Yeah, it's a copy of that.

Oct 2 bgix commented on Republican Who Blocked Revenge-Porn Protections Is Victim of Revenge Porn.
His picture reminds me of those horrifying pictures people like David Letterman used to show "What if they mated" where the wrong eyes and mouth are put on the wrong head. Either that, or applying a babies face to an adult man head.
Aug 6 bgix commented on Confederate Battle Flag T-Shirts for Sale in Winthrop, WA, Because "Heritage".
Ha! A bunch of us in my family go to Winthrop every year (and in a couple weeks). It is charming, and kitsch, and more than a little conservative. And not at all surprising to me that Shotgun Nellies is so clueless. In that part of the world, they might get some "sympathy shopping", but that town is so dependent on tourist dollars from Seattle, that I am hoping it hurts more than it helps.
Jul 17 bgix commented on The Stranger's Endorsements for the August 2015 Primary Election!.
Was very surprised that Bill Bradburd was not even *mentioned* in the discussion of position #9. As the most viable candidate in the race beside Police Guild and Mayor favorite Gonzales, the least you could have done is mention the reasons *why* you don't like him. Unless you fear that those same reasons will cause some to vote in his favor.

I frequently use the SECB cheat-sheet endorsement list as my go-to guide. This election it looks maybe 75% reasonable, which is well below average.
Apr 14 bgix commented on Today's Rightwing Talking Point: Hillary Clinton Is Too "Hideous" To Be Elected President.
I want Cory Booker to be Hillary's running mate. He is young, dynamic, and intelligent. And I think he would excite the base, and in 8+ years be a natural nominee-in-waiting.
Apr 13 bgix commented on Mayor Murray Lobbies Olympia Against Police Body Camera Transparency.
I'm not sure, but this sounds like an attempt to prevent overly permissive disclosure from inadvertently killing the body-cam idea. Didn't I hear somewhere that someone was regularily using the FOIA to request a copy of every single piece of cop-body-cam footage? and that it was onerous enough to make the whole idea of body-cams cost prohibitive?

I don't want body-cam footage to be so freely available that if I get stopped for something mundane, that anyone could request video of the interaction, even if they were not a party to it. If there was any controversy behind the encounter, then that is one thing... but I think there should be limits.... to protect the innocent if for no other reason.
Apr 8 bgix commented on Guest Editorial: Allow Non-Citizens to Vote in Seattle Elections.
I would support a "residence" right to vote over a "legal citizen" right to vote. However, I might also support retaining that provision from the 1850's about "intent to become a citizen".
Mar 30 bgix commented on The Meteoric Rise of Totchos.
My first totchos were at the short lived Greenwood dive bar "Pillagers Pub" probably back in 2009 or so. Certainly not healthy, but they were satisfying.
Mar 19 bgix commented on Judge Expected to Rule Today on Effort to Halt Minimum Wage Rollout for Fast Food Workers.
@mistral -- By your own numbers you damn yourself. The Seattle area is most definitely more affluent, with a higher mean wage than the rest of the state. That is one of the reason why today's minimum wage is not a "livable wage" around here. What should be obvious, however, is that most employers will pay the lowest rate the law or market forces will allow. What is also obvious is that with *any* amount of unemployment above 3% or so, employers have no market forces or incentive compelling them to pay a higher than minimum wage. Any number of prospective employees can "better themselves" by increasing their skills & education, but there will still be the exact same number of minimum wage paid employees, because that is all the employers are willing to pay. In fact if enough people became "highly skilled" the same way, there would be more competition for those "skilled jobs" allowing employers to pay *those* guys less. You should go read "Grapes of Wrath" some time.

Point is, in Seattle, we have a long way to go before we reach 45% of the avg mean. And the misnamed "job creators" are fighting to keep the minimum wage closer to 25%. (at least those who are not outright working to eliminate it all together). The economy is demand driven, not supply driven. People spend money when they have it to spend, not just because stuff is for sale. When more people have money to spend, the "job creators" at McD's will be selling more of their greasy pink slime.
Mar 18 bgix commented on Judge Expected to Rule Today on Effort to Halt Minimum Wage Rollout for Fast Food Workers.
@mistral says: " One thing is certain and both of these economist agree, there is a negative effect on the economy when the min wage rises above 45% of the prevailing avg mean wages levels"

Fine: According to… (Bureau of Labor and Statistics) a year ago the Average Mean wage in *Washington* was $25.04/hr. 45% of that is $11.27/hr. On April 1st, the min wage rises to $11.00. So unless you are going to claim Seattle's Avg mean wage now is lower than the whole state a year ago, then by your own assertion, this is below the threshold of damaging the economy.
Mar 18 bgix commented on Judge Expected to Rule Today on Effort to Halt Minimum Wage Rollout for Fast Food Workers.
@57 -- Actually you just *don't* have to believe the in "depth study of the Seattle Times", because the restaurants mentioned are listed in the articles. But if you claim a restaurant is closing because of the min wage increase, and the restaurants themselves say that you're full of shit, then it doesn't take a rocket scientist to figure out who to believe.

Unless, you know, it's a conspiracy. And they're all in on it.

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