Slog AM: Seattle Has a New Park, Harris Suspends Travel After Staffer Gets COVID, This Amy Coney Barrett Confirmation Is Really Going to Happen

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New park? Better go enjoy it before the unhoused masses set-up camp and it turns into another...literally any park in the city (see Wesneat's ST column yesterday blasting the SCC for allowing the parks to be turned into a nightmare of mental instability and drug use).

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Even in failure, Mr Eyman gets paid for his efforts, and will simply propose another initiative. As long as some are buying, he will keep selling.

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$30 car tabs will just pass again, this time without idiot Tim Eyman. Inevitable, since nobody wants to take a bus anymore.

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@3. I guess living in Bellevue, even $50.00 cuts deep.

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Police lie with such casual ease, I don't know why anybody bothers to ask them what happened.

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@4 In Bellevue, $50 will get you some nice take-out sashimi and ikura. So, yeah.

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Welcome to the real world.

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Eyman tabs was tossed for violating the "single-subject" provision regarding initiatives, on multiple counts. They cannot find their mission and stay on it.
Eyman types think these initiatives are political manifestos. No. Initiatives are bound by all stipulations of the WA State Constitution.

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For a grifter, Tim sure has a flat learning curve. Those are the same grounds the Supreme Court cited to toss out his original $30 car tab initiative those many years ago.

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if one continues to Profit off their failed
Iniatives is one foolish or Pragmatic?

Hey -- WHERE'S MY CHAIR?!

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Barrett's confirmation was always going to happen. The Republicans will squee with glee (Mitch McConnell will be giggling some more) and they will think they won something. They are not going to like what happens as a result.

These extremest outliers really don't understand that people in this country, the MAJORITY of people in this country, including people who call themselves (or used to call themselves) Republicans like things like having healthcare and support a woman's right to choose when it comes to abortion. Republicans get abortions. Republicans get sick and require healthcare. Republicans like all sorts of things this administration and this GOP led Senate have packed the SCOTUS in order to dismantle and destroy. Confirming this unqualified and bigoted woman to sit on the court will not stop people in this country from fighting for their rights and it will not stop people in this country from obtaining abortions or anything else Gorsuch, Kavanaugh, Barrett and the other cons on the court choose to eliminate from the rights of the people.

Is it going to fuck shit up and cause problems and kill people? Yes it is. And that is not to be taken lightly. We're going to go back to dead women trying to get backroom botched abortions. More people will die because they have no healthcare (including the nearly 10 million, but who knows how many actually, who will have the pre-existing condition of having had COVID-19 and all of the health problems it causes).

In the long run, however, are they going to succeed in turning this country into some sort of theocracy run by religious zealots? Nope. All they have done, as in everything else this administration has done, is motivate people to fight harder, fight longer, fight stronger, and demand more from their elected officials. In fact, they've inspired more people than ever to run for office at all levels of government than ever before. They've inspired more people than ever to vote than ever before. And if and when the time comes that the GOP has been permanently put out of power, Congress can do plenty to counteract the damage of a partisan hack meaningless reality show of a SCOTUS by putting into place permanent legislation that protects people's rights. Period.

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@11 people who rely on mass transit are "the elite?"

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11 why do you hate the constitution i thought that was ur jam

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“Look, having nuclear — my uncle was a great professor and scientist and engineer, Dr. John Trump at MIT; good genes, very good genes, OK, very smart, the Wharton School of Finance, very good, very smart — you know, if you’re a conservative Republican, if I were a liberal, if, like, OK, if I ran as a liberal Democrat, they would say I’m one of the smartest people anywhere in the world — it’s true! — but when you’re a conservative Republican they try — oh, do they do a number — that’s why I always start off: Went to Wharton, was a good student, went there, went there, did this, built a fortune — you know I have to give my like credentials all the time, because we’re a little disadvantaged — but you look at the nuclear deal, the thing that really bothers me — it would have been so easy, and it’s not as important as these lives are — nuclear is so powerful; my uncle explained that to me many, many years ago, the power and that was 35 years ago; he would explain the power of what’s going to happen and he was right, who would have thought? — but when you look at what’s going on with the four prisoners — now it used to be three, now it’s four — but when it was three and even now, I would have said it’s all in the messenger; fellas, and it is fellas because, you know, they don’t, they haven’t figured that the women are smarter right now than the men, so, you know, it’s gonna take them about another 150 years — but the Persians are great negotiators, the Iranians are great negotiators, so, and they, they just killed, they just killed us, this is horrible.” Donald Trump 2016

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@6: Not just busses you know. Bridges and tunnels and roads are funded by tabs too. So I guess you can enjoy your 50$ sushi as the bridge you're stuck in traffic on collapses and you plunge to your death.

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@16 -- and Great Ruler hasn't made a cogent statement since.

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Also @12 that quote has been in the public record for years. It's not shit.

https://www.theatlantic.com/ideas/archive/2019/09/biden-trump-corruption/598705/

I'd suggest giving up on this "scandal" and pursue the real scoop, which is obviously tracking down the long form copy of Barack Obama's birth certificate.

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@11 HAHAHA HAHA

How does having bus routes "benefit the elite? Do you think Jeff Bezos and Bill Gates ride the #71? Yeah. There is nothing more "undemocratic" than mass transportation.

Hahaha. God damn. It never ends with you. You have supplanted Raindrip and cemented yourself as the stupidest mother fucker here. And Trollflake that is saying something.

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nbd, just the president bragging about an extrajudicial execution but anyway did you hear twitter blocked people from sharing a dubiously sourced tabloid news story on their platform yesterday BoTh siDeS r bAd u GuYs!!!

https://twitter.com/Acyn/status/1316801262277455872

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@17 Thanks! Delicious!

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@9 It serves Tim's interests to write unconstitutional initiatives. If he did it up right, passed it, and it passed constitutional muster, he'd be out of a job. This way he can roll his chair up to the grift trough again and again.

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"...This way he can roll his chair... "

Ahhhhh. I see what you did there.

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@15 His OTHER "jam" is dropping high-end secrets of financial wisdom. Like: "Buy low. Sell high." And: "Do not spend more than you earn."

Like, his two greatest hobbies: 1) A paranoiac, almost professional level of ignorance of the US Constitution. 2) And giving out the sort of advise one could find scrawled on bathroom stalls at a bowling ally.

To some people Walter from the 'Big Lebowski' is a template for living.

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@13

I think the only thing you left out is that if something big like Roe or the ACA gets tossed it is very possible that the Democrats will go state to state to win that way.

You think conservatives are mad now? Wait till they have Democrats in their towns doing voter registration, etc. We actually have precedence for it. Google Chaney, Goodman, and Schwerner or just watch Mississippi Burning.

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I so suggest Marcia Cross (Bree, Desperate Housewives) play a parody of Judge Amy Coney Barrett on Saturday Night Live.

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@26 - Getting Roe tossed will rile up the Dems enough that we finally get our shit together and stop playing nice. You are correct that we'll win some new states out of it. And Roe won't be the end of it. This "handmade" he's putting on the court obviously opposes contraception and gay rights. Sadly, the Bible Belt states will rejoice at getting permission to take a few more steps back to the 18th Century and will slide even further down the economic ladder.

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@29 That's right! Masks are not 100% effective when you fly around in an enclosed aluminum tube for three months during a pandemic. You cracked the conspiracy!

DeathCult, you better inject that Lysol and hydroxychloroquine cocktail. That works 100% of the time!

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@27 -- precisely why we don't see Lions of the Left like Chomsky, Hedges, on the lamestream, corps-owned mass media -- they don't conform to the Corporate Narrative. Is that Censorship?

Nah -- it's merely (mostly) a Corporate Monopoly on Civic Discourse. Speaking of Civics and the teaching thereof, I hear it's no longer in the Corporate Interest to let the Electorate know its Power, and Civics (how this Country's government's 'sposed to function, where the reins of power are located, etc.) isn 't taught.

WHY?
because:
who Benefits?

For decades, Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders has objected to the failure of major media outlets to cover the growth of economic inequality in America.

As a presidential contender in 2016, he used every opportunity that was afforded him in the media to address poverty, plutocracy, and the consolidation of wealth and power in the hands of “the billionaire class.”

"The problem is that, to a very significant degree, corporate media ignores, or pays very little attention, to the most important issues facing working people. That is the problem with corporate media today.

If you look at just the issue I described to you—the movement in this country toward oligarchy—you will find very, very little discussion about that. Stormy Daniels will get 10 times more print and video coverage than will the movement toward oligarchy in this country.

You will see very little discussion about poverty in this country.

“Poverty” is just not a word that is used on television very often.

... this country is moving into oligarchy.

The three wealthiest people in this country own more wealth than the bottom half of American society.

The top one-10th of one percent now owns as much wealth as the bottom 90 percent.

And then, politically, what we have seen since the Citizens United decision (by the US Supreme Court in 2010) is billionaires like the Koch brothers and a few of their friends pouring hundreds and millions of dollars into the political process to elect candidates who represent the wealthy and the powerful.

That is an issue of huge consequence to the future of America—in terms of the economic life of this country and the collapse of the middle class, and a political system which is being corrupted by big money and Citizens United."

https://www.thenation.com/article/archive/bernie-sanders-wants-to-tell-the-story-that-corporate-media-fails-to/

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@26 - a little mood music for the Dems going forward. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u_HH_jher3c

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so, McBiker, are you in that 'Bottom Ninety' Percentile?

gonna go out on a limb here
and guess Schlog's commentariat's
about 90% ninety the-Bottom-Nineties percenters.

Bazillionaire Bezos, are you Here now?

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Of course Barrett was going to be confirmed. McConnell creamed his pants as soon as he heard RBG died.

But Roe's not the thing to worry about. The point of packing all the courts around the country is to transfer more wealth and power to the wealthy and powerful.

What will be the result of an ultra conservative bunch of courts and judges around the country? An even greater divide between the wealthy handful who control everything and the rest of the country who scrabble for the table scraps. White men keep voting for that shit only because their wealthy owners allow them to be first in line for the scraps.

This country was fucked the day it was founded by a bunch of wealthy, white landowners who didn't give a shit about anyone but their own little privileged, private country club. It's only gotten worse since then.

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"Handmaid." Stupid autocorrect.

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In reference to Ice Cube, we need to remember the words of our future prez Joe Biden: "Man, you aint black if you dont vote Democrat, man." Ice cube might have "connections" to the GOP -shocking! Sarc/ Dude's been doing PG family blockbusters for 2 decades! Not newz.

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Great comment, Urg.

FDR jerked this nation's Will to the Left and perhaps Smokin' Joe may be amenable to some Progressive pushing and shoving as well. at his Age, Joe no longer has Reason to be Beholden to the Corporatocracy -- think of the Statues,* Joe!

You could be on a Horsey!
or a Flying Car!

*oh Canadians WORSHIP
the guy what brought them
home their Healthcare

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@13 xina, @32 & @34 kristofarian, and @31 Professor_Hiztory for the WIN!

@29 and @37: Begone, lil MAGAs before you draw flies.

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0h @Death, McMoscow McMitch KkKonnell’s been Packin’ the Courts ever since Obama tried (and Failed) to appoint some Federal Judges thru the KkKonnell-ruled Senate.

I know, I know, you think we’re just as Stupid (and Ignorant!) as you, but relax, and don’t Worry – you’re just Projecting – one of the very Few Things repugs are actually “good” at.

Well done!

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When KkKonnell failed to install ANY of Obama's pick for Federal Courts, KkKonnell was Packin' the Courts. When KkKonnell FILLED all those empty (for fucking ages) seats with highly UN-qualified far right Activists, That is Packing the Courts.

Expanding the courts may be Required, or, as others have suggessted here, a Dem Congressional Majority can alleviate much of the extremists's Activism with a little preemptive legislational court-bypasses of their own.

however you happen to Define it, filling the Courts with far right wing activist Ideologues will Not sit well with the Electorate.

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Two take homes:

Single subject initiatives. It's not hard, Eyman just isn't that bright.
Income taxes are constitutional, they just have to be a flat income tax with one deduction. Only one. It could be the federal deduction, or just a $15,000 deduction, whatever. Can't be a mix. Nobody cares what your arguments are, but it's constitutional in this state if it's exactly that.
Yes, capital gains taxes are also viable. Different subject.

We now return you to your whiny posts by anti-tax activists who are unable to actually follow the law and should be turned in for the 10 percent bounty for tax avoiders that is tax exempt cash you can use to set up your own BBQ takeout. I recommend either bison or chicken or wild fish for that.

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@33. Lol, here's one for the GOP:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SMhwddNQSWQ

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Is it just me or does Barrett remind you of Sarah Palin?

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Contemporary packing of the federal judiciary began in 1993, with the GOP claim that Clinton, elected with less than half the popular vote in a 3-way race, was not a "real" POTUS in the traditional sense and was thus his judicial nominations were not entitled to the traditional deference. (Time was, you had to be seriously dim or seriously shady to be rejected by the Senate.) Many of WJC's successful appointments were compromise picks, and many seats were left unfilled at the end of his term.

This principle clearly did not apply to GWB, who also lost the popular vote, and the open seats were packed with Federalist Society ideologues.

Obama was elected in a landslide, but by this time the argument was "because we can", and many, many seats went unfilled, opening the door to (popular vote loser) Trump's record number of appointments.

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@38 That's not what happened with FDR. Maybe somebody complained - I wouldn't know - but the reason the project never went forward is because the Supreme Court all-of-a-sudden decided that maybe the New Deal was constitutional after all. Which is to say, the court recognized that to protect its "legitimacy" (i.e. power) it would be unwise to provoke a president who's party had overwhelming control of Congress at the time. So FDR got his way and "court-packing" became superfluous.

Its simply absurd for Republicans to shed crocodile tears about norms. Mitch McConnell does what he does because he has the votes to do it. There's no reason the same principles shouldn't apply to democrats. GOP is just mad because they spent 30 years setting this thing up and now they see somebody coming right at them, knife in hand, to cut their Gordian knot.

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@38,
Semantics? Is that all you've got?

You know exactly what I was commenting about. If you had a defensible rebuttal, you have written that. Since you didn't, I'll assume you're conceding the point.

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@41: Come on auntie, one can win, two can tie for the win, but 3 - no. I suggest giving prof supporting actor.

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@grizzled boomer; Im not "a maga". Take your tribalist cheerleading somewhere else. Still waiting on an original opinion from you about ANYTHING.

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@52 Ah. So if the Stranger doesn’t run the story of how you’re a pedophile I guess that’s censorship?

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Sorry. @51.

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@50 Who died and put you in charge, Rainy? Have you ever gotten around to checking your triglyceride level, yet?

@52 salt petey: Then stop getting all "grizzled" about the comments I make. How old are you, 14? Why not concentrate instead on your remedial 7th grade Math homework.

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@53 Professor_Hiztory: Congrats on whacking it out of the park.

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@49 Urgutha Forka: @38 usually has no point.

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I'm no Ice Cube expert, but the last thing I heard from him was a catchy little single titled, "Arrest the President"... So... WTF happened since then?

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@55: Calm down, you're still the emcee auntie dearest

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@51: Hunter Biden, who lives in Los Angeles, took his water-damaged Mac Book Pros to a non-Apple repair shop in Delaware run by a blind man and never picked it up. The BLIND MAN read thru the thousands of personal email and stumbled onto a “smoking gun”. Hunter Biden did not pick up his computer, but the FBI came around for it. The Blind Man made backup copies of the hard drive which found their way to Rudy Guilliani who sat on them for months, right up until three weeks before an election.
Sure, sound legit. Absolutely let's spread this all over the place right along with that story about you being a pedo that the Professor unearthed.
Honestly you get dumber EVERY DAY.