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Gullible’s Travels

Got this in the email copied to me today. “Obama cancels National Day of Prayer.”

Sent the sender this.

Think the sender will send out a mass correction? Or is it already: mission accomplished?

March 7 week thread

Blame the jobless. Or not. Or talk about anything else you'd like.

Feb. 28 week thread

Guess it's going to blow in like a lion. Looking forward to a lamb-like exit.

Interesting to see all of these freedom movements spring up without the help of the U.S. military.

What's on your mind?

Ten Years After

Boeing wins the big air refueling tanker a decade after it was initially awarded it. Since Washington state came out on top, the process must've been pristine. :)

U.S. Sen. Patty Murray hailed the decision as a victory for American workers. Well, not all of America:

“The U.S. Department of Defense, in not awarding the aerial refueling tanker contract to EADS North America today, has made a egregious error and America’s military men and women are ultimately the biggest losers,” the Mobile Area Chamber of Commerce said in a prepared statement.

Wow, now the DOD hates the troops. Thoughts on this?

UPDATE: EADS won't challenge Boeing's “low-ball” bid. Only suspense now is whether Boeing can make money on the deal.

Region’s tax burden

According to the Tax Foundation, Washington is 29th in the country when it comes to state and local tax burden. Idaho is 28th. Nationwide, these taxes fell, on average. We already know the federal burden is lower. Note that taxes have fallen more than income. Taxpayers haven't had it this good since the 1950s.

Wonder if Mr. Eyman will continue to call Washington one of the highest taxed states. And don't fall for that old trick where federal taxes are included. That's just a reflection of the number of people with high incomes and the fed's progressive rates. They would pay those amounts regardless of where they lived (assuming the same income).

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State budgets/collective bargaining

The budget battle taking place in The Cheddar State is whipping up a sharp divide nationwide on the issue of public employee pay and collective bargaining rights. Gov. Walker could accept union concessions and call it a victory, but he's angling for more. 

Meanwhile, here's a USA Today poll that shows nationwide opposition to ending collective bargaining, a near split on whether pay/benefits for public employees should be cut, a big “no” to tax increases and another split on cutting government services.  Sure makes it hard to balance budgets with those collective sentiments. On the other hand, a majority of voters agree that their states have crises.

Your thoughts on all of this?

The Feb. 21 week thread

Open forum.

The Valentine’s week thread

Where is the love?

House GOP is hammering out a spending plan. The president released his budget plan. Looks like both sides are waiting for the other to go first when it comes to addressing the big budget drivers: SS, Medicare, defense, tax rates.

Keep your shirt on!

Sometimes the stupidity is just breathtaking.

Rep. Chris Lee, R-N.Y., resigned from Congress after a report emerged that he had sent flirtatious e-mails, including one with a bare-chested photo of himself, to a woman he met on Craigslist. Lee is married and has a child.

Once the smoke clears

Watching Spokane County commissioners Tuesday evening as they agreed to  ban the sale of electronic cigarettes to minors, I was struck by the fact that here you have three middle-aged male Republicans, all of whom avoided ever becoming smokers.

That's a remarkable change from my own coming of age, which is somewhat  further removed than theirs.  I could also identify with the comments Al French and Mark Richard made about living in smoke-clouded homes.  But when they recalled having to go outside to get fresh air, my memories differed.  Like a fish that doesn't realize it's wet, I was never aware that I was in a fouled environment.  That was just the way things were.

Only years later, when I was married and in my own household did I begin to notice the smell and other evidence of smoking — in elevators, on clothing, even in my wife's hair after she'd returned from a meeting or social event that included smokers.

Maybe we're making modest progress.

The Feb. 7 week thread

Open forum. What's on your mind?

Tag! You’re it

Here is a primer on how to use HTML tags, which are now available in comments.

Turmoil in Egypt

This is a good place to keep updated on rapidly changing events.

Any thoughts?

UPDATE: Many attacks on media. Mubarak says he can't leave now. That would be chaos. So, instead, he'll literally bash the coverage. Thugs. Plain and simple.

UPDATE: Egypt photos from former S-R photograher Holly Pickett and others.  Stunning stuff.

Jan. 31 open thread

Raise a topic. Discuss it here.

State of the Union

The president presented his case. So did the Republicans, via Paul Ryan and Michele Bachmann. The Libertarians said a pox on all their houses.

And you?

No saving seats

There's been a lot of talk on the political TV channels today about the change in seating arrangements for tonight's State of the Union Address.  Rs and Ds will mingle rather than divide into partisan blocs in the House chamber.  Or, as Republican Sen. Lisa Murkowski of Alaska, one of the proponents of the scheme, put it, they'll “get out of our conventional skins. ”

Everyone agrees it's a symbolic gesture, but coming after last fall's election (not to mention last year's “You lie!”), I'm betting most Americans welcome it.  It will be interesting to see how it affects the applause patterns or (Murkowski's words again) the “theatrics.”

The Creach case

Spokane County Prosecutor decides not to seek charges in the shooting death of Wayne Scott Creach. It's is a tough situation. Two people involved in the encounter. Only one lives to tell about it.

Would it help to have coroner inquests in cases like these?. Attorney Breann Beggs makes the case for that here. Even with inquests, jurors become split, as this recent Seattle case shows.

What are your thoughts on all of this?

The Jan. 24 Thread

Open thread. Discuss issues of the day here.

Myth of Hero Gunslinger

Interesting column by Timothy Egan (formerly of Spokane) about the notion of increasing safety by carrying a gun.  It is related to the Tucson shootings.

It defies logic, as this case shows once again, that an average citizen with a gun is going to disarm a crazed killer. For one thing, these kinds of shootings happen far too suddenly for even the quickest marksman to get a draw. For another, your typical gun hobbyist lacks training in how to react in a violent scrum. I don’t think these are reasons to disarm the citizenry. That’s never going to happen, nor should it. But the Tucson shootings should discredit the canard that we need more guns at school, in the workplace, even in Congress.

Backpack bomb

The backpack found downtown during the MLK march had a bomb in it, and the FBI is treating this as an instance of domestic terrorism. Rachel Maddow interviewed the S-R's Tom Clouse. You can watch that here

Otherwise, this has not become a national story. Should it be?

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