Steven Gardner writes:
Lookee here! Stephen Colbert is back pointing at local types.
Maybe you’re on here!
On Jan. 22 I wrote:
There is worthwhile commentary to be found at the 614 Division
Street blog, but I’ve seen the author provide much information on
it that threatens to reveal his or her identity. I prefer the
mystery. At least, if the author gets outed I want someone else to
reveal it. I don’t want it to happen because 614 gives too much
Too late it seems. The Kitsap News Group filed a request to see
who had taken an extended leave based on information the owner of
the 614 Division Street blog divulged. So, based on comments the
blogger made in the past, the blog disapparated before the blogger got dooced.
I thought someone on the inside would do the outing first. We
weren’t really dying to know who it was, but I can see why KNG
decided to pursue it. I wouldn’t be surprised if the former
blogger’s identity still gets revealed.
It’s a bit of a cautionary tale about going anonymous. It’s not
easy to stay that way.
That of course ties into subject number two, trolls and sock
puppets and jerks. We have been deleting more posts than was our
past practice, though don’t assume it’s because you were either a
troll, sock puppet or jerk. FYI, a troll just tries to get the
collective dander up. Sock puppets are individuals posting as
multiple people. Jerks is my term. In some cases we’ve deleted
comments just because we didn’t want the conversation to go in that
The Simpson’s Movie makes the list because
it premieres this week, unfortunately timed after the premiere of a
Harry Potter movie and a book. Many people have been fans of both,
though The Simpsons has been criticized for losing its edge toward
the end of its first decade. I’ll be attending another midnight
premiere, but my enthusiasm is not what it would have been had it
launched separate from the Potter business.
Local primary candidates are on notice, because after all these
years it’s still worth noting that most of the campaigning should
happen between now and when ballots go out late next week. You wait
until the last three weeks and you lose potential votes in the mail
Seattle Mayor Greg Nickels, speaking to an audience assembled in
Bremerton’s new Fountain Room, excused himself by saying
“There’s my boat.” The ferry was clearly visible from the room and
will be for speakers in the future who will surely believe
themselves clever when they point to the ferry terminal to
demonstrate how their ride has arrived. At some point Fountain Room
audiences will be trained to say “It’s been done” every time some
speaker tries that trick.
Traffic evildoers everywhere in Washington should be wary of
future political developments. The same day the Bremerton City
voted 8-1 to install red-light and school zone cameras, Seattle
decided its program was
so successful it wants more. Then, on Monday, soon-to-be-former
state transportation boss Doug McDonald told 710 KIRO’s Dori Monson
he wants traffic cameras on freeways.
Does it make you sleep better at night, or do you think this is
On hypocrites, many will expect this to be another lashing of
those who don’t believe their own sermons.” Instead I’m asking if
the term is overused. I believe soda is bad for me, as are a lot of
the foods I love. I believe I should be more moderate in my
consumption of them. To say so, however, risks making me a
hypocrite, because it’s obvious to most that I’m often unsuccessful
at moderation. Is Sen. David Vitter, D-La. a hypocrite because he
speaks about the sanctity of marriage, yet gets outed as a
prostitution client? Is Seattle’s Mayor Nickels a hypocrite because
his fleet mileage didn’t seem to go down after he made major public
pronouncements about cutting down on auto use?
This comes up because of a conversation I had with someone the
other day. He said Vitter’s actions indicate he doesn’t “believe”
in what he says. I countered that perhaps he believes it, but he’s
weak, the same way chronic drinker who wishes to be a teetotaller
is. Perhaps “hypocrite” is an appropriate term for Vitter. Perhaps
he should resign. But “hypocrite” might apply to all of us, because
we all fall short of our ideals at times.
Even America does, but Leonard Pitts Jr. has something to
say about it.
Finally, Darth Vader is on notice because of his appearance at
Harry Potter screening I attended and at the opening of
the new Tacoma Narrows Bridge. Dude, it’s time to change the
ensemble. Surely with all your power you could find an imaginative
Remember, “You’re on notice” means “I’m watching you,” not
“You’re dead to me,” which is a different Colbert subject. Send me
your nominations for things or people you’re getting a little
suspicious of, or getting a little tired of, or you think are not
getting the attention they should. Feel free to duplicate other
peoples’ nominations. If something gets nominated a lot, it’s more
likely to get on the board.
Then again, this isn’t scientific and is subject to the
blogmaster’s personal bias and sense of what’s relevant and/or
funny. The board will be updated whenever we’re good and ready.
We’re seldom both, so be patient.