~ The passing of PD Tom Clendening at KIRO and the eminent take-over of the station by Bonneville International has bred fear, loathing and hope among staffers over at the East Lake big house.
~ The fear: "Tom was looking forward to Bonneville taking over so he would have the freedom to do what he does best. He was fully capable of creating a great lineup and outstanding programming at KIRO- his hands were tied. Which leaves all of us wondering why Bonneville doesn't understand that...and so are we in for more of the same? A company who doesn't listen to the intelligence of it's smartest employees?"
~ The loathing: "Tom is the fall guy. The higher ups at Entercom were the people who were making all those bad decisions -- just as Allen Prell was moving up in the ratings they canned him, all the strange changes were the big wigs who didn't live in Seattle pulling the puppet strings. Tom was looking forward to Bonneville taking over so he would have the freedom to do what he does best.
~ The hope: (with lots of lube added): [Bonneville is] "a highly-respected broadcasting company, notorious for their emphasis on community involvement and for the respect with which they treat their employees. It will be a pleasure to work for them again in whatever capacity."
~ The shame: A major civic improvement group called Project for Public Spaces, in New York, does a Hall of Shame listing the world cities that have done the most to ruin the potential of their waterfronts. Seattle is number six on their Hall of Shame. We're pretty discouraged with Governor Christine and her choice of issues to wobble around on, and then get us all mad. Damn it- we're her base, Seattleites...
~ If you really wanna know who the right's afraid of- look to whom they're trashing. Now it's Al Gore. After a phony-baloney "think" tank released his energy bill for his Nashville mansion, GOP Designated Liar Sean Hannity, Billo, Big Pants, the lot talked all day about his hypocrisy, bashing him as a big elitist phony who rides in a limousine. They're afraid that not only the global warming they're so wrong about's time has come as an issue- but they're also terrified of Al Gore's new potential as a Democratic candidate. The man's come through the hell of a heartbreaker presidential campaign; stayed true to his passions; kept his pants zipped up; passed through the fire of rovian ridicule and into that hallowed circle of "beloved." After the election surge of personal destruction that's looming- he could be the one left standing, looking down on the scattered body parts of Hillary, Edwards, and Obama. That scares the shit out of the Republicans- he's already won the hearts & minds of the American people once.
~ and oh yeah- the energy bill thing is poodle doodle. The man pays a premium for green energy each month; his home includes space for his extended family, his offices for his busy life; the Secret Service detail; and oh yeah, he's the former Vice President of the U.S.- we don't want him be flying tourist!
~ Made For Talk Radio Topic du jour: headline- "Horse Euthanized After Pit Bulls Attack."
~ Faithful Reader, Mercifurious, a blogger in his own write, has written a fascinating post on Alfred Hamilton, the Grand Old Man of the Right who passed in 2004. Who's Alf Hamilton, you ask? He, like Ray Karczewski©, is what passes for an eminence gris in the Republican Party. Hamilton is best known for his inspiring Uncle Sam billboard on I-5 between Chehalis & Centralia. A certified and salted wing-nut, his huge freeway readerboard celebrated the 1st Amendment, bemused passersby in an otherwise dull stretch of freeway; and embarrassed Republicans- Slade Gorton brought suit against the sign and lost. Read Nate's story- he's got clips from local papers, and pictures of some of the most notorious boards including: EVERGREEN STATE COLLEGE- HOME OF ENVIRONMENTAL TERRORISTS AND HOMOS, a picture of which was made into a postcard and still sells in the Evergreen gift shop.
~ "Dick Cheney is old, he's sick, he's unpopular, and he looks like Burgess Meredith playing The Penguin. Here's a modest proposal and a darned good idea what to do with him.