Daily Topics - Wednesday March 9th, 2011

This week, Truthout proudly begins publishing weekly installments of Thom Hartmann's much-lauded book, "Unequal Protection: How Corporations Became 'People' and How You Can Fight Back." Click here to see Thom's video and to read chapter one

Hour One: Latest from the trenches...War on Labor - John Nichols, The Nation Magazine / Plus, Democrats continue their stand! Wisconsin State Senator Chris Larson

Hour Two: Is "gotcha journalism" the future of the news? Dan Gainor, Business and Media Institute / Plus, time for Gov. Brewer to go? Dr. Matt Jette, Committee to Recall Arizona Governor Jan Brewer

Hour Three: Is right wing Islamophobia the new McCarthyism? Seton Motley, Less Government.org and Alejandro Beutel, Muslim Public Affairs Council


manwir 9 years 29 weeks ago

I just learned about the incredible influence of ALEC (American Legislative Exchange Council).

I've been searching for any reference to ALEC by Thom, Rachel Maddow, Naomi Klein and many others with no success.

Seems like Americans should be made aware of the organization that is implementing their plans across the country and now controls my state, Michigan. Maybe I'm wrong, but exposing ALEC would seem to me to be the most important single thing to do as they move their masterplan to the front burner. Kochs are just a distraction, albeit an evil one.

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Suze O 9 years 29 weeks ago

“The liberty of a democracy is not safe if the people tolerate the growth of private power to a point where it becomes stronger than their democratic state itself. That, in its essence, is fascism - ownership of government by an individual, by a group,”

“No business which depends for existence on paying less than living wages to its workers has any right to continue in this country.”

Both quotations are by President Franklin D. Roosevelt

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making progress 9 years 29 weeks ago

Push Left! Stop arguing with the Right and argue with the Left! Have on Derrick Jensen to debate Pacifism. PLEASE! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e75I4ysssoA&NR=1

I can't listen to another debate with a right wing apologist!!

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Pablito 9 years 29 weeks ago

Look,I don't know where else to post this comment but,Thom's TV show much like is Radio show is almost useless....The format ,debating some far right conservative is not interesting TV.It's like what Al Gore said inviting flat-earthers to debate scientists who know the world is round.

Thom's TV show follows the same model as ED Shultz's TV show:slap together some right-wingers yell at each other...and there America you are dumber than you were an hour before the show started.

Funny how an independent TV show is following the same model as Corporate TV.The same model that has been mis-informing Americans for the last 20 yrs.

Thom you are better than that.How pathetic!

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gerald 9 years 29 weeks ago

If my recent comment is flagged, I guess that all my comments will be flagged.

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mathboy 9 years 29 weeks ago

Concerning the right of former felons to vote, I'd like to see someone make a Supreme Court case out of it using the 15th Amendment: "The right of citizens of the United States to vote shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or by any State on account of race, color, or previous condition of servitude." Remember that slavery was not mentioned by name in the original Constitution, so the part about people escaping into other states (Art. IV, Sec. 2) applied to criminals as well as slaves. The 15th Amendment could be used in the same way.

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Paradigm Mine 9 years 29 weeks ago

I think the Walker attack on Unions has the same goal as Peter Kings to disrupt organized democracy and civil engagement. Even the NPR attack 'forced' the CEO to resign dispite not accepting the fake offer of money. But NPR has a diverse amount of funding from union's, people, coprorations, which leads what is called liberal news. However, that is actually middle America! look at any poll - Cenk Uyger nailed it a few days ago on his MSNBC show (6 pm EST). I suggest watching his sometime.

But breaking down the Planned Parenthood, NPR, and other public services which have NO natural political affiliation find themselves stuck on the left (Democratic party) because the right keeps moving right. The government intervention forces NPR to not find bias. But Private Fox "news" is completely right wing. We need real legislation reform. The shock jock journalism got 2 people to leave NPR based on quotes of suspected racism in the right - however, Walker says he is not being a voice of the people and that he thought about bringing in 'trouble makers' to a fake Koch. Not one person is moved off the chess board. Instead, Walker is doing a rat like move to strip out anything 'financial' out of his 'financial reform' bill. He is trying to manipulate WI like he is a dictator. He had also said to the Koch pranker that he has people looking into the laws of the state... Why doesn't he know them? There is a serious educational and ethical gap in people running government and humanities intellectual connection these days.

Don't let be discouraged from your community. Take a note from some fellow American's:


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j.sea 9 years 29 weeks ago

Now will you believe it is a coup in slow motion (and speeding up)? -- virtually seamless since Bill Casey was Ronald Reagan's campaign manager. It is national. It is organized. And they no longer care that we know. That is not a good sign. Black Box voting anyone? (Amazingly still in place.) They would not be so bold if they did not know they hold an Ace. Was Obama allowed to win to identify and mobilize that hate based right constituency? Outrage is useless. That is all part of shock and awe. It exhausts. This was Obama's mistake: not to understand that statesmanship means nothing to fascists. They laugh at it. Unless non-union Americans realize what is at stake, it is over and has been for some time. Spread the word.

Trump is Broke: Has He Already Sold Out America To Get the Money He Needs?

Thom plus logo Back in the day, Donald Trump's niece alleges, he stole hundreds of millions of dollars from his father's estate, screwing his other family members and the IRS (you and me).

He then went on a massive spending binge, pouring that money into airlines, steaks, vodka, Trump-branded games, casinos, a fake university, etc. Virtually all of them failed, and he experienced multiple bankruptcies.
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"In an age rife with media-inspired confusion and political cowardice, we yearn for a decent, caring, deeply human soul whose grasp of the problems confronting us provides a light by which we can make our way through the quagmire of lies, distortions, pandering, and hollow self-puffery that strips the American Dream of its promise. How lucky we are, then, to have access to the wit, wisdom, and willingness of Thom Hartmann, who shares with us here that very light, grown out of his own life experience."
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"Hartmann speaks with the straight talking clarity and brilliance of a modern day Tom Paine as he exposes the intentional and systematic destruction of America’s middle class by an alliance of political con artists and outlines a program to restore it. This is Hartmann at his best. Essential reading for those interested in restoring the institution that made America the envy of the world."
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"Thom Hartmann’s book explains in simple language and with concrete research the details of the Neo-con’s war against the American middle class. It proves what many have intuited and serves to remind us that without a healthy, employed, and vital middle class, America is no more than the richest Third World country on the planet."
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