In behavior we’d call dispiriting if this were the first instance we’d ever seen of it, Christine Gregoire seems to be making the most of her final days as a lame duck governor, finally proposing legislature that would legalize same-sex marriage in Washington State. In fairness, this is hardly the first thing she’s done to improve the status of Gay Rights in our state, but if you believe that we should be at the forefront of such issues…[KIRO]
In response to Governor Gregoire’s other ‘radical’ piece of legislature, namely the privatizing of the state lottery, Publicola today uses an Op/Ed from former state representative Brendan Williams in order to discuss what is wrong with the seemingly straightforward idea. [Publicola]
Further details have been released regarding the case of the man who assaulted a Seattle Police Officer during a Seahawks game a couple of weeks ago. It seems the suspect, a 27 year old Federal Way resident, was being escorted from the 100-level of the Century Link stadium when he shoved the escorting officer, causing a mild concussion, then began pummeling the prone officer; the man was soon pulled off by a 49ers fan. Today, the suspect has been charged with felony assault, and has since been released on bail — we still wouldn’t want to be him while facing the police. [KOMO]
Residents in South Seattle are advised to boil their potable water as a 24-hour drinking ban was put in effect earlier today. A broken water main was reported Wednesday morning, near the intersection of MLK and South Juneau Street, the cause of which is still unknown. Along with the ban, residents can expect decreased water pressure in their homes. For further information, call the Seattle Public Utilities at 206-684-3000. [Seattle PI]
Today, we mourn the loss of Gordon Hirabayashi, the 93-year-old Seattle-born Japanese-American who refused to be detained inside the internment camps that were created during the onset of World War II. Hirabayashi turned himself in, and after being convicted of curfew-violation, and with the help from the ACLU, he fought the conviction all the way to the US Supreme Court — he lost the case in 1942. This decision was overturned in 1987 when paperwork proving that the internment was based on political expediency and not a valid security threat was discovered. The constitutional rights hero died from natural causes. [Seattle Times]
Finally, we end the day with a rockin’ reminder of other things we should be ashamed of, particularly in the realm of pop culture. The following comes to us from Portland, OR sketch group, The 3rd Floor: It’s the video introduction to their last production The Shame Company, in essence, 90 seconds of some truly shameful history, like Gigli, Brett Ratner and The Real Housewives of Atlanta, all set to “The Immigrant’s Song.” Enjoy.