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Saturday, September 10, 2005

Laptops on Metro 

Hot Damn. This is a couple days old, so I guess I should check the Sims website more often.

By mid-October, all 29 buses that run on Route 197 between the University District and Federal Way and Route 48 between Loyal Heights and Rainier Beach should offer their riders the free service, said Metro spokeswoman Rochelle Ogershok.

Metro has more than 1,000 buses on the road at any one time, so putting the service on all its buses would be a major undertaking, she said.

Later this fall, Sound Transit is expected to introduce Wi-Fi on about five of the buses on its Route 545 between Redmond and downtown Seattle, according to Ogershok.

King County Executive Ron Sims, a booster of all things high-tech, will offer a demonstration of the new Metro Wi-Fi service this morning. The county has already introduced Wi-Fi hot spots at Marymoor Park and various other county facilities, such as jury waiting rooms at the Regional Justice Center in Kent, the county's land use permit center, and the King County Parks Aquatic Center in Federal Way.



Exciting New FEMA Game 

From Atrios comes an exciting new game, just in time to celebrate the 2-week anniversary of Lake George. It's time for
Name your FEMA Flunky
This game allows anyone to see what sort of political hack The Little bush Maladministration has picked to defend your part of the world.

Clues: In FEMA Region X, our political hack of choice has these qualifications:
-- Cowlitz county campaign co-chair for Bush in 2000.
-- Correspondence degree from diploma mill.
-- Appointed with help from Jennifer Fucking Dunn
.I feel so much safer.

UPDATE: As usual, Goldy has more. And congrats to The Seattle Times, who finally managed to scoop somebody over something.



Fighting For The Majority 

Spokane County Democratic Party in association with the Toad Hall Democratic Club are having a fundraiser with Lisa Brown and Frank Chopp. Spokane County Young Dems have the details.



TV Set or Human? 

If you wanted to know what Steve Hammond's top priorities are in a natural disaster, now you know.

First of all, I’m kind of offended that Hammond would equate the worst natural disaster in US history, with WTO protests that resulted in a McDonalds and a couple of Starbucks getting their windows smashed. Second, how exactly does making looting our top priority “force” local emergency administrators to coordinate with the federal government? And third… what the fuck? If I’m trapped underneath the rubble of my collapsed house, I’d like the county’s top priority to be digging me the fuck out, not guarding the snack food aisle at the local Safeway!
As a first responder in King County, let me just second Goldy's "what the fuck?" It's true that if there are people shooting, I'll wait in the aid car while the cops handle it, and then head in. But I don't see providing TV protection as a higher priority than providing medical anything.



Friday, September 09, 2005

Strawberry Days Tour 

Or something like it. Anyway, if you can make it, it's a good thing. And buy the book if you haven't already.

September 9: University Bookstore, Bellevue, 7 p.m.

September 10-11: Aki Matsuri Festival, Bellevue, 2 p.m. Saturday, 11 a.m. Sunday

September 21: Montana Book Company, Helena, MT, 7 p.m.

September 23: Montana State University Bookstore, Bozeman, MT, 11 a.m.-2 p.m.



Thursday, September 08, 2005

Open Thread 

Unexpcted Shift Edition.



Air America Seattle Changes Schedule 

Air America Seattle (KPTK-1090) announces the following schedule changes, effective Monday:


Morning Sedition moves to 3-5 a.m.
Rachel Maddow stays at 5-6 a.m.
Stephanie Miller takes over 6-9 a.m.
Thom Hartmann takes over 9 a.m.-noon
Ed Schultz stays at noon-3 p.m.
Al Franken moves to 3-6 p.m.
Randi Rhodes moves to 6-10 p.m.
Mike Malloy is heard 10 p.m.-1 a.m.

We guess that 1-3 a.m. will be filled by a player to be named later.



Wednesday, September 07, 2005

912 Fundraising 

It's a tough time to do any fundraising that isn't related to the South. But the good folks at Washington Defense are doing that in hopes that we won't have the same crap happen here.



Tuesday, September 06, 2005

Morning After Pill 

Cantwell is angry.



KING-5 Parent Runs Paid Government Press Release - Calls it Opinion 

From the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, we learn that several newspapers accepted payment from the U.S. Department of Education and then presented these press releases to their readers as opinion pieces. Even Frank Blethen and his Nattering Band of Nabobs didn't fall for this one, but the Dallas Morning News was on the list. As we should always keep in mind, the DRM is owned by Belo, parent of KING-5, KONG-16, and Northwest Cable News, and is run by bushbuddy Robert Dechard.

Sadly, the once-proud Sacramento Bee is also on the list. The Bee (one Bee of Three) is the Flagship of McClatchy Newspapers, which owns The News Tribune (Tacoma), the Tri-City Herald (Kennewick), The Puyallup Herald (ca. 1959), and the Peninsula Gateway (Gig Harbor).

I'm happy to report that none of my favorite newspapers, the Humptulips Harrumph, the Moclips Meager, and the Queets Quisling, made the list (no links, just grab the can over by the door. Stretch the string really tight. And yell loud).



Drinking Liberally 

I'll be there unless, I'm doing something ungodly like trampling along the South.



Sunday, September 04, 2005

Dictator cancels Trip 

So no worries striking Boeing Workers. You won't inconvenience President Hu Jintao after all.

Hu postponed his visit to Seattle as well as his official state visit to Washington, D.C., following a phone conversation with President Bush yesterday morning.

The two leaders agreed to postpone the meeting because of "the serious disaster caused by Hurricane Katrina," the Chinese Foreign Ministry said in a statement.

Sources close to the Chinese delegation indicated the White House requested the postponement.



Post 912 Initiatives 

I've been doing some thinking of the initiatives we should be talking about now to say, "you want us to die in an earthquake, here's what we want to happen to you." I've got two thoughts that are a bit different than the idea of making each county pay exactly its fair share.

So my first idea is a statewide initiative that basically says that every county that both gives less per person and takes more than the state median has to justify each county and city road project. Up or down statewide vote. Any extra money goes to the State general fund. It's basically what they did to King County with I-776, only this time it's permanent, and only effects the deadbeats and we can actually get some life saving road repair.

The other idea is a King County initiative to charge a hell of a lot more for residents of anti I-912 counties for some county service they use. Have the money go to actually saving King County lives. Unfortunately the only thing I can think of is Harborview, and even I'm not that pissed off yet.



Republicans Don't Deserve a Party 

I know this is tough to say for those of us who believe in a multiparty system, but in the last week, the Republicans have proven that they don't deserve to exist. They've shown that they are so far from the task of governing that they should fold the hell up.

I'm that pissed off at the party that thought Social Security was in a bigger crisis than New Orleans, and I can't imagine why anybody isn't. The party that gutted funding for the levies. The party that sent Guardsmen and women to Iraq with their equipment to set up an Iranian style theocracy. I'm sorry, but anybody who votes for them is saying that's OK. Is in fact demanding another New Orleans.

Every member of the House of Representatives who keeps that (R) after their name is demanding that Hastert keep his speakership after this. Any Senator with that (R) thinks that Trent Lott's house is more important than those damn bodies floating in the water. Anybody no matter how important or how lowly the office willing to say "I'm in the same party as Bush" deserves to lose the next election.

I'm not saying that they need to join the Democrats. There are serious differences that aren't going to get people killed. They can be independent. They can form a new party.

Stealing an election. Getting chickenshit on 9/11. Tom DeLay. Iraq. Plame. And now the ultimate incompetence. 4 years after 9/11, and this is what we have? Fuck. It took FEMA a Goddamn week to even ask for help from my Fire Department and departments around the country. Why weren't we at least filling the paperwork on Tuesday or earlier? Fucking waiting until Friday. It's insane. How many thousands of Americans have died? What the hell has happened to our way of life? We've lost America to the Republican Party. And anybody. Anybody who wants it back can not be a Republican. Can not vote for a Republican. Can not.

I'm sorry if that's shrill, I just bought the sleeping bag I may be spending the next 30 to 120 days in. Anyway, you of course can donate something to the Red Cross.



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