May 10 Sir Vic commented on Our Weed Is So Good, an SPD Cop Has Allegedly Been Exporting It to the East Coast.
Looks like legalization didn't completely drive the Vietnamese gangs out of the weed business. These gangs have been doing this for a couple decades now, with shell real estate companies & electricians that will do illicit taps of public power lines in sleepy suburbs.
Apr 18 Sir Vic commented on Edmonds Police Backtrack Earlier Decision, Will Investigate Swastikas as "Possible Hate Crimes".
Sounds like 10 houses/cars got hit, and 1 of those belonged to a person of jewish heritage. Almost like a random sampling of homeowners in any neighborhood. Perhaps that's why the local PD wasn't calling up the hate crimes squad - it doesn't look targeted.
Apr 6 Sir Vic commented on Is Steve Bannon's Removal from the National Security Council the Next Sign of a Soft Military Coup in the US?.
@18 Other than the first name slip of Rep. Devin Nunes, this is probably the best explanation I've read about this. There is ample evidence that many, if not most, of the Trumpistas at the White House are in way over their heads. The stupidity is overwhelming at times, appearing to break laws with complete ignorance. Running a hatemonger website doesn't require much intelligence, so there's little reason to expect Bannon to be brilliant. (also not hard to make money at Goldman-Sachs when the law is in your favor and you've been handed a portfolio) This whole thing has been an amateur imitation of the last days of Nixon.
Apr 5 Sir Vic commented on How Jeff Sessions' Attempt to Halt Police Consent Decrees Will Impact Seattle.
It was an easy call to make, but I called this 2 months ago: http://www.thestranger.com/slog/2017/01/…

Even if the Seattle consent decree is "too far along in the process", we are still going to face a DoJ with a shell of a Civil Rights office. You simply aren't going to see the feds bother with civil rights violations by local police anymore. This Sessions memo is effectively 'carte blanche' for cops to beat minorities with impunity (again).
Mar 13 Sir Vic commented on The Morning News: Trump Voters in Rural PNW Will Be Hit Hard by Trumpcare, Motorcyclist Falls to His Death from Viaduct.
@2 No need for socialist healthcare when you have the power of prayer! Magic spells cure all, dontcha know? It says so right there in "Two Corinthians" somewhere.
Mar 8 Sir Vic commented on Adventures in Microdosing.
My experiences with LSD led me to the conclusion that the effect on the mind is to break down the normal patterns of thought. This allows for new conclusions to be reached from the same source material. Instead of your normal thought chain, A->B->C, you get A->Q->L->, where "Q" and "L" would seem to have no relation to "A". New connections are formed, which changes the perceptions of not just "Q" and "L", but also your ABC's. That's why psychiatrists were so intrigued by the possibilities of LSD as a therapeutic tool: they might be able to restructure a patient's troubled thinking patterns into something more "normal".
Feb 23 Sir Vic commented on Films for the Trump Era: The Running Man.
@1 Good point. That part really makes or breaks the movie. If it was done with too much camp, it would undermine the life/death seriousness. The game show angle forces some corniness, but Dawson displays some real evil in his eyes that makes him very scary.
Jan 27 Sir Vic commented on Nearly One Year After a Natural Gas Explosion Rocked Greenwood, Local Business Owners Are Still Struggling.
@6 If you had bothered to read any part of the article, you would know that these businesses did indeed have insurance, as almost any licensed business does. You would also know that the insurance companies are stringing them along, as every insurance company does. Insurance companies make their money by collecting premiums, not by paying out claims. Suing PSE would cost them more money in litigation than the claim itself, so it's more profitable to let the businesses sue them instead.
Jan 25 Sir Vic commented on Seattle Mayor Ed Murray: "We Will Not Be Intimidated by the Authoritarian Message Coming from This Administration.".
Since the SPD's funding seems to be the most vulnerable here, and they are the ones who will have the most power to subvert the "sanctuary" policy, we should expect them to establish a back channel with the local ICE goons. Magically, undocumented folks will get picked up by ICE shortly after an interaction with the SPD.
The new AG Sessions is going to eliminate the federal oversight and tear up the consent decree, so the SPD will be free to revert to their jackboot roots. They have given the citizens of Seattle absolutely NO reason to trust them to be anything other than self-serving authoritarians.
Jan 18 Sir Vic commented on Chelsea Manning Gets Her Sentence Reduced Courtesy of President Obama.
Still no punishment for the incompetents who allowed then Pvt. Manning access to classified materials in the first place? We know that background checks were being falsified by the thousands, and people who were dealing with serious interpersonal issues should have been screened out instantly. This is exactly why those background checks and psych profiles are important.