1. Friday May 31 Tab Dump

    May 31, 2013 by adminpete

    I spent far too much time tweeting bullshit today. Read my timeline. Speaking of twitter today MIT researchers discovered the main problem in America.

    Americans Oppose Affirmative Action for Race, If You Only Ask White Americans
    What do polls show about racial preferences in college admissions? Don’t take the overall number at face value. Great piece by The Atlantic’s David Graham. And while you are there check out Derek Thompson’s FAQ on whether you should go to college or not.

    2 Years Have been Added To Expected Life Of Medicare Trust Fund !! Here is the story from NPR. Here is the actual report for Nerds who insist on evidence and think NPR is just a liberal shill

    I like to read obituaries when they are on the front page of leading newspapers. It was interesting to get to know Father Andrew Greeley who died at the age of 85. The NY Times Obit is great:

    In a time when the word “maverick” is often used indiscriminately, Father Greeley — priest, scholar, preacher, social critic, storyteller and scold — was the real thing. One could identify a left and a right in American Catholicism, and then there was Father Greeley, occupying a zone all his own.


    (NEWSER) – Backyard astronomers, ready your telescopes. A big asteroid is about to zip by Earth, with its closest approach coming at 4:59pm Eastern tomorrow, says NASA. The rock will be 3.6 million miles away at that point, meaning there’s no chance for a collision, but that should allow people that have telescopes with 4- to 6-inch mirror sizes to catch a faint glimpse in the southern sky for a few nights, reports National Geographic. The asteroid, named 1998 QE2, is 1.7 miles across and even has a smaller “bonus rock” orbiting around it—its own mini moon, reports AP.

    Here are my favorite end of the day news roundups. Steve Benen’s mini report

    Greg Sargent at Washington Post’s Plumline “Happy Hour Roundup” with a nice opening mention of a thoughtful blog post from our friend Dr Aaron Carroll.

    And today’s dessert is Megyn Kelly dressing down Eric Erickson and a Caveman on her show today

  2. Friday May 31st on Stand Up!

    by MelStar1

    After headlines & crew chat our Friday convo with CNN’s Political Director Mark Preston.

    In the second hour, tax policy expert and former Presidential adviser, Bruce Bartlett, wakes up just for a brief moment to join our program- lucky us!!

    For the third hour a return visit from comedian and Current TV host, John Fugelsang. He took over for the last hour while Pete attended his daughter’s play. (Yes, Pete is aiming for father of the year)

  3. Man says Men should dominate women

    by adminpete

  4. Tab Dump

    by adminpete

    My blog e mailed me and told me it needed more attention. Here is an effort to use it better. I am just going to try to go thru all of my open tabs and internet history and dump it at the end of the day. I will not include porn or entertainment gossip that my friend who borrows my computer sometimes looks at.

    The best thing I saw online today was from a local L.A. news channel about costumed panhandlers getting in a real turf war. 2 Captain America’s vs Spiderman. Def made me angry that some passerby didnt film it! What a missed opportunity to go viral.

    On the radio show this morning we learned a lot from this guy about Wildfires.

    Reading the letter written by  CIA agent John Kiriakou imprisoned as the left will have you believe for blowing the whistle on torture’s letter from prison was really interesting. Here it is from FireDogLake which I thought was dead

    Former CIA agent John Kiriakou, who blew the whistle on the US government’s use of torture under the Bush administration, is currently serving a 30 month sentence at the Federal Correctional Institution in Loretto, Pennsylvania.

    Below is a letter he recently sent his attorney Jesselyn Radack, who shared it (with John’s permission) with Firedoglake based on a pre-existing arrangement. The letter details his life in prison, including an incident in which prison officials attempted setup a confrontation between Kiriakou and a Muslim prisoner, telling Kiriakou he was the uncle of the Times Square bomber, when in reality the imam was in prison for refusing to testify in the Lackawanna Six case. Prison officials also lied to the Muslim prisoner, telling him that Kiriakou had called Washington after they met and had been ordered to kill him.

    Now its time for the end of the day wrap ups:

    Here is Steve Benen’s “Mini-Report”  Greg Sargent at the WAPO’s “Happy Hour Round-Up”

    Here is Gut Check at CNN from my friend @PrestonCNN 

    The Always interesting David Sirota at Salon has a tempting idea of getting rid of cable. My wife hasnt turned on the TV since “LOST” ended. I think she is still upset with the way it played out.

    This NPR story made me quit soda for at least a day. Even the very conservative Hot Air thinks John McCain is kind of a dummy for this naive move. Another bloody day in Iraq:

    Visit NBCNews.com for breaking news, world news, and news about the economy

     According to CNN here is the text of the Letter laced with poisonous Ricin to Mayor Bloomberg from some guy who is terrified to lose his guns

    “You will have to kill me and my family before you get my guns. Anyone wants to come to my house will get shot in the face. The right to bear arms is my constitutional God given right and I will exercise that right till the day I die.”

    One very effective argument against doing anything to curb carbon pollution in our atmosphere has been that why should we handcuff our production if China doesnt play by the same rules. Well that game might be changing. Take a look at this

    My favorite tweet of the day came from that Ritholtz gent who wrote :  @ritholtz: FROM THE NO-SHIT-SHERLOCK-FILES: In the World’s Richest Nation, Bridges Shouldn’t Collapse http://bit.ly/18xLTrw 

    BTW here is Barry Ritholtz Thursday PM Reads. A great reason to be a follower of his. Thats all for tonight.

  5. Jackson Katz: Violence against Women-it’s a men’s issue

    May 30, 2013 by adminpete

  6. Thursday May 30th on Stand Up!

    by MelStar1

    After headlines & crew chat we talk wildfires with leading expert, Dr. Jon Keeley.

    In the second hour it’s another edition of Stand Up with a Veteran this week welcome Jeff Kohler to the program.

    In the third hour it’s a discussion on health policy with expert, Dr. Aaron Carroll.

    It was announced Neil Patrick Harris is hosting the Emmy’s. Not sure why a child prodigy doctor is fit for hosting a big award show..?

  7. Wednesday May 29th on Stand Up!

    May 29, 2013 by MelStar1

    After headlines & crew chat we discuss a new AARP initiative with Hall of Fame quarterback Dan Marino and record producer Emilio Estefan.

    In the second hour we had a foul mouthed conversation with gay activist, Dan Savage on his new book.

    Then, CEO of Oceana Andy Sharpless is in studio to discuss his new book and ocean wildlife conservation efforts.

    In the third hour we talk to Marian Hatcher, Special Projects Assistant at the Cook County Sheriff’s office about her work to end human trafficking by targeting the Johns who buy sex.

  8. Tuesday May 28th on Stand Up!

    May 28, 2013 by MelStar1

    After headlines and crew chat Pete starts off the week with your calls, asking Stand Up! listeners what they do for a living and whether or not they enjoy their job.

    In the next hour, a conversation with SiriusXM host, Michelangelo Signorile who discusses the rise in attacks on gays in New York City .

    Then, Congressman Henry Cuellar of Texas talks national security, and offers a contrasting viewpoint than Pete in how marijuana should be handled.

    Finally, in typical Tuesday fashion our friends John Avlon of the Daily Beast and CNN, and Will Cain of the Blaze and CNN join us for their weekly chat on love, life, relationships and of course AMANDA BYNES!!

  9. Thursday 5/23 Show Rundown

    May 23, 2013 by adminpete

    Melanie is on Vacation so I have taken over the show rundown. Jury duty responsibilities are limiting me from writing much but you can see who was on the show below:

    Hour 1 Jakob Johnsen, US Army veteran who served in Iraq.  He is now a research coordinator for IAVA.  This is part of our series with IAVA, “Stand Up with a Veteran”.

    Hour 2  Ken Stern, CEO of Palisades Media Ventures, a digital media content company and former CEO of NPR.  His recent book is “With Charity For All: Why Charities Are Failing and a Better Way to Give”.  He discussed charity in light of the tornado in Oklahoma.

     Hour 3 Dean Obeidallah, talented stand-up comedian who was also part of the “Muslims Are Coming” stand-up tour and upcoming documentary. We spoke mainly about the root causes of hatred bigotry and prejudice.

  10. Wednesday May 22nd on Stand Up!

    May 22, 2013 by MelStar1

    After headlines & crew chat: Todd Zwillich from the Takeaway reports from DC.

    Next hour, we talk to NSA whistleblower Thomas Drake and Jesselyn Radack of the Government Accountability Project.

    Then the LA Times’ Ken Dilanian on national security.

    In the third hour, Dr. Richard Haass, president of the Council on Foreign Relations talks foreign policy.

    Good news for Twitter AND comedians! Former Congressman Anthony Weiner is running for Mayor of New York City! If Mark Sanford can make a comeback, anyone can!!

  11. Tuesday May 21st on Stand Up!

    May 21, 2013 by MelStar1

    First, let us say our thoughts go out to all those affected by the devastating tornadoes in Oklahoma. Here is how you can help and donate to the Red Cross.

    After headlines and crew chat, Steve Vladeck of American University tells us why we should not expand the war on terror.

    Next hour, more foreign policy with Steve Clemons from the Atlantic.

    In the third hour, John Avlon of the Daily Beast and CNN, and Will Cain of the Blaze and CNN.

    If the DOJ is spying on us right now, we’re actually kinda pumped… I mean it’s an increase in listenership!

  12. Monday May 20th on Stand Up!

    May 20, 2013 by MelStar1

    After headlines, crew chat we ask the question: who is a better commencement speaker, First Lady Michelle Obama or Pete Dominick? (I am contractually obligated to vote for the latter)

    Later in the first hour, Award winning journalist, David Cay Johnston briefs us on the latest with the IRS’s issues.

    In the second hour, we talk political ignorance with Ilya Somin of George Mason.

    Then Dave Weigel of Slate reports discusses the various scandals on Capitol Hill.

    In the third hour, former assistant Secretary of Education, Diane Ravitch talks schools.

    Plus a big congratulations to my former producer Aaron and Alexandra Hodges who got married on Saturday.

  13. Friday May 17th on Stand Up!

    May 17, 2013 by MelStar1

    After headlines & crew chat, we had our weekly political discussion with CNN’s Political Director, Mark Preston later this hour.

    In the second hour we talk about “free range parenting” with writer, Lenore Skenazy.

    Then award winning actress and activist, Glenn Close Stands Up! against the stigma associated with mental illness.

    In the third hour a discussion on for-profit prisons with David M. Shapiro.

    USA Today reports 58% of pools in Atlanta may have fecal matter, the same can be said about radio studios in New York City.

  14. Thursday May 16th on Stand Up!

    May 16, 2013 by MelStar1

    After headlines & crew chat: Will Bunch of the Philadelphia Daily News reports on President Obama’s recent controversies.

    In the next hour, along with IAVA, we Stand Up with a Veteran – this week it’s Dock Revisky.

    For the third hour, we discussed constitutional law with two experts, Eric Segall of Georgia State and Illya Somin of George Mason.

    Burger King announced it’s going to release a rival sandwich to McDonald’s McRib later this month. See? Not all is lost, people!