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ohthetrees
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Aug 6 ohthetrees commented on Monsoon's New Room Is for Adults Only.
I have a 4 year old. I think a kid area and a non-kid area is a fine compromise. Personally, I come down on the "children are part of our society and community" side of things, but I get the opposing argument too. Of course, parents need to be considerate and control their children too.
Aug 6 ohthetrees commented on What Last Night's Primary Results Say About Seattle Voters, Parks, Jess Spear, and Olympia.
I voted for Sawant both times. To me, Sawant comes off as a serious person, who's sophisticated about economic thought. Spear is a flawed candidate. She comes off as a "meeee toooo!" dilettante who woke up one day, and decided that being a politician would be really neat. She has a scattershot approach to the issues she wants to tackle, and has no focus. Getting herself arrested was such transparent publicity move that it turned me off. Try getting arrested in a non-election year first, then we'll talk.
Jul 31 ohthetrees commented on Savage Love.
I'm in an open relationship, and ahem, date a lot. I always disclose before the 1st date. Unless you are into tricking a girl into bed (ewwww), only a small subset of women are interested in dating a guy in an open relationship. Sure that's a bummer, but that is life. Why waste your time going on a few dates only to have her feel repelled and betrayed when you finally disclose? First date at the latest, but even better is before the 1st date.
Jul 30 ohthetrees commented on Gun Nuts Idea of Paradise.
Good thing no cell phones were lost! The system works!
Jul 29 ohthetrees commented on Hillary Clinton: George W. Bush Is My Hero?.
So when Elizabeth Warren is running for Prez, you are going to abstain? Blanket pronouncements about future behavior really cramp your style, you know, in the future.

Next election, enjoy voting for the presidential equivalent of GoodTime SpaceGuy or whatever his name is.
Jul 15 ohthetrees commented on Let's Make Airplane Seats Even More Uncomfortable!.
I've always wondered why they don't make airplane seats out of mesh, herman miller style. Comfy, and very slim, I'm sure they could pack another couple of rows in.
Jul 12 ohthetrees commented on Obama Administration Sued in Federal Court in Seattle Over Due Process for Immigrant Children.
Humanity's failure to provide for the basic needs of all children including food, shelter, security, and love is a moral outrage.

The United States' failure to provide for the basic needs of all children including food, shelter, security, and love is a moral outrage.

Washington State's failure to provide for the basic needs of all children including food, shelter, security, and love is a moral outrage.

Seattle's failure to provide for the basic needs of all children including food, shelter, security, and love is a moral outrage.

My failure to provide for the basic needs of all children including food, shelter, security, and love is a moral outrage.

I had a very disturbing encounter with two sweet and wounded African-American eight-year-old boys in the park today. I was at the playground with my son. I noticed these two boys playing very nicely (if rambunctiously) with younger children at the playground. I started chatting with them. I found out that they were there alone. I found out that they lived in a shelter. I found out that their mothers weren't around much I found out that they considered each other better than brothers. I found out that one of them lived with his grandfather until he witnessed his murder while hiding under a bed. I found out he saw the brains come out of his grandfather's head. I found out that he was very scared. I found out that his major life lesson so far is that you can't let "bullies" push you around. That you have to fight back. You can't let people mess with you. It's a moral outrage not that an eight-year-old holds these views, but that in his world he's probably right.

Bringing this back to immigration, we have to help these children who have made their lonely, dangerous, and desperate journeys to our country.. I don't care about the economic consequences to our country. I don't care about what incentives that sets up for other child immigrants. It is our moral duty to help these children. As long as children are in such dire situations that smuggling themselves into the United States is their best option, we need to help those children. What the fuck is the point of being a rich country if we can't help a terrified lonely nine-year-old who is all alone?
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Jul 10 ohthetrees commented on Claiborne Richardson Wants Pictures of a Kid's Cock.
I'm not usually an all caps kind of guy, but this one makes me feel kinda shouty. My email to the creepy dicksniffers:

A 17 year old sending pictures of a sexual nature to a 15 year old is something that should be a complete non issue to you and your office. AT THE MOST, ask him to knock it off. But since you are disgusting perverts, you've hatched this absurd plan to take bizarre, creepy, COMPLETELY inappropriate pictures of this minor's penis, and pursue a legal case against him. SHAME ON YOU!
Jul 2 ohthetrees commented on A Wonky Decision That Will Define the Future of Our Food.
@10 yes, Ansel is more or less the most annoying "journalist" on the planet. I'm a liberal so I tend to agree with his underlying agenda, but he is such a hyperventilating drama queen/king/monarch whose articles are packed with unsupportable and unfactual rhetoric, ad hominem attacks, and perpetual outrage, that I really conclude that he is not a bit better then a Bill O'Reilly of the left.

I used to think that the stranger did a great job of having a strong editorial voice, yet being rigorous about their reporting and facts, but between Ansel and Paul "the outrage machine" Constant, I think the stranger is losing that quality.

They both need to listen to a few episodes of "on the media" and recollect how to have an opinion and a slant, but still be fair and rigorous.
Jul 2 ohthetrees commented on A Wonky Decision That Will Define the Future of Our Food.
Here's an idea: let's figure out with the actual number is, and use that. This reminds me of those ridiculous North Carolina politicians who tried to legislate global warming and sea level rise away. The idea that this is a political question is completely absurd.
 
 

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