Tuesday 10 April '12 show notes

Tuesday 10 April '12 show notes

  • Zimmerman had the rules of engagement wrong.
  • Maggie Gallagher, National Organization for Marriage. Will the Courts declare DOMA unconstitutional?
  • Rand Simberg, Competitive Enterprise Institute (CEI). Should corporations be allowed to buy other planets?
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  • Clip: Franklin D. Roosevelt, 27 June 1936, "A Rendezvous With Destiny" Speech to the Democratic National Convention, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
    "These economic royalists complain that we seek to overthrow the institutions of America. What they really complain of is that we seek to take away their power. Our allegiance to American institutions requires the overthrow of this kind of power. In vain they seek to hide behind the flag and the Constitution. But in their blindness they forget what the flag and the Constitution stand for. Now, as always, they stand for democracy, not tyranny; for freedom, not subjection; and against a dictatorship by mob rule and the over-privileged alike.
   
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What are the Rules of Engagement on the streets of America?
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Had George Zimmerman shot and killed 17-year-old Trayvon Martin on a battlefield in Iraq – he would have been punished. But on the streets of Florida – Zimmerman walks free. The organization VoteVets.org points out today that Florida’s Stand Your Ground law gives more leeway to shooters on the streets of America than our armed forces have to deal with hostile insurgents in Iraq.
 
According to the Rules of Engagement - which all our soldiers must follow – when confronted with a threat – the soldier is required to shout a verbal warning first, then show their weapon, then try to physically restrain the threat, then fire a warning shot, and then – if nothing else works – they are allowed to shoot to kill. But according to Florida’s Shoot First law – which was written by Wal Mart and the NRA with the help of the American Legislative Exchange Council – a person only needs to feel threatened and then they can jump right to shooting people.
 
More than 20 states have passed similar ALEC-written shoot first laws since 2005 – leading to a 25% increase in justifiable homicides across the nation. When on the rules of engagement on the streets of America are more lenient than on the streets of Baghdad – then something is rotten in America.
 
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Tonight on The Big Picture on RT TV at 9pm and 11pm... Zimmerman had the rules of engagement wrong (check your local listings for stations or stream at RT, and catch past shows on Youtube)
 
Need to Know: Zimmerman had the rules of engagement wrong
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Screwed: Is the Kochtopus really Dr. Evil in disguise
- Zaid Jilani, Republic Report, United Republic Twitter Twitter
 
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- Paul Gunter, Beyond Nuclear Twitter
 
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Today on The Thom Hartmann Program, 3-6pm
 
Hour One: Zimmerman had the rules of engagement wrong
 
Hour Two: Will the Courts declare DOMA unconstitutional?
- Maggie Gallagher, National Organization for Marriage Twitter Twitter
 
Hour Three: Should corporations be allowed to buy other planets?
- Rand Simberg, Competitive Enterprise Institute (CEI) Twitter Twitter
 
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Quote: "There was never a good war or a bad peace." -- Benjamin Franklin.
 
Hour One: The tipping point that could unite both parties
Article: "One Dollar In, Fifty-Nine Out" by Steve Kretzmann.
 
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- Sam Sacks, The Big Picture producer, progressive commentator Twitter
 
Article: "Trayvon Martin Prosecutor Won't Use Grand Jury" by Andrew Chow, JD.

Hour Two: Do we need an anti-nuke fundamentalist?
- Dr. Robert Zubrin, The New Atlantis Twitter
 
Article: "Solar shingles" by Wikipedia.
 
Talk Radio News Segment:
- Victoria Jones, White House Correspondent Twitter

Hour Three: Why Europe thinks Americans are nuts
Article: "Let Detroit Go Bankrupt" by Mitt Romney, November 18, 2008.
Article: "Columbia River" by Kim Stringfellow.
 
Article: "Tax brackets in the United States" by Wikipedia.
Book: "Screwed: The Undeclared War Against The Middle Class" by Thom Hartmann. Get "Screwed" by Thom Hartmann!
Article: "Bloom Energy Server" by Wikipedia.
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