by Goldy, 04/30/2008, 12:01 PM

I’ll be on KUOW’s The Conversation today at about 1:30 PM 1:10 PM (?), for what I believe may become a weekly segment of media criticism um… critique. Topics of discussion will include our local media’s deficient coverage of the crackpots at the Discovery Institute, and the incessant trivialization of the presidential campaign.

UPDATE:
Here’s a link to the Wedge Document.

UPDATE, UPDATE:
Did Eric Earling really attempt to defend discussing Intelligent Design?  I think I’ve lost a little bit of respect for him.

UPDATE, UPDATE, UPDATE:
Not my best on-air performance.  I think I need a corded phone and a little less caffeine.

20 Responses to “Radio Goldy”

1. Tlazolteotl spews:

Totally awesome. Maybe you can mention how Yoko Ono is suing the producers of Expelled for inappropriately using a snippet of the song Imagine. Looks like Yoko is going to “Win Ben Stein’s Money”!

2. Daddy Love spews:

Just a little “you know” from Kevin Drum at Washington Monthly online:

At this point, Republicans just don’t have many policies to offer that people like. Healthcare? The GOP basically wants to make it less secure. Jobs? Um, free trade, anyone? Taxes? That’s always a crowd pleaser, but the only taxes left to cut are those aimed at corporations and the rich. Housing? The free market will take care of things. The war? Iraq forever!

So that leaves trivia like gas tax holidays and culture war attacks on Bill Ayers and Jeremiah Wright. The more they talk about anything else, the less popular they get. So tell me: outside of the usual cultural warhorse issues (which McCain isn’t very good at exploiting anyway), can you name a single major area of public concern today in which the Republican position is also popular with the public? Anybody?

So let’s hear it. Anybody?

3. Roger Rabbit spews:

@2 How about a Hundred Years War? McCain seems to think that might sell. It did several centuries ago. Most Republicans are stuck in the 14th century, so this thinking comes naturally to them.

4. Roger Rabbit spews:

Bad day for Russian monarchists — DNA testing confirmed the identity of the last two members of the Russian royal family whose remains weren’t accounted for. The Bolsheviks shot them all. Not that Anastasia would be a real energetic czarina if the royalists’ dreams of restoring the monarchy could somehow be fulfilled — if she had survived, she’d be 107 years old now, and would spend her entire reign drooling and nodding off in meetings like Reagan did.

5. Tlazolteotl spews:

I have to admit, Goldy… I had to turn my radio off several minutes into it. Just to protect my health and keep my blood pressure down. The imprecise use of language when nonscientists are discussing science issues, especially when that issue is “evolutionary theory,” really gets on my nerves. FSM on a plate, you people need to define, for the listening audience, what is meant by a scientific “theory.” The word has a precise meaning in the sciences, and gets to the very heart of the issue. A scientific theory is a framework that explains data (observations and measurements) and makes predictions. This means that it is testable.

ID (‘goddidit”) is not a testable framework – therefore it is not science. To be testable, a theory must deal with, observable, measurable properties. Call scientists horrible materialists if you will. But it means that we can only use natural explanations for phenomena, never supernatural ones.

Also one minor scold: scientists don’t “believe in evolution.” Scientists (as do most rational people) believe that evolutionary theory is the best explanatory framework for how living things change over time and for the diversity of life on this planet.

6. Daddy Love spews:

MY:
Is it really unfair to attribute a desire for an indefinite military presence in Iraq to John McCain just because he kept emphasizing his desire for an indefinite military presence in Iraq before deciding it was politically inconvenient to be attacked for it?

7. Marvin Stamn spews:

2. Daddy Love spews:

can you name a single major area of public concern today in which the Republican position is also popular with the public? Anybody?

Lower taxes. Of course, it’s only popular with those that pay taxes.
  
If people liked paying taxes, they would voluntarily pay more than required. Have *YOU* ever paid more than you were legally responsible for?

8. Daddy Love spews:

Won’t it be great when Bush leaves office, because the staff will have been so busy shredding fake Iraq “intelligence” and illegal wiretap memos that we’ll finally get to find out what the male hooker was doing in the White House Press Room!

And you know, if you’d told me eight years ago I’d be saying those words I’d have called you crazy.

9. Daddy Love spews:

7 MS

Another of your favorite cheap rhetorical tricks. Lower taxes and then what? Run up another 5 trillion in debt? Is that how you guys roll? The party’s over, pal. It’s over.

10. Tlazolteotl spews:

Daddy Love,

McSame’s answer to the healthcare crisis: Don’t get sick.

Do you think he’s going to tell us not to drive in order to lower gas prices?

11. rhp6033 spews:

Hey, what’s the name of that guy on TV who has an “intervention” with people with bad spending habits, and forces them to live within their means so they can pay off their debts?

I’ve got a location for their next shoot: 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue.

12. Puddybud spews:

Pelletizer posted BULLSHITTIUM again as always,

3. Roger Rabbit spews: @2 How about a Hundred Years War?

McCain said: ““Maybe 100. As long as Americans are not being injured or harmed or wounded or killed, that’d be fine with me, and I hope it would be fine with you, if we maintain a presence in a very volatile part of the world where al-Qaida is training, recruiting, equipping and motivating people every single day.””

Isn’t this the same thing in Germany, Korea, and Japan? Where did he say fighting a war?

But good ol Oxygen starved Pelletizer, just like clueless idiot, tries hard but succeeds at nothing…

13. Puddybud spews:

Lookie here: I found more of bybygoober’s relatives:

http://www.telegraph.co.uk /news/newstopics/howaboutthat /1906799/I-did-sniff-colleague%27s-chair%2C-admits-politician.html

You have a funny family bybygoober.

14. Roger Rabbit spews:

Intelligent design is a legal strategy invented by lawyers to get around the First Amendment’s protection of our religious freedom.

15. Roger Rabbit spews:

@7 Trouble is, Republicans don’t give us lower taxes, they give us tax shifting — that is, shifting taxes from the very rich onto the backs of the working and middle classes.

16. Roger Rabbit spews:

@12 Oh, so now you Repubs are into fighting warless wars? Sounds like a passing fad to me.

17. Roger Rabbit spews:

The Bolsheviks botched the execution. After shooting the Czar’s daughters numerous times, they were still alive because the bullets merely bounced off them, so the guards killed them with bayonets. I’m sure glad I never had to fight a war with Russkie ammo!

18. Puddybud spews:

Pelletizer@17:

No you need to tell the truth. Something foreign to you…

19. Puddybud spews:

Hey bybygoober, since you claim to be “connected” why not call Retired Air Force Colonel GEORGE DAY, MoH winner, ex-Hanoi mate of John McCain and ask why he supports McCain? Wait a minute, you have to change your spots just like running away from my challenge in the 4-27-08 Open Thread. Or choosing not to meet me downtown Seattle. Or running away from em at two DLs.

http://veteranamerican.info/?p=106

A) Is he a Swift Boat Member who at the age of 79, in 2004, recognized John Kerry, as the young naval officer whom he saw spewing anti-American propaganda in a film shown in the Hanoi Hilton?
B) Is he the most decorated living American warrior?
C) Is he a three-war “lifer”, with service in World War II, Korean War, and Viet Nam?
D) Is he a three service “lifer”, Marines, Army, and Air Force?
E) Is he the only American to escape from North Vietnamese captivity back to South Viet Nam?
F) Did he spend five and a half years resisting the Communists while a prisoner in the Hanoi Hilton?
G) Is he an aviation hero with numerous flying accomplishments?”
H) All of the above?

- PuddyCommentary: You betcha!

Maybe being his ex-cell mate gives him more insight into McCain than your sorry ass from afar?

You betcha!

20. RonK, Seattle spews:

Goldy — Why so angry?