The LA Times is reporting that the Deepwater Horizon oil rig that exploded in the Gulf "was built in South Korea. It was operated by a Swiss company under contract to a British oil firm. Primary responsibility for safety and other inspections rested not with the U.S. government but with the Republic of the Marshall Islands — a tiny, impoverished nation in the Pacific Ocean.
Hour One: Why do conservatives so hate America that they want to force us to keep sending money to the King of Saudi Arabia? Thom confronts Dr. David Kreutzer of the Heritage Foundation www.heritage.org; Plus, Is Halliburton still a rogue corporation or was it all BP's fault? Rob Kall of OpEd News will be here www.opednews.com
A new report by an environmental group claims that BP may not be able to pay all of the damages from the BP oil spill without the giant oil company being dissolved and all its assets sold off. It found that BP could potentially owe between $330 billion and $1.3 trillion if the BP oil spill completely decimates the area, an amount that could equal or even exceed the entire value of the company.
Hour One: Have B.P, Halliburton and Transocean have unleashed Armageddon? And, is there no stopping it? Thom talks to geologist Chris Landau www.opednews.com
Hour Two: Why we're really in Afghanistan
The tea party and their corporate-funded backers FreedomWorks complained that the individual mandate in the new health care law was an unlawful. Now, local chapters of the tea party and FreedomWorks are collaborating to plan a protest in Gwinnet County, Georgia, to voice their latest grievance against a serious, excessive, and oppressive exercise of massive governmental power — mandatory home trash collection. Yes, seriously.
Hour One: "Brunch With Bernie" Senator Bernie Sanders (I-VT) spends the hour with Thom discussing the issues and answering listener questions www.sanders.senate.gov
Late last month, Mississippi state House Speaker Billy McCoy (D) and Lt. Gov. Phil Bryant (R) started a select committee to look into the BP oil spill and would hold hearings this week.
Quote: The most important word in the language of the working class is "solidarity." -- Harry Bridges
Hour One - BP spill...will anybody go to jail for negligent homicide? Congressman (D-WA) Brian Baird
Ben Smith with Politico reported that a White House official called to tell him, "Organized labor just flushed $10 million down the toilet on a pointless exercise." in trying to beat Blanche Lincoln, Obama's candidate, in Arkansas.
Quote: “An election cannot give a country a firm sense of direction if it has two or more national parties which merely have different names but are as alike in their principles and aims as two peas in the same pod” -- Franklin D. Roosevelt
Hour One - Election results - the big winners were sneaky Republicans and big money
Pro Publica is reporting internal investigations over the last 10 years show BP systemically ignored its own safety policies from Alaska to the Gulf of Mexico to California and Texas. The classified documents show management neglected aging equipment, put pressure on employees not to report problems and cut short or delayed inspections to reduce production costs.
Quote: It is up to us to live up to the legacy that was left for us, and to leave a legacy that is worthy of our children and of future generations -- Christine Gregoire, Gov. of Washington
Hour One - Is health care reform beginning and will it satisfy progessives? Ron Pollock Executive Director, Families USA www.familiesusa.org
As the president again visited the Gulf, reports that come up that President Obama was first briefed in April on how bad the spill would be and how difficult it would be to plug the hole. Largely Republican critics have pummeled President Obama for being too slow to seize the political responsibility for combating the BP oil spill in the Gulf Coast, now widely thought to be the worst environmental disaster in U.S. history.
Quote: "When people refuse to obey, then democracy comes alive." Howard Zinn
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