Thursday 02/07/13 Batchelor First Hour

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Co-hosts: Mary Kissel, Wall Street Journal editorial board, and Malcolm Hoenlein, Conference of Presidents

Hour One

Thursday  10  Jan 2013 / Hour 1, Block A:  Ed Hayes, criminal defense attorney par excellence, in re: the play, Lucky Guy, opening on Broadway. NY Post: "Hotshot lawyer Eddie Hayes is looking forward to seeing himself portrayed in Lucky Guy, Nora Ephron’s Broadway play about columnist Mike McAlary, who won the Pulitzer Prize in 1998 as he was dying of cancer at the age of 41."  in 1977 Ed Koch runs against Cuomo for mayor.  Eddie was a prosecutor in the Bronx; pick up phone, "Hello, homicide."  I put more people in jail than anyone else in New York – unbelievable crimes: torturing children, murdering the elderly.  Mike McAlary, columnist then, was a great tabloid writer. Someone kidnapped a guy from the garment center, hid him in a hole in Central Park. Cops racing off to Central Park, call Eddie, "Hey, get Mike." Eddie calls Mike, who needs an extra half hour to get there. Eddie calls the cops, "Can you drive a little slow?"  Yes.

Eddie comments on the good old days of 1980s chaos and graft in the Big Apple.  "Mike McAlary was a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and columnist who worked at the New York Daily News for 12 years, beginning with the police beat. In 1988, McAlary wrote a book, Buddy Boys, about corrupt police in New York's 77th Precinct."

Thursday  10  Jan 2013 / Hour 1, Block B:  Ed Hayes and LouAnn Hammond,, in com, in re: small cars are the stars of the huge auto show. The recession is still very much with us; everybody can’t afford the old, huge models. Major mfrs selling luxurious small cars - with inadequate torque, which is dangerous in a pinch because acceleration is limited - esp up a hill with a big truck behind you. The only people who’ve recovered from the crash are bankers. Ford has Interceptor police cars. Mercedes has the Popemobile; President Obama has a reinforced Cadillac, etc.

Thursday  10  Jan 2013 / Hour 1, Block C: Salil Tripathi, MINT at WSJ, in re: Imagine the toll on India’s intellectual life if scholars don’t say the unspeakable because it isn’t worth the trouble. "No job is worse than no-job" – the conditions in Bangladesh now; bad conditions because many small mfrs compete for the few contracts, cut corners, take on more work than they can manage, leading to the horrific fire of some weeks ago. A large percentage of Bangladeshi parliamentarians have major investments in clothing mfrs, so have no motivation to pass legislation ensuring working safety. From 1971 war of independence, many convicted of war crimes; population divided on whether they should receive the death sentence or be let free.  Garment workers in Bangladesh get $5/mo; in China, $200.  Outpacing India in this development.

Thursday  10  Jan 2013 / Hour 1, Block D:  Larry Johnson, NoQuarter, in re: John Brennan's CIA Confirmation Hearing: Live Updates (Video)    President Obama's nominee for CIA director faces tough questioning at today's confirmation hearing. John Brennan's CIA Confirmation Hearing: Live Updates (Video) Daily Beast - 1 hour ago  ‪President Obama's nominee for CIA director faces tough questioning at today's confirmation hearing. Read live updates starting at 2:30 p.m. ... Are Places Like Guantanamo a Bad Idea? 4:41 p.m.  Senator Marco Rubio asks "Why shouldn't we have a place to take people that we detain--like Guantanamo?" Suggesting that not having such places incentivizes killing of terror suspects. Brennan insists the incentive is never to kill terror suspects and that he doesn't, in fact, think it's a bad idea to have such places. "We need to have those places," he says.