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Oct 28 ourkind commented on Want to Protect Police Officers? Close Gun Sale Loopholes, Group Says.
@Ansel:



You made an error.



"The National Rifle Association, meanwhile, poured almost $200,000 into its opposing initiative last month."



No, the NRA has not funded the opposing initiative (I-591) at all, nor has it even endorsed it. The article you link shows that the NRA has been funding the opposition to this initiative. That may seem like a minor distinction, but I think it is important to not that I-591 is such a terrible initiative that not even the NRA will allow the campaign to put its name on it.
Sep 3 ourkind commented on Catholic School Fires Teacher for Being Pregnant.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ministerial…

Essentially, if the woman from the story did anything related to a religious activity, than she can be fired for a discriminatory reason without recourse. Yay First Amendment?
Aug 26 ourkind commented on Federal Judge Appointed By Ronald Reagan Shreds Indiana's Lawyer During Oral Arguments About Indiana's Gay Marriage Ban.
"Federal Judge Appointed By Ronald Reagan" -- really Dan? Judge Posner is an incredibly well known judge who has probably written on more legal issues than any judge who has ever say on the bench, and you feel the need to refer to him by the fact that Reagan appointed him? The dude is famous enough that you can just call him by his name.
Aug 5 ourkind commented on Lunchtime Quickie: Shut Up, You Big Dummy Devil!.
Is that juggalo Aaron Paul?
Jul 24 ourkind commented on Paul Ryan Has a New Plan to Fine Poor People for Being Poor.
I hate Paul Ryan and I am sure this plan is shit, but sanctions is a vague term. Currently, a family who is on TANF can face sanctions when failing to follow the terms of a personal plan created with the help of a DSHS case manager. The sanctions are a reduction of benefits until the issue is remedied, or complete termination of benefits for repeatedly falling into sanction.

So what I am saying is, I am not sure that this plan is all that different from the status quo.
Jun 12 ourkind commented on What Was Behind Steve Scher's Sudden Departure, After 28 Years, from KUOW?.
KUOW has been disappointing recently. They barely produce any local programming despite reaching their fundraising goals every pledge drive. It chose to combine all three local radio programs and combine them into one garbalyguck thing called "The Record." I think it was obvious that none of the three radio hosts were in love with that idea. Steve Scher, who had his own daily 2 hour show, went to sharing a single 2 hour show with two other hosts.

I don't have strong feelings for Scher, positive or negative, but I think the format change was frustrating for the producers and hosts.

I hope that KUOW starts producing more original content again. I find "The Takeaway" host to be extremely obnoxious and I am annoyed that KUOW is paying for that instead of creating its own morning talk program (like it had for ages).
Jun 11 ourkind commented on International Franchise Association Files Their Lawsuit Against Seattle's $15 Minimum Wage.
@caution&daring:

Can you please elaborate on what the law is here? My understanding is that this is a non-protected class distinction, and thus is subject to a rational basis review under the 14th amendment (i.e., an impossible case for the plaintiffs to win). As far as I know, there is no where in the relevant law where profit distribution or business risk would be relevant to the legal analysis. But please, if you know more about this than us, elaborate.
Mar 13 ourkind commented on Dominic Holden Is Being Promoted to Associate Editor of The Stranger.
Is Hanna an actual Stranger employee now? She's suddenly become one of the more prolific contributors of substantive SLOG posts in the past few days. If not, it would be wise to hire her for reals.
Feb 18 ourkind commented on Suddenly, Masmari Has a New Private Lawyer.
We do not need updates on every step of the proceedings. Are you going to write updates for every motion that is filed? This man has not yet been convicted, and a jury has not even been selected as of yet. I say give it a rest until there is actual news to report. Until then, this dude is just another person charged with a crime, and he does not deserve to be tried in the media before he gets his day in court.
Feb 10 ourkind commented on Starbucks Is Dumb in Los Angeles.
It isn't legal. It is maybe legal. Fair use, which the parody exception falls under, is more of a defense against copyright/TM violation. You cannot simply declare something to be fair use and know that it is legal. Given the way this has been executed, as well as the cafe's FAQ, I find it hard to believe that a fair use defense would be successful when (not if) Starbucks sues them for violating its IP rights.
 

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