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.
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.
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 day of reckoning has arrived, otherwise known as the second worst hangover day or post election night blues.
To be sure, we weren't sure the outcome nationally would be in as soon as it was, and in a few places including the Inslee/Mckenna race, it still may not be decided for awhile. We do know this, it was the year of the woman and minority vote.
For schadenfreude, we tuned into FOX news when Ohio put the President at 274, clinching the electoral college vote. Karl Rove was busy with his calculator saying Ohio should be 'challenged' FOX was already calling the election though at 9pm PST.
We know to the victor goes the spoils, including conservative talk radio, with hosts like Limbaugh et al who will spend the next 4 years calling voters 'stupid' and woman 'sluts' and of course 'rigged elections'. More women and minorities turned out than in previous times, including the elections of Elizabeth Warren and the 2 Tammies, Duckworth and Baldwin to what were considered long shots to win, weeks earlier. Should we mention SCOTUS appointments?
We will follow the chatter from the blogosphere and talk radio and teevee as it makes for interesting analysis or just plain intervention on the part of public safety as the next 4 years promise to either change the party that lost into a more mainstream message or one that will go the way of the Whigs. We leave you with Diane Sawyer last night, somewhat out of it.
This just in, Ted Nugent is still alive
“If Barack Obama becomes the president in November, again, I will either be dead or in jail by this time next year.”
You snivelling 47 percenters just do not understand how hard it is to
be Mitt Romney. Because you lack the ability to care for yourself, you
look at self-made men like Mr. Romney with inexcusable envy. I beg of
you: LEAVE MITTNEY ALONE!!!! Let me tell you just a few stories that
highlight the hardships and almost unbearable sacrifices endured by Mr.
Romney in his life and in his campaign for President of the United
Just yesterday, according to the AP, Mr. Romney pointed out that "My
campaign schedule has been hectic. I’m not even going to be able to go
home today.” By home, he was referring to his second home in nearby La
Jolla, CA. Can you imagine the pain of flying in to collect $1,000 to
$50,000 per person donations from 650 people while being unable to even
pop in and visit the car elevator in your 3,600 square foot garage? Can
Even Mrs. Romney had to recently stand up for her man, saying "Stop
it! This is hard!" when her husband came under fire from Republican
pundits for running perhaps the worst presidential campaign in recorded
history. She continued, "It is time for all Americans to realize how
significant this election is and how lucky we are to have someone with
Mitt's qualifications and experience and know-how to be able to have the
opportunity to run this country."
By 'all Americans', of course, Mrs. Romney was referring to the 53%
of us who pay Federal income tax, not the moochers who live on Social
Security income or military combat pay. Especially not those who were
unable to exercise enough personal responsibility to be born with a
silver spoon in their mouth.
Have you ever heard how hard Mr. and Mrs. Romney had it when they
were a young married couple? The horror story about how Mr. Romney's
father bought them a house that they later sold at a handy profit? The
nearly unbearable misery of struggling through an education at Harvard
University while living hand to mouth on the paltry income generated by
selling off stock shares given Mr. Romney by his father?
As if that's not enough agony, just think about all the liberal
handwringing about Mr. Romney's tax returns. We know for a fact that Mr.
and Mrs. Romney are generous people. Price Waterhouse accountants even
wrote a letter proving the Romneys gave an average 13.4% in charitable
contributions the past 20 years. Why, even subtracting out the mandatory
10% tithing forced on them by the Mormon Church, that still leaves a
generous 3.4% to all other charities combined.
And finally, did you know that Mr. Romney did not get an inheritance
from his wealthy parents. According to Mr. Romney, "What I got from my
parents when they passed away, I gave away to charity and to my kids."
That's right, you leeching 47 percenters reading this diary. This man is
so selfless that he gave away one million dollars to Brigham Young
University (the Mormon Church's college) and his children. I'll bet you
haven't given away a million dollars. Losers.
So, I beg of you, miserable freeloading scum reading this diary. For
once in your life take some personal responsibility and show that you
care about more than you and your victimhood. For the sake of America
and for the sake of delivering us from a disastrous 4 more years of
Obama economic recovery and social equity -- LEAVE MITTNEY ALONE!!!!
And when it comes to The Big Day, we like to get drunk, and blow stuff up.
BlatherWatch, for our part, has always tried to salute and celebrate American libber-dee by offering up a recipe that appeals to whichever Independence Day instinct you may have. Ones from famous politicians or their wives, or dishes with ingredients that include explosives.
We'd love to exploit patriotism and Independence Day to make a buck or two, but we ain't got that gene and besides, exploiting is boring, and takes too much effort of a summer's day...
We don't know who did the research on these statistics, and because it is a non-news Monday in the middle of the summer, we don't particularly care. Personally, we would not step foot inside a Wendy's, we love baseball, eat often at Subway and couldn't care less about video games. But that's just us. How about you?
Not all Republican state lawmakers took such a hardline against the ACA’s implementation. The Salt Lake Tribune reported that Utah Gov. Gary Herbert plans to follow federal health care mandates for the time being, while refusing “to do something that is going to bust our budget” in the future.
Former Office of Management and Budget director and Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels, who plans to step down at the end of his term, took what on the surface seems a more moderate approach. Daniels said he would leave the decision on a possible Medicaid expansion to future state legislators.
Some GOP lawmakers have expressed their view that compliance with some key aspects of the health care law is a way to ensure at least some state control over the process. As CBS News reports, Republican Colorado state legislator Bob Gardner argued that by moving forward on the creation of insurance exchanges “Colorado did the right thing by having a mechanism to do its best to impose a Colorado solution.”
In a similar statement, Michigan Republican Gov. Rick Snyder expressed his belief that “working with our legislative leaders to establish the MiHealth Marketplace will allow Michiganders to make decisions regarding what will be covered as opposed to Washington, D.C., making those decisions for us.”
Washington AG and Republican Gubanatorial candidate Rob McKenna announced in a speech this week that it was not a good idea for Republicans to pour a lot of time and money into trying to get the law overturned. "McKenna notified media across the state that he would be speaking about the US Supreme Court’s decision to uphold most of the Affordable Care Act. McKenna was one of 26 state attorneys general who sued to block the Affordable Care Act. But when Stranger reporter ( and close personal friend to Blatherwatch) David “Goldy” Goldstein arrived for the press conference at McKenna’s downtown Seattle offices, a guard was waiting for him. Cameramen, radio people, and reporters were granted free entry. Goldy was prevented from entering. "They are physically blocking me from entering," Goldy said by phone to The Stranger, seven minutes before the 11:30 a.m. press conference was scheduled to begin. A spokesman for McKenna, Dan Sytman, had told Goldy a few minutes before that Goldy wasn’t a journalist and then blocked him from entering. A McKenna staffer had also grabbed Goldy by the shoulders and turned him away from the door. "More about that here.
On the March 26th episode of The O'Reilly Factor, host Bill O'Reilly told American Constitution Society president Caroline Fredrickson that she was "going to lose" her argument that the individual mandate was a constitutionally-sound tax and "does not require people to buy health insurance." At the end of the segment, O'Reilly vowed to replay the interview and "apologize for being an idiot" if the Supreme Court ruled in favor of upholding the mandate.
KIROFM 97.3 Multi-format: news and nearly all local talk. This is where classic KIRO AM news talk radio went... hopefully, not to die. The home of Dave Ross & Luke Burbank, Dori Monson, Ron & Don, Frank Shiers, Bill Radke, Linda Thomas, Tony Miner and George Noory.
KVI am 570 KHz Visit the burnt-out husk of one of the seminal right-wing talkers in all the land. Here's where once trilled the reactionary tones of Rush Limbaugh, John Carlson, Kirby Wilbur, Mike Siegel, Peter Weissbach, Floyd Brown, Dinky Donkey, and Bryan Suits.
Now it's Top 40 hits from the '60's & '70's aimed at that diminishing crowd who still remembers them and can still hear.
KTTH am 770 KHz Right wing home of local, and a whole bunch of syndicated righties such as Glennn Beck, Rush Limbaugh, Michael Medved, Sean Hannity, Laura Ingraham, Lars Larsony, and for an hour a day: live & local David Boze.
KPTK am 1090 KHz Syndicated liberal talk. Stephanie Miller, Thom Hartmann, Ed Schultz, Randi Rhodes, Norman Goldman fill in the large hole to the left on Northwest radio dial.
KLFE AM 1590 kHz Syndicated right-wing 2nd stringers like Mark Levin, Bill Bennett, Mike Gallagher, Dennis Prager, Dennis Miller and Hugh Hewitt inhabit this timid-voiced neighbor honker for your radio enjoyment (unless you're behind something large like Costco).
KOMOAM News, traffic, Ken Schram and John Carlson.