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Tim Corrimal Show, Episode 157 – February 27, 2011

I had the pleasure of joining Tim Corrimal (@TimCorrimal on Twitter) again this week on his weekly podcast (“The Tim Corrimal Show“). This week Tim was joined by his co-host Dave von Ebers (@Dave_von_Ebers on Twitter), Ian Boudreau (@iboudreau on Twitter), and David Simmons (@My1BlueEye on Twitter).

I say it every week and every week I mean it even more, if you’re not tuning into Tim’s show on a regular basis you’re really missing out. Tim does a wonderful job week in and week out gathering together smart people for observant, witty, and on point conversations about current events, politics, culture, media, etc.

This week’s topics were DOMA, Wisconsin protests, and Libya. The show opened with Dave’s discussion of DOMA and the Justice Department’s decision to no longer defend it. I confess now to being shamefully ignorant on the matter of DOMA and the Justice Department’s role in previously defending it and deciding to no longer defend it now. Dave von Ebers is capable of speaking intelligently on this topic and I can’t say enough about his smart discussion on the podcast and his recent blog post about the DOJ’s decision.

Next topic for discussion was the protests in Wisconsin (and across the country for that matter) regarding Gov. Scott Walker’s efforts to bust public sector unions. Really, hasn’t this become a non-issue? Is it not clear that union busting is the objective here? The fact that dumb-as-a-box-of-rocks Walker gave a 20 minute foot-in-mouth interview with a Buffalo, NY reporter posing as David Koch merely cements the under-handed bullshit that’s happening in Wisconsin. The GOP hasn’t changed their playbook in decades. Every time they have an opportunity to blame anything and everything on a math teacher in Kenosha, they do. Walker wants the teachers’ unions and public sector employees’ unions to take it up the ass right after he gave business more tax cuts! Only a Republican can think that plan makes any sense at all. Seriously.

The unions have already come to Walker and said they will pay more towards health insurance and pension benefits. The monetary issues have been resolved. But Walker is still pushing for the unions to give up their collective bargaining rights. Without collective bargaining rights unions aren’t unions. How can anyone really believe that this isn’t about union busting? That’s all it is about.

Last topic on the podcast this week was Libya. What is happening in Libya is no different than what happened in Tunisia and Egypt: citizens fed up with corrupt regimes, high unemployment, high cost of living, housing crisis, and police brutality. The first step in galvanizing momentum in Egypt was the June 7th beating death of Khaleed Said in Alexandria last year. The first step in galvanizing momentum in Tunisia was Sidi Bouazizi immolating himself on December 17th last year. Protest and a handful of other young male suicides followed in mid-December. Following Bouazizi’s death in early January protests began to spread across Tunisia and into the capital. And now, the first step in galvanizing momentum in Libya are the arrest of human rights activist Fathi Terbil and political commentator Jamal al-Hajji along with the government blocking access to YouTube so as to prevent people from seeing video of protesting families of Abu Salim massacre victims. The crushingly oppressive regimes of the Arab world are at the root of every protest in the Middle East right now. Their corruption and cronyism that has economically raped their countries for decades has resulted in staggering unemployment (between 20-30% across the region), a housing crisis, and has exacerbated the rising cost of consumer good and food supplies. Protesters in Libya have been spurred on by the successes of their neighbors, but their hardships are equally heartbreaking.

The violently crushing police state in Libya is no different than that of Egypt. The notoriety of Egypt’s state prisons and army is mirrored in Libya. The Human Rights Watch and Amnesty International have called repeatedly for investigations into conditions at Libya’s Abu Salim prison. In 1996 1,270 prisons were massacred at Abu Salim. No real investigation (that I know of, I am hungry for details if anyone has them) has been performed to find out why this massacred occurred, but it has become a defining example of the violence of the Libyan government and army over her people.

As always it was a blast being on Tim’s show. Look forward to joining him again some time in the future. Give Tim, David, Dave, and Ian hearty follows on Twitter and check out all their blogs.

UPDATE: Please check out Ian Boudreau’s Tumblr for great posts. I’ve added it to the blogroll, too.


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Tim Corrimal Show, Episode 155 – February 13, 2011

I had the privilege of joining Tim Corrimal’s (@timcorrimal on Twitter) show again this week to discuss Egypt. I was joined again by Dave von Ebers, whose fantastic work at Dave’s Corner Tavern should be read by all, Don Millard (Tomfoolery with O’Toolefan), and Joseph J. Santorsa.

Continuing our conversation about the revolution in Egypt, the Obama administration’s response, the US media’s coverage, and the Right-Wing’s spin on the situation from last week, we picked up with Mubarak’s speech Thursday, February 10, and flight to Sharm el-Sheikh on Friday. The departure of Mubarak, after divesting himself of his day-to-day responsibilities and power to Vice President Omar Suleiman, to Sharm el-Sheikh marks a significant first step in meeting the demands of the protestors: the deposition of Mubarak, the dismantling of the Mubarak regime, and the drafting of a new Constitution that does not embolden the President at the expense of the people. Most importantly, the removal of the “Emergency Law” provision, the provision that has kept Mubarak (and for that matter numerous Middle East leaders) in power for decades. Our conversation continued with a discussion on the Muslim Brotherhood, what it is and what it isn’t, and how it has been portrayed by the media. I will be posting on the Muslim Brotherhood specifically in a day or so, stay tuned.

After we wrapped up our conversation on Egypt, we turned our conversation to the forthcoming movie adaptation of Ayn Rand’s Atlas Shrugged. DonMillard (@otoolefan on Twitter) has done yeoman’s work on his blog regarding Ayn Rand and the Right’s current fascination with her as their patron saint. I encourage you all to please listen to the whole podcast and to give Don’s superb post a good read.

Thanks again to Tim for having me on. It’s always a pleasure.

Check out Dave von Eber’s follow up comments here. A great post, as always from Dave. I can’t say enough about Dave’s cogent posts and sharp insight.

Check out Andy Wienick’s follow up comments here. Andy joined Tim’s show last week and was kind enough to not only listen in to the show this week but to post some great comments. I look forward, as should you all, to Andy’s new blog.

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Tim Corrimal Show, Episode 154 – February 6, 2011

Last week I was on Tim Corrimal’s show to discuss the situation in Egypt with Dave von Ebers, Andy Wienick and Seth Pajak. Check out Tim’s website for the podcast. I recorded a follow-up podcast earlier today to continue the Egypt discussion and the forthcoming film of Ayn Rand’s Atlas Shrugged. I will post a longer discussion of the the whole Egypt situation later tonight (my thoughts expressed on Tim’s show as well as other thoughts that we didn’t have time to cover), but I wanted to get this out quickly so that everyone can get to Tim’s site and listen to not only last week’s episode and tonight’s follow-up but also Tim’s past shows.

So, be sure to check out: www.timcorrimal.com. Well worth listening to on a regular basis.

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