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Wednesday, October 23, 2013

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Get ready to be really pissed off, Cienna. A Texas district judge was nearly prevented from voting yesterday because her drivers license listed her maiden name as her middle name while her voter registration listed her real middle name, thus flagging her for potential voter fraud under Texas's highly restrictive new Voter ID law. Judge Sandra Watts had been voting without problem for 49 years before the new Voter ID law kicked in. But, you know, better to be safe than sorry.

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Bad news for local Boeing workers. Both production and profits are up at Boeing, which will no doubt force the aerospace giant to move even more union jobs out of Washington State, or something.

No doubt that jobs-killing Sodo arena is to blame. Terminal operators are seeking to renegotiate their contracts with the Port of Seattle due to a five-year decline in shipping business.

Engineering the truth. Even the Seattle Times agrees that the well-financed No on I-522 campaign are a bunch of lying liars.

Paying for their (alleged) lies. Washington State Attorney General Bob Ferguson says he will still seek financial penalties and legal fees from the Grocery Manufacturers Association as punishment for concealing the names of its contributors to the No on I-522 campaign.

A shining sliding city on a hill. A new study finds that 8,000 Seattle buildings would be at risk from landslides should a big earthquake hit while the ground is soggy (i.e. September through June).

Obviously, we're taxed too high to afford to eat. King County is the second least obese county in the state; only San Juan County is leaner. The highest obesity rate? Cowlitz County.

William Koch is a dick. Lesser known Koch brother William is spending millions to fight a proposed wind farm off-shore from his Nantucket estate.

Because economics. A National Association of Business Economics survey has found little evidence of businesses moving full time jobs to part time work in response to the implementation of Obamacare. So there.

The party of responsible gun ownership. Rep. Renee Ellmers (R-NC) had an AR-15 rifle stolen from her family's unlocked garage. The rifle had reportedly been left leaning against the gun locker.

Guess this puts that stolen AR-15 thing in perspective. Four Air Force officers who had been entrusted with nuclear missile launch keys have been punished for leaving open blast doors that are intended to keep terrorists and other intruders out while they are sleeping.

You're so vain. Yesterday it was transplanted foreskins, today it is cloning. Personally, I don't see what's so bad about just allowing myself to go bald.


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I wonder why Republicans haven't yet instituted a system where a voter gets one ballot for each 10 lbs she is overweight by. They could manipulate election resullts by "heftymandering" districts.
Posted by Thanks! Tip your Yank server, he won't fall down on October 23, 2013 at 9:27 AM · Report this
Urgutha Forka 2
How long until legislation is introduced in one of the backwards states that specifically allows only straight, white, wealthy, christian males to vote?

The republicans have been really desperate for a while... now they're starting to crack.
Posted by Urgutha Forka on October 23, 2013 at 9:30 AM · Report this
"Personally, I don't see what's so bad about just allowing myself to go bald."

You're not a transwoman, Goldy. Or a woman with female pattern baldness. It's not just for cis dudes.
Posted by Spike1382 on October 23, 2013 at 9:44 AM · Report this
Pope Peabrain 4
Don't feed your dog jerky!!! Pet jerky from China is killing dogs!
Posted by Pope Peabrain on October 23, 2013 at 9:45 AM · Report this
Catalina Vel-DuRay 5
Chez Vel-DuRay is doomed if and when "The Big One" hits. Either a landslide or the house coming off the foundation will do it. But we knew that going in, and like Camelot, nothing gracious lasts forever. We'll enjoy it while we can.
Posted by Catalina Vel-DuRay on October 23, 2013 at 10:22 AM · Report this
vote for Sawant and vote for districts! if she doesn't win this time, she can run and win in a district! or wouldn't it be fun to watch. if the districts -- charter amendment 19 -- wins, then the really OLD council members we have like richard conlin and jean godden will face younger challengers in 2015. every council seat would be open in 2015, seven of them will be in the districts, a whole new set of challengers will emerge, including younger and fresher faces. maybe a socialist can win in a district! this is more likley than a republican winning when seattle is only about 8% republican and maybe 20 % socialist !!
Posted by YES on 19 foryoungercitycouncil on October 23, 2013 at 10:24 AM · Report this
rob! 7
Link for @4—I was going to SlogTip this, but I'd like people to see it. (Dogs or cats.)
Posted by rob! on October 23, 2013 at 10:46 AM · Report this
Shipping has gone down at the terminal, wise ass, for the very same reason America's trade deficit appears better: a piss poor economy thanks to Bush/Obama, with massive help from Reagan/Clinton, has meant fewer purchases of "American store" goods, all made in China!

Posted by sgt_doom on October 23, 2013 at 10:46 AM · Report this
According to some estimates, more than 50% of women in Texas might not have a photo ID with their current name. Usually this is because of marriage, divorce, whatever. I feel like when assholes change the laws to require extra documentation (particularly when its impacts fall along gendered or racial lines) they should be required to spend a lot of money informing everyone of the changed policies, and it should be free to order expedited copies of any record.
Posted by wxPDX on October 23, 2013 at 10:46 AM · Report this
Supreme Ruler Of The Universe 10
Some of us over at STB were discussing the new home of the 49ers...Levi's Stadium. They located their stadium 40 miles south of The City in Santa Clara.

They have their equivalent of Sounder, CalTrain, to get people there.
Posted by Supreme Ruler Of The Universe on October 23, 2013 at 10:58 AM · Report this
Supreme Ruler Of The Universe 11

Leftists accept the ineluctable omnibus bill, Obamacare, without fault as something that "needs to be done", yet a voter registration bill, designed to prevent fraud, is considered too draconian.
Posted by Supreme Ruler Of The Universe on October 23, 2013 at 11:03 AM · Report this
AFinch 12
@9 - when the "right people" show up and can't vote, the laws will get repealed. Partly because the "right people" will scream bloody murder and because their vote totals will be suppressed (the GOP will shoot themselves in the foot). And while I feel it will be bad for women in Texas to discover they've gone back in time a hundred years, perhaps that will wake them up and snap them out of their stupor - much like a real loss of access to safe, legal abortion will.

Our living memory needs refreshing...too many people alive today don't remember the bad old days, and have only some bogus nostalgic fake idea of the past.
Posted by AFinch on October 23, 2013 at 11:05 AM · Report this
Supreme Ruler Of The Universe 13
11 cont'd

Also, what is this maiden name b.s. anyway? Why are women taking their husbands' names in the 21st century? Don't they have professional history they want to maintain. Just don't change your names! Don't take last names, don't hyphenate them...don't do anything to them. Just keep your names. (As far as children, there you can hypenate, or pick one or the other, or make something up entirely like Starburst Chew...just don't change it halfway or else expect these kinds of nightmares.)

Posted by Supreme Ruler Of The Universe on October 23, 2013 at 11:06 AM · Report this
Urgutha Forka 14
Totally agree with you. Of course, the people who make those voter ID laws have no intention of informing anyone, especially not the people who will be disenfranchised by the laws. That's their whole scheme, to turn away legal voters right at the polls, telling them it's a new law, and ignorance of the law is no excuse, and it's too late to do anything about it.

They're selfish and amoral, and terrified of the inevitable.
Posted by Urgutha Forka on October 23, 2013 at 11:08 AM · Report this
AFinch 15
Oh, and @7 - Thanks for the link; this doesn't match the description of the rawhide rolls I give my dogs, but I'm going home and thoroughly inspecting the packaging to see where they're made. I pretty much refuse to eat anything made in China...they'll poison anyone for a buck.
Posted by AFinch on October 23, 2013 at 11:11 AM · Report this
Rob in Baltimore 16
Is the italicizing of cow, in Cowlitz County when referencing the area's high obesity rate fat shaming?
Posted by Rob in Baltimore on October 23, 2013 at 11:24 AM · Report this
Theodore Gorath 17
@11: Maybe that is because every single American needs medical care, and voter fraud is virtually nonexistant, and only seems to show up when it is being done by white conservatives to discount democratic votes.

I doubt you understand the distinction, seeing as you are the dumbest motherfucker on the planet.
Posted by Theodore Gorath on October 23, 2013 at 11:25 AM · Report this
fletc3her 18
@11 Obamacare is a reaction to decades of spiraling healthcare costs. There is simply no crisis in voter fraud in this country so there is no need to overhaul voter ID and registration laws at this time.

Reality, check it out.
Posted by fletc3her on October 23, 2013 at 11:25 AM · Report this
TomJohnsonJr 19
@16, cow shaming.
Posted by TomJohnsonJr on October 23, 2013 at 11:26 AM · Report this
The Government Shutdown Deconstructed

Warren Buffet was on national television recently, bemoaning the shutdown of the American government? Curious, since he's been supporting the point dood in the shutdown, Ted Cruz from Texas Tea Party land, with his donations and donations from Berkshire Hathaway. Of course, Goldman Sachs, with its investments in US Treasury futures speculation, has also benefitted, and Cruz's wife is, of course, a vice president of Goldman Sachs' Private Wealth Management Group. She was also previously with JPMorgan in New York.

Along with the so-called TV "news journalists" who are always so mentally-challenged they can never mention these crucial details, we are falsely told that "suddenly" oil and gasoline prices are dropping due to the government shutdown.

In actuality, oil and gasoline prices began to drop several weeks prior to hints of any future government shutdown, as money speculating oil futures upwards, were withdrawn and moved into speculation of US Treasury futures and a spread shorting of the stock market (shorting the stock market indexes, as well as those stocks most likely due to behave in a volatile manner from a shutdown).

Now that the shutdown is over, we have witnessed multi-day record S&P 500 highs, as those speculators' funds in Treasury futures speculation were then moved into the stock market for the return rising rates.

This is how they do it: those most likely to profit from such planned events, then go on national television (or take the floor in the House of Representatives) and bemoan the closing of the American government, or whatever fraud they've devised.

In the state of Washington, we should especially be suspicious of everything Buffett. Buffett purchased the BNSF railroad (he also owns the Union Tank Car), which means not only does Buffett own the railroad which will transport the coal across the state, but he also owns the oil tanker cars that run on it. (No doubt he was aware of this coal transport issue as Berkshire Hathaway owns (MidAmerican Energy Holdings Company (89.9% financial stake).

So Buffett purchases this railroad, then appears with President Obama proclaiming his support for raising taxes on the super-rich, while Buffett's company, Berkshire Hathaway, has been tied up in tax court for many years fighting the paying of any taxes owed (over $1 billion, I believe).

And then we observe the president flip flop on the fracking/coal transport issues?

Of course, SSA Marine will be the operator of the terminal involved in transporting that coal, and SSA Marine's parent company is Carrix, which is 49% owned by Goldman Sachs Infrastructure Partners. (There's that Goldman Sachs again, first we have government shutdown dood, Ted Cruz's wife a top-level executive with them, and now this?)

If Warren Buffett really supports taxing the rich, he could easily begin by having Berkshire Hathaway pay their taxes owed.

If Warren Buffett is against the government shutdown, he damn well should quit, and order Berkshire Hathaway to quit, donating funds to Ted Cruz of Texas.

It is as simple as that!


And something that isn't depressing (and might annoy Cienna Madrid):…
Posted by sgt_doom on October 23, 2013 at 11:27 AM · Report this
Theodore Gorath 21
@16: Normally people would say yes, but since it is being done by someone at The Stranger, it becomes magically ok.

See Kelly O and blackface, Goldy and the word "retard," etc.
Posted by Theodore Gorath on October 23, 2013 at 11:27 AM · Report this
fletc3her 22
@15 I stopped feeding my dogs any food sourced in China back when the pet food recall happened a few years back. I was saddened to discover that many foods sold by "top brands" like Iams were the same lousy crap sold by lower end brands.
Posted by fletc3her on October 23, 2013 at 11:28 AM · Report this
Urgutha Forka 23
@11, 13,

Obvious troll is obvious.
Posted by Urgutha Forka on October 23, 2013 at 11:34 AM · Report this
keshmeshi 24
Seems like the solution is for women not to change their last names. It's often baffling to me, the number of accomplished career women (like this Texas judge) who immediately change their name upon marriage. Isn't that a pain in the ass when referencing past case law?
Posted by keshmeshi on October 23, 2013 at 11:45 AM · Report this
Theodore Gorath 25
@24: I think it is the kind of thing that many young girls romanticize, and they never really grow out of it.

It is part of that "marriage package" that so many women seem to blindly quest for. I know quite a few women who dream of being a homemaker and full time mom as well. Tradition can run deep.

That is my observation on the issue, but being a man, I could easily be wrong.
Posted by Theodore Gorath on October 23, 2013 at 11:49 AM · Report this
Goldy 26
@21 Liar. Never used the word "retard."
Posted by Goldy on October 23, 2013 at 11:52 AM · Report this
Ph'nglui mglw'nafh Cthulhu R'lyeh wgah'nagl fhtagn 27
@24 @25

If only they'd known how condescending you were going to be about it, they'd have kept their names.

Could be they knew what they were doing and did what they wanted to do because fuck you all.
Posted by Ph'nglui mglw'nafh Cthulhu R'lyeh wgah'nagl fhtagn on October 23, 2013 at 12:07 PM · Report this
Rob in Baltimore 28
26, So using the word "retard" is bad, but insinuating that fat people are cow-like is okay? Would it be okay for you to write, "Lindy West was once my coworker."?
Posted by Rob in Baltimore on October 23, 2013 at 12:10 PM · Report this
Theodore Gorath 29

Technically you just used the word "retarded," so I guess you are right, you never wrote "retard."

So as long a you simply use "retarded" as an insult, and not 'retard," you are just fine, according to Goldy. No one could possibly take offense.

@27: No one said you had to abandon the vestiges of the Laws of Coverture. To each her own I say!
Posted by Theodore Gorath on October 23, 2013 at 12:25 PM · Report this
@13 since you asked, my mother kept her maiden name and I was given a hyphenated name. So when I got married, I took my husband's surname because I didn't want my kids to have either three last names or a different last name from one of their parents. So your "hyphenate it!" solution doesn't work well for more than a generation.

To the people who speculate on why I took my husband's last name -- his parents treated me better than mine did, and I thought that someday they'd be the better grandparents, and I was just fed up with having a hyphenated name (and dropping one parent or the other would have led to conversations I'd rather avoid). @27 is quite right -- I have heard people infer all kinds of insulting things about me based on my last name, which only shows how women just need to make whatever decision is best for them and everyone else can fuck off. And not make our suffrage contingent on what our last name happens to be.
Posted by wxPDX on October 23, 2013 at 12:26 PM · Report this
Theodore Gorath 31
@27: Also, some might call you a coward for using such bullshit reasoning and not just admitting you were wrong.

Or they might jut call you a cow because of your fat ass. Hey, who could take offense?
Posted by Theodore Gorath on October 23, 2013 at 12:27 PM · Report this
Theodore Gorath 32
Oops, #31 should be directed to #26.
Posted by Theodore Gorath on October 23, 2013 at 12:28 PM · Report this
keshmeshi 33

Yes, I'm sure all women change their last names because that's what *they* want to do.
Posted by keshmeshi on October 23, 2013 at 1:07 PM · Report this
Keekee 34
Whatever did happen with Kelly O & the blackface scandal?
Posted by Keekee on October 23, 2013 at 1:23 PM · Report this
Rob in Baltimore 35
Many women change their last names when marrying. What's done is done. That Texas is using that tradition to keep women from voting is the problem, not the women who chose to follow the tradition.
Posted by Rob in Baltimore on October 23, 2013 at 1:23 PM · Report this
@34, nobody cared, so that butthurt racist stopped spamming it.
Posted by GermanSausage on October 23, 2013 at 1:40 PM · Report this
My wife changed her last name, because it used to be a super common last name, and mine was unique (hyphenated). We agreed that we should have the same last name for making things easier for children, and if the names had been flipped, I'd have taken hers.

There are almost as many reasons to change your name as there are people who changed their name.
Posted by Hanoumatoi on October 23, 2013 at 1:49 PM · Report this
Pope Peabrain 38
Oh, and another study of our zoo elephants has found they are suffering. Please, please give them to a sanctuary.
Posted by Pope Peabrain on October 23, 2013 at 1:57 PM · Report this
raindrop 39
@17: Yes voter fraud is "virtually nonexistent." I suppose then, that you should give reverence to Richard Nixon, who upon losing the 1960 election was strongly advised to contest the results given shenanigans going on in Chicago's precincts - but decided not to for the good of the country.
Hence by Richard Nixon's patriotism and altruism, America got Camelot.
Posted by raindrop on October 23, 2013 at 2:13 PM · Report this
Rob in Baltimore 40
34, Many Stranger writers take the approach of, "Do as I say, not as I do!" Charles proclaims that everyone should live in city micro-apartments, while he's living in a suburban-style single family home. Kelly O invited readers to go after a model, claiming that the model painted herself black, (The model didn't paint herself. Didn't create the concept, and it wasn't black face.) while Kelly participated in a costume that included black face. Not to mention for years many the Stranger staff has advocated a $15 an hour minimum wage while not paying their interns. Yes they recently started paying them, but it's likely nothing close to $15 dollars an hour.
Posted by Rob in Baltimore on October 23, 2013 at 2:28 PM · Report this
venomlash 41
@39: "There were rumors of voter fraud in Chicago in 1960, therefore voter fraud is a problem today."
Voter fraud happens in less than a hundred votes every Presidential election. Not to mention, it's damn funny that you point out Richard Nixon as a paragon of fairness in electoral races.
Posted by venomlash on October 23, 2013 at 2:54 PM · Report this
@39 The voter id laws being proposed and passed would have done nothing to prevent what was alleged to have occurred in Chicago in that 1960 election. Then there is the fact that how we vote, and how those votes are processed, counted etc.... has changed over the last 50 years.

Once again your "point" is pointless.

Besides who the fuck would waste their time and money trying to commit voter fraud using actual people walking into actual polling places? "It is a simple matter of weight ratios, a six ounce Swallow cannot carry a one pound Coconut?"
Posted by Machiavelli was framed on October 23, 2013 at 3:12 PM · Report this
The Empty Yellow Houses of Fort Lawton 43
Hehe, yo county so fat that Kelso ate Longview?
Posted by The Empty Yellow Houses of Fort Lawton on October 23, 2013 at 3:23 PM · Report this
Catalina Vel-DuRay 44
Keshemi dear, Women should be allowed to do whatever they wish about their name. The solution is not to enact laws intended to keep people from voting. But that's the only hope Conservatives have for keeping any sort of power.
Posted by Catalina Vel-DuRay on October 23, 2013 at 4:21 PM · Report this
Ph'nglui mglw'nafh Cthulhu R'lyeh wgah'nagl fhtagn 45
@29 @33

Why is keeping your father's name any less patriarchal than taking your husband's?

Judge a little less, maybe. It would do you some good.
Posted by Ph'nglui mglw'nafh Cthulhu R'lyeh wgah'nagl fhtagn on October 24, 2013 at 1:15 PM · Report this
Lissa 46
@45: It is about keeping your birth name as opposed to subsuming your identity by giving up the name you have had all your life. Both the husband and wife come bearing the name of their father, but it is the wife that is traditionally required to change her name. If she choses not to it is often construed as a sign that she is not invested in the marriage.
Nobody thinks that about men who keep their father's last name when they wed. His father's name trumps her father's name and he gets to maintain the legal identity he's had all his life. Hope that answers your question.
Bu ya know, What evs. I took my 1st husband's name, but have kept my birth name this second go round. I have friends that both changed their last name to an entirely new one when they married. It's up to the individual what they want to do but it's good to be mindful of the history and cultural baggage that comes with going the traditional route.
Posted by Lissa on October 24, 2013 at 2:34 PM · Report this

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