September 05 2008 show notes


  • "Brunch with Bernie" with Senator Bernie Sanders, Independent of Vermont.

  • Guest: Mike Farrel, actor, Joe Giarratano campaign.

  • Guest: John Garcia, Assistant Dog Care Manager, featured in the National Geographic TV Series DogTown tonight. Saving the Michael Vick dogs.

  • "Anything Goes" Friday.

Topics, guests, upcoming events, quotes, links to articles, audio clips, books & bumper music.


Friday 05 September '08 show




  • "Brunch with Bernie" with Senator Bernie Sanders, Independent of Vermont. McCain speech. Republican reviews. Bernie found the RNC very interesting. He's for Obama. McCain did not give a passionate great speech. What matters to Bernie is that 8 years ago the same crew people told us the country needed Bush's philosophy, and 4 years ago they said needed 4 more years. Little mention of Bush or Cheney. Issues, their disastrous policies. They now say we need McCain, Bush nowhere to be seen, and Cheney, their real leader, is sent off to Ukraine and Georgia. They are very smart, want 4 more years but are distancing themselves from Bush and Cheney. They are also trying to say that McCain decent guy. Bernie agrees, but the fact is that he was in power, the election is about who will bring forth policies to save the middle class, save health care, other things. They are saying it is about personality, not issues. Trade. Social security. Retirement and the volatility of the stock market. Raise the cap and solve Social Security. Health care.

    Biden voted for NAFTA, etc? Everything would not be great if Obama wins, the Democrats have been too cozy. But 4 more years of Bush policies might cause irreparable damage. McCain is a great cheerleader for unfettered free trade. The Democrats have became more centrist, the Republicans more right wing extremist. Obama could have made a lot of money as a corporate lawyer. Developing communities, services. Unemployment rate is up to 6.1%. Clinton created jobs, some increase in standard of living. McCain supports repeal of the estate tax; the Waltons would benefit by over $30b. Palin and McCain presented as agents of change. McCain and the Republican platform differ, so how can he change? Outrageous earmarks when they had both houses, and he was a leader. Bernie's not for personal attacks on Palin. Palin thinks that if a woman suffers rape or incest, she should not be able to have an abortion.

    He's on the environmental committee, experts tell them global warming is more serious than previously though, we need bold action, she does not believe it is man made. We need more science in schools, she wants creationism. With such a high Democratic turn out, how come the race is so close? Efforts in next 2 months. Knock on doors. McCain got a marriage license when he was still married. Military spending. 5 August 2007 appropriation, only 13 people voted no in the House. There was no roll call vote in the Senate. May 22 hr5658 for 2009 only 23 voted no. Increased pentagon budget.
  • Bumper Music: Where's All The Freedom, Merle Haggard.
  • Bumper Music: Change, Bart Crow.
  • Bumper Music: Sweet Dreams (Are Made Of This), Eurythmics (video).
  • Guest: Mike Farrel, actor, Joe Giarratano campaign.
    "On February 20, 1991, eighteen hours before he was scheduled to be executed for the murder of a woman and the rape murder of her daughter, Joe Giarratano was given a conditional pardon by Governor Douglas Wilder. WHY?

    The ESSENTIAL FACTS


    • Not a single piece of physical evidence identified Giarratano as the perpetrator.
    • Semen from the rape did not match Giarratano.
    • Bloody shoe prints from the scene were not made by Giarratano

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