Sep 13, 2016
commented on The Morning News: Driver Kills Teenager Sleeping on I-5, Trump Supporters Harass Local Muslim Woman
The young man, here labeled as homeless, was actually a sex predator hiding out. As a sex predator he was required to report his location but was not. Not nearly the innocent you would lead us to believe he was.
From King 5 News...
“He was a street kid out here at the University District, just like most of us are, but at heart he’s a good kid,” Fisher said.
"According to King Co. records, Burton was a registered sex offender who was not complying with offender requirements. Records show he also spent time in jail last year following convictions on three counts of voyeurism."
Jul 3, 2016
commented on Can Seattle Use Pot Taxes to Help the Homeless?
The stated intent of Initiative 502 was to create a marijuana fund. Most of the directed disbursements from the fund are to healthcare related endeavors. But, the majority of the funds are dropped into the State's general fund and can be used for whatever the State wants. Recently, there have been efforts to remove the directed healthcare disbursements and dump all the money into the general fund. The ACLU has fought this effort. Also, during the run up to the 502 vote an intent was stated to help eliminate the marijuana black market via legalization. That intent has completely been dropped, because the State just wants to tax the heck out of legal marijuana. The black market thrives because legal marijuana prices are so high.
The dedicated marijuana fund is created, consisting of all marijuana excise taxes, license fees, penalties,
forfeitures, and all other moneys, income, or revenue received by the WSLCB from marijuana-related
activities. The state treasurer is the custodian of the fund. The WSLCB or its duly authorized
representative is charged with authorizing disbursements from the fund.
Disbursements must be made every three months as follows:
$125,000 to the Department of Social and Health Services (DSHS) for the Washington State
Healthy Youth Survey;
$50,000 to the DSHS to contract with the Washington State Institute of Public Policy for costbenefit
evaluation of the initiative's implementation;
$5,000 to the University of Washington Alcohol and Drug Abuse Institute for public education
materials regarding the health and safety risks posed by marijuana; and
an amount not exceeding $1.25 million to the WSLCB for administration.
Funds remaining are to be distributed as follows:
fifteen percent to the DSHS for prevention and reduction of substance abuse among middle and
high school age students;
ten percent to the Department of Health for marijuana education and public health programs;
six-tenths of 1 percent to the University of Washington and four-tenths of 1 percent to the
Washington State University for research on short and long-term effects of marijuana use;
fifty percent to the Basic Health Plan Trust Account;
five percent to the Health Care Authority for primary health and dental care services, migrant
health services, and maternity health care services;
three-tenths of 1 percent to the Office of the Superintendent of Public Instructions for the
Building Bridges program; and
the remainder to the general fund.
May 29, 2016
commented on Do You Still Trust Hillary Clinton?
It's a shame millennials are too young to understand the source of most, if not all, of the negative information about Hillary Clinton was pushed out by the GOP over many decades. They were so frothing at the mouth angry about her husband's presidency and its success, that they made many unsubstantiated claims about him and her. They filed unsubstantiated charges against him. They hired 'independent' investigators in an attempt to find anything even remotely illegal that he had done in his career. The worst they could do was overturn sexual affairs, which he tried to cover-up.
Just because someone says something about someone doesn't make it true. Even if what they say is repeated over and over again. However, many people accept the claims about the Clintons and their dealings as fact, without research, or consideration of the source of the claims.
I trust Hillary. I believe it's a crime what the GOP has done to besmirch her reputation. But, she's tough and will win out, I hope.
May 9, 2016
commented on The Most Interesting Thing About Hillary's Speech Transcripts
And, you would be shocked that when a person is hired by a company to make a presentation to their employees that they would make positive statements about said company?
Of course there are no bombshells.
Of course they're rah-rah morale boosting screeds. That's what the company wants it's minions to hear. That's what they paid for, and that's what she would give them.
Apr 18, 2016
commented on What Is Hillary Clinton Hiding? Why Won't She Release Transcripts of Her Wall Street Speeches?
Statements you are paid to give to a select audience will most likely not play well when presented to a different audience.
Why is that so hard to grasp?
These were not political speeches. They were paid presentations. As presenter she was hired to speak to a group, and the leaders of that group wanted her to send their audience a specific message. This was talked about and arranged beforehand between those hiring her and Hillary.
Of course, these paid promotional messages aren't going to play well when presented in a political arena. Hillary isn't stupid. She doesn't want to hand her political opponents ammunition, which she'll then have to waste time defending later on.
These weren't necessarily her personal beliefs. If you have never given paid presentations to a select audience you probably are incapable of comprehending.
Mar 30, 2016
commented on Why Is Hillary Clinton Entitled to Any Washington Superdelegates At All?
Maybe ya'll could better understand why super-delegates don't have to, and shouldn't, vote whatever way those attending Democratic caucuses say if you realized that "But in reality, only 5.8 percent of the state’s registered voters showed up. That means 94 percent of voters didn’t. Even the most moribund municipal election for, say, water commissioner, gets turnout rates five times that amount. This also means that Bernie Sanders’ landslide win was earned with the backing of just 4 percent of our 4 million registered voters." Since when does 4% of total voters get to determine the outcome of anything? Can you invoke the people’s will when 94 percent of the people weren’t there?" These sentences are from Danny Westneat's column in the Seattle Times. He's a true journalist. And, The Times is a real newspaper. Caucuses are plain and simple a tool of whichever party is hosting them to raise money and get your name on a mailing list. Nothing more. Nothing less.
Feb 13, 2016
commented on SeaTac Mayor Invites Bundy Sympathizer from Spokane Valley to Advocate Against Taking Free Money for a Park
Thank goodness the City Council of Seatac are intelligent thinking people, in the majority, who first look up the background of those who would offer them advice.
Facts and accuracy go a long way in life. Lies and misleading innuendo lead you to failure.
Shea is also a sponsor of HB2294, which would require women raped and impregnated to carry their rapist's child to term, eliminating the right to an abortion in the case of rape and incest. Mark Hargrove, embarrassingly my state representative, is a co-sponsor on this bill.
Do your homework people! There are some real losers out their in various governmental capacities.