Archive for June, 2007

Michael Savage is born again. Again.

Posted on June 26, 2007. Filed under: am radio, conservative, entertainment, journalism, liberal, life, media, politics, radio |

Reinvigorated and all fired up from a week of silence, Michael Savage has been born again. According to our favorite commie pinko turned right winger Michael has a new one man mission and that is to save our Marines from being prosecuted for war crimes in the Haditha incident. (Talk about a martyr complex). Apparently our boys may be up for murder charges which would carry the death penalty and that doesn’t sit right in Michael’s gut. (Maybe he took the wrong combination of herbal remedies over his break). So if you still want to talk about immigration you better swing on over to Rush and the big O’ since Savage has personally taken on the mission of saving these boys after having been enlightened during a viewing of the Kirk Douglas movie Paths of Glory–a movie about the corruption of high level officers during WWI.

There is always an innocent involved on right wing radio. It’s either the 40 million aborted babies who could’ve have been productive citizens by now (Rush, Dr. Laura) or innocent soldiers being framed and set up by corrupt journalists and high ranking military officers more interested in furthering their careers than serving their men and their country (Savage). It never occurs to them that maybe we’re all screwed up. Well, that’s my dose of cynicism for the day.

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Mike Savage ponders the preciousness of life and vegetarianism

Posted on June 24, 2007. Filed under: am radio, conservative, entertainment, funny, humor, journalism, liberal, life, media, politics, radio |

Part of the reason I started this blog is my fascination with egoists. What does a fanatic do in his down time? Is he indeed, human? What does he think when a crow lands nearby and pecks at a chestnut with curious resolve? Is he filled with disgust at the bird’s very existence or does he quietly observe the bird’s actions and then proceed to weave the bird’s doings into his own theory of life? Probably both anyway, that’s my quick conclusion. It’s what we all do, right? We are all egoists, to be sure. The people on the airwaves just happen to have a microphone in front of them blasting their often fast, unresolved conclusions onto thousands, sometimes millions of people. We are envious of them, we admire them even when we don’t agree with them because they are doing what we wish we could be doing. They deliver what we want to hear or what we don’t want to hear and then sometimes, in those strange rare moments they sound, oddly, like us. Human.

I must be some kind of genie according to my liberal friends when I listen to am radio and find something good to report. But I do. Often. Even Mike Savage, that rampaging far right hate monger has a soft spot. So the Savage Man himself was on vacation last week and his station recycled an earlier June broadcast of his rampages but I still listened and what I heard was a lonely man contemplating the fact that he does contemplate.

So Mike Savage was pondering the preciousness of life which he oft does and then, oddly he began discussing not eating something that has eyes. He said that it troubled him that he had to eat something that has eyes but you know what, he’ll eat it when it’s scrambled meat in his rigatoni and if he doesn’t see any eyes in it; you know what, he’ll still eat it. As long as he doesn’t see those eyes looking back he’s good to go. Now what does this say about his conscious? Will he eat liberals as long as they’re scrambled and he doesn’t have to look into their visage gaping back at him? My conclusion? A haunted man.

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Dr. Laura defends Angelina and puts bloggers on her evil list…

Posted on June 21, 2007. Filed under: am radio, conservative, entertainment, environment, funny, humor, journalism, liberal, life, media, politics, radio |

 Just one more post on lovely Angelina and then I’m done with her.  So I’ve been listening to Dr. Laura this week while El Rushbo is off playing golf and Mike Savage is having a quiet vacation with the family (he doesn’t believe in adventure vacations by the way–his radio show is adventure enough).  Dr. Laura was very proud of Angelina for fending off Fox and journalists in general last week by making them sign some contract that said she was only going to talk about her movie premier and not about Brad’s morning breath.  The good doctor then went on to praise Jolie for going around and saving babies from a not-so-glamorous life in any given impoverished nation and that she does great work and good for her for sticking it to all us evil bloggers and scum mongers (aka journalists) .  (Or was it scum monkey?)  Apparently Dr. Laura has some “issues” with journalists.  Off topic, but one Vanity Fair reporter allegedly lured her into what she thought was an unbiased piece-turns out there is no such thing…

Now while Dr. Laura praised Angie for being a good mother and making motherhood stylish again she did chastise her a little bit for ahem, “shacking up” with that Brad guy and of course for having kids out of wedlock.  She also doesn’t get what Angie sees in Brad (hey, I agree with her there).

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Gee thanks Angelina for being a pompous dipshit

Posted on June 14, 2007. Filed under: am radio, conservative, entertainment, liberal, life, media, politics |

I digress a bit from my blog’s focus because I’m so incredibly annoyed.  Not only did Angie try and ban Fox News from her movie premier “A Mighty Heart” a movie about decapitated journalist Danial Pearl, a devoted and respected journalist dedicating his life to news and the freedom of speech, she had the gall to wear a 26 dollar dress to the premier like she is one of us, like she is still, what real?  Who the hell does she thinks she’s impressing?  Oprah?  Oh, let me kiss your billionaire skinny ass hand for offending the fuck out of me.  Just wear your Versace and smile and don’t pretend to be like you are anything but a rich Hollywood actress.

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Rush is old school now compared to Savage

Posted on June 14, 2007. Filed under: am radio, conservative, entertainment, journalism, liberal, life, media, politics, radio, writing |

Rush seems to be turning into the aging old jolly gentleman of talk radio compared to Savage.  Personally, I enjoy listening to Rush a lot more than I do Savage.  Mike Savage comes across as an angry lunatic half the time with his biased interpretations of history and his occasional Bible thumping and his war cries.  Although I do enjoy his Randy Rhodesque comments like “this topic gives me dyspepsia.” Not to mention his dated commie pinko rampages and his riotous “liberalism is mental disorder” slogan.  The thing I enjoy about Rush is that he wants to engage in debate.  He gets really annoyed that liberals don’t listen to his show (I do!)  but Savage is simply way too polarizing and I’m not sure he wants a debate.  He is right, just that.  Hmm, sounds familiar.  Some of my fellow liberals hear that I listen to am radio and they eye me suspiciously like I’m some kind of traitor.  No, just listening.  Nothing wrong with listening and engaging in debate.  Isn’t that what this country is about?

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Hats off to Mick Gregory, but…and I do have a big but

Posted on June 13, 2007. Filed under: am radio, conservative, entertainment, humor, journalism, liberal, life, media, politics, writing |

I’m really excited about what the internet has done for writers.  But here’s my beef.  So we get all this great information and all this online readership (none of which I have, I’m a newbie, forgive, we all get started somewhere, right?) but what about people like our parents who are used to getting news from one, two, maybe three sources that provide lots of info from many different people.  How do we appeal to this crowd?  Should we?  We all have these great blogs but there is no big forum.  What exactly is the new journalism?  Most people aren’t journalists, aren’t writers.  They want their news packaged and delivered on their doorstep.  This doesn’t make them bad people, this is most of America.  These are the folks that tune in for a few minutes and want to make a decision based on our research.  I think citizen journalism is the new order for writers and muckrakers but our we speaking to the choir?  What about the people that aren’t online, that have a voice but they’re still reading the local newspapers?  Is it our obligation as information detectives to deliver something to them in a complete package?

Is too much information going to be our problem as online writers?

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Do you let the media think for you?

Posted on June 13, 2007. Filed under: am radio, conservative, humor, liberal, life, media, politics, radio, writing |

I remember listening to left wing local radio in the nineties here in Portland and one of the big knee jerk liberal complaints back then (still is to a certain degree) is that the media is right wing and the official voice of Rupert Murdoch and like minded conservatives who had a stake in media.  But according to many conservative talking heads the media is owned by rich liberals.  Do I live in a parallel universe or what?  Has it always been this way?  Isn’t the media an entity of its own, a business, an animal interested in its own self-preservation?  Or is it simply the blame game?  If you don’t like what you hear it’s time to point fingers and say BAD NEWS  you must belong to the other team.   Personally, I’m a little tired of this finger pointing.  Of course media is biased.  There is no thing as true journalism.  Journalists are some of the most opinionated people in the universe.  Why else get involved in the arena?  Of course media is slanted.  That’s why we live in a free country where you can-like me-switch back and forth between 620 and talk am radio, read the newspaper, research online, talk to your friends and neighbors, and eegads, come to your own damn conclusion!  Anyone ever hear about thinking for yourself?  Are we that lazy that we have to let other people do the thinking for us?  What, you graduate from college, decide what side your on and that’s the end of listening to other opinions!

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Rush insists conservatives don’t want to control you.

Posted on June 12, 2007. Filed under: entertainment, environment, humor, life, media, politics, radio, writing |

Today our favorite fat man was annoyed that the British government is trying to promote vegetarianism as a means to fight global warming and promote health.  And true to form Rush linked vegetarianism immediately to big government and, you guessed it to liberalism.  According to Rush liberals want to control you more than conservatives via big government.  Something strange was missing in the argument.  Like amendments against gay rights and laws making abortion illegal.  Sure, conservatives don’t want to control what you do.  As long as you adhere to their standards of morality you can do whatever you want…

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Rush compares Paris Hilton to Global Warming

Posted on June 10, 2007. Filed under: entertainment, funny, humor, life, media, politics, radio, writing |

As of last Friday Rush compared the whole Paris Hilton ordeal to global warming in that the “drive by media” insists on feeding us escapist garbage in order to deter “us” from “real” issues.  So if global warming is an escapist endeavor what the hell is golf?  Come on Rush,  can’t you do better than that?

I wasn’t going to comment but I feel obligated.  The spin is doing what here?  A lot, actually.  This is a great move on Rush’s part.  Comparing a celebrity’s wrongdoings with a complex, controversial issue further removes his listeners away from real social problems that they don’t have to deal with.  Well, if I don’t have any say in what happens with Paris Hilton why the hell should I worry about polar bears and hail in July?

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Rush vs. Spotted Owls

Posted on June 4, 2007. Filed under: entertainment, environment, life, media, politics, radio |

I’m constantly amused at how a clever albeit balding narcissist reveals his “disunderstanding” of science and uses his “ignorance” for his own self service.  Once again the spotted owl issue raises its perky predatory birded head here in the Pacific Northwest and like loyal gnats the talk show hosts are swarming over the debate. The spotted owl controversy is back.  It’s still timber vs. owls but now there is a new twist–the barred owl, an aggressive east coast invader is threatening the spotted owls habitat and this makes conservationists uneasy.  Now we all know from the nineties debate talk why the spotted owl is important as an indicator species in regard to the health of our forests but this of course is never mentioned on conservative talk radio.  Personally, I think Rush does understand what an indicator species is and why it’s important.  But of course he could never admit to such a ghastly liberal concept.  According to Rush a proper indicator of a thriving species is the “fact” that they’ve been found nesting  in Kmart signs.  The annoying thing about conservative talk show hosts is how they hide their smarts when it’s convenient and when they can achieve the laughter and nods of their not-so-informed listeners.  They propagate ignorance because the pay off is way bigger than a complete investigation of any given issue.  Spin doctors aren’t stupid.  They know exactly what information to leave out and when to leave it out.  I know it’s all shits and giggles for the Rush’s and Ann Coulters of the world whose idea of nature is an over-fertilized gold course but what would happen if Rush’s favorite cigar tobacco was under threat by angry rampaging polar bears?  Oh wait, polar bears don’t smoke…or do they?

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