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  • 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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December 21, 2006



I've heard that impeachment starts with committee hearings . . . and they are starting. Pelosi notwithstanding, I believe less visible congress people will get it done. But it takes time.

Also, the Dems are already backtracking on promises; namely, implementing all the 911 commission's suggestions. Don't know what will happen to Tim Johnson's seat.

And ethics? With Alcee Hastings and Jefferson still around, you gotta wonder what's really changed.

I'm an idealist; I know that. But we need a little idealism pretty soon or we might just as well stop voting and let 'em all have their way. We aren't making much of a difference as it is.

And everybody seems to be so in love with the ISG. It is just a bunch of no-nothings who are trying to protect big money and who also want the oil revenues. These are the flacks for that top 1% who want world domination and are getting it.

BTW, even stupid Tony Blair is still defending the Iraq fiasco even though he's smart enough not to strut - did you see him and Bush on the news walking together. Mr. Big-Guy swaggering in his Top Gun jacket while Blair walked and looked like the humbled politician that he's become.

Sorry to lecture. I'm sick of it all.

Love your headline though. Michael, you are a clever wordsmith!


BTW, at the risk of your telling me to shove it up my *%@, it is Warner not Warren.

BTW, Fremont practicing her Spanish again? Or Big Sur?


You know we are in trouble when Pat Bucanon is making sense to the left side of the aisle. How people can follow this insane little man as our commander and chief is beyond me.
I have become so despondent over this that I think that religion may be the only answer. The underlying message of all major religions is love. If you cut through all the crap that is it in a nut shell.
I am looking forward to being senile so I can relive the 60's


Its been 6 days now and Vinnie Has'nt wanted to Wiff any off us
I think that's a good thing! (or as Vinnie would say tang) Vinnie will glady pay you Tuesday of a hamburger today !


I really believe that if we can get the snowball started downhill by pressuring Congress into serious investigations that the case will build and the momentum for impeachment will grow. The snowball analogy is a good one because what we are fighting is friction and inertia. There is no lack of snow in this situation. What we lack is momentum.

It doesn't even bother me if cheney becomes president for a few months at the end of bush's term. (well it sort of bothers me, but it doesn't terrify me.)--at least then he becomes the standard-bearer for the party and the ideas, in public. I'm sick of these guys being able to keep their most powerful figures somewhat out of the limelight--get them right there out in the open where we can have a good hard look at them.
I think then the public will turn away, just like how the have after they've seen what conservatism is really about--after bush put so much of it in practice.
Yes, we could impeach Cheney, but that is secondary to impeaching Bush. Bush stated on record that he is the decider and we must hold him accountable for his acts. If we don't totally discredit the ideology behind this cabal we will see it again. Discrediting the ideology must begin with thorough investigations to expose the evidence to the people and the Congress. If we RUSH to impeachment, it will be like standing in front of the snowball. We must put together a solid core argument based on evidence and law.

That said, I think we should end the war first. Lives are more important than scoring political points.


Bla"M, when I move around your site, each time I change the screen, an ad tries to download...is this something you can get rid of at your end???

blathering michael

Hmmm Sparky, doesn't do that for me, not sure what it is you're talking about- if anyone else has a problem, lemme know ...



I went into a public-'ouse to get a pint o' beer,
The publican 'e up an' sez, "We serve no red-coats here."
The girls be'ind the bar they laughed an' giggled fit to die,
I outs into the street again an' to myself sez I:
O it's Tommy this, an' Tommy that, an' "Tommy, go away";
But it's "Thank you, Mister Atkins", when the band begins to play,
The band begins to play, my boys, the band begins to play,
O it's "Thank you, Mister Atkins", when the band begins to play.

I went into a theatre as sober as could be,
They gave a drunk civilian room, but 'adn't none for me;
They sent me to the gallery or round the music-'alls,
But when it comes to fightin', Lord! they'll shove me in the stalls!
For it's Tommy this, an' Tommy that, an' "Tommy, wait outside";
But it's "Special train for Atkins" when the trooper's on the tide,
The troopship's on the tide, my boys, the troopship's on the tide,
O it's "Special train for Atkins" when the trooper's on the tide.

Yes, makin' mock o' uniforms that guard you while you sleep
Is cheaper than them uniforms, an' they're starvation cheap;
An' hustlin' drunken soldiers when they're goin' large a bit
Is five times better business than paradin' in full kit.
Then it's Tommy this, an' Tommy that, an' "Tommy, 'ow's yer soul?"
But it's "Thin red line of 'eroes" when the drums begin to roll,
The drums begin to roll, my boys, the drums begin to roll,
O it's "Thin red line of 'eroes" when the drums begin to roll.

We aren't no thin red 'eroes, nor we aren't no blackguards too,
But single men in barricks, most remarkable like you;
An' if sometimes our conduck isn't all your fancy paints,
Why, single men in barricks don't grow into plaster saints;
While it's Tommy this, an' Tommy that, an' "Tommy, fall be'ind",
But it's "Please to walk in front, sir", when there's trouble in the wind,
There's trouble in the wind, my boys, there's trouble in the wind,
O it's "Please to walk in front, sir", when there's trouble in the wind.

You talk o' better food for us, an' schools, an' fires, an' all:
We'll wait for extry rations if you treat us rational.
Don't mess about the cook-room slops, but prove it to our face
The Widow's Uniform is not the soldier-man's disgrace.
For it's Tommy this, an' Tommy that, an' "Chuck him out, the brute!"
But it's "Saviour of 'is country" when the guns begin to shoot;
An' it's Tommy this, an' Tommy that, an' anything you please;
An' Tommy ain't a bloomin' fool -- you bet that Tommy sees!

(Born December 30, 1865, Died January 18, 1936)


its ok..it stopped.
Every time I clicked on a link, a download screen popped up and tried to load an aspx ad, whatever that is. But it went away.

Computers..cant live without 'em, can't shoot 'em.


Rudyard Kipling??? I thought that sounded very much like a Benny Hill song!


No my dear, that is Kipling. Written to be read with a cockney accent. War and the people who fight them, and the people who send them hasn't changed a bit.


yes, yes, I know...it was a failed attempt at levity.


Kipling had some good stuff.

Rereading Orwell is always a good idea as well. I believe Kipling was one of his favorite "good bad poets."

Do they require Bush to have broken actual laws to impeach him?


That's what investigations are about, Lukobe. Finding out what rules he broke.

I love Kipling. Read the Jungle Book most every year to my kiddies! Started doing it years ago when one of my kids had the Disney version. I looked at Frank and said, "would you like to hear the real one?" They were mesmerized! Such a rich and textured text. And downright exciting.

His birthday is the day before mine (hint,hint). Not the year, of course.

Your posts, Michael and Sparky, remind me of what I hated about the election in our state. We cannot get anything done with the same people - be they republicans, for sure, or democrats. We need new thinking and that wasn't even allowed in this state. The Democrats who had something to add to the conversation were kept out of it. Hong Tran talked about this on Postman and even Robin Adair who couldn't get time on KUOW.

Sparky, I use mostly Foxfire now as my browser and it gives me messages telling me how many popups it prevented. My Safari has an option to block pop-ups and I never get them with that browser. You might download foxfire . . . just a thought.


That's what investigations are about, Lukobe. Finding out what rules he broke.

I could have sworn that investigations were to determine whether anyone broke any rules. Pre-judging that someone is guilty and holding a show trial only to decide which rules you're going to convict on sounds more like a witch hunt.

YMMV, as always...


I agree. If he didn't break any, they won't find any will they?


I have Foxfire on this computer already ( its my school laptop since my Dell drowned an ugly death) and it has a lot of firewall software to prevent bugs and popups...the ads never popped up, just a box that said my computer was attempting to download something. It never finishes,,,just spins and spins, so I hit the X now and it closes. IM not sure what it was, but it is gone now....


Sparky, I had that. I remember it now . . . and it comes back every so often. It tries to download and I get four downloads that just keep spinning as you say. I googled aspx or whatever and it came up with the a response but not in a way that explained what it was.

I kept thinking my Safari wasn't working and was preventing a legitimate automatic download to occur.

If anybody knows what that is, let us know.

You have a pc and I have a mac so now I know it isn't from apple. Kind of scary isn't it?


my school computer is a Mac! I like both formats for different reasons and uses..

No More Goldy

Thank GOD for Carl Jeffers!!!

Goldy R.I.P 20006-2006


The best way to predict the future, is to look at the past.

Our president, since childhood, has had his daddy come in and clean up his messes.

Bad grades? Drugs? Alcohol? TANG rather than Vietnam? Lousy business acumen? Political missteps? Not a problem, Daddy Bush or one of Daddy's deep-pocketed ivy-league buddies would bail the little drunk out.

Nothing has changed. Except this time, Rich Daddy, and Rich Daddies Friends, can't put Humpty Dubya back together again.

Nope. All the suckers who voted for the loser, and the rest of us who saw what he was back in 2000, will be on the hook for this disasterous presidency for the next 40 years.

Nicely done.

The next time a spoiled, ignorant, ethically challenged, alcoholic asshole, runs for President, I hope the next generation of voters have the common sense to stop him or her in the Iowa or New Hampshire primary.


joanie, any problem with kipling's jingoism, though?

"We need new thinking and that wasn't even allowed in this state."

Right on. That's why we need IRV and better exposure for the Libertarians and the Greens. And better ballot access.


Frank, a pubic figure can't sue simply because someone made an "ad hominem" attack on them in the media or the blogs. I know you liked to repeat that particular latin term this afternoon as you displayed again why you would flunk law school , in your discussion of Trump's threats to sue Rosie O'Donnell over her nasty cracks about him on The View. Trump only threatened legal action because she apparently stated incorrect factual information about his business career(she claimed he filed for bankruptcy three times, and he denied it happened once), not because of her mean personal remarks about him. Even at that, Foxnews Judge Napolitano said the case would be thrown out of court, and with a snicker, if not a horselaugh. Get real Frank.


Baloo, Akela, and Bagheera are not jingoists. Neither is Rikki Tikki Tavi nor Nag. The association of wildness that humans and animals share is intriguing to me. It reminds me of Magister Ludi.

I'm not sure where you see jingoism in The Jungle Book. Can you be more explicit please?

Lukobe, we need more exposure for all points of view and that includes alternate points of view intra-party. But you won't find support for that on this blog.

Some states have begun real finance reform and that is making a difference. So a seed has been planted . . .

BTW, Lukobe, hope you had a wonderful winter solstice . . . nobody seems to have noticed but me. :(


I heard that, Tommie. But his dad was a judge . . . doesn't that make him a legal expert by association?

Also, did you hear that not only did he teach math(out of his field) but he was a first-grade teacher too. He knows all about Santa Claus and kids . . .

I didn't disagree really with his point. It is just his smarmy way of making his points!


joanie wrote:
Baloo, Akela, and Bagheera are not jingoists. Neither is Rikki Tikki Tavi nor Nag. The association of wildness that humans and animals share is intriguing to me. It reminds me of Magister Ludi. I'm not sure where you see jingoism in The Jungle Book. Can you be more explicit please?

I don't see it in the Jungle Book but there's of course far more to Kipling than that! Many people point to "The White Man's Burden" as an example: http://www.boondocksnet.com/ai/kipling/kipling.html

Though some say it is meant to be satirical. He was certainly an imperialist and colonialist, at any rate. But a talent nevertheless.

Lukobe, we need more exposure for all points of view and that includes alternate points of view intra-party. But you won't find support for that on this blog.

Kinda sad, isn't it?

Some states have begun real finance reform and that is making a difference. So a seed has been planted . . .

That's good.

BTW, Lukobe, hope you had a wonderful winter solstice . . . nobody seems to have noticed but me. :(

I did notice :) but it was nothing special--just day 6 of Hanukkah :)


Anytime I live the shortest day of the year, it is special to me. I love daylight, am depressed all winter and probably should move to a country closer to the equator!

joanie, any problem with kipling's jingoism, though?

No. Isn't even on the agenda with first graders.


Apparently Frank read a version of A Christmas Carol earlier today, and now is receiving nasty emails about his performance. One woman forbade him from any future interpretive readings because "you don't have the talent for it. Frank swiftly put her in her place by stating that he had been given the position of interpretive reading coach at Country Bumpkin High. That settles it.


Merry Christmas Frank. All the best. Here's to your great future in broadcasting. In Des Moines Iowa. Or Provo, Utah. Or Fargo.


Don't treat Powell like a victim of GWB. He is equally culpable for getting us in this mess and he's doing his best to clean the tarnish off his image before 2008.

Here's what Powell needs to hear (you'll find all his quotes in My American Journey):

Mr. Powell, speak now or forever hold your peace. Another McNamaraesque "In Retrospect", and polite Face the Nation commentary will not suffice.

You decried that “the sons of the powerful and well placed…managed to wangle slots into Reserve and Guard Units” and then you went on to serve one of these sons.

You criticized the prosecution of the Vietnam War: “Back home, the administration was trying to conduct the war with as little inconvenience to the country as possible…. Taxes to finance the war had not been raised. Better-off kids beat the draft with college deferments.” Now, you sit silently.

You wrote “Don’t be stampeded by first reports, Don’t let your judgments run ahead of your facts. And, even with supposed facts in hand, question them if they do not add up. Something deeper and wiser than bits of data inform our instincts. I also learned that it is best to get the facts out as soon as possible, even when new facts contradict the old. Untidy truth is better than smooth lies” We await the “Untidy Truth”.

“If I never have to parachute again, that will be fine with me, yet there was never any doubt in my mind that I would do what had to be done.” It's time to do what has to be done.

Saving the truth for “My American Journey Part II” isn’t good enough. You owe those you helped place in harms way, the “untidy truth”. You owe it to them…today, not in your autobiography.


Interesting. I sure agree about Powell . . . he thought having Tenet on hand during his performance would take him off the hook . He shouldn't have put himself on the hook to begin with.


Yikes, we found something to agree on.

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year


ALERT: Evangelicals for Bush:

" We count ourselves among those who would regret to see SMU enshrine attitudes and actions widely deemed as ethically egregious: degradation of habeas corpus, outright denial of global warming, flagrant disregard for international treaties, alienation of long-term U.S. allies, environmental predation, shameful disrespect for gay persons and their rights, a pre-emptive war based on false and misleading premises, and a host of other erosions of respect for the global human community and for this good Earth on which our flourishing depends. … [T]hese violations are antithetical to the teaching, scholarship, and ethical thinking that best represents Southern Methodist University"

members of SMU’s Perkins School of Theology in a letter requesting the rescindment of SMU's pursuit of the presidential library.

Gee, George, seems like even the erudite religious don't want you.


Same to ya, Ron! And to everybody of course . . . :)


The only Democrat who might run in 08 that did not back going into Iraq was Al Gore. Powell took the same position as Hillary Clinton, which makes her partly culpable for voting for this in the first place - and actually both have distanced themselves from Bush by now. In all fairness, Powell was unaware of the faulty intelligence then and would have not supported the war from the get-go if he had known the intelligence was faulty.

I hope that Congress has the gonads to block Bush sending over any more troops. I think Adam Smith will vote to block that. Congress should be the check that needs to approve any change in strategy to justify adding more bodies before Bush gets any more troops - he needs to have it thrown back at him. He needs to listen to his commanders in the field and other military experts for a change, now that Rumsfeld is out. After that mess gets straightened out, it is time to repudiate his phony comprehensive immigration reform.

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