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Saturday, September 03, 2005

Goldy Goes Large - Enzite Jealous 

Our favorite NW blogger's coup is getting big play in the Big Blogs, including Talking Points Memo and The Washington Monthly blog. And I have ten cents saing that Goldy got ripped off by none other than the Boston Herald.

UPDATE: Goldy has more today.



912 and Katrina 

I'm surprised that more people haven't picked up on the themes Feit has expressed in this post.

Earlier today, I posted—one more time—about my disappointment in Gov. Gregoire's failure to provide leadership opposing I-912. I ended that post by saying the dire situation in New Orleans highlights how serious the failure to fund infrastructure safety and maintenance can be. If I-912 passes, for example, the Viaduct is fucked—and it's likely a couple hundred commuters will die.

What more does Gov. Gregoire need to feel confident to go public against I-912? New Orleans has framed the debate for you Gov. Gregoire. Get on it.
Not so much Gregoire, although I would like to see her get on it. But here's the situation, we can either fund public works that will save lives in a natural disaster or we can wait until the shit hits the fan. In an earthquake, we won't have the flooding. We won't have the Bush administration's hatred of black people as as big of a hindrance in one of the whitest big cities in America. Our poverty problem isn't as bad as New Orleans. We'll have whatever lessons we've learned from this disaster, and maybe others between then and now.

But we won't have the fore knowledge. We won't have evacuated most of the city. We won't have the infrastructure of the viaduct.

The big one won't be as bad as what's going on in the South. But not having a hundred or so dead and dying under the pancaked Viaduct and having another means of moving supplies in and people out will be critical.

And of course Red Cross



Comcast Did Not Censor Newscasts 

At least in Edmonds, Comcast did not censor a CNN Headline News reoprt that criticized The Boy King:

Here's the tip from "Boing Boing":
Kanye West: "George Bush doesn't care about black people"

Singer Kanye West (who is black), in a promotional TV appearance with Mike Meyers (who is white) for the NBC telethon to raise money for Katrina victims.

[Kanye -- not reading from teleprompter, as planned]: "I hate the way they portray us in the media. If you see a black family it says they are looting if you see a white family it says they are looking for food. (...) those are my people down there. (...) "We already realize a lot of the people that could help are at war now fighting another way and they've given them permission to go down and shoot us."

[Meyers, visibly uncomfortable, reads from prompter script. Camera cuts back to Kanye, who pauses, then says]

"George Bush doesn't care about black people!"
And here's a comment from a Boing Boing reader:
Comcast is currently censoring CNN Headline news right now because they are showing the Kayne West clip. Every half hour the last 8 minutes of the CNN broadcast is being replaced by public access TV.


CORRECTION: I can report that Comcast in Edmonds ran this segment around 3:38 p.m. that included everything that is posted above and a CYA statement from NBC. And as much as I hate the post-Turner CNN, I will keep watching and let you know. If they run it again, I will send Boing Boing an update.



Washington Cares 

It's nice and all, but it's also too damn late. Where the hell was this Tuesday? I'm still shocked that FEMA didn't put out the call for help from fire departments until fucking Friday. Where the hell was everybody?

Also, Red Cross.



Friday, September 02, 2005

Light Posting 

I'll be Bumbershooting and other fun stuff over the weekend, so maybe light posting. Also, FEMA is looking at putting together 1000 groups of 2 to go down to NOLA. My department is on the list, and I'm trying to make sure that things will be all right with my work. And there may well be more experienced people willing to go. Or they may not be able to find a second person. But here's a heads up if there's light posting for the next month to 120 days.

Also, Red Cross.



Goldy Goes National 

Once again, our friend David "Goldy" Goldstein has gained national attention with his excellent story about the arabian horse assocation disaster that was qualification enough for Little bush to appoint Mr. Brownnose as FEMA Director in his Maladministration. Goldy's story reminds us that history repeats itself, often in a breathtakingly short time.

I'm linking to Skippy because he includes a picture showing what some might call the "Enumclaw Sexual Position."[FN1] I thought it was a somehow fitting to accompany a story from a NW blogger with a picture that might have been taken from the local headlines. Anyway, click through to read the entire story.

Our congratulations to Goldy - he's my hero. Ok, he's one of my heroes. I have his picture right next to my picture of Mike Lowry, Governor Gregoire's immediate predecessor in the succession line of Governors with Brains. Its right here on the wall of my little pod, now floating about 50 yards west of Cape Alava, Clallam County, Washington.



[FN1]: If you don't know what I am talking about, be thankful. Stop reading right now and scroll down to the next post. I'm Seriously.



If you absolutely, positively must know, or perhaps even give it a go, Dan Savage has a quick tutorial) (scroll down to the bottom of the first response). DISCLAIMER: Some of us here at the Washington State Political Report do not necessarily recommend that anyone do this as a way of life.



New Orleans 

The 81st Armor Brigade may be going. Two things. First it's good that they're going, but wouldn't it be better if a local brigade was off? Too damn bad they're in Iraq. Second, might? Might. It's a fucking week after the hurricane. If they're needed they should already be there.

Also, Red Cross.



Strike Thread 

Discuss

...IAM News



Thursday, September 01, 2005

McDermott Makes the Big Time 

Over at kos, Armando interviews Representative Jim McDermott, a hero to us all.



Well, I Hope The Dictator Isn't Too Inconvenienced 

Geez, what a stupid assed angle to the possible Machinists strike.



Open Thread 

!!!!!!!!!!!!!



Tacoma Parks Commission 

Looks like Mello's kick off was a hoot and a hollar.



Proposed Worker's Comp Rates Increase 

All the info you'll never use until your arms ache right here.



Wednesday, August 31, 2005

Potentially Dangerous Homeless Sex Offenders 

Gee. D'ya think?



Why You Should Support Cantwell 

And a nice story about Shaun running for the state House. All in one li'l post



Vote By Mail 

I still like the idea of having polling places even though I vote by mail. There is probably better use for the $1.2 million and more.



KingCo Emergency Management makes WaPo 

Eric Holdeman, Director of the King County Office of Emergency Management, has a nice article in The Washington Post (R-Pravda on the Potomac) detailing the destruction of once-proud FEMA under the Grandstander-in-Chief.



Emotion 

Natasha and I got into a bit of a row on the role emotion and gut feelings ought to play in the political process. I think emotions are helpful. I think the visuals are important. I think the gut feelings are important.

The classic example that people use is Nixon doing better on the radio and Kennedy on TV. People always imply that people watching TV got fooled by Kennedy. But clearly history shows us that the people listening on the radio didn't get Nixon's creepiness. They didn't get the visceral and quite correct feeling about him. The people watching on TV had more info and did a better job selecting the president.

Gore got more votes because despite the gibber jabber about inventing the internet, and Bush being the guy you'd want to have a beer with, people saw through that. In the debates. In public appearances. In interviews. I've mentioned here how energetic seeing Gore live was. It wasn't because he had a wonkish command of the issues (although he does). It made me feel like we were going to vote for a wonderful person to be president. Gore convinced a fuckton more people with his personality than his healthcare policy.

For me in non-partisan races and primaries, of course I look at issues. Of course I look at who's going to be a star in the Democratic party. Of course I look to who's got the best writing. But still a lot of it is personality, and a lot of that is who I trust the most.



Tuesday, August 30, 2005

Murray to Higher Office 

I'm not sure exactly what happened here. At drinking liberally, when Ed Murray showed up, there was discussion of him running form McDermott's office in the abstract, but it was more of a when he retires than a challenge him.



Go North Young Man 

Owen leads a trade delegation to Canada.



Muni League Ratings 

Goldy has the goods.



Drinking Liberally 

If it's Tuesday, you might as well go.

Montlake Ale House, 2307 24th Ave E



Monday, August 29, 2005

You Know You've Been Living On Vashon Too Long 

When you see a story about the price jump in the cost of gas and you think to yourself, gee I'd like to pay $2.73 per gallon.



I-912 Polls 

It'll be a tough row to hoe. We're losing some ground, although I have a tough time believing that there is no undecides. Anyhoo here are the results.

The transportation tax polling -- done Aug. 12-18 by Portland-based Davis, Hibbits and Midghall -- questioned 800 people seen as likely voters and had an error margin of 3.4 percent. It showed that nearly 55 percent of voters favor I-912, while a little more than 45 percent support the taxes, according to Schaub.

The numbers reflect several previous poll results -- including recent results by the Elway Poll, which found support for I-912 slipped to 52 percent in August from 55 percent in June. Elway's poll of 400 voters Aug. 12-14 had an error margin of 5 percent and showed that 45 percent of voters opposed the tax repeal and 3 percent were undecided.



Mawage 

Ruling is coming.

Or not if you believe Eli Sanders.



Sunday, August 28, 2005

EFF Moving to Bellingham? 

We all know that the Evergreen Freedom Foundation's Bob Williams wouldn't move to steal an election. He'd just make up a court case out of whole cloth and then pretend that the soldiers deployed overseas weren't allowed to vote when they were. Then he'd yell at King County. Then he'd jack Sharkansky off. Then he'd pretend his lawsuit was going well. Then he'd ritually sacrifice a goat. Then he'd try some other justification. I don't know, something about a spreadsheet. Then he'd pretend the guy who lost the election won and put quotes around the word governor whenever talking about the person who won the election. Then he'd cry himself to sleep if he ever realized how pathetic he was.

But I'm getting a bit sidetracked. In this article about Whatcom County switching from a majority absentee to all absentee, Williams had this nugget of brilliance to toss into the conversation: "If I wanted to steal an election, I would come to Whatcom County." But it's nice to see that they've decided to be a bit more honest about election theft. But remember Bob, it's not, "if I wanted," but, "next time I try."



The Other Side Of the Country 

Here's the Red Cross link if you want to give for disaster relief for New Orleans. Hopefully it won't be as bad as the worst case.



DFV End of Summer Meeting 

In case you wanted some input.



50K 

I know that it's less than some of the big boys do in an hour. And it's really just a dedicated small batch of about 100 of y'all. But some time yesterday or Friday (I don't check my stats as religiously as some people) I passed 50,000 visitors. So um yay me.



Additional Costs 

I don't want to get too far out there with Frank from Hard 7 on his I-912 post from a few days ago. He does after all live in the only Eastern Washington county that pays more to the state in road money than it gets back. He's complaining about the tunnel versus replacing the viaduct.

And he's bitching about the additional cost. But he's not the one who'll have to pay it. His portion is the same if we have an above grade concrete cheapo or a solid gold, jewel encrusted tunnel. The additonal costs come from RTID money, King County DOT money and Seattle money.

Now if it was up to me the rural counties would pay for my roads, my mass transit and my car. I mean with the passage of I-776 we saw that Eastern Washington wants to have more control of how Puget Sound counties spend our own local money, with that control comes cost, guys.

I say that this can be an argument if those of us in the RTID get an up or down vote on every local road project in the rest of the state. I'm really sick and tired of these Eastern Washingtonians who are both too cheap to pay for their own roads, and too eleatist to let us pay for our own. Ooh I won't pay for the cost of replacing the viaduct because you're going to do something more that will probably save significant amounts in the long run and be more likely to survive an earthquake. Wah wah wah.



Run Ladies Run! 

September 23, 24 and 25 there will be a nice thing for Women thinking of running for office on Bainbridge.



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