3. In A Clockwork Orange, Malcolm McDowell is strapped in with his eyes propped open and forced to watch images until he was "cured." If you could give President Obama, Rep. Nancy Pelosi and Leader Harry Reid the "Clockwork Orange treatment," what movie would you make them watch?
Anything by Ingmar Bergman. Cruel, but they deserve it.
4. What pop culture souvenir do you own that people would be surprised to learn that you cherish?
I don't know if it’s a surprise, but I cherish my posters from the New Orleans Jazz Fest. I went to my first one over two decades ago. It was my family's vacation. That was how we rolled and probably explains more about me than I wish to disclose.
5. What's your current “guilty pleasure” non-news television show?
I don't believe in guilty pleasures. Pleasures are pleasures. But, the one show I love that no one in my family gets is BBC's “Top Gear.” How can it be that only the British can use government money to make a hilarious, rip-roaring defense of fantastic, horse-power maximizing, gas-guzzling auto engineering? Don't the Brits mostly drive peddle cars now? I'm annoyed that I have to turn to the Brits to dash the green enviro fantasies and extol the previously American car culture, but damn that show is funny.
6. What’s the best present you ever received as a child?
Weirdly, it was a statue of David's painting of Napoleon crossing the Alps. Long damn story.
7. What was the first rock concert you ever attended and where did you sit and who went with you?
English Beat. 8th Grade. Snuck into bar, Mabels, in Champaign-Urbana, IL. Bangles opened. Could see the playlist taped to the floor of the stage.
8. What advice do you remember your mother or father giving you? Did you take it?
Not so much advice, as a way of life. We had interactions with every social circle and they treated everyone exactly the same. They showed me the beauty of basic humanity. Everyone has something to say or contribute. Everyone should have a voice.
9. If Republicans and Democrats had theme songs for 2012 what would they be?
Democrats theme is obviously Mozart's Requiem. They are dying. Hopefully a new Democrat party can spring from the progressives' ashes.
GOP: Beethoven's 9th "Ode to Joy" Symphony.
Libertarians: The Jam “Going Underground”
10. What would you like tomorrow's headline to say?
FEC rules that Network News Must File as In-Kind Contributions to Obama Campaign
11. What books are on you most looking forward to reading?
Obama's memoir of a one-term presidency.
12. Tell me about the moment you decided to enter the political arena.
I had an overnight show on my college radio station. It was November, way late into the night. There were no computers really then. My AP newswire machine started spitting out information. People had breached the Berlin Wall. The Wall was coming down. I was sitting in my little studio in the middle of the Midwest and realized everything in the world was changing. And I thought, “Game On”!
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