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  • Sharyl Attkisson Interviews Chaffetz: Leaving Congress Because Of What Hasn't Changed

    06/20/2017 9:42:44 AM PDT · by ForYourChildren · 42 replies
    Real Clear Politics ^ | 06/18/2017 | Ian Schwatrz
    FULL MEASURE W/ SHARYL ATTKISSON: Just a couple of months ago, we profiled Congressman Jason Chaffetz, the Republican chairman of the powerful House Oversight Committee which was poised to dig deep on wide-ranging investigations into government mischief, waste, fraud and abuse. A few weeks later, Chaffetz abruptly resigned from Congress. We asked the Oversight Man what changed his mind about being a lead watchdog with not only a GOP majority in Congress, but also a Republican in the White House. He told me it’s more a matter of what hasn’t changed. We started the interview with me asking how he...
  • A 3-year-old boy tried to feed a wolf some pizza. She bit off part of his arm

    06/19/2017 12:15:29 AM PDT · by blueplum · 19 replies
    Miami Herald ^ | 18 June 2017 2:12pm | Amelia Dickson
    THURSTON COUNTY, WASHINGTON A female wolf that bit off part of a 3-year-old Thurston County boy’s arm in April has been relocated to an out-of-state wildlife sanctuary, along with her pups and her Alaskan malamute mate. {snip} “She’s not aggressive in a mean way,” Miracle said. “She just liked food.” He believes that the boy was trying to feed Cheyenne a piece of pizza when he was attacked. {snip}He said he gave Angel, Zoe and Lakota to Wolf Haven “because they really wanted them.” But why breed wolf-dogs? Miracle said he had one as a boy, and it was a...
  • The Evergreen State College: No safety, no learning, no future

    06/16/2017 5:02:31 PM PDT · by FredZarguna · 21 replies
    The Seattle Times ^ | 6/5/2017 | Seattle Times editorial board
    ... Evergreen faces a deeper, and more long-term threat. It is the only state four-year higher education institution to see enrollment drop steeply since 2011 despite wide-open admission standards. At about 4,080 students, it is about 300 students short of the Legislature’s funded enrollment target.
  • Government of the Lawyer, By the Lawyer and for the Lawyer

    06/16/2017 9:15:19 AM PDT · by Oldpuppymax · 2 replies
    The Coach's Team ^ | 6/16/17 | Suzanne Eovaldi
    Government of the lawyers, by the lawyers and for the lawyers was on full display at the Comey Congressional Hearing as an illustration of just how far removed our highly paid, elected officials really are from the issues which are truly interesting to we the governed. Clearly, Congress is discriminating against the employment demographics of our country! Just how many lawyers are in Congress? And more importantly, how many of them "rule" us via their committees? All I could think of, as a daughter and niece of a lawyer, judge and cousin of a law professor as I watched this...
  • At First Hearing, Loud, Repetitive Support for a Tax on the Rich

    06/16/2017 1:07:27 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 36 replies
    The Seattle Weekly ^ | June 15, 2017 | Casey Jaywork
    Of 65 public comments over more than two hours, only a handful were against the income tax. At a public hearing on a proposed income tax on high earnings at Seattle City Council chambers Wednesday night, a near-unanimous consensus emerged from the sometimes soaring, sometimes stammering oratory: pass it. After a presentation from a council central staffer, the council’s Affordable Housing, Neighborhoods and Finance Committee heard from 65 commenters in total. Of these, only a handful spoke against the measure. I counted three. One identified himself as a Republican, another as a libertarian before saying that “taxation is theft,” and...
  • Tom Banse Twitter at Pro-Trump Prayer Vigil near Evergreen State College Olympia, Washington

    06/15/2017 7:15:27 PM PDT · by Nextrush · 14 replies
    Twitter ^ | 6/15/2017 | Tom Banse
    .......Tom Banse Retweeted Will James @OtherWillJames 33m Patriot Prayer leader Joey Gibson escorted away by medics after someone threw something at his head. He was bleeding, but walking #Evergreen........
  • Driverless Autonomous Cars Will Be on U.S. Roads in the Next 2 Months

    06/11/2017 7:06:36 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 114 replies
    Futurism ^ | June 9, 2017 | Dom Galeon
    Eliminating the Problem How difficult is it to test autonomous vehicles (AVs) on public roads? Uber can probably tell you all about it. Much of the difficulty in obtaining the permits necessary for such tests comes from fear. Because self-driving technology is new, because the systems have been involved in incidents in the past, and so on, people aren’t quite ready to trust the tech. The governor of Washington state, however, has a different perspective. Governor Jay Inslee signed an order on Wednesday that would allow for autonomous vehicle tests without a human driver behind the wheel. According to the...
  • More Fruit of Caetano: Tacoma under Pressure to remove Weapon Bans

    06/10/2017 8:06:48 PM PDT · by marktwain · 10 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 3 June, 2017 | Dean Weingarten
    Tacoma Washington is likely to do away with its ban on electric weapons. The Supreme Court decision in Caetano PER CURIAM decision (pdf) is the reason why.  From Caetano: The Court has held that “the Second Amendment extends, prima facie, to all instruments that constitute bearable arms, even those that were not in existence at the time of the founding,” District of Columbia v. Heller, 554 U. S. 570, 582 (2008), and that this “Second Amendment right is fully applicable to the States,” McDonald v.Chicago, 561 U. S. 742, 750 (2010). Caetano was directly about electronic weapons.  Lawsuits against...
  • In Seattle, is it now taboo to be friends with a Republican?

    06/05/2017 2:44:14 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 41 replies
    The Seattle Times ^ | June 2, 2017 | Danny Westneat
    Can we just get along? This question is being asked more and more, what with the bitter polarization of the nation. The answer, right now, would appear to be a resounding no. It’s not because we can’t. We don’t want to. I had that thought the other day when I was listening to the Seattle City Council. Many council meetings of late involve left-wingers shouting at other left-wingers for not being left-wing enough. But on this day, a new purity test of left-wingedness was revealed. The council was debating the juvenile-justice issue. Not everyone agrees whether a new jail should...
  • Students Furious Over Release Of Video Depicting Them Going Berserk At College

    05/30/2017 6:39:14 AM PDT · by rktman · 114 replies
    dailycaller.com ^ | 5/29/2017 | David Krayden
    Students at Evergreen State College are furious that a video documenting their anarchic behavior has been made public, The College Fix reports. The footage shows students going berserk, swearing like your mother never heard and screaming about “racist white teachers,” “white-assed administrators,” and the obligatory “black power” slogans during what was supposed to be a “meeting” between the malcontent students, college president George Bridges and other college administrators. Activists are not pleased that the embarrassing video can now be seen by the world on the internet, and they they are demanding that the “stolen” document be “taken down” by this...
  • State Farm hiring for 100 positions in Tacoma and DuPont (Washington State)

    05/26/2017 11:07:28 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 4 replies
    The Olympian | May 25, 2017 | Kate Martin
    Link only due to copyright issues: http://www.theolympian.com/news/business/article152624419.html
  • Cicadas are awakening 4 years early. It’s not a sign of the apocalypse but a scientific mystery

    05/19/2017 7:41:12 AM PDT · by EdnaMode · 51 replies
    Vox ^ | May 18, 2017 | Brian Resnick
    n 2004, billions upon billions of shrimp-size insects took to the skies in the mid-Atlantic United States, covering entire houses, blaring extremely loud noises, and littering forests with their exoskeletons. When the swarm was finally over, the insects — cicadas — laid their eggs in the ground. Residents were told these creatures wouldn’t emerge again for another 17 years. The cicadas had other plans. Reports in Baltimore and the Washington, DC, metro area indicate that a small group of the cicadas — a group called Brood X — are emerging from the ground to molt, mate, and make noise. They...
  • Missouri Senate passes Real ID compliance measure

    05/10/2017 8:17:08 AM PDT · by huldah1776 · 15 replies
    FoxNews ^ | May 10, 2017 | AP
    JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – Missouri senators voted early Wednesday to give residents the option of whether to get a driver's license that complies with a federal identification requirement, which would allow people to board airplanes and enter military bases. Missouri is one of only five states that doesn't comply or have an extension to comply with a 2005 federal law that established tougher licensing requirements in the wake of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks. Lawmakers have pushed back on the stringent proof-of-identity requirements under the law, known as the Real ID Act, citing privacy issues. But after hours of debate...
  • Tunnel at plutonium finishing plant collapses in Hanford

    05/09/2017 9:20:46 AM PDT · by lancium · 92 replies
    Hundreds of workers were in "take cover" position after a tunnel in a plutonium finishing plant collapsed in Hanford early Tuesday morning. The tunnel was full of highly contaminated materials such as hot radioactive trains that transport fuel rods.
  • Seattle Mayor Adds Diet Drinks to His Soda Tax ‘To Tackle White Privilege’

    05/07/2017 2:42:24 PM PDT · by Altura Ct. · 142 replies
    HeatStreet ^ | 5/6/2017
    The mayor of Seattle has altered the rules of his proposed soda tax — which would fund education for minorities–to include diet drinks because affluent white people tend to consume them more. Mayor Ed Murray of the staunchly liberal Seattle city originally proposed the soda tax during his state of the city address in February. Under his initial plan, distributors of sugary drinks would have to pay 2 cents per ounce. It would cover sodas such as Coke and Pepsi, energy drinks like Red Bull, fruit drinks, sweetened teas and bottled coffees such as those sold by Starbucks. The Mayor claimed the tax would bring $16 million in...
  • This Day in History: George Washington inaugurated First President of the United States

    04/30/2017 12:48:34 PM PDT · by iowamark · 8 replies
    TaraRoss.com ^ | 4/30/2017 | Tara Ross
    On this day in 1789, George Washington is inaugurated as the first President of the United States. The inauguration occurred in New York: There was no such thing as Washington, D.C. back then! Thus, on the morning of April 30, citizens in New York awoke to a salute of thirteen guns and the peal of church bells. Some citizens began their day by attending prayer services. In the meantime, Washington was getting ready for his day. An inaugural procession to Federal Hall began at half past noon. Washington left the presidential residence accompanied by members of Congress, department heads, and...
  • 9 U.S. highway tunnel projects: Insights into what we might get if I-81 is a tunnel

    04/29/2017 8:12:19 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 25 replies
    The Syracuse Post-Standard ^ | April 26, 2017 | Charley Hannagan
    Syracuse, N.Y. --There's not a lot tunnel building going on in the United States. Four highway tunnels have been completed over the last 10 years in the U.S. Four more tunnel projects are under construction or in design. And one long discussed project that would have tunneled underneath a national forest in California was dropped. Could be a tunnel in Syracuse's future for Interstate 81? After a tunnel was initially rejected, a tunnel or depressed highway is back on the table as an option to replace Interstate 81's 1.4 mile section of raised highway in Syracuse. The DOT at first...
  • Review: Coal terminal would boost global climate-warming gas [Longview WA]

    04/29/2017 6:02:03 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 22 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Apr 28, 2017 8:22 PM EDT | Phuong Le
    A coal-export terminal proposed in Washington state would increase cancer risks for some residents, make rail accidents more likely and add millions of metric tons of climate-changing greenhouse gas globally every year, according to an environmental study released Friday. Millennium Bulk Terminals-Longview wants to build the facility along the Columbia River near the city of Longview to handle up to 44 million tons of coal a year. Coal would arrive by train from Montana, Wyoming and other states to be stored and loaded on ships heading to energy-hungry markets in Asia. The yearslong fight over the deep-water port comes as...
  • On May Day, Pro-Trump Group Bracing For Conflict In Seattle

    04/28/2017 3:50:13 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 13 replies
    Patch ^ | April 28, 2017 | Neal McNamara
    SEATTLE, WA - A group of conservative, pro-Donald Trump activists will gather in Seattle on May Day as a counterpoint to planned leftist demonstrations, and the group is preparing for possible confrontations. As Seattle gears up for May Day - which typically brings large, sometimes violent, protests to the city - police say there is a potential this year for "crowd on crowd" conflict. The organizer of the pro-Trump rally says that some members of his group will be armed with guns, but he is asking everyone to remain nonviolent. About 50 members of the Vancouver, Wash., group Patriot Prayer...
  • Seattle Gives City Workers Time Off to Attend Anti-Trump Protests

    04/27/2017 12:28:06 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 33 replies
    Reason Magazine's Hit & Run Blog ^ | April 27, 2017 | Christian Britschgi, assistant editor
    The Seattle City Council passed a unanimous resolution this week which declares May 1 a "day of action" on which city employees are encouraged to attend planned anti-Trump protests instead of going to work. The resolution—drafted by Councilmember Kshama Sawant, a member of the Socialist Alternative party—instructs supervisors of city government departments to remind their workers that they are entitled to take two days of unpaid leave for "days of faith and conscience," and that attending Monday's protests is a legitimate use of this leave. Sawant's resolution goes on to stress to Seattleites that through strikes and civil disobedience they...