Fuck Rob Porter. Fuck this administration covering up for him. A lot of people should start resigning in disgrace, start with John Kelly. But also, the people who swore up and down that Kelly would be the grownup in the room can go too.
I should have noted the passage of the Reproductive Parity Act in the Senate earlier. Since it has passed the House multiple times, it should be law by the end of the session.
Super Bowl Sunday when you don’t have a rooting interest is the best. We only had a few hours of sunshine, but the park was practically empty. I had a great walk, then took a nearly empty bus home. I am generally in favor of more density, but every once in a while, I quite like using public amenities without all of the public.
The other day, The Seattle Times had a very good, well reported piece on who knew what in terms in Ed Murray’s past alleged sex abuse. It’s a good piece of reporting, and worth a read. But I have to comment on one thing that they didn’t do well.
Murray pointed out that news media had opted not to run the story in 2008, after Simpson and another accuser, Lloyd Anderson, threatened a lawsuit and spoke with some reporters.
Um, name the reporters. I know it’s tough if it’s your friends and colleagues, maybe even you, but people fucked up. There is probably an interesting press story about how he got away with it for so long.
Sorry, I forgot to put something up earlier.
I’m a slow reader. So it’s no bad mark against What Happened to say that I’m only about half way through. It’s still a mix of beautiful, funny, and harrowing. I guess Hillary Clinton had prerecorded a bit on the Grammys. According to parts of my Twitter, she was the worst for just showing up. I mostly feel sorry for people who think that, honestly. Hillary hate and misogyny mean you’re missing out.
It’s like the cut of the new Star Wars movie without the women. It seems like a terrible film: (minor spoilers) Kylo mostly talks to himself, sometimes shirtless. Then he gets into a fight and stares at a light saber that’s inexplicably floating. Luke tries to burn down a tree, after living alone for too long, and watching rocks fall. At some point they face off, and it helps like 5 people. Also, there’s a mutiny: Against who? How does it get resolved? Nobody knows.
The Washington State Senate has passed a ban on bump stocks. If all goes according to plan, horrific mass shootings will be a bit less deadly. It’s an important victory, but also it isn’t nearly enough.
Patrick Meehan sure picked the right time for all his gross gross behavior to be public. Who cares that their Congressman is a telling women in his office that they’re soul mates and retaliating against her for having a boyfriend when there’s Superbowl hype?
I have started reading Hillary Clinton’s book. I was ready for the yuck of the loss. I was prepared for it to be a good read. I was not expecting how funny it is.
I’m only a couple chapters in, and I have had half a dozen belly laughs. The epigraph for Chapter 1 sets the tone perfectly. It has been a while, but I don’t remember her other books being this funny.
I realized that I haven’t watched a playoff game this football season, and it’s great. I have 2 teams that I root for, and neither made the playoffs.
So now there isn’t a chunk taken out of the weekend. I don’t have to watch interminable replays. I don’t have to see injury after injury.
There once was a jackass half-wit troll
Who was never even a bit droll.
Despite hands as small as a mouse,
He got to the Whitehouse
And declared much of the world was a “shithole”
I didn’t mention the carbon tax when I did the what I’d like to see from the legislature post. But sure, sign us up for that too. Our future has to be one where we don’t keep pumping out global warming gases. The sooner we start, the sooner we get there.
The legislative session starts today. Are you excited? Now that it’s controlled by Democrats, what do y’all want them to do?
It seems to me that the top priority will be to finnnnnnnnaly fund education properly. Preferably with as progressive a tax as possible.
I would also like to have some version of the reproductive parity act.
And, I know I said this last year, but I would like to try to build a space elevator somewhere in Eastern or Central Washington.
Finally, I want them to resist Trump. Maybe make it tougher to deport Washington residents. Maybe fund the AG’s office more.
Remember the last Congressional redistricting? Washington got an extra seat, and at least from outside, it seemed like the Democrats’ main objective was making sure Denny Heck had a seat.
I saw someone retweet Congressman Heck the other day, and I realized how little I hear about what he’s doing. I know he has been in the minority party in an obstructionist Congress, but you hear about other Democrats from Washington more often. According to his Wikipedia page, his big thing is marijuana banking. I don’t know if that’s his priority, or the priority of Wikipedia editors.
Still, he got a safe seat, and I would have hoped he could use it better than a generic Democrat.