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  • Seattle's Income Tax on 'the Rich' Has Collateral Damage: The Poor

    11/22/2017 11:22:18 AM PST · by Kaslin · 26 replies
    American Thinker.com ^ | November 22, 2017 | Brian T. Hodges
    Seattle’s City Council made national headlines earlier this year when it enacted a city income tax aimed at “high earners.” Immediately, politicians crowed that they had planted a flag of “resistance” to the forces of “Trumpism.” In a court hearing last week, the city defended its war on wealth against several legal and constitutional challenges. The briefing from both sides exposes an inconvenient reality for the levy’s defenders: its real, ultimate victims aren’t necessarily the plutocrats they claim to be targeting. In fact, just the opposite. Some background: there are few precedents from other parts of the country for a...
  • Prof fights swimsuit inequality with 'fat fashion pedagogy'

    11/13/2017 8:24:17 AM PST · by C19fan · 40 replies
    Campus Reform ^ | November 13, 2017 | Toni Airaksinen
    A professor at Washington State University recently pioneered a “fat fashion pedagogy” intervention in her classes to fight “structural inequality” in swimsuit design. Debbie Christel, who teaches at Washington State University, wrote about her new teaching method in the new issue of the Fat Studies journal, explaining that she made students do a “swimsuit design project” based on “fat fashion pedagogy.”
  • Saudi Princess’ tell-all includes Bangladeshi children traded as sex slaves

    11/12/2017 5:19:22 PM PST · by ptsal · 36 replies
    Dhaka Tribune ^ | 11/11/2017 | Fort Russ
    Saudi Princess Amira Bint Aidan Bin Nayef went on a rampage against the ruling Saudi regime in her exclusive statements to the French newspaper Le Monde, saying slavery in Saudi Arabia has different forms, but it is done in secrecy and permitted only among the primary beneficiaries of the princes of the House of Saud. She mentioned one of the most repulsive things: buying and renting the children, especially the orphans, from countries like Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, the Philippines, Djibouti, Somalia, Nigeria, Romania and Bulgaria. According to Aidan, the ex-wife of the Saudi Prince Al Waleed bin Talal, who was...
  • Sex offender tries ‘Weiner defense’ for lighter sentence

    11/12/2017 5:19:14 AM PST · by Libloather · 5 replies
    NY Post ^ | 11/10/17 | Joe Tacopino
    He’ll have a hard time using the Weiner defense. A man convicted of downloading child pornography in Washington State is citing Anthony Weiner in a desperate attempt to receive a lighter jail sentence. A lawyer for Douglas Blouin, 51, wrote a letter to the judge in Seattle imploring him to take Anthony Weiner’s sexting case into consideration when handing down a prison sentence to his client, according to KOMO News. “Congressman Anthony Weiner was recently sentenced to 21 months in custody after he convinced a 15-year-old to produce child pornography,” the lawyer wrote.
  • Senator Murray,Senate Democrats Introduce Assault Weapons Ban

    11/08/2017 5:50:43 PM PST · by mdittmar · 32 replies
    Senator Patty Murray (D-WA) ^ | Nov 08 2017 | Senator Patty Murray (D-WA)
    “While there’s no one solution to the epidemic of gun violence, it’s past time for Congress to take common sense steps to strengthen critical safeguards and stem the tide of rising gun violence plaguing our communities.”(Washington, D.C.) – Senator Patty Murray (D-WA) joined a number of her colleagues today to introduce the Assault Weapons Ban of 2017, a bill to ban the sale, transfer, manufacture and importation of military-style assault weapons and high-capacity ammunition magazines.“From last month’s horrific scene on the Las Vegas strip to the heart-wrenching stories coming out of Sutherland Springs, TX, too often we’ve had to reach...
  • Gun control advocates score wins in New Jersey, Virginia races

    11/08/2017 6:39:05 AM PST · by Simon Green · 23 replies
    Guns.com ^ | 11/08/17 | Chris Eger
    Backed by a coalition of gun control groups, Phil Murphy won his race in New Jersey while Lt. Gov. Ralph Northam came out ahead in Virginia’s gubernatorial race. Murphy, who will replace Republican Gov. Chris Christie in the Garden State and has pledged to get “tough on gun violence,” beat out his Republican rival, Lt. Gov. Kim Guadagno. In Virginia, Northam, who had President Obama talk gun politics on his behalf, bested Republican Ed Gillespie in a narrow finish. “Make no mistake: Gun violence prevention was on the ballot today and, despite the NRA spending millions, voters in Virginia and...
  • Democrat seizes early lead in Washington Senate race, boosting bid for one-party control

    11/08/2017 7:05:18 AM PST · by C19fan · 29 replies
    LA Times ^ | November 7, 2017 | Mark Z. Barbarak
    Democrats staked an early lead Tuesday night in their bid to control the Washington state Senate and establish single-party reign over the West Coast. Manka Dhingra, a King County prosecutor, pulled ahead 55% to 45% over Republican Jinyoung Englund, a former congressional aide, in initial returns. Although Democrats claimed victory, final results in Washington's all-mail election will not be known for several days.
  • With State Senate Win Tuesday, Democrats Could Control Entire West Coast

    11/05/2017 2:54:15 PM PST · by davikkm · 37 replies
    breitbart ^ | JOEL B. POLLAK
    Democrats are poised to control the entire West Coast with a win in a Washington State Senate race on Tuesday that would end Republicans’ one-seat majority in that chamber. The New York Times notes that the race for the suburban 45th district could create a “blue wall” from the Mexican to the Canadian border, if Democrats win as expected on Tuesday. The race bits Democrat prosecutor Manka Dingra, 43, against Republican policy consultant Jinyoung Lee Englund, 33. The district backed Hillary Clinton in the 2016 presidential race. In what could be an ominous sign for Republicans in 2018, Dingra has...
  • Spokane Public Schools considers Planned Parenthood sex ed program

    11/03/2017 10:50:28 AM PDT · by ForYourChildren · 8 replies
    KXLY.COM ^ | 11/01/2017 | Caroline Rourke
    “Get Real” is a a comprehensive sexual education program developed in Massachusetts by Planned Parenthood, and it's one program being considered by Spokane Public Schools for its new sexual education curriculum. SPS' Human Growth and Development Citizen Advisory Committee (HGD CAC) has been considering the program for ab out a year. They have approved it twice. A 2014 study in the Journal for School Health noted success for the program in its first three years. 'Get Real' reduced sexual activity by 15 percent for girls and 16 percent for boys, compared to students who were not exposed to the curriculum.The program has...
  • Murray on Start of Open Enrollment:President Trump “Openly & Uncaringly”...

    11/01/2017 6:33:36 PM PDT · by mdittmar · 11 replies
    Senator Patty Murray (D-WA) ^ | Nov 01 2017 | Senator Patty Murray (D-WA)
    Senator Murray highlights impact of President Trump’s decision to cancel critical outreach efforts ahead of open enrollment period starting Nov 1, causing unnecessary consumer confusion, anxiety Senator Murray on Senate floor: “Good news” is bipartisan bill with Chairman Alexander would tie President Trump’s hand on sabotage & protect families from higher premiumsSenator Murray: “I would once again urge the Majority Leader to allow our legislation to get a vote…there’s no reason to wait—there's absolutely no excuse for inaction”ICYMI: Seattle Times: “A summer assault on the Affordable Care Act by the Trump Administration and Congress has confused consumers” ICYMI: Government watchdog Investigation, requested...
  • Houston Texans Participate In Anthem Protest After Owner’s Comments

    10/30/2017 6:28:43 AM PDT · by bgill · 39 replies
    The D L Hughley Show ^ | Oct. 29, 2017 | TIM BOOTH
    All but 10 members of the Houston Texans took a knee during the national anthem Sunday, as the vast majority of the team protested the owner’s “inmates running the prison” comment... It appeared that all of the black players on Houston’s roster took a knee, while at least one white player — Ben Heeney — also knelt... The majority of Seattle’s defensive line continued to sit as it has for most of the season. Before Sunday, very few Texans had been protesting other than on Sept. 24, when 200 players around the league protested following President Donald Trump’s criticism.
  • Trump says Boeing, Singapore aircraft deal means US jobs

    10/23/2017 4:55:08 PM PDT · by ConservativeStatement · 6 replies
    AP ^ | October 23, 2017
    WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump says Singapore’s purchase of nearly $14 billion worth of Boeing aircraft will create 70,000 jobs in the U.S. Kevin McAllister, president and CEO of Boeing Commercial Airplanes, and Singapore Airlines CEO Goh Choon Phong signed paperwork at the White House on Monday as the country’s prime minister, Lee Hsien Loong, and Trump looked on. Lee is at the White House for talks with Trump. The agreement includes 39 airplanes: 20 777-9s and 19 787-10s. Singapore Airlines also has options for 12 more planes. The order was previously reported to an unidentified customer.
  • Where Does Spokane Green Group’s Support Come From?

    10/21/2017 6:15:05 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 1 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | October 21, 2017 | Brian McNicoll
    Democrats in Washington state, like their counterparts in the other Washington, don’t always think the law applies to them. They can create elaborate procedures to trip up Republicans in, say, election law. But those requirements are quite optional where they are concerned.Part of this is they see themselves as the good guys, fighting for right – no matter how many jobs are lost, how much damage is done to the economy or how little the measure does to help the environment. If they have to bend a few rules to make it happen – hey, it was the right thing...
  • Report: Rising sea levels could flood 1 in 200 Seattle-area homes by end of century

    10/20/2017 12:11:12 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 66 replies
    Seattle Times ^ | October 19, 2017 | By Mike Rosenberg
    When it comes to rising sea levels flooding parts of the country in the future, you might think of places like Miami and New Orleans — but Seattle could be susceptible, too, albeit on a much smaller scale. A new Zillow analysis using government climate change forecasts found that about 5,000 homes in the Seattle metro area are in danger of being underwater due to rising seas by 2100. The homes would flood if local sea levels rise at least six feet due to the warming climate. That’s roughly the midway point from a government climate science forecast that said...
  • UNCOVERED: Evergreen banned criticism of Black Lives Matter through its bias response team

    10/17/2017 5:25:41 AM PDT · by C19fan · 13 replies
    College Fix ^ | October 17, 2017 | William Nardi
    The Evergreen State College had previously banned criticisms of Black Lives Matter, saying somewhat innocuous posters critiquing the movement hung on campus “diminish the disparities experienced by people of color” and are a violation of the school’s non-discrimination policy.
  • Hands-off forest management goes up in smoke

    10/14/2017 8:24:07 AM PDT · by Twotone · 35 replies
    Register Guard ^ | October 10, 2017 | Nick Smith
    Sam Krop’s characterization of catastrophic wildfire on public and privately owned forest lands (guest viewpoint, Oct. 4) doesn’t match the reality of what Oregon experienced this summer. But I can see why Cascadia Wildlands and other special interest groups oppose solutions such as the Resilient Federal Forests Act. These bills untie the hands of our federal land managers, and provide them with more tools and resources to restore the health of our public forests, before and after a fire. Has “hands-off” forest management reduced the size and severity of forest fires? Are we choking on less wildfire smoke every summer?...
  • Censorship in Seattle

    10/12/2017 10:45:09 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 5 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | October 12, 2017 | Cal Thomas
    If it were a plague, the government would rush to quarantine the infected, as occurred during Europe's Black Death in the 14th century. An immigration debate at Seattle University School of Law is a plague of a different sort, but deadly in a different way. The victim here is the right to free speech. The Washington Free Beacon reports that Annette Clark, the dean of Seattle University's Law School, has revoked the school's sponsorship of a Federalist Society event. The reason? The proposed debate on immigration, hosted by the school's Access to Justice Institute, might be "harmful" to minority students...
  • Is Academia Creating Fake Racism?

    10/12/2017 9:14:13 AM PDT · by Academiadotorg · 25 replies
    Accuracy in Academia ^ | October 12, 2017 | Malcolm A. Kline
    When you see their efforts to measure racial attitudes on campus, you might wonder. For example, take the latest attempt to do so at the University of Washington. "“For this study, the team, with the help of focus groups of students of color from three universities, devised the Cultural Cognitions and Actions Survey (CCAS) and administered it to a small group of students -- 33 black, 118 white -- at a large public university in the Midwest," Kim Eckart explained in a news release from the University of Washington. "The 56-item questionnaire asks the white respondent to imagine him- or...
  • AG Ferguson sues to block Trump rules eroding contraception access

    10/10/2017 3:36:36 PM PDT · by mdittmar · 47 replies
    Attorney General Bob Ferguson ^ | Oct 9 2017 | Attorney General Bob Ferguson
    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Oct 9 2017 Ferguson asks court in Seattle to declare new rules unlawfulSEATTLE — Attorney General Bob Ferguson today filed a lawsuit in federal court to block the Trump Administration’s new rules undermining women’s access to contraception.The new rules would allow any company to deny coverage for contraceptive services to its female employees based on religious grounds. Additionally, certain types of organizations would also be able to deny this coverage on moral grounds. If allowed to go forward, President Trump’s rules could have a significant impact on the more than 1.5 million Washington workers and their dependents who receive...
  • Gay coffee shop owner kicks Christians out and goes on offensive rant

    10/07/2017 7:45:23 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 91 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 10/07/2017 | Rick Moran
    A gay coffee shop owner in Seattle decided to kick out a group of Christian anti-abortion protesters, going on an expletive-laden, extremely offensive rant that was recorded and posted on Facebook. The group, Abolish Human Abortion, appeared not to be bothering anyone.  They weren't in the shop to proselytize or hand out literature.  They just wanted a cup of coffee. What they got was an obscene, even blasphemous rant from an unbalanced store owner. Daily Caller: The owner heatedly tells the Christians to leave his shop immediately in a video posted to Facebook by Abolish Human Abortion, Christian group...