The John Batchelor Show

Tuesday 28 August 2012

Air Date: 
August 28, 2012


Photo, above: Ann Romney, the granddaughter of a Welsh coal miner, horsing around on a plane


Tuesday 905P Eastern Time:   Sean Trende, Real Clear Politics, in re:  the president can win despite the poor economy. State polls lag behind national polls. The race is tied.

Senior official delegations attend the opening session of the expert-level meeting of XVI summit of the Non-Alligned Movement in Tehran on August 26, 2012. Iran said that Hamas premier in Gaza has not been invited to this week's summit of the Non-Aligned Movement in Tehran, heading off a threatened boycott by the Palestinian president. 

Tuesday 920P Eastern Time:  Bret Stephens, Wall Street Journal, in re: Pres Obama is a disappointment as a world leader and now is disliked by our allies.

Tuesday 935P Eastern Time:  Congressman Kevin Brady (TX-8) in re: shale oil is a game-changer for our country, for our economy, for our children's not having to worry about OPEC.  I'm impressed with Gov Romney's plan. He'll achieve the three million new jobs he claims, and will do it in a [green] manner. Jobs at every skill level – from basically wholly untrained, able to make $70K per annum, up to the most highly-skilled specialists. In the Gulf of Mexico, some of our best workers have left for other countries – Brazil, Mexico, Namibia – and our production is not back up to where it was. We've drilled over 40,000 wells in the Gulf, and done is safely, with excellent envtl practices. We can do esp natural gas.  We can’t have a national energy plan for security if the states can just veto it, which is what obtains today. Some states want a little larger cushion; we can meet those.  Without affordable, reliable energy, our economy will not grow. In the Dakotas, hey worry about the plains, but  in Nebraska, it sounds as though this is being used as a wedge issue.  Keystone has proposed a new route, accepted by the Canadians; the president has required them to start the application process over from square one, which is highly unnecessary. This president is currently taking credit for energy expansion whose decisions were made under the Bush Administration.

Tuesday 950P Eastern Time: Bill Whalen, Hoover, in re: Republicans do well to have a three-day convention instead of four. Mite Romney needs to deliver a speech clarifying that he'll change the direction of the c0untry. Conventions are boring.

Tuesday 1005P (705P Pacific Time): Mona Charen, NRO, in re: Nikki Haley speaking now; coming up: speeches by Ann Romney, Chris Christie.  Ann Romney wants to disabuse people of the notion that they’ve led a charmed life. She's had multiple sclerosis and breast cancer; has raised five boys; will give a glimpse into Gov Romney's personal life.  Twitter pounding two stories: "We built that!"  ("You didn’t build that ,"said Pres Obama); and the welfare reform law of 1992, which Pres Obama amended: it said HHS did not have the power to waive requirements, and Pres Obama has countervailed that.  Ann Romney's speech.   

Tuesday 1020P (720P Pacific Time): Ann Romney's speech.  Mona Charen comments.

Tuesday 1035P (735P Pacific Time):  Chris Christie's speech. Mona Charen and Larry Johnson comment.

 Tuesday 1050P (750P Pacific Time): ):  Chris Christie's speech. Mona Charen and Larry Johnson comment.

Tuesday 1105P (805P Pacific Time):  Nan Hayworth (NY-19), Devin Nunes (CA-18), and Mona Charen, in re: the just-past speeches at the Republican National Convention in Tampa, Florida.

Tuesday 1120P (820P Pacific Time): Salena Zito, Pittsburgh Tribune-Review; David Drucker, Roll Call; Gene Countryman, KNSS:  comments on Republican National Convention.

Tuesday 1135P (835P Pacific Time):  Robert Zimmerman, Behind the Black, in re: Curiosity discovers a tilted Mars landscape. Orbital Sciences approaches launch date. Bone loss in space and what's to be done. A year-long mission on ISS is proposed by Russians.

Tuesday 1150P (850P Pacific Time): Robert Zimmerman, behindtheblack, in re: global warming, Hurricanes Isaac and Katrina, retreating Arctic ice sheet, Rhine river, solar maximum weakness, the climate mysteries and solar weather

Tuesday/Wed 1205A (905 Pacific Time):  Gene Countryman, KNSS; Jeff Bliss, The Bliss Index; McKay Coppins, BuzzFeed, in re: comments on Republican National Convention.  Favorable to Ann Romney. First time in the entire campaign that anyone has said the word, "Mormon."  Jerry Brown can't overcome what Christ Christie said tonight.  Christie was a tad staid tonight (the convention must have vetted his speech). WWII: "Loose lips sink ships" – now hear the gaffe, "You didn’t build that."

Tuesday/Wed  1220A (920 Pacific Time): Eric Trager, Washington Institute, in re:  Egypt: Morsi en route to Teheran for the (now-superannuated) Nonaligned Movement. A United Nations of Muslim states - a sort of neo-caliphate.

Tuesday/Wed  1235A (935P Pacific Time): Scott Lasser, author, Say Nice Things About Detroit

Tuesday/Wed  1250A  (950P Pacific Time): Bill McGurn, WSJ, in re: who built the Tampa Convention Center and what does it mean? Should a big, government-built hall for rich guys with hockey teams be the seat of the RNC?



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Music (using New York City broadcast times)    9-hour:    Ides of March; Gears of War; Wag the Dog; Ides of March.  10-hour:   The Ghost Writer.   11-hour:  Iron Lady; Star Trek.  midnight hour:   Gears of War; Ides of March; Wag the Dog; Michael Clayton.

This satellite image provided by NASA and taken Tuesday Aug. 28, 2012 shows Hurricane Isaac over the Gulf of Mexico, as it approaches New Orleans. The hurricane made landfall Tuesday evening on Louisiana's southeast coast with 80 mph winds. Since then, it has pushed water over a rural levee to flood some homes, knocked out power to thousands and has immersed beach-front roads in Louisiana and Mississippi