commented on A Pictorial History of Public Campaign Financing in Seattle
I really hate saying this, because it sounds so awful, but a mostly-white city council isn't lacking diversity. The city is mostly white. If we wanted to play unidimensional representation-by-ethnicity (note: actual representation by demographics is impossible, due to cross-cutting demographic characteristics, but whatever), we'd most of the time but not always have an African-American, have one or two Asians, once in awhile have a Latino, etc. We'd always have 6 white-non-hispanic types. And even if you assume we've got triple the average gay queer population, we should have one queer on the council.
In other words, you can't really say the current council is lacking diversity.
Now, this is a fucking ASININE way to think of either diversity or representative government, and I certain'y don't endorse it myself... but this is a Slog post by Goldy, so we can't expect much more.
commented on A Cycle Track Grows on Broadway
@30 No, no. He means it's hard for him to drive in from Lake City/the suburbs and park directly in front of the place he wants to go to. Remember, Cody writes "I have reason to go to the medical end of Capitol Hill from time to time. I used to follow that by going east to find a place to eat, but not anymore."
Not quite sure about this, since there's not much east of the "medical end" of Capitol Hill, except for that teeny stretch with Kingfish Cafe. I think he meant west? As in "I went to Group Health and parked my car, and I'm too lazy to walk the five blocks from 15th to Broadway to get a bite to eat!" In which case fuck 'em, but more than that, I suspect he hasn't been to 15th in years, since food options now abound in the five block stretch of 15th north of Group Health.
(Or he's confusing Capitol Hill and First Hill? I dunno.)
commented on Lunchtime Quickie: OMG: Have You Seen "Key & Peele" on Comedy Central?
I don't think it's cut and dried on either side of things. As it started, I thought it was a send up of the Dangerous Minds-style trope, and was looking forward to see how it broke that down. And then it did so in a way that was discomforting, specifically because it wasn't entirely clear who was the object of the comedic mockery once the mispronunciation of names began. But given the set-up, and the comedians in question, I think it's a lot more complicated (a la @11) than y'all are giving it credit for.
That said, in the end I decided I didn't care because it wasn't really funny under either reading after the second name.
commented on Vegan Destiny
(Even as a vegetarian) I've never, ever understood the love for Plum. Went there half a dozen times, every single time had horrible service and mediocre-at-best food.
commented on The Pope Doesn't Understand the Point of Atheists
Seriously, taken the context of the larger homily (i.e. the 2-3 sentences preceding the quote), rather than completely stripped of context, the sentiment is one of understanding and acceptance. This atheist says: chill the fuck out, Paul.