Daily Topics - Friday April 20th, 2012

Daily Topics - Friday April 20th, 2012

Catch The Thom Hartmann Program LIVE at our new time, 3-6pm Eastern!

Anything Goes on Townhall Friday...Happy Earth Day

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

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TCW's picture
TCW 3 years 5 weeks ago
#1

I have seen a couple of article's that point out that SCOTUS did not have the authority to rule on congressional election reform. After reading the constitution (as a layman) it states that congress is the only "body" in the government that can control its election process. It seems very clear and concise. Of course it was also clear about the 2000 presidential election debacle.

My questions are; If in fact, the Court overstepped their authority, what if anything could be done about it? Or, is this a case of the horse before the cart and we don't really need a constitutional amendment to change corporate person-hood because congress and the court have once again not read the rule book.

flaque's picture
flaque 3 years 5 weeks ago
#2

It seems odd to me that the right is attacking the President for making contraception an election year topic. This is a fight solely brought on by the Catholic clergy. Fully 98% of their own congregation ignores the policy. I can't imagine 98% of jews eating pork, or 98% of Hindus eating cows, or 98% of Christian Scientists seeking medical attention. Why should the US government help the Catholic church control their own flock, much less subject the rest of us to their beliefs?

This is not an election year ploy; it's a health issue passed by Congress three years ago. And it's not an attack on Christianity; it's a fight with the male-only 1% of a religion that seeks to impose their beliefs on the rest of our society, the rhetoric of which, (comparing our President to Hitler and Stalin), is an insult to our whole community.

smilodon1's picture
smilodon1 3 years 5 weeks ago
#3

When Saddam Houssein was executed his head didn't come off. It was one of his supporters who was grossly overweight that it happened to. I saw the video of the execution.

mathboy's picture
mathboy 3 years 5 weeks ago
#4

Good catch, Smilodon1. I've had to post that info in comments here a couple times, but I can no longer listen to the whole show since it changed time slots, and I miss some of these.

mathboy's picture
mathboy 3 years 5 weeks ago
#5

TCW, Congress "shall be the Judge of the Elections, Returns and Qualifications of its own Members". This means that if a state election is fraudulent or elects someone that doesn't meet the Constitutional requirements of age and residence, the Congress can refuse to seat the so-called winner. It does not mean they have judicial authority over who wins an election in a state.

mathboy's picture
mathboy 3 years 5 weeks ago
#6

A website being charged with copyright infringement, because of content posted by someone who doesn't control the site, is like a bar being charged ASCAP fees because one of its customers sang "Happy Birthday to You" inside it. The bar is just the location of the offense, not the offender.

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fbacher 3 years 4 weeks ago
#7

Gee, I wonder what would happen to all of that 75 years worth of retirement cash that the Post Office has been building up if it were to be piratized? Nope, can't imagine. It couldn't have anything to do with why all of this idle cash is being stock piled would it? Nah.

Can we make California the last oil spill?

A state of emergency has been declared in California after crews realized that the Rufugio Beach oil spill was five times worse than original estimates. This week, the Plains All American Pipeline ruptured and dumped crude oil over a four-mile stretch of pristine California coastline.

From Cracking the Code:
"No one communicates more thoughtfully or effectively on the radio airwaves than Thom Hartmann. He gets inside the arguments and helps people to think them through—to understand how to respond when they’re talking about public issues with coworkers, neighbors, and friends. This book explores some of the key perspectives behind his approach, teaching us not just how to find the facts, but to talk about what they mean in a way that people will hear."
Paul Loeb, author of Soul of a Citizen
From The Thom Hartmann Reader:
"In an age rife with media-inspired confusion and political cowardice, we yearn for a decent, caring, deeply human soul whose grasp of the problems confronting us provides a light by which we can make our way through the quagmire of lies, distortions, pandering, and hollow self-puffery that strips the American Dream of its promise. How lucky we are, then, to have access to the wit, wisdom, and willingness of Thom Hartmann, who shares with us here that very light, grown out of his own life experience."
Mike Farrell, actor, political activist, and author of Just Call Me Mike and Of Mule and Man
From The Thom Hartmann Reader:
"With the ever-growing influence of corporate CEOs and their right-wing allies in all aspects of American life, Hartmann’s work is more relevant than ever. Throughout his career, Hartmann has spoken compellingly about the value of people-centered democracy and the challenges that millions of ordinary Americans face today as a result of a dogma dedicated to putting profit above all else. This collection is a rousing call for Americans to work together and put people first again."
Richard Trumka, President, AFL-CIO