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November 09, 2005
What do we do?
Filed in: Current Affairs, Politics, Washington Politics

When King County remains firmly in the grip of the left - who leave no doubt that they endorse corruption in the political process in Tuesday's election - what do we do?

A great initial step is to support initiative I-23.

You know that King County is the only Washington county in which an unelected appointee is responsible for elections? You know that every other county in this state has an elected auditor that is responsible to the people?

Outside of insurrection, this is a great step to take. Please get involved!

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November 08, 2005
Don't forget to vote!
Filed in: Current Affairs, Politics, Washington Politics

Don't forget to vote today!

We have, among other elections and initiatives, initiative 330 which would limit medical lawsuit awards to $350k. Those who oppose it blatantly say "A $350K cap won't affect insurance rates." Sure. Attorneys have the same motivation to take a case for which the maximum return for them is say $175K - as they would for one that has a $3 million, or $10 million potential return. Yep. Brooklyn Bridge time...

Oh, and to state the obvious, a vote for Ron Sims for King County Executive is a vote for continued corruption in the electoral process. As we have shown here and as Shark and friends at Sound Politics have repeatedly shown - King County is as corrupt a political machine that has ever existed. Anyone must check their conscience at the door to vote for Sims to continue in office. A vote for David Irons is a vote to restore integrity to King County.

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November 07, 2005
The first dusting...
Filed in: Current Affairs, Photography

Mount Si - which looks over North Bend and Snoqualmie, Washington - got its first dusting of snow this weekend.


Winter approaches.

Pulled by Emcee on November 7, 2005 at 10:49 AM
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A few shots
Filed in: Current Affairs, Photography

Because of all the rain and wind this weekend, I only took a handful of pictures - I had intended to spend a good part of Saturday afternoon doing the photo thing.


There is still some good color in the woods. These look like wild holly starts to me...

...Continue reading "A few shots"

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November 06, 2005
Coprinus Comatus
Filed in: Current Affairs, Good eats, Photography

I spent a little time driving through some Washington state backroads this weekend.

Along a particular road I noticed some flora that I had never seen before...


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November 04, 2005
Thus spake the light...
Filed in: Current Affairs, Japan, Photography

Remnants of defensive structures stand watch still around the moats of the Imperial Palace.


They are stark reminders in the stark sunlight that feudal danger once ruled here. But just to the left of this place there is a hint...

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November 03, 2005
Lunch break...
Filed in: Current Affairs, Japan, Photography

In many urban environments there's no reason for people to emerge from their skyscrapers - it's all just concrete jungle.

Not so with Tokyo in general - especially around Chiyoda-Ku - the area that houses the Imperial Palace among other notable things. It's another example of the amazing juxtaposition of the very old and the very new in this land.


Here, you can walk out of your skyscraper, walk across the street, sit down on a bench or planter - and relax a while by the moat that surrounds the home of your local monarch.

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November 01, 2005
What with all the seeds...
Filed in: Current Affairs, Good eats

Tried this recipe from Scott's place before I hit the road. I put two pumpkins worth of seeds in a one gallon plastic bag - added enough Tibvrtini olive oil, and premium asian sesame oil to coat, a few shakes of some strong Louisiana worchester sauce, and a good sprinkling of Scott's incredible Survival Spicetm. Shook vigorously to evenly coat. After an experimental batch, I cooked them up at 300 degrees for about 50 minutes, stirring them in the baking pan from time to time - I shook a bit more Survival Spice to taste during the process (what a great kick!). Seems like the idea is to get them to dry out and get good and crunchy before they burn up. I think it'd be fun to try balsamic vinegar as well with perhaps some marinate time just to see how much more of the bouqet of flavors could be absorbed.


These are so good that I want to buy more pumpkins - just to get the seeds. Handful after handful is the way these things go - and they gotta be healthy with lots of fiber and life germ goin' on.

What happens to all those pumpkin seeds anyway?

Pumpkin seeds.
Pumpkin seeds.
Golden God-send.
Best thing since the snack chip.
Until now, mostly enjoyed,
by the wide mouth of the ever-hungry disposal.
No more!

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That was quick: It's Samuel Alito...
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Chris Vance, Washington State Republican Chairman sent out this release:

President Bush has made an excellent choice in nominating Judge Samuel Alito. Judge Alito has the keen intellect, impartiality, temperament, sound legal judgment, and the highest integrity necessary for a U.S. Supreme Court justice.  During his impressive career he has shown a mastery of the law, a deep commitment to justice and equality, and a great personal character.”

Sounds good to me.

JeffG has lots of reax.

Michelle is happy.

Perhaps we can get on to the advice and consent of the Senate?

Let the battle begin.

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