February 25 2008 show notes

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

Monday 25 February '08 National show

  • Thom will be live today and tomorrow, then Laura Flanders will be guest hosting for the rest of the week as Thom is joining the Air America Cruise on Wednesday.
  • Article: 60 Minutes Report On Rove’s Dirty Politics Blocked In Parts Of Alabama. Follow the link to view the segment. They have rocket scientists in Alabama. Many people complained. It was shown again while the Oscars were on.
  • Article: Clinton staffers circulate "dressed" Obama.
  • Some people want Hillary to give up, but there are big decisive states to come; Texas and Ohio. There's a week and a day to go to them. Clinton is throwing everything at Obama, which Thom thinks is good and healthy.
  • Article: It’s All About Him, William Kristol.
    "Last October, a reporter asked Barack Obama why he had stopped wearing the American flag lapel pin that he, like many other public officials, had been sporting since soon after Sept. 11. Obama could have responded that his new-found fashion minimalism was no big deal. What matters, obviously, is what you believe and do, not what you wear.

    But Obama chose to present his flag-pin removal as a principled gesture. “You know, the truth is that right after 9/11, I had a pin. Shortly after 9/11, particularly because as we’re talking about the Iraq war, that became a substitute for I think true patriotism, which is speaking out on issues that are of importance to our national security, I decided I won’t wear that pin on my chest.”

  • Bumper Music: Hold on tight to your dreams, ELO.
  • Thom Hartmann is traveling to Darfur. Donate $50 for each "Sack of Hope" to help out for the Sudanese Refugees. Thom's son Justin is going. The flight from Nairobi will be in the cargo department of a 30 year old Soviet cargo, tied down with ropes.
  • Guest: Larisa Alexandrova, Raw Story. Recap of the Siegelman Story. CBS 60 Minutes had no discussion of the election fraud which started it, but have hinted they will do additional episodes if the public is interested, so contact them. Nick Bailey stated a check was handed over, but it was cut days after.
  • Bumper Music: Rebuild America First, Merle Haggard (free video online).
  • Thom's not worried by Obama and Hillary attacking each other, it will strengthen them. Ralph Nader has jumped into the race. It is important that he speaks out, but he will peel off a few purists (judgers). Carl Jung's judgers versus perceivers.
  • Bumper Music: World Turned Upside Down, Coldplay.
  • "I could stand up here and say 'Let's just get everybody together. Let's get unified. The sky will open! The light will come down! Celestial choirs will be singing! And everyone will know we should do the right thing and the world will be perfect!' Maybe I've just lived a little long, but I have no illusions about how hard this is going to be. You are not going to wave a magic wand and have the special interests disappear!"
    Hillary Clinton, Providence, Rhode Island, 24 February 2008.
  • Clip:
    "And what about Muslim -- the Muslim connection to Obama? Barack Hussein Obama. Father Muslim, grandfather Muslim. Nothing wrong with that. But we, the American people, being at war with radical Islam have a -- have a need to know just exactly what kind of Muslim he was exposed to, what kind of Muslim he is, what kind of Muslim teachings he's -- he's friendly to. We have a right to know if he's a so-called friendly Muslim or one who aspires to more radical teachings. That's something that the media ought to be concerned about, not whether John McCain had an infatuation with a lobbyist 10 years ago. But then, I'm expecting too much. Much too much. You understand that? When a major reporter who is reasonably educated knows nothing about Obama's Muslim background and the scandal that is behind all of that, that is raging on the Internet, and says she knows nothing about Clinton and the uranium mine and the money from the Canadian businessman, the hundred million dollars given to his library when it was all over the media two weeks ago, and she doesn't know anything about it. You get it?"
    Savage on Obama: "We have a right to know if he's a so-called friendly Muslim or one who aspires to more radical teachings" .
  • Where's the beef?
  • Article: Beef Recall video (graphic).
  • Article: Inexcusable actions led to the meat recall.
  • Article: Agency Guarding U.S. Food Supply Has Close Ties To Beef Industry.
  • Article: Vote blocked ban on ill cows.
  • Guests: Lene Johansen, Competitive Enterprise Institute, and Paul Shapiro, senior director of the Factory Farming Campaign, The Humane Society of the United States. The beef recall. Lobbyist spending, the blocking of ban on downers, San Jose Mercury News. Mary Waters, Chuck Lambert, USDA staffed by ex beef industry people. She'd rather have the Humane Society do the inspections than the government.
  • Bumper Music: I'm free, Rolling Stones (video).
  • Mitt Romney may reenter the race after the revelation of McCain's affair and/or corruption.
  • The commons. Freedom of choice. Downer cows. Hamilton was right and Jefferson wrong. The US was small communities, Hamilton was looking forward to growth like London. You don't know where your beef or vegetables come from. The system is set up to give advantage to predators; if they game the system they will win in the short term. It can't prevent disease from BSE, etc., if you can only prosecute afterwards.
  • 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.
  • Bumper Music: Everything, Alanis Morissette.
  • Bumper Music: Do You Believe in Magic?, Aly & AJ.
  • Article: Scare Tactics and Our Surveillance Bill. By Jay Rockefeller, Patrick Leahy, Silvestre Reyes and John Conyers.
  • Article: Election 2008: A national obsession, Ellen Ratner.
    "What's amazing is that they're some striking similarities from another time and another famous resident of Illinois – the summer of 1860 and the nomination of Abraham Lincoln."
  • Ellen Ratner of Talk Radio News. Bernie Sanders is excited to hear about the Darfur trip. The White House is fighting FISA. Today Dana Perino said that if the Democratic leadership let the Senate Bill onto the House floor, it would pass. Her reaction to today's op ed about scare tactics. Jay Tamboli asked her about involving the judiciary. One major network executive said it is mind boggling how many White House news releases they are receiving about telecom immunity; the White House is frantic. Pelosi wants it to go to conference, not to take up the Senate bill. Call her and your representatives in support. Quest is one company that did not go along with the White House. Siegelman on 60 Minutes. Brad on the Alabama blackout of the show. Mitt Romney is said to be considering coming back. Her article drawing comparisons with the 1860 race.
  • Russell Kirk's The Conservative Mind: From Burke to Eliot.
  • Book: Rights of Man, Thomas Paine.
  • 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.
  • Guest: Alfred S. Regnery, publisher of The American Spectator, author of Upstream: The Ascendance of American Conservatism. "The Conservative Mind". Barry Goldwater. Burke vs. Paine. "Rights of Man". Politics is corrupting intellectually and morally. William F. Buckley. Reagan's "terrifying words". Where is the positive movement in conservatism? Largely outside of politics.
  • Bumper Music: Calling America, ELO.
  • Article: U.S. Weighs Sanctions On Iran's Central Bank.
  • Guest: Jesselyn McCurdy, ACLU Legislative Counsel, Washington. Crack v powdered cocaine. Sentencing. Contact Congress to reform crack cocaine law.
  • Bumper Music: You Learn, Alanis Morissette (video).
  • Quote: "When voters are given a choice between voting for a Republican, or a Democrat who acts like a Republican, they'll vote for the Republican every time." Harry S. Truman.
  • Bumper Music: Wake Up America, Bob Wickline.
  • Article: Comedian Lee Camp: Fox News a 'festival of ignorance'.
    "What is Fox News? It's just a parade of propaganda, isn't it? It's just a...festival of ignorance. A million people are dead in Iraq. Come on. This is ridiculous. What's the point of this? This is insane. Go out--leave your home. Go outside! Go hug your children! Love your family, you know? Do something with your life."
  • Clip:
    "So, all those clowns at the liberal radio network, we could incarcerate them immediately. Will you have that done, please? Send over the FBI and just put them in chains, because they, you know, they're undermining everything and they don't care." Bill O'Reilly, June 20 broadcast of Westwood One's The Radio Factor with Bill O'Reilly, 2005.
  • Guest: Lee Camp. Who gave his opinion about Fox News when a guest on Fox News. Thom has done the morning show half a dozen times, but turned down Hannity.

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