commented on Why Are Democrats in Olympia Helping Republicans Undermine Sound Transit?
Meanwhile Heidi, in the real world, it seems quite likely that the legislature will vote to have the RTA tax assessed on a much more accurate depreciation schedule.
As many Democrats will tell you, fairness in the state's revenue scheme is important. When $10,000 vehicles are assessed at $20,000, that's the kind of crap that leads to the next Tim Eyman-fueled tax revolt.
commented on Jurors Find Seattle Police Feared for Their Lives in Che Taylor Shooting, But That Taylor Was Obeying Commands
I think what we have here is a training opportunity for the police. "Get on the ground!" is a poor choice of command when your suspect is likely to be armed and partially hidden from view on a darkish February day. "Get those hands up high and keep them there!" would have been better, since two hands held up over the car roof would have given the officers no reason to fear that their suspect was going for a weapon.
I watched the dash cam video and saw the recovered Springfield pistol, but what wasn't clear to me is where the pistol was recovered within the car. If the pistol was recovered more than an arm's reach from the body, I think that the officer who fired 6 of the 7 rounds should be assigned to desk duty for a few months.
However, there is no cause for criminal prosecution here. Even if the officer was trigger happy and made a bad split-second decision, that's a training issue, not a criminality issue. Che Taylor was still a felon in unlawful possession of a handgun, i.e. dangerous as hell.
commented on Guest Editorial: King County Should Not Build a New Juvenile Detention Center
I live in Rod's district and will carefully reconsider my support for his future candidacies. I used to make routine deliveries to the present juvenile detention facility, and even 15 years ago the building was about to fall down.
The notion that we can rehabilitate every 15 year old criminal who gets caught up in the justice system is ludicrous. It has no basis in reality.
Really, I deserve better from my elected officials than what I have read here today.
Dec 20, 2016
commented on The Morning News: Mukilteo Shooter Pleads Guilty to Three Counts of Murder, State Attorney General Still Pushing for Assault Weapon Ban
What Ferguson refuses to understand is that a rifle gave that dipshit in Mukilteo no further lethality than he would have had with a pistol. It's not like he was Anders Breivik, killing people by the dozen.
I used to think that being so openly hostile to gun owners was a great way to commit political suicide, but I don't know anymore. Our state gets bluer and bluer. We get more like California every day.
Regardless of the outcome, I was smart and already bought the weapons I wanted, so any bans that come to pass will be too late to restrain me. Ferguson and his allies can suck my ass.
Dec 9, 2016
commented on The Fight Over a Weed Farm on San Juan Island
This would be amusing if it weren't so sad. Did the Rices not know that the San Juans are probably the most NIMBY rural environment in the entire state? Not to mention that the neighbors all have substantial resources to engage you in whatever legal battle suits their fancy.
They might as well have tried to establish a grow op on Mercer Island.