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.
Jul 14, 2015 smade commented on The Five Scariest Takeaways From the New Yorker Article About the Earthquake That Will "Devastate" Seattle.
The west coast sliding into the ocean? Think of the tectonic shift in electoral politics that will cause. Somewhere Reince Priebus is on the shoreline jumping up and down as hard as he can, trying to break the fucker loose.
Jul 8, 2015 smade commented on City Council President Tim Burgess Proposes a Gun Tax to Fund Hospital Program for Victims of Gun Violence.
@13 Yes, we've lost several battles recently, but we'll win the war. We always have. In the long annals of human history, the trend line is always in the direction of progressive ideals. Have there been setbacks? Most certainly. Bitter defeats, to be sure. Sometimes lasting generations. Those of us alive today may not see the end of the fetishization of guns as an impotent tool against unreasoning fear, but our kids will, or their kids will and we will finally put this scourge behind us. And humanity will have achieved another victory.
Jun 29, 2015 smade commented on Teaching Tribal History Is Finally Required in Washington Public Schools.
@6 I have never once heard a chicken say the word "fuck". And language prudes can talk about laziness all they want, but expletives are an endlessly valuable part of our language. Just to give one tiny example, they serve to identify the language prudes in our midst so effortlessly.
May 28, 2015 smade commented on My Picnic Was Interrupted by Drones.
Take a fishing net with you next time.
May 21, 2015 smade commented on The Time I Had a Sexting Three-Way Thanks to My Friend Who Was Holding My Phone as I Drove.
I just think it's very cool that you were riding in a car with Holistic Harry. (Don't bother googling it, kids. Apparently, there isn't a single image of him on the entire internet.)
Apr 28, 2015 smade commented on Supreme Court Wrap-Up: Did Scalia Just Accidentally Help Marriage Equality?.
@2 A license to a private citizen does not come with that requirement, but when that citizen is acting as a representative of a non-church incorporated business it is required. Incorporated businesses get specific and enumerated benefits and protections from the government, also known as "we the people", and in return for those benefits and protections provided by you, me, and everyone else in the country, including gay people, the incorporated business and those who act in its stead must serve all customers alike, no exceptions.
Apr 22, 2015 smade commented on Savage Love Letter of the Day: A Medievalist Schools Dan On Medieval Attitudes Toward Sex.
"And faith, especially in modern radical religion, is a marker of social identity in a way it rarely was in the Middle Ages."

Well, sure, if religious conformity is enforced at the stake, faith is unlikely to be a marker of social identity since there was little public heterogeneity. But if you did deviate from orthodoxy, it sure as hell marked you socially. And while the priesthood has always found ways to express itself sexually, it doesn't mean that medieval societies didn't take "deviant" sexual behavior very seriously. Just taking pre-reformation England for example, there were a lot of men who lost their balls for stepping out of line. "Mutilation" was all too common a punishment for sexual as well as other kinds of misbehavior.
Mar 12, 2015 smade commented on Why the "Blurred Lines" Decision Is Ultimately Good for Music: A Dissenting View.
Ha! Just to state one of many thousands of examples, half of the Rolling Stones catalog stole directly from Chuck Berry and Muddy Waters, not even counting their cover tunes. Popular music is built upon direct theft of what has gone before. Always has been.
Mar 11, 2015 smade commented on The Federal Government Wants Those Eastern Washington Medical Marijuana Growers in Jail Right Now.
@1 What could go wrong? This particular demonstration of human decency might eventually filter down through society, eventually reaching your location at the very bottom of the seventh pit of hell, thereby providing you with some small measure of decency yourself. Still, the guilt you will eventually feel at the way you've treated others all these years might be a little hard on you at first. I'm sure you'll overcome it in the long run, though. I have faith even in your chances of redemption.