Archive for July 13th, 2010

13
Jul
10

Clint Didier: en fuego

uncle rico?

Republican Senate candidate Clint Didier is having a good month, folks. The brawny Connell resident won $10,000 on the slots at the Emerald Queen picked up national endorsements that are sure to delight his conservative base.

Didier, who, like Burt Reynolds, knows the indomitable power of the mustache, picked up the endorsements of libertarian idol Rep. Ron Paul and former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin, whom you may have heard of.

Those endorsements should further legitimize the former Redskins tight end as the Tea Party candidate in the Republican segment of the primary. Dino Rossi, the “mainstream” Republican, has to be looking over his shoulder.

That’s because, unless he doesn’t read the newspaper (or Interblogs), he knows that conservatives that make conservatives look progressive have won major races around the country. Consider the case of Marco Rubio, a Tea Celebrator who beat out an incumbent governor, Charlie Crist, in the Republican primary for a Florida Senate seat. Or Sharron Angle, who beat more moderate Republicans to win the privilege to challenge Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid for his seat in the upper chamber.

Rossi is very much the frontrunner due to his previous experience running statewide campaigns, his national party favorite status, his fundraising abilities, and fawning press coverage, which never hurts. Though Rossi still claims to be running his primary campaign against Patty Murray, (technically he is because of our open non-partisan primary, but whatever) instead of his actual primary opponent, the would-be Governor Senator has to be worrying just a little bit more of the time about his right flank, as the Tea Revelers will be going for the other guy and not him.

13
Jul
10

Gabe’s Picks: Last Seen at Parliament

Cat and Stas rocking the Vera Project at the first Parliament

Over the past year or so a phenomenon has hit the streets of Seattle.  That phenomenon is the sub-genre of hip hop music, “space hop”, that has invaded our airwaves.  The movement is led by Cat and Stas, better known as the incredible, genre-bending duo THEESatisfaction.  By some crazy coincidence, Cat and Stas happen to be performing at Capitol Hill Block Party on Saturday at 5:15 at Neumos. Another crazy coincidence, THEESat performed at the very first Parliament event and rocked it, so as a former Parliament organizer, I am forever indebted to them.  You can download some of their material over HERE at their Bandcamp page.  I would personally recommend Snow Motion.  It’s stayed in my rotation ever since its release which is no small feat.

Incredibly, THEESatisfaction is not the only Parliament alumni performing at Block Party.  Also on Saturday, you can check out State of the Artist at 7:45 at the Vera Stage as part of the hip hop showcase.  They perform alongside Grynch and Spaceman.  Check out these two groups.  Give them your love.  They definitely deserve it as some of the hardest working, most prolific talents in the region. Continue reading ‘Gabe’s Picks: Last Seen at Parliament’

13
Jul
10

The VoteBot diaries

getting my groove on

Dear Hella Bus,

Fish. Hella fish. Ballard people love their fish, but do they love voting? This past weekend I hit up the Nordic inspired 36th Annual Ballard Seafood festival in the mean streets of Ballard with the Summer Fellows and sampled many Northwest underwater delicacies. Other than learning that crab cakes may be the best thing everrrr, I also learned that Vikings (as well as felons) are indeed eligible to vote.

Photo Credit: http://www.seafoodfest.org

Continue reading ‘The VoteBot diaries’

13
Jul
10

Again, we enter like gods

I know why the caged ceiling no longer has birds.

Not to be all melodramatic about it, but it can never hurt to repeat great quotes. One of the Bus’s favorites is this doozy from Vincent Scully: “We used to enter the city like gods, now we scurry in like rats,” which was in reference to the painful destruction of New York’s Penn Station.

Luckily, in this corner of the state, we’re going in the opposite direction: to whit, the ongoing renovation of Seattle’s King Street Station hit an awesome milestone recently, with the removal of the lowered ceiling, and the revealing, finally, of the original, ornate, gorgeous ceiling.

Many, many more pictures to be found here, check them out, and appreciate the excellent outcomes of the public process!




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