Index of entries from July 2009
July 31, 2009
Oh No! It's the Blue Angels Again
by warrenpeterson, 12:35 PM, 129 Comments
I read the newspapers including the online one; I searched the Seattle City Council agenda, nothing on the talk shows. I began to wonder if Seattle's Seafair celebration is canceled this year? Maybe it's because Obama is in the White... [read more]

July 30, 2009
Feeling A Little Warm?
by Jim Miller, 06:49 AM, 14 Comments
Maybe this picture, taken in March, 2006, will give you a little psychic relief. As I recall, the temperature at Mt. Rainier was a few degrees below freezing that day.... [read more]

July 28, 2009
You Can Watch Pat Michaels Tomorrow At 7 PM
by Jim Miller, 01:02 PM, 6 Comments
On TVW.  And I would urge you to do so — especially if you think Al Gore has been giving us an accurate description of the problems of climate change.  During the talk, climatologist Michaels makes a few critiques of... [read more]

Delusional
by Jim Miller, 09:29 AM, 0 Comments
The Seattle Times weighs in on the Gates arrest and argues: In the larger picture, what ought to drive attention and public policy is the long history of racial disparities in law enforcement. African Americans are 12 percent of the... [read more]

Demo Leader Chopp says nuclear power will rise again
by Ron Hebron, 08:11 AM, 83 Comments
When Washington House leader Frank Chopp is in the Tri-Cities he likes nuclear power. How about with Seattle audiences? Seattle P-I: Speaking in the Tri-Cities, where two partially built nuclear plants sit abandoned nearby at Hanford, state House Speaker Frank... [read more]

July 27, 2009
Slowing It Down To Kill It
by pudge, 10:59 PM, 84 Comments
The unions are telling us that "when something goes slow enough, it's easy to kill it, dead in its tracks." When I first saw this ad I thought they were making the argument for slowing down health care reform. But... [read more]

Climate Shift On Mt. Rainier?
by Jim Miller, 10:20 AM, 25 Comments
When I first posted a graph showing the total snowfall on Mt. Rainier from 1921 to the present, I did so to provide readers a chance to do some simple data analysis.  Most readers, judging by the comments at Sound... [read more]

Congress is censoring Congressmen
by Ron Hebron, 06:34 AM, 35 Comments
When you can't win the debate you change the rules. Every Congressperson can send free mailing to their constituents on current issues. Historically there has been no censorship of positions - until now. Nancy Pelosi is acting more and... [read more]

July 26, 2009
Barack Obama was born in ...?
by warrenpeterson, 11:16 PM, 91 Comments
News Flash! Barack Hussein Obama was not born in Kenya or Hawaii but on a grassy knoll in Dallas or possibly at Graceland in Memphis. No, really, just as some expected, he was born in Bethlehem, ....Pennsylvania. Obama not born... [read more]

July 24, 2009
Profiting From Global Warming Scares
by Jim Miller, 02:30 PM, 75 Comments
That's what Al Gore is doing.  But there are others, notably Steve McIntyre, who are just trying to get the facts right, and they are asking for donations to help support their work.  (And sometimes their web sites.) Lucia (I... [read more]

You'll Want To Watch Pat Michaels' Speech
by Jim Miller, 12:22 PM, 0 Comments
There was much of interest at yesterday's Washington Policy Organization conference on the environment.  But the unquestioned hit was the keynote speech from climatologist Pat Michaels.   I was told that the speech will be shown on TVW some time... [read more]

July 23, 2009
Last-minute Counter Protest of Health-Care Takover in Bellevue
by Ron Hebron, 07:39 AM, 191 Comments
From Liberty Belle: Counter a pro-socialized medicine rally, hosted by MoveOn.org in Bellevue. Bring those signs and voices and show them that theirs is not the only opinion, and that we represent the people! Counter Protest: Fight MoveOn.org and Socialized... [read more]

July 22, 2009
Nanny Seattle
by warrenpeterson, 07:02 PM, 110 Comments
This Wednesday was a warm, beautiful, low tide day and my wife and I decided to go to the beach at Carkeek Park in North Seattle. We had not been there in several years so we were dismayed to see... [read more]

July 21, 2009
Why Did The Seattle Area Build A Light Rail Line From Seattle To Tukwila?
by Jim Miller, 01:37 PM, 102 Comments
The transit line opened this weekend and some of those riding free explained why they backed the new line.  For example, Chloe Brussard. "It's about time," said Chloe Brussard, echoing the sentiments of many who turned out for free rides... [read more]

7th Annual Environmental Policy Conference - Washington Policy Center
by Ron Hebron, 06:43 AM, 5 Comments
An opportunity to hear first-hand from some experts. Sponsored by Washington Policy Center 7th Annual Environmental Policy Luncheon & Conference Date: Thursday, July 23, 2009 Time: 7:30 AM - 1:30 PM Location: The Westin Seattle 1900 Fifth Ave, Seattle, 98101... [read more]

July 20, 2009
McKenna's Plans for the Future
by warrenpeterson, 12:41 PM, 30 Comments
I, and I'm sure everyone else on his mailing list, received the below e-mail from Rob McKenna. Should Patty Murray be concerned? She has faithfully towed the Democrat Party line since entering the U.S. Senate over 16 years ago. It... [read more]

July 19, 2009
The Sotomayor Verdict
by pudge, 03:56 PM, 94 Comments
I listened to the Sotomayor hearings, and I came away with conflicting impressions. For example, she said unequivocally that the right to keep and bear arms is an individual right, something her perhaps-future liberal colleagues denied in their dissent of... [read more]

Getting The Headlines Right On Health Insurance
by Jim Miller, 02:44 PM, 0 Comments
Last Friday's Seattle Times carried the disappointing news that the Obama-Pelosi-Reid health insurance plan would increase costs under this headline: Health Care Fix:  Budget Buster?  (The on-line version has a tamer headline, perhaps because they weren't limited to a single... [read more]

July 18, 2009
Individual private insurance would in effect be illegal
by Ron Hebron, 10:27 AM, 145 Comments
Pudge got the facts right, but the headline wrong. They have carefully set up their bills so President 0 can say "we will not take away your current insurance," while their bill will pick off individuals year after year until... [read more]

Hand delivery of our message for Congress against health care takeover
by Ron Hebron, 08:39 AM, 4 Comments
"Don't give the government control of our health care." I joined a group at the entrance to the building housing Congressman Jim McDermott's office in downtown Seattle. Steve Beren, who has run against McDermott, was there and about 10 total.... [read more]

July 17, 2009
Individual Private Insurance Would Not Be Illegal
by pudge, 03:10 PM, 28 Comments
Over on the public blog I saw a post that linked to a Investors Business Daily editorial which claimed a provision of the bill made "individual private medical insurance illegal." But here's a hint: the quoted text from the bill... [read more]

July 16, 2009
If You're Losing the Argument ... Lie
by pudge, 01:50 PM, 103 Comments
White House Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood, annoyed that Senator Kyl of Arizona is arguing against the stimulus, wrote a letter to Arizona Governor Jan Brewer, lying about what Kyl actually said. Kyl said he was against the stimulus, not against... [read more]

King County Has Been "Grossly Mismanaged"
by Jim Miller, 01:41 PM, 18 Comments
Who says so?  King County executive candidate Ross Hunter. King County Executive candidate Ross Hunter is available today to respond to the State Audit of King County Finances released today.  The report found that King County's internal financial controls are... [read more]

What Do The Snowfall Records At Mt. Rainier Tell Us?
by Jim Miller, 10:38 AM, 28 Comments
When I posted a graph showing total snowfall at Mt. Rainier from 1921 to the present, I got a lot of guesses as to why I was posting the graph.  Almost all of the guessers thought that I posted it... [read more]

Friday Tell Congress you don't want health care taken over by government
by Ron Hebron, 07:29 AM, 55 Comments
Tell Congress in person. Join your neighbors and go to your Congressman's or Senator's office with a letter or a sign - 9:00 to 10:00 AM Government-run health care is the only issue in this Tea Party demonstration. Washington State... [read more]

July 15, 2009
"Net Present Value"
by Jim Miller, 03:47 PM, 15 Comments
One elected official knows how to make my heart beat faster.  When I met last Friday with Washington state attorney general Rob McKenna, I was pleasantly surprised to hear him use that phrase.  (So surprised that I don't recall the... [read more]

July 14, 2009
Chuckles From The Seattle Times
by Jim Miller, 02:59 PM, 24 Comments
Today's editorial has two howlers, so amazing that they left me wondering whether the editorial writers read their own newspaper. Even the Obama administration, which has been reluctant to second-guess its predecessor in the White House, is recognizing that serious... [read more]

Incorporation Again
by pudge, 02:06 PM, 11 Comments
In case you're still not clear what all this talk in the hearings today is about "incorporation," check out my previous posts on the matter. Bottom line is that it's the way the Court has decided whether to force states... [read more]

Barack Obama (is not my mother)
by pudge, 12:58 PM, 17 Comments
From our friend Peter Cowman, a Michael Jackson parody: Barack Obama (is not my mother).... [read more]

"Wise Latina" and the Rule of Man
by pudge, 09:51 AM, 59 Comments
I'll have a lot more to say about Judge Sotomayor, but I am disappointed in her testimony about her "wise Latina" remark to the Senate today. In a speech a few years ago (and on several other occasions) she built... [read more]

July 12, 2009
Say What, Susan?
by warrenpeterson, 04:13 PM, 45 Comments
The race for King County Executive is non-partisan but let's face it, of the five leading candidates, four are Democrat elected officials and one is generally considered to lean Republican. What a surprise then to read in a Sunday, July... [read more]

What I Would Ask Sotomayor
by pudge, 03:59 PM, 86 Comments
So far I remain unconvinced that Sotomayor -- unlike some of her probably future colleagues on the Court, such as Stevens, Ginsburg, and Breyer -- is an "activist" judge. By "activist" I mean that the judge does what she thinks... [read more]

Eleven Unique Baseball Feats
by Jim Miller, 03:34 PM, 4 Comments
Each has happened only once in the major leagues.  (And one of them will never happen again, unless they change the rules.) By way of the Baseball Crank. Cross posted at Jim Miller on Politics.... [read more]

KING5 Attacks Eyman, Loses Anyway
by pudge, 09:39 AM, 22 Comments
KING5 went after Tim Eyman's initiative 1033 on Up Front today, trying to claim that we're not overtaxed and that our services will need to be cut. The former is an opinion, and the latter isn't true. You can watch... [read more]

July 10, 2009
Myth Busting: Medicare administrative costs are higher, not lower
by Ron Hebron, 10:21 AM, 280 Comments
Our president and his communicators claim there will be large savings by getting people into his government health care, known as the "public plan," but Heritage analyzed the claim and it's not true.Robert Book at Heritage:Many advocates of a... [read more]

July 07, 2009
Washington Supreme Court's 2009 Statistics
by pudge, 10:39 AM, 31 Comments
The Supreme Court of Washington Blog (from the EFF) reports on some interesting statistics for the state Supreme Court so far this year. As might be expected, Justice Sanders is least often in the majority, 72 percent, and has the... [read more]

July 06, 2009
Is Gregoire Naive, or Does She Think We Are?
by pudge, 05:13 PM, 294 Comments
KING5 Up Front did a story on health care reform this weekend, and featured a portion of an interview with Governor Christine Gregoire. In between sophomoric catchphrases like "it's a sick system, not a health care system," she was asked... [read more]

July 04, 2009
Happy 4th Of July!
by Jim Miller, 03:14 PM, 0 Comments
And to help you celebrate, some fireworks from last year. (This shot was taken from the Kirkland waterfront, looking toward Seattle.  I used the FZ8's "fireworks" scene mode, and, of course, a tripod.)... [read more]

Controlled-spending events today and ...
by Ron Hebron, 09:23 AM, 68 Comments
Tea parties are intended to get people who care about limiting the scope and control of government connected to each other. And to make a public showing of our beliefs . Waste? Heritage gives its first WASTE award to FCC.gov.... [read more]

July 02, 2009
Snowfall Records At Mt. Rainier
by Jim Miller, 05:05 PM, 30 Comments
Mt. Rainier gets a lot of snow every winter.  In fact, for many years it had the world record for snow in a single year.  (It lost the record in 1999 to another Cascade volcano, Mt. Baker.)... [read more]

"Mobying"
by Jim Miller, 11:34 AM, 0 Comments
Now is a good time to review that dishonest tactic.  Here's my own post on the subject, and here's a good discussion, with some likely examples, from John Hawkins. If you think a commenter is mobying, usually the best thing... [read more]

Come to the Tea Party on July 4th
by pudge, 09:03 AM, 44 Comments
I'll be performing at the July 4th Tea Party in Everett, at the Snohomish County Courthouse Plaza. I'll play two or three songs, starting around 12:30. The rally starts at 1 p.m. The group putting on the Tea Party, Renew... [read more]

July 01, 2009
A Tiny Bit Of Credit Where A Tiny Bit Of Credit Is Due
by Jim Miller, 03:04 PM, 46 Comments
While making his pro-regime propaganda film, Rick Steves missed, completely, the very large number of Iranians who were dissatisfied with the regime.  Very dissatisfied.  On Sunday, the travel writer, who should be apologizing for missing a story that big, gave... [read more]

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