Daily Topics - Monday May 7th, 2012

Daily Topics - Monday May 7th, 2012

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

Hour One: How Is Romney ‘Going to stand up to North Korea if he can't stand up to Bryan Fischer?

Hour Two: Any room for moderates in the GOP anymore? Dustin Stockton, The Tea Party dot net

Hour Three: Have we now reached the tipping point for Gay Marriage?

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Huntergump's picture
Huntergump 2 years 32 weeks ago
#1

The only 3 a.m. phone call Mitt Romney would be taking is from his broker in Hong Kong...

mathboy's picture
mathboy 2 years 32 weeks ago
#2

...or his banker in Switzerland.

mathboy's picture
mathboy 2 years 32 weeks ago
#3

Dinosaur flatulence: For today only, geeky science stinks. ;)

mathboy's picture
mathboy 2 years 32 weeks ago
#4

Oligarchy isn't (strictly speaking) rule by the wealthy; that would be plutocracy. I'm sure there tends to be a huge overlap though.

mathboy's picture
mathboy 2 years 32 weeks ago
#5

Terranophobically ugly? I couldn't find anything like that. I thought it might be "pteranophobically", like pteranodon, but the etymology doesn't work (anodon = toothless, and you can't take the "not" without the "tooth"). There is a "keraunophobia", meaning fear of thunder, but I don't think that's what Thom said. So I'm stumped again.

rladlof's picture
rladlof 2 years 32 weeks ago
#6

Pooch making hot diggity-dawgy dogs sit still to MRI them to see if human languaging has infected their way of thinking . . . Make Re/TEApublicans sit still and see if human language has any impact of their lack of cognizant processes.

rladlof's picture
rladlof 2 years 32 weeks ago
#7

TRY: Tyrannophobia - A fear or hatred of tyrants.

mathboy's picture
mathboy 2 years 32 weeks ago
#8

*forehead smack* Thanks, Rladlof, I really thought I distinctly heard a short e in the first syllable.

mathboy's picture
mathboy 2 years 32 weeks ago
#9

What made the caller from Gainesville sound fishy to me was that he said Obama hasn't done anything progressive as President.

Extraemail 2 years 32 weeks ago
#10

I am an American Mexican (100% American Nationality - not a Mexican/American hybrid, and 100% Mexican ethnicity - 2 Mexican parents). I have also been a Catholic all my life. The vast majority of family, friends, and acquaintances I know, in and out of the church, are NOT anti-gay. The people I have encountered that have an anti-gay view have this view because of plain ol' bigotry. It is not relevant to their ethnicity or religion. Also, I have never heard any anti-gay commentary or opinions in church. I have never met a family of Mexicans that did not have a gay relative. I have never been to a Catholic church that did not have a gay parishioner that was active and involved in the church.

The Catholic organizations or people you hear commenting about sexual preference, politics, blasphemous movies, etc. are organizations of Catholic people, bishops, etc. expressing their organization's personal views. They are not representatives of the official Catholic Church. No different than an anti-gay organization of Democrats. Right or wrong, the official Catholic Church usually has a policy of having "no comment".

I have noticed while traveling, reading, etc. that there is a difference between East Coast and West Coast Catholic churches. East Coast has more Conservative points of views on Social issues, and West Coast believes you love and welcome all.

DFMM's picture
DFMM 2 years 32 weeks ago
#11

Re. minorities antigay.

One factor I haven't heard mentioned as to why blacks and hispanics tend more to be anti-gay, is socio-economic status. A higher percentage of blacks and minorities are at the lower end of the socio-economic ladder, or grew up in households at the lower end; and that probably accounts for some of the difference. I'm certain that the percentage of whites who are anti-gay is higher among whites at the lower end of the socio-economic ladder than it is at the upper end. I would also guess that a higher percentage of college-educated people are more tolerant of gays. BTW, I think for some people, it is not so much bigotry, intolerance, phobia, etc.; but more discomfort and ignorance.

The Death of the Middle Class was by Design...

Even in the face of the so-called Recovery, poverty and inequality are getting worse in our country, and more wealth and power is flowing straight to the top. According to Paul Buchheit over at Alternet, this is the end result of winner-take-all capitalism, and this destruction of the working class has all been by design.

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