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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June 23, 2008



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Just random sighting today: parusing Medved's wiki and saw a weird move "starring" reference at the bottom.

Poor little Timey Man. Always a martyr to his own stupidity.


Holy crap..it is a real movie! I thought it was a joke.
The poster reminds me of Billy Jack!


What did BJ Shea do to get that dubious distinction of billing along side Monson and Medved ?


What the fuck does Tim Eyman have to do with radio? Why are radio personalities top billed in a documentary about political figures? Shouldn't the law makers whom he torments be top billed? Why isn't Tim Eyman top billed? Is he even in this movie? Why were two conservative and a guy who doesn't even talk politics top billed? Who the fuck cares about Tim Eyman? Is it 1997?


Andrew, did you watch the trailer? Its ALL about Timmeh.

BJ O'Shea looks like he pulled an all nighter.

joanie hussein

I thought it was great! Very fun and funny.

You know, just like I admire Ron Paul for some things, I admire Eyman for some things. I like people who stand up for their convictions. He didn't do some things right but he did act. If more of us would act on our convictions instead of just writing, complaining and wringing our hands about things, we'd accomplish a whole lot more.

I always considered Eyman the messenger. A lot of stupid people follow everything he says but that's not his fault.

Anyway, pretty sharp production values, IMHO.

Oh, and I have worked for government and there is a lot of waste. The thing is, there's a lot of waste in every large corporation. And government isn't any different. Medium-sized businesses probably do the best at efficiency. The hierarchy is such that the top and the bottom are still visible to each other.

Sure not true in Seattle School District. I just found out that one of the District's and teachers' biggest problems is Union 609 which is the custodial union. They do nothing and yet have huge influence on the way schools are run and the access teachers have. It is disgusting to work so hard and yet be under the thumbs of a bunch of cleaners who don't clean.

And it turns out that high school and middle school teachers determine a lot of the policies under which we elementary teachers work because there are so many more of them.

Teachers should form their own union and elementary teachers should form a separate one from high school and middle school. We have different issues.

Believe it or not, I am not against charter schools and if I worked in a non-union school, I'd get bonuses. I know that.

More and more I'm thinking that unions are not the answer. When I worked private industry, I was given great bonuses and respect. More than I get as a teacher. But, not all companies are as fair as the one I worked for.

So who knows what the answer is?


Oh, and the make-up person should get an Oscar for the job on Monson.


Michael, I wish you had a way of noting the number of comments in parentheses or some equivalent way so that when people post on older threads, we know it. Once names have fallen off the column which can happen pretty fast, I have no idea who has recently posted to an old thread.

I like reading all the posts. But I don't like going back and having to check each one over and over.

Maybe the date on your calendar could turn red for forty-eight hours or something like that every time a poster adds a comment. Must be some way to make this happen.


Here's an idea to start: shorten the name of the person who posts by leaving off all but the first word of the commentary headline. Instead of "joanie at a Theatre near you ...run, run" you could show it as "joanie at a theatre..." and leave off the rest. Keeping the poster's name and thread ID to one line would allow a whole lot more commenters to show.

And make the column longer. Reduce the descriptive language on the linked sites. We know who they are.

Ah, just a suggestion from a loyal reader who doesn't like to miss comments.


uM.....joanie, if you get to see the whole film, I don't think you will continue to believe that Pyeman's convictions amount to anything more than to put money in his pocket. He has figured out a way to get money and attention. There is history behind "Horse'sAss" and how Goldy got involved. And then there was the misappropriation of funds...


Yes, I know the stories. As for the misappropriation of funds, I agree it was definitely improper. I also recognized the time spent at his mission, neglect of his own business and the temptation to benefit himself.

I can forgive him just as I can forgive liberals who error and make it up or show remorse.

Again, he's a messenger. If people didn't agree with the message, he'd be out of business.

I don't agree with his messages. Well, not all of them.


"Teachers should form their own union and elementary teachers should form a separate one from high school and middle school. We have different issues."

I'm certain, Joans, that you've discussed this with your colleagues and, perhaps, union organizers. How does this proposition play out? Is there hope that a separate elementary union will be effective, or will the powers of the upper grades continue to squelch the younger? It's a fascinating idea...

(You have three seconds to find this belated comment before it disappears....)

Netflix hasn't picked up I-man's riveting blockbuster, yet. I'm sure it's just a matter of time...

joanie hussein

I can't say that I know for sure how it would play out. I do know Seattle is such a big, big district that there are a lot of elementary teachers.

I was instrumental (one of two people) that organized another workplace years and years ago. So I have some information.

In some other school districts that I know of, teachers have their own unions and they do better. Our union is comprised of aides and clerical staff. Needless to say, our secretaries are among the highest paid in the state. The District always manages to give a little more to the fewest.

Also, in surrounding districts that I know of, teachers are better paid and aides are lower paid. Another result of raising salaries of fewer people.

Elementary teachers have little voice so why not try it? Albert Shankar was/is a hero of mine. He managed to get more out of New York for the teachers and more out of the teachers for New York kids. That's a win-win situation. I've rarely seen that happen.

I can tell you I'd like to see 609 given its walking papers a la Reagan and air traffic controllers (which I did not agree with) just because such abuse by a union is unconscionable. Principals do not even supervise their own buildings anymore in terms of cleaning and services.

I had a substitute cleaner in my classroom one night and he checked and cleaned everything and did it fast. I asked him if he worked someplace regularly because I said we'd like to have you here. My room cleaner waits till I tell him what we need after we've needed it for a couple of days.

He responded, "I work down at admin and if you don't do you job down there, you get fired."

So, I guess we know who's important.

In Seattle, it isn't the teachers who are important. Trust me.

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