Cillizza: Obama speech looks past policy to legacy.
Ann Telnaes: Boehner thinks the House is working hard.
Where hate and love come together: Westboro Mingle:
Remembering Nelson Mandela:
Moment of Clarity: Fracking, wooden tables.
An anthem for the end of Hannukah.
Ann Telnaes: Cardinal Dolan thinks gay marriage is about marketing.
Jon: Minimum wage debate.
American Moment: On climate change.
G.O.P. Autopsy, Obstruction, Lying and Denial:
Kimmel: Is George W. Bush losing it?
Random Rush: “ObamaCare is forcing people to get divorced!!!!!!
Rob Ford…The Movie.
Young Turks: Driving while Black…with a White girl.
Nia-Malika Henderson: Women left behind in the economic recovery.
Stephen interviews Denver Post’s pot editor.
Daily Show: Why the media is ignoring Wall Street scandal.
Rep Jim McDermott (D-WA-07) explains ObamaCare and why it’s so important.
Moment of Clarity: Why you are a slave.
White House: West Wing Week.
Mental Floss: 30 game changing video games.
Roy Zimmerman: Notes from the road
Last week’s Friday Night Multimedia Extravaganza can be found here.
In the last post, I estimated the cost of legislating for all of the states that were competing to give Boeing all of the tax breaks was probably millions of dollars. Of course right after I hit send, I stumbled across this piece on how much legislators have claimed for the session (s/r link). Obviously, there are other costs like security, staff time, and keeping the lights on. But the cost is actually less than I would have guessed. So maybe it didn’t reach into the millions and I should probably be more careful about the numbers make up as examples, even when they’re obviously made up.
The tab for last month’s three-day special session to approve tax breaks for Boeing stands at $28,626 and counting, the most recent reports filed by legislators show.
Requests for the $90 per diem that legislators can claim have been processed, with some filling only for a day or two and some not requesting any. Some expense vouchers for travel to and from Olympia by senators might not come in until February
Because legislators can be reimbursed for driving expenses at 56.5 cents a mile, the biggest payments went to Eastern Washington representatives and senators who travel the farthest.
When reading about the other states having special sessions to try to lure Boeing production, it’s really disheartening. Not that Boeing is dumb enough to take those offers. They may well, and have to start from scratch or near from scratch again with a workforce who their goal is to have be shittier (if you get what you pay for).
No, what I’m concerned about is that there are a lot of states (including Washington, obvs) that will have a sunk cost of putting on a special session, and only one of them will have a gain. I know they won’t, but Boeing might consider compensating the states that it doesn’t pick as an irenic gesture: Sorry you wasted millions of dollars trying to give us billions of dollars.
Joel Connelly has a piece potential Metro cuts. He uses the Route 2 changes as a hook to show what the changes could mean. And he has links to when citizens can attend Metro Open Houses.
–Tonight (Thursday): North Seattle Community College, 6 to 8 p.m.
–Tuesday, Dec. 10, Union Station in downtown Seattle, noon to 2 p.m.
–Wednesday, Dec. 11, Bellevue City Hall, 6 to 8 p.m.
–Monday, December 16, Kent City Commons in Kent, 6 to 8 p.m.
–Thursday, January 16, Peter Kirk Community Center in Kirkland, 6 to 8 p.m.
–Thursday, January 23, South Shore K-8 School in Southeast Seattle, 6 to 8 p.m.
You should definately go and let people know how the cuts will hit you if you’re interested. But I’m more interested in this hook that he starts it:
The key to whether cuts are prevented likely rests with a quartet of Eastside legislators who are members of the Senate Majority Coalition — Republican State Sens. Andy Hill, Joe Fain and Steve Litzow as well as renegade Democrat and titular Senate Majority Leader Rodney Tom.
Well, it could, still I suppose rest on them. Or it could rest on if King County can bypass those people and pass something. It could rest more on if the King County Council (that has some of the same problem) has enough members willing to put something on the ballot, or just pass something outright.
- Yay for Bill Clinton saying states should decide for themselves if they’re going to legalize marijuana and all. Still, he was president, and he didn’t really move in that direction. Obviously states have forced the issue since he left office, but he was president.
- Instead, the racial battlegrounds of the Obama era have settled on a series of more ambiguous controversies. Conservatives have made endless jokes based on the strange premise that Obama is unable to express coherent thoughts unless reading from a teleprompter, defined health-care reform as “reparations,” imagined a Reagan-era program to subsidize telephone use for the indigent is actually “Obamaphones,” or complained when black entertainers or athletes socialize with the First Family. The accusations of racism that follow merely confirm to conservatives that black-on-white racism is a canard, that the balance of oppression has turned against them.
- I’m not sure how assholes decided that happy holidays was the worst thing imaginable. It seems nice to me.
- White, wealthy people who are members of the dominant religion are not “the real victims” of anything. They’re actually not even in a position to know what experiencing structural oppression feels like. So why do they still have an audience every time they want to complain that, notwithstanding everything, they’re still not privileged enough?
- I never get invited on the panel of important seeming people
A few months ago when I wrote about Linda Thomas using driving as a hook that, I felt was unnecessary, the first comment noted that as a radio commentator, her audience is disproportionately people driving. It’s a good point, and partly that explains the tone of this piece on My Northwest.
It’s far from a done deal and the public would be consulted before a protected bike lane would be added to one of those streets. But what is a protected bike lane, and how is it different from the bike lanes currently on 2nd and 4th?
Cycle tracks are full traffic lanes that are set aside from vehicle traffic and protected from cars by barriers.
“There might be a lane of parked cars that separate the travel lane and the bicycle facility,” Chang said. “It could be curbing, or it could be striping with some posts.”
Seattle has three of these protected bike lanes right now. Drivers and parkers had trouble with one on Broadway in the Capitol Hill neighborhood, because parking was pushed away from the curb into an old traffic lane. Those parked cars now protect the bike riders.
The money to pay for these extra bicycle amenities comes from your property taxes.
Still, what I think the piece is missing is that not providing bicycle infrastructure doesn’t mean there’s more parking or more room on the road. It would mean that more people would drive to everywhere. And when they do, they’ll take up room with their cars. If you can get several people out of their cars onto bikes, you won’t have to compete with them for parking space, and you won’t have them in the lanes of traffic that you’re trying to merge into. And as someone who bikes and drives, I’m just going to say that drivers are worse stewards of the roads than bicyclists; Seriously, I don’t think I’ve ever seen anyone text and bike.
US Representative Duncan Hunter (R-CA) apparently has no moral qualms about advocating the mass murder of millions of children in the name of US national security:
“I think if you have to hit Iran, you don’t put boots on the ground. You do it with tactical nuclear devices, and you set them back a decade or two or three,” Hunter said in an interview with C-SPAN. “I think that’s the way to do it — with a massive aerial bombardment campaign.”
Iran has a population of over 75 million human beings, about 24 percent of whom are under the age of 15. You know, innocent children—millions of whom would be instantly incinerated or die slower irradiated deaths should Representative Hunter’s preemptive foreign policy win the day. Or, maybe we should just preemptively try and execute Hunter as the war criminal he aspires to be? Wouldn’t that make the world a safer place for everybody?
I don’t really have very many feels one way or the other about college football. But Andrew at NPI has a nice piece on Steve Sarkisian going to USC.
Washington’s highest-paid employee is headed south for a more lucrative job.
Steve Sarkisian, who was hired to turn around a winless University of Washington football program five years ago, acknowledged earlier today that he has accepted the head coaching position at the University of Southern California, which is one of the most elite schools in the country and a traditional powerhouse in the Pacific 12 Conference (formerly the Pac-10). Sarkisian was an assistant coach for seven years at USC prior to being hired by UW, so his desire to return his understandable.
But the timing and circumstances of his departure are not becoming of a man who claimed for half a decade to bleed purple and gold.
It’s tough, perhaps, for a city and a state to put much civic pride in an institution with a mercenary at the top. Perhaps that why we cling the game with a spirit of amateurism in the rest of the game.
Please join us this evening for a round of political prognostication over a pint at the Seattle Chapter of Drinking Liberally.
We meet tonight and every Tuesday evening at the Montlake Ale House, 2307 24th Avenue E. Our normal starting time is 8:00pm.
Can’t make it tonight? Check out another Washington state DL over the next week.
The Tri-Cities chapter also meets tonight, and every Tuesday night. The Lakewood chapter meets this Wednesday. For Thursday, the Spokane and Tacoma chapters meet. And on Friday, the Enumclaw chapter meets.
With 212 chapters of Living Liberally, including eighteen in Washington state, four in Oregon, and three more in Idaho, chances are excellent there’s a chapter meeting near you.
- Where fighting this might have at least resulted in an awareness of what was happening, years of Democrats chasing votes that were never going to come their way resulted in zealots quietly passing laws at the state level making abortion more and more difficult to obtain. I guess that’s what the anti-choice minority in the Democratic Party calls “winning.” They must be so pleased.
- I don’t mind Amazon’s drone program as much as some people, but there is something disquieting about it.
- It is pretty amazing that a smear against Obama can be dumb enough for the GOP to drop.
- This story of recovering a stolen bike off a rack is the greatest thing I’ve ever read.
- Willie fucking Bloomquist?
- No, you decided to buy Mirah Playing Cards even though you still have most of your Christmas shopping ahead of you.
Goldy has a map of the Seattle City Council District where Kshama Sawant will probably run for reelection.* It went pretty overwhelmingly for her. And it pretty much breaks down by neighborhood with Capitol Hill and First Hill overwhelmingly supporting Sawant and the rest of the district pretty overwhelmingly supporting Conlin.
While the district that Sawant lives in and would most likely run in is the most obvious to look at, that race might be a decent proxy for the other races on the ballot. For while it wasn’t the highest profile race, it was one with a fairly high profile and a real ideological divide. The mayor’s race was, of course, the highest profile, but it was at least as much about personality as it was about issues. O’Brien-Shen was probably more of an ideological divide for a council seat, but it turned out to be a bit less high profile after Shen not doing well in the primary. It was also so far apart, it probably doesn’t tell us much except don’t run a pro-bidness campaign anywhere in Seattle.
So there’s the Sawant-Conlin race. It pitted the only member to vote against paid sick leave/paid safe leave against the biggest proponent of a $15 minimum wage on the ballot. And of course one side pushed the socialism label pretty hard while the other didn’t. I’d think that someone running in a district where Sawant won might have a bit more leverage to push social and economic justice issues, and someone running in a district where Conlin won would have to be a bit more traditional lefty.
Or maybe I’m reading too much into one race with two unique people.
- Mark Deiscoll is the worst and he steals from the worst.
- Oh look people are actually getting health care coverage.
- I’m rather excited for the campaign for a $15 minimum wage coming to Seattle
- This is maybe the least thought out heist of all time (Seattle Times link).
- Are you ready for some traffic between Monday Night Football and maybe some snow?
1 Kings 1:1-4
King David was now an old man, and he always felt cold, even under a lot of blankets. His officials said, “Your Majesty, we will look for a young woman to take care of you. She can lie down beside you and keep you warm.” They looked everywhere in Israel until they found a very beautiful young woman named Abishag, who lived in the town of Shunem. They brought her to David, and she took care of him.
Zina Saunders: Factory farm super bugs.
The lost SNL audition tapes.
Obama: Immigration reform.
The Horrors of Affordable Health Care for Everyone:
Dennis Trainor, Jr: Going postal to save the post office.
Lawrence O’Donnell: Palin’s & O’Reilly’s sorry explanation of Obama’s “socialism”.
The Rob Ford calendar.
Red State Update: Podcast 54.
Young Turks: Domestic oil production up 50% under Obama.
Georgia court lists “slave” as possible occupation on website.
This Week in the Republican War on Women™:
White House: West Wing Week.
Greenman: Rhymes with Smokey Joe.
Thom and Pap: The Media’s war on Obama.
Obama: The economy.
Last week’s Friday Night Multimedia Extravaganza can be found here.
Republican anarchists didn’t like everything about the shutdown they forced last October. No…it wasn’t the fact that important things like food and aviation safety programs were put on hold. It wasn’t that poor people were going hungry or that “essential” government employees were working but not receiving their paychecks. It wasn’t that untold numbers of applications, hearings, meetings, consultations, and enforcement actions were delayed, sometimes causing damage beyond repair. It wasn’t that scientific research and medical trials were being harmed (sometimes irreparably). It wasn’t that the taxpayers paid for, and lost two, weeks of productivity from millions of government employees.
It wasn’t the $24 billion in damage they caused to the U.S. economy. Oh, well.
Nope…it wasn’t about any of that. It was because…Veterans. And national parks.
“Why were veterans turned away from the Vietnam Veterans Memorial?” House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman Darrell Issa, R-Calif., asked Wednesday….
“Why were members of the Americans’ finest generation in their 80s and 90s turned away and told they could not visit what would be undoubtedly in many cases their last time at those monuments?” Issa asked. “Why were private businesses and nonprofits operating near park land shuttered?”
Because YOU SHUT DOWN THE GOVERNMENT, you stupid fuck!
Republicans were caught unawares. And then, even with their best efforts, they were unsuccessful in shifting the blame of their own obstructionism to the Black guy in the White House.
What to do for the next government shutdown that could happen again after January 15th? Plan ahead!
The Provide Access and Retain Continuity (PARC) Act, which has 17 Republican co-sponsors, would allow states to keep national parks operating in the event of another shutdown and would make them eligible for reimbursement by the federal government. (During the shutdown, six states entered into a similar agreement.)
That’s right…Republicans are now planning for their own failure to govern. “Screw all the other negative consequences…we want our shutdowns to be less politically painful.”
Bruce Sheaffer, Comptroller of the National Park Service, isn’t having it. He delivered a solid smackdown to G.O.P. obstructionists:
We have a great deal of sympathy for the businesses and communities that experienced a disruption of activity and loss of revenue during last month’s government shutdown and that stand to lose more if there is another funding lapse in the future. However, rather than only protecting certain narrow sectors of the economy…from the effects of a government shutdown in the future, Congress should protect all sectors of the economy by enacting appropriations on time, so as to avoid any future shutdowns.
[Planning for failure] “is not a responsible alternative to simply making the political commitment to provide appropriations for all the vital functions the federal government performs.”
In other words…DO YOUR DAMN JOB!
Happy Thanksgiving and/or Chanukkah. Here are some links to hold you through the day….
A Thanksgiving Message from Gary Oldman:
Jonathan Mann: Some Thanksgiving Thoughts.
How To: Make the perfect turkey.
National Menorah illuminates Washington D.C.
Thanksgiving poll: Did we steal America.
Ann Telnaes: What would a turkey choose?
Mental Floss: 25 little known facts about Thanksgiving:
Sam Seder and Janeane Garofalo Offer Tips for Thanksgiving:
Sharpton: Biggest political turkeys of the year.
Mark Fiore: Peace Turkey.
Young Turks: Ready to argue politics at Thanksgiving.
Special “thanks” from American Family Voices.
STILL THE BEST THANKSGIVING CLIP EVAR!!!: The Thanksgiving Massacre!:
British people explain Thanksgiving.
Ann Telnaes: Black
A few months ago when Oregon said they would recognize same sex partnerships that happened in states where that’s legal, I wrote that it would probably be a boon to Vancouver. Looks like that has happened (there were some ads that may be NSFW, depending on where you work; h/t).
So, you know, congrats to the couples who got married, and I’m sorry that your state has yet to get on board. It must be strange to have to travel, for some a short distance, for others quite a long way, to have to get legally married. It’s better than your home state not recognizing it at all, but it’s so far from the ideal.
I’d add that as long as you’re coming to Washington, the train ride up to Seattle is pleasant (driving is not so much). As long as you can’t get hitched in your own state, you might as well enjoy Seattle if you can.