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  • Spilling the truth on the fight for a $15 minimum wage

    05/25/2015 2:37:28 PM PDT · by lowbridge · 38 replies
    nypost.com ^ | may 25, 2015
    Did The New York Times just inadvertently tell us what the real goal of the raise-the-minimum-wage campaign is? A Times editorial last week cheered Los Angeles’ enactment of a $15-an-hour minimum wage — but noted that restaurants, particularly fast-food joints, don’t like it. Said The Times: “The restaurant industry . . . will not go down without a fight.” We didn’t think that bringing down an entire industry was what the campaign for a $15 minimum was supposed to be about. Oops. Back in March, we noted that a similar hikein Seattle’s minimum wage was leading to a spate of local restaurant closings, given that labor costs...
  • Cantwell Delivers Howler to Explain Vote on Trade Bill, Pointed Stenography Ensues

    05/25/2015 12:52:39 PM PDT · by Lorianne · 4 replies
    THE//INTERCEPT ^ | 22 May 2015 | Dan Froomkin
    Sen. Maria Cantwell engaged in a very public maneuver on the Senate floor Thursday, withholding her vote in favor of the big trade bill until she got assurances that there would be a vote on renewing the Export-Import Bank. Afterward, explaining the fervency of her support for the Ex-Im Bank, she told such a howler that even the Capitol press corps, not empowered to actually call a senator a liar, made sure to offer readers the opportunity to reach that conclusion on their own. The Democrat from Washington state, where Boeing is the single largest employer, said her support for...
  • Police bomb squad blows up pressure cooker from suspicious car near Capitol, Memorial Day Concert

    05/24/2015 10:23:51 PM PDT · by bob_denard · 54 replies
    ABC 7 News, The Associated Press ^ | May 24, 2015 | By Jay Korff
    WASHINGTON (WJLA/AP) - A U.S. Capitol Police spokeswoman says a bomb squad has safely destroyed a pressure cooker found in a "suspicious" vehicle left unattended near the Capitol building and that the vehicle's owner has been arrested. Lt. Kimberly A. Schneider told The Associated Press by email that officers on patrol spotted the parked, unoccupied vehicle Sunday on a street on the National Mall west of the Capitol and an odor of gasoline was also detected. She says a bomb squad "disrupted the items of concern in the vehicle including the pressure cooker," producing a loud bang about 7:45 p.m....
  • Environmentalists fail in bid to revoke GOP senators degree

    05/24/2015 12:13:14 PM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 32 replies
    Watchdog.org ^ | 5-21-15 | Tori Richards
    A Washington state senator has survived a campaign by Western Washington University students who demanded their school revoke his master’s degree because he’s not radical enough on global warming. Doug Ericksen, a Republican and chair of Washington’s Senate Energy, Environment and Telecommunications Committee, has blocked efforts to force businesses and residents to go green, but he supports voluntary compliance. He opposes mandated cap-and-trade programs and low-carbon fuel standards. But the effort to yank Ericksen’s degree — he earned his MA in political science and environmental policy at WWU — met with a stiff rebuke last week from the university’s president....
  • Pending $15 minimum wage forces Seattle pizza shop to close

    05/22/2015 8:37:03 PM PDT · by grundle · 62 replies
    KPLC ^ | April 29, 2015
    A pizza shop owner in Seattle says the city's new minimum wage law is forcing her to close her doors. The new law says businesses have six years to phase into giving employees $15 an hour. Devin Jeran was happy to get a raise when Seattle's minimum wage went up to $11 an hour at the beginning of the month. I definitely recognize that having more money is important, especially in a city as expensive as this one, he said. He'll only enjoy that bigger paycheck for a few more months. In August, his boss is shutting down Z Pizza,...
  • OREGON - BLM Hosts Open House in Klamath Falls on Western Oregon Draft RMP-EIS

    05/22/2015 3:13:39 PM PDT · by george76 · 5 replies
    BlueRibbon Coalition ^ | May 20, 2015
    The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Klamath Falls Field office of the Lakeview District will be hosting an open house to learn about the Draft Resource Management Plan (RMP)/Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for Western Oregon. The open house meeting will be held the evening of May 26, 2015, from 5:00 pm to 8:00 pm at the Shilo Inn Suites Hotel located at 2500 Almond Street, Klamath Falls, Oregon. BLM employees will be on hand to answer questions, provide information and listen to concerns. There will also be a demonstration on how to use the interactive maps and other online resources...
  • West Seattle couple leaves all their assets $847,215 to Uncle Sam

    05/20/2015 7:15:02 PM PDT · by Jack Hydrazine · 49 replies
    The Seattle Times ^ | 19MAY2015 | Erik Lacitis
    Americans often go to great lengths to keep the government off their assets. But last month, as Peter and Joan Petrasek had wished in their wills, a cashiers check for $847,215.57 was made out to the Department of Treasury. The Petraseks had left their total accumulated wealth, of cash in the bank and sale of their West Seattle home, to the government of the UNITED STATES OF AMERICA. The Petraseks had no children. Why the unusual will? Why not a charity or some cause?
  • 35 years later, residents remember Mount St. Helens eruption [May 18, 1980]

    05/19/2015 10:51:00 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 72 replies
    Thirty-five years have passed since Mount St. Helens erupted in Washington, killing 57 people and raining ash throughout the state. Lisa Rainey shared a photo of jarred ash with Seattle's KIRO-TV, writing: "Ashes and a newspaper from Mount St. Helen's blast from 1980 ... my grandma and grandpa scooped up ashes in their yard from the blast. When the photo was shared on Facebook, many viewers began to share their memories of that day May 18, 1980.
  • 20 Republicans Who Joined Pelosi Refuse To Condemn That She Called Republicans ..Un-American

    05/19/2015 6:44:40 AM PDT · by george76 · 28 replies
    Breitbart News ^ | 19 May 2015 | Edwin Mora
    All 20 Republican lawmakers who voted against an amendment that prevents illegals from enlisting in the U.S. military refused to answer questions from Breitbart News regarding the expedited citizenship most illegals would have been eligible for once they joined the armed forces. They also each refused to answer whether they agree with House Minority Leader Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) calling their Republican colleagues who voted for the amendment xenophobic and un-American. That means that for now, the 20 Republicans who defected and joined Democrats in opposing the amendment are allowing Pelosis comments to remain unchallenged. ... There is a core...
  • Wyoming governor pushes coal ports on Northwest trip

    05/19/2015 6:23:59 AM PDT · by thackney · 5 replies
    AP via Belleville News-Democrat ^ | MAY 18, 2015 | BEN NEARY
    Faced with sliding domestic demand for coal, the governor of Wyoming has kept pressing for access to deep-water ports in the Northwest that would allow exports to Asian markets. Wyoming Gov. Matt Mead met Monday with Washington Gov. Jay Inslee in Olympia and plans to meet Tuesday with Oregon Gov. Kate Brown. "I wanted to get out here and talk to these two governors," Mead said in a telephone interview with The Associated Press. "If there are practical issues as well that we could help work through everything from train traffic to train congestion, to issues of coal dust...
  • [Big] Bertha repair will take longer theres more damage

    05/18/2015 10:01:33 PM PDT · by smokingfrog · 70 replies
    Seattle Times ^ | 5-18-15 | Mike Lindblom
    Now that stalled tunnel machine Bertha’s front end is disassembled, the damage looks worse than project experts thought — and contractors will miss their goal to resume digging in August. Not only did grit penetrate the rubber bearing seals, but the steel casings around the seals broke apart, sending fragments into the drive gears. Some teeth are cracked in the giant bull gear, which rotates the circular drill face, as well as several pinion gears that are spun by 24 electric motors. The news was revealed Monday morning by Todd Trepanier, administrator for the state’s Highway 99 replacement project, at...
  • 'Paddle in Seattle' Arctic oil drilling protest

    05/18/2015 7:53:11 PM PDT · by Lorianne · 12 replies
    BBC ^ | 17 May 2015
    Hundreds of people in kayaks and small boats have staged a protest in the north-western US port city of Seattle against oil drilling in the Arctic by the Shell energy giant. Paddle in Seattle was held by activists who said the firm's drilling would damage the environment. It comes after the first of Shell's two massive oil rigs arrived at the port. The firm wants to move them in the coming months to explore for oil off Alaska's northern coast. Earlier this week, Shell won conditional approval from the US Department of Interior for oil exploration in the Arctic. The...
  • Oregon Gun Owners Plan Noncompliance Rally

    05/17/2015 1:17:44 PM PDT · by george76 · 19 replies
    Gateway ^ | May 16, 2015 | Michael Strickland
    Now that Oregons SB 941 has been signed by the Governor, gun rights activists have banded together and are organizing a facebook event page for a rally entitled SB 941 I Will Not Comply Demonstration. The rally is set for May 30th, at the Capitol building in Salem, and will feature a host of speakers. SB 941 is the universal background check bill, meaning that if you want to trade guns with your next door neighbor whom youve known for 10 years, you must both submit yourselves to background checks and get permission from the state police before the exchange...
  • Seattle, Like It or Not, Becomes Shell's Arctic Base

    05/14/2015 2:44:36 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 23 replies
    ABC News ^ | May 14, 2015 | By PHUONG LE
    The arrival in Seattle Thursday of an oil rig Royal Dutch Shell is outfitting for oil exploration in the remote Arctic Ocean marks a pivotal moment for an environmental movement increasingly mobilized around climate change. Activists paddling out in kayaks to meet the rig off Seattle's picturesque waterfront said it's their moment to stand against opening a new frontier of fossil fuel exploration. "Unless people get out there and put themselves on the front lines and say enough is enough, than nothing will ever change," said Jordan Van Voast, 55, an acupuncturist who was going out on the water to...
  • Students seek to revoke WA state senators degree for not believing in climate change

    05/12/2015 8:31:28 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 31 replies
    Hotair ^ | 05/12/2015 | Jazz Shaw
    Ah, the beauty of our nation’s college campuses, the traditional hotbeds of free speech and open debate. I wonder what ever happened to those? Out in Washington State, some students at Western Washington University have come up with interesting new techniques in the field of debate. For example, one of their state senators, Doug Ericksen (R-Ferndale) was found by the upset underclassmen to be a heretical non-believer when it comes to the issue of global warming. Ericksen, as it turns out, is an alumnus of WWU, so rather than debating him on the hot topic, they have issued demands...
  • Dems press Obama to 'ban the box' (convictions)

    05/11/2015 12:10:13 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 37 replies
    The Hill ^ | May 11, 2015 | Jordain Carney
    Twenty-seven senators want President Obama to block federal agencies and contractors from asking job applicants about prior criminal convictions. The senators, including 26 Democrats and presidential hopeful Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), want Obama to take executive action to "ban the box," referring to a question on job applications that asks if an applicant has any convictions. "We ask you to require federal contractors and agencies to refrain from asking job applicants about prior convictions until later in the hiring process," they said in a letter to Obama on Monday. "This policy would eliminate unnecessary barriers to employment for all job...
  • Judge tosses challenge to expanded gun-background checks

    05/08/2015 9:46:30 AM PDT · by rktman · 15 replies
    seattle-news ^ | 5/7/2015 | GENE JOHNSON
    A federal judge on Thursday threw out a lawsuit challenging parts of Washington states new law expanding background checks on gun transfers, saying gun-rights activists couldnt challenge it because they arent being prosecuted for violating it. U.S. District Judge Benjamin Settle in Tacoma ruled that opponents of the law didnt have standing to challenge the parts of Initiative 594 that required background checks for noncommercial gun transfers. To challenge the law, the plaintiffs must show theyve been actually prosecuted or at immediate risk of being prosecuted, he said.
  • Reminder: Mike Huckabee Granted Clemency to a Criminal Who Murdered Four Police Officers

    05/06/2015 1:08:53 PM PDT · by Servant of the Cross · 38 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | 5/6/2015 | Katie Pavlich
    In case you missed it yesterday, former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee announced another run for the White House. In an already crowded GOP field, there are many questions surrounding whether Huckabee can successfully make it through the primary. Putting the horse race aside, pundits seem to be forgetting a very important and devastating decision Huckabee made during his time as governor. In 2000, despite objections from prosecutors, Huckabee granted clemency to a man named Maurice Clemmons. Background from the Arkansas Leader: Several prosecutors around the state are upset with Gov. Huckabee for grant- ing clemency to violent criminals, but he...
  • Seattle ruling wont derail Shells Arctic quest, executive vows

    05/06/2015 4:55:08 AM PDT · by thackney · 13 replies
    Fuel Fix ^ | May 5, 2015 | Jennifer A. Dlouhy
    A ruling by the city of Seattle may throw a wrench into Shell’s Arctic drilling plans, but it won’t delay the company’s plans to bore two new wells in the Chukchi Sea this summer, a top executive vowed Tuesday. Although “it’s not my preferred approach . . . we have backup plans,” said Ann Pickard, Royal Dutch Shell’s executive vice president for the Arctic. “I don’t think this will delay the program.” At issue is Seattle Mayor Ed Murray’s ruling this week that the city port must obtain a new land-use permit to serve as a home base for Shell’s...
  • Garfield County officials: BLM sage-grouse plans take turn for worse ( Colorado and )

    05/05/2015 9:34:50 AM PDT · by george76 · 7 replies
    Grand Junction Sentinel ^ | May 4, 2015 | Dennis Webb
    Garfield County officials said Monday the Bureau of Land Management is considering even-stricter measures to protect greater sage-grouse than previously contemplated, rather than listening to concerns the county and others have raised. As a cooperating agency, the county got an advance look Friday at the revised proposal the agency is now considering. It is very dramatic in terms of the changes (from a draft BLM proposal) that are being proposed, Fred Jarman, the countys community development director, told county commissioners Monday. Jarman and Garfield Commissioner Tom Jankovsky said the proposed measures are the result of directives coming from Washington, D.C....
  • Seattle $15 Minimum Wage Killing Jobs, Hurting Students

    05/05/2015 8:39:36 AM PDT · by rktman · 52 replies
    pjmedia.com ^ | 5/5/2015 | Walter Hudson
    Students at the University of Washington in Tacoma are getting an object lesson in the value of a dollar. As economic dominoes fall in the wake of a municipal minimum wage hike to $15 per hour in Seattle, university students find themselves digging deeper into their pockets to cover higher prices resulting from the mandate
  • May Day Crowd Freaks Out Over Open Carrier

    05/04/2015 7:41:52 AM PDT · by rktman · 32 replies
    thegatewaypundit.com ^ | 5/3/2015 | Michael Strickland
    Amongst all the chaos in Seattle during Fridays May Day riot, a man was seen walking through the crowd wearing a tactical vest with an SKS rifle slung over his shoulder. Identified as Shayne Butts, he tells reporters Im here to ensure peoples civil rights get respected, just the basics, First Amendment right to peacefully assemble, to free speech I dont like communism, but these people have a right to free speech. He says the chamber was empty, but there were rounds in the magazines.
  • Amid crumbling economy, Venezuela's Maduro raises minimum wage 30 pct

    05/03/2015 5:07:59 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 30 replies
    FOX News Latino ^ | May 2, 2015
    President Nicols Maduro raised Venezuela's minimum wage Friday for the second time this year to help workers being battered by the world's highest inflation. Speaking at a May Day rally, the socialist leader said he is boosting the minimum wage and pensions for retirees by 30 percent, with two-thirds of the increase coming this month and the rest on July 1. He also said he would raise salaries for government employees and military personnel. The wage increase, while a welcome relief for many workers, fell short of expectations that the embattled Maduro might use Friday's celebrations to expand state control...
  • Breaking: Seattle May Day Parade On Capitol Hill Turns Violent

    05/01/2015 7:53:24 PM PDT · by zeestephen · 18 replies
    KOMO 4 News ^ | 01 May 2015
    Live coverage on KOMO 4 TV - They preempted "Jeopardy" (another reason to dislike Anarchists!)
  • One of ISISs most devoted female agents has been exposed as a Seattle journalism student

    04/30/2015 6:39:24 AM PDT · by tje · 28 replies
    News.Com.Au ^ | April 30, 2015 | Unattributed
    A YOUNG student from Seattle has been revealed as a senior female ISIS agent responsible for recruiting women to join the terror group. On Twitter, she is known as @_UmmWaqqas, and is pictured shrouded head-to-toe in black; an inscrutable and high-ranking officer of ISIS who boasts more than 8000 followers online, and is in close contact with the British, Americans and the jihadi brides in Syria. Channel 4 News has since revealed her identity as a woman in her 20s who went to school in the US, and by her friends accounts grew up as a regular teenager in a...
  • Keystone on West Coast? Oil-sands crude could come to California

    04/30/2015 5:32:00 AM PDT · by thackney · 6 replies
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | April 28, 2015 | David R. Baker
    Billionaire environmentalist Tom Steyer has a new mission keeping oil from Canadas tar sands out of California. Steyers NextGen Climate organization released a report Tuesday warning that an invasion of tankers and railcars carrying crude from the oil sands could soon hit West Coast refineries, which currently process very little Canadian oil. Steyer, a major Democratic donor who quit his hedge fund to focus on fighting climate change, has risen to prominence as a vocal opponent of the Keystone XL pipeline extension, which would link the oil sands to American refineries on the Gulf Coast. But Tuesdays report, prepared...
  • Owner of pizza shop says new Seattle minimum wage law is forcing her to close

    04/29/2015 4:34:57 PM PDT · by george76 · 62 replies
    Fox News ^ | April 28, 2015 | Tina Patel
    The owner of Z Pizza says shes being forced to close her doors, because she cant afford the higher labor costs. ... Ritu Shah Burnham doesnt want to go out of business, but says she cant afford the citys mandated wage hikes. ... Shah Burnham is concerned about where her employees will end up when she does close. I absolutely am terrified for them. I have no idea where theyre going to find jobs, because if Im cutting hours, I imagine everyone is across the board.
  • Hero teacher tackled teen gunman during high school shooting

    04/27/2015 2:16:49 PM PDT · by lowbridge · 14 replies
    nypost.com ^ | april 27, 2015
    A government teacher is being hailed as a hero after tackling a 16-year-old student who fired two shots into the air Monday at a Washington state high school, police and students said. No one was injured after the teen shot toward the ceiling in the school commons before classes began at North Thurston High School in Lacey, about 60 miles southwest of Seattle, authorities said. The shooter is in custody. Brady Olson, who teaches Advanced Placement government and civics, stopped the shooter, according to school officials and students. If anyone in the school were to do something like he did,...
  • Baskin Robbins worker serves robber a triple scoop beatdown (Seattle, WA)

    04/27/2015 4:59:21 AM PDT · by Jack Hydrazine · 22 replies
    KOMO News ^ | 23APR2015 | KOMO Staff
    LYNNWOOD, Wash. -- A robber got more than he bargained for this week at a Lynnwood Baskin Robbins when a worker pummeled him and chased him out of the store. Police say a man wearing a baseball cap and sunglasses walked into the Baskin Robbins Wednesday afternoon. He approached the employee, Rachael Bishop, and demanded she hand over all the money in the cash register. Bishop refused, so the robber tried to grab the money himself. That turned out to be a mistake, as Bishop began to pummel him with punches to the head. "I just really didn't want him...
  • University Recruits Teens to Abort Their Babies in Name of Scientific Research

    04/25/2015 4:52:50 PM PDT · by kindred · 26 replies
    http://christianpatriots.org ^ | April 25, 2015 | KRISTAN HAWKINS
    Oxytocin is that feel good hormone that bonds a child to his or her mother. But never mind that. Researchers in Hawaii are recruiting girls as young as 14 to participate in second trimester abortions, where the preborn baby is 18-24 weeks gestation, in order to test whether or not oxytocin can reduce bleeding in mothers during and after abortion. The study is being conducted by the University of Hawaii and the University of Washington in Seattle both public universities, which leads to the obvious question: is the government funding this study? A second trimester abortion is at least...
  • No juniors show up to take SBAC at Seattle high school (common core)

    04/25/2015 3:04:18 PM PDT · by lowbridge · 39 replies
    http://www.king5.com ^ | april 24, 2015 | elizabeth wiley
    Not a single 11th grade student showed up to take the SBAC test at Nathan Hale High School this week, a Seattle Public Schools spokesperson confirmed. The news that 100% of the 11th graders opted out of the test was first reported on an education blog. State Superintendent Randy Dorn released a statement Friday on the potential "fallout" from students opting out of testing. Dorn said there could be academic and financial consequences for the state of Washington if students don't take the SBAC. "No test is perfect. But the Smarter Balanced tests, with their emphasis on real-world skills, are...
  • Wash. Hospital Stops Surgery to Remove Womans Tumor 12 Hours After Her Military Benefits Expired

    04/24/2015 11:49:17 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 70 replies
    NBC News ^ | Friday, April 24, 2015 | Nicole Hensley
    Hospital staff broke the news to a Tacoma, Wash. woman that her operation to remove a tumor from her breast would not be happening. Medical benefits tied to her retired husbands U.S. Army service had expired just 12 hours before, a detail on the 41-year-old womans benefits card that no one noticed until she was already prepped for surgery at Madigan Army Medical Center, according to a KING-TV report. Patricia Zuniga described the bearers of bad news as upfront about the awkward discovery. Youre not having your surgery today. You do not have health care. You do not have benefits,...
  • New Kickstarter Will Turn Your Rotting Corpse Into A Lovely Ficus

    04/15/2015 5:41:56 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 30 replies
    A new Seattle-based Kickstarter aims to give Americans the environmentally-friendly option of composting their bodies, the green alternative to taking up valuable real estate in a resource-draining casket or contributing to carbon dioxide emissions with their burning flesh, like a common tire fire. From this idea, the Urban Death Project was born. Composting makes people think of banana peels and coffee grounds, Katrina Spade, the project's founder, told the Times. "But 'our bodies have nutrients. What if we could grow new life after weve died?' Bodies, of course, decompose just like everything else. The Kickstarter page breaks it down. (Ha.)...
  • Assault victim with concealed weapon stops bat-wielding attacker at east Yakima Wal-Mart

    04/14/2015 4:08:40 PM PDT · by mdittmar · 28 replies
    Yakima Herald-Republic ^ | April 14, 2015 | Donald W. Meyers
    YAKIMA, Wash. A 32-year-old man who was shopping with at least three children at a Yakima Wal-Mart was the victim of an unprovoked assault when a stranger picked up a metal tee-ball bat and struck him, according to Yakima police. The victim was not injured, but he did have a concealed weapons permit, which he immediately put to use, police said.A store security officer reported hearing a man in the sporting goods department yelling Get on the ground! and found one man pointing a pistol at another, who was lying on the floor.Police arrived a short time later and...
  • Young married couple...baby killed...chunk of CONCRETE falls off bridge...crushes...pickup truck

    04/14/2015 2:01:31 PM PDT · by QT3.14 · 49 replies
    Daily Mail (UK) ^ | April 14, 2015 | Sophie Jane Evans
    Full title: Young married couple and their baby son killed after a chunk of CONCRETE falls off Washington state bridge and crushes their pickup truck...A mother, father and their eight-month old baby boy were killed on Monday when a concrete barrier fell onto their truck as they were driving under an overpass in Washington State. The tragic accident claimed the lives of Josh and Vanessa Ellis and baby Hudson, who were crushed when the 50-foot-long concrete slab slammed down on top of them, according to Bonney Lake Police. The barrier weighed 'tons' according to investigators and the damage to the...
  • This company is setting its minimum wage at $70,000

    04/14/2015 10:51:42 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 71 replies
    Fortune Magazine ^ | 04-14-15 | by Benjamin Snyder
    And its founder is taking a big pay cut to make it happen Credit card processor Gravity Payments is making its minimum wage $70,000 a year, the New York Times reports. Founder Dan Price recnetly announced the ambitious plan to a room of about 120 staffers. The raises will take place over the next three years, with about 70 Gravity employees set to see fatter paychecks because of the new policy. Price himself is taking a pay cut from about $1 million to $70,000 to help make it happen. The reason: He read an article that more money for people...
  • Plane leaves Seattle with napping airport worker stuck in cargo

    04/13/2015 6:59:35 PM PDT · by markomalley · 29 replies
    Reuters ^ | 4/13/15 | Eric M. Johnson
    A Los Angeles-bound Alaska Airlines flight made an emergency landing at a Seattle-area airport on Monday afternoon after it took off with a worker trapped in a cargo area under the cabin where he had fallen asleep, the U.S. carrier said. The pilot of Alaska Airlines flight 448 reported hearing banging from beneath the aircraft after takeoff from Seattle-Tacoma International Airport, south of Seattle, the statement said. Screaming could also be heard from the cargo hold, an airport spokesman said.
  • Decade of Silence

    04/13/2015 7:50:35 AM PDT · by Academiadotorg · 8 replies
    Accuracy in Academia ^ | April 11, 2015 | Malcolm A. Kline
    Gay rights groups are promoting a day of silence on campuses around the country on April 17. Across the country, they would like those who merely passively do not endorse their lifestyle to remain silent a good deal longer than 24 hours. Thousands of students across the country will participate in GLSENs Day of Silence, an annual international event that brings attention to the anti-LGBT name-calling, bullying and harassment that is common in schools, the Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network announced on Thursday, April 9, 2015. Students typically take a vow of silence as a symbolic representation of the...
  • Now who's the moral majority?

    04/07/2015 2:08:09 PM PDT · by QT3.14 · 30 replies
    CNN ^ | April 6, 2015 | Stephanie' Coontz
    The public outrage over the "religious freedom" bills recently passed in Arkansas and Indiana caught the governors of those states completely off-guard, judging by their confused and contradictory responses. As poll watchers, they surely knew that most Americans now oppose the discriminatory laws and practices they accepted as normal only a dozen years ago. But the politicians underestimated the pushback organized by local and national businesses, including companies with no previous record of public support for social equality. They had better adjust to a new reality.
  • Washington State Governor Jay Inslee Flies Communist Flag Over State Capitol

    04/07/2015 8:00:06 AM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 33 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 4-7-14
    Just U-N-B-E-L-I-E-V-A-B-L-E !! (HatTip Gateway Pundit) 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.
  • Senators Try To Stop The Coming Oil Train Wreck

    04/07/2015 4:58:51 AM PDT · by thackney · 10 replies
    Forbes ^ | 4/06/2015 | James Conca
    Spearheaded by the Senators from Washington_State, legislation just introduced in the United States Senate will finally address the rash of crude oil train wrecks and explosions that have skyrocketed over the last two years in parallel with the steep rise in the amount of crude oil transported by rail. Oil production is at an all-time high in America, great for our economy and energy independence, but bad for the people and places that lie along the shipping routes. Just since February, there have been four fiery derailments of crude oil trains in North America and many more simple spills. More...
  • Climate Activists Launch Initiative For A Carbon Tax In Washington

    04/06/2015 4:08:13 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 14 replies
    Jefferson Public Radio ^ | April 6, 2015 | By EDITOR
    If youre at the Seattle Mariners season opener Monday you might run into some folks with clipboards, gathering signatures for a newly-announced initiative for 2016 that would tax carbon emissions. The circulation of petitions to put Initiative 732 on the 2016 ballot signals a new strategy that may come into play if Gov. Jay Inslee and fellow Democrats in the Legislature are unable to pass their own carbon cap-and-trade proposal. The Initiative would phase in a $25-per-ton tax on carbon dioxide emissions from certain fossil fuels and fossil fuel-generated electricity, starting in July, 2017. The proceeds would go into the...
  • 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.
  • Metro wont run (Seattle's socialist) Sawant political advertising

    04/04/2015 10:37:18 AM PDT · by Libloather · 15 replies
    Seattle Times ^ | 4/03/15 | Daniel Beekman
    Seattle City Councilmember Kshama Sawant teamed up with some labor unions and her activist organization, 15 Now, to buy King County Metro Transit bus advertisements publicizing the citys new minimum-wage law. She hoped the groups nearly $10,000 payment would secure 32 ad spaces along the sides of buses for an entire month, starting Wednesday when the law went into effect. But Metro rejected the design, which included Sawants name and title, citing a ban on bus ads with political content. Sawant is currently running for re-election, and the transit agencys ad policy prohibits advertising that promotes or opposes a political...
  • Seattle minimum wage increase takes effect and eating out gets more expensive

    04/04/2015 11:20:16 AM PDT · by lowbridge · 69 replies
    fox news ^ | april 2, 2015 | dan springer
    <p>Eating meals out in Seattle just got more expensive as tens of thousands of low wage workers got a raise this week to $11 an hour. It was the first scheduled pay increase on the way to $15 an hour, the highest minimum wage in the country.</p>
  • Dog-poop DNA tests nail non-scoopers

    04/04/2015 8:54:38 AM PDT · by Cry if I Wanna · 59 replies
    Seattle Times ^ | April 30th, 2015 | Erik Lactis
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    04/02/2015 10:26:36 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 27 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | April 1, 2015 | Seth McLaughlin
    Republican presidential hopefuls are united in blasting President Obama for his chaotic enforcement of marijuana laws, but the unity quickly breaks down when they are asked how they would handle things if they were in the White House. Some have sent mixed signals, saying state decisions should be respected while questioning how Mr. Obama has respected those decisions. Others have refused to say how they would wield the federal bureaucracy against marijuana. Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal is one of the few potential candidates to take a firm stance, saying he would insist on following federal statutes that outlaw the drug....
  • Western governors file report on sage grouse conservation efforts

    04/02/2015 7:10:10 PM PDT · by george76 · 3 replies
    Agri-Pulse Communications ^ | April 2, 2015 | Sarah Gonzalez
    The Western Governors' Association released a report today highlighting the voluntary efforts in 11 states to conserve the habitat of sage-grouse as part of an effort to avoid a federal listing of the bird under the Endangered Species Act (ESA). The association, which represents the governors of 19 Western states, said that the breadth and depth of voluntary conservation efforts across the region, if allowed to run their course, will provide the bird with the necessary habitat to live and thrive. The greater sage grouse is found in 11 states and its habitat encompasses 186 million acres . The U.S....
  • Christian Grandma-Florist Fined $1,001, Ordered to Work Gay Weddings but Refuses

    03/31/2015 7:51:29 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 72 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 03/31/2015 | BY SAMUEL SMITH
    A Christian florist and grandmother who declined to provide flowers for a same-sex wedding because of her Christian belief in traditional marriage has been fined $1,001 by a Washington court and will be held liable to pay the legal fees incurred by the gay couple, which could "devastate" her financially. As previously reported by The Christian Post, 70-year-old Barronelle Stutzman, the owner of Arlene's Flowers in Richland, Washington, was found guilty of violating the state's non-discrimination law in February, after referring Rob Ingersoll and Curt Feed to another florist when they asked her to provide the floral arrangements for their...
  • Starbucks CEO: If You are Anti-Gay Marriage, You can Sell Your Shares

    03/30/2015 10:18:35 PM PDT · by Impala64ssa · 110 replies
    TPNN ^ | 3/30/15 | Cara Delvecchio
    At Starbucks annual shareholders meeting in Seattle on Wednesday a shareholder complained to Billionaire CEO, Schultz about the fact that Starbucks has lost customers because of its support of gay marriage. Starbucks supported Washingtons states referendum backing gay marriage last year and in response the National Organization for Marriage started a boycott of the company. Tom Stobhar, founder of Corporate Morality Action Center, complained about the companys support of gay marriage, citing that the companys support for gay marriage has resulted in boycotts against the company that have cost Starbucks a considerable amount of business. In the first full quarter...