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The Daily Troll: Safety board zings 787. Macklemore hits new highs. Inslee rolls up one sleeve.

It turns out fires shouldn't happen on planes. Ever. The governor is the state's new flu shot poster child. Macklemore goes where Seattle hasn't been in decades.
Gov. Jay Inslee receives a flu shot at the Fred Meyer store in Tumwater.

Gov. Jay Inslee receives a flu shot at the Fred Meyer store in Tumwater. GovInslee/Flickr

Inslee's got the flu (shot)

New Gov. Jay Inslee got his flu shot this afternoon. Have you gotten yours? Public Health Seattle-King County has one more free flu clinic currently scheduled (10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at the Federal Way Public Health Center). And the guv did leave some vaccine. There's a flu shotv finder on the county's site (it tracks places statewide and nationally that have stocked vaccine), along with details on Saturday's clinic.

Boeing had a Dream

Boeing's hopes for a quick fix for its troubled 787 dimmed today with this blunt statement from National Transportation Safety Board chair Deborah Hersman: "The expectation in aviation is to never experience a fire on board an aircraft." Ouch. Hersman was speaking at a NTSB briefing on the Dreamliner, which was broadcast by Northwest Cable News Network. Hersman's statement and tone was decidedly back to the drawing board.

In a detailed Bloomberg news account, the NTSB chair also said the plane's design should have prevented the spate of recent lithium-ion battery meltdowns that have grounded the Dream. Are Hersman and the NTSB second-guessing the Federal Aviation Administration's approval of Boeing's plan? If so, it could spell trouble for the 787. Rule of thumb when the NTSB and FAA clash? The NTSB wns.

'Emergency' amendment to state constitution?

Monday will bring a State Senate hearing on a proposed constitutional amendment that would limit the ability of legislators to protect laws from public vote by declaring them a matter of public emergency. Jason Mercier, a knowledgeable transparency and government accountability advocate at the conservative Washington Policy Center, explains the amendment in a well-detailed blog post today.

If approved by the Legislature and voters, the measure would require a 60 percent majority for any non-budget measure to be designated an emergency. Even with greater restraint on emergency designations by lawmakers in recent years, 8 percent of all newly-enacted laws in 2012 were designated emergencies.

And — painful as this is for a Mariner fan to point out — Mercier says the poster child for abuse of the term "emergency" is the 1995 piece of legislation that led to the construction of Safeco Field.

Been a long time coming

Macklemore's "Thrift Shop" has grabbed the coveted No. 1 spot on the Billboard Hot 100 — the first time in more than two decades a Seattle talent has topped the hit parade, according to seattlepi.com. The story by reporter Casey McNerthney — it's always good to see the super-talented young reporter mastering something besides the cops-and-robbers beat — notes that Sir Mix-a-Lot's "Baby Got Back" was the last time Seattle rocked the nation's world. Gossip alert: McNerthney also digs into Macklemore's recent engagement and his attempt to get Mix-a-Lot to appear in one of his videos.

If your afternoon needs a little extra spice, check out the video of Mix-a-Lot's 1992 song. The uploader (Quantumofficial) claims it made "the list of censored MTV clips." Umm, yes, we can see how that could be. But maybe we could also say it's timeless?

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


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