THE HC-J SHOW LOVES OUR FANS

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Self-Portrait in Blue

Honestly, The Halli Casser-Jayne Show has the BEST fans! I love hearing from you, and learning all about your lives, just as much as I love learning about the lives of my show’s guests. So, I was thrilled when one of my listeners, Alan S. Kleiman, contacted me and sent me a link to some of his work that had recently been published. Wasn’t I surprised to find that Alan is a fabulous poet and painter!  Talent is different from celebrity, as I’m sure many of you know. Acquiring the name “celebrity” often has little to do with talent. So, when a non-celebrity sends me his work and it touches me, I want to share it with my audience. So, that is what I am doing. Here are two of Alan’s poems that touched me, as well as one of his paintings. Thanks Alan!

DANCING WITH VARESE

I’m having a total Varese night of it
Sad your peels are closed
but happy to know
we are in the same alphabet
and always inundated with sweetness
at the sound of your footsteps
in the opening paragraph.
Not content at slithering
I relish hot dogs mustard and petards
when men are men
and girls go to the bathroom
giggling hoping for friendship
when it may be just noise
or not
because society craves invention
Progress peaks at postal hours
and men who carry doors with them
at every turn open them
extend an arm and say
Slap me five Cucamonga
I just married your brother.

Tales like that and alphabet soup
occur strangely in peach filled bowls
except when the cream is loose and
you can taste it on your lips
like tonight I hope I pray I fear
Kiss the cat Margaret.

LISTENING

Nobody looks at my body
Nobody sees my face
Nothing about me is apparent
I am hidden
Not by myself
But by my observers
Who see through me
Like glass, like water
Transparent and empty
Missing the moisturizing
Nourishment
That comes like rain
Making the grass grow
Even at night

Reprinted with permission of the artist.

TOP POLITICAL CARTOONISTS — GUESTS FOR THE HOUR – THE HALLI CASSER-JAYNE SHOW

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It’s silly season on The Halli Casser-Jayne Show, Talk Radio for Fine Minds, Wednesday, September 19 at 3 pm ET when four of America’s top political cartoonists will be Halli’s guests for the hour.

Halli will be talking about the political cartoons of cartoonist, Jim Morin, two-time Pulitzer Prize winning political cartoonist and winner of the prestigious Herblock Award. Morin is the internationally syndicated editorial cartoonist at the Miami Herald; with Ann Talnaes who in 2001 became only the second woman cartoonist to win the Pulitzer Prize for editorial cartooning; with Chan Lowe, internationally syndicated cartoonist and Pulitzer Prize finalist whose work appears in the New York Times, The Washington Post and has been featured on 60 Minutes, Jon Stewart’s The Daily Show and The Rachael Maddow Show. The political cartoons of Lowe appear in the Sun Sentinel where Mr. Lowe is a senior member of their editorial board; with Jeff Danziger who went from serving in the United States Army as an intelligence officer and linguist during the Vietnam War, for which he was awarded the Bronze Star and Air Medal in 1970, to being listed on Bernard Goldberg’s list of “100 People Who Are Screwing Up America” even if he won the esteemed Herblock Award.

The Halli Casser-Jayne Show is Talk Radio for Fine Minds and lovers of Political Satire.

Since its debut in March 2012, The Halli Casser-Jayne Show, Talk Radio for Fine Minds, has reached well-over 600,000 listeners and thousands of podcast downloads. Top shows that have been favored by listeners and by the show’s production team have explored everything from chocolate to the 2012 presidential election to the life of Georgia O’Keeffe and the talent of literary titan Kristin Hannah.

“Our premise is Talk Radio for Fine Minds, and with that aim, my team of producers and I work diligently together to find thoughtful, provocative and interesting topics to discuss every week. We’re appealing to an educated audience who don’t want to listen to the soundbite of the moment — our listeners want in-depth discussions on a number of topics, subjects that matter to them. As soon as a show ends, we’re back to researching and discovering material, coming up with alternative angles to shape the following week’s discussion into something unique, engaging, and informative. It’s always our goal to give our audience the kind of programming they’re just not finding anywhere else,” said host and executive producer Halli Casser-Jayne.

The Halli Casser-Jayne Show airs Wednesday afternoons from 3 to 4 p.m. EST on BlogTalkRadio.com. Podcasts are available on multiple networks including iTunes, and via apps in multiple formats. For additional details and to download previous interviews, visit www.hallicasser-jayne.com.

ABOUT THE HALLI CASSER-JAYNE SHOW

Halli began her radio career on “The Dick Summer Show” on WYNY in New York City and has also worked as a reporter and photographer; actress and documentary producer; radio personality; author, editor and publisher. Her radio show, The Halli Casser-Jayne Show, Talk Radio for Fine Minds, features stellar guests from the world of politics, books, art, culture, and celebrity. Recent guests have included Deputy Chief of the Knesset, Danny Danon, Gloria Feldt, author-activist and former CEO of Planned Parenthood, actress Linda Evans, suspense and mystery author Iris Johansen, Star of Broadway’s Jersey Boy Russell Fischer, Representative Betty Sutton, and political journalist Matthew Cooper. The Halli Casser-Jayne Show, a production of RESSAC, LLC, airs Wednesday afternoons from 3 to 4 p.m. EST on BlogTalkRadio.com. For more information, visit www.hallicasser-jayne.com. Like her page on Facebook, http://www.fb.me/hallicasserjayne, and follow Halli on Twitter, http://www.twitter.com/HalliCJ.

PRESIDENT OBAMA’S WILLY WONKA FOREIGN POLICY

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Read and weep:
http://www.jpost.com/Opinion/Columnists/Article.aspx?id=285034

My thoughts…
♪♪♪
Come with me
And you’ll be
In a world of
Pure imagination
Take a look
And you’ll see
Into your imagination
We’ll begin
With a spin
Traveling in
The world of my creation
What we’ll see
Will defy
Explanation
If you want to view paradise
Simply look around and view it
Anything you want to, do it
Wanta change the world?
There’s nothing
To it…
♪♪♪

:yrics to Pure Imagination From Willy Wonka’s Imagination

Israel Leader Danny Danon Taunts President Obama on The Halli Casser-Jayne Show

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MK Danny Danon

The Deputy Speaker of the Knesset and chairman of World Likud, Danny Danon, went chastised President Barack Obama in a candid interview with Talk Radio Host, Halli Casser-Jayne on her show The Halli Casser-Jayne Show, Talk Radio for Fine Minds.

Danon, on tour to promote his new and highly-controversial book ISRAEL: The Will to Prevail, taunted the American president in a riveting interview with the show’s host, Halli Casser-Jayne. Danon candidly expressed his disgust with Barack Obama’s “lack of leadership” in dealing with Iran’s quest for a nuclear weapon. Accusing the president of “wanting to avoid direct answers” and going so far as to call the American President “a dictator,” Danon passionately pled for President Obama to stand by Israel as the Jewish state, the U.S. and the world face the ramifications of a possible nuclear Iran. Taking a jab at the president’s well-known oratory skills, Danon said, “It takes more than a speech to achieve peace.”

Since its debut in March 2012, The Halli Casser-Jayne Show, Talk Radio for Fine Minds, has pulled more than 600,000 listeners and thousands of podcast downloads. Top shows that have been favored by listeners and by the show’s production team have explored everything from chocolate to the 2012 presidential election to the life of Georgia O’Keeffe and the talent of literary titan Kristin Hannah.

“Our premise is Talk Radio for Fine Minds, and with that aim, my team of producers and I work diligently together to find thoughtful, provocative and interesting topics to discuss every week. We’re appealing to an educated audience who don’t want to listen to the soundbite of the moment — our listeners want in-depth discussions on a number of subjects, subjects that matter to them. As soon as a show ends, we’re back to researching and finding material, coming up with alternative angles to shape the following week’s discussion into something unique, engaging, and informative. It’s always our goal to give our audience the kind of programming they’re just not finding anywhere else,” said host and executive producer Halli Casser-Jayne.

The Halli Casser-Jayne Show airs Wednesday afternoons from 3 to 4 p.m. EST on BlogTalkRadio.com. Podcasts are available on multiple networks including iTunes, and via apps in multiple formats. For additional details and to download previous interviews, visit www.hallicasser-jayne.com.

ABOUT THE HALLI CASSER-JAYNE SHOW

Halli began her radio career on “The Dick Summer Show” on WYNY in New York City and has also worked as a reporter and photographer; actress and documentary producer; radio personality; author, editor and publisher. Her radio show, The Halli Casser-Jayne Show, Talk Radio for Fine Minds, features stellar guests from the world of politics, books, art, culture, and celebrity. Recent guests have included Gloria Feldt, author-activist and former CEO of Planned Parenthood, actress Linda Evans, suspense and mystery author Iris Johansen, Star of  Broadway’s Jersey Boy Russell Fischer, Representative Betty Sutton, and political journalist Matthew Cooper. The Halli Casser-Jayne Show, a production of  RESSAC, LLC, airs Wednesday afternoons from 3 to 4 p.m. EST on BlogTalkRadio.com. For more information, visit www.hallicasser-jayne.com. Like her page on Facebook, http://www.fb.me/hallicasserjayne, and follow Halli on Twitter, http://www.twitter.com/HalliCJ.

BOXING…THROUGH THE EYES OF PHOTOGRAPHER GEORGE BENNETT

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This week has been about boxing. Wednesday, September 5th The Halli Casser-Jayne Show featured Jay R. Tunney author of the fabulous book The Prizefighter and the Playwright.  On the show Tunney, the son of legendary boxer Gene Tunney, talked about his book  that chronicles the unlikely friendship between the champion boxer and world-famous playwright, George Bernard Shaw. Tunney’s book offers an extraordinary insight into the World Heavyweight Champion – and even tells a love story! He gave an insightful interview that explored the mindset of his father, a Renaissance man as comfortable in the boxing ring as he was with the great writers of his day: Shaw, Hemingway, Wilder, Fitzgerald. Also on the show was the recently retired Light Heavyweight Champion, Glen Johnson, nicknamed “The Gentleman and the Road Warrior.” Johnson was a delightful guest and when you listen to the show, you will understand why he is called “the gentleman” and  why he is known as the “road warrior.”  You’ll learn why he chose boxing for his career and not, for instance, some other sport such as golf. You’ll also gain incredible insight into the mind of a champion — I promise fascinating listening. Rounding out the hour was Rick Encinosa. Rick is an author and boxing historian, considered one of the top ten boxing historians worldwide. Rick doesn’t pull a punch. He had some pointed comments on the  current state of boxing in America. You can download the show from iTunes (its free) or listen to it here at the top of the page.

In the meantime, enjoy these images from my friend photographer George Bennett, whose book Fighters with text by Pete Hamill is a must-have for every fan of boxing, and every fan of fine photography. *(Reprinted with permission of George Bennett)

Don King

 

 

 

Sharkey vs Weaver

PREVIEW: AN INTERVIEW WITH PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA and MICHELLE OBAMA

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Photo the Obama's courtesy Parade magazine

Make sure that you have a look at this Sunday’s issue of PARADE magazine.  President Barack Obama and Michelle Obama took questions from readers and addressed the challenges of his first term in office with PARADE editor-in-chief Maggie Murphy and contributor Lynn Sherr.  The Obama’s discussed the economy, the political stalemate in D.C., what they hope to accomplish next, and made thea case for their first four years in office.

Here are some highlights from the PARADE interview below. You can read the  full piece this Sunday in newspapers and on Parade.com:  http://www.parade.com/news/2012/09/02-conversation-with-the-obamas.html

BELOW ARE SOME OF THE HIGHLIGHTS FROM THE PARADE INTERVIEW:

President Obama on how he will talk to Republicans differently if he is reelected:

PO:Republican voters, if you ask them about my particular policy positions, often agree with me. So there’s a difference between Republicans in Washington and Republican and Republican-leaning voters around the country. I think that after this election, we’ll be in a position to once again reach out to Republicans and say that the American people have rendered a judgment, and the positions we’re taking are well within what used to be considered bipartisan centrist approaches.

President Obama on whether there will be a difference in how he approaches Republicans or if their attitude will be different if he is reelected: 

PO: My approach has been pretty consistent from the start; I’ve often proposed ways to solve our problems that used to be embraced by Republicans. There’s no better example than the health care bill, which was designed originally by the now Republican standard-bearer and is working pretty well in Massachusetts. The Recovery Act that helped us avoid a depression, a third of it was tax cuts. My hope is that the Republican Party, post election, steps back and says, “Now that we’re not so worried about beating the president, maybe we should spend a little time focusing on solving the problems.”

The President reacts to Mitt Romney’s remarks about the way Obama is making our country “far more like Europe, with a larger, more dominant, more intrusive government. …”: 

PO: When you look at the policies I’ve promoted, they used to be considered bipartisan, mainstream ideas. What’s changed is not me. What’s changed is where the Republican Party’s gone. In fact, a lot of the things I’ve done are things that Mr. Romney, when he was governor of Massachusetts, seemed to promote. … What’s absolutely true is that we’ve had to take some emergency steps, like saving the auto industry, that weren’t free, that weren’t popular, but were the right thing to do.

On how being black affected President Obama’s ability to govern: 

PO: By virtue of being African-American, I’m attuned to how throughout this country’s history there have been times when folks have been locked out of opportunity, and because of the hard work of people of all races, slowly those doors opened to more and more people. Equal opportunity doesn’t just happen on its own; it happens because we’re vigilant about it. But part of this is not just because we’re African-American—it’s also because Michelle and I were born into pretty modest means. … And as president, I want to affirm that that’s important and reject the idea that if we just reward those at the top, that somehow that’s going to work for everybody—’cause that hasn’t been how America got built.

Mrs. Obama on the conversation about the “superwoman.” Can women have it all? 

MICHELLE OBAMA: I think that question limits us as women. I work with a lot of young women—we have interns coming in and out, and this is always one of the first questions they ask—and the thing I try to remind them is that we have fought so hard for choice and options with our lives, and we’re just getting to that point where we’re willing to embrace all the different facets of womanhood. I know that when I came out of college, what I wanted and what I thought I wanted were very different things. Then I get married and have a career and, lo and behold, now I’ve got kids. And how you feel about motherhood when your children are small and when they’re teenagers, that’s going to change.

PAUL RYAN’S LIES

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Paul Ryan

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Here is a list of five lies that Paul Ryan told when he gave his speech at the Republican National Convention last night.  I am also posting sourcing for the repudiation of Ryan’s lies. Yes, I’m upset about Ryan’s lies. I would be equally upset if it was Barack Obama doing the lying. I’ve certainly called him out a time or two or a hundred, and particularly in my book A Year in My Pajamas with President Obama.  I am just sick to death of this country’s politicians playing us all for fools. Enough already.

1. Lie: President Obama is the “greatest threat” to Medicare.
Truth: Obama didn’t make any cuts to Medicare benefits; he made cuts to provider reimbursements, to improve cost efficiency and extend the fiscal security of Medicare by eight years. According to the Medicare actuary, “[Obama’s] Affordable Care Act makes important changes to the Medicare program and substantially improves its financial outlook.”1
But Ryan actually does want to cut benefits. He proposed dismantling Medicare and replacing it with a voucher system, leaving millions of seniors to come up with more money to pay for care out of pocket.2,3
2. Lie: President Obama didn’t save a General Motors plant in Wisconsin.
Truth: First, Obama wasn’t even in office when the GM plant closed. Second, Obama never made a promise to save it.4
3. Lie: President Obama ignored recommendations of a bipartisan debt commission.
Truth: Paul Ryan actually sat on that commission. And he led Republicans in voting down the commission’s own recommendation. So the commission never gave a report to Obama, because Ryan himself voted to kill the report before it could.5
4. Lie: President Obama is responsible for the downgrading of the U.S. Credit Rating.
Truth: House Republicans, including Paul Ryan, held the full faith and credit of the United States hostage to try to ransom it for trillions of dollars in cuts to social programs without increasing taxes on the wealthy one dime. Standard & Poor’s said specifically, “We have changed our assumption on [revenue] because the majority of Republicans in Congress continue to resist any measure that would raise revenues.” That’s why our nation’s credit rating was downgraded.6,7
5. Lie: Ryan wants to protect the “weak.”
Truth: Ryan’s biggest feat in his political career was proposing a budget with dramatic cuts to programs benefiting the poor. He’d cut Medicaid by one third, take away health care insurance from 30 million Americans, and cut Pell Grants for 1 million students. All so that he could give more tax breaks to the rich.8

Here are the sources

Sources:
1. “Fact check: Paul Ryan at the RNC,” USA Today, August 30, 2012
http://www.moveon.org/r?r=279602&id=50193-18784282-5yPWotx&t=8
2. “Undoing Obama Medicare cuts may backfire on Romney,” The Boston Globe, August 18, 2012
http://www.moveon.org/r?r=279597&id=50193-18784282-5yPWotx&t=9
3. “Romney-Ryan Medicare Plan Would Cost 29-Year-Olds $331,200: Report,” Huffington Post, August 27, 2012
http://www.moveon.org/r?r=279596&id=50193-18784282-5yPWotx&t=10
4. “Paul Ryan Misleads With GM Plant Closure Tale,” Huffington Post, August 29, 2012
http://www.moveon.org/r?r=279598&id=50193-18784282-5yPWotx&t=11
5. “Fact Check: Paul Ryan misleads on debt panel’s spending cut plan,” CNN, August 30, 2012
http://www.moveon.org/r?r=279608&id=50193-18784282-5yPWotx&t=12
6. “Top 5 Fibs In Paul Ryan’s Convention Speech,” Talking Points Memo, August 30, 2012
http://www.moveon.org/r?r=279595&id=50193-18784282-5yPWotx&t=13
7. “Paul Ryan Address: Convention Speech Built On Demonstrably Misleading Assertions,” Huffington Post, August 30, 2012 http://www.moveon.org/r?r=279604&id=50193-18784282-5yPWotx&t=14
8. “4 Ways Paul Ryan’s Budget Would Devastate The Poor,” ThinkProgress, August 17, 2012

FOUR MEN AND LADY LIBERTY

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I’m particularly excited about tomorrow’s The Halli Casser-Jayne Show: LIBERTY!  My guests and I are going to have a  conversation on liberty and all that it means and the many ways that it’s represented in our culture, a conversation that I’m sure you will enjoy. I have four men of letters on the show, three who have written books on symbols of  liberty and freedom in America. My first guest is Professor Edward Berenson who wrote the delightful and insightful book The Statue of Liberty. Do any of us really know how Lady Liberty came to be? Discussing the story of  The Liberty Bell  will be my guest Professor Gary B. Nash. His book  brings The Liberty Bell back to life.  You’re going to enjoy Jonathan Zimmerman. He has written a long overdue book, Small Wonder, The Little Red School House. Now what, you might ask, does the little red schoolhouse have to do with liberty. Well, we are going to explore education as a key to liberty. My fourth guest is Raymond Smock who served as the first official historian of the U.S. House of Representatives and today is director of the Robert C. Byrd Center for Legislative Studies at Shepherd University in Shepherdstown, West Virginia. Ray is an old friend because we shared a friend in common, the late Senator Robert Byrd. Among the many books that Senator Byrd wrote is his book, Losing America. It’s a devastating read if you, as I do, believe in preserving our liberty at all costs. There was no one who defended the American Constitution as Senator Byrd did. And no one who viewed with more dismay what he considered the “slow unraveling of the people’s liberties”  in the aftermath of 9/11 Join me and my guests tomorrow at 3 pm ET for LIBERTY! on The Halli Casser-Jayne Show, Talk Radio for Fine Minds and Freedom Lovers. Here’s a picture I took of Senator Byrd in the Senate Appropriations Room. He was in a grand mood that day and the picture reflects his joie de vivre. You can listen to the show right here or on any page on the Halli Casser-Jayne website.

CANDIDATE ROMNEY INVOKES THE “BIRTHER” CONTROVERSY

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OK. When a seemingly legitimate candidate for the presidency of the United States of America stoops to the low that Republican presidential hopeful Mitt Romney did today in invoking the “birther” controversy into his campaign, I cannot let it roll by. Yes, of course, there’s the proverbial question as to how low will a pol go to win a campaign, a question we sadly  know the answer to: lower than low. But there’s something even more unseemly here that needs to be addressed.

The question of President Obama’s birth  by the lunatic fringe is fraught with layers. These are not frivolous attacks on the legitimacy of the Obama presidency. They are, in fact, deliberate, focused attacks on the black president fueled by racism by a predominately white Southern constituency.

Of course, Mitt Romney knows this, which is what makes his invocation of the absurd claims by the absurd fringe of his absurd party that much more heinous. And, one might even go so far as to say desperate.

But mostly it is despicable, and in my mind, should disqualify Governor Mitt Romney as a presidential candidate. When a presidential candidate plays the race card, however cleverly, he should not qualify for a chance to win the highest office in the land that  is the American presidency.

In response to the horror over his remarks by his detractors, the Romney campaign replied with this: “Governor Romney was just illustrating that he was born and raised here in Michigan.”

An absurd excuse.

 

IN THE HALF-LIGHT – A VIEW FROM MY WINDOW

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The artist in me plays varying roles. Sometimes the muse insists that I write. Sometimes she expresses herself in the way I dress…or design a space…or plan a garden…or create a meal. Most definitely, putting a radio show together for you is like creating a film or TV show – it’s art, it’s theater, it’s magic. Whichever muscle is at work, for me it’s the art of the endeavor that consumes. For the last couple of weeks, it has been my creative eye that has been at work, my vision dominating my senses. I live on the water, on a peninsula, where from whichever window I gaze there is an ever-changing landscape. From moment to moment the scenery alters, becoming a feast upon the eye. Light and shadow play havoc with my senses, sometimes sending me into spasms. And then the muse takes over and my camera becomes an appendage, the click of my finger my release.

From last evening: The View from My Window: “In the Half-light, with Apologies to Sting”

"In the half-light can we trust the way we feel? Can we be sure that anything is real?" ~ Sting

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