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Oh man, Josh, you're bringing back such terrible memories of Hebrew school and Mr. Bleiman. I doubt that he knew anyone's name, but he sure got us all to know the meaning of "sheket bavakasha".

Posted by N in Seattle | November 30, 2006 1:59 PM

Sheket Bavakasha, yourself Josh. All they said is that the expert review panel showed their financing package to be sound. You don't agree. You aren't necessarily right. And if you want to talk about whether funding is sound, tell me where there is a single nickel for the "surface" or the "transit" in the surface+transit proposal.

Posted by stop already | November 30, 2006 4:46 PM

I prefer the French version, Taisez-vous or Tais-toi.

But, yeah, that was so lame as to be Rovespeak by the City. At best it's $2 billion in local Seattle-only taxes that would have to be paid for the insane underwater tunnel - at worst, it's a lot more, not to mention killing the 520 bridge options and a lot more.

Now we'll see what eminent domain by a state against a city means ...

Posted by Will in Seattle | November 30, 2006 4:48 PM

The State doesn't have to use eminent domain -- it already has control. It is an open-and-shut case that the State trumps the City.

Moreover, good news --- Gregoire is catching on:

The Governor's legislative liaison said that

'...the Governor's choices aren't limited to a new viaduct or a tunnel. "It's feasible she could say 'I don't think any of these things are financially viable, look again..." '

Posted by City Comforts | November 30, 2006 6:33 PM

Thanks for actually putting the Hebrew in. I love Hebrew. I fucking changed my name to a Hebrew name because I love Hebrew so much. More Hebrew! More!

Posted by Gitai | November 30, 2006 7:19 PM

Who told you it's pronounced 'bavakasha'? In Hebrew class we always pronounced the first syllable "viv--"...

Posted by Matthew | November 30, 2006 8:12 PM

Matthew is incorrect.

It's Sheket B'vakasha.

By me, it did not mean shut up. It was actually quite fun.

Sheket B'vakasha, hey!
Sheket B'vakahey, sha!

(and sha! means shut up ;))

Posted by Leah | November 30, 2006 8:18 PM

"Sheket bevakasha" is way too polite to mean "shut the fuck up". It's been almost 30 years since I lived in Israel so my knowledge of Hebrew slang is a little outdated, but the closest thing I remember to "shut the fuck up" is סתום 'ת הפה שלך "stom t'a peh shelkha", (or "stom" for short) which literally means "plug your mouth".

Posted by Stefan Sharkansky | November 30, 2006 9:35 PM

Good point about State vs City. The amusing thing is that both the City Council and the Mayor are so clueless as to think they even get a say in the matter - maybe they should wake up and smell the Federal Courthouse that the US government plopped down after seizing the land where it FELT like building it - without any permits, other than federal ones.

Some people just seem to not get how our system of government actually WORKS.

Posted by Will in Seattle | December 1, 2006 12:26 AM

Halt die Klappe! (shut your trap!)

I love German.

Posted by Monique | December 1, 2006 11:17 AM

Josh, your new award already has its own theme song, provided by none other than noted Jew Barbra Streisand!!

listen here

Posted by Explorer | December 1, 2006 12:03 PM

Shut yer bleedin' piehole!

Posted by Fnarf | December 1, 2006 12:23 PM

Wrong, Leah #7! There's a kamez under the initial bet, not a schva.

Posted by Gitai | December 1, 2006 12:44 PM

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