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Seattle Parks’ $248M budget gets you this “safe” and “welcoming” environment

The other day, Christopher Rufo shared pictures from a Seattle Park.

Rufo is a writer who once ran for Seattle City Council. He dropped out of the race due to tolerance bullying of Seattle progressives. Read more about that story here.

Here’s what the Seattle Parks and Recreation deems to be “safe, welcoming opportunities to play, learn, contemplate, and build community:”

This is what $248,611,313 of taxpayer dollars gets you in progressive Seattle.

Have a wonderful day in this Seattle park!

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Seattle repeat offender released with no charges; hours later nearly kills a man

Seattle City bureaucrat, I mean attorney, Pete Holmes

Seattle City Attorney Peter Holmes is lenient with repeat offenders. Last February in a blog post entitled, “How many convictions does it take for Seattle City Attorney to place a homeless criminal in jail after his latest assault?,” I told you how the goot attorney would not charge and throw in a jail a man who had 72 convictions (including 14 felonies). This was after the perp attempted ANOTHER assault.

Just par for the course with these progressives who want to keep criminals free in the name of “criminal justice reform.”

I’m sure 29-year-old repeat offender Ardalla Jama is quite pleased with Holmes’ decision. Jama was released from King County Jail last weekend after attacking a security guard in Seattle (he was given a conditional release from jail). Jama was re-arrested a few hours later for a brutal attack that ended with that victim being hospitalized in intensive care. Details from MSN:

“Ardalla Jama, 29, is facing several charges in connection with a fight Saturday night at City Hall Park, which is located a few blocks away from the county jail.

Prosecutors said Jama allegedly kicked and stomped the victim’s head after he fell to the ground, and a witness said Jama continued his attack on the victim even after he lost consciousness. The victim, whose identity was not immediately disclosed, suffered significant wounds to his face and head. Information about his condition was pending.

Following that attack, Jama was again taken into custody, marking his sixth arrest so far this year in cases that often involve violence.”

Read the whole story here.

Jama’s has previously been arrested for assault, malicious mischief, harassment and property destruction. He was also charged with felony harassment in 2017, but was found incompetent to stand trial due to concerns about his mental fitness.

Seattle, like many demorat-run cities who are soft on criminals, has seen an increase in shootings and crime in general. Seattle’s homicides are the highest in decades and burglaries, arson, and motor vehicle thefts are also up.

With demorats in charge, this is what you get when you want “progress” in your city.

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Liberal logic in Seattle: Thoughts on policing

While reading this “Thoughts on policing in Seattle” rant below, keep the following in mind:

Seattle’s ten-year plan to end homeless originated in 2005. In Seattle/King County they currently spend ONE BILLION taxpayer dollars annually to “fight” homelessness. Today, public homelessness has never been this bad across Seattle.

Seattle and King County bureaucrats do not punish repeat criminal offenders. Just a year ago a King County judge spoke about why repeat offenders receive no punishments: “We’re just talking about property crime.”

A young (28-year-old) Seattle business owner shared the following on TwitLonger:

“I currently manage a small business in Seattle, and this month I’ve experienced more crime than ever- burglary, break in attempts, shoplifting, shoplifting while I was cleaning up after the burglary. Today I was asked to do an interview with Jonathan Choe of KOMO News, and after some thought and discussion, I’ve declined to do it. He was reporting on the suspect who will be in court tomorrow, not for our burglary (though he was arrested that same night with our merchandise under his arm, still tagged) but for assaulting a police officer, later that week. While on the phone, Mr. Choe indicated that this would be a report on the current state of prosecution in Seattle, and while I’m still very much angry, and very hurt, by what’s happened to my place of work (thousands of dollars of damage in an otherwise exhausting, challenging year! An injured employee! Sleepless nights!), I do not trust that my words on camera would not be turned into propaganda.

The arrest of the burglar gives me no joy, and no security. It will not pay for the smashed windows or damaged and destroyed product. Yes, it deeply disturbs me that I do not feel safe in my community and that as it stands now, I feel vulnerable to criminals. But it upsets me even more that I knew there would be no protection and that I could not trust the people who claim to serve and protect to do any of that. It scares me even just putting these words out into the world, I fear retaliation. We are a very small business and this has been a very tough year. I wish I trusted the systems that are supposed to be in place to protect us to do more. I wish I felt like the tax dollars we pay did something besides brutalizing protesters and the unhoused. The morning after the burglary, I stood among the wreckage and I just felt- sad. Our burglar is a repeat offender and drug user, and at that moment it felt like I was sitting under a collapsed house of cards. His arrest and incarceration wouldn’t pay for the damage. It wouldn’t save us from losing our insurance and thus our lease (if it comes to that.) It will only make it harder for him to break out of a cycle of violence. And I looked out the door, at the encampments and the people who wander our neighborhood every day, and I saw all of it feeding back into each other like a terrible oroboros of suffering.

If only we had systems to help people before they felt they needed to smash windows. There are people doing incredible mutual aid work here in Seattle. But the system itself is too broken to save. I am sick to death of people asking me “aren’t you worried there will be more of this if we defund SPD?” No, what I’m afraid of is more of this as more and more people end up on the streets in the cold, victims of evictions and mounting debts. I am afraid of more and more tax dollars bleeding into the pocket of the police officer who sometimes sits outside our shop, blocking our door with his cruiser, sleeping behind the wheel, always leaving before sundown. I am afraid for the regulars I have who are unhoused, who are good people, kind people, who have been unlucky in life. I am afraid to call police because I am afraid to be the reason someone is killed.

I am just one person. I don’t have answers. Right now it’s a challenge just surviving, and I am overwhelmed, exhausted, and afraid. It seems easier to close this document and leave it as a diary entry rather than sharing it. But with KOMO News waiting breathlessly to report on Seattle as a war zone, I want to be heard by someone. If this city is a war zone it is of the SPD’s own making. Everyone wants to fetishize my fear and anger against one criminal, and I am scared, and I am angry. But no one wants to hear about the people from the unhoused community who saw us standing in the night and checked in to offer words of support, or plywood for our windows. This city is not a war zone- it feels dangerous right now, but the danger is in the fabric of society allowing inequality to pull it apart. Jeff Bezos and Jenny Durkan have done more to make me feel unsafe than the encampments, but no one’s rushing to interview me about that.

As always, these words are my own views and not necessarily representative of my business as a whole. Defund SPD, shop local, Black Lives Matter. And please be kind. It’s the holidays, for f*ck’s sake.”

This is a clear example of why people in Seattle keep electing progressives who only make conditions worse in that city.

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Liberalism in action: Seattle is on life support

In March of 2019, KOMO News in Seattle did a documentary called, “Seattle is Dying.”

The progressives who run this once-beautiful city have turned it into a cesspool: Repeat offenders, a homeless crisis, criminals not held accountable, BLM/Antifa antics, and the list goes on and on.

Now KOMO News has done another documentary entitled, “The Fight for the Soul of Seattle.”

From the YouTube video description:

“The Fight for the Soul of Seattle” examines the role of Seattle’s City Council in allowing the situation to reach what many experts consider epidemic levels under the guise of a compassionate approach to people who suffer from substance addiction and who commit crimes to feed their habit.

It documents the heartbreaking condition of people on the streets, and the crushing decisions Seattle entrepreneurs are forced to contemplate as their life savings and dreams are destroyed by theft, vandalism and a dwindling customer base. This documentary also explores potential bold solutions to treat those living on the streets and pair them with agencies and assistance that can provide a clear path away from the endless circle of addiction and crime.”

It’s a a long video yet just watch the first three minutes and you get the idea of what the demorat leaders have done to that city.

The video shows interviews with residents who are losing hope. This includes democrats who elected Mayor Durkan with 56% of the votes. And they KEEP re-electing radical council members.

If these voters do choose to move away from the sh*thole of Seattle, they need to change their voting habits. Because they NEVER learn this most imortant piece of advice:

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Liberal logic: “Underlying life circumstances” can be an excuse for crime

So glad I moved far, far away from the Seattle area.

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Employment discrimination back on: Black police officer nominated for chief because of his “experience”

The city of Edmonds is just north of Seattle, Washington. It’s a relatively affluent waterfront town and the white population is nearly 84%. Therefore they must be racists.

Back in April Mayor Mike Nelson announced that he was selecting a 25-year veteran police officer (who has a Masters and graduated from FBI Academy) as their new chief of police for the city council to confirm.

Then the mayor announced he was nominating a black man. Edmonds City Council President, Adrienne Fraley-Monillas said it was against city code for the mayor to nominate just one candidate. She’s also on the the Diversity Committee. Hence this:

The mayor justified selecting a black man with experience in racism with this word salad:

“We are seeing many changes in policing today. Social justice, equity, and accountability to the community are important issues being raised in every town in our nation. In order to be effective and best serve our citizens, our police department must balance consistency and predictability with adaptation and change. Mr. Pruitt is well-suited not only to build on the past police work in our City but also to explore new opportunities to engage our community and provide new training and best practices to guide and grow our department into the future.”

Expect a lot more of this hypocrisy from demorats. And probably a lot more employment discrimination cases.

h/t Jason Rantz

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King County Council approves plan to let community groups decide some punishment – not judges

Progressives really, truly believe they have the solutions to achieving utopia. They believe it can be achieved, in part, via “criminal justice reform.”

So the news that the progressive King County Council wants to let community groups determine punishments for criminals is not surprising.

King County’s progressive judicial system has already set the precedence via their lackadaisical respect for law and order. That progressive-run area has multiple problems with homelessness, drug users and repeat offenders. The result is that criminals are RARELY punished for their crimes. See the following examples:

King County judge on why repeat offenders get no punishment: “We’re just talking about property crime”
Resident in liberal utopia of Seattle who has been targeted by homeless: “Our community is just falling apart”
How many convictions does it take for Seattle City Attorney to place a homeless criminal in jail after his latest assault?
Seattle Homicide Suspect Repeat Offender, Booked at Least 46 Times

Since the judges can’t adequately punish repeat offenders, maybe citizens can get it right? The King County Council seems to think so since they approved a criminal justice diversion program that will let community groups decide what punishment, if any, should be handed out for a select group of accused felons. The diversion program was approved on November 17 by a vote of 9 to zero.

Some of the details from KOMO News:

“Instead of facing a judge, juveniles and adults accused of a first-time, non-violent felony offense will be offered an alternative where a non-profit community panel will decide how the accused person can be held accountable for their crime.

Suspects accused of violent crimes and crimes against persons would not be eligible for the diversion program, and if the offender fails to follow through with the community groups recommended punishment or accountability, the original criminal charges could still be pursued in court.

“We can send that person instead (of jail) to a community accountability group, who will define what they think accountability means,” said King County Prosecutor Dan Satterberg.

Accountability would not include jail or even a conviction, said Satterberg, who declined to define what accountability means.

“That’s up to the community groups,” he said, adding that it would target 800 juveniles and 1,000 adults to start. “These are low-level felonies, property offenses, no domestic violence, no sexual assault cases (and) decisions you would make if you were in my shoes.”

Read their whole story here.

I guess the community group citizens can’t make any decisions much worse than the local judges already do. But then again, you know how crazy progressives can be.

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Fearmongering: Seattle mayor says visiting family during Thanksgiving could mean visiting them in the ICU at Christmas

Seattle Mayor Jenny Durkan has a frightening message for y’all up north:

Apparently Seattle – and the whole state – is seeing an alarming number of Wuhan virus cases. How bad are the numbers? Let’s take a look, shall we?

As of 11/21/20:

Note that the above numbers are cumulative.

Washington State has a population of 7.6 million people. Total cumulative confirmed cases of Wuhan virus: 141,260. Total hospitalizations: 9,765. Total deaths: 2,619.

You do the math.

Note that on the state’s Wuahn data dashboard, for hospitalizations they state the following: “COVID-19 in Washington State: COVID-like Illness Hospitalizations: COVID-like illness hospitalizations (CLI) are not exact counts of people hospitalized with a COVID diagnosis. Since these data do not rely on a diagnosis, they provide near-real time trends of the outbreak.

Funny how Mayor Durkan wasn’t so concerned with “flattening the curve” during the “summer of love.”

Remember these large, “mostly peaceful” protests?

One thing I learned having grown up and lived in demorat-controlled Washington state for over forty years, the masses will never understand this one simple and obvious lesson:

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The public trust is gone: Are you really going to comply with the new Wuhan virus lockdowns?

Many states are going into lockdown mode again due to the rising number of Wuhan virus cases: California, Michigan, Oregon, Washington, Illinois, Minnesota, etc.

But we aren’t calling them “lockdowns” anymore (for obvious reasons). It’s now a “pause,” “freeze,” or “pulling an emergency brake.”

How Orwellian.

The bureaucrats can it whatever they want. We all know what it’s about: Control.

Remember when the Wuhan virus scare all started back in March? Lockdowns were the new normal, mandatory mask wearing and endless reminders about washing your hands and social distancing.

The jig is up. While us peons are reprimanded and reminded “to do what you’re told,” the demorat bureaucrats/BLM/Antifa/Biden voters are free to violate all Wuhan virus lockdown orders/mandates. Let’s take a stroll down memory lane, shall we?

California

California lawmakers head to Maui with lobbyists despite pandemic, travel warnings

Michigan

Michigan Governor Under Fire After Husband Attempts to Violate State’s Lockdown Rules

Oregon

Black privilege: Oregon county exempts non-whites from mandatory mask-wearing

Washington

Seattle mayor Jenny Durkan defends Antifa occupation of 6 city blocks as ‘peaceful’ expression of ‘community

Illinois

Minnesota

There are HUNDREDS of more examples during the past eight months where Wuhan virus rules were broken. And they were done, with demorat bureaucrats’ approval, in the name of social/racial justice.

That has eroded any trust the public has in the bureaucrats and their mandates. I don’t trust any one of them and what they (and the media) tell me.

I don’t need the government to protect my health and well being. I’ll stay home if I don’t feel safe, limit my outings if I want, and cook at home more instead of choosing to dine out.

And I’m also smart enough to realize the following:

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Seattle’s “The Stranger” says our childish obsession with seeing family is going to kill in record numbers

“The Stranger,” a progressive Seattle blog, made quite the claim the other day:

They went on to note that you can quit pretending to enjoy your grandma’s cooking:

Do you think The Stranger was this concerned for the citizens of Seattle when this was happening this past summer?

Typical hypocritical demorats.

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