commented on Last Days: The Week in Review
In addition to citing Mother Jones, it would be a major oversight for Seattle's alt-weekly to not mention Baltimore's alt-weekly, the City Paper, which was all over the coverage well before Monday's riots, including covering how racist sports fans helped fuel the first incidents of vandalism on Saturday and filming photographer Joe Giordano's beating by police later that night.
Sep 10, 2014
commented on Dig 20/20's Rap Music Profile From 1981
I'm blown away by how positive it is and how truly interested the newscasters appear to be. The rap-as-menace narrative I grew up with (I probably taped my first rap song off a friend in '87 maybe?) wasn't in place yet.
Jun 24, 2014
commented on I, Anonymous
I try to respect local customs, so I get that it's customary for "I, Anonymous" commenters to rip into Anon. especially is s/he dares utter anything resembling the oh-so-dreaded privilege. But Jesus, people, have you never been pissed off by shitty service, or do you all have the patience of Tibetan lamas?
I don't read from the disruptive economy Bible and I'm suspicious of Uber and Lyft. But most cab experiences suck, period. When I was in Mexico and needed to get to the airport—at 4:30 AM the next day no less—I walked to the taxi stand, talked to a driver, and he was there the next morning at *4:27*. You try that with a cab in the states.
And hell yeah to @17, because the way cab companies treat people in wheelchairs is *beyond* shit. Let me tell you how much I enjoyed the call from my sobbing girlfriend whose taxi driver got her to a doctor's appointment 45 minutes late and broke her wheelchair.
Are there bigger problems in the world? Sure. But if you're rallying to attack Anon., you're not a working class hero or staffing the privilege coat check at Club Integrity. You're defending crap service in a crap industry. I don't like Uber and Lyft, but if they win cab companies and cabbies have no one but themselves to blame.
May 21, 2014
commented on I, Anonymous
Reading these comments, I've learned so much. Specifically, I've learned that the name of Anonymous's dad is Arthur Zifferelli.
Jan 27, 2014
commented on Another Shooting at a Mall
That's my mall. I spent every Friday night there with my family growing up, and still pop by about once every month or so.
I also grew up learning to shoot. I love and respect a number of gun owners, including my father.
So I speak not as some anti-gun evangelist but as an informed rational citizen when I say *my right* to go to *my mall* without being in fear for *my life* should damn well trump your right to lock and load on a whim.