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Jun 3, 2011 QuakeRugger commented on Gay Pride Organizers Are Thuper Thrilled to Get Giant Pride Flag.
So...the Space Needle's commitment to honoring diversity consists of not flying the flag and then paying for it to travel as far away from the Needle as possible? I'm sad for the Wheedle on top, he must hate his corporate masters.
Jun 1, 2011 QuakeRugger commented on I Have Been Maligned in Jen's Post About My Post.
What's the deal with all the kids dressing up in faux-native gear?

Is a hipster in headdress racist? Are the non-hipsters overreacting? Judgement call on both. What is a fact is that cultural symbols, stereotypes, clothing, etc. get appropriated all the time, and we don't notice most of the time because the "Kiss me I'm Irish" carries very little baggage; most folks like to be kissed and at least pretend to have a little Irish in them. As a society we are past the "no dogs, no Irish" era.

Native Americans, in many instances, live lives that would be unrecognizable to your average headdress wearing raver. The headdress & warpaint are images that have been used for ages as ways to simplify what the reality of Native American life is like.

So if you are using imagery like this, full-native, half-native or non-native, why? Can you really say that when stuff like this is viewed by the public no one will see it and see the implication that, tonight only, we are going to let go of our inhibitions and be free of spirit and dance like, as they would say in a more coarse time, Savages?

Art and humor that deal in individual characteristics not your own are the risky precisely because it doesn't matter who created it, it matters who sees it.
May 26, 2011 QuakeRugger commented on Announcing the Reading Party's Summer Hiatus.
Isn't that J? I recognize those stars...
Apr 12, 2011 QuakeRugger commented on The Trumpening Continues Apace.
Apr 8, 2011 QuakeRugger commented on GOP Proposal Would Make State Buy Stoned People Pizza.
Funny - but your link goes to Anderson's other amendment, which isn't funny.
Apr 8, 2011 QuakeRugger commented on Ken Burns's Documentary on the Civil War Really Knows How to Make Your Problems Seem Like Bullshit.
I'm with Roscoe @5 - while you might not be strapped to your horse right now, you don't have J.B. Hood's virulent racism coursing through your body, either. So there's that.
Mar 14, 2011 QuakeRugger commented on Is Nuclear Radiation from Japan in the Washington State Air?.
Cliff Mass has a couple of interesting posts on his blog illustrating the potential track of particles that may be released into the atmosphere - it's good to be prepared, but it's also good to remember that any radioactive materials that become airborne aren't taking a beeline for downtown Seattle, either.

Regardless I'll be sure to purchase iodized salt and sprinkle it all over my bananas from here on out...
Mar 11, 2011 QuakeRugger commented on Iowa Republican Calls Public Weapons Carry Legislation "the crazy, give-a-handgun-to-a-schizophrenic-bill" on a Hot Mic.
Cameras always of cops, microphones always on politicians - reinforced reality would be great!
Mar 7, 2011 QuakeRugger commented on Good To Know.
Would you say the hate trolls off your back like water from a duck?
Mar 2, 2011 QuakeRugger commented on "Question about Capitol Hill 'Gay Mafia'".
As much as I want this to be real it's the last phrase that won't allow me to think so.

I don't think someone on a real rant would say "the AIDS" - most folks who are all worked up and hatey don't use "the" as a humorous adjective.