A small (~12) group of activists rallied by Kneeland Park in Shelton today just after the 5:00pm rush hour traffic and daily train blockade on 1st Ave. They looked a little tired and long in the tooth, closely matching Mason County’s demographics. i.e. retired senior citizens passionately opposed to the suspected gratuitous killing of a black teen in Sanford, FL, SYG (stand your ground) laws, and the unannounced carrying of a concealed handgun by citizens intent on monitoring/observing their neighborhoods to reduce crime.
Shawnie Ann Vedder/Whelan (aka: Shawna Whelan) (dob: 10-9-65) of 1017 W. Franklin St, Shelton, WA. 98584 posted notice of the event, rode her bicycle along w/her youngest daughter to attend, but changed her mind after seeing this reporter w/camera in hand. Community activist Katherine Price showed up, as did her friend, Sheri Staley. Several others (including Pat Vanderhay) donned hoodies to amplify their voices while some displayed packets of Skittles or held signs protesting what they viewed as a miscarriage of justice that allowed Zimmerman to walk away as a free man after a jury returned a not-guilty verdict in his murder trial. Nevertheless, the local activists who displayed their displeasure with the verdict, the SYG laws around the country, and the right of citizens with a permit to carry a concealed handgun, insisted on referring to Zimmerman as a ‘murderer’.
During interviews with two, they advanced arguments amounting to speculation as reason why Zimmerman should have been convicted of murder. It is well we have people in our community who place such a high value on human life. Conversely, it is disturbing so many have misapprehensions about our judicial system, due process, and citizen juries of our peers. They reflected little nuance or critical reasoning regarding a jury’s fact finding deliberations, and for that reason should be challenged or removed from any panel involving emotionally charged allegations. Toward that end, any defendant in Mason County slated for such a jury trial would do well to study the following faces and reckon with the likelihood their owners are unable to set their biases and passions aside in order to discharge their duty as members of an impaneled jury…especially in a criminal trial, but likely any litigation.
Background on Shelton’s very own Cadillac Welfare Queen:
Shawnie Ann Vedder (many aliases) has been a gadfly about town since her arrival in Shelton due to her interest in photography and community events. She is an avid mountain hiker and consistently photographed them on her many expeditions along with narratives she posted online.
Shawnie has a business–selling her photographs and a WA State business license claiming as much. She has 2 daughters and 3 ex-husbands, the last having died prior to her vacationing in New Zealand some months ago. When he was yet alive, but ill, she found the time and $ to tour China. She published beautiful pictures of both trips. The cameras she uses are among the best and most expensive. She purchased a drone for aerial shots and 4WD vehicles for making to the many distant trailheads she regularly visited to start her various assaults on surrounding mountain peaks–after all, Shelton likes to describe itself as the gateway to the Olympics.
The woman is as strong as an ox and wily as a coyote with an abiding interest and education in fungi–a 4 year degree in that science from TESC and yet a 2nd degree also at public expense. Not to put too fine a point on it, but she’s managed to purchase a home @ 1017 W. Franklin St, Shelton, WA. 98584…all while on the dole, an $800/mo. dole according to her child support worksheet because she’s…uhhh…CRAZY! Yeah, social security provides this parasite at least the amount she admitted to in court not counting all the health care benefits and other extras (free park passes) she receives because she’s DISABLED you see.
Shawnie was not too disabled to be hired by Shelton’s Mason County JOURNAL as a photographer or too handicapped to earn 2 college degrees, or to represent herself in multiple court litigations, but she feels entitled to the $ she argues because she worked at one time decades ago as a truck driver. Living the life of Riley while Riley’s away seems to be Shawnie’s chosen lifestyle…and it’s free. Gosh–house, 4WD RV’s, 2 girls, husband allowed to only live in the garage, world traveler, mountain climber and wanderer, photographer with all the gear you could imagine–even aerial drones w/camera, likely reduced property taxes, free park passes, food stamps, free health care, TWO 4-year college degrees at public expense, her own business and photography career, microscope w/camera for her fungi hobby–is this a great country, or what?
So what’s the downside?–the underbelly of the beast? I mean, looks aren’t everything–right?
As it turns out, Shawnie’s mental illness has an erratic violent side that includes self harm and child abuse to her own girls. She is also dangerous to adults and those closest to her tell the tale:
Being ‘crazy’ hadn’t been just a bonanza, Shawnie wasn’t even ordered to pay a nickel toward the support of her own daughter. If you’re wondering what’s to become of our social safety nets, look no further than the Queen of mean in Shelton. While it’s true the system expects even the halt, lame & handicapped to work toward their own support, Shawnie figures that’s only for the little people.