commented on I ♥ E-Mails from the Tea Party Express
If the shoe was on the other foot, Democrats would be taking the same stance - and of course have ("We must elect more and better Democrats").
To think the Tea Party would do otherwise would have been foolish.
commented on Parlez-vous Français?
Ok, I've just read through all the comments and perhaps I can provide a different perspective as someone who lived in France for 13 years and still have family there I regularly visit.
The French will appreciate anyone who makes an effort to speak their language. At the same time, the French, historically poor in foreign languages themselves, have been on an ever increasing trend of learning English to better compete in the EU, so they both speak better English than they used to, and often like practicing it when they can, which is why so many will gladly respond in English to someone they can tell speaks English.
I used to find that frustrating as I tried to practice my French.
Language can define a people, and French is a beautiful language worth learning. You'll want to feel comfortable enough to talk to people to better enjoy being there, otherwise, you'll not immerse yourself in "being in France" if you're always hoping someone speaks English to you.
So learn or re-learn the basics and don't be afraid to make mistakes, or take it badly when you are corrected (the French love to repeat what you say so you hear it said correctly), and don't judge the French on Parisians alone if you find some to be rude. Many French think they are too!
commented on Parlez-vous Français?
Seems like as good as reason as you'll ever have to better learn another language. And regardless of the need, or how Parisians will view you, understanding what you hear and read will make your stay all the more enjoyable.
At worst you'll improve your crossword puzzle skills.
commented on Saying Goodbye to Iain Banks
This is very sad news indeed! I've been a big fan of Iain M. Banks works ever since I read "Consider Phlebas" over a couple of decades ago.
Nov 11, 2012
commented on Patty Murray Lays Down the Law
Republicans have been effective in their own arguments of "fairness", spinning tax hikes against the top earners only as unfair, with lots of middle class people aspiring to that top tier agreeing with them.
They still have plenty of cards to play in this game.
What the Democrats will focus on most is trying to stick the blame for any negative outcome on the middle class as being the fault of Republicans. Unfortunately, that will be their first concern, and the middle class themselves will be secondary (as opposed to the other way around).
Oct 18, 2012
commented on What Is The Seattle Times Company Really Measuring With Its Experiment in Bankrolling Political Ads?
I wouldn't expect a paper that supports candidates that oppose science to understand any kind of scientific method.
Two basic outcomes exist in the gubernatorial election: either Inslee or McKenna wins.
If McKenna wins, who is to say it had anything to do with the Seattle Times advertising. One can never know, but I suspect Blethen and Co. will announce that their "experiment" was a success.
If Inslee wins, then will the Seattle Times admit their newspaper has no reach and obviously advertising in their pages is a worthless endeavor? Doubtful.
At the end of the day, all this will really prove is that the Seattle Times does not have the means to fill all their pages with any meaningful news and reporting, as opposed to advertising and political manifestos and endorsements. Why anybody would spend any money to buy what they produce is beyond me.