Casey Cain and Jose Betancourth are graffiti taggers “accused of causing more than $300,000 in damage around the city.” The street name of the former is “Eager,” and the latter is “Satan.” They were captured by the police last week on Capitol Hill. They are, according to KIRO, members of “a group called ‘Big Time Mob,’ or “B-T-M”—a graffiti crew that tags in Seattle and Portland.” But few practices in this world are more urban than graffiti. It’s all over New York City. It defines Berlin. It can even be found in Beijing. But here we are arresting people for doing what exactly a city should do. But we are cursed with a class of people who have no idea or clear understanding of the fact that those above them, the rich, have constrained their only path to financial stability to the ownership of property. This is the middle class. They have transformed this constraint into a religion. This is why they, more than any other group in a city, even the rich, are obsessed with the otherwise normal business of tagging and what have you.
Increasing confidence for another accumulating snow next week in Seattle! Still a wide range from 0 to nearly 25 inches in the NBM 4.1 members, however. ❄️#WAwx pic.twitter.com/da37OiqU17— Trent Davis (@TstormTrent) December 15, 2022
Get ready to be cold. And this cold is coming from the north. And, according to the Seattle Times, might make our area “a little more like [Santa Land] the North Pole.” Temperatures might drop down to the 20s (so cold). There might even be snow (25 inches!). This season is rewarding the long and hot and horrible days of summer.
The new trains coming to the Amtrack Casades line in 2026 will not have the speed of bullets. They will run as fast as the ones we already have. However, Seattle Times is quick to point out that the trains, which “include two new locomotives and eight new trainsets” will have an “‘evergreen and mocha’ color scheme and graphics of Mount Hood and Mount Rainier…” I can see the real Hood and Rainier any day. What I can’t see, what I long to see in the Pacific Northwest is a bullet train.
While our mayor is going after graffiti artists and taggers, his counterpart in New York City, Mayor Adams, is going after the rats (a more honorable pursuit, in my opinion):
It’s not hard to guess why a mall you probably never heard of, Northlake Mall, is in the news today.
OK, let’s get to the biggest story of the day (mall shootings are old hat in the US). And, yes, it involves the former president. Yesterday, he announced on Truth Social that he was going to make a “major announcement” today. Speculations