take your answer off the air...

  • HorsesAss.Org: the straight poop on WA politics & the press
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  • 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
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  • 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
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  • 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
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  • 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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February 13, 2009



Sorry, Baart, just saw it.

Ingraham didn't say much at the time, but now she's making the rounds of Fox News shows, and cutting Specter's gonads off

Sounds like 710DORI. doesn't it?

As for the billo-bilge about Helen, that's what rightwingers do to strong women. She probably takes it as evidence that she's smarter and tougher than they are. That's self-evident with Ingraham and O'Reilly.

Anybody with a brain can see that. Oh, I forgot, the rightwing trolls are sitting on theirs.


Conservative talkers are starving for access and decent interviews

I don't see why. They distort and fictionalize their reporting anyway. Who needs a "source" for that?

After listening to the southern Republican retards one too many times, I am convinced we should have let the Confederacy secede from the Union."

This from a blog on Rachel's show site. The poster is probably being facetious, but I'm not when I say I agree with it.

On her site, you can watch Billo defending his attack on Thomas. He compares it to the left's characterization of Palin. I'm not sure he's wrong...sometimes it gets messy, One of those "I know it when I see it" sort of things, I guess.


Hey Joanie,

Can you please explain to me why cutting e-verify out of the stimulus bill is a good thing?
Why are the Democrats eager to give our jobs away without checking to see if the new employees are able to work in this country legally?
I can't seem to find any good reason to make it easier for illegals to work in this country, especially with so many out of work. I'm sure you could explain it to me.


Oh, here's a good one:

Said Obama: "Today, the chairman and CEO of Caterpillar said that if the American Recovery and Reinvestment Plan passes, his company would be able to rehire some of those employees."

"But Caterpillar CEO Jim Owens says that's not exactly the case. In fact, Owen says, Caterpillar will probably need to layoff additional workers before any rehiring takes place."

At least we're used to a president who lies constantly by now, yeah we're comfortable with it.


I see O'Reilly sent Helen Thomas a bouquet of flowers. Wonder if he sent any bath tub toys to go with.
The wicked witches came from the east and the west. Glenda was the nice one that came from the north.


Love that photo. Which one is Ed?


Actually, Brian, I heard SOMEONE, not sure if it was the head of Caterpillar or not, say that they could rehire..but they were not saying it would be next week. More reorganization would take place, and then they could rehire, and that would be made possible by the stimulus package that would create projucts that would use heavy equipment. President Obama was not lying. For some reason, you guys feel that being the turd in the punchbowl is going to help our economic situation.


wht the hell are projucts


First of all, Brian, I haven't read the whole bill. Have you?

Big Eddie was just chastising Congress because nobody has read the bill. They've got lots of preppy interns and lawyers running around. They ought to read the bill.

Adam Smith admitted to Ross that he hadn't read the bill either.

And since I don't get my piece-meal information from any talking-points source, I can't really answer you.

How's that for honest?

However, regarding illegals? Who took it out? What was the reason? It sounds like you don't know either. You sure it was the dems? If you care about it, find out. And then let me know. I'm curious, too. But then, I'm not afraid of Mexicans working in America.

BTW, did you hear Ross the other morning discussing the issue that it is farmers who don't like the minimum wage because it is attracting more Americans to work and Americans don't work as hard as Mexicans?

Nothing is simple, Brian.


Dori Monson, KIRO's tiniest of talkers, is still dwelling on Henrietta Hughes.


"First of all, Brian, I haven't read the bill. Have you?"
Has anybody read the bill? Does any member of congress in the House or Senate know what is in it? Has any member of the press read it?
The whole damned group of them are voting on a $800 billion bill blindly.
Who do we know that this is going to be any better than what Bush and Congress did with the other $700 billion? That did not do shit for us that anyone can define. Those are a couple of pretty big NSF checks that the gumment is writing.


How do we know........


Has anybody read the bill?

Reread my post and put your glasses on this time.

That's exactly what Ed Schulz said this afternoon. You ought to try him.


Well Joanie, the e-verify funds were in the bill that left the house but the Dem Senators took the bill behind closed doors and removed it from the bill without debate or warning. Apparently the Democrats won't stop short of giving away American's jobs if it means increasing their Hispanic voting block.

Obama was right about one thing, Bipartisanship. There were 7 Democrats & all of the Republicans in the house who voted no for the spendulous/socialism package.


I guess I did not make it clear that I was agreeing with you (and him) for a change. Sorry.


And, Brian, does a united front on the part of the Republicans indicate anything?


Here's what I found on the e-verify issue:
"Currently, about 100,000 employers voluntarily use E-Verify, formerly known as Basic Pilot. Under an executive order issued by President George W. Bush, federal contractors are supposed to start using E-Verify in May, though business groups are challenging the order in court.

Critics point to relatively high error rates in the government databases used to determine initial eligibility. U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, which jointly runs the program with the Social Security Administration, estimates that about 4,000 U.S. workers in every 1 million would be initially denied eligibility because of the database errors.

Groups such as the Immigration Policy Center refer to E-Verify as “deeply flawed” because of the error rates and have warned of the danger of American workers losing or risking their jobs because of the shortcomings in E-Verify. They also said E-Verify would slow the impact of the stimulus spending.

On the other side, E-Verify supporters including the Federation for American Immigration Reform consider it to be a useful tool to protect jobs in the United States from going to illegal immigrants."

It looks like a pretty neutral site. That's a high error rate. Doesn't say much for government personnel keeping correct data.


One more thing...the House put it in and there are a lot more Dems in the House so they had to be on board with it.

One more:
Senate Bill 23, sponsored by Sen. David Schultheis, R-Colorado Springs, also would have required employers to fire illegal immigrants not cleared by the “e-verify” system.

The measure failed in a 3-2 party-line committee vote, with Democrats opposing the bill and Republicans voting in favor of it.

There must have been support from Dems in the House, Brian. So you can't paint us with a wide brush. I don't really see anything wrong with it. I'd have left it in - knowing what I know.


Thanks Joanie, though I think the error rate is only 4/10 of 1% but I'm no mathematician.
I guess I should stop watching Lou Dobbs, he got me all fired up last night.


I'm laughing. After I posted that, I did a little mental math myself and thought the same thing. That's a fairly minimal error rate.

So, I guess I'll let the "gumment" off the hook on that one.


"Actually, Brian, I heard SOMEONE, not sure if it was the head of Caterpillar or not, say that they could rehire..but they were not saying it would be next week. More reorganization would take place, and then they could rehire, and that would be made possible by the stimulus package that would create projucts that would use heavy equipment. President Obama was not lying. For some reason, you guys feel that being the turd in the punchbowl is going to help our economic situation."

False, Obama was lying by omission - the head of Caterpillar said that they would eventually hire again, but not before more jobs are lost, which is what the President purposely left out - duh ! The turd in the punch bowl was already put in there by the party in power. I won't even speculate about how many more are to follow.

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