Feb 14 xina commented on Washington Republican Dave Reichert Votes Against Demanding Trump's Tax Returns.
I fail to understand how these Republicans believe doing nothing and ignoring their constituents will help them keep their jobs. The claim is they won't go against Trump because they want to save their jobs. How is protecting an incompetent POTUS, guilty of treason, who is going to screw over all of the people who voted for him (and millions of people who did not vote for him) going to protect their jobs?
Feb 1 xina commented on Guest Editorial: An Open Letter to My Mother, Who Voted for Trump.
@21 I doubt she will. Her mother is 70. Donald Trump is 70. Donald Trump will destroy as much as he can and then he'll die, He will never have to deal with the consequences of the damage done. No EPA, no public schools, no health care, no labor laws or regulations, nothing but destruction. And these people consider themselves pro-life. Well they sure as sh*t don't care about their children or grandchildren (or anyone else's children or grandchildren). Doesn't matter how rich you are there are two truths that cannot be escaped: you can't take your wealth with you when you die and when the earth has been made inhabitable (no clean air, no clean water, no ability to grow anything), everyone and everything will die. Every POS that voted for Trump chose a nasty, stupid, hateful man (white supremacy, misogyny, and fascism) over EVERYTHING ELSE. I don't care how much they hate HRC. There is not one good thing that will come from 45's presidency. The facebook pages and twitter accounts with whining Trump voters who regret what they've done elicit no sympathy from me. And they have the nerve to call US the snowflakes. F*ck every single DJT voter and DJT himself and his minions. We can only hope they all die before they cause the deaths of everyone else on this planet.
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Jan 24 xina commented on Angry White Man (Slight Return).
White people need to put down white supremacist racism. Period. Until white people wage war against the lower life forms in this country perpetuating this BS and I mean PUT THEM DOWN PERMANENTLY AND END IT COMPLETELY, it will never end. It will have to be done violently and it will have to be done by white people. That's it. That is the only solution, the only way out of this sh*t show we are in and will be in until humanity ends or humanity puts an end to it. I AM SO SICK OF RACIST AMERIKKKA. I am so sick of dumb as f*ck AMERIKKKA. I AM SO SICK OF WOMEN HATING AMERIKKKA. THIS IS MY COUNTRY AND I AM ALIGNED WITH THE MAJORITY, THE DIVERSE, THE FEMALE, THE INTELLIGENT, THE HUMANE, AND THE EVOLVED. THE DINOSAURS NEED TO DIE. EVERY SINGLE HATEFUL POS ONE OF THEM.
Jan 18 xina commented on From "aPodments" to Luxury One-Bedrooms, We Scoured Seattle to Find Out What the Rental Market is Like.
@11, yet corporations in Seattle pay little in taxes (certainly NOT THEIR FAIR SHARE) and neither do the wealthy, because there is no income tax, which is desperately needed in WA (and IMO, Seattle needs a city tax); property taxes are NOT high (not compared to other coastal states, see CA and NY >>> WA pays a fraction in property taxes, ESPECIALLY considering the outrageously inflated and overvaluation of property (every house in a desirable neighborhoods sells for 3/4 or a million dollars with offers hundreds of thousands over asking price and people paying cash to buy)?!?! The ONLY tax anyone wants to increase is the sales tax, which harms the poorest residents. If everyone were actually paying their fair share, there would be much less inequality and more affordability. If people's wages and raises matched the rent increases (which you tie to property taxes, not greed) and their employers paid their fair share in taxes instead of getting outrageous tax breaks or using tax laws to their advantage to fuck over the poor (like Donald Trump ("that makes me smart") and Leona Helmsley ("only the little people pay taxes) then maybe people would have a chance to make it.
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Jan 18 xina commented on From "aPodments" to Luxury One-Bedrooms, We Scoured Seattle to Find Out What the Rental Market is Like.
And how exactly would Republicans have made it better? Republicans don't believe in any regulations of any entity, believe in "trickle down economics," and don't care about the poor, the working or middle classes. What kool aid do you people drink believing Republicans would do better? This is solely about class, who has the money, and how they wield that power. Corporations blackmailing cities NOT to pay taxes so they'll keep their companies in the state. Laissez-faire economics with no regulations to protect current tenants, affordable housing, tenants in general, etc? I have voted in every election that I qualified to vote in since I was 18 years old (I am almost 45 now). George W. Bush decimated the economy through deregulation, bailed out the banks that robbed everyone blind, and then said a big FUCK YOU to the people those banks defrauded by refusing to help them. Profit is private, loss is public. I really, really, REALLY want to know what voting Republican would have done for Seattle? Ruined it 30 years faster? Instead of just making a statement that means nothing, why not provide some facts. Oh right, because you people don't believe in facts (or science or reality).
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Jan 18 xina commented on From "aPodments" to Luxury One-Bedrooms, We Scoured Seattle to Find Out What the Rental Market is Like.
PS I obviously don't know how to do the paragraph breaks.
Jan 18 xina commented on From "aPodments" to Luxury One-Bedrooms, We Scoured Seattle to Find Out What the Rental Market is Like.
I lived in a studio apartment in the Biltmore for almost 4 years. My first apartment was on the first floor on the west side of the building and was HUGE. The walk in closet could have been used as a bedroom (but I didn't want to sleep in a windowless room. I had an eat-in kitchen and I LOVED that apartment (and it was more that 500 square feet). I moved in at the end of October in 2002. I paid $650/month. In 2005 they started building a huge, ugly building next door. They tore down the trees and the buildings and on Belmont and my quiet apartment became a construction site. So I moved to another apartment, on the north side of the building and on the 3rd floor. My walk in closet had a window and a built in dresser and since I had to walk through it to get to the bathroom I used it as my bedroom. The apartment was much louder than the first one (until the construction) as it was on the side where the garbage pickup was. I paid $650/mo. Then I got a notice one day that my rent was going up $100. Then I got locked out of my apartment, Lea, (who I will describe as the mentally ill on-site manager who lived on the premises) refused to return to the building to let me into my apartment (I was locked out doing laundry and had a wedding I was going to that afternoon). No locksmith would come because they said the manager had to be there. I got evicted for breaking into my apartment (oh and I hired a lawyer and went to "landlord court" or whatever it is there > you don't see a judge, you see some bureaucrat who is probably a landlord, too, and despite 4 years of paying rent on time, being an excellent tenant, and taking exceptional care of my apartment, I was evicted (THREE DAYS TO MOVE OUT). I loved my first apartment there, but the management company that own the Biltmore don't care about the building and financially rape the people who want to live there. I paid $40/mo for water. My friends owned a 2 bedroom house in Georgetown at the time and they paid $60 a month for their water. So explain the scheme that allows the owners of the Biltmore to charge $40/per person in each apartment (what are there, 100?) for water. Oh, right, in Seattle you don't need meters and have to charge people for actual use, you can charge them whatever you want and raise the rent however much you want at any time, for no reason other than GREED. When I left the Biltmore I moved to a smaller studio apartment on First Hill in the Union Arms building. I paid $790 in rent (including all utilities except electricity and any cable/internet you wanted). After a year they added a $50 fee to the rent for water/sewer/garbage and right after that they raised the rent another $15. Then I got sick (it was serious enough to end my ability to work and my ability to live independently) and left Seattle. When they were showing my apartment to people (while I was packing up my life), they were quoting the rent as $965. That was in October 2009. When I see how Seattle is now, if I had never gotten sick I would have to leave Seattle anyway because I would not be able to afford to live there. I was only making $45K at the time I left and at the time that felt like a good amount of money, for me (single, no children, no car). I know people who make good money in Seattle, some who even work for the city itself, and can't afford to live in Seattle. They've all been priced out and they are white collar, white people, working in professions that require graduate degrees. Seattle has turned into a city I don't recognize and I'm not against change and I don't expect people not move to Seattle. I only wish that money wasn't the only thing of importance in Seattle and so many other places. Real people are being harmed and displaced and all most people can do is shrug their shoulders and say "capitalism" or they get nasty and tell people how they shouldn't expect to be able to live somewhere if they don't have enough money and if they are not making enough money they're just going to have to move somewhere else. There is no humanity left in humanity and it's only about to get so much worse. I would never pay $1000 to live in a freaking dorm room and I wouldn't even pay $1300 to live in a studio in the Biltmore (because it won't be $1300 for long).
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Jan 6 xina commented on Can Portlandia Be Funny In the Age of Trump?.
First, having lived in the PNW twice now (Seattle and now the Oregon coast, with plenty of time spent in Portland), the show is spot on > it's funny because there are people out there that are like that and therefore the show is relatable (either because you've encountered those people or you are those people and have a sense of humor). Having to listen to Porltanders complain about Portland ruining their city (nearly constantly) is completely baffling to me. IT'S A TV SHOW. It's social commentary. It's two people's perspective (actually more, I don't know who does all the writing). We are facing serious, life threatening problems with the insane clown posse of an incoming administration. How about we focus on the real life work that needs to be done in order to mitigate the damage that's going to be done? Getting rid of Portlandia (or any other show like it isn't going to do that). Portlandia isn't the problem. SNL is not the problem. Shows like A&E's "Life in the KKK" (or whatever the hell it was going to be called > normalizing white supremacy) are more of a problem. Thankfully it was cancelled due to the fact that it was discovered A&E paid the KKK and "scripted the show."

What's really a problem and way more important than any discussion regarding Portlandia are things like whether or not someone like Jeff Sessions is going to be appointed the Attorney General of the United States; whether the tiny handed temper tantrum twitter toddler will start a world war (with nuclear weapons); and, oh, I don't know, how many millions of Americans are doing to die in the next four years because they have no health insurance. What's really a problem is all the black people being murdered on a daily basis by law enforcement. What's really a problem is that Donnie Dump Truck and his white supremacist, billionaire administration, with the help of the Republicans in Congress just might LITERALLY destroy everything that has been built in this country for the last 60-100 years. Instead of wondering about a comedy sketch show on IFC that a fraction of the population watches can be funny in the age of Trump, let's focus on the very real issue of all of the people that are going to suffer (who have been suffering since the election) and who are not just going to lose their civil rights, but may just lose their lives.

We have a sociopath (rapist, bigot, liar, loser, etc. etc. etc.) 70 year old child who is barely as intelligent as a 10 year old with the maturity level of approximately a 3 year old about to become our president. Portlandia, on the list of all of the serious problems we are facing in the age of Trump, is about #1Trillion on the list. Seriously.
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Jan 3 xina commented on Before Greatness: Barry Is About an Obama Who Has No Future.
Oh and I lived in NYC in my 20s and had a more interesting time than Barry did. How someone could be in NYC and truly have the most incredibly boring existence ever is beyond me.
Jan 3 xina commented on Before Greatness: Barry Is About an Obama Who Has No Future.
I thought this movie was unbelievably boring and pointless. Barack Obama is one of the most interesting people in the world, with a fascinating personal history and they reduced him to "guy who doesn't feel like he fits in anywhere." I eagerly awaited the film's release on Netflix and would give it negative stars if I could.