Despite the SPD's new guide that all but tells citizens where to score weed and how to use a chillum, the City of Seattle told its employees this morning that getting high at work remains not groovy at all, even though pot will be legal in three weeks.
"Use of drugs in the workplace not only endangers the user but also citizens and fellow employees," says the boilerplate e-mail to all city employees from city personnel director Dave Stewart. The missive explains that Seattle's federal funding is contingent on complying with Drug-Free Workplace Act of 1988. Says Stewart: "Even with the recent passage of Initiative 502, marijuana remains a Schedule I (illegal) drug under federal law."
Lots of people throw around the red herring of federal law when talking about pot, arguing that because pot possession is illegal federally, then it must be illegal for all the states. That's just stupid. Same sex marriage is prohibited by DOMA federally, but lo, lots of states have legalized gay marriage. Same with medical marijuana. The feds just don't handle small to medium pot cases. But in this case—in the case of threatening cities with yanking funding—federal prohibition does matter. Of course, even if that wasn't the case, I'm pretty sure Seattle still wouldn't allow government employees to get high at City Hall.
The full letter is after the jump.
Hi, everybody! And welcome once again to The Walking Dead Chitty-Chat club where we chitty-cha... [RINNNG! RINNNNG!]. Wait. What's that? [RINNNG! RINNNNG!] Eww!! It's a weird looking phone! And it's attached to the wall! HAHAHAHAHAAAAAAAA! Adorable. [RINNNG! RINNNNG!] Hmm. Should I pick it up? Maybe whoever called would like to chitty-chat about last night's episode of The Walking Dead called "Hounded"! [RINNNG! RINNNNG!] Okay, I'm answering it! Check out our spoiler-filled conversation after the jump! Let's start [RINNNG! RINNNNG!] chitty-chatting!
Stranger Genius Award-winning author Ellen Forney's agent called on the morning of November 15 with news: Forney's graphic memoir Marbles is number four on the November 25 New York Times best-seller list of graphic books! Holy crap. What did Forney do to celebrate? "My agent sent me a bottle of champagne. A nice one, too. Veuvre something?"
The whispers have been verified: Seattle's own Jerick Hoffer/Jinkx Monsoon will be fighting for the title of America's Next Drag Superstar on the forthcoming fifth season of RuPaul's Drag Race. We've never had a local queen in the mix, and I couldn't be more excited. Introductory video below, Drag Race season 5 begins airing in January (which is also when Hoffer will be starring in a new production of Hedwig and the Angry Inch at the Moore.)
If this is true...
Just the other day, 20 students at Celina High School, a public school in Mercer County, Ohio, were threatened with out-of-school suspensions for wearing T-shirts that promoted tolerance and support for the LGBT community. They were not offensive. They were not graphic. They simply said things like "Straight but Supportive" and "I Support [Rainbow]."
Our assistant principal forced us to change our shirts because they advertised "political" messages and were disruptive. But students who are part of the pro-life organization Students for Life are able to wear their shirts whenever they'd like. And just recently, our school hosted Vice Presidential candidate Paul Ryan, who asked us to pray for the victims of Hurricane Sandy. There were definitely several political T-shirts at school that day, and none of them were threatened with suspension.
...you'll soon be hearing from some lawyers who take this kind of shit seriously. Also, the kids at your school have a right to form a GSA. So your school is going to have a GSA. The only question is whether you're going to have a lawsuit and pay a hefty settlement first.
UPDATE: While we were obsessing about the election—and the hurricane—the ACLU of Ohio was coming to the defense of the LGBT students at Celina High School. On November 1, 2012, the ACLU of Ohio sent the administration at Celina High a letter and threatened to sue. That's what this quote from the ACLU's press release means:
“The ACLU is actively investigating these reports... We are also soliciting information from students and parents regarding a culture of censorship and viewpoint discrimination in Celina High School.
Allow me to translate that out of the legalese: we're the ACLU and we will fuck you up. Administrators at Celina High who doubt that the ACLU means business—and that they take the rights of LGBT students seriously—might wanna take two minutes to Google "Anoka-hennepin settlement" and "Constance McMillen settlement."
Read the ACLU of Ohio's letter to Celina High School here.
...by the bizarre sects we found, the followers we dominate and manipulate, the wives we drug and encourage our followers to rape, and the way we attempt to get away with murder by convincing our followers to kill our wives and stage murder scenes to look like suicides.
Three days later, investigators say, 23-year-old Micah Moore would go to police and uncork the terrible secrets that allegedly occurred over several months at a Grandview home where Tyler Deaton and other members of his religious group lived. Witnesses told of a clan of young adults making sex part of their religious experience, of men in the group sexually assaulting Bethany over months, and of Deaton’s role as their “spiritual leader.”
But Moore’s darkest admission, according to court records, was that Deaton feared Bethany was about to reveal the group’s secrets. Moore confessed that he had murdered Bethany and tried to make it look like suicide, and, according to court documents, he said Deaton told him to do it. Moore alone has been charged, with first-degree murder. Deaton and others in the group are under investigation, prosecutors said.
Hostess got Bained. Looters looted and blamed the workers.
Paul Krugman weighs in on Twinkies today too.
That's No "Cedar Grove" I Smell: "Marysville has waged an expensive two-year legal and public-relations battle with Cedar Grove Composting, which has a facility just outside its city limits. Now it looks likely the battle over the smell will come down to at least three lawsuits," writes Emily Heffter of the Seattle Times.
It's No Superstorm Sandy, But Still: Morning traffic slowed to a crawl today as commuters faced 1/2 inch of rain pounding down onto streets and highways before 7:00 a.m.
A Bridge Made from Shoddy Workmanship? An internal state audit conducted on the 520 bridge construction project found a “pattern of noncompliance” and “failure to implement corrective action” on the part of the contractor in question, Kiewit Construction, which is pouring the concrete pontoons that will keep the damn thing afloat. The audit also concluded that WSDOT “failed to hold the contractor accountable.”
What a Prick: Port Angeles teacher wears 'No on R-74' pin to class in the days before the November 6 general election, offends student with two moms. A flurry of petitions ensues.
San Francisco Nudity Ban: This week, San Francisco officials are considering a ban on public nakedness, with exceptions for children, parade fetishists, and junk-flapping runners.
Insincere Hipsters: An Op-Ed on how living in the ironic age of hipster has strangled the art of honest conversation, sincerity, and "vulnerable emotion."
Missing Everett Woman Still Missing: Responding to a tip, over 40 volunteers and cadaver dogs fanned out across Beacon Hill yesterday in search of the remains of a young Everett woman missing since 2009. However, they came up empty handed.
Behold the Miracle of Science! Scientists have managed to reverse paralysis in dogs suffering from spinal injuries after injecting them with cells grown from the lining of their noses. Furthermore, scientists are "confident" the same technique could be used to restore partial movement in paralyzed people.
It's Almost Thanksgiving! Time to Fight About Christmas: Santa Monica churches are suing the city to continue their 60-year Nativity Scene tradition, which was axed by the city this year after atheists last year put up signs of Poseidon, Jesus, Santa Claus and the devil around the Nativity and wrote: “37 million Americans know myths when they see them. What myths do you see?”
And finally, here is a song that will make you hungry and ruin your morning:
My advice to the victims of this sex scandal is found in the exact way Grace Jones sings these words: "Don't cry, it's only the rhythm." Don't cry and be silent is what I have to say. But this position is not, I must admit, the very best. There is one that's even higher and more perfect than it. That position is expressed by the great American Billie Holiday in a tune she wrote called "Don't Explain"...
Quiet, don't explain
You mixed with some dame
Skip that lipstick
Near Little Saigon, the little empire of signs...
Noting to do with the workers; everything to do with the bankers...
Hostess Brands’ demise is a recurring story that should be well-known after Americans learned the predatory private equity tactics of Bain Capital during Willard Romney’s failed run for the White House. In fact, union president Richard Trumka pointed out that Wall Street investors that own Hostess were disinterested in the company’s success and cited similarities to the situation of Bain Capital and KB Toys in 2000. As a reminder, Bain Capital’s scheme was leveraging companies with crushing debt, cutting workers’ wages and benefits, and when the company can no longer repay their loans they go into bankruptcy, often more than once. Hostess is in bankruptcy for the second time since 2009 and a major factor in their inability to succeed is that over the past eight years, they were owned by Wall Street investors that were restructuring experts, managers from other non-baking food companies, and now a liquidation specialist. There was no plan for Hostess to succeed and it appears that was the objective all along.In the 70s, the owners of capital were able to blame our country's economic troubles on high labor costs. The 80s saw the removal of all sharp teeth from the labor force. The 90s saw the end of substantive welfare for the poor. By the 00s, the owners of capital could not blame any of the massive economic troubles on labor. Those economic problems, which exploded in 2008, still persist to this day, and labor still has nothing to do with them, and yet the owners of capital (or borrowed capital—which in our age amounts to the same thing) have the nerve to blame the collapse of Hostess entirely on labor, a long-defanged labor, a labor force that hasn't had meaningful protections or representation since the 70s.
Hostess’s failure was compounded by having six CEO’s in 8 years who had no experience in the bread or cake baking industry, and despite their financial woes, the company’s CEO got a 300% salary increase from $750,000 to $2,250,000, and other top executives received raises worth hundreds-of-thousands of dollars; all while the company was struggling. Instead of acknowledging the lack of competent leadership and exorbitant executive salaries as contributing to the company’s decision to close its doors, CEO Gregory Rayburn issued a statement saying, “We deeply regret the necessity of today’s decision, but we do not have the financial resources to weather an extended nationwide strike.” However, Rayburn and Hostess management claimed the strike would be responsible for closing plants even before there was a strike, and they had made plans to close plants whether or not workers accepted the Draconian wage and benefit cuts the company offered, or if they went on strike.
What is clear in all this is that capital longs for the restoration of its legitimacy. It has been operating in the open since 2008 and is now desperate for some kind of idealogical cover, some way to justify ("the market has the best solutions for social problems") its exploitive practices. This exposure cost Romney the election—indeed, the exposure was so bright he couldn't show his tax returns in any real way. He knew that nothing covered the fact of how he and his kind make lots of money.
As Dan points out below, despite all their whining about makers and takers, it's the red states who get back more in federal money than they pay in federal taxes, while we here in the blue states pick up the tab. But just a reminder that the same dynamic is true between red counties and blue counties here in Washington State:
King County, with roughly 29 percent of the state population, produced 42 percent of state tax revenues, yet it received back less than 26 percent of state benefits. That's a return of only 62 cents on the dollar for our state's Democratic stronghold.
Compare that to the generous $3.16 return on each dollar enjoyed by taxpayers in hard Republican Ferry County in deep northeastern Washington. All in all, only six counties qualified as "net donors" to the rest of the state—San Juan, King, Skagit, Kittitas, Whatcom, and Snohomish—while the remaining 33 counties enjoyed an average return on investment of over $1.40 on every tax dollar sent to Olympia.
What is the real world impact of this sort of unappreciated redistribution of wealth? If King County's school districts were funded proportionate to what King County taxpayers put into state coffers, our schools would receive an additional one billion dollars a year from the state. Local readers should remember this the next time our local newspaper advocates for a school levy swap that would shift even more of the burden of state K-12 funding onto the shoulders of King County homeowners, while providing zero additional dollars for own schools.
Strap on your rain boots, smear a little water-resistant duck fat onto your cheeks and hair, and for christsakes wear a jacket for it is pouring outside:
The ranchers, businessmen and farmers across this deep-red state who knew, just knew that Americans would never re-elect a liberal tax-and-spender president have grudgingly accepted the reality that voters did just that. But since the election, a blanket of baffled worry has descended on conservatives here like early snow across the plains, deepening a sense that traditional, rural and overwhelmingly white states in the center of the country are losing touch with an increasingly diverse and urban American electorate. “It’s a fundamental shift,” said Khale Lenhart, 27, a lawyer here. “It’s a mind-set change—that government is here to take care of me.” ... Bradley Harrington, who publishes a year-old conservative newspaper called Liberty’s Torch and is the host of a radio talk show in Cheyenne, said the election vindicated conservative politicians and commentators who talked about the 47 percent of Americans who pay no income tax, about makers and takers. “The parasites now outnumber the producers,” Mr. Harrington said. “That’s why Romney lost, and I think it’s going to get worse.”
Rural and overwhelmingly white states like Wyoming get more in federal money than they pay in taxes. Mother Jones:
A look at 2010 Census and IRS data reveals that the 50 states and the District of Columbia, on average, received $1.29 in federal spending for every federal tax dollar they paid. That means that some states are getting a lot more than they put in, and vice versa. The states that contributed more in taxes than they got back in spending were more likely to have voted for Obama in 2008 and were more likely to be largely urban.... Red states were more likely to get a bigger cut of federal spending. Of the 22 states that went to McCain in 2008, 86 percent received more federal spending than they paid in taxes in 2010. In contrast, 55 percent of the states that went to Obama received more federal spending than they paid in taxes. Republican states, on average, received $1.46 in federal spending for every tax dollar paid; Democratic states, on average, received $1.16. This red-blue split may be partly explained by the difference between urban and rural states. Red states are more likely to be rural, and rural states were more likely to receive more federal spending than they paid in taxes in 2010. Among predominantly rural states, 81 percent received more federal spending than they paid in taxes. In contrast, 44 percent of urban states received more federal spending than they paid in taxes. Rural states, on average, received $1.40 in federal spending for every tax dollar paid; urban states, on average, received $1.10.
And the radio talk show hosts in Wyoming—which receives are $1.16 in federal spending for every $1 paid—have the nerve to point at blue states and complain about parasites and moochers?
I couldn't even get through the first sentence of this Seattle Times editorial without clicking the tab closed in disgust: "Washington voters’ embrace of charter schools at the ballot box..."
I-1240, the charter schools initiative, passed with barely 50 percent of the vote, and only after a handful of billionaires outspent their opponents 20 to 1. That's what the editors describe as the "voters' embrace of charter schools." It's an abuse of language that would make Goebbels proud and have Orwell rolling over in his grave.
The initiative also failed in King County, the Seattle Times home market. Not that they give a shit about the will of their own readers.
How can anyone take that paper seriously?
Some British comedy for a dreary Sunday: A bit from The Man Who Was Thursday (1908) by G.K. Chesterton (one of those British writers who, like Larkin and Amis the Elder, is no real friend to progressives but still extremely sharp and funny—we don't have any strong examples of that breed in America these days, though Mamet's withered feet are failing to fill those shoes), in which one "philosophical policeman" recruits another to seek and destroy "anarchists."
"You have evidently not heard of the latest development in our police system," replied the other. "I am not surprised at it. We are keeping it rather dark from the educated class, because that class contains most of our enemies. But you seem to be exactly in the right frame of mind. I think you might almost join us..."
"The work of the philosophical policeman," replied the man in blue, "is at once bolder and more subtle than that of the ordinary detective. The ordinary detective goes to pot-houses to arrest thieves; we go to artistic tea-parties to detect pessimists. The ordinary detective discovers from a ledger or a diary that a crime has been committed. We discover from a book of sonnets that a crime will be committed. We have to trace the origin of those dreadful thoughts that drive men on at last to intellectual fanaticism and intellectual crime. We were only just in time to prevent the assassination at Hartle pool, and that was entirely due to the fact that our Mr. Wilks (a smart young fellow) thoroughly understood a triolet..."
"We say that the most dangerous criminal now is the entirely lawless modern philosopher. Compared to him, burglars and bigamists are essentially moral men; my heart goes out to them. They accept the essential ideal of man; they merely seek it wrongly. Thieves respect property. They merely wish the property to become their property that they may more perfectly respect it. But philosophers dislike property as property; they wish to destroy the very idea of personal possession..."
The whole perceptive exchange is below the jump.
I'm surprised it's taken so long, but Sean Howe's Marvel Comics: The Untold Story is a welcome antidote to that lifetime of mythology-building. Through extensive interviews and research, Howe learns that Marvel Comics is pretty much like any other entertainment industry job: Packed with jaded office workers and freelancers who always feel ripped-off about something. Howe's Marvel is shockingly, almost frustratingly real. The younger freelancers chafe at the unfair working conditions, the older freelancers like Steve Ditko and Jack Kirby just feel exploited. And at the center of it all is Stan Lee, who increasingly becomes a victim of his own enormous ego.
I realize that I'm making Marvel Comics sound like something sleazy, and it's not that. It's just that the warts have been hidden from us for so long that their revelation is automatically the most striking part of the story. There are real friendships behind Marvel Comics, and some real artistic achievements. Those are in here, too. But there's a sense of liberation in finally getting the full story about all the dysfunction that went into the comic books that wallpapered my childhood.
New York Times makes obligatory Cheech and Chong references, of course. But also gives Stranger its props as famous home of pot-heads.
The goal: official communications in language that the hip, young, urban and quite possibly stoned audience that Mr. Spangenthal-Lee wrote for at The Stranger might actually want to read.
Reading? What's that?
A woman fleeing from Kitsap County Sheriff's deputies in Silverdale allegedly slammed into another car, killing one person and injuring another. The 28-year-old driver was arrested for investigation of vehicular homicide, vehicular assault, possession of cocaine, possession of heroin, and possession of methamphetamine.
Mission to Mars: NASA says that after reviewing data gathered by the Curiosity rover, astronauts can safely walk the Martian surface without overexposure to radiation. Granted, the rover has yet to gather information during a "solar event," but when it comes to a barren orb of red sand, this is positive news.
Holy Troubles: Gaza is holding its breath, bracing for an Israeli invasion after the Israeli Defense Forces called up 75,000 reservists for duty.
Animal Cruelty: Intruders at the Zoo Boise are suspected to have killed a Patas monkey. Two men clad in dark clothes were spotted near the primate exhibit by a security guard but weren't caught.
iPad (Mini) Heist: A JFK cargo worker was arrested in connection with the iPad heist last Monday. Police think that the suspect may have been a look-out while two others loaded 3,600 iPad Minis onto a truck.
More O' Dem: Ron Barber, the Arizona Democrat who replaced U.S. Representative Gabrielle Giffords, officially won reelection, surmounting his Republican opponent's election day lead. Barber is Giffords's former aide and was shot in the face alongside her in 2011.
Pray On: On his visit to a Buddhist monastery in Thailand, President Obama asked a monk to pray to resolve the fiscal cliff.
Coal Trade: At least one Mexican drug cartel is getting rich off coal.
Your male and female slaves are to come from the nations around you; from them you may buy slaves. You may also buy some of the temporary residents living among you and members of their clans born in your country, and they will become your property. You can bequeath them to your children as inherited property and can make them slaves for life, but you must not rule over your fellow Israelites ruthlessly.
Tomorrow night at Town Hall, four writers are divulging their secrets:
"The Woman in 606"—a Stranger feature published in August—that didn't make the final cut. It involves the almost completely redacted police report I received the first time I requested documents about the incident (it was so redacted it almost appeared SPD was trying to hide something, even though, in the end, they weren't; an unredacted copy came later). It includes a furious SPD officer yelling at me and hanging up in the middle of an interview. And it describes a mistake I made as a witness to the event—something I thought I saw that I did not in fact see, and how this error almost made its way into the piece.
Writers talk of “killing your darlings”—the ruthless side of writing, where we need to excise whole sentences or paragraphs or even pages but find it excruciatingly hard to do because we’re in love with them. Is this more than mere narcissism? Why do we find it so hard to let go of our darlings? And do we ever really kill them, or do they haunt us, living on in a kind of a half-life as disjecta membra, the “disjected” fragments of our minds and lives?
The other three writers confessing their mistakes and showing off their discarded material are Rebecca Brown, Lesley Hazleton, and Aham Oluo. This takes place downstairs at Town Hall (enter on Eighth Avenue), 7:30 pm, $5. I'm told it will be informal. No one standing at a podium blathering on. A salon of sorts.
We got everyone in to HUMP! who rushed for tickets on Thursday and Friday nights! But something funny always happens on the last night of HUMP!: people realize that this is their last chance to see HUMP! and rush the last two screenings and... we don't get everyone in. Your best bet, if you want to get last-minute rush tickets for HUMP!, is to get down here for the 6 PM or 8 PM shows. Don't wait for the 10 PM or Midnight shows. We almost always have to turn people away from the last two screenings.
And remember: we destroy our only copies of the films after the final screening. If you miss HUMP!, you'll never see the films that were made for HUMP!—unless the filmmakers decide to release them, of course, like PasteyBoy did. His E.T. 2: Dark Territory—after the jump and NSFW—was an audience favorite a few years ago. You can see it more of PasteyBoy's stuff over at Funny Or Die. But most of the films screened at HUMP! are never released online or anywhere else. If you wanna see HUMP!—all of HUMP!—you gotta get down to HUMP! tonight!
I was pleasantly surprised to find a novel about books as they are right now: The narrator, who is not very much of a reader, gets a job at a used bookstore that seems to be losing customers to e-readers. He starts dating a woman who works at Google. She takes him to the Google campus, where he watches an old book being digitized. ("The two cameras are like two eyes, so the images are in 3-D, and I watch his computer lift the words right up off the pale gray pages. It looks like an exorcism.") There's a discussion about e-book DRM, and the narrator uses a book piracy site every now and again. This is a book written (and narrated) by someone who knows about the book industry as it is right now, not a misty, nostalgia-choked world where readers are all saints and authors are all mysterious, benevolent creatures.
Which is not to say it's all set in the real world: Penumbra involves an ancient secret society of readers who are trying to crack some sort of code. It's a cute plot, full of adventure and puzzles, and the main character is suitably charming. Sloan can't quite make the central plot pay off in a way that lives up to the mystery he's built. But with a book like this, the journey is the most important part, and Sloan has found a way to fictionalize the modern landscape of book culture. And what's more, he's managed to make it hopeful, cheery, and youthful. That's a lesson that a lot of book-lovers could take to heart.
Arena Dreaming: What could the SoDo arena look like? Check out these speculative drawings by a real-life arena architecture firm.
Secession Obsession: From Harry Cheadle at Vice, an oversimplified list of benefits that come with states' secession from the U.S. It's about as likely as JFK's corpse doing the Cha Cha Slide, but just imagine the glory of Cascadia.
Cue the Slow Bass Guitar: A district attorney in central New York state lies about his brief adult film career to get reelected, then reneges his lie and apologizes to reporters. His abbreviated career in '70s pornography aroused his interest in administering Justice.
Law and Disorder: A suspected auto thief released on a daylong furlough to visit his dying mother was recaptured in Yakima after two weeks as a wanted man. Police should never trust a suspected carjacker with a killer neck tattoo.
Lingonberry Slave Labor: After relying on East German prisoners to manufacture sensible, yet stylish furniture without pay, Ikea now "regrets" the employees' shameless exploitation.
Time (for Jail): A watch chock full o' wires and gadgetry is not an ideal fashion accessory when flying commercial. A man arrested at Oakland International Airport for his allegedly suspicious watch, which he calls "art," learned that lesson. Of course, there were no explosives found. But has Art finally found a way to threaten our safe skies?
That 2:30 Feeling: Because of its link to 13 deaths and at least one "spontaneous abortion," 5-Hour Energy drink is under investigation by the FDA.
Take a Meteor Shower: Right now, tiny bits of the comet Tempel-Tuttle are falling through our atmosphere wicked-fast. Find some clear skies and watch you a good ol' meteor shower tonight.
In time for Thanksgiving, check out these foods that resemble cooked turkeys. Be sure to cringe at the turkey-shaped meatloaf.
And watch these people's faces when a bomb goes off during a CNN interview:
Ski-bunnies and snowboard geeks! Tomorrow, Saturday, from 5-7 pm, The Stranger is hosting a Queen Anne pre-func for the brand new Warren Miller film Flow State.
We'll be giving away THOUSANDS OF DOLLARS WORTH of lift passes, boots, jackets, and other ski gear to folks at SOLO Bar (200 Roy Street). Play ski games to win prizes—all free. Happy hour food & drink specials should make it extra awesome—Solo serves up delicious food (order "The Randizzler!")
Via the Seattle Times:
King County Executive Dow Constantine today ordered an inquest into the fatal shooting by Seattle police of Henry Lee Sr. on Sept. 23.
Police say Lee, 77, pointed a handgun at three officers who responded to a 911 call he reportedly placed after hearing noises outside his home. The two officers who opened fire on Lee Sr. were placed on administrative reassignment, which is routine after police shootings.
As the article notes, inquests are fact-finding hearings conducted before a six-member jury to determine the causes and circumstances surrounding law-enforcement-related deaths. It will be interesting to see if jurors explore whether sending a crisis intervention team to Lee's door, instead of armed officers (or maybe with armed officers) could've changed the ending of this tragic story.
This just in from ABC News:
A Missouri man is accused of planning a movie theater massacre at a screening of the final "Twilight" movie. Blaec Lammers, 20, was charged Friday with first-degree assault, making a terroristic threat and armed criminal action after his mother alerted police that he had purchased 400 rounds of ammunition and two assault rifles "very similar to the ones in Aurora, Colo., movie theater shooting," according to probable cause statement issued by the Bolivar, Mo., Police Department.
Police characterized Lammers as "being off his medication," but he was able to purchase the rifles on Monday and Tuesday this week. He then practiced shooting them in Aldrich, Mo.
Lammers remains held on $500,000 bond. Full story here.
This video really sums up Seattle's fateful night—and the celebration and debauchery on Capitol Hill following Obama's reelection and the passage of R74 and I-502. WATCH IT!