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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 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 ^ | 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 ^ | 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.