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(Arianna Tomorrow!)
Time for LIVE Broadcast Coming soon...Best Guess: 9pm CT
By Brad Friedman on 8/24/2005 3:49pm PT  

We'll once again have EXCLUSIVE LIVE coverage of the Joan Baez Performance along with Cindy Sheehan's return to Camp Casey this evening on The BRAD SHOW. We'll post the time as soon as we know it. Best guess, 9pm CT.

Arianna Huffington will be our LIVE guest on tomorrow's daytime version of The BRAD SHOW beginning at 12noon Central Time.

Sheehan will momentarily be pulling up to Camp Casey...we'll try to have photos and audio shortly...

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LIVE and RAW from CRAWFORD, Texas
Blog along with us if you please!
By Winter Patriot on 8/24/2005 9:39am PT  

Guest blogged by Winter Patriot

The BRAD SHOW returns, LIVE and RAW and coming to you direct from Crawford, Texas.

LISTEN LIVE via:The IBC Radio Network
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or WhiteRoseSociety (Option 2)

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A BRAD SHOW via RAW RADIO EXCLUSIVE! Coverage Begins at 9pm ET!
'Operation Noble Cause' Continues...Deep in the Heart of Texas...
By Brad Friedman on 8/23/2005 4:38pm PT  

After five hours of LIVE broadcasting from Camp Casey (as we now do every day on The BRAD SHOW via RAW RADIO's special "Operation Noble Cause" coverage) We've just been given the go ahead for exclusive coverage of tonight's Joan Baez performance LIVE from Camp Casey in Crawford Texas!

Jump to www.BradShow.com for special LIVE coverage at 9pm ET (8pm CT, 7pm MT, 6pm PT) SHARP.

To be anchored by your friendly citizen blogger, Brad Friedman.

Spread the word...

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(Our LIVE interview with Baez from yesterday is here.)

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LIVE and RAW from CRAWFORD, Texas
Blog along with us if you please!
By Winter Patriot on 8/23/2005 9:39am PT  

Guest blogged by Winter Patriot

The BRAD SHOW returns, LIVE and RAW and coming to you direct from Crawford, Texas.

LISTEN LIVE via:The IBC Radio Network
or at WhiteRoseSociety (Option 1)
or WhiteRoseSociety (Option 2)

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Reporter asks Bush about meeting with Sheehan
By David Edwards on 8/23/2005 9:31am PT  

Guest blogged by David Edwards

Bush answered questions from reporters this morning.
Again, he refused to meet with Cindy Sheehan.

Watch the video
(Windows Media format)

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Live and Deep in the Heart of Texas!
Plus: Rep. Shiela Jackson Lee's Surprise Appearance, A THIRD Night of Baez to Come Tomorrow and Margot Kidder on Tomorrow's BRAD SHOW!
By Brad Friedman on 8/22/2005 6:14pm PT  

Wow...What a day...A radio miracle, indeed. The BRAD SHOW via RAW RADIO's "Operation Noble Cause" seems to now be up and running from Crawford Texas!

Thanks to Ben Burch of WhiteRoseSociety.org today's extraordinary 4 hours will now be looping throughout the night until we fire it up again tomorrow at HIGH NOON Central Time tomorrow. ReBRADCasting all night long! Option 1 or Option 2 (whatever works best for your audio player).

As well, here's the Joan Baez interview [MP3]with commercial breaks pulled out (again, thanks to Ben and WhiteRose! You saved our lives!)

Baez decided to stick around another day and is about to give an account of "Her Life in Activism" which will include a few songs as well (she tells us) and some other performances from some other folks.

And now, she's just been introducted by a suprise guest --- Rep. Shiela Jackson Lee...and further surprise, Baez is to make it a two-parter! She's gonna be here another night for part II of "Her Life in Activism" (Come on down folks!)

If I'd had more than 40 minutes sleep last night, I might be more articulate now. But listen to whatever you can of today's show. I think there was some extraordinary stuff. Amazing voices. And the last thirty minutes just tore me up...

But here's some fresh skinny for ya...We'll be back LIVE at NOON CT tomorrow (1p ET, 10a PT) and our first guest will be Superman's Margot Kidder, whose just become a U.S. citizen last week!

And oh, the things you'll hear...Stay tuned...

Thanks again to those who can DONATE to help keep us up on the air! And to those who have done so already!

We hope to have another audio highlight or two soon!

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By David Edwards on 8/22/2005 4:51pm PT  

Guest blogged by David Edwards

The American Research Group published the latest poll showing more bad news for President Bush.

George W. Bush's overall job approval ratings have dropped from a month ago even as Americans who approve of the way Bush is handling his job as president are turning more optimistic about their personal financial situations according to the latest survey from the American Research Group. Among all Americans, 36% approve of the way Bush is handling his job as president and 58% disapprove. When it comes to Bush's handling of the economy, 33% approve and 62% disapprove.

Among Americans registered to vote, 38% approve of the way Bush is handling his job as president and 56% disapprove, and 36% approve of the way Bush is handling the economy and 60% disapprove.

This is the second month in a row when improving economic ratings have not been matched by higher job approval ratings for Bush. A total of 24% of Americans now say their personal financial situations are getting better, up from 17% in July, and 27% say they believe that their personal financial situations will be better off a year from now, which is up from 21% in July.

...
Overall, 36% of Americans say that they approve of the way George W. Bush is handling his job as president, 58% disapprove, and 6% are undecided.

Bush job approvalApproveDisapproveUndecided
Aug 200536%58%6%
July 200542%52%6%
Jun 200542%53%5%
May 200543%51%6%
Apr 200544%50%6%
Mar 200547%48%5%
Feb 200549%45%6%
Jan 200551%44%5%
Dec 200450%45%5%
Nov 200451%43%6%
Oct 2004 45%47%8%
Sep 200445%48%7%
Aug 200443%50%7%

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LIVE and RAW from CRAWFORD, Texas
Blog along with us if you please!
By Winter Patriot on 8/22/2005 9:52am PT  

Guest blogged by Winter Patriot

The BRAD SHOW returns, LIVE and RAW and coming to you direct from Crawford, Texas.

LISTEN LIVE via:The IBC Radio Network
or at WhiteRoseSociety (Option 1)
or WhiteRoseSociety (Option 2)

For more details, click here.

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'Operation Noble Cause' Hits the Air at HIGH NOON in Crawford Texas!
Live Listening Links via www.BradShow.com!
By Brad Friedman on 8/22/2005 3:51am PT  

It's 5:40am as I type this in Crawford, Texas. I've got radio interviews beginning in about an hour, and then I'll be heading back to Camp Casey for our first LIVE BRAD SHOW via RAW RADIO from on the ground in the center of the action!

Come hell or high water, after driving all the way across the country, we hope to get on the air! (My money is on "hell" but either way...)

Join us for this historic simulcast on several different radio networks! Find out how I do a LIVE show from the middle of nowhere with no sleep! Even as I find out!

Spread the word! And yes...we still very much need your DONATIONS to pull off this radio miracle!

I'll try to explain how it all came to this once we're on the show. If you like your radio RAW, don't miss this very first daily BRADcast from deep in the heart of Texas! CLICK HERE FOR LIVE LISTENING LINKS!

LATE UPDATE: We are very happy to announce that JOAN BAEZ will be a guest on today's historic BRAD SHOW. Don't miss it!!

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By David Edwards on 8/21/2005 2:10pm PT  

Guest blogged by David Edwards

The host of CNN's Reliable Sources, Howard Kurtz, interviewed Arianna Huffington of The Huffington Post this morning. Kurtz questioned Huffington on articles she has recently written on Cindy Sheehan, Judith Miller and the coverage of the Iraq war...

KURTZ: Let me just ask the question and then you can respond.

You said that some people on the right are sliming Cindy Sheehan, your word, and you say that Bill O'Reilly said that this kind of behavior borders on treasonous. But in that particular case what he said was, quote, "Other American families who have lost sons and daughters in Iraq feel that this kind of behavior borders on treasonous." So do you owe O'Reilly an apology on that point?

HUFFINGTON: No, absolutely not.

Listen, words like treasonous being used by O'Reilly, words like crackpot being used by Fred Barnes, Michelle Malkin trying to tell us what she believes Casey Sheehan would have thought about his mother --- you know, all that is completely inappropriate.

But more important than that, let me raise a point which has to do with the scrutinizing of her comments. I mean, if 10 percent of that kind of scrutiny was given to comments made by people who are actually making life and death decisions in this country, like Dick Cheney's "last throes" statement about the insurgency, like Condoleezza Rice's statement about the mushroom clouds, like "mission accomplished," all the ludicrous statements made by...

KURTZ: Hold on, hold on.

You're saying that the journalists in this country are giving far more scrutiny to Cindy Sheehan than to the vice president of the United States and the secretary of state, really?

HUFFINGTON: When it comes to ludicrous statements like the last throes, the insurgency being in its last throes, the statement that journalists should be scrutinizing every day, because it shows a massive disconnect between the reality in Iraq and the vice president of the United States.

Rice's statement about the imminent mushroom cloud before we invaded Iraq should be scrutinized every day as an example of how this woman and this administration misled this country to war.

These are incredibly significant statements that should be scrutinized instead of the statements that Cindy Sheehan, who does not claim to be a foreign policy expert, or who does not have any power to send people to war, has made over the last year.

Here is a video of the entire exchange between Huffington and Kurtz. (streaming Windows media)

A transcript is also available from CNN.

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By David Edwards on 8/21/2005 11:10am PT  

Guest blogged by David Edwards

Special prosecutor, Patrick J. Fitzgerald, is investigating the outing CIA agent Valerie Plame Wilson. Suspicions have been solidly cast upon Karl Rove and Scooter Libby. There is no doubt that the crime wasn't committed alone or without the help of others.

An article published today in the Canadian newspaper Globe and Mail, suggests that Patrick Fitzgerald's instincts are to root out corruption at the highest levels:

U.S. Attorney Patrick Fitzgerald has prosecuted mobsters, terrorists and even journalists. He has investigated and charged state and city officials in this notoriously crooked state with pit bull tenacity.

And always, he has methodically, inexorably pursued his investigations to target the man at the top of the organizational pyramid.
...
The 6-foot, 2-inch, 215-pound former rugby player is considered one of the most aggressive and uncompromising prosecutors in the country.
...
He won the high-profile job in Chicago when Illinois' maverick senator, Peter Fitzgerald, (no relation) recommended him to the White House as someone who would be "untouchable" --- a modern-day Elliot Ness --- by the political power brokers in the state.
...
People who have watched Mr. Fitzgerald operate in Chicago, and before that as assistant U.S. Attorney in New York City, are not surprised by his zeal in pursuing the journalists. But don't expect him to stop there.

That's how he operates: Apply maximum pressure to reluctant witnesses in order to build an air-tight case against the most senior member of a criminal conspiracy.
...
Cindy Canary, executive director of the Illinois Campaign for Political Reform, said Mr. Fitzgerald has "stepped up the pace of prosecutions tremendously" since taking the job in September, 2001.

"You get the sense that there are absolutely no sacred cows with him. He aims straight for the top."

Take a look at this August 8th video clip from PBS NewsHour for more background on Patrick Fitzgerald. (Windows Media format)

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By Brad Friedman on 8/21/2005 8:59am PT  

We've finally made it to Texas! We hope to roll into Crawford at some point this afternoon!

If all goes well (and why would it?) we'll be up and on the air with a Special DAILY Edition of The BRAD SHOW on the ground LIVE at High Noon in Crawford (1p ET, 12p CT, 11a CT, 10a PT) each day for the duration!

We've still got many mountains to climb as we've been trying to make the whole thing happen even as we've been barreling across the country by car. Pulling this off will be a Radio Miracle...but it's time for a miracle or two!

We hope to be simulcasting these special LIVE broadcasts over several networks. Details on all of that to come as things come together (if they continue to come together!)...Stay tuned here and at www.BradShow.com for more info as soon as we can get it to ya!

And thanks for ANY DONATIONS YOU CAN MAKE TO HELP PAY FOR THIS EFFORT to try and make this necessary national discussion possible! The discussion we should have had in this country three years and thousands of dead bodies ago! (If you'd like to sponsor or advertise on this broadcast in some way, please contact our producer Kat ASAP!)

See this previous post for details of how we decided to interrupt our previously planned vacation to try and make this all possible!

Thanks to the BRAD BLOG Guest Bloggers for allowing me the time to pull all of this off! As well to indefatigable BRAD SHOW Producer, the infamous Kat L'Estrange for the various miracles she's already made happen, along with dozens of folks who have jumped in to try and help as well! More on all of them, and much more on all of this soon...

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HBO's Real Time with Bill Maher kicks off new season
By David Edwards on 8/20/2005 12:45pm PT  
Guest blogged by David Edwards

HBO premiered the new season of Real Time with Bill Maher on Friday night. We are pleased to share this video clip with some highlights from the show.

Some of our favorite parts were Bill's jokes about Bush's reading habits, an interview with Paul Hackett, a hilarious rant about the debate over 'intelligent design' and, of course, Bill Maher's monologue. Chris Rock managed to squeeze in a few funny lines too.

Streaming video in Windows Media format

Streaming video in Real Media format

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We Have A GREAT Show On Tap --- If The Network Plays Our Cards Right!
By Winter Patriot on 8/20/2005 12:16pm PT  

Guest blogged by Winter Patriot

A great old BRAD SHOW is almost ready to hit the airwaves. Again. It was broadcast LIVE two weels ago, had a great lineup and was fantastic show. And if the folks at the network pull up the right files, you can hear it again via the Web! Saturday from 7p-11p ET (4p-8p PT) and Sunday 12noon-4p ET (9a-1p PT)

Here's the guest list:

  • Rep. CYNTHIA MCKINNEY (D-GA) on Diebold in Georgia and the need for Election Reform (and on her 9/11 Forum!)
  • SAM WALKER of the National Voting Rights Museum in Selma,
    Alabama
    with an eyewitness account of Bloody Sunday.
  • KEENAN KELLER Special Counsel to Conyers' & the House Judiciary Comm. on the Voting Rights Act & SCOTUS Nominee John Roberts' opposition to it.
  • An Exclusive Account of what led to the Voting Rights Act in 1965 from civil rights icon Rep. JOHN LEWIS (D-GA) who was beaten on Bloody Sunday and then marched next to Dr. Martin Luther King from Selma to Montgomery.
  • PLUS! If the Radio & Democracy Gods are with us...

  • Rev. JESSE JACKSON calling in LIVE from the Rainbow/PUSH Rally in Atlanta! and...
  • Rep. RUSH HOLT (D-NJ) on his Election Reform Bill!
  • Also...

  • A LIVE report from BRAD BLOG reader, KIRA, just home from the Rainbow/PUSH March & Rally (August 6th) in Atlanta! "March like your rights depended on it!"
  • It's free speech at its best, but it's not free! Brad pays for the studio rental --- out of his own pocket --- at $500 per week! He doesn't need to rent a studio this weekend but he still needs donations, so please donate here to help defray costs! Every little bit helps, friends.

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    Robert Parry Explains Why The Old 'We Need To Stay In Iraq' Ploy Is Bogus
    By Winter Patriot on 8/19/2005 11:40pm PT  

    Guest blogged by Winter Patriot

    It's always an extreme pleasure --- and a severe challenge --- to post an item based on a column by Robert Parry. His excellent piece of August 17, 2005, is called Iraq & the Logic of Withdrawal. It's compelling reading, and it should be mandatory for all who say "we have to stay in Iraq until the Iraqis can provide their own security".

    Washington's conventional wisdom on the Iraq War is roughly divided into two camps: those who still think George W. Bush's invasion was a good idea and want to “stay the course” – and those who opposed Bush on going to war but now say “we must get it right.”

    I am not in either camp, as regular readers of this space probably know. And I've been saying at every opportunity. So it's good to see that a very wise observer agrees with me. His take on the issue is a bit different than mine, but we reach the same conclusions. I find that comforting. It's like a math problem --- when you've solved it, you go back and check your work by doing the same problem in a different way. If you get the same answer the second time, you can be fairly sure that your answer is correct.

    Both sides – representing nearly the entire political spectrum in Washington – rule out a prompt U.S. military withdrawal because that supposedly would turn Iraq into a “failed state” and a “breeding ground for Islamic terrorism.” Therefore, the thinking goes, U.S. troops must remain while Iraq builds a democracy that can stop the extremists.

    But there is a case to be made for U.S. withdrawal as the best option for both resolving the conflict and neutralizing the foreign Islamic extremists in Iraq. A corollary of this thinking holds that the continued U.S. military presence does more harm than good.

    More harm than good to Iraq? Or to the USA? I would say "both!"

    The logic of withdrawal goes like this:

    First, a distinction must be made between the Sunni-led insurgency, which is fighting out of a sense of Iraqi nationalism and to protect the Sunni minority's interests in Iraq, and the al-Qaeda-linked terrorist network of Jordanian Abu Musab al-Zarqawi. It is engaged in a jihad to drive Americans and other Westerners out of the Middle East.

    While the interests of the Sunni-led insurgency and the Zarqawi-led terrorists may overlap under the present circumstances, that is primarily because an American force of 138,000 troops remains inside Iraq.

    And the rest of the column goes like this.

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