Saturday, November 05, 2005

The kid and I decided to spend a rainy Saturday afternoon in the Fremont area of Seattle....

Here he is letting Lenin know he is the #1 dictator of all time.

OK... here is the deal.... I live in Seattle and I tend to be fairly conservative with a touch of libertarian thrown in. That's probably not the norm for your typical Seattle resident. Now from time to time I have been called a Nazi for such things as sending a letter to the editor pointing out a reporters mistake or for the crime of considering voting Republican. Now being that I am of German and maybe some Russian descent, I tend to be a little sensitive about the whole Nazi thing. Now for those who throw around that word, spend the time to read the following from Jonah Goldberg before you do it again:
For those that do not have the time to read the whole thing, I would encourage you to do so, but here is the key section:
==================================================================== "Calling someone a Nazi is as bad as calling them a “nigger” or a “kike” or anything else you can think of. It’s not cute. It’s not funny. And it’s certainly not clever. If you’re too stupid to understand that a philosophy that favors a federally structured republic, with numerous restraints on the scope and power of government to interfere with individual rights or the free market, is a lot different from an ethnic-nationalist, atheistic, and socialist program of genocide and international aggression, you should use this rule of thumb: If someone isn’t advocating the murder of millions of people in gas chambers and a global Reich for the White Man you shouldn’t assume he’s a Nazi and you should know it’s pretty damn evil to call him one.

However, if you’re not too stupid to recognize the difference, but you just think saying such things will get you more attention from the press, make you a hero to some constituency, or
simply makes you sound impressive, than you deserve to be socked in the goddamn face.

And one last point I feel compelled to point out. I’ve never met a real social-welfare state leftist who could answer the following question without having to think real hard: “Aside from the murder and genocide, what exactly don’t you like about National Socialism?”"
So where am I going with all of this? About 10 minutes from my house, inside the Seattle city limits is an area call Fremont. Let's just say Fremont is a tad unusual, even for Seattle which is saying a lot. The unofficial tour of Fremont includes the World HQ for Getty Images as well as Cutter & Buck and a 7 ton statue of Lenin... yes you read that correctly,... a statue of Lenin.... see for yourself:
now that Taco Del Mar sign in the picture is not there anymore. The owner of the store who seems like a very nice man, and is not the owner of the land the statue is on, explained to me that some "activists" tore it down since it was blocking the view of the statue.

The official Fremont Chamber of Commerce position on the importance of having a monument to a mass murdering communist dictator can be found here:

So who in their right mind would allow a statue of such a dispicable human being on their land? Let's go to the tax records, shall we. The property is located on the corner of N. 36th street and Fremont Place N. If you go to the King County "Parcel Viewer" on the internet, that property is parcel #1972203035. It's now really easy to see who owns the property and if you care to do that, it's up to you, but for now let's just refer to the owner as "Jimmy".

I have no idea why Jimmy would allow this on his property but I think I may have to ask since I now have his mailing address... will let you know if I get a response.

Thursday, November 03, 2005

There was a recent protest against the war on terror and racism and who knows what not in Seattle. The disturbing thing to me was that it appears a Seattle School District Board Member, Sally Soriano, may have been in favor of the kids skipping class. From the Seattle Times:

“While the protest is not sanctioned, some officials are supportive. Seattle School Board member Sally Soriano said some teachers are organizing homework for students who attend, in order to minimize educational disruption.
Soriano said she may attend the rally and is personally supportive of its message and its educational benefits, if it gets students talking about Iraq and world events.”