Thursday 20 January '11 show notes

Thursday 20 January '11 show notes

  • On the 50th anniversary of JFK's inaugural speech, how are we doing as a nation
  • veteran journalist/author Reese Erlich, author of The Iran Agenda: The Real Story of U.S. policy and the Middle East Crisis. Iran hostage crisis-did Ronald Reagan cut a deal and steal the election from Jimmy Carter?
  • Dr. Thomas Seeley, Professor and Chairman in the Department of Neurobiology and Behavior at Cornell University; author of several books, most recently "Honeybee Democracy". Do bees do a better Democracy than we do?
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Could the Supreme Court’s Citizens United decision soon be overturned?
One year after the ruling - could the Supreme Court’s Citizens United decision soon be overturned? The progressive organization Common Cause is asking the Department of Justice to look into possible “conflict of interest” behind the scenes of the Citizens United ruling. In the petition to the DOJ – Common Cause argues that Justices Clarence Thomas and Antonin Scalia should have recused themselves from the Citizens United case since they were actively involved in political strategy sessions hosted by the billionaire Koch Brothers – two men who benefited considerably from the Supreme Court’s ruling.
 
The allegation is based on documents obtained by ThinkProgress and the New York Times that suggest the two Justices attended a Palm Springs event hosted by the Koch brothers around the same time the high court was hearing arguments in the case. If the petition is successful – the DOJ could disqualify Justices Scalia and Thomas from the ruling – and thus overturn the decision altogether. Of course this wouldn’t be the first time Scalia and Thomas demonstrated a “conflict of interest”. Thomas didn’t recuse himself from the Bush v. Gore decision in 2000 that handed the presidency over to George W. Bush even though Thomas’s wife was working on the Bush transition team. And Scalia went on a hunting trip with former Vice President Dick Cheney right before he ruled in favor of Cheney in a case before the high court. Overturning Citizen’s United based on these guys’ impropriety should be just a start – they should also be impeached for corruption.
 
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Tonight on The Big Picture on RT TV at 9pm and 11pm... The Bribery of our Government (check your local listings for stations or stream at RT, and catch past shows on Youtube)
 
Need to Know: The Bribery of our Government.
 
Screwed: How About Tax Reparations For The Rich? With Don Watkins, Analyst-Ayn Rand Institute.
 
30th Anniversary of end of Iran hostage crisis With veteran journalist/author Reese Erlich.
 
The Best of the Rest of the News...
 
Citizens United Anniversary With Impact and Implications.
 
Justice is blind? Advocacy Group Says Justices May Have Conflict in Campaign Finance Cases. With Bob Edgar, President/CEO-Common Cause.
 
Things go better with "Koch?"...NOT! with Lee Fang, Reporter/blogger at Think Progress.org.
 
First anniversary of Citizen's United ruling is tomorrow Woman Vows to Marry a Corporation to Protest Pro-business Supreme Court Ruling. With Sarah Steiner, Green Party, Broward County, FL.
 
Crazy Alert: Drinking game in Congress!
 
The Good, The Bad, The Ugly
 
Daily Take: "Cash for Geezers"
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Quote: "And so, my fellow Americans: ask not what your country can do for you—ask what you can do for your country. My fellow citizens of the world: ask not what America will do for you, but what together we can do for the freedom of man." -- John F. Kennedy, Inaugural Speech-January 20, 1961.
 
Hour One: On the 50th anniversary of JFK's inaugural speech, how are we doing as a nation?
Article: "American Presidents Made in China " by Senator Bernie Sanders.
Speech: "Inaugural Address" John F. Kennedy, 20 January 1961.
Speech: "American University Speech", June 10, 1963.
Article: "Evergreen Solar Heads To China 'As Quickly As We Can' " by Richard A. McCormack.
Cheesy news alert: "Hu Presents Obama with Counterfeit DVD of Toy Story 3" by Andy Borowitz.

Hour Two: Iran hostage crisis-did Ronald Reagan cut a deal and steal the election from Jimmy Carter? with veteran journalist/author Reese Erlich, author of The Iran Agenda: The Real Story of U.S. policy and the Middle East Crisis.
Book: "October Surprise" by Barbara Honegger.
Article: "Hostages and Captors: 20 Years Later" by Reese Erlich.
 
Talk Radio News Segment: Ellen Ratner, Bureau Chief.
Article: "Can't reduce federal spending? Here's a plan to cut $2.5 trillion by 2021" by Jim DeMint, Jim Jordan, and Scott Garret.

Hour Three: Do bees do a better Democracy than we do? With Dr. Thomas Seeley, Professor and Chairman in the Department of Neurobiology and Behavior at Cornell University; author of several books, most recently "Honeybee Democracy".
Book: "Honeybee Democracy" by Thomas D. Seeley.
Study: Consensus decision making in animals, Larissa Conradt and Timothy J. Roper, University of Sussex, Brighton, UK.
Book: "Threshold: The Progressive Plan to Pull America Back from the Brink" by Thom Hartmann - now in paperback!
 
The good: Rep. Walter Jones (R-N.C.). "GOP Rep Calls On Colleagues To Speak Out Against Afghan War" by Amanda Terkel.
The very, very ugly: John S. Wilson: "Should Rep. Gabrielle Giffords Keep Her Seat?".
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