Dispatch from the Demented Seattle Area

 

It’s been a while since I have contributed a roundup of the stories from the Puget Sound area. Now, there are a few that show how the “minds” of public officials work around here. All but one of these stories is from MyNorthwest.com.

First, we have the situation of which most of us are already well aware, the ongoing Seattle Police staffing shortage.  The City Council of Seattle has for the past few years been actively hostile to law enforcement in the city.  They encouraged the Obama administration to put in place a Consent Agreement that determined the Seattle Police were using too much force, especially when it came to dealing with criminals of color.  So the Department has been continuously monitored for nearly ten years, and this agreement was recently renewed.  Seattle police officers have been leaving in droves, due to the increasing pressure on them from all sides — the City Council, the public, and the courts.  Today, we have a story of an ex-judge who is heading a new State office of investigations, which will centralize the investigations of police “use of deadly force, the first such agency in the country”.

So, not only do Seattle police have the City Council and the Feds sitting on their shoulders, the State will now be investigating their use of deadly force.  Is it any wonder officers are giving up?  Just recently, local radio host Jason Rantz broke a story of a crime victim who died because the police could not reach him to clear the crime scene so the medics could help him.  Yes, if a person is hurt by a criminal, the EMTs cannot help him until the police show up.  With a seriously depleted police force, more people may die waiting for help.

Next, for some years, the City of Seattle has had a tax in place to pay for what they call “Democracy Vouchers”.  These vouchers are given to political candidates to help pay for their campaigns (public financing).  It is well-known that Seattle is a mainly far-Left city, and an article has detailed how those vouchers are being used, and by whom.  It seems that those vouchers mostly support “progressive” candidates, some of whom support abolishing the police entirely.  Those vouchers, paid for by taxes on all citizens of Seattle, are essentially requiring conservative citizens to support candidates they vehemently oppose.

And, finally, the King County Executive, in the county which already has the highest home values and property taxes in the region, is proposing another property tax on its already-stretched citizens.  That new tax, which must be approved by voters, will supposedly “conserve wilderness”.  Since the citizens of Seattle, who dominate the county, never met a tax they didn’t like, the tax will probably be approved if a measure is put on the ballot in November.  We will be watching closely to see if this would be the last straw.

There is also a bit of good news.  The suburban city of Edmonds just voted to ban camping in public places, and fine campers who refuse offers of shelter.  This, in order not to become Seattle.

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  1. kedavis Member
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    Here we go again…

     

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  2. Percival Thatcher
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    RushBabe49: And, finally, the King County Executive, of the county which already has the highest home values and property taxes in the region, is now proposing another property tax on its already-stretched citizens.  That new tax, which must be approved by voters, will supposedly “conserve wilderness”.

    If they don’t contain themselves, they’re going to get a brand new wilderness where Downtown used to be. Just like Detroit.

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  3. Susan Quinn Contributor
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    I swear they must be poisoning the water for people to act this crazy .  . . .

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  4. Rodin Member
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    Didn’t realize “Puget” was Inuit for “Un”as in UnSound. 

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  5. Red Herring Coolidge
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    From what I have seen, volcanoes will eventually finish the job.

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  6. Mark Alexander Coolidge
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    Come to California. We are just a tad less crazy, but catching up!

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  7. kedavis Member
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    Mark Alexander (View Comment):

    Come to California. We are just a tad less crazy, but catching up!

    Excuse me, are you claiming that PRC is LESS crazy than WA?!?!

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  8. Red Herring Coolidge
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    Mark Alexander (View Comment):

    Come to California. We are just a tad less crazy, but catching up!

    From where I sit in SC, the whole left coast is crazy. 

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  9. Fritz Coolidge
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    In one bright spot, Gov. Dimslee has made an actually wise decision, although the story really underplays his heinous crimes (Pauley’s, not Inslee’s), including the gratutitous torture of a couple women who were working in the bar at the time of the crime, whom he and his accomplice then hanged and left to die:

    https://komonews.com/news/local/gov-jay-inslee-cancels-parole-determination-for-convicted-killer-timothy-pauley

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  10. Goldwaterwoman Thatcher
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    There are now more renters than homeowners in Seattle. There lies the tale.

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  11. RushBabe49 Thatcher
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    And then, there’s the “report” about the 2020 “protests” in Seattle.  Here is a quote from a news report.  How many wrongnesses can you spot in this quote?

    While SPD’s operational approach to the 2020 protests was underpinned by contemporary science, it also drew on the flawed and outdated theory of “mob psychology” to understand the crowd dynamics leading to underutilization of de-escalation through dialogue and over-reliance on indiscriminate and disproportionate use of force, according to a new report on crowd psychology examining the SPD response to the early days of the protests over the murder of George Floyd.

    Seattle is well and truly doomed.

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  12. RufusRJones Member
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    ***   DEMOCRAT HELLSCAPE NEWS™  ***

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  13. Percival Thatcher
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    RufusRJones (View Comment):

    *** DEMOCRAT HELLSCAPE NEWS™ ***

    “You never know what you’re going to find at these encampment clearings.”

    I know what you’ll find. And you found it. Quelle surprise!

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  14. Percival Thatcher
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    Has bubonic plague returned to Seattle yet? If not, (spoiler alert) it’s on its way.

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