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Nov 25, 2016 tanuki_don commented on Live Updates from #BlackLivesMatter Protest in Downtown Seattle.
(continued from #18) ... it makes me very conflicted about participating in these protests knowing the organizers can be such intractable jerks and think the BLM movement is all about themselves.
Nov 25, 2016 tanuki_don commented on Live Updates from #BlackLivesMatter Protest in Downtown Seattle.
The organizers, Black Freedom Front, were very miffed about having the protest march overtaken by another group called the Seattle Black Book Club. As a result, BFF made some rather misogynist comments on their FB event page about the SBBC. People tried to call them out on it, but the BFF kept deflecting, calling everyone bullies and trolls, and all the comments were eventually deleted.

I appreciate BFF's efforts to organize these protests, but they really showed a lack of tact and maturity by disparaging the very people who had shown up to their rally and who simply wanted them to take ownership for their offensive comments. I saved one screenshot of the misogynist remark in question that was provided by another FB poster: https://s22.postimg.org/u8txye1m9/11_25_….

Anyway, I feel like everyone should know, because it makes me very conflicted about participating in these protests knowing the organizers
Aug 30, 2016 tanuki_don commented on EOD: "White Fragility Training" Video Helps Everyone Dance Around White Feelings at the Office.
Yes, this is hilarious, because it's incisive and addresses a real problem.
Apr 13, 2016 tanuki_don commented on Guest Editorial.
This is not funny at all.
Dec 29, 2015 tanuki_don commented on 21st Century Ghetto Blasting on a Metro Bus.
Doesn't 'novel' mean original?
Jul 28, 2015 tanuki_don commented on The Place to Buy Horses in Enumclaw.
I'm wondering if CM got called out for overinflating the significance of the horse sex incident to Enumclaw residents and this is some kind of compensatory effort to undo the damage. Seems like a totally random addendum.
Jul 27, 2015 tanuki_don commented on A Field Guide to the Vietnamese Deli.
Great piece!
Jul 26, 2015 tanuki_don commented on Revisiting the Town of the Most Famous Horse Sex Death in Recorded History.
Pretentious, incohesive, and bereft of substance. Sorry. Nothing personal. I just want better writing from the Stranger than this.
Mar 28, 2015 tanuki_don commented on Capitol Hill Street Drummer Joe Buckets Wants His Drums Back From Police.
I hope people remember that a Stranger music columnist praised Joe as someone who "brought the funk." That single-handedly convinced me to never listen to another music recommendation from that particular writer ever again. In another write-up of Joe Buckets, the Cap Hill Blog refrained from outright praise, but did provide some flattering and memorable JB quotes like this one, where he was asked to give some sage advice:

“Do what you have to do to stay off or get off the streets, really. Stay in school and get a job because being dumb won’t impress me or anyone else. If it’s a good musician you want to become then just do it. Nobody starts off being great. You got to have the passion and drive and be willing to practice 10 hours every day. If your’e not any good after 6 months, it might be time to try something else. That’s what it took for me.”

Now watch this video of Joe Buckets drumming recently. Mind you, this is one of the "better" performances I've heard by him. Things start off relatively okay if you don't mind the inarticulate Tom Waits impersonation. Things start going downhill around the two-minute mark though. If you watch the rest of the video from there, please tell me how, in God's name, Joe Buckets or anyone else can think he is a good musician or even a musician period. I don't mean to be so negative, but this guy really gets my goat for being so out-of-touch with reality. I have never felt this way about other buskers. When I hear him playing this same beat over and over with that same horrendously uneven sixteenth-note fill, I just want to knock over all his drums and tell him to take his own advice and "try something else" already.

Joe Buckets is more entertaining as a 'rebel without a clue,' internet celebrity than as a musician. Entertaining or not though, if he's disrupting people's sleep and ability to work, he should be a considerate neighbor and be more selective about the time and location of his shenanigans. I thank the Lord above I do not live around the block he plays on. Okay, there's my rant.

And yes, he frequently drops his drum sticks.
Mar 21, 2015 tanuki_don commented on Capitol Hill Street Drummer Joe Buckets Couldn't Beat the Law.
No, the police should not have arrested him or confiscated his drums, but the truth is, this guy is one of the worst "drummers" I've ever heard, and he had no business busking. There are plenty of good drummers downtown, but I really wanted to slit my own throat every time I heard Joe Buckets. He did, in fact, play the same tired beat over and over; played one of the worst, ill-timed drum fills over and over; and seemed to not be able to keep playing for more than two minutes for he lost interest and decided to have a smoke break. For this reason, there are shades of grey to the situation with the police. If we are going to have busking on the Hill, a neighborhood we feel pride in, our buskers better be fucking worth their salt.