July 17 2009 show notes

  • Quote: "Liberty is to the collective body, what health is to every individual body. Without health no pleasure can be tasted by man; without liberty, no happiness can be enjoyed by society." - Thomas Jefferson.
  • Thom was on the air from WTKG, Grand Rapids, Michigan; the show's first Clear Channel affiliate. We were still able to have "Brunch with Bernie", our weekly national town hall meeting with America's Senator... Guest: Senator Bernie Sanders (I-VT) and hear the latest news from DC who took your calls. Health care, the situation is fluid. Health care is disintegrating, people are dying. Dysfunctional, expensive system. What is the process in the Senate if there are two different committees, do they get reconciled? Nobody knows. Energy. Health - prevention. Audit of Fed. The minimum wage was raised already, Bernie supports a further rise, but focus on Wall Street first. Stimulus, all would be spent.

    Bernie does not impose conditions when coming on the show, unlike most politicians. Yesterday's Dennis Kucinich amendment. Do not underestimate the long term power of grass roots activism. Internet taxes. Health care, the 2 Texas towns article. Bernie's booklet/web site about people's experiences of the health care crisis. Big money, outsourcing. Trade policy. Economy rant. Don't underestimate the importance of show like Thom in presenting an alternative vision. Impeach them if they are not representative? No, just don't reelect them. Special interest money. Grass roots activism. Michigan 15% unemployment, the unemployment capital of the country. Mini rant.

  • Article: "The Cost Conundrum: What a Texas town can teach us about health care" by Atul Gawande, June 1, 2009.
  • Bumper Music: Say What You Need To Say, John Mayer (video).
  • Guest: "News Under the Radar" with our weekly visit from Christy Harvey, Director of Strategic Communications at the Center for American Progress, and co-producer of MicCheckradio.org. Alaska, nice day. They have had a lot of haze from fires. Sarah Palin is doing a lap of the state before retiring Sunday.
  • Article: "Conservatives say Texas social studies classes give too much credit to civil rights leaders" by Terrence Stutz.
  • Article: "Candidates Can't Spend Campaign Money On Clothes: FEC" by Sharon Theimer.
  • Article: "Stefan Frederick Cook: Soldier Won't Deploy Over Obama Birth Certificate" by Rachel Weiner.
  • Article: "Sexual Assault Charges for Former Iraq Contractor: Iraq Sex Crimes Prosecutions Rare, Experts Say" by Brian Ross.
  • Article: "Suit: Pickering Chose Mistress Over Senate Seat" by Rachel Slajda.
  • "Anything Goes Friday" with the best of the rest of the news, and your calls...
  • Article: "Goldman Sachs in Talks to Acquire Treasury Department : Sister Entities to Share Employees, Money" by Andy Borowitz.
  • Two kinds of persons history rant. Santa Clara County vs. Southern Pacific Railroad, 1886. Buckley v. Valeo. First National Bank of Boston v. Bellotti. The Powell Memo or Manifesto.
  • Book: "Unequal Protection: The Rise of Corporate Dominance and the Theft of Human Rights" by Thom Hartmann.
  • Article: "The Deciding Moment: The Theft of Human Rights" by Thom Hartmann.
  • Article: "Conservative media run with false IBD claim that health bill outlaws private coverage", Media Matters. What the paragraph really means.
  • Bumper Music: Crazy, Gnarls Barkley.
  • Article: Elizabeth man is arrested after he returns to crime scene to say sorry.
  • We are wired for story, as Dr. Lewis Mehl-Madrona says. Thom has written 7 novels. The goodness of the good guy is defined by the badness of the bad guy. Conservative stories, trying to fool America into thinking their way is the only way, have to have a bad guy.
  • Texas school books. The bigger picture - it is not just the guys in Texas, the real problem is that there are only 4-5 companies who publish the books because Reagan stopped enforcing the Sherman Anti-Trust Act.
  • Article: Rep. Todd Tiahrt suggests Obama’s mother wanted to abort him..
  • Dictionary/legal definition of persons.
  • Bumper Music: Hot Hot Hot Lyrics, Buster Poindexter (video).
  • Bumper Music: What a Wonderful World, Louis Armstrong. Thanks.
  • Ellen Ratner of Talk Radio News. Larry Summers says things will move, but unemployment will be tough. More of what he said. Has he woken up? Obama spoke of Indonesia. Paul Ryan saying there was not enough time to read the health care bill, offered his own. Yesterday question at the house committee whether the Chinese were allowed to interrogate people in Guantanamo, said would not discuss in open forum. Slow news day. Luger will vote for Sotomayor. Fed. President lunching with the vice president. President's prime time news conference next week being planned.
  • Article: Summers: U.S. economy backs away from abyss.
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