June 12 2008 show notes


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


Thursday 12 June '08 show




  • Supreme Court ruling that Guantanamo detainees can have their day in court.
  • Book: Dark Horse. A Political Thriller By Ralph Reed.
    "A bitter campaign for the Democratic presidential nomination goes all the way to the convention and is stolen by the Senate Majority Leader in a credentials fight. The loser, the moderate California governor, shocks the nation by launching an independent bid for the presidency. The Republican Justice Department opens a criminal investigation into the credentials fight while the GOP candidate, the incumbent vice-president, seems to be coasting to victory in the topsy-turvy three-way presidential race. But nothing in this race is as it appears."
  • Guest: Ralph Reed, GOP consultant (7 presidential, 88 Congressional and Gubernatorial races). His new political thriller "Dark Horse" - Christian conservatives revolt against the Republican presidential nominee - Is this a novel about McCain? At what time does life resemble art? He started the book in the fall of 2006 when Obama was little known, not a candidate. He thought Hillary would win, so got lucky with the book. Everything in the book is real, and happened to him or somebody else. He's too young to write his memoirs.

    Thom asked if he had considered repentance for supporting mass murder in Iraq for apparently political purposes. Iran. The fact that far more people die from famine than from terrorism. Transcript.

  • Bumper Music: What a Friend we have in W, Jim Terr, The Mornin' Pumpernickel Choir, Blue Canyon Productions.
  • Clip:
    "Now many of our Christians have what I call the goo-goo syndrome. Good government. They want everybody to vote. I don't want everybody to vote. Elections are not won by a majority of people. They never have been from the beginning of our country and they are not now. As a matter of fact, our leverage in the elections quite candidly goes up as the voting populace goes down." Paul Weyrich.
  • Article: Boumediene et al. v. Bush, President Of The United States, et al..
  • Guest: Marjorie Cohn. "Marjorie Cohn is president of the National Lawyers Guild and a professor at Thomas Jefferson School of Law, where she teaches criminal law and procedure, evidence, and international human rights law." Author of "Cowboy Republic: Six Ways the Bush Gang Has Defied the Law". Thom had intended to ask Ralph Reed about the Supreme Court ruling that Guantanamo detainees have the right to habeas corpus. Thom and Marjorie discussed the ruling and the implications. Transcript.
  • Bumper Music: No Sugar Tonight, The Guess Who.
  • Contest. Before the last segment of the show, go to thomhartmann.com and post a comment in response to today's "On the Program" entry. The winner gets a signed copy of Cracking The Code.
    The winner was ottomine for:
    Hearing Ralph Reed unable to admit the war and occupation of Iraq is wrong, reminds me of one of my Dad's favorite sayings. "Beware of the person who sits in the front pew and sings the loudest. There sits the biggest crook in church."

  • Bumper Music: Home On The Range, The Freedom Toast.
  • Article: Primary ballot allows candidates to re-brand. Republican candidate for governor Dino Rossi has identified himself as a member of the "G.O.P. Party".
  • Guest: Sponsor Angie Hicks of Angie's list.
  • Quote: "Never think that war, no matter how necessary, nor how justified, is not a crime." Ernest Hemingway.
  • "But he that is spiritual judges all things, yet he himself is judged of no man." 1 Corinthians 2:15.
  • "Do you not know that the saints shall judge the world? and if the world shall be judged by you, are you unworthy to judge the smallest matters?" 1 Corinthians 6:2.
  • The sermon on the mount.
  • Article: Central bank body warns of Great Depression, Gill Montia, June 9, 2008.
  • Book: "iMoney: Profitable ETF Strategies for Every Investor", Tom Lydon, John F. Wasik.
  • Guest: John F. Wasik, Columnist for Bloomberg News. His most recent book is called "iMoney". How the middle class can get ahead? The government is lying about inflation, understates the effect. Nutty index. Look at your own rate of inflation, is income keeping up with expenses? See if there are mistakes in your property valuation, appeal. Go after big ticket stuff first, but also look at little things. Check statements. see how it adds up. Look at downsizing, moving so that you can walk to work. Energy will only go up. Heating. Treasury inflation protected securities.
  • Bumper Music: We'll Be Watching You, Dave, The Power Hour.
  • Article: Police: Forklift not so easy to hide for alleged Boynton Beach thief.
  • Article: The Free-Trade Paradox, James Surowiecki, May 26, 2008.
    "Then, too, the specific products that middle- and lower-income Americans buy are much more likely to originate in places like China than the products that wealthier Americans buy. But the reality is that if we toughen our trade relations with China the benefits will be enjoyed by a few, since only a small percentage of Americans now work for companies that compete directly with Chinese manufacturers, while average Americans will feel the pain

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