On Call Screening

Yesterday I called into KMJ on Ray’s show on the Newt and Mitt topic. I was bumped by Ray’s screener for not having a more specific reason than what I told the screener. It was short and …. abrupt. Later there were some lame callers who got through. I do get it, but it made me realize – or was a reminder – how the media content can be controlled.

Limbaugh not extreme right


I have been telling certain friends for years that Rush Limbaugh is not extreme right wing politically. Of course I get ridiculed, and probably the silence from some of them means “not in agreement.” I just heard today Rush defending Rick Santorum’s response to a question on the size and roll of government. That was that there is a necessary government function. This brought to my mind the original point. Rush is the “center of this country.” The people I know who are on the extreme right wing politically, don’t even vote, have given up on the system, and have given up on interest in any party.  Rush is not any of that. Today’s program states what exactly proves the point.

On polling

Like double blind studies, polls should be a fair number of random samples of a those subjects being tested. But enough statistics studies and data are known that show that one cannot completely guard against “skewing” the results. Quantification problems aside, as well as “question item premise issues,” how does a pollster guarantee “un-bias?”  Here would be a help. Respondents who do not vote should be tossed or respondents should only be pulled from lists of voters. Also, respondents who pay no income taxes or have no payroll withholding, should be excluded. Sales taxes and DMV fees do not apply here. The reason being two-fold: One, if they are not voting they have pulled themselves from the process, and their opinions have no weight in an outcome. Two, if they are not filing or are not being taxed, they are not contributing to the various government coffers that effect the population.

Payroll Cut Bill

About this Payroll Reduction Bill for two months. I hear that at the end of the two months the Congress will pass a “one year version” of it. If that is the case, and the Dems caved on some GOP points to pass the “two month” version [ example: agreeing to the Keystone XL pipeline], why couldn’t the “One Year” version be passed in December? I don’t get it.

Blog qstn: Where Blog Inspiration comes from?

Mostly to Deborah Luskin, of “LIve to Write” at WordPress…. Thanks for your post. I couldn’t help commenting. I can see how your Vermont regionally “audience” locations make sense. In California, I would like to have that sort of readership down the road. I really was intrigued by your comment about the change of Vermont from Republican to Democratic in nature. If you wrote about that, I have not read it, as I was not connected in this bloggisphere until recently. There are still many of us in central California, and northern California, wondering how the San Francisco Bay area and Los Angeles basin can keep electing legislators who continue driving this once-great-state toward further ruin. But, – to your Vermont history – which I confess much ignorance about – have you had population shifts? And those reasons may be many. I would think that some of the reasons are that the “parties” have shifted. On the entire issue of this question of inspiration for blogs ……… not really an answer but a comment from Mark Twain [Samuel Clemmens] about newspaper editors: “How editors can continue this tremendous labor, this exhausting consumption of brain fiber (for their work is creative, and not a mere mechanical laying up of facts, like reporting), day after day, year after year, is incomprehensible.”