September 4: Al Garza, Det. Andy Anderson, Penny Smith

Al Garza

Detective Andy Anderson

Penny Smith

I had the honor of talking with a couple of men I really respect this afternoon, guys who each, in their own way, are standing up to defend the principles on which America was founded.

First, we welcomed Al Garza, Executive Director of the Minutemen Civil Defense Corps, back to The Drive. He talked about the situation brewing over in Kansas City, where “civil rights” groups La Raza and the NAACP are threatening to take their national conventions elsewhere. Why? Because K.C. Mayor Mark Funkhouser named 73-year-old Frances Semler, a member of the Minutemen, to the parks board.
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Ve Know Vat iss Best for You

John Edwards reveals what universal health care means to him: Forced doctor visits.

“It requires that everybody be covered. It requires that everybody get preventive care,” he told a crowd sitting in lawn chairs in front of the Cedar County Courthouse. “If you are going to be in the system, you can’t choose not to go to the doctor for 20 years. You have to go in and be checked and make sure that you are OK.”

What’s the penalty for choosing to ignore your doctor’s advice after a mandatory visit? Do you get kicked out of the program? Would parents who choose not to give their children, say, Ritalin that’s been prescribed during a mandatory visit find themselves charged with child abuse?

August 30: The Not For Sale Campaign

Caleb Rowden and John Battaglia

Think “abolition” — if you ever do — and you probably think John Brown, Harriet Beecher Stowe, and Abraham Lincoln. It was a surprise to me that slavery is still a problem in the 21st century, and so I was happy to welcome Caleb Rowden and John Battaglia of the Christian Chapel in Columbia to talk about the Not For Sale Campaign. They’ll host the NFSC at the Christian Chapel Wednesday, September 12 at 6:45pm.
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August 29: Columbia Police Chief Randy Boehm

Chief Randy Boehm

Chief Randy Boehm joined us this afternoon to discuss the special events coming to Columbia over the next 30 days — Roots ‘N Blues ‘N Barbecue, the Missouri 600, and Mizzou football — and the red light cameras coming to town.
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August 28: Senator Kit Bond

Sen. Kit Bond (R-Mo.)

We talked with Penny Smith of C & S Business Services today about the issues employers face with bilingual employees, and we’ll talk about that again next Tuesday with a greater emphasis on immigration issues. Rather timely, given that Missouri’s Hispanic population has more than doubled since the 1990 census.

At 5:00, we were joined by Missouri’s senior senator, Kit Bond. We talked about his role in the revised FISA bill, the situation on the ground in Iraq, and the resignation of Attorney General Alberto Gonzales. A good interview, and the senator was very gracious in declaring himself a fan of The Drive (aw, I’ll bet he says that to all the talk show hosts!).
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August 27: Steve Sweitzer – Roots ‘N Blues

Steve Sweitzer

Steve Sweitzer joined us this afternoon to talk about next weekend’s Roots ‘N Blues ‘N Barbecue festival coming to the streets of downtown Columbia. I’m looking forward to it; a couple of artists I didn’t know that I knew (for instance, Chris Thomas King, featured in the great movie O Brother, Where Art Thou?) are among a lineup that has more Grammies per capita than anywhere outside Nashville’s Music Row.
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1947 and 2012: Roswell and the End of the World as We Know It

Friday, Tom Horn referred to an article by David Flynn about the 1947 Roswell UFO crash and its mathematical relationships to the year 2012 and the predictions of the end of the world. You really should read it.

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