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New Year's Eve Appeal for Money

Hello, Supporters and Voters,

As a lieutenant governor candidate from Washington, I will need your monetary support more than ever, as I cannot win or get by the primary, let alone to think about the general election, without your donations of $5, $10, $20, $50 and $100. With 91% of the congressional delegation from Washington state, Democrats and Republicans, voting to overturn the Bill of Rights, I will stand firm in defending the Constitution and our constitutional rights, and I will do what I can, elected or unelected, to turn back the recently signed nullification of the Bill of Rights. Please, stand with me and statesmen like Ron Paul in turning back the rollback of our rights that was instituted by the so-called Patriot Act and the aforementioned, very dubious so-called defense provision. I was pleased to learn that musician, Kelly Clarkson, also supports Ron Paul for president as this man has more integrity than all the other congresspersons put together, and I don't belie…

Sno Valley's Objective Journalism

The media is beginning to recognize Mark as a major contender for lieutenant governor.

The Sno Valley Star has mentioned the candidacy of our candidate, Mark Greene, for lieutenant governor of Washington state in an article about another contender, state legislator Glenn Anderson (who is from Fall City). This is a sign that the media is paying attention to the near 100,000 votes that Mark received in the King County elections director election last month, and that that big support has catapulted Mark as a major contender for lieutenant governor. However, the other Washington media just about fell all over themselves when a washed-up former legislator, Bill Finkbeiner, announced he was a candidate a  few weeks ago. You got the feeling that the media, like they generally do, was trying to anoint the two primary qualifiers, including incumbent Brad Owen, eight months ahead of time. Why do we need elections anyway if we have the media telling everybody who the winners are way ahead of tim…

Washington State and the Bill of Rights Nullification

These members of the Washington Congressional Delegation, listed below, voted in favor, unfortunately, of the latest National Defense Authorization Act, in separate votes by the 2 houses of Congress, that effectively nullifies the Bill of Rights (please, see our two previous posts about this subject and our blog Statesperson).  Only James McDermott from the 7th District, of all the members of the Washington delegation, had the integrity to vote against this bill, which incidentally has more things wrong with it than just the Bill of Rights issue, but that was the most important and glaring.

U.S. House of Representatives:

WA-1 Inslee, Jay [D]

WA-2 Larsen, Rick [D]

WA-3 Herrera Beutler, Jaime [R]

WA-4 Hastings, Doc [R]

WA-5 McMorris Rodgers, Cathy [R]

WA-6 Dicks, Norman [D]

WA-8 Reichert, Dave [R]

WA-9 Smith, Adam [D]

U.S. Senate:

Patty Murray

Maria Cantwell

The Lieutenant Governor has only one official duty and that is to preside over the State Senate, therefore Mark will study …

GOP Nomination Contest Could Be the Ballgame

We support Ron Paul for president, at least for now; not that we would support any of the Republican presidential candidates except Paul (and possibly Gary Johnson if we knew more than next to nothing about him), but their nomination contest is beginning to look more important everyday, since it looks like Obama will soon be signing the nullification of the Bill of Rights codification that just passed in the pathetic 112th Congress. Even though this particular provision in the defense authorization bill may become law if Obama signs the bill, it would really not be the law, since it clearly overrides the Constitution, and Congress cannot do that through a simple bill that is not an amendment to the Constitution, and not ratified by the necessary super-majority of the states. We think that Obama would be undermining his re-election campaign if he actually signs the bill, which at this time, we're not really sure if he hasn't already. We have a feeling that there won't be a …

Vote for Ron Paul

The Party of Commons is endorsing Ron Paul for the Republican nomination, and if there is not an acceptable strong independent or third party candidate in the general election, we'll probably endorse Paul for the general election as well if he gets the nomination.  Please, if you are able to vote in the Republican primaries, vote for Ron Paul.  After this disgraceful 112th Congress nullified one or two of the Bill of Rights on the very day that celebrates those first 10 amendments to the Constitution, we need a strong principled person that actually upholds his oath of office as president.  Unbelievably, the Bill of Rights nullification this week received an overwhelming majority of the vote of Congress, which just goes to show that's there's not a dime's worth of difference between the two major parties.  There are exceptions within those parties however, and Ron Paul is one of them, which is why the Republican Establishment doesn't like him.  Ron Paul's son, …

Blog News LVIII

There is a new post on our blog Statesperson about pragmatism versus idealism and how that relates to the preposterous preposed nullification of the Constitution that the Levin-McCain bill is.

The Lieutenant Governor has only one official duty and that is to preside over the State Senate, therefore Mark will study the Robert's Rules of Order. If elected, in unofficial duties, Mark will concentrate on emergency management in a state that is susceptible to earthquakes, and one having the Hanford nuclear waste debacle on its hands, and one nuclear power plant. We must learn from the Japan crisis earlier this year, and begin to phase out nuclear energy altogether and transform to solar, wind, geothermal and other non-nuclear and non-fossil fuel energy systems. Where to put the nuclear waste that has already been made will be a major headache for society even as we begin to phase out nuclear energy, but one we'll have to deal with. If elected, I will also be trying to phase out gene…

Corporate PACs in Brad Owen's Pocket

... or is that the other way around.

Corporate chieftains and the Establishment are lining up behind the incumbent Lieutenant Governor, Brad Owen, as Public Disclosure Commission reports are currently showing. Of course, they enjoy the tax loopholes that their underlings in Washington's official political circles provide for them, as the budget crisis here squeezes the poor and the needy, and big businesses use storefront offices, or maybe even mere post office boxes, in other states to avoid taxes. The State of California and some other states, if not most, don't allow that, but the cozy status quo in the Evergreen State is just fine for the political/corporate establishment, here, and Mr. Owen shall continue to be the beneficiary of their P.A.C. money largess. Not to mention that they have probably heard of Owen's main opponent's (Mark Greene's) environmental reforms and general doctrines that really represent the people. Owen will have the money, Mark should hav…

Young Adult Political Training Program

Update (May 14, 2012): The country of Austria is at least one country in the world that allows the vote for citizens as young as 16 years of age. Hopefully, the State of Washington will follow and lead the way for America to get high school students more interested in civics and politics.

The Party of Commons is starting a political training program for young adults and older teenagers in Washington in which classes will instruct Commoneers about civics and governmental matters, our party platform, how to run a political campaign, including lessons on Public Disclosure Commission regulations, election laws, and how to get on the ballot. Parental permission will be required for aspiring Commoneers that are 16 or 17 years old.  Like the country of Austria in central Europe, the Party of Commons believes that 16 and 17 year olds should have the right to vote, and we are working towards that goal.  This program is basically getting our future members ready to take up official positions in…

H. Clinton Should Direct Her Disgust Towards Elections Here

Why do you look at the speck of dust in your brother's eye, but pay no heed to the plank in your own eye? - Jesus (New Testament, Book of Matthew)

Instead of focusing on controversial elections in Russia, the Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton, might want to turn her gaze towards here, the United States of America, where there are a lot of fraudulent and rigged elections across the nation, including suppression of the vote scams, presently being given a legal imprimatur by many state legislatures.  And no Secretary of State is expressing disgust about America's democracy crisis that we are aware of, and no Attorney General is really trying to investigate these problems.  Instead of calling for investigations in Moscow, she might want to call for an investigation in Renton, Washington, U.S.A., where the King County Department of Elections is located.  Maybe then, with her influence, the public will finally get a chance to find out what happened in the 2004 Republican primary f…

Blog News LVII

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Former Ukraine prime minister Yulia Tymoshenko's health is deterioating badly in very bad conditions in prison, see her blog that is updated by her Ukrainian supporters. Yulia, the Party of Commons hopes that you get well soon and that you are freed soon!

Rip Van Winkel's kin wakes up to Obama's "change" regime after 3 years of continuous sleep: see "Fraudster" in our Country blog.

Obama signs a bill that that effectively approves the widespread sale of horse meat in America.  Does he realize how much our nation likes horses, which makes us wonder if he really wants to win re-election in 2012?

[revised on 12/1/11]

The Lieutenant Governor has only one official duty and that is to preside over the State Senate, so Mark will study the Robert's Rules of Order. If elected, in unofficial duties, Mark will concentrate on emergency management in a state that is susceptible to earthquakes, and one having the Hanford nuclear waste debacle on its hands, and on…

Same Ol' Media in Lt. Governor Race

The corporate media, especially the Seattle Times, tried their level best to keep my vote count down by not covering one iota of the director of elections race except for Sherril Huff's re-election announcement, not to mention keeping attention away from the '04 Ninth Congressional District stolen primary.  They will be doing the same thing in 2012 regarding the lieutenant governor election, but my near hundred thousand vote count despite the shady journalism practices of the media, including their poison-penned sycophants like Feit and Holden, will be a great buffer against them in the Top 2 Primary. No one else in the primary will speak about the issues that I do or really represent the people, such as speak to issues like the insanity of the new drone warfare and the nuclear armaments stalemate and dilemma (and by that, I mean nuclear armaments in general, including Uncle Sam's). No one else in the lieutenant governor race will speak to the craziness of wasting billions…

Certain Oral Contraceptives Becoming Increasingly Controversial

Previous two postings on Commoner:  "90,000 Votes & Petitions" and "Fascist Mayors"

From the "Ring of Fire" radio program and other news sources, it is becoming more widely known that Bayer Pharmaceutical Company's oral contraceptives for women are becoming increasingly controversial, and according to some studies more risky than some other types of oral contraceptives (see the link further below regarding the British Medical Journal's study on these contraceptives).  Why doesn't the Food & Drug Administration (FDA) pull these particular drugs off the market if there is a significant increased risk of health problems?  This is part and parcel of the problem of the FDA being run largely by corporate insiders or former corporate insiders who seem more concerned about their former companies' interests than the health and welfare of the public at large.

http://www.news-medical.net/news/20110425/Bayers-oral-contraceptives-may-increase-ri…

90,000 Votes & Petitions

Previous blog posting: "Fascist Mayors"

Hello supporters and voters,

It looks like I will have around 22% of the vote and 90,000 total votes for director of elections in King County despite the determined efforts of the poison-penned sycophants of the corporate mainstream news media, and of course the corporate media itself, to demean my candidacy. Despite everything, they failed tremendously, because my votes and my petitions have been significant enough to slowly but surely chip away at Democratic-Republican rule (it's effectively one party, they are a team). This election signifies that I am now a major player in Washington state politics, and that any election that I stand in from this point on, I have a chance of winning. Which also means that Washingtonians, in elections, may no longer go along with the so-called free trade mantra that has decimated jobs and the manufacturing sector (which has given the corporate mammoth even more reign over the government that is …

Fascist Mayors

Homelessness is quite hellish.  Nowhere to put your property.  Often nowhere to sleep.  And of course major difficulties in going through everyday-type life.  The long economic depression has made it just about impossible for many people to find jobs as a result of the so-called free trade boondoggles, the astounding corporate big-shot greed, in which a handful of individuals get paid ridiculously large amounts of money, and the overall indifference to citizens who are unemployed and suffering hard times.  Now, we have the spectacle of sleazy, fascist mayors all over America telling the "Occupy" demonstrators and the poor that they cannot set up encampments in public areas, overlooking the fact that many of these people have no home.  So people have been economically disenfranchised to the point that they cannot even afford a sleeping room, let alone an apartment, and now they are being told that they will be arrested if they sleep outdoors -- even though many of these citi…

Right to Know about GMOs Initiative

The Party of Commons will soon be sponsoring an initiative to the People that would require one of the state departments or agencies, yet to be determined, to post on their website the exact brand name or generic foods that have some genetically modified organisms (GMO) within them and that are sold in the State of Washinton.  This would be a simple list, that wouldn't necessarily have to be comprehensive, and would cost very little in state funds to operate.  Although, this is not as extensive as the proposed California initiative that would require labeling on the actual foods that have GMO, this is the best we can do given our shoestring budget, and we're hoping that some bigger organization in Washington will replicate the California initiative.  Anybody that can help us with funding this initiative, please, send any amount you can to P.O. Box 612, Bellevue, WA 98009.  We will file the paperwork as soon as possible in January and, if we get some funding help, print thousan…

Primary Road

A Big Advantage in the Election for Lieutenant Governor

By time the ballots are finished being counted for the Director of Elections election, Mark Greene expects to have about 90,000 votes in King County, and if we're lucky, reaching 100,000.  If Mark manages to keep at least 75% of these great supporters for the Lieutenant Governor primary next summer, that could mean about 67,000 - 75,000 votes in only 1 out of 39 counties.  The incumbent is from Mason County.  Lisa Brown is from Spokane County.  It will be possible for a 3rd party candidate to place in the Top 2, because we're hoping that several Republicans will run, thereby splitting their vote by 4 or more, and that Owen and Brown will divide the Democratic vote by one having a very decisive outcome over the other.  Mark must come ahead of one of them in the primary or there could be 2 Democrats in the General Election.

The Lieutenant Governor has only one official duty and that is to preside over the State Senate, so M…

Snakes on Conventional Media

It's amazing how supposedly respectable television and radio media that run political and public affairs programs can actually invite so-called journalists like Josh Feit and Dominic Holden on their programs.  It just goes to show how low the depths of conventional media political programming has sunk in Seattle.  The National Public Radio station in Seattle, KUOW, is one pathetic example, just one mind you, of how the mainstream media caters to disreputable bloggers and political distortionists for commentary on a constant basis.  Has the government completely taken away taxpayer funding from them yet?  We haven't checked on that yet, but if they haven't, it's about time.

Previous post of November 9, 2011:  "Third Party Politics is Patient, Hard Work."

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Third Party Politics Is Patient, Hard Work

Just like September of 2004, though mistakely then, I am giving the election administrators the benefit of the doubt that the vote count in this election is reasonably accurate.  In this case, a more than 100,000 vote margin between the incumbent and myself, in her favor, is insurmountable even in a postal mail election (unlike '04 in which there were both poll and mail voting), but I don't concede elections anymore until they are certified, at least. This election was a very high hurdle to jump, seeing that on the one hand several bloggers, some posing as journalists, used smears, distortions and outright lies in a propaganda campaign for the benefit of Ms. Huff. On the other hand, the Establishment ignored conventional protocols to give the public at large the impression that I wasn't worthy to be a candidate, with a big assist from the sleazy municipal league of King County. They are all part of the two-party dominance of politics in our nation that bends rules to make …

A New, Friendly Elections Department

If the votes go my way today, this will usher in a new, friendly elections department wherein the 3 most important goals of elections: correctness of registration procedures, correctness of vote tabulation, and correctness of ballot processing procedures will be the main priority. Despite falsehoods on the internet, I do support verifiable paper trails (as if wasn't a fait accompli anyway with the optical scanner system that King County uses), and more than that, corroboration of machine results through hand recounts in sample random precincts for all elections regardless of the closeness of the vote. The new elections department, if it comes about today, will be exceptionally friendly, respectful of all candidates, and gracious to the public at large. There is still time to vote today before 12:00 AM, but the earlier that you get your ballot mailed, in either an official postal drop box (the last pick-ups at most postal mail boxes are generally from 3 PM - 5 PM), the post office,…

News Media Downplays Eastside Ballot Mess

The Potemkin Village, a.k.a., King County Elections, failed to mail out thousands of Eastside ballots on time, but most people in King County don't know about it, because the Mainstream News Media has downplayed it as if were nothing important that many voters may have been disenfranchised from the November 8th election.  Just because the ballots were mailed out eventually, presumably, does not mean that disenfranchisement did not take place, because many people may have left town for business or pleasure after they were suppose to receive them and before their ballots eventually arrived, and may not be planning to return home until after the election.  This could make a difference in a close election.

Meanwhile, the King County Council is starting to ask questions about this incident, and have requested the appearance of the incumbent director to the next council meeting, right before Election Day.  Don't bet on the news media covering this since they have been in the pocket …

Teenagers, Commoners and Reserved Politicians Are Supporting Mark

Update (May 14, 2012): The country of Austria is at least one country in the world that allows the vote for citizens as young as 16 years of age. Hopefully, the State of Washington will follow and lead the way for America to get high school students more interested in civics and politics.

Galvanized by Mark Greene's support for voting by 16 & 17 year olds, and social internet media activity that is spreading that message, there are increasing signs that teenagers in Seattle and other King County areas are pushing the vote for Mark by voting themselves if they are 18 or 19, or asking their parents to vote for Mark. Commoners increasingly frustrated by the Establisment's political aims over the years are also supporting Mark and participating in the "Occupy Seattle" protests. Some good politicians are supporting Mark as well, although they are talking in murmurs and being somewhat reserved as they may be apprehensive to upset the silence that has been laid out by t…

Setting the Record Straight, Again

Updated, further below, about 6:30 PM on Nov. 3, 2011.

I wouldn't even be dignifying some of these smears on the internet by responding to them if Google, Bing and Yahoo didn't place them on page 1 or 2 of internet searches of my name and candidacy, but there is one lie out there that needs to be rebutted before it gets traction: going against this lie, I very well do support verifiable paper trails of electronic vote tabulation machines.  The opposite of that is a particularly onerous lie, because not only do I support paper trails, but I want corroborating hand recounts of that same paper in sample random precincts of all elections regardless of how close the unofficial vote count is, and one day, I might even go farther than that, and say that paper should be used exclusively for voting in King County, and bar the tabulating machines.  So you can tell that the (Logan)-Huff supporters are getting desperate when they turn what I say into 180 degrees the opposite.  By the way,…

Mark Pays Surprise Visit to Elections

Austerity measures needed at Elections to save taxpayers' money.

Mark Greene showed up at King County Elections in Renton, today, to inspect the counting procedures and to become acquainted with the office staff.  Everything was essentially well as far as could be ascertained from a distance, but there were some frivolous items, such as paid water coolers, which should be abandoned in an era of severe state and county budget cuts.  It's no better than tap water, and probably less so, but if elected, Mark will poll workers before taking certain austerity measures.  Other austerity measures needed, generally, will be considered and acted upon if necessary without a poll.  Remember, also, Mark plans on reducing his own salary, if elected, by 50% by sending a letter to the council on Day 1 or during the transition period, and requesting a decrease.  This will not affect the salaries of the civil service staff.  The current salary for director is approximately $155,000 per year.

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An Activist Elections Department

Being that tomorrow is All Saints' Day, I recalled that I was named after Saint Mark, the writer of the 2nd gospel of the New Testament, which is widely known as the activist gospel.  If elected, I will lead an activist elections department, clearly realizing the constitutional separation of church and state, but activist in civic matters, such as going to the school boards and PTA meetings, advocating for more civics classes.  Going out into the communities, registering new voters and updating old registrations.  Going to the state legislature, advocating for sensible reforms that will make our election system better and more accessible to diverse socio-economic groups, including those that want to actively participate as candidates.  Going to the King County Council, advocating for temporary polling/election centers in county libraries and other places on election days.  This is just a sample of the brand new activist elections department that we would have if I am elected.  Tha…

Austria and Possibly Washington

Update (May 14, 2012):  The country of Austria is at least one country in the world that allows the vote for citizens as young as 16 years of age.  Hopefully, the State of Washington will follow and lead the way for America to get high school students more interested in civics and politics.

The word is starting to spread that Mark Greene, candidate for Director of Elections, supports the vote for 16 & 17 year olds, an age group which is increasingly taking on adult responsibilities such as driving automobiles and working for private employers.  Giving this age group the right to vote would increase interest in politics and civics generally in high school, thereby sparking a life-long interest that would increase participation in our national and state democracies over the long run.  This is as young as the right to vote should ever go, but we as a nation should get to that point as quickly as possible.  In a nation which has the gall to send 18 year olds to war, that group should …

I Wouldn't Write About This Election Either If I Were the Seattle Times

Imagine the Seattle Times just ignoring the King County Director of Elections election completely, after all the coverage they gave the very first election for this position in '09,  and just about every other local election that they are covering this year.  Do they think that I am so upset by their dereliction of duty that I am beside myself with grief, and might even consider getting out of politics because of them?  They can dream on, because I will be in the thick of politics with the support and votes of the people who are tired of politics as usual, because a victory by me would empower the people of King County through knowing that their votes will be counted and that they can change the government by will.  Nonetheless, I can understand the Times, because if I had missed a story on how a U.S. Representative primary was stolen in '04 in my own territory, and still refused to investigate it seven years later, if not actually stonewalling the story, I might not want to c…

Huff-McConnell Elections Dept. Forgets Eastside Ballots

The (Logan)-Huff-McConnell Elections Office failed to mail out thousands of ballots to Eastside voters before realizing their mistake according to an article on Sound Politics (Oct. 28, 2011), which they apparently got from the Seattle Times.  Of course, the Mainstream Media has either been keeping this quiet or buried in their back pages, or announced in the wee hours of the night when most people are asleep.  Once again, the failure to put in safeguards to protect vital functions at Elections has led to more follies at the Potemkin Village, and as usual, pretty much ignored by the press.  It's not too late to mail your voting ballot in (if you have actually received it) for Mark Greene for Director of Elections.  If you haven't received your ballot in the mail, you can call the Elections Dept., or go to one of their offices at the annex in downtown Seattle or the main office in Renton, and request a provisional ballot.

[revised on 10/29/11]

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Publicola's Lies

So far, the smears have generally been based on opinions, but today Publicola.com took it a step farther by making outright false statements and allegations about me, which may be construed as defamation.  They may think that they have a legal right to lie because they are a so-called journalistic entity and this is a public case about a candidate/public figure, but I'm willing to test that theory in a court of law. I was absolutely amazed while reading their "ratings article" about me, and at least one false statement could be rebutted by just looking at my voters' guide statement, and now I know how some celebrities feel when they complain about tabloids just making up stuff about them out of thin air. Publicola should not be surprised, come December or January, or a little later, if they get served a summons and a complaint. They should do the right thing now, and retract their falsehoods, immediately.

- by Mark Greene (Please, see update below.)

Update (Oct. 27, 2…

Sign of Victory

Supporters of Logan-Huff-McConnell elections are getting worried about my 15 month campaign. They are resorting to smears, some of them outlandish, to try to stop the momentum of my campaign, a sure sign that nobody is sure who is going to win this election. It's amazing how people talk the talk about how they are tired of the Establishment, and then do everything possible to keep them firmly in place. I'm not sure whether they are hypocrites or delusional. More than ever, with ballots out, I need those who want the people of King County to be empowered through their votes to assure that I get enough votes by spreading the word about my campaign. The election for director of elections is real close, the opposition is in disarray, and victory is at hand.

- by Mark Greene

[revised on 10/26/11]

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They Call This Journalism?

Update: there will be a new post in Election Administration News (Politico) about a small blunder by me.

Well, this is the excuse for the urgent announcement we at Commoner would make to interrupt leaving the previous post up for a month. I won't dignify them by referring to their moniker, but part of the sycophantic media in Seattle made some outlandish, intentional distortions about me. For one thing, my attempt to show that there is real fraud in elections was mocked, but I never said there was more than one election involving myself that was fraudulent, although of course they had to use a plural word to try to paint me as whatever caricature they chose to make. They also mocked the F.B.I. involvement in the Lord v. Greene primary of 2004. Did they actually try to check if the F.B.I. took an interest in this case? Probably not. Did they ask me if I had any letters or documents from the F.B.I.? Of course not, after all, I'm not talking about real journalists, here, but I do…

Yulia Tymoshenko

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In honor of Yulia Tymoshenko, we will leave this post on the front page for an entire month unless Ms. Tymoshenko is released from jail before then or there is something else that is particularly urgent to relate on Commoner.  In the meantime, we'll be posting about Mark's Director of Election campaign on Election Administration News (Politico) [just click on the blog name].  Notice of postings on our other blogs will either be listed there or through an update in this space, further below.
Yulia Tymoshenko needs our moral support, as she was thrown in jail by her political persecutors some weeks ago, and faces 7 years in prison from a trial based on ridiculous charges regarding arcane finance decisions that she obviously had the authority to make during one of her two tenures as Prime Minister of Ukraine. Please, write letters to the editor insisting that the State Department keep a close watch on this kangaroo trial, and to recall our ambassador in Kiev, in protest, if Tymosh…

Quite Nominal Democracy

There has never been such a level of disrespect toward basic democratic norms, and thereby democracy itself, in King County, as there has been this year regarding the Director of Elections election, as appointed minions of the corporate machine have conducted candidate forums all over the county, and very few have issued invitations to Mark Greene (the Shoreline community is a commendable exception, along with one or two organizations). Some forums have even gone so far as to invite hand-picked candidates (in other words, not every candidate) for governor in next year's election rather than to consider this year's major regional elections, including the Port of Seattle.

This attitude of a few selecting hand-picked candidates or hand-picked races for the public to consider rather than letting the public decide for themselves is fascistic, and even democracies in other parts of the world allow all candidates to attend forums. So much for democracy in King County, but at least t…

Establishment Followers, "Vote"

For all of you that follow and love -- or worship -- the Establishment, or the corporate media's version of the "best and the brightest", these same old worn incumbents or media favorites that just about have the country keeling over the edge of the precipice, with a citizenry increasingly wary of vote counts, you should get your ballots, when they arrive, in the mail for your candidate this October & November, because our candidate is well on his way to amassing hundreds of thousands of votes for Director of Elections and pulling off an upset after campaigning hard for more than a year, even with the media shut-out and general Establishment chicanery; amazin'.

[revised on 9/30/11]

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Bookends: Tales of Shirley Jackson & George Orwell

The two best tales of the last century to fortell the future are "The Lottery" by Shirley Jackson and "Nineteen Eighty-four" by George Orwell. The authors were prophets of their time for whom we would be wise to reconsider as their prophecies have come to light a little more than sixty years since the publishing of their tales: Jackson's in 1948, and Orwell's in 1949.

Both tales are a mirror of our times as Jackson wonders how a society could keep doing something absurd, even as it instinctively knows it's ridiculous, and yet keeps following the pattern, because of built in systems or traditions of a perilous nature, including that of hardly ever upsetting the established viewpoints. Nuclear energy programs all around the world are a case in point, as humanity produces extremely hazardous atomic waste by self-replicating caseloads, stuff they have no idea of where to put, but putting it someplace nonetheless, none of which is a good place, and that …