Daily Topics - Friday January 6th, 2012

Daily Topics - Friday January 6th, 2012

Anything Goes on Townhall Friday!

Hour One: "Brunch With Bernie" - Senator Bernie Sanders (I-VT) takes your calls

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mathboy 3 years 2 weeks ago
#1

I'm going to have to defend Rick Santorum.

I've heard the recording several times now in which he seems to say "black people's lives". What it sounds like to me, though, is that he started to say "lives", realized he left out the word "people's" and started over.

The initial /b/ comes from starting with the mouth closed. (The same thing happened in an episode of Star Trek. The entire crew was intoxicated by something transmissible from person to person, including Data, the android. Someone expressed surprise at this and Data said, "If you prick me, do I not ... [b]leak?") It's also possible that the /b/ was really the /p/ from "people's" and he accidentally skipped over the intervening sounds. Trust me, both are quite possible.

Another reason people have misinterpreted Santorum's utterance is that we think of a long i as one phoneme, but it's a combination of /ah/ and /ee/. If you stop talking in the middle of it, all you get is the /ah/. So Santorum got out
"[b]lah--" before he went back to redo the phrase "people's lives".

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HempForPresident 3 years 2 weeks ago
#2

http://youtu.be/zuAj2F54bdo

Thom, you need to watch this video. You'll absolutely love it. Paddy Ashdown talks about how power is shifting in the world... and I think you can guess in what way it is shifting.

railfan 3 years 2 weeks ago
#3

Tom,

Please read All the Shah's Men or listen to alternativeradio.org's taped speech by the author. I'm afraid you're off on the wrong path regarding Iran. It's not a matter of Shiite vs. Sunni. Iran's not provoking us.

They don't want a repeat of the 1950s: in '53-'54, their democratically elected leader, Dr. Mosadegh, with the support of the people, was democratically using British law to regain control of Iranian oil from American/British control. The US overthrew their govt./installed the Shah who allowed foreign use of resources in exchange for a lavish lifestyle and military "advisors." The CIA-trained secret police, SAVAK, were ruthless. Thousands suffered torture and death.

Iran doesn't want a repeat of the '70s when the US defended the Shah against citizen attempts of democracy. Hostage-taking was their non-aggressive response when they saw attempts at another subverting of their removing the Shah. Then the US froze Iranian bank assets here.

Let us have peace on Earth, share correct information; oil is not worth hurting other human beings.

The Post-Citizens United Era.

This month marks five years since the United States Supreme Court made their infamous ruling in the case of Citizens United v. FEC. That ruling turned a century of legal precedent on its head with the declaration that corporations have a First Amendment right to spend money in elections. And, that ruling opened the floodgates to massive spending levels in our political process.

From Cracking the Code:
"In Cracking the Code, Thom Hartmann, America’s most popular, informed, and articulate progressive talk show host and political analyst, tells us what makes humans vulnerable to unscrupulous propagandists and what we can do about it. It is essential reading for all Americans who are fed up with right-wing extremists manipulating our minds and politics to promote agendas contrary to our core values and interests."
David C. Korten, author of The Great Turning: From Empire to Earth Community and When Corporations Rule the World and board chair of YES! magazine
From Screwed:
"Thom Hartmann’s book explains in simple language and with concrete research the details of the Neo-con’s war against the American middle class. It proves what many have intuited and serves to remind us that without a healthy, employed, and vital middle class, America is no more than the richest Third World country on the planet."
Peter Coyote, Actor and author of Sleeping Where I Fall
From The Thom Hartmann Reader:
"Thom Hartmann is a creative thinker and committed small-d democrat. He has dealt with a wide range of topics throughout his life, and this book provides an excellent cross section. The Thom Hartmann Reader will make people both angry and motivated to act."
Dean Baker, economist and author of Plunder and Blunder, False Profits, and Taking Economics Seriously