Dec 22, 2016
commented on Just One Thing About Tom Douglas's Griping...
I like Tom Douglas's restaurants but his incessant whining makes me increasingly reluctant to go to them.
Your shit's already overpriced, Tom, but people keep coming. Stop crying, pay and treat your employees right, up your prices some if you have to— like everyone else will in Seattle— and please shut the fuck up about it.
Nov 14, 2016
commented on Tomorrow, the Washington State Supreme Court Will Hear the Case of the Florist Who Denied a Gay Couple Flowers
If your goal is not have to offer services at gay weddings, offering poor services seems like the worst way to do that:
- You're still participating in the wedding as much as you would be otherwise (which isn't much… delivering flowers to a site before the ceremony?).
- You risk getting a bad yelp review, which may endanger all your business.
- You risk being sued for damages if your service is bad enough.
- If it comes out that the bad service was due to discriminating, you can still be sued for that.
Sep 15, 2016
commented on Clinton Counterfactual From '08 Disproved by Clinton Nomination In '16
If Hillary pulls it out then I don't care- Bernie supporters (and I was one of them when he was still running) can offer all the counterfactuals they want during a Hillary administration- and for the most part I think that'll be a welcome critique from the left.
If Hillary doesn't pull it out, however, I think it's fair to bemoan that Bernie didn't get the nomination. Would he have fared better against Trump? Maybe, maybe not, but if Hillary loses then we couldn't really have done any worse with Bernie, and maybe he would've won. In that case, I think the argument (that is, how far left should the party go) would be useful to have within the Democratic Party as the Second Republic of the United States is re-forming.
Aug 23, 2016
commented on Seattle's Homeowners Will Not Save the Poor
You mostly had me up until this part:
And for those fortunate to own home, they have become dependant on the inflation of property values to make ends meet.
This doesn't make sense. Home owners may be dependent on rising property values for their nest egg, but not to make ends meet in the short term, for the simple fact that they can't sell shares of their home. That is, as a homeowner you can't both profit from rising property value and stay in your home, since you have to sell it to realize the gains (and unless you plan on moving, you still have to secure an alternative living arrangements in an area of rising property values).
If anything, current homeowners (who are not cashing out) are hurt in the short term by rising property values, as the appraised values will usually rise (albeit slower), increasing the property tax burden (even while keeping tax rates unchanged).
Aug 13, 2016
commented on ST3 Supporters to Reuven Carlyle: We Can Fund Education and Transit
I don't understand why the residents in the Sound Transit region should be held responsible for the state legislature's inability to fund statewide education properly. Doing so is a requirement of the courts now— I doubt the state legislature will be given a pass on education funding by the courts under the rationale that the Sound region voted to fund a big transit package.
Aug 7, 2016
commented on You Can Vote for Clinton AND Listen to Women of Color Calling Out Her Racist Bullshit
I hope you folks touting Hillary's support for the 90s crime bill also realize that plenty of black voters, politicians, and community leaders supported that crime bill too. Our beloved Bernie Sanders also voted in favor of that bill, despite voicing his reservations about losing focus on poverty. He supported the concept of locking certain people up and throwing away the key just like most people did in the 90s.
I'm not saying it was a good bill overall, but put in context, it wasn't clearly evil.
Meanwhile, how many families of color did CHIP help? Or do we just focus on the bad things because we believe politicians must fit into clear categories of hero or villain?