Category Archives: Politics

The Real Slim Shady: How Troy Kelley gamed the law, the media and the voters

Being shady needn’t be a handicap in politics. It can even be an asset. Just ask Washington state auditor Troy Kelley: The Real Slim Shady. Kelley won the 2012 auditor’s race despite having two years earlier paid a million dollars to settle a lawsuit … Continue reading

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Jungle Boogie

February 26, 2016 The Jungle is the unofficial name for a greenbelt that runs spottily for a few miles along Interstate 5 as it exits downtown Seattle headed south. The area has hosted scattered settlements of homeless people for decades. … Continue reading

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Kshama Sawant and Occupy Camp Dearborn

February 26, 2016 Seattle Councilmember Kshama Sawant won’t respond to my complaints about the treatment of people in homeless camps. She won’t meet with me to discuss creating a streamlined and independent grievance process to protect homeless people living in … Continue reading

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Letter from Camp Dearborn

The letter below was sent yesterday via e-mail to Seattle Mayor Ed Murray and the Seattle City Council concerning a city-sanctioned homeless encampment in downtown Seattle known as Camp Dearborn (formerly Nickelsville Dearborn). The author, David Delgado, is a social … Continue reading

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Letter from Rev. Polly Trout to Seattle Mayor Ed Murray

Polly Trout is the director of Patacara Community Services. The The Blog Quixotic makes no assertions regarding the truth of any of the allegations contained in Rev. Trout’s letter. The letter is part of the public record and I am … Continue reading

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Gun Control, Seattle Style (Part 1)

February 12, 2016 The gun debate evokes strong feelings, but regardless of which side you fall on, I think we can all agree that any law or program designed to curb gun violence should be evidence-based. In other words, it … Continue reading

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Minimum Wage Enforcement Begins in Seattle

This is a good thing. I didn’t like the way Seattle pushed through the new minimum, but now that it’s here, it’s good to see the City enforcing it. That will keep scofflaw businesses from gaining an unfair advantage over … Continue reading

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RV Gypsies

A strange new thing is happening in Seattle. All over the city, in every kind of neighborhood, RVs are turning up on the streets – or just off them – and staying there. For months or years at a time. In … Continue reading

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Intellectual Dishonesty

Intellectual dishonesty is when someone catches you out in a misstatement or fallacious argument but you refuse, in spite of the evidence, to admit you were wrong. That’s what happened here, with a Facebook post from Occupy Democrats. Early reports on … Continue reading

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Behind the Wheel at Uber: A Driver’s Eye View of Ride Sharing

Below is a written interview I did with my Facebook friend Mark Wandrey in September 2015. Mark and his wife recently started earning some extra cash as Uber drivers. The following biography was provided by him. Located in rural Tennessee, Mark Wandrey has … Continue reading

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Victim Culture

This soundbite by comedian/social critic Louis C. K. demonstrates the fallacy upon which many claims of harm have foundered. The reason the fallacy persists is because the basic idea has some truth in it. When a person tells you you’ve … Continue reading

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The Friends of Kshama Sawant: Progressive politics and influence at City Hall

November 13, 2015 ~ Seattle A “People’s Budget Town Hall” Late last month, one week ahead of city council elections, Seattle City Councilmember Kshama Sawant hosted her second “People’s Budget Town Hall” event at City Hall. Cleverly disguised as a public … Continue reading

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Lisa Bright and Dark

Lisa Herbold is the presumptive new Seattle councilmember for my district. Her campaign platform is that she works for the little people (just like Kshama Sawant) and that she’s not for sale to corporations. She might not be for sale, … Continue reading

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Outrage on Demand: How Seattle’s Kshama Sawant packs ’em in at the Seattle City Council

On October 6, I was treated to something I’d never seen in 27 years of following Seattle politics: Paid shills drumming for a councilmember during an official meeting. It was at a public hearing on budget priorities. Twenty minutes in … Continue reading

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Homeless Are Taking Over (Literally)

A recent story from the Seattle Times illustrates the mess a city can get into when it tries to be nice and doesn’t ask too many questions. Take homelessness for example. In spite of all our self-guilting, Seattle has a braggable … Continue reading

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Getting High With A Little Help From His Friends: The Scott Morrow Story

If you’re a regular reader of this blog, the name Scott Morrow will be a familiar one. If you’re not a reader, Morrow is the Seattle man who founded and controls two Seattle-area homeless shelter organizations. His Rotund Eminence can regularly … Continue reading

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Duwamish River Dredging

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) sent out a letter to my neighborhood in November 2014 (see below.) The letter notifies people living around the Duwamish River about EPA-sponsored clean-up work on the river. According to a City of Seattle Web page, the … Continue reading

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Weed Wars: Medical vs. Retail Pot in Seattle

Here’s an at-a-glance look at medical marijuana (MMJ) dispensaries in one neighborhood of Seattle. All these pictures were taken in a four-block radius around the main drag of White Center, a poor and working-class suburb to the immediate south of Seattle. (See … Continue reading

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Homeless Camps: My Testimony to the King County Council (Part 2)

Mary Bourguignon Principal Legislative Analyst Lead, Government Accountability & Oversight Committee October 23, 2014 Dear Mary: Here’s another set of comments and information for the Council to review. Note: SHARE is an acronym for the Seattle Housing and Resource Effort, … Continue reading

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Cleaning Up Puget Sound, One Rainstorm at a Time

Dedicated to Quannah Santiago . . . The Murray CSO Storage Tank project will protect sea life in Puget Sound by containing sewage overflows that happen after large rainstorms. Seattle’s sewer system was built over a hundred years ago. Under … Continue reading

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Homeless Camps: My Testimony to the King County Council (Part 1)

The testimony below concerns a proposed King County, Washington Ordinance extending (with proposed modifications) county legislation governing homeless encampments, also known as “tent cities.” I have been following the operations of these camps for several years now and, with one … Continue reading

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Democracy is . . .

 . . . thinking for yourself You know, I’ve always thought it odd that newspapers would try and tell Americans how to vote. And I’ve always thought it even odder that voters would actually do what the newspapers tell them … Continue reading

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Robin Hood, Inc.

This story should not come as a surprise to anyone, since Seattle has the highest percentage of hero-hypocrites in the nation, per capita. It’s almost too easy to be a hero here. All you have to do is kvetch about … Continue reading

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Take Our Tunnel . . . PLEASE!

“The world’s biggest tunnel-boring machine, nicknamed Bertha — which hit a pipe and was damaged in mid-December after only 1,000 feet of excavation — is down there in the dark, awaiting what may well be the world’s biggest industrial rescue … Continue reading

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Death in a Homeless Camp

Originally published on October 14, 2014 Background: Tent City 4 is a large homeless encampment managed by a group known as the Seattle Housing And Resource Effort (SHARE). SHARE is a registered 501(c)3 charity that solicits funds from government and … Continue reading

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Occupy Movement Stretches, Breaks Envelope

This is a story from my own neighborhood of West Seattle. Several years ago a local unemployed veteran named Byron Barton borrowed some $650K on his house (more than it was worth) and then had himself a stroke. Between him … Continue reading

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Rats! ~ How the Health Department threw their work (and your money) down a hole.

The documents below tell the story of how one government agency in Washington State, the Seattle King County Department of Public Health, failed to do its job and serve the public interest. Of course, government failures happen all the time. … Continue reading

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The Schizophrenic Times: SHARE in the News

Three recent articles on SHARE’s Tent City 4 from the Seattle Times: Wednesday, Jan. 15, 2014 ~ Sammamish OKs moratorium on homeless camps This article is supposed to be about the City of Sammamish’s decision to impose a moratorium on tent … Continue reading

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Homeless, Inc. ~ Catholic Community Services

This page contains a discussion of a specific low-income housing provider business in Seattle. For the main page and introduction to this topic, see here: Homeless, Inc. Catholic Community Services of Western Washington Total Seattle HSD Budget for 2013: $1,513,453 … Continue reading

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The Village Quixotic (or: How to avoid headaches by thinking with your tear ducts)

Some astute TBQ readers have been linking me stuff about Olympia’s new Nickelsville knock-off, a joint called “Quixote Village.” Here’s an extract from the 12/31/13 edition of the Olympian newspaper: The residents of Camp Quixote are no longer vagabonds. They … Continue reading

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