Index of entries from April 2011
April 28, 2011
Hayek vs. Keynes, Round Two
by pudge, 11:06 PM, 11 Comments
You don't get much better than this video putting the decades-old debate between Hayek and Keynes to music. If you've not seen the first part from last year, please check it out. Cross-posted on <pudge/*>.... [read more]

Sound Transit abuses taxpayers, taxpayers pay Sound Transit's fine
by Stefan Sharkansky, 04:28 PM, 8 Comments
The Public Disclosure Commission today approved a Stipulation whereby Sound Transit would pay a $15,000 fine for failing to file timely reports of its lobbying expenses dating back to 2006. The late filed reports disclosed lobbying expenses of $682,000. Half... [read more]

April 27, 2011
If it quacks like an illegal liquor tax, it's an illegal liquor tax
by Stefan Sharkansky, 09:12 PM, 41 Comments
Erik Smith of the Washington State Wire reports "Raid on Liquor Fund Could Blow Up Entire State Budget" The Legislature's latest budget raids the Liquor Revolving Account for $85 million, which would force the Liquor Control Board to raise the... [read more]

Even in Massachusetts
by Stefan Sharkansky, 09:09 AM, 17 Comments
Yesterday at the Massachusetts state legislature:House lawmakers voted overwhelmingly last night to strip police officers, teachers, and other municipal employees of most of their rights to bargain over health care, saying the change would save millions of dollars for financially... [read more]

White House Exposes Leftist and Media Big Lie
by pudge, 06:33 AM, 132 Comments
In finally releasing President Obama's birth certificate, the White House has conceded what many of us have known all along: that the countless times the left and the media asserted that we had seen Obama's birth certificate were all lies.... [read more]

April 26, 2011
Your library taxes at work
by Stefan Sharkansky, 10:59 PM, 18 Comments
KING-5 reports that a 14-year-old boy from Burien checked out from the King County Library the movie "Inside Deep Throat" without his parents' knowledge or consent. The movie, about the making of the porn classic "Deep Throat" is rated NC-17Needless... [read more]

April 25, 2011
If the state were a corporation it would be sued for unfair business practices
by Stefan Sharkansky, 10:30 PM, 19 Comments
"HOT carpool drivers using $5 Good to Go stickers will be wrongly charged"Carpooling drivers will be wrongly charged for using high-occupancy toll lanes, or HOT lanes, if they have a popular type of the state's new Good to Go pass.... [read more]

Closet Republican Joel Connelly: "'Sex' as a 2012 presidential endorsement"
by Stefan Sharkansky, 08:10 PM, 3 Comments
Joel Connelly, who plays a contumelious liberal blogger (formerly columnist) at, but was recently outed as a covert Republican false-flag operative, again lets slip his Republican mission in today's blog post. Connelly discredits what he implies are the most... [read more]

We Have a Tax Problem Too
by warrenpeterson, 07:28 PM, 4 Comments
It is popular in conservative circles to say, "We don't have a revenue problem in Washington, D.C. We have a spending problem." But the truth is we have a taxing problem too and it needs to be solved along with... [read more]

The UW's Amazing Choice For President
by Jim Miller, 04:58 PM, 13 Comments
The University of Washington regents just made an amazing choice for president. Oh, the man they chose has all the qualities you would expect; he's an experienced university administrator, he's good at raising money, he has supported collegiate sports, and... [read more]

Found: the speculator who is driving up the price of gasoline
by Ron Hebron, 11:47 AM, 17 Comments
Senators Patty Murray and Maria Cantwell blame speculators for high oil prices. Seattle Times They present no evidence. The Seattle Times editorial board agrees, citing the following empty evidence: Indeed, oil speculation -- meaning the amount of barrels held by... [read more]

Let's Help Jon Talton Out
by Jim Miller, 09:19 AM, 2 Comments
According to our local monopoly newspaper, Jon Talton "comments on economic trends and turning points" for them. From time to time, after glancing through one of his columns, I wonder whether Mr. Talton knows enough about trends and turning points... [read more]

April 23, 2011
More political violence from right-wing Tea Partiers
by Stefan Sharkansky, 01:49 PM, 28 Comments
KING-5 reports that vandals "dressed in black clothing with hoods and masks" smashed the windows of a Seattle Chase Bank branch yesterday evening and left fliers expressing solidarity with various jailed anarchists. The same bank was vandalized in March "by... [read more]

April 22, 2011
Global Warming Update (LIX)
by Stefan Sharkansky, 04:16 PM, 45 Comments
Well it seems pretty nice outside today, but the daily highs in Seattle this month have been about 7°F below the normal highs for this time of year. And in spite of yesterday's snow in the northern Puget Sound area,... [read more]

"$20 county car-tab bill to fund Metro goes to Gregoire"
by Stefan Sharkansky, 02:37 PM, 7 Comments
The Times reports that the state Senate passed a bill Friday morning that allows King County to charge an extra $20 car-tab fee to drivers until 2013.The estimated $67 million in income will help fund King County Metro, which needs... [read more]

Obama Versus The Founders
by Jim Miller, 12:56 PM, 5 Comments
Michael Ramirez scores again with this cartoon. (I've often wished that Obama would read Federalist 62, especially that part about laws "so voluminous that they cannot be read, or so incoherent that they cannot be understood", before he comes up... [read more]

April 21, 2011
The Subject Is the Deficit
by warrenpeterson, 11:48 PM, 22 Comments
In her April 14, 2011 newsletter, Senator Patty Murray (D-WA) said: "Last week as efforts to reach a budget agreement came down to the wire, I worked to successfully defeat an ideologically driven proposal that would have seriously restricted health... [read more]

If only someone had thought of this earlier
by Stefan Sharkansky, 12:38 PM, 8 Comments
The Seattle Times praises Sen. Maria Cantwell for brokering a swap of federal land with the 300 member Quileute Indian Tribe so it can move to higher ground and be protected from "potential tsunamis and floods". Yes, and with only... [read more]

"Forget the tunnel and reduce driving instead"
by Stefan Sharkansky, 12:15 PM, 21 Comments
So says a "consultant's report" commissioned by Seattle Mayor Mike McGinn. Mike Lindblom at the Seattle Times has the storyThe consultants restate a case for using surface streets, transit and Interstate 5 to replace the 58-year-old Alaskan Way Viaduct. Their... [read more]

More paid to households than taxes received
by Ron Hebron, 07:38 AM, 13 Comments
This can't continue. What would Senator Cantwell cut? More cash was paid to households by the US government than the taxes received during 2010: $2.3 trillion vs. $2.2 trillion. This, of course, does not count all the government spending for... [read more]

April 19, 2011
Sen. Cantwell wants the federal government to simultaneously lower and raise the price of gasoline
by Stefan Sharkansky, 01:37 PM, 29 Comments
Sens. Cantwell and Murray gave a press conference yesterday blaming "speculators" for the recent run-up in gasoline prices. The Senators didn't offer any evidence to support this theory, presumably because they don't have any. In an earlier report Cantwell's office... [read more]

"Volunteer cleanup in parks seen by city union as threat"
by Stefan Sharkansky, 12:53 PM, 22 Comments
The Times:Chris Martin, president of the Seattle trash-collection company CleanScapes, says he was being a good corporate citizen when he offered to have his crews clean Westlake Park -- free of charge ... But union officials representing the city's parks-maintenance... [read more]

April 18, 2011
Global Warming Update (LVIII)
by Stefan Sharkansky, 09:42 PM, 8 Comments
Seattle is shiveringenduring the coldest average high temperature for the first half of April on record at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport. And there's no end in sight, the National Weather Service says. ... Johnny Burg, a meteorologist at the National Weather... [read more]

Minority Congressional District
by pudge, 07:34 AM, 21 Comments
Yesterday on Up Front with Robert Mak, the idea of a congressional district tailored to give non-whites a majority was discussed. Three observations, and one conclusion. First, we are being told by this district's creation (should it be created) that... [read more]

April 16, 2011
Liquor Privatization update
by Stefan Sharkansky, 10:26 PM, 25 Comments
The Times: "No consensus is emerging on whether to privatize any part of the state liquor system."The governor said she was leaning toward a liquor privatization model that Costco has proposed, which would allow private retailers to sell liquor and... [read more]

April 15, 2011
Best (quote) of the Web Today
by Stefan Sharkansky, 11:20 AM, 29 Comments
James Taranto: the real problem here, as we saw most vividly in Wisconsin recently, is that today's "progressives" are politically, and perhaps also ideologically, committed to preserving the labor monopolies that produce stupid, bloated and ineffective government.... [read more]

April 14, 2011
Sound Transit seeks to indoctrinate your children
by Stefan Sharkansky, 09:54 PM, 45 Comments
Sound Transit has posted an RFP for its K-12 InitiativeSound Transit seeks a consultant/firm with relevant experience in the K-12 education environment to assist the Department of Communications and External Affairs in shaping an initiative to support and encourage educators... [read more]

"Seattle's rates for water, sewers among nation's highest"
by Stefan Sharkansky, 09:53 PM, 5 Comments
The Seattle Times reports:Seattle water customers pay higher wastewater-treatment rates compared with other large cities, but the city has limited control over the rates because of its 45-year, nonnegotiable contract with King County to provide sewage treatmentThe cost per ratepayer... [read more]

Tax Day Tea Parties
by Ron Hebron, 08:32 PM, 8 Comments
If you like President Obama's "This time I am serious; we have to raise taxes" then go about your normal business Friday. But if you agree that high taxes stunt our economy and there are other ways to lessen our... [read more]

April 13, 2011
Rename those "rights"
by Stefan Sharkansky, 04:38 PM, 42 Comments
(Via Ann Althouse) Rush Limbaugh spoke with Scott Walker about "collective bargaining rights" for government unions:we agreed that in terms of messaging, the whole term "collective bargaining rights" has somehow attached itself to people across the country as the essence... [read more]

Liquor privatization bills introduced
by Stefan Sharkansky, 04:16 PM, 11 Comments
The Costco-backed liquor privatization bill (mentioned last month here) has now been introduced as SB 5933, sponsored by Sens. Tom, Sheldon, Hobbes, Ericksen and Litzow. I hope it passes. But its first stop is in the "Labor, Commerce and Consumer... [read more]

Worth Reading
by Jim Miller, 12:42 PM, 0 Comments
Atmospheric scientist Cliff Mass's take on the problems at the University of Washington.... [read more]

Joel Connelly's secret is revealed!
by Stefan Sharkansky, 11:05 AM, 5 Comments
I've long noticed something suspicious about Joel Connelly. I'd just never been able to figure out quite what, until now: Connelly is a Republican "false flag" operative. His mission is to discredit liberal Democrats by exaggerating himself, while slyly inserting... [read more]

The Seattle Times Editorial Writers Should Visit France Some Time
by Jim Miller, 10:31 AM, 7 Comments
If they did, and they kept their eyes open, they would soon learn enough so that they would not write paragraphs like this one: Let's get real.  France is a fairly monochromatic country, a place uncomfortable with so many new... [read more]

Labor vs. Tea Party
by pudge, 09:07 AM, 27 Comments
Yesterday a few hundred Labor protestors went to Olympia, and there was violence and arrests. Today about 5,000 of them are expected, along with more violence and arrests. When the Tea Party is protesting, there's no arrests, no violence. And... [read more]

April 12, 2011
Atlas Shrugged Movie part 1 premiers Friday 4/15/11
by Stefan Sharkansky, 12:40 PM, 61 Comments
From our good friend Bruce Guthrie, a suggestion to promote fiscal conservatism and have a great evening -- see "Atlas Shrugged" (Part 1), on opening night, this Friday, Tax Day. (trailer here) Per Bruce:Liberals hate Ayn Rand. Hundreds of great... [read more]

Westneat Includes The "Who" In a Column
by Jim Miller, 10:34 AM, 3 Comments
And writes a better column because he included it this time If Westneat keeps this up, I may have to put aside my plan to ask local journalism professors whether they agree with his practice of leaving out the names... [read more]

April 11, 2011
Rob McKenna on "collective bargaining rights" for government employee unions
by Stefan Sharkansky, 12:45 PM, 30 Comments
Rob McKenna in the Seattle Times last month:Collective bargaining [for government workers] is a right. It's not the problem. The problem is politicians who give away too much at the bargaining table," McKenna said. If he does get elected governor,... [read more]

22 Dollars Returned For Every 1 Dollar Invested?
by Jim Miller, 12:28 PM, 14 Comments
Last week, I learned about a local Ponzi scheme. Members of the Mercer Island Covenant Church considered 84-year-old Stephen Klos a successful retired military man and real-estate investor who served as a church usher and frequented a local Bally Total... [read more]

April 09, 2011
Our Modern Day Sam Adams
by Stefan Sharkansky, 05:37 PM, 21 Comments
Congratulations to Tim Eyman, who was awarded the Modern Day Sam Adams prize by the Sam Adams Alliance yesterday. The list of all Sammie finalists is here. The winners were announced in an e-mail. This is well deserved national recognition.... [read more]

How did Caroline like "The Kennedys" series?
by Ron Hebron, 07:42 AM, 15 Comments
You will have the chance to ask Caroline Kennedy Schlossberg in person. Why did she want History Channel to kill The Kennedys series that it spent $30 million on? LA Times How did she succeed to get such a huge... [read more]

April 08, 2011
Blame Game
by pudge, 07:45 PM, 21 Comments
People seem to be wrapped up in this notion of who to blame for the impending goverment shutdown. But it's really very simple. There's lots of pieces, and I'll go over who is to blame for each one. The Republicans,... [read more]

Mt. Rainier And Mt. St. Helens Are Looking Gorgeous This Morning
by Jim Miller, 08:21 AM, 2 Comments
And should look pretty most of the day since we are finally getting an officially sunny day. If you are looking at the pictures from the Rainier web cams, you are going to wonder just how much snow is on... [read more]

April 07, 2011
Olympia, Washington or Olympia, Greece?
by Stefan Sharkansky, 07:45 PM, 20 Comments
The AP reports that police have arrested 13 people protesting proposed budget cuts at the state Capitol[Washington State Patrol spokesman Robert Calkins] says a scuffle broke out as officers tried to keep protesters from entering Gregoire's office. He says one... [read more]

Ah, the joys of a statewide recount
by Stefan Sharkansky, 05:01 PM, 15 Comments
The vote counting saga from Tuesday's Wisconsin Supreme Court brings back (fond?) memories of our 2004 gubernatorial race. On Wednesday the AP reported (based on unverified returns) that liberal challenger JoAnne Kloppenburg defeated conservative incumbent David Prosser by 204 votes... [read more]

April 06, 2011
What Congressman Jim McDermott Knows — And Doesn't Know
by Jim Miller, 12:31 PM, 11 Comments
This morning, Seattle's own congressman appeared, briefly, on John Carlson's Newsline program.  The result was entertaining and, in its own way, informative.... [read more]

April 05, 2011
King County Executive Dow Constantine concurrently hires his campaign consultant for both personal campaign and county project: "The first thing we do is bash 54% of our voters"
by Stefan Sharkansky, 12:34 PM, 16 Comments
What is the county paying Constantine's political consultant Christian Sinderman to do for $100,000 ($278/hr)? They produced few documents that answer that question: Some emails where Sinderman was cc:'ed, but few substantive emails written by Sinderman. The first was 11/26/2010,... [read more]

April 04, 2011
House Democrats propose budget today
by Stefan Sharkansky, 06:36 PM, 9 Comments
Seattle Times:House Democrats on Monday proposed closing a $5.1 billion budget shortfall through cuts, use of reserves and by privatizing the state's wholesale liquor operation.The article links to several summary documents. The complete 471 page proposed budget legislation may be... [read more]

And because the state has more money than it can use...
by Stefan Sharkansky, 06:30 PM, 3 Comments
The Washington State Wire follows up its earlier report (which I mentioned here), on the gas tax giveaway to the tribes. Today's WSW report: "State Will Give Tribes $427 Million in Gas Tax Money Over 10 Years, While Transportation Budget... [read more]

April 03, 2011
Danny Westneat: Two columnists in one!
by Stefan Sharkansky, 09:01 PM, 10 Comments
Today's Danny decries recent proposals to increase the state's revenue from "sin taxes":I favor legalizing pot -- mostly because it's such a waste of public resources keeping it illegal -- but the idea of installing the state as the approved... [read more]

Burning Korans
by pudge, 04:52 PM, 34 Comments
I've lost track with how many people blamed this guy in Florida, who burned a Koran, for the violence in Afghanistan. Off the top of my head, there's Obama and Petraeus and almost every pundit and host on the Sunday... [read more]

April 02, 2011
"But we have to pass the bill so that you can find out what is in it"
by Stefan Sharkansky, 12:46 PM, 18 Comments
The state House will hold a public hearing on its proposed budget this Monday at 3:30pm. Except that the proposed budget hasn't even been proposed yet. The substitute bill on which the hearing will be held won't be released until... [read more]

April 01, 2011
The Seattle Times has April Fools Jokes Too
by Stefan Sharkansky, 06:12 PM, 29 Comments
Seattle's Duller Daily doesn't usually display a sense of humor. But two items today struck me as so funny that I have to assume they're April Fools Jokes. 1) Editorialist Lance Dickie characterizes the nationwide revulsion to Obamacare as "Access... [read more]

The next step from health insurance "connector"
by Stefan Sharkansky, 01:22 PM, 11 Comments
State Sen. Karen Keiser (D-Kent) seeks to build on her successful 2007 legislation creating a state-operated "health insurance connector", to match insurance consumers with providers. In an interview, Keiser explained her new bill for a "companionship connector". "Companionship and sexual... [read more]

Senate Democrats devise "An end run around Tim Eyman"
by Stefan Sharkansky, 12:19 PM, 40 Comments
Democrats in Olympia have been working overtime trying to devise a way to raise taxes without bumping up against the voter mandated 2/3 majority rule. Sources tell me that State Sen. Scott White (D-NE Seattle) is circulating a draft revenue... [read more]

End Influence of Money in Politics Now
by pudge, 09:12 AM, 5 Comments
We all know it pervades our "democratic" system: greedy, self-interested, moneyed interests who do everything they can to sway government to give them what they want at the expense of everyone else. It's time to recognize that rights are not... [read more]

ObamaCare cut out AARP's competitors - Reichert
by Ron Hebron, 08:37 AM, 4 Comments
Why did AARP - the retirement group known for discounts - favor passage of ObamaCare when it would cut $500 billion in Medicare benefits? Surprise, ObamaCare cut their competitors' plans while preserving those of AARP. Remember "Let me be very... [read more]

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