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October 16, 2007

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Duffman

Ha, yeah Fremont as you can tell I'm on top of all the world's really important issues...:)

sparky

there is a "many-humped" joke in there, but I will pass...

Fred Owens

Don't apologize for misleading your readers about Randi Rhodes. I hate apologies.

Bloggers and politicians should be given "take backs" for situations such as this. But you only get one "take back" per month.

Watch it, buddy.

sparky

Just listening to Randi Rhodes...fell on her face when she stepped outside of an Irish pub to have a ciggy..she isnt sure if she fainted from not eating all day, or if someone shoved her. She broke some teeth and had to get them fixed before she could be back on the air. She wrote a 2 sentence email to AA saying she thought she had been mugged since she wasn't sure how else to describe it....The next morning her ex husband called her up and told her to turn on the TV, all over the news that right wingers had attacked her. The papparazzi was downstairs waiting, wanting her to smile without teeth, no questions asked. The doorman helped he to the cab to go to the doctor. The doctor said he thought someone must have pushed her because there would be no reason for her to faint.
Nobody asked her if she was all right....
She has been to an orthodontist and a cosmetic dentist for root canals and temporary crowns in her mouth so she could come to work. The press is now hounding her and she cant go anywhere.

She doesnt know why the story morphed into her being attacked by right wingers...
Basically she stepped outside to have a smoke, and woke up on the sidewalk on her face.

Duffman

..thanks for update sparks, did she ever speculate how the dog got into the story?

sparky

she didnt mention her dog at all. she was not out walking the dog..she was in an Irish pub near her home, watching a football game, so I dont think the dog was even there.

Duffman

Hmmmm, wonder if that was the Seahawk/Saints game. They too fell on their face. :)

Duffman

...or may be since it apparently was an 'Irish pub' she was watching 'futbol' (soccer). Any way, glad to hear she's doing Okay and back on the air.

Duffman

At least Randi wasn't driving Oh My!

storsie

Thanks to Sparky for that account which now throws the light of day on the incident. See how conservative-biased press has blown this out of proportion.

A few questions remain unanswered. Who started the lie that the dog was present? That was key because she would not have had the dog at an Irish pub. Is it possible that this misinformation came from the RNC boiler room where 9 staffers are working full time on Ms. Rhodes.

Secondly, my earlier call that this was an attack, not a fall, is now confirmed by no less than the doctor, who says that the injuries resulted from an attack. So who is the attacker(s)?

Finally, why is PugetSound so quiet about this? Why no heckling, no jeckeling? Does he know something he can't talk about?

Everyone's sympathies go out to Randi. AA was remiss in not providing a bodyguard for her.

Duffman

good storsie...however, it's possible the dog is an Irish Terrier :)

Duffman

oops sorry, I meant Irish 'Setter'; just remembered 'Terriers' don't like Guiness. (They're 'Bud' dogs)

Duffman

Yeah, and if Alcoholics Anonymous wouldn't provide a bodyguard, then you'd think that Air America would. What is this world coming to.

bobo

A lucid intelligent woman is standing around smoking a cigarette. She lands face first into the concrete ending up with a bloody face and a bunch of missing teeth. She has no idea if she was attacked or fainted. That's her story and she's sticking to it. Does anybody buy this horsecrap?

storsie

Ooops, make that AAR, not AA. I have since found in my investigations that the previous owners of AAR did provide her with a limo, assistent, and bodyguard, but this was all dropped under the new ownership. Hmmmm.

Another piece of this puzzle is that last year, Sen. Ken J. from Seattle tried to legalize dogs in bars. I'm trying to find out whether there was a similar attempt in NY.

sparky

The part about the dog, or any of it for that matter, does not have to be a lie...you all know how stories change and are embellished each time they are shared. She sent an email to AAR saying she was probably mugged, and the news got passed around and it grew by leaps and bounds from there. The Miami Herald even ran a story about it. It wasn't until someone called the police for information that they contacted her lawyer...what I wrote above was pretty much verbatim as she was talking. She didn't even know about the big hoo hah over it until her ex-husband called to to tell her to turn on the TV.

After her initial explanation, she went on with the rest of her show and said she was done talking about it.

bobo

Randi Rhodes got sh!t faced drunk in an Irish pub. She stepped outside for a smoke and passed out dead drunk. She was too embarrassed to publicly admit the truth so she blamed it on some invisible mugger. End of story.

sparky

and your proof that she was drunk is........?

Duffman

and your proof that she wasn't....?

sparky

I don't have any proof she wasn't, but neither do you or bobo have proof she was.

You know, Duffman, I like you better when Putz and/or Steven aren't around.

Duffman

Aaaah...but SOMEbody does, and like everything else that will come out...will you deny, deny, deny? It matters not if you like me..I will continue to like and respect YOU.

PugetSound

"You know, Duffman, I like you better when Putz and/or Steven aren't around.

Posted by: sparky "

Geez, are you saying me and Steven are a bad influence on him? wow, I didn't realize we had such power...not!

sparky

If a reliable witness has proof, there would be no reason to deny anything. If reliable proof comes out that she wasn't, will you say you were wrong?

And you are deliberately ignoring my other point.
Whatever.

Duffman

..wrong 'bout what? do I think she was blitzed....in a word YES. So what! I'm sure many on this board are that way presently...so what's the big deal. 'ignoring your other point?...what's that..oh you chose 'whatever'; well such is life. You know you are one that I would really think would NOT look at things thru politically-colored glasses, but sometimes I wonder...well, as you say 'WHATever'

pugetSound

Careful Duff, you know that your not supposed to post comments that deviate from our Talking Points unless Steve or I clear them in advance.

PugetSound

Sparky
Why did Air America host Jon Elliott report "it is with sadness that tonight I inform you that my Air America colleague Randi Rhodes was assaulted last night while walking her dog near her New York City home."

What evidence did he have before jumping to that conclusion? Did he pick it up from the Radio Fertilizer? I think not, looks like Air America has its own fertilizer to spread on the air to the 'faithful' who want 'the word'

Storsie (formerly jeeramya)

Unmentioned is that Randi was an honored guest/MC at Seattle Hempfest 2006. PugetSound once admitted that he knows of plans by Stefan Sharkansky to 'take out' Hempfest.

There are eerie similarities in the shark/waitress case and this case. In both, an anonymous blog poster accuses a pundit/activist of misbehavior at a food/drink establishment. Notice that in the post regarding the 14 Ketel one Bloody Marys, Randi is specifically accused of being abusive to waitstaff.

It's almost like Shark saw how the narrative went against him, and decided to turn the tables and entrap Randi in a similar scenario.

It could be written off as coincidence, but for the aforementioned Hempfest connection, which PugetSound so carelessly let slip. Puget, I'm onto ya.

PugetSound

damn you, Storsie...I just can't quit ya!

so why the handle change?

sparky

I can't stay up late enough to listen to what Jon Elliott said as far as where he got his information. I do know that he apologized for putting incorrect info out there. He had to apologize because its on tape that he said it. Interestingly, even though there is plenty of video of Hannity et al announcing incorrect information, I just can't seem to recall an apology. Can you?

KS

"and your proof that she was drunk is........?"

She was quoted as saying she hadn't eaten all day, before she went in to the pub after work. That works as proof for me - she proved herself by her statements on the air. Go back and check the transcripts from Randi Rhodes. What friggin difference does it really make outside of the fact that she lost a few teeth ?

PugetSound

who among us hasn't gotten a buzz on and tripped on the way home. i have and probably you have at some point in your life. as long as she isn't doing a justice robbie bridges act (or counclewoman jane hague) then she should be allowed to be herself and get a little bit of privacy. although she has done a number of clumsy bush stories so she may get a little bit back on her.
i do wonder about the paranoia stocking by jon elliot but i am glad he owned up to his mistake. curious why he made the leap in the first place but its all water under the bridge.
in regards to sean hannity, if you have any clear cut cases of him being wrong and refusing to admit same than shame on him. i rarely listen to the man myself.

PugetSound

hate to be captain obvious, but what i mean by justice bridges/counclewoman hague 'act' is driving while intoxicated.
i got no real problem with stumbling while intoxicated as your only a danger to yourself. what bridges and hague did was inexcusable.

sparky

So you know she had something with alcohol in it to drink? Where in the transcripts does it say that?

See, I can nitpick over useless trivia just like you manly men!

storsie

PugetSound--I am changing to Storsie in an effort to remind folks of the Global Warming Crisis with every post.

Storsie is short for Swedish Sea Serpent Storsjoodjuret. It is often not noticed that such sea serpents are cold water creatures.

People will laugh, but it has been proven that there are many more sightings, and much more credible, of these creatures than of UFO's.

PugetSound

actually, its not a gender deal.
i am saying if she had a buzz on and tripped it's no big deal to me. that's all.

sparky

and nope I have never been falling down drunk. Sorry.

pugetSound

Storsie,
Gotta love your thinking on that. I guess your probably getting some carbon offsets for your use of the computer tonight...or are you generating power via Ed Begley Jr.
I love his show. Him and his wife are really old school about this. None of that phony carbon offset crap.

PugetSound

never even a mis-step on the way home?

storsie

Actually, we don't know that she fell. She says she's not sure what happened. All available evidence still points to attack. Even the doctor said so.

PugetSound, when you tripped, did you fall so hard that several teeth were broken?

PugetSound

nope, but i have seen others.
i could see someone who had their balance off a bit by too much drink not getting their hands down in time to soften the blow of the pavement.

PugetSound

storsie sez
"All available evidence still points to attack. Even the doctor said so."

are you thinking that there may have been a 'second shover' perhaps on a grassy knoll?

storsie

So riddle me this, Puget: where is all the misinformation coming from. For example the widely repeated comments about the dog, which it turns out wasn't even resent? Did you know the RNC has 9 staffers working full time on this. And why bring up Radio Fertilizer. What's he got to do with this, and why are the initials BM same for 'bloody mary' and 'brian maloney?'

PugetSound

Storsi
The BM is a good angle. Probably code for something deep and sinister. Might be a Blackwater Ops.
Could be the Cubans, the Mafia, or probably the right wing Militia Men who wanted to silence Randi.
But who has the power to get the RNC, Radio Equalizer, Haliburton (thought I would throw them in there for you) and able to get a cover story in place so quick that discounted the 'truth' coming out of Air America. The convenient 'eye witness' that comes forth with the drunk story.
Man I can see that your up against the dark forces of evil. Hope you got plenty of hemp to get you through the night pardoner.

storsie

You laff but it is documented that in NY mafia circles, when they want someone to shut up, they bop 'em in the kisser. Randi's just lucky she didn't get hurt any worse.

But you're right, I need to relax and get my mind on better things. Randi's fighting for my rights and she wouldn't want it any other way. Bong hit 4 Randi....

joanie

You better be careful, storsie. Putsie thinks people who listen to Randi have a "hankering" for her.

Is that a quaint enough word for you, sweetie pie poopsie putsie?

storsie

don't mind if i do, joanie. If only I could have been there to cushion the blow for those DD's.

PugetSound

"You better be careful, storsie. Putsie thinks people who listen to Randi have a "hankering" for her."

not a 'hankering' for her as much as a 'hankering' for delusion.
still ticked that skedaddle sticks so well, eh joanie?
yikes as one would say. somewhere out there ol AudioSlave and Edmonds Dan are laughing their tails off at that.

Duffman

Bottom line is that she apparently lied; what else does she lie about? Totally discounted; whatever creditability she may have had - she left on that sidewalk.

Bill

Duffman where did you learn to write such bullshit? "Bottom line is that she APPARENTLY lied." Way to cover your ass, man.

coiler

lol! I love it This isn't a big whopper like the army milk is it duffs?

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