Bargaining For Democracy - Common Sense 75
Description: Dan wades into the treacherous waters of the Middle-East and terrorism and comes up with solutions almost everyone will hate. Also: David Brooks, Keith Olbermann, and the Whigs make our news.
1. “Waiting to be Wooed” by David Brooks for the New York Times, November 30, 2006.
2. “This is Realism?” by Charles Krauthammer for the Washington Post
3. “Culture Shock on Capitol Hill: House to Work 5 Days a Week” by Lyndsey Layton for The Washington Post, December 6, 2006.
The Buck Stops THERE - Common Sense 76
Description: Show starts with a discussion about Princess Diana. Ends with Dan advocating that the U.S. copy Great Britain. Everything in-between is up for grabs. Also: Iran’s Holocaust conference and Bad News.
Mushrooms and Onions - Common Sense 77
Description: Blah, Blah, Blah. The monologue is all about Dan, his approach to the show and how he’s a web-toed mutant. He also profiles the Whig political party.
The Balance of Terror - Common Sense 78
Description: Could the best long-term prescription for Middle-Eastern peace and stability be war? Dan wonders if the current status quo in the region can be reformed through peaceful negotiation. Also: Riffin on the News.
1. “Florida judge rules against Democrat in disputed election” by the Associated Press, December 29, 2006.
2. “Edwards Touts Investments in Health Care” By Larry Margasak, for the Associated Press Sunday, December 31, 2006.
3. “DeLay bound for D.C. to lobby for conservatives, but some say no thanks” by Robert Novak for the Chicago Sun-Times, December 24, 2006.
Crossing The Rubicon - Common Sense 79
Description: Are we heading towards a showdown between the White House and Congress over Executive Power? Dan doubts Congress has the guts for confrontation. Also: Losing the little freedoms.
1. “Banned by the Man” by Jonah Goldberg for The National Review, January 10, 2007.
The Fog of Reality - Common Sense 80
Description: A long, loud, repetitive rant connecting health care reform, government accounting numbers and leaders who like Vaseline over the lens of reality. Also: Chinese Star Wars.
I Like Ike - Common Sense 81
Description: Dan gets hot and bothered over Newt Gingrich, nukes, freedom and interventionist foreign policies. Then he suggests bringing President Eisenhower back from the dead as a solution.
1.“The Great War for Civilisation” by Robert Fisk ( 2005)
2. “The Body Democratic” by Jonah Goldberg for the National Review Online, January 26, 2007.
Taxing Taxes - Common Sense 82
Description: Are taxes too complicated? Dan thinks so. He also thinks there’s a lot of people and entities with vested interests who want to keep it that way. Also: Riffin on the News.
1.”The U.S. didn’t cause civil war in Iraq” by Charles Krauthammer for The Washington Post, Monday February 05, 2007.
Are You Experienced? - Common Sense 83
Description: How much political experience should a presidential candidate have? Dan talks about the Obama candidacy and the likely “lack of experience” knock against him. Also: First Amendment threats from the political Right and Left
1.“Stop Obama before he’s ‘too’ experienced” by Frank Rich for The New York Times February 10, 2007.
2. “No change in political climate” by Ellen Goodman for the Boston Globe, February 9, 2007.
The Big Rehash Show - Common Sense 84
Description: Didn’t we already talk about this? Dan looks at several subjects that were brought up in earlier shows. Pre-teen Nazis, tobacco, rightists with blinders on and leftists who don’t like George Washington all make appearances.
1. “Inherit the Wind” by Jonah Goldberg for The National Review Online February 16, 2007.
2. “Who’s your Daddy America?” by Kathleen Parker for the Washington Post writers group, February 19, 2007.
3. “With fewer smokers, states see less tax revenue” by the Associated Press, February 15th, 2007.
Uncivil War - Common Sense 85
Description: The phrase “I don’t always agree with you but…” becomes a launching point for a conversation about how the Old Media helps divide Americans along political lines. Also: Dan answers listener questions.
Owning Your Intelligence - Common Sense 86
Description: Dan asks the weird question: “Whose intelligence is it anyway?” while discussing the need to reform the U.S. intelligence system. He also proposes some bad ideas to help people get health care.
1. “Poll: The Politics of Health Care” by CBS News, March 1, 2007.
The Partisan Shuffle - Common Sense 87
Description: The controversy surrounding the Bush Administration’s firing of Federal Prosecutors has Dan upset over how politics is trumping merit at all levels of government. Also: Barack Obama.
1. Mario Cuomo 1984 Democratic National Convention
2. Barack Obama 2004 Democratic National Convention
Culling The Audience - Common Sense 88
Description: Being a neo-Prudentist means upsetting every political viewpoint from time to time. This is one of those times. Dan looks at President Bush’s competency and about five other topics sure to upset everyone.
1. “Income Gap Widening Data Shows” by David Cay Johnston for The New York Times March 29, 2007.
2. “Circuit City plans to replace 3400 with low-cost hires” by May Anderson and Ellen Simon for the Associated Press, March 29, 2007.
3. “New York Police spied on people before the GOP convention” by Jim Dwyer for The New York Times, March 25, 2006.
Natural Manure - Common Sense 89
Description: In between talk of secessionists, State’s Rights, guns, Thomas Jefferson, the Supreme Court and taxes, Dan crams in some unusual solutions designed to “re-balance America’s portfolio”
1. “Will Vermont Secede from the Union?” By Ian Baldwin and Frank Bryan, The Washington Post. Posted April 3, 2007.
2. “Under the gun, liberals give ground on Second Amendment” By Jonah Goldberg for The National Review March 30, 2007.
The Big Gun Show - Common Sense 90
Description: Dan does a thirty-five minute monologue on guns and then has a segment that takes a quick look at abortion, the War on Terror, presidential debates, Iraq and redesigning the U.S. tax system.
1. “Algiers and the Nature of Islamic Terrorism” by William Pfaff, April 12, 2007.
Looking for Kryptonite - Common Sense 91
Description: When it comes to superman V.P. Dick Cheney, as ESPN’s Dan Patrick might say, “You can’t stop him, you can only hope to contain him”. Dan wonders where all the kryptonite is when you need it. Plus other stuff.
1. ”The Waning of the GOP” by William F. Buckley Jr. for the National Review, April 28, 2007.
2. “’I Choose Not To Vote’ May Soon Be Ballot Option” by WKMG-TV News
3. “Ending One War, Launching Another” by William Pfaff, April 26, 2007.
Two Cars for China - Common Sense 92
Description: What if the only way to “save the planet” is to submit to the idea of a large, extremely intrusive government? Dan looks at some of the ideas of the extreme eco-warriors. Also: Ron Paul debates, and WW3 in Estonia?
1. ”Having large families ‘is an eco-crime’” by Sarah-Kate Templeton for The Sunday Times May 6, 2007.
2. “Eco-Extremist Wants World Population to Drop below 1 Billion” by Dan Gainor for Business & Media Institute, May 6, 2007.
3. “To Die For Tallinn” by Patrick J. Buchanan, May 4, 2007.
Hip to the Bribeocracy - Common Sense 93
Description: Do corporations have too much influence on the U.S. Government? Dan looks at how the Washington money machine has corrupted all of us. Also: A vicious diatribe against our War on Terror tactics.
1. “Senate Blocks Drug Import Bill” by Andrew Bridges for the Associated Press, May 7, 2007.
2. “Free Ride for a Likely Killer”-by Eugene Robinson, for the Washington Post, May 11, 2007.
3. “10 activists or terrorists? Judge weighs arguments” by Bill Bishop for the Eugene Register-Guard, May 16, 2007.
4. “The rise of low-tech terrorism” by Daniel L Byman for the Associated Press, May 5, 2007.
Population is Destiny - Common Sense 94
Description: Dan takes the long-view on the problem of immigration in an approach likely to upset almost everyone. Also: eco-terrorists, soldiers against torture, Ron Paul and Dennis Kucinich.
1. “Torture just breeds more terrorists” by Charles C. Krulack and Joseph P. Hoar
May 18, 2007.
2. “Arson attacks ruled terrorism” by Bill Bishop for The Register-Guard May 24, 2007.
3. “Second Chance: Three Presidents and the Crisis of American Superpower” by Zbigniew Brzezinski, published by Basic Books, 2007.
Pyromaniacs in the Reichstag - Common Sense 95
Description: The President signs a directive giving himself extraordinary powers in the event of an emergency. Dan drinks too much coffee. The two events collide head on in this show. Also: Congress does nothing and the States respond.
1. “Bush grants presidency extraordinary powers” by World Net Daily staff, May 23, 2007.
2. “Bush Anoints Himself as the Insurer of Constitutional Government in Emergency” by Matthew Rothschild for The Progressive, May 18, 2007.
3. “California moves to ask voters for referendum on withdrawal” by Jordan Rau for The Los Angeles Times, June 7, 2007.
The Security Threat - Common Sense 96
Description: Is the USA dividing into pro-liberty and pro-security camps? Dan thinks so. He proposes some revolutionary solutions. Also: Why is everyone so dissatisfied with the presidential candidates?
1.”Orwell rolls in his grave: Britain’s endemic surveillance cameras talk back”by Will Byrne for The Raw Story, May 30, 2007.
2.“Voter Paradox afoot in Presidential Race” by Michael Finnegan for the Los Angeles Times, June 18, 2007.
3.“Bloomberg: U.S. is in trouble” by Josh Gerstein for The New York Sun, June 19, 2007.
Political Saviors on White Horses - Common Sense 97
Description: Rumors swirl that Michael Bloomberg and Ralph Nader may enter the presidential race as third party or independent candidates. Dan hopes they do. Also: Legislators versus talk radio and Dick Cheney’s secrecy dodge.
1. “Cheney’s office fighting rules on classified data” by Peter Baker for The Washington Post, June 22, 2007.
(Really) Full Disclosure - Common Sense 98
Description: Should corporations and unions have as much influence in the U.S. government as they do? Dan examines the issue and also looks at the point where hate and democracy meet in the Middle East.
Woe to the Peace Makers - Common Sense 99
Description: Can a non-partisan podcast host survive in a poisonous partisan environment? Dan responds to people critical of the previous show. Also, a Dan Carlin flashback and Riffin’ on the News.
1. “Mistrust Puts Up A Wall” by E.J. Dionne for the Washington Post, July3, 2007.
2. “Much of the U.S. favors Bush Impeachment: poll” by Breitbart.com, July 6, 2007.
3. “White House counsel to deny Congress’ demand” by Peter Baker for the Washington Post.
4. “Alarmist Global Warming claims melt under scientific scrutiny” by James M. Taylor for the Chicago Sun-Times, June 30, 2007.