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Adele Ferguson
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I admit that when five of the Republican candidates for president appeared at their lecterns in the first televised debate of the season, I said to myself, oh no. Not another black guy. We’ve already been snookered into electing the first black president who has turned out to be a total flop at managing the country.

I watched the entire debate, however, and by the time it was over, I was convinced we should have waited and made this guy our first black president. We should have withheld the honor until a black candidate appeared whose job application showed him ready, willing and able to take the reins. read more »

 
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So one of the most lauded political writers in the country says that while conventional wisdom deems the reelection of the President, the CW is wrong.

“It’s not true,” writes Peggy Noonan in the Wall Street Journal. “It’s all wrong. Barack Obama can be taken, and his adversaries haven’t even noticed. In fact, he will likely lose.”

I am sorry to say that I disagree. I wish I didn’t have to. God knows, I don’t want to. This first black president from whom we expected and hoped for so much has just about got our country on the ropes in the two years he’s been in office. Six more years of his incompetent management and we’re going to be lumped in with third world nations. read more »

 
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So now our lady senators, Patty Murray and Maria Cantwell, want the financial bar raised to limit speculation in oil, which they say is what’s driving up the price of gasoline. They are co-sponsors of a bill asking federal regulators to jack up the amount of money you have to put up to buy futures contracts betting on “She blows!’” being heard from an oil prospector.

Well, not so much she blows because they get oil different ways now, not just reaching a big pool miles down and standing back when it comes to the top the way it is in the movies. They get oil out of sand and shale and under water. Development of new and cheaper ways to get oil out of rock, for example, has increased speculation. read more »

 
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Well, back to Olympia and what our lawmakers are up to.

Gov. Christine Gregoire wants to be able to name a secretary of education operating out of her cabinet rather than let the voters elect the State Superintendent of Public Instruction (SPI). She says people already think she’s responsible for the schools.

Sen. Rodney Tom (D-Bellevue), obliged her by introducing a bill to just do that. She certainly isn’t the first Governor to want to take the reins on education. Every one I knew, which was from Rosellini onward, had his or her own education adviser who kept the executive in touch with what was going on in the schools. There was little or no consultation with the SPI who complained about it. And that’s regardless of whether the two offices, SPI and Governor, were in the same party. It’s all about power. read more »

 
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I don’t know Abell Smith other than he’s a newspaper cartoonist, but it’s obvious that the words of the president and an assortment of others calling for cooling the rhetoric didn’t get through to him.

A five-panel cartoon appeared in my daily newspaper the other day featuring an unnamed man and a caricature of initiative activist Tim Eyman with these captions. “Good evening, I’m here with an announcement of great importance to Washington state. Joining me is my friend, Tim Eyman. read more »

 
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So back to the marble halls they’ll come, the lawyers and the farmers, the teachers and the salesmen, transformed by marks on a ballot into citizen legislators.

They’re becoming a vanishing breed.

Because the legislature takes more and more time, the kind of people who can or will give of themselves is changing. read more »

 
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ITEM — The Interior Department’s inspector general confirmed the White House edited a drilling safety report that made it falsely appear that scientists and experts supported the administration’s six month moratorium on new deep water oil and gas exploration. The scientists and experts, who hadn’t even mentioned moratorium in their review of new safety measures for off shore drilling, are furious.

COMMENT — The inspector general’s report says White House energy adviser Carol Browne’s staff, by moving up a reference to peer review, could have implied the scientists had endorsed the moratorium. read more »

 
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“New Name in GOP Mix” headlined the Wall Street Journal.

Rep. Mike Pence of Indiana led a straw poll of conservatives in the mix to become the GOP presidential nominee in 2012 taken at the Family Research Council summit the other day.

Rep. who?

He’s the third ranking Republican in the House, said WSJ reporters, although they neglected to mention what position that was, or where the summit took place. read more »

 
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“New Name in GOP Mix” headlined the Wall Street Journal.

Rep. Mike Pence of Indiana led a straw poll of conservatives in the mix to become the GOP presidential nominee in 2012 taken at the Family Research Council summit the other day.

Rep. who?

He’s the third ranking Republican in the House, said WSJ reporters, although they neglected to mention what position that was, or where the summit took place. read more »

 
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