One on one with Prof. Henry A. Giroux. A collaboration with Truthout.org this conversation covers Giroux's new book, "Youth In a Suspect Society: Democracy or Disposability" [Palgrave/McMillan] which links the corporate propaganda aimed at young people to the pathologies that are created, producing the "youth crime complex". Giroux is a deep thinker, and his unique analysis connects the commodification of our young people with the erosion of the social compact and the dominance of "the market" in America today. Using California as an example, we discuss the disinvestment in education-- to the point that we spend more on prisons than schools. Giroux is the Global TV Network Chair Professor at McMaster University in Ontario, Canada.
Prof. Stephen Zunes on US repudiation of the Goldstone report; activist David DeGraw says to Wall St.: "Stop, Thief!!" and Tommy Panik files an exclusive report. Zunes is a professor of Politics at the University of San Francisco, and writes for Foreign Policy in Focus. He deplores the 11/4 House vote, 344-36, to reject the Goldstone Commission report as "deeply flawed", and the comments of UN Ambassador Susan Rice and State Dept's P.J. Crowley that investigating alleged war crimes by Israel and Palestinians would impede the peace process. DeGraw runs the website www.ampedstatus.com and has intense feelings about the grand larceny of our financial sector presided over by Paulson and Geithner. Panik is our in-depth undercover low budget investigative report, and updates us on White House basketball, Levi Johnston and the Palin soap operas, and the recent reunion of the Cheney torture team.
You sure showed Tom Ammiano how clever a governor can be. Sure, he shouldnâ€™t have called you a liar (even though itâ€™s true) or told you to kiss his gay ass, and you shouldnâ€™t have been at that Democratic fundraiser in San Francisco anywayâ€”but your pal Willie Brown invited you and since youâ€™re not doing anything in Sacramento these days, you dropped in and got a predictable response.
So when you stopped bluffing about vetoing all the bills this year (but it was a really cool bluff, cuz it came from you) and signed some of them, you vetoed a minor bill authored by Ammiano and sent him a custom veto letter that was so clever that the letters on the left margin spelled â€œFuck youâ€. This is the coolest, most clever F-bomb since the pop group April Wine released the song â€œIf You See Kayâ€ back in the â€˜80â€™s, your steroids-and-groping decade. You and the frat boys in your office mustâ€™ve spent hours crafting the letter and admiring it, and Iâ€™ll bet you did it all on a furlough day so taxpayers werenâ€™t pinched by it.
And it was so cool that you resisted the urge to call Ammiano a â€œgirly manâ€, since heâ€™s about the only member of the legislature who would take it as a compliment. The editorial writers at the San Francisco Chronicle werenâ€™t that coolâ€”the left margin of their editorial slamming your F-bomb spelled out â€œgrow up, girlymanâ€ which is just so, well, 2005.
Whatâ€™s even cooler is that you have been sodomizing Californiaâ€™s Democrats on just about a daily basis since the summer of 2008. Since our real Governor, Grover Norquist, wouldnâ€™t allow the GOP members of the legislature to work with you to resolve the budget crisis that you created when you killed the car tax on your first day in office (way cool--$26 billion cool!) you managed to get the Democrats to bend over and take itâ€”leading up to the May special election. The Dems acted like your sex slavesâ€”telling us that unless we approved that 6-pack of poison, that life as we know it would cease. The voters are smarter than you all reckoned, and rejected your â€œsolutionsâ€ because they knew they were phony.
So then you spent the summer in Sacramento (not cool) and alienated most of the legislators by demanding an all-cuts budget with massive disinvestment in education and a clever offshore oil drilling scheme that didnâ€™t generate much money and showed us that your concern about climate change is just an act from a bad actor.
And after the Democrats survived all-nighters and gave in to virtually all of your demands, you screwed them again with line-item vetoes of programs like domestic violence hotlines, even though you didnâ€™t have the power to do so. Now thatâ€™s really clever and very coolâ€”you rock, dude! Who needs a legislature or even a constitution when youâ€™ve got power derived solely from ego?
Over the next 5 to 10 years, as we struggle to repair the considerable damage that youâ€™ve done to California and its most vulnerable people, we will marvel that you were so clever, and so cool as you imposed disaster capitalism on California, dismantled Pat Brownâ€™s dreams and left the rubble to his moonbeam son.
Your stint as governator may be your only foray into politics; I hope so. But I expect that you will let Carly Fiorina run against Boxer as the Republican, and jump in as an independent in the general, and hope that you can write a script that covers your massive failures to date. And we will scour that script carefully for crude and cryptic messages in the left margin.
Robert Parry comments on Matthew Hoh's resignation and criticism of US Afghanistan policy; attorney Michael Risher of the ACLU talks about DNA profiling, and PBC pays tribute to the late Norton Buffalo. Parry says the US has given al Qaeda more than they wished for, and talks about Obama's decision on troop additions. We also talk about Daniel Ellsberg and the new documentary, The Most Dangerous Man in America. And Parry takes a swipe at the mainstream media for declaring the "public option" dead, prematurely. Risher tells how California's Prop 69 requires police to take DNA samples from felony suspects, even those who are innocent or not charged, and those samples stay in the DNA crime database. And Norton Buffalo, the harmonica genius who died on October 30, is warmly remembered by Peter B.
Melvin A. Goodman, former CIA analyst and author of "Failure of Intelligence" joins me and Sibel Edmonds for another installment of The Boiling Frogs interview series. Goodman offers sharp criticism of the CIA for its missteps and political players like Robert Gates, George Tenet and Cofer Black. He talks about the risks of further US escalation in Afghanistan and much more. Visit Sibel's powerful new site, www.boilingfrogspost.com