Saturday, August 30, 2008

Racist Obama Three Dollar Bills Distributed At Monroe Fair

After complaining, rightfully so, about an advertisement for Governor Gregoire using the Sopranos theme to smear Dino Rossi, who is of Italian heritage, the Republicans have shown hypocracy by distributing phony 3 dollar bills showing Barack Obama in an African headdress with a racist caption at the Evergreen State Fair in Monroe. The chair of the Snohomish County Republicans has apologized.

McCain Choses Sarah Palin

John McCain, desperate to steal thunder from Barack Obama, has picked Alaska Governor Sarah Palin to be his running mate. Obama delivered arguably one of the best speeches in American history, however, McCain aparently is trying to woo Democrats angered over Hilary Clinton being skipped. Palin is Pro-Life, so it is doubtful that many Hilary supporters will crossover, in fact some may stay home altogether. Remember, George W. Bush did not win much support from the Black community after picking Colin Powell to be the first black Secretary Of State.

Seahawks Finish Exhibition Season With Win

The Seattle Seahawks finished their pre season on a winning note, beating old AFC Nemesis Oakland 23-16. The victory, just 4 days after the loss to San Diego, was costly as the 'Hawks lost
Ben Obomanu. T.J. Duckett(pictured above), a first year Seahawk and designated short yard specialist, ran for 71 yards and 2 touchdowns.

Thursday, August 28, 2008

Move Over, Hilary!

Michelle Obama is a force to be reckoned with.

Monday, August 25, 2008

Chargers Edge Seahawks

Deb and I watched the third Seahawk exhibition game at The Joker. The Joker is a Beer Joint (or Sportsbar as they're now called) on the Sammamish Plateau. It was an exciting game but the Chargers beat the 'Hawks by one point.

Ted Kennedy Addresses The Democratic Convention

Senator Kennedy's endorsement of Barack Obama earlier this year was a turning point in the race.

We Will Be In Walla Walla This Weekend

Saturday, August 23, 2008

Thursday, August 21, 2008

Seattle Times Nails Dino Rossi

The normally Conservative Seattle Times has called out Dino Rossi for voting in favor of a gas tax that he blames the governor for. Check here.

Wednesday, August 20, 2008

Crossroad UPS Store Featured In Connection

The Neighborhood Crossroads paper "The Crossroads Connection" did a feature on our store. Here I am with my wife, father-in-law, and of course, Rusty.

Lieberman Will Speak To GOP

When Senator Joe Lieberman was the Democratic Nominee for Vice President in 2000, many thought that he was much too kind to opponents like Dick Cheney in debates. Now our misgivings have come to pass as Lieberman will be a speaker at the GOP Convention. He is also a leading candidate to become McCain's VP.

Tuesday, August 19, 2008

Two Potential VP Candidates Debate Iraq Policy

This interview was set up probably figuring that Lieberman and Bayh would be on the respective Republican and Democratic tickets. Lieberman's support for the Iraq invasion is astonishing.

Monday, August 18, 2008

Is Rossi Fit To Be Governor?

While I take videos off "youtube" with a grain of salt, I think anyone planning to vote for change for the sake of change should study Rossi and what he stands for.

Washington State Primary Tommorrow

Just a reminder to mail in your ballots or go down to the polls as Washington's first "Top Two Primary" or Cajun' Primary (Louisiana has chosen this way for years) takes place tomorrow (August 19th). According to the Daily Olympian, Secretary Reed has predicted a turnout of 46 percent.

Sunday, August 17, 2008

Linda Woods Feature

(cousins Linda and Karen)
Writer Jane Devin features my cousin, Linda Woods in her blog. Linda's Journal Revolution
blog which is also credited to sister Karen, is a worthy read in it's own.

We Were At Qwest For Pre-Season Victory

Seahawk Rookie Justin Forsett was impressive as the Hawks beat the Chicago Bears 29-26. Deb and I were in attendance at Qwest Field were the crowd was so juiced, you would never know that it was a preseason game with no bearing in the standings. Forsett finished the game with 136 yards.
The Bears had a chance to win the game on a last minute field goal, which barely missed. The game went into overtime. The Seahawks got first possession by winning the coin toss and were able to march down the field and set up a 36 yard field goal by Seahawk kicker Brandon Coutu.

Friday, August 15, 2008

Sadamania has gripped the Barer blogosphere, I thought this piece that I found on "youtube" was appropriate for a final tribute.

Tuesday, August 12, 2008

KBSG Gone--KIRO Newsradio Begins Simulcasting At 97.3

KIRO news radio has increased it's reach by simulcasting on the FM band. Long the voice of news, talk, and sports in the region, KIRO is arguably Seattle's most successful radio station. That point was driven home in 2004, when morning host Dave Ross ran as a Democrat for Congress. KIRO has traditionally broadcast at 710 on the AM dial. It will continue that spot and will also be heard at 97.3 on FM. Oldies station KBSG, which was KIRO's sister station, is no longer in existence.

Monday, August 11, 2008

Maple Valley's Brandi Carlile Does Car Commercial

Brandi Carlile sings her hit "The Story" in this commercial for GM cars.

Sunday, August 10, 2008

Sada Jacobson Wins Silver In Beijing

pictured: Sada, Mariel, and Becca
The US Women's fencing team swept Gold, Silver, and Bronze in the Olympic Saber competition. A notable feat, considering that fencing is a sport that is more popular abroad.
Portland's Mariel Zagunis won took her second Gold Medal by defeating Dunwoody Georgia's Sada Jacobson. Sada came back and beat Ukrainian Sofia Velakaya for second place and the Silver Medal. Becca Ward, who is also from the Portland area, also beat Velakaya to take the Bronze. Jacobson was the only one of the medal winners not from Oregon, however her Great Grandmother, who was my Grandmother Barer's sister, did live in Portland.

Saturday, August 09, 2008

Rough Water For John Edwards

John Edwards personal troubles remind me of the movie"Beau James" where Bob Hope played the colorful New York mayor Jimmy Walker. Attending a baseball game, Walker was asked about a scandal he was involved with. His comment was "I hope the Yankees win."

Friday, August 08, 2008

My Brother Steve Gets His 15 Minutes

Steve and Dawn went to a Boxing match at the Emerald Queen Casino and were able to get on TV, according to this youtube clip off his blog. You can click here to see it, don't blink.

It brought back fond memories of when Deb and I went to the Space Needle for New Year's Eve and managed to get on camera.

Thursday, August 07, 2008

Seahawks Start Exhibition Season

The Seattle Seahawks will play their first pre-season game tomorrow. The 'Hawks will take on the Minnesota Vikings in the Metro dome in Minneapolis. The game will start a 5:00 pdt.

Tuesday, August 05, 2008

Garage Sale In Maple Valley!

Residents of Maple Valley, Covington, and Black Diamond can find some great deals at a one day multi-family garage sale this Saturday August 9th in the Belmont Woods neighborhood of Maple Valley. The sale begins at 10:00 am at 23831 SE 246th Street. You can find toys, furniture, books, and much much more!

Sunday, August 03, 2008

Movie Review: Swing Vote

I don't know if the movie "Swing Vote" could have been made before the 2000 election, but after unlikely photo-finishes in both the Gore-Bush race, and a couple of statewide races here in Washington, you may be more likely to willingly suspend your sense of disbelief.
The movie occurs during a presidential campaign. Bud Johnson (Kevin Costner) is a happy-go-lucky drinker who has a low paying job in a factory and is pretty much raised by his grade school age daughter, Molly who is serious minded and scolding. Bud has a heart, but always seems to miss the mark when it comes to responsibility. Politically savvy Molly sneakily registers Bud to vote, but politics do not show up on Bud's radar screen. He does promise to vote, but when a night of heavy drinking gets in the way, Molly sneaks a vote in for President in Bud's name. A glitch however stops it from counting. When the race ends up in a dead heat, all attention turns to Bud. He soon become a national celebrity and the results are hilarious.
Both presidential camps go to hilarious attempts to capture Bud's vote, that is where the real satire comes in. Both candidates seem sincere, but are influenced by there handlers. Kelsey Grammer plays the incumbent presidential candidate Andrew Boone, Stanley Tucci, plays his handler loosely based on Karl Rove. Dennis Hopper plays the Democratic candidate, Donald Greenleaf, with his handler played hilarously by Nathan Lane.