September 2010

Thom Hartmann, American Hero

I was unemployed from October 2009 to May 2010 and listened to Big Ed and Thom every day. Now that I'm back at work I can't listen to Thom or Ed, but I hope I can stay connected through this blog. I listened today (Labor Day) at a Recycled program. Great journalism.

Where have all the Unions Gone, Long Time Passing

Pacifica, Labor Day 2010 - Is it politics? Probably. Remember Ronald Reagan? Of course you do. He's the guy who cranked up union-busting in this country. Based on opinion polls busting up the unions was a very popular position of the anti-labor political right (still is). Reagan's position was odd when one considers he was once president of the Screen Actors Guild, but he was pro-management and lead a strike-ending agreement in 1959 that eventually weakened the union. His position forced his resignation from union members before his term was up.

Staring at boobs

Thom, it was a lovely thought but you should check Snopes before you pass along this old email rumor:

Share the Land

September 6

A Capital Idea Part 29: Share the Land

How Not To Suppress Voter Turnout

I'm 58 yrs. old with 3 children who have observed this nation's ups and downs as a true independent. I'm unable to call from work or chat. I do listen most days while I am working. Some of my thoughts.

Progressive's in Fresno Ca.?

I am looking for a Progressive democratic party in Fresno Ca.that I can be a part of. Anyone know of any? Please let me know, as I REALLY want to get involved. ...Thanks

Aye Aye Captain...


After I unveiled and updated what I feel is a more modern and somewhat "unique to this century" TACTIC to drive out the vote for this mid-term election, which is:

Economic Royalists - old and new

I've treasured Thom's bringing to my attention President Roosevelt's incredible 1936 speech. I've often handed it out to friends - or given the link to the audio file, hoping they'd read or listen. Often I find that they just 'didn't have the time'. God help America if we can't devout less than half an hour to such a critical and fantastic piece of prescient insight to America's soul...

So, I took it upon myself to make a 'Reader's Digest" condensed version of it. Hope you all enjoy it. Feel free to spread it around. It can be found at these two sites:

A Place Like No Other?

I wrote this commentary not long after 9/11. I believe that it still makes sense - you decide.

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"The Saddest Thing Is This Won't Be Breaking News"

Thom plus logo As the world burns, and more and more fossil fuels are being used every day planet-wide, atmospheric carbon dioxide levels passed 416 ppm this week at the Mauna Loa Observatory in Hawaii. In the 300,000 years since the emergence of modern humans, carbon dioxide levels have never been this high.