About Jack

Jack is really a storyteller, international explorer, and humanitarian and everything else rolls out from there. As a writer, its what he does.  As a trial lawyer, its his most important tool.  As a former CIA officer, the only way to truly motivate people is to connect and to tell them a story that they can feel viscerally.  As a media analyst, what better way to make a point.  In the end, he tries to captivate his audience about the world and its people as much as he himself is captivated. 

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Aaron Brown Joins the Program

Journalist and former CNN Anchor Aaron Brown joins me in studio today to talk about his career, his time at ABC, CNN and elsewhere. And, of course, during 9/11, he seemed to become the backdrop for the entire country. Every night, we all seemed glued to the television trying to understand, as Aaron put it, "what we know and what we don't!"

The Jack Rice Show, Thursday, May 11, 2006

Jack took calls on your feelings about the $70 billion tax cut the Senate is preparing to vote on.

Former Congressman and Chairman of Patriots to Restore Checks and Balances Bob Barr talks about the NSA and the new head of CIA General Michael Hayden.

Holly Johnson, Ex. Dir. of North American Deer farmers Assoc. and Pres. of MN Deer Assoc., Rep. Rod Hamilton (R) Mountain Lake and Rep. Joe Hoppe (R) Chaska all discuss a piece of legislation to ban big game farms.

Patriots to Restore Checks and Balances

I Can See the Sign Now: The University of Minnesota Sex World Stadium!

What’s in a name? An old line to be sure, but maybe still a relevant question. The Minnesota House passed legislation that would allow TCF Bank to have the naming rights for the new University of Minnesota Gophers stadium to be built on the Minneapolis campus. The Senate just passed a bill excluding the naming rights. Now, I guess, the disagreement, among many, will have to be hashed out in committee. All that being said, let me get straight to the point. Selling the naming rights to this stadium is bad policy.

Look, I’m a Gopher Alumni myself. And anything that would lower my taxes seems like a good thing. Obviously, TCF bellying up with $35 million is $35 million we don’t have to pay. I get that, but . . .

If we are going to accept that $35 million from TCF, does that mean we need to make sure TCF is on the up and up and good for the community? Now, I have no reason to believe that TCF is not a great company. But how do we know? Does that mean we have to require TCF to open their books to insure that they are “okay?” And if the answer is no, then doesn’t that mean we should take money from the highest bidder?

For instance, let’s say that Sex World, another Minneapolis establishment that apparently pays its bills, offered $36 billion for the naming rights, would it be okay to change the name to The Sex World Stadium? Why not? What is the difference? It would certainly save us an additional $1 million in taxes. The justification is exactly the same, right?

I can just see it now. In bright neon letters, The University of Minnesota Sex World Stadium. Imagine, Sex World could have space right at the entrance to sell their wares. I could watch a game, go and pick up a hot dog, a soda and ah ah ah. Well, you get the picture. By the way, NO, I haven't been there!

I guess it is like a really bad joke I once heard. A man offers a woman a ten million dollars to sleep with him. She says, “For that kind of money, okay!” He then says, “okay, how about $10?” Her response, “what kind of person do you think I am?” And he says, “I think we’ve established that. Now we are just negotiating.”

If we decide we can slap anything on the side of a building so long as it lowers our taxes, haven’t we already established who we are?

I know that it has been done in the past. I know that everybody is doing it. I know that it might lower our taxes. I know that TCF might be a fine company. But if we are willing to sell anything, everything to the highest bidder, then we are the bad joke.

The Jack Rice Show, Tuesday, 05/09/06

The stadiums proposals continue to change. Are we getting closer to a bill all can agree upon?

The Senate rejected limits on medical malpractice. Who really wins and loses when limits are set in malpractice suits?

How should Kirby Puckett's ashes be split or should they?

Should a bigamist be sent to prison for his crime and if so, shouldn't a spouse who has a secret, long term affair be sent to prison too?

The Jack Rice Show, Monday, 05/08/06

What has happened to the CIA since Porter Goss took control 18 months ago and what is the future when a military man is running the show?

Are sports fans getting more out of hand than ever?

Michael Hersh, Sr. Editor of Newsweek talked about the latest peace agreement in Darfur.

Warren Richey of Christian Science Monitor talked about the United States now being under the microscope and scrutiny of hte U.N. over our intelligence gathering on terrorists.

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Gen. Hayden As CIA Director?

As former head of the NSA and now number two man under Director of National Intelligence John Negropante, Hayden appears to be well qualified to take this role. However, there have been some, including senior Republican officials that are questioning this pick.

Associated Press Photo.
General Michael Hayden may be the next CIA Director. But is he the best choice?

Hayden was the architect of the domestic spying program and the use of warrantless wiretaps here in this country since 9/11. While there appears to be no justification in the 4th Amendment or in the FISA Courts, the President and Gen Hayden moved forward with this program arguing that it was for national security. No doubt, a Senate confirmation process will focus upon this issue.

Another issue is that Hayden is a General. Well, he isnt the first. However, is does make the point that now the NSA, DIA and CIA are all being run by military men. That, I admit, does give me some heartburn. My fear is that they will all look to the Pentagon. And the orginal purpose of the CIA was to be outside of the Pentagon.

Another more significant issue is competency. The biggest problem for the Agency is a lack of HUMINT, human intelligence and then proper analysis. Hayden's expertise in the past has been in technical intelligence, i.e. satellites. The Agency got into trouble with this same obsession in the 80's and 90's.

While this is sexy, it doesn't help with terrorism cases very well. We need more people on the ground in tents in Afghanistan and North Africa. Whether or not Hayden can do this remains to be seen. If he fails, we will not be any safer. In fact, we will be less safe.

Overall, my biggest concern is that this is just another flow chart change. We don't change anything. Rather, we just change the headings. That way, I guess we say we are doing something when we are doing nothing.

Only time will tell.

Porter Goss Resigns from CIA

Porter Goss resigned as the Director of the Central Intelligence Agency this afternoon. While there is a lot of speculation as to his motivations, one thing is perfectly clear. During his tenure, there has been a massive exodus of experienced officers. In fact, more than 300 years of institutional knowledge seems to have been flushed down the proverbial toilet. Losses include the Deputy Director, his Deputy, the chief of the Cladestine Service, the Chief of Intelligence, and more. Worse, it also appears that leadership in the Agency has become more political than ever.

Unfortunately, it appears that the administration isn't smart enough to keep politics away from the intelligence community. As a result, the intelligence can often be skewed and I guess, you get what you look for. This is all the worse when we wrap ourselves in the flag and talk about patriotism and then do this. What an embarrassment.

The Agency has made huge mistakes. However, intelligence should know no political affiliation. It is not left or right. Until we figure that out, we will never be able to straighten out many of the problems that still exist.

I will join Keith Olbermann on MSNBC to discuss Porter's resignation, its implications and any possible successors.

The Jack Rice Show, Friday, 05/05/06

Jack discussed a bill introduced that would allow the use of deadly force against an attacker anywhere as long as the person reasonably feels an eminent threat.

Lynn Reed of the Minnesota Taxpayers Association and Mark Steffer of Education Minnesota discussed the $10 billion shortage in the Minnesota Pension fund.

Donald Simon, a campaign finance expert talked about the latest proposed lobbying reform. What are the real world effects of government corruption on ordinarty Americans?

David Sirota discusses this in his book Hostile Takeover.
Hostile Takeover:

The Jack Rice Show, Thursday, 05/04/06

Jack took calls on the fate of Zacarias Moussaoui.

Journalist Robert Scheer has interviewed every president in the past three decades yet none, he says, have prepared him for George W. Bush.

Jeffery Sachs, superstar economist and special advisior to Secretary General of the U.N. Kofi Annan discusses poverty.

Playing President:
End of Poverty: http:

A Call For More Government Regulation

Some lawmakers are finally willing to back higher gas mileage standards here in the U.S. Oh, how nice for them. While we pay $3.00 per gallon and try to determine how we can take a second mortgage on the house to fill up our tanks, a couple of people do something they should have done years ago. Our President says he wants it now but always fought it himself in the past.

Let me make this point clearly. More regulation in the automobile industry would be a good thing. In fact, more government regulation across the board would be a good thing.

In the last thirty years, we have been buried in speeches about why government is bad and that deregulation is good. That argument just doesn't hold water. Consider.

Media deregulation. Fewer and fewer own more and more and control more of what we hear, say and often think. Imagine one guy controlling multiple radio stations as well as TV news stations as well as the newspaper. Is that good policy?

The savings and loan industry is another example. We deregulated and they spun out of control Profits became paramount and corruption ran rampant. And we never understood what was good on. Think Gordon Gecko, "Greed is Good."

How about the airline industry? Almost every airline has been bankrupt and their pensions are teetering on the edge. The industry is weaker than ever before, not stronger.

Consider the electric prices across the country. How are your bills looking? Study after study have shown that deregulation has resulted in higher profits for them and higher energy prices for you and me. See, that worked great.

The pharmaceutical and health care industry. Massive profits and worse service. Enough said.

The oil industry. Well . . .

And the list goes on and on and on.

Business has one just and only one job. They are designed to make money. They are not designed to be good public stewards. They are not designed to do public good. And worse, because of the way they are organized, they need to make quick profits for the stockholders and for their CEOs who are also almost exclusively paid in stock. Think United Health.

Therefore, only government has the public mandate and the ability to control what is happening. Only government has the ability to require good stewardship. Only government can ensure legal oversight.

Leaving all of this to private industry and pray to God that they do good and simply inconsistent with what business is all about. It is not a slam on it. It is just an acknowledgement of what business is supposed to be.

So enough with the government is bad line and the deregulation is good line. Bad government is bad. Good government is good. Deregulation has been a disaster in many industries and both parties need to take a closer look and remember who they represent, them or us!