Oct 9, 2015 shotsix commented on Update Those School Shooting Timelines.
Can you imagine the analyses, hand wringing, and major safety changes that would happen if multiple commuter planes filled only with students crashed and burned every year?
Oct 9, 2015 shotsix commented on Update Those School Shooting Timelines.
If there was some sort of commonly used kitchen device (or something akin) that accidentally killed as many people as guns did every year, that thing would have been banned a long time ago. Or, if as many people died in plane crashes every year that were killed by guns the public would either stop flying or the whole aviation system would be radically overhauled. It's weird that guns get a special killing pass.
Oct 5, 2015 shotsix commented on A Few Things I Noticed About the Washington Coast.
You realize we also have the longest, non-road paralleling/accessible stretch of beautiful, rugged, and rocky coast in the entire continental USA, right? What you did would be like judging all of California's beaches on some crowded, trashy beach in LA County.
Sep 24, 2015 shotsix commented on Welcome to College, Now Pay Attention to Local Politics.
Oh lordy. If you're 18 and a freshman in college, go enjoy that best year of your life and don't get worked up about local politics (unless, of course, that's your life's calling). I think the author of this article doesn't remember being 18 and away from home for the first time. Look in the mirror beautiful young freshman - this is the best looking and energy filled you're ever going to be, so go have fun and don't worry about politics beyond informed voting. So many cool new things to do, and that window of high fun potential + few responsibilities stays open for what seems like a mili-second.
Sep 23, 2015 shotsix commented on I, Anonymous.
Oh man, someone a ways back mentioned the "feigning interest" thing. I'm a 4th generation local, and I have to admit I do that expertly and reflexively (I was taught that it was good manners?). Anyway, recently I've noticed that this is interpreted as an opening to "let's go out for drinks" or whatever - which I have no intention of doing or ever responding to. This, then, leads to the person eventually becoming very frustrated and nasty...which is something I used to not have to deal with (I think locals know the dealio with that).
Sep 23, 2015 shotsix commented on We Saw You Have Sex on the Beach, Text About Drugs, and Eat Pizza While Cycling.
I enjoyed it, it seemed more like the old, irreverent, and fun Stranger/Slog instead of the always depressed, overly preachy, and sanctimonious Stranger of the past couple of years. More fun drivel please!
Sep 18, 2015 shotsix commented on New Documentary Shows the Black Panthers Were the Original Gun Nuts.
Well, I think Charles has pointed out the quickest route to major gun control in this country.
Aug 11, 2015 shotsix commented on In Her Own Words: The Political Beliefs of the Protester Who Interrupted Bernie Sanders.
I wonder if her Evangelical Christianity is the normal hating-on-the-gays type?
Aug 11, 2015 shotsix commented on The Bad Politics of the Black Lives Matter Protesters Who Interrupted Bernie Sanders.
@40 I think you're being overly simplistic in how difficult the past 30+ years of transforming gays from "other" to "us" was. Lot's of very un-privileged and privileged people of all races slowly and incrementally nudged America to the relatively gay friendly atmosphere we find today. None of that was accomplished by putting natural allies into defensive positions. You shouldn't call somebody an asshole and then expect them to invest in your vision.

Oh well, as a straight person you probably can't appreciate the struggle.
Aug 11, 2015 shotsix commented on The Bad Politics of the Black Lives Matter Protesters Who Interrupted Bernie Sanders.
I think a lot of you are missing Charles's point. He's not saying their disruption and anger wasn't without just cause, or should be condemned because it wasn't Seattle "nice", he's simply being very pragmatic and pointing out that these sorts of movements can only persist, flourish, and ultimately succeed by persuading people to join with you. I absolutely guarantee you that fewer people are sympathetic to the BLM cause today than there were last Friday, and that's not a good thing.

Whatever you might think about gay marriage, that movement proved that by winning over middle American grandmothers through completely non-threatening methods and positive messaging (and making your enemies the obviously hateful ones) is the way to win. It's all about strategy for a timeline that likely extends past the horizon, and being mindful of what motivates the human heart.