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Champ

What a klown he is.

Xerxes

Have we stopped asking how this man has got on our formerly beloved KIRO? The Ron and Don show was the last straw for me. I'm all about Rachel Maddow and All Things Considered, now. I used to turn KIRO on in the morning, and leave it on all day and night.

Gay Gary

I would just like to say I luv, luv, luuuuuvvvv when Phil Van Der Vort sits-in for Dori Monson and does his Dori impression at the top of every hour!

ecw4life

Long live the Sandman!!!! ECW!! ECW!!!

sparky

Speaking of goofballs...
I heard Phil Hendrie on the car radio one night (KIRO comes in at night in the car) and he was pretending to be
a caller who had set a cross on fire in his neighbor's yard, and was confused by their anger. He professed not to know it was a symbol of racism, and Phil, as himself, carried on a long conversation, pretending to be surprised with the ignorance of the caller, who was really himself. I had to turn it off.

Why do people listen to this shit?

Gaskil

Phil who????

AuthenticAndrew

So cute, the Phil thinks he's a Dori!

WILD BILL

LOW BLOW, so Don looks a little bit like a wrestler and Hood smears him. Jeez, slow day or what?

AuthenticAndrew

I also have to give props to Dori for effectively leveraging his status as Most Awesome Person in Seattle to get out of actually havign to talk on the radio, which lately I've become convinced he has come to dislike doing. I haven't kept count too well but I'm pretty sure he's been working four day weeks all summer along with one or two week long spans of work avoidance.

You have to feel bad for the suckers at the station that aren't as awesome as Dori and have to man the stations while the guy everyone looks up to is probably all too happy to be far far away from them.

I might  be you!

What is the point, Michael? Are you bored or just looking for more people to irritate with your petty and contrived attacks?

sparky

BOSTON - Conservative political commentator Robert Novak announced Monday he has been diagnosed with a brain tumor, less than a week after he struck a pedestrian with his Corvette and drove away.

Novak, 77, fell ill on Cape Cod this weekend while visiting his daughter and was rushed to Brigham and Women's Hospital, where he said he was diagnosed Sunday with the tumor.

AuthenticAndrew

The Prince of Darkness can command brain tumors come and go as he sees fit.

sparky

More GOP shenannigans:

From the Washington Post:

"Former Justice Department counselor Monica M. Goodling and former chief of staff D. Kyle Sampson routinely broke the law by conducting political litmus tests on candidates for jobs as immigration judges and line prosecutors, according to an inspector general’s report released today.

Goodling passed over hundreds of qualified applicants and squashed the promotions of others after deeming candidates insufficiently loyal to the Republican party, said investigators, who interviewed 85 people and received information from 300 other job seekers at Justice. Sampson developed a system to screen immigration judge candidates based on improper political considerations and routinely took recommendations from the White House Office of Political Affairs and Presidential Personnel, the report said.

Goodling regularly asked candidates for career jobs: “What is it about George W. Bush that makes you want to serve him?” the report said. One former Justice Department official told investigators she had complained that Goodling was asking interviewees for their views on abortion, according to the report."

Will anyone have their career arc impacted at all for willful criminal behavior?

The answer is: Are you kidding?

Upton

Though I don't like his politics, I have to admit I find Phil Hendrie funnier than hell sometimes.

Coiler for yearly checkups

Novak was probably undiagnosed when Carville made him say Bullshit on Crossfire. He always seemed unhinged when cornered. I wonder if he'll spill the beans on PlameGate?

blathering michael

"What is the point, Michael? Are you bored or just looking for more people to irritate with your petty and contrived attacks?"

Answer: both. But mostly it's me who's irritated that anyone who'd consider this li'l bit-o-fluff an attack!

sparky

Former Chief of Medical Operations for HQ USAFE at Ramstein Air Force Base Responds to Latest McCain Ad

WASHINGTON - The former Chief of Medical Operations for United States Air Force in Europe (USAFE) Headquarters at Ramstein Air Force Base in Germany today ripped into Senator John McCain's latest ad, which attacks Senator Barack Obama for not making a campaign event of a visit to wounded troops.

Dr. Katherine Scheirman, who was Chief of Medical Operations during Operation Iraqi Freedom, said in a statement:

"John McCain's new ad is dishonest and shameful, and I say that as the former Chief of Medical Operations. Senators Hagel and Reed confirmed to Bob Schieffer yesterday that Senator Obama visited the Combat Support Hospital in Baghdad as a part of their CODEL, with no media present.

"In Germany, Senator Obama made the right decision to respect wounded troops, and the doctors and nurses doing crucial and time-sensitive work, by not making a visit that was characterized as a campaign event by the Pentagon. Senator Obama should be thanked for putting our military above politics. And, I would hope that John McCain would think in those same terms, the next time he is put in a similar situation.

"Senator Obama has voted for the troops when John McCain has not, most recently on the new GI Bill. I am happy that Senator Obama puts the welfare of our troops above politics."

Gay Gary

Anyone who has never heard Phil Hendrie's impersonations of Art Bell, Ross Mitchell, "Gen. Johnson Jameson" and the rest of the Coast to Coast AM crew has not lived. Probably the funniest moments in the history of radio.

KS

"Senator Obama has voted for the troops when John McCain has not, most recently on the new GI Bill. I am happy that Senator Obama puts the welfare of our troops above politics."

BTW, you left out why McCain voted against this particular bill. The reason was that bill's benes would encourage military people to get out of the military in favor of the good benefits that were not graduated based on experience - no incentive to stay in the military and receive increased benefits for the longer time they stayed in. That's why he voted against it - he'd vote for the revised bill. Of course, the media who are in the tank for Obama appeared to conveniently have left out that significant detail.

KS

"In Germany, Senator Obama made the right decision to respect wounded troops, and the doctors and nurses doing crucial and time-sensitive work, by not making a visit that was characterized as a campaign event by the Pentagon. Senator Obama should be thanked for putting our military above politics. And, I would hope that John McCain would think in those same terms, the next time he is put in a similar situation."

I am dubious about that, I understood that it was more about the inability to have a photo-op, and not just from the McCain ad - which slung some mud - turnabout is fair play in a political campaign. I have a hard time believing that he was barred from going to visit that hospital - rather, he wanted to do it his way, which he was asked not to do.

joanie

I sooooo agree about Hendrie, Sparky. I had the misfortune to try to listen to this guy on a drive north a few weeks ago. it was devastatingly boring. Now when cruising the dial, I drive as fast as possible over his little piece of crap. He is a total waste of time.

Anybody who listens to Hendrie probably sits in front of too many sitcoms when home. Another total waste of time.


Why Klueless, you'll come around to the truth about McBush just like you did about global warming. It just takes a lot longer for some people.

And I love how you couch everything with "I am dubious..." You don't have to be "dubious" about anything. All you have to do is read the reports from the people who were there.

I am dubious about your dubiosity.

joanie

Don O'Neill is scary.

John

Which one is Don?

sparky

KS, sorry, I will take what a former Military Chief of Operations says over your "feeling" of what happened.

He and Sen. Hagle have both said that the decision was not to go when they realized this was going to turn into a circus and they didn't want to drag the soldiers into that. Hagle is a Republican and is not running for anything.

I find it most interesting that a few weeks ago McSame was whining that Obama had not gone to Iraq, so when Obama does, and gets a great reception, not only there but everywhere, McSame is whining that Obama overstepped his bounds. Then he agreed that the 16 mos. timeline sounded ok. Then yesterday, he said he never used the word "timeline", until they ran tape of him saying just that. He grinned and shrugged and said " I guess I did."
McSame also said he was going to run a respectful campaign. He lied about that too.

KS

Joanie - you are a kool-aid drinker. At least, I try to see both sides of the story. They are all Obama supporters, so they have a dog in that fight and are in the tank for Obama. I challenge you to read a more non-partisan view of this. I did not totally dismiss, but it seems like one of those he said she said things and I wouldn't put it past Obama just like I wouldn't put it past Bill Clinton or Al Gore.

When are you going to come around to the realization that BHO is just another politician who has made some poor judgments, talks about change but is all about politics as usual ?

joanie

The former Military Chief of Operations is an Obama supporter?

How do you know?


...but it seems like one of those he said she said things and I wouldn't put it past Obama just like I wouldn't put it past Bill Clinton or Al Gore.

"seems like?" You base your thinking on what seems like...

Some of us prefer to base our thinking on what we know for sure rather than on what we feel.

Sorry, KS. Just the way it is with us liberals.


And when are you going to come around to the realization - no, to the concrete in-your-face fact that McBush lies or forgets what he says routinely.

Hmmmmmm?


And since you're picking on Obama for his message of change, does that mean you prefer McBush's message of more of the same?

A straight answer would be nice for a change.

KS

The former Military Chief of Operations is an Obama supporter? How do you know?

I googled her - she is part of the Obama campaign and is Democrat Party officer in Oklahoma How come you aren't curious and haven't read other accounts of this ? The NY Times also expressed skepticism about Obama's explanation today.


"...but it seems like one of those he said she said things and I wouldn't put it past Obama just like I wouldn't put it past Bill Clinton or Al Gore.

"seems like?" You base your thinking on what seems like..."

I was giving the Obamamessiah the benefit of a doubt here. I am more inclined to say that I think they were just covering their asses because of the potential fallout it would create. In other words, I don't trust Obama. I do trust snopes. com.

"Some of us prefer to base our thinking on what we know for sure rather than on what we feel.

Sorry, KS. Just the way it is with us liberals."

Surely you joke - that's a LIE. Liberals/progressives are notorious for thinking with their feelings. In this case, I'll believe the former Military Chief of Operations after she passes a lie detector test. The same would go for Wesley Clark or David Petraeus in this situation.

"And when are you going to come around to the realization - no, to the concrete in-your-face fact that McBush lies or forgets what he says routinely."

Proof please ?

"And since you're picking on Obama for his message of change, does that mean you prefer McBush's message of more of the same?"

You parroted the Obama campaign talking points. I'm a citizen of the US and not a citizen of the world. It is time to move forward, but the Obamamessiah's kind of radical progressive agenda is not the change I or a majority of Americans want, who are out of Jim McDernott's legislative district.

sparky

KS what do you think about other papers such as the Boston Globe and The Washington Post re: accuracy?

nevets

Sparky, you forgot to mention the UK Telegraph. Don't froget them, they broke the story on what President Bush said in Japan. Remember the confused faces of the leaders standing beside him.

KS

"what do you think about other papers such as the Boston Globe and The Washington Post re: accuracy?"

Regarding what ?

sparky

You mentioned the NYTimes as doubting Obama's story, and that newspaper is usually not held in high regard here. So, I wondered what you thought of the accuracy of those other papers.

reysonidero

This guy by the name of Don is really to much into himself. He posted pictures of himself working out with his dog. How lame is this right. On the show all they do on this show is talk about Michael Vick , and Michael Jackson.They can't really discuss any new topics on the show. How lame can this be. I feel bad for Ron because it seems like he has a responsibility towards the moron the his co-host is, just because he is a childhood friend. Seriously Ron dump the steroid face friend you have.

SeattleSunshine

Don O'Neill...really a sweetheart if you take the time to get to know him and look beyond his public persona. Why be so quick to judge...being on the radio is no different than being an actor. Don is a real person with real feelings and for numerous reasons including ridiculous character slandering sites such as this he has learned not to trust many people and is cautious who he lets in. Seriously, would you see a movie and then bash the actor for the character he played? Not really much difference...radio is about ratings and what keeps people interested...so rather than criticizing Don, why don't you look in the mirror....if the content wasn't captivating the audience, they would deliver different content....

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