OTB Radio – Tonight at 5:30 Eastern

OTB Radio

The next episode of OTB Radio, our BlogTalkRadio program, will record and air live from 5:30-6:30 Eastern.

Dave Schuler and I will talk about the death of Teddy Kennedy, the investigation of CIA interrogation practices, the release of the Lockerbie bomber, Chicago’s parking ticket follies, and more.

We’ll also be taking calls at (646) 716-7030. Owing to a high trolls to legit callers ratio, however, we’ll be using the BTR chat feature to screen for legit calls.

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James Joyner
About James Joyner
James Joyner is Professor and Department Head of Security Studies at Marine Corps University's Command and Staff College and a nonresident senior fellow at the Scowcroft Center for Strategy and Security at the Atlantic Council. He's a former Army officer and Desert Storm vet. Views expressed here are his own. Follow James on Twitter @DrJJoyner.


  1. Davebo says:

    Did I hear this correctly?

    You hate Ted Kennedy “reflexively”.

    And the Bork hearings stand out? As if the pawn of the Saturday Night Massacre should have been confirmed?

    This will be enough for me to realize that I have given far more than the benefit of the doubt over the years.

    Oh well, one less bookmark for me I guess. Good luck with your paid patronage in the future. You’re doing a fine job James, considering the job description.

    Whining over Bork is quite frankly, way over the top. I’ll give you the benefit of the doubt and assume you were too young to understand what the Saturday Night Massacre was all about and why that disqualified Bork for any position as a federal judge, much less a supreme court justice.


  2. odograph says:

    A place where you can find common cause with the liberals:

    In a show of how much our government thinks that serving the financial oligarchy, rather than the citizenry, is its prime duty, the Fed is fighting to stop the court-ordered disclosure of who borrowed money under the Fed’s various lending facilities. The reason I lump the Fed in with “the government” is that the central bank has been serving as an off-balance sheet entity of the Treasury for quite some time. And not only are the Fed and Treasury acting in near lockstep, but there has been no meaningful change in the government stance towards the banksters. Yes, Team Obama makes more of a show of trying to rein them in, but push comes to shove, it’s merely Paulson version 2.0: same content, better packaging.

    Paulson’s success in muscling through the TARP shows that “when in doubt, claim the economy will fall apart..” That worked so well that now the Fed has the temerity to assert that revealing such delicate information as who is into the Fed most deeply might send the markets into a tailspin. The idea that the recovery is so fragile that a little disclosure would prove damaging is at odds with the official line that the economy is recovering and we no longer need to worry about banks.

  3. odograph says:

    BTW, didn’t catch your show, but responding to Davebo’s comment …

    I have never really liked TK, especially growing up as I did an “Alex P. Keaton” generation Republican. The Mary Jo Kopechne thing was before my time (I was 9, was James even alive?), and while certainly pause-worthy, it also brought out the pre-internet nuts a bit. What was legitimate concern and what was “birther” of the day was hard to sort.

    With that background, I’ll say that Ted worked harder and tried to do good later in life than he had to. He was clearly working for what he believed, and as far as I know, without anger on his own part.

    He’s still not on my list of faves, but I can maintain polite distance while those closer give him a fond farewell. In the final analysis, it’s no skin off my nose.

  4. James Joyner says:

    You hate Ted Kennedy “reflexively”.

    And the Bork hearings stand out? As if the pawn of the Saturday Night Massacre should have been confirmed?

    I was referring to a cultural phenomenon, not a personal feeling. Ted Kennedy and Jane Fonda (and to a much lesser extent, Jimmy Carter) have been whipping boys of the Republicans for generations. Kids at CPAC who have no real knowledge of these people nonetheless invoke them.

    Hate’s probably not the right word. Disdain, maybe?

    As noted in the show, Chappaquiddick happened when I was a toddler. I do recall both some of his antics from the tail end of his alcoholic period and, yes, the Bork hearings. The “Robert Bork’s America” speech was despicable — and especially from the perspective of a 15-year-old Alex P. Keaton conservative.

    Watergate was an interruption of my morning cartoons, so I didn’t have much personal attachment to those events. Bork was sort of the last man standing at the Saturday Night Massacre, so I don’t hold it against him.

    Bork was eminently qualified for the bench and vilified for his unwillingless to read rights into the Constitution that its authors didn’t actually put there.

    Ironically, I haven’t been much of a Bork fan in recent years. Whether he’s changed — embittered by the “Borking” he received, perhaps — or it’s me, I don’t know. But he’s written some crazy stuff over the last few years.