June 13 2008 show notes


  • "Brunch with Bernie" with Senator Bernie Sanders, Independent of Vermont.

  • Rant on the Supreme Court's decision about Habeas Corpus rights for Guantanamo detainees. Transcript.

  • "Anything Goes Friday"

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


Friday 13 June '08 show



  • Mercury is retrograde and it's Friday 13th. According to the Dutch center for accident statistics, Friday 13th has fewer accidents, etc.
  • "Brunch with Bernie" with Senator Bernie Sanders, Independent of Vermont. Stories on his web site about people's problems due to high oil prices. LIHEAP. Energy efficiency. Sustainable energy. Cars. Solar thermal units. LED light bulbs. Wind turbines. According to Greenest Host servers are putting out more carbon into the atmosphere than the entire airline fleet. Another filibuster, on windfall profits tax. Supreme Court, habeas corpus. Now the Patriot Act, National Guard executive order? "Trading with the enemy" article. America's rating overseas. He hopes we go further. The south could produce so much renewable energy. Health care.

    For $3 billion - one week in Iraq - we could build hundreds of federally qualified health centers to provide primary health care for all. If we invested in sustainable energy, mass transportation, the infrastructure instead of tax breaks for millionaires, we could create millions of well paid jobs. Sherman Anti-Trust Act. Peter DeFazio's claim yesterday about offshore drilling permits: 6,492 out of 10000 undeveloped. There was a press conference at the House yesterday. The Farm bill is mostly a nutrition plan, e.g. food stamps. The farm stuff was to make it pass. There will be skip loads of new students if the GI bill passes. It benefits the whole nation.
  • Bumper Music: Kryptonite, 3 Doors Down.
  • Article: Trading With the Enemy: U.S. Refiners Reportedly Buying Most of Iraq's Oil, John K. Cooley, July 20, 2001.
  • Bumper Music: Goodle, USA, Darrell Scott.
  • Bumper Music: Livin' Thing, ELO.
  • Rant on the Supreme Court's decision about Habeas Corpus rights for Guantanamo detainees. Transcript.
  • Article: McCain denies his record of supporting Social Security privatization.
  • Scalia. McCain not wearing a flag lapel pin, his fidelity.
  • Bumper Music: How 'bout you, Eric Church (video).
  • Berlusconi was bounced out in part because he was wiretapped, complained. He's back, and is going to ban wiretaps. 3 million are spied on a year.
  • Michelle Obama. Hillary. Cindy McCain always stays behind McCain. McCain left his first wife. Abortion.
  • Karl Rove is involved in the election cycle. He said on a radio show, "you ain't seen nothing yet".
  • Clip: Republican Congressman Reveals Secret GOP Strategy?. On Election Day 2004 Peter King said, "It's already over. The Election's over. We Won." Alex Pelosi (Nancy's daughter) asks, "How do you know that?" King replies, "It's all over but the counting. And we'll take care of the counting." King's race is a close one.

  • Bush met the pope, was given books about the Sistine chapel. Thom was given a rosary by the previous pope.
  • Bumper Music: I can See for Miles, The Who.
  • Article: US foreclosure filings surge 48 percent in May.
  • Trillions of cubic meters of natural gas under the ground at Prudhoe Bay. It came up with the oil but could not be flared so was pumped underground again.
  • Disclaimers are put in all capitals to make it harder for people to read them.
  • Article: Sen. McCain's closed-door impeachment statement: Released into Congressional Record, February 12, 1999.
    "I intend to vote to convict the President of the United States on both articles of impeachment...

    Therefore, if he thwarted justice he did so for the perfectly understandable and forgivable purpose of keeping hidden an embarrassing personal shortcoming that, were it discovered, would harm only his family and his reputation, but would not impair our system of government.
    "
  • Article: Main critic of UK terror bill quits, Jim Pickard, June 13 2008.
    "Controversy over new UK anti-terror powers deepened on Thursday with the surprise resignation of a senior opposition politician who pledged to make his fight for re-election into a referendum on civil liberties."
  • Article: Radio talk show host calls for murder of anti-war activist.
    "We ought to find the people who are doing this,
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