November 01, 2007
Cocktails with Venus!
The Stranger suggests you go meet local candidates, including Venus Velazquez, at a bar where the "cocktails can be dangerous":
6-9pm, tonight at Havana, 10th and Pike in Capitol Hill.
Posted by Stefan Sharkansky at November 01, 2007
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Ballot Box! Bring your ballot. Drink a drink. Choose your choice. Meet local candidates and ask them your questions before you vote.
Clink your glasses with:
Dow Constantine, Tom Rasmussen, David Della, Tim Burgess, Jean Godden, Sally Clark, Bruce Harrell, Venus Velazquez, Joe Szwaja, Bill Sherman, Alec Fisken, Steve Sundquist, Sherry Carr, Sally Soriano, Maria Ramirez.
This is more than a little disturbing. It's like Seattle politics is wound up in the three martini culture. Look, I'm self employed and the one thing I don't do
is do business over cocktails. It's just bad form. When you get lubed-up, you could say things you don't mean and sometimes do deals you wish you could forget.
You'd think that after all the Hague and Velasquez boozing, Seattle politicians would start using a community center or local high school gym to meet and greet. Wait . . . I forgot. It's all OK, they're liberals. They get the free pass.
Woohoo! Drink up!
2. An enterprising cop should head over there at about 8:30 and case the place. It would be interesting to see how many more drunks they could catch in the flytrap.
3. Anyone hear Dow Constantine's new ad on the radio? Apparently he has fixed Transportation (including the West Seattle Ferry), Land Use and Sprawl (CAO) and the King County Elections Department ( He voted for reforms ). Why maybe I will just have to head down to the Havana and see you what in hell this guy is drinking because it has obviously eaten away most of his short term memory when it comes to accomplishments.
Not so long ago business was conducted routinely over cocktails. When I first worked no one gave a second thought to having a drink or two at lunch. Things were a bit more civilized then. I think we need to quit being so uptight.
I know getting caught with a DUI is a game of gotcha played by both sides, and rightly so if someone is teetering over the limit. I think maybe the reason Seattle is so screwed up is too many snarling over-caffienated liberals. Maybe a little Irish in that coffee would help.
5. You'd think that after all the Hague and Velasquez boozing, Seattle politicians would start using a community center or local high school gym to meet and greet.
Excellent suggestion, let's charge admission, have an open bar, be much more exciting than some stodgy overcrowded bar. Just got worry about people scuffing the gym floor and making out in the locker rooms. =)
Uh-oh, I agree with BillC.
Abraham Lincoln, when informed that General Grant drank whiskey while serving in the field during the Civil War, is said to have quipped: "Find out the name of the brand so I can give it to my other generals."
It's nice to have a moment of agreement, Bruce. Not the first, or last I imagine.
Winston Churchill drank from the moment he arose until he went to bed. Warren Magnuson was famous for his drinking, yet managed to outlive his clean living colleague, Scoop Jackson.
My point is that in today's world we make too much of people's lifestyles rather than what they accomplish and how they behave as human beings. Bruce used Grant as an example. Anyone who has read Grant's letters to his wife knows what a fine man he was.
8. I find it funny to watch a few posters here that couldn't wait to jump down Hagues throat suddenly take an "oh well" attitude to the whole drinking thing now that Venus got a DUI.
9. Venus got a DUI
I just hope she takes a cab home this time. =P
10. You're not an alcoholic if you don't go to the meetings.
11. You're not an alcoholic if you don't go to the meetings.
12. You'all are like a bunch of old farts getting into pissing matches with each other and obviously lovin to see your own posts and reveling in your diffused egos. It's sickening. Can't you force yourself to get off the damn computer and try to make yourselves useful to this world. I will stop by occassionally and check on attendance here and if you same SOB's are on spewing your typical bullshit I will again reprimand you for your lazyness. Incredible!
13. For all you guys who think it's "okay" to have a few drinks and drive home, have any of you been hit by a drunk driver? Have any of your family members or loved ones been killed or maimed by a drunk driver? The decision to drink and then drive is childish and irresponsible as well as dangerous and shows a supreme disregard for anyone other than yourself. Is that the kind of temperament/character you all want in your elected officials? Do you approve of your elected officials just blowing off the law? Maybe so, as long as they don't get caught, huh?
14. With her police endorsements sounds like a safe place to go drinking and driving...
Ceasar the censor
Don't bother stopping by anymore, your opinion really doesn't count here UNLESS it is on topic.
So sorry....Your the weakest Link. Goodbye
16. I thought these people had handlers/staff who could be the designated driver. Problem was that Venus' staff person was drunker than she. One of them could have stayed sober. In any event, Metro is only $1.25 and will get one there and since most of the candidates live in the city center or thereabouts, a cab is not that expensive. There is nothing wrong with the night out. Agree with Katomar, that if you drink, don't drive and if everyone wants to party, then Metro or a cab.
I'm disgusted and horrified that Velasquez is allowed to roam the streets, more or less be considered a candidate for public office!
Maybe it's time for the State to reign in the largest drug dealer in Washington...itself. It doesn't make sense to continue to let the State be the Single source distributor of liquor, frankly they suck at it. Then they turn around and are the primary enforcement agency for the abuse and over use of the substance they ( The State) are the only distributor for. Pick a side Washington.
Maybe Venus and Bobbie Bridge can get together and sue for privatization of the liquor distribution system, just think of the revenue! It could fund Childrens Healthcare, have a shot...it's for the kids.
19. This is in poor taste. The Strangler should have picked a separate venue after the DUI arrest, but hey, you would have thought the pohlice and fire would have changed their endorsement to neutral.
Velasquez's latest campaign slogan:
Don't drink and drive.
You might spill!
Ceasar @ #12.
I work plenty at all hours of the day.
Mind your own business.
22. I've seen over at horsesass that they have drinking get togethers. No surprise those bitter angry people would need to drink to escape the reality of their lives.
This thread about democrats drinking and driving drunk reminded me of the drunks at horsesass.
Ceasar @ #12.
I work plenty at all hours of the day.
Mind your own business.
24. I would have needed a drink or two in order to tolerate being in a room filled with these Seattle communists.
25. If you're a taxpayer; your're my business! Now make yourself useful and limit your time on the frickin computer!!!
I wonder if the bartender will make a "Loco Velasquez" drink for me?
Equal parts rum, tequila, arrogance, disregard for others, (shaken but not stirred) and served with a lie.
27. Hmmm, seems like "Ceasar",(who has used 2 phony e-mail addresses in this thread already), might be the only poster I've ever thought should be banned.
28. Bill: From Caesar's comment "If you're a taxpayer, you're my business", it would seem he is some sort of government employee, probably wasting taxpayer dollars on the computer. If we all pay our taxes, and are not stiffing our employer on company time, what does he care whether we're on the computer or not? Thought police, anyone?
Yup katomar, liberals tend to be thought police, among other things. What an amazingly bitter, unpleasant group of people, particularly the aging old '60's commie variety.
Look for the libs to be even more unhinged than usual now following Hillary's,(see aging old 60's commie, above), face plant at the most recent Democratic "debate".
30. You see it's this way: if you're not willing to share, you will be forced to share. This is not some hideous world where every ONE is for themselves...have you not heard the 'it takes a village' edict. Well you'd better frickin get used to it. CAUSE YOU WILL SHARE...one way or the other.
Happy New World folks!
This woman reminds me of the old Leno line about Lindsay Lohan: 'someone should tell her that "Drink Canada Dry" is an advertising slogan, not a challenge'...
Feel sorry for a city that would elect this arrogant race baiting fool
32. Mike, no offense - but you're an idiot. Have a nice day.
33. Caesar: Newsflash: Forced sharing is called "theft". Not getting mine unless I decide to give it...