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  • Public University Bans ‘Treating Individuals Differently,’ Quickly Backtracks

    11/24/2015 3:10:07 AM PST · by markomalley · 6 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | 11/23/15 | Peter Hasson
    Until just a few days ago, students at Washington State University were prohibited from “treating individuals differently” or engaging in “uninvited correspondence and communication,” as part of the university’s policy on harassment and discrimination.The university’s policy listed 23 different examples of harassment or discrimination, including “following a practice that disproportionately impacts one group,” “name calling [and] jokes,” and “persistent attempts to enter into an amorous relationship.” After an inquiry from The Daily Caller regarding the policies, WSU removed any references to “treating individuals differently” and “uninvited correspondence and communication” before returning multiple requests for comment. The original policy can still be found in cached form.Kimberly...
  • Blakely teacher restricts Lego-play to her girl students in the pursuit of gender equity

    11/21/2015 12:25:03 PM PST · by QT3.14 · 72 replies
    Bainbridge Island Review ^ | November 9, 2015 | Jessica Shelton
    In Karen Keller’s kindergarten classroom, boys can’t play with Legos. They can have their pick of Tinkertoys and marble tracks, but the colorful bricks are “girls only.” “I always tell the boys, ‘You’re going to have a turn’ — and I’m like, ‘Yeah, when hell freezes over’ in my head,” she said. “I tell them, ‘You’ll have a turn’ because I don’t want them to feel bad.” Although her approach might anger some parents, Keller is sticking to her guns: It’s all part of a plan to get girls building during “free choice,” the 40 minutes of unstructured play time...
  • Cruz Announces Washington State Leadership Team

    11/18/2015 5:29:27 PM PST · by Isara · 9 replies
    TedCruz.org ^ | 11/18/15
    State. Rep. Graham Hunt to Serve as ChairHOUSTON, Texas — Presidential candidate Ted Cruz today named eleven people to his Washington State Leadership Team chaired by State Representative Graham Hunt and comprised of elected officials such as State Representative Jesse Young, young Republicans, Tea Party leaders, veterans, small business owners, and faith leaders."We have an exceptional team in Washington that is going to make our campaign very competitive in the primary," said Cruz. "Our growing team, lead by Representative Graham Hunt, has the experience, energy, and support we need to build a top-notch organization. Their support shows that we are...
  • In a First, Army to Open JBLM for Exchange with Chinese Troops

    11/13/2015 2:45:59 PM PST · by QT3.14 · 3 replies
    Military.com ^ | November 13, 2015
    Last month the Pentagon sent a tough signal to its fastest-growing rival in Asia when a U.S. Navy warship sailed close by an artificial Chinese island in the contested waters of the South China Sea. The message: The U.S. will stand by its allies as they confront China's increasingly muscular military. This month, the Defense Department picked Joint Base Lewis-McChord for a friendlier exchange between the two world powers. The Army is opening up the South Sound base for a weeklong exercise with its Chinese counterpart, the People's Liberation Army. It's fairly small compared with some of the standard engagements...
  • Seattle's post-marijuana legalization crime wave

    11/13/2015 5:37:39 AM PST · by rktman · 63 replies
    americanthinker.com ^ | 11/12/2015 | Sierra Rayne
    It turns out that Denver, Colorado may not be the only major American city seeing an increase in crime following marijuana legalization. Seattle, Washington looks to be experiencing some blowback as well. According to the Drug Policy Alliance, "[a]dult possession of marijuana became legal [in Washington State] on December 6, 2012, 30 days after the passage of I-502, the voter-approved initiative legalizing marijuana for adults 21 and older. A year-and-a-half later, the first retail marijuana store opened its doors on July 8, 2014." When we look at the number of total and property crimes in Seattle from 2008 through 2014,...
  • Feds Spend $460,809 Watching Preschoolers Outdoors

    11/12/2015 7:22:38 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 6 replies
    The Washington Free Beacon ^ | November 11, 2015 | Elizabeth Harrington
    The National Institutes of Health is spending nearly a half a million dollars for researchers to observe how much time preschoolers in daycare spend outdoors.The project will also use GPS and light sensors to track kids’ physical activity levels in a “robust” effort to fight childhood obesity.“Physical activity lowers the risk of obesity in children, is independently associated with numerous benefits related to health and well-being, and tracks from preschool-age to adolescence,” according to a grant awarded to Seattle Children’s Hospital. “The amount of time preschoolers spend outdoors is thought to correlate with their physical activity levels.”“Yet, most US children...
  • 'Slap in the face!': University drops pledge, flag from Veteran's Day service (Seattle)

    11/11/2015 2:01:23 PM PST · by ilovesarah2012 · 20 replies
    foxnews.com ^ | November 6, 2015 | Todd Starnes
    Patriotic students are infuriated after the Pledge of Allegiance and the Presentation of Colors were removed from Seattle Pacific University’s Veteran’s Day chapel over fears they might offend people. The university’s Military and Veteran Support Club was outraged by the chaplain’s decision. They called it a “slap in the face” of every soldier who fought, sacrificed and died for our freedoms. SPU is a Christian university of the Free Methodist tradition – but the student population includes a diverse group of denominations – including some that ascribe to pacifism. “The organizers decided not to include the pledge of allegiance and...
  • The Avoidable Destruction of an Iconic American Industry

    11/07/2015 9:14:44 AM PST · by rktman · 33 replies
    americanthinker.com ^ | 11/7/2015 | Michael J. Mueller
    As a result of China’s flooding the world market with cheap, state-subsidized aluminum and our president’s irrational aversion to fossil fuels, a 127-year-old American industry is in danger of disappearing. This week, the two largest primary aluminum producers in the United States announced curtailment of aluminum production at key smelters across the country. Alcoa announced that it was halting smelting operations at its Intalco Works (583 employees) and Wenatchee plants (428 employees) in Washington state, its Massena West plant in New York (500 employees) and that it was curtailing alumina refining capacity at its Point Comfort facility in Texas. Century...
  • University Cuts Pledge of Allegiance from Veterans Day Chapel Because It Makes Some 'Uncomfortable'

    11/06/2015 5:47:11 PM PST · by Kaslin · 58 replies
    The College Fix ^ | November 6, 2015
    UpdatedVeterans group outraged by 'this slap in the face'Veterans group outraged by ‘this slap in the face’An evangelical university is removing the Pledge of Allegiance from its Veterans Day chapel service in response to complaints that patriotism has no place in worship.The "presentation of the colors," in which a color guard presents or retires an American flag, has also been excised from the schedule.In a Wednesday email to Seattle Pacific University faculty members who are military veterans, obtained by The College Fix, Chaplain Bo Lim said "some people mentioned to me that they would be uncomfortable doing [the Pledge of...
  • Washington State Initiative 1366 by Eyman is Ahead!

    11/05/2015 11:37:55 PM PST · by entropy12 · 6 replies
    ballotpedia ^ | November 5, 2015 | BallotPedia
    This measure would decrease the state retail sales tax rate on April 15, 2016, from 6.5 percent to 5.5 percent. The sales tax rate would not be decreased if, by April 15, 2016, two-thirds of both legislative houses refer to the ballot a vote on a constitutional amendment that requires two-thirds legislative approval or voter approval to raise taxes, and majority legislative approval to set the amount of a fee increase. Initiative 1366 aimed to circumvent citizens' lack of power to initiate constitutional amendments. Eyman's 2015 initiative put the state legislature in a bind, forcing them to either put his...
  • Could Mount St Helens be about to erupt? Massive magma chamber found below the volcano ...

    11/05/2015 10:25:45 AM PST · by Red Badger · 111 replies
    www.dailymail.co.uk ^ | 12:49 EST, 5 November 2015 | By Richard Gray
    Geologists have discovered a second magma chamber beneath volcano They believe this feeds the smaller chamber directly below the mountain Earthquakes in the area may be a sign of magma pumping between them Geologists still consider Mount St Helens to be of high risk of erupting Its scarred and jagged crater is a reminder of the terrible devastation that Mount St Helens wrought over the Washington countryside 35 years ago. Now a new study of the volcanic plumbing lurking beneath the 8,363ft (2,459 metre) summit suggests the volcano could yet again blow its top in an explosive eruption. Geologists studying...
  • Washington Voters Appear To Approve Eyman Tax-Limiting Measure

    11/04/2015 9:48:27 AM PST · by bkopto · 6 replies
    Northwest Public Radio ^ | Nov 4, 2015 | Austin Jenkins
    Washington voters are showing once again that they like the idea of a two-thirds requirement for tax hikes. In early returns, Initiative 1366 was passing with 54 percent of the vote. This was the latest offering from professional initiative sponsor Tim Eyman. It would cut the state sales tax by a penny next spring unless Washington lawmakers send voters a constitutional amendment. That amendment would require a two-thirds vote of the legislature or a vote of the people to raise taxes. At a gathering in Seattle, Eyman declared victory. "I think it's time once and for all for us to...
  • 2 injured when man accidentally fires rifle at gun show

    11/03/2015 4:31:13 PM PST · by RandallFlagg · 29 replies
    GARDEN CITY, Idaho (AP) — Two men were injured at an Idaho gun show Saturday morning after a vendor from Washington state accidentally fired a rifle, Ada County Sheriff’s officials said.
  • Seattle Mayor declares ‘civil emergency’ as homelessness increases 21 percent

    11/02/2015 11:24:12 AM PST · by simpson96 · 71 replies
    KIRO TV ^ | 11/2/2015 | Staff
    In response to what the Seattle mayor calls a growing homeless crisis in the city, Ed Murray signed a proclamation declaring a civil emergency.More than 2,800 men, women, and children are without shelter on the streets of Seattle, which is a 21 percent increase from last year, according to the latest overnight count. "We are in a moment of our history where decades of service cuts, growing inequality, and untreated mental health and drug [addiction] has finally resulted in a human crisis seen in the history of our city -- indeed in the history of our nation," Murray said.(snip) Many...
  • Chipotle shuts Seattle, Portland stores after E. coli outbreak

    11/02/2015 9:48:09 AM PST · by Theoria · 30 replies
    Reuters ^ | 02 Nov 2015 | Ransdell Pierson and Lisa Baertlein
    Chipotle Mexican Grill Inc said on Sunday it had closed all its restaurants in two West Coast markets due to a reported outbreak of E. coli bacteria that is being investigated by the company and health authorities. "After being notified by health department officials in the Seattle (Wash.) and Portland, Ore. areas that they were investigating approximately 20 cases of E. coli, including people who ate at six of our restaurants in those areas, we immediately closed all of our restaurants in the area out of an abundance of caution," Chipotle said in an emailed statement. The company said the...
  • ‘We Need an Energy Miracle’ Bill Gates

    11/01/2015 6:39:50 PM PST · by BeauBo · 82 replies
    The Atlantic ^ | Nov 2015 | James Bennet
    "On why the free market won’t develop new forms of energy fast enough: ...Without a substantial carbon tax, there’s no incentive for innovators or plant buyers to switch."
  • Football Coach ‘Devastated’ After Being Suspended for Post-Game Prayer

    10/30/2015 8:04:12 AM PDT · by kindred · 35 replies
    http://dailysignal.com ^ | 10/29/15 | Leah Jessen
    High school football coach Joe Kennedy was suspended Wednesday for praying after games at the 50-yard line. It’s like straight out of a movie. High school football coach Joe Kennedy, inspired by the Christian faith-based film “Facing the Giants,” walks to the 50-yard line after games to thank God for the players he has the opportunity to coach. As of Wednesday, Kennedy has been suspended and is no longer able to participate in football program activities because of his post-game prayers. A letter sent to Kennedy by the school district informed the coach that he has been placed on paid...
  • Bremerton HS students invite satanists to oppose praying coach [Psalms 9]

    10/30/2015 9:04:07 AM PDT · by Jan_Sobieski · 26 replies
    GOP USA ^ | 10/29/2015 | Kitsap Sun
    BREMERTON -- When the Bremerton Knights take the field against Sequim on Thursday, a group of Satanists dressed in ceremonial robes will be watching from the stands. The members of The Satanic Temple of Seattle say they are coming to the game to advocate for religious equality, in light of the controversy sparked by Bremerton High School assistant football coach Joe Kennedy, who has threatened to sue the school district if he is not allowed to pray on the field after games. Bremerton School District spokeswoman Patty Glaser confirmed Wednesday the district has received a request from the Satanic Temple...
  • Football Coach Suspended for Praying after Satanist Threat

    10/29/2015 8:50:33 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 8 replies
    Breitbart Big Governmernt ^ | 29 Oct 2015 | (Breitbart News)
    Joe Kennedy, who coaches football at Bremerton High School in Washington State, has been suspended for praying after a Friday night football game that Satanists had threatened to protest. A student had invited The Satanic Temple of Seattle to attend the game to protest the schools tolerance of the coachs prayer, and to force the Bremerton School District to clarify its policy. Although Kennedy does not instruct or encourage any students to join him when he prays, the school board had ordered him never again to pray in public.
  • BREAKING: High school boots praying football coach

    10/29/2015 7:26:23 AM PDT · by PROCON · 56 replies
    foxnews ^ | Oct. 28, 2015 | Todd Starnes
    Coach Joe Kennedy has been booted from the locker room at Bremerton High School in Washington State, Fox News has learned exclusively. Superintendent Aaron Leavell placed the longtime coach on administrative leave after he refused to stop his post-game prayers.“Effective immediately, pending further District review of your conduct, you are placed on paid administrative leave from your position as an assistant coach with the Bremerton High School football program,” Level wrote to the coach in an Oct. 28th letter. “You may not participate, in any capacity, in BHS football program activities.”
  • Teen Brothers Busted On Pimping Counts (Boys, 15 and 17, ran prostitution ring)

    10/27/2015 1:14:15 PM PDT · by simpson96 · 67 replies
    The Smoking Gun ^ | 10/23/2015 | Staff
    A 15-year-old Washington boy and his 17-year-old brother operated a prostitution ring that employed underage hookers who kicked back money to the duos mother, according to investigators.The accused pimps--Dionte Hunter and his older brother Thaishaun--are locked up on felony charges stemming from the prostitution business, which operated from their Spokane home.According to an October 20 court filing, Diontes involvement in the prostitution operation began when the 4 10, 100-pound defendant was still 14. The Hunter brothers (Thaishaun is at left) are pictured in the adjacent Facebook photo.Police first learned that the brothers were turning out several women via backpage.com ads...
  • Arson at W. Seattle Islamic center rattles local Muslims

    10/20/2015 3:56:23 AM PDT · by WhiskeyX · 43 replies
    KOMO 4 News ^ | Oct 19, 2015 at 6:54 PM PDT Updated: Oct 19, 2015 at 9:11 PM PDT | Mark Miller
    SEATTLE -- An early morning fire intentionally set at an East African community center in West Seattle's High Point Neighborhood has raised a disturbing question. Muslim leaders and members of 21st Century Basic Human Services want to know if their center was the target of a hate crime.
  • Controversial tweet leads to questions about $1B ballot measure

    10/20/2015 3:52:43 AM PDT · by WhiskeyX · 7 replies
    KOMO 4 News ^ | Oct 19, 2015 at 6:39 PM PDT | Lindsay Cohen
    SEATTLE -- Laura Dodson knows a thing or two about numbers. Dodson, an accountant, was doing yard work at her boyfriend's Maple Leaf home earlier this month when workers for the Move Seattle levy came knocking. He expressed his disapproval for the ballot measure, which asks voters to allocate $930 million for walking, cycling, and transportation improvements in Seattle. "Absolutely, he did not agree with this levy at all," Dodson said. "He disagreed a bit with the proposition and so (the worker) backed off and said, 'oh, okay.'" For a woman who has a built a career on mathematics, calculations,...
  • Why Meat Eaters Might Pay Higher Rent

    10/17/2015 9:09:33 PM PDT · by smokingfrog · 30 replies
    realtor.com ^ | 10-16-15 | Lisa Davis
    A landlord who cares deeply about your health? Well, thats the story, anyway. Jinesh Varia, who is renting out a three-bedroom townhouse with a fireplace and a Jacuzzi tub in Bothell, WA, a Seattle suburb, is offering a $200 discount on the $2,200 monthly rent to prospective tenants who pledge not to eat meat. Is it a canny attempt to publicize his rental property with a nifty discount? Or a blatant effort to blast the word about his favorite cause, environmental activism via vegetarianism? Well, maybe its a bit of both. Varia is a member of Vegetarians of Washington, a...
  • Mining on 10 Million Acres in Six States Impacted by BLMs Proposed Withdrawal ( sage-grouse )

    10/10/2015 6:09:16 PM PDT · by george76 · 17 replies
    Western Mining Alliance ^ | October 9, 2015 | mucker
    On September 24, 2015, the federal Bureau of Land Management (BLM) published a Notice of Proposed Withdrawal (BLM notice), proposing to withdraw from mineral location and entry federal lands identified as sagebrush focal areas in Idaho, Montana, Nevada, Oregon, Utah, and Wyoming. The BLM notice commences a two-year temporary segregation period, prohibiting location and entry of new mining claims on BLM and U.S. Forest Service lands in these sagebrush focal areas. If the BLM decides to withdraw the area at the end of the segregation period, the withdrawal will last up to 20 years, but could be extended in the...
  • USFS Road Closures Balloon to 21,000 Miles in Montana Counting More Categories

    10/10/2015 12:08:43 PM PDT · by george76 · 28 replies
    Media Trackers ^ | September 17, 2015 | Ron Catlett
    accounting for roads that have been decommissioned along with roads considered unauthorized, the mileage of road closures on U.S. Forest Service (USFS) land in Montana balloons to 21,951 miles. On Monday, Media Trackers reported that a study commissioned by the state legislature earlier this year and reported to the EQC last week found that 9,784 or nearly 31 percent of the nearly 32,000 miles of roads in Montana managed by the USFS were level 1 roads, meaning they are closed to motorized traffic and only open for administrative use. However, the 32,000 total miles of roads does not...
  • Deal approved to protect grizzly bear habitat in Montana ( Donald Molloy )

    10/10/2015 11:13:51 AM PDT · by george76 · 74 replies
    Reuters ^ | 10-10-2015 | Laura Zuckerman
    A U.S. judge on Friday approved a deal between conservationists and Montana officials to restrict road-building and logging in roughly 22,000 acres of state forest lands that make up core habitat for federally protected grizzlies. The agreement resolves a lawsuit brought by conservationists after the state had sought to open 37,000 acres , mostly in the Stillwater State Forest, to timber harvesting despite what environmentalists said would be the destruction of prime grizzly bear territory. ... U.S. District Judge Donald W. Molloy in a decision last year found the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service violated the Endangered Species Act by...
  • Hammonds to serve 5 years in prison [ Oregon ranchers vs BLM ]

    10/09/2015 5:51:15 PM PDT · by george76 · 50 replies
    Oregon Farm Bureau ^ | October 7, 2015 | Barry Bushue
    Today two Oregon ranchers were sentenced to five years in federal prison under terrorism statutes for setting preventative fires on their own land. We are gravely disappointed at this outcome. Elderly Harney County rancher Dwight Hammond and his son, Steven, a former OFB Board member and Harney County Farm Bureau president, have already served time in federal prison for their mistakes and paid their debt to society for the less-than-140 acres of BLM land that was accidentally impacted by the fires. This is an example of gross government overreach, and the public should be outraged. Todays verdict is also hypocritical...
  • Dori has a problem with 'yoga for people of color' class [No Whites Welcome]

    10/08/2015 6:37:41 PM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 39 replies
    Mynorthwest.com ^ | 10/7/15 | Eric Mandel
    If it's illegal and considered racist for a white, straight business owner to deny service to a gay person or person of color, shouldn't the same be true for a yoga class that bars white people from attending? KIRO Radio's Dori Monson thinks so. Rainier Beach Yoga in Seattle has a class called "yoga for people of color." It started last week and runs once a month. Teresa Wang, co-founder of the specialized class, said it was started by five queer people of color who came together to create a safe space for people of color who might otherwise be...
  • Pumpkins Fly Through the Air at Washington Farm

    10/06/2015 3:38:21 PM PDT · by smokingfrog · 19 replies
    ABC | 10-6-15 | unattributed
    Visitors to a popular Washington state pumpkin patch should not be alarmed if they see pumpkins flying over their heads. That is exactly how the pumpkin patchs owner intends it to be. John Thompson, a fourth-generation farmer, is the mastermind behind his farms pumpkin cannons that draw hundreds of visitors each October to his Naches, Wash., farm. Theyre kind of a hook, Thompson said of the cannons, which he built himself. People see them go off and then want to buy a pumpkin or go through the corn maze." "Every year I try to do something different in the pumpkin...
  • Environmentalists stop grazing on monument ( Wild Earth Guardians - Colorado )

    10/05/2015 2:47:36 PM PDT · by george76 · 16 replies
    Durango Herald ^ | October 04, 2015 | Jim Mimiaga
    Two allotments delayed pending more studies. A coalition of environmental groups have forced public land managers to delay a grazing permit decision on Canyons of the Ancients National Monument. Grand Canyon Trust, Western Watershed Project, Wild Earth Guardians, National Resource Defense Council, Wildlands Defense, the Sierra Club and Durango-based Great Old Broads for Wilderness collectively filed a 27-page protest against the proposed Flodine and Yellow Jacket grazing allotments on the monument ... they want the two allotments permanently closed to grazing ... The groups challenged a recent decision plan by the BLM to issue 10-year terms for the allotments, located...
  • Army vet shot 5 times trying to stop Ore. shooter - and survives

    10/03/2015 5:16:47 AM PDT · by grimalkin · 35 replies
    KOMO News ^ | 10/2/15 | Associated Press
    ROSEBURG, Ore. (AP) - When the gunshots started at Umpqua Community College, some people mistook them for falling books. But Army veteran Chris Mintz quickly recognized the threat. "He was in the military and knew what it was," said Mintz's aunt, Wanda Mintz. He was hit in both legs, his stomach, his back and in the hand, but the bullets did not hit any of his vital organs. He has two rods in his legs and is going to be in a wheelchair for the foreseeable future, she said.
  • Christians targeted at college massacre

    10/02/2015 7:09:29 AM PDT · by rktman · 40 replies
    wnd.com ^ | 10/2/2015 | Douglas Ernst
    Gunman ID'd: 'You are going to see God in just about 1 second' Chris Harper-Mercer, 26, has been identified by law-enforcement officials as the gunman who shot and killed at least 10 people and injured 20 at a community college in Roseburg, Oregon, according to the New York Times. He appears to be an angry young man who was very filled with hate, one law-enforcement official said. Officials said Mercer lived in the area but was not a student at the college. Douglas County Sheriff John Hanlin said the gunman was killed during a confrontation with officers shortly after they...
  • Bureau of Land Management set to close 600 miles of Colorado roads

    09/29/2015 9:46:56 AM PDT · by george76 · 96 replies
    Watchdog ^ | September 25, 2015 | Marjorie Haun
    Despite a long process involving collaboration between local officials the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) in Western Colorado, the federal land agency is proceeding with the closure of roads that have been traveled for 50 or more years. The road closures comprise a portion of the BLMs Resource Management Plan (RMP) for Mesa County, of which, 73 percent is controlled by the federal government . ... public roads, used by off-roaders, hunters, farmers, ranchers and, during wildfire season, firefighting crews. ... Jody Green, a member of Public Lands Access Association and long-time activist working to preserve access into federally-managed lands,...
  • State Gives 10-Yr-Olds Free Birth Control Implants

    09/29/2015 6:53:14 AM PDT · by Enlightened1 · 48 replies
    Judicial Watch ^ | 09/29/15
    Children as young as 10 years old are receiving taxpayer-funded birth control in Washington State, according to public records obtained by Judicial Watch from the agency that provides medical coverage for the poor. JW filed a public records request with the Washington Health Care Authority after reading a disturbing article in a pro-life news site over the summer about a Seattle high school that offers different forms of birth control without parental knowledge or consent. This includes implanting an intrauterine device (IUD) in a girls uterus free of cost. Its part of an initiative offered by Medicaid, the joint federal...
  • Roskam: Republicans Gather Enough Votes For Special Conference To Slow Down Speakership Election

    09/28/2015 5:42:28 AM PDT · by Rockitz · 38 replies
    Breitbart.com ^ | 27 Sep 2015 | Matthew Boyle
    (Washington, DC) Republicans in the House of Representatives have banded together to ensure a cooperative debate on strategy and party disagreements before House GOP conference chairwoman Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-WA) can try to help House Majority Leader Rep. Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) take Rep. John Boehner (R-OH)s s soon-to-be-vacated job as House Speaker, and instead force a special extended conference meeting that can now happen without McMorris Rodgers approval. The debate is enabled by Rep. Peter Roskam (R-IL), who was circulating a letter to his colleagues calling for debate on the Speakership process. At least 50 fellow GOP members have...
  • 2 dead, many injured after bus, Ride the Ducks boat collide on Aurora Bridge

    09/24/2015 12:14:37 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 56 replies
    Seattle PI ^ | September 24, 2015 | LYNSI BURTON & LEVI PULKKINEN
    Photos at link Chaotic scene as firefighters scramble to pull injured people from vehicles Two fatalities and nine critical injuries were reported Thursday after a Ride the Ducks duck boat collided with a charter bus on Aurora Bridge in central Seattle. The crash occurred shortly after 11:11 a.m., blocking all lanes of the state Route 99 bridge. Fire crews were on the scene and drivers were directed to use alternate routes. The Seattle Fire Department confirmed that two people had died and nine were critically injured. It wasnt immediately clear how severe the injuries sustained were or how many people...
  • State Fair Bans Guns; State Fair Workers Robbed at Gun Pont

    09/23/2015 8:33:36 PM PDT · by marktwain · 30 replies
    Ammoland ^ | 23 September, 2015 | Dean Weingarten
    Washington State Fair is one of the few locations in the State that bans the legal carry of firearms. That policy is directly stated in the rules for the fair. From thefair.com: The following items will not be allowed at the Washington State Fair,Weapons of any kind, including knives and all firearms The effect of creating a weapons free zone was not lost on a group of criminals. They used the fact that fair workers were known to be disarmed to their advantage. Three different armed robberies of State Fair workers were committed in less than 20 minutes, on...
  • Seattle May Soon Force Uber And Lyft Drivers To Unionize

    09/23/2015 6:49:12 PM PDT · by markomalley · 37 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | 9/23/15 | Connor D Wolf
    The Seattle City Council began considering a bill Wednesday it claims will help give Uber and Lyft drivers a voice, but which critics say is nothing more than a giveaway to unions.Democratic Councilman Mike OBrien introduced the bill, which would impact contract drivers for Uber, Lyft and any other ride-sharing company. The goal, its supporters say, is to give the drivers more of a voice by allowing drivers to collectively negotiate.The majority of drivers for hire come from historically disadvantaged communities, the city council noted in an issue page on its website. Unfortunately, they are often taken advantage of by...
  • F-18 Crashes West of Lemoore

    09/21/2015 6:21:40 PM PDT · by Mat_Helm · 17 replies
    Hanford Sentinal ^ | 09/21/15 | Staff reports
    An F/A-18 fighter jet aircraft has crashed west of Naval Air Station Lemoore. The crash, which happened Monday, was north of Highway 198 in a dirt field just east of the Kings/Fresno county line, about two miles west of NASL, according to Adam Barresi, a spokesman for the California Highway Patrol. The pilot reportedly ejected from the aircraft in mid-air, parachuted to the ground, landed and walked over to emergency responders on scene, according to Kings County Fire Chief Bill Lynch. Lynch said the crash happened around 4 p.m. The pilot's name wasn't immediately available. The parachute was reported as...
  • Green Bay QB Aaron Rodgers appears to take a jab at Seahawk Russell Wilson (Mocks God)

    09/21/2015 7:10:22 AM PDT · by nhwingut · 62 replies
    Seattle Times ^ | 09/21/2015 | Bob Condotta
    Green Bay quarterback Aaron Rodgers insisted throughout the week that he wouldnt be thinking about anything that had happened in past games with the Seattle Seahawks as the two teams prepared for a rematch. But after the Packers beat the Seahawks 27-17 in Green Bay Sunday night, Rodgers made a comment that appeared to show some of the history with the Seahawks was on his mind. Specifically, comments Seattle quarterback Russell Wilson made after the NFC Championship game crediting the Seahawks comeback to God. Asked after the game a question about the Packers have been able to create and deal...
  • So Is Barack Obama a Muslim or What?

    09/21/2015 7:04:21 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 100 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 09/21/2015 | Jack Cashill
    The fallacy that President Obama is a Muslim has tripped up many a politician, said NPRs Jessica Taylor hopefully on Friday, and on Thursday night, GOP presidential front-runner Donald Trump was its latest victim. Trumps presumed faux pas was his failure to correct a questioner who asserted that Barack Obama was a Muslim. Taylors real error as a reporter, like that of all her mainstream colleagues, was to dismiss the questioners assertion as a fallacy without providing any evidence to the contrary. Strange but true, reporters pride themselves on knowing nothing about Obamas roots. Last month, for instance, Catherine Thompson...
  • Vegan group targets Bellevue butcher on Facebook (Freeplike this small business)

    09/20/2015 7:57:00 PM PDT · by freedumb2003 · 13 replies
    KING5 WA ^ | 9/18/2015 | Elisa Hahn
    A Bellevue butcher is learning first hand that promoting your business through Facebook can make you vulnerable to more than bad reviews. The owner of Golden Steer Choice Meats just wanted to expand his presence on social media like so many other companies do. But the Facebook reviews became so vicious, he realized the problem was more than just a few angry customers. John Dick said when he updated the business' Facebook page a few weeks ago, the store was enjoying 5-star endorsements. This week, the business' rating plummeted. "I'm like 'Wow, what did I do?'" said Dick. "I must...
  • Football Coach, Former Marine Could Be Fired for Leading Players in Prayer

    09/16/2015 3:07:54 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 18 replies
    KFOR ^ | SEPTEMBER 16, 2015 | K. QUERRY
    An investigation has been opened into the religious practices of a popular football coach in Washington. Joe Kennedy is the junior varsity coach and assistant coach of Bremertons varsity football team. Recently, he says he was told that he would be fired if he continued to lead his players in prayer on the 50-yard line following football games. Sophomore quarterback Savante Perrigo says the prayers are voluntary and even remembers a time when one player told the coach he didnt believe in God. He didnt get punished for it. He just sat out and just waited for the rest of...
  • Chinese Leader Xis Seattle Visit Confirmed (Executives, Boeing Roll Out Red Carpet)

    09/16/2015 2:27:23 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 7 replies
    Seattle Times ^ | September 16, 2015 | Janet I. Tu
    Its official: Seattle will be the first stop for Chinese President Xi Jinping in the U.S. when he makes his first state visit to the White House next week. Xi, whom some regard as the most powerful Chinese leader since Deng Xiaoping, will be in Seattle Sept. 22-24. While here, he is expected to meet with CEOs of tech and other companies, as well as government officials; visit Boeing and Microsoft; and drop in at a school in Tacoma. He is also expected to give his only policy speech of the trip at a banquet Tuesday evening at the Westin...
  • Weather Conditions for: Burlington/Mount Vernon, Skagit Regional Airport, WA. KBVS NWS/FAA)

    09/16/2015 6:12:52 AM PDT · by WhiskeyX · 12 replies
    NWS/FAA ^ | 16 Sep 5:35 am PDT | NWS/FAA
    Weather Conditions for: Burlington/Mount Vernon, Skagit Regional Airport, WA. Time (PDT) 16 Sep 5:35 am PDT Temp.(f) 82
  • Seattle sued over recycling inspectors keeping tabs on residents' trash

    09/14/2015 3:39:23 PM PDT · by Blood of Tyrants · 40 replies
    Foxnews ^ | 9/14/15 | Dan Springer
    When it comes to garbage, the city of Seattle has launched a waste war. Nine full-time solid waste inspectors have been hired as part of a controversial program to check city trash to make sure people are recycling. Additionally, contracted waste haulers have been effectively deputized as trash police, given the authority to tag bins when people fail to recycle and compost enough. The program is now the subject of a lawsuit, as residents fume over what some call an intrusive government program. I understand people have noble goals, said Keli Carender, who got tagged two weeks in a row,...
  • 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...
  • Man dies, woman hurt in Tacoma hammer attack, police say

    09/08/2015 8:20:24 PM PDT · by djwright · 26 replies
    Seattle Times ^ | September 8th, 2015 | Seattle Times staff/AP
    TACOMA Tacoma police say a man has died and a woman was seriously hurt in a hammer attack; a suspect has been arrested.
  • Iran Deal Scorecard (41 Senate Democrats Stand With Iran, Cantwell undeclared)

    09/08/2015 8:21:20 AM PDT · by Dave346 · 19 replies
    1 on the Fence Senator Cantwell (D-WA) 41 stand with Iran 58 stand with America