Daily Topics - Thursday January 20th, 2011

Alternet: Progressive Profiles: With New TV Show, Radio Talker Thom Hartmann Brings Substance to Style

Truthout is proud to bring you an exclusive series from America's No. 1 progressive radio host, Thom Hartmann. We'll be publishing weekly installments, "Rebooting the American Dream."

Hour One: On the 50th anniversary of JFK's inaugural, how are we doing as a nation?

Hour Two: The Iranian hostage crisis...did Ronald Reagan cut a deal and steal the election from Jimmy Carter? Veteran Journalist/Author Reese Erlich - http://reeseerlich.com

Hour Three: Do bees do democracy better than we do? Biologist Dr. Tom Seeley of Cornell University - www.nbb.cornell.edu/seeley.shtml


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rladlof 9 years 4 weeks ago

I note that a select group of fascist idiocrats voted to demand that Americans spend their hard earned money of buying their healthcare THEN voted to strip those selfsame Americans of the right to buy health insurance from insurance companies . . . AND 30% of Americans cheered!!!

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mathboy 9 years 4 weeks ago

It's "Jintao", not "Hintao". It doesn't work like "Navajo".

Meanwhile, I have a good analogy. Jared Loughner is Jaws, Sarah Palin and Glenn Beck are Sheriff Brody keeping the beach open. It makes perfect sense in the movie when the grieving mother slaps Brody in the face and says, "My son is dead."

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Maxrot 9 years 4 weeks ago

Pathetic human rights in other countries... geez Thom lets worry about our own back yard first. Health Care is a privilege not a right, traveling by air is likely to get you groped, expectations of privacy are just about nil, jobs are being exported (a necessitous man is not a free man), etc, etc, etc.... Human rights in America is becoming more and more of an abstract, and idea that we seem to be losing more and more of, no matter what party is in charge. The world round, the wealthy and powerful are getting more wealth and power, at the expense of the common human. America's beacon of hope is being dimmed.


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rladlof 9 years 4 weeks ago

While no sane American would contest the strongest displayed proficiency of Republican Representatives is jingoistic propaganda intended to forward the cause of actual fascism, relating this skillset to certain other able liars from the past can be less than helpful . . . Especially when they expressly proud of the comparison.

Cohen's languaging is counterproductive and wrong-headed.


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rladlof 9 years 4 weeks ago

Rick Santorum demands that all 'right-thinking' Americans Google his last name and click on the top URL produced to better understand his intended effect his Presidency would have upon America and her peoples.


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Pretzelogic in ... 9 years 4 weeks ago

@Maxrot - "Health Care is a privilege not a right"? Um, speak for yourself there, friend...


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rladlof 9 years 4 weeks ago

28% of Americans are idiocrats that mindlessly support the political party of their corporate overlords . . . They vote like a cattle stampede. Over the last thirty years, the only thing that put a Republican in the White House is less than 28% of sane and sober Americans showing up. How else do you explain our present President?

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Maxrot 9 years 4 weeks ago

@Pretzelogic, not sure what you're getting at, seems either you feel that I wish Health Care to be a privilege or you don't know that in fact Health Care isn't a right. I would prefer it to be a right, but nowhere in our constitution is Health Care stated as right. Either way, stating a fact on national law isn't something I can apply only to myself, by default it affects all in the nation. ;-)


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rladlof 9 years 4 weeks ago

The Congress composed of our Founding Fathers passed ‘socialized medicine’ and mandated the purchase of health insurance coverage in 1798:

The law directed the Department of the Treasury to "provide for the relief and maintenance of disabled seamen" by establishing the Marine Hospital Service. NOTE: Private employees; not Federal government employees . . . The Service was created by an act of the 5th United States Congress, which was signed into law on 16 July 1798 by President John Adams. It was the first pre-paid medical program in the United States. Sailors then paid 20 cents a month for their health coverage.



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observer13 9 years 4 weeks ago

Man behind the scene. If you want to follow the money and have a look at the power brokers check out Bill Liedtke. Look at his relationship with the Bush family going back to the late 1950's and the family funding of campaigns from then right on through to Sarah Palin today.

Let's support any size government as long as it is a responsibly acting one.

Let's foster rational discussions and not inflamatory rhetoric.

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gerald 9 years 4 weeks ago

January 20, 2011

There are SECRET GOVERNMENT BAILOUTS. Domino Pizza received a $12 million government bailout to serve process cheese and not the real cheese. Secret Government Bailouts are now part of American life to screw the middle class. But, we only hear about the General Motors bailout. Domino Pizza is owned by a conservative crazy. Our conservative crazy media protects only their conservative crazy bed partners. What a country!!!

What drives me up a wall are the constant lies of the conservative crazies and the fact that Americans believe these lies. These incessant lies have been part of the conservative crazies trademark since the 1880s. They are masters after 130 years of lying to the American people.






Be the Change

by Stephen Shick

Spirit of life, God of love, my heart is moved by the passions

Of those who crafted dreams of democracy and the rule of

law out of chaos. While still clinging to slavery and the spe-

cial rights of men and of property, they looked deeply into

the well of wisdom and saw that humanity was one and pro-

claimed, "we the people." Today fear, greed, and the asser-

tion that "might makes right" threaten to divide the people

of this planet.

I pray for the courage to let my life bear witness to the

power of "we"- the people of this nation and this earth.

When I am afraid to speak or act for the benefit of all, show

me the beauty and power of courage. When I am tempted

to abandon the common good for the glory and enrichment

of myself, show me the virtue of selfless generosity and hos-

pitality. And when by sure power or will I would claim the

right to diminish the worth and dignity of others, grant me

the wisdom of humility.

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gerald 9 years 4 weeks ago

Our politicians with their policies and practices are committing murder!!!


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Gene Savory 9 years 4 weeks ago

Comedy Central's Daily Show: "The Mistrusted Name In News" should be a part of everyone's day.

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Gene Savory 9 years 4 weeks ago

@Radlof #9: Great! The second punch in the two-fisted attack that goes along with the Militia Act of 1792, and any other thing that falls under taxation, excises, duties to pay for defence and the general welfare under Article 1 Section 8 of that most rigid of documents, the Constitution of The USA.

Of course there are those who refuse to use libraries, regardless of their form whether signs, stones, shouts, scrimshaw, scrolls, so on. The person who does not read has no advantage over someone who cannot read.

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Gene Savory 9 years 4 weeks ago

Hey Thom, don't forget that the English enslaved Indians from New England to become Caribbean slaves.

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gerald 9 years 4 weeks ago

I am not a Fox News zombie. Yet, I believe that Fox News is the poster news of America and Americans. Fox News with their trillions of dollars from their donors will never let Fox News go down. Fox News IS AMERICA!!!

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Gene Savory 9 years 4 weeks ago

You may be 100% in favor of tracking down terrorists; I'm 100% in favor of creating friends.

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