Apr 1, 2014
commented on Albuquerque Police Are Out of Control
It's a long running problem here. There's a great feature on it in the Alibi.
Lapel videos aren't always all they've cracked up to be. There are plenty of officers with an uncanny gift for aiming their cameras away from the relevant situation. Which isn't to say you can't get informative (and occasionally entertaining) videos: it's just a fight.
On a marginally related note, I've seen lapel video of a suspect telling APD officers they work for "one of the most corrupt motherfucking police departments in the country."
The APD officer's response: "No, that'd be Seattle."
Feb 19, 2014
commented on Meatcat!
@18: A couple (or couple and a half) things:
1) Steers don't have calves. The procedure which renders them steers renders that impossible.
2) There is a MASSIVE difference between the treatment of animals on factory farms and the sculpting of the already dead and ground carcass into a whimsical shape. That's not apples and oranges; it's apples and non-Newtonian physics.
2a) Callousness and indifference for the life of a farmed animal is letting some poor bovine die just to become McDonald's, not finding a little beauty in death through art.
Feb 2, 2014
commented on Super Bowl Live-Slog and Open Thread!
So, if one's theology includes a God-reveals-His-will-through-sporting-results component, the lesson of the first half was "God loves Him some gay marriage and legal weed," right?
Jan 28, 2014
commented on Returning to the Cage We Once Knew
In the immortal words of Shirley Bennett, "If I was in 70 films over 30 years and I spent each one talking at random volumes, I might accidentally win an Oscar."
Sep 4, 2013
commented on Introducing My New Least Favorite Person in Seattle
@10 Yes, believing that there are worse people in Seattle than a man with probable mental health issues is proof positive that one doesn't read or value learning. That totally tracks.
Clearly what this man allegedly did was bad, but I don't see how he merits more hate than, say, certain figures in SPD or the Archdiocese of Seattle.
Jul 25, 2013
commented on God Bless America
@2: And Christians believe in the God of the Torah. Doesn't make 'em Jewish. There are some pretty significant theological differences between Mormonism and mainstream Christianity that raise the question of whether Mormons are Christians, a new faith that evolved from Christianity, or a cult.
But none of that theological blather goes to the larger point you were making, that religious majorities in the country can and frequently do use their access to state power to oppress religious minorities. And that's a major failure of the promise implicit in the 1st Amendment.