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Julian Assange: Sarah Palin, Mike Huckabee Are Inciting "Murder" (VIDEO)

by Jeremy Taylor, posted Dec 23rd 2010 5:04PM
In an exclusive interview with Cenk Uygur, who was guest hosting 'The Dylan Ratigan Show' (weekdays 4PM ET on MSNBC), WikiLeaks president Julian Assange responded to comments made by Sarah Palin and Mike Huckabee in which they called for the U.S. government to hunt him down and eliminate him for the publishing of classified information.

"Just another idiot trying to make a name for himself," was how Assange explained the comments by Palin and Huckabee.

"If we are to have a civil society, you cannot have senior people making calls on national TV to ... murder people," Assange argued. "They should be charged for incitement to commit murder."

While we certainly don't blame Assange for railing against individuals who have literally called for his execution, we're pretty sure that Huckabee and Palin -- who both already have name-first TV shows -- aren't calling for his death just to make a name for themselves.

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Ted Rall Discusses the Violent Overthrow of Government on 'The Dylan Ratigan Show' (VIDEO)

by Jeremy Taylor, posted Nov 9th 2010 3:52PM
Appearing on 'The Dylan Ratigan Show' (weekdays, 4PM ET on MSNBC) left-wing cartoonist Ted Rall brought up the specter of a violent overthrow of government during a discussion of his new book, 'Anti-American Manifesto.'

"I argue that violence is the last case scenario. It's the worst case, nobody wants it. It's easier to go other routes," Rall explained. "But we've seen for the last two years, since the economy melted down, that neither the Democrats nor Republicans nor any possible third party is poised to step in."

"In terms of passive resistance, the American left has been very peaceful since the early '70s, since the Kent State shootings," he continued. "And where has it gotten us? Millions of people marched against the war in Iraq. What did it do?"

Hinting at the violent overthrow of government rarely helps you win an argument (Just ask Sharon "Second Amendment Remedies" Angle.) However, it probably isn't a terrible strategy if you want to sell a book.

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'Ben Franklin' Offers His Opinion on 'Jersey Shore' (VIDEO)

by Jeremy Taylor, posted Aug 31st 2010 9:52PM
Ever wonder what Ben Franklin would think about Snooki and The Situation?

Wonder no more. On 'The Dylan Ratigan Show' (Weekdays, 4PM ET on MSNBC) guest host Cenk Uygur had on Tom Blair, who wrote the book "Poorer Richard's America," in which Blair channels Ben Franklin, and gives Franklin's opinions on modern life.

Since it probably isn't in the book, Uygur made sure to ask Blair what the founding father's opinion of America's foremost orange-hued, beach-dwelling reality characters would be.

"I think he would say we're wasting our time to a certain extent.," Blair answered. "That we really need to judge ourselves against people who have been successful vs. entertaining."

"I think he might have enjoyed The Situation, " Uygur argued.

"He might have," Blair responded. "But I think he might have enjoyed it for about 10 minutes a week."

Ben Franklin: Pretty much like the rest of us.

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Jonathan Capehart Aces Dylan Ratigan's DEA-Inspired Ebonics Test (VIDEO)

by Jeremy Taylor, posted Aug 25th 2010 10:30PM
Washington Post editorial writer Jonathan Capehart was on 'The Dylan Ratigan Show' (weekdays, 4PM ET on MSNBC) to discuss a story about how the DEA is seeking to employ Ebonics translators to help them interpret wire taps between drug dealers who speak in the vernacular.

Although Capehart isn't fluent in Ebonics, he told Ratigan the circumstances under which he does use Ebonics -- when he's with close friends, when he's among family or when he's had too much to drink. Then he agreed to take an Ebonics test

Capehart generally performed well on the test ... although he was improbably tripped up by the correct definition of "bling-bling."

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