commented on Why Did Council Member Sawant Vote No on Our First Female Police Chief?
Her Indian origins notwithstanding, Sawant is, in several respects, the typical American activist; she is drunk on earnestness, is utterly humorless, and is incapable of compromise. She is Upton Sinclair in a female body. She is a bore. Where, say, Charles Dickens, could paint devastating portraits of Victorian-era institutional injustice while remaining beguilingly funny, your American counterpart is so permanently indignant, is such a goddamned fucking tedious tub-thumper, that he eventually but reliably taints any cause he takes in hand.
If you love the left, you should already have begun to sour on this caviling creature. We should insist that it is both possible and desirable to advocate for social justice while being charming.
commented on Looking Good, Seattle
The smiles are radiant and lovely, but denim skirts are appalling. No one should wear them. This frumpy goddamn city has a bum's eye for style.
commented on Jerome Is Awesome
What #1 said. He looks nice because he brought taste with him. But we're right to salute him for beautifying our bus.
commented on Washington Restaurants Already Weathered an 85 Percent Minimum Wage Hike (and Apparently Survived)
This post on this today represents the kind of willingly blinkered thinking that gives the left a bad name and that will eventually discredit Sawant also. Goldy correctly points out that Washington has previously weathered a large minimum wage hike, and that the sky did not fall. What he ignores is that while that hike was state-wide, this one is not, and the difference matters a fucking lot. If I run a house-cleaning business in Seattle, and I can avoid this hike's impact on my competitive position by moving it down the street to Renton, I will do that. As a supporter of a STATEWIDE minimum wage hike to fifteen dollars per hour, I'd like to know why supporters of the Seattle-only hike think it's OK to ignore this consideration.
commented on Dear Private-School Liberal Parents, Please Explain Yourself
Westside forever is right, and rtm, you now know what you have to explain. And I can't wait to hear that explanation. I predict it will be pretty fucking weak.
I am sick to death of self-styled liberal parents who do lip-service to public education and believe their duty to these PUBLIC institutions ends when they vote for a goddamn levy. It doesn't. Get your ass in the institution and help improve it or for the love of God, shut the hell up.