Index of entries from April 2008
April 30, 2008
Memo: Your Plan Isn't Working
by Eric Earling, 08:26 PM, 76 Comments
The idealistic fools at the Sierra Club recently took their "no new roads ever!" pitch to the pages of the Tacoma News Tribune op-ed pages. The short version of their argument is that Prop 1 failed last fall because voters... [read more]

Not Holding My Breath Department
by Eric Earling, 07:34 PM, 14 Comments
No doubt the critics who lamented Dino Rossi's inclusion of a tunnel to replace the Viaduct in his much-discussed transportation plan will denounce the Washington State DOT for having three such options among the ten choices still on the table... [read more]

Democratic legislator Simpson arrested for domestic violence
by Stefan Sharkansky, 04:48 PM, 75 Comments
Rep. Geoff Simpson (D-Covington) was arrested over the weekend on domestic violence charges, specifically for "Assault, Fourth Degree" and "Interfering w/Reporting of Domestic Violence" A copy of the police report is here (the names were redacted, but descriptions clearly match... [read more]

Maybe Not So Prescient After All
by Jim Miller, 01:09 PM, 49 Comments
In February, I noted with some amusement that unnamed economists were saying that we were already in a recession.  To say that in February, the economists had to be prescient, had to able to see the future, because we had... [read more]

April 29, 2008
Breaking News: State Can't Handle Convicted Felons
by Eric Earling, 10:21 PM, 40 Comments
The Everett Herald laments a hole in state policy allowing sex offenders back into the community, saying this requires urgent state action. It probably does. Though, it's not as if the state has any current track record worth talking about... [read more]

Status Quo Still Doesn't Like Non-Status Quo Thinking
by Eric Earling, 10:13 PM, 29 Comments
A couple points on an op-ed encapsulating much of the establishment push-back against Dino Rossi's transportation plan. 1) The 520 complaint is a fair one, to a degree. An eight-lane 520 looks more like a starting point for negotiations with... [read more]

For Those Still Wondering
by Eric Earling, 10:09 PM, 33 Comments
The reason certain government systems have an atrocious reputation with the general public is because of stories like this. Kids get placed back with abusive parents but a dad - who quite obviously has the popular culture knowledge that one... [read more]

Credit Where Credit is Due, Even While We Keep Gawking at the Train Wreck
by Eric Earling, 07:17 PM, 43 Comments
My compliments to sometimes Sound Politics commenter and Horse's Ass contributor thehim/Lee for manning-up to say he was wrong about the effect of Jeremiah Wright on Obama (see comments #7, 12, & 68 at the link). I doubt he would... [read more]

Your Experience With Those Low Occupancy Lanes?
by Jim Miller, 07:45 AM, 59 Comments
(Or, as most call them, car pool lanes.)  When I drive on our freeways, I almost always see fewer vehicles in the low occupancy lanes than in the other lanes.  An example:  When I last drove down to Mt. Rainier,... [read more]

Voter ID laws upheld in US supreme court
by DonWard, 02:35 AM, 43 Comments
Normally this subject is the realm of the site's proprietor but with news that the United State Supreme Court upheld voter ID laws readers will no doubt want to comment on subject matter that Sound Politics was founded on. First... [read more]

April 28, 2008
Gawking at the Naked Loon
by DonWard, 09:22 PM, 5 Comments
Humor is a funny thing. For example, if you think it worth a chuckle that a previous post of mine received 166 comments - after linking to a webcomic mocking individuals who spend all their time on blogs arguing with... [read more]

A Campaign Strategist's Nightmare
by Eric Earling, 09:06 PM, 73 Comments
The fallout of Pennsylvania was bad enough for Barack Obama, with media coverage and pundits waking up to his glaring weaknesses with key elements of the Democratic coalition. Now, could the Obama campaign imagine a worse scenario in the last... [read more]

Thanks, Congressman McDermott
by Jim Miller, 04:08 PM, 19 Comments
The Seattle congressman just made a big campaign contribution to the Republican party. Rep. Jim McDermott has paid more than $1 million to House Minority Leader John Boehner, ending a decade-long dispute over an illegally taped telephone call. . .... [read more]

Move all the bums to Magnolia
by DonWard, 03:12 PM, 18 Comments
So you want to get a community organized and outraged city officials? Try putting a homeless encampment in their neighborhood. The residents of Seattle's "affluent Magnolia neighborhood" are experiencing the phenomenon first-hand. The City of Seattle and homeless advocates -... [read more]

Credit For President Bush
by Jim Miller, 02:17 PM, 28 Comments
From the Seattle PI.  Which is not in the habit of giving President Bush (or any other Republican) credit for anything. President Bush's great achievements in fighting the HIV pandemic need an early, decisive extension by Congress.  That would send... [read more]

Ahhh, Dad...just a few more minutes
by Eric Earling, 07:46 AM, 13 Comments
It's no secret Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama are tired. They admit as much at times on the campaign trail. The more hidden toll always occurs with the staff, which is finally getting some due attention. Such high level political... [read more]

April 27, 2008
"Obama, can this really be your friend..."
by Stefan Sharkansky, 09:03 PM, 25 Comments
Making the rounds today is this parody, to the tune of Bob Dylan's "Memphis Blues Again"... [read more]

John McCain's Danger Zone
by Eric Earling, 09:18 AM, 106 Comments
John McCain's campaign better hope this fall's general election campaign doesn't end up being close. There could be trouble if it is, since the candidate's behavior may have a substantial impact on suppressing already tepid volunteer and small-dollar-donor interest in... [read more]

April 26, 2008
Whither Sound Transit - UPDATED
by Eric Earling, 09:59 AM, 19 Comments
Out of respect for the opinions of the bulk of the readership, here are links to Washington Policy Center staffer - and fellow Slade Gorton School of Public Policy alumnus - Michael Ennis's assessment of Sound Transit's latest musings: Sound... [read more]

April 25, 2008
Blowing off steam...
by DonWard, 12:17 PM, 169 Comments
One of my favorite websites to visit on a quarterly basis is the webcomic XKCD created by former NASA contractor Randall Munroe. Much of the content is focused around "geek humor" which helps this word person understand and cope with... [read more]

They're Baaack
by Eric Earling, 07:48 AM, 41 Comments
A couple points on the possible Sound Transit ballot measure appearing on the ballot this fall. 1) The transit portion is smaller than last year's portion of the doomed Roads and Transit measure. Yet, it still costs a whole helluva... [read more]

April 24, 2008
The Depth of Obama's Problem
by Eric Earling, 07:19 PM, 148 Comments
Barack Obama is the probable Democratic nominee. Let's be clear on that point since some Obama backers seem to believe that pointing out his electoral weaknesses in the primary season amounts to saying he isn't going to win the nomination.... [read more]

Email Would Be Fine
by Jim Miller, 01:49 PM, 0 Comments
Or any other method of communication.   Last December, when I made this challenge to local supporters of the Democratic candidates, I asked those who accepted the challenge to email me their contribution, and I would post it.  No one... [read more]

April 23, 2008
Simple Questions, Tougher Answers
by Eric Earling, 10:20 PM, 91 Comments
The Democratic sniping against Dino Rossi's transportation plan has been heavy on "how is he going to pay for that!" outrage. Presumably, his education and overall budget plans will receive similar despondent reaction from the establishment status quo, resistant to... [read more]

Still Missing the Memo
by Eric Earling, 10:07 PM, 28 Comments
A survey of the latest news cycle and the talk of the blogosphere indicates many an Obama supporter who is whistling past Dixie while assessing last night's results in Pennsylvania. Locally, Joni Balter leads the charge, explaining away Obama's loss... [read more]

Should Have Waited Until the Fall
by Eric Earling, 09:46 PM, 35 Comments
When John McCain condemned the Tennessee GOP for playing the "Barack Hussein Obama" card it made sense. And lots of it. His objection to this ad is more interesting: First, if that is "offensive" then virtually all paid advertisements mentioning... [read more]

The Heart of the Issue
by Eric Earling, 09:29 PM, 35 Comments
Lynne Varner's column today is worth a read, since it digs deeper into the story of a Seattle-area teacher refusing to administer the WASL. The crux of Varner's point: arguments about the WASL aside, ongoing inertia from the status quo... [read more]

April 22, 2008
A Few Other PA Notes
by Eric Earling, 08:13 PM, 103 Comments
Beyond the post below, a few nuggets from the Pennsylvania exit poll to consider: 1) Economy dwarfs Iraq. 55% of Democratic voters said the economy was their top concern versus only 27% citing Iraq. Some Democratic activists still hung up... [read more]

If I Were a Democrat...
by Eric Earling, 07:52 PM, 35 Comments
...I would be terribly concerned about Barack Obama's grotesque weakness with a key component of the Democratic coalition. When Democrats win elections nationwide, they do well among lower-income, white, working class voters. Those same culturally conservative, economically populist folks embraced... [read more]

And the beat goes on...
by DonWard, 03:13 PM, 25 Comments
One of the most annoying aspects of this primary election has been the sheer bloody-minded insistence of news outlets - particularly cable news networks - to prognosticate the news instead of just report it. Today's coverage of the Pennsylvania Democratic... [read more]

Make it Earth Day, Every Day
by DonWard, 08:52 AM, 54 Comments
To celebrate Earth Day, The Washington Policy Center has gone all retro on the subject by taking a flashback to 1970. Get your love beads and Jefferson Airplane albums out. John Barnes blogs about it here. "By 1985...air pollution will... [read more]

How to Knock Off an Incumbent
by Eric Earling, 07:29 AM, 26 Comments
Step one: convince a critical mass of the electorate the incumbent is flawed. Step two: present yourself as a credible alternative. Darcy Burner and the Democratic party arguably achieved step one in 2006 with the Reichert = Bush theme, plus... [read more]

You Mean Your Issues
by Eric Earling, 07:21 AM, 22 Comments
Today's Seattle P-I editorial encapsulates the general mood of the pro-Obama left in the wake of the ABC debate, with an eye toward November. The gist is: please talk about the issues we care about. Other topics are beneath us,... [read more]

April 21, 2008
Pick Your Poison
by Eric Earling, 08:59 PM, 26 Comments
On one hand a huge spike in voter turnout could boost Obama in Pennsylvania tomorrow. On the other, Clinton's habit of gaining steam as lower-income voters tune into the election late in the game offers hope for the double-digit win... [read more]

Global Warming, The Scientist, And The Incurious NPR Host
by Jim Miller, 02:19 PM, 71 Comments
First, the basic data for the last ten years, which I have taken from this open letter.... [read more]

Affecting the Political Mood of the Year
by Eric Earling, 07:27 AM, 58 Comments
1) Ongoing developments in Iraq, and a remainder that realpolitik always ends up dominating the conduct of foreign affairs. 2) The elevation of domestic issues well above Iraq as a voter concern in this election. Good news for Republicans on... [read more]

April 19, 2008
Keeping It Classy
by Eric Earling, 02:40 PM, 43 Comments
The young whippersnappers at MoveRed have caught the University of Washington Young Democrats making a bizarre and profane video that was probably not an audition tape to appear as surrogates for the Gregoire or Obama campaigns. Go to MoveRed to... [read more]

Still Trying to Have It Both Ways
by Eric Earling, 01:57 PM, 10 Comments
Despite the fact the 21st century is firmly upon us, it remains charming to see labor unions fixated on staying firmly in the grasp of the old economy. Earlier this year we discussed the oddity of the Boeing Machinists Union... [read more]

A New Day Dawning?
by Eric Earling, 10:38 AM, 17 Comments
Continuing the MSM editorial broadside on the issue, the Washington Post lays into House Democrats today on the Colombia free-trade deal. The editorial board doesn't just oppose the Democrats' position, it decries the "intellectual poverty" of their stand. The overwhelming... [read more]

Must-Read Story of the Weekend
by Eric Earling, 10:24 AM, 18 Comments
Politico big-shots and longtime MSMers John Harris and Jim Vandehei call their peers out on the carpet for the increasingly obvious media favoritism of Barack Obama's campaign. Similar treatment of John McCain is also discussed, though to a much lesser... [read more]

Re: Thus, The Appeal
by Eric Earling, 10:16 AM, 6 Comments
It has been brought to my attention that some in the right-of-center universe are troubled by one component of the post below. The concern is that I somehow implied that conservatives and pragmatists are distinctly different. That being a pragmatist... [read more]

April 18, 2008
Thus, the Appeal
by Eric Earling, 07:56 AM, 42 Comments
Knute Berger offers a bit of a different take on Dino Rossi's politics that probably comes reasonably close to the mark. Talk to Rossi and its clear he is indeed a conservative - a real one, not the stereotype. At... [read more]

Beware the Purple Shirts
by Eric Earling, 07:32 AM, 12 Comments
SEIU has established itself as a formidable political force at the national level, and certainly in our own Evergreen State as well. Yet, perhaps it is time members of both parties reflect a bit on the risk-reward profile of accepting... [read more]

Where Did Those Numbers Come From?
by Eric Earling, 07:23 AM, 24 Comments
In an interesting move, Dino Rossi's campaign is pushing back against critics of his transportation plan who seem flummoxed by the cost estimates, noting those figure come from: WSDOT and RTID. If Rossi's opponents don't like the calculations compiled by... [read more]

Mayor Nickels Flirts With Secession
by Jim Miller, 06:58 AM, 32 Comments
Here's the story. Frustrated by the state and federal gridlock on solving Seattle's transportation problems, Mayor Greg Nickels suggested secession at a Thursday luncheon. "Our region should declare its independence," Nickels said. (A spokesman for the mayor later said... [read more]

April 17, 2008
More Myth Busting
by Eric Earling, 10:05 PM, 46 Comments
Per here, here, and here: Has there every been any study showing systemic manipulation of gas prices either in Washington state or nationwide? Seriously, any?... [read more]

A Confession
by Eric Earling, 09:01 PM, 52 Comments
I believe I join many conservatives in having exceedingly little patience for the "controversy" surrounding ABC's performance in last night's Democratic debate. After years of enduring a left-of-center tilt from MSM debate moderators, conservatives can only chuckle at such complaints.... [read more]

Hey, Good Question
by Eric Earling, 08:07 PM, 10 Comments
In the middle of a drolly "edgy" look at John McCain, the New York Magazine poses an interesting query in the midst of what passes for a mix between netroots conspiracy theories and left-of-center establishment thought. Without agreeing with all... [read more]

The Effects of our PC Culture
by Eric Earling, 07:52 PM, 6 Comments
The top-two primary has its critics though it doesn't seem like the end of the world, especially given clear public mood on the issue. At the same time, why is it that candidates for partisan races will be described as... [read more]

April 16, 2008
The Gubernatorial Meta Story of the Week
by Eric Earling, 09:38 PM, 52 Comments
Somewhat lost in the immediate partisan examination of Dino Rossi's transportation plan has been the net effect of the news coverage. In general, it has been copious and remarkably fair. For Republicans, that tends to be about as good as... [read more]

"The Dread Series of Letters"
by Eric Earling, 07:41 PM, 15 Comments
News that Christine Gregoire as well as Patty Murray & Maria Cantwell have sent respective letters to the NBA, urging caution on current deliberations involving the Sonics were difficult to take seriously. They reminded this Michael Kelly fan of a... [read more]

Obama's Condescension Problem
by Eric Earling, 07:31 PM, 133 Comments
There is a theme permeating much of the liberal pushback against criticism of Barack Obama's recent Bumble by the Bay, asserting that these individual comments will be old news by the fall...or sooner. Eh, no. The issue isn't the comments... [read more]

Irony Watch
by Eric Earling, 07:16 AM, 91 Comments
In addition to the broader discussion of Dino Rossi's transportation plan below, note this twist: By proposing to eliminate the sales tax on "hybrid, electric, and alternative-fuel vehicles," Rossi might well be doing more than his Democratic opponent to try... [read more]

8th CD Fundraising is Troublesome - UPDATE
by Eric Earling, 07:12 AM, 36 Comments
Let's be honest here. Darcy Burner's fundraising thus far this year is robust, and strong enough that she's likely moving herself up on the list of challengers the DCCC (Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee) is going to focus on supporting this... [read more]

April 15, 2008
Myth Busting
by Eric Earling, 09:12 PM, 21 Comments
If you consume much news on the Governor's race, you'll find a theme seeping in to the aggregate collection of reporting and opinion on the topic: Democrats and their allies earnestly insist Dino Rossi should offer more specifics on the... [read more]

Behold, the Fruit of the Bigger Dance
by Eric Earling, 07:31 PM, 8 Comments
Yes, that Bigger Dance. The famous - or infamous - KJR AM contest mimicking the NCAA tournament, where the winner of the official bracket contest wins a trip for two to a sporting event anywhere in the world. Regular readers... [read more]

Tax Day
by DonWard, 11:16 AM, 15 Comments
Today is Tax Day, the deadline for you to turn in your federal Income Tax statements. Or for some this is the first in series of deadlines where you can ask for an extension... If you filed your taxes early... [read more]

The Disgrace of SEIU
by Eric Earling, 07:27 AM, 47 Comments
Remember this warning to keep an eye on SEIU? They're really outdoing themselves now: In Dearborn Saturday night, at least seven busloads, carrying up to 800 SEIU staff in purple jackets and T-shirts drove up to the Hyatt Regency Hotel... [read more]

Irony So Thick You Choke On It
by Eric Earling, 07:21 AM, 63 Comments
Ok, so not only did Barack Obama recently make some fantastically stupid and inarticulate comments about small town Pennsylvanians (and all small town Americans really). Not only did he say such things at a fundraiser in San Francisco. He said... [read more]

April 14, 2008
Obama Should Have Lied
by Jim Miller, 01:12 PM, 89 Comments
Even if he was speaking privately.   Or so Dave Ross says. This morning, while waiting for Eric Earling to speak his few lines, I listened to about half an hour of the Dave Ross show.  As you might expect,... [read more]

Live Blogger Radio
by Eric Earling, 09:59 AM, 17 Comments
10:47: Fun exchange. Goldy and I agree even less on Presidential politics than on the Governor's race. 10:38: Cato whining in the comments below. Regular readers are stunned. 10:34: News flash, Goldy and I don't agree on the Governor's race.... [read more]

A Renewed Challenge For Supporters Of Clinton And Obama
by Jim Miller, 08:04 AM, 0 Comments
Last December, I made this offer to supporters of the three leading Democratic candidates for president, Hillary Clinton, John Edwards, and Barack Obama: If you are a local supporter of any of the three leading Democratic candidates, Clinton, Edwards, or... [read more]

April 13, 2008
Blogger Radio
by Eric Earling, 08:01 PM, 9 Comments
Tune in tomorrow/Monday am to KUOW for a bloggers hour from 10-11, as part of the regular Weekday program. You can listen via radio, live online, or via MP3 at the Weekday webpage after the fact. The line-up, as moderated... [read more]

April 12, 2008
Colombia Deal Now Bigger Than a Mere Trade Pact
by Eric Earling, 03:16 PM, 41 Comments
The Seattle Times editorial board weighs in today on the languishing free trade deal with Colombia, lamenting in part the positioning of our state's six Democratic U.S. Representatives. Meanwhile, the now regular drumbeat of MSM editorial board opinion against House... [read more]

April 11, 2008
The Big News This Weekend
by Eric Earling, 08:00 PM, 150 Comments
F-U-M-B-L-E-! Hence the beauty of a long, drawn-out primary tussle.... [read more]

"Drop Dead, Colombia"
by Eric Earling, 07:29 AM, 22 Comments
So describes the Washington Post's editorial board's befuddled view of the approach by Congressional Democrats to the Colombian trade deal. Dave Reichert has recently tried to push the measure (saying more here). Meanwhile, we hear from Democrats in our traditionally... [read more]

April 10, 2008
Re: The Undernews of the Governor's Race
by Eric Earling, 08:03 PM, 92 Comments
Ok, undernews is interesting. But here is some hard news: As of PDC reports filed today, covering through the end of March, Dino Rossi reports over $3.8 million in contributions with approximately $2.6 million cash-on-hand. Today the campaign also reported... [read more]

Big Seattle Book Sale This Weekend
by Jim Miller, 04:55 PM, 15 Comments
This Friday, 6:30-9:00 PM, if you are a member of the sponsoring organization, Friends of the Seattle Public Library.   (You can join at the door.)  Otherwise, this Saturday, 9-5, and this Sunday, 11-4.  Where?   Building #30 at Warren... [read more]

April 09, 2008
The Undernews of the Governor's Race
by Eric Earling, 09:58 PM, 158 Comments
Campaign organization rarely makes news - unless something goes wrong - but I'm seeing consistent signs, however anecdotal, that Dino Rossi's campaign is notably well-organized. I've witnessed assorted campaign efforts, from local to Presidential, in action across the Evergreen State... [read more]

Three Cheers for Alex Alben!
by Eric Earling, 09:24 PM, 20 Comments
No joke. Read his op-ed calling the bluff of Republicans and Democrats alike who ascribe the President - or the federal government for that matter - with decisive powers over our national economy. Well said, Alex. The federal government, and... [read more]

Democrats Still Face Security Gap
by Eric Earling, 07:54 PM, 19 Comments
Via Jonathan Martin, check out a post by DLC'er Will Marshall regarding a Democracy Corps poll on assorted national security related issues. The poll itself includes loads of cautionary news for Republicans for all the expected reasons, including President Bush's... [read more]

Remembering Ellen Craswell
by Eric Earling, 07:15 PM, 15 Comments
I confess that I wasn't thrilled to be quoted in yesterday's Everett Herald article on the passing of Ellen Craswell. Reporter Jerry Cornfield called me regarding a reference I made in this recent post to Craswell's 1996 candidacy being the... [read more]

Stop Being Incorrect!, He Said, Incorrectly
by pudge, 07:29 AM, 87 Comments
A high school student complained about "incorrect" information in his high school textbook. You know, terrible statements that give "the mistaken impression that the scientific evidence of global warming is doubtful and uncertain," like "science doesn't know whether we are... [read more]

Coming Soon, To An Earthquake Near You
by Eric Earling, 07:26 AM, 36 Comments
By now you've probably heard of the Popular Mechanics ranking of the Viaduct as the fifth most significant piece of infrastructure in the country "We Must Fix Now." Via Postman, however, Dan Savage's take is of all things something which... [read more]

April 08, 2008
Another Poll, Another Toss-up - UPDATED
by Eric Earling, 10:04 PM, 59 Comments
Survey USA is the latest to show a dead heat in the Governor's race (Rasmussen Reports having done likewise as of late). While it is yet early, some of the crosstabs** from this latest poll are interesting: A big gender... [read more]

McCain's Fundraising Dilemma
by Eric Earling, 09:39 PM, 30 Comments
The always insightful Patrick Ruffini dissects John McCain's most recent fundraising totals. In short, despite the aggregate improvement there is still significant cause for concern. I go back to a point I made on the eve of Super Tuesday, in... [read more]

More on that Colombia Trade Deal
by Eric Earling, 06:31 PM, 6 Comments
You know, the one with which national Democrats are currently proving their anti-free trade bona fides. The LA Times joins the MSM editorial board chorus saying yes to the deal. Oh, and all those labor unions supposedly opposed to the... [read more]

Now That Cartoonist Michael Ramirez Has Won His Second Pulitzer Prize
by Jim Miller, 09:19 AM, 11 Comments
Maybe editorial page editors Mark Trahant and James Vesely will consider running some of his cartoons.  (In recent years, most Pulitzer prizes in journalism have been best viewed as reprimands, since they usually go to journalists who have done shoddy... [read more]

April 07, 2008
One of The Best Parts of the Top 2 Primary System
by Eric Earling, 08:21 PM, 35 Comments
The chance to topple Congressman McDermott in a November election. Many a Democrat - including some proud liberals - willing to run for that seat would make a better alternative than Baghdad Jim. Ted Van Dyk, without saying so directly,... [read more]

Gregoire v. Rossi Round-up
by Eric Earling, 08:11 PM, 54 Comments
Some notes on the day of Gregoire's kickoff: 1) Things are feisty from the start. No surprise. This is the penultimate, non-Presidential race in the far. A modest surprise: Gregoire trying to link Rossi to President Bush. One would... [read more]

Five Years Ago
by Eric Earling, 07:50 PM, 4 Comments
The late, great Michael Kelly passed from this Earth. Peter Wehner offers a tribute at NRO with which many a loyal fan of Kelly's work can identify. His collected writings in Things Worth Fighting For remains one of my most... [read more]

Moving Red
by Eric Earling, 07:42 PM, 8 Comments
One of the more interesting developments in the GOP grassroots in recent months - at least from this blogger's perspective - has been the work of the folks at They have a new video out: Their website also contains... [read more]

April 06, 2008
SEIU Aflame
by Eric Earling, 02:45 PM, 35 Comments
Keep an eye on the brewing feud between the national leadership of SEIU and some of the locals in California. Some background on the fight here. The latest details are here, including the national leadership working with local staff to... [read more]

The Intrigue of Boeing's Tanker Appeal
by Eric Earling, 02:13 PM, 13 Comments
While many of the arguments from local Boeing supporters remain depressingly parochial, the process of the GAO review of the Air Force's tanker contract decision-making may offer some interesting details. Jed Babbin at Human Events examines potential flaws in some... [read more]

Snohmish County GOP convention observations
by Eric Earling, 01:55 PM, 108 Comments
In addition to my thoughts below, I'd welcome reports from other conventions around the state, either posted in the comments or sent directly to ericearling at gmail dot com. Here's my take, in no particular order: 1) Big turnout. The... [read more]

April 05, 2008
Re: Democrats & Trade
by Eric Earling, 08:09 AM, 16 Comments
Bruce Ramsey follows up to earlier discussions on the issue by reporting on the gap between Obama endorser Christine Gregoire on the candidate himself on the issue. That gap is neither a small issue nor is it subsiding. Note the... [read more]

April 03, 2008
Those Nazi Enviros
by Eric Earling, 09:39 PM, 199 Comments
David Postman has taken a lengthy look into the details of a controversy you may have heard of, in which a BIAW's newsletter delves into the environmental record of the Nazi Party. For the record, it doesn't appear the short... [read more]

Heard of Any Ferry Problems Lately?
by Eric Earling, 07:10 PM, 64 Comments
Reading the latest in the ongoing snafu-fest that is the Washington State Ferry System, I'm left to wonder again why it is that state government isn't willing to solicit bids from outside the state. Hometown jobs are nice, but a... [read more]

Democrats & Trade
by Eric Earling, 07:58 AM, 42 Comments
The Seattle Times editorial board takes the Democratic Presidential contenders to task for their selective and convenient positioning on trade. It's about time.... [read more]

April 02, 2008
Re: One Point in the Key Arena Debate
by Eric Earling, 10:32 PM, 67 Comments
One other point worth emphasizing in assessing the fall-out of recent events related to the Sonics and Key Arena: the duplicitous arguments of some in Olympia explaining away the deal. Take this Frank Chopp quote from the P-I article (itself... [read more]

One Point in the Key Arena Debate
by Eric Earling, 07:59 AM, 123 Comments
Given that talk about the Legislature's inaction on the Key Arena proposal isn't dissipating , and that other ideas continue to foment, one fact needs to be clarified: Key Arena is a publicly owned and publicly-run facility. It is not... [read more]

April 01, 2008
Why People Ride Transit
by Eric Earling, 09:24 PM, 44 Comments
Will over at Horse's Ass makes an important point that enviros seem to missing: most people don't take mass transit to be green. For my part, I take the bus for reasons 1, 2, 3, 6, 7, 8, and 9... [read more]

The Garrulous Ass
by Eric Earling, 08:32 PM, 11 Comments
In tribute to both one of my favorite books, in which a Baby Boomer indicts his generation, and to the loud soul yapping his flapper non-stop, at obnoxious volumes, in an unnamed Ocean Shores restaurant this past Sunday morning, I... [read more]

Dear Ronulans
by Eric Earling, 06:48 PM, 53 Comments
We have seen your signs. You heart Ron Paul. You wish we would join the rEVOLution. Fine. But could you take down the bloody signs now, please? I've seen them around the greater Seattle area. I have seen them while... [read more]

Global Warming Update (XLVI)
by Stefan Sharkansky, 12:25 PM, 32 Comments
I called Mayor Greg Nickels office yesterday to ask whether they wish to respond to my point that all these active government measures about "global warming" seem a little funny when Seattle is experiencing record low temperatures day after day.... [read more]

Democrats Propose 100% Income Tax
by pudge, 07:36 AM, 22 Comments
Read it and weep. This is the latest proposal headed for ballot initiative in the fall. Who would've thought the Washington Democrats could make Oregon look good in comparison? AN ACT Relating to abolishing the federal income tax for Washingtonians;... [read more]

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