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Nightmare in Seattle: Musician beat up by homeless person with baseball bat, left unable to speak

I read about a musician being beaten up by someone with a baseball bat last week in downtown Seattle by a homeless encampment. I wondered if the perp might have been a homeless person. I was right.

Ever since Seattle declared a homeless crisis three years ago, the situation has only gotten worse. And the local politicians had better start doing SOMETHING or more people are going to be hurt and more businesses are going to be destroyed.

From MyNorthwest.com: The 15-year-long owner of South Lake Union’s El Corazon, the nightclub that a musician was leaving last week when he nearly lost his life to a random baseball bat attack by a homeless person, says that the city has allowed the neighborhood to turn into a living nightmare for businesses.

“There are a lot of good, taxpaying small business owners who are trying to do good things, and face a lot of challenges to begin with, but our city in a lot of ways is failing us, and not really providing us the support that we need,” he told KIRO Radio’s Dory Monson.

When Sims first began working at the nightclub 17 years ago, he said it “used to be quiet and sort of a destination venue.” In the past five years, however, he said that homeless service organizations in the neighborhood have acted as a magnet for crime and encampments, changing the entire character and safety level of the surrounding streets.

“I’m not saying that, the people who are providing these services, that their heart isn’t in the right place,” Sims said. “But they sometimes don’t understand how much they are enabling these people to continue the lifestyle … They’re really doing something bad for the entire community by just maintaining the whole problem.”

Sims sees emergency lights at the camp for overdoses and internal fights on a daily basis. The encampments, he said, tend to attract “drug-addicted young kids” who choose a life of crime and violence like the baseball bat attack that left El Corazon performer Ryan Georg having to learn how to speak again plague the neighborhood.

“They’re not people who have fallen on hard times,” Sims said of the campers. “They seem to be more like punk rock kids who seem on a mission to be free from the rules of society and just want to do their drugs and cause problems and not be held accountable, in my experience.”

He and other business owners have tried to make their voices heard to the city government, but he said that the harder they pushed, the “more resistance” they found.

I constantly seem to be unheard, hitting a wall, or given a bunch of excuses … Everyone seems to give you lip service that they’re going to address the problem, and then when they realize how big the problem is, within a short period of time, they pass it along to someone else,” he said.

This indifferent attitude makes Sims feel like “a hamster in a wheel.”

“You feel like you’ve heard this all before and you can flowchart how it’s all going to happen,” he said.

Meanwhile, the encampment residents “understand the laws of the city” and are “pretty savvy,” Sims said. After getting notices that they needed to move, the campers simply went across the street and re-started the encampment all over again on state Department of Transportation property, where the city had no jurisdiction.

He wants to see local politicians take responsibility to fix the homelessness crisis so that innocent citizens like Georg and his bandmates will not have to live in fear on a walk to their cars (don’t hold your breath that will happen any time soon).

We should get people in leadership in the city that actually want to address the problem, instead of taking our money, saying they’re going to address the problem, while the problem gets worse,” he said.


And that folks, is why we say “elections have consequences.”

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Guess how much it costs Seattle to build a 2-mile fence for the homeless

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Hint: Come up with a number and then double it, maybe triple it.
From Q13Fox: City and state transportation departments are spending more than $1 million ($1.1 million to be exact) on fences aimed at keeping homeless people separated from highways in Seattle.
The Seattle Times reports fencing crews have cordoned off areas under highways in the city with 10-foot (3-meter) fences that are designed to be difficult to climb.
The Washington State Department of Transportation is spending $527,000 on the project while the city is paying $570,000.
Department spokesman Travis Phelps says the state agency is working with cities and other jurisdictions to “make sure that folks who are experiencing homelessness and other issues are not camping underneath highways and other spots, and putting themselves at risk.”
Officials with service organizations say the fences do not address the homelessness issue but only shift people or problems elsewhere.
According to MyNorthwest.com, the fence is about two miles long and will be “extra-strength fence stands 10-foot-4, with small mesh that’s hard for climbers to grab” with tiny blades “discreetly cinched along the top, resembling common bird spikes that repel crows and gulls.”
The cost breakdown is here (page 8).
This fence will cost taxpayers approximately $94.70/foot. According to Costhelper.com, an 8′-12′ tall commercial-grade chain-link fence can cost $15-$40 or more a foot. But when government is spending taxpayer dollars, you know the key words are “or more.”
I wonder how many lawsuits will be filed for the homeless folks who end up cutting themselves with the blades on this fence.
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Hahahahaha: Seattle tunnel builders ask state for an extra $12 million

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MyNorthwest.com: The contractors building the Seattle tunnel have asked the state for an extra $12 million.
KIRO-TV reports that Seattle Tunnel Partners filed a request for the funds in November. The change-order letter, obtained by KIRO TV through a public records request, alleges that when the contractors started digging a rescue pit to reach the broken-down tunnel machine called Bertha, they found conditions that were different than the state led them to expect.
Those conditions led to extra work. The request is the first one related to the construction of the rescue pit. The Washington State Department of Transportation says the request is under review.
Last month, state officials told lawmakers they denied 77 percent of the $210 million in change orders the contractors have requested.
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Government workers do good!

Happy little girl, Justice!


We hear so many bad stories about government workers – this time it is a good one!

WSDOT rescues little girl’s teddy bear lost on I-90

From King5: A symbol of freedom marks the homes of military families across Washington. Inside one of them, a six-year-old little girl wasn’t just missing one family member.

Justice Wadsworth was given a teddy bear when she was little. A gift from her father who is in the military and currently serving overseas. She calls it “Daddy Bear” and says “it makes her feel like she’s cuddling with her daddy.

Two days ago, the family was driving back to Sedro-Woolley along I-90. Justice got sick and alongside the road, in the chaos, the bear got left behind.

Daddy Bear home safe and sound

When the family got home, Justice’s mother realized “Daddy Bear” was nowhere to be found. Christa Wadsworth tells us, “We searched the bedrooms, we called the friend we were staying with. We cried and cried.” The next day Justice’s grandma posted about the lost bear of Facebook. The Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT) then put out a tweet saying a bear had been lost near Elk Heights along I-90. Two workers decided to go looking.

Harry Nelson and Terry Kukes found the bear on the shoulder. On their own time, they drove hours Thursday night to surprise Justice. Christa asked Justice if she was excited someone found him. “I was hoping!”  Christa says and calls the men amazing. “I can’t thank them enough!”
With the real daddy still gone, the one who offers her comfort can continue to fill in. Christa tells us, “I’m so grateful.”
Ah, happy ending!  Good for these WSDOT workers for bringing Daddy Bear home to little Justice!
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Persecution of Christians in America: Teacher Removed for Criticizing Gay Marriage

If you’re still wondering whether America has fallen under the Tyranny of the Left, I present you these two contrasting cases:

Exhibit One:

Corey Wight, 55, WSDOT employee


A state employee keeps his job even though he’s accused of stabbing and robbing the prostitutes he solicited. Corey G. Wight, a Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT) engineer, was allowed to return to work because the WSDOT says it can’t fire him because his offense isn’t “directly related to the scope of his employment.”

Exhibit Two:

But a high school teacher is removed from teaching for saying he disapproves of gay marriage on his personal Facebook site.
John-Henry Westen reports for LifeSiteNews, “Florida High School removes teacher for criticizing gay ‘marriage’ on Facebook,” August 18, 2011:

Mount Dora High School has removed a veteran social-studies teacher Gerald (Jerry) Buell from his classroom for Facebook comments critical of homosexual ‘marriage’. Christopher Patton, Communications Officer for Lake County Schools told LifeSiteNews that Buell was moved to administrative duties pending the results of an investigation into a suspected code of ethics violation.

On his personal Facebook account, outside of school time, Buell posted a reaction to New York’s passage of homosexual ‘marriage’ saying he “almost threw up.” He also referred to homosexual unions as sinful and referred to it as part of a “cesspool” of behaviors in remarks quoted by the Sentinel.

While LifeSiteNews was unable to reach Buell at his home, his staff page on the school’s website – which has been deleted at the time of this publication – revealed him to be a devout Christian. “First and foremost, I am a man of God,” he wrote. “I try to teach and lead my students as if Lake Co. Schools had hired Jesus Christ himself. That doesn’t mean I give a sermon and serve communion each day…what it means is I try my very best to teach and serve and minister to my students as a teacher led by and connected to the Creator of the Universe.”

In answer to castigations of being hateful, Buell told the Orlando Sentinel, “I’ve had kids that I’ve known that have been homosexuals. They know that I don’t hate them. I love them. It wasn’t out of hatred It was about the way I interpret things.”

Patton told LSN that a complaint email was received Tuesday with quotes given to the Sentinel. Buell, he said, has thus been removed from his classroom and reassigned to the district office to undertake other non-teaching duties while the board investigates if his actions constitute a breach of the code of ethics.

A very similar case to that of Buell’s is the Canadian case of teacher Chris Kempling who in 1995 was suspended from teaching for writing letters to a local newspaper explaining Christian belief on homosexuality. Kempling fought the charges all the way to the Canadian Supreme Court, where his appeal was denied – leaving him with hundreds of thousands of dollars in legal fees.

Buell’s is not new to the United States. Last summer a Catholic professor was fired from the University of Illinois for sending an email to students in a course on Catholic doctrine, explaining how homosexual activity is contrary to the natural moral law.

More recently Canadian television sportscaster Damian Goddard was fired for Tweeting his support of Burlington hockey agent Todd Reynolds, who created a stir when he criticized New York Rangers hockey star Sean Avery for shooting a TV ad backing gay “marriage.” “I completely and wholeheartedly support Todd Reynolds and his support for the traditional and TRUE meaning of marriage,” Goddard tweeted.

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Please stop this Tyranny of the Left. Do something by expressing your disapproval and outrage to Buell’s principal and the school board.

Contact Information:

Principal Pam Chateauneuf
ChateauneufP@lake.k12.fl.us

Debbie Stivender, Lake County School Board
Stivenderd@lake.k12.fl.us

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Union Protection

Union pervert


 Having a government union job pretty much means you can get away with anything. Here at the Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT) there’s an employee that is still employed after several run-ins with the law.  And they aren’t DUIs or traffic tickets…
WSDOT Engineer Pleads Not Guilty to Stabbing, Robbing Women
A WSDOT engineer accused in a series of violent crimes is out on bail following a court hearing on Thursday. Corey G. Wight pleaded not guilty to assault charges during the hearing. He’s accused of picking up prostitutes earlier this year then stabbing and robbing the women.
According to the statement of probable cause, Wight, 55, picked up a woman and paid her to perform a sex act and as she was getting out of his car, he told her to hand over all her money, detectives said. Wight then pulled out a knife and stabbed the woman twice, in the arm and in the hip, according to investigators. He tried to stab her a third time, but she managed to jump out of the truck. Wight took all of the woman’s cash out of her wallet before throwing it out of his truck and driving off, detectives said.
The woman told investigators as he drove off, “I saw on his face this look of satisfaction like it was sadistic, like he got off on what he had done to me. Like it satisfied him, like he just looked like a serpent that had just swallowed a rodent.” The woman described her attacker to a detective who recognized the description as that of someone he’d recently investigated. The detective showed the woman a photo montage, and she “immediately picked Wight out of the montage, saying she was positive he was the man that stabbed her,” the document said.
Investigators later learned another woman had been stabbed in a similar robbery incident in March. That woman was picked up by a man who paid her to perform a sex act. While the woman was getting out of the man’s truck, he said to her, “You forgot something,” then stabbed her in the leg with a large flat-tipped screwdriver, the statement said. The woman tried to fight back, using her purse to shield herself. But when the man yelled, “Give me that purse (expletive)!” she dropped the bag and ran, she told detectives. When shown a photo montage, she identified Wight as her attacker and “confirmed ‘100 percent’ he was the man that attacked her,” investigators said.
According to the WSDOT, Wight was placed on leave on April when the investigation began. He was allowed to return to work on Aug. 1; however, he was demoted to an engineer of a lower tier and was not compensated for the time he was on leave. His current annual salary is $61,296. Wight has been employed by WSDOT for 27 years.
Wight again was placed on administrative leave from his WSDOT job last week, but the WSDOT says it can’t fire him if the offense wasn’t directly related to his job. “There is no provision in state law or the collective bargaining agreement that allows WSDOT to terminate a represented employee’s employment based merely on the existence of a criminal conviction not directly related to the scope of his or her employment,” the WSDOT said in a statement.
Wight has a prior conviction for third-degree assault. And guess what that was for? In January of this year he was arrested for allegedly raping a 16-year-old prostitute at his apartment. That charge was later reduced and he pleaded guilty to 3rd degree assault — a felony. He served just 2 days in jail.  Wight’s supervisors at WSDOT found out about the incident with the 16-year-old, and placed him on paid reassignment from Jan. 14 to April 4. They later suspended him without pay for nearly three months. Transportation supervisors ended up demoting Wight and gave him a pay cut of approximately 10%.
I recently obtained employment at a private firm and had to go through a criminal and driving record background check.  Our personnel manual has a section on “personal conduct”.  It states: “The conduct of the company’s business and how it is viewed by its clients is very important to FIRM NAME and to its employees.  The business actions the company takes puts it reputation on the line.  Employees are expected to conduct themselves in a truthful, ethical and professional manner at all times in contact with colleagues, clients, competitors, and the public.”  Furthermore, our firm does a lot of work with the federal government.  Our business ethics and conduct plan states, “When the company accepts government contracts or subcontracts, it has an added obligation to the public trust.”
WSDOT has this statement about “Excellence and Integrity” on their website: “Our employees will work in a culture of workplace excellence and diversity that encourages creativity and personal responsibility, values teamwork, and always respects the contributions of one another and of those with whom we do business. We will adhere to the highest standards of courtesy, integrity, and ethical conduct.”
If Wight held a private sector job, there is no doubt in my mind he would have been fired by now.  I asked HR today if they would hire a recent felon.  Her answer, “no way”. Instead of recognizing their obligation to the taxpayers (their employers) and their own excellence and integrity standards, the union once again shows their true purpose is to protect their due payers, instead of the taxpayers.
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Some Honorable Government Employees

Just doing their job…

This is a good story to report:

WSDOT team refuses prize money for saving taxpayers millions

Via KOMO News: A group of state workers, recognized for saving taxpayers millions of dollars, has rejected prize money for their innovative efforts.The praised workers managed to save taxpayers some $6 million by figuring out the hidden costs behind deicing salt. And the plan they put in place will save additional funds over the coming years.
 
“A lot of state’s paying $30 to $60 a ton when we were paying $150 a ton,” said Chris Christopher, director of maintenance operations for the Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT). Turns out it’s freight and not salt that drives up the cost. Contract clauses and rigid specifications limited the number of vendors competing for Washington state’s salt business
 
The winter warriors changed proposals, more than tripled the number of vendors bidding, and now has salt barged in from Chile or Mexico instead of railed in from Utah. The difference for taxpayers has been about $6 million over the past three years.
 
The state productivity board honored the WSDOT team last week, and was willing to pay each team member $10,000But this team refused the reward.
 
Really couldn’t, in good conscience, take what we felt was a very hard reward for essentially doing our jobs, what we felt was our responsibility to the public,” said Monty Mills. “It’s a lot of bucks, yes, and we had a little explaining to do at home.” The snow and ice team still divvied up a smaller reward of $1,000, but says the real reward is knowing they’re saving the rest of us taxpayers $2 million in salt costs this winter.
 
Kudos to these men for doing their jobs and finding ways to reduce costs to taxpayers! If only that was the mindset of every government employee, especially at the federal level.

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