December 24, 2008
Seattle Mayor Greg Nickels gives himself a "B" for his "response" to the snow, the Times reports.
Allowing a city of 500,000+ people to be all but shut down for an entire week (by design!) earns a B only in the sort of school where the students arrive in a short bus and everyone is told that they are above average.
79% of the respondents to the Times accompanying poll give Nickels a D or an F.
Some free and friendly political advice to Mayor Nickels: If you want the voters to give you a non-failing grade in November, perhaps instead of fantasizing about protecting the planet from speculative future climate change, you might want to do more to prepare our city for the climate that we actually have today.
Posted by Stefan Sharkansky at December 24, 2008
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Total falure. Even a cook who comes from a place that never has snow could conclude that they should have handles this problem with the salt of the earth.
Shut down the whole city's economy and completely impair public safety infrastructure, endangering countless lives.
The only thing that should be "by design" is someone ousting his lard ass out of office. Then they should tax him for all his lard. Just desserts for him.
2. Seattle is suffocating under runaway liberalism running the show with their inefficient rubber blade tipped snowplows that do more to compact the snow on the roads than to scrape them clean. Seattle is becoming the place not to go to no matter what the season. It always amazes me what Liberals will put up with as long as it is other Liberals calling the shots.
3. I concur w/ the F given by the majority of the Times readers. Nickels and his master Sims have failed miserably. The residents of Seattle and King County deserve better.
4. I concur w/ the F given by the majority of the Times readers. Nickels and Sims have failed miserably. The residents of Seattle and King County deserve better.
The Mayor has made his choice between citizen mobility and environmental posturing. We know he wants us out of our cars - but let him answer exactly how his cherished public transportation is supposed to get-
Preparers of Christmas dinners to grocery stores;
The same preparers back home with six big bags;
Ladies in labor to hospitals;
Workers to their jobs;
Travellers to the airport, with baggage;
Et cetera, fill in your own blanks.
It can't, without far more street clearing than said Mayor will grudgingly provide.
His decision has seriously hurt Christmas merchandise sales, damaged plenty of autos struggling to go where no buses will operate, and in thousands of other ways seriously upset the daily business, commerce and social activities of the citizens of Seattle - for nearly a week. Other cities in these circumstances are prepared for snow - Seattle isn't.
Think twice the next time this lordly decider runs for public office.
So, Nickels gave himself a B. By doing this, he is employing the strategy of Goebbels used in Nazi Germany, since he know the local news media will play it numerous times so that his grade inflation or lie/distortion will be repeated enough times so it can become the truth in the dumbed down public's eyes. Hopefully, few will buy that bullcrap and see the truth for what it is.
The truth is, all other surrounding municipalities had better road maintenance than Seattle and unincorporated King County, with less money thrown at it. Tacoma was way better and their road maintenance deserves a "B" grade.
They could plow, sand, and perhaps salt the hills on the main routes.
Apparently you haven't been paying attention. Seattle uses rubber-bladed snowplows (which just pack the snow down and smooth it over, rather than move it) and refuses to use salt. Meaning that the two most effective means you mention simply are off the table.
I take it you'll join the chorus calling Sims and Nickels a pair of dolts dealing with the snowstorm?
Glad to see that you're still agreeing with your heroes in the local MSM. Meanwhile, those of us who do not depend on the nanny state are doing just fine!
I went to work everyday this week, and even logged some overtime. I wonder if our local 'conservatives' can equal that record of self-sufficiency?
10. Just, buy some snow tires? Its not Nickels fault? Is it your demented position that Nickels has no responsibilities in seeing that the cities streets are cleared of snow? Do you believe the Crap when, he gives the snow clearing effort a B? What a Joke!
Not only did I work every day this week I wasn't on a plane, I did it from home thereby sparing Mother Earth extra CO2 emissions...
12. I wonder what grade Nichols would have given himself if those two buses full of people had slid down that hill just a little bit faster and ended up falling onto the freeway and probably killing at least a couple of people.
Nickels and all the city/county personnel have done a huge disservice to the fish and whales by letting all this freshwater into the Sound. They don't like freshwater. He should salt the water, just to be nice to Flipper, et al.
ok, maybe do it via road salt, 1 or 2x a year..
The people who spout from their high horse "just get chains or snow tires" or "deal with it" completely miss the point. We do deal with it because we have no other choice. The point is that the lack of action on this storm results in a huge loss of economic activity at a time when businesses most need the revenue. Thousands of people avoided downtown for shopping because of Nickels' failure.
More importantly is the inability of emergency response because of this.
15. Well Said.....Palouse.
16. And in just a week or so won't we be paying for our plastic or paper bags at all retail outlets? A direct, highly regressive tax disguised as an environmental initiative...because San Francisco did it so Seattle should, too.
Well, dime bag (ten cents) we know how tough you pan-handlers have it in this weather. But hang in there... someone will drop a quarter in your bucket.
Meanwhile, Short Bus "Bagman" Nickels, you were, as usual, an epic fail. You are a no go, and you do not pass this station.
Did the great Mayor see what the bus situation was like? If he truly believes that the world is coming to an end next week due to global warming, then wouldn't he have done whatever he could to get all of us onto buses and out of our cars?
Instead the buses had chains on, which slid with the bus on the icy spots, vibrated the bolts lose on the snow-free freeway (not a Seattle obligation), and broke off regularly, causing buses to run behind schedule as they stopped to fix them.
How much gas was wasted sitting in traffic or spinning wheels on the icy streets? I bet we accelerated the demise of the world by at least a week or two.
19. This is amazing! You can't make this stuff up.
Rubber edged plows. What?
Of course it's not legal to allow snow to be compacted on sidewalks, but it's okay on the streets?
The annointed transit systems failed miserably. I'm shocked that buses don't do well with Seattle snow (lack of) removal plan. Well, not really.
The SLUT inoperable. Amtrak inoperable.
It's inexcuseable that the rail systems were dead in the water and we're out to bring many miles of this online. Europe and others places in the US have figured out how run these these rail systems during the winter in much harsher conditions. At least the places I've been.
Not using salt because it hurts the salmon. Let's get real, if any body thinks that the Seattle urban streams are productive salmon fisheries, I have a bridge to sell them. Using salt a couple times every few years won't hurt anything. So, putting salt water into salt water is not ok?
Not only does sand clog drains and needs to be removed later on, but it also creates an air pollution problem. Watch for particulate matter level exceedances in the air and with additional pollution control requirements for everyone else because of this.
Since when is CaCl not a salt. According to the Bellevue public work person quoted for this article it's not. Most of use learned that in junior high. Must be a product a product of Washington schools.
What is really priceless are all the libs bumming rides from the SUV and 4x4 truck owners.
20. @ 18 Hinton
It's more than a dime a bag, it's 20 cents just another act of theft upon the citizens. Plus, there will be a ban on Styrofoam containers within the city of Seattle. Such a Deal! But, not to worry? Government Creep of stealing more of your money and limiting your freedom of choice will continue as little or as much as they feel they can get away with. This Government Creep will continue to take more and more, bit by bit until they own you. In time, we will all be in Liberal Heaven, walking and living in Mud Huts.
21. Seattle if full of dumb liberals. They refuse to cler the snow and ice because they don't want to use salt. Now they are running out of gas. Hooray say you apt dwellers right? After all you do delight at the plight of drivers. But get this, you stores are also running out of food. I hope you RATS starve to death! Serves you right!
No Facts, tenSORE and all other idiot libs:
SPIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIT IN YO FACE
I hope that Nickels will be out on his fat arse, but he'll just be replaced with another arseclown liberal who will continue doing the same demented liberal bullshit. Seattle is hopeless. Not much better on the Eastside where we only have slightly fewer demented liberals.
Umm...just what hoops require jumping through in order to recall a Seattle Mayor?
I'm sure there are plenty of folks that'd be delighted to see him go. Alternatively, how do we get him nominated as Ambassador to Syria?
Mayors are Recalled
Seattle citizens have used the power of the recall to remove two mayors from office.
Republican Hiram C. Gill was recalled at the election of February 2, 1911, after serving only one year. Gill was a supporter of permissive “open town” policies. The recall effort began after the construction of a 500 room brothel on Beacon Hill . Gill was recalled three months after women gained the right to vote -- 20,000 of the 23,000 registered women voters turned out for the recall election. Gill was subsequently reelected to a second term in 1914 and a third term in 1916 as a proponent of restrictive “closed town” policies.
Frank Edwards was recalled in July 1931, one year into his second term as mayor after he dismissed popular City Light Superintendent J.D. Ross.
Man has committed many crimes against the religion of environmentalism and is therefore considered expendable.
He was born with original sin because he exhales CO2, he is considered unatural because he builds a great technical civilization, he is considered arrogant because he is the most successful large animal on earth and he is considered dangerous because he use the minerals of the earth to make his life vastly more comfortable, enjoyable and longer.
With this set of core beliefs it is not hard to see why Greg Nickels would rather see Seattle be covered in a layer of ice than have a bit more salt run into Puget Sound.
Obama is stocking his Administration with like minded environmental zealots that think that there are too many people on this earth. How far will Obama allow them to go in order to rectify this "problem"? Stay tuned.
26. Bill K - it's only happening because "we the people" elected these nuts. Let's not pretend they arose to power in a vacuum.
27. If we started using salt people would just be complaining how it's damaging their car's paint job.
Merry Christmas, all!
I'd give it a "B" for Putz.
keep voting them back in, libbies!
This laughingstock "world class city" keeps insisting on proving its dysfunctional status.
maybe we need a new levy? (only hope-n-change will surely tell)
29. I gave him a b followed by an s.
30. I've just upgraded his results to 4-Q.
Lots of cancer patients are missing their chemo-therapy appointments, and as anyone who has been though it knows, it is very important to get the chemo on schedule. What is Nickels doing about those people? What about kidney patients getting their 3 times a week treatments?
As for the 28 snowplows, unless you put steel blade tips on them, you are doing nothing but wasting fuel and heating mother earth with more greenhouse gasses.
Nipples failed the citizens subjecting them to unnecessary danger. He has a Public Safety responsibility.
Get the petition going and let the Court decide if he passed...or was grossly negligent.
Nichols grades himself and gives himself a B
Obama's staff audits his staff's contacts with Blagojecich and finds themselves beyond question.
I wish I got to grade my own performance at work like these guys do.
It's great that something has happened to rile up people about this mayor and how the city operates (or doesn't)
But how many complainers are Seattleites and how many of those will remember this event during the August primary and the November general election?
Let's not rubber tip the mayoral election next November!
Nickels giving himself a ''B'' on this isn't just grade ''inflation'', it's a self-grading ''big bang''. That and other good comments above pretty much tell the story. Won't say more about Nickels and his administration being missing in action (again) when his constituents needed him.
In an effort to spread a little Christmas cheer and chuckles:
If y'all haven't seen this yet, ya gotta make the trip:
Anthony Watts had a pointer up on his wattsupwiththat.com, or you can go direct to YouTube for the video, courtesty of Minnesotans for Global Warming. It's worth clicking on ''high quality'', if you have the bandwidth:
''The 12 Days Of Global Warming''; that starts out with ''On the First Day of Global Warming Al Gore Gave to Me'', and then goes thru all ''12 days''. It's hilarious..... and then again maybe not. But go for the chuckles for today:
36. But how many complainers are Seattleites and how many of those will remember this event during the August primary and the November general election?
Well, I'm one of them, and ve haff vays off causing memory recall in even the bleatingest urban intellectual.
The Photographic Brigade has been out among the 'public throughfares' of Seattle since last Thursday, documenting all the dented fenders, prostrate pedestrians, dangling buses, closed streets, weeping frustrated passengers 'waiting for the Metro'(which isn't coming this week), and closed businesses.
Those photos will make splendid campaign images for use by any and all of Mayor Nickels's opponents next fall. Ho ho ho, and merry Christmas to all.
Just had a City of Edmonds snow plow come on down my street - a dead-end street - for the SECOND time in three days. They're plowing even the tiny little places up here (this dead-end cul-de-sac with 12 houses on it). The main road around here (76th Avenue) is well plowed and sanded AND salted. I guess Edmonds mayor Gary Haakenson understands what essential services are. Maybe Nickels could learn a thing or two...
Oh, by the way Sheng Dan Kuai Le (Merry Christmas)!
Gregoire, Sims, Nickels:
The Special Olympics bob sled team of the Northwest.
Seattle is getting exactly what it deserves.
39. But get this, you [sic] stores are also running out of food. I hope you RATS starve to death! Serves you right!
Looks like it's time to close the comments, eh? Oh, that's right, wishing death by starvation on an entire city is not uncivil; mocking chest-thumping wingnuts for their whining is. (As if any of the food stores would have been open on Christmas anyway!) And you wonder why you can't get sensible people to agree with your self-proclaimed "moral standards"!
When Sea-Tac gets fully operational again, y'all will be taking one-way flights to northern Mississippi or Alabama or somewhere that red-state policies have turned into your idea of paradise, right?
Completely spot on.
We should revolt against this "nanny knows better than the citizens" government.
41. My wife said, "it only snows this bad ever 10 years or so...the city is trying..." I asked her how many bad earthquakes we have had recently? or suitcase nukes? can't wait for Greg's self grade when those events happen...for all the libs reading, please understand I am NOT advocating or hoping for either to show how pathetic our city response will be.
Just think about all the taxes the city just lost in NO sales because of the ice.
Bet the libs like Tensor well be asking for a tax hike to make up for it.
43. "The main road around here (76th Avenue) is well plowed and sanded AND salted. I guess Edmonds mayor Gary Haakenson understands what essential services are. Maybe Nickels could learn a thing or two...
" - Shanghai Dan
Couldn't agree more. Glad I moved up to Snohomish where they at least have a clue about such things.
The lack of early and effective plowing causes drivers here to get studded tires....they cause more economic and enviro damage than salt because of the constant re-paving needed.
Compare the freeways here to the other side! Ruts here, noisy.
45. (As if any of the food stores would have been open on Christmas anyway!)
Albertson's by my house is open 9-5.
Facts are stubborn things.
What amuses me is the myth that other cities don't experience similar problems when hit with a big snow.
Sheesh, Spokane this week was "paralyzed" by snow. Ya think maybe Spokane is more used to snow? Uh, yeah.
Watch the national news any night when a big snowstorm hits places like Denver, Detroit, Chicago, or Boston. Airports are shut down, no one goes anywhere, the schools and stores are closed. Why, just like Seattle.
Listen to people from those places and they act like bad weather never affects them. It's nonsense.
Seattle is also one of the hilliest cities in the country.
Believe me I'm no fan of Mayor Nickels but I think we also have a city filled with whiners who ought to be grown up enough to cope with the rare big snow here instead of blaming the government.
Seattle intentionally allowed massively unsafe and disruptive conditions to exist on major arterials. The justification was PC nonsense, which will appease most Seattle residents.
Bellevue and Kirkland were much easier to navigate, so I did nearly all of my Christmas shopping over here. I will bet the merchants liked that outcome.
48. Albertson's by my house is open 9-5.
Facts are stubborn things.
The QFC here closes each Christmas. Does your Alberston's have food in it, or is our well-wisher stubbornly wrong?
Well, if Tensor had lived in Mukilteo during the what 1996 snow. QFC did run out of food and power.
Thank god Safeway on hwy 99 was able to get their trucks in.
Facts are stubborn things.
Yeah, like the earth warming. LOL
Love the suggestion that people are too inept to walk a couple of blocks to a bus. A couple of blocks or ten blocks would have been great in Magnolia since it was totally cut-off from Metro for a few days.
But don't fret. Before the bus route on the west side of Magnolia was plowed* a street to the west of that was cleared. Now I'm probably a paranoid conspiracy theorist but it just happens the street that was plowed* first leads to King County Councilman Larry Phillips' domicile as it does to former Justice Bobbe Bridge's abode - not to mention other nabobs' dwellings in the area. Luck of the draw -- obviously.
* Using the now World Class Seattle Tupperware plow.
51. I feel sorry for the people who rode to work last Thursday on Metro, just like Nickels wanted them to, only to get skunked out of a ride home and get left on their own. That's the problem with public transportation. They have too much power over you. Then they dump you and leave you.
52. "Now I'm probably a paranoid conspiracy theorist but it just happens the street that was plowed* first leads to King County Councilman Larry Phillips' domicile as it does to former Justice Bobbe Bridge's abode
Well, in Justice Bobbye "Bumpercars in Ballard" Bridges' defense, her weekly supply of bourbon needed to be supplied via FedEx. Thus, the explanation for the clear path to her abode.
Things to watch for after the thaw:
Appoint of a "Blue Ribbon" panel to study the Freeze of '08.
Said panel hiring consultants.
Community groups being commissioned to provide input. The groups will be comprised of 95% appointees and 5% volunteers.
Findings will include:
Private companies cannot be hired to assist due to union contracts with city and county employees.
Use of salt will be studied further.
Special funding is needed to send the Mayor, County Executive, City Council, County Council, vast and varied managers, superintendents and union officers to Scandinavia, Moscow, the Antarctic and Patagonia to study snow and ice response.
In the end it will be concluded the general funds of Seattle, King County and Metro were and will be insufficient to address the Freeze. Special snow and ice response tax levies will be on the next ballot. They'll pass by over 70%.
"Appoint of a "Blue Ribbon" panel to study the Freeze of '08."
Don't you know it Morton Salt. If there's one thing government is good at it is reassuring the public that they know what they are doing by appointing a "blue ribbon panel" or a "commission" or forming a "coalition".
Government has an amazing capacity to waste money studying problems that perfectly good companies already have solutions to.
Businesses aren't much better either. Anyone who has ever been in middle management or higher knows the dread of endless "meetings".
Once we solved problems over a drink and lunch. Now it's panels, commissions, and meetings.
We've sure come a long way, haven't we?
55. The people are going to be ticked off after this one, so much that Nickels might get only 55% of the vote instead of 60% when he runs for reelection again.
Stupid lib Tensor @40,
Your starvation is the end result of your stupid choices for leaders. You believe in Darwin don't you? Survival of the fitest and guess what lib Tensor - that ain't Seattle!
57. I'm not going to defend Nickels here, but if he had spent millions on snowplows, for the other 50 weeks of the year when they aren't needed, Sound Politics would piss and moan about him wasting money on snowplows and how it means he doesn't really believe in global warming.
58. Hey Andrew Brown.....Wake Up! This isn't about spending millions on snowplows. It is about using the plows and other means effectively. You don't have to by new snowplows when the demand is at its peak. There is such a thing as attachments that are available, some for around $1500 dollars, where you can attach a plow to any of the cities utility trucks and make them into effective snowplows as needed. There is such a thing as using the more effective steel edge blades rather than rubber tipped ones. There is such a thing as using SALT. There is such a thing as using all available and previous train personal so, those plows can operate 24 hours a day. Get It? Probably not.....your a LIBERAL!
Hey Andrew Liberal,
What is the dumb asses excuse for not salting the streets? C'mon now, you got to have an excuse for that too. And what of the millions that the liberals spent on automated toilets? Hmm. What excuse have you for that?
Here is a link for stupid dumbass Andrew the liberal:
IF instead of wasting money in $300,000 automated crack houses, the liberals could have bought over 3,000 snow plows to attach to EXISTING city vehicles. Hell they could have bought 500 new complete snow plow rigs. But that won't happen as long as dumb asses like Andrew the liberal are voting for liberals.
Like I said, survival of the fittest. Starve you liberals!
61. King County could have spent two million on
something more important than changing over to
MLK County, and they have to pay royalties every year to his family! I'm thinking this money should come out of the Councils retirement fund since they're so damned excited about it. It makes
my blood boil every time I send in my taxes. I thought at one time that the people would catch on
eventually and quit sending in the taxes but it appears people must like the abuse. I'd rather
take a little vacation once a year but I guess
Im just selfish.
62. 56 exactly; this will be out of the collective mind in weeks; back to "normal" Seattle lib silliness; e.g., the next spring project boondoggle; i call this liberal apathy "McDermott-titis" where the patient actually ENJOYS the itching and votes accordingly;
And the clincher to show that Nickels and his supporters here are more about what sounds "nice" than what is real...
Sand on roads worse than salt, scientists say
Nickels and the other environuts here are completely wrong. Nickels and his fellow dolts in office chose what they felt was right versus looking at the actual science, and factoring in the effects on PEOPLE - the ones who elect and pay for his fat-ass to scurry around...
Of course, we're to believe scientists when they talk about Global Warming, but not when they talk about salt versus sand in the streams, right?
Oh well... I guess that's par for the course! Meanwhile, my freshly plowed cul-de-sac here in Edmonds was great, I had NO problem getting around yesterday with my car, no chains or studs at all - just front wheel drive. Thank you, City of Edmonds, for doing a STELLAR job on cleaning the roads and keeping them passable for even normal vehicles (not just those evil SUVs and 4x4s that Nickels hates).
64. Did Nickels graduate from the Ray Nagin School of Emergency Management?
65. Just imagine if this happens during the 2010 Vancouver Winter Olympics!
66. Yes, tensor, the Albertson's close to my house sells food. That's why they call it a grocery store.
67. I pretty much agree with the 'F' grade, but I don't think one need equate the grading to a 'short bus'...not appropriate. :(
68. No need to equate the grading to a Short Bus? Perhaps, we should just limit ourselves for grading the Seattle Powers that Be to just, Carelessness, Gross Incompetence, Corruption, Criminal Dereliction of Duty but, don't add Stupidity? Come On......Get REAL!
69. Well this solves the Viaduct problem. Obviously nothing in Seattle NEEDS doing if it creates even a minor amount of pollution. This has been proven by the Nichols and his "no-de-icing by design plan". If we apply this same logic to the Viaduct, it becomes clear we don't need to spend billions on a Viaduct or tunnel. Just tear it down and let people fend for themselves! Brilliant!
I can't say for the rest of you. But it's snowing like crazy in Mukilteo! So much for rain. )-:
Hey, when is that warming thing suppose to start?
71. snowing heavily in Sammamish here at 2:00 pm Friday. It's been going light and heavy alternating most of the day. Five inch thick sheet of snow and ice on the roads in the neighborhood. Not going anywhere fast.
72. Snowing out here at Shelton, too. Have not received mail in over a week. Still waiting for rain--but know flooding is not far behind.
There are similar criticisms of the lack of snow removal in Portland which I am hearing, but that does not excuse Seattle. The former home of the Sonics still deserves an "F" grade in their management of snow removal.
WSDOT did a far better job of snow removal on the highways that they maintained. One caveat; This should not detract from the hard work that City crews put into the snow clearing that they did.
Don't feel bad. The public works here in Mukilteo (small town) are working their butts off. But this is too much snow for them. They haven't been down my street since last Friday. 0-:
It's a slushy nasty mess here in beautiful Lake City today. My wife and I still were able to plow through it and run a few errands. The main roads are fine. Just don't try taking a left through the walls of built up snow, ice, and slush like we saw so many knotheads try to do. I don't think mobilizing the entire Washington National Guard would clear all the side streets. You just have to deal with it. It will go away.
Just for a diversion here's yours truly talking about his sledding experiences a couple days ago: http://blog.seattlepi.nwsource.com/lakecity/archives/157947.asp
off topic, sort of....one of the post wailed about the royalties we pay MLKing family for using his name, lifeness whatever.
anyone know how much that is, ? big $$ that piss you off, or trivial that is just silly.??
Not trying to be too Seattle PC, but like Duff I also have a problem with the short bus analogy as I have a child who receives (what the school tries to pass off as, but in actuality is not) special education and has ridden a "short bus". Please -- no analogies to special ed kids being "less than" or analogies to special ed kids being told they are great -- when anything BUT that happens in the schools.
Nickels' handling of the snow IS the cluster you describe, but leave the special ed comparison out of the discussion -- unless you are equating Nickels snow performance to be on par with the gross incompetence, gross negligence and huge ongoing cluster F by the school districts and our state dept of ed (OSPI) with what we know to be the excuse passing for special ed in this state.
78. "All that snow is definitely Nichols fault! How could he let the skies dump snow like that! Darn liberal mayor. Wahhhhhhhh!"
No one is saying that. So let's dump that little straw man now shall we?
"So what grade do the wing nuts give Bush? How about his SEC? Justice (sic) Department? The Fed?"
What does that have to do with snow in Seattle?
"Our federal treasury is being robbed for trillion by Bush's buddies, and you wanna complain cuz one of Seattle's half a dozen snow plows didn't go down your street."
Well apparently some of Obama's buddies are getting money too. And remember, Obama voted for the $700 billion give away. Is that enough to buy a senate seat in Illinois? I'd think being a rat and all, you'd have the price on that seat. Apparently the Gov of New York is a little smarter on his graft. Is Caroline Kennedy really that good at felacio to get a New York senate seat? Hey let's ask Elliot Spitzer, the old disgraced Democrat gov of New York, he's probably and expert in high end sex acts.
Now enough of your deflection dumb little liberal. You voted for the stupid mayor, now live with your decision. No gas, no food. Hey, once you starve to death you won't exhale any more CO2. No more global warming!
79. As I recall from high school physics (they used to teach physics back in high school), ice melts in the presence of pressure and hot air. Perhaps his honor should place his bare corpulent butt on the ice, thereby creating pressure and lecturing the ice on AGW thereby creating hot air! This would surely clear the streets.
It's all right there in Alice In Wonderland. Up is down, black is white etc. The problem is that the leftists are operating in another dimension and for them anything that frustrates anyone in overcoming the elements and continuing to be productive is seen as a plus by them. What this accomplishes is to blur the contrast (in their own minds) between nonachievers like themselves and those who have some initiative and drive.
They are content to hang out with their bong for a solid week getting baked and so long as their supply of beer, pot and cigarettes holds out - or are within walking distance, their worldly wants are met.
For those of us that have things we would like to get done or people we want to visit over Christmas this mess can be totally frustrating.
It doesn't affect my mobility because we have a Grand Cherokee and a FX4 F-150 with studs on all four.
I can prosecute my planned activities, this only further burns their ass to a crisp. It isn't fair is what I heard the other day - followed by "they should restrict the roads to only public safety vehicles and to buses."
Why pray do tell me, should I, who have invested in vehicles and equipment that allows me to cross the passes and hunt all winter long not benefit from it when the roads suck around here.
Oh, OK because it isn't fair that I can load up the family and travel around the State taking in the beauty of the season while others cannot go a mile to pick up a pack of Presto Logs and sit in front of a nice fire. I am able to visit Hood Canal and take in the beauty of the season and then come home and relax in front of the fire.
What the hell, I suppose I shouldn't be allowed to go out to the wood shed and load up my stove because that isn't fair either.
Get stuffed is my response.
By the way, the ashes from your fire place are A#1 for a slip resistant coating on the packed snow and ice on your walkways, just remember "no cleats in the clubhouse" unless you want your carpets ruined. The ash will hose off in a jiffy as soon as it thaws.
Imagine how mad "facts" would be if his people had LOST the last election.
I've said it over and over again. Leftists are not happy unless they are angry.
Would a reasonable person turn a thread about how Seattle dealt with a snowstorm into a rant about the Bush Administration?
Oh sorry, I forgot. We're on the internet.
Are you suggesting perhaps that leftism is ROPO (the religion of perpetual outrage)? BTW, I know it is off topic, but since our lib friend mentioned it, what about the roles of Chris Dodd, Barney Frank, and the heads of fanny and freddie? What grade would he give them...A+, I'm sure!
JDH, we are talking about people that have never used a splitting maul.
Heck most of them wouldn't know what a splitting maul is!
#84, "Are you suggesting perhaps that leftism is ROPO (the religion of perpetual outrage)?"
Oh man Fed Up did you come up with something priceless? Could it be more apt?
"The Religion of Perpetual Outrage" (ROPO).
It exactly describes most leftists. It's what they are.
85. Leftists make me angry because they tend to behave like spoiled 7 year olds and its all about them. They have to live in the same world we do. But they'd rather do what they can to screw it up, then figure out a way to blame on their ideological adversaries. Isn't that clever ?
They are basically spoiled 7 year olds KS.
They have metal sticking out of their noses but have no clue the metal came from a mine somewhere. Oh no, they would be opposed to that.
You couldn't get this kind of ignorance without the left's constant brainwashing machine which we otherwise know as public schools.
87. I have two wood stoves and a dozen Coleman lanterns that can also provide all the heat/light we should need. We also have vehicles that operate well in this mess. It doesn't affect me, however it affects others and I resent that. Getting the streets in condition that for the population (such as my mother) were able to get to Christmas Mass was important. It is a shame what these clowns have done. They are so inconsiderate of the residents it rises to the level of contempt. What a disgrace.
To the drooling retard that called me a liberal for my earlier comment - I can't stomach Nickels, but I didn't realize it was possible to have more disdain for a person until you opened your mouth and bared your foolishness to the world.
Truth. You are why the Republican party is held in such disdain by so many people, but go ahead and reply again calling me a liberal, since that's the only thing your tiny little weak mind can come up with if you're confronted with something you disagree with.
Rational human being: "Umm, sir, I think you gave me the wrong change for my fast food"
Daniel from SP: "NUH HUH YOU ARE OBVIOUSLY A LIBERAL SO I'M RIGHT LOLOLOL"
89. Venting aside, you can't mount a snowplow to a prius, lol
I regret to announce, the reports of my death by starvation were exaggerated. :)
Yes, tensor, the Albertson's close to my house sells food. That's why they call it a grocery store.
*Sigh*. I wasn't asking if Alberston's sells food generally; I was responding to Mr. Happy Genocide @21, who claimed that Seattle's grocery stores were running out of food. Since my local store is always closed on Christmas anyway (it's a plot by us atheist white devils to waterboard Kwanzaa, or something), I was asking for you to verify Mr. G's claim. For some reason, you guys really seem to resist having your claims checked against reality -- why do you suppose that is?
Another commenter, also slobbering over his keyboard at the very thought of children starving to death, gives us this gem of collective responsibility:
You voted for the stupid mayor, now live with your decision. No gas, no food. Hey, once you starve to death...
The proprietor of this blog resides in Seattle; should he relish the thought of watching his family starve, because his neighbors voted for Mayor Nickels?
Come on all... Let's keep this light. :-)
Seattle is the butt of a joke on a national scale (as it should be). The overpaid, mindless, latte sipping, over priced "con-dough" owning Seattleites mindlessly vote for these loosers time and time again. You get the government you deserve.
My favorite part of Seattle is watching it descend in my rearview mirror as I drive my SUV away. My only regret is that these people tip the statewide leadership into the same stupid direction.
92. My favorite part of seattle is getting ready for the internment camps for republicans, the snowstorm was a larger distraction for the final solution that awaits them starting next month.
93. My favorite part of Seattle is watching it descend in my rearview mirror as I drive my SUV away. My only regret is that these people tip the statewide leadership into the same stupid direction.
Our only regret is that you keep coming back, and voting in our state's elections. Don't let the bridge over the Columbia slow you down!
94. gop not - if you want a civil war, game on. Our side is better armed!
I hope at least you would condemn the obvious hate speech of gop not... Talk like that is supposed to not be tolerated by those on the Left; is that not the case?
96. a civil war...it will be easy luring people into nascar events and free gas promotions for suv's and then exterminating them. we cannot fail...
97. I hope at least you would condemn the obvious hate speech of gop not... Talk like that is supposed to not be tolerated by those on the Left; is that not the case?
Show us where you condemned other commenters wishing starvation upon *all* the children of Seattle.
(Hint: the NASCAR reference shows somewhat less than serious intent. Not funny, but not serious, either.)
98. "79% of the respondents to the Times accompanying poll give Nickels a D or an F"
Is that a reference to the "poll" on their website?! If so, I'm disappointed by your astounding ignorance or deceitfulness, whichever the case may be.
Occasionally I'll see a shoddy newspaper reference an internet survey as a poll, but in general, any remotely credible journalist recognizes the difference between a web survey and a statistically valid poll based on random sampling. The former is completely bogus, providing absolutely zero information because there is no control over the sample population. The latter is a useful source of information if conducted properly.
Please get it straight next time.
99. gop not - are you overstaying your weekend pass from Western State ? Regardless of the circumstance, kindly STFU.