Jul 21 madcap commented on The Green Party Responds to Dan Savage, Says He's "Dead Wrong".
I knew Dan was going to take flak over his comments regarding down-ballot offices.

But then Ms Cuéllar deserves some flak for this bullshit:
the rhetoric and track record of the presidential candidates of both parties sounds like the other.

I know this a popular rhetorical point among Greens, but what a load of horse shit!

Anyone who catches even a glimpse of the party conventions, glances at the party platforms, or pays attention to even the most scant of campaign news will know this allegation is just flat out nonsense. Anyone who thinks otherwise is living in a fantasy world where all nuance has been driven out by unicorns.

It certainly is the case that the Republican and Democratic parties converge on some important points, often unfortunately. But they diverge on many other points. To believe otherwise is just straight up madness.

Yes, they're both parties under the influence of corporations and other status quo interests, and they're both various shades of corrupt and misguided— but the difference in those shades matters immensely! And it matters even more immensely this year, now that the GOP has gone full white nationalist. I'm sorry the Overton Window has not moved to the left as far as I and many others would like— but that doesn't mean we burn our house down.

I get it: achieving the elusive 5% to get federal funding is a valiant goal. But that is going to matter for fucking shit if it means letting the party of white nationalism, headed by a bona fide psycopath, get into office. I'm sorry, but this year, the lesser evil is a lot less evil. I, for one, will vote for remaining in a centrist purgatory over letting my country descend straight into hell.
Jul 20 madcap commented on Dan Savage on Jill Stein: Just No..
The dynamics under which the Republican Party formed- the disintegration of the Whig Party and the fierce North-South divisions over slavery are very different than the dynamics today. The Democratic Party is not disintegrating. The Repulbican Party might be blowing up but that's not really where the Greens are targeting.

Anyway, Donald Trump is an existential threat. I don't usually fault anyone for voting their conscience for 3rd party/independents, but for this election, anything one does to increase the chances of a Donald Trump victory is a ethical abomination. Red state, blue state, purple state, I don't care. There been too many unprecedented events in this election season for me to feel complacent enough to not vote for the only candidate who is a realistic alternative to Trump. Will Trump win WA? Probably not, but I know my vote isn't going to be one that let him do it.

It's real sweet how you want to tell your grandkids you voted your conscience, but nobody's gonna give a fuck about that if Trump wins.
Jul 17 madcap commented on The Mayor Is Blowing Up the City's Old Neighborhood Council System—and That's Good News for Renters.
Good news renters! You know those Neighborhood Councils that didn't adequately represent you because you didn't ever attend them (maybe because once a private individual suggested that as a renter you don't have as much of a stake in the community and this made you feel bad)?

Well Mayor Murray is blowing all that shit up! And what he's replacing it with is surely better for you renters because none of the actual details for it exist yet!
Jul 14 madcap commented on A Black Woman Was Attacked by a Group of White Men in the Central District on Tuesday.
I don't think the allegation was that it was a false flag (after all, wouldn't a group of people targeting a race in order to frame racists by definition be racists?), but rather that it was just a hoax.
Jul 9 madcap commented on Forced into the Black Market.
@13 Aren't a number of the old medical dispensaries now converted to retail shops? I'd think those are run by the same people. I know Dockside is (they ran a coop before their retail shops). Why go to Ike's if they can go talk to people who were running medical shop before?
Jul 7 madcap commented on Forced into the Black Market.
I'm sure there's a lot improvements that need to be made to the state cannabis laws, but this article is mostly conjecture. Clearly, not all patients are getting their CBD for free, or else there either already wouldn't be any available, or there would be a well established charity system to provide funding for it. The excise tax is an issue and should be reduced and possibly eliminated altogether for patients.

But really I don't think we should assume that retail stores can't pick up the CBD demand- all those patients that want CBD are would-be customers that retail stores will want to attract. If high-CBD production is the limiting factor, as implied in the article, then wasn't that already an issue before the closing of medical facilities? What would have changed between then and now? Why would it be available on the black market but not the white market?

And I'd think that, once Meagan can obtain the high-CBD oil (through official channels) she needs for her daughter, she'll appreciate the stricter labeling and testing standards that are required of product in retail shops.
Jul 5 madcap commented on Trump Campaign Spamming Foreign Leaders for Donations.
My guess is that they either bought bulk email addresses which unintentionally had foreign nationals on it (which would be a notable example of incompetence, but not malfeasance), or more likely, some jackasses signed those folks up directly; campaign email lists don't generally require email verification steps, so it's not surprising that Trump's clown show campaign wouldn't have them.
Jun 30 madcap commented on Morning News: Rent Slavery on the Rise in Seattle, Paul Allen Moving Homeless into Shipping Containers.
...we do not need the money of billionaires to help solve this major social problem. We need a government that spends on the poor, builds homes for the poor, and creates jobs for the poor.

Where's that money going to come from? At least some of it's gonna come from the billionaires. Close tax loopholes like carried interest and introduce more progressive taxation, and more of it's going to come from the billionaires than it does today.

I think what you mean to say is that we don't (or shouldn't) need the charity of billionaires. While converted shipping containers is an improvement over living on the street I suppose, this also smacks of organized crime kingpins who give out free turkeys for Christmas.
Jun 30 madcap commented on An Actually Reasonable Email From an Actually Sane Sanders Supporter.
Look at the most recent stats for Bernie supports. Most are already coming around to support (or at least, begrudgingly vote for) Hillary in November, and they're doing so at similar rates that it took Hillary supporters to come around to Obama in 2008.

There are certainly die-hard Bernie or Busters out there, but we should ask how many of them would have voted for Hillary if Bernie had never been in the running? Many would have not voted at all, or voted Green, or some actual socialist party, etc. That is, in the end, I don't think Hillary is really going to lose a lot of voters that she would have had due to Sanders' run.

I agree she is the least bad option among the realistic options for president and thus I'll be voting for her. I would personally council anyone who considers themselves to be on the left to vote for her, holding their nose if need be, I would never deign to lecture or ridicule someone as if they *owe* their vote to Hillary. I think that's counterproductive. Some people you can debate with about their conclusions, and with some it's not worth it. That's democracy, folks.

Ultimately, if Clinton wants more of the Sanders' supporters votes, then she should have to work for it, and if that lurches her campaign further to the left, all the better. If she decides instead to triangulate around the center, then that's her decision too, but her campaign will have to accept the possible repercussions of that. What doesn't make sense is to denigrate the left while simultaneously expecting their unqualified support
Jun 24 madcap commented on A Trans Person Was Attacked on Capitol Hill on Wednesday.
@17 nailed it. Some here are arguing over the correctness of the third-person as a gender-neutral singular pronoun and/or the correct verb agreement when doing so (which is an odd complaint given that the prior is already technically ungrammatical). Meanwhile you let slip the incorrect use of "past". Shameful.

Anyway, I really came to say this:

But make no mistake, this attack and all others like it are the result of hateful language that stigmatizes and alienates groups of people because of who they are...

While that's probably mostly true, there is also a non-zero chance that mental illness (and our city and state's inability to properly deal with it) played a role.