Thursday, December 30, 2004

The fight for the Dem state chair position begins, in Shelton I think. This is the first notice I've seen of a forum for the Dem state chair. Despite his efforts during the recounts, it looks like Paul Berendt in is some trouble this year.

His biggest mistake in my view is going out to get Dave Ross for the 8th district seat. A smart ass radio talk show host was the perfect person to run against the popular sitting King County Sheriff, if you felt like not winning.

35th Legislative Distric Democrats To Host State Party Chair Forum

On Saturday, January 8th the newly reorganized 35th Legislative District Democrats will meet at 1:00pm to 3:00pm at the Olympic College extension at 937 W. Alpine Way in Shelton. From 1:45-2:45 a forum will be held introducing all four candidates for the Democratic State Party Chair position. That position will be voted on the last weekend of January. The candidates include the incumbent, Paul Berendt, Kat Overman, Bill Phillips, and Greg Rodriguez. The forum is free to members and $5 for non-members.

For further information please call 360-830-4332
Who are these people, by the way?

Paul Berendt
Sitting chair, bringer of Dave Ross. 'Nuf said.

Kat Overman
Former Chair, Snohomish County Democrats, Former interim political organizer, King County Labor Counci, Co-founder, Possession Sopund Democratic Society, Union Rep and Political Coordinator, Teamsters Local 763, 11 years as Campaign Consulting and Management. Email her at: kathleenoverman@aol.com

Bill Phillips
From the 21st District, and has a website.

Greg Rodriguez
Former King County chair, has a website and is supported by King County Dem blogger and 5th District chair, Kayne McGladrey.

Monday, December 27, 2004

Redwing thursh mania, dozens of polite birders with directional listening devices, binos and spotting scopes desend onto west Olympia streets over the Christmas holiday. Yesterday, on our way home from returning some Bon gifts, we took a short cut through the southwestside, and I kid you not, we count maybe a half dozen birders wandering south of Harrison and east of Black Lake Blvd.

Looking for a bird:
Subject: redwing this a.m.
From: Hal Opperman
Date: Mon, 27 Dec 2004 11:45:10 -0800

The West Olympia Redwing was seen by about 20 persons this morning on the
west side of Decatur between Fourth and Fifth from shortly after 8:00 to
just before 8:30. It and the several robins accompanying it then flew
northeastward. Those who followed found it atop a bare tree on the west side
of Plymouth a half-block north of Fourth, but only for a few minutes. By
8:40 or so Redwing and robins had decamped to points unknown, downslope to
the east and north.

Wednesday, December 22, 2004

Why Orange? Well, the reference to the Ukraine is obvious, except that Democrats weren't beating up Republicans in Jefferson County. There is a more obvious reason for Republicans wearing orange on the capitol steps this morning. Shopping at Sunbirds and Sportco.

From the Olympian:

Any there dressed in orange hunting vests, orange caps and even orange jumpsuits, a reference to the Ukrainian opposition party, which forced a new presidential election after the first was found to be tainted with fraud.

"Welcome to Ukraine," said orange signs handed out by Wilbur's radio crew.


Monday, December 20, 2004

Interesting reading on tesccrier this week. It all starts with this:

> ALL!
>
> Please accept this email as an open invitation to meet the police officer
> candidates applying for 2 positions with the campus police.
> Interviews are being held December 15th & 16th. After meeting with an oral
> board and the Director, each candidate will spend approximately 30 minutes in
> Library Room 2218. The first candidate, DEREK OLSON, will be available for
> comments and questions at 9:00 AM on the 15th. Thereafter,
>
> On December 15th
>
> 1000 AM (Candidate withdrew)
> 1100 AM ANDREW HILL
> 1200 PM GREGORY HALEY
> 2:00 PM JUSTIN CRIPE
> 3:00 PM KENNETH RICE
>
> On December 16th
>
> 9:00 AM TOBIN VOLKMAN
> 1000 AM TREVOR McCAIN
> 1100 AM JOHN FITZGIBBON
> 1200 PM MARK MacFARLANE
> 2:00 PM MATT GOEBEL
> 3:00 PM GENE SCHUSTER
>
> Please take this opportunity to stop by and have a conversation with the
> applicants and let us know your thoughts and feelings about their potential
> "fit" here at Evergreen.
>
> Thank you for your help,
>
>
> Steve


Innocent enough it seems. But the topic of cops at Evergreen is not at all boring, at least some don't make it boring.

From: Jayne Kaszynski [mailto:kasjan25@evergreen.edu]
Sent: Wed 12/15/2004 10:36 AM
To: TESC Crier MailingList
Cc: TESC Crier MailingList; All Students
Subject: [tesccrier] Re: FW: POLICE SERVICES APPLICANTS

Why have these have been scheduled after the students have left? And why did we
only receive a day's notice?

I can't help but think that this has been done intentionally.


Jayne


And...

-----Original Message-----
From: Bauman, Kandi [mailto:baukan19@evergreen.edu]
Sent: Wednesday, December 15, 2004 1:14 PM
To: TESC Crier MailingList
Cc: TESC Crier MailingList; All Students
Subject: [tesccrier] Re: FW: POLICE SERVICES APPLICANTS

I agree with you Jayne.
Where is the opportunity for student voice and opinion?
Something is definitely wrong with this situation.
Kandi


Then...
-----Original Message-----
From: Carras, Kathy [mailto:CarrasK@evergreen.edu]
Sent: Wednesday, December 15, 2004 2:00 PM
To: TESC Crier MailingList
Subject: [tesccrier] FW: Re: FW: POLICE SERVICES APPLICANTS

I agree too. Last thing we need is more young hot shots fresh out of the academy looking to beat up and pepper spray kids for trying to get drunk after a hard week of class. I call shenanigans on the whole situation.
Ben Longstreth
TESC Bookstore



This...

-----Original Message-----
From: Garland, Pamela [mailto:GarlandP@evergreen.edu]
Sent: Wed 12/15/2004 2:26 PM
To: TESC Crier MailingList
Subject: [tesccrier] RE: FW: Re: FW: POLICE SERVICES APPLICANTS

Not all academy graduates are young hot shots.I was about 40 when I graduated from the academy. Now I am a 52 and not even a hot mama.

[Garland, Pamela]


Which eventually results in:

-----Original Message-----
From: Slater, Thomas [mailto:slatho19@evergreen.edu]
Sent: Wednesday, December 15, 2004 2:46 PM
To: TESC Crier MailingList
Subject: [tesccrier] RE: FW: Re: FW: POLICE SERVICES APPLICANTS

What the fuck are you talking about. WHo the fuck got beat up and pepper sprayed for holding a beer? What hot shots fresh out of the academy? That Perez guy is a hardass, no doubt, and I wouldnt ever want to fuck with him on a physical level, but even He doesnt go aggressive without cause. Shit, I saw a homeless guy start cussing him out, a homeless guy accused of pulling a gun in Salvation Army, and not shit came of it.
You fuckwits need to get a little more realistic. Cops give people who break laws shit. Dont wanna catch shit? Mind your goddamn business and drink indoors. Get stupid, risk getting hurt. Its reality. I dont like it much more than anyone else. I've met the cops around Oly, and if they pepper sprayed anyone I'm inclined to say the person in question earned it.
And just as a side question: when has Evergreen ever had a hard week of class?


Fun had by all.

Sunday, December 12, 2004

From Cecil Andrus' Politics Western Style:
We should be sustaining clean air, clean water, and wild places -- but also small-town values, the ability to make a living from the land, civilized debate, and the ability to resolve problems on a local and regional level.

Friday, December 10, 2004

A comment I posted on westerndemocrat.com, where I also blog:

...I like Dean, supported him early on and really like his message that we should start from the grassroots and build a 50 state party. I'm coming to the conclusion though that he better serves the party in a cheerleader role, as opposed to the chair of the DNC, essentially, because he is damaged goods. His message of grassroots organizing and 50 state strategy didn't get out yesterday, the headline in my paper was "Move the right not what Dems need."

Dean, unfortunately, would be seen as a move to the left by the party, especially by folks in the West who don't have that any experience with him outside of the Presidential election.

Anyway, I've been reading Cecil Andrus' book "Politics Western Style," and it had a great quote about the difference between Republicans and Democrats in the West:

"(Idaho) has elected Republicans so dumb they need to be watered, but any Democrat who hopes to stick around must have the adaptive skills of a coyote."

Maybe that's the beginning of my five things that make a Western Dem post.


Wednesday, December 08, 2004

This is insane. Even though I'm happy charges will even be filed, the fact that any of these jokers walked out of the Palace not in handcuffs is another example of justice being applied unequally.

Tuesday, December 07, 2004

You could say that support for a new Walmart in Tumwater from the Tumwater business community is lukewarm at best. At worst, more than a third of responding businesses say that they are not only against Walmart coming to Tumwater, but they are against Walmart in general.

One bonehead though said that while he was against Walmart personally, that the chamber should support business. I'm going to count on this guy when I open my murder for hire business next to the Dollar Store.

-----Original Message-----
From: Tumwater Chamber [mailto:office@tumwaterchamber.com]
Sent: Tuesday, December 07, 2004 6:13 PM
To: office@tumwaterchamber.com
Subject: Wal-Mart Survey Results

Here are the Wal-Mart survey results . . .

34 Responders
14 Support
17 Against: 12 Against Wal-Mart/5 Against Added Traffic Congestion
2 Neutral
1 Answered - Personally against; however, Chamber needs to support business.

A big thank you to everyone who responded to our survey. I will be taking the survey results to the City Council meeting tonight (12/7).


Corinne M. Tobeck
Executive Director
Tumwater Area Chamber of Commerce
5304 Littlerock Road S.W.
Tumwater, WA 98512
(360) 357-5153 Phone
(360) 786-1685 Fax
office@tumwaterchamber.com E-Mail
www.tumwaterchamber.com Web

Wednesday, December 01, 2004

Ukraine's revolution in a box may seem contrived, but I'm becoming an admirer in the short time I've been paying attention to the Pora movement.
A lot of planning, work and money has gone into efforts to design a US model for promoting democracy around the world. The model's first success was notched in Serbia. Funded and organized by the US government, which deployed US consultancies, pollsters, diplomats, the two big American parties and US non-government organizations (NGOs), the campaign defeated Slobodan Milosevich at the ballot box in Belgrade in 2000.

Richard Miles, the US ambassador in Belgrade, played a key role in the campaign to oust Milosevich. In November last year, as US ambassador in Tbilisi, Miles reapplied the same method successfully. Thanks to his coaching, US-educated Saakashvili brought down Eduard Shevardnadze. When the US ambassador in Belarus, Michael Kozak, a veteran of similar operations in Central America, notably in Nicaragua, organized a near identical campaign to try to defeat the Belarus strongman, Alexander Lukashenko, he failed. "There will be no Kostunica in Belarus," the Belarus president declared, referring to the United States' Belgrade success 10 months earlier.

But experience gained in Serbia, Georgia and Belarus has been invaluable to the US in planning the operation in Kiev. It is thus easy to understand such slickly organized spontaneity. The operation - engineering democracy through the ballot box and civil disobedience, which would be the envy of even a Gandhian - is now so smooth that methods have matured into a template for winning other people's elections. Located in the center of Belgrade, the Center for Non-violent Resistance, staffed by computer-literate youngsters, is ready for hire and will carry out operations to beat even a regime that controls the mass media, the judges, the courts, the security apparatus and the voting stations.

A lot of people would demean the movement as contrived, supported by Western carpet baggers, but I have to respect the amount of planning that went into recent events. Simply amazing.

Here's another good article: Serbs Lend a Hand in Ukraine Protests

Saturday, November 27, 2004

They should be prosecuted for their criminal acts and forbidden from returning to the arena, ever.
I can usually depend on Dan for some law and order common sense, so you can be assured I was surprised when he argued that at times violence is "part of the game." I called Dan on my way up to Puyallup earlier this week to ask if I got into an argument with someone at work and popped him in the nose, what I would be charged with. Dan said, likely, simple assault. Not a felony, but not something you want to spend your afternoon sorting out either.

Our long conversation on Ron Artest, Detroit fans, the city of Detroit in general and criminal law boiled down to whether or not athletes on the field of play who take part in criminal activity (simple assault) should be charged.

Its my impression that if a ball player runs after a pitcher for throwing inside, hits him a couple times, that is criminal activity. But, the police officers that are always at Mariners' games never step in to do anything about it. If they were walking back to their cars after the game and saw a similar activity, they would pull out their cuffs.

Especially after the Pistons/Pacers brawl, the fact that professional athletes are allowed to literally get away with criminal behavior on the field baffles me. People are watching it happen dozens of times every season, and no one considers it criminal. Take away the field, the stadium and uniforms. Make it a beer league even, and you have cops, cuffs and all that.

Dan made one valid point. In the case of simple assault, a fist fight, if their isn't anyone willing to press charges, no action by the police can be taken. Now, this is a part of our law that I haven't thought about much. Its possible for someone to break a law, but not be punished, because someone who is not a police officer or public servant of any kind, rather the victim, decides that the criminal should not be hauled in.

Either way, there is no way in my mind that Ron Artest, Stephen Jackson and Jermaine O'Neal should not have been hauled away in handcuffs

Monday, November 22, 2004

Right now, I'm listening to the new U2 album on their website. After SNL, I think I may not be able to take much more of this.

Sunday, November 21, 2004

Good article on how the Puget Sound no longer centers on Seattle and how Rossi and McKenna use that to win:
At Seattle's Town Hall, Democrat Christine Gregoire would later that night buck up her supporters and urge confidence in the face — and the hope — of a recount. Town Hall, that graceful building with encircling pews, the epicenter of urban, urbane Seattle, looked like the Alamo.

Rossi and McKenna are distinctly and artfully suburban. Their political base in Sammamish and Bellevue grew in the high-growth 1990s, a decade that now appears to be the defining pivot from city to non-city life in the region.

That shift is accelerated in Snohomish and Pierce counties. It was the suburbanizing Pierce County portion of the 8th Congressional District that kept that seat Republican. It is the growing suburbanization of Kitsap County across the water that makes it less and less a ferry stop to Seattle's urban center. It was traditionally Democratic Snohomish County that pivoted away from Gregoire.

While pollsters and political consultants talked about the "suburban crescent" that would go Republican or shift Democratic, I think we are all missing the point of the departure of the suburbs from city life. It just happened here later than in Eastern metropolises. The suburban voter is more independent — not many swing voters reside in Seattle — and less abiding of the urban agenda that dominated our state.

They can go centrist Democrat as they do for Congress with Reps. Jay Inslee and Adam Smith. They can go right of center with new member of Congress Dave Reichert. They are certainly looking for voices to represent them that are neither rural nor urban.

Talking with one of the more-seasoned politicians of the Sammamish Plateau Wednesday night — a group gloriously indifferent to Seattle — there was something of a realization that Puget Sound had changed, even if Seattle has not. He spoke of highs and lows over the years, but of those who know Sammamish well and have seen it evolve in the past dozen years.

Sammamish? Nobody in Seattle knows Sammamish. They don't know its life and its troubles or why people move there with aspirations and hopes for a life in suburban America.

Saturday, November 20, 2004

Interesting post over at Pacific Views on the pro, cons and thoughts on the "takings" argument against habitat protections. I've been reading emails from the anti-CAO group up in King County for the past few weeks, and the one thing that strikes me about their argument is how is doesn't seem to address environmentalism at all.

Their argument is stuck on the track of freedom and private property rights, seemingly saying that "I have the freedom to do with my property what I want." On the surface a solid argument, which hits some potholes though when I start thinking of putting up a 7-11 on my property.

They never talk about the problem that these ordinance are supposed to deal with. When the do, they refer to it as a "problem that really isn't there" sort of thing, or shluffing off the responsibility of the problem to urban dwellers, saying that the Seattle residents created the problem, now rural residents have to come up with a solution.

Friday, November 12, 2004

Former city council candidate Alfonso Botana did not sign the back of his absentee ballot. If anyone out there knows Alfonso, tell him to call the county auditors office so his vote can count!

Maybe this is why he lost.

Wednesday, September 22, 2004

Linda Smith left and then Don Carlson and Joe Zarelli lost in the 3rd

Randy Tate lost in the 9th

Now Dave Reichart and Dave Ross are going at it in the 8th District, the last seemingly Republican District in western Washington. And, the question begs to be asked. If the Republicans lose there, will they retreat from the last bastion of conservative power (such that it is) in western Washington.

In logical terms, the 3rd and 6th Districts should be rural bastions of conservative politics, but they're not. Of course, Norm rules in the 6th, and by pulling in strangely yet almost religiously Dem Grays Harbor and some of Tacoma, he'll most likely keep the district until the end of time.

And, it seems like the Republicans have given up on the 3rd, at least for now. You would think of having the double bad luck of first Trent Matson pulling out and then Joe Zarelli turning out to be a neocon welfare cheat, that they would come back with someone serious this time. But they didn't.

They did almost as bad in the 9th, when perennial candidate for Alaska's congressional seat (as a Dem) C. Mark Greene ran.

Basically, in three districts in western Washington where the Republicans should be putting a serious hurt on the Dems, they've been reduced to also rans and joke candidates.

This is somewhat like what the Weekly is saying today, but different. They seem to think that da'Dems have a chance to win back the Inland Empire district. Well, maybe a chance, but in a high Dem turnout primary Don Barbieri was out polled by all Republicans 55,000 to 84,000.

Is it indifference or are they just lazy? Will the same thing happen if Dave Ross wins? Boy, I hope so.

Friday, September 17, 2004

You know how there are some things that will happen in other parts of the country that generally won't happen in Washington and there are somethings that will happen here, but not across the country. And, that thing here end up being just a bit dorky?

Yeah. We got that.

It started with civil rights activist Carl Mack challenging Seattle police on their growing use of Tasers, and police officials defending the electric stun device. It has come to this: Mack, president of the Seattle chapter of the NAACP, and police Chief Gil Kerlikowske each will be shot with 50,000 volts of electricity at 10 a.m. today at police headquarters.
..."I said, 'Well, I've never actually experienced it, but if you're willing to experience it, then maybe I should do this also,' " he said. "Of course, immediately thinking that (Deputy) Chief Harry Bailey or (Assistant) Chief Nick Metz would jump in and say, 'Oh no, chief, we'll do it.' Instead, neither one of them did."

Friday, September 10, 2004

Yet another Republican who wasn't there...

In preparation for my impending shopping spree at Powells early next month, I've been trying to bone up on some of the authors I want include in the spree. So, I've been perusing some new Vaclav Havel, and I realized something that I hadn't heard brought up at all during all the arm chair history writing during the week after Reagan's death.

Reagan gets a lot of credit from Republicans and the like for ending the cold war and freeing eastern Europe and the entire world (short of parts of Asia and Latin America) from the cold, un-Godly grip of Communism.

In all that talk, I heard no discussion of the people who actually were there, like Havel and Lech Walesa (both of whom went to jail and suffered under communism). I'm sure, though, none of them had anything do to with the fall of communism.
Bob Blume (or at least hs company), the man who brought us the South Sound Center and the City of Lacey, is now the one agenting the sale of the ol'Tumwater Brewhouse. How fitting.

The Man Who Ruined Olympia, by sucking us dry in the 60s and 70s, and cutting off the city's eastward expansion with the planning monstrocity that is Lacey, is now selling the second most important building here. Second to the Capitol.

Tuesday, September 07, 2004

I convinced Keri to watch a spooky half hour of Riverman last night. Of all the Green River Killer stuff that is coming out right now, it was a weird choice of a movie to make. I mean, Ted Bundy never really helps them, so the movie turns out to be a ineffective Silence of the Lambs wanna-be. I know its based on what really happened, but is it exciting enough to make a movie out of it?

The guy who played Dave Reichert was spooky close looking to the real sheriff.

Again, going to Bundy didn't crack the case, why make such a big deal about it? Why make a movie?

Riverman hit the air about the same time the real Reichert and Ann Rule both came out with books. I actually am looking forward to reading Rule's more than Reichert. I feel that Rule has been waiting her entire career to get a crack at this book.

Two more things anyone should read on the Green River Killer/Gary Ridgeway:

The Seattle Times' 1987 investigation. Why did they spend so much time talking to Bundy and not enough time arresting Johns? This page also includes some of the legal documents.

King Co. Sheriff's Office Green River Page
. Sheriff Reicherts crew put a lot of what they have on the internet, including video of Ridgeway.


Speaking of yet another reason why I don't like the South, is that I'm jealous in way. The South has such a developed literary tradition and I want one. Sense of place and all that.

Anway, that makes things like this peice in WW all the more important. If its purpose was to promote some new PDX writers, it worked. Even though Timberland and Evergreen don't have his book, I'm going to track down Richard Melo's Jokerman 8.

Saturday, September 04, 2004

Having fun with Powells.com

For our first anniversary, Keri got me a shopping spree at Powells. We're heading down there sometime in October, hopefully Sean will join in the fun.

Here's my list so far. Its mostly stuff under "books I've checked out from the library or given away that I want." The Kitteredge and Berry essays I've read mostly, but would like to read in my own good time. I used to own "Disturbing the Peace," I read it my junior year in high school, and is the most significant book I've ever read. I gave it away to an important politician, and I'd like it back to keep. I threw the other Vaclav Havel books in there for good measure. I checked "Art of the Impossible" out yesterday and it seems great.

I'm considering putting some fiction on the list, possibly the two books from Douglas Coupland that I haven't read yet, and the new David Guterson.
Come on! Whatchoo Got!?!?



I watched the entire Bush speech a couple nights ago. The best part about it was watching Kerry at midnight in Columbus, Ohio get right back into the Republicans face. I expected a lot more coverage of Kerry's response speech yesterday, but it was understandably overshadowed by Russia and Clinton.

I don't think we can underestimate the effects of this speech though. It shows what kind of man Kerry is and what kind of campaign he's going to bring. Never before has something like this happened, that a presidential candidate given a speech immediately after his opponent accepts his party's nomination. No Retreat. No Surrender.

Tonight, President Bush got up and told us that he’s got a plan for the economy. That’s exactly what he said four years ago. But with the largest deficit in American history, I don’t think we can afford four more years of this president’s plans. That’s because for four years, this president has taken us in the wrong direction.

I consider myself to be a good Dem, and most people I know, for ill or good, would think the same. But, I have to agree with Mr. McGladrey on this one.

I usually have WashPirg folks come to my door every so often in the summer. Hey I can't blame them, its $8 an hour and sometimes you actually get a response. I don't feel bad saying no to WashPirg types either, especially when the last one accused me of "leading her on."

I was sorry to see when the DNC started using the same tactics this summer. Twice on weekday evenings I've had folks come to my door and start the quick talking scapula that is almost guaranteed to turn people off.

Come to the door and ask people to help out. Come to the door and hand out some literature, get them to vote. Ask for their support. But, lord don't ask me to write no check.

Thursday, August 26, 2004

"It's hot and they don't have enough power. And they kill fish in northwest so that people in California can go enjoy themselves at a baseball game."

This should hit home. In two years, when some Republican faces off against Cantwell, lets see them explain this away.
Tim Belden, Enron trader: What's going on? It's hot. It's hot and they don't have enough power. And they kill fish in northwest so that people in California can go enjoy themselves at a baseball game.

Rick Shapiro, Enron exec: And then what are we doing, are we exporting some of the 'fish kill power' out of California?

Tim Belden, Enron trader: We are exporting some power from California to the southwest.

In another tape, a trader remarks that "You know what they're doing? They're selling the fish in Oregon to the State of California for $250.because they're shutting off the spill.they're killing thousands of fish."

Thursday, August 19, 2004

When Bushies attack... when I read a LTE this morning, it really didn't strike me as that strange. Marker on a bumper sticker. Cute trick, but not symbolic of anything larger, just a pissed off Republican in Thurston County.

Its all in perspective now, though, as a few minutes later I saw this pic from the Portland Tribune (thanks Orcinus).


.

There is a part of Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance
that I always think back to when I run into people that over-zealously defend a moral/political/religious point:

You will always defend most what you know to to be undefendable.


Its like being stuck in the Alamo, surrounding by all those Mexicans and Santa Anna. Any idiot can see your totally screwed, but instead of giving up, your fight harder than you would have normally. Other times you in Portland and you shove your hand into someone else's face.

Wednesday, August 18, 2004

One of the best things our government ever did was create the position of U.S. poet laureate, consultant to the Library of Congress in poetry.

The naming of Nebraska's Ted Kooser, I think, is an interesting choice. A red state poet in a presidential election year. No, I'm not that cynical, but I agree with Billy Collins that "The middle section of the country needed greater poetic representation."

Its easy to go to New England, the west coast and even parts of the South and find poets, but naming a Cornhusker the poet laureate takes guts. Only one of Kooser's books is available at Timberland, one of the two published by Copper Canyon press of Port Townsend.

After Years
Today, from a distance, I saw you
walking away, and without a sound
the glittering face of a glacier
slid into the sea. An ancient oak
fell in the Cumberlands, holding only
a handful of leaves, and an old woman
scattering corn to her chickens looked up
for an instant. At the other side
of the galaxy, a star thirty-five times
the size of our own sun exploded
and vanished, leaving a small green spot
on the astronomer's retina
as he stood on the great open dome
of my heart with no one to tell.

Monday, July 26, 2004

Come on guys, give it up. Even Las Vegas has a better chance than you right now.

there is now an overwhelming probability that they will wind up in either Washington or Northern Virginia -- although there is still a small chance that baseball could opt to move the franchise to Las Vegas.

...Relocation candidates such as Portland, Ore., and Norfolk, Va., were pictured as being extremely unlikely.

Thursday, July 15, 2004

The best thing about Pat Ryan not running was that Mike Ditka coulda been running. Now that Ditka isn't... All the good Ditka jokes that will not be.

Ditka vs. John Kerry. Ditka will do to Kerry what da Bears did to the New Englad Patriots during the 1985 Super Bowl. Ditka 46, Kerry 10.

Ditka vs. Saddam Hussein. Ditka will have problems here. Its a road game, played under hot Iraq sun. Ditka 102, Saddam 3. Apparently he has a good kicker.

Wednesday, July 14, 2004

Aug 19 and Fourth time is the charm. MLB has missed three chances to finish this tired old dog off. Lets hope they finally put PDX MLB out of its misery.
Three Dems vote to continue debate, FIVE Republicans voted against. Four of the five hail from jolly ol'New England. John McCain being the only not.

A National Party No More?

It looks as if the Grand Ol'Party is forgetting its New England roots. Oh yeah, and the best example of this phenomenon, Jim Jeffords (from R to I fame) voted no as well.

Tuesday, July 06, 2004

Portland Expos dead, all but... Mariners Empire safe

Hopefully on July 13, or soon thereafter, we can put this entire sordid tale behind us. The idea of ever having a major league baseball team in Portland was a poor one to begin with. Now, finally, it may be over.

...three people with knowledge of the relocation process told USA TODAY on Tuesday that those locations are ahead of Las Vegas; Norfolk, Va.; Monterrey, Mexico; and Portland, Ore., but that the committee is having difficulty reaching a final choice.


This will be the last time I run down the list. Hopefully.

1. The Mariners currently have a disproportionately large tv market. Carving off Portland and all the southern markets would harm the Ms. Rule numero uno, don't harm the Ms.

2. Portland better than Montreal? Hardly. Even with a ravenous following, they'd be one of the smallest of small markets.

3. Why not Mexico? I did this little study, looking at the distances between Monterey, Mexico City and other Major League cities. It turns out that Mexican cities are pretty darn close.

Sunday, May 23, 2004

Walk Olympia. Now, this campaign I can really get behind. I can't wait.

Nice, my only problem with this, and it is just a little tiny problem is that both funding ideas give less money to sidewalks than to parks. Our park situation in Olympia is pretty good, our sidewalks are almost non-existant. Except in newer cul-de-sacs and developments down on my side of town, there are almost no sidewalks. This means that the higher traffic streets, such as 18th, Boulevard for the most part, Fones and 22nd, lack sidewalks.

Friday, May 21, 2004

I don't need to talk about this. Dave Ross can deliver the 8th to the Rs for all I care right now.

Thursday, May 20, 2004

Dave Ross's top ten reasons to run for Congress. Well at least he's taking this seriously. I heard somewhere that he is deciding on Thursday. Today? Next week? Has he already announced and I'm just not paying attention?

Update: Here it is:
And by all indications, KIRO radio personality Dave Ross also will announce that he is running as a Democrat within a week.
Portland in the hunt, not in the hunt. Well I don't care. Go Monterrey!

I guess it all depends on how you spin it:
Spun well.
Not spun.

Tuesday, May 11, 2004

I'm having trouble with Jim Francesconi's candidacy for mayor. The actions of his campaign and his record as a city councilor raise doubts about his ability to be our city's CEO.

First is his inability to collect the money owed to the city while head of the Bureau of Licensing. According to the bureau's new director over 10,000 businesses failed to pay their city taxes and over $10 million was lost during Francesconi's watch. That money would have done a lot to close our city's budget shortfall.

Plus, he was given access to office space used by the Ball Janik law firm to raise funds. He first failed to report it as an in kind contribution on his campaign finance report, and when once he was caught he amended his report saying that the contribution was worth only $160.

These are the actions of a poor manager.

Monday, May 10, 2004

Humor overload, must mock... Too many jokes

"I applaud the people that are trying to save species that are endangered," said Gretchen Borck, a lobbyist with the Washington Association of Wheat Growers. "But it might be good that we don't have dinosaurs now. We've gotten oil from the dinosaurs. If we had preserved the dinosaur, we wouldn't have that oil."

Friday, May 07, 2004

I'm going to go out on a limb here.

Dave Ross should not run for Congress in the 8th District.

Dan almost got me with his carpet bagger logic a couple of days ago, but my reason is much more simple. We already have a decent candidate in the 8th: Alex Alben.

He's an ex-RealMedia executive. If you haven't noticed, we're doing an ok job electing those types to higher office.

And, he's already been endorsed by the entire Democratic delegation, plus the sitting Democratic gov. Now, why does the Democrat State Chairman start recruiting another candidate when all the other dems are already lining up behind the guy we already have? That's my biggest problem with this, we already have a guy.

Two more reasons:

Who is Dave Ross? I know he's been on the radio for a really long time, and generally agrees with most of what I believe, but there is more to being a Congressman that having decent political views.

Its May. The primary is in September and Alben has already raised $500,000. And, we're likely facing sheriff I Caught the Green River Killer Dave Reichert in November. I think a Ross and Alben will do more damage to each other than Reichert will endure from his three primary foes. By running Ross against an already strong Dem, we're weakening ourselves.

Sunday, May 02, 2004

Tre Arrow is Not a Terrorist

Let me make one thing perfectly clear, Tre Arrow is a spoiled little brat who was always more interested in his own fame than in the movement he claimed to represent. This is a guy who used a pickup borrowed from the mother of one of his accomplices to torch some log trucks up at Eagle Creek. Plus, he just got caught in Canada trying to shoplift bolt cutters. These are not the actions of a rational decision maker.

Tre is a vandal, and he's also an arsonist. But he's not a terrorist. Terrorists kill people indiscriminately. Tre just burned up some equipment. Stupid? Yeah. Immature? You bet. Give the logging industry ammunition to attack environmentalists with? You better believe it. But that's not terrorism.

Terrorism involves the indiscriminant destruction of human life. It's about making people afraid to go about their lives because they fear for their safety. Does anyone honestly think that a bunch of big, strong, country loggers would be afraid of a skinny little hippy like Tre? Forget about it. But if you check the USA PATRIOT act for the definition of terrorism it says anyone who tries to force the government to change its policies is a terrorist. It makes no distinction between violent and non-violent force. So, according to the letter of the law, civil disobedience can be defined as terrorist activity.

So Tre gets labeled an eco-terrorist. Removing violent action from the definition of terrorism makes the concept slippery and hard to pin down. This cheapens the meaning of the term, and could turn into a situation where the war against terrorism becomes the war against anyone the government can get away with calling a terrorist.

Monday, April 26, 2004

Three quick reasons why Portland shouldn't get the Expos

1. These noodlehead couldn't even keep a Triple-A team running. You're going to trust them with a major league franchise?

2. Take away from the Mariners. I love the M's, and with Oregon, they have one of the top-10 media markets in the country, including all the way down to northern California, Alaska, and out to Montana. Take away Portland, we lose a lot.

3. Mexico deserves it. We expanded to Canada in the 60s, why has it taken so long to get into S. America? Monterey is 1,230 miles from Los Angeles and 891 miles from Phoenix (if we put the spos in the West) and only 413 miles from Houston (if they're in the Central). By comparison, Seattle is 954 miles from LA, 680 miles from Oakland and 1683 miles from Dallas. Also, 3.6 million live in the Monterey metro area.