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  • D.C. Council votes to limit reach of federal effort aimed at illegal immigration

    06/05/2012 6:04:01 PM PDT · by moonshinner_09 · 4 replies
    Washington Post ^ | June 5, 2012 | Mihir Zaveri
    Federal officials on Tuesday launched a controversial program in the District that targets illegal immigration, but not without a fight from some city officials who argue the effort undermines trust between police and local immigrant communities. The program, known as Secure Communities, requires that arrestee fingerprints collected by local governments be shared with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement so the federal government can identify illegal immigrants and potentially move to detain or deport them. All other localities in the metropolitan area have been participating. But the D.C. Council on Tuesday quickly voted to limit the program’s reach, saying it could...
  • Teenage boys arrested on murder charges after mother reports finding man's body in home

    06/02/2012 2:16:16 PM PDT · by Stoat · 34 replies
    Q13 Fox / various ^ | June 1, 2012 | David Quinlan
    A 16-year-old boy and a 14-year-old believed to be his brother were arrested on first-degree murder charges Friday after their mother told police she found her sons standing over a young man's body in their Tacoma house when she came home. The relationship, if any, between the unidentified victim and the teenage boys was not immediately disclosed. Tacoma police spokesman Mark Fulghum did not say how the man died, except to say there were "signs of trauma to the body."   According to Fulghum, the boys' mother drove to a police substation and told police she arrived home at 847 E....
  • Campaign Holds 'Obama Shabbat' Across Washington, D.C.

    06/01/2012 2:45:05 PM PDT · by Nachum · 14 replies
    The Weekly Standard ^ | 6/1/12 | Daniel Halper
    The president is out of town tonight, spending the night alone at his home in Chicago after a day filled with six fundraisers. But his campaign in Washington, D.C. continues. An events list found at BarackObama.com reveals that eight "Obama Shabbat" dinners will be held this evening, here in Washington, to observe the Jewish sabbath and to "organize our community to help reelect President Barack Obama." The Jewish sabbath is observed from sundown Friday evening to sundown Saturday night. The descriptions for the dinners are formulaic, sounding mostly the same. "On Friday, June 1st Jewish Americans across the District of...
  • DSHS gives no-bid racism forum contract to Alinsky disciple

    05/26/2012 7:49:42 AM PDT · by Baynative · 3 replies
    The Olympia Report ^ | May 24, 2012 | Jeff Rhodes
    The Washington State Department of Social and Health Services this month awarded two “sole-source” contracts — including one to a disciple of self-described “radical” Marxist Saul Alinsky — in order to satisfy a “legislative mediation” requirement to acquaint the agency’s case workers with the concept of racism. The total value of the two deals is $52,000.~snip~ “This training,” the announcement notes, “is specifically customized to address issues and raise awareness concerning the relationship between racial disparity/disproportionality in the child welfare system and systemic and institutional racism.”
  • Trey Gowdy's Washington office burglarized, one of several at congressional offices

    05/19/2012 7:30:40 AM PDT · by jakerobins · 23 replies
    U.S. Rep. Trey Gowdy's office in Washington was burglarized last month, one of a string of thefts at several congressional offices. Gowdy, R-Spartanburg, had a 27-inch Apple computer monitor and two cameras, all public property, stolen from his Capitol Hill office on April 11. According to rules for the U.S. House of Representatives, Gowdy was held personally responsible for the loss and was asked to reimburse the government. The rule exists to encourage careful stewardship of public property and to dissuade employees from taking office property, said Josh Dix, Gowdy's spokesman
  • Kucinich Not Planning a WA State Run

    05/19/2012 7:40:39 AM PDT · by bkopto · 5 replies
    Northwest News ^ | May 18, 2012 | Mike Cole
    Dennis Kucinich, longtime Democratic Congressman from Ohio, has finally put an end to speculation about his intention in regards to a Washington State Congressional seat. As strange as this situation is, after eight terms consistently being reelected, Ohio had enough negative population growth to end up losing two Congressional seats. Kucinich ended up in a district that was merged with a neighboring district, and was forced into a showdown with Marcy Kaptur, the Dem currently seated in that other district. Despite repeated visits to Washington State, even before his primary loss, and a fair deal of support from some local...
  • Dennis Kucinich opts out of Washington state race, will retire

    05/16/2012 11:21:51 PM PDT · by Libloather · 19 replies
    Yahoo ^ | 5/16/12 | Rachel Rose Hartman
    Dennis Kucinich opts out of Washington state race, will retireBy Rachel Rose Hartman | The Ticket – 9 hrs ago Ohio Rep. Dennis Kucinich announced Wednesday he has decided against running for Congress in Washington state, where activists had urged him to launch a campaign. In a statement, Kucinich signaled the end of his 16-year congressional career: *SNIP* Blah, blah, blah. *SNIP* "Dennis Kucinich has to decide what his legacy is going to be. Will he be remembered as a principled member of Congress or the narcissist who lost two Congressional races in two states the same year?" Democratic state...
  • Taxes: the best and worst of times, and …

    05/07/2012 1:47:16 PM PDT · by Mark Landsbaum · 2 replies
    There’s good news today. And bad. Both have to do with taxes, that bane of civilization in which some men decide other men must part with their money, mostly to spend on what some men have deemed to be more important than what the other men, the ones who earned the dough, may have in mind. If you missed our column Sunday on the ruckus over Apple minimizing its tax bite, you can read it here...
  • Rep. McMorris Rodgers: A female running mate would ‘bring an important voice to the table

    05/02/2012 6:45:11 PM PDT · by ak267 · 20 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | 5/1/2012 | Chris Moody
    Responding to veepstakes rumors, Washington Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers, vice chair of the House Republican Conference and a rising star on Capitol Hill, says she's open to being Mitt Romney's running mate and encourages him to tap a woman for the job. From National Review's Robert Costa: In an interview with National Review Online, the four-term Republican acknowledged that she's open to the idea, but took care to note that she is not "seeking" the nod. Romney, she says, should simply pick a conservative running mate—and if it's a woman, all the better. "Republican women bring an important voice to...
  • DC City Council Pushes for Higher Taxes on Consumers

    05/04/2012 8:17:58 AM PDT · by 92nina · 8 replies
    ATR ^ | 2012-05-03 | Patrick Gleason
    Despite the fact that economists across the political spectrum concede that economic expansion is a more advantageous approach to raising revenue than raising tax rates, some members of the DC City Council are pushing forward with a job-killing tax hike even though Mayor Gray has provided a sensible alternative that would loosen restrictions pertaining to when businesses can stay open and stores can sell alcohol. Instead, Councilman Jim Graham wants to put the screws to the District’s small businesses by hiking the city’s liquor tax. The results of such a hike would be disastrous for employers, consumers, and jobseekers alike....
  • Mom accused of putting bleach into toddler's eyes (Words fail me)

    05/01/2012 3:47:14 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 22 replies
    Fox News ^ | May 1, 2012
    Authorities say a Washington mother repeatedly put bleach into her toddler daughter's eyes, causing permanent vision loss in child's right eye, Q13 Fox reports. 29-year-old Jennifer Mothershead pled not guilty to charges of first-degree child assault Monday. Authorities say Mothershead was given antibiotics and eye drops in March 2011 for her toddler daughter after the child came to a local hospital with an eye issue. Mothershead told doctors her daughter had scratched her eye while playing in a barn, according to Q13 Fox. Authorities claim Mothershead's then-14-month-old daughter was airlifted to the hospital with a serious head injury in May...
  • Saint Mary's Church in Seattle deserves better than Tricia Wittmann-Todd

    04/30/2012 7:53:30 AM PDT · by cleghornboy · 8 replies
    La Salette Journey ^ | April 30, 2012 | Paul Melanson
    Tricia Wittmann-Todd, the "pastoral life coordinator" who refused to circulate petitions in support of Referendum 74, the ballot measure to roll back Washington's same-sex "marriage" law, even though Archbishop J. Peter Sartain asked parishes throughout the Archdiocese of Seattle to do so, is at it again. This time, in her weekly message to parishioners of St. Mary's Church in Seattle, Tricia is commenting on the sixth and seventh chapter of Acts to imply that same-sex unions are called for because of the demands of "justice." She writes, "This story is a good reminder that ours is a very long and...
  • Open Carrying of Firearms(MO)

    04/29/2012 6:20:53 AM PDT · by marktwain · 10 replies
    emissourian.com ^ | 28 April, 2012 | NA
    The Washington City Council is considering a ban on open carry of firearms. Police Chief Ken Hahn has asked the council to pass an ordinance that would prohibit people from openly carrying a firearm in the city. There is no need for anyone other than a law enforcement officer, or the military, to openly carry a firearm in the city. We do have in Missouri a law that permits the carrying of a concealed weapon as long as a permit is obtained. To obtain a permit, the process includes a degree of training in the use of the firearm. The...
  • Virgil Goode wins Constitution Party nomination

    04/25/2012 7:34:06 PM PDT · by Halfmanhalfamazing · 80 replies
    Examiner ^ | April 24th | Matthew Reece
    On Saturday, the Constitution Party nominated Virgil Goode, a former U.S. House member from Virginia, as its presidential candidate. He won the nomination on the first ballot with 203 out of 403 delegates. He defeated Darrell Castle of Tennessee, national vice chairman of the Constitution Party; Susan Ducey, a constitutional activist from Kansas; Laurie Roth, of Washington, a columnist and talk show host; and Robby Carr Wells of North Carolina, a former NCAA Division I football coach at Savannah State University. The final vote total was Goode 203, Castle 120, Wells 58, Ducey 15, Roth 6. Jim Clymer, the national...
  • Japanese kayaker hopes to show Kennewick Man could have traveled by boat

    04/23/2012 9:44:02 PM PDT · by Theoria · 30 replies
    Tri-City Herald ^ | 10 April 2012 | John Trumbo
    By week's end, Ryota Yamada hopes to slip his sea kayak gently into the Columbia River at Clover Island, embarking on the first leg of a 10,000-mile adventure to Japan. The retired scientist who did nanotechnological research intends to paddle downriver to the ocean, then via the Inland Passage north to Alaska, and eventually across the Bering Strait to the Asian continent. It will take him four summers, but if he succeeds in reaching his homeland, Yamada said, he will have shown that Kennewick Man could have made his way by boat 9,300 years ago from Japan to North America....
  • Parents kept in the dark about student sex offenders (Washington State)

    04/20/2012 6:00:23 PM PDT · by Stoat · 16 replies
    KOMO News ^ | April 20, 2012 | Tracy Vedder
    PUYALLUP, Wash. -- A controversial state law that prevents school districts from warning parents about student sex offenders is drawing criticism with news that a 19-year-old sex offender allegedly raped a fellow student near Vancouver. After news broke about the Vancouver incident, more parents came forward to say they had discovered sex offenders in their children's schools. Kathleen Britt said she was sad and horrified when she learned about the recent attack on a Clark County campus. The shocking news reminded the Puyallup mom of her own horror upon learning that her daughter was also going to school with...
  • LT Michael Behenna CAAF Hearing is April 23rd at 9am in DC. Please come and support this hero!!!!

    04/18/2012 8:39:18 PM PDT · by PrezUSA222 · 3 replies
    DefendMichael.com ^ | 18 April 2012 | PrezUSA222
    To all supporters of Michael Behenna, please read the post below from Michael's parents regarding his appeal hearing. Please pass on to all in the DC Metro area. We want to show our support for this hero!!! "To the thousands of Michael Behenna supporters, After three long years of waiting for Michael’s case to be heard by a court not under command influence the day we have been waiting for is about here. On April 23rd at 9am Michael’s case will be heard by the Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces (CAAF). This civilian court will hear oral arguments...
  • 74 Democrats Join J Street in Urging Concessions

    04/15/2012 12:38:04 AM PDT · by Nachum · 19 replies
    inn ^ | 4/15/12 | Rachel Hirshfeld
    Democrats in House of Reps. joined J Street in supporting Obama administration's attempt to force Israel into making painful concessions Seventy-four Democrats in the House of Representatives have joined the dovish J Street organization in supporting the Obama administration's attempt to force Israel into making painful concessions to the Palestinian Authority. “In our view, support for a two-state resolution is inseparable from such support for Israel, its special relationship with the United States, and its very survival as a democratic homeland for the Jewish people,” the letter said. Seven Jewish members signed the letter, including Reps. Steve Cohen (D-Tenn.), John...
  • George Washington named Britain's greatest ever foe

    04/15/2012 11:48:38 AM PDT · by AnotherUnixGeek · 92 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | 14 Apr 2012 | Jasper Copping
    The American was voted the winner in a contest run by the National Army Museum to identify the country's most outstanding military opponent.
  • Wife's last words: 'Why don't you just shoot me?'

    04/13/2012 11:01:38 PM PDT · by Slings and Arrows · 68 replies
    KOMO News ^ | Apr 13, 2012
    LAKE CUSHMAN, Wash. - A woman who was shot dead in her Lake Cushman home on Thursday told her husband, "Why don't you just shoot me?" before he opened fire at her with a shotgun, according to the Mason County Sheriff's Office.
  • 3 Catholic churches refuse anti- same-sex marriage petition drive (Seattle)

    04/13/2012 10:03:31 PM PDT · by Stoat · 33 replies
    KOMO News ^ | April 13, 2012 | Tracy Vedder
    Three Catholic churches and counting are refusing to be part of the petition drive to overturn the state's new marriage equality law. St. Joseph's parish is one of at least three local Catholic churches deciding they don't want the fight over gay marriage to have a place there during Sunday services, in spite of a strong message from the Seattle Archbishop. Earlier this year, Seattle Archbishop Peter Sartain testified against the gay marriage bill in Olympia. "I urge you to uphold the definition of marriage as the union of one man and one woman," he said then. And when...
  • Bakery protest turns violent after clash over cookies

    04/08/2012 9:50:45 AM PDT · by matt1234 · 88 replies
    mynorthwest.com ^ | April 7, 2012 | Brandi Kruse
    A labor protest at a historic Seattle bakery turned violent Saturday and police were called when demonstrators clashed with patrons outside. More than 80 protestors from the Seattle Solidarity Network, also known as SeaSol, picketed outside of Borracchini's Bakery in the Rainier Valley as part of a planned protest against the owner, Remo Borracchini. Hundreds of customers arrived in advance of the protest and launched a counter demonstration. Supporters wore red, white and green ribbons in honor of the bakery's Italian roots. Fights broke out among patrons and protestors after a customer offered cookies to one of the demonstrators, a...
  • Why Is WA State U.S. Attorney Jenny Durkan Working With CAIR?

    03/21/2012 12:59:06 PM PDT · by johnqueuepublic · 11 replies
    PipeLineNews.org ^ | March 21, 2012 | William Mayer
    Why Is WA State U.S. Attorney Jenny Durkan Working With CAIR?By WILLIAM MAYER March 21, 2012 - San Francisco, CA - PipeLineNews.org - Since the DOJ's U.S. Attorneys are the chief federal law enforcement officers in their various districts, we were more than a bit surprised to find that Jenny Durkan, U.S. Attorney for the Western District of Washington State, had developed an ongoing relationship with the tainted Islamist pressure group, the Council on American Islamic Relations [CAIR]. According to its website "CAIR-Washington is working with Ms. Durkan's staff to provide feedback and direction for the anti-bullying initiative, as well...
  • K-12 Funding Levels Surprise Washington Voters

    04/02/2012 5:03:05 PM PDT · by Twotone · 2 replies
    Oregon Catalyst ^ | April 2, 2012 | Kathryn Hickok
    A February survey of Washington voters by The Friedman Foundation for Educational Choice indicates that voters there are much less likely to favor increased spending on K-12 education once they know how much money their state already spends. Almost one-fifth (19%) of survey participants correctly identified their state’s per-student funding level: According to the survey, Washington spent $9,688 per student in 2008-9. About half (46%) thought the state spent $8,000 or less.
  • THE FATHER'S WILL ! [Charismatic Caucus]

    03/31/2012 10:04:29 AM PDT · by Jedediah · 7 replies
    The Joshua Chronicles ,bible ^ | 3-31-12 | Jedediah
    My words are coming they are here for you now ! But will you stand behind my plow ? For the will of The Father is what I would have you do , I in Him and Me in you , There is no struggle for your desire is mine , To please The Father ALL the time \o/ , No rest is needed for I AM your Zeal ! The fullness of the Wheel within The Wheel , So come to The Father and use My eyes to view , My seven spirits that I have given to you...
  • Metro derailed by culture of complacence, incompetence, lack of diversity

    03/27/2012 6:09:20 AM PDT · by Road Glide · 12 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | March 26, 2012 | Luke Rosiak
    Ninety-seven percent of the bus and train operators at the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority are black, with only six white women out of more than 3,000 drivers, according to Metro documents — a lack of diversity at one of the region’s largest employers that has led to an acknowledgment of failure in affirmative-action documents and spawned a series of lawsuits. The homogeneity, interviews with dozens of current and former Metro workers indicated, is a proxy to a clubby culture of favoritism in which merit has little to do with promotions, and accountability, such as noting safety violations, is a...
  • 'There's a Car in our Pool'

    03/26/2012 11:44:58 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 9 replies · 6+ views
    KPIC ^ | Mar 23, 2012
    A man was taken to the hospital Friday morning after the car he was driving left a road in Vancouver and landed in a residential swimming pool. "I looked out the window and was on the phone with 9-1-1 already and said 'there's a car in our pool,'" said Susan Goodwin, who lives in the house with the pool. Members of Clark County Fire District 6 said the driver, Eric Brown, 23, of Battle Ground, was found by firefighters walking on a road near the scene of the crash. Firefighters said shortly after 4 a.m. they got a call about...
  • Wildlife overpasses planned at Snoqualmie Pass

    03/25/2012 5:21:33 PM PDT · by SJackson · 21 replies
    Seattle Times ^ | 3-25-12
    YAKIMA, Wash. — There was no way the agencies monitoring wildlife along the Interstate 90 corridor could supply the manpower needed for a yearlong survey of animals along the highway, so they turned to you. Well, you and anyone else who drives the stretch of I-90 connecting Eastern and Western Washington. That was the genesis of the I-90 Wildlife Watch, a multi-agency effort that enlisted public volunteers -- commuters -- to document wildlife sightings. "That information is really hard to collect," said Paula MacKay, an Ellensburg-based research associate with Western Transportation Institute. "You have to be in the right place...
  • Man Sentenced to 24 Years for 1979 Murder After Long-Held Secret Revealed

    03/24/2012 3:54:08 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 20 replies · 1+ views
    The Republic (Indiana) ^ | March 24, 2012 | Diana Hefley
    Her name was written in the thick murder book. Three decades later Snohomish County sheriff's detectives came knocking on her door. She knew why the two men were there. The moment finally had come to share the secret she'd been lugging around since she was 18 years old. She could tell them who killed Susan Schwarz. The words eventually tumbled out. She had been in the small Lynnwood-area home in 1979 when Gregory Johnson grabbed a pretty, young woman out of her shower, tied her up and put a bullet in her head. Johnson, then 26, looked up to find...
  • Santorum in Tacoma: Protesters and a Glitter Bomb

    02/15/2012 12:53:02 PM PST · by massmike · 21 replies
    http://blogs.wsj.com ^ | 02/15/2012 | Danny Yadron
    It was predictable that Rick Santorum — or any Republican presidential candidate — would be met with protests here Monday night as he spoke outdoors, down the street from an Occupy encampment and near the entrance to a public university. Shortly after the former senator from Pennsylvania began addressing a receptive crowd, a group of young protesters in the front row began chanting slogans such as “go away” and “right-wing bigot,” a reference to Mr. Santorum’s opposition to gay marriage, one of them said afterward. The surging GOP-candidate then spent the next hour battling the vocal minority. “What they represent...
  • Your Peace comes from the fruit of your Obedience !

    03/20/2012 4:32:56 PM PDT · by Jedediah
    The Joshua Chronicles ,bible ^ | 3-20-12 | Jedediah
    My solace in you is derived from obedience that even in this small act you receive a great blessing ((( ("ME" ) )))"Jesus" So as you listen , follow and obey, We truly are one for you walk in my steps and I light the pathway before you ! Now come and remain well within my voice for I AM ALL of your provision in just this simple thing ! Joshua 5:6-12 New International Version (NIV) 6 The Israelites had moved about in the wilderness forty years until all the men who were of military age when they left Egypt...
  • Gas prices up for 8th straight day

    03/17/2012 5:47:32 PM PDT · by Signalman · 10 replies
    CNNMoney ^ | 3/17/2012 | CNNMoney Staff
    NEW YORK (CNNMoney) -- The national average price for a gallon of gasoline rose for the eighth straight day on Saturday to $3.835. That is now only about 7% below the record high of $4.11 from July 2008. The average price rose by four-tenths of a penny, according to the survey of gas stations conducted for the motorist group AAA. Gas prices are now up more than 17% this year. The nationwide average was $3.52 a gallon a month ago and $3.76 a gallon on March 9 -- the day that prices started rising again after a few days of...
  • Democrat Congressman heckled/booed at UW commencement for "self-serving speech" "pompous puffery"

    06/14/2007 8:18:02 AM PDT · by XR7 · 45 replies · 3,104+ views
    Self-serving speech I was in attendance last Saturday at the commencement activities at the University of Washington. I was both embarrassed and angered by the pontification and obvious self-importance of Rep. Dicks. Never could I have imagined a commencement speaker at a major university being booed and heckled while speaking to the graduates. Then again, I could never have imagined anyone giving such a self-serving, self-glorification speech as he did. A speaker at such an event is supposed to inspire the graduates who are now going out into the world to seek their own destiny. They did not come to...
  • Wife's tip led FBI to man [left-wing nut] held in Congress threats

    03/14/2012 11:25:59 AM PDT · by matt1234 · 7 replies
    mynorthwest.com ^ | Mar. 14, 2012 | unknown
    A Vancouver, Wash., man accused of sending letters containing white powder to members of Congress fell under FBI scrutiny after his wife told an officer that he laced the envelopes with a mixture of celery salt and corn starch. The FBI focused on Christopher Lee Carlson, 39, after a Vancouver police officer told them about a March 4 interview she had with Carlson's wife about Carlson's recent emotional turmoil, The Oregonian reported. --SNIP-- The sender wanted an "end to corporate money and `lobbying,'" an end to corporate "personhood" and a new constitutional convention. The Associated Press obtained a copy of...
  • Marysville cop on leave after daughter's shooting

    03/12/2012 7:38:35 PM PDT · by Lattero · 11 replies · 1+ views
    Seattle Times ^ | March 12, 2012 | Anonymous AP reporter
    The Marysville, Wash., police officer whose daughter was fatally shot by a sibling last weekend has been placed on administrative leave for an investigation. [...] The 7-year-old girl was shot Saturday by a sibling who found a loaded gun in the family's van as it was parked near the Stanwood City Hall. The parents were out of the vehicle at the time, but nearby. The girl died Sunday at a Seattle hospital.
  • Old injury, discourse play role in Rep. Dicks’ departure (Amazing journalism)

    03/12/2012 5:42:19 PM PDT · by Baynative · 10 replies
    A lingering football injury from his college days played a part in 6th District U.S. Rep. Norm Dicks’ decision to not seek re-election to a 19th term this year — and will play a role in what he does with his life after Congress, he said Friday.
  • Man arrested for breaking into King County Jail

    03/12/2012 5:21:19 PM PDT · by matt1234 · 9 replies · 1+ views
    mynorthwest.com ^ | 3/12/2012 | Brandi Kruse
    Police say a man tried to break into the King County Jail Sunday, and was subsequently booked into the jail for criminal trespass. Staff at the jail noticed the man climb over a fence into a secure area of the facility in the 500 block of 5th Ave. He then made several attempts to open a locked door. "Officers did ask him and he offered absolutely no explanation as to why he was attempting to break into the jail," said Detective Renee Witt with the Seattle Police Department, whose officers were called to the scene. "They didn't have to drive...
  • AP source: Afghan shooter was from Stryker brigade

    03/12/2012 11:05:44 AM PDT · by Free ThinkerNY · 19 replies
    Associated Press ^ | March 12, 2012 | GENE JOHNSON
    SEATTLE (AP) -- The U.S. soldier suspected of gunning down at least 16 Afghan civilians was from a Washington state-based Stryker brigade and received his assignment to a village stability program less than six weeks ago.
  • House Dem Norm Dicks Steps Aside After FOIA Revelations

    03/12/2012 6:32:15 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 40 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | March 12, 2012 | Mike Shedlock
    I am pleased to report that Republican candidate Doug Cloud has finally brought down Democrat Congressman Norm Dicks, ranking Democrat on the powerful House Appropriations Committee. Scandals surrounding Norm Dicks are long, and deep. However, it was a Freedom on Information request by Doug Cloud, involving FBI files from the lobbyist PMA Group that finally caused Dicks to step aside. Here is a bit of background on the now defunct PMA Group: In return for campaign contributions, PMA group clients received over $200 million in contracts.In November, 2008 FBI agents raided PMA's offices and removed records of the firm's political...
  • The Solemn Oath of the U.S. President

    03/12/2012 9:11:10 AM PDT · by jfd1776 · 2 replies
    Illinois Review ^ | March 12, 2012 A.D. | John F. Di Leo
    REFLECTIONS ON PRESIDENTIAL OBLIGATIONS Ever think about every president’s first official act? Before he can do anything else, before he can make a binding appointment or issue a single order, he swears a solemn oath to preserve, protect, and defend the Constitution of the United States. Normally, a Supreme Court Justice administers the oath in public (though a lesser representative of the judicial system may stand in, if it’s an emergency; Calvin Coolidge was sworn in by his father upon the death of Warren Harding, for example). The U.S. president is not crowned by a bishop in a religious ceremony;...
  • Police: Stalker planned wedding for her, victim

    03/07/2012 10:36:46 PM PST · by Stoat · 26 replies
    The Seattle P.I. ^ | March 7, 2012 | LEVI PULKKINEN
    DES MOINES, Wash. -- A Des Moines woman accused of planning to wed a man she relentlessly followed for more than a year has been charged felony stalking. King County prosecutors contend Madeline Ann Desmet went so far as to order a wedding ring and reserve a Seattle courtroom for the ceremony before she was arrested in late February. Having been convicted of stalking previously, she's now again charged with the crime. Desmet, 64, met her alleged victim in early 2010 and soon after professed her "undying love" for him, Seattle Police Detective Nathan Janes told the court. The...
  • Spokane Animal Hoarding suspect “pimped herself out” for hay

    03/07/2012 11:12:43 AM PST · by matt1234 · 20 replies
    Northwest Cable News ^ | March 6, 2012 | unknown
    SPOKANE-- A couple weeks ago Spokane County Animal Protection Officers seized nearly 100 large animals from a property in Elk during an animal cruelty investigation. --SNIP-- Court documents say their owner 35-year-old Michelle Stiner told officers a dead goat found underneath a blue feed possibly was kicked by a pony stallion. --SNIP-- Court documents say Stiner told investigators she was "performing sexual acts for people” and "pimping herself out" to get hay.
  • Spokane Animal Hoarding suspect “pimped herself out” for hay (yes, you read that correctly)

    03/07/2012 4:16:06 AM PST · by Stoat · 23 replies
    Northwest Cable News ^ | March 6, 2012 | Othello & KREM.com
    SPOKANE-- A couple weeks ago Spokane County Animal Protection Officers seized nearly 100 large animals from a property in Elk during an animal cruelty investigation.      During the seizure SCRAPS told us officers found dead animals on the property.  According to a search warrant, in addition to numerous horses i found extremely thin, officers also discovered several dead goats and a llama (edit)  Stiner said, "I’ve done the best that I could to take care of them and unlike a lot of owners that are just opening their gates and letting them go, at least I was making the attempt...
  • One-party rule finally implodes in Olympia (WA)

    03/06/2012 8:37:46 PM PST · by Texas Fossil · 5 replies
    Herald (Olympia) ^ | March 5, 2012 | Tim Eyman
    Olympia's Democrats threw a huge childish hissy-fit on Friday, stomping their feet, spitting venom and bile, holding their breath and turning blue ... all because (gasp!) they didn't have the votes but Republicans did -- and they're still pouting about it. In November, if Democrats lose their majorities in the state House and/or state Senate and/or lose the governorship, it'll be because they deserve it based on Friday's childish hissy-fit. In multiple floor speeches, Senate Majority Leader Lisa Brown could not have been more patronizing, superior, holier-than-thou and condescending. Wants-to-replace-congressman-Norm-Dicks-who's-retiring Derek Kilmer nearly bawled like a little baby girl --...
  • MittvMitt: The story of two men trapped in one body (DNC attack on UNELECTABLE Mitt is Devastating)

    03/06/2012 8:24:17 AM PST · by xzins · 88 replies
    http://www.mittvmitt.com http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=K9njHHyRI7g (half a million hits and climbing)
  • Patience, Organization, Brilliance... and a Victory on the Heights

    03/04/2012 9:23:53 PM PST · by jfd1776 · 12 replies
    Illinois Review ^ | March 4, 2012 A.D. | John F. Di Leo
    By March 4, 1776, the American forces had been stationed outside Boston for nearly a year. British soldiers had been there longer. For eight long years, Boston had effectively been under martial law. Ever since the Massachusetts House had objected to the Townshend Acts in 1868, the British forces who arrived that October were a constant fixture around town, a continual reminder that to King George III, the colonists – those of Boston, at any rate – were prisoners in their own city. They may have thought they had the rights of free Englishmen, but England’s monarch thought otherwise. After...
  • Mitt Romney wins Washington state caucuses, CNN projects

    03/03/2012 6:02:33 PM PST · by nuconvert · 149 replies
    Mitt Romney has won the Republican caucuses in Washington state, according to a CNN projection. With 43 percent of precincts reporting, Mitt Romney leads with 37 percent of the vote in Washington state, followed by Ron Paul and Rick Santorum with 24 percent, and Newt Gingrich with 11 percent. Go to the Tumblr page of the Washington state Republican Party for the latest results. CNN projected Romney as the state's winner at 5:49 p.m. Pacific Time
  • 1500 voters turned away in Washington State

    03/03/2012 4:34:00 PM PST · by entropy12 · 37 replies
    tricity herald ^ | 03-03-2012 | Michelle Dupler
    Kennewick About 1,500 people were turned away from pooled Benton County caucuses in Kennewick by event organizers after rooms at the Three Rivers Convention Center reached capacity this morning. Read more here: http://www.tri-cityherald.com/2012/03/03/1849623/politics-hundreds-turned-away.html#storylink=cpy#storylink=cpy
  • Just Left My County Caucus in Washington State and......

    03/03/2012 12:50:29 PM PST · by Samizdat · 41 replies
    Samizdat | 3/3/12 | Samizdat
    50+ precincts were represented and it looks like Ron Paul, then Santorum. then Gingrich and Romney comes in last. A reporter came to our precinct table saying he had gone around the room of about 400 people and could not find anyone for Romney. Said he had plenty for Paul and Santorum. Didn't mention Gingrich. Mostly 20 somethings for Paul. I voted for Santorum. But my district is notoriously left of center.
  • Vote for Rick Santorum in Washington Caucuses tommorrow, March 3rd

    03/02/2012 5:44:45 PM PST · by Steelers6 · 54 replies
    vanity | March 2, 2012 | Steelers6
    Rick needs momentum heading into Super Tuesday.