Greg Bishop hosts Bishop On Air from 10 to noon on 970 WMAY, The News and Talk of Springfield. Today, we'll review an alarming story about double agents being produced from Gitmo, ponder the question of politics and medicine, and have a Springfield City Council preview with Alderman Frank Edwards. That and more is ahead when Bishop takes over the airwaves. Did you miss a recent show? Get the podcast here and subscribe today to never miss a moment of Bishop On Air.
Aside from being the day President Bush Jr. signed into law the Department of Homeland Security back in 2002 ... yesterday marked the 27 year anniversary that it was revealed "The Enterprise" made obscene profits selling weapons to Iran and funneling a small portion of the profits to the Contras in South America ... that sparked the Iran-Contra saga which revealed a deplorable system of a secret government circumventing the rule of law. Back in 1986, a PBS program titled "Secret Government: The Constitution in Crisis" aired and reveals some very alarming things that is in the annals of history for the US. Watch that below or at this link.
With Iran-Contra in mind, it's important to understand the international, geo-political trickery our country has been involved in for generations ... kind of like our next topic ...
Turning "enemy combatants" into double agents? That's the goal of a newly unearthed program down in Guantanamo Bay. The Associated Press is revealing that the disgraceful prison has been scene of not just force feeding those that won't go along, but also the site of grooming double agents to go and kill terrorists overseas. Really? Are you surprised by this or are you like me--not surprised by much of anything in the farcical abomination that is the global war on terror?
Politics in medicine
As I was working through some long-unopened mail, I came across my Health Insurance package with info on how much has been added to my Health Reimbursement Account and other facts and figures. Admission: I haven't visited a doctor for a yearly checkup since I was in high school. Now that I'm paying a premium every paycheck for "insurance," and having done so for a couple of years now, I figured I better take advantage of the included annual physicals, even though I am a healthy individual with no known medical conditions (knock on wood). But as I was trying to find a doctor within my network I couldn't access a list through my provider's website. Simply calling the number produced a list. But here is part of the actual conversation I had with the woman on the other end of the phone: "Would you like a female or male doctor?" Having never really thought about it ... my first response was "does it say if they are a libertarian?" Hence today's question--Does personal politics play a role in who you seek out for a family doctor or a general practice physician? We'll talk about it today.
Meanwhile, how do you like you tax dollars being used to advertise for a private business? Surely you've been hearing the "Get Covered Illinois" propaganda. Are you as peeved at tax dollars being used to encourage people to enroll? Or is it a moot point because the majority of people are being enrolled in Medicaid?
We'll be joined by Ward 1 Alderman Frank Edwards to get a preview of tonight's Springfield City Council Committee of the Whole. The Ward 1 Alderman has an ordinance up for consideration that would lift a moratorium on boat house permits. Why was the moratorium put in place and why lift it? We'll get the answers. Also we'll hear from Ald. Edwards about the mayor pulling the plug on the idea of privatizing Oak Ridge Cemetery. What are some of his suggestions for helping the financial picture of the historic cemetery?
News on the March
If there's time, we'll cover a slew of stories that are getting overlooked, including an alarming story about California gun confiscations, the refusal of the Obama admin to accept the NSA chief's resignation, the US getting involved in possible conflict between Japan and China, and more.
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