Run Away, Run Away!

Good news, everyone! Thanks to more than six months of BLM/Antifa riots, Americans in big cities have finally realized it’s time to get the hell out.

Apartment rents fell this year in 10 of the nation’s most expensive cities — like San Francisco, New York, Boston and Seattle — amidst a pronounced exodus by occupants, according to an analysis by RENTCafé, a search website.

* Rental applications dropped 10% in 2020, according to the site.
* The median income of renters — which rose in 2018 and 2019 — stagnated at $38,400, the same as last year.

By the numbers: For those who were lucky enough to have expiring leases or break existing ones, there was good news: The national average rent stayed at $1,465 instead of rising.

I mean, sure, the lower rent is terrific, but it’s severely offset by the congestion, the violence, and the chance your house will literally be burned to the ground.

Escape From Seattle

After nearly a month of riots, shootings, murders and disorder, leftist Democrat Seattle Mayor Jenny Durkan ordered the Seattle Police to retake the occupied CHAZ Zone today.

Interestingly, Durkan made the decision shortly after protesters came to her residence.

Seattle law enforcement officials launched an effort Wednesday to retake the Capital Hill neighborhood that activists occupied for weeks. The law enforcement action comes after multiple people were shot and two teenagers killed.

“Due to ongoing violence and public safety issues in the East Precinct/Cal Anderson Park area. Mayor Jenny Durkan has issued an executive order to vacate the area,” the Seattle Police Department said in a statement Wednesday morning. “Seattle police will be in the area this morning enforcing the Mayor’s order.”

Well Jenny, you’re about three weeks and two corpses too late. Not that it’ll matter, because the clowns in Seattle will reelect Durkan in a landslide, and Seattle will continue to be a garbage city.

Seattle Reaps The Whirlwind

Congratulations, Seattle. In a matter of sixteen days, you have alienated your citizens, neutered your police department, and forced a billion-dollar business to uproot and flee to Arizona. Well done!

A Seattle-based investment firm announced Monday that it will leave the city because of civil unrest and move south, taking billions with it.

Smead Capital Management President and CEO Cole Smead, told KSTAR NEWS, that “the unrest that has taken place in the city of Seattle… there really is not a downtown community today.”

Office buildings in the downtown are emptying out, according to Smead. “We’re hearing rumors of 40-story buildings that will be only 20-percent occupied by October,” he said.

I sincerely doubt Smead Capital will be the only business fleeing this lawless city in the next few weeks. The dominoes are beginning to fall, and Seattle’s economy is falling with it. That’s a shame.

Our Brave Media Firefighters…

A despicable leftist “reporter” for MSNBC was covering the Antifa riots in Seattle when she received a special delivery via Air Mail.

AN NBC News reporter was apparently hit by a flash-bang grenade while covering protests in Seattle on Monday night.

Jo Ling Kent was live on MSNBC in the city’s Capitol Hill neighborhood when she was caught in what appeared to be fireworks.

“I don’t know if you can hear me, but we have police now advancing on protesters,” Kent said, before her left hand was then struck. Kent, her news crew, and protesters, who appear to be on a turf grass sports field, quickly run away from the scene, as Kent appears to say: “Oh my gosh … we’re moving, we’re moving.”

It’s a shame Jo Ling was wearing her mask, since most people in the vicinity of a flash-bang usually soil themselves and are knocked unconscious. Now that would have been must-see TV.

Flight

An employee at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport took an unoccupied plane for a joyride before crashing it near Puget Sound. Sadly, Richard Russell refused to place his sanity in the upright position.

The theft of an empty plane by a suicidal baggage handler who performed dangerous loops before crashing in Seattle has exposed cracks in security and illustrated the potential perils of airport employees causing mayhem.

Richard Russell, a 29-year-old Horizon Air employee, hijacked the 76-seat plane from the maintenance area at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport and somehow managed to take off on Friday night.

The flight lasted about 75 minutes and ended when Russell crashed into a remote island in Puget Sound after being chased by military jets. The entire ordeal has now sparked major concerns about gaps in airport security as investigators try to determine how the heist was even able to occur.

So wait a minute, you mean to tell me strip searching elderly, wheelchair-bound grandmothers is not keeping our airports safe? The hell you say! Now I’m just spit-ballin’ here, but perhaps our nation’s airports could screen their employees as thoroughly as they screen their passengers.

Sheepless In Seattle

Seattle is now as awful a place to shop as it is to live.

On January 1, Seattle had several new progressive laws go into effect. Along with mandatory paid sick leave, mandates for employers to post work schedules 14 days in advance, and severe restrictions on short-term rental platforms, Seattle imposed a massive new soda tax — 1.75 cents per OUNCE on sugary drinks.

Costco, famous for selling products in bulk quantities, faces especially stiff price increases. On the previously mentioned pallet of 35 bottles of Gatorade, a list price of $15.99 is taxed $10.34, with a total cost of $26.33.

Signs all over the Seattle stores list the tax separately, and then have another sign offering solutions to the consumer: This item is also available at our Tukwila and Shoreline locations without City of Seattle Sweetened Beverage Tax.

Leftists never met a tax they didn’t like. This tax is actually worse than Philadelphia’s obnoxious beverage fines, but good on Costco for advising their customers to shop outside the city limits.

Seattle Whew!

A Seattle, Washington city councilman with ties to the Black Panthers is claiming power-washing the feces and urine-covered sidewalks outside the courthouse is – get this – racist.

The crime and smell of urine and excrement have gotten so bad outside a King County courthouse that two judges are scrambling to find ways to fix the situation.

Seattle councilmember Larry Gossett isn’t a fan of one solution to power wash the feces from the sidewalks to tamp down on the smell. Power washing the sidewalks is too reminiscent of civil rights activists being hosed down, he said.

I have literally no response to that.