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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March 10, 2007



I agree that this s/be investigated and pressed to the nth degree. Also, I would like to see our Pres Bush called up before some committee and questioned about the Walter Reed hospital debacle. That really infuriates me; why hasn't he visited and inspected since this came out?


because he doesn't support the troops.


...I think may be he's afraid of them also.


That will never happen, Michael. Truth is, there should be clear rules and they should have consequences but the Dems (even though they are currently proud of themselves for dealing with ethics) haven't dealt with anything.

There needs to be an outside oversight committee represented equally by Dems and Republicans with the mandate to investigate any impropriety that is suggested by any source. Followed up by public disclosure of the investigation.

Just like the police investigating themselves. Doesn't work.


DUH! What a novel approach!


Are you agreeing Duff? Wondering why nobody thought of it? Hmm?


Yes, I AM agreeing; as long as you don't want an 'independent' investigative force from the UN; now you wouldn't want that, would you?


Joanie..in a purely unrelated question: in your opinion how does the public school system of Oregon compare with that of Washington?...have any idea on that? [I have grand-children in public school in both states], and I w/be interested in your opinion.


Duff, I don't know anything more about Oregon's schools than the fact that they give teachers paid days to get in and out of their classrooms. In Seattle, we have one paid day to do all our paperwork and organize our classrooms before leaving for the summer. Portland used to give teachers a week. Don't know about now.

That doesn't help much, does it? Sorry.


That's fine...thank you for answering. In visiting with my g/kids I get interesting questions and very different questions - so I was just wondering. [I get the impression that Oregon stresses the environment more?...don't know but too early to tell, I guess - my g/kids are in early grades]


You should ask Sparky about this because she has worked in areas quite close to Oregon from time to time and knows a lot about Oregon's voting patterns and schools.

I can tell you that I saw a report on Oregon that looked at how the people of Oregon were really starving social services and that probably affects the schools as well. The info I offered in my last post was probably ten or more years ago.

Things may have changed. Lots of tax issues down there . . .

Sparky . . . give us your opinion, please. I'd like to know.


I know this, Joanie - they (parents) certainly have to support the school's athletics more than they do here -both in terms of $ and parental time...at least in our experience.


Well, that is part of the tax issue down there. I saw a documentary, Duff, that demonstrated how talk radio in Oregon had moved to the right and riled people up and that their social services took a drastic hit. Schools probably got included.

Remember the land issue . . . removing the zoning laws and allowing for development? Well, Oregonians are paying the price and hating it. They are trying to reverse some of it.

That's the problem with hate radio that spews only one side of issues.

I suppose you will say it couldn't all be talk radio but I don't know . . . if people don't find out the facts for themselves, talk radio can be mighty persuasive.


Interesting, cause (at least in my circle of friends and relatives in Oregon), I can think of no one who listens to what I would classify as 'conservative' talk radio (and I'm assuming here that's what you mean by hate radio). (Course the folks I know down in Oregon are just too busy to be listening to radio...period...ha)
Sparky, indeed if you would weigh in on this, I'd appreciat it.


I taught in oregon for 6 years, but it was a long time ago...oregon schools dont have the testing infrastructure that WAshington does....they dont have a WASL like ours but they do have competency requirements for graduating from high school....but their funding is problematic and the people of oregon are very fickle whenit comes to voting for taxes for schools...and its totally a tax issue, not a dissatisfaction with the school system itself. Portland parents had to come up with a neighborhood levy with their own money to keep the schools open until June three or four years ago..the schools had to close around the middle of April or May because they ran out of operating money and the last area levy they could run had failed.

As far as Oregon emphasizing the environment more...it just depends on the individual school district..most have some sort of environmental studies in science...


Very informative, thank you - I appreciate your insight.
Forgive me for getting off-topic, but was interested in your perspective.


My info comes from my sister-in law who teaches in oregon and observing my two nephews. I havent taught in oregon since 1985.

I hope Bla'M can ferret out who is using your name on here, Duffman. Of course, I have my suspicions already. :-)


Interesting, Sparky. I, too, remember the funding problem. Didn't they go to a four-day work week for a while?

I bet those teachers don't get a paid week at the end of school anymore.


I think all of that is long gone, joanie...


Interesting Washington Post article on the impact on journalists over the Libby trial.


Lead editorial in the NYTimes tommorow calls for impeachment of Gonzales.


I think that's warranted; he never should have been in that position in the first place.
Pres Bush needs to start answering some heavy questions...not down is Brazil 'dancing?'


“It seems that every time the American people entrust the Bush administration with some new power, it not only abuses that power but also seizes additional powers without our knowledge”


Peasant, find them IP addresses yet.

Also, what are you going to do if and when Hillary or Obama are elected President and do the same thing?


Me, I'll say good for them.


Snarky and Ph(J)oanie are hot on the trail. Here is a pic of both of them in action. Snarky and Ph(J)oanie


Puts, LMAO.

Phil the "News Junkie" had some gal on talking about the Energy Offset thing and everyone who called in said they thought it was a scam. I don't think Phil was expecting that. He seemed flat when they posed their opinion of it.


The following is a portion of my pursuit of this issue. A. and B. are properly give credit to the above post, but C my Url.

WHAT IS THE PERSPECTIVE I NOTE BELOW? A: Outside interests may not file ethics complaints against members of Congress. They may only file ethics complaints against each other. "And that almost never happens," said Sloan. B. We sure hope Adam Smith will do the rare and righteous thing: make that complaint- and show us that Democrats will give equal treatment and oversight to both geese and the ganders. ETHICS SHOULD NOT BE OUTSIDE INTERESTS!

THE ONLY THING BLACK AND WHITE IS A VOTE: But while the law is not just ethics, even the law has a spirit and the letter. So gray areas matter, but people should count. THAT IS A BIG CONNECTION.

End Subject: Election Fixes

BTW: Yes, a Goldy v. Dori may bring me back, I took my blathering elsewhere.

BTW: First time visitor, long time blatherer.


Is this better Earl?
Told you I was a first timer.


My computer cannot keep up with me but I apologize for the many Urls to Election Fixes, but I will add a comment on the Energy Offset thing. That is way above my pay grade but if that held people back... Oops! I think I made a point already. About looking very carefully at the numbers overall, because like the economy, well that is a deep subject too, but not necessarily a scam. It is about who gets what out of it. And is money really like energy, and you can't get it from nothing?

Well that is the best I can do without head hurting atom spitting. But really my point is that we can input our intentions into any system we create, like the economy and or our government, even corporations. Energy may be another matter. Hmmm? Speaking of connections, my actual field to be? "cultural physicist"


Gee, Steve and puts, I see you haven't garnered many responses . . . maybe if you publish your carbon trading research, puts, people might find you more interesting . . .

Just a thought.


Empty pajamas...you make charges then when called on can't back 'em up. It would have been refreshing to have you come back to the board and at least admit you were wrong.


Ah, Puts has resorted to posting jpegs now. Good to see you use pathetic tactics when words fail ya.


Just in- Limbaugh Calling Edwards "The Breck Girl" at Every Opportunity" (T-8 News Service) Disgusting Repuglican gasbag Rush Limbaugh, like a typical taunting schoolyard bully, is trying to make headway with the conservative rabble, by constantly calling the good-looking Democratic presidential candidate John Edwards "The Breck Girl". Actually, this tactic has the stink of a Rovian type Repug strategy since at least one other Republican ideologue talkhost,Laura Ingraham, seems to have gotten the same memo. Ingraham, whose modus operandi seems to be touting her Ivy League law degree, and generally feeling superior and disdainful to others, especially callers, has also been heard to constantly refer to Edwards as The Breck Girl. This tactic by the aforementioned Repub hacks and sleazebags combined with "lizardwoman Ann Coulter's recent hate attck on Edwards seems to show that Republicans are more threatened by Edwards condidacy than they let on.


Keeping the gop machine lying awake at night is essential. We have the plans in place for the final solution. Rush and others can put on comic shows entertaining other detainees awaiting their fate...

 Ragnar Danneskjold

Everyone knows that Edwards is a vainglorious poofter. Hope he's nominated so his prancing in the darkness will be exposed.


Edwards isn't a pufta - he's an ambulance chaser and shister lawyer with the foofy hair.

Ann Coulter put herself in the potty mouth league with Al Franken and Randi Rhodes - shame, shame.


Hey Tommy and Sparky..Stuff your mock outrage and just be the mindless, delusional little libs you are and read about what your gawd Clinton did back when...


*Please Note: Archive articles do not include photos, charts or graphics. More information. March 24, 1993, Wednesday
By DAVID JOHNSTON, (Special to The New York Times); National Desk
Late Edition - Final, Section A, Page 1, Column 1, 1053 words
DISPLAYING ABSTRACT - Attorney General Janet Reno today demanded the prompt resignation of all United States Attorneys, leading the Federal prosecutor in the District of Columbia to suggest that the order could be tied to his long-running investigation of Representative Dan Rostenkowski, a crucial ally of President Clinton. Jay B. Stephens, the ...

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Thanks PeakLimiter for yet another ass out of you and me remark. This time, assuming that any liberal/progressive equates Clinton with Cthulu.

Far from it.

I find any/all executive power-grabs to be extremely disturbing - Clinton/Reno included. Where or where have we seen this historical cycle of doom before:


But obviously Peaklimiter wants to ignore the broader historical implications and play the classic spoiled-little-shit-brat-in-the-sandbox game crying "Mommy mommy mommy, that bad kid did it first"

So go ahead Peaklimiter, orbusmax, drudge et al. A over-powerful Chief Executive loves all his apologist dupes. But your country demands better.


Our country demands better. BS. Is that why we are seriously considering another Clinton in the White House. Maybe she gets in and after she gets out, we can look at Jeb to run.
The left hates Bush(es) and the right hates Clinton(s).
Maybe it is time to stop this crap and find a new family or two for us to love or hate.


peak, you are so last week with your Republican talking points...come on--catch up!
That has already been analyzed, discussed, explained and tossed aside even by Republican-leaning pundits.

Oh, and nice touch to source an article that must be paid for to read....lol....

On the website www.judiciary.house.gov, Kyle Sampson, the #2 who just resigned, admitted in this email to Harriett Meyers:

"...once confirmed by the Senate and appointed,U.S. Attorneys serve for four years and then holdover indefinitely (at the pleasure of the President, of course). In recent memory, during the Reagan and Clinton Administrations, Presidents Reagan and Clinton did not seek to remove and replace the U.S. Attorneys they had appointed whose terms had expired, but instead permitted those U.S. Attorneys to serve indefinitely under the holdover provision. There are several likely explanations for this: in some cases Presidents Reagan and Clinton may have been pleased with the work of the U.S. Attorneys, who, after all, they had appointed. In other instances, Presidents Reagan and Clinton may simply have been unwilling to commit the resources necessary to remove the U.S. Attorneys, find suitable replacements (i.e., seek the "advice" of the home-state Senators), complete background investigations, and secure Senate confirmations. "


Couldn't peak go back a little further than 93', as in all incoming administrations ask for the resignation of all prosecutors,along with other cabinet memebers. This has been going on for decades. Can't the right admit they don't believe in research AND education, ya know? Quick, get Roosevelt on the phone!


Brilliant, upchucks.

Rebuke my rebuke of PL's shit-stupid assumption by providing 2 more shit-stupid assumptions:

"The left hates Bush(es) and the right hates Clinton(s)."

"Is that why we are seriously considering another Clinton in the White House"

A.) I hate and will always seek to destroy all executive branch & Fed overreaches. Bush is currently in charge and he fulfills executive overreach perfectly. Hate, Seek, Destroy - and for our country's sake, so should you.

B.) Clinton part II faces the same uphill climb as Giuliani. Both popular & has some $$$, but face the real probability that their moderated bubbles will be popped during primaries.

Note: Has anyone here in the Bla'M fam actually given an endorsement for Hillary?


Not from me.


chucks . . . your inability to see beyond the conservative tunnel mystifies me. Is there any conservative you don't like? Hmm, probably Romney.


Joanie, your inability to see out the front opening of your cave still mystifies me being educated and all. Did you listen to Randi lie again today. About the morale waiver bit.


Poor Kirby Wilbur. awww he's now calling Gonzales and Bush wimps for not combatting the dems over Judgegate, reduced to mindlessly repeating over and over that Clinton fired all U.S. Attorneys the first month of his first term, and playing tapes from old Arnold Schwarzenegger warrior movies to try to rally the KVI "torches and pitchforks" rabble.. Old news, and it has already been dismissed as an argument by fair repubs and dems alike. Every admin. puts their own people in at the start of their reign. Apples and Oranges, Kirbster. These were Bush'es own handpicked people, interfered with and fired during the middle of their duties. I think in his heart old Kirby knows this stinks but he lacks the moral courage to admit it. Sad, really.


As a talk show host, Kirby Wilbur is a good real-estate appraiser!


Tommy..in the past, the right has been able to repeat something over and over until a lot of people believed it was true. This time around it has proved more difficult but for the few die hard believers. People like Kirby dont know what to do when the spin no longer works.


Should Gonzales resign? I think so. (Actually would prefer to see Pres Bush resign, but since that wont happen in this life time, I'll take Gonzales)

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