What will Inslee do in 2020? | COMMENTARY

The political machinery of Jay Inslee is in pretty much full operation these days. And it’s stirred up a spew of speculation on what Washington’s two-term Democratic governor will do in 2020. Run for president? Seek a third term? Retire on Bainbridge …

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Press Releases: Overseas Schools Advisory Council Meeting, Thursday, June 14, 2018

The Overseas Schools Advisory Council of the Department of State will hold its spring meeting on Thursday, June 14, 2018, at 9:30 a.m. in conference room 1482, in the Harry S. Truman Building at 2201 C Street NW, Washington DC. The meeting will last until approximately 12:00 p.m. and is open to the public with limited seating available.

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Valley Veteran Nominated to Attend Bill Signing in Washington, DC

HARLINGEN A Rio Grande Valley veteran was nominated to attend a U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs bill signing in Washington, D.C. The Mission Act allows veterans to access non-VA care if they need services that are not offered by the VA or if approved by their doctor.

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Montana ranchers won’t saddle up for farm bill fight

BILLINGS – Watty Taylor isn’t shy about pointing out the difference between farmers and ranchers. Farmers receive federally subsidized crop insurance. Ranchers don’t, which is why as the nation’s farm groups rush to Washington D.C., to push for a …

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Woke Restaurant Serves Discomfort Food

The DC reader who sends this says the Schadenfreude is delicious. He is correct. Washington City Paper reports on the hilariously failed effort of Busboys and Poets, a local restaurant, to be racially woke. Excerpts:

Sometimes you can have the best of intentions and still miss the mark completely. Such is the case with Busboys and Poets‘ “Race Card” initiative, which aims to foster discussions about race and privilege among its diners by handing out literal “Race Cards”—cards featuring larger questions about the state of race relations in America—to patrons as they enter.

recent Facebook post featuring one of the “Race Cards”—which reads “Did you perceive me as racist because I’m a white male?”—has garnered more than 150 shares and even more comments, with people criticizing Busboys and Poets for taking a somewhat tone-deaf approach in trying to foster a conversation about race. Other “Race Cards” that Busboys and Poets employees are handing out read: “What is your experience with race in America?,” “Have you ever been in a place where you were the racial minority?,” and “How often do you discuss race with your friends or family?”

Akosua Johnson, who posted the picture that went viral, says that a bartender at Busboys and Poets handed them the card when they sat down at the bar. Johnson, who identifies as nonbinary and uses they/them pronouns, wrote on Facebook that the bartender, who was white, “had no idea how to actually engage with this poorly constructed, forced ‘conversation’ and so just walked away immediately after dropping the cards in the middle of my meal.”

Oh boy. This is getting good. I had to re-read the next part of the story to realize that the antecedent to the pronoun “them” is actually one person. A very woke person: Akosua Johnson, who was REALLY OFFENDED that Andy Shallal, owner of the restaurant had no reached out to the Professionally Woke Grifter-American Community for advice before playing the race card. He probably figured that by being intentionally progressive — left-wingery is written into the mission statement of the local restaurant chain — he was covered. Wrong!

You can imagine what happened next — but it’s fun to read the indignant statement from DC’s Black Lives Matter, in which its spokeswoman excommunicates Shallal and his restaurant, because he tried to do the racially correct (by BLM standards) thing in the wrong way. Akosua Johnson concludes, sadly: “The creators of this Busboys program erred in not choosing to engage more directly with racial justice activists and educators.”

Whole thing here. It usually makes sense to just shut up and cook. Who the heck wants to go eat or drink at a restaurant that serves discomfort food? Busboys and Poets, which describes itself as “a community where racial and cultural connections are consciously uplifted,” deserves this pain.

Meanwhile, Akosua Johnson would like you to compensate Akosua Johnson for Akosua Johnson’s  semi-hemi-demi-shakedown social justice accomplishment (or at least hire zir to enlighten the unenlightened):

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Operation Net Nanny gets 9 dangerous sexual predators off Spokane streets

Washington State Patrol reports that nine dangerous sexual predators that targeted children in Spokane County were removed from the Spokane community thanks to a multi-day operation run by Homeland Security, Washington State Patrol and several local law enforcement agencies. This was the 12th “Operation Net Nanny” operation around the state.

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SCSO offers online safety tips following internet sting

Seven of the nine men arrested following an undercover internet sting led by the Washington State Patrol faced a judge Monday. A total of 13 law enforcement agencies worked together to arrest the men by posing as 13-year-olds on various social media sites.

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Spokane County ‘Net Nanny’ operation leads to arrest of 9 sexual predators

The operation, run by the Homeland Security Investigations, Washington State Patrol, and several other law enforcement agencies, was the 12th operation around the state to target child abuse and child exploitation suspects. Washington State Patrol began “Net Nanny” operations in August 2015.

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The GOP’s fear factor

A bill authored by Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) that would require the federal government to balance the budget each year was soundly defeated last week in the Senate. Even Paul admitted he thought the bill had no chance, but he told the Washington Post his …

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