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December 31, 2013  

It’s the Last Open Forum for the Year:

Speak Now, Or Until 2014 Hold Your Peace!

 It’s fitting that we should end the year with listeners’ thoughts, opinions, observations, insights and wisdom.

It’s the last Open Forum for 2013. Share what’s on your mind – whether looking back at a tumultuous year or looking ahead at the dawning of a new one.

It’s your forum. As usual, you take the conversation wherever you want it to go.


December 30, 2013  

The Thrill With Obama Is 62.5% Gone. What’s the Agenda for the Next Three Years?

The first year of his second term completed, it is no secret that the various constituencies that delivered for President Barack Obama -- twice -- are less than satisfied with the yield on their political investment.

Hushed rumbling has now become sharp, open criticism as historically marginalized groups see their standard bearer unable and/or unwilling to engage fully in the battle he had promised to wage in their behalf. There is a palpable sense that he has gone to “the other side” of business-as-usual politics, doing what is expedient rather than what is necessary.

Leid Stories closes the tumultuous year assessing where things stand with the original (2008) and extended (2012) contracts between Obama and his political base, and poses the question: “What’s the agenda – his and ours -- for the next three years?”   

December 27, 2013  

Detroit, now Chicago: A Kick-Start to A Democratic Party Revolt?

On Dec. 19, the Rev. Al Sharpton and a coterie of handpicked elected officials, clergy and community leaders were to “lead a Chicago community town hall meeting to call for a unified commitment to end gun violence,” Sharpton’s public-relations agent said in a media advisory about the nationally hyped event.

Well, let’s just say the agenda was changed. Dramatically. The packed auditorium at Hyde Park Academy reverberated with condemnations of political lackeys and turncoat figureheads, a useless Democratic Party, a hateful Mayor Rahm Emanuel and an indifferent President Obama for mass suffering in Chicago.

Grassroots Detroit has been fully engaged in a pushback and political organizing against extreme misery brought on by the court-permitted bankruptcy of the city – seen essentially as a political gift to banksters and real estate robber barons. And now Chicago.

Leid Stories asks: Is this the start of a Democratic Party revolt?  

December 27, 2013  

The State of the Union 2013: A People’s Report (Part 2)

Where we’ve been, where we are, and where we ought to be as a nation – that’s the focus of our discussion today on Leid Stories, Part 2 of our own “State of the Union” report.

As we close out the year, listeners offer keen insights on issues, events and people they believe had the greatest impact (positive and/or negative) in 2013, and tell us what they think is ahead in 2014.  

December 27, 2013  

The State of the Union 2013: A People’s Report on What Was, What’s Ahead

It’s Open Forum on Leid Stories, but with a twist.

Listeners create a “State of the Union” report citing issues, events and people they believe have had the most significant impact in 2013, and forecasting their likely impact, if any, in 2014.

December 23, 2013  

“Where Are We? Where Are We Going?: A Year-End Reality Check

At the end of a tumultuous year and on the cusp of another, Leid Stories begins a series of end-of-year discussions to encourage a dialogue about the realities and challenges of life in various segments of our society – both as a reminder that we’re not “all in this together,” and as a caution against the one-size-fits-all, zero-sum model for social, political and economic change.


The series kicks off with attorney Alton H. Maddox Jr., whose deep political activism and four-plus decades as a self-appointed “people’s attorney general” litigating, pro bono, some of the most contentious cases involving official and prosecutorial misconduct in New York history, inform a scathing analysis of the principal impediments to power and progress in the African American community and society at large.

December 20, 2013  

Ross Perot Was Right: NAFTA Was ‘A Giant Sucking Sound’;

Detroit: Politically Connected Vultures Hover Over the City’s Assets


Approaching the 20th anniversary of the North America Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) on Jan. 1, 2014, Leid Stories does an audit on its central promise: Jobs for Americans. But Robert E. Scott, director of trade and manufacturing policy research at the Economic Policy Institute, says that NAFTA-linked trade deficits have cost the United States 682,900 jobs.


Ross Perot, the 1992 independent presidential candidate from Texas, was right: NAFTA was for the U.S. a “giant sucking sound.”


Abayomi Azikiwe, editor of the Pan-African Newswire and community organizer with the Workers World Party, reports on the latest developments in the city’s court-approved bankruptcy. Politically connected vultures are eyeing the city’s assets, he says, and several have already closed bargain-basement deals.

December 19, 2013  

Obamacare Should Be the Death Knell for the Two-Party System;

More Questions Than Answers About Supermole Snowden


Option 1: Object all you want, but “it’s the law,” a done deal, so get with the program or the IRS will impose a penalty.  Option 2: Object all you want, but “it’s the law,” a done deal, so get with the program or the IRS will impose a penalty.


The stitched-together Obamacare, like Frankenstein, is alive, and it’s a monster. No one in the Democratic Party so far has had the moral fiber to take on the Con Man-in-Chief over his eponymous boondoggle gift to pay-to-play health-care corporations, and no one in the Republican Party has dared advance a credible alternative plan to assure access to quality medical care for all.


Leid Stories makes that we shouldn’t have to choose between the lesser of two evils or the evil of two lessers. The people deserve true democracy – the benefit of competing ideas and solutions from many different political parties.


Plus, a bit more about the mysterious Edward Snowden and the puzzlements that surround him.


December 18, 2013  

Really Sick: Obamacare Shafts 5 Million Poor;

Snowden’s Putin Move to Crash-Land In Brazil


Leid Stories had predicted this problem – and now it’s here.


About 5 million poor people living in 25 states that are not expanding their Medicaid coverage will have no health coverage under the Affordable Care Act, says a report by the Kaiser Commission on Medicaid and the Uninsured. Latinos and African Americans are “disproportionately represented” in this group, the report says.

Leid Stories discusses the findings of the report.


Taking his cue from Vladimir Putin’s op-ed piece in the Times that stole the thunder from Obama over negotiations with Syria, NSA supermole Edward Snowden yesterday made an end run around President Dilma Rousseff with a “letter to the Brazilian people” that was published in a major newspaper making his case for asylum.


Leid Stories puts Snowden under heavy manners.

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December 17, 2013  

Get Ready, Get Set, Call In! It’s Open Forum on Leid Stories!

 It’s your turn to define what’s news – or, what ought to be.

Take the conversation wherever you want it to go, but be prepared: The smartest people on the planet are listening to you and just might take you on -- with great respect, of course. 

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