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1

Well. The weather didn't waste any time after the equinox in starting our sad sad plunge into 6 months of hell and suicide, did it? Would a little bit of nice Indian Summer weather have been just too much to fucking ask?

2

@1 yes, the reservoirs were almost empty

3

'Indian Summer'?
possibly.

Indian Sunset:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qmTx_K_m4fU

4

Mexico decriminalized abortions. Does that mean that abortions are still illegal with no penalties but not actually a right?

7

@6 - good questions. 10:1 says Florida Man had something to do with it.

8

“We’re thankful that the Biden administration played the long game on sick days and stuck with us for months after Congress imposed our updated national agreement,” Russo said. “Without making a big show of it, Joe Biden and members of his administration in the Transportation and Labor departments have been working continuously to get guaranteed paid sick days for all railroad workers.

“We know that many of our members weren’t happy with our original agreement,” Russo said, “but through it all, we had faith that our friends in the White House and Congress would keep up the pressure on our railroad employers to get us the sick day benefits we deserve. Until we negotiated these new individual agreements with these carriers, an IBEW member who called out sick was not compensated.”

https://www.ibew.org/media-center/Articles/23Daily/2306/230620_IBEWandPaid

9

Cruz Abbot &
el trumpfster'd
better Hurry up
and get that Wall
built or we'll be totes
OUTTA White Babies be-
Fore you can say "Patriotism!".

religulous Lunatics +
Billionaire$ =
Today's
gop.

10

“Now, over a year after Roe v. Wade's reversal and after Mexico's Supreme Court decriminalized abortion nationwide, more and more American women are crossing into Mexico for abortions. Mexican activists are seeing women from Texas, Louisiana, and Arizona.”

THX, Kshama! Your persistent lying, about no difference between Clinton and Trump, helped get us here. No doubt that was exactly what voters in Seattle — and especially District 3 — had in mind when we/they elected you.

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@10 Although Kshama's false equivalency was dumb, I don't think it had much impact on the 70K people in MI, WI, and PA who decided the election. She doesn't have much impact beyond Seattle and making splashy Fox News leftist fear mongering headlines. Bernie and his ego on the other hand...

12

@5 sod offf, it's water flow projection and use, my statement stands.

Oh, and just ordered my 4 free COVID-19 tests so I can pOWN the GQP.

13

Another copy error: it's "SAG-AFTRA", not "SAG". The two unions merged in 2012, and people in the media STILL continue to use the old name, which was associated with just one of the two merged unions.

Also, it's funny, because all the shills, trolls, 'bots, and boot-lickers who have been posting all over social media during the WGA & SAG-AFTRA strikes appear to be preternaturally quiet today. Guess they all had to get back to their coding jobs, or whatever.

14

@11,

I blame Kshama for all of societies ills.

For example, I've no doubt it was her relentless pursuit of a $15 minimum wage that drove countless Seattle small business owners and other affected residents to less tightly regulated, and more tax-friendly states like Texas. And surely a significant number of those new Texas residents landed in Arlington, and were thus inclined to attend this past weekend's Rangers/Mariners series. And it seems to me perfectly reasonable to assume that their feverish and vocal support of the Rangers in those games helped that team to a sweep of the Mariners, thus delivering a devastating blow to Seattle's dwindling playoff hopes.

Thanks Kshama!

15

@11: My larger point was Sawant might never have been elected by voters of Seattle in 2013, or by District 3 in 2015, if she’d made it clear she intended to use their office as a platform to oppose a policy and candidate voters in both places strongly supported.

16

@14: “… relentless pursuit of a $15 minimum wage …”

Other than jumping on the bandwagon (but only after voters in SeaTac approved it), she did nothing on this topic during her entire first year in office.

You might as well have written about how her “relentless pursuit of rent control” created Seattle’s housing affordability crisis.

17

@2- I’m perfectly happy to have the rain pick up in late October like it is supposed to. Just hate to see this time of year dark gray and soaked. Plenty of time to be miserable later.

Also, water falling at these temperatures is just going to run off. what we really need is snowpack which comes once it cools down.

18

Our dry summer days were almost twice as many as typical, considering May through September this year.
There’s also “I’m only happy when it rains” by Garbage. Those lyrics are very Seattle! No more whining- you knew it was rainy when you moved here!

19

@15 I think she prob would have still been elected even if she was more open about her intent. Certainly by 2019 everyone knew what they were getting and yet she still won by running her same playbook. I think if she was running this year she would probably lose but it would still be close. There is a large contingent in D3 who feel like she does (that we need to burn the system to the ground) or enjoy her self inflating speeches denouncing everyone and everything as tools. It's sad but that's just the way politics are anymore.

24

Just remember, someone under Federal Indictment, like TFG, can not HOLD or RECEIVE a firearm.

Which he did.

A clear Felony.

LOCK HIM UP!

25

@21,

I dunno, I'm guessing the Venn diagram that encompasses the far left progressive voters who live in a swing state that decided the election, also read The Nation, AND are stupid enough to be coerced into casting what amounts to a de facto vote for Trump is really pretty tiny, probably a few hundred fucking doofuses at best.

I mean she even expressly states in your linked editorial that she wants Trump to lose. I guess she could've explicitly called for people in swing states to hold their noses and vote for Hillary, but if anyone reading that piece wasn't able to come to that decision without them needing her to instruct them, I'm pretty sure they're utterly lost, hopeless causes who couldn't be counted on to reliably sit in a chair properly without screwing it up.

26

And FWIW, I'm no better than a mixed bag in terms of Sawant. I really like a lot of her policy positions and love the fact that there's an unapologetic Socialist in a position of relative power speaking out on behalf of oft marginalized people. Though I'm also undeniably put off by her rhetorical tone and tendency to demonize anyone who respectfully challenges her. In that respect, I'm kinda thankful to live here in Portland where I can generally support her without ever having to seriously consider whether I'd be willing to cast a vote for someone who carries themself as she does. In fact, I'm skeptical that I could. But yeah, those people who blame her for everything wrong with Seattle are delusional.

28

@19: My speculation says the large number of undergraduates in District 3 was why she survived as long as she did. They’re young, idealistic, easily confuse words with deeds, and won’t be around next time to notice she’s actually done little to nothing.

You know, the type of sophomoric young folks who mistake statements like these for serious, adult thoughts:

“I really like a lot of her policy positions and love the fact that there's an unapologetic Socialist in a position of relative power speaking out on behalf of oft marginalized people.”

“…I can generally support her without ever having to seriously consider whether I'd be willing to cast a vote for someone who carries themself as she does. In fact, I'm skeptical that I could.”

29

@1 and @17 dvs99: +2 for the WIN!! It's a shame monsoon season decided to start right after the Autumn Equinox.
According to the local 14-day weather forecast, there appears to be no end in sight for the onset of 6 months of Hell and Suicide. My beloved VW and I are venturing out of town in the midst of this nasty weather. This last week of September is our only chance to get away.
And somehow, some way my VW and still have to brave driving all the way back to our friend's garage for seasonal hibernation before the truly BAD weather gets here.

@3 kristofarian: Is it too late to wish for an Indian summer in 2023?

@18 pat L: I've always known about the rain; I'm among Washington natives.
We had such a lovely Indian summer last year, though, dammit! And we got to
dine outdoors overlooking the harbor last year, in the San Juans.
How many times can you enjoy doing that in October in the Pacific Northwest?

30

@1 and @17 dvs99: +2 for the WIN!! It's a shame monsoon season decided to start right after the Autumn Equinox.
According to the local 14-day weather forecast, there appears to be no end in sight for the onset of 6 months of Hell and Suicide. My beloved VW and I are venturing out of town in the midst of this nasty weather. This last week of September is our only chance to get away.
And somehow, some way my VW and still have to brave driving all the way back to our friend's garage for seasonal hibernation before the truly BAD weather gets here.

@3 kristofarian: Is it too late to wish for an Indian summer in 2023?

@18 pat L: I've always known about the rain; I'm among Washington natives.
We had such a lovely Indian summer last year, though, dammit! And we got to
dine outdoors overlooking the harbor last year, in the San Juans.
How many times can you enjoy doing that in October in the Pacific Northwest?

31

@28 Or they recognize how politics actually works, and love how Kshama has consistently pulled the discourse to the left, and allowed more progressive compromises to be made by the rest of the counsel.

32

@31: “…has consistently pulled the discourse to the left,”

Confusing words with deeds, are we?

“…more progressive compromises to be made by the rest of the counsel l[sic].”

Examples of which would be what, exactly? Passage of the EHT? Saving the Showbox? Rent control? Blaming homelessness on Amazon? Please do enlighten us as to which of these spectacular triumphs of policy you mean.

33

@26- the real problem with Sawant is that the things she does allegedly on behalf of the downtrodden end up making things worse for them. Case in point the new rules that give tenants the right to stay in your apartment as long as they want whether they want to pay rent or not, and requiring you rent to them whether they are provably criminals or not. The rational response to this has been increasing qualifications such that said downtrodden can’t qualify so landlords don’t have to take the risk. But she doesn’t care, because it’s more important to show the college sophomore Econ class that she’s sticking it to the man.

34

@33: And if the bad tenant gets entry anyway, he can make life hell for the other tenants, not just for the owner or owner’s agent. What person with a real job wants to live next door to a meth’-cooker’s kitchen, or deal with a steady stream of addicts and dealers appearing in the building at all hours?

“…show the college sophomore Econ class…”

And serve her own ideological opposition to the very idea of private property rights.

When seeking a person to run your system, it’s probably a very bad idea to hire someone who hates the very idea of your system’s continued existence, to the point where she has been a long-time member of an organization completely dedicated to total destruction of your system. Hopefully the voters of District 3 have now learned that lesson.

35

If some thugs tries to ambush your car, lay on the horn and speed up.

36

@21: “Is Sawant solely responsible? No of course not. But to deny she had a hand in it is a lie.”

And, as you know, none of her critics have ever claimed she was solely responsible for Trump’s election; that’s a straw man, erected because her defenders don’t want to defend her actions, or admit to the contributions her actions made to the downfall of Roe.

@25: “I mean she even expressly states in your linked editorial that she wants Trump to lose.”

Well, if a campaigning politician says something, that something must obviously be wholly and completely true, totally beyond question!

“I guess she could've explicitly called for people in swing states to hold their noses and vote for Hillary,”

She explicitly did the opposite, by repeatedly and baldly lying about how the Democrats and Republicans are identical. No, they are not, not on the issue of a woman’s right to choose, and when our system will permit only the Democrat or Republican to win, then any vote not cast for the Democrat is an anti-choice vote. Full stop. She knew all of this, and she lied anyway, with the goal of preventing Clinton’s election.

(For an elected official with so few accomplishments over her decade in office, you might think her supporters and defenders would be crowing about her success in helping to prevent Clinton’s election. Oddly, even the Stranger, who seems to hate Democrats as much as Sawant does, have not praised her for helping to defeat one.)

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when you're a populist movement of one in a bustling city.

40

@37: Do you give Sawant credit for trying to prevent Clinton’s election? She put a lot of effort into it, traveling far from Seattle, getting published in the Nation, and so forth. Does any of that count for something with you?

42

"Or they recognize how politics actually works, and love how Kshama has consistently pulled the discourse to the left, and allowed more progressive compromises to be made by the rest of the counsel."

Bingo.

cuz pulling the Narrative leftwards
whilst "Republicans" & MAGAs
drag the Right ever Further
into the Abyss is precisely
what's Necessary regard-
less of what our centrist
advocates may claim

also
BINGO
Garbby!

43

that's Bingo @41
and 37 too:

Hillary didn't even
bother never set
Foot in swing-
state Wiscon-
sin whilst
Bernie ad-
vocated
Heavily
for

Hillary.

but it's HIS
and Kshama's!
Fault Roe v Wade
was Overturned. omg

the Vapors!

44

@41:

That was a lot of words you expended, in not answering my question. It appears you didn’t understand it:

“…Sawant's ability to influence the average Democratic voter not to show up at the polls in 2016.”

She wasn’t trying to do that, and I have not claimed she was. Telling Democrats the lie their party was no different than the Republicans would simply convince Democrats that Sawant was a liar. Rather, Sawant was appealing to a subset of independent voters: the vanity cases who would believe her lie, because they view themselves too pure, too good, too righteous, to sully themselves by voting for those corporate Democrats. Voters of this type swallowed that lie from the Republicans’ bought-and-paid-for stooge of the early 2000s, Ralph Nader, and some of them may have swallowed that lie from Sawant in 2016. We’ll never know if enough of them swallowed it from Sawant to prevent Clinton’s election, but that wasn’t my question. I asked you what you thought of Sawant’s lying to prevent Clinton’s election, whether it succeeded or not.

“The only real moment Sawant had was in taxing Amazon and that didn't work out so well for her.”

I’m sorry, does the phrase, “Save the Showbox” ring any bells for you? Sawant sponsored legislation to re-zone the Showbox property after repeal of the EHT. Her legislation was bad policy, because it would have prevented building of residences in a city suffering from a housing crisis. It was illegal, because it re-zoned property purely to remove the owner’s development rights. It was abusive, because it altered the boundaries of the Pike Place Market’s historical designation. Yet, Sawant had enough influence on the Council to have it pass without a single dissenting vote. She didn’t just influence the Council to act; she got them to act illegally.

She eventually lost her influence, in part because she kept squandering it on laws which were bad for Seattle, illegal, abusive, despised by voters (the EHT), or some combination thereof; but back in 2016, she did still have influence.

Now, again, what do you think of her lying in an attempt to prevent Clinton’s election?

@42: “Or they recognize how politics actually works, and love how Kshama has consistently pulled the discourse to the left, and allowed more progressive compromises to be made by the rest of the counsel."

Bingo.”

Uh, your bingo ran away and hid when I asked him to give examples. So, do you want to give examples of the “progressive compromises” Sawant obtained? Was it the EHT? Saving the Showbox? Do tell.

45

a two-days-later
rebuttal?
ouch

46

if only
I'd red
Them

but
WAY
too
Long
for me!

pretend
like its
Day's
later
tentsy!

47

@46: Sorry, forgot about your extremely short attention span. Here’s your part agsin:

“Or they recognize how politics actually works, and love how Kshama has consistently pulled the discourse to the left, and allowed more progressive compromises to be made by the rest of the counsel."

Bingo.”

Uh, your bingo ran away and hid when I asked him to give examples. So, do you want to give examples of the “progressive compromises” Sawant obtained? Was it the EHT? Saving the Showbox? Do tell.

You’re welcome! Better luck this time!

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@37 Garb Garblar: To this day, I have no idea what Hillary ever saw in Tim Kaine as her VP running mate in 2016.
I would have picked Elizabeth Warren.


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