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Feb 1, 2016 justaman commented on Bernie Bros: Same Old Trolls, Brand New Name?.
Dan Savage, you must have missed where the editorial staff at Aunty Beeb has an axe to grind with progressive values of any kind. The BBC like mainstream like US - also shows gross prejudice against Jeremy Corbyn. I grew up listening to the Beeb.

I'd suggest you look at the work of @adamjohnsonNYC to understand the framing. You don't seem to plumb the depths of the issue. You don't have to like Adam or Glenn G to see the issues.

FTR I am not a supporter of any candidate. This quadrennial illusion that one executive is going to singlehandedly bring about the massive systemic change our society needs has to be tempered with the reality of institutional inertia. Start talking about the real issues, not this horserace ad hominem BS.

Sep 4, 2015 justaman commented on Anti-Semitic Remarks at a Black Lives Matter Event Appear to Go Unchallenged.
I don't know which is more perplexing, the conflation of anti-colonialism with anti-Semitism, or the allusion that Marissa must be some kind of racist for asserting that white supremacy kills black people.

Please, Mudhead, if you missed the pictures of dark-skinned Palestinians being firebombed and bulldozed out of their homes, there is an abundance of evidence that the US and Israel both persecute people who share struggle against a common aggressor. If you don't 'believe' that then your beliefs prevent you from seeing it.

The hackneyed canard of antisemitism is the first layer of denial of the existence of the modern colonial state. Explotiation knows no national boundaries.
Feb 3, 2015 justaman commented on Seattle Police Chief Returns Lost Wallet to #BlackLivesMatter Activist.
A 'lost & found' wallet becomes the symbol of the SPD chain of custody:
no one lost it, no one found it, take it or leave it, Baksheesh found the wallet. Case closed.
"one or two nice things does not make a difference in how the community sees SPD."
Aug 12, 2014 justaman commented on Westlake Mall Cop Ignores Agitator, Maces African-American Bystander at Israel Protest.
Shirtless jerk is the red herring that takes away from the real story: Peaceful protesters were beset by an agitator who may or may not have mental problems. He was not contacted by either SPD or Valor Security Despite his confrontational and abusive actions. He was allowed to depart the premises after repeated hostile acts.

Instead one Raymond Wilford, a 25 y/o black male passerby with no investment in the peaceful protest, was placed in a hostile situation by simply trying to pass through the area where the agitator was still being confrontational. Wilford did not touch the guy but somehow was the one who was pepper sprayed and detained. Shirtless jerk was allowed free reign to be as disruptive as he wanted to be in both the public and privately owned parts of Westlake Park.

I saw this from the opposite corner and saw the agitator from up close. As for all you armchair attorneys who think you know the legal definition of sparring or self-defense or non-engagement, you simply are imposing your belief system (BS) on a set of events that might as well have been on a TV cop show. You weren't there. It still doesn't detract from the peaceful protest - but this selective and preferential enforcement of law and abuse of power has becomes the backdrop against which this ongoing protest for peace occurs.

Feb 23, 2014 justaman commented on Never Heard of 'Em.
Another zeitgeist with Aqualung was the series of pictures of homeless men taken by Ian Anderson's wife along the Thames.

'72 London was still awash with a lost generation of men who survived the war. When I first visited in '75 there were still quite a few standing bombed out buildings from WWII...not making that part up...the human toll was horrific. No less so in our time, perhaps, but art imitates life, then and now.

Feb 23, 2014 justaman commented on Never Heard of 'Em.
Methinks p'raps t'would be good to visit songfacts if you didn't live through the early 70's.

I saw it performed several times in the late 70's. Instead of a celebration of depravity, Aqualung was an early call for consciousness of homelessness. As well as a guitar lesson.

Nov 28, 2012 justaman commented on The Stranger Election Control Board’s Endorsements For the November 6, 2012, General Election.
Now that the election has been certified, did anyone notice how the 42nd Judicial turned out? 3,654 write-in votes became larger than the final difference between the two, meaning the incumbent Washington lost by the margin of write-ins. Not that his alternative is any better, it's simply worth noting that with two marginal candidates, the write-in rate was nearly double that of the Governor's race. So much for the County discouraging write-ins.
Oct 18, 2012 justaman commented on The Stranger Election Control Board’s Endorsements For the November 6, 2012, General Election.
as someone who had an experience of being denied basic access to Judge Washington's court and seeing him renege on his word in a way that did not conform to the law, I will never be able to recommend that anyone vote for him. Your mileage may vary on whether the alternative is worse, but in either case, I think he's not qualified because it appears he's an ideologue. That is perhaps why his rulings are overturned with alarming frequency. Whomever you choose, please know that judicial elections should never be considered an afterthought.
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Oct 18, 2012 justaman commented on The Stranger Election Control Board’s Endorsements For the November 6, 2012, General Election.
as someone who was denied due process and basic access to Judge Washington's court, I will never be able to recommend that anyone vote for him. You may think the alternative worse...your mileage may vary, but in either case, judicial choices should never be an afterthought.