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3:42 PM treacle commented on Obama May Re-Militarize Police.
@6 - less lethal. Tear gas, 'blast balls', wooden slugs, rubber bullets, batons, tasers, water cannons... they ALL can kill in the right conditions. They are only less lethal, there is no "non lethal" police weaponry.

@7 - What is the source of your opinion that crime is rising? AKA [citation needed].
Because there are many sources that report & show that crime has been falling for a decade or more.

That which is asserted without evidence, can be dismissed without evidence.
9:40 AM treacle commented on Obama May Re-Militarize Police.
" said Pasco, noting a grenade launcher can also launch tear gas for crowd control."

Also, as in, 'additional purpose'? So they expect to be launching grenades at civilians in the US of A? Lovely.
Jul 21 treacle commented on Bertha Boondoggle: Viaduct Tunnel Needs $60 Million Cash Infusion So It Can Open Three Years Late.
@2 - Seems like if "this is how things work on planned big projects" then they could have planned for this. No? They can't build in an accurate fudge factor when commissioning and deploying the World's Biggest Tunneling Machine? Or did they do that and they fucked it up anyway?

Here's what I want: Seattle citizens to not end up shouldering the extra costs.
Jul 21 treacle commented on PHOTOS: The Streets of Cleveland.
I really really hate it when people use the imperative and tell me to FEAR GOD.
Yes, let's add more fear to the world. That's what we need. That'll motivate correct behaviour. Great idea.

Jul 21 treacle commented on The Stranger's Endorsements for the August 2016 Primary Election!.
I'm down with Tina Podlowdowski, as long as she doesn't do what she did to Lifelong AIDS Alliance when she was ExecDir there in the mid-2000s... which was to spend away the Operating Reserve on loads of new! exciting! programs (with the complicity of a sadly toxic & weak Director of Admin), leaving the agency totally exposed and vulnerable to the 2008 Recession.

Which in turn caused several agonizing rounds of layoffs, two years of furloughs, and terrible working conditions. Lifelong nearly went over the cliff and was on the very brink of closure.
If it hadn't been for a newly activated Board that finally took responsibility, cleaned house (Tina was long gone by that point, of course), and managed to get things turned around, basically at the last minute.

I'd hate for a repeat of that scenario at a State level. Although I doubt the State bean counters would let her spend away such critical things as Operating Reserves.
Jul 20 treacle commented on Will You Stop Being Mean to Log Cabin Republicans? (Spoiler: No, I Will Not.).
@21 - Ahem:
"The shorter form the proof is in the pudding, which dates back to the 1920s and came into common use in the United States in the 1950s, is becoming increasingly common.[6][7]"
Jul 20 treacle commented on Will You Stop Being Mean to Log Cabin Republicans? (Spoiler: No, I Will Not.).
@21 - No, you may not "bitch slap" me, you sexist piddle. Everyone is entitled to mangle a proverb now and then. And yes, you really do want to come to my parties, they are excellent, libidinous, and very very naughty. And we do have alcoholic pudding now and again.

Jul 20 treacle commented on Republicans Officially Nominate Donald Trump for President.
@2 - You mean, The Sad Clown With The Golden Voice.
That clown is a genius.

This should be the song of Trump's entire campaign. It is, to me.
Jul 20 treacle commented on Dan Savage on Jill Stein: Just No..
Sheesh, with 108 comments, this one is but a drop in the bucket.
But here's my drop, since every drop counts.

I agree that 'third parties' need to work from the grassroots up, and field candidates for City Council, and local races, etc. That's where most of the good stuff happens anyway. Even if you don't vote federally (or write-in NONE OF THE ABOVE consistently), you should definitely vote for local races. Otherwise GTFO.

BUT--- The American political system (especially at the federal level) is geared towards keeping other parties out. So no third party will ever be viable, based on the rules of the game as they are written.

In France, a nation of ~60m people, they have 7 political parties represented in their Sénat & Assemblée Nationale (very equivalent to our Senate and House of Reps). ((And another dozen smaller parties in various municipalities)).

In the USA, a nation of ~330m people, we have 2 political parties represented in our Senate and House of Representatives.. Two.

It's a crock of shit. We could easily have 7-10 parties if "we" (ahem "They") wanted to.

So yammer on all you want about how third parties need to start at the grassroots if they ever want to grow up to be president some day, sure. But after 250+ years of nationhood and only two (2!) parties dominating all politics, it should be a teensy bit obvious that the rules are rigged to keep it that way.

Fix the rules.
Jul 19 treacle commented on Will You Stop Being Mean to Log Cabin Republicans? (Spoiler: No, I Will Not.).
The proof is in the pudding... The GOP has consistently opposed every LGBT advance the wider society has made.

Hitchens' Razor applies here: "What can be asserted without evidence can be dismissed without evidence".
Letter writer Paul R. produces no evidence for his assertions.
Dan, on the other hand, has sufficient and verifiable evidence to support his assertions.