Washington

Washington liquor store has private gun club in back: ‘Don’t think there’s anything like this in the country’

Two brothers in Washington state claim their liquor store has the largest selection of mini liquor bottles — but that’s not what sets this store apart from others around the country. T Brothers Liquor and Wine Lodge in Olympia is the only liquor store in the country that also has a private gun club in the back, the owners Andy and Mike Thielen claim. “We don’t think there’s anything like this in the country,” said Andy Thielen, co-owner of both the liquor store and the Glacier Gun Club, said to K5 News. The Glacier Gun Club is behind an unmarked locked door in the liquor store that members must be swiped into. The Thielens opened the liquor store in 2012 and wanted to use the space in the back that was meant for storage. “We believe every square foot is a dollar missing if you’re not utilizing it properly,” said Mike to K5. In 2015, the brothers opened up the members-only gun club. Mike said the NRA warned the brothers that a membership-only club wouldn’t work. “They said a membership program-only will not work without selling ammo and holsters and big gun retail,” Mike recalled. “But I knew if we built it right, they will come.” The Thielens built a swanky gun lodge with leather couches, a cigar lounge, six shooting range lanes and a training room where Mike says he and his brother are always available to give tips or advice to shooters as part of the membership. Currently the brothers have more than 1,000 members in the gun club. All new members have to pass a required background check, pay $100 initiation and $30 per month for unlimited use of the range. And, even though the club is behind a liquor store, members are not allowed to bring any alcohol into the venue. “Everyone’s been vetted,” said Mike to K5. “You know who’s shooting next to you.” Andy told K5 that in the three years since they have opened the gun club, they have never had a problem with alcohol. “They understand,” he said. “They remember signing the rules.” However, the brothers don’t mind if gun club members buy alcohol on their way out of the range. “It’s like the gift shop coming out of a Disneyland ride,” Mike joked to K5.

Very cool!!    🙂

Gophers vs. landowners: In Washington property rights battle, furry rodents win

It would appear to be a David and Goliath fight over property rights, but a furry little rodent is currently whipping the landowners of Thurston County, Washington. In 2014, three sub-species of the Mazama pocket gopher were listed as threatened in the county under the Endangered Species Act. Since then, property owners have lived in fear that a gopher hole might show up and derail any plans to develop their land. Steve and Deborah McLain have been trying unsuccessfully for over a year to get a permit to build a home on the 8 acres they own near the city of Tumwater. The problem started when inspectors found a single mound of dirt indicating a pocket gopher lived there. “The gopher has been able to enjoy our property the entire time,” said a frustrated Deborah McLain, “and they have more rights to our property than we do.” The McLains have offered to give up one of their acres as protected habitat for the gopher, but Thurston County still won’t issue a building permit. The county requires landowners who want to build anything on their property to determine if their soils are conducive for gopher tunneling. If they are, inspectors must make three site reviews 30 days apart. The reviews must be done between June 1st and October 31st – because that’s when gophers are the most active. Larry Weaver is a homebuilder. He says the gopher issue is driving most contractors out of the county. “In one instance I had to give up 64 percent of my property where we built the house,” said Weaver. “It was a little over an acre and 64 percent had to be fenced off as gopher habitat.” The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, which listed the gopher as threatened, can’t even give a rough guess as to how many pocket gophers are living in Thurston County. “It’s not based on number, it’s based on area and threats,” said Eric Rickerson, the Washington state USFWS Supervisor. The Mazama pocket gopher thrives in loose, well-drained prairie soils. The government estimates 95 percent of the gopher’s habitat has been lost due to development. Since it is cost-prohibitive to actually count gophers, which live underground and rarely surface, the aim of the conservation plan is to prevent building on the remaining land that is good for gophers. Glen Morgan from Citizens Alliance for Property Rights doesn’t think the gopher is endangered at all. He points to the fact that gophers have been thriving in the most dangerous place in Thurston County, the artillery firing range on the Army’s Joint Base Lewis-McChord. “This all starts basically with environmental groups that push a species, whether they’re endangered or not, to force U.S. Fish and Wildlife to start down this road, to list them whether or not there’s any good science,” said Morgan.

Exactly!!  The McLains should sue the out-of-control, liberal, enviro-wacko lunatic fascists in Thurston County into bankruptcy.  This is just another example of political correctness and big government gone crazy.  Unreal..

‘After School Satan Club’ Received Fast-Tracked Tax-Exempt Status from IRS

Documents obtained by Judicial Watch show the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) fast-tracked tax-exempt status for an “After School Satan Club” in Tacoma, Washington, while the federal agency was discovered to be either denying conservative and Christian groups the same status or making them wait for years. According to the watchdog group that uncovered the IRS scandal during the Obama administration, the After School Satan Club at Point Defiance Elementary in Tacoma applied for its tax-exempt status designation on October 21, 2014 and received it only 10 days later on October 31, 2014.

Holy crap!!  This is one of those stories you really need to read.  To read the rest of this shocking story, click on the text above.

French: Washington’s Supreme Court Imposes Its Progressive Faith on a Christian Florist

If you care about the Bill of Rights, the rights of conscience, or even the English language, there’s a chance that this morning you felt a disturbance in the Force — as if the Founders cried out in rage and were suddenly silenced. That disturbance was the Washington Supreme Court’s oppressive ruling in State of Washington v. Arlene’s Flowers, a case holding that a florist was bound by state law to use her artistic talents to design floral arrangements to celebrate what she viewed as an immoral event: a gay wedding. The pretext for overriding the florist’s rights to free speech and religious liberty was Washington’s so-called “public accommodations law,” which required the owner, Barronelle Stutzman, to provide goods and services to customers “regardless” of their sexual orientation. Let’s be clear, according to the plain language of the law and the undisputed facts of the case, Stutzman did nothing illegal. She had always consistently and joyfully served gay clients, including the man who ultimately decided to bring potentially ruinous legal claims against her. On each of those prior occasions, however, she was not using her artistic talents to help her clients celebrate an occasion she considered immoral. In other words, she was not discriminating on the basis of sexual orientation. She was making a decision not to help celebrate an action, a form of expression. She would no more celebrate a gay wedding than she would any form of immorality, gay or straight. To dispense with her argument, the court did what numerous progressive courts have done: It rewrote the law. It rejected what it called the “status/conduct” distinction, and essentially interpreted the word “orientation” to also mean “action.” To understand how nonsensical and dangerous this is, one need merely apply it to other categories of expression. Is it now racial discrimination to refuse to bake a cake with Confederate flag icing, since the person asking for such a cake will almost always be white? Is it gender discrimination for fashion designers to refuse to “dress” Ivanka or Melania Trump? They’re women, after all. But this is the sexual revolution we’re talking about, so it’s necessary for the court to make a statement declaring the government’s allegiances. Indeed, late in the opinion its author gave the game away. Picking up on the absurd and historically ignorant comparison of the modern gay-rights movement with the civil-rights movement in the segregationist South, the judge wrote, “This case is no more about access to flowers than civil rights cases in the 1960s were about access to sandwiches.” What are they talking about? The federal government took the extraordinary step of passing the civil-rights acts to give black Americans access not just to sandwiches but to hotel rooms, jobs, voting rights, and all the other things they were systematically denied as southern states and communities continually and oppressively imposed the “badges and incidents of slavery” on them. In the pre-civil-rights South, black citizens often had trouble finding places to eat or sleep. They couldn’t vote. They couldn’t get justice in state courts. Civil rights was about access, at its most elementary and necessary level. But that’s not the case any longer. The gay couple in this case had no trouble finding flowers. Stutzman even recommended other florists who would have been happy to help them celebrate their wedding. So, given the absence of any real harm, the court said that the state had a compelling state interest in punishing the “independent social evil” of discrimination toward a “broader societal purpose: eradicating barriers to equal treatment of all citizens in the commercial marketplace.” That’s it right there: the state religion. It reserves for itself the exclusive ability to name, define, and eradicate “social evils,” and heaven help the individual citizen who disagrees. There is no need to show a traditional, legally recognized harm. There is no need to prove lack of access to alternative artistic expressions. There is only the need to show that the business owner won’t use her unique talents to help celebrate the sexual revolution. Finally, if you doubt the court’s malice, look only to its last ruling — that Stutzman can be held personally liable for her allegedly discriminatory act. In other words, the court is willing to pierce the corporate veil to impose individual liability even in the absence of the traditional justifications for that drastic step. Stutzman didn’t commit fraud. She didn’t commingle her personal and corporate funds. She kept her private and professional affairs separate. But she still faces personal financial ruin. Social-justice warriors will no doubt celebrate the breaking of another egg for their cultural omelet. Meanwhile, Stutzman’s lawyers — my friends and former colleagues at the Alliance Defending Freedom — are appealing her case to the Supreme Court. Once again, eyes will be fixed on Justice Kennedy. Will he continue to impose his own version of the state religion, the one he so enthusiastically articulated in Obergefell? Or will he remember that words have meaning, orientation doesn’t mean action, and the state can’t compel citizens to condone what they consider immoral.

Agreed!!  And, well said, David.  Attorney, and Army Reserve officer (Major), David French was responsible for that outstanding legal op/ed.  David was awarded the Bronze Star for his service in Iraq.  Excellent!!    🙂

In twist, environmentalists fight proposed carbon tax – because it doesn’t grow gov’t

On paper, it looks like a big win for environmentalists: a ballot initiative in Washington state to make it the first in the nation to impose a tax on all carbon emissions. Yet green groups are united almost in lockstep against the proposal – all because it includes tax cuts, to offset the tax hike. Yoram Bauman, who authored Initiative 732 and generally sides with environmental groups that have claimed for years that greenhouse gasses are responsible for climate change, now says he’s shocked at the pushback he’s facing from these same organizations. “Putting a price on carbon is the single most important thing we can do to tackle climate change,” Bauman said…

As we’ve been saying from day one here at The Daily Buzz…  The environmental wacko movement has NOTHING to do with improving the state of our environment.  It is simply a movement that is anti-capitalism and pro-socialism.  In other words, it’s about big government, and imposing ridiculous regulations on individuals and business..  This whole Initiative 732 has exposed these fascist idiots for who they really are.  Anyway, to read the rest of this article, click on the text above.

Washington state restaurant apologizes for asking cops not to eat there

Lucky’s Teriyaki is apologizing and is offering free meals to law enforcement officers after word spread that the restaurant in Washington state didn’t want law enforcement to dine there. Seattle’s KCPQ-TV reports the owner’s son apologized, and law enforcement members will get free meals Monday at the restaurant in Sedro-Wooley, about 70 miles north of Seattle. Skagit County Sheriff Will Reichardt says on Facebook four deputies finished lunch at Lucky’s Teriyaki on Thursday and were told not to eat there anymore, that customers didn’t like law enforcement. The sheriff says his chief deputy later called the owner and confirmed the request and was told to spread the word among law enforcement agencies. The owner’s son says it was a misunderstanding.

This is a follow up this story that we reported on yesterday.  “Misunderstanding”…my ass.  These deputies were told in no uncertain terms to not come back anymore.  Later, the sheriff had his chief deputy call the owner to confirm the owner’s request to not come back, and to spread the word among the law enforcement community. That’s hardly a “misunderstanding.”  But, because of the backlash on social media and from the news, the owner and his son have come back and apologized and said it’s all a “misunderstanding.”  Unreal..  The good officers SHOULD go back for the free meal on Monday.  THEN, the good folks of Skagit County should boycott Lucky’s for at least a couple months.  These gutless idiots who own and run this restaurant need to pay a financial price or their unbelievably rude and ungrateful treatment of those fine deputies.  The owners mistakenly catered to a few of their ungrateful patrons, and instead of telling THEM to not come back, and that they support their local cops, they instead told the cops to not return.  Wow…  These are the kinds of stories you really can’t make up.  Like I said, the cops SHOULD go back for their free meal on Monday and  then locals should boycott Lucky’s for at least a couple months; make them suffer financially for their breathtakingly poor judgement and rude treatment of those they’d call for help, if they were robbed, etc.  Unreal..

Deputies asked not to dine at Washington state restaurant

The sheriff of a county about 70 miles north of Seattle says a restaurant owner has asked that law enforcement no longer dine there. Skagit County Sheriff Will Reichardt said on Facebook that after four deputies finished lunch at Lucky’s Teriyaki in Sedro-Woolley Thursday, the owner asked them not to eat there anymore. Reichardt says the deputies were told that customers didn’t like law enforcement there. The sheriff says his chief deputy called the owner later Thursday and says the request was confirmed along with a request to spread the word among other law enforcement agencies. Calls to the restaurant for comment were met with busy signals. The Sedro-Woolley Police Department said on Facebook it’s disappointed but they’ll continue to respond to the businesses in any way they request.

Of course they will, because they’re good people just doing their job! On the extreme other hand..The owner of Lucky’s Teriyaki in Sedro-Woolley makes me want to vomit.  What a gutless, spineless, loser!  What kind of business owner tells the local cops they can’t eat their restaurant?!  If anything, they should be glad to have them there, and give them a discount.  Someone needs to start a petition to boycott this place.  Let’s hope that enough people take their business some place else, and put Lucky’s out of business.  Unreal..