Jan 2, 2014 weeksie commented on The Transformation of NYC's Streets.
@1 Only if you think New York is just Manhattan (which most non-New Yorkers seem to do). Brooklyn (outside of Williamsburg) is totally affordable. Queens is cheap. The Bronx is cheap. Staten is cheap (but totally suburban).

Regardless, you're a complete buffoon if you think that cities aren't for living in. Most of Europe would agree. The only reason there is such an insane suburban sprawl in the US is because of our braindead mid-century city planning that dismantled serviceable mass transit in favor of highway construction.

Anyway, as a Manhattan resident moving to Brooklyn after many years, I have to say that Bloomberg did an amazing job of making this city more welcoming. Bike lanes, Citibike, turning the "squares" into pedestrian malls, etc. . . . Fantastic stuff.

Just hoping de Blasio keeps on that path.
Jul 12, 2013 weeksie commented on How a Bunch of LOSERS Won Big.
I fondly remember picking up a Dwarves Blood Guts and Pussy picture disc at the original store. Sigh.
Apr 1, 2013 weeksie commented on I, Anonymous.
This thread makes me happy that I don't live in Seattle anymore. You west coasters are a pack of powder puffs.
Feb 27, 2013 weeksie commented on Watch the Crone.
She lives next door to me. I love my neighborhood.
Aug 12, 2012 weeksie commented on Dog Shitshow.
For the record, I'd be perfectly happy with a regulatory scheme that had a chance of actually preventing or decreasing the incidence of dog bites. Breed specific bans are clumsy and unenforceable, however a requirement to carry insurance on any dog over an arbitrary weight limit (say, 50lbs) would be easy to enforce and wouldn't unfairly yank dogs from their owners.

Similarly, licensing schemes where those who own a dog over the weight limit are linked to the dog's sub-dermal ID microchip and held liable in case of an attack would do wonders as far as decreasing the population of dogs that can cause damage to people if abused.

However, demonizing a single breed of dog, backing up specious arguments with references to crackpot "research" is the behaviour I usually associate with the American right wing, not with otherwise sane urban progressives. Linking to dogsbite.org as backup is exactly like linking to the Heritage Foundation or Cato when you're trying to back up libertarian views on tax policy.
Aug 12, 2012 weeksie commented on Dog Shitshow.
a) My point is that breed specific legislation will do little to control the problem of dog attacks. Breeds are difficult to determine and a broad ban will lead to large amounts of people losing their companions. Meanwhile, people who want vicious dogs will still have them in the form of a mixed breed or another strong breed of dog.

b) Do you have proof for your second statement? Perhaps a study done that controls for changes in ownership trends over the years? My point is that all large dogs are dangerous if abused. A breed ban on Pit Bulls will just shift the breed of choice.

@36 Mastiffs (among several other breeds) were bred specifically for war and would do far more damage to you with a bite. They're just not kept nearly as commonly among people who raise aggressive dogs.

And 'over the centuries' is wrong, the breed has been in existence since the mid 1800s. It comes from the Staffordshire Bull Terrier (they look like miniature pits) and they were introduced to America in the late 1800s. At least that's what Wikipedia tells me.
Aug 10, 2012 weeksie commented on Dog Shitshow.
Additionally, analogies are almost always flawed, making them effective rhetorical tools but completely useless when trying to get to the heart of a matter. The analogy between a dog and a weapon is flawed because a dog is primarily a companion. The rare case is that it's used as a weapon, but there are many other roles for it to fill. A gun or a knife can only be a tool, which puts them in a completely different category when talking about how to regulate them. If you have an argument to make, see if you can do it without the use of an analogy.
Aug 10, 2012 weeksie commented on Dog Shitshow.
I think there's a strange fixation with pit bulls here. The problem isn't the specific breed of dog, it's any animal that can kill people, right? Banning pit bulls without banning Rotwielers, Huskies, German Shepherds, Great Danes (oddly enough, killed more people between 1970 and 1980 than any other breed), Dobermans, Mastiffs, . . . and so on. All of those breeds are incredibly dangerous if abused — and more than capable of killing a human. A pair of abused German Shepherds are just as dangerous to a toddler or an elderly person as a pair of abused Pit Bulls.

The focus on pit bulls is naive at best and intellectually dishonest at worst, either you are for a ban on all breeds of dog that could be raised to be dangerous or you are not. In the end a ban would just serve to put a law on the books that would be nearly unenforceable, while robbing many families of their animal companions. Scoff if you must, but the emotional bond between people and their dogs is a very real and very common thing.
Dec 14, 2011 weeksie commented on Jumped.
There aren't any "Bridge and Tunnel" fuckers in Seattle. Unless Seattle is now located somewhere in Manhattan.
Apr 26, 2011 weeksie commented on Maul of America.
Pit bulls are powerful animals. But so are German Shepherds, Rottweilers, Great Danes (which, according to the CDC killed more people than any other breed in the 1970s), and so on.

Any of those dogs (and many, many others) can be trained or neglected into being vicious. Breed specific bans are too hard to enforce, surely there's another alternative? What about mandatory insurance for people with dogs that weigh over X amount? This is a health problem (not dog bite deaths which are statistically insignificant, but dog bite injuries) and it's not easy to solve naively.