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Randi Rhodes, one of the 'progressive' talk radio hosts talked about the Malaysian airline issue this week. It's obvious that all the progressive shows like to talk about top news stories and sometimes, although not always, try to mix in something controversial. Cutting to the chase, she proposed that since the CIA may have tapped into the Senate Armed Forces Committee computers, that they tapped into this airplane's computer and shut everything down 'just to test whether they could or not'. So another words, the CIA killed over 200 people 'just to test out their capabilities'. I understand fully that her show is part entertainment, part discussing the issues; I get it. She even joked around and said she probably could write the best movie script basically for this disaster. I actually didn't find that whole diatribe amusing or funny; the diatribe that is, on how good she was in coming up with a twisted story.

If we were to conjecture possibly in the real world on something even vaguely relevant to this event, then maybe we should be serious about it instead of the entertaining aspect. This is potentially and likely, the loss of over 200 lives. Maybe there were terrorists on the plane and it was planned to be crashed somewhere in a high population area in Asia. If the CIA or other government was able to shut down the plane or even turn it off course or both, that might explain what happened. It also could be that all power on the plane somehow failed and caused the plane's demise. The last thing I could conjecture is that the pilots were caught in a terrorist plot and they diverted and shut down the plane's flight capabilities, but there are technical issues with that explanation regarding their ability to shut down certain things like the transponder. Regardless, there is a fine line to cross when doing public radio, t.v. or any public presentation. Seth MacFarlane is one of those people that occasional goes too far, although he is very talented. In fact he recently spoofed Osama Bin Laden on Family Guy and not only was it creepy, it dragged on a bit and might have been one of his amusing 10 second cutaways, but it became more creepy as it dragged on.

I'm not a professional critic obviously, but my opinion is that we need to be cognizant of the fact that tragedy should not always be used for comedic or entertainment filler, and some greater tact could be exercised. Where Randi went south was when her ego got the best of her and she deviated from a hypothesis on a serious tragedy, to the 'see how clever I am, I could be a screenplay writer on this' rant.
I welcome comments, but I will say there are some very childish, even malignant people that sometimes pipe in here, correcting grammar in a sneering way, or attacking a well-meaning discussion on a serious issue.

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  •  Tip Jar (3+ / 0-)
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    David54, CwV, FiredUpInCA Scott Noren DDS

    by DoctorNoren on Thu Mar 13, 2014 at 06:21:11 AM PDT

  •  There's a Fundamental Problem Underlying These (2+ / 0-)
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    TracieLynn, Kangaroo

    kinds of complaints we have been seeing over the past 10-20 years about particular public voices or leaders of the liberal persuasion.

    Those of us older than millennials grew up in a vibrant society that had tens of thousands of voices of different kinds of wisdom, entertainment, discourse and such. But we've washed up today in this failed American state, a theocratic oligarchy where there are rarely as many as a handful of pundits and leadership candidates still visible who represent the values of that departed society.

    So we tend to project onto these few surviving public figures a need to give us the best of the consensus of a large complex nation.

    But Randi is just Randi; Ed Schultz is just Ed Schultz, Howard Dean was just Howard Dean. They aren't "we" and they can't stand in for "we" no matter how badly we need them to do so.

    We used to be a mighty nation; today we're a small scattered clan. Randi Rhodes could just as well be Walter Cronkite or Edward Murrow and we'd still have the same number of complaints, just in different ways, because even the greatest individual voices can't substitute for a whole lost world.

    We are called to speak for the weak, for the voiceless, for victims of our nation and for those it calls enemy.... --ML King "Beyond Vietnam"

    by Gooserock on Thu Mar 13, 2014 at 06:41:54 AM PDT

  •  Randi Rhodes still on radio? (5+ / 0-)

    You can't make this stuff up.

    by David54 on Thu Mar 13, 2014 at 06:42:20 AM PDT

  •  Just what we need (2+ / 0-)
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    leevank, HugoDog

    A bullsh!t CT from the Left.
    What happened is still a mystery. NO ONE KNOWS what caused that plane to disappear. Injecting paranoid stories into it will only confuse and polarize the issue.
    Rhodes ought to be ashamed of herself.
    But she's no worse than her Right Wing counterparts, it's just that we thought she was better than them.

    If I ran this circus, things would be DIFFERENT!

    by CwV on Thu Mar 13, 2014 at 06:51:23 AM PDT

    •  I thought that was her shtick. (2+ / 0-)
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      leevank, IndieGuy

      I used to listen to her once in a while, and I recall her offering the explanation as to why President Bush was getting so much cooperation from Democrats in Congress -- apparently, he'd had the NSA tap their phones and was blackmailing them.
      I take her basically as a comedian. I wouldn't take anything she says seriously.

    •  Better? Hardly... (1+ / 0-)
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      Like when she referred to Hilliary Clinton and Geraldine Ferraro as "Big Fucking Whores"?  ..I think she had tp apologize for that one.

      Or when she said the best thing to do to conservatie women like Megyn Kelly was to "cut off their ovaries".  Ha ha!  Such a funny gal... I know we'd would be laughing our asses off if only the right-wing clowns had a such a piercing satirist to make that kind of comment about people like Elizabeth Warren or Kirsten Gillibrand, amirite?

      I think my favorite might have been back during the Bush years when he was proposing privitizing Social Security she ran a HILARIOUS fake "ad" on her show that said:

      The announcer: "A spoiled child is telling us our Social Security isn't safe anymore, so he is going to fix it for us. Well, here's your answer, you ungrateful whelp: [audio sound of 4 gunshots being fired.] Just try it, you little bastard. [audio of gun being cocked]."
      Pretty side-splitting funny no?  The GOP should take some notes to help them sharpen up their humor-writing when it comes to talking about assassinating the President.  


      I wish they would just fire her everywhere and get it over with.

      Красота спасет мир --F. Dostoevsky

      by Wisper on Thu Mar 13, 2014 at 08:46:17 AM PDT

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  •  Randi Rhodes is a bully and a thug (4+ / 0-)
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    leevank, TracieLynn, HugoDog, IndieGuy

    who does "our side" little credit.

    Dogs from the street can have all the desirable qualities that one could want from pet dogs. Most adopted stray dogs are usually humble and exceptionally faithful to their owners as if they are grateful for this kindness. -- H.M. Bhumibol Adulyadej

    by corvo on Thu Mar 13, 2014 at 06:55:33 AM PDT

  •  Unfortunately (0+ / 0-)

    Anytime a tragedy like this occurs, the conspiracy theory bullshit is going to run fast and furious.  We associate it with conservatives because CT's are part of conservative narrative, but the tendency to dream things up is basically a part of being human.  And aircraft accidents tend to be rare events with a large variety of possible causes, and this one went down over the water.

    I do admit that I wouldn't want to be the general in charge of air defense in Malaysia right now.

    •  hey, if the Malaysian sense of accountability (0+ / 0-)

      is like ours, that general is safe as houses.

      Dogs from the street can have all the desirable qualities that one could want from pet dogs. Most adopted stray dogs are usually humble and exceptionally faithful to their owners as if they are grateful for this kindness. -- H.M. Bhumibol Adulyadej

      by corvo on Thu Mar 13, 2014 at 08:06:34 AM PDT

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  •  Randi Rhodes is repulsive (1+ / 0-)
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    I wish she would stop calling herself a Democrat.

    She's just another flavor of Rush Limbaugh.

    Красота спасет мир --F. Dostoevsky

    by Wisper on Thu Mar 13, 2014 at 08:29:05 AM PDT

  •  Apparently people think this is somehow funny (1+ / 0-)
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    There is a diary on the recent list with an oh-so-funnyfucking-disgusting poll up about how plane was a test rapture or a Ted Cruz stunt or the Illuminati or something.

    Pretty god damned fucking ghoulish to sit here at your American keyboard cracking jokes while families are huddled in hotel lobbies weeping about the presumptive death of their children and parents.


    Красота спасет мир --F. Dostoevsky

    by Wisper on Thu Mar 13, 2014 at 08:31:56 AM PDT

  •  she's bonkers (1+ / 0-)
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    i still remember her hanging up on Bill Clinton during the 2004 election. he said something that went against her stock answers for an issue of the time, and she immediately forgot who she was talking to, started to talk over him in an effort to set him straight, and then hung up like he was listener call.

  •  Shouldn't comment without having listened (0+ / 0-)

    I am a big fan of Randi. I've listened to her on dialup since 2000. After XMRadio took many of the talk radio channels off, I haven't listened as much. She is on iHeart Radio and I subscribe to her podcasts. I haven't listened to this particular show, so I won't comment-HOWEVER, I've found her to be very thorough in her research. Unlike Glenn Beck or others on the right, she refuses to get into conspiracy theories

  •  I like Randi Rhodes great Democrat (0+ / 0-)

    Radio show is good.  

  •  Randi Rhodes sucks. (0+ / 0-)

    And not very well, either.

  •  Get over yourselves! (0+ / 0-)

    Oh please. And we wonder why the media is all rwnjs? Cuz none of you actually listen to the tiny amount of progressive media that's managed to stay on the public airwaves.

    What Randi did was point out that 20 of the passengers on board were engineers/employees of a company called Freescale. They manufacture microcontrollers, RF, processors etc...  (see

    You've seen the TV commercials where a guy turns off the TV, locks the doors, turns on and off lights, etc in his house from a remote location.  That company designs the components necessary to do that.

    She was talking about how it is possible for someone to hack into the controls of a plane like the one who disappeared... and how interesting it is that 20 engineers from a firm who makes the very components and systems that allows one to remotely take control of anything were on board.

    Now stop eating your own.

    Now I remember why I rarely come here.

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