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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July 28, 2009


Billy Bob

I have no interest in an open thread, but my friend Larry King sent along this column:

Hot July Musings
by Larry King

Ever put ice cubes in a glass of milk? Try it. Refreshing.

Which one is Ron and which one is Don? I know one talks like an ass, but I still get them confused.

Even Wal-Mart is sold out of fans. Go figure!

Frank Shiers? Really? A gazillion unemployed people in Washington state and this is what we get?

Ever have to pull a poopy string out of your dog's butt? Embarrassing.

Who's that guy filling in for Dave Ross this week? And why is he doing one national book author or topic after another? Are there no more local issues to be discussed?

I hate buying the big tubs of ice cream at Costco in this heat. Melt. Melt. Melt.

Any truth to the rumor that KIRO PD Rod Arquette has the same hearing problem that Limbaugh had? Only Rod is totally deaf. Can't hear a thing. Including KIRO.

Why can't they invent self-tying shoe laces?

Which stations carry which Mariner games now? I get confused.

Seperated at birth: Rush Limbaugh (when he was really fat) and Bonneville big cheese Bruce Reese.

Anyone else watching and rewatching that ESPN Erin Andrews peephole video? Smokin'! Makes me wish I was 60 years younger.

KIRO does not steal 50% of their news from NPR. They steal 90% of their news from the Times and PI websites. They don't even bother to buy the actual paper anymore.

Did Jim French really buy a custom rotisserie casket after listening to TBTL so that when he goes he can roll in his grave for all eternity?

Mayo or Mustard?


I want to know when Dairy Queen stopped dipping dipped cones more than once?

In Raymond, you can still buy a great dipped cone. In Ferndale and Mt. Vernon, it gets one dip.

No hard shell there - it's like a cone with a little chocolate spooned over the top.

I felt cheated.

Next time I'll try Marysville's Dairy Queen. There aren't any in Seattle. Maybe I should inform Warren that Dairy Queen is on the skids...


Wet towels put in the freezer and then draped over you at bed time (when they're ALMOST frozen)...let the fan(s) blow over you...gives you enough respite to get to sleep. :)


One of the selling points of my house was the heat pump that has a cooler function that is like AC. I am very grateful.


DairyQueen online says there is a DQ at the west side of the Seattle Center but it's an Orange Julius Store DQ. maybe they just have sweet DQ treats there, no burgers. i'm not sure. Update later.


How's your mom doing sparky; does she live with you? This can be really harsh on the 'eldery'...checking on my mom today found her (at 91) in good shape and actually enjoying the heat (she hates the cold)...ha She lives a couple of miles from me. It's good to check on these folks. :)


Hey Tommy, for a DQ to have buregers it needs to be a "Brazier" store.

If y'all want some good burgers you need to head out to The Pilchuck Drive-In in Snohomish...


I am not a fan of Bill Maher but check him out calling Americans stupid. At first he tries to say its the conservatives but asked about just having elected Obama he basically even calls all Libs stupid also.

"Just because they elected a bright guy, doesn't mean they're bright."


"One of the selling points of my house was the heat pump that has a cooler function that is like AC."

I'm glad you straightened that out for me Sparky. I was beginning to think it was because of the lack of minority neighbors.

Puget Sound

not too worry, m.steele will be back. he's just taking a well earned rest.


commenters give a damn about what the topic the is before


Oh, you know him personally?


"One of the selling points of my house was the heat pump that has a cooler function that is like AC."

not quite. your "heat pump" is an air conditioning unit. In winter, the indoor coil acts as a condenser (giving off heat) and in the summer acts as an evaporator (absorbing heat), while the outside coil does the opposite. When my HE Gas furnace bites it, I will get a heat pump also.

Puget Sound

oh joanie
you are so damn slow.
but hey, you are the only one who posts on this board that can answer 'yes' to both questions.


whatever that means


Heat beater: Root beer floats! Makes a mighty fine dinner.


As does ice cold watermelon at the end of a hot day.

Not many A&Ws around either. I've seen a few.


Sorry Billy Bob but does anyone remember Herb's Hamburgers on old 99? Now, Ryder, that will date me.


Have you met my neighbors, steven??


The best ice cream is Tillamook's. Especially if you can get it at the dairy.




Puts - so you know M. Steele- however you and he are different. Steele posts like an ally of Joanie which is probably the biggest difference. Interesting though (was also skewered several times on SP by Pudge). Enuf said.


Just googled Umpqua. Never heard of it. But they have chocolate chip pancakes in their recipe file so they must be okay.


OMG! I don't even remember Herb's. Perhaps my senility has finally caught up with me. Leets see, is it gramatically correct to use two prepositions side by side?

I do remember all the Dag's commercials on KJR. Whatever happen to Jocky John Stone?

Who remembers when Pat O'Day was a "shuck"?


Full Tilt ice cream just opened in Columbia City. Better than sex in this weather


I don't think Jack Nicholson would agree. I read that he loves sex in hot, hot weather. Piece of trivia, I know.

I just caught up on Moyers from friday. Honest, if you didn't catch it, you should. Healthcare and radio rage. moyers

Off to sleepy land, eh Steele?

Puget Sound

i am sure that m steele will be back. i hadn't heard about the skewering. ouch. i guess ol' pudge doesn't play around. i still recall what he did awhile back to ph(j)oanie when he broke down her tired arguments. brutal and probably not legal in some states.

but m steele did well on this board over in the shallow end we call blatherwatch.

i liked m steele.

didn't he mention awhile ago that he was going off for a bit? that was the reason i said he was taking a well earned rest and would be back.

but to clear things up for slow joanie who couldn't wait to make an assumption, i do not 'know' m steele.

and yes, to suck and to blow (spew) is a bad thing joanie.


Not funny...by any stretch. Move on!


Let's clean it up and talk more about root beer floats; the best RBF is made at home. I prefer a less creamy vanilla ice cream for my floats, such as Breyers and a quality root beer like Thomas Kemper.

Makes a good breakfast in this heat wave!

Gil's Drive In on Rainier Avenue?


April, try Virgil's Root Beer sometime. Made with sugar, not HFC.


Thomas Kemper is available made with cane sugar also. There are quite a number of good root beers available without HFC, thank goodness!


The correct acronym for High-fructose corn syrup is (HFCS).


Ah, poor spotsie. Always having to explain yourself.

Puget Sound

serious Joanie, just calm down. M Steele will most likely be back soon.
and no, he isn't GG or Edmonds Dan or Rozskat or Audioslave.

Puget Sound

i think.


Since when?


I made root beer floats for the grand daughters last night. Gramma yelled at me. Spoling the gurlz etc.
So, I just pulled out the Thomas Kemper Orange Cream Soda and Costca Vanilla Ice Cream. The 8 year old goes yummm grampa, this is the yummiest I have ever tasted.
Hey, no violation. she said no more RB floats. I am the grampa.


You see chucks I believe that every time joanie reads a post like that from you she 2nd guesses herself for lusting after Gen Wes Clarke. I think deep down she really likes you. ;)


randi rhodes has Wendell Potter on right now explaining insurance policies


Thanks, Coiler. I'm listening. I've heard this guy before.

One way to keep insurance companies in business is to make them all non-profit and a subsidized program for those who can't afford it. That's another way to change healthcare.

Single payer is still my choice. But get the profit out at least.


I'm heading to the pool! In a word 'CHILL'.


As a life long news-junkie, and in the radio industry my entire adult life, I enjoy visiting this site and reading the insights on the local "news/talk" landscape from those of you who have lived in this little corner of the world forever. I don't waste a lot of time on the nut-jobbery, however. So I'm not likely to post much, or care if anyone responds to my comments.
As to the question: Suck or Blow? I lick and nibble. But that's me: always thinking outside the box.


Coiler, I like the sound of this station. Am listening to Reagan now. It seems like it moves faster.

Of course, it could be that it is just a whole new set of commercials!

Also, Randi listened really well today. In fact, one caller went on way too long. Is this more typical of her show now?


101 on my back porch!


Too hot on my porch to. LOL, my daughter with my new grandson are up from Tucson for a visit this week. They came this week by design to get a few days reprieve from the hot desert heat.
Lucas, you have a better plan, for today anyway.


Obamacare blows - that is a growing consensus. Like inside without AC today.

( from http://www.newsvine.com )

The health insurance divide
That’s especially true on the issue of health care reform. As Congress works on its legislation and as Obama campaigns to get an overhaul enacted, 42 percent now say that the president’s plan is a bad idea, which is a 10-point increase since last month. Thirty-six percent say it’s a good idea.

In addition, 39 percent -- a plurality -- believe that Obama’s plan would result in the quality of their health care getting worse. That’s 15-point jump since April.

And just 41 percent approve of the president’s job on health care, which is nearly identical to Bill Clinton’s scores from 1994, when he failed to get Congress to pass health care reform.

But the poll -- which was taken of 1,011 adults from July 17-20, and which has an overall margin of error of plus or minus 3.1 percentage points -- also reveals a clear split between those who have private health insurance and those who don’t.

Americans who have private health insurance disapprove of Obama’s job on health care by a 51-38 percent margin. Those who lack insurance, however, approve of his job, 52-29 percent.

Also, when read the specifics of his goals for health care -- like requiring insurers to cover those with pre-existing conditions, providing low-income families with subsidies to help them afford insurance, and raising taxes on the wealthy to pay for the subsidies -- 56 percent say they support Obama’s plan. Only 38 percent oppose.

Puget Sound

interesting stuff, ks.

damn those specifics. can't they just 'rahm' it through?

oh well, nice effort. maybe next election when they get a dem majority in the house and senate and a dem president. oh wait, they do.

wonder why the slowdown?

maybe all those blue dogs in conservative districts are hoping to get re-elected?


Wow PUTS, it appears even the Town Hallers are getting a bit out of control.

Puget Sound

good point duff.

never a positive sign when you can't even meet in town meetings within your own district.

2010 should be damn interesting.


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