Sunday, March 22, 2009


On Monday March 23, 2009, Michael Lux will be the guest on the Basham and Cornell Radio Show at 8 am Pacific Time on AM 1230 KLAV in Las Vegas.

Lux was a member of the Obama/Biden Transition Team. In that role, he served as an adviser to the Public Liaison on relationships with the progressive community and gave strategic advice on structuring the Office of Public Liaison based on his past experience working on the Clinton/Gore Transition, as well as in the White House.

Mike Lux is the co-founder and President of Progressive Strategies, L.L.C., a political consulting firm founded in 1999, focused on strategic political consulting for non-profits, labor unions, PACs and progressive donors.

His first book is titled “The Progressive Revolution:How the Best in America Came to Be.”

Previously, Mike was Senior Vice President for Political Action at People For the American Way (PFAW), and the PFAW Foundation, and served in the Clinton White House from January 1993 to mid-1995 as a Special Assistant to the President for Public Liaison. He also played a role in five different presidential campaign teams.

In recent years, he co-founded the influential progressive blog, and served in a key liaison role to the progressive community upon being named to the transition team for Barack Obama.

Mike serves on the boards of several important organizations, including the Arca Foundation. In addition to serving on the board, Mike was also a co-founder of Americans United for Change, Ballot Initiative Strategy Center, Center for Progressive Leadership, Grassroots Democrats, PoliticsTV, Progressive Majority, and Women's Voices Women Vote.

He also played a role in helping launch the Center for American Progress and Air America.

The Basham and Cornell Show broadcasts weekday mornings at 8 am Pacific (11 a.m. Eastern) on KLAV 1230 AM Radio live in Las Vegas. Again, all shows are simulcast worldwide on the Internet (and archived) and can be listened to at Basham and Cornell Radio

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Need a break from politics? The world is going through a cleansing now, and all the ego-driven, archaic ways are ending. There are so many wonderful things on the horizon. I have to tell you about an amazing trip I took to Pompeii with a Shakespearean actor who was starring in an Italian Zombie movie years ago. We travelled up the Amalfi Coast. Someday soon I want to visit Switzerland: St. Moritz where there is sunshine 322 days a year. It would be great to check out the biosphere in Entlebuch - a totally sustainable idyllic village. You can get "Hay Soup" there. Another place I'd love to go is Iceland, to an Ice Hotel!!!To clear the mind, take a look at these gorgeous places in the world:


1. Norway: Fjords and the Preikestolen cliff

2. France: The Versailles Palace, South-west of Paris

3. Zimbabwe-Zambia: Victoria Waterfalls

4. Vietnam: The Halong Bay, Gulf of Tonkin - East of Hanoi

5. Pakistan: The Badshahi mosque at Lahore, south-east of Islamabad

6. Germany: The Neuschwanstein castle

7. Brazil: Aerial view of Rio of Janeiro



I just heard an amazing interview with Anne Rice (the author of "Interview with the Vampire", etc.) discussing her latest book "Christ the Lord: The Road to Cana." She reminded me that good always wins, and we have to stop giving the bad guys equal power.

We have to stop acting as if evil has power equal to good. It does not. I am going to stop pretending to be afraid of the "evil doers" like Rush Limbaugh, Cheney, and the mindset of those who will not see their crimes. We have to stop being afraid of the crooks; we're giving them too much power. They are paper dragons.

Obama is our president for a reason now. Enlightenment is here. We are on the way back to a great world, where fair is fair and truth defeats lies. This is America. We don't have a caste system as India has. We are the great hope for mankind; we are the brave new world. As a reminder of the good in life, take a look at some of the most beautiful places in the world.

How can anyone be depressed?

Eckhardt Tolle was suicidal and said to himself, "I can't live with myself anymore." He heard himself say these words and suddenly woke up. "Who am I talking to? Maybe only one of me is real. I have a choice. Maybe only the good is real." He chose life and from that moment on had a revelation: he would live in the moment only. He would not worry about tomorrow. He spent 3 years being homeless but ecstatically happy, living at peace with himself. Of course now he's a multi-millionaire having written two books that sold over 8 million copies.

We have everything we need at every moment. We just have to wake up.


  1. If you haven't hit the Lake Superior shore, you are depriving yourself. There are vistas there that exist nowhere else, and a lot of them are near-pristine.

  2. Hi JR - can you send a photo of Lake Superior to

    Would love to see it and go there!

  3. "We have everything we need at every moment. We just have to wake up"

    It's true...when I was caught up in people telling me, 'the economy is so bad that you can't find work and things are just going to get worse,' I almost ended up losing everything - but then I remembered I don't have to accept this thought and therefore manifest the negative effects from it. I refused it, and chose to accept that there is abundance for all of us including me. I do not accept poverty and lack of success in my life... next thing I know - about 1 1/2 weeks later I received a call to go to work for a great company who offers a lot of over-time too.

    God provided me with an awesome job that I needed and its super close to home.

  4. I didn't know he was hiring.

  5. He's always hiring. :)

  6. RP - that is such a great story. So glad you got the message that all we have to do is surrender our tight grip.

    I actually have to stay out of my own business.

  7. There's a small gaggle of Superior area pics on my Facebook albums. I'll have to go through my other ones to pick some good shots. I've got hundreds...

  8. I don't check my Facebook page as often yet, it is so distracting it's like a full time job adding friends and reading all the updates.

    I'll do it soon and join Twitter too. Need to add it to this site but haven't figured out how to yet.

  9. Lydia,

    Check out Arianna Huffington's latest column at Huffington Post. It's very good and I agree with her.

  10. This is a success oriented year. This is a success driven year.

    We've had enough of the "can't do" republican years. Now its time for a little good old American "CAN DO" year. And this is it.

    Our fathers were of the "CAN DO" mentality. Even though many of them were republicans. But something happened to the republican party once it was hijacked by the can't do Rush Limbaughs and Dick Cheney's of this world. Suddenly it became the party of NO. The party of incompetence and failure.

    Well fortunately the Democrats under the leadership of Bill Clinton took up the slack, and became the CAN DO party. Just like they were under FDR. CAN DO.

    And this is a CAN DO year under President Obama, because he too is driven for success and success only. Failure's not an option, and as we see from over a week of steady market growth, and the stabilizing of our banks, and the slowly returning credit market, we CAN do it.

    Tell the whiners to get a room.

  11. NEW YORK, March 23 (Reuters) -

    U.S. stocks jumped on Monday, with the Dow industrials and S&P 500 indexes gaining more than 6 percent aFter the U.S. government released long-awaited details of a plan to clean out distressed assets from banks' balance sheets

    * The three major U.S. stock indexes were on track for their best close in more than a month.

    * The KBW banks index .BKX rose more than 15 percent

    * The Dow Jones industrial average .DJI jumped 449.61 points, or 6.18 percent, to 7,727.99. The Standard & Poor's 500 Index .SPX rallied 47.57 points, or 6.19 percent, to 816.11. The Nasdaq Composite Index .IXIC gained 83.17 points, or 5.71 percent, to 1,540.44.

  12. President Obama is doing EXACTLY what he said he'd do. He's moving forward at an even, steady pace and turning our economy around like a seasoned captain turns a large ship around.

    Smooth and steady.

  13. The republicans are meanwhile out preaching impeachment and advocating sedition.

    They're actually rallying for impeachment (lol) and the President has been in office for less than 90 days.


    Let them keep it up. Because soon no one will listen to anything they have to say.

    They're killing what's left of their credibility.

  14. Just in case this one might have gotten past you, I'd like to direct your attention to what the fair and balanced bunch had to say about our Canadian allies.

  15. What does everyone think of Geithner's plan?

  16. Please read the new blog thread and my article on Ayn Rand, her drug habit and Rush Limbaugh.


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  17. Blogger Lydia Cornell said...

    What does everyone think of Geithner's plan?"

    well I hope the plan does work..............i've said for close to a year now that the FED should force interest rates down to 4% to ignite a refi boom and help work off the current inventory of homes for sale and forclosures on the market or in the pipeline............thats the flat out BEST thing they could have done to bring jobs and housing back.

    That said I really dont like Geithner or Summers they are corporatists who were part of the problem and I think their plan is far too corporatist and beholden to Wall Street.

    While I do believe we need to stabilize Housing and get lending back the excesses that need to be worked off are far deeper than that getting lending and credit flowing and stabilizing housing will stop the decline and possibly put us on the upswing but bottom line it will take YEARS possibly even a decade to REALLY recover from this bear market even if credit returns and housing is stabilized fairly quickly between the unprescedented job losses and the permanent tightening of credit the economy has shrunk by approximately 30% and thats a best case scenario.

    Worst case oil, energy and other commodities could spike causing more layoffs and contraction in the economy and it could take another 5-10 years to see a real stable lasting recovery...........thats why renewable energy and healthcare are so critical for our longterm prosperity.

  18. With all the money thats been thrown at our economy I almost think a slow recovery might be better than a quick bounce back because once the inflation genie is out of the bottle the cure could prove worse than the illness..........because inflation ALWAYS robs from the poor and working class and gives to the wealthy elite.

    we are starting to monetize our debt and that worries me..........i realize you need to spend to pull yourself out of an economic Depression but I dont believe throwing money at the same banking and Wall Street IDIOTS whose failed ideologies got us in this mess is the answer we NEED to spend on things that improve our longterm productivity and competitiveness like renewable energy, healthcare and infrastructure...........the money changing Casino mentality has to give way to a industrial hard working society with good paying middle class jobs and an industrial base again.

  19. Alan Greenspan was a bubble blowing corporatist hack i've stated he was a hack for YEARS well before the Bush Depression that he helped create with his reckless predatory crony capitalism based on excessive debt and reckless speculation.............its about time the dishonest propaganda, rhetoric and talking points of dishonest Right Wing cronny capitalists like Ayn Rand, Ronald Reagan and Alan Greenspan has been exposed and discredited.