iTunes and More

So by now many of you have heard that iTunes 4.9, which came out on Tuesday, supports Podcasts. You can now subscribe to a Podcast and have it delivered directly to iTunes (and, therefore, your iPod).

We haven’t been added yet to the iTunes directory. Hopefully that will come soon. In the meantime, we are listed here and here. Be sure to drop by and rate us on those sites.

If you want to subscribe to us in iTunes, here’s what you need to do:

1. download iTunes 4.9
2. download the latest iPod software for podcasting support
3. Open iTunes 4.9 and, in the “Advanced” menu, select “Subscribe to Podcast…”
4. copy this link into the field:

And you’re done!

Raise the Roof

It’s so easy to go after Congress when they approve themselves a big pay raise. It’s almost not worth the effort to go through the standard shouts of outrage.


Why? Because Marjority Leader Tom DeLay is a gift that keeps on giving (members of Congress are not allowed to receive gifts over $50, of course, but there’s nothing to prevent them from giving). Take this money quote:

“It’s not a pay raise,” said House Majority Leader Tom DeLay, R-Texas. “It’s an adjustment so that they’re not losing their purchasing power.”

Seriously, Tom, who needs purchasing power when all your travel expenses are paid for by the Indian Gaming lobby?

Oh, and by the way, the federal minimum wage of $5.15/hr has lost about 29% of its purchasing power over the last 25 years. But no matter, Tom, in your world, those kinds of people don’t actually exist:

“Emotional appeals about working families trying to get by on $4.25 an hour [the minimum wage in 1996] are hard to resist. Fortunately, such families do not exist.” – Tom DeLay, The Congressional Record, H3706 [1996 April 23]

Damn. I did it again. I got all outraged about the Congressional pay raise without even meaning to. Sorry about that. I’m playing right into their hands.


Let’s try this again in three years, shall we?

Oil Prices: What Bush Isn’t Telling You

The decidedly Tory Janes moots an alternative explanation for high oil prices.

While oil prices soar, Bush & Co. add 75,000 barrels or more a week to the Strategic Petroleum Reserve.

Heck, we already own Iraq. What’s the point of filling the Louisiana substrate with even more oil as if it were some kind of limestone matress for Granny Cheney to stash his rainy-day fund under?

And, not to be outdone, China is now building its own strategic reserves.

To the SUV drivers out there: have fun paying $2.50 a gallon. Better get used to it.

Anti-Globalizationists – What You’re Fighting For

As Bruno and I have long argued, while there are some unfortunate consequences of globalization, the net result is overwhelmingly positive, bringing jobs, education, and health care to societies that need a strong dose of progress.

To those who still think globalization is bad …

Mukhtar Mai was condemned to be raped by a village council in Pakistan. According to custom, Ms. Mai was sacrificed as a make-good for a transgression by her brother on a woman from another clan.

When you fight against globalization, you fight against bringing progress and the rule of law to places that desperately need it. And even if the choice between globalization and isolation were as stark as “sweatshop v rape,” which would you choose?

I’ll take the factory and MacDoo, please.

The Proverbial Dead Horse

Like a bad joke that’s gone on way after everyone has stopped laughing, Bush continues to insinuate that there was some link between 9/11 and Iraq.

Example: In his speech on 6/28, Bush stated

They are trying to shake our will in Iraq, just as they tried to shake our will on September 11, 2001. They will fail.

The entire speech contained similar little gems … all continuing Bush’s paranoid and specious assertions that Iraq was necessitated by 9/11 and the war on terror.

Um, Jefe? Tu eres loco. There never was, and still isn’t (all that bad intel you ordered, ‘member?) a link between 9/11 and anything in pre-invasion Iraq.

It’s this kind of thing from Bush that makes me apopleptic. It’s one thing for a President to lie. But to continue to lie when confronted with thousands of body bags evokes a Johnson-esque aura of paranoid betrayal of the American people.

Baseball and Soros? (More GOP Hypocrisy)

News today that George Soros has joined a group bidding on the Washington Nationals.

Soros, you’ll recall, is Matski’s favorite businessman. As a money-manager to the very rich, Soros almost single-handedly broke Sterling and drove the British economy into near-catastrophe. Still, Soros has consistently demonstrated his commitment to the same principles Bruno and I campaign for — economic opportunity coupled with social responsibility. Soros contributed almost $20 million to progressive candidates in the last election cycle, and can fairly be said to be the eminence gris behind modern Eastern European democracy and cannabis-policy rationalization, among many other notable causes.

So it’s sad — if not surprising, given the MO of the GOP these days — to hear leading Republicans make veiled threats against Soros and Major League Baseball. Drudge reports:

… the very prospect that Soros could have a stake in the team is enough to irritate Congressional Republicans.

“I think Major League Baseball understands the stakes,” said Government Reform Chairman Tom Davis (R), who recently convened high-profile steroid hearings.

Davis said that if a Soros sale went through, “I don’t think it’s the Nats that get hurt. I think it’s Major League Baseball that gets hurt.

It’s sad that the party of business and commerce, the party that — in its own mythology, at least — is the party of opportunity, would stoop so far.

Why Congresspeople are spending good public time worrying about a game is beyond me to begin with. Why they would cast aside the free market principles their own party has so long held up for the sake of petty politics is staggering.

Episode 201

Well, it’s been a long time coming, folks, but I’m happy to report that Bruno & the Professor is back on the air! This time around, we’re making a few changes. Instead of doing a live show, we’re going to focus on getting the program out to as wide an audience as possible. The Professor and I will be putting together new episodes each week and making them available for download.

The impetus behind this is the rise of a brand-new medium called Podcasting. What is it? In a nutshell, Podcasts are a way to automatically download MP3 files to your iPod. When you “subscribe” to our podcast, your music software automatically checks in with this site, sees if there are any new episodes, and then downloads them to your computer. Next time you connect your iPod, the episode is transferred and you’re good to go.

The most popular software available for downloading and managing podcasts is called iPodder. It’s available for PC, Linux, and Mac. And, rumor has it, a new version of iTunes will be released within days that will support podcasts.

If all this podcasting is too much for you to take, we’ll always make the link available for downloading on the site and you can just pop it open and listen on your computer.

We’re going to call this one “Episode 201,” because it represents the second generation of B&P broadcasts. Episodes 1xx are all the old ones that you can find here.

The show runs about 22 minutes. As always, your feedback is not only appreciated, it’s necessary.

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