Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Kitsap County topless barista law put on hold

The Kitsap Sun has an article about the status of a new county ordinance that would regulate the topless coffee shop baristas. Over the past year while the ordinance is being drafted, three of the six topless coffee stands in Kitsap County have shut down. Lawyers for the topless baristas are threatening lawsuits if the ordinance goes through, so County Commissioners are attempting to draft the ordinance to withstand lawsuits. Kitsap County is a small family community, we don't need more nude establishments here. If they want to serve coffee nude, then they should be required to apply for a permit just like any strip club.

Click here for the article

Monday, August 27, 2012

Using Semantics to Take Down Conservative Representative Todd Akin

Liberal pundits are declaring they have no idea what Rep. Todd Akin (R-MO) meant when he referred to “legitimate rape” in an interview this past week. Akin stated, "In cases of legitimate rape, the female body has ways to try to shut that whole thing down." It was an awkward, inarticulate statement, but the substance of it was correct. Explaining what he meant since then would be a bit crude, so he has not been able to adequately defend himself. His attackers have used the awkwardness to pounce on him and pretend they don't know what he meant, or make up even worse explanations.
Does anyone actually believe his critics? It may have been a poor choice of words, but everyone knows Akin was referring to the distinction between what we traditionally consider rape - forcible rape - versus statutory rape and what some claim is also rape, having sex while drunk. Some women will have a one night stand while drunk, admit it to their friends afterwards, then change their mind and declare that it was rape. The FBI updated its definition of rape this year to include the inability to give consent due to intoxication. Any woman who has been drinking can now claim afterwards that she was raped. This may have opened a Pandora's Box considering how many people drink alcohol before sex. The cliché “rape is rape” no longer means what it says. The definition has now been broadened to include any woman alleging rape after she has been drinking.
As for women's bodies shutting down, you don't have to be a rocket scientist to figure out that Akin meant that a woman is not going to get aroused if she is forcibly raped, making it difficult to become pregnant. Akin brought this up in order to explain why abortion in case of rape is not necessary. It is very rare that a forcible rape results in a pregnancy, so the issue of whether to permit abortion in the case of rape is mostly a red herring, used for fear mongering. Last week, GOP officials drafting the abortion ban for the party platform, declined to put in an exception for rape or incest. Tellingly, Akin's critics haven't bothered disputing Akin's real message, which is that less than one percent of rapes result in a pregnancy.

Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Kitsap County has mixed record on topless baristas

I was disappointed to see that Kitsap County is not following the lead of other counties around the state like Snohomish County and banning naked women from serving coffee. If strip clubs are required to have licenses, why aren't naked women serving coffee? Other counties have made that conclusion.

"Fantasy Espresso" in East Bremerton (just north of city limits) appears to be thriving, recently placing a job posting on Craigslist. The ad says, "We're a themed espresso stand (the girls wear pasties)" and requires applicants to submit pictures of themselves, noting "No completely nude photos will be accepted." Eeewww. One of the espresso stands promises "Pasties 7 days a week."

Fortunately, a naked coffee stand in Gorst, called Espresso Gone Crazy, has gone out of business. Click here to see how nearly naked its employees are. How is that different from a stripper? Natte Latte also appears to have gone out of business; its website is gone.

In December 2011, Kitsap County Commissioners voted not to do anything about the topless baristas. “We have a lot of priorities right now and this isn’t one of them,” Commissioner Josh Brown said. “Counties don’t have the regulatory authority that cities do. We can’t exactly restrict the businesses that are coming into our county like cities can.”

This isn't true, because other counties around the state ARE cracking down on the naked baristas. Bremerton city officials have stopped the nudity in the past. Let's hope they keep it up.We are going to keep the pressure on them and the Kitsap County Commissioners until they do.

Richard Sanders makes the ballot for Washington Supreme Court!

Former Supreme Court Justice Richard Sanders has come in second place in the primary election for the Supreme Court, putting him on the ballot for the general election. He will be running against Sheryl Gordon McCloud, a left wing feminist endorsed by NARAL. The results of the primary are here.

Monday, August 13, 2012

Pro-Life Justice Fighting Off Liberal Attacks to Regain Seat on Washington Supreme Court

One of only two right-leaning justices who has served on the Washington Supreme Court in recent years is in the battle of his life to regain his seat. As a result of his unflinching defense of property rights, freedom of religion, sanctity of marriage, gun rights, and the unborn, former Justice Richard Sanders has been a lightening rod for attacks from the left and the biased media. Those attacks finally cost him reelection in 2010, after serving on the high court for three terms since 1995.

After he was sworn into office at the Washington Supreme Court in 1996, Sanders walked over to a pro-life rally at the State Capitol and briefly thanked the pro-lifers for their support. His enemies on the left complained and made him the subject of a long, drawn out expensive ethics investigation by the state judicial conduct commission, which reprimanded him. The Supreme Court refused to allow the Attorney General to represent him, forcing him to pay for his own defense. $92,479 in attorneys fees later, the reprimand was overturned by the Washington State Court of Appeals as a violation of free speech. Sanders was forced to sue the state to obtain reimbursement of his fees. The highly publicized ethics investigation went on for so long that ultimately his name and reputation were significantly damaged.

Once in the crosshairs of the left and the complicit liberal media, the attacks on Sanders continued. In 2003, he visited Washington's sexual predator center, then located at McNeil Island, in order to gain a better understanding of sex offenders, whose cases comprise some of the Supreme Court's docket. The Commission on Judicial Conduct admonished him for casually talking with a handful of inmates at the center, vaguely accusing him of violating “judicial impartiality” since some of the residents had active court cases.

Sanders came under attack again right before the 2010 election over remarks he made about race, likely costing him the election after the liberal media blew them up. The Seattle Times switched its endorsement of Sanders at the last minute to his opponent. The offending comment by Sanders? Blacks may be disproportionately incarcerated because they commit more crimes, rather than because the criminal-judicial system is biased. Later he clarified what he meant, but it was too late, "I would never say, nor do I believe, that people commit crimes because of their race."

Sanders' special interest is the Washington Constitution, and says his favorite provision is the role of government to protect and maintain individual rights. University of Washington affiliate law professor Hugh Spitzer said that Sandersis perhaps the deepest thinker on his court” and “one of the brightest thinkers of that court.” Sanders wrote more than twice as many dissents as any of the other justices in 2009, standing up for principles rather than compromising. Sanders even dissented from one of his own opinions, after the Ninth Circuit came to a different conclusion on a separate case.

Sanders is a principled constitutionalist. He upheld religious freedom in his majority opinion Maylon v. Pierce, ruling that volunteer chaplains for the Pierce County Sheriff's Department do not violate the religious establishment clause. He has railed against “political correctness” in both his court opinions and previous writing for the University of Washington student newspaper The Daily while a law student. Sanders voted 90 percent of the time for lesser or no sanctions against attorneys who came before the court on disciplinary proceedings. It is common knowledge that there is a systemic problem nationwide of state bar associations and disciplinary judges throwing the book at right-leaning attorneys and judges.

A libertarian, Sanders is also known for his pro-criminal defense decisions. This has alienated most prosecutors from supporting him and likely costs him some support from conservatives. Sanders tends to look out for the underdog and perceives his views on criminal issues as consistent with his libertarian philosophy.

The Supreme Court has shifted to the left since Sanders lost reelection, with only one conservative left, Jim Johnson. Without Sanders, the court voted 5-4 to strike down an initiative against red light cameras. Sanders said, Had I been on the court it would have been 5-4 the other way.”

Sanders is endorsed by Congressman Ron Paul, Attorney General Rob McKenna, Rabbi Daniel Lapin, both the Washington State Republican and Libertarian Parties, Gun Owners Action League, the National Rifle Association, property rights organizations, and pro-life and Christian organizations. The Citizens' Alliance for Property Rights has rated him outstanding. Outgoing Supreme Court Justice Tom Chambers endorsed Sanders over the other three candidates vying for his seat. The liberal King County Bar Association predictably rated him the lowest of the four candidates, evidence of their bias against those on the right.

Sanders will likely face off in the general election against Sheryl Gordon McCloud, who is described by the Tacoma News Tribune as “a fiery liberal.” McCloud, a criminal defense attorney, has been endorsed by the National Abortion Rights Action League, unions, Democrat clubs, an executive director from the radical Latino organization El Centro De La Raza and numerous criminal defense attorneys.

Those on the left and their friends in the liberal media continue repeating the same three smear stories about Sanders. When will voters wake up and realize that they are being fed what the media wants them to be fed? Stories endlessly repeated should be a warning sign to the public that they are being propagandized. Voters should ask why the media is pushing certain information and wonder what they are not telling us. Half-truths and innuendoes are no way to decide elections. Former Democrat State Senator and Supreme Court justice Phil Talmadge said about Sanders, “I don’t think we’d want a Supreme Court of nine Richard Sanders, but it’s healthy to have someone there who will be very careful on actions by government, and that is why I have endorsed him.”

Sunday, August 12, 2012

Victory! Topless baristas being banned around Washington state

We first reported on this a couple of years ago, and times have changed. Now localities are banning topless baristas, and arresting those who do not comply for prostitution. Kudos to those gutsy county and city councilmembers who stood up and put a stop to the sleaze in our communities. Check out the articles here and here.