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Originally published Saturday, August 18, 2012 at 9:31 PM

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Bring on the mudslinging: Olympia's Capitol Lake could use it

Olympia's ever-murkier Capitol Lake is stuck in a literal quagmire, thanks to the Deschutes River.

Seattle Times staff columnist

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No surprise here, but things are a little backed up down in Olympia.

Three years after an advisory committee voted to turn it back into an estuary, the 250-acre, man-made Capitol Lake, which lies below the Capitol dome, is backing up with 10,000 dump trucks full of gunky sediment flowing from the Deschutes River, The Olympian reports.

State Gunky Sediment officials reportedly are putting off dredging and other work in deference to the uncanny symbolism.

More heavy clogging:

By the Way: In charge of that dredging project is the state Department of Enterprise Services. Who knew?

Irony Award Winner: State environmental officials are threatening to fine a barge company for a series of small oil spills in Bellingham Bay. The spills have come from the Arctic Challenger, an oil-containment vessel.

How Hot Was It Last Week? Several glass blobs at the Chihuly Outlet/Museum of Self-Aggrandizement at Seattle Center reportedly melted back into useful objects.

This Just In: The would-be presidential team of Mitt Romney, R-Obamacare, and Paul Ryan, R-John Galt, has secured the coveted endorsement of the National Dry-Erase Board Manufacturers Association.

Speaking of Mittens: Since everyone is coming clean this week, Mr. Wrap would like to state for the record that he, too, has happily paid federal income tax every year for the past 10 — at a rate significantly higher than Romney.

How Hot, Cont.: Seattle Sounders fans responded to the "Scarves Up!" command by mumbling back in unison: "Seriously?"

Lip Lock and Load: Managers of a Chicago shopping center near Hyde Park have installed a plaque where Barack Obama, D-Biden Speaks for Himself, kissed future first lady Michelle Obama for the first time in 1989. Next up: Insurance industry lobbyists install a plaque along K Street where Obama first kissed serious health-care reform goodbye in 2010.

This Week's Test of Faith: Just one question for What if "God's match for you" is some loser who always leaves crumbs on the counter and never puts the toilet seat back down?

How Hot, Again: Gov. Chris Gregoire, D-Going, Going, was considering tapping into the state's strategic fudge-bar reserve.

Only in America: Smooth move last Sunday night by NBC, which, apparently sensing it had not done all it could do to fully enrage viewers, hacked the London 2012 Olympics closing ceremony in two to insert a lame new sitcom about a monkey.

This Week's "Ya Think?" Special: Actual headline last Sunday on "Olympics come to end with Closing Ceremony."

Where Credit's Due: A big huzzah to all the front-line firefighters working to tame the wildfires in Central Washington this week. Most of us wouldn't last half an hour doing what they're doing all day.

And Finally: Chowderheads have united swiftly and strongly behind a proposal to name one of the state's new Olympic-class (hello again, trigger-happy U.S. Olympic Committee lawyers!) after Ivar Haglund. As those of you who have written in to already know, the short-term task is to find a volunteer to write up a brief formal proposal. Talk amongst yourselves on the new Ivar ferry Facebook page created by a faithful reader at

Ron Judd's column appears each Sunday. Reach him at

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"The Wrap" appears on Sundays, highlighting the absurd and providing the punch line to the week's news headlines.


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