commented on Thanksgivukkah
Thanks, @18, @19, @20 for the info. I called Temple Beth Am. Their gift store closes at 3 today. I did find a few menorahs at Bed Bath & Beyond. Fireworks might be worth checking out.
So basically, I have no excuses not to buy a menorah this afternoon.
commented on Thanksgivukkah
Forgive me for hijacking this thread* to tap into the wisdom of the crowd, but does anyone know a place in Seattle that's open today where I could buy a menorah? Doesn't have to be pricey; in fact, I'd kinda prefer cheap.
* At least I'm being thematically consistent and hijacking the right thread.
commented on Good-Bye, Seattle
Shame to see Megan go, but I think it's only right that she do her part to make Nashville an even more awesome place than it apparently already is.
I also think it's only fitting that Megan move to Nashville, considering the striking similarities between her and another Nashville resident, Carrie Underwood, and I'm not talking anything musical. Consider...
Megan Seling: Nashville Predators fan. Carrie Underwood: Married to a Nashville Predator.
Megan Seling: Vegan. Carrie Underwood: Vegan.
Ah, the information I somehow store in my brain.
commented on Poll Shows Voters Dissatisfied with Our City Council But Unwilling to Pass Measures That Would Give Council Members Healthy Competition
Just because we're dissatisfied with the job our city council is doing doesn't mean we'll be satisfied with a city council composed differently. Switching to city council districts is a choice, not a referendum.
Now, are at-large council seats the ideal form of representation? No. But that doesn't mean you replace it with something worse. I like it that our councilmembers have to represent the city as a whole. On the big issues, what's good for the city as a whole is good for all parts of the city. A rising tide lifts all boats. Do we want pseudo-neighborhood activists pitting their districts against the rest of the city? And I say "pseudo" because it's not like districts will be immune from outside influences. Just as much money as always, but refracting through the prism of ever-more-parochial politics. Oh, joy!
There was a ballot measure just like this that was shot down several years ago, and I do believe it was progressives who rallied against it. And isn't this one of those proposals that rear their ugly head every so many years, like a cicada swarm?
P.S. Cienna: "What about districts, you ask? It fairs better in the poll." The word is fares, not fairs.
commented on Why Inhabitat Is Bad
Gosh, I've heard of Inhabitat, but then I go to the web site and it doesn't register. So, even though I share Charles Mudede's general contempt for "airy utopias," I'm a bit reluctant to condemn this organization until...
Oh, wait, I just went to their TRANSPORTATION tab, and under "GREEN TRANSPORTATION," it's all cars, all the time. Electric cars, diesel cars, methane-fueled cars, Google cars, even hydrogen-powered cars. OK, eventually if I scrolled down far enough to find something about a bicycle. Trains? Light rail? Subways? Who needs mass transit when everybody can just drive everywhere, and we can spend unlimited, ever-expanding portions of our income on increasingly sophisticated motorized vehicles? Why bother trying to wean ourselves off a transportation system that took hold when people assumed there were unlimited supplies of oil?
In fact, the surest indication to me that these folks are anything but friends of green transportation is that the only "rail" technology I could find any mention of is Elon Musk's hyperloop, which is nothing more than a Trojan horse to try to break the momentum for California high-speed rail.
So enough reserving judgment. Inhabitat, rot in hell, you bastards. (And it's not like I think electric cars, in and of themselves, are a bad thing. I'd love to own a Leaf someday.)
commented on Now Closed
Shame about Carmelita. Clearly, the place was a success. Clearly, it had a great run. I just wish places like that could become the sorts of institutions that go on indefinitely.
commented on Establishment Dems Hate Mike McGinn Because He Isn't an Establishment Democratic
MrBaker @17: Let's just pretend for Goldy's sake that it's just the party establishment that thinks McGinn is an ineffectual leader, leadership hampered by the fact that he is an asshole.
For those of us whose lives don't involve politics and who only hear secondhand about the purported effectiveness of our elected officials, who the heck is there we can trust with a vantage point to make a judgment about "leadership"? And should we really even care?
In politics, when you hear a candidate getting hammered by their opponents over effectiveness and leadership, I can guarantee to you that the root of the opponents' opposition is almost never about effectiveness and leadership. They're just smokescreens for the real reasons for their opposition.
My sense is that Goldy's right, and a lot of the opposition to him is about the insiders protecting their turf. And some of the opposition is also about real issues. It's a shame we're being distracted from a real discussion of issues by all this leadership crap; it's a shame the smokescreen is working.
commented on WNBA Players Kiss, Are Called for Fouls
Diana Taurasi is the consummate provocateur/primadonna/petulant child on the court. It's part of what makes her so entertaining and exasperating. She's like a colorful villain in professional wrestling. And she always seems to be testing the limits of the referees' and opponents' tolerance. She can get away with it because she's so talented and productive. And actually her game is not so selfish. She was second in the league in assists this year.
When this happened, Taurasi's team, the Mercury, were losing by 20+ points; she was frustrated; and I think she wanted to test Augustus, who best I can tell is about as laidback a player as you can find. I like seattlestew's characterization @6, "a perceived taunt." And how about, "an intended taunt" too?
DOUG. @2, kudos on the Magic-Isaiah reference.