Washington State Politics

Link: Shirley Sutton Sweeps King, Snohomish counties Democrat endorsements

Shirley Sutton Sweeps King, Snohomish counties Democrat endorsements “Shirley Sutton, candidate for the 32nd LD State Representative, Position 1, has swept sole endorsements from: King County Democrats, Snohomish County Democrats and the 32nd Legislative District Democrats. Ms. Sutton, former Lynnwood City Council Member, career educator and community organizer, is challenging incumbent State Representative, Cindy Ryu.” […]

Adam Smith War

Rep. Adam Smith and the 2021 NDAA

(update 2020-07-10) Rep. Adam Smith (D -CD09 WA), Chair of the House Armed Services Committee, is continuing his mostly hawkish management of the Pentagon with the 2021 National Defense Authorization Act. The NDAA raises the base Pentagon budget to $740.5 billion (versus $738 this for the 2020 budget). It restricts President Trump’s ability to withdraw troops […]

Black Lives Matter Race Race and Racism

Change Washington State’s Seal to include the face of Booker T. Washington

George Washington was a slave owner. Booker T. Washington was born into slavery but rose to be a great orator, educator and statesman. It is fitting, in this era of Black Lives Matter, that Washington State officially change its seal to include Booker T.’s face, not George’s. Comments comments

Protests Race Seattle

Report on police action against Seattle CHOP

Early this morning Seattle police entered the CHOP zone pushing people out of the area with batons and using pepper spray which has been banned by the city council. (Apparently that doesn’t mean anything to SPD who do pretty much whatever they want while thumbing their nose at the courts and the council’s oversight, much […]

Politics War

Stopping war with China

The following youtube video by the U.S. military documents the training exercises of the US and Philippines militaries in preparation for war with China, regarding contested islands claimed by both China and Philippines.  The film has rousing martial music, with beating drums. It shows military equipment and soldiers landing on islands — reminiscent of […]

Adam Smith War

How much does the U.S. spend on the military? A least 24% of the federal budget.

Rep. Adam Smith said in a town hall meeting with Indivisible Saturday (June 19) that 15% of federal spending goes to the military. I looked at the CBO’s data on federal spending at The Federal Budget in 2019: An Infographic.  For 2019 it says that $676 billion was spent on “Defense” and that total federal […]