Jim West dies

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I was really shocked to read this post at Blogging Spokane. I did a little Google search and found some news articles about it:
The Bellingham Herald | news | | Former Spokane mayor Jim West dies

Former Mayor James E. West, who opposed gay-rights bills but was recalled from office over an Internet gay sex scandal, died Saturday of complications from recent cancer surgery. He was 55.

Especially after reading this post on Brewer Burns just today. I feel like I’m in the twilight zone or something.

But then it just occured to me that Jennifer might have written it because West has been in the news the past couple of days since he was hospitalized. ..

Yeah, vacation will do that to you, make you feel like you are in the twilight zone when you get back.

But anyway, I do feel bad that Jim West died. I hope he rests in peace.

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Wow! it’s been awhile since I’ve blogged. I’m officially back to work today. I’ve been super busy, as you could imagine, catching up on e-mail and whatnot.

Last week was quite the newsy week wasn’t it? I was shocked to find out that Michael Jackson was aquitted. Well, actually I wasn’t shocked. In reality I wasn’t surprised at all. I guess if you are rich and famous you can get away with anything.

On the day Jackson was aquitted, there were some newsy things that happened locally in Spokane.

In the morning we turned on the news and apparently someone got shot in the head at the Walmart not very far from where my mom lives. Probably about 5 miles. They were saying that the suspects were headed east down Wellesley, the main artillery a block away from her house. In other words, they were headed in the direction of my mom’s house. Needless to say, I was feeling kind of uncomfortable while these people were on the loose. They eventually caught the guys. And the guy that got shot in the head died.

That very same day a Spokane judge ordered that the citizens of Spokane could go forward with the recall of mayor Jim West. So that was good news for the community. They need to get the required amount of signatures, but I don’t think there will be a problem. Both the wingnuts and the reality based community want him gone. Actual agreement between the two groups! can you believe it? Except the wingnuts have the most bigoted reasoning ever.

On a more personal note, I helped my mom move into a new house! While I was there they closed and got the key, so I was able to see the inside and help them move some boxes. It is a really nice house. I’m so happy for them. Brand new everything. The Basement is even finished with a bar and space molded into the wall for a big screen t.v. Plus, there is a giganitic shop behind the yard for my step-dad to tinker in. I joked with my mom that she may never see my step-dad again :lol:.

There is some other good news, too! but I will reveal more in the coming days. I can’t talk about it publically just yet. But soon.

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Well, apparently the Jim West story is breaking wide open in Spokane. I talked to my family about it and they are pissed. Big Brass Blog is covering the story in detail. The sad thing about this, as Christie says, is that it that really stupid people are going to continue to lump being a pedophile in with being gay, which, as we in the reality based community know without having to be told, is utter crap. JJ quotes West on his thoughts about being gay:

“I’m being destroyed because I am a gay man, which is fine. I’ve been in public life, I can accept that. Because I am a gay man, because of this double life, it has been hell.”

No, you worthless piece of crap, you are being destroyed because YOU ARE A PEDOPHILE! Being Gay has NOTHING to do with it. There are plenty of gay people in politcs and they have not been destroyed. You are rightly being destroyed because you are a sick, sick man who sexually abuses children.

I hope that he is fully prosecuted.

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For a quarter century, the man who is now Spokane‘s mayor has used positions of public trust – as a sheriff’s deputy, Boy Scout leader and powerful politician – to develop sexual relationships with boys and young men.

One man, Robert J. Galliher, claims in a court deposition that Jim West molested him in the mid-1970s when he was a boy and West was a Spokane County sheriff’s
deputy and Boy Scout leader. A second man, Michael G. Grant Jr., also accuses
West of sexual abuse during the same era, including an incident at Camp Cowles,
a Boy Scout camp on Diamond Lake.

In addition, an investigation by The Spokesman-Review has revealed that 17 months after leaving the state Legislature, West has used the trappings of the mayor’s office to entice and influence young men he met on a gay Web site.
On one recent occasion, West offered a man he believed to be an 18-year-old – whom he met online at Gay.com – gifts, favors and a City Hall internship, Internet dialogues retained by the newspaper reveal. The 18-year-old was actually a forensic computer expert working for the newspaper.

Found this on Big Brass Blog, whom I discovered via Atrios.
Another hypocritical, anti-gay republican who is actually gay. sickening. According to Big Brass Blog, he threatened to veto domestic partnership benefits for city employees.

WTF? no really..what the fuck? How can a person be so hypocritical? Why not just come out of the friggen closet? Is being a Republican so great that you have to hide who you are? I so don’t understand this thinking. These people obviously have accepted the fact that they are gay if they are going out and finding partners in thier private lives. The fact that they do this tells me that they don’t find anything wrong with it. So why pretend to be something that you are not?

It makes me want to bang my head against a wall, I tell you!

But this guy is more than just a hypocritical republican, really. He is pure scum for molesting children. But that goes without saying, doesn’t it.