Archive for August, 2008

More Border Patrol Roadblocks

Here we go again!  According to a Seattle Times article this week, The Border patrol is again protecting our borders on some highways far from the border in Washington.  This week they were set up for five hours on SR 104 near the Hood Canal Bridge, apparently protecting the border of Kitsap County from terrorists, […]

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Black Helicopters Over Portland

On Monday night, the US Department of Defense decided to hold training exercises in Downtown Portland and in other areas of the city.  The first indication of the event was when people looked up over Downtown and in areas of Southeast Portland and saw four helicopters flying around at under 500 feet.  Some were merely […]

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My Response to a Paid Hack

I have posted recently on an incident where the WSF ferry M/V Elwha had a mechanical problem and needed assistance getting back to it’s port.  That incident in itself probably didn’t merit more than a few minutes thought, but I did take the time to chastise those who thought that a mechanical incident should indicate […]

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Vote No on Washington Initiative 985

There are a number of ballot initiatives and ballot measures in both Washington and Oregon every year that are clearly the work of a few folks who are in the business of making up and presenting controversial measures for fun and profit.   Initiative 985 is another of those disgusting works, this one presented by serial […]

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Vote No on California Proposition 8

OK, so I wasn’t intending to comment on any ballot measures outside of Cascadia when I decided to highlight them over the next few weeks.  Sometimes I just react to the news as I see fit. According to recent articles, a number of religious groups in California are mobilizing to get out the vote to […]

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The Seattle Monorail

Hello, my name is Bryan, and I’m a transit geek. Yes, one of my hobbies since I was a kid is watching and living the vehicles and the operations of most forms of transit:  buses, trains, ferries, streetcars, and whatnot.  I have, however, a special fascination for the monorail. The Seattle Center Monorail was born […]

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Upcoming November Election Issues

Just a heads up for my regular readers: Over the next 11 weeks or so until Election Day, I will be presenting a series of posts on the Washington Ballot Initiatives, the Oregon Ballot Measures, and on the candidates running for major offices around Cascadia.  Of course, you will be graced by my usual flavor […]

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Being Realistic About Pot

I just had a case of “What he said.” I was thumbing through articles on the Internet and ran into a recent piece by Jerry Large, a Seattle Times columnist.  I think he summed up so well just what I was thinking all along. I am not a real fan of marijuana.  Sure, I tried […]

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Washington’s “Top Two” Primary

At first blush, I couldn’t find anything wrong with the new way of doing primary elections in Washington State.  To those who are yet uninformed, the “top two” system has all of the candidates running in the same election pool.  Each voter will receive a ballot with all of the candidates names listed and will […]

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Primary Election in Washington

This is a reminder to blog readers in Washington that they need to get their ballot in the mail and postmarked by Tuesday, August 19.  There are also official drop boxes in your area where you can leave your ballot. Of course, if you are in King or Pierce County, you may have to make […]

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