09 Jul

Preventable crime

Today’s stabbing spree in downtown Seattle was tragic, and given the suspect’s reported criminal and mental health history, preventable. Under Jay Inslee’s watch our mental health system has deteriorated. Likewise, Bob Ferguson does not seem very concerned with mental health or public safety issues; he’s too busy “resisting” the federal government to focus on matters that impact our daily lives.

If the mental health and criminal justice systems had paid attention to this individual, today’s injuries could have been avoided. Make no mistake, if today’s crimes had been committed with a gun instead of a knife Ferguson and Inslee would have been promoting this incident as a reason for more gun control.

It is convenient that government leaders use problems that perhaps they did not create, but they certainly enable, to try to convince you it is necessary to give up your rights for your own safety.

Why didn’t the government protect today’s victims? Given that lack of protection, shouldn’t people be given every opportunity to protect themselves?

I have heard it said that the government establishment finds a certain amount of crime and disorder acceptable as it creates the need for government “protection” and helps justify their existence. Events of the past several years lend credibility to that notion.

As your Attorney General I will ensure that the mental health and criminal justice systems have additional resources available to keep the truly dangerous in custody, and where appropriate in treatment, while at the same time ensuring your rights to protect yourself are not impaired.

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03 Jul

Happy Independence Day

Painting showing Thomas Jefferson, John Adams, Roger Sherman, Robert Livingston, and Benjamin Franklin presenting the first draft of the Declaration of Independence to the Second Continental Congress. Less than a week later, on July 4, 1776, the colonial delegates signed the Document.

Independence Day is a good day to reflect upon where we have been, where we are, and where we are heading. A lot of people seem to hate America these days. Of course they have their opinions and have their rights, but I shake my head and think that they would not have the ability to think and act as they do if it was not for the courage and wisdom of those who came before us.

“Eternal vigilance is the price of liberty.” I am concerned that we are rapidly reaching a point where losing what we have achieved is a very real possibility. Complacency is no longer an option. Neither is giving up.

NOW is the time to make sure your family, friends, and neighbors are registered to vote. The August primary is just around the corner and November will be here before you know it. Then the push to the 2020 elections and what I imagine will be an insane period.

I will post more thoughts about the importance of voting in the coming weeks. In the meantime, take the time to educate yourself. Be prepared to vote in every race on your ballot.

I wish everyone a safe and happy Independence Day.

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02 Jul

Government “protection”

Many of you have probably heard about the Antifa attack this past weekend in Portland. If not, a number of media outlets are reporting on it; do an internet search for your favorite. There are some reports that a witness approached police and told them the witness had photographic evidence and could point out the suspects, but the police said there was nothing they could do. Some media are assuming police were given a “stand-down” order, although I am not aware that has been confirmed.

This leads me to today’s thought experiment: One of the talking points of the anti-gun crowd is, “Why do you need a gun? The government and police will protect you.”

If the government prevents you from defending yourself, what happens when the government decides that you are no longer worthy of protection?

For those who may not know, the victim in this attack was Asian. And gay. And a journalist. You cannot depend on the government to protect you, even if you are a member of a “protected class” or are exercising your Constitutional rights.

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22 Jun

Who does the AG work for?

The Washington State Attorney General serves as the legal advisor to state officers and agencies. As Attorney General I will always remember that I serve the people of the state, not the bureaucracy that all too often works against the interests of the people.

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18 Jun

Olympia is ignoring you

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16 Jun

The Census and “advice” from the government

Former Washington Governor Gary Locke, currently the Chairman of the Washington State Complete Count Committee, has encouraged people to “boycott” a citizenship question if it appears in the 2020 census.

Locke’s advice raises a few questions:

1) Considering that illegal aliens ARE counted when apportioning seats in the U.S. House of Representatives, why shouldn’t everyone answer that question? Illegal Aliens will be counted as part of the state’s population regardless.

2) Is it wise for a representative of state government to encourage people to violate federal law, in this case 13 U.S.C. § 221? (Refusal or neglect to answer questions; false answers)

3) If any census-takers follow or encourage others to follow Mr. Locke’s advice, would he have violated federal law? 13 U.S.C. § 222 (Giving suggestions or information with intent to cause inaccurate enumeration of population)

4) With legal advice like this, one wonders why former Governor Locke voluntarily surrendered his law license?

5) As the legal advisor to the State of Washington, what advice has Attorney General Bob Ferguson provided to Mr. Locke on this issue?

And most importantly:

6) If government officials encourage some people to ignore some laws, how can they object when other people decide to ignore other laws?

Consider making a donation to restore sanity to our state’s government:

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06 Jun

Arlene’s Flowers

The case against Arlene’s Flowers has been one of Sideshow’s crown jewels. It is a fact-intensive case, and not all the facts are commonly reported or known. One could easily write a book analyzing all the legal aspects of the case.

In very general terms, the owner of Arlene’s Flowers had provided flowers to a couple she knew were gay for a number of years, but balked at providing flowers for their wedding due to her religious beliefs.

The case highlights the tension between preventing discrimination against people based on sexual orientation and the freedom to live one’s life according to their religious beliefs.

Not all discrimination is illegal, and not all discriminatory acts are equal. For example, you can legally discriminate against a protected class when you are renting out a room in a dwelling you occupy. RCW 49.60.222

It is worth noting that discrimination laws, passed by congress and state legislatures, are subordinate to the rights, such as the freedom of religion, guaranteed in the US Constitution.

I wonder if Sideshow would have been as proactive if the florist had been Muslim (some of whom I understand also have very strong beliefs on the issue)? And yes, I am being purposefully provocative.

I am anticipating backlash to my opinion. I have nothing against the couple in the Arlene’s Flowers case and I wish them a long and happy life together. However, I believe the case was wrongly decided.

On the spectrum of discriminatory acts, the facts of this case seem somewhat trivial. Yes the couple was inconvenienced and their feelings were hurt, but there were other florists in the area who could have served them. In fact, it was reported that some florists offered to provide flowers for free once they heard about the controversy.

It comes down to deciding where to draw the line between the government providing protection to some while infringing on the rights of others.

No matter what you think about this issue I will say this: If this case was so egregious that it was worth spending 5+ years and who knows how much money litigating it, the amount of discrimination in Washington must not be nearly as bad as some would have you believe.

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04 Jun

Are you registered to vote?

Did you know that less than 59% of Washington residents are registered to vote? Even allowing for those not eligible, that is still a significant number and could easily change the outcome of elections.

Giving up is not an option!

Talk to your friends, family members, and neighbors and make sure they are registered. If they’re not, help them:

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31 May

Hypocrisy and projection

Sideshow Bob is accusing the Trump administration of attempting “extreme gerrymandering” for rationally wanting to know how many *citizens* we have in the United States.

As is typical with hypocrites, Sideshow doesn’t realize or doesn’t care that it is blatantly obvious the left wants to count illegal immigrants in an attempt to gain additional representatives in predominantly blue areas. Almost sounds like “extreme gerrymandering,” doesn’t it?

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27 May

Lest we forget.

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