Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Patt Morrison for Thursday, October 7, 2010


Thursday, October 7, 2010

1-3 p.m.





1:06 – 1:39

California’s budget proposal invokes deep cuts, creativity and wishful thinking

After the longest budget impasse California has ever seen since the July 1 start of its fiscal year, lawmakers yesterday got their first look at a plan to close the state’s $19 billion deficit, which now represents more than 20 percent of the state's $87.5 billion general fund.  The plan on the table isn’t so much a compromise as a mutually assured budget of pain, the result of a bitter gridlock in which Republicans refused anything that could be interpreted as a tax or fee increase and Democrats were unwilling to cut more than $7.5 billion in spending.  The result is no tax increases and a harsh order of spending cuts, creative accounting and wishful thinking.  For example, it assumes the federal government will send California $5.3 billion, nearly $2 billion more than Schwarzenegger projected in May, and it really hopes Californians bounce out of the recession to send $1.4 billion in additional tax revenue to state coffers.  We take a look at where the cuts will come from, starting with the delay of nearly $2 billion in payments to K-12 schools and community colleges and just how realistic this plan is.



Anthony Wright, Executive Director, Health Access California



  • Budget deal could be worse.
  • Good news is the awful cuts the governor proposed in the beginning of 2010 are not in this deal.
  • Bad news is we’re not raising the revenues needed to sustain programs.
  • Unknown – what will happen with budget reform – what’s in store?


Jack Scott, Chancellor of California Community Colleges






1:41 – 1:58:30

The Ice House celebrates 50 years of laughs

Since it opened in 1960, over four million – yes over four MILLION – people have found their way to this small comedy club in an alley off a one-way street in Pasadena. In 50 years, The Ice House has hosted a myriad of comedians – like Jay Leno, Steve Martin, Paula Poundstone, Ellen DeGeneres, Fritz Coleman, Brad Garrett, George Carlin… the list goes on and on. Owner Bob Fisher is here with the club’s story – how a room with a microphone and a stool on a bare stage has lasted for half a century and built a comedy legacy known worldwide.


PATT:  The Ice House Comedy Club’s 50th Anniversary All Star Comedy Show is this Sunday, October 10th, at the Pasadena Civic Auditorium, starting at 6:30pm.  Proceeds will benefit Pasadena’s Hillsides Home for Children and the USO.



Bob Fisher, owner of The Ice house since 1978



Paula Poundstone, comedienne well-known for her television specials and club work around the U.S. She a regular on NPR’s weekly news quiz program, Wait Wait…Don’t Tell Me.  Paul’s first comedy CD is I Heart Jokes.



Fritz Coleman, Channel 4 news' Fritz Coleman with weather" and a stand-up comic.

  • -NBC 4's weathercaster for the past 15 years.
  • -Received 3 Los Angeles areas Emmy Awards for his NBC4 comedy specials.
  • -Made numerous appearances on 'The Tonight Show"



Debi Gutierrez, comedienne – a regular in comedy clubs in Los Angeles and around the country.  She recently completed three seasons as the host of the daily parenting show, A Place of Our Own, at KCET, for which she won an Emmy and a National Peabody Award.




2:06 – 2:19

The down & dirty details on America’s sex life: we’re sexier than you think

A new study suggests that American’s sex lives are a bit racier than previous studies have indicated.  Nearly 50% of men ages 25 to 59, and 40% of woman, have had anal sex; 80% of women and 85% of men have had oral sex; and over 80% of women over the age of 50 said they are more likely to have an orgasm with a stranger than in a relationship.  One thing remains constant, men and woman have a bit of a misunderstanding about satisfaction.  When asked, 85% of men said their partner had an orgasm during sex, but um only 64% of women claimed to have had one.  And that’s not the only major difference between the sexes, nearly one third of women said they experienced pain (and not the good kind) the last time they had sex compared to only five percent of men.   The study conducted by the Center for Health Promotion at Indiana University is the largest nationally representative survey since 1992.  It included ages ranging from 14 to 94.  Wow, are people still having sex at 94?



Debra Herbenick, research scientist at Indiana University and author of “Because it Feels Good”



  • Her research is focused on woman’s sexual health and pleasure.  This is the largest national represented probability sample of sex in America in almost 20 years. 




2:30 – 2:58:30

Richard Dawkins and The Greatest Show on Earth

Genesis 1:21

And God created great whales, and every living creature that moveth, which the waters brought forth abundantly, after their kind, and every winged fowl after his kind: and God saw that it was good.

In an August 2005 Gallup poll, 58% of the public said that creationism was definitely or probably true as an explanation for the origin and development of life – Richard Dawkins is not part of that 58%. The self proclaimed militant atheist and author of, The God Delusion believes that intelligent design is merely creationism re-christened and that logic would assert that any designer capable of designing something really complex must thus, be more complex himself. In his latest book, The Greatest Show on Earth: The Evidence for Evolution, Dawkins goes from homo erectus to guppies (not in that order) using science to prove his point:  there is no God.



Richard Dawkins, evolutionary biologist and author of The Greatest Show on Earth: The Evidence for Evolution





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