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Candidate McDermott: Intent for “military assault weapons” is to murder

You can tell from this guy’s language that he has probably never fired an “assault weapon.”

Joe McDermott

Joe McDermott

Joe McDermott is a current King County Council member and has decided to run to replace Democratic Senator “Baghdad” Jim McDermott (no relation). He’s also taking on one of the proggies’ favorite topics: gun control.

He told MyNorthwest.com: “I have 15 years of experience, both serving a decade in the Washington state Legislature — the House and the Senate — and the last five years on the King County Council achieving progressive results,” McDermott said. “That’s what I will take with me to Congress.”

In an interview with KIRO Radio’s Jason Rantz Show, McDermott maintains he’ll go after gun manufacturers. McDermott spit out the standard gun control narrative: “The 30,000 (gun) deaths a year in our country happen because of the proliferation of weapons, and the type of weapons and the market and sales,” he told Rantz. “I believe this nation needs laws that allow for gun manufacturers to be held criminally and financially liable for their weapons in our streets.”

Jason Rantz did challenge McDermott’s perception of guns, telling him that 2/3 of gun violence is suicides and in Washington that number is closer to 80 percent. Rantz questioned how gun manufacturers should be responsible.

McDermott told him, “Gun manufacturers aren’t liable for every death, but things like assault weapons and large magazines are truly designed just for the ability to kill and harm a large number of people in a short period of time,” he said.  He went on: “I don’t know what other intent there is to have military assault weapons that can fire off that many rounds continuously,” McDermott said.

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And McDermott spouted off more of the proggie narrative: The county council member clarified that he is not talking about hunting rifles and handguns, rather military-style assault weapons that can carry large amounts of ammunition and fire rapidly for long periods of time.

Here’s McDermott’s take on those “assault weapons”: “It’s those large capacities that I believe we need to regulate, control and ban in our country, and hold people accountable for. “(Manufacturers) are not being made responsible. I don’t know what else those weapons are intended for, and they are resulting in mass shootings that harm and kill significant numbers of people in a short period of time,” McDermott said.

He said that no one single legislative action will solve gun violence woes in the country, and pro-gun advocates will pick apart every little action. But the law has to start somewhere.

McDermott said he hasn’t had conversations with gun owners about why they purchase and own military-style weapons, or large capacity magazines. He said he hasn’t found anyone willing to engage in conversation with him about it. Jason Rantz wants to change that. He is asking any such gun owners to write into his show with their reasons for gun ownership, and any rationale for owning such military-style assault weapons and high-capacity magazines. Go here to leave a comment for McDermott or Rantz.


A prisoner accidentally released early from Washington State has been charged with murder

Shocker, not.

getting worse

On December 23, 2015 the Washington State Department of Corrections (DOC) announced they had accidentally released approximately 3,200 inmates early (over a 13-year period) from Washington’s prison system due to a “sentencing computation issue.”

A week later, it was announced that the software fix to correct the error that led to the early release of thousands of offenders was delayed 16 times over the past three years.

DOC Secretary Dan Pacholke

DOC Secretary Dan Pacholke

On December 28, it was announced that one of the prisoners released early, Robert Jackson, killed Lindsay Hill in a car accident. The DOC Secretary Dan Pacholke said he apologized to Hill’s family. “Nothing I can say will bring back Ms. Hill. I deeply regret that this happened,” Pacholke said in a written statement.

Governor Inslee had called the news “absolutely gut-wrenching and heart-breaking. Inslee said in a written statement. “We must make sure nothing like this happens again.”

Well guess what? Too little, too late. It already happened again.

Inmate released early, Jeremiah Smith, killed a person while out of jail

Inmate released early, Jeremiah Smith, killed a person while out of jail

Jeremiah Smith, 26, was mistakenly released from a Washington state prison three months early. He has been charged with shooting and killing a teenager when he should have been locked up, officials said Thursday.

The Everett Herald reports that less than two weeks after his early release, he gunned down Ceasar Medina, 17, outside a tattoo parlor in Spokane.

Smith had previously been convicted of robbery, burglary and assault and shouldn’t have been released until Aug. 10. He is now in jail and charged with first-degree murder and robbery in the May 26 killing.

DOC Secretary Dan Pacholke is now in major PR spin control mode. “I’m very concerned about what we’ll uncover as we move forward,” Pacholke said in a conference call with reporters. (I’ll bet they are.)

The attorney general’s office advised the Department of Corrections in 2012 that it wasn’t necessary to manually recalculate prisoners’ sentences after the software error was brought to light, according to documents released by the department late Wednesday. (I love how they keep releasing details slowly. They should just rip the Band-Aid off quickly but have probably been advised by state attorneys to not do so.)

The assistant attorney general assigned to the agency wrote in December 2012 that from a “risk management perspective,” a recalculation, by hand, of hundreds of sentences was “not so urgent” because a software reprogramming fix eventually would take care of the issue, according to the emails released in response to a public records request by The Associated Press.


Washington State DOC’s software fix for early prisoner release error delayed 16 times

Last week I told you how the Washington State Department of Corrections (DOC) had mistakenly released as many as 3,200 offenders – over a 13 year period – early due to a software problem.

A woman was killed by an offender who was released early.

Now we find out the DOC had delayed the fix for their software “glitch” SIXTEEN times. Some heads had better roll.

Dan Pacholke

Dan Pacholke

Dan Pacholke, the DOC Secretary, said a software fix to correct an error that led to the early release of thousands of offenders was delayed 16 times over the past three years. (And why wasn’t this reported in their original statement? Methinks the state lawyer(s) were consulted on how to divulge their screw up.)

King 5 reports that the media was briefed Tuesday, one week after DOC revealed their computer coding error dating back to 2002. He did not, however, give any indication as to why this software fix was delayed.

The DOC continues to review records to identify those offenders who were released early and may need to be brought back into custody. There are 44 individuals that may need to be brought back into custody. Of that number, 24 offenders have been rearrested, so far.

Beyond the offender who was released early and killed his girlfriend, DOC is looking for Daniel Morris who was originally convicted of assault with a deadly weapon. Morris is now wanted on attempt to elude.

Governor Jay Inslee has ordered an independent investigation into the early release error. It could be completed in a couple of months. Heck, it might even take 13 years.

The software glitch which led to the miscalculations of inmate sentences was initially discovered in 2012 by the family of a victim, but a “fix” was repeatedly postponed. When Pacholke was questioned as to why the software fix was delayed 16 times, he said that will be the focus on an independent review. “That really is one of the main topics of the outside investigative review team, is to try and determine how could a critical system fix be delayed that many times successively,” said Pacholke.



Washington State prisoner accidentally freed early is charged in deadly wreck that killed his girlfriend

Last week I told you about how the Washington State Department of Corrections had made a mistake for 13 years: they released approximately 3,200 inmates in Washington’s prison system early from their sentences due to a “sentencing computation issue.”

I smell a lawsuit coming Inslee's way...

I smell a lawsuit coming Inslee’s way…

Well, whatdoyouknow, one of those prisoners accidently released early has been charged with killing his girlfriend in a car crash when he should have been behind bars, MyNorthwest.com reported.

The freed man was Robert Jackson, 38, who walked out of prison Aug. 10, four months too soon. He had been convicted of robbery with a deadly weapon and should have been released Dec. 6. Jackson fled from a Nov. 11 wreck in Bellevue that killed his girlfriend Lindsay Hill, 35, who was riding in the car he was driving, according to prosecutors and Department of Corrections officials.

Jackson has been charged with vehicular homicide and felony hit-and-run and is being held in jail on $2 million bail, prosecutors said. Apparently Jackson was speeding and impaired by drugs or alcohol at the time of the accident. In a filing seeking the bail, Senior Deputy Prosecuting Attorney Amy Freedheim wrote that Jackson was “a flight risk and a grave danger to the community.”

A message left with Jackson’s attorney was not immediately returned Monday.

Dan Pacholke

Dan Pacholke

Washington State Department of Correction’s Secretary Dan Pacholke said he apologized to Hill’s family on Sunday. “Nothing I can say will bring back Ms. Hill. I deeply regret that this happened,” Pacholke said in a written statement.

Governor Inslee called the news “absolutely gut-wrenching and heart-breaking. There is nothing that can right this horrible wrong,” Inslee said in a written statement. “We must make sure nothing like this happens again.”

More than two dozen offenders erroneously released since June potentially need to be arrested and returned to prison because of an error the agency made on calculating sentences. Officials said three of those ex-prisoners had committed new crimes, but they downgraded that number to two on Monday. That number includes Jackson. But don’t hold your breath that number will not increase: Officials also are reviewing records to find any additional offenders who may have committed new crimes.

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Read the rest of how they are trying to fix their glitch spin their error here.


Prison glitch has been releasing inmates early for 13 years in Washington

Can you imagine a private-sector company making a major error for 13 years?

Gov. Inslee

Gov. Inslee

Democrat Washington State Governor Jay Inslee is apparently furious at this latest news, calling it a “serious error,” “unacceptable” and “maddening.” I’m not going to hold my breath that any government employee(s) will actually lose their job(s) over this.

According to MyNorthwest.com, approximately 3,200 inmates in Washington’s prison system have been released early from their sentences due to a “sentencing computation issue” at the Department of Corrections, according to the governor’s office. That error has miscalculated the sentences of prisoners, letting them out early for nearly 13 years.

Inslee said, “These were serious errors with serious implications. When I learned of this I ordered DOC to fix this, fix it fast, and fix it right. I have a lot of questions about how and why this happened, and I understand that members of the public will have those same questions. I expect the external investigation will bring the transparency and accountability we need to make sure this issue is resolved.

In 2002, Washington State implemented a new sentencing system for some prisoners at the order of the Supreme Court. That system has been miscalculating sentences ever since and has been releasing prisoners about two months early.

Inslee’s office said that the prisoners that have been let out of jail early are a narrow subset of the prison population, about 3 percent. Inslee has ordered that releases be halted until hand calculations can be done to determine the proper release date.

And apparently, liberals in Lala-Land believe the early release offenders will turn themselves back in to finish their time. The state is contacting offenders that were released early over the years to fulfill their remaining time. They will either be placed in a work-release program or be sent back to prison.

It’s been 13 years since the problem started and now Inslee is saying a software fix to the department of corrections is expected by Jan. 7, 2016, in less than a month!

don't hold your breath


WSDOT blames economic rebound for worsening congestion

Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT) is the worst. They really want you to believe that they have no way to plan for traffic congestion and how to manage it. I have some questions for WSDOT:

Typical traffic backup in the Seattle area.

Typical traffic backup in the Seattle area.

MyNorthwest.com: The congestion drivers in the Pacific Northwest are experiencing on a daily basis can be attributed to a successful economy, according to the Washington State Department of Transportation.

Delays on state highways increased 4.6 percent between 2012 and 2014, according to WSDOT’s 2015 Corridor Capacity Report. The increase mirrors economic growth.

Though statewide traffic congestion is up, the average statewide congestion in 2014 was 8 percent below the 2007 pre-recession levels, according to the report.

“As the report shows, transit and HOV lanes play a big role in creating more capacity on state highways and help us manage growing congestion,” said Secretary of Transportation Lynn Peterson. “We’re collaborating with our partners in cities, counties and transit to get the most capacity out of the state’s multimodal transportation system and provide commuters viable travel options.”

Of the five monitored freeway corridors in central Puget Sound, I-5, I-405 and I-90 saw increases in congestion. Tolling and carpooling reduced congestion on SR 520 and SR 167 by 71 percent and 24 percent respectively.

Drivers can thank themselves for the worsening congestion. Between 2012 and 2014, passenger vehicle registrations increased 6.9 percent, according to WSDOT. Licensed drivers increased by 7.6 percent.

Statewide travel delay cost drivers and businesses an estimated $808 million in 2014 compared to $773 in 2012. The Puget Sound region contributes for 96.8 percent of the total delay.

And it’s not just congestion that is on the rise. “Incidents” increased by 8.1 percent, according to WSDOT. WSDOT crews responded to 48,691 incidents.

Though congestion is on an upward trend, the number of commuters driving alone isn’t. People driving alone decreased from [a whopping] 72.7 percent to 72.4 percent of drivers between 2013 and 2014. Those carpooling remained static at 10.1 percent.

government solve all problems

WSDOT just installed new HOV/toll lanes on 405 that are making traffic a nightmare. That’s why they spin and sell for HOV/toll concepts. I’m so glad I don’t live in that area any more!


Washington state liberals hardest hit: Another Chick-Fil-A, another crowd – this time in Lynnwood

People camped out for the opening of the Lynnwood Chick-Fil-A

People camped out for the opening of the Lynnwood Chick-Fil-A

KOMO: They’re chowing down on chicken in Lynnwood. A brand-new Chick-Fil-A restaurant opened Thursday morning near a busy stretch of 196th Street there.

Traffic has been moving smoothly on the street – but the eatery’s parking lot is a different story. It’s been congested all morning.

The die-hard fans of the chain have been camped out for 24 hours – working to win Chick-Fil-A meals for a year. The store opened its doors at 6 a.m. to the clammer of pots and pans and those lucky winners getting their one-year supply cards.

Outside – on 30th Place – city crews altered the normal traffic pattern to make sure Chick-Fil-A diners did not delay shoppers at the nearby Lowes outlet. But so far this extra step seems to have confused more drivers than helped them.

The Lynnwood store is the third Chick-Fil-A to open in the area over the past four weeks. Previous store openings in Bellevue and Tacoma also attracted large crowds.

Maybe there’s a lot of closeted conservatives in Lynnwood (and Bellevue and Tacoma)? Or just maybe a lot of liberals supporting the hate group known as Chick-Fil-A trying to get free meals for a year!

But sells very well!

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