– What Seattlish said. This has been What Seattlish Said.
Then the Spirit of the LORD came upon Jephthah. He crossed Gilead and Manasseh, passed through Mizpah of Gilead, and from there he advanced against the Ammonites. And Jephthah made a vow to the LORD : “If you give the Ammonites into my hands, whatever comes out of the door of my house to meet me when I return in triumph from the Ammonites will be the LORD’s, and I will sacrifice it as a burnt offering.”
Then Jephthah went over to fight the Ammonites, and the LORD gave them into his hands. He devastated twenty towns from Aroer to the vicinity of Minnith, as far as Abel Keramim. Thus Israel subdued Ammon.
When Jephthah returned to his home in Mizpah, who should come out to meet him but his daughter, dancing to the sound of tambourines! She was an only child. Except for her he had neither son nor daughter. When he saw her, he tore his clothes and cried, “Oh! My daughter! You have made me miserable and wretched, because I have made a vow to the LORD that I cannot break.”
“My father,” she replied, “you have given your word to the LORD. Do to me just as you promised, now that the LORD has avenged you of your enemies, the Ammonites. But grant me this one request,” she said. “Give me two months to roam the hills and weep with my friends, because I will never marry.”
“You may go,” he said. And he let her go for two months. She and the girls went into the hills and wept because she would never marry. After the two months, she returned to her father and he did to her as he had vowed. And she was a virgin.
Stephen is horrified by Boehner’s support of gay Republican.
Funny or Die: Here’s how you’re getting fucked!
David Pakman: Obama outperforms Reagan on jobs, growth & investing.
White House: West Wing Week.
Ed and Pap: Rick Scott can’t shake his criminal past.
Bill Clinton Returns to Arkansas to save the Dems.
Jon to AIG: Go fuck yourselves.
Young Turks: Obama to close Gitmo…Republicans freak out.
Lewis Black says fuck voter suppression:
- Thom: The Republican caucus room conspiracy.
- Liberal Viewer: FAUX News tries to link ebola to immigration and terrorism.
- Young Turks: Ebola-Obama link might be the craziest Right Wing theory ever
- Jimmy Dore: Ebola is an immigration crisis.
- Matt Binder: Lush Rimbaugh thinks Obama & Liberals want ebola to spread to punish whites!
- David Pakman: Budget cuts have hurt U.S.’s ability to fight ebola
- Thom: The fear machine exploits ebola
- Puppet Nation: Panic Nation.
- Michael Brooks: Ebola-fearing FAUX News spokesmodel gets schooled….
Rubin Report: Doing this in Seattle will get you fined $1.
Jon has a problem with Obama’s “Terrible, horrible, no good, very bad war”.
Young Turks: Jon Stewart for Meet the Press host?
Stephen defends Columbus.
David Pakman: Joe the Plumber goes full racist with misspelled slurs:
Last week’s Friday Night Multimedia Extravaganza can be found here.
- Good work Jean Godden, and boo for Seattle for taking so long to get maternity (and paternity) leave for city employees.
– The bike signals on 2nd Ave are great, but I’m glad the city is also dealing with garages mid block.
– Despite about a million technical issues, the Washington Health Benefit Exchange has gotten some people covered — at least here at home. Despite low enrollment in rural counties, in King County, 1/4 of residents are covered.
– Given the Seattle Metro Area’s worst in the nation pay gap, it’s particularly galling to see the CEO of Microsoft saying women shouldn’t ask for a raise. He apologized, and we can all decide for ourselves how sincere he was. But I hope it leads to some sort of concrete action because this region most pointedly needs to do better.
– I’m more of a fan of remakes than I think a lot of people, especially people on the Internet. The Ghostbusters with women as the main cast seems awesome.
There was some discussion at Drinking Liberally over how much weight to put into Nate Silver and other people’s predictions for what will happen in the Senate. I tend to think his predictions are pretty good, and Democrats should be worried about losing the Senate, and having some losses in state legislatures. But the good news is that there’s still a month. And things aren’t static. You can still donate or make calls for your favorite candidates. You can still get behind candidates on Facebook or Twitter and talk to your friends. You can still write letters to the editor and comments. You can still call into talk radio.
And of course, you can still vote. Here in Washington we don’t have a US Senate race but we sure have a close legislature. We still have plenty of initiatives. Politics isn’t a spectator sport, and by all means get involved. The great thing about the issue of if the election were held today is that the election won’t be held today. There’s still time to make things better.
Carl’s tech issues continue. Maybe I should upgrade from my Vista laptop at some point?
I have been advocating for universal preschool for years, both here on HA, and more extensively at The Stranger. High quality early learning is the only education reform absolutely proven to work. And that is why I will be voting for Proposition 1B.
I’m not totally unsympathetic to the stated goals of the labor-backed Prop 1A, but to be clear, it does not implement preschool. It’s about raising the pay, training, and certification of childcare workers, and it sets a goal of reducing childcare costs to 10 percent of a family’s income. Which are good things. But it’s totally unfunded. And it does not create a single preschool classroom, let alone a high quality one.
Childcare and preschool are not the same thing.
Prop 1B, on the other hand, fully funds the gradual phase-in of citywide universal high quality preschool through a modest 11 cent per $1,000 of assessed value hike in the property tax—about $50 a year for the average homeowner. This evidenced-based program would ultimately be free to all three- and four-year-olds from families earning below 300 percent of the federal poverty line (currently $71,550 for a family of four), with generous sliding scale tuition subsidies for families earning more than that.
Yes, the implementation is a bit slower than a lot of people would like—the plan is to serve 2,000 children by 2018—but we have no choice but to implement slowly. Serving 2,000 students is the equivalent of creating five new elementary schools in a district that’s already struggling to meet capacity; we simply lack both the physical infrastructure and the number of trained and certified teachers sufficient to implement a high quality program overnight. And experiences in Boston and elsewhere teach us that implementing preschool right is more important than implementing it fast.
Furthermore, implementing a successful preschool program here in Seattle is the first step toward implementing high quality early learning statewide. If we do it right here, we’ll soon see similar programs in cities like Bellevue, Mercer Island, Shoreline, Renton, and Tacoma. Pretty soon voters throughout the state will demand the same opportunities for their children. Reject Prop 1B and you could set back Washington’s early learning agenda by a decade or more.
So yes, I am enthusiastically voting for Prop 1B, without reservations. Whatever the disappointing political machinations that led to this showdown, the clear choice on the ballot is between a measure that actually implements universal preschool, and a measure that doesn’t. I’m voting for the one that does. And so should you.
We have less than a month to the next election. So please join us tonight for some political punditry and electoral prognostication over a pint at the Seattle Chapter of Drinking Liberally.
Can’t make it to Seattle? Perhaps you can visit another Washington State chapter of Drinking Liberally over the next week. The Tri-Cities chapter also meets this and every Tuesday. On Wednesday, the Bellingham chapter meets. And the Bremerton chapter meets on Thursday.
With 203 chapters of Living Liberally, including seventeen in Washington state, three in Oregon and three in Idaho, chances are excellent there’s a chapter meeting somewhere near you.
Abbreviated due to tech issues.
Last week’s contest didn’t have a winner as of Friday night. It was the Philadelphia street where a gang of preppy douchebags allegedly assaulted a gay couple.
This week’s is a random location somewhere on earth, good luck!
When the LORD your God brings you into the land you are entering to possess and drives out before you many nations—the Hittites, Girgashites, Amorites, Canaanites, Perizzites, Hivites and Jebusites, seven nations larger and stronger than you- and when the LORD your God has delivered them over to you and you have defeated them, then you must destroy them totally. Make no treaty with them, and show them no mercy. Do not intermarry with them. Do not give your daughters to their sons or take their daughters for your sons, for they will turn your sons away from following me to serve other gods, and the LORD’s anger will burn against you and will quickly destroy you. This is what you are to do to them: Break down their altars, smash their sacred stones, cut down their Asherah poles and burn their idols in the fire. For you are a people holy to the LORD your God. The LORD your God has chosen you out of all the peoples on the face of the earth to be his people, his treasured possession.
Thom politically corrects FAUX News Nutburger Steve Doocy.
Jimmy Dore chats with Rep. Peter King:
Sam Seder: Palin flubs on White House.
Women and Republicans
- The unbelievably BAD Rick Scott ad.
- Sam Seder: This insane ad shows exactly how Republicans see women
Jon: American priorities.
Mental Floss: 14 Money Saving Life Hacks.
Puppet Nation: Please hold for the President.
The Republican War on Voters™:
- Pap and Thom: Why doesn’t Congress reign in a Partisan SCOTUS?
- Thom: Why Republicans stop people from voting.
- Sam Seder: How NOT to cover Koch brother’s voter suppression efforts
- Ed and Friends: Robert’s court predictably screws Ohio
James Rustad: “The Ballad of [Texas Gubernatorial Wannabe] #GregAbbott”.
Sam Seder and Cliff Schecter: Cristie’s Tunnelgate will dwarf Bridgegate.
Jimmy Dore gets a call from Gov. Rick Perry.
White House: West Wing Week.
Young Turks: CNN’s cowardly attack on Reza Aslan.
Sam Seder: Michele Bachmann wants a global war with Islam.
- Mark Fiore: White House security breach–coming home.
- Ann Telnaes: Secret Service Director Julia Pierson steps down
- Jon takes on the Secret Service
- Young Turks: Secret Service director resigns.
- Al Sharpton and friends: Secret Service leaked Obama’s schedule to Romney’s campaign
- Ed: Attack on the Obamas & the Secret Service’s incompetence in the White House
John Fugelsang and Thom: Why the American dream is on the chopping block.
Puppet Nation: Vote Granny.
Jimmy Dore chats with President Obama.
Thom with more Good, Bad, and Very, Very Ugly.
World War III Kickstarter update:
ObamaCare is Working!
- Ed: ObamaCare is booming.
- Sam Seder: Sorry Republicans…more children are now getting health care.
- Alex Wagner: ObamaCare is working.
- Reid: 10.3 Million as Obamacare turns one year.
Last week’s Friday Night Multimedia Extravaganza can be found here.
Back in 2013 the Seattle Times editorial board repeatedly advocated against a technical fix to Washington’s estate tax, calling it both “legally and economically wrong.”
Given the current crisis of income inequality in America they are certainly welcome to continue to argue the latter. But as for their stoopid, stoopid legal arguments, well, the Washington State Supreme Court has once again proven the editors to be constitutionally incapable of interpreting the constitution:
The state Supreme Court has upheld the Washington estate tax as it was amended by state lawmakers in 2013.
The court handed down its unanimous ruling Thursday. The opinion was authored by Justice Charles Wiggins and leaves in place a tax-law change that was meant to preserve an estimated $160 million in the current biennium.
I’m not sure what’s worse—that the editors arrogantly thought they knew better than all the lawyers advising state legislators, or that they didn’t think they knew better and just decided to fake it in an effort to snow readers?
* No, Seattle Times publisher Frank Blethen isn’t technically dead, just the five-generation family media empire that’s been pissed away on his watch.
- I’m not sure there’s all that much that the state can do about oil trains, but good on Governor Inslee for doing what he can.
– The problem isn’t that people don’t have enough guns. The problem is that police are too often using the guns they have. That won’t be solved by a bunch of average suburban white people wandering around public spaces with their rifles slung over their backs. Those aren’t the people most likely to be shot by police –whether they’re armed or not. They’re missing the point entirely.
– What marijuana shops will open are slowly working themselves out.
– That’s cute and all, but maybe an income tax would be a better way to solve the budget hole than taxing political contributions?