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    Buchenwald 31 graphic iconThis tragic LEDE relates efforts by my brother and sister to destroy my father’s heritage as the commanding officer of the first American medical company to enter Buchenwald.  Robert Schwartz’s pictures rot in a safe in Boston. My wife and I  fight in the courts to get these preserved and released into the public domain before all the survivors die and can no longer see the pictures from April 1945.

October 25th, 2016 - 12:36 pm § in Misc., The Ave Scene

An Endorsement for Brady Walkinshaw


John Donoso FACEBOOK    Why Does  Senator Jayapal Ranks in the bottom 2% of the Washington Senate?

There is an ongoing hullabaloo in Seattle about our Congressional race, in which Pramila Jayapal is running against Brady Walkinshaw to represent the 7th District… When she lives in the 9th district. I think Shayna Daitch sums up the issue quite eloquently:

‘I wouldn’t care except that she was a huge proponent of the new lines, actively campaigned for it, and supported her own house being moved in to the 9th. And then instead of challenging Adam Smith or waiting till he retired, she became an opportunist and then started saying “well if I win, I will move.” That is ridiculous.’

So basically, she redistricted herself out of Seattle and now she wants to run in Seattle. That is weirdly opportunistic, just like her emphasizing the importance of strong female leadership, literally at the same time as she was jumping on the Bernie bandwagon and refusing to endorse Hillary!

Also, there’s good reason to think Jayapal would be ineffective as a member of Congress, in part she seems unable to work with Republicans to get stuff passed, even in divided legislatures where doing so is critically – which is going to be critically important for our next member of Congress.. This is from FiscalNote’s systematic analysis of her effectiveness as a state Senator:

‘Sen. Jayapal is in the bottom 98% of legislators in the WA Senate, so they are very ineffective as a primary sponsor, but they’re most effective on issues related to indigenous people, foreign affairs, and consumers.’ (…)

This is how FiscalNote assesses legislator effectiveness:

‘FiscalNote assesses legislator effectiveness by examining all the legislators’ previously sponsored and cosponsored legislation to create a FiscalNote Effectiveness score. The score is based on how those bills have performed, both in absolute terms and relative to the effectiveness of other members in the chamber. The effectiveness score is computed for the legislator in various stages – getting bills out of committee, getting legislation to the floor, passing their own chamber, passing the legislature, and getting enacted, and for all those stages across all topic areas of legislation.’

Meanwhile, her opponent, Brady Walkinshaw, is awesome. He’s a foresightful progressive pragmatist, with a lot of energy, detailed policy proposals, and the political-strategy chops to actually implement them – even in divided legislatures.

I know who I’m voting for.

October 25th, 2016 - 12:18 pm § in Misc.

A FACEBOOK DIALOG: On Pramila Jayapal vs Brady Walkinshaw

The District changed because of a movement SHE helped lead.  The argument was to create a low income, high minority CD of "people of color."  The assumption by everyone was that the next step would be to replace Adam Smith, a very corporatist Democrat who is especially well known as a Congressman foir Northrup Grumman,   

Pramila was widely expected to be the replacement for Adam Smith,  Her friend Kshama Sawant was expected to run  gainst Jim McDermott.  Jayapal stepped in blocking not just  Swant biut a number of African American politicians who might well have run for McDermott's or Smith's seat.Chiho Fox It’s unfair to expect someone who is running to represent a district to at least move into it? Must be so unfair that the state legislature positions requires it, the governor is required to live in our state, oh and even PCO! And let’s not forget the fact that she was redistri[...]

October 25th, 2016 - 7:02 am § in Misc., politics, Religion, Seattle, USA, Washington State

Should Our Ballots Be Private?

Our religious community is hosting a “ballot party.” We are invited to bring our ballots, stamps, voters’ pamphlets and political propaganda. The session will have a “master of ceremonies” to guide the discussion. When WA went to mail-in ballots, I worried, “What [...]

October 24th, 2016 - 2:04 pm § in Misc.

BREAKING NEWS: GA may go blue!

Extremely long lines form at Atlanta-area polling locations on the first day of early voting in Georgia. Over 1 million people across the country have voted early in the 2016 presidential election so far.[...]

October 24th, 2016 - 1:43 pm § in Misc.

AFTER TRUMP: Trump TV Announces New Series On The Science of Sex

  Sex Cells Trump TV (TTV) announces its first season shows.  The headliner for 9 PM (EST) Monday night will be Sex Cells, a program where Melania Trump will interview everyone from biochemists to the owner of the Bunny Ranch. Ru Paul is her cohost for the first show.[...]

October 24th, 2016 - 10:52 am § in Misc.

The Battle For Mosul

der-spiegel-icoA Precarious Alliance Takes on Islamic State The battle for Mosul, a key city for Islamic State, has begun. On one side, a fragile alliance with conflicting political goals, and on the other, a ruthless enemy who might go to extreme lengths to defend the Iraqi metropolis — incluing chemical w[...]

October 24th, 2016 - 9:48 am § in Misc.

CHINA: Censorship

FACEBOOK: Stella Hu I think only small area in Shanghai, most of my friends and family in other cities of China still can’t use it.…/China-lifts-ban-Facebook… China lifts ban on Facebook (but only within a 17-mile zone) DAILYMAIL.CO.UK[...]

October 23rd, 2016 - 11:00 am § in The Ave Scene

Jayapal and Walkinshaw Should Debate The SEATTLE Issues

I have a proposal. Let’s get Pramila and Brady to debate Seattle issues!  Over on Facebook supporters  of Pramila Jayapal are very angry at me.  Her supporters say I will not listen to arguments on her behalf. The key issue is described in the sidebar.  She has said she will move into th[...]

October 20th, 2016 - 12:38 pm § in Misc.

A Jewish Take on November 8

“The words spoken by Donald Trump , like a burst feather pillow, are unrecoverable.” Peretz Wolf-Prusan FACEBOOK   .. with illustrations added by THE-Ave Reflecting on last evening’s event between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump, I now see November 8, our election day, not as the end[...]

October 19th, 2016 - 3:29 pm § in Misc.

Election 2016: How WA State May End Up Red!

Reuven Carlyle Here is a helpful overview of the intense electoral battle for control of the state Senate and House of Representatives. The chambers are effectively tied. Any scenario is possible from GOP controlling both chambers to Democrats controlling both chambers to ongoing divided government.[...]

October 19th, 2016 - 2:19 am § in The Ave Scene

Vulcan names veteran tech exec to be CEO

Pual Allan wins trophyBill Hilf, a Hewlett Packard Enterprise executive, will replace Paul Allen, as CEO of Vulcan. Vulcan is the umbrella group that controls the sprawling set of entities that carry out Allen’s diverse interests from sports teams to a conservation-oriented census of Africa’s elephants.  Along with [...]

October 25th, 2016 - 1:17 pm § in Misc.

Trump Video from Reuters

EXCLUSIVE: TRUMP SAYS CLINTON POLICY ON SYRIA WOULD LEAD TO WORLD WAR THREE ReutersU.S. Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump said on Tuesday that Democrat Hillary Clinton’s plan for Syria would “lead to World War Three,” because of the potential for conflict with military f[...]

October 25th, 2016 - 8:38 am § in Misc.

TRUMPISM: The Philippines

What Is Rodrigo Duterte Trying to Achieve? BY J. WESTON PHIPPEN Rodrigo Duterte flew to China and signed billions in deals, said he would separate ties with the U.S., then took it all back.[...]

October 24th, 2016 - 8:37 pm § in Misc.


Want to help free trade’s ‘losers’? Make ‘adjustment assistance’ more than just burial insurance Marina v. N. Whitman, University of Michigan Trade adjustment assistance, dubbed ‘burial insurance’ by those it’s supposed to help, needs to be significantly reformed so that fut[...]