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Thom,--On the woman who is suing (I did not catch who or what) over Obama’s health care plan and her desire to not be “forced” to buy it as she does not want government in her life seems hypocritical to me (9 March 2012). She certainly utilized the government services of our judicial system to file her bankruptcy so she would be protected from the creditors who were surely hounding her to pay her debts. I wonder where she would be today without the government’s system to file bankruptcy. Christina, Oregon

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The liberal rumble is beyond discussion when every comment is an insult, slur, or cut on Obama and liberals. Has the Right no ability to discuss anymore and is this not why they never have any solutions?

I'm from the goverment and I'm here to help should bring a sigh of relief not mockery unless your mindset is only how can I best succeed. Nice try Thom to try to talk to these cons but it's only Mockery 101 to them and painful to watch. Misinformation and distortion mixed with cynicism and condecenscion accomplishes nothing progressive. Believe it or not there are those who are just not worth talking to about anything. Wish you good guest hunting.

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So-- if it had been a white teen walking along the sidewalk with his hood up eating candy -- would Zimmerman have shot him?
I haven't heard that question asked anywhere and it needs to be.....

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This show "The Big Picture" Leans heavy on Republicans are

bad. Republicans and

Demacrats are crooks to put it mild. This is a

state run show and needs to be took off RT news. This Right vs Left is a

distraction and been one for decades. They came outright and said republicans

have mental issues. Fact, Both sides are dangerious to the USA. RT news was

right on till this state run media showed up. To RT News, Please take this State

run media off the air.. By the Way. Im not Republican or Demacrat. One is as bad

as the other.

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It cost around 3million dallors to keep someone on death row for twenty years because of appeals etc. But then on a whim you can kill someone and not even be arrested. You can be a controlling freak about abortion and them be a zealous patriot and send young people into a war that keeps people rich and haters to grow mote hateful. This is so twisted yet simple. But this stuff comes straight out of fear and so many kinds of addictions, and GREED the most untreated addiction that no one is even concerned.about looking for a cure.

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Thom, why would those who make policy about international trade not want US citizens to buy products that bring a larger return of funds back to the USA--who benefits from this kind of policy?

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Why don't you talk more about Globalists and how they run both parties and the Federal-Reserve System ?

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yes why .. do tell , i think it has alot to do with the free trade thingy bill clinton started lol i said thingy

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sounds like americia to me .... most people agree they can't tell the diffrence from dem. or rep. maybe this is a facist country ran by liars and fake elections for the sheep to feel like they are in a democracy .... like the matrix ... they created a perfect world , and told people they had a choice , because without a choice everything went to shit ... maybe dem. and rep created the illusion of choice

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I'm getting really tired of you having on a bunch of libertarians and republicans to debate you on your show. Is the lone liberal rumble really just going to always be just you getting into a shouting match with a couple of nut jobs? That's not presenting a debate or a point of view, that's just stupid. If you want to be a liberal talk show host, then for goodness sake get some liberals on once in awhile. The nut jobs have more than enough fairness and balance (of them being on) on Fox News. I turned your show off after only 5 minutes tonight because of this problem.

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Thom, congrats on you and RTnews getting on the air with Dish Network. But, you and RTnews cannot stop with Dish Network.

Right now the main battle is the information wars. It is critical that RTnews gets on the air with cable providers such as Comcast. Most people don't have Dish Network, they have cable instead. If RTnews (which includes your show) can get on cable then it will be a great victory in the information wars and can blow apart the veils of deception that U.S. corporate news has subjected the American public to. A great awakening to the lies and deception of Clear Channel, FoxNews, CNN, etc., is within our grasp if only we can get RTnews and your show on cable.

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Hi Thom. I really want to bring attention to the fact that your "Big Picture Rumble" guest on Friday's show, "Tea Party Nation" founder Judson Phillips, betrayed himself as nothing more than a typical Republican when he defended the proposal by House GOP members to restore and even increase Pentagon spending. The "Tea Party" is no band of reform minded citizens but only the loudest and most obnoxious voices among the same old crowd of crony capitalists and wild-eyed culture warriors who just got through leading us down the path to rack and ruin. It isn't "limited government" these pretenders are after but exploitable government with lots of fat government contracts available to keep them fed at the public trough and a strict police state and outsized military protecting their crony system.

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Hi Thom:

FYI, potassium nitrate is no joke re: male erectile function. KNO3 is a potent vasodilator; when ingested in small doses by the male animal, it dilates the penile veins. The penis is engorged slightly, but the potassium relaxes the muscles so that there is no erection. It is also the main ingredient in black gunpowder!

Anton Niedels

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Here is a URL for President Obama's accomplishments with citations. It's pretty impressive despite what the rethugs are spewing. Check it out. Someone needs to make this public. Obviously the president cannot do it or he would be accused of thumping his chest. I am sending this to all my contacts and I thought you might like it too.

http://www.addictinginfo.org/2012/05/29/a-long-list-of-president-obamas-accomplishments-with-citations/

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No No No No.

Illegal drugs were pressed into forms resembling brand name Bath Salts.

The first occurrence of this that I know of was in 2004 - See the April 2004 D.E.A. Microgram Bulletin.

In the eight years since then, any number of things have since morphed from that true story into any piece of garbage chemical that somone wants to market to the naive and desperate.

But you are right about so-called News agencies being offered and then repeating more fear-mongering garbage.

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Thom: please interview a war tax resister, like Dr. Paula Rogge of austin. thanx. http://www.warresisters.org/

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I agree with Curtz on your amazing patience, Thom. Case in point (one of many) is the caller you debated yesterday who seemed unable to admit that cash in the pockets of working people will spark the economy. He insisted that more taxes on the rich would take away their incentive to invest in their own companies. The logic there just eludes me, since it's obvious that the only thing they've done with their extra cash in the past few decades has been to move their operations overseas. I truly hope the voters will see the Repugnicants' lies for what they are in November, but I'm afraid ... very afraid'

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Here is the game changer, transparency all financing of the political arena will be done by the single unit called the electorate,all special financing of whatever source will be eliminated .

Election and campaign costs will be covered by a general fund created by all the people and distributed in equal share to all candidates or issues groups.

Why ? because when we come from oneness ,there can be no enlightened society without truth and transparency the number of which is growing daily .

New systems of democracy will be put in place requiring two thirds majority ,the idea that the more people making the final decision ,the harder it is to unfairly influence the vote.

stephen Humanity,s team ,we are all one

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I would like Tom to take time one day to explain something. I agree that rich people, especially, should "pay their fair share so we're all in it together" as far as healthcare and other things go, but I do have a problem. How can you make the argument that people should be FORCED to help others simply because it's a good thing and "the right thing" to do? I think people should want to do good, but I can't find a good rationale for forcing them by rule of law to help others when they wouldn't choose to do it by their nature. I understand we have laws already that keep people from doing bad things on purpose like murder, but forcing people to do good without a choice when it comes to things like money and resources is something I need a rational reason for other than, "it's a good thing to help people" before I can go along with forcing people anymore than I can't go along with forcing people to do alot of other things that are "nice and sweet and helpful" for people to do when they simply would not choose to do them. We can't exactly make being selfish and mean a crime, now, can we?

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I love The Big Picture and listen to The Radio show here in Denver. But I have to plead with Tom to please stop having David Selig on as a guest. He is an imposter. That's not even his real name. Besides that he is full of hot air. Not one thing factual or even coherant. He's a patsy and their are plenty of Right-wing talking head's that would come on your show and actually have a semi-intellegent conversation with you. Sincerley. Avid Watcher and Listener

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Daniel could you please be more specific. What is the nature of the conversation that makes you walk away? Is it the fact you disagree with conservatives to the point that anything they say comes off disrespectful. Is it religion, freemarket, tax codes, outsourcing or abortion ? Should we get paid by need or worth? Should a teacher get the same salary as a heart or brain surgeon? What is are you looking for in an interview?

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Dear Thom, I am responding to a 'Your Take/My Take' comment from Monday, July 30th. In regards to the recent Colorado theatre shooting, the commenter suggested that America adopt Canadian gun control laws and regulations. I'd like to point out that all the guns used in the shooting are legal in Canada. The shotgun used, specifically, is non-restriced under our law and millions of them are legally owned within Canada. The major difference between the two countries is that in Canada guns are more tightly controlled, through manditory safety classes, thorough background checks, graded licences and permits, a ban on hand guns and concealement, and a long gun registry. Previous governments understood that there were no statistics conclusively showing that more citizens with guns increases public safety. They understood that proper gun control increases public safety, particularly for women and other disproportionately vulnerable groups within Canada. The irony of all this is that while some people suggest America adopt successful Canadian gun control laws, Prime Minister Stephen Harper is busy adopting failed American gun control laws and destroying successful ones. He recently scrapped the successful long gun registry despite popular support for keeping it, once again governing according to his ideology, rather than science, history, and reality. That, to quote Thom Hartmann, is very, very (insert long adverb here) ugly. Cale from Canada.

*** Feel free to edit or shorten my comment for space constraints***

Sources:

http://www.caw.ca/assets/images/474-Gun_Registry_Briefing_Notes.pdf

http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/story/2012/07/25/colorado-guns-canada.html

http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/story/2011/10/25/f-firearms-numbers.html

http://shitharperdid.ca/

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Hi Thom, I'm in the UK and wish we had something like "The Big Picture" here.

You have said a few times that the founding fathers
were opposed to standing armies because they often led
to coups and the collapse of great nations.
Which nations were they ?

Thomas Jefferson said the Greeks and Romans had no standing army.
Weren't the Roman legions a standing army ?

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We the people need to set fourth and ensure for not only ourselves, but for those to come in centuries ahead, a safe and healthy life, and one not suffering for breath beneath the dictates of the few, the corrupt, the rich, the stupid.

So let’s stop watching democracy crumble in “their” iron fists and let’s take back FREEDOM, that nourishing food supplied by lady Liberty that we have too long been starved of.

And to everyone at The Big Picture, thank you for an intelligent and thought-provoking program. I'm a dedicated viewer and appreciate all the hard work that goes into creating such a wonderful show.

My most sincere regards,

Georgia

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Hello Thom

The Republican Party does not give a hoot about abortion it is just what they think they need to do to keep the evangelical vote and I can prove it. It’s very simple but nobody brings it up. If they are Pro Life how can they be Pro War and Pro Death Penalty at the same time? This is just another example of the hierocracy of the Republican Party. They certainly know how to hide their true intensions.

Thank you for your time and your show keep up the great work. You give us all hope!!!!

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I am new here, and have not yet heard the obvious refernce to Maciavelli "better to be feared than loved" (The Prince)- destroy your enemies

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Is there going to be a half hour of Obot stuff from now until november? Why allow screamers like tonights first guest on , I had to fast forward through it ?The second half hour was very good I like Tom Hayden , and your economist was first rate. The fact that there isn't a scintilla of difference between repubs and dems was demonstrated when they snuck the Abrahamic god back into their platform ,gutless. I really enjoy your programs and respect your committment to democrcy and free speech .

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I agree, it's a wonderful wedge issue however, and is ginned up by both sides for political gain.

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Machiavelli with an H

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At the start of their decline they set up a standing army mostly of colonial troops [contractors], much like the US army today.

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The Athenian Fleet presaged Athens decline also

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I also live in Canada and respectfully disagree . the difference in attitudes and usage of guns was cultural , the laws themselves were little different from the US. With the advent of Ghettoized immigrant communities caused by right wing Ideaologies being imported from US, we are becoming very much like the US in gun violence. An assassination was attempted yesterday. I shouted out who killed the Kennedys , when after all it was you and me . Rolling Stones , Sympathy for the Devil.

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Bringing on mouth breathing, knuckle dragging screamers is a prop to get out the vote and fund raise, but I agree and find it annoying. I PVR the show then fast forward throught this garbage.

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Clinton is responsible for many of the economic and social problems today, The lovefest for him at the DNC speaks volumes about how rotten US politics have become . Read Mike Moores Book Stupid Whitmen for details on Clintons corruption.

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A suggestion for Conversations with Great Minds -- Robbie McClintock, author of Enough: A Pedagogic Speculation. http://www.columbia.edu/~rom2/

Thanks.

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Obama is no Jimmy Carter. Confusing them is obscene. There is an absurd mismatch between your imposing grasp of history and the present geo-political apocalyopse and your fealty to a deeply corrupt canard that is the Whitehouse. Bush/Rove/Cheney were amateurs compared to this guy. You misinterpret the few crumbs being thrown out by this president as progress. They are diversions from his real purpose. Vote for anyone else. I pick Kucinich. "Open up the tired eyes".

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Hello

This comment is regarding nationalized healthcare which seems to be causing great friction in the States. Living in the UK I have some experience of this because of the NHS. While I think healthcare for all is a great idea just like a social safety net ( We Are All In This Together ), unfortunately money and bureaucracy have a way of poisoning these high values. My experience of the NHS for my treatment and my family's, is the cost of healthcare leads to less than ideal treatment. If its not something a doctor can give you a pill for, you do seem to struggle to get the treatment you know is available if you had the money to pay for it privately. I'm all for efficiency in the NHS but not at the cost of appropriate treatment.
Kind Regards Gavin Heathcote

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Hey Thom,

I've enjoyed watching your show on RT. Many times I have seen you debate Marc Harrold and other conservatives on the issue of money in politics and they believe Money = Speech. You should use that argument against them. If money truly is speech, then how is $100 equal to $1M? It's like a pin compared to an airhorn. I would even say that the relation violates what our first amendment was designed to do: Protect the speech of the minority. If we want to have fair elections where money doesnt dominate our politics, everyone should have a limit on how much they can give and should only be done individually, not through corporations -- or even unions for that matter.

Thanks again Thom

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An important piece of info about that 91% tax rate. What it was supposed to do and did very well was to force the 1% to keep their wealth in circulation and not hoarded away like now. As long as their wealth was reinvested into the American economy that 91% tax rate did not apply. So your libertarian guest was ill-informed about what taxes are really for, spurring on aconomic developement one way or another.

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mind control .............whistleblowers at risk of having mass of attack of technology against their brains

see web site on mind control................very high tech that reports show can alter a human being,

in mind brain function. cheryl welsh in davis california.............mind control expert

washington post magazine, article, "thought wars"

mindcontrolforums............reports from victims..........can be made to say things by tech

be very aware that voice programs, coupled with computers, possible delay, insertion of words,....possible creation, or copying of one's voice.

very scary stuff....................whistleblowers......be very aware of such tech........subliminals possible to be sent over tv's, into computers,........radio.......causing a change of individual by such signals....be very aware of any idgits/scum..................trying to ride my / or anyone else's work........never trust tech.........view face to face..........if a "wavy"..................watch your back.....

subliminals used to cause individuals to be forced/coerced/driven///////see..Delgado...psychic driving...

possible to use mind control to change sex orientation.....change or interfere with smart individuals,,,,diminish performance...........see mind control forums......two sites on such......one site with much documents seems hard to find....

:-)........................guru7777

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Tax the churches, at least property tax. They want to get embroiled in the political process, get in all the way....and pay your share.

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In Mr. Romney’s speech at the Clinton Global Initiative meeting, he talked about asking “…Congress to reinstate Trade Promotion Authority, complete negotiations to expand the Trans-Pacific Partnership, and create a ‘Reagan Economic Zone’ where any nation willing to play by the rules can participate in a new community committed to fair and free trade.” Could you explain what this means and what it would mean for our nation and our economy?

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I just recieved two mailers from a shady new front group called "Small Business Action Commitee." They are full of lies like prop 32 "Prohibits both corporate and union contributions to candidates," and misleading statements like "Too often in Sacramento, big corporations and government employee unions silence the voices of small business, workers, and taxpayers." I wanted to call them to let them know that I do not believe a word of it but they have no phone number because they are just that phony.

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The free market fanatics make the mistake of thinking a "free market" is one without any regulation. Not so - a free market is one in which the buyer and seller are on an equal footing. Both agree on the rate of exchange and both are "free" to walk away from the deal. Most markets require some regulation to truly be free. Employment is a market too - the labor market. An employee sells their labor to their employer in exchange for wages. And usually the buyer in this case, the employer, has the upper hand and can dictate wages, working conditions, hire and fire, etc. So in order for the labor market to be truly free some balancing is necessary and that's why we need labor laws and regulations, unions or other means of giving employees input into their labor market. Tell that to the free market fanatics.

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W. Mitt Romney in the last debate he said he would let the Auto industry go into Bankruptcy. That would allow for private investors to step in, YOU MEAN LIKE BAIN!!!

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Hey, I am watching your 10/24/2012 broadcast right now. While arguing with the two republicans in your "lone liberal rumble", your opponents revealed a disturbing contradiction that many republicans have presented multiple times yet I have yet to see called out on. They suggest the illegalization of abortion, and even contraception, yet believe that we are spending too much money on things like food stamps, welfare, and health care. Why are republicans not repeatedly called out on this? With less birth control and no abortions, there will be more children. Who do they suppose will raise these children? Most will be raised by either the foster care system, which costs money, or single mothers who cannot afford to properly raise a child. This means those single mothers will need things like food stamps and welfare. It’s disturbingly obvious that a lack of birth control propagates poverty; why can’t they see it, and why isn't there more noise being made about how blind they are?

Sphen

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No, this would not solve a damn thing. It would only propagate corruption and bring religious organizations even deeper into politics. We should keep churches as far away from politics as possible, and including them like this would make them feel as if they deserve to have a say on how those tax dollars are spent.

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So I am keeping a watchful eye on Hurricane Sandy and pray that it is not as bad as they are predicting... I understand that both Republican and Democrats are preparing for the storm... Democrats are working hard on disaster plans and mutual aid arrangements to help their neighbors... and Republicans are preparing which stocks they can short to maximize gains.

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will anything change if obama is re-elected? will the republicans continue to block and filibuster the jobs bill, for example? there was talk over the summer about the republicans plan to prevent democrat filibuster if romney wins by relating their bills to deficit or budget reduction. can and will the democrats do this?

what if jill stein won? (i know that's not happening this year unfortunately.) but hypothetically, could she really accomplish anything that her platform proposes? thanks.

is there any hope? how? when?

laurie

(springdale, ar)

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Not as many comments or questions as I would have thought. Since KPOJ went Sports, I did find the Big Picture on our local Metromedia outlet, and my comment has to do with the segments of Thom v. the Cons.

It strikes me as difficult for the host to call out these guests when they cite bs as if it were fact. If Thom were the host with one fine Leftie going against two Cons, he could comment, but he would not have to punch back at the lies and appear rude or hostile. As it is, way too much crap gets by without comment, and the naive may not be able to do the screening that well.

Don, now in Portland, late of Corvallis and missing Carl in the Morning.

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Should Mega Tornado Cities and Homeowners Send Their Bills to the Fossil Fuel Industry?

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