The Errington Thompson Show 4-04-09

The show is/was pre-recorded.

  • Is the Afghanistan War the good war? I don’t think so. I don’t think that anyone in history has ever pulled or pushed a country into a “modern” era. How much money do we want to spend in this country? We need to have a serious discussion about the situation in this country. The discussion should start with this position paper from the Center for American Progress.
  • I continue to be amazed at the enormous scope of Barack Obama’s agenda.
  • Spain is investigating the Bush administration. From Daily Kos – “The Spanish complaint names six senior lawyers from the Bush administration: former Attorney-General Alberto Gonzales, David Addington, William Haynes, John Yoo, Jay Bybee and Douglas Feith, the former under secretary of defense for policy. Feith went on record in a Wall Street Journal op-ed piece in May 2004 in support of observing the Geneva Conventions in the context of the War on Terror and his inclusion on the list raises some intriguing questions.”

I have as my guests Eric Boehlert from Media Matters and then Mark Karlin from Buzzflash. Mark and I discuss the weather and then talk about Senator Roland Burris who was the smartest person in the room and in less than 2 weeks he became the dumbest person. Although this segment was prerecorded, Mark mentions that Former Governor Rod Blagojevich will be indicted. Sure enough, he gets indicted two days after our interview. Eric Boehlert and I discuss the way the press has treated the Norm Coleman – Al Franken struggle and compare this case to the Al Gore – George Bush case. The press was calling Al Gore a sore loser almost the before the recount starts. Eric notes that no one in the mainstream media has called Norm Coleman a sore loser. Why?

Finally, I call in from Seattle to discuss the new unemployment numbers. Yuck. Unemployment is at 8.5%, with 694,000 Americans unemployed.

Go Tar-heels.

Great Show.  Enjoy.

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Errington C. Thompson, MD

Dr. Thompson is a surgeon, scholar, full-time sports fan and part-time political activist. He is active in a number of community projects and initiatives. Through medicine, he strives to improve the physical health of all he treats.


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