Daily Topics - Thursday July 29th 2010

Quote of the Day: “Racism is man's gravest threat to man - the maximum of hatred for a minimum of reason.” -- Abraham J. Heschel

Hour One: Is continually talking about race an effective electoral strategy for the Fall? Thom confronts Former Reagan White House political director and author Jeffrey Lord http://spectator.org; Plus, Dr. Mike Newcomb, host of the Mike Newcomb Show on 1480AM KPHX Phoenix, AZ will be here with the latest on Arizona's new immigration law www.1480kphx.com

Hour Two: What do Jeffrey Dahmer and gay cannibals have to do with second graders in Montana? Thom challenges Dr. Judith Reisman, author of "Sexual Sabotage" www.drjudithreisman.com; Plus, Geeky Science - if one cup of coffee a day is good for you, wait til you hear what ten can do!!

Hour Three: If the police protect us from insane drivers, why can't they protect us from Twinkies and Ding Dongs too? Thom has a rumble with Julie Gunlock of the Independent Women's Forum www.iwf.org; Plus, "Taking Our Country Back" - Diana Shaw (D-CA) running for Californina Assembly District 38 against a Republican AND a Libertarian www.electdianashaw.com

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Avilyn's picture
Avilyn 9 years 30 weeks ago
#1

Just when you thought the banksters couldn't go any lower...

"Fallen Soldiers' Families Denied Cash Payout as Insurers Profit" - http://noir.bloomberg.com/apps/news?pid=20601087&sid=aF133j0QyP30

Insurance companies are keeping the money owed to the families of dead soldiers, claiming they're putting the money in an interest-bearing account the families can then draw against. In reality, the money isn't placed in a bank and isn't insured by FDIC; the insurance companies are keeping it and paying absurdly low interest rates (around 1%) on it to the families, while making 4 or 5% interest on the money themselves & keeping the profits.

This is unacceptable. Thom, I hope you read the article and discuss this on the air, to get the word out. I'm sure the mainstream corporate media will try to bury this.

speedbird9's picture
speedbird9 9 years 30 weeks ago
#2

Each time I hear/read about just how popular Arizona's SB 1070 is supposed to be with Arizonians and the American people, I find myself wanting to shout: So what? At one time, slavery was supported by an overwhelming majority of Americans. Appealing to the hatred and/or bigotry of the American people, it's so very easy.

Jeanie's picture
Jeanie 9 years 30 weeks ago
#3

I bet most Americans also liked the Japanese Internment in the 40s. Look at how many Americans don't want gay people to be married. That's why we have courts--to step back and see if laws are discriminatory to groups of people who are in the minority. The majority isn't always right or fair.

speedbird9's picture
speedbird9 9 years 30 weeks ago
#4

@Jeanie. You are correct on both cases - and we've left out the genocide against the First Nation's Peoples. And this is a major psychological blind spot in this country too.

Jeanie's picture
Jeanie 9 years 30 weeks ago
#5

I think you are forgetting about Manifest Destiny--it was our right to take what God wanted us to take, or something like that. I wonder if even one person back then thought that it might not be fair to slaughter and steal from the Native Americans. Well, again, they did put the survivors in reservations, so they shouldn't really complain.

Maxrot's picture
Maxrot 9 years 30 weeks ago
#6

"An IQ slightly lower than body temperature" ... Thom that's the funniest most poignant insult I've heard regarding someones IQ. It subliminally conjures up being brain dead, without really putting a person that far below average.

N

TJONKPTK's picture
TJONKPTK 9 years 30 weeks ago
#7

Outsourced, NBC Fall Comedy? The company that brought you outsourcing for real, Jack Welch and General Electric now brings it to the small screen this fall. http://www.nbc.com/outsourced/ Maybe they think if we laugh at the poor suckers who lost their jobs to outsourcing we will empathize with the poor multinational corporations that caused this tragedy.

n8chz's picture
n8chz 9 years 30 weeks ago
#8

They mock us.

Maxrot's picture
Maxrot 9 years 30 weeks ago
#9

Jeanie I'm sure there were lots and lots of people that didn't think the treatment of Native Tribal people was right... the Cherokees, Apachees, Souix, etc...

But in all seriousness, if there were people back then fighting for womens rights, anti-slavery legislation, labor rights, etc... I doubt they were oblivious to the plight and injustice of the treatment of the Natives. However, for most it was far removed, and unless your local paper wrote about it, it probably didn't even hit their radar all that often. Ignorance is bliss afterall.

N

n8chz's picture
n8chz 9 years 30 weeks ago
#10

I've come to the conclusion that it's by design that free (i.e., over-the-air) TV insults its audience. By definition, we are either poor or cheap.

Jeanie's picture
Jeanie 9 years 30 weeks ago
#11

Even the Mad Hatter had a tea party. That is classic. I will need to remember that.

Avilyn's picture
Avilyn 9 years 30 weeks ago
#12

There's a reason my husband & I do not have television. Haven't for the last 8 years, don't miss it. Between Netflix and the Internet, it's easy to get the one or two documentaries that are worth watching, and it's easier to get real news (mostly from foreign news sites which actually have REAL news, not infotainment).

Jeanie's picture
Jeanie 9 years 30 weeks ago
#13

So Dr. Judith Reisman thinks that by not having comprehensive sex education in schools, teens are going to become abstinent? What would she want to see--teens learning about sex from their friends? Or just waiting till their wedding night? I didn't hear her say what she thought would be ok to teach. I'm guessing nothing at all.

Thom might really be right since you can see anything you want on You Tube. And kids can actually carry their own Internet around with them (a child's Nintendo DSi has Internet capability). Plus there's Facebook, etc., where kids can communicate with anyone and talk about anything. And get misinformation on any subject.

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rladlof 9 years 30 weeks ago
#14

Reisman & Hartmann are both WRONG.

Earlier onset of sexual activity is due to the lack sex ed AND

THE WALT DISNEY CORPORATION

The farging RAT is selling vapid sex related behavior to children as entertainment. Spend 30 seconds watching the farging Disney Channel and then consider the simple attempt to make any reasonable argument to the contrary.

Maxrot's picture
Maxrot 9 years 30 weeks ago
#15

Sex is icky, we shouldn't talk about it. Education just encourages you to want to do what you're learning about. Heck I study a lot of turn of the last century war, and I can't tell you how badly I'd love to be able to live in a bombarded muddy trench and periodically jump out and run towards a line of machine gun nests and rifle fire, hoping that I don't get killed. I dream of the massive physical and mental trauma I'm missing out on and just wish I could participate. Yep education has only increased my stupidity and only serves to get me involved in the subject in ignorant ways. I probably should have joined the army years ago, in a couple of years I won't even be eligible.

Yeah stop education, that will solve all the problems. If you don't know about sex all you have to drive you to do it is instincts, and who on earth will bother with instincts. Heck, I can't tell you how often I have to force myself to eat, sleep and breath. I wonder how on earth I would have ever survived if I wasn't educated to do such things.

N

stantak's picture
stantak 9 years 30 weeks ago
#16

Regarding the study that concluded that it's healthy for men to stare at womens' breasts, AMEN!

Of course, I don't think you get the same benefit staring at some fat guy's man-boobs :-)

Personally, I'm hoping to get some benefit looking at the entire package and actually conversing with an attractive woman - that gets my heart pumping every time

rladlof's picture
rladlof 9 years 30 weeks ago
#17

I know my piggy self will be shown through the expression of the following statements . . . But dollars to donuts, it is absolutely correct:

"Dr. Judith Reisman needs to get over her fear of porn. Having an actual orgasm might help with that . . ."

Fifty-five years ago (She was born in 1935 CE) someone shoulda done something about that . . .

rladlof's picture
rladlof 9 years 30 weeks ago
#18

If Dr. Judith Reisman is correct . . . The children of farmers would all be super-freaks.

Maxrot's picture
Maxrot 9 years 30 weeks ago
#19

Maybe we should just start a new health program:

Spay or Neuter your teenager, it'll keep them healthy and we won't have to keep so many in cages.

N

rladlof's picture
rladlof 9 years 30 weeks ago
#20

@MAXROT: I find that my blood pressure drops about five minutes (or so) after I do the staring at body parts thing. During that first five minutes (or so) my blood pressure goes up for some inexplicable reason.

Jeanie's picture
Jeanie 9 years 30 weeks ago
#21

rladof,

I watch the Disney Channel and Nickelodeon, but I haven't noticed anything offensive to kids. Or were you joking?

On another note, I say let my huband stare at women's chests all he wants. He'll be much less likely to notice my shoe and clothing purchases. Win-win.

Maxrot's picture
Maxrot 9 years 30 weeks ago
#22

Heck if looking at hooters is good for my health, call me a health nut.

N

n8chz's picture
n8chz 9 years 30 weeks ago
#23

<sarcasm>Maxrot: Spay or neuter yourselves and bypass the teenagers altogether.</sarcasm> Flag as offensive if offensive.

Mar10's picture
Mar10 9 years 30 weeks ago
#24

Hey Thom you and your guest Dr. Judith Reisman are both wrong, studies have shown that the sexual activity of teens has been going down for decades.

stantak's picture
stantak 9 years 30 weeks ago
#25

On your News item, there are also a number of people who refuse to believe that the United States incarcerated nearly 120,000 people of Japanese descent (many of whom American Citizens) without cause. IMHO, this is due to the fact that this high point in American History was omitted from history books for years. I was in High School in the '70s and was amazed to see that the entire episode was covered in a single paragraph!

I have actually met people who refused to believe that Internment happened. I so wanted to introduce them to my parents, who were there. Instead, I refer them to Executive Order 9066.

gerald's picture
gerald 9 years 30 weeks ago
#26

Squirrels

Squirrels are a problem for homeowners. They are fond of bird feeders. In order to have the squirrels away from the bird feeders a person needs to remember the rule that feeders must be 5 feet from the ground; 7 feet from the branches of trees so that the squirrel cannot jump onto the feeder; and 9 feet high from the top of the feeder. Squirrels are reluctant to jump when they are too high from the feeder. Here are some other ways to protect the bird feeders, such as attach a slinky toy from the base of the feeder down the pole, attach a dome bath over the feeder like an umbrella. The dome bath should be wide enough to cover the feeder so that the squirrels are unable to feed.

You should call a pest control agent if a squirrel is inside your home. Squirrels are very street smart.

Christmas time is breeding time for squirrels and their life expectancy is about one year. Squirrels are prey for bigger wildlife.

Maxrot's picture
Maxrot 9 years 30 weeks ago
#27

Frankly, it seems to me that if the issue is more and more under aged kids are getting sexually active, one of the main issues is that the age the typical human goes through puberty is by default under aged. If you can't teach someone responsible methods of sexual activity until they're are "of age", its far too late. I think personally think sex education should begin prior to the typical age of onset of puberty.

N

Jeanie's picture
Jeanie 9 years 30 weeks ago
#28

I think kids will listen if you give them accurate information. My son heard me talk about some research I read about relating to drinking soda stunting kids' growth. He never has ever wanted to drink soda (although it's because he thinks he'll shrink). They teach them in school about the very real dangers about smoking, and my son can't understand why people want to smoke. He even used to say to me, as we passed by people who were smoking, "Don't they know they're going to die?" (which always made the person look at us).

So even if kids get messages a little mixed up, the basic idea is still there. And I think it's better than telling them not to do it just because I say so, since that will make them want to do it 100 times more.

buckbuck11's picture
buckbuck11 9 years 30 weeks ago
#29

Dr. Reisman makes a living on peddling ignorance. First of all, these "sexperts" use curriculum guides as their "ammunition." In 32 years as a public school teacher in New York State, I can tell you that the actual sex education kids receive in the classroom is minimal, clinical and totally inadequate. Perhaps if they want to discourage interest in sex among adolescents, the state should concoct a standardized fill-in-the-bubbles test. Standardized testing mania has sucked the life out of the rest of the curriculum, perhaps it will work for teen sexual experimentation.

buckbuck11's picture
buckbuck11 9 years 30 weeks ago
#30

I've taught high school for 32 years and I believe that for the majority of adolescents, if armed with honest, factual data, will make good decisions for themselves. If adults try to lie to young people, they will reject the entire message. It is insufficient to speak only of the dangers of sexual activity and try to scare them into compliance. The most effective sex education would also tell kids how to safely deal with their feelings and natural urges instead of simply trying to shame them into supressing those feelings to the point where they become obsessive or vulnerable to a dangerous, impulsive decision.

rladlof's picture
rladlof 9 years 30 weeks ago
#31

@Jeanie: I was semi-serious . . . Go to ComedyCentral.com . . . Watch the South Park episode entitled, "The Ring" (Season 13) for a frame of reference . . . Then watch the kid’s programming on Disney . . . Unless you like the Disney . . . You can’t go back.

It is the same with all the Disney Princess movies . . . Smart and able women doing miraculous things are only fulfilled by getting married to sword-wielder THEN they typically get killed during (the ultimate gift of life at their expense) or just after child birth (Perhaps it is only a generalization cuz it’s true).

n8chz's picture
n8chz 9 years 30 weeks ago
#32

Maybe a sort of placement exam could serve as an assessment of the state of sex education and identify subject areas needing extra emphasis.

Blue Mark's picture
Blue Mark 9 years 30 weeks ago
#33

Several years back Timkin High School in North Canton, OH switched to "abstinence only" (or as I call it - "ignorance only") sex education.

surprisingly ... just a couple of years later - in 2005 - there was a population explosion at the school when 65 of their 490 female students were pregnant.

http://www.salon.com/life/broadsheet/2006/08/17/Ohio

(tried to move this - originally posted in wrong thread - where is "cancel post"?)

Maxrot's picture
Maxrot 9 years 30 weeks ago
#34

@buckbuck11, if they fail the test do you give them an orphaned baby? Might encourage them to study real hard.

N

buckbuck11's picture
buckbuck11 9 years 30 weeks ago
#35

Uh-oh, now it's the food police we have to be afraid, very afraid about. I better put on my tinfoil hat for this interview.

n8chz's picture
n8chz 9 years 30 weeks ago
#36

The real food policing is in the contract terms imposed on cash-starved schools by the vending and junk food industries.

Maxrot's picture
Maxrot 9 years 30 weeks ago
#37

Why scale back the school lunch program, why not improve the quality of food?

Duuuuhhhhhhh!!!!

N

stantak's picture
stantak 9 years 30 weeks ago
#38

I'd like to point out that Peanut Butter sandwiches are not allowed at some schools, due to severe food alergies.

I would send my daughter with a great sandwich, sometimes on artisan bread. I'm really lucky that she grew up with a healthy attitude for food. I never had to make her something separate from what the rest of us were eating.

Jeanie's picture
Jeanie 9 years 30 weeks ago
#39

There are lots of parents who let (or make) their kids pack their own lunches. My mother works at my son's school and it's pretty amazing what she sees in lunches. And we live in Scottsdale.

If people care so much about nutrition, why are there so many McDonald's and other fast food places?

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j.sea 9 years 30 weeks ago
#40

For FoxFakeVeiws to expound on sexual purity is the epitome of hypocrisy. Their dinner hour family sit-com progamming is fraught with the cheapening of human relationships thru crude, causal, and irresponsible sexual reference and activity. They sexualize children by placing them in the middle of these grotesque scenerios. Phooey on Phox -- and while we are at it: Deny FoxFake access to Helen Thomas' front row White Housepress room seat. CREDO ACTION is running a petition to the White House Correspondents Association asking that FOX not be granted that seat which they are trying to get. Petition here:

http://act.credoaction.com/campaign/fox_or_npr/?r=5836&id=10234-2012366-...

.... and !......

Tell the White House not to fall for Fox anynmore:
http://act.credoaction.com/campaign/fox_is_propaganda/index2.html?r=5839...

rladlof's picture
rladlof 9 years 30 weeks ago
#41

Under-age sex is largely due to a lack of information thingy:

  1. Inflated reliance on pseudo-religious prohibitions provide zero real guidance (especially when in a moment of hot semi-naked passion),
  2. Crappy sex education eviscerated for immoral insensibilities provides little to no real guidance,
  3. Reagan/Baby Bush focus on the 3 Rs has left kids without imagination and little understanding of responsibility, social interactions and outcomes,
  4. Two wage earning families and single parent households without prior generation support leads to bored latchkey kids with time on their hands,
  5. The Disney Corporation, and
  6. The time honored tradition of uneducated idiots raising uneducated idiots.
Jeanie's picture
Jeanie 9 years 30 weeks ago
#42

This independent women's forum woman does not want poor kids getting free meals. Period. That is what she objects to.

Doesn't she know that ketchup is a vegetable?

n8chz's picture
n8chz 9 years 30 weeks ago
#43

Kerry Lucas reminds me of the sheep in Orwell's novel Animal Farm: "Public sector bad. Private sector good."

Maxrot's picture
Maxrot 9 years 30 weeks ago
#44

@Jeanie... BLASPHEMER!!! HOW DARE YOU SPEAK ILL OF McDONALDS. Is it not bad enough that Thom has to bad mouth Twinkies, Ding Dongs and High Fructose Corn Syrup, and now you have to disparage the Golden Arches. Look I'd love to take you to task about this, but the Disney Channel is going to be showing under aged hooters soon, and I need to watch for the sake of my health...

....apparently.

N

n8chz's picture
n8chz 9 years 30 weeks ago
#45

Walmart may be a transnational and not a person, but it seems like flesh-and-blood jet setters are becoming transnationals. Last night on NPR's Marketplace they were talking about how various nation-states (including the USA) are selling citizenship (to individuals); which ones offer it for the least money, which will sell you a passport in the shortest amount of time, etc., what sort of 'job creation' strings get attached, etc.

buckbuck11's picture
buckbuck11 9 years 30 weeks ago
#46

@Jeanie

If poor children get as well nourished as the children of the IWF, then those poor children might end up on a level playing field and become competition to get into college.

Maxrot's picture
Maxrot 9 years 30 weeks ago
#47

LA County Fair is coming up, deep fried Twinkies and Snikers bars... mmm mmm, delushious.

N

DancingBear's picture
DancingBear 9 years 30 weeks ago
#48

As I said earlier today on the air:

"The Mad Hatter had a Tea Party too!"

(spread the meme)

DancingBear (aka Ed from Redondo Beach)

n8chz's picture
n8chz 9 years 30 weeks ago
#49

CNN is reporting zero violence w. the civil disobedience in Police.

Maxrot's picture
Maxrot 9 years 30 weeks ago
#50

Actually the WIC program hear in California, for Women, Infants and Children is a simple voucher program that does designate what you can buy with the vouchers. There are choices that can be made, but for the most part the food you can buy is nutritious. I don't see any reason why the food stamp program can't specify the categories of food you can buy with them. No one is going to keep you from spending you're on money on Doritos and Vodka, but there's no reason why tax dollars should be spent on directly buying that crap.

N

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