Thursday 18 November '10 show notes

Thursday 18 November '10 show notes

  • TSA patdown more like a sexual assault. Erin Chase, Blogger/Author "$5 Dinner Mom Cookbook", tells how she was groped.
  • Keith Davies of the Forum for Middle Eastern Understanding. TSA screenings - too politically correct in the name of diversity?!
  • Dan Gainor of the Business and Media Institute. TSA screenings - government gone mad?


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If you're hungry, are you free?
If you're hungry, are you free? According to Republicans, over 17 million more Americans are free because of 30 years of Reaganomics. You need to know this: The US Department of Agriculture is reporting that 17.4 million households in the country had trouble finding enough food to eat last year. In fact – in one out of every eight homes – someone went hungry at some point throughout the year. Children in single parent households were most affected by a food shortage – along with African Americans and Hispanics. All in all – 14% of the households in our country – the richest nation in the world – suffered from what economists call food insecurity and the rest of us call hunger. And these numbers could have been much higher. The Department of Agriculture reports that though the number of hungry families spiked much higher in 2007 when the recession began – it has held steady since – thanks in large part to federal assistance like the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program and free and reduced school lunches. On top of that – economists have proven that federal food assistance programs actually have a stimulative effect on the economy – with every dollar given out in food stamps producing $1.73 in economic activity as it circulates from the hungry person to the retail store to the wholesaler to the farmer. Unfortunately Republicans – didn’t get that memo. They still insist a 3% tax cut for millionaires and billionaires so they can put more money in Swiss banks is a better stimulus for America, and they're willing to cut federal food assistance programs to pay for it. There you have it – the Republican Party is literally taking food off the table of hungry Americans – so fat cat banksters can get a million dollar tax-giveaway bonus, borrowed from China and handed to billionaires courtesy of Uncle Sam.
 
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Today on the Big Picture...GOP freshman: Where's my Government health care? On RT TV at 9pm and 11pm... (check your local listings for stations or stream at RT, and catch past shows on Youtube)
 
Why should the public pay for GOP Congressional health care if they won't allow coverage for the rest of us? – Democrats Press GOP Lawmakers to Turn Down Government Health Care. Guests: Congressman Joseph Crowley (D-NY, District 7), Congresswoman Donna Edwards (D-MD, 4th District).
 
If you're hungry, are you free? With the concentrated wealth in America, why is anyone hungry? In 17.4 million US households, someone goes hungry: study.
 
Congress' personal wealth expands (collectively) in spite of economic collapse. Congressional Members' Personal Wealth Expands Despite Sour National Economy. Guest: Dave Levinthal, Communications Director-Center for Responsive Politics and Open Secrets.org.
 
GOP lawmakers decide fair pay for women won't even be considered. Paycheck fairness dies in the senate. Guest: Charlotte Hays, Senior Fellow-Independent Womens Forum.
 
Right targets America's heroes. AFA's Fischer says America has 'feminized' the Medal of Honor. Guest: Bryan Fischer, Host, "Focal Point" radio program on AFR Talk.
 
Is Senator Scott Brown in trouble? Guest: Jeff Santos, morning host on AM 1510 Revolution Boston.
 
Crazy Alert! Birther edition!
 
Daily Take: Did China buy GM? Do you hear a big sucking sound for American business?
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Hour One: TSA patdown more like a sexual assault Erin Chase, Blogger/Author "$5 Dinner Mom Cookbook", tells how she was groped.
Video: "Coffee, tea or TSA groin grope?" - Jane Hamsher, the founder of firedoglake.com, talks to Thom on RT.
 
Book: "They Thought They Were Free" by Milton Mayer.

Hour Two: TSA screenings - too politically correct in the name of diversity?! Thom debates Keith Davies of the Forum for Middle Eastern Understanding.
Article: "Bush Rejects Taliban Bin Laden Offer" by Kathy Gannon, Oct. 14, 2001.
Article: "Amendment IV".
 
Talk Radio News Segment: Ellen Ratner, Bureau Chief.
Article: "Mortgage Rates Jump; 30-Year Fixed at 4.39%" by Nathan Becker.

Hour Three: TSA screenings - government gone mad? With Dan Gainor of the Business and Media Institute.
 
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Rebooting the American Dream
Our addiction to oil
 
So what do we use all that oil for that makes it a strategic resource? We certainly don’t use it to produce electricity – only 2 percent of our electricity is generated by oil, because we have huge domestic supplies of coal, which produce over half of our electricity. Pretty much nobody is producing electricity with oil except the oil-rich countries of the Middle East – even rapidly-growing countries like China and India, for example, are not producing oil-fired power plants.
 
Thus, moving to solar, wind, biomass, or even nuclear power to generate electricity in the United States will help tremendously with our CO2 output and all the pollution “externalities” associated with coal – but it will not make us less oil dependent or strip oil of its strategic significance.
 
The simple fact is that oil accounts for roughly 95 percent of the energy used for transportation in the US (and our military is the world’s single largest consumer of oil), and that’s what makes it “strategic.” If we want to strip oil of its strategic value, so it can’t be used as a weapon against us and we can use our remaining oil supplies for rational things like producing plastics and medicines, we need to shift our transportation sector away from oil, and do so quickly.
 
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