Index of entries from May 2010
May 31, 2010
Three For Memorial Day
by Jim Miller, 12:54 PM, 11 Comments
Reverend Sensing gives us an essay on courage. Kate Smith sings "God Bless America". Robert Poole gives us a chart of our losses in major wars — and explains how we have learned to identify all of the dead. Cross... [read more]

May 28, 2010
The Excellence of Private Sector Solutions
by MarkGriswold, 05:00 PM, 33 Comments
The school year is coming to an end and at Bellevue's Eastside Academy a group of eleven teenagers is preparing to graduate. But these kids are not like most graduating Seniors in America. When they don their cap and gown... [read more]

Poison Pork?
by Jim Miller, 01:49 PM, 39 Comments
Defenders of pork barrel spending have a range of defenses.  Some object to the term itself, and say that most of the spending labeled pork is actually good for the country.  Others operate on the "everyone does it" principle and... [read more]

Coday Drops Out, Endorses Rossi
by pudge, 11:04 AM, 43 Comments
Popular Republican challenger for U.S. Senate Art Coday dropped out of the race today, endorsing Dino Rossi and saying he will run for state representative in the 32nd LD.... [read more]

Rossi forgoes earmarks
by Ron Hebron, 08:20 AM, 55 Comments
Dino Rossi, candidate to replace Senator Patty, announced that he will not seek earmarks when he is serving in the Senate. Senator Patty is a hero of earmarks - 8th in the Senate. OpenSecrets Her representative, Alex Glass, emphasized that... [read more]

May 27, 2010
Just a Reminder: Then and Now
by pudge, 04:06 PM, 27 Comments
Barack Obama, inaugural address: "In reaffirming the greatness of our nation, we understand that greatness is never a given. It must be earned. Our journey has never been one of shortcuts or settling for less. It has not been the... [read more]

May 26, 2010
Dino vs. Patty
by Ron Hebron, 07:23 AM, 89 Comments
Dino Rossi made it official this morning. He is running against the 99th smartest US Senator, Patty Murray. DinoRossi.comI have been supporting Dr. Art Coday, because I know him and he very articulately expounds conservative principles. We need to get... [read more]

May 25, 2010
Local SEIU Chapter Refuses To Condemn Actions in Maryland
by MarkGriswold, 10:17 AM, 34 Comments
And threatens to call police! That's right. After hearing this horrible story about an SEIU group in Maryland terrorizing someone's private residence I contacted one of the local SEIU chapters and asked them if they condoned this sort of behavior... [read more]

May 24, 2010
Dino Rossi Running for Senate
by pudge, 03:46 PM, 104 Comments
According to various sources, including the Washington Post.... [read more]

May 23, 2010
Republican Senate Candidate Forum on Tuesday
by pudge, 11:09 PM, 12 Comments
Don't miss the U.S. Senate Candidate Forum hosted by the 38th District Republicans of Snohomish County, on Tuesday, May 25, from 7:00 - 9:00 p.m., at the PUD building in Everett on California Street. Paul Akers, Art Coday, Clint Didier,... [read more]

Rand Is Right
by pudge, 11:07 PM, 65 Comments
When Rand Paul says it is unconstitutional for the federal government to prohibit private businesses from discriminating based on race, he's right, arguably (which I will get to in a moment). But when he says it is not, in this... [read more]

Is ObamaCare consitutional? Debate Thursday
by Ron Hebron, 07:52 PM, 5 Comments
Cato Institute Senior Fellow Ilya Shapiro will be debating against the constitutionality of ObamaCare Thursday at University of Washington. The UW Law School had a one-sided "debate" in March 30 because they could not find anyone who would take the... [read more]

May 21, 2010
Mt. St Helens, 1979-2009
by Jim Miller, 02:26 PM, 8 Comments
Here's a nifty little video from NASA: Note that the color scheme changes in 1984.  And that much of the blast area has not recovered, which won't surprise those who remember this post. Cross posted at Jim Miller on Politics.... [read more]

May 20, 2010
What a Week for Immigration Reform
by warrenpeterson, 06:51 PM, 260 Comments
Tuesday, May 18, 2010: The State Department defended Assistant Secretary of State Michael Posner, who at a human rights conference in Washington, expressed his regret to the Chinese regarding the recent Arizona immigration law. Wednesday, May 19, 2010: At a... [read more]

Everybody draw Mohammed Day - May 20
by Ron Hebron, 07:11 AM, 91 Comments
Today is Everybody Draw Mohammed Day. It was the idea of Seattle cartoonist Molly Norris. After Comedy Central cut a portion of a South Park episode following a death threat from a radical Muslim group, Norris wanted to counter the... [read more]

May 19, 2010
ObamaCare Public option is alive and well and hidden
by Ron Hebron, 07:52 AM, 65 Comments
Boss Pelosi told her Democrat pawns that Congress had to pass ObamaCare for them to find out what's in it. And - surprise - we keep finding more booby traps in it. She and Honorable Harry Reid put the Congressional... [read more]

May 18, 2010
Thirty Years Ago, Mt. St. Helens Blew Up
by Jim Miller, 06:43 AM, 10 Comments
Or blew out, to be more exact, since the explosion did not go straight up. I had planned to have a new collection of pictures from the newer, higher resolution web camera, but found that I do not have a... [read more]

May 17, 2010
Double Standards And Danny Westneat
by Jim Miller, 05:38 PM, 0 Comments
The Seattle Times columnist has long puzzled me; he often arrives at at a conclusion without showing his work, as if he had teleported to the conclusion from some unknown location.  It is not just that I disagree with his... [read more]

Mt. St. Helens Anniversary
by Jim Miller, 07:40 AM, 0 Comments
Tomorrow will be the 30th anniversary of the big blow-up, and I'll have a post here with a few thoughts, and some recent pictures, to get things started. If you have some pictures, stories, or just thoughts to share, you... [read more]

May 16, 2010
Congratulations To Kevin Ellis
by Jim Miller, 04:56 PM, 3 Comments
And to Amy Chyao and Yale Fan.  (Kevin Ellis got first billing because he's from Vancouver, Washington.)  For their wins in the Intel International Science And Engineering Fair. Here's what Chyao did: She worked on a concept to extend the... [read more]

May 15, 2010
Governor Brad Owen?
by warrenpeterson, 10:59 PM, 22 Comments
Lt. Governor Brad Owen will become Washington's 23rd governor if Christine Gregoire follows former Governor Gary Locke and former King County Executive Ron Sims to the other Washington. One wonders why it took so long to find her a job... [read more]

Greece has to end ObamaCare
by Ron Hebron, 09:43 PM, 32 Comments
Greece has to make some basic changes in order to get a bailout from the IMF - International Monetary Fund. Greece has to cut back on government control of health care and put it back in the marketplace. NY Times... [read more]

May 14, 2010
Gregoire gambit to save Senator Patty?
by Ron Hebron, 07:02 AM, 21 Comments
Who would benefit from Christine Gregoire departing Washington for D.C? Political analysis from Evan at NW Digest In the speculation about whether Gov. Chris Gregoire may be headed to Washington, D.C. at some point in the near future (to replace... [read more]

May 13, 2010
He's Baaaack!
by Jim Miller, 05:14 PM, 6 Comments
Just when you thought it was safe to visit Mt. St. Helens. Though I must admit that he looks peaceful enough. Cross posted at Jim Miller on Politics.... [read more]

May 12, 2010
Gregoire for Solicitor General?
by pudge, 01:52 PM, 39 Comments
Governor Christine Gregoire is apparently on the short list to replace Solicitor General Elena Kagan. Would Washington be better off if she were replaced before her term expired? Discuss.... [read more]

Your Federal Money at Work in Snohomish County
by pudge, 11:04 AM, 42 Comments
I'd like someone to try to explain how this makes financial sense. Fourteen electric cars, powering them for $32K apiece, when just plugging them into the existing electrical grid would cost, by my estimate, less than a thousand dollars a... [read more]

May 11, 2010
Union President Barrette Green Has Cost Washington State Millions Of Dollars
by Jim Miller, 12:33 PM, 15 Comments
Not in pay, or benefits, or wasted resources, but in sexual harassment lawsuits.  The latest has just been settled. Washington state and a public-employees union have agreed to pay nearly $1 million to settle a sexual-harassment lawsuit stemming from the... [read more]

May 09, 2010
Gregoire signs the irresponsible 2011 budget
by Ron Hebron, 09:38 PM, 78 Comments
That is the correct term for it - irresponsible. It is unsustainable and the people who wrote it knew it. They used a bunch of tricks - "borrowing" from dedicated funds, taking capital funds, which are for long-term projects, to... [read more]

Happy Mother's Day!
by Jim Miller, 12:51 PM, 5 Comments
To all the mothers out there. We need our mothers most in stormy times. Cross posted at Jim Miller on Politics... [read more]

May 07, 2010
Bailout Fatigue
by Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers, 10:39 AM, 54 Comments
Today, National Review Online published my article, "Why Should American Taxpayers Bail Out Greece?" You can find that article, and others at a special Facebook page we created. Here is an excerpt from my NRO article: All across America, people... [read more]

Now we know why the 787 is delayed
by Ron Hebron, 06:37 AM, 47 Comments
Now we know. The 787 is delayed by a shortage of mens' bathrooms at the Charleston, South Carolina, plant. Post and Courier ... The male workers spoke of lines that, at times, snake out of the restroom areas. "Sometimes, there's... [read more]

May 05, 2010
Two Americas: Government workers increase their lead
by Ron Hebron, 10:04 AM, 110 Comments
Government workers used to be "civil servants." They earned less, but they kept at it because they were serving the public. Then their benefits started outpacing the private sector. Now their pay is growing much faster. Michael Mandel at his... [read more]

Not Enough Day Care Centers in Connecticut?
by Jim Miller, 06:29 AM, 0 Comments
Many of our "mainstream" journalists seem puzzled by the Times Square suspect's motives.  Here, for instance, is a story from the Associated Press, with this headline: "NY car bomb suspect cooperates, but motive mystery" Perhaps these mystified journalists should take... [read more]

May 04, 2010
Hitler and Obama
by pudge, 05:13 PM, 38 Comments
Inspired by various people who make dumb comparisons that sound like they make sense, solely for the purpose of making some grander insinuation, is my new song, Hitler and Obama. Enjoy! Cross-posted on <pudge/*>.... [read more]

Should U.S. Taxpayer Dollars Bailout Greece?
by Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers, 01:25 PM, 40 Comments
Last week I appeared on The Kudlow Report to talk about the situation in Greece: If you haven't been following the issue, read my post "Beware of Greeks Bearing Bailout Plans" from last month. As I noted on CNBC... [read more]

May 02, 2010
Why Are We Spending So Much On Mass Transit?
by Jim Miller, 03:59 PM, 62 Comments
The Onion explained, way back in 2000. A study released Monday by the American Public Transportation Association reveals that 98 percent of Americans support the use of mass transit by others. It really is that simple. Cross posted at Jim... [read more]

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