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January 12th, 2011

08:47 am
I have two statements to rebut anyone who thinks words and actions don't matter when it comes to inciting violence.

On words, "Sarah Palin's attacks on Barack Obama's patriotism provoked a spike in death threats against the future president, Secret Service agents revealed during the final weeks of the campaign."  The Telegraph


On actions, " Her Republican challenger in November, former Marine Sgt. Jesse Kelly, held a fundraiser where donors were offered the chance to shoot an M-16 to "help remove Gabrielle Giffords from office"  LA Times

Okay, political rant over for today.

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November 2nd, 2010

09:55 pm - Can't watch more election stuff
People ODed on stupid pills tonight.  Even in WA state.

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October 31st, 2010

09:31 pm - Elections
Just finished my King County WA election voting.  Recommend Jeff Grubb Street's endorsements.

For the Northeast Electoral District (Kirkland area and surroundings) here are the two contested election recommendations from me:

NE Electoral District Judge 6:  Michael Finkle
NE Electoral District Judge 7: Donna Tucker

Amazing what one learns from endorsements!  Much more useful than candidate's statements in the Voter's Pamphlets.

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September 5th, 2010

10:28 pm - Worried
Paul Krugman has been the voice of economic reason for years.  It's worrisome that few in power listen to him like they should.  I, more than most (since I worked on campaigns starting at age 16), realize the pragmatism that even the most idealistic of politicians often find themselves facing. 

Yet it's disheartening that in the face of such a giant crisis so many many many many are willing to trash the lives of Americans for political gain.  Particularly the right wing demagogues, but also those like Joe Lieberman who is indistinguishable to me.

Krugman's latest, "And it’s slightly sickening to realize that the big winners in the midterm elections are likely to be the very people who first got us into this mess, then did everything in their power to block action to get us out."

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August 31st, 2010

06:58 pm - Estate Tax
Some really good info tlo counteract fears that bringing back the estate tax is harmful by one of Walt Disney's heirs:  www.usatoday.com/news/opinion/forum/2010-08-31-column31_ST_N.htm

For instance, many people believe family farms will be threatened by this.  And small businesses.  But the cut-off is so high ($3.5 million for individual, $7 million for couples) that there are NO documented cases of any family farm being threatened by this.  And I'd say those numbers are so high that they no longer classify as small businesses.

But the cost to our schools, infrastructure, and other growth will be severely affected if the top 1% of individuals who are affected by estate taxes don't have to pay, like is happening this year.

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June 28th, 2010

12:51 pm
A nice little article on things you should try to get used to save $.

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April 26th, 2010

11:22 am - Fantasy authors around Seattle
For you Seattle-area locals, Charles de Lint and Guy Gavriel Kay will be at various King County Libraries.

Kay will be at the Sammamish Library on May 11th 7 p.m. Interviewed by Nancy Pearl
de Lint will have two appearances: May 12th 7 p.m. at Bellevue and May 15th 2 p.m. in Covington. He'll discuss "elements of a wrtier's toolbox".

More info HERE.

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April 2nd, 2010

06:55 pm - Constantine and Tyler too
Joel Connelly talks about how good Dow Constintine has been so far: http://www.seattlepi.com/connelly/417735_joel02.html

I can certainly vouch for one part of this article personally....Dow hired both the director and assitant finance director that Mike McGinn kicked out.

The assistant director is none other than Tyler Running Deer, someone Wolf and I have know personally for many years. He's conscienctious, very hard working, brilliant and exactly the type of person who gives 200% to any job, so I'm sure he's saving we taxpayers of King County plenty of money, since he does the job of more than one person. Always.

Oh, and he's a gamer and one of the best DMs (other than Wolf) I've ever played under.

So, go, Dow, go!

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March 23rd, 2010

04:24 pm - Health care lawsuits already. Oi.
Hooray -- health care bill. Not as good as I would have liked -- no public option (boo, Joe Lieberman). But, the world is one step better.

Of course, Republician politicians can't quite let this go. Unfortunately, WA's attorney general, Rob McKenna is one of them. He's put forth a lawsuit against the bill, along with several other AGs. So, I felt compelled to write him today. HERE's his contact info. If you live in a state with one of these lawsuits, I'd suggest writing in to your AG, too.

My letter Feel free to lift it for your own use.

Dear AG Rob McKenna:
Please stop your lawsuit against the recently signed federal health care bill.

First of all, Washington families need more health care protection that this bill provides, such as not being dropped because of pre-existing conditions or getting sick.

Second, you have plenty of things to actually spend your time on that will protect Washingtonians without wasting it on a frivilous attempt to pander to the politics of the Republican party. Given that most analysis I've read says that this lawsuit has very little chance of succeeding, I feel that the only reason you must be doing this is for political points within your party. Please stop it.



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March 18th, 2010

05:35 pm - Writing contest
Since I know many of you are writers and love fantasy....

For their Pyr and Dragons Adventure 5th Anniversary Contest, Pyr invites readers and fans to submit a short essay on the theme: Five reasons why science fiction and fantasy is important to you.

Winner gets trip to DragonCon.

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