David Wright
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Dec 11, 2015 David Wright commented on Police Reports Illustrated: The Man Who Mistook a Traffic Stop for a Coke Party.
Even though I am in favor of drug legalization, stories like this give me pause. The more people with self-control and decision-making skills this poor we lock up before they actually hurt someone, the better.
Aug 25, 2015 David Wright commented on That Washington State Law I May Have Broken Might Be Unconstitutional.
"Banning ballot selfies posted to social media doesn't prevent people from taking and texting pictures of their ballots to "employers, union bosses and others"

This is really key. A law banning speech must arise from a compelling state interest, and most courts would agree that the integrity of the voting system qualifies. Must it must also be narrowly tailored to this end, and a ballot selfie ban fails this test miserably, because it bans both too much (innocent, protected political speech) and too little (private transfer of evidence of vote).
Nov 15, 2014 David Wright commented on About That "Save Paseo" Kickstarter....
If Paseo wants bankruptcy protection, they are going to have to give up their recipies. The point of bankruptcy is to ensure an orderly, fair, and maximal compensation of creditors. If the recipies have value and the creditors are still owed money, a judge is not going to take kindly to the notion that they don't have to be sold because they are "family secrets".
Oct 28, 2014 David Wright commented on Seattle Times Furious With FBI Over Allegations That the Agency Impersonated the Newspaper.
I'm generally sympathetic to worries about government overreach (don't get me started about civil forfeiture!), but I'm totally unsympathetic to arguments that the press is some extra-special snowflake that deserves more protection than the rest of us. If you are willing to point to some law or enunciate some moral principal that law enforcement should never engage or trickery or impersonation to catch a criminal, I'm interested to hear it. But if your argument is just that the press deserves some peculiar special deference, you've lost me.

I'd like to add that the courts have generally agreed with me, viewing freedom of the press as just a corollary of the freedom of public speech we all enjoy rather than a set of extra rights that people who call themselves reporters get to claim. For example, reporters often try to argue that they should not be compelled to testify about their sources in the same way that others can be compelled to testify to whatever they know that is relevant to a court case. Courts have nearly uniformly rejected this as a constitutional principal.
Aug 25, 2014 David Wright commented on Hillary Clinton Ignores Questions About Ferguson.
Fnarf @2 is certainly correct in terms of Clinton campaign strategy. The best way for Clinton to maximize her chances in a general election is not be seen as a tool of the Democrats' minority interest groups.

Fnarf @22 displays some very interesting priorities. Apparently being obstructive is not a sign of government dysfunction but is in fact highly desirable desirable as long as the people being obstructed are the other team. And apparently raining down war and destruction on some random foreigners is a reasonable price to pay as long as it gets Americans some sort of very expensive, sort-of universal, kind-of government sponsored/subsidized/controlled health care system. Doesn't sound very progressive, but there you are.
Aug 25, 2014 David Wright commented on Chris Christie Has "Cost New Jersey Taxpayers Billions" in Privatized Pension Scam.
Hiring a private firm to manage pension obligations is not privatization in any sense related to what libertarians have proposed for social security. The social security proposal is to give everyone individual accounts which they can choose to be managed in a variety of ways by a variety of competing management firms. Such system has been successfully implemented in several countries. Hiring a private investment firm to manage a fund over which the pensioner has no direct control is what firms like Boeing that still offer defined-benefit pensions do; I thought unions and their leftist allies were keen to preserve and extend this practice.
Aug 19, 2014 David Wright commented on Want to Help Ferguson? Get Behind Reparations.
Coates seems to find it unbelievable that Brown attacked the officer and tried to take his gun. I don't claim to know whether he did or not, but Slog readers here in Seattle recently saw video of police shooting victim who tried to do exactly that. If I remember correctly, Ansel was all keen to play up that incident as part of his cops-abuse-brown-people narrative until the video made it hard for him.
Aug 19, 2014 David Wright commented on Officer Responsible for 80 Percent of Seattle's Pot Tickets Resumes Downtown Patrol.
@16: The snide comments on citations are definitely unprofessional, you'll get no argument from me there.

The warning issue is, I think, being misrepresented. The legalization law, which bans public consumption, is a state law and has no such clause. There is an old city law making pot enforcement the lowest priority, and I believe the warning clause being quoted is from that. But that law was about enforcement of the total ban. It's pretty gutsy of pot supporters to first argue that we should loosen enforcement of the ban, then when they get the ban lifted, argue that we have to loosen the enforcement of the regularity framework that we put in place in order to lift the ban.
Aug 19, 2014 David Wright commented on Officer Responsible for 80 Percent of Seattle's Pot Tickets Resumes Downtown Patrol.
@7: The legal system he is sworn to uphold bans public consumption of marajuana. It appears to be the city attorney who is confused about the law.

I have never seen any indication that the people who got tickets from this guy were not, in fact, smoking weed in public. Nor has anyone presented any evidence that the "disproportionate" number of minority offenders were not, in fact, proportionte to the number of minorities commiting the offense on his beat.

Like a good libertarian I voted for stoners' right to put pot into their own bodies But also like a good libertarian I voted for a law written to keep their quite literally obnoxious pot smoke out of mine. Here's hoping this guy continues to enforce that law, and maybe gives some training to the rest of the force so they can start enforcing that law, too,