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9:08 AM cressona commented on Call Patty Murray and Maria Cantwell and Ask Them to Filibuster Gorsuch.
Just commenting to applaud @5's comment. If a stolen seat is not a legitimate cause for filibustering a judicial nomination, then nothing is.

And thanks for standing up to the empty Democratic argument about not wanting to see the filibuster requirement get removed on this nomination for fear of not being able to use it on a future nomination--when it could just as well be removed on the future nomination. The point is so pointless, it makes you figure the Democrats making it are being disingenuous and concealing their real reasoning.

If they're really just hiding their cards for when they eventually do decide to filibuster, I'll forgive them their momentary disingenuousness.
1:02 PM yesterday cressona commented on The Morning News: Seattle Renters Will Have a Voice at City Hall, Another Black Man Fatally Shot by Police in California.
Appreciate the mention of Washington Huskies women's hoops. Kelsey Plum is a basketball genius and a basketball god. And Chantel Osahor deserves her own place in hoops folklore. Like, decades from now, we'll still be reminiscing about the days when these legends squeaked the Hec Ed floors, and we'll have to check the video just to confirm, "Were these women really as awesome as I remembered?"

Just hoping they can get two more wins and make another Final Four.
Mar 17 cressona commented on Trump's Budget Threatens Funding for Light Rail Projects in Puget Sound.
Yes, Francis7 @24, you really do speak for the people of these three counties. It's a shame we don't have a mechanism like voting whereby we can tell Sound Transit what they should or shouldn't be doing on our behalf.
Mar 17 cressona commented on Trump's Budget Threatens Funding for Light Rail Projects in Puget Sound.
Man, since when did the Slog comment threads become the Seattle Times comment threads?

@22 self-response: "You haven't been reading the Slog comment threads lately?"
Mar 15 cressona commented on How Washington State Attorney General Bob Ferguson Fought Trump and Won America's Heart.
I'm looking forward to the Hollywood movie about Bob Ferguson, with the leading role going to John Oliver with a nondescript American accent, Jay Inslee played by Victor Garber of "Alias," "Titanic," and "Legally Blonde" fame, and a gratuitous cameo appearance by Nick Offerman as that bushy-moustached Republican state legislator who is the spitting image of Ron Swanson.
Mar 15 cressona commented on How Trump Capitalism Will Transform the US Into Another Nigeria.
Oh, and I was reminded of Travis Kalanick because, well,... I appreciate the mention of "Stealth of Nations" (I hadn't heard of that book) and System D nations and the takedown of the sharing economy and the warning that, if we continue down the current path, we're going to "become another Nigeria." I guess that's one fear that Charles and nutty Iowa Congressman Steve King share, albeit in very, very different senses. 8-o

Mar 15 cressona commented on How Trump Capitalism Will Transform the US Into Another Nigeria.
Belatedly commenting to applaud this clear-eyed view of Trumponomics, to the extent there is such a thing. This might be better described as Ryanomics, which is just Randonomics, which is just the natural evolution of Reagonomics. Well, whatever I want to call it, I have bookmarked this post for when I need a distillation of where the GOP has been trying to take our economy.

I like how Charles takes the notion of how corporate raiders like Mitt Romney and Bain Capital have tried to strip private enterprises of their accumulated value and applies that to public institutions. I like particularly the use of the term "stripping." Visualize strip mining, or what's left of the landscape after strip mining. Negative externalities aren't just an unfortunate side effect of corporations trying to gain an edge through deregulation, they're part of the business model. Sort of like a bank losing money being part of the bank robber's business model. (And I say this as someone who, unlike Charles, is an unabashed capitalist, whatever that means.)

I'm reminded too of a recent Atlantic story, The Ghost Bosses: "Private-equity firms have been rapidly buying and selling off companies for decades, and workers in Lancaster, Ohio, are living with the consequences."

Speaking of "stripping," perhaps Uber's uber-douche Travis Kalanick can find a way to disrupt and monetize and scale out that industry too while he's at it.

P.S. It's one of the natural laws of the blogosphere. There's no correlation between the quality of a post (in my book) and the number of comments.
Mar 11 cressona commented on Purim Is Still Important More Than 2,000 Years After Esther.
sarah91 @4, thanks for correction.
Mar 10 cressona commented on Purim Is Still Important More Than 2,000 Years After Esther.
Let me violate the Shabbat to add an observation. I could explain that hamantashen are triangular to reflect Haman's hat, but I had to be reminded of the whole story of Purim. So reading this post, it occurred to me now that Haman sounds a lot like Steve Bannon.

And in today's NY Times, Seattle-based opinion columnist Tim Egan had a piece, The Bombs of Steve Bannon, where he compared Bannon to King Henry VIII's evil consigliere Thomas Cronwell. And then some commenters pointed out something my mom has been all over for a while now, that the more apt comparison is Rasputin. OK, so Bannon's relationship to King Trump is comparable to Haman's relationship to King Ahasueras, Thomas Cronwell's relationship to King Henry VIII, and Rasputin's relationship to Tsar Nicholas II.

There's another thing these three historical figures, Haman, Cronwell, and Rasputin, all have in common. They all came to violent ends. I sincerely hope that will not be the case with Bannon, and considering that he has the visage of an alcoholic, he'll probably die of natural causes soon enough.
Mar 8 cressona commented on The Moral Imperative For Driverless Trucks vs. The Immoral Opposition to Single-Payer Health Care.
Wonderful post by Dan Savage. As always, follow the money.

I just want to add two extra observations that are intended to build on, not contradict, what Dan has to say here.

First, the problem with the cost of health insurance and health care in America today has less to do with the former and more to do with the latter. Yes, the way we do health insurance in this country is all kindsa FUBAR'ed, but the big cost outlier vs. the rest of the developed world is not our health insurance sector but rather our health care sector. See Steven Brill, who wrote the book on this. Of course, all this is intertwined, and the fact our health care costs so much is very much a function of how we pay for it.

Second--and this goes back to "follow the money"--the people who so resolutely try to shame us into accepting the inevitability of self-driving cars and trucks because they save lives... These people typically care about as much about saving lives as the Bush administration cared about bringing democracy to Iraq. There are more than 30K motor vehicle fatalities per year in the United States. That's like 10 9/11's every year. And there are a number of ways we could significantly reduce that number, and yet you won't hear a peep from these same people about how we have such a life-and-death moral imperative to do things like building more transit or reducing our dependence on cars. In fact, when such alternatives to autonomous vehicles are brought up, they're almost always going to be opposed these solutions.

Oh, and I say this as someone who is not opposed to self-driving cars per se, although I'll confess I have a bad taste in my mouth. God knows you couldn't hear the end of how self-driving cars were going to be the be-all-and-end-all from the opponents of Sound Transit 3 last year.