7:22 AM yesterday
commented on Council Considers Controversial Rules for New Police Chief
The city could very easily play hardball with the SPOG, but they won't. I think it's an old-timey fear of the voters, which is ridiculous as hardly any of the cops even live in Seattle anymore.
The city played hardball with the IBEW in the 70's and won. City Light struck twice, but they came back and met the city's requirements in the end, which was the right thing for everyone concerned, as the union was out of line.
commented on Healthcare.gov Enrollment Numbers Way Up
My sister has been under-employed for about four years now, and had a horrid policy that cost her 250/month. She enrolled in ACA in Nebraska, and gets a much better policy for $78. If she would move across the river to Iowa, she would have done even better.
commented on Today's GOP: Not Afraid To Lose Every National Election Until At Least 2032
I am a pacifist in the war on Christmas. Sometimes I say "Merry Christmas", and sometimes I say "Happy Holidays", because I simply do not give a damn either way.
But the extremes on either side can be vexing. I went to a "holiday tree" lighting the other night that featured a choir that sang a sappy song about helping, a traditional Hanukah song, and a song about solar energy that was set to the tune of "Angels We Have Heard On High". The whole thing was so ridiculously Seattle that I had the urge to stage a live Nativity scene right then and there, but I didn't have a manger handy (although there were plenty of asses in attendance).
On the other hand, an office that I am aware of cancelled their annual Holiday Party because two "religious" people got bent out of shape because they were not calling it a Christmas Party, and another "religious" person who doesn't celebrate Christmas got offended by the whole thing. (All three of them make a big deal of leaving their Bibles out on their desks, and spend most of their days sending prayer request e-mails back and forth, which is apparently more important than work)
commented on More Reasons Those Amazon Delivery Drones Won't Work (Yet)
There really is nothing new under the sun. When I was a child there were all sorts of products and services you could order from home and have same day delivery. Department stores, pharmacies, grocery and hardware stores - they all would take phone orders. Or, if you were shopping and had bought something big or too much of a hassle to walk home with or take on the bus, they would deliver it for you that same day.
The big difference was that they were all local stores competing with each other for the customer's dollars, run by people in the community who took pride in their jobs. Now retail is run by distant marketing departments, committed to doing the absolute least they can while still making the sale, and we give dumb ideas undue attention because they were thought up by immature sociopaths with too much time and money.
commented on Macklemore & Ryan Lewis vs. Pearl Jam vs. Slog! Introducing the 2013 Holiday Charity Challenge!
I can't decide....God knows I'm old enough to have been a Pearl Jam fan back in the day, and I admit that I had a huge crush on Eddie Vedder. I love those young men who sing about the rummage store, but donating for either of them would make me feel like I was cheating on Slog, and I've adored Slog ever since the days when we had to comment by Telex (remember how excited we all were when they finally allowed us to fax them in?)