Aggregation

Politico asked senators about their mortgages in light of two Democratic senators getting special deals on their Countrywide mortgages. The e-mail I received from a blog reader showed that U.S. Sen. Maria Cantwell, D-Wash. was the only one at that time who had not responded. Her office later reported that her original loan had been sold to Countrywide, then to another lender.

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In the 35th District Randy Neatherlin declared he was from the “No Gas Tax (G.O.P.)” party. Governor candidate Dino Rossi also used the tag, “G.O.P.” and said Democrats were insulting voters by insinuating they wouldn’t know what the abbreviation stood for (Grand Old Party).

David Postman at the Times, though, posts that an Elway Poll shows one in four don’t know what it means.

And in an earlier national story on Fox News Curtis Fackler, chairman of the Spokane Republican Party and candidate for state insurance commissioner, said, “There’s 30 percent of people in the state that would not vote for a Republican no matter what, and we want to go around that. We want them to read our statements and see where we’re coming from.” Fackler listed no party preference when he filed to run.

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McClatchy, owner of just about every daily newspaper in the state except ours it seems (not really), has an extensive series on how many prisoners at Guantanamo have little or no connection to terrorism, hardly the “worst of the worst” described by the president. The series is described this way:

An eight-month McClatchy investigation of the detention system created after the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks has found that the U.S. imprisoned innocent men, subjected them to abuse, stripped them of their legal rights and allowed Islamic militants to turn the prison camp at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba into a school for jihad.

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Finally, NASCAR fans are feeling the pinch from high gas prices. Most are still going, by and large, because they bought their tickets before the costs went up. They may not be spending as much on other things and the question becomes whether the economy will have an impact on the sport’s attendance two or three years from now.

2 thoughts on “Aggregation

  1. It gives me glee to see local rightwingers and Dino WAAAHSI! running away from the Republican name. Calling them Blue Collar, G.O.P., Bullmoose, Free Silver, No Gas Tax, Whig, whatever won’t help them come election time. That means that they are running from the Republican name since they know how toxic it is. It’s a white washing attempt to try and look mainstream and hide the radical extremist views that they share with the national party.

    We better get used to it because if Bush, McCain or Israel bombs Iran the resulting OPEC embargo and price spike is going to put gas past $20 a gallon.

    The local Pacific Northwest Rollerderby leagues (the fastest growing sport in the Northwest) do as much carpooling as possible to and from bouts and practices. Gas prices are one of the biggest costs to the sport. Last Sunday I picked up some Seattle skaters from the ferry who didn’t bring a car to Kitsap and we do as much scheduling of carpool to away games and practices. Rollerderby is like NASCAR except, it’s carbon friendly, there are women on skates instead of cars and the rear ends are different.

  2. For some great local racing, Pacific Raceways will be hosting their annual Vintage Races over the 4th of July weekend. It is a wonderful opportunity to see some beautiful classic race cars in action. Much of the proceeds will go to benefit Seattle Children’s Hospital. Having run my own “sports car” out on the road course out there at a different event, I can say that it is thrilling to see the more professional drivers take their shot at it. Girls don’t just have Roller Derby, they can drive race cars too! The automobile is a great equalizer when it comes to competition in sports between the sexes. I have beat my fair share of the boys at Autocross.

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