July 30 2008 show notes
Aug. 5, 2008 9:04 am
By Thom Hartmann A...
- Guest: CNS Editor-in-Chief Terence Jeffrey. His op ed, "How big can government get?"
- Guest: Former Alabama Governor Don Siegelman. Recap and update on his case.
- Guests: Teri Mills (National Nurse campaigner) and Kindra Scanlon.
- Guest: "Everything you Know is Wrong": Max Gross. "From Schlub to Stud: How to Embrace Your Inner Mensch and Conquer the Big City".
- Guest: Larry Scott, founder and Editor of VA Watch Dog. "The American Veteran's On-Line News Magazine".
Topics, guests, upcoming events, quotes, links to articles, audio clips, books & bumper music.
- Quote for the day: "It does not take a majority to prevail... but rather an irate, tireless minority, keen on setting brushfires of freedom in the minds of men." Samuel Adams.
- Are we going to be living in Yurts eating road kill soon?
- Clip: Daily Show's Oil Crisis Analysis: Live In Wild Or Tailgate (VIDEO).
- Article: Long-term unemployment in the US climbs 37 percent in one year.
- Article: Doha trade negotiations end in failure after impasse on protection for farmers.
- Finance. Housing bailout, subtext, Bush signed it in private, the deal with the US and Japanese central banks under Reagan, the Fed has put Japan's dollars and others into mortgage based securities, Freddie and Fannie bonds, because they were worried about dollar. The Chinese said they wanted to keep their food supply safe, but we never said we wanted to keep our jobs safe.
- Bumper Music: It's My Life, The Animals.
- Thom's KPOJ co-host Carl Wolfson said that McCain has 3 core messages: win Iraq, drill oil, lower taxes. Obama needs to come up with his own short core messages. Newt Gingrich with his "drill here, drill now, pay less" got over a million signatures already in a week and a half, much faster than Dennis Kucinich's impeach Bush petition. It is full of lies. Thom suggested, "stop the addiction, rebuild a new America". Use T. Boone Pickens.
- Conservative Mexican President Felipe Calderon has cut a deal with Halliburton, trying to privatize the Mexican oil supply. The government took control of all the oil in 1938 and wrote it into their constitution that it was illegal to privatize any part of the oil sector.
- Article: Crisis Puts NY In 'sell' Hell: Gov Eyes Bridge, Road Privatizing. Brooklyn Bridge, anyone?
- Bumper Music: Keep on the Sunny Side, Johnny Cash.
- Article: Cat, 20 kilos, up for adoption. 44-pound "Princess Chunk".
- Article: Family Claims to See Jesus in Cat Fur.
- Republican Senator Arlen Specter was the one who asked Department of Justice Inspector General Glenn Fine if Monica Goodling, etc. had broken the law:
[Arlen Specter]: "Did the conduct of Monica Goodling or Kyle Sampson or John Nowacki in politicizing the appointments of people like immigration judges or members of the Board of Immigration Appeals, did that constitute a violation of criminal law?"
[Glenn Fine]: "I don't believe it did, Senator Specter. I believe it violated constitution of department policy and federal civil service law which is civil law but not criminal law. It's not a criminal statute."
[Arlen Specter]: "Was there anything in your investigation to suggest that there's a basis for criminal prosecution for making false official statements? "
[Glenn Fine]: "We looked at that carefully and in our judgment and the judgment of prosecutors, experienced prosecutors who worked on this case for us, we did not think there was a sufficient basis for criminal prosecution for false statements for anyone. We also noted we don't think that Monica Goodling made false statements at Congress. But we also noted she has immunity and so the use of any testimony or the fruits of any testimony would be prohibited. But having said that, I will say that we do not believe that the conduct that we found in our report constituted criminal violation. It was a violation of civil law and department policy."
"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.
- Quote: "I don't want to abolish government. I simply want to reduce it to the size where I can drag it into the bathroom and drown it in the bathtub." Grover Norquist, May 25, 2001, to National Public Radio's Mara Liasson.
- Article: China Trade Gap Causes Massive Job And Wage Losses: Every state lost good-paying jobs; Displaced workers