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  • ‘Suddenly there is a Confederate flag flying’ in Seattle’s Greenwood area (Norwegian Flag)

    02/22/2018 10:01:04 AM PST · by llevrok · 112 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 · 37 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
  • White privilege diminishes our humanity: 10 Commitments for meaningful change

    02/13/2018 12:22:30 PM PST · by C19fan · 102 replies
    Seattle Times ^ | February 9, 2018 | Stephen V. Sundborg [SJ]
    At Seattle University, we challenge our students to engage in the difficult issues of the day with an open mind, respect differing viewpoints, discern the moral choices involved and act for the greater good. I took this Jesuit approach to heart after being asked to keynote Seattle’s annual Martin Luther King Prayer Breakfast in January. My instructions were as a white person to speak to white people about the system and culture of white privilege in our country, which oppresses blacks.
  • Lynnwood man accused of raping woman dying from overdose, texting photos of body

    02/11/2018 12:28:23 PM PST · by hiho hiho · 39 replies
    Lynnwood Today ^ | February 8, 2018
    Snohomish County sheriff’s detectives say a 19-year-old Lynnwood-area man raped a young woman as she was dying from a drug overdose, texted photographs of her seminude body to friends and then stuffed her body in a box with plans to bury her later, according to a Wednesday report from our online news partner The Seattle Times. The 18-year-old victim attended a party Saturday night at the suspect’s mobile-home park just north of Martha Lake in unincorporated Snohomish County and died that night or early Sunday, according to the statement of probable cause outlining the sheriff’s case against the 19-year-old suspect....
  • College Republicans' Patriot Prayer rally disrupted by counter-protesters

    02/11/2018 3:16:57 AM PST · by Leaning Right · 22 replies
    Fox News ^ | Feb. 11, 2018 | Bradford Betz
    Five people were arrested as fights broke out and at least one American flag was burned Saturday after a college Republican rally in Seattle drew counter-protesters. College Republicans at the University of Washington had invited members of Patriot Prayer, a group in Vancouver, Wash., to speak in the university's Red Square for a "freedom rally," the Seattle Times reported.
  • West Virginia Bill Would Finally Ban Taxpayer Funding of Abortions

    02/06/2018 7:48:01 AM PST · by Morgana · 3 replies
    LIFE NEWS ^ | Feb 5, 2018 | Micaiah Bilger
    A West Virginia bill that would end taxpayer funding for abortions in the state is slated for a public hearing Monday in the state House. West Virginia is one of 17 states that funds elective abortions for low-income women through Medicaid. State House Bill 4012 would end taxpayer funding for abortions except when medically necessary to save the mother’s life, the AP reports. Since 1977, state taxpayers have been forced to pay millions of dollars for tens of thousands unborn babies’ abortion deaths, according to West Virginians for Life. “The federal government limits tax funding of abortions to cases of...
  • The GOP’s Coming Obamacare Capitulation

    02/05/2018 10:51:07 AM PST · by SoFloFreeper · 16 replies
    NRO (I know, but this one might be worth it) ^ | 2/5/18 | Doug Badger, Marie Fishpaw & Michael Needham
    If conservatives don’t coalesce behind a new repeal plan soon soon, they will find themselves bystanders as their Republican colleagues link arms with Democrats. ... a concoction of two bills. The first, championed by Sens. Lamar Alexander (R., Tenn.) and Patty Murray (D., Wash.), would appropriate cost-sharing-reduction payments to insurers. The second, sponsored by Sens. Susan Collins (R., Maine) and Bill Nelson (D., Fla.), would give insurers an additional $10 billion (and perhaps more) in federal cash.
  • Stand-up team: No Philadelphia Eagles players knelt for national anthem in 2017

    02/04/2018 11:47:22 AM PST · by Rebelbase · 58 replies
    Washington Times ^ | Thursday, February 1, 2018 | Valerie Richardson
    If you’re planning to watch the Super Bowl but you can’t stand the NFL take-a-knee protests, you may want to root for the Philadelphia Eagles. Not a single Eagles player sat or knelt during the national anthem, one of just seven teams with perfect non-kneeling records, in a season that saw 684 such incidents, according to a study released Thursday by Sports Pundit. The other Super Bowl LII team, the New England Patriots, landed in the middle of the pack with 17 incidents of anthem sitting or kneeling, wedged between the Buffalo Bills with 16 and the Cleveland Browns with...
  • Senator Murray’s Statement on the Release of the GOP House Intelligence Committee Memo

    02/02/2018 3:30:36 PM PST · by mdittmar · 46 replies
    U.S. Senator Patty Murray (D-WA) ^ | Feb 02 2018 | U.S. Senator Patty Murray (D-WA)
    (Washington, D.C.)  – U.S. Senator Patty Murray (D-WA) released the following statement.“The American people deserve the truth about Russia’s interference in the 2016 election, and they deserve to have confidence that their government is committed to preventing such interference by a foreign power from ever happening again. Sadly, it’s clear the sole intention of this misleading and untruthful ‘memo’ released today— against the wishes of the Department of Justice and the FBI— is to distract the public from these goals. This partisan exercise is not only self-serving and extraordinarily reckless, it’s deeply damaging to the public’s faith in our institutions...
  • Pro-Israel Groups Call on Feds to Pull Funding from Anti-Israel Middle East Programs

    02/02/2018 6:52:58 AM PST · by MarvinStinson · 4 replies
    freebeacon ^ | Rachel Frommer February 1, 2018 | Rachel Frommer February 1, 2018
    Letter says programs 'being misused to promote biased, one-sided, anti-Israel' views Fourteen advocacy organizations are calling for federal funding to Middle East studies centers to be pulled if the programs do not end their anti-Israel and anti-American "indoctrination." The letter to the Senate HELP Committee charge that the 16 Middle East studies centers receiving funding under Title VI of the Higher Education Opportunities Act are "being misused to promote biased, one-sided, and anti-Israel programming," in violation of a requirement for the programs to "reflect diverse perspectives and a wide range of views." Title VI funding was rolled out in 1958,...
  • Oregon, Washington want to hike taxes to combat global warming

    02/02/2018 6:15:11 AM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 21 replies
    FOX News ^ | February 1, 2018 | By Dan Springer
    SEATTLE – When President Trump was candidate Trump, he called climate change a hoax. Since taking the Oval Office, he’s said very little about greenhouse gasses and their impact on the planet. But he did issue a statement that he plans to pull the U.S. out of the Paris Climate Agreement, which aims to reduce emissions as a way to stop global warming. But West Coast states are driving in the opposite direction, with designs of erecting a green wall built on taxing carbon. “This is both an economic benefit for the state of Washington and a job creator,” said...
  • Senators Murray,Cantwell Fear Trump Administration Nuclear Posture Review Policies

    01/30/2018 8:57:36 PM PST · by mdittmar · 22 replies
    U.S. Senator Patty Murray (D-WA) ^ | Jan 29 2018 | U.S. Senator Patty Murray (D-WA)
    In new letter, 16 Senators urge President Trump to reconsider efforts that would undermine decades of U.S. nonproliferation leadership by building new nuclear weapons, lowering threshold for use Senators: President Trump’s plans to develop new, more usable nuclear weapons “are unnecessary to maintain deterrence and are destabilizing”WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, U.S. Senators Patty Murray (D-WA) and Maria Cantwell (D-WA) called on President Donald Trump to reconsider policies outlined in a leaked draft of its Nuclear Posture Review that would lead to the development of new nuclear weapons and reintroduction of Cold War-era weapons systems that would be unnecessary and destabilizing. In...
  • Minimum wage loophole written to help labor unions [liberal hypocrisy at its finest]

    01/26/2018 1:56:57 PM PST · by grundle · 10 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | December 24, 2014 | Sean Higgins
    Many of the minimum wage laws passed in recent years, including in major cities such as Los Angeles, San Francisco and Chicago, include waivers allowing unionized businesses to pay their employees below the minimum. The waivers in effect make unionizing workers a low-cost option for businesses unwilling or unable to pay the new minimum wage, which in cities such as San Francisco and SeaTac, Wash., which also has a waiver, will climb as high as $15 an hour when fully phased in. In those cities, businesses can sign a collective bargaining agreement with a union that sets the wages below...
  • Senator Murray on Resignation of Cecile Richards As President of Planned Parenthood

    01/26/2018 5:36:34 PM PST · by mdittmar · 60 replies
    U. S. Senator Patty Murray (D-WA) ^ | Jan 26 2018 | U. S. Senator Patty Murray (D-WA)
    “I am so grateful for Cecile’s leadership, friendship, and all she has done for women and for our country” WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, U. S. Senator Patty Murray (D-WA), top Democrat on the Senate health committee and the highest ranking woman in the Senate, issued the following statement on the resignation of Cecile Richards as President and CEO of Planned Parenthood.“For over a decade, Cecile Richards has led not just Planned Parenthood, but women across the country in standing strong for a woman’s right to make her own choices about her own body, and against those who would leave our...
  • NTSB report: Amtrak engineer missed speed-limit signs before train crashed south of Tacoma

    01/25/2018 11:32:30 AM PST · by outpostinmass2 · 21 replies
    The engineer on the Amtrak train that derailed south of Tacoma in December, killing three people and injuring dozens, said he didn’t see or didn’t recognize the signposts and signals indicating a drastic drop in the speed limit, a new report from federal investigators says. It was only the engineer’s second time driving a train in that direction on a newly opened stretch of track, known as the Point Defiance Bypass. The engineer, who was hired by Amtrak as a conductor in 2004 and was promoted to engineer in 2013, said that when the train passed milepost 15.5 it was...
  • VIDEO: Senator Murray Opposes President Trump’s Health Secretary Nominee; Urges Colleagues to Join

    01/24/2018 4:51:40 PM PST · by mdittmar · 17 replies
    U.S. Senator Patty Murray (D-WA) ^ | Jan 24 2018 | U.S. Senator Patty Murray (D-WA)
    President Trump nominated Alex Azar to replace former Secretary Price after he resigned in scandal and disgrace Senator Murray highlights Azar’s support for President Trump’s ideology-driven agenda and health care sabotage Senator Murray: “We need a voice to reject such damaging ideological decisions and to champion evidence, science, and sound policymaking. I do not believe Mr. Azar is that champion.”***WATCH SENATOR MURRAY’S SPEECH BELOW*** (Washington, D.C.) – Today, U.S. Senator Patty Murray (D-WA), top Democrat on the Senate health committee, voiced her strong opposition to President Trump’s nominee for Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), Alex Azar. In a...