Achieve the Four Modernizations.

May 19 giffy commented on Guest Editorial: Don't Let Senate Republicans Pass a Budget That Undermines Our System of Justice.
Cut the money from prosecutors in King County who have milions to waste trying, and failing, to kill people.
Apr 2 giffy commented on Seattle Restaurant Owner Behaving Badly.
@14 I have seen them for fuel.

If you spent 200 on a dinner this would cost you 4 extra dollars. I much prefer that over a service fee, which is generally 15-20% and pocketed by the restaurant.
Apr 2 giffy commented on Seattle Restaurant Owner Behaving Badly.
I have zero problem with this and am more than happy to pay it. Upping labor costs certainly impacts a restraunts bottom line and there is nothing wrong with passing that cost on.
Mar 30 giffy commented on An Apology for Anyone Who May Have Watched Saturday's Sounders Match.
We certainly develop talent, but that talent rarely hangs around long. Europe and elsewhere offer much better play and a whole lot more money for top talent than the US.

That is slowly changing, and you're seeing more midlevel talent stay in MLS where they can get more play time then they would competing in other leagues, but it'll be a while before you see the really good players spending their whole career in MLS.

@6 I'm not sure the league is making enough money to do that yet.
Mar 10 giffy commented on I Was the MFA Student Who Made Ryan Boudinot Cry.
"Doesn't capitalism and a free-market economy mean people can "waste" their money on an education if they want and educators can profit by selling a service that's in demand?"

Except that we have a system set up whereby people at a rather impulsive stage in life can borrow vast sums of money which is not subject to normal debtor protection laws. That's bad enough when the degree can at least get them decent work, but it's downright criminal when the degree in question won't even get them an interview.

This kind of shit is a problem for the same reason payday loans and other nefarious lending practices are a problem. They take advantage of people.

Writing and arts are important and we should make it easier for people to do them, but that doesn't mean it's a great idea for 22 year olds to borrow 100k+ for a couple percent chance of doing it professionally. At least not without some legal protection if they wind up without much income.
Mar 3 giffy commented on A Stunning Overreach from the DEA Is Playing Out in Eastern Washington.
@7 Jurors have every right to judge the law as well. While modern courts try and hide that fact, it is a big reason we have citizen juries in the first place.
Feb 20 giffy commented on Police Reports Illustrated: Throwing Skittles While White.
I guess she was right.
Feb 2 giffy commented on Why Did the Seahawks Decide to Throw on the One Yard Line?.
@4 Nonsense. They were lined up for the run. They had pretty much the whole team lined up to stop Lynch.

Had we run it on 2nd and gotten stopped which was likely given the run defence they were showing, we'd have had to burn our last time out. Now we either have to pass on 3rd down, or they'll be no 4th. That's a much worse place to be in than an incomplete pass on 2nd which gives us our time out to call after a run or pass on 3rd so we can try again on 4th.

@5 He didn't. He threw it to a receiver just outside. The pass coverage was light, but even light coverage can do crazy things sometimes.
Feb 2 giffy commented on Why Did the Seahawks Decide to Throw on the One Yard Line?.
2nd down with little time and only one time out? Gonna have to pass at least once to get three more plays. Might as well try it when they have 8 men in the box and light coverage on the receivers. A run would have gone nowhere given how they were lined up.

Then run it on 3rd and 4th against hopefully less tight run defence.

We didn't lose the game, 21 won it for the Patriots.
Jan 5 giffy commented on Northgate Mall Wet Seal Employees Slam Company with Sign in Store Window.
@19, Exactly the kinds of things we could fix via the initiative process.

If only the left could get organized enough to do it.

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