Index of entries from July 2011
July 31, 2011
It's a Deal, Kind Of.
by warrenpeterson, 11:00 PM, 30 Comments
Looking at the PowerPoint summary put out by Speaker Boehner's office, it appears the Republican controlled House won the day. Of course there is enough wiggle room to weasel out of some of the provisions. For example, the multi-trillion dollar... [read more]

July 29, 2011
Crazy
by pudge, 07:55 AM, 89 Comments
Can someone please explain to me how the few Republicans who oppose Boehner's debt ceiling plan are "crazy," but the couple hundred Democrats who oppose it are ... not? No, I didn't think so. I mean, you could adopt the... [read more]

July 28, 2011
Another Terrorist Trial
by Jim Miller, 03:24 PM, 10 Comments
Specifically, another eco-terrorist trial. The man accused of building the firebomb used by Earth Liberation Front radicals to torch the University of Washington's Center for Urban Horticulture in 2001 pleaded not guilty Wednesday to several federal charges. Justin Solondz, 31,... [read more]

July 27, 2011
Liv Finne Has Published An Instructive Note On Unions And Education Funding
by Jim Miller, 02:26 PM, 18 Comments
If you are at all interested in education issues in Washington state, you should read the whole thing. Here are two facts to give you more reason to read — and study — the whole thing: One of the main... [read more]

Crooks or Books?
by MarkGriswold, 12:39 PM, 7 Comments
The City of Renton is in the midst of an epic battle. The cause? Where to site their new libraries. This tale begins two years ago when the city put to the voters the question of whether or not to... [read more]

DEMOCRAT POLITICIANS' LUST FOR TAX MONEY OUTWEIGHS THEIR SUPPOSED COMMITMENT TO SOCIAL JUSTICE
by Tim Eyman, 10:06 AM, 13 Comments
Associated Press -- Dems challenge WA initiative curbing tax increases : "Rep. Jamie Pedersen, D-Seattle, one of the dozen House Democrats backing the lawsuit said he doesn't expect any broad tax increases if the measure is successful. But he argued... [read more]

July 26, 2011
Transportation key issue in Bellevue City Council Race
by MarkGriswold, 10:22 PM, 5 Comments
The biggest issue facing Bellevue right now, unsurprisingly, is infrastructure. As Bellevue has grown from a sleepy suburb to a bustling city in its own right road expansion has occurred but few would argue that more isn't needed. Just wait... [read more]

Suppression of dissent in Barack Obama's America
by Stefan Sharkansky, 03:00 PM, 42 Comments
King County Executive Dow Constantine is inciting an economic boycott of Bellevue Square because its owner, Kemper Freeman, supports Eyman-sponsored I-1125, which Constantine doesn't like:Speaking on KUOW, Constantine said Freeman's financial support for Eyman was "a grave concern. ... He's... [read more]

July 25, 2011
Eight Democratic legislators sue their own voters to overturn I-1053
by Stefan Sharkansky, 05:32 PM, 45 Comments
A coalition of sore losers with an insatiable appetite for other people's money have filed a lawsuit to overturn I-1053 and its requirement of a two-thirds legislative majority for all tax increases. I-1053 was approved by 64% of voters last... [read more]

A Debt Ceiling Revenue Solution
by warrenpeterson, 12:07 PM, 24 Comments
An estimated total of $8.1 Trillion is currently held in IRA and 401K plans. This may not include 401K style plans available to government employees and the self-employed. I did not find a breakout for traditional (put in pre tax... [read more]

Bill Gates Disses Bill Ayers
by Jim Miller, 09:10 AM, 4 Comments
The Microsoft co-founder dismissed the former education professor's work indirectly, and casually. "I bring a bias to this," says Mr. Gates.  "I believe in innovation and that the way you get innovation is you fund research and you learn the... [read more]

July 24, 2011
The Scrooge McDuck Solution To Our Budget Problems
by Jim Miller, 03:51 PM, 18 Comments
A local letter writer — who I won't name because I am feeling nice today — has an easy solution for our federal deficits. Time to review our fourth-grade arithmetic, boys.  Uncle Sam has eight apples. Uncle Sam needs 10... [read more]

Because forcing companies to pay employees to stay home more often will create more jobs, or something
by Stefan Sharkansky, 01:17 PM, 10 Comments
City Council primary opponents Bobby Forch and Maurice Classen are vying to outdo each other with enthusiasm for driving jobs out of Seattle:Forch says Classen got the business community endorsement by opposing a proposal the council is currently considering to... [read more]

Give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses, your threats to public safety
by Stefan Sharkansky, 12:06 PM, 11 Comments
"New state law protects legal immigrants' rights" As much as I admire and welcome legal immigrants, I'm not so sure about this new state law:A one-day reduction in the state's maximum sentence for a gross misdemeanor is expected to reduce... [read more]

It's Not Fair
by pudge, 07:55 AM, 75 Comments
Obama and most Democrats say we should do what they've always said we should do: have a "balanced" approach that has a combination of tax increases and spending cuts. Now, in fact, they actually propose increasing spending, but somehow this... [read more]

July 23, 2011
The View From Camp Muir
by Jim Miller, 01:00 PM, 4 Comments
Should be good almost all this weekend, now that they have the new web cam working. Here's a sample picture from yesterday, looking south from the shelter. For those not familiar with this area, that's Mt. Adams on the left... [read more]

July 22, 2011
Go All In On Debt Ceiling And Lose!
by warrenpeterson, 04:08 PM, 43 Comments
Republicans bolstered by 84 new members mostly from the Tea Party/conservative ranks took control of the House of Representatives on January 3, 2011. Almost immediately, the House instigated a government shutdown crisis by demanding budget cuts from the Obama administration.... [read more]

July 21, 2011
Who Knew the Suburbs smelled so bad?
by MarkGriswold, 04:13 PM, 19 Comments
The putrid stench that is Seattle politics does wonders in covering up the sometimes nearly as pungent odor that comes out of Bellevue City Hall. Of course Seattle's had more than twice as many years practice in turning out corruption... [read more]

Rich liberals who send their kids to private school
by Stefan Sharkansky, 12:48 PM, 63 Comments
Chicago reporter Mary Ann Ahern asked Mayor Rahm Emanuel yesterday why he sends his kids to private school. His honor reacted badly. The public deserves honest explanations from wealthy liberals who want to increase government control over everybody else's lives... [read more]

Because government employees have property rights to their jobs
by Stefan Sharkansky, 12:25 PM, 6 Comments
"Drug-court case manager twice charged with DUI"[James Hanken] A case manager in the King County Drug Diversion Court Program -- which works to break people from drug and alcohol addiction and accompanying crimes -- has been charged twice this year... [read more]

July 20, 2011
Seattle voters may be asked to increase car-tab fees by $100
by Stefan Sharkansky, 02:20 PM, 51 Comments
Increasingly ideologically extremist and out-of-touch with reality:Seattle drivers might pay $100 more next year to register their cars, if voters approve new fees being considered by the city and King County. Seattle City Council members are considering an $80 annual... [read more]

July 18, 2011
Brought to you by the free market
by MarkGriswold, 04:29 PM, 12 Comments
I joined some friends for dinner in Seattle on Saturday evening. Afterwards, the sun having decided to make an appearance, I decided to take a stroll around Downtown and was drawn to Westlake Park by the boisterous sounds of Seattle's... [read more]

July 16, 2011
Jackson Lee Hates Black People
by pudge, 10:29 PM, 25 Comments
Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee (D-TX) accused Republicans of opposing the debt increase because they are racists. Now, obviously, she is not stupid enough to believe such a thing. She has been in Congress for 16 years, and she knows quite... [read more]

The right wing's eliminationist rhetoric
by Stefan Sharkansky, 09:12 PM, 39 Comments
Seattle's Dan Savage, editor of The Stranger, on this week's "Real Time with Bill Maher": "I wish they [Republicans] were all fucking dead": Savage promptly apologized on the Slog, calling his statement "really, really stupid". Slog commenter "atc" responded:I'm queer.... [read more]

The Seattle Times Should Lighten Up
by Jim Miller, 01:31 PM, 14 Comments
Yesterday, the local monopoly newspaper ran an editorial attacking freedom of choice in, of all things, light bulbs. Some lesser lights in Congress wasted valuable time this week with an ill-considered effort to undo light bulb efficiency standards that were... [read more]

July 15, 2011
There Are No Spending Cuts
by pudge, 10:45 AM, 49 Comments
Look, I just want to be clear here: when Obama and the Democrats talk about two or three or four trillion dollars in spending cuts over ten years, they are lying. They propose to increase spending, not decrease it. The... [read more]

July 14, 2011
I'll have a McGinn and Tonic
by MarkGriswold, 10:23 AM, 8 Comments
The Seattle Times reports today that the City of Seattle, led by Mayor McGinn and City Attorney Pete Holmes and a few members of the city council, are beginning the process of lobbying the state to amend liquor laws to... [read more]

July 13, 2011
OneAmerica, your government-funded, tax-exempt patron of violent illegal immigrants
by Stefan Sharkansky, 04:56 PM, 5 Comments
OneAmerica calls itself a "leading force for immigrant, civil and human rights". It's also a leading force for violent criminal illegal immigrants. Several Washington counties are now preparing to join the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement "Secure Communities" program, under... [read more]

"Crowd lines up to oppose Metro bus cuts"
by Stefan Sharkansky, 03:10 PM, 26 Comments
Seattle Times:More than 400 people showed up for a sweltering Metropolitan King County Council committee meeting to protest proposed cuts in Metro bus service. Some urged the council to adopt a $20 car-tab fee that would forestall cuts for two... [read more]

Worst States And Best States For Black Unemployment
by Jim Miller, 09:59 AM, 7 Comments
The Department of Labor has released a report on black unemployment, and the news is grim.  Walter Mead has a good discussion of the findings in the report, but does not say much about the differences between the states. Those... [read more]

Obama And Granny Cartoon?
by Jim Miller, 07:22 AM, 7 Comments
We really need a cartoon to describe Obama's latest poliitical ploy: President Obama is pulling out the big guns and pointing them straight at your grandmother.  "Obama on Tuesday said he cannot guarantee that retirees will receive their Social Security... [read more]

Patty Murray Is A Party Hack
by Jim Miller, 06:22 AM, 15 Comments
We need to update our political images.  When we think of a party hack, most of us visualize a middle-aged, overweight white guy.  But hacks can come in any color and can be female as well as male, as our... [read more]

July 12, 2011
State spends $27,000 on appalling music video about dog poop
by Stefan Sharkansky, 10:46 PM, 8 Comments
The state Dept. of Ecology spent $27,000 to produce a music video to encourage dog owners to pick up after their pooches. Why is this needed? Because, according to the "Puget Sound Starts Here" project:While many dog owners are good... [read more]

OneAmerica, your government -funded tax and campaign finance violator
by Stefan Sharkansky, 08:44 AM, 13 Comments
The more I look into the OneAmerica, advocate for "immigrant rights" (for both legal and illegal immigrants) and violator of state and federal campaign finance laws and abuser of its 501(c)(3) tax exempt status, the more interesting the scandal becomes.... [read more]

July 11, 2011
Paid sick leave in Seattle: a gay-rights issue?
by Stefan Sharkansky, 05:29 PM, 8 Comments
The Times reports:Since Seattle City Councilmember Nick Licata introduced his proposal for paid sick days two weeks ago, political advocates have framed the debate as a public-health issue, a low-income workers issue, a quality-of-life issue, an immigrant-rights issue, and more... [read more]

Oh, how I look forward to government-run healthcare
by Stefan Sharkansky, 11:36 AM, 57 Comments
So. I got my tab renewal notice from the DOL (including $74.00 for the Sound Transit public art boondoggle). The notice says that I first need to take care of unpaid Seattle parking tickets (which I had paid off in... [read more]

Your transportation dollars at work
by Stefan Sharkansky, 10:31 AM, 11 Comments
How does the multi-billion-dollar multi-hundred-rider Sound Transit boondoggle help reduce traffic congestion? Here's one way:The Sound Transit art program, STart, brings an artist's perspective to what is mainly an engineering and architectural project. Besides improving the appearance and safety of... [read more]

July 10, 2011
Mak: "Inslee Web site makeover raises questions"
by pudge, 06:36 AM, 0 Comments
"Just days before Democrat Jay Inslee officially launched his campaign for Washington state governor, his Congressional Web site got a makeover--prompting Republicans to question whether taxpayer dollars were used to help Inslee's campaign."... [read more]

July 08, 2011
Seattle Councilman Tim Burgess is largest individual donor in OneAmerica Votes Campaign Finance Scandal
by Stefan Sharkansky, 02:35 PM, 2 Comments
Seattle City Councilman Tim Burgess gave $500 to OneAmerica Votes last October. This makes Burgess the most generous individual (non-institutional) donor to OneAmerica's tainted PAC, fined by the PDC last month for failing to disclose its campaign spending. Burgess is... [read more]

McKenna's speech to the Young Republicans interrupted by young Democrat
by MarkGriswold, 11:58 AM, 49 Comments
I went to the King County Young Republican's meeting last night hoping to see Attorney General Rob McKenna speak. Unfortunately it was not to be. After taking the stage, Rob thanked the YRs for the invitation and then recognized the... [read more]

Debt and Default
by pudge, 07:44 AM, 61 Comments
It's always seemed, from the beginning of this debate, nearly self-evident that it is not true that a failure to increase the debt limit equates to default. We obviously have enough revenue to pay our debt service, despite the lies... [read more]

July 07, 2011
Edmonds' finest
by Stefan Sharkansky, 09:45 PM, 14 Comments
Now that's what I call police work:The owner and three employees of a bikini barista stand called "Java Juggs" in Edmonds have been arrested for investigation of exposing themselves to customers for big tips, Edmonds police said Thursday. Sgt. Don... [read more]

Dialing for Dollars
by Stefan Sharkansky, 08:45 PM, 17 Comments
Sen. Patty Murray, in her capacity as chairwoman of the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee, recently contacted Koch Industries executive Philip Ellender asking for a five-figure contribution from the company's PAC (which would make the donors eligible to attend a DSCC... [read more]

The Welfare of Capitalism
by MarkGriswold, 04:05 PM, 16 Comments
This is one of the most brilliant commentaries I've seen on the inherent benefits of capitalism. The money quote: "Capitalism has its own built in welfare transfer system." This is cleverly explained through the example of the cell phone, which... [read more]

In Defense of Sam Reed
by pudge, 12:40 PM, 12 Comments
I've had many problems with Sam Reed's execution of his duties as Secretary of State. But I also think about the good things he's done and how bad it could have been otherwise. Consider if Jay Inslee, for example, were... [read more]

Mexican Nationals Get More Rights in America Than American Citizens?
by pudge, 08:08 AM, 30 Comments
The case of Humberto Leal Garcia -- a Mexican national, by some reports an illegal alien, on death row in Texas -- is interesting to me primarily because of one claimed fact that I haven't been able to verify, but... [read more]

OneAmerica's implausible excuses for violating campaign finance disclosure laws
by Stefan Sharkansky, 07:02 AM, 2 Comments
More on the unfolding campaign finance scandal involving OneAmerica and its daughter PAC "OneAmerica Votes" (OAV): It rather looks like OAV managers provided false testimony to the PDC. OneAmerica (and OAV) executive director Pramila Jayapal told the PDC in her... [read more]

July 06, 2011
More Hatred of the Rule of Law
by pudge, 12:44 PM, 16 Comments
What does it mean to "hate the rule of law"? I've used the phrase often, and I've explained it, but we're due for a recap. Time magazine subscribers may wish to pay special attention. To hate the rule of law... [read more]

July 05, 2011
Where do your property tax dollars go?
by Stefan Sharkansky, 04:35 PM, 13 Comments
I've posted an online property tax calculator which itemizes tax bills for Seattle properties. If you're a Seattle homeowner, enter your address and you'll get an itemized breakdown showing the exact amount that you pay this year for each of... [read more]

Are state Hispanics "underrepresented" in elected office?
by Stefan Sharkansky, 04:33 PM, 22 Comments
The Seattle Times reported Saturday that "In Yakima, other areas, growing Latino population invisible politically"As the state's Latino population has surged, political representation has not kept pace. In Yakima, where Hispanics now account for more than 41 percent of the... [read more]

July 04, 2011
Happy 4th Of July!
by Jim Miller, 03:10 PM, 2 Comments
Thanks, in part, to these men marching in Kirkland's 4th of July parade. Cross posted at Jim Miller on Politics.... [read more]

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