"Here's a Thought with Charles Shaughnessy" for December 4, 2014 video archive of the show

If you missed the LIVE show on December 4th of HERE'S A THOUGHT with Charles Shaughnessy, the video is now up in the archives and you can watch it now.

Watch the show in the archives at this link: http://bit.ly/HATdec4
We want to thank all of you that called in, tweeted, left comments on the blog and participated with me on these very important topics of Ferguson, the police, & race relations.  Sorry we ran out of time to discuss even more.  We need solutions. We need change.  

Please feel free to continue the discussion amongst yourselves here and on the previous blog as I know everyone had more to say!

Thank you for joining me in "thoughting." I'm thrilled that we also have some new people joining in with THEIR thoughts!  Some of you "long-timers," I hope you will interact with them and welcome them!

all my best,


  1. yes i been watching and listing to everything u say , and the new folks on your show hope many new folks will come along and call in u need new folks to come in on it I enjoyed very much boy everyone has lot to say it was nice hearing Gale with the candy she send hope u enjoy it and love the the picture of you on love it so looking for to next week wish u where on longer one hour is just not enough need more time like the song said so see u next week

  2. Seldom does the political party that controls the presidency gain during the midterm elections, so what happened in November is not unusual. Economic instability was the main issue that cost the Democrats control of the Senate (just like it was for the Republican governor of Pennsylvania; although there were a few other issues in that election). The U.S. managed to survive the Republicans taking control of both houses of Congress in 1994, and the U.S. managed to survive when the Democrats took control of both houses of Congress in 2006. The Constitution set up a lovely system of checks and balances, and it’s important that both major parties work together. Look at the bright side—now the Republicans get to show that they can work with the president, and the president has the chance to show that he can work with the Republicans. Bill Clinton succeeded at it. George W. Bush was able to do it. Now we can see if Barack Obama can do it, too (and before you say Bush didn’t have the animosity that Obama has faced—think about how many liberals didn’t think twice about attacking Bush but now say that people should respect the president). But, in all likelihood, we really won’t see much change, as both parties have become so entrenched in their dislike for each other that about the only thing we can hope for is that now that the Republicans control the Senate maybe those bills that have either been approved unanimously or with significant bipartisan support can come up for a vote (according to my Congressman, over 300 bills passed by the House are waiting action—perhaps one reason why the Democrats lost control of the Senate). The voters indicated their lack of trust for the government; as they say on Survivor, the tribe has spoken. And, based on the latest election returns, Mary Landrieu was the latest Democratic senator voted off the island. Just remember—not all Republicans are not as right-wing as Ted Cruz, just like not all Democrats are as left-wing as Elizabeth Warren (who is even too far to the left for the liberals where I teach).

    About the Michael Brown and Eric Garner grand jury decisions—perhaps if someone had recorded the incident in Ferguson (you would think at least one of those witnesses would have recorded something with their cell phones if the “walking away, hands raised” portrayed by the media had actually occurred), we wouldn’t be having this discussion. Perhaps if the officer’s African American supervisor—who observed the supposed chokehold on Eric Garner—thought the officer was crossing the line with the suppression hold (not chokehold), then we wouldn’t be having this discussion. Yes, the officers at least should have been charged by the grand jury and then let the legal process play out, although given the insufficient evidence for indictment by the grand jury (which requires a much lower burden of proof than a jury trial), chances are the outcomes would have been the same. At the same time, I’m still trying to figure out the point of looting and destroying property in protest of a grand jury decision, especially since one of the businesses affected was one robbed by Michael Brown. Incidentally, were you referring to the same Justice Scalia who said that the grand jury made the wrong decision in Ferguson?

    One last thought (for now)…read "12 Years a Slave"; don’t just watch the movie. The movie is significantly different from the book (another example of how film distorts the past to make it more dramatic, just like "Lincoln" did). "12 Years a Slave" is a great book that deserved a better film treatment than it received.

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