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  • Ex-Army chaplain cleared in Gitmo spy case is Obama delegate

    05/20/2008 9:54:54 AM PDT · by AmericanMade1776 · 26 replies · 507+ views
    A former Army Muslim chaplain at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, who was cleared of spy accusations is now a Democratic National Convention delegate pledged to Sen. Barack Obama. Former Capt. James J. Yee was among the delegates who were elected by precinct representatives Saturday at the party's 9th Congressional District convention at North Thurston High School. Others chosen at the gathering were Zach Smith, a former supporter of ex-Sen. John Edwards who is now pledged to Clinton, and Natalie Stevens, an alternate pledged to Obama. Yee, a West Point graduate, was accused in 2003 of being part of a spy ring...
  • Police: Air Force pilot beaten by masked ‘anarchists’ after displaying Confederate flags

    09/10/2015 4:43:13 AM PDT · by Kartographer · 37 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 9/9/15 | Dan Lamothe
    An Air Force pilot was assaulted with a bat in Washington state Saturday by masked “anarchists” after they noticed he was displaying two Confederate flags on his motorcycle, police said. The incident occurred in Olympia, Wash., a few miles west of where the man is stationed at Joint Base Lewis-McChord. The pilot was stopped because protesters were marching in the street. Then they surrounded him as they attempted to knock his motorcycle over, according to a police report. “They sprayed the victim in the face with mace, and struck him in the back with a baseball bat and a glass...
  • Northwest FBI Raids Target Occupy's 'Black Bloc'

    08/01/2012 8:58:17 AM PDT · by Baynative · 36 replies
    Breitbart ^ | July 31, 2012 | John Sexton
    The FBI has performed multiple raids of homes belonging to suspected anarchists in Portland, Oregon and in Olympia and Seattle, Washington. Five grand jury subpoenas have been issued in connection with the searches. Photos from a raid carried out in Portland show law enforcement seizing computers and boxes from a home. The raids appear to be part of an investigation into activities by the Occupy movement's "black bloc."
  • ‘All Cops Are Bastards': Black Bloc Riots in Olympia, Washington

    09/06/2015 8:31:25 AM PDT · by rktman · 46 replies ^ | 9/5/2015 | Lee Stranahan
    <p>A riot with over 100 anti-police protesters smashed windows and protested the police in Washington State’s capitol city of Olympia, late Friday. The black-clad protestors carried clubs as they marched near downtown Olympia. They shouted “fuck the police” and said they were protesting “Nazis.”</p>
  • Washington state patrolman won’t face charges over shooting of two black men

    09/03/2015 2:17:22 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 20 replies
    Al-Reuters ^ | Thu Sep 3, 2015 3:58am EDT | Eric M. Johnson
    A Washington state police officer will not face criminal charges after shooting two unarmed black men suspected of trying to steal beer from a supermarket, a prosecutor’s office said on Wednesday. Officer Ryan Donald, a three-year veteran of the police department in the state capital Olympia, told investigators the men had no weapons during the May incident. But one of them tried to pull him to the ground while the other raised his skateboard above his head “as if to strike him” and that he issued a verbal warning before opening fire, the police department said. No charges will be...
  • Florist asks court to overturn mandatory gay marriage support

    06/07/2015 3:51:42 PM PDT · by NYer · 12 replies
    cna ^ | January 4, 2015
    Wedding flowers. Credit: Trevor Owens via Flickr (CC BY 2.0). Olympia, Wash., Jun 4, 2015 / 12:24 am (CNA/EWTN News).- A florist has appealed to the Washington State Supreme Court to review court rulings that could cause her financial ruin because she declined to serve a same-sex wedding ceremony. Kristen Waggoner, senior counsel with Alliance Defending Freedom, said Stutzman and others have been “more than willing to serve any and all customers, but they are understandably not willing to promote any and all messages.” “No one should be faced with a choice between their freedom of speech and conscience on...
  • Washington State Flies Communist Flag at State Capitol – Patriots Come Out & Take It Down (VIDEO)

    04/05/2015 9:12:23 PM PDT · by sheikdetailfeather · 31 replies
    Gateway Pundit ^ | 4-5-2015 | Jim Hoft
    In “honor” of his meeting with China Ambassador Cui Tiankai, Washington Governor Jay Inslee has posted the Chinese flag between the American flag and the state flag at the capitol building in Olympia. Hat Tip State Rep. Elizabeth Scott On Saturday - A small group of people arrived at the capitol in the morning and removed the Communist flag. They were assisted by an officer from the Washington State Police. Video, courtesy of activist Maria Bosworth.
  • Olympia man developing gay bunny video game

    09/04/2014 10:44:21 AM PDT · by Stoat · 44 replies
    KOMO-TV (Seattle) ^ | September 4, 2014 | Andy Hobbs
    (edit)  The goal of "Twitterpated" is to encourage conversations about same-sex relationships in a disarming way, said Oksendahl, adding that he chose bunnies for the game because "they are known for being very active as far as their reproductive strategy." The game contains no sex, and instead, the bunnies rub their noses and hearts when paired together, he said. "I came up with some game mechanics that I thought would be kid friendly, but at the same time expose kids to the idea that there's more than one way to be," he said. "I grew up as a youth with...
  • Top court hears appeal on American activist’s death

    05/21/2014 7:59:16 AM PDT · by Former Fetus · 46 replies
    Almost two years after a Haifa court ruled that Israel was not negligent in the 2003 death of American activist Rachel Corrie during a protest against IDF operations in the Gaza Strip, the Supreme Court heard her family’s appeal of the verdict Wednesday afternoon. Speaking before the hearing in Jerusalem, Craig Corrie, the activist’s father, said the lower court’s ruling had given the army “immunity and impunity.” “I think that’s very dangerous,” he said. “I hope the Israeli high court will change the findings, but if they don’t, I hope the world and the world press will bring it into...
  • Two incompatible gun ballot measures lead in Washington state

    04/16/2014 2:31:46 AM PDT · by blueplum · 10 replies
    Reuters ^ | Apr 15, 2014 9:24pm EDT | JONATHAN KAMINSKY
    (Reuters) - Two incompatible ballot measures on background checks for gun buyers in Washington state enjoy majority support in a poll released on Tuesday, but the one advancing stricter gun controls is more popular. The competing measures, both slated to be on the ballot in November in the Pacific Northwest state, are the only firearm background check initiatives up for a vote this year in the United States. :snip: Initiative 594 would require all firearm sales, including those at gun shows and conducted online, to be predicated on a background check of the buyer. Initiative 591, however, would disallow background...
  • Local city named one of the grooviest places for hippies

    08/02/2013 10:38:47 AM PDT · by Baynative · 53 replies
    Fox ^ | 8/2/13 | Mariana Hicks
    OLYMPIA – names Olympia the second best city for hippies in the country. Estately used information including, marijuana legality and availability, number of stores selling hemp, local counter-culture icons, tie-die availability, festivals and a Facebook poll. Read more:
  • 2000+ at pro gun rally at the WA State Capitol in Olympia WA today!

    01/19/2013 10:49:52 PM PST · by Keith Brown · 6 replies
    Keith Brown
    Good news! Today at the WA State Capitol in Olympia over 2000 pro second amendment supporters rallied in the cold for freedom! Despite some mis-communication about start time(10am vs noon)there was an out pouring of folks from all walks of life but it was good to note that at least 50% of the group participants were under the age of 35. Not all of today's youth are bums. Most were carrying openly...long guns as well as pistols. At 10 am there were 100 people. At 11am there were 300. At noon there were at least 1200 and the numbers were...
  • Alligators found at scene of suspected drug shooting (Washington State)

    11/27/2012 8:39:21 AM PST · by Stoat · 31 replies
    KOMO TV ^ | November 27, 2012 | KOMO staff
    OLYMPIA, Wash. -- Sheriff's deputies found two 5-foot alligators at a marijuana grow site where a man was shot on Monday evening.  Thurston County sheriff's Lt. Greg Elwin said deputies responded to the scene in the Scott Lake area south of Olympia when a man called 911 to say he had shot another man. The shooter told investigators that he fired in self defense, but investigators believe he actually shot the other man during drug buy. The 30-year-old man who was shot was taken to Providence St. Peter Hospital and was expected to recover.  The gunman, identified as 41-year-old...
  • One-party rule finally implodes in Olympia (WA)

    03/06/2012 8:37:46 PM PST · by Texas Fossil · 5 replies
    Herald (Olympia) ^ | March 5, 2012 | Tim Eyman
    Olympia's Democrats threw a huge childish hissy-fit on Friday, stomping their feet, spitting venom and bile, holding their breath and turning blue ... all because (gasp!) they didn't have the votes but Republicans did -- and they're still pouting about it. In November, if Democrats lose their majorities in the state House and/or state Senate and/or lose the governorship, it'll be because they deserve it based on Friday's childish hissy-fit. In multiple floor speeches, Senate Majority Leader Lisa Brown could not have been more patronizing, superior, holier-than-thou and condescending. Wants-to-replace-congressman-Norm-Dicks-who's-retiring Derek Kilmer nearly bawled like a little baby girl --...
  • Maine GOP Sen. Snowe won't seek re-election

    02/28/2012 7:46:24 PM PST · by Free ThinkerNY · 7 replies · 2+ views
    Associated Press ^ | Feb. 28, 2012 | DAVID SHARP
    PORTLAND, Maine (AP) -- In a surprise announcement, moderate GOP Sen. Olympia Snowe said Tuesday she would abandon her campaign for a fourth term - a contest she was expected to win easily - because she is frustrated by a polarized atmosphere in Washington. The move dealt an immediate blow to Republicans hoping to take control of the Senate in November and gave Democrats new hope of winning the longtime GOP-held seat.
  • Armed robbery at ancient Olympia, minister quits

    02/17/2012 5:14:43 AM PST · by nuconvert · 10 replies · 1+ views
    Greek Culture Minister Pavlos Geroulanos resigned on Friday after masked armed robbers stole more than 60 objects of "incalculable" value, including a gold ring, from a museum in ancient Olympia. Sixty-eight objects were whisked from a museum dedicated to the ancient Olympic Games after two masked men immobilised the museum's sole female guard as she arrived for her early morning shift, officials said.
  • US food co-op fights back against boycott opposition

    11/03/2011 5:44:45 AM PDT · by SJackson · 9 replies
    JERUSALEM POST ^ | 11/03/2011 | JORDANA HORN
    Olympia Food Co-op files motion to strike lawsuit brought against them by members who objected to decision to initiate boycott of Israeli goods. NEW YORK – A food co-op board of directors Tuesday filed a motion in Washington state to strike a lawsuit brought against them by five members who objected to the co-op’s decision to initiate a boycott of Israeli goods. In 2010, the Olympia Food Co-op board passed a resolution to boycott Israeli goods, and then became the first grocery store in the United States to officially boycott them. The co-op is a member-based, not-for-profit, natural food grocery...
  • The tsunamis of Olympia

    07/08/2011 7:10:29 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 8 replies
    Past Horizons ^ | Thursday, July 7, 2011 | Geographical Institute, Johannes Gutenberg University
    Olympia, the Sanctuary of Zeus and venue of the Olympic Games in Ancient Greece, was probably destroyed by tsunamis that reached far inland, and not as previously believed, by earthquakes and river flooding... Paläotsunamis that have taken place over the last 11,000 years along the coasts of the eastern Mediterranean. The Olympic-tsunami hypothesis has been put forward due to sediments found in the vicinity of Olympia, which were buried under an 8 metres thick layer of sand and other debris, and only rediscovered around 250 years ago. "The composition and thickness of the sediments we have found, do not fit...
  • Olympia hypothesis: Tsunamis buried the cult site on the Peloponnese

    07/11/2011 7:08:43 AM PDT · by decimon · 10 replies
    Johannes Gutenberg University ^ | July 11, 2011 | Unknown
    Professor Andreas Vött presents new results of geomorphological and geoarcheological investigations on the sedimentary burial of OlympiaOlympia, site of the famous Temple of Zeus and original venue of the Olympic Games in ancient Greece, was presumably destroyed by repeated tsunamis that travelled considerable distances inland, and not by earthquake and river floods as has been assumed to date. Evidence in support of this new theory on the virtual disappearance of the ancient cult site on the Peloponnesian peninsula comes from Professor Dr Andreas Vött of the Institute of Geography of Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz, Germany. Vött investigated the site as...
  • Union members descend on Olympia to protest budget cuts (Wisconsin RAT Flea Coggs helps out)

    04/09/2011 7:30:30 AM PDT · by Libloather · 13 replies
    Kitsap Sun ^ | 4/08/11 | John Stang
    Union members descend on Olympia to protest budget cutsBy John Stang Kitsap Sun Posted April 8, 2011 at 7:03 p.m. OLYMPIA — Worker solidarity. Budget cuts. Tax breaks. Wisconsin. That's what brought an estimated 7,000 people to the steps of the state Capitol on Friday. "The legislators see us outside and see what we represent," said Steve Davidson, a firefighter with Central Kitsap Fire and Rescue and a member of the Kitsap County-based Local 2819 of the International Association of Firefighters. "It makes a difference." "We're standing with all workers across the state and across the nation," said CK firefighter...
  • Olympia, 2-war naval veteran, battles for survival

    09/06/2010 4:09:55 AM PDT · by JoeProBono · 53 replies
    hosted ^ | Sep 6, | JOANN LOVIGLIO
    PHILADELPHIA (AP) -- The USS Olympia, a one-of-a-kind steel cruiser that returned home to a hero's welcome after a history-changing victory in the Spanish-American War, is a proud veteran fighting what may be its final battle. Time and tides are conspiring to condemn the weathered old warrior to a fate two wars failed to inflict. Without a major refurbishment to its aging steel skin, the Olympia either will sink at its moorings on the Delaware River, be sold for scrap, or be scuttled for an artificial reef just off Cape May, N.J., about 90 miles south. The 5,500-ton Olympia's caretakers...
  • Food co-op in Rachel Corrie's hometown [Olympia,WA] boycotts Israeli goods

    07/20/2010 5:47:18 AM PDT · by HearMe · 54 replies · 1+ views
    Haaretz ^ | 7/20/2010 | Natasha Mozgovaya
    The Olympia Food Co-op announced last week that no more Israeli products will be sold at its two grocery stores. Last week, the board of directors of the Olympia Food Co-op in Washington state decided that no more Israeli products will be sold at its two grocery stores in the city. "We met last Thursday for the board members meeting and a pretty large group – about 40 people – presented the boycott project and answered our questions," Rob Richards, a board member, told Haaretz. "A couple of board members were concerned about what will be the financial effect on...
  • Historic warship Olympia may be scrapped, sunk

    05/27/2010 1:34:22 PM PDT · by llevrok · 70 replies · 1,382+ views
    Warship: Veteran of 2 wars rusts away PHILADELPHIA - The old warship has been part of Philadelphia's waterfront for 50 years and left lasting impressions on thousands of visitors who heard gripping stories of its role in the Spanish-American War. Now the Olympia – named for Washington state’s capital and the last surviving vessel from that 1898 conflict – could face an ignoble end as an artificial reef off Cape May, N.J., if a new benefactor cannot be found. The Independence Seaport Museum and the Navy have already checked with officials of New Jersey’s Artificial Reef Program on the possibility...
  • W. Wash. resort manager accused in mass stalking case ('terrorized hundreds of women')

    05/06/2010 8:30:34 PM PDT · by Stoat · 19 replies · 829+ views
    W. Wash. resort manager accused in mass stalking case   Daniel C. Leonard (Photo courtesy of Monterey, Calif., Police Dept.) OLYMPIA, Wash. - A manager at a Thurston County resort has been arrested on suspicion of stalking and terrorizing hundreds of women over the phone using electronics to disguise his voice and phone number. The suspect, identified as Daniel Christopher Leonard, 32, of Olympia, was taken into custody in Olympia last week, but his arrest wasn't made public until Thursday. According to published reports, Leonard is the human resources manager at Great Wolf Lodge at Grand Mound in Thurston...
  • Kitten rides 120km ride in wheel well

    12/12/2009 7:53:38 PM PST · by myknowledge · 15 replies · 1,324+ views
    Nine News ^ | December 13, 2009
    A man says a three-month-old kitten apparently hitched a cold, 200-kilometre ride in the wheel well of his SUV. Marc Lichty left Olympia, Washington, after finishing a day of work on Wednesday. He heard meowing when he stopped at a rest stop along the way home but couldn't see a cat, KPTV-TV reported. When he reached his home in Tualatin, Oregon, he heard the meowing again and grabbed a flashlight. Sure enough, he says, "the cat was up underneath in the spare tire spot." Daughter Jenna helped coax the passenger out with a bit of salmon. Lichty says he can't...
  • Snowe basks in the headlines of her Treachery

    10/13/2009 4:52:37 PM PDT · by publius321 · 33 replies · 1,187+ views
    The Senate panel approved the "health-care overhaul" and Olympia Snowe to no surprise "joined Democrats for a key vote on Obama's top domestic priority” reads today’s headline (at Snowe like a typical “moderate“ tried to distance herself from it just enough so that she can have something on record to point to after her negligence leads to our demise. The most egregious of her statements I found came after she verbalized that the bill is not what she would have liked “…but when history calls, history calls, and I happen to think that the consequences of inaction dictate the...
  • It'll be a 'holiday' tree only inside the state Capitol this coming winter.

    08/25/2009 9:54:07 AM PDT · by Patriot62 · 46 replies · 6,252+ views
    The Seattle Times ^ | 08/25/2009 | Janet I Tu
  • Ironic or Two-faced

    06/29/2009 5:57:47 PM PDT · by nateriver · 4 replies · 334+ views
    Congressman Baird was so outraged at the quick passing of the appropriations bill without it being read that he sponsored House Resolution 544. Bills are available on line for 72 hours before being voted. Congressman Baird had no problem Friday voting on something he didn’t have time to read as long as he got his cut of the deal.
  • 4,500 Attend Olympia Tea Party

    04/15/2009 7:26:40 PM PDT · by pissant · 29 replies · 938+ views
    Seattle Weekly ^ | 4/15/09 | Don Ward
    The Tea Party in Olympia has just broken up. Slated as one of the biggest in the state, the event lived up to its billing. The Washington State Patrol estimates that between 4,000 and 5,000 people packed the Capitol Campus, covering the Capitol steps and spilling out onto the lawn and nearby streets. Evergreen Freedom Foundation spokesperson Scott St. Clair said the event had a festive atmosphere, much like it was a public holiday. "We had no idea so many would come out," St. Clair said over the phone. "There were hundreds of signs - some of them pretty witty...
  • OLYMPIA WA TeaParty 12Noon April 15th

    04/14/2009 4:49:17 PM PDT · by llevrok · 5 replies · 525+ views
    At least two rallies are expected at the Capitol at noon Wednesday: • An 11:30 a.m. march from Olympia City Hall to the Capitol led by Olympia resident Ken Morse, a Republican who says he is concerned by federal spending growth. His event is called an Olympia Tea Party and is affiliated with American Families Association and its national TEA (Taxed Enough Already) Party events. • A noon rally, which Morse's group will likely merge into, sponsored on the Capitol steps by the Olympia-based Evergreen Freedom Foundation, a conservative think tank. EFF is protesting state spending.
  • After Action Report: Olympia WA Tax Party

    04/15/2009 4:25:22 PM PDT · by llevrok · 8 replies · 506+ views
    It was a great day! A crowd of 5,000 patriots (as estimated by the state patrol). Good speakers and, most of all, great spirits !!I met a few fellow FReepers too.This was a good start!!
  • Owners of Olympia (WA) pizza place cut off heat to employees

    01/02/2009 8:34:30 PM PST · by hoagy62 · 56 replies · 2,106+ views ^ | 1/2/09 | Jesse Jones
    LACEY, Wash. – Employees of a pizza delivery shop say the owners have cut off the heat in the store. And they say if the workers don’t like it, they can leave.
  • Governor's office deluged with calls on atheist sign

    12/03/2008 5:58:44 PM PST · by jazusamo · 38 replies · 1,479+ views
    Seattle PI ^ | December 3, 2008 | AP
    OLYMPIA -- An anti-religion billboard in the Washington state Capitol has started a firestorm on national television. Fox News' Bill O'Reilly had an eight-minute segment on his show Tuesday night decrying the inclusion of the atheistic billboard along with a holiday tree and a Christian nativity scene. Conservative TV personality O'Reilly called the display "political correctness gone mad" and urged viewers to call Gov. Chris Gregoire's office to complain. Gregoire spokesman Pearse Edwards says the office has been getting about 200 calls an hour, as well as e-mails. The Capitol has had a holiday tree, provided by the Association of...
  • Leni Riefenstahl Sails(11/3/38)

    11/03/2008 5:22:39 AM PST · by Homer_J_Simpson · 14 replies · 436+ views
    Microfiche-New York Times archives | 11/3/38 | No byline
  • SurveyUSA: In Washington State, McCain-Palin Slices Into Obama-Biden (Palin Helping Dino Rossi)

    09/08/2008 7:29:34 PM PDT · by GOPGuide · 94 replies · 399+ views
    SurveyUSA ^ | 09/08/08 | SurveyUSA
    Democrat Barack Obama's once double-digit lead in Washington state is no more, according to this latest SurveyUSA poll conducted exclusively for KING-TV Seattle and KATU-TV Portland Oregon. In an election today, 09/08/08, eight weeks till votes are counted, it's Obama 49%, McCain 45%. Compared to an identical SurveyUSA poll 4 weeks ago (before both candidates had named their running mates), Obama is down 2 points; McCain is up 1. Compared to an identical SurveyUSA poll 8 weeks ago, Obama is down 6; McCain is up 6. Obama led by 17 points in June, led by 16 points in July, led...
  • Horse racecourse in ancient Olympia discovered after 1600 years

    07/16/2008 11:07:22 AM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 7 replies · 96+ views
    AlphaGalileo ^ | July 14, 2008 | Johannes Gutenberg University, Mainz
    Pausanias, a travel writer of the ancient world, described this course for horse races, its starting mechanisms, turning points and altars in much detail in the 2nd century AD... Another - previously unheeded - written source from the 11th century AD goes so far as to state the size and dimensions of the enclosure: "The olympiad has a course for horse races that [has a length of] 8 stadia. Each of the long sides is 3 stadia and 1 plethron long, while the width to the starting gates measures 1 stadion and 4 plethra, [a total of] 4800 feet. Near...
  • May Day march expected to draw hundreds of illegal immigrants

    05/01/2008 3:07:06 PM PDT · by XR7 · 23 replies · 98+ views
    The Seattle Times ^ | 5/1/08 | Lornet Turnbull
    Hundreds, perhaps thousands, of illegal immigrants are expected to join supporters in a four-mile march through downtown Seattle at the height of rush hour today, proclaiming they're not illegal or undocumented — but workers. And at the same time, many more are expected to stay away, fearful of drawing the attention of immigration authorities or frustrated by the failure of Congress to fix the immigration system even as raids and deportations continue. "Two years ago, there was legislation in Congress and a tangible reason to turn out," said Louis DeSipio, an expert on Latino politics and associate professor of political...
  • Olympia, Greece - Olympic flame-lighting ceremony disrupted during Chinese speech

    03/24/2008 2:46:41 AM PDT · by HAL9000 · 6 replies · 433+ views
    AFP via translation | March 24, 2008
    via translation - ALERT - UL-2008 - Two men are trying to disrupt the ceremony ignition OLYMPIA (Greece) - Two men attempted to grab the microphone during the speech of the head of the Chinese Organizing Committee for games (Bocog), Liu Qi, ceremony, lighting of the flame in Olympia, according to several witnesses.
  • Discussion with FBI field office in Seattle re: the Olympia protests

    11/16/2007 1:15:24 PM PST · by doug from upland · 75 replies · 203+ views
    DFU discussion with FBI ^ | Nov. 16, 2007 | dfu
    This morning I left a message with the duty agent at the FBI field office in Seattle. A short time ago, the call was returned. We discussed the protests in Olympia, WA in which military vehicles have been blocked by protestors. The FBI undoubtedly knows what is happening in Olympia, but I called just to make sure. The agent was interested in my suggestion about the possibility of a college professor(s) at Evergreen State College encouraging students to block the military vehicles. I made it clear that I have no specific knowledge of that, but it has been hinted on...
  • Tension in Olympia as war protests escalate [Olympia Port Militarization Resistance]

    11/15/2007 4:27:28 AM PST · by Former Military Chick · 16 replies · 117+ views
    Seattle Times ^ | November 15, 2007 | Andrew Garber and Ralph Thomas
    OLYMPIA — This normally laid-back town is on edge after a week of raucous war protests that have resulted in dozens of arrests, broken windows and police firing pepper-spray projectiles to control restive crowds. More than 40 people were arrested Tuesday night after anti-war protesters tried to block shipments of military gear at Olympia's port for an Army Stryker Brigade recently returned from Iraq. Continued protests seem likely. Fort Lewis spokesman Joe Piek said the Army expects to finish moving equipment from the port in the next day or so. The protest group watches for military shipments at local ports...
  • Seditious outrage in Olympia: Protesters block trucks, pour cement on train tracks.

    11/14/2007 5:45:04 AM PST · by NavyCanDo · 115 replies · 294+ views
    Michelle ^ | 11-14-07 | Michelle Makin
    On Monday, I told you about the moonbat convergence in Olympia, Washington, where children are being used as human shields by anti-war zealots trying to block military shipments to and from Iraq. The demonstrators continue to run wild. Their latest acts of destruction and sabotage? Pouring cement on train tracks:
  • WA: 12 arrested as Fort Lewis cargo unloaded (Moonbats using children to block trucks )

    11/11/2007 12:49:07 AM PST · by Stoat · 55 replies · 129+ views
    The News Tribune ^ | November 10, 2007 | Jeremy Pawloski
    At least 12 arrested as protests move to downtown, I-5 entrance Jeremy Pawloski The Olympian  OLYMPIA -- At least 12 people have been arrested today as protests of military-cargo shipments from the Port of Olympia moved to downtown and the Plum Street entrance to Interstate 5. About 12:15 p.m., Olympia police arrested at least three people at Fourth Avenue and Plum Street. About 12:20 p.m., protesters gathered at the I-5 entrance in a failed attempt to block convoys. Police arrested at least nine people there.Protesters on foot blocked traffic at Fourth and Plum about noon by jumping in front...
  • Anti-war demonstrators protest military ship unloading in Olympia

    11/09/2007 7:21:52 PM PST · by george76 · 80 replies · 1,460+ views
    Associated Press ^ | Nov 6, 2007
    Anti-war protests have returned to the Port of Olympia with the unloading of a military ship bearing Army gear from a Stryker Brigade that recently returned to nearby Fort Lewis from Iraq. According to an initial news release Sunday from Olympia Port Militarization Resistance, the group at first did not plan to try to block cargo from being sent from the port to the Army post ... Late Monday, however, after the arrival of 950-foot roll-on, roll-off cargo vessel, group leaders said a series of votes and discussions resulted in a change in strategy. "As long as the war in...
  • Teacher caught with gun at school (Female carrying pistol for protection from ex-husband)

    10/01/2006 2:17:32 PM PDT · by Mini-14 · 133 replies · 3,088+ views
    The Olympian ^ | September 26, 2006 | Venice Buhain and Jeremy Pawloski
    LACEY - A 33-year-old teacher at Nisqually Middle School is on administrative leave after school officials discovered she brought a .38 Special handgun - along with bullets - on school grounds Thursday, according to the Thurston County Sheriff's Office.Teacher Mary Catherine Roe, who lives in Shelton, told deputies she was fearful of her husband and that he used a gun while assaulting her, according to a sheriff's report. Roe also has a domestic violence protection order against her husband, according to Mason County records. No decision was made Monday about whether Roe will face criminal charges, Deputy Prosecuting Attorney Dave...
  • State Republican switches parties mid-term

    03/15/2006 8:58:57 AM PST · by HostileTerritory · 22 replies · 854+ views
    AP/The Spokesman-Review ^ | March 15, 2006 | David Ammons
    OLYMPIA – Republican state Rep. Rodney Tom switched parties Tuesday and will challenge state Senate Republican Floor Leader Luke Esser this fall. An irritated state Republican Chairwoman Diane Tebelius demanded that Tom resign his House seat, but Tom said he intended to serve the balance of his term as a Democrat. Democrats, including Gov. Chris Gregoire, welcomed the convert. Gregoire called him to chat. The Democratic Party said Tom's switch reflects a growing disenchantment of suburban moderates with hardline Republicans.
  • State's taxpayers paid for a sex change

    02/10/2006 8:33:54 AM PST · by george76 · 16 replies · 597+ views
    Seattle Post-Intelligencer ^ | February 10, 2006 | CHRIS McGANN
    Auditor questions spending priorities... At a time when lawmakers struggled to find money for health care for the state's most vulnerable people, Washington taxpayers footed the bill for a sex-change operation, penile implants, breast augmentation and ear piercings. In his most recent review of state Medicaid expenses, Auditor Brian Sonntag found thousands of questionable expenditures in the 2004 fiscal year. One in particular jumped off the page. Medicaid paid $9,549.92 to surgically transform a woman into a man. "You pick up the paper or watch the evening news and you see senior citizens who can't get medications of diabetes and...
  • LIBTALK LETDOWN? Rove-less Indictment A Ratings Bust, Other Updates

    10/28/2005 12:15:24 AM PDT · by chuckpez · 3 replies · 673+ views
    The Radio Equalizer- Brian Maloney ^ | October 28th, 2005 | Brian Maloney
    For liberal talkers, still failing to carve a significant niche in a fiercely competitive media environment, today apparently won't bring their hoped-for "Fitz-mas". Yes, that's how they describe the elusive ratings windfall indicted senior Bush Administration officials might (in a Rhodesian fantasy world) bring to floundering "progressive" talk shows. Al Franken used the term (which refers to special counsel Patrick J Fitzgerald) during a Wednesday CNN interview, as have his radio counterparts, repeatedly. As the New York Times is now reporting, however, Karl Rove is not likely to face charges for now, if ever. Can "Scooter" Libby alone save liberal...
  • HOSTS FIGHT MUZZLING- Hosts, Management Dispute Situation, Plus: Roundup

    10/24/2005 10:08:13 PM PDT · by chuckpez · 2 replies · 337+ views
    The Radio Equalizer- Brian Maloney ^ | October 25th, 2005 | Brian Maloney
    Despite new management assertions to the contrary, two KVI/Seattle talk show hosts believe a July court ruling now prevents them from discussing a key November statewide ballot initiative on the airwaves. In a stunning decision, a Thurston County, Washington judge forced organizers of Initiative 912 to report, as in-kind campaign contributions, favorable comments made by KVI hosts Kirby Wilbur and John Carlson. Backers of I-912, which seeks to repeal a statewide gas tax hike, were required to place a dollar value on talk radio's supportive statements....(snip) ....Despite the August sackings of its key participants, one of sports talk's most peculiar...
  • Driver says her accident deputy's fault(your not going to believe this lawsuit)

    08/08/2005 1:35:01 AM PDT · by freepatriot32 · 36 replies · 2,297+ views ^ | Monday, August 8, 2005 | Richard Roesler
    OLYMPIA – Three years after getting drunk, blowing through a stop sign and triggering a wreck that left her passenger critically injured, a former Idaho resident has filed a $1.5 million claim against Washington's Pend Oreille County for not detaining her before she caused the crash. In her claim, Ashlen Lee says that on June 12, 2002, a county sheriff's deputy stopped her truck around 3:30 a.m. and could see that she had been drinking. But after quizzing her, the deputy let the 17-year-old drive away. The officer said he'd give them a warning," said Lee's attorney, W. Russell Van...
  • Agenda Becomes Clear- No Doubt Where Rachel Corrie's Parents Stand Now

    06/17/2005 12:12:04 AM PDT · by ScoopandDizzy · 6 replies · 400+ views
    The Radio Equalizer ^ | June 17, 2005 | Brian Maloney
    The frustrating story of Evergreen State College student Rachel Corrie, who was killed in Gaza after stepping in front of an Israeli bulldozer, is one that continues to ignite passions on both sides. Two years after her sad death, Corrie's parents have left no doubt as to their real agenda- working for the Palestinian cause. Is this really the best way to honor their daughter's memory? First, background on this complicated tale, including personal memories: