January 26, 2006
Mrs. Gregoire, gambler
One of the side benefits of all these Seahawks victories is that we get to watch the state's most famous nanny-state liberal engage in what the nanny-staters consider socially unacceptable behavior. Not only does Mrs. Gregoire1 engage in gambling with the opposing team's governors , and correct me if I'm wrong, but I don't see any exemptions to RCW 9.46 that allow this type of sports betting, so it might even be illegal gambling. And is this really an example that should be set while the legislature is trying to discourage (non-tribal) gambling? Furthermore, when the Seahawks win, Mrs. Gregoire's prizes are food items which sound really good to me, but that many nanny-staters would consider junk food that should be regulated out of existence --
When the Hawks beat the Carolina Panthers on Sunday, Mrs. Gregoire won
barbeque and sauce, slaw and hushpuppies, a six-pack of Cheerwine and a box of North Carolina peanuts.
Should the Seahawks beat the Steelers in the Superbowl, PA Governor Ed Rendell will send
one box of Pittsburgh’s Original Hot Dog Shop hot dogs and a case of Heinz condiments, including ketchup, mustard and relish. Governor Rendell’s addition includes Primante Brothers Sandwiches and Eat n’ Park Gold and Black Smiley cookies all to be donated to a Seattle homeless shelter None of this stuff is good enough for Seattle public school students
anymore, so what does it tell you that Mrs. Gregoire would dump it on the homeless? Sheesh.
If, on the other hand, the Seahawks lose the Superbowl, Mrs. Gregoire will send Gov. Rendell a package of Washington goodies, including a bushel of apples, Ivar's Clam Chowder and a King County absentee ballot.
1 The haughty French-named Massachusetts-style Democrat whose husband by the way served in Vietnam.
Posted by Stefan Sharkansky at January 26, 2006
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1. You know, I think Ed would be just happy with a bushel of Gregoire votes crossed off and replaced with the Dem Senatorial candidate in the next election.
2. I think you meant Steelers not Pirates unless that was a gag
3. oops. careless typo. thanks, Brian
4. and a tip of the hat to "Best of the Web" James Taranto for the Kerry reference.;)
5. Nice gag about the KC ballot!
6. Love the addition of a KC ballot. I'd also note that its valid only if used to vote for Gregoire's re-election.
7. So, if hawks lose, then all the goodies Gregoire will send are on tax payers dime? According to Rhode Island government statues, a bushel of apples shall weigh 48 pounds, and that'd be about close to or more than $50 depending on the kind of apples. Then, there's clam chowder, and other stuff. This better be out of her own pocket!
IF the seahawks lose.....?
Seattle is going down, let's see if gregoire pays up on her illegal bet.
9. The Steelers were FAVORED by 3-1/2 points last time I looked. Was Gregoire bright enough to insist on taking the points??? I doubt it.
I'm taking the Seahawks and those 3-1/2 points boys & girls. Frankly I think the Hawks will win by a touchdown....but it all comes down to turnovers. Jerome Bettis is still a tough player....with leg problems. Emotion has carried the Steelers so far....but 3-1/2 point favorites? Denver turned the ball over 5 times. 5 times. The Seahawks won't do that.
Still stuff happens. If Gregoire is going to GAMBLE she could have at least taken the points. Why would Gregoire give away 3-1/2 points??????
Probably for the same reason Gregoire gave away millions of taxpayer money in that boondoggle while she was AG. And why she will give away billions to State Employees the next 3 years. Because she is incompetent!!!!!
10. I support the Seahawks, I just don't support them in the SuperBowl!!!
11. If the Seahawks lose by 2 points, will we call it a virtual tie and demand a playoff? ;)
Quote: If the Seahawks lose by 2 points, will we call it a virtual tie and demand a playoff? ;)
They'll have to let the scoreboard operators electronically tally the score twice, then let Pittsburgh fans do a manual recount...
13. The Queen wasn't bright enough to take the points but she put in a clause that will allow for at least a couple recounts when the Steelers do what they do best.
Steelers by 10.
Being from Vegas....... I love gambling and I hope she wins her bet!
15. What? Only one ballet? She should be able to do MUCH better than that!
16. I support the Seahawks but not the Superbowl
17. Didn't I read that if Gregoire wins the food goes to a food bank?
WHAT A FUN ISSUE…UNDER RCW 9.46 IF ONE PERSON MAKES A BET WITH ANOTHER PERSON IN A ONE ON ONE SITUATION AND THE BET IS PAID IN FULL …IT IS NOT ILLEGAL.
HOWEVER, THIS IS NOT WHAT IS BEING DONE HERE…QUEEN CHRISTINE PLACED A BET FOR THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF WASHINGTON AGAINST THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF PENNSYLVANIA. CAN YOU SAY BOOKIE…
THE DOLLAR AMOUNT DOES NOT MATTER…IF QUEEN CHRISTINE WINS THEN HER & HER STAFF REAP THE REWARDS…IF SHE LOSES WE… THE TAX PAYERS PAY-OFF… BECAUSE IT IS PAID OFF THROUGH THE GOVERNORS OFFICE BUDGET.
THE GAMING COMMISSION UNDER MR. RICK DAY 1-800-345-2529 SHOULD GET A BOATLOAD OF CALLS, OR THE A.G.’S OFFICE 1-360-586-1520 MR. JERRY ACKERMAN IS IN CHARGE OF GAMING ISSUES FOR THE STATE.
I URGE EVERYONE TO MAKE THE CALLS AND COMPLAIN!!!
19. HEY MY LEFT FOOT...
YOU ARE RIGHT...CALL THE GOVS OFFICE AND ASK THEM HOW MUCH THEY LIKED THEIR CAROLINA BAR-B-Q
First let me say that I can't stand Gregoire. But this is the first normal, human thing she's done and I have no problem with this friendly little wager. As for who's paying - who cares (probably donated). It's a great display of regional pride and it's a very common tradition. It's taken the Hawks 30 years to get there, what's a crate of apples, etc.
I think it's going to be a great game, I'm calling it for the Hawks by a TD and yes, I'm biased.
21. Sure. Little friendly wagers are fine now. Thanks a lot.
Funny! Key word is "little". Just be warned, some people will get on your case for impersonating Mr. Neuheisel. Some folks can't take a joke - most libs and even some conservatives.
23. Gambling is such a morally decaying enterprise. Too bad that Gregoire is doing it, along with the mayors of Seattle and Pittsburgh.
I bet that Greg Nickels is getting lap dancing while drinking and smoking a cigarette in his office right now.
24. I think that if the Steelers win Gregoire should have to resign as governor and move to Pittsburgh. If the the Hawks win I think Gregoire should have to resign as governor and move to Pittsburg. I call that a win-win situation.
"Didn't I read that if Gregoire wins the food goes to a food bank?
Posted by My Left Foot at January 26, 2006 12:21
You misread it again moron. The food goes to Ron Sims so his posterior will continue to balloon to the point where KingCo will trade Sim's limo in and haul Sims around in a dump truck!
26. Good Post Jason!! Cynical I wonder if Ronnie boy gets that dump truck if it willneed repairs on the shocks later!! I think fixit I like your idea for CG best!!
If Pittsburgh wins the Super Bowl, it can be chalked up to God exacting justice on the Seahawks to atone for the sin Washington State committed by inaugurating the wrong person as Governor in 2004.
If that is the outcome, blame it on Gregoire !
Hey yinz up there in the Pac. NW!!!
I'm from Pgh. PA, & for a variety of reasons (love of your region, interest in your politics esp. after last year's Guv race/recount/ripoff) I monitor this SoundPolitics blog. I'm esp. interested in learning about any corporate-welfare projects that involve your sports teams &/or sports stadiums, as we here in Pgh had a wicked fraud perpetrated on us ~7 years ago that gave the Pirates and Steelers new baseball & football stadiums on our dime--"they get all the profits, we pay all the bills." What exactly was the nature of the ripoff, if any, that you had up there in Seattle? Because of how the sports teams treated the people here in Pgh., I'm very ambivalent about next week's Super Bowl--I'm sort of pulling for the Steelers, but I don't want the scum who shoved these stadiums down our throat (against the voters' will, btw)to pull the crap that "see, we won the Super Bowl, our plan clearly worked!!!" Both the football and baseball teams here actually had better records in their old stadium (Three Rivers, a generic cookie-cutter one if there ever was one) than they do in their new ones, but we won't hear any of that around here...esp. since Mario Lemieux, now the *owner* of his old hockey team the Penguins, has his helmet out and wants us to buy him a new playroom for his toy icemen but doesn't want to pay anything for it :( I'm guessing that you too were screwed over by your sports teams--I'm really curious as to which city got cheated more. Maybe I'll root for the city whose team treated its taxpayers the least unfairly :)
I had a lot to do with defeating the original plan for the financing of the new stadiums, a 1997 referendum that would've raised sales taxes to finance these boondoggles, but I sort of got shoved aside during the "Plan B" debates that went around the intent of the referendum outcome and eventually found another taxpayer-funded way of building these playgrounds (shoved aside even by people who were originally against the public financing but who eventually spent more time looking out for their own personal interests than for the common good--de Tocqueville said something about those types of people "way back when," but that's another story). I do have a ton of stories about how things were done around here, though, and if anyone wants to swap stories of taxpayer ripoffs in different parts of the country, hey, I'll share our story from the Steelers' neck of the woods if anyone up there's willing to share your (sports-stadium-specific) ripoff stories from the Seahawks' hometown.
One thing I am willing to state in advance, however, before we make any agreements do any sort of swapping--we have some pretty lame leadership here in Pgh, PA, both locally and statewide, BUT, I have absolutely no interest in trading Governors with you!!!! Ours is pretty bad but maybe not as bad as Gregoire...plus, Pennsylvania's Guv will be defeated this November when he's up for re-election but you'll still have to put up with Fraudoire for three more years :-)
For anyone who was wondering whether this website would descend into irrelevance after the massively unsuccessful court challenge of the governor's election.....
You just got your answer.
30. And that's why you keep coming back, eh blueballs?
31. The nation's focus should soon be on the real 12th Man: Seattle's famous politician who represents us here and abroad. Jim McD
32. Like it or not, this state has a reputation - which the leftist trolls feel obligated to live down to. Even Greg from PA knows how to push buttons of the resident leftwingnuts...
Well, hope I didn't spoil this thread by inserting a comment as an "outsider."
At any rate, does anyone want to share any stories of taxpayer-subsidized sports stadiums from up there in the Pacific Northwest? Of course, I can simply research them for myself, what with all of the research opportunities that the internet provides. Still, it's always better to supplement that type of research with the types of first-hand stories that one'd only get from a blog.
So, was there as nasty of a heavy-handed blackmailing of the electorate and the community up there in Seattle to build the new venues after the Kingdome was condemned as there was here in Pgh., or was it much more civil there ( or at least much less uncivil)? Did it turn off a significant number of lifelong fans from their religious devotion to their hometown teams as it did around here? Interested to know and would share our Pgh. story w/ anyone who'd be interested.
Since this is a political blog, I'll fill you in on one angle of the (semi-political) story from around here: I see that Sens. Cantwell and Murray have a friendly bet with Sen. Santorum over the Super Bowl outcome, the usual bet, a course of "hometown" foods that the losers'll have to serve to the winner. "Hometown"'s in quotes in that previous sentence, as the funny thing about that bet is that Rick Santorum doesn't even live in Pennsylvania anymore, much less Pittsburgh--he moved his family to Virginia back in 1997!!!! Silly as that might sound, that may incrementally hurt his re-election chances this year, as he used that very same issue of "sham residency" against his opponent the first year he ran for Congress back in 1990.
Since politics is always a sensitive subject anytime, and since football is a religion in this part of the country (we're just shy of European or South-American soccer fanaticism around here), just curious as to how seriously people are taking all of this Super Bowl stuff up there :)
34. Greg these stadiums were indeed rammed down our collective throat except if your arbid leftie who are for all this.Ouch since they don't have to pay for this!! I'm sure you'll find others who can shed even more light on this as well.
Ah, Alphabet Soup --
The site descends into irrelevance and you descend to (or perhaps, remain at) the level of childish insults.
Good going, AS. Between SP tilting at windmills like Gov. Gregoire allegedly improperly "gambling" and your eloquent ripostes, you're sure to retake Washington's govt.
Btw, I do enjoy coming here every now and then to check on the competition -- and I'm pleased to see SP's irrelevance confirmed and its members unable to rise above childishness. Makes me so glad that it's the Dems in power, and not the likes of you (or those that you like).
I too revisit pages on this site. It gives me an opportunity to catch up on good times. Seeing mouth-breathing idiots like you drool all over yourself in your pathetic attempts to purport some sort of superiority are what entertain me the most.
Keep up the good work blue-balls ;'}