Daily Topics - February 8th 2010

tea party imagesQuote:  "Social Security...is not a dole or a device for giving everybody something for nothing. True Social Security must consist of rights which are earned rights -- guaranteed by the law of the land." -- Harry S. Truman, August 13, 1945

Welcome to our newest stations carrying the Thom Hartmann Program, WWRL in New York, NY and Green 1640 in Atlanta, GA!

Hour One - With a soldier dad waterboarding his 4 year old daughter, has America become a nation of brown shirts...or has the war come home?

Plus...Should Democrats force the GOP to vote on the privatization of Social Security? Dan Gainor www.businessandmedia.org

Hour Two - Is the tea party movement the new brown shirts? Dale Robertson www.teaparty.org

Hour Three - Is globalization killing the globe?


harry ashburn (not verified) 12 years 19 weeks ago

@Brian a hayes: I checked Siegelman's web-site recently, didn't see anything new. Bolden probably has a web presence, as well.

harry ashburn (not verified) 12 years 19 weeks ago

@zero g...thanx a lot! Don't know why I got the error message.

Nels (not verified) 12 years 19 weeks ago

Zero G.,

Perhaps the Senator is correct about how Americans feel about partisan politics, but a lot of Americans like to watch reality TV, Fox News and don't care about the lack of civics education in our public schools. So perhaps using the excuse about what Americans want is just what you called him out on, an excuse for him to do nothing.

Sometimes doing the right thing, displeases the majority, but it's still the right thing to do.

Zero G. (not verified) 12 years 19 weeks ago


Maybe, but I think that many, if not a majority of Americans have strong feelings about issues, even if they are motivated by Faux News. I think the meme of "tired of partisan politics" is just repeated ad infinitum until some dull wits believe it.

Nels (not verified) 12 years 19 weeks ago

Zero G.


preznit giv me turkee (not verified) 12 years 19 weeks ago

where's the 1st hour podacst?

Quark (not verified) 12 years 19 weeks ago


I just listened to your interview with Brian Lamb. It was wonderful. You are such a bright light in the world. Bless you for being part of our lives. Thank you and Louise for sharing so much with us.

bagel (not verified) 12 years 19 weeks ago

Yeah, it looks like the first hour podcast is missing. Any chance that could be added to the podcast page?

Rebecca (not verified) 12 years 19 weeks ago

I second preznit and bagel, where is the first hour podcast?

Richard York (not verified) 12 years 19 weeks ago

Dale Robertson said on your show that we should have a national co-op for health care, owned by the American people.

Doesn't this guy get that our government is owned by the American people? Why reinvent the concept of government? Isn't a national not-for-profit co-op just like an opt-in public option, except for the fact that we don't get to boot out the people that run the co-op on election day?

How do we get these people to think of government as a possession, that you can own and oversee and shepherd, rather than an external entity that you have no control over?

Anjha (not verified) 12 years 19 weeks ago

Re: National Healthcare and Marriage for Insurance

It is absolutely true that people marry, and stay married, for health insurance. I know many people in this situation.

Shhh, do not tell the Religious Right because they will have a new talking point against health insurance reform:

"Health insurance reform cannot pass or the divorce rate will increase. National Healthcare is bad for families!"

Lorne (not verified) 12 years 19 weeks ago

While some are sucking the ground for their great wealth with disregard for the health of the earth, others are siphoning life out of people by profiting off health care.

Ryan A (not verified) 12 years 19 weeks ago

World Net Daily's Self Description:
"Independent conservative news website with an emphasis on aggressive investigative reporting. Founded by Joseph and Elizabeth Farah."

Independent journalists eh?

Scott (not verified) 12 years 19 weeks ago

What's fascinating about the stem cells debate and the abortion debate is this, it is all a smoke screen about the real issue with these people who oppose both so aggresively. The real issue is about sex, specifically, female sexuality. It is based on fear of this act, the power of it (to create life and inflame desire in males) and it is very anti-woman in it's nature. The people who power these movements are anti-sex, and it is safe to say are not "in touch" with their sexuality, and do not want you to feel natural and whole about your sexuality either.

Scott (not verified) 12 years 19 weeks ago

I should add they consider sex a dirty, filthy act. Language tells a lot about them.

Blue Mark (not verified) 12 years 19 weeks ago

Around here only a fool can dispute climate change.

I live in Toledo Ohio, where we have seen substantial change in the local climate. literally. Our climatic "hardiness zone" for growing plants has changed from zone 5 to zone 6, which the is equivalent of moving 400 miles closer to the equator. http://www.arborday.org/media/mapchanges.cfm

We haven't seen a real spring thaw in over a decade - they used to cause high rivers and flooding every March as the winter snow melted away all at once. We no longer have snow that lasts through the winter.

Even this winter has been warmer than usual, temps have never fallen below the teens and is mostly moving just a few degrees above and below freezing. - we used to regularly have entire months near zero.

Meanwhile Kudzo is now invading Ohio, no longer limited to the south by harsh winters.

Mugsy (not verified) 12 years 19 weeks ago

When I hear people who blather like Beck does on a daily basis, they are usually half in the bag, crouched over a drink at a bar, with a rumpled suit and telling people with slurred speech "what a great guy" they are.

Joe (not verified) 12 years 19 weeks ago

The Tea Party movement is being hijacked by the right wing media. They understand that the original position of the Tea Parties was anti war. The main stream media all but ignored the 100,000 people who Marched on Washington a year ago - while ignoring their message - but shed the spotlight on the pseudo teabaggers who came to worship Sarah Palin??? Puleeease...

Scott D Morrow (not verified) 12 years 19 weeks ago

Medicare Part E is already legislation in the House! Don't take my word for it look up HR 676

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