commented on Confederate Battle Flag T-Shirts for Sale in Winthrop, WA, Because "Heritage"
@2 That store proudly displays at its front door merchandise that honors a slave-owning, Jim Crow, racist heritage. A black man comes in with a video camera and comments on it...he doesn't tear the shirts off the rack, he doesn't throw punches, he simply makes a statement. Someone crossed a line, and it wasn't the guy with the camera.
commented on Making the Ballard Bridge Safe for Cyclists: One of Us Has to Die or All of Us Have to Act
It would be nice to resurrect Critical Mass. The Ballard Bridge is only one of many unsafe hot spots. Try Denny during rush hour, or ever.
I ride a bike, I walk, I take the bus, and I drive. Depends on where I need to get and how quickly. And I'm not going to complain about the horror of Seattle traffic when I do get behind the wheel, because I become part of the gridlock problem when I surround myself in my own little fossil-fuel-burning cocoon.
Seattle is a dense city with a growing population, and setting the default transportation bias to "car" seems silly. Yes, cars are important and necessary sometimes, but if more of us got our asses out of our private vehicles and onto buses or on bikes or on foot, congestion might be substantially reduced. Someone came up with the concept of "meatless Mondays." What if we did the same thing to reduce or use of automobiles. Everyone picks one weekday per week to NOT drive. My math skills may be rusty, but wouldn't that result in a 20% reduction in automobile traffic per day on average?
Furthermore, we need to use our existing streets and roads better to move people...not cars. It's about mobility. Step one: eliminate street parking. Why should temporary storage of private vehicles be a higher priority than bus lanes or bicycle routes?
Dec 18, 2014
commented on To a Porn-Watching Dad, About Your Smut-Shaming Daughter
I want to let you know first of all that I love you and forgive you for what this has done in my life. I also wanted to let you know exactly what your belief in an all-knowing, all-powerful "sky daddy" has done to my life. You may think that this effects only you. But your devout Theism has had a profound impact on me and all of my siblings as well.