• Thom will be off Wednesday through Friday for his mother's funeral. Peter B. Collins will be guest hosting Wednesday and Friday, and Carl Wolfson and Christine Alexander, Thom’s co-hosts at KPOJ, on Thursday. Instead of condolences, please donate to Salem Childrens' Village, Hunter School in New Hampshire in the name of Jean Hartmann.
  • "All labor that uplifts humanity has dignity and importance and should be undertaken with painstaking excellence." Martin Luther King Jr.
  • Anniversaries of Kent State massacre and of the Haymarket Square riots.
  • Clip:
    "The Republicans say that Obama's pick for a replacement is completely unacceptable. And they'll let us know why as soon as they figure out who it is."
    Bill Maher.
  • Article: Specter hints Kemp died of GOP agenda.
    "If we had pursued what President Nixon declared in 1970 as the war on cancer, we would have cured many strains. I think Jack Kemp would be alive today. And that research has saved or prolonged many lives, including mine."
  • Guest: conservative activist/columnist/commentator Princella Smith, a visiting fellow at the Independent Women's Forum, National Spokesperson for American Solutions, soon to be communications director for Anh “Joseph” Cao (pronounced 'Gow'), R-New Orleans. Carrie Lukas has just had a baby. “What is up with Republicans these days?” Bill Maher. Arlen Specter on the cause of Jack Kemp's death. Fiscal responsibility. Cut the payroll tax.
  • Bumper Music: Revolution, Beatles (video).
  • Welcome to new affiliate Revolution Boston, WWZN Radio.
  • Book: None Dare Call It Treason, John A. Stormer. It started the John Birch Society.
  • Republican president Dwight Eisenhower's brother Edgar was to the right of Rush. "None Dare Call It Treason". He wrote a long letter to his brother saying he was not doing enough to combat communism, and tax rates and social security were socialist. Dwight wrote a letter back which Republicans should take to heart.
  • Dwight Eisenhower letter to Edgar Newton Eisenhower, November 8, 1954 .
    "But to attain any success it is quite clear that the Federal government cannot avoid or escape responsibilities which the mass of the people firmly believe should be undertaken by it. The political processes of our country are such that if a rule of reason is not applied in this effort, we will lose everything--even to a possible and drastic change in the Constitution. This is what I mean by my constant insistence upon "moderation" in government. Should any political party attempt to abolish social security, unemployment insurance, and eliminate labor laws and farm programs, you would not hear of that party again in our political history. There is a tiny splinter group, of course, that believes you can do these things. Among them are H. L. Hunt (you possibly know his background), a few other Texas oil millionaires, and an occasional politician or business man from other areas. Their number is negligible and they are stupid. ...

    I suppose that even the most violent critic would agree that it is well for us to have friends in the world, to encourage them to oppose communism both in its external form and in its internal manifestations, to promote trade in the world that would be mutually profitable between us and our friends (and it must be mutually profitable or it will dry up), and to attempt the promotion of peace in the world, negotiating from a position of moral, intellectual, economic and military strength.

    I notice that everybody seems to be a great Constitutionalist until his idea of what the Constitution ought to do is violated--then he suddenly becomes very strong for amendments or some peculiar and individualistic interpretation of his own. ...

    But the mere repetition of aphorisms and political slogans and newspaper headlines leaves me cold.

    "
  • Bumper Music: Call Me, Blondie (video).
  • Bumper Music: You can leave your hat on, Randy Newman.
  • Article: Happy the Hippo Is Moving to Milwaukee.
  • Article: Soldiers In Afghanistan Given Bibles, Told To "Hunt People For Jesus" (VIDEO).
  • Tax cuts would not cause businesses to hire more people. Thom sold his business when Reagan cut the capital gains tax rate, that is what happens, small companies selling out to big ones. 401(k)s are not taxed anyway.
  • Bumper Music: Ohio, Crosby Stills Nash & Young (video).
  • Article: Who Belongs To The "investor Class"?.
  • Bumper Music: Simply The Best, Tina Turner (video).
  • Article: Let’s Make Clarence Thomas’s Worst Nightmare Come True. Nominate Anita Hill to the Supreme Court.
  • Bush had a net job loss, and he cut taxes? It has created jobs in China, Mexico etc. Capital gains tax. Small businesses do not pay dividends, but salaries. Owners only get a capital gain when sell.
  • Rewriting of history. Reagan legacy project.
  • Article: Index of Leading Environmental Indicators: 2009 Report, Steven F. Hayward.
  • Article: Lawrence Summers: Africa Is "UNDER-Polluted".
  • Guest: Steven F. Hayward, Senior Fellow, Environmental Studies, Pacific Research Institute. “Climate change…is the right covering up the real news?” Congratulations, the number of people who call themselves environmentalists has fallen from 70% down to 50%. Environmentalists singing old song. His latest report. “The recovery of the ecosystems of both the Cuyahoga River and Prince William Sound has been nothing short of remarkable, though it seldom gets much attention in the media or from environmentalists”. We're exporting pollution, etc. Lawrence Summers saying Somalia is under-polluted. He's cherry picking, found 17 communities with better water, yet lots are badly polluted. CO2. Rain Forest. California cut benzene in gas, and as it is expensive to dispose of, it is now being put in Pacific North West gas which was under-polluted. Ron Wyden monitored it, Oregon now has 30 times that of California. Thom said because we imported, he called that ignorant.
  • Bumper Music: The Heat Is On, Glenn Frey (video).
  • 2008 was a little cooler because the sun spots are at a 100 year low. Cancer rates in Oregon. Depleted soil, bugs cannot live. Autism explosion. Animals getting cancer, like Tasmanian Devils, bat disease. 2008 will be cool because of the lowest year of sun spots on record, but still way above 1980. James Hanson's tipping point of 350 ppm CO2.
  • Article: Berlusconi demands wife apology.
  • Bumper Music: Kryptonite, 3 Doors Down.
  • Guest: Congressman Steve King (R-IA). “Thought crimes bill damages religious freedom in America…what?!” Hate crimes legislation. The Matthew Shepard Act was passed, Bush vetoed it, Nancy Pelosi is bringing it back, Obama is for it, Steve King is against. Thom said hate crime is terrorist. King says under criminal law, we have punished always the overt act and not the thought. He is for the death penalty. He wants to protect every one equally. Wisconsin v. Mitchell (1993). He offered an amendment to strike pedophiles, and it was shot down. Special protected classes and sacred cows.
  • Article: Blown-away Chihuahua reunited with owners.
  • Article: Stranger Fruit - South Carolina's Lynching Laws Must Change.
    "Under an old anti-lynching statute, South Carolina prosecutors are targeting mainly young African Americans. It's a cynical misuse of a law that originally sought to protect blacks from white mob violence, writes PNS contributor Earl Ofari Hutchinson.

    In a bizarre twist, South Carolina has stood America's most disgraceful racial blot -- lynching -- on its head. State prosecutors are using an anti-lynching statute passed in 1951 to prosecute hundreds of mostly young blacks. ...

    One of those charged with lynching was NBA star Kevin Garnett, who plays for the Minnesota Timberwolves. In 1994, Garnett, then a high school student in Greenville, S.C., and four other black youth were charged with second-degree lynching, which can carry a sentence of up to 20 years, after a fight in which the white victim fractured his ankle. The charges were eventually dropped, and Garnett's mother moved the family to Chicago.

    "
  • The laws protect everyone, not minorities. Blacks are prosecuted for lynching far more often than whites. Conservatives understand hate crimes if it is whites who are attacked. 9/11 hate crime. If enough straight white Republican males were targeted, hate legislation would pass.
  • Article: ABC News Exclusive: Torture Tape Implicates UAE Royal Sheikh.
  • Article: Nation Nabs an Exclusive: Maliki Gov't Overrun by Corruption, Unwilling to Change.
  • The Denver GreenFest was great, about 2,000 turned up to listen to Thom.
  • Arlen Specter, Thom donated $25 asking him to support the Employee Free Choice Act, national health care. Specter is opposed to buy in on public health care and the Employee Free Choice Act. He has changed his mind a number of times over the years, so call him.
  • Jason suggested framing hate crimes as sentencing guidelines, expanding the potential sentence.
  • Bumper Music: It's My Life, Bon Jovi (video).
  • Guest: Doug Cunningham, Workers Independent News. Labor Update. Anniversary of the Kent state massacre, Haymarket square riot. The Haymarket story. The origin of may day. People died for the 8 hour day. Bankruptcy of Chrysler, it appears UAW will keep its place, get a stock stake. They will need to sell quickly for retiree health care. Future workers will be hurt the most. UAW has one seat on the 9 member board. Obama spoke of going after illegal employers.
  • Bumper Music: The Gambler, Kenny Rogers (video).
  • Article: Sessions to take over top Republican slot on the Judiciary Committee.
  • Article: Senator Who Praised Segregationist Judges Will Lead Opposition To Obama Nominees.
  • The guy taking Specter's place on the Senate Judiciary Committee, Jeff Sessions, was nominated to be a judge before he became a senator. In 1986, under Ronald Reagan, the Republicans voted against him because he said he believed that the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) and the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) "un-American" and "Communist-inspired." Thomas Figures, Charles Pickering.
  • Homosexuality is not crime or in the DSM. Support the Southern Poverty Law Center.
  • Bumper Music: You're the Voice, Heart (video).
  • Upcoming Event: May 21 - 22 Show live from 1080 KUDO, Anchorage, Alaska. May 22 Thom will speak at the IBEW annual Progress Meeting (Western States) at the Hotel Captain Cook on Friday from 10 - 11 am (ADT).
  • Upcoming Event: June 1-3, Washington D.C. – America’s Future Now – Thom is on Radio Row. Omni Shoreham Hotel. In 2006 and 2008, we began to TAKE BACK AMERICA - Our new mission: mobilizing a progressive majority.
  • Upcoming Event: June 5-6, NYC – TALKERS Convention – Thom is speaking.
  • Upcoming Event: June 28, Reno, NV – Washoe County Democratic Party Brunch – Details TBA.
  • The Matthew Shepard bill is giving money to communities that cannot afford to pursue crimes? If it is federal law, then the FBI can come in.
  • Victoria Jones of Talk Radio News. Obama going after overseas tax loopholes, public sentiment. Last week's legislation about bankruptcy clamdown. The credit card bill sailed through the House, going to Senate, watch for interesting splits. The Supreme Court saying Shell should not be responsible for cleanup because they just put the stuff there? Illegal immigrant using false social security number to get a job will not be prosecuted unless he or she knew it was a real person's number, it is not identity theft.
  • Member of the day is John Boettner who gets a signed copy of "The Prophet's Way" for:

    Thom,

    I don’t care how you classify the victims…a hate crime, is a hate crime, is a hate crime…plain and simple! To discern what victim class is worthy of protection is just another reich wing attempt to draw the focus away from the source of the problem…BIGOTRY!

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