The Wheels Down Politics Show – Tom Becka

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Tom Becka 01Jerry Kratochvil interviews radio and TV host and commentator Tom Becka.

Tom and Jerry (see what I did there?) talk about the recent the prison riot, overcrowding and marijuana issues, particulary as they have come before the Nebraska Legislature.

They then get into Tom’s experience on the radio, his background in standup comedy (and his time with some famous comics) and his influence on the state and local political scene as a radio host.

Tom gives his views on interactions with some Nebraska pols, such as Jon Bruning and Jim Suttle, and how radio influences politics, and how things have changed during his time on the air.

Podcast & On the Web:
Facebook: Tom Becka
Twitter: @TomBecka
Becka’s Beat on KPTM Fox42: Medicinal Marijuana


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  1. Anonymous says:

    To comment at 1:57PM: What’s the saying? Takes one to know one. Good that you have a radio that has an off button.

  2. TexasAnnie says:

    Well, I listened to all 57 minutes and 23 seconds. I’m not any smarter than I was about prison overcrowding, medical marijuana, stand-up comedy, the Omaha tornado and how talk radio helped, the untrustworthiness of Jon Bruning, and homeless voters for Jim Suttle! Does anyone else listen to the podcasts?

    Sweeper: Again I question your bias. I know you don’t care, but RWP IS NOT AN AUTHORITY on the chemistry of medical marijuana. Why keep offering up his invalid opinion???

  3. Outsider says:

    The podcasts have sunk to a new low. I find them not worth the time to listen to. I can read much faster than the time it takes to listen to them and the volume is not good.

  4. Pete says:


    You know who is the authority on drugs (including medical marijuana)? The FDA. Medical marijuana is not FDA approved thus we should not authorize its sale and marketing as a legitimate drug. We CAN’T authorize its sale as a supplement because it is schedule 1. Get it through your thick skull that we live in a society with laws for a reason. There is no conclusive evidence that marijuana or its derivatives help people, thus we should not distribute it.

  5. Anonymous says:

    Sweeper I couldn’t disagree with Outsider more. I’m not particularly a fan of Becka, but I thought the conversation was interesting and enlightening. Better than anything on radio now. (Kind of long, but I just broke it in two to listen.)

  6. Intersted Observer says:

    Again I ask, when will the “Prodigal Son” return? Or can he, now with the new court filing?

  7. Wheels Down Politics PodCast says:

    Good interview. Becka is self-serving and ‘unrepentant’ on his political views. However, he is more rational than any Libertarian.

    Keep up the good work!

  8. TexasAnnie says:

    Pete: I did not learn anything by what you wrote, either. I hope you can get it through your thick skull that the very people who research and treat seizures (not just chemistry professors), want an opportunity to study the plant, legally. That’s why the issue is currently in the news… And when issues capture the public’s attention, a platform for rational change is being built.

    Now I understand that you want circular reasoning: we can’t study the plant because it’s illegal and we can’t make the plant legal because we haven’t studied it. But I for one, am absolutely thrilled that the state’s are doin’ it for themselves!!!

  9. Joe Bob says:

    I am genuinely curious and would like a genuine answer: For people that are in favor of legalizing marijuana and who also consider themselves to be “constitutionalists”, how does a state legalizing medical or recreational marijuana square with the Supremacy Clause of the U.S. Constitution?

  10. Brian T. Osborn says:

    The FDA, like many other government agencies, is deep in the pockets of lobbyists. In the case of medical marijuana, the FDA bureaucrats, and the Congress Critters that serve them, are most beholden to the pharmaceutical, alcohol and tobacco corporations.

  11. TexasAnnie says:

    Joe Bob: We simply apply the Supremacy Clause and/or 10th Amendment as needed on a case by case basis. It’s not as if we had cops and legislators and judges modeling strict constitutional interpretation for us, thereby assuring constitutionality as the ‘norm.’

  12. The Grundle King says:

    To add to TA and Brian’s points, the FDA, like many other government agencies, is not made up of people, but of soulless automatons, who lack the programming to feel even the slightest twinge of empathy for members of the human race.

    These automatons, who definitely DO NOT have any family members who have EVER suffered from any of the countless diseases that they’ve been programmed to find treatments…but not cures…for, are content to watch thousands upon thousands of people die from said diseases, all because of money. Sure, they masquerade as ‘scientists’ who claim to have gone to some fancy-shmancy ‘medical school’, but don’t fool yourselves. They are not ‘people’ as we understand the term…they are merely products of programming and alien cyborg technology, delivered to the wealthy elite to help keep the plebeian class in manageable numbers.

    Heck, if we’re going to talk in plain terms…then we may as well just come out and call these so-called ‘medical experts’ what they are. In so much as they refuse to release the cures…cures that they surely discovered decades ago…their inaction as people die can mean only one thing. They’re consciously standing idly by as people perish. They’re murderers…plain and simple.

    Am I right, TA and Brian?

  13. The Grundle King says:

    That’s not hyperbole. Anyone who believes that doctors and scientists are withholding cures due to money (most likely to the detriment of people they know and love) is espousing nothing other than the belief that these doctors and scientists are killing others for money…that these people who have devoted their lives to advancing medical science are really just a bunch of sadists who enjoy watching others suffer.

    It’s no different than those who believe that 9/11 was an inside job…that hundreds…nay…thousands of everyday people who happen to collect a check from the government were complicit in the murder of thousands of their fellow citizens.

  14. Anonymous says:

    You’re going too black and white, GK. No one is blocking cures that would prevent deaths. However better medicines may be blocked due to pressure from companies that have existing, but perhaps inferior products on the market.

  15. Brian T. Osborn says:

    As I watch television at home I am inundated with commercials touting a variety of pharmaceuticals that require warnings, each with a plethora of extremely dangerous side effects … up to and including DEATH! These dangerous drugs have each been examined by the FDA and deemed satisfactorily safe enough to inflict upon the general public.
    These same geniuses have determined that cannabis has a high potential for abuse, has no currently accepted medical use in treatment in the United States and has a lack of accepted safety for use of the drug or other substance under medical supervision. Now, they have come to this conclusion without having ever done any testing of any kind to verify their assertions. Their biases are promoted by the money, and political pressure, applied by the pharmaceutical, alcohol, tobacco and industrial incarceration industries.
    I challenge any opponent of the legalization of medical marijuana to present statistical FACTS to buttress their aversion to legalization, or at least decriminalization, of marijuana as a medically prescribed drug. The usual lip service of it being a “gateway” drug is merely bovine byproduct.

  16. The Grundle King says:

    Marijuana has side affects, too, Brian. Apparently among those side affects is a desire to jump off of a building to your death.

  17. Anonymous says:

    If someone jumped off a bridge when high on marijuana, they already had suicidal tendencies. What we have here is just a correlation, not causation.

  18. Brian T. Osborn says:

    Grundle, marriage causes people to jump off buildings to their deaths, capitalism causes people to jump off buildings to their deaths, alcohol causes people to jump off buildings to their deaths, religion causes people to jump off buildings to their deaths, gambling causes ………
    So what is your point?

  19. The Grundle King says:

    The point is that, while you decry the ‘dangerous side affects’ of other drugs, you (like many others) don’t appear willing to acknowledge that marijuana has dangerous side affects as well.

    Many prescription drugs come with the warning that it’s unsafe to operate vehicles or machinery when using said drug. Marijuana affects one’s motor skills as well, but based on the number of times I’ve encountered that ol’ funky skunky smell whilst driving the streets of Lincoln, potheads already don’t care if they drive while they’re high. The idea that what they’re using is ‘medicine’ will only further empower them to do so.

    But assuming that marijuana does have medicinal value, and that the side affects are insignificant enough to be overlooked, what would you recommend to get rid of the occasional migraine? Maui Wowie? OG Kush? Yukon Gold? Purple Nurple? Something else? Also, what’s the proper dosage?

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