Jul 31, 2013
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".
Jun 24, 2013
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
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
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.