commented on Duwamish Tribe Vows to Keep Fighting for Recognition, Despite Last Week's Decision
@2 is right. Muckleshoot, Suquamish and Tulalip see Duwamish as an indistinct sub-entity of their tribes and see the split of their tribes as a creation of whites who divided Indians into fishing and farming tribes based on arbitrary reasoning. Establishment of a Duwamish tribe now would muddy tribal fishing rights in Elliott Bay which currently are granted to Muckleshoot and Suquamish. The problem is less racism today than it is how to equitably undo racist divisions created 150 years ago.
Oct 25, 2014
commented on Vote "NO" on Initiative 591, Because It Aims to Keep the Gun Show Loophole Wide Open
Note that the pro-gun arguments are always anti-594 and very seldom pro-591. Even the NRA has refused to endorse I-591. If the anti-594 arguments seem twisted, just wait until you ask a pro-gun advocate to make some pro-591 arguments. The two parts of I-591 are a) national standard for background checks, and b) no gun confiscation w/o due process. Argument "a" is hotly disliked by states' rights people. Argument "b" is recognized as simply being a shiny object to draw votes. On I-591 there's no "there" there, except as a stalking horse to defeat I-594.
Oct 24, 2014
commented on This Is America
Granted, we wouldn't have seen this video without his smartphone camera, but judging by the camera man's size and fitness level, not to mention that of his brother, why did they leave it to the other, chubbier guys to take this fellow down? Basically, they just stood there watching/taping while this whole scary scene took place.
Jan 21, 2014
commented on SL Letter of the Day: The Cool Dad Option
Everyone seems to assume the weight gain of the wife is the result of the pregnancy. The letter doesn't actually say that. It says she's overweight, and recently had a baby. And the signature suggests the wife is almost twice as heavy as when he married her. Let's assume instead that they've been married for years. She gained lots of weight. He impregnated her. She had a baby (and now, granted, weighs even more) and all that weight has become too much for him. That doesn't excuse the two stupid options he gives, but it does make him look slightly less of a jerk.