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I am Hawk50, that was my call name durring the war. I will call you Mr. Hartmann, if you don't mind, because we have never met. I have listened to The Big Picture for quite a while. This is what I have to say. I am a Marine from the 60's and I feel that it is time to remind my brother's and sister's, both retired and active, that we took an oath to defend our country and Constitution from all enemies, foreign and domestic. Well the time has come! While we have been busy trying to defend other peoples Democracy, we have forgotten about our own.

Is Democratic Capitalism Possible?

A Capital Idea Part 116: Is Democratic Capitalism Possible?

A new way to frame the issue of capitalism versus socialism, and democracy versus authoritarianism just occured to me last night. I think all 4 might be possible: Democratic Socialism, Democratic Capitalism, Authoritarian Socialism, and Authoritarian Capitalism, as well as combinations of these. Since I am writing about "Capital Ideas," this seems a very relevant topic.

rule of law?

I believe the most pressing problem in America is the lack of accountability. If this country were really about the rule of law as it once was. Then war criminals, banksters, corporations and the malefactors of great wealth would be brought to the bar of justice. Right now the elites are not afraid to steal and plunder and lie because they do not fear punishment.

Why Do Kids Bully?

Bully paralyzes middle school student with a punch to the abdomen.

How many $ did this idiot cost the 47% er's in her short tenure?

GSA Administrator IN 2011: VOLT WILL SAVE MILLIONS. GSA administrator in 2012: Resigned in disgrace = Priceless


Newport Oregon CityCouncil/Mayor declairs Corporation are not people

hey I know its a small town but its a start. Check it out on FaceBook Occupy Newport

Is denial of, or acts in seeming disregard for, Global Warming now a matter of violating National Security?

food and water shortages, deaths from violant weather, rising sea levels reducing usable surface area of the country...

Gov't seems hell bent on not acting appropriately against fossil fuels but instead continues to arm itself against the Public's rights and the Public's best interests.


Obama’s Justice Department takes steps to help BP reduce it’s civil fine under Clean Water Act.


just how much would it cost?

IF the gabillionaires would spend a little and buy up all cable networks and give it to us for free. In exchange for allowing them to buy the cable networks, for that we get the fact checking ability to correct fraud on those programs by having a place to place complaints and track it online. Why do that? well they own it all allready without telling us, except your show of course. And if cable was free, each person would then have about about a $1,000 extra to spend on the crap they try to sell us in commericals. which ends up being hundreds of millions of extra income for rich people.

Obama and Solar Panels at the White House

I want to respond to something I heard on the show 3/5. Thom said that when offered the chance to replace the solar panels that President Carter had put on the roof of the White House, President Obama declined to do it. Thom said that he felt that President Obama didn't want to do anything to make him appear like President Carter. However, in Daniel Yergin's book The Quest, he writes that in 2010 President Obama had new solar panels installed on the roof of the White House. His source is a NYT article on 10/6/10 and a Christian Science Monitor article on 9/10/10.

Great insight by Thom -- why longer primaries hurt Republicans but help Democrats.

Thom's point was this and I hadn't heard it before or since -- The reason long primaries hurt the Republicans is that with long primaries we discover what the Republican candidates really believe about issues and how they will govern!

And why it helps Democrats is that we learn more and more about how they view issues and what they think about ithe responsibilities of governing.

Welfare Kings and Barons - Foreign and US Insurance Companies Cashing in From Our Farm Subsidies

The recent focus here on a 'solo' welfare queen incident is a reminder of how someone may get focused on a small abuse - while overlooking the larger, more frequent, staggeringly costly, seriously systemic abuse which is not equivalent - or even close - in the total costs to taxpayers. As told in this story below. "Foreign and US Insurance Companies Cashing in From Our Farm Subsidies" gives examples of Corporate Well-fare Programs.

Can We Trust Gorsuch On Women's Rights?

Yesterday Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer signaled that Senate Democrats would try to filibuster Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch.