For nearly a month now, activists have occupied a portion of Seattle’s Capitol Hill neighborhood. Those activists and their hangers-on have barricaded the streets; desecrated the Seattle Police East Precinct and prevented the Police from returning there; broken windows and graffiti-tagged businesses in their “zone”; and allowed multiple shootings and two deaths. The shooting victims were all Black men. Do you see the Mayor decrying those deaths, and bringing the murderers to justice?
No, the Mayor is actually sympathetic to the Antifa and other so-called activists’ demands, and, funny thing, the vast majority of those wreckers are White! For a month, the mayor has let those destructive, law-breaking activists hold part of her city, and has refrained from arresting them all and clearing out their manifestly illegal blocking of city streets. Even the Black police chief, Carmen Best, has refrained from actually doing anything to remove the occupiers from city streets and let HER police officers back into their precinct station. She comes out with these wimpy statements:
“Enough is enough,” she said during an impromptu Monday morning press conference with reporters. “It’s very fluid, (and) it’s very unfortunate that we have another murder in this area identified as the CHOP.”
Weasel, weasel, weasel, weasel! What a total flop that police chief has been. And the Washington State Patrol has also been complicit to a large degree, willingly blocking off both directions of Interstate Highway 5 going through downtown Seattle every time the demonstrators decide to walk onto the freeway. I am on the Washington State Department of Transportation’s mailing list for long-haul truckers, and I have seen multiple messages a day noting the blockage of I-5 with no reason given (perhaps they are afraid to tell the truckers the reason they cannot proceed down the highway with their goods).
The White Mayor of Seattle and the Black Police Chief exhibit racist behaviors in their lack of action to bring the murderers of black men, and the occupiers of City streets to Justice. Do not believe one word they say about Black Lives Mattering to them. Their actions say otherwise.
The governor of the state of Washington, “Sleepy” Jay Dimslee, has issued a Proclamation, making it mandatory that ALL citizens wear face-covering masks whenever outside their homes. This Edict applies to all citizens over the age of Two Years. The Penalty for being caught without a mask over your face is a Misdemeanor Citation; as in, you will have a Criminal Record. And the duration of this Edict is: Until there is a Vaccine against the deadly Wuhan Coronavirus. Anyone willing to bet on when that might be? 18 months? Two years?
There are some exceptions to this Mandate. People with a medical condition that prevents them from wearing a mask are exempt, as are those actually eating in a restaurant. Those are the only two exemptions.
Now, you parents out there, how many of you think you will be able to make your three- and four-year-old children wear a mask? And what will you be teaching your children? Why, you will be teaching them to FEAR Other People! No, Johnny, when we go out to visit Aunt Mary, we all must wear masks so we don’t breathe Aunt Mary’s air. Why? Because we might catch a deadly disease from Aunt Mary. Or She might catch a deadly disease from Us!
This unilateral Edict from the Holy Governor of the People of the State of Washington is not only unconstitutional (it is not a law passed by the legislature, and it has a criminal penalty, which is outside the jurisdiction of the Executive branch of government), it is practically unenforceable. I wonder if local police and sheriffs will be happy about having to cite the thousands of Free Citizens of Washington for the crime of going outside the home unmasked. How many Washington Citizens will be willing to add a new item of clothing to their daily wardrobe, and have to breathe in their own CO2 for at least another full year?
Not I, said the Free Citizen of Washington State. I am not a Serf, bound to my Master in Olympia, and I will not comply.
Free Citizens, Join Me in Defying Tyranny! Resist the Mask Mandate! Stand up for your Constitutional Rights to Freely Assemble.
And Good for Hillsdale! Hillsdale College admitted black students and women from its founding in 1844. This illustrates its genuine Virtue of action, as distinct from the virtue-signaling demonstrated by companies and colleges pandering to the segregationist Black Lives Matter movement.
In this article at the Washington Free Beacon Web site (a must-read for any conservative), the author describes how students and alumni of Hillsdale have tried to pressure the College to issue a statement backing the group. Hillsdale’s response is exactly right.
Please support Hillsdale College in its mission of promoting Learning, Family, Faith, and Freedom.
The City of Seattle is lost. The City is no longer controlled by its elected officials, no matter how Left and Socialist they are. The City government, and many private businesses surrendered to Antifa and the Black Lives Matter terror groups [I define them both as terror groups due to their methods, including arson, looting, vandalism, and illegal “occupation” of public rights-of-way]. The Police Chief of Seattle negotiates with the so-called “protestors”, thus granting them status. And no one thinks anything of it.
Here are some reasons why Seattle is lost.
Seattle City Council OKs ban of “crowd control weapons”.
Capitol Hill Trader Joe’s store closed indefinitely following Black Lives Matter protests.
Visitors go to the Capitol Hill Occupied Protest Zone
From Wobblies to CHAZ, Seattle has a long history of protests.
CHAZ changes its name to CHOP to better reflect demonstrations’ message.
Thousands participate in Seattle Children’s March.
[ED: New stories today, June 16. It gets worse]
Seattle reaches agreement with occupiers. Agreement includes the Seattle Department of Transportation replacing wooden barriers with concrete ones! Seattle Government Agency is helping the terrorists occupy City territory. Seattle considers the “occupiers” to be the City’s equal. This is frankly disgusting. You don’t negotiate with terrorists, you rout them.
Seattle business owner near occupied zone detains robbery suspect, calls police. Police do not respond. Now we know who is more important in Seattle. And it isn’t the law-abiding business-owning taxpayers of the City.
Seattle City Council mulls bills repealing loitering crimes for drug offenders, sex workers. This speaks for itself. With no police to enforce the law, we simply repeal the law. Welcome to Lawless Seattle.
These are Armed Domestic Terrorists, allowed by the city government to control a portion of the city. They set up barricades, stop residents and business owners from going by, and threaten them.
Do these look like peaceful demonstrators to you? The Seattle Police Department Third Precinct has been abandoned, turned over to the likes of these armed terrorists.
The Rule of Law has been overturned in Seattle, with the approval of those who are supposed to be protecting the citizens. The Mayor, the City Council, and the Seattle Police Chief, Carmen Best, all bear responsibility for this. It’s funny, actually, since the average Seattle resident is a supporter of “gun control”. They approve guns for Antifa, and for the security details of their elected officials, but not for the citizens that need to defend their property from the terrorists above.
Seattle is in for a lot of trouble. And they asked for it,
This Fox News Web Site story today is just priceless. The Mayor, white, homosexual, female Jenny Durkan, has been “demanded” to resign by avowed Socialist City Council-creature Kshama Sawant. Yeah, as if Durkan takes orders from the Clowncil! Sawant let demonstrators into City Hall, because in her view it “belongs to the people”.
“Protesters” Storm City Hall! Those same protesters took over the Seattle East Precinct, making a 6-block “police-free zone”.
And now this, from MyNorthwest.com. It seems that the so-called “demonstrators” on Capitol Hill (above) are armed, and now establishing checkpoints around the neighborhood, and attempting to extract “protection money” from local businesses. How is this helpful? With no police, this is what you get.
Here are some quotes from another article on the KOMO Web site, about the “protester-occupied Autonomous Zone” near the Seattle Police East Precinct on Capitol Hill.
After Seattle police boarded up and abandoned the east precinct, a story started to spread that protesters with guns had broken in and were occupying the building. This is false. [emphasis mine]
Now, just think about the bolded statement above. The Seattle Police have abandoned their precinct station, and basically surrendered to the Occupying Force of Protesters. What, exactly, does this say about the Police of the City of Seattle, whose job it is to protect the citizens of the city. This is appalling! In my opinion, this reflects the known fact that the city government of Seattle does not support its police force, and has not done for many years. They are the descendants of 1960s radicals who think of police as “pigs”.
However, armed citizens are patrolling the streets around the police station. It’s also true that rifle-toting citizens have set up checkpoints and may be restricting who goes in and out.
Does this sound like a revolution to you? An entire neighborhood of the city patrolled by armed “citizens” who probably do not live in that neighborhood.
And the truth actually gets even worse.
“We have heard anecdotally reports of citizens and businesses being asked to pay a fee to operate within this area,” Nollette said. “This is the crime of extortion.”
“The collective believes in the diversity of tactics,” said protest organizer Dae Shik Kim Hawkins, Jr. “I think a lot of different coalitions and efforts are trying to achieve a very similar goal.”
Police said they are reaching out to these leaders so they can move back into the east precinct without inciting more civil unrest.
What does this sound like to you? To me, it sounds like, again, the Police have surrendered to the Protesters, and have to ask their permission to move back into their precinct house! The Protesters’ Goal is a Police-free city.
I have changed my mind about this being fun for us non-Seattleites to watch; it is now scary, and horrifying. I feel sorry for all the business owners whose establishments were burned or looted during the so-called protests over the death of a career criminal in Minneapolis. And I feel badly for all the citizens who are being prevented from returning to their homes, by armed thugs at checkpoints.
Hey, “protesters” and “demonstrators” in Seattle. Be very careful what you wish for, you might just get it. I wonder how criminal gangs and drug-pushers feel about Leftist wimps who pull the police from the streets in favor of social workers? We may be about to find out.
Yesterday, in the midst of the Riots (otherwise described as protests against the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis), that would have been Mayor Jenny Durkan and Police Chief Carmen Best.
Today, on the other hand, responsibility for the Seattle Police Department has been handed over to: “SEATTLE POLICE-ACCOUNTABILITY GROUPS”. In a story titled:
Mayor Durkan Announces Temporary Ban on the use of tear gas by SPD at demonstrations
The Mayor and the Police Chief have deferred to so-called Police Accountability Groups in their policy of banning, for at least 30 days, police deployment of tear gas to break up huge crowds of rioters in Seattle. Hereafter, police policy will be made by groups not elected by the citizens of Seattle. Now, the anarchist group known as “Antifa” has vowed to take their brand of rioting, violence, and destruction to Seattle neighborhoods not in the downtown core. I am wondering tonight how the residents of Seattle are feeling about that. Funny, but nowhere in the KOMO article are the “police accountability groups” named.
In another story, too, the Martin Luther King County Labor Council has informed the Seattle Police Officers Guild that it needs to“become and anti-racist organization”, or “get out”.
The violent inmates of the Insane Asylum of Seattle have been handed the running of that former city in the Pacific Northwest. I feel sorry for the ordinary citizens of the city, who brought this upon themselves by electing their far-Left governments, over and over.
Violent, armed looters overrun Santa Monica Music Center: ‘They took everything from us, and no one stopped them’
This was a community music school in Santa Monica, California. Was.
This is how modern-day Leftists mourn a black man killed by a police officer in Minneapolis. Wanton destruction, theft, and vandalism.
THIS. IS. WHO. THEY. ARE.
The always-alarmed Press has got Americans so afraid of dying of the Wuhan Coronavirus that they have convinced some hairdressers in the Pacific Northwest that they would be in mortal danger from their customers, if they re-open their salons in the next “phase” of His Royal Highness Jay Inslee’s plan to re-open the Washington State economy. A hairdresser (afraid to be identified in the news account) has begun a petition to delay hair salons’ permitted opening until “Phase Four”, sometime in the middle of the summer. These cowardly so-called professionals insist that the Government Mandate that ALL salons not open until very much later, instead of making their own decisions on whether they feel comfortable in re-opening.
Leftists. If there’s something that makes them feel bad, they insist that Government protect them and everyone else from it. Although, this stricture might make some have second thoughts.
For example, employees are required to use PPE like gloves, gowns, goggles, face shields and masks depending on the service.
The hairdressers who signed the petition are worried about a shortage of PPE (personal protective equipment) to keep them Safe from their customers. Because they are concerned, they insist that the State deny ALL hairdressers the right to open their own salons with precautions taken.
It’s all about Safety. Are they really ready to earn zero income until mid-summer? What happens when the unemployment funds run out? And do they care nothing for their customers who have already gone months without a haircut? Do they simply expect their shaggy-headed clients to wait for them to feel Comfortable, and Safe? I hope not, because I will find someone to give me a haircut when I need it. And if I need to change salons, I will do so (although I expect the salon I use to open at the first possible moment).
By the way, His Royal Highness isn’t denying HIMSELF a haircut, is he? Regulations for Thee but not for Me.
Defy Tyranny. Break the Lockdown.
Thanks to a Ricochet friend for bringing this excellent quote to my attention. It belongs in a prominent position, since it perfectly expresses the horror of the “Covid-19 Lockdown” mentality that has taken over the brains of so many state governors/mini-dictators. From Dr. John Rao:
Our Socratic forbears taught us through their “Seeds of the Logos” that the reasoning man does not have to be an expert in a given field to be able to make a competent judgment regarding whether he is dealing with leaders whose advice he should heed or reject as fraudulent. Frauds demand absolute faith in their claims, treating the confused doubter with contempt for his invincible ignorance. Such imposters may seriously believe that they are omniscient experts. But when they tell young or otherwise healthy persons that they are in the same condition as the weakest of the elderly or the already ill; when they say that in order to protect itself the vast mass of the population has to abandon its livelihood, the well being of its country, the cultural life of its civilization, and the tools required for its eternal salvation they must be dismissed for what they actually are: quacks.
Does this sound like anyone you know? It sure sounds like our Dictator in Olympia. Quack!!!
DEFY TYRANNY. BREAK THE LOCKDOWN.