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In case you missed Ôem, they headed back to Atlanta for reprise of the General Assembly session! Tax cuts, school bucks, sex offenders, church-and-state, illegal immigrants and more election-year headline grabbing are on the agenda. On January 11th, we grabbed headlines of our own with a smart and lively free-for-all featuring leading lawmakers and other important folks.
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Listen to the January 11th Political Party podcast, "What have GeorgiaÕs politicians done for you lately?," with guests State Representative Alisha Thomas Morgan, State Representative Nan Orrock, State Senator Sam Zamarippa, Radio talk show host Martha Zoller, Georgia Watch Legislative Coordinator Danny Orrock (above left), and your host, CL editor, Ken Edelstein (above right).
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With host Ken Edelstein. In case youÕve missed Ôem, theyÕre headed back to Atlanta for reprise of the General Assembly session! Tax cuts, school bucks, sex offenders, church-and-state, illegal immigrants and more election-year headline grabbing are on the agenda. WeÕll grab headlines of our own with a smart and lively free-for-all featuring leading lawmakers. Meet them. Ask them questions. Give Ôem a piece of your mind.
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Political Party is held at DadÕs Garage.
Doors open at 7:30 p.m. and the show begins at 8 p.m.
As always, itÕs free (though the beer and wine will cost you), so show up early for seats.
A couple of weeks ago I was a panelist on Political Party, Creative LoafingÕs live
Political Talk Show.
IÕd done the show twice before. I enjoy it, but this time I was
apprehensive. In general, IÕm pretty jokey in those sort of public
situations. Normally thatÕs fine. This time, however, wasnÕt sure if
and how it would be appropriate. ThatÕs because one of the other guests
was Patricia Roberts, the mother Spc. Jamaal Addison, the first soldier
from Georgia to die in Iraq.
As it turned out, it wasnÕt a problem. Roberts did indeed tell the
heartbreaking story of how her son died and how she found out. But
sheÕs not all Roberts was there to talk about. SheÕs very interested in
talking about the politics and (lack of) leadership of the war. SheÕs
critical of the Bush administration, both for starting the war for its
incompetence in executing it. Once the conversation got political (as
opposed to personal), it became the usual Political Party,
In no particular order, here are some of the things about the show
that have stuck in my head:
1. RobertsÕ son died nearly three years ago, but she still hasnÕt
received a satisfactory, comprehensive explanation from the Army about
the circumstances that led to his death.
Why is the Army unforthcoming about her sonÕs death? I donÕt know. ItÕs
probably safe to guess, however, that the Army is covering up something
that makes someone powerful look bad. As we all learned after the death
of Pat Tillman, the Army is perfectly willing to lie about the
circumstances of soldiersÕ deaths for the sake of PR.
2. One of the other panelists was a young Iraq war veteran. He asked us
not to publish his name, so weÕre calling him Spc. Smith.
ÒSmithÓ contends that support for the war is quite low among the
soldiers who are fighting it, but that their professionalism and sense
of duty keep them from voicing their grievances too loudly.
I asked him if, to his knowledge, public debates about the war have a
negative effect on morale. He doesnÕt believe so.
3. The showÕs other guest was Dr. Dan Reiter, Political Science
Professor at Emory University. I really liked him. HeÕs not only very
smart, but a very clear and sensible explainers-of-things. Reiter was
opposed to the war before it began, but he does not think that we
should pullout until IraqÕs security forces are able to fight. By and
large, I agree.
4. At one point, a woman in the audience stood up and indicated that
she was dissatisfied by what she characterized as the overly
dispassionate and detached tone with which we were all discussing the
war. We should be expressing outrage, she contended, because the war is
I think thatÕs a perfectly okay thing to say to me and the professor
(although, frankly, I donÕt know why a stranger would be interested in
hearing about my feelings for an hour). But to tell a woman who lost
her son in the war and a soldier who fought in it that their public
emotional response is insufficient, thatÕs a bit rich.
That night, I intended to, but never got around to making the following
Republicans (the politicians and their mouthpieces in the
press/blogosphere) like to attack anyone who suggests that we should
start pulling American soldiers out of Iraq. Their attitude is summed
up by that billboard on I-85 just South of Clairmont Rd that says
something like ÒDemocrats cut and run, Marines never do.Ó
But pulling out/cuttin-n-runnin/declaring victory and getting out is
exactly what weÕre going to do. The Bush Administration will claim that
yesterdayÕs Iraqi election made a pullout possible, but really, itÕs
our Novembe 2006 Congressional election thatÕs making the pullout not
only possible, but mandatory.
We wonÕt be out completely, but enough soldiers will be out (some
brought home, some redeployed to nearby bases) so that Republican
candidates and incumbents can tell voters that there is progress being
made and that U.S. forces wonÕt be there indefinitely.
-- Andisheh Nouraee
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Listen to the December 14, 2005 Political Party with guests Patricia Roberts, the first Georgia mother to lose her son to the war in Iraq; CL columnist Andisheh Nouraee; Army Spc. "Smith", an Army veteran who served in Operation Iraqi Freedom; Dr. Dan Reiter, Political Science Professor at Emory University; and host, CL editor, Ken Edelstein.
Click here to read Andisheh's post-show blog entry.
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