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Feb 24, 2010

Show 518 Glen Beck at CPAC 2010. (Conservative Political Action Conference) 57 minutes.

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 Highly Recommended- see the video of this audio presentation at

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Feb 22, 2010

Show 517 George Will speaking to CPAC 2010. An excellent speech. Funny, brilliant, a 9 out of 10. Thirty minutes long.

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Feb 19, 2010

 Show 516 Crash Course The American Automobile Industrys Road from Glory to Disaster. Michael Medved talks to author Paul Ingrassia

From the publisher- ABOUT THIS BOOK   This is the epic saga of the American automobile industry's rise and demise, a compelling story of hubris, denial, missed opportunities, and self-inflicted wounds that culminates with the president of the United States ushering two of Detroit's Big Three car companies—once proud symbols of prosperity—through bankruptcy. The cost to American taxpayers topped $100 billion—enough to buy every car and truck sold in America in the first half of 2009. With unprecedented access, Pulitzer Prize winner Paul Ingrassia takes us from factory floors to small-town dealerships to Detroit's boardrooms to the inner sanctums of the White House. He reveals why President Barack Obama personally decided to save Chrysler when many of his advisors opposed the idea. Ingrassia provides the dramatic story behind Obama's dismissal of General Motors CEO Rick Wagoner and the angry reaction from GM's board—the same people who had watched idly while the company plunged into penury.

     In Crash Course, Ingrassia answers the big questions: Was Detroit's self-destruction inevitable? What were the key turning points? Why did Japanese automakers manage American workers better than the American companies themselves did? He also describes dysfunctional corporate cultures (even as GM's market share plunged, the company continued business as usual) and Detroit's perverse system of "inverse layoffs" (which allowed union members to invoke seniority to avoid work). Along the way we meet Detroit's frustrated reformers and witness the wrenching decisions that Ford executives had to make to avoid GM's fate.

 Informed by Ingrassia's twenty-five years of experience covering the auto industry for The Wall Street Journal, and showing an appreciation for Detroit's profound influence on our country's society and culture, Crash Course is a uniquely American and deeply instructive story, one not to be missed.

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Feb 17, 2010

 

Show 515

Segment 1. CBS’s 60 Minutes show on Medicare fraud.

Segment 2 Glen Beck on Climate Change

Segment 3 Dennis Prager talks to Paul Ingrassia, Detroit bureau chief for the Wall Street Journal. His new book is Crash Course: The American Automobile Industry's Road from Glory to Disaster.

Feb 15, 2010

Show 514 Dennis Prager went to DC to speak to Congressional Republicans. He reflects on the event and replays his speech

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Feb 12, 2010

 

Show 513 John Stossel on Fox Business Channel, Thurs 01-21-09. "Green Jobs" and Energy Independence. 44 minutes.

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Feb 10, 2010

 

Show 512 Dennis Prager talks to Thomas Sowell, widely read syndicated columnist, best selling author and scholar in residence at the Hoover Institution, Stanford University. His new book is Intellectuals and Society. The President’s State of the Union Speech is also a topic of discussion. 

 

Thomas Sowell unmasks the intellectuals who exalt themselves by denigrating our society -- and are working to destroy it.

Intellectuals and Society by Thomas Sowell

There has probably never been an era in history when intellectuals have played a larger role in society – and yet few Americans know these immensely influential people who are doing so much to steer our nation off course. But now, the latest thought-provoking book from the renowned conservative thinker Thomas Sowell, offers you a unique introduction to the world of intellectuals. Intellectuals and Society introduces you to the thinkers of our society, many of them unknown to the general public, who mold our society and make an impact on people in every walk of life, both for the better and for the worse -- but usually for the worse. Sowell's vision, as expansive as ever, ranges over economics, politics, the media, academia, the law, and even war as he shows the momentous ways in which this small group of people wields a baneful influence upon our nation and Western civilization as a whole.

 

These intellectuals, Sowell says, are surrounded by a huge array of people and groups who disseminate their ideas: journalists, teachers, staffers to legislators, law clerks, and other members of the intelligentsia. Thus their influence on the course of society can be considerable, or even crucial. He shows how intellectuals have -- on issues ranging across the spectrum from housing policies to laws governing organ transplants -- sought to have decision- making discretion taken from those directly involved, who have personal knowledge and a personal stake, and transferred to third parties who have neither, and who pay no price for being wrong.

Sowell shows how intellectuals have filtered information in the media, in the schools, and in academia, to leave out things that threaten their vision of the world. Intellectuals' downplaying of objective reality and objective criteria, says Sowell, extends beyond social, scientific, or economic phenomena into art, music, and philosophy. Above all, he reveals how intellectuals exalt themselves by running America down and turning Americans against each other. Whether the subject is crime, economics, or other matters, intellectuals hold positions that are conspicuously different from those held by society -- while presenting themselves as intellectually and morally superior to ordinary folk.

 

Their vision of the world, Sowell explains, includes a role for themselves as a self-anointed vanguard, leading the ignorant masses toward a better world. They treat those whose ideas or vision are different as unworthy obstacles to progress, nuisances to be disregarded, circumvented, or discredited, rather than as people on the same moral and intellectual plane, whose arguments are to be engaged factually and logically. Sowell points out how college speech codes with subjective criteria and "re-education" provisions for those expressing "benighted" opinions emphasize how intellectuals demonize and marginalize their opponents.

 

Sowell shows how this vision that intellectuals have of themselves as the anointed is a major obstacle preventing examining their opinions in light of evidence and experience. He tears the cover off the ruthlessness with which the anointed assail their conservative opponents, in defiance of ever mounting evidence against their pet theories -- like the "root causes" of crime.

 

 

The wisdom and insight of Thomas Sowell:

 

How intellect is not wisdom, and what the difference is

 

One of the surprising privileges of intellectuals: the free granted to them to be scandalously asinine without harming their reputation

 

"Public intellectuals" like Bertrand Russell and Noam Chomsky who dabble -- often with disastrous results -- in fields other than the ones in which they made their name and reputation

 

Top-ranked intellectuals who have made utterly irresponsible statements and advocated hopelessly unrealistic and recklessly dangerous things

 

How many intellectuals and their followers are far more impressed than they should be by the fact that highly educated elites like themselves have far more knowledge than does the population at large

 

Central planning: just one of many ideas popular among intellectuals that depends on the underlying assumption that people with more knowledge should be guiding society

 

Why free markets, judicial restraint, and reliance on decisions and traditions growing out of the experiences of the many -- rather than the presumptions of an elite few -- are so important to those who do not share the social vision prevalent among intellectual elites

 

How the association of intellectuals with violence occurs too often to be dismissed as an aberration

 

How, on so many issues, intellectuals have tended to dismiss, rather than answer, the objections of those with opposing views

 

How saying that it is hard or impossible to discern what was meant by a law has often been a prelude to making decisions that ignore even the plainest meanings of laws in order to impose notions currently in vogue in elite circles as the law of the land

 

Bureaucracies: how they're often able to turn the visions of the intelligentsia into the law of the land, subject to little correction from those who know better or who suffer the consequences

 

Why teachers are universally held unaccountable for the consequences -- either to their students or to society in general -- of their disastrous educational theories

 

How the societal elites propped up by the intellectuals imposes few constraints on those intellectuals -- so long as they are propounding the prevailing vision of the anointed

Among Americans today, Sowell concludes, the steady encroachment of policies, practices, and laws based on ideas forced upon us by the intelligentsia has steadily narrowed the scope of the freedoms ordinary Americans have always had -- freedom to run their own lives, as well as to shape government policy. Intellectuals and Society unravels in clear, non-intellectual terms some of the puzzling phenomena in the world of the intellectuals -- analyzing the nature and role of intellectuals in society and exploring the ominous implications of that role for the direction in which the Leftist intelligentsia are taking our society and Western civilization in general.

 

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Feb 8, 2010

 Show 511  The Great Inflation and Its Aftermath. The Past and Future of American Affluence. Written by Robert J. Samuelson. Michael Medved talks to author.

  ABOUT THIS BOOK- It’s a giant gap in our history. The Great Inflation, argues award-winning columnist Robert J. Samuelson in this provocative book, was the worst domestic policy blunder of the postwar era and played a crucial role in transforming American politics, economy, and everyday life–and yet its story is hardly remembered or appreciated. In these uncertain economic times, it is more imperative than ever that we understand what happened in the 1960s and 1970s, lest we be doomed to repeat our mistakes.

 From 1960 to 1979, inflation rose from barely more than 1 percent to nearly 14 percent. It was the greatest peacetime inflationary spike in this nation’s history, and it had massive repercussions in every area of our lives. The direct consequences included Ronald Reagan’s election to the presidency in 1980, stagnation in living standards, and a growing belief–both in America and abroad–that the great-power status of the United States was ending. The Great Inflation and Its Aftermath traces the origins and rise of double-digit inflation and its fall in the brutal 1981-82 recession, engineered by the Federal Reserve under then-chairman Paul Volcker and with the staunch backing of Reagan.

 But that is only half the story. The end of high inflation triggered economic and social changes that are still with us. The stock market and housing booms were both direct outcomes; American business became more productive–and also much less protective of workers; and globalization was encouraged.

 We cannot understand today’s world, Samuelson contends, without understanding the Great Inflation and its aftermath. Nor can we prepare for the future unless we heed its lessons. This incisive and enlightening book will stand as the authoritative account of a watershed event of our times.

 Praise for The Great Inflation and Its Aftermath

"Newsweek and Washington Post columnist Samuelson is one of the rare journalists who debates politics and economics with a healthy skepticism toward conventional wisdom. Politicians would do well to study [the errors] the past that teach that choosing quick fixes only delays and worsens the inevitable.”– Booklist

 "If you want to understand the economic events of the last half century, you should read. . . Robert Samuelson's The Great Inflation and Its Aftermath: --U.S News & World Report.

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Feb 5, 2010

Show 510 Dennis Prager talks to Carol Gould, novelist, playwright and prominent political commentator in the UK. An expat, she's been living in Europe for three decades. Her new book is Don't Tread on Me: Anti-Americanism Abroad

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Feb 3, 2010

Show 509 Michael Steele's book- Right Now: A 12-Step Program for Defeating the Obama Agenda,”  Medved talks to Michael Steele

Republican National Committee chairman Michael Steele released a book during the week of January 4 without the input of the party's leaders, a move that may be the most recent in a series of missteps for Steele.

Steele"s book, "Right Now: A 12-Step Program for Defeating the Obama Agenda,”

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From the Republican National Committee's Michael Steele: A solid, conservative "12-step program" to restore America's glory

"A long-overdue battle cry for a fresh, energetic conservatism to fight Obama's socialist vision." -- SEAN HANNITY

Right Now: A 12-Step Program for Defeating The Obama Agenda

by Michael Steele

Now more than ever, the Obama-led Left in America is openly attacking the foundations of the American experiment. They believe that the government is smarter than you are, and entitled to make all your most important life decisions. They believe that real freedom isn't doing what you want to do, but doing what government lets you do. Even worse, they brook no disagreement, and enforce their hegemony through the most influential positions of power in America: the presidency, majorities in the House and Senate, activist judges, the print and broadcast media, and the academic community.

 But now Michael Steele, the dynamic and outspoken chairman of the Republican National Committee, is standing up and saying enough is enough. In Right Now: A 12-Step Program for Defeating The Obama Agenda, Steele sets out a bold conservative plan to reclaim America from the socialist Left, and reclaim our freedoms from those who want to control our lives.

The road to restoring the conservative movement, the Republican Party, and the nation, says Steele, begins with admitting our mistakes. The Republican Party hasn't moved too far to the Right, as the conventional wisdom claims, but too far to the Left. It is time, says Steele, for America to part ways with liberal groupthink, hypocrisy, and hero worship, and to return to our founding principle: the protection of individual rights, leading to liberty and justice for all. Liberalism, he points out with refreshing clarity, doesn't work, and conservatives need to distinguish their principles sharply from liberal ones.

 Steele points out that Barack Obama's "Reign of Error" is propelled by a single idea that unites his policies: he trusts government more than he trusts the American people. And with Democrats moving against personal freedom in numerous ways, the fundamental American right to dissent from government policies is being threatened -- and must be defended. Steele also explains how and why we must take back the economy, pointing out that "with the Democratic Congress acting as little more than a rubber stamp for President Obama's most expensive wishes, the liberals' brief time in office has already produced trillions of dollars in new debt, rising unemployment, the specter of inflation and a weakening dollar, and a new raft of suffocating regulations on businesses." For that and other reasons, says Steele, "in the best spirit of President Reagan, it's time to saddle up and ride. Our country needs us."

Americans are still searching for new ideas, Steele maintains, and this represents an opportunity for conservatives to present fresh proposals and win the confidence of a new generation of voters. "Our principles are right," says Michael Steele, "but we have not always talked about them effectively." Right Now is a sound conservative solution to that problem.

 Restoring conservatism, Republicanism -- and America:

 How Republicans have a duty to remind all Americans of the price paid in blood so we could all claim the undeniable truth that all men are created equal, and that each has the inalienable right to conduct his or her own life as he or she sees fit -- not on condition of government approval

 How liberals' increasing intolerance reflects a disturbing hubris in the liberal mindset

 Unsolicited advice for President Obama: he won't bring people to liberty by apologizing for the freest nation on earth and making nice with fascists and tyrants

 How Obama has overstepped the bounds of responsible governance and basic accountability -- and how his promises of bipartisanship have been exposed as empty rhetoric papering over the same old liberal, big- government agenda

 The two most valuable preconditions to advancing any legislative agenda

 How modern liberals come up with so many policies that inflict so many bad things on so many good people -- the flawed principle of liberalism from which their dangerous policies come

 The simple principle on national security issues that separates Republicans from most Democrats

 How, after spending years undermining public confidence in our election system, Democrats have tried to game that very system by securing behind-the-scenes jobs for thousands of unscrupulous leftwing activists in conducting the 2010 U.S. Census

 Why the liberal vision of America as an acid stew of bigotry, historic offense, and unchecked individualism is simply bizarre

 How Democratic congressmen, senators, and even presidents proclaim the virtues of public education and the evils of vouchers and private schools -- but when the public schools are a wreck, they're the first ones to jump ship

 Why it's long past time for liberals to stop whining about how Republicans ran the federal government under President Bush

 How national security should not be a game for scoring political points, but should instead reflect a common purpose and understanding of America's exceptional role in an increasingly dangerous and unfriendly world

 Revealed: the dirty little secret of why liberals breezily dismiss the threat of al-Qaeda, Iran, and other enemies, and focus all their attacks on Republicans

 How a government big enough to give you everything you want is strong enough to take everything you have

"Michael Steel's book is a prescription for not only returning the Republican Party to power -- it's an action plan for bringing the party of Lincoln back to the conservative principles upon which both it and the nation were founded. It's a must-read for everyone who believes that "Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness" is more than an antiquated catchphrase in a historical document. -- MARK R. LEVIN, New York Times bestselling author of Liberty and Tyranny: A Conservative Manifesto

 "In the face of exploding deficits, an attempt to nationalize healthcare, and the erosion of the values that made America great, Michael Steele is taking a stand. Upon witnessing the suffering of the United States and the Republican Party when it abandons its core conservative principles, Steele sounds a long-overdue battle cry for a fresh, energetic conservatism to fight Obama's socialist vision." -- SEAN HANNITY

 With wit and insight, passion and judgment, Michael Steele points the way to a GOP comeback." -- WILLIAM J. BENNETT, host of nationally syndicated radio show Morning in America and former Secretary of Education under President Reagan

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Feb 1, 2010

Show 508 From the podcast For Faith and Family- The Design Revolution. Jan 14-15, 2010 -  50 minutes. 11MB.

 Today Richard Land's special guest is William Dembski, research professor of philosophy at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Fort Worth, Texas, and the author of the book, The Design Revolution: Answering the Toughest Questions about Intelligent Design.

 For 150 years Darwinism has shaped scientific, academic and popular thinking regarding the complexity of life. That thinking has in many ways shaped our culture. This monolith has stood for so many years like a bastion against faith-seemingly impervious to the challenges of men and women of God. For years Darwinists have refused even to engage people of faith in dialog. Dismissing biblical accounts as mere fantasy, their mantra has been, "Show me the science!” That"s what today’s guest is in the business of doing. Dr. Dembski is one of the strong voices in what has come to be known as the Intelligent Design movement. He is with us today to talk about his book, The Design Revolution.

 The intelligent design movement holds the promise to influence and shape our culture as Darwinism crumbles. Let’s commit to pray that as the world begins to recognize intelligence in design, God’s fingerprints in His creation, that will many will be led to a personal encounter with the Designer Himself

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