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Sep 10 picaroon commented on Voices From the Picket Lines: Maple Elementary School.
I really like these profiles. And I support the teachers. But I don't think it is accurate to report their earnings without referencing the fact that they get a defined benefit pension, which vests relatively early in your career. These profiles should acknowledge that.
Feb 18 picaroon commented on What an '80s TV Show Tells Us About Self-Checkout Machines.
Believe it or not,
I'm walking on air.
I never thought I could feel so free eee eee.
Flying away on a wing and a prayer.
Who could it be?
Believe it or not it's just me.

Dec 18, 2013 picaroon commented on Justice Ruth Bader Ginsberg Will Not Be Retiring Any Time Soon.
I like you Hanoumatoi. You are spirited. But wrong. The relevant comparison is not Ginsburg versus an replacement picked by Obama. (Though any Obama replacement will be very similar to Ginsberg-Kagan-Breyer-Sotomayor. And they are not that different from one another.)

The relevant comparison is to a replacement picked by Christie. This person will assuredly be another Alito-Roberts, who will cement the rightward status of the court for another generation. The Senate may (in rare instances) stop one Supreme Court pick, but there is little evidence that the replacement nominee would be much different from the original pick. The replacement of nominee Bork with nominee Kennedy was the exception, not the rule
Dec 18, 2013 picaroon commented on Justice Ruth Bader Ginsberg Will Not Be Retiring Any Time Soon.
Justice Ginsburg is a fine jurist. But is behaving in a naive and self-centered way. Her wing of the court is locked in a knife fight with the right over our liberties and our economic well-being. And she's announced that she's going to tie one hand behind her back.
Feb 28, 2013 picaroon commented on The Rats of Tehran.
The real story is that the photographic evidence that the Ratcatchers of Tehran are White Sox fans. Sounds about right.
Feb 25, 2013 picaroon commented on Will You Pay $4 a Week to Read the Seattle Times Website?.
I'll have to weigh the value of having additional sunlight on public life versus the pain of writing a check to Blethen and all of the conservative support that entails. Not sure what I'll choose.

That said, if 80-90% of commenters go away, that would make reading the web-Times far better.
Sep 7, 2012 picaroon commented on If You Read Nothing Else Today....
Yep, that's my team's punter. He has appeared in ads in support of marriage equality in Minnesota. He is famous for such internet-savvy screeds. He plays bass in a band. His twitter handle is @chriswarcraft.
Jul 26, 2012 picaroon commented on Introducing Rob McKenna.
Imagine the attack ad: "Rob McKenna promises 'A new direction for Washington'? This from the man who named his dog 'W,' after George W. Bush? We don't need a governor who idolizes George W. Bush enough to name his dog after him. Rob McKenna: W is his bitch."
Jul 26, 2012 picaroon commented on Introducing Rob McKenna.
ATTENTION JAY INSLEE CAMPAIGN: Rob McKenna named his dog “W.” This is all a voter needs to know about him. This fact will guarantee an Inslee victory. I can only hope and assume you are keeping this devastating bit of oppo in the can so you can use it during the home-stretch of the campaign.
Dec 26, 2011 picaroon commented on Watch This Video If You Want to Cling on to Your Holiday Cheer (Unless You Are a Republican, or You Hate Babies).
Where was the secret service? They should have gang tackled that baby. It is their job to take a baby's hand to the mouth for the POTUS.

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