The John Batchelor Show

Tuesday 12 November 2013

Air Date: 
November 12, 2013

Portrait, above: Grace Coolidge  


Co-host: Larry Kudlow, The Kudlow Report, CNBC; and Cumulus Media radio

Hour One

Tuesday  12 November 2013 / Hour 1, Block A:  Larry Kudlow, in re: Coolidge.

Tuesday  12 November 2013 / Hour 1, Block B:  Philip Izzo, WSJ, in re:  Vital Signs: Recent Veterans Struggle With Unemployment
Americans who have served in the military generally have lower rates of unemployment than those who haven't, but veterans . . .

Secondary Sources: Unemployment Benefits, State and Local Government, Policy Rules
A roundup of economic news from around the Web.

Live From New York! It's Jobs Friday!
Yes, it's that time again, folks. For one ever-so-brief moment the interests of Wall Street, Washington and Main Street are . . .

Tuesday  12 November 2013 / Hour 1, Block C:  John Fund, National Review Online, in re: The Truth about Navigators  James O’Keefe reveals corruption at the heart of the president’s signature program. Breaking: Obamacare navigator @Project_Veritas caught on tape has been fired. 3 others suspended. 

One fired, three suspended after undercover health care video  The Urban League of Greater Dallas fired one person and suspended three others after a video from a conservative activist reportedly showed the workers encouraging health care applicants to lie.  An edited video was released Monday that seemingly shows so-called health care Navigators encouraging people to lie on forms signing up for health care to get better rates.

Tuesday  12 November 2013 / Hour 1, Block D: Victor Davis Hanson, Hoover, in re: Obama’s Fallout for the Left  National Review Online; Looking for a Different Sort of President 

Hour Two

Tuesday  12 November 2013 / Hour 2, Block A: Larry Johnson, NoQuarter, in re: Benghazi

Tuesday  12 November 2013 / Hour 2, Block B:  Christopher Coolidge Jeter, and Jennifer Harville, grandchildren of John and Florence Coolidge, in re:   A Granddaughter Fondly Recalls John and Florence Coolidge, News,Plymouth; Vermont Standard: The Coolidge family can be described as a small, private, and inconspicuous unit. Most would not suspect we come from a presidential lineage, while those who are aware of our relationship to Calvin and Grace Coolidge know that our family tends to keep this fact close to our chests as we go about our daily lives.  . . .

Tuesday  12 November 2013 / Hour 2, Block C:  David Pietrusza, author, in re: Calvin Coolidge: A Documentary Biography: David Pietrusza ...
 A Documentary Biography of America's  . . .

Tuesday  12 November 2013 / Hour 2, Block D:   Reza Kahlili, author, A Time to Betray, in re: AMERICA THREATENED WITH 'HEAVIEST DAMAGE IN HISTORY' General says 'slightest military mistake' could set off Iran's 'capabilities'

Hour Three

Tuesday  12 November 2013 / Hour 3, Block A:  Stephen Cohen, NYU Russian history, in re:  Russian nationalism, Vladimir Putin, managing Middle Eastern geopolitics.

Tuesday  12 November 2013 / Hour 3, Block B: Stephen Cohen, NYU Russian history, in re:  Russia, Vladimir Putin, Middle Eastern geopolitics, Syrian cem weapons.

Tuesday  12 November 2013 / Hour 3, Block C: Fred Siegel, Manhattan Institute, in re: hydrofracking n New York State's Southern Tier.

Tuesday  12 November 2013 / Hour 3, Block D: Steve Stecklow, Reuters, in re: a three-part special report, six months in the making, by Steve Stecklow, Babak Dehghanpisheh and Yeganeh Torbati, reveals how Khamenei took what began as a charity created by the Ayatollah Khomeini to assist war veterans, war widows “and the downtrodden,” and transformed it into a business juggernaut that now holds stakes in nearly every sector of Iranian industry.  The value of the assets at Khamenei’s disposal rivals those of the late Western-backed shah. [$95 billion] [the organization strips Iranians of their assets, pretending that the properties are abandoned, which they are not; funds are supposed to go to seven charities but it in fact keeps the money. More interesting, the US Treasury claims that it's put the bogus nonprofit under sanctions (requisite under US law) but refuses to say how.  Whiff of extreme ethical problem.

Hour Four

Tuesday  12 November 2013 / Hour 4, Block A: Liz Peek, The Fiscal Times & Fox, in re: Why the Elite Attack Mainstream America  The United States is at war. No, I don’t mean in Afghanistan or Syria; I mean right here in River City. Right here where our opinion-makers and political leaders are doing their level best to demean and discredit historical American values. A new film, Nebraska, that parodies our heartland, provides exhibit A.

Nebraska played at the Lincoln Center Film Festival in New York recently to an enthusiastic audience. Directed by Alexander Payne, whose body of work includes The Descendants, Nebraska speaks volumes about the country we live in. While one reviewer lauded the picture as a “nuanced portrait of small-town life” that “contemplates the loss of the stout Midwest that once formed America’s backbone,” I found it mean-spirited and insulting.  . . . 

Tuesday  12 November 2013 / Hour 4, Block B: Nick Somers, Bloomberg Businessweek, in re: Since Citi Bike's official launch on May 27, 2013, New Yorkers have taken more than 4.7 million trips and pedaled 9.4 million miles, obliterating projections, as the bike-sharing program has been embraced by commuters and the celebrity class alike.  Bloomberg Businessweek finance correspondent Nick Summers reports on how the program was developed with New York’s City Hall and asks if it could be the greatest marketing ploy of all time, remaking Citibank’s tarnished post-financial crash image just as the blue bikes are remaking New York.

Tuesday  12 November 2013 / Hour 4, Block C:  Robert Zimmerman,, in re: Two Russian workers were killed and several injured last week while cleaning out a rocket tank at a Russian spaceport.

A fourth engine burn has put India’s Mangalyaan probe back on course. The unexpected abort during the previous burn occurred because engineers were testing the primary and secondary electrical coils that operate the engine’s valves.

During the firing on Monday morning, the team was trying to use both the primary and the redundant coils together as part of a trial. However, there was no fuel flow in this mode and the orbiter could not pick up the required velocity or reach the desired higher orbit. … A senior engineer involved in the process said, “Both the coils are working independently (but not if they are switched on together.) Today’s burn demonstrated that nothing on the spacecraft has actually failed. As expected, simultaneous use of the two coils will no longer be attempted.

Tuesday  12 November 2013 / Hour 4, Block D: Chris Carroll, Stars and Stripes    (@starsandstripes), in re:  Autonomous robots set to change combat landscape 

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