Quote: “Once at a social gathering, Gladstone said to Disraeli, "I predict, Sir, that you will die either by hanging or of some vile disease". Disraeli replied, "That all depends, sir, upon whether I embrace your principles or your mistress."” -- Benjamin Disraeli
Should every politician have a budget for hookers when they go into elected office? What do you think is better...a hooker or a mistress? Eliot Spitzer said he did not fall in love. The role of mistresses in France. At the weekend, Lindsay Graham was asked about Sanford, and said that staying on as governor depended on whether he could work it out with his wife. Ensign and others were applauded, Clinton was impeached.
Article: Sebelius Indicates Willingness To Compromise On Public Plan, Offers Support For Co-Op Proposal.
Article: Dianne Feinstein: Criticism From Left On Health Care "Doesn't Move Me One Whit".
Article: Alexander Hamiltons Advice To The Obama Administration by Thom Hartmann.
Henry VII's Tudor plan. Hamilton's plan of 1791, in place until Clinton. Now the Chinese are doing it, underselling in countries.
Bumper Music: I'll Go Stepping Too, Emmylou Harris.
Today the US is pulling out of major cities in Iraq. The scramble for oil. They will be the largest producer of oil, and their oil is cheap to produce.
Article: Chinese exports could crush fragile markets.
Bumper Music: She Thinks My Tractors Sexy, Kenny Chesney.
Go to thomhartmann.com for free webcam of Thom and free live stream with Thom's newscast, Jim Hightower, WINS news, environmental news.
Calls about health care, reaction to those not pushing a public option.
Thom's book Walking Your Blues Away.
Is Harry Reid not seating Franken because he wants the excuse of not having 60?
Bumper Music: Sexy Sadie, Beatles.
Sotomayor's firefighter case was overturned for no sense. Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission about a film about Hillary Clinton. If it goes the wrong way, the corporate takeover will be complete.
"Now many of our Christians have what I call the goo-goo syndrome. Good government. They want everybody to vote. I don't want everybody to vote. Elections are not won by a majority of people. They never have been from the beginning of our country and they are not now. As a matter of fact, our leverage in the elections quite candidly goes up as the voting populace goes down." Paul Weyrich (video).
Article: A Storm’s Coming On Campaign Finance By Ian Millhiser.
Article: "The Commission Has Been Road-Blocked": Republicans' War On The FEC By Pete Martin and Zachary Roth.
"No corporation doing business in this state shall pay or contribute, or offer consent or agree to pay or contribute, directly or indirectly, any money, property, free service of its officers or employees or thing of value to any political party, organization, committee or individual for any political purpose whatsoever, or for the purpose of influencing legislation of any kind, or to promote or defeat the candidacy of any person for nomination, appointment or election to any political office." An old Wisconsin law.
Book: "Threshold", Thom Hartmann.
Thom: "... 'Look out for Osama bin Laden. He's coming to get you. You need to be paying attention to this. This has to be your number one priority'. And she [Condi Rice ] said, 'OK, thank you very much for that information' and then did nothing."
Dick Morris: "Did he [Sandy Berger] take the documents out of his socks when he told you that?"
Thom: "Come on, Dick. Do you want me to talk about hookers with you? I mean, come on Dick."
Dick Morris: "OK. Well, thanks very much for the interview. Bye-bye."
Corporate money run amuck. Supreme Court. Santa Clara County vs. Southern Pacific Railroad, 1886. Buckley v. Valeo. First National Bank of Boston v. Bellotti. The Powell Memo or Manifesto.
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Bumper Music: You can leave your hat on, Randy Newman.
Article: Troopers arrest naked intruder.
Bumper Music: Don't Do Me Like That, Tom Petty And The Heartbreakers (video).
Article: Siegelman alleges witness, jury tampering, asks for new trial.
Guest: Former Alabama Governor Don Siegelman. Update on his case. For the story so far, please see the transcripts from April 29, May 08, June 17 and the show notes for 08 July '08, 25 July '08, 30 July '08, 29 August '08, 30 September '08, 19 November '08, 01 December '08, 09 December '08, 27 January '08, 01 April '09, 22 April '09, 6 May '09 and 15 May '09. 74 page document, motion for new trial based on new evidence. A key witness was interviewed over 70 times, he has now filed a declaration. There are at least 17 interviews for which there was no written report, so missing documents that Don was entitled to. Prosecutorial misconduct. At least 5 statements say the witness said how the government led him. Recap, you would have thought Holder would have taken action. How can people help? Help out with legal bills. He does not know what it is going to take. If this motion does not get the Department of Justice to take action, what possibly could? Call congress tell them to get Holder to get involved, order investigation into prosecutorial misconduct. Rove. White House comment line, ask to speak to the White House legal advisor. It should be on his site.
Article: Ruth Madoff: ‘This Is Not the Man I Owned Nine Homes With'. Bernie's Wife Breaks Her Silence , Andy Borowitz.
Article: How I Saved Bernie Madoff's Life.
Guest: comedian/satirist Andy Borowitz, creator of the award winning humor site borowitzreport.com and the hit TV show "The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air"; co-producer of the Oscar nominated film "Pleasantville". His new book, Who Moved My Soap?: The CEO's Guide to Surviving Prison: The Bernie Madoff Edition. He gets emails saying Thom reads his stories on the show. His new book can also be used as a weapon. MBAs are learning how to get into prison, not what to do there.
Article: Court paves way for Franken to join Senate 4,000 absentee ballots at center of Minnesota election controversy.
Yesterday was the anniversary of the Stonewall uprising, Thom spoke of homophobia.
Article: Police mark Stonewall anniversary by raiding gay bar.
Guest: Rich Hancock, co-host of the morning show "Rational Radio Report" on Rational Radio, Dallas. The raid on the newly opened Rainbow lounge was said to be due to a complaint by a disgruntled former employee. One eye witness was the certified accountant working for the owners. The police arrived prepared to make arrests with zip ties. One young man was severely injured. They said people tried to come on to the police, seems unlikely. Fort Worth. Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission (TABC).
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Article: Man tries to rob hotel with a butter knife.
Article: GOP's Coleman concedes, sending Franken to Senate.
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Article: Obama urges lesbian, gay patience overturning 'unjust laws' (text).
Victoria Jones of Talk Radio News. It was Ellen's phone that went "quack" as Obama was speaking. She is mortified. Minnesota Court was unanimous for Franken. Pawlenty. There is no evidence Coleman will give up. He has 10 days. Pawlenty could sign right now. In The Hill yesterday he said he was prepared to sign it as soon a s they ruled. normdollar.com. The Democrats were glad of the excuse of not having 60 votes? Really it is Landrieu etc. The last day for being in cities in Iraq. No banners. Honduras compared to Iran.
Dick Morris hangs up on Thom, 3 November 2005. Thom had repeatedly tried to get him to talk about issues rather than engaging in personal attacks (background).