Jesus Is Coming Again
• To celebrate the rising of Jesus this week, tipper Blake points your attention to Gaywithoutgod.com, "a newly founded, locally operated, international, grassroots resource for gay atheists." What do we call those folks? Gaytheists, we think. Of course, as the website explains, "The hostility of Christianity... is not a reason to shed one's belief in God." What do we call those folks? Fagnostics.
• A shooting in Columbia City last week has neighbors up in arms. To serve a warrant on a robbery suspect, Bellevue police brought a SWAT team to a sleepy, dead-end street. They ended up fatally shooting the suspect and keeping families in lockdown in their homes for hours. Neighbors say it was "traumatizing" and felt like a "war zone," and they're pushing police to explain why so much force was brought to a residential street packed with small children, why communication with residents during the action was, as Seattle's South Precinct captain Steve Paulsen admits, "piss-poor," and whether official accounts of the shooting, which many neighbors dispute, are even accurate.
• Despite the Seattle Times announcing last month that it would erect a $4-per-week website paywall starting in mid-March, its website is still as free as ever. So what's up? Jill Mackie, the vice president of public affairs, says it's coming "slightly later than we initially expected, but soon. At this point, I can't share a specific date."
• On April 1, Seattle nightclub lovers are hosting a dance-in on the state Capitol steps in Olympia to support a bill that would repeal an obscure 9.5 percent tax on venues that offer the opportunity to dance. "Yes, it's April Fools' Day, but this is not an April Fools' joke," writes the Century Ballroom's Deron Hayes in an e-mail. The dance-in runs from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.
• The unemployment rate in the Seattle metropolitan area fell to 5.9 percent in February—one of the lowest rates in the nation—while unemployment statewide rose two-tenths to 8.7 percent. So much for our jobs-destroying socialist agenda.
• Governor Jay Inslee finally took a firm stance on the coal train controversy, asking the federal government to evaluate the "true costs" of coal before approving proposed export terminals. Of course, if you actually work in the true costs of coal—mercury emissions, ocean acidification, rising sea levels, shrinking Cascade snow packs, etc.—coal would be too expensive to export.