Catalina Vel-DuRay
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Beacon Hill Housewife and municipal career gal Born and raised in the rolling hills of… more »

Catalina Vel-DuRay is finally back up north.
7:05 AM Catalina Vel-DuRay commented on Presidential Debate: The Stranger's Live-Slog.
Commentor Comltatus dear, there are new rules? What are the rules? Is one of them that we need to make allowances for Trump, because "he's Donald, after all"? That he needs a Head Start, or perhaps some sort of Affirmative Action, to help him along? I thought you people were against that sort of thing.

As I have often said, America will always get the President it deserves (except for Obama. We lucked out with him). If there are enough normal people left, we will get Clinton. If we have more idiots and special snowflakes than normals, we will get Trump.
12:30 PM yesterday Catalina Vel-DuRay commented on Gary Johnson Is a Moron (And If You Vote For Him, You Are Too).
He really is a dolt. I can see a few Randians voting for him, and a few young people, because they tend to be gullible, but I can't see a serious Libertarian (and yes, they exist) voting for that clown.
11:12 AM yesterday Catalina Vel-DuRay commented on Clinton Predicts that Lying Liar Donald Trump Will Lie to the American People in Tonight's Debate.
A lot of Americans are content to be lied to. After all, they've swallowed everything Trump says, and Americans on both sides have bought into all the AM radio propaganda about Hillary Clinton which has been going on for decades. That just goes to show that a lot of liberals are just as dumb as the conservatives.

And the third party people as a group aren't bright, if they think that either Stein or Johnson is anything approaching credible.
Sep 25 Catalina Vel-DuRay commented on Five Dead in Shooting at Skagit County Mall, Suspect Now in Custody.
So not even the perfume counter at The Bon Marche is safe from these psychotic misfits with their phallic symbols. How sad. Conservatism continues to hold our country back.
Sep 24 Catalina Vel-DuRay commented on Your Guide to Seattle's Best Thrift and Vintage Stores.
Don't forget St Vincent de Paul. There's one on First Avenue in Burien, one out in Kenmore ( for the UW Bothell crowd) and one on Aurora up by the city limits. Better pricing than Value Village.

And the Shoreline Goodwill on 15th is really quite nice.
Sep 23 Catalina Vel-DuRay commented on Hillary's Poll Numbers Are Improving (But There's No Improving the Electoral College).
There's few things more precious than young people who think they invented disillusion.

Your children, in particular, have a lot on the line Adam dear. May I gently suggest that they get over themselves and start participating in society? Life is a series of choices, most of which are not very good, and then you die. The sooner they figure that out, the better.
Sep 22 Catalina Vel-DuRay commented on Hillary's Poll Numbers Are Improving (But There's No Improving the Electoral College).
Here's the reason why no one - millennial or otherwise - should vote for Gary Johnson: He's an idiot.

I get how people want a third party. They think they're special, they don't conform to the norm. They drink microbrews and ride unconventional bicycles. But if Johnson and Stein were beers they'd be Milwaukee's Best and Keystone light, opened and left out all night so that they are room temperature and flat. You may be able to drink them, but they probably wouldn't agree with you.
Sep 21 Catalina Vel-DuRay commented on Well, Here's an Image of Donald Trump That's Enough to Make Your Heart Stop.
Comments Comltatus dear, allow me to quote "Parks and Recreation's" Donna (who is one of my role models as a municipal employee)

"Is there ā€“ and Iā€™m just guessing here ā€“ some kind of medication that you maybe need a lot of and have taken none of, or maybe too much of, today?ā€
Sep 20 Catalina Vel-DuRay commented on Beginning Next Year, Seattle's Fast Food and Big Box Employees Will Get More Control Over their Work Schedules.
"If I were a large company with employees covered under this proposal I would seriously consider leaving Seattle. Simply sell off, close or withdraw your business. The city has made it very clear you are not wanted here."

Oh sure. Starbucks or Safeway or Four Seasons or Hyatt are all going to pack up and leave because they have to be a little more careful in scheduling.
Sep 20 Catalina Vel-DuRay commented on Next for #BlocktheBunker Campaign: Block the New Youth Detention Center, Block the Hiring of Any New Police Officers.
minuteman dear, it's spelled "Kumbaya".

And I should clarify what I wrote earlier about police: The way the city government works is that each position has a "pocket", and it's very hard to get a new pocket created. To appease some of the more strident BLM activists, the city could agree not to fill pockets when police retire, or not ask for new pockets until people cool down a bit, but there's no way they'd reduce the number of pockets allotted to the police.

But here's the thing: Seattle activists (and the journalists who write about them) are extremely gullible. Instead of looking at what was accomplished with the north precinct (if indeed they accomplished anything) and considering their next move, they fly off the handle, declare victory, and demand silly stuff like the police department be shut down and the money for the juvenile jail be redirected to something of their choosing. That's undergraduate level activism, and it doesn't help Black Lives Matter - in fact, it makes them look like the anarchists who like to make a joke out of every political protest in town. I know that BLM is supposed to be leaderless (thus assuring its irrelevance) but they at least need some grown-up strategists.