Index of entries from May 2009
May 31, 2009
Dishonesty on Sotomayor
by pudge, 10:44 AM, 62 Comments
President Obama and other Democrats have been saying that when Judge Sotomayor said a wise Latina would more often than not reach a "better conclusion" than a white male, she "simply" meant that she would bring her own experiences to... [read more]

May 30, 2009
Self-motivated citizens show up union/government workers on assignment
by Ron Hebron, 09:13 PM, 19 Comments
Liberty Belle got 400 people from around the state to Westlake Park to counter the march for government takeover of our health care. Her report at Redistributing Knowledge: Ladies and gentlemen of liberty: Today was my favorite protest of all... [read more]

Washington state is way off its target for biofuel
by Ron Hebron, 07:33 AM, 21 Comments
Another bold Locke/Gregoire move. Set a high goal, then miss it by a mile. Then say... What do they say? Governor Locke set the goal of the state's fleet of vehicles using 20% biodiesel by June 1, 2009. No single... [read more]

May 29, 2009
Speak out against government takeover of medical care Saturday - Link added
by Ron Hebron, 07:40 AM, 56 Comments
If our US government can save money on health care why don't they do it first with Medicare? But without rationing. Hugh Hewitt explains. Dick Morris has a succinct way to express the big problem of single-payer. Now when your... [read more]

May 28, 2009
You Need to Understand Selective Incorporation
by pudge, 12:59 PM, 39 Comments
I am watching Fox News and they are talking about Judge Sotomayor, and anchor Gregg Jarrett says that Sotomayor ruled this year that the Second Amendment doesn't apply to the states. Then he says, "as a lawyer, I find incredibly... [read more]

May 27, 2009
Shake-up in Seattle schools coming?
by Ron Hebron, 09:28 PM, 36 Comments
A group of parents are telling Seattle Schools "enough!" The circus in the Seattle central office has hampered the schools for years. Principals have been chosen for diversity and political reasons rather than to put in the leader who will... [read more]

Axelrod on Sotomayor
by pudge, 01:17 PM, 157 Comments
On PBS NewsHour yesterday:DAVID AXELROD: Judge Sotomayor has just a spectacular story. You know, I think no one in our memory has had the credentials that she brings to the court. ... [she] has a great personal story. Raised in... [read more]

May 25, 2009
Blue-Star Memorial Highway - Honoring our veterans
by Ron Hebron, 08:00 AM, 43 Comments
Aurora Avenue in Seattle has a plaque marking it as a Blue-Star Memorial Highway. Blue-Star Memorial Highways - there are many - honor our US military veterans. Aurora is State Highway 99; for decades it was US 99 - the... [read more]

May 22, 2009
Chris Gregoire asks Legislature then goes around it
by Ron Hebron, 07:52 AM, 195 Comments
She supported a bill for cap and trade. The Legislature didn't pass it so she found she didn't need legislative approval; she can dictate Washington participation. What made Chris Gregoire suddenly realize that the legislative support she had sought for... [read more]

May 21, 2009
Obama's Constitution
by warrenpeterson, 03:55 PM, 45 Comments
Obama at the National Archives, standing in front of the glass enclosed Constitution spoke of adhering to the rules and values written in our founding document. No torture regardless of the potential cost in lives and treasure. Eroding states rights,... [read more]

Obama's Reason for Closing Gitmo: "It Looks Bad"
by pudge, 08:12 AM, 234 Comments
Let's be clear: President Obama gives us only one single reason why the detention facility at Guatanamo Bay needs to be closed: because it makes us look bad. Because it is a negative symbol. That's it. There's literally no other... [read more]

May 20, 2009
Joe Mallahan for Mayor?
by warrenpeterson, 10:17 PM, 13 Comments
Could T Mobile vice president Joe Mallahan actually get elected mayor of Seattle? Well, it is the year of hope and change so anything is possible. He is the only challenger of two term Mayor Greg Nickels to raise serious... [read more]

Mind Boggling
by Jim Miller, 10:40 AM, 15 Comments
This announcement. In a widely expected move, Ryan Blethen has been named editorial-page editor of The Seattle Times. Blethen, 36, had been associate editorial-page editor at the paper, and his promotion marks the ascendancy of a fifth generation of the... [read more]

Soak the Rich, Lose the Rich and Jobs
by Ron Hebron, 07:06 AM, 120 Comments
Don't you wish we had an income tax, so we could be like California and New York? We could really crank it on the rich. Make them suffer by paying a lot more and reducing the burden on us. But... [read more]

May 18, 2009
May 18, 2009
by Jim Miller, 01:46 PM, 17 Comments
So it is a good day to show you some of the pictures of Mt. St. Helens I have been collecting. (Click on a picture to see the full-sized version.) And here are the web cameras, if you want to... [read more]

State Auditor Sonntag plays hardball over "dumb" cut to performance audits
by Ron Hebron, 07:17 AM, 18 Comments
In their desperation to save money the Legislature made a cut that will result in more spending, not less. State Auditor Brian Sonntag has made some real hits (baseball analogy) with his performance audits. He is hurting our elected officials'... [read more]

May 16, 2009
Employee health cost becomes a King County Exec issue
by Ron Hebron, 07:36 AM, 107 Comments
What kind of person will rule King County - one of the largest county governments in the country? A person who will put the unions first? Or the taxpayers? Why don't county employees pay anything for their health care? Politics... [read more]

May 15, 2009
How Much Lying Do You Allow For?
by Jim Miller, 03:44 PM, 18 Comments
In my post on a Danny Westneat column describing Bent Flyvbjerg's finding that cost over-runs on megaprojects can be best explained by assuming that planners and politicians are lying to us, I left one tactical question undiscussed.... [read more]

May 14, 2009
Activist Liberty
by pudge, 11:39 AM, 74 Comments
There's been a concerted effort over the last few years by liberals to define "judicial activism" such that it has no real meaning: it is only defined by your interpretive perspective, or worse, simply by the difference between your own... [read more]

May 13, 2009
Ready to hold the hospitals hostage to their tax increase
by Ron Hebron, 05:59 PM, 12 Comments
Joe Turner of the Tacoma News Tribune found money that was going to be held hostage to convince voters they had to vote to increase the state sales tax. Both houses of the Legislature decreased the cut to hospitals after... [read more]

May 12, 2009
Save Performance Audits
by pudge, 05:09 PM, 40 Comments
One of the best ways to save money in a downturn is to identify where the government is wasting money. You do this through performance audits. We have a state auditor whose job it is -- as defined by the... [read more]

May 11, 2009
SnoCo Councilman Mike Cooper: "Have You Stopped Beating Your Mother?"
by pudge, 11:18 PM, 75 Comments
Snohomish County Councilman, and current Chairman, Democrat Mike Cooper -- himself a former firefighter -- believes that increasing the initial cost of homes by thousands of dollars, and the cost of maintenance of those homes by hundreds or thousands more... [read more]

Lying And Runaway Costs In Megaprojects
by Jim Miller, 01:48 PM, 39 Comments
Ever find a diamond on a trash-laden beach?  I haven't, but that's how I felt when I read this Danny Westneat column.  (Those unfamiliar with the Seattle Times columnist may need an explanation for my reaction.   Westneat is not... [read more]

May 10, 2009
Happy Mother's Day!  
by Jim Miller, 09:55 AM, 5 Comments
To all the mothers out there.  And if you haven't called your mother, do it right now.My by-now traditional Mother's Day duck.  (Incidentally, this duck is almost surrounded by people, including a little girl just a yard away from her,... [read more]

May 09, 2009
TaxSleuth.com - Taking the mystery out of your tax bill
by Ron Hebron, 07:07 PM, 13 Comments
Now there is a place citizens of Washington can go to see what goes into their property tax rate in one place. There are countless taxing districts - water districts, fire districts, school districts, and more, in addition to the... [read more]

Maine Continues Centuries of Marriage Discrimination
by pudge, 09:54 AM, 102 Comments
Despite news reports, Maine has continued its policy of maintaining discrimination against marriages by consensual adults. The state has continued the false assertion that marriage is primarily about procreation. It has sustained this discrimination for only one reason: cultural and... [read more]

May 08, 2009
EFF's Elementary School Report Card
by Jim Miller, 01:49 PM, 27 Comments
The Evergreen Freedom Foundation has released their report card on Washington state's public elementary schools.  I may make comments on the report card in a later post, but for today I thought I would just put up the link. Note... [read more]

May 07, 2009
The Seattle School Board Fails Seattle Kids
by Jim Miller, 09:29 AM, 67 Comments
Again.  Here's the somewhat muddled description of their decision from the PI. Seattle public high schools this fall will use new math textbooks that have stirred controversy for their less-traditional teaching methods. . . . With the board's vote, the... [read more]

May 06, 2009
Cycle of Transparency
by Stefan Sharkansky, 10:31 PM, 29 Comments
Thursday's Washington Times: "Nominee ensnared in records violations"President Obama's choice for the government's No. 2 housing job is embroiled in the largest fine in U.S. history for "blatant violations" of open records laws after the Washington State Supreme Court chastised... [read more]

Sims appointment hit a snag
by Stefan Sharkansky, 03:05 PM, 17 Comments
April 28: Senate Banking committee votes on the nominations of 4 individuals to serve at HUD: Ron Sims, Helen Kanovsky, Peter Kovar, John Trasvina. One of these nominations is not like the others. May 4:WASHINGTON - Helen Kanovsky, Peter Kovar... [read more]

May 05, 2009
Senator Leahy Lies About Alito Filibuster
by pudge, 04:54 PM, 125 Comments
On This Week this week, Senator Leahy said the Senate of course should not filibuster Supreme Court nominees. That's just something they don't do! So George Stephanopolous asked, "You filibustered Justice Alito, didn't you?" Leahy said they didn't. George pressed... [read more]

The rush to ration your health care
by Ron Hebron, 07:31 AM, 112 Comments
The Democrats have a plan for you and they are in a big hurry. They want to rush it through while everyone is busy with summer vacations. When the government is in charge and the costs have to be reduced... [read more]

May 03, 2009
McDermott wants your kids in mandatory public service
by Ron Hebron, 07:19 AM, 161 Comments
Our Congress with the help of Republicans is squeezing out private charity with paid "volunteers." They are paid - AmericaCorps - but called volunteers; it sound so good. What do they work on? What the politicians want; you have no... [read more]

May 02, 2009
Recipe Open Thread
by Jim Miller, 02:57 PM, 44 Comments
It's a damp day, and tomorrow promises to be much the same.  So it's a good time to share recipes.  (Yes, I know, this doesn't have much to do with politics in this area, but it doesn't hurt us to... [read more]

May 01, 2009
News Roundup
by Stefan Sharkansky, 10:05 AM, 41 Comments
"Effort to recall Port Commissioner [Pat] Davis fails". Fortunately, she's stepping down anyway. Another one of Ron Sims' schemes to "create wealth more efficiently" implodes: Green Cab Awash with Red Ink Speaking of Sims: "Sims nomination mocks transparency claims" This... [read more]

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