commented on A Very Star Trek Christmas
Shatner, Takei, Nimoy & Nichols are still very visible and embrace their role in the Trek universe. That's a huge reason while the original series remains popular.
commented on Michael Medved Starts Silly Rumor About Gary Locke Running for President
Of course Gary Locke is going to run for President. Think of all the landmark achievements from his time as Governor:
- Fixed our regressive tax structure to not be dependent on consumer spending in boom times.
- Stood up to Boeing and other Big Biz when they demanded tax breaks.
- Fully funded primary & secondary education for generations to come.
- Wore well-fitting suits to campaign stops and delivered moving speeches that fired up progressives young & old.
Oh, wait. He did none of that. He was a completely forgettable middling party hack technocrat.
commented on The Sunday Morning News
@30 That's because most US politicians find it profitable to act like they never graduated from Sunday School.
commented on It Is Not Time to Re-Evaluate George W. Bush
I'm more infuriated with the way we've collectively forgotten about the 8 months of Dubya's administration before 9/11. Right away, Cheney declared that they were going to walk away from SALT II and resume nuclear testing, because "this administration isn't bound by the agreements made by other administrations". They installed our former top general as their top diplomat. (In every other country in any other era, this is serious sabre-rattling.) When China captured one of our spy planes, we had no one at Foggy Bottom to negotiate their release, so we had to send Bill Richardson.
The signs of gross incompetence were clear long before they became tragic deficits that have somehow been twisted into a false story of strong leadership. These idiots (Cheney & Rummy, primarily) had no clue what they were doing at any point, other than their traditional practice of influence peddling.
commented on Sawant Just Says It: Boeing Workers Should Take Over the Factories
In case we've all forgotten, the Boeing Assembly Plant in Everett is one of the largest buildings ever built. The amount of infrastructure invested in that plant is staggering, and well into the billions to reproduce. There isn't a realistic financial model that makes abandoning that for a new, far more expensive facility in a hurricane prone state a viable alternative. Moving executives to Chicago is one thing, moving an enormous amount of physical plant is an entirely different matter.
commented on You Can't Smoke It in Public
Sounds like it's time to resurrect an idea a few stoner friends came up with around the time of the first HempFests: the Stone Dome.
One of those rigid tent structures like they used to have in the Kingdome parking lot (aka SlugDome), with a ventilation system pumping herb vapor into the air. No need for anyone to actually light up, so little fire hazard, and everyone gets nicely toasted.