Jul 27 Ross commented on New Column!.
@4 -- I respectfully disagree. She is a reactionary. Her husband fucked up in not getting involved in Yugoslavia soon enough or in Rwanda at all. She saw the horrors of disengagement.

So, in Libya, she (and -- by the way, Susan Rice) decided that intervening was better than nothing. I am sure she (and Susan Rice) realized they fucked up. But given the fucked up political environment we live in, admitting mistakes is not a good idea. Better to keep up the ridiculous idea that you infallible.

My guess is, as president, she will bounce back to the center. She will be a lot more like Obama (don't do stupid shit) and generally keep the hell out of such situations. The Middle East did not transform itself into a new democratic world -- it did not enter a new age of enlightenment (as many people thought and hoped). Which means that Clinton will have to deal with horrible, mean, evil dictators that kill their own people, because removing them will be worse.
Jul 27 Ross commented on Police Investigating Racial Threat to West Seattle Family.
@1 -- That cracked me up. Bravo. Well done.

Anyway, why the censored F-word? I get why you cut out the N-word, but holy shit, this is The Stranger. Let the "fucking this," and :fucking that", "shit, piss, mother fucker" shit fly. I mean, people say some nasty shit, and it really doesn't matter if they swear while doing it. None of this would be any better if they didn't swear at all. The assholes who said this are fucking ass holes. They need to fuck off and die. Fuck off first.
Jul 27 Ross commented on The Democratic Convention Is Awash in Corporate Cash.
Oh, and the "Clinton was Muslim-Baiting" is total bullshit. Read the comments on the site where it is posted. Total misinterpretation of what he said.

Clinton's remarks about Muslims were remarkably similar to the rest of the paragraph. It all fits into the same theme. If you are an individual that suffers from discrimination or hardship due to your situation, work with us (the Democrats) to fix things. You are not the enemy, you are Americans, and together we will win.

Not too hard to understand. Black people suffer from police discrimination as well as crime (more than white people). Immigrants suffer from discrimination as well as lack of resources. Muslims suffer from discrimination as well as terrorism (more than any other religion). Trump's solution is to isolate, and blame the victim in every one of these cases. The Democratic solution is the opposite.

If you want to misinterpret the sentences about Muslims, why stop there? Here, I'll help you: "If you love this country, you’re working hard, you’re paying taxes, you’re obeying the law and you’d like to become a citizen...". Oh, I get it. Immigrants don't always pay their taxes, and illegal immigrants, by definition, aren't obeying the law. Why single us out, gringo?

Total bullshit. In every one of these cases Bill Clinton is doing the same thing. He is pointing out to everyone that the group he is referring to is largely made up of people that contribute a lot to society and that we want to help them. It seems silly to point that out, but (believe it or not) a lot of Americans aren't very smart (many don't believe in either climate change or evolution). He is also pointing out that by working with these groups, we help solve the problems (again, a point that should be obvious).

It was a good speech, and like most speeches by Democrats this year, is basically trying to explain to the idiots out there that unless you are very rich or a very mean, racist, xenophobic bastard, your life will be better under a Democratic administration.
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Jul 26 Ross commented on A Conversation With a #BernieOrBuster About Dinner.
@37 -- No one said Nader was the only thing that cost Gore the election. There were a number of things that cost him the election. First, there was Bill Clinton's screwing around in the White House and lying about it. Then there was the bullshit story in Wired. Fuck You, Wired: we probably missed a chance to get the nerdiest president ever (someone who might have done something when the industry that was responsible for much of the growth collapsed) because you chose to focus on his unusual pronunciation of router, and his misstatement about the internet (instead of the real work he did in its conception). Then there were other bullshit stories, that painted Gore as a pathological liar, even though every one of them was largely true (Love Story, Love Canal, etc.). Top of the list was probably his horrible speaking style, and terrible performance in the debates. Of course, we can't forget the fact that people cheated in Florida, or that we have an antiquated system that not only doesn't give the election to the person with a majority, but to the candidate with a plurality.

All of those things cost him the election. But at the same time, most of the people who supported Nader (a far left candidate) would chose Gore (the center left candidate) over Bush (the far right candidate). But they didn't. They thought -- for whatever reason -- that it didn't matter that much. They didn't want to pick their second choice; they chose Nader.

Unlike Bernie (a guy who obviously has his shit together), the candidate himself encouraged it. Nader basically said they might lose one election, but it would start a movement. Bullshit. History has proven him wrong. This country and the world is much worse off because Nader voters in Florida and New Hampshire believed that bullshit. Nader -- and his followers -- was one reason that Bush, not Gore, became president.

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Jul 26 Ross commented on Bernie Sanders: "Hillary Clinton must become the next president of the United States!".
@6 (and other folks that feel the same way) -- So what exactly is the strategy of the Bernie or Bust folks? I honestly want to know. I can think of several ideas, but I don't want to build straw men (e. g. you are hoping that by sitting out this election, you move the Democratic Party to the left in the following election). None of the strategies I can think of are likely to work, but again, I would like to hear your ideas.

The strategy for many of on the left is simple: Vote for the candidate that is farther to the left. In almost all races, this means voting for a Democrat. In most of them, voting for a Democrat in the general will make a bigger difference than voting for this Democrat versus that Democrat. This state is no different. There are several candidates (but three with a solid chance) in the 7th. But I would be thrilled If the worst one (or the one farthest to the right) gets in, but at the same time, Reichart or Buelter (or both) get kicked out. That is a trade I would take every time.
Jul 24 Ross commented on Hillary Clinton Announces Running Mate.
@114 -- Americans want this left win proposal or that left wing proposal. Yet they keep electing Republicans (at every level but the White House). What gives?

Oh, I don't know, maybe it is because Americans are fucking idiots. Maybe it is because they want all the niceties of government, but not to pay for it. Maybe it is because Democrats are smart when it comes to policies, but stupid as hell when it comes to politics. They get excited when a new savior comes along (look, a black man that might be elected President -- Yes we can!) then sit on their asses when it comes to doing the hard work (I voted two years ago -- fuck it). Then again, maybe it is because of redistricting. The House is gerrymandered to support Republicans, the Senate favors the Republicans (natural gerrymandering if you will) but the only race that is national favors the Democrats. How the hell did we let that happen? Oh yeah, because not enough Democrats (or Socialists, or Greens or whatever you want to call the left) bothered to show up and win state wide races six years ago.

Again, the contrast with the fucking idiots in the Tea Party is startling. They win race after race at every level, but a handful of left wingers are happy to throw an occasional hissy fit, even if it causes the worst President ever to be elected. Stop bitching about how horrible the Democrats are and get Republicans kicked out. Just about every political problem in this country is because Republicans -- very, very far right Republicans -- have too much power. They pass absolutely horrible bills, and pressure Democrats to move to the right. It all started with Reagan, which is why the party faithful loves him so much. Issue after issue the country is pushed to the right, and it is because of Republicans. For example, there is no way in hell that Congress would have cut food stamps if the Democrats were in power and you know it. Do I give a damn about the Americans that suffer because Republicans have too much power, and as a result go hungry every night? You bet your ass I do. I'm a Democrat.

Complain all you want about both parties, but you have no strategy. My strategy is pretty fucking simple: Defeat stupid Republicans. Defeat them at every level. If that means I have to put up with a Democrat who is less than ideal, so be it. But until more Democrats win, we can't make progress in this country. Once Democrats win, they might be able to pass progressive legislation, they might not. But I sure as hell know that it won't happen until they win, and win consistently.

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Jul 24 Ross commented on Hillary Clinton Announces Running Mate.
@108 -- No, you fucking idiot, that isn't the fucking problem. The problem is that most of the country, and indeed, most of Congress is far right. Holy shit, man, if a modern Rip Van Winkle fell asleep for 50 years and read your bullshit, he would assume that the Democrats were the majority party. He would assume they held control of the House (as they did for a very long time) and the Senate. A majority of governors must be Democrats along with a majority of state legislatures. It is only the centrist President of the United States -- a modern day Ed Muskie -- who is slowing everything down and preventing us from becoming the socialist utopia that a majority of people want.

But that isn't the way it is. The Nixon Strategy has been hugely successful. It is based on identity, not ideas. The Republican convention was all about that. Day after day of attacks and cheer leading, with nothing in the way of substance. Just about every columnist wrote about it, but Pitts wrote my favorite summary of events: http://www.miamiherald.com/opinion/opn-c…. This is the majority party. This is the party that has -- by far -- the most power in the country.

If that doesn't change, it doesn't matter much what the president does. Blame Obama all you want, but the last six years -- and probably even the last eight -- would have been much the same under just about any Democrat, Socialist or Green. Congress is bat shit crazy, and any reasonable President would be forced to just play defense. President Obama, President Clinton, President Sanders or President Kucinich would do the same fucking thing. You are blaming the goalie for the team not being able to score.

But the last six years (and the next two) would be completely different if a Republican -- any Republican -- were in office. Mitt Romney is probably the best Republican nominee since Gerald Ford, but the country would be total disaster if he had won. He would have been forced (by his own party) to open the flood gates to the lunacy that is the Tea Party.

Speaking of which, what do think the are doing right now? Are they excited because Clinton is more malleable than Obama? Fuck no. They want a Republican -- any Republican -- in power so they can pursue their master plan. Their dream candidate (Ryan) sat this one out, but they will be pleased as punch if Trump manages to squeak out a victory. Ryan will then be able to gut the fuck out of the government. Not only will they roll back the small bits of progress we've made in the last fifty years (which include the ACA) but they will chop away at every bit of the social safety net that has been built since Roosevelt came to power (take your pick). Social Security, Medicaid, Medicare, Food Stamps, AFDC -- you name it, it will be cut (or eliminated). You think Trump is scary, just imagine a President Ryan.

But the Tea Party isn't focused on the presidency, because they know Trump is a fucking idiot. They are focused on the House and Senate, and you should be too. If you really think the country is ready for a socialist president, then how about getting us a socialist congress. Holy shit, man, how about getting us a moderate House. That is my biggest problem with most -- not all -- of the Bernie or bust people. They are focused only on the presidency, and ignore the fact that most of the really terrible shit in this country is the result of an election that occurred six years ago. I really don't give a shit if you sit this one out. As stupid as this country is, I don't think they are stupid enough to elect Trump. But here is a crazy idea. If you can't find it within yourself to support the head of the ticket, how about you go out there and put that energy into electing leftists running for Congress. You can start by getting rid of Reichart in the 8th. If half the people willing to bust their ass for Bernie were to bust their ass for Ramos, he would win easily. You could then tell him (Tea Party style) who put him into office. He would help support a very progressive agenda, which (believe it not) Hillary Clinton would be all too happy to sign.
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Jul 20 Ross commented on Trump Is Officially Nominated, Roger Ailes Is Officially Being Fired from Fox News, and Did You See the Seattle Times?.
The plagiarism story (written by someone else) is on A-3 today. I think @6 had it right (the story appeared too late, and was not really the main story).

I would say the editorial staff is very hard right. Kind of crazy, Fox News right. Specifically like Bill O'Reilly. They occasionally say things that are sensible (legalize weed, gay rights) just to soften you up, and them wham! they endorse some whacko. The main problem they have is they never met a tax they didn't hate (which is at its root the Republican Party).

But I also think they have a very good wall between the bat shit crazy editorial staff and the news department. By and large the news reporting is good. Not bad, really, for a small city like Seattle (some of their original reporting is excellent).
Jul 19 Ross commented on Trump Is Officially Nominated, Roger Ailes Is Officially Being Fired from Fox News, and Did You See the Seattle Times?.
"Strife" is the first word in the headline. There are two stories, separated by a picture. The picture is of Washington Delegate Eric Minor and the caption under the picture explains how he tried to force a roll-call vote (with the quote "It's a miscarriage of justice"). The story to the left focuses on that issue as well (the strife, or the chaos and disunity at the convention). That is the only story that they wrote.

The story to the right of the picture was by A. P. It is a generic telling of the first day's speeches and the same disunity which is at the heart of the convention. It also mentions the fact that aside from lack of unity, the common theme from the first day is lack of policy. Speakers focused on attacking Hillary Clinton, instead of laying out a vision for America, and the programs or policies to achieve it.

None of that could hardly be called an endorsement of the party, or anything but a fair description of the events and the state of a convention run by a man that is opposed by almost all of the previous nominees of the party. With all due respect to Melania Trump, who gives a shit? In a normal year, that might be the day's lead -- hell, that might be the story of the convention (like when Clint Eastwood talked to the chair). But in this convention, it is a minor story compared to everything else, which is much worse.
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