take your answer off the air...

  • HorsesAss.Org: the straight poop on WA politics & the press
    progressive brilliance from the guy who pointed out Tim Eyman's nascent horse's-assedness
  • Talker's Magazine
    The quirky talk radio trade mag. Check the Talk Radio Research Project- it's not very scientific, but places on the top 15 talkers list (scroll down to Talk Radio Audiences By Size)) are as hotly contested as Emmys (and mean just about as much).
  • The Advocate
    No, not THAT Advocate... it's the Northwest Progressive Institute's Official Blog.
  • Media Matters
    Documentation of right-wing media in video, audio and text.
  • Orcinus
    home of David Neiwert, freelance investigative journalist and author who writes extensively about far-right hate groups
  • Hominid Views
    "People, politics, science, and whatnot" Darryl is a statistician who fights imperialism with empiricism, gives good links and wry commentary.
  • Jesus' General
    An 11 on the Manly Scale of Absolute Gender, a 12 on the Heavenly Scale of the 10 Commandments and a 6 on the earthly scale of the Immaculately Groomed.
  • Howie in Seattle
    Howie Martin is the Abe Linkin' of progressive Seattle.
  • Streaming Radio Guide
    Hellishly long (5795!) list of radio streaming, steaming on the Internets.
  • The Naked Loon
    News satire -- The Onion in the Seattle petunia patch.
  • Irrational Public Radio
    "informs, challenges, soothes and/or berates, and does so with a pleasing vocal cadence and unmatched enunciation. When you listen to IPR, integrity washes over you like lava, with the pleasing familiarity of a medium-roast coffee and a sensible muffin."
  • The Maddow Blog
    Here's the hyper-interactive La Raych of MSNBC. daily show-vids, freakishly geeky research, and classy graphics.
  • Northwest Broadcasters
    The AM, FM, TV and digital broadcasters of Northwest Washington, USA and Southwest British Columbia, Canada. From Kelso, WA to the northern tip of Vancouver Island, BC - call letters, formats, slogans, networks, technical data, and transmitter maps. Plus "recent" news.
  • News Corpse
    The Internet's chronicle of media decay.
  • The Moderate Voice
    The voice of reason in the age of Obama, and the politics of the far-middle.
  • News Hounds
    Dogged dogging of Fox News by a team who seems to watch every minute of the cable channel so you don't have to.
  • HistoryLink
    Fun to read and free encyclopedia of Washington State history. Founded by the late Walt Crowley, it's an indispensable tool and entertainment source for history wonks and surfers alike.

right-wing blogs we like

  • The Reagan Wing
    Hearin lies the real heart of Washington State Republicans. Doug Parris runs this red-meat social conservative group site which bars no holds when it comes to saying who they are and who they're not; what they believe and what they don't; who their friends are and where the rest of the Republicans can go. Well-written, and flaming.
  • Orbusmax
    inexhaustible Drudgery of NW conservative news
  • The Radio Equalizer
    prolific former Seattle KVI, KIRO talk host speaks authoritatively about radio.
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sparky

You do good work, Michael!

Icabod is gone??? wow...radio really IS in bad shape if he gets the cowboy boot...

Rich

You do good work indeed Michael! I really enjoy reading this stuff. Wonder what that says about me.

Andrew

corporate suit is gone? awe! he was a fun little guy!

Andrew

That's sure a lot of death. How about a list of radio births? None to report eh?

AprilMayJune

I like the replacement for D & R; can someone make D & R not return? That would be a step in the right direction.

KS

Not only is radio in bad shape - 2009 was not a good year for many, but it's almost over.

"For all their differences, Americans largely agree on two things: 2009 was a lousy year for the nation, and 2010 is likely to be better. Nearly three-fourths of Americans think 2009 was a bad year for the country, which was rocked by job losses, home foreclosures and economic sickness. Forty-two percent rated it "very bad," according to the latest AP-GfK poll.

That's clearly worse than in 2006, the last time a similar poll was taken. The survey that year found that 58 percent of Americans felt the nation had suffered a bad year, and 39 percent considered it a good year.

Fewer than half as many people, 16 percent, said their family had a "very good year" in 2009 as said that in 2006.

Behind the gloominess, however, are more hopeful views that seem to reflect Americans' traditional optimism or, perhaps, wishful thinking.

Even though most said it was a bad year for the country, three in five Americans said their own family had a good year in 2009, while about two in five called it a bad year.

Some 72 percent of Americans said they're optimistic about what 2010 will bring for the country. Even more, four in five, are optimistic about what the year will bring for their families.

Curiously, however, nearly two-thirds think their family finances will worsen or stay about the same next year.

Coiler

"Clark thinks the nation is headed toward socialism, and she wants a wholesale change in elected officials, no matter their party affiliation."

Yeah, let's get rid of the FDIC,Medicare, SS and any other safeguards to ensure she beomes completely broke and sick. What an idiot!

sparky

Those people have enough money, coiler, that those programs don't affect them, therefore they are not "important."

KS

Great logic - wow. That is just too intuitive. Unbelievable !!

Coiler

Yes, she was a server at a country club,LOL Like she was tuned in.

joanie

There was a study in Kansas that compared what people made who invested in 401Ks as opposed to those who let retirements systems manage their money. The 401ks did less well.

So, Kansas quit offering 401K and returned to pensions only.

People think they manage money better than they do. Leave it to the bean counters.

I heard that on the radio. Can't remember who said it but it was on KUOW. Sort of verified at http://www.fool.com/personal-finance/retirement/2006/12/22/do-pensions-beat-401ks.aspx.

Look what happened to chucks 401K. If he hadn't won the lottery, who knows. He might have been in line at the soup kitchen this Christmas.

thisisafreakshow

just what i want to do.....give credibility to an extremist homosexual.....let alone joanie!!

Puget Sound

joanie
the problem with private pension systems is that they are only as good as the private company that stands behind 'em. when the company goes kaput, it may mean that the pension goes with it.

the gov't agency designed to monitor and take up the slack -if private companies fail- is underfunded. lots of tricks can be played with the assumptions used in funding these plans. chucks wife, the actuary, could speak volumes on this.

the advantage of the 401k system is that you can keep it yourself and put it in safer investments. the key is to avoid the enron deal in which 401k funds were largely invested in enron stock.
diversify.

Ray

I'm not sure what program you used, but I can't read the story about Ichabod Cain. Can you clarify what happened? No other newspaper has apparently decided to write about it.

joanie

As usual, you miss the point: more people LOSE money in 401ks compared to pensions.

Ray

I figured it out. The font used for the short story about Ichabod (and others) does not like Firefox. I could only read it on Explorer.

Still, is there any other information on why Ichabod was released or was it just the station wanting to go in another direction.

Lucas Foxx

The 401ks are only as good as the funds you allocate the money to. My 401k was spared the pain a lot of people had last year, because I had lost confidence in GWB back in Aug of 2001 and moved everything into Bonds and foreign investments. In January, my confidence in Obama encouraged me to bite the bullet and sock the full 20% of my check into my 401k. The Large Cap I put most of it in has returned 43% so far this year. None of my investments earned less than 20%. All of them beat the previous 5 year averages. 2010 will be a very good year. Not sure what kind of return I'd have gotten with a pension.

Corporate Suit

It appears the reports of my demise are highly exaggerated. I'm not collecting unemployment, still working, but one of my resolutions was to take a long break from radio blogs, including this one. I've actually set up my own blog to write down my musings.

christian louboutin

Just one question: how to add your blog into my rrs reader, thanks so much.

michael hood


thanks for pointing out to me that it isn't hooked up... will work on that-  check in a day or so. big fan of your pumps...

~~
Michael Hood
http://BlatherWatch.blogs.com
listening to talk radio so you don't have to...

S

BTW, Ichabod's real name is NOT
Randy Evans...

It's actually 'Ichabod Caine', but he legally changed it to this back in 2000 from 'Randy HANSEN'

sparky

Bla'M...open or closed toe?

HollowayBridget34

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