Self - A British 4-part documentary on how Freud's work is being used to "engineer consent" amongst the Unwashed Masses, and control the population through Advertising.
Hosted by Abe Proctor
Americans don't torture. No, they call it something else. And then they get away with it.
A deeply disappointing Department of Justice report reduces the war crimes of the Bush administration to an error of legal judgment. Sorry about the torture! Shouldn't have listened to those damn lawyers. With Joe out on vacation, Abe looks at a Bizarro World in which torturers and mass murderers enjoy lives of retired luxury in between speaking gigs and Sunday talkshow appearances. Oh wait -- it's our world.
Hosted by Abe Proctor
Reality, it seems, has a liberal bias. Abe looks at the results of a remarkable poll, and digs into the head of modern conservatives.
A recent poll from Research 2000, commissioned by the Daily Kos, revealed some extraordinary insights into the conservative mind, which were nonetheless completely unsurprising to anyone who's been paying attention for the last, say, 50 years. The survey of 2000 self-identified Republicans tells us that 68 percent either favor impeaching Barack Obama or aren't sure. 63 percent think he's a socialist. More than half either believe that he was born outside the U.S. or aren't sure.
What is this? What makes empirical reality so unpalatable for so many Americans? More to the point, what's the impact of their unreality on the political process? With Joe on vacation, Abe tackles the walking contradiction that is modern conservatism.
Our Republic is broken. What's to be done? With Joe on vacation, Abe tosses out a possible answer: a Constitutional Convention.
With Joe on vacation, Abe takes on the warm, fuzzy, not-at-all divisive issue of Abortion.
It's clear that the issue of abortion elicits a visceral reaction from certain members of the political right, in a way that few other issues do. The reason why is perhaps less clear than it might appear. On the surface, it is framed by abortion opponents as a question of the right of a human to not be murdered. Dig a little deeper though, and you find a fear of sexuality and sex -- particularly female sexualty, and the choice of young women to have sex on their own terms.
Two events, one in the recent past and one in the near future -- the conviction of Scott Roeder, murderer of Dr. George Tiller, and the airing of a controversial ad during this weekend's Super Bowl -- prompt Abe to take a closer look at the debate around this most contentious of issues.
During Today's show, since this is primarily a Women's Rights Issue, female callers will take precedence over male callers.
Abe and Joe examine the full effects of last week's disastrous Supreme Court ruling on corporate political spending.
If you think that corporate America has done a good job so far of hijacking the levers of political power, wait till we see the full effects of last week's disastrous Supreme Court ruling. The Court has effectively removed any and all barriers to corporate political spending.
Until now, corporations were limited to spending the money they were able to raise from management and employees -- money that was freely handed over for the purpose of political spending. After last week's decision, however, they will be able to tap their profits for political ends as well -- money that technically belongs to shareholders.
Corporate entities like Nike and Exxon and Halliburton will be able to influence any election in any jurisdiction at any level, as much as they want. In the Bizarro world where money is equivalent to speech, some voices just got a whole lot louder.
Abe and Joe take a brief tour through the bloody history of Haiti, and discuss the obligations that the developed world has -- or should have -- toward the undeveloped world.
Sooner or later, it had to happen. A terrorist attack would take place on President Obama's watch, and the wingnuts would bleat about his response to the End of the World as We Know It. As it happens, the attack consisted of a kid trying -- unsuccessfully -- to set his underpants on fire. Confronted with the reality of terrorism, the president -- appropriately -- responded cooly and logically.
Unfortunately, the Right seems to believe that his response to terrorism should be, well, terror. Rather than keeping his head, apparently the American people would be better served by Obama the Angry Father.
Abe and Joe take a look at the Right's unresolved Daddy issues, and also take a look at the judicial challenge to California's Proposition 8 as the march toward full equality makes its inevitable way toward the U.S. Supreme Court.