Apr 7, 2015
commented on Restaurant Servers Say Eliminating Tips May Hurt Wait Service
I love that we're now having a whole debate about minimum wage that's oriented around what's best for waitstaff at Canlis. Canlis is not a minimum wage type of place with tipping, and if tipping goes away it will still not be. I'm sure the owners understand that. Fortunately, this is a minimum wage and not a wage cap for waitstaff.
The point is from the consumer side it matters little whether there's tipping or prices rise and tipping goes away. We're paying either way.
Mar 11, 2015
commented on I Was the MFA Student Who Made Ryan Boudinot Cry
@15 for the win. Sure, everyone who wants to should be allowed to take recreational writing classes. That should be clearly distinct from professional training.
That 50 year old newly minted ballerina isn't going to be a professional dancer, and no serious conservatory would force their teachers to pretend otherwise. And that is fine! I take dance classes for the joy it brings me, and have for decades. But I'm not a professional dancer, will never be one, don't expect people to pretend otherwise, and don't take out student loans for classes. It's closer to a gym membership than an MFA program.
Jan 23, 2015
commented on Cops Can Choke Black People for Free in New York City
What the what? Why is this surprising? The city is his employer, so the family is suing the employer. This is standard in every city, town, etc., and is not in any way limited to the public sector. Just recently in the news - the family of the comedian who passed away in the accident with Tracy Morgan settled with Walmart, because they were hit by a Walmart delivery driver. They sued Walmart, not the family of the delivery driver himself.
The fact that New York sets aside this money to pay for civil rights violations by the police just shows how justified Garner's family is in suing the city - they need to provide adequate supervision to the police. If New Yorkers don't like this (and as a former New Yorker, I can assure you that most of them don't) they need to elect people who will provide better civilian oversight of the department. I think they've taken a first step in that direction with De Blasio.
Aug 6, 2014
commented on The Children of Mass Transit: Seattle Has Lots of Growing to Do
If you see something, say something.
Frankly, it doesn't look like that bag is really in anyone's way. But, if you wanted to flip that bench down to sit, you should just ask/tell her to move the bag. There's no need to be rude about it - she might be a mass transit rookie. There's also no need to silently stew about it.
Since you're such a big city guy, be a good role model to the rest of us Seattlelite children and quickly and politely address the problem in the moment.
Jul 30, 2014
commented on Why I'm Done With the Democrats: The Blood Is Too Much
Wait till you see the blood that comes from not voting...
We've actually been trying the experiment of having many likely Democratic and other left-leaning voters not vote for quite some time now. Suffice it to say it doesn't seem to be advancing your foreign policy aims.