Ancient Sumerian
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Jan 29, 2015 Ancient Sumerian commented on Seattle Police Chief Kathleen O’Toole Orders Review of Officer Cynthia Whitlatch's Conduct.
@10++, I thought the same thing.

Ansel, 8 hours is a completely reasonable amount of time to go from news broken to announcing an investigation. IMO you undermine your credibility by suggesting otherwise.
Nov 7, 2014 Ancient Sumerian commented on Alison Holcomb Will Take on Mass Incarceration (Instead of Challenging Kshama Sawant).
Out of the loop on this. Why was Holcomb going to challenge Sawant instead of running against someone further to the right of her? Was it purely a strategic move - e.g., "I'm progressive, but not crazy like her" - or was there something else?
Oct 29, 2014 Ancient Sumerian commented on Glenn Beck Traded His Relevance for Wealth.
"...and he'll never have that kind of influence again."

Ah, there's the Paul Constant I've not been remotely missing: maker of absolute statements with absolutely no basis.
Sep 23, 2014 Ancient Sumerian commented on City Attorney Will Drop All Recent Marijuana Tickets.
Good job, Holmesy.
Sep 12, 2014 Ancient Sumerian commented on How Do You Pronounce “Godot,” Anyway?. prohibits women from playing the tragic-comic tramps in Waiting for Godot

Dear Estate of Samuel Beckett,

Go fuck yourself.

The theater and all the decent people of the 21st Century
Jul 24, 2014 Ancient Sumerian commented on Meet Frank Montoya, Jr., New Special Agent in Charge of the FBI's Seattle Division.
@3++. @10++. This guy sounds like a total asshole.
Jul 21, 2014 Ancient Sumerian commented on SL Letter of the Day: With Mistress Matisse!.
Nicely done.
Jul 16, 2014 Ancient Sumerian commented on Andrew Sullivan on Israel and Gaza.
"@2 - People who can learn and admit their own past mistakes are not people to be slammed...Sullivan has been wrong about a lot of things - not least some of his previous foreign policy positions - but he's at least learning and cluing in."

Maybe such people are not to be slammed, but when someone is so consistently wrong about so very many things, they are people NOT TO BE LISTENED TO ever again.

As for Sullivan specifically, people seem to forget - all the time they forget - how he more or less advocated nuking Iraq after the anthrax scare. From October 17, 2001:

At this point, it seems to me that a refusal to extend the war to Iraq is not even an option. We have to extend it to Iraq, which is by far the most likely source of this anthrax; Saddam is clearly willing to use such weapons in the future; and no war against terrorism of this kind can be won without dealing decisively with the Iraqi threat. We no longer have any choice in the matter. Slowly, incrementally, a Rubicon has been crossed. The terrorists have launched a biological weapon against the United States. They have therefore made biological warfare thinkable and thus repeatable. We once had a doctrine that such a Rubicon would be answered with a nuclear response. We backed down on that threat in the Gulf War but Saddam didn’t dare use biological weapons then. Someone has dared to use them now. Our response must be as grave as this new threat.

Not that Sullivan will never say anything smart again - not that he's necessarily wrong about this, I'm not taking a position on it - but that he should be ignored as a public figure forever, because he has had more than enough chances. He advocated for nuking the Iraqi people based on no evidence: I'm supposed to listen to him seriously on ANYTHING ever again? Really? Why?

And if I'm supposed to take him seriously after his long and miserable history of errors, what is your standard for when I can stop? How wrong would he have to be for it to be ok for me to stop listening to him?
Jun 18, 2014 Ancient Sumerian commented on Mike Daisey Announces New Show Titled Yes All Women.
Either way, it's a p.r. mess. But I'm holding my breath—and any critiques—until I've actually seen the damn show. I figure he's owed at least that much.

Fuck that. Your time is zero-sum, and he's. a. liar. Why does a willful liar deserve a second chance?

He has never, is not, and never will be a journalist. The whole TAL thing is ridiculous.

Except that his explicit understanding with TAL was that he was doing journalism, which is why he had a fact-checker. Who he lied to. Fuck him.