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Aug 6, 2013 TheRain commented on A Fifteen-Foot Snake.
"What are the odds."

Assuming three kids, 1 in 3.
Jul 31, 2013 TheRain commented on A One-Way Ticket to the US: Why America Is Not in Decline and Japan Is.
"(1851 is his exact date—this growth becomes worldwide and does not slow until 1971, at the very moment the truce between labor and capital, the Golden Age of capitalism, comes to an end)"

I'm not sure how one could look at the most militant years of unionism that we've ever seen, particularly 1890 to 1930, and file those under the heading "Truce between labor and capital".
Jul 25, 2013 TheRain commented on Seattle Times Executive Editor David Boardman Wins "Ethics in Journalism Award" for Ethical Handling of Seattle Times Unethical Journalism.
If Mr. Keck would buy a controlling interest in backpage.com, then the Stranger could cover the issue and awards for everybody!
Jul 25, 2013 TheRain commented on Something to Consider Before Freaking Out About the DEA Raiding Seattle-Area Medical Pot Shops.
I think 18 has the best point in this thread--why would the feds be here working our MMJ laws?

I see no reason to believe that this isn't the Obama Justice Department doing what they've done the last 5 years, and it's just as disappointing as ever.
Jul 25, 2013 TheRain commented on How Did Washington State's Congressional Delegation Vote on the Bill to Limit NSA Spying?.
I like Heck and Kilmer an awful lot, but they made a terrible vote here.
Jun 24, 2013 TheRain commented on Imagine If Seattle Were a City-State.
I'd like to join my fellow citizens of Centralia in our declaration of war, finally, on Chehalis. Your mints shall be ours, and we're taking the Yard Bird too.
Jun 24, 2013 TheRain commented on Have Dems Resigned to the GOP Agenda?.
I tend to think that a government shutdown hurts Senator Tom more than anyone else.

The whole point of his takeover was to not be like the other Washington; if we have a Gingrich-style shutdown, the echoes of DC would be impossible to miss. Rodney has been trying to style himself as Scoop Jackson; every passing minute makes him look more like John Boehner, and that's just fine.

If I'm Frank Chopp, I let them shut it down. Let's piss off the entire WFSE and anyone who relies on state services, then send Senators Baumgartner, Roach, Sheldon, Ericksen, Hill, Fain, and especially Rodney Tom out to run on their "records". Hill, Fain, and Tom especially--they all polled at less than 55% in 2010, and Hill was at less than 51%.

Go fuck 'em, Frank.
Jun 21, 2013 TheRain commented on The Phoenix Coyotes Could Soon Be Ours. And Our Problem..
"More to the point, there's something to be said for the civic pride of Seattle sports fans. You see it with the Seahawks and Sounders and, to a lesser extent, the Storm. Put the name "Seattle" on a sports team and we'll come out in force to support it. Seattle has been a nice soccer hotbed, but no one could have anticipated the outpouring of support for Sounders FC in MLS. "

1) The Seahawks and the Sounders are both very good right now. Civic pride is nice, but it's nothing compared to having a winning record. Look at the 30,000 empty seats for Mariners games for proof of this.

2) Seattle was absolutely primed for MLS success. King County has a ton of immigrants, soccer had been spreading like mad for decades prior, there were a couple of successful college teams in the area, etc. The idea that it was lightning in a bottle is just silly.
May 28, 2013 TheRain commented on Rep. Orcutt Shrugs Off Bridge Collapse: "11 of the 12 Sections of the Bridge Are Still Standing".
11 days out of 12, Ed Orcutt doesn't say something that makes him look as dumb as a sack of rocks. That 12th day, though, is always comedy gold.

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