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Saturday, November 9, 2013

The Saturday Morning News

Posted by on Sat, Nov 9, 2013 at 9:39 AM

Holy Shit, Kshama Sawant Could Be On the Cusp of Victory: As of the last ballot drop at 8:30 p.m. last night, she's within 1,237 votes of unseating incumbent city council member Richard Conlin. The proposition raising the minimum wage in Sea-Tac to $15 per hour, meanwhile, is still too close to call.

City Council Cozies Up to Ed Murray: Mike McGinn's numbers have ticked up recently, making it less of a blowout than initially thought, but Ed Murray is still on track to be the next mayor. The City Council yesterday restored $750,000 for mayoral staffing, no strings attached. Four years ago this week, it cut $500,000 from McGinn's budget. The message is clear.

Typhoon Haiyan Slams Into the Philippines: Over 1,000 are feared dead. If you want to support relief efforts, avoid the Red Cross.

Boeing's Race to the Bottom: The machinist's union calls Boeing's offer to build the 777 in Washington (or else the company makes a beeline for South Carolina) "a piece of crap."

Man Kills Unarmed Black Teenager in Detroit Who Was Looking for Help: And prosecutors haven't yet filed charges.

Fearmongering About Seattle's "Aggressive" Cyclists: Courtesy of KIRO. Because journalism.

Lara Logan and CBS Are Wrong Again: Because journalism.

Undocumented Farmworker Shares Her Story: "We’re not taking their jobs. In the 14 years I’ve been here, I’ve never seen an American working in the fields."

Al Jazeera America continues to do excellent reporting on farmworkers in America:


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That KIRO bike "story" if fucking ridiculous. That "reporter" is a buffoon. Check her out at 1:45, all incredulous over the bike that didn't stop for her at the crosswalk, while ignoring the 4000 lb SUV doing the same thing!
Posted by DOUG. on November 9, 2013 at 9:55 AM · Report this
Pope Peabrain 2
The Philippines needs our help.
Posted by Pope Peabrain on November 9, 2013 at 9:58 AM · Report this

Seattle is full of angry combative people.

Posted by Sound Mind In A Sound Body on November 9, 2013 at 9:58 AM · Report this
Catalina Vel-DuRay 4
To be fair, four years ago all the city departments were taking huge budget cuts, with mandatory furloughs on top of that.

Posted by Catalina Vel-DuRay on November 9, 2013 at 10:02 AM · Report this
"In the 14 years I’ve been here, I’ve never seen an American working in the fields."

That's what needs to change.
Posted by Ken Mehlman on November 9, 2013 at 10:04 AM · Report this
"...there are hills...and cycling at a safe speed is so hard!"
Posted by Senor Guy on November 9, 2013 at 10:06 AM · Report this
rob! 7
Do you have suggestions, Ken @5, or just a finger to wag?
Posted by rob! on November 9, 2013 at 10:12 AM · Report this
@7 Student loan forgiveness in return for work as a farm laborer might be a good place to start.
Posted by Ken Mehlman on November 9, 2013 at 10:18 AM · Report this
Pridge Wessea 9
@7 - My guess is he wants Americans to work the jobs instead, but also wants them to do it at immigration-level wages with no benefits.

Because liberty or something.
Posted by Pridge Wessea on November 9, 2013 at 10:20 AM · Report this


Send the intellectuals into the rice paddies!

Posted by Chmn WOW! on November 9, 2013 at 10:21 AM · Report this
rob! 11
So, @8, a nation of state legislatures that abandons their commitment to higher education, of "middle-class" students who can no longer go to college even at state universities without incurring $40,000 or more of debt, of megabanks that profit from the high interest on student loans while paying 0.0125% on passbook savings, and of corporate farms where college graduates work full-time in the fields for two and a half years until their debt is paid off, then?
Posted by rob! on November 9, 2013 at 10:31 AM · Report this
"...avoid the Red Cross."

Based on what? A poorly researched post from that bastion of fine journalism, Gawker?

The Red Cross is far from perfect, but they do a lot of great work and deserve better than a snarky, uninformed throwaway line.
Posted by bigyaz on November 9, 2013 at 10:31 AM · Report this
seatackled 13
That KIRO reporter might as well just find two instances of a black male striking a white person and use the same logic.
Posted by seatackled on November 9, 2013 at 10:33 AM · Report this
MrBaker 14
@5, lead by example, get your ass out there.
Posted by MrBaker on November 9, 2013 at 10:49 AM · Report this
MrBaker 15
@8, let's complete the nexus, and tax the ADMs of the world making record profit off the backs of the people working in the fields to fund education.
Let's go ahead and start with that corporate tax, to make sure that part actually happens, and work our way back policy wise to loan forgiveness.
The loans would be smaller, or non-existent, by the time we get there.
Posted by MrBaker on November 9, 2013 at 10:56 AM · Report this
seatackled 16
Someone keep an eye out for that department head who didn't apply for the job she was invited to apply for and then did that domestic violence hit piece for Murray getting a nice chunk of that $750,000 in Murray's administration.
Posted by seatackled on November 9, 2013 at 11:00 AM · Report this
Will in Seattle 17
@16 says it all.

Make sure you go to and use the ballot tracker - COUNT EVERY VOTE!
Posted by Will in Seattle on November 9, 2013 at 11:06 AM · Report this
@12: I spent two years reporting on an even larger disaster and its aftermath: the 2010 earthquake in Haiti. The Red Cross-particularly the American arm-is duplicitous and inefficient. They raised enormous sums of money, and instead of deploying it to address widespread homelessness or donating it to the struggling government, they mostly sat on it. At one point, they planned on building a hotel with a portion of the money, until word leaked out.

The journalist who wrote the Gawker piece is a former AP reporter who also survived the quake. I don't agree with him on everything, but that piece is on point. If we were talking Haiti, I could recommend some great alternatives to the Red Cross. MSF is always solid. But I'll ask some friends about better choices for the Philippines.
Posted by Ansel Herz on November 9, 2013 at 11:15 AM · Report this
Oh man that kiro report was brutal...(Although not as bad as some of the shit Goldy posts using "rape" to describe an economic know...cause Journalism).

But stand at Queen Anne Ave & Roy for 10 minutes and you'll see someone almost get hit by a car that doesn't stop for the red light. Cars are a much bigger problem in Seattle then cyclists.
Posted by j2patter on November 9, 2013 at 11:45 AM · Report this


After spending $20 billion for light rail, people still drive cars not just to Seattle, but within Seattle itself?

Now why is that...

Posted by Challenge To The Mean on November 9, 2013 at 11:47 AM · Report this
Phoebe in Wallingford 21
@20 - well, it's not finished yet.
Posted by Phoebe in Wallingford on November 9, 2013 at 11:54 AM · Report this
Dr_Awesome 22
@Unregistered Troll at #20.

I just received a mailer from Sound Transit, announcing the beginning of its next long-range funding & construction program. In it is a schedule of five public meetings they will hold to solicit public input. As well as a phone number and an email address for public input.

So lemme ask you, troll, have you ever contacted ST to voice your opinion with regard to the Light Rail program? Or do you just post snark on local message boards?
Posted by Dr_Awesome on November 9, 2013 at 12:28 PM · Report this
mikethehammer 23
The shitstain that killed the unarmed black girl is claiming his shotgun "accidentally discharged." If only there were some sort of a locking safety feature that would prevent such mishaps, then we wouldn't need any sort of logical regulations. I'd give odds that he'll walk too.
Posted by mikethehammer on November 9, 2013 at 2:05 PM · Report this
Conlin is running scared:


It's coming down to the wire. This race is extremely tight and we need to make sure every vote is counted. Here's what you can do to help:

1. Find out if your ballot has been verified and counted. It's fast and easy-- click here to check your ballot

2. You might have forgotten to sign the envelope, or there may have been a problem with your signature-- If this is the case King County should have sent you form letting you know there is a problem with your ballot. Please sign the form and send it in immediately to ensure your vote is counted! If you have lost or damaged your form, reply to this email or contact us at and we'll get a replacement to you as soon as possible.

3. Volunteer at our phone bank to help us fix problems with ballots and ensure every vote is counted. If you're interested, reply to this email or contact us at and let us know you'd like to volunteer.

Thank you,
Richard Conlin

Among the many lessons for establishment candidates here, one is that it might be ill-advised to spam this sort of thing at every past Democratic Party supporter, including those who may not support you.
Posted by d.p. on November 9, 2013 at 2:22 PM · Report this
seatackled 25

4. If you have a ballot that you did not turn in, then vote for me, Richard Conlin, place it in the security envelope provided with your ballot, and then sign and date the outer envelope, making sure that you use November 5 as the date. Call us and someone will pick up your ballot, we will datestamp November 5 on it, and then turn it in for you.
Posted by seatackled on November 9, 2013 at 3:29 PM · Report this
If the gun accidentally went off the he couldn't be defending his home in shooting her. That implies intent. Intent to protect your home. If it was an accident I don't believe their castle law will protect him. He has a manslaughter charge on his hands if there is any justice in the world. I am not gonna hold my breath.
Posted by Kansas boy on November 9, 2013 at 3:41 PM · Report this
neither the bike or the SUV stopped at 1:45, but a few seconds later when she started to cross the subaru stopped but the bicyclist kept right on going.

Pedestrians in unmarked crosswalks... you're supposed to stop when they're within 1 car lane of your "side" of the road. Bicyclists with the "right" to the road as much as cars (and buses, sheesh) need to stop.
Posted by ChefJoe on November 9, 2013 at 4:01 PM · Report this
DOUG. 28
@27: Give me a break. She's in the middle of the road when the cyclist enters the crosswalk.
Posted by DOUG. on November 9, 2013 at 4:42 PM · Report this
dirac 29
I would totally work on a farm at a livable wage and forgiven student loans to escape a cube and over-intellectualized life (sorry Mudede, it's killing me!). But that shit is never going to happen and we need a lot of cheap labor/guest/slave workers to pick that stuff anyway.
Posted by dirac on November 10, 2013 at 12:54 PM · Report this
rob! 30
@29, no loan forgiveness, but if you want a low-cost vacation and/or a break from the cube farm:
Posted by rob! on November 10, 2013 at 3:01 PM · Report this
I rarely hear positive things about the Red Cross which is a shame because a lot of people give them money.
Posted by tweety on November 11, 2013 at 7:27 AM · Report this

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