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Sep 17: The GOP Strikes Back
Sep 16th, 2011 by Sam

The Samantha Clemens Show

On the show:

Has the entire Republican Party turned to the dark side? Have all the moderate conservatives been banished to Tataouine to work on moisture farms? 

Is Dick Cheney really Barack Obama’s Father? (Okay, maybe I took Star Wars theme a little too far this time ;) )

Join Samantha Clemens as she welcomes former Republican Party officer Michael Stafford as the two discuss the direction of the GOP in 2011. Can the party be taken back from the extremists? Tune in and find out!

 

Michael Stafford earned his Juris Doctorate from Duke University School of Law in 2003 and practices law in Wilmington, Delaware. He is a former Republican Party officer and is a nationally syndicated political columnist through Cagle Cartoons. His writing has been featured on numerous blogs including FrumForum, The Moderate Voice, and The Cagle Post. He is also the author of “An Upward Calling: Politics for the common good” published in June, 2011.  The book is a call to action for a new politics based on solidarity, civic virtue, and advancing the common good.  Mike remains active in politics as the Delaware Coordinator for Republicans for Environmental Protection (REP) and received REP’s Theodore Roosevelt Grassroots Leadership Award for 2011.

Be sure to call in between 10 and 11 AM Eastern: +1 617 237 1234.  To leave a message that may be played on the air, call: +1 617 249 4567.

Click here to listen live.

Aug 6: Brian Henchey on the Samantha Clemens Show
Aug 5th, 2011 by Sam

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Well, the original idea for the show is below, but the conversation went like this…

Part 1: Samantha monologuing (is that a word?)

Part 2: Guest Brian Henchey

  • What is the difference between a moderate conservative, a conservative, and an arch conservative (it’s all about the compromise)
  • Reaction to Chris Christie’s response to “…fearmongering over Sharia law” in response to nominating a Muslim judge to the state Superior Court
  • Discussion of building mosques and Muslims in America

After the show, Executive Producer Aaron Donchen chastised Samantha for talking over the guest and regretted our ‘piling on’ in response to him graciously sharing his time with us.  Well, he was right and we think we can do better.

In the meantime, Brian noted that Samantha dodged the question: ”WHY would they have the opening day of the Ground Zero mosque ON 9/11 ?!?”  Fair enough.  The reason was because Samantha had not heard that this had happened and therefore could not speculate.  She wishes she had said so on the air.

In any case, it turns out that this is unfounded according to the nonpartisan FactCheck.org:

Is the center scheduled to open on Sept. 11, 2011?

Organizers say no. As best we can determine, the idea that the cultural center and mosque would open that day is unfounded speculation. [emphasis mine].  Project organizers say that no official date has been set for the opening of the proposed center. Imam Rauf told Newsday back in May that it could take anywhere from 18 months to three years to raise the money to complete the project, and added that the center wouldn’t open on the anniversary of Sept. 11. Project organizers took to the social networking site Twitter as recently as Aug. 20 to knock down the claim, saying: “Reports that we will open on 9/11 or begin construction on 9/11 are false and inflammatory. Our timeline to build is 18 – 38 months.”

The idea that the center and mosque would open on Sept. 11, 2011 — the 10-year anniversary of the terrorist attacks in 2001 — has been bandied about on blogs and discussion boards. The American Freedom Defense Initiative sponsored advertisements that may have also contributed to that thought. The initiative’s ads appeared on New York City buses and asked, “Why There?,” with an image of a plane flying into a burning World Trade Center, next to a rendering of the proposed building with the words “September 11, 2011, WTC Mega Mosque.”

So there you go.

See below for the original synopsis…

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Mar 26: Spanking is to Republicans as Time-outs are to Democrats
Mar 26th, 2011 by Sam

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Guest:

Kevin B Smith, Professor of Political Science, University of Nebraska-Lincoln

Are your political views shaped by your environment?  Do you come to your beliefs after long, careful, thoughtful evaluation?  Or, does our personality drive our political beliefs?  And, what creates that basic personality?

This has been in the news lately:

Nicholas Kristof writes: “…some humans are particularly alert to threats, particularly primed to feel vulnerable and perceive danger. Those people are more likely to be conservatives.  Our Politics May Be All in Our Head

See, they think the world is a very scary place!  Well, they might be right at least some of the time.  But, does that mean you can never leave your zip code??

We’ll get the low-down with Dr. Smith who has spent most of the past decade studying the biological basis of political attitudes and behavior. With John R. Hibbing, he co-directs the Political Physiology Lab at Nebraska, and has helped pioneer the use of techniques from psychophysiology, behavioral genetics, neuroscience and cognitive psychology to study political temperament.

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