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    The Daily Troll: Hijacking hijinks. A court for college drinking? Eyman takes a stab at Inslee.

    The FBI isn't amused that a phony tip led to scrambling jets to meet an airliner as it headed toward Seattle. Tim Eyman goes after Inslee on taxes: What, no honeymoon?
    The Daily Troll: News for your evening commute.

    The Daily Troll: News for your evening commute. Art work by Noel Franklin

    Hijacker false alarm

    The FBI is not amused about a fake phone tip that pointed them toward a supposed hijacker on a Hawaii to Seattle flight yesterday. The Alaska Airlines jet, escorted by military jets into Sea-Tac Airport, carried no potential hijacker, the Associated Press reports. Whatever kick the tipster got out of an apparently false report may come back to bite him or her. "The FBI gets lots of hoax phone calls but something that rises to this level is not something that we're going to take lightly," an FBI spokesman in Hawaii told the AP.

    Visiting with the feds

    Gov. Jay Inslee and state Attorney General Bob Ferguson will meet with U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder next week to discuss the state's legalization of marijuana, The Seattle Times reports. It's not clear whether Holder plans to play the tough cop or take a somewhat relaxed attitude.

    Eyman the tax umpire

    As Crosscut reported yesterday, Gov. Jay Inslee doesn't see extensions of existing taxes that are set to expire as a violation of his campaign pledge to veto new taxes. His reasoning: An existing tax isn't a new tax.

    That reasoning might work for some, but Tim Eyman, the initiative business entrepreneur, is only too happy to supply his own interpretation. He sent out an email to media and supporters today: "Re: Inslee breaks no-new-taxes pledge within 24 hours of becoming Governor." Despite the alarmist subject line, the message itself is a bit more nuanced and fair. Ever happy to get into linguistic wrestling matches, he colorfully accuses Democrats of tricking voters on taxes:

    Taxpayers feel like Charlie Brown running at the football, and Democrat Lucy pulling it away again and again. 

    It's almost like Gregoire whispered to Inslee "when you break your no new taxes promise, do it early so voters have four years to forget." 

    And to think there are still people out there who wonder why our tax initiatives keep passing by wider and wider margins.

    Since his email came less than 48 hours after Inslee's swearing in ceremony, we guess it'd be an exaggeration to say that the Era of Good Feeling between Eyman and the new governor lasted two days.

    Put down the drinks, kids

    Crosscut's John Stang reports from Olympia today that legislators are looking at an idea to curb the often-worrisome levels of drinking by college students.

    Stang reports:

    Specific alcohol-offense-related courts could be set up on college campuses under a bill beginning to work its way through the Washington Senate. The idea is to help deal with heavy drinking by college students.

    "What we're seeing is not more students drinking nationally and locally, but seeing higher blood alcohol levels. We're seeing more women drinking more with higher alcohol levels," said Bruce Wright, a psychiatrist working for Washington State University at a Senate Law and Justice Committee hearing Friday.  

    Under this bill, counties and cities would be allowed to set up specific alcohol-offense-related courts on college campuses. The local governments would have sole authority over the judges and courts, but they would coordinate with the host colleges on referrals for alcohol treatment measures. A college's measures could be counseling or treatment, suspensions or even expulsions — depending on its own regulations.

    Judges would be able to make rulings based solely on state law, said Sen. Mike Padden, R-Spokane Valley and chairman of the law and justice committee, who introduced the bill. But the colleges could use their internal regulations to require treatments or extra punishments. 

    Olympia resident Arthur West criticized the concept, saying it discriminates between college students and people who are not in college. "I have a problem with on-campus punishment for off-campus activities."

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    Posted Fri, Jan 18, 8:25 p.m. Inappropriate

    I love how Tim Eyman considers himself to be not only a legislator but now he's decided he's a State Supreme Court Justice. What's next? Governor, oh right - he's the Governor now too!


    Posted Mon, Jan 21, 2:18 p.m. Inappropriate


    Want to stop Eyman's notoriety, convince your fellow voters to stop voting for his tax-measures by nearly 2 to 1. The electorate gets the government we deserve.

    Oregon had a similar bozo named Sizemore. While he has not gone away, he is much more less prominent that Eyman. Why? People quit voting for his iniatives. Once they quit winning, he lost the funding to qualify them for the ballot. Not so with Eyman. 2 out of 3 of us keep voting for them, and the money keeps flowing to him to put more iniatives on te ballot.

    Posted Mon, Jan 21, 9:34 p.m. Inappropriate

    Don't say "us". Them's fightin words.

    Posted Tue, Jan 22, 1:02 p.m. Inappropriate

    How so. It referred to the 2, out of 3, voters that vote for his measures. That may not be you, and it may not be me, but in a democracy we compete in the campaign and then we vote. If we can't convince people to vote against Eyman's measures, who's fault is that? It isn't his.

    Posted Fri, Jan 18, 9:27 p.m. Inappropriate

    While I applaud Mr. Copeland's decision to post the video of Rev. King's speech, to call it "uplifting" in the context of today's socioeconomic and political reality is like calling a film about gourmet dining "uplifting" when it is shown at the height of a famine. As anyone fit to be an editor should understand instinctively, context is everything. The United States in which Rev. King could dream of "the riches of freedom and the security of justice" is no more, nor will it ever be again. "The whirlwinds of revolt" cited by Rev. King have come and gone, and their merciless suppression by the Ruling Class has left us with far less than we had in 1963. The so-called American Dream is as dead as the American experiment in constitutional governance, both slain by the most obscenely powerful oligarchy in human history. Nor will we in the Working Class ever have such liberty and wealth again. Now we are all slaves, enslaved by a capitalism so diabolically cunning, so infinitely greedy, so sadistically merciless, resistance truly is futile. Thus the significance of Rev. King's speech today: a eulogy, a lamentation for all we have lost, for what might have been but is now beyond our reach forever.

    Posted Sun, Jan 20, 9:31 p.m. Inappropriate

    Wow, I thought I was cynical! It matters not how futile the situation appears; it is our moral obligation to keep pushing for democratic governance. Your cynical perspective on current conditions compared to the '60s is pretty accurate, but future events are not as predictable as you imply.

    The oligarchs' power and the American Empire cannot persist much longer. We need to build self-governance, reliance, and resiliency from the neighborhood up. I believe this is the direction MLK was headed when he was assassinated.


    Posted Mon, Jan 21, 1:48 p.m. Inappropriate

    My apology, Louploup, for responding so tardily. But the fact remains the unwilling subjects of empire have ever spoken as you do, with hopes nearly always false and all too often fatal.

    Here in the United States today it is only our abysmal ignorance of history that keeps us from realizing real empires last effectively forever and are overthrown only when superior force is applied from without. The Roman Empire empire in its diverse forms lasted 1,700 years (c. 300 BCE to 1453 CE), and even now its legacies shape global political and economic realities. The U.S. Empire is just beginning, not approaching its end, and based on its policy of merciless application of its technological superiority and its utter lack of effective enemies anywhere on this planet, it can be rationally expected to last at least as long as the Roman forebear after which it is increasingly patterned.

    The only factor that could possibly shorten its longevity is Gaian intervention, the extermination of our entire species in retaliation for its contempt for the natural environment and its hatred of nature's microcosm the human female.

    Meanwhile the realities of imperial subjugation offer us not the "audacity of hope" as described by Obama the Orator before he shape-shifted into Barack the Betrayer and sold us to the oligarchs, but the utter imbecility of hope proven by how so many of us were deceived by the Big Lie of "change we can believe in" and by how promptly the Occupy Movement was crushed thereafter. The same lesson – need I say again the imbecility of hope – is taught abroad by the imperial legions, much as it was taught to Queen Boudica's anti-imperial revolutionaries by the Roman massacre of 80,000 of their number in Britain c. 61 CE.

    In bitter truth -- unquestionably since the advent of patriarchy and the sack of Knossos, possibly throughout the entire 100,000 years of our species' existence -- the light of freedom is never more than a very occasional spark in an otherwise unbroken eon of darkness. Hence in old age I celebrate the accidental good karma of my childlessness: because I fathered no children who lived beyond birth, I have damned no descendants to inescapable slavery, which is now the only future possible for anyone not of the Ruling Class.

    Posted Mon, Jan 21, 2:28 p.m. Inappropriate

    You just confirmed the unchanging nature of humankind. No "march of human progress" in the historical record, just human behavior repeating itself over and over. It suggests, as King David observed, that we are sinners from conception and have an unchanging nature.

    I suspect you are a "liberal" from your comments, but at least you have the intellectual honesty to face up the factual historic record and what it says about human nature. It is immutable and unchanging.

    You are not, if I judge your comment correctly, a "progressive". To be a progressive you must adopt and blind (dare I call it religious) faith that goes against the historical record's witness of the nature of man. You must, with little factual evidence, when viewed over the long arch of history, believe that the nature of humankind changes and progresses over time.

    I applaud your intellectual courage and honesty in a forum such as this.

    Posted Mon, Jan 21, 9:36 p.m. Inappropriate

    Feeling negative today or what, Lorenbliss?

    Posted Mon, Jan 21, 8 a.m. Inappropriate

    While I applaud the posting of the speech, and while it will mean different things to me today than it did back when, you may want to review the copyright.

    I believe the copyright lasts a few more years, and being in the journo business, I suspect you would want to be sensitive to that.

    Just sayin'


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