Jan 21 PCM commented on Why Neoliberalism Died Today and Why Seattle Might be the Future of the Left.
@ 14 (lark2):

After reading this morning about Russia acquiring military bases in Syria on the Mediterranean Sea, I too thought the US is losing its military hegemony as well.
I'm no expert, but according to what I've read, (1) Russia has had military bases in Syria for quite some time, and (2) they are Russia's only foreign military bases outside of the former USSR. Compare that to the US, which has somewhere on the order of 700 foreign military bases and which spends around ten times as much on defense as Russia does.

The reason I reference 1914, is because that was the beginning of the end of the British Empire, the world's superpower at the time. From then on until 1945, it was in major decline with the US eclipsing it.
Really? I was aware that that the US began eclipsing Britain economically at around that time, but the British Empire didn't fall apart until after World War II. For all his public friendliness with Churchill, FDR loathed (envied?) British imperialism, and I suspect that he deliberately engineered American support of Britain during the early years of the war with a view to bleeding them dry (but not quite dry enough to capitulate) and forcing them to dismantle the Empire when the war was over. The US would then supplant British political imperialism with American economic and military imperialism. And as it turns out, that's exactly what happened.
Oct 1, 2016 PCM commented on Clark County Will Pay $250,000 for Trashing Homeless People's Belongings in Sweeps.
Good article, Heidi. A sidebar on rent trends in the Portland and Vancouver areas would have been welcome, though. As for the comments, they seem to be a fair reflection of what the Stranger's readership and Seattle's population at large are becoming. Tens of thousands of carpet-bagging tech yuppies bid rents up sky-high, little people become homeless, and the tech yuppies piss on them for being homeless.
Sep 30, 2016 PCM commented on How the Seattle Police Secretly—and Illegally—Purchased a Tool for Tracking Your Social Media Posts.
Boy, is it ever nice to have a political reporter worth his salt in Seattle.
Sep 9, 2016 PCM commented on Even With City Help, 23rd Avenue Businesses Still Struggling Amidst Construction.
It's mindboggling to me that the City could take so long to replace a water main and widen the sidewalks along ... what, a mile, mile-and-a-half stretch? Is the project overseen by the same people that are building the Brooklyn Street light-rail station at a snail's pace? Are there Roman sewers and medieval catacombs that they have to carefully maneuver around? Shit, the French would have finished this project by now.

By the way, who'd like to join a petition to have the City tear up the road for a half mile on either side in front of wherever James hushmoney (@1) lives and works for, say, two or three years, so we can listen to him blaming others for his own failures?
Sep 9, 2016 PCM commented on Crude Anti-Obama Stickers Seen on Lockers During Tour of Police North Precinct.
Those are crude stickers. If I were a Seattle cop, I would have had one up a couple of weeks after the 2008 election, when the direction Obama was taking was already becoming clear -- well, months earlier than that, actually, to people who followed the money, and possibly years earlier to people who had actually studied the man closely -- and it would have read, "CAUTION: THIS PRESIDENT MAKES WIDE RIGHT TURNS." (Credit to Black Agenda Report. Sorry, I can't find the link; I guess the graphic wasn't tagged.) But I have a hunch my politics are a little different from those of the good ol' boys in question, and thus, our taste in stickers.
Aug 28, 2016 PCM commented on Private Investigator Gets $65,000 Contract from City to Hunt for Police Whistleblower.
Well, if Ansel and the people he's worked with on police-union stories suffer any honey traps, black-bag jobs, wiretaps, computer penetrations, or assorted other dirty tricks, we'll know who commissioned them and who carried them out.

For what it's worth, Ed Murray hasn't gotten my vote since he voted to give Microsoft amnesty on over a billion dollars in evaded state software-license-royalty taxes and penalties at the height of the state budget crisis, back in 2010. (Ditto for Jamie Pedersen and Frank Chopp.) As for what he's done since becoming mayor, if you like it, I guess you must be a Seattle property owner who never has to drive or take the bus anywhere.
Jul 27, 2016 PCM commented on It Has Come to My Attention That Some People Still Haven't Watched Bill Clinton's Speech Last Night at the DNC.
I was up at Oxford with Bill Clinton, and he reminds me of no one so much as Rick Pym, the protagonist's con-man father in John le Carré's A Perfect Spy. You need to soap up the electorate for a really close shave, Bill Clinton's your man.
Jul 27, 2016 PCM commented on New, Groundbreaking Study Reveals That Seattle Is the Most Hipster U.S. City of All.
@ 6 (Idiot Sawant): OMG! A Baby Hermes! I used to have one of those -- you know, way before it was hip.
Jul 27, 2016 PCM commented on Police Investigating Racial Threat to West Seattle Family.
It seems much more likely to me that this was a false-flag operation by a Hillary operative or supporter. (On the other hand, if the billionaires that run the country have given the Trump campaign marching orders to lose -- Wall Street and most billionaires and megacorps are backing Hillary -- I suppose it could be a double-false-flag operation, a deliberately self-inflicted wound, their part.) Having flipped both middle fingers to every progressive in the country, and having been walked out on by a full 40% of Bernie delegates after her coronation by acclamation, Hillary's only chance of winning the general is to portray Trump and his supporters as racist, neo-fascist monsters. Don't get me wrong -- Trump is an ignorant, narcissistic, bigoted, bloviating jackass with no political history. But Hillary's established political record and financial conflicts of interest are horrifying to anyone concerned with actual racial and economic justice, which is the reason so many former Bernie supporters despise her and the reason she is losing to Trump in the polls. (This is the candidate your billionaire-friendly superdelegates chose to represent you, obedient Democratic rank and file.) So, making out Trump and his supporters to be the re-incarnation of the Ku Klux Klan and the Third Reich is pretty much Hillary's only option. I'm sure she'll get lots of very effective help in this endeavor from the media -- both mainstream and "alternative." Just look at how they're helping re-ignite the Cold War against Russia, in the absence of any evidence of aggression on Russia's part. I wonder what other Trump false-flags we might have in store for us in the months to come.

As for the threat itself -- despicable, of course. I'm interesting in seeing how hard the SPD investigates it.
Jul 25, 2016 PCM commented on Kshama Sawant Shows Up at the DNC to Tell Bernie Sanders Supporters to Vote for Jill Stein.
One might expect Hillarybots to be nicer to the 45% of Democrats who voted for Bernie. Hillary is losing in the polls and the Rahm Emanuel approach to party unity -- calling us "fucking retards" -- isn't going to soften our progressive hearts.

As for me personally, don't even bother trying. There are no circumstances under which I would help give that self-enriching, neoliberal, Wall Street/Big Health/MIC/billionaire/corporation-servicing, warmongering neocon shyster a mandate. (Newsflash: Margaret Thatcher, Elizabeth Báthory, Isabella I of Castille? Women too! Also: Clarence Thomas, Bokassa, Mobutu, Papa Doc? Black men!) The only way the Dems are getting my vote is if the superdelegates flip and nominate the more viable candidate, Bernie ... and if he doesn't move one inch to the right. Otherwise, I'm voting for Jill Stein (who is not an anti-vaxer, by the way, but who just has issues with using enlisted personnel as guinea pigs for dangerous experimental vaccines without their informed consent). One of the ways you build a viable third party is to vote for their candidates and to accept spoilers as the cost for a few elections. And if the top two parties make no move to eliminate the spoiler effect by replacing first-past-the-post elections with something more representative, well ... one might see that as further confirmation that they are united in representing the beneficiaries of the status quo -- corporations and billionaires. So please, go ahead and call me a "fucking retard." Your logic and charm are lost on me.