LOL and HOLY SHIT, SAWANT COULD WIN THIS THING, MAYBE: King County Elections tallied up 7,145 more votes in the election to retain or recall Seattle City Councilmember Kshama Sawant, and it's fucking close. The recall campaign currently only leads by 246 votes, with ~1,200 votes left to count. The elections department will count those ballots in its next drop tomorrow at 4 pm. If Sawant takes 62% of that batch, as she did in today’s drop, then she’d lead the recall campaign by 47 votes.
*Slight correction on that math, but nothing fatal*:
I based that 7,145 on the difference between "ballots counted" yesterday and "ballots counted" today, which is different from the vote totals for reasons I don't understand. So! With 7,117 added today as the baseline, then if Sawant performs the same tomorrow, she'd lead by 50. pic.twitter.com/GIkIwivZrt
— Rich Smith (@richsssmith) December 9, 2021
Now, there are 656 active signature challenges: That means King County thinks 656 of you signed ballots in some kinda freaky way that didn’t match your earlier signatures. If you want to know if your vote counted, then track your ballot here. If the county challenged your signature, then you have until Dec 16 to fix it on your own. Do it soon! Ballot challenges hit younger voters at higher rates. And if it’s not clear by tomorrow who’s leading in this election, then you can expect the campaigns to start trying to hunt you down.
How about a recount? Fun fact: The recall is considered a local ballot measure, and as such there aren’t any mandatory recount requirements. That said, either side can request one, though that side would need to pay for the total cost of the recount. (Most of that cost would come from paying for the staff to recount the ballots.) Considering that both campaigns dropped a million dollars on this race, they’d likely be willing to shell out the money to double-check the numbers. In any event, if either side requests a recount, then the process wouldn’t take as along as other recounts, since the elections department would only need to count one race in one district.
So, when will this all end? Nobody knows exactly.
What do we know? Real estate tycoons and developers spent a million dollars and a year-and-a-half of District 3's life to try to boot a socialist out of office, and it’s this fucking close. Embarrassing.
The fine folks at the Seattle Times are having a hard time chewing these new recall results: "The effort to recall Seattle City Councilmember Kshama Sawant continues to advance, with Wednesday's ballot count resulting in 50.3% of voters agreeing to remove her from office." Sawant cut a "commanding lead" down to a virtual tie in an election climate that her foes made as unfavorable as possible. If the haters lose, they will need tons of therapy, which they can afford.
Seattle, this morning was very gloomy and this afternoon was very "sunshine on my shoulders". What is this about? What ever it is, it's not settling. Please recall that disturbing line by Icelandic pop star Bjork in "Human Behaviour": "They're terribly, terribly, terribly moody... Then all of a sudden, turn happy."
Copper, is, after all of these years, and after all of the changes in capitalism, still very popular with thieves. Seattle Times: "Authorities investigating multiple copper wire thefts on King County freeways". I actually recall this kind of crime being a big thing even in Zimbabwe, in the 1980s of my youth. My country had bauxite and gold. Zambia (which is above Zimabwe) had copper. These riches, however, were stopped from falling into the pockets of black people. Just saying it like it is.
Omicron is in King County. And it's probably already everywhere. Next to you in a bar. Next to you in a bus. Best be ready to live with it and not die from it.
This is how you run a country, and how a country needs to be run. Thank you, Finland. But, next time, have your phone on you:
Finland's Prime Minister is 36 years old, went out clubbing till 4am, left her work phone at home and was therefore unreachable to get a text telling her she needed to quarantine. https://t.co/AUYNYtCxsU
— Neri Zilber (@NeriZilber) December 8, 2021
Some people are saying that the days of the Trump-appointed monster who runs the USPS, the sorting machine-destroying Louis DeJoy, are finally numbered. The former head of the USPS board, Rob Bloom, is no longer the head of the USPS board of governors. This means Biden can finally bust a move, and so on and so on. But the fact of the matter is the Dems are weak when it comes to firing their enemies. Here Trump made his mark impressively. If he said he was going to fire you, you were as good as gone. With Biden, it's all of this nice-nice do things proper, play by rules that do not even exist in the books.
BREAKING: Louis DeJoy's days at USPS now appear to be officially numbered. Ron Bloom is out as head of the USPS board of governors, clearing the way for DeJoy to removed.
— Tristan Snell (@TristanSnell) December 7, 2021
Guns, guns, and more guns. Nothing can be done about it: "Two minors who were shot in Tukwila early Wednesday are clinging to life at the hospital."
The person who gave the parents of the boy accused of killing and wounding lots of people at Oxford High last week, James and Jennifer Crumbley, is a painter. The couple was believed to be on the run because they were both charged with involuntary manslaughter for their son's mass shooting. The police found the Crumbleys on Saturday, December 4, in the studio of an artist named Andrzej Sikora. His work can be seen here. I'm not particularly impressed by it, but apparently Jennifer Crumbley was. Sikora claims he had no idea that the couple was wanted by the police. He was just doing a favor for a person who promoted his work. That's all. Artists are endless.
65 year old Andrzej Sikora let The Crumbleys stay in his studio. He turned himself in to authorities. #OxfordHigh #michiganhighschool #EthanCrumbley pic.twitter.com/EHU87Z4hDH
— Joseph Morris (@JosephMorrisYT) December 6, 2021
Pelé, don't go yet. Hold on with all you got. There is still some time for you in the world that knows you as the greatest footballer ever. The BBC: "Brazil legend back in hospital for treatment on colon tumour".
The great music and culture critic Greg Tate crossed the river yesterday. The details of his death are still in the fog, but he seemed to be in the thick of things only a few days ago—still writing, still thinking, still not loving the police. Tate's work for the Village Voice in the late-80s and the 90s influenced a following generation of critics and writers that, at the end of the second millennium, included me. He always had something vital to say about black art, music, and film. He also had a band, Burnt Sugar, which experimented with rock, soul, and fusion jazz. I end this week's PM with my favorite track by Tate's Burnt Sugar, "bas (kiss) super grungy mix":