Hathaway Not in Race for City Council

John Hathaway announced via the New Takhoman that he is no longer planning to run for City Council.  Hathaway had announced his intentions to enter the position 7 race in January.  Then we waited.  “Has he filed yet?”  “No.”  “Has he filed yet?” “No.”  “Has he filed… nevermind.”  So it’s official and Julie Anderson is now unopposed in her re-election bid.  Anybody want to join the city game? 

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rick

What a fun read, DB!  Well done.  Great title, too. Google maps has an option for “avoid highways”.  Nice tip of your hat to our military community.  Please replicate whatever creative combo of prescription drugs, vodka, and I’m guessing a bit of peyote that led to this creative spell.  This and Yamahopper may be moving me from critic (aka: critical jerk) to president of the “DB Rocks Comma Sometimes” fanclub.

July 23, 2008 at 6:02 pm / Reply / Quote and reply

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luneray

Welcome to Xbox 360 world! I highly recommend the games Mass Effect and Assassin’s Creed. Bioshock is also highly reviewed, but I haven’t played it yet, so I can’t give it the Luneray stamp of approval yet. ;)

Regarding the military population…based on my own experience of being a military brat, there’s not much incentive for people living on base to spend their money off the base. The staples (household goods, groceries, clothing) are all available on base at prices below retail (no need to mark up prices for profit) and goods are tax-free to boot. Even people who don’t live on base (including dependents and retired personnel) have shopping privileges.

I don’t know if any of the downtown businesses offer military discounts, but I think that would be a good way to entice people off the base.

(I have a sudden craving for a cupcake now. Dammit Hello Cupcake! You tease me with delicious little cakes but close up shop before I even arrive back in downtown from my evening commute! Ah well, there’s still Saturday mornings and at least TwoKoi and Harmon’s are open past 7 pm.)

July 23, 2008 at 8:38 pm / Reply / Quote and reply

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Sassy McButterpants

Regarding the military population…based on my own experience of being a military brat, there’s not much incentive for people living on base to spend their money off the base.

While this is probably true for many families, this is probably not true for the single gentlemen.  Were it not for soldiers leaving the base to look for ladies in the city Mum & Dad McButterpants would never have had me.

July 23, 2008 at 9:37 pm / Reply / Quote and reply

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Alex Thomson

you can’t buy cars on base.

Nor furniture, or xbox or fashion.

And the food isnt exactly farmers market grade.

Sometimes civilians can be kind of demoralizing,

if the first thing a soldier sees when exploring the

farmers market is some geezer with a sign that says

“impeach bush, War is the devil!” 

We might not be making our military feel welcome.

July 25, 2008 at 11:16 am / Reply / Quote and reply

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jamie from thriceallamerican

Sometimes civilians can be kind of demoralizing, if the first thing a soldier sees when exploring the farmers market is some geezer with a sign that says “impeach bush, War is the devil!”

If our soldiers are really in it to “fight for our freedom”, shouldn’t they be proud defenders of said geezer’s right to free speech and free expression?  To suggest otherwise would imply that they’re in it because they like to kill people in wars, which I would prefer to think is not the case.  In fact, I would like to think it possible, even likely, that many members of our military would like to see Bush impeached and the Iraq war ended.  Am I being naive?

July 25, 2008 at 12:10 pm / Reply / Quote and reply

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rick

If our soldiers are really in it to “fight for our freedom”, shouldn’t they be proud defenders of said geezer’s right to free speech and free expression? To suggest otherwise would imply that they’re in it because they like to kill people in wars… Am I being naive?

Yikes!  Where to begin?  Our soldiers are absolutely in it to fight for our freedom and defend our country and literally risk losing their lives doing so.  And, they are and should be proud defenders of the geezer’s right to free speech, and the rest of the rights and freedoms we all enjoy.  That doesn’t mean they have to like the message the geezer has opted to display while taking advantage of his right to free speech. So, to Alex’s point, anti-war messages aren’t exactly a welcome mat if your address is Fort Lewis or McChord.  That said, one geezer with a single sign isn’t going to bother most of the soldiers that I know.

Moving on… to make the leap that if a soldier isn’t a proud defender of the geezer’s right to free speech… then it <span class=“caps”>WOULD</span> imply they simply wish to kill people?  [This is where the <span class=“caps”>YIKES</span> comes in] I’ll wager the <span class=“caps”>WOULD</span> was merely a poor choice of words, which instead should have been <span class=“caps”>COULD</span>.  <span class=“caps”>WOULD</span> suggests there aren’t any other plausible alternative.  Not so, me thinks.  To me, the argument is intellectually, well, retarded. 

Let’s personify a soldier or two… say, a 19 year old kid from Wichita or Atlanta, or your little brother… and they signed up for four years for the GI bill, or as a family tradition, or to get the hell out of town.  Next thing you (they) know, they’re rockin’ the inadequately armored Humvee down a dirt highway just outside of Bagdad wearing forty pounds of gear in 120 degree heat.  Then, their buddy from basic in the vehicle in front of them gets blown up, and our kid from Wichita took some shrapnel to the side of his head.  He’ll be OK, but has lost 60% of his hearing in his left ear, and can’t seem to get the ringing to stop—or the memory of his pal off of his mind.  It should be noted, by the way, that while our armed forces certainly defend our democracy, the armed forces AREN’T a democracy.  So, back in August of ’01 when our boy signed up, he wasn’t given a choice to be deployed a few months later.  Rather, he was following orders.  Anyway, our kid comes back to Tacoma and is stationed at Ft Lewis.  He gets the itch for some zucchini, and decides to hit the farmer’s market in Proctor one Saturday.  Now, he sees our geezer with the sign and the soldier: A) holds his head high and walks over to thank the geezer for utilizing the free speech that the kid has sworn to defend, B) ignores the old guy and picks up his zucchini and one of those really great (and expensive) scones that seem to weigh eight pounds apiece, or C) Tells the guy to go fuck himself while offering some assistance by shoving the sign up his ass.  I’m going to go with B or C, depending on the kid’s mood.  Either way, C is certainly plausible as I think we can appreciate that while the protestor’s sign didn’t specifically call out the soldier as being at fault, there’s a bit of an associating that exists to that end.  Our kid isn’t particularly interested in the geezer’s free speech today.  However, that does not imply that he likes to kill people. 

Thus, I will conclude that, yes, jamie from thriceallamerican, you are being naïve.

Thankfully, we collectively (generally) learned a lesson (at least <span class=“caps”>ONE</span> lesson was learned) from Vietnam, in that we can oppose the war <span class=“caps”>AND</span> support our soldiers – even though some on the “R” side of the aisle suggest otherwise.  In the interest of full disclosure, I am not and have never been in the armed forces.  And I’m opposed to the Iraq war.  And I’m an eternally grateful citizen for the past and present sacrifices made by those who serve, and their families and friends who in turn support them. 

Sorry for the long post.

July 25, 2008 at 2:19 pm / Reply / Quote and reply

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Kristin

I agree with Jamie Thrice All American: 

1.  Folks enlist with the foremost thought that they will go to war to fight for freedom (of speech and other liberties as outlined in our constitution and bill of rights). 

2.  If you go to war, you know you will get hurt.

3.  It is not fair to call foul after you go to war and get hurt.

4.  War has always been political:  Isolationism, Communism . . i.e. there are always debates.

5.  Afghanistan and Iraq have proven to be world leaders in the most prosperous resource nations for the globe, i.e. Oil. 

6.  They used to be democracies.

7.  We sent soldiers to secure this area, establish voting rights and put an end to abuse of civil rights.

8.  The alternative:  leave: and continue familial dictatorships of Iraq and Afghanistan and leave our neighbors who want democracy to continue to be tortured by these families:  who bury the peasants/dissidents bodies five feet under in large soccer stadiums, filled with the locals, and who proceed to kick their heads off for sport.   

9.  Women’s rights need to be addressed in Afghanistan and Iraq. 

10.  Oil needs to be negiotiated as a world need. I might be mistaken, but I think America shares it crops with others.  We might even, pay money to help other nations grow crops.  We might even, help establish <span class=“caps”>DEMOCRACY</span>

I am proud of our soldiers.

July 25, 2008 at 11:25 pm / Reply / Quote and reply

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Ed

@7

Huh?

July 26, 2008 at 8:45 am / Reply / Quote and reply

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Mofo from the Hood

Thanks Kristin @7. By any chance are you an intern at the Pentagon?

July 26, 2008 at 11:25 am / Reply / Quote and reply

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