"If 'don't ask, don't tell' is repealed and you are assigned to bathroom facilities (that have)] an open bay shower that someone you believe to be a gay or lesbian service member also used, which are you most likely to do?" -- Question on 2010 Department of Defense Comprehensive Review Survey of Uniformed Active Duty and Reserve Service Members
Writer and bookseller James Yates reviews Blowing Smoke: "Bookshelves across the country sag (literally) with left and right-wing rantings. However, in Wolraich, there's a new voice that's often lacking in political discourse. He's not going to win any friends on the right, but he goes into his critiques with a smile and a big dose of research. A lot of these issues are not laughing matters, but sometimes, one has to laugh even in the face of a scary national landscape."
He adds, "I found his writing to be very refreshing, in the sense that his book is a plea for level-headed thinking, not just a shake of the finger towards the right (although there is plenty of that). Towards the end of the book, he acknowledges the rational, moderate Republicans who do not subscribe to lies and conspiracy. Has Ann Coulter ever done that for liberals?"
Creepy medieval puppets hung from the ceiling on the set of the "Glenn Beck Program" -- a conquistador, a squire, a witch, and a bearded guy who looked like a cross between Santa Claus and the Fiddler on the Roof.
"Make no mistake, we are watching a show," Beck gravely told his audience. That much was obvious enough, but Beck did not mean his own television program. "You have to see who's behind the puppets," he continued, "Who is choosing the puppets and the players? Who's the puppetmaster? George Soros."
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Barry Lynn, host of Culture Shocks syndicated radio and executive editor of Americans United for Separation of Church and State, interviews me about Blowing Smoke.
Barack Obama had a story once. He spoke of hope and change, of restoring a distant government tainted by partisan infighting and corporate influence to the people it was meant to serve. But we have not heard that story since November 2008.
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A full morning of radio interviews. All times are EDT. There are a few other taped shows. I'll update this list if I found out when they'll be aired.
|7:00-7:10 AM||WICHITA, KS||KJAG-AM||MORNING SHOW|
|7:30-7:40 AM||RALEIGH, NC||WCBQ/WHNC-AM||MORNING SHOW|
|8:40-8:50 AM||HARTFORD, CT||WICH-AM||MORNING NEWS|
|9:40-10:00 AM||DULUTH, MI||WOJB-FM (NPR)||LOCAL MORNING EDITION|
|11:00-11:15 AM||WORCESTER, MA||WCRN-AM||MIDDAY SHOW|
|11:30-11:40 AM||LYNCHBURG, VA||WAMV-AM||MORNING SHOW|
|12:45-1:00 PM||NATIONAL||SIRIUS/XM||COVER TO COVER|
Radio host Hal Ginsberg, general manager of KRXA, interviews me about Blowing Smoke on Election Day 2010.
Interview with Diego Mulligan, host of "The Journey Home" on KSFR-FM Santa Fe Public Radio.
Interview on KVON'S Late Morning with Jeff Schechtman
Author Gillian Garr reviews Blowing Smoke in the Belltown Messenger: "It's one of those books I couldn't put down, blazing through it in a day."
She concludes, "Do get Wolraich's book. In addition to making me cry, it also made me laugh. At such tidbits as this: in 17th century England, those fun-loving Puritans banned Christmas trees (too pagan), caroling (too Catholic) and nativity scenes (too idolatrous). As Wolraich puts it: now, that's a war a Christmas! Has Bill O'Reilly been informed?"