commented on SL Letter of the Day: Can't Live If Living Is Without You
Staying with someone because you're afraid of what will happen to them if you leave does not fix them. It just makes you miserable along with them. I have been in that position, and when I was finally able to GTFO, everyone ended up better off (after a brief period of screaming, crying, and hating me).
commented on My Oral Surgeon Wanted to Talk About U2's Songs of Innocence
Number of people I've talked to who are actually interested in listening to the new U2 album that got unceremoniously plopped onto their iDoodad: 0
Number of people who are spittin' mad about it: a few.
Number of people who are merely mildly annoyed and confused about why Apple thought it would be a good idea: maybe a dozen.
I guess I fall into the last case. Given how much of Apple's energy goes into being perceived as "cool," this is a really strange move. U2 is about as cool and interesting as Sting these days.
Oh well, at least Bono seems to at least try to make a positive impact with his success. I'd probably be content if he'd just rescue orphans or whatever instead of making more aggressively mediocre music, but the way I look at it is that raking in giant piles of money he doesn't need by selling the same shitty music over and over is sort of like his retirement hobby.
commented on Why the Mars Hill Faithful Have Started to Question Mark
While reading these things, I can never decide whether Mark Driscoll is evil or just delusional. Either way, it seems obvious that he fits the definition of "false prophet" perfectly. Here's a guy allegedly teaching the bible, and the bible in his hand explicitly warns you to watch out for people like him. The end had to come eventually.
commented on Will the Pepper-Spraying Westlake Security Guard Be Punished?
I'm really curious what the SPD has to say about why one of their officers would stand there and watch while the security guard handcuffs someone and takes him inside the mall against his will. Is there ever a scenario where that's appropriate? I would think that AT BEST they could detain someone until the cops arrive and then turn him over to them.
commented on Officer Responsible for 80 Percent of Seattle's Pot Tickets Resumes Downtown Patrol
I do think it's a bit disingenuous to blame the disproportionate number of tickets going the poor and people of color on some sort of bias on the cop's part. It's quite possible that this cop's beat just happens to bring him into more contact with the poor and people of color than is representative of the city as a whole. If you bust every single person you catch smoking pot in public and your beat is primarily pioneer square, guess what, you're not gonna be handing out a lot of tickets to rich white folks. And it's kind of shitty reporting to imply that this makes him racist without some sort of evidence. Maybe he should request a reassignment to greenwood so he can satisfy us by busting some white potheads too.