Monday, November 11, 2013

When WBAI makes you cringe: An Armistice Day message

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In case you don't listen to WBAI between 7 and 8 am, they have given the hour over to Haskins and Hennelly. The former is our old go-with-the-flo-gee-gosh lightweight, the latter is a union rep basking in his newfound free airtime. Together, they are just plain awful. I was listening this morning when Hennelly delivered his knee-jerk "thank you for your service" to Haskins, whose time in the military was apparently served well out of harm's way. The exchange—with "god" thrown in there, somewhere—was a regrettable reflection of what has happened to the mindset that once created and maintained a great station. If I wore a hat, it would be off for former LSB Chair Mitchel, whose remarks are in the old Pacifica spirit. 


  1. I will remember veterans only because so many of them were conscripted or were so brainwashed by this country's mythology about itself as a nation that is mighty but just in war as well as peace. But in no way will I celebrate "victory" in war or glorify violence which can only benefit only the "one percent".

    I will also, as a transsexual, remember that even with the repeal of "Don't Ask, Don't Tell", transgendered people are still barred from military service. Most important of all, I will remember that the culture of violence the military propagates can only help to oppress women and men who don't conform to societal notions about gender and sexuality. Also, a good part of our environmental degradation can be linked to preparation for (not to mention the fighting of) war.

    It figures that Michael G. Haskins "served" out of harm's way. I guess that's a qualification for working at BAI: It worked for Berthold Reimers, didn't it?

  2. Please note, your habit of making text passages you want to quote into image files like this is not a good thing for your blog's accessibility. The images are invisible not only to search engines, which could be directing some new traffic to your blog, but they are entirely invisible to the visually-impaired who use web-browsing methods such as Braille displays and audio screen-reader software. The alternative browsers will just say "image" and move on to the regular text; any info in your images will remain out of that reader's reach.

    Please consider using the "blockquote" tag instead, or some other text-based method of indicating that you are quoting passages of text. Until you do, part of your potential readership will not have any idea what you are talking about when you comment on stuff you're quoting.

    1. Thank you for pointing that out. Perhaps I should also link to a text file. If any of this blog's readers are experiencing this problem, I hope they let me know.