~~ Penises Disappear. Excellent commenter Gay Gary sent us this case of Mass Psychogenic Illness in Sudan in 2003. Mass hysteria spread through Khartoum, Sudan caused by rumors via cell phone text messaging of foreigners roaming the city, shaking men's hands, and making their penises disappear. Gary writes, "With the rise of internet-borne consumer generated media, one could imagine the conditions are now ripe for an event of disastrous proportion, especially if intentionally provoked by an organized non-state actor with advanced training in psychology and new media modes and methods."
~~ BlatherMunch, our new Sunday diversion into food and dining, went off with the clamor and uproar of the Phil the Junkie Show (KIRO Sundays, 4-7p) : we thought there'd be gritches and biping from the usual readers who argue that we pay too little attention to either radio, or politics. Not much of a peep out of either side. Our main objective, of course, is to get back on the media A-list for fancy dinners, and restaurant openings.
~~ Can we get busted for this? Seems if you Google, "sex tiny tiny hot tiny boy girl," you get to... BlatherWatch. We know nothing.
~~ Above it all. Stefan "harrumpf" Sharkansky, the stuffy right-winger who owns the official state GOP site Sound Politics.com has returned after a sabbatical. He's posting again, but has turned off the comments; handing down pronouncements to the quaking believers and hovering over the proceedings like The Almighty. A telling distinction between right and left wing blogs is the way they handle comments: the righties police comments, control the conversation, and tamp down dissension; lefties let it run democratic and free. Stefan has chosen to remain aloof and above reproach.
~~ "If Hillary walked on water, she'd be criticized for not swimming, And if Obama swam, he'd be lauded for being able to do what Hillary couldn't." ~~Chris Lehane
~~ "Talk radio's job is not to get people elected, it's to have listeners and to sell advertising," Michael Harrison, publisher of Talkers magazine, told Advertising Age and added that IT even any discussion of the impact is "good for business." The harsh anti-McCain rhetoric by Limbaugh et al didn't do much to stop the Arizona senator's presidential nomination, but it sure did help talk radio ratings!
~~ Paper bags not withstanding, ugly women get less sex than ugly men, because they're probably liberals too, according to conservative, Mormon "values" guide Glenn Beck (KTTH m-f, 6-9a). On Valentine's Day, while discussing a Health magazine article about "Surprising reasons you're not having sex," he raised the subject of "ugly people" and said, "If you're a guy, you can get past it. I don't think you ca n as an ugly woman." Beck, who also hosts his own show on CNN Headline News, and had an unsuccessful penis augmentation procedure in 2003, continued: "You've got a double cross [to bear] because if you're an ugly woman, you're probably a progressive as well." Ugly women can take heart, though, he added: "If you believe in God, you'd know that there's going to be another chance for you. You don't have to be ugly in heaven. You're going to be your perfect self, and there will be another perfect somebody waiting for you on the other side." (Just pray it isn't the pencil-dicked Glenn Beck).
~~ Cosmic baseball broadcasting synchronicity. Woo. Woo. After all the speculation about KIRO stealing Mariner baseball back from KOMO, we got this fascinating factoid from a KIR0 insider: "On the 2008 schedule, the evening home games start at 7:10... they used to be 7:05...a sign perhaps?" You read it here.
~~ Hype and glory. "One thing I worry about a lot if Obama is
the Dem nominee — and he’s surely the frontrunner now — is that there
will be a backlash against Obamamania. Actually, it’s already starting
— probably too late to have much effect on the nomination fight, but in
plenty of time to affect the general election. I hope I’m just a
cynical baby boomer who has never really trusted any politician since
1968. But I just have a very bad feeling about the way things are going." ~~ Paul Krugman
~~ Obamania picks up Hulk Hogan. Cool.
(photo: Mr. Hogan assuming hopeful stance)
~~ Al Franken, comedian and former Air America talk host, is running for the Democratic nomination in the race to replace Minnesota Sen. Norm Coleman and be the first talk show host in the U.S. Senate. According to reports, Franken held a wide 32 to 17 percent lead over his opponent Mike Ciresi in a recent poll. A series of caucuses and local party conventions lead up to the state Democratic convention in June. There, about 1,400 delegates will endorse a candidate for the September primary. Franken and Ciresi have promised not to run without the that endorsement.
~~ Swinish talk show host Michael Savage (KTTH m-f, 6-8p) lost more major advertisers after a campaign by the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR). ITT Technical Institute, Chattem, Inc. (owners of Gold Bond, Icy Hot, and Selsun Blue), Union Bank of California, Intuit (parent company of TurboTax and QuickBooks), and GEICO Insurance joined US Cellular, Sprint Nextel, Sears, Universal Orlando Resorts, AutoZone, Citrix, TrustedID, JCPenney, OfficeMax, Wal-Mart, and AT&T”- dropped their commercials.
~~ Talk radio quotables:
“The big loser in South Carolina was, in fact, talk radio: a medium that has unmistakably collapsed in terms of impact, influence and credibility because of its hysterical and one-dimensional involvement in the GOP nomination fight.” [Michael Medved, 1/19/08]
“Sean Hannity said a moment ago that he has his finger on the conservative pulse. The conservative talk radio and activist pulse. Immigration is the top issues for conservatives, for conservative Republicans. I just think there’s no evidence that’s the case of most voters and in most of the country.” [Bill Kristol, Fox News, 2/5/08]
“Can we please stop pretending that immigration is a good issue for Republicans? The restrictionist side can’t even produce a victory for their man in a Republican primary.” [David Brooks, 1/30/08]
“Mr. McCain’s emergence as the dominant candidate in the Republican field has generated an outcry from some of the party’s conservative stalwarts; Rush Limbaugh says a McCain nomination would destroy the Republican Party. We think Mr. McCain…would save the party from some of its worst and most self-destructive instincts.” [Washington Post, 2/6/08]
“Their [Limbaugh and Coulter’s] claim that Mr. McCain is not a conservative…is ludicrous, but it’s damaging to a party bloodied by eight years of the politics of George Bush and Karl Rove.” [New York Times, 2/6/08]
~~ policy wonk hottie? Nerds
became the hunks in the '90's: we've been waiting for the day when
policy/politics wonks get to be the sex objects. (and even Goldy could
get a date) Well, that day may have arrived: Our Rachel (KPTK m-f,
3-5p) made the the Washington Post's list of Cable News's Latest Hotties,
which would be only trite and disgusting if wasn't Rachel, and it weren't such a cultural break-through.
Who: Rachel Maddow
Day job: Air America radio host
Status: Living with partner, artist Susan Mikula
Dress code: Jeans and T-shirts; reluctantly wears suits for TV. "I feel like I'm dressing up like a high school principal."
Fan e-mails: Straight guys who write, "Does it make me a lesbian if I have a crush on you?"