Baconcat
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May 28, 2014 Baconcat commented on Minimum Wage, Maximum Amendments! A Quick Look at the Coming Drama.
@1: Lots of stereotypes and strawmen there, JW.

Planned your move to Houston yet?
May 8, 2014 Baconcat commented on Mayor Murray Tells State Senator Jamie Pedersen That Seattle Can't Have a Metro-funding "Plan C" and Universal Pre-School.
Also on that note regarding taking back the state senate: if they bumble through this by endorsing-then-not what makes anyone think they're capable of taking back the senate at all? To give a nod to activists and take it back is extremely bad form and a bad faith move. It doesn't represent any kind of tactical competence, only the propensity toward rushing to the heels of a self-interested leader who wants to rack up wins under his name in order to secure a second term.
May 8, 2014 Baconcat commented on Mayor Murray Tells State Senator Jamie Pedersen That Seattle Can't Have a Metro-funding "Plan C" and Universal Pre-School.
1) we tried the VLF-for-roads-and-transit thing in Seattle and failed, and while this one passed in-city it's still tainted by that past failure and lack of vocal institutional support at the time (ahem, Olympia) so it would be a hard push even with prop 1 getting a nod in the city limits

2) taking back the senate is not looking too good. And even if, they squandered past majorities seeking out mushy halfway fixes like lumping it in with nickel taxes. The Olympia mindset even tainted sound transit by pressing the failed Olympia-pushed Roads and Transit. Legislators' inability to support transit-specific funding (a proven winner, see ST2.1 and MTN versus Streets For All and Prop 1) makes this a cop-out

Plus, if they stonewall activists seeking support and compromise while using children as human shields then what makes you think they're acting in good faith or capable of working on lasting transit funding?
Apr 30, 2014 Baconcat commented on The Type of Police Reform I Want to See.
My witheringly low opinion of you sinks lower each day.

Word to the wise, Ed: you're already screwing up more than Schell at this point and without a fraction of his achievements.
Apr 19, 2014 Baconcat commented on Governor Inslee Is Weighing The Acceptable Cancer Rate Against Business Concerns.
That 70 year exposure rate, when combined with extremely conservative fish consumption rates, sounds like local natives were not considered very well in this whole thing. Even a slight increase in allowable carcinogens would have a huge impact on local tribes when you consider fish consumption rates in their communities. If this is an acceptable or negligible risk to any policy then that policy is thoroughly racist.
Apr 18, 2014 Baconcat commented on Business-Backed Group Claims Support for a Minimum Wage Hike Is Dropping.
Maybe a good percentage the people polled are opposed to the phase-in? Or maybe there's more to this push poll?

Slimy pro-poverty Koch tactics seem to be par for course for these folks, though, so who knows.
Apr 14, 2014 Baconcat commented on $15 Minimum Wage Movement Files Its Ballot Measure.
@5: Houston pols strongly back a $15/hr wage and Reps. Sheila Jackson-Lee and Al Green both came out in support of this wage AND the fast food protests. Their mayor (a lesbian) is closely aligned with social democrats (ie soft Marxists) and were it not for state law (which is not pragmatically pro-biz, but harshly conservative and also bans gay marriage, favors creation "science" in school and starves poor districts) the city would have implemented a higher wage years ago. You will also find similar lefty leanings in cities to the west and southwest like San Antonio, whose mayor is the son of a radical leftist Chicana activist.

You probably shouldn't move to Texas. They don't like know-nothing wannabes that can't even do research. Your smug and pouty flounce would entertain at the bars but you'll probably make a lot of enemies out of real Texas-born Texans, which Houston is full of.

Trust a Texan on this one.
Apr 11, 2014 Baconcat commented on Broadway and U-District Banks Robbed, Suspect Arrested.
Well then.

Sounds like the new mayor's plans to do somethin' about crime trends are working.
Apr 10, 2014 Baconcat commented on I'm in Favor of a Tip Credit.
Employer discovers one cool trick to subsidize labor costs click here
Apr 9, 2014 Baconcat commented on Restaurant Guy David Meinert Urges Staff to Lobby for Tip Deduction from $15 Wage or "Tips Will Probably Go Away" and Overall Wages Will Drop.
This is getting ridiculous. Threatening employees with retaliation in the form of restricting tips (given voluntarily by customers) and reduced wages unless they join in the fight against their own fundamental needs is petty and the lowest form of anti-worker activism. Even worse is the use of Target/Walmart style direct lobbying of workers to make them question their own demands while implying their jobs and livelihoods are imperiled.