Reporting from the Hell-hole that is the Seattle area

 

It’s been a long time since I brought everyone up to date on what is happening here in the Seattle area. It’s an assortment of tales of homelessness, crime, illegal aliens, burning buildings, and vandalism. For starters, there is a story about a street refugee camp in Kent, south of Seattle. A large group of “asylum-seekers” from Africa, South America, and elsewhere was kicked out of the church whose welcome got old and their permit expired. When expelled, they simply set up their tents in a nearby abandoned motel site and refused to move. They were given a deadline to leave. It went by. The linked story is from the KOMO News Web site, for your reading pleasure.

Now, after you read the above story, you can check out this X/Twitter story, directly from the site, with no intervening leftist commentary. Jonathan Choe is doing a yeoman’s job reporting on the ground which the local leftist media slants.

https://twitter.com/choeshow/status/1798120425807110327

The next story is about a fire in a vacant apartment building in north Seattle. A fire burned what was left of the building, the squatters who were living there illegally were injured, and one woman died. Vacant buildings in the Seattle area have become quite common, as viable businesses exit the city due to crime and increasingly high costs of going about their business. No building stays vacant very long before squatters take over, and eventually burn it down with their indoor cooking fires and meth labs. The Seattle Fire Department has an X account, and below is a screenshot of their story. Please note what is so important to the Seattle Fire Department this month, so important that they changed their logo background.

Screenshot

Seattle has a vibrant, active Jewish community. Antisemitism is increasing all over the country, and Seattle has had its share. Rocks thrown through the window of a Jewish family, for example. They shouldn’t expect much help from city leaders, they are spending more time dealing with homelessness and crime. Besides, the Jews are wealthy, mostly, and not to be pitied.

I really was interested in this partial headline. Community Groups Demand Ongoing Funding…for Seattle’s “Equitable Development” program. I have to admit, we Baby Boomers started the trend of activist groups issuing lists of demands for various behaviors and money from government. In places like Seattle, where the government is populated with children of 1960s radicals, the tradition is alive and well. Of course, “equitable development” means steering taxpayer funds to “protected” groups, and away from the taxpaying citizens. This is against civil rights law, but if no one sues or complains, the law can be violated all day long with no consequences on the ground. Here is a quote from the article.

Ahead of a budget adjustment vote, a broad coalition of community organizations called on the Seattle City Council to protect the Jumpstart payroll tax and continue investments in the Equitable Development Initiative (EDI).

EDI is a city program that funds development projects designed to support affordable housing, child care and cultural centers for Black, Indigenous and people of color (BIPOC). More than $100 million has been invested since 2018, but some advocates said ongoing financial support is under threat.

“I’m here to oppose any amendments or policies that take away from Jumpstart, the major source of funding for the Equitable Development Initiative,” said Stephanie Yung with the Khmer Community of South King County.

Please note the funds go to people of color and no one else. By the way, the Jump Start payroll tax was once called the Amazon Tax, specifically aimed at taking down big businesses which pay their employees well. Amazon has taken note, and has stopped expanding in Seattle.

And then there are the crime stories… (Links below.)

Seattle, Tacoma among the top cities for dog attacks against mail carriers.

Former Maple Valley daycare employee arrested on child molestation charges.

18-year-old man found dead of gunshot in Kent parking lot.

Two men critically injured in Rainier Valley shooting.

Motorcyclist dies after crashing into several vehicles in Seattle’s Greenwood neighborhood.

Again, welcome to the Seattle Dystopia.

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  1. Red Herring Coolidge
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    I’m wondering how long before the cruise industry is affected. Holland America is headquartered there.

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  2. RushBabe49 Thatcher
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    Every year more cruises leave from Seattle. I can’t imagine why. I haven’t set foot in Seattle for nearly three years. 

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  3. EODmom Coolidge
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    Any Seattle resident should reject the demand for “investments” in equity anything: clarify that it’s another form of money laundering to pay reparations. Investors reasonably expect a return on the amount invested. There is never anything returned to the taxpayers. Taxes spent on equity themed activities simply enrich the targeted recipients, with overrides to anyone touching the funds on the way. 

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  4. Rodin Member
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    RushBabe49 (View Comment):

    Every year more cruises leave from Seattle. I can’t imagine why. I haven’t set foot in Seattle for nearly three years.

    I think the key word is “leave”. If the port was right next to SeaTac….

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  5. RushBabe49 Thatcher
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    @RushBabe49

    The voters of Seattle approved the social housing initiative two years ago. They really think that the government can do housing better than the private sector. They don’t realize that they voted for housing projects, which always turn into slums. 

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  6. Red Herring Coolidge
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    RushBabe49 (View Comment):

    Every year more cruises leave from Seattle. I can’t imagine why. I haven’t set foot in Seattle for nearly three years.

    They leave for Alaska.  Other choices are Vancouver, San Francisco, LA, and San Diego. California ports are too for south for a 7-day cruise. They come to see Alaska, not Seattle, but soon people will question it. I think more will choose to fly in the day of to avoid a night in Seattle.

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  7. She Member
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    I visited Seattle on an annual basis in the mid-to-late 1990s, for work purposes.  I knew–even then–that it was a bit loosey-goosey when it came to a responsible worldview, but it was a lovely city, I have happy memories, and our annual cruises up and down Lake Washington were delightful.  Then, in 1999, I was there for the “Battle of Seattle,” the WTO riots.  I, and two others, were just trying to get back to our hotel, and it was the first time I’d ever been in a situation where I actually feared for my life. 

    “Concentrates the mind wonderfully,” as Samuel Johnson said.

    I’ve never been back since.

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  8. CarolJoy, Not So Easy To Kill Coolidge
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    E*./ODmom (View Comment):

    Any Seattle resident should reject the demand for “investments” in equity anything: clarify that it’s another form of money laundering to pay reparations. Investors reasonably expect a return on the amount invested. There is never anything returned to the taxpayers. Taxes spent on equity themed activities simply enrich the targeted recipients, with overrides to anyone touching the funds on the way.

    Items that include funding for homelessness are quite often presented on the off season elections’ ballots  under such headers as “The Ending Homelessness Bond.”

    So thirty million more in funding  gets voted in for the  homeless, but of course who knows if that is a real result or not?

    I also have no idea of who oversees such measures. (Around 2008, we had thirty million go off for helping the cougar population here in Calif. I have no idea what the program entailed and who handed the fund, but I do know that the bond measure was passed.)

    State of AZ is now pursuing a massive lawsuit against the AZ Secretary of State for all the more than one million voter names  on the registered voter  list that allowed that state to have the “woke” results desired by the PTB.

    It is safe to assume that the same thing occurs in the Pacific NW, including Washington state. As well as in Calif, Illinois and NY state.

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  9. Front Seat Cat Member
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    Terrible what has happened to Seattle and many of our formerly prosperous and thriving cities and towns. I can’t believe anyone who has allowed it, whether it is state, local or federal representatives, think this is all for “the better”??!!

    What happens when the $ runs out, the businesses and tax base leave?  This migration is unprecedented and illegal all the way……

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  10. kedavis Coolidge
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    Red Herring (View Comment):

    RushBabe49 (View Comment):

    Every year more cruises leave from Seattle. I can’t imagine why. I haven’t set foot in Seattle for nearly three years.

    They leave for Alaska. Other choices are Vancouver, San Francisco, LA, and San Diego. California ports are too for south for a 7-day cruise. They come to see Alaska, not Seattle, but soon people will question it. I think more will choose to fly in the day of to avoid a night in Seattle.

    I expect they’re doing that already, mostly if not entirely.

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  11. Chowderhead Coolidge
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    I like to watch this “News for Reasonable People” channel out of Seattle on Youtube. I view it as we are bad in Massachusetts, but we’re not that bad.

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  12. Rightfromthestart Coolidge
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    We Boomers don’t include me , as an early Boomer I was as the name says Right from the start, as a teenager I had no functioning parents and no money, my solution was to join the Navy, it never ever occurred to me that my situation ‘entitled’ me to anything from anybody. 

    ‘We would like the government to help and assist us.’ … you and the horse you came in on pal, go back to the dung hole you came from’ 

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  13. colleenb Member
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    Congrats on the Instapundit link Rushbabe!

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  14. RushBabe49 Thatcher
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    colleenb (View Comment):

    Congrats on the Instapundit link Rushbabe!

    I just saw that. My stats are blowing up over there. 

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