commented on "A Furloughed Federal Employee Says Thank You"
Laura and others,
Thank you for your service and forced slavery. As a civil servant, one is not allowed to strike. They have to work regardless of contracts, union or otherwise. Police officers cannot strike. SFD cannot strike. Metro drivers cannot strike. Any civil employee is considered a "necessary" employee. This means they cannot strike. Civil institutions would fall apart. When they have contract issues and negotiations, the conflicts are held by arbitration. When civil employees are denied their pay, they may not see it for years! But still, not only can they not strike, they are forced to work- without pay or less then negotiated.
I understand that certain positions require employment, payed or not. But Congress is choosing to treat our federal employees as indentured servants, if not slaves.
Stop the bullshit. Can someone at least get their head out of their asses and at least provide a remedial solution? Most unions that can strike have strike pay. Civil servants don't. Their union dues pay for the arbitrators. Can the red cross set up provisions for federal workers in need? What worse way to get attention then the crushing blow of asking for international aid? Can any lawmaker suggest a possible tax deduction for mortgage or rent extensions for our federal employees?
WE have heard so much about the minimum wage strikes from the stranger. Strikers were fired in retaliation for striking. But how many of them were forced to work for free, or risk losing their jobs?
commented on SL Letter of the Day: The Daily Caller
I don't know about conventional wisdom, but I do know that restraining orders are a bitch. For the person I had to have ordered, from my place of work:
#1 Have you ever had sexual relations with this person...
Didn't even know his name until he was summoned. The Judge apologized to me. She informed me that most restraining orders are domestic violence associated. She was still obligated to ask.
#2 One must carry an official, court certified, copy of the restraining order. I paper clipped my license to the bundle. You HAVE TO HAVE IT ON YOU, OR IT DOES NOT COUNT.
#3 A restraining order is public record. While my perp did stalk me at work, he then found out my personal address.
Restraining orders are 100% in the favor of the perp.
Treat it as a basic harassment. If sex isn't the issue, then don't even mention a romantic relationship. It's fucking ridiculous that restraining orders are so high geared for DV relationships, but the burden of proof still hangs heavy on the victim.
Go down to your local precinct. Ask the officer to document the info, and place a call. He will inform the recipienct that all information from this number is being cataloged, including future information. The police officer can provide the case number. Don't due it personally.
commented on A Breakthrough on Iranian Nukes?
Their space program is taking off. If they want it to thrive with approval in the international community, they need to expunge any links to WMD- especially nukes.
The cat be damned, a third world country is entering the space race. The race we have given up on. It may not be coal country, but maybe they can produce some real prime scientists. Persians worshiped the stars. Can we be excited for something positive coming out of Iran?
commented on Crime Is Not Actually Spiking Downtown
I wish they would enforce the no smoking policy up and down third between Pike and Pine, also near the tunnel entrances. Why the fuck should I have to run up to the bus as it pulls up to the zone because there are no smoke free zones IN THE BUS ZONE. I have sat and watched. Very rarely do these smokers ever board the bus. Most of them are loitering.
commented on The NYPD Spy Program That Was too Crazy for the FBI
No one as asked whom actuates the NSA. If they have the best encryption methods, then they have the best hackers. Like most bureaucracies, one person has all the smarts, but the multiple make the decisions.
Snowden was only a contractor. Whom the fuck decided that our national overwhelming surveillance institution was able to contract out high security access to everything?
The biggest the issue that the Snowden fiasco presents to me is the lack of oversight. Not only is the private sector way out of line on Wall Street, but they pervade every capillary of the Military branch.
Haliburton ring a bell?
Maybe our biggest change needs to be the lobbyists in government circles. It is hard enough for the public to show up for elections. Why have we not made them ONLY publicly funded?
Seriously? I fucking contractor has that access?
commented on This Is Not a Tourist Event
Not true about The Havasupai not letting the tourists take pictures. This spring, I took one with a local whom ran the camping permits. He looked so much like my son's Uncle Louis. My son kept just kept staring him. I took a picture of my son and the gentleman. Louis is Cowichan. My son has Didadaht status. Maybe that made the difference. The helicopter is available for non tribal members as well. It is quite pricey, $300 round trip. Tribal members get first rights. You could be waiting 4 hours in Arizona desert heat waiting to fly down. Other wise, it is either a ten mile pack in or mule in. It is well worth it. I advise having the mules pack your stuff in and out. They have some of the most beautiful waterfalls (that you can swim in too!) Visiting them is the best part of the grand canyon.
commented on What Should I Do With This Drone Someone Bought Me?
It depends on what the FAA says about it. I almost got into a shitload of trouble sending off a candy rocket too far up. They don't tolerate that kind of shit in flight paths. At least I finally have a reason to be happy about living directly under the path of the third runway.
This would also be a good time to invest in tanning salons. No more nude tanning out on my deck.
commented on Driver Who Hit Four Pedestrians Blew Nearly Three Times Over Legal Alcohol Limit, Say Prosecutors
@ 5 He would only be a "mass murderer" if he murdered before, regardless of charges or knowledge.
Not only was this person in the offense, but we have failed at changing his behavior.
@6 The correlation is entirely justified. We have to SHOW that we can drive a car to earn a driver license. We aren't required to do this to possess and use a firearm.
Cars are as dangerous as, if not more so, than firearms. One weapon/one driver; can hurt many.
The real question; "When can society be just as accountable for access to mayhem?"
The legal system did right by this accused. he went out of his way to defy every restriction. However it is only one vehicle.
Stockpiling weapons is a very real issue. No person is a well regulated Militia (notice how the M was capitalized.)
No person should be able to stockpile weapons. Guns are your collecting desire? Every car owner has to register with the state they reside in. Even Jay Leno has to register every car he has in his elevator several story garage.
I have one car and one gun.I am registered. My step dad sold it to me. I paid $600 for a 9mm Glock without scope. He had to register it as a sale. He is still upset that he had to pay state sales tax on it (it was part of the deal, it had to be reported.) I still have MY gun. I haven't bought any rounds. I have 13 bullets in my clip. I hope they will never be emptied.
Why did I buy a gun? I travel alone backing. Sometimes I pack with my sons.Why? Bears? ..no the pot dealers
I pack. It doesn't make me feel good. I pack because: i am in situations that it might happen, and has happened.
We have been attacked by a Roosevelt elk directly next to Yellowstone's Roosevelt lodge. We walked away while a bunch of foreign tourists took pictures. I immediately grabbed and directed my children away. She attacked other tourists. A Gun would have not helped at anytime
I have grabbed my four year old and put him on my neck. We flashed up our jackets. The cougar was just licking a salt deposit from the ocean. Yes my firearm was at ready. Didn't make a difference.
Hiking with a friend? Two men brandished assault weapons on our hike. Once took enough.
The two unarmed woman going for a habitual hike through the forest? Having a firearm would have made a difference.
As many as the remote places I have been, only humans make me feel the need to carry a firearm.
You need to show how to use a firearm. You need to make it unavailable to any person that can't register a national gun check.
A Militia is constitutionalism. Private ownership, without resignation, needs to be regulated and well understood. with the constitution.
I carry a fire arm when camping. It is most likely unnecessary in confrontation. Should I register? Yes, I should. Should it take a license permit test to judge my knowledge of a firearm an the ability to use it safely? Yes.
For all you gun nuts and anti gun nuts; you can provide numbers all you want. I will still pack in the middle of god knows where. Do I pack at home? Fucking no. Seriously are you kidding?
Just like drunk drivers, we need to have a conversation about handling our equipment well. If you can't handle it (mental included) you should not be licensed to have it.
Why the fuck do we have a dui while driving, without a dui for shooting?
This discussion has been raging for a long time now. If you expect your child to pass his/her drivers license exam; then you should expect yourself to pass both the knowledge of an educational and handling of a firearm.
If you want to raise issues about that statement, try loading a black powder rifle in less then 2 seconds.
commented on My Ego Is Too Big for Sam Bellomio
Do Tea-party Republicans and Bellomio think that politics can't depend on facts? It can be worse. The name calling was way over the top. It doesn't matter that it was in parentheses. Your ego has blossomed. If you want anybody to take you seriously, don't name call. Even if it is just, it does shut credibility down. This message is important. Make sure that people don't listen to laughter and derision, instead of reason.
commented on Seattle Ranked 10th in Nation for Horrible Commute Times
As a single mother of two teen age boys, I cannot afford to live in Seattle unless I cram us into a two bedroom apt (I did for several years in the jxn). I can ride my bike faster then drive my car at heavy port times. My children don't fit on my handle bars, in fact they are much bigger then me at this point. And yes they have their own bikes and use them. I drive trolleys for Metro. Like many of the Muni drivers. WE can no longer afford to live in the cities we work. It isn't just those trading a mega mansion for a gas loss.