Having procured a copy of the entire debate on CACR 12, I’ll be using highlights in a special hour-long edition of “The Liberty Express” next week. Taped Monday, the show airs on Manchestertv23 Monday at 10 p.m., Thursday at 9 p.m., and Sunday at 6 a.m. and again at noon—our Tuesday airing has been removed since the state went to all religious programming that night (for some reason, “The Liberty Express” is not deemed terribly religious).
That and all prior episodes of the show are or will be available at vimeo.com/channels/libertyx.
In fact, I’ve got the entire next month’s worth of shows all planned out. The first half hour is usually devoted to liberty issues from around the world, the country, and the state with the second half hour set aside for travelogue footage.
This week, I started talking about Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s efforts to ban 32 ounce sodas, and by the time I looked up, ten minutes had passed. I never order sodas that large, but the matter has come to epitomize the worst in big brother or nanny state government in my Libertarian eyes, so I got a bit carried away.
Yes, the seven Manchester redistricting serpents make another appearance—they’ll never go away.
With all the rain and dreary conditions at the time of taking, I decided to go to the bright sunshiny streets of Montreal on Canada Day, July 1, 2001, for the second half hour. It was during the Jazz Festival when I taped the entire B-52s concert on the Fourth. There was also a great Arts Festival in La Village. And as I wondered to the Bell Center to film the many Canadian championship plaques and their retired jerseys, I took great pleasure in filming a championship Bruins jersey in a store window.
Thus, the "On The Road" segment is fun rather than educational this week.
Be forewarned, I will not be running many pro side speeches in my hour-long report on CACR12 (you can be sure, not a word of Rep. David Hess’s unending tissue of half truths will make the cut). I’ll tend to focus on the anti-speeches—hey it is my show after all. You want to bloviate on the pro side, get your own show—Reps. Manuse, Hoell, myself, and Rep Cohn’s (is that spelling correct?) fantastic final words (just to be fair, I’ll throw in the uninspired words from Majority Leader Peter Principle as well…after all they might well have caused CACR12 to go down to defeat).
As always, “The Liberty Express” is not for everyone…only those who place a premium on liberty.
To commemorate the June 20, 1941 German invasion of the Soviet Union, the show taped that week will feature a full half hour of footage I recorded at a museum display in Berlin in 1991. It was the fiftieth anniversary of the event, and a special display had been set up in the building which actually served as a Gestapo prison during the war (very near where the wall ran, at Gropius Bau). With me offering commentary (and translations—perhaps even accurate ones) was my Irish friend and Berlinophile Jim.
It’s a memorable half hour.
For those overly sensitive, be forewarned. The words “Sieg Heil” may well appear.
The final week of the month of June will also be somewhat special. For the second half hour, I will forego travel and read extensive sections (with appropriate graphics of course) from Dale Carpenter’s sensational new book “Flagrant Conduct: The Story of Lawrence v. Texas, How a Bedroom Arrest Decriminalized Gay Americans”.
It’s in honor of the 6-3 Supreme Court decision which was issued June 28, 2003, and seems appropriate now that a gay marriage case may well be headed to the court. In fact, in his minority opinion in the Lawrence case, Justice Scalia stated that the decision could well lead to gay marriage being accepted.
He was right!
I hope to be off to Canada the week of July 1-4, so “The Liberty Express” will serve up a rerun: a half hour of readings from great speeches in American history (parts of the Declaration of Independence, Ronald Reagan’s “Tear Down This Well” speech, the Gettysburg address, and JFK’s “Ich bin ein Berliner” speech which I re-enacted at the same spot JFK delivered it--Rathaus Schoneberg in West Berlin). The second half hour will be the best of the B52s concert.
By the way, Channel 2 ran a B's concert last Saturday night, taped in their home town of Athens, Ga, and the camera switches every second or two were not to my liking; of course, in my filming I had only one camera; it wasn't perfect but I actually liked the version of "Planet Clair" from Montreal better than the one on Channel 2. I managed to follow Kate Pierson around the stage as she did that haunting intro. Also, in my filming of "Rock Lobster" a beech ball hit Fred Schneider at just the perfect moment while in Athens, Ga, no contact was made! Of course, Channel 2 had interviews with the four Bs--I never realized their southern accents were so prounounded, even all these years after leaving Athens for other planets.
The second week in July will most likely feature what I film the week before. I’m planning a segment on where Ethan Allen was capture in Montreal and sent off to a horrid British prison boat, and I’m planning to read Jackie Robinson’s biography “I Never Had It Made” and film at the location he played minor league ball for the Montreal Royals.
Liberty knows no geographic bounds. Its only tether is the psychological bounds those of a fascist tendency would foist upon us (in German, “Der Mauer Im Kopf”, loosely translated as the wall inside one’s head).
Long Live Lady Liberty!
Long Live The Liberty Express!