Hot for Rapist?

This is too much

SEATTLE – The odyssey of Mary Kay Letourneau, which began years ago when she was a 34-year-old teacher who raped a sixth-grade student, has now evolved into “Hot for Teacher” night at a Pioneer Square bar.

But the bar’s owner says the event is all in fun, and he hopes people take it in the right spirit.

Letourneau, who eventually served time for raping her former student then later married him after her release from prison, will be hosting the event Saturday at Fuel Sports Eats & Beats on Washington Street.

With all the high-profile cases of teachers preying  sexually on students, how can anyone possibly, “take it in the right spirit?”

[Fuel’s owner, Mike] Morris said this is actually the third time that Letourneau and Fualaau have hosted a “Hot for Teachers” night at the nightclub. The first two events were low-key, and he said patrons really warmed up to the couple.

“We get lots of people who want to come meet them. And once they do meet them, they’re like, ‘Oh my God, she’s so down-to-earth and so nice, and he’s such a good DJ,’ that it’s creating like a stir or a buzz, and its bringing people back,” Morris says.

Letourneau’s role is to make people feel welcome and comfortable, he says.

“She meets people, she greets people, she dances to music, she hosts the party,” Morris says. “And she’s an absolute sweetheart. And everyone who meets her realizes that and is kind of flabbergasted by how nice she is.”

Yeah, especially her children that she callously left behind as she pursued her relationship with her grade-school-aged sweetheart.

Yes, yes, yes, I understand that there were marital issues and that things were not at all well in the Letourneau household (Steve was cheating).  But what kind mother does that?  If you have children and your spouse cuts out on you like Steve did, don’t you focus on your children and take care of them?

And it doesn’t matter if her sex with Vili was consensual or not in this case because she was his teacher.  She betrayed and abused the trust that exists between teacher and student.

I really wish these two would dip back below the radar and stop making such a joke about such a descructive relationship.  Teachers everywhere, especially here in the Northwest, will be better off for it.

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Christian Science Monitor covers Gun Bloggers

An extremely fair reporting

Gun control groups have roughly 150,000 members in the US while gun rights advocates number closer to 12 million, with perhaps as many as 80 million Americans owning some 200 million firearms.

The Internet presence of gun rights advocates actually began in the early 1990s, making them early adopters of the Web as a social and information tool. They took the lead on issues like concealed carry laws which have now spread to nearly 40 states, says Mr. Patrick, the University of Toledo professor.

Glad to see Sebastian quoted in there.

Councilman Mike Cooper is a Jerk

Too busy looking for work lately; just a little local local politics today.

Snohomish County Councilman, and current Chairman, Democrat Mike Cooper comes off as a complete jerk to a representative of the Master Builders Association.

I believe he had a follow-up question later along the lines of, “when did you stop beating your wife?”

See, what Mike wants to do is mandate all new residental homes be installed with sprinkler systems.  The Master Builders argues that this should be a consumer’s choice.  Provocative and shocking, right?  The real shock is what it would add to a new home’s bottom line: between $5,000 – $10,000 dollars.

I’m sure you can make all sorts great arguments FOR mandating this, and I may even like the cut of your jib.  However, like all other government regulations, it’s just one more damn thing! Did you know that homes in Seattle alone cost $200,000 MORE than the national average because of excessive regulatory costs?  Now, Mike is in Snohomish County and Seattle is King County… but, trust me, a lot of regulation spills over into neighboring counties (Snohomish, Pierce, Kitsap, etc).

Anyway, I didn’t vote for you Mike, and I am sure as hell going to encourage other to toss your ass out during the next cycle.