commented on Why Is There a Surveillance Tower Outside CenturyLink Stadium?
Even though there is a door on this thing, it really doesn't look like it's designed for someone to sit inside with a rifle. That would be pretty silly. It's just a giant sensor array, kind of like a ground level AWACS. They are most likely using it for facial recognition in large crowds and other monitoring. Given the large crowds expected in the area, this seems rather practical and should give people a greater sense of security.
commented on Primary Ballots Are Due Tomorrow and Turnout Is Depressing as Hell so Far
@10 Going to assume that you meant county councils instead of county legislatures, because one is a thing and the other sounds like a nightmare.
I will also add to the "voter fatigue" argument. When you have ballots every 3 months, they become much easier to ignore, especially if it's only for a school levy and you don't have kids. I vote in each one mostly to be sure the GOP doesn't try to challenge my registration.
commented on Washington State Fines Volkswagen $176 Million Over False Emissions Reporting
This is Phase 4 of the VW pain in America. They've worked out Phase 1, buying off the Feds. They are also having to buy off their dealers (Phase 2) and the individual owners (Phase 3). The states have their own regulations, which is going to make Phase 4 really painful when California comes after them.
Then they get to deal with Phase 5, the holdouts. The environmental lawyers from Santa Monica who bought these cars specifically to bolster their green credentials and in turn had their reputations tainted. They are going to want their grandstanding day in court, and VW has already admitted guilt.
Too bad Congress is so dysfunctional right now, or VW could have spent about $1billion on immunity legislation instead. Odd the Germans didn't think of the NRA solution.
commented on Guest Editorial: We Need Brady Walkinshaw to Tackle Opioid Addiction in Congress
A good solution to the opioid epidemic would be to charge Purdue Pharma as a drug kingpin, confiscate all of their assets, and use those assets to fund addiction treatments. You'll be taking one of the biggest sources of the drugs out of commission, and using their ill gotten gains to help clean up their mess. Or we could still pretend that mass marketed prescription opiates aren't the source of the problem.