commented on Guest Editorial: Sawant’s Response to Mudede’s “Brazenly Dishonest” Argument About Anti-Trump Protests
Is this the new political philosophy coming to Seattle already? "Don't use what I said or did then, believe me this time!" Cool, nice to see we're ahead of the trends for once.
Bless your idealism. Truly, we need more of it than ever if we're going to change things. But the minute Trump became the GOP candidate (hell, before then), it should have been clear that this would not be an election about change but about survival. And now, if we're going to be able to fight against the recidivist Powers That Be and corporate factions that delight in Trump's windfall (and that may not necessarily be the GOP at this point), we need to be pragmatic. Strike that, we have NEEDED to be pragmatic instead of breaking off into different, over-zealous sects because one candidate or another isn't making the campaign promises you want in the language you approve of.
You can say the DNC has a lot to answer for because they didn't work to rally the base to the Clinton campaign and you'd be right. A lot can be said about the same liberal hubris that tripped up Dewey running against Truman. Hell, I saw people on Facebook laughing about all these votes were meaningless and "my meaningless vote for Trump cancels out your meaningless vote for Clinton!" Not so meaningless now, right?
Which is the problem: whatever your personal problems with the Clinton campaign or Hillary Clinton either as a person or a political player, if you really truly actually gave a damn about stopping Trump, you had one job. It may have struck you distasteful to the extreme, but you had to vote for the candidate who stood a chance in hell of winning. Honestly, we live in a state with mail in ballots, it's not like it was even that bloody hard to do or hard to find for you!
Instead, you played a very small part in aiding Trump's win by encouraging people to ignore a cold and distasteful political reality and hope that by voting for a long shot, everything would be OK. Sleep tight.
Aug 17, 2015
commented on Savage Love Letter of the Day: The Asexual Dom
@9- It's not that scary, no, but if you believe in the idea that all kink is 50 Shades of Grey and the PVC, Mistress of Pain and Lord DomdeDom of Ravenclaw complete with a binary map of what you like, it can be hard to believe that under all the hype you're dealing with quirky, flawed people who all over every spectrum from people who Live The Lifestyle to folks who like to break out the bondage gear on the weekends. I've been there and even after my time in the scene, there are days and ways where it can be hard to break from the "script".
Jun 22, 2015
commented on Dear Seattle, Why Do You Hate EMP?
I feel like I like the building more than I care about anything inside it, really. It's pretty and photogenic and once a year or so I wander around it enjoying the colors. It's fun for photo shoots.
But the inside is, as @23 said, tomblike and doesn't change enough to warrant multiple visits and is focused on the least interesting aspects of either music or science fiction. It's neat to see the tchotchkes and the ephemera but that doesn't hold a candle to watching the films, reading the books or, best of all, seeing the bands themselves. The three times I've actually experienced music there were for seeing They Might Be Giants perform there, seeing one of the last Iron Composers (with Jello Biafra!) and one time when I played a corporate gig with a samba drumming troupe. The rest of the time, it's just looking at stuff.
Apr 6, 2015
commented on High School Principal to Lesbian Student: You MUST Wear a Dress at Prom
@8 : " it's still just a high school dance where the kids are served a meal then get photographed wearing tacky outfits they will be embarrassed by in 10 years."
Eh, it matters to people who care about it. As a non-sports fan, I watched the city lose its collective shit over the Super Bowl this year and I felt the same way: "It's just another football game where two teams butt heads together and for a year it matters but..."
Mar 27, 2015
commented on Savage Love Letter of the Day: He Wants What She Can't Stand
@7 - Eh, I think it can be part of the human condition, especially if you're of the opinion that you will find that One And Only Twu Wuv and all the emotional baggage that goes with it.
That said, I did date a girl who saw my every interaction with other women to be a sign that I didn't love her. When she heard that a female friend of mine was coming out to Seattle to visit me (and a whole bunch of other friends out here), she flipped: "Well if you like her so much, why don't you MARRY her?!?!" Never mind that I wasn't attracted to her and she was more of a big sister in my life. Mind you, she had a lot of issues and that ultimately made me get out once I realized how abusive the relationship was.