Those are only the headlines. Who will answer your 911 call about an intruder outside your house? Who will respond when you come home to find your home ransacked? Who will you call on when you find your car stolen from your driveway?
Defund the police, then see what happens. You might not like the results.
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 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.
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.
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”.
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.
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.
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.
But not to burglary or assaults in progress. Thanks to Todd Herman of Radio Station KTTH for bringing this story to our attention. This link takes you to the story on MyNorthwest.com, where you can listen to the 911 calls, and read about the new initiative on the part of a local media figure, and the (Black, Female) Police Chief, to stop Hate in Seattle.
The Police in Seattle are already seriously understaffed, and have basically stopped responding to most property crimes. Officers know that the city government basically thinks of them as Pigs, city government being run by 1960s radicals. No wonder that the city can’t keep police, and more resign than are hired.
I feel sorry for the citizens of Seattle, who are basically on their own in protecting themselves. The last gun shop left the city last year, when the government imposed onerous taxes on their businesses and their merchandise. Sad, really sad.
Remember Seattle? The city on the Left Coast with the huge homeless population living in tents and under tarps on its streets? The city where street people are allowed to remain on the streets if they don’t want to “accept help”?
This article in today’s news just made me laugh (and vow, once again, to stay the hell out of Seattle, which won’t be difficult since the entire state is under the order to stay home unless involved in essential activities).
Look away for a few minutes, and your livelihood is trashed. Except for the fact that these businesses were already in danger of going under, due to the order that all bars and restaurants close, to slow the spread of the Wuhan Coronavirus. In this case, the cure may be worse than the disease for small businesses.
Update 3-27 And here it is-the article describing exactly what those business owners feared would happen:
King County, which is made up of mostly Seattle, the Bluest of the Blue in Blue Washington State, has issued instructions for residents to be safe from the rapidly-spreading Coronavirus. The County recommends that the following groups stay home and avoid crowds for the next three weeks. This is copied verbatim from the recommendations
* People 60 and older: This group includes ME! Hey, Boss, I’m going to be out for the next three weeks to avoid getting sick! [why do I think my boss might object to such a long absence-just try to find someone to do my job!]
* People with underlying health conditions including heart disease, lung disease, or diabetes [yeah, this is prudent, but three weeks is a long time and maybe those people can’t afford to be out of work for three weeks]
* People who have weakened immune systems [this is obvious]
* People who are pregnant (“Pregnancy we think just as a precaution,” said Dr. Jeff Duchin with Public Health- Seattle & King County. “We don’t have good data that pregnant people are at higher risk but we feel that at this stage where so much is unknown we’d like them to take special precaution as well.”) ARRGGH!! Please note that they avoid referring to Pregnant Women, who are the ONLY ones who can become pregnant. Even so-called “transgender women” cannot become pregnant!
Update 3-5-20: Here is a link to an article on the Fox News Website, about King County. The KC government really does want everyone possible (2 million workers!) to stay home for three weeks. This is a recipe for tanking the economy.
Welcome to the world of stupid, gender-neutral language, which denies reality.
In the past few days, there have been multiple shootings in downtown Seattle. Ordinary citizens are wondering if they should be going there at all, and are expressing their opinions publicly. Local businesses are appealing to city government to improve conditions in their neighborhoods, so they are not confronted with drug deals, gang shootings, and homeless people in their doorways on a daily basis.
Dori Monson, radio host on KIRO Radio, has published an excellent article on the local site MyNorthwest.com. He attributes many of Seattle’s problems to the city elected officials, many of whom are politically-correct 1960s radicals who now hold the power. City Police, distrusted by many, seem powerless to stop the rampant crime and drug dealing. Criminals with multiple felony convictions are released onto the streets to continue their mayhem. Respected local businesses, like Bartell Drugs and Barnes and Noble Booksellers are closing up shop, leaving empty storefronts behind.
But the Citizens of Seattle elect their Government. Too bad they get what they elect.
If you follow the Northwest news at all, you will be familiar with the story of the environmentalists behind the drive to remove dams on the Snake River, to improve habitat for endangered salmon. Never mind that removal of those dams would also result in the loss of many megawatts of clean, carbon-free energy production for Eastern Washington, and add thousands of trucks and rail cars to carry all the cargo that was previously carried on the river. Local agricultural and utility interests in Eastern Washington have spoken with alarm about this proposal. Some economists have also come out against the proposal, demonstrating that dam removal would have negative consequences for the entire region, even absent the enormous costs for removing the dams.
So, now, a State Senator has proposed a bill in the Washington Legislature in Olympia, to essentially give the citizens of Seattle (who are so numerous, and so Leftist, that they essentially run the State) the kind of project that they are asking for the citizens of the other half of the state to accept. Senate Bill 6380 would launch a study of breaching the Ballard Locks and removing the Seattle City Light Dams, to restore Seattle waterways to their pristine condition. It would also restore Lake Washington to its original condition, and remove Ravenna Creek from its sewer pipe back to the surface.
This is the Gorge Dam, one of those Seattle City Light-run dams that brings electricity to the Social Justice Warriors of Seattle.
The story above describes how the proposal would let the Skagit River run free as it did in the early twentieth century. This story just made me smile, and I am interested in hearing how the Seattle contingent in the State Legislature responds to it. Tit-for-tat; you want to take Eastern Washington back to the 19th Century, maybe you should contemplate Western Washington being returned to the 19th Century.
Oh, and the Senator who proposed this bill is a Republican from Ferndale, a town in Western Washington just south of the Canadian border. Thanks, Senator Ericksen!