The Radio Equalizer: Brian Maloney

24 June 2007

Albuquerque Talk Radio, Stoplight Signal Length, KOB-AM


Looks Like Lott Was Right On The Money

Sure enough, talk radio is running the country.

How do we know? It seems talk hosts in Albuquerque may now be determining stoplight signal lengths.

Now that's power!

No more pesky tickets for running red lights, it seems the yellow/ amber warning has been adjusted upward. Excerpted from the Albuquerque Tribune's Joline Gutierrez Krueger:

Last week, the airwaves of KKOB-AM radio began to crackle again with the collective rage of callers seeing red over red-light cameras, as per usual.

It might have been the same old inflammatory banter commandeered each weekday afternoon by talk show host Jim Villanucci, known for his caustic distaste for Big Brotherisms and stupid people.

But this time, things veered beyond the armchair grumbles. This time, change was a'coming.

This time, it was war.

His guests that Tuesday included a loyal gaggle of city officials, including Municipal Development Director John Castillo, there to cheerlead for the much maligned red-light cameras - how numbers of crashes have decreased at those intersections, blah, blah, blah, how the camera fines are not the city's unfettered money grabs, blah, blah, blah.

Villanucci and his listeners would have none of it, and tempers boiled over when someone mentioned that yellow lights at the offending intersections were timed shorter than they should be.

Apparently, every shorted yellow second adds to the likelihood that motorists will run the red. A scam, in other words. The shorter the yellow the bigger the green, as in dollars - $100 and up in fines for each offense.

Listeners armed with stop watches, second hands and, in one case, an especially precise chronometer hit the streets to time the yellow lights.

Cutting to the chase:

Villanucci lambasted the officials as just another batch of snooty, scheming, money-grubbing bureaucrats. He became the champion of the second.

It all seemed to work in Villanucci's favor. During his next show, callers reported that the yellow lights, including the ones at San Mateo and Montgomery, had miraculously lengthened overnight to 4 seconds.

One caller claiming to be a city employee said he and other street workers were called in early that morning to adjust the yellow-light timing quickly, quietly.

Villanucci and the power of the peeved had seemingly done the impossible: They got the city to do in a few hours something the public wanted.

Senator Lott, why did we ever doubt you?

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  • If talk radio really ran the government, explain the election of ANY left wing Democrat anywhere.

    Also, explain how MoPoop, elmo, hash, and the other BDS deranged liberals are allowed to post their lies and delusions, if right wing talk radio ran the country.

    By Blogger PCD, at 25 June, 2007 08:15  

  • PCD

    Most Americans consider what the right has do say delusional, insane, pathetic and Anti-american

    I represent the majority, you and RNC radio represent a tiny sliver of Americans who take party over country.

    So PCD, i bet you believe the vice president is not part of the executive branch, Cheney said so, the RNC radio hosts are silent on it, I guess in your warped, delusional and Anti-American mind, Cheney is correct!!!!!!!!!!!

    RNC radio will never run this country, as most Americans do not take party over country. In the long run progressive talk will eclipse RNC radio, as RNC radio still takes party over country (and their little attack on Lott changes nothing)..... As Americans move furthur away from party politics, RNC radio will continue to become more irrelevant, on the progressive side, there is an exchange of ideas and not simply "D" over "R".

    RNC radio is simply party over reality, party over the rule of law, party over your very own eyes.

    This does not appeal to many people in this country.. PCD it may appeal to you, because your a treasnous Anti-American scumbag, who takes party over country.

    IF an RNC host told PCD to eat human feces because it's "anti-liberal", PCD, would scoop his own crap out of the toilet and dine on it, reciting the line that Limbaugh told him " those elitist liberals, don't know how patriotic it is to eat turds, those liberals are traitors"!!!!!

    See PCD, this is why your irrelevant in today's world. In 6 years of the Bush crime family, you still shut your ears, close your eyes and have trust in RNC talk show hosts ,who can not even do their job anymore with a straight face.

    Each and every RNC host is guilty of malicious intent, they omit facts, distort and twist reality ON PURPOSE, yes they actually are committing a CRIME..... Most Americans are not as F*c*ing stupid as you , they lie to your face and you drink it, and call honest people like ME a liar. I don't do this for money, I speak the truth, I do it for the love of America, your filthy idols on the rsdio do it for the $$, they lie to you for the $$$, and you defend them, you worthless idiot. You are a useful idiot

    This is why RNC radio will NEVER have power. RNC radio does not run the government, the GOP runs right wing radio......
    ....and the usefull idiot (such as PCD) is a willfully ignorant fool waiting for his next pile of steamy shit.

    In all of his years on earth PCD, has not learned a thing, he still runs to the AM radio to listen to high school drop outs like Hannity explain to him how the Vice President is not in the executive branch!!!! He runs to Limbaugh for a discussion on the constitution hahahahahahahahaahahaha, runs to Savage for an education on "communism", sprints over to Marc Levin for the "truth" on the Plame case, hops and skips to Bill O'riley for expert media criticism...................

    Imagine living your whole life based on other people's warped views which are spoken simply to appease a political party? Imagine that??

    PCD does not imagine that, he lives it....

    PCD a small man, with a small mind, and small ideas stolen from a flunkie on the radio...........

    But I'd rather be a free man in my grave......Than living as a puppet or a slave {Jimmy Cliff}

    By Blogger Minister of Propaganda, at 25 June, 2007 10:11  

  • MoPoop,

    You really need a long stay in Bellevue. You are beyond delusional and totally wrong.

    By Blogger PCD, at 25 June, 2007 13:36  

  • I agree with his last comment
    But I'd rather be a free man in my grave......Than living as a puppet or a slave

    Perhaps the left should pay attention to the following:

    Would Rockne be remembered
    If the towel he had tossed?
    Forget about the Gipper, boys
    This game’s already lost.

    Would Lincoln be a hero
    And on pennies be embossed
    If he announced that, after Shiloh
    This Union, friends, is lost.

    Would Caesar have surrendered
    Before the Rubicon was crossed?
    Did Ulysses pull the plug
    When his barque was tempest-tossed?

    Would Perry’s flag be flying
    Would hist’ry gip a rip
    If, on it, he embroidered
    “Do give up the ship!”

    If we’d been bowed by setbacks
    Or our opponents’ fury
    Nothing would have happened
    On the deck of the Missouri

    So in the battle of our lifetime
    If I can be the chooser
    I’d rather keep on fighting
    Than declare myself the loser.

    Are you listening, Harry Reid?

    By Blogger The Benson Report, at 25 June, 2007 16:52  

  • “I represent the majority, you and RNC radio represent a tiny sliver of Americans who take party over country.”

    You wish.

    Mop stop getting your info from AAR. You represent the small number of listeners they have.

    You believe that low rating of the President mean the country is turning to the left. In truth it means they don’t agree with him on certain issue’s. i.e.: Prescription drug give away to amnesty.

    The day your beliefs are running this country will be the day our country turns to socialism. Just keep towing that party line and you might get what you want.

    A sharp tongue is no indication of a keen mind but god help you that's all you know.

    By Blogger pf1, at 26 June, 2007 00:43  

  • "The day your beliefs are running this country will be the day our country turns to socialism...."

    I've often wondered if neocons like you could even imagine how your crypto-fascist extremist beliefs COULD actually push a majority of Americans into supporting a form of contemporary, reactionary socialism...I'm not sure of the feasibility of such a system, and am reasonably certain most elements of it would probably not work, but one has to wonder if that isn't actually the GOAL...or perhaps the illusion of socialism.

    It's instructive to understand that some of the very nations many of you neocons have allegiance to (Israel, Saudi Arabia, Australia, etc.) have strong socialistic elements to their society, which could be morphed, using manipulative tactics, towards a more nationalistic form of government that would be unique, in that virtually no aspects of the democracy that Americans have known, for over 200 years, would be present....

    Food for thought.

    "Just keep towing that party line and you might get what you want."

    Well, you're certainly proof of that, dumbass! You've been carrying water for the neocons for years, and NOW look at this country.

    By Blogger hashfanatic, at 26 June, 2007 01:32  

  • Yeah lets go back to the Carter years.

    By Blogger pf1, at 26 June, 2007 07:46  

  • Hash,

    Liberalism has ruined every country where it ruled. Just look at how Carter ruined this country.

    The only thing saving Clinton was the Tech Bubble in the stock market. Without that, no one would have cared if Clinton was removed from office, and Gore would have been defeated in the next election, unless he got impeached for breaking the fundraising laws.

    By Blogger PCD, at 26 June, 2007 08:40  

  • No, fudgie.

    Let's look at how the Bush Crime Family ruined this country.

    Let's talk about you and your ilk, caging votes for the NEXT election.

    Let's talk about the fraud, the deceit, the culture of corruption under your right-wing fanatical regime.

    Let's talk about over 3,500 US soldiers dead for Israel. Let's talk about almost a million dead Iraqi citizens.

    Let's talk about Cheney declaring himself outside executive purview.

    CARTER??? DON'T go there...

    By Blogger hashfanatic, at 26 June, 2007 08:58  

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