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 15, 2008



My kids and I made pop-out frogs and slithery snakes for father's day cards. Makes me smile what some of them wrote.

Men were bigger than life in those days. My dad worked on the Alcan highway. I found a telegram he sent my mom. You had to work six months to get paid. He lasted about three. Telegraphed that he missed her and was coming home. I think she'd have rather had the money.

But, he was a bass and he loved limericks. A risktaker to the end and could be found wherever there was a poker game going on.

Don't mean to steel your thunder, Michael. I bet they would've understood each other pretty darn well.


Happy Father's Day. My dad was an only son, a high school track athlete (his record still stands at his High School in Oregon), an Army vet from WWII, a state policeman, a CB radio fanatic and a teacher for 30 years, during which time he was a beloved baseball coach. He loved a joke, crackers and milk, and he cried when my litle brother gave him a homemade ashtray "even though I wish you didn't smoke" and he quit smoking right there on the spot. He loved long rides in the country and taught me to fish, tie my own hook and to spot wildlife.
He died in 1989 at the age of 68 and we still all miss him very much. He had asked to be cremated and his ashes buried on the side of Mt. Hood so that everytime we saw the mountain, we would think of him.
So, if you still have a dad, give him an extra big squeeze.


And "Bart", there has to something specially wrong with a person who mocks a man's remebrance of his father.


sparky is apparently of the self-serving opinion that no one else could have feelings like her. Pretty much par for the course.


Sparky, I think those of us who are northwest natives and of a certain age spent many, many hours on the rivers, streams, lakes and salt water. Wasn't it a wonderful time?

Fishing was a big deal. But, I only used worms. And I caught bullheads which I refused to remove myself. They were too ugly!

I'm impressed that you tied your own hook!

Those were the days. I met a young teacher from the East Coast in the 90s. He admitted that before he came to Washington State, he was prepared for frontier - the wild, wild west.

Of course, that's not what he found. Too bad. He will never know the best times in the Northwest.


Ok Bart, sorry. I read it lots of times and it just sounded bad. Easy to do with just written words.

ArtfartClair: Bite Me

Joanie, I learned to tie my own hook to impress a high school boyfriend. I haven't gone fishing for a long time, so I would probably have to practice it again. Last time I went fishing was in Yellowstone Lake with my uncle...caught 11 and had to throw them all back because you can't keep cutthroats over 12"!! My youngest nephew is now learning to carry on the tradition.


MentalInstitueClair: Nice try.


I miss Dad, too. 1920-2000. Same disease.

"Put another nickel in
In the nickelodeon
All I want is loving you
And music, music, music"

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