January 10 2008 show notes

  • Guest: Allen Raymond. "How to Rig an Election: Confessions of a Republican Operative".
  • Why did the chicken cross the road?
  • Guest: Marc Morano, communications director for Senator James Inhofe, minority leader of the US Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works.
  • Guest: Gerald Celente, Trends Research Institute.
  • Guest: Christy Harvey, Center for American Progress, MicCheckradio.org.

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

Thursday 10 January '08 National show

  • Thom's back in Portland.
  • Guest: Former top GOP operative Allen Raymond. His book, "How to Rig an Election: Confessions of a Republican Operative". He's trying to open eyes, and also entertain. Biographical. He used to work at the RNC, no program went ahead unless vetted, so he didn't expect to go to jail. He never saw any evidence of White House involvement. Southern strategy. The book ends saying it will only get worse, as people pass on their skills: "now what are you going to do about it?" Tricks such as using accented voices, for example a ghetto voice. Polygamy and Mitt Romney. 527 organizations, more c40 committees, for example the Swiftboat Veterans for Truth. John McCain in 2000. Romney is employing the same PR firm. Candidates have to respond, don't let others define you, but not necessarily head on.
  • Bumper Music: Our Country, Jim Mellancamp.
  • Bumper Music: Fire It Up, Modest Mouse.
  • Bumper Music: Crazy, Gnarls Barkley.
  • The following came to Thom from Richard Russell:

    Why did the chicken cross the road?

    [Hillary Clinton]: I have vast experience with chickens and, if elected, I will ensure that every chicken has the ability to cross any road it desires.

    [Barack Obama]: It was time for change.

    [John Edwards]: To escape exploitation.

    [Bill Richardson]: It had lots of different kinds of experience on its own side of the road and was ready for a new and bigger challenge.

    [Dennis Kucinich]: I'm not sure. Let me pull out my constitution and see what it says about chickens.

    [Mike Gravel]: It was the war. It makes everybody do crazy things.

    [Ron Paul]: Higher prices for eggs on the other side; it's the invisible hand of the free market.

    [Mitt Romney]: The chicken has always been on that side of the road.

    [Mike Huckabee]: What? The chicken crossed the road? There's no way that could happen in nature. Must be a miracle. Praise Jesus!

    [John McCain]: Well, if you've never been in captivity yourself, you can't possibly imagine what you'd do to get away.

    [Tom Tancredo]: It was a Mexican chicken. It was looking for your job and your daughter.

    [Rudy Giuliani]: 9/11.

    [Tommy Thompson]: What?

    [Fred Thompson]: [sound of snoring]

    [George W. Bush]: It was a road-crossing chicken. In other words, it was the kind of chicken who liked to cross the road. Hehehe.

    [Dick Cheney]: [sound of gunfire]

  • Infotainment rant.
  • Watch out for people from campaigns calling in to the program representing themselves as not from the campaign.
  • Bumper Music: Run for President, Us the Band.
  • President Bush predicted today that there “will be a signed peace treaty” to turn the West Bank and Gaza Strip into a Palestinian state “by the time I leave office.” USA Today, however, notes, “Despite Bush’s upbeat assessment, there was little to suggest concrete progress during his second day in the Middle East.”

    In May 2005, a Blackwater helicopter in Iraq dropped CS gas, “a riot-control substance the American military in Iraq can use only under the strictest conditions,” on a crowded checkpoint in Baghdad. “But the same tight controls apparently did not apply to Blackwater at the time of the incident.”

    Ron Paul will be permitted to appear in tonight’s Fox News debate in South Carolina. “Fox apparently has changed its policy of excluding Paul from debates after backlash resulting from barring Paul from a forum in New Hampshire just two days before the primary.”

    Attorneys for Jose Rodriguez, the CIA official who reportedly ordered the destruction of the torture tapes, have told Congress that their client won’t testify on Jan. 16 “without a promise of immunity.”

    ThinkFast: January 10, 2008.

  • There is a list on Thom's site of much of the bumper music used on the show. Some of the bumper music played on each day is listed in Sue's Daily Stacks.
  • Article: U.S. Senate Report: Over 400 Prominent Scientists Disputed Man-Made Global Warming Claims in 2007: Senate Report Debunks "Consensus".
    Dr. Eigil Friis-Christensen, director of the Danish National Space Centre: "The sun is the source of the energy that causes the motion of the atmosphere and thereby controls weather and climate. Any change in the energy from the sun received at the Earth’s surface will therefore affect climate."
  • "Current global model studies project that the Antarctic Ice Sheet will remain too cold for widespread surface melting and is expected to gain in mass due to increased snowfall"
    IPCC Fourth Assessment Report..
  • Quote:
    "Even if the concentration of ‘greenhouse gases' double man would not perceive the temperature impact"
    Dr. Oleg Sorochtin of the Institute of Oceanology at the Russian Academy of Sciences.
  • Quote:
    "Wrong. Earth is well short of a doubling of CO2, yet changes are apparent not only to scientists, but to the "man in the street" - warmer winters, a melting Arctic. These are closely tied to the buildup of greenhouse gases."
    Michael Oppenheimer, climate scientist at Princeton University.
  • Article: Heat Capacity, Time Constant, And Sensitivity Of Earth's Climate System, Stephen E. Schwartz.
  • Guest: Climate skeptic Marc Morano, communications director for Senator James Inhofe, minority leader of the US Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works. There are over 400 man-made global warming skeptic scientists. He has never spoken to Inhofe about evolution, 6,000 years age of Earth. See their report. It is a sampling of mainly English-speaking scientists. Only 52 scientists wrote the summary for the UN report, but many more contributed. He disputes that there is a consensus on man-made global warming. Some of the quotes from the report. He said not to use the word denier. Climate fear. Oceans as a carbon dioxide sink.
  • Bumper Music: What Do Ya Think About That, Montgomery Gentry.
  • They are still debating electricity, gravity, aspirin, so the debate will continue. What's the worst if we do or do not take action? Thom does have shills on the show, but he thinks Mark believes it, but he does not know about Inhofe and others.
  • Bumper Music: Business As Usual, Eagles.
  • The primaries are not about winners and losers, but an accumulation of delegates. Obama has 25, Hillary Clinton 24, John Edwards 18, the rest 0. Bill Richardson dropped out today. What a nice genuine guy.
  • Article: RESULTS: Democratic Scorecard.
    From the chat room: [phred42] Look at this one; CNN "Current Dem Delegate count TOTAL" They only display Obama and Clinton - Edwards is not in the Total box at the top.
  • Guest: Gerald Celente, Trends Research Institute. The Top Trends of 2008: Panic and Fear -- Solutions and Hope. He sees financial panics. Gold to go around $2,000 an ounce. There's no saving the dollar. Sovereign funds = countries. Write downs, write offs = losses. Major firms will crash because can't grow, and are losing customers. It's not just due to Bush, it goes back to Nixon, includes Clinton, Glass Steagall Act. Can Republicans keep it going until the hand over? What should people do?
    • Understand what gold is doing.
    • Take kids out of college if they are not going to get a return on their investment.
    • Cut back on spending.
    • Conservation engineers - lots of entrepreneurial opportunities in conservation, energy efficiency, micro farming, buy local.
    • It is beyond the government's control.
    • Don't lower your quality.
    • Look after your health, avoid prescription drugs, use herbals.
    • Get out of the stock market.
  • Bumper Music: How Far We've Come, Matchbox 20.
  • Bumper Music: Calling America, ELO.
  • Article: FBI wiretaps dropped due to unpaid bills.
  • Article: Pentagon Backtracks On Naval Confrontation With Iran, Says Threat May Not Have Come From Iranians.
  • "The chairmen of the House and Senate Judiciary Committees joined in asking the Justice Department on Thursday for details of contracts that the department directed to former Attorney General John Ashcroft and other outside lawyers” following reports of favoritism by the top federal prosecutor in New Jersey."
    ThinkFast: January 11, 2008.
  • Guest: Christy Harvey, Center for American Progress, MicCheckradio.org. The FBI did not pay its bills, so phone taps were affected. Global warming. This year's budget will be paperless to save 480 trees; forget the millions of trees other programs destroy. It's difficult to page trough the paper ones, and will be impossible to read online. Pentagon backtracking on Iran boats. Robert Gates is against rhetoric. Blackwater using CS gas in Iraq, not under the same restrictions as the military, and it was supposed to be banned. They were trying to go through traffic. No investigation. Justice Department inquiry into John Ashcroft and no bid contract, NJ. Today is the anniversary of the announcement of the surge. She expects to hear more. CIA torture tapes.
  • Victoria Jones of Talk Radio News. New web site. She spent Christmas in London. It is quiet in DC; the president is out of town in Ramala, he says he is going to have peace in the Middle East in 12 months. Priorities. He said "Gaza is a tough situation, and I don't know of a way to solve it unless the president [Abbas] has a vision that he can lay out for Gaza. Do you want the state, or do you want the status quo? Do you want a future based on a democratic state, or do you want the same old stuff?" The way to success is through building hospitals and feeding people. We're not going to do that. Richardson is about to withdraw from the race, press conference today. What does he have to hand to somebody else? In the Democratic party, superdelegates are governors, members of the House and Senate, former presidents and vice presidents and high party officials who are not bound by the decisions of party primaries or caucuses. They are about 40% of the total delegates.

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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