I Like Rick Larsen

I’ll be voting for Doug Roulstone, but I like a lot about Rick Larsen. Even though he is on the left, he is not on the extreme whacked out left. And I do admire his ability to give the extreme their due attention while not wasting taxpayers time with undue attention. I refer to the Whatcom Independent story Larsen shuts the door on protesters. Showing great restraint, I imagine, he didn’t have anyone arrested this time, but he did lock them out. He did offer to listen to them for 15 minutes, but not to allow them in the offices. I wonder if he was behind the door snickering about 15 minutes of fame?

In addition to the door shutting, I was also entertained by this line.

“We really need official answers,” protester Wyoming McKenzie said. “We will be there for as long as it takes to read the names of 650,000 dead Iraqis and 2,000 dead Americans. We will be here for as long as it takes.”

I wonder what 650,000 names they will be reading, since there are no actual records of 650,000 deaths. The number is extracted from about 500 actual recorded deaths. So were they going to read each name 1200 times to simulate the extrapolation technique?

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