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  • May 22 2009 - Friday   11 years 17 weeks ago

    nichren daishonin described what he called the mystic law of cause and efect. based it on the proof ones see in it. nam myho renge kyo . man creates causes by thought word and action.

  • May 22 2009 - Friday   11 years 17 weeks ago

    Thom, while you are in Anchorage, please look into the MORE environmental pipeline proposed for years by Alaska Natural Gas Development Authority (ANGDA), chaired by Scott Heyworth. The big three oil companies have been running the biggest scam re running their 3400 mile pipeline.

    "Running a gas pipeline thru Denali National Park" for no real reason when an alternative environmental already disturbed corridor (along side TAPS.......and buried!) exists.

    If I can get him to call in will you speak with him?

  • May 22 2009 - Friday   11 years 17 weeks ago

    senater sanders there has been many times our nation has used terorism against people of other nation and within our nation . i feel we must bring this up in the public debate and face our past action, to make us a more perfect union. what do you think?

  • May 22 2009 - Friday   11 years 17 weeks ago

    Obama: Prolonged Detention

    Last night, Rachel Maddow talked about a new, radical, unconstitutional proposal that was included in Obama's speech yesterday. It is very disturbing:

    http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/26315908/#30877514

  • May 22 2009 - Friday   11 years 17 weeks ago

    Beth Noveck, the Deputy Director of the White House Office of Science and Technology, was on c-span's "Washington Journal" this a.m. She was talking about recent (within the last 24 hours) additions to the White House website.

    www.Whitehouse.gov/open was just made available to encourage people to offer suggestions to make the government more transparent and open. Noveck said that the administration is looking for ideas to improve specific areas of government that could benefit from new technologies, systems, etc. They also want feedback to make the site better.

    A weblog for scientists and technology people went up yesterday. Members of the administration want to brainstorm via comments on the weblog with citizens for a limit of ONE WEEK. Then, the next phase of the process will begin. After that, another phase will begin, and so on.

    Other sites include: www.data.gov, www.ostp.gov, www.whitehouse.gov/open/innovations

    I think this sounds promising --- and interesting! 'Just wanted to pass it along.

  • May 20th 2009 - Wednesday   11 years 17 weeks ago

    I've been tuning in to Scott Horton's interviews via podcast on www.antiwar.com
    and I am truly worried about the direction Obama is moving in. It seems he says what we want to hear with no intention of following through. I'm also worried about Cheney being in his face at every turn. I'm sorry to say that the future of the world looks very bleak to me.

  • May 22 2009 - Friday   11 years 17 weeks ago

    To continue Thom's discussion with a caller on Thursday on the term "Nazi," the Encyclopedia Britannica’s article on fascism lists a dozen or so characteristics of that political system. Opposition to Marxism; opposition to parliamentary democracy; opposition to political and cultural liberalism; totalitarian ambitions; conservative economic programs; corporatism; alleged equality of social status; imperialism; military values; extreme nationalism; scapegoating; populism; antiurbanism; “racial unity” and a few others.
    It doesn’t take much reflection to note that to some degree all of these characteristics are implied in Republican politics. A concern country turning “communist” under Obama has been expressed by lesser lights on the right. Congress as a check on executive power—or rather Republican power—we have seen in action for length of the Bush administration. We don’t need to tarry with the right-wing opposition to anything smacking of liberalism. Totalitarianism is tough prove, although Nixon did say that the president was above the law, and Bush/Cheney did trample on the Bill of Rights. Conservative economic programs and corporatism goes without saying. Alleged equality of social status—when Alex Castellano recently stated on CNN that Republicans were a “bottom-up” party, Donna Brazile told him to “stop your lies.” And so on and so forth.
    Some of these characteristics, like scapegoating and “racial unity” were taken to their “logical” extreme by the Nazis. It can be detected in this country as well. Frankly, if someone regards a certain demographic in this country in terms of vermin and pests—and Thom knows what demographic I’m talking about—much as the Nazis portrayed the Jews in the propaganda film “The Eternal Jew,” then that person is little to be differentiated from the Nazi who espoused such a view. And those who remain silent in the face of it do, as Thomas More said, betoken their consent—which why when Pat Buchanan declared on the McLaughlin Group that “Hispanics are out to destroy America” the total silence of his co-hosts in response to this racist fulmination was more eloquent than what that bigoted, anti-Semitic fulminator actually said.

  • May 18th 2009 - Monday   11 years 17 weeks ago

    The torture of 135 african americans, over a 20 year period, by area 2 police commander Jon Burge blows your "emailers" suppositions out of the water. Jon Burge did it then for the same reasons they do it now: to extract false confessions. But because the victims were black, they are easily dismissed Everyone wonders how did this happen? I wonder why it took so long. Please you can save it.

  • May 22 2009 - Friday   11 years 17 weeks ago

    In regard to Dick Cheney's shenanigans on Thursday, if it is true that Cheney’s poll numbers are going up, that’s merely proof that fear still trumps hope for many people. Cheney is clearly worried about how history will judge him. He may believe that inventing facts or twisting facts may allow him to be viewed favorably by those still see America surrounded by dark-skinned enemies, as Richard Slotkyn’s “Regeneration Through Violence” argued. But most thinking people ought to see through the pose; Cheney’s claim that “a hundred thousand lives have been saved” thanks to the Bush/Cheney civil rights destroying policies, and that the Obama administration is “hiding” the evidence that “many” terrorists plots have been foiled is mere demagoguery. Just like all those WMDs and mass graves that were never found, wouldn’t the administration have touted its “successes” with a bit more specificity? Or were the only “successes” worth mentioning the Miami 7 and Jose Padilla fiascos? Facts are facts, and they are not on Cheney’s side, and history will judge him on that criteria rather than on his fantasias.

  • May 20th 2009 - Wednesday   11 years 17 weeks ago
  • May 21 2009 - Thursday   11 years 18 weeks ago

    "Those who would give up Essential Liberty to purchase a little Temporary Safety, deserve neither Liberty nor Safety."

    Richard Jackson - November 21, 1755

    "Give me Liberty, or give me death."

    Patrick Henry - March 25, 1775

  • May 21 2009 - Thursday   11 years 18 weeks ago

    If Guantanamo is such a showplace, then why haven't Condo's been built their.

  • May 21 2009 - Thursday   11 years 18 weeks ago

    Dick Cheney is a founding member of the new GOP. Grand Oligarchy Party.

  • May 21 2009 - Thursday   11 years 18 weeks ago

    Thom,

    Over the last two days, I've heard you mock Americans who are afraid of having people they believe are terrorists moved from Guantanamo to prisons in the United States. You called them cowards and frightened little men and women.

    I can understand criticizing government officials who should know better and demagogic politicians and media personalities for whipping up this fear, but it seems out of character for you (an advocate of Gandhian principles) to be mocking people who have been misinformed into fearfulness.

    If these people are conservatives, we know they tend to fear people who look or speak differently than they do. But isn't it your job as a "progressive" opinion leader to be open to understanding their fears and helping your audience do the same?

    One of the complaints one often hears from non-elite conservatives is that the left looks down on them and their concerns. I don't see how mocking their fears will help winning them over to more progressive views.

    It also seems strange that you love to talk to and debate the the highly paid corporately backed right-wing fear mongers, showing them great respect and often attesting to their good character. But now, you're mocking the fears the common folks that have fallen victim to the lies and distortions of these well paid propagandist.

    On the other hand, just two days ago (May 19) you cut off a caller who merely asked that you have more progressive guests on your show. You told that caller, who couldn't respond because you dumped his call, that you were all the "progressive" your audience needs and you think you do a fine job, thank you very much, of representing the progressive point of view.

    That seemed like a fear based response to me.

  • May 21 2009 - Thursday   11 years 18 weeks ago

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    I clearly disagree with libertarianism because I’ve never met a libertarian who admits that the very complex marketplace we experience in this country evolved with the government’s help—for good or bad. Corporate charters, tax codes, regulation of stock exchanges, patents, copyrights, contract law, courts, etc. are creations of the very government that “free-market” libertarians deride. Is it perfect? Heck no. The purpose of government vis a vis the marketplace is supposed to be to create a level playing field so that large, medium, and small players have confidence to participate. The deeper, wider, more diverse, and more dynamic the marketplace is, the better.

    The only free market that exists, as Thom has explained, is when two people exchange products or services (i.e., Farmer A exchanges his goat for Farmer B’s sheep). Not even money, issued by the government, could be exchanged. And no methods of regulated transportation or communications (i.e., trucks, public roads, phones, postal service) could be used . Now that may sound ridiculous. But it is truly the only way to have a transaction where the government has no part in making it happen. And our recognizing how government has evolved with the private sector and individuals to play a role (good or bad) in so many facets of our complex lives is important.

    Of course, libertarians would argue that the private sector can do whatever government does better. Again, I clearly disagree. But that’s another discussion.

    So when We the People (the government) want to level the marketplace for workers by allowing them to belong to unions in a fair and open way, without intimidation and delay tactics by employers and to bargain collectively, it’s no more interventionist than the myriad of government interventions that benefit other groups—mostly corporations. To be concerned about favoring workers and just ignore all the favoritism bestowed by the government for employers, or worse yet—just calling it the “free market” and not even acknowledging the government’s favoritism—is not, I believe, intellectually honest.

    Some libertarians do acknowledge the favoritism, only they don’t call it that. It’s just a function of what is moral in a capitalistic society in their minds. Positive incentives are justly bestowed on the “producers” and the rabble need negative incentives to keep them in line. Then when you point out their classist bias, they start screaming “That’s class warfare!” But perpetuating the bias is class warfare by the privileged on everyone else. They want favoritism, AND they don’t want anyone to acknowledge it let alone call it favoritism. Can arrogance be any more willful than that?

  • May 21 2009 - Thursday   11 years 18 weeks ago

    Tom your show rips it up man! Makes a days work nice and good to the lunch hour.

    Did Dick win? Dick is a ghost that breaths O2! His history should be visually tabbed in a bullet list every time one talks about the executive power he and the rest of the neo-con-artist have forced us to listen to on mainstream tv for these many years/decades. My brain wants a better world and a better nation, my two party trap Wall Street, K-Street Lobby gives me a good cop and a bad cop! A government gone bad a post modern industrial complex. HELP!!!!!!!!

  • May 20th 2009 - Wednesday   11 years 18 weeks ago

    As a comment on Thom's 911 comment to the caller, I think that it was known ahead that the planes were going to hit the WTC and the demolition was planned afterward to increase the effect. This would answer Thom's question as to why the building were not just bombed.
    All indications are that the Pentagon crash was a total fraud.

  • May 20th 2009 - Wednesday   11 years 18 weeks ago

    Is our economy on the brink of a revival? Quite possibly.

    In Homer's "Odyssey," Odysseus had to steer his ship between two hazards, Scilla and Charibdis. If he got too close to one or the other, his ship would be dashed upon its rocks.

    The Scilla and Charibdis of the world economy are Capital and Labor. If we steer a course too favorable to one or the other, we crash. We just about crashed on the rocks of Capital last year, and the Obama administration is doing what it can to correct our course.

    If Capital is given too much power, it invariably enslaves and harries Labor while plumbing new depths of excess. We need to remember the grotesque hog-slop we witnessed beginning with the election of Ronald Reagan and finally collapsing in the final year of Bush Two. Given too much rein, Capital will "pollute the public treasure and accumulate wealth by impoverishing others," as Albert Pike put it.

    We can't steer too close to Labor either, though. That way lies anarchy, which inevitably results in a new totalitarianism.

    We need capital to create jobs. We need banks to provide funding for development. But we need to watch those with money like hawks.

    We need controls over financial markets. We need to reduce the power of corporations over elected officials. We need to have a minimum wage that allows workers stability, if not comfort. We need to adjust tax rates to take less from those who have the least.

    After World War II, most U.S. families had adequate incomes. In most families there was just one wage-earner. Taxes were relatively low on the lower and middle classes, and were confiscatory for the very rich. Corporations paid a big chunk of the taxes, too.

    What happened? The rich and the corporations didn't like it, and they could afford to do something about it: they bought elected officials.

    We just took the government back from these people. It's tenuous, but our majority is big enough to steer us away from the excesses of Capital.

    This is our best chance to fix things, and Barak Obama is moving us in that direction. It's long overdue.

  • May 20th 2009 - Wednesday   11 years 18 weeks ago

    This is a perpetually off-topic issue on this show, but last Friday, and black male in Seattle was sentenced to 11 years in prison after pleading guilty to felony murder for a crime that would normally be called involuntary manslaughter. It was noted that this man had a prior criminal record, as if to make the sentence more palatable. Minorities always seem to have a criminal record—and if they don’t, the police always seem eager to provide them with one. The now defunct Seattle P-I published a report on how police often instigate confrontations that lead to arrests. If all else fails, then “obstruction” and “contempt of cop” is a handy way of getting a minority who has no criminal record a toehold in the criminal justice system.
    One day last year I exited a bus in Renton after work with the intention of walking to the Fry’s Electronics store. I had not gotten far when I attracted the notice of a white female cop who followed me in her car for a few minutes, dodging in and out of parking lots. She then cut me off on the sidewalk, jumped out of her car and had me up against a wall. Moments later two other cops were on the scene; the contents of my small backpack were subsequently strewn on the ground. The cops asked me what I was doing and I told them, and they informed me that I fit the description of someone who had just robbed a bank. Of course I was incredulous, and informed them that I just gotten off work and a bus. I also informed them that I believed that they were guilty of harassment due to my “ethnic” appearance, and intended to file a complaint. In order to “appease” me one the cops called dispatch to allow me to hear the description of the perpetrator: dark clothes, white, five-feet ten, and grey hair. “See,” said the cop, “you’re wearing dark clothes”—my airport uniform. I pointed out that I was five-feet five, had dark hair and I had certainly attracted attention because I was not “white,” and non-whites tend to be guilty of something in the eyes of white cops. After awhile, another squad car arrived with a witness to the alleged robbery, and no sooner had the witness arrived I was left alone on the sidewalk, with no apology and my belongings still strewn all over the ground. Three cops wasting their time because of racial profiling for a half-hour, while the real perpetrator was making his getaway.
    There seems to be, in my opinion, two tiers of justice in this country: one for whites, and one for everyone else. The acquittal of two white teens in the beating death of a Latino in Pennsylvania is on one tier; the sentencing of the African-American for what is being called the felony murder of a white man is on another tier.
    Don’t believe me? Let’s review some recent local cases. A white firefighter who killed while DUI two Vietnamese girls who were walking on a sidewalk. He was sentenced to probation; all his supporters cheered lustily, and the family members of the deceased were so swept-up in the happy event that they joined in expressing joy in this shining example of “justice.” Contrast this with the African-American Bellevue police officer who, while DUI, severely injured his friend and killed a man in another car who was also DUI. Unlike the white firefighter, he felt he should be punished, and white justice obliged him with jail time.
    Another case: The white woman struck and killed five members of a Bulgarian immigrant family of Turkish origin, while driving under the influence of a cell phone. Prosecutors declined to press charges, because there was no law against using a cell phone while driving. It’s hard to believe a Mexican immigrant had been responsible in like fashion for the death a family of white people for the same reason would have gotten off without so much as a dinged conscious. The outrage of some people over this case led to the new laws regarding hand-held cell phone while driving (which, by the way, most people ignore).
    In the case I mentioned off the top, it’s hard not to see incongruities. First, that the deceased was illegally blocking traffic with cones was not noted; it was nice that he was watering flowers in a street circle, but I’m sure if some black codger was doing the same, white neighbors would have had the police on him like a duck on a June Bug. The girls who instigated the confrontation because they didn’t want to drive around the obstruction, and called the defendant from his home to come and "help" them, got away scot-free from any form of reprimand. The black man who punched the white man once and walked away had no thought of killing the man, but was still sentenced on a procedure set down by a new state law that makes involuntary manslaughter felony murder—a procedure that one might strongly conjecture is specifically targeted to minorities.
    Yet recently in Shenandoah, PA white youths were acquitted by an all-white jury, in a town consumed by anti-Latino hatred, of the beating death of a Latino man, in a case purposely bungled by a prosecution who allowed an adult who apparently delivered the fatal blow to be the “star witness.” After the verdict, the all-white supporters cheered so lustily that even the judge and sheriff were moved to admonish them.

  • May 20th 2009 - Wednesday   11 years 18 weeks ago

    Responding to Thom's thought process of "maybe G.W. Bush is addicted to death":
    This may be the case. After reading "Bush on the Couch," the story of his sister's illness & death & the way his parents brushed the event under the rug, I gained a strange empathy for G.W. Not enough to forgive him for being a mass murderer, but maybe enough to forgive him after I see him in jail.

  • May 20th 2009 - Wednesday   11 years 18 weeks ago

    Did I say something wrong that you're not posting my comment and links?

  • May 18th 2009 - Monday   11 years 18 weeks ago

    LEGAL LIMBO?

    Endless internment without a timeline -- that is PSYCHOLOGICAL TORTURE. So we are continuing to torture, even under Obama....

  • May 20th 2009 - Wednesday   11 years 18 weeks ago

    is graig shirley advising newt ?

  • May 20th 2009 - Wednesday   11 years 18 weeks ago

    Thom may be onto something regarding the relationship between fear and addiction. For example, here's some food for thought:

    “Fear - The Motivation Of Addiction?”
    http://ezinearticles.com/?Fear—The-Motivation-Of-Addiction?&id=956858

    “Beyond Fear and Addiction”
    http://www.innerbonding.com/show-article/927/beyond-fear-and-addiction.html

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