Archive for April, 2008

The Endless Race: Obama/Clinton

Posted in Salon Episodes with tags , , on April 28, 2008 by Rick Vanderslice

This Salon, from April 27, 2008, was recorded during the very heated Democratic Party nomination race, shortly after the Pennsylvania primary which Hillary Clinton won with a 9+% point advantage over Barack Obama. Her only real chance to win rests with the Super Delegates choosing her over the winner of the most Regular Delegates during the long primary season, Barack Obama. We don’t know what the outcome will be, yet, but everyone agrees that this race will produce big history. The first Black presidential nominee or the first Woman presidential nominee and, likely, the first Black or Female president. It’s the biggest story of the year. Gathered, with RICK VANDERSLICE, around the square table in the Library Nook at the Buli Cafe are three astute political observers. Regular salon member JOHN SELIG, a writer, teacher, and blogger returns. Newcomer BRUCE MONROE, is a veteran Gay Rights activist and past president of the Dallas Gay and Lesbian Alliance. Also joining the salon for the first time is ROY CALHOUN, former head of visual merchandizing for JC Penny, Inc. and a keen cultural and political observer. Both candidates have their advocates in todays salon with passions and energy running high, at times. But, the consequences of this contest couldn’t be greater for both the Democratic Party and the nation.

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Books and websites mentioned in this episode:

Bill Moyers Interview with Reverend Jeremiah Wright
Full Audio of Reverend Jeremiah Wright’s 9/11 Sermon
Huffington Post: McCain in 2008 = Clinton in 2012
Barak Obama Campaign
Hillary Clinton Campaign

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What Is Art?

Posted in Salon Episodes with tags , , on April 25, 2008 by Rick Vanderslice

This salon was recorded at the Buli Cafe on the Cedar Springs Strip in Dallas on Sunday, April 20, 2008. Our opening question was a slippery one: What Is Art? At first, it seems to be a question with easy answers, but, as the conversation progressed and the salon members dug deeper into the subject, more complex questions were generated. Can There Be Good And Bad Art? Who Decides? How Is It Decided? Do We Need Art? Do We Have To Understand Art For It To Have Value? Can Anyone Be An Artist? Three very smart and creative people gathered, with me, around the square table in the cafe’s Library Nook to consider todays subject. Writer, blogger, and regular salon member JEREMIAH JACKSON, who’s nickname is “RJ”, was back along with another regular, BRIAN PRICE, a student of Urban Anthropology at the University of North Texas. Our third guest, making his first visit to the salon, was JAMES BATCHELOR. James is a student of the Liberal Arts, working on a double major in French and History at Southern Methodist University. As you listen in on our lively discussion, be prepared to have your own assumptions challenged as we consider the question: What Is Art?

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How Good is the Gay Life in Dallas?

Posted in Salon Episodes with tags , , on April 17, 2008 by Rick Vanderslice

This Salon from April 13, 2008, featured: JENNY BLOCK, writer, teacher, journalist, HuffingtonPost.com blogger and author of the new book “OPEN: Love, Sex, and Life in an Open Marriage” published by Seal Press. ISRAEL LUNA, writer and independent filmmaker with his latest film, “FRIGHT FLICK” starring Chad Allen, being released this month. JESSE GARCIA, president of the Stonewall Democrats of Dallas. This special group of intelligent, creative people share their different experiences with and perspectives on one of the largest GLBT communities in America.

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Books and websites mentioned in this episode:

Open: Love, Sex, and Life in an Open Marriage, by Jenny Block
ISBN-10: 158005241X
ISBN-13: 978-1580052412

www.StonewallDemocratsOfDallas.org
www.JennyOnThePage.com
www.SealPress.com
www.LaLunaEntertainment.com

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4 Gay Male Generations Have A Conversation

Posted in Salon Episodes with tags , , on April 6, 2008 by Rick Vanderslice

This Salon from April 6, 2008, featured Jeremiah Jackson, Shawn Boling & Phil Johnson.

Four gay Male Generations have a conversation about what they share in common as well as their differences…about their needs from and obligations to the other generations.

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Books and websites mentioned in this episode:

Oak Lawn’s transformation dates way back,
Dallas Voice, Feb 8, 2007
Cedar Springs group wants to reclaim strip,
Dallas Voice, Nov 29, 2007
The Roundup Saloon
The Phil Johnson Historic Archives & Research Library
John Thomas Gay & Lesbian Community Center
Burgess House Creative Communication

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The Obama/Clinton Race

Posted in Salon Episodes with tags , , on April 6, 2008 by Rick Vanderslice

This Salon from March 31st 2008, featured Daniel Burgess, John Selig & Travis Knoll.

Is the Obama/Clinton Race harmful to the Democratic Party and its chances to take the White House and increase their majorities in the Congress?

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Books and websites mentioned in this episode:

Politics Lost: From RFK to W: How Politicians Have Become Less Courageous and More Interested in Keeping Power than in Doing What’s Right for America, by Joe Klein
ISBN-10: 0767916018
ISBN-13: 978-0767916011

Rights of Man, by Thomas Paine
ISBN-10: 1434680428
ISBN-13: 978-1434680426

Fighting Words: How to Humiliate — and Convert — a Right-Winger, by John Dolan
Obama, Clinton — and Echoes of Nader? by Nicholas D. Kristof

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