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  • April 16th 2009   11 years 16 weeks ago

    When the Dems are in power, the "extremists" are the Rightwing activists and /or crazies. When the Reps are in power, the "extremists" are the Leftwing activists and/or crazies.

    At least three things to ask why about:

    1. What the Hades does "extremist" MEAN anyway??? (Thom used the term today with authority, and I was surprised that he'd do that.) 'Extremist' is a totally relative term, determined by the so-called cultural 'norm' -- and WHO decides what that 'norm' is? Evidently the Dems do when they're in power and the Reps do when they're in power. The term is more than a little loose then, don't you think?

    2. When the Reps tail and tap and demonize vegans and Quakers, you know there is a BIG problem. When Dems attempt to entrap and frame people (like at Ruby Ridge) and children get burned alive (like at Waco), you know there is a big problem. And when BOTH maintain a U.S. citizen "No-Fly List" of millions of names, you know there is a problem.

    3. The creation of the demonized "extremist" class means the Oligarchy in control of government can then maneuver to have a ready demon with which to do its usual smoke and mirrors provocateur/false flag terror fake terrorist cells and events. This opens the door for the following HORRIBLE things:
    a. It opens the door to the black heart of fear-mongering and bigtime propaganda
    b. It permits the use of that propaganda to promote wars, war-profiteering
    c.. AND it is used to justify the loss of civil liberties and the growth of oppressive, repressive government regimes!

    4. Cultural growth/advancement can come from pressure exerted by activists, so this orchestrated, controlled marginalization of activists (lumping them together with crazies under the term 'extremist') is a dangerous thing for everybody with the exception of those in control (the Oligarchy).

  • The Real Boston Tea Party was Against the Wal-Mart of the 1770s   11 years 16 weeks ago

    Thom, very interesting article, thank you. But your description of the Tea Party actually confirms libertarian free-market beliefs. The Tea Party was protesting a GOVERMENT-created monopoly. That is exactly what libertarians today want to insure doesn't happen again and why they believe in the free market. That's why they don't want a nationalized economy. And that is why they don't want taxes used for government intervention in the market. As you say, the government used laws and regulations to bailout the East India Company and it created a morally hazardous power. As much as I enjoyed the article, I'm confused how it does anything except provide more evidence for free market arguments. Maybe you should try to get it published in Reason or Cato's blog. I think they would appreciate what a great pro free market argument it is.

  • April 16th 2009   11 years 16 weeks ago

    Re: KMH comment about turning the radio down when the other woman from IWF comes on.

    KMF, I had to laugh and nod my head when I read your comment! I roll my eyes alot when she's on!

  • April 16th 2009   11 years 16 weeks ago

    Thom, thinking about several of your recent conversations this week with people on the "right," I have such a feeling of elation when there are places of agreement. I feel somehow more alive, more positive --- it is a physical feeling as much as psychological.

    P.S.
    Thanks so much for the book!

  • April 16th 2009   11 years 16 weeks ago

    B Roll-

    What thread is your 150 threshold published in? Could you tell me, I am studying Kibbutz's and I would like to understand population limitations. I do believe there is a population threshold on systems of governments and I think we are hitting it now on our current system of capitalism and other factors incorporating choice of culture also must be a variable to be considered.

  • April 16th 2009   11 years 16 weeks ago

    I finally found it: "Come to the dark side, we have cake and ice cream."

  • April 16th 2009   11 years 16 weeks ago

    I can't read the caption on the Demotivator on today's post. Can anyone tell me what it says?

  • April 16th 2009   11 years 16 weeks ago

    Riddle me this....if the definition of a terrorist/terrorist group is an individual(s) spreading their beliefs thru acts of violence, how then, is a Neo-Nazi/White Supremecist not considered a terrorist here in the "homeland'? They should all be renditioned and held without due process like the Bushies did to so many world wide. Is it because these cats have pink skin that makes it acceptable? Brown skin folks would've been handled long ago!

  • April 16th 2009   11 years 16 weeks ago

    A caller had mentioned that they believed it was more culture than religion that was the foundation of the violence. I've always thought that it was about power.
    Individuals vying for power use religion as a way to get the people to follow them. We see it happening in our own country with the way the conservatives have used the evangelical Christians to their own devices. I believe it is the same in Islam, it is just that the people there are more desperate, so more deperate measures are taken. If we were to actually lift the people in those countries up, instead of using them for their oil, or in other ways that support our own consumeristic society, I bet violence would go down immensely. Just my two cents. Thanks for a great show.

  • April 16th 2009   11 years 16 weeks ago

    I liked Hallma as well. I turn the volume down when that other lady comes on from IWF because she seems so unrealized.

  • April 16th 2009   11 years 16 weeks ago

    April 15, 2009 Judicial Department discovers survelleyance equipment at NSA National Security Agency which was being used for spying on Americans. And that this was being dealt with by the new justice department. Has anyone else heard this?

    I heard the above reported several times yesterday and again on KRXA540 this morning.

  • April 16th 2009   11 years 16 weeks ago

    BTW, I agree that your caller made a very important point that the context is culture, not religion. Very profound!

  • April 16th 2009   11 years 16 weeks ago

    P.S.
    Is Karsai a common surname? Could she be related to Hamed Karsai?

  • April 16th 2009   11 years 16 weeks ago

    Thom, your conversation with Halima Karsai (www.iwf.org) was fascinating. There were so many more subjects about which I'd like to hear her thoughts. It would be so enlightening to have someone like her (or the previous guest) on your show regularly to expand our understanding of her/his point of view (recognizing that she is only one person and cannot speak for all.)

    Among other questions, I would like to know why she is affiliated with a conservative group. She sounds open to discussing new ideas...

  • April 13th 2009   11 years 16 weeks ago

    Our view of the Tea Bag Party we attended was sad. It appealed to the lowest common denominator of racial insecurity. All white no minorities. This group was a rabid anti-Obama administration. They refused to admit it was bush's tax policy they were paying yesterday. It had the feeling of a mass mixed message lynching.
    sigh! Would like to see Fox News Channel changed to Fox Republican Propaganda Channel.

  • April 16th 2009   11 years 16 weeks ago

    Off topic but I think you'll like.

    TeaBagging - The Music Video (set to Tom Petty's Free Falling.)

    http://www.vibincblog.com/?p=914

    Greetings from Nashville Thom!

  • April 16th 2009   11 years 16 weeks ago

    The problem is in acknowedging the Koran, the Tora, or the Bible as being the "Word of God? When the Liberal/Moderate does this, the Fundamentalist says, Yes, and this is what it says...
    It seems to me that it would behoove us all to acknowledge the books to be mythical. As Joseph Campbell teaches, it does not invalidate the myth, (as there is much to learn from our myths).

  • April 16th 2009   11 years 16 weeks ago

    Hate to be a pest, but I just noticed that there is a note next to the line that gives my name and the date and time of my first post. That note only appears in my first post and in no other post on this page, so far. That line now reads:

    B Roll April 16th, 2009, 7:22 am - Your comment is awaiting moderation.

    I don't know if that is due to the length of my post or the fact that I have links in it.

    By the way, the time stamp reads one hour earlier than PST. I made my post at 8:22 am PST (which I assume is the time zone Portland is in, but the time stamp reads 7:22 am.

  • April 16th 2009   11 years 16 weeks ago

    Thom

  • April 16th 2009   11 years 16 weeks ago

    ohhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh......did you get schooled Thom! Ibrahim exposed your RABID KKKRISTIANIST ZIONIST BIGOTRY! When it comes to religion you are simply disgusting to listen to. undereducated, ignorant, bigoted, completely biased and allied to Zionism you are what Bill Maher says .....foundationally flawed because you believe in the talking snake

    no wonder there isn't a mention of Noam Chomsky, Howard Zinn or George Galloway on this show.....you are the same bloodthirsty zionist enablers that exterminates Palestinians and justifies it.

    DON'T EVER TALK ABOUT LOVING PEACE, TRUTH, JUSTICE AGAIN

    Take the Forest Growing out of your eye before you even start pointing fingers at those with a speck in theirs.

    i am SICKENED when i have to hear your glaring BIGOTRY.....you should ASHAMED of yourself!

    SICK
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  • April 16th 2009   11 years 16 weeks ago

    That was really weird. I checked for my original post a few minutes ago, and there were no posts on this page. As soon as I posted my message about my original post disappearing, my original post appeared along with my post about my original post and a post by tbone1966. So there are 3 posts on this page, before I post this comment, but the tally at the top of the comment section reads:

    2 Responses to “April 16th 2009”

    Somethin' ain't workin' right.

  • April 16th 2009   11 years 16 weeks ago

    What conservative group wants to ignore hard right and nazi terroists?

  • The Real Boston Tea Party was Against the Wal-Mart of the 1770s   11 years 16 weeks ago

    While Fox most certainly went out of it way to promote this 'Tea Party" mentality, what they ultimately did accomplish was allow the most racist, loudest, and ignorant of our society to collect in one place to spread their vitriol of hate and nastiness. http://mediamatters.org/countyfair/200904150038?show=1
    Fox did not even have the courtesy to explain the facts to their viewers, just allowed an unmitigated time to rant and chant. Most of which was not even about taxes but about things that most of the hundreds of dozens of people that showed up have no idea about what to say!
    By trying to mainstream the fringe among us is dangerous and Fox, in my opinion is as guilty of any violence that stems from this outrage as much as the person that may commit it.

  • April 16th 2009   11 years 16 weeks ago

    To the powers that be (but don't roll like I do).

    I posted a long refutation of your theory that humans can only work and live cooperatively in groups of 150 people or less. I posted it around 40 minutes before your show began. That post appeared on this page but didn't show up in the tally of the number of posts. Now it doesn't appear at all.

    There seems to be a bug in this page. Yesterday a woman complained that her message posted before she was finished. If this post works, I'll post my original message again.

  • The Real Boston Tea Party was Against the Wal-Mart of the 1770s   11 years 16 weeks ago

    Thom,
    You have hit the bullseye of what should be an alternative frame to the Tea-Baggers. Even though they are a clear minority and looked more than goofey at times, they are out there capturing the rage that many feel, astroturf or not. I think the democrats and progressives missed an opportunity to co-opt the right-wing anti-tax message. 95% of America taxpayers received a tax cut on April 15. We should be have been shouting that from the rooftops that and re-framing these protests in the fashion you suggest.

    Though progressives really showed little evidence of counter-protest, I believe our movement needs to speak to working people more effectively and be better, more authentic channels for this anger, which will only grow as the world economy worstens (and it will terribly - sad to say.)

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