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Jan 7 junipero commented on After Buyouts and Layoffs, Nearly Two Dozen People Will Leave the Seattle Times Newsroom.
No self-respecting Seattle resident should be giving their money to the Seattle Times. Their right-wing editorial page, which spits in the face of our city's values, is reason enough to not subscribe. But their news side isn't much better. Their stories are repeatedly biased, especially against progressive ideas and against social justice. Some of this comes from biased reporters, but a lot of it comes from biased news editors. It's not that the editorial page dictates news coverage, it's more that the editors on both sides of the wall share the same biases, and that's likely a deliberate result of Frank Blethen's hiring decisions.

In any case, subscribing to the Seattle Times is no different than writing a check to Fox News. Don't do it. Withhold your money until they are forced to make substantial changes in how they cover our community.
Jan 6 junipero commented on Pramila Jayapal Makes Last-Ditch Effort to Save the Country, Block Trump During Final Electoral Tally.
So, this wasn't "Biden shutting her down" - Biden was legally required to cut off these objections, which came from several women of color and others in the House, because a Senator needed to support the objection and not a single Senate Democrat would. Of course Republicans laughed: they suppressed votes and got away with it. Kudos to Rep. Jayapal and the others who stood up for voting rights when nobody else would.
Nov 6, 2016 junipero commented on Fuck This Fucking Guy: Robert Satiacum, the Washington State Democratic Elector Who Won't Vote Clinton.
This guy is a Native American leader who is watching as Hillary helps break treaties by refusing to condemn and oppose the DAPL. What the fuck does he owe Hillary? Maybe when she honors the treaties and fights back against the pipelines, Satiacum - whose family helped lead the Native American rights movement here - will decide she's earned his vote.

Seriously, calling him a BernieBro is pretty damn offensive.
Oct 17, 2016 junipero commented on Governor Jay Inslee Lands Coveted Endorsement for Re-Election from Bill Nye the Science Guy.
Jay Inslee is the classic example of a high-fiving white guy. (I mean that as a compliment.) Bill Nye should have endorsed him with that persona instead of the Science Guy.
Oct 17, 2016 junipero commented on Citing Her June Position on Conversion Therapy, SEAMEC Revokes Erin Jones's Rating and Endorses Chris Reykdal.
How the fuck can you be against banning conversion therapy?! Wow. Maybe this is why Washington State Republican Party chair Susan Hutchinson supports Erin Jones?
Sep 1, 2016 junipero commented on To Us, Erin Jones Says She Made Mistakes. To Her Funders, She Says We Twisted Her Words..
I'm honestly amazed at this - Erin continues to say different things to different audiences, depending on what she thinks they want to hear.
Sep 1, 2016 junipero commented on An Open Letter From Erin Jones to The Stranger.
All you need to know about this story is that Erin and her supporters are spending their time attacking anyone who criticizes Erin or even raises concerns about her, including the Stranger - rather than making it clear they are fully committed to the cause of LGBTQ rights, especially in schools. They've forgotten that the folks who we need to be protecting are LGBTQ kids, rather than any particular candidate for office.
Aug 31, 2016 junipero commented on An Open Letter From Erin Jones to The Stranger.
I don't see *anywhere* in this open letter clear and open commitments to doing specific work to address the needs of LGBTQ students in WA schools. All I see is an incredible defensiveness. She and her supporters think the problem here is that the Stranger was mean to her, rather than that Erin is clearly not a strong LGBTQ ally - or at minimum lacks the experience needed to be an effective leader of WA schools.
Aug 31, 2016 junipero commented on The Stranger Is Rescinding Its Endorsement of Erin Jones and Will Back Chris Reykdal in the General Election.
Erin's "open letter" was self-serving. She painted herself as a victim and the letter was all about herself. She didn't commit to do anything for LGBTQ kids or help fight sexism and homophobia and transphobia in our schools. I really don't think she gets the problems that LGBTQ kids face in our schools. It's still not a priority for her. Now she and her backers are attacking the Stranger, which is not going to go well for them. But I'm sure she'll gladly tell her right-wing and Republican supporters "hey, those liberals at the Stranger don't like me, you know I'm good!"
Aug 30, 2016 junipero commented on Alarming Comments on LGBTQ Youth from the Woman Who Wants to Be Washington State’s Top Education Official.
Erin Jones says, in the open letter posted here, "I have been asked over the course of this campaign if I think being LGBTQ is a choice and if I think it is a sin. Let me be crystal clear on this issue: NO. I do not believe sexual orientation is a choice." But she doesn't actually or directly answer the question about whether she believes it is a sin. Her answer is all about choice. Just as in the Stranger article, she won't directly or clearly answer that question.