Index of entries from January 2012
January 31, 2012
Congratulations To Governor Gregoire, Speaker Chopp, And Majority Leader Brown
by Jim Miller, 10:23 AM, 109 Comments
Two ratings agencies, Moody's and Fitch, just lowered the state's bond rating.  (A third, Standard & Poors, left the rating alone.) The state's ratings are still relatively high — we aren't Illinois or California yet — but these lower ratings... [read more]

January 30, 2012
Support Orbusmax
by Jim Miller, 03:30 PM, 7 Comments
Or, perhaps I should say, support Orbusmax! This afternoon, I mailed a small check to Orbusmax, and plan to do so every year, as long as Orbusmax is operating, and our "mainstream" journalists are so often failing us, as they... [read more]

January 25, 2012
Worth Reading
by Jim Miller, 03:52 PM, 38 Comments
Nina Shapiro's story on the "systemic bias against men in King County family court".  (For those not from this area: This particular King County includes Seattle and most of Seattle's suburbs.) Samples: Rhea Rolfe, an attorney who once taught a... [read more]

January 24, 2012
It Has Been 1,000 Days Since The Senate, Led By Harry Reid, Has Passed A Budget
by Jim Miller, 10:30 AM, 63 Comments
The Heritage Foundation has put out a little video honoring that dubious achievement. In 2010, the House, led by Nancy Pelosi, also chose not to pass a budget.  Reid and Pelosi chose then, and Reid has chosen since, not to... [read more]

January 23, 2012
David Brooks Refutes Danny Westneat
by Jim Miller, 04:39 PM, 19 Comments
I didn't plan to write about Westneat's pair of columns, but then I saw Brooks' column and realized that the three columns go together neatly. Last month, Westneat proposed that we build a new university to accommodate all those potential... [read more]

January 21, 2012
Seattle in the WSJ
by Stefan Sharkansky, 11:24 AM, 63 Comments
In today's Wall Street Journal: "Mayor 'McSchwinn,' Loveless in Seattle: An 'anti-car' crusader from the Sierra Club tests a liberal city's limits, and patience." A pretty decent article, but I would modify the opening slightly from:Seattle's Patagonia-clad residents are known... [read more]

January 19, 2012
Down to Four - The CNN Debate
by warrenpeterson, 09:54 PM, 69 Comments
Tonight's debate on CNN was one of the best to date. Even John King's first question, regarding the interview Gingrich's wife #2 gave ABC News about his infidelity, was appropriate. We would have cheered if Clinton were asked about his... [read more]

Global Warming Update (LX)
by Stefan Sharkansky, 05:05 PM, 25 Comments
Seattle Public Schools are closed again tomorrow, the third day in a row. Seattle has had 2 3 record low temperatures this week and Highway 18 is closed in parts due to freezing rain and ice-coated trees. 212,000250,000 customers are... [read more]

January 18, 2012
That which is essential
by Stefan Sharkansky, 09:43 PM, 7 Comments
At this hour on the University of Washington emergency alert page:Both classes and normal operations are suspended for Thursday, Jan. 19. Essential personnel only report to work. The basketball game vs. Cal will be played.... [read more]

Snow Stories
by Jim Miller, 01:23 PM, 12 Comments
Post any you think worth sharing. (Me?  I've been able to go cross country skiing a couple of times, and am hoping for a third time tomorrow morning.)... [read more]

January 17, 2012
Silly Bills, 2012 (II)
by Stefan Sharkansky, 03:53 PM, 21 Comments
HB 2426:No spirits retail license may be issued to a grocery store licensee that is a membership organization that requires members to be at least eighteen years of age.As the Seattle Times reports, this is nothing more than a bill... [read more]

January 16, 2012
Silly Bills, 2012 (I)
by Stefan Sharkansky, 03:34 PM, 29 Comments
The Washington State Legislature has been in session for a week and the usual flood of silly bills has begun. HB 2434 would create the "Washington Investment Trust". Whenever politicians talk about government "investments", they are usually referring to what... [read more]

We Gave You Everything! You Owe Us!
by pudge, 08:29 AM, 49 Comments
I'm certain by now most of you have heard or read Elizabeth Warren's remarks about how because society gave you what you have, society can take what you've got: I hear all this, you know, 'Well, this is class warfare,... [read more]

January 11, 2012
Sound Transit Numbers
by Jim Miller, 04:26 PM, 63 Comments
Michael Ennis of the Washington Policy Center has them. Sample: Sound Transit's light rail system operates at $5.68 per passenger trip.  This is higher than the national average ($3.30 per trip) and higher than King County's bus system ($4.38 per... [read more]

January 09, 2012
Cable TV
by pudge, 09:08 AM, 93 Comments
In a couple of my other posts, Steve's been talking about various TV networks. I unpublished those comments because they were off-topic and distracting, but I don't think they are a poor topic of discussion, so here we go: feel... [read more]

January 08, 2012
Senator Lisa Brown is a Liar
by pudge, 05:34 PM, 33 Comments
I know, I call people liars a lot. But it's not my fault that there's lots of liars out there, and they aren't being called out for it. So I do it. Senator Lisa Brown said the other day, "to... [read more]

January 06, 2012
Governor Gregoire's Next Office?
by Jim Miller, 07:55 AM, 39 Comments
Our intrepid local journalists seem to have taken her recent announcement at face value. So it is up to others to speculate on her possible motives.  When we look at politicians, especially those with long records of winning elections, we... [read more]

January 05, 2012
Supreme Court: Washington Underfunds Public Schools
by pudge, 12:30 PM, 33 Comments
Hold on to your pocketbooks. Governor Gregoire and the Democrats continue to cut education instead of arts funding, environmental causes, and many other budget items, in the hopes that citizens will want to raise taxes to pay for education. See,... [read more]

January 02, 2012
Bill Wade is a Scum-Sucking Liar
by pudge, 07:45 PM, 80 Comments
According to Bill Wade, chairman of an organization of Park Service retirees, a law that allows guns in national parks is directly responsible for the death of Park Service ranger Margaret Anderson. Of course, this makes no sense: from everything... [read more]

January 01, 2012
Rose Bowl
by Stefan Sharkansky, 08:05 PM, 20 Comments
Tomorrow is the 98th Rose Bowl, Wisconsin vs. Oregon. For dinner this evening I roasted a duck. Go Badgers! UPDATE: Oregon wins, 45-38.... [read more]

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