Comments for West Seattle Blog... http://westseattleblog.com West Seattle news, 24/7 Wed, 26 Nov 2014 18:04:18 +0100 hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.4.2 Comment on Local student Carmen Gray in national cooking contest finals by wscultures http://westseattleblog.com/2014/11/local-student-carmen-gray-in-national-cooking-contest-finals/#comment-1737848 wscultures Wed, 26 Nov 2014 18:04:18 +0000 http://westseattleblog.com/?p=292260#comment-1737848 Last day to vote! Shared via Facebook and Twitter, too! Have a great Thanksgiving! Last day to vote! Shared via Facebook and Twitter, too! Have a great Thanksgiving!

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Comment on Video: WSHS students join walkout in Ferguson aftermath by Jake http://westseattleblog.com/2014/11/ferguson-aftermath-wshs-students-join-walkout/#comment-1737834 Jake Wed, 26 Nov 2014 17:56:28 +0000 http://westseattleblog.com/?p=293270#comment-1737834 This link goes to a very clear and disturbing analysis of the flawed Ferguson Grand Jury process, by a legal academic at St. Louis University and by a former St. Louis County Prosecutor. http://vimeo.com/m/111491131 This link goes to a very clear and disturbing analysis of the flawed Ferguson Grand Jury process, by a legal academic at St. Louis University and by a former St. Louis County Prosecutor. http://vimeo.com/m/111491131

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Comment on Video: WSHS students join walkout in Ferguson aftermath by Jake http://westseattleblog.com/2014/11/ferguson-aftermath-wshs-students-join-walkout/#comment-1737827 Jake Wed, 26 Nov 2014 17:50:39 +0000 http://westseattleblog.com/?p=293270#comment-1737827 The Grand Jury process, as Dobro points out, was highly irregular. It appears to have been so in order that Prosecutor McCulloch could quash an indictment while pushing his desired outcome onto the Grand Jury. Usually a prosecutor pushes for and obtains an indictment in a day or two by showing that there is enough evidence to at least argue the prosecutor's charge in court. Prosecutor McCulloch's incentives in this case - and the conduct of his prosecutors in the unusually lengthy hearing - appear to have favored his important constituency, the Ferguson police community. Whether Officer Wilson would have been acquited at trial or not, the fix was in so that it never went to trial. The system didn't work, and to many folks in Ferguson it looks like more of the same police state, without end. Peaceful protest hasn't worked; burning and looting won't either. So here we are. The Grand Jury process, as Dobro points out, was highly irregular. It appears to have been so in order that Prosecutor McCulloch could quash an indictment while pushing his desired outcome onto the Grand Jury. Usually a prosecutor pushes for and obtains an indictment in a day or two by showing that there is enough evidence to at least argue the prosecutor’s charge in court. Prosecutor McCulloch’s incentives in this case – and the conduct of his prosecutors in the unusually lengthy hearing – appear to have favored his important constituency, the Ferguson police community. Whether Officer Wilson would have been acquited at trial or not, the fix was in so that it never went to trial. The system didn’t work, and to many folks in Ferguson it looks like more of the same police state, without end. Peaceful protest hasn’t worked; burning and looting won’t either. So here we are.

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Comment on Video: WSHS students join walkout in Ferguson aftermath by Emily http://westseattleblog.com/2014/11/ferguson-aftermath-wshs-students-join-walkout/#comment-1737801 Emily Wed, 26 Nov 2014 17:28:44 +0000 http://westseattleblog.com/?p=293270#comment-1737801 My question is, why bash students for speaking up and taking a stand for something they believe in? None of you know exactly why we did what we did, and I myself being a member of diversity club and equity committee understand everything that is going on. And to be completey honest no one knows ALL the details, that's not the point we are getting at. We are born into a world where whites are superior to everyone, and we can go into statistics all day only to come to this realization. Our goal was to raise awareness that RACISM STILL exist, institutional racism, all sorts. We walked out because we felt we aren't being educated enough about it in school. You're bashing Carmen and quoting her, for what? Something you don't FULLY UNDERSTAND, and KNOW ALL THE DETAILS about? Cmon people. See the bigger picture, we are speaking up about equality, and being educated more. Even if we don't know the details, or any of that sort. Why chase down an unarmed teen that is already wounded and shoot him 9 MORE TIMES. --- IF WE DON'T SPEAK UP WHO WILL. --- MLK said In the End, we will remember not the words of our enemies, but the silence of our friends. And that is why I speak up, why I am doing things in my community and why we walked out.... My question is, why bash students for speaking up and taking a stand for something they believe in? None of you know exactly why we did what we did, and I myself being a member of diversity club and equity committee understand everything that is going on. And to be completey honest no one knows ALL the details, that’s not the point we are getting at. We are born into a world where whites are superior to everyone, and we can go into statistics all day only to come to this realization. Our goal was to raise awareness that RACISM STILL exist, institutional racism, all sorts. We walked out because we felt we aren’t being educated enough about it in school. You’re bashing Carmen and quoting her, for what? Something you don’t FULLY UNDERSTAND, and KNOW ALL THE DETAILS about? Cmon people. See the bigger picture, we are speaking up about equality, and being educated more. Even if we don’t know the details, or any of that sort. Why chase down an unarmed teen that is already wounded and shoot him 9 MORE TIMES. — IF WE DON’T SPEAK UP WHO WILL. — MLK said In the End, we will remember not the words of our enemies, but the silence of our friends. And that is why I speak up, why I am doing things in my community and why we walked out….

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Comment on Video: WSHS students join walkout in Ferguson aftermath by Chris http://westseattleblog.com/2014/11/ferguson-aftermath-wshs-students-join-walkout/#comment-1737793 Chris Wed, 26 Nov 2014 17:22:50 +0000 http://westseattleblog.com/?p=293270#comment-1737793 So much vitriol. Too much "opinion," by many and not nearly enough factual dialogue. Human life is valuable, and it is extremely sad that Michael Brown was killed. It is very unfortunatel that the interaction between Wilson and Brown ended up with Michael's death. I wish that had not happened. I'm also betting that Officer Wilson wished that it had ended up differently. What troubles me is the people don't seem to understand that the Ferguson prosecuter did NOT have to call a special grand jury to determine if Officer Wilson should be indicted. The prosecuter could have made that determiniation on his own (based on the facts). The prosecuter used this special grand jury knowing that this was going to be a charged case, and in doing so, ensure that a jury of citizens would make the determination to indict or not. Those who are asking why 12 shots were fired (however only six hit Brown). This is because police training typically calls for an officer to fire as many times as needed to neutralize the threat. When you read the grand jury case documents, you will find that this was the case in this instance. Michael Brown was shot and he continued to charge at Officer Wilson. So much vitriol. Too much “opinion,” by many and not nearly enough factual dialogue. Human life is valuable, and it is extremely sad that Michael Brown was killed. It is very unfortunatel that the interaction between Wilson and Brown ended up with Michael’s death. I wish that had not happened. I’m also betting that Officer Wilson wished that it had ended up differently. What troubles me is the people don’t seem to understand that the Ferguson prosecuter did NOT have to call a special grand jury to determine if Officer Wilson should be indicted. The prosecuter could have made that determiniation on his own (based on the facts). The prosecuter used this special grand jury knowing that this was going to be a charged case, and in doing so, ensure that a jury of citizens would make the determination to indict or not. Those who are asking why 12 shots were fired (however only six hit Brown). This is because police training typically calls for an officer to fire as many times as needed to neutralize the threat. When you read the grand jury case documents, you will find that this was the case in this instance. Michael Brown was shot and he continued to charge at Officer Wilson.

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Comment on Video: WSHS students join walkout in Ferguson aftermath by Lindsey http://westseattleblog.com/2014/11/ferguson-aftermath-wshs-students-join-walkout/#comment-1737783 Lindsey Wed, 26 Nov 2014 17:16:16 +0000 http://westseattleblog.com/?p=293270#comment-1737783 I didn't read the comments, I just don't have time for anymore of that today. But I want to thank Carmen and her fellow students for their civil disobedience. I'm proud of you. You will make a difference, I know it! I can't believe that any self-respecting adult would chide students for believing that their voices can make a difference. I didn’t read the comments, I just don’t have time for anymore of that today. But I want to thank Carmen and her fellow students for their civil disobedience. I’m proud of you. You will make a difference, I know it! I can’t believe that any self-respecting adult would chide students for believing that their voices can make a difference.

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Comment on West Seattle Crime Watch reader reports: Package thieves; car prowler(s); abandoned bicycle by Just thinking http://westseattleblog.com/2014/11/west-seattle-crime-watch-reader-reports/#comment-1737754 Just thinking Wed, 26 Nov 2014 17:00:34 +0000 http://westseattleblog.com/?p=293285#comment-1737754 Sounds like we need some volunteers to follow UPS trucks and take pictures at a safe distance :-) (I know, I know, SPD would never endorse that) Sounds like we need some volunteers to follow UPS trucks and take pictures at a safe distance :-) (I know, I know, SPD would never endorse that)

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Comment on One more day to get in on WSHS Music’s fruit fundraiser by 2 Much Whine http://westseattleblog.com/2014/11/one-more-day-to-get-in-on-wshs-musics-fruit-fundraiser/#comment-1737752 2 Much Whine Wed, 26 Nov 2014 17:00:14 +0000 http://westseattleblog.com/?p=293296#comment-1737752 I thought beans were the musical fruit, not citrus. Go Wildcats! I thought beans were the musical fruit, not citrus. Go Wildcats!

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Comment on West Seattle giving: 8-year-old Joseph’s one-day food drive by Jana http://westseattleblog.com/2014/11/west-seattle-giving-8-year-old-josephs-one-day-food-drive/#comment-1737742 Jana Wed, 26 Nov 2014 16:53:02 +0000 http://westseattleblog.com/?p=293175#comment-1737742 This is so heartwarming, incredible kid - amazing parents - Well done Meats Family! This is so heartwarming, incredible kid – amazing parents – Well done Meats Family!

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Comment on Video: WSHS students join walkout in Ferguson aftermath by Abby http://westseattleblog.com/2014/11/ferguson-aftermath-wshs-students-join-walkout/#comment-1737728 Abby Wed, 26 Nov 2014 16:41:01 +0000 http://westseattleblog.com/?p=293270#comment-1737728 As one of those students who participated, we were all well aware of what we were walking out for. We all discussed the Ferguson issue, what we were demanding from our school, and what we were standing for. Regardless of Michael Brown's history at the time when he was shot multiple times he was unarmed and his hands were in the air so he had no right to shoot the young man. Don't be ignorant and say he was a "thug" so he had to be shot. You just sound stupid. The police are here to protect us but in Ferguson are being outted as KKK members. Some of the very people who are supposed to protect EVERYONE are racist and use their badge as an excuse to fire. We're well educated on the occasion, clearly you are not. As one of those students who participated, we were all well aware of what we were walking out for. We all discussed the Ferguson issue, what we were demanding from our school, and what we were standing for. Regardless of Michael Brown’s history at the time when he was shot multiple times he was unarmed and his hands were in the air so he had no right to shoot the young man. Don’t be ignorant and say he was a “thug” so he had to be shot. You just sound stupid. The police are here to protect us but in Ferguson are being outted as KKK members. Some of the very people who are supposed to protect EVERYONE are racist and use their badge as an excuse to fire. We’re well educated on the occasion, clearly you are not.

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Comment on West Seattle giving: 8-year-old Joseph’s one-day food drive by BeckBe http://westseattleblog.com/2014/11/west-seattle-giving-8-year-old-josephs-one-day-food-drive/#comment-1737703 BeckBe Wed, 26 Nov 2014 16:25:30 +0000 http://westseattleblog.com/?p=293175#comment-1737703 Woo hoo Joseph! It looks like you collected a lot of food! What a great thing to do. I'm sure it will be appreciated! Woo hoo Joseph! It looks like you collected a lot of food! What a great thing to do. I’m sure it will be appreciated!

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Comment on West Seattle schools: Personalize Pathfinder’s playground by Holli http://westseattleblog.com/2014/11/west-seattle-schools-personalize-pathfinders-playground/#comment-1737696 Holli Wed, 26 Nov 2014 16:20:25 +0000 http://westseattleblog.com/?p=293238#comment-1737696 We are so grateful for the families, individuals an local businesses who so far have helped us raise $3,800 toward the last $50,000 needed to start construction summer 2015! We need to raise this last bit by March 1st to make it happen. Only $46,200 more to go... We are so grateful for the families, individuals an local businesses who so far have helped us raise $3,800 toward the last $50,000 needed to start construction summer 2015!

We need to raise this last bit by March 1st to make it happen. Only $46,200 more to go…

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Comment on West Seattle development: New Junction apartment-building proposal, 60 units at 4528 44th SW by john http://westseattleblog.com/2014/11/west-seattle-development-new-junction-apartment-building-proposal-60-units-at-4528-44th-sw/#comment-1737674 john Wed, 26 Nov 2014 16:03:53 +0000 http://westseattleblog.com/?p=292805#comment-1737674 Again Debra, Different mechanisms. These fees would be set to free-up parking spaces, not to pay off construction or generate income, although that is a positive benefit. - When we band together in a city, we all contribute to the infrastructure we utilize. Those roads and public schools exist for the public good with benefits throughout society. As a tax and spend for public good liberal, I support these costs and the services they provide. - The bike lane issue is so well-worn on WSB that it barely warrants a response. - But if we ever reach the point of bicycle capacity issues similar to car capacity challenges we now face, we could control that through fees also. - Everyone pays property taxes in one way or another. If you rent, you pay through your rent that the owner collects to pay the property taxes. If you own, you pay directly. - Happy Thanksgiving! Again Debra,
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These fees would be set to free-up parking spaces, not to pay off construction or generate income, although that is a positive benefit.
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When we band together in a city, we all contribute to the infrastructure we utilize. Those roads and public schools exist for the public good with benefits throughout society. As a tax and spend for public good liberal, I support these costs and the services they provide.
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The bike lane issue is so well-worn on WSB that it barely warrants a response.
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But if we ever reach the point of bicycle capacity issues similar to car capacity challenges we now face, we could control that through fees also.
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Everyone pays property taxes in one way or another. If you rent, you pay through your rent that the owner collects to pay the property taxes. If you own, you pay directly.
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Happy Thanksgiving!

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Comment on West Seattle Crime Watch reader reports: Package thieves; car prowler(s); abandoned bicycle by miws http://westseattleblog.com/2014/11/west-seattle-crime-watch-reader-reports/#comment-1737648 miws Wed, 26 Nov 2014 15:46:28 +0000 http://westseattleblog.com/?p=293285#comment-1737648 Eric, break-ins in the Lincoln Park parking lots have been a longtime issue. . Back in around 1990, some (self-recorded) audio cassette tapes, and change out of the ashtray were stolen from my locked, '67 VW Beetle, in the South Lot. . Fortunately, they were "thoughtful" thieves, as they pried open a wing window, and didn't break a window, or do any other damage. . (For those that were born around 1990 or so) ;-) http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Compact_Cassette http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Quarter_glass (AKA Wing Window) . Mike Eric, break-ins in the Lincoln Park parking lots have been a longtime issue.

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Back in around 1990, some (self-recorded) audio cassette tapes, and change out of the ashtray were stolen from my locked, ’67 VW Beetle, in the South Lot.

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Fortunately, they were “thoughtful” thieves, as they pried open a wing window, and didn’t break a window, or do any other damage.

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(For those that were born around 1990 or so) ;-)

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Compact_Cassette

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Quarter_glass (AKA Wing Window)

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Comment on West Seattle Crime Watch reader reports: Package thieves; car prowler(s); abandoned bicycle by gotcha http://westseattleblog.com/2014/11/west-seattle-crime-watch-reader-reports/#comment-1737641 gotcha Wed, 26 Nov 2014 15:43:14 +0000 http://westseattleblog.com/?p=293285#comment-1737641 I've left a medium size box on my front door step. - Inside you'll find a gift from my dog, a few bags of poop along with a note that reads, "smile, we have surveillance cameras!". I’ve left a medium size box on my front door step.
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Inside you’ll find a gift from my dog, a few bags of poop along with a note that reads, “smile, we have surveillance cameras!”.

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