Friends, there seems to be a near-complete disconnect between a presidential circus, which lasts about two and a half years, and the real politics of impending World War III. The circus does not want to deal with this war. That might not be entertaining enough. What is entertaining, however, is the Trump Hour or Two every night. It’s barroom mindless babble every night, and we don’t have to pay for the drinks! Trump doesn’t pay either. “I can whip every man in the bar!” And he has a bunch of thugs with him to make his statement persuasive. Let’s leave... Read More →
Today I’m privileged to have Mimi Kennedy on our program. She’s a longtime peace activist and is the advisory board chair of Progressive Democrats of America. She’s known to audiences throughout the world for her roles on Dharma and Gray, in the film In the Loop, as the wealthy mother in Woody Allen’s film, Midnight in Paris. Welcome Mimi Kennedy. Mimi: Thank you Blase, it’s great to be on KPFK with all our many friends out there. I do hope they donate on your show. Blase: Happy Mother’s Day, dear. We know that Mother’s Day was created to stop the... Read More →
Well, friends, Fidel gave one of his final talks today – or at least, I’m sure he saw it that way. The congress in Cuba – it’s interesting the reflections that he did make. We would have expected him to talk about the achievements of Cuba under warfare, over 50 years of continuous acts of war, acts of sabotage, acts of attempted assassination. In the midst of that, they gave their people eduction through the level of doctorate for free. They gave medical care to all. Dental care to all. They were proud of their medical work overseas and their baseball. It’s... Read More →
Well, we’re just so very excited about the Democracy Spring, and we are really impressed with the coverage that Amy Goodman has given to it on her amazing program Democracy Now. She’s surely one of the great journalists of our day. It’s amazing the historic turnout of the public at the Democracy Spring actions in Washington DC. Think of the sacrifice it takes for so many to take time off of their work, to go to jail (thousands did so). They did this to denounce the cult of money as God, as a religion, as a clear piece of idol worship. We might say the misuse of money,... Read More →
Here we are: the tyranny of taxation without representation continues. What you have to say about how your tax money is being used – nothing! Oh, your representatives are going to take care of it. Why then do the funds go into a shredder? They go into a shredder because lobbyists pay them to give money to the shredder. Most of our representatives, we’ve seen their message in recent years: “We don’t care what you want. I’m very concerned about how much money you can give me.” And so we’re so very grateful for the Democracy Spring in Washington DC,... Read More →
Well, friends, here we are. We see that selective sorrow is so sweet. We express new sadness for the attacks in Bussels and Paris. But we must be very careful not to be sorry for our own drone victims. These, you see, are bad guys and they’ve been identified by the powers and principalities of perpetual war. These powers cannot be wrong – can they? Friends, they are wrong most the time, and a flock of peacemakers is making that clear for all of us. Where is the peace movement? Not in the New York Times. Not in the LA Times. Therefore it does not exist, right? Where is it? IT’S... Read More →
Well, we see a letter from Fidel to his brother Obama. He reminds us of the conquistadores, and I’m sure he identifies us with them. He reflects on the shortness of our lives, a fraction of a historical second. Very interesting that he would reflect on this. And remembers Jose Marti, and he wonders if Marti was almost suicidal as he charged the Spanish forces saying, “For me, it’s time.” The text of Fidel’s speech is extremely interesting, and he is of course quite upset with our relationship to Cuba – an act of war for six decades (a blockade is an act... Read More →
Well, friends, there is so much misinformation and disinformation about Cuba that you pretty much have to reinvent the wheel every time you talk about it. Fidel Castro visited the United States after President Eisenhower recognized the revolutionary government in 1959. Fidel stayed here from April 15 to April 26, 1959. As usual, he said what he intended to do, and how he hoped he could work with us and thought we would have an excellent relationship. But it was obvious that he differed just slightly from what Wall Street might want. So, in short order, President Eisenhower authorized the... Read More →
Well, friends, we had three programs: “The Nicene Creed”; “The Holocaust of Christendom”; and “Reverence and Critique”. I have a summary of those three commentaries, which are available on our website. Chomsky just read this and said it was a “very moving and thoughtful piece.” So I’d like to share it with you. Chomsky himself had just released a piece saying the the US is one of the most fundamentalist countries in the world. One of the most extreme in the world. Chomsky is probably the best known political dissident of our time, and... Read More →
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