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Saturday, April 29, 2006

Open Thread? 




Interesting is a Relative Term 

Josh Feit (who's hair is apparently similar to mine) thinks the judicial races will be interesting now that FAIRPAC is there to counterbalance the rightwing judicial PAC. I think we need to recruit a liberal named Johnson just to confuse things.



Stem Cells 

What Cool Aqua said.



In Case You Wanted to Know 

The D-Trip has a web site to show what money has come from where for the Republican incumbents. And what votes they're taking. So:

McMorris

* Rep. McMorris voted against cracking down on the oil and gas industries price gouging.
* Rep. McMorris voted for the GOP energy bill that gave billions to oil, gas and nuclear industries.
* Big oil and gas industries have given Rep. McMorris $49,952. Any surprise?
Hastings

* $5,930 from Tom DeLay's ARMPAC.
* $1,000 from convicted DeLay associate Jack Abramoff.

With all of these ties to the DeLay/Abramoff mess, is it any surprise that Hastings has:

* Voted with Tom DeLay 95% of the time (through 3/31/2006)
Reichert

* $20,000 from Tom DeLay's ARMPAC.
* $5,000 from Bob Ney, the first congressman to be implicated based on the Jack Abramoff guilty plea.

With all of these ties to the DeLay/Abramoff mess, is it any surprise that Reichert has:

* Voted to weaken House ethics rules when DeLay proposed doing so as GOP Majority Leader.
* Voted with Tom DeLay 91% of the time (through 3/31/2006)
[...]

# Rep. Reichert voted to continue awarding contracts to Halliburton even if the Pentagon's own audit processes found that more than $100 million of their contractor's costs in Iraq were unreasonable.
# Rep. Reichert opposed expanding access to the military's TRICARE health insurance program to thousands of Reservist and National Guard members, even though 20 percent of all Reservists do not have health insurance, and 40 percent of Reservists aged 19 to 35 lack health coverage.



Wikipedia 

I don't really understand the bug up people's butt about partisans editing it. And if your only error is that Rossi is planning to run in 2008, your story is (How do I put this? Oh right) fucking accurate. Anyway, the whole thing makes me think of this comic.



Friday, April 28, 2006

Waste 

We certainly can do something about much of this. I will say that the illegal immigrant piece is only half of the story unless you can figure out how much they put into the system. Most have above the table jobs, and many pay much more than they should because they don't get back their withholdings. But since most of this money is state money, even the under the table workers pay sales and (usually indirectly) property taxes.

I've cautioned before and will again though that trimming the fat isn't as easy as the metaphor might suggest. While the most egregious things are listed in the article are easy to cut, with a billion dollars, some of it is more like trying to trim the fat off a hamburger: You can do it but you need to take some meat off too.



Milestones 

I realize that some of the big boys do this in hours, but congrats to Shaun on 150,000. I can't say I've read all the posts, but I did write a few. And less impressive, today I passed 100,000 page views (the ugly step child of visits).



Sigh 

Man alive, I miss Fat Chicks in Party Hats. And yes, I'm quite certain that this has nothing to do with Washington State.



Safe 

Who are the 5% of people who don't feel safe downtown during the day?

Joncas released a survey commissioned by the association showing that 95 percent of the people questioned feel safe walking in downtown during the day, and 59 percent feel safe at night.

With plans calling for much more density and significantly more housing downtown, the need for a sense of safety and civility in downtown neighborhoods is gaining attention.



Thursday, April 27, 2006

Not Even Republicans Like Republicans 

Mike! McGorton has something to say about the people he'll be voting for the Senate leadership if he's elected, "I'’m very frustrated. ... I'm embarrassed."



Timmih 

Tim Eyman is having some signature gathering problems. Apparently, Washington doesn't like to hate the gays after all.



Cowboy Hat 

Jimmy has a way to make Chris Vance eat his words.



Na na na na na na 

The Fink is gone!



Wednesday, April 26, 2006

Ave Maria 

When Cantwell is on, she's on.

Last week, this failure of Republican leadership became even more obvious as the price of oil hit an all time high. Yet again, the administration's response was to do nothing. We have had to wait long enough. Today we must act.

Right now I am walking to the floor of the Senate and asking for an immediate up-or-down vote on my gas price-gouging bill. If we get Senate support today, we will have won a major energy policy victory.



Step one: Secure the Constitution; Step two: Dismantle it 

The Republicans in Gig Harbor have an unmatched commitment to logic!



No Win Situation My Ass 

In the podcast, Goldy said that the activists camped out in Cantwell's office were presenting her with a lose-lose situation. Either kick them out and look thugish (I don't think so, if it's the Federal Building staff, but fine), or look like she's caving. But, oh look, Cantwell showed herself to be truly a great person here. Above and beyond the call and all that; She threaded the needle brilliantly. I would have let them be arrested and still set up the meeting, but she handled it with more class than was necessary.

She should clarify her position on the war, regardless of who's camping out in her office though, and if they helped her do that by May 6, mores the better. I'd say Cantwell's position is stronger because of this and the activists got what they could from her.



Tuesday, April 25, 2006

Good for them 

There are anti-war protesters camped out in Cantwell's office. It might surprise you that someone who actually likes Cantwell (but disagrees with her on the war enough that I was considering voting for Wilson for a while) says good on these protesters. I think this is a way to go to force people to change their tactics. And if they're willing to go to jail because of their protests, well they may.

I will add that I hope they would do that to people who aren't Democrats too. I mean where are they with Mike! Mcsomethingorother?



If it's a Day that Ends in a "Y" 

Then it's a day where Sharkansky is making a silly argument. The only thing I'd add is that Sharkansky can't tell the difference between personal behavior and policy changes. As if taking the bus more is the greatest thing a city council member can do for the environment. And as if improving the transit system so people don't have to take as many trips in their car shouldn't be debated on its own merits.

This was one of the many things that bugged me during the Edmonds/Ferguson primary. You see, Ferguson takes the bus and is for killing Sound Transit, whereas Edmonds drove to the Council but advocated for better transit than Ferguson (in no small part because she knew how tough it is to use mass transit from Shoreline unless you live right along the 358 route).



Drinking Liberally 

Go to the Montlake Ale House tonight. Fine food, and Democrats, perhaps saying "fuck."



Monday, April 24, 2006

I Agree 

Time for Doc to step down.



Darcy Burner 

Darcy answers questions posed by Stranger readers. So if you wanted to know her thoughts on the war, global warming, the PATRIOT ACT, immigration, or unidirectional time (among other things), read here.



McChord Pilots 

It's very interesting what the 446th Airlift Wing are doing.



Sunday, April 23, 2006

Open Thread 




And Somebody may say "Rectum" 

I still don't like Pelz as chair.



Gene Coulon Memorial Beach Park 

It's getting quite popular.



Street Food 

Will would like some more.



No on I-933 

Right on.



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