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.
7:38 PM yesterday Catalina Vel-DuRay commented on Tony Armada, CEO of Swedish Health Services, Resigns Shortly After Seattle Times Report on the Money-Loving Swedish Neuroscience Institute.
"High paid, high quality health care is a good thing."

I won't necessarily disagree with that, but I'll murmur quietly that neither hospital administrators nor insurance companies are necessary to reach that nirvana.

And as far as Canada is concerned, I'd give up my citizenship in this dumpy country and move there in a hot second, but they understandably don't want us American trash.
10:11 AM yesterday Catalina Vel-DuRay commented on The Morning News: Mayor Murray to Give Address at Local Mosque, Seattle's History of Racism, and a Modest Proposal.
The cemetery my parents are buried at was heavily vandalized several years back. They knocked over tombstones and bludgeoned a beautiful central statue with sledge hammers. There was no agenda that I know of, but it was still upsetting. I can't imagine what it would be like if it had been politically or racially motivated.
6:56 AM yesterday Catalina Vel-DuRay commented on Milo Yiannopoulos: Girls Are In Danger When Adult Trans Women Use Public Toilets But 13-Year-Old Boys Can Benefit From Giving Head To Adult Males.
TheMisanthrope dear, my point is that if we don't engage the Milos and we attempt to suppress them, we just add to their allure, and we look like the much invoked snowflakes. I like that Bill had him on, and I really like that two of his guests told him to fuck off.

And yes, it's true that neither of us are likely to be on Real Time anytime soon. We just aren't notable on the national stage. Milo has become low-grade notable by his outlandish statements, and the way to counter him is to speak back to his nonsense, not by attempting to shut him down. After all, he turned into a shrinking violet when those guys went after him.

And - again - I was disappointed by Bill's response about the whole trans bathroom thing, but you need to listen to the framing of the statement that he was responding to. The right has been brilliant in making this about "protection of women and girls", and has even been somewhat successful in making this a women's rights issue, by tying it to sexual harassment and assault. No one in their right mind wants the female population to be menaced in the restroom, and transwomen are not a menace, but the right infers that they are - and in our fear-addled society, where people are afraid to let their children out of their sight and everyone feels that they need guns and security systems, that argument sells. We need a short, relatable response to that that gets through to the larger non-activist population.
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Feb 20 Catalina Vel-DuRay commented on Milo Yiannopoulos: Girls Are In Danger When Adult Trans Women Use Public Toilets But 13-Year-Old Boys Can Benefit From Giving Head To Adult Males.
Themisanthrope dear, I get it: you endorse censorship, you don't think that Americans are smart enough to look at someone like Milo and figure out who he is, and you have envy issues about Dan's husband. (And lest you accuse me of being "A-Gay"', I'm 52, 5'7", weigh 175 lbs, and am a city worker. Pretty much the opposite of everything "A-Gay" )

I watched the whole episode tonight, and there was one thing that Milo said that I agree with: if you refuse to come to the debate, you lose the debate. Too many liberals are refusing to come to the debate because they're afraid that the crowd won't like them, and that's why conservatives win.
Feb 20 Catalina Vel-DuRay commented on Milo Yiannopoulos: Girls Are In Danger When Adult Trans Women Use Public Toilets But 13-Year-Old Boys Can Benefit From Giving Head To Adult Males.
nocutename, I disagree. I think that when people like Yiannopoulos are allowed to be heard they discredit themselves. When we try to silence them, their notoriety only grows, as does their "persecution".

Feb 20 Catalina Vel-DuRay commented on Mayor Calls Kshama Sawant's Suggestion that Seattle Police Block ICE "Irresponsible and Dangerous".
Raindrop dear, I know a lot of Republicans (I am from Iowa, after all) and I can tell you that a lot of them vote Republican because that's what they do. A generation or two ago, they would have voted Democratic because that's what they do. A lot of Americans are not as analytical as you think they are.

Case in point: Mr. Vel-DuRay has two brothers. One drives a garbage truck down in Arizona and the other sells cars in Chicago. They both voted for Trump, based largely on what their buddies told them and what they heard on the radio. They both called up on election night, sort of freaked out that Trump had actually won.
Feb 20 Catalina Vel-DuRay commented on Milo Yiannopoulos: Girls Are In Danger When Adult Trans Women Use Public Toilets But 13-Year-Old Boys Can Benefit From Giving Head To Adult Males.
I know that a lot of people are angry that he was asked to be on Real Time, but I'm glad. I've heard people complain about him for quite some time, and I've seen the protests that keep him from speaking at campuses, but I didn't really know that much about him. Now I can see that he's just a gay guy trying to be Ann Coulter and failing miserably at it. I think he hangs himself a little bit more every time he opens his mouth. Liberals already dislike him, conservatives are disposed to dislike him, and his shock statements about Catholic priests and pedophilia are going to alienate him with that crowd even more.

And I was disappointed in Maher's comment about trans people not being able to use women's restrooms being "reasonable" as well, but in Milo's framing of the issue (confused and/or sinister men in women's clothing menacing "real" women and girls) the idea does appear to be reasonable, and that is the crux of the problem: Trans people are to the general public what gay people were in the 60's. Visibility and openness made gay people more accepted (not to mention the HIV/AIDS epidemic), but there just aren't the numbers of trans people that there are of gay people. Most people these days, even in backwards areas, know a gay person. The same cannot be said about trans people, and that is why it is important to denounce people like Yiannopolos, not just try to shut them up.
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Feb 19 Catalina Vel-DuRay commented on Mayor Calls Kshama Sawant's Suggestion that Seattle Police Block ICE "Irresponsible and Dangerous".
"Primarily because the union rank-and-file feel that the DNC has failed to offer them a reason to support the Democratic candidate in elections. "

As someone who is actually in a union, I can tell you that most of my fellow "Brothers and Sisters" are of the I've-got-mine school, and many vote Republican because they think it's either "manly" or what they think Jesus would want them to do.
Feb 18 Catalina Vel-DuRay commented on Take Donald Trump's Not-At-All Slanted and Misleading "Mainstream Media Accountability Survey".
I think the big problem is the assumption that they would report the results of the survey accurately if it didn't match their worldview. But it's fun to fill it out. I recently got a paper survey from something called "Priests for Life" that was similar, only about abortion. I'm sure the Good Catholic Ladies who opened the survey were appalled by my responses, and threw it right into the garbage.
Feb 18 Catalina Vel-DuRay commented on Mayor Calls Kshama Sawant's Suggestion that Seattle Police Block ICE "Irresponsible and Dangerous".
Sawant just likes to throw big bunches of crazy against the wall to see what sticks. It's a dumb idea that the cops would never go along with, no matter how many rallies she throws. In any event, this is a problem that needs to be fixed at the federal level.