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Friday, February 8, 2013

The Friday Morning News

Posted by on Fri, Feb 8, 2013 at 8:56 AM

Three Feet of Snow: Possible later today in New York City.

George W. Bush: Family photos—EXPOSED!

Second Amendment, Fuck Yeah: A gun-shop owner in Pittsburgh gave away an assualt rifle and some ammo because the Constitution says he can:

Erik Lowry — the owner of Pittsburgh Tactical Firearms, which bills itself as "America's Largest Online Firearms Mall" — recently gave away hundreds of rounds of ammunition, dozens of high-capacity magazine clips and an AR-15 assault weapon on the gun shop's Facebook page...

"Number one it's your right, your Second Amendment right to own a firearm, no matter what kind it is," he said. "Citizens should be armed well enough to defend themselves from a tyrannical government," and should therefore have weapons on the same grade as firearms used by the military.

Walking in Seattle: It's the 6th most walkable city, according to Walk Score, but the "most walkable" neighborhood in Seattle is a neighborhood most people in Seattle never walk around in.

Botched Deal: City of Seattle will pay $7.25 million to settle with developer who wanted to build a fast food restaurant and medical facility in Magnuson Park.

Fairview Fanny: She's scandalized—asking, "Seattle Schools: Why so Costly?" across today's front page—because our levy will spend 20 percent more per new elementary school than surrounding districts. Because, really, if there's one thing we've learned from the Seattle Times: We should spend less on education.

Hempfest: They're selling this "hempy bandana."

More Hempfest: The director, Vivian McPeak, can't decide if legalizing marijuana was a good idea or not.

UW Considers Asking About Criminal Background on Undergrad Applications: "The questions are yet to be determined. If these questions are added, they will appear on all undergraduate UW applications during the fall admission cycle in 2014. "

 

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Keep in mind the Times endorsed - tepidly - both school levies. Then, right before the election, they come out with this hit piece about capital spending (which would be Prop. 2). They could have printed this months ago (as the reporter who wrote it has long since moved onto the legislative beat) and yet somehow they print it now.

Almost as if the Times wants that levy to fail. Unlike other levies when they had the leadership THEY liked but now, they don't like the leadership.

Interesting but it won't work. Seattle Schools does need to be as fiscally responsible as possible but we have rundown schools and overcrowded schools. We desperately need this capital levy.
Posted by westello on February 8, 2013 at 9:13 AM · Report this
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re: "Three Feet Of Snow In New York City."

Ummm... no. Maybe a foot. These kinds of headlines are what happen when Hyperbole meets at the corner of Weasel Words.

The rest of the hyped prediction reads, "From New York City to Boston and beyond." I think you'll find the three feet falling mostly in the beyond. Boston's only expecting up to two feet.
Posted by Brooklyn Reader on February 8, 2013 at 9:20 AM · Report this
Ph'nglui mglw'nafh Cthulhu R'lyeh wgah'nagl fhtagn 3
"Number one it's your right, your Second Amendment right to own a firearm, no matter what kind it is"
Exactly. If you read the Second Amendment that way, then anybody should be able to have a machine gun, or a mortar, or a bazooka, no questions asked. There's nothing in the amendment that tells us to draw a line between semi-automatics and fully automatics. There's no line in there that tell us we have any right to restrict access to nuclear bombs, in fact. It says the right to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed. Nukes are arms. End of discussion.

Which is crazy. Hence the phrase "gun nut."

Is that what we want? The alternative is to understand the reference to a well regulated militia as meaning Congress may set limits and draw lines somewhere. And then we need to figure out where that line belongs. Which is a complicated question with no right answer for everyone everywhere for all time. The line changes with the times.

Gun nuts hate this because it's complicated and it requires a lot of thought and most especially, it requires working with other people and negotiating a middle ground. Gun nuts can't deal with ambiguity, and they can't deal with other people. Hence the name, "gun nut".
Posted by Ph'nglui mglw'nafh Cthulhu R'lyeh wgah'nagl fhtagn http://youtu.be/zu-akdyxpUc on February 8, 2013 at 9:23 AM · Report this
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@2 That all said, we are expecting some bitchin' winds, so even with only a foot, we could end up with 6 or 7 foot snow drifts here and there.
Posted by Brooklyn Reader on February 8, 2013 at 9:24 AM · Report this
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@3 While it's a "cute" publicity stunt, it was hardly any kind of statement of conscience or act of civil disobedience. All the stuff he gave away is completely legal at the moment.

It would have been a lot more dramatic if he tried to give away that gun with an auto-sear and selective-fire lever installed.

Gun-nut prima dona fail.
Posted by Brooklyn Reader on February 8, 2013 at 9:35 AM · Report this
Frank Blethen's vodka distiller 6
@5

They could be giving away one of these.

http://www.heraldnet.com/article/2013020…
Posted by Frank Blethen's vodka distiller on February 8, 2013 at 9:49 AM · Report this
Michael of the Green 7
Hey, that painting from the bath tub is not half bad, in an outsider-art sense. I think it's charming. It'd be interesting to have a Bush/Gacy double exhibition.
Posted by Michael of the Green on February 8, 2013 at 9:50 AM · Report this
Boring Dad is Boring 8
@3: Blah blah blah gun nuts blah blah repeat.

You're in the process of completely losing the national fight and your response is to ramp up the bitterness and deny reality, trying to find some minimal piece of shit toothless legislation with which to declare victory in a purely political sense, while absolutely nothing of substance gets done in the real world where 20 or so people today will kill themselves with guns and another handful will die at the hands of criminals.

Nice work.

I will grant that the emerging alternative strategy of trying to quickly replicate the NY bum-rush laws in other Team Blue states while praying for a rubber-stamp-Team-Blue-fillable Supreme Court opening in Barry's second term is the best approach I've seen so far - the only danger being that the laws get rushed through SO quickly that they come up for review before a current Team Red justice keels over.

Meanwhile, keep up what you're doing, it should be worth emptying a few Senate seats whether anything passes or not.
Posted by Boring Dad is Boring on February 8, 2013 at 10:17 AM · Report this
Fnarf 9
Walk Scores are complete bullshit. My neighborhood, which is a pocket of near-total unwalkability even though it's in the near north, supposedly scores a 60 even though the figure for my house is more like a 15. That's because they have a marker placed for a "grocery store" a few blocks away which is actually just some guy's house, and the store it supposedly marks is an Ethiopian grocery in Renton. There's a "restaurant" nearby, too -- a Subway sandwich shop at the corner of 61st and Aurora, which will come as a huge surprise to anyone who's ever driven past there; the actual Subway marked is in Kent, 30 miles away. The next-closest "grocery" sells Japanese pastries to restaurants -- nifty, but not really what anyone would call "groceries". Nearly all the data near my house is completely bogus.

And they also completely disregard obstacles like uncrossable streets, hills, waterways. Aurora is an example, but so is Denny in the Denny Triangle. Even if you're not crossing, having a million lanes of alternately racing and backed-up traffic does not promote walkability, as can easily be seen by the lack of amenities on the Denny streetside. That's a cliff, not a street.
Posted by Fnarf http://www.facebook.com/fnarf on February 8, 2013 at 10:37 AM · Report this
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In LA, they are calling it:

LAPD: Operation Scared Shitless


Throughout the rest of the nation, where this reads like the classic whistleblower case, where the good guy or gal gets thoroughly trampled by our lawless legal system, it sounds more like:

Revenge of the Whistleblower


Where instead of being trivialized and financially destroyed by legal costs, this time the whistleblower, Mr. Dorner, is exacting mortal vengeance on the bad guys.

If only that happened more often in Amerika!

To date, Mr. Dorner is going after those persons he perceives as being guilty, whereas the LAPD is shooting anything that moves --- standard operating procedure (SOP) for them.

We are at the stage, and have been for quite some time, when the only recourse open is such revenge.

When one bothers to go back and look at the surrounding evidence of the assassination of Bobby Kennedy in 1968, the vast majority of those LAPD personnel involved in the follow-up investigation were all later implicated and/or charged with various police corruption and crimes, up to and including, rape, drug peddling, torture, and murder. It sounds corny to say they were on the payroll of the CIA, but point of fact, a program called the International Police Training program, aimed at South America, did indeed come under the auspices of the CIA, and those corrupt and tainted police were indeed on the CIA's payroll at that time.

Recommended recent links:

http://www.zerohedge.com/contributed/201…

http://www.4closurefraud.org/
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Posted by sgt_doom on February 8, 2013 at 10:40 AM · Report this
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I'm no fan of Bill Clinton (or Hillary or Chelsea, although there may still be hope for Chelsea as she finally left McKinsey, the financial den of inequity), but the follow email from Jeb Bush rankles me mightily:

Jeb Bush noted H.W.'s friendliness toward Bill Clinton, noting "how kind he was with President Clinton and he helped restore his sordid reputation.

Sordid? From A Bush, especially Jeb?

Why oh why did not Jeb Bush go to jail for Silverado during the S&L financial meltdown?

Jeb Bush, who's spawned son has a serious history of stalking?

Jeb Bush, who's other child practically lives in rehab?

The son of that guy who deserted his crewmen, as aircraft commander he was obligated not to immediately parachute from his plane, but ensure that his crew were safely off as well, but not only did he desert in time of war, he was given an effing medal, 'cause his daddy was Prescott Bush, majore whoremeister and formerly of Brown Brothers Harriman, etc.?

(And who broke down during a speech a few years back, crying and beseeching the audience not believe those "rumors" of his involvement with the murder of President John F. Kennedy! Now why would anyone EVER be suspicious of GHW Bush? Just 'cause Nixon once mentioned that the day prior, when he was in Dallas, having beeing lured there under a phony pretense, he spotted David Atlee Philips (head of the CIA's Wester Hemisphere Division [disinformation division]), Jack Ruby (before his name change and entrance into the mob, Ruby was Jacob Rubenstein, and had once been an investigator for the House Select Committee on Un-American Activities, reporting to then-Rep. Richard Nixon) and Geo. H.W. Bush?)

The grandson of the first president of the National Association of Manufacturers, the most virulently anti-worker, anti-union outfit in American history?

The brother of some stooge who couldn't even make it through USAF enlisted basic training (those of us who bothered to check out his "military service" record when Geo. W. Bush first announced for the Texas governorship, noted that he spent only 4 weeks at basic training in 1968, back when it was 8 weeks long -- then returned home to receive officer's bars from his daddy Bush?????? [After phasing out of enlisted basic, he's suddenly promoted to an officer level???????????????????]

Time for a full investigation of ALL members of the Bush Crime Family --- and a serious forensic audit of their finances.

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Posted by sgt_doom on February 8, 2013 at 11:00 AM · Report this
Ph'nglui mglw'nafh Cthulhu R'lyeh wgah'nagl fhtagn 12
@9

Yeah. My "grocery" two blocks away is a Shell station where you can buy condoms and a bag of corn chips. Great.

It's a nice concept though. It could work with better data.
Posted by Ph'nglui mglw'nafh Cthulhu R'lyeh wgah'nagl fhtagn http://youtu.be/zu-akdyxpUc on February 8, 2013 at 11:43 AM · Report this
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So Dom, we should just keep throwing money at the school system and never look at how it's being spent and whether it's being used effectively? We shouldn't compare our system with cities of similar size? Even when there's ample evidence of significant waste and fraud in very recent history?
Posted by bigyaz on February 8, 2013 at 12:11 PM · Report this
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@9, @12

And as I've said my neighborhood here on Kent East Hill is rated moderate to low for walkability.

However, at any time day or night you will see lots and lots of people walking (and biking). Sometimes miles and that includes old people, and moms with kids and strollers!

Whereas I've already reported, and SLOG acknowledges, that Belltown after dark is a no man's land for pedestrians although there are pockets of liveliness.

But here on East Hill I'm talking about seeing people walking (and biking) at all hours of the day.

Now why is that? My best guess -- they don't have cars. You see, we have these people with very, very small eco-footprints. They are called "poor people". Not homeless. Just low income and immigrants who work hard, but might not have that second (or first) car.

Should this neighborhood be rated "walkable" simply because people actually walk here? Fool that your are, if you thought the Agenda would be so logical as to give as much credence to a gulag as to the palace.
Posted by Supreme Ruler Of The Universe http://_ on February 8, 2013 at 12:17 PM · Report this
kylembelltown 15
um i live in denny triangle and walk all over - most of my neighbors do.... not sure where you checked your facts
Posted by kylembelltown on February 8, 2013 at 1:35 PM · Report this
Some Old Nobodaddy Logged In 16
That 502 post is the very definition of concern trolling. I could feel the hands wringing in worry.
Posted by Some Old Nobodaddy Logged In on February 8, 2013 at 1:55 PM · Report this
keshmeshi 17
@9,

I've played around with that website, entering a bunch of different addresses in the Seattle area and even my old childhood home in California. Going by the results, their crappy data aside, any score less than maybe 90 is almost totally unwalkable. Your neighborhood's 60 rating is not a good one.
Posted by keshmeshi on February 8, 2013 at 2:05 PM · Report this
Dougsf 18
Those walk scores can give you a general idea, but I don't think that company has ever actually put any boots on the ground to verify that their algorithm isn't barking up the wrong tree. Out of curiosity, I scored an ex's folks' house—the closest town (of 400) was four miles away, no sidewalks in between, it still came up with something like a walk score of 40.
Posted by Dougsf on February 8, 2013 at 2:09 PM · Report this
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If Hempfest is still going to be full of the mouthbreathing anti-folks, I think I'll be skipping out this year. They made last year incredibly uncomfortable to be at.
Posted by treehugger on February 8, 2013 at 3:10 PM · Report this
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Uh, Dominic?

I realize you're locked up in your Capitol Hill office space all day, but while you're tweeting and gawkering away your day, or whatever, there are fucking shittons of people walking around in the Denny Triangle/South Lake Union/Belltown area.

Wake up, maybe? Live a little bit in the city you write about?

It's a dead zone after dark, of course, but maybe (just maybe!) those "walkability" scores aren't heavily weighted in favor of "walking from a nice gay bar to a nightclub, at 11:30pm?"
Posted by robotslave on February 8, 2013 at 9:17 PM · Report this

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