commented on Fucking NBA Rejects Kings Move to Seattle
First off, not a surprise. Secondly, good. Sports teams generally don't have a positive impact on on their local economies, and may have a negative one--even where port traffic isn't a concern. Besides, the NBA already screwed Seattle over, and showed themselves to be untrustworthy partners, so why should we ask them back? It simply isn't in our rational self interest as a city to put so much effort into courting a bunch of assholes. Which should maybe make you wonder why you might be angry about the failure of an attempt to steal some other city's team.
'The NBA can go fuck itself', should entail letting it do just that, rather than acting like a needy, jilted lover.
commented on Should the Smoking Age Be Raised to 21?
Dom, cigarettes are addictive, with higher recidivism rates than heroin, and actually do harm people nearby. Your post seems to take pains to ignore and even deny these well and widely known facts. Was that intentional, or were you just not thinking very hard?
Also, points to 5280.
commented on New Seahawk Allegedly Hurled Anti-Gay Slurs
Sports players are cultural figures, but they are very rarely cultural leaders. In the grand scheme of things, their opinions about most matters are no more significant than some unknown guy on the street.
commented on Two Wonderful People
When I was in school, I remember Cheryl Chow holding a school-wide, class canceling assembly during which she claimed to be in solidarity with my classmates over some problem we were having. She was all smiles for the cameras, but as soon as they were off, she was cold, uninterested in talking to any students, and quite quickly out the door. She never took any further action on our behalf, nor made any other outreach efforts.
She always struck me as a standard politician, and part of many of the problems the City Council created during her tenure. Her coming out well after it had any relevance, and only when she had nothing left to fear, doesn't make her a better person, politician, or public persona, nor does it make her courageous.
I'm not saying I'm glad she's dead or anything, but I never find myself thinking, "Gee, I really wish Cheryl Chow were here to fix things."
commented on Spike Lee Sees Django Unchained As Disrespectful to His Ancestors
The film didn't seem to trivialize the suffering and death engendered by slavery. Tarantino's last two movies have been revenge fantasies about fighting historical evils. Like anyone else, Spike needn't like 'Django', but it seems weird to complain that it doesn't recognize the hideousness of the practice which it very clearly rails against.