commented on Seattle Police Department Responds to Tonya Mosley's Stranger Article on the "No Snitching" Excuse
Wait. How exactly does anyone get away with calling this a black neighborhood anymore? Demographics tell a different story. It's extremely diverse, but in 2014 it's at least as much a white neighborhood as black around here.
As we've seen, we're either horrible yuppie gentrifiers or dangerous thugs, depending on your purposes.
How Whitcomb can blame the no-snitch code here is beyond my understanding. My gentrifyin' neighbors call 911 at the drop of a hat.
But the perception: Geez, the fear and racism in this city whenever you get a reasonably diverse neighborhood... any actual black neighborhoods must be stereotyped into invisibility by white Seattle.
Sep 8, 2013
commented on The Chart Thickens
@17 So funny and true, but hang in there. My now-11-year-old no longer has the patience for Movin' 92.5 / Kiss 106.1 / Cube. So long, suckas! You actually play too much crap for an 11yo, lol! A nice dose of Kpop might be just what the doctor ordered.
Jul 19, 2013
commented on Whole Foods and Developers Defend West Seattle Megaproject, Grocery Workers Union Rallies Behind Mayor McGinn
1. As a CD resident: West Seattle is already a shopper's paradise to me.
2. Everything I need to know about Weingarten I learned from their neglected properties at 23rd & Jackson.
While redlined (in commercial terms, at least) South Seattle/CD remains in dire need of amenities, quaint West Seattle is being Ballardized, pounded with outsized developments.
Aggressive, tone-deaf developers like Texas–based Weingarten smell money there (unlike in my neighborhood, strangely—I put it down to racism), and as they use and abuse the charm of the Junction to line their own pockets, they suck the place dry.
Locals in WS are organizing, hoping to get a voice in the matter. I support them.
Jun 11, 2013
commented on For Just $69 (Each), You Can Attend a Daddy/Daughter Purity Ball in Bellevue This Weekend!
Poked around the Legacy Institute website. Really horrible, corrosive, homophobic. (And non-profit! Yay!)
It goes much deeper than this icky ball. "President" Carrie Abbott is revealed to be a horrible person making bank off of frightened, superstitious suckers.
Take it away, Carrie: "I had the opportunity to 'speak' into the life of a neighbor girl, who not only acted like a tomboy, but she also swore like a trucker! We set up a repentance system, so that when she swore, she had to go home, then come back after 30 minutes. If she then asked for forgiveness, and then she could happily play again with our five kids. Of course, she fumbled often, but soon she learned her words mattered. I also began calling her a pretty girl and she even came to church with us. After a few weeks I gave her a dress, and she wore that dress for weeks! She continued to be very athletic, but she eventually stopped swearing and soon gave her life to Jesus!"
Apr 6, 2013
commented on Sally Clark and Bruce Harrell Say Police Action in Columbia City "Went Terribly Wrong"
@1: so right. I too would like to know the stats, how many suburbanites are policing our urban neighborhoods.
@Sheeple Herder: If you're for real, you've got to go public. Let The Stranger interview you. Your opinions are important to us! Come on, do it for The People. Do it for me.
But (sigh) I suppose you're just a random troll looking to stir the pot...
Feb 17, 2013
commented on This Is What Parental Rejection Does to Gay Kids
Austin, so glad you found us.
Speaking as the mom of a middle school boy: the problem is not you. I'm sorry your mom is damaged, and has hurt you. You may have to accept that you can never fix her. That's heartbreaking for you. Kids' love and need for their parents is powerful and inborn.
In time, you're going to develop a wisdom and maturity that she'll likely never have. You'll also understand love in a way she's incapable of.
Sometimes kids raise their parents into adulthood. Don't count on it, though :(
FYI, here in Seattle there are many kids in my son's class raised by gay parents. It's not unusual or remarkable. The whole world is NOT like your small town.
Do get help. Your damaged mom hurt you, and it's hard to understand and heal yourself without a therapist who "gets" you. (Therapists are not unusual or remarkable in Seattle either!)
My love goes out to you, kid. I'd be your safe house in a minute. :)