Synopsis: Feral yoots amusing themselves. Pols rubbing hands together and crying "What can we do? Oh, what can we do?"
[KIRO7] Seattle is now averaging more than two cases every day with debris thrown at drivers, mostly near downtown Seattle.
Washington State Patrol, working with Seattle police, have arrested 4 people in the last couple of weeks.
Yet, another case of rocks thrown from an overpass happened just Friday morning near the Washington State Convention Center. Troopers say no one was hurt in this latest case.
But the continued surge has drivers are calling on leaders to take action to stop the crimes.
There's nothing I can do, said Kristi O'Brien, who is a managing attorney at a law firm in downtown Seattle.
Drivers are getting increasingly frustrated because of these terrifying incidents.
Scooters, bikes, rebars, rocks %u2013 all sorts of debris are getting thrown at drivers from the overpass or side of the road. Some drivers have been hurt seriously enough to require treatment at the hospital.
O'Brien commutes into downtown from Mercer Island and said she was well aware of this disturbing trend.
Kind of looking a little bit nervously at the overpasses each time I drove into my office, O'Brien said.
Then on Wednesday she saw a propane tank careening over Dr. Jose Rizal bridge onto the I-90 highway below. It smashed into the windshield of the driver in front of her.
A full sized propane tank, the type you'd use for a BBQ grill, O'Brien said. This propane tank is bouncing around in the middle of the highway, she said.
She said that driver pulled over and appeared to be okay.
But just two weeks ago, another attorney at her law office had a chair and a cinder block thrown at his car with his three young kids inside.
What upsets me, O'Brien said. This feels like something that could be preventable. Why would you not take the steps that need to be taken and take it seriously?
She also believes the trend is bad for business in Seattle.
You already have people who've been hesitant to return to downtown, somewhat due to safety concerns, then you add this, O'Brien said.
Washington State Patrol said on Friday that since early April, there have been 186 reported incidents of debris thrown at drivers, with most cases happening in the downtown core.
Early last week there were 161 incidents %u2013 jumping 25 cases in less than two weeks.
WSDOT says it is monitoring traffic cameras and troopers have increased patrols but O'Brien says it's not enough.
There is going to be an immediate safety concern until physical barriers are put up to prevent it, she said. Other drivers have made the same suggestion.
However, WSDOT says fencing is not being considered for many reasons.
Among the reasons, a spokesperson said it wouldn't be an effective solution because:
There are too many locations where the debris are being thrown (WSP says more incidents happen from the side of the road than overpasses)
Objects like rocks can still be thrown over fences
WSDOT said they've had problems with people cutting fences
There would need to be engineering assessments to see if the overpasses could even handle the loads of installed fencing
But O'Brien says something does need to change.
I don't pretend to have the answers, I just know this is an urgent safety concern, she said.
[NYPOST] One woman was killed and six others suffered bullets wounds in a "senseless" mass shooting in Portland Saturday, according to the local police department and mayor. Were they shot in the buttocks?
An 18-year-old woman, who has not yet been publicly identified, died at a Portland hospital after gunfire struck seven victims around 2 a.m., according to the Portland police department and reports. The other six victims' wounds are not life-threatening, cops said.
Police said an investigation into the shooting — which occurred in downtown Portland on the block of Southwest 3rd Avenue — is underway. No arrests have been made, police said.
Portland Police Chief Chuck Lovell said cops came to an "extremely chaotic" situation after the shooting, according to reports.
Witness Filiberto Saldana told The Oregonian he was cooking in his food truck when he suddenly heard the gunshots and saw a dark blue vehicle speeding away from the scene.
"The next thing I know I heard people running," Saldana said, according to The Oregonian. "We just saw a car going fast in front of us."
Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler ...Poindextrous lefty Dem mayor of Portland, Oregon. Allowed a year and a half of Antifa/BLM riots to destroy downtown sections of his city while playing catch and release with the perpetrators and hamstringing his police. He got reelected in the course of all that because the alternative was worse. He has yet to accomplish anything of substance, unless destroying a fairly pleasant city counts... was "heartbroken" by the "senseless" fatal shooting.
"What happened early this morning is devastating. It's tragic and it's senseless," Wheeler said at a presser after the shooting, according to a local CBS affiliate. "Anytime lives are lost, when people are injured because of gun violence, I feel myself feeling heartbroken, but at the same time, angry."
"We have clearly a gun violence problem in our community," he reportedly added. "We have a homicide problem in our community and the community should expect that we will have the adequate resources."
[TOWNHALL] "Let her be unemployed!" Resigned from the PTA. Still a NAACP leader
The other day I highlighted the disturbing remarks of a local NAACP leader in Fairfax County, Virginia. On Thursday night, Michelle Leete stood outside the Jackson Middle School and rallied protesters in favor of Critical Race Theory (CRT) into a round of applause as she declared "Let them die" about her opponents. On Saturday morning, the Virginia PTA announced over Twitter that she's since resigned from her position with them.
Leete resigned from her position of Vice President of Training at the Virginia PTA. She's also the Vice President of the Fairfax NAACP and the Vice President of Communications for the Fairfax County PTA.
Natanson also revealed it appears Leete is no longer with the Fairfax PTA, either, as the position is listed as "vacant" on their website:
But, as the fallout from her remarks continues — fueled by conservative commentators online — Leete appears to have already lost another job: her position as vice president of communications for the Fairfax County Council Parent Teacher Association. As of Saturday morning, the Fairfax PTA website listed the communications vice president role as “Vacant” in a slot that contained Leete’s name as recently as Friday evening.
The Fairfax PTA did not immediately respond to a question asking why and how Leete had lost her position with the group.
The PTA position is probably unpaid, so her income is still half of what it was, while the flattery of the silly is down 90% — a deficit the poor dear will feel daily.
[AMERICANTHINKER] How can you tell we're slipping under the yoke of totalitarianism? The New York Times
...which still proudly displays Walter Duranty's Pulitzer prize... has declared that the word "freedom" is merely an "anti-government slogan," and the Biden regime refuses to condemn Cuba's communist police state, even as it "disappears" Cuban dissidents during live video feeds. I don't know how much clearer the State and its "news" propagandists can be. If "freedom" is a dirty little word as meaningless as "hope and change," then everything upon which the United States of America has been built is dead, and if the Obama-Biden cabal running the White House find common cause with the same Castro-Guevara mass murderers who have tortured and summarily executed innocent Cubans in the name of "revolution" for sixty years, then the federal government cannot be trusted.
That last sentence is especially troubling. Apparently, in Anaheim, you can't say anything that does not "reflect our city and its values".
So much for the First Amendment.
Posted by: Rambler in Virginia ||
07/19/2021 9:22 Comments ||
We're seeing a replay of what was going on in Berkeley in 2015 which culminated in the Berkeley battles.
Posted by: Rex Mundi ||
07/19/2021 11:17 Comments ||
Gaetz and Taylor-Greene have made themselves targets. And now they have a problem with that.
Posted by: M. Murcek ||
07/19/2021 11:29 Comments ||
Whatever happened to the right to peaceably assemble?
Posted by: Abu Uluque ||
07/19/2021 12:14 Comments ||
What happened? The mob learned that, with the blessings of the Uniparty, it was allowed to cancel the Constitution on a whim and has gone on to do so repeatedly.
Posted by: Rex Mundi ||
07/19/2021 12:34 Comments ||
Posted by: M. Murcek ||
07/19/2021 12:59 Comments ||
Spontaneous, flash mob techniques at large open air venues, and when the authorities mobilize, dissolve and move to the next site, no permits, no fees, no schedule, just freedom of assembly, not regulated events. The police must always declare the gathering an "unlawful assembly" but spontaneous events in public spaces are hard to deter when they migrate. Antifa uses this tactic routinely...
Anaheim is a company town. It is no longer the Republican stronghold it was joked about in Bob Hope days. Disney owns it and operates it.Even in the 80's the city Attorney's office had a designated attorney to handle Disney related cases. The rest of the county is loaded with illegals and democrats. The only conservatives are the rich and the Vietnamese community who came after the war.
The underlying issue here is that Antifa does not organize spontaneously. They do so online and well in advance as they are constantly looking to bring in the leftist fence sitting crowd. Again, they are able to do this because they have the blessings of the powers that be. Do not attempt such organizing on your own.
Posted by: Rex Mundi ||
07/19/2021 14:21 Comments ||
#8, That's it. It works splendidly. Understaffed police departments a gift from the Democrats. Peaceful also. No worry no BS.
[NYPOST] Any assessment of Joe The Big Guy Biden ...46th president of the U.S. We hold these truths to be self-evident. All men and women created ... by the — you know — you know, the thing... ’s performance last week runs into an obstacle. While it was awful from start to finish, the hard part is deciding which was the absolute worst moment.
Was it the president’s latest attack on state voting law reforms, which he bizarrely called "the most significant test of our democracy since the Civil War"?
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[THEEPOCHTIMES] A little-watched civil rights case that threatens Silicon Valley's Section 230 immunity took a huge step forward on July 16, as an appeals court that rarely does so agreed to review a lower court's decision.The U.S. Appeals Court for the Second Circuit in New York agreed to review a lower court's ruling that Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act (CDA) protects Big Tech companies such as Vimeo from civil rights liability in censorship cases.
Big Tech censorship became a hot button issue during the 2020 presidential campaign when then-President Donald Trump ...The man who was so stupid he beat fourteen professional politicians, a former tech CEO, and a brain surgeon for the Republican nomination in 2016, then beat The Smartest Woman in the World in the general election... was selectively censored by Twitter, YouTube, and Facebook.
The controversy became especially heated late in the campaign when a New York Post series of news articles regarding the allegedly corrupt business dealings of President Joe The Big Guy Biden ...46th president of the U.S. I'm not working for you. Don't be such a horse's ass.... 's son, Hunter, was banned by the Big Tech giants.
Trump has filed a class-action lawsuit in federal court against the firms that censored him. Sen. Josh Hawley (R-Mo.) has also been the most vocal of multiple congressional conservative Republican critics of Section 230 immunity.
The case of Domen v. Vimeo came about after Vimeo, an Internet video-hosting company, terminated Church United's video streaming activities after it featured videos of five men and women who left the gay lifestyle to pursue their Christian faith. Vimeo claimed that its terms of service bar streaming videos that promote sexual orientation change therapy. Church United is led by Pastor Jim Domen.
A federal district court had previously held that Section 230 exempted firms such as Vimeo from civil liability and a three-judge panel of the Second Circuit upheld the lower court's ruling.
However, those who apply themselves too closely to little things often become incapable of great things... as a result of the July 16 decision, the panel's ruling will be reheard before the entire Second Circuit. The Second Circuit covers six federal district courts in three states, including New York, Connecticut, and Vermont.
There currently are 10 active judges on the Second Circuit, as well as 13 semi-retired senior judges.
"This ruling puts Section 230 immunity in the crosshairs of judicial review. We suspect that the en banc court recognizes that Big Tech is not exempt from state and federal civil rights laws," said attorney Robert Tyler, general counsel for the Caliphornia, an impregnable bastion of the Democratic Party,-based Advocates for Faith & Freedom. His law firm, Tyler & Bursch, represents Pastor Jim Domen and the California-based Church United nonprofit.
[FoxNews] Vice President Kamala Harris is going for what a White House official told Fox News is a "routine doctor's appointment" at Walter Reed Medical Center on Sunday.
The visit to the Bethesda, Maryland, hospital comes after she met with Texas Democratic lawmakers on Tuesday. Three of the Democrats had tested positive for coronavirus, with one testing positive Friday night and two others Saturday morning
Oh and by the way the maskless Democrats who flew to D.C. with Covid-19 in their carry-on luggage just met with her. Without masks.
This is the part where we ask the question we always ask, and must ALWAYS keep asking, because asking it is important even though it is rhetorical: HOW WOULD THIS STORY BE REPORTED BY THE MEDIA AND CNN IF IT WERE REPUBLICANS?
[Yahoo via Job Vacancy] The current chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Gen. Mark Milley, had bluntly described his concern that Trump would use America’s armed forces to overturn the 2020 election, according to excerpts released of an upcoming book, “I Alone Can Fix It: Donald J. Trump’s Catastrophic Final Year,” by Pulitzer Prize-winning Washington Post reporters Carol Leonnig and Philip Rucker. Excerpt from Milley book:
"They may try, but they’re not going to f***ing succeed," Milley told his deputies of a possible coup, according to CNN’s account of the book, which will be released Tuesday. "You can’t do this without the military. You can’t do this without the CIA and the FBI. We’re the guys with the guns."
At this point I think about half the country thinks Milley is a traitor, the other half thinks he's a war monger. His only support is the beltway crowd, for now. Watch in future interviews he will be dressed in civilian clothing.
Posted by: Spoter B ||
07/19/2021 6:57 Comments ||
The good general is looking for an extension of his current tour or a posting to the CIA, CIA Think Tank, or the Deep State Department. He has no intention of leaving the beltway or well moneyed assignments. Few of them want to leave. They are ego bound. The power and influence are simply too great. It's D.C. Their question is always 'what do I have to do to remain in the club?' Previously loyalties are fungible.
"We're the guys with the guns." Be afraid America, be very afraid...
You think they and their families live on compounds? They live on the economy. Why do you think the cops in those other countries are so ineffective? You fire up Americans like the Brits did at Lexington Commons, there will be no safe place beyond the compound walls.
A multi-volume chronology and reference guide set detailing three years of the Mexican Drug War between 2010 and 2012.
Rantburg.com and borderlandbeat.com correspondent and author Chris Covert presents his first non-fiction work detailing
the drug and gang related violence in Mexico.
Chris gives us Mexican press dispatches of drug and gang war violence
over three years, presented in a multi volume set intended to chronicle the death, violence and mayhem which has
dominated Mexico for six years.