Index of entries from June 2008
June 30, 2008
Clown of the Day: Dow Constantine and Larry Phillips
by Juvenal, 09:40 PM, 30 Comments
King County government intends to spend $70 million more next year than it thinks it can vacuum out of our pockets. Councilmen Constantine and Phillips are responding to this self-inflicted crisis of excess generosity with other people's money by... [read more]

Washington State Budget Deficit Grows
by Eric Earling, 07:37 PM, 19 Comments
The Washington Policy Center Blog has more on the expanded $2.7 billion deficit now facing the state in its next budgetary biennium. Given that ugly number, one would think Christine Gregoire would trot out some proposals to address that looming... [read more]

Worth Reading
by Jim Miller, 05:21 PM, 14 Comments
And worth sharing with your friends and family. State senator Val Stevens believes that the state's bureaucracy, the Child Protective Services, has failed children again and again.... [read more]

The journalism is as objective as the scholarship
by Stefan Sharkansky, 12:01 PM, 37 Comments
Today's Seattle Times insinuates that Dave Reichert's well-deserved reputation for independence is merely a facade, and gets supporting quotes from three supposedly objective scholars:"If he can't represent himself as a moderate Republican, he's dead in the water," said [UW communications... [read more]

June 29, 2008
Eastern Washington Issues To the Fore
by Eric Earling, 05:17 PM, 23 Comments
The Tri-City Herald has an examination today of Christine Gregoire's support - or lack thereof - of a major effort to attract and retain quality jobs. The lede: OLYMPIA - Gov. Chris Gregoire was repeatedly pressed to support Areva's $2... [read more]

Gov's Race on The Next Right
by Eric Earling, 05:09 PM, 1 Comments
For those interested, I have a post up at The Next Right summarizing developments in our state's race for Governor that we've already discussed here at Sound Politics in recent days.... [read more]

Send in the Clowns
by Juvenal, 02:49 PM, 12 Comments
The sages of the Washington press corps express surprise at the obvious. David Broder decries the decades-long trend of "Dumbing Down the Presidency":"As presidents have taken the rhetorical path of least resistance by serving up simplistic sentences to citizens, they... [read more]

Laying in that Bed You Made
by Eric Earling, 09:12 AM, 21 Comments
The flip side of the PC-infused discourse many on the left have promulgated is that pillars of the MSM Establishment tend to hold everyone accountable for failing to adhere to such standards. Hence, today's very public scolding of the state... [read more]

June 28, 2008
Programming Note
by Eric Earling, 10:48 PM, 1 Comments
Posting from this soul will be lighter than usual the next week or so. Included in that time span will be a short family jaunt for some R&R. Meanwhile, my attention will be occupied as well by US Swimming Olympic... [read more]

Accountablity for Leaders on the Right
by Eric Earling, 07:41 PM, 23 Comments
If Republicans are going to improve their standing in this election year and in the future, it would be immensely helpful if conservative leaders were not making themselves look silly with hyperbolic, exploitable attacks against the left. James Dobson recently... [read more]

Obama as New Guy
by Eric Earling, 07:24 PM, 8 Comments
A common refrain from Obama supporters these days is to state that voters are no longer concerned about "distractions;" they are concerned about the "issues." Matters such as Obama's character, integrity, and decision-making are deemed divisive and thus not worthy... [read more]

"7 simple ideas to help solve global warming"
by Stefan Sharkansky, 03:01 PM, 29 Comments
Today's Seattle Times has an excerpt from the Sierra Club book Seven Wonders for a Cool Planet: Everyday Things to Help Solve Global Warming. As could be expected, the 7 ideas aren't really all that simple, and the article offers... [read more]

June 27, 2008
The Internet, Political Discourse, and Today's Context
by Eric Earling, 11:40 PM, 11 Comments
We here in the blogosphere are obviously a young and ever-evolving dynamic in politics and government. Increasingly, blogs help drive news stories, shape opinions, foment discussion, and propel activism. Yet, we need to keep it all in perspective. As much... [read more]

Conservatism in the Post-Bush World
by Eric Earling, 08:40 PM, 20 Comments
David Brooks today joined the chorus of conservatives touting Grand New Party as an important marker in the ongoing assessment of conservatism and the GOP. See also Rich Lowry and Patrick Ruffini for rave reviews of the book. Though it... [read more]

Change we can believe in
by Stefan Sharkansky, 08:10 PM, 11 Comments
Okay, not all of Obama's press coverage reads like it's written by an 8th grade girl at a Bow Wow concert. The Boston Globe reports on one of Obama's (very few) actual achievements as a legislator: "Grim proving ground for... [read more]

Like 8th grade girls at a Bow Wow Concert
by Stefan Sharkansky, 12:08 PM, 24 Comments
Charles Krauthammer on the free pass that the mainsteam media is giving to the constant flip-flopping of the Ever-Malleable Mr. Obama:I merely note with amazement that his media swooners seem to accept his every policy reversal with an equanimity unseen... [read more]

State Senator Val Stevens Decries Burning of Campaign Signs
by pudge, 11:19 AM, 15 Comments
Senator Val Stevens (R-39) has sent out a press release, with pictures, about her campaign signs being set on fire in Skagit County. She is the incumbent being challenged by Fred Walser, who was convicted and sentenced to a year... [read more]

The Anti-Rossi Ads
by Eric Earling, 08:19 AM, 35 Comments
They're available here, in three, 15-second TV spots. The content is the usual "Republicans hate kids and seniors" theme that Democrats like to use. To the viewer that takes such assertions as unvarnished fact it will cause some problems, which... [read more]

June 26, 2008
The Hit on Rossi Has a Twist
by Eric Earling, 09:33 PM, 18 Comments
Dino Rossi's campaign sent out a press release today announcing that the coming Evergreen Progress PAC ad campaign against their guy is expected to begin tomorrow with a round of TV ads. While making that announcement, they make an interesting... [read more]

What Republicans Are Up Against Down the Ballot
by Eric Earling, 09:09 PM, 27 Comments
Republicans here in Washington state are blessed with Dino Rossi at the top of the ticket to provide unique and vigorous motivation in an election year otherwise favoring Democrats on the enthusiasm factor. Elsewhere, the spillover effect of Obama's massive... [read more]

Angst in the Electorate
by Eric Earling, 08:58 PM, 4 Comments
The rise of gas prices, grocery bills, and troubles in the housing market have converged to make life much more troublesome for folks living in many suburbs and exurbs. While some liberals celebrate this with derision, it bears consideration that... [read more]

Modern Liberalism Meets Liberal Fascism: An Example
by Eric Earling, 08:46 PM, 43 Comments
A recent column by Jonah Goldberg takes the themes described in Liberal Fascism and digs deeper on a lion of liberal lore: Margaret Sanger. Such historical reflection is worth consideration given how modern day liberals preach that their ideology is... [read more]

Save Our Sonics... Please
by DonWard, 04:15 PM, 14 Comments
Closing arguments for the Sonics lease trial are winding down at this moment. As a lifelong Sonics fan it has been too trying to put together enough words without going Frank Brickowski in the 1996 Finals on the issue. Today... [read more]

Start Packing
by pudge, 03:38 PM, 26 Comments
So I was thinking about a couple of things this afternoon. The first is Heller, the gun rights decision that came down today. It does not take away any rights, or open the door to such. But some people think... [read more]

Clown of the Day: Christine Gregoire
by Juvenal, 11:56 AM, 56 Comments
Christine Gregoire, who was named top clown in 2005 after pulling a rabbit and several thousand magical votes out of a hat, has been a permanent fixture at the Olympia 3-ring since the days when Phyllis Diller was a... [read more]

Let's Help Dave Ross
by Jim Miller, 10:15 AM, 12 Comments
During his discussion of the Supreme Court Heller decision, talk show host Dave Ross said that the United States has the "largest standing army" in the world.  That's such an revealing mistake that I thought we should help Ross correct... [read more]

I Woke Up This Morning, Got Myself a Gun
by pudge, 08:17 AM, 32 Comments
I woke up this morning and saw that the Supreme Court is upholding our Second Amendment rights. Four justices dissented, apparently believing that when the Second Amendment explicitly forbids the government from restricting gun rights, that this does not constitute... [read more]

How To Bring Trouble On Yourself
by Eric Earling, 07:36 AM, 8 Comments
Be the only U.S. Senator not to respond to questions regarding potential favorable loan treatment from Countrywide: More than a week after Politico asked all 100 senators about the circumstances surrounding their home loans, just one -- Sen. Maria Cantwell... [read more]

Heller with a Gun
by DonWard, 07:35 AM, 7 Comments
The U.S. Supreme Court has just struck down Washington D.C.'s ban on handguns, upholding a lower court's decision. More important than the individual details of District of Columbia vs. Heller is the Court's interpretation of the Second Amendment, finding the... [read more]

2nd Amendment Day
by Eric Earling, 07:32 AM, 35 Comments
The news: Good. The Supreme Court says Americans have a right to own guns for self-defense and hunting, the justices' first major pronouncement on gun rights in U.S. history. Where this blogger will be going for analysis: Bench Memos. Have... [read more]

June 25, 2008
Let's Just Call a Spade, a Spade
by Eric Earling, 10:38 PM, 7 Comments
David Postman offers some coverage of the looming spending coming from a PAC of Democratic interests (past Sound Politics coverage of the group here and here). Without saying it directly, the underlying message is that a collection of "powerful special... [read more]

A Self-parody from the Seattle Times Editorial Board
by Stefan Sharkansky, 10:13 PM, 11 Comments
A Seattle Times editorial explains today's report of racial disparities in the state child welfare system:Another area where biases come into play is reporting violations. Sixty percent of the calls to Child Protective Services come from schools, clinics and other... [read more]

How This Election Will Be Won
by Eric Earling, 08:35 PM, 4 Comments
The radio ads funded by BIAW that have raised the ire of Democrats have in many respects already served a useful purpose. Yet, this election will largely be won in a different arena. For now, the ads coaxed Christine Gregoire... [read more]

Judicial Activism
by pudge, 04:23 PM, 32 Comments
If the Heller case -- the one about the DC gun ban -- goes as expected tomorrow, we will hear cries from the left about "judicial activism." You may not know what that phrase means, especially in that context, so... [read more]

Democrats Run Racist Ad Against Rossi
by pudge, 03:43 PM, 77 Comments
Check out this ad from the Washington Democrats. It tries to draw a link between Rossi and organized crime by playing the theme from The Sopranos. If you don't get it, ask yourself: if Ron Sims were running for office... [read more]

Blame The Candidate
by Jim Miller, 01:32 PM, 6 Comments
As you may recall, on Sunday, the Seattle Times editorial page editor, James Vesely, said that you should not blame the candidates, for breaking a promise to use public financing for the general election, and other sins.  (I may be... [read more]

Introducing the Clown of the Day Award
by Juvenal, 10:36 AM, 21 Comments
It's standard fare in political discourse to deride such-or-such government action as a joke, or to dismiss some politician or other as a clown. But there may be even more truth to these epithets than is commonly realized. In ancient... [read more]

A Judgement for the Elected Representatives of the People, Not the Judiciary
by Eric Earling, 08:00 AM, 34 Comments
Death penalty for child rapists? The Supreme Court says no: "The death penalty is not a proportional punishment for the rape of a child," Justice Anthony Kennedy wrote in his majority opinion. His four liberal colleagues joined him, while the... [read more]

A State Patrol Crackdown to Love and Embrace
by Eric Earling, 07:50 AM, 40 Comments
More, please: State troopers are on a mission to make sure the left lane on area freeways is used for its intended purpose: passing. "We're doing 58, 59 miles an hour and they are just sitting there, traffic's passing them... [read more]

June 24, 2008
A Drink at the Bar of Things Left Unsaid
by Eric Earling, 08:04 PM, 25 Comments
Shot: Chaser: "Many top hedge fund managers back Obama" More here. UPDATE: the comment thread at Horsey's cartoon reminded me of something I almost forgot: Chelsea Clinton works at one.... [read more]

Hey, I Know That Guy
by Eric Earling, 07:28 PM, 12 Comments
One of my most trusted friends in politics, former Slade Gorton chief-of-staff Tony Williams, has an op-ed in today's Seattle Times examining the implications of Obama's youth vote. Williams says Obama voters are more likely to either not finish their... [read more]

Big Endorsement for McKenna
by Eric Earling, 07:00 PM, 11 Comments
AG Rob McKenna has secured the backing of the Washington Council of Police and Sheriffs (WACOPS). This on the heels of also landing the endorsement of the Seattle Firefighters. The issue isn't necessarily simply winning the endorsements themselves. It's that... [read more]

Ballard finally free of another piece of bad architecture
by DonWard, 01:55 PM, 21 Comments
The Ballard Lenny's has been torn down today. That's Denny's!!! The event marks a resounding victory for people with an ounce of common sense who don't want atrociously ugly structures foisted upon them by a minority of so-called intellectuals with... [read more]

Sewer of Corruption (XLVII)
by Stefan Sharkansky, 11:54 AM, 67 Comments
Seattle Times: "When Gregoire won, so did her donors"Money poured in for a recount in Christine Gregoire's close race against Dino Rossi. Those supporters -- including unions and a tribal-gambling group -- have benefited during the governor's first term. Billion$... [read more]

June 23, 2008
Gregoire as Kossack
by Eric Earling, 11:34 PM, 20 Comments
So, Governor Gregoire has a post up at Daily Kos, which in the manner of such campaign communications was probably written by her staff. In and of itself, such attempts to communicate with one's base are not particularly relevant. Two... [read more]

Changing Energy Politics Leaving the Left in the Dust
by Eric Earling, 10:57 PM, 32 Comments
After reading today's Seattle Times editorial on the topic of offshore drilling one would get the impression this is merely the last foolish gasp of a failing administration that we can simply hope for the end of come next January.... [read more]

All Right, How Much More Do They Need?
by Jim Miller, 03:18 PM, 0 Comments
A couple of weeks ago, Washington state representative Dave Quall argued that we need a different system for financing public education in this state.  (He's probably right, though I am not sure he and I would agree on the remedy.)... [read more]

Democrats Give $10K to Walser Following Guilty Plea
by pudge, 12:54 PM, 21 Comments
The Senate Democratic Campaign Committee gave former Sultan Police Chief Fred Walser the tidy sum of $10,000 for his campaign on June 17, almost two weeks after he pled guilty to providing false information and was sentenced to one year... [read more]

June 22, 2008
House Republican Candidates Being Ill-Served by Leadership
by Eric Earling, 10:02 PM, 65 Comments
The road back from near super-minority status is not going to be an easy one for Republicans in the Legislature. Years of flawed candidates, poor messaging, and the drag of President Bush's unpopularity have combined to produce several disappointing election... [read more]

Obama Lies, But It's OK Because He Is Better Than You
by pudge, 10:01 PM, 0 Comments
Barack Obama lied about accepting public financing. He said if McCain did it, he would too. He made an important promise -- important enough that Obama himself made a big deal out of it -- and he broke that promise.... [read more]

"Don't Blame The Candidates"
by Jim Miller, 01:04 PM, 50 Comments
When they break their promises, and defy the spirit of our campaign finance laws.  So says the Seattle Times editorial page editor, James Vesely. Don't blame the candidates.  They are not fully in charge.  They are as much the creatures... [read more]

Gregoire's Gambling Contradiction
by Eric Earling, 09:27 AM, 25 Comments
The defense employed by Christine Gregoire and her allies in defending her actions regarding a gaming compact with the state's Native American tribes has been to say the goal was to stop a massive expansion of tribal gaming. The facts... [read more]

June 21, 2008
Illogic and the Constitution
by pudge, 11:10 AM, 25 Comments
I'm going to be looking for [judicial nominees] who respect that the Constitution is an organic, growing, evolving set of principles that have stood the test of time. -- Hillary Clinton I can't tell if she doesn't know what "organic,... [read more]

Speaking of Joel Connelly and Global-warmist hypocrisy...
by Stefan Sharkansky, 11:08 AM, 13 Comments
One wonders how many tons of greenhouse gasses the professedly anti-gasoline Connelly blows out of his automobile every year while commuting between his neighborhood in Seattle and his "REAL home" on Whidbey Island.... [read more]

It's in the P-I
by Stefan Sharkansky, 10:00 AM, 18 Comments
Contumelious liberal columnist Joel Connelly reports that the Anti-Defamation League has condemned the BIAW for a newsletter article that compared environmentalists to Nazis. The BIAW article, which Connelly doesn't link to, is here on p. 8. Reasonable people can debate... [read more]

It is in the P-I
by Eric Earling, 09:54 AM, 5 Comments
NASA's recent activity on Mars may have caused a slight realignment of the celestial order, because today's P-I contains a remarkably fair story discussing outside money on both sides of the Governor's race. The coverage does a more than reasonable... [read more]

"Hey, honey?"
by Eric Earling, 09:20 AM, 8 Comments
"Did you see this headline?" Shut up! Women teachers told their constant talking puts boys off school work "No, honey, of course it doesn't apply to you. I just thought it was interesting..." h/t: hotair... [read more]

June 20, 2008
Netroots Litmus Test
by Eric Earling, 08:12 PM, 36 Comments
Mark Halperin makes this observation about the FISA compromise today, supported by Barack Obama and 105 House Democrats (including Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Majority Leader Steny Hoyer): Watch to see how liberal bloggers and the commentariat react. Locally, Lee, aka... [read more]

Violin Teacher?
by Jim Miller, 08:27 AM, 49 Comments
Or convicted ecoterrorist?  The Seattle Times prefers the first label, but the second label is more appropriate for this story. Briana Waters, a California woman convicted in March of assisting in the 2001 arson that destroyed the University of Washington's... [read more]

Must Read for the Day
by Eric Earling, 08:07 AM, 39 Comments
Patrick Ruffini runs the numbers and absolutely annihilates Barack Obama's professed reasoning for abandoning his pledge to take public financing for the general election. UDPATE: ...the problem is, there is a troubling additional reason why Obama's logic is wrong: 3rd... [read more]

June 19, 2008
Reichert v. Burner Polling Numbers
by Eric Earling, 08:30 PM, 12 Comments
The latest from SurveyUSA: Dave Reichert leads Darcy Burner 51% - 45%. Notables: Reichert leads in every age group and has a big lead with independents (52% - 39%). But, hey, it's June. Don't get too excited.... [read more]

Why Gregoire Pushed Back
by Eric Earling, 08:21 PM, 26 Comments
Christine Gregoire's aggressive response to radio ads critical of her record, as discussed below on the main page, was for a reason: changing the subject. Behold the Seattle Times' recitation of the Democratic talking points refuting two such ads, on... [read more]

Those Ads Must Be Working
by Eric Earling, 07:39 AM, 59 Comments
That would be these ads, which prompted this response from Christine Gregoire: "We have hit rock bottom in this campaign and it is only June," Gregoire said of the ad campaign. "I call on my Republican opponent Dino Rossi to... [read more]

June 18, 2008
The Jimmy Carter Meme and $5 Gas
by Eric Earling, 10:46 PM, 53 Comments
Per our recent discussion of energy policy, there is a point there bears some further discussion: the linkage created by the McCain camp between Barack Obama's proposals and the less than splendid record of Jimmy Carter. One could argue about... [read more]

A Word of Caution
by Eric Earling, 10:12 PM, 55 Comments
Note the sign below that David Postman has reported on and regarding which Goldy is now whining: Clearly some zealous Dino Rossi supporters have elevated the typical election sign to offer an enhanced message. While one can understand the sentiment,... [read more]

Enough With the Fascination with Who Gave Money to Whom
by Eric Earling, 08:00 PM, 6 Comments
Austin Jenkins over at Crosscut is very interested in the fact that the CEO of a company responsible for a notable, national traffic scorecard is a contributor to Dino Rossi. From reading Jenkins's post, he seems to think this somehow... [read more]

Boeing's Big Day
by Eric Earling, 07:35 PM, 11 Comments
Obviously a big win for Boeing today with the GAO taking the uncommon step of recommending that the Air Force reopen bidding for the disputed tanker contract. While such a rebid itself is no slam dunk, the GAO's listing of... [read more]

More Leftwing Lies about McCain
by pudge, 10:01 AM, 27 Comments
In a new ad starring John Cusack, MoveOn tells more lies about John McCain. It lies by saying that he "supports keeping troops in harm's way in Iraq," when, in fact, his main goal is to get them OUT of... [read more]

Your Daily Rundown of the Gregoire/Gambling story
by Eric Earling, 08:19 AM, 61 Comments
Well, daily for this week at least. Joel Connelly lays into Christine Gregoire something fierce in his column today, along with his usual dose of BIAW bashing. The bigger issue with Connelly's lament is our campaign finance laws that end... [read more]

Show Us Your Energy Policy Now, Please
by Eric Earling, 07:56 AM, 24 Comments
The rapidly escalating price of gas has elevated the broader topic of energy policy to a top tier campaign issue this year. While it may not become "THE" issue, it may well be the most important topic for GOP candidates... [read more]

June 17, 2008
An Anecdote on McCain v. Obama
by Eric Earling, 08:04 PM, 42 Comments
Let us stipulate that if your candidate for President has a problem with his opponents trying to accuse him of not being serious or experienced enough for the Oval Office, having a foreign policy adviser making reference to the profound... [read more]

The AP Makes the Seattle Times Look Internet Savvy
by Eric Earling, 07:23 PM, 8 Comments
The root of that headline is conversations I've had with three separate - and very disparate - employees of the Times in the last several months. They were all pleasant talks, but their content, coupled with observing the paper attempt... [read more]

Radio Silence from the Seattle Times - UPDATED & BUMPED
by Eric Earling, 08:03 AM, 38 Comments
**Make sure to read the update at the end of the original post** A trusted source in Republican circles points out a funny thing about that big story in the P-I recently about the robust appearance of a political quid... [read more]

More on that Gregoire/gambling story
by Eric Earling, 07:41 AM, 26 Comments
GOP legislative leaders are calling for an inquiry into the gaming compact in question given the confluence between Christine Gregoire's actions as Governor and the obvious influx of tribal political contributions: - Why, while intervening in negotiations, did the governor... [read more]

June 16, 2008
Who is Fred Walser?
by pudge, 11:14 PM, 14 Comments
Fred Walser is a Democrat running for Washington State Senate in the 39th District. In a single week, he filed for office and pled guilty to providing false information in an investigation of a subordinate, which brings with it a... [read more]

What is This History of Which You Speak?
by Eric Earling, 11:11 PM, 9 Comments
Following-up to our discussion over the weekend on liberals relying on incorrect history to make the case for their preferred policy outcomes, check out this from Barack Obama: Obama, a former senior lecturer at the University of Chicago Law School,... [read more]

The Problem With Too Much Moderation
by Eric Earling, 10:19 PM, 20 Comments
Mark Gardner over at WhackyNation makes the case that Joe Lieberman should join John McCain on the GOP ticket this year. Count this blogger as unconvinced. At its core, such a suggestion typifies the degree to which Mainstream Republicans, of... [read more]

The Russert Legacy
by Eric Earling, 08:35 PM, 7 Comments
There has been some criticism of the media coverage of Tim Russert's death. Dori Monson was in high dudgeon about the topic today on his KIRO radio show. A thought: the wall-to-wall coverage is certainly excessive and lamentable. Solution: don't... [read more]

Bizarre Campaign Move
by Eric Earling, 07:34 PM, 3 Comments
In a classic case of hiring for experience and relationships, even when performance doesn't merit the move, former Hillary Clinton campaign manager Patti Solis Doyle is now a top member of Barack Obama's campaign team. Ironically, Solis Doyle was widely... [read more]

Mariners fire Bavasi
by DonWard, 01:11 PM, 22 Comments
This isn't strictly "politics" but local baseball fans of all political stripes, ideological persuasions and party affiliations can rejoice in the news that the four-year long nightmare suffered by the Mariners faithful has come to an end. It has been... [read more]

Ladenburg vs. McKenna
by DonWard, 12:00 PM, 15 Comments
The award for best story lede of the week has to go to the Seattle P-I and its coverage of the Washington state Attorney General race. "While John Ladenburg was in San Diego for the U.S. Open last week, watching... [read more]

Bottled Water Ban
by DonWard, 11:00 AM, 23 Comments
Last week the King County Council voted to ban the purchase of water sold in personal plastic containers. The bottled water ban only applies to the county government's purchase of bottled water. After billions of dollars have been spent on... [read more]

June 15, 2008
Point Proved
by Eric Earling, 02:13 PM, 23 Comments
Recently I lamented ongoing press fascination, indeed confusion at times, with the degree to which respective major party platforms tend not always to align in full with the voting masses who comprise each party's coalition. Let's not even get started... [read more]

Have Your Opinions, But Get Your Facts Straight
by Eric Earling, 09:22 AM, 49 Comments
In a vibrant democracy we argue about the issues of the day; that's what we do. Differing viewpoints are expressed and opposition between factions is often vigorous. We can have such disagreements in good faith. These are well and good... [read more]

June 14, 2008
Mourning a Good Man - UPDATED
by Eric Earling, 10:37 AM, 13 Comments
It is inevitably jarring to see someone whose exuberance for life is manifold, be called home by God much earlier than we here on earth care to see. Whatever one's concerns with the MSM, it is impossible not to respect... [read more]

June 13, 2008
The Boumediene Decision Will Result In American Deaths
by Jim Miller, 12:59 PM, 54 Comments
That, of course, is what Justice Scalia said in his dissent. Of the two dissenting opinions, Justice Antonin Scalia's was the more apocalyptic, predicting "devastating" and "disastrous consequences" from the decision.  "It will almost certainly cause more Americans to be... [read more]

1st Game Changer of the Governor's Race
by Eric Earling, 07:22 AM, 46 Comments
There are lots of things a candidate and a campaign can control to a degree in a given race. How the press chooses to cover a particular story is usually not one of those. Thus, while today's P-I story on... [read more]

June 12, 2008
by Eric Earling, 08:31 PM, 16 Comments
Unless you've been ignoring local political news as of late, you've caught wind of the left-wing whining in the press and on the blogs about the audacity of the BIAW to exercise its right to expend resources in hopes of... [read more]

Trade is Back on the Menu
by Eric Earling, 08:08 PM, 3 Comments
In a move that defies the conventional wisdom of a few months back, John McCain is set to make trade a significant issue in the coming weeks with trips to Canada and Colombia. Trade didn't appear set to become a... [read more]

Delicious Irony
by Eric Earling, 06:46 PM, 6 Comments
If your political memory in the area dates back to the '80's and '90's you appreciate this wonderful tidbit: Even before the high-profile Sonics trial starts Monday, the city of Seattle already has racked up more than $1 million in... [read more]

Supreme Court Decides Something About Detainees
by pudge, 10:25 AM, 84 Comments
According to CNN, the Supreme Court ruled that "suspected terrorists and foreign fighters held by the U.S. military at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, have the right to challenge their detention in federal court." But this was already the case under the... [read more]

The "Bush Recession"
by pudge, 08:48 AM, 49 Comments
It is quite reasonable to discuss Bush's reaction to the recession early in his term. You could argue he didn't do the right things, or didn't do enough of the right things, to help turn the economy around. But you... [read more]

More Polls
by Eric Earling, 07:36 AM, 7 Comments
Both SurveyUSA and Rasmussen Reports have new polls out on our Governor's race. Status quo ante about sums it up. Survey USA has Gregoire up 50% - 47% (with a highly improbable 1% undecided). Rasmussen has Gregoire up 50% -... [read more]

Short Story: Gregoire & Rossi have Lots of Cash
by Eric Earling, 07:17 AM, 5 Comments
The long story gets a little bit more complicated. Dino Rossi's campaign put out a press release yesterday saying: if you subtract out-of-state dollars and contributions from state parties from both candidates' fundraising totals as of June 8th, Rossi has... [read more]

June 11, 2008
Democrats: Seattle Shooting Victim is a Flip-Flopper, Hypocrite
by pudge, 08:34 PM, 26 Comments
I have been told repeatedly that McCain is a flip-flopper and hypocrite because he was against the Bush tax cuts, but now he wants to keep them. I tell them the obvious truth that the effects of removing a tax... [read more]

Re: A Challenge
by Eric Earling, 07:08 PM, 4 Comments
Do take a look at the video pudge posted below. There are two rational actions of response: 1) Make an equally moronic video showing Democrats comprised solely of hemp-wearing vegans, tree-hugging enviros, apish union goons, chap-wearing homosexuals, spiky-haired feminists, limp-wristed... [read more]

A Challenge
by pudge, 09:31 AM, 100 Comments
Find any true / fair / accurate representations of Republicans in this video. I was unable to, maybe you'll have better luck. It's yet another example of how the left is completely willing to lie as much as possible to... [read more]

Fine Article In The Seattle PI
by Jim Miller, 08:09 AM, 10 Comments
On Seattle schools and their failures to protect students against sexual predators.  You probably have heard about these two cases: Last June, there was an outcry after two Seattle teens were accused of sexually assaulting a developmentally disabled female classmate... [read more]

Uh oh...those "Nasty" ads have started
by Eric Earling, 07:29 AM, 17 Comments
In case you missed the memo, Joel Connelly is not very fond of the BIAW. I mean really not very fond. Think Peter Gibbons and TPS reports; it's not a pretty sight. Regardless, Connelly proves the opposing point in his... [read more]

June 10, 2008
Dean Logan: Man of Consistency
by Eric Earling, 10:42 PM, 9 Comments
On the heels of this past weekend's update, note that Dean Logan is enmeshed in a voter fraud lawsuit in the City of Angels. Probably something to do with accuracy...and a bank...or something like that.... [read more]

Good News for the Long-Term
by Eric Earling, 08:03 PM, 8 Comments
This could be important even down to the state level, given the profile of national politics on all our Washington state races this year: arguably one of the most formidable options for Obama's VP pick, popular Ohio Governor, vocal Clinton-backer,... [read more]

Still Chugging Along
by Eric Earling, 07:18 PM, 15 Comments
The candidates for Governor released their May fundraising numbers today, showing yet another indicator of the competitive nature of this race. Christine Gregoire's numbers came down from outstanding to merely good after her post-legislative session fundraising freeze month in April.... [read more]

by Eric Earling, 07:31 AM, 54 Comments
Just how ridiculous is Mayor Nickels' proposal to ban legal, concealed weapons on city property? Erica Barnett at The Stranger calls it "grandstanding" and an affront to civil liberties. Other than that it's a great idea.... [read more]

June 09, 2008
Obama Starts to Meet the General Election Grinder
by Eric Earling, 09:40 PM, 28 Comments
By now we've all heard the tales of the Barack Obama faithful, poo-pooing the notion that some demographic groups that showed hesitancy toward Obama in Democratic primaries will show similar rectitude come November. Today we saw hint of why and... [read more]

Mayor Nickels and Chief Kerlikowske Must Resign
by pudge, 08:18 PM, 54 Comments
Seattle mayor Greg Nickels today willfully, knowingly, and illegally ordered city departments to violate the rights of Washingtonians, as expressed and defended explicitly in state law. Nickels knows full well that his new executive order banning all guns on city-owned... [read more]

EFF Update for June 9
by pudge, 04:51 PM, 5 Comments
I love the EFF videos and podcasts. Here's their latest, covering the WEA's rejection of a $13.2m grant for Washington schools, Democratic Senator Lisa Brown's lawsuit against voter initiative I-601 -- which prevents the legislature from raising our taxes without... [read more]

Why America is Great and Almost Everywhere Else Sucks
by pudge, 04:09 PM, 34 Comments
I was just reading a bit on the Mark Steyn hubbub up north. He is being accused, essentially, of hate speech for writing an article about Islam.He was in Vancouver B.C. in front of the British Columbia Human Rights Tribunal... [read more]

Terrorist Fist Jab
by pudge, 03:08 PM, 48 Comments
Granted, it is ridiculous to refer to what Obama did as a "terrorist fist jab." But on the other hand, that makes more sense than referring to a potential McCain presidency as a "third Bush term." Maybe a more fair... [read more]

A Washington State Democrat for Obama Running Mate?
by Stefan Sharkansky, 12:18 PM, 28 Comments
David Postman reports on some amusingly implausible suggestions (emanating from grassroots Democrat blogs) that Obama is considering Patty Murray or other local bigwigs for his running mate. Yeah, Obama + Osamamama, that's a winner. I posted a comment on Postman's... [read more]

Worth Reading:
by Jim Miller, 09:43 AM, 17 Comments
Dori Monson's post on King County budget problems.  These numbers struck me. First, a little perspective.  In 2001, the King County budget was $2.9-billion.  In 2008 Ron Sims wants to spend $4.8-billion - stunning 66% increase in just seven years.... [read more]

June 08, 2008
by Stefan Sharkansky, 05:59 PM, 36 Comments
a tribute to the Democratic nominee-to-be from a disappointed Hillary fan. (and with my apologies to Nat and Natalie Cole)... [read more]

Required Reading for the Weekend
by Eric Earling, 12:03 PM, 32 Comments
"Biofuel backlash: High prices, pollution worries hit consumers": But in the last year, the promise of renewable fuels has lost a lot of its luster. Prices of biodiesel have almost doubled to about $6 per gallon, and many experts blame... [read more]

Feeling Chilly?
by Jim Miller, 09:57 AM, 34 Comments
You're not alone.  It's been colder than average in this area. In the first few days of the month, average high temperatures in Seattle have been almost 6 degrees below the normal highs in the upper 60s, said Johnny Burg,... [read more]

June 07, 2008
Chaff from the Wheat Among the Ron Paul Supporters
by Eric Earling, 09:28 PM, 117 Comments
Readers know full well this blogger has at times made sport of the Ronulan Internet hordes, patrolling the far reaches of the world wide web on behalf of the good Doctor. Readers who have experience with the behavior of said... [read more]

Clear Out the Deadwood
by Eric Earling, 08:38 PM, 12 Comments
The process of truly remaking the GOP into a party that the grassroots can be proud of again requires a step that was more complicated in 2006 when there was still a majority to worry about: cheering the electoral confrontation... [read more]

Dean Logan Strikes Again
by Eric Earling, 04:38 PM, 13 Comments
Multiple readers have sent me this story about troubles in LA with Dean Logan playing a starring role. The post itself is l-o-n-g, but here are the Logan highlights: After speaking late last night about the problem to Dean Logan,... [read more]

Democratic County Council Vows to Break Promise
by pudge, 09:20 AM, 17 Comments
Even I didn't think they would go this far. Shows what I know. Small passenger service airline Allegiant Air wants to have service at Paine Field in Snohomish County. Because the county has accepted millions of dollars from the federal... [read more]

WA as Swing State
by Eric Earling, 09:08 AM, 38 Comments
Joni Balter spent some time on this issue recently, for whatever that was worth. Regardless, the Evergreen State will be bandied about by both sides in these early months of the general election campaign as a potential battleground. Political talk... [read more]

Things This Political Season Could Do Without
by Eric Earling, 08:33 AM, 8 Comments
Gloria Steinem, giving public advice to Barack Obama via the New York Times: Ms. Steinem advised that Mr. Obama deliver the same sort of ambitious speech about sex that he did on race. An aide said the campaign was considering... [read more]

June 06, 2008
KUOW's Gang Of Four Gets More Politically Diverse
by Jim Miller, 01:50 PM, 12 Comments
By bringing in a supporter of Hillary Clinton, Erica Barnett* from an alternative newspaper, the Stranger, to join the usual four, all of them supporters of the candidate who must not be middle-named, Barack Obama.  One can't say that the... [read more]

Political Reality Trumps Political Platitudes
by Eric Earling, 07:29 AM, 39 Comments
Smart political observers on both sides the aisle have been expecting the day when stories like this would appear: Republicans have blocked efforts to bring a global warming bill up for a final Senate vote after a bitter debate over... [read more]

Democrat Walser Pleads Guilty to Crime
by pudge, 01:15 AM, 13 Comments
Fred Walser, a Democrat running for the Washington State Senate in the 39th Legislative District, pled guilty to a gross misdemeanor of providing false information this week. He had been charged last month. A few things don't add up. He... [read more]

June 05, 2008
Very, Very, Very, Very, Very, Very High on the Unintended Comedy Scale
by Eric Earling, 08:16 PM, 36 Comments
TNT reporter Niki Sullivan has been prompted, or goaded, into covering the grievances of the Ron Paul nation regarding last weekend's state Republican Party convention in Spokane. You can read her coverage here and here. Sadly for Niki - or... [read more]

What I Said About Sam Reed's Race
by Eric Earling, 08:01 PM, 13 Comments
Perhaps you've had a chance to check out the Politicker WA news site, which as you might guess, is heavy on Washington state political news...and a handy resource at that. At the site is an anonymous opiner named "Wally Edge."... [read more]

Pause a Minute and Marvel
by Eric Earling, 07:13 PM, 27 Comments
Let us put political differences - and profound ones at that - aside and give credit to the amazing accomplishment of Barack Obama. He is the first African-American nominee of a major political party AND he toppled one of the... [read more]

by Jim Miller, 03:21 PM, 30 Comments
The mistrial in the Naveed Haq trial. Women with scars on their bodies and indelible memories of gunfire struggled to grasp an incongruous truth: After six weeks of testimony, thousands of pages of evidence and eight days of deliberation, a... [read more]

June 04, 2008
Rossi on The Next Right
by Eric Earling, 10:43 PM, 35 Comments
In the future, a fair number of my posts on topics like Dino Rossi and Dave Reichert will be cross-posted at The Next Right. For now, however, I've posted a bit of a primer there on Dino Rossi's campaign that... [read more]

WASL Politics a Strange Brew This Year
by Eric Earling, 09:51 PM, 15 Comments
Opponents of the WASL, and testing in general, have long spoken gloomily of the day coming when students in droves would be denied a diploma because of a supposedly capricious test. Well, that hasn't exactly come to pass. Granted the... [read more]

VP Stakes: Post-Selection Benefits
by Eric Earling, 07:35 AM, 59 Comments
Since our discussion of the potential Republican VP choices, I've given some more thought to the issue and tried to digest as much coverage of the issue as I could, including Michael Medved's exhaustive examination. Consequently, some additional thoughts on... [read more]

June 03, 2008
Obama's "Dirty" Politics
by pudge, 10:49 PM, 45 Comments
I've been critical of Barack Obama and the Democrats, and I will be so again. I don't think anyone doubts this. But this time, I am going to defend him.... [read more]

Ride the Reform Wave
by Eric Earling, 10:12 PM, 10 Comments
Jonathan Martin tells tale of McCain camp denizens pointing to Yuval Levin's Weekly Standard piece encouraging McCain to run a conservative, reform-minded campaign. The tome was worth the read when it first came out and worth it even more so... [read more]

SEIU Goes Big Time
by Eric Earling, 07:50 PM, 3 Comments
David Postman covers the ongoing evolution of SEIU from collective bargaining unit to national political interest group. That reminded me of Matt Lewis' recent post on the topic: Surprisingly, though, Stern is facing strong rank-and-file opposition. Essentially, many SEIU members... [read more]

Honor Them
by Eric Earling, 07:42 PM, 7 Comments
Reading stories about Medal of Honor Recipients is always a bit heart-wrenching. Thus, it is fitting on this day we can also digest Robert Kaplan's look at the hallowed award as well. Living as we do in this region, so... [read more]

The Democratic Nomination and Accuracy
by pudge, 06:51 PM, 12 Comments
CNN reports that Obama "clinched" the nomination. They say he has "secured" enough delegates to win. Both claims are false. To "clinch" implies that it is not possible for someone else to win. To "secure" a delegate means that the... [read more]

Four More Years of Christine
by pudge, 01:06 PM, 17 Comments
MoveRed has another video out, showing us what four more years of Christine Gregoire would look like. And don't forget last week's Christine, Christine, Christine video from yours truly. Maybe we should have a Christine Video of the Week!... [read more]

Exit Question
by Eric Earling, 07:32 AM, 18 Comments
News reporters often seem fascinated with the degree to which a party's candidates don't necessarily line-up in unison with the platform passed by the party's grassroots activists. Crosscut's coverage of the recent GOP platform accentuates this twist, closing with: Why... [read more]

Faith in the NW
by Eric Earling, 07:07 AM, 20 Comments
This book looks exceptionally interesting. Alas, my reading list is already longer than I would like these days. Anyone care to do a book report? Kidding...but I do want to read the book.... [read more]

by Eric Earling, 07:02 AM, 43 Comments
A strip club raid worth a damn. Going after the criminal owners rather than those on either end of a lap dance.... [read more]

In Your Hands
by Eric Earling, 06:58 AM, 2 Comments
I've been approached by a couple different sites in the ever-burgeoning blogosphere to contribute in different ways to their handiwork. As a result, you can now find me also at the Seattle Examiner where I'll be the "Seattle Right Side... [read more]

June 02, 2008
Fair Warning
by Eric Earling, 08:52 PM, 27 Comments
Jason Osgood announcing as the Democratic candidate for Secretary of State could cause Sam Reed some real problems. It is an under-discussed fact that Reed's approach in 2004 of defend the system first, ask questions later left the GOP grassroots... [read more]

Democrats Split on Party Name
by pudge, 02:38 PM, 54 Comments
First it was Obama vs. Clinton. Now it's Democrat vs. Democratic. Democrats have often taken it as a personal insult when their party is referred to as the Democrat Party, instead of its proper name, the Democratic Party. Their reasoning... [read more]

Different Year, Same Story
by Eric Earling, 07:56 AM, 8 Comments
Somewhat similar to the post below, it is a pleasure to read ritualistic tales of Democrats clamoring with hope to unseat Doc Hastings. It happened in 2006, with the netroots hyped up about a similar opportunity. The outcome? Hastings won... [read more]

Uninformative Headline of the Day
by Eric Earling, 07:42 AM, 40 Comments
Today's Seattle Times says: "Reichert abusing free mail, critics say." That might be more interesting except the primary complainant is Darcy Burner's campaign. You have to read over halfway through the article to find another critic. Since Democrats were complaining... [read more]

June 01, 2008
The Rossi Effect
by Eric Earling, 08:56 PM, 23 Comments
The Seattle Times spent some time this weekend discussing Dino Rossi's ability to elevate GOP fortunes in a difficult year, saying: The theory: Rossi will generate a large Republican turnout and when people vote for him, they'll continue down ballot... [read more]

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