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Winner’s excitement may be contagious…

Posted in letters by Desiree on October 27, 2008

(with only the most minor of editing)

Hallo Heather and Desiree!

Thanks for another great show tonight! I’m really excited about winning tonight’s prize!!!! The person I spoke to was such a dear and everyone’s enthusiasm for Fun Drive is very contagious! Thanks for making donating so much fun!

I’m not sure what kind of horror movie you would like to watch – I love all kinds! We could go ‘old school’ and go with something like “The Thing”, The Exorcist (The Version You’ve Never Seen)”, “House of 1,000 Corpses”. Or maybe something like “May”, “The Prophecy”, or “Grindhouse”. Plus there’s’ a bazzillion zombie movies to choose from! “Moving Radio” host-guy suggested Tim Burton’s “Ed Wood” – I haven’t seen it but he said he could watch it 1,000 times, and could even hook us up with a copy. I trust him…. I think… ūüėȬ† I think Heather suggested “Agnes of God” … stigmata – neato! Too many choices! I need help!

Fun Drive always reminds me why, and how much, I adore CJSR! Where would we be without independent radio, or all the great shows and people that come with it?! I hope we never have to do without it!

Have a great weekend!! Take care,

Susan

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A response to our US election show

Posted in letters by Heather on September 28, 2008

Ok.

Simple truths.

Politicians, regardless of stripe or creed or platform, will always lie. They will always cheat. They will always use public opinion. It is in their nature. Heck, it’s in all of our natures to better our own situations, often times by whatever means we find necessary and acceptable. Politicians are more apt and able to take advantage of that drive because they are more driven to succeed and gain power. It’s incredibly easy to subjugate good moral sentiment when you want to lead a country. Absolute power, or the pursuit of power at least, inevitably brings out the inner sociopath in all of us. Nobody is immune. Don’t expect an honest politician. If you want honest, go find a holy man because you’ll never find a politician surviving by honesty. Nader. As an example. He serves as nothing but an annoyance.

Furthermore, to win, you have to chamelion yourself. Public opinion is one of those things that needs to be harnessed, and if you want a majority of the vote, you need to cater to that majority. It is and always has been that way.

Is it really shocking or astounding that politicians do this? I would hope not, since this has played out time and time again since the very dawn of organized nature. Anyone shocked or saddened or amazed by this is far too naive for his or her own good.

And for better or worse, we the people eat it up. We love it. Deep down inside, we crave the drama and the backstabbing. It’s gladiatorial combat in a suit and tie. Civilized bloodsport. And even if we don’t, even if it is distasteful, we would do well to realize that this system will not change in the immediate future, and won’t ever change, regardless of action or the soapbox we stand on.

Alliances will shift. Records will be called into light, many things will harm many candidates, not because what they’ve done is directly harmful, but because they don’t know how to play the game. They don’t know how to backpedal or turn things back around. They don’t know how to play the game. It doesn’t matter what they do if they can justify it to the largest segment of voters.

Do I condone the system? No. But am I realistic enough to see that regardless of what we do, the system will stay intact? Absolutely. Let’s be honest. There isn’t anything anyone can do. So, sit back, watch the gladiators do their thing. At the end of the day, it doesn’t matter a lick who wins anyhow, because at the end of the day, one stuffed suit looking out for his own ends looks exactly like the other when he’s sworn in.

It is a depressing truth, but one best learnt.

Clay

and part two…

…If you were to do the research, I would bet good money that both campaigns employ a tremendous amount of very expensive PR and marketing¬†manpower.¬† By what decision do you think the Mccain campaign chose Palin?¬† Perfect balance to Obama.¬† Star power.¬† And I think they didn’t let her do press conferences because, to carry a metaphor, not every shiny used car on the lot runs very well when you test all the doodads thoroughly.¬† And Palin, undoubtedly, is one hell of a shiny used car.¬† As long as she’s stationary, a prop, to use your words, she will draw a crowd.¬† Just don’t expect her to run very well when you put a mic to her head with no predetermined talking points.¬† She is useless as anything but a prop.

Anyhow, loved the show, and I would have called if I could!

Cyber high five!

Clay

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August 29th, 2008 email

Posted in letters by Heather on September 2, 2008

Your logical fallacies episode was decent as far as content goes, but the material leans more towards the instructional side than discussion. There’s nothing really controversial or polarizing about logical fallacies – they simply are. Informative as hell mind you, and I think the vast majority of the world needs to know said fallacies inside and out if they are to even remotely take their discourse seriously, but it’s hard to get people engaged because they know so little about them.

Anyhow, good show all the same. Now that you (and we listeners) have been schooled in logical fallacies, whatever Truther you have on next week will hopefully be held to higher standards of debate. I’d love to hear from one who could maintain a sound and consistent argument. It’s hard to say whether that is even possible, but I’d love to see it. – Phil

– Heather