Mar 10, 2015 giffy commented on I Was the MFA Student Who Made Ryan Boudinot Cry.
"Doesn't capitalism and a free-market economy mean people can "waste" their money on an education if they want and educators can profit by selling a service that's in demand?"

Except that we have a system set up whereby people at a rather impulsive stage in life can borrow vast sums of money which is not subject to normal debtor protection laws. That's bad enough when the degree can at least get them decent work, but it's downright criminal when the degree in question won't even get them an interview.

This kind of shit is a problem for the same reason payday loans and other nefarious lending practices are a problem. They take advantage of people.

Writing and arts are important and we should make it easier for people to do them, but that doesn't mean it's a great idea for 22 year olds to borrow 100k+ for a couple percent chance of doing it professionally. At least not without some legal protection if they wind up without much income.
Mar 3, 2015 giffy commented on A Stunning Overreach from the DEA Is Playing Out in Eastern Washington.
@7 Jurors have every right to judge the law as well. While modern courts try and hide that fact, it is a big reason we have citizen juries in the first place.
Feb 20, 2015 giffy commented on Police Reports Illustrated: Throwing Skittles While White.
I guess she was right.
Feb 2, 2015 giffy commented on Why Did the Seahawks Decide to Throw on the One Yard Line?.
@4 Nonsense. They were lined up for the run. They had pretty much the whole team lined up to stop Lynch.

Had we run it on 2nd and gotten stopped which was likely given the run defence they were showing, we'd have had to burn our last time out. Now we either have to pass on 3rd down, or they'll be no 4th. That's a much worse place to be in than an incomplete pass on 2nd which gives us our time out to call after a run or pass on 3rd so we can try again on 4th.

@5 He didn't. He threw it to a receiver just outside. The pass coverage was light, but even light coverage can do crazy things sometimes.
Feb 2, 2015 giffy commented on Why Did the Seahawks Decide to Throw on the One Yard Line?.
2nd down with little time and only one time out? Gonna have to pass at least once to get three more plays. Might as well try it when they have 8 men in the box and light coverage on the receivers. A run would have gone nowhere given how they were lined up.

Then run it on 3rd and 4th against hopefully less tight run defence.

We didn't lose the game, 21 won it for the Patriots.
Jan 5, 2015 giffy commented on Northgate Mall Wet Seal Employees Slam Company with Sign in Store Window.
@19, Exactly the kinds of things we could fix via the initiative process.

If only the left could get organized enough to do it.
Jan 5, 2015 giffy commented on I-594 Opponents File Federal Lawsuit.
Makes you wonder if those protest transfer events they held were part of this strategy...
Jan 5, 2015 giffy commented on Guest Editorial: Washington State Has a Morally Bankrupt Tax System, and Here's Why.
Hell, last time the dems were fully in charge they used that power to reinstate I-747.
Jan 5, 2015 giffy commented on Guest Editorial: Washington State Has a Morally Bankrupt Tax System, and Here's Why.
Our legislators seem really good at talking about this problem, and really bad at actually trying to do something about it.

Until we get some new leadership in the party, I don't see that changing.
Dec 11, 2014 giffy commented on Downtown Business Owners Call Holiday Protests Against Police Brutality "Intimidating" and "Unfortunate".
@6 Oh please. People have been protesting about police misconduct for years and have accomplished little to nothing. Same with almost every issue people protest about.

It's a goddamn waste of time and energy.