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December 18 2008 show notes


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


On the Program - Dec 22 2008

Quote: Life shrinks or expands in proportion to one's courage.

December 17 2008 show notes


  • Article: Caroline Kennedy As Jimmy Stewart?, Thom Hartmann.

  • Guest: Medea Benjamin, Code Pink. A shoe is the ultimate insult. They went to the White House, built a memorial to Iraqis with shoes with tags on with names of some innocent Iraqis who have died.

  • Guest: Dinesh D'Souza. Can we have morality without God?

  • Guest: "Everything You Know is Wrong": Scott Brunton, founder of Watch Your Step Productions. "Monthly Doos" and the house that poop built calendar.

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


December 16 2008 show notes


  • Guest: Peter Brimelowe, VDare. The so called "War on Christmas" and the immigration connection.

  • Guest: Meg James. Why is the TV industry dumbing down Americans with more "less scripted" shows in lieu of quality dramas? Jay Leno moving into prime time.

  • Guest: Peter Barnes. Entrepreneur and writer. Cap and Dividend. Fixing the economy and healing the planet...how President-elect Obama can do both.

  • Guest: Cynthia G. Brown, Director of Education Policy, Center for American Progress. "Teaching All Our Children Well"

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


On the Program - Dec 19th 2008

Quote: The good of the people is the highest law.

Three Cups of Tea for Rick Warren

Three Cups of Tea for Rick Warren
By Thom Hartmann

Rick Warren is providing the invocation for the presidential inauguration. As a pastor whose books have been read by tens of millions of Americans and whose voice is respected by an equal or larger number, he has tremendous influence and power. And as an open homophobe who aggressively works to wound gay people in this country (as well as pretty much anybody else who doesn’t believe with his own particular and peculiar recently-invented version of Christian theology) he should be the guy with the bull’s-eye on his back for the progressive movement.

But consider that metaphor for a moment. In Pakistan there are entire regions filled with people who not only hate gays but hate Americans as well, regardless of religion. We've tried bombing them (as the Soviets did, and the British before them). Three consecutive Western empires have tried threatening them, starving them, poisoning them, infiltrating them, and overpowering them - all without success.



On the Program - Dec 18th 2008

Quote: Democracy is based upon the conviction that there are extraordinary possibilities in ordinary people. — Harry Emerson Fosdick

Hour One – Three Cups of Tea for Rick Warren?

Guest: Robert Greenwald www.bravenewfilms.org Topic: new film "Twas the Midnight Before Regulations"

Hour Two - Dr. Lewis Mehlmadrona www.healing-arts.org/mehl-madrona Topic: What can be done about the holiday blues?

Professor Peter Edelman www.law.georgetown.edu/faculty www.americanprogressaction.org/issues/2008/changeforamerica (for the book) Topic: Change for America: A Progressive Blueprint for the 44th Presiden (edited by Mark Green and Michele Jolin) Professor Edelman's chapter (co-authored by Angela Glover Blackwell) is on page 99 in the Economic Policy section, entitled "Economic Opportunity for All or A New Gilded Age?"

Hour Three - Gene Stone www.genestone.com Topic: The 12 Step Bush Recovery Program (A Lifesaving Guide to Shaking Off the Horrors of the Last Eight Years...)

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

December 15 2008 show notes


  • Show live from snowy WTKG, Grand Rapids, MI.

  • Guest: Lou Engle, Evangelist & founder of The Call. Is the gay marriage debate really about religion or civil rights?

CAROLINE KENNEDY AS JIMMY STEWART?


The bloviators say that Caroline Kennedy doesn't have enough "experience" in the political world to be a US Senator. "She's not tested," they say. "We don't know her positions."

What they're really saying is that she's not an insider, not part of the old-boy network, and thus not predictable.

Predictability is the key of get-along/go-along politics. Politicians are terrified of anything that may present a risk to them.

Alexander Hamilton


Alexander Hamilton, in 1791, proposed to the United States our first true industrial policy. We adopted it over the next few years, Abraham Lincoln reaffirmed it fourscore years later, and it was again affirmed by every President of the United States until Reagan began his now-28-year “Reagan Revolution” which has disassembled America’s industrial base and impoverished our nation. For over 200 years, Hamilton’s policy made America the most powerful industrial nation in the world; now – after just 28 years of Reagonomics and Clinton/Rubinomics – we are the largest importer of other people’s industry, and the most indebted nation in the world.

The entirety of Hamilton’s paper is easily found on the web. The first third of it deals with Jefferson’s objections to it (which Jefferson withdrew later in his life), as Jefferson favored America being an agricultural rather than an industrial power in 1791. Once you cut past that, though, Hamilton gets right to the rationale for, and the details of, his 11-point plan to turn America into an industrial power and build a strong manufacturing-based middle class. Ironically, his policies are exactly – EXACTLY – what Japan, South Korea, and China are doing today. And what we have ceased to do.

Hamilton had it right. We must reject Reagon/Bush/Clinton/Bush-onomics and return to what the Founders knew worked. Here are selected excerpts from Hamilton’s 1791 Report on Manufactures to Congress:

First, Hamilton points out that real wealth doesn’t exist until somebody makes something. A “service economy” is an oxymoron – if I wash your car in exchange for your mowing my lawn, money is moving around, it’s a service economy, but no real and lasting wealth is created. Only through manufacturing, when $5 worth of iron ore is converted into a $2000 car door, or $1 worth of raw wool is converted into a $1000 Calvin Klein suit, is real wealth created. He also notes that people being paid for creating wealth (manufacturing) creates wages, which are the principal engine of demand, which drives an economy. And both come from a foreign trade policy.

On the Program - Dec 17th 2008

Quote: My country is the world, and to do good is my religion. — Thomas Paine, The Rights of Man, 1792

Hour One - Marc Morano www.epw.senate.gov Topic: Should victims of global warming be able to sue "Big Oil?

Hour Two - Dinish D'Souza www.dineshdsouza.com Topic: Can we have morality without God? (debated by Dinesh and Pete Singer recently)

Hour Three - "Everything You Know is Wrong" Scott Brunton www.monthlydoos.com Topic: "Monthly Doos" and the house that poop built

On the Program - Dec 16th 2008

Quote: "Man's mind stretched to a new idea never goes back to its original dimensions." - Oliver Wendell Holmes

Hour One - Peter Brimelowe www.vdare.com Topic: The so called "War on Christmas" and the immigration connection

Hour Two - Meg James www.latimes.com Topic: Why is the tv industry dumbing down Americans with more "less scripted" shows in lieu of quality dramas?

Hour Three - Peter Barnes Co-author of "Climate Solutions: A Citizen's Guide" www.capanddividend.org Topic: Fixing the economy and healing the planet...how President-elect Obama can do both

Guest: Cynthia G. Brown www.americanprogress.org Topic: Change for America: A Progressive Blueprint for the 44th President (edited by Mark Green and Michele Jolin) Ms. Brown's chapter is called "Teaching All Our Children Well" and can be found on page 235 in the Domestic Policy section.

Transcript: Vincent Bugliosi, 28 May 2008

Thom Hartmann interviews Vincent Bugliosi on his book,

December 09 2008 show notes


  • Guest: Mark Zusman, editor of the Willamette Week. Is it time to break up "Big Newspaper" to save the industry?

  • Bob Ney of Talk Radio News, ex Ohio congressman. His insights on being on the receiving end of an investigation.

On the Program - Dec 15th 2008

Quote: "Of all the frictional resistances, the one that most retards human movement is ignorance." - Nikola Tesla

Hour One - Lou Engle, Evangelist & founder of The Call www.thecall.com Topic: Is the gay marriage debate really about religion or civil rights?

Hour Two - Carrie Lukas www.iwf.org Topic: Do Obama's "green jobs" discriminate against women?

Hour Three - David Horowitz www.horowitzfreedomcenter.org Topic: "What are the limits of hate speech and at what point do you criminalize it?"

Guest: Joseph Cirincione www.ploughshares.org Topic: Change for America: A Progressive Blueprint for the 44th President (Mark Green's book)

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