Friday, May 28, 2010

Thom Hartmann`s Blog for Friday May 28th 2010

George W. Bush opened the gates of hell....
While the Senate approved $60 Billion for more war, the House slashed $24 Billion for the unemployed Workers and state aid to those in trouble. The Afghanistan war is about to go beyond two milestones, with the American death toll surpassing 1,000 this week, and on June 7 it will break the record of the war in Vietnam to become America's longest-ever war. George W. Bush opened the gates of hell when he turned down the Taliban offer to arrest Osama Bin Laden and send him to a third nation for trial and instead began a bombing campaign that has killed thousands of Afghan civilians and alienated the entire world. He then made matters worse by attacking Iraq, a country that represented no threat to us whatsoever, and spent trillions of dollars that he borrowed from the Chinese to do it. President Obama has inherited a mess of epic proportions, and if he doesn't figure out a way to end these wars and convert our military intervention into building schools and hospitals, his most lasting legacy, like LBJ's, will be a disastrous and unnecessary war based on a lie. There's an effort in Congress now to do what Congress did in 1973 and defund the war, although the members of congress are trying to make it more difficult by attaching important amendments to the war funding.


Thom Hartmann`s Blog for Thursday May 27th 2010

Killing themselves for our pleasure?
The Financial Times is reporting on their front page today that nine people at a giant manufacturing facility in southern China where Apple, Dell, and Hewlett-Packard manufacture their products for the US market have committed suicide.

The factory is in Shenzen and both employs and houses 300,000 people. Our cheap labor - our slave labor overseas - are starting to protest.

These companies that go overseas looking for cheap labor not only have the blood on their hands of the people so tormented by working conditions in Asia that they are committing suicide, but also that of the devastated working class families in America who must buy goods made in China yet are no longer manufacturing anything.

It's time for America to return to rational tariff based trade policies that bring our jobs home.


Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Randi Rhodes Newsletter for Wednesday May 26th 2010

Caving to public outrage, BP agrees to webcast the “top kill” attempt to stop the leak. The operation began at 2pm ET. Watch it here, here or here.Outrage of a different stripe is in order when it comes to the cozy relationship between government regulators and Big Oil. From porn, meth and job interviews, to the 500 million dollar grant given to the current Energy Secretary’s former lab.And let the outrage continue… BP’s chairman to US critics: remember, we are “big and important”. Watch BP’s CEO barking orders at a cameraman. As a savvy caller pointed out a few days ago, BP has a very real financial interest in low-balling the amount spilled, as they could be fined up to $4,300 per barrel. Hiding the evidence of how big the spill may also be one of the driving forces behind BP’s use of hundreds of thousands of gallons of toxic dispersant. That same dispersant is creating a toxic soup underwater, breaking the oil into droplets capable of passing into the flesh of fish and birds ( video). An internal BP memo shows a “3 Little Pigs” cost/benefit analysis used to save cash at the expense of worker safety. And like Greg Palast told us weeks ago, BP was unprepared for the Exxon Valdez spill (which was their responsibility) just as they were unprepared in the Gulf.>>> MORE

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Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Randi Rhodes Newsletter for Tuesday May 24th 2010

The heat on Obama intensifies over the Gulf oil spill, but industry experts are saying that government doesn’t have the people needed to do it any better than BP. That hasn’t stopped Sen. Ben Nelson (D-FL) from calling for a military takeover of the oil spill operation.Meanwhile, the toxic dispersant standoff between BP and the EPA persists. Big Oil oversight: oxymoronic, to say the least. And GOP Gulf Coast senators push for more drilling. VIDEO: Transocean’s CEO doing a Bollywood dance last year to celebrate his company safety record.Also, while Arizona ’s governor has resorted to a puppet show to sell the state’s new anti-immigrant law, global leaders weigh in on its monumental significance. Obama takes another step towards repealing Don’t Ask Don’t Tell. And Eugene Robinson explores Rand Paul’s Libertarian La-La Land.Death threats against Members of Congress have risen sharply - common threads: male gun owners with a history of mental illness. Private sector wages hit a record low. Construction jobs slowly start to creep back. And David Byrne is suing Charlie Crist for using a Talking Heads song in an ad.>>> MORE

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Privatized Government Just isn't Working for Obama
Gov. Bobby Jindal of Louisiana and leaders from several coastal parishes are urging the Army Corps of Engineers to immediately approve a $350 million plan to build artificial barrier islands out of sand to hold back the oil. Jindal - a Republican who very publicly suggested he might refuse to take President Obama's federal stimulus money in 2009 - has been pushing the federal government hard for several weeks to approve and help pay for the creation of these offshore artificial sand islands, but has been stymied by the several federal agencies who regulated coastal wetlands all saying that by law they need to do impact and other studies before they can approve these barriers. Meanwhile, the oil has already begun to move inshore past where the islands would have been. Meaning that the Republican governor of Louisiana, often mentioned as a possible Republican presidential opponent for Obama in 2012, may well be the media hero in this whole mess while President Obama, who has been relying on a slow-moving and heavily privatized federal bureaucracy to respond to the spill, will probably end up being the goat. When Republicans, early on, predicted that this oil spill would be Obama's "Katrina," they may well have been right. Just like over 90 percent of Americans don't know that Obama cut their taxes and tax rates are lower now than at any time since 1950, or that Obama has moved us from losing to creating jobs, most Americans also have no idea what Obama is doing in or about the Gulf. If the White House doesn't get control of both the disaster in the Gulf and their messaging on what they're doing, this will be Obama's Katrina and could badly hurt his 2012 chances.

- Thom

Monday, May 24, 2010

Randi Rhodes Newsletter for Monday May 24th 2010

Anger over BP and the feds response to the Gulf oil spill is reaching a fever pitch. And the more with learn, the worse it gets…Drilling permits and environmental waivers continue to be granted even after Obama’s moratorium. BP thumbs their nose at the EPA over use of toxic dispersants. The world’s largest environmental group is in bed with BP. Tough talk from Interior Secretary Ken Salazar: "If we find they're not doing what they're supposed to be doing, we'll push them out of the way appropriately” – but when?! Louisiana will move forward without the feds on building sand berms.Meanwhile, BP’s “beyond petroleum” greenwashing blows up in its face. And Sarah Palin steps in it when it comes to what political party receives the most cash from Big Oil (was there ever any doubt?).Rand Paul joins Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan (1996) and Saudi Arabia 's Prince Bandar (2003) as only the third major guest to back out of a Meet The Press appearance in 62 years.>>> MORE

School DazeAnd while the Texas Board of Education is grabbing headlines for rewiting history to better suit conservatives, not all the fun's happening in the Lone Star State. A Virgina school principle has been placed on leave after after plastic fetuses were handed out to third, forth and fifth graders.

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Friday, May 21, 2010

Randi Rhodes Newsletter for Friday May 21st 2010

Rand Paul continues to provide a glimpse behind the curtain of today’s conservatives – one that rarely sees the light of day given how out of step with the rest of America these people have become. For example, Obama’s criticism of BP is considered “un-American”, and you can add the Fair Housing Act to Rand Paul’s dreams of private property exempt from anti-discrimination laws.
However, finding Rand Paul sympathizers is no more difficult than tuning into Fox News ( video) or talking to a Libertarian. There are limits to Paul’s hatred of government, though. Specifically when it comes to Medicare payments to him personally – in his words, “Physicians should be allowed to make a comfortable living.”
Rand Paul’s spokesperson had to resign last year after it was revealed that he left “Happy Ni***r Day” MLK posts up on his MySpace page for an entire year, in addition to some other racist nuggets. See the posts
On the Spill, Baby, Spill front, 20 times more oil could be gushing into the Gulf than previously estimated by BP. Why lowball it? To save money in court, of course. Meanwhile, Fishermen are getting sick from BP’s chemicals and the EPA has ordered BP to change its dispersant chemicals to something a little less poisonous. And the Texas lab analyzing contamination samples counts BP among their largest clients.>>> MORE

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Thursday, May 20, 2010

Randi Rhodes Newsletter for Thursday May 20th 2021

The extremists that have seized control of the Republican Party are so out of step with the mainstream that if we could stop feuding over wedge issues and quibbling over labels, there is real hope that millions of Americans will stop voting against their own best interests and instead unite to force our government to serve the majority versus the super-wealthy minority and anti-worker corporate interests.
Rand Paul in Kentucky is a great example – viewed at first blush as an independent Washington outsider and propelled forward by a corporatist-backed phony grassroots effort that preys upon the legitimate economic fears of working class Americans, this freak would like to see the Departments of Commerce, Education and Agriculture dismantled and the Civil Rights and Americans with Disabilities Acts shredded.

Paul also considers Medicare to be “socialized medicine” and has suggested that a $2,000 deductible would be good way to control costs, and he thinks other social programs should essentially be starved to death.VIDEO: Rand Paul interviewed by Louisville Courier-Journal (Civil Rights Act question 1 hour in)VIDEO: Rand Paul interviewed last night by Rachel MaddowNot even Ronald Reagan (or Nixon, Ford, Bush I or Bush II) is far-right enough today for the political party that lionizes him.>>> MORE

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Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Randi Rhodes Newsletter for Wednesday May 19th 2010

Establishment candidates go down in flames in Pennsylvania and Kentucky ; Arlen Specter loses and Rand Paul wins. And in what could be viewed as a victory for progressives and labor, Sen. Blanche Lincoln has been forced into a June 8 runoff in Arkansas .
In the PA race that actually pitted a Democrat and against a Republican, and was considered a bellwether for the November midterms, Dem. Mark Critz wins easily, keeping John Murtha’s district blue despite it voting for McCain in 2008.Republican Rep. Mark Souder of Indiana ’s affair with a staffer ( resignation video) is just the latest in a long list of scandals involving the 1994 “Contract for America ” class of Republicans. And in a bitter twist of irony, Souder is seen here being “interviewed” by his mistress/staffer on abstinence-only education.
A scandal of a different stripe has emerged for Democrat Richard Blumenthal in Connecticut . While the conventional wisdom is that Blumenthal will survive the fallout over misleading people into believing that he fought in Vietnam, the question is should he?>>> MORE
Unbelievable!An Alabama teacher has been investigated by the Secret Service after using the hypothetical shooting of President Obama to "teach" geometry.
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Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Randi Rhodes Newsletter for Tuesday May 18th 2010

Today’s a big day for testing the appetite of voters for incumbents in 2010.

Meanwhile, a couple of scandals are brewing: a Dem who didn’t serve in Vietnam gets popped, and a Repub who was sleeping with a staffer resigns.

Paul Krugman: Rightwing extremists controlling the GOP is nothing new; the media just hasn’t bothered telling you about it until now.

Photo Gallery: Oil Spill in the Gulf

Tar balls have been found off of Key West – lab tests will determine the origin. While lobbying to cap their spill liability, Transocean announces that they will payout $1 billion in shareholder dividends. Obama will establish an independent commission to investigate the Gulf spill like the ones used to examine the Space Shuttle Challenger and Three Mile Island disasters. And the AP reports on how the Gulf oil spill is just one more Big Oil kick in the gut for Native Americans.

Conservatives continue to go nuts over the new Miss USA Rima Fakih. On top of the racist rants, Fakin is also at the center of stripper controversy – which was just a non-nude poll dancing radio station contest (see the photos). Apparently, digging up dirt on beauty queens has become quite the pastime.

Also, ThinkProgress interviewed NRA members at their annual conference in North Carolina… some things just never change (video below). A California state senator wants to be sure that the Texas Board of Education’s revised take on history doesn’t make it into his state’s schools. And the spawn of Sarah, Bristol Palin inks a deal to receive $15-30K per speech.These stories, your calls, and much more on today’s Randi Rhodes Show! Product Featured on Dr. Oz!

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Monday, May 17, 2010

Randi Rhodes Newsletter Monday May 17th 2010

new first: a Muslim of Lebanese descent has won the Miss USA pageant, prompting immediate outrage from nutjob conservative bloggers.While voter turnout thus far hasn’t mirrored the Tea Party-fueled media hype over the 2010 elections, all eyes are still on tomorrow’s primaries in Arkansas, Pennsylvania and Kentucky.The AZ Trifecta: anti-immigration, no ethnic studies, fire teachers with accents. Sarah Palin was in Arizona over the weekend to exclaim “we’re all Arizonans now”, but the half-term former governor of Alaska may not have the juice she once did. Ms. Palin’s mob has begun to turn on her in recent days over matters of mismatched group-think.Scientists say there could be at least five times more oil than BP admits gushing into the Gulf each day – much of it in large plumes underwater. Fox News’ Brit Hume shrugs it off (video below). And look out Florida , the oil may already be in the Loop Current.>>> MORE

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Thursday, May 13, 2010

Randi Rhodes Newsletter for Thursday May 13th 2010

As dead dolphins begin washing ashore, it now looks like BP knew the blowout preventer in the Gulf had a critical hydraulic leak. After 23 days, we finally get a few seconds of video (see below) of the crude volcano on the sea floor. A BP whistleblower details how the company routinely cheated on blowout preventer tests.Also, criminal charges are likely for at least one of the companies involved. But don’t cry for BP – remember, this is a corporation that generates 93 million dollars a day in pure profit. Also, Chris Matthews calls for Dick Cheney to testify on Halliburton.Meanwhile, Arizona bans ethnic studies in public schools, California boycotts Arizona , and Americans are once again divided down racial lines.>>> MORE

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Wednesday, May 12, 2010

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The Times-Picayune reported last week that an oil worker who survived the April 20 explosion of the Deepwater Horizon, that killed 11 people and started a disastrous oil leak in the Gulf of Mexico, said a key safety measure was not being implented on the rig. Lawyer Scott Bickford said his client claims a column of mud was being removed from an exploratory well before it was sealed with a top cement cap -- a move he described as "human error" that may have in turn failed to prevent the deadly explosion. A statement from cement contractor Halliburton, reported by the New Orleans newspaper, confirmed the top cap was not installed. The column of heavy mud is one of the core defenses relied upon by drillers to prevent explosions. So they cut corners to get the job done quickly. Here's a question. Have you ever worked in a place where the bigwhigs were coming to town and you had to quickly get everything ready for them? Remember that there were six senior British Petroleum executives on the oil rig at the time of the explosion, celebrating a recent safety award the company had gotten. Getting senior executives out to an oil rig all at the same time is something that requires some coordinating and planning. What if the drillers and Halliburton were told that the executives were going to be there on April 20th for the party, and therefore they had to hurry to get the job done? And therefore they skipped the time-consuming step of putting the mud plug in and went straight to the cementing process, apparently the fatal mistake that let the giant methane bubble rush up and explode the rig? Was this entire disaster the result of a hurry-hurry-up because the big shots were flying out by helicopter and the riggers had to get things done "stat"? Who were these six executives? How far out was their visit planned? Did Halliburton and Transocean cut corners because they were either explicitly told to by BP or implicitly pressured to by BP because the executives were on their way out for the party?And why is nobody talking about who these executives were, and nobody is telling the life and family stories of the eleven workers who died in the rig explosion? Inquiring minds want to know.Listen to the
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Randi Rhodes Newsletter for Wednesday May 12th 2010

Frustration and anger is in the air – no one is immune and no incumbent seems to be safe.As primary season revs up, already Utah has blown out a 3-term Republican senator and West Virginia just hosed 14-term Democratic Congressman Alan Mollohan.But will changing the faces in DC change the game or just the players?Coverage of Barack Obama’s Supreme Court pick Elena Kagan just keeps getting stranger. Case in point, Kagan’s friends are now being asked about her sexual orientation (if you’re keeping score, they say she’s not a lesbian). See the White House-released video of Kagan below.Meanwhile, as expected, execs from BP, Transocean and Halliburton were questioned by two senate committees yesterday and did little more than blame each other for the uncontrollable gusher of oil in the Gulf.Also, the Tea Party succeeds in taking over the Maine Republican platform, the grandkids of both Richard Nixon and Jimmy Carter get into politics, Larry King calls off his eighth divorce, and Playboy goes 3-D.

a Message from Tom Leykis - He`s Back NOW!

The countdown has begun.

As you may know, I have created an audio content and radio syndication company called The New Normal.

Wednesday morning May 12th at 10 AM Pacific Time, The New Normal website goes live for the first time with the premiere of our first original production, and we would love for you to be a part of it.

Many listeners have been clamoring for me to make a return to hosting daily shows. That day will come.

In the meantime, we are proud to announce that our first daily podcast will be coming from two voices you know from our radio show.

Longtime producer and wingman, Gary Zabransky, and that tool of ignorance Dino DeMilio have reunited with me to bring you “The Gary & Dino Show”. These guys for years have been an integral part of “The Tom Leykis Show” and this daily podcast will be reflective of the sensibilities of our show from Gary & Dino’s own points of view.

“The Gary & Dino Show” launches with several episodes to get you started. Add it to your RSS feeds if you like. And be sure to give us your feedback!

The New Normal website is a perfect central location to learn about what we are doing next, to find ways to get and keep in touch, to let you know where we are on Facebook, Twitter, and our websites. You can go there beginning Wednesday morning at 10 AM Pacific time by clicking right here. When I come back, this is where you will hear about it first.

But that’s not all. The New Normal will be presenting all kinds of audio content. If what we currently present isn’t floating your boat, bookmark our site and keep checking back. Some content will be heard on radio as well as from our site. Some will be internet-only. Some of this stuff you will NEVER hear on radio (OR anywhere ELSE!).

If you own a small or medium size business, find out how to get in with us on the ground floor of this revolution. Details are on the website as well.

We are counting on you to help spread the word that we are open for business. Tell your friends to sign up for the mailing list. We are going to be breaking every rule of radio. We will do things you have always wanted us to do. There is no radio station or company in the way. You will communicate directly with us.

So are you ready? The old normal just isn’t working anymore. This is The New Normal!

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Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Randi Rhodes Newsletter for Tuesday May 11th 2010

There is a lot of disappointment out there about what kind of president people thought Barack Obama would be and/or how fast he would be able to move Congress.

While many of his campaign pledges have yet to be realized or have been compromised, so far, for better or for worse, he is largely the guy he said he was. Is that good enough for you? Should we expect/demand more? Do you think Hillary would have done better by now?

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Monday, May 10, 2010

Randi Rhodes Newsletter for Monday May 10th 2010

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President Obama has nominated Elena Kagan for the US Supreme Court.When she went through the conformation process to become Solicitor General, Kagan was widely considered fairly moderate. As Solicitor General, Kagan lost her first Supreme Case – Citizens’ United – raising questions of her inexperience… questions that will surely be raised again and again in the coming weeks.Until recently, Elena Kagan’s most public fight was banning military recruiters from the campus of Harvard Law on the grounds that Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell was discriminatory. Kagan also has some former ties to Goldman Sachs that you can bet we’ll hear about – likely in a very exaggerated manner.Bill Clinton nominated Kagan back in 1999 to the US Court of Appeals, but Republicans blocked her nomination from making it to a confirmation vote. In 2003, now Supreme Court Chief Justice, John Roberts got that very seat instead.Why liberals should be concerned about Kagan’s nomination. MoreWhy liberals should give her a chance. More

That Didn't Take LongElena Kagan has never publicly commented on her sexuality. For some, that's not only as good as admitting that's she a lesbian, but by being lesbian she's also not qualified to sit on the bench. Geez...

Golden Girl DeliversBetty White gave SNL their highest ratings in 18 months – watch a just released un-aired “Debbie Downer” sketch featuring Ms. White here.

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Saturday, May 8, 2010

Randi Rhodes Newsletter for Friday May 7th 2010

April marks four straight months of job creation – 290,000 jobs were added last month (231,000 private sector adds). February and March also were revised upwards. The unemployment rate ticked up to 9.9% as 805,000 people started looking for work again as hope begins to creep back.

While the bleeding has slowed or even stopped for much of Main Street , there have been 3 million small business jobs cut since the start of the recession and that hole still needs refilling.

Productivity also continues to rise partially on the backs of workers fearing for their jobs. And Thursday’s DOW plunge leaves behind a lot of questions.

Freaky Florida
Big day for weird news out of the Sunshine State... RentBoy speaks out, full body scanner jokes lead to assault, and once again anti-animal sex legislation fails.

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Thursday, May 6, 2010

Please give a Warm Welcome to Thom Hartmann....

Welcome a NEW Daily Blogger that I will be posting up here on Stacy`s Words 'Thom Hartman' -infact From now on -at the Bottom of this Page I will post a NEW Thom Hartmann Blog Everyday -as well as Daily Thom Hartmann Audio Blog to the right of this page -I will also post Blogs written by Myself frequently -so be sure to check back EVERYDAY -Enjoy!!
oxox Stacy

Thom's blog for Thursday May 6th 2010:
Dear Leader...Who is and Who isn't a Citizen?
Sen. Joe Lieberman (I-Conn.) is proposing a new law to strip Americans of their citizenship if they're involved with foreign terrorist organizations. Lieberman will introduce the bill, along with Rep. Jason Altmire of Pennsylvania. Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) has expressed support as well. This bill would empower the State Department to decide -- on its own -- that Americans are conspiring with terror groups and should be stripped of their citizenship. Serving in the army of a foreign state or pledging allegiance to a foreign state would be considered so disloyalty could merit loss of citizen status. Lieberman's law would add involvement with a foreign terror organization -- as opposed to a foreign state -- to this list. Who would determine whether you're involved with a foreign terror group? The State Department would, and they would be "the Decider." Can you imagine the Bush State Department - or the Palin State Department - deciding that you are officially stripped of your citizenship, without a trial before a jury of your peers, in fact with no legal process whatsoever that conforms with the fifth through the eighth amendments of the constitution? Senators Lieberman and Schumer, if they are serious about this, are suggesting we should bring the battlefield of Afghanistan and Pakistan to the United States and destroy the Constitution. If they're so gung-ho to change America from a nation of laws to a dictatorship run by whoever is president, maybe they should renounce their own citizenship and move to Libya or North Korea or some other country where the "dear leader" can decide who is and who isn't a citizen?

The first third party to nominate a Presidential candidate. Christian-right politics began in 1826. They accused opponents of being anti-Christian and anti-government. Sound familiar?

The oil slick caused Arnold Schwarzenegger to withdraw support for a plan to expand oil exploration off California's coast. How many more people will wake up to the perils of our dependency on ancient sunlight, including oil? Leonardo DiCaprio was inspired by Thom's book "The Last Hours of Ancient Sunlight" first to make a short web movie, then to make his film, "The 11th Hour". Get the DVD and be inspired too.

The Daily Stack Quote: "Americanism is a question of principles, of idealism, of character: it is not a matter of birthplace or creed or line of descent." -- Theodore Roosevelt.

Hour One: The chemical dispersants being used against the oil spill in the Gulf.
Article: "In Gulf of Mexico, Chemicals Under Scrutiny" by Elisabeth Rosenthal.
Article: "Chemicals Meant To Break Up BP Oil Spill Present New Environmental Concerns" by Abrahm Lustgarten, ProPublica.
Article: "ToxFAQs™ for 2-Butoxyethanol and 2-Butoxyethanol Acetate" by Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry Division of Toxicology.

Why do conservatives want to turn America into Pakistan?
Article: "Bill of Rights".

Full Monty alert: "Bad Sex Prompts Scissors Attack".
Article: "McCain: 'Serious mistake' if car bombing suspect was Mirandized" by Michael O'Brien.
Article: "World needs 'bailout plan' for species loss: IUCN" by AFP.
Book: "The Sixth Extinction: Patterns of Life and the Future of Humankind" by Richard E. Leakey.
Site: "Matter of Trust" asking for donations of hair.
Article: "Interior Department Exempted BP Drilling From Environmental Review: In Rush to Expand Offshore Oil Drilling, Interior Secretary Salazar Abandoned Pledge to Reform Industry-dominated Mineral Management Service" by Kierán Suckling.

Hour Two: Should all terrorists on the "terrorist watch list" be able to buy a gun? Thom disagrees with Dan Gainor, of the Business and Media Institute.
Article: "N.Y. mayor decries 'terror gap' in U.S. gun laws" by William Branigin.
Pigeon alert: "A Pigeon Riding the Subway".

Geeky Science Rocks! - can you improve your eyesight with mind over matter?
Geeky Science alert: "Vision gets better with the right mind-set: Eyesight improves when people expect to have especially keen vision" by Bruce Bower.
Geeky Science alert: "'Profound' decline in fish stocks shown in UK records" by Richard Black.

Article: "Dispersant 'may make Deepwater Horizon oil spill more toxic'" by Suzanne Goldenberg.
Book: "Half the Sky: Turning Oppression into Opportunity for Women Worldwide" by Nicholas D. Kristof.

Hour Three: Is a government sanctioned "Day of Reason" proof that atheism can be a religion? - with David Niose, President, American Humanist Association.
The good: "Phoenix Fans Turn Out For 'Los Suns'" by Amanda Terkel.
The bad: "Limbaugh: "Los Suns" protest from Phoenix Suns is "sad," "shortsighted," "cowardice disguised as I'm better than you"".
The very, very ugly: "Dan Fanelli, Florida Congressional Candidate, Wants To Fight Terror With Racial Profiling (VIDEO)" by Jason Linkins.

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Wednesday, May 5, 2010

Randi Rhodes Newsletter for Wednesday May 5th 2010

One of three leaks in the Gulf has been capped, but the flow remains unchanged. In a closed-door Senate briefing, BP execs admit that the spill could increase to 60,000 barrels (2.52 million gallons) a day. Chemical dispersants being used in record quantities are, for now, considered the lesser of two evils. And is Shell’s “sister rig” in the Gulf a disaster just waiting to happen?Meanwhile, FEMA failure Brownie’s psycho comments on Fox News, earned him and Fox both a White House (video below) and a Chris Matthews smackdown. Hell, when even Bill O’Reilly thinks you’re nuts…And Louisiana Senator Mary Landrieu proves that being in the pocket of Big Oil is not a distinction exclusively reserved for Republicans.>>> MORE

Greg Palast - Slick Operator: The BP I've Known Too Well I've seen this movie before. In 1989, I was a fraud investigator hired to dig into the cause of the Exxon Valdez disaster. Despite Exxon's name on that boat, I found the party most to blame for the destruction was ... British Petroleum (BP). More

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Tuesday, May 4, 2010

Randi Rhodes Newsletter for Tuesday May 4th 2010

With so much of the outrage over immigration centered on drug trafficking-related violence, we’ve decided to take a look at both Mexico’s and our own War on Drugs…Are U.S. pot laws the root cause of Mexican drug violence? Mexico’s drug cartels receive 61% of their funding from trafficking marijuana. American guns arm the thugs, as Mexico has some of the toughest gun laws on the planet, but cracking down on gun sellers north of the border has proved to be a frustrating endeavor. For example, one Arizona gun dealer was charged with selling hundreds of firearms (mostly AK-47’s) to smugglers – all charges were dismissed in March.And it’s not just American guns and pot laws fueling this madness – American teens also get seduced by the cash and perks that the cartels have to offer.Legalize to save lives - when the numbers are crunched, America ’s drug war is actually deadlier than Mexico’s. Despite decades of probation and trillions spent on the War of Drugs, Americans use more drugs than any other nation. And the highest rates of homicide in US coincide with prohibition ( see item #13).>>> MORE

Heckuva Hit-Job, BrownieWho the hell wants to know what disgraced former FEMA director Michael Brown has to say about anything? Silly question when FOX News has time to fill. Brownie actually said that the spill in the Gulf is exactly what Obama wanted ( video). White House press secretary Robert Gibbs wasn't too happy about it ( video).

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Monday, May 3, 2010

Randi Rhodes Newsletter for Monday May 3rd 2010

In spite of the low-ball estimates we’ve gotten since day one, actual data suggests that the Gulf spill is already bigger than the Exxon Valdez - and the best-case scenario: at least another week of spilling! British Petroleum has laid out its 5 latest possible solutions to stop or slow the Gulf oil spill. BP also says to blame the owner of the rig and that their chemical dispersant agents appear to be helping. Obama spoke in Louisiana on Sunday.Freaks on the Right, attempting to make you forget about “drill, baby, drill,” have instead taken to calling this spill “Obama’s Katrina” – too bad the timeline doesn’t match up to their BS. Alaskans remember the Valdez and see disturbing parallels in the Gulf spill. Here’s a quick look at how much BP and other Big Oil corporations have spent lobbying Congress. And Alabama’s AG just slapped BP, telling them to halt handing out $5,000 settlement agreements to the people of his state.Paul Krugman: Drilling, Disaster, DenialFLASHBACK 2006: (BP) Beyond Propaganda>> MORE

Déją vuHow Halliburton and Dick Cheney are connected to the disaster in the Gulf.

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