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December 10, 2006

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sclub

Hmm. If KIRO hadn't canceled the other weekend shows then it could've been on the Sea-Tacky story since yesterday.

robin

What I don't understand and I'm just a godless liberal, is why couldn't those idiots at SeaTac gone to the gift shop, bought a Minora (sp) and put it up somewhere? All the money they spend on that place they can't find a couple hundred bucks to put up a Minora, maybe something to do with Kwanzaa and some nice Solstice representations for the pagans? I'm dead serious, how hard is it to put a few extra decorations up? No, instead we have all this stupid outrage. I view Xmas as very secular at this point so maybe that's why I don't get it.

Robin

lukobe

apparently the rabbi wanted a ceremony too, which would have crossed the line. also, they argued that having those two symbols there might have alienated, say, the Muslims.


p.s. 'menorah.'

Dale

Iam sure as Vinnie is going to Wiff us tonight , I putting my money on Farnk He will be talking about the Xmas trees at the airport. Come on Frank get some new stuff to talk about !

Tommy008

it looks like a rabbi from Medved's crew, one of the local Lubavitch Bully Boys tried to put the strong arm the Port of Seattle into accepting a minorah display, or face a lawsuit.Medved had his boy the Rabbi on his show, and his person friend never did really apologize for hreatening the lawsuit-mostly a bunch of self-serving spin. Then that old Thug Life guy, Rabbi Lapin, showed up. Arrogance seems to be common in Medved's crew, not unlike Medved himself.

joanie

So many tempests in teapots . . .sure gets old, doesn't it.

And I agree with Robin, just please the old guy for now.

Have there been any lawsuits regarding decorated winter trees? Does a tree have to symbolize something sacred? Something divisive? Maybe it is time to separate that which is a religious symbol from that which is purely secular (or has come to be purely secular). Or am I showing my ignorance here?

Mercifurious is Dead

It is entertaining alone knowing that Mercifurious is sitting at home picking his nose and listening to his transistor radio playing Midnight Truckers Radio.

You white trash misfit ignoramus you...

justdrivingby

People's ignorance of how government, or almost any organization, works never ceases to astound me. Yeah, sure, Robin, maybe the airport janitor could jog over to the gift shop and plunk down $10 and get a 7" menorah, and toss it in a corner somewhere. I'm sure that would have satisfied the good rabbi. Or maybe you meant that the typical airport gift store stocks 8' menorahs. Yeah, that's much more likely.
How to decorate a government facility is a policy decision. Policy decisions for government entities are typically made by the policy-makers (hence, the original name). Otherwise, some well-meaning low-level airport employee might just accept some attractive decoration donated by the neo-Nazis or Nambla. That would go over well in the larger community, doncha think?
And the question of holiday decorations is not as easy as the armchair policymakers seem to think. Who gets included and who doesn't? And how do you include the ones you want and exclude the ones you don't--and stay within the law? And what if a minor group wants an extravagant display? And how do you vet donated displays? And what are the legal issues (like what happens if a donated display is shoddy and falls down and hurts someone?) And what about the process of deciding? Do you include a public comment period? What if you don't and someone raises a stink?
Go ahead and try to answer these questions--and ponder what to do if (or, rather, when) someone objects to your final decisions and decides to file a lawsuit after your best efforts. And then try to criticize the Port because they couldn't do all this in the short time span they were given.
It's easy to take cheap shots at government--because government (made up of human beings) sometimes makes stupid decisions. But sometimes, just sometimes, the situation being criticized is not as simple as the simpleminded screamers make it out to be.

joanie

I think you're overdoing the bureaucracy-side here. Whoever decided on Christmas trees can certainly add Menorahs without going through that. Someone obviously made the decision rather quickly to take down the trees and then just as quickly to put them back up again. That's a lot of decision-making for the government bureaucracy you describe!

Whoever oversees the airport - and there is a director or administrator who does it - can certainly fast-track such a decision.

Also, I think Robin was being just a might facetious about the idea of just popping in and picking up a menorah. Give her some credit . . .

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