Jan 29, 2014
commented on Snowden Nominated for Nobel Peace Prize
What Snowden did.... are we better or worse for it? Better for sure. Full stop.
That said, Snowden is a punk who didn't have the balls to go public on his own soil & trust his society to enable his story to be told. Instead, he ran away and hid behind the cloak of dictator/KGB thug/homophobe Victor Putin and takes petulant pot shots from behind the erstwhile iron curtain. Neener, neener. catch me if you can. Irony anyone?
Snowden has acted in ways that suggest he is more about Snowden than the cause he purports to believe in. Am I glad the information he has is public? Yes. Does there need to be a big public debate about changes to how NSA does business? Absolutely. Does he deserve any respect -- or a peace rpize -- for how he has acted? No effn way. Be a stand up guy, Ed. Own it that society's got rules. Use what you know to change the rules. Dont run & hide in a manner that sends the message that it's OK to selectively comply with laws in a democratic society. You've undermined your own point, dumbass.
Jan 10, 2014
commented on The Stupid Season: Olympia Kicks Off Its Most Pointless Legislative Session Ever
Goldy - I usually agree with you, especially when you swear. This time I don't. To get this state going back in the right direction, the state Senate needs to change. For the Senate to change, the 2014 election needs a tidal-scale movement. To get a tidal movement, there needs to be a clear and defining exposure of the MCC's deliberate failure to address education and jobs.
The Gov shouldn't spend one more minute on a pointless transportation package that's never going to happen. He should spend the next 60 days shining a bright spotlight on the McCleary decision and the unemployment rate, so that when the MCC predicatably fails to do anything worthwhile he's ready to hit the go button on the "give me a new Senate" campaign. What happens in the next 60 days, then, is incredibly consequential.
Nov 22, 2013
commented on My Dad's Unsolicited Remembrance of the Day JFK Was Shot
@3, 8 - It IS an awesome question. I have a 16 yr-old, who is one of the most upbeat, positive people I know. But no idea whether he is representative.
I will try a tough one here: I do not think the hope of December 2008 was misplaced, or has gone un-answered. Notwithstanding the whithering thrum of obstruction and hatery in modern politics, Obama HAS changed what constitutes "normal" in this era. Perhaps the sheer magnitude of shifting norms caused by his presidency won't be known, measureable or realized until he's long gone from office.
In 2000 a lawsuit gave the white house to Bush. That led to 10 years of war, international strife and economic collapse. Much of that damage has been stopped, and some healing has begun. But more importantly, our cultural development has progressed toward further national maturity. Call me an optimist. What other way is there to be?
Can we do better? Sure. Should we expect more from DC? Absolutely. But the measure of whether hope has been realized should be more than whether a law was passed or a filibuster broken. It should also include consideration of what the alternative could have been. Kennedy might have disappointed people in the end. No one will know. But hope did not end with his killing. It shifted form, morphed into a standard, became something to measure others by, and continues thus to this day.
My message is simple. People should not shy away from letting themselves feel hope, and they should never, ever, under-empahsize the importance of elections. It matters who runs. It matters who gets nominated. It matters who gets elected. In every election. At every level. Each in its own turn stimulates its own measures of hope and anguish. That alone is enough to keep doing it.
Nov 18, 2013
commented on Has There Ever Been a Socialist on the Seattle City Council Before?
It is also worth noting that Washington State's most famous and successful insider career politician got his start working either in, or with, the Communist Party: Warren Magnuson. Shelby Scates biography included this line: Magnuson in 1936..."was the de facto Communist Party candidate for Congress."
And Historylink reports:
"With strong union backing, Magnuson won the endorsement of the Washington Commonwealth Federation (WCF), a left-wing alliance of liberal Democrats and organized labor that included many Communist Party members."
So there's hope for Sawant.
Oct 24, 2013
commented on The Rainier R Is Returning Tonight!
Do people know there was another original "R", a smaller one on the bottling plant across the street from the brewery? That original "R" was restored by Sound Transit and is now mounted on the outside of the Link train shop in Sodo, as the first letter in "Rail". True fact. Now both Rs are home.
Sep 6, 2013
commented on Isolationism and These Angry Days
This debate might be helped along by going back even further in history and searching for books & literature on the post-World War 1 era, when the international response to the use of chemical weapons initally became a top tier diplomatic issue. It's my sense (absent any hard research) that contemporary conventional wisdom on chemical weapons was formed at that time -- in the immediate aftermath of the use of such weapons by a European power in an erstwhile conventional war.
Wouldn't it help us to recall what that was like, and why it was such a big deal? Wasn't the clarion call at the time to ensure that such madness never happeneed again? Surely there is a book similar to the Roosevelt-Lindberg analysis involving Woodrow Wilson and the other League of Nations protagonists..?