Night Two of the DNC: The Democrats Want to Kill With Kindness

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Love and Kindness, that is the motto that Hillary Clinton has sworn by in her political career. And it was the motto on Day 2 of the Democratic National Convention, presenting a sharp contrast to last week in Cleveland, when a slew of speakers like Rudy Giuliani and Chris Christie screamed and brayed about power and anger and violence and control.

Hillary and the Democratic party has decided to kill with kindness.

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Watch Bernie Sanders Help Nominate Hillary Clinton for President

In a ceremonial and symbolic move, the state of Vermont passed on its vote until Senator Sanders appeared. Sanders then moved to cast all 22 votes for Clinton.

The New York Times has the video.


Savage Love Letter of the Day: My Loving Wife, The Dicktease

I am a 52-year-old straight male, married for almost 30 years. For most of those years, we've had a satisfying (albeit vanilla) sex life. In the last decade, my wife’s once quite healthy libido has dwindled considerably, to where sex is now 2-3 times a month, and, more often than not, she seems to me to be not very engaged. A few times a year, we'll have a flurry where it’s twice in the same weekend and she might seem a little more into it. I try to be GGG, but she not only doesn’t seem to care all that much about it being great for me, but she also doesn’t appear to care all that much about it being great for her. She always seemed to reach orgasm pretty easily, but now usually says no to me going down on her (which I’m very happy to do) and to foreplay in general (which I also enjoy). It feels to me like she usually just wants to get it over with. I often can't last long enough for her to come from intercourse alone, so it usually ends up frustrating for me, and I assume, for her, too.

Now, I am not another writer asking you to make my wife want sex more again.

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Hillary Clinton Makes History: The First Woman Nominated by a Major Political Party

Hillary Clinton, campaigning in WA in March. Seattle Mayor Ed Murray on her left.
Hillary Clinton, campaigning in WA in March. Seattle Mayor Ed Murray on her left. Alex Garland

Hillary Clinton is now the official nominee for the Democratic Party in the 2016 presidential race.

In that, she makes history, despite a contentious primary and the divided climate at the Democratic convention, currently taking place in Philadelphia, PA.

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DNC Dispatch: All Democrats Must Galvanize Now

Yes, that is really a grown adult in a Bernie Sanders onesie.
Yes, that is really a grown adult in a Bernie Sanders onesie.

I’m tired of his name. I’m tired of seeing it around Manhattan because of corrupt political-financial cronyism that allowed him to destroy so much of the skyline of the city that I love. So I’m not going to mention the other candidate by name anywhere here.

The biggest challenge in the coming months is not to demonize him—he’s done that for himself. It’s not to qualify Hillary Clinton. America knows she is the most qualified candidate we might have ever had. It’s not even to overcome the obstacles that many—though not I—face in voting for her: trustworthiness, likeability, and realness.

Actually, the biggest challenge is to galvanize the supporters of Senator Bernie Sanders who believe that it is enough to oppose but not important to support. We have to realize that we are in fact stronger together. The alternative, especially after the horrorshow of the RNC last week, is Hitleresque.

As I walked around City Hall here in Philly, Bernie’s enduring popularity was unavoidable.

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And Now for Some Political Commentary from Cher

Has thoughts. Tweets. Results may vary.
Has thoughts. Tweets. Results may vary. Sky Cinema / Shutterstock.com

I don't follow her on Twitter, because she doesn't know what a comma is,,,,, but someone retweeted this a few minutes ago and for the life of me I can't figure it out:

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87 Stranger (Than Usual) Things To Do In Seattle This Week

The much-anticipated Harry Potter and the Cursed Child will be released on July 31, and you can celebrate this week with the Hogwarts Reunion at Elliott Bay, a 36th birthday party for Harry Potter at the University Book Store, and many more events.
The much-anticipated Harry Potter and the Cursed Child will be released on July 31, and you can celebrate this week with the Hogwarts Reunion at Elliott Bay, a 36th birthday party for Harry Potter at the University Book Store, and many more events. Manuel Harlan

Our arts critics have already recommended 35 great things to do this week and our music critics have picked the 28 best concerts, but there are still hundreds more events happening. To prevent some of the quirkier and more extraordinary ones from slipping through the cracks, we've compiled them here—from Pokemon Go food walks (like the Pokemon Go Capitol Hill Food Safari or the Happy Hour Pokewalk in the Chinatown-International District) to events celebrating the release of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, and from Sexploration to The 420 Games. For even more options this week, check out our complete Things To Do calendar.

TUESDAY
1. Cinememory: Navigating the Past Through Film
Presented by Emerald Reels, this program will feature international and local experimental films that explore how past memories (both personal and collective) are told through cinema.

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West Seattle Residents Voice Concerns About Trash Dumping, Heavy Bus Traffic, and More During "Find It, Fix It" Walk

Seattle City Council member Lisa Herbold talks with her districts residents.
Seattle City Council member Lisa Herbold talks with her district's residents. ASK

A large group of neighbors gathered at the Longfellow Creek P-Patch garden in West Seattle on Monday evening. Rather than spend the last sunny hour in the park or relax at home, residents made a point to attend Seattle Mayor Ed Murray’s Find It, Fix It walk in Roxhill and give him a guided walking tour to discuss issues affecting the community. Frustrations ranged from crime and drug use to illegal trash dumping and street lighting.

According to Seattle City Council member Lisa Herbold, whose district includes West Seattle, Roxhill residents’ concerns are “quality of life” issues.

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Seattle Takes a Step Toward Banning "Pray the Gay Away" Conversion Therapy

Conversion therapy: still legal, somehow.
Conversion therapy: still legal, somehow. Kelly O

Terrorizing LGBTQ kids through "conversion therapy" has already been banned by three states and the District of Columbia. (The practice of attempting to "cure" LGBTQ people of who they are has been debunked. It's harmful. It's creepy as hell.) But today, the Seattle City Council's human rights committee unanimously voted to ban the practice here.

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It's Mick Jagger’s 73rd Birthday. It's Okay to Admit You Like Him.

Cold Italian pizza seeks lemon squeeza.
Cold Italian pizza seeks lemon squeeza. Northfoto/Shutterstock

We've been living in Keith times for a while. It’s odd to consider just how unfashionable it has become to appreciate Mick Jagger over the past couple decades, though it’s not hard to see why. The rising consciousness of just how fucked so much of the Stones’s racial and sexual posturing was, and the untrammelled ageism of the culture and its commentators (plus the whole thing of lead singers in general)—has initiated a hostile environment for the man who once told People Magazine, “I’d rather be dead than sing Satisfaction when I’m 45.” He was 32 when he said that. Today, he turns 73, and he's still singing it. To celebrate this achievement, I’ve embedded a very small sample of the case for remembering that Mick, despite his many absurdities (and because of at least a few of them), is unimpeachably and unstoppably great.

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DNC Photo Dispatch: Check Out Nate Gowdy's Amazing Photos of Sarah Silverman, Michelle Obama, and Bernie and Hillary Fans

Check out these amazing photographs of the first night of the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia. They were taken by Seattle-based Nate Gowdy, who previously photographed Bernie Sanders for his TIME magazine cover. He also (humble brag) previously shot some fine work for the Stranger.

Democratic delegates from California during the first day of the DNC at Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia on July 25th, 2016.
Democratic delegates from California during the first day of the DNC at Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia on July 25th, 2016. Nate Gowdy

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A Conversation With a #BernieOrBuster About Dinner

Submitted by Christopher Baird...

Moderator: As you know, we've completed the semi-final round of our bracket for dinner choices.

(crowd murmurs, unhappily)

M: I know, I know. Many of us are unhappy with the final choices, but here we are and crying won't change it. Now, we leave it to you: stewed beets or strychnine.

BernieOrBuster: I wanted turnips!

M: Well, turnips lost to stewed beets.

BoB: I don't accept that! Stewed beets stole this from us.

M: Um...not really, but it's moot. Please choose between stewed beets and strychnine.

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So is Russia Poking Through Our Emails on Donald Trump's Behalf or What?

Putin engages his psychic powers to establish a link with Will Byers.
Putin engages his psychic powers to establish a link with Will Byers. ID1974 / Shutterstock.com

Okay, so someone somehow got ahold of the DNC's emails, uncovering incontrovertible proof that it is incredibly boring to work at the DNC. Other than that, there's nothing in there we didn't already know — politics are sleazy (surprise!), the system would be rigged if insiders were competent enough to rig it! — but the leak is at least an excuse to feign outrage at a gun that we've been watching smoke for decades.

The leak is also, according to people who seem to know what they're talking about, the work of Russian spies. I know Stranger Things has us all feeling nostalgic for the '80s, but this is one throwback we could really do without.

How do we know the Russians are to blame? We don't, exactly, but it seems likely. The hackers ceased work during a Russian holiday; they used Cyrillic text; and they're consistent with Russian attacks on government servers from last year. Then again, these clues are awfully convenient, so maybe it's Iran's way of throwing us off their trail. Who knows!

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Sounders Coach Sigi Schmid Steps Down Following Poor Start to Season

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This has been a particularly bad year for the Sounders. Keeton Gale / Shutterstock.com

The Seattle Times reports:

The Seattle Sounders announced Tuesday morning the decision to “mutually part ways” with coach Sigi Schmid, bringing to an end the tenure of the only coach they’ve known in their MLS history.

Under Schmid’s guidance, the club won four U.S. Open Cups (2009, 2010, 2011, 2014), as well as the 2014 Supporters’ Shield, which is awarded to the regular-season champion.

Schmid will be missed. He was a strong coach with a consistent, calming presence on the touchline. In years past, a team led by the inventive goalscoring duo of Clint Dempsey and Obafemi Martins was hugely exciting to watch, generating some of the largest soccer crowds in the country.

But this parting of ways was not unexpected. The Sounders have been on a terrible run of form, most recently losing 3-0 to Kansas City, and they're currently ten spots points below playoff qualification in the rankings. In recent games, they've looked like a team bereft of purpose and energy (Martins left the team after last season). Something had gone seriously awry, it wasn't clear how Schmid was going to fix it.

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Tommy Pico's IRL Is Better Than the Internet

Tommy Picos poetry is hilarious, thoughtfully sassy, politically sophisticated, and loaded with language play.
In his debut book of poems, IRL, Tommy Pico filters the internet's endless feeds through poetry. Niqui Carter

Tommy Pico has TWO new books of poetry coming out, both from presses who typically publish very good work. First up is his first full-length book, IRL, forthcoming from Birds LLC. The second is Nature Poem, which will be published by Portland-based book purveyors, Tin House. If you are wondering whether it's weird for someone to have a second book contract signed before the first book even comes out, I can tell you that yes, yes it is a little weird. But after reading Pico's work, and after seeing him read, you get why presses are getting excited. You should be getting excited, too.

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