THIS WEEK – Abortions, Faith-Based Initiatives, and Debating the Debate
As surprising as listeners may find this, Ex is pissed off! He tears into the recent Compassion Forum (renaming it the Compulsion Forum). Although he has several beefs (or is it "beeves"?) he and Philly zero in on the candidates' responses to questions on abortion. (0:00)
Obama says that abortion is a "moral decision" and a "wrenching choice." Are there any actual moral issues involved in abortions early in the pregnancy, or is the word "moral" just Obama's way of pandering to the religious? (15:57)
Faith-based initiatives and Establishment. We all pretty much agree with James Madison, even though he was not an atheist blogger. (32:18)
Attacks on Obama: why has he shown an utter inability to handle them better? Does he appear as un-Presidential to you as he does to Ex? What should he be saying in his own defense? Evo wonders whether Obama modifies his debating style because of perceived racial prejudices that he faces. But OG counters that it's really Hillary who has a tougher bias to overcome. The boys gang up on OG, badgering her to accept there is no anti-feminist sentiment in the electorate. Then, Philly tells the herd why he would accept an invitation to a religious forum if he were a candidate. (51:07)
Normally, this spot in the podcast would be devoted to out-takes. In this podcast, however, it's just more in-put. During a long break, the Herd can't seem to abort its discussion. (1:10:54)
Opening Music [00:00]: excerpt from "Another Goddamned Draft"
Bridge Music [14:34]: excerpt from "One of Many"
Bridge Music [31:01]: excerpt from "Disco is Not Dead"
Bridge Music [49:51]: excerpt from "Child of the 80s"
Bridge Music [1:04:01]: excerpt from "Arkansas Traveler"
Closing Music [1:10:16]: excerpt from "As Jazzy as I Get"
(All music: copyright 2008 by Rachel Murie)