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Jul 31, 2012 low road commented on Gore Vidal.
Vidal was brilliant and fearless. I remember reading his essay "Pink Triangle and Yellow Star" in my High School library (in Iowa) in the late 70's. It was, as you say, "transformative" for me.

It would be hard to communicate to younger people how weird and repressive attitudes were back then, but suffice to say that his essay was the ONLY intelligent thing about gays I had read to that point. (By the way, "Gay" was a word and concept he was averse to - he always maintained that "gay" and "homosexual;" were adverbs, not nouns).

But his essays (and novels) covered an even more taboo subject in American politics: class.

If you can find it, please watch his 1968 debate with conservative William F Buckley which aired live on national television. When Vidal baits Buckley (calling him a "crypto-Nazi") the normally smooth Buckley proceeds to loose his shit on live TV calling Vidal a "queer' . Truly one of television's golden moments.

Jul 31, 2012 low road commented on Something the Cascade Bicycle Club Left Out of Its Recent "Seattle Is Slipping Behind" Report.
This was flagrantly dishonest, although not exactly surprising.

Cascade Bicycle Club is no different from any other lobbying/special-interest group.
Jul 26, 2012 low road commented on In Efforts to Promote Cycling, "Seattle Is Slipping Behind".
@9 is right. It would make a great deal of sense to make much needed bicycling improvements to Rainier Valley. But don't hold your breath.

The affluent people who make up the Cascade Bicycle Club's leadership (largely from North Seattle) are not going to invest any of their political capital on improvements to South Seattle.

Cascade Bicycle Club is easily the most powerful and pampered Lobbying Group in the City. It didn't get that way by focusing on low income neighborhoods.

Also; the graphic is inaccurate and dishonest.
Jul 25, 2012 low road commented on Is Jay Inslee "Rich"?.
Oh is that what "Josh says".?
Jun 7, 2012 low road commented on Reader's Remorse Over Seattle Times' Misinformation on Liquor Prices.
@7 The tax going away does not "guarantee" anything for consumers.

The idea that a business is going to volutarily reduce a established profit margin is hilariously niave.
Jun 1, 2012 low road commented on So, Did Liquor Prices Go Up?.
Higher prices, smaller selection.

Now let's find something else to privatize.
May 26, 2012 low road joined My Stranger Face
May 26, 2012 low road commented on Memorial Day Weekend: Some Seriously Hippie Shit.
Thanks Unpaid Intern, for our annual reminder that The Stranger finds Folk Life to be officially uncool. And the shtick about hippies and patchouli just gets funnier every year.