Looking For a Better Read
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Looking For a Better Read is enjoying coffee and free wi-fi at Ladro in West Seattle.
Apr 19 Looking For a Better Read commented on Meet the Man Who Could Turn Eastern Washington Blue.
@1, @3 - ooh, look at the new accounts created just to comment on this article! Surely CMR's folks aren't concerned at all about 2018.

For everyone else in Seattle: there's little payoff for supporting yet another Dem in our area (the results are inevitable), but surely this guy could use some of our financial support to help him get his word out. Make a donation and help kick Cathy's butt out!
Mar 1 Looking For a Better Read commented on Bertha Stopped Because the Machine "May Be Several Inches Off" Tunnel Alignment, State Says.
This is a non-story. Adjustments in alignment during tunnel excavation are normal, even expected, as indicated in the WS Blog article and confirmed in any tunneling trade journal - heck, ask someone in the engineering or construction schools at UW. The stoppage itself was a planned maintenance stop, which you probably could have found out with a quick phone call to the DOT.

Using the scare quotes was a nice touch, though. RAHR!!
Feb 21 Looking For a Better Read commented on Will Gov. Jay Inslee Make a Bid for the Presidency in 2020? He Says No, The Seattle Times Says Yes.
I like Ferguson a lot, and think that he has a hell of a future. Inslee, he's decent, but surely few will quit their day job to go door-knocking on his behalf.
Feb 21 Looking For a Better Read commented on Rep. Jayapal Sets a Date for Senate Recess Town Hall, "Indivisible" Organizers Lead Another to Discuss the Trump Agenda.
I think the Democratic representatives in our state's delegation should hold community forums in their Republican colleagues' districts. Might help mobilize and energize Dems in those districts, and show the Republicans in those same districts what true representative democracy is supposed to look like.
Dec 9, 2016 Looking For a Better Read commented on Savage Love Letter of the Day: Hand Jive.
My wife's aunt married a 50-y.o. man at 25. He was well-off, charming, sophisticated: everything boys her age were not.

When she was 50, he was 75 - asthmatic, incontinent, cranky, and near death: everything the men her age were not.

From my personal observations, when a couple with a significant age difference come together, the older one does not become more youthful than their contemporaries - the younger one over time becomes older than their peers.

LW, this is not going to get better over time. This man, right now, is as good as you will ever see him again. He is not going to improve, not in this area at least.
Dec 9, 2016 Looking For a Better Read commented on Trump to Tap WA Congresswoman and Oil Drilling Advocate Cathy McMorris Rodgers for Interior Secretary.
@4 - Richard Nixon proposed the EPA as an executive agency to consolidate the environmental policies and responsibilities that congress, behind liberal Democrats like Washington's Scoop Jackson and James Murray from Montana, had enacted over the previous 20 years or so. So in that sense, yes, the agency itself was a Republican construct, but its mission - to protect the environment - was never a Republican-led initiative.
Oct 13, 2016 Looking For a Better Read commented on Rush Limbaugh Takes a Stand Against Consensual Sex.
@18 - if you're trying to argue that Clinton used his position to "coerce" the intern, then by all means lay out your case; but to say that the imbalance in power alone eliminated the intern's ability to provide knowledgeable consent in the same way that a child can not provide consent to an adult is just demeaning.
Sep 15, 2016 Looking For a Better Read commented on Clinton Counterfactual From '08 Disproved by Clinton Nomination In '16.
There is no arguing against the reality that Hillary has run a terrible campaign so far. Whether Sanders would be doing any better or not is purely conjecture, and pointless at that. I am bothered, though, that a HRC cheerleader like Dan is continuing to poke at Sanders supporters rather than using his platform to encourage his preferred candidate to run a more emboldened campaign.

After the convention, HRC had an opening to reach out to Trump supporters - acknowledge their anger, validate their dissatisfaction, but help them (at least some of them) see that their anger had been misplaced by the Tea Party and Trump. Show them that she gets it, and that she has a plan to address it. She wouldn't have converted all of them, nor did she need to. But siphon off 5-7%? That's doable.

But no, she went mostly dark, allowing Trump to suck up all of the oxygen, counting on him to be a continual fuck up. She's playing not-to-lose. And Dan, if she does lose - to the most unelectable person to run for office possibly ever - yes it will be her fault. Any number of people, including Sanders, would have cleaned this clown's clock.
Jul 27, 2016 Looking For a Better Read commented on New, Groundbreaking Study Reveals That Seattle Is the Most Hipster U.S. City of All.
Whatever. I knew Seattle was hipster long before these guys did their little "study".
Jul 21, 2016 Looking For a Better Read commented on NBA Moves All-Star Game Out of North Carolina.
So they need a city to step in and host on short notice. Maybe the NBA can do two solids in one and send the game Seattle's way.