Catalina Vel-DuRay
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Beacon Hill Housewife and municipal career gal Born and raised in the rolling hills of… more »

Catalina Vel-DuRay is finally back up north.
Feb 20 Catalina Vel-DuRay commented on Milo Yiannopoulos: Girls Are In Danger When Adult Trans Women Use Public Toilets But 13-Year-Old Boys Can Benefit From Giving Head To Adult Males.
I know that a lot of people are angry that he was asked to be on Real Time, but I'm glad. I've heard people complain about him for quite some time, and I've seen the protests that keep him from speaking at campuses, but I didn't really know that much about him. Now I can see that he's just a gay guy trying to be Ann Coulter and failing miserably at it. I think he hangs himself a little bit more every time he opens his mouth. Liberals already dislike him, conservatives are disposed to dislike him, and his shock statements about Catholic priests and pedophilia are going to alienate him with that crowd even more.

And I was disappointed in Maher's comment about trans people not being able to use women's restrooms being "reasonable" as well, but in Milo's framing of the issue (confused and/or sinister men in women's clothing menacing "real" women and girls) the idea does appear to be reasonable, and that is the crux of the problem: Trans people are to the general public what gay people were in the 60's. Visibility and openness made gay people more accepted (not to mention the HIV/AIDS epidemic), but there just aren't the numbers of trans people that there are of gay people. Most people these days, even in backwards areas, know a gay person. The same cannot be said about trans people, and that is why it is important to denounce people like Yiannopolos, not just try to shut them up.
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Feb 19 Catalina Vel-DuRay commented on Mayor Calls Kshama Sawant's Suggestion that Seattle Police Block ICE "Irresponsible and Dangerous".
"Primarily because the union rank-and-file feel that the DNC has failed to offer them a reason to support the Democratic candidate in elections. "

As someone who is actually in a union, I can tell you that most of my fellow "Brothers and Sisters" are of the I've-got-mine school, and many vote Republican because they think it's either "manly" or what they think Jesus would want them to do.
Feb 18 Catalina Vel-DuRay commented on Take Donald Trump's Not-At-All Slanted and Misleading "Mainstream Media Accountability Survey".
I think the big problem is the assumption that they would report the results of the survey accurately if it didn't match their worldview. But it's fun to fill it out. I recently got a paper survey from something called "Priests for Life" that was similar, only about abortion. I'm sure the Good Catholic Ladies who opened the survey were appalled by my responses, and threw it right into the garbage.
Feb 18 Catalina Vel-DuRay commented on Mayor Calls Kshama Sawant's Suggestion that Seattle Police Block ICE "Irresponsible and Dangerous".
Sawant just likes to throw big bunches of crazy against the wall to see what sticks. It's a dumb idea that the cops would never go along with, no matter how many rallies she throws. In any event, this is a problem that needs to be fixed at the federal level.
Feb 17 Catalina Vel-DuRay commented on Let's Talk About All the Lies Trump Told at His Press Conference Today.
D'oh! I meant to say that these three ridiculous women recited their catechism that That Darn Media Is So Darn Liberal (Particularly the Seattle Times!) and that there were plenty of colored folks at all of his rallies, just as happy as you please. And it hurt their heart that the assumption is that they are all a bunch of gosh darn racists.
Feb 17 Catalina Vel-DuRay commented on Let's Talk About All the Lies Trump Told at His Press Conference Today.
I listened to that complete disaster yesterday. Then I listened to some stupid program on KUOW that featured three Republican women from Snohomish county who think he's the bee's knees.
Feb 16 Catalina Vel-DuRay commented on Rachel Maddow: Something's Up Between Jill Stein & Putin.
"Red-baiter"? What is this,1948? So anytime someone points out that Russia is a nasty country this is run by criminals, they are "red-baiting"?
Feb 14 Catalina Vel-DuRay commented on The Morning News: Two Mercer Island Lawsuits—One's Suing SPD, the Other's...Trying to Block Light Rail!?.
Mercer Island is a ridiculous community, and their "city council" just reinforces that. Anyone who is familiar with the ST route 550 (Bellevue-Seattle via Mercer Island) knows that the line is always packed - especially between the island and Seattle. Islanders use that bus like crazy, and they will use the hell out of the light rail. Those commuters need to stick up for themselves.
Feb 8 Catalina Vel-DuRay commented on Jill Stein Is a Rightwing Tool.
Alden dear, in what context would my comment be appropriate in any discussion of the Clinton Foundation?

And moldy antiquities not withstanding, the Clintons accomplished things in their lives, and the Clinton Foundation has a sterling reputation among those who choose to inform themselves about the world around them. Jill Stein, aside from her medical degree, has accomplished nothing other than running for President a few times and being one of the people who got to hold the talking stick at some affluent Boston suburb.

As far as The Green Party is concerned, they are a joke. Their list of elected officials is a depressing assortment of academics, town council members, and water district commissioners. They can't even manage to get someone elected to the Seattle City Council (although Peter Steinbrueck did flirt with it, and endorsed Ralph Nader).

It's time it either steps up or shuts down.
Feb 8 Catalina Vel-DuRay commented on Jill Stein Is a Rightwing Tool.
Your lips to God's ear, Theodore dear. But I wouldn't be surprised to see her once again be the Green's candidate when they awaken in four years to scold us for not being bright enough to vote for her the last two times.