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  • British Embassy holds a party to commemorate anniversary of the burning of the White House

    08/25/2014 4:03:59 PM PDT · by CorporateStepsister · 53 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 25 August 2014 | Tom Mctague, Mailonline Deputy Political Editor
    British diplomats in the US have been forced to apologise after revealing they were hosting a party to celebrate the anniversary of the burning of the White House. The British Embassy in Washington held a ĎWhite House barbequeí yesterday to mark the two hundredth anniversary of Britain capturing the US capital and setting fire to the Presidentís iconic address. The Embassy even sent a message on Twitter from its official account with a photograph of a White House cake, flanked by British and American flags and surrounded by sparkler fireworks.
  • ĎRetaliationí: Docs show state prosecutorsí launched mini-NSA probe of state conservatives

    08/24/2014 7:53:54 PM PDT · by TigerClaws · 5 replies
    MADISON, Wis. Ė Conservative targets of a Democrat-launched John Doe investigation have described the secret probe as a witch hunt. That might not be a big enough descriptor, based on records released Friday by a federal appeals court as part of a massive document dump. Attorneys for conservative activist Eric OíKeefe and the Wisconsin Club for Growth point to subpoenas requested by John Doe prosecutors that sought records from ďat least eight phone companiesĒ believed to serve the targets of the investigation. OíKeefe and the club have filed a civil rights lawsuit against John Doe prosecutors, alleging they violated conservativesí...
  • A question for Washington pollsters: How wrong must you be to never work in that field again?

    08/22/2014 5:33:39 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 5 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 08/22/2014 | By Ben Terris
    Just how wrong does someone have to be to lose their job in Washington, D.C.? For John McLaughlin, even historically wrong wasnít enough. If the name doesnít ring a bell, maybe you know his work. Heís the Republican pollster who predicted just weeks before the June election that then-House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-Va.) would win his primary by 34 points. This week, Cantor packed up his Capitol Hill office, having lost that election by 10 points. ďThe worst part of it is, you build a relationship with a longtime friend and you never want to lose,Ē McLaughlin says now,...
  • Trampling on Coal Country Families

    08/16/2014 11:50:09 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 7 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | August 16, 2014 | Paul Driessen
    Between 1989 and 2010, Congress rejected nearly 700 cap-tax-and-trade and similar bills that their proponents claimed would control Earthís perpetually fickle climate and weather. So even as real world crises erupt, President Obama is using executive fiats and regulations to impose his anti-hydrocarbon agenda, slash Americaís fossil fuel use, bankrupt coal and utility companies, make electricity prices skyrocket, and ďfundamentally transformĒ our economic, social, legal and constitutional system. Citing climate concerns, he has refused to permit construction of the Keystone XL pipeline, and blocked or delayed Alaskan, western state and offshore oil and gas leasing and drilling. Heís proud that...
  • New Washington Redskins ad: Some Native Americans like our name, you know

    08/13/2014 7:00:35 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 23 replies
    Hotair ^ | 08/13/2014 | AllahPundit
    A palate cleanser via Time, which notes that the ‚ÄúRedskins Facts‚ÄĚ site is behind this and that the team itself is apparently behind ‚ÄúRedskins Facts.‚ÄĚ (The anti-Redskins ad that inspired this rebuttal is also embedded below for context.) This is really just a taste of what they‚Äôve got cooking; go to their YouTube account and you‚Äôll find interviews with individual Native Americans defending the name. It‚Äôs an understandable counterattack ‚ÄĒ if your critics claim you‚Äôre victimizing a group, the natural response is to find members of the group who don‚Äôt feel victimized ‚ÄĒ but realistically we‚Äôre past the point...
  • U of Minnesota to Vikings: Donít let visiting Redskins display their name or logo

    08/09/2014 1:43:14 PM PDT · by Sean_Anthony · 69 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 08/09/14 | Dan Calabrese
    You know, being a fan of the Minnesota Vikings is difficult enough just based on what happens on the field. Weíre 0-4 in Super Bowls. Weíve got to deal with the stomach-curdling memories of the 1999 NFC Championship Game, not to mention 41-doughnut in the same game two years later, and the bounty-hunting Saints putting out a contract on Brett Favre in 2010. But on a cultural level . . . hey, what the heck did we do? We were just sitting here minding our own business. First we got stuck with a petulant, attention-mongering punter who couldnít and canít...
  • Ambassador of Israel to US says Seattle's Kshama Sawant will have to retract statements

    08/08/2014 9:02:43 AM PDT · by Baynative · 17 replies
    MyNorthwest ^ | 8/7/14 | Stephanie Klein
    Socialist Seattle City Councilmember Kshama Sawant drafted a letter this week calling for an immediate end to all U.S. government military aid for Israel.
  • 7 months later, many still can't use Washington health coverage (ongoing Obamacare disaster alert)

    08/07/2014 8:16:48 AM PDT · by Zakeet · 9 replies
    AP ^ | August 6, 2014 | Donna Gordon Blankinship
    Seven months after major glitches in the Washington health exchange were discovered, authorities acknowledge that thousands of state residents still don't have insurance they can use to go to the doctor or fill a prescription. [Snip] Some people aren't being properly credited by the exchange for their insurance payments. In some cases, money and information has been lost somewhere between the exchange and the insurance companies. And some people have been told by their doctors that the insurance company has no record of their coverage.
  • NFL to Use Tracking Chips on Players

    08/02/2014 12:45:22 PM PDT · by TaxPayer2000 · 62 replies
    http://news.discovery.com ^ | Aug 1, 2014 | Glenn McDonald
    As a hardcore baseball guy, I often wonder why people needlessly waste their time on all those other, lesser sports. But I suppose everyone has a right to their insane opinions. In any case, football fans may want to keep an eye on this development: The NFL announced this week that it will be using RFID tracking chips on players during select games in the 2014 season. The high-tech chips ó RFID stands for radio-frequency identification ó will generate precise positioning data on each player on every play. Football Uniforms Throughout History For the initial rollout, the RFID system will...
  • Former Redskin Releases Epic Statement Attacking Hillary For Calling Team's Name 'Insensitive'

    08/01/2014 9:39:34 AM PDT · by thetallguy24 · 23 replies
    Yahoo/Business Insider ^ | 08/01/2014 | Colin Campbell
    A former Washington Redskins player is fuming mad because Hillary Clinton had the audacity to call the football team's controversial name "insensitive." Clint Didier, a former tight end for the team for seven years who is now running for Congress as a Republican in Washington State, released a six-paragraph statement Wednesday evening demanding Clinton's apology. In it, Didier also criticized remarks made by Clinton unrelated to the football team and closed with a reference to alfalfa. "I'm just flabbergasted that Hillary Clinton now thinks she's the expert on what's insensitive. But if she has suddenly become the Miss Manners of...
  • Street Mob Breaks Out in Gentrifying Washington, D.C. Neighborhood

    07/19/2014 7:50:33 AM PDT · by markomalley · 26 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | 7/19/2014 | Patrick Howley
    A flash mob broke out in the Petworth neighborhood of Washington, D.C. Friday night, prompting police to fire a riot control agent into a crowd near a subway station.The episode underscores boiling tensions in a neighborhood that ó like many inner-city communities across the country ó is trying to launch a major ďrevitalizationĒ project that will see the opening of upwardly-priced new apartment units this summer to accompany a major new chain store.Reports on social media suggest that D.C. Metropolitan Police broke up a party in Petworth due to fighting, prompting a crowd of teenage partiers ó at least one...
  • WA state wildfires- Town of Pateros "Mostly gone"

    07/18/2014 7:12:35 PM PDT · by hoagy62 · 10 replies
    The Wenatchee World ^ | 7/18/14 | Mike Irwin
    PATEROS ó Residents returning here Friday picked through the ash and rubble of homes incinerated the night before by raging wildfire. Baby pictures, gone. Family antiques, gone. Grandmaís recipes, gone. In a half-block line of charred homes ó mostly burned down to their foundations ó each resident echoed their neighbors: ďWe lost everything.Ē More than 30 homes were destroyed here Thursday night by wind-whipped flames racing down a grass-and-sage bluff and into this river town of 650 residents. Nearby, flying embers jumped the Methow River to torch another 40 homes along the Alta Lake Golf Course. An estimated 20 homes...
  • IN DEPTH COVERAGE: Carlton Complex Fire forces evacuations; 40-50 structures gone (Washington St)

    07/18/2014 7:29:38 AM PDT · by illiac · 11 replies
    KHQ News ^ | 7/18/14 | KHQ News
    UPDATE: BREWSTER, Wash. - There are LEVEL 3 evacuations being ordered in the town of Pateros which has a population of 650 people, as the Carlton Complex Fire burns out of control. 40-50 homes and businesses have burned to the ground. The Brewster Three Rivers Hospital has been evacuated as well. Staff and patients were transferred to Mid Valley Hospital in Omak. The retirement center in Brewster was evacuated to Bridgeport. Housing is available for those who have been evacuated in Chelan at the High School. Residents from Harmony House are being moved to Bridgeport, believe they said the school...
  • Displacing D.C.

    07/15/2014 5:55:16 PM PDT · by thetallguy24 · 14 replies
    Hardhatters ^ | 07/15/2014 | Andrew Todd
    Well before Mr. Smith went to Washington D.C., politicians and civil servants have set out to change the Washington culture and bring about serious change, only to be ensnared in it themselves. Between the Georgetown dinner parties, the media obsession with the city that borders on self-parody, and the allure of power and prestige, the DC experience has proven itself to be an intoxicating one for even the most civic minded bureaucrat. While there have been calls to change the culture of the city for nearly as long as it has existed, few real solutions have been put forward to...
  • Eric Holder: Redskins name 'offensive,' should be changed

    07/14/2014 12:15:26 PM PDT · by C19fan · 41 replies
    SI ^ | July 14, 2014 | Staff
    U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder says that the Washington Redskins' name 'ought to be changed' and that it's 'an offensive name,' reports TMZ. Holder made the comments in an appearance on ABC News.
  • Strictly Business: Legal pot industry sure to be robust

    07/14/2014 1:57:15 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 34 replies
    The Columbian ^ | July 13, 2014 | Gordon Oliver, business editor
    It's rare when any business in Clark County attracts national or even regional interest, so the media throng that greeted last Wednesday's opening of Main Street Marijuana was quite a curiosity. The clever "weed and weenies" event that accompanied the store's opening, along with the presence of Mayor Tim Leavitt at the ribbon-cutting, captured the attention of media outlets that devour eye-catching visuals. But business likely would still have been brisk at Main Street Marijuana even if it hadn't snagged the free publicity. With a state-imposed limit of just 15 retail outlets for all of Clark County, and with some...
  • A Decent Respect: Renewing the Spirit of '76

    07/03/2014 9:06:39 PM PDT · by se99tp · 1 replies
    ChristianConcepsDaily ^ | July 4th, 2014 | Marvin J. Folkertsma
    July 4, 1776 gave birth to perhaps the most revolutionary political document in the history of civilization, submitted by men who proclaimed, ďwith a firm reliance on the protection of divine Providence, we mutually pledge to each other our Lives, our Fortunes and our sacred Honor.Ē
  • U.S. Bishops Urge Obama Admin Not to Send Back Unaccompanied Illegal Children

    07/03/2014 6:19:42 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 63 replies
    Breitbart's Big Government ^ | July 3, 2014 | Dr. Susan Berry
    The chairman of the U.S. Bishopsí Committee on Migration has called upon the Obama administration to halt any plans to send back unaccompanied illegal immigrant minors who have been flooding across the U.S. border. ďThis is a very vulnerable population which has been targeted by organized crime networks in Central America,Ē said Bishop Eusebio Elizondo in a press release Wednesday. ďTo return them to these criminal elements without a proper adjudication of their cases is unconscionable.Ē The bishops have asked the Obama administration to reconsider their proposed request to Congress for ďfast trackĒ authority to expedite the removal of unaccompanied...
  • Video: Woman Tries To Light Bus Passenger's Hair Ablaze

    06/29/2014 7:50:34 PM PDT · by Morgana · 23 replies
    MARYSVILLE, Wash. Ė A bus ride almost turns into a hair-raising experience for one Washington woman. Police say Robin Myers sat down behind a former friend on the Community Transit bus in Marysville on Monday. In bus surveillance video released by the transit agency later in the week, it seems Myers tried to light the woman's hair on fire using a canister of hairspray and a lighter. A man sitting next to the victim saw what was happening and used his hand to put out the fire.
  • GOP Front-Runner Compares Gay Marriage to Polygamy

    06/27/2014 12:08:32 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 18 replies
    Mother Jones ^ | June 23, 2014 | Erika Eichelberger
    Last week, a top GOP House candidate in Washington state compared gay marriage to polygamy. "Marriage is something more for religion to decide," Republican front-runner Pedro Celis said Thursday when asked about his stance on same-sex marriage at a GOP candidate forum, the Seattle Times reported. "Is this marriage or not? Polygamyóis it fine or not? It's a religion thing." The National Republican Congressional Committee has backed Celis, a former Microsoft engineer, to run against Democratic Rep. Suzan DelBene in Washington's first congressional district. DelBene is expected to hold onto her seat in November, but national Republicans are trying extra...
  • Bill Clinton Pocketed Nearly $16 Million in Taxpayer Money Since 2001

    06/25/2014 11:00:00 AM PDT · by FredDardick · 15 replies
    Political Kryptonite ^ | June 25, 2014 | Fred Dardick
    Bill Clinton must think itís still the 1990ís when a complacent press could cover up each and every mistake he made (sexual impropriety, lies, theft, etcÖ). Unfortunately for Clinton and his out of touch wife and daughter, who apparently just canít get herself to care about money from her $10 million condo in New York City, the internet age can take stupidity viral in about 10 minutes. With wages stagnant and the future looking dim for many Americans living through the Obama economy, in an interview with Meet the Press host David Gregory Clinton defended Hillaryís ďdead brokeĒ claims after...
  • ĎDuck Dynastyí Star: Time To ĎVote This Ungodly Bunch Out Of Washingtoní

    06/24/2014 3:03:17 PM PDT · by SkyPilot · 12 replies
    CBS Atlanta ^ | 24 Jun 14 | CBS staff
    ďDuck DynastyĒ star Phil Robertson is looking for new leadership in Washington. During his appearance at the ďRock the SouthĒ music festival in Cullman, the reality television star stated itís time to vote those ďungodlyĒ politicians out of Congress. ďWhatever you do, go register to vote, especially on this next presidential election. Register to vote and you ought to register for the House and the Senate, too. Get your tail down there and vote this ungodly bunch out of Washington, D.C.,Ē Robertson told the crowd while getting a raucous ovation. Robertson also delved into his controversial comments he made...
  • We're All Redskins Now

    06/23/2014 7:57:36 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 19 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 06/23/2014 | Fay Voshell
    Conservatives should be disabused of any notion that the recent revocation of the Redskinsí trademark by the US Patent Office had anything at all to do with the disparagement of Native Americans, real or perceived. On the contrary, the exercise in political correctness is not about aggrieved Native Americans. Itís about the power to redistribute wealth and to eliminate private property. Essentially, the Left has declared that no personís or companyís trademark (or patent) is safe. Get together a group of lawyers who are experts in victimization and who have access to some aggrieved group, find a trademark name --...
  • Louisiana Gov. Jindal Claims 'Rebellion Brewing' Against Washington

    06/23/2014 1:12:44 AM PDT · by lbryce · 43 replies
    Fox News Politics ^ | June 22, 2014 | AP
    Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal on Saturday night accused President Barack Obama and other Democrats of waging wars against religious liberty and education and said that a rebellion is brewing in the U.S. with people ready for "a hostile takeover" of the nation's capital.
  • Trademark Office and Sen. Reid Pressure Football Team Owner Again

    06/22/2014 3:03:29 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 26 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | June 22, 2014 | Paul Dykewicz
    The U.S. Trademark Trial and Appeal Boardís cancelation of federal trademark registration for the name Washington ďRedskins,Ē after ruling it disparages Native Americans, puts pressure on team owner Daniel Snyder and the National Football League (NFL) to change the name but falls far short of settling the issue. The split, 2-1, decision by unelected trademark board members shows the increasingly heavy hand that politics is playing in the activities of the private sector, since the ruling followed recent public calls for a name change from Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev. The team counters that the long-standing ďRedskinsĒ name...
  • What a Judge Ordered an Active Duty Sailor to Do or Lose Custody of His Daughter is an Outrage

    06/21/2014 4:11:51 PM PDT · by montag813 · 19 replies
    Top Right News ^ | 06-21-2014 | Gina Cassini
    by Gina Cassini | Top Right NewsThe date has been set - in stone. Circuit Court Judge Margaret Noe has ordered Matthew Hindes to appear in court on Monday, or risk losing full custody of his daughter. There's one problem -- a big one: Matthew Hindes is a Petty Officer in the†U.S. Navy, and is currently stationed on a submarine deployed in the Pacific Ocean! Yes, the judge is out of her mind, but it is worse than that. Hindes has had full custody of his daughter since 2010. He received full parental rights when his daughter was taken from...
  • Judge Orders Deployed US Sailor To Attend Custody Hearing Or Lose Daughter, Face Arrest

    06/20/2014 11:14:05 AM PDT · by Fitzy_888 · 59 replies
    CBS News ^ | June 20, 2014 | Staff
    A U.S. Navy sailor from Washington State is currently serving on a submarine thousands of miles away in the Pacific Ocean, but a judge has ordered him into an impossible custody scenario: Appear in a Michigan courtroom Monday or risk losing custody of his 6-year-old daughter. Navy submariner Matthew Hindes was given permanent custody of his daughter Kaylee in 2010, after she was reportedly removed from the home of his ex-wife, Angela, by child protective services. But now a judge has ordered him to appear in court Monday, or risk losing his daughter to his ex-wife in addition to a...
  • Ex-Rep. Joe Walsh Ďkicked off the airí over racist terms on radio

    06/20/2014 5:44:57 AM PDT · by KeyLargo · 36 replies
    Chicago Sun Times ^ | 6-20-2014 | Mitch Dudek
    Ex-Rep. Joe Walsh Ďkicked off the airí over racist terms on radio Fri, 06/20/2014 - 3:37am Mitch Dudek According to posts on former U.S. Rep. Joe Walshís Twitter account Thursday night, the conservative radio talk-show host was kicked off the air on WIND-AM (560) for using racial slurs while trying to have a discussion about racial slurs. In a series of tweets posted about 7 p.m., Walsh says: ďJust got kicked off the air until further notice. Tried to have honest discussion about racist terms and management censored my language.Ē And: ďIím trying to have an honest, adult conversations about...
  • I'm offended at the name given to the District of Columbia

    06/19/2014 9:53:06 AM PDT · by Repent and Believe · 20 replies
    The Federalist ^ | June 19, 2014 anno Domini | Robert Tracinski
    Why the Redskins Trademark Ruling Should Terrify You Article Subtitle: Anyone deemed politically incorrect is now outside the protection of the law. Like most people, I havenít been all that interested in the controversy over whether the name of the Washington Redskins is offensive. Personally, Iím more offended that Washington, DC, has become the kind of megalopolis that can support an NFL team. If I had my way, it would go back to being a humid, swampy backwater with impassable mud roads. Pierre LíEnfant has much to answer for. But I think everyone should be terrified by the new ruling...
  • Pedophile tries to kidnap a child but gets beaten to a pulp instead

    06/13/2014 2:24:07 AM PDT · by The Right wing Infidel · 70 replies
    opposingviews ^ | Kathryn Schroeder
    Jesse Brisbin, a 30-year-old twice-convicted sex offender allegedly attempted to abduct a six-year-old girl from a Seattle park on Thursday evening, but he picked the wrong park to act on his compulsion. According to witnesses, he made it about three blocks with the girl after grabbing her by the hand and wrapping his shirt around her face before a group of about 20 neighborhood children and adults caught up with him. According to the Seattle Police Department, the six-year-old girl broke free and Brisbin tried to run away. The men tackled Brisbin, who lives only about a half-mile from Benefit...
  • Sir Mix-A-Lot Sings 'Baby Got Back' with Seattle Symphony

    06/10/2014 4:52:25 PM PDT · by equalator · 39 replies
    from UPI BreitBart ^ | June 9, 2014 (UPI) | from UPI
    Mix-A-Lot invited women to join him onstage, where he was backed by an orchestra. "Since tonight is orchestral movements from the hood night, I'm going to leave some of this open if a couple of ladies would like to get up on the stage," he told the audience. "Many musical innovations have been made in hip-hop music that can bring new energy, sounds and rhythm to the classical world."
  • Parents outraged after teacher hands out sex toys to teens during drama awards ceremony

    06/09/2014 3:20:39 PM PDT · by NYer · 40 replies
    Life Site News ^ | June 5, 2014 | DUSTIN SIGGINS
    BELLINGHAM, WA, June 5, 2014 (LifeSiteNews.com) -- A parent's letter to KOMO News in Washington has led to a teacher's apology after a drama awards ceremony at Bellingham High School devolved into vulgarities and what the unidentified mother called "trash." According to the mother, who asked to be anonymous to protect her 17-year old daughter, retiring teacher Teri Grimes gave sex toys to the male teen who won the title of "horniest stud" and the same toys to the girl who won "horniest girl."   But it was the anti-Catholic skit that was the last straw for the mother, who...
  • Obama Says That Everyone in the Obama Bubble Agreed with His Prisoner Swap Decision

    06/08/2014 9:43:13 AM PDT · by FredDardick · 56 replies
    Political Kryptonite ^ | June 8, 2014 | Fred Dardick
    In an interview with NBC News Obama reiterated the now popular talking point that everyone in government was ďunanimousĒ in their support for the release of five mass murdering terrorists for one American deserter. Obama told NBC News, ďI make no apologies for it. It was a unanimous decision among my principals in my government.Ē Good for him. So now weíre supposed to be impressed that all of the Obama cheerleaders in the West Wing jumped on board with the dumbest prisoner exchange in American history? Is there any real question as to why Obama didnít give Congress prior notice...
  • GOD, GUTS, and GUNS: ďSelflessĒ Student Who Stopped The Seattle Pacific University Shooting

    06/07/2014 9:29:23 AM PDT · by rktman · 32 replies
    bearingarms.com ^ | 6/6/2014 | Bob Owens
    It didnít take long after yesterdayís shotgun attack by a non-student at Seattle Pacific University for word to get out that the brave actions of students ended the attack before far more people could be injured or killed. The friends of the first man to go after the armed suspect quickly identified the bashful hero to the world via Twitter.
  • Ignore NRA fantasy world: Good guy with pepper spray stops bad guy with gun

    06/06/2014 5:43:55 PM PDT · by PaulCruz2016 · 61 replies
    The Kansas City Star ^ | 06-06-2014 | Yael T. Abouhalkah
    The gun lovers who preach that arming American citizens to stop even more violence always ignore the fact that Wayne LaPierre was wrong. ďThe only thing that stops a bad guy with a gun is a good guy with a gun,Ē LaPierre, the National Rifle Associationís executive vice president, infamously said after a gunman in 2012 killed 20 schoolchildren and six adults in Newtown, Conn. Yet looked what happened Thursday. According to police, a student building monitor named Jon Meis used pepper spray to subdue a shooter who had already killed one student and wounded a couple others at Seattle...
  • Heroís quick thinking likely saved lives at SPU

    06/06/2014 10:24:13 AM PDT · by reefdiver · 23 replies
    The Seattle Times ^ | June 6 2014 | Lewis Kamb
    Heís described as quiet, gentle, outdoorsy; a young man of deep Christian faith and dedicated student on the cusp of a promising life beyond college. But by several accounts Thursday, a single word prevailed when describing Seattle Pacific University student Jon Meis: hero.
  • Planned Parenthood affiliate has lost more than a quarter of its customers since 2012

    06/06/2014 9:25:26 AM PDT · by topher · 11 replies
    LifeSiteNews.com ^ | Thu Jun 05, 2014 12:03 EST | Ben Johnson
    News Print Article | Email Friend | Reprint Permissions Planned Parenthood affiliate has lost more than a quarter of its customers since 2012 by Ben Johnson Thu Jun 05, 2014 12:03 EST Tags: oregon, planned parenthood, planned parenthood columbia willamette, washington state VANCOUVER, WA, June 5, 2014 (LifeSiteNews.com) Ė A Planned Parenthood affiliate has revealed that it has had to dramatically downsize Ė including closing one-third of its offices in its two-state territory Ė because it had lost a quarter of its business in two years. Planned Parenthood Columbia Willamette announced yesterday that it is closing three of its offices...
  • Mad mom: school awards ceremony featured swearing, sex toys

    06/05/2014 5:23:40 PM PDT · by massmike · 4 replies
    komonews.com ^ | 06/05/2014 | Mark Miller
    BELLINGHAM, Wash. -- A Bellingham High School drama teacher has issued a formal apology after her awards ceremony devolved into an evening of profanity, jokes about a priest having sex with kids, and a box of sex toys. A parent attended the ceremony in the school auditorium with her 17-year-old daughter, who was nominated for an award. Both want to remain anonymous until after graduation on June 6. The teacher is Teri Grimes, a veteran of three decades who is slated to retire after this year. In an email to KOMO News, the upset mother complained about the teacher's use...
  • Three Planned Parenthood offices to close in Oregon and Washington

    06/04/2014 3:00:18 PM PDT · by topher · 8 replies
    LifeSiteNews.com ^ | Wed Jun 04, 2014 11:26 EST | Ben Johnson
    CLACKAMAS, OR, June 4, 2014 (LifeSiteNews.com) Ė A Planned Parenthood affiliate has announced that, in order to remain financially viable, it is closing three offices in the Pacific Northwest and laying off employees at its remaining locations. Stacy Cross, CEO of Planned Parenthood Columbia Willamette, which covers Oregon and part of Washington State, said in a press release that the action is "necessary in order to maintain a fiscally solvent operation that continues to keep our doors open to patients in our region for the long-term.Ē
  • They went there: Seattle just enacted a $15/hour minimum wage

    06/03/2014 2:43:58 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 38 replies
    Hot Air / The Associated Press ^ | June 2, 2014 | Erika Johnsen
    Last week, Michigan became the latest of a handful of states to officially raise its minimum wage this year, with a gradual four-year phase-in that will take its floor from $7.40 up to $9.25 an hour ó but over in the city of Seattle, things just got real. Say hello to what will soon become the highest minimum wage in the nation, via the AP: The issue has dominated politics in the liberal municipality for months. Mayor Ed Murray, who was elected last year, had promised in his campaign to raise the minimum wage to $15 an hour. A newly...
  • Surprise! $15 an hour minimum wage backfires

    06/02/2014 7:12:58 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 67 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 06/02/2014 | Thomas Lifson
    It turns out that leftists can’t repeal the law of supply and demand. In the Seattle suburb of Seatac, adjacent to the airport and full of parking lots, hotels, and restaurants with many low wage employees, the minimum wage was hiked to $15 an hour, and the results of this social experiment are coming in. United Liberty reports: A February report from the Seattle Times revealed: At the Clarion Hotel off International Boulevard, a sit-down restaurant has been shuttered, though it might soon be replaced by a less-labor-intensive cafe… Other businesses have adjusted in ways that run the gamut from putting more work in...
  • The American Flag Daily: The FIRST First Lady

    06/02/2014 5:27:17 AM PDT · by Master Zinja
    The American Flag Daily ^ | June 2, 2014 | JasonZ
    Today is the birthday of Martha Dandridge Custis Washington, the wife of George Washington and the first First Lady of the United States. Born in Virginia, she was married to Washington for more than 40 years until his death in 1799.
  • Outcry as businessman gets work-release after 7 DUIs, car crash

    06/01/2014 10:40:46 AM PDT · by Theoria · 20 replies
    CNN ^ | 01 June 2014 | Michael Martinez and Dan Simon
    Joseph Shaun Goodman's seventh arrest for DUI was as sensational as it gets. Police chased him in his Ferrari at more than 90 mph in downtown Olympia, Washington. A passenger, whom Goodman had just met at a bar, begged to leave the car, and his wish was granted while the car slowed. Goodman crashed his sports car, a 2000 model worth $70,000, into a house and two cars. The tall, tan businessman was finally arrested behind the wheel in a church parking lot with police drawing their guns on him just before midnight December 29. Cops noted his watery, bloodshot...
  • Soldier From Corona Fights For Life After Being Attacked By 6 Men In Tacoma

    05/31/2014 12:53:28 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 33 replies
    CBSLA.com) ^ | May 30, 2014 9:19 PM | Crystal Cruz
    A soldier from Corona is fighting for his life following an attack by six men outside a bar in Tacoma, Washington. Korry McClanahan, 25, is in ICU at the Madigan Army Medical Center and unresponsive, says his family. Heís not speaking or moving. His mother is even unsure if he knows she is there. Last Friday, McClanahan and another soldier went to the Steel Creek American Whiskey Company in downtown Tacoma to shoot some pool. Around midnight, the two men went outside to smoke ... McClanahan was punched twice, fell to the ground and hit his head. He spent more...
  • June is to be proclaimed Pride Month in Kirkland (Washington State)

    05/31/2014 12:01:46 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 25 replies
    Kirkland Views ^ | May 30, 2014 | Rob Butcher, editor and scribbler
    The City of Kirkland will join the State of Washington and King County in proclaiming June 2014 as "Pride Month." Please refrain from posting any critical comments about this subject as the comments may be deemed as hate crimes against people who are lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, or questioning. The following is from the City's Council Packet for June 3: This year marks the 45th anniversary of the Stonehill Riots which is regarded as the catalyst for the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) movement for civil rights in the United States. In June 1969, a group of gay customers...
  • Suit: Seattle police say use-of-force policies unconstitutional

    05/29/2014 12:38:17 PM PDT · by QT3.14 · 26 replies
    KOMO Seattle ^ | May 29, 2014 | Staff
    More than 100 officers from the Seattle Police Department are suing the city and the Justice Department, claiming their department's new use-of-force policies put them in danger and violate their constitutional rights. In 2012 Seattle officials agreed to an independent monitor and court oversight of the city's police department as part of a deal with the Justice Department following a report that found officers routinely used excessive force. The civil suit, which was filed Wednesday, names Attorney General Eric Holder, the City of Seattle, Mayor Ed Murray, City Attorney Pete Holmes, and federal monitor Merrick Bob. In the suit, the...
  • Top senator says cost-cutting culture fueled veterans scandal

    05/27/2014 2:33:01 PM PDT · by LucianOfSamasota · 59 replies
    Yahoo! ^ | 27 May, 2014 | Meredith Shiner
    Sen. Patty Murray, D-Wash., said in an interview that Washingtonís cost-cutting culture helped spark the growing Veterans Administration hospital controversy by encouraging VA officials to understate their financial needs both internally and to Congress. Murray, a top appropriator and former chairwoman of the Senate Veterans Affairs Committee, had strong words for a department that she said not only faces chronic management issues but also consistently underestimates its funding needs and how many veterans will seek care each year. Though many Republicans have called for current VA Secretary Eric Shinseki to step down from his post in light of reports of...
  • Top court hears appeal on American activistís death

    05/21/2014 7:59:16 AM PDT · by Former Fetus · 46 replies
    Almost two years after a Haifa court ruled that Israel was not negligent in the 2003 death of American activist Rachel Corrie during a protest against IDF operations in the Gaza Strip, the Supreme Court heard her familyís appeal of the verdict Wednesday afternoon. Speaking before the hearing in Jerusalem, Craig Corrie, the activistís father, said the lower courtís ruling had given the army ďimmunity and impunity.Ē ďI think thatís very dangerous,Ē he said. ďI hope the Israeli high court will change the findings, but if they donít, I hope the world and the world press will bring it into...
  • Popular Restaurant Chain to Gun-Owning Customers: Donít Bring Your Firearms in Our Stores

    05/19/2014 6:09:37 PM PDT · by TurboZamboni · 118 replies
    The Blaze ^ | 5-19-14 | Ap
    <p>NEW YORK (AP) ó Chipotle is asking customers not to bring firearms into its stores after it says gun rights advocates brought military-style assault rifles into one of its restaurants in Texas.</p> <p>The Denver-based company notes that it has traditionally complied with local laws regarding open and concealed firearms.</p>
  • New IRS e-mails: Yep, direction came from D.C. and yep, it was political

    05/15/2014 7:42:31 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 27 replies
    Hotair ^ | 05/15/2014 | Mary Katharine Ham
    A tranche of new Internal Revenue Service e-mails refute the White House‚Äôs longtime defense of the agency‚Äôs actions in the IRS targeting scandal. The e-mails, uncovered by a Judicial Watch FOIA request, reveal there was direction coming from the Washington headquarters of the IRS and that the targeting of Tea Party groups was indeed political. The Washington Examiner‚Äės Mark Tapscott excerpts: In a July 2012 email, Holly Paz, who was then director of the IRS Rulings and Agreements division, asked IRS lawyer Steven Grodnitzky ¬ďto let Cindy and Sharon know how we have been handling Tea Party applications in...