September 03 2008 show notes


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


Wednesday 03 September '08 show




  • Show live from the radio row of the 2008 Republican National Convention, St. Paul.
  • Clip:
    "The fires of hell are frozen glaciers compared to my hatred for the American government. And I won't be buried under their damn flag. I'll be buried in Dawson. And when Alaska is an independent nation they can bring my bones home."
    Joe Vogler, late Alaskan Independence Party founding father.

  • Guest: Former Senator Rick Santorum. Joe Vogler clip. He said Alaska is the frontier, and Palin's husband, who has belonged to the AIP, is an independent; it's a bit of a stretch to associate the governor of Alaska with Alaskan independence. Right now there's another aircraft carrier group streaming into the Gulf, the French have brought another aircraft carrier group into the Gulf for joint exercises, Dutch intelligence has confirmed the story that their team pulled out of Iran because they expect a US attack soon. If there is a conflict in Iran, do you think that the American people are going to be looking at Sarah Palin, a one 72-year old 4-time cancer survivor heartbeat away from the presidency, a religious fundamentalist? He said the more appropriate question was whether Barack Obama's the guy you want to have because his experience is less than Sarah Palin's. Thom said Obama has 12 years legislative experience, she has 22 months. He said the Illinois state legislature experience was not foreign policy experience. Thom said being governor of Alaska was not executive experience either. And so on. On Iraq, Thom said we have blood on our hands, and Santorum voted for it.
  • Guest: Former Arkansas Republican Congressman Asa Hutchinson, former Under Secretary for Border & Transportation Security at the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. The convention. intrade.com, a betting site that Chris Matthews talks about, shows Palin withdrawing at $15. Convention good. Hurricane recovery first, then great start last night. Everyone is excited about Sarah Palin, volunteers and contributions are up. She's put forward as a reformer, anti corruption. He put money into American fortress, made big profit, shouldn't we be doing something about this? Delay's staff were trading on inside information, Baird brought in a bill, it was bottled in committee by Republicans. McCain running against his own party. Biden is an insider, McCain chose an outsider. Interesting contrast.
  • Bumper Music: Learning to Fly, Tom Petty.
  • Article: Palin cut $1.1 million from funding for teen moms in need.
  • Article: Founder Of Group Palin Courted Professed "Hatred For The American Government"; Cursed "Damn Flag".
  • Guest: C.C., afternoon talk host on KUDO radio, Alaska. Alaska Independence Party. Palin preacher. It's a circus there. Investigation about abuse of power. In the last 24 hours Palin filed an ethics complaint against herself, to move it to a 3 person personnel board to trump the legislature and special investigator Blanchfower. In July she said would never prohibit an investigation. Troopergate. The board is part of her administration. She campaigned on open government. Senate today is pushing back hard. Her new attorney we just found she hired 3 weeks ago. It sounds like Spiro Agnew. She line item vetoed money for a home for teenage unwed mothers, cut funding. She is a woman of privilege. Public safety. Troopers in mold-infested trailers. Clip from Joe Vogler. Palin's water broke in Texas. She had to ask what the job of VP entails. Alaska first. The Independence Party infiltrates other parties, their slogan is Alaska first.
  • Bumper Music: Hold on tight to your dreams, ELO.
  • Guest: Greg Clapper, Republican, Libertarian consultant. Creator of some of the funniest campaign commercials. Back again. They took phone calls. The age of consent for consensual sex in Alaska is 16, so there is no statutory rape with a minor involved. Greg asked Thom how he would advise her to mention in speech? Thom said not to mention it, though Greg had a point that she should say 'keep away from my kid or you will see the protective mother in me'. She used to be a newscaster.
  • Guest: CNS Editor-in-Chief Terence Jeffrey. His take of Sarah Palin. He said it was a daring pick, will pay off big time, people are energized. Last night was boring. Bush made a mistake in speaking. The buzz there is that he wanted to be there and McCain did not want him, the hurricane was a great excuse, and Bush is furious. McCain payback for 2000, Karl Rove? It would have been a smarter move to have a smoking speech about Iraq, al Qaeda. Thom agreed on facts but not on saying we won Iraq. C.C. Sarah Palin corruption scandal, she has now launched an inquiry into herself. Intrade bets. She is squeaky clean, blue collar household. Policy fine, she has to persuade people she can be Commander-in-Chief. Obama has a degree in political science and international relations. Iraq. People ridiculed Reagan, but he will be remembered for the Berlin wall coming down. Thom said Reagan had nothing to do with it.
  • There are elephants on both sides of the lanyard for Thom's credentials, passes. Stars.
  • Sun Tzu, strengths and weaknesses.
  • Article: Dutch Intelligence: U.S. Strike on Iran Likely 'Within Weeks'.
  • Bumper Music: It Don't Come Easy, Ringo Starr.
  • Article: AARP Focus Group:

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