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J. Stanton

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  • "Compelling and important testimony"

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    I am tired of partisans trying to make political points on this. You can read it in everything they write. They are so full of vitriol it completely negates any point they will ever make.

    There was a massive intelligence failure leading up to 9-11. All of the hijackers were in place in the US before Bush took office. The strategy up until 9-11 was to send teams of lawyers after terrorists. We were, in short, sending lawyers to a gun fight. We just didn't get it. The strategy was being changed during the short time prior to 9-11, but it was too late.

    Ask your favorite Bush-basher one question. If Gore had won do they think he would have dramatically changed the in-place methods of combating terror? Somehow I doubt it. 9-11 would have happened anyway and the same people now finding fault with Bush would be defending Gore. It is partisanship on a matter too important for it.

    This is historical testimony. You really shouldn't miss it. It shows the thinking within the White House before, during, and after 9-11. It also vividly demonstrates politicians on the left asking questions that are more monolog than anything else. One goes so far as to repudiate his own former speeches concerning the strategic view of attacking Saddam in order to try to smear the Bush administration.

    Nothing will change the minds of radicals who hate Bush. They, like radicals everywhere, have so much of themselves defined by their hatreds that they cannot change. But if you want to get beyond the leftist mischaracterizations and actually listen to what these people believe, then you need to listen to this.

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    9-11 Commission Hearings: Condoleezza Rice (4/8/04)

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    National Security Adviser Condoleezza Rice's testimony before the 9-11 Commission, presented April 8, 2004.

    Michael says: "Information Everyone should hear!"
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  • Kansas Evolution Hearings: Day 4 (5/12/05)

    "Think about the children"

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    It's nice to see that the scientific community gave this fake debate the respect it deserved by not involving itself in something it has already spoken so clearly about. Even now Intelligent Design has yet to publish an article in a peer-reviewed scientific journal and the reasons are quite clear. Their arguments continually use the lack of evidence for one view as evidence for another view. Children in Kansas schools will be allowed to prove they have a monster in their closet because closet monsters do not hide under their bed, and they checked under their bed and there was no monster. And if the teacher questions this the child can say "but look it's here in my ID book and thats science"

    Their quoted books and studies(non peer-reviewed) continually use unscientific concepts that simply sound scientific to a school board with a poor understanding of the associations ID exploits. For example ID relies heavily on measuring intelligence and information in a system, but information theory provides no scientific way to objectivly measure the amount of information or "inteligence" in a system (see Mismeasure of Man). Back to a kansas classroom example, let's say a child scribbles a note and passes it in class but the teacher intercepts it. The teacher finds a seemingly funny set of symbols on the paper that apear to be a pictogram making fun of the teacher, the teacher ,knowing her ID quite well, realizes that she can determine the information in the note and determines it's a note making fun of him/her. Of course the reality is that the student was merely tracing funny shapes found in their text book at random and there was no information relating to the teacher at all no matter how much it may have looked like it. But this is an ID school and that student is in big trouble.

    So sure this might be worth a listen but be ready for some serious thinking becasue the pleasant-sounding lies abound.

    Poor Kansas students, how can we help them?

  • Kansas Evolution Hearings: Day 1 (5/5/05)

    "Think about the children"

    Overall

    It's nice to see that the scientific community gave this fake debate the respect it deserved by not involving itself in something it has already spoken so clearly about. Even now Intelligent Design has yet to publish an article in a peer-reviewed scientific journal and the reasons are quite clear. Their arguments continually use the lack of evidence for one view as evidence for another view. Children in Kansas schools will be allowed to prove they have a monster in their closet because closet monsters do not hide under their bed, and they checked under their bed and there was no monster. And if the teacher questions this the child can say "but look it's here in my ID book and thats science"

    Their quoted books and studies(non peer-reviewed) continually use unscientific concepts that simply sound scientific to a school board with a poor understanding of the associations ID exploits. For example ID relies heavily on measuring intelligence and information in a system, but information theory provides no scientific way to objectivly measure the amount of information or "inteligence" in a system (see Mismeasure of Man). Back to a kansas classroom example, let's say a child scribbles a note and passes it in class but the teacher intercepts it. The teacher finds a seemingly funny set of symbols on the paper that apear to be a pictogram making fun of the teacher, the teacher ,knowing her ID quite well, realizes that she can determine the information in the note and determines it's a note making fun of him/her. Of course the reality is that the student was merely tracing funny shapes found in their text book at random and there was no information relating to the teacher at all no matter how much it may have looked like it. But this is an ID school and that student is in big trouble.

    So sure this might be worth a listen but be ready for some serious thinking becasue the pleasant-sounding lies abound.

    Poor Kansas students, how can we help them?

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  • "Precursor to The Assault on Reason"

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    History is a cruel teacher, not just for Al Gore, but for the nation as a whole.

    This address appears to be the genesis if not the actual outline for Mr. Gore's " The Assault on Reason." Mr. Gore's often lampooned speech pattern and cadence are perfect for this subject matter as he puts in place each of the puzzle pieces that reveal what the Bush Administration's, and the Corporatist' agenda are for the United States.


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    Al Gore Address on Bush Presidency (10/18/04)

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    Former Vice President Al Gore delivers his final major policy speech of the campaign season. Gore critiques President Bush's presidency in many areas, specifically Iraq, jobs retention and creation, the environment, and people's trust in government. This speech was delivered at Georgetown University on October 18, 2004.

    Steven W. Graff says: "Precursor to The Assault on Reason"

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    Taking Charge brings you into the room with an American political legend, still hated and revered a quarter century after his death. We hear Lyndon Johnson as he schemes and blusters, rewards and punishes, and reveals a bedrock core of unshakable political beliefs.

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    Myrna says: "Hope for Islam"
  • Taking Charge: The Johnson White House Tapes, 1963-1964

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    • By Michael R. Beschloss
    • Narrated By Michael R. Beschloss
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    Taking Charge brings you into the room with an American political legend, still hated and revered a quarter century after his death. We hear Lyndon Johnson as he schemes and blusters, rewards and punishes, and reveals a bedrock core of unshakable political beliefs.

    Amanda says: "Great as an audiobook"
  • Taking Charge: The Johnson White House Tapes, 1963-1964

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Michael R. Beschloss
    • Narrated By Michael R. Beschloss
    Overall
    (41)
    Performance
    (17)
    Story
    (16)

    Taking Charge brings you into the room with an American political legend, still hated and revered a quarter century after his death. We hear Lyndon Johnson as he schemes and blusters, rewards and punishes, and reveals a bedrock core of unshakable political beliefs.

    Amanda says: "Great as an audiobook"
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    CatoAudio puts you right in the middle of the important policy debates going on in Washington. This 60-minute audio magazine features inspiring discussions from well-known intellectuals, pundits, political leaders and Cato scholars. Previous recordings have included Milton Friedman, Hernando de Soto, Anne Applebaum, Alan Greenspan, P. J. O'Rourke, and Steve Forbes. From a libertarian view of limited government, free markets, and civil society, CatoAudio is your window to the ideas of freedom.

    Tobin says: "Great If You're a Libertarian"
  • Bernard Lewis at the 92nd Street Y on the Middle East in Transition

    • ORIGINAL (59 mins)
    • By Bernard Lewis
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    (22)
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    (8)
    Story
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    Join Professor Bernard Lewis at this visit to New York's 92nd Street Y as he shares his thoughts on Iraq and the Middle Eastern power balance.

  • Bill Moyers at the 92nd Street Y: On Democracy

    • ABRIDGED (1 hr and 32 mins)
    • By Bill Moyers
    • Narrated By Phil Donahue
    Overall
    (16)
    Performance
    (6)
    Story
    (5)

    In his new book, Moyers on Democracy, veteran journalist Bill Moyers asserts America's need to reconnect with its constitutional ideals and history of reform in preparation for the 2008 presidential race. Moyers has won more than 30 Emmy awards and is the author of the best-selling books Listening to America: A Traveler Rediscovers His Country, Healing and the Mind, and Moyers on America: A Journalist and His Times.

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  • Bernard Lewis at the 92nd Street Y on Jihad and Contemporary Politics

    • ORIGINAL (1 hr and 9 mins)
    • By Bernard Lewis
    • Narrated By Gail Saltz
    Overall
    (14)
    Performance
    (7)
    Story
    (7)

    In this visit to New York's 92nd Street Y, Bernard Lewis discusses the Islamic doctrine of Holy War and its manipulation by modern extremists. Lewis turns to history to answer the most critical question we face today: is this a clash of civilization, an intractable ideological face-off like the Cold War? These are topics that came out of his work on his book Crisis of Islam: Holy War and Unholy Terror.

  • Fareed Zakaria at the 92nd Street Y

    • ABRIDGED (1 hr and 22 mins)
    • By Fareed Zakaria
    • Narrated By Jim Hoge
    Overall
    (13)
    Performance
    (8)
    Story
    (7)

    The editor of Newsweek International since 2001, Fareed Zakaria oversees the magazine's eight editions in Asia, Latin America, Europe, Australia and the Middle East. His column, on subjects ranging from terrorism, national security and America's role in the world to the global economy and the rise of China and India, appears in Newsweek, Newsweek International and The Washington Post.

  • CatoAudio, January 2006

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    • By Tucker Carlson, Tom Palmer, Chris Edwards, and others
    • Narrated By Bill McGregor
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    This month's feature: MSNBC's Tucker Carlson on the decline and fall of the Republican Party. Also, Tom Palmer on his recent visit to Iraq; Chris Edwards on waste and fraud in federal spending; Sen. Jim DeMint on improving Americans' health through private choice; economist correspondent Robert Guest on international trade barriers as a form of corruption; and Kenneth Langone on Eliot Spitzer's abuse of government power.

  • CatoAudio, December 2005

    • ORIGINAL (1 hr and 13 mins)
    • By John Cornyn, Bradley Smith, Tom Palmer, and others
    • Narrated By Bill McGregor
    Overall
    (10)
    Performance
    (0)
    Story
    (0)

    Roger Pilon and William Niskanen on what it means to promote the "general welfare"; Christopher Preble on the UN's contradictory rules about military force; IMF managing director Rodrigo Rato on creating better institutions to spur economic growth; Sen. John Cornyn on how the Kelo decision imperils ordinary citizens; Tom Palmer on using rhetoric to advance globalization; and former federal election commissioner Bradley Smith on the absurdity of campaign finance politics.

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  • Stephen Colbert: White House Correspondents' Dinner

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    • By Stephen Colbert
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    Stephen Colbert, host of Comedy Central's The Colbert Report, speaks at the White House Correspondents' Dinner on April 29, 2006.

    Todd says: "Truthiness intact"
  • Irshad Manji and Ayaan Hirsi Ali at the 92nd Street Y on The Trouble with Islam

    • ORIGINAL (1 hr and 17 mins)
    • By Irshad Manji, Ayaan Hirsi Ali
    Overall
    (44)
    Performance
    (15)
    Story
    (16)

    In this visit to New York's 92nd Street Y, Irshad Manji and Ayaan Hirsi Ali discuss the trouble with Islam. Irshad Manji is the best-selling author of The Trouble with Islam Today: A Muslim's Call for Reform in Her Faith. Manji has been called by The New York Times, "Osama bin Laden's worst nightmare." The winner of Oprah Winfrey's first annual 'Chutzpah Award,' Manji is currently a visiting fellow at Yale University and is producing a feature film about what there is to love within Islam.

    Myrna says: "Hope for Islam"
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