Wednesday, February 6, 2008

Show for February 10, 2008

The Rosenfeld Family Radio Hour!

We take a slight twist from our usual format as I welcome on my brother, my dad and my daughter! We'll talk about news and play music. The news won't always be political news, so you'll have to excuse my indulgence into news topics that may, to some, seem trivial.

Jim Rosenfeld (aka, S. James Rosenfeld, esq., my dad, seen to the left with Obama) is a true political wonk and I would throw him in with the yellow-dog Democrats, as far as his political persuasion goes. Jim is currently the Director of Continuing Legal Education at Seattle University. He also possesses a curious mutant gene that enables him to pretty much always find the best parking spot anywhere he goes.

Seth Rosenfeld (my brother) is a producer in the video game industry and a former (and sometimes) illustrator of exceptional skill. He also is known to formely DJ in clubs in New York City and currently, in his living room. Seth is an avid gamer, science fiction afficianado and always on the cutting edge of pop culture, whether it be movies, books, games or trends. If you want to know what is interesting or cool or what will be interesting or cool, Seth is your man.

Zoe McPherson (my daughter) is . . . well . . . Zoe. I'll leave it at that and let you tune in the hear the wackiness. And if we're lucky, maybe Zoe will sing for us.

Here are some stories I'm currently following:
* CIA Director Acknowledges Waterboarding Use, BBC News via Digg
- Congress has been debating banning the use of waterboarding by the CIA - President Bush has threatened to veto such a bill - waterboarding is condemned as torture by rights groups and many governments.
* Waterboarding is legal, White House says, LA Times
* Veterans not entitled to mental health care, U.S. lawyers argue, San Francisco Chronicle via Hofgren
* Karl Rove Joins Fox News, The Trail, Washington Post Election Blog
* New Book Alleges 9/11 Commissioner Philip Zelikow Minimized Scrutiny of Bush Admin Failure to Prevent al-Qaeda Attack, Democracy Now!
- link to New York Times reporter Phillip Shenon speaking with Amy Goodman to talk about his new book, "The Commission: The Uncensored History of the 9/11 Investigation".
* Mississippi Law: "No fat people allowed in restaurants", Itola Tech News
* Romney calls it quits; what was interesting wasn't THAT he left but what he said as he left:
"If I fight on in my campaign, all the way to the convention, I would forestall the launch of a national campaign and make it more likely that Senator Clinton or Obama would win. And in this time of war, I simply cannot let my campaign, be a part of aiding a surrender to terror."

Nice attempt at fearmongering and likening the Democratic candidates to terrorists.
* Millions Without a Voice, Amy Goodman on disenfranchised former felons who have their right to vote taken away, Common Dreams
* David Suzuki: Jail politicians who ignore climate science, National Post (Canadian)
- NOW you're talkin!
* 95 Journalists Killed Worldwide in 2007, World Association of Newspapers (WAN) via
* Some Quotes from People Much Smarter Than I . . ., Current Era Blog
“Democracy is not about trust; it is about distrust. It is about accountability, exposure, open debate, critical challenge, and popular input and feedback from the citizenry. It is about responsible government. We have to get our fellow Americans to trust their leaders less and themselves more, trust their own questions and suspicions, and their own desire to know what is going on.”
-Michael Parenti

* Last Touch, via
- courtesy of George W. Bush and Dick Cheney; may you both rot in hell.
* Biofuels Deemed a Greenhouse Threat, NY Times
* At Va. Campaign Rally, It's Establishment vs. Inspiration, Washignton Post
- insightful story about the popularity of Barack Obama and the difficulties that lie ahead for Hillary Clinton
* Obama Talks About Atheism,


Seth W. Rosenfeld said...

I'm actually better looking than that.

Jim said...

Just to clarify the "yellow-dog" Democrat reference (given the confusing Wiki link), here's my position. I would vote for a "yellow dog" (presumably on the Democratic ticket) before I'd vote for a Republican.

Howard said...

". . .The term arose from the notion that a Southerner would vote for a yellow dog before voting for a Republican."

This is what the WIKI link has which pretty much encapsulates your philosophy.