Daily Topics - Friday July 2nd, 2010

Quote of the day: Those who won our independence believed liberty to be the secret of happiness and courage to be the secret of liberty. ~Louis D. Brandeis

"Anything Goes Friday!"

Hour One: Sex, spies and video tape...really?! Former CIA Officer Jack Rice will be here with the latest on the Russian spy ring

Hour Two: Latest on the BP catastrophe

Hour Three: Which Founding Father was distraught with all the immigrants coming to America? The answer will surprise you! Historian Kenneth Davis will be here


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gerald 10 years 17 weeks ago

On Thursday, July 1, 2010 I mentioned that the Portland Police was going to reopen a woman's claim that Al Gore groped her in 2006. I do not know if he did grope her. I want to share with you some information on women.


I have chosen to love only one woman because even though I have loved only one woman, she has to some degree screwed up my mind. I firmly believe that any man who tries to love more than one woman will have a brain of mush and he will be relegated to the level of a babbling idiot.

Any man who claims to know a woman or women is a fool. Women are too illusive to be known. Here is a factual statement – “A man chases a woman until she catches him.” To love a woman and to be loved by a woman is a heavenly experience. God has given a man and a woman through love a close feeling of heaven.

Let me start by sharing with you some information. When I was a freshman at WMU in Kalamazoo, a neighbor friend from the same city had a roommate whose first name was Rex. Rex was a senior going to school on the GI Bill. He was twenty-seven years old. After graduation he went to the University of Indiana to complete his doctoral degree in speech therapy.

We would talk on various subjects. We talked about love as one area in our conversations. He said that when you love, you want the best for a person or persons. Love is not just about sex. He also said that women are difficult to gage. There are ladies who want to be treated like whores and there are whores who want to be treated like ladies. It is not always easy to know how a man should treat a woman.

Let us take a look at what is happening in our country at the present time. There has been a proliferation of women wearing hooker heels. The spike on a woman’s shoe could easily puncture a man’s lung. Hooker heels could also be used as a weapon. These hooker heels could entice a man or kill a man. No one has been able to know what is on a woman’s mind. We are seeing more protruding cleavage in woman’s ware. We are seeing shorter skirts. There are women who are wearing short shorts and about a third of the cheeks in their behind is seen.

The question is how should men treat these women as a lady or as a whore? Will someone please answer the question!!! Thank you for any help!

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rladlof 10 years 17 weeks ago


As an acolyte/adherent of a faith based religion, your inquiry regarding Christopher Hitchens yesterday makes sense to you. The rest of us may have truly divergent understandings of the universe and how it works. Being angry about his understanding of the universe, does not make yours more palatable. Disrespect is not sexy . . .

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rladlof 10 years 17 weeks ago

They are not conservative . . . They are "Recessivist".

> > > Take back the message. Create an accurate conversation. < < <

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gerald 10 years 17 weeks ago

@rladlof, I am not angry at Hitchens. Personally, he is free to believe what he wants to believe. I have heard it said that there are no atheists in foxholes.

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gerald 10 years 17 weeks ago

Antiwar.com for July 2,2010 has several great articles to read.


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gerald 10 years 17 weeks ago

The United States of Hell has lost the Afghan War.


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gerald 10 years 17 weeks ago

We can't afford war.


On a side note the U. S. Senate voted last night to fund the surge, 99-0. I have little doubt that the United States of Hell is a nation of blood-thirsty vampires.

America is truly a nation that loves to kill God's children.

I see a moral decay spreading among our nation and our people. The American soul is damned for eternity.

California's governor has placed 200,000 employess on minimum wage of $7.25 per hour. Yet our hell-hole nation cannot increase taxes on the rich to pay for goods and services. How will $7.25 per hour generate an economic recovery in California? Money in the hands of the people is needed for an economic recovery. We are truly a nation divided.

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camplunalinda 10 years 17 weeks ago

"i wouldn't join the KKK to change them from within" --

http://progparty.org/ on KBOO last Friday 06-25-2010 --

http://kboo.fm/node/22262 --

"stop drilling" -- we would not ask for a moratorium!!!!

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Maxrot 10 years 17 weeks ago

@camplunalinda, but if you don't change the KKK from within, who will ever get them to stop burning raw wood crosses and switch over to recycled paper crosses, after all someone needs to help them get green. ;-)


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camplunalinda 10 years 17 weeks ago

i suggest --

men who have no sisters --

might see women as the devil incarnate or the virgin on a pedestel --

women are neither!!! --

find yourself some sisters --

thank-you for your consideration --


with so many options --

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Maxrot 10 years 17 weeks ago

@camplunalinda... I have three sisters, devil incarnate still works for me ;-)


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Maxrot 10 years 17 weeks ago

Isn't ranking a President really just an exercise in subjectivity. I mean to some people (at least 1% of Americans) GW Bush was a top President because he enriched them, defense contractors probably have a sweet spot for him too. What are the metrics that determine if a President is ranked hi or low? and who makes these metrics? And why can't whores be treated as respectfully as refined ladies? (sorry a bit of Geraldism slipped in there at the end).


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rladlof 10 years 17 weeks ago

Subjective, yes . . . but they queried actual credentialed historian types . . .

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Tim2k78 10 years 17 weeks ago

The Jefferson bible? I just listened to a great podcast about this. It is called stuff you should know. It is available on iTunes. I would like thoms take on it. Something to ask the lady froma few days ago that said Jefferson was mis quoted.

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Zero G 10 years 16 weeks ago

Written on the Fourth of July

As we contemplate our joys and pains, with the rockets red glare a cruel reminder that the brilliance of the pyrotechnic display is but a reflection of our militaristic beginings and modern tendencies.

We have been chided that we abandon support of Obama with perhaps a left-leaning primary challenge, or alternately with a third party challenge, at our own peril. That the coming predicted vacancies at the Supreme Court and the ability of a Democrat to fill those vacancies outweigh the deficiencies of the present administration, no matter how similar the Obama strategies appear to be to those of the former Bush regime. (Not to be long winded in the examples, but let me just say Gates, Bernanke, Petreaus, 'nuff said.)

We have been given the example of the loss of Jimmy Carter after the failed insurgent campaign of Ted Kennedy to show that the primary challenge so weakens an incumbent as to make reelection almost impossible.

But, I am going to argue that there was more than Ted Kennedy's primary challenge that tipped the scales at that historical moment and that in retrospect, Kennedy's attempt was not even the primary cause of Carter's failure. Remember the October Surprise? Robert Parry certainly does and I think his recent article illustrates quite clearly that Kennedy was of little effect in the final outcome.

Rethinking Iran-Contra: A Much Darker Story?The Iran-Contra/ October Surprise was the missing link in a larger American political narrative

by Robert Parry

We are in need of a larger political narrative, indeed. We need to be able to reject the false and misleading rhetoric of "Hope and Change" for the real challenge of working for justice and liberty for all, including economic equity.Happy Fourth of July - Zero G.

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Zero G 10 years 16 weeks ago

I also wanted to insure that others saw this column that Thomas Frank published in the WSJ this week about Pete Peterson's attempt to privatize Social Security...

Avoiding the Austerity Trap by Thomas Frank

[...]America Speaks, was going to conduct a high-tech "national town meeting" on—of course—the burning issue of the federal deficit.

For liberals of the more skeptical variety, this combination of electronic populism with the agenda of the Peterson Foundation was an obvious warning flag, a signal that propaganda was in the offing. Several members of the president's own fiscal commission were to be in attendance at the get-together, and the results of the proceedings were to be presented to the full commission later on. Clearly the fix was in!

The event took place as scheduled last Saturday, with thousands of citizens meeting in different cities. They duly absorbed a booklet alerting them to the danger of deficits. They deliberated. And then something funny happened on the way to the consensus.

According to a preliminary compilation of results, participants supported "an extra 5% tax" on incomes of greater than $1 million per year (by 68%) and an increase in the corporate income tax rate (59%). They thought a "carbon tax" was a good idea (64%) as well as a "securities transactions tax" (61%). On Social Security, austerity was nowhere in sight as 85% backed raising the limit on taxable income, and only a miserable 27% thought that we should "create personal savings accounts." Majorities favored cutting defense spending and expressed support for further recovery measures even if they increase the deficit. [..] end of excerpt.

Can we remember that the deficit commission was/is a creation of the "Hope and Change" Obama administration? Can we? Or are we to be suckered into thinking that we have no choice but supporting said administration? For myself, that direction leads to dispair, indeed.

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gerald 10 years 16 weeks ago

A Special Summer Session

While the Senate determines Elana Kagan’s fate toward confirmation, the Supreme Court is meeting in a special summer session to determine Thom’s fate as an active terrorist for his humanitarian deeds or as I like to call them – Sacramental Moments. The betting in Las Vegas would have reached one billion dollars whether or not Thom would be convicted as an active terrorist. Upon conviction the betting would commence on his fate – hung as a terrorist, life imprisonment, or twenty years and with good behavior he would be out in ten years. There will be no betting. With five Mafioso justices on the Supreme Court the odds are that Thom will be convicted. Sentencing betting has also stopped because there is talk Thom will be placed in a private prison for profit and that means no parole. Paroling a prisoner erases profits and that will never happen.

The only question I have is will Thom still be able to host his radio show behind prison walls from 12 Noon to 3 PM over a Detroit radio station or will his voice be silenced?

I want to share with you the July 4 homily from Father Ray. He shared with us a number of examples of Americans going to a foreign country to do humanitarian deeds and work. According to the Supreme Court ruling these Sacramental Moments may be considered acts of terrorism by these Americans. There are more and more Americans who are evil, vile, and wicked and they consider good deeds acts of terrorism. The United States of Hell considers good deeds acts of terrorism. I want you to remember that any good you may do in foreign countries will be looked upon acts of terrorism. The only deeds that are considered patriotic are the killing and maiming of God’s children.

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Zero G 10 years 16 weeks ago

Gerald - While I don't take your scenario seriously, let me take this opportunity to provide you the link to Prison Radio, which makes Mumia Abu Jamal's (and other's) commentaries from Death Row available. http://www.prisonradio.org/

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Zero G 10 years 16 weeks ago

And on the more serious side, we may actually start seeing journalists being detained while covering the BP underwater gusher or their refineries...

BP, cops detain reporter for taking pictures of oil refinery

By ProPublica
Saturday, July 3rd, 2010 -- 5:48 p


Coast Guard bans reporters from oil cleanup sites

By Daniel Tencer
Sunday, July 4th, 2010 -- 1:31 pm

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gerald 10 years 16 weeks ago

@Zero G, thank you for not taking my comment as real at this time. I say at this time because I do no trust our Numb Nut federal government. They will in time strangle us slowly and subtlely. Thom will share with us from time to time how Hitler and his goons took control over the German people.

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gerald 10 years 16 weeks ago

Liz Cheney talks of American exceptionalism. She may be really onto something. Yes, Americans are exceptionally stupid!!!

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gerald 10 years 16 weeks ago

Some Additional Comments

The harvest is rich but the laborers are few. God has given planet, Earth riches that should be shared with everyone. Greed and selfishness prevent the sharing of riches.

We keep hearing buy American products. I have always said that I want to buy American products if I had the money. Thirty years of Reaganomics have given us slave wages. We have lost our middle class and Americans have fallen into what is the lower middle class and a step closer to the poor house.

I read that government jobs are no longer sacred. More government jobs will be lost. Another step closer to a banana republic is quite clear today.

The United States of Hell is a nation that has the devil’s disciples in charge. We are a damned nation and a nation that has lost its soul. In fifteen years we have gone from a nation that wanted an amendment to make Christianity the nation’s religion to an anti-Christ nation. The United States of Hell is a nation where mortal sin runs rampant in the hearts of most Americans.

The harvest is rich but the laborers are few. These words are not just about the abundance that is to be shared. It is also about heaven and the wonders are many but only a few will see heaven. How can God permit the many devil’s disciples, especially from America to enter heaven? God cannot permit a nation that worships Satan and gladly kills and maims His children to be in heaven.

We keep hearing that Americans want more transparency. What a joke! We are the most transparent nation in the world. The United States of Hell has been a violent nation for five hundred years. America is a culture of violence.

Because We Don't Have A Right to Vote...

Thom plus logo In America, the country that is supposed to be the world's premier democratic republic, citizens do not have an absolute right to vote.

Because we don't have a right to vote, red state governors can radically cut back on the number of polling places and voting machines so that working class people are forced to stand in line for five, six, in some cases 10 hours to vote.
From Screwed:
"Once again, Thom Hartmann hits the bull’s eye with a much needed exposé of the so-called ‘free market.’ Anyone concerned about the future of our nation needs to read Screwed now."
Michael Toms, Founding President, New Dimensions World Broadcasting Network and author of A Time For Choices: Deep Dialogues for Deep Democracy
From Cracking the Code:
"No one communicates more thoughtfully or effectively on the radio airwaves than Thom Hartmann. He gets inside the arguments and helps people to think them through—to understand how to respond when they’re talking about public issues with coworkers, neighbors, and friends. This book explores some of the key perspectives behind his approach, teaching us not just how to find the facts, but to talk about what they mean in a way that people will hear."
to understand how to respond when they’re talking about public issues with coworkers, neighbors, and friends. This book explores some of the key perspectives behind his approach, teaching us not just how to find the facts, but to talk about what they mean in a way that people will hear."
From Screwed:
"I think many of us recognize that for all but the wealthiest, life in America is getting increasingly hard. Screwed explores why, showing how this is no accidental process, but rather the product of conscious political choices, choices we can change with enough courage and commitment. Like all of Thom’s great work, it helps show us the way forward."
Paul Loeb, author of Soul of a Citizen and The Impossible Will Take a Little While