Saturday, December 03, 2005

Gary Locke Endorses Darcy Burner 

I'm sorry Andrew, but no, this isn't some big news story. Politicians get endorsements, even in contested elections all the time. And while Locke is bigger than say a state senator getting back from the Amazon (And lord knows that would be a fun trip to be an aid on), it's still not much.

Surprise Surprise 

Doc Hastings and Dave Reichert sure like dirty money. They both took $1000 from crooked old Duke Cunningham. Let's see if they're more willing to give that sewer money back than they were with DeLay's sewer money.

Who's Where 

Belltowner has a good rundown on Conlin as Seattle City Council prez, and some hot rumors.

Dear Norm Maleng; 

I was very disappointed to see that you favor Lori Sotelo’s challenges so much that you won’t investigate her mostly wrong list of bad voters. You have a unique obligation as both the County Prosecutor and the only countywide elected Republican to go after this sort of crap hard. Instead you issued a lie filled press release and press conference refusing to even investigate the possibility that Ms. Sotelo may have perjured herself when she claimed to have personal knowledge of illegal registration by hundreds of legal voters she had never met.

You claimed in your press release that she had done a lot of research. In fact she had some interns plug people’s names into a search engine that she didn’t even know how to operate. That’s not extensive research and it wasn’t her doing it. That you would make this claim in a section labeled “facts” is even sillier.

You claimed in your press release that these challenges were an honest attempt to clean up King County Elections. Yet the board itself called them “an abuse of the challenge process” and “a deliberate attempt to intimidate voters.” So instead of trying to sort this out with an actual investigation, you just claimed the problem away.

What you either failed to realize, or have reconciled yourself to is the fact that your party hates America. They hate that people get to vote for people who oftentimes aren’t them. They commit horrible acts against the country like it’s going out of style. Outing CIA agents. Disenfranchising voters. Using Americans as instruments of torture. Starting illegal wars without even arming the soldiers adequately. Hell many of Bush states have monuments to treason in their capitols. If you care about your country and your party you have an obligation to stand up to this crap. Instead you’ve become a part of it.

All the Best,

Carl Ballard

I don't know if I'm going to keep the final paragraph. It's a bit too harsh even for me.

...Sent. I'm still uneasy about the last paragraph, but it needed to be said.

Friday, December 02, 2005

Chief Roger Bragdon 

He's stepping down from the Spokane police department.

$84.3 Million 

Bill Gates is awesome.

Tee Hee Hee 

That is a good use of the phrase.

Gregoire's Numbers Rising 

Lynn over at Evergreen Politics has a good piece on Gregoire including the new SUSA round of approve/ disapprove questions on Gregoire.

Thursday, December 01, 2005

Breathe A Little Easier 

Because we've passed the clean air act standards. We're one of only 12 states to do so.

Wednesday’s announcement means the entire state meets EPA standards for air pollutants such as ground-level ozone, carbon monoxide and particulate matter. Before being deemed as “in attainment,” areas must meet the standards for three years and have an EPA-approved maintenance plan to ensure air quality.

“In 1995, we had three and a half million people living in non-attainment areas; in November 2005, we have zero,” Gov. Christine Gregoire said in a prepared statement.

Gregoire said the attainment of the standards ensures “better health and a better economy for the people of Washington.”

“I think it says a lot to the cooperation between the state, the EPA, the business community, nonprofits and citizens,” Gregoire said by phone after the news conference. “We value our quality of life here. When the challenge was put before us, we all came together.”

Mexican Drug Gangs and the Kitsap Sun 


Wednesday, November 30, 2005

I'd Like To Spend More Time With Finkbeiner's Family Too 

And since I stole the joke from Goldy, I might as well just link to him.

Paul G. Abrams 

He may be a bit behind the 8 ball what with the election only 10 months away, but it's fine to see if he's got the stuff.


He's decided not to go after Sotelo. A letter will be forthcoming when I have more time.


Half of $345 Million is still a lot of money for one private company.

Tuesday, November 29, 2005

Sorry to be Shotgunning 

These posts. But my world web internet went out in the tiny wind last night. I don't know if it's back on now or when it will be in the future. Aah rural life. This is an open thread.

Sims Rules 

He's asking Maleng to investigate the Republican lying. Specifically Sotelo for perjury.


Cut a rug with the Spokane County Young Democrats.

This is a fundraiser for the Spokane County Democrats
and a Celebration for All.
Suggested Donation, $20
(But any donation is appreciated, and none is required.)

Thursday December 1, 2005
7:00 to 10:00 pm
The Hamilton Studio
(aka Toad Hall)
West 1427 Dean

Buh Beiner 

Bill Finkbeiner may be out.

Three Quarters Wrong 

Well the Republican shit list is at least more right than their policies.

Drinking Liberally 

I'll be there. But will I be square?

Monday, November 28, 2005

Seattle Weekly Takeover Approved 

Geov Parrish tells us that the takeover of the Seattle Weekly has been approved by the Little bush Maladminstration. Geov is not happy.

I Really Like Savage 

Read his column regularly and am thrilled whenever he has a TV or radio appearance. I liked The Kid and Skipping Towards Gomorrah. But it is amusing that Sharkansky's main defender in the whole question of why he was fired from the Stranger is probably the best known King County resident to have been convicted of voter fraud.

Sunday, November 27, 2005

Raising Money 

I can't register until January, but just to you know, I'll be hitting you up for donations for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society pretty hard between then and mid March. It's a really cool event for firefighters, and I can say "69 stories" without being dirty (although not necessarily without snickering). Anyway, more when I can actually do fundraising, but just a heads up to save a few bucks for a good cause.

Border Crossing 

Gregoire and B.C. Premier Gordon Campbell will both sign a letter expressing concern with the future requirement of having a passport to cross the border.

This week, Gov. Christine Gregoire and Premier Gordon Campbell are expected to co-sign a letter to the federal agency expressing their shared concern about the potential economic hit on both sides of the border.

"We have to have security, there is no question about that," Gregoire said. "On the other hand, can we have security to the point where we can really harm the economies?"

Looks Like Fun 

In Vancouver.

Tues., Dec. 6. 7 PM. First Hand Report from Iraq: Matt Chandler

Matt Chandler has been working with Christian Peacemaker Teams (CPT) in Iraq over the last 2 years. He has recently returned from Baghdad and will talk about the current situation and the work he is involved with supporting the families of detainees and building an Iraqi peace movement.

Location: Vancouver Regional Library. 1007 Mill Plain. Just E of I-5.
You can also download fliers if you want to help out.

Sign Your Ballot 

Jeebus, Spokanites. Hundreds haven't signed their recall ballot.

Many voters accustomed to going to the polls have been confused by Spokane County's vote-by-mail procedures. Voters must:
# Mark their ballots and then place them in the security envelope before putting the ballots in the mailing envelope
# Sign the envelope on the line indicated on the mailing envelope and fold the security flap over the signature
# Place a stamp on the envelope before posting it. Or, voters can drop ballots off at the Spokane County Elections Office during business hours.
On Dec. 6, the county elections office will also have three "drop-off" locations - one in each of the city's three council districts - where ballots can be turned in without a stamp or a postmark between 7 a.m. and 8 p.m. The three drop-off locations are:
# Northeast Spokane District 1, Lidgerwood Presbyterian Church, 4449 N. Nevada
# South Spokane District 2, St. Makr's Lutheran Church, 316 E. 24th
# Northwest Spokane District 3, Shadle Park Presbyterian Church, 5508 N. Alberta

Open Thread 


Oh me oh my the new fake streetcar is insane looking.

Bay View Tower 

Bellingham may have a 20 story tower in its future.

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