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Saturday, June 18, 2005

Things That Are Anti-American (According To Republicans) 

This list is pretty much off the top of my head, but feel free to add your own.

Saying that torture is more suited to Nazi Germany than the United States.

Supporting the creation of the Department of Homeland Security.

Not supporting the creation of the Department of Homeland Security enough.

Body armor for US soldiers.

The VA



Friday, June 17, 2005

95 

My favorite crazily bearded (and I wish I was in a profession that lets me grow something like that) stat man lays the smack down on the New Proof That Rossi Won If Only We Had Thought To Present It In That Damn Court Case Where Our Judge Shopping Got Us The Judge We Wanted At The Onset Who Still Basically Called Us Bat Shit Insane.



$450 Million 

A nice cushion for the state finances. But the housing market is still the big question mark. And who am I to question Mark?

...edits



Thursday, June 16, 2005

West Must Go 

Get everything you need to know about the West Recall from the horses' mouth. Or website.

Tip of the hat to Blue Washington.

...Now with working website, thanks to Dan in the comments



Carlyle 

A reader points to this story in The Stranger about Seattle investing part of its retirement fund in the Carlyle group.

City Council Member Richard McIver, the only elected member of the city's retirement board, says he was unaware of Carlyle's controversial reputation. "To be honest, I do not know" of any issues with Carlyle, McIver says. "There was no discussion" at the March board meeting, and "nobody brought the issue up." McIver describes the move to invest in Carlyle as a strictly financial decision, adding, "I will certainly be happy to ask" the city's retirement director, Norm Ruggles, about Carlyle. City personnel director Norma McKinney, who sits on the board, directed questions to city finance director and board member Dwight Dively and Ruggles; neither was available for comment Monday.

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There is a precedent for divestment from controversial sources of city dollars. Back in the late 1980s, when black South African citizens were denied citizenship rights under apartheid, Seattle started dumping stocks it owned in companies that did business in the country.



Seattle Center Sell Off 

I don't know what they'll do for parking at Seattle Center events without these lots, but I'm still for selling it off for more development.



Doc Hastings is Tom Delay's Butt Boy 

From Salon:
But last week DeLay designed a new device to frustrate an investigation. The rules of the committee stipulate that its staff must be nonpartisan. However, another rule allows the chairman and the ranking minority member to each appoint a staff member without the other's approval. Rep. Doc Hastings, R-Wash., the chairman, seized upon that rule to name his longtime chief of staff as director of the committee. With that he succeeded in throwing a monkey wrench into the works.



Wednesday, June 15, 2005

Open Thread 

I'm tapped. Actually just busy, so there may be something tonight, but between EMT and a shift, I doubt it.



Tuesday, June 14, 2005

Voting is good 

I chose the first one, but you're free to do what you want. One or the other ad will apear in the Eastside Journal.



5.7 

I know I haven't been posting these in a while, but yeah, unemployment is up in the state.

Officials at the state Employment Security Department said the state's strong labor market in recent months flooded the state and Puget Sound region with new job seekers in May.

"Job growth was simply not strong enough to absorb the rise in the labor force," officials said in a statement.

Unemployment in the central Puget Sound region increased to 4.9 percent in May from 4.5 percent in April, although this region accounted for 2,400 of the state's 2,900 new jobs.



New Election Superintendant 

Bill Huennekens will leave the King County post in a month.



Can Build 65 

Feet in Capitol Hill.



Monday, June 13, 2005

I'd Like To See a Crack Down 

On Speeding. 2 places in particular. 99 around Green Lake, and the West Seattle Bridge. I know no shoulder makes it tough for cops to hang out there. But I really don't feel safe when I drop down to the speed limit around Green Lake going North and have cars whizzing past me. Or on the West Seattle Bridge if I'm going 10 miles over the speed limit I'm the slow one. And since I have to make a left turn eventually to get on the boat, I either have to merge into the folks going 65 in a 45 zone, or be the guy going the speed limit in the left lane who people pass on the right.



It is Sad 

That Spokane doesn't have anyone to advocate on its behalf. I can't argue with anything Frank is saying here, but it seems strange that he can't advocate for anything in this mode. I mean I've taken my shots, but he hasn't been convicted of anything.



The Lord's Angels Support the Rosa Parks of Well off White Conservatives 

General J.C. Christian has proof that the Lord wants Hammond over Reagan Dunn.



Local Geek Promotes Censorship 

It seems that MicroSoft has decided to support Commie Censorship.

I am beginning to suspect that unbridled greed has finally rotted Gates' brain.



Sunday, June 12, 2005

12% 

I don't know what Paul was thinking. 2% will be fine thankyouverymuch.



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