Index of entries from May 2012
May 31, 2012
What Makes America Great
by warrenpeterson, 04:57 PM, 9 Comments
Sometime in each president's term, at least more recent ones, the sitting President hosts the former President and First lady at a ceremony to unveil their official portraits. Love President George W. Bush or hate him, love President Barack H.... [read more]

Prohibition Ends at Midnight Tonight
by Stefan Sharkansky, 09:35 AM, 19 Comments
The State Supreme Court today upheld I-1183, shutting down the state liquor business and allowing commercial retail sales to commence tomorrow. Justices Gonzalez, Owens, J. Johnson, Stephens and Chief Justice Madsen were in the majority. Justices C. Johnson, Chambers, Fairhurst... [read more]

May 29, 2012
Romney reception on June 4th
by Mrs. Shark, 11:06 PM, 11 Comments
Governor Romney, now the presumptive Republican presidential nominee, will be in town next Monday, June 4th. The minimum donation to attend the reception in Medina at 6:00 p.m. is $2,500 (remember, this is your children's and grandchildren's future at stake!)... [read more]

Messaging about the shooters
by Stefan Sharkansky, 08:25 PM, 40 Comments
Seattle's political class responds to the recent spate of murders and other shootings, including the tragic cases of innocent bystanders caught in crossfire. It's apparently easier and less controversial to blame inanimate objects than to do something about the human... [read more]

May 26, 2012
Brett Kimberlin
by pudge, 12:04 AM, 28 Comments
This Brett Kimberlin thing is pretty nuts. He's a convicted terrorist (for bombings in Indiana in 1978), and is apparently threatening people online for trying to out him: Robert Stacy McCain claims he has fled Maryland in response (after only... [read more]

May 25, 2012
Muslims And Gay Marriage
by Jim Miller, 01:24 PM, 8 Comments
Lornet Turnbull found the opposition of Muslims to gay marriage "unexpected". She shouldn't have been surprised.  But perhaps we can blame her surprise on her newspaper, which is not as, shall we say, frank as it should be on some... [read more]

Senator Patty pays female staff less
by Ron Hebron, 08:55 AM, 15 Comments
There ought to be a law. Senator Murray pays her male staffers $21,000 more on average than the females. Is this discrimination? So Senator Patty is proposing a law. She and four other female senators Wednesday announced the proposed Paycheck... [read more]

Democrats Blew Up Spending
by pudge, 01:26 AM, 17 Comments
President Obama claims that Republicans spend more. He's wrong. Congress passes budgets. The President can only sign them. And if you look at the actual data, it's clear: even though spending was pretty high with Republicans under Bush, it blew... [read more]

May 24, 2012
"Property values may point to likelihood of obesity", or the other way around
by Stefan Sharkansky, 08:51 PM, 5 Comments
One of my pet peeves with the mainstream media is the tendency to misreport and sensationalize freshly published scientific journal articles. Anytime you see a news story about a science study that interests you, double-check the news account against the... [read more]

May 23, 2012
Hope and Change
by Stefan Sharkansky, 03:42 PM, 21 Comments
A coalition of Washington state public school advocates, including the historically pro-establishment tax-and-spend League of Education Voters, has filed a charter school initiative for the November ballot. Allowing 40 charter schools over 5 years is tepid in terms of the... [read more]

May 22, 2012
Your public safety dollars at work for you
by Stefan Sharkansky, 08:32 AM, 17 Comments
"Seattle firefighter caught with meth still being paid, faces new charge"A Seattle firefighter recently convicted on a drug charge is now accused of violating a protection order secured by a former girlfriend - and remains on the fire department payroll.... [read more]

May 21, 2012
Armey's Army
by Jim Miller, 02:33 PM, 30 Comments
After reading that very interesting letter from Professor Radnitz, I thought some of you might like to read this old post of mine. (And I suppose I should add that the old post is just an appetizer.  I have much... [read more]

May 20, 2012
Is this what passes for scholarship at the UW these days?
by Stefan Sharkansky, 03:22 PM, 39 Comments
A letter to the editor in this week's The Economist: ... one thing we can objectively assess is the likely effect of the Republican Party's policies if put into action: a government that does not invest in education, or roads,... [read more]

May 18, 2012
The Junior Congressman From California's 8th District Has Resigned
by Jim Miller, 08:50 AM, 51 Comments
As far as I can tell, almost none of the voters in that San Francisco district miss Jay Inslee, though I suppose the senior 8th district congresswoman, Nancy Pelosi, may. In the 111th Congress, Jay inslee voted with his party... [read more]

May 17, 2012
Today's Seattle Times Editorial On Our Looming National Bankruptcy Is Bizarre
by Jim Miller, 01:26 PM, 0 Comments
The Obama administration is planning to bankrupt the country.  That isn't just what Republican partisans say, that's what their own numbers say.  Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner admitted that the administration has no plan to avoid bankruptcy — but says that... [read more]

May 16, 2012
Michael Ramirez Went Too Far With Monday's Anti-Obama Cartoon
by Jim Miller, 03:24 PM, 31 Comments
Since I've warned you, it's not my fault if you laugh at the cartoon. And not my fault if you notice that Ramirez is expressing, in a more extreme form, the opinions of 67 per cent of the respondents in... [read more]

May 15, 2012
Democratic District Chairs Gone Wild
by pudge, 03:58 PM, 2 Comments
The Democrats' 1st District Chair, Nicholas Carlson, is acting extremely bizarrely. As the GOP 39th District Chair, I never would have told a candidate they needed to bow to me. A district chair is no one special, and candidates have... [read more]

May 14, 2012
Bain Capital and Bike Locker Economics
by pudge, 10:01 PM, 8 Comments
I use a Community Transit bus from Snohomish County to downtown Seattle most weekdays. I live about 4.5 miles from the bus stop, and as the weather's been improving and my bicycle's been recently tuned, I've thought about how I... [read more]

Is Glenn Reynolds Right About The NYT Whooping Cough Story?
by Jim Miller, 07:37 AM, 6 Comments
Here's his post, where he argues that the Times reporter tried to impose a narrative on our whooping cough epidemic that doesn't fit the facts. Who's right?  (Extra credit for those who bring personal experiences or actual numbers to the... [read more]

Bully
by pudge, 06:55 AM, 28 Comments
I read a brief summary of the account of Romney's "disturbing" bullying incident. It didn't sound like anything worth mentioning to me. So I heard people talking about how terrible it was, so I went back and read the more... [read more]

May 12, 2012
Lance Dickie Is Reading Morgenson And Rossner
by Jim Miller, 01:25 PM, 4 Comments
Good. it's a book many more should read, though I will admit that it is not the easiest book to read — for a number of reasons. Since I read the book last year, I'll take this opportunity to give... [read more]

May 11, 2012
For I-1185, we're doing everything we can -- we need you to do the same
by Tim Eyman, 09:35 PM, 9 Comments
We're committed to getting Initiative 1185 on the ballot to extend the 2/3's vote requirement for the Legislature to raise taxes. It passed with 64% of the vote just two years ago, the 4th time voters approved it. There is... [read more]

May 10, 2012
WA: We're #37!
by pudge, 11:01 PM, 10 Comments
In a much more realistic accounting of the quality of business opportunities in Washington State than the 7th best spot Forbes offers, ChiefExecutive.net named Washington the 37th best state for business.In part, the discrepancy is likely due to Forbes not... [read more]

Sometimes he forgets
by Stefan Sharkansky, 07:46 PM, 19 Comments
President Solyndra O'Foodstamp brought his traffic-scrambling entourage into Seattle today for a $35,000 brunch with the 99% and a $1,000 per ticket Dave Matthews concert for the other 99% of the 99%. The Seattle Times was all giddy over the... [read more]

If Obama Were Trying To Maximize Seattle Traffic Problems, How Could He Improve Today's Fund Raising Visit?
by Jim Miller, 07:24 AM, 21 Comments
Fortunately, I don't have to pay much attention to Seattle's traffic problems — but those who do have my sympathy — so I will pass this question on to readers who do.  His fund raising locations and timing look almost... [read more]

May 08, 2012
Because paying more money to subsidize inefficiency is good for you
by Stefan Sharkansky, 11:27 AM, 42 Comments
Seattle City Light, with the support of Mayor McGinn, is proposing to raise electricity rates 4.7% annually over the next 6 years, a cumulative 32% compounded hike. Businesses, who will be on the hook for hundreds of thousands of extra... [read more]

May 07, 2012
The Seattle Times Takes One Small Step Toward Fiscal Sanity
by Jim Miller, 03:51 PM, 23 Comments
In this timid editorial, they begin by recognizing that we have a problem. Here is the problem. For four years the federal government has run a deficit of at least $1.3 trillion.  The federal debt is now $15.7 trillion, one-third... [read more]

May 06, 2012
Hacked for America
by Stefan Sharkansky, 05:29 PM, 22 Comments
Long time Sound Politics reader and commenter Bill G (Palouse) points me to a story on Powerline which features his own experience with a fraudulent credit card charge from Obama for America.... [read more]

May 05, 2012
Time once again to play "Name that Party!"
by Stefan Sharkansky, 11:23 AM, 20 Comments
The State Patrol has given prosecutors the results of its investigation into Snohomish County Executive Aaron Reardon, the Seattle Times reported on its blog yesterday:[Reardon has been] accused of misusing county money to travel with his mistress, Tamara Dutton. On... [read more]

May 03, 2012
Gregoire says something we can all agree with
by Tim Eyman, 07:37 PM, 37 Comments
Fiscally, she's been a disaster for our state. But we can all agree with what Gregoire said yesterday: "Hopefully I've read my last bill, signed my last budget and now I'm going to go away," she said. Hallelujah. Let's look... [read more]

Gregoire Lies About Education Funding (Again)
by pudge, 08:54 AM, 22 Comments
Governor Gregoire told candidates for governor that "we cannot live up to our responsibilities [in education] without new revenue." This is based largely on the idea that our state's constitution says, "It is the paramount duty of the state to... [read more]

May 02, 2012
"Downtown Seattle A Lively Place To Be"
by Jim Miller, 10:46 AM, 24 Comments
That is the headline over an 18 March Seattle Times column by Jon Talton.   (The on-line column has a different headline.) Well, yes it is, as we saw yesterday. (In the column, Talton tells us about all those wonderful... [read more]

May 01, 2012
Time to play "Name that wing"
by Stefan Sharkansky, 08:13 PM, 40 Comments
Today:May Day protests and traffic jams quickly turned to vandalism and chaos in downtown Seattle Tuesday, ... The violent demonstrators calling for the end of capitalism and school were mostly white teens and adults in their early 20s. Mostly young... [read more]

Victims Of Communism Day
by Jim Miller, 12:53 PM, 33 Comments
Professor Ilya Somin says we should remember those victims on May 1 every year. I think he's right, though not all the commenters on his post agree.  (I haven't taken the time to read all of the comments, so I... [read more]

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