March 19th 2009 On the Program

Tonight in Chicago - Dial-Global syndicated talker Thom Hartmann will go one-on-one tonight in Chicago with Salem Radio Network host Michael Medved. The “Great Debate” — centered on “important issues facing our nation” — will be held at an already sold-outMeadows Club in suburban Rolling Meadows, IL. The event will be moderated by WIND/Chicago’s Cisco Cotto (Medved’s Windy City affiliate) and WCPT/Chicago’s Dick Kay (Hartmann’s local affiliate). In a sign of the new media times we live in the debate will be broadcast live for iPhone users who have the “Talk Radio” application and offered by both stations as a podcast via their respective websites.
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Hour One - The Best of the Rest of the News

Hour Two - Roy Speckhardt  Topic: Will Pres. Obama endorse discrimination against atheists? 

Hour Three - Susan Lindauer - one of the first citizens charged under special judicial provisions of the Patriot Act. She'll explain to Thom how the Patriot Act was used to quash her most fundamental rights of due process.

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Tom D. (not verified) 13 years 14 weeks ago

I just saw an article on the BBC website about our dear friend Mr. Madoff, which says "Madoff's lawyers have argued to a US appeals court he should be released as he had not fled while under house arrest at his Manhattan penthouse."

My thought: "Past performance is not necessarily indicative of future results" - lock him up!

Tom D. (not verified) 13 years 14 weeks ago

Also, another thought I had about the AIG "retention awards". For AIG (or any company) to rationalize spending millions of our tax dollars to retain the employees who are in large part responsible for creating this mess, by asserting that they’re the most qualified people to solve problems they created, is absolutely ludicrous. By that rationale, the U.S. government should contract Al Qaeda to run our anti-terrorism efforts in Afghanistan and Iraq. This is an absolute scam and I say the U.S. government should seize those bonuses and fire those employees, or even better charge them with fraud, seize all of their assets and let them stand trial before a jury of 12 Americans who will decide their fates!

mitch (not verified) 13 years 14 weeks ago

I agree that the AIG employees should be fired and charged with fraud. The one that said that the bonuses were not for perfomance but retention should serve the longest since he obviously lied to congress. Also, these people should be tried by their peers after they are fired. Of course, their peers are other unemployeed people whose chance at jobs in the near future were shattered by the greed of the AIG employees.

Servicemonkey (not verified) 13 years 14 weeks ago

Hope I'm posting this in the right place, I have VIP tickets to the event tonight, including meet n' greet. Is 5:30 the correct time or do VIP ticket people arrive earlier?

kit pravda (not verified) 13 years 14 weeks ago

Wednesday Evening on NPR I heard that when a company was in difficulty, it was common to offer retention contracts to make sure an employee stayed until a specific date. So, those were legal contracts put in place by the last administration, and that would be the reason, some employees had already left the company.

Those toxic items were sold all over the world by US. I wish someone would come out and explain very clearly to the average person how important it is to bail out other countries and how AIG is an important global company.

I have no special knowledge, but I felt we were in financial trouble a couple of years ago, although not to this extent. I have been following it all very closely, especially during and after the night it all went south.

It is such a distraction from all the serious problems we have.

mitch (not verified) 13 years 14 weeks ago

Servicemonkey: My tickets are regular and they say 5:30 as well. I am trying to find the Chat site.

KassandraTroy (not verified) 13 years 14 weeks ago

What is happening with the stream today. It's breaking up all over the place; both the silverstream and the MP3. can't even listen to it.

RickinSF (not verified) 13 years 14 weeks ago

I've been away a while, is there no longer a chat room?

Mark W (not verified) 13 years 14 weeks ago

The site is ridiculously difficult to navigate. There should be a link, front and center on the home page, to comment on the show that is currently being aired!

That said, why do you give so much airtime to Neanderthals like Bill? This "my taxes pay for lazy slobs to eat steak and lobster" meme doesn't merit a response - he is so hopelessly ego-centric that facts and logic will mean nothing to him. Also, I'd like to see you call people more often on anecdotal "evidence" - it may be an anecdote, but it ain't evidence.

All that said, I love your show and all that you do. Sorry for the gripe-fest.

B Roll (not verified) 13 years 14 weeks ago

to RickinSF

There are a bunch of links to the right of Thom's picture near the top of the homepage. The first link is Home and the last is Links. Click on the word Community. That will take you to a page that has the link for the chat room, message boards and more.

When/if you want to Log-out of the site, you have to click on "my home" where you'll find a Log-out button. It's a bit awkward.

Timothy (not verified) 13 years 14 weeks ago

I think the caller's idea that the whole AIG fiasco is quite simply another Enron scam is not far fetched. Also Thom's saying that the bonuses are a reletively insignificant part of a bigger picture is right on. However, saying that going after the White House conspirators is where we should be focused is also small beans compared to an even bigger picture.
We have a situation likened to the Titanic sinking as far as sustatinability of our population versus the available resources of our planet. Those at the top are basically grabbing the few available lifeboats and lining the nest with the ship's provisions.
Starting a passenger revolt to prosecute the guilty crewmembers does not change the inevitable, foreseeable crash.
The sources that fuel our energy wasting American Dream are running out..
Without an unlimited supply of undergound fossil fuels we can no longer supply the raw materials to meet the needs of an ever growing population.
We turn to our Government and Industries and ask them to implement changes for our future. However, the powers that be are overrun with special interests run by dinosaur industries.
The Solutions are readily available, and many are in fact public domain. Since you can't patent ideas that are already freely available, it is not in the interest of industries to develop them.

The Heliostat you referred to in New Mexico is no more.
There were several experimental Heliostats built at Los Alamos, but that program has been discontinued. There aren't any large scale Heliostats in America to the best of my knowledge. I know India built one recently.
Obama talks about developing "Solar Panels": one of the least effective methods of extracting solar energy from the sun. A large scale Heliostat is one of the most efficient methods, next to biomass.
The Los Alamos Heliostats generated electricity via steam turbines. You could build a Heliostat large enough to melt down glass and aluminum and make mirrors and structural parts to manufacture more of them. With a self perpetuating system, you could soon have enough Heliostats in place to provide all of our energy needs for free.

With unlimited free energy, the powerful energy companies become obsolete and fade from existence from our government and our industries.

There are many more readily available technolgies which could make us not just energy independent, but with an energy surplus.
We are wasting too much time focusing on patching the problems instead of exploring Solutions.

I told myself before the election that if Obama was elected I would try to stop griping and complaining about the government and try to be more constructive for a change. After some dissapointment, I slipped right back into full gripe mode. It's hard to sit down and only write down constructive changes insead of just saying how this is wrong and that is wrong after some 20 odd years of Reagan, Bush, Clinton, etc.

Anthony D. Hall (not verified) 13 years 14 weeks ago

Thom you need to get a interview with the President. I was just listening to Ed Shultz (who is ok but can't really hang with you) He had a interview with the President. He asked some good questions but for the most part it was just a lot of Softballs. I wanted to hear a little tougher questions. I don't want people thinking that Liberals can't ask Tough Questions to Dems. I know you would have done a better Job. And what is with Ed Shultz feeling in for David S. on MSNBC. You need to get in on that. I'm just sayin. Tom on T.V. is what America Needs!!!

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