Daily Topics - Monday July 18th, 2011

The Big Picture "On Air" Questions or Comments for Thom?

Hour One: October Surprise Evidence Surfaces - Robert Parry, Consortium News / Plus, latest labor news - Doug Cunningham, Workers Independent News

Hour Three: Conservatives push for Balanced Budget constitutional amendment - Ken Blackwell

Hour Three: Should parents lose custody of their seriously obese kids? Dr. Kalyani Gopal


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ramaci 8 years 37 weeks ago

The October surprise is to prolong the Afgan War by any means necessary. The Administration will be reluctant to withdraw troops if the leader(s) of the government are gone. Deals can be made with tribal leaders to wreak havoc for a more favorable deal with a new administration

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MugsysRapSheet 8 years 37 weeks ago

The "18,000" Lie.

Thom, don't let Republicans like Blackwell try and sell you the "Only 18,000 jobs were created" lie. In fact, 57,000 "private sector" jobs were created, but the government shrank by 39,000 jobs.

Republican SCREAM about the need to "cut the size of government", and when we do, they cite the job loses as "proof" Obama's policies are failing.

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mathboy 8 years 37 weeks ago

The bumper music on the way into the second segment of the second hour reminded me of this Hugh Laurie protest song: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M1jcguMneDg&feature=related

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Pointofgrille 8 years 37 weeks ago

Diebold may not only be the October surprise, they might be using them as the FINAL solution to all democratic obsticles that have been preventing them from openly supporting the Oligharcy. The republican party no longer has the best interest of the USA as a consideration. The only interest they are concerned about is the interest going into their coffers. If I couldafford to leave US, I would, but that has also been made difficult if you want to take more than the shirt on your back. Totally out of reasons to believe our votes mean anything. Elections are just one more tool to make us think we have a say. WE DO NOT HAVE A SAY , other than taking to the streets and taking the country back!

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j.sea 8 years 37 weeks ago

Rebuild the Dream --

Yesterday -- Sunday the 17th of July -- was an historic day. In homes all across the nation, thousands of Americans gathered and spoke from their hearts -- each one giving their own personal version of the "I Have a Dream Speech". Yesterday was the first of a wave of meetings held by the new coalition "Rebuild the Dream" spearheaded by Van Jones, a true visionary. The passion and determination felt by ordinary citizens about how urgent it is to protect the American Dream is resounding, and is coalescing into a moving force that cannot and will not be stopped. We have seen the deliberate dismantling of centuries of progress and we see clearly the looming threat of a new dark age if this theft by the "Dream Killers" is allowed to continue. It will not continue. The Dream of an America that is truly of the People, by the People, and for the People is strong and is very, very much alive.

Our leaders should be in Washington to serve the interest of the people and the nation, and that includes protecting her magnificent natural inheritance. They should not be in Washington to make a profit or to serve unseen masters that profit from their false employment. They should be representing us to the rest world as leaders of Peace -- of creative solutions to global problems, of cooperation and inspiration -- not as exporters of death, pollution, and destruction....

The road to realizing the American Dream has been difficult and long. At times we have fallen far from the values that are seeded in that vision. Our past has been bloodied with innocent blood, broken treaties, lies and corruption. But our future belongs to us -- the Dreamers -- we may not always be seen or heard -- but we are millions. And we know the time has come for a green and peaceful and creative world. We are ready to build it together. We are ready for all the hard work and the difficult task of overcoming the false divide that has been driven between us.

I urge all sincere Americans to get on board -- to help out -- to lift what weight you can. But most of all -- to believe. Believe in that Dream. The one we feel -- the one that was supposed to cast a light out into the world -- not shadows. Get on board and: Rebuild the Dream

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waitwill 8 years 37 weeks ago

Wanted to let Thom know that Bill Bob Neck is satire - the soccer-sodomy guy.

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desert fox 8 years 37 weeks ago

There is an article on Raw Story about how the original whistle blower in the Rupert Murdock scandel was found dead in his apartment.

Reporter who blew whistle on Murdoch found dead


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Global 8 years 37 weeks ago

Blackwell was right. Government does not have the job of spending and creating jobs - that is the private sector. Government should create a positive atmosphere and condition for the private sector to excel. And thom, we are not stupid as to think all government regulations are bad. Give us some common sense credit.

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Global 8 years 37 weeks ago

The October surprise is a ground invasion on Lybia.

DR KALYANI GOPAL 8 years 37 weeks ago

Well written, certainly it will take each and everyone of us to get on board to rebuild the American Dream. thanks for the leadership. As Jean-Paul Sartre has said, "We only become what we are by the radical and deep-seated refusal of that which others have made of us." Awakening dormant beliefs and values in the general public is a challenge in any era, but with intensity and passion, it can be achieved. Dreamers may not always be heard, but transformational change begins with a dream. Dr. Gopal

Is Mad King Trump Deciding Which States Will Live and Which States Will Die?

Thom plus logo Mad king Donald has gone full Joe Stalin in the last week or so. He is helping his friends and punishing his enemies, and using the lives of hundreds of millions of Americans to do it. People are dying and more will die because of it.

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