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  •  This morning on NPR, they were talking to people (6+ / 0-)

    at a McCain rally and one woman was going on about how things are just fine, people are doing well compared to eight years ago, Obama is going to tax those who work to support those who don't... ugh.  I just wanted to vomit.

    What a smug "I got mine" attitude.

    Now, go spread some peace, love and understanding. Use force if necessary. - Phil N DeBlanc

    by lineatus on Tue Oct 28, 2008 at 11:53:33 AM PDT

    •  I heard that, too! (2+ / 0-)
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      She said something like, if people were being honest, they'd admit that they are doing better now than they were 8 years ago.

      And I thought, Right.  That's it!  We're all just big liars!  

      If I wanted to shut up, do what I'm told, and like it, I'd be a Republican!

      by MadLibrarian on Tue Oct 28, 2008 at 12:22:05 PM PDT

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      •  Hi MadL:you have a high tolerance. I don't belie (1+ / 0-)
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        ve in horoscopes, but you remind me of my scientist now teacher spouse who is a Libra.  I stay away from those upsetting NPR things (I prefer Pacifica and WBAI, their station in NYC), but he likes NPR  bec. it comes in well when he's getting ready for work and he likes some of it.

        •  I used to listen to WBAI years ago (2+ / 0-)
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          but the anti-Semitism really got to me after awhile.  I don't know if it's still like that, but it was getting bad.

          I like NPR because I like to hear a diversity of opinions.  I want to know what McCain supporters think and why they're voting for him, and I like the science and culture stuff, too.

          The right wants to live in a media bubble in which they only hear their own opinions reflected back at them, but I can take it!

          If I hear something I really can't bear, I can always turn the radio off.

          If I wanted to shut up, do what I'm told, and like it, I'd be a Republican!

          by MadLibrarian on Tue Oct 28, 2008 at 12:57:30 PM PDT

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          •  Go back to WBAI for another visit. Do you listen (2+ / 0-)
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            to DemocracyNow on WBAI? I have my breakfast listening.  Then I sometimes watch it online and/or reread transcript.

            I don't know when you last listened to WBAI, but I recommend Hugh Hamilton's "Talk Back" M-Th 3-5pm and in that spot on Friday is Earl Caldwell, "Caldwell's Chronicle".  They are both big fans of my art.  (I'm Jewish.)

            Look at the schedule online for WBAI  There's a show, on Sunday, "Beyond the Pale", the progressive Jewish hour hosted by JFREJ.  

            Just before I came back to DK, I was reading the Oct. newsletter from the Jewish Women's Archive which was recommended to me by a DK commenter awhile back.  Small world.  I am an atheist Jew.  I am critical of the Israel gov't's policies, but am moreso critical of the US gov't's policies as I am an American.   I enjoy back and forth comments with you.  Like I said awhile back (altho I am still a beginner and rotten typist, I am librarian's biggest supporter.  Do you consider Noam Chomsky too harsh in his criticism of Israel? I must say, it was WBAI who dragged me kicking and screaming into learning about the issue of Israel/Palestine.  I didn't want to know.  

            •  I'll try it again sometime, then. (0+ / 0-)

              It was some local people they had on, and it wasn't necessarily related to Israel.  It was at a time when Jewish relations with pretty much every other ethnic group in NYC were at an all-time low.

              I'm pretty much where you are about Israel.  Brother Noam has a way of saying things in the most offensive way possible, but it is very difficult to argue with his critiques.

              If I wanted to shut up, do what I'm told, and like it, I'd be a Republican!

              by MadLibrarian on Tue Oct 28, 2008 at 02:37:29 PM PDT

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              •  MadL:I don't understand about "Brother Noam has a (0+ / 0-)

                way of saying things in the most offensive way possible,...".  I find him easier to understand by reading the text after hearing him.  But that is not what you meant.  May I ask, what kind of librarian?  Do you ever read (or look at online) Phyllis Bennis?  It took me awhile to get used to her.  She can be googled or is on ISP-DC, I think, is the website of the International Policy Institute.  

                On the other issue about Jews and other ethnic groups:I've had my arguments with remarks made by a caller that may not have been challenged by a host.  I write letters, a lot.  I nag a lot about disability,too.

                I love WBAI altho there are many shows that I do not.  Look at the schedule,  

                Still fairly new on DK, I encountered someone saying he or she was a Jew and same person made outrageous comments about very religious in re studying, using welfare to study talmud/torah and not learning useful skills for work.  I asked for sources about welfare.  It went on:everyone knows kind of thing and if others in the US knew. And "not like us"(other Jews). That bothers me.   But I keep reading DK.  Any suggestions on how to deal with people who are outrageous on DK?

              •  MadLibrarian:there's a librarian cohost on WBAI, (0+ / 0-)

                "Building Bridges" (a show about labor and unions) is cohosted by Ken Nash, a librarian and Mimi Rosenberg Esq.  on Monday nights at 7pm ET  The show is wonderful, local, national and international.  Dennis Kucinich was interviewed about two Mondays ago.  The show is both archived on WBAI and if you google the name of the show, they have their own website.  Ken Nash is a real librarian and a union rep. for librarians, I do recall.  Mimi Rosenberg has an outstanding record as a Legal Aid (or related firm) lawyer.  She also does a Wednesday morning segment on WBAI's "WakeUpCall", around 7AM, I think, called "In Brief", discussing relevant legal issues.  Ken Nash coproduces that,too.

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