Daily Topics - Friday September 17th, 2010

Quote of the Day: You can only govern men by serving them. — Victor Cousin, French philosopher (1792-1867)

"Anything Goes on Townhall Friday!"

Hour One: "Brunch With Bernie" - Senator Bernie Sanders (I-VT) spends the hour with Thom discussing the issues and answering listener questions www.sanders.senate.gov

Hour Two: "Lies, Damn Lies, and Export Statistics: How Corporate Lobbyists Distort the Record of Flawed Trade Deals" - Public Citizen's Todd Tucker will be here www.citizen.org

Hour Three: 46 days to election day 2010...who's hot, who's not?! Journalist/author David Sirota, host of the David Sirota Show on Colorado's Progressive Talk AM 760, will be here www.davidsirota.com


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DRichards 7 years 4 weeks ago


I just finished watching the documentary "Mythic Journeys". Excellent!

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DRichards 7 years 4 weeks ago

What's Going On In The Gulf?

BP and the government decided that millions of gallons of dispersants should be dumped into the Gulf to sink and hide the oil.

They succeeded in sinking it. As ABC, CBS and NPR note, huge quantities of oil are blanketing the ocean floor, killing virtually all of the sealife which lives there.

And giant new underwater plumes have been found in the water column itself.

But officials don't want to hear about them...


Bernsen 7 years 4 weeks ago

We have a bridge in Portland that is very old, and too small to deal with all the traffic that it gets every day. The city, county and state have been fighting about funding for a replacement for several years now. If and when a new bridge is built, it will improve the lives of everyone living near and who use it every day to commute to and from work. The time saved will be worth millions of dollars a year. Like most bridges, with regular maintenance, it should last 60 years or so.

Total cost of the new bridge:
$330 million dollars.

Total coast of 2 F-22 Raptors:
$330 million dollars.

Don't get me wrong, I think that we need to spend money on defense, but I think that building the bridge will bring more jobs, and improve more lives then 2 F-22s.


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cmoore68 7 years 4 weeks ago

Why is all the attention being paid China. Sure, we have a horrific trade deficit. Sure, they hold an absurd amount of our debt. Why is Mexico getting a pass? Why do Mexicans continue to cross over to this country? Wasn't NAFTA supposed to elevate the Mexican worker?


Workers at the Ford Fiesta plant in Mexico are making $2.25/hr. Or, they can pick lettuce in Arizona for as much as $8-$14/hr.

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DRichards 7 years 4 weeks ago

Re: Rise in poverty

But wait, I thought that tax breaks for billionaires created new jobs and stimulated the economy!

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DRichards 7 years 4 weeks ago

Re: Wasn't NAFTA supposed to elevate the Mexican worker?

In reality NAFTA enabled the Agri-Corporations to put the small Mexican farmer out of business.

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cmoore68 7 years 4 weeks ago

@DRichards ... If you read the link I provided you will see that Mexican workers took a 50% reduction in wages to secure the factory. So, while US autoworkers were being pressed to take wage concessions to keep their jobs from going to lower-wage countries, automakers were forcing the already low-wage workers to take even less. Disgusting!

harry ashburn 7 years 4 weeks ago

re: #3: well, at least some can cross in the Raptors....

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Gene Savory 7 years 4 weeks ago

I think Thom needs to read The Borowitz Report a few times before trying to read it on air. I often laugh hysterically, double over or fall down a couple of times while reading the report.

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cmoore68 7 years 4 weeks ago

Why boycott the Arizona Cardinals' sponsors when you can boycott the Cardinals directly? Stop attending their games, buying their paraphernalia, change the channel when they're on TV...

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Gene Savory 7 years 4 weeks ago

Jack London, in "The Iron Heel," asks if we continue the anarchy production until we all have far more than we can consume, whether we should just dump the excess of production into the sea.

We do some of that with military budgets.

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cmoore68 7 years 4 weeks ago

Robert Reich is a free-trade idealog who refuses to acknowledge his role in selling out the American worker.


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cmoore68 7 years 4 weeks ago

That should be "idealogue" or maybe "log" is correct.

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cmoore68 7 years 4 weeks ago

I find it humorous when callers equate the passage of healthcare to destroying the Constitution. These callers seem to exhibit a lack of faith in the Constitution they claim to hold so dear.

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cmoore68 7 years 4 weeks ago

Of course Jefferson was against big government. They had just cast aside a large overbearing government.

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MailManRuss 7 years 4 weeks ago

Just looked up the Republican Party on "Wiki" and it does show the proper origin of the party as being founded as an anti-slavery party in 1854 (July 6th to be exact).

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Maxrot 7 years 4 weeks ago

Are corporate Democrats better than Republicans? Well they are more hesitant to blatantly rob the American people blind, so I guess that's better. They're also not all gung ho to rebrand our country as a christian country, I'd say that's better.

But on the other hand, yeah I get frustrated when 60 so called Democratic Sinistars.. er I mean Senators, can't get bills passed. Even if you discount the several DINO's, this should still not be the case. Yet don't go crazy, don't think about what the Democratic party isn't accomplishing, consider what the Republican party isn't accomplishing.


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Maxrot 7 years 4 weeks ago

@MailManRuss, I'm sure Thom was referring to the right wing attempt to obfuscate the Democratic-Republican party, or Jeffersonian-Republican party that eventually morphed into the Democratic party, by taking the Republican part of the name and implying that that meant Jefferson was essentially a right winger. Its about as ludicrous as saying Lincoln would be proud of what the Republican party stands for today. It just completely ignores how the two parties evolved and in a lot of ways neither party is all that true to its roots.


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gerald 7 years 4 weeks ago


Is masturbation a new wedge issue to elect the conservative crazies? The crazies throw out various wedge issues but they exclude problems like wrong and immoral wars, mass murders, torture, deregulation, unfair tax breaks for the rich and our rich corporations, increase in poverty, homelessness, unemployment, offshore tax havens for the powerful to hoard more money, etc. We do not have a viable middle class. There is a sense of hopelessness in America.

Let us look at the poor, the middle class, and the working class in America. The only pleasures that these groups can experience are through eating and masturbating. These groups do not have the money to join a fitness center or a country club for golf, tennis, and swimming. Downhill skiing is also too expensive. Sailing and yachting are of the question and out of their price range. The answers for some pleasure within these groups are eating and masturbating.

Eating junk food with a high percentage of fat grams offers taste and joy. There is no cost in masturbating. These are moral issues and God will judge the person.

Is masturbation a better outlet for a man than raping a woman? Is masturbation a better outlet for a woman than seducing a man?

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gerald 7 years 4 weeks ago

I thank God for being married to a loving wife!!!!!

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gerald 7 years 4 weeks ago

What is very interesting we have a man going to jail for rape! A woman can rape a man or seduce a man and she does not go to jail but she does receive pleasure. Is this practice really fair for a man? Does a man have any real freedom from law enforcement officials?

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gerald 7 years 4 weeks ago


Gordon Thomas says in his book, “Seeds of Fire” that the USA and China will be involved in a nuclear holocaust around 2015. We have given the Chinese highly sensitive nuclear secrets. Now they will use these secrets to destroy America. America as a country will not be destroyed but America’s soul will be destroyed. America will destroy China with its 800+ bases that have several thousand missiles aimed at China and Russia.

The Bush Doctrine of preemptive nuclear wars will launch their weapons first. China will follow with her missiles. If we also launch these missiles toward Russia, she will follow with her missiles. China will have 1.3 billion people vaporized. Russia will have 200 million people vaporized. I do not know how many Americans will be vaporized.

America’s true character will forever be known as the leading terrorist nation on earth. There will be great rejoicing by Americans because America was not totally vaporized. America’s true latent behavior of her citizens will feel glorified through hatred, murders, torture, and wars. America’s soul will be tainted for all eternity and the majority of Americans will be damned. America’s true manifest destiny will have been completed. That manifest destiny is in the American psyche to murder as many people as possible.

With the deadly radiation blowing in the wind a total of maybe 2 billion people will be dead within ten to twenty years. Our students in their classrooms will be taught that America is a true pro-life nation. They will also be taught that Americans cherish life.

According to Bush torture outside of America is not really torture. He will now say that murders outside of America are not really murders. Crimes outside America are not really crimes.

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gerald 7 years 4 weeks ago

I am going to share with you some factual information. You can believe or not believe. Here are three examples. The first example was shared with me by a colleague. In college she had a friend or a classmate who shared personal information. The colleague knew that her friend was sexually active but she was unaware to the extent of sexual activity. They passed each other’s path after college. Both decide to have coffee and discuss their college experiences. Her friend revealed to my colleague that she was very much sexually active. In fact if the person treated her nicely after a date, she went to bed with him. In fact she went to bed with at least one hundred men. As her friend mentioned her college experiences, she began to cry and said that she has attracted vaginal herpes. To my limited knowledge about the disease it is incurable and flare up stronger at certain times than other times.

The second example is that of a flight attendant for an international airlines company. He had AIDS or the HIV disease. I do not know exactly what he had but it was a sexually transmitted disease. As he was dying from the disease, he was asked why he did not stop having sex with women all over the world. He said that he wanted sex with a woman and he was unable to stop himself from the pleasure of a woman’s company.

The third example is of a handsome hunk who met three women in a bar. They talked and one of the woman said that they should go to her place for coffee and cake. The four went to the apartment and when he said that he was going to leave, one of the woman pulled a gun on him and said that he was going to be with them for around the clock sex. From Friday night to Sunday night he was gang raped by three women. He was asked why he did not report the gang rape to the police he said that he wanted to first know if he caught some sexually transmitted disease. He also said who would believe him? A policeman who would be writing down the information would be probaly laughing inside of himself. Plus, how many men have not fantasized about a weekend sex orgy with three women?

I want to go through the three examples. With regard to the first example if I married someone with vaginal herpes, there may one or two days in the month for intimate sex but on the other days I would probably masturbate.

With second example if I knew that I had a sexually transmitted disease, I would not marry and I would probably masturbate for pleasure.

Now for the third example I would avoid conversation at a bar with three women. One woman is enough. She probably would be unable to rape me with or without a gun. In this day and age no one can be certain of another person and what disease or diseases they have or do not have.

I want to make one point perfectly clear that masturbation is not just a male thing. Women do also masturbate.

I share these examples because candid discussions about masturbation are important and necessary.

I do not know for certainty if I would be a chronic masturbator.

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gerald 7 years 4 weeks ago

I have an Examination of Conscience pamphlet that has the Ten Commandments and there are examples of what are mortal and venial sins.

Masturbation comes under the Sixth Commandment. Thou shall not commit adultery. Here is what the pamphlet has “masturbation or other impure acts with self” and “lust in the heart.” There are persons who masturbate and do not have lust in their heart. Masturbation is supposedly an impure act. I am reluctant to touch that issue because there may be reasons for masturbation and God will judge.

I did not see any mention of obesity in the pamphlet. Now morbid obesity may come under the Fifth Commandment. Thou shall not kill. Suicide falls under this commandment. A morbidly obese person may unconsciously want to die for some reason. Here again God will judge.

Masturbation and obesity are touchy subjects because there is so much to consider in these areas and so I will let God judge and decide.

As human beings we should let God be the judge. I am fed up with people who believe they know what is right and what is wrong. Our politicians are the biggest offenders of moral issues and judgment.

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If there's one thing all Republican politicians are really good at, it's straight-up lying through their teeth about how their tax cuts for the rich are actually tax cuts for the middle-class.

Reagan did it, George W. Bush did it, and now that he's officially unveiled his own so-called tax reform plan, Donald Trump is doing it, too.

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