• Article: Vote Highlights Tension For Senators Between Constituents, Funders.
  • "Brunch with Bernie" with Senator Bernie Sanders, Independent of Vermont. He's in Vermont, he to leave early to give a speech. Yesterday's vote on cramdown provision. The Democrats who voted no have taken money from the finance industry. Details from the Center for Responsive Politics. We need public finding of elections. Next week credit card legislation. Health care, rally where he is in Vermont, people want single payer, it must be a right of all. He introduced legislation for state-administered single payer health care. Arlen Specter, he does not think it is that big a deal, Specter will often not vote like Democrats, as with cramdown. What can we do? We are in a lot better state than 4 or 5 years ago, the US had extreme right wing leadership in the White House and Senate. Today we have made progress, but big money still has enormous power. Mortgage, credit card rates.

    If people want to write to him their credit card stories, he has already got 1,000 which he is reading on the floor of the Senate. Is Obama going like Clinton, saying he is pro unions, labor, but with Chrysler going under, where are the jobs, union? Obama's focusing on trade. His first 100 days, lot of things to be positive about, the stimulus will create 3-4m jobs, changing priorities. There are areas where he should be stronger. Bernie asked Geithner about trade, policy has been a failure, automation also played a part. Bernie is concerned. But Obama is for the Employee Free Choice Act, which is a huge step forward.

    An emailer said that many insurers pay the VA as though it is out of network, so pay little, couldn't there be a law or regulation saying they should be treated as in network? It would save taxpayers millions. There are problems with Canadian and British health care systems, but both spend less than the US and they are more cost effective. The US system has problems too, and America pays double what anyone else pays. The size of the hole in the Pentagon wall. (Thom said later that he has done shows on 9/11 conspiracy theories. David Ray Griffin has been on 3 times. Thom and Bernie disagree on the subject. Thom says we don't know, Bernie is accepting the commission report). Bernie is not into conspiracy theories. Vote out all the incumbents as they cannot resolve the problems with the current system? Bernie says we need to understand how democracy works and how to get it to work for us. Campaign finance reform. No president since FDR has faced as great a set of problems, they will not be sorted overnight, and opposition from business is strong. Energy, infrastructure, children progress. Keep eyes on the prize.

  • Bumper Music: Place Out On The Ocean, Jamey Johnson (video).
  • 'Anything goes' Friday.
  • Book: "The Enemy of Nature: The End of Capitalism or the End of the World?", Joel Kovel.
  • Joel Kovel ran against Ralph Nader in the Green Party primary. No way to grow economy and not harm the environment. "Threshold" Larry Kudlow saying the stock market democratized, 401(k)s, but well over 50% of stocks are held by the top 10% and 50% have nothing. IRAs. Union pension funds.
  • Article: Severin suspended for comments about Mexican immigrants.
    "When we are the magnet for primitives around the world - and it's not the primitives' fault by the way, I'm not blaming them for being primitives - I'm merely observing they're primitive," "
  • Article: Churchgoers more likely to back torture, survey finds.
  • Article: Judy Shepard rejects Rep. Foxx's apology.
  • Guest: Christy Harvey, Director of Strategic Communications at the Center for American Progress, MicCheckradio.org. Alaska is up to over 15 hours of sunlight . Right wingers are melting down. Jay Severin's remarks, suspension. Many are using swine flu for their own agenda, anti-immigration. Michelle Bachmann said was it a coincidence that the previous flu epidemic was under Carter? But it was under Ford. Yesterday John McCain, Mitt Romney and Jeb Bush put together a new project, barnstorming for the party. Churchgoers more likely to back torture. Pew forum on religion and public life. Evangelicals most likely, they have a vengeful god. If you were to look at more progressive churches, you may find fewer support torture. Thom's debates with Christopher Hitchins, Hedges. Rep. Virginia Foxx's ignorant statements about Matthew Shepard. Judy Shepard rejected her apology.
  • Clip:

    NH: "Just because it's printed in the media, people jump to believe it."

    AC: "Is it true?" Colmes asked.

    NH: "Hey, Alan, if you want to accuse me of having sex when I was a fool, I did everything that crossed my mind that looked like I..."

    AC: "You had sex with animals?"

    NH: "Absolutely. I was a fool. When you grow up on a farm in Georgia, your first girlfriend is a mule."

    AC: "I'm not so sure that that is so."

    NH: "You didn't grow up on a farm in Georgia, did you?"

    AC: "Are you suggesting that everybody who grows up on a farm in Georgia has a mule as a girlfriend?"

    NH: It has historically been the case. You people are so far removed from the reality... Welcome to domestic life on the farm..."

    Colmes said he thought there were a lot of people in the audience who grew up on farms, are living on farms now, raising kids on farms and "and I don't think they are dating Elsie right now. You know what I'm saying?"

    Horsley said, "You experiment with anything that moves when you are growing up sexually. You're naive. You know better than that... If it's warm and it's damp and it vibrates you might in fact have sex with it."

    Bizarre Sex Habits of The Extreme Right-Wing.

  • Article: Candidate for Georgia governorship says he’d kill his own son to secede.
  • If we don't deal with underlying problems, system, there won't be a cure. Should we not push campaign finance reform to the fore?
  • Bumper Music: Shake It Up, The Cars.
  • Article: John Dean: Rice may have admitted to conspiracy.
  • John Dean last night on Keith Olbermann's show, Condoleezza Rice may have confessed to participation in a criminal conspiracy. On Thom's show he mentioned conspiracy laws.
  • Article: Contractors paid $1,000 a day to supervise, design torture program.
  • Article: Karl Rove case witness killed in plane crash, sisters want answers.
  • Book: "Screwed", Thom Hartmann.
  • Article: Ricardo's "On labor" 1814, "On profits" 1816.
  • Illegal immigration, middle class. Thom wrote about it in "Screwed". Ricardo on the price of labor, supply, demand. You don't see Canadians coming down - health care, pensions, good jobs. Mexicans come for jobs, we have an illegal employer problem. Two nights ago Obama made passing reference to holding employers accountable.
  • Pew study about church-going and support of torture. Evangelicals go to church twice a week. Most faiths are against torture, don't get media coverage. The then pope called on Bush not to go to war with Iraq. There was a movement to get him to go to Iraq, he considered it, but was in very poor health.
  • Article: Obama Orders Emergency Quarantine of Biden.
  • Bernie won his seat when $5m was spent by his opponent by talking in every district, but senators from larger states cannot do that. The Oregon system, public financing option. Start at lower levels and work up. Support the Green Party locally.
  • Comment from Nancy on today's blog...

    I did get to speak to Sen Sanders this morning but didn’t get my full question out. Sen Sanders said the banks were committing illegal acts. My question is, “THEN WHERE IS CONGRESS?” If they know of illegal activities it is their duty to investigate. Course, this will probably go the way of the torture issue. Torture is not a debate. It is criminal & war criminals should be investigated.

  • It's not enough to just complain. Do something. Call Congress. Campaign finance reform.
  • Health care, cost of medicines. Commercials.
  • Hate crimes. The terrorist dimension is a separate crime. Definition. Motive matters. George Orwell, hate crimes, thought crimes. Right wingers cite Orwell, they don't read it or they would not be right wing. The Oceana strategy was perpetual war, as declared by Bush, "not end in our lifetimes". Benchmarks. Hate crime law would be important against bigotry. It is an identity crime. Including gays etc, also protects straights as some of them are mistaken for gays and killed. First, 2nd, 3rd degree murder.
  • Allow more legal immigration so there is less illegal? We have killed millions of Iraqis and created refugees.
  • Bumper Music: Working On A Dream, Bruce Springsteen (video).
  • Member of the day is Frank Smathers who gets a signed copy of "The Edison Gene" for:

    Doesn’t the whole deal come down to one basic question -

    Do we want the banks to control the government
    or …
    Do we want the government to control the banks?

    If corporations have been granted “personhood” - essentially a form of US citizenship - shouldn’t they be required to reside in the US and have all their assets within the borders of the United States? In other words, if most of their business is located outside the US - are they truly US citizens - or are they really global corporations masquerading as US companies to qualify for “personhood?”

  • Overpopulation. According to Paul Ehrlich the US is the most overpopulated nation in the world, as the definition is more people than you can sustainably support with the resources and technology you currently have. The US is third most populous, but has a much higher consumption rate. 4% of the world's population consumes 25% of the world's energy and produces about 30% of the world's waste. If the US changed its ways and only used 4% of the world's energy, it would be less overpopulated? It would still be destroying its biosphere. There are too many people when we are wiping out species competing with us for resources.
  • Rape used in war. Milosevich. Employee Free Choice Act. Corps are monarchies, dictatorships.
  • Bumper Music: What a Wonderful World, Louis Armstrong. Thanks.
  • Thom's mother died yesterday. He will be off air Wednesday, Thursday, Friday. There will be guest hosts. In stead of condolences, please donate to Salem Childrens' Village, Hunter School in New Hampshire in the name of Jean Hartmann.
  • Jay Tamboli, Talk radio News. Souter retirement. There is the strip search case left, racially involved cases, see what Souter will go out on. Souter likes the job, but not having to stay in DC. Slow day in DC. They are waiting for the stress tests of banks next week. Swine flu now H1N1.
  • Upcoming Event: May 2 – Denver, CO – Green Festival – Thom is keynoting, previewing his new book, "Threshold".
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