Daily Topics - Tuesday February 1st, 2011

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."

Bill Press and his wife Carol hosted a dinner party at his home over the weekend, to welcome fellow Progressive talk show host Thom Hartmann and his wife Louise to Washington, who has moved his operation here. Congressman Dennis Kucinich (D-OH) and his wife Elizabeth came, but he reportedly did not eat any olives. Also in attendance: Mother Jones’ David Corn and his wife Welmoed; former ABC News cameraman Tony Avirgan and his wife, former NY Times reporter Martha Honey. See Pictures here!

Hour One: Why do conservatives want you to fear a democratic Egypt? Amin Mahmoud, Egyptian Association for Change/USA - http://eacusa.org

Hour Two: Will activist judges get their hands on your healthcare? Igor Volsky - Think Progress - www.thinkprogress.org / Peter Ferrara - American Civil Rights Union - www.theacru.org

Hour Three: What Oprah Winfrey and the mainstream media don't what you to know about "Oprah" - Investigative Reporter and author, Kitty Kelley - www.kittykelleywriter.com/


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Maxrot 9 years 22 weeks ago

I guess Mubarak didn't get the memo on how to setup Free Speech zones.

Its got to be hell to be a dictator with a mutinous army. I'd like to see this crisis settled with minimum violence, but I wonder if that's actually even a realistic hope.


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Gene Savory 9 years 22 weeks ago

Mubarak got the memo - the free speech zone is anywhere outside of the borders of Egypt. Bordering countries also have authority to move the barricades.

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Gene Savory 9 years 22 weeks ago

"The Founding Fathers Did Not Support An Individual Health Care Mandate ... they supported socialized medicine. In July of 1798, Congress passed - and President John Adams signed - "An Act for the Relief of Sick and Disabled Seamen." The law authorized the creation of a government operated marine hospital service and mandated that privately employed sailors be required to purchase health care insurance"


There is also the Militia Act of 1792, which reqires men to buy supplies for use in the militia, such as powder, wadding, ball, etc.

I support repeal of the AHA, just as soon as HR 676 - Medicare for ALL is passed.

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rladlof 9 years 22 weeks ago

In order to for the President Reagan appointed Judge to void Obamacare, he had to wholly ignore Article 1, Section 8 of the Constitution of the United States:

The Congress shall have Power To lay and collect Taxes, Duties, Imposts and Excises, to pay the Debts and provide for the common Defence and general Welfare of the United States; but all Duties, Imposts and Excises shall be uniform throughout the United States; . . . To make all Laws which shall be necessary and proper for carrying into Execution the foregoing Powers, and all other Powers vested by this Constitution in the Government of the United States, or in any Department or Officer thereof.

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mathboy 9 years 22 weeks ago

Headline just seen on Fox News: "New Concern Pres. Obama Will Be Known As Pres. Who Lost Egypt"

Not "What Should U.S. Do About Egypt?"

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rladlof 9 years 22 weeks ago

MANDATE to do crap you don't want to do:

Be drafted/impressed into the armed forces.

Pay taxes.

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gerald 9 years 22 weeks ago

January 29, 2011 is the date for the joke of the week. Obama made a comment on the unrest in Egypt. His number one concern was about the loss of human life. This is a comment from a person who has unleashed hundreds of drones upon Pakistan and Central Asia killing many, many human lives. I had to laugh so hard that my side began to ache.

January 30, 2011

Blessed are you when people revile you and persecute you and utter all kinds of evil against you falsely on my account. Rejoice and be glad, for your reward is great in heaven. Is my life on this earth focused on the life to come?

The conservative crazies insult us because we believe in God of the New Testament. This God is a loving, merciful, and forgiving God. The conservative crazies believe in a God of the Old Testament, a God of punishment and vengeance. The conservative crazies insult us and persecute us. I say to you, “Do not be discouraged because God is near us and He will give us everlasting rest in peace. Blessed are the people who make God the center in their lives.

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gerald 9 years 22 weeks ago

The Challenge of the Beatitudes

The problem with the beatitudes is that we are so familiar with them that we take them for granted. A blessing is the visible, perceptible effective proximity of God. A blessing demands to be passed on to other people. To be blessed is to be oneself a blessing.

This leaves us with a tremendous challenge. We are called to give life and hope to those who are both our friends and our enemies. We are also called to live in a way that we do not see ourselves as separate from the whole. We are one with the universe and we need to bless it and treasure it. Christianity is not passive but active, energetic, alive, and going beyond despair.

The beatitudes signify not just a religious attitude but also a social attitude toward realities that should not exist among human beings. The challenge all of us face is to live the gospel in the present moment. The beatitudes are a challenge for all of us. We cannot turn our backs on the offer from God. We need to embrace the challenge and bring new hope to a tired world. Are we up to the challenge?

February 1, 2011

Our fascist-Nazi federal government talks of spreading democracy but in reality the psychos who run our country prefers dealing with dictators because a democratic government in any part of the world will say to the United States of Mortal Sin, “Practice, what you preach!” The United States of Mortal Sin prefers commencing wars instead of preventing wars. Our politicians look upon the U.S. Constitution as toilet paper to be used to wipe their behinds.

On December 12, 2000 the U.S. Supreme Court appointed and anointed George W. Bush as America’s Warmonger. Catholic radio praised the decision because December 12 is the Feast Day of Our Lady of Guadalupe and God was sending Americans a message that Bush was the chosen person to lead the world. Today, February 1, 2011, with these horrendous and massive storms prowling our country is God’s punishment for the United States of Mortal Sin for her killing and slaughtering of His children.

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rladlof 9 years 22 weeks ago

File under I never that it would happen . . . Senator Ensign may have to answer for his version of perversion where Senator Davis “Diaper” Vitter went freely unfettered:


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gerald 9 years 22 weeks ago


My doctrine remembers Jesus’ Words, “Be not afraid.” This post will upset many people but at times certain words must be said.

Abortion should have never been a governmental and a political issue. It should have been a medical and a religious issue. Whenever the government and politics are involved, you can be certain that the government and politics will screw it up. Removing government and politics from the abortion issue will remove a wedge issue. Roe v Wade will be overturned.

Women have had abortions for many reasons through the years. Some women do not have medical insurance and they have felt that they could not pay for the birth of a baby or even take care of a baby. Yet, there are many reasons for abortions.

Let us look at the removal of this wedge issue. Will people complain and groan or will people push for health care? Where will our Nazi politicians and government stand when it comes to health care? What other issues will become wedge issues so the Nazis can remain in power? If people oppose abortions that is fine and good but for a woman to have a child she will need some health care. The cost of medical care prohibits a number of people from wanting children, especially if there is no health insurance.

Be not afraid with the overturn of Roe v Wade! Let us pursue a caring America that is concerned for all our citizens and not just for the wealthy and for our corporations. Personally the Nazis will find reasons and ways to not help women. The American government under the control of the Nazis is an evil government.

Will the churches and fundamentalists and the evangelicals try to help women by pushing for health care or will they just be political ideologues? I believe that our Christian churches and laypersons are political ideologues and they will use moral issues to gain power and keep Americans angry, confused, and fearful. We are only pawns and puppets for governmental and political abuses. Moral issues should be delegated to religion and possibly in some cases to the medical professionals.

Please do all you can to not be afraid of change! Change is inevitable in life. Change can remove us from our comfort zones but I will say, “Be not afraid.” Seek a greater good from our government and politicians’ dastardly ways!

Where are the pro-lifers when it comes to health care and medical insurance for women and children? Health benefits would make abortion less of an option. Hypocrisy reigns in this country. Overturning Roe v Wade could very well be a plus and not a minus, especially if Americans push for better and more day care centers and better wages so that our citizens are not living like scurvy rats.

Corporations and the American government do not want Roe v Wade overturned. Even if it is overturned, there will still be abortions and they will not be illegal. Abortions will rest with a physicians’ decision. Please do not become discombobulated with the overturning of Roe v Wade. We will know who are the hypocrites in this country?

Be not afraid! Have pro-life organizations stressed health care for women so pregnancy can come to full term? Have they stressed increased funding for adoption services so women who cannot keep their baby for whatever reason will have the option to have the baby adopted? Have they stressed funding for child care centers for women who want to keep the baby will have a place to help them as they work or try to find work? There are many questions to be answered but the major question is, do the pro-lifers really love people, really love women, and really love children? It is time for the pro-lifers to either shit or get off the pot! Are pro-life organizations only money-grabbing hypocrites?

Supreme Court justices just do not rule on abortions. They also rule in favor of corporate fraud and greed and the removal of our freedoms and rights for the common person. Always remember that the Nazi Party are not pro-lifers! They are purveyors of hatred, murders, torture, and wars.

The Gerald Doctrine is simple when we remember Jesus’ Words, “Be Not afraid.” We are living in confusing times, strange times. We are fighting Satan’s disciples who are unchained. For them any evil is acceptable. Morally, America is losing it. Failing in holiness creates a mess in the world. America is only concerned with money and possessions. We are in battles with Satan’s disciples and in battles many soldiers are wounded. But, remember that believers in a loving and a merciful God will win the war. These believers will hear the fifteen most wonderful words from God. “Welcome home my good and faithful friend. Come, I have prepared a place for you.” With these beautiful words we will enter into the Kingdom of Heaven for all eternity.


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rladlof 9 years 22 weeks ago

War criminal to get ha***job for destroying liberty in America . . . Columbia weeps: http://tpmdc.talkingpointsmemo.com/2011/01/rumsfeld-to-get-defender-of-the-constitution-award-at-cpac.php

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rladlof 9 years 22 weeks ago

I'm sooooooo confused . . . Are they saying that Michael Steele is not a Muppet?!?!? Next they'll be trying to tell me the Tea Parties weren't astroturfed by the Koch brothers: http://tpmdc.talkingpointsmemo.com/2011/01/non-puppet-michael-steele-to-appear-on-the-daily-show-tomorrow.php

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mathboy 9 years 22 weeks ago

The principle of judicial review comes from the Seventh Amendment: "...no fact tried by a jury shall be otherwise re-examined in any Court of the United States, than according to the rules of the common law." This allows a court to decide not to enforce a law. A supreme court decision doesn't remove a law from the U.S. Code, it simply orders itself and lower courts not to enforce it, on the grounds that higher law contradicts it. There is no purpose for a hierarchy of courts, except for judicial review.

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rladlof 9 years 22 weeks ago

Pro fascist (fusion governmental and corporate interests with an authoritarian air) think tank asks thug to squelch the rights of flesh and blood humans (Thank you, low-information 'independent voters) . . . Representative Darrel Issa and the Heritage Foundation . . . Douche-tastic: http://tpmdc.talkingpointsmemo.com/2011/01/heritage-asks-issa-to-attack-decades-of-worker-consumer-and-environmental-protections.php

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gerald 9 years 22 weeks ago

Thank you, Paul Craig Roberts!


As the supply of dollars grows, the value diminishes. Perhaps the time is not far off when rulers cease to sell out their peoples for American money.

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gerald 9 years 22 weeks ago

@rladlof, it seems to me that the Tea Party is hardcore Nazism!

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gerald 9 years 22 weeks ago

Will W. Bush and Cheney become the first anointed living saints?

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speedbird9 9 years 22 weeks ago

Is there a reason we need to hear from Kitty Kelly about Oprah? Don't rightly care about whatever skeleton Oprah has in her closet - unless it has to do with the case of the meat industry suing her.

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rladlof 9 years 22 weeks ago

Fertilization, pregnancy and birth are pre-existing conditions.

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mathboy 9 years 22 weeks ago

So, Thom, your quote of Thomas Jefferson included something about each branch of government having checks on the others. What is the judiciary's check on the legislative, if not judicial review?

Jefferson also says that each branch can interpret the Constitution for itself. Well, the Supreme Court did that with Marbury v. Madison. So what's the problem?

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rladlof 9 years 22 weeks ago


As I have typed on numerous times, Naziism has its own special place in infamy and I loathe traffic upon its unhallowed dirt.

I will concur that it often appears that those who have previously self-stylized themselves as Teabaggers and the astroturfing elites that sponsor them utilize the book "Rise and Fall of the Third Reich" as a playbook.

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rladlof 9 years 22 weeks ago


Abortion is only a religious issue for folk who don't know how to read the words:

"And God breathed into his nostrils the breath of life."

It's Time To Tax Money Bins!

Thom plus logo England is debating a wealth tax. America, as tax revenues crash and the need for government services explodes, needs to consider one, too.

If you own a home, every year you must pay a wealth tax.

The majority of the wealth held by middle and working class Americans is in their homes. And every year, every homeowner must pay a tax on their wealth in the form of a state and local property tax.
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