Seattle Progressive Icon and Business Owner Dave Meinert Accused of Rape

Dave Meinert KUOW Rape
One of Seattle’s biggest names in music, restaurants and the party scene has been accused of rape and sexual assault by five women.

Dave Meinert is kind of a big deal in Seattle. He’s like the Mark Maron of the Emerald City, but not funny. I lived in Seattle for 10 years until 2009, so I can attest that no one in Seattle actually refers to it as the Emerald City. As for these allegations, I personally know people involved in this Meinert story. I believe the victims.

The big question now, for Seattle, and people who do business with him, is whether he pays a price for this. Whether that’s criminally or at least societally and economically.

His entertainment company, Onto Entertainment, manages The Lumineers. His restaurant company, with his business partners Jason LaJeunesse and Joey Burgess, includes Grim’s, the Comet, Big Mario’s pizza and Lost Lake. Meinert also owns the 5 Point Cafe.

Check out the story on KUOW and ask yourself, “Why would these women lie about this?”

Update 2: All of the acts signed onto his Onto Entertainment company have severed ties with Meinert.

Update: The Stranger has a story about Meinert’s claim that one of the instances of rape was proven false by polygraph tests he took. Not so fast, the polygraph questions never asked if the sex was consensual, just that it happened.

Melania Trump’s Einstein Visa Is Crazy

Melania Trump
Corruption took place when Melania Trump worked her way through our immigration system. In 2001, Trump was granted an Einstein visa, which is obviously ridiculous on its face.

People who get an Einstein visa, or EB-1, are people with very specialized skills, like Olympians, highly regarding academics, scientists, Nobel prize recipients, and shit like that. At the time, Trump was a run-of-the-mill model working in New York City. She was no different than the thousands of models who were working in New York at that time.

The BBC ran a story about this back in March.

How did Melania’s application get approved

Who approved this application at the State Department? Whoever did was obviously engaged in a corrupt act because there is NO WAY Melania Trump should qualify for this special visa.

The EB-1 visa eventually resulted in her becoming a permanent citizen. After that Trump brought over members of her family to live in the United States. That’s what the Republican party, and her husband call chain migration, which they claim to hate. They hate it when brown people do it.

Corruption like what happened with her Einstein visa this isn’t supposed to happen and someone needs to get a copy of her application and interview whoever approved it.

Episode 2: Rule of Law


Hillary Clinton warns everyone in 2016. She essentially told us to not let Donald Trump be in control of the law in this country. Doing so would be a nightmare.

In this second episode of the #FFS podcast, I discuss this history and encourage everyone to please vote better next time.

Listen to the podcast

I know Clinton won by 3 million votes, but it should never have been even that close. She should have won by 12 to 15 million votes. It should have been a blowout, but millions of people didn’t vote, and a bunch of people wasted their votes on other candidates.

There was only one correct choice in 2016. If you didn’t vote for Clinton, you made the wrong choice. In this year’s election, do it right and vote Democrat up and down the ballot.

Episode 1: Dark Days


The first episode of the #FFS is out.

With the Justice Kennedy retirement, liberals are rightly freaking the fuck out.

Listen to the podcast here.

Reporters Can’t See the Big Fat Orange Forest

My most harsh criticism of modern journalism is that coverage almost always misses the larger forest by focusing so intensely on each of the trees.

It’s called turn-of-the-screw journalism. It goes like this. This happened and then this happened and he said this and she said and this happened. When you consume that news you learn about various bits of news.

I was listening to On Point today. They were discussing the Iran nuclear, the opening of the US embassy in Jerusalem and possible sanctions against European allies over the Iran deal.

It was the host and a couple of journalists. One was from the conservative Weekly Standard and the other I think was from the New Yorker. So they had balance on the show, right? The supposedly “liberal” New Yorker reporter and the conservative from the Weekly Standard.

If I may digress, right there is a flawed setup. The so-called “liberal” journalist on the panel is actually just someone working as a journalist. So she was just approaching these individual stories with measured, unbiased analysis. The guy from the Weekly Standard clearly presented himself in defense of Trump and the conservative agenda.

However, my problem with the entire On Point segment was that it merely ticked off various stories of the day involving Trump. The discussion largely centered around whether Trump won domestically on the issue or not.

When the panel discussed moving the embassy to Jerusalem, they all agreed that this was Trump succeeding. Both journalists seemed to agree that Trump was able to do something that no other president has been able to do. Trump campaigned on it, and so moving the embassy was a winner for him.

It didn’t matter that dozens of people were killed and thousands wounded. Trump was following through on a campaign promise. There was no discussion as to why previous presidents chose to not move the embassy. Presumably, those presidents had reasons for not moving the embassy, it wasn’t merely that they had failed.

On the Iran deal, the panel seemed to suggest that Trump was the winner here as well because he had promised to blow up the Iran deal. I think it was the guy from the Weekly Standard who casually said that Iran’s nuclear program will continue, but it didn’t seem to matter about pulling out of the deal. While the reporter from the New Yorker acknowledged that now the likelihood of violence between Israel and Iran has increased, it’s basically all jacked up over there anyways.

The panel all agreed that Trump’s threats about sanctioning our European allies who have not bailed on the Iran deal was just Trump bluster. In the end, the panel agreed that Trump would not really sanction European allies. Why they thought that about Trump wasn’t really explained other than they thought sanctions would be totally outside of norms. Yet, they just spent the previous 10 minutes talking about how Trump doesn’t follow norms, but I digress again.

These discussions never widen the lens. It’s all very micro journalism and it plays perfectly into Trump’s hyper-transactional style. All he cares about is winning on this or that issue on that given day. And so this sort of reporting about Trump makes him appear much more successful than he perhaps actually is as president.

If we pull back the lens a bit and look at all of these stories, we can examine them through the lens of Russia and Vladimir Putin. By doing so, a different picture emerges.

For example, which of our allies wanted us to pull out of the international agreement with Iran? None of them did, but Putin did.

Who thinks imposing sanctions on our European allies after WE bailed on the Iran deal is a good idea? Putin thinks it’s a great idea.

Moving the US embassy to Jerusalem was just something Trump had the power to do, so he just did it. He didn’t care about the ramifications of that decision beyond his joy of hearing a liberal reporter slap him on the back on NPR.

But looking through the wide angle journalism lens, you can see that each of the policies has achieved one common goal. That goal is to isolate the United States from our allies in Europe and weaken the US internationally. Because to Putin, that US/Europe alliance is far more powerful than Russia could ever imagine. But a fractured Europe and an isolated US? That’s a world where Russia can compete.

Nearly 8 in 10 Americans Think Angels are Real


Sometimes, when one looks at politics in America, it’s easy to think, “What the hell? Why are Americans so stupid?”

Why are Americans stupid? I actually don’t know. I have some theories, but there’s no doubt about it that Americans are stupid.

More than one poll has shown that nearly 80 percent of Americans believe that angels are real.

In 2011, an Associated Press poll found that 77 percent of Americans think angels exist. This poll corroborates a 2006 poll that pegged American belief in angels at 81 percent.

A vast majority of Americans believe that there are creatures who look like humans, but with wings.

That’s weird.

March For Our Lives: March 24 in Washington DC


Have you ever thought, “I’m tired of one mass shooting after another and the slaughtering of innocent people while our representative government does jack squat. I want to do something”?

Well, now you can.

Get your butt to Washington DC on March 24 for the “March For Our Lives” rally.

The brave young people from Parkland, Florida who suffered through the latest mass shooting are saying, “Never again.” And they’re not just saying it, they’re doing something about it.

It’s OUR DUTY to support these young people up and show them that we have their backs. We need a million or more people to overwhelm DC with a march like they haven’t seen since Martin Luther King in 1963.

It’s fine to use social media to vent, to organize, to socialize, but to make real change, you need to get out there and do something. This is our chance to say, “No more gun violence.”

March for our Lives
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