commented on Don't Watch this Video of Well Regulated Militia Being Shot to Death by the Police
For those who believe this was a suicide by cop, do you think Mr. Gilkerson ran the stop sign on purpose in order to get pulled over? Was it all planned and that's why he had the rifle in the car with him?
Oh, and Mr. Gilkerson didn't miss. The officers were hit. I think they had the good sense to seek cover behind their car doors while Mr. Gilkerson was a damn fool standing up without cover.
commented on Sound Check
Ah! Much better.
Here's what I don't understand. The actual public schools don't have to do that seismic retrofitting and install sprinklers unless they do a major renovation or if they leave the building un-occupied for a couple years and then want to re-open it.
Is this because they are having to get the building permits that they should gotten back when they partitioned the space? And, now, with the permits comes the required retrofit?
commented on Sound Check
I think Paul F may have forgotten to close his html.
commented on Seattle Teachers Ask Parents to Join Testing Boycott by Opting Kids Out
There are legitimate concerns about our assessment regimen so the Superintendent forms an advisory committee. It looks like he's taking real action and engaging stakeholders but...
He makes decisions before appointing the advisory committee
He makes decisions before the advisory committee has had a chance to do their work
The advisory committee's report will come too late to impact decisions for this year
The superintendent stacked the committee with people who support the status quo
This isn't authentic action at all, is it? It isn't real engagement either.
commented on Dueling Gold Star Comments of the Day
One side believes that Seattle offers more value to the league as the host city for a team and therefore will get an expansion team.
The other side believes that Seattle offers more value to the league as an example to keep other cities and teams in line.
Seattle will get a team as soon as our value as a host city exceeds our value as an example.
Think of this: if we had taken the Kings, could Sacramento have gotten a team in expansion? I don't think so. Why should the league lose a market that they couldn't restore? If we had gone after a team in a bigger city we might have had a better chance at success.
commented on Syria Has Probably Used Chemical Weapons
What did the White House SAY that they would do about it?
I believe they said that they would provide military support to the rebels if that happened.
The White House should do what they said they would do.
commented on City Launches Campaign to "Make Seattle Happy"
While I suppose that it could be argued that we, as a society, should consciously strive towards human happiness as a goal, I don't see this as part of the proper role of the government.
I would be satisfied if the government restricted itself to protecting my rights and providing public resources. Generally speaking, if it is something that people can do for themselves, then the government shouldn't be doing it. We each have the responsibility to seek happiness for ourselves and we should each find our own way.
commented on When Publishers Collapse, Authors Pay the Price
I don't understand how Skyhorse can unilaterally re-write the contract. If they bought the contract from Night Shade, then didn't they buy it with all of the terms intact?
Perhaps what they bought was not the contract but the copyright. In that case, the innovation required is for authors to retain the copyright to their work and just sell a license to their publishers.