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Live Tweeting the Debate Tonight!

2012-10-03 :: rational@adelphia.net (Jack Clark)

Greetings, Long time no talk. Hope you and yours are well! I don't yet have enough time to do the full nine yards of the podcast, but I can't restrain myself from jumping back in the fray. So I'll be using my new Twitter account to live tweet the debate tonight. @JeroldBlock For those who didn't hear that long ago podcast, Jerold Block is my legal name, Jack Clark a podcasting pen name. As…

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Rebroadcast of 32 - Listen to Martin Luther King, Jr. Speak To Us About the War on Terrorism

2011-01-17 :: rational@adelphia.net (Jack Clark)

Again, thanks for all your expressions of concern and good wishes. Blast The Right has been on an extended break as I take care of some long-neglected personal matters. I will return. If you want to be added to the mailing list to keep up-to-date on future developments, please drop me a line. Until I return, you've told me that re-broadcasting some select past episodes would be welcome. So…

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Rebroadcast of 163 - Deficits & Debt: Right-Wing Spends Wildly And Slashes Taxes (For The Rich), Then Screams We Can't Afford A Social Safety Net

2010-10-21 :: rational@adelphia.net (Jack Clark)

Long time no talk. Thanks for all your expressions of concern and good wishes. Blast The Right has been on an extended break as I take care of some long-neglected personal matters. I will return. I apologize for not letting you know what's going on sooner. If you want to be added to the mailing list to keep up-to-date on future developments, please drop me a line. Until I return, you've…

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168 - Busting More Right-Wing Lies About The Arizona Immigration Statute / The Struggle Continues For Economic Justice

2010-06-10 :: rational@adelphia.net (Jack Clark)

Today, more on the Arizona immigration law and efforts to fight this latest right-wing outrage. Plus, progressive efforts to achieve economic justice in New York and elsewhere. Right-wing racism rears its ugly head throughout. And you'll hear a clip of Glenn Beck you won't believe. Actually, you probably will, if you know him.(PS: Right-wingers, if you want to write in to me, fine, but at…

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167 - They're Still At It: Arizona Immigration Law Is Part Of A Decades-Old Right-Wing Campaign To Attack Minorities For Political Gain

2010-05-20 :: rational@adelphia.net (Jack Clark)

Today, we'll take a look at the Arizona "your papers please" statute, with a large emphasis on the historical context in which it was passed: long-standing and pervasive right-wing racism.Before analyzing any legislation touching on race that comes from the right, it's absolutely critical to know the right's history in this realm.With this law, and with any measure proposed by right-wingers that…

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166 - Right-Wing Ramps Up Its Efforts To Protect The Vulnerable, On-The-Edge-Of-Collapse Wealthy From The All-Powerful Progressives Out To Get Them

2010-04-22 :: rational@adelphia.net (Jack Clark)

Today, an examination of a phenomenon that's recently come out into the open: the right-wing's worship, and hard-line defense of, the ultra-wealthy. You'll hear the who, what, when, where and why.I have some exclusive stats for you that may well blow your mind. The picture ain't pretty.You'll hear the answers to questions like these: which 25 guys made more than all the teachers, firemen and…

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165 - Health Care Vote Post-Game Show: The Right-Wing Is Down, But Not Out (And Lying Even More Than Usual, If That's Possible)

2010-04-01 :: rational@adelphia.net (Jack Clark)

Today, we'll dissect the right-wing's still-continuing lies and hypocrisy about the recently passed health care legislation. This will lead us into a broader discussion of social and economic justice, and the right-wing's aversion to both.Did you know the right has its own sociopathic credo, called Social Darwinism? This is among the gems you'll discover as you listen to the the show. Lots of…

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164 - Full Clip: Bullet Points For Stimulus & Health Care Water Cooler Wars / Global Economic Justice Advances: Martin Luther King Would Be Pleased

2010-03-11 :: rational@adelphia.net (Jack Clark)

Today, a varied show.To start off with, multiple QuickBlasts to give you ammo in the water cooler wars over the economy and health care reform. A cornucopia of right-wing lies and hypocrisy conclusively disposed of.Then, a foreign policy roundup: where things are going well, and not so well, in the Third World's struggle to be free of Western economic domination. A lot of ups and downs, but…

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163 - Budget Deficits & The National Debt: Right-Wingers Spend Wildly And Slash Taxes (For The Rich), Then Scream We Can't Afford A Social Safety Net

2010-02-18 :: rational@adelphia.net (Jack Clark)

Today, a subject that initially appears not that sexy. I'm talking about budget deficits and the national debt.But -- you'll see how the cold, hard facts reveal right-wingers at their lying and destructive worst. As is often the case, the right accuses others of that which they're most guilty of themselves. They accuse Obama of tripling the budget deficit, while in reality it was George W. Bush…

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162 - No Amount Of Earthquake Relief Can Cleanse Us: The U.S. Is Up To Its Eyeballs In Haitian Blood

2010-01-28 :: rational@adelphia.net (Jack Clark)

Today, a look at how Haiti has been battered from pillar to post by the West. How right-wing policies have destroyed that nation. An analysis you won't hear on any mainstream corporate-owned media. An antidote to the "aren't we noble" claims you hear when we send Haitians some charitable aid.(PS: Right-wingers, if you want to write in to me, fine, but at least do me the courtesy of listening to…

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161 - 2009 In Review: So Much Potential Unfulfilled, And The Right Still As Toxic As Ever

2010-01-07 :: rational@adelphia.net (Jack Clark)

Today, a review of that not so terrific year 2009, as heard on this show: right-wing reverse Robin Hood economics, health care, the war on terror, GOP racism and more.Along with plenty of clips of your favorite right-wingers to keep you entertained, if not outright horrified.The year started out with a lot of potential, but things haven't turn out as progressives like myself would have…

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160 - How To Put Right-Wing Christians On The Defensive With The "Equivalent Alternative Solution" Challenge

2009-12-17 :: rational@adelphia.net (Jack Clark)

Today, as befits the holiday season, I'm going to show you how to ratchet up the pressure quite a bit on those phony Christians I call right-wing pseudo-Christians.You'll soon be able to make them distinctly uncomfortable, if not downright apoplectic.It has something to do with the fact, that right-wing pseudo-Christians spend their whole lives fervently working to achieve the exact opposite of…

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159 - The "Southern Strategy": From Nixon To Reagan To Limbaugh, The GOP Has Used Racism To Further Its Political Agenda / Health Care QuickBlast

2009-11-26 :: rational@adelphia.net (Jack Clark)

Today, an examination of the GOP's institutionalized racism, extending from Richard Nixon to Ronald Reagan to the current de facto head of the Republican Party, Rush Limbaugh. Starting in the 1960's, the Republican "Southern strategy" used racist appeals to garner the support of whites who were upset at the Democratic Party for leading the effort to enact civil rights legislation.You'll get some…

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158 - "We have to tolerate inequality to achieve greater prosperity and opportunity for all": The Right-Wing Mind's Strained Relation To Reality

2009-11-05 :: rational@adelphia.net (Jack Clark)

Today, in a change of pace, a single subject podcast: trickle-down economics and the unsustainable economic inequality and social ills it produces.Sometimes escaping from the mouth of a right-winger is an utterance so jaw-dropping, that it merits an entire show.Brian Griffiths is a Goldman, Sachs international advisor. He was recently discussing Wall Street salaries and bonuses. You've probably…

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157 - More Health Care Stats: Ammo For The Water Cooler Wars / Progressive Economics = Christian Economics? / The Real ACORN Scandal Is On The Right

2009-10-15 :: rational@adelphia.net (Jack Clark)

Today, a jam-packed show.First, you'll hear about some new statistics sure to render speechless your friendly local right-wingers, when you're debating health care reform with them.Next, how about a little old-time religion: some information that will enormously enhance your ability to put right-wing Christians on the defensive.Finally, you'll get some facts about the community group ACORN you'd…

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156 - Supreme Court May Toss Out Laws Limiting Corporate Campaign Contributions / Jack Discusses Health Care On Air America / Honduran Coup Update

2009-09-24 :: rational@adelphia.net (Jack Clark)

Today, you'll hear:--how an all-important Supreme Court case could vastly expand the ability of corporations to determine election results--a clip of me on Air America denouncing our super-expensive yet poorly performing health care system--how there are disturbing historical parallels to the present-day right-wing coup in HondurasWhat do all these stories have in common? Hint: it's a five letter…

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155 - Part Three: Still More Of Answering The Right's Deadly Lies In The Health Care Debate

2009-09-03 :: rational@adelphia.net (Jack Clark)

Today, more on the progressive effort to reform our health care system. More right-wing lies debunked. More hard cold facts you can throw at your friendly local right-wingers to stop them in their tracks.Questions answered include:--how does the U.S. health care system stack up against the universal coverage nations?--how are Republicans shooting themselves in the foot by playing a 1961 clip of…

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154 - Part Two: More Of Answering The Right's Deadly Lies In The Health Care Debate

2009-08-13 :: rational@adelphia.net (Jack Clark)

Today, a return to health care reform. More right-wing distortions, half-truths, and outright lies. Debunked for your listening and debating pleasure. And along the way, you'll hear some jaw-dropping audio clips.This show is somewhat of a continuation of podcast 152. There, you heard the facts about such false right wing claims as:--the U.S. has the best health care system in the world--universal…

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153 - Global Overview: As The Third World Continues To Fight Against Western Economic Exploitation, Obama's A Mixed Bag, The Right Still 100% Wrong

2009-07-23 :: rational@adelphia.net (Jack Clark)

In recent podcasts you've heard about the hottest issues du jour, such as health care reform and the Sotomayor Supreme Court nomination. This show will address issues not, for the most part, as immediately applicable to the water cooler wars.There's a whole world of strife, struggle, bloodshed and sometimes progressive victory out there. It's all about the Third World's centuries-long attempt to…

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152 - Answering The Right's Deadly Lies In The Health Care Debate

2009-07-02 :: rational@adelphia.net (Jack Clark)

Today, the show is all about health care reform. You'll hear how to debunk a whole slew of right-wing talking points against progressive plans to revamp our health care system.Lives are at stake!Among the lies debunked:--the U.S. has the best health care system in the world--universal coverage nations have long waiting lists compared to the U.S.--Obama's plan is socialized medicineCheck out the…

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151 - Everything But The Kitchen Sink: The Right Goes All Out To Smear And Destroy Obama's Supreme Court Nominee Sonia Sotomayor

2009-06-11 :: rational@adelphia.net (Jack Clark)

Today, the focus is on the Supreme Court nomination of Judge Sonia Sotomayor.You just won't believe the onslaught of disinformation and outright lies coming from the right.But actually, that is just what you'd expect, isn't it?Here you'll find all the ammo you'll need to shoot down their propaganda.Cold, hard facts will demonstrate:--Judge Sotomayor's "wise Latina woman with rich experience"…

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150 - A Smorgasbord of Right-Wing Follies To Delight Your Intellectual Palate...And Frustrate Your Friendly Local Right-Winger

2009-05-28 :: rational@adelphia.net (Jack Clark)

Today, a change of pace -- not one or two long segments, but several shorter ones. Subjects include: -- debunking right-wing War on Terror talking points-- dissecting conservative economic philosophy-- answering the query, how many Americans support socialism over capitalism-- following up on Dick Cheney's old company electrocuting U.S. soldiers in Iraq-- and, last but not least, exposing yet one…

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149 - Cutting Through Right-Wing Spin About Who's To Blame For The Financial Crisis

2009-05-14 :: rational@adelphia.net (Jack Clark)

[from the transcript]Imagine you're the ultimate right-winger, one of Wall Street's Masters of the Universe. You've made make huge profits by engaging in reckless financial behavior. Your irresponsible actions have brought the world's financial system to the brink of collapse. You then grab hundreds of billions, if not trillions of dollars more, as the government tries to stabilize and repair the…

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148 - Privatization Kills: Troops Electrocuted In Iraq, Cheney's Former Company To Blame / Debunking Right-Wing Lies About U.S. Corporate Tax Rates

2009-04-30 :: rational@adelphia.net (Jack Clark)

In the first segment, you'll hear how U.S. soldiers in Iraq are being electrocuted due to faulty electrical work. The work was performed by private contractors hired under the Bush policy of privatization. This perfectly illustrates so much of what's wrong with right-wing ideology and policies.For example:Green Beret Staff Sgt. Ryan Maseth was stationed at a base in Iraq that used to be one of…

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147 - More Lies Than Ever Before: The Right-Wing Renews Its Assault On The Estate Tax

2009-04-16 :: rational@adelphia.net (Jack Clark)

Today you'll hear all about the right-wing's dishonest, but unfortunately effective propaganda campaign against the estate tax.A preview of the reality check I'll give you, all aspects of which are fully documented:-- Only 1/5 of 1% of Americans will ever pay even a penny of estate tax. In other words, 99.8% of Americans will never pay any estate tax.-- Less than 80 small businesses in the entire…

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146 - Labor Dept. Under Right-Wing Control Allowed Wage Theft From Workers / Red Cross Declares "Torture" And Spain Targets Bushians For Prosecution

2009-04-02 :: rational@adelphia.net (Jack Clark)

Today, some nefarious right-wing doings. What else is new?First up, a GAO study found that the Department of Labor, when it was run by right-wingers appointed by George W. Bush, often turned a blind eye when employers cheated low-income workers out of their wages. The Department of Labor is supposed to protect workers.Next, there have been more revelations of torture, including from an impeccable…

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145 - The Universal Declaration Of Human Rights: Progressive Values Globally Endorsed / Debunking The Right's Lies About A Social Security "Crisis"

2009-03-19 :: rational@adelphia.net (Jack Clark)

Today we'll conclude our discussion about FDR's Second Bill of Rights, which deals with economic rights. The focus is on how FDR's concept has taken root worldwide, in the almost unanimously endorsed Universal Declaration of Human Rights.As you'll see, this is much to the dismay and horror of right-wingers.You'll also hear a QuickBlast debunking the right-wing's cry that there's a "crisis"…

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144 - Obama's Tax Plan: The Good, The Bad And The Right-Wing (Including Hannity's Biggest Lie Ever)

2009-03-05 :: rational@adelphia.net (Jack Clark)

President Obama recently presented some fairly detailed proposals to make changes in the tax code. This is sure to be a major subject of controversy in the months ahead.Here's a road map for you of today's show:First I'll give you some historical background about where we stand, economic justice-wise.Next, the details of Obama's plan. Knowing exactly what's in there is crucial, because it's…

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Political Cartoon For Podcast #144

2009-03-05 :: rational@adelphia.net (Jack Clark)

This cartoon by my friend, syndicated cartoonist Matt Bors, is a perfect fit for podcast #144.His website is highly recommended.…

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143 - Beyond The New Deal: Challenge A Right-Winger With FDR's Second Bill Of Rights / Hannity Truth Patrol: Do Tax Cuts Increase Government Revenue?

2009-02-19 :: rational@adelphia.net (Jack Clark)

The right's anti-New Deal offensive is aimed at besmirching Obama's stimulus plan.You know the old saying, the best defense is a good offense? Well, instead of just playing defense and defending the New Deal against Republican attacks, let's go on the offensive. I've got something for you to throw at them that will induce cardiac arrest -- figuratively speaking of course (especially since…

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142 - Rule Of Law: A Criminal Investigation Of The Bush Administration's Torture Program Is Legally Required

2009-02-05 :: rational@adelphia.net (Jack Clark)

It's an open-and-shut case -- no discretion, no wiggle-room, no if's, and's or but's: the Obama administration is legally compelled to investigate the Bush administration, from George W. Bush on down, for the crime of commission of torture.This is the case despite the contrary analysis of that eminent legal scholar, Bill O'Reilly.For the facts and laws upon which I base my conclusion, please…

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141 - The Earth Is Flat, The Moon's Made Of Green Cheese, And The New Deal Was A Terrible Failure: Debunking The Latest Right-Wing Propaganda

2009-01-22 :: rational@adelphia.net (Jack Clark)

Ok, right-wingers aren't (at least currently) making any claims about the shape of the Earth, or the composition of the moon. But they are ranting and raving about FDR and the New Deal.The right is attacking FDR's New Deal spending. This gives them the perfect opportunity to attack Obama's financial stimulus package.This is their new mantra:The New Deal failed.It's not that right-wingers are…

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140 - Conversation Starters: Five Questions To Ask Your Friendly Local Right-Winger

2009-01-08 :: rational@adelphia.net (Jack Clark)

We'll start off the new year with some questions you can use as conversation starters for those special right-wingers in your life.Perhaps you have a regular debating partner at the water cooler. And you want to start off 2009 by rocking them back on their heels.Or maybe there's a right-winger you've been meaning to engage in dialogue, but just haven't had a good ice-breaker for.Old right-winger,…

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139 - 2008 In Review: The Right Is Relentless, But Ultimately Unsuccessful

2008-12-26 :: rational@adelphia.net (Jack Clark)

Today is the year in review as heard on Blast The Right. Domestic issues. Foreign policy issues. And, of course, Campaign 2008.With plenty of clips of your favorite right-wingers.Torture, heparin, derivatives, Ayers, Palin...Obama2008 started out pretty lousy, but ended pretty well -- with a heck of a lot of upside potential, don't you think?(PS: Right-wingers, if you want to write in to me, fine…

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138 - Social Darwinism: The Doctrine That Lets The Right-Winger Sleep At Night / Paraguay Rejects Right, Elects As President The "Bishop Of The Poor"

2008-12-11 :: rational@adelphia.net (Jack Clark)

In the first segment, you'll hear about the doctrine of Social Darwinism. It's the pill right-wingers take to allow them to sleep at night. Some audio clips of right-wingers may scare you, so be prepared. Barbara Bush, Bill Cunningham, Neal Boortz and Bill O'Reilly all have some choice words for you.Next, have you heard about the Bishop of the Poor being elected president of an impoverished Latin…

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137 - The Right's Big Lie About Upcoming Labor Legislation / A Primer On How The West Uses Right-Wing Ideology To Economically Exploit The Third World

2008-11-28 :: rational@adelphia.net (Jack Clark)

Today, you'll hear how to debunk a bald-faced lie the right is propagating about upcoming, critically important labor union legislation, the Employee Free Choice Act. This bill is labor's number one priority in Congress, and the right has declared war on it.Next, I'll give you a short primer on what I call the four pillars, the four ways the right in the Western world economically exploits the…

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136 - Right-Wing Spins '08 Results / Shameful Health Care Statistics / Bush's Last Minute Regulatory Massacre / Ensuring A Progressive '09 And Beyond

2008-11-13 :: rational@adelphia.net (Jack Clark)

Today, four subjects:Countering right-wing spin on the election resultsA sober reminder on the health care front about what this is all about, beyond the left-right ideological battleHow the Bush administration is trying real hard to cause the most damage on its way outAnd, on a personal note, what Obama's win means to me, and what I think is the best way to persuade him to move in a strong…

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135 - Final Big Lie Of Campaign '08: The Socialism Charge / Protecting Your Vote

2008-10-30 :: rational@adelphia.net (Jack Clark)

Today, I'm going to address what seems to be the final big lie directed at Barack Obama -- that he's a socialist who wants to take money from the middle class and give it to the poor. Huh?Among other things, you'll hear how McCain supports the very same "socialist" policies he criticizes Obama for supporting.Also, I'll give you a couple of heads ups about how you can protect your vote, and, join…

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134 - The Economic Pie Grows Faster And Is More Fairly Divided Under Democratic Presidents / QuickBlasts: Ayers, Rezko, ACORN, Surge, McCain's Temper

2008-10-16 :: rational@adelphia.net (Jack Clark)

Today we're going to cover a lot of ground, all geared towards pointing out the error of right-wing ways, in a manner that will convince undecided voters to support Obama.In the first segment you'll hear how under Democratic administrations, the economic pie has always grown faster, and in a more fairly distributed way, than under Republican rule.The last half of the show will be a bit of a…

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133 - Obama's America vs. McCain's America: Ten Reasons Undecideds Should Choose Obama

2008-10-02 :: rational@adelphia.net (Jack Clark)

Usually on Blast The Right you hear me condemn right-wing ideology and policies. Not only the theory, but the negative effect of right-wing rule on flesh-and-blood humans.Then the idea is, you use the information to win the water cooler wars, to "blast the right."With just about a month to go before the election, arguing with right-wingers isn't the most productive use of your time now, I don't…

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132 - Right-Wing Deception Is Exemplified By Sarah Palin And John McCain: A Case Study In Earmarks

2008-09-18 :: rational@adelphia.net (Jack Clark)

Today, you'll hear all about earmarks, one of John McCain's pet issues.Sarah Palin claims to be a reformer, yet she is the Empress of Earmarks, requesting this year more per capita than the governor of any other state.Would it surprise you to learn that McCain seems quite confused about the facts, and that Palin is clearly outright lying?Plenty of clips of these two esteemed elected officials to…

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131 - Hannity May Lie, But The Actual Economic Data Tells The True Story

2008-09-04 :: rational@adelphia.net (Jack Clark)

Today, you'll hear how to debunk some of the latest right-wing flim-flam about the economy really being in good shape.Sure it is, except for the fact that unemployment, the number of medically uninsured, median wages, poverty -- all are worse than when Bush came into officeAmong those you'll have the dubious pleasure of listening to are Sean Hannity, Rush Limbaugh, Paul Weyrich and Barbara Bush.…

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130 - Bush Justice Department Admits To Pervasive Lawbreaking / Listener Email On Hannity, '08 Race / Helping A Fellow Progressive

2008-08-21 :: rational@adelphia.net (Jack Clark)

Today, you'll hear about rampant lawbreaking by Bush administration officials within the Department of Justice. It's not a pretty picture. And it's the DOJ itself making the charge!You'll be treated to listener emails on Sean Hannity and the '08 campaign. I'll play you a Hannity audio clip that may well rile you up.And, last but not least, you'll learn about a fellow progressive who needs a bit…

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129 - Right-Wing Ideology Produces A U.S. Health Care System That Is Worst In The Developed World / Cruel Bush Immigration Raids: A National Disgrace

2008-08-07 :: rational@adelphia.net (Jack Clark)

Today, you'll hear how to debunk the right-wing's biggest lie about the US health care system:Right-wingers claim we have the best health care system in the world.The fact is, it ranks dead last in critical areas compared to other developed nations.You'll also see how the Bush administration has reverted to an immigration policy based on cruelty and vindictiveness. Clips of right-wingers may make…

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128 - McCain Becomes Incoherent Trying To Excuse Growing Economic Inequality / More Shady Deals & Lies As The Right-Wing Closes In On Iraq's Oil

2008-07-24 :: rational@adelphia.net (Jack Clark)

Today you'll hear John McCain become truly incoherent when he tries to address the issue of income and wealth inequality in America. You'll learn why no right-winger can honestly speak to this issue.And, you'll see that developments in the Bushian grab for Iraq's oil are coming fast and furious. More cronyism, shady deals and outright lies. The No Blood for Oil anti-war slogan rings more true…

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127 - A Torrent Of Additional Evidence Of Right-Wing Torture-Mongering / Dick Morris Lies About Democratic Tax Plans

2008-07-23 :: rational@adelphia.net (Jack Clark)

Today, you'll hear a torrent of new evidence that's just come out which further details the Bush administration's torture regime. You'll learn about the self-styled "War Council," Bush's use of Communist Chinese torture techniques, vehement protests by the military's own lawyers, hiding the abuse from the Red Cross, and, recent medical findings of marks of torture on detainee's bodies.In a…

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126 - Past As Prologue: Multinationals Take Another Step To Steal Iraq's Oil / Demoralize A Right-Winger: Tell Them The Truth About US Public Opinion

2008-06-26 :: rational@adelphia.net (Jack Clark)

Today, you'll hear how the multinational oil companies have taken another step towards stealing Iraq's oil.The very companies Iraq took the oil back from 36 years ago, are now being invited back in, by the US-propped-up Iraqi government.In the second segment, you'll get some great public opinion stats on the hottest issues, guaranteed to demoralize your right-wing friends and acquaintances. The…

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125 - Yet More Evidence That Right-Wing Health Care Policies Are Deadly / Progressive Victories: Economic Justice For Farmworkers!

2008-06-12 :: rational@adelphia.net (Jack Clark)

Today you'll hear how right-wing opposition to universal health care kills cancer patients.Actually, right-wing health care policies kill thousands of Americans every year, according to study after study.Also: I'll give you some great news about economic justice for farm workers.The question to right-wingers here is: shouldn't the people whose back-breaking labor puts the food on your plate, earn…

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124 - Just A Bunch Of Right-Wingers Sitting Around Talking... About How Best To Torture People! If This Was A Movie Script, No One Would Believe It

2008-05-29 :: rational@adelphia.net (Jack Clark)

Today you're going to hear an unbelievable, yet-every-fact-is-true scenario. It's about how it came to pass that dozens of meetings were held in the White House to decide the most effective ways to torture War On Terror prisoners. Also, be sure to stay around for my closing comments. You'll learn about Blast The Right transcripts, as well as about some listeners going the activist route. And…

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123 - Have They No Shame? McCain Misleads, Hannity Explicitly Lies About Taxes (Sorry Sean And John, The American Public Isn't Buying It)

2008-05-15 :: rational@adelphia.net (Jack Clark)

In today's podcast, you'll hear how right-wingers are lying about Democratic tax plans.You'll be treated to clips of Monica Crowley, Sean Hannity, John McCain.The results of a recent poll about taxing the wealthy may astound you. And what does Martin Luther King, Jr. have to do with all this?Just listen to today's show, and find out!(PS: Right-wingers, if you want to write in to me, fine, but at…

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122 - With The Heparin Drug Deaths, As With All Other Things: Kill My Pet, Kill My Kid, Even Kill Me, But Just Don't Mess With My Right-Wing Ideology

2008-05-01 :: rational@adelphia.net (Jack Clark)

Two podcasts ago you heard about how:--in the financial markets, ill intentions by some, and incompetence by others, has led to big problems--to solve these problems, a strong government regulatory effort is needed.Right-wing ideology does nothing in the way of prevention, and offers nothing in the way of a cure.Now today, please shift your focus to medicines: same picture.Right wing ideology has…

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121 - Global Fight Against The Right: US House OK's Jubilee Act, Mexican Lawmakers Conduct Sit-In To Protest Oil Law, Starving People Riot Worldwide

2008-04-17 :: rational@adelphia.net (Jack Clark)

I don't know if you caught the following stories recently:The U.S. House of Representatives passed the Jubilee Act providing debt relief for Third World nations.Progressive Mexican legislators occupied both their houses of Congress in protest of a proposed oil law.Starving people rioted all over the world in protest of rapidly rising food pricesDid you see the mainstream media tie all those…

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120 - Right-Wing Ideology And Policies Are The Main Culprits Behind The Subprime And Credit Meltdowns

2008-04-03 :: rational@adelphia.net (Jack Clark)

Here's the road map for your journey today:--Background you need to know--What caused the current crisis--What needs to be done to fix things up--Exposing the phony right-wing solution--And, the death of the "free market"Along the way, you'll learn about the "shadow banking system," and hear clips of Rush Limbaugh, Ronald Reagan, Treasury Secretary Paulson, and...a famous comedy team or two. Huh?…

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Political Cartoon For Podcast #120

2008-04-03 :: rational@adelphia.net (Jack Clark)

This cartoon by my friend, syndicated cartoonist Matt Bors, is a perfect fit for podcast #120.His website is highly recommended.…

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119 - Right-Wing EPA Policies Will Kill Thousands / Hannity Lies About Michelle Obama / Father Of Conservative Economics Puts 2008 Right To Shame

2008-03-20 :: rational@adelphia.net (Jack Clark)

Today, to start off, you'll hear about yet more right-wing policies that increase human misery, suffering, pain and death, this time concerning the air you breathe. The Bush Environmental Protection Administration weakened two recommendations of its own advisory board on the allowable amount of ozone in the air.Next up, you'll listen to Sean Hannity use a nasty propaganda technique that I'll…

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118 - Blasting, Ever So Gently, Wayward Progressives: Why Nader Supporters Should Rethink Their Position

2008-03-06 :: rational@adelphia.net (Jack Clark)

Ralph Nader recently announced he's running yet again this year for President. I originally thought a segment on that would be a QuickBlast, maybe 2 or 3 minutes.But the more I thought about it, the more things I realized I had to say.And the more important I realized the subject was.What you're about to hear has a wider applicability than just Ralph Nader, and a more durable shelf-life than…

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"Ralf Na'dir" Cartoon For Podcast #118

2008-03-06 :: rational@adelphia.net (Jack Clark)

I thought you would really get a kick out of this cartoon by my friend, syndicated cartoonist Matt Bors. Sort of podcast #118 in-a-nutshell.Here's the link to his website:http://www.mattbors.com/newstrip.htmlHighly recommended!!…

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117 - Desperate Haitians Eat Dirt: A Legacy Of Right-Wing Greed / Listen To Neil Boortz Make O'Reilly Seem Statesmanlike / '08 Strategy Suggestions

2008-02-21 :: rational@adelphia.net (Jack Clark)

Today you'll hear three segments, touching on:--Haitian women and children so hungry and desperate they eat cookies made of dirt. What's that got to do with you and me? If we're largely to blame, what can we do to remedy the situation? (Here are the two links promised in the podcast:Bipartisan Letter on Haiti     House/Senate Jubilee Act)--Right-wingers so callous and vicious they blame victims…

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116 - Federal Home Loan Racism / Bush, Hannity Tax Lies / American Revolutionary War...Commie? / Good News On Electronic Voting / Listener Email

2008-02-07 :: rational@adelphia.net (Jack Clark)

Today I've definitely got a full smorgasbord for you, with five tasty dishes, the kind you like best:How federal government discriminatory home loan practices worsened the Black-White wealth gapAudio clips of Bush and Hannity lying about taxes, plus Hannity lying about Ronald Reagan's recordA physician listener corrects a mistake I made on health care, and a Canadian listener can't understand…

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115 - Blasting The Right Basics: Countering Five Pervasive Right-Wing Falsehoods

2008-01-24 :: rational@adelphia.net (Jack Clark)

Today, a really big change of pace. You'll be treated not to one subject in depth, or even two topics with extended segments.No, today I have 5 QuickBlasts for you, in the areas of foreign policy, taxation, regulation of business and health care. Let's get right into it.Sometimes you don't need long permutations and combinations of an issue, you just need a solid fact or two to whack a…

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114 - Economic Mobility: A Reality-Based Part Of The American Dream, Or A Myth Now Used By The Right-Wing To Justify Economic Injustice?

2008-01-10 :: rational@adelphia.net (Jack Clark)

Today you'll hear exposed as a falsehood the pervasive myth -- pushed hardest by the right-wing -- that there is great economic mobility in the United States. You'll see that the real picture is not so pretty.The conventional political wisdom has always been, the public doesn't care much about income and wealth inequality, because of the widely shared belief that everyone has a shot at becoming…

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113 - Year End Review: The Good, The Bad And The Ugly Of 2007

2007-12-27 :: rational@adelphia.net (Jack Clark)

Today we'll review what the right-wing was up to in 2007, as you heard it on Blast The Right. Plus, I'll have some updates for you.Usually this podcast covers one or two topics in depth. Today you'll hear a summation of over 40 podcasts, so the pace will be brisk.In order to get a handle on this year's subjects, I grouped the podcasts by subject matter, and that's how I'll go through them. You…

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112 - As At Home, So Abroad: Right-Wing Policies Increase Human Misery, Suffering, Pain And Death In The Third World

2007-12-13 :: rational@adelphia.net (Jack Clark)

Today you'll hear how extreme right-wing policies of the United States literally cause starvation and death in the Third World.And, I'll show you the link between this unfortunate situation, and two hot button front page issues in the US, health care, and the occupation of Iraq. The microcosm will be Malawi, where right-wingers in the US and international financial institutions insisted that the…

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111 - Once And For All: Calling Out Right-Wing Christians On Their Kill-Jesus Ideology And Behavior

2007-11-29 :: rational@adelphia.net (Jack Clark)

Today you'll hear a whirlwind tour of my thoughts on right-wing Christians, especially on how to effectively debate them.The centerpiece of this week's show is my Equivalent Alternative Solutions challenge. Right-wing Christians, from the roots of their right-wing ideology to the fruits of their policies, violate the most fundamental of the teachings of Jesus regarding how we're to interact with…

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110 - The Right-Wing Goal Of Transferring Wealth From Everyone Else To The Already-Rich, And What FDR Had To Say About It

2007-11-15 :: rational@adelphia.net (Jack Clark)

Today you'll hear all about the true bottom line when it comes to the right-wing.As part of this, you'll hear some breathtaking clips of Franklin Delano Roosevelt condemning the right-wingers of his time.A preview:One of my favorite quotes of all-time is from John Kenneth Galbraith: The modern conservative is engaged in one of man's oldest exercises in moral philosophy; that is, the search for a…

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Live Debate 01 - Jack Vs. Jenn From www.screwliberals.com

2007-11-13 :: rational@adelphia.net (Jack Clark)

Greetings! I'm Jack Clark, host of the Blast the Right podcast, two years old and going strong.If this is the first time you're listening to Blast The Right, you can check out last week's podcast if you want to know what the regular, prerecorded show is like. That's the show which is the most listened to grass roots progressive podcast in the country.What you're about to hear right now, is a…

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109 - Bush's "Enhanced Interrogations" Have A Nazi Pedigree / Jack Clark's Real Name

2007-11-01 :: rational@adelphia.net (Jack Clark)

Today we'll revisit the troubling issue of the right-wing's continuing obsession with torturing people. The pro-torture "enhanced interrogation" crowd is in some pretty ugly historical company: the Inquisition, Nazi Germany, the Soviet Union, Pol Pot. The second segment, in a departure from the usual, will be about...me! You'll learn my real name, and more.(PS: Right-wingers, if you want to…

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Live Show Rebroadcast 04: Guest, Mark Potok, Southern Poverty Law Center, Premier Anti-Hate Group Organization

2007-10-25 :: rational@adelphia.net (Jack Clark)

Greetings!I'm Jack Clark, host of the Blast the Right podcast, two years old and going strong. If this is the first time you're listening to Blast The Right, you can check out last week's podcast if you want to know what the regular, prerecorded show is like. That's the show which is the most listened to grass roots progressive podcast in the country.What you're about to hear right now, is a…

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108 - Reason To Cheer, Part III: Increasingly Left-Leaning Youth Will Turn The Country Increasingly Progressive

2007-10-18 :: rational@adelphia.net (Jack Clark)

A headline early this past summer said it all:Young Americans Are Leaning Left, New Poll FindsA few tidbits:Pew Research found that since Reagan the percentage of young adults calling themselves Republicans has declined from 55 to 35%. That loses out to young Democrats, who now account for 48% of young adults.On specific issues:While 47% of the public would support a "universal,…

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Live Show Rebroadcast 03: Guest, Jock Chamberlain, "International Investment Banker To Progressive Journalist"

2007-10-11 :: rational@adelphia.net (Jack Clark)

Greetings!I'm Jack Clark, host of the Blast the Right podcast, two years old and going strong. If this is the first time you're listening to Blast The Right, you can check out last week's podcast if you want to know what the regular, prerecorded show is like. That's the show which is the most listened to grass roots progressive podcast in the country.What you're about to hear right now, is a…

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107 - Headlines Scream: Right-Wing Policies Kill / GOP California '08 Dirty Trick Falters / Fox News Iran Warmongering / Third World Debt Action Alert

2007-10-04 :: rational@adelphia.net (Jack Clark)

What do antifreeze in toothpaste, lead paint on toys, and Bush's veto of health insurance for children have in common? They're three more examples in the headlines recently of how right-wing policies increase human misery, suffering, pain and death.Also, you'll hear Fox news amping up the propaganda for war with Iran.Plus some good news: the right falters in its attempt at a California elections…

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Live Show Rebroadcast 02: Guest, Chuck Kaufman

2007-09-27 :: rational@adelphia.net (Jack Clark)

Greetings!I'm Jack Clark, host of the Blast the Right podcast, two years old and going strong. If this is the first time you're listening to Blast The Right, please go back to last week's podcast if you want to know what the regular, prerecorded show is like.The regular prerecorded show now comes out every other week. Listeners suggested I include the recently started live show in this feed on…

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106 - Reason To Cheer, Part II: If Americans Hold Progressive Views, Why Don't They Describe Themselves As Progressives? Here's Why…

2007-09-20 :: rational@adelphia.net (Jack Clark)

Mainstream poll after mainstream poll has consistently shown solid majorities of your fellow citizens -- often 2/3 or more -- endorse all of these progressive positions:--the government should provide more, not less services--the government should take care of those who can't take care of themselves--the government should guarantee health care for every American--the distribution of wealth in…

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Live Show Rebroadcast: Guest, Cory Burnell, Founder of Christian Exodus

2007-09-13 :: rational@adelphia.net (Jack Clark)

Greetings!I'm Jack Clark, host of the Blast the Right podcast, two years old and going strong. If this is the first time you're listening to Blast The Right, please go back to last week's podcast if you want to know what the regular, prerecorded show is like.The regular prerecorded show now comes out every other week. Listeners suggested I include the recently started live show in this feed on…

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105 - Reason To Cheer, Part I: Americans Support Progressive Policies On Most Every Issue, And Our Progressive Majority Is Growing Larger And Larger

2007-09-06 :: rational@adelphia.net (Jack Clark)

In today's podcast you'll see beyond a shadow of a doubt that we progressives are not the fringe, the right-wing is. You'll hear how our progressive views are indisputably shared by the majority of Americans. This will be, in sum, a cheer yourself up podcast. Smile, Mr. or Ms. Progressive, you're not on candid camera, but you still have reason to smile.Perhaps the most daunting right-wing myth of…

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54 - Death-By-A-Thousand-Cuts Class Warfare / Right-Wing Listener Claims Miners Suffocating Is No Big Deal

2007-08-29 :: rational@adelphia.net (Jack Clark)

Sometimes the right-wing will kill you with one massive, public blow, other times they'll kill you in secret, a death by a thousand cuts.This podcast discusses some of the death by a thousand cut fronts in the right-wing's economic war on poor, working and middle class Americans. They are:1. How much people earn: the right-wing is allowing fraud that illegally inflates executive salaries2. How…

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50 - Denying Oxygen To Trapped Miners & Cutting Off Medicine To The Elderly: Two More Ways Right-Wingers Increase Human Misery, Pain And Death

2007-08-29 :: rational@adelphia.net (Jack Clark)

One of the major themes of Blast The Right is that right-wingers consistently cause increased human misery, suffering, pain and death.Today we'll discuss two more ways they do so, one involving the suffocation of coal miners, the other the cutting off of sick people's medication. All the while, the right accomplishes this evil with a smile on its face, boasting of their doing good deeds!The…

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48 - Poll Reveals Americans Reject Right-Wing Agenda / A Listener's Family Story Of A Right-Winger In Denial

2007-08-29 :: rational@adelphia.net (Jack Clark)

Right-wingers would have you believe that Americans share their views on the issues, on priorities, and on moral values. A recent poll shows that -- like virtually everything right-wingers say -- such assertions are baseless.A listener sends in an mp3 with a telling story about his right-wing sister who spouts an ideology at odds with her own life.…

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47 - Coulter vs. The Jersey Girls: Ann's Real Agenda & Her Underlying Psychological Disorder

2007-08-29 :: rational@adelphia.net (Jack Clark)

Here's an approach to this brouhaha you haven't seen elsewhere:First we'll go over the who, what, when and where of Ann Coulter's vicious attack on four 9/11 widows, who are known as the Jersey Girls. You'll hear a clip of Ann saying something about these women that is even more heartless than what she wrote in her book.Then after we listen to Ann try to defend herself on Fox and NBC, we'll…

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104 - Busting The Right's Lies: Universal Health Coverage Doesn't Mean Long Waits For Care / Robert Bork, Nominee For The Hypocrites Hall Of Shame

2007-08-23 :: rational@adelphia.net (Jack Clark)

A slight change of pace today. Instead of one long segment, we'll discuss two topics. First up, debunking some of the latest right-wing talking points against universal health care, including the lies that we already have the best health care system in the world, and that universal health care leads to long waiting times for treatment.One of the Blast The Right rules of thumb is, whatever a…

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103 - Conservative Group Calls For Presidential Candidates To Sign Pledge To Reverse Bush Constitutional Abuses

2007-08-09 :: rational@adelphia.net (Jack Clark)

Today we're going to hear from some conservatives who have banded together to stop Bush's power grab. You heard me correctly, conservatives.You'll get an overabundance of ammo to use when next you have the pleasure of engaging in conversation, a right-winger who hasn't yet been enlightened by these conservative brethren of his.There's been increasing talk lately of impeaching Bush and Cheney.…

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102 - The Science Be Damned: Gag Orders And Censorship Are The Right-Wing Prescription For Your Health

2007-07-26 :: rational@adelphia.net (Jack Clark)

Today the focus is on health.I'll tell you how gag orders and censorship seem to be the preferred right-wing prescription for improving the health of the American public.It all relates to recent revelations by Bush's former Surgeon General.Dr. Richard H. Carmona recently testified before the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee that he felt his duty as surgeon general was to address…

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101 - Hugo Chavez And The Television Station: Fact Vs. Fiction

2007-07-12 :: rational@adelphia.net (Jack Clark)

Today I'm going to discuss with you the recent controversy over Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez's not renewing the broadcast license of a television station in that country.All nations license the right to use their public airwaves, since the demand for use of the airwaves far outstrips the supply. In the US the Federal Communications Commission performs this function, granting terms of 8 years.…

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100 - Immigration Reform's Path To Citizenship: It's Not Amnesty, It's Keeping Our Part Of The Bargain

2007-06-28 :: rational@adelphia.net (Jack Clark)

Today we're going to come back to an issue we last discussed in depth over a year ago, immigration. We'll examine several aspects of this most contentious subject, and I'll present a way of looking at the situation you may not have heard before. In short, I'll tell you why, it's not about amnesty--it's about keeping our part of the bargain.Included will be some clips of right-wingers that will…

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99 - More GOP Racism: "Vote Caging" To Prevent African-Americans From Exercising Their Right To Vote

2007-06-21 :: rational@adelphia.net (Jack Clark)

Today we're going to discuss yet another example of GOP racism: their recent attempts to disenfranchise African-American voters.The modern day Republican Party is not the party of Lincoln. Quite the opposite.Modern day Republicans don't walk around in Ku Klux Klan robes. But the GOP has engaged in a decades-old and still ongoing massive and intense effort to prevent African Americans from voting.…

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98 - "Enhanced Interrogations": Right-Wingers Eagerly Embrace Soviet Torture Methods

2007-06-16 :: rational@adelphia.net (Jack Clark)

Today we're going to show how the right-wing is playing directly out of the Soviet Union playbook.That should be something to throw in their face, huh?Nothing, probably not even the Iraq War itself, has soured world opinion on the United States, as much as the Bush administration's embrace of torture.Actually, something probably has: the Bush administration's denial of that embrace, and its…

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97 - Listeners Sound Off About How Right-Wing Road Safety Policies Endanger Us All

2007-06-07 :: rational@adelphia.net (Jack Clark)

Today we'll follow up on an earlier podcast about how the Bush administration is putting you at risk on the roads, in the area of safety regulations applicable to truck driversThe listener comments we'll go over will provide yet more evidence that putting profit before the public good, is the right-wing way.Safety group and insurance industry research shows thatAfter 8 hours of consecutive…

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96 - Right-Wing Charity: Sufficient Atonement For Their Sins?

2007-06-01 :: rational@adelphia.net (Jack Clark)

A change of pace today. Not a lot of numerical stats and percentages, but some political and moral theory.We'll delve into three interrelated subjects: --the value of charity--right-wing charity vs. the consequences of their public policies, and--liberal vs. progressive prescriptions for a better world.My friend Jeff from gopexposed.com left a comment a while back containing a couple of points.…

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95 - Latin American Right-Wing Reaps What It Sows: No-Nonsense Land Reform In Venezuela

2007-05-24 :: rational@adelphia.net (Jack Clark)

Today we're going to discuss another major step towards achieving economic and social justice in Venezuela: no-nonsense land reform that allows malnourished, hungry people to grow food to feed themselves and their families. And, we'll learn what it really takes to be in solidarity with the Third World poor. Taking back the fertile farmland in Venezuela from the multinationals and the local elites…

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94 - Progressive Victory! Maryland Enacts First Living Wage Requirement For State Government Contracts

2007-05-17 :: rational@adelphia.net (Jack Clark)

Maryland has passed the first statewide living wage statute.Under the law, employers with state contracts will generally have to pay workers a minimum amount — $11.30 an hour in the Baltimore-Washington corridor and $8.50 an hour in the rural counties, where wages and prices are usually lower.Among those workers mostly likely to be lifted above the poverty line by this measure are those who work…

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93 - Food Workers' Lungs Destroyed: Another Case Study In How Right-Wing Policies Increase Human Misery, Suffering, Pain And Death

2007-05-10 :: rational@adelphia.net (Jack Clark)

Today, we're going to discuss another example of the right-wing letting their ideology trump science, and in the process, increase human misery, suffering, pain and death.It concerns...microwave popcorn, of all things. You wouldn't think manufacturing popcorn would be a dangerous job, that could severely injure, or even kill you. Well, think again.And what about you, eating that popcorn? Has the…

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92 - Right-Wing Nightmare: Americans Favor Heavily Taxing The Rich To Redistribute Wealth

2007-05-03 :: rational@adelphia.net (Jack Clark)

Today, I have great news for you. New polling data gives you and me some really heavy-duty ammo to fight back against a particular type of name-calling by the right, that some of us have endured for decades.It all relates to wealth distribution in America.Here are the three main pieces of ordnance, which come in the form of the conclusions of a recent Gallup poll:A large majority of Americans…

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91 - Denying Reality: Bill O'Reilly Blames Anti-US World Public Opinion On....Rosie O'Donnell!

2007-04-29 :: rational@adelphia.net (Jack Clark)

Today, we'll listen to Bill O'Reilly explain to us why world public opinion opposes the Bush administration's foreign policy. The reason is…. Rosie O'Donnell.O'Reilly's propaganda is part of a concerted effort by the right-wing fog machine to divert attention from the disaster in Iraq, and pin the blame elsewhere.You're going to laugh and shake your head in disbelief. Maybe it will also make you…

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90 - Shameless Right-Wing Greed: How Vulture Funds Prey On Impoverished Third World Nations

2007-04-29 :: rational@adelphia.net (Jack Clark)

Today we're going to discuss an incredibly immoral way to make huge sums of money: vulture funds which prey on destitute Third World nations. As you might imagine, there's a strong right-wing connection.First I'll give you an overview of the vulture fund process. Next we'll go over some specific examples of vulture funds in action. Finally we'll discuss the right-wing connection to all this,…

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89 - Right-Wingers Can Be Proud: 2005 Saw The Greatest Income Inequality Since The Great Depression / Listen To McCain's Descent Into Delusion

2007-04-29 :: rational@adelphia.net (Jack Clark)

As a general rule of thumb, everything right-wingers do is designed to accomplish one of two goals: either (a) transfer wealth to the already-rich from everyone else, or (b) distract everyone else from the fact that (a) is occurring. As far as (a), transfer wealth to the rich from everyone else, the right-wingers are succeeding probably beyond even their wildest expectations.Figures just released…

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88 - Listen To A Progressive Third World Leader Tell Us In His Own Words The Truth Our Mass Media Ignores

2007-04-05 :: rational@adelphia.net (Jack Clark)

Today we're going to hear a progressive Third World leader in his own voice. Throughout Latin America, the impoverished masses, who sometimes constitute on outright majority of their nations' populations, are rising up and electing progressive leaders. These progressive leaders promise to rule in the interests of the majority, not a small elite super-wealthy group at the top. And that's just what…

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87 - Bush's Budget Paints A Picture Of Right-Wing Greed & Cruelty / A Listener Weighs In On The Human Dimension Of The Gay Marriage Debate

2007-03-29 :: rational@adelphia.net (Jack Clark)

George Bush ran for President as a "compassionate conservative." Yet his proposed federal budget belies that claim. Bush would slash programs that provide critical assistance to our most vulnerable citizens, including children and the elderly. At the same time, Bush proposes tax breaks for the richest 1% among us. And Bush's bloated Pentagon budget seems to serve no purpose but to enrich his…

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86 - Iraq's New Oil Law: Proof That Bush's War IS Blood For Oil

2007-03-23 :: rational@adelphia.net (Jack Clark)

U.S. government pre-war planning documents stated that the new Iraqi government would have to privatize its oil industry. The Iraq Study Group said the same thing after the war.The new Iraqi oil law just unveiled would do just that:A new oil law set to go before the Iraqi Parliament this month would, if passed...transform Iraq’s oil industry from a nationalized model closed to American oil…

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85 - War On Terrorism Truths: More Of BTR's Interview With Bush-Bashing Conservative Scholar / Email: A Listener Starts Converting A Right-Winger!

2007-03-15 :: rational@adelphia.net (Jack Clark)

Bruce Fein, a conservative scholar who's none too happy with George Bush, makes these three points in the concluding part of our interview:1. the threat level from terrorism is not insignificant, but nowhere near the threat levels we faced in WWII or the Cold War; 2. civil liberties violations are clearly not justified by any such honest evaluation of the threat level; and 3. the civil liberties…

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84 - A Major Defeat For Right-Wing Ideology: American Public Strongly Supports Government Guarantee Of Health Care For All

2007-03-08 :: rational@adelphia.net (Jack Clark)

Today we're going to talk about the prospects for universal health care in America, in other words, making sure no one lacks health insurance. We'll focus less on the nuts and bolts, and more on the public attitude towards this issue. The conclusion will be, the public is solidly on our progressive side.I talk a lot on Blast The Right about the moral imperative to reduce human misery, suffering,…

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83- Lying Or Just Plain Ignorant? Bill O'Reilly Misleads His Audience, Part 2: Poverty

2007-03-01 :: rational@adelphia.net (Jack Clark)

Today, we're going to have installment two of our series, Lying Or Just Plain Ignorant? Bill O'Reilly Misleads His Audience. The subject is poverty.O'Reilly recently had as a guest Rev. Fred Candeler, of the Methodist Federation for Social Action. Rev. Candeler was objecting to plans to place George W. Bush's presidential library at Southern Methodist University. Candeler said one of the reasons…

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82 - Third World Land Reform Would Allow Hungry People To Feed Themselves: Another Social Justice Measure The Right-Wing Tries To Kill

2007-02-22 :: rational@adelphia.net (Jack Clark)

Today we're going to pick up from a few podcasts ago, and discuss another example of a Third World nation's people fighting for their very lives. It's yet another chapter in the book of global economic justice. Bolivian President Evo Morales proposed a sweeping land reform bill, to ensure that like his nation's other national resource, natural gas, Bolivia's fertile lands would be utilized for…

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81 - Cons Try To Con Us About Con Law: Bush/Cheney Claim About Unfettered Presidential War Powers Is Totally Bogus

2007-02-15 :: rational@adelphia.net (Jack Clark)

Today we're going to discuss the phony claim by George Bush and Dick Cheney that Bush has unfettered power to wage war in Iraq -- and one assumes elsewhere -- as he sees fit. Congressional oversight? Surely you jest.In law school you usually take at least a beginning course in constitutional law. The subject is often referred to as con law. The situation with Bush and Cheney thus can be…

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77 - Worsening Income And Wealth Inequality That Might Even Make A Right-Winger Blush (If They Were Capable Of Feeling Shame)

2007-02-13 :: rational@adelphia.net (Jack Clark)

Today, we're going to present some data about income and wealth distribution that you've probably never before seen brought together in one place. Make sure your seat belt is securely fastened.For example, let's take the wealthiest 1/10 of one percent of all Americans. There are 130,500 such taxpayers. They have more income than the 120 million Americans at the bottom.Nice, huh?How about…

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80 - Right-Wing Heaven: Bush IRS Twists Rules To Let Corporations Get Away With Tax Evasion

2007-02-08 :: rational@adelphia.net (Jack Clark)

Today we're going to discuss yet another way the Bush administration is continuing to push its radical right agenda even without control of Congress. In this case, it's the emasculate the government, cut taxes on the wealthy agenda. All accomplished through some until-now hidden workings of the Internal Revenue Service.I'll tell you up front that this isn't a page-1-headline-type story. But…

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79 - Lying Or Just Plain Ignorant? Bill O'Reilly Misleads His Audience, Part I: Iraq / Bush Health Care Plan Is A Typical Right-Wing Scam

2007-02-01 :: rational@adelphia.net (Jack Clark)

Today we're going to start a series entitled "Lying Or Just Plain Ignorant? Bill O'Reilly Misleads His Audience." Part I will be about Iraq. Included will be, some effective responses when you hear misinformation like that disseminated by O'Reilly.Did you know, for example, that 72% of US troops in Iraq said last February they should be withdrawn within one year, whether or not the mission is…

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78 - Case Study, Ecuador: Listen To Martin Luther King And Learn How To Get On The Correct Side Of The World Revolution

2007-01-26 :: rational@adelphia.net (Jack Clark)

Martin Luther King, Jr. proclaimed on April 4, 1967:A true revolution of values will soon look uneasily on the glaring contrast of poverty and wealth. With righteous indignation, it will look across the seas and see individual capitalists of the West investing huge sums of money in Asia, Africa, and South America, only to take the profits out with no concern for the social betterment of the…

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75 - Highway Deaths Continue Because Right-Wing Policies (As Usual) Fail

2007-01-19 :: rational@adelphia.net (Jack Clark)

Today, we're going to start off the new year with some new evidence -- as if you really needed any more -- that right-wing policies cause increased human misery, suffering, pain and death. This example concerns thousands of unnecessary highway deaths from accidents involving large trucks.Safety advocacy groups, along with the insurance industry, presented studies showing that tired truck drivers…

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76 - Market As Deity: Reflections On The Right-Wing's Golden Calf

2007-01-17 :: rational@adelphia.net (Jack Clark)

Today we're going to have a wide-ranging discussion of that totally misleading economic term so beloved by the right, the "free market." By the time we're finished, you'll never hear the phrase "free market" the same way again.One of the more exasperating things when speaking to a right-winger, is that virtually no matter what subject you're talking about, if you're making good points and the…

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53 - Battling Phony Right-Wing Christians: What Every Progressive Needs To Know About True Christian Economics

2006-12-29 :: rational@adelphia.net (Jack Clark)

Possibly the largest and most organized, disciplined and effective opposition to the progressive agenda is the religious right.If you're a progressive, you need to be familiar with true Christian economics, to be able to articulate how far from being in accord with Christian values, right-wing policies truly are.You have to be able to put right-wing Christians on the defensive.Some of you may be…

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74 - Year-End Review Of Some Right-Wing Gifts To America In 2006: Poverty / Class Warfare / War Profiteering / Mining Deaths / Cancer / Lung Disease

2006-12-28 :: rational@adelphia.net (Jack Clark)

This last podcast of the year will be a review of some of the worst things the right-wing did in 2006 as covered by Blast The Right.Here's how I put together my list.You know I often say that right-wing policies inevitably cause increased human misery, suffering, pain and death. I don’t think I've every explained exactly what the components of that phrase mean to me.Misery and suffering I…

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73 - Have You Heard? We're In World War III! Right-Wing Propaganda Campaigns Fail Because The Right's Actions Don't Live Up To Its Rhetoric

2006-12-21 :: rational@adelphia.net (Jack Clark)

Today we're going to look at a failed -- but still ongoing -- right-wing propaganda campaign, and analyze why it failed. Could it be because the right's actions and policy proposals prove they don't believe the words coming out of their own mouths about the war on terror?This summer, no doubt in desperate hope of scaring up a majority of GOP voters for the midterm elections, the right-wing…

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72 - The Upcoming Minimum Wage Battle: How To Counter Right-Wing Propaganda

2006-12-20 :: rational@adelphia.net (Jack Clark)

The Democrats have proclaimed that before 100 hours have gone by in the new Congress this January, they will, among other things, raise the Federal minimum wage.The bill, which has been languishing for years in the right-wing controlled Congress, is called the Fair Minimum Wage Act. It provides for three hikes: from the present $5.15 to $5.85 sixty days after enactment; to $6.55 one year later,…

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71 - Even After A Thumpin', Bush Continues Appointing Right-Wing Extremists / QuickBlast: Chavez Landslide Victory In Venezuela / More

2006-12-07 :: rational@adelphia.net (Jack Clark)

Today, we'll discuss how George W. Bush, even after the midterm elections, is continuing to appoint right-wing extremists to critically important government posts -- in this instance, jeopardizing the health of millions of women. Then a QuickBlast about Hugo Chavez's landslide election victory in Venezuela -- so much for the right-wing lie calling him a "dictator." We'll end with a listener…

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70 - Was There Right-Wing Electronic Voting Fraud In The Midterms? Dispute In Florida's 13th Congressional District Provides The Answer

2006-11-30 :: rational@adelphia.net (Jack Clark)

Ok, we had the midterm election, and there was apparently no nationwide right-wing electronic voting fraud sufficient to tip the scales to the Republicans, since the Democrats, thank goodness, did succeed in taking back both houses of Congress.I've been wondering, however, was there Republican voting fraud of the electronic variety, just not enough?And, what does this midterm election portend for…

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69 - Big Victory Against Right-Wing In Struggle To End Debt Slavery Of Third World Nations

2006-11-23 :: rational@adelphia.net (Jack Clark)

Today we'll discuss another example of good news on the international economic justice front. It comes in the form of a powerful kick in the teeth against the Third World debt scam that's been perpetrated against the poorest nations on earth for all too many years.Many of these indebted nations are forced to spend far more on repaying these loans, than on health care and education and other needs…

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68 - Major Defeat Suffered By The Right On International Economic Justice Front: Bolivia Prevails In Nationalization Of Its Natural Gas Industry

2006-11-16 :: rational@adelphia.net (Jack Clark)

There's good news for those of us who cheer when Third World nations make progress in their efforts to step out from under the boot heel of Western economic exploitation.Six months ago, way back in podcast 42, we discussed how Evo Morales, the newly elected President of Bolivia, had nationalized Bolivia's oil and gas industry. He gave foreign companies 180 days to turn over a majority stake in…

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67 - Right-Wing Plots To Reverse Post-Enron Anti-Corporate Fraud Reforms, Even Without Control Of Congress

2006-11-09 :: rational@adelphia.net (Jack Clark)

Most of you are familiar with the many recent corporate and accounting scandals, with Enron, Tyco and Worldcom among the most notorious.In response to these events, even the right-wing controlled Congress felt compelled to act, and they passed the Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002. The Sarbanes-Oxley Act is one of the pieces of legislation that the SEC enforces, with these purposes: truthful disclosure…

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66 - Part 3 Of Critically Important But Largely Unreported Aspects Of The Iraq War: The U.S. Connection To Iraqi Death Squads / Updates & Comments

2006-11-02 :: rational@adelphia.net (Jack Clark)

Torture and mass murder by the death squads of Iraq is being covered by the media, true. But what is largely unreported, is that these death squads bear a US pedigree.What we're seeing in current-day Iraq is a replay of one of the most heinous aspects of United State's foreign policy in 1980's Central America.Plus: an update on the Florida exit poll ban, a listener call-in comment on right-wing…

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65 - A War On Religion? As With Most Right-Wing Claims, The Exact Opposite Is True / Issues Survey QuickBlast / Listener Comment On Vote Fraud

2006-10-26 :: rational@adelphia.net (Jack Clark)

Right-wingers claim that there is a war on religion in this country.The fact is:[S]ince 1989...more than 200 special arrangements, protections or exemptions for religious groups or their adherents were tucked into Congressional legislation, covering topics ranging from pensions to immigration to land use. New breaks have also been provided by a host of pivotal court decisions at the state and…

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64 - Will Your Vote In The Crucial Midterm Election Be Erased -- Or Even Flipped -- By Right-Wing Electronic Voting Machine Fraud?

2006-10-19 :: rational@adelphia.net (Jack Clark)

Today, I'm going to address some issues related to the upcoming midterm elections, including the history of, and likelihood of continued, right-wing electronic voting machine fraud. There is nothing going on in this country more important politically, than to take back from the Republicans at least one, and preferably both, houses of Congress, in the midterm elections just a few weeks away.The…

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63 - Bush EPA Ignores Its Own Experts, Leaves Poison In The Air / Class Warfare: 400 Billionaires Vs. 57 Million American Families / Listener Email

2006-10-12 :: rational@adelphia.net (Jack Clark)

True to form, the Bush EPA ignored its legislative mandate to formulate new rules regarding poisonous soot in the air. Then after a court ordered it to produce new rules, the Bush EPA ignored its own experts and left an old totally inadequate standard in place. Thousands will die as a result.The 400 richest Americans, all billionaires, have as much wealth as half the US population, 57 million…

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1 - Response To Hannity

2006-10-07 :: rational@adelphia.net (Jack Clark)

First we hear Sean Hannity's on-air insult to a liberal, and then I give what would have been my response to Hannity had I been the one he was insulting.This is a short 2 minute show, which I essentially used as a test of my podcasting setup.…

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62 - From The "Southern Strategy" To Voter ID Laws: Right-Wing Voter Suppression And Racism, 1968-2006 / Progressive Christian Leaders Speak Out

2006-10-05 :: rational@adelphia.net (Jack Clark)

The right-wing of the GOP has made covert racist appeals, and engaged in voter suppression, from 1968 to the present time. The so-called Southern Strategy begun under Richard Nixon, and Ronald Reagan's entire political career, are two such examples. The latest effort takes the form of the voter ID laws the right is currently pushing.We hear the Falwells and the Robertsons ad nauseam, but…

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61 - Every Day, 30,000 Children Die: World's Worst Terrorism? / Listener Email: How Blast The Right Converted Him From Republican To Progressive

2006-09-28 :: rational@adelphia.net (Jack Clark)

Today I'm going to tell you about two of the most important and damning statistics in the world, and then link them to right-wing policies. We'll also try to decide what to call the deadly result of these policies. Is that result properly called terrorism, or just unfathomable violence?We'll also hear from a listener who abandoned his Republican ideology and adopted a progressive outlook as a…

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60 - All-Time High "Extreme Poverty" Rate / WMD Or No WMD, Cheney Wanted War / Listener Email: His Canadian Mine Worker Protection Puts U.S. To Shame

2006-09-21 :: rational@adelphia.net (Jack Clark)

Today we have two segments and listener email. The keywords applicable to right-wingers in this podcast are immiseration, prevarication and suffocation.Immiseration, as in, right-wingers increase poverty.Prevarication, as in, right-wingers lie us into war. Suffocation, as in, right-wingers deny trapped mine workers the oxygen they need to survive. Caution: you will hear Dick Cheney during this…

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59 - Part II Of Critically Important But Largely Unreported Aspects Of The Iraq War: The Bremer Orders (The Attempted Economic Rape of Iraq)

2006-09-14 :: rational@adelphia.net (Jack Clark)

Today we're going to present Part II of the series, Critically Important But Largely Unreported Aspects of the Iraq War. What we'll discuss in this podcast are the Bremer Orders. These are laws promulgated by so-called Coalition Provisional Authority head Paul Bremer when he was running Iraq for the Bush administration. These laws, as those of you familiar with right-wingers may suspect, were…

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58 - Critically Important But Largely Unreported Aspects Of The Iraq War, Part I: The Right-Wing "Project For A New American Century" (PNAC)

2006-09-07 :: rational@adelphia.net (Jack Clark)

Today we're going to present Part I of what will be at least a 3-part series, Critically Important But Largely Unreported Aspects of the Iraq War. The first subject we'll address is, the neocon organization called Project for a New American Century, known as PNAC. This will make your hair stand on end.A major issue in the midterm elections, just about 2 months away, will of course be Iraq.One…

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57 - Katrina: Right-Wing Incompetence And Worse / IRS Privatization Scam / Bush's War On Terrorism Failures

2006-09-05 :: rational@adelphia.net (Jack Clark)

Today we're going to have a change of pace from the previous several weeks of one-topic, in-depth discussions.Instead, you'll be presented with a smorgasbord of tasty dishes you can use to nourish the intellect of each one of your friendly local right-wingers. On the menu is Katrina, abuse of the IRS, and Bush failures in the war on terrorism.Various and sundry tidbits of truth for you to feed…

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56 - Class Warfare, International-Style: The Right-Wing's Assault Against The World's Poor

2006-09-05 :: rational@adelphia.net (Jack Clark)

The Third World poor suffer a quadruple whammy, a four-pronged attack on their livelihoods and very lives themselves.One of these prongs we've already touched on in previous podcasts, the sweetheart contracts between corrupt Third World governments and foreign multinationals that allow Third World natural resource wealth to be plundered.The other three elements of the right-wing attack are unfair…

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55 - WMD Found In Iraq! Anatomy Of A Fox News Propaganda Campaign

2006-09-05 :: rational@adelphia.net (Jack Clark)

We didn't find any weapons of mass destruction in Iraq, correct? Most of you out there consider this an old issue. Surely most Americans understand that Saddam had no WMD.Think again.The Harris Poll recently asked Americans if the following statement was true or false:"Iraq had weapons of mass destruction when the U.S. invaded."50% of Americans said the statement was true! 50% of Americans…

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52 - Right-Wing Wages War On State Environmental And Health Safeguards

2006-07-27 :: rational@adelphia.net (Jack Clark)

Right-wingers are traditionally strong proponents of the states rights doctrine, which holds that the federal government should play a limited role and defer to the states whenever it can.Right-wingers, however, have no principles, and when it suits their needs, they will readily abandon such supposedly sacred ideological tenets as states rights. And that's just what they have been doing.Ever…

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51 - Super-Rich REDUCE Charitable Giving As Their Wealth Increases / Karl Rove, Champion Of Social Justice?

2006-07-25 :: rational@adelphia.net (Jack Clark)

As the incomes of the super wealthy have gone way up, and their taxes have gone way down, they've decided to become less generous in their charitable giving. Of course, that's the exact opposite of what right-wingers said would happen.Next we'll consider the possibility: Karl Rove, champion of social justice. Or so he seems to claim. Hint: Teddy Roosevelt will have something to say on this…

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49 - Venezuela As Prism: Bush, Chavez, Jesus & Oil

2006-07-06 :: rational@adelphia.net (Jack Clark)

There are two things longtime listeners know I'm truly passionate about.One of them is economic justice, particularly as it relates to the oppression and exploitation of the Third World poor. In past podcasts we've discussed how the US and other Western industrialized nations have, since colonial times, economically enslaved Third World and developing nations, and still to this very day do…

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46 - Attack On The Estate Tax: Right-Wing Lies And Greed In Plain Sight

2006-06-15 :: rational@adelphia.net (Jack Clark)

Right-wingers in Congress are trying to repeal the estate tax. Fortunately, they failed last week. They fell 3 votes short of the 60 votes they needed to prevent a Democratic filibuster on the issue. Two Republicans, George Voinovich of Ohio and Lincoln Chafee of Rhode Island, defied the GOP leadership and voted with the Democrats.Since the estate tax repeal was pushed by right-wingers, you've…

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45 - Right-Wing Policies Kill America's Coal Miners

2006-06-08 :: rational@adelphia.net (Jack Clark)

I repeat quite often that right-wingers invariably cause increased human misery, suffering, pain and death. Today I'll present a perfect example of precisely the type of such havoc that ensues when right-wingers achieve power.We've recently witnessed the dual tragedies of the Sago mine explosion in January, which killed 12 West Virginia coal miners, and then the Harlan County mine explosion in…

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44 - O'Reilly Lets Rumsfeld Lie: To Help Him Avoid War Crimes Charges? / Right-Wing Neglect And Worse Of 9/11 Victims / Listener Comments On Bolivia

2006-06-01 :: rational@adelphia.net (Jack Clark)

Donald Rumsfeld claimed in an interview with Bill O'Reilly that the President and Congress saw the same intelligence on Iraq. That is a lie, long known as such. O'Reilly let Rumsfeld get away with it. What's behind this dog-and-pony show?An update on how the Bush administration's incompetence, neglect and -- again -- lies have impaired the health of countless victims of 9/11 and its…

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43 - Reverse Robin Hood: Bush's Latest Regressive Tax Cut / O'Reilly's Own Words Condemn Fox News

2006-05-25 :: rational@adelphia.net (Jack Clark)

In a recent poll, 60% of Americans said wealthy families don't pay enough in taxes. So what does the right-wing-controlled Congress run out and do almost at the very same time? Congress gave another huge, whopper of a tax cut to the wealthy, especially to the super wealthy.We'll first analyze the numbers to see who really benefits from this Bush tax cut; then we'll explain how to debunk the…

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42 - Bolivia Infuriates AND Petrifies The Right By Nationalizing Its Natural Gas Industry / A Listener's Rant About Right-Wingers

2006-05-18 :: rational@adelphia.net (Jack Clark)

Fulfilling a campaign promise, Bolivian President Evo Morales recently nationalized his country's natural gas industry. Right-wingers are beside themselves -- their profits in Bolivia won't be obscenely large anymore, but far worse, this could give ideas to other exploited nations. It's precisely this type of action by Third World leaders that is more terrifying to the right than any WMD. It…

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41 - Americans DO Want Tax Increases...On The Wealthy! / US Inaction On Murder Campaign Against Gays In Iraq / Listener Comment on Tom DeLay Evildoing

2006-05-11 :: rational@adelphia.net (Jack Clark)

The incessant and ubiquitous right-wing propaganda line is that Americans want no tax increases. Wrong. They want tax increases on the wealthy. Congress, please take note!Religious fatwas calling for homosexuals to be killed have inspired a campaign of murder and other atrocities against gays in Iraq. Will the US act to stop this latest obscenity resulting from our invasion?A listener gives…

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40 - Iraq: More Expensive Than Vietnam, And The Right-Wing Gladly Reaps The Benefits / How To Respond To Right-Wing Insults

2006-05-09 :: rational@adelphia.net (Jack Clark)

The skyrocketing costs of the Iraq War don't bother right-wingers, in fact quite the contrary, because these expenditures further two of the right's main goals. What are those goals? Hint: greed, and cutting off assistance to the "least of these," are involved.Right-wingers spew out at progressives the same insults over and over again. How do I suggest responding? We'll go through a doozy of…

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39 - Debunking Right-Wing Propaganda: The U.S. Economy Is Not Strong And NOT Benefiting All Americans / A Listener's Take On The Immigration Debate

2006-04-27 :: rational@adelphia.net (Jack Clark)

If all you knew was what George W. Bush and the right-wing echo machine told you, you'd think that the U.S. economy was thriving in a way that benefits all Americans. Not so. It's quite the opposite. Facts and figures will be liberally employed to bust this right-wing propaganda.A listener gives us his take on what the immigration debate is really all about.…

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38 - The Right At Its Democracy-Trashing, Greedy Worst: Lesser-Known Episodes In Tom DeLay's Career / Undocumented Immigrants Have The Right To Stay

2006-04-20 :: rational@adelphia.net (Jack Clark)

It's not well-known that Tom DeLay played a crucial role in stopping the Florida recount in 2000, or, that he single-handedly defied the U.S. Senate to force continued immiseration and poverty onto workers in an American overseas territory.Instead of begrudgingly allowing 12 million undocumented immigrants to remain here with the woe-is-us rationale that it's just too hard to round them all up,…

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37 - Bush's Uncle A War Profiteer / Hannity Silences Colmes / Stopping 2006 GOP Vote Fraud / Listener Comments / More

2006-04-13 :: rational@adelphia.net (Jack Clark)

FDR said he didn't want to see one millionaire created from World War II. The Bush family seems to have the opposite philosophy. Their beloved "Uncle Bucky" has made out like a bandit.You absolutely won't believe what are the top words that Americans use to describe W.A proposal to ensure that the 2006 Congressional elections are not stolen by GOP electronic voting machine fraud.Hannity…

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36 - Fighting Back Against Right-Wing Violence & Multinational Corporate Domination: Three Latin American Leaders Draw A Line In The Sand

2006-04-06 :: rational@adelphia.net (Jack Clark)

It would be hard even for a right-winger to deny the long U.S. history of violent interference in the internal affairs of Latin American nations. Given that history, and the rapacious appetite of multinational corporations for extreme profits in overseas investments, it's heartening to see leaders in Bolivia and Venezuela, as well as the likely future leader of Mexico, acting forcefully to…

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35 - Three More Ways Right-Wingers Increase Human Misery, Pain and Death / Audio: O'Reilly Threatens Listener & New York Times

2006-03-30 :: rational@adelphia.net (Jack Clark)

Right-wingers want to:1. prevent us from protecting the health of our children, 2. conceal from us the poisoning of our air and water, and3. allow some of us with cancer to needlessly die.Listen to the podcast for details.Also: We hear Bill O'Reilly prove why he's a strong contender for the title of #1 right-wing media thug.…

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34 - The Right-Wing's Worst Nightmare: A Tax On Extreme Wealth

2006-03-23 :: rational@adelphia.net (Jack Clark)

As Congress repeatedly passes tax cuts that disproportionately benefit the richest among us, it might seem quixotic to speak of a tax on wealth. But political precedent -- you won't believe what you hear FDR say about the greedy right-wingers of his day -- and emerging public opinion trends indicate that enacting a wealth tax could well become feasible in the near future.…

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33 - How Right-Wingers Try To Hide The Harmful Results of Their Policies / Words of Anti-Militarism From A Surprising Source / King vs. Robertson

2006-03-16 :: rational@adelphia.net (Jack Clark)

Right-wingers want to destroy the social safety net, and they don't want government statistics to reveal their progress in doing so. We'll discuss four ways the Bushians have tried to prevent government agencies from documenting the harmful results of right-wing policies.Speaking out against excessive military spending is a path few politicians now dare tread. It wasn't always thus. We'll hear…

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32 - Listen to Martin Luther King, Jr. Speak To Us About the War on Terrorism

2006-03-09 :: rational@adelphia.net (Jack Clark)

When Martin Luther King, Jr. delivered his "Beyond Vietnam" speech at the Riverside Church in New York City on April 4, 1967, he was not only laying out a case against the Vietnam War and the negative role the U.S. was playing in the world. No, Dr. King was speaking to us also, in words eerily prophetic about our present day crusade in Iraq and our efforts to thwart democracy in Haiti, Bolivia,…

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31 - Judge Slams Bush EPA's Post-9/11 Actions As "Conscience-Shocking" / Poll: Troops In Iraq Say "Bring Us Home!"

2006-03-02 :: rational@adelphia.net (Jack Clark)

The Bush administration's misleading statements about air quality safety in the post-9/11 World Trade Center area are so egregious as to "shock the contemporary conscience," according to a recent ruling by a federal judge. Thousands are sick and possibly dying because of Bush administration misconduct and neglect.According to a recent poll of US troops in Iraq, Bush doesn't seem to have won even…

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30 - Right-Wing War Profiteering Escalates / A Listener Calls In To Enter "Single Worst Bush Action" Contest / Another Big O'Reilly Lie Exposed / More

2006-02-23 :: rational@adelphia.net (Jack Clark)

Recent defense industry profit figures show that some people, at least, are benefiting enormously from the Iraq War tragedy. We'll listen to what FDR had to say about such obscene behavior, and consider what could have been the present-day solution were not the right-wing in control of Congress.Entering my contest to identify the single action of George Bush that will ultimately cause the most…

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29 - Coretta Scott King Funeral "Controversy" Reveals Right-Wingers At Their Worst / Contest

2006-02-16 :: rational@adelphia.net (Jack Clark)

The right-wing's phony carping, sniping and belly-aching about the memorial service for Coretta Scott King glaringly reveals the lack of a moral dimension to their being, as well as a level of chutzpah that puts the proverbial parent-killer begging for mercy as an orphan, to shame. Lots of audio clips, one from the service, and several of Sean Hannity being, well, Sean Hannity.Also, I announce a…

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28 - Right-Wing Drug Policy Inhibits Doctors From Prescribing Adequate Pain Medication For Patients / Robertson, Rumsfeld and Negroponte Attack Chavez

2006-02-09 :: rational@adelphia.net (Jack Clark)

Criminal prosecutions against physicians by George Bush's Drug Enforcement Administration have scared doctors away from prescribing the level of pain medication that their patients desperately need. A recent Supreme Court ruling gives hope for at least temporary relief from such cruelty.The right-wing attack machine is in full gear again against Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez, who is…

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27 - Medicare Prescription Drug Fiasco: Just Incompetence, Or Deliberate Right-Wing Sabotage? / Listener Comment On Cutoff Of Patient's Life Support

2006-02-02 :: rational@adelphia.net (Jack Clark)

When a right-wing government program like the Medicare prescription drug benefit doesn't work properly, can that be attributed solely to right-wing incompetence? Or, is such failure a deliberate component of the overall right-wing anti-government agenda?Last podcast we discussed the sad case of Tirhas Habtegiris, whose life support ventilator was cut off by a Texas hospital against her wishes and…

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26 - 9/11 Workers Poisoned by Bush EPA Lies / Bush's Texas Statute Allows Hospital to Shut Life Support Ventilator of Patient Who Wants It Kept On!

2006-01-26 :: rational@adelphia.net (Jack Clark)

Today I present two additional installments of my continuing series "The 4,978 Ways Right-Wingers Kill" -- kill the innocent, kill the defenseless.First: George Bush's EPA lied to 9/11 emergency responders and other workers about the environmental poisons they were being exposed to. Sadly, a 9/11 worker just died from such poisoning. Indications are, there will be many more.Second: When George…

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25 - Bush's IRS Escalates Its Harassment of the Working Poor

2006-01-19 :: rational@adelphia.net (Jack Clark)

One of the hallmarks of right-wing rule is a steadily increasing attack on the most vulnerable members of society, those least able to defend themselves. The Internal Revenue Service under its Bush-appointed commissioner is doing just that. It first imposed draconian reporting requirements on the working poor. Now the IRS just upped the ante, by unwarrantedly withholding tax refunds legally…

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24 - Thwarting Democracy: Alito And Other Right-Wingers Oppose "One Person, One Vote" / Bush's Bogus Job Stats / Listener Email & Voicemail

2006-01-12 :: rational@adelphia.net (Jack Clark)

The "one person, one vote" doctrine is crucial to democratic rule in this nation. Why would Samuel Alito and other right-wingers oppose it? Hint: fostering democracy is not their strong suit. ***** Bush recently bragged that 2 million new jobs were created in 2005. To put it mildly, Bush's bragging is unjustified. ***** Plus: listener email, listener voicemails from the early days of the Blast…

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23 - Warrantless Wiretaps: Power-Mad Bush Is Even Scaring Right-Wingers

2006-01-05 :: rational@adelphia.net (Jack Clark)

As you would expect, the progressive community is up in arms over Bush's bald assertion of literally dictatorial power to spy on Americans without court approval. What is amazing, however, is the harsh criticism Bush has received from staunch Republicans and even hard-core right-wingers. We'll listen to audio clips and read some of their blasts at Bush. Fasten your seatbelts: these…

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22 - How the U.S. Is Fighting Against Democracy in Haiti, Venezuela and Bolivia / A Listener's Great New Podcast

2005-12-29 :: rational@adelphia.net (Jack Clark)

Right-wingers claim that the U.S. supports democracy in developing and Third World countries. As with most things right-wingers say, the truth is the exact opposite. We'll illustrate the point with recent U.S. actions in Haiti, Venezuela and Bolivia.***A listener started a podcast which is quite powerful, and I'll share a short excerpt with you. The subject is one of my favorites: right-wing…

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21 - More GOP Racism / "Same Intelligence"? Bush Lies About His Lies

2005-12-22 :: rational@adelphia.net (Jack Clark)

In podcast #11, we discussed the GOP's racist "Southern Strategy," which began in 1968. Now we'll examine three current examples of GOP racist policies.George W. Bush lied about the intelligence on Iraq. Now he's lying again when he claims that Congress saw the same intelligence he did.…

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19 - Bill O'Reilly's War Against Christmas / Their Behavior Requires Us to Ask: Why Do Right-Wingers Enjoy Causing Suffering and Death?

2005-12-19 :: rational@adelphia.net (Jack Clark)

Bill O'Reilly would have you believe he is defending Christmas from an onslaught by "secularists." As with most right-wing claims, the exact opposite is true: O'Reilly and his allies are the ones who are destroying this sacred Christian holiday.A right-wing blog linked to one of Blast the Right's earlier segments. The comments posted on this blog reveal the extent of right-wing psychopathology.…

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20 - Social Darwinism: How Right-Wingers, After Causing Suffering and Death, Assuage Their Consciences / Another O'Reilly Propaganda Technique Exposed

2005-12-15 :: rational@adelphia.net (Jack Clark)

When a right-winger wakes up in the morning and looks in the mirror, does he or she see a cold-blooded killer, a destroyer of lives and hope? No, he or she sees a good person whose values and actions help the poor and the suffering. How could this be possible? The concept of Social Darwinism provides the answer -- it's the salve to the right-winger's conscience.Bill O'Reilly employs a…

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18 - Why Are Right-Wingers So Terrified of Hugo Chavez? Listen to O'Reilly, Gingrich, Robertson & Limbaugh Enlighten Us

2005-12-01 :: rational@adelphia.net (Jack Clark)

Pat Robertson's call for the assassination of democratically-elected president Hugo Chavez of Venezuela didn't come out of the blue. Right-wingers have been foaming at the mouth over Chavez for years. Their cry for blood has just been getting more press lately. Bill O'Reilly and Newt Gingrich, in a frighteningly dishonest conversation, recently joined the lynch mob. If you're wondering what…

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15 - Right-Wing Wages Class Warfare / Clip: Sean Hannity's Big Lie on Iraqi WMD / Does Progressive Activism Benefit the Average American?

2005-12-01 :: rational@adelphia.net (Jack Clark)

Whenever progressives bring up issues of economic injustice, right-wingers start whining "You're fomenting class warfare!" As is often the case, right-wingers are accusing others of doing that which they are most guilty of themselves.Listen to Sean Hannity, master propagandist, employ the Big Lie technique to distract attention from Bush's lies about Iraqi WMD.The adherents of which political…

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14 - The Right-Wing's Iraqi Fairy Tale / Clip: Bill O'Reilly, Religious Bigot / More on GOP Racism

2005-12-01 :: rational@adelphia.net (Jack Clark)

The media recently noted that the 2000th American soldier had been killed in Iraq. There are some other stats the media ignores, however, which are even more significant. These other stats expose the right-wing's fairy tale about Iraq for the lie that it is.In an audio clip, Bill O'Reilly reveals his religious bigotry for the whole world to see.We'll revisit an issue from an earlier podcast and…

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13 - GOP Electronic Voting Fraud 101 / How Right-Wingers Maim and Kill African Women

2005-12-01 :: rational@adelphia.net (Jack Clark)

With a year of perspective to draw upon, can we now confidently conclude that the Republican Party used electronic voting machines to commit massive voting fraud and steal the 2004 Presidential election?In yet another example of the cavalier attitude of right-wingers towards the health and very lives of the poor, we'll discuss how the Bush administration's actions result in the maiming and…

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12 - The 'Terrible' Things Liberals Have Done / Clips: Lyin' Bill O'Reilly, Bush-Bashin' Fox News / Dangerous Right-Wing Myths About US Foreign Policy

2005-12-01 :: rational@adelphia.net (Jack Clark)

What are the fifteen "terrible" things liberals inflict upon Joe, our average American, as he goes about his daily routine?Audio clips: Bill O'Reilly lies about Fox News, and then exposes himself as a draft-dodging phony. And speaking of Fox News -- did it deliberately bash George W. Bush?!Dangerous right-wing myths about the US role in the world must be countered if we're going to have an…

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11 - Sean Hannity's Big Lie About Civil Rights / US Wealth Inequality: I Get $38, He Gets 23 Cents, You Get Half a Penny

2005-12-01 :: rational@adelphia.net (Jack Clark)

Sean Hannity is a skilled practitioner of the Big Lie. Nowhere does he use this propaganda technique more dishonestly than in his claim that the Republican Party is the pro-civil rights party. Hear the facts that Hannity would never willingly disclose to his audience.A statistic frequently used in political debates correctly states that the richest 10% of Americans own 70% of the wealth in the…

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10 - Kick Right-Wingers Off Lifeboat Earth / More O'Reilly Ranting on Poverty / Challenge to Right-Wing Pseudo-Christians / Pain Awareness Act

2005-12-01 :: rational@adelphia.net (Jack Clark)

How is our planet Earth like a lifeboat, and are right-wingers misbehaving badly enough to deserve being tossed overboard?A proposal for a piece of legislation that would let right-wingers get a taste of their own medicine.More of Bill O'Reilly's vile ranting about what he claims are the true causes of poverty in our country.After you confont a right-wing pseudo-Christian with the Equivalent…

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4 - Bush War Crimes Arrest-Iraq Rant-Judge Roberts Heads Up-More

2005-12-01 :: rational@adelphia.net (Jack Clark)

Will you be as fooled as I was by a letter writer venting about our health care crisis? Do I really lose it in a rant about Iraq? What critical info is the mass media not telling you about Judge Roberts? And, a radio broadcast from the future about the fate of George W. Bush.The article the last segment was based on can be found here.…

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17 - GOP Vote Fraud in 2005 Ohio Election Provides Dire Warning for 2006 & 2008 Campaigns / Bill O'Reilly Blames Iraq War On Jacques Chirac!

2005-11-24 :: rational@adelphia.net (Jack Clark)

Election results were flipped in a pro-Republican, statistically impossible way in Ohio this month. Were Ohio's newly-installed Diebold touch screen electronic voting machines hacked? What are the implications for the Congressional elections in 2006 and the presidential contest in 2008?Becoming ever nuttier and ever more dishonest, Bill O'Reilly is trying to convince his radio and television…

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16 - Jesus a Right-Winger? ROTFLMAO / Self-Described Coward Bill O'Reilly Is Still Hiding Under His Potemkin Village Desk

2005-11-17 :: rational@adelphia.net (Jack Clark)

One of the most laughable things in the world is when right-wingers tell you with a straight face that were Jesus alive today, he would be allied with them, that Jesus would be a right-winger. (When I typed that, even my keyboard looked up at me and said "You gotta be kidding me!")The analysts and guests that Bill O'Reilly allows to come on his TV show "The Factor" are, the vast majority of the…

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9 - How to Challenge Right-Wing Christians / One, Two, Many Katrinas: Right-Wingers Are Suicidal About US Infrastructure / Listener Comments

2005-09-29 :: rational@adelphia.net (Jack Clark)

Right-wing Christians are probably the largest and most disciplined opposition to a progressive, social justice agenda. Here's how to successfully challenge them by proving how unfaithful they are to the teachings of Jesus.The infrastructure of the United States -- bridges, dams, levees, roads, etc -- is in terrible shape because of a budget-cutting frenzy on all levels of government.…

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8 - How Right-Wingers Kill 18,900 American Infants Every Year / Contest: Barbara Bush vs. Bill O'Reilly / How Cold Is A Right-Winger's Heart? / More

2005-09-22 :: rational@adelphia.net (Jack Clark)

Right-wingers are directly to blame for 18,900 American infants needlessly dying every year from lack of proper medical care. Says who? The CIA.Barbara Bush's statement about people in the Houston Astrodome was pretty ugly, but O'Reilly recently said something that gives the old bat a run for her money. Hear them both, and vote!If you say a right-winger's heart is as cold as ice, is that cold…

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7 - Scare a Right-Winger to Death: Advocate Reducing Poverty by Raising the Minimum Wage to a "Living Wage"

2005-09-15 :: rational@adelphia.net (Jack Clark)

In the wake of Hurricane Katrina, we Americans have discovered (once again) that many of our citizens live in dire poverty. A proven way to substantially cut the poverty rate is to raise the minimum wage to a so-called "living wage."The very idea scares the hell out of right-wingers and they fight it tooth and nail. I'll describe how living wage laws have worked out where they've been tried.…

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6 - Powerful Audio: New Orleans Official vs. Barbara Bush, PLUS Deliberate Sabotage by FEMA

2005-09-09 :: rational@adelphia.net (Jack Clark)

A clip from New Orleans area official Aaron Broussard contains some of the most powerful words you'll ever hear.Then be disgusted to the core of your being by the callous, let-them-eat-cake comments of Barbara Bush, the Mother of W.Finally, you will be outraged when you hear a New Orleans area official describe FEMA's deliberate sabotage of the relief/rescue effort.Bonus: I'll give you a tip on a…

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5 - Clips of Bush/Rush/Geraldo Kissing Up to O'Reilly -- PLUS Iraq, Katrina, Americans Getting Economically Screwed

2005-09-07 :: rational@adelphia.net (Jack Clark)

Poverty is up, income stagnant, people working longer hours -- just the way the Bushians want it?Geraldo tells O'Reilly that only Bill O'Reilly can save the people in New Orleans!The three reasons why Katrina's blood is on Bush's hands.Iraq update: deadliest month + Islamic theocracy = neocon FAILURE.…

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3 - Maher, Colmes, O'Reilly, Bush -- Clips & Commentary

2005-08-29 :: rational@adelphia.net (Jack Clark)

Bill Maher doesn't think Bush should meet with Cindy Sheehan? Is Alan Colmes finally crossing over to the dark side? Which talk show hosts does O'Reilly want dragged away in chains? And did George Bush really say there's no connection between Saddam Hussein and 9/11? Just listen and find out! (As promised in the podcast, just click on this and you will find the link to Bush's comment all by…

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2 - Rush Limbaugh & Right-Wingers Are Like Serial Killers

2005-08-28 :: rational@adelphia.net (Jack Clark)

How are right-wingers similar to the BTK Killer and other sociopaths? Take a listen! Hint: It has something to do with the clip of Rush Limbaugh you'll hear. (Next podcast in a week or less)…

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