Halli Casser-Jayne is the co-host of The Halli and MoJoe Show on BlogTalkRadio dot com and the author of A Year in My Pajamas with President Obama, The Politics of Strange Bedfellows, which takes a provocative, fun, thoughtful look at Election 2008 through the creative eyes of an author with a sassy and distinctive voice. There are many President Obama books, but none quite like this one! Look for her forthcoming novel, Scout Finch's Diary scheduled for an October 2011 release.

Friday, August 19, 2011

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Wednesday, August 17, 2011


I'm short on time this morning, but I had to post this because it is so utterly unbelievable. As many of you know, I've never understand how women in today's times could back conservatism, a movement that touts freedom in so many ways except when it comes to women's rights. The linked article is so clearly filled with the lunacy of a women backing conservatism, that it's content should be an anthem to the abject stupidity of conservative women. The author unwillingly points out the fallacy of her own misguided beliefs. You'll want to follow the link to the story that spawned the article which I link, which is a rubberstamp for why youth is wasted on the young and conservative women.

Tuesday, August 16, 2011


Is the mainstream media as dumb as they appear to be? Are they part of the reason that this country is on the wrong track? I say that they are, particularly the political pundits who fail to ask the politicians who they cover the right questions.

There is a meme generated by the Republicans that government is a bad thing. All those senators and congressmen and women of the GOP united in their singular talking point: Government is the bogeyman.

This by the very same people who earn their living off of the government. EXCUSE ME!?!

As I posted on my Facebook page recently, here are the benefits these same clowns who denigrate the government get for saying that government is the bad guy.

Salary of House/Senate...$174,000 for life
Salary of Speaker of the House...$223,500 for life
Salary of Majority/Minority Leaders...$193,400 for life...

Get my drift! And not a word from the Fourth Estate that questions the very hypocrisy of the right-wing talking machine.

Then yesterday, from the smartest politician alive today, former President Bill Clinton comes his "coaching" interview...leading the press down the path they need to go, specifically talking about Gov. Rick Perry, the newest candidate in the race...

“And he’s saying ‘Oh, I’m going to Washington to make sure that the federal government stays as far away from you as possible – while I ride on Air Force One and that Marine One helicopter and go to Camp David and travel around the world and have a good time.’ I mean, this is crazy.”

But the take away line the press ran with was Clinton's comment on Perry's good looks, "Perry is a good-looking rascal..."

Yes, dumb when this country oh so badly needs smart.

Monday, August 15, 2011


I have never been to Iowa. I’ve barreled through Iowa on a fast-moving train on my way west, but that was a longtime ago. What remains of that train ride is a faded black and white memory of miles of cornfields and quaint train stations. It is a picture of an America much like those first few black and white minutes of the 1939 film classic The Wizard of Oz, stark, bleak, aged, a cruel contrast to the vivid colors of that over the rainbow Munchkin Land Dorothy crashed on impelled by the power of a whirling cyclone.

Ironically, the reality of Iowa is the vivid colors of the over the rainbow Munchkin Land Dorothy discovered on her way to Oz. Iowa is in fact a red, white, and blue state, the Currier and Ives heart of Americana whose landscape is painted green with cornstalks and golden with wheat fields.

There in this kaleidoscope of color, as happens whenever there’s a contest for the Republican Party’s presidential nomination, impelled not by cyclones but by politics, politicians and the media land in this heart of the corn belt for some…well…corniness.

Yes folks, welcome to The Iowa Straw Poll, that relic of Americana where country music is the backdrop, corndogs and apple pie the promise, the show: the Republican hopefuls for the office of the American presidency starring in a colorful display of theatrics much like the one created by the Great and Powerful Wizard of Oz.

While really not as ancient as it sounds, The Iowa Straw Poll, officially The Ames Straw Poll, was first held in 1979. It is non-binding and has no official consequence on the presidential primaries. Its organizers would like everyone to think that it tests the candidate’s organizational skills and it can aid the candidates nationally by helping to build momentum for their campaigns. Not to be overlooked is the reality that The Iowa Straw Poll is also a major boost to the local economy and for the Iowa Republican Party, a highly-lucrative fundraising event.

Since its founding, the winner of the Iowa Straw Poll has gone on to win the Republican presidential nomination two out of five times. Three out of five winners have gone on to win that other throwback to simpler times, the Iowa Caucuses. Only one winner of the straw poll has gone on to win the presidency. George W. Bush won the straw poll in 1999, followed up by winning the Iowa caucus, the GOP nomination and the presidency. Let’s all sing…”and there’s a note with a lump in my throat when I speak of that wonderful guy…” Oy!

So, yeah, the Iowa Straw Poll is corny. No it’s not the great predictor of who will win the Republican nomination. It’s a slice of Americana that barely exists today except in America’s heartland, surely not in Washington, D.C. It’s a colorful display of politics as we wish it would be, and rarely is anymore. It lets us pretend even for a moment in picnics and Mr. Deeds, in politicians who really do care about America and her future.

About those black and white moments at the beginning of the Wizard of Oz. They weren’t filmed in black in white rather on Sepia Tone film, the black and white a grand, old optical illusion alas, like The Iowa Straw Poll and Americana.  


If you didn't have a chance to listen to my interview with novelist John Schlimm on The Halli and MoJoe Show yesterday, you must listen to it in the archives. The feedback has been stellar. You'll love John, he is one interesting man. And you'll adore hearing the background on his delicious read of a book, TWANG. So, stop on by and let me know what you think. ~ Halli

Sunday, August 14, 2011

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Halli Casser-Jayne: "TIME TO ROCK BlogTalkRadio again! Please tune in to The Halli and MoJoe Show today at 5:00 p.m. EST for my interview with the ever FAB Halli Casser-Jayne about TWANG, Country Music, and all things life! You can stream the interview live at: http://bit.ly/pvCNT9