Sunday, January 30, 2011

On the Air Again with Tim Corrimal and Friends – Episode 153

Episode 153 of the Tim Corrimal Show is now posted. At the start of today’s show, Tim interviewed Canadian author and environmental activist Lillian Brummet, who, along with her husband Dave Brummet, are authors of the Trash Talk series of books (among many other projects). Their website is here. The Brummets also host the Conscious Discussions podcast three days a week, on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Sundays.

After Tim’s interview with Lillian, our panel, comprised of past guests Kim (@tickle_b on Twitter) of the Tickle Me Blue blog, and Joe (@Marnus3 on Twitter), along with new guest T Cheney (@tresec29 on Twitter), reviewed Pres. Obama’s State of the Union address, the “official” GOP response from Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI), and Rep. Michele Bachmann’s (R-MN) “Tea Party” response.

By the way, on the show Tim mentioned Kristen Wiig’s hilarious takeoff on Rep. Bachmann’s Tea Party response on last night’s episode of Saturday Night Live. Our good friend GottaLaff at The Political Carnival has the video here. I’m not much of an SNL fan these days, but this is good stuff. Thanks for posting that, Laffy.

With regard to the State of the Union itself, earlier in the week I criticized Pres. Obama’s call for medical malpractice “reform,” and I stand by that criticism. However, as I indicated on the show today, for the most part I thought the State of the Union address was positive and forward thinking, whereas Rep. Ryan’s rebuttal was trite, negative and, um … sound bite-y.

As for Rep. Bachmann’s odd performance on CNN (where she looked not at CNN’s cameras but at a separate Tea Party Express camera off to the side), I agree with this comment by David Paulson on Technocrati Politics: “She didn’t deliver a response; it was nothing more than a rerun of the same fact-free Tea Party commercial we’ve all seen over and again, ad nauseam.” Truth.

But I have to acknowledge a slight mistake I made when we discussed Rep. Bachmann’s other odd speech last week – the one where she said “the very founders that wrote those documents [the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution] worked tirelessly until slavery was no more in the United States” – because I inadvertently mistook her reference to John Quincy Adams for a reference to his father, John Adams. Among other things, Bachmann said “John Quincy Adams … would not rest until slavery was extinguished in the country.” John Quincy Adams, of course, was not a signatory to any of the founding documents – in fact, he did not serve in Congress until 1831, more than forty years after the Constitution was ratified which explains I initially thought Rep. Bachmann was referring to his father. However, I was right about one thing: John Quincy Adams died in 1848, nearly two decades before slavery was abolished in the United States through the ratification of the Thirteenth Amendment.

And one last comment about today’s show. I mentioned Rick Majerus, the former head coach of the University of Utah men’s basketball team (T is affiliated with that institution), and his opposition to the death penalty. I’d forgotten that Mr. Majerus left Utah and now works as the men’s basketball coach at St. Louis University. (By the way, what’s a Billiken?) Anyway, I’ve always loved Rick Majerus, but I had no idea just how awesome he really is. From a January 25, 2008 article in the New York Daily News about Majerus’ run in with St. Louis Archbishop Raymond Burke over Majerus’ liberal political views (St. Louis U. being a Jesuit university):

Majerus, 59, always has had a keen interest in politics. This could be in tribute to the work of his late father Ray and his 81-year-old mother Alyce, a daily communicant who was concerned her son might be excommunicated after this incident.

Although Ray did not have the benefit of being educated by the Jesuits like his son, there is no doubt he lived a life by the tenet they encourage - being a man for others. Ray Majerus became a union organizer in Milwaukee and later the secretary-treasurer of the UAW. He was not afraid to expose Rick to the picket lines for the famous Koehler, Wis., factory strike at the tender age of 7. Nor were his parents concerned when they let young Rick march in the deep South in places like Selma, Ala., with the Rev. James Groppi and Jesse Jackson when the civil rights movement was just starting to take root during the 1960s. His parents were even tear-gassed on one occasion. He campaigned with his father outside factory gates with Jimmy Carter and Walter Mondale in 1976, campaigned for Kerry in three states in 2004 and plans to fly to Utah, where he is a registered Democrat, to vote in November. He also has participated in death penalty protests outside prisons, building a liberal philosophy that is ingrained in him.

Good for you, Rick Majrus. I think I’ve just become a Billikens fan.

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  1. An excellent post and thanks again. You know I don't follow sports and I had never heard of Rick Majerus before you mentioned him. God bless him and his work!!!!