Achieve the Four Modernizations.

Oct 9, 2012 kirsten commented on The Sum of Its Parts.
Wait, I take it back. They don't have the Justice Department stuck to their holsters.
Oct 9, 2012 kirsten commented on The Sum of Its Parts.
Great piece, Paul. But, wasn't John T. Williams shot by Seattle police, not Spokane? (Truth be told, they can't be much better.)
Feb 3, 2012 kirsten commented on Notes from the Prayer Warrior.
There are THREE hours of Rush?!
Feb 2, 2012 kirsten commented on Liveblogging the Washington State Senate's Debate and Vote on IN FAVOR OF GAY MARRIAGE.
Also: where is the sheet cake party?
Feb 2, 2012 kirsten commented on Liveblogging the Washington State Senate's Debate and Vote on IN FAVOR OF GAY MARRIAGE.
We need to give some money to the Rs who voted yes when they are up for re-election. I know, I know, it hurts to give to Rs. But they did it in New York and they deserve our thank you. And, you can shock your friends 20 years from now by saying that, once in your life, you gave $$$ to a Republican.
Aug 17, 2010 kirsten commented on The Source of Those Big Booms.
Fighters scrambled after flight restriction violation during Obama visit; booms reported around region

By LEVI PULKKINEN
SEATTLEPI.COM STAFF

People heard two loud booms sounds through the Seattle area and as far south as Lacey about 1:50 p.m.

A spokesman for the Federal Aviation Administration said two fighter jets were scrambled to respond to a violation of flight restrictions put in place during President Obama's visit.

Described as a "real world mission," a spokeswoman for 142nd Fighter Wing of the Air National Guard in Portland said the jets were launched at 1:38 p.m. Tuesday while Obama was in Seattle.

Additional details were not immediately available.

http://www.seattlepi.com/local/425231_fl…
Mar 24, 2010 kirsten commented on Notes from the Prayer Warrior.
Let's get our Attorney General on this right away. He's all about policy, NOT politics...
Jul 23, 2009 kirsten commented on To Catch a (Black) Burglar.
Obama's "stupid" comment was wrong and made me cringe during the press conference. He didn't know enough about the situation to make that comment - he said that Gates "forgot his keys" when it has been reported many, many times that Gates' door was jammed.

Obama is a friend of "Skip" Gates, so he must know that Gates is just the sort of person who is likely to over-react to this situation just to prove a point. As noted above (@16), it is the caller who was racist, not the police. I don't know the full facts, either, but I can easily see Gates' arrest being legitimate due to his overreaction (belligerence) to the situation - as the cop indicated. He was willing to "let him go" once he saw the ID. This is not the first time Gates has been belligerent.

The cop's error was not knowing that the person he was dealing with was Henry Gates, and thus not knowing that A Big Deal would be made.

Racism remains a problem in this country. But this incident isn't the poster child.
 

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