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Feb 17, 2014 Relling commented on Ta-Nehisi Coates on Jordan Davis.
Fnarf, you're arguing process, not result, and you're reframing Anna's words to make a point she didn't make. Let her make it, if she's inclined. Other writers with an equal if not greater stake in this debate have managed to acknowledge that Dunn will in fact go to prison for a long time, and still face a second trial for murder. Anna can't seem to make that tiny leap.
Dunn is going away for a long time as a result of his actions on that particular day. The argument appears to be that the label stapled to his forehead is not the one everyone prefers. That he's a racist is plain. That he fired a weapon into a car full of unarmed children is obvious. That he was not convicted for murdering Davis is accurate. That he is going unpunished is ludicrous.
Feb 17, 2014 Relling commented on Ta-Nehisi Coates on Jordan Davis.
Anna asked:
"How is this country's relentless slaughter of black children still going unpunished in 2014?"

The story she linked to said:
"Dunn was found guilty on three charges of attempted murder for shooting into a car full of unarmed teenagers; he is expected to spend 20 years in prison for each conviction."

Tell us, Anna, how exactly do guilty verdicts on three charges of attempted murder and 20 years in prison for Dunn qualify as "going unpunished"?
Jan 26, 2014 Relling commented on Seattle Police Confirm Person of Interest in Neighbours Arson Case: Musab Mohamed Masmari.
Whoops. Apologies for the double post.
Jan 26, 2014 Relling commented on Seattle Police Confirm Person of Interest in Neighbours Arson Case: Musab Mohamed Masmari.
Interesting. Compare this story to Brendan Kiley's post (less than a day later) on the activist-slash-anarchist accused of vandalizing an ATM:

http://slog.thestranger.com/slog/archive…

The alleged arsonist has not been charged with a crime, though images of a man who resembles him appear on surveillance footage. The Stranger names the man as a person of interest, says the cops are investigating him, and goes out of its way to find witnesses (on the record and off) who speak of his erratic behavior. The story does everything but flat-out say Musab Masmari did it.

Conversely, the man in the anarchist post (Brendan McCormack) was actually charged with a crime (a prosecutor filed the charge, even if the judge declined to press). Police filed and obtained a search warrant to further an affidavit of probable cause. An investigation took place that led to a court proceeding. That's a hell of a lot more legal process than the arsonist case, if you're keeping score.

Yet Kiley ties himself in knots to undercut the case, to say the evidence is weak, that McCormack is only accused, that surveillance footage isn't evidence, that vandalism isn't violence, and that KIRO was out of line for presuming McCormack did it.

The cognitive dissonance is a bit mind-blowing.
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Jan 26, 2014 Relling commented on Seattle Police Confirm Person of Interest in Neighbours Arson Case: Musab Mohamed Masmari.
Interesting. Compare this story to Brendan Kiley's post (less than a day later) on the activist-slash-anarchist accused of vandalizing an ATM:

http://slog.thestranger.com/slog/archive…

The alleged arsonist has not been charged with a crime, though images of a man who resembles him appear on surveillance footage. The Stranger names the man as a person of interest, says the cops are investigating him, and goes out of its way to find witnesses (on the record and off) who speak of his erratic behavior. The story does everything but flat-out say Musab Masmari did it.

Conversely, the man in the anarchist post (Brendan McCormack) was actually charged with a crime (a prosecutor filed the charge, even if the judge declined to press). Police filed and obtained a search warrant to further an affidavit of probable cause. An investigation took place that led to a court proceeding. That's a hell of a lot more legal process than the arsonist case, if you're keeping score.

Yet Kiley ties himself in knots to undercut the case, to say the evidence is weak, that McCormack is only accused, that surveillance footage isn't evidence, that vandalism isn't violence, and that KIRO was out of line for presuming McCormack did it.

The cognitive dissonance is a bit mind-blowing.

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Oct 31, 2013 Relling commented on In Which the Seattle Times' Sharon Pian Chan Accuses Me of Being a Racist.
Goldy, you're saying it's bad when the Times uses a "manipulative resort to identity politics."

Oh. But evidently, it's OK when you and your colleagues do the same thing - for instance, this bullying smear from Holden a few weeks ago, accusing a Times reporter of racism by filling her mouth with words she never said:

@lthompsontimes faults anti-DV immigrants for accents: "stumbled over the wording... mispronounced... mayor’s name." http://t.co/4qFVwctTdz

— Dominic Holden (@dominicholden) October 17, 2013

Oct 26, 2013 Relling commented on Man Moves Downtown, Gets Disgusted by Sight of Poor People, Proclaims Seattle "Broken".
@69, since Dominic cited Wikipedia in the post that sparked these comments, perhaps you'd be willing to tell us if your cheap snark extends to him.
Oct 26, 2013 Relling commented on Man Moves Downtown, Gets Disgusted by Sight of Poor People, Proclaims Seattle "Broken".
What @65 said. And Dominic, why don't you show some backbone and interview Eaton instead of smearing him?
Oct 25, 2013 Relling commented on Man Moves Downtown, Gets Disgusted by Sight of Poor People, Proclaims Seattle "Broken".
j2patter (@45) said this: "But why is it anytime a right wing douche rants about the homeless/mental health/drug issues in Seattle the typical response from the st staff is 'fuck you, we don't have that bad of a problem so get the fuck out of our city if you don't like homeless people you fuckheads...move to Bellevue.'

Spot on. Get out of our city if you don't think exactly like we do. It shows up in these pages over and over. And here's the answer to j2patter's question: Stranger staffers (especially Dominic) can't bear the idea that people they disagree with most of the time might have a point now and then, even if the Stranger has made similar points in the past.

It's called bullshitting to avoid consensus, and it's a specious, Tea Party tactic. So Eaton becomes a rich fuck who's "disgusted by the sight" of the poor (though he said nothing of the kind) and he wants to (in Dom's smeary, cherry-picked paraphrase) ' "reclaim our city" from THOSE PEOPLE' though that's not what Eaton said, either.

So again, bullshit. And so very, very easy to hide in the cloud of confirmation bias. You know what would take some guts? How about Dom goes and interviews the guy? Awkward, sure. Uncomfortable, no doubt. And maybe Eaton would refuse - and then Dom could say so. But at least he couldn't be accused of throwing bombs from a secure location and patting himself on the back, which is all he's doing right now.
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Sep 12, 2013 Relling commented on The Struggle to Address Gender and Sexuality in Politics.
@23, let's apply your logic to The Stranger's position on the Seattle mayor's race. It doesn't matter what The Stranger *says* about the candidates. It doesn't matter which issues they cite as relevant factors. No, no - all that stuff is filler - covert discrimination disguised as another reason, right?

The essence of confirmation bias is excluding all evidence that undercuts the preferred conclusion.

 

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