Listing to port

Yeah. Right.

Port of Seattle commissioners Tuesday voted to refer the dispute over former CEO Mic Dinsmore’s retirement pay to the Port’s Board of Ethics, an independent three-member panel.

The panel will investigate whether any “laws, procedures or ethical standards were breached” when Commissioner Pat Davis signed a memo authorizing Dinsmore to receive his annual salary of $339,841 for one year past his retirement date, according to the commission’s motion.

As one Seattle political insider quipped to me, “The Port has an ethics committee? Who’s on it… the Maytag repairman?”

Word is that there had been a push to demand Davis’ resignation, but the commission wimped out, and the issue has already been pretty much settled at a closed-door meeting. So much for accountability and reform. But then, why bother investigating at all, when it’s really just another one of those “he said, he said, he said / she-said / he wouldn’t say due to pending litigation” situations?

No official word on who will man the Port’s “independent” ethics panel, but here’s a list of the nominees.


  1. 1

    Tree Frog Farmer spews:

    It will take at least another election cycle before Lloyd Hara has enough traction.
    I’ll never forget the Pat Davis told Lloyd he didn’t have enough experience to take a place on the audit committee. . . . .

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    Tree Frog Farmer spews:

    It will take at least another election cycle before Lloyd Hara has enough traction.
    I’ll never forget that Pat Davis told Lloyd he didn’t have enough experience to take a place on the audit committee. . . . .

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    Roger Rabbit spews:

    If the fishwrapper’s editorial board doesn’t look out for our moral turpitude, who will? I mean, without Frank Blethen, how would we ever know that the inheritance tax is immoral?

    Yep, that’s right folks, it’s a sin against nature that heirs get only a $2.5 million exemption before paying taxes. It’s downright insulting that the government taxes the children of the rich as if they WORKED for their money. Only workers should pay taxes. Capital good, labor bad; inherited wealth is holy, wages are evil. People who WORK for a living have only themselves to blame. If they had chosen their parents better, they would be idle and rich, too.

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    Roger Rabbit spews:

    Pat Davis is an example of entrenched arrogance. She’s the kind of public official that tar and feathers were invented for.

  5. 5

    Roger Rabbit spews:

    I wonder if Lush Flimbaugh will be fired for his Don Imus moment. You know … playing that “Barack the Magic Negro” song on his show last month.

  6. 6

    RightEqualsStupid spews:

    Man can’t you right wing traitors go 15 minutes without engaging in more illegal and un-American conduct?

    If there’s ANYONE who believes a fucking word these liars in the Bush regime say, then that person deserves the assfucking the Publicans will give them.

    Aren’t any of you Publican whores at least a little bit chagrinned by the antics of your gang?

  7. 7

    GBS spews:

    @ 6

    MARK MY WORDS the Dems are conducting their investigations not to build a case for Impeachment on one or two particular items. They are building the case for a criminal conspiracy ran out of the White House.

    When done it will be so sweeping and all encompassing that it will be out of power at the national level for decades to come.

    Thanks to our Liberal Founding Fathers. Thank you, Jefferson, Madison, Washington, Franklin etc.

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    delbert spews:


    For once, I agree with Roger…

    Now let’s cut off the $68.3 million dollar property tax give-away. The Port should be self-sufficient or, God Forbid, even make a little money for the public.

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    Right Stuff spews:

    Democrats get Supreme slap in the face!!!!!!

    9-0 decision today in the case of KVI, and the innitiative agianst the 9.5cent gas tax.

    Today we are confronted with an example of abusive prosecution by several local governments. San Juan County and the cities of Seattle, Auburn, and Kent (hereinafter Municipalities) determined to file a legal action ostensibly for disclosure of radio time spent discussing a proposed initiative. This litigation was actually for the purpose of restricting or silencing political opponents and was quickly dismissed after the filing deadline for the initiative.

    Yet another example of how democrats try to take away freedoms when the speech doesn’t fit their template…

  10. 11


    Uh, Mr. Stuff?

    While I’m pretty happy about the court ruling, I fail to see how it is a “slap in the face”.

    The American Civil Liberties Union filed “friend of the court” briefs in support of KVI on this matter. Just because KVI is a far-right neo-con mouthpiece doesn’t mean that I want to see them silenced by government fiat.

    (Side note – while I don’t see the ACLU as an especially liberal outfit, it is no secret that the neo-cons do consider it to be very far left leaning.)

    I want to see them silenced by their listeners finally realizing what sort of drivel they spew, and switching to some other station.


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    ArtFart spews:

    11 “I want to see them silenced by their listeners finally realizing what sort of drivel they spew, and switching to some other station.”

    …or calling the Fisher switchboard and KVI’s advertisers and registering their displeasure. Unfortunately, the FCC seems to get involved only when the Seven Prohibited Words are used or an excess of flesh exposed. But with the invective some of the winger talk show hosts spew day in and day out, it’s difficult to undestand the fuss about Imus.

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    Roger Rabbit spews:

    @10 I agree that was b.s. Free speech has to be protected. Even John Carlson’s. Of course, that doesn’t change the fact that Carlson is full of shit.

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    Roger Rabbit spews:

    10, 11 Isn’t it funny how the ACLU came to the rescue of the wingnuts again? Isn’t it even funnier that the ACLU are the first people that wingnuts go running to when THEIR free speech rights are threatened by thick-headed bureaucratic action?

  14. 16



    I’m a bit conflicted about doing the bit with calling advertisers. Yes, I realize that the neo-cons do this on a regular basis to silence liberal voices, but it simply goes against my grain to try to stifle legitimate opinions, even though I dislike them.

    Heck, I’ve been a target of similar tactics. There are those here that have stated that they have contacted friends in my area to keep them from using me as a real estate agent because of my support of this blog.

    Still, since I don’t see it as being appropriate when done to me, I can’t support it being done to others.

    ** Shameless plug alert **

    Of course, I’d be pretty happy if folks would support advertisers like me because I support liberal media. ;-{)

  15. 17

    Woohoo spews:

    Have been examining Peru’s socialized medicine and it’s a disaster. Routine procedures having to wait, not nearly the right equipment to do the patient diagnosis justice, politicians deciding what equipment (they pick dumb stuff that the doctors just rolls their eyes at!) they will have instead of the doctors, out in the rural country–dilapidated smelly hospitals with feeble doctors. Doctors referring patients to their better private clinics that they also work at, bribery going on in the public clinics. And on and on…NO, this is unacceptable. My relative there always goes to the private clinics and she’s not a person of much $$ means, either. Universal healthcare sucks.

  16. 18

    Mark The Redneck KENNEDY spews:

    SCOFUWA sure shoved KVI up your asses today huh? Nine to nuthing. Holy shit…

    Why do you moonbats want to silence opposition? What’s wrong with free speech?

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    Tree Frog Farmer spews:

    Welsher@18 In your case, free speech means being a deadbeat. Hook our moth infested wallet up to your keyboard and pay Goldy . . .at even a nickel a word you could become a not welsher in no time.
    I almost said “a respectable member of society”, but some things are just beyond possibility.

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    ArtFart spews:

    16 John, I’ll be sure and come knocking on your door if I’m ever in the market for a house in Gig Harbor.

    To tell you the truth, I kinda like John Carlson. I’d listen to “The Commentators” regularly except I’m in a building full of computers and I can’t receive either KVI or KOMO.

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    ArtFart spews:

    18 Boy, Mark…this seems to have you all excited. Here, take some tissues and go in the bathroom.

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    RightEqualsStupid spews:

    Man how pathetic things are for the right wing cowards. A victory at a radio station is the best they can hang their hat on. While we’re beating them on every important issue on the docket, the best they have is that asswipe Carlson. Man it sux to be you guys.

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    Roger Rabbit spews:

    @22 It’s amazing how many Republicans think someone who earns $15,000 a year should be paid taxes, but someone who inherits $2.5 million shouldn’t.

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    righton spews:

    goldy, kudos for finding an issue we can all agree on; nail the dishonest, unethical PORT…..

    find a few more we can agree on….