Annals of “Liberals Destroy Everything They Touch”, Seattle Edition

Annals of “Liberals Destroy Everything They Touch”, Seattle Edition

These are just a few of the stories at the top of the KOMO News site this morning.  Every single story shows how the radicals running local government have destroyed everything they touch.

The City of Seattle encourages (does not punish) public drug use, especially in and around the burgeoning homeless encampments.

Seattle police Officer Pricked by Used Needle in Seattle Park

Also related to the drug scene around Seattle, evidence that there is no plan to decrease the use of illegal drugs in the city.

Public Libraries and YMCAs to get Narcan(r) to Prevent Opioid Overdoses

And Seattle/King County does have enabling legislation to allow “Safe Injection Sites”, where illegal-drug addicts can “shoot up”, supervised by nurses.  They just can’t seem to find the ideal site, so none has opened up yet.  I have read that they are considering “mobile” drug dens, so no permanent site will be necessary.  I can just see the ads now:  “Hey, Burien Drug Addicts!  Meet your Mobile Drug Den at Fourth and Highway 900, Monday at 3:00PM”.

North Seattle Shooting Marks Five-Year High in Homicides in North Precinct, City Says.

And Seattle has passed the most restrictive gun-storage laws in recent memory, essentially requiring legal gun owners to lock up their firearms where they cannot be obtained by anyone easily (especially the homeowner with the burglar or rapist at the door).  Yeah, buy that gun for self-defense, and we will mandate that it be unavailable to you when you need it most.

Sound Transit: Replacing Broken Escalators at UW Station to Cost More than $20 Million

Everyone in the Seattle-Everett-Tacoma area is paying through the nose (car-tab tax, property tax, sales tax) for this useless Choo-Choo Train that 1% of the population will ride.  Everyone has heard of the huge (predicted) cost-overruns associated with this boondoggle, and this is one of the most egregious.  It seems that they need very long escalators to carry riders from the street down to the underground train station by the University of Washington.  The radicals who run (?) un-Sound Transit ordered “commercial-grade” escalators instead of “transit-grade” escalators, probably to save costs.  Yeah, big savings!  Not only are transit riders inconvenienced by having to walk up and down hundreds of stairs to get to and from the train, but NO costs were saved, and more costs will now have to be incurred! On MY dime!

Police: Car Thefts up From a Year Ago in Seattle

Seattle police have essentially stopped responding to most property crimes in the city.  Is it any wonder that we try our best to stay the hell out of Seattle?  The city is almost literally going to hell in a hand basket.  I Despise Seattle, and I feel sorry for those who live there.  However, they do get the government they elect, don’t they?  Maybe I shouldn’t feel too sorry for them after all.

The continuing saga: Is the Wall of Stupid starting to crack in Seattle?

The continuing saga: Is the Wall of Stupid starting to crack in Seattle?

A short while ago, the city council of Seattle unanimously passed an “employee hours tax,” more commonly called a “head tax” on businesses with $20 million of gross income earned in Seattle. The tax was intended to pay for more “services for the homeless” whose plight were supposedly caused by all those disgusting, high-paying jobs that companies like Amazon were foisting on Seattle.

For months before the tax was actually passed, every local media outlet, from TV stations to neighborhood weekly newspapers to local blogs, discussed how harmful such a tax would be for the city. Of course, the individuals who were elected by the citizens of Seattle were absolutely convinced that the tax would never push any business out of the city, and would generate bags and bags of money for them to spend.

So they were shocked, shocked, when the minute that tax passed and was signed into law by the new liberal, homosexual, lawyer mayor there was a group starting a petition to have it repealed. The repeal referendum was wildly popular, backed by Amazon and Starbucks, and in only about a week garnered enough signatures to make it onto the November ballot.

Now who is shocked? The Seattle City Clowncil, under cover of darkness, just passed a new law, repealing the new tax! Madam Mayor, of course, signed it. This is getting ridiculous. That referendum petition is still in force — the people who started it aren’t totally convinced that the repeal will stick, and they say the city should be “held accountable.”

And now, there is a lawsuit against the council, stating that they violated the “open records act” when they met behind closed doors to pass the repeal. Various members of the council are trying to explain away the fierce opposition to their “tax on jobs.” One of their favorite explanations for the defeat of the tax is fairly standard these days: It was just a lack of proper “messaging” about the many benefits of such a tax! Now, where have we heard that argument before, I wonder?

To top it all off, the latest smart idea is to house the homeless in the Lobby of City Hall at night! Yep, a homeless shelter literally at the doorstep of those city councilpersons. I’m guessing, though, that those homeless individuals would have to be cleared out by 8 AM so their “hosts” would never actually have to see them or step over them on the way to their cushy offices. The homeless and street people of Seattle don’t normally move aside the moment one of their betters demands it, so maybe those who love the homeless so much will actually get to see them every day. I sure hope so.

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~~~IT IS CRACKING!!!  David Horsey is a big liberal, and editorial cartoonist.  Check out his latest in the Seattle Times!  This is a miracle!

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By Permission of a Ricochet friend, “Progressive Thought”

By Permission of a Ricochet friend, “Progressive Thought”

Gender is a social construct; there are no differences between the sexes. All men are bad.

Race is a social construct; there are no differences between the races. All white people are bad.

No culture is better than another. Western Civilization is bad.

Diversity of skin color is good. Diversity of thought is bad.

Religion leads to conflict and war. Islam is the religion of peace.

An especially harsh winter in one part of the globe does not disprove global warming. A single extreme weather event proves it.

Marriage is oppression. Opposing same-sex marriage is oppression.

Segregation is bad. Black college dorms and black graduation ceremonies are good.

“White flight” from inner-cities is bad. White migration to inner-cities (aka “gentrification”) is bad.

Diversity strengthens us by bringing in different viewpoints. Adopting diverse viewpoints is “cultural appropriation.”

The Constitution is a living document. The Supreme Court’s “Roe v Wade” decision is carved in stone.

Raising the cost of cigarettes will discourage people from smoking. Raising the cost of employing workers will not discourage businesses from hiring.

Slavery – an economic system in which people can arbitrarily demand others’ time, labor, and produce – is bad. Social Justice – a philosophy that holds that “the oppressed” can arbitrarily demand others’ time, labor, and produce – is good.

Monopoly by corporations – which must satisfy their customers to survive – is bad. Monopoly by government – which can use deadly force to survive – is good.

There are no absolute truths. Absolutely.

And that is only the Original Post over at Ricochet.com.  Behind a paywall, so here is a selection of the additional Member Comments.

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There are no s***hole countries. It’s cruel to send illegal aliens undocumented immigrants home because their countries are s***holes.

Government should get out of our bedrooms. Government must pay for our birth control.

Whites are evil, Western Civilization is evil, corporations are evil, police officers are evil, the right is evil. Conservatives are so judgmental.

A house a block from my apartment has two signs in the front window. One reads “Hate has No Home Here.” The other reads “Impeach Trump.”

Part Two: Welcome to 21st-Century Seattle

Part Two: Welcome to 21st-Century Seattle

Just when you think it can’t get any weirder, it gets weirder.  Welcome to the city that values homeless people who contribute little to society except dirty needles, trash, and feces on the street; more than it values the companies who provide high-wage jobs to thousands of its tax-paying citizens.

The city council passed the “Amazon Tax” (socialist council-person Kshama Sawant’s own words), at a somewhat lower rate than they had been discussing.  This tax will affect not only Amazon, but hundreds of other businesses that call Seattle home, like Starbucks, Nordstrom, Alaska Airlines, Bartell Drugs, and more.  The reaction from those companies has been understandably negative.

I had to drive downtown today to visit family, and the James Street exit from I-5 is a mass of homeless tents and piles of trash.  I was appalled!  Just today, there is a news story about a homeless man raping a woman in a car dealer’s restroom.

And the city has noted that, even if the tax does bring in some money, those homeless people are NOT required to accept help!!  So the city can hire all those expensive social workers, and their salaries will be partly wasted on people who prefer to live on the streets (at YOUR expense).  Oh, and those social workers will be drawing nice salaries and pensions, paid for by the long-suffering taxpayers of Seattle.

I try to stay out of Seattle as much as I can, and this is why.  The city is getting totally disgusting, punishing the golden-goose companies who make it a place people want to live, and rewarding street bums.  The people who run Seattle should be forced to live where they work, and walk down the trash-filled streets every single day, to see the results of their misguided policies.  Personally, I hope Amazon picks up and leaves the city-what do you think Seattle will do with empty Amazon Spheres when Amazon is gone?  I hope Bartell Drug closes all their Seattle stores, and Russell Investments goes back to Tacoma where the business conditions are friendlier.

Oh, and here’s another choice Seattle story.  It seems that the socialists of Seattle vowed to move all their business away from Wells Fargo Bank, due to all the recent bad news there.  So they prepared a bid package and sent it out to all the local big banks, asking who wanted to take over Seattle’s banking business.  And what do you think they received in return? A big, fat ZERO!  It seems that NO big bank wanted to have Seattle’s bank accounts!  That just made me laugh out loud!  So now, Seattle has to go crawling back to Wells Fargo, saying “Never mind, we’ll stay”!  Serves them right.  Thanks to ShiftWA for that choice story.

Amazon Calls Seattle’s Bluff-Three Cheers!

Amazon Calls Seattle’s Bluff-Three Cheers!

Most of you have heard of the new “Head Tax” Seattle is about to enact to hit business in the city.  They are about to approve charging big companies up to $500 per employee per year, in order to pay for more services for the increasing numbers of homeless people in the city (maybe brought here by the services offered?).  Well, as reported in a very good article on the KOMO News Web site, Amazon has called Seattle’s bluff.  They have put a halt to many of the construction projects they have going downtown, and held off on leasing more office space.

Some of the remarks of Seattle City Council members are positively disgusting.  These people are dead set on killing the “golden goose” who has been a pretty good corporate citizen so far.  Here is what Mike O’Brien and Socialist Khshama Sawant have to say:

 

Two supporters of the tax, City Council members Kshama Sawant and Mike O’Brien, seemed unmoved by Amazon’s decision.

“I understand Amazon doesn’t like it. I’m sure they would love to go to a city that has no taxes. And maybe they will find that place,” O’Brien said.

Added Sawant, “Amazon is perfectly capable of paying that, double, even four times that.”

I normally don’t like Amazon much, as they are said to be a difficult, if well-paying, place to work, but I am behind them 100% on this.  Go, Jeff Bezos!

EDIT ON THURSDAY, MAY 3:

KOMO News does it again!  It seems that the city council person who a local radio host calls “Iwanna Iwanna”, tried to give a press conference near the Amazon construction site.  It also seems that the workers there were not big supporters of the “Amazon Tax” (this is in her words).  Link has more than one video for your viewing pleasure.

This Used to be My City..Welcome to 21st Century Seattle

This Used to be My City..Welcome to 21st Century Seattle

I have lived in Everett, 20 miles north of Seattle, for eighteen years.  Each passing year makes me happier that I moved out of Seattle.  There are constantly stories in the local media demonstrating how the cost of living in Seattle has increased so much it is pricing residents out.  People who live in Seattle most of their lives cannot afford to live there when they retire.   The median price of a house in Seattle is approaching a Million Dollars.  Average rents on apartments in the city are over $1,000 per month, and going higher.  The city has such a large population that it basically runs the state.  Things Seattle wants are imposed upon the entire state, or on Western Washington.  Sound Transit III has imposed new property taxes, sales taxes, and car-tab taxes on most of the surrounding area, when the “choo-choo-train” won’t reach out of Seattle for many years.  I especially resent having to pay for something that I will NEVER use, ever.  But that train is already killing people!

Then, there’s the crime problem, and the “homeless crisis”.  Many neighborhoods in Seattle, and even cemeteries, are being overrun with homeless encampments.  Those eyesores leave behind used needles and other drug paraphernalia, and piles of garbage and human excrement.  “Community Fed Up as Homeless Campers Turn Cemetery Into Dumping Ground” appeared in the local press today.  The city has approved homeless people living in their cars and RVs around the city, and that too brings crime and drugs into neighborhoods.  And the Seattle Police have stopped responding to property crimes, just telling residents who are burglarized to submit their claims online.  That is sick.

Speaking of drugs, nearly two years ago, Seattle and King County approved the establishment of so-called “Safe Injection Sites”, where users of (illegal) injectable drugs could come and shoot-up under the supervision of licensed medical personnel.  Just imagine, legal, illegal Heroin Dens, right in Seattle for the convenience of junkies everywhere!  By the way, community residents attempted to get a ballot measure approved, so the residents of Seattle and surrounding areas could have a say in this matter, and a judge determined that the People had NO SAY in whether there might be an addict-attractor in their neighborhood!  Apparently, those who live in Seattle have been deemed not competent to run their own locality.  Since, at last count, heroin remains a federal ILLEGAL DRUG, and opening a legalized heroin den would be subject to Federal law-enforcement, once a heroin den opens, lawsuits are sure to follow.  Per a local TV station, the city still has not decided on a location for their site, and some council members are getting antsy. Hey, I have a great idea-how about locating the first one in Councilwoman Debora Juarez’s neighborhood!  She’s so keen on it, she should be able to watch it work.

Next week is the last week of April, and you know what that means.  May Day.  Seattle, each year, is the home of large May Day “demonstrations” and “protests”, which are, in reality, riots.  Downtown Seattle merchants are forced to hire increased security, and sometimes board up their windows, to guard against the near-certain destruction by the known “Antifa” thugs.  And the Seattle Police stand by and let it happen.  Cars and businesses are trashed, at owners’ expense, so the anarchists can demonstrate their power.

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Seattle is the home of Amazon.com, and the City Council just can’t stop coveting their wealth.  The latest bright idea thought up by the social justice warriors that govern (?) the city is a “head tax” to be levied on employees of the largest companies with employees in the city.  They want to collect a tax PER HOUR for every employee of a company making more than $20 million.  You know this is aimed directly at Amazon.  They say that the tax is expected to bring in up to $75 million a year, to be used for the homeless crisis.  Obviously, the City Clowncil has never heard of the law of economics that says the whatever you tax, you get LESS of.  They just think that companies will sit still and let themselves be taxed for the Privilege of locating in Seattle.  I wonder how the people who run Russell Investments and Weyerhaeuser, who just moved their offices into Seattle, will like this big new tax on their employees?

This is no longer my city.

Guest Author on Calling-all-RushBabes-Trolling in Downtown Seattle?

Guest Author on Calling-all-RushBabes-Trolling in Downtown Seattle?

My hubby has done an absolutely hilarious post over at Ricochet, and I just had to let my followers here see it.  The new mayor of Seattle is seriously considering imposition of “congestion pricing” to discourage people from driving into the city in their own automobiles, and “reduce vehicle emissions” to counter “climate change” (as if one city can have even a tiny effect on “climate change”!!)  This will make you laugh out loud!

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I couldn’t resist passing on this news item, inspired by Seattle Times staff reporter David Gutman.

Seattle will develop a plan to troll city roadways as part of its efforts to reduce traffic congestion and greenhouse-gas emissions, Mayor said Tuesday.

Details of what such a plan might look like are sparse, and will hinge on a trolling study focused on downtown neighborhoods that should have initial results later this year.

While several foreign cities use broad congestion-trolling schemes to reduce car and foot travel in their most-clogged downtown areas, no American city has established a similar widespread trolling system.

The mayor said she was hopeful a congestion-trolling system could be in place by the end of her first term, in 2021.

The mayor had said during her campaign last fall that the city should explore congestion trolling.

Seattle could implement trolling within the city without the permission of the state Legislature, but it would almost certainly require the approval of city voters.

In 2015, 56 percent of Puget Sound-area voters said systemwide trolling was a bad or very bad idea, according to a poll from the Puget Sound Regional Council.

Congestion trolling can take a number of forms, and it’s unclear which the city may pursue.

Hiring both homeless and introducing unwanted smartphone internet traffic to pester motorists and pedestrians on more heavily trafficked streets and byways would discourage rush-hour car, foot and bicycle traffic and would be employed as a form of congestion trolling. Electronic trolling of airwaves would jam normal internet access and replace expected internet traffic with offensive advertisements and social media attacks.

Similarly, so-called cordon trolling, where a heavily trafficked area (think downtown and South Lake Union) is virtually “cordoned” off, and trolls and electronic trolling are employed at the entrances to an area.

New York City has been discussing cordon trolling in Manhattan, without taking action, for more than a decade.

Congestion trolling is being proposed as part of a push to cut the city’s greenhouse-gas emissions and reduce economic activity. Seattle’s four previous mayors have all tried, and mostly failed, to reduce the city’s carbon output, as a booming population has offset decreases in per-person emissions.

Transportation is responsible for about two-thirds of Seattle’s greenhouse-gas emissions, and most of the mayor’s proposed changes focus on that sector.

The mayor also wants to make Seattle much more hospitable to electric cars. She said she will introduce legislation requiring that new developments (or renovations) that build parking also include electric-vehicle charging stations and would contain key software and hardware to defeat electronic trolling, at least until the city becomes overrun with electronic cars.

Decreases in tax revenues as a result of congestion trolling would be used to decrease transit service throughout the city and thereby reduce greenhouse-gas emissions further.

“We want to make it more uncomfortable for people to drive and walk downtown so they won’t want to come here,” she said. “We as a city and as a region have to make real on the promise of reduced emissions and commercial activity.”

The mayor’s radical climate action plan, spurred along by the Trump administration’s withdrawal from the Paris climate agreement, also aims to develop programs to decrease building energy use around the city by discouraging commercial activity.

“If our country is going to do anything significant on climate, the leadership has to come from states and cities,” the mayor said.

Actual tolling is already coming to downtown Seattle, with the opening of the Highway 99 tunnel, scheduled for later this year. But the state Transportation Commission continues to struggle deciding how much to toll and when to start tolling.

Whatever price the agency settles on, the tolls will cause some drivers to skip the tunnel, pushing more cars onto already suffocating downtown streets, creating increased demands on trolling to manage congestion.

That’s why, last year, the City Council authorized $200,000 to study the effects of the tunnel’s tolls and to explore congestion trolling in Seattle.

“The study would focus on the broader equity implications of congestion trolling in Seattle (particularly who is driving, bicycling and/or walking and at what times) and explore options, such as the idea of trolling downtown Seattle exits, to ensure that downtown homeless continue to have enough room to move around and find places to camp reliably,” the proposal for the study said.

City Councilperson, who proposed the study, said last fall the city was “a long ways” from considering congestion trolling but that the study would be useful information to have when that discussion did happen.

His office said Tuesday that the study would likely be put out for bid in the next couple of weeks and they hope for initial findings by October.

Durkan said that study would be the “starting point” for a plan on congestion trolling, “looking exactly where those corridors are where it makes sense both from a city betterment project and a greenhouse gas project.”

Seattle has studied congestion trolling previously.

A 2003 study by the Puget Sound Regional Council found that regionwide variable trolling — employing varying numbers of trolls on all major roads at different times — “could make excessive reoccurring congestion a thing of the past.”

A 2009 study, commissioned by the city, recommended trolls as a way to lower the city’s greenhouse- gas emissions, deal with congestion and decrease revenue.

And, while not anything like trolling, the state is currently studying a tax on every mile driven, as a way to replace the gas tax.

Foreign cities that have implemented widespread trolling — London, Stockholm and Milan are prominent examples — have generally faced public opposition that faded away after the system was put in place and traffic congestion decreased. And the homeless people were much happier.

“Roadway trolling tends to poll poorly,” Matthew Gibson, an economist at Williams College who has studied trolling, said in an interview last year. “After people experience it for a while, support tends to increase.”

New York City is the only other American city to look seriously at congestion trolling, but it has repeatedly backed away.

Just last week, New York legislators agreed on a budget that did not include Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s much-discussed proposal for imposition of nearly 12 trolls to drive into midtown Manhattan.