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    The Daily Troll: Seahawk wins appeal. Bicyclist run down. Limited damage at outdoor art park.

    Richard Sherman wins outright in fight with NFL. A disturbing hit-and-run in Monroe. Political ineffectiveness: The Bicoastal edition. And a view from the waterfront wheel in the rain.

    Seahawk wins appeal

    Seattle Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman won his appeal of an NFL drug test that found he had used Adderall, a drug generally prescribed for hyperactivity, according to SportsPressNW.com. The report there is particularly good for its account of Sherman's hopeful mindset during his appeal.

    Yes, there's a lot of excitement about the Seahawks, but it's still a slow news day when one of the top items is about a single member of the team.

    Bicyclist killed

    Authorities today are investigating a grim fatality in which a pickup truck driver ran down a woman bicyclist in Monroe and then fled the scene, according to reports in The Herald and elsewhere.

    Reporter Eric Stevick writes that the Washington State Patrol and the Monroe Police Department are cooperating, and hope that evidence already collected, plus any additional help from the public, will identify the pickup truck. Judging from his account of the accident, the accident could have been easily avoided:

    Police are searching for a light-colored pickup truck that left the scene, Monroe police spokeswoman Debbie Willis said.

    Witnesses told police that a large pickup truck was stopped at the intersection of eastbound U.S. 2 at Old Owen Road and was revving its engine behind another vehicle.

    It "then went around the first vehicle and struck the bicyclist in the intersection," Willis said. "The bicyclist was then struck by two other vehicles as they proceeded through the intersection."

    Lousy politics: Washington, D.C.

    Joel Connelly of seattlepi.com has a good look (first posted Tuesday night) at the dysfunctionality of the Republican leadership in the U.S. House of Representatives. He singles out the anti-Obama posturing of Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers of Spokane, a rising figure in the House GOP leadership, for some of his fire.

    Lousy politics: This Washington

    Lest we look down too much at what we might like to think of as the less-effective Washington back East, it pays to read The News Tribune's Peter Callaghan on state politics. Latest case in point: Callaghan's column today on the response by the state Legislature and Gov.-elect Jay Inslee to the state Supreme Court's McCleary decision requiring better funding of the state's public schools.

    He writes that two things are clear:

    1. The court is serious about meeting the requirements of the constitution.

    2. State legislators and the governor-elect are not.

    Art park vandalism in Port Angeles

    On Crosscut's Clicker round-up of news headlines, we recently posted a link to a Peninsula Daily News report that vandals had razed 35 works of art at an outdoor art park in Port Angeles. This morning, the paper had a somewhat more upbeat report: Most of the works had simply been knocked off their bases, meaning that the main need will be the time and effort it takes to re-install them. There's hope volunteers can play a big role.

    Seattle's waterfront wheel

    If you've had holiday company, your visitors may have gotten their first looks at the waterfront Ferris wheel. Maybe you toyed with trying to make time for a vist but didn't get there? Here's a just-posted video that gives a quick (musically accompanied) look at the view from inside the wheel on a rainy winter day. (We do have other kinds of winter days but, hey, let's not mislead anyone with our selection of YouTube videos.)

    It's from a YouTube subscriber called srredbeard.

    Joe Copeland is political editor for Crosscut. You can reach him at Joe.Copeland@crosscut.com.

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    Posted Thu, Dec 27, 4:43 p.m. Inappropriate

    Apropos "Lousy Politics: Washington, D.C...dysfunctionality of the Republican leadership" (27 December) --

    Joel Connelly euphemistically describes the federal government as paralyzed by a Moron Nation cabal of stupidly dysfunctional politicians engaged in an idiotic frenzy of mindless fanaticism.

    For liberals and progressives, it's an appealing portrait, evoking all the boundless self-flattery implicit in redefining “imbecile” as a synonym for “conservative.”

    But what if Connelly is -- as the Left habitually does -- suicidally underestimating the iron will and Machiavellian sophistry of the enemy?

    What if these politicians are not "dysfunctional" at all?

    What if they are part of a disciplined cadre of Wall Street agents methodically creating dysfunction and chaos to lay the groundwork for a military-industrial coup?

    Frightening as such a possibility is, it is actually far more plausible than the alternatives evoked by Connelly's super-smug dismissal of John Boehner and Cathy McMorris Rodgers as hopeless idiots.

    Posted Thu, Dec 27, 5:20 p.m. Inappropriate

    Question about the art park in Port Angeles: Is it as aggressively ugly as our sculpture park? If so, I wonder if the vandals might be persuaded to accept an all-expenses-paid weekend in Seattle.


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