commented on How President Bush Might Keep Us out of War in Syria
Obama knows a dumb war, too bad he doesn't know a dumb threat. It's the "red line" that boxed him in. Those two regrettable words are going to be costly. Although, in reality, all he threatened to do was change his "calculus/equation" if Assad used CW. He never actually threatened military action.
commented on Should Seattle Mandate That Construction Companies Hire Locally?
I think a better idea would be a requirement that contractors state the number of local hires they will commit to along with their bid, and that number should be a factor in determining the winning bid, even if it means paying a reasonable premium for the project.
commented on Undercover Cops Entrap Reluctant Man into Selling Joint for $5
This is racist to the core, and an example of how two University of Washington studies showed that our criminal justice system is plagued by systemic racial bias top to bottom. This type of thing happens almost exclusively to black dudes in the big city, and almost never to white dudes in the suburbs or rural areas. All things equal, blacks are more likely to be engaged (stopped, searched, targeted by undercover operations), more likely to be charged in any given circumstance, if charged, more likely to be tried, if tried, more likely to be convicted, if convicted, more likely to receive a longer sentence. It the substantial cause of racial disparity in our prisons and a disgrace. And it is not unique to Seattle, It happens everywhere.