June 2009 Archives

Ross Hunter is running for King County Executive. A few years ago his campaign for the 48th legislative district sent out a flyer against a Republican candidate for the same seat, James Whitfield. The front of the flyer showed a moving van in a nice suburban neighborhood, with the text, "He moved here last year ... Unfortunately he brought too much baggage." The reverse showed a picture of Whitfield, who is black.

The racial overtones may not have been intentional -- Hunter denied it -- but they are obvious to many people, and there can be no doubt that if Whitfield were a Democrat and Hunter a Republican, it would have ended Hunter's political career and damaged the entire Republican Party in this state.

I say this not to dredge up the past, and not even because it is something that many voters might want to be reminded of so they can take it into consideration -- although it probably is -- but because Allen Schauffler, the new host of King 5 Up Front, mentioned yesterday that he got all of this information in the mail. Without noting that Ross Hunter's campaign sent the flyer or any other specifics (except for the fact that it happened in 2004, and involves a candidate running for executive today), he noted that the anonymous person who sent it to him was "not brave enough to identify themselves, who was hoping to an inject an old and divisive issue into the current campaign." He added, "thanks for the offer: we decline."

But "divisive" statements of the past are often brought up in campaigns in the present. If Hunter had come out and said, "we don't want a black person representing us" in 2004, surely that would be brought up today. So what is Schauffler's problem? Is it just a Northwest thing: we don't like controversy and dirt, and avoid it as much as possible? Or is it a campaign thing? We know that much of the media around here lets candidates say pretty much anything they want to during campaigns without repercussion. Or is it that he has limited time and tries to stick more to the issues? Or is he really that offended by anonymity? Does party affiliation have anything to do with it for him, as it does with many other people? Maybe it's just the fact that we can't know what the motivations are, so why bother bringing it up again?

I don't know. slashdot.org

LCE067 Hook

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"Hook" by Blues Traveler, requested by Michelle, and dedicated to President Barack Obama. This is the Longest Concert Evar, starring Pudge. Send requests to concertrequest@pudge.net, or post them here.

Pima County has released the 911 call (warning: graphic content) from the Arizona murders that local activist Shawna Forde has been charged with.

The Herald has a summary of the recording, which takes place after Raul Flores and his daughter Brisenia were fatally shot. On the call you can hear the survivor, the mother of the family, exchanging gunfire with the assailants. slashdot.org

In yet another bizarre turn for Everett resident Shawna Forde, she has now been arrested in Pima County, Arizona for the murder of Raul Flores, 29, and his 9-year-old daughter, Brisenia, and injuring the mother of the family.

Readers may recall she was beaten in her home December, a week after her husband was shot three times. She reported being shot the following month.

Two other people, Jason Eugene Bush and Albert Robert Gaxiola, were arrested with Forde. They are charged with two counts of first degree murder, one of first degree burglary, and one of aggravated assault.

Detectives say the three broke into the Flores home, pretending to be police officers, on the evening of May 30, shot the three family members. The mother survived, called 911, and shot Bush. Detectives say they were looking for drugs and money.

Pima County Sheriff Clarence Dupnik said of Forde, "If you look at her history closely, and you know what we know, she is at best a pyschopath."

Forde was essentially kicked out of the Minutemen Civil Defense Corps several years ago and formed her own group, Minutemen American Defense. slashdot.org

Apple Cats

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Am I the only one who has trouble remember which Apple OS is represented by which cat? I don't even always remember that 10.5 is Leopard. Apple says "Snow Leopard" is building on the "Leopard" brand, but to me there is no "Leopard" brand. use.perl.org

Vern Little, Mayor of Lake Stevens, is running as a Republican for the Snohomish County Council, District 5, the seat currently held by Dave Somers. Steve Dana announced he was also running earlier in the year. slashdot.org

Anybody Wanna a Peanut?

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I am selling a brand new, unopened, Logitech Driving Force GT steering wheel and a mostly new set of all five seasons of Babylon 5 on DVD.

As to the latter, it is "mostly new" because it was a replacement set because one of my discs -- the first disc in Season 5 -- was scratched. Amazon apparently didn't want the set back. It's been sitting in a corner of my closet since last year. It's in completely new condition except for that disc.

As to the former, I won it in the Logitech Challenge and I already have that wheel, so I figure I'll sell it.

If you're interested in either let me know.

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