Sep 17, 2016 smade commented on In Seattle Visit, Libertarian Gary Johnson Outlines His Vision: "It's Gonna be Uber Everything".
History provides us with a perfectly good example of libertarian unregulated market economics. It's called Victorian England and if ever there was a golden age of humanity, that was it. I can't understand why we all didn't adopt that model in perpetuity. If a man can't be free to work 6 days, 12 hours a day in a coal mine for a crust of adulterated bread and a little rancid bacon fat, then we all ought to just pack it in, I say.
Sep 6, 2016 smade commented on The Problem with Police Union Contracts.
@1 Hear, hear! Like you, I'm all for ensuring teachers get more than just a slap on the wrist and a few days off with pay for shooting unarmed students. I don't think you'll find much opposition to that, but good for you for exposing such an important issue to the light of day. Any contract the city has with the Teachers' Union that allows such behavior to go unpunished should be torn up just as quickly as the one they have with the Police Union.
Sep 2, 2016 smade commented on Hillary Clinton Is a Neocon Warmonger, In a Capitol Hill Sticker.
I don't get the point of this post. Clinton voted for war, Sanders is in bed with the NRA, Stein is in bed with the anti-vaxxers. All of these positions contribute to shamefully large numbers of needless deaths. They're all politicians. That means they're going to be disappointingly expedient from time to time and lie about what they believe in order to maximize their popularity. To expect anything different is to expect generosity from a bank or open-minded tolerance from a fundamentalist. If your candidate is without sin, then by all means, throw the first stone. But your candidate isn't. So save your rocks for targets that truly deserve them.
Jul 23, 2016 smade commented on Hillary Clinton Announces Running Mate.
@59 Like Sanders, you're not a Democrat. You're a Democratic Socialist who was hoping that the Democratic Party would come find you. They didn't. Per Ballotpedia, Kaine is well within the Warren range of liberalism, though not as far left as Sanders, and choosing Kaine a very smart move for the pragmatists. Doesn't make the idealists happy, but it's not the idealist's role or goal to win elections. Idealists, like you, are there to pull the party toward the ideal. As an idealist, you'll never be happy until the party's politics are a perfect match for yours, which will never happen. We pragmatists, who share your views but not your zealotry, are just fine with Kaine. I'm sorry we won't get your vote, but we'll win without it and we, who do not demand ideological purity, will make your world a better, though imperfect, place despite your fanaticism.
May 18, 2016 smade commented on Watch Robin Wright Talk About How She Got Equal Pay on House of Cards: "I Want to Be Paid the Same as Kevin".
Expecting employers to pay even a nickel more than they absolutely have to is a pipe dream and they will find any excuse not to, including gender. If employers gave a rat's ass about taking care of the people whose labor provides them a living, we wouldn't need unions and labor regulations (fuck you, Paul Ryan) and equal pay legislation, but they don't and we do. Keep the pressure on the fuckers until there is justice.
Jan 19, 2016 smade commented on Distracted Pedestrians Are Not the Same As Distracted Drivers.
You can argue all day that drivers are irresponsible assholes and idiots and you may be right. But if you're a pedestrian and want to stay alive. Pay fucking attention to the irresponsible assholes and idiots around you. No one wants to read "he was in the right" on your tombstone.
Jan 12, 2016 smade commented on Tom Douglas Announces He'll Eliminate Tipping and Raise Wages to $15 an Hour on February 1.
I happily tip 20% because I know it's hard work and involves being nice to lots of shitty people with outsized senses of entitlement, just like any other public service job that deals with drunks and the socially impaired. But the sooner the restaurant industry climbs out of the sordid demi-monde described by the Bourdains and Dublenicas, the sooner we can get a handle on the true market value of food and drink and the hard-working folk who make and serve it. Right now, it's a capitalist America writ small wherein a few ambitious cut-throats get rich while almost everyone else struggles to get within viewing distance of a living wage. If workers can't predict their next paycheck, it's pretty fucking hard to plan ahead.
Dec 31, 2015 smade commented on I, Anonymous.
This is not about the driver. This is about you. Sanctimony is useless to a dead man. Wise up.
Dec 17, 2015 smade commented on In 2015, I Released Two Albums and Spent 161 Days on the Road—It Was Boring, Disgusting, Lonely, Dreamy, and Great.
Was it better than working in a factory, selling retail, or cleaning toilets?
Oct 17, 2015 smade commented on Bridge of Spies' Cold War Skullduggery.
Spielberg makes kids movies. With the possible exception of Schindler, every movie he's ever made is crafted for an audience of eight-year-olds. Every plot "twist" is telegraphed like a Jimmy Snuka leap from the turnbuckle and the dialogue would hardly be out of place if you changed all the characters' names to Dick, Jane, Puff, and Spot. He's neither artist nor genius, but there's no question he can really squeeze the nickels out of the incurious masses. Ugh.