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  • Alleged ISIS sympathizer arrested in Montesano

    02/12/2016 9:39:28 AM PST · by gettinolder · 5 replies
    CNN Wire via Q13 Fox ^ | FEBRUARY 8, 2016 | Tom Yazwinski
    CNN) -- The Joint Terrorism Task Force in Seattle arrested Daniel Seth Franey during a raid at his home in Montesano, Washington, on Saturday and charged him with unlawful possession of guns, including machine guns. Franey landed on law enforcement's radar in April 2015 when a witness went to police to alert them Franey "regularly talked about his support for ISIL and claimed he wanted to go oversees to 'join the fight,'" according to the criminal complaint filed in federal court. The witness said Franey talked about "his desire to kill Americans" and that he "wants to travel to Afghanistan...
  • Klamath River dams moving toward removal despite congressional barriers ( CA & OR )

    02/08/2016 9:41:55 PM PST · by george76 · 37 replies
    Los Angeles Times ^ | Feb. 3, 2016 | Bettina Boxall
    California, Oregon and the federal government are working on a way around congressional barriers to the removal of hydroelectric dams on the Klamath River. The states, the U.S. Interior Department and the owner of the dams, PacifiCorp, announced Tuesday that they have agreed in principle to pursue removal through the federal dam relicensing process. The move comes after a complex deal to decommission four hydroelectric dams and restore portions of the historic salmon river fell apart when Congress failed to act on a crucial piece of the pact by a Dec. 31 deadline. Republican members of Congress and local elected...
  • Seattle’s brash king of pot raking in cash and raising hackles at Uncle Ike’s

    02/08/2016 8:50:26 PM PST · by steve86 · 4 replies
    The Seattle Times ^ | Feb 7, 2016 | Bob Young
    Just after Uncle Ike's Pot Shop opened in Seattle's Central District, it boasted in an ad, "Our weed cures Ebola." Knowing that merchants in the new industry weren't allowed to make any medical claims about pot, the fine print disclaimer winked: "If you believe this ad, you are a (expletive) moron." That in-your-face Vern Fonk-on-weed sensibility has helped make Uncle Ike's the state's top-selling pot store, with $1.4 million in monthly sales. It's also changing the personality of 23rd Avenue and East Union Street, once a predominantly African-American corner, with neon signs, a wall-mural ad, food truck, sign-waving mannequin and...
  • Turnbull Wildlife Refuge closed in reaction to Oregon militia occupation

    02/08/2016 8:37:22 AM PST · by Twotone · 6 replies
    Spokesman-Review ^ | Feb. 6, 3026 | Nina Culver
    The occupation of the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge near Burns, Oregon, by armed militants has prompted the closure of the Turnbull National Wildlife Refuge near Cheney. A closure notice was posted on the refuge's website on Friday.
  • 405 toll lanes may have been trigger for firing of WSDOT secretary Lynn Peterson

    02/06/2016 8:04:23 PM PST · by djwright · 9 replies
    Seattle Times ^ | 2/6/2016 | Mike Lindblom
    In the end, state Transportation Secretary Lynn Peterson wasn’t derailed by nearly $400 million in Highway 520 bridge overruns, or even the two-year delay in the Highway 99 tunnel, a pair of projects that she inherited. Instead, the cardinal sin that Peterson and her department committed was to infuriate suburban motorists. Senate Republicans on Friday ousted Peterson without warning, by voting not to confirm her, three years after Gov. Jay Inslee appointed her. Blame a bumpy rollout of Interstate 405 express-toll lanes, which were meant to improve traffic flows in south Snohomish and northeast King counties. Instead, they moved some...
  • Utah files lawsuit claiming feds' sage grouse conservation strategy is unlawful

    02/04/2016 7:02:30 PM PST · by george76 · 23 replies
    Deseret News ^ | Feb. 4 2016 | Ben Lockhart
    The Utah Attorney General's Office filed a lawsuit Thursday against the Department of the Interior and Department of Agriculture, claiming the agencies' strategy to disallow new mining on or near greater sage grouse habitats is a breach of "numerous federal laws and regulations." The lawsuit in U.S. District Court seeks an order voiding the federal government's land-use plan amendments submitted last year that would directly prohibit new hard rock mining on 233,300 acres in Utah. "The state of Utah claims that the 2015 federal plan amendments disregarded the hallmark of federal land management -- multiple use and sustained yield --...
  • White House rallies public, private efforts to prepare for devastating earthquakes

    02/03/2016 12:48:43 PM PST · by yoe · 13 replies
    McClatchy DC ^ | february 2, 2016 | Michael Doyle
    Spurred by renewed fears of the fabled “Big One” shattering the West Coast, the Obama administration on Tuesday promoted stronger earthquake-preparedness efforts as part of a first-of-its-kind White House summit. Private foundation grants will fund new research at universities in California and Washington state, the Forest Service will streamline the placement of seismic monitoring stations and a presidential order will tighten standards for new federal buildings.
  • Common Core Exec: 'Damn the Second Amendment'Says conservatives are "idiots."

    01/22/2016 4:38:26 AM PST · by xzins · 35 replies
    Truth Revolt ^ | 21 Jan 16 | Trey Sanchez
    Project Veritas has released its third undercover video of another Common Core executive revealing the political ideology behind the national educational standards. And this time the anti-American agenda is made clear. The featured Common Core salesperson in this video is Kim Koerber of National Geographic Education (funded by the Gates Foundation, by the way) and a former Pearson Education publishing executive. Her expressions of hatred for America's founding documents coupled with her undying love for Common Core brings the problem to an entirely new level. Plus, she brings a new meaning to the word disgust when talking about those...
  • Sen. Pam Roach booted off sex-trafficking panel for ‘victim-blaming,’ other insults

    01/25/2016 8:23:39 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 9 replies
    Seattle Times ^ | January 25, 2016
    SNIP In a scathing letter sent Monday, Lt. Gov. Brad Owen said he was removing Roach, R-Sumner, from the task force after receiving “numerous complaints” about her conduct at a Dec. 14 meeting of the panel. Owen, a Democrat, said in the letter while he did not have the authority to boot Roach from the Senate, he believed she should be removed from that body based on her lengthy record of “egregious and offensive behavior” toward staff, colleagues and the public. Roach strongly denied the allegations and called Owen’s letter “one big fricking hit piece.” One fellow lawmaker on the...
  • Sparks fly in debate over North Fork coal mining ( Jobs & Energy: Colorado )

    01/25/2016 8:57:07 AM PST · by george76 · 18 replies
    Grand Junction Media ^ | January 24, 2016 | Gary Harmon
    Environmental organizations that offered more than 150,000 comments calling on the U.S. Forest Service to reject an agreement to allow additional mining in the North Fork area said the response demonstrated strong public opposition. More like "stuffing the ballot box," said an industry spokesman who noted that the environmental opposition would undermine a bargain fashioned over five years of talks. The Forest Service proposes reinstating the North Fork coal-mining exception to the Colorado Roadless Rule. The exception would allow Arch Coal to extend the West Elk Mine near Somerset below the roadless area. The roadless exemption would allow construction of...
  • Records fail to back some of Wash. state lawmaker's military service claims

    01/25/2016 6:57:06 AM PST · by pabianice · 28 replies
    Stars and Stripes ^ | 1/25/16 | Brunner
    In May of 2014, a dramatic Iraq war photo was posted to the Facebook page of state Rep. Graham Hunt, R-Orting, showing two kneeling U.S. soldiers in desert combat uniforms, one man consoling the other. “This picture of me was taken after a mortar attack in 2005,” the post said. “Background has been modified, but I think combat camera captured the moment pretty well. I surely have not forgotten that moment.” Hunt is a decorated former Arizona Air National Guard member who deployed to the Middle East. But neither soldier in the picture was him. The image was a doctored...
  • Donald Trump op-ed: My vision for a Culture of Life

    01/23/2016 8:47:03 AM PST · by ironman · 275 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | January 23, 2016 | Donald Trump
    Let me be clear - I am pro-life. I support that position with exceptions allowed for rape, incest or the life of the mother being at risk. I did not always hold this position, but I had a significant personal experience that brought the precious gift of life into perspective for me. My story is well documented, so I will not retell it here. However, what I will do with the remaining space is express my feelings about life, and the culture of life, as we just marked the 43rd anniversary of Roe v. Wade. I build things. There is...
  • Police: Suspected theater shooter brought gun to movie fearing mass shooting

    01/23/2016 11:09:08 AM PST · by Drew68 · 26 replies
    KOMO News ^ | 01/22/2016 | Staff
    RENTON, Wash. (KOMO) -- A 29-year-old man suspected of shooting a woman inside a Renton theater Thursday night told detectives he brought the gun to the movie fearing a mass shooting. The incident happened at The Landing in Renton during a showing of the film "13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi." It is the action-packed movie of the terrorist raid on the U.S. Embassy. About 15 minutes into the movie, a gun went off and a 40-year-old Michelle Mallari had been shot through the back of her chair. "I believe the lady in front of us that got shot...
  • Washington State Lawmakers Push Gun Storage Law, ‘Assault Weapons’ Ban

    01/23/2016 7:17:00 AM PST · by rktman · 31 replies
    breitbart.com ^ | 1/22/2016 | AWR Hawkins
    On January 22 Washington state lawmakers held a hearing on a proposal to requirement gun owners in the state to lock up their guns in the home. This comes just under two weeks after state representative Jim Moeller (D-49th) introduced legislation to ban the possession of the "assault weapons" in the state. According to The News Tribune, Rep. Ruth Kagi (D-Lake Forest Park) spoke for requiring law-abiding citizens to lock up their guns in their homes. Kagi said, "Requiring gun owners to safely store firearms is common sense." She added, "About 1 million households in Washington state contain unsafe firearms,...
  • Teen walks a mile in Muslim friends’ shoes by wearing a hijab

    01/18/2016 4:40:22 PM PST · by steve86 · 39 replies
    The Seattle Times ^ | January 17, 2016 | Claudia Rowe
    She was walking home from school, with traffic rushing all around, when Zion Lourdes Perez tore off her hijab. Feeling like a target at 15 was nothing she'd imagined when she decided, on a lark, to wear the head scarf worn by Muslim women. Perez, raised Catholic, is a co-founder and president of the Muslim Student Association at Franklin High, and while many students tried on the covering for an hour or two during "modesty week," Perez wanted a deeper understanding of what it meant to broadcast religion on one's sleeve - or head, as it were. The experience last...
  • Airport workers plan disruptions in nine U.S. cities on MLK Day

    01/18/2016 1:10:52 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 37 replies
    Sacramento Bee ^ | January 17, 2016 | Luz Lazo, Washington Post
    Workers from nine U.S. airports are planning to block bridges, march through terminals and protest at airline headquarters during a day of civil disobedience on Martin Luther King Jr. Day. The workers - a mix of cleaners, baggage handlers, fuelers and wheelchair attendants - will risk arrest at airports and other locations including the Mall, to bring attention to their campaign for better wages, the Service Employees International Union said. The actions are the latest in the airport workers' campaign for a $15-per-hour minimum wage, a benefits package and job protections. They're also protesting threats against their efforts to unionize....
  • Washington State Patrol investigates threats against Rep. Matt Shea (Threats after OR protest visit)

    01/17/2016 8:46:25 PM PST · by Nextrush · 20 replies
    Spokane Spokesman-Review ^ | 1/15/2016 | Jim Camden
    OLYMPIA-The Washington State Patrol is investigating threats against Rep. Matt Shea. Kyle Moore, a spokesman for the patrol, confirmed Friday the agency's Spokane District has 'an open and active case' involving threats against the Spokane Valley Republican, but he could not give further details because of procedural rules...... Shea declined to comment to the newspaper. "Rep. Shea received a very threatening voice mail this week. It's being taken very seriously," according to his legislative spokesman, who said he couldn't comment further. On Facebook posts, Shea said he received a death threat Jan. 12 after articles were published in The Spokesman-Review...
  • 2016 Washington State Bill Would Ban ALMOST ALL Modern Firearms

    01/14/2016 7:39:04 AM PST · by servo1969 · 41 replies
    Progressivestoday.com ^ | 1-13-2016 | Michael Strickland
    The Washington state legislature has convened for a 60 day session, and the anti gunners are wasting no time introducing bills that supposedly address “gun violence”, in which they sort of admit that their “universal background check” ballot initiative has failed to prevent such “gun violence.” Rep. Jim Moeller’s HB 2354 would ban so-called “assault weapons”, in which nearly every modern firearm is defined as an “assault weapon”. Parts of Section 1 of the bill read:(27) “Assault weapon” means: (a) A semiautomatic rifle that has the capacity to accept a detachable magazine and has one or more of the following:...
  • Tom Douglas going straight to $15/hour, adding 20% service charge at 3 restaurants [Seattle]

    01/12/2016 5:10:28 PM PST · by steve86 · 52 replies
    The Seattle Times ^ | January 12, 2016 | Bethany Jean Clement
    Say goodbye to tipping at Tom Douglas' Dahlia Lounge, Palace Kitchen and The Carlile Room. The entirety of the 20 percent service charge "will be redistributed to our team through wages, commissions and benefits," Douglas said in a news release. Among the goals of the change, he said, is to "provide greater compensation equity for front of house and back of house." (The company said it based the 20 percent figure on average customer tips over the past three years.) And while Douglas's take on Seattle's $15-an-hour minimum wage has not necessarily been positive in the past, he promised, "We...
  • Fractured Families & Academia

    01/11/2016 8:19:23 AM PST · by Academiadotorg · 2 replies
    Accuracy in Academia ^ | January 8, 2015 | Malcolm A. Kline
    That intact families are more economically solvent than fractured ones has long been observed outside of academe. Arguably, as with many other policy questions, on this one as well, academics tend to be the last to notice. The Fall 2015 issue of The Family in America: A Journal of Public Policy features an article by Glenn T. Stanton on "Family Formation and Poverty: A History of Academic Inquiry and Its Major Findings." Stanton is the director of Global Family Formation at Focus on the Family. His 20-page treatise takes us through half a century of seminal research on families and...
  • 6 Big Cities See Hiring Fade After Minimum Wage Hikes

    01/09/2016 10:23:38 AM PST · by QT3.14 · 39 replies
    IBD ^ | January 6, 2016 | Jed Graham
    U.S. cities that implemented big minimum-wage hikes to $10 an hour or more in 2015 have seen a strikingly similar aftermath: Job gains have fallen to multiyear lows at restaurants, hotels and other leisure and hospitality venues. The data aren't, for the most part, stark and reliable enough to amount to smoking-gun proof. But Chicago, Oakland, San Francisco, Seattle, Los Angeles and Washington, D.C. — all on the leading edge of the push for big minimum wage hikes — all show worrisome job trends.
  • Washington State bathroom bill obliterates men’s and women’s rooms

    01/08/2016 12:41:24 PM PST · by wagglebee · 45 replies
    LifeSiteNews ^ | 1/8/16 | Lisa Bourne
    OLYMPIA, Washington, January 8, 2016 (LifeSiteNews) – Washington State will now require public buildings, including schools, to allow individuals to use bathrooms and locker rooms of the opposite sex. Having taken effect on December 26, the transgender bathroom rule was created by the State Human Rights Commission and has been in the works since 2012. It eliminates a previous separate standard for schools, which allowed them to look at locker room use for transgender students on a case-by-case basis. Human Rights Commission executive director Sharon Ortiz, along with ACLU staff attorney Margaret Chen, said the rule clarifies law that previously...
  • Goldilocks Ruling in Washington Supreme Court on Knives as Arms

    01/07/2016 7:00:18 AM PST · by marktwain · 16 replies
    Ammoland ^ | 6 January, 2016 | Dean Weingarten
    The Washington State Supreme Court issued an insane ruling on December 31st. The ruling was written by Justice Charles Wiggens, pictured above. The case was City of Seattle v. Wayne Anthony Evans. I classify this sort of opinion as Goldilocks gun control. While this case involves knives, the approach is the same. Under Goldilocks gun control, guns are restricted under any imaginable restriction, until the ones that are left are such a small number that they are acceptable to disarmists. Either guns are "too big" (.50 caliber rifles) or too small (easily concealable), too military (weapons of war) or...
  • Some pot labs in state failed no pot at all, says scientist [WA]

    01/06/2016 11:17:30 PM PST · by steve86 · 15 replies
    The Seattle Times ^ | January 5, 2016 | Bob Young
    Some state-certified marijuana labs testing for microbes such as E.coli and mold appear more friendly to pot merchants than others, according to an analysis by a Woodinville data scientist. Four labs rejected none of the pot they tested over a three-month period last year, according to the analysis by Jim MacRae. Four other labs failed more than 12 percent of samples tested over the same time, with two labs rejecting 44 percent of samples for microbes. “It’s almost impossible for that to happen,” said David Lampach, co-founder of Steep Hill Labs in Tukwila, of the disparity. After sifting through public...
  • Marijuana Retail Prices Are Plummeting, But Local Shops Say That's Good News [WA]

    01/06/2016 8:12:33 PM PST · by steve86 · 16 replies
    NBCRIGHTNOW ^ | Jan 06, 2016 4:59 PM PST | Caitlin Wilson
    UNION GAP, WA.- The price of marijuana continues to drop in retail shops across the state, so we checked in with two of the local shops in Union Gap to see how they're adapting to the changing times. Even though prices have dropped to an all time low across the state over the past year, local owners say their products are still flying off the shelves. When Station 420, opened their doors in 2014 they were selling a gram for around $40.00. "It was tough, the supply was short, we didn't have very many options and it was expensive," owner...
  • Ken Griffey Jr., Mike Piazza elected to Baseball Hall of Fame

    01/06/2016 5:43:29 PM PST · by Mariner · 37 replies
    Yahoo Sports ^ | January 6th, 2016 | Mike Oz
    Of the 32 names on this year's Hall of Fame ballot, only two were approved Wednesday by baseball writers to join the immortals inside Cooperstown: Ken Griffey Jr. and Mike Piazza. They're two iconic sluggers of the 1990s with 1,057 homers between them, whose paths will cross again when they're inducted July 24. Griffey, on his first ballot, earned 99.3 percent of the vote, a total that surpasses Tom Seaver's record of 98.84 in 1992. Griffey missed three ballots. Piazza, in his fourth Hall of Fame campaign, received 83 percent, up from the 69.9 percent that left him outside of...
  • Jim McDermott Announces Retirement (Washington state libtard)

    01/05/2016 4:36:31 PM PST · by Clintonfatigued · 22 replies
    Roll Call Politics ^ | January 4, 2016 | Simone Pathé
    McDermott won his last general election with 80 percent of the vote, but he had already attracted one primary challenger in his safe Democratic 7th District before the holiday recess. State Rep. Brady Walkinshaw announced his candidacy in early December, promising to be the “region’s next progressive leader.” The Democratic field in this Seattle-based district is expected to grow with McDermott out. Thanks to Washington’s top-two primary system, the general election could pit two Democrats against each other. Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney and Arizona Sen. John McCain each received just 18 percent of the vote in this district in...
  • Jim McDermott, Democrat of Washington, Won’t Seek Re-Election to the House

    01/04/2016 2:56:23 PM PST · by TroutStalker · 37 replies
    NY Times ^ | January 4, 2016 | Elaine Thompson
    Representative Jim McDermott, Democrat of Washington and one of the most liberal members of the House, announced Monday that he would retire at the end of the year, ending a tumultuous 14-term congressional career. “I love representing the people of the Seventh District because they inspire me to pursue and achieve public policy goals that improve the lives of all Americans,” he said in Seattle. “I am proud of what we have been able to do together for Seattle and the State of Washington,” said Mr. McDermott, who serves on the powerful Ways and Means Committee, where the Affordable Care...
  • Democratic US Rep. Jim McDermott announces retirement

    01/04/2016 1:18:52 PM PST · by bkopto · 59 replies
    Breitbart/AP ^ | 1/4/2016 | staff
    Longtime Democratic Rep. Jim McDermott (D-WA) of Washington state is retiring.
  • Washington state opens all women's bathrooms to men

    01/02/2016 7:10:33 AM PST · by lowbridge · 111 replies
    wnd ^ | December 31, 2015 | cheryl chumley
    Thanks to the Human Rights Commission, Washington state's newest law makes businesses open their bathroom doors to both men and women - meaning, men must be granted equal and unfettered access to the ladies' restrooms. "This first-of-its-kind, statewide law is part of the recent push to frame gender-segregated bathrooms as an affront to 'equality,'" wrote Joseph Backholm in the Family Policy Institute of Washington. A new rule issued by the state's HRC just took effect this month - and that's after the Houston's lesbian mayor lost her own personal campaign to open women's restrooms to men, due to voter backlash. Voters...
  • A higher minimum wage doesn't reduce poverty, says… the federal government (Duh)

    12/31/2015 7:30:15 PM PST · by Kaslin · 23 replies
    Hot Air.com ^ | December 31, 2015 | JAZZ SHAW
    We reach the end of the year with yet another tale of crazy, one percenter wingnuts trying to claim that jacking up the minimum wage won’t do much to alleviate the issues facing the poorest Americans who the Democrats are seeking to help. This time the hateful claims are coming from… a study published by the federal government. Increasing the minimum wage is an inefficient way to reduce poverty, according to a Fed research paper that comes amid a national clamor to hike pay for workers at the low end of the salary scale.David Neumark, visiting scholar at the San...
  • Toy plane makes sound of Islamic prayer

    12/30/2015 1:41:42 PM PST · by Impala64ssa · 12 replies
    KING5 Seattle ^ | 12/30/15
    Instead of making flying sounds, a children's toy plane's sound effect was an Islamic prayer, according to the president of the Islamic Society of Whatcom County. It's an issue several WolVol customers have complained about onAmazon. The toy was a Christmas present given to a Whatcom County 3-year-old. "We put the batteries in and didn't get what we expected," said Bjorn Thorpe, the boy's uncle. "I do respect other religions, but it's not the right situation to have it on a children's toy." "This is a prayer you're supposed to say when you're performing Hajj," said Nadeem Israr, president of...
  • M4.9 - 19km NNE of Victoria, Canada

    12/29/2015 11:54:43 PM PST · by WhiskeyX · 13 replies
    U.S. Geological Survey ^ | 2015-12-30 07:39:28 (UTC) | University of Washington; U.S. Geological Survey
    M4.9 - 19km NNE of Victoria, Canada Time 2015-12-30 07:39:28 (UTC) 2015-12-29 23:39:28 (UTC-08:00) in your timezone Times in other timezones Nearby Cities 19km (12mi) NNE of Victoria, Canada 22km (14mi) NE of Langford, Canada 23km (14mi) NE of Colwood, Canada 35km (22mi) SE of Duncan, Canada 19km (12mi) NNE of Victoria, Canada
  • Seattle mom told to cover up while breastfeeding at U-Village restaurant (liberal entitlement)

    12/29/2015 6:17:04 AM PST · by simpson96 · 110 replies
    KIRO TV ^ | 12/28/2015 | Siemny Kim
    SEATTLE - The general manager at a restaurant at Seattle's University Village is apologizing to a mother after one of its employees told a breastfeeding mother to cover up."There shouldn't be a stigma about breastfeeding," mother Lauren Hernandez said. Hernandez was having lunch at Piatti Sunday afternoon.She was with her 9-month-old son, Bob, who started getting fussy."While I was nursing him, the hostess came up to me and told me to cover up because people had complained," Hernandez said. "And I told her 'I think it's illegal for you to tell me to cover up' and she said 'No, we...
  • How Federal Missteps Make the Case to Transfer Public Lands to States, Localities

    12/28/2015 12:17:56 PM PST · by george76 · 8 replies
    Daily Signal ^ | December 27, 2015 | Marjorie Haun
    A growing number of state organizations seek to remedy what they consider negligent policies and shoddy oversight of public land on the part of federal agencies. Under the umbrella name Transfer of Public Lands, the movement offers a solution to the problem that is simple in concept: transfer ownership and management of public lands administered by federal agencies to equivalent state agencies. These agencies, being accountable to governors, state legislators and citizens, will manage the public lands in a more conscientious, cost-effective way. ... Unlike states east of the Continental Divide, public lands in Western states such as Washington and...
  • Why Are Many Diseases Back, Decades After Being Wiped Out in the U.S.?

    12/25/2015 11:54:32 PM PST · by detective · 45 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 25 Dec 2015 | Tom Tancredo
    An E. coli epidemic in Seattle and Kansas City and 19 other states? TB in New York and Manassas, Virginia? Leprosy in New Hampshire? Dengue Fever in Laredo? What's going on here? If you think data about illegal alien crime is hidden from public, just try to find information on the contagious diseases brought across our borders by illegal aliens from nearly 100 countries. If we survey the anecdotal and sporadic official data of the past fifteen years, there is no doubt we are being invaded daily by dangerous diseases.
  • More than 3,000 Washington prisoners mistakenly freed early (computer glitch)

    12/23/2015 2:53:26 PM PST · by Libloather · 24 replies
    AP via MSN ^ | 12/23/15 | RACHEL LA CORTE
    OLYMPIA, Wash. - More than 3,000 prisoners in Washington have been mistakenly released early since 2002 because of an error by the state's Department of Corrections that resulted in wrongly calculated sentences for about 3 percent of the prison population. At a news conference announcing the error Tuesday, Gov. Jay Inslee said he has ordered immediate steps to correct the longstanding computer glitch. "Frankly, it is maddening," Inslee said. Authorities say a July 2002 state Supreme Court ruling required the Corrections Department to apply good-behavior credits earned in county jail to state prison sentences. However, the programming fix ended up...
  • Court upholds ruling on Seattle ‘gun violence tax’

    12/22/2015 5:39:50 PM PST · by ButThreeLeftsDo · 46 replies
    KIROTV.com ^ | 12/22/15 | By KIRO 7 News
    King County Superior Court upheld legislation allowing the City of Seattle to tax gun and ammunition sales, according to documents released on Tuesday. Seattle City Council unanimously approved the "Gun and Violence Tax" in August; it charges $25 for every firearm legally sold in Seattle. In addition to the 2 to 5 cents added to sales of certain types of ammunition, it would owners require reporting lost or stolen guns within 24 hours of their disappearance. The City Budget Office estimates the gun violence tax will raise between $300,000 and $500,000 a year to be used for gun violence research...
  • Klamath Basin: Water pact crumbles in Congress after years of work ( Oregon & California )

    12/21/2015 6:20:12 PM PST · by george76 · 30 replies
    The Oregonian ^ | December 19, 2015 | Jeff Mapes
    The agreement never sold well either in solidly Republican Klamath County or on the California side of the border, where the idea of removing dams and tilting the scale toward environmental and tribal purposes was regarded suspiciously. "They try to say the community is for it, and it's not true at all," said Klamath County Chairman Tom Mallams, noting that almost all successful candidates in the area run against the agreement. ... Among western Republicans, the idea of removing the dams has been viewed with great suspicion, even though the aged structures are relatively small hydroelectric producers, aren't used for...
  • Amid chronic U.S. homelessness, Northwest backs 'tent cities'

    12/17/2015 6:13:58 AM PST · by simpson96 · 27 replies
    Reuters, via Yahoo News ^ | 12/17/2015 | Eric M. Johnson and Shannon Stapleton
    SEATTLE (Reuters) - For years, Jammie Nichols struggled with a drug habit that left the Florida mother reeling from blackouts, seizures, depression and poverty - and a decision to give one of her children up for adoption. When a friend told her about Tent City 3, a peer-run homeless encampment in the Seattle area with ties to social welfare programs. The police patrolled sporadically but left occupants largely alone, and volunteers often dropped off hot meals.In June, Nichols bought a bus ticket and arrived in Seattle broke, and four months later, she had a steady boyfriend, had kicked her drug...
  • VIDEO: Seattle PD chase and shootout - December 6, 2015

    12/08/2015 1:30:27 PM PST · by QT3.14 · 8 replies
    Seattle PD via YouTube ^ | December 6, 2015 | Seattle PD
    Video released by SPD. Seattle Police Department investigators are piecing together the trail of a 35-year-old violent felon after he brandished two handguns at several downtown businesses Sunday, carjacked three vehicles and fired on officers before a fatal confrontation with police in Northeast Seattle. (Video starts near the U of Washington.
  • 22-Year-Old California Man Pleads Guilty to Terrorism Charge

    12/03/2015 12:52:32 AM PST · by Lera · 9 replies
    Nicholas Teausant, the National Guard reservist who was arrested last year for trying to blow up the Los Angeles subway, pleaded guilty to a federal terrorism charge for trying to join the Islamic State. According to the Los Angeles Times, the 22-year-old former community college student was charged with trying to give material support or resources to a foreign terrorist organization. “This case, like others in communities across the United States and around the world, is an example of how a young person from any place and any background might make the terrible decision to try and become part of...
  • Syrian Refugees Have Been Resettled In 36 States, Most In CA,TX, MI

    12/01/2015 1:05:08 PM PST · by Enlightened1 · 11 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 12/01/15 | Caroline May
    Since the start of the Syria's civil war in the spring of 2011, the U.S. has admitted 2,311 Syrian refugees and resettled them in 36 different states. According to data from the State Department's Refugee Processing Center the top three destinations for Syrian refugees since the beginning of the conflict are California, Texas, and Michigan. From March 15, 2011 through December 1, 2015, California received the most (261) Syrian refugees, Texas received the second most with 242, and Michigan has received the third most with 217. Other states that have received Syrian refugees since March 2011 include: Arizona (182), Illinois...
  • Minimum wage effect? Seattle area restaurant jobs have fallen -900 this year

    11/26/2015 7:04:08 PM PST · by george76 · 38 replies
    AEI ^ | November 23, 2015 | Mark J. Perry
    Minimum wage effect? Seattle area restaurant jobs have fallen -900 this year vs. +6,200 food jobs in rest of state [ Full title ]. What effect will the eventual 58% increase in labor costs from $9.47 to $15 an hour have on small businesses, including Seattle area restaurants? Actually, it will be more like a 95% increase for many employers to $18.55 an hour once all costs and taxes are added. It's too soon to tell for sure, but there is already some preliminary evidence that April's minimum wage hike to $11 an hour, along with the pending increase of...
  • Washington state girl, 16, found tied up in high school bathroom

    11/25/2015 2:45:39 PM PST · by SaveFerris · 36 replies
    Reuters / Yahoo ^ | 22 hours ago | Reuters
    SEATTLE (Reuters) - A 16-year-old girl in Washington state was physically assaulted on Tuesday and tied up in a bathroom at her Seattle high school, law enforcement and school officials said. The victim said two females assaulted her, tied her up and left her in the bathroom in an early morning incident at Highline Public Schools' Evergreen Campus, King County Sheriff's Office spokeswoman Cindi West said. The victim was taken to an area hospital with non-life threatening injuries, West said.
  • 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 · 64 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,...