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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Rush shows “Cin”pathy

Posted on May 29, 2007. Filed under: humor, life, media, politics, radio, writing |

Rush announced today that Cindy Sheehan gave up the fight.   Go to any news outlet and you’ll get the scoop.  The woman, the mom, is frustrated.  Do you blame her?  Her son died and she needed to do what any mom would do.  Point fingers and blame someone.  But the fact is that her son was in our voluntary military and died in what she claimed was an unjust war.  Okay, but you know what?  Her son served us.  Unfortunately, he died.  So Rush concludes Cindy was a pawn in the democrats machine.  I disagree.  Cindy was, is a frustrated citizen and her son got caught under the wheel.  I’m sure she is disenheartened by both parties.  I think that her whole appeal was the fact that she became politically active as a part of her grieving.  She’s just another mom with another dead soldier as a son.  And you know what?  It sucks.  There’s no way getting around it.  I think that she is over the anger and now the grief is setting in.  Her son isn’t coming back.  Who are the real pawns?

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Who gave Rush Limbaugh a degree in biology?

Posted on May 29, 2007. Filed under: entertainment, funny, humor, life, media, radio, writing |

The global warming issue is the main issue on am radio that makes me a little insane. As an agnostic and a person of science I find the whole matter really, totally a disaster in the making. First, you simply can’t discuss real science on am radio. First and foremost, Rush and the like are entertainers. This is where the average am radio listeners go head first into the bush without survivor skills and the proper equiptment. It’s a little like listening to your drunk uncle tell you that the reason trees are green is because green is God’s favorite color. Ah, where to begin…

I’ve got a lot to offer on this “debate” over global warming but I’m going to start with this. First of all, does is matter? Isn’t it beneficial to the earth to create and maintain sustainable practices? Yes. Second, it’s easier to be in denial. That way you can maintain your status quo without changing anything. Part of understanding these people is understanding their mentality as well as their motives and their funding. Rush loves his green golfcourses and what is more important to him is that the courses stay green. Put yourself in his fat little shoes for a moment. Rush doesn’t believe in global warming because he doesn’t want to-an alcoholic doesn’t want to believe he is an alcoholic because he will have to change not only the lifestyle that he (yes or she) has become accustomed to he will have to make new friends, give up the old, re-evaluate his entire life, and, give up his favorite old friend, booze. Same with Rush. All these guys are united in their denial of global warming because it serves them. Not because it is good for them.

I predict that the past will win and these guys will slowly change their tune. When global warming becomes solid fact and less a partisan issue, when it becomes a fact even for the fattest oil company it’s simply going to be true. Science and politics have always been in conflict and what we are experiencing now is nothing different. Of course, it takes time. The Catholic Church, after all, just recently decided that maybe Galileo was right. The earth, I guess, does in fact revolve around the sun. But isn’t it more fun to surmise that the sun serves us?

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To vote or to not vote…

Posted on May 29, 2007. Filed under: entertainment, life, media, radio, writing |

Rush Limbaugh made a decent point today, and while it pains me to say so I’m going to do it.  Let me just remind you my blog is not interested in condemning am radio.  I’m trying to make nonsense out of sense, right?  So Rush made a good point when he responded to a caller who said he wasn’t going to vote anymore.  Rush encouraged him to vote but then he qualified his response by making sure the voter is informed.  Hmm.  Do I agree?  Yes.  Is an ill-informed voter as bad or worse than an informed voter or a non-voter? Perhaps.  But let me guess.  Democrats or Republicans will gladly take a vote regardless as long as it benefits them, right?  Now Rush could’ve said to vote Republican no matter what but he didn’t.  This surprised me a little but then I thought about it.  The fact is that the majority of his listeners are Republican anyway so he doesn’t have to say make sure you vote red because he knows most of his callers do anyway…So the question is do you encourage your eighteen year old niece or nephew to vote knowing full well all they do is surf MySpace and Perez Hilton sites?

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Rush is Right!

Posted on May 22, 2007. Filed under: entertainment, funny, humor, life, media, radio, writing |

Before you gasp and curse fellow progressives just take a deep breath and listen to me for a second. Rush nearly gives himself a stroke every day complaining that dems and lefties don’t listen to his show and therefore are misinformed. Well, he is right on that front.

It gets easier and easier to let other people do work for you. I’ll bet most of you have let your husband or wife read the voter’s pamphlet and put a neat little star next to the candidates that he or she feels is the appropriate one and let me guess-you filled in those cute little bubbles without reading any of the ballot measures knowing full well that your honey made good choices. Now let me ask you this question. Are you really of the same mind? Did you experience the Vulcan mind meld when you exchanged vows? Is it really okay to let other people think for you even if you feel that you are on the same side? Well, your answer ought to be no. But I’m not going to tell you what you should say. You should make up your own mind.

Rush challenges liberals every day to tune into his show and I encourage you to actually go ahead and turn the knob from the safety of the soothing liberal voices of NPR to the dark and despairing depths of AM and hear for yourself what your devil is saying straight from his mouth without any left or right watchdogs filtering for you. It would save us a lot of time if you just knew what was going on. Let me ask you this? Do you know how the whole Magic Negro controversy got started? I bet you didn’t know a black journalist for the LA Times started this whole business. Check it out. Do you own research. Fire some neurons that haven’t been sparked in years.

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