THIS WEEK - Presidents, Lies, Voters ... and the Boy Scouts
What's the responsibility of the President in accurately educating the public on matters of government policy? Or on anything, for that matter? SI states the case for a teacher-prez, but Ex takes a somewhat controversial position. The rest of the Herd, including special guest Chappy, weigh in. (00:00)
How vigilant is the voting public about our elected officials telling us the truth? What can the electorate do? Chappy is optimistic about the possibilities, but SI punctures her balloon. We also look at our compliant press. (14:13)
One of us thinks voters should have to take a test before casting their ballots. Is there an elitist in the house? Find out who he or she is. (If you're a regular listener, try to guess beforehand.) Do Americans lack intellectual curiosity and necessary basic knowledge? Most of the Herd argues that you can’t force the electorate to make informed decisions. (30:24)
OG is annoyed at The Boy Scouts of America Centennial Commemorative Coin Act. Does she have Scout-envy, or is there something insidious at work in the proposed legislation? We briefly discuss the history of B.S.A.'s B.S. Evo ably sums up the Herd's position, and, for once, Ex and SI refrain from embellishing. But someone tries to earn the sound-effects merit badge. (51:52)
Opening Music [00:00]: excerpt from "Another Goddamned Draft"
Bridge Music [13:32]: excerpt from "Highway 45"
Bridge Music [29:00]: excerpt from "One of Many"
Bridge Music [51:17]: excerpt from "Middle Earth"
Closing Music [1:05:43]: excerpt from "As Jazzy as I Get"
(All music: copyright 2008 by Rachel Murie)
This Week's Goddamned Links
Joe Klein's Article about McCain
Huffington Post on Klein and McCain
The Constitution of the United States
Boy Scouts Commemorative Coin Act
Numismatists Jump for (Discriminatory) Joy
Secular Coalition's Action Alert
Wikipedia on Boy Scouts of America and Membership
The Scouts' Discrimination Against Gays
JREF Forum on Scouts and Atheism
How to Tie a Sheepshank