Feb 10, 2015
commented on The Morning News: King County Okays Deal with Juvie Jail Developer, and a Terrible New Hate Crime in Tacoma
Regarding the way that the Children and Family Justice Center is being reported on: King County is not building a kiddie jail. And I'm not merely arguing the semantic difference between "detention center" and "jail" which is ultimately meaningless, I mean that they're building a large facility, a small PART of which is a jail/detention center.
The CFJC will contain courtrooms, public defender offices, counselors, probation workers, anger management classes, dependency matters, child advocates, records offices, juvenile diversion services and on and on and on. And a jail. All of which is necessary regardless of incarceration policy.
If ten or twenty years of amazing progress go on, and we eventually reach a point where there's never any need to house a child for even a single night, is anyone really going to call it a waste of money that only 80% of the building is now necessary?
The YSC is a filthy, disgusting, rat trap, and it's unsafe in a number of ways. Unsafe for youth, unsafe for staff. The staff, the kids, their families...all these people deserve a safe, clean, modern facility.
Maybe $210M could be better spent elsewhere. But the voters approved $210M for THIS project.
Aug 28, 2014
commented on What Kind of Idiot Gives a Nine Year Old an Uzi?
This just in: John Bailo find videos of young people with guns who did not kill anyone seconds after the video ended, thus proving...umm...that this girl didn't kill anyone? ...that she did it on purpose or is otherwise at fault? ...absolutely nothing except that he's the dumbest motherfucker on the planet?
Aug 14, 2014
commented on Rand Paul Is Absolutely Right on Ferguson
To repeat something I said on FB: I'm hesitant to say that he's "right," considering that a third of the editorial is a screed against big government. He concludes by effectively calling the militarization a symptom of government overreach, and saying that the Feds have no business subsidizing local law enforcement. That's horseshit. He's saying that the real problem is that *Federal money* is being used to buy military hardware. I say that the real problem is that Federal money is being used to buy *military hardware*. Those are two superficially similar, but fundamentally different, conclusions.