Friday, July 07, 2006

Calling All Wing Nuts.

Earlier today I came across this wonderful site called Calling All Wingnuts and found it absolutely hilarious. The guy who does the site regularly calls every Reich wing radio show he can and gives them a piece of his mind. What a wonderful idea!

Then, I got to thinking, why don’t all of us do this? Suppose that just a fraction of us who read Daily Kos or Democratic Underground did this on a semi-regular basis? And it would be fun!

Just out of curiosity I went on over to the GOP’s website. Right on the webpage they have this interesting link. It is a listing of every Reich wing radio show I could think of, and their call-in numbers. I wonder why the RNC had to do this, perhaps they need all the callers for their shows these days that they can muster. Actually, I would bet ya that if you asked them to pay you to call into these programs they probably wouldn’t mind breaking off some bread with you.

But that’s neither here nor there. So in the spirit of Ann Coulteresque plagiarism I decided to copy and paste all their listings here. For those of you with a not-so-Nazi bent, feel free to use these listings to your heart’s desire. Of course, the Reich wing nut bags do regularly screen the other side out as much as possible, but I’ve found that if you accuse the talk show host of being “too liberal” on whatever issue you want to talk about, they’re be more than glad to let you on.

The Rush Limbaugh Show 1-800-282-2882
Sean Hannity Show 1-800-941-7326
The Laura Ingraham Show 1-800-449-8255
Hugh Hewitt Show 1-800-520-1234
The Mike Gallagher Show 1-800-655-MIKE
Imus in the Morning 1-800-370-4687
Michael Reagan Show 1-800-468-MIKE
G. Gordon Liddy Show 1-800-GG-LIDDY
The Michael Medved Show 1-800-955-1776
The Lars Larson Show 1-866-509-LARS
Neal Boortz Show 1-877-310-2100
Glenn Beck Show 1-888-727-BECK
Rusty Humphries Show 1-800-449-8255
Bill Bennett's Morning in America 1-866-680-6464
The Radio Factor with Bill O'Reilly 1-877-9-NO-SPIN
The Jim Bohannon Show 1-866-505- 4626
Dr. Laura 1-800-DR-LAURA
Janet Parshall's America 1-800-343-9282
Michael Savage Show 1-800-449-8255
The Larry Elder Show 1-800-222-5222
The Dennis Prager Show 1-877-243-7776
News Beat with Blanquita Cullum 1-800-510-TALK
Dateline Washington with Greg Corombus 1-800-510-TALK
Battle Line with Alan Nathan 1-800-510-TALK
Hot Talk with Scott Hennen 1-800-279- 9329
The Bob Grant Show 1-800-321- 8828
The Dolans Show 1-800-321- 0710
Good Day USA 1-877-541-5250
Jason Jarvis Show 1-860-676-8306
Common Sense Radio With Ollie North 1-888-99-NORTH
Point of View 1-800-351-1212
The Don Kroah Show 1-888-293-9282
The Ken Hamblin Show 1-800-462-6479

Ken Lay Dies, The World Gets Lighter.

When Karla Faye Tucker was executed the Reich wing media rejoiced in the death of a black woman who had been convicted of the felony of murder in the state of Texas. When Tupac Shakur and Biggie Smalls was gunned down the Reich wing media rejoiced in the murder of two “gangsta rappers” who “preached hate”. Now, we are to believe that Ken Lay has died, from a heart attack while vacationing in Aspen, Colorado, awaiting his sentencing for being found guilty of felonious crimes that put 4,000 people out of work and left thousands of Americans with nothing. How has that very same Reich wing media reacted to such news?

I came across this USA Today article which explained:
Former Enron CEO Ken Lay, 64, whose sunny optimism and Ph.D. smarts enabled him to convert a sleepy Texas pipeline company in the mid-1980s into a global powerhouse, died Wednesday of a heart attack just over a month after his rags-to-riches career ended in a criminal fraud conviction….

As sudden and unexpected as Lay's death was, government prosecutors were studying the possibility that legal precedent might require the indictment against him to be dismissed, and his conviction erased. Under that scenario, the government could not collect the $44 million it demanded he forfeit in a court filing last week.

Former prosecutor Ellen Podgor, a law professor at Stetson University College of Law, said, "It's a very strong precedent, as clear as it could be. In the Lay case, it will mean he does not die as a convicted felon. It will be as if his conviction does not exist."

Let me try to get this straight. Because Lay died before he could be sentenced for his crimes that literally ruined the lives of thousands of people, Lay has suddenly become an innocent man? What would have happened if another rich man like Tupac Shakur has been arrested and convicted of a few felonies? What if he died of a “heart attack” before he could be sentenced? Would there be any talk of his death suddenly making him an innocent man?

Sometimes it's nice just to pretend
there's real justice in this world.

The double standard is absolutely disgusting. Lay worked all his adult life to deregulate energy markets. When that deregulation came Lay’s company, Enron, intentionally took power grids down in order to create an artificial shortage of electricity, so that energy subsidiaries of Enron could charge customers whatever they liked per kilowatt hour. Those customers were the poor, the retired, those on fixed incomes. How much of their lives were ruined for Lay’s web of criminality that he did solely to line his pockets? How many Enron workers and shareholders will be left without careers or anything to fall back on? How many will commit suicide from the shambles Lay left their lives?

Lay’s estate shouldn’t be left with a dime. Every last penny should go to all the people Lay screwed, all the people who lost their jobs, all the power line workers who lost their 401(k)s, every Californian whose electricity bill went up by 5000% in a single month while suffering brown outs and black outs.

Of course, that’s only if you believe the guy is actually dead. If the turn of events mean that Lay’s estate will be able to keep his cash, it would seem that Ken Lay “dying” was just one last business decision. After all, Aspen, Colorado isn’t the only vacation resort in the world. Just ask Rush.