January 2009

  • On the Program - Jan 30th 2009


    Anything Goes! Friday
    "Brunch with Bernie" with Senator Bernie Sanders www.sanders.senate.gov

    Show Your Support for Single-Payer Healthcare--HR 676 Today!
    On Sunday, House Majority Whip James Clyburn (D-S.C.) said on C-SPAN that he would oppose any comprehensive health care reform in 2009. And the next day, Judiciary Chairman John Conyers reintroduced HR 676, the single-payer health bill that was co-sponsored by 93 members of Congress last year, including James Clyburn.
    Congressman Clyburn needs to know that he cannot take single-payer health care off the table. So on Friday, Progressive Democrats of America (PDA) together with its allies in the progressive community have organized the Single-Payer Moment. We need to flood Congressman Clyburn's DC office with your phone calls asking him to keep single-payer on the table and to co-sponsor HR 676.
    Air America and progressive radio talk show host Thom Hartmann will be helping us get the word out. He's heard live and he will be taking calls (866-303-2270) about single-payer healthcare in the last 2 hours and urging folks to do 2 things:
    Call Congressman Clyburn and ask him to whip up support for HR 676: 202-225-3315
    Call your member of Congress and ask that they support and co-sponsor HR 676: 202-224-3121
    For more information about HR 676 and TODAY"S Single-Payer Moment go to www.pdamerica.organd www.afterdowningstreet.org

  • Transcript: Joe "the Plumber" Wurzelbacher, 29 January 2009

    Thom Hartmann talks with Joe "the Plumber" Wurzelbacher, back from the Middle East, working now with Pyjamas TV.


  • Joe The Plumber Confesses to Horny Housewife Problem

    Thom talks with Joe The Plumber on the areas of his expertise, including hunky and hot plumbers and their problems with horny housewives.

    www.huffingtonpost.com/thom-hartmann/thom-hartmann-talks-with_b_162278.html

  • Thom's Blog


    Should Gitmo be Used for Those Who Raped and Pillaged our Economy?

    Years ago, reporters for the Seattle Post-Intelligencer are reporting this week, the FBI knew that home mortgage scams were being perpetrated by banks all across the country. They told the Bush Administration, and were denied agents or resources to pursue their cases.

    Two years ago then-New York Governor Elliot Spitzer tried to prosecute banks – along with governors or attorneys general of all 50 states – for just these types of crimes and the Bush administration used an obscure Civil War era law to stop him.

    Today we learn that the very hustlers who helped destroy our economy, the so-called “investment bankers” at Morgan Stanley and AIG (who have gotten billions of our taxpayer dollars in the recent bailouts) will be getting their bonuses this year, to the tune of $1.13 million in cash for the 400 brokers at AIG.

    But while they should be denied their bonuses, the criminals for whom we should re-open Gitmo are Phil Gramm, John Boner, and the other Republicans who changed laws reaching back to the Republican Great Depression of the 1930s to prevent exactly these types of scams.

    Reopen Gitmo! Get it ready for the Republicans!

  • On the Program - Jan 29th 2009


    Quote: "If there must be trouble, let it be in my day, that my child may have peace." -- Thomas Pain. The American Crisis, No. 1, December 19, 1776

    Hour One - Should Gitmo be used for those who raped and pillaged our economy?

    Guest: Professor Harvey Kaye www.uwgb.edu/SCD/KAYE.HTM Topic: Thomas Paine's birthday (plus Obama quoted Paine in his Inaugural speech)

    Guest: Joe "the plumber" Wurzelbacher www.pjtv.com

    Hour Two - Tony Blankley www.americangritbook.com www.edelman.com for the PR Firm) Topic: His new book "American Grit: What It Will Take to Survive and Win in the 21st Century"

    "Advertiser Success" AM 1090 Progressive Talk (KPTK) Mike Radice www.greenwoodhardware.com

    Hour Three – Former President Jimmy Carter www.cartercenter.org Topic: His new book "We Can Have Peace in the Holy Land: A Plan That Will Work"

    Guest: Christy Harvey www.americanprogress.org Topic: News Under the Radar

  • January 27 2009 show notes


    • Guest: Dan Gainor, the T. Boone Pickens Fellow and the Vice President of the Business & Media Institute. Why are conservatives freaked out by local governments addressing climate change?

    • Guest: Former Alabama Governor Don Siegelman. John Conyers has subpoenaed Karl Rove to appear February 2nd.

    • Guest: Tax attorney Roni Deutch. Tax Tips for tax time.

    Topics, guests, upcoming events, quotes, links to articles, audio clips, books & bumper music.


  • On the Program - Jan 28th 2009


    Quote: "There is no calamity greater than lavish desires. There is no greater guilt than discontentment. And there is no greater disaster than greed." -- Lao Tzu
    Hour One - Dean Baker www.cepr.net Topic: "Plunder and Blunder: The Rise and Fall of the Bubble Economy"
    Hour Two - Wendy Gelberg www.gentlejobsearch.com Topic: Get a job!...w/callers
    Hour Three - Tom Philbin www.sourcebooks.com Topic: The Killer Book of Serial Killers: Incredible Stories, Facts and Trivia From The World Of Serial Killers

  • January 26 2009 show notes


    • Today is Chinese New Year... welcome to the the Year of the Ox (President Obama born during the year of the Ox).

    • Guest: Carrie Lukas, Vice President for Policy and Economics, Independent Women's Forum. The Family & Medical Leave Act (FMLA).

    • Guest: Philip K. Howard, author, "Life without Lawyers".

    • Guest: "Labor Segment": Bob Baugh, Exec. Director of the AFL-CIO Industrial Union Council.

    Topics, guests, upcoming events, quotes, links to articles, audio clips, books & bumper music.


  • Thom on Countdown with Keith Olbermann 27 Jan 2009

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    Original video at MSNBC.

  • On the Program - Jan 27th 2009

    Quote: "The right of freely examining public characters and measures, and of free communication among the people thereon…has ever been justly deemed the only effectual guardian of every other right." -- James Madison, Virginia Resolutions, 1798

    Hour One - The Best of the Rest of the News - Thom's Take

    Hour Two - Dan Gainor www.businessandmedia.org Topic: Why are conservatives freaked out by local governments addressing climate change?

    Hour Three - Roni Deutch www.ronideutch.com Topic: Tax Tips for tax time

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