Nov 6, 2015 shotsix commented on Why I Won't Write a Review of Suffragette.
@48 Wow, an objectivity written article without a hysterical (paranoid?) tone actually taught me quite a lot. Who would ever guess the rational and calm voice of your linked article would be more informative and persuasive than the original post? The LGBT angle was particularly interesting, and it sounds like that element was whitewashed as much, or more, than anything else.
Nov 6, 2015 shotsix commented on Why I Won't Write a Review of Suffragette.
It's a sad mark against humanity, but to say, or imply, that Black Americans own the term "slave" shows a dangerous ignorance of history. Pretty much the entire length of recorded history on this planet is littered with the corpses of enslaved peoples. The Black experience in this country has just one chapter in the encyclopedia of evil, and to say it owns the book is a middle finger to all those others whose lives were not their own.
Nov 5, 2015 shotsix commented on The Terrible Gum Wall Ruins One of Seattle's Best Alleys.
Ha, that post was an excellent caricature of a fussbucket. I don't know if Mr. Mudede has an aristocratic English accent in real life, but he certainly did in my head as I read that article.
Nov 3, 2015 shotsix commented on Cupcake Royale's "Seattle Sweeties" Series Benefits a Great Cause, But Its Marketing Campaign Is a Very Bad Idea.
Yuck. 'Sweetie' is almost always used in such a sexist way that I can't believe this passed through any sort of review process. The 3% of the time it is said by a grandfather to his 5 year old granddaughter is the only appropriate usage, otherwise it is only uttered by somebody who is being an asshole.
Nov 2, 2015 shotsix commented on Coming Soon: The Anonymous Hack of the KKK.
Maybe I'm wrong, but I doubt that there will be any names on that list that will shock anyone, or mar the character of a previously beloved figure. Heck, I wouldn't be surprised if it bolstered their names in the places that I suspect they'll be from - enough of them act as if they are card-carrying members, if not exactly on the rolls (and get elected or re-elected because of that).
Oct 30, 2015 shotsix commented on Guest Editorial: Meet the Eyman Supporter Who Is Almost Single-Handedly Trying to Stop Our Transportation Future.
I think it's weird that we have to vote on this stuff. If it's important, why don't they just get the revenue by raising taxes/fees the old fashioned way - by just doing it (well, through the representatives we elect...these decisions should be THEIR burden). We live in a republic so it's their job, not ours.

I guess I'm leaning yes on this thing, but the plan's lack of absolutes is a tiny bit perturbing. I like the Sound Transit packages that say exactly how many inches and minutes of transit service will be built and in service by very specific dates. With SDOT, we get a cray-cray late streetcar and dysfunctional waterfront tunnel boondoggle with no heads rolling, with Sound Transit we get glitz, glamour, and modernity at (or under) budget and delivered early.

If I vote 'yes' it will be because that Faye lady sounds like a turd and not because I like SDOT's effectiveness.
Oct 26, 2015 shotsix commented on Here's Why Equal Rights Washington Says It Endorsed Pamela Banks Over Kshama Sawant.
At times I feel like Sawant is a reluctant supporter of gay rights - obviously not homophobic in the least, but in a very subtle way that appears to say gay men on Capitol Hill (especially white ones) are not a truly bullied class that deserve extra attention, or, in particular, her time. There was this weird way that she seemed to dismiss the bro-ish and/or polished gay dudes who had faced hate crimes in a way not seen with other (unprivileged) groups. When I saw the ERW endorsement, I figured they must have sensed the same thing.
Oct 20, 2015 shotsix commented on What's Very Wrong with "How Not to Be a Restaurant Racist".
Was this article written in 1972? Seriously, who calls it 'ethnic' food anymore? When I order a burrito, a slice of pizza, or phad thai I don't think 'ethnic' for any of those. I don't know anyone under the age of 60 who would either. Plus, Japanese restaurants and Brazilian steakhouses are often really expensive places to eat, but McDonalds is really cheap, so what exactly does that prove?

Additionally, there is a lot of stuff everyone does in the realm of the white-people-don't-get-chopsticks thing and it's, at most, mildly inconsiderate, so deal. What I hate is that the author thinks that when a white person is clueless and inconsiderate it's racism, but for everyone else it's a hardly worth mentioning faux pas. Race is a terrible predictor of personal good and evil.
Oct 15, 2015 shotsix commented on Kshama Sawant and Nick Licata Introduce "Carl Haglund Law" to Ban Rent Hikes at Uninhabitable Apartment Buildings.
I'm assuming that a landlord who is renting out a moldy, rat infested apartment is not exactly doing all that great, so not letting them recoup some of the the costs of getting things to code pretty much leaves the building (and everyone involved) trapped in a closed loop through shitville. What happens if somebody buys an uninhabitable complex with the intent of improving, but the low rent makes that impossible? I see the potential for lots of unintended consequences with this proposal.
Oct 9, 2015 shotsix commented on Update Those School Shooting Timelines.
@9 Even the 1st amendment comes with limits, and there's a lot of things that can be done for safety short of an outright ban. We don't ban cars, and they kill a lot of people every year...but, at least with that one we make an effort (and get results) to improve safety through laws and design. Plus, we require a lot out of the user/driver.

Unfortunately, every instance where a 'child seat law' or 'side crash protection' for guns is suggested the NRA and gun crazies go apeshit.