Friday, March 16, 2007

Friday Thread

Valerie Plame Wilson. Under oath. Covert. 'Nuff said?

Will Gonzo be gone-zo over the weekend? If so, it would seem that Maron wins the bet. Which means he would win a copy of his own book, in addition to Sam's book and Conason's book.


[Thanks to Carol for the Gonzo pic]

Casual Friday!

Surprise! Valerie Plame testifed she WAS a covert operative when she was outed on July 14, 2003.

It's Casual Friday! Break out your official Sam Seder Show...Zubaz!



It's Gonzo Watch Day 5! Will Alberto Gonzales' (pictured below, with Karl Rove) resignation come today? Friday at 4 p.m. is a great time to dump bad news...


(PSSST ... We've been posting lots of pictures of the muppet Gonzo to, you know, make fun of Alberto Gonzales. Points to whoever can find ... or create .. a picture of Gonzo WEARING ZUBAZ.)

In the meantime, here's who's on the show today: In the 9 o'clock hour, Joe Conason of the New York Observer and Later, in the 11 o'clock hour, we'll raise Marc Maron, who according to the phone number he gave us for today is in Atlanta.

Here's today's comment thread

UPDATE: Ask and ye shall receive ... from Dawn in Ann Arbor, MI. (Bravo, Dawn!) Click for a larger image.


Thursday, March 15, 2007

Straight Talk Express ... Again!

McCain's rolling out the Straight Talk Express again! Woo-hoo! Nothin' pulls in those primary voters like a bus!

Desperate times...

Thursday Thread

Good morning, all!

Today on the show: Larry Johnson, former CIA official, on the upcoming hearings on the outing of CIA agent Valerie Plame.

This hour, we'll air the one-minute Sam Seder Show rant that YearlyKos auctioned off on eBay last month. What's our winning bidder going to say? Will it be worth $720?

Find out more about the YearlyKos Convention! (Better yet ... go!)

UPDATE: Here's the transcript of the rant that we just aired.

In August of 2006, 9/11 family members released a statement questioning the "entire veracity" of the 9/11 Commission report. [1]

In September of 2006, a documentary entitled "9/11: Press For Truth" was released, and family members at the National Press Club called for a new investigation into the events of 9/11. [2]

In October of 2006 a New York Times poll found that only 16 percent of Americans believe the Bush administration is telling the truth about 9/11. [3]

NONE of these stories were covered by the so called 'progressive media'.

(It is time for the 'progressive media' to start covering these stories.)

It is time to stop pretending that the very basis of the so-called 'war on terror' is the ONLY subject that the Bush administration has NOT lied about.

Please visit, google video, or for more information on 9/11: Press For Truth. And visit, or to start researching 9/11 today.

This is Michael Woolsey of on behalf of, thank you for your time.



OK. Discuss.

Wednesday, March 14, 2007

Post-Show Thread

Sen. John McCain couldn't make today's vote on implementing the remainder of the 9/11 Commission's recommendations. He chose to attend fundraisers in California instead. Check out the screenshot Bob Geiger grabbed:


Gonzo Watch! Day Three!

It's Wednesday! Hump day!

Gonzo not gonzo. Yet.

gonzo_muppet.jpg gonzo_clasp.jpg

Coming up this hour: Christy Harvey of the Center for American Progress. Her site, Mic Check Radio, has a timeline and "fast facts" breakdown of the U.S. attorney firings.

A must-stop on your journey through the Gonzo story

Mortgage delinquency isn't just for high-risk borrowers anymore...

No Child Left Behind to leave children behind?

"There is a zero percent chance that we will ever reach a 100 percent target," said Robert L. Linn, co-director of the National Center for Research on Evaluation, Standards and Student Testing at UCLA. "But because the title of the law is so rhetorically brilliant, politicians are afraid to change this completely unrealistic standard. They don't want to be accused of leaving some children behind."

Tuesday, March 13, 2007

Gonzo Watch!

Here's your afternoon thread.

What will Alberto Gonzales say at his 2 p.m. press conference today? Could Gonzo be gone-zo?

UPDATE, 2:50 p.m.: Ah, nuts.


On his show last Friday, Bill O'Reilly linked a tragic fire that killed 10 people, including nine children, to illegal immigration. That's right: lax enforcement of immigration laws killed members of the Magassa and Soumare family. Watch the clip on Media Matters -- and listen to the voice of reason: Geraldo Rivera. Seriously: Geraldo Rivera.

Author and oil analyst Antonia Juhasz is our guest today in the second hour. Make sure to read her op-ed in the New York Times today, "Whose Oil Is It Anyway?"

In March 2001, the National Energy Policy Development Group (better known as Vice President Dick Cheney’s energy task force), which included executives of America’s largest energy companies, recommended that the United States government support initiatives by Middle Eastern countries “to open up areas of their energy sectors to foreign investment.” One invasion and a great deal of political engineering by the Bush administration later, this is exactly what the proposed Iraq oil law would achieve. It does so to the benefit of the companies, but to the great detriment of Iraq’s economy, democracy and sovereignty.

Does the following blurb read like the White House might be circling its wagons around the president ... and only the president?

The president did not call for the removal of any specific United States attorneys, said Dana Perino, a White House spokeswoman. She said she had “no indication” that the president had been personally aware that a process was already under way to identify prosecutors who would be fired.

But Ms Perino disclosed that White House officials had consulted with the Justice Department in preparing the list of United States attorneys who would be removed.

Within a few weeks of the president’s comments to the attorney general, the Justice Department forced out seven prosecutors.

Gen. Peter Pace says "homosexual acts are immoral"

Paintball: Not just for office team-building anymore

Monday, March 12, 2007

Monday Thread

In case you missed it, Sean Hannity's "Enemy of the Week" was Hugo Chavez. (The segment used to be called "Enemy of the State," but it was changed a week after the show debuted. Too Stalinish.)

Hannities enemies are always strongmen or Hollywood celebs. Except the time he picked the mayor of Philadelphia.

Monday, Monday

At 9:15, show regular Bill Scher talks about House Speaker Nancy Pelosi's plan for Iraq. Here's Scher's take on the plan, from his Liberal Oasis blog. (Psst. It's Monday. You should be reading Scher's rundown of the Sunday talk shows.)

At 10:45, we'll talk to journalist and author Karen Houppert about the controversial HPV vaccine and her article in The Nation, "Who's Afraid of Gardasil?"

At 11:06: Glenn Greenwald! Check out his must-read article about the abuse of National Security Letters. Hint: "signing statement" should now be a part of your vocabulary.

Streaming problems? Check out the Liberal Talk Radio blog's compilation of audio stream links for The Sam Seder Show and other Air America shows.

Must Reads:

Who's on the new House committee on global warming?

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