commented on Seattle Chief Overturns Discipline of Cop Who Threatened to Harass Me at Work
We need to lead from below.
It really *IS* a big deal when those placed in a position of authority abuse that authority. The fact that it was a very minor run-in is beside the point. The SPD is *SUPPOSED* to be cleaning up it's act, and holding it's officers accountable for their actions. Every time you allow abuses of authority slide, they will continue to slide. Honestly, this was probably minor enough that a slap on the wrist was sufficient... But when the bully's mommy comes out and says NO to that slightest wrist slap, it is a sign of something worse. It is a wink and a nod.
I *want* the SPD to clean up it's act. I *want* fair treatment of Seattle's citizens. I want a professional police force that deescalates and defuses situations.... Not one that is a good-ol-boy everybody covering for everybody club.
And for gods sake. If your own disciplinarian board finds discipline is warranted, let them do their job. As for "lead from below": I have sent my very brief email complaints to the Mayor and SPD.
commented on Occupy Seattle City Hall
I proudly voted for Sawant, but I hope she does adopt a more pragmatic style while in office. The simple reason for this, is that I want as many of her goals as possible to be realized. And she needs either the Mayor to be an ally in them, or gain enough support on the council to push them through with or without him.
My fear is that if she fails to get anything done, that the self-disenfranchisement that afflicts so many outsiders will get worse. The old "nothing ever changes so why bother voting" sometimes attitude of young/poor/fed-up voters.
And to get stuff done, she will need to be more than just the firebrand that many of us love her for.
Oct 17, 2013
commented on The War On Prayer!
Haha. I decided to turn on CSPAN last night to catch that vote... I saw the woman being dragged from the floor, but could not find out any info about till now. I though she was a gallery spectator that had eluded security. Had no idea she was one of the house employees.
Aug 13, 2013
commented on Hostile Policing
I think that it is wonderful that this happened to Dominic of all people.
While I might be willing to take a similar stand, in righteous indignation, it would never get the air-play/public airing that it will get with a well known reporter that has "accountability" as a primary job function.
How stupid do these two cops have to be? Most rational people know enough to keep their nose clean when they belong to organizations that have been under near continuous investigation for a number of years for the disregard of the rights of their public. While it may have been just dumb luck to have finally ran into someone like Dominic, It stands to reason that someone, somewhere, eventually, would be ready and willing to call them on their bullshit.
Aug 1, 2013
commented on Flip Flops
I think it is fair to call the "position refinements" that Ed Murray (whom I like a lot, though wish he were remaining in the WA Senate) and Peter Steinbrueck (whom I also like, and who was my provisional Mayoral pick before all this) Flip-Flops. They were both definitely scrambling with damage control, when their prior public statements were exposed.
I was *not* much of a McGinn fan, honestly, before this. He has a cold fish quality, and doesn't seem particularly adapt at working the system, or working within the system. However, I am liking him a lot more now than I was a month ago. And other than that ill advised battle he was destined to lose over the deep bore tunnel (I was a fan of the "surface Street Solution" too, but it was never going to win) he has not really done a *bad* job.
I cast my primary ballot for McGinn, on the strength of this kerfuffle, but will re-evaluate my options come November.
Jul 3, 2013
commented on I Am a Terrible Person
Who cares if it is real or fake? You read it. You either liked it or not. Case closed.
Jun 5, 2013
commented on Supersize My Salary Now!
@1 - If you are a college student supplementing their student loans, or in HS working a summer/student type job, or just graduated, and waiting for "your big break", then you are probably correct: You need to transition eventually into something bigger and better, and 5 years is probably too long.
However if you don't have the skills to land the kind of job in engineering, finance, the trades, etc, then you take work where you can find it. And if you are (trying) to support a family in such circumstances, and fast food is the only thing you are truly "qualified" for, and you have no time to obtain other skills, then you make do. It doesn't mean you have to accept 2nd class status.
I support all workers rights to organize, and if they can force a livable wage, then more power to them. If it means that I can't afford as many dollar menu empty calorie bombs, then so be it.... I have eaten well in my life, and I have lived off a primarily top-ramen based diet, and I can find a happy medium.
May 29, 2013
commented on Mugged at Gunpoint on Beacon Hill
Truism: Criminals have more guns today, because more people have more guns today.
More Legally owned firearms creates more chances for Illegally owned and wielded firearms.
The NRA has created a self-fulfilling prophesy, and a positive feedback loop: People need guns because so many criminals have guns. This creates more opportunities for criminals to obtain guns, creating a higher urgency in scared people to obtain more guns. Lather. Rinse. Repeat.