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National radio commentator, writer, public speaker, co-editor of the monthly "Hightower Lowdown" and author of "Thieves In High Places: They've Stolen Our Country And It's Time to Take It Back," Jim Hightower has spent three decades battling the Powers That Be on behalf of the Powers That Ought To Be -- consumers, working families, environmentalists, small businesses, and just-plain-folks.
 
Small businesses and entrepreneurs “in the 509” (zip code). From sharing favorite apps and online tools, to brainstorming sessions and interviewing locals, we hope you get some entertainment and knowledge. Located in Wenatchee WA | Would you like to share your story or a story to suggest? DM Amos@hightowerdigitalmedia Brandi@hightowerdigitalmedia
 
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When Supreme Court member Sam Alito’s secret plan for canceling the constitutional right of women to end their pregnancies leaked out to the public – Republican politicos went ballistic! Over the leak, that is.The Court’s Republican Chief Justice, John Roberts, called the unauthorized disclosure an “affront” to the majesty of the Supremes. Likewise…
 
Mitch McConnell, the perpetually sour old goose who heads the Senate Republican Caucus, had a hissy fit when the news leaked out that American women are about to have their most fundamental constitutional right taken from them by a cabal of Supreme Court judges.What made Mitch twitch, of course, was not the bad news for women… but the leak. He huff…
 
Here are two terms you don’t expect to see together: “The state of Alabama” and “progressive leader.” (Ok, I’m a Texan, so I have no standing to point at the rank regressiveness of any other state government … but still, Alabama?) And yet, the Camellia State has flowered as a model of strong progressive action in one area of critical public importa…
 
Question: What does a packet of M&M’s and your local veterinarian have in common? Answer: Both are owned by Mars Inc., the global candy monopolist.Since the 1980s, we’ve seen massive consolidations in industry after industry – from airlines to newspapers, the internet to candy. These monopolists run roughshod over consumers, workers, communities, s…
 
For many people, the animals they adopt and love become more like family members than pets. We have deep relationships, with cats, dogs, parrots, goats, horses, and other fellow critters – who at least pretend to love us back, providing comfort and joy all around.Sadly though, life for all of us animals is a spin around the wheel of fortune, so ill…
 
What is so supreme about the Supreme Court?I mean besides being housed in an imposing marble building, being the final stop on America’s judicial train, and having its nine members look photogenically authoritarian in those full-body black robes. And, yes, its existence is written into the Constitution – but so is Congress, and no one thinks of it …
 
Ralph Waldo Emerson told about a guest who came to dinner and spent the entire evening prattling about his own integrity: “The louder he talked of his honor,” Emerson wrote: “the faster we counted our spoons.”Today, America has not one, but six guests in our national home babbling about their integrity. They are the six extremist Republican judges …
 
Keep On Trucking’ was an iconic underground cartoon created in 1968 by comic master Robert Crumb. Featuring various big-footed men strutting jauntily through life, the caricature became widely popular as an expression of young people’s collective optimism. “You’re movin’ on down the line,” Crumb later explained, “It’s proletarian. It’s populist.”Bu…
 
The recent traffic-clogging protests by truck drivers in the US and Canada is about drivers being angry over COVID-19 vaccine mandates – right?Uh… no. That’s the line being put out by right-wing extremists trying to use the legitimate gripes of truckers for their own political gain. The extremists are nuts… not the truckers.My Uncle Emmitt was a hi…
 
Right-wing Republicans and corporate Democrats have become a pathetic bunch of "No-can-do Nancys."Faced with an economy reeling from the plutocratic policies that these same lawmakers pushed down upon us, they are now whimpering that America is too weak to meet the obvious needs of its own people. "We must surrender to the Gods of Economic Despair,…
 
Pork Pad Ka Pow: Fresh garlic, Thai chili, sweet basil | Smoked Apple/Brown Sugar Chicken Brats:Artisan smoked chicken brats from Mike’s Meats & Seafood @ Pybus Market in Wenatchee. Served on Artisan Brioche bun by Bosket Bread in Leavenworth, WA. Garnished with an assortment of premium condiments including Mama Lill’s PeppaLilli Mustard Pickle Rel…
 
Ed Hansen has a passion for coffee roasting. After the passing of his late mother in 2002, Hansen decided it was time to double down on his own dreams, leading to the launch of his own local business; a sweet reminder of the special times shared over so many cups of brew. Hansen, who owns and operates Dragon’s Breath Coffee Roasters in Wenatchee, s…
 
We would like to wrap up the year 2021 with a brand new podcast — Join us as we explore both new and historical businesses in the Wenatchee Valley (and surrounding areas) as well as family-friendly events we are looking forward to in the months ahead.--- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/hightowerdigitalmedia/message…
 
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