Mainstream News Not At All Interested In White Supremacist Terrorism

Major news websites at 9:30 a.m..
Major news websites at 9:30 a.m..

Yesterday afternoon, two people were stabbed to death by a man who, according to witnesses, was hurling anti-Muslim slurs at a woman wearing a hijab on a Portland light rail train. (One other person was stabbed but the injuries will not kill them.) The suspect in the stabbing is Jeremy Christians, "a known local white supremacist." Despite the fact that the information we have about this deadly incident is pointing to terrorism, it is barely mentioned on major news websites. At this moment (9:30 am—over 15 hours after the incident), the GOP's website Fox News has nothing at all, and the same goes for the "liberal" MSNBC and center-right ABC News, which has a story about Trump calling his first formal international trip a "home run" and a picture of the Irish rock star Bono hanging out with George W. Bush.

NBC News has a small thing about a "ranting man" killing some people in Portland. The New York Times mentions the incident and its nature (the anti-Muslim threats), but it's not at the top of the page, and it's below a post about the Manchester bombing. CNN's website has the little story of a "man shouting 'anti-everything slurs'" (yes, "anti-everything"—meaning, the white suspect was just angry at the whole damn world and not telling Muslims to get out of America, as witnesses reported) tucked in the corner. CBS News buried the story beneath a post about the Wonder Woman movie, a video about the comedian Bill Burr, and huge pictures, one of which is of a buffoon trying to look presidential.

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Portland Mercury: Suspect In Portland Hate Crime a Known Known White Supremacist

Jeremy Christian, now accused of hate crime murders, at the right-wing March for Free Speech on April 29
Jeremy Christian, now accused of hate crime murders, at the right-wing "March for Free Speech" on April 29 Doug Brown

Doug Brown at the Portland Mercury, our sister paper, reports:

The man accused of the brutal hate crime slayings of two people at the Hollywood Transit Center on Friday afternoon is a known local white supremacist.

Jeremy Christians mug shot
Jeremy Christian's mug shot
Jeremy Christian, 35, was booked early Saturday morning on two aggravated murder charges, an attempted murder charge, two intimidation (hate crime) charges, and a felon in possession of a restricted weapon charge.

The Portland Police Bureau (PPB) reported that the man "was on the MAX train yelling various remarks that would be best characterized as hate speech toward a variety of ethnicities and religions. At least two of the victims attempted to intervene with the suspect and calm him down. The suspect attacked the men, stabbing three, before leaving the train."

Witnesses told the police that he was harassing two women who appear to be Muslim. One was described as wearing a hijab. One of the men he stabbed died at the scene, one was pronounced dead at a hospital, and one is expected to survive.

Christian is a known right wing extremist and white supremacist. On April 29, Christian showed up to the right-wing "March for Free Speech" on 82nd Avenue in Montavilla with a baseball bat in an attempt to assault left-wing protesters. The bat was quickly confiscated by Portland police officers. He ranted how he was a nihilist. He'd soon yelled racial slurs ("fuck all you n*****s") and gave the Nazi salute throughout the day. He yelled "Hail Vinland" throughout the day.

Click over to the Mercury for more.


The musical comedy to die for must end on June 11!

Everyone is a suspect in Murder for Two—a drop-dead funny murder mystery musical with a twist. One actor investigates the crime, the other plays all the suspects—and they both play the piano! A zany blend of classic musical comedy and madcap mystery, this ninety-minute whodunit is a highly theatrical duet loaded with killer laughs. Called “Ingenious” by The New York Times, Murder for Two is the perfect blend of murder, music and mayhem!

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Two Men Reportedly Stabbed to Death While Attempting to Intervene in Anti-Muslim Harrassment

A man on a Portland train hurled anti-Muslim insults on a train before fatally stabbing two good samaritans who intervened in the harassment, according to Portland Police. One man was killed on the scene, while another died in a hospital. Yet another man who attempted to help was also stabbed, but his injuries are not life-threatening, police reported.

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RuPaul's Drag Race Recap: "Crew Better Work" Reminds Us Drag Queens Can Be Boring, Too!

Spoiler: Bae Couleé did not come to slay.
Spoiler: Bae Couleé did not come to slay.

Start your engines and put them in neutral, hunties, because this episode is a snoozy roll downhill. After one of the most shocking lip syncs in RPDR herstery, it was going to be hard for the show to continue with that energy. But the producers could have at least attempted to put together a challenge worthy of such a talented top six (minus she-who-must-not-be-named). Instead, the show gives its annual makeover episode. But there are no veterans or little people or elderly gays. No, RuPaul puts her claws on the crew, and not the pit crew... the production crew. Meh. I miss Our Lady of Guadalupe.

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SIFF Review: Sam Elliot Is Wonderful in Bittersweet Drama, The Hero


DON'T MISS: Lee (Sam Elliott) has cancer, he smokes a lot of weed, he is divorced from his wife and has been neglectful of his adult daughter, and his successful acting career is in the past. This is an intense, quiet movie about a man possibly facing his death and evaluating his life. There are some nice moments of levity provided by a drug-dealing friend (played by Nick Offerman). Sam Elliott is wonderful, and so are his eyebrows and mustache. (But a small—okay, big—quibble: Why can men in movies not date women within their own age range?) We root for Lee’s revitalization even as he questions whether it is worth it to try to buy more time. Check out the trailer, and get info on his Seattle appearance (and screenings of The Hero) below.

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Last-Minute Plans: 97 Cheap & Easy Things To Do in Seattle Over Memorial Day Weekend 2017

Northwest Folklife is a huge, iconic Seattle festival with no admission fee (but a suggested $10 donation).
Northwest Folklife is a huge, iconic Seattle festival with no admission fee (but a suggested $10 donation). cpaulfell/

We've already compiled a list of out-of-town Memorial Day weekend festivals, but, if you're looking for something that's closer to home (and requires less effort) for your three-day weekend, we've got you covered. Below, you'll find plenty of events that won't cost more than $10, ranging from big community festivals like Northwest Folklife, to the beginning of free outdoor concert series like the one at the Ballard Locks, to dance parties like Pop2K, to punk concerts like Punk As Folk, to opportunities to get free coffee, free popsicles, and free burgers. Click through the links below for complete details, or check out our Things To Do calendar for even more options, including the best movies to see at SIFF this weekend.

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1. Andy Miller's Sweethearts of Comedy
Stand-up comic Andy Miller will share the stage with his favorite funny darlings. Tonight, his guests will be Wilfred Padua, Cameron Mazzuca, Evelyn Jensen, Tyler Smith, and Brent Flyberg. Laugh for free and drink (not for free, but the brews are nicely priced).
(South Lake Union, free)

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Anti-Trans Activists Are Allegedly Harassing People Who Decline to Sign Their Petitions. What Are Your Rights to Counter Them?

Seth Kirby, chair of trans advocacy group Washington Wont Discriminate, addresses a crowd at a rally in February.
Seth Kirby, chair of trans advocacy group Washington Won't Discriminate, addresses a crowd at a rally in February. Washington Won't Discriminate

In February, anti-trans activist group Just Want Privacy revamped their efforts to police transgender people's genitals in bathrooms by launching I-1552, a new bigoted bill that would bar trans students in public schools from using restrooms that correspond to their gender identities. The initiative also scraps state protections for trans people by allowing businesses and state agencies to keep trans people out of gender-segregated bathrooms. Just Want Privacy failed to repeal Washington State human rights protections for trans people in 2016.

Campaign volunteers are now out gathering signatures to get the initiative on the November ballot.

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The Week in Weed: Vermont Governor Vetoes Legislation, Canadians are Replacing Prescription Drugs with Weed, and Washington State University Will Pay You to Get Stoned

Are more people replacing their prescription drugs with weed?
Are more people replacing their prescription drugs with weed? Scott Barbour and Justin Sullivan via Getty Images

“Marijuana is not medicine!” cried acting DEA Chuck Rosenberg. And yet…it’s been shown to reduce epilepsy in children and treat menstrual cramps, and a Canadian study says more people are replacing their prescription meds with weed. Also, the pharmaceutical industry could lose money to medical marijuana if it becomes legalized across the country. Read on.

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Over 200 People Gathered Last Night to Talk About Art in Seattle. Here’s What Was Said.

This happened last night.
This happened last night.Emily Pothast

Last night, around 220 people (according to Artist Trust, who handled ticketing) gathered at Greg Kucera Gallery for an event called In Support of Artists: The Evolution of Seattle Exhibition Space. Billed as a panel discussion about the changing ecosystem of local exhibition spaces, the discussion was assembled, in part, to address questions raised during a Town Hall conversation in January where Gage Academy of Art founder Gary Faigin asked, “Are today’s art galleries going the way of video rental stores?”

The short answer, of course, is no. As Greg Kucera pointed out early in the evening, a crowdsourced list of every gallery that has ever opened and closed in Seattle is only slightly longer than a list of all the galleries and alternative exhibition spaces currently operating. On paper, at least, Seattle’s art scene is as healthy as ever.

But this is where things start to get complicated.

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The Commune: A Movie for Seattle's Housing Crisis?

Hej, Seattle. Our movie The Commune  will give some ideas on how to live in a fucking expensive city.
Hej, Seattle. Our movie The Commune will give you some ideas on how to live in a fucking expensive city.

Danish director Thomas Vinterberg made his rep with 1998's The Celebration, in which a well-heeled family unravels in spectacular fashion. If The Commune is a sexier, more relaxed picture, Vinterberg, who lived in a Copenhagen commune for 12 years, remains concerned with the ways people de/construct family. (For an even more relaxed take on Scandinavian communes of the 1970s, Lukas Moodysson's Together is the film to beat.)

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Inquest Jury: Officers Feared for Lives, Didn't Show Concern for Welfare, Before Fatally Shooting Renee Davis

Lawyers for the Davis family discuss the results of the inquest with Danielle Bargala, Renee Davis foster sister.
Lawyers for the Davis family discuss the results of the inquest with Danielle Bargala, Renee Davis' foster sister. SB

A six-person jury deliberated for an hour and a half before determining that the officers who fatally shot Renee Davis, a 23-year-old, pregnant Muckleshoot mother of three, believed she posed an imminent threat of death or bodily injury to them before firing their guns at her during a welfare check.

At the same time, half the jurors believed that the deputies were not concerned for Davis' welfare upon seeing her in her bedroom before shooting her. Two jurors disagreed with that assessment, and one answered "unknown."

Jurors answered unanimously on most of the 33 questions they were asked to answer, which were proposed by lawyers on both sides and approved by the judge.

Danielle Bargala, Davis' foster sister, said she had hoped for more "no's" or "unknowns" on the question of whether the officers feared for their lives. "Now they get to keep their jobs, basically, no questions asked," Bargala said.

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Savage Love Letter of the Day: Morally Jerking Off to Non-consensual Erotica


I'm a straight cis-gendered man in my mid-twenties, and happily in a committed relationship. For a long time, I've considered myself a feminist, and I wear the title with pride. I believe women deserve all the equal rights of men, and try to do my part in application as well. (Speaking out at work for better hiring practices and marching in local equality marches for example.) In an attempt to be as genuine as possible I've recently begun evaluating my other actions to make sure the mesh with my words, which has led me to the elephant in my bedroom. I enjoy erotic fiction over porn when I masturbate, and the genre that excites me the most is "non-consent." While I probably don't need to clarify this with you, I will anyway, my fantasy for this kind of literature ends at that, masturbation fantasy. The thought of any kind of real non-consensual sexual contact disgusts me beyond words and I have no desire to ever act out any of the stories I read even in play with a consenting partner. For me, they are just exciting stories involving control and humiliation, both of which turn me on when I read about them. Lately I am questioning: Is it healthy to enjoy these stories or should I seek less morally questionable masturbation aids on principle? Secondly should I disclose this to my partner in the name of honesty?

Masturbation, Orgasms, Rape, And Literature Shame

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The Montana Election Reflects the Death of White Accountability

Dont call it a bodyslam...
Don't call it a bodyslam...

NYC-based culture critic Jay Smooth expressed how shocking it is for many that a politician attacked a reporter, won the race, and feels that an apology settled the matter. Smooth points out that Greg Gianforte, the "Republican and billionaire," did not bodyslam the reporter, who asked him to comment on the widely reported negative impact Trumpcare would have on millions of poor Americans. Gianforte. He went for his throat. Meaning, he tried to kill the reporter, whose life would end if air can't pass in and out of his larynx. That's what choking is all about. And what does all of this look like to millions of black, Latino, and Asian Americans? Whites in the GOP are no longer held accountable for anything.

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Wes Hurley's Short Documentary Little Potato Is a Must-See at SIFF


As soon as Wes Hurley got to SXSW in March, where he was showing his documentary short Little Potato, people started coming up to him. "We were in a huge line to get our badges, and volunteers were coming up to us to say, 'Oh my god, you were in Little Potato. We love your mom so much!' That was shocking, because we thought we'd be kind of lost down there, considering how big the festival is. We thought, 'Okay, people are really responding to the film.'"

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Inbox Jukebox: A Weekly Shortlist of Good New Music. Shabazz Palaces, Martin Rev, Judy Dyble, and More

Shabazz Palaces reminisce futuristically on their new single.
Shabazz Palaces reminisce futuristically on their new single. Victoria Kovios

Shabazz Palaces, “Since C.A.Y.A.” (Sub Pop). It may seem like we've been over-saturating you with Shabazz Palaces coverage lately, but when you have this monumental a force in your backyard, it's hard to ignore. So I present the second single from Shabazz's forthcoming Quazarz: Born on a Gangster Star (out July 14 on Sub Pop, along with its "monozygotic twin" LP, Quazarz Vs. the Jealous Machines), "Since C.A.Y.A." Ish Butler and Erik Blood co-produced this joint under the handle 'Knife Knights' at Protect and Exalt Labs: A Black Space, and they hit up Thundercat to lace it with humid, Cecil McBee-like bass. The song obliquely traces Butler's memories of Seattle's Central Area Youth Association recreation center when he was coming of age in the '70s and '80s. It's a sonically disorienting track, rhythmically shifty and seemingly emanating from a cave bubbling with magma, mirrored by the temporally disjunctive line, "Lost in these streets is now lost in the beat/Man, I can't even remember my last tweet.” (By the way, you can catch Butler rapping in Digable Planets Saturday May 27 at Showbox at the Market.)

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