Parts Left Off Jim Merritt's Venn Diagram

Mayor of Tacoma Election Analysis
posted Sep 1, 2009
THE TACOMIC - Parts Left Off Jim Merritt's Venn Diagram (tacoma, mayor, race, venn diagrams, propaganda analysis)
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About the most striking thing about Jim Merritt's election campaign strategy is his prominent use of a VENN DIAGRAM--in particular the intersecting bits round the edges that are suspiciously unlabeled.  Why? One can imagine/One has dared to imagine. Are these clandestine areas in the VENN DIAGRAM subliminal messaging to special interest groups otherwise unexploited by Mr. Merritt's main stream opponent? One thing is for certain, this cartoon raises so many more of the tough questions that other media outlets have failed so completely to address, it "bad touches" the mind.

Jim Merritt for Mayor

by Erik on 9/1/2009 @ 12:28am
Very good and geeky RR, you are one with the Venn diagrams.

Also, I see Feed Tacoma has a new feature allowing one to "share" the Tacomic a number of different ways including through Twitter.

Nice job Kevin!

by NineInchNachos on 9/1/2009 @ 12:37am
Kevin is a friend of THE CLAW.

by L.S.Erhardt on 9/1/2009 @ 12:50am
Where is the Emptysplanade?

by NineInchNachos on 9/1/2009 @ 12:55am
the concept of emptiness... that could be placed in the 'people/potholes' blended area

by morgan on 9/1/2009 @ 6:31am
The degradation of Tacoma infrastructure has been so gradual and systematic that most people don't even realize it when they see it. I'm glad Jim is taking a stand to change Tacoma - we need more civic minded un-politicians like him.

On the same topic, the TNT's Peter Callaghan has a "Greatest Hits" of blight that has developed around us for generations. I still can't believe that local neighbors and city leaders allow the Old Town Dock to remain fenced off. How sad indeed. Where is the fight Tacoma? Are you alive?!

by NineInchNachos on 9/1/2009 @ 8:05am
Speaking of Callaghan:

"Paint it black: When a candidate loses an endorsement – as happened last week when Pierce County Executive Pat McCarthy withdrew her support of Tacoma mayor candidate Jim Merritt – there are consequences big and small.

Big is the issue itself, regardless of whether McCarthy was trying to punish Merritt for his continued opposition to Sound Transit’s plans to place tracks through the Dome District on an earthen berm rather than an elevated viaduct. McCarthy says that’s not why she withdrew; Merritt says it is.

Small is how it affects campaign materials already printed. Merritt’s volunteers spent several hours with black markers removing from a brochure a reference to McCarthy’s endorsement. It now reads, “I am endorsed by both XXXXXX and Republican Councilman Shawn Bunny.” (Bunney’s name is misspelled).

Merritt faces off against Tacoma Councilwoman Marilyn Strickland on Nov. 3."

by Crenshaw Sepulveda on 9/1/2009 @ 10:38am
It is ironic that the website for the Midtown Lofts, the one they stopped half way in construction, is

by NineInchNachos on 9/1/2009 @ 10:42am
empty (MT) lofts. ha ha I get it!

by NineInchNachos on 9/1/2009 @ 10:58am

the Jim Merritt campaign has responded to my cartoon with an updated VENN DIAGRAM which makes even less sense by a factor of 1000 INSANITY POINTS!

venn refined

you'll notice the file name has been changed to "people-potholes-refined.png"

view this diagram for yourself in her natural habitat:

by NineInchNachos on 9/1/2009 @ 11:01am
how can you have three intersecting circles of the same element? People redundancy breeds potential and solutions?

by KevinFreitas on 9/1/2009 @ 11:02am
@Erik: Those share options are also setup in events and will be coming soon elsewhere around FeedTacoma. Share away!

@RR: Great Tacomic. Funny how a relatively lighter topic got more attention and already effected change. Hopefully Merritt's campaign sees the humor and enjoys!

by NineInchNachos on 9/1/2009 @ 11:06am
Merritt people please note I'm not picking on you.
I'm already crafting a Strickland cartoon in my head.

by Crenshaw Sepulveda on 9/1/2009 @ 12:11pm
I thought it was all about the Benjamins.

by ElectricElliot on 9/1/2009 @ 12:36pm
Score one for the cartoonists.

by Erik on 9/1/2009 @ 12:42pm
@Erik: Those share options are also setup in events and will be coming soon elsewhere around FeedTacoma. Share away

Cool. Perhaps they will even be available for blog posts one day. :)

Thanks Kevin!

by TDI-Reporters-Notebook on 9/1/2009 @ 1:13pm
The Tacomic itself is one of RR's best. I laughed out loud. The updated venn diagram, however, makes it funnier. Everything about this is just great. The Merritt camp should purchase this week's Tacomic to show they are good sports.

by NineInchNachos on 9/1/2009 @ 2:13pm
after talking with my family, and at my displeasure with the state of current mayoral candidates' set diagrams I hereby announce my WRITE IN CAMPAIGN for the position of TACOMA MAYOR under the newly formed MAYORAL EXECUTIVE EXCELLENCE PARTY.

people potholes RRefined

As your write in mayor I pledge to KILL EVERYONE* who tries to make Tacoma Unsafe and Unclean.


by thriceallamerican on 9/1/2009 @ 2:34pm
venn refined

Comments for the campaign to take into the next revision:
1) I think they're going for "people + potential = solutions". Only 2 circles needed, folks!
2) Wait...potholes are a solution? Dude, we've got a ton of solutions around here...
3) "Educations"?

by NineInchNachos on 9/1/2009 @ 9:46pm
Noticed Jim Merritt posted this cartoon to his facebook. Looks like he's a good sport about it. Right on.

by NineInchNachos on 9/1/2009 @ 9:47pm
anyone notice the pothole pig guest appearance?

by NEAL on 9/1/2009 @ 10:01pm
I did. And was pleased by the pig's presence.

by KevinFreitas on 9/1/2009 @ 10:41pm
The campaign changed the graphic up again:

by Erik on 9/1/2009 @ 11:18pm
Too funny. At least the Venn diagram makes some sense now.

The intersection of people, potholes and potential never quite made literal sense as being the quality of life.

It has raised some good online discussions at least in a mathematical type approach.

by NineInchNachos on 9/2/2009 @ 8:34am
Jamie at ThriceAllAmerican did his good deed for the week.

with this latest revision of the venn diagram, The Strickland camp doesn't stand a chance!

by thriceallamerican on 9/2/2009 @ 9:33am
Oh, w00t!

by Erik on 9/9/2009 @ 12:03am
The new postcards are coming out:

by DanFear on 9/9/2009 @ 9:58am
I've been paying attention to the mayoral race and I have not heard anything from M. Strickland. She seems OK, but does she want to fix the potholes? Jim Merritt will be good for Tacoma and we won't loose the services of Strickland, because she'll be on the City Council for another two years.

by NineInchNachos on 9/21/2009 @ 2:44pm
"In what's becoming the lynch-pin issue of his campaign, Merritt -- who insists the berm design will be bad for aesthetics and future development of the Dome District -- is trying to keep the post and beam issue alive."

kinda fun eh?

RR's Anti-Sounder Berm (Post and Beam)!

by tacoma1 on 9/21/2009 @ 3:10pm
I really don't like beating horses to death, but if he costs the Pierce County tax payers $12 million of lost federal funds on a plan that isn't even feasible, he isn't gonna win too many friends. This whole berm/P&B issue is becoming more and more just a politcal football.

A little excerpt from the widely read, and critically acclaimed Tacoma Weekly - the link is provided below.

"The original budget for this leg was about $75 million. It is now at $151 million, of which $22 million is unfunded. Earl wants construction to begin by next spring. If the project is delayed too much longer, Sound Transit stands to lose $12 million of federal funding with a time limit for utilization.

Sound Transit Rail Program Manager Eric Beckman, the project manager, said post and beam would not be ideal under the 705 spur. Getting a drill rig to dig holes for the posts to fit under the roadway is not feasible, he said.

by The Jinxmedic on 9/21/2009 @ 4:38pm
As long as they bridge the gulch, that's something, anyway.

by NSHDscott on 9/22/2009 @ 2:56am
If there are sections that really need to be bermed, like under 705 apparently, that's one thing. Berming the whole thing (except the gulch and at crossings) is quite another thing. Beckman's comment doesn't really help ST's cause by pretty much saying that post-and-beam is feasible everywhere but under the 705 spur. I'm sure our local activists would be willing to compromise on the 705 spur.

by NineInchNachos on 10/27/2009 @ 12:52pm
“I fully believed (KBTC) would see that there was a humongous conflict of interest here, so I naturally assumed that they would not have (Rumbaugh) there that day for the interview,” Bush said.

sounds like a load of crap to me.

by ixia on 10/27/2009 @ 1:37pm
The bridge over the gulch came into place due to cost of moving utilities and soil condition. It appears ST has not used much diligence or that would have been as clear o them as it had to other people, such as members of the citizen’s advisory group. The city itself has refused to explain what they have done to ensure ST will not build berms like they did east of the Dome. Who would be responsible if the berms collapse again? My guess is the city would have pay at least in part as a result of their blind trust in ST. When it is all done, I would like to see a cost analysis and just how much Tacoma has to pay extra in landscaping, fencing and maintenance for the berm. But they can will check that as economic development for the Dome District, no doubt.
ST keeps telling us how expensive the D to M sections is compared to the rest. Do they believe we don’t understand the difference between laying new tracts where there have been none and using existing tracts? In the mean time, we’ll wait and see. Chances are ST will keep changing the design here and there because of conditions they are not aware of.

by ixia on 10/27/2009 @ 1:47pm
RE: Tacoma one: "This whole berm/P&B issue is becoming more and more just a political football."
No kidding. The County Executive pulled support from the Merritt campaign and is instead financially supporting Strickland. All business districts and all neighborhood councils object to the berm. Yet Strickland is willing to take money from the County executive for political favors.

by NineInchNachos on 11/20/2009 @ 8:31am

TNT is catching Venn fever!

by L.S.Erhardt on 11/20/2009 @ 11:49am
Food for thought:

by NineInchNachos on 11/20/2009 @ 12:16pm
ha ha

by spoonfulofpeter on 11/21/2009 @ 9:21pm
Man. How did I miss the venn diagram brilliance?! This is hilarious. At least the updated it until they got it right. Fun times.

by NineInchNachos on 5/23/2010 @ 2:44pm
cross linking here for posterity...

by NineInchNachos on 5/23/2010 @ 2:56pm
holy crap. how did I miss this photograph!

by Erik on 5/23/2010 @ 11:16pm
The cool thing about Feed Tacoma is that someone can bump threads that are years old.

That's so cool that a a cake was based on a Venn diagram.

Right up Stowe's profession.