Monday, October 31, 2005
Friday, October 28, 2005
First is with author Peter Bracke, author of Crystal Lake Memories: The Complete History of Friday the 13th. This is a beautiful book and constitutes the definitive history of the series. Bracke discussed the production of the book, the cultural and commercial legacy of Friday the 13th, and the future of the franchise. The interview will air as a part of Maverick at the Movies between 11am and noon (CST) on Sunday, October 30th.
Second is an interview with Magistra Peggy Nadramia, a high priestess in the Church of Satan. Magistra Nadramia spoke about the form and function of satanic rituals and the interview is followed by a broadcast of "The Satanic Mass" as recorded by Anton LaVey. The program will air at 11pm (CST) on Sunday, October 30th.
Both programs can be heard on 89.7 KMSU FM in the southern Minnesota area or online here.
Sunday, October 23, 2005
Satire has a way of making arguments clearer.
Friday, October 14, 2005
Much has been made about Miers close ties to the President and her lack of experience; even Ann Coulter, who has typically been a defender of the administration, has protested the nomination. Christopher Hitchens has written a piece on the subject from a slightly different angle. While it is well known that Miers is a conservative Christian, her nomination is not that different from John Robberts, who, according to Hitchens, once said that if a conflict arose between the law and the teachings of the Vatican, he would recuse himself. If Roberts is unable to separate his faith from a matter of secular law, why is he a justice at any level? This is the kind of question that should have been asked of Roberts during his hearing process, one I am hoping that our senators will raise during Miers' hearing. We should not be surprised that Bush has nominated Christian for the post. For Bush, her religious zeal is her qualification to serve on the bench.
This article describes a Bush's press conference to defend the attacks on the nomination:
"'Of all the people in the United States you had to choose from, is Harriet Miers the most qualified to serve on the Supreme Court?' Mr. Bush was asked. 'Yes' he answered. Has he ever discussed abortion with her? 'Not to my recollection.' How much political capital does he have left? 'Plenty.' With a straight face he promised that Ms. Miers was 'not going to change' and that '20 years from now she'll be the same person with the same philosophy that she is today.' Even were that a praiseworthy attribute, it would still contradict the history of a woman who abandoned her Roman Catholic faith for evangelical Christianity and the Democratic Party for the Republicans."
With outrage coming from the right and the left, I don't feel so concerned about this nomination because I do not think it is going anywhere. But what does concern me is the level to which this president is disconnected from reality.