Gate-Gate, aka WTF Seattle?

Councilmember Nick Licata hears a Hoo. And wants the truth. Photo by Mike Siegel, Seattle Times

Councilmember Nick Licata hears a Hoo. And wants the truth, not just answers. Photo by Mike Siegel, Seattle Times

The front page of today’s Seattle Times is a study in frustration. Let’s review, shall we?

  • Item one: Seattle Fire Chief accused of retaliating against a whistleblower by demoting him.
  • Item two: And what was he blowing the whistle about? Well, that would be a Fire Department Lieutenant failing to bill Qwest Field $200,000 for services, and demanding two backstage passes for a Hannah Montana concert.
  • Item three: Snow Gate lives on, as a Seattle Times investigation reveals that the City Department of Transportation plowed roads between Mayor Nickels’ neighborhood to downtown, around Lakeside School, and in Laurelhurst, neglecting actual key roads.
  • Item four: Nicole Brodeur goes in on the City for the high pay of top officials during hard times.

The most important note from the entire affair: Hannah Montana. Hannah freaking Montana. What sort of scandal is that? Who chooses to break the law by extorting, and then decides, “you know, my fully grown partner and myself would really really like to see Hannah Montana.” Seriously?

It’s indicative of this whole amazing scene – no single aspect is a giant killer, but together, like an army of Lilliputians, they raise serious questions about the city’s effectiveness.

So what do we call this conflagaration of dumbness? What name could possibly summarize this mosquito cloud of mini-scandals that have formed, Voltron-like, into a full front page of embarassments? Suggest some names here, and we’ll see what sticks!


12 Responses to “Gate-Gate, aka WTF Seattle?”

  1. 1 melly mel
    March 20, 2009 at 6:09 pm

    wow. really seattle? ridiculous.

  2. 2 Don't even get me started.
    March 20, 2009 at 6:14 pm

    WTF indeed. People in this city need to get ANGRY. This is BS.

  3. 3 BoomPowSurprise
    March 20, 2009 at 6:15 pm

    mosquito-gate – pathetic in size, endlessly annoying and breeds in standing water.
    cies-gate (isn’t he is charge)
    the news reads like a lineup from the white river amphitheatre:
    weak steelers, backstage boys, plow jam.

  4. 4 NineFive
    March 20, 2009 at 6:30 pm

    Mmm… Montana Gate? No… Noel North Dakota Gate? Nope, not that either. How about Get Your Shit Together Gate? Has a nice ring to it…

  5. 5 Boomkah
    March 20, 2009 at 7:05 pm

    Punch In The Face Gate?

    Head Meet Wall Gate?

    I Need A Drink Gate?

  6. 6 isitfriday
    March 20, 2009 at 7:50 pm

    unfathomable mismanagement-gate keeps coming back to me…do they all wake up and say “wanna play government today?”

  7. 7 Perche
    March 20, 2009 at 8:39 pm

    Seattle, sure, that sucks, but we’ve got it on a much MUCH MMUUCCHH larger scale in Olympia. Not necessarily the scandal side of things, but the frustration about ineffective representation! We need to get people into office, statewide, who are going to actually do something! And honestly, I don’t even care what it is, just ANYthing!

  8. 8 benoit
    March 20, 2009 at 8:41 pm


  9. 9 Ther-mix-a-lot
    March 20, 2009 at 8:52 pm

    Plow -wow?

  10. 10 asiangoddez
    March 21, 2009 at 2:07 am

    Are we becoming Chicago?

  11. 11 Megan
    March 21, 2009 at 7:23 pm

    The sad part is that I’m not surprised.

  12. 12 Hannah
    March 23, 2009 at 2:40 am

    Disblivious (Disney + oblivious)

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