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Rush Limbaugh to Go Off the Air in Boston
Word has reached me that Entercom Communications, the owner of Boston radio station WRKO, is unable to come to terms with Mr. Limbaugh on a new contract for his show, so they will be dropping it ...
necturus 05/20/2015 18 15 - -
Malicious radio ads
Yesterday I was doing some work for a couple of radio stations in New Hampshire. They are running ads from an organization promoting the Trans Pacific Partnership and praising Senator Kelly Ayotte ...
necturus 05/20/2015 1 2 - -
Winning the Unwinnable
The more I look at politics today, the more convinced I've become that we need to put social and culture issues on the back burner and focus on the economic and political empowerment of working ...
necturus 05/17/2015 7 7 1 -
Iraq and Syria: The Case for Doing Nothing
I do not believe anything good can come of President Obama's pursuit of ISIS in Iraq or Syria. It is an ill considered course of action, hastily undertaken out of fear, to shore up crumbling states ...
necturus 10/01/2014 34 10 - -
If ISIS is the new Hitler...
...would that make Bashar al-Assad the new Stalin? But, of course, both comparisons are absurd. Assad's regime is merely a modern favor of what used to be called "oriental despotism": the rule of ...
necturus 09/17/2014 11 1 - -
Good God! I agree with Rand Paul!?
On my way home from work yesterday I heard Rand Paul being interviewed on NPR. His position on immigration is entirely in accord with mine: that the way to decrease the number of people entering the ...
necturus 09/12/2014 18 1 - -
Agents of Chaos
Listening to President Obama's press conference today, I was struck by the President's repeated comparison of ISIS to al-Qa`ida, his insistence that ISIS "is not a state, let alone a Caliphate", and ...
necturus 09/05/2014 7 6 - -
Why vote Democratic?
You don't have to tell me why the Democrats need to take back the House. I'm a leftist. I know most Democrats aren't; they are centrists. But the Republicans are, almost to a man or woman, extreme ...
necturus 08/11/2014 4 1 - -
Gravediggers of democracy
Is the "tea party" movement out to destroy the American republic? It certainly looks like it from where I sit. They are actively sabotaging the federal government, making it as dysfunctional as ...
necturus 08/01/2014 6 4 - -
What Caliphate?
I was greeted this morning by the news that ISIS has declared itself a Caliphate and its head, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, to be the Caliph Ibrahim (Abraham). It is a move that seems premature, seeing ...
necturus 06/30/2014 56 45 - -
REPEAL!
The Supreme Judicial Court has seen fit to allow us to reconsider the state legislature's unfortunate decision to allow casino gambling in Massachusetts. This is an issue that's been bothering me ...
necturus 06/24/2014 7 2 - -
Iraq is not a nation
The essential problem with Iraq and Syria is that they are not nations as we understand the term. Since their creation by the British and French after World War I -- no state called al-`Iraq or al-...
necturus 06/14/2014 24 15 2 -
Can we create our own Internet?
Essentially, what I have in mind is a network of free wi-fi hotspots tied together by cheap unlicensed devices like those made by Ubiquiti, with enough redundancy such that it could tolerate the ...
necturus 04/24/2014 9 6 - -
My take on the crisis in Ukraine
The current protests from western governments, including the Obama administration, against Russian military moves in Ukraine surprise me. Ukraine is not Czechoslovakia or Hungary; it is a region in ...
necturus 03/02/2014 11 3 - -
Rush 1, Flush 0; I Told You So
Last week it was announced that Rush Limbaugh's radio show will continue to be carried by all but one of the Cumulus stations he's on, and he will be moving to Clear Channel's recently acquired WOR ...
necturus 08/26/2013 37 6 - -
The War on Terror is Bogus
For the past twelve years we've been told that we're at war. September the eleventh was this generation's Pearl Harbor, we were told, a military attack by an enemy power requiring a global military ...
necturus 07/21/2013 8 8 - -
Song of the Chekists
This song was written in 1938 and dedicated to fighters in that era's war on terrorism. The music is by N. Rechmensky, the words by G. Rublev, and the translation is mine. You can find the original ...
necturus 06/23/2013 6 3 - -
What Color is Your Dog?
Once upon a time, there were yellow-dog Democrats. It was said they would vote for the Democratic candidate even if he or she were a yellow dog. But this is a Southernism, and the the Democratic ...
necturus 06/14/2013 37 35 - -
A Red Dog's View
I am a red dog Democrat not a blue dog Democrat. I see being played out in America today a classic Marxian struggle between the 99% of us who live by our own labor and the small but ...
necturus 04/14/2013 3 6 - -
Shooting Ourselves in the Foot
Using the Newtown massacre as the pretext for a gun control crusade always struck me as unwise. Guns are one of those cultural issues that distract us from the real goal: the destruction of the ...
necturus 03/29/2013 11 4 - -
Why the gun debate bothers me
Guns do kill. That's why they were invented. Their manufacture, distribution, ownership, and use clearly need to be regulated in any community that cares about the welfare of its members. Much the ...
necturus 01/19/2013 19 13 - -
It's Still Broken
When you fall off a cliff, you hit the ground and you're dead, game over. But what awaits us with the coming of the new year is nothing of the sort, but merely a change in some rules: taxpayers will ...
necturus 11/10/2012 1 - - -
Republic and Empire
It occurs to me that if the two political factions struggling for power in America, the Democrats are the real conservatives; they seek to preserve the New Deal-era social contract between capital ...
necturus 11/04/2012 1 2 - -
We must take the House or lose all
It won't be enough to reelect President Obama. The Republicans have taken to heart the lesson President Clinton taught them during his eight years in office: never cooperate with a Democratic ...
necturus 09/29/2012 10 8 - 88
Worst Case Scenario
It is August 29, 2032. It's been twenty years since Mitt Romney, with the help of more than a billion dollars in anonymous corporate cash, defeated Barack Obama in a hard fought campaign to become ...
necturus 08/29/2012 6 6 - 71
Socialism and Liberalism, the Short Form
What's a socialist like me doing in a liberal place like this? In my old age, I have returned to the Marxism of my youth. If Marx seemed irrelevant twenty years ago in the aftermath of the ...
necturus 08/24/2012 68 76 3 412
No way forward?
Am I missing something? From my vantage point on the left, it's hard to see how anything good can come of this year's elections. We have a deadlocked Congress controlled by right-wing ...
necturus 08/11/2012 15 4 - 63
The Myth of Bunker Hill
I live in Massachusetts. My ancestors started the whole tea party thing back in 1773. I'm convinced that they were also the founders of gun-nuttery through what I shall call the myth of Bunker Hill. ...
necturus 07/29/2012 171 40 2 646
Not a good day in WI
In October, 2010, I knew something was wrong as I drove up to work at the radio station that is one of my clients. The station was saturated with ads for this or that Republican candidate, all ...
necturus 06/05/2012 13 8 1 188
The Next Rush Limbaugh
Say you're in charge of a local radio station. Why would you pay a million dollars a year for Rush Limbaugh when you could have Mike Huckabee for free? Well, not for free, but for a couple minutes ...
necturus 03/18/2012 19 6 - 168
Flushing Rush
I've been working professionally in radio since 1979, mostly in the Boston market. Radio is the great love of my life. It is immediate, portable, inexpensive to run, and free to the listener. It can ...
necturus 03/10/2012 27 9 - 80
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