commented on Gun Nuts Will Make Threats
@13 Leland Yee hates the First Amendment just as much as he hates the Second Amendment. He's better known for his latter-day Frank Wertham act than he is for gun control.
commented on "She is so raped. Her puss is about as dry as the sun right now."
@2 I volunteer to take a turn.
@7 Troll harder, n00b.
@11 If it's one of these shitstains, JOKE ON!
@51 The core problem is that the NFL and NBA are too fucking cheap to set up a decent farm system like MLB and the NHL have. The fact is that this sort of corrupt bullshit does not happen with college baseball and college hockey at anywhere near the level as it does with football and basketball. The reason is simple -- the people who want to play baseball or hockey professionally start doing so immediately out of high school. No passing go, no absurd scholarships or hypocrisy. They just go get an entry level job doing what they want to be doing.
With basketball and football, we've reached the absurd state where colleges and providing the farm system for professional sports. FUCK THAT SHIT.
Dec 12, 2012
commented on I, Anonymous
@28: A car going that slow would take more than an hour to drive from the southern limits of Seattle to the northern limits along city streets. It's village-scale travel, not city-scale travel.
The problem here is cyclists and pedestrians who are so profoundly ignorant of basic physics that they do not understand that they can see a car's headlights at a distance many times larger than the distance at which the driver can see the headlights off of them.
Why should I have to sacrifice hours of my life traveling absurdly slowly in order to enable you to be a moron?
Nov 26, 2012
commented on Here's Hoping Developers Do "Overbuild" Ballard
@11 It takes time for the overbuild-glut-bust cycle to run. We're in the overbuild phase right now, with signs of glut. All those fancy overpriced places are not selling or renting. What that means is that prices will fall, although it may take some developer bankruptcies and foreclosures to make it happen.
Failure to build denser housing than we have now will make affordable housing scarcer in the future, regardless of rent control or other government policy. High prices for housing are the direct and predictable result of insufficient housing relative to the demand for housing. The reason is simple -- those with resources to do so bid up the price. You can throw mud and call me names for pointing that out, but it does not change the underlying patterns of economic behavior related to scarce goods (like housing in Seattle).
Rent control doesn't actually change this -- all it does is render the process opaque and shift the balance to favor resources other than money. In particular, it strongly favors those with the stability to remain in one place for a long time at the (typically ruinous) expense of younger people and new families. The temptation for corruption in such arrangements also becomes intense.
Oct 2, 2012
commented on Angry Ol' Pot Activists Who Wanna Lock Up Pot Smokers Versus Smiling, Mainstream Folks Who Wanna Legalize Pot
@14 Phillip Morris et al can't enter the pot market until the feds legalize, which will likely be a *LONG* time coming. But that's less important than the fact that the incumbent pot growers and sellers already have the know-how, the distribution networks, and the market presence to grow and sell pot at a profit... and the big tobacco companies do not.
In the long term, I think you'll see it segment much the way the beer market has segmented to include both cheap mass-produced crap and more expensive (but much better) small batch products.