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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January 23, 2011



Marionberry 3.14 is actually a favorite of mine.


Don't laugh, challenging Home Ec programs in schools to include more math and weather is just the beginning.

Lawrence Fishkiller

not another one of those goozy, pandering food shows. god, weekday is tiring. it is so rare i listen any more, now that luke is on kiro, and there are so many internet options.

Avery Garrett2

Steve Scher is tired. The show needs a Roto-Rutor and an update... maybe steroids.


Now I want pie! My favorite is boysenberry. Then banana cream and chocolate cream. I want some pie!

Steve Scher is still sorta young I think? Fifies? I imagine he wants to hang on but I agree, he needs t bulk up a bit.

BTW, I heard Reynolds had Victoria Chua (I think that's her name) on Friday. She's the Chinese parent who wrote about being too severe. I'm going to to listen to that one online. I'm curious. Lately, we are being compared to the Chinese in education. So, I'm curious.


Amy Chua has sparked quite the debate on how strict is too strict when it comes to parenting. Making your kids practice piano? OK. Making them practice for three hours daily, then calling them "lazy" and "pathetic" when they can't master a piece? Hmmm....

People tell me they want us to teach like the Chinese, until I point out it would mean school on Saturdays, no school sponsored sports, no dances, no choir or art during school hours, and, oh yes, if their child is disrespectful, I get to slap them across the face. Also, no pulling your kid out of school the week of the WASL to go to Disneyland, because that is the only week your husband gets vacation!

I have never hit anyone or anything in my entire life, and I would never be able to hit a kid. But that is an acceptable policy in China ( I have a college friend who teaches there--she doesn't hit either, but says it is common). But my point is, when parents find out about these things, they change their minds about adopting their methods.
Or, they don't believe me. heh....


I'm listening to Chua (it's almost over) and I have a different take on it now. Cultural norms are different. She gives a lot of anecdotal information that changes my mind a bit. Respect is at the root of much of their actions. Something we could use some work on here.

Ross just asked "is there a best way for all children" and Chua and a caller of course agree there isn't. China does have arts: literature; music; dance . . . So, they're getting it somewhere. And America has a lot of failing children. There must be a middle way. Values and priorities are different but somehow both China and America want their kids to succeed. And Chua says Chinese parents love their kids as well. Does anybody doubt that?

Corporal punishment? I'm not a fan but I think there are different ways of doing it. Slapping faces is not one of them.

Listen here if you like: The Conversation
Or here to get both parts: interview and part 2 questions

She's gotten a lot of pushback and listening to her talk about it is interesting.


According to my friend, there are wonderful community/private music programs, although the kids are pressured to belong as well. Same for the arts. She said she only knows what happens in her more suburban town, and that big city schools may have some kinds of programs. But overall, a TON of money goes into sports in the US. And its the last thing to be cut, if it ever is, when budgets grow thin.
Absolutely it is cultural. We put more value on having a little fun thrown in as well as doing the hard work. And some families are all about the fun.

Alaska Charter Boats

You mean the Marionberry?

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