N in Seattle
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Jan 31, 2014 N in Seattle commented on Turn to Slog for All Your Super Bowl XLVIII Coverage!.

Do you mean that to be an insult? How wrong you are.

signed, another Philadelphia ex-pat
Dec 7, 2013 N in Seattle commented on Mandela and Debs.
At the same time, though, at the national level Debs remains by far the most successful socialist in American history.

In 1912, he received just over 900,000 votes (nearly 6% of the popular vote) for President.

His vote total was a bit higher in 1920 (913,693), but that was only 3.4% of the total. That was the first Presidential election in which women could vote, hence the much larger electorate. Oh, did I mention that he campaigned from prison in that election?
Dec 4, 2013 N in Seattle commented on Council Considers Controversial Rules for New Police Chief.
How the hell did that idiotic rule get there in the first place? Was Seattle government still so corrupt in the '70s that they needed to keep anyone who wasn't in on the fix from learning about it?
Dec 4, 2013 N in Seattle commented on SLLLOTD: Tenure Track.
The upshot of this situation might be that Prof A learns that she and Prof B are on the same online-dating website. And vice versa, to their mutual embarrassment.
Dec 2, 2013 N in Seattle commented on Ted Rall's Cartoons Banned from Daily Kos for "Ape-Like" Depiction of President Obama.
Rall has elicited opposition and outrage repeatedly in his dKos cartoons. On multiple topics, not just race.

His reaction has always been heatedly defensive. He has always been one of the ringleaders in turning up the temperature in his comment threads, in turning them into fights (not "pie fights", which are usually based on meta topics).

Until this latest incident, he has always given as much as, or more than, he got. He chose this time to pick up his crayons and leave.

Don't let the door hit you in the ass on the way out, Ted.
Nov 22, 2013 N in Seattle commented on My Dad's Unsolicited Remembrance of the Day JFK Was Shot.
As I've noted elsewhere, I was in the 8th grade in November 1963. In the Eastern Time Zone, we learned of the assassination in the afternoon. I'd just finished an outdoor band practice (we were going to march and play at halftime of the high school football game the next day) when the crackle of the loudspeaker drew our attention.

The hours between that and arriving back home is a complete blank for me, even though it included a half-hour ride on the school bus with dozens of other 7th- and 8th-graders. The TV was on when I got home, and it stayed on right through the funeral on Monday. We saw Oswald's murder as it happened.

I remember a deep silence throughout my house. We were all in shock. In many ways, we're still in shock. The world was wrenched off course 50 years ago in Dallas.
Nov 15, 2013 N in Seattle commented on Compare the NY Times Timothy Egan on Boeing to the Dreadful Editorial in the Seattle Times, and Weep for Our City.
Wait, wait - did anybody read Egan's thing all the way down? $80,000?

I'm pro-union, pro-middle class, pro-fucking-everything - but that is absurd. That's enough money to buy a house in cash every three years. You could buy a porsche every year - and still have $10,000 left over.

So much bullshit in just a few sentences!

Sure, you could buy a Porsche every year, but you'd have to live in it, since $10K won't pay for a mortgage and food and clothing and transportation. Your Porsche wouldn't be able to move, since you couldn't pay for gas.

As for buying a house, where do you find one for $240,000 ($80K * 3) in these parts? And, as above, what will you do for food, clothing, and transportation?

Per capita income in the Seattle-Tacoma metro area is $50,944 (as of 2011). So unless that hypothetical average machinist lives in a household with fewer than 0.57 other people, s/he is actually below the median in terms of household income.
Nov 14, 2013 N in Seattle commented on Congrats, Dow and Shirley!.
Mary is not a homophone for marry, at least for me and my fellow Philadelphia-area natives. And for those from Rhode Island and eastern Massachusetts.

Nor is merry homophonic with either of them. See Map 15 (the series illustrates American dialect patterns).
Nov 14, 2013 N in Seattle commented on Who gives a fuck about an Oxford comma? (I do.).
"x, y and z" is inherently ambiguous IMHO.

I never knew that I use the Oxford comma, but I always do.
Nov 13, 2013 N in Seattle commented on Kshama Sawant Surges to 402 Vote Lead!.

a) Of course the number of newly-counted ballots is decreasing. There are very few ballots arriving at KCE this late, so it's now basically just clean-up of imperfect ballots.

b) How on earth does going from +41 to +402 constitute "lost 10% of her edge in the incomming [sic] ballots"??