Tuesday, January 27, 2009

Reason show notes for January 27, 2009

In hour one, I talked about a plan by Wisconsin Senator Russ Feingold to make sure all US Senators are directly elected by the people.

While most people would call that a WIN, I disagree. I'd actually prefer that all US Senators are either appointed by the governor of that state or (preferably) elected by the legislative branch of that state as was the case prior to the passage of the 17th Amendment.

In other words, Feingold wants to add an amendment to the Constitution. I want to remove one. I'm not alone, though. If you read down through the 17th Amendment link above, you will see that others have called for the same.

Chris Smith - AKA Buffalo Geek - joined me for a while to talk about it. We also discussed Buffalo's waterfront.

In the second hour, I talked with John Hoefle from EIR about the economic condition in the US and how to fix it. John, who testified before congress in 1993 - opposing NAFTA - says that NAFTA is part of the problem, but it's deeper than that. He said we may be better off as a country to allow the US automakers to fail. He took calls - some agreeing with his points and some disagreeing.

Warning: Inappropriate content below ...

I got this as a text message from a friend. I had to share it.

A man escapes from prison where he has been for 15 years. He breaks into a house to look for money and guns and finds a young couple in bed. He orders the guy out of
bed and ties him to a chair. While tying the girl to the bed, he gets on top of her, kisses her neck, then gets up and goes into the bathroom. While he's in there, the husband tells his wife: "Listen, this guy's an escaped convict, look at his clothes! He probably spent lots of time in jail and hasn't seen a woman in years. I saw how he kissed your neck. If he wants sex, don't resist, don't complain, do whatever he tells you. This guy is probably very dangerous. If he gets angry, he'll kill us. Be strong, honey. I Love You." To which the wife responds: "He wasn't kissing my neck. He was whispering in my ear. He told me he was gay, thought you were cute, and asked if we had any vaseline. I told him it was in the bathroom. Be strong honey."

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