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Aug 19 Corydon commented on The Morning News: Trump Campaign Chairman Paul Manafort Resigns, Judge to Those Who Lost Lives and Homes in Oso Mudslide: It's Your Fault.
Meanwhile, tens of thousands are homeless in Louisiana (and hey...Black Lives Matter, many of them are black so you'll get right on that, right? Right? Oh.).

And Hillary Clinton is nowhere to he seen. Disaster response and recovery is a MAJOR part of the President's job description. And Clinton is failing big time. Why isn't she there drawing attention to the crisis? Why isn't Tim Kaine drafting relief legislation in a highly public manner? This is a prime opportunity for a dry run at actually being in charge and she's too busy hitting up Wall Street for cash or whatever.

She's going to win in November, but this does not bode well for her administration.

Incidentally, people in Louisiana (and elsewhere) are noticing just how little their lives (black and white) really seem to matter outside of the context of whatever cultural issue is the latest hot topic.

But hey, it was really important for me to hear about German burkas.
Aug 19 Corydon commented on What's So Funny About the Naked Trump Statue?.
There was a story of a pagan king,who lived very many centuries ago. This was in the days when the old Roman Empire was still something of a force to be reckoned with, but had been severely reduced in size by Islamic conquests of the Middle East and North Africa. The Muslims were clearly the new, powerful up-and-comers in the world.

This king traveled to Constantinople on the shores of the Bosphorus as part of an embassy. And while he was there he entered the Cathedral Church of Holy Wisdom, the Hagia Sophia, and being so overwhelmed by its unparalleled grace and beauty, its mosaics and frescoes, its liturgies and chants, converted to Christianity right then and there.

How far art has come since those barbarous times!
Aug 18 Corydon commented on Thank You for Your Service: 10 Gawker Articles We Loved.
I dunno. Yeah, Gawker sucked. I never really read it much myself so won't really mind its passing. So maybe Nick Denton et al. just really had this coming.

On the other hand, can we all agree that Peter Thiel is basically a James Bond supervillain/member of the Legion of Doom in real life? The whole creepy "I want to live forever off the blood of youths" deal? And this whole episode just goes to show that, man, can he ever carry a grudge.

Yeah, it's true that Hogan did have a case. Gawker was in the wrong. Yadda yadda yadda.

But this is kinda why the ACLU will defend the KKK in court. Because now this particular evil billionaire would-be transhuman overlord knows he can crush his perceived enemies. And he's just the bastard to keep on doing it until someone stops him. And don't think for a minute that the justice system, especially civil litigation, isn't massively tilted in favor of those with mountains of cash.

My guess is that his next victim probably won't be quite as unsympathetic.
Aug 16 Corydon commented on Seattle City Council Postpones Fight Over Cost of Police Station Amid #BlocktheBunker Protests.
@6/7, I had this question too "Racial Equity Analysis" is not a term I've heard before.

So if we regard race and socioeconomic categories as shorthand for communities of people with shared interests who are seeking representation in the city's decision making processes, I would suggest that balancing resource expenditures among the various interests is an inherently political process. And therefore one that the elected representatives are responsible for carrying out.

A "Racial Equity Analysis" to me sounds like (a) an attempt by a politician to punt the hard decisions and (b) an attempt to apply a veneer of objectivity and science to what is an inherently subjective and political process.

In other words, a cop-out.
Aug 16 Corydon commented on Protesters Shout "Fuck You" and "You're All Racists" as Council Members Move Ahead With New Police Station.
@14, What ultimately got a majority of white voters, voters whose support was absolutely essential to its successful passage, comfortable with the Civil Rights Act? Was it "F--- you!" or "I have a dream"?

This is how politics is played. You find consensus, sometimes even strange bedfellows Has anyone in Black Lives Matter ever considered reaching out to fiscal conservatives about approaching over policing as a waste of taxpayer money? Or libertarians opposed to big government? Probably not—they're too busy calling absolutely everyone who isn't completely ideologically pure racists.

You don't get your policies achieved by acting like a dick and then throwing a tantrum.
Aug 16 Corydon commented on Protesters Shout "Fuck You" and "You're All Racists" as Council Members Move Ahead With New Police Station.
What I'd like to know is just what it is that protesters are trying to accomplish here.

If it's a simple matter of announcing to the world that they are angry, then OK. Mission accomplished.

If it's a matter of building out their coalition and convincing people on the sidelines that they have something important to say (and incidentally, I do think they have something important to say), then perhaps "F--- you" isn't the best argument to be deploying.

If it's a matter of representing community interests to the city council and working to amend policing, then perhaps "F--- you" isn't the best argument to be deploying.

To an outsider, this looks like the left's take on Tea Party politics. Angry, uncompromising, destructive. And ultimately completely ineffective and self-defeating. You have potential allies, both on the council and in the community who see behavior like this and conclude that it's impossible to work with you.

And they are absolutely right.
Aug 5 Corydon commented on Former Cop Cynthia Whitlatch Appealing Her Firing to Discredited Review Board.
@11 Police officers are a special case in that, while there are definitely cops who are bad actors, there are also by definition bad actors on the other side who can and will allege police malfeasance as a tactic for escaping their own legal problems. This is precisely why this issue is such a difficult one to solve.

Beyond that, as someone who has screwed up in the workplace myself in the past, I can tell you having someone else in your corner, even, especially, when you are in the wrong is also something that workplaces definitely need.

That is precisely what unions are for.
Aug 5 Corydon commented on Former Cop Cynthia Whitlatch Appealing Her Firing to Discredited Review Board.
@7 As I stated, unions do not exist to serve left wing politics. It's nice if they do, but it's not their core mission.

Likewise, solidarity is definitely a union tradition and an important tool in collective bargaining, but it's not an end in itself.

Unions exist to promote the interests of workers in a particular workplace, period.

@4 I agree, when dealing with public agencies, the community has a right to be involved. But that doesn't mean workers shouldn't have a voice too. That voice is their union. And just because you don't like what they have to say doesn't mean they don't have a right to say it.
Aug 5 Corydon commented on Former Cop Cynthia Whitlatch Appealing Her Firing to Discredited Review Board.
Oddly enough, The Stranger seems consistently amazed that police unions do exactly what unions everywhere are supposed to do: represent the interests of their rank-and-file, both as individuals and collectively.

Unions do not exist to promote progressive politics (though they may find common cause with progressives). They do not exist to advance community interests in their workplace. They exist solely to protect and promote the interests of workers.

Where they represent workers in danger of being fired, the function they perform is analogous to that of a defense attorney in a criminal case. Presumably, that's not a controversial job either.

So I really don't understand why police unions get singled out for doing what unions do. Frankly, it makes you sound like Koch mouthpieces.
Aug 4 Corydon commented on Presidential Endorsement Game Turning into Bitter Fistfight.
Here's the thing about American politics. There are always two parties. That's an artifact of our constitutional structure. We have first past the post, winner take all elections. We have a Presidential, rather than a parliamentary system. Therefore, third parties will almost never be anything but protest votes.

Because there can only be two, those parties are not founded on ideology but rather on coalitions of various interest groups, mostly organized around social class, ethnicity, geography and cultural outlook. Any intellectual ideology that may appear in one party or another is generally a veneer used to gussy up and present policies designed to benefit a constituency as serving the broad national interest. In other words, we start with our political desires and then create an ideology to justify them.

The two party system is going through one of its periodic realignments. In particular, the Republican coalition is falling apart, mainly because the interests of one of its important members, working class whites, have largely been ignored because the GOP started buying into their own ideological BS a little too deeply and forgot that the cardinal rule of politics is to bring home the bacon. Donald Trump represents that constituency's (and it's a big one, one of the biggest in the country) attempt to remind the GOP that they need to look after them better.

The question is, what will the coalitions look like after? It's too soon to tell, and these things could break in a number if different ways, but one strong possibility is that it could break along economic class lines fairly strongly, with Democrats being the party of coastal elites, globalist, cosmopolitan, materialist, highly educated. Such a party would be comfortable with crony capitalism, large corporations, probably more fiscally conservative than it is now, but also still socially liberal. Basically a vaguely corrupt, more libertarian style party.

Meanwhile, the GOP might become more attuned to working class issues more broadly. More nativist, more attuned to working and middle class economics (more in favor of government programs you earn your way into rather than simply qualify for, for instance), still socially conservative. Probably less racism, in an attempt to build a working class coalition. I could eventually see the revamped GOP strongly appealing to blacks and Latinos along those lines. If we're lucky, they might turn out like Southern Democrats of the FDR coalition.

That's one possibility. There are others, of course. But what won't happen is that we won't become a one-party country. Because there is no way one party can successfully integrate enough interest groups to build a lasting coalition. FDR probably came closest, and even then we had Republican majorities following WWII and Ike in the '50s (with the 1960 election being razor thin). The groups shuffle around periodically, and one or the other party gains temporary advantages, but we always revert to the mean.