Friday, May 4, 2012

Morning News: Kitty Prison, Women with Too Many Rights, and Occupy Our Jails

Posted by on Fri, May 4, 2012 at 7:58 AM

Whoop, Whoop! Governor Christine Gregoire releases state emergency funds to urge Washington residents to get the fuck vaccinated against whooping cough already.

A Pitch to Buy the Neighborhood You Love: "What if all of us pooled our resources to buy real estate and develop it ourselves? Imagine 1,200 people in Seattle each contributing $1,200 (about the same as buying 1 espresso drink a day for a year) to a Neighborhood Real Estate Investment Trust. That would generate more than a million dollars ($1,440,000) that could be applied to the purchase of that great building with the coffee shop..." writes Roger Valdez over on Seattle Transit Blog.

All Cats Belong in Prison: Washington inmates paid 35-cents an hour to care for shelter cats, like Princess Natalie, whose only crime (like most cats) is being a total dick.

The War Over May Day Continues: As suspects appear in court to face charges for allegedly smashing building windows and assaulting officers, one Occupy protester gives his first-hand account of seeing one suspect's arrest and accuses the mayor and SPD of propagating a media smear campaign against the suspects by releasing their identities. (On that point, perhaps the author isn't aware that arrest documents are a matter of public record and can be requested by anyone, and these documents were assuredly requested by every media outlet in town, hence their accessibility. Another point: the group planned its demonstrations to coincide with several widely-attended public marches for optimal attention—otherwise, they would've happened in the dead of night. So it's pretty weak to then whine about the media covering the repercussions of those actions.)

Mediocre Job Growth: April's job growth was less than economists have been predicting, as employers only added a net gain of 115,000 positions.

Republicans, Still Attacking Women: Sixty House Republicans, including failed presidential hopefuls Michele Bachmann and Ron Paul, have introduced legislation that would "prevent health insurance policies offered by health insurance exchanges from covering abortion procedures."

Do Women Have Too Many Rights? A screamy group of pro-choice women crashed last night's ridiculous anti-choice talk with Abby Johnson, a former Planned Parenthood worker, at the University of Washington. Blaghag live-blogged the chaos, complete with pics of women being tackled by police.

Blind Chinese Activist May Study Abroad: Activist Chen Guangcheng and his family will be allowed to apply for travel permits so that Chen may study at a U.S. university instead of being quietly being pushed down a flight of stairs, China has announced.

And finally, in honor of Friday, here is my favorite Robyn video:

(How I hunger for those pants and platform work boots!)


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Talk about living the Occupy stereotype of useless, spoiled, privileged white kids too lazy to get a real job:

"According to his Facebook page, Campiche studied "poetry therapies" at The Evergreen State College. He has six drug convictions in Thurston County, Kato heard. For the past six years he has been employed at his father's downtown Seattle law firm."
Posted by Let me guess, college loans too? on May 4, 2012 at 8:04 AM · Report this
Allyn 2
So we have inmates caring for cats, training dog, staying home to care for their kids. What's wrong with our prison system these days?!?

Setting snarky aside, though, I do wonder if there are studies that show an improvement in re-offend rates and prison health when inmates are allowed to nurture. I can't wait to see the long-term results of FOSA or of the animal care programs.
Posted by Allyn on May 4, 2012 at 8:27 AM · Report this
Vince 3
So let's see- it's a justifiable form of protest to smash windows but you shouldn't be arrested for it? My guess is these boneheads will object to paying for them as well. Boofuckinghoo!
Posted by Vince on May 4, 2012 at 8:29 AM · Report this
MacCrocodile 4
Word on the street is that Dan Savage has been challenged to a NOM "debate" with Brian Brown. Surely Dan cannot let such a challenge go unanswered, especially after the failure of our local bigots to follow through on a debate.

Posted by MacCrocodile on May 4, 2012 at 8:33 AM · Report this
GlamB0t 5
The video of the woman being pulled by her hair by a female police office is awful. (you can see it here:

I couldn't hear anything the woman said to encourage such a response from the officer and the guy holding the camera is standing right behind/next to her (the woman arrested looks about 5' tall). You can see that nothing is in her hands but her handbag when she's dragged over the police bike line. It's a good shot of what happened until she's yanked over the bikes by her hair. This is when SPD does what it does best and forces the camera man beyond the line of sight, protecting it's own violent and illegal acts.

Even if she said "fuck off, we're moving" (again I didn't hear it), this woman was past the police officer when the officer decided go ape shit and grab the back of her hair.

That female police officer should be fired, immediately. The SPD is the worst police department in any major (or minor) city I've ever lived. It's fucking deplorable.
Posted by GlamB0t on May 4, 2012 at 8:36 AM · Report this
The Stranger reporting on OWS is totally in the tank for the status quo against OWS here.

You imply that the linked writer is somehow justifying those who committed violence, when the opposite is true. The writer is objecting to police using the violence of the "black bloc" (ie undercover cop FBI-led goon squads) as a justification for mistreatment of the genuine peaceful protesters.

This is a low point for the Stranger, right up there with Dan Savage supporting the Iraq war, except here it is involving multiple reporters. Sheesh, is even one of you going to ask why there has never been a large scale conspiracy to commit terrorism bust and trial for a "black bloc" type group? You snear at silly protestors saying silly things but then you say the opposite and support the idea that the organizing people in these "black bloc" groups are intelligent beyond all measure, impervious to infiltration or investigation.

Why don't you go find someone who was around in the 60s and early 70s and participated in any left or civil rights political activism, or at least open up Wikipedia and read the about COINTELPRO. Gosh.
Posted by cracked on May 4, 2012 at 8:56 AM · Report this
P.S. With the growing income disparity, the right wing and corporate American have literally hundreds of times more money to use to influence the direction of law enforcement initiatives than they had in the 60s or 70s. Yet supposedly critical independent media reporters are most thrilled when they get a byline in the NYT.
Posted by cracked on May 4, 2012 at 9:04 AM · Report this
Thanks for calling bullshit on the "media smear campaign," Cienna. Perhaps Paul Campiche should have known that his arrest would be public record since his father Jeff Campiche is a named partner in Campiche Blue Arnold, a prominent personal injury practice, and his mother is an attorney for Goldberg & Jones (1-800-DIVORCE). And while young master Paul is not an attorney himself, you might think he would have picked up a couple of pointers working as a secretary for his daddy's firm.

Of course it couldn't possibly have been young Paul throwing bottles and smashing windows, since his mother testified that he is critically ill and had two recent spinal surgeries.

But I'm sure mommy and daddy will make sure that Paul ends up in the 1% anyways.
Posted by Mr. Happy Sunshine on May 4, 2012 at 9:09 AM · Report this
Sheesh, is even one of you going to ask why there has never been a large scale conspiracy to commit terrorism bust and trial for a "black bloc" type group?

Because as you know yourself, there's no "group" there. There's a bunch of douchenozzle kidz who like to dress up in black and smash shit as a way of feeling bad-ass "wicked legit" and also working out issues they have with growing up white (in the case of Master Camiche, upper) middle-class. It's a frat party, not a movement.
Posted by Mr. Happy Sunshine on May 4, 2012 at 9:21 AM · Report this
chinaski 10
wish seattle had a "Mugs in the News" section like the Chicago Trib.
Posted by chinaski on May 4, 2012 at 9:47 AM · Report this
Erin Resso 11
ROBYN! I couldn't love her any more.
Posted by Erin Resso on May 4, 2012 at 9:49 AM · Report this
@10, my understanding is that unlike names of who's arrested and what for, our Supreme Court has ruled that mug shots are considered part of the criminal investigation, which records are exempt from public disclosure. Every now and then a bill floats in the legislature to change it, but that darn ACLU keeps winning the day, arguing that releasing mug shots brands people as criminals who are later found not guilty, and that for the guilty, mug shots are a form of extralegal punishment beyond whatever sentence the accused may receive. So the bills keep going nowhere, which reassures me very much.
Posted by gloomy gus on May 4, 2012 at 10:07 AM · Report this
Meanwhile, our neighbors to the North:…
Posted by anon1256 on May 4, 2012 at 10:15 AM · Report this
Ian Awesome 14
Please. Are vandals routinely featured on the Mayor's page? Are their images splashed all over the news in an attempt to get a manhunt going? Gimme a break. This is clearly going out of the way to expose these folks to scrutiny. Nice glossing over each and every single other point I made as well.

Thanks for the shout out, though, Cienna. :)
Posted by Ian Awesome on May 4, 2012 at 10:17 AM · Report this
chinaski 15
#12 I can see your point on a wrongful arrest. Personally, I do not think a little public shaming for the convicted is a bad thing. It certainly can be quite entertaining. And cathartic. Even useful to these young crusaders if they learned how to focus their energy on building public support...
Posted by chinaski on May 4, 2012 at 10:20 AM · Report this
Posted by Wake Up, God Dammit! on May 4, 2012 at 10:25 AM · Report this
This Robyn video is my favorite too. She looks totally possessed.
Posted by BusyB on May 4, 2012 at 10:29 AM · Report this
Will in Seattle 18
Robyn rocks.

Loved the end scene in Girls this week.
Posted by Will in Seattle on May 4, 2012 at 10:54 AM · Report this
pfffter 19
God, Cienna, you should never cover anything OWS since you have absolutely no objectivity (or reading comprehension skills for that matter -- did you even read the OWS editorial you linked to and misrepresented?) What a hack.
Posted by pfffter on May 4, 2012 at 10:56 AM · Report this
Cienna Madrid 20
@14, I don't have time to address every point you made--and I don't disagree with all of your points. In fact, I linked to your article because I think you do make some good points and I believe in holding police accountable for how they treat citizens--as any cursory look at my article archives proves.

However, I chose to address the two points that I believe made your editorial less credible: That there's some sort of conspiracy to malign all the people arrested, which I don't think you've proven, and that the "black bloc" is now the victim of a media campaign when common sense suggests that their actions were timed to get the most media attention possible.
Posted by Cienna Madrid on May 4, 2012 at 11:14 AM · Report this
Cienna Madrid 21
@14, furthermore, and this is just friendly advice, if you want to write critical pieces and expect them to be taken seriously, you have to be ready to handle criticism.
Posted by Cienna Madrid on May 4, 2012 at 11:16 AM · Report this
keshmeshi 22
I do wonder if there are studies that show an improvement in re-offend rates and prison health when inmates are allowed to nurture.

Probably. It definitely works for at-risk children.
Posted by keshmeshi on May 4, 2012 at 11:52 AM · Report this
Ian Awesome 23
@21 Cienna! Of course I agree! And when I feel that you are mistaken in calling me a whiner, I will be happy to respond. :D And I sincerely meant the thank you. :) I don't think you're a hack, unlike others have stated.
Posted by Ian Awesome on May 4, 2012 at 1:24 PM · Report this
Ian Awesome 24
@21, though I am curious where I said a goldurn thing about the black bloc... ;)
Posted by Ian Awesome on May 4, 2012 at 1:25 PM · Report this
@24 That is the point, isn't it. You didn't say anything about the 'black bloc' but she has an article to write to support the dominant narrative so she doesn't care. That is one kind of hack.
Posted by cracked on May 4, 2012 at 3:44 PM · Report this

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