~~ Unfortunately for KIRO fill-ins Frank Shiers and David Goldstein; these shrimp cocktails were hired during Passover to fill in for Ron & Don (m-f, 3-6p). "They're not kosher," said PD Rod Arquette, "but few in the R&D audience knew the difference."
~~ "You don't know what you're talking about." We've been trashing MSNBC's Chris Matthews lately because he gets spittle on his jaw when he talks, and what he's usually talking about generally reveals him to be a supercilious ass. But Thursday, we gotta hand it to you, Chris: you done good. KRLA talk host Kevin James came on to discuss Bush's pointed attack on the Democrats in the Knesset today, where he accused Barack Obama of the "appeasement" of terrorists, comparing him obliquely to Prime Minister Neville Chamberlain, British Conservative appeaser of Hitler. James, who's a blabbermouthed fool his own self, kept referring to Chamberlain until Matthews could take it no more. "What did Neville Chamberlain do wrong in 1939?" he demanded. James motored on without answering the question. Then Matthews went after him like a school marm on meth until he got James to finally admit he didn't know what the hell Chamberlain actually did in the hideous history he was trying to hang on Obama. "He's as bad as the White House Press Secretary that doesn't even know what the Cuban Missile Crisis was," Matthews said later. Kevin James is an attorney, and the exchange was utterly satisfying. The incident, which can be viewed here, was added almost immediately to James' Wikipedia entry found here.
~~ "Honky Whitesville" on line 1... Right-wingers like Sean Hannity are always blaming liberals and Obama for "making race the issue." (As if in this brave new world of an interracial presidential field race would not be mentioned) In the tiny world of conservative talk radio, the mere fact that blacks vote for Obama is in itself considered racist -- that's the troglyditian political opportunism we're dealing with here. The execrable Glenn Beck (KTTH m-f, 6-9a) recently devoted a 15-minute segment mocking Michelle Obama with a faux caller named "Honky Whitesville." (Are you laughing yet?) Beck attacked her for attending Princeton and Harvard, claiming her test scores were “too low” and ev en threw in a suggestion of alcoholism: BECK: "And there she is. As always, they are trying to raise the bar a little higher like they did when she went to Princeton and then Harvard and now possibly the first lady." WHITESVILLE: "Is it possible she was holding onto the bar as they were raising it?" BECK: "No, I think she might have made a trip to the bar. I’m not sure." (Beck is employed by CNN; is from Mt. Vernon, WA; and is a devout Mormon, none of which should surprise anyone. His genitalia is reportedly so small, he frequently puts on his pants backwards, and pretends to be leaving when he's actually coming).
~~ A gala by golly: Join Chip Hanauer, Darcy Burner, Major General Paul Eaton (Ret.), members of the Northwest Progressive Institute, Master of Ceremonies Mike West, Jazz guitarist Don Mock for an evening of politics, music, dinner, crazy-pants fundraising; young, liberal quickstudies in ties; and maybe a beer or two. It's for the Northwest Progressive Institute (NPI), an organization dedicated to fighting for progressive values and common sense policies for America. What could be a better cause than that? The event starts at 7p at the Redmond Town Center Marriott. Tickets are $60 for individuals or $90 for a household.
~~ AAR shit: get thee together. Seattle's Ron Reagan is finishing up the week as a try-out host for Air America's American Afternoon, the show that might one day replace Randi Rhodes. (sorry, it's not available to Seattlites on KPTK, although you can catch the podcasts here). Former WABC host Ron Kuby will take over next week. Sam Seder's contract has expired, and according to LTR: "It could be a possibility that Seder could take over another slot, since the 6-9A ET morning slot has been vacant since the beginning of this year, and the network could possibly move another host, such as Rachel Maddow, into afternoon drive." It's a mess, with Rachel being the brightest spot on the Air America horizon, with a management so fucked up decisions are left on the table like dirty forks.
~~ The state of the blogger; the blogger of the state. The DNCCC announced this week that former KIRO talk host David Goldstein's blog, Horsesass.org is the Washington State blog to be credentialed for the Democratic Convention. Goldy will be heading to Denver in August. Congratulations, Goldy. (photo: Goldy and friend in better days)
~~ tiny, sick children, drawings, fun-runs: now Ron's box of produce. Here's what makes KIRO's mynorthwest.com the fascinating net stop that it is.