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Nov 26 theophrastus commented on Allied Offers a Friendly Reminder: Don’t Marry Nazis.
having voted for trump is also on the unforgivable list ('short form')
Nov 25 theophrastus commented on Donald Trump's America: Here There Is No Why.
This is a worthy posting with one rather inexplicable wtf:
Instead of trying to figure out why so many of their countrymen voted for this deranged lunatic, progressives need to focus their energy on stopping his agenda at all costs.
What can be done?
Essentially: don't seek to answer "why" just concentrate on the fix. That is, don't attempt discover the cause, just stop the effect. We need to think more clearly than this if we can have any hope to "fix it". Step one in any treatment is to characterize the cause of the problem. Just running off to fix something without knowing why it's broken is to fail to fix anything.

Here's a simple statement of one that must be solved: The economically disadvantaged consistently vote for the party who have consistently promoted their economic disadvantage. Why do they think that's not the case? How is this misconception promoted in their minds?
Nov 16 theophrastus commented on As Senate Democrats Reorganize, Patty Murray, Bernie Sanders, and Elizabeth Warren Assume Leadership Positions.
Yet the democrats need to change their tactics from presenting as the peaceful get-along collaborative adult in the room, to facing the facts that they're fighting a rabid pack of weasels in a locked room. If you cooperate and collaborate the way one ought to in a fine deliberative body like congress but which doesn't exist, then you'll get a knife in your back every-time. It's an unpleasant fact, but those who play politics at the dirtiest level more or less call the dance. We need democrats who will take no prisoners, who will appoint no republicans, who will leak their email, and denounce their private corporate leaders. We need some inglorious basterds of our own. @#$!
Nov 11 theophrastus commented on The Morning News: The Democratic Party Must Change or Die.
Here's a notion to be contemplated (and ignored): establish an organization of thoughtful mayors and governors to resist all things trump. Bill de Blasio is getting there; i think Murray and Inslee would be on board. It just needs a catchy acronym... something that ends up FTRMP or some-such. ("nah, better to sit upon the ground and tell sad stories")
Nov 10 theophrastus commented on The Morning News: Massive Anti-Trump Protests in Seattle and Other Cities, Why Washington is Becoming Bluer.
Anti-trump protests are grand and wonderful things and i hope they can remain non-violent and sustained. Can there be a goal beyond a transitory community emotional relief? Is anyone expecting that these protests might result in trump resigning? Could an effort to permanently change (remove) the antiquated electoral college system which allowed this travesty to occur become a realizable focus?
Oct 28 theophrastus commented on The Morning News: Militarized Police Crack Down on Native American "Water Protectors" in North Dakota.
Surely there's a The Slog story being tapped out as a blather out this comment: Why were the Bundy/Malheur standoff 'protesters' acquitted while nearly simultaneously the North Dakota water protectors protesters incarcerated? Surely it wasn't in part due to the perceived color of their pupils/epidermis? ...surely? Some of us aren't so sure.
Oct 20 theophrastus commented on Trump Promises To Accept Results of Election....
Trump will snort "it was rigged" until the end of his days (which cosmos willing will not number too many more). If we were financially cunning we'd all be silk screening "it was rigged" caps and t-shirts to sell at certain venues. Just think how many years he kept up the birth certificate scam; he'll ride the "it was rigged" goat cart until he snorts his last. This man is psychologically incapable of allowing any of his many failures to be other than the dog ate his homework.
Oct 11 theophrastus commented on The Morning News: Authorities Sweep the Jungle, Seattle Times Editorial Board Publishes Something Heinous (Again).
"Nothing is more critical than dealing with the homeless situation, therefore it is proposed that all bike lanes be immediately converted into tent-sites to support the homeless population throughout the city"

See how everyone has their sacred cows? everyone is a NIMBY in some fashion. take the top ten long-sought municipal social projects and rank them by which eclipses which and you'll only change the members of the angry mob, and not the obscenities that they shout at city council meetings. the answer is some boring tedious hard fought balance; and in the case of the homeless crisis it ought to be addressed on the national level, because it's a national crisis where every city is desperate for a solution. what is really needed is a FDR-like national set of recovery programs. provide federally funded housing (FEMA if naught else) for folks in return for employment on the failing national infra-structure.
Sep 28 theophrastus commented on With New Lower Speed Limits, Seattle Will Become More of a City.
There is a nebulous limit to the steady increase in social regulation which once crossed turns the balance of even progressive folks into faux libertarians. We had a clear example of that when we were going to have recycling police pawing through our garbage and fining us if anything recyclable was discovered. The result was the political class sensed the social tension and backed off of it (O'Brien notwithstanding). There are good indications that ratcheting down the speed-limit so that the expensive Licata solar "SLOW DOWN" lights would become law will be the next. Choose your relentless reduction of small liberties carefully.
Sep 19 theophrastus commented on Spotted: Muslim Jesus Takes the Link Train.
pro-tip: wax lips make for great stigmata