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eridani Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Aug-01-07 05:13 PM
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Bush to be in Bellevue 8/27
Astonishing that Reichert thinks this will actually help him.

http://blog.seattletimes.nwsource.com/davidpostman/arch...

President George Bush is scheduled to be in Bellevue Aug. 27 for a top dollar fundraiser for Congressman Dave Reichert's re-election campaign. An e-mailed invitation says the event at the Hyatt Regency Bellevue includes a VIP reception that will cost $10,000 given or raised and a general reception with a $1,000 admission price.

The fundraiser will be the first high-profile event of Reichert's re-election campaign. During the 2006 campaign Democrats made much of Reichert's ties to the president, including a June Bush fundraiser for the congressman.

Any donation that exceeds the $2,300 per election Reichert can collect will go to the state Republican Party.
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ManiacJoe Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Aug-01-07 05:48 PM
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1. It will help him raise money.
Edited on Wed Aug-01-07 05:48 PM by ManiacJoe
Whether or not it helps him win the election is another story.

It will certainly screw up the already bad traffic...
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SeattleVet Donating Member (708 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Aug-01-07 06:12 PM
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2. I saw "Bush to be in Bellevue" and got my hopes up that he was being committed.
Then I realized you were talking about our Seattle area city, and not the NYC psychiatric hospital.

On a bright note, this will give Rubber-Stamp Reichert *something* to put on his "Dave in the News - Dave Reichert's record of independence and bi-partisan leadership" page. It appears to be just a little bit sparse right now:

http://www.davereichertforcongress.com/file/news.asp :spray: :rofl:

I will admit, though, that it really does show his full record of independence and leadership, so it's not as if he's lying about anything.

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eridani Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Aug-01-07 10:10 PM
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3. Does that mean you are from the East Coast?
Or is Bellevue widely known as a nuthouse all across the country?
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SeattleVet Donating Member (708 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Aug-01-07 10:58 PM
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4. Yeah, I'm originally from the NYC area.
But Bellevue hospital is also pretty well known. Any time the police wind up nabbing someone who's obviously having problems, they always get "sent to Bellevue for observation and evaluation"

The local Bellevue does have some competition for the characters involved, though. ;-)
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Sanity Claws Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Aug-02-07 07:20 PM
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7. I was a transplanted NY'er and that's what I always thought
whenever I heard "Bellevue." So here are these snooty people talking about how they're from Bellevue and I would just think, if I were from a mental institution, I don't think I'd be so snooty about it.
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SeattleGirl Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Aug-01-07 11:42 PM
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5. Blech!
Gonna make sure I have NO outside appointments that day. My office is in my home, and I think I'm gonna make sure that's where I am!
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sneakythomas Donating Member (89 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Aug-02-07 10:23 AM
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6. OK a bellevue joke
For the record I went to Bellevue High, and my parents still live there, but mostly I don't like the place.

So a few years ago my wife and I went to a Bette Midler concert. She started by rattling off a bunch of really good Seattle jokes. At one point she points to the front couple of rows of people who were all going ga-ga. She says "look at these people - they all did everything they could to get where they are - they fought people, spent money they don't have, had sex with people they don't like - its my own little Belleuve."
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Mrs. Overall Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Aug-02-07 07:37 PM
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8. Are any groups planning protests that day in Bellevue?
I live on the Olympic Peninsula, but I'll make the trip across the Sound if there is going to be an organized protest.
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flamingyouth Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Aug-03-07 02:41 PM
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9. The traffic will already be a disaster from the I-5 lane closures.
It doesn't matter that this is on the Eastside; that will impact traffic all over the region. Great timing. I'm so glad (for numerous reasons) I don't work in Bellevue anymore.
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maxsolomon Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Aug-09-07 11:11 AM
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10. freeway blogging on the montlake overpass
there's only one place bush dares go in washington state: the mccaw compound in medina.

my suggestion for the sign:

BUSH: YOU FUCKING SUCK!
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eridani Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Aug-14-07 06:52 PM
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11. BUSH PROTEST PLANNING MEETING IN BELLEVUE 8/15
State-Wide Impeachment Meeting/Bush Protest

Wednesday, August 15th, 7 PM - 9 PM
The Bradford Center
752 108th Ave NE, Bellevue
(next to Bellevue Transit Center,
2 blocks from Bellevue Square)
Doors open 6 PM

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eridani Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Aug-19-07 05:56 AM
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12. Latest information on demonstrations
Monday, August 20, 11:00 1:00p.m., join Washington For Impeachment, Veterans For Peace and Eastside FOR for bannering and leafletting at NE 8th and Bellevue Way. Bring your banners and signs. Get to know the lay of the land, and get ready for ----

Monday, August 27th, 12:00 noon -- 4:00 p.m., PROTEST GEORGE BUSH. Downtown Bellevue Hyatt. Corner of NE 8th and Bellevue Way. George Bush will be in town to attend a fundraiser for Rubber Stamp Riechert. The intersection of NE 8th and Bellevue Way is likely to be blocked. We can line the streets all along downtown Bellevue. Let's make it the mother of all Protest Bush events. Bring your outrage, signs, puppets, theatrics,
noisemakers and friends. Declare yourself, wear Guantanamo Orange.

Protesters will stage a die- in," document speeches on video, bang pots and pans, and let the world know we will not tolerate the war criminal in chief here in Washington State.
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eridani Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Aug-24-07 05:02 AM
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13. NARAL planning an event also
Congressman Reichert claims to be a moderate, but he has consistently
voted against women's rights. Most recently he voted to cut funding for birth control.

Will the real Dave Reichert come forward? Dress like Dave and win a prize! We will give out a pro-choice prize to the best Dave Reichert look-alike.

Join NARAL Pro-Choice Washington and our allies for a fun rally and
demonstration against this administration's anti-choice, anti-woman
policies.

When: Monday, August 27 at 1:30 pm Where: In front of Joey's Restaurant, 800 Bellevue Way

For questions, or to RSVP, please contact Alissa Haslam at alissahaslam {at} prochoicewashington.org or call 206-624-1990.
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eridani Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Aug-25-07 07:49 PM
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14. Kirkland impeachment potluck 8/27
IMPEACHMENT PARTY!!
MONDAY, AUGUST 27th

Join us for a Potluck to

Protest Bush coming to Bellevue
& Honor SENATOR ERIC OEMIG
author of our Impeachment Resolution

The media loves to parrot the White House. They refuse to acknowledge that Americans demand integrity thru impeachment.

When: 6 p.m. Aug 27th
Where: Laurel Park Clubhouse, 11012 N.E. 68th Street, Kirkland, WA

Please bring a dish or drink to share.
To fuel the momentum, please bring your checkbook. Freedom isn't free.

For questions or directions, call Nancy Rising (425) 827-9181 or nrising {at} comcast. net
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Wash. state Desk Jet Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Aug-26-07 06:10 PM
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15. Why Max- whatever came over you!
I haven,t seen a idea for a protest sign like that since 1969!

Your protest sign needs a theme ,let me see,ah yes I do believe it has come to me-, Ringo Star was it the White album? Somewhere back there- ah, yes here it is- Why Don,t We Do It In The Road!
Everyone will be watching us -so why don,t we do it,do it in the road! to the back drop tune ofcourse Why don,t we do it in the road-The Beatles- One of Ringos own.
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eridani Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Aug-27-07 07:00 AM
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16. Add your signature to Seattle PI op-ed
Edited on Mon Aug-27-07 07:01 AM by eridani
President Bush is coming to Bellevue on Aug 27, to raise money for Representative Dave Reichert (WA 8th Congressional District). People from throughout the Pacific Northwest, and from dozens of organizations, will converge on Bellevue to peacefully but loudly declare our outrage that such a lawless and incompetent president is still in office.

Bush exploited the tragedy of 9/11 to lead the nation into an unjustified war against an enemy unrelated to the 9/11 attacks. This reckless, poorly planned, and mismanged war has cost the lives of over 3,700 US soldiers and has maimed amost 30,000 others. Those soldiers still fighting in Iraq are suffering through extended tours of duty in awful conditions, amidst a religious civil war with no end in sight. Between 50,000 and 600,000 Iraqi civilians have died, with millions more displaced from their homes. The monetary costs of the war to Americans are staggering: close to half a trillion dollars so far - over $1500 per American. The costs of the war on our military's morale and readiness, on America's long-term security, and on America's reputation are incalculable.

The Bush Administration condoned kidnapping, torture and extraordinary rendition. It sent prisoners to languish in concentration camps with no access to trial. It spied on its citizens in violation of existing laws. It withdrew from international treaties regarding torture and climate control. It ignored the advice of scientific panels, suppressed politically inconvenient findings, fired prosecutors for partisan political reasons, was negligent in resolving the Palestian-Israeli conflict, bungled its response to Hurricane Katrina, divulged the name of a CIA agent, and still refuses to allow staff members to testify before Congress. Despite a costly war, deteriorating bridges, the reconstruction of New Orleans, a teetering medical system, substandard care at Walter Reed, the AIDS crisis, genocide in Sudan, and an $8 trillion national debt, the Administration cut taxes for the rich and allowed corruption and waste to flourish in federal agencies.

Regardless of one's opinion about whether America should continue fighting the war in Iraq, the persons responsible for getting us into this mess - and for the other violations of law and human decency - need to be held accountable.

According to the U.S. Constitution, the House can impeach for "Treason, Bribery, or other high Crimes and Misdemeanors." Yet there is no higher Crime than knowingly distorting evidence to justify going to war. There is no higher Crime than encouraging the torture of prisoners and herding them into concentration camps without trial or protection by the Geneva Convention. According to Article VI of the Constitution, "all Treaties made, or which shall be made, under the Authority of the United States, shall be the supreme Law of the Land." Torture, extraordinary rendition, and Guantanamo violate the United Nations Convention Against Torture and the Geneva Convention. Other impeachable offenses include violating the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act and the Fourth Amendment by intercepting domestic communications without warrant; obstruction of justice concerning the firing of U.S. Attorneys; and leaking the name of a CIA agent. Former Nixon lawyer John Dean has called Bush's misdeeds "Worse than Watergate." If criminal incompetence is a high Crime, the case for impeachment is a cinch. In any case, impeachment (indictment by the House) requires merely enough evidence to warrant investigation for possible conviction by the Senate.

Some people argue that impeaching Bush would prevent Democrats from working on the issues that matter, such as the war in Iraq. Nothing could be further from the truth. The best and perhaps only way to stop the waste of lives and money - and to stop Bush from invading Iran - is to cripple the Bush administration by pursuing impeachment and exposing the terrible facts. Progress on other issues too - like global warming and health care reform - will be slow or impossible while Bush is still empowered.

According to Senator Patty Murray, the most compelling argument against impeachment of Bush can be summarized in two words: "Dick Cheney". But H. Res. 33, which calls for the impeachment of the Vice President, already has the support of 20 members of Congress. The Vice President shares responsibility for the many abuses of power perpetrated by this presidency.

The Bush Presidency has been a disaster of historical proportions. We call on all citizens with common sense and decency to join us in peaceful protest on Aug 27 in downtown Bellevue.

Donald A. Smith

To add your name as a co-signer and increase the likelihood that the Seattle PI will publish this piece as a guest column, please email your name, phone number, and address to ThinkerFeeler {at} yahoo.com.

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RobertSeattle Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Aug-27-07 03:23 PM
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17. Rush Hour + POTUS = Traffic Jams = Reichert's Fault
What an idiot.
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flamingyouth Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Aug-27-07 04:49 PM
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18. Plus *'s flying into Sea-Tac, not Boeing Field.
...thus interrupting commercial air traffic.

Again: What an idiot.
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SeattleGirl Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Aug-27-07 06:14 PM
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19. I don't get why he had to fly into SeaTac.
Unless he wanted to deliberately disrupt commercial air traffic. Ass!
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RobertSeattle Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Aug-28-07 11:57 AM
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24. I've no clue, but SeaT ac might be safer
It's on that plateau and Boeing field in in the valley.

Clinton came out here 11 times during his Presidency.


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flamingyouth Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Aug-28-07 12:36 PM
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25. I don't think Clinton ever flew into Sea-Tac.
I was watching one of the channels last night (I think it was KIRO) and they said they looked back into their news archives and couldn't find any footage of a president landing at Sea-Tac in the last 15 years.

They said they thought it had something to do with the I-5 construction, which would have still been going on this week, had they not finished early.
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RobertSeattle Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Aug-28-07 01:16 PM
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26. Makes sense
Would love to see a President say "f" the convoy - let's take a bus and meet some real peop
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ManiacJoe Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Aug-27-07 07:32 PM
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20. You are assuming that Bush gets to make that decision. (n/t)
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SeattleGirl Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Aug-27-07 08:37 PM
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21. Well, he IS The Decider.
Oh wait, I think he's The Commander Guy now. :crazy:

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eridani Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Aug-27-07 11:54 PM
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22. I-5/I405 interchange really, really sucked.
My first thought was to go on 509 to Des Moines to avoid that, but no luck--that was jammed too. I went through Arrivals at the airport and came out the other end, but both north and southbound 99 sucked also.
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eridani Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Aug-28-07 12:06 AM
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23. 400 people made it through the traffic to demonstrate
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Missy Vixen Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Aug-29-07 02:06 AM
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27. My LTTE on the subject was printed this morning
in the Times ;-).

Julie
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eridani Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Aug-30-07 07:22 AM
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28. More commentary
http://www.washblog.com/story/2007/8/30/24312/6699

When the Prez shows up in very bosom of the haves and have mores and meets a thousand determined protestors instead of cheering crowds, you know the wind has shifted irreversibly.
Bellevue Washington is the Disneyland of the shop till you drop crowd. The pleasant streets are lined with chic restaurants, smart hotels, the latest fashions and a thousand ways to empty your wallet. It's a galaxy away from mega malls where the working class spends their disposable income.
Bellevue is the home of Bill Gates and other dot com millionaires as well as the usual assortment of corporate execs, real estate moguls, car dealers etc. Bush's base.

It's also the home of Linda Boyd, founder of Washington for Impeachment who takes the responsibilities of citizenship very seriously. She decided that when George came to town on August 27th, he would get an eyeful and an earful. That's just what happened.
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Wash. state Desk Jet Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Aug-30-07 01:05 PM
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29. Bellevue Washington.
And in all those little shops and stores there are employees, these are people that live and work for a working wage. There are apartment buildings galor and new ones being built all the time.There are working people there just the same here in Fremont or Ballard.

Seems to me you view it as the play ground of Mercer island.Where the very rich or elite do as they please-,a play ground just for them.

There are run down houses that are in need of repair. And repairs are expensive -not everyone is rich or republican in Bellevue.

And once more Bellevue people are still our neighbors and friends.

George Bush has been confined to republican friendly zones for quite some time now -so how far are try,en to push it? Is this a Bellevue hate base sort of a thing-or are you just using Bellevue threw a hate base to move your point in disire? What kind of protest is that?
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eridani Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Aug-30-07 02:19 PM
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30. It was posted by impeachment activists that happen to live on the Eastside n/t
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Wash. state Desk Jet Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Aug-30-07 03:05 PM
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31. The point is
It doesn,t matter who posted it ,it was poorly put.Mean people suck-as do hateful people. I have seen too many working people that live and work in Bellevue that are self conscious about it, (I,am not rich ,I just work.) I live in Bellevue you know- in a apartment. don,t shoot me i,am from Bellevue ,and I did vote for Kerry!

That,s Bellevue Washington not some New York nut house.
Just like Buffalo New York is a place- a city in New York,not some skuzz bucket or down there in the pitts.
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