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  • Orcinus
    home of David Neiwert, freelance investigative journalist and author who writes extensively about far-right hate groups
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  • Northwest Broadcasters
    The AM, FM, TV and digital broadcasters of Northwest Washington, USA and Southwest British Columbia, Canada. From Kelso, WA to the northern tip of Vancouver Island, BC - call letters, formats, slogans, networks, technical data, and transmitter maps. Plus "recent" news.
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  • The Moderate Voice
    The voice of reason in the age of Obama, and the politics of the far-middle.
  • News Hounds
    Dogged dogging of Fox News by a team who seems to watch every minute of the cable channel so you don't have to.
  • HistoryLink
    Fun to read and free encyclopedia of Washington State history. Founded by the late Walt Crowley, it's an indispensable tool and entertainment source for history wonks and surfers alike.

right-wing blogs we like

  • The Reagan Wing
    Hearin lies the real heart of Washington State Republicans. Doug Parris runs this red-meat social conservative group site which bars no holds when it comes to saying who they are and who they're not; what they believe and what they don't; who their friends are and where the rest of the Republicans can go. Well-written, and flaming.
  • Orbusmax
    inexhaustible Drudgery of NW conservative news
  • The Radio Equalizer
    prolific former Seattle KVI, KIRO talk host speaks authoritatively about radio.
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December 31, 2011



Just happy to have 2011 behind me. Odd numbered years give me the creeps.


Michael ...

How can you hate ...

celebration of the holy circumcision?

himage to the two faced god?

MY birthday?


Things are not off to a great start..a Park Ranger up at Mt. Rainier entrance station was shot and killed about an hour ago...

..and in a WAY less tragic event, I just discovered my freezer in the garage stopped working..probably around Wednesday..what a mess....

Puget Sound Blathers

the news for the Ranger is particularly sad. the Ranger is a mother of two. very very sad.

"MOUNT RAINIER, Wash. – A National Park Service ranger at Mount Rainier National Park has been shot and killed, and the gunman is at large.
The ranger has been identifed as 34-year-old Margaret Anderson.

The shooting occurred at 10:11 a.m. near Longmire Ranger Station.
A park spokesman said another ranger attempted to make a vehicle stop near Paradise and the driver fled. When the driver was stopped at a roadblock about a mile below Paradise, shots were fired and Anderson was hit.
The suspect fled on foot and has not yet been captured.

The Washington State Patrol, the Pierce County Sheriff’s Office and the FBI are on the scene.
The suspect is armed with a long rifle, Det. Ed Troyer with the Pierce County Sheriff's Office reports via Twitter.
The park is closed until further notice.
Anderson is married with two children, ages 4 and 2."


Assault rifles in parks. Good for you NRA!

Chuck Bobuck

SJ: you should go back to your husband and leave Michael alone.


Tremendous tragedy. Let's hope the bastard freezes to death on the mountain.....how was he dressed?......today was warm so hes probably ok for tonight....a nice subfreezing cold snap would be good right about now.......... piece of garbage....really quite shocking .........

Puget Sound Blathers

Weird/sad comment in the story about finding the alleged killer of the Ranger at Mt Ranier.

"The shooting renewed debate about a federal law that made it legal for people to take loaded weapons into national parks. The 2010 law made possession of firearms subject to state gun laws.

Bill Wade, the outgoing chair of the Coalition of National Park Service Retirees, said Congress should be regretting its decision.

"The many congressmen and senators that voted for the legislation that allowed loaded weapons to be brought into the parks ought to be feeling pretty bad right now," Wade said.

Wade called Sunday's fatal shooting a tragedy that could have been prevented. He hopes Congress will reconsider the law that took effect in early 2010, but doubts that will happen in today's political climate.

Calls and emails to the National Rifle Association requesting comment were not immediately returned on Monday."


Anyone really think that if the ban had been in effect it would have made a difference in this particular case? As if this deranged killer, after shoot four people in Spanaway and heading to Mt Ranier to 'hide out' would have thought 'oh my, better leave my assault weapon outside the Park lest I get charged with a felony.'

The decision to ban or not ban is a separate issue and should be discussed without tying it to this particular tragedy.

Why do folks try to politicize these crimes? Reminds folks of the asshats who tried to do same with the shooting of Congresswoman Gifford.


This particular incident? Probably not. But the addition of guns becoming legal in a national park makes the job of the rangers just that much harder, and sets the stage for all sorts of incidents where someone who "thinks" he knows how to handle a weapon ends up hurting or killing others by mistake. You can't hunt in a national park and the idea that you are "protecting" yourself is a myth. Macho Americans have yet to give up the romanticism of the life of the wild wild west. How many other incidents of bloodshed like this do you hear about in Europe or Canada, where people dont feel the need to "pack heat" ? Just this weekend, SEVERAL people were killed by gunfire in the Seattle-metro area.

You don't want to politicize this? Tell that to the two little daughters of Ranger Anderson. Tell that to the child of the shooter who will now grow up without a father. When it comes to guns in this day and age when a very small percentage of gun owners hunt for their own food, it is ALWAYS political.


I dont think we have enough information to know what was going on in his head, but a lot of accounts talk of how paranoid, angry and depressed he was since returning from Iraq. Was he like that before he went to war?? It's not a question of having pity for him, its learning about what happens to these people in war that POSSIBLY makes them lose it when they come home, and what we can do to prevent it as much as possible.

Puget Sound Blathers

You don't want to politicize this? Tell that to the two little daughters of Ranger Anderson. Tell that to the child of the shooter who will now grow up without a father. When it comes to guns in this day and age when a very small percentage of gun owners hunt for their own food, it is ALWAYS political.

Posted by: JPH | January 02, 2012 at 05:04 PM

Yes, it does little good and much harm to falsely tie a tragedy for political gain. Making it 'always political' is wrong.
The debate should be based off of the facts.

Puget Sound Blathers

you make a great point about trying to learn all we can about why this person did what he did.
hopefully we use this information to help others.
just a very sad case all around. very sad.


I hate to scold. But the proper quote is:

"Dope will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no dope."

And it's Freak Brothers.

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