Index of entries from April 2012
April 30, 2012
Dan Savage bullies student audience
by Ron Hebron, 08:43 AM, 46 Comments
Not news: Dan Savage talks vulgar and bullies student audience. News: Dan Savage was paid to teach against bullying. Addressing a national conference of high-school journalists, Savage was calling the Bible bull**** repeatedly. Students started to leave. So he called... [read more]

April 28, 2012
Your state government, working for you
by Stefan Sharkansky, 09:34 PM, 23 Comments
Since Gov. Wastemore took office, her administration has been buying "hundreds of needlessly expensive 4-wheel drive hybrid SUVs"The SUV of choice was the four-wheel drive Ford Escape hybrid, which costs $29,400 a pop, according to a recent Fleet Operations analysis.... [read more]

April 27, 2012
The Ron Paulistas Plot a Putsch
by warrenpeterson, 10:48 AM, 65 Comments
Despite Mitt Romney's inevitability and scoring a win in only one state (Minnesota) and corralling less than 100 total delegates to date, the Ron Paul Campaign rolls on. Why? No one ever expected he could be the Republican nominee and... [read more]

Biden Says Obama Should Never Have Been President
by pudge, 08:05 AM, 12 Comments
Vice President Joe Biden said yesterday, quoting Mitt Romney, "If we want someone who has a lot of experience in foreign policy, we can simply go to the State Department. ... that's not how we choose a President. A President... [read more]

April 26, 2012
The President for the 99%
by Stefan Sharkansky, 02:29 PM, 29 Comments
President Obama will hold his third Seattle-area $35,800-a-couple fundraiser of the 2012 campaign when he visits the Emerald City on May 10. The "High Dollar Brunch" will be held in the [$2 million 5 bed, 4.75 bath 5,410 sq... [read more]

Great moments in government education
by Stefan Sharkansky, 02:24 PM, 11 Comments
"Popular former Seattle principal accused of misusing district funds" A former Seattle elementary school principal is the focus of a police investigation into $30,000 in missing school funds, according to a report released Thursday morning. ElDoris Turner, who abruptly retired... [read more]

April 25, 2012
A safe prediction
by Stefan Sharkansky, 06:26 AM, 66 Comments
If Obama loses in November, his political prospects would be so dimmed that he'll never be able to get elected dog catcher.... [read more]

April 23, 2012
Inslee's carefully crafted lawyerly statements offer only non-denial denials on raising taxes
by Tim Eyman, 11:14 PM, 11 Comments
Since he announced his candidacy for governor, Congressman Jay Inslee has been asked numerous times by the media his position on raising taxes. So far, he's gotten away with providing only carefully crafted lawyerly statements. He started out with a... [read more]

Seattle Times Smearing Koster Already
by pudge, 10:25 PM, 14 Comments
The Seattle Times reports that someone donated too much money to John Koster's campaign. This sort of thing literally happens all the time, and when they find out about it -- as they do when they reconcile the books --... [read more]

You're Welcome
by Stefan Sharkansky, 02:05 PM, 7 Comments
"Liquor-store auction: nearly $31M in winning bids"... [read more]

David Carr Of The New York Times Agrees With Me
by Jim Miller, 12:34 PM, 2 Comments
In this post, I complained that broadcast news organizations were poor at correcting their own mistakes, and suggested that they broadcast corrections on the same program where the mistakes were made — and post them prominently on their web sites.... [read more]

"Kingston-Seattle foot ferry costs public $35,000 for each rider"
by Stefan Sharkansky, 06:00 AM, 11 Comments
Seattle Times: After a quarterly review revealed the foot-ferry has drained more than $1 million in Port of Kingston reserves and is on track to burn $52,000 a month for the rest of this year, the three-member Port Commission is... [read more]

April 22, 2012
"If I wanted America to fail"
by Stefan Sharkansky, 08:25 PM, 83 Comments
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April 20, 2012
My Sympathies To The Seattle Times And Reporters Berens And Armstrong
by Jim Miller, 11:13 AM, 18 Comments
I didn't study their methadone series, but it seemed well done to me, and certainly not bad enough to deserve an official reprimand from the Pulitzer committee. I assume almost everyone knows by now that most Pulitzer prizes in journalism... [read more]

April 18, 2012
Dog Lovers for Obama
by Stefan Sharkansky, 07:28 PM, 28 Comments
Lapel pins available from the official campaign swag store (context)... [read more]

April 17, 2012
by Stefan Sharkansky, 10:07 PM, 97 Comments
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Sin in the Secret Service
by warrenpeterson, 04:44 PM, 47 Comments
When those Secret Service guys get home, they'll have more to worry about than their jobs. Their wife or girlfriend may well expand the scope of the "Stand Your Ground" law. Should she use her dullest kitchen knife to make... [read more]

Some Narcissists Are More Equal Than Others
by Jim Miller, 06:29 AM, 13 Comments
That's how I explain Dwight Pelz's objection to a possible Dennis Kucinich run here in Washington state. The possibility of a Kucinich run here "horrified" state Democratic Party Chairman Dwight Pelz, who has repeatedly discouraged the idea. "Dennis Kucinich has... [read more]

April 16, 2012
by Stefan Sharkansky, 09:16 PM, 9 Comments
"$123 million levy to restore [sic] [Seattle] library services aimed at Aug. 7 ballot" "[King County] Voters asked to OK $210M levy for new Youth Services Center" "Seawall could cost [Seattle] voters $250 million" "... probably next February, looms Seattle... [read more]

Hope and Change
by Stefan Sharkansky, 10:44 AM, 11 Comments
"Some Washington state liquor workers are already leaving jobs"... [read more]

April 15, 2012
Think about tax increases this week
by Ron Hebron, 09:33 PM, 36 Comments
Getting your tax return ready for April 17? Waiting for your refund? Senator Murray and Senator Cantwell are following Senator Harry Reid. They refuse to write a budget - for the third year in a row - in violation of... [read more]

April 10, 2012
Error Correction At Broadcast News Organizations
by Jim Miller, 07:07 PM, 33 Comments
The errors made by our news organizations are their most annoying defects.  Not the worst, but the most annoying, because so many journalists are so bad at correcting their errors. (Those who work in news organizations may be surprised by... [read more]

April 09, 2012
Scorecard For The New 1st District Race
by Jim Miller, 09:26 AM, 11 Comments
You can find one in Robert Mak's latest Up Front program, which has brief interviews with all of the current candidates.  (There is still time for others to file.  The 1st district could even see Dennis Kucinich, though I think... [read more]

April 06, 2012
Obama is Brilliant and Awesome
by pudge, 02:58 PM, 47 Comments
"[Obama is] a brilliant constitutional lawyer deeply devoted to the rule of law ..." So says Laurence Tribe. I am unconvinced. I don't see any evidence Obama is a brilliant constitutional lawyer. He sure is a lawyer, but being a... [read more]

Is it time for state funding of media to go?
by MarkGriswold, 02:16 PM, 11 Comments
The Washington News Council ruled on a disagreement between the Vitae Foundation and KUOW regarding a story that KUOW ran last April. It should be well noted that this is only the fifth time in its 14 year history that... [read more]

April 03, 2012
Special Election for WA-1 Coincides With General Election for WA-1
by pudge, 05:26 PM, 14 Comments
There will be two different WA-1 elections on the same primary and general election ballots in August and November, for some people at least. Voters in the current WA-1 vote for someone to finish out Jay Inslee's term (basically, December)... [read more]

Does Speaker Chopp Expect Inslee To Lose To McKenna?
by Jim Miller, 12:57 PM, 11 Comments
What follows is speculative.  I don't know the answer to my own question, but I have a possibility for you to discuss. As you know, there is currently a budget deadlock in Olympia.  There is a Democratic budget produced by... [read more]

April 01, 2012
April Fool's Day Round-up
by Stefan Sharkansky, 01:00 PM, 7 Comments
Sen. Rick Santorum vows to stay in the race, and will consider being Mitt Romney's running mate. Vice-President Joe Biden says he "... can't remember a presidential candidate in the recent past who seems not to understand... what ordinary middle... [read more]

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