Thursday, May 26, 2016

Local Writer Under Fire For Atlantic Article

It should have been the hallmark of a journalism career.  Erica C. Barnett, who has written for a number of what I would call non mainstream media publications such as the Seattle Weekly, Crosscut, and the Publicola blog, was getting published by the well respected Atlantic
It was a great topic, the abuse city council women reportedly have taken after a controversial vote to not vacate part of Occidental Avenue to make way for a proposed professional basketball arena.  The vote was 5-4 and happened to split along gender lines.  The 4 male council members voted in favor and 5 women voted against. 
What was erroneously reported was that the firestorm of calls were initiated by KIRO afternoon radio hosts Ron and Don gave out the phone numbers of female council members, urging them to call them out on the arena vote.  
The hosts pointed out on air that they did not urge listeners to call on that topic, but had urged callers to call council woman Sally Bagshaw and  Mayor Ed Murray on a topic of how Seattle handles it's homeless. 
The mention of Ron And Don was pulled from the article and Barnett issued a statement.  Barnett stated that she was going on information from her speaking with Bagshaw.  She also stated that she did not listen to the Ron And Don program and had no opinion on the proposed arena. Barnett claimed that she did not speak to the station or the radio hosts because they were not the central part of the story. 
Time will tell on what the ramifications are to this, but it sure it home for me what I still remember Mr. Maxon in my journalism class told me.  To use attribution and to research my topics thoroughly.

Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Hilary Wins Washington "Beauty Contest"

Officials are declaring Hilary Clinton the winner of yesterday's Washington Primary.   No delegates are at stake in what the media often calls a "beauty contest".  Bernie Sander commands about three quarters of the Washington delegation to the Democratic National Convention.  What this victory does is give some moral wiggle room to so called super delegates.  Sanders supports have been angry that many of these party officials will vote for Clinton in spite of the results of the caucuses.  Many Sanders supporters will now say a meaningful primary would have a different result.
The overwhelming Republican winner, Donald Trump, did gain delegates in yesterday's primary.

Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Happy 75th Bob Dylan

Folk and Rock icon Bob Dylan turned 75 today.
Dylan plays at the Chateau St Michelle Winery in Woodinville on June 4th.

Monday, May 23, 2016

The Dream Is Becoming Real

The Maple Valley Pocket Park looks as if it is almost finished.  The park, which is located between QFC and Starbucks in Wilderness Village in Maple Valley, was the subject of this post when it was on the drawing board.

Sunday, May 22, 2016


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Saturday, May 21, 2016

Democrats Caucus At Snoqualmie Pass

Television personality Tony Ventrella, who has just filed as a Democratic candidate for Washington's 8th District House of Representatives, addresses the crowd.  Delegates from Washington's 8th CD gathered at the Snoqualmie Pass Fire Station to caucus.
Two other Democrats vying for Dave Reichert's congressional seat also spoke.  Alida Skold and Santiago Ramos round out the field.  Republican Reichert is also running to keep the seat.   One presidential elector was chosen. Delegates for Clinton and Sanders to the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia were also picked.  I came up short in my quest to become a national delegate for Hilary Clinton, but get another chance next month.

RIP Alan Young

Alan Young who played Wilbur in the show "Mr Ed" is dead at 96.  The show, which featured a talking horse, ran from 1961 to 1966.  I watched the show when I was real little and the fact that I can remember it after all these years is a real credit to Mr. Young and the catchy theme song.   The reruns of the show still run on TV.

Friday, May 20, 2016

Lincecum Signs With Mariner Division Rivals

Seattle area native Tim Lincecum has signed a free agent contract with Seattle Mariner's arch division rivals, the Los Angeles Angels.  The former San Francisco Giants ace is coming off of hip surgery.  Lincecum has two no-hitters, won two Cy Young Awards and has helped the Giants win three world series championships.  It is too early to figure what effect Lincecum's signing will have on the Mariner's play-off chances.