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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.
Jun 24 ohthetrees commented on What Is the MOST You've Paid for a Record?.
You say: I bought a record for $400
I hear you say: I'm a fucking idiot

Also, please, please, please, bring back Line-Out so we don't have to wade through all these posts which attract all of 4 comments each. This one, at 12 posts, must nearly be a record for you guys, probably because it isn't about music. It's about stupidity.

God. I hate that I'm being so mean! Not usually my style, but I'm (irrationally) annoyed by the pollution of slog by line-out.
Jun 12 ohthetrees commented on O'Toole: Get More Cops to Live in Seattle, Improve Police Technology, and Create Accountability for Reform Resisters.
Requiring cops to live in Seattle has been my pet issue for a while. An easy solution to the trickiest issue of implementation: grandfather existing cops. Under my plan, all new hires must live in the city, and continue to live in the city. I think this simple rule would have a huge impact on the type of cops we'd have, and how they would police. Right now, the suburbanites and yokels who make up the police department think of Seattleites as aliens and outsiders. And their behavior reflects that.
Jun 7 ohthetrees commented on Steve Scher Abruptly Parts Ways With KUOW After Nearly Three Decades.
Seemed like a nice guy, from what little I knew of him. But he was easily the worst, least prepared professional interviewer I've ever heard.
Jun 3 ohthetrees commented on A Few Bound-to-Be-Contentious Recommendations for Seattle Barbecue.
The Barbecue Pit really does have superior ribs. They have a nice sweet smoke that is less harsh than others, but still assertive. Maybe because his firebox is further from his meat than most smokers? Anyway, the meat isn't mushy or slimy like many do them. Ribs should be "pull off the bone" not "fall off the bone". My only critique is that I don't love his sauce. Ask for it on the side, then make up your own mind.

Bitteroot has a great non-divey atmosphere, nice enough that you could actually take a date there. Avoid their ribs. Dried out, and not meaty enough. But they make up for the ribs with superior brisket and really good sides.
May 19 ohthetrees commented on Why Didn't Anyone Notice Macklemore's Anti-Semitic Costume at EMP?.
Ansel, isn't it exhausting to be outraged 24/7? I think you are in danger of adrenal fatigue or something.
 
 

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