Wednesday 23 February '11 show notes

Wednesday 23 February '11 show notes

  • Ian Murphy, Editor - The Beast. Was Governor Scott Walker punked???
  • John Nichols, Washington Correspondent - The Nation Magazine; Associate Editor-Capital Times; author/co-author of several books, latest (with Robert McChesney) "The Death and Life of American Journalism". Is the war for middle America about to turn hot?
  • Conservative Bryan Preston who says organized labor's rank and file is "Obama's brown shirt army"...what??? Wisconsin war on labor...clash of the cultures?
  • David Vines, political science major, University of Wisconsin. Latest from Madison.
  • James P. Hoffa, International Brotherhood of Teamsters. Latest from Wisconsin's war on Labor.
  • Best of the rest of the news.
  • Bumper Music:
    • Bomb The World, Franti & Spearhead. – Requested by NJ Guy, & Jeannieco
    • Ohio, Neil Young. – Requested by Lucas
    • Give Peace A Chance, John Lennon. – Requested by Rachael from TRNS
    • War, Bruce Springsteen (video). – Requested by Emtravelrn
    • The Unknown Soldier, The Doors. – Requested by Jimreem
    • Belief, John Mayer. – Requested by Shortie
    • Machine Gun, Jimi Hendrix. – Requested by Captain J
    • Grand Canyon, Dmitriy Lukyanov (you need to search for it) (with additional sounds by Jacob).
    • Democracy, Leonard Cohen.


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This political battle has the Koch brother’s fingerprints all over it....
Yesterday – we reported about a little known provision in Governor Walker’s anti-union bill that would allow the state to sell of publicly owned power plants to private industries if it’s “in the best interests of the state.” That provision could allow Walker to sell off power plants to one of his top political contributors – Koch Industries – and give the Koch brothers a vertical monopoly on electricity in the state – owning the production, distribution, and sale of power. We’re talking billions in higher profits. Well – now it looks like the Koch brothers may be trying to follow-up on that deal – a new Koch industries lobbying firm has just opened up in Madison – down the street from Walker’s office – employing 7 lobbyists to work with Republicans state lawmakers. And yesterday – the Koch funded Tea Party group Americans for Prosperity – announced it will begin running ads against union protestors in Wisconsin and President Obama – and the ad encourages people to, “Stand with Walker.” Just like the 2010 midterm election – this political battle has the Koch brother’s fingerprints all over it.
 
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Tonight on The Big Picture on RT TV at 9pm and 11pm... Gov. Walker Gets Punked!!!!! (check your local listings for stations or stream at RT, and catch past shows on Youtube)
 
Need to Know: Topic: Gov. Walker Gets Punked!!!!! With Ian Murphy, Editor - The Beast.
 
The Koch Connection With Lee Fang, Reporter/blogger at Think Progress.org.
 
Compton Parents Use New 'Trigger Law' To Demand Charter School With Linda Serrato, Communications Manager, Parent Revolution.
 
The Best of the Rest of the News...
 
Latest from Libya With:
- Elizabeth Dickinson, Projects Editor Foreign Policy magazine
- Ken Gude, Center for American Progress.
 
Screwed: Obama DOJ Announces It Will Not Defend The Constitutionality Of DOMA With Seton Motley, President of Less Government.
 
Crazy Alert
 
The Good, The Bad, The Ugly
 
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Quote: "All that serves labor serves the nation. All that harms is treason. If a man tells you he trusts America, yet fears labor, he is a fool. There is no America without labor, and to fleece the one is to rob the other." -- Abraham Lincoln.
 
Hour One: Was Governor Scott Walker punked??? With Ian Murphy, Editor - The Beast.
Article: "Koch Whore — Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker answers his master's call" by Ian Murphy. If the site is down, go to here instead.
Audio "Koch Whore: Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker" The Buffalo Beast.
 
Is the war for middle America about to turn hot? Thom asks John Nichols, Washington Correspondent - The Nation Magazine; Associate Editor-Capitol Times; author/co-author of several books, latest (with Robert McChesney) "The Death and Life of American Journalism".

Hour Two: Wisconsin war on labor...clash of the cultures? Thom confronts conservative Bryan Preston who says organized labor's rank and file is "Obama's brown shirt army"...what???
Article: "Wisconsin: GOP has a nuclear option" by Bryan Preston.
 
 
Latest from Madison from David Vines, political science major, University of Wisconsin.

Hour Three: Best of the rest of the news.
Article: "Poll: Americans favor union bargaining rights" by Dennis Cauchon.
 
The very, very ugly: Jeff Cox: "Indiana Official: "Use Live Ammunition" Against Wisconsin Protesters" by Adam Weinstein.
 
Latest from Wisconsin's war on Labor with James P. Hoffa, International Brotherhood of Teamsters.
Article: "Hoffa Praises Wisconsin Demonstrators" by Teamsters.
Article: "Divide and Conquer" by James P. Hoffa.
 
Talk Radio News Segment: Ellen Ratner, Bureau Chief.
 
Article: "LIBYA: Warship defects to Malta" by Molly Hennessy-Fiske (The O'Donnell Park parking garage tragedy).
Article: "Supervisors, Walker argue over upkeep " by Dave Umhoefer, July 21, 2010.
Coming up Thursday on The Thom Hartmann Program 
 
Hour Two: Geeky Science Rocks... a look at "The Science of Kissing" with Sheril Kirshenbaum.
 
Hour Three: The connection between skyrocketing food prices and global unrest... Dr. Laurie Garrett of the Council on Foreign Relations will be here...
 
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Full Show - 2/22/11. Wisconsin Protests, Future of the Unions in US
Full Show - 2/22/11. Wisconsin Protests, Future of the Unions in US


We focus on the Wisconsin Protests. More information is starting to leak out about who's behind the efforts to squash unions, here's a hint it involves the Koch Brothers. Thom talks with Adele Stan, Washington Bureau Chief at Alternet and Alex Seitz-Wald, Reporter and Blogger at Think Progress. Also the protests over busting unions is spreading. Thom discussed how union workers and their supporters are spreading out across the U.S. targeting politicians who want to take away collective bargaining rights. Thom spoke with Brad Johnson from ThinkProgress.org.


And what does the future hold for unions here in the US? Over the last two decades union membership has declined significantly across the country, but can this power grab by the GOP actually spur an increase in union members? Thom talks with with Mattie Corrao, the Government Affairs Manager at Americans for Tax Reform.

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