Mike Ilitch, pizza king of Detroit (better known as owner of the Red Wings and Tigers), has his own take on helping our troops. He’s provided an injured vet with a pizza franchise.
It’s always great to see someone lend a hand, especially to the troops coming home who’ve been dealt such a raw deal. Three cheers for Mike Ilitch!
Let’s get to it: Osama’s internet outages, IRA disarmament, President Bush’s French Vacation, and Seattle’s Airport antics. All that and more in Episode 206.
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… and El Jefe is averaging ten ranch trips a year.
Makes me wonder how he gets any work done. Oh wait. That’s Dick and Karl’s job.
You gotta love this. It’s a great example of the circular logic of cultural-conservative nuttiness. Here’s the how it works:
1. Conservatives see Geena Davis as a female president in the new TV show, Commander in Chief
2. They assume (without ANY evidence) that it’s obviously a nefarious Hollywood liberal conspiracy to pave the way for Hillary ’08
3. Finally, they ridicule Hollywood for coming up with such a dumb conspiracy, even though there was never any conspiracy to begin with! “Further evidence that Hollywood is out of touch,” they scream.
This is what the TV industry thinks. They don’t view us as being rational actors, able to vote for a President based on our own reasoning, but instead as sheep to be herded and trained.
So it looks like I-912 has some early support. Sayeth Joel Connelly:
Initiative 912, which would roll back the gas tax increase, is 20 points up, according to one recent (and tightly held) statewide poll.
The survey delivered two starkly contradictory findings.
Citizens believe transportation woes and gridlock are the state’s most important problem, with impacts on the economy and even the quality of family life.
At the same time, the voters feel taken for a ride by public agencies that waste taxpayer dollars and lavish resources on projects that don’t unsnarl any messes anywhere.
The gas tax that I-912 would repeal is to fund half the cost of replacing the Alaskan Way Viaduct, a project that got a pleasant $220 million surprise check from Uncle Sam today.
To be sure, the preferred replacement for the Viaduct is a $4B tunnel. Simply replacing it with another viaduct would likely save a billion dollars. So there’s certainly fat that can be trimmed. I do agree with Connelly that in this anti-tax atmosphere, the expensive tunnel option comes off as a bit greedy. Personally I would have replaced the Viaduct with a simple, street-level 6-lane boulevard, but for some reason no one ever asks for my input on these things.
In either case, this is why I hate initiatives. We have two governments in Washington, competing for dollars and attention. One is a representative democracy based in Olympia, and one is a direct democracy based nowhere but prodded along by a disingenuous watch salesman from Mukilteo.
I occasionally dig on Christian-Coalitioner-turned-centrist-progressive Marshall Whitman’s Bull Moose Blog. But digging around in his archives I came across this post. I don’t think I can ever read the guy again.
And the Moose is big fan of Toby Keith, who may be a good role model for Democrats who are struggling to reach Red State America…
…If Toby had opened the ’04 Democratic Convention with “Courtesy of the Red, White and Blue”, old John Kerry would likely occupy the Oval Office. Democrats – say no to Michael Moore and yes to Toby Keith!
Ugh. Never. You suck, dude. Let’s review the lyrics to that country gem, shall we?
Oh, Justice will be served and the battle will rage.
This big dog will fight when you rattle his cage
You’ll be sorry that you messed with the US of A
‘Cuz we’ll put a boot in your ass
It’s the American way.
Ahh, jingoism. Not that it doesn’t have its time and place, but for some reason I’m suddenly reminded of Denis Leary’s famous bit from No Cure for Cancer:
“That was the ultimate American dream for me during that Persian Gulf War. I was sitting in my living room naked, with a can of Budweiser and a three inch steak watching the war live on TV. I had a six foot erection with a giant cheeseburger on the end of it.”
Anyway, that’s all a long way of saying I’m pretty tired of this moose guy and his antics.
Following up on yesterday’s post, King County Exec Ron Sims is calling the Port of Seattle’s bluff:
In interviews yesterday, Sims, who sits on the Sound Transit board, which oversees planning for the light-rail line, lambasted the Port’s actions as political posturing.
“It’s an unconscionable decision. It’s hostage-taking. It’s not good public policy, and it’s not appropriate,” he fumed.
Sims said future growth at Sea-Tac, even without Southwest, justifies connecting light rail with the airport. And he said the competition created by Southwest’s proposed move to Boeing Field would prove valuable to airlines and their customers.
“I’ve never seen a more flagrant foul against the free enterprise system,” Sims said of the Port’s threats.
Looks like he’s trying to nip this one in the bud, so he can have his cake (light rail at the airport) and eat it too (Southwest Airlines at King County Airport). Clearly the Port wants light rail, and they’re using this as a bargaining chip. I think our region is definitely approaching the size where it could use another major airport. As it stands, the closest major commercial airports are in Portland and Vancouver. Compare that to San Francisco, which has at least three (SFO, Oakland, and San Jose) in the metro area.