Index of entries from May 2006
May 31, 2006
Fake Spokane Newsdorks Star On Comedy Central
by Matt Rosenberg, 04:26 PM, 12 Comments
Comedy Central's coming news mockumentary series "Dog Bites Man" stars a hapless bunch of supposed Spokane newspersons. Is it a fitting tribute to Inland Northwest media? Spokane blogger Frank Sennett of Hard 7 writes: Spokane's about to be embarrassed by... [read more]

Bold Tannins, Big Fruit, Explosive Flavors
by Matt Rosenberg, 10:58 AM, 61 Comments
Woodinville winemaker Mark Ryan McNeilly has released 7,264 bottles of "The Dissident," a blend of harvested red Columbia Valley grapes that, according to this reviewer, refused to conform to other uses. For only $24.95, a bottle is yours. When Western... [read more]

A chance to be heard on vote-by-mail
by Jonathan Bechtle, 10:15 AM, 18 Comments
According to the King County Council website, a public hearing has been scheduled on the vote-by-mail ordinance, to be held during next Monday's Full Committee meeting. However you feel about vote-by-mail, this is a good opportunity to make known any... [read more]

May 30, 2006
The Democratic Platform In '08
by Matt Rosenberg, 12:10 PM, 67 Comments
From today's Olympian: OLYMPIA - Law enforcement officials armed with pepper spray and dressed in riot gear guarded the gate at the Port of Olympia Monday night, where about 150 activists gathered to protest a military ship that arrived to... [read more]

Seattle Annexation of White Center A Non-Starter
by Matt Rosenberg, 11:49 AM, 16 Comments
In today's Seattle Post-Intelligencer Seattle Mayor Greg Nickels' administration reiterates its interest in annexing unincorporated White Center and adjoining "North Highline" communities. Nickels staffers tell the P-I it's "the right thing to do" for the residents, despite the net negative... [read more]

County Council postpones forced-mail voting vote
by Stefan Sharkansky, 10:31 AM, 8 Comments
The home page of the King County Council says that the vote on Deanron's proposal for forced-mail voting, originally scheduled for today, "is expected to be re-set for the following Monday [June 5]". I haven't seen any indication yet that... [read more]

To Stay Afloat, Seattle District Must Sell Closed Schools
by Matt Rosenberg, 10:19 AM, 15 Comments
To address an expected budget shortfall of $20 million by 2007-08, board members will decide this July to close as many as 12 Seattle public schools. But that will save only up to $5.2 million per year, and the budget... [read more]

Follow Up On "Speaker" Pelosi
by Jim Miller, 06:53 AM, 26 Comments
Three weeks ago, I sent an open letter to my congressman, Jay Inslee, asking him why he thought Nancy Pelosi was fit to be Speaker, and possibly President.  Congressman Inslee never replied. This devastating New York Times article may help... [read more]

May 29, 2006
Jihad does too mean holy war
by Stefan Sharkansky, 12:06 PM, 73 Comments
The University of Washington Daily reported last week that the Arabic word "jihad" does not mean "holy war": Contrary to popular belief, jihad is not holy war, but rather a struggle within oneself. Many Muslims struggle with "jihad" without knowing... [read more]

May 28, 2006
Senator Cantwell, Real Networks, And Eavesdropping
by Jim Miller, 05:21 PM, 79 Comments
Washington state's junior senator has spent most of her working life in the public sector.  But she did work for Real Networks, though I have never seen a good description of what she did there, other than negotiating a contract... [read more]

About that sewage plant built over a major aquifer...
by Brian Crouch, 09:27 AM, 33 Comments
Rep. Toby Nixon (R-Kirkland) has a guest editorial in "The Northlake News" and "Woodinville Weekly" regarding the Brightwater Sewage Treatment Plant, with this poignant observation: Environment groups regularly intervene to keep cows away from stream banks, but acquiesced to Ron... [read more]

May 26, 2006
Counting the cost of mail ballots
by Jonathan Bechtle, 03:46 PM, 35 Comments
Many of the recent posts and comments about vote-by-mail have mentioned the cost factor, but few have been able to cite hard facts about what the cost really is. I'm not going to try to do that, but I have... [read more]

May 25, 2006
"Witnessed" Ballot Update
by Stefan Sharkansky, 10:40 PM, 17 Comments
Read my earlier post from this evening, "Mail Ballot Horror Show (VI): "Witnessed" ballots " for context and then come back and see this example that Bob Edelman just e-mailed me: copies of two mail ballots cast in Pierce County... [read more]

There was price gouging because I say so - Cantwell
by Ron Hebron, 09:52 PM, 37 Comments
Our Senator Maria Cantwell has had the price of gasoline in a full-court press - trying to limit exploration, limit drilling, transportation ... everything. By the laws of economics her combination will raise the price of gasoline at the pump.... [read more]

Mail Ballot Horror Show (VI): "Witnessed" ballots
by Stefan Sharkansky, 08:32 PM, 16 Comments
Although election officials and other advocates of forced mail voting promise us that "signature verification" is a sound security measure, those who read this blog have seen plenty of examples of ballots that were both wrongly accepted and wrongly rejected.... [read more]

Julia Patterson is not alone
by Jonathan Bechtle, 01:12 PM, 10 Comments
Julia's not the only poster child for the inaccuracy of King County's voter rolls... Bob Edelman has been following up on the strange cases of Trudy Garman/Trudy Wiseblood and Alfred T. Birnbaum/Birngaum. In both of these cases, the registration and... [read more]

Darcy Burner for State Senate
by Matt Rosenberg, 12:24 PM, 49 Comments
The best part of Seattle's Sandinista weekly, The Stranger, is "Critical Overview." It's at the front of the print edition, and gives a frank and often hilarious rundown of what's in the current edition from the perspective of an actual... [read more]

With Friends Like These...
by Andy MacDonald, 11:06 AM, 33 Comments
Mike Seely is guest mossbacking at The Seattle Weekly. Smack in the middle of a column asking liberal Democrats to stop criticizing Senator Maria Cantwell for her vote in support of the Iraq war comes this: Cantwell is far from... [read more]

Whac-A-Mole and Forced Mail Voting
by Jason Osgood, 09:10 AM, 32 Comments
Stefan invited me to guest blog about forced mail voting. What King County cheerfully calls 100% Vote by Mail. Stefan asked for the progressive view. What I can offer is one progressive's view: my own. Opposing forced mail voting is... [read more]

Council Should Step Up To Viaduct Decision
by Matt Rosenberg, 08:16 AM, 6 Comments
A decision on how to replace or refurbish the Alaskan Way Viaduct, Seattle's crumbling and elevated waterfront roadway, should not be made voters, as now planned, but by the City Council. That's what columnist Ted Van Dyk says in the... [read more]

Sinister Plot To Disenfranchise Minorities Sparks Lawsuit
by Matt Rosenberg, 07:46 AM, 10 Comments
Even the smallest steps toward cleaner elections are too sweeping for some. The Seattle Times reports: Misspelled names and other minor errors could improperly keep thousands of voters off the rolls in Washington state, a federal lawsuit filed Wednesday in... [read more]

May 24, 2006
Welcome, Mr. President
by Matt Rosenberg, 02:10 PM, 30 Comments
In an editorial today welcoming Mexican President Vicente Fox to Washington state, the King County Journal shows it's on to Mexico's hyprocrisy. Welcome President Fox, but we wonder ... * Mexico is tougher on illegal immigrants than the United States.... [read more]

The ACLU's Identity Crisis
by Matt Rosenberg, 12:08 PM, 16 Comments
In Puget Sound we've seen that while the ACLU cares deeply about the First Amendment rights of lesbian Air Force nurses and Wiccan veterans, the organization is somewhat less concerned with free speech for, oh, say.......military recruiters. One might thus... [read more]

Utopian Visionaries Run Amok
by Matt Rosenberg, 07:09 AM, 28 Comments
When easy parking is considered a social evil - and it is here in Seattle, as I was reminded again Monday downtown - anything is possible. On display now in Seattle City Hall are some of the land-use visions of... [read more]

May 23, 2006
Julia Patterson should be concerned
by Jonathan Bechtle, 12:40 PM, 55 Comments
about the accuracy of King County's voter roll. Despite the vaunted statewide database matching system, and an apparent attempt on her part to fix the problem, Councilmember Patterson has been and will continue to be receiving two ballots for every... [read more]

It's in the P-I
by Jonathan Bechtle, 09:28 AM, 17 Comments
This morning the P-I declared vote-by-mail in King County a sure thing. The reporter does make a nod to the needed formality of a full council vote next Tuesday, but based on the 5-3 "yes" vote in the Committee-of-the-Whole yesterday,... [read more]

Nix Biz Transportation Tax On Seattle Companies
by Matt Rosenberg, 08:15 AM, 16 Comments
If you live in Seattle, you know - and so do your shock absorbers - that the streets are shot. If you have any sense of pride in your city, you also wonder about crumbing public stairways. If you ride... [read more]

May 22, 2006
Wow! An Enterprise Solution For School Lockdowns & Massacre Rumors
by Matt Rosenberg, 05:20 PM, 7 Comments
The Tacoma News Tribune reports that more and more often, Puget Sound high-school students are using instant messaging and their mobile phones to spread rumors and gossip, but that there's an upside when the news is regarding threatened mayhem with... [read more]

Let's Welcome David Postman To The Blogosphere
by Jim Miller, 10:38 AM, 20 Comments
Yesterday, Seattle Times executive editor, Mike Fancher, announced that David Postman would be joining the blogosphere.   In his initial post, Postman promised, indirectly, to be "objective": Before I could get started here, Eli Sanders at The Stranger's Slog posed... [read more]

The Formation Of An Iraqi Government Was Great News
by Jim Miller, 09:35 AM, 8 Comments
And by far the biggest story yesterday.  The most important US newspapers made it their lead story.  The New York Times, no friend to the Bush administration, began with this: Iraqi leaders on Saturday approved a full-term government here for... [read more]

Mail Ballot Horror Show(V): A 20% error rate
by Stefan Sharkansky, 07:00 AM, 39 Comments
In time for the King County Council's consideration of Deanron's proposal for all-mail voting-- The most astonishing thing about voting by mail is how unreliable and error-prone the whole process is. Never mind the bungled election of 2004, a close... [read more]

May 21, 2006
Vicente - Las derechas iguales para los inmigrantes legales
by Matt Rosenberg, 05:54 PM, 21 Comments
Mexican President Vicente Fox comes to Yakima this week, and to Seattle for lunch at the Rainier Club. A timely question arises. Will anyone have the cojones to ask?... [read more]

Herald Columnist: Church's "DaVinci Code" Counter-Offensive Hypocritical
by Matt Rosenberg, 11:20 AM, 14 Comments
Everett Herald columnist Julie Muhlstein today writes that the fuss over the new movie "The DaVinci Code" - which includes a rebuttal Web site recently promoted by the Catholic Archdiocese of Seattle and developed for the U.S. Conference of Catholic... [read more]

Would You Pay Tolls to Widen I-90?
by Matt Rosenberg, 10:26 AM, 13 Comments
A consultant to the state transportation commission is preliminarily indicating legislative and public support could be found for tolls on I-90 at Snoqualmie Pass. Today's Tri-City Herald has the story (free reg. may be req.). There are several caveats. First,... [read more]

One Week Suspension Eyed For Instructor's Condi-Watermelon Gibe
by Matt Rosenberg, 09:50 AM, 28 Comments
Q1: If a Bellevue Community College instructor included a question on a math test that began "Ron Sims drops a watermelon from the roof of the county building.....," what would be the punishment?" A1: Unquestionably at least a long suspension;... [read more]

May 19, 2006
Secretary of State's office now acknowledges that reports of double voting were understated
by Stefan Sharkansky, 01:22 PM, 23 Comments
As I noted earlier, various news items reported that the Secretary of State suspected only 30 of the more than 55,000 recently purged double registrants of voting twice. As I also noted earlier, this would be a significant understatement of... [read more]

Wahluke School District Parents Should Learn English
by Matt Rosenberg, 10:42 AM, 31 Comments
The Wahluke School District in Mattawa, Grant County, is 88 percent Hispanic. State-mandated assessment tests (WASLs) show that for 10th graders, 61.3 percent demonstrate proficiency in reading, 28.3 percent in math, 50 percent in writing, and 20.8 percent in science.... [read more]

P-I is depending on technology to secure mail ballots
by Jonathan Bechtle, 09:15 AM, 9 Comments
This morning the P-I editorial board displayed their willingness to give up any hope of ballot security by putting their stamp of approval on a move to vote-by-mail in King County. The article cites convenience as the reason "that 70... [read more]

May 18, 2006
Moms And Mathematicians Versus The Blob
by Jim Miller, 07:03 PM, 18 Comments
In my first, brief report on the forum sponsored by Where's the Math? I described the basic argument made there, that our current math curriculum is a poor one, and that we could do better by moving from what is... [read more]

White Worker Sues Colvilles Over Alleged Racist Treatment
by Matt Rosenberg, 04:30 PM, 28 Comments
The Seattle School District kindly informs us that racism emanates from whites and the society they control - period. Well then, as a young honky growing up in Chicago I must have had it coming, or just been confused. And... [read more]

School choice, anyone?
by Stefan Sharkansky, 03:01 PM, 25 Comments
I'm sorry to learn that David Goldstein's daughter's school is one of the Seattle Public Schools listed for closure this week. I'll take his comments at face value that this was a good school that was working well for many... [read more]

P-I coverage of mail ballot protest
by Jonathan Bechtle, 08:57 AM, 12 Comments
Today's Seattle Post-Intelligencer has a story on the mail ballot protest that took place yesterday (thanks to all who came, by the way). It was a strange-bedfellows moment: A lawyer from a hard-right advocacy group, a former Green Party candidate... [read more]

May 17, 2006
Mineta: Offload Roads To Help Cut Congestion
by Matt Rosenberg, 06:12 PM, 18 Comments
By state legislative mandate, Central Puget Sound voters will in 2007 be looking at some sort of big-ticket funding package for the next phase of regional roads projects, and at a regional roads and transit agency re-org proposal. In this... [read more]

Here and There
by Stefan Sharkansky, 03:02 PM, 8 Comments
I'm busy for the next several days with other commitments, so my own blogging will be lighter than it has been lately. Not that you'd necessarily notice, with all the excellent posts from my fellow contributors. And to help build... [read more]

Dismal voter turnout in Oregon, despite vote by mail
by Jonathan Bechtle, 11:23 AM, 20 Comments
Another article in the Oregonian about voter turnout: "As of 7 p.m. Tuesday, the Secretary of State's office reported that 32 percent of Oregon ballots had been returned. The lowest historical turnout was 34.9 percent in 1998 and 38 percent... [read more]

Vote by Mail Protest today
by Jonathan Bechtle, 11:13 AM, 11 Comments
The vote by mail protest sponsored by the Evergreen Freedom Foundation and Washington Citizens for Fair Elections is happening today. It will be held at 5th Avenue Plaza, in front of the King County Administration Building, at 12:30 pm. It... [read more]

Help On Math Education From President Bush?
by Jim Miller, 11:03 AM, 13 Comments
Maybe.  He has taken the first step. The Bush administration has named a former president of the University of Texas at Austin to lead a national panel to weigh in on the math wars playing out across the country.  The... [read more]

Racism is Tolerance
by Andy MacDonald, 10:22 AM, 14 Comments
We all remember the credo of Ingsoc from George Orwell's Nineteen Eighty-Four: War is Peace Freedom is Slavery Ignorance is Strength Thanks to the Seattle Public Schools, we can add one more: Racism is Tolerance... [read more]

Copper River Salmon: Yes Or No?
by Matt Rosenberg, 10:16 AM, 31 Comments
The real burning question of the season, politics aside. Is Copper River Salmon a pricey scam or not? Please discuss.... [read more]

"The Supreme Confidence To Say 'No' To the Government"
by Matt Rosenberg, 10:07 AM, 18 Comments the the title of Bruce Ramsey's column in the Seattle Times today, on two Washington Supreme Court candidates who deserve your support. Ramsey writes: Two challengers, State Sen. Stephen Johnson, R-Kent, and Bellevue attorney John Groen, have announced for... [read more]

State to Consider Viaduct Retrofit
by Andy MacDonald, 09:36 AM, 18 Comments
For the past couple of years the state has been considering only two options to fix the Alaskan Way Viaduct: an expensive rebuild, and Greg Nickel's insanely expensive tunnel. Both options would close the viaduct for years, forcing traffic onto... [read more]

May 16, 2006
Domestic Violence "Epidemic" Afflicting Women? Hardly....
by Matt Rosenberg, 08:15 PM, 36 Comments
In the daft urban archipelago I call home, self-actualization draws energy from what's been called punitive liberalism. Well, here we go again, thanks to a random survey of 3,429 Puget Sound women in 2003-04, conducted by the Group Health Center... [read more]

Andrew Sullivan on Seattle Schools
by Andy MacDonald, 01:31 PM, 41 Comments
He weighs in on their definition of racism: The only response is the exercize of ordinary reason, the insistence on individual moral responsibility, and political resistance to the inevitable attempts to impose these religious thought-structures by law or policy on... [read more]

Future Time Orientation
by Andy MacDonald, 11:55 AM, 23 Comments
Along with many of our readers, I was confused by the term "future time orientation" as used in the Seattle Public School's definition of cultural racism. (Mentioned in this SP article) So I did some Googling. It turns out, judging... [read more]

Campaign Kick-off Events
by Stefan Sharkansky, 11:50 AM, 3 Comments
Upcoming campaign kick-off events for State Senate candidates that I support and so should you: This week: Re-elect Senator Luke Esser , Friday, May 19th at the Bellevue DoubleTree (300 - 112th Ave. SE). Registration opens at 6:45 a.m. and... [read more]

It's in the P-I
by Stefan Sharkansky, 10:55 AM, 17 Comments
Today's Seattle Post-Intelligencer editorial on the Secretary of State's voter database is wildly incorrect "Voter Registration: House cleaning" Secretary of State Sam Reed's office has just completed an exhaustive compilation of state voters and purged more than 55,000 registrations across... [read more]

Mail Voting Does Not Increase Participation
by Stefan Sharkansky, 09:26 AM, 18 Comments
One of the canards frequently repeated by mail-ballot fetishists is that vote-by-mail "increases participation". As I noted the other day, the evidence to support that is underwhelming and unconvincing. Now how is mail-only voting working in Oregon? Oh, wait. today's... [read more]

by Jim Miller, 09:19 AM, 27 Comments
The Seattle PI actually published this op-ed. In spite of Connelly's faith in what commission members say, the report seems to be an obvious cover-up.  The question that we all need to ask is: What is the commission covering up?... [read more]

May 15, 2006
Fence blogging
by Stefan Sharkansky, 11:25 PM, 13 Comments
I'll take a rare respite from politics to give an unsolicited testimonial to the craftsman who just finished building us a new fence for the back yard. If you're in the market for a new fence, we happily recommend: Joel... [read more]

Trudy Garman/Trudy Wiseblood Update
by Stefan Sharkansky, 06:02 PM, 16 Comments
Update to the strange story of Trudy Wiseblood/Garman, who is registered twice at a Redmond mailbox and voting twice by mail from California. Public records in Sonoma County, California show property records in the names of Brian Garman and alternately... [read more]

Breaking News: Karl Rove [not] indicted [again]
by Stefan Sharkansky, 05:35 PM, 52 Comments
Our good friend Eli Sanders of The Stranger was the first local blogger to break the political blockbuster story of the decade last Friday: Karl Rove has been indicted: it's late in the day, so I'm only going to give... [read more]

Protest Deanron's proposal for mail-only voting
by Stefan Sharkansky, 03:06 PM, 7 Comments
The Evergreen Freedom Foundation and Washington Citizens for Fair Elections have issued a joint announcement -- "King County residents to protest Vote-By-Mail proposal" Unique coalition to call for increased ballot security SEATTLE—A unique coalition will be coming together to protest... [read more]

What Do You Mean, "We", Leftist Woman?
by Jim Miller, 02:24 PM, 10 Comments
Florangela Davila goes on and on about how much she loves the TV program often called Left Wing. We're about to feel even lousier than when Mrs. Landingham died. . . . It's been seven fine years, but this Sunday,... [read more]

Mail Ballot Horror Show (IV)
by Stefan Sharkansky, 12:45 PM, 8 Comments
Bob Edelman has been making records requests for the ballot envelopes and signed poll book pages for a number of possible double voters. Here is what he received on Alfred T. Birnbaum, a Seattle resident living in Tokyo. It seems... [read more]

What Is Phil Condit's Legacy?
by Matt Rosenberg, 10:46 AM, 10 Comments
According to the Wall Street Journal and an AP report out today, Boeing will pay $615 million in fines to settle charges of defense contracting fraud that were highlighted in a Justice Department investigation. No criminal charges as a result.... [read more]

LAPD, CTA Show Potential Of Public Agency Blogs
by Matt Rosenberg, 10:14 AM, 0 Comments
The Los Angeles Police Department has started a blog, with police chief William Bratton taking a fairly prominent role. If the early posts are any indication, the LAPD blog could become a worthwhile tool for talking back to the media,... [read more]

Deanron briefs Council
by Stefan Sharkansky, 08:53 AM, 14 Comments
Deanron is briefing the King County Council this morning at 9:30 on his proposal to concentrate all elections management under his control for his own partisan advantage force everybody to vote by mail. If you have a sturdy stomach, you... [read more]

Mail Ballot Horror Show (I)
by Stefan Sharkansky, 08:39 AM, 27 Comments
Bob Edelman reports on the strange case of Trudy Garman / Trudy Wiseblood. Among the mailbox voters challenged by Lori Sotelo last fall were Trudy Garman and Trudy Wiseblood, both claiming residence at the Pony Express Mail & Business Centers,... [read more]

Mail Ballot Horror Show (II)
by Stefan Sharkansky, 08:38 AM, 5 Comments
Non-citizen somehow gets added to the voter rolls. Perhaps she wasn't sufficiently assertive when she signed up for a Washington driver's license and the DOL clerk tried to force her to register to vote. Non-citizen receives absentee ballot and mails... [read more]

Mail Ballot Horror Show (III)
by Stefan Sharkansky, 08:36 AM, 4 Comments
Here's a mail ballot which was counted in 2004, but for which the audit trail shows no record that it was ever returned. The voter was not credited. I found several other ballots like this. These would explain some, but... [read more]

May 14, 2006
He Gave Us This, Too
by Matt Rosenberg, 05:05 PM, 5 Comments
Yeah, you can have the East Coast. Low tide at Alki, today. And blessedly, not a stretch Hummer in sight.... [read more]

Be Stingy With Links in Comments
by Jim Miller, 04:22 PM, 5 Comments
The upgrading of the site to Movable Type 3.2 put a restriction on live links in comments.  A comment with two or more live links, such as this one, will be held for approval by the author of the post.... [read more]

May 13, 2006
Childlessness Is "Profoundly Human," And Now, Abortion Is A "Moral Good"
by Matt Rosenberg, 12:15 PM, 79 Comments
We have learned recently from UW prof David P. Barash that childlessness is "profoundly human." Today, via this Seattle Times article about Marcy Bloom, the retiring executive director of a Seattle abortion clinic called the Aradia Women's Health Center, comes... [read more]

Useful Net References?
by Jim Miller, 10:00 AM, 28 Comments
As those of you who read my personal personal web site regularly know, I have been planning improvements there for some time.  And I hope that some of you will help me make those improvements. Today, I am asking for... [read more]

May 12, 2006
Mail Ballot Accounting is still a total mess (II)
by Stefan Sharkansky, 07:56 PM, 13 Comments
In yesterday's post I gave a number of specific examples of how messed up mail ballot accounting was in the bungled election of 2004. Now we'll see how thoroughly messed up it still was in the bungled elections of 2005... [read more]

55,000 illegal entries scrubbed from database
by Stefan Sharkansky, 04:23 PM, 11 Comments
Secretary of State Sam Reed reports that "Some 55,000 illegal registrations have been scrubbed from the new statewide voter database"The total includes 35,445 duplicate records and 19,579 entries for dead people. But Reed said he suspects that very few people... [read more]

Wal*Mart Follow-up
by Stefan Sharkansky, 03:51 PM, 50 Comments
Here is some correspondence following up yesterday's post about the latest sleazy union attack on Wal*Mart. Reader "Mr. Wonderful" shared this e-mail exchange with David Groves, Communications Director of the Washington State Labor Council, who apparently also enjoys pretending he's... [read more]

Fuzzy Math Rubs Seattle Blogger, Nine, The Wrong Way
by Matt Rosenberg, 12:40 PM, 9 Comments
Prompted by an article in today's news (and NOT his father) Seattle blogger Max Rosenberg, 9, sounds off about fuzzy math. It seems that for once, the Seattle School Board is showing a modicum of sensibility. But it's early. In... [read more]

Support a woman's right to choose
by Stefan Sharkansky, 10:54 AM, 16 Comments
The King County Council Committee of the Whole will be briefed by Deanron Monday morning on proposed ordinances for mail-only voting. The twin ordinances, proposed by Democrats Bob Ferguson and Julia Patterson, would direct [Deanron] to conduct all primary, special,... [read more]

Seattle Public Schools Define Racism
by Stefan Sharkansky, 10:20 AM, 37 Comments
Blogger Andrew's Dad rips into the Seattle School District's definition of racism, which among other things, includes having a future time orientation, emphasizing individualism as opposed to a more collective ideology Seriously. [I found the link to Andrew's Dad's post... [read more]

UW Prof: Childlessness "Profoundly Human"
by Matt Rosenberg, 10:04 AM, 8 Comments
So it has come to this. University of Washington psychologist David P. Barash writes admiringly in a Los Angeles Times op-ed of the high rate of childlessness among German women. To exercise free will is only human, Barash argues, and... [read more]

Transportation Solutions
by Stefan Sharkansky, 09:18 AM, 9 Comments
The light rail boondoggle is about to start ripping up another neighborhood: "Sound Transit begins land grab for link to UW" Speaking of Sound Transit, have you heard the radio ads lately claiming that the project is "on time and... [read more]

May 11, 2006
Mail Ballot Accounting is still a total mess (I)
by Stefan Sharkansky, 06:26 PM, 8 Comments
Deanron's proposal to force everybody to vote by mail would increase the number of voted mail ballots per election by somewhere between 40% to 60%. If an election the size of November 2004 were held entirely by mail, King County... [read more]

Prayer in the Public Schools
by Andy MacDonald, 03:19 PM, 42 Comments
The Seattle Public Schools are forming a committee to examine prayer in school, particularly to "support the needs of our diverse students and families." But the committee is not organizing to examine the full diversity of the student body, only... [read more]

Oregon Secretary of State's Spokeswoman is covertly posting comments here
by Stefan Sharkansky, 03:11 PM, 36 Comments
Check out the comments on yesterday's post ""Security and Economics": Vote-by-mail is a double loser" Towards the bottom is a comment by "Anne": First of all, if you visit the Oregon Secretary of State's office link ( then you'll see... [read more]

Ballot Parties
by Stefan Sharkansky, 01:14 PM, 21 Comments
I suspect that one of the reasons that Deanron and the Council Democrats like mail-only voting is because it effectively ends the guarantee of a secret ballot and facilitates group voting. See, for example, this P-I article from October 2004,... [read more]

Labor Unions Continue Shameless Smear of Wal*Mart
by Stefan Sharkansky, 12:38 PM, 38 Comments
The labor unions, with help from some of their sillier friends in the legislature, are raising the level of ridiculousness in its smear campaign against Wal*Mart: "Wal-Mart foes fear crime wave" Neighbors fighting a proposed Wal-Mart store in Mill Creek... [read more]

Bottom Story of the Day
by Stefan Sharkansky, 12:14 PM, 1 Comments
My tip made James Taranto's Best of the Web Today today "No new area code for Western Washington"... [read more]

Our Man in Havana
by Stefan Sharkansky, 09:46 AM, 12 Comments
My endorsement last December of Cuba Dwight Pelz for chairman of the Washington State Democratic Party is paying off -- Balter: "Party chair's left jabs put Cantwell on the defensive"... [read more]

Blog Backend Upgrade
by Stefan Sharkansky, 12:16 AM, 19 Comments
I'm about to attempt an upgrade of the blog backend to Movable Type 3.2. This isn't supposed to be noticeable to you the viewer, but there's a chance that comments will malfunction or pages start looking weird or something. UPDATE:... [read more]

May 10, 2006
Joel Connelly has an epiphany
by Stefan Sharkansky, 05:26 PM, 26 Comments
Joel Connelly, the contumelious liberal columnist for the Seattle Post-Intelligencer shared an interesting epiphany in his column this Monday about 9/11: Ponder the basic message: Our powerful federal government bungled warnings, ignored warnings from the field, and had no strategy... [read more]

And it doesn't increase turnout
by Stefan Sharkansky, 04:02 PM, 13 Comments
One of the biggest reasons given by some advocates of all-mail voting is that it "increases voter turnout". But that claim, like many other claims of the mail-vote fetishists, lies somewhere between overstatement and falsehood. A couple of people e-mailed... [read more]

"Security and Economics": Vote-by-mail is a double loser
by Stefan Sharkansky, 11:59 AM, 24 Comments
I recently spoke off-the-record with a King County Councilmember who is still undecided on Deanron's proposal for mail-only voting. The criteria on which said member will decide are: "Security first and economics second". Security is a no-brainer: votes can be... [read more]

Madeleine Albright's "Tough Message"
by Stefan Sharkansky, 10:18 AM, 70 Comments
Former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright spoke in Seattle last night and gave her advice on dealing with the Iranian nuclear threat: the United States would be wise to counter the nuclear threat with direct talks instead of saber rattling... [read more]

May 09, 2006
Alexander has been Poped
by Stefan Sharkansky, 11:31 PM, 38 Comments
Richard Pope alleges that Chief Justice Gerry Alexander has accepted illegal campaign contributions: Canon 7(B)(2) of the Code of Judicial Conduct prohibits judicial candidates from getting campaign contributions more than 120 days before the first day of the period for... [read more]

Zooillogical Garage
by Stefan Sharkansky, 10:41 PM, 15 Comments
I like the Woodland Park Zoo, but I'm not persuaded by the logic behind the proposed parking garage: Although the garage is expected to cost about $16.2 million to build, by the time the debt and interest is paid, it... [read more]

Government bloat in Pierce County
by Stefan Sharkansky, 02:28 PM, 24 Comments
Today's Tacoma Tribune reports "County executive hatches his grandest plan yet" Pierce County Executive John Ladenburg wants to build a large government campus in downtown Tacoma, encompassing a new headquarters for county government as well as ground-floor retail and a... [read more]

"The big problem is with mail-in ballots"
by Stefan Sharkansky, 01:48 PM, 20 Comments
The King County Council is now actively considering Deanron's proposal to switch to mail-only voting. This letter against the proposal appears in today's P-I: "The big problem is with mail-in ballots" It opens:As Gregory Roberts reports May 2, the problem... [read more]

More On Bill Clinton's Arsenic Trap
by Jim Miller, 12:45 PM, 4 Comments
Since the Seattle Times continues to omit much of the arsenic story, I'll try to fill in what they miss.  In my first post, I noted that there was little danger from the previous standard of 50 parts per billion,... [read more]

Democrats deprecate Burner campaign
by Stefan Sharkansky, 09:28 AM, 26 Comments
For the last two weeks, Seattle's lunatic fringe liberals have been congratulating themselves on their "netroots" fundraising drive which they claimed had pushed Darcy Burner into the first tier of Democrat challenger candidates from across the country. But today The... [read more]

Only in Seattle
by Stefan Sharkansky, 08:30 AM, 38 Comments
From the April newsletter of the Magnolia - Queen Anne District Council:Tree Removal City Council member Conlin attended a meeting of the Magnolia – Queen Anne District Council and reviewed some of his activities. Included in the list was his... [read more]

Speaker Pelosi?
by Jim Miller, 07:20 AM, 4 Comments
(This is an open letter to my own congressman, Jay Inslee.) Dear Congressman Inslee: Sometimes it is best to be blunt and I hope you will excuse me for thinking that this is one of those times. If the Democrats... [read more]

May 08, 2006
You Can't Get There From Here
by Jim Miller, 04:58 PM, 29 Comments
That's the punch line to a classic joke; that's also a good description of our dilemma in trying to find a sensible policy on immigration.  In my initial post on the May 1st demonstration in Seattle, I said that I... [read more]

Johnson for Justice
by Stefan Sharkansky, 03:04 PM, 9 Comments
First, a reminder to join me at Sen. Steve Johnson's Supreme Court campaign kick-off breakfast this Wednesday morning at the Bellevue Doubletree. Click on the link for details and RSVP. Speaking of which, today's Tacoma News Tribune has an article... [read more]

Speaking of the death of the mainstream media
by Stefan Sharkansky, 02:38 PM, 19 Comments
"Circulation at Seattle's daily newspapers keeps falling" The Seattle Times' average weekday circulation declined 5.4 percent during the six-month period that ended March 30 when compared with the same six-month period a year earlier, according to the Audit Bureau of... [read more]

"I love the smell of napalm in the morning"
by Stefan Sharkansky, 12:01 PM, 8 Comments
Few things in politics are funnier than the viciousness that erupts in a primary squabble among Democrats: "Sniping precedes formal race for 32nd District seat" Washington's 32nd Legislative District has two opposing political parties, both Democratic. The party's fractured district... [read more]

Darcy Burner, former "former Microsoft Executive"
by Stefan Sharkansky, 08:53 AM, 34 Comments
David Ammons, in his weekend column about state Congressional races effectively ends Darcy Burner's attempt to get the press to play along with her pretense that she is a "former Microsoft executive": Burner, 35, a Harvard-educated former Microsoft program manager,... [read more]

May 07, 2006
The Ongoing Work to Restore Vaporize Public Confidence in King County Elections
by Stefan Sharkansky, 10:43 PM, 18 Comments
Larry Phillips wants you to believe that The King County Council continues its ongoing work to restore public confidence in the elections process this coming Monday, May 8, with a briefing on an election “Action Plan” and creation of an... [read more]

Backlash Growing Against Illegal Immigration
by Matt Rosenberg, 12:58 PM, 41 Comments
I love a healthy public debate. Really. Like in San Bernardino. And, Seattle, too. The huge share of illegal immigrants to the United States who come from Mexico poses an elephant-in-the-living-room question about conditions in Mexico. When and how will... [read more]

May 06, 2006
What will she try to outlaw next, gravity?
by Stefan Sharkansky, 11:39 AM, 63 Comments
Senator Cantunderstandeconomicsverywell wants to make it illegal for prices to be determined by supply and demand With gas prices above $3 a gallon in many places, Congress should pass legislation by Memorial Day to make price-gouging a federal crime, Sen.... [read more]

May 05, 2006
Support a legal immigrant business owner
by Stefan Sharkansky, 04:02 PM, 42 Comments
Victor Santiago, a naturalized citizen originally from Mexico, owns a couple of restaurants on Seattle's Capitol Hill. He was in the news this week after he fired the manager of his Café Septième restaurant for defying instructions and closing the... [read more]

Your State Auditor at work
by Stefan Sharkansky, 03:36 PM, 21 Comments
State Auditor Brian Sonntag and his team have been busy. The AP just reported the results of an audit of L&I:OLYMPIA, Wash. -- The state Department of Labor and Industries paid more than $600,000 in pension benefits to dead or... [read more]

Terwilliger steps down
by Stefan Sharkansky, 10:39 AM, 11 Comments
Snohomish County Auditor "Sideshow" Bob Terwilliger is stepping down at the end of the year to become administrator of the county court system:"Bob is a known and respected administrator," Wynne said. "He's someone I think the judges can have trust... [read more]

"The customer's always right", or not
by Stefan Sharkansky, 10:26 AM, 98 Comments
This is based on a true story although a few of the details have been changed: When a diner at a Seattle restaurant ordered a New York Strip Steak from the menu, the waitress refused to serve him. Why? She... [read more]

TNT: Gregoire Should Demand Accountability On "Diversity" Calendar Gaffe
by Matt Rosenberg, 07:53 AM, 11 Comments
"Diversity" is right up there with personal technology as a platform for poor judgement, and the Tacoma News Tribune editorializes that the Washington State Department of Corrections erred badly in issuing to employees a "diversity" calendar which in the name... [read more]

May 04, 2006
How Things Change
by Andy MacDonald, 06:57 PM, 44 Comments
From Government of the State of Washington by Mary W. Avery, published in 1955 by the State College of Washington General Extension Service in Pullman, pages 201 & 202 (emphasis mine):Qualifications for Voting Those who vote should be responsible at... [read more]

California Gay-Friendly Textbook Mandate In Works
by Matt Rosenberg, 05:40 PM, 19 Comments
It's not law yet, just working it's way through the California State Senate. SB 1437 would require textbooks to include positive mention of gay and lesbian figures in various subject areas. If ultimately passed and signed by The Governator, SB... [read more]

Washington State Patrol Most Wanted List
by Stefan Sharkansky, 03:40 PM, 25 Comments
John Carlson mentioned this page on his program last hour: the Washington State Patrol's Most Wanted List. The note explains: The individuals listed above include every suspect involved in a WSP investigated felony collision that attempted to evade justice by... [read more]

It's not the cost they object too, it's the integrity
by Stefan Sharkansky, 02:41 PM, 12 Comments
Michigan's Republican-controlled House of Representatives voted to require photo ID for voting and also to provide free state IDs to those who can't afford the $10 fee. The Democrats objected to the ID requirement regardless.... [read more]

Redmond Tax Levy Proposition
by Stefan Sharkansky, 11:31 AM, 17 Comments
The City of Redmond has a proposition on the May 16th ballot for a significant increase in the property tax levy rate. FAIRedmond (Financial Accountability in Redmond), which opposes the levy increase, has set up a blog with information about... [read more]

Clothes Line Saga
by Stefan Sharkansky, 10:51 AM, 30 Comments
I've long enjoyed the song "Clothes Line Saga" from Bob Dylan and the Band's The Basement Tapes. [audio clip] Have you heard the news, he said with a grin, the Vice President's gone mad. Where?Downtown?When?Last Night.Hmm. Gee that's too bad.... [read more]

Fox visit
by Stefan Sharkansky, 10:06 AM, 16 Comments
Mrs. Gregoire1 will host Mexican President Vicente Fox later this month.Gregoire said it's a coincidence that Fox's visit comes at a time when immigration dominates the news, but she expects him to address the topic. "I think he will probably... [read more]

The Longest Commute in America
by Stefan Sharkansky, 08:45 AM, 9 Comments
Today's Seattle Times has a wire story about a California man who commutes 186 miles to work each way. Even Mayor Nickels looks environmentally responsible in comparison with this guy!... [read more]

May 03, 2006
Hate Crime Rate Steady
by Andy MacDonald, 11:36 PM, 31 Comments
The Hate Crimes Awareness Project of the Seattle LGBT Community Center has produced a new report entitled “Bias Crimes and Incidents in Seattle, 2000 to 2005.” Accompanying the report is a cover letter to community leaders (which I can't find... [read more]

Jose Isuzu?
by Stefan Sharkansky, 08:14 PM, 21 Comments
Today's Seattle Times article about a fatal automobile accident on the I-5 bridge includes this curious detail: A box truck, driven by Jose Isuzu, 51, of Renton, approached from behind the pickup, [a State Patrol spokeswoman] said. Isuzu changed lanes... [read more]

Joel Connelly Channels John Dean
by Jim Miller, 05:26 PM, 8 Comments
The 19th century British Prime Minister, Lord Melbourne, once said that, of all his awards, he liked the Order of the Garter, best, because there was no "damned nonsense about merit" attached to it.  You had to be a member... [read more]

by Stefan Sharkansky, 04:50 PM, 10 Comments
P-I headline: "Nickels, Steinbrueck in spat"... [read more]

Judge overturns state liquor tax
by Stefan Sharkansky, 11:22 AM, 16 Comments
Snohomish County Judge James Allendoerfer has tossed out last year's in increase in the state liquor tax .... [read more]

Retrofit the Viaduct?
by Stefan Sharkansky, 11:04 AM, 26 Comments
Retired civil engineers Victor Gray and Neil Twelker are continuing to argue for retrofitting the Viaduct, today's P-I reports: "A longer shelf life for the viaduct: Engineers say a retrofit would be effective, less costly". Repairing the viaduct would also... [read more]

Scenes from the Reconquista Rally
by Stefan Sharkansky, 10:27 AM, 52 Comments
Here are some more photos of Monday's Reconquista Rally Photos posted with the permission of the photographer, Byron Dazey. He has many more photos of both the April 10 and May 1 rallies on his website, here. You won't want... [read more]

May 02, 2006
Bill Clinton's Arsenic Trap
by Jim Miller, 03:05 PM, 19 Comments
Just caught Seattle. Drinking water is being shut off at all 100 Seattle public schools after tests last month found traces of arsenic in the water at several elementary schools. . . . The federal government recently changed the amount... [read more]

Maybe the rest of us should become "undocumented" too
by Stefan Sharkansky, 01:52 PM, 72 Comments
Yesterday, while our government officials and government employee unions were marching in the streets with the "undocumented immigrants", I was filing my quarterly B&O tax returns. And that led me to think: Gee, wouldn't it be nice if I could... [read more]

The Slippery Selling Of Virtue
by Matt Rosenberg, 12:00 PM, 24 Comments
There are other challenges life presents, certainly - like racism masquerading as diversity, and the global duncery of liberals. Not to mention the befuddling existence of white crayons. But Whidbey Island writer Sarri Gilman most saliently opines in the Everett... [read more]

Thanks for the notice!
by Stefan Sharkansky, 10:55 AM, 10 Comments
Deanron sent this letter to the King County Republican Party asking the GOP to submit a list of observers for the May 16th election. The deadline for submitting the list is yesterday, May 1. Only problem -- the letter, which... [read more]

Local government surrenders to the Reconquista
by Stefan Sharkansky, 09:14 AM, 26 Comments
King County Executive Ron Sims shown leading yesterday's Reconquista rally in downtown Seattle. [Jim Miller has more on Sims at the rally below] And the Nickels administration has apparently granted citizenship to everybody who they thought might participate in... [read more]

First Look At Yesterday's Demonstration For Illegal Immigrants
by Jim Miller, 09:08 AM, 35 Comments
Yesterday afternoon, I went over to Seattle to photograph what one might call the "take an illegal immigrant from work day", since the ostensible purpose of the demonstration was to show how important illegal immigrants are to the economy by... [read more]

State Wants To "Provoke Thought" On Lenin, Marx
by Matt Rosenberg, 07:12 AM, 43 Comments
The state department of corrections has sent out a "diversity calendar" to employees noting the birthdays of Ho Chi Minh, Karl Marx. V.I. Lenin, and other luminaries in the economic and human rights pantheons. A state legislator is upset, but... [read more]

May 01, 2006
"It was Hispanics who were here before the Europeans"
by Stefan Sharkansky, 11:50 PM, 34 Comments
From this evening's Seattle Times article about the illegal immigrant rally: Evangeline Lopez, 20, a home maker from Federal Way, said as she marched that she hopes the efforts today will stop people regarding Hispanics as criminals. "If you look... [read more]

You can't see what you refuse to look at
by Stefan Sharkansky, 04:58 PM, 17 Comments
Today's P-I has an AP article about the alarming epidemic of voting by mail: [Curtis Gans, director of the Center for the Study of the American Electorate in Washington, D.C.] believes it's all but inevitable that as vote-by-mail becomes more... [read more]

McGavick Blog
by Andy MacDonald, 02:52 PM, 20 Comments
Mike McGavick has relaunched his campaign blog with lots 'o new articles, including a call to ban Iran from the World Cup until they renounce their nuclear ambitions. A must read for all Washingtonians who care about having new leadership... [read more]

The Harm In "Harm Reduction"
by Matt Rosenberg, 01:35 PM, 26 Comments
Some local governments believe that heroin addicts who say they can't or won't succeed in treatment programs should be given clean needles - at government expense - so they won't get diseases such as hepatitis or AIDS from sharing dirty... [read more]

Our Mediocre Math Curriculum
by Jim Miller, 01:26 PM, 13 Comments
Last Tuesday I went to a public forum co-sponsored by a local activist group, Where's the Math?, and the Washington state PTA.  (Though the PTA, through its executive director, Jean Carpenter, was careful to make it clear that it was... [read more]

Unelected Socialist Queen Goes Down Under
by Stefan Sharkansky, 09:48 AM, 13 Comments
A tidbit at the end of David Ammons' weekend article on the public pension quagmire: • More Chris: Gregoire got major airtime and national press mentions when China President Hu Jintao visited recently. But conservative blogger Stefan Sharkansky, a forever... [read more]

State public pension quagmire
by Stefan Sharkansky, 08:52 AM, 14 Comments
The AP's David Ammons devoted this weekend's column to the state's mutli-billion dollar public pension deficit: "State walks quietly into pension morass". As Washington's graying work force begins to retire, the projected payout for the Public Employees' Retirement System 1... [read more]

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