commented on The 50 State Solution
It's very likely that the court fails to get the merits on either case, and instead decides them based on standing. Many legal scholars believe that the court will simply refuse to use these cases to declare a country wide right to same-sex marriage. More likely, the very narrow 9th Circuit ruling is upheld, which applies only to CA, and the section of DOMA is given a rational basis review and is overturned, which does not create a marriage right but allows same sex married couples to be recognized by the federal government.
commented on Lawmakers from Rural Counties Should Quit Their Whining About the Viaduct Tunnel Before We Demand Our Money Back
@17: Governor Gregoire chose the tunnel option for us. Seattle voted against the tunnel. That was not our choice to spend the money on a tunnel that doesn't even serve downtown Seattle. As to the arena, the plan should end up costing the city nothing in the long run, and should even bring revenue to the city. I love how you so quickly dismiss plans for mass-transit as doing nothing to ease congestion despite failing to support such an assertion with anything other that your statement. Our city is aching for more transit, and that's what we are doing. It is not wasteful at all.
You know what abortively will not help improve our schools? Withholding funding.
commented on In the Wake of Harassment, Rape Video Star Is Sorry About Misogynist Comments
"I hope this video is brought up on every date and every job interview Nodianos is fortunate enough to land in his life. He should be held accountable again and again and again for the cruel, dehumanizing remarks he made again and again and again on tape."
I totally get where you are coming from Cienna, but I do not think that we should punish people for the rest of their lives for being moronic teenagers. He is a disgusting 18 year old, but he is only 18. I'd hate to have every stupid thing I did or said when I was 18 rubbed in my face today.
I also feel the attitude of forcing people to eat their mistakes for the rest of their lives is a very concervative position. Take, for example, the conservative position on poverty. Their position is that one should 1) finish high schools; 2) not get pregnant out of wedlock; and 3) not get married until finished with school. They believe that if one does this, they will not be poor. But if they violated any of these tenants, and are now poor, it is their own damn fault and they do not deserve any sympathy or public assistance. Nevermind that the mistake of not finishing school happened at the ripe old age of 16, it is still a mistake that you deserve to be punished for in perpetuity.
That is fucked up.
So what I am saying is that we should be punishing this 18 year old fuck now, but not in perpetuity, and wishing a life of suffering for the comments he made when he was 18 is wrong.