Archive for October, 2005

Alec Baldwin doesn’t mince his words

Alec Baldwin in his blog today says:

“My question for today is: Why are contemporary Republicans so full of shit? And a follow-up…How did the party of Lincoln, Teddy Roosevelt and General Eisenhower get taken over by such lying, thieving, self-serving scoundrels?”

You go, Alec!

Ratings are in, and Allan Prell did well

blatherWatch has the latest ratings, and KIRO came in 3rd, a good showing for the midday ratings especially, which were Allan Prell and Dori Monson.

Blatherwatch, which had been pretty negative about Allan Prell in the past, now has taken some of that back. He seems to have been catching on before KIRO canned him. Too bad for us that he was fired anyway, based on some focus group. So a handful of people who were paid $50 to give their opinion has robbed all of us of a chance to hear Mr. Prell on the air.

Another good sign, both KVI and KTTH, conservative talk stations, seem to be on the skids. Apparently even conservatives get pretty tired of the same old shit every day.

HorsesAss.Org makes it to the big time!

David Goldstein, the Blogginator of
HorsesAss.Org has really struck it big this time.

He interviewed the mother of David Irons’ Republican candidate for King County Executive, and discovered some pretty horrible things about the candidate’s legendary temper. Like for instance, he struck his own mother.

Read it and and the follow-ups. David’s hard work has paid off this time, following in the steps of his Mike Brown expose. You might recall that he was the first one to discuss Mike Brown’s “experience” in running the Arabian Horse Association.

Congratulations to a fine blogger, who definitely earns the title of “Blogger-in-Chief” in Seattle, Washington.

Allan Prell’s Fans Demonstrate in Vain

A large crowd in support of Allan Prell

Allan addresses his troops.

Allan chains himself to the mailbox in front of KIRO

Traffic almost stops

Dave Ross lends his encouragement, but not support.

Allan Prell’s fans thronged in front of KIRO Radio today in a bid to get him back on the air. Mostly the huge demonstration was met with indifference. Ann Wog sent a note out to the crowd to say she dearly missed him. I was sorry not to see her, because I was hoping to invite her out for some cotton candy. Mike Siegel’s producer spoke to the crowd and gave us the surprising news that Siegel and Prell were good buddies. Go figure that.

The advertising manager came out to go to lunch and Allan Prell announced to the crowd that there was the man responsible for his firing. The man who had said he couldn’t sell ads on Allan’s show beat a hasty retreat.

Dave Ross came by on his way in to work. Surprisingly the two had never met before even though Allan had worked for 9 months at the same station.

Allan is planning on remaining in Seattle; he loves his new home here. The prospects for him finding another job on the air, however, are dubious at best. We wish him the best. We might be nerds but we loved his show.

Black does not equal felony

Leonard Pitts, Jr. is a columnist for the Miami Herald. He is black.
His column yesterday made me cry:

“My youngest son was arrested last year.
Police came to my house looking for an armed robbery suspect, 5-feet-8-inches with long hair. They took my son, 6-foot-3 with short braids. They made my daughter, 14, fresh from the shower and dressed for bed, lie facedown in wet grass and handcuffed her. They took my grandson, 8, from the bed where he slept and made him sit on the sidewalk beside her.

Pitts is discussing William Bennett’s quote, widely denounced, about aborting black babies to make the crime rate go down. Nobody is saying that Bennett is advocating this at all; what we are questioning is the very premise that Bennett assumes everybody would agree with: Namely that blacks cause crime.

Pitts again:

” My anger doesn’t stem from any mistaken belief that Bennett wants to practice eugenics on black mothers. No, what bothers me is his easy, almost causal conflation of race and crime. Not class and crime, not culture and crime, but race and crime. As if black, solely and of itself, equals felony.”

The facts are not that blacks cause more crime. Little black babies are not born criminals. They are made criminals by our society, and more importantly, they are chased down, accused of more crimes, and punished more harshly than others. Those are the real issues.

I feel badly for Mr. Pitt and his children, but more than that, I feel badly for all the crap that black people have to put up with, merely because their skin is darker and because they are on the lowest economic level for the most part in our country. AND as Mr. Pitts so eloquently points out, no matter how prosperous and well-behaved individual black children are, they are going to be under suspicion and arrested merely for being black.

An Invitation from Allan Prell

I am reprinting a notice from Allan Prell in his final attempt to get back his job at KIRO Radio. I have no idea if it is serious or not, but I will be there!

Date: Wednesday, October 12, 2005
Time: 12:00 P.M.–High Noon
Location: Entercom Bldg. (KIR0 Radio)
1820 Eastlake Ave. East
Purpose: To Stand Around And Look Silly

12:00 P.M.–Milling of mini-crowd, Passing out of signs
(Each person up to a total of 20 receives five dollars
for waving of sign–or bring your own crappy sign)
12:01–Allan Prell whines about being fired
12:02–Allan Prell chains himself to Entercom Building
12:02:30–Allan Prell casts off the chains of oppression
12:03–Mini-crowd shakes fists in righteous indignation
(hoots and jeers permissible)
12:04–Ancient Tibetan Purification-of-the-Air Ceremony
12:05–Passing out of free food (limited supply)
12:06–Police arrive to break up the mini-crowd
Suggested mutterings:
“Boy, that was a big nothing.”
“I knew nobody would show up.”
“What a jerk.”
“I never did listen to him, and I sure won’t now.”
“Did you see how fat he is.”
“Hell, there wasn’t even any blood–the cops could have at
least hit him over the head.”
“I’d have more fun at my own funeral.”
12:08–Everyone goes home depressed

My Dori Monson Rant

It’s been two weeks since KIRO unceremoniously dismissed Allan Prell as its morning host, provoking all sorts of reactions over at blatherWatch: . Be sure to read the 2 letters from Allan and the fascinating comments following. Many people are incredulous that Dori Monson wasn’t the one fired. Speaking personally, I had gone from listening almost exclusively to KIRO, except when there was a Mariners game on, to listening to Allan Prell in the morning, to Dori Monson until he infuriated me with his Neanderthal political feelings, and I turned to another station, and then back to Dave Ross later in the afternoon. Now KIRO has lost me completely, and sometimes I don’t even bother to return to Mr. Ross as much as I admire him.

We’ll discuss Mr. Prell more in a future posting, but today Dori Monson is the subject one last time (I hope).

It’s easy to understand why Dori likes President George Bush so much. They have quite a bit in common. First they both are proud Christians, although Dori doesn’t appear to be an Evangelical like George. They both believe strongly in the death penalty and have no second thoughts about it at all. As far as Dori is concerned, the more people killed the better, whether it be sex offenders murdered, 12-year old kids who throw bottle rockets or guys breaking into cars. It always seem to be justifiable for a cop to shoot a black man, whether he is simply parked in a car in a neighborhood he doesn’t live in, or a crazy man walking menacingly down the street with a sword.

The President and Dori both believe that the War on Terrorism is the single most important event this country has ever been involved with and the biggest threat we have ever faced by far. We are therefore justified breaking all our laws regarding habeas corpus and due process and all the principles this country has stood for, not to mention invading another nation, as long as it is in the name of fighting terrorism. Dori says he couldn’t care less that there were no weapons of mass destruction and that Iraq had nothing to do with 9/11. He constantly repeats the statement that there would be more dead Iraqis if Saddam was still in power than we have killed in the war. Even Bush hasn’t gone that far.

Dori Monson actually seems to be a nice guy. When he is not talking politics he is witty and engaging. Everybody who knows him personally seems to like him, even liberals like Dave Ross and Tony Ventrella. That’s one of the reasons it was difficult for me to totally stop listening to him. He is a trivia expert and loves to try different things. He loves life. He is fun to listen to.

He actually grew up within a few hundred yards of my house. I have spoken to most of the elderly people who lived around here when he was growing up. Almost all of them talk about how intelligent he was. But he doesn’t seem like he was the goody-two shoes that he is today. He had a mischievious streak as a kid, and was considered by some of them to be a trouble-maker. I suspect he was pretty much a normal kid.

The rest of his story is familiar to anybody who has listened to his show regularly., which is why I don’t hesitate to talk about it. He grew up extremely poor, had an alcoholic father, doesn’t drink alcohol (just like George, at least until recently), put himself through college, had a defining moment with his boss, Liberal icon Dorothy Bullitt, became a sportscaster and then landed this talk show about 10 years ago. He married his high school sweetheart, has 3 daughters, and seems to be the perfect husband and father, coaching a girls basketball team.

I liked him from the start. But he did seem to have this intolerant streak that has grown as he has gotten older. He has an abiding sense that anybody can make it in this country if they try hard enough and make the right choices, whether you be poor, black, or anything else. He doesn’t at all abide people making excuses because, after all, he was able to make it. Even though he was intelligent, and white, too, he feels anybody should be able to make it in this world and if they don’t, it’s because they made bad choices.

He seems to hate almost all Democratic politicians, especially those from Seattle. He says he doesn’t abide Republicans that much either. Over and over he says that the Republicans support the tyranny of big business, while the Democrats favor big government. All liberals become “extreme leftwingers” in his world. They are all socialists and believe in big government. They are ruled by “special interests,” which is defined as labor unions, environmentalists, and animal rights supporters.

He actually liked Bill Clinton and supported him during the impeachment drive. He even claims to have voted for Gore, although now he always points out how lucky we are that Gore wasn’t President during 9/11. He is convinced that Gore couldn’t have fought terrorism like Bush does.

Dori seems to be some sort of libertarian, but he is not consistent with that either. He does believe in no taxes, user fees, that the free-market should pretty much determine everything. He is convinced that government has a huge cache of money somewhere and that they don’t neeed anymore taxes. He constantly says that families have a line item for taxes, and they can pay no more. Taxes are a huge point of contention for Dori, although it is doubtful that he has any real money problems. He particularly hates mass transit and the like, especially our Sound Transit rail system that is being built, and the new Seattle monorail, which probably never will be.

One of his favorite guests is Zell Miller, the turncoat former Democrat Senator from Georgia. He also loves David Horowitz, Ann Coulter, and self-styled terrorism expert Edward Turzanski.

Like Bush he never travelled to other countries until recently. Predictably he hated France and French people.

He has a personal vendetta against some local politicians, most notably King County Executive Ron Sims. Early on Ron Sims decided not to appear on Dori’s show anymore, and although he made fun of it, it obviously made Dori really angry. He even jokes about his last words being something negative against Ron Sims. I have nothing against political give and take, but I believe Dori has made it a personal crusade against Sims, and it really is unseemly. He has absolutely no respect for people in pubic service, from local officials to government workers. Working for the government is the lowest class of people in Dori’s world.

Dori doesn’t seem to care that liberal Seattle really dislikes what he does; as a matter-of-fact he takes pride in it. It’s as if he has decided that his audience is the world of Seattle-haters, whether it be those on the east side of Washington State or those who are simply prejudiced against the big city and its liberal ways. He seems to be particularly nasty when liberal women phone his show.

I don’t really expect Dori to ever be fired from KIRO, at least not until his ratings plummet completely. He has become an institution, he’s very much a local boy, and he is charming. But count me as a new fan of Ed Schultz over on KPTK.

I wish him the best, but I am tired of him myself. Good riddance, Dori.