January 09 2008 show notes

  • Show live from AM1090 Seattle as plane delays prevented Thom from getting home.
  • Analysis of the New Hampshire primary.
  • Guest: Carl Bernstein. "A Woman In Charge: The Life Of Hillary Rodham Clinton".
  • Guest: Troy Dunn. "Young Bucks: How To Raise A Millionaire!"

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

Wednesday 09 January '08 National show

  • Thom's plane from New Hampshire was delayed, so he missed his connection and caught a plane to Seattle instead, and got in very late. The folks at AM1090 Seattle kindly provided him with a studio at very short notice.
  • Article: Did racist voters cost Obama the primary?
  • Article: Huckabee flip-flops on birthright citizenship.
    "Yesterday, the Washington Times reported that former Arkansas governor Mike Huckabee would “amend the Constitution to prevent children born in the U.S. to illegal aliens from automatically becoming American citizen”." Did he or didn't he?
  • Quote:
    "All persons born or naturalized in the United States, and subject to the jurisdiction thereof, are citizens of the United States and of the State wherein they reside. No State shall make or enforce any law which shall abridge the privileges or immunities of citizens of the United States; nor shall any State deprive any person of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law; nor deny to any person within its jurisdiction the equal protection of the laws."
    14th Amendment, Section 1.
  • Analysis of the New Hampshire primary is fascinating. The media is taking about how Hillary got human, or her strong organization. Radio row madhouse. Thom was looking for an even mix, but there were far more there for Hillary. Conspiracy theories, but Hillary's campaign did a good job. On the Republican side, Mitt Romney has had two losses in a row in spite of his money. There's a long way to go. Huckabee flip flop. Whether the 14th amendment covers children of illegal immigrants.
  • Article: The Resilient Society: A blueprint for homeland security..
  • Article: Giuliani: New York City Survived 9/11 Attacks Because Of Me.
  • Article:"President Bush “had a powerful effect” on New Hampshire’s Republican primary. Roughly half of GOP voters “had a negative opinion of the Bush administration, and those voters significantly went for Arizona Sen. John McCain by nearly a 2-to-1 margin.” Of those with a “positive opinion of the administration,” 37 percent voted for Mitt Romney."
    ThinkFast: January 9, 2008.
  • There was a record turnout for the primary.
  • Iranian speedboats. Is Iran stupid enough, or did we step over a line, or what? So many stories.
  • Article: Report Reveals Vietnam War Hoaxes, Faked Attacks.
  • Bumper Music: Ain't that America, John Mellencamp.
  • Independents voted for John McCain. Attacks on Hillary, crying, sympathy. Kerry was micro managed, and Hillary was, but the tears got her out of the box. Huge media circus at Thom's hotel, including Sam Donaldson, Dan Rather, so there were lots of candidate surrogates there. The only person for Edwards that Thom saw was Bonior, and nobody for Obama. What happened yesterday? In the last week or so? Thom thinks we will see many more "surprises". People will get to know Obama's positions now. Bill Clinton attacked Obama, CNN immediately checked it - gave context. Watch the media narratives. Thom was sitting at the bar at Manchester, NH airport watching the CNN on the TV behind the bar while waiting for his plane. Others beside him had believed the lies about Obama being Muslim, swearing on the Koran, etc. and would not vote for him.
  • Bumper Music: Nothing On But The Radio, Gary Allan.
  • Primary. Where are the Republican strategists at? They have been pushing for Hillary because they thought she would be beatable. It's a mess on the Republican side, he thinks McCain will get it.
  • Guest: Carl Bernstein. His book, "A Woman In Charge: The Life Of Hillary Rodham Clinton" came out in paperback yesterday, with a new afterword. When the book first came out in hardback, the Clinton camp responded with consternation to a news story, not the book itself. The elections. Bill Clinton, CNN's reaction. Hillary recently said, "I'm running this campaign". It's a fine line, whether Bill is a plus or baggage. It's about the restoration of Clintons to the White House. There are excerpts of the book on his web site, and a piece about McCain.
  • Bumper Music: Talk to me, Stevie Nicks, Fleetwood Mac.
  • The Supreme Court will hear about the Indiana voter ID law. Thom's mother does not have voter id; she has not driven for years. ID laws disenfranchise the poor, elderly, Democrats.
  • Larry Craig is trying to get his conviction pulled back out.
  • Bush is heading to the Middle East.
  • The Iranian boat scare. US provocative presence? What brought this about? Official?
  • Questions about the differences in the results between the machine-counted and the hand-counted votes in the primary. Black Box Voting. Brad Blog.
  • Bumper Music: Nobody Told Me, John Lennon.
  • Democrats and Republicans are saying "change".
  • Clip:
    "... something happening when people vote not just for a party that they belong to, but the hopes that they hold in common. Whether we are rich or poor, black or white, Latino or Asian; whether we hail from Iowa or New Hampshire, Nevada or South Carolina, we are ready to take this country in a fundamentally new direction. That is what’s happening in America right now. Change is what’s happening in America."
    Barack Obama, last night.
  • Article: Goldman Sachs sees recession in 2008.
  • Clip:
    "This campaign will transform America because we will take on the challenges. We will seize the opportunities. Every single day, I am not going out there on my own. I am going out there accompanied by millions and millions of people who believe, as I do, that this country is worth fighting for. Thank you, and God bless you!"
    Hillary Clinton, last night.
  • Clip:
    "So up until now, about half of 1 percent of Americans have voted. Ninety-nine percent plus have not voted. And those 99 percent deserve to have their voices heard because we have had too much in America of people’s voices not being heard. I have met too many -- too many Americans whose voices have not been heard in this democracy"
    John Edwards, last night.
  • Bumper Music: Save The USA, Andrew Bayuk.
  • Ellen Ratner of Talk Radio News. Thanks for the radio row. It's a ghost town now. She went to Giuliani and Edwards speeches, Giuliani was off to Florida and was going to announce a new tax plan today. Edwards is not going to give up, he has strength in the South, hopes for South Carolina. Email from Obama 10 minutes ago; they closed the gap from 16 to 2, did very well, asked for contributions. He cans still tap into people that Hillary has maxed out on - there are limits. Hillary had the best organization. Independents went to McCain not Obama. Thom had 3 hours sleep last night. Where swing voters went? The phone jamming that rigged the vote, will be on later in week. Senator John Sununu of New Hampshire is in trouble. South Carolina will be huge. Thom has no prediction, amazed by it all. He's disappointed with how the media comes up with a narrative for each character, little discussion of issues.
  • Guest: Everything You Know Is Wrong: Troy Dunn. His book, "Young Bucks: How To Raise A Millionaire!" His children have businesses, learning useful skills. Community, family. Old fashioned conservative, likes some of Hillary and Obama. |He's a Reagan guy who voted for Clinton. He does not like Huckabee. The book is aimed at parents. He wanted to call it "How to raise a future philanthropist". Proceeds to pediatric cancer research - a daughter has cancer. Kids believe that all things are possible, and adults lose this. Get out of their way, let their passion drive them and do not project your fears on them. Thom started an electric business as a kid, a friend had an egg route, both sold a paper.
  • Bumper Music: Heavy Fuel, Dire Straits.
  • Bumper Music: So Serious, ELO.
  • Bumper Music: If Everyone Cared, Nickelback.

Trump Goes Full Authoritarian Dictator

Thom plus logo What we saw last night was the dictator's playbook.

Tell violent white supremacist racists to "stand by" and encourage them to show up at polling places to intimidate voters.

Bully, bluster and threaten like Mussolini did, promoting your brand as "tough guy" when in fact you're a lazy coward.
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