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May 8 raggeddog commented on I’m Glad I Escaped New York in Time to See Sleater-Kinney Play the Showbox.
"I stood there, trying to focus on the music, unable to stop my eyes from drifting over to the shiny, famous people, and hating myself for recognizing them."

You may be new here, but with that kind of feigned angst you'll fit right. Let me guess - you don't watch TV either, right?
Apr 1 raggeddog commented on Sherman Alexie Cancels Gigs in Indiana, Saying "Hate Laws Are Unacceptable and Immoral".
@6 I would suggest that Indiana has liberal and conservative factions within it as well, but everyone seems to be fine with throwing that baby out with the bathwater. In fact, I would bet that the liberal to conservative ratio is higher among the general population of Indiana than it is among the leadership or laity of the catholic church.
Apr 1 raggeddog commented on Sherman Alexie Cancels Gigs in Indiana, Saying "Hate Laws Are Unacceptable and Immoral".
@7 It's "Alexie". Clearly you are a huge fan of his work and I now understand why my comments have you so upset.

I do understand that he is protesting against Indiana. My point, which I thought was clear, is that nothing Indiana has done in this instance is any different than so-called "religious freedom" issues that Catholic institutions, including Notre Dame, have been advocating for years. And yes, he is forfeiting that check. But he was more than happy to take it as long as no one was paying attention to him speaking at UND. Once the spotlight fell on Indiana he really had no choice but to withdraw or risk upsetting his fanbase. That, to me, diminishes the value of his protest since I see very little distinction between the Indiana law and the position of UND administration.

I have no plans to attend any event featuring Mr. Alexie. I am wondering what your point is though. Are you suggesting that the actions and words of public figures should always be taken at face value and never questioned or criticized? Or are you fantasizing that by daring to question him I would be beaten by an angry mob, or perhaps Mr. Alexie himself? Finally, I don't see questioning him as my job. The Stranger has provided him a public forum, and I am simply suggesting what I believe are reasonable questions that I would have hoped Mr. Frizzelle would delve into with his subject.
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Mar 31 raggeddog commented on Sherman Alexie Cancels Gigs in Indiana, Saying "Hate Laws Are Unacceptable and Immoral".
And his answer to the one question about Notre Dame is that he doesn't know if they have made an "official response"? I would say look no further than Pence's remarks while signing the law to gain some insight into UND's position on the matter:

"One need look no further than the recent litigation concerning the Affordable Care Act. A private business and our own University of Notre Dame had to file lawsuits challenging provisions that required them to offer insurance coverage in violation of their religious views."

So I guess my original question stands: Why did he accept an engagement at Notre Dame to begin with?
Mar 31 raggeddog commented on Sherman Alexie Cancels Gigs in Indiana, Saying "Hate Laws Are Unacceptable and Immoral".
Completely agree with this decision but...speaking at Notre Dame - an institution which follows and supports the catholic church's teachings on homosexuality, abortion, etc... - was totally cool before this law was passed? I'm sure it had nothing to do with the big, fat check UND was cutting to Mr. Alexie. No one seemed to care or notice that he was speaking at UND before, but they sure as hell were gonna notice now so I guess he had to cancel. And it almost looks like Frizzelle had that thought but failed to follow through on it, or just omitted that question and answer from the post for some reason.
Mar 4 raggeddog commented on The Nightmare of Emmet Otter's Jug-Band Christmas.
Barbecue! And what @2 and @5 said - this was on HBO about a million times in the mid-late 80s.
Jan 16 raggeddog commented on Police Reports Illustrated: Hanger Management.
Great job bringing out the humor in a serious and potentially life-threatening medical emergency. Can't wait to see what you come up with next.
Jan 15 raggeddog commented on 2,000 Seattleites Have Given Up a Personal Car in Favor of Car2Go.
And of course those 700-1,100 vehicles that Car2Go users have given up didn't just evaporate. They are still on the road, just being driven by someone else. As others said above, improving public transit is the answer, not trading one car for another car.
Jan 15 raggeddog commented on 2,000 Seattleites Have Given Up a Personal Car in Favor of Car2Go.
I came here to echo what @6 and @8 have already said. The post makes the statement "The service is actually decreasing the number of cars on the road." Is that true?

It doesn't necessarily follow that trading in your personal car for a car share leads to less driving. Maybe it does, and I wouldn't be surprised if there was a modest decrease, but is there evidence for that assertion?

I always thought the real benefit of car sharing was in reducing the individual cost of access to a vehicle in urban areas where you didn't need a car every day. If it also reduces private vehicle trips and traffic then great, but that's not an obvious outcome (and I could also be wrong).
Dec 29, 2014 raggeddog commented on The Stranger's Staff Argues Over Whether You Should Wear a Bike Helmet.
"If you fund and build the Bicycle Master Plan, then I'll reconsider the pros and cons of helmets, and when I do, I'll be making a free and informed choice—democracy"

Ansel has an odd understanding of what democracy means.
 

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