Apr 21 cracked commented on Hot Money and Seattle’s Growing Housing Crisis: Part One.
Upzoning and fake "affordable housing" required in developments are just feeding these rising prices. I'm baffled that anyone thinks giving developers a freer hand will somehow lower rents and the cost of homes. Taking one two bdrm bungalow out in exchange for 3 townhomes isn't supporting lower housing costs.
Apr 18 cracked commented on Ed Murray's Accuser Wants a New Judge for the Trial.
@9 Well stated.
Apr 18 cracked commented on Excerpt: We Sent Ijeoma Oluo to Spokane to Meet Rachel Dolezal.
I have from the beginning thought it was a big political mistake, and a unscientific mistake, to go after Dolezal so hard. It's basically arguing for and defending the concept of race that includes the defining characteristics of quadroon, octoroon, hexadecaroon, etc. But I've seen few people in agreement with this view, so maybe I'm missing something...

Apr 6 cracked commented on Seattle Times: Kent Man Files Lawsuit Accusing Mayor Ed Murray of Raping Him as a Teenager.
@47 These days I'm pretty sheltered. I have a feeling the street dynamics and general societal milieu has changed a lot since the 70s, 80s, and early 90s, so the events described could seem wildly implausible if 3 people said it happened in 2014.

Again, apartment description and phone number? I could get that information for Murray with a little effort. (Honestly there is a good chance it would take more work to find my OWN phone number from 1985 than Murray's!) Physical description? Give me several $1000 to spend and I could probably get that too. But that just gets us to listen to the rest of the story and all the little stuff...
Apr 6 cracked commented on Seattle Times: Kent Man Files Lawsuit Accusing Mayor Ed Murray of Raping Him as a Teenager.
@3 I think they are saying the statute of limitations doesn't end for child abuse, in this case <16.

Very tough to win one like this at trial, but if the story holds and it gets past first motions, I'll bet he settles. The cross examination necessary for winning would do as much damage as settling. After all, does anyone think Murray is a guy with mafia connections like Trump that he'll be able to just up and make the person "change his mind" about pursuing the suit when it already has a trial date?

Saddly, these stories of taking advantage of down and out or druggie teens sound perfectly plausible, even if untrue. The general dynamic is as old as the hills. Ask Dan ( or have Dan ask me!). Sometimes a sincere older gay dude genuinely helping a teen on the street or the road thinks about crossing the line, and occasionally they do cross the line or try to cross the line - sometimes with a grey area as to manipulation, but other times with clear manipulation of the vulnerability that gave them access in the first place. As to low payment, if the John wants to pay the going rate, he can hire an adult prostitute. Plus, as seen in 2008, who is going to believe a socially marginal accuser with a criminal past. And, if any of this is true, there is a good chance the person taking advantage of the messed up teen tells himself he is helping...

As to them being hired by opposition politicians, etc. I don't know, unless the Times is in on the fraud, that Simpson didn't sound like a faker who's been waiting on retainer for the last 9 years.

BUT, as to moles on the privates or whatever, once one of the earlier guys described it, a big bucks backer of a fake legal attack conspiracy probably could have gotten access to the details those two guys described in 2007 or 2008, including the description of his apartment. Plus, it wouldn't surprise me if some political opposition group or anti-gay people stashed away as much detail as they could from the time of those allegations.

@23 Here's a first, Raindrop. I'm feeling like you described. "Regardless, sad from all angles." Plus, if there's an upside as to the next mayor, it won't remotely offset the general downside.

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Apr 6 cracked commented on Mumps Outbreak Continues in Washington State.
Yes, vaccinate your damn kids!

(I did. Complete no brainer. Public health is the foundation for a physically and mentally healthy community and civilization as we hope it to be )
Apr 4 cracked commented on Central District Activist Tells Jewish Uncle Ike's Owner to "Go Back to Germany" So Nazis Can "Get" Him Again.
@55 I don't want to excuse abuse by security staff. But in the interest of understanding why a pot shot would go for genuine "bad ass" (trained guard attack dog) security personnel, it is worth remembering that the chances of a serious potentially violent armed robbery are way way higher at a pot shop than any other retail establishment because the federal constraints on pot shops' ability to use banks forces them to hold on to a lot more cash than any other business would, and serious criminals know this. The owner didn't hire that type of security to deal with in-your-face-but-peaceful protesters, so not much surprise that there would be an overkill mismatch.
Apr 4 cracked commented on Central District Activist Tells Jewish Uncle Ike's Owner to "Go Back to Germany" So Nazis Can "Get" Him Again.
Jews were the staunchest allies of the Civil Rights movement, and relationships were pretty good well into the 60s. Then conflict in opinion over local and international events and the undercurrent of anti-semetism always lurking in the White Man's Christianity made things look different to some people.

There is so much history to be understood, but the people of the United States are staunchly ahistorical, and it often makes us stupid, politically ineffective, and vulnerable to manipulation. But the history is pretty interesting in its own right anyway.

“No part of said property hereby conveyed shall ever be used or occupied by any Hebrew [Jew] or by any person of the Ethiopian [African], Malay[Filipino] or any Asiatic Race…excepting only employees in the domestic service on the premises of persons qualified hereunder as occupants and uses and residing on the premises.”

–Racial Restrictive Covenant, Property Deed, Seattle, Washington, Broadmoor Neighborhood, (c. 1928)

The first Sephardic Jews-those who came from Turkey and the Isle of Rhodes and who spoke a unique language called Ladino-landed in Seattle in 1902. Expelled from Spain in 1492, now they fled the Ottoman Empire. The early Sephardim peddled fish and fruit. They joined their Ashkenazi brethren in living in the Yesler Way Cherry Street neighborhood of central Seattle.
http://www.jgsws.org/jewishhistory.php
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Mar 29 cracked commented on One Day at a Time.
@1 Back to the comments section of Das Reich Washington for you, young man.

The evidence presented by photos of the Trump administration and the GOP congressional leadership in action make your comment silly on its face. Grow a pair and stop sniveling. Supposedly, you've gotten what you wanted - and now you want us not to name it?
Mar 29 cracked commented on Seattle Will Sue the Trump Administration After Threat to Pull Funding from Sanctuary Cities.
@3 Very well said. I'm going to copy this for later use.

I've been a pretty committed lefty (in the old sense of the word), but I'm not willing to own the immense collateral damage of human and environmental suffering that comes from sabotaging the Democratic party in all cases. The willingness of the Sawant types to ignore the suffering to come with a Trump win, and their sleazy cowardice in not owning up to their acceptance of that suffering or, in the alternative, willingness to admit error, has undoubtedly set back future efforts at alternative party building at the local level. At this point, I'm a Dem, in a similar way to how nominal Socialist Sanders ran, and was allowed to run, in the Democratic Party primary to become the Democratic Party candidate for the presidency.