Nov 18, 2013
commented on Has There Ever Been a Socialist on the Seattle City Council Before?
It is also worth noting that Washington State's most famous and successful insider career politician got his start working either in, or with, the Communist Party: Warren Magnuson. Shelby Scates biography included this line: Magnuson in 1936..."was the de facto Communist Party candidate for Congress."
And Historylink reports:
"With strong union backing, Magnuson won the endorsement of the Washington Commonwealth Federation (WCF), a left-wing alliance of liberal Democrats and organized labor that included many Communist Party members."
So there's hope for Sawant.
Oct 24, 2013
commented on The Rainier R Is Returning Tonight!
Do people know there was another original "R", a smaller one on the bottling plant across the street from the brewery? That original "R" was restored by Sound Transit and is now mounted on the outside of the Link train shop in Sodo, as the first letter in "Rail". True fact. Now both Rs are home.
Sep 6, 2013
commented on Isolationism and These Angry Days
This debate might be helped along by going back even further in history and searching for books & literature on the post-World War 1 era, when the international response to the use of chemical weapons initally became a top tier diplomatic issue. It's my sense (absent any hard research) that contemporary conventional wisdom on chemical weapons was formed at that time -- in the immediate aftermath of the use of such weapons by a European power in an erstwhile conventional war.
Wouldn't it help us to recall what that was like, and why it was such a big deal? Wasn't the clarion call at the time to ensure that such madness never happeneed again? Surely there is a book similar to the Roosevelt-Lindberg analysis involving Woodrow Wilson and the other League of Nations protagonists..?
Aug 7, 2013
commented on Seventy Percent of Primary Voters Cast Ballots Against Ed Murray
What utterly ridiculous logic Goldy. Elections are referenda on incumbents. Always. Unless you live in a gerrimandered district, but even then...
Voters don't 'vote against' challengers. Incumbents get their voters out, and the rest vote against the incumbent. They choose another choice because they don't like the one they've been living with for four years.
Jul 22, 2013
commented on We Did Not Endorse Ed Murray
Where else would he use quotes from the Stranger, aside from capaign literature? Methinks thou doth protest a tad too much.
Jul 2, 2013
commented on Seattle Transit Blog Endorses McGinn as "Unassailable"
mcginn is enjoying the halcyon days of transit planning, where everything is on the table and no idea is too crazy. the hard part is picking something to build and then paying for it. who will be better at doing the actual work?
Jun 10, 2013
commented on Watching Americans
Totally agree Charles. Spent much of last week wondering why anyone was surprised. It's as if no one remembers the ruckous over the Patriot Act during the Bush years. It was done, and this is the result. Argue if you'd like about the merits, but don't act surprised, people. What did you expect?