commented on Guest Editorial: Don't Allow Seattle's Enthusiasm for Light Rail to Be Used as Leverage to Win Highway Expansions
Mike McGinn never met a proposal he didn't want to say no to in favor of spending more time talking. The assumption is that more talking (arguing) necessarily begets a better plan. It's a failed assumption.
Mr. McGinn, what makes you think next session is going to be any more productive than this one? If you had it your way, we'd all sit on our hands all the time waiting for the perfect set of 167 people in our elected legislative and executive offices to magically appear in order to arrive at your vision of a perfect plan. Arguing for (and participating in the creation of) gridlock is not a tenable public policy position.
commented on Capitol Hill Street Drummer Joe Buckets Couldn't Beat the Law
1.) He's not a very good drummer both in terms of skill and in terms of artistry so it's not that enticing to listen to even if you're just passing by. 2.) It's really fucking loud, so for the people who live and work wherever he happens to set up, he's a nuisance. 3.) If he's drumming on the street while people are sleeping, then fuck that guy for being an inconsiderate neighbor. 4.) Don't presume everyone wants to hear your shit... better be damn good if you're gonna foist yourself on the public. 5.) I get it, people are (justifiably) concerned about the gentrification on the Hill, and busking is a great way to help remind folks of the artistic character of the neighborhood, and remind folks that Capitol Hill isn't a goddamn boring-as-fuck suburb (and it isn't, and shouldn't be). But Jesus... I was over it with him, too.
Nov 19, 2014
commented on Council Member Kshama Sawant and Three Others Arrested in SeaTac While Protesting Minimum Wage Lawsuit
There are lots of Socialist Alternative activists (and fairness-minded people of all political stripes) who could be in SeaTac tackling this issue. Kshama Sawant made a decision to run for office in Seattle, and she has been elected by, and she and her staff are paid by (charity contributions be damned) the people of Seattle to work on issues pertaining to our city. Spending the working day showboating for local news cameras at a protest in the suburbs is not what we pay her to do.
Tonight, video will air of her being arrested, and not a single person will change their position on whether or not Alaska Airlines' employees are entitled to a fair minimum wage. But lots of people's position on whether or not Kshama Sawant is really up to the task of governing will be called into question.
Nov 2, 2014
commented on I, Anonymous
@43: Yeah! Build more walls! That's what's missing in the world! We don't do enough tribalistic land-patch claiming and cross-border bickering as it is.
Sorry to sound like such a pinko, everyone. Build a fence if you like... or don't. I don't care. Just let's not all do the same thing because we should all be more the same.