Thursday, November 15, 2018

Mariners Investigated After Ex Employee Claims Racism

The Seattle Mariners will be investigated by Major League Baseball after a fired employee, Lorena Martin accused the GM, Jerry Dipoto , Manager, Scott Servais, and director of player development, Andy McKay of making anti-Hispanic comments.
As sad as this  is, and I don't want to assume innocence or guilt until more evidence comes forward,  it shows the organization does not appear to be going in the right direction.  The Mariners have the longest playoff draught of any major professional team in any sport. 

Tuesday, November 13, 2018

Queen - Live at LIVE AID 1985/07/13 [Best Version]

If you watched the movie, you can appreciate Rami Malek's performance as  Freddie Mercury in this video of the actual Live Aid concert.

Levy Podcast In The Works?

I recently posted about former KJR Sportsradio 950 morning host Mitch Levy beginning a podcast. The above tweet suggests that indeed something must be in the works.  Levy held the morning spot for years on the station and was known for no holds barred commentary.

Monday, November 12, 2018

Bohemian Rhapsody Rocks

Some Spoilers 
It may have been more of the production than the story line itself, but Bohemian Rhapsody, the biopic of the band, Queen was thoroughly enjoyable.  Critics have assailed the movie for inaccuracies  and desexualizing  front man Freddie Mercury, and indeed their complaints are legitimate.  However, I saw the movie as a tribute to the power and personality of a group that was innovated, talented, and bucked the norms. 
Although the premise is somewhat similar to The Doors, a movie released in the early 90s, a much more positive view of Freddy Mercury in this movie than the portrayal of Morrison.  
Mercury is presented as a egotistical and outrageous, but with a big heart and a desire to entertain.  With perhaps the greatest voice in rock history, and a talented group to match, his band was a leader in rock innovation.  The title song of the movie was so out of the norm for the time, an operatic theme aimed at teens,  a song whose lyrics were clear, but not easy to discern.  
Rami Malek delivers an Oscar worthy performance of  Mercury.  The movie accentuates his ethnic roots as the son of Indian parents.  He was born, Farrokh Bulsara, in Zanzibar. 
The final scene in the movie of Queen playing in Wembley is epic and captures the excitement and charisma of the band.  
The audience in the theatre applauded.  Something I hadn't heard at a movie theatre in years.

Sunday, November 11, 2018

So Long, Darrel Huntley

I was saddened to read this weekend of the passing of Darrel Huntley.  Darrel was a friend of mine throughout my Walla Walla school days , starting with when his family moved next-door to us in the early 60s on Leonard Street.  I was just starting 1st grade and Darrel was my age, his sister, Tammy was my sister, Debbie's age.  Our parents became quick friends.  
The next summer, we moved to our house on Palouse Street.  It wasn't until Junior High that we would go to the same school again.  Darrel and I did not really keep in touch after our Wa-Hi graduation in 1976, but we would always get together and  reminisce at our first three high school reunions.  He was not able to make the last in 2016.    
Darrel liked playing music and golfing. 

Weekend Update: Pete Davidson Apologizes to Lt. Com. Dan Crenshaw - SNL

An SNL controversy turns into a teachable moment.

Friday, November 09, 2018

Dori Monson Could Enter Washington Governor's Race In 2020

Dori Monson, the midday host on KIRO 97.3 KIRO FM,  recently on Twitter, floated the idea of running as a Republican for Washington governor.  Monson has been with KIRO, starting on the AM new station, since 1995.  He is popular with listeners who dislike government and Liberal (especially Seattle) politicians. 
In 2004, KIRO morning host, Dave Ross, ran unsuccessfully as a Democratic for Congress in Washington's 8th District.
My guess is that his campaign would be a so-called populist campaign, very similar to Donald Trump's 2016 run.  Washington has elected only Democratic Governors since 1984

Thursday, November 08, 2018

Schrier Wins As Rossi Concedes

KING 5 has declared Democrat Dr Kim Schrier the winner in Washington's 8th Congressional District.  The last congressional district in Washington to elect a Democrat for the first time.
At one time, the 8th was a safe Republican seat, however, demographics changed over time and the Democrats gained strength in Eastside suburbs. Democratic Challengers began nipping at Representative Dave Reichert and it appeared likely to change hands until a redistricting in 2010 changed the district landscape, taking out Bellevue, and spreading the district into Conservative Eastern Washington.

Wednesday, November 07, 2018

Possible Changes In South East King

Washington's 8th Congressional District, currently one of  two Districts in the state to be represented by only one party in it's history and the only state district to not never elect a Democrat may change both soon.  Although it's too close to call, Democrat Kim Schrier has a sizable lead over former state senator Dino Rossi.  
Rossi, who almost was elected governor in 2004, started out the campaign painting himself as the guy who achieved the American Dream.  He talked about working his way to get to college.  He wound up the campaign with scare tactics accusing Schrier of supporting taxes that would be issued on the state level., which don't involve US House.
Schrier, referred to Rossi as a "career politician" ,  she emphasized  her career as a pediatrician, outraged by Congress's attempts to overturn the Affordable Care Act.  She also questioned Rossi's business dealings and refused a chance to repudiate those claims during their debate.
In what may have been the bluest election in Maple Valley history,  Democrat Bill Ramos hold a lead over former house member Republican  Chad Magendanz for position 1 of the 5th District House of Representatives, while Democrat Lisa Callen has the lead over freshman incumbent  Republican Paul Graves for position 2.  No Democrat has previously represented the 5th in Washington's House.  The 5th LD, includes Maple Valley, Black Diamond, Issaquah, and North Bend.