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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February 25, 2009



his little tin local constituency (8-9000 on a good day)

Hmmm ... this seems a somewhat tenuous statement. National Aircheck's official estimate of KIRO's Saturday 6AM newscast is 60,000.
It seems a little unbelievable that a 6AM weekend newscast has 7 x the number of listeners as the #1 (really #2,
tip of that hat, KUOW) talk show in Seattle?

(Someone call FactCheck!) j/k


Well assuming it's true that a majority of his listeners don't actually side with him, and I think he admits as much, then the chances that he could actually motivate a base of people into action is very slim. Opponents of his ideas are also listening, and likely out number listening proponents, and would energize in opposition to whatever the idea might be. He's like your grandpa; he might convince everyone in the room he can make a flying bicycle but nobody is going to help grandpa make one.

The Dave Ross lead in really does give Monson far more liberal ears than anyone on KVI the likes of John Carlson have.

But yeah, it's pretty clear Monson doesn't really want to be a public servant or adovcate, and again he admits as much, probably because unlike Gregoire he couldn't stomach the personal sacrifice.


LOL - I listened to about 15 minutes of his show today and it was obvious he was having a bit of fun because he knew it would get the panties of people like
this blogger up in a tight little wad and they would pound out paragraphs of painfully cross-referenced huffing and puffing in response to some throwaway comments, a state-of-affairs which he probably finds delightful and amusing.

Very obviously "Jeff" or "James" or whatever yay-hoo is talking about a recall couldn't tell his ass from his arm, and Dori
knows it. "Jeff" or "Jay" or whoever is one of the same band of local kooks who annually descend on Sam Reed's office to file initiatives like this - http://tinyurl.com/cqcy63 -
that never have a single signature gathered, are never harmonized by the Code Reviser and don't even pass muster by the Statute Law Committee. Every town has some local yokels who occasionally try to inject themselves into civic life and then realize, truthfully, it's just not open to any uneducated slob to walk in off the street
and get involved - there are gatekeepers to the debate and they keep the local crazies out.
Dori was just using the idiot du jour for his own fun.

Didn't strike me as anything more than a thought experiment crossed
with a spitball. He enjoys yelling "jump" from time to time and, when he does, his benefactors
and detractors both do --- as separately evidenced by (1) his callers, and (2) the considerable
length and apparent thoughtfulness and cross-referencing of this blog post in refuting a few minutes of
tongue-in-cheek talk radio.

Alright, that's all --- nice blog, BTW. Good to have some coverage of SEA talk radio outside of the FM snoozefest at radio-info ... look forward to checking back soon -


Uhhh ... I think he was doing a comedy bit?

Whether or not it was funny (eh, I've heard worse -- not much worse, though) is perhaps a topic for a different discussion but it seems like it would be a tad off-kilter to start reading from the RCW in the middle of a stand-up routine.

"Why'd the chicken cross the road? Well, first, before I tell you the punchline I would like to assert that - in interests of full disclosure - the Revised Code of Washington 12.33.291 regulates poultry transfers across county thoroughfares to designated crosswalks, so, now that I've established that caveat and you understand the practical and real-world limitations of this scenario I'll move on to the punchline ..."

You guys must be a riot at parties! j/k ;)


guess I shoulda quoted what I was talking 'bout ...

Dori did not mention to listeners that the Attorney General must rule the recall attempt meets the standards of "misfeasance or malfeasance."


To blame it on Gregoire is ditto-headed partisanship that smacks of the cranky Republican party of Tim Eyman, and Dino Rossi, Gregoire's sleazy opponent for the past two elections. It's stuff like this that's put the GOP and conservatives like Monson in the political basement for decades.

Who does one blame for the nearly 25% growth in State Govt during her tenure?


When Dori says jump, no one gets out of their recliner. Carlson and Wilbur used to be able to motivate people to do stuff. Dori never has.


Who does one blame for the nearly 25% growth in State Govt during her tenure?
First, the growth of gov't, depending how you measure such a thing hasn't been anywhere that much, second, the population has grown. three, there's a legislature with considerable power as well. Four, I like more government. If our hands hadnt been tied by 695, and other anti-tax measures, we might not be staring at the huge infrastructure investment we must make. Five, some 68% of the budget is mandated by various other citizens intiatives. Gregoire and the Leg don't have that much power over spending. Six, Dori Monson is a little gleek with an extra toe on each foot.


prempted by baseball


Four, I like more government.

Then you should be happier than a pig in shit.


Sarge, then there is the education mandate, required by the biggest Citizen Initiative of them all, the State Constitution. Education is supposed to be the top priority. Our State Constitution had the benefit of being drafted a 100 years after the Federal Constitution, and some rights in it are more clarified, such as one of the Conservatives favorite causes, the Right to Bear Arms.


They want a recall, 4 months after an election in which Rossi was defeated by a larger margin than his previous attempt?

woody held

coiler is right, unfortunately the people have spoken loud and clear that they want massive wasteful and fraud-laced gov't.

California recalled Davis and where are they 5 years later? Bankrupt & sinking like a wooly mammoth in a tar pit.

Recall Gregoire? why bother?

Woody Held Stats


I agree, why bother.

"The deficit is high because the business downturn across the country (far worse than anyone predicted before November)"

But you have to admit that Dori was on the case & pointing attention to Queen Chris's excess/irresponsible spending for years and years while she denied any deficit until immediately after the election.
She is definitely a lying POS but that's okey-dokey around here as long as she's a lying Dem.


>>Dori's had private sector jobs all his adult life. Like broadcasting from a hot tub at the Home Show; giving live-reads for floor coverings; or yucking it up with athletically-inclined, over-paid and medicated meat-puppets.<<

I always get a kick out of comments like this. They always result from one thing and one thing only:


Tell me if YOU were a talk show host that you wouldn't take a single endorsement deal. Uh-huh.

If you're going to take Monson to task on what he does on the radio do it on what he says outside of the commercial breaks, not during them.


Nobody is saying it's wrong to accept an endorsement deal, but in the spectrum of dealings there are those that make a difference at a cost to themselves and those that do remotes from hot tubs at homeshows. The reality of it speaks for itself.


Can't think of a single reason to be jealous of Dorki. Yeah he makes more money, but...ew...


Sparky, has your school put the new signs up saying that if they dont graduate, they are letting thier country down and will be subject to deportation because they will just become a burden on society. I think that sums it up on what the President said last night dncha think.

Is this the equivalent of Bush's "Either you are with us, or against us". Except instead of terrorist which dont exist anymore in this Administration, but to this countrys next generation. Are they the new bad guys. Sorta like, we are leaving you this big debt but you have to prove to us that you can repay it.


Take what happened in California with Grey Davis, then project it on to DC and if the out of control spending and march to big government socialism continues for another 3 years, people will elect a new President in 2012. Remember this is America, although over 40% would want him reelected even if we go bankrupt and we get plundered by terrorist attacks and 100% of the progressives. Just sayin..


You must have listened to a different President than I did.


Take what happened in California with Grey Davis, then project it on to DC and if the out of control spending and march to big government socialism continues for another 3 years, people will elect a new President in 2012. Remember this is America, although over 40% would want him reelected even if we go bankrupt and we get plundered by terrorist attacks and 100% of the progressives. Just sayin..


Nevets: Yeah, that's exactly what he said... (worst comparison EVER).

Queue Nevets' tepid insults


Didn't Dori have a bankrupted book shop in Lake Forest Park at one time? He couldn't make it, as I recall. He does better selling conservative crap than he does selling books to thinking people.

And he makes more money at it. Just goes to show what a bunch of dummies conservatives are.


More blanket generalizations. My turn...And progressives aren't dumb by believing that we can spend our way back to prosperity with a $1.3 Trillion deficit ??

Make me laugh, then gag..


Sparky, this the from the President I listened to. I think I put it quite correctly in my post above. Now which country do you live in again?

"And dropping out of high school is no longer an option. It's not just quitting on yourself, it's quitting on your country"

"There is, of course, another responsibility we have to our children. And that is the responsibility to ensure that we do not pass on to them a debt they cannot pay."


Keep the love coming, GG.

Mike Barer

New York, California, and Illinois have all had a Democratic Governor leave before his term expired so I don't take this lightly.

Oregon Coast

Hey, poster that rhymes with cart with the phony name, stop focusing on Joanie and deal with the topic at hand. Try contributing something of substance for a change or take a hike...

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