Zimmerman had the rules of engagement wrong

Florida and 20 other states where the "Stand Your Ground And Shoot First" laws hold are turning America into a battleground. And it's a battleground where the rules of deadly force are even looser than Iraq and Afghanistan. As VoteVets.org points out, American and coalition forces in those countries have very specific things they must do before they can shoot somebody - even somebody they're quite sure is an enemy intent on killing them In states with the Koch-brothers promoted "Stand Your Ground And Shoot First" laws in place, there's no need to shout, no need to show your weapon, no need to try to restrain somebody, no need to fire a warning shot. All you need to do is - to quote the law - feel afraid - and you can shoot somebody dead.

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The Rest of the World Thinks we're Friggin' Crazy

While the nine kings and queens on the Supreme Court mull over the fate of Obamacare - the rest of the world is looking at us like we're friggin' crazy. As John Hudson over at the Atlantic Wire sums up, "The idea that health care coverage, largely considered a universal right in Europe, could be deemed an affront to liberty is baffling." First - the UK - where this is no such thing as judicial review - is weighing in on what's going on over here. The Guardian's Kevin Powell published a column last week saying, "Wasn't the point to make sure the richest and most powerful nation on the planet could protect its own people, as other nations do? If Americans are promised not just liberty but life and happiness, is there not a constitutional right to affordable healthcare?" The German are getting into the game too calling out the United States as crazy. Columnist Sabine Muscat wrote about the absurdity in the Supreme Court health debate in the German Financial Times - asking rhetorically, "If the government could require people to take out health insurance, they could then not be forced to also buy broccoli? The analogy of broccoli has been dragging on through the long debate about the American health care reform." But putting aside judicial review for a moment and the fate of Obamacare - the big picture here is this...the world thinks we're crazy because...well...WE ARE CRAZY! The United States is SO far out of the mainstream with the rest of the world - and today's Republican ...

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The Good, The Bad and the Very Very Pseudepisematicously Ugly!

The Good! *The Sacramento Area League of Associated Muslims* The group allowed a church-less Christian congregation to use their mosque for Easter services Sunday. The Bad! *Representative Vicky Hartzler* Hartzler told a crowd of constituents this weekend that she has doubts over President Obama's birth certificate. and the Very Very Ugly! *Steve Doocy* On today's episode of Fox and Friends - Doocy argued that the notion of a "war on women" in America was "invented" by Democrats because President Obama's stimulus plan was a failure.

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Everything U Know is Wrong - When God made man, was she only joking?

Bettany Hughes, joins Thom Hartmann. Modern religious teachings tell you that religion is a patriarchal institution. But how does new research shed light on the role women once played in the early stages of religion?

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Activist vs. Super Committee

Navy Commander Leah Bolger, Veterans for Peace, joins Thom Hartmann. Last year - a courageous war veteran gave a dose of reality and common sense to the infamous Congressional Supercommittee - and she was arrested for her actions. We'll talk to her about her activism - her upcoming trial - and how to get this country back on track...

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Why buying American could fix the economy?

Alan Uke, "Buying America Back," joins Thom Hartmann. How could something as simple as new product labels help rebuild America's crippled manufacturing sector?

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Crazy Alert! Guitar Gods Gotta Go Too..

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Full Show 4/9/12: Trickle-down austerity

Thom looks at how the Republicans have been working tirelessly to destroy our economy. Also discussed: how the Citizen's United decision is putting lobbyists out on the street, will creating new product labels save the manufacturing sector and in tonight's "Daily Take" Thom looks at how America has gone insane and the rest of the world knows it.

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Hot tubs with champagne & hookers could change soon for Politicians

What if I told you lobbying could soon be obsolete?

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The New Super Pac Threat?

Dave Johnson, Campaign for America's Future joins Thom Hartmann. Thanks to Citizens United - corporations have a new way to throw their influence around Congress - without the help of K Street. So what could possibly put the millionaire lobbyists out of business?

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Trickle Down Austerity - Where are the Jobs?

Neal Asbury, host-"Truth for America" joins Thom Hartmann. Nearly 13 million Americans are out of work and looking for a job. Unfortunately - federal funding to re-train American workers and prepare them for the jobs of the 21st century are drying up. Funding for job-training programs across the country is down 18% from 2006 - even though there are six million more unemployed Americans today. In fact - funding for job re-training for Americans is roughly half of what it used to be more than a decade ago. So now - even though the economy is slightly improving - businesses are having difficulty finding American workers who are trained and qualified to handle the new job. President Obama's budget proposal called for a massive increase in job re-training programs - increasing funding to nearly $3 billion a year. And studies show this is a good economic investment, as every dollar spent on retraining unemployed Americans for new jobs yields as much as eight dollars for the local community. However - multi-millionaire Congressman Paul Ryan's Republican trickle-down austerity budget once again slashes funding for federal job retraining programs. Under their proposal - it's far more important to give $3 trillion in tax breaks to the super-rich than give working Americans new job skills.

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Republicans not complaining about unemployment - they're bragging!

Republicans have been working tirelessly for the last 3 years to destroy the American economy. So how long can they continue to get away with crashing our economy for political gain?

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Full Show 4/6/12: Conversations with Great Minds: Joe Madison

Thom talks with talk radio host Joe Madison in tonight's "Conversations with Great Minds." Tonight's "Big Picture Rumble" panel discusses if we should be drug testing welfare recipients like Florida, the increase in the amount of justifiable homicides and who's to blame and whether women should be admitted to Augusta National Golf Club. In tonight's "Daily Take" Thom looks at why lying works for the Republicans.

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The Big Picture Rumble - Take your finger off the trigger

Mike Brownfield, The Heritage Foundation & Stewart Acuff, Utility Workers Union of America (UWUA) & Dan Bongino, Candidate for US Senate (R-MD) all join Thom for the Big Picture Rumble. Thanks in part to ALEC - the number of so-called justifiable homicides have skyrocketed in America. Isn't it time we laid down our weapons - and took our fingers off the trigger? That and the future of Obamacare in tonight's Big Picture Rumble...

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The Liars Club...only Republicans wanted

Mitt Romney has just this week declared he's going try to to lie his way into the White House - and new science shows conservatives will believe his lies even more when they're refuted - no matter how outrageous they are.

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