Remember, folks, they are also overwhelmingly Democrats. Democrats who care about gays, women, blacks, immigrants, and the plight of the working poor. Democrats who are tirelessly supported by affluent college professors, affluent college students, and the affluent media which caters to them … including such “alternative” outlets as The Stranger, Seattle Weekly, and every other Seattle-based blog and website on the Internet.
Yes, they care. No, really, I’m serious, they care about all of those diverse groups of people more than their own demographic because they are completely selfless people. That’s right, benevolent angels sent down from heaven
Continue reading In Related News, The Seattle Times Finds Grass to be “Green”
Well what do you know. She won. She actually won.
Frankly, I take the credit.
Just days after I wrote an article about her, Kshama Sawant became the first socialist to be elected in Seattle in 100 years.
Read it and weep:
Now, I know what you’re thinking: Is it possible that I swayed just one, two, three votes, or enough to push her over the top?
Hell yes it’s possible.
In fact, I would say it’s probable.
Okay, it’s possible. Barely. But still, possible.
So, Ms. Sawant, you’re welcome. Just remember who got you here when
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2013 Seattle Election Results
Oh Mike. Mike, Mike, Mike. I tried to warn you. Really I did. You didn’t listen, though. Nobody ever listens.
The votes have been counted, and by a solid 57-43 margin, Ed Murray won the 2013 Mayoral Election. I’ll have 4 ½ years to make my opinions of Ed known, but suffice to say, I’m fairly bummed out.
Ed Murray is a fairly typical politician, with the exception that he’s fashionably gay, and supports fashionably gay causes.
Given that gay folks in Seattle are an affluent demographic, with arguably more political power than any other
Continue reading Seattle Election 2013: All Over But the Sodomy
You claim to be alternative.
You got the nose ring.
You got the tongue ring.
You talk the talk.
Isn’t it time to walk the walk?
Last election cycle, I read with humor as The Stranger excoriated the few 3rd party candidates on the ticket for being too, well, alternative. According to The Stranger, said candidates did not … prepare for the horror show … HAVE ENOUGH MONEY TO RUN FOR OFFICE!
Hey Pierced Tongue, feel like you’ve been had yet?
Cause you have been.
As the corporate ogre continues to dupe ex-suburban wannabe-alterna-kids, third party candidates continue
Continue reading A True Alternative Candidate
Westlake Park – Grocery Strike Countdown
Well, it looks like the grocery strike is going to happen not going to happen because all involved read my piece and came to their senses.
I wish I could say that I will honor would have honored the strike, but it wouldn’t make any sense for me to do so.
The standard of living for the American working class is falling, and it will only get worse as time goes on. This is not the result of some clandestine plot by Corporate America, it’s the result of policies that the people, themselves,
Continue reading The Great Seattle Grocery Store Strike
Earlier this year, Christine Gregoire, bowing to Hollywood interests, took a page out of the Ronald Reagan playbook, and instituted trickle-down economics for moneyed filmmakers in the State of Washington.
You know, the very same moneyed filmmakers who declared Republicans to be evil for advocating trickle-down economics.
See, according to Democrats, tax cuts are evil, except when the beneficiaries of the tax cuts donate to Democratic causes, in which case, tax breaks are just fucking great!
Of course, never ones to let hypocrisy slide, once the filmmaker tax-breaks were passed, Capitol Hill residents immediately took to the streets to
Continue reading Do As We Say, Not As We Do
When a colleague came into my office yesterday and told me to read the news, that was my reaction, along with disgust, disbelief, anger, sadness, and sympathy.
The intellectual side of my brain realized that I was being a hypocrite. After all, I’d read about the deaths of innocent civilians, including children, at the hands of our troops, on many occasions. Where was my outrage then?
The emotional side didn’t care, however. I was still stunned.
When I got home, I checked in with the news again, and predictably, instead of grief, I saw news reporters being assholes
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Well, I voted.
I voted for a few existing candidates, abstained from a couple, but mostly, I wrote myself in. “Rex” in some spaces, “Seattle Rex” in others, depending on what I felt like at the moment. Both are accurate, and historically, this is what I’ve always done, usually to a fair amount of criticism.
“You’re throwing your vote away!”, “you’re making a mockery of the process!”, “you’re not making a difference!, “you’re going to let the worse guy win!”, I’m told.
Every couple of years, people tell me this as though I’ve never heard it before. When they
Continue reading The Seattle Rex 2012 Voter’s Guide
Everyone I meet in my day-to-day life assumes that I am a Democrat.
It’s a fair assumption, I suppose. After all, I’m an atheist, I have a bleeding-heart on most social issues, I believe in universal healthcare, I’m anti-large corporation, I’ve been a champion of gay rights, I believe in the legalization of all drugs, the legalization of prostitution, and I’m (with some reservations) pro-abortion. Sounds like a pretty solid Democrat, eh?
This being the case, most people find it quite surprising when I tell them that I would never, ever, EVER, vote for a Democrat. In fact,
Continue reading The Greater of Two Evils
As recently as the 1950′s in this country, a white man could lynch a black man, and he would most likely get away with it.
While those days are behind us, there are swift outcries when it is perceived by mainstream America that these particular inequities are still taking place. The Trayvon Martin case is a good example of this.
While it would be nice to believe that our newfound sensitivity to certain injustices are born of altruism and enlightenment, the fact of the matter is that society is no less cruel and inhumane than it always has
Continue reading Washington State: Come for the Scenery, Stay for the Misandry
When I tell people that I intend to run for mayor of Seattle, they either laugh or just look at me like I’m crazy. I don’t suppose I really blame them. If they told me that they intended to do the same, I might laugh or look at them like they were crazy as well.
Here’s the thing about my impending mayoral run, though … I’m fully cognizant of the fact that I will not win. I’ll get my vote, my family’s vote (hopefully), the vote of a few friends, and perhaps 20 or 30 novelty votes (I can see
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Remember this article?
Well, I just learned that the “Rob the Poor to Feed The Rich” film initiative has passed. Christine Gregoire, the woman who is slashing assistance to the working poor and just-plain-poor across the state, just handed the wealthy film industry a 30% rebate of our hard-earned tax money.
She actually signed it into law two weeks ago, but this time, the issue wasn’t nearly as publicized.
Anyway, this is more transferred wealth from the poor to the rich, brought to you by our “Democrat” Governor, whose public handouts to her wealthy friends make her
Continue reading Christine Gregoire: The Best Republican Governor Washington Has Ever Had
A blue state if ever there were one. At least that’s what we’re repeatedly told.
What does it mean, though? What does it mean to be a blue state?
Were you to ask most Americans, they would tell you that blue means that a state is liberal. That a state disproportionately taxes the rich, distributes that money to the poor, and of course, votes for the Democratic Party (a party which ostensibly taxes the rich and distributes that money to the poor).
While the latter is certainly true of Washington State, we do overwhelmingly support Democratic
Continue reading The Reddest of States
Lost your job, can’t find another one, you can’t see a doctor and your home is being taken away?
Well, fear not, my friend, for after months of lobbying, the governor of the great state of Washington has just selflessly made herself a media darling by signing a bill that will … change the definition of “domestic partners” to that of “married couple”.
Never mind. You’re screwed.
It’s official. On June 7th, gay couples will be able to marry in the State of Washington.
As a lifelong supporter of gay marriage, one would think that I’m fairly psyched about
Continue reading Solved: The Gay Marriage Crisis
Alaskan Way Viaduct
But if he takes a massive shit in it, what can you do?
In the middle of healthcare cuts, education cuts, mass transit cuts, and everything cuts … last night, voters approved a 2-mile, $3 billion tunnel under downtown Seattle. A tunnel which may very well increase traffic congestion, and a tunnel which may have a toll of up to $5 each way.
Oh, and they also re-elected Sally Clark.
The voters have spoken.
I’d love to say that these results in some way come as a surprise, but of course, they were completely expected. The reason
Continue reading You Can Lead a Horse to Water
Well, if I’m going to put on knee pads and publicly service Mayor Mike McGinn every time he’s right, I suppose it would be intellectually dishonest of me to completely ignore him when he’s wrong.
For those who are not aware, Mike has been embroiled in a controversy with Village Voice Media — the company behind such “alternative” publications as the Village Voice and Seattle Weekly.
You see, Village Voice Media operates a Craigslist-competitor called “Backpage.com”, and according to Demi Moore and Ashton Kutcher, this page (and others owned by Village Voice) are contributing to a national underage
Continue reading The McGinn vs. Seattle Weekly Holy War
King County Ballot
I just got my King County Ballot in the mail today, and it reminded me that I forgot to make an endorsement … or rather … a dis-endorsement
The ballot item I am referencing is Seattle City Council Position Number 9, in which Sally Clark is the incumbent.
Some time ago, I emailed Sally Clark. You see, Sally held herself out to be a scooter advocate on her website, and since I was having some scooter issues, I solicited her help. I emailed her once, and received no answer. I emailed her again a month later,
Continue reading Please Vote “No” on Corruption. Vote “No” on Sally Clark.
Sometimes, people think I am contrary just to be contrary. They think I take an opposing viewpoint just to do so. It’s kind of a shame that this assumption is made.
Once upon a time, Seattle had a real independent thing going on. Some of it is still around, but so very much of it is gone. Publishing in particular. Zines were replaced by blogs, and these days, blogging as an art form has been co-opted by corporate interests. What used to be a way for the little guy to get his opinion out has been reclaimed by professional journalists
Continue reading The Space Needle’s Gay Pride Flag
The Seattle Skyline from the North
I am neither a liberal or a conservative. Contrary to popular belief, neither am I a nihilist or an anarchist.
If I had to be pigeonholed into one particular ideology, I would be considered a ‘skeptic’.
Now, what does this mean exactly?
Being a skeptic means that I distrust all political parties intensely. It means I assume that all politicians, all corporations, all charities, and all groups are lying unless it can be independently verified that they are telling the truth.
More often than not, I am right.
I may also very
Continue reading A Note About the Seattle Terror Plot
No to Proposition 1
I’ve been reading a great deal about the proposed Downtown Tunnel lately.
I think it’s painfully obvious to anyone reading the debates that both sides tend to, how shall I say this … exaggerate. I think it goes without saying that the deep-bore tunnel will neither destroy Seattle, nor will it solve all of its transportation woes. Each side has advocated its position with the passion of a defense lawyer before a criminal court, and objective reason has been sentenced to death each time.
With that being said, I would be remiss if I did
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I am 42 years old. I’ve been to a lot of places, I have done a lot of things. Most of those things I was proud of, some things I could have done better.
Of all the questionable things I have done, however, tweeting a picture of my pecker is not one of them. In fact, it has never even crossed my mind.
I mean, why would it?
Why would it cross anyone’s mind?
I sit here this evening in front of my computer speechless. Once again, some asshat that YOU NORMALS elected to office has done something so inexplicably
Continue reading The Swollen Member of Congress
Alaskan Way Viaduct and Downtown Seattle Skyline
Well, it looks like the tunnel is headed for a vote, although it doesn’t really look like the vote is going to count.
Yesterday, the City Council decided to proceed with a referendum which will determine whether or not the city can “give notice” to the state. If “yes”, such notice will allow them to go ahead with the construction phase of the tunnel agreements.
The state has already said that they will disregard the vote, so I suppose it will be largely symbolic. I’ll show up anyway and, of course, I’ll
Continue reading About a Tunnel. About a Mayor.
You know, it’s fine and good to disagree about things. Disagreement is what makes a market, and it’s what brings about change for the better.
Tricks, manipulation, and deception, however, is a sign of desperation.
Take Mayor McGinn’s Wikipedia page for instance:
McGinn Wikipedia Page
First, the article starts out with a complete hit paragraph which consists solely of opinion, and follows with a laughably mangled poll interpretation.
The poll referencing McGinn’s performance actually found that 2/3rds of people rated Mike as “fair” or better, whereas only 1/3 rated him as poor. These are hardly damning numbers for a
Continue reading Desperation
Some people are trying to do exactly this. They have launched an effort to recall our Mayor.
How are they doing this?
Via Facebook. AOL of the 21st Century. Amateur hour. Dominion of the bored, lazy, uncreative, and technically illiterate.
I mean, why make an actual effort to do anything when you can have some faceless corporation do it for you with a few clicks of a mouse? Let’s face it, if you have a true passion for something, Facebook will not be your first choice of venue for that expression. Come on, fellas … at least spend $12 on
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Key Arena in Seattle
Once upon a time, I was a huge NBA Basketball fan.
I hung out in the Capital Center, got autographs from the likes of Elvin Hayes and Wes Unseld after games, and I even played on the courts with these same guys when they participated in youth programs. I watched Ewing vs. Mourning in the playoffs at the Garden, and I attended the very first Wizards game in the MCI Center.
In a stroke of luck, or perhaps serendipity, I bore witness to many of the epic Sonic vs. Bullets championship battles in the late
Continue reading Dear NBA, Please Stay Away
Sunday was International Workers’ Day.
March & Rally for Immigrant and Workers Rights in Seattle
March & Rally for Immigrant and Workers Rights in Seattle
March & Rally for Immigrant and Workers Rights in Seattle
A day which, every year, sees thousands of people march through Downtown Seattle.
A day over which I am deeply conflicted.
In 2011, in my heart of hearts, I know that I am watching “Decline of the Roman Empire, Part II – This Time It’s Personal”. Not only am I watching it, but I am living it.
The United States of
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The Seattle Times – Bin Laden Killed
Ding Dong! The witch is dead!
Which old witch?
The wicked witch!
The witch that flew airplanes into buildings? No.
The witch that launched three wars and killed hundreds of thousands of innocent people? No.
The witch that molested 6 year old girls in the airport? No.
Come on people, you know that witch I am talking about … it’s the ”mastermind witch”. The “mastermind” who knew that you could buy box cutters at the hardware store for $10. The “mastermind” witch who knew that U.S. Immigration policies were a joke.
Continue reading Thought of the Day: Ding Dong! The Witch is Dead!
John T. Williams
This afternoon, the City of Seattle agreed to pay the family of John T. Williams the sum of 1.5 million doll ars in order to avoid a lawsuit.
That’s right, the “City of Seattle” which means “the 608,000 residents of the City of Seattle”.
Did Ian Birk, the man who murdered Williams, pay $1.5 million to the family?
Did Ian Birk, the man who murdered Williams, pay $1 to the family?
Heck, Birk is not even facing criminal charges.
Instead, it is I who is getting punished. And you. Even though we’ve never in
Continue reading Seattle to Pay $1.5 Million to the Family of John T. Williams
The Alaskan Way Viaduct
Tunnel supporters just gained a new nemesis.
The Sierra Club.
“The Seattle group’s efforts to stop the tunnel reflect its view that a $3.1 billion highway project encourages driving, contributes to greenhouse-gas emissions and sucks up transportation dollars that could be better spent on less-polluting alternatives. …
Montz said the Sierra Club isn’t anti-road or anti-car. He said other cities, notably San Francisco, have taken down elevated highways, created pedestrian-friendly waterfronts and not built replacement roads.
If the tunnel isn’t built, he suggests, there wouldn’t be surface-street gridlock because people would drive less,
Continue reading Sierra Club Joins Anti-Tunnel Fight
Mayor Mike McGinn, or as I like to call him, M3, has proposed a new initiative to make Seattle nightlife safer.
The first part of his proposals involves cab stands. Mike would designate specific parking meters for cabs after hours, which would in turn make it easier to hail a ride home. These convertible cab stands are being proposed for Downtown, Belltown, Pioneer Square, Broadway, The U District, and Ballard.
The second part of his proposal is “pre-paid meter parking”, which is scheduled to get its start in the Pike/Pine neighborhood.
The premise of prepaid parking is
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