We all live in our box of stories of who we think we are. Our stories of how we see the world and our stories of who we are rarely change. One bight crisp Fall day on a Friday in New Hampshire, Shannon showed up at Salem many years ago when Louise and I ran Salem, the group home for abandoned and abused children, I've mentioned often. She was a cute, 10 year old. Pigtails. Freckles. She seemed harmless and lovable. It was an emergency placement and the social worker didn't know anything about Shannon, but would get us more info the following Monday.
TV Personality and conservative writer for the American Spectator Ben Stein trashed the suffering of unemployed Americans by writing that the people who are unemployed right now are “generally people with poor work habits and poor personalities.” He claims the unemployed are Americans with “unpleasant personalities…who do not know how to do a day’s work." What he left out of his article is that this current Great Republican recession was caused by the collective bad behavior of the world’s largest banksters and the politicians who legalized their massive theft - cheered on by right-wing com
Quote of the Day: If you think mitigated climate change is expensive, try unmitigated climate change ~ Dr. Richard Gammon
Hour One: If the British are ok with a Robin Hood tax on Wall Street, why aren't Americans?
From the east coast to the west coast, right-wing critics are engaging in open hostility to the construction of mosques. Conservatives — whipped up by Sarah Palin — are rallying against the construction of a mosque near the Ground Zero site in New York because, as Rupert Murdoch's New York Post put it, “where there are mosques, there are Muslims, and where there are Muslims, there are problems.” In Murfreesboro, Tennessee, protesters are going after a proposed mosque.
Quote of the Day: Dissent is the highest form of patriotism. -- Howard Zinn
Hour One: Is forbidding mosques endangering religious freedom in America? Pastor William Rench of Calvary Baptist Church will be here http://cbctemecula.com; Plus, Arab-American talk show host Ray Hanania talks to Thom www.themediaoasis.com
Hour Two: Conservatives want to protect us from the government but who is going to protect us from the monopolies? Thom confronts Carrie Lukas of the Independent Womens Forum www.iwf.org
The Washington-based Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) has big concerns about the Emerald Coast Tea Party Patriots inviting Brigitte Gabriel, the head of the anti-Islam hate group "ACT! for America," to be their keynote speaker at its “U.S. Constitution Freedom Rally” on August 21 in Fort Walton Beach, Fla. CAIR is asking political candidates scheduled to be at the event, such as Marco Rubio, to cancel their appearances unless Gabriel is dropped as a speaker.
Quote of the Day: “History records that the money changers have used every form of abuse, intrigue, deceit, and violent means possible to maintain their control over governments by controlling money and its issuance.” – James Madison
Hour One: When are Americans going to wake up and protect their economy?
Hour Two: Will repealing Obamacare bring back insurance industry death panels? Thom challenges Cngressman Steve King of Iowa http://steveking.house.gov
Salem needs your help. In these trouble economic times the states are slowing their payments to kids in care. If you can spare $5, $25, $100 or more...please help by going to www.salemchildrensvillage.org and donate.
"If I had one wish for every child that comes to Salem, it would be that he reaches goals that have meaning for him as an individual."
According to a source close to Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner, he is openly against the potential nomination of Elizabeth Warren to head the new Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. The financial reform bill passed by the Senate on Thursday mandates the creation of this new consumer agency charged with protecting consumers from predatory lenders. Geithner doesn't want the most outspoken advocate for creating the agency to lead it.
Quote of the Day: "The tyranny of a prince in an oligarchy is not so dangerous to the public welfare as the apathy of a citizen in a democracy." -- Montesquieu
Anything goes on townhall Friday!
The U.S. Chamber of Commerce sent the White House an "open letter" laying out a proposed roadmap to economic recovery, coinciding with the organization's "Jobs Summit" underway in Washington. The Chamber plans to spend more than $50 million electing Republicans to Congress in 2010 and here are the highlights of their recovery plan. Cut taxes on the wealthy and business, cut or reduce social security, privatize roads, drill offshore, and log national forests.
Quote of the day: The issuing power should be taken from the banks and restored to the people, to whom it properly belongs. -- Thomas Jefferson
Hour One: What the hell is happening in the Gulf...is there a conspiracy of silence? Independent journalist/author Dahr Jamail will be here www.dahrjamailiraq.com; Plus, Why is war contractor KBR getting an immunity deal? Congressman Earl Blumenauer tells Thom why the Pentagon has some explaining to do http://blumenauer.house.gov
A new billboard in downtown Mason City, Iowa features our President Obama, flanked by photos of Hitler and Lenin. The billboard headlines “Radical leaders prey on the fearful and naive.” Last fall that billboard said “Obama-Nation, Live Free or Die” with the Communist symbol of a hammer and sickle. It's brought to you by the North Iowa Tea Party. Iowa state Tea Party coordinator John White says, “everything Obama has done is ‘lock-step’ with what Hitler did in his day.” The Tea Party was initially created, funded, and promoted by operators and funders like Dick Army and David Koch.
It looks like the ironic outcome of the BP mess will come in the form of a truly poetic gesture that involves a middle finger offered by BP's treasurer to British and American taxpayers.