December 12 2007 show notes

Topics, guests, upcoming events, quotes, links to articles, audio clips, books & bumper music.

Wednesday 12 December '07 National show

  • Article: Childhood Obesity and the Marketing of Junk Food in Schools.
  • Guest: Sam Kazman, Competitive Enterprise Institute. How can we stop predators from marketing poison to our children? He does not see it as a federal function.
  • Bumper Music: Junk Food Junkie, Larry Groce.
  • Article: Food companies sign EU ad pledge.
  • The Farm Bill.
  • Article: School Report Cards Offer Happy Meals.
  • Bumper Music: Selling the Drama, Live (video).
  • Case: Dodge v. Ford Motor Co.. Shareholder value.
  • Thom debated with a conservative caller whether we should vote with our dollars.
  • Bumper Music: 5 O’clock World, The Vogues.
  • Thom read out the following email from Scott in Sweden concerning an interview yesterday:
    Hey Thom, glad you're well and getting better. After you used Sweden as an example of lack of freedom that creates happiness, your guest Terence Jeffrey tried to sneak in that Swedes practice euthanasia on the population. What world do these right wingers habitate? As a 25-year ex-pat residing in Sweden, I find it is precisely the regulation of the economy that gives me, a citizen, more freedom to reach my potential precisely because of being relieved of worrying about catastrophic medical costs, rehabilitation, sudden layoffs, subsidized unaffordable education from day care to Ph.D. for my kids. Furthermore, this regulation ensures me five weeks of vacation for real rest and relaxation, a living wage, proactive food and drug regulation, consumer protection, environmental protection, and on and on it goes. Regulation that is people oriented, quality of life oriented certainly does regulate corporations, and that is why it is liberating for the humans among us; for the rest of us. The Swedes are not so dumb as to kill the golden corporate goose, but they've balanced the real needs of the geese with the needs of the populations the geese serve. Scott.
  • 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.
  • Article: Under Bush's watch, decay of public firefighting has spawned billion dollar private industry.
  • Bumper Music: Magic, Pilot.
  • Upcoming Event: Dec 14, Minneapolis MN. University of Minnesota Bookstore 7p - at Coffman Memorial Union. Show live from AM950.
  • The corporatist anti-American, anti-democratic, anti-human language of personal responsibility.
  • Book: "The Shock Doctrine: The Rise of Disaster Capitalism", Naomi Klein.
  • Article: Smokey the Businessman: Only you can make millions preventing forest fires. June 13, 2002.
  • Book: "Driven to Distraction: Recognizing and Coping with Attention Deficit Disorder from Childhood Through Adulthood" by Edward M. Hallowell, M.D. and John Ratey, M.D.
  • Book: "The Edison Gene", by Thom Hartmann.
  • Book: "ADD: A Different Perception", by Thom Hartmann.
  • Bumper Music: Attitude, the Kinks.
  • Ellen Ratner of Talk Radio News. She was in the basement of the House for a Republican radio row. How come Thom was not there? He wants to be in on any of them. CIA tapes. General Hayden testifying today, behind closed doors. Mukasey will talk to the full Senate behind closed doors tomorrow - unusual. Rockefeller may call General Counsel John Helgerson, CIA General Counsel John Rizzo and former head of the CIA"s Directorate of Operations Jose Rodriguez too. Waxman is looking into the legality of the destruction of the CIA tapes. A House panel was told that the Taliban, insurgency are growing in Afghanistan, but more kids are in school, no cooperation from NATO. The budget, blue dogs Democrats had a meeting, telling Pelosi she needs them. They voted against popcorn legislation to punish Lynn Woolsey over Iraq. Omnibus bill next week, Obey wants it before the Senate, wants to take out any war money, McConnell wants an overall decrease except Defense.
  • Everything you know is wrong: Guest: Former Drug Task Force police officer Barry Cooper,, who now realizes this is a war on people not a war on drugs. The harm that splitting up families does. How they introduced prohibition, marijuana prohibition. In the South, 80% of police think drugs should be illegal, are evil, but only 20% in the West. Harry J. Anslinger. Legalize pot. We are building more prisons; it is the number one growth industry. People who give up freedom for security deserve neither. Book and DVD. He doesn't teach how to get out of a speeding ticket, but how not to get busted for drugs at the same time. He views it as a safety issue.
  • Bumper Music: Do You Believe in Magic?, Aly & AJ.
  • Upcoming Event: Dec 14, Minneapolis MN. University of Minnesota Bookstore 7p - at Coffman Memorial Union. Show live from AM950.
  • Guest: Larry Scott, Founder and Editor of VA Watchdog. Larry Craig is still on the Veterans committee, but no longer ranking.

    PACKAGING PEAKE - How a former Army Surgeon General with ties to the Walter Reed scandal and one-time executive with a company raking in VA contracts worth hundreds of millions of dollars was sold to Congress and vets as a good guy who can save the Department of Veterans' Affairs. Larry will post his 28 pages of responses, written in PR speak not general or doctor speak, so it must have been written for him. Hearing last Wednesday. Senators rolled over, they were preprepared questions and answers. When he sat down at the witness table, Sen. Daniel Inouye (D-HI), a World War II hero and recipient of the Medal of Honor and former Sen. Bob Dole, another World War II hero sat either side of him.

    The GI bill educated millions, but the Roosevelt administration did it because they were afraid that millions of veterans would otherwise be unemployed and on the streets, and would rise up.

  • Thom was watching the Republican debate on CSPAN during the break. Candidates were asked about global climate change being serious, free trade. Tom Tancredo on free trade.
  • Regular caller Jeff from Denver heard Thom's "Tag you're it" and is involved; he did the video for Colorado for Kucinich. It's easy to get involved.
  • Thom's cat Higgins is making a respectable showing against Dennis Kucinich in the KPOJ Unofficial Presidential Straw Poll.
  • Bumper Music: Just Give Me the Truth, John Lennon.
  • National Review endorsed Romney; he had given them money.
  • Law Enforcement Against Prohibition (LEAP).

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