About SteveAudio

Recording studio technical support in L.A.; political blogging.

Some of us are illegal, and some are not wanted

 Illegal immigration is a problem for this country.There, I’ve said it. But it’s not quite the problem some make it out to be: According to a New York Times article on April 5, 2005, “…the estimated seven million or so illegal immigrant workers in the United States are now providing the system with a subsidy of as much as $7 billion a year….Moreover, the money paid by illegal immigrants and their employers is factored into all the Social Security Administration’s projections.”However, since illegal immigrant workers are here illegally, and ostensibly presented fake ID to the US employer, they will never collect Social Security benefits. “For illegal immigrants, Social Security numbers are simply a tool needed to work on this side … Continue reading

Presidential Candidates Forum: LCV

I’m at this event with RJ Eskow, DDay and Dante from Calitics, and several real MSM press folks: Los Angeles, CA – For the first time in history, presidential candidates will take part in a forum focused on the issues of global warming and America’s energy future this Saturday, November 17th at the Wadsworth Theater in Los Angeles. The forum will be webcast live beginning at approximately 2:00pm PST, 5:00pm EST at: http://www.grist.org/webcast Senators Hillary Clinton and John Edwards and Congressman Dennis Kucinich are confirmed to attend the presidential forum sponsored by Grist (http://www.grist.org) and PRI’s Living on Earth (http://www.loe.org). The candidates will present their plans to address global warming and energy issues in a series of interviews with journalists … Continue reading

Right-wingers loves them some dictators, until they outlive their usefulness

I don’t know who wrote Krauthammer’s column today, but I’m pretty sure it wasn’t him. Why else would the column truthfully discuss the vile dictators the Right-wing administrations in the US have chosen to support: Pakistan is not the first time we’ve faced hard choices about democratization. At the height of the Cold War, particularly in the immediate post-Vietnam era of American weakness, we supported dictators Augusto Pinochet in Chile and Ferdinand Marcos in the Philippines. The logic was simple: The available and likely alternative — i.e., communists — would be worse. So how’d that work out for you, Chuck (can I call you Chuck?)? And don’t be modest now. Don’t forget The Shah of Iran, Saddam Hussein, among many … Continue reading

The Kite Runner: Beautiful, brutal film of growth and redemption

This film is based on the remarkable book by Khaled Hosseini, which chronicles the rapid and heartbreaking changes in Afghanistan in the last 20 years, starting with the fall of the Afghan monarchy, continuing with the Russian invasion, and ending with the rule of the Taliban. All this is told through the story of a young boy, who escapes with his father to Pakistan and then America, but who has to return to Kabul as an adult to finish some surprising, and dangerous business. Continue reading

Time will tell on their power minds, making war just for fun

(picture from worldwide anti-war protests, Feb. 15, 2003) My friend Kevin Drum takes on the war skeptics, who, as he says: This meant that war skeptics had to go way out on a limb: if they opposed the war, and it subsequently turned out that Saddam had an advanced WMD program, their credibility would have been completely shot. Their only recourse would have been to argue that Saddam never would have used his WMD, an argument that, given Saddam’s temperament, would have sounded like special pleading even to most liberals. In the end, then, they chickened out, but it had more to do with fear of being wrong than with fear of being shunned by the foreign policy community. Perhaps. … Continue reading

Won’t you be my neighbor?

Imagine a submarine rising to the surface in the Gulf of Mexico. It starts to shell Galveston, and fire missiles toward Houston. Imagine a freighter anchored near San Diego, which suddenly starts lobbing missiles toward Sea World. Imagine a Lear Jet cruising the Great Lakes firing wing-mounted rockets into Niagara Falls. What would be the chances that Mexico, or Canada, would come to the aid of the US in such a circumstance? If the obvious assumption were true, that it was an attack by a foreign country, I’m pretty sure they would send aid, troops, hardware, as their resources permitted. After all, the areas I mention are close to Mexico and Canada, and they would likely feel threatened by such … Continue reading

Are you still being followed by the teenage FBI?

Howie Klein of Blue America sent me this book: So Angie’s back on the Blue America list and I hope you’ll join me in donating some money to her campaign. We’re not going to find a better candidate, not anywhere, to help us reclaim our country. Avalon Books sent us a box of the just-released YOUNG J. EDGAR: HOOVER, THE RED SCARE, AND THE ASSAULT ON CIVIL LIBERTIES. Each book has been autographed by author Ken Ackerman and it sells in stores for $28.95. Every Angie donation for $30 or more gets a Blue America thank you with a book (until the box is empty.) Add a cent to your donation if you don’t want the book. One more thing, … Continue reading