KVMR’s News Director and hard-right blogger “breaking bread”?

I happened to be headed down Broad St. around noon and noticed what appeared to be KVMR’s News Director and hard-right blogger George Rebane sitting at a window table, eating lunch and enjoying a tête-à-tête.

It was a sight to behold for a regular KVMR listener like me.

But I’m glad to see the register ringing for our restauranteurs. I wonder who paid? LOL.

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38 thoughts on “KVMR’s News Director and hard-right blogger “breaking bread”?”

  1. Scared me good! I read “KVMR’s News Director and Hard Right blogger GR”, not “KVMR’s News Director PE sitting together with Hard Right blogger GR”,

    Phew!

  2. I don’t think Woodsy’s anywhere near the same league as Rebane. There is no law that says you can’t be friends with the person and oppose their ideas about how the world should run. Would you prefer a gunfight at high noon in front of the Mineshaft? Conversation is the first step to reaching compromises, and either sides dream/fantasy of conversion.

    1. I agree Douglas. My impression is that Woodsy is really no more than a Juvinal wannabe. And I would hope that the different sides of the political spectrum could sit down and discuss issues instead of the pervasive divisiveness that has permeated the local, state and national discourse.

  3. Everyone,
    I think both Paul and George have made it public about their weekly lunches. I think it is a good thing. The term gestalt comes to mind. We are way more than our political opinions and a vast majority of people on the planet share way more values than they have opposite. It needs to be about commonalities not differences.

    I disagree with George on almost all political philosophies. I also know the right wing blog good ol’ boys are a bunch of bullies. I don’t think Paul has ever been on the other side of this cowardice behavior. I haven’t either so my rigidity against them isn’t that strong. But please don’t ostracize Paul for not sharing your disdain of the right wing bloggers. Paul is a good man making inroads of pushing back against the neoliberal/ neocon ideology within our region.

    1. Another alternative would be to ignore them. I never hear their names come up in the community, except in the blogosphere. Honestly, there are many more important and influential conservatives to “break bread” with at a weekly lunch if the idea is to find commonalities. It would be far more constructive for KVMR and its stakeholders, not to mention in the fundraising effort for a new headquarters.

      1. Jeff,
        Have you ever considered that Paul and George are friends not just colleagues? I have many friends who are in the NC Tea Party.

      2. Here is an example, the other day I was on Main St GV and saw a Tea Party friend’s work truck. I haven’t seen him in a while so I went in to say hi. We ended up having a beer getting caught up on each others lives.

        I understand and support you in your grievances against the right wing blogs and their operators. Paul is a musician, actor, producer, promoter, news director, and an all around positive member of our community. I think we need to give him a break. I put in 4 cents and will leave it alone.

    1. As a KVMR listener, I’d be more interested to hear that the News Director was meeting with more influential conservatives from the area. This would help raise KVMR’s stature too.

      1. I would be almost willing to wager that this might have been on their conversation agenda as well. The more we come together on things the better we all will do.

  4. Probably not. Reinette and I are more likely to do drinks. You could expand your coverage by hanging out in town after dark

    1. We’re working folk raising a young family, though we get in town after dark now and then. But you could listen to the feedback and expand your coverage by casting a wider net into the community, including the conservatives. Where’s the Rebane counterpoint on KVMR the news hour? The movie review?
      http://www.kvmr.org/news/index.html
      I mean really.

  5. A bit off topic, but since, as I’ve said before, I’m fairly new to G.V. and not very mobile, I don’t get out that much since I stopped doing Tai Chi. Personally, I think the divide between the far right/evangelicals/Tea Party,etc and Progressives is very wide, and by the very nature of the issues, should be wide. There is just so much at stake. But why I’m really posting now, is to let everyone know, in case you don’t know–and this I think is dangerous stuff–that Glen Beck has a new book out. He doesn’t give credit for a ghost writer, but I’m not sure he even finished high school. Just the same he tackled a subject usually left to highly esteemed intelects. The book is titled, The Original Argument, whereby “the author translates The Federalist Papers into modern English to make them accessible to all.” Maybe this is old news, but I just saw it in my latest brochure from the History Book Club, even though I buy most books from a much cheaper clearing house in CT. I guess we’ll get a Tea Partyish interpretation of The Federalists’ Case for the Constitution, according to Beck.
    Cheers

    1. No problem. But you’ll have to find a political “extremist,” like George. I’m in the middle, having voted for Republicans and Democrats over the years. How many Democrats has George voted for? LOL.

      1. Extremism is a form of blindness. One extreme does not balance the other. Extremes just react with each other. It takes the middle to balance the extreme.

        Jeff, you would be a perfect balance for Rebane. I hope you take the offer.

  6. Just checking in after an evening out in NC.

    Interesting debate going on here, but FCS will you guys lose the “LOL”?
    You sound like overgrown teenagers.
    Let’s raise the bar here gentlemen, just a notch closer to civility.

    1. For laughing out loud, thanks for conversing with all of us overgrown teenagers, Judith. I’d rather see some more investigative reporting and uncover secret/clandestine meetings over lunch or otherwise. Look forward to hearing your counterpoints on KVMR, Jeff.

      1. Jon,

        Sorry to sound cranky last night, but I had a long evening in hosiery, heels and an uncomfortable chair. But it was great, an honor.
        It was so fascinating to see so many NC movers and shakers all in one place in the Great Stone Hall.

        It is also easy to see they have been at the business of running Nevada City for a long time and have invested their hearts and souls into creating what we have today. The thing is, there will be a tomorrow. Actually, it’s here already, and changes will need to happen, big expensive ones and there’s not a lot of time.

        But the reality is that change takes time and sometimes it’s good to remember that it’s in the small moves, the micro adjustments, the discreet calibrations, that can we effect the most profound changes in our community that will make a positive difference in the long run.

        I had a great “church” morning listening to Ralph Nader on C-Span’s Book TV. I’m heading down to Harmony to pick up a copy of, “Getting Steamed to Overcome Corporatism: Build it Together to Win”.
        I don’t remember the exact wording, but he made some important points about the difference between being a skeptic and being a cynic. The skeptic will continue to search for answers, the cynic shuts down. “He becomes Diogenes and jumps in a tub.” , he said.
        It’s amazing the man still has such a cute sense of humor.

        Have a great day everybody.

      2. Ah, lets hear it for the small changes. Evolutionary change sometimes has a habit of evening out the occasional excesses of revolutionary change (not that I reject the need for a good revolution now and again).

  7. I’ll have to figure out how to view the censured youtube, dinner/hitler, but did view Black’s bit on Beck, which was great, as Black usually is. The book can be had for $8.00 in softcover and is 464 pp. I’ve never read Beck, but am tempted to order this book, although, to do justice to any assessment I would think one should have read The Federalist Papers first. And, the Constitution was deeply flawed, principally in it’s sections favorable to slave owners–3/5 rule, 20 year ban on stopping importation of slaves and the electoral college–so if Beck only rehashes the arguments for adopting the Constitution w/o examining the opposing opinions, as they exisited in the framework of the politics of the time, then I don’t think he’ll be adding much new to the scholarship on this subject. Not that I would expect that from such a strident and partisan ideologue. Beware of those that won’t compromise, and sign pledges to never do such and such: Isn’t that what exposed the flaws of the Constitution and led to the Civil War?

    On the lighter side, I can’t take Ralph Nader very seriously: While the Supreme Court made Bush the President Select–some blame Nader. But he got it all wrong with the Corvair, which was the vehicle on which he rose to fame. Our family had two of them just as both my brother and I hit driving age. And we gave those cars workouts that I bet they didn’t even see in the toughest Detroit testing grounds and both the Corvair Monza and Corvair Spyder passed with flying colors. And this is back in N.Y., when the drinking age was 18 for everything and bars stayed open until 4:00 A.M., closed for two hours, then reopened at 6:00 A.M.
    Cheers,

    1. Don’t blame Mr. Nader for Bush2.
      I’m pretty sure Monica Lewinsky blew Al Gore’s chances.

      I had a Corvair too, a ’62.
      I loved it and didn’t think it any worse than driving my VeeWee Bug, with the rear engine and all.
      Luckily, never I had a collision in it.
      Those things just flew apart.
      It was a tinny piece of junk, like a lot of cars back in the day.
      Now we have standards for safety and efficiency.
      Thank Ralph.

      1. If you noticed, I didn’t blame Nader, I only mentioned the Supreme Court, but didn’t go into its sending the case back to Florida, then, not liking what Florida did, deciding that it had jurisdiction afterall, and Selecting Bush. I’m gleaning my memory as best I can. There is also the disallowment of 50,000 or so voters from Texas for supposedly having criminal records, which was also show to be false. So even with Monica, the hanky-panky went on in Florida, resulting in the Supreme Court stepping in where they had no business stepping in. I was conversant with the particulars of that sorry episode back when it happened, just as I was with Watergate when that happened, but with the passing of time, those particulars just “flew away” and refreshing my mind won’t change a thing.
        But now that you brought it up, an argument can certainly be made that Nader’s third party run affected the outcome, just as any third party entrant can influence an election. Much depends, I think, I what one is voting for. As an Indendent now, who was once a conservative Republican, exposed to the political dialogue of conservative, midwest, Taft Republicans parents, my thinking began to change in the sixties, particularly when I was with the Marines in Vietnam, and I began studying issues w/o parental input. And I discovered that so much of what they had said, simply wasn’t true. And until, maybe twenty years ago, I still would split my ticket. But the divisions are too great now. My goal, now and has been, is to stop the radicalized Republicans from controlling this country, if for no other reason than to stop them from being able to appoint judges, particularly Supreme Court Justices. And thus we get decisions such as we did with Citizens United. Mussolini once said, “The definition of fascism is the merging of corporations with the State,” or words to that effect.
        Cheers,

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