It's voting cycle time, and I'm seeing the usual spate of stupid signs, and lies spread around.
Someone is putting up lawn signs that actually read "Be brave! Vote No on the Fire Levy!"
Okay, sorry, let's vote to take money away from firefighters? These are the 9/11 First Responders, remember? These are the people who - Heaven forbid your house should catch fire - will rush over to to save your life, limb and property by PUTTING OUT THE FIRE!
Oh, or your neighbor's house fire. Or your elderly grandmother's house. Or rush the paramedics to your house to save your life if you drop the frozen turkey into boiling oil (hint: it explodes). Or, you know, SAVE LIVES.
So, "Be Brave!" - Be Selfish! Be Stupid! Vote "No" on the tiny little tax levy that pays these guys to train, train, risk their lives saving people, train and practice, and come save your life if you ever need them.
Let's be honest. These signs are probably being put up by don't-tax-my-giant-apartment-and-rental-properties people like our old pal Tim "fuck you little guy, I got mine" Eyman. No, seriously.
"Be brave" indeed.
Vote "Yes" for the fire levy and make sure someone is there to save the life of someone you care about, possibly even yourself.