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joanie

Hmm, another picture of Michele Malkin, I see.

So, your exotic getaway was Vancouver? You're a regular jet-setter, Michael.

I'll miss Rachel if she chooses to switch to the TV side. I wonder if she'd give up radio? I can't think of too many women I like to watch do news on TV. I always thought the best one was Charlayne Hunter Gault. Can't think of another that I like much.

Oh well. nice to have you back, Michael.

DT

Former Pakistan Prime Minister Bhutto has been killed. While most will point the finger at Musharraf or his supporters, I wouldn't be surprised if more radical elements orchestrated this assassination in order to kill two birds with one stone.

Upton

No matter what the topic, Frank Shiers is, by far, the worst talk radio host I have ever heard.

Sclub

Paul Anderson doesn't know jack about talk radio. Didn't know KFI was interested in 1-share hosts.

margolis

Hey Michael"--how bout those photos of killed squirrels?

sparky

I wouldnt be surprised if it turns out the CIA had something to do with Bhutto's assassination. It's not like we haven't tried it in other parts of the world.
Polls are showing that people are tiring of all things Iraq and so they need to be scared again...

GReaper

thats an interesting slant do you have more conspiracy theories that you would like to perpetuate

joanie

"War on lawn decorations?"

Well, at least it's not math reform. Right, Tommy?

DT, I thought this was a radio blog! :)

GReaper

and we all know it was Bush's fault.

joanie

Of course it was.

sparky

Ah, GReaper has the same reading comp. problem as Stevarino. I did not say it happened, I said i would not be surprised to learn it involved us in some way. Venezuela and Cuba would mostly likely concur.
Unfortunately, close proximity to Bush, or having Bush's blessing usually means that person is of questionable character. Bhutto was ousted twice from being Prime Minister for corruption. That Bush decided that she was the key to democracy in Pakistan probably meant a death sentence for her eventually. People in the Middle East HATE Bush. Sorry if you think that is a conspiracy. Bush's history backs me up in my observations.

abob

The careers of Allen Prell, Rick Miller, Fred Ebert and Erin Hart must really be in the toilet. KIRO would rather put a board op named Mantz in front of a live mic than hire any of those 4 losers.

GReaper

I guess it's consoling to feel 'backed up' in your accusations and spreading of vile comments on the President of our country. And yet you apparently choose to live here, how sad you must be miserable.

sparky

I guess it is consoling to be part of the 28% who likes to pretend that your President is doing a good job. I was raised to believe that respect is earned through deeds, not words, and not anoited upon someone because of financial status or family position.

And no, l am not at all miserable. Embarrassed for my country sometimes, but I am among those who are working to change things.

coiler and crew

The pResident of our country is a idiot. He should leave the country as soon as his vile display of running a nation is over so the rest of us won't feel miserable.

abob

"If I'm so stupid how come I beat Al Gore and John Kerry in consecutive Presidential elections?"
-George Bush

GReaper

I'm not a fan of Pres Bush, but I respect him and his office. How do you suppose 'an idiot' got elected by such a wise populace and do you think that perception has only been held once in history. Of course I realize you know far more than our best intelligence because you read it in MSM or the blogs, and you can focus on the whole forest because you are intimate with the trees, how silly of me YOU ARE THE AUTHORITY for yourselves.

coiler

That's really assuming a lot, since you mentioned trees. Criticizing the office is patriotic, not vile, just when your OX is Gore(d)does it hurt. Carry on...

joanie

"...got elected by such a wise populace..."

By whose evidence?


I love you guys who hide behind "I respect the office..." crap. In others words, "I'm a supporter of stupidity buy know better than to admit to it."

PugetSound

Can we just pay tribute to a brave woman who willingly gave her life to her country. She knew that the odds of her making it were slim and yet she chose to do so. I look upon Former Pakistan Prime Minister Bhutto with respect and awe.
May all of our leaders be so willing to operate in the face of death.

joanie

BTW, Repug Greaper, for the record, it's not "his office." It's the peoples' office and he's the current resident.

Resident Idiot Bush to be precise. And I'm always precise.

chucks

precisely inaccurate.

joanie

prove those words, buster...

joanie

BTW, chuck s., why didn't you respond to my evidence that faux news watchers were less informed...you asked for it and I provided it but no response. How come? Hmm?

You always do that. Make an allegation or ask for proof and then don't respond.

joanie

But, you are considering Obama...that's a plus. You may be learning your lessons after all. :)

joanie

And exactly what's inaccurate about calling Bush stupid? a "resident" of the White House? and anybody that supports him being a repug?

C'mon man of few words when challenged...let's hear it.

sparky

GR, first of all-- quit whining. Second of all, please don't hurt yourself making those giant leaps of assumption. I don't consider myself an expert on foreign policy. I was merely musing on what I have read over a period of years and expressing my opinion. (Ask Henry Kissinger when he plans on traveling to south america again..oh wait, he can't! They want to arrest and try him for being a war criminal.)

Yes, Puts, I can respect Ms. Bhutto's work and I am sorry she was killed.

All I am saying is that I hope down the line that evidence doesn't point to any involvement by us. We already have enough of the world pissed at us.

I am also dismayed at how the presidential candidates are using this as a chance to say "I have the better foreign policy." We are so tacky sometimes.

DT

What makes for a good talk radio topic? What makes for a bad talk radio topic? Are all "light" topics bad? Are all topics that are silly or absurd bad? Are all topics that you disagree with bad? BM says the "Worst talk radio topic in a fortnight: "The War on Lawn Decorations." I disagree. This isn't me bashing BM again, rather, I am really wondering what makes for a bad talk radio topic? While I'm not a big Frank fan, I thought this was a good, albeit frivolous topic. BM himself said, it's hard to get people to call in. It seems to me that this was a good topic that people had strong opinions on, and it got people to call in. In other words, it was a good topic.

sparky

Hmmm...Erin Hart talking about her dryer cord, that was bad radio.

That station in Sacramento that encouraged that woman to drink a lot of water and then hold it, and she died...that was bad radio.

Anytime Jill Pike speaks..that's bad radio.

The picture of Amy whatshername on the KIRO website a few years ago, tied up in ropes...that is really really bad radio.

All those progressive radio stations around the country that changed over to sports talk radio and totally killed their ratings into the negative numbers...unnecessary bad radio.

Anytime The Sty is on the air...that is truly bad radio.

DT

Sparky, good points, but I still think fluff topics have their place, especially when strategically interspersed between serious topics.

That said, glad I missed dryer cord chat.

DT

Good review of Don Imus' new show over on the Radio Equalizer. Haven't heard the show, but after reading the reviews, he's pretty much been castrated, and is now more boring than ever.

PugetSound

"I am also dismayed at how the presidential candidates are using this as a chance to say "I have the better foreign policy." We are so tacky sometimes.
Posted by: sparky | December 27, 2007 at 05:59 PM


I was also a little saddened by politicians -both sides- jumping into this fray when we should be speaking with one voice given the stakes involved. This isn't a differing view of tax policy or which gov't agency to disband. Keith Olberman wasted little time wearing his asshat again on his show. You could see Christopher Dodd trying to work to the middle saying stuff Olberman didn't expect to get. But Dodd gets it. This is real politic and I would wish both parties work for the common good. Right now, we have a Secretary of State and we should let her take the lead. In 2009 we will have a new group in charge and we'll be able to see how good they -albeit Repub or Demo- are when they no longer have the luxury of the 'woulda, coulda, shoulda.'

DT

Why can't Bryan Styble let callers say more than two, and often only one sentence before he butts in? Why can't he let someone get to their point? Call after call, Bryan will interrupt after only one or two sentences, and he won't let the caller complete the point they were trying to make. It's like he can't focus or see the big picture. I can't listen to him anymore. Not even for a few seconds.

DT

Sorry to pat myself on the back, but the latest headline on CNN is "Al Qaeda claims responsibility for Bhutto killing."

And what did I post this morning at 5:56 AM?

And that's why I'm called Deep Thinker.

Now THAT'S my last really obnoxious post. I swear!

coiler

We're glad you got to the bottom of this DT. Like Scientology, these are claims worth looking into.

DT

Nice, but meaningless quip, Coiler. Now explain your thinking on the subject. Tell me your thoughts on the Bhutto assassination. I want to see what your intellect is made of. Something tells me you're not going to come back with much of anything. I'll bet you're just going to come back with a short little quip you think it witty. Prove me wrong.

sparky

Actually, DT my favorite fluff was when Dori Monson had his Friday trivia contests. He would list 30 or so questions and then people would call up and guess the answers. He wasnt rude, he wasnt obnoxious or arrogant. It was fun to listen to, way back then.

joanie

Bhutto...tragic. Corruption? I don't know much about it. But, a complex situation much like Iraq was but more secular I understand with the exception of a small (30%??) of people. Musharraf - military dictator. Doing things the Bush way. Just like we did it in Iraq. I've only read a little on it but she was duly democratically elected. I heard an interview in which it was said she was the daughter of a Shia and a Sunni. She was working towards alleviating poverty and educational reform. In others words, she was a liberal. Well educated in comparative governments, economics, and other. (got that part from Wiki)


In just whose interest is it that she be assassinated?

Also, I find it interesting that Pakistan elected a woman. Puts Pakistan (along with India and England and others???) somewhat ahead of the democratic republic called the USA which seems to have trouble electing a woman.

America is in no position to offer guidance. Not with our history of making war to make change...

So sad.

coiler

DT, other than your quips about keeping this blog about talk radio, you have no quarter. Frankly, Bhutto could of been done in by anyone, an interview in Parade magazine HERE

"If Bhutto returns to power this week, Gauhar predicts the U.S. will finally get what Musharraf has refused it: “She will allow NATO boots on the ground in our tribal areas and a chance to neuter our nuclear weapons.” Yet President Bush remains reluctant to give up on Musharraf, despite the fact that two-thirds of Pakistanis want him to resign immediately. If the election is rigged, as expected, public outrage is likely to erupt. Bhutto says she won’t join an illegitimate government. But her niece, Fatima Bhutto, says, “She’ll work with anyone to get back into power.”

Musharraf suspended the constitution, imposed martial law, and placed Bhutto under house arrest for several days all just prior to the upcoming elections. Bhutto told David Frost in this 02 Nov interview @ 6mins 12 secsHERE that bin Laden is already dead. She was not well liked as a twice elected and defeated politician. Her legacy as a two-time prime minister is a legacy of gross corruption. She is estimated to have stolen $1.5 to $3 billion from the Pakistani treasury....

The Bush administration seems to have fucked up once again. I look for Musharraf, who has been propped up with US aid to stay in power. They must have brokered a deal and Bhutto was the plan B that was carried out.

GReaper

So now Al Qaeda and Pres Bush are in bed together, and THEY execute plan B. Wow!
You are one SICK puppy!

coiler

You didn't have time to read or watch either interview GReap, so go back to reading your Hot Rod magazine.

cowpotpi3

Joanie said: "In just whose interest is it that she be assassinated?"

Bingo. Now if our esteemed right wing colleagues could spend a bit of simple analysis on this point and not descend into spewing talking points, we can have a debate. There are two obvious motivations but only one true beneficiary. Militants would want to kill her for being a woman daring to talk about democracy. However, do they truly benefit with some tangible victory? It's all PR.

Musharaf and his cronies are the ones who really win by her death. Also who says it had to be one (Musharaf) or the other (militants)? It would not surprise me at all that Musharaf turned a blind eye or even aided in her assassination.

Recall the first bombing attempt when she initially returned to the country. Her security people noticed that all the street lights had been turned off along her route just before the bombers struck and there was next to no state security offered. Interesting.


Joanie said: "Also, I find it interesting that Pakistan elected a woman."

The most interesting part of this is that our right wingnutters here have consistently spewed that Islam is evil and backward...yet they chose to elect a woman? I guess we can chalk that up to selective reading and/or ignorance.

chucks

Hi joannie
Sorry, but it was anniversary 18 yesterday, so my bride needed and deserved attention for putting up with me all this time.
Anyway, what needed a response?
Harvard, Yale, fighter pilot, Guvnor, POTUS. hardly and idiot. Just a right thinking individual instead of left (aka wrong).
FOX News watchers are less informed? Pure unadulterated BS twisted to meet somebody else's twisted agenda.
Repug= what an insane lefty calls Republicans.
Dhimocrap: what an insane rightly calls a Democrat. Did that need a response?

andrews

The electability of a 'woman' in that culture is aided by the fact that she was deemed 'royalty' and that trumpts 'being a woman'. If you would dig 'deeper' into her background you would discover that; but we mustn't expect too much now must we.

sparky

Actually, coiler, I read this morning that with all the fear and violence going on in Pakistan today, the situation is ripe for military take over with Musharaf being ousted. Dunno, though.

Meanwhile, today Uncle Perv said:

"...investigators had resolved the 'whole mystery' behind the opposition leader's killing and would give details at press conference later Friday."

coiler

Meet the new boss, same as the old boss.

joanie

Who cares what her roots are, Andrew. Take a look at her education before you start trashing her. Or are you just picking an argument here?

Smart. Savvy. Courageous. Elected.

Just what is it you don't get, Andrew?


And, chucks, regarding the evidence that faux news watchers are ignorant - not my polls, research or study. Sorry if it hurts.

Happy Anniversary. I like that you call her your bride after eighteen years. She's a lucky woman, I think.

sparky

exactly.

chucks

Smart. Savvy, Courageous, Elected.
Just what I have been saying about our current POTUS for the last seven years joannie. Glad to see you coming around.
The same could have been said about Bhutto. I think that she could have been a great ally for us.

sparky

Jesus, even when the Dems totally capitulate to Bush, he still isn't happy:

Citing concerns over possible lawsuits against the Iraqi government permitted under the latest defense authorization bill, President Bush announced today -- to the surprise of Nancy Pelosi and Harry Reid -- that he will veto the measure, which contains quite a few "troop-supporting" provisions:
The defense policy bill also authorizes a pay raise for U.S. troops, expands the size of the U.S. Army and sets conditions on the Bush administration's plan to build a missile defense system in Europe.
The bill lays out a road map of military priorities, and directs weapons acquisition programs.
In a USA Today update to an original story, Democratic leaders are making it clear they had no clue about the administration’s position prior to today’s announcement:
Democrats are saying this is the first time they've heard of any administration objections. "The administration should have raised its objections earlier, when this issue could have been addressed without a veto," Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., said in a joint statement. "The American people will have every right to be disappointed if the president vetoes this legislation, needlessly delaying implementation of the troops' pay raise, the Wounded Warriors Act and other critical measures."
The White House is claiming that passage of the legislation "would imperil Iraqi assets held in the United States, including reconstruction and central bank funds," according to the USA Today article.

That's right, King Geroge. Get your priorities straight. Much more important to keep the Iraq "government" happy than to pay the troops.

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