WPTF: NOT in the public interest

RALEIGH -- BlueNC, the new website for progressive action in North Carolina, called today on WPTF-AM in Raleigh to cancel its contract with Rush Limbaugh for his continuing use of racial slurs to prop up his sagging reputation.

"I'm sure the station could care less about blacks," says Anglico, one of the website's regular writers. "It's hard to imagine they have any black listeners at all. But what kind of example are they setting when they allow programming that calls the woman who was raped by Duke lacrosse players a whore?"

According to Media Matters, a national non-profit that tracks media organization . . .

Conservatives call blacks HOs and Ghetto Sluts

In perhaps one of the most immoral acts that I have ever heard, Al Franken just played a clip of Rush Limbaugh calling the Duke Lacrosse rape victim a Ho.

You can hear the clip here.

From Media Matters:

Limbaugh's made the comment about a recent incident in Durham, North Carolina, in which an exotic dancer was allegedly raped by three members of the Duke lacrosse team. The incident has invoked further controversy because the victim, an African-American, has alleged that her attackers used racial epithets. Prompted by another caller to apologize for his words, Limbaugh said that he had made the statement because he was "running on fumes today," and called it a "terrible slip of the tongue." But he then added that there are "some inconsistencies" in the case and rephrased his apology, telling the second caller, "I regret that you heard me say it."

Appalachian Voices blog Up and Running!!!

The new Appalachian Voices blog is shoving off today across the great Southern American blogosphere!

As we embark on this journey I invite you to join us for Mountain Oyesters and barbeque, sweet tea and moonshine, Smokey Mountains and Clean Smokestacks!

The Appalachian region has traditionally been more in need of Democrats and progressive leaders than any region in the country. We are victims of some of the highest poverty in the country, some of the worst air and water quality, some of the highest unemployment, lowest median family incomes, and highest mortality rates during wartime.

Artesian Economics

We have long heard the benefits extolled of trickle-down economics, from no less than Hoover, Reagan, Bush I, and Bush II - arguably four of the worst economic President's of all time. I'll give Reagan the cold war, but not that he fought it on the backs of workers while the wealthy got wealthier.

Trickle down economics posits that if all tax cuts are given to the wealthiest individuals and corporations, then they will spend that money investing in new jobs and increasing profits and wages for their workers. Thus, the bolus of money at the top will slowly trickle down to every American.

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