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  • Dori has a problem with 'yoga for people of color' class [No Whites Welcome]

    10/08/2015 6:37:41 PM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 30 replies ^ | 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 patch’s owner intends it to be. John Thompson, a fourth-generation farmer, is the mastermind behind his farm’s pumpkin cannons that draw hundreds of visitors each October to his Naches, Wash., farm. “They’re 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 · 15 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 ^ | 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 BLM’s 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 girl’s uterus free of cost. It’s 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 ^ | 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 wasn’t 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 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 O’Brien 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 wouldn’t 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 NPR’s Jessica Taylor hopefully on Friday, “and on Thursday night, GOP presidential front-runner Donald Trump was its latest victim.” Trump’s presumed faux pas was his failure to correct a questioner who asserted that Barack Obama was a Muslim. Taylor’s real error as a reporter, like that of all her mainstream colleagues, was to dismiss the questioner’s assertion as a “fallacy” without providing any evidence to the contrary. Strange but true, reporters pride themselves on knowing nothing about Obama’s 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 Bremerton’s 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 didn’t believe in God. “He didn’t get punished for it. He just sat out and just waited for the rest of...
  • Chinese Leader Xi’s 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
    It’s 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

    09/07/2015 6:59:07 PM PDT · by smokingfrog · 48 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 9-1-15 | Awr Hawkins
    Officials in Tacoma, Washington, want to put a drop box in the city where individuals who want to turn in guns for destruction can do so anonymously. According to The News Tribune, the plan is to create a box where “people turn in guns for destruction without getting their names on a police report.” Officials believe it will provide an outlet for those who now have guns they want to dispose of but can’t because there is no way to do so without interaction with police. The box will be designed as “a secure receptacle where people can turn over...
  • Washington Supreme Court rules charter schools are unconstitutional

    09/06/2015 1:56:08 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 26 replies
    Hot ^ | September 6, 2015 | TAYLOR MILLARD
    Charter schools in Washington state could be on the way out before ever really getting started. The Washington Supreme Court ruled Friday the schools couldn’t exist for several reasons, including the fact the charter schools aren’t governed by elected officials. The Olympian has a roundup of the Supreme Court’s decision. In the lead opinion, Chief Justice Barbara Madsen said the case wasn’t about the merits of charter schools, simply whether they were eligible for public funds. Citing state Supreme Court precedent from 1909, she said they are not eligible because they are not under the control of local voters. Washington...
  • ‘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>
  • Iran Deal Scorecard (Only 5 Undeclared Democratic Senators remain - contact info at link)

    09/05/2015 9:30:46 AM PDT · by Dave346 · 15 replies
    5 on the Fence Senator Blumenthal (D - CT) Senator Manchin (D - WV) Senator Peters (D - MI) Senator Wyden (D - OR) Senator Cantwell (D - WA) 38 stand with Iran 57 stand with America
  • Blaze that heavily damaged a Planned Parenthood clinic in Washington state WAS arson

    09/05/2015 10:07:24 AM PDT · by Morgana · 35 replies ^ | 5 September 2015 | Associated Press
    An early morning blaze at a Planned Parenthood clinic in Washington state was arson, according to fire investigators. Pullman Fire Department investigator Chris Wehrung said on Friday afternoon that the cause is arson, but a joint task force is still investigating and he declined to release other details. The fire that occurred shortly after 3.30am on Friday heavily damaged a clinic in the college town of Pullman Fire officials said there was extensive fire, smoke and heat damage to the front of the building, which was deemed structurally unsafe because of the damaged beams. Planned Parenthood spokeswoman Tanya Riordan told...
  • Arson was cause of Planned Parenthood fire in Washington

    09/05/2015 6:51:54 AM PDT · by markomalley · 41 replies
    AP ^ | 9/5/15
    A pre-dawn blaze that heavily damaged a Planned Parenthood clinic was arson, fire investigators in Washington state determined Friday. Pullman Fire Department investigator Chris Wehrung also said a task force involving local agencies was investigating with the help of federal agencies. He declined to release other details. The fire follows a recent wave of protests at Planned Parenthood clinics across the country. On Aug. 22, some 500 protesters gathered outside the Pullman clinic, waving signs and calling for Congress to defund the organization. Many protesters referenced a series of videos released by anti-abortion activists in California that appeared to show...
  • 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...
  • Sources: Reichert Seriously Considering Washington Governor’s Race

    09/02/2015 3:11:29 PM PDT · by Clintonfatigued · 16 replies
    Roll Call Politics ^ | September 2, 2015 | Nathan L. Gonzales
    Republican Rep. Dave Reichert is seriously considering a gubernatorial bid in Washington state, according to multiple GOP sources. The congressman has been the consistent source of rumors for a statewide bid over the past decade. But those rumors were often fueled by House Democrats who wanted him to leave behind a competitive open seat or Republicans focused on the Senate and governorships. “This time is the most serious I’ve ever seen him,” Mike Shields, the congressman’s former chief of staff, said. Reichert is considering challenging Democratic Gov. Jay Inslee, the former House member who is running for his second term...
  • Suit: The Minimum Wage Is A Ploy To ‘Break’ The Franchise Model

    09/01/2015 6:52:19 PM PDT · by markomalley · 16 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | 9/1/15 | Connor D. Wolf
    Franchisees argued in an appeals court Tuesday that the Seattle $15 minimum wage doesn’t just disproportionately hurt their businesses, it was designed to be that way.Seattle led the way in implementing a $15 minimum wage back in June of 2014. To help mitigate the potential for economic harm, the increase was written to phase in over the course of several years, with small businesses allowed extra time to adjust. Small businesses except individually owned franchisees.“Hundreds of small, locally-owned businesses and thousands of their employees are unfairly threatened by Seattle’s new law,” The International Franchise Association President Steve Caldeira said back...
  • The State Supreme Court Has Ruled Airport Workers Get the $15 Minimum Wage. Here’s Why.

    08/31/2015 1:52:18 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 16 replies
    Seattle Weekly ^ | thu., Aug 20 2015 | Casey Jaywork
    The Washington Supreme Court ruled 5-4 Thursday that the city of SeaTac’s groundbreaking $15 minimum wage law applies to the SeaTac airport, and not just the city outside of the airport. The decision reversed a lower court’s ruling and is a major victory for labor over business. On one side stood the Port of Seattle (which owns and operates the SeaTac airport) and business interests including Alaska Airlines and the Washington Restaurant Association; on the other, the city of SeaTac and the SeaTac Committee for Good Jobs, which pushed the original $15 initiative in SeaTac and is a project of...
  • 2 killed, half-million lose power in Seattle-area windstorm

    08/30/2015 8:54:49 AM PDT · by nuconvert · 32 replies
    Seattle Times ^ | August 29, 2015
    Two people were killed by falling branches, and more than 463,000 were left without power as high winds swept through the Puget Sound region. A girl in Federal Way and a man in Gig Harbor were killed in a windstorm Saturday that took down trees and power lines, whipped debris into the streets, and left almost a half-million customers without power
  • Professors threaten bad grades for saying ‘illegal alien,’ ‘male,’ ‘female’ ( Washington State )

    08/30/2015 7:25:08 AM PDT · by george76 · 86 replies
    Campus Reform ^ | Aug 29, 2015 | Peter Hasson
    Multiple professors at Washington State University have explicitly told students their grades will suffer if they use terms such as “illegal alien,” "male," and “female,” or if they fail to “defer” to non-white students. According to the syllabus for Selena Lester Breikss’ “Women & Popular Culture” class, students risk a failing grade if they use any common descriptors that Breikss considers “oppressive and hateful language.” The punishment for repeatedly using the banned words, Breikss warns, includes “but [is] not limited to removal from the class without attendance or participation points, failure of the assignment, and— in extreme cases— failure for...
  • Man Claims THIS Drawing Is of a 'Real Yeti he Saw and Sketched Before Reading its Mind

    08/30/2015 2:02:16 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 70 replies
    Sunday Express ^ | Tue, Aug 25, 2015
    AN ARTIST is claiming to have seen a mythical yeti for long enough to sketch the "giant primate".Russian Andrey Lyubchenko says people will think he is "insane", but insists he saw the legendary beast which was happy for him to draw its portrait. He claims the brief encounter was in the mountains of the Kemerovo area of Siberia, in Russia, and he telepathically communicated with the hairy mythological mammal. He said: "It happened so unexpectedly and fast that I had no time to get scared. "There was a clear feeling that this was a thinking creature, I felt he was...
  • EPA says new clean water rules are still in effect even though judge suspended them

    08/29/2015 5:06:05 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 37 replies
    Hotair ^ | 08/30/2015 | Jazz Shaw
    The very same crew which recently dumped three million gallons of toxic sludge out of an abandoned mine and turned the Animas River in Colorado the color of a yellow banded poison dart frog for roughly a week has just issued a whole new set of rules to “protect” small pools of water. They would also like you to know that these rules are going into effect even though a federal judge put them on hold in 13 states, too. This new batch of regulations is going to “protect” bodies of water which may include the ditch in front...
  • Black Lives Matter activists disrupt Bowser speech on how to stop killings

    08/28/2015 3:45:51 AM PDT · by bob_denard · 21 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | August 27 | Abigail Hauslohner and Aaron C. Davis
    Anger over a rising murder rate and the District’s response to it boiled over into a shouting match Thursday as Mayor Muriel E. Bowser struggled to tell a crowd about a new initiative to fight crime while being shouted down by protesters. Bowser (D) planned to announce a wide-ranging, $15 million plan to boost both community programs and police presence in response to a 43 percent spike in killings this year. The plan includes financial incentives to keep police on the force despite a looming retirement bubble, as well as legislation that would increase some penalties for violent crime and...
  • Amazon launching one-hour booze delivery in Seattle

    08/25/2015 6:33:34 PM PDT · by Mariner · 19 replies
    Fortune ^ | August 25th, 2015 | by Phil Wahba
    The e-commerce giant launches Prime Now in its hometown of Seattle, adding booze for the first time to the selection of eligible products. Running out of beer or wine for that barbecue you are hosting? If you are in Seattle, and are a member of’s AMZN 0.65% Prime program, you are in luck. Starting Tuesday, Prime members in Amazon’s hometown of Seattle can get one- and two-hour delivery of beer, wine and hard liquor like whiskey, rum, and vodka with the launch of Prime Now there, making Seattle the first U.S. city to include alcohol in the assortment of...
  • NRA Sues Over Seattle's Adoption of 'Gun Violence Tax'

    08/24/2015 3:38:48 PM PDT · by Red in Blue PA · 23 replies
    Three gun rights groups, including the National Rifle Association, sued the city of Seattle on Monday over its adoption of a so-called "gun violence tax," a tax on firearms and ammunition designed to help offset the financial toll of gun violence. The complaint was filed Monday in King County Superior Court by the NRA, the Bellevue-based Second Amendment Foundation and the National Shooting Sports Foundation, along with two gun owners and two gun shops. It called the tax legally unenforceable because Washington state prohibits local governments from adopting laws related to firearms unless those local ordinances are specifically authorized by...
  • Blame for Oregon Forest Fires Falls on Feds, Says Logging Industry

    08/23/2015 4:56:04 PM PDT · by Twotone · 31 replies
    GoLocalPDX ^ | Aug. 21, 2015 | Brendan Murray
    Oregon is in the midst of its third consecutive summer of severe forest fires, and industry professionals say logging limits on federal land are largely to blame. The fires have already made their costs felt, as the Oregon Department of Forestry has already spent an estimated $25 million to date on this year’s blazes. This comes on the heels of two consecutive severe seasons in 2013 and 2014, the former of which was the most destructive wildfire season in the state’s history.
  • Washington Marijuana-Related Traffic Fatalities Double After Pot Legalized

    08/22/2015 7:56:02 AM PDT · by rktman · 46 replies ^ | 8/22/2015 | William Bigelow
    According to the Washington Traffic Safety Commission, an exponential increase in the number of deaths involving marijuana-impaired drivers occurred between 2013 and 2014, reports KOIN. Marijuana was legalized in the state of Washington in 2014; between 2010 and 2013 the number of marijuana-impaired drivers involved in fatal crashes ranged from 32 to 38 per year. But in 2014, after pot became legal, that number skyrocketed to 75. In half of the 2014 cases, the drug-addled drivers tested above the state’s legal limit for being under the influence of the drug while driving. Many of the heavily-drugged drivers also tested positive...
  • Lawyer with firetruck helps fight Okanogan fires

    08/21/2015 9:02:55 PM PDT · by llevrok · 5 replies
    KHQ TV (Spokane) ^ | 8/21/2015
    OKANOGAN COUNTY, Wash. - People in Okanogan might never know it, but Alex Thomason might have saved their home. Like so many others, Alex is out fighting every flame he sees, but he's not a firefighter, per se. In fact, he's a lawyer. He bought a firetruck two days ago and took a mini course, and now he's out fighting fires. It's not just fire hoses he uses to fight flames. He also dig fire lines. Call him crazy, other people definitely have. "My wife thinks I'm crazy," Thomason says. But he's not the only one. In fact, he's got...
  • 1,300 teen girls as young as 13 got ‘contraceptive counseling’ in Seattle schools

    08/20/2015 10:35:27 AM PDT · by wagglebee · 37 replies
    LifeSiteNews ^ | 8/20/15 | Father Mark Hodges
    SEATTLE, Washington, August 18, 2015 (LifeSiteNews) – Intrauterine devices, long-term arm implants, and the Pill are being passed out for the asking to girls as young as 13 in Seattle schools, without parental consent. In fact, the number of middle and high school girls in Seattle who got long-acting reversible contraceptives like IUDs doubled in the last year due to efforts of the school system. Because Washington State law allows minors access to birth control without parental permission, children as young as 12 can get IUDs implanted without parents' knowledge. The Seattle City Council received an update from the county...
  • Obama Wants Americans To Pay Slavery Reparations, Says Fox Host

    08/20/2015 1:11:22 AM PDT · by bob_denard · 50 replies
    The Huffington Post | ^ | 04/17/2015 1 | By Jackson Conno
    The city of Chicago is proposing a $5.5 million reparations package for those who suffered under the ruthless rule of police commander Jon Burge from 1972 to 1991. Backed by Mayor Rahm Emanuel, the plan would supply victims with free college tuition, counseling for drug abuse and psychological issues, and include a formal apology from the city, according to the Chicago Tribune. While the plan appears to be an attempt to reckon with part of the city's less-than-spotless past, Thursday evening Fox Business Network's Charles Payne said he's afraid nationwide slavery reparations might be next. "The news in my mind...
  • Farrakhan shouts 'Allah Akbar,' says white people know they 'deserve to die'

    08/16/2015 5:47:24 PM PDT · by Perseverando · 70 replies
    Christian Examiner ^ | August 14, 2015 | Gregory Tomlin
    REUTERS/Carlos Barria Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan addresses the audience at the Metropolitan African Methodist Episcopal Church in in Washington, D.C., June 24, 2015. Farrakhan met with local leaders to discuss the upcoming "Million Man March" on October 10, 2015. In his most recent promotion of the event in Milwaukee, Wisc., on Aug. 13, Farrakhan told an audience to prepare for God to rescue the black community in the event of a race war through the use of a UFO. MILWAUKEE, Wisc. (Christian Examiner) – After two weeks of news reports that Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan...
  • A Tree Fell on Campaign Trail 2015

    08/16/2015 6:14:47 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 12 replies ^ | August 16, 2015 | Paul Jacob
    “Thank you, Seattle, for being one of the most progressive cities in the United States of America,” socialist-cum-Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders shouted to the large crowd in the City of Goodwill. Seconds later, two women with a local Black Lives Matter group jumped the stage, threatening to shut down the event. Quickly, they were rewarded for their extortion-by-tantrum. Sen. Sanders and company relinquished the microphone, podium and stage. Timber! That was the sound of Sanders’s “presidential timber” — his ability to stand up in the face of conflict — come crashing down. With a thunderous thud. Now, this is...
  • Who Really Runs #BlackLivesMatter?

    08/15/2015 6:39:04 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 29 replies
    Daily Beast ^ | 08/15/2015 | Ben Collins, Tim Mak
    Last Saturday, for the second time in a month, protesters who identified themselves as members of the Black Lives Matter movement leapt onstage to interrupt a speech by Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders. “I was going to tell Bernie how racist this city is, even with all of these progressives, but you’ve already done that for me,” said Marissa Johnson, who was roundly booed before demanding and receiving a four-minute moment of silence for the death of Michael Brown, as Sanders stood behind her and fellow protester Mara Willaford. The Seattle protest sparked a particularly strong counter-reaction, especially among the...
  • Inside Amazon: Wrestling Big Ideas in a Bruising Workplace

    08/15/2015 12:07:31 PM PDT · by jeannineinsd · 52 replies
    New York Times ^ | 08/15/15 | Jodi Kantor and David Streitfeld
    The company is conducting an experiment in how far it can push white-collar workers to get them to achieve its ever-expanding ambitions. SEATTLE — On Monday mornings, fresh recruits line up for an orientation intended to catapult them into Amazon’s singular way of working. They are told to forget the “poor habits” they learned at previous jobs, one employee recalled. When they “hit the wall” from the unrelenting pace, there is only one solution: “Climb the wall,” others reported. To be the best Amazonians they can be, they should be guided by the leadership principles, 14 rules inscribed on handy...
  • Wash. St. Supreme Court Levies $100,000 Daily Fine on State Over K-12 Spending

    08/13/2015 8:09:44 PM PDT · by brothers4thID · 32 replies
    Education Week ^ | 12/13/2015 | Andrew Ujifusa
    Declaring that state lawmakers have failed to fix the state's unconstitutional system for funding public schools, the Washington State Supreme Court imposed a daily $100,000 penalty on the legislature until it makes firmer commitments to increasing teacher salaries and reducing class sizes. The court's Aug. 13 order is effective immediately, although the court said that if Gov. Jay Inslee, a Democrat, calls a special session and lawmakers pass legislation that commits the state more heavily to reducing class size in K-3 and expanding all-day kindergarten, that daily fine may ultimately be "abated." "Given the gravity of the State's ongoing violation...
  • Ted Cruz in Seattle: Fundraising Reception with Ted Cruz!

    08/11/2015 1:01:47 PM PDT · by Uncle Miltie · 52 replies ^ | August 11, 2015 | Ted Cruz Campaign
    FUND RAISING RECEPTION WITH TED CRUZ TUESDAY, AUGUST 18, 2015 5:00 PM - 7:00 PM WASHINGTON ATHLETIC CLUB JOHNSON LOBBY LOUNGE 1325 Sixth Avenue Seattle, WA 98101 $2,000 per person contribution to the Ted Cruz campaign. RSVP TO MARISSA AKERS or 713-353-4331 --------------------------- Please reach out if you have questions and RSVP to my email or direct line (713-353-4331). I hope you can join us for this special occasion and look forward to hearing from you. Warm Regards, Marissa -- Marissa Akers Regional Finance Director Cruz for President Phone: (713) 353-4331 E-mail: