King implies Clintons should be executed

Dear Friends,

I’m not prone to cliches, but I can’t get this one off my mind: You can’t teach an old dog new tricks.

Witness hapless US Congressman Steve King (R-Eighteenth Century), who despite public chastisement by fellow House members for his comments in support of white supremacy, was again unable to conceal his propensity to think outside the sanity box.

Last week, King posted a meme on social media showing Julius and Ethel Rosenberg, who during the early years of the Cold War were executed for treason. The meme also features Bill and Hillary Clinton, noting that they are “still running free,” accompanied by “#LockHerUp.”

And why does King believe the Clintons should be locked up? He apparently buys the meme’s reference to a conspiracy theory claiming the Clintons sold uranium to the Russians, long-since debunked. How debunked? Even Fox News host Shepard Smith rejects the accusation.

The meme’s clear implication is that the Clintons deserve the same fate as the Rosenbergs — execution. In an age where the radical fringe feels emboldened to act violently against leaders and entire classes of people it disdains, King’s meme is not only politically irresponsible, it’s morally objectionable — and deeply so.

King knows he’s about to experience the election fight of his life, with three Republicans set to challenge him in the June 2020 primary. Most politicians, when threatened with electoral extinction, dive for that nebulous realm of messaging vagueness called “the center.”

Not King. He doubles down on crazy talk, like fantasizing about killing liberals in a new civil war. Like insisting that an all-white society would be superior to others. Year after year, quip after quip, the crazy talk goes on and on.

Yup. If nothing else, one has to admire King for his consistency, honesty, and chutzpah. We’ll see how those traits serve him in his upcoming election battle.

Ed Fallon

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Live from Gaza …

Dear Friends,

Steve King

US Representative Steve King (R-Middle Ages) just can’t help himself. King is, perhaps, the most honest politician in America. No matter how hard he tries, King simply can’t conceal the fact that he’s a flaming racist.

At a public forum last week in Algona, for reasons that boggle the logical mind, King couldn’t resist bashing the victims of Hurricane Katrina. He accused the mostly Black victims of New Orleans of wanting government to bail them out, instead of turning to their neighbors and helping each other, like the mostly White victims of the recent flooding that socked King’s congressional district.

Markalain Dery

It doesn’t take a masters degree in anthropology to read between the lines and detect the not-so-subtle racial bias behind King’s comparison. Again, I want to thank King for being the most honest politician in America. Well, alongside Lousiana’s David Duke.

On one of three topics in this week’s Fallon Forum, I dig into King’s most recent racist rant with Dr. Markalain Dery of New Orleans. Dr. Dery is an infectious diseases physician who owns and operates WHIV 102.3 FM. (Yeah, I know — an infectious disease physician with a sense of humor. Full disclosure: WHIV rebroadcasts the Fallon Forum.)

I also talk with Maria Filippone about the latest flare-up in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Akram Al Satarri joins us on the phone from Gaza. Yes, from Gaza — as Israeli missiles are landing within earshot. This was probably the most disturbing live interview I’ve ever conducted. I kept wondering whether, at any moment, we would hear a loud explosion and the end of our conversation with Akram. This is the frightening reality that the Palestine people live with constantly.

Maria Filippone

To be clear, I condemn the missile launched from within Gaza that struck near Tel Aviv. Yet the all-out assault against Gaza in response is completely unjustifiable.

Maria and I also discuss the political establishment’s response to Rep. Ilhan Omar’s — what shall we call it? — candid honesty about the plight of Palestinians and the insidious role of powerful lobbyist groups such as the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) in contorting public opinion in the US. As with many issues, the old guard within the Democratic Party appears out of step with rank-and-file Democratic voters, who are increasingly inclined to side with Palestine in a protracted conflict that is further isolating Israel on the world stage.

Finally, we discuss the latest developments in Bold Iowa’s Climate Bird Dog campaign. So much is going on! I’ll simply direct readers’ attention to the Bold Iowa website for an update on our interaction with many of the candidates running for president. In particular, check out our engagement with Bernie Sanders and Kirsten Gillibrand. To all who, understandably, feel despair over the worsening climate crisis, have hope. We are making a difference and, step by step, moving America closer to the decisive climate action demanded by science. — Ed Fallon

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Why I listen to Rush Limbaugh

Dear Friends,

Rush Limbaugh

And yes, I mean “friends,” because there’s something I do for you that very few people would do: Listen to Rush Limbaugh. Why? So you don’t have to.

Seriously, it’s important for me to occasionally tune-in to the shock jocks of the radical right — whose voices comprise 91% of talk radio! Corporate consolidation within the media is appalling, and it’s worse in radio than in television and print media.

That’s why small community-owned stations like La Reina 1260 AM and 96.5 FM (Des Moines), KHOI 89.1 FM (Ames), KICI 105.3 FM (Iowa City), KIPI 94.7 FM (Fayette, Missouri) and WHIV 102.3 FM (New Orleans, Louisiana) are so important. That’s why programs like the Fallon Forum — which broadcasts on all those stations — are important.

Please consider a donation to help support our program. If you’ve got a small business, non-profit organization, or upcoming event, consider advertising on our platform (contact me at ed@fallonforum.com).

Tune-in live on Mondays from 11:00-12:00 noon, central time. We’re also available as a podcast. Check out this week’s program here. Jeffrey Weiss and I discuss the war in Yemen, and how ML King’s radical message goes beyond non-violence. I also talk with Dr. Mylan Engel, professor of philosophy at Northern Illinois University, about whether there’s any place for meat in the diet of a sustainable future. (I believe there is, Mylan feels otherwise.) I also discuss how Rep. Steve King’s troubles just keep getting worse, and the importance of the two Boone County landowners who just won their case against DAPL.

On next week’s program, Dr. Charles Goldman is my cohost. Here’s the line up:

— ISU climate scientist, Gene Takle, joins us to discuss how to converse with skeptics about climate change.
— Jonathan Jennings of Health in Harmony discusses how zoos may be the last line of defense for so many species threatened with extinction.
— Trump’s EPA wants to undo protections put in place by the Obama administration to protect groundwater from coal ash. (Point of interest: there are more contaminated coal-ash sites in Iowa than in almost all of the US west of the Rockies.)
— Lobbying by voting-machine manufacturers continues to make our election system insecure and untrustworthy.

Thanks! — Ed

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