BIAW’s goofball hit piece is pure comedy


This hit piece, paid for by the BIAW of Whatcom County, is hilarious. The BIAW is supporting some pretty right wing candidates and instead of running ads about how great their candidates are, they’re trying to smear the other side.

Voters don’t know what Progressive Majority is or what they do. Most of all, they don’t care. Voters do care about sustainable development, protecting neighborhoods, and protecting the water quality of Lake Whatcom. Unfortunately, all three of the BIAW’s candidate’s don’t do very well on any of these points.

What’s more, Progressive Majority isn’t even organizing the bus campaign. Who is? The Washington Bus, an organization that gets young people who are left-of-center involved in politics in a fun way. Here’s what they look like:


and this:


A bunch of hippies? I think not. Those kids look like they’re having fun getting involved in politics.

Goldy wrote about this recently:

Why the fearful reaction to progressive organizers, and the sudden public embrace of non-partisan ideals? Because in a region where Republicanism has been discredited perhaps more thoroughly than anywhere else in the nation, these nominally non-partisan races are the only chance most Republicans have of ever holding public office.

Non-partisanship has become the last refuge of political losers.

Speaking of losers, I can’t wait to see how much more money the BIAW will flush down the drain on crap ads like this one.


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    Well too be fair, a couple of them do look kind of hippish. ;)

    But yah what a stupid mailer. Politics aside, it just doesn’t mean anything to anybody. Its not like the people they doorbell see the fucking bus or even probably know how they got there. Door belling scripts don;t generally focus on ones choice of transportation.

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    you are getting your knickers in a knot over a cartoon????
    wow…..i guess it’s working then…isn’t it?
    you and the islamo-fascists…..CARTOONS D-A-N-G-E-R-O-U-S [bombs and tire slashing okay]….really.
    sheesh……..the far left really does have alot in common with terrorists after all…who knew?

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    Looking at the add further, the snarling dog is the best part. I love how the kid actually looks pretty nice and friendly, whilst the voters appear angry and mean. I’m also a little unclear why Michael Moore and Keanu Reaves make an appearance.

    Wait, no the banana peel is better then the dog.

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    Looks pretty fair to me…and it sounds as though the truth hurts, huh, Will?

    You’re judged by the company you keep, and when you keep company with a gaggle of giggly faced kids who look as though they’ve got about three days of life-experience between them, I’d say that’s a fair issue.

    Isn’t that what religious bigot, David Della is doing right now? Or some of the junk I’m getting in my mailbox accussing port commission candidates of being…shudder…closet REPUBLLICANS?

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    Looks pretty fair to me…and it sounds as though the truth hurts, huh, Will?

    You’re judged by the company you keep, and when you keep company with a gaggle of giggly faced kids who look as though they’ve got about three days of life-experience between them, I’d say that’s a fair issue.

    Isn’t that what religious bigot David Della is doing right now? Or some of the junk I’m getting in my mailbox accussing port commission candidates of being…shudder…closet REPUBLICANS?

    Portraying a clown bus as a clown bus is protected by the old adage that truth is an absolute defense.

    The Piper

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    @6 was a partial comment inadvertently posted…Given that I’m looking at the world out of only one eye right now (weekend accident resulting in 12 stitches in my scalp…don’t ask), my hand – eye coordination leaves a bit to be desired.

    My apologies…

    The Piper

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    Looks pretty fair to me…and it sounds as though the truth hurts, huh, Will?

    If it hurts, then why are we laughing at it?

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    Given that I’m looking at the world out of only one eye right now (weekend accident resulting in 12 stitches in my scalp…don’t ask), my hand – eye coordination leaves a bit to be desired.

    The fact that you have a head wound does explain a lot of the comments you’ve left recently, but the ones before that are still a mystery to us.

  9. 12

    chadt spews:


    My sympathies. Not even I would wish that on you.

    But, tell me,”How jaundiced is the remaining eye”?

  10. 13

    chadt spews:

    By the way, Piper, you DO understand that it is now incumbent upon you to contribute $100 to Jane Hague…unless, of course, you’re:

    A) a cheap bastard, or,

    B) ALL hot air (preferred interpretation).

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    @12…Chad T….

    Odd thing is that the swollen and blackened eye is my right one. Still, the good thing is that, given my pretty severe astigmatism, which I’ve had causing me to wear strong glasses since 1st grade, my good eye is my left eye through which I see things just right!

    Thank you for your concern…seriously.

    The Piper

  12. 16

    proud leftist spews:

    Piper: ” . . . my hand – eye coordination leaves a bit to be desired.”
    Lad, I’ve been meaning to talk to you about your brain-mouth coordination. Sometimes your spewing seems to precede getting your brain online.

  13. 17

    chadt spews:

    Piper, You’re not going to convince us that your vision to the left exists, much less “is good”.

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    @13…Chad T….

    Show me one comment in favor of the incumbent in that race that I have posted and I will then contribute money.

    As I’ve said earlier, no law says you have to vote for either candidate in a race. If you want a real protest vote, write in a name.

    Besides, I’m in the 1st Councilmanic District where I suffer under a Fergucurson. At least I no longer suffer under Carolyn “Chatty Cathy” Edmonds who never said a public word until after Ron Sims pulled the string at the back of her neck.

    The Piper

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    I don’t know…Given that I take on all of you at once, I think I do OK.

    You, on the other hand, concern me. Does your medical plan cover mental health therapy? Might want to check on that.

    The Piper

  16. 22

    chadt spews:

    Well Piper, A Fergucurson is probably an affliction matching your hand-eye co-ordination, though most of us were unaware either existed until now.

  17. 23

    chadt spews:

    @21 It does; my psychiatrist told me not to worry, you’re clearly an illusion. What I was describing defies belief.

  18. 24


    @17…Chad T….

    Literally with corrective lenses it’s within the range of expected for a nearly 58-year old guy. Figuratively, it’s laser sharp, perceptive, intuitive, insightful, and sees right through all of you…but not in an X-ray sense because that would be naughty.

    The Piper

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    @22…Chad T….

    Call the King County Council offices, and ask for Bob. Then ask him for his opinion on issues, discuss them with your shrink, then come back and tell me if he makes sense or if his affect on you has guaranteed full employment and lucrative overtime for the shrink.

    The Piper

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    @25…Chad T….

    Wow! 65 and still in Tacoma? I escaped Tacoma in 1978.

    Used to get the best liver and onions at a dive about a block south of the Pierce County Courthouse and across from the old Labor Temple. The food came with complementary overheard log-rolling, deal-making, and other…things…courtesy Pierce County officials who frequented the place.

    The Piper

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    @27…Chad T….

    Correct…”effect” not “affect.” Must be a vision thing.

    And thank you for bringing me back to reality. Compassion only goes so far, eh what?

    The Piper

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    The truth, now…Do you really believe the milk of human kindness comes from the fangs of snakes?

    Haha, no. But you didn’t really expect sympathy from an asshole like me, did you?

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    @30…Chad T….

    Spanaway is as Spanaway does…

    “Workling” at the post office is honorable; don’t demean yourself. Ben Franklin would be proud.

    The Piper

  24. 36

    Proud To Be An Ass spews:

    Piper @ 6: “You’re judged by the company you keep…”

    Let’s look at some of your company, Piper:

    1.) Racist homophobes like David Duke.
    2.) Various “Christianists” who overtly seek a theocracy (R.J. Rushdoony).
    3.) Unrepentant Confederate sympathizers and racists (Trent Lott).
    4.) Wingnut warmongers like Normie Podhoretz, Pauli Wolfowitz, Charlie (not cong) Krauthammer, and Billy (not meth) Kristol.
    5.) Cult leaders (like the dearly departed Ayn Rand).

    Yes, the list is long and a tribute to omnidirectional misplaced anger. This is the company you keep, Piper. Have you no shame?

  25. 37

    Proud To Be An Ass spews:

    Gary Kamiya writes at Salon:

    American conservatism is at once absolutist and utopian, and reactive and aggrieved. Which state came first is a chicken-and-egg question, but they reinforce each other. Psychologically, conservatives want contradictory things — both pure freedom and an unchanging Golden Age. Pragmatically, they want things that are mutually exclusive — no social contract and an organic, connected community, untrammeled individual rights and a rigid moral code. The inevitable disappointment results in resentment. The reason that the American right always behaves as if it is an angry outsider, even when it controls all three branches of government, is that it is at war not with “liberalism” but with social reality..

    Pure. Fucking. Wisdom.

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    Wow what a bunch of saps. It’s good to know that some of these kids will actually grow up and earn money one day. We recruit so many republicans that way. hehehehe

  27. 39

    Proud To Be An Ass spews:

    Piper @ 34: In my racket, illusions are a dangerous thing…

    Your profession is a ‘racket’? That blow to the head is resulting in some very strange stuff. What next? Tourette syndrome?

  28. 40

    chadt spews:

    For somebody that spends his time sniffing butts and pissing on trees: the definition of a real job is clearly different for you than the rest of us.

    I’m sure you realize that your opinions here are held in the esteem commensurate with an animal who comes in to crap on the carpet. At least you think you’re clever.

  29. 41

    Alcina spews:

    BIAW, through their Affordable Housing Council PAC, is also paying for phone bank calls in support of down ballot candidates, like smaller suburban city council races, especially where the opponent is a Progressive Majority candidate.

    Interestingly, it appears the calls are being made from a phone bank in Virginia, yet the caller says they are calling from the Affordable Housing Council in Bellvue.

  30. 42

    Roger Rabbit spews:

    BIAW of Whatcom County is right about one thing: Whatcom County has some “yokels” — them.

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    Roger Rabbit spews:

    Basically what we have here is the reactionary elements of Whatcom County complaining about outsiders coming in to campaign. Now let’s ask them if they’ve ever brought in outside money for THEIR campaigns …

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    Roger Rabbit spews:

    You need to have lived in Bellingham, or know someone who did, to understand this hit piece. Ever since 18-year-olds got voting rights, that city’s reactionary elements have hated the fact 10,000 students can vote in local elections. What BIAW is trying to do is stir up decades-old townies-vs-campus hatreds. It’s typical scum work by rightwing hatemongers.

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    Roger Rabbit spews:

    Exactly the same thing was going on in Whatcom County during the 1960s antiwar protests. And by people with exactly the same mindset. Whatcom County has always been a hotbed of rightwing hate politics.

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    Roger Rabbit spews:

    Despite the presence of a university, there’s lots of small people with small minds up there.

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    Roger Rabbit spews:

    @6 “Looks pretty fair to me…”

    Yes, to someone with your mental disorders, it would.

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    Roger Rabbit spews:

    @7 “You’re judged by the company you keep, and when you keep company with a gaggle of giggly faced kids who look as though they’ve got about three days of life-experience between them, I’d say that’s a fair issue.”

    Since you have at least 7 years of college under your belt, there was a time you were one of them. And as your posting continually proves, having experienced a college education is no guarantee of either maturity or wisdom.

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    joe pine spews:

    re 3 — No matter how many times you call us ‘the far left’ that won’t make it so. You just look foolish.

    Our Progressive ideals are what Americans really believe. Your Republican candudates are left to squabbling over who can be stupid enough to appeal to the extreme Christo-clerical right.

  38. 51

    Roger Rabbit spews:

    @8 “weekend accident resulting in 12 stitches in my scalp”

    You won’t mind if I ask around to find out which of my relatives you picked up by his ears, will you?

  39. 54

    joe pine spews:

    Why do you sign in as “Piper Scott says:” and then redundantly sign your little tome: “The Piper”?

    It’s stupid.

    The Piner

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    proud leftist spews:

    Those kids in the photographs look scary. They remind me of those islamofascist terrorists I’ve been hearing about. Can’t we send them to Guantanamo to get waterboarded? Piper, because they’re all pimply, you’ll waterboard them for us, won’t you? You’ll get some answers out of them, I know you will. Just blow those pipes until they can’t take it anymore. They’ll sing like Aretha Franklin then.

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    saxa spews:

    “Non-partisanship has become the last refuge of political losers.”

    You mean like King County Elections Directors? King County (non)Prosecutors? Secretary of State(of mind)?

    With all the election fraud Republicans should be scared… or maybe they should just register more “homeless” folks down in Seattle.

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    Roger Rabbit spews:

    One of the candidates the doorbellers are campaigning for is Steve Oliver, who is running for Whatcom County treasurer. Oliver currently is deputy treasurer.

    His opponent is Joe Elenbaas, a farmer endorsed by the Whatcom County Republican Party, which has no problem with entrusting management of the county’s finances to a man who habitually pays his property taxes 3 years late. Elenbaas is a tax protester and government-hater who waits until the day before the county can legally foreclose on his property before paying. Elenbaas also:

    – Is facing trial for obstructing a law enforcement officer for allegedly threatening to get a gun from his car when a deputy sheriff ordered him off another person’s property.

    – When a local hay company sued Elenbaas for a $2,457 unpaid bill, Elenbaas fought the case all the way to the state supreme court, losing at every stage.

    – According to the Bellingham Herald, Elenbaas has been sued for other debts, and has a bankruptcy in his past.

    – Elenbaas fired a shotgun at legal papers in the presence of the process server who had just served them.

    This is the guy Whatcom County Republicans endorsed for county treasurer. He’s the guy those young people in the photo are campaigning to keep out of the county treasurer’s office. He’s the guy BIAW wants Whatcom County voters to vote for.

  43. 59

    Roger Rabbit spews:

    @57 Just what this blog needs — another paranoid wingnut liar crying “wolf” at KCRE’s door.

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    Anglethorpe spews:

    Uggh, a cartoon by rik dalvit. That guy has been drawing horrible political cartoons forever. I can remember thinking they were shitty when I was 5. Bellingham’s worst artist.

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    Here ya go, Rog’…just for you!

    1 three pound rabbit
    6 small onions, chopped
    1 bay leaf
    ½ cup chopped celery
    2 tsp. salt
    2 cups diced carrots
    3 raw potatoes, cut up
    3 tbs. flour
    1 tbs. chopped parsley

    Clean rabbit and soak in salted water. Drain, disjoint it in pieces for serving and place in a large kettle with onions, bay leaf, celery and salt. Cover with cold water and cook slowly until tender, about two hours. Add chopped carrots and potatoes and continue cooking until these vegetables are done. Smooth flour with a little cold water and add slowly. When thickened, add chopped parsley and serve.

    The Piper

  46. 63

    Songster spews:

    Dan Pike is a candidate for mayor of Bellingham and is one of the guys that the BIAW recommends.

    Turns out Pike is actually a liberal progressive with strong growth management views. So WTF, you might be asking.

    The BIAW offered him their endorsement which Pike refused. The BIAW recommended him anyway. It turns out that the BIAW simply hates Pike’s opponent more than they hate Pike.

    Anyhow you can see Pike’s response to all this at See “Entering the Homestretch” on Pike’s Blog. Good reading.

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    DILLIGAF spews:

    Actually Roger rabbit, there are less than 900 college students at Western Washington University registered to vote in Whatcom County. The conservative nut jobs are not concerned about them.
    Did anybody notice the predominant “colors” on the front of the card?
    Red and Yellow.
    Are the Bandidos involved?
    I’d rather be a conservative nut job than
    A progressive with no nuts and no job.
    Later kids,
    Open Bottle Open Throttle; In memory of Pappy.

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    Hue Beattie spews:

    Not surprizing;this BIA is the same group that brought Ann Coulter to Whatcom County to do a fund raiser for them.