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!
This past weekend, Hubby and I made a trip to the local Asian Grocery Store. Uwajimaya has two big stores in the Seattle area, the flagship store in the International District of Seattle, and a new branch in Bellevue where we went. This family-owned store has been in business since 1928, and stocks a bewildering variety of goods, from packaged noodles, produce, and meats, to every imaginable kind of Asian spice, sweets, and sauces. A trip there is to walk into a wonderland of colors, smells, and sights. I again discovered the utility of that smartphone in my pocket. If I see something interesting, I can just whip out my phone and take a picture.
I am always fascinated by the variety of totally unknown (to me) fruits and vegetables to be found there. Here are some pictures I took with my new phone. The camera is awesome!
Did you know there was a vegetable called “Buddha’s Hand”? Neither did I, but it is aptly named.
Have any of you seen the Anime series “Daikon Brothers”? Named after those Daikon Radishes you see on the left!
No, you don’t necessarily have to range far and wide to see beauty, just head on over to your local Asian grocery.
The Washington State Supreme Court has just handed down a ruling that is going to make it much more difficult to own rental property in Seattle. The near-socialist, depraved City passed a law that requires landlords to rent to the “first in line qualified renter” when they have a house or apartment to rent. So the City effectively removed the landlord’s discretion in to whom to rent. Landlords must advertise their criteria, and will be required to rent to the first party who fills the requirement. No choice, landlord. Three unmarried guys? Three unmarried gals? If they both meet your requirements, you MUST rent to the guys if they were ahead of the gals. Now, who is more likely to make a mess? Guys? Gals? No matter, regardless that it’s your property, it is now not your decision who your renters are. Landlords rightly protested that this was a Government Taking of their property without compensation. Sorry, landlord, the CITY now is an equal partner in your rental unit. From the article on KOMO:
Justice May Yu wrote that the law is “unquestionably an experiment” and that “there is room for substantial debate about whether such an experiment is likely to succeed.” But she added that it is allowed under Washington’s constitution.
Oh, yes, the Supreme Court also ruled in favor of a Seattle law that requires landlords to ignore “criminal record” status when screening tenants. Felony in your background? No problem, you can rent an apartment in Seattle no questions asked.
Hmmmm…. Would you want to own Seattle rental property? I wonder if this will cause an exodus of “mom and pop” landlords, and maybe a reduction in value of rental property in the city. It will be interesting to watch what happens.