The Unhealthy Alliance

A special election for State Representative was held yesterday here in northwest Florida.  Was the dismal turnout indicative of something more than lousy campaigning?

The low voter turnout in this election surprised me.  In my precinct (97), my vote was number 133, and this was at 5:20 pm. ???

Why so low?  Election burnout?  Uninterested electorate?  A generic campaign on both sides?  Nothing seemed to generate any excitement?  Knowing nothing about either candidate prior to this special election, the pirating of the Campbell’s soup logo turned me off all by itself.

There’s nothing more dangerous than an uninterested, unmotivated electorate like this.  It opens the door for a well organized group to show up and ‘take’ an election from 80+ percent of an electorate that sits on its own hands.

Can’t make a better case for the desperate need for civics education, in schools for our kids, and in the media.

Two hurdles, teachers unions who have their own agenda, and most of the media which has an unhealthy synergy with them.  There is the place to begin to fix this problem.

And For Our Next Trick

The headline reads ‘Dems split over Iraq plan details.’  Why, how could that be?  Since the election last November, democrat leaders claimed a mandate to end the war.  Not win it, just end it.  Well, it seems there is some concern for their political ass now, which should be indicative of which is more important to them; the security of our country or the security of their political party.

AP link

Neo-cons Fear Us

Pushing real hard for the most ridiculous item of the day, yet another example of the so-called ‘progressive’ movements’ twisted logic. In a Feb. 1, 2007 interview,  Air America radio co-host Mike Papantonio said “The truth is the neo-cons hate us and fear us and they rightly should.”

Papantonio does what all good progressives do. He prefers to shoot the messenger rather than to compete in the ideological marketplace by trying to silence anyone with whom he, apparently, fears and hates.  It’s much easier than actually debating the issues.  Take his February 27th show for example where he joins in an email and telephone campaign to CNN and ABC to get conservative talk radio show host and CNN TV show host Glenn Beck off the air.  Like this . . .

One of our listeners, Christopher Achorn, has posted an online petition to CNN, asking them to remove Glenn Beck from their Network. We encourage all of our listeners to please visit his site and sign his petition.
Contact ABC’s Good Morning America and tell them to fire Glenn Beck! You can also call ABC (212-456-8200 or 212-456-7777) and CNN (404-827-1500) and tell them to get this man off the air.

Who hates and fears who here? It is instructive and educational to see just what these people are all about, which is why I hope they stay on the air, even if they have to continue to pay radio stations to take their rabid programming.

Dems Need Defeat, Cannot Survive Victory

Democrats’ ‘slow bleed’ policy isn’t neocon rhetoric.  It is their plan that will insure defeat in Iraq.  The Democrat party leaders are beyond the point of no return where Iraq is concerned.  They are so invested in defeat now that they cannot politically survive a victory.

Determined to challenge President Bush, Senate Democrats are drafting legislation to limit the mission of U.S. troops in Iraq, effectively revoking the broad authority Congress granted in 2002, officials said Thursday.

(AP) Senate Dems move to limit Iraq mission; (WaPo) Democrats Seek to Repeal 2002 War Authorization

The NBA’s ‘Drive-by’ In Las Vegas

What was to be an event to rehabilitate the National Basketball Association’s thug image, the NBA All-Star Weekend in Vegas was “an unmitigated failure, and any thoughts of taking the extravaganza to New Orleans in 2008 are total lunacy.”

The game is a sloppy, boring, half-hearted mess. The dunk contest is contrived and pointless. The celebrity contest is unintended comedy. And, worst of all, All-Star Weekend revelers have transformed the league’s midseason exhibition into the new millennium Freaknik, an out-of-control street party that features gunplay, violence, non-stop weed smoke and general mayhem.

When people start checking out of their luxury hotels in fear of their safety, there’s a problem.

All-Star Weekend can no longer remain the Woodstock for parolees, wannabe rap artists and baby’s mamas on tax-refund vacations.

Ouch!  How did the NBA get to this point?  Can it, like Ron Artest, be saved from itself? 

related: Get the ‘ghetto’ out of sports

Air America’s Golden Years

Great news.  The sale of Air America Radio was approved, for $4.2 million.  Investors, like Mike Papantonio, who is also co-host of an AAR program called Ring of Fire, will get one cent on the dollar in the deal. 

In case you haven’t heard, they had declared bankruptcy.   The free-market works.  For evidence on just why their rabid-radio style did not sell, here’s a sample from their website.   

Ya, and these are the same people the current Democrat leadership not only listen to, but are guided by. 

Republicans Bucking Bush

 Below is the list of Republicans that voted with the majority to rebuke the President’s plan to win the Iraq war.  Names to remember come election time.

Michael Castle (DE), Ric Keller (FL), Timothy Johnson (IL), Mark Kirk (IL), Fred Upton (MI), Jim Ramstad (MN), Wayne Gilchrest (MD), Howard Coble (NC), Walter Jones (NC), James Walsh (NY), Steven La Tourette (OH), Philip English (PA), Bob Inglis (SC), John Duncan (TN), Ron Paul (TX), Thomas Davis (VA), and Thomas Petri (WI).

GOP Bloggers calls them, appropriately, White Flag Republicans.

Dems’ Resolution, Forked Tongue, Forked Logic

The TV show ’24’ has raised the hairs on the backs of some libs. Their problem is they watch too much TV.  Anyway, they claim that the show is a bad influence on our troops in the war on terror. They are claiming that the show will influence our troops to commit torture, like the lead character in the show, Jack Bauer. Yeah right.

At the same time, the left steadfastly and indignantly also claims that the ‘non-binding’ anti-surge resolution against the war effort, which is not a fictional TV show,  is supporting our troops, and is not a negative influence on the morale and efforts of our volunteer military.

When Good Is Bad, And Bad Is Good

It’s hard to understand the thought processes of liberals because they often don’t make any sense. Take the news of Air America Radio for example. The quiet news of their bankruptcy and auctioning off of their assets doesn’t quite jibe with the splash news (Feb. 1st) that Air America is in their golden age, a shining star.

In their world, success is not rewarded or respected, failure is. Jimmy Carter, Madeline Albright, Al Gore, and Joe Wilson come to mind. I’m not praising them for being so clever as to, with the help of the MSM, be so successful at spinning the news of the day and influencing the unwashed. They really have a problem with calling a spade a spade.

Goodbye! (From Me, Eric)
by Eric Hananoki on February 13, 2007 – 4:07pm.
As all of you probably know by now, tomorrow is the last day of The Al Franken Show and, subsequently, the last day of employment for me with Al and Air America Radio. It’s been an absolute blast and dream working for the show the past two years.

I want to thank those that emailed the show your suggestions, comments, and hate e-mails the past three years. I also especially want to thank all of you, even the users I banned, that contributed to the’s blog. It’s been great getting to know many of you, and seeing you at some of the Al Franken road shows.

If you ever need to contact me in the near future, please feel free to shoot me an email at Take care, and keep fighting,