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Tacoma City Council Person RYAN MELLO meets FRANK BLAIR DUI CRIME WALRUS

Friends don't Let Friends Drink and Drive
posted Jan 22, 2013
My Neighbor Tacoma City Council Person Ryan
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Nobody knows the pain of a DUI more than progressive radio host FRANK BLAIR™.  And so it is with great sadness that I draw this cartoon of shame for our progressive city council person RYAN MELLO... may it haunt him through the ages.  Thankfully nobody's child was smashed into hamburger and Ryan Mello handled his encounter with our brave heroes of the Washington State Patrol with INT3GRITY™.  Verily, Ryan Mello is an inspiration to us all even in a drunken lowly state!  As we were saying in other Feed Tacoma threads, maybe now Ryan Mello will have an opportunity to renew his ORCA Card and be a greater advocate for Pierce Transit?

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by NineInchNachos on 1/22/2013 @ 5:01pm
Maybe Ryan Mello can make a donation? 

sheenablairdui.org/



by NineInchNachos on 1/22/2013 @ 5:02pm
a worthy program...

sheenablairdui.org/home-safe-bar-program...



by fredo on 1/22/2013 @ 5:13pm


 Was this the first time Mello has ever operated a vehicle under the influence, or just the first time he's been cited?

by JesseHillFan on 1/22/2013 @ 5:19pm
Friends don't let their  friends drive drunk.Friends let their friends drive dunk and high. 

by NineInchNachos on 1/22/2013 @ 6:53pm
The New Takhoman made the claim that Ryan Mello was the first Tacoma City Council Person to be arrested since WW2, but Mayor Baarsma has this correction:

Jim Kerr public safety commissioner and council member was arrested in 1951 in Walla Walla...
Bill Baarsma He
was apparently arrested for drunken driving in Walla Walla in June of
1950. Back in those days, city council members also served as
administrative overseers of city departments. In Jim Kerr's case, he was
the public safety commsssioner ( heading up
the police and fire departments). That made his arrest most
interesting. Public records weren't as readily available back then and
he denied being arrested but admitted to "just making whoopee." The TNT
reported the arrest. His behavior was a driving force behind the effort
to change from the commission form of government to the city manager
system we now have.

Bill Baarsma Ryan Mello is a good and decent person who has admitted to his mistake. He is no Jim Kerr.




by cisserosmiley on 1/22/2013 @ 7:00pm
Still, it would be OK for mr. Mello to resign in a show of his remorse. 

by NineInchNachos on 1/22/2013 @ 7:05pm
ANOTHER APPOINTMENT ! 

but why let this expensive training go to waste?

by JesseHillFan on 1/22/2013 @ 7:10pm
It's not serious enough of a crime to warrant his resigning.
Misappropriation of funds (Fraud) yes but not a 1st time DUI offense and he isn't even convicted of that yet.He would have to be convicted of Felony DUI and that takes several convictions for that to occur.

by NineInchNachos on 1/22/2013 @ 7:14pm
it's not like he slept on the clock through an Amber Alert or something

by NineInchNachos on 1/22/2013 @ 7:16pm
last night at the CLAW ceremony we were talking about how Ryan Mello is a tiny guy so just a couple of drinks probably really mess him up.





by NineInchNachos on 1/22/2013 @ 7:47pm
I agree, Jon Higley would still lose against Ryan Mello...

Facebook Friend
: "I
will vote for Mello any day any time, past present and future. This
incident does not wipe away his views on all the policy directions I
want my community to go. Was this unfortunate? Absolutely. Is it
excusable? Absolutely not, but Mello has owned up to his incident, is
whiling to pay the consequences. So despite this miss judgment I still
intrust his voice for my views with the city and I am not just happy to
vote for him I am happy to doorbell and phone bank for him!"



by cisserosmiley on 1/22/2013 @ 7:57pm
I think an alcohol abuse assessment would be good. If an independent professional counselor thought there is not a problem, then a ticket.

by NineInchNachos on 1/22/2013 @ 8:00pm
remember when... www.weeklyvolcano.com/entertainment/guid...


by NineInchNachos on 1/22/2013 @ 8:04pm
does everybody get that Frank Blair is a PNW spoof on McGruff the Crime Dog?


by cisserosmiley on 1/22/2013 @ 10:25pm
Is there a "take a bite out of crime" 'esq saying Frank Blair crime walrus barks?

by JesseHillFan on 1/23/2013 @ 6:38am
If Mello got arrested a second time for DUI it could pose possible election or re-election problems for him.Mello has to be more mellow in the future.

by tacoma_1 on 1/23/2013 @ 6:57am
Has his blood alcohol level been released?  It it was at .09 ish I say he made a bad mistake and thankfully no one got hurt or worse killed. If he was at .2ish I would hafta say wtf? 

by NineInchNachos on 1/23/2013 @ 7:38am
I believe it was .08   he failed the trooper sobriety test  and was zig zaggin'


by NineInchNachos on 1/23/2013 @ 7:39am
@cissero   couldn't think of any catchphrase... maybe you can help!


by Mofo from the Hood on 1/23/2013 @ 7:43am
I'm sure that if his supporters have their way then he'll get nothing more than a bitch-slap on the wrist.

by fredo on 1/23/2013 @ 7:56am
"All children, except one, grow up.” Peter Pan

by Jesse on 1/23/2013 @ 8:05am
How many drinks does it take to get a little guy like Ryan Mellow drunk?  And, is .08 even drunk? Don't the cops let you go on your way at .07 or lower?

by JesseHillFan on 1/23/2013 @ 8:26am
One has to have a Blood Alcohol Level much more above .08 to be zig zagging. Probably more like double that or so. 

by fredo on 1/23/2013 @ 8:30am
There is no legal limit for blood alcohol. The point zero eight is a standard that prosecutors use when making charging decisions. If you are seriously impaired at a lower blood/alcohol level then a prosecutor can decide to charge you.

by NineInchNachos on 1/23/2013 @ 8:31am
ah

Gill said Mello's blood alcohol content reading was over 0.08. "He was
polite and cooperative. During the entire time he did not identify
himself as a councilman. He was treated no different than anyone else."


by Mofo from the Hood on 1/23/2013 @ 8:43am
From what I understand, he was wearing a tight t-shirt that said "Property of Tacoma City Council."

by fredo on 1/23/2013 @ 9:20am
really hard to post on this thread when your eight key doesn't work

by JesseHillFan on 1/23/2013 @ 4:30pm
12345678 is not a good password fredo.

by Mofo from the Hood on 1/24/2013 @ 8:53am
I'm late, I'm late for
A very important date.
No time to say hello, good-bye,
I'm late, I'm late, I'm late
I'm late and when I wave,
I lose the time I save.
My fuzzy ears and whiskers
Took me too much time to shave.
I run and then I hop, hop, hop,
I wish that I could fly.
There's danger if I dare to
Stop and here's a reason why:
I'm over-due, I'm in a rabbit stew.
Can't even say good-bye,
hello, I'm late, I'm late, I'm late.

--White Rabbit. Alice in Wonderland (1951 film)

by Mofo from the Hood on 1/24/2013 @ 10:17am

The councilmember (left) in happier times.

by Mr. Mason on 1/24/2013 @ 11:25am
Ok so go to school and learn about politics and government and miss the class on calling a taxi.... well played Mr. Mello well played.  
Mr. Anderson you can do a better job with your depictions... Are you playing favorites now???

by NineInchNachos on 1/24/2013 @ 11:41am
explain!


by Mr. Mason on 1/24/2013 @ 3:49pm








To put it at the least its like glorifying drinking and driving. Mr. Mello depiction is as the poor little guy that the big over weight incompetent police man is picking on for having a good time.

by low bar on 1/24/2013 @ 5:16pm
^^ that's not how political cartoonists are supposed to work. or did you miss that class?

Well, let me walk that back, you'd have to pay the political cartoonist to conform to your optics.

by NineInchNachos on 1/24/2013 @ 5:43pm
Mr. Blair is not a policeman he is a DUI Awareness Mascot  his daughter was killed by a drunk driver,  you'll notice the WSP officer drawn quite fit and clean shaven. 





by Mr. Mason on 1/24/2013 @ 6:06pm
mascots are played by who? for who? so your saying mascots never have any association with whom they are affiliated? im pointing out that association.... and the dangerous ground that has been entered. 
So by all means take it like I didn't get the joke. Oh i got it and all so saw other ways that it would be interpreted. 
@low bar  if i missed that class on political cartoonist at least no one was at risk of death.

by low bar on 1/24/2013 @ 6:14pm
Oh? Political optics don't lead to death you say? Tell that to the next guy who draws the prophet Muhammad in a less then pleasing way.

by Mr. Mason on 1/24/2013 @ 6:19pm
good thing im not a cartoonist then or did you miss that 

by low bar on 1/24/2013 @ 6:25pm
No, good thing you are not associated to the creation of a cartoon. ;)


by Mr. Mason on 1/24/2013 @ 6:32pm
yeah its a good thing. at least i can type just like every other JA on this site. well its been fun Im going to walk downtown for a beer. C-YA! 

by NineInchNachos on 1/24/2013 @ 7:07pm
Frank Blair is working closely with lawmakers, police and drinking establishments to spread awareness against DUIs and to increase penalties for DUI offenders.  Frank Blair is a very liberal progressive talk show radio host and so drawing him in confrontation with a very liberal progressive politician was my cruel joke.  Both Frank Blair and Ryan Mello are keeping low profiles on this whole affair.

I drew him as a Walrus because he very much looks and barks out Republicans like a walrus!  (see my above comments about McGruff the Crime Dog)

tacomastories.com/2011/10/21/5-question-...

It is rare that anyone asks about the cartoon imagery so I'm happy to talk about it :)

you'll notice how tiny Ryan Mello is?  He is very hobbit like with big ears... I like to draw him like a baby koala bear.  More like those novelty clip-on koala bears too.  the zig-zag treads behind his tiny car reminds me of Richard Scary's 'dingo dog'  or possibly when Gadget the Gremlin was drivin' the barbie car around in the toy store.  I gave Ryan Mello pretty heavy 5 o-clock shadow as is the tradition with unsavory politicians 'tricky dick' comes to mind.  If you click the high-quality 'for print' option under the cartoon you can zoom in and see the frightened "OH SHIT" eyes on all of Ryan Mello's friend car occupants--how can they really be his friends if they let him drive drunk knowing that a DUI is one way for early political career retirement?

Ask me more questions! :)  


by NineInchNachos on 1/24/2013 @ 7:09pm
VIA THE NEW TAKHOMAN!

Will Baker for Tacoma Mayor in 2013? ANSWER: DEFINITELY MAYBE! Or so he
announced or didn’t announce in a recent E-mail to The New Takhoman in regards
to Mello’s DUI.
The only thing we can say is that
every time he has announced he is “DEFINITELY MAYBE!” running
for an elected office he has. So we can only conclude Baker is the first
candidate to throw his bouquet of roses into the Mayoral square circle.
Baker’s
take on the Mello affair:
When a politician with political
connections in Washington State gets in trouble (i.e. when a cop pulls a
politician over for drunk driving and decides not to let the elected official
go) the local prosecutor can always be counted on to follow the following
steps:



Step #1. The local prosecutor will announce that because they know the
elected official who looks like they are in trouble they will forward the
case to a prosecutor in another county for a charging decision.

 

Step #2. The prosecutor in another county will wait a little while to let the
public cool down before they make a statement about the case.

 

Step #3. Then, the prosecutor from another county will either a) issue a
decision suggesting a slap on the wrist for the elected official or b) suggest
that no action be taken against the elected official at all.

 

Step #4. Then, when an elected official from their county gets in trouble that
prosecutor will hand that case off to our county prosecutor who will then
perform the same ‘laundering service’ for them.”



by jenyum on 1/26/2013 @ 4:12pm
If nothing else, I'm sure Mr. Baker would add really good theme music to the city website.
The truth rocks. Apparently.

by Maria on 1/26/2013 @ 7:50pm
Let's hope Ryan is treated fairly and as every other private citizen. The law is pretty strict, but does have alternatives for first time offenders. DUI's are extremely costly and can prevent you from getting future employment...so everyone, be careful and call a friend if you're not sure.

I do hope this below quote is not true, because it would reflect very poorly on the justice system. Is there any evidence that this has happened in the past? Am I being naive here?

Step #1. The local prosecutor will announce that because they know the
elected official who looks like they are in trouble they will forward the
case to a prosecutor in another county for a charging decision.
Step #2. The prosecutor in another county will wait a little while to let the
public cool down before they make a statement about the case.
Step #3. Then, the prosecutor from another county will either a) issue a
decision suggesting a slap on the wrist for the elected official or b) suggest
that no action be taken against the elected official at all.
Step #4. Then, when an elected official from their county gets in trouble that
prosecutor will hand that case off to our county prosecutor who will then
perform the same ‘laundering service’ for them.”


by Mofo from the Hood on 1/26/2013 @ 11:22pm

The three alleged joyrider buddies wait at a St. Helens Avenue club early Sunday, January 20th for the Tacoma Police Department to release the councilmember.

by Mofo from the Hood on 1/28/2013 @ 10:26am


 

by Mofo from the Hood on 1/28/2013 @ 10:32am

Councilmember Alleged Parents: "Delusion Is Always A Mistake."

by Mofo from the Hood on 1/29/2013 @ 9:09am
According to The News Tribune, Tacoma's great egalitarian councilmember is being denied the right of equal justice. This DUI case will be forwarded to a prosecutor in another county for a charging decision.

For pity's sake, this is the councilmember who ran the partisan Rainbow Flag up City Hall in the name of equality.

Speculating is the traditional art and science of Tacoma, and there are two motifs at play in this incident: An egalitarianism of ideas, and an elitism of people. All ideas are equal and worthy of endless exploration. All people are equal, but some people are more equal than others.

Thus, if there is any value to be found in Tacoma, it lies beyond its deteriorating bridges, and vacant storefronts, and ramshackle schools. The logical outworking of contempt is contempt.

by Mofo from the Hood on 1/31/2013 @ 8:36am

by NineInchNachos on 2/20/2013 @ 7:13pm
UPDATE!!!!

blog.thenewstribune.com/crime/2013/02/20...



by NineInchNachos on 2/26/2013 @ 12:18pm
VICTORY!

blog.thenewstribune.com/crime/2013/02/26...



by cisserosmiley on 2/26/2013 @ 1:40pm
$900 !!!

by NineInchNachos on 2/26/2013 @ 8:04pm
I volunteer as DD 

www.thenewstribune.com/2013/02/23/248698...



by Mofo from the Hood on 2/26/2013 @ 11:17pm

THANK HYMEN!
Court Gives Councilmember Conditional Mercy. Spares Reputation For Unholy Matrimony.
Political opponents call the whole thing a "High-Tech Rim Job." Councilmember responds, "It's exciting to think about all of the details." (Courtroom photo of proud newlyweds-to-be receiving ruling.) 

by NineInchNachos on 2/27/2013 @ 8:27am
cringe-worthy TNT comments Comrade Mofo, you never fail to produce!

by Mofo from the Hood on 2/27/2013 @ 9:11am

by NineInchNachos on 4/10/2013 @ 8:07am
go Frank Blair!

www.nwpr.org/post/after-tragedies-wrong-...