commented on SL Letter of the Day: The Erotic Power of a Troublesome Word
@10 - that is probably the funniest thing I will read on the internet this week.
The problem with the n-word isn't the degradation, as Dan points out. It is that the n-word also evokes the profound shame many white folks have in the history of our (white people) use of that word. I don't know if any other slur carries with it the depth of shame quite like the n-word. Faggot comes close, I guess, but it still isn't the n-word.
I couldn't do it. I mean, I could say it, but I couldn't sell it, and the selling of it is the turn on anyway.
commented on Piecora's Pizza to Close Forever on April 15
Goddamn it. This is one of the last, lingering threads of old Seattle. I had many a first date there, went to quite a few Mia Zapata-related fundraisers there (she worked there, as did Mike McCready), and took both of my brothers there when they turned 21.
Someday, in my Seattle heaven, I'll have a slice at Piecoras, a burger at the 318, and a cold beer at Buckaroo.
commented on Gaydolph Hitler, World's Most Notorious Bi-Phobe, Helps Out a Young Bisexual
I no longer agree with some of my responses
One of the sexiest traits of a person is the capacity to have evolving thoughts and beliefs. I think it is kind of fantastic to have a record of where your thoughts were, where they are now, and the memories of the events in between that shaped them. If your beliefs and perspectives don't evolve, you stagnate. Or a become member of the Tea Party/far right.
I remember, MANY moons ago, a column you wrote about why the gay community should NOT fight for same sex marriage. That it was a co-opting of the traditional hetero community, that the gay community should not strive to be straight, and that the gay community had dynamic social architecture that should be tolerated, protected, and celebrated.
(I am paraphrasing - it was like 12+ years ago)
Anyway, this straight, liberal, white girl took issue with your column then, finding it short-sighted and (forgive me) impotent. And yet, 12+ years later, I still think about it and finally understand the point you were making. I have always been an ardent supporter of same sex marriage, but I think I understand it differently now than I did then, and partly because of your column way back then.
Gah. Anyway, I just believe that evidence of evolution of thought and belief should be celebrated, not shamed.
Dec 19, 2012
commented on The Perfect Meal
And just like that, I am out the door to Tsukushimbo, for the very best sushi in town.
Nov 28, 2012
commented on Imagine the Public Outrage Had Officer Faust Punched a Dog in the Eye
@24 - Actually, no. The single best defense the police department has against a wrongful arrest/excessive force charge is showing that they had reasonable suspicion to believe their suspect had committed a serious, violent crime (here, that would have been a hit and run). Dropping the charges is perhaps the surest way to get sued.
In any event, the police didn't drop the charges. The court dismissed them. At an arraignment - which was essentially a probable cause hearing. The police couldn't drop it, and certainly didn't drop the charges because they couldn't "completely prove" anything. The court - not the cops - dismissed the charges because there was no probable cause to sustain even the arrest - which, by the way? IS A VERY LOW THRESHOLD.