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Saturday, July 08, 2006

World Cup Final 

Come watch it with me at Kells tomorrow. Last chance for me to buy you a beer that early in the day.



Mark Wilson to Endorse Cantwell 

Hot dang!

...hat tip to Goldy.



If The Faith Based Initiative 

Were more like this, I think more Democrats would support it. As evidenced by the fact that Seattle and maybe King County are giving it grants.



8% 

Well that could still be improved.



Dam it! 

Jimmy wants you to know about his opposition to dam removal. That's all well and good. I'm for it, but I'm not strong one way or the other. But I do like to see the hypocrisy of the Eastern Washington Representatives:

I didn’t expect much and I wasn’t dissapointed. It wasn’t a heated discussion of to breach or not to breach. It was a discussion to bolster The Endagered Species Compliance and Transperency Cost Act proposed by McMorris and Hastings, and to bolster their candidacies. The act would direct energy suppliers such as BPA to advertise how much it costs them to comply with the Endangered Species Act when spilling extra water from the dams to increase juvenille salmon migration down the rivers. These costs would show up in ratepayers utility bills. Nevermind the costs that could be shown from subsidising irrigation and industry as well. Those costs too are passed down to the consumer.



Friday, July 07, 2006

Friday Island Blogging 

The Lighthouse at Point Robinson. Not pictured in this picture, but right behind it is the flag from the 4th of July post.




I'm not Sure He Read The Fable 

Interesting article in yesterday's Seattle Times on the developer initiative:

The pro-933 Property Fairness Coalition consists mostly of farm and local property-rights groups. The most recent reports filed with the state Public Disclosure Commission indicate it has raised more than $500,000 in cash and in-kind contributions, and spent $352,000.

Americans for Limited Government, a national organization based in Chicago, has given $200,000. The group, whose leaders are associated with the term-limits movement and other conservative causes, is backing property-rights and spending-cap measures in a dozen states this year.

The state Farm Bureau has donated the equivalent of $151,000 in staff time, office support and other in-kind contributions, and has loaned the campaign another $69,000.

The lion's share of the pro-933 campaign spending — $240,000 through the end of May — has gone to Citizen Solutions, a Lacey paid-signature-gathering firm.
We could quibble about all sorts of things in that. They aren't really property rights groups if they want to let my neighbors pollute my landlord's yard. What the hell does property fairness even mean? Are they saying we should all have equal lots? Because again, letting someone do damage to my property from theirs isn't fair, it's horrible. But putting all that aside, I'd like to get to get out one of my pet peeves. The lion's share doesn't mean most, it means all. As the lion said, "The first quarter is for me in my capacity as King of Beasts; the second is mine as arbiter; another share comes to me for my part in the chase; and as for the fourth quarter, well, as for that, I should like to see which of you will dare to lay a paw upon it." I know, popular parlance, but still, it's one of those things that bugs me.

...link fix'd



I Just Wonder How Much Will Baker Would Have Been Off By 

Holy cats, could Sontag at least be close? It's like he moved a decimal point or something.



In Response 

To this sort of thing, I'll ask a question: According to Progressive Punch, what's the difference between Senators Cantwell and Feingold? Answer in the comments.



Darcy Burner on KUOW Thread 

Discuss when she's on or after!



Thursday, July 06, 2006

Open Mike 

Mike!'s listening campaign is called Open Mike! and I actually think that's adorable. But, in reality, I'm not sure what's open (his pocket to Safeco money; his arms to Dick Cheney; his ears to privatizing social security?). Any other suggestions?



If he Doesn't Have Goldy on for 3 Hours... 

Tim Eyman will have shown how afraid he is and how he, "can’t handle an extended debate on the issues" or whatever the bullshit is.



Bawk Bawk Bawk Indeed! 

Following up on Brenda's earlier post, oops, I guess Dave Reichert isn't going to be on KUOW after all.



Gerald Pumphrey 

Meet the new president of South Puget Sound Community.



State's Rights 

While I certainly applaud Governor Gregoire's efforts to figure out how to get the state VA involved in Walla Walla, I have to wonder why this administration still hasn't stepped to the plate. As much as I'm willing to pay for vet's services in Southwest Idaho and Northeast Oregon, with my state taxes, doesn't the Federal government have a duty to at least try to figure out how to put as much money as the vets need into the system? I understand Capital Asset Realignment and not the administration basically makes the final determination. But with more services needed due to the war, now isn't the time to be making any cuts. This is just another cost of war that the administration is pushing off to the states.



Air Reichert on Friday 

The Reicherthole will take listener calls on "Weekday" at 9 a.m. Friday on KUOW-FM (94.9) [link].

Any questions for Little bush's favorite Congressman?



Wednesday, July 05, 2006

Slow, Slow Interweb 

Sorry about the light posting. It's like dial up or something. So how's 'bout a discussion on books? I'm just finished Homegrown Democrat (thanks Will). I really liked it. One of the best written paragraphs was all about what's wrong with Democrats, but man was it fun to read. I had to stop in the middle of the chapter and go back and read it again, it was pure fun. I've re-read almost every story in my copy of We Love Glenda So Much, but that's really my car book, so I only read it on the ferry or at the fire station, so it's good that it can be broken down in segments. I'm currently reading Not War But Murder by Ernest B. Furguson, about Cold Harbor. I'm still pretty early on in it, but it's interesting to note the successes Grant was having before the battle. Even knowing what's going to happen, I can see for the first time why Grant was pushing the offensive like he was.

So what are you reading, and what would you recommend? Also, sorry, I usually throw some links in these, but as I say: slow interweb.

...Now with links. Yay for a speedy interweb!



Trail Funding 

Yikes.

Like the National Park Service, the U.S. Forest Service and the DNR are doing more and more with less, but enough "more with less" ultimately means that less is done. Our parks and forests suffer as result — and so, too, do the people who would enjoy them.

With the official start to summer and another hiking season under way, Washington's most vulnerable hiking opportunities enter the spotlight in a report by the Washington Trails Association. "Hike It — Ten Threatened Trails in Washington State" names the state's most threatened hiking trails and offers common-sense solutions to help them. It encourages hikers to get out and experience the beauty and importance of these trails firsthand, and urges policymakers to act for their recovery and protection.

The featured trails are threatened by neglect, lack of funding and other management decisions that compromise the experience of hikers. For example, in the case of Rachel Lake, a very popular hike east of Snoqualmie Pass, deferred maintenance has rendered this trail a root-ridden, rocky mess.

A typical hiking trail costs, on average, about $1,000 per mile to maintain. Leave it neglected until it has eroded and is in need of serious reconstruction and you can plan on spending upwards of $50,000 per mile to repair the trail. Our failure to act today only compounds itself over time.
Tip hat to not Cascadia Scorecard, who also talk about why size matters (in trees).



Become a PCO 

It pays less than a CEO. But it's a good counter to the GOP.



Tuesday, July 04, 2006

Maybe They Were Thrilled About her Fighting for Enron Money 

Or maybe they just like net neutrality. Perhaps they're thrilled with not having a lot of oil spilled in the Puget Sound. Whatever the reason, the grass roots are definitely supporting Maria Cantwell.



Renewable Energy Initiative 

We gots the signatures. But if you haven't signed yet, and you get the chance, some more padding can always help.



Sheldon-Slayer 

I don't know either. But can we stop calling him a DINO. I'd prefer DINS (Democrat in name, sometimes).



let Facts be submitted to a candid world-- Happy 4th 


When in the Course of human events, it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another, and to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the Laws of Nature and of Nature's God entitle them, a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the separation.

We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness. --That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, --That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness. Prudence, indeed, will dictate that Governments long established should not be changed for light and transient causes; and accordingly all experience hath shewn, that mankind are more disposed to suffer, while evils are sufferable, than to right themselves by abolishing the forms to which they are accustomed. But when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same Object evinces a design to reduce them under absolute Despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such Government, and to provide new Guards for their future security. —Such has been the patient sufferance of these Colonies; and such is now the necessity which constrains them to alter their former Systems of Government. The history of the present King of Great Britain [George III] is a history of repeated injuries and usurpations, all having in direct object the establishment of an absolute Tyranny over these States. To prove this, let Facts be submitted to a candid world.

He has refused his Assent to Laws, the most wholesome and necessary for the public good.

He has forbidden his Governors to pass Laws of immediate and pressing importance, unless suspended in their operation till his Assent should be obtained; and when so suspended, he has utterly neglected to attend to them.

He has refused to pass other Laws for the accommodation of large districts of people, unless those people would relinquish the right of Representation in the Legislature, a right inestimable to them and formidable to tyrants only.

He has called together legislative bodies at places unusual, uncomfortable, and distant from the depository of their public Records, for the sole purpose of fatiguing them into compliance with his measures.

He has dissolved Representative Houses repeatedly, for opposing with manly firmness his invasions on the rights of the people.

He has refused for a long time, after such dissolutions, to cause others to be elected; whereby the Legislative powers, incapable of Annihilation, have returned to the People at large for their exercise; the State remaining in the mean time exposed to all the dangers of invasion from without, and convulsions within.

He has endeavoured to prevent the population of these States; for that purpose obstructing the Laws for Naturalization of Foreigners; refusing to pass others to encourage their migrations hither, and raising the conditions of new Appropriations of Lands.

He has obstructed the Administration of Justice, by refusing his Assent to Laws for establishing Judiciary powers.

He has made Judges dependent on his Will alone, for the tenure of their offices, and the amount and payment of their salaries.

He has erected a multitude of New Offices, and sent hither swarms of Officers to harass our people, and eat out their substance.

He has kept among us, in times of peace, Standing Armies without the consent of our legislatures.

He has affected to render the Military independent of and superior to the Civil power.

He has combined with others to subject us to a jurisdiction foreign to our constitution and unacknowledged by our laws; giving his Assent to their Acts of pretended Legislation:

For Quartering large bodies of armed troops among us:

For protecting them, by a mock Trial, from punishment for any Murders which they should commit on the Inhabitants of these States:

For cutting off our Trade with all parts of the world:

For imposing Taxes on us without our Consent:

For depriving us, in many cases, of the benefits of Trial by Jury:

For transporting us beyond Seas to be tried for pretended offences:

For abolishing the free System of English Laws in a neighbouring Province, establishing therein an Arbitrary government, and enlarging its Boundaries so as to render it at once an example and fit instrument for introducing the same absolute rule into these Colonies:

For taking away our Charters, abolishing our most valuable Laws, and altering fundamentally the Forms of our Governments:

For suspending our own Legislatures, and declaring themselves invested with power to legislate for us in all cases whatsoever.

He has abdicated Government here, by declaring us out of his Protection and waging War against us.

He has plundered our seas, ravaged our Coasts, burnt our towns, and destroyed the lives of our people.

He is at this time transporting large Armies of foreign Mercenaries to compleat the works of death, desolation and tyranny, already begun with circumstances of Cruelty and perfidy scarcely paralleled in the most barbarous ages, and totally unworthy the Head of a civilized nation.

He has constrained our fellow Citizens taken Captive on the high Seas to bear Arms against their Country, to become the executioners of their friends and Brethren, or to fall themselves by their Hands.

He has excited domestic insurrections amongst us, and has endeavoured to bring on the inhabitants of our frontiers, the merciless Indian Savages, whose known rule of warfare, is an undistinguished destruction of all ages, sexes and conditions.

In every stage of these Oppressions We have Petitioned for Redress in the most humble terms: Our repeated Petitions have been answered only by repeated injury. A Prince whose character is thus marked by every act which may define a Tyrant, is unfit to be the ruler of a free people.

Nor have We been wanting in attentions to our British brethren. We have warned them from time to time of attempts by their legislature to extend an unwarrantable jurisdiction over us. We have reminded them of the circumstances of our emigration and settlement here. We have appealed to their native justice and magnanimity, and we have conjured them by the ties of our common kindred to disavow these usurpations, which, would inevitably interrupt our connections and correspondence. They too have been deaf to the voice of justice and of consanguinity. We must, therefore, acquiesce in the necessity, which denounces our Separation, and hold them, as we hold the rest of mankind, Enemies in War, in Peace Friends.

We, therefore, the Representatives of the united States of America, in General Congress, Assembled, appealing to the Supreme Judge of the world for the rectitude of our intentions, do, in the Name, and by the Authority of the good People of these Colonies, solemnly publish and declare, That these United Colonies are, and of Right ought to be Free and Independent States; that they are Absolved from all Allegiance to the British Crown, and that all political connection between them and the State of Great Britain, is and ought to be totally dissolved; and that as Free and Independent States, they have full Power to levy War, conclude Peace, contract Alliances, establish Commerce, and to do all other Acts and Things which Independent States may of right do. And for the support of this Declaration, with a firm reliance on the protection of divine Providence, we mutually pledge to each other our Lives, our Fortunes and our sacred Honor.



Monday, July 03, 2006

Dear Michelle Malkin; 

Why do you hate America? I saw pictures of you at the Freedom of the Press is for Jerks Rally. And you were disrespecting the flag! I mean really, as anybody can tell you, it's quite the insult to wear the flag. U.S. Code, Title 36, Chapter 10, Section 176 is quite clear on the matter "The flag should never be used as wearing apparel, bedding, or drapery." While these are only guidelines, (until the flag desecration amendment passes) it is still quite rude to show your callus disrespect for the banner that Americans are dying under even today.

I used to think it was great that my Senators voted against the flag desecration amendment. Now I'm sad that we can't use it as an excuse send you to an internment camp!

Huggs!

Carl Ballard

...Sent



Dave Reichert's Credit Card Tax 

Indeed



BRT 

Ezra over at Urban Transit thinks that the Sims plan for Bus Rapid Transit is quite compatible with adding more rail.



"Holy Shit! Dori Monson admitted he was wrong!" 

Michael has the goods, as is often the case.



Sunday, July 02, 2006

Clean Energy Initiative 

Should be a good event with Jay Inslee and Erik Poulsen. Hosted by the 34th District Dems.

Forum: Clean Energy Future


Saturday, July 15, 2006

Madison Middle School

3925 - 45th Ave. SW, Seattle

(click for map)

Bus Routes 55 or 128

(click for schedules)

10:00AM - 2:00 PM




So Much Good 

Maria Cantwell wants your email address if you like your net neutral.



2,600 more riders each way 

ST adds a Sounder train.

...link fixed



I Don't See How Ave Maria is Religious 

I mean what could be religious about "benedictus fructus ventris Ventris tuae, Jesus"? I can see both sides, but when it's graduation, and you may have some non-Catholics, so it's different than one piece of several at a concert. On the other hand, no lyrics in this one and it is a beautiful song. And when kids are given a choice, they should actually have a choice. But the idea that it isn't religious is crazy.



Darcy Burner Hits Q2 Fundraising Goals 

Woot



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