A controversial Seattle ordinance that allowed city workers to inspect people’s trash — as part of an effort to stop residents from throwing food scraps in the wrong pile — was ruled unconstitutional on Wednesday.
King County Superior Court Judge Beth Andrus said sanitation works and other city collectors poking through everyday garbage violates privacy rights and voided the ordinance.
“I’m thrilled as can be,” Ethan Blevins, attorney for the Pacific Legal Foundation, which filed the lawsuit on behalf of eight Seattle residents, told The Seattle Times. He added, “We have been vindicated.”
The rule first went into effect last year, and was meant to compel residents to put food scraps in the same bins as yard waste, so all could be composted. Under the program, nine full-time solid waste inspectors as well as contracted waste haulers tagged trash cans with more than 10 percent compostable material, providing those residents with educational material on how to improve. Residents also were told that breaking the rules would come with a $1 fine for single-family homes and $50 fine for businesses or multi-family units.
The one thing that makes me abandon my natural inclination to reduce, reuse, and recycle is the compulsion to do so. If I knew there was some kind of rubbish fascist poking through my waste, I’d give him waste, all right, every morning. Regularly, if you get my drift.
According to a new report from the Center for Immigration Studies, Immigration and Customs Enforcement in 2015 “freed 19,723 criminal aliens, who had a total of 64,197 convictions among them.”
This included “8,234 violent convictions and 208 homicide convictions.”
“These are people that were here illegally, got caught committing a crime, were convicted of that crime and instead of deporting them, they were just released back out in the United States of America,” House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman Jason Chaffetz, R-Utah, said.
There’s your quarry, “inspectors”. If you’re experts at getting trash off the streets, there’s nearly twenty thousand pieces of filth (if that’s not overly micro-aggressive) that need disposing of. And unlike your previous employers, we’re not overly sensitive about how you do it.
But that’s not how Obama rolls. As Gina McCarthy blamed others for the EPA’s criminal neglect in the Flint water case, ICE passes the buck like Meadowlark Lemon passed a basketball:
ICE Director Sarah Saldana defended her agency, even characterizing the statistics as an improvement while claiming they were being politically manipulated.
“I can’t tell you how disheartening it is to hear a very important issue being bandied about as a political football,” Saldana said. “I would ask we focus on solutions rather than political banter.”
Saldana described the number of releases in 2015 as an improvement over prior years. The agency also made modest gains in detaining illegal immigrants but still released nearly 20,000 criminal offenders last year who had been convicted of crimes ranging from arson to embezzlement to sexual assault, according to the CIS report.
“To sit there and say that the proud women and men of law enforcement and ICE are choosing to release criminals is absolutely unforgiveable,” she said. “They do not go around trying to put criminals on the streets.”
I wish they would try. Their incompetence added to typical government inefficiency would mean no criminal alien would ever get out. If this is their best, please try to do worse.