Thursday, December 30, 2004

The fight for the Dem state chair position begins, in Shelton I think. This is the first notice I've seen of a forum for the Dem state chair. Despite his efforts during the recounts, it looks like Paul Berendt in is some trouble this year.

His biggest mistake in my view is going out to get Dave Ross for the 8th district seat. A smart ass radio talk show host was the perfect person to run against the popular sitting King County Sheriff, if you felt like not winning.

35th Legislative Distric Democrats To Host State Party Chair Forum

On Saturday, January 8th the newly reorganized 35th Legislative District Democrats will meet at 1:00pm to 3:00pm at the Olympic College extension at 937 W. Alpine Way in Shelton. From 1:45-2:45 a forum will be held introducing all four candidates for the Democratic State Party Chair position. That position will be voted on the last weekend of January. The candidates include the incumbent, Paul Berendt, Kat Overman, Bill Phillips, and Greg Rodriguez. The forum is free to members and $5 for non-members.

For further information please call 360-830-4332
Who are these people, by the way?

Paul Berendt
Sitting chair, bringer of Dave Ross. 'Nuf said.

Kat Overman
Former Chair, Snohomish County Democrats, Former interim political organizer, King County Labor Counci, Co-founder, Possession Sopund Democratic Society, Union Rep and Political Coordinator, Teamsters Local 763, 11 years as Campaign Consulting and Management. Email her at: kathleenoverman@aol.com

Bill Phillips
From the 21st District, and has a website.

Greg Rodriguez
Former King County chair, has a website and is supported by King County Dem blogger and 5th District chair, Kayne McGladrey.

Monday, December 27, 2004

Redwing thursh mania, dozens of polite birders with directional listening devices, binos and spotting scopes desend onto west Olympia streets over the Christmas holiday. Yesterday, on our way home from returning some Bon gifts, we took a short cut through the southwestside, and I kid you not, we count maybe a half dozen birders wandering south of Harrison and east of Black Lake Blvd.

Looking for a bird:
Subject: redwing this a.m.
From: Hal Opperman
Date: Mon, 27 Dec 2004 11:45:10 -0800

The West Olympia Redwing was seen by about 20 persons this morning on the
west side of Decatur between Fourth and Fifth from shortly after 8:00 to
just before 8:30. It and the several robins accompanying it then flew
northeastward. Those who followed found it atop a bare tree on the west side
of Plymouth a half-block north of Fourth, but only for a few minutes. By
8:40 or so Redwing and robins had decamped to points unknown, downslope to
the east and north.

Wednesday, December 22, 2004

Why Orange? Well, the reference to the Ukraine is obvious, except that Democrats weren't beating up Republicans in Jefferson County. There is a more obvious reason for Republicans wearing orange on the capitol steps this morning. Shopping at Sunbirds and Sportco.

From the Olympian:

Any there dressed in orange hunting vests, orange caps and even orange jumpsuits, a reference to the Ukrainian opposition party, which forced a new presidential election after the first was found to be tainted with fraud.

"Welcome to Ukraine," said orange signs handed out by Wilbur's radio crew.


Monday, December 20, 2004

Interesting reading on tesccrier this week. It all starts with this:

> ALL!
>
> Please accept this email as an open invitation to meet the police officer
> candidates applying for 2 positions with the campus police.
> Interviews are being held December 15th & 16th. After meeting with an oral
> board and the Director, each candidate will spend approximately 30 minutes in
> Library Room 2218. The first candidate, DEREK OLSON, will be available for
> comments and questions at 9:00 AM on the 15th. Thereafter,
>
> On December 15th
>
> 1000 AM (Candidate withdrew)
> 1100 AM ANDREW HILL
> 1200 PM GREGORY HALEY
> 2:00 PM JUSTIN CRIPE
> 3:00 PM KENNETH RICE
>
> On December 16th
>
> 9:00 AM TOBIN VOLKMAN
> 1000 AM TREVOR McCAIN
> 1100 AM JOHN FITZGIBBON
> 1200 PM MARK MacFARLANE
> 2:00 PM MATT GOEBEL
> 3:00 PM GENE SCHUSTER
>
> Please take this opportunity to stop by and have a conversation with the
> applicants and let us know your thoughts and feelings about their potential
> "fit" here at Evergreen.
>
> Thank you for your help,
>
>
> Steve


Innocent enough it seems. But the topic of cops at Evergreen is not at all boring, at least some don't make it boring.

From: Jayne Kaszynski [mailto:kasjan25@evergreen.edu]
Sent: Wed 12/15/2004 10:36 AM
To: TESC Crier MailingList
Cc: TESC Crier MailingList; All Students
Subject: [tesccrier] Re: FW: POLICE SERVICES APPLICANTS

Why have these have been scheduled after the students have left? And why did we
only receive a day's notice?

I can't help but think that this has been done intentionally.


Jayne


And...

-----Original Message-----
From: Bauman, Kandi [mailto:baukan19@evergreen.edu]
Sent: Wednesday, December 15, 2004 1:14 PM
To: TESC Crier MailingList
Cc: TESC Crier MailingList; All Students
Subject: [tesccrier] Re: FW: POLICE SERVICES APPLICANTS

I agree with you Jayne.
Where is the opportunity for student voice and opinion?
Something is definitely wrong with this situation.
Kandi


Then...
-----Original Message-----
From: Carras, Kathy [mailto:CarrasK@evergreen.edu]
Sent: Wednesday, December 15, 2004 2:00 PM
To: TESC Crier MailingList
Subject: [tesccrier] FW: Re: FW: POLICE SERVICES APPLICANTS

I agree too. Last thing we need is more young hot shots fresh out of the academy looking to beat up and pepper spray kids for trying to get drunk after a hard week of class. I call shenanigans on the whole situation.
Ben Longstreth
TESC Bookstore



This...

-----Original Message-----
From: Garland, Pamela [mailto:GarlandP@evergreen.edu]
Sent: Wed 12/15/2004 2:26 PM
To: TESC Crier MailingList
Subject: [tesccrier] RE: FW: Re: FW: POLICE SERVICES APPLICANTS

Not all academy graduates are young hot shots.I was about 40 when I graduated from the academy. Now I am a 52 and not even a hot mama.

[Garland, Pamela]


Which eventually results in:

-----Original Message-----
From: Slater, Thomas [mailto:slatho19@evergreen.edu]
Sent: Wednesday, December 15, 2004 2:46 PM
To: TESC Crier MailingList
Subject: [tesccrier] RE: FW: Re: FW: POLICE SERVICES APPLICANTS

What the fuck are you talking about. WHo the fuck got beat up and pepper sprayed for holding a beer? What hot shots fresh out of the academy? That Perez guy is a hardass, no doubt, and I wouldnt ever want to fuck with him on a physical level, but even He doesnt go aggressive without cause. Shit, I saw a homeless guy start cussing him out, a homeless guy accused of pulling a gun in Salvation Army, and not shit came of it.
You fuckwits need to get a little more realistic. Cops give people who break laws shit. Dont wanna catch shit? Mind your goddamn business and drink indoors. Get stupid, risk getting hurt. Its reality. I dont like it much more than anyone else. I've met the cops around Oly, and if they pepper sprayed anyone I'm inclined to say the person in question earned it.
And just as a side question: when has Evergreen ever had a hard week of class?


Fun had by all.

Sunday, December 12, 2004

From Cecil Andrus' Politics Western Style:
We should be sustaining clean air, clean water, and wild places -- but also small-town values, the ability to make a living from the land, civilized debate, and the ability to resolve problems on a local and regional level.

Friday, December 10, 2004

A comment I posted on westerndemocrat.com, where I also blog:

...I like Dean, supported him early on and really like his message that we should start from the grassroots and build a 50 state party. I'm coming to the conclusion though that he better serves the party in a cheerleader role, as opposed to the chair of the DNC, essentially, because he is damaged goods. His message of grassroots organizing and 50 state strategy didn't get out yesterday, the headline in my paper was "Move the right not what Dems need."

Dean, unfortunately, would be seen as a move to the left by the party, especially by folks in the West who don't have that any experience with him outside of the Presidential election.

Anyway, I've been reading Cecil Andrus' book "Politics Western Style," and it had a great quote about the difference between Republicans and Democrats in the West:

"(Idaho) has elected Republicans so dumb they need to be watered, but any Democrat who hopes to stick around must have the adaptive skills of a coyote."

Maybe that's the beginning of my five things that make a Western Dem post.


Wednesday, December 08, 2004

This is insane. Even though I'm happy charges will even be filed, the fact that any of these jokers walked out of the Palace not in handcuffs is another example of justice being applied unequally.

Tuesday, December 07, 2004

You could say that support for a new Walmart in Tumwater from the Tumwater business community is lukewarm at best. At worst, more than a third of responding businesses say that they are not only against Walmart coming to Tumwater, but they are against Walmart in general.

One bonehead though said that while he was against Walmart personally, that the chamber should support business. I'm going to count on this guy when I open my murder for hire business next to the Dollar Store.

-----Original Message-----
From: Tumwater Chamber [mailto:office@tumwaterchamber.com]
Sent: Tuesday, December 07, 2004 6:13 PM
To: office@tumwaterchamber.com
Subject: Wal-Mart Survey Results

Here are the Wal-Mart survey results . . .

34 Responders
14 Support
17 Against: 12 Against Wal-Mart/5 Against Added Traffic Congestion
2 Neutral
1 Answered - Personally against; however, Chamber needs to support business.

A big thank you to everyone who responded to our survey. I will be taking the survey results to the City Council meeting tonight (12/7).


Corinne M. Tobeck
Executive Director
Tumwater Area Chamber of Commerce
5304 Littlerock Road S.W.
Tumwater, WA 98512
(360) 357-5153 Phone
(360) 786-1685 Fax
office@tumwaterchamber.com E-Mail
www.tumwaterchamber.com Web

Wednesday, December 01, 2004

Ukraine's revolution in a box may seem contrived, but I'm becoming an admirer in the short time I've been paying attention to the Pora movement.
A lot of planning, work and money has gone into efforts to design a US model for promoting democracy around the world. The model's first success was notched in Serbia. Funded and organized by the US government, which deployed US consultancies, pollsters, diplomats, the two big American parties and US non-government organizations (NGOs), the campaign defeated Slobodan Milosevich at the ballot box in Belgrade in 2000.

Richard Miles, the US ambassador in Belgrade, played a key role in the campaign to oust Milosevich. In November last year, as US ambassador in Tbilisi, Miles reapplied the same method successfully. Thanks to his coaching, US-educated Saakashvili brought down Eduard Shevardnadze. When the US ambassador in Belarus, Michael Kozak, a veteran of similar operations in Central America, notably in Nicaragua, organized a near identical campaign to try to defeat the Belarus strongman, Alexander Lukashenko, he failed. "There will be no Kostunica in Belarus," the Belarus president declared, referring to the United States' Belgrade success 10 months earlier.

But experience gained in Serbia, Georgia and Belarus has been invaluable to the US in planning the operation in Kiev. It is thus easy to understand such slickly organized spontaneity. The operation - engineering democracy through the ballot box and civil disobedience, which would be the envy of even a Gandhian - is now so smooth that methods have matured into a template for winning other people's elections. Located in the center of Belgrade, the Center for Non-violent Resistance, staffed by computer-literate youngsters, is ready for hire and will carry out operations to beat even a regime that controls the mass media, the judges, the courts, the security apparatus and the voting stations.

A lot of people would demean the movement as contrived, supported by Western carpet baggers, but I have to respect the amount of planning that went into recent events. Simply amazing.

Here's another good article: Serbs Lend a Hand in Ukraine Protests