January 14 2008 show notes

  • Guest: Dr. Lyle H. Rossiter, Jr., "The Liberal Mind: The Psychological Causes of Political Madness".
  • President Bush lying to the Israeli press.
  • Michigan primaries.
  • Guest: Brent Baker, Tri-State Biodiesel.
    Guest: Richard L. Trumka, Secretary-Treasurer, AFL-CIO.

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

Monday 14 January '08 National show

  • Perhaps one of the strongest arguments for national health care, the idea that all liberals are mad, or mentally ill...
  • Quote:
    "The rise to power of the liberal agenda has resulted from the fact that the people of western societies have irrationally demanded that governments take care of them and manage their lives".
    The Liberal Mind: The Psychological Causes of Political Madness.
  • Quote:
    "What the liberal mind is passionate about is a world filled with pity, sorrow, neediness, misfortune, poverty, suspicion, mistrust, anger, exploitation, discrimination, victimization, alienation and injustice. Those who occupy this world are “workers,” “minorities,” “the little guy,” “women,” and the “unemployed.” ".
    The Liberal Mind: The Psychological Causes of Political Madness.
  • Quote:
    " Rather than praying to a higher power to strengthen and guide us in our personal labors to serve others as we serve ourselves, we plead to our legislators for a place at the public trough and hope that they will do unto us at least as generously as they do unto others. Big government revenue has become in effect the income of a very large family whose many children vie for indulgence, while ready at any moment to protest in the name of egalitarianism if one sibling seems to be getting more than another".
    The Liberal Mind: The Psychological Causes of Political Madness.
  • Quote:
    "On the Psychopathology of the Liberal Mind:
    Rather, the adult drive toward omnipotent control of others, in any arena whatever, is rooted in fears of separation, abandonment loss or abuse--the residual effects of early attachment gone wrong. The need to dominate others arises from the tyrant’s need for absolute assurance that the catastrophic loss of dependency or the pain of abuse so devastating to him in his earliest years will not be repeated.
    ". Thom thinks that that describes George Bush.
    The Liberal Mind: The Psychological Causes of Political Madness.
  • Guest: Dr. Lyle H. Rossiter, Jr., author, "The Liberal Mind: The Psychological Causes of Political Madness".
    "Why do today's liberals act and think as they do? The radical left’s politics and its destructive effects on our basic freedoms have provoked many to speculate on what makes these people tick. The Liberal Mind answers the question. This book is the first systematic analysis of the political madness that now threatens to destroy history’s greatest achievement: the American dream of civilized liberty."
    He distinguishes between the benign and the radical liberal mind. He uses terms like irrational beliefs or neurosis: "Most liberals are reasonable, rational, caring, compassionate individuals who are concerned about the poor, the needy, the downtrodden, the disadvantaged. They seek a power greater than themselves and their neighbors and greater than religious and volunteer organizations to help". Democracy. Family. He's a Libertarian, but not a generic one. Selfishness. Rational self interest. Screwed. He's not an anarchist. Thom calls himself an FDR liberal.
  • Bumper Music: I'm a Liberal, Neal Gladstone (video).
  • Gingrich, Madison, Hamilton. Liberalism. Over the weekend Newt Gingrich said the Republican party needs to reinvent itself.
  • Quote:
    "Under the Republican Administration, as our country has prospered, so have its people. This is as it should be, for as President Eisenhower said: "Labor is the United States. The men and women, who with their minds, their hearts and hands, create the wealth that is shared in this country—they are America."

    The Eisenhower Administration has brought to our people the highest employment, the highest wages and the highest standard of living ever enjoyed by any nation. Today there are nearly 67 million men and women at work in the United States, 4 million more than in 1952. Wages have increased substantially over the past 3 1/2 years; but, more important, the American wage earner today can buy more than ever before for himself and his family because his pay check has not been eaten away by rising taxes and soaring prices.

    The record of performance of the Republican Administration on behalf of our working men and women goes still further. The Federal minimum wage has been raised for more than 2 million workers. Social Security has been extended to an additional 10 million workers and the benefits raised for 6 1/2 million. The protection of unemployment insurance has been brought to 4 million additional workers. There have been increased workmen's compensation benefits for longshoremen and harbor workers, increased retirement benefits for railroad employees, and wage increases and improved welfare and pension plans for federal employees.

    In addition, the Eisenhower Administration has enforced more vigorously and effectively than ever before, the laws which protect the working standards of our people.

    Workers have benefited by the progress which has been made in carrying out the programs and principles set forth in the 1952 Republican platform. All workers have gained and unions have grown in strength and responsibility, and have increased their membership by 2 millions.

    Furthermore, the process of free collective bargaining has been strengthened by the insistence of this Administration that labor and management settle their differences at the bargaining table without the intervention of the Government. This policy has brought to our country an unprecedented period of labor-management peace and understanding...

    Republican action created the Department of Health, Education and Welfare as the first new Federal department in 40 years, to raise the continuing consideration of these problems for the first time to the highest council of Government, the President's Cabinet.... We have supported the distribution of free vaccine to protect millions of children against dreaded polio.

    Republican leadership has enlarged Federal assistance for construction of hospitals, emphasizing low-cost care of chronic diseases and the special problems of older persons, and increased Federal aid for medical care of the needy.

    We have asked the largest increase in research funds ever sought in one year to intensify attacks on cancer, mental illness, heart disease and other dread diseases.

    Republican Party Platform of 1956.
  • 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.
  • Claudio called from Canada, where they have lower unemployment, subsidized higher education, universal health care, a trade surplus, lower crime rate, and their kids do better in tests. Is liberalism so bad?
  • Book: The Mass Psychology of Fascism , Wilhelm Reich.
  • Lack of media coverage of protests.
  • THC = Thom, Heidi and Carl from the local show on KPOJ.
  • Article: House Dems to Finally Vote on Contempt for White House Officials.
  • Quote:
    "Remember, if you look back at the history, there was a unanimous vote in the Security Council: disclose, disarm, or face serious consequences. And when he defied, when he refused to allow the inspectors in, when he made a statement by his actions that he didn't really care what the international community said, that I decided to make sure words meant something.

    And so I acted based upon our own security interests. And -- but it also fit into this notion of -- and remember, Zarqawi, there was some terrorist connections -- not with the 9/11 attacks, but terrorist connections; Abu Nadal; he had been using -- he'd been funding families of suicide bombers. In other words, as far as we were concerned, he had weapons of mass destruction which could have been used in a deadly way. It turns out he didn't have the weapons, but he had the know-how on how to make weapons, which could easily have been reconstituted. The sanctions regime turns out to have been corrupt and wasn't working. In other words, there's a variety of aspects to my decision, all of which were aimed at making sure that U.S. security, first and foremost, was enhanced.

    Interview of the President by Nahum Barnea and Shimon Shiffer of Yediot Ahronot.
  • Clip:
    "The larger point is, and the fundamental question is, did Saddam Hussein have a weapons program? And the answer is, absolutely. And we gave him a chance to allow the inspectors in, and he wouldn't let them in." George W. Bush, July 14, 2003.
  • Clip:
    "I've not ever suggested that they were sort of willfully and consciously lying, but I think that they wanted to jump to conclusions. I said in the Security Council that if something is unaccounted for, it doesn't necessarily mean that they exist. And I think there was that tendency to jump to that conclusion... we were there for three-and-a-half months, after all, and we did not find any smoking gun. And now that the U.S. and the U.K. have been there for quite some time, and they have the opportunity to interrogate people, they've had the whole cream of the Iraqi establishment in custody and people aren't -- should not be scared any longer to answer in the interviews. With this long period, I'm inclined to think that the Iraqi statement that they destroyed all the biological and chemical weapons which they had in the summer of '90, '91 may well be the truth." Hans Blix on 'Paula Zahn Now', September 8, 2003.
  • Thom guarantees that the "main stream media" will not point out that Bush lied. Maybe Keith Olbermann.
  • Article: AT&T and Other I.S.P.’s May Be Getting Ready to Filter.
  • Article: If Your Hard Drive Could Testify ...
  • Quote: "The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no Warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by Oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized." 4th Amendment.
  • What has happened to privacy in the USA?
  • Hillary Clinton was on 'Meet the Press', Jan. 13, 2008.
  • Article: Hillary's List of 'Lies and Deception' on Meet The Press DEBUNKED.
  • Article: Let's have some fun in Michigan .
  • Thom grew up in Michigan, still has family there, and is on the air on 3 stations. Romney said on CNN that he did not want Democratic votes, but Huckabee does. Is Markos' suggestion ethical? If so, who to vote for?
  • Bumper Music: The Only Living Boy In New York, Simon & Garfunkel.
  • Bumper Music: Crazy, Gnarls Barkley.
  • Article: Two Towns Feud Over Icebox Title.
  • Article: Minn. Man Finds His AWOL Wallaby.
  • Martha called from Grand Rapids, Michigan and convinced Thom that Michigan Democrats should vote uncommitted. They have a huge campaign. If the Democratic Party does let Michigan delegates be seated, she and Edwards and Obama supporters want half of them to be uncommitted so that they can vote for Edwards and Obama. Do not write in; your ballot will be thrown away.
  • Bumper Music: Who Says You Can't Go Home, Bon Jovi.
  • Republicans are trying to get "right to work" on the ballot in Michigan. Don't sign the petitions.
  • Ellen Ratner of Talk Radio News. Nevada dead heat Obama and Hillary, Edwards close. Everyone is after Richardson's people. Bush is in Dubai, says he is not saying the NIE is wrong, but scaring up in Iran. Bush congratulating them on their freedom agenda, surrounded by women with very limited lives. Profile of Mike McConnell, the director of National Intelligence, in New Yorker, he says "torture" has been successful and saved lies, amazing quotes. She had a conference call with Hillary's campaign, she thought she was voting for the Hagel amendment on the war, the New York Times said not today; se was voting for the White House's amendment.
  • Article: Revealed: Why Germans Oppose War in Iraq - French Fries.
  • Guest: Brent Baker, Tri-State Biodiesel.
    "Tri-State Biodiesel is a New York City based company dedicated to providing the city and the surrounding region with clean, renewable Biodiesel fuel. Founded by local environmentalists and entrepreneurs, Tri-State Biodiesel is on the cutting edge of bringing this exciting new home-grown fuel to the NYC area. Remember, our biodiesel fuel can be used in any diesel equipment, it reduces emissions by about 75%, and is about 90% less toxic than petroleum diesel. Last year, biodiesel made from our cooking oil displaced about 7 million pounds of global warming gases from the atmosphere and made the air we breathe less toxic."

    The difference between biodiesel and ethanol. Anything that runs on diesel can run on biodiesel. Ethanol is different. Biodiesel much less toxic than petroleum diesel. A lot of diesel is waste. Europe has regulated it better, has cleaner diesel. Thom's op ed about Samuel's biodiesel 5 years ago. Germany has said that all gas stations must have a biodiesel pump. Very few in the US do, because it is not compulsory, and the big corporations say no. Germany leads. Why biodiesel is good. Based in NY. Free cooking oil service.

  • Bumper Music: Oh Exxon, David Ippolito. (video)
  • Guest: Richard L. Trumka, Secretary-Treasurer, AFL-CIO. Republicans, Michigan economy. They are clueless as to how to deal with recession. Working class families are suffering through a sub prime mortgage disaster, skyrocketing consumer debt, a collapsing housing market, growing unemployment, record oil prices, eroding health care and pension benefits, stagnant wages, and trade policies that outsource US jobs, and all they can offer is to promise to cut government spending. That could turn a recession into another great depression. Like they did in 1929/30. We should get ahead of recession. For the first time ever, working people are not back to where they were before the last recession.

    In addition to a short term economic stimulus, we need some broad based changes in our trade and economic policies, so that workers can get back to where they were, earning their fair share. We need to take immediate action to stop the spiraling of the mortgage crisis; to be much more aggressive than the Bush administration on sub primes; a moratorium on foreclosures, restructuring of all teaser loan rates, and a massive outreach by the federal government to tell sub prime borrowers how they can keep their homes; 2 million people could lose their homes in the next 18-24 months. The short term stimulus program would renovate bridges, roads and schools - it would take $30 billion just for the schools.

  • Bumper Music: Mysterious Ways, U2.
  • Article: For the Blowhards Who Insist It's a Two-Way Race...
  • Ballot drive for constitutional right to health care, Health Care For Michigan .
  • The Orangutan Film Protection Project. "Palm oil has become one of the world's biggest traded commodities and is now the unidentified 'vegetable oil' in an estimated one in 10 of all products sold in Britain, from chocolate to cosmetics to animal feed. The booming demand in Europe and Asia has led to growing concern that huge swaths of rainforest are being cut down to make way for plantations - damaging important eco-systems on which animals and local people depend - and threatening the survival of one of the world's last great apes, the orang-utan, the poster boy for a gathering global campaign. Rainforest destruction also accounts for about a quarter of global greenhouse gas emissions, blamed for climate change."
  • Over 98% of people have not voted yet, so we don't know who's winning yet.
  • Bumper Music: In The News, Kris Kristofferson.
  • "Elsewhere, in a positive development for Vice President Dick Cheney, scientists in a laboratory at the University of Minnesota created a living rat’s heart."
    Andy Borowitz.
  • Article: Right Wing Propagates New Smear Against Obama, Says He Is Muslim ‘Apostate’ Who Will Be ‘Executed’.

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