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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.

By |2012-05-07T16:47:36-04:00April 11th, 2009|Media, Obama administration, Podcasts|Comments Off on The Errington Thompson Show 4-04-09

Franken may be declared the winner…or not

In a saga that appears to be running as long as the soap opera Days of Our Lives, the closing arguments in the (almost Senator) Al FrankenFormer Senator Norm Coleman case will be given tomorrow. I would expect a ruling by the first week in April. It would be a big surprise to everyone in the world, including the Coleman team, if Coleman is declared anything other than the loser. 

Minnesota law may actually play into Al Franken’s favor. The loser of this court case is required to pay the legal costs, which could empty out Coleman’s bank accounts. In order to push the appeals process, Franken’s lawyers may ask the court for Coleman to pay money up front for the appeals (escrow). In conjunction with the Coleman camp’s screw-up, allowing donor’s credit card information to be sitting on the web without encription, this may be over before the end of April. 

Hope springs eternal.  🙂

By |2009-03-12T22:43:48-04:00March 12th, 2009|Election 2008, Party Politics|Comments Off on Franken may be declared the winner…or not

Unrelated but interesting news items

  • Glenn has been working overtime. He has a great post on Nancy Pelosi’s revelation about how she favors prosecution over a truth commission.
  • Norm Coleman has lost another big battle. I wonder if Al Franken will ever get seated… or does Norm have a few more challenges up his sleeve?
  • Colorado State Senator opposes testing pregnant women for HIV because that rewards sexual promiscuity. Yep. I didn’t understand that reasoning either.

Rachel Maddow’s exclusive interview with Nancy Pelosi. Watch it:

By |2009-02-26T07:16:09-04:00February 26th, 2009|Domestic Issues, Rachel Maddow Show|Comments Off on Unrelated but interesting news items
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