Oct 28, 2016 SPG commented on Police Reports Illustrated: Man Parks in Beacon Hill.
@2, That would involve effort, paperwork, time, etc. ...ok, in all seriousness there are things they can do in this situation but the reality is that Seattle is so under policed that there just isn't time to hang around and find a guy who will deny the whole thing, and then have any charge tossed out anyway. In the time that it took to find the car there were probably another dozen 911 calls that came in. Had the jerk pulled a gun instead of spitting, then yeah...they'd probably do more to track him down.
Oct 25, 2016 SPG commented on Rich Guy Insistent on Bringing Back the Sonics Finds a Way to Do It Without Public Money.
Maybe I can take the light rail from Ballard to the arena by the time we get a team.
Hope they make the arena handicap accessible since by then I'll be so old that I'll probably need it.
Oct 25, 2016 SPG commented on Morning News: Key Arena's Free Health Clinic Is This Week and We Are So Screwed in the Event of an Earthquake.
@3, You're right about the wooden structures having some resiliency in an earthquake, but most of our old brick buildings have not been retrofitted. You can tell the ones that have by those huge metal columns and cross braces. If you don't see those, chances are it hasn't been retrofitted and you don't want to be anywhere near it during an earthquake.
@4, Seattle won't suffer much or at all from a Tsunami, but the coast could well be toast depending on how it all goes down. That's where the preparation and drills really need to step up.
Oct 17, 2016 SPG commented on What's Next for the City Council's Controversial Efforts to Reduce Homeless Encampment Sweeps?.
The anti O'Brien crowd seems to be growing up here in the North. It was a very vocal minority before but I think this might be getting closer to a tipping point especially if there were to be a decent challenger for the next election.
Oct 17, 2016 SPG commented on John Oliver Shreds Third Party Candidates Gary Johnson, Jill Stein, and Joe Exotic.
@1, No, Hillary's emails are a treasure trove of nothing really.
Trump's taxes would be a treasure trove of privilege and foreign influence by most guesses. Trump's foundation is a treasure trove of money laundering and embezzlement, and Trump is a treasure trove of misogyny, rape, racism, xenophobia, sexual assault, corruption, tax evasion, failure to pay workers, and all sorts of other nasty shit.
Jill Stein is just a treasure trove of stupidity.
I'm with Hillary who is the only one out of the bunch with any ability to actually do the job they're all trying to get.
Oct 14, 2016 SPG commented on Journalists Had to Defend a Free Press this Week Because Life Is That Bad Right Now.
I'm still surprised anyone would think that any of this news would sway Trump's base supporters. They're totally ok with curtailing press freedoms, banning religions, tossing out the rule of law, just so long as they're the ones doing it. Dictatorship would sit well with them, so long as it's their dictator. Their concept of patriotism is not rooted in the constitution or freedom or what is right, but simply of tribal identity and absolute loyalty...two of the key ingredients of an autocracy.
Oct 14, 2016 SPG commented on Police Officer Who Shot and Killed Man Near Jungle Was Not Carrying a Taser.
It's a little early to judge one way or the other on this specific case, but as a whole it seems that we've lost the plot with the methods of policing in this country. It should never have become "shoot as long as you feel threatened" but "shoot only as an absolute last resort".
I've been around when people have been fighting and knives came out. Luckily nobody had a gun so things got tense, but then de-escalated and everyone was able to walk away. It could have turned stabby quickly too, and that's a risk, but this mentality of carpet bombing any threat doesn't leave the chance that a less violent outcome can even occur.
Oct 14, 2016 SPG commented on Four Washington Vape Stores Are Being Sued for Allegedly Selling Exploding E-Cigarettes.
Clearly tootin' on a douche flute is already hazardous, and it's ridiculous to begin with so hopefully things like this will hasten the end of this fad.
Oct 13, 2016 SPG commented on Donald Trump Clarifies: He Only Sexually Assaults Hot Women.
@17, What the fuck is wrong with so many Americans that leads them to support this dip-shit asshole? Tribalism. Projection.
He's not black, or a woman, so they assume he's one of them and has their interests at heart. Once they think that, then it doesn't matter what he says or does since that's not what they're basing their support on. One of us vs them. Go team.
Oct 13, 2016 SPG commented on Evicted Ballard Resident Who Has Autism Stares Down Homelessness.
@14, Yeah, I get that sentiment, but where do you draw the line? A bunk in a concrete walled warehouse east of the mountains? That would satisfy the "place to live" minimum. I think we can do better for people. This guy has managed, despite major disabilities, to establish some kind of network of friends and a sense of community. There's some value in that and we can and should do a little more than the bare minimum as a society to help each other out.