Daily Topics - Monday - May 10th 2010

Hour One - Who is Elena Kagan?

Hour Two - How do we stop the hedge fund wolfpacks from destroying the European economy?

Hour Three -
When you get thrown out of your home, should the Government keep you safe from predators? Matt Welch Editor in Chief, Reason Magazine www.reason.com


harry ashburn 10 years 20 weeks ago

"King George II said in 1773 that the American colonies had little stomach for revolution. -that's wierd.net

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gerald 10 years 20 weeks ago

Coyote Ugly

Whenever I hear conservative women speak against the Democratic Party as the pro-death party, I remember the story about coyote ugly. A man went drinking and toward the end of the evening he was blind drunk. A woman picked him up at a bar and she took him home. The man spent the night with the woman in bed. When he awoke in the morning and he could see better, he saw next to him the ugliest woman he had ever seen. He wanted to leave in a hurry but she was lying on his arm. In order to leave without awakening her he had to gnaw off his arm.

A month or so later the man was at the barbershop and the barber said that a woman was looking all over town for a one arm man whom she picked up at the bar; took him home; and spent the night with him. When she finds him, she is going to marry him. The man left the barbershop; he went home; and he feared that if she found him, she would want to marry him so he gnawed off his other arm.

The conservative women who speak of the Democratic Party as the pro-death party remind me of coyote ugly!

Ugliness is just not the face. It can be in actions, behaviors, and/or deeds.

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gerald 10 years 20 weeks ago


Americans are dealing everyday with evil and powerful people.

Let us take a look at our country and the rampant corruption on a daily basis that affects ninety percent of Americans. Here are areas and issues that affect Americans – food and abuse of our feed animals, water, air, energy, health, pharmacies, weapons of mass destruction, the ability to blow up our planet, wars and defense contracts, lies, hatred, killing and maiming of human beings, credit cards and loan sharks, home mortgages, Wall Street, banks, bailouts, failing to audit the Federal Reserve, the ability of American banks and financial institutions to destroy countries, no fees charged on the buying and selling of $900 trillion in derivatives, politicians, the White House, and Congress, the Supreme Court membership and its decisions, lobbyists, religions and Christian fundamentalists, right-wing American Zionists (for example such as an attack on Rabbi Michael Lerner’s home in Berkeley, California), the façade of separation of church and state, mercenary groups, invasion of privacy, defective and toxic products, racial profiling, wiretapping, slave and stagnant wages, college loans for an education, outsourcing of jobs, downsizing of employment, profits over people, tariffs and our trade policies, Americans as mushrooms and cannon fodder, freedoms and rights, voting and voter’s rights, identity theft, false prophets, greed and money, rigged elections, loss of love, mercy, and forgiveness, social injustice, faith-based programs (a bribe for religions and religious organizations), the Texas publishing companies and the rewriting of American history and education, a culture of violence for five hundred years, the destruction of the middle class, deregulations, and no objective oversight of policies and practices. These are the only corruptions that I in one sitting can remember at this time.

American corruption continues day in and day out. Americans live with alley muggings and BOHICA days.

I truly wish that I would be able to say that my country has a future but I cannot.

Martin Luther King Jr. from his jail in 1963 said, “We will have to repent in this generation not merely for the hateful words and actions of bad people, but for the appalling silence of good people.”


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DRichards 10 years 20 weeks ago

Will Silver (And Gold) Prices Rise Now that the Feds Are Launching Criminal and Civil Investigations Into Manipulation of the Silver Market?

The Feds are launching criminal and civil investigations into manipulation of the silver market by JP Morgan.

As the New York Post points out:

Federal agents have launched parallel criminal and civil probes of JPMorgan Chase and its trading activity in the precious metals market, The Post has learned.

The probes are centering on whether or not JPMorgan, a top derivatives holder in precious metals, acted improperly to depress the price of silver, sources said.

The Commodities Futures Trade Commission is looking into civil charges, and the Department of Justice's Antitrust Division is handling the criminal probe, according to sources, who did not wish to be identified due to the sensitive nature of the information.

The probes are far-ranging, with federal officials looking into JPMorgan's precious metals trades on the London Bullion Market Association's (LBMA) exchange, which is a physical delivery market, and the New York Mercantile Exchange (Nymex) for future paper derivative trades.

JPMorgan increased its silver derivative holdings by $6.76 billion, or about 220 million ounces, during the last three months of 2009, according to the Office of Comptroller of the Currency.http://georgewashington2.blogspot.com/

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DRichards 10 years 20 weeks ago

Bad choice. You'd think that if Obama is the master politician and 8-dimensional chess player that some say he is, he'd have figure out now that every Republican will unite against his pick even if it were Zombie Ronald Reagan. So he should take the opportunity -- especially when there are 59 Democratic senators, surely the high water mark of his presidency -- to pick someone the progressive community can get excited about, a liberal Scalia who would be a powerful voice on the Court for decades to come.

No such luck. You know, when Bush was seeking unprecedented powers for the executive branch, a few of us were warning that conservatives should be careful what they wish for, that a Democratic president might not roll back Bush and Cheney's power grab but expand it. Which is exactly what may happen if Obama gets Elana Kagan onto the Supreme Court.

This is the kind of thing that should send chills down the spines of liberals and conservatives alike:

Indeed, after Mr. Obama selected her to be his solicitor general, she publicly embraced an expansive interpretation of the Congressional authorization to use military force against Al Qaeda. Ms. Kagan also took a leading role on a legal team that has sought to suppress lawsuits using the state secrets privilege and fought a ruling granting habeas corpus rights to some detainees in Afghanistan.

Glenn Greenwald has taken a lead role in pushing liberal opposition to Kagan -- it would be great to see other progressives join him.


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Foodfascist 10 years 20 weeks ago

Both Harriet Myers and Condoleeza Rice were not married. A study someone flashed at me once were that there was a generational block of persons born between 1960 and 1980 in which two-thirds of all of those persons had decided Not to marry. So really, the Republicans are already going to be seen as against the liberation of women AND single persons. Is that Frank Luntz a genius or what- he' snot - and correct, I meant the lack of space between he's not and snot. :)

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Foodfascist 10 years 20 weeks ago

DR Richards-

I sure hope you are right. I was waiting for Thom's tone of voice this morning. I had decided that if Thom could get excited about this lady, I could. Among the depressing gunk with hell unleashed by the other side, is the President finally figuring out who is frends really are- they is us- whether he thinks we are fruit and nuts, we are his true buddies. Buddies who will tell him when he is wrong but be there for him when he is right.

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norimuster 10 years 20 weeks ago

Shoulder problems - Here are the psychological causes behind shoulders problems from the Louise L. Hay disease symptom book, Heal Your Body.

Shoulders represent our ability to carry our experiences in life joyously. We make life a burden by our attitude.

Affirmation for healing: I choose to allow all my experiences to be joyous and loving.

As your metaphysical doctor today, I suggest that you carve out an area of your life where you allow yourself to leave all the troubles behind. Your analysis is needed for your radio listeners, but if you carry the problems into your personal life, something will break down. It is unnatural and unhealthy to fight problems twenty-four hours a day.

harry ashburn 10 years 20 weeks ago

Anybody know where the term "doozie" comes from? It comes from the Deusenberg automobile.

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Foodfascist 10 years 20 weeks ago

Matt needs to spend a winter in Chicago as a homeless person, plenty of our vets and other cherished humanity do. What is with the snottiness of people?

harry ashburn 10 years 20 weeks ago

Everybody needs somebody to look down on.

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DRichards 10 years 20 weeks ago


Re; I sure hope you are right.

You lost me on that one.... I am not excited about Clinton/Obama's pick.

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Foodfascist 10 years 20 weeks ago

Sorry about that Dr Richards-

It s possible I was reading a positive response off another blog perhaps? The number of screens I have up now is quite a few....

Many of the posts in here are so long that I can't tell what they are often saying. If I see something longer than 5 lines I think-- oh dear ...get to the point!

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Foodfascist 10 years 20 weeks ago

No way on Sotomayor--

She decided that Crush Films were to be protected by the 1st amendment.

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Meet John Doh 10 years 20 weeks ago

Webster Tarpley

Thom, you might want to turn to someone other than Webster Tarpley to make your case against Wall Street vultures. Tarpley is an extreme "conspiracy theorist" who claims, among other thing:s, that there is no public knowledge of what Barack Obama was doing during the years 1981-1983 when he was at Columbia University. But wait, Tarpley knows! Barack Obama was picked out by Zbigniew Brzezinski to be turned into his Manchurian candidate so that Brzezinski could take over the world.

I personally heard Tarpley say this about Obama as well as saying that Barack and Michele Obama are part of the "Chicago Mafia". I assume he meant a political and financial mafia.

Tarpley has written two books about Obama: Obama: The Postmodern Coup - Making of a Manchurian Candidate and Barack H. Obama: The Unauthorized Biography, so you don't have to take my word for it.

I'm pasting the product descriptions from amazon.com of both books in the order I've listed them. I will bold some of the claims.

Product Description

Barack Obama is a deeply troubled personality, the megalomaniac front man for a postmodern coup by the intelligence agencies, using fake polls, mobs of swarming adolescents, super-rich contributors, and orchestrated media hysteria to short-circuit normal politics and seize power.
Obama comes from the orbit of the Ford Foundation, and has never won public office in a contested election. His guru and controller is Zbigniew Brzezinski, the deranged revanchist and Russia-hater who dominated the catastrophic Carter presidency 30 years ago. All indications are that Brzezinski recruited Obama at Columbia University a quarter century ago. Trilateral Commission co-founder Brzezinski wants a global showdown with Russia and China far more dangerous for the United States than the Bush-Cheney Iraq adventure.
Obama's economics are pure Skull & Bones/Chicago school austerity and sacrifice for American working families, all designed to bail out the bankrupt Wall Street elitist financiers who own Obama. Obama's lemming legions and Kool-Aid cult candidacy hearken back to Italy in 1919-1922, and raise the question of postmodern fascism in the United States today.
Obama is a recipe for a world tragedy. No American voter can afford to ignore the lessons contained in this book


Product Description

Written by the author of the legendary 1992 expose of Bush the elder, this book works from a New Deal point of view. Obama is exposed as a foundation operative and agent of Wall Street finance capital, controlled by Zbigniew Brzezinski, George Soros, and Goldman Sachs. Obama's mother was an official of the Ford Foundation, the World Bank, and US AID. By all indications, Obama was identified for future political use by Brzezinski at Columbia in 1981-1983, during Obama's secret lost years. Obama has worked for the Gamaliel Foundation, the Joyce Foundation, the Woods Fund, and the Annenberg Foundation as a community organizer - a poverty pimp, a cynical opportunist who uses suffering people as a political commodity. The foundation strategy is divide and conquer, pitting blacks against whites against Hispanics against Asians, to prevent any challenge to Wall Street. Racist provocateurs like Wright and Pfleger, along with Weatherman terrorist bombers Ayers and Dohrn, Obama's best friends, are cast in this mold. Rezko, Auchi, and Al-Sammarae represent the cesspool of Chicago graft and corruption in which Obama cavorts. Schooled in Nietzsche and Fanon, Obama qualifies as a postmodern fascist. An Obama administration would strive for brutal economic sacrifice and austerity to finance Wall Street bailouts, and for imperialist confrontation with Russia and China

If Tarpley is a credible as you implied in your interview with him, we're in a lot more trouble than you think. That's actually true whether or not Tarpley is credible.

You might also want to read Tarpley's article on rense.com Brzezinski Seizing Control Over US Policy in Slow-Motion Coup at http://www.rense.com/general80/bz,htm

You'll be terrified to learn of the forces behind Obama, their plans and the extent to which they were willing to go to get Obama elected president. (If you believe Tarpley.)

harry ashburn 10 years 20 weeks ago

Tarpley has a reputation of being among the tin-foil hat, black helicopter crowd; but that doesnt mean he's wrong in this.

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chuckle8 10 years 20 weeks ago

Wasn't that King George III

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Meet John Doh 10 years 20 weeks ago


I notice you have a tendency to suspect callers are paid Republican shills when they take certain positions. It seems that you do this when they oppose decisions, policies and nominations of Barack Obama.

You did that today when in response to a caller who objected to the comments of a previous caller who said that, as an out lesbian, she wants Elena Kagan's nomination to theSupreme Court to go down in flames if it turns out that she is a lesbian, but in the closet. You seemed to take her at her word while talking to her, but later implied that she was a paid Republican shill when discussing her call with a later caller.

Do you have any evidence or was your comment just a hunch? Did someone on your staff determine that this woman was calling from a known Republican phone number? Otherwise, you retroactively impuned her sincerity in expressing hurt and outrage over an issue that is very important to her. You may not realize how important such issues are to some members of the LGBT community, but let me give you a reminder.

Back in November/December of 2008, this was a sleepy little blog. You hadn't started giving out books to the "member of the day" and the numbers of posts rarely reached the low 30s and often didn't get out of the teens.

Then it was announced that President-elect Barack Obama had decided that he wanted conservartive pastor Rick Warren to give the invocation at his inaguration and you declared that a brillliant move.Pandemoniium broke out all over the Internet, including this blog. Comments on this blog more than doubled and continued on that topic for three days. Some gays thrreatened to never vote or work for Obama (or Democrats) again. Some announced plans to turn their backs during the inaguaration and you were denounced on this blog. I remember one particular comment that gave that date as the day that Thom Hartmann essentially went over to the dark side (I don't actually remember exactly what what the comment charged you with but it was on that magnitude.)

Having seen how emotional the issue is. I can easily believe that the caller was sincere and angry, whether the caller was If she ior wrong. Her position may or may not be reasonable, but we all know that when emotions are involved, people don't always support reason.

I also have to point out that you stated that if Kagan is in fact a lesbian, that would increase your support for her 500 percent. What makes that such a plus from your point of view? If she is a lesbian, I assume it's no more of a choice than it was for Barack Obama to be black. Unfortunately, Obama being black hasn't resulted in big changes from the policies of his predecessor. You also said that if she likes socialists, you like her even more, but your version of socialism is really capitalism with a robust public sector. That might not be the kind of socialism she was writing about.

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rladlof 10 years 19 weeks ago

Where is Tuesday's page?

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mstaggerlee 10 years 19 weeks ago

Interesting that Thom should mention Ayn Rand's "Atlas Shrugged" this morning - it happens that I finished reading that book last Friday.

The very title of the book is somewhat telling, invoking visions of the giant who supports the world. One of Rand's main points, apparently, is that we stand on the shoulders of giants. She and I agree on that, to a point. Where we disagree is on the identity of those giants.

Rand feels that the work of the wealthy is of benefit to us all, thus they are the giants upon whose shoulders the rest of us stand. I'm sure I'll get no arguement on the following statement in THIS venue - Lloyd Blankfein is no giant.

From my viewpoint (I'm an engineer, btw), the giants upon whose shoulders we stand have names like Galileo, Marconi, Newton and Edison. EVERY advance in technology made by anybody today is based on principles discovered by people who left this world long ago. We owe such people a debt that we can never repay. The men that Rand would call "giants" would be nothing without the ones who came before - today's industrialists stand on the shoulders of MY giants.

Do these men acknowledge the debt they owe to my giants? Perhaps, if they do, we can find a way to convince them that the ONLY way they can come close to repaying this debt is to do something that benefits someone other than themselves - like PAYING HIGHER TAXES, for instance.

Republicans ruthlessly reshaped America to hold onto power - can Dems do the same thing to save it?

Thom plus logo In the power grab to fill the Supreme Court seat announced the same evening as the death of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Mitch McConnell didn't do anything new. The GOP has a long history of playing hardball power politics.
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