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Saturday, June 03, 2006

Unconfirmed 

Gregoire finally flexes some muscle on the pharmacy board ruling.



Oly Has a Rad City Council Member 

T.J. Johnson. That's what I'm talking about.

"I agree absolutely with the cause of protesting the war, and I was there primarily to witness the crowd and police, and to the extent I could help at any point, in terms of communication, I was prepared to do that," he said. "I became a reluctant participant."

Johnson said his involvement occurred when he saw a Washington State Patrol trooper shove the female in the back as she was following the trooper's instruction to move back. Johnson moved to aid the woman and ask the trooper why he shoved her, he said. Then, he said, either that trooper or another told him to move back and he was shoved with a baton.

Johnson said he wanted an explanation from the trooper about the officer's behavior toward the female.

"I was going to stand my ground," he said.

He said he knew the potential consequences of disobeying the order but that didn't deter him from "doing what was right."

Eventually, authorities used pepper spray to disperse the crowd.



Charter Changes 

The Seattle city council has some bad ideas.

Early this year, the council decided to seek voters' authority to fire top city officials who now are under Nickels' direction. To do so, the council needs voters to approve numerous amendments to the city charter, which essentially is Seattle's constitution.

Under the plan, the heads of the parks, police, fire, finance and personnel departments, and the city auditor, would need to be reconfirmed by the council every four years. Currently, the council only has say over their initial appointments.[...]

"We do have some directors now that are subject to reconfirmation. The process has worked pretty well," Ceis said. "But, it is something that the mayor feels would benefit from an outside and an objective view of it.

"This is an issue of separation of authority. Is it objective if one branch of the government is proposing this at the expense of another branch?"

Nickels wants an official citizens' review committee to guide decisions "such as the balance of authority between the executive and legislative branches," according to a letter he sent to Councilman Peter Steinbrueck, who chairs the charter review committee.

"I understand the City Council will hold public hearings on its proposed amendments, but I do not believe hearings alone are sufficient," Nickels wrote.



Brilliant 

Darryl writes a nice letter to Dave Reichert.



Friday, June 02, 2006

Best. Line. Evar! 

Ha ha!

If the Washington State Republican Party had its way, U.S. Attorney General Alberto Gonzales probably wouldn't be an American citizen.



Pharmacies 

Geez.



An Inconvenient Truth 

So a few bloggers, or maybe just me and Gavin are going to see the new Gore movie this weekend. Looks like the 8:40 downtown. Is anybody else interested in going?



Thursday, June 01, 2006

Hmm 

I've called a member of the press Scabby McScabberson, but I'm pretty sure if a reporter called me at a number I'd provided, I would have the decency not to just hang up on them. But I guess that's just way 8,943,572 that I'm better than Tim Eyman.



Protesting at the Port of Olympia 

A nice diary on Kos. With pictures.



Insecurity 

Thanks Dave, we're all going to die.



Two Peas in a Pod 

As far as I can tell, the only people opposed to the World Cup for political reasons are Mike! and Muqtada.



Wednesday, May 31, 2006

"it's hard to misinterpret the 14th Amendment." 

I didn't see Pelz and Diane Tebelius Courtney Love go toe to toe with the Dobbs but it looks like Dwight scored a knock out (you have to scroll about 2/3 of the way down). Maybe it didn't come across as quite the ass kicking when it was live. I don't know. But this is officially my favorite question ever:

DOBBS: And hard-working American citizens, where do you stand on those?

PELZ: Well, I'm in favor of hard-working American citizens. I am one, and so is my wife.
Lou, I can't even put into words how insane you sound. I mean, what the hell were you expecting? "I'm glad you asked that, I'm quite opposed to hard-working Americans. They smell funny."

I've been thinking for a couple minutes of what a stupider question might be and I honestly can't think of one. Maybe "Babies, pro or con?" Seriously, I'm stumped.

And I'm not even going to get into his having someone who hits and chokes women on his show in the next segment. Class act Dobber.



Get Thee To A Pharmacy Board Meeting 

Josh Feit has the details on this stupid assed iteration of the plan to let people who have moral objections to you taking medicine, giving you medicine. You know what, when there's something wrong with me, I don't need prayer (although, if you're offering, thanks!), I need me some medicine. I don't need a lecture. I don't need to know you are soooo much better than me. I just want to get the fuck better. Christamighty.



Oil 

The radio sez there's an oil sheen off of Bainbridge. I haven't seen it on any of the news webpages.



Outrageous 

Shaun has two great posts today. First he's outraged at Dave Reichert's opposition to the Constitution. That when you're a Constitutional officer, you have a special obligation to protect the Constitution. He's also calling bullshit on Mike!

McGavick said he had to turn down an overture from the White House because he is traveling to Pennsylvania for his son's June 15 graduation.
At first glance I thought that surely McGavick could make a cross town run to hook up with the President of the United States, but since the graduation is in Pennsylvania…

Hold it. Pennsylvania? There's not a single school in the state of Washington fit for the son of the would-be Senator? What special school might this be? I dunno. Here's what the McGavick campaign has to say...
...Jack, heads off to college next fall. The younger boys, Gates and Marco, and their yellow lab Frosty make the McGavick household a very lively place. Mike, Gaelynn and the boys make their home in the Seattle area.
Seems like Jack headed off a while ago, and if home is where you hang your hat, his ain't here.



Ha ha ha 

This week's podcast was by far and away the most fun to record. Although it did run a sconch long what with Goldy ranting and raving about schools. And Will needing to talk about proper escalator standing (to the right ho bags). Still nothing says fun like dead kids and Goldy taking far too much time talking about schools. But it totally worked.



Wright On 

Jimmy interviews Richard Wright:

Richard Wright: Our rallies in Pasco and Yakima were very successful. We had lots of folks turn out to show their support.

What’s clear is that there are no “safe” seats in Congress this year. Republican leaders thought Hastings’ district was secure when they handed him the ethics chair job, but things have changed. That was before DeLay announced his resignation and before Congress had a popular approval rating in the low twenties. Hastings is getting nervous. He issued a statement because the heat is on, because the citizens of the 4th District want some answers. It’s in the air; this is the year for change and I’m sure Hastings can sense it.

His statement was a weak one on a day that millions of American seniors struggled to figure out the confusing plan he’s so proud of. If he’s proud of the Medicare drug plan, it’s because he’s out of touch with seniors in this district. This legislation is a license to steal from aging Americans; it supports pharmaceutical companies and the insurance industry rather than supporting our aging parents and grandparents.

Since the rallies, the House Ethics Committee has begun a few investigations that should have started months and months ago. In my book, after 16 months of doing absolutely nothing, these are merely symbolic gestures to bolster support in an election year. It is no coincidence that Tom DeLay announced his retirement before any investigations could begin.

I will continue to pressure Mr. Hastings to open an investigation into Tom DeLay. If he doesn’t, a cloud will hang over Mr. Hastings’ service in Congress. There will always be a question of why no investigation took place. Was it because a deal was struck when Mr. Hastings was appointed to the Ethics Committee Chair or was it because an investigation of Mr. Delay would reveal Mr. Hastings’ own links to DeLay’s web of corruption? Americans deserve answers. In particular, voters in this District deserve answers.

Jimmy: In Washington’s 4th Congressional District, immigration and farming largely go hand in hand. Yet it seems congressional republicans would like to take a hard line approach to immigration. Politically, this maneuver could yield disastrous results. Yet, there is a public outcry now that the issue is on the table with very few realistic solutions. How would you like to see this issue approached?

Richard Wright: Farmers rely on migrant workers, especially for labor intensive farming like orchards. From pruning to picking, packing, and processing, labor accounts for approximately 50 percent of the cost of producing apples. If the bottom of the labor force dropped out overnight, up to 1/3 of fruit and vegetable growers would go out of business.

We need to find reasonable solutions that reward workers and employers who play by the rules. We can have tighter boarder security. This is not only an issue of legal immigration but also an issue of national security. It’s wrong that over four years after 9/11, we still do not have secure borders. This administration and our Congress has failed us. Legal immigration takes more than just passing a new law. It means providing the funds necessary to implement the law. I will not support a law that reverts to measures that would not only overtax law enforcement but also would split up families and hurt farmers.



Tuesday, May 30, 2006

I Heart White Center 

And I hope they chose to join up with Seattle. They are kind of just a piece of West Seattle anyway. A lot of people who live there say they live in West Seattle. Like suburbanites, like me, often tell out of towners that we live in Seattle. Even though the trip into the city is like 11 bucks before gas.

But back to White Center, it would help the city to have more area, especially since it is an urban area that's growing quickly anyway. The whole area down to Salmon Creek might incorporate into the city, and again that's all to the good. The city gets a few vibrant neighborhoods. It gets an area that's rapidly growing compared to the rest of the city. And the city can help guide it to something with more sensible density and better growth.



Union Power 

Foster care union. Very odd.



Racist and Unconstitutional 

Brenda and I have both made mention of the new anti-immigrant, anti-Constitution plank in the state Republican platform. But I would like to point out how Washington Outsiders is doing a great job tying it all together.



Drinking Liberally 

At the Montlake Ale House tonight. Come for the booze, stay for the news.



Monday, May 29, 2006

Locke 

He seems happy with his new life.



WA GOP Hates Immigrant Kids" 

From the New York Times:
"The Washington state Republican Party has adopted a resolution calling for an end to the Constitution's guarantee of automatic citizenship to the U.S.-born children of illegal immigrants." link
Racist Bastards to the core.



Sims 

I much prefer the environmental kick that Goldy is on to his kid's school.



Sunday, May 28, 2006

Peter Goldmark 

Great diary on Kos. Go read; go recommend.



Escalators 

Will takes on the most annoying thing in this damn town.



There's Always Been A State Dems Blog 

Tee hee hee. And welcome to blogging.



Tough Stance on the Constitution 

The Washington State Republicans are opposed to the 14th amendment.



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