Today on The BradCast, a story out of France today, discussed at top of show, proves that things could be much, much worse. That said, with things as bad as they are, we discuss what needs to be done to restore sanity to Congress and how to save the Supreme Court, the right to vote, the truth, and everything else that is supposed to come with "democracy". [Audio link to show is posted below.]
Among the stories covered on today's show...
• Civil rights opponent Jeff Sessions of Alabama was confirmed last night as the U.S. Attorney General largely on party lines, save for West Virginia's Democratic Senator Joe Manchin who voted for him. Should Manchin be primaried? Or is the fight for a Democratic majority as a check against Trump and the GOP more important? (I welcome your short and sweet comments on that for possible use on air! Email me, if you like: BradCast - at - BradBlog.com)
• Then, are Democrats taking the bait by taking the side of Trump's stolen Supreme Court nominee Neal Gorsuch, who claims to be "disheartened" by Trump's recent attacks against a federal judge? Answer: Yes, they are. But you can help stop that.
• Next, after new Attorney General Sessions takes office and immediately lies about violent crime statistics, what would he be willing to lie about next in order to make it harder for Democratic-leaning Americans to vote? Michael Slater, President and Executive Director of Project Vote joins us to discuss not only the "voter fraud" myths being perpetuated by Trump, but how American voters need to start working NOW on how to prevent (more) voter suppression and assure the right to vote.
While Slater tells me he believes the media are getting much better in their response to GOP "voter fraud" lies, he warns that Democrats still need a lot of help and organizations when it comes to keeping their eye on the ball. "The Democrats have never been as supportive of voting rights, and put as much energy into expanding voting rights, as we have seen the Republicans in their efforts to restrict voting rights," he notes, during our, at times, chilling, but hopefully enlightening conversation.
• Finally, Desi Doyen joins us for the latest Green News Report, as news breaks that the 3-judge panel on the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals has unanimously rejected Trump's bid to restore his stayed Executive Order banning immigrants, travelers and refugees from seven majority-Muslim countries...
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READER COMMENTS ON "'First Lies, Then Laws': 'BradCast' 2/9/2017" (13 Responses so far...)
COMMENT #1 [Permalink] ...
said on 2/9/2017 @ 8:18 pm PT...
It's hard for the Democrats, or they're happy that it looks hard for them to strongly oppose Neal Gorsuch. I can say that because I'm only able to trust a couple of them anymore.
I have seen nothing but fawning over Gorsuch on most outlets. I realize he likes to ski and shed tears for Scalia on a trip down the slopes when he heard the news, but the man is nothing near being an honest juror from what I've heard. Let's see some proof!
Actually, I'm with others who say this man should not be allowed to occupy a stolen post, even if he's the world's nicest man.
COMMENT #2 [Permalink] ...
said on 2/10/2017 @ 12:17 am PT...
There's nothing like gettin blomberged whit fake news. But I point out the obvious as only three people even listen to these stupid shows. Look at your blog has 6 hits. Oh boy.
This show matters about as much as a dog pissin on the carpet.
Your facts suck
your maths suck
try asking the elections hackers to do the math from lord monckton to splain what a tard you are for 13 years on climate maths
Manchin should be primaried, but a challenger from his left probably can't defeat him. A Republican in the general might take him --- or his challenger --- out in 2018, and after his vote for Sessions, it's difficult to see how that could be worse. If the forthcoming midterm is a blue wave --- I don't think likely, but it's too soon to predict --- Manchin will remain the most caucus-undisciplined Democrat in the Senate.
Lesser of two evils (a concept for voting I do not take to heart).
Since Brad replied to my previous comment here, as well as in his previous comment, I believe it appropriate to reprint my two replies here:
As I see it, Donald Trump would not be POTUS if Democrats had the good sense to select a genuine progressive (Bernie Sanders). Time and again issue polls show that genuine progressive policies are immensely popular. Assuming Trump did not electronically steal the election --- and it's impossible now to know whether or not he did --- I think it fair to say that Trump prevailed because a wide swath of working class Americans looked at such issues as the TPP and knew that Hillary sided with the multinational corporations. Many were also troubled by her cozy ties to Wall Street.
I suspect that a genuine progressive would have a far greater prospect of retaining WV seat in the Senate --- assuming it's not electronically stolen. One thing appears certain from the losses in 2014 & 2016. The establishment tactic of running ethically compromised Democrats who are beholden to Wall Street and other corporate interests is a losing strategy.
I think you've presented a faux Hobson's choice --- between a Senate majority and a more progressive Senate minority. The nomination of genuine progressives is the only way to achieve a Democratic majority.
By the time the 2018 midterms roll around, it should be abundantly clear to even the low information voters who had been taken in by Trump's faux populism in 2016 that they had been duped by an elaborate deception that was analogous to the prevarications that led to fraud allegations against Trump University.
Trump's economics --- e.g., elimination of the investment banking fiduciary rule, massive tax cuts for the billionaire class, repeal of the ACA sans consumer protection, opening up oil and gas while restraining the fastest growing energy sustainable energy sectors --- will all lead to a society in which the very people he proclaimed to champion will suffer the most.
In that environment, the Democratic candidates who would have the greatest chance of success would be genuine progressives who are not tainted by their ties to corporate wealth and power.
Neither your unintelligible erudition nor your inability to spell add much in the way of enlightenment.
COMMENT #6 [Permalink] ...
said on 2/10/2017 @ 8:56 am PT...
Surely it's time to reject the contention that a more progressive Caucus, and therefore a more progressive Democratic Party would be somehow less attractive to voters and therefore blow any chance of regaining a majority in Congress.
If anything, Trump's message, regardless of how regressive it may appear to us, represents a deeply held desire in ALL Americans, and perhaps a huge swath of the human population. That neo-liberalism , embraced by both parties and so many countries, banks and real "bad hombres" for so long, needs to go...permanently.
If you're looking for good news, how about acknowledging that in some ways, even the most ardent Tea Party Republican shares with the rest of us at least a partial understanding of what's wrong with America and the World (political corruption, a history of failure of the corporate media, corporate control of policy, upwards redistribution of wealth etc).
As to who they're willing to trust to address these burning issues...well maybe we'll have to give THEM some time to absorb the reality of it all.
Be that as it may, from my point of view the Democrats have 2 options: business as usual and face a back-breaking rejection in 2018...or surf the call for REAL change...all the way to victory.
It's time to represent the People, Democrats. Or the People are just going to have to find someone who will.
COMMENT #7 [Permalink] ...
said on 2/10/2017 @ 9:05 am PT...
When reading the vitriol written by ... Press4Pain, it's indeed "painful" to imagine that DeVos could make such a steaming pile of ignorance and hatred EVEN WORSE.
COMMENT #8 [Permalink] ...
said on 2/10/2017 @ 9:10 am PT...
COMMENT #9 [Permalink] ...
said on 2/10/2017 @ 4:44 pm PT...
But, on the upside Brad Blog is still around to resist Bullshitistan.
COMMENT #11 [Permalink] ...
said on 2/11/2017 @ 5:50 pm PT...
I don't get it.
If Don Siegelman was convicted in 2006 and sentenced to 78 months, why wasn't he out years ago anyway?
COMMENT #12 [Permalink] ...
said on 2/11/2017 @ 10:59 pm PT...
Larry @ 11
Siegelman was sentenced to 88 months in prison in 2007 and immediately taken into custody but nine months later got out of prison on bond in 2008 as he appealed his conviction. He was later re-sentenced to 78 months and returned to prison in September 2012.
He's still on the hook for ankle monitor, home confinement and media gag order for six months followed by 500 hours of community service and three years of probation.