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.

This is What.Is.Wrong.With.Seattle

The title of the story on the KOMO news web site is Watchdog: SPD Needs Big Mayday Reforms.  In Seattle, MayDay every year brings out the Anarchists, masked and destructive, breaking glass in store windows, and other acts of vandalism.  See this picture-this is what the Seattle Police Department is faced with EVERY MayDay!

SPD-Mayday

See the Vandals in Masks?!  And the Office of Professional Accountability in Seattle says the Police need reforms?!  Every year, the SPD sits back and lets these disgusting dregs of society ruin downtown businesses’ day, cause thousands of dollars in property damage, and rarely get arrested or have to face accountability for their crimes.  This is shameful, and perhaps that “watchdog” could actually help the Seattle Police do their jobs, instead of second-guessing them at every turn.

How About Some Facts About the Ferguson Situation

It seems to me that the majority of media and bloggers have been operating from a position of immediately jumping to conclusions, based on inaccurate and biased information.  The standard narrative has been “a white cop shot and killed an unarmed black teenager”.  Unspoken are the assumptions:

That the cop shot the teenager without provocation (the “killed for being black” assumption).

That the teenager was by definition weaker than the cop, and was simply walking down the street when shot.

That the witnesses’ stories were accurate, including those that said the teenager was shot in the back, or he had his hands up and was trying to surrender.

That the many protesters who rioted and looted businesses in Ferguson were local residents.

Let’s counter some of those assumptions.

Michael Brown was  6 feet 4 inches tall and over 300 pounds.  He was a rather intimidating presence, certainly much bigger than the policeman.  He didn’t need to be “armed” to be a threat.  And, from photos widely released, it appears that he and his “witness” friend Dorian Johnson, had just robbed a local convenience store.  Innocent?  Possibly not so much.  And why is there no mention of the POLICEMAN’S INJURIES?  He was punched in the face by the unarmed teenager, sustaining terrible fractures.

robbers

Also widely distributed are pictures of the “protests” that took place in Ferguson after the shooting.  What these pictures and videos show is that, along with some local residents, there were large crowds of New Black Panthers and Revolutionary Communists, inciting the crowd to looting and violence.

looters

 

And there’s the way the Press covered the incident.  How about the National Media saying that it’s okay for the upset blacks in Ferguson to destroy and loot local businesses?  Yes, this story appeared in the Washington Post.  And here’s another one.

And this from a Ricochet friend who says it better than I can:

It does not look like the poor young man in Ferguson, MO made the choice to be good. His path, like that of so many like him, pointed elsewhere. The cop who killed him may well have overstepped, or not, that is being investigated. But the dogma of the left remains exposed once again. These young black men, like Travon Martin and Michael Brown and the host of other young black men who die on the inner city streets of America, have accepted the liberal dogma and denied their own hand in their own choices. They do not choose to be good, to do the best with the opportunities afforded them and the hucksters give them cover. The result is yet another chapter in an unending tragedy.

So, everyone, don’t just believe everything you see or hear.  Get the real facts.  Don’t jump to conclusions about the standard Liberal narrative that the big, bad cop shot the poor, little, innocent black teenager. It did not happen that way at all.  And I give a huge shout out to the Gateway Pundit, whose reporting from the local scene has been invaluable.  Thanks!

 

<One final note.  If you are wondering why in the mostly-black St. Louis suburb of Ferguson, the majority of their police force is white, the reason is Unions.  The Police Union has garnered very high salaries, and generous pensions for its members.   As a result, there is very little turnover in most police departments, with most policemen working  many years to build up their pension benefits.  This causes their ranks to reflect the community demographics from 25-30 years ago.  They don’t reflect the population, because the population changes much faster.>

Are We Citizens? Or Are We Subjects?

This is a very pertinent question these days, when we hear daily of transgressions against us by our Intelligence Services, the Tax-collecting agency, and our own Justice (?) Department. When the powers-that-be on all levels of government are delegating more and more quasi-legislative power over us, to un-elected bureaucrats. When even the federal Department of Education has its own SWAT team! You may protest, you may complain, you may write letters to the editor, but you may not change the Rules. Herewith are some examples.

–> The City of New York has a crime rate that has shrunk dramatically in the last few years. This has been the result of much better crime-data gathering that led to better concentration of policing in high-crime areas. More cops right on the street, becoming known to the locals, so they felt comfortable with the police, and would come forward with information when needed. And NYC has an enforcement method called “Stop, Question, and Frisk”. When a policeman sees a person acting in a suspicious manner, he may stop the person, ask them what they are doing, and if the answer is not acceptable, only then do the Frisk the person. According to NYC officials, this system works well, often catching potential wrong-doers BEFORE they do wrong.
Well, a group of the usual “minority suspects” (including our favorite, Al Sharpton), have sued the City to stop that crime-fighting policy, based on the “disparate impact” of the policy on minorities, i.e. more minority people than white people are being “stopped and frisked” (note the absence of “questioned”). No mention of the fact that, perhaps, more minorities than whites were exhibiting suspicious behavior! And this even in a city that has a large number of minority cops! So if the suit is successful, the city will be forced to abandon a crime-fighting policy that demonstrably works, and the mostly-minority residents will again be subjected to being preyed-upon by their own (criminal) gangs.

–> The federal Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) has issued “enforcement guidance” saying that businesses may not employ criminal background checks when screening potential employees. So now businesses must choose between risking federal lawsuits if they initially reject someone with a criminal conviction, and risking losses if an employee with a conviction on his record steals from the employer, or ruins his equipment.

–> Your local government institutes zoning laws that essentially tell you what you may and may not do with your own property. Farmers lose the use of whole acres of their land to rules regarding how far they must be from waters, even those waters totally enclosed by their own boundaries. Property owners are told which trees on their land they are prohibited from cutting down, and what percentage of their property they may cover with buildings.

–> The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau tells your bank what they may and may not charge you if you overdraw your account (even though you voluntarily engage in the banking relationship).

–> The new ObamaCare regulations require businesses that provide health insurance to their employees to provide contraceptive services at NO CHARGE to the employee (meaning that the employer must pay for it).

–> The State dictates how many hours per day you may work, and dictates that you must take a lunch break. Your employer is afraid of the state coming down on them if you do not take lunch!

–> The US Department of Justice allows injustice by refusing to prosecute New Black Panthers who engage in verified voter intimidation at polling places, and refuses to stop illegal immigrants from crossing the porous borders.

–> The president, by executive order, enables illegal alien youth to go to college on taxpayer money.

–> The National Labor Relations Board, whom an Appeals Court has ruled has NO quorum, continues to promulgate rulings that favor their Labor Union buddies at the expense of private employers.

–> And perhaps the worst of all, the Internal Revenue Service continues to target conservative groups seeking tax-exempt status for extra scrutiny, thus silencing their voices. The IRS has the unchecked power to simply ruin any citizen by seizing their property, freezing their bank accounts, garnishing their wages, and shutting down their businesses. The power to tax is the power to destroy, and it happens all across America.

So what do you think? Are we still free-born citizens of this Greatest Nation on God’s Green Earth, or are we now simply Subjects of all-encompassing Government?

May Day (Supposed to be National Workers Day)

In Seattle, anarchists did their normal “riot” act, and property was damaged (windows smashed with metal bars), and 14 people were arrested, and 8 police officers injured. Local law enforcement is unable to stop this, because they are held back by city government which is basically in sympathy with the “demonstrators”-scare quotes necessary, as they are not demonstrating, but rioting. Below, please find the effects of the communists whom the leftists in Seattle idolize. Hat tip to Evan Pokroy for finding this on Wikipedia.

May Day Commemoration: The REAL Results of Communism

20 Million Kulaks (peasants) starved to death by Stalin.
A million Russians killed in the “Great Purge”.
50,000 Mongolians killed by Stalin in 1937.
21, 000 massacred by the Soviets at Katyn Forrest.
A million killed in Mao’s land reform.
45 Million killed during the “Great Leap Forward”.
15 Million murdered during the Cultural Revolution.
20,000 Tortured to death at Tuol Sleng by the Khmer Rouge.
2 Million killed by the Khmer Rouge in Kampuchea/Cambodia
100,000 killed during forced collectivization in Bulgaria.
100,000 murdered by the East German regime.
100,000 killed during forced collectivization in Romania.
800,000 tortured and murdered during “land reforms” in Vietnam.
500,000 killed during the Red Terror in Ethiopia.
250,000 Crimean Tartars forcibly deported during Stalin’s ethnic cleansing (almost half died).
100,000 Tibetans murdered by China.
27,000 murdered by the Communist Democratic Republic of Afghanistan at Pul-e-Charkhi prison.
1 million murdered by the Russian Cheka during Lenin’s Red Terror.
3 million ethnic minorities deported to Siberia by Stalin. About 45% died.
350,000 Poles died during Stalin’s deportations after invading Poland.
500,000 Cossacks killed by Lenin in 1919-20
14 Million Russians who went through the Gulags and millions who died there.
4 Million killed by the North Koreans.
10,000 people die every year in North Korean re-education and slave labor camps.
6,500 Catholic clergy murdered by Communists during the Spanish Red Terror in 1936.
50,000 murdered during the Spanish Red Terror.
Over 100 Million people have been intentionally starved to death, tortured and murdered by Communists in the last 100 years.
Communism kills every time it’s tried.
Never Forget