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On the Program - Dec 23 2008

Quote: "Plans to protect air and water, wilderness and wildlife are in fact plans to protect man." - Stewart Udall

December 18 2008 show notes


Topics, guests, upcoming events, quotes, links to articles, audio clips, books & bumper music.


On the Program - Dec 22 2008

Quote: Life shrinks or expands in proportion to one's courage.

December 17 2008 show notes


  • Article: Caroline Kennedy As Jimmy Stewart?, Thom Hartmann.

  • Guest: Medea Benjamin, Code Pink. A shoe is the ultimate insult. They went to the White House, built a memorial to Iraqis with shoes with tags on with names of some innocent Iraqis who have died.

  • Guest: Dinesh D'Souza. Can we have morality without God?

  • Guest: "Everything You Know is Wrong": Scott Brunton, founder of Watch Your Step Productions. "Monthly Doos" and the house that poop built calendar.

Topics, guests, upcoming events, quotes, links to articles, audio clips, books & bumper music.


December 16 2008 show notes


  • Guest: Peter Brimelowe, VDare. The so called "War on Christmas" and the immigration connection.

  • Guest: Meg James. Why is the TV industry dumbing down Americans with more "less scripted" shows in lieu of quality dramas? Jay Leno moving into prime time.

  • Guest: Peter Barnes. Entrepreneur and writer. Cap and Dividend. Fixing the economy and healing the planet...how President-elect Obama can do both.

  • Guest: Cynthia G. Brown, Director of Education Policy, Center for American Progress. "Teaching All Our Children Well"

Topics, guests, upcoming events, quotes, links to articles, audio clips, books & bumper music.


On the Program - Dec 19th 2008

Quote: The good of the people is the highest law.

Three Cups of Tea for Rick Warren

Three Cups of Tea for Rick Warren
By Thom Hartmann

Rick Warren is providing the invocation for the presidential inauguration. As a pastor whose books have been read by tens of millions of Americans and whose voice is respected by an equal or larger number, he has tremendous influence and power. And as an open homophobe who aggressively works to wound gay people in this country (as well as pretty much anybody else who doesn’t believe with his own particular and peculiar recently-invented version of Christian theology) he should be the guy with the bull’s-eye on his back for the progressive movement.

But consider that metaphor for a moment. In Pakistan there are entire regions filled with people who not only hate gays but hate Americans as well, regardless of religion. We've tried bombing them (as the Soviets did, and the British before them). Three consecutive Western empires have tried threatening them, starving them, poisoning them, infiltrating them, and overpowering them - all without success.



On the Program - Dec 18th 2008

Quote: Democracy is based upon the conviction that there are extraordinary possibilities in ordinary people. — Harry Emerson Fosdick

Hour One – Three Cups of Tea for Rick Warren?

Guest: Robert Greenwald www.bravenewfilms.org Topic: new film "Twas the Midnight Before Regulations"

Hour Two - Dr. Lewis Mehlmadrona www.healing-arts.org/mehl-madrona Topic: What can be done about the holiday blues?

Professor Peter Edelman www.law.georgetown.edu/faculty www.americanprogressaction.org/issues/2008/changeforamerica (for the book) Topic: Change for America: A Progressive Blueprint for the 44th Presiden (edited by Mark Green and Michele Jolin) Professor Edelman's chapter (co-authored by Angela Glover Blackwell) is on page 99 in the Economic Policy section, entitled "Economic Opportunity for All or A New Gilded Age?"

Hour Three - Gene Stone www.genestone.com Topic: The 12 Step Bush Recovery Program (A Lifesaving Guide to Shaking Off the Horrors of the Last Eight Years...)

Guest: Christy Harvey www.americanprogress.org Topic: News Under the Radar

December 15 2008 show notes


  • Show live from snowy WTKG, Grand Rapids, MI.

  • Guest: Lou Engle, Evangelist & founder of The Call. Is the gay marriage debate really about religion or civil rights?

CAROLINE KENNEDY AS JIMMY STEWART?


The bloviators say that Caroline Kennedy doesn't have enough "experience" in the political world to be a US Senator. "She's not tested," they say. "We don't know her positions."

What they're really saying is that she's not an insider, not part of the old-boy network, and thus not predictable.

Predictability is the key of get-along/go-along politics. Politicians are terrified of anything that may present a risk to them.

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