Hal Sparks Radio Pgm -- Ted Cruz Faux Filibuster Fundraising, 9/28/13
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Ted Cruz is beyond ridiculous. Hal couldn't resist spending some time on his faux filibuster -- aka fundraising speech -- and I couldn't resist the Seuss moment. You have to hear Cliff Schecter nail the Cruz irony deficiency for "Casual Fridays" on the Majority Report, which I bastardized badly.

Here's the Ted Cruz tweet that makes it clear his staff rivals him in a lack of basic governing lingo: "SCOTUS is what?"

In all seriousness, the House GOP is moving the country toward a governmental shut down so they can continue their temper tantrum. Even if a budget manages to pass, the debt ceiling is right around the corner. Don't forget to thank former representative, now governor, Mike Pence (R-IN) for kicking off the debt ceiling-budget merry-go-round. (My piece on Pence and his cohorts: anti-woman language to the budget they passed at midnight Sunday morning, should give you deja vu. They haven't learned anything from 2012; let's make sure we have.

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"Papal Praise" -- Dangerous Conversation, New Media Mondays (09/23/13)
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I took my papal praise radio tour on Dangerous Conversation for New Media Mondays. We talked about my piece Oh. My. God. on a shift in culture from the Vatican and its possible effect on Americans no matter their religious heritage. Lee Camp got a mention for being in the "I can't believe I'm praising the pope" predictament along with me: What the Pope has Said That's Too Dangerous to Talk About. Ledge is slightly concerned that Lee's MOC may lead to the apocolypse, so watch at your own risk.

Other topics included optimism for LGBT rights, abortion access, contraception mainstreaming, stem cell research normalization, and -- of course -- masturbation. Ledge gets a bit nostalgic about his seed, so this is for him: the bit from John Fugelsang on the history of the church's stance concerning "spilling your seed" and its centuries-long misinterpretation: "Birth Control vs Fake Christians".

We discuss American Catholics and their incorrect rep as a conservative voting block, me telling the story of the Chicago Police Dept captain who didn't appreciate the 14-Foot guilt Jesus across from a clinic where I escorted. (The particular protest that prompted the erection of the Guilt Jesus is returning and it's nationwide. Follow Robin Marty's blog for info on the "40 Days For Life" invasion coming to your community.)

Of course, not everyone is excited about or gets the nuanced change happening in Vatican politics. I fell required to include at least one dissenting voice. From RH Reality Check: "My Short Lived Hope for a More Compassionate Catholic Church"

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Category:Dangerous Conversation -- posted at: 8:15am PDT
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Hal Sparks Radio Pgm -- Papal Praise! 9/21/13
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Moral ambiguity episode! wherein I join Hal and John mid-Ted Cruz discussion. I couldn't resist including the lead-in ahead of my segment because, well, Braveheart reference. Also, Hal boils the Conservative/GOP/Republican party's challenge with gendery equality and LGBT rights down to the white, rich patriarchal majority's trouble understanding the concept of consent. Marriage equality and contraception are not "slippery slopes," so just stop it.

Then we get to it: I like this pope. I said it. No, he isn't perfect. Please reread the previous paragraph about moral ambiguity. I wrote about the shift in focus out of the Vatican -- "Oh. My. God." -- and why it matters what he said last week whether you're Catholic or not.

The technical issues out of the WCPT studio (hooray, phone line fun!) meant Hal and I couldn't hear each other for much of the segment. Hang with us and stay tuned -- I'll be in Chicago to broadcast live and in person coming up!
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Hal Sparks Radio Pgm -- The Muslims Are Coming! 9/7/13
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A Hal Sparks Radio Program extra! Dean Obeidallah and Negin Farsad joined Hal to discuss their new comedic documentary The Muslims Are Coming! which opens this week in Chicago and coming up in LA, NYC and Seattle. Find out what it was like taking on Islamophobia in red-state America and why you have to get to a viewing!

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Category:HSRP -- posted at: 8:01am PDT
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Hal Sparks Radio Pgm -- No War With Syria 9/7/13
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This segment is almost entirely dedicated to the campaign for intervention in Syria. Hal and I discuss how the War Powers Act has changed executive power over the last several administration, President Obama seeking approval for "limited engagement" from Congress and how we both hope for a peaceful, diplomatic solution before any bombs are launched.

There is a great humanitarian need with millions of Syrians having fled their own country. Listen to my activism segment for The Best of the Left Podcast -- No War With Syria and click on the YouTube "About" tab to sign the petitions from Rep. Alan Grayson and CREDO Action urging your legislators to refrain from adding to the bloodshed.

You can get more background on the conflict from two great Majority Report segments: 9/5 Ali Gharib: Syria Action Does Not Have To Mean War and 9/4 Matt Duss: Don’t Attack Syria.

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Category:HSRP -- posted at: 7:42am PDT
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