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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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September 03, 2007



Thank a Democrat today...Unions, which brought the majority of us the 8 hour work day and weekends off. Still, Americans do not come close to the vacation time that European and Asian countries have.


One for all, all for one.


Indeed, Americans are under the belief that labor laws were created by politicians who woke up one day and decided to be kind.


The heartfelt political evolution of most Americans will eventually bring them to the democratic party. My evolution took nearly 30 years and now I wonder what I was thinking the first 25 years...


You are a smart man, Rick. Better late than never. :) John Edwards has the steelworkers and the carpenters and joiners endorsements. I hope he picks up even more. I'm really starting to look at him. I hope Elizabeth is healthy because the two of them working together could turn this country around. I don't have much hope really if it is left to anyone else.

Edwards has the intellect and the heart.

I like Biden in the video above and I'm not a fan really. He seemed authentic. I like that.


BTW, Michael, very nice tribute to organized labor.


Maybe the first 25 years you were thinking that a Republican freed the slaves, and it was a Democrat who dropped two nuclear bombs on two civilian Japanese cities, the largest act of terrorism and racism our world has ever seen.


Sam, in the midst of a war how would you rationalize this as an 'act of terrorism', and in what way was it racist; was it not our 'legitimate' enemy in the war? What would you have done at that point.


Lincoln was not opposed to slavery.


"I am naturally anti-slavery. If slavery is not wrong, nothing is wrong. I can not remember when I did not so think, and feel.

Abraham Lincoln - From the April 4, 1864 Letter to Albert Hodges


From the National Park Service:

Abraham Lincoln is often referred to as "The Great Emancipator" and yet, he did not publicly call for emancipation throughout his entire life. Lincoln began his public career by claiming that he was "antislavery" -- against slavery's expansion but not calling for immediate emancipation. However, the man who began as "antislavery" eventually issued the Emancipation Proclamation, which freed all slaves in those states that were in rebellion.

Later, he vigorously supported the 13th Amendment which abolished slavery throughout the United States, and, in the last speech of his life, he recommended extending the vote to blacks.

Speech at Chicago, Illinois
March 1, 1859

I do not wish to be misunderstood upon this subject of slavery in this country. I suppose it may long exist, and perhaps the best way for it to come to an end peaceably is for it to exist for a length of time.

In his last speech, he advocated for voting rights for some "coloreds."
Last Public Address
April 11, 1865

It is also unsatisfactory to some that the elective franchise is not given to the colored man. I would myself prefer that it were now conferred on the very intelligent, and on those who serve our cause as soldiers.


"He who would be no slave, must consent to have no slave."

--Abraham Lincoln-- From the April 6, 1859 Letter to Henry Pierce

"The slave-breeders and slave-traders, are a small, odious and detested class, among you; and yet in politics, they dictate the course of all of you, and are as completely your masters, as you are the master of your own negroes."

Abraham Lincoln--From the August 24, 1855 Letter to Joshua Speed


Yes, he said that too. And it is still a myth that the Civil War was all about slavery. History gets "cleaned up" and kids are only taught a portion of the story.

Michael Caine

The Civil War was not started because the North and Lincoln were going to end slavery. The Civil War started because the Southern Confederate states didn't like the fact that an anti-slavery candidate won the Presidency. However, the anti-slavery candidate had also clearly stated that he wasn't going to do anything to end slavery in his inaugural speech.

What actually spurred the secession of the Confederate States from the Union had to do with the Southern States seeing their electoral balance slipping away. They did not want the Northern States dictating policy towards them. So they pre-emptively withdrew from the United States.

Kentucky, Maryland and what was then a portion of Virginia had signifigant amounts of Federal Troops stationed around their capitols when the vote came up as to whether to secede from the Union. The troops camped outside managed to intimidate them into voting to stay, but they never sent regiments to fight in the Civil War and always had large numbers of troops within to maintain that status.

Lincoln, still hoped for a peaceful reconciliation. However, during a routine resupply of Fort Sumter in Charleston, South Carolina. The Confederate General Beauregard, who wanted a fight, blockaded the fort and open fired upon the replenishment ship. They won that battle.

In the end, the Civil War was not about Slavery. It was about whether a State after entering into the Union of the United States was allowed to secede from that Union. It was the ultimate battle of State's Rights. One that the States lost.


...and the economic disparities between the North and the South.


"Whenever I hear any one arguing for slavery I feel a strong impulse to see it tried on him personally."

The Collected Works of Abraham Lincoln edited by Roy P. Basler, Volume VIII, "Speech to One Hundred Fortieth Indiana Regiment" (March 17, 1865), p. 361.

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