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  • Michael Bennett’s ‘Things That Make White People Uncomfortable’ due out in April

    03/23/2018 6:11:44 PM PDT · by GuavaCheesePuff · 61 replies
    Q13 Fox ^ | January 29, 2018 | Q13 Fox Staff
    SEATTLE – No, Michael Bennett wasn’t kidding about his book. Bennett, the Seattle Seahawks Pro Bowl defensive end, has been talking for months about a book he’s been writing called “Things That Make White People Uncomfortable.” The book now has a release date. According the Haymarket Books, the publisher, it will be available in hardback on April 3 and as an e-book on April 25.
  • Wash. gov signs universal voter registration law

    03/20/2018 2:08:17 PM PDT · by yesthatjallen · 44 replies
    The Hill ^ | 03/20/18 | Reid Wilson
    Washington Gov. Jay Inslee (D) on Monday signed a package of measures aimed at increasing voter participation that would create potentially hundreds of thousands of new voters — in a state that already has one of the highest turnout rates in the country. Perhaps the most consequential measure is one that would require the state Department of Licensing to automatically register citizens obtaining a state driver’s license or identification card to vote. Among the other measures Inslee signed Monday: A bill to allow voters to register on election day and another bill to allow 16- and 17-year-olds to preregister to...
  • Do our youth really understand their country’s military?

    03/19/2018 1:00:32 PM PDT · by MAGA2017 · 34 replies
    Seattle Times ^ | 3/18/2018 | Lt. Col. Brian Fleming
    Do our youth really understand their country’s military? By Lt. Col. Brian Fleming When in uniform and far away from a military post, I am often greeted by strangers and thanked for my service. They have paid for my meals and treated me to coffee. I truly appreciate the recognition of service to our country and the value placed on being a veteran. However, I believe most do not fully understand what that service really means. The “volunteer” in our all-volunteer force is what makes the military successful. As an officer in the U.S. Army, I meet young people in...
  • No charges for woman who fatally shot I-5 driver during road-rage incident, prosecutors say

    03/17/2018 4:52:22 PM PDT · by Uncle Miltie · 104 replies
    Tacoma News Tribune ^ | 3/17/18 | Alexis Krell
    A woman who fatally shot a man on a shoulder of Interstate 5 during a road-rage incident last month will not be charged, the Pierce County Prosecutor’s Office said Friday. The 23-year-old woman acted in self defense, prosecutors said. The News Tribune has chosen not to publish her name because she was never arrested or charged with a crime. Witnesses said the man, 60-year-old Bruce W. Jones, was upset with how the woman was driving her motorcycle Feb. 8 on the southbound freeway near the King-Pierce County line in Milton. He tried to box the woman in with his 2016...
  • Infrastructure: Fed money comes in low

    03/16/2018 10:56:12 AM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 13 replies
    News Review ^ | February 22, 2018 | Dennis Myers
    Donald Trump’s first budget recommendations help pay for a bigger military with lower expenditures for other promised programs. His recommendations for infrastructure disappointed local officials across the nation, and his plan to revive Nevada’s Yucca Mountain also received limited funds. Trump’s plan calls for $1.5 trillion in infrastructure projects, with just $200 billion supplied by the federal government. It was widely assumed, including in conservative circles, that the program would force local governments to raise taxes. In the Unification Church publication Washington Times, economist Peter Morici wrote, President Trump’s infrastructure plan puts a heavy burden on the states and will...
  • Just a Bun

    03/11/2018 1:49:09 PM PDT · by ProtectOurFreedom · 62 replies
    The Northwest Inlander ^ | 3/8/18 | Mitch Ryals (as told by his bun)
    We're standing in line for coffee when out of nowhere, I get honked. The lady behind us reached up, wrapped me up in her grubby paw and squeezed. "Your man bun is so soft," she says to the man to whose head I'm affixed with a black elastic hair tie. "I've never touched one before." An innocent compliment to most, but to me this violent assault is just another example of the indignities of my existence. I'm just a bun, after all. I didn't choose to be tied to a man. Women gawk and stare. Sometimes they'll shout: "Nice man...
  • Washington latest state to ban bump stock devices

    03/07/2018 10:36:02 AM PST · by Simon Green · 16 replies ^ | 03/07/18 | Chris Eger
    Gov. Jay Inslee, a Democrat who was among the first to call for a ban on the devices last year, signed legislation Tuesday to outlaw bump stocks in Washington. Inslee applied ink to SB 5992, which makes it illegal to manufacture or sell a bump stock in the state after July and sets a one-year “buy back” program into effect before possession of such devices would become unlawful. The bill passed the Democrat-controlled Senate 31-18 and the House 56-41. “Devices that turn legal guns into weapons of war have no place in the hands of civilians in Washington state, and...
  • Triggered Dem Gov Paints Pictures to Soothe Stress of Trump

    03/07/2018 9:43:34 AM PST · by rktman · 25 replies ^ | 3/6/2018 | Trey Sanchez
    When news about President Trump begins to stress out Jay Inslee, the Democrat governor of Washington, he grabs his art supplies and begins to “doodle” to melt it away. The easily-triggered Inslee was a guest on Politico’s Off Message podcast when he made the admission and described his preferred method. “Well, I’m a doodler,” Inslee stated. “I take pastels and rub ‘em on paper and sometimes it resembles mountains or something.” Inslee said he only does this when “inspiration” strikes — that being rage-spiration: "Something comes out of the White House, a tweet that drives me to distraction, and I...
  • Seattle police first in state to seize gun under mental health law

    03/06/2018 3:44:18 PM PST · by Politically Correct · 73 replies
    KATU2 ^ | 3 March 2018 | Joel Moreno
    Seattle police first in state to seize gun under mental health law by Joel MorenoSaturday, March 3rd 2018 SEATTLE – The city’s police department became the first law enforcement agency in the state to force the surrender of a firearm under a new law known as an “extreme risk protection order.” The incident involves a man who lives in Belltown, who neighbors said had been intimidating people for the past year - even staring-down customers through store-front windows with a gun holstered at his side. Mental illness is suspected, but that new law allowed police to legally disarm him. “He...
  • Democrats Stonewall Ed Civil Rights Nominee As Anti-Semitism in Schools Rises 94%

    03/05/2018 6:46:12 AM PST · by MarvinStinson · 15 replies
    freebeacon ^ | Elizabeth Harrington March 5, 2018 | Elizabeth Harrington March 5, 2018
    Democratic obstruction in the Senate has left the Department of Education without leadership in its office of civil rights at a time when anti-Semitism has risen by 94 percent in U.S. schools. Kenneth Marcus, the Trump administration's nominee to be assistant secretary for civil rights, has been stalled since Oct. 30. Marcus is the founder and president of the Louis D. Brandeis Center for Human Rights Under Law, a nonprofit dedicated to advancing civil rights of the Jewish people. Marcus was not confirmed out of the Senate HELP committee until last month on a party line vote and now awaits...
  • Warming trends: Climate change to shorten Mt. Spokane’s season

    03/04/2018 7:15:01 AM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 26 replies
    The Spokesman-Review ^ | March 4, 2018 | By Becky Kramer
    Mt. Spokane Ski and Snowboard Park’s parking lot was packed with cars on a recent weekday morning. Skiers strapped on boots amid a light snowfall, anticipating a powder day on the slopes. At the top of the chairlifts, the snow pack was about 8 feet deep – close to the seasonal average for the nonprofit ski hill in Spokane’s backyard. Future decades won’t be so kind to the resort on Mount Spokane. New research from Oregon State University indicates that today’s young skiers could see significant changes in snowpack by the time they reach middle age. By the end of...
  • Washington State to 'Monetize Wombs,' Legalize 'Baby Selling,' Redefine 'Parent'

    03/02/2018 12:15:15 PM PST · by huldah1776 · 37 replies
    The Christian Post ^ | March 2, 2018 | Brandon Showalter
    Washington state is set to legalize commercial surrogacy, a move children's rights advocates say amounts to the selling of babies, bases the definition of a parent on "intent," and opens avenues for child abuse and other horrors. Just before 1 a.m. Wednesday morning, the Washington state House of Representatives passed the "Uniform Parentage Act," along party lines with every Democrat in favor and every Republican opposed. The bill had previously passed the state Senate with total Democratic support and three Republicans. The state's Democratic governor, Jay Inslee, is expected to sign the legislation. "For House Republicans, this bill was a...
  • Washington state's carbon tax bill dies in Legislature

    03/02/2018 5:44:46 AM PST · by PROCON · 15 replies
    AP ^ | March 2, 2018 | PHUONG LE , Associated Press
    SEATTLE (AP) — Another ambitious effort to pass a carbon tax in Washington state has faltered as both Gov. Jay Inslee and the bill's prime sponsor said Thursday that there weren't enough votes to pass the measure out of the state Senate. Washington would have been the first U.S. state to impose a straight tax on carbon dioxide emissions from fossil fuels like gasoline and electricity and the legislation has been closely watched nationally.
  • States, teachers unions resist Trump’s call to arm educators

    02/26/2018 6:42:55 PM PST · by jazusamo · 43 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | February 26, 2018 | Dave Boyer
    President Trump’s call to arm more qualified teachers is going nowhere fast with the states and with teachers unions, although some individual teachers support the idea. A mini-lecture that Mr. Trump received Monday from Washington state Gov. Jay Inslee at the White House was typical of the broad pushback against his idea of putting more guns in the hands of trained adults in schools. “I have listened to the people who would be affected by that, I have listened to the biology teachers, and they don’t want to do that at any percentage,” Mr. Inslee told the president at a...
  • ‘Suddenly there is a Confederate flag flying’ in Seattle’s Greenwood area (Norwegian Flag)

    02/22/2018 10:01:04 AM PST · by llevrok · 121 replies
    Seattle Times ^ | 2/22/2018 | Erik Lacitis
    A story about the times we live in, and assumptions we can make in our current political climate. The news tip a few days ago said: “Hi. Suddenly there is a Confederate flag flying in front of a house in my Greenwood neighborhood. It is at the north-east corner of 92nd and Palatine, just a block west of 92nd and Greenwood Ave N. I would love to know what this ‘means’ … but of course don’t want to knock on their door. Maybe others in the area are flying the flag? Maybe it’s a story? Thank you.” It was from...
  • Washington Grandmother Allegedly Finds Detailed School Shooting Plan in Grandson's Journal,

    02/18/2018 8:53:54 AM PST · by TaxPayer2000 · 61 replies
    Inside Edition via Yahoo ^ | February 16, 2018 | Deborah Hastings
    The plan was so detailed, right down to zip-ties "on the door handles so b-----s can't escape," that a very frightened Catherine O'Connor called the police on her own grandson. "He's planning on having a mass shooting at one of the schools," she calmly told the 911 operator in Everett, Wash. Then there was the matter of the rifle she said she found inside a guitar case in her grandson's bedroom. ~ The entries in his journal were methodical and written in point-by-point detail, police said. They were also chilling in the teen's excitement at the prospect of killing his...
  • Betsy DeVos and Democrats urge Congress to hold hearings on school shootings

    02/17/2018 3:20:20 PM PST · by GoldenState_Rose · 38 replies
    NY Times ^ | Feb 17, 2018 | Erica L Green
    A chorus of Democratic lawmakers have joined the education secretary, Betsy DeVos, in calling for Congress to act after a gunman killed 17 people at a high school in Parkland, Fla. In a letter on Friday, all 17 Democrats on the House Education Committee urged Representative Virginia Foxx, the committee’s chairwoman, to convene hearings on school shootings, describing them as a “public health epidemic.” “Wednesday’s preventable tragedy at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, resulted in the deaths of at least 17 students and faculty,” the letter said. “Sadly, since the mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School...
  • Evergreen State College predicts nearly 20 percent drop in student enrollment

    02/16/2018 6:57:28 AM PST · by C19fan · 24 replies
    College Fix ^ | February 16, 2018 | Steve Coffman
    The president of the embattled Evergreen State College — where racial unrest last spring thrust the small Washington campus into the national spotlight — is predicting that the public institution will see a nearly 20 percent drop in student enrollment come fall.
  • State Senate votes to repeal death penalty in Washington state

    02/14/2018 7:08:37 PM PST · by SMGFan · 21 replies
    KIRO ^ | February 14, 2018
    . - In a historic vote, the Washington State Senate on Wednesday repealed the death penalty. Lawmakers on both sides of the aisle were optimistic 2018 could bring the end of Washington’s death penalty, following changes in senate leadership and years of stalled attempts in the state Legislature. Under earlier Washington state law, individuals found guilty of aggravated first-degree murder could be put to death by hanging or lethal injection. Washington’s death penalty has been seldom used in recent years. In 2014, Washington Gov. Jay Inslee placed a moratorium on capital punishment, suspending the practice for as long as he’s...
  • Antifa pepper-sprays Samoan, he flattens them "for no reason"

    02/13/2018 8:42:04 PM PST · by E. Pluribus Unum · 87 replies ^ | 4:26 PM - 11 Feb 2018 | Wyatt