Tag Archive: Seattle


CEO of This Seattle-Based Company Does Something Really Cool With His Bonus

 

'Plum' bonus: CEO Rick Holley refused $1.85million worth of Plum Creek stock

 

” You can count the number of times this happens on your hand: a CEO gave back his nearly $2 million bonus because he didn’t feel he’d done enough to deserve it, an SEC filing reported.

  The CEO of Seattle-based Plum Creek, the largest private owner of forestland in the U.S., chose to return 44,445 shares of stock, worth $1.85 million, because: “This has been a year where total shareholder returns are down 10% or more. It just wasn’t the right thing to do,” the Daily Mail reported.

  The SEC filing says Holley “does not believe that he should receive such an award unless Plum Creek’s stockholders see an increase in their investment return.” “

 

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Family Has Taken Santa Photo Every Year Since 1955

 

 

 

 

 

” For 60 years, the Wilson family of Seattle has followed the unique Christmas tradition of posing on Santa’s lap for a photograph.

  Today, by adding in all the spouses and children, there’s no way Santa has enough lap room for them all!

  The tradition began in 1955 with just one Wilson, when young Steve Wilson first climbed on Santa’s knee, and was joined by brother Scott in 1957.

  Today, in their most recent photo taken in the same place, Nordstrom, 10 members of the growing Wilson family crowd into the photo.

” It’s the history of our family,” Steve told King5. “It just happens to be with Santa Claus.” 

  Every one of the photos is displayed on the family’s Facebook account. The complete family only missed one year, 1978, when Scott couldn’t make it. “

 

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10 Acts Of Jihad In America That Americans Haven’t Heard About

 

 

 

 

 

 

” While the world’s attention is focused on the Islamic State, and its jihadis tell Americans that they will “drown all of you in blood,” jihad activity continues in the United States – although hardly anyone notices through the fog of mainstream media obfuscation.”

 

 

 

    Robert Spencer tells the whole story , complete with videos . Anyone that doubts that Islam is at war with the West is a fool . Meanwhile the Obama administration would have the public believe that the greatest domestic terror threat comes from “homegrown right-wing extremists” …

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Strangers Beat Up Sex Offender Who Tried To Kidnap 6-Year-Old Girl At A Park

 

 

 

Child Molester Beaten

 

 

 

” Sexual deviants may want to think twice before doing anything suspicious at Benefit Park in Seattle. Jesse Brisbin, who is 30 and has been convicted twice of molesting children, recently got himself into A LOT of hot water — with complete strangers — after he tried to kidnap a 6-year-old girl who was playing at the park with her siblings and father. Brisbin approached the child and asked her to leave with him. The smart cookie told him ‘no,’ and even though she resisted, he reportedly grabbed her by the hand and tried to drag her out of the crowded park.

  The girl was able to break free from his hold and ran back to her family. And don’t worry — Brisbin didn’t get away with what he did — not by a long shot. Instead, the girl’s father, along with 20 or so total strangers, chased the jerk down, tackled him to the ground, and beat him up.”

 

 

Read more at The Stir

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Gunman Opens Fire At Seattle College, Killing 1, Before Being Tackled

 

 

 

 

 

 

” A Man wielding a shotgun, armed with a knife and wearing a black hoodie, quickly fired several rounds at a small Christian university in Seattle on Thursday afternoon, killing a 20-year-old man and injuring three others.”

 

 Suspect Aaron Ybarra 

 

” A student security guard at a Seattle Pacific University engineering building fired pepper spray at the suspect as he reloaded his shotgun at about 3:20 p.m. The student then pinned down the suspect until police arrived minutes later and took him into custody. Police said that the identity of 26-year-old suspect would not be released until he was formally booked, and that he was not a student at the university.”

 

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Can You Spot All The Hidden Easter Eggs In This 20 Gigapixel Panoramic?

Can You Spot All the Hidden Easter Eggs in This 20 Gigapixel Panoramic?

” Multi-gigapixel panoramas are rad. It’s like peeping at the world through a telescope from the comfort of your own ground-floor living room. But Microsoft has made the concept even more fun with its 20 Gigapixel “ArtZoom,” and has hidden a bunch of stuff for you to find.

  Shot as a series of 2,400 digital photographs of Seattle in October of last year, Microsoft Research’s multi-billion pixel pano features some 100 art and design nerds that call Seattle home. The trick is finding them all.”

Read on at Gizmodo

10 Cities Where You’re Most Likely To Achieve The American Dream

 

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” A new study from The Equality of Opportunity Project has mapped the 10 best and the 10 worst cities for economic mobility in the United States. Researchers from Harvard University and the University of California at Berkeley used millions of anonymous earnings records to measure the chance that someone born into the bottom fifth of income earners reaches the top fifth. A full summary of their findings can be viewed here.

 

 

Upward Mobility in the 50 Biggest Cities: The Top 10 and Bottom 10 
Rank Odds of Reaching Top Fifth
Starting from Bottom Fifth
Rank Odds of Reaching Top Fifth
Starting from Bottom Fifth
1 Salt Lake City, UT 11.5% divider 41 Milwaukee, WI 5.6%
2 San Jose, CA 11.2% 42 Cincinnati, OH 5.5%
3 San Francisco, CA 11.2% 43 Jacksonville, FL 5.3%
4 Seattle, WA 10.4% 44 Raleigh, NC 5.2%
5 San Diego, CA 10.4% 45 Cleveland, OH 5.2%
6 Pittsburgh, PA 10.3% 46 Columbus, OH 5.1%
7 Sacramento, CA 10.3% 47 Detroit, MI 5.1%
8 Manchester, NH 9.9% 48 Indianapolis, IN 4.8%
9 Boston, MA 9.8% 49 Charlotte, NC 4.3%
10 New York, NY 9.7% 50 Atlanta, GA 4.0%

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Suspect In Shooting Had Interest In Thai Culture, And Problems With The Law

 

 

In 2004, according to a Seattle police report, Mr. Alexis walked out of his grandmother’s home one morning, pulled a .45-caliber pistol from his waistband and fired three rounds at a construction worker’s car, two at the rear tires and one into the air.

During his time in the service, he exhibited “a pattern of misbehavior,” Navy officials said, though they declined to elaborate. Upon leaving, he became a Navy contractor. At the time of the shooting, Mr. Alexis worked for a company affiliated with Hewlett-Packard that serviced the Navy’s Internet system, Hewlett-Packard said in a statement. He had been living for weeks in a long-term-stay hotel with colleagues to work on the Navy Yard project, according to a government official.

In 2010, Mr. Alexis was arrested in Fort Worth for discharging a firearm. At the time, Mr. Alexis had been living in an apartment complex called Orion at Oak Hill. His upstairs neighbor called the police after she heard a pop, saw dust fly and noticed holes in her floor and ceiling. She told the police that Mr. Alexis had confronted her in the parking lot about making too much noise, and she felt threatened by him, according to the Fort Worth police report.”

13 Dead, 14 Wounded In Shooting At D.C. Navy Yard, Including Gunman

 

 

” At least 13 people died Monday and 14 were injured in a mass shooting inside a heavily secured building at the Washington, D.C., Navy Yard, in one of the worst shootings ever at a U.S. military facility, and one of the deadliest single events ever in the nation’s capital.

The gunman, 34-year-old Aaron Alexis of Fort Worth, Texas, is among the dead. U.S. Navy officials reported none of the casualties were individuals in the military.

When it was over, Alexis, a former Navy reservist from Ft. Worth, Texas, who recently began work as a civilian contractor, lay dead amid an armload of weapons. Sources told News4 that surveillance footage showed that he began his attack with a shotgun, but was found with a 9mm pistol and an AR-15 assault rifle.

Alexis appears to have seized firearms from two of his victims as he moved through the building along the Anacostia River in southeast Washington, where 3,000 Navy employees go to work each day, many of them carrying authorized firearms.”

 

 

Chew on that Feinstein , Schumer , et al … Here’s more about the dead suspect . Apparently he was no stranger to violence or the police .

 

 

D.C. Shooter Went on “Anger-Fueled” Rampage in Seattle in 2004

 

 

     Before the gun controllers come screaming out of the woodwork perhaps they should ponder these questions : Since DC is essentially a “gun free” zone , how did the shooter(s) get his gun ? Since military bases are “gun free” zones how did the shooter(s) get inside it ? Also , since there are armed guards , electronic locks and metal detectors on military bases how did the shooter(s) succeed? And lastly , given that nearly all the prerequisites for a “gun free , safe” environment were in place yet failed to stop a determined shooter(s) and the armed State cannot even defend it’s own workers on it’s own home ground , how are the average citizens of the country supposed to expect any better protection from you , the State ?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

DEA Agents Raid Multiple Medical Dispensaries In A State Where The Drug Has Been Declared Legal For Both Medicinal And Recreational Purposes

 

 

 

 

” When Bayside Collective owner Casey Lee saw seven vehicles speed into the parking lot of his Olympia, Washington medical marijuana dispensary Wednesday morning, he thought he was being robbed, and told his employees to take cover.

“When I came outside, there were guns drawn on me,” Lee said Wednesday night. “And then I saw the badges.”

As DEA agents cleaned out the shelves of his dispensary, confiscating an estimated $2,500 worth of medical marijuana and 17 small marijuana plants,  Lee says an agent asked him why he continued to remain in the business of providing medical marijuana.

“One of the DEA agents said: ‘This is your second raid and your third robbery. Why do you keep doing this?’” Lee said.  ”I just told him it’s because we just enjoy helping people, and he told us that he wasn’t expecting that answer.  They don’t get to see the cancer patients.”

Lee’s Bayside Collective was one of several medical marijuana dispensaries in Washington raided by federal agents from the Drug Enforcement Agency Wednesday, in a sweep that stretched the I-5 corridor from Seattle to Tacoma to Olympia.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

Neighbor ‘Goes Nuts,’ Destroys Several Homes With Bulldozer

 

 

” A man angry at his neighbors went on a rampage in a bulldozer Friday on Washington’s Olympic Peninsula, damaging four homes, knocking one off its foundation and cutting power to thousands of people, authorities said.

Barry Alan Swegle was booked into the Clallam County Jail for investigation of malicious mischief following the incident in Port Angeles, 65 miles west of Seattle. 

Sheriff’s spokesman Jim Borte said investigators were told that Swegle and his neighbors had a long-running dispute, but it’s not clear over what. The rampage knocked over a utility pole and left a pickup truck destroyed, and the downed power lines were preventing authorities from fully evaluating the damage to the homes.

Barbara Porter was inside her house when she saw the machine come barreling through her walls.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

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May Day Rally Turns Violent In Seattle

 

 

 

 

” Police used “flash bangs” and pepper spray against some protesters who pelted them with rocks and bottles late Wednesday, as violence erupted during May Day in Seattle.

Several dozen protesters, many using bandanas to cover their faces, began clashing with police in downtown Seattle hours after a peaceful immigrant-rights march ended.

In the aftermath, 18 people were arrested, the Seattle Police Capt. Chris Fowler said.

Fowler said that eight officer were injured, mostly scrapes and bruises. One officer was hit by a rock on her knee.

The violence stemmed from a march that billed itself as an “anti-capitalism” protest. Initially, the protesters concentrated on a business sector of downtown Seattle.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Police: 5 Dead In Shooting South Of Seattle

 

 

 

 

” FEDERAL WAY, Wash. (AP) — Gunfire erupted at an apartment complex in a city south of Seattle and five people were shot to death, including a suspect who was shot by arriving officers, police said early Monday.

Officers responding to an emergency call at 9:30 p.m. Sunday at the apartments in Federal Way encountered a chaotic scene, with bullets flying.

“When officers arrived there were still shots being fired,” said Federal Way police spokeswoman Cathy Schrock.

They found two injured men on the ground in a parking lot. One of the men reached for a gun as police moved in to assist the two, she said.

At that point, officers opened fire. The suspect died but police said it wasn’t immediately clear if it was from their gunfire.

The other man on the ground and a third man in the parking lot were found dead.

In a search of the complex, police found a fourth man dead in one apartment and a slain woman in another unit. Schrock said police were trying to determine if the woman was accidentally hit by gunfire.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Google Glasses: Wave Goodbye To Your Privacy

 

 

 

 

” Last week, Seattle’s 5 Point Café, a funky bar in the city’s Belttown neighborhood, posted notice of its ban on Google Glass, adding: “ass kickings will be encouraged for violators.” The owner’s reason? “People want to go [to my bar] and be not known … and definitely don’t want to be secretly filmed or videotaped and immediately put on the Internet.”

If you haven’t already heard, Google Glass is the next big thing in tech, poised to transform our lifestyles. Think smartphones had an impact? They’ve got nothing on this new product, set for release next year. Essentially, Google Glass is a computer-device in the form of (you guessed it) glasses. While wearing the glasses, calendar reminders, directions, emails, iChat conversations — and basically anything you can currently do via your smartphone — display on your lens. Commands are easily executed via a quick verbal instruction. It’s all hands-free; you don’t even have to look down at a phone’s screen.

Provided you don’t mind wearing the Tron-looking headgear (it’s a toss-up whether it’s a dorky look or a cutting-edge, hipster status symbol) or the hefty $1,500 initial price tag, this all sounds pretty cool, right?”

 

 

Warrantless Searches Proposed — for Third Time — by WA Democrats

 

 

 

” Cut to Washington State: in this case, liberal Democrats in the legislature have introduced an assault weapon ban that includes annual inspections of the homes of people that already own assault weapons to make sure that they are being safely stored.

There is no need for a warrant; there is no probable cause requirement; and the Seattle Times columnist writing about this clearly unconstitutional law observes that the sponsors include “Sen. Adam Kline, D-Seattle, a lawyer who typically is hyper-attuned to civil-liberties issues.”

After a stream of criticism, the author withdrew the warrantless search section of the bill, calling it a “mistake.” Yet, as Bryan Preston points out, the warrantless search section – word for word — was included in bills by Kline in 2009 and 2005.

Mistake? I think he was just finally caught and called out this time.

What makes this especially outrageous: not only are they ignoring the Fourth Amendment’s guarantee regarding warrantless searches and the Second Amendment’s guarantee of the right to bear arms, but also the Washington State Constitution’s guarantee of the right to bear arms.

Before liberals attempt to defend not only warrantless searches but also to claim that “assault weapons” are not protected: the Supreme Court of the State of Washington has recognized by name the AR-15 as a constitutionally protected arm.

The case was an ugly one: State v. Rupe (Washington, 1984). The defendant was convicted of murdering the two women who worked at a branch office of Tumwater State Bank. Rupe had left his bloodstained checkbook on the counter in the midst of the robbery, and was convicted on a combination of evidence including testimony of conspirators. No, Rupe did not use an AR-15; he used a revolver. So how did an AR-15 end up in this case? “

 

 

 

 

 

 

 Violent Groups Of Teens Leave NYC Businesses In Ruins

AA New York Flash

” In New York and across the country, the mobs of kids – 20, 30, 40 or more — appear out of nowhere and suddenly charge a newsstand or convenience store.

They ransack, steal and wreak havoc with no consideration for customers, such as Bennett, who get in their way.

“They assemble, they do whatever it is that they’re going to do, and then they disassemble in a matter of minutes,” said Jon Shane, assistant professor of criminal justice at John Jay College. “By the time somebody recognizes what is happening or is injured, if the police are able to respond, it’s slow.”

Teens have destroyed the newsstand on 57th Street between Eighth and Ninth avenues so many times that the manager has been forced to shut down completely in the afternoon so he doesn’t lose any more money.”

Meanwhile in Chicago :

 

Chicago Won’t Respond to 911 Calls

AAA Chicago Flash

 

” Victims of ‘non-threatening’ crimes such as burglaries, thefts, and simple assault in Chicago will no longer be visited by officers when they call 911.

Chicago police are now enforcing an austere new measure where officers are not dispatched to scenes where the offender has fled and where no one is in immediate danger.
The Windy City is in the middle of both a crime and budget crisis, with sprees of violence erupting, even as first responders are forced to drastically slash their budgets.”

 

   So as you can see in two of the most anti-gun cities in the country the police are only 10-20 minutes away when you need them , if they respond at all , yet you have no right to defend yourselves . But the elitists do …

Update : Add Seattle To The List …

SEATTLE IN DENIAL ABOUT BLACK MOBS

” Hundreds of flash robs around the country are just some of the examples of black mob lawlessness documented in the book “White Girl Bleed a Lot: The return of racial violence and how the media ignore it.

Denying black mob lawlessness is a popular past time: Seattle has “fewer problems with racism than other cities,” says the blog So Seattle. “Ethnic tensions … seem less tangible.”

Seattle may not have the day-in, day-out, racial violence of a Chicago, or the peculiar racial anarchy of small-town Peoria. But more and more people are paying attention to the increasingly visible and brutish mayhem groups of black people are visiting on a pregnant woman, veterans, old people, young people, “gay” people, Asians and everyone in between. Right there in good old Seattle.

Let’s start with 17-year-old, pregnant Jessica Redmon-Beckstead. She was riding the bus with her boyfriend when five black women started to taunt, attack, kick, punch and rob her.”

  You can’t be trusted to protect yourselves so let the professionals handle it . Wait for the police … and wait … and wait …

 

Seattle Gun BuyBack Get’s JACKED! Turns Into a Damn Gun Show! LOL

 

 

” Police officers in Seattle, Washington held their first gun buyback program in 20 years this weekend, underneath interstate 5,  and soon found that private gun collectors were working the large crowd as little makeshift gun shows began dotting the parking lot and sidewalks. Some even had “cash for guns” signs prominently displayed.

Police stood in awe as gun enthusiasts and collectors waved wads of cash for the guns being held by those standing in line for the buyback program.

People that had arrived to trade in their weapons for $100 or $200 BuyBack gift cards($100 for handguns, shotguns and rifles, and $200 for assault weapons) soon realized that gun collectors were there and paying top dollar for collectible firearms. So, as the line for the chump cards got longer and longer people began to jump ship and head over to the dealers.”

 

 

Have We Heard This Before?

 

 

 

 

  ” Hostess Brands Inc., maker of Twinkies and Wonderbread, said today it would shut down three of its factories, firing 627 workers, as a wave of strikes hit its plants across the country.

About two-thirds of its plants are being picketed by almost 6,000 union workers upset at a new contract; Hostess CEO Gregory Rayburn says worse it to come if the strike doesn’t end. From the WSJ’s Rachael Feintzeig:

Mr. Rayburn said Monday afternoon that Hostess is permanently shutting down plants in Seattle, St. Louis and Cincinnati as a result of the work stoppage, and 627 jobs will be lost. “We don’t have the manpower to maintain them during the strike,” he said.

He also said that the company didn’t have much more wiggle room in terms of shutting down additional plants and that the next step would probably be a complete shutdown.

That sounds pretty serious — except we’ve heard something similar before. Here’s Mr Rayburn back in late September, setting the scene for votes by the company’s two biggest unions on new labor deals:

The chief executive of Hostess Brands Inc. said the troubled maker of Twinkies and Wonder Bread will immediately liquidate if union members don’t sign on to the final labor deal it has offered them.”

 

 

 

Update : Hostess Sets Deadline To Strikers: Thursday, 5 p.m, Or It’s Over

No Halloween For You

Seattle Elementary School Bans Halloween Costumes

 

 

 

 ” SEATTLE (CBS SEATTLE) – A Seattle school has banned students from celebrating a new holiday this year: Halloween.

Lafayette Elementary School has decided to not allow students to dress up in costume for Halloween this year. And there is still some discrepancy between parents and the administration as to why the ban has been implemented this fall.

The decision was first reported by the district (Seattle Public Schools) as being a preventative measure in the event that Halloween costumes could offend and upset students who come from other cultures. Dozens of parents complained to the school over the measure demanding a detailed explanation. “