Daily Topics - Monday - March 15th 2010

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Hour One - Are you willing to have fewer crimes solved in order to have more personal privacy?

Hour Two - Why do Republicans love Middle Eastern terrorists and Cesar Chavez? Carrie Lukas www.iwf.org

Hour Three "Everything You Know is Wrong" Former Governor Jesse Ventura, His latest book is "American Conspiracies: Lies, Lies, and More Dirty Lies the Government Tells Us" www.trutv.com

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Mark K (not verified) 12 years 10 weeks ago

Is the U.S. Chamber of Commerce terrified that health care reform may pass? It certainly appears that way, since it is ratcheting-up it’s anti-health care bill campaign. Television ads I’ve seen are telling viewers to call and inform targeted Democratic lawmakers from the state that they come down with a case irritable bowel syndrome every time they think of the awful possibility, and it can only be cured if the lawmaker votes against it.

Also over the weekend, I found myself listening to Michael Medved’s radio show. He seemed to be having a civilized discussion with John Avalon, author of “Wingnuts: How the Lunatic Fringe is Hijacking America” in which Avalon blames both the left and the right for addling people’s minds. Medved may sound “reasonable,” but he takes his cues from his fringe-right callers. One them denounced the book and the author, refused to believed that right-wing “wackos” have the “cache” that left-wing “wackos” have; Medved, agreed, stating as “proof” that liberal college professors were more likely to get tenure that right-wing professors, as if he knew this for a fact. But what does that matter anyways, since most of the followers of the right-wing media disdain intellectual “elitists?”

The sad reality is that right-wing wackoism does have “cache,” as we can see from the current Supreme Court, right-wing obstruction in the Senate, and angry white guys flying planes into buildings. Even dim-bulbs like Sarah Palin have “cache” given the “right” audience, so much so that she is being spoken of as a serious possibility for president. Surely Medved must know that he is part of the 95 percent or so of talk radio that is right-wing, almost all of the “wingnut” variety. Perhaps he is implying that people like himself have no intellectual “cache” that is a threat to civilization, but their tens of millions of rapt listeners are not usually intellectual or value intellect anyways, rather preferring that their masters to be “idiot savants,” speaking to them on some subterranean level they can understand. The opposite of intellect is ignorance, and in this regard, the likes of Rush Limbaugh and Glenn Beck have a dangerous degree of “cache.” Their “soldiers” may be in the minority, but they seem like a whole army to weak-kneed lawmakers.

Quark (not verified) 12 years 10 weeks ago


Apropos to your interview with Barry Lynn tomorrow, you may be interested in the "60 Minutes" piece that aired last night. "Wall Street: Inside the Collapse" featured an interview with writer Michael Lewis about his new book, called "The Big Short: Inside the Doomsday Machine," which comes out later this week. It explains how some of Wall Street's finest minds managed to destroy $1.75 trillion of wealth in the subprime mortgage markets.

I don't know that I buy Lewis' premise that the collapse was not created so much by "evil" men, but by men ingnorant of the results of their actions. Interesting story, though.

Article and Video:


Quark (not verified) 12 years 10 weeks ago

1) Pawlenty Still Peeing (on Minnesota)

"Pawlenty carves up public works bill

Delivering on his threat to trim a $1 billion public works bill, Gov. Tim Pawlenty on Monday carved about one-third from the package of construction projects.

Higher education took the biggest share of the cuts, more than $100 million. More than $50 million in proposed borrowing to expand civic centers in Mankato, Rochester and St. Cloud was eliminated, as was land acquisition for state trails and natural areas. The bill now stands at $680 million."


Mark K (not verified) 12 years 10 weeks ago

In regard to the drug violence that took the lives of a U.S. consulate worker and her husband in Mexico, it is useful to remember that the current drug violence shows us how “winning” the drug war is problematic. In Columbia, the Medellin Cartel was destroyed when the paramilitary police that people pretended didn’t exist turned the cartel’s method of violence on itself: killing family members, previously “untouchable” associates like lawyers, and bombing businesses and homes. Since life became untenable for the big-time drug lords in Columbia, the middlemen in Mexico took over the “family business.” The question now is if the U.S.—which covertly supported the technically illegal activities that took down the Medellin Cartel—is willing to support those steps in Mexico, with its potential to spill over into the U.S.. And even if the Mexican cartels are destroyed, they will simply go someplace else. Next stop—the U.S.? Or are we going to have to rethink the drug war? In this regard there is a precedent—Prohibition, when the illegal booze trade led to equally violent ways of conducting business.

rewinn (not verified) 12 years 10 weeks ago

@Mark K 0 I'd bet that the CofCommerce knows that something will get passed, and they are just preparing the ground for the next battle. Whatever is passed will be only a temporary victory, as always, because the aristocracy never quits trying to return to the England of Dickens.

mstaggerlee (not verified) 12 years 10 weeks ago

@Mark K - Right-wing Whackos have something more important than "cache" - they have CASH!

Quark (not verified) 12 years 10 weeks ago

2) "David vs. Goliath" (Pawlenty)

Reminiscent of the days of civil rights lawyers William Kunstler and his partner, Ron Kuby, fighting injustice, a legal aid lawyer with a pony tail has vowed to fight Pawlenty all the way to the state supreme court over Pawlenty's "unallotments" and unilateral budget cuts. This will be fascinating:


mstaggerlee (not verified) 12 years 10 weeks ago

I'm still struggling my way thru "Atlas Shrugged" - there are still a couple of intriguing plot points to the story that are holding some modicum of my interest, hateful ideology not withstanding. I came across a single sentence over the weekend, though that, in my mind, pretty much encapsulates "What's Wrong With America Today".

A major plot line involves the affair between a married Steel Mill Owner and the female VP of a Railroad. These are apparently the "Heroes" of Rand's tale - they are honest business people, who claim that they do what they do simply to turn a profit for themselves, without regard for whatever "good" may come to other businesses or to society in general as a result of their actions. Their lives are made intolerably miserable by the allegedly more "civic-minded" people who apparently rule their world. Those characters, however, never fail to come off phony, transparent fools, who are, in fact, every bit as greedy, if not greedier, than Rand's "heroes".

In a discussion regarding some new and horrible regulation that is likely to force the closing of several of their client companies, and the world-view responsible for such regulations, the heroine says to the hero "We must NEVER see the world from their viewpoint!"

Isn't that pretty much where we've come to today? All the controversies facing our nation today seem to be championed by two sides with absolutely no interest in even finding out WHY the other side thinks as they think. How can progress ever occur in such an environment?

Quark (not verified) 12 years 10 weeks ago


In a quick Google search to compare California vs. Texas statewide education enrollment numbers, it appears that California (over 6 million in 2000) FAR outpaces Texas ( approx. 4.6 million in 2009) stats. So why is TEXAS able to call the shots?

CA Enrollment stats:


Quark (not verified) 12 years 10 weeks ago
D. Zane Smith (not verified) 12 years 10 weeks ago

The problem with gathering DNA from everyone one arrested is there is no probable cause; no pending crime to which the evidence gathered is the least bit relevant. Finger prints are used for identification, and are precisely the reason gathering DNA evidence is not justified. The government already has a way to identify you, they don't need the DNA to do it. The only thing the DNA is useful for is connecting you to a crime that the authorities have no probable cause to connect you to. This violates the Fourth Amendment protection against unreasonable search and seizure.

Quark (not verified) 12 years 10 weeks ago

D. Zane Smith,

Re: "This violates the Fourth Amendment protection against unreasonable search and seizure."

That never stopped the Bush Administration...

John Marino (not verified) 12 years 10 weeks ago

As if the Constitution wasn't enough.

Why are we so enamored by technology. It seems intelligent people, like our president, can be turned into idiots as soon as they find another use of technology.

DNA stockpiling is a terrible idea. Think about how easily it could be used against anyone, lets say liberals. And the old story that it will be in a computer data base, as if computers can't be hacked or information removed manually.

Think about the no fly list, a list of a few hundred thousand names. How poorly is that information used? Imagine a list of over 3 hundred million with extensive DNA info. How long will it be before it all becomes useless?

And what about the fact that so many criminals, including predators are convicted and allowed back into society only to commit the same crimes again. I much rather have serial criminals, like murderers and sex offenders and even financial predators removed from society when convicted for good. Now that would make better sense than pretending that if we have everyone's DNA criminals will not still exist or it will be easier to find them.

rewinn (not verified) 12 years 10 weeks ago

When a horrible crime is committed after the perp might have been caught thru excessive collection of DNA, will the reichwing blame Obama for NOT collecting it?

Charles in OH (not verified) 12 years 10 weeks ago

I fail to see how having a database of DNA will help find criminals. Matching DNA might narrow the search down to the 99.999 percentile but how does that locate the "criminal". This list will only be accurate as long as the person does not change jobs or move to a new community. Sex offender lists have proven just how ineffective these databases are.

Quark (not verified) 12 years 10 weeks ago

"Politically connected" green industries? Is THAT why Carrie Lukas and other right-wingers are against clean energy alternatives?

Also, according to Lukas, the government "stumbles" on green energy alternatives. It doesn't bother her that she's GUESSING about the amount of oil that can be produced domestically.

This ideologue's arguments make my head explode!

Gerald Socha (not verified) 12 years 10 weeks ago

I have a correction to make on Thom’s address. I have addressed my letter to him on his blog as Thom Hartmann, Houseboat, Portland, Oregon. Here is his actual address:
Thom Hartmann
The Loveboat with Louise and Higgins
Portland, Oregon
I have included Higgins in his address because even though he is a cat, Higgins seems to be more than a cat in the Hartmann household. Higgins has a special place in the home, such as being perched on his kingly throne for all to see him.

rewinn (not verified) 12 years 10 weeks ago

Poor Carrie Lukas is stuck using bad math on her job calculations.

She uses the direct number of jobs created - the people on site - and not the jobs of the people not on site, e.g. steelmakers. Now maybe there's a problem with domestic content provisions, but to simply divide the cost of a project by the number of people at the actual construction site is ... well, just sad.

Oh, and she's lying about Spain too. That "jobs destroyed in Spain" study was debunked as soon as it came out.

Gerald Socha (not verified) 12 years 10 weeks ago

On Saturday, March 13, 2010, I celebrated the Liturgy of the Eucharist. The third reading or the Gospel reading was on the Prodigal Son. The priest gave us the definition of the word, prodigal (recklessly extravagant and wasteful as well as extremely lavish and selfish). As the priest was giving us the sermon, I thought of the United States of Hell as the Prodigal Son. Yes, our nation is reckless, extravagant, wasteful, lavish, and selfish. Will our country ever reconcile herself with God or even return to God or even practice the Golden Rule? Will the United States of Hell ever decide to turn her back on mass murders and war crimes against God’s children?

There are two books on the Prodigal Son that may be worthwhile reading:
“The Return of the Prodigal Son” by Henri J. M. Nouwen and “The Wounded Healer” by Henri J. M. Nouwen.

Gerald Socha (not verified) 12 years 10 weeks ago

Here is another set of commandments that will help build a better world for our planet.


rewinn (not verified) 12 years 10 weeks ago

@Charles - while I defnitely have civil liberties doubts about DNA databases, its use in crime prevention is straightforward ... not a person's 1st crime, but the 2nd crime.

If DNA is collected from a crime, the more people in your database, the more likely you are to make a match, then an arrest and prevent the 2nd crime.

There are definite problems of liberty and of proof, but the straightforward anticrime part is there. I suppose "smart rapists" will learn to get hair samples from their local barber or person begging on the streetcorner.

Quark (not verified) 12 years 10 weeks ago


Pawlenty is exercising the "2-Santa Claus" rule. From the article cited in my "David vs. Goliath" post above:

"It struck Robinson and others as odd that Pawlenty imposed the cuts at the beginning of the two-year budget cycle. In their view, Pawlenty had CREATED THE FINANCIAL CRISIS when he signed the appropriations bills and later vetoed the tax bill that was to have paid for the spending."

(Emphasis above - i.e., caps. - mine.)

Gerald Socha (not verified) 12 years 10 weeks ago
Sheila (not verified) 12 years 10 weeks ago

If a corporation is accused of a crime, wll it have to give a DNA sample?

Gerald Socha (not verified) 12 years 10 weeks ago

For my above link you may have to scroll up!!!

Gerald Socha (not verified) 12 years 10 weeks ago
mstaggerlee (not verified) 12 years 10 weeks ago

Did I just hear Carrie Lucas COMPLAIN about somebody making a fortune on energy?? I thought that was the whole idea, from the Wingnut POV?

Making Ethanol from corn is fairly inefficient, anyway - it's not the easiest crop to grow, and has a relatively long growing season. Brazil has become fairly self-sufficient by producing Ethanol from sugar cane - a crop that grows easily and can produce several harvests annually. ANY kind of bio-mass can be used for Ethanol production. It's quite likely that the crop capable of producing the MOST annual bio-mass here in the US would be Hemp.

Hemp is a weed - grows easily, doesn't require much nutrition and takes VERY little out of the soil - no need to keep Hemp fields fallow after a few seasons to allow them to recover. While the South American Sativa strains may only produce 3 or 4 crops a year, you might be able to get 6 or more annually of an Asian Indica strain, which has a shorter growing season.

Also, Hemp produced for energy would make very poor Marijuana - making the weed produce flowers (which is where the stuff that gets ya stoned is) is what takes work, but for energy production, flowers are not the goal. Stems and seeds are, and they'll be produced quite nicely if you pretty much ignore the plant.

mstaggerlee (not verified) 12 years 10 weeks ago

@Gerald -

I often get the impression, from your posts, that you, too, are opposed to Thomas Jefferson's concepts of the separation of Church and State.

Gerald Socha (not verified) 12 years 10 weeks ago
Gerald Socha (not verified) 12 years 10 weeks ago

@mstaggerlee, I favor separation of Church and State. If I say something or if I link an article that seems contrary to my belief, I do it to generate some thinking in people.

Thomas Jode (not verified) 12 years 10 weeks ago

Kicking Jefferson out of the textbooks is wrong! Not only is making Calvin the harbinger of freedom contradictory, not telling the life of Jefferson, his politics and philosophy is one the greatest losses of American culture. Losing one's culture is, to many, worse than death and people need their culture. We all must learn from our Founders, the middle-working class, and our indigenous peoples if education is to survive.

Gerald Socha (not verified) 12 years 10 weeks ago
Gerald Socha (not verified) 12 years 10 weeks ago

Are we real Christians in the United States of Hell???


Anthony (not verified) 12 years 10 weeks ago

Cant we all just agree that libertarians are more conservative than Republicans? Republicans believe in government even though they use it to "protect people from themselves." Liberals believe Government can foster the means to achieve that by using government to set a standard for people to build on. Libertarians believe in a totally me society, with no government protections and try to say they're in the center of the debate.

Gene Savory (not verified) 12 years 10 weeks ago

Full employment can be achieved through conscription. The spectre of Nazi Germany is completely explained by the oppression by the allies at the Treaty of Versailles. The working class was bludgeoned by the treaty, and looked anywhere for a solution, no matter how extreme. Blame the Jews? Easy - you can see them daily. Blame communists? They don't live next door, so that's easy too.

Linking this to the capitalist crisis of any other time is not complicated. Capitalism and its genocidal, scorched earth modus operandi is writ long in the old testament of the bible.

A different system, based on logic and science rather than sophistry and oppression is worth an honest investigation.

Otherwise, we keep repeating the mistakes of our past until we exist no longer. Group interest and self interest are linked.

It makes no sense to give up the amplified power of an educated and united populace. It also makes no sense to fall into blame and scapegoating when the interests of humans and all other parts of our world are inextricably linked.

glenn n (not verified) 12 years 10 weeks ago

The Republicans are rattling their sabres again, warning that if this healh care bill passes, the Democrats will suffer greatly in the upcoming elections.


If they really believed that, they would HOPE for the bill to pass so the Democrats could crash and burn, and they could regain power. They are running scared, knowing that if this passes and once the American people see how it helps them, it will become another untouchable, like Medicare (which they opposed) and social security (which they opposed)

Even though the bill is flawed, Democrats need to get this done. Don't let the obstructionists prevail and gloat about breaking Obama's presidency.

Thomas Jode (not verified) 12 years 10 weeks ago


Donald Grbac (not verified) 12 years 10 weeks ago

It's too bad the Jesse Ventura interview was sooo short!

There is so much more that could be discussed about government corruption.

kim (not verified) 12 years 10 weeks ago

On the topic of alternative energy: the reason that alternative energy isn't yet practical is that the government is not subsidizing new innovations. There are plenty of people working on new technology in their garages and living rooms, working when they have money for parts and time to tinker. Our government money is reserved for big companies that use already existing technology. This won't get us anywhere, since big companies stifle new ideas.
The other issue is that these little people working on new technologies are afraid of being assassinated by Big Oil or other corporations. Now, you may scoff at the idea that this is being done, but the fear of it still exists, and stops people from commercializing revolutionary inventions.

Gene Savory (not verified) 12 years 10 weeks ago

I drove a taxi when I was 21. The state required me to be fingerprinted and mug-shot. I'm now on a list. I don't like it. I look at this as useful only to a police state.

kim (not verified) 12 years 10 weeks ago

technical question: How do I change my email address on my registration?

harry ashburn (not verified) 12 years 10 weeks ago

@kim via e-mail :)

Charles in OH (not verified) 12 years 10 weeks ago


James Clyburn is targeting 27 members that voted for the first House bill that are not on board with the Senate version. These are the Representatives that are possibly going to hold up the bill. Kucinich voted against the original House bill so why should he be expected to vote for the much worse Senate bill. Your angst needs to be directed at the unnamed 27 who voted for healthcare reform and are now threatening to vote against it.

Anjha (not verified) 12 years 10 weeks ago

Re: The TERRIFYING attack on text books in Texas

My 14-year old child took three different articles on the Texas school board decision into their Social Studies teacher today.

The proposal is that the entire class write letters to the School Board during the next 30 days for their open comment period. Perhaps not only my child's class will write them...the hope is that the entire school might join in.

If the entire school does it then maybe the entire district will do it. Make it it's own assignment on Civics. Teach the children that they have a voice and they have the power to shape their own education. Teach them that this is how democracy works. Let them know that writing representatives - even school board members...even school boards out side of your own - is your civic duty.

If it catches on with the district, then maybe other school districts will encourage their students to write letters to the Texas School Board. If it becomes a movement then maybe, just maybe, the media will report on it.

("Imagine if two people walked in singing a bar of Alice's Restaurant...imagine if three people walked in and sang a bar of Alice's Restaurant...if you want to end war and stuff; ya gotta sing loud!")

Please encourage your children and your sister's children to bring in the articles and prompt the class assignment. We cannot allow our country to be taken over by the extreme right.

Education is not education if it is not factually based!

Charles in OH (not verified) 12 years 10 weeks ago

@ kim

go to members area (top right of this page, below "Welcome!"). From there you select "Account" form menu bar, eit option on the page that opens.

glenn n (not verified) 12 years 10 weeks ago

re: Diebold

Put aside for one moment the possibilities of outright vote stealing and computer hacking, which I believe have been used.

The mere distribution of these voting machines is inherently biased against city voters (ie, predominantly Democratic voters).

If you put 10 voting machines in the inner city, and 10 machines in the sparsely populated ruras areas (ie predominantly conservative voters), which place will have the long voting lines? after a 10 hour wait, many city voters give up and go home, and who can blame them?

In most towns, if 1 or 2 people get killed at a dangerous intersection, they put up a stop sign and correct the problem. How many elections do we have to lose before we get rid of Diebold?

how about a class action suit by city voters against Diebold for limiting their access to voting? what happened to equal voting rights?

rewinn (not verified) 12 years 10 weeks ago

$160 Billion in investment banker salary and bonusses
divided among 300 Million Americans.
$533 per American!

rewinn (not verified) 12 years 10 weeks ago

Late News: Republican presidential candidate (likely) Tim Pawlenty caught using money intended for veterans to fund a political operative
"When Minnesota motorists paid out $30 apiece for "Support Our Troops" license plates, it's a good bet they had no idea they were supporting Lee Buckley, a political appointee of Gov. Tim Pawlenty.

Last year $30,000 from the license-plate fund was used to pay a portion of Buckley's salary. Buckley worked in Pawlenty's office as a $92,000 a year special adviser on faith and community services.
By state law, money from the plates is split between the Department of Military Affairs for family members of deployed service members and the Department of Veterans Affairs for grants for homeless and needy veterans...."

Gerald Socha (not verified) 12 years 10 weeks ago

What is a real concern of mine is that Glenn Beck may the mirror image of more than 50% of Americans.

Social justice is important to many faiths and religions.

Catholic Social Teaching

To consider yourself a Catholic Christian and not a Catholic Fundamentalist, a Catholic Nazi, or a Catholic Taliban you must adhere to Catholic Social Teaching. The Catholic bishops have stressed ten areas that are important in Catholic Social Teaching.

1. Respect for the dignity and life of the human person, from conception to NATURAL DEATH
2. Call to family and community life
3. The right and duty to participate in social, economic, and political life
4. Advancing the common good to love our neighbor
5. Promoting peace and social justice
6.Promoting human rights and responsibilities
7. Special care and concern for the poor and vulnerable
8. The dignity of work and the rights of workers
9. Solidarity – loving our neighbor locally and globally
10. Caring for God’s creation: stewardship of the earth

Unless these areas are important to you, you cannot consider yourself a Catholic Christian.

The Catholic Right stresses these five areas: abortion, gay marriage, euthanasia, embryonic stem cell research, and capital punishment. These are important areas but Catholic Social Teaching goes beyond these specific areas. Of the five areas there are four areas that stress life issues and one area stresses family and community life. Eight important areas are excluded from Catholic Social Teaching. The hijacking of my Catholic faith must not be allowed to continue by the Catholic Right.

Dave Robinson, Executive Director of Pax Christi USA, makes a profound statement and I am in total agreement with him. Here are his words. “We will directly challenge the religious right and particularly the Catholic right, who would reduce Catholic identity to a handful of issues while rejecting the broader teachings of the Church. We can no longer allow a partisan hijacking of our Catholic identity to define Catholicism in the political dialogue here in this country.”

Gerald Socha (not verified) 12 years 10 weeks ago

I have shared with you and you may have read about Monsanto control the food seeds with their patents. It seems remarkable for Monsanto to have a monopoly on the production of food. There are probably other corporations who want to control certain resources. Coca Cola is trying to control the water distribution around the world. Control of the world's resources will be a fact by a certain number of corporations.

“Should corporations be socially responsible?” The truth is that profits trump social responsibility. In 1989, corporations met to control the entire planet and its resources. Fifteen corporations want to control the entire planet.

Corporations are privatizing the resources and selling it back to the people for whatever price it desires. For example one corporation privatized the water in an emerging country and the corporation demanded twenty-five percent of a person’s daily wages for each day he wanted water.

Sixty-seven percent of the planet will not have fresh drinking water by 2025. Governments are powerless against corporations. In fact, corporations can overthrow governments.

Governments work with corporations to suppress dissenters. Dissenters are idealistic and corporations are realistic and the corporations are winning. Governments and corporations want to take away the people’s freedoms and rights. Corporations with the help of governments are gaining more and more control over our lives. Three billion people are living in poverty. More children are being exploited as slave laborers by corporations in the emerging countries. Slavery continues in the world and in the United States of America.

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