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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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Tuesday
May092006

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?
Monday
May082006

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.


Christian Science Monitor piece: http://search.csmonitor.com/search_content/0508/p01s01-usfp.html
Monday
May082006

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.
Friday
May052006

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.
Friday
May052006

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: www.davidsirota.com/hostiletakeover/
Thursday
May042006

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: www.akashicbooks.com/playingpresident.htm
End of Poverty: http:
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Thursday
May042006

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!
Wednesday
May032006

The Jack Rice Show, Wednesday, 05/03/06

Jack discussed the latest twist on the stadium issue where a 0.5 percent 7 county tax with a bonus for mass transit was proposed.

Mexico may approve a law that will decriminalize possession of small amounts of marijuana, cocaine and other drugs to concentrate on fighting bigger drug gangs. Should we follow Mexico’s lead and loosen up our drug laws?

According to a recent poll, nearly one third of young Americans between the ages of 18 and 24 couldn’t locate Louisiana on a map. Only four out of ten could find Iraq.

Mary Endorf, Graduate School of Eduation at Hamline talked about well-rounded education.

Senator Mark Dayton explained why he voted against the Senate Homeland Security Governmental Affairs Committee's report on the federal response to Hurricane Katrina.

National Geographic Geography poll: http://www.nationalgeographic.com/roper2006/findings.html
Tuesday
May022006

The Jack Rice Show, Tuesday, 05/02/06

Jack talked about the latest twist on the Twins stadium.

What can we expect for gas prices this summer.

Col. David Hunt and Jack discuss our nation's security;

Journalist Paul Raffaele took us on a trip to Venuatu, an interesting group of islands near Fugi where the islanders pray to a god named John Frum.

David Hunt's book "They Just Don't Get it": www.randomhouse.com/catalog/display.pperl/9781400097425.html

Raffaele's piece "In John They Trust": www.smithsonianmag.com/issues/2006/february/john.php
Monday
May012006

A Day of Protest

Hundreds of thousands of undocumented immigrant workers and their supporters and their allies intend to march in the streets across this country today. From New York to L.A. to Minneapolis, they will show their force in terms of numbers and economic power.

Associated Press Photo


Some have argued that this show of support is good for those seeking legal status. Others, also supporters have argued that this causes fear and mistrust and makes some believe that immigrants are a threat. Even Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa urged students to stay in school and to refrain from using any flags but the American flag.

Those opposed to a plan being discussed in the U.S. Senate for an immigration plan say the cost of immigration is too high and ignores that providing legal status will only encourage more people to come. The Minuteman Civil Defense Corps of California, a self proclaimed citizen defense group spent today beuilding a six foot barb wire fence to support their belief that fences make good neighbors.

However, if we build fences, won't immigrants just climb over them? Or dig under them? Or walk around them? Wouldn't you? If you were not lucky enough to have been born in this country, wouldn't you come here if it made your and your family's lives better, even if it were illegal?

With no end in sight, all sides are struggling to come up with an answer.

We will go live to Los Angeles and New Yrok today to discuss the matter. In addition, we will talk with experts here in town as well as at least one undocumented worker about how he feels about this "Day of Protest." Finally, we will be taking your calls at 651-989-9226 or 1-800-327-8255.