December 06 2007 show notes

  • Governor Mitt Romney's "Faith In America" Address.
  • Dealing with telemarketers.
  • Alex Epstein, Ayn Rand Institute, denouncing the anti "predatory-lending" bill.
  • Guest: Russ Wright, CEO, Renewable NRG.
  • Dana Perino defending Bush on the NIE report.
  • Guest: Mark Karlin, founder of Buzzflash.
  • Guest: Christy Harvey, Director of Strategic Communications at the Center for American Progress.

Details of what the show was about, upcoming events, and many links to articles, audio clips, quotes and bumper music.

Thursday 06 December '07 National show

  • The Democrats suggested a 5 year freeze on subprime mortgage rates, and Bush is saying he will do something.
  • Guest: Congressman Jay Inslee, Washington State's first district, author of "Apollo's Fire". The Energy Bill currently before Congress. Transcript.
  • Bumper Music: We've Got To Get Out Of This Place, The Animals.
  • We need to get the Energy Bill passed with a vetoproof majority.
  • Governor Mitt Romney's "Faith In America" Address: "When I place my hand on the Bible and take the oath of office, that oath becomes my highest promise to God."
    The oath should be his promise to the American people. It was nothing like JFK's speech about his Catholic religion and the presidency; JFK put the presidency first.
  • Thom did all 3 hours of the local KPOJ show today, and will do the same tomorrow, as Carl Wolfson, his co-host, is in Minnesota. Will he get pictures of the Larry Craig memorial rest room?
  • Thom had to go to bed very early to be up to do the early show, so was very annoyed to be woken by a phone call from Scarborough Research, who have been calling several times a day for the past couple of weeks, in spite of requests not to. They have no do not call list and would not agree to not call. How should we deal with telemarketers, etc.?

    Tom McCabe checked into the hotel used by a telemarketers' conference, and called them at 3am in the morning offering to sell them sleeping pills. He does DVDs. Clip of him pretending to be directing a homicide scene of the crime when a telemarketer calls for the "murder victim".

    Listeners called with a variety of solutions. Some of them were hilarious. 800notes.com.

  • Bumper Music: Puppeteer, Crosby & Nash.
  • Bumper Music: The High Road, Jojo.
  • What happens when you ramp up from obnoxious to predatory? How do we protect ourselves from the sociopaths, etc. ? Predatory lending. How do you deal with predators in a society? Word of mouth works in very small communities, were everybody knows everyone else, but not larger ones.
  • Guest: Alex Epstein, Ayn Rand Institute. He is denouncing the anti "predatory-lending" bill just passed by the House.
  • Bumper Music: The Overdraft Song, Jim Terr, Buddy, Barbara Z, Blue Canyon Productions.
  • Bumper Music: Where The Blacktop Ends, Keith Urban.
  • Upcoming Event: today, Portland Oregon. The Willamette Store, 900 State Street - Salem, Oregon 97301 Contact: (503) 370.6772. 2 PM. They say they will have all of Thom's books, and there is a 30% discount on the day.
  • Upcoming Event: Dec 14, Minneapolis MN. University of Minnesota Bookstore 7p - at Coffman Memorial Union. Show live from AM950.
  • To join the chat room where Thom hangs out during the show, click on the "Chat" button at thomhartmann.com. Call the show on 866-303-2270. Read Thom's blog over at Air America.
  • Bumper Music: Don't let me be misunderstood, The Animals.
  • Local sponsor segment. Guest: Russ Wright, CEO, Renewable NRG. Support local and national sponsors; they support the show.
  • Press Briefing by Dana Perino, December 6, 2007. She defended President Bush about what he said of his knowledge of the NIE report's contents.
  • Article: Perino Defends Bush’s Lie: ‘The President Was Being Truthful!’. Scott McClellan is now saying Bush lied to him.
  • Clip:
    "And I don't know if we're going to find out the senior administration official. Now, this is a large administration, and there's a lot of senior officials. I don't have any idea."
    George W. Bush, October 7, 2003, President Meets with Cabinet, Discusses National and Economic Security.
  • Quote:
    "We separate church and state affairs in this country, and for good reason. No religion should dictate to the state nor should the state interfere with the free practice of religion. But in recent years, the notion of the separation of church and state has been taken by some well beyond its original meaning. They seek to remove from the public domain any acknowledgment of God. Religion is seen as merely a private affair with no place in public life. It is as if they are intent on establishing a new religion in America – the religion of secularism. They are wrong.

    The founders proscribed the establishment of a state religion, but they did not countenance the elimination of religion from the public square. We are a nation 'Under God' and in God, we do indeed trust.

    "
    Governor Mitt Romney's "Faith In America" Address.
  • Bumper Music: Speed of Sound, Coldplay.
  • Article: Report: Israeli Defense Officials Knew At Least a Month Ago About NIE Findings, Weeks Before Bush Claims He Was Informed.
  • Guest: Mark Karlin, founder of Buzzflash. NIE report. Israeli paper: their Defense ministry knew about it more than a month ago. Bush lied.
  • Bumper Music: Two Paper Town Scott B. Bomar.
  • Article: Specter blocks contempt vote.
  • Article: WSJ editor insults scientists, attacks Gore.
  • Article: Report: ‘massive failures’ at DHS.
  • Article: The People vs. the Profiteers.
  • Guest: Christy Harvey, Director of Strategic Communications at the Center for American Progress, MicCheckradio.org. News Below the Radar. Specter blocks contempt vote: Following an objection by Sen. Arlen Specter (R-PA), a vote has been postponed on “contempt resolutions against White House Chief of Staff Josh Bolten and former presidential political guru Karl Rove for failing to respond to subpoenas” regarding the U.S. attorney scandal. Specter, who asked Chairman Patrick Leahy (D-VT) for a chance to “revise the draft resolutions, warned that the whole matter could end in federal court.” Wall Street Journal editor going after Al Gore. She looked at his older pieces. In 2006 e said the only way to attack supporters was to go after their credibility. It's an admission of failure of their scientific rebuttal. He said we should not worry about global change, because technology will save the day. Thom said that in March it will be the 6th year of program; he has always focussed heavily on economics, and the Wall Street Journal reporting was a very good source, even if the editorials were off the wall. In the last few months it is falling onto the toilet. He now focuses on the Financial Times, and is likely to cancel the WSJ. She was a researcher for the WSJ for 6 years; all the really good reporters are moving elsewhere. The Financial Times is seeing an opportunity, marketing, it's much better. Homeland security for sale, according to CREW. Vanity Fair article about Defense contractor spending.
  • Bumper Music: Ain't Talkin', Bob Dylan.
  • Clip:
    "I've always felt the nine most terrifying words in the English language are, 'I'm from the government and I'm here to help'." Ronald W. Reagan.
  • Ellen Ratner of Talk Radio News. What Dana Perino said. Ellen does not think we will know in the immediate future whether he was lying or stupid. Congress would have to use subpoena powers. Rockefeller is in charge of of the Intel committee. Bush's mortgage solution will not necessarily get very far - it would only effect 10 or 11%. Another high in 3rd quarter foreclosures. Food. Today Sherrod Brown said he was putting together a major bill to include food aid - Ohio is running out, rationing, turning families away. Reagan's 9 most terrifying words. The White House will veto the Energy Bill in its current form. What Pelosi said about it. She thinks it will be vetoed; there's too much energy money against it.

America's Chief Grifter Strikes Again

Thom plus logo Trump says he is going to boost unemployment payments by $400, stop evictions, cut payroll taxes, and extend student loan relief.

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