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Monday, June 9, 2014

The Morning News: The Texarkana Test, More Gun Violence, and Data Shows Seattle as a National Anti-Gay Hate Crime Leader

Posted by on Mon, Jun 9, 2014 at 8:41 AM

Would you blow on one of these for $60?

War gear returns home: "As President Obama ushers in the end of what he called America’s 'long season of war,' the former tools of combat — M-16 rifles, grenade launchers, silencers and more — are ending up in local police departments, often with little public notice."

The lesson of Texarkana: One side of this city is in a state (Arkansas) that embraced Obamacare's Medicaid expansion. The other side of this city is in a different state (Texas) that did not. Here's what that looks like.

$60 to test your breath, spit, and blood for intoxicants: A new, voluntary, federally-funded program comes to Washington State, in an attempt to get a baseline on our impaired driving rates before legal marijuana really kicks in.

Yet another plan to save Metro: This one is basically the old plan—rely on the boom and bust cycles of sales tax revenues—but it takes into account that very recently, projections for local sales tax receipts have been rising.

Tony Awards: The winners and the criticism.

Obama wants to go off on Congressional climate change deniers: Also, he wants to build "a ramp from how we currently use energy to where we need to use energy."

The latest Taliban attack: The airport in Karachi, with 18 dead as a result.

The latest American mass shooting: Five people are dead in Las Vegas.

A liberal version of the Koch brothers? Meet Tom Steyer, who made a lot of money off oil and gas and now "has vowed to spend up to $100 million in 2014 to help elect Democrats who are committed to fighting global warming."

Seattle, anti-gay hate crime leader: From the "FYI Guy" at The Seattle Times:

Seattle enjoys a reputation as one of the most welcoming cities for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people – so this statistic may come as an unpleasant surprise:

Seattle had the third-highest rate of hate crimes against LGBT people among large U.S. cities in 2012, according to FBI data.


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johnjacobjingleheimerschmidt 1
I'm just guessing but I think that Seattle may have an easier way to report and address hate crimes compared to other areas.
Posted by johnjacobjingleheimerschmidt on June 9, 2014 at 8:49 AM · Report this
wisepunk 2
Look at that shitty seattle driver in the image. Not even sitting on the correct side of the car for driving.... ;_;
Posted by wisepunk on June 9, 2014 at 9:02 AM · Report this
British comedian Rik Mayall, of "The Young Ones," "Blackadder," and "Bottom" died today at age 56. You might seek on YouTube the heavy metal mockumentary "The Comic Strip presents: Bad News Tour" on YouTube. Featuring Rik Mayall, Adrian Edmondson, Nigel Planer, [first three of "The Young Ones"] Peter Richardson and Alan Metcalfe.
Posted by oh wait he didn't have tats or a beard, never mind on June 9, 2014 at 9:15 AM · Report this
As to hate crimes, could it be that there are many more and open LGBT people in Seattle than most places? A hate crime isn't _as likely_ to exist unless there is a population to attack? (Though the Saudis seem to be doing OK with no Jews in Saudi Arabia.)

And so it would make sense that with a large (and open) LGBT population it isn't surprising that there would be more "opportunities" for racists to attack LGBTs. True?
Posted by Peter von Wanker on June 9, 2014 at 9:40 AM · Report this
JonnoN 5
lol @2 I didn't even notice


"an attempt to get a baseline on our impaired driving rates before legal marijuana really kicks in"

sorry, the time to do that was *before* instituting an arbitrary limit on THC bloodstream concentration. Now it's clearly a trap.
Posted by JonnoN on June 9, 2014 at 9:40 AM · Report this
#1, 4

Therefore Memphis, ranked number two, has better reporting and more gay people?
Posted by Supreme Ruler Of The Universe http://_ on June 9, 2014 at 9:51 AM · Report this
I have no idea. When I ask a question it is usually a genuine question and not a rhetorical device.
Posted by Peter von Wanker on June 9, 2014 at 9:56 AM · Report this
fletc3her 8
The level of LGBT hate crimes has been increasing in Seattle. I think there's a real problem.
Posted by fletc3her on June 9, 2014 at 10:11 AM · Report this

And isn't it so that more and more of the Seattle LGBT population is coming out?

I assume that there is a statistician in the house?

It seems to me that if you have (for example) a .1% open LGBT population you are going to have very few hate crimes directed at LGBT persons because there are so very few LGBT individuals for bigots to run into.

But then if you have 10% LGBT, it seems likely that there will be more (in an absolute sense) hate-crimes because you have higher level of social friction because of more possible interactions.

So the real number of hate crime comparison should be factored in with the total openly LGBT population in a city. No?

Posted by Peter von Wanker on June 9, 2014 at 10:27 AM · Report this
raindrop 10
If the president is so concerned about climate change that why has he yet to try to get a cap & trade bill going in Congress? Maybe I'm wrong, but I don't think he's done that yet.
He hates Congress. It's like a speed bump to him.
Posted by raindrop on June 9, 2014 at 10:34 AM · Report this
keshmeshi 11

The top five are Washington, D.C.; Memphis; Seattle; Buffalo; and Kansas City. Your supposition only holds water if those cities also have high rates of out gays and lesbians, somehow I doubt it of the majority of them.
Posted by keshmeshi on June 9, 2014 at 10:41 AM · Report this
@8 There are a few things you should take into consideration.

1. Population of LGBT folks living in the area.
2. Number of hate crimes committed against them.
3. Willingness/ability for LGBT folks to report said crimes.
4. Willingness of law enforcement to take those reports seriously.

So if you have low LGBT populations, a high bar for what's considered a hate crime, an inability for LGBT victims to report crimes against them or an unwillingness for law enforcement to take them seriously, then numbers will be low. In the reverse, they will be higher. Mix them together, well, then things get foggy. I think a better measure is to look at a specific area (or areas that are very, very close in terms of these variables) over time rather than a snapshot of a huge nation like the United States.

What you should be saying instead is "The level of LGBT hate crimes in unacceptable in Seattle, I think there's a real problem". You don't need to show that the number is higher or lower than other cities (especially with these variables mixing things up or even being linked) to be concerned about the level of a particular crime.
Posted by Solk512 on June 9, 2014 at 10:44 AM · Report this

From Pam Martens blog site, and a must read on how the plutocracy works:…

Nineteen securities law scholars filed a joint amicus brief with the Second Circuit Appeals Court explaining why Rakoff was correct to reject the Citigroup settlement. Harvey Pitt, the former General Counsel and later Chairman of the SEC, filed a separate amicus brief agreeing with Rakoff.

The nineteen securities law professors were from universities that included Duke, George Washington, Columbia, Villanova, Cornell and others. They told the court that:

“…the events of the last few years bear a striking resemblance to the events that led to the enactment of the federal securities laws eighty years ago. Those laws were enacted because Congress recognized that investor confidence is essential to strong and efficient capital markets. In particular, Congress recognized the need to reform the securities sales practices of investment bankers that led to the 1929 Crash. Similarly, the turmoil of the current financial crisis has had a detrimental impact on investor confidence that needs to be restored.”
Posted by sgt_doom on June 9, 2014 at 10:55 AM · Report this
MAN UP !!!

So sayeth John Forbes Winthrop Dudley Kerry, secretary of state, and multi-billionaire.

This dood Kerry annoys me. He first annoyed me when, as a Yalie Skull & Bones inductee, and as a US senator, he headed the senate investigation into the BCCI when George H.W. Bush was prez, and somehow couldn't --- or wouldn't --- make the connections between BCCI and the White House.

Next, Kerry, who grew up summering at his family estate in France, annoyed me when he returned to Boston after his completely bungled 2004 presidential election run, and warned the state democratic party there to avoid the "gay issues" especially marriage equality.

Now, I realize I didn't attend an elite boarding school like John Forbes Kerry, nor did I attend Yale like him, but seriously few people did and do, so I don't believe Kerry, who didn't have the guts to continue on his short-lived anti-jobs offshoring campaign during the 2004 presidential election (you remember --- for a space of four days he referred to corporate CEOs who offshored American jobs as Benedict Arnolds --- until his wealth advisors told him that a good portion of those Heinz billions he married into derived from such investments) is the individual who should go around proclaiming . . .

MAN UP !!!
Posted by sgt_doom on June 9, 2014 at 11:07 AM · Report this
Theodore Gorath 15
@10: Yes, you are wrong.…

You also have it backwards and shallow. The republican controlled House hates Obama, as outlined when their representative flat out said in front of cameras that their only goal was to frustrate everything he would try to accomplish. Obama has given much more ground than congress has.

So you are wrong about everything, I am sure you are surprised.
Posted by Theodore Gorath on June 9, 2014 at 11:49 AM · Report this
Oh, that cute Nazi couple in 3C? They're Seahawks fans!
Posted by Toe Tag on June 9, 2014 at 12:44 PM · Report this
mikethehammer 17

Posted by mikethehammer on June 9, 2014 at 1:15 PM · Report this
mikethehammer 18
Ah, nevermind. Those Vegas killers are Seahawk fans. Or "like" them on a facebook page anyway.
Posted by mikethehammer on June 9, 2014 at 1:19 PM · Report this
If only those police officers had been carrying guns they would have been able to defend themselves.

Oh wait...
Posted by bigyaz on June 9, 2014 at 1:34 PM · Report this
Keekee 20
I canna see the Twitter feed today?!?
Posted by Keekee on June 9, 2014 at 1:35 PM · Report this
check out…

"The suspects then crossed the street and entered a crowded Walmart, where Miller fired one round in the air and ordered people to leave. Police said one shopper, Joseph Wilcox, attempted to confront Jarod Miller with a concealed weapon. Amanda Miller shot Wilcox..."

It is not well-written but as I understand it, one of the good guys (Wilcox) had a concealed weapon and tried to stop the bad guys but wasn't fast enough.

My conclusion? We need mandatory "open carry" by all adults in a public place. In this situation it seems that getting the concealed weapon out of the holster cost lives. Keep the gun loaded, safety off and with finger on trigger whenever shopping at WalMart.
Posted by Peter von Wanker on June 9, 2014 at 1:41 PM · Report this
Scratch that. It seems that "sexism" may have been an element:

"Standing near the registers was Joseph Robert Wilcox, 31, of Las Vegas, who happened to have a concealed weapon and decided to intervene "immediately and heroically," McMahill said.

"But Wilcox didn't realize Amanda Miller, now inside the store, was with the armed man and he walked right by her on his way to end the attack. As he passed her, she pulled out a gun and shot him in the ribs, killing him."…

Wilcox assumed that a woman wouldn't be a danger. Sad assumption.

Posted by Peter von Wanker on June 9, 2014 at 2:18 PM · Report this
venomlash 23
The high rates of anti-gay hate crimes in Seattle could be something to do with the large gay population. Not to put it too crassly or insensitively, but no black man has ever been lynched in Maine, Vermont, or Wisconsin.

@3: I bet you're not even a Cliff Richard fan, are you?
Posted by venomlash on June 9, 2014 at 7:04 PM · Report this

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