November 2010

Just me

contradictory voting?

Just a note to point out how hard it is to establish just what voters really want.

I know a woman who recently voted for the Republican candidate for governor here in Oregon who clearly wants to repeal measures 66 and 67 which increased taxes in Oregon on the wealthy, This despite the fact that this woman voted for measures 66 and 67 precisely because they raised taxes on the wealthy and not the middle class.

When asked to justify this discrepancy, she replied that she didn't think he would dare to actually repeal those taxes on the rich . . .

Oh Mitch, say it ain't so!

It's time to jump in the "way-back-machine" and travel to September of 2006. Remember when the democrats suggested a draw down of troops in Iraq and they were excoriated by Mitch McConnell thusly:“The Democrat[ic] leadership finally agrees on something — unfortunately it's retreat.” This came on the heels of a letter from democrats to Bush to reduce troop levels. McConnell sited cut and run several times. Told the American people that al-Qaeda would follow us home, you know the usual clap trap we are accustomed to from the Republicans.

Negative Contet

I was at one time happy I could listen to your show when I got I heart radio on my Iphone. Unfortunately, I find Thom to be a Johnny-one-note saying the same things everyday "Reagenomics, Clintonomics, etc...." or finding some way to dump on President Obama. This is trully disappointing. I could listen to Rush if I wanted to hear this constant negativism.

If I Were a Xenuvian Pigeon

November 14

If I Were a Xenuvian Pigeon

Preface: Thom Hartmann sometimes jokes that pigeons are robotic spies from the planet Xenu, here to monitor all important happenings among we humans on earth.

Stardate: 123456789/whatever.whatever

Station: Planet Earth, United States of America, Washington, D.C.

Pigeon Voxni's summary for Xenuvian year 56,935,136:

Jon Stewart-Lebowitz' Rally to Restore Wimpy..redux...

Its a rare thing when someone that I crticize about being wimpy, shallow, and perhaps fraudulent, takes an hour out of their time to make those points directly about himself...and with a national audience looking...and in the hands of a brilliant KNOWLEDGABLE interviewer...and with it all being on tape!

Guantanamo Poetry to Feature in Baltimore Concert

Pioneering American composer Annea Lockwood is about to present in Baltimore In Our Name, a new composition featuring poetry written by Guantanamo Bay prisoners.

The concert, to be held at An Die Musik on November 17, will involve Thomas Buckner, baritone, Annea Lockwood, electronics and voice, and Ted Mook, cello.

Lockwood’s In Our Name, a collaboration with Buckner, builds on excerpts of poetry written by Jumah al Dossari, Osama Abu Kabir and Emad Abdullah Hassan while incarcerated without trial at Guantanamo Bay.

I'm (not sure) I Give A Flying Civilian Pancake With Strawberrys And Whipped Cream About Lt. Dan Choi's Cause Anymore!!! Help Me Folks!!!

Hey there, I just saw your appearance on Hardball, and I thought Chris Matthews was being a little weird. He kept cutting you off. It seemed like he was purposely trying to make you lose your cool, in spite of his repeated pronouncements that he respected your service. After reflecting on this mystifying encounter for a while (easy enough), I might have just replied: "I don't know Chris, what do you think?" had I been in your shoes. Personally, I am a bit conflicted. I am completely behind you and your efforts.

Harsh for the Holidays

Thom Hartmann and several other progressive, leftist, liberal, Democratic talk show hosts are quoted on a really interesting (and unusually well done) hiphop album.

OK, yeah it's mine and I THINK IT'S AWESOME. It's available at www.HaveNCredible.com. Free for download. Enjoy and tell somebody.

Let the holiday season begin!

On Deficit Reduction and Medicare Part E

Historically, Health Care in America has been either charity (or non-profit) based or a fee-for-service model. With a tight labor market after WWII, the government ruled that fringe benefits to employees, such as Health Care, were not considered part of an employees wages, the employer model of health insurance took off (Employer-sponsored health insurance was not considered taxable income until 1954). At the same time, most health insurers were non-profits, that only changed back in the 70s (when consolidations began, and many health insurers began corporate profit models).

Here's what Republicans and billionaires really mean when they talk about 'freedom'

Thom plus logo America is having a heated debate about the meaning of the word socialism. We'd be better served if, instead, we were debating the meaning of freedom.