Savage Love Letter of the Day: Uninvited Touching from Strangers and Ghosts


I'm 24 years old and I've been traveling around Europe for the past 10 months. Recently I've had some pretty traumatic sexual experiences and I guess I'm not sure how to wrap my head around them.

In January a friend (boy toy) came to visit me from Berlin while I was in Mallorca. The morning he left I fell back asleep and woke up to the feeling of a dick pressing itself into me from behind me. I was clothed so it didn't fully penetrate, but I was still half asleep and as I regained more consciousness I realized that my boy toy had left and this was not him. I opened my eyes, nobody was there and I could not move any part of my body. I could feel pressed hands on my chest making it's way up to my neck and fingers massaging my shoulders. After a few moments of trying to wrap my mind around what was happening, I finally got mad and said, "Who are you!?" And as soon as I did the energy began to back off and I could feel it peeling itself off of me and moving away. I couldn't sleep for weeks without being scared I was going to invite it back somehow. I guess I'm wondering what your take on incubus' are? Some say they are demons, and some say it's the person's own mind creating the experience. What is your opinion on this?

Then, about a month later (three weeks ago), I left for Barcelona. Last week, I went out to a massive night club crammed with people at every inch. I was with friends, but then went to the bar to get a drink and met a guy who I really liked.

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Speedballs for Hitler: According to Blitzed, Nazis Were Meth-Addled Psychos

Blitzed is a fast read and it explains a few previously unexplained things. Like what made the Nazis so crazy.
Blitzed is a fast read and it explains a few things.

When the Nazis invaded Poland on September 1, 1939, they were high on methamphetamine. The German-made product Pervitin "helped the tank units not to worry too much about what they were doing" and "let them get on with the job—even if the job meant killing," writes Norman Ohler in his eye-opening new book Blitzed. "Hitler refused to acknowledge" the drug's role in military successes, insisting the Nazis' secret was "the Aryan warrior's soul."

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Attorney General Jeff Sessions: Sanctuary Cities Will Be Cut Off from Department of Justice Grants

In January, Seattle mayor Ed Murray said that city government will not be intimidated by the authoritarian message coming from this administration. Sessions new policy will test that commitment.
In January, Seattle mayor Ed Murray said that city government "will not be intimidated by the authoritarian message coming from this administration." Sessions' new policy will test that commitment. HG

Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced at a White House press conference today that he will start taking action against "sanctuary" jurisdictions, a loose term that applies to cities, counties, and states with policies that afford some degree of protection to undocumented residents. Seattle and King County do maintain some of these protections for undocumented immigrants, but city and county officials say Sessions' threat doesn't apply to them.

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Senate Investigators Want to Talk to Jared Kushner About Russia Meetings

Getting ready to chat with the Senate Intelligence Committee.
Getting ready to chat with the Senate Intelligence Committee. Getty Images

Well, well:

Senate investigators plan to question Jared Kushner, President Trump’s son-in-law and a close adviser, as part of their broad inquiry into ties between Trump associates and Russian officials or others linked to the Kremlin, according to administration and congressional officials.

According to the New York Times, the Senate Intelligence Committee wants to ask Kushner about "a previously unreported sit-down with the head of Russia’s state-owned development bank."

In other Russia-investigation developments today, the New York Times also reports:

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Never Forget: Dave Reichert Voted for Trumpcare

*TV news reporter voice* Excuse me, Congressman Reichert! How does it feel to be hung out to dry by GOP leadership? Congressman?
*TV news reporter voice* Excuse me, Congressman Reichert! How does it feel to be hung out to dry by GOP leadership? Congressman? MARK WILSON/GETTY

Immediately following Trumpcare/Ryancare's failure, a very exclusive congressional club formed. This club consists of the few Republicans in the entire country who actually, on the record, voted for a bill that was on such a bad trajectory that it ended up getting pulled. The New York Times's Jonathan Martin says that 15 of those GOP MOCs are "targeted" in 2018, meaning the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee thinks they're vulnerable in the upcoming election. Washington state's own Dave Reichert is now a member of that club.

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Food News: New Ramen at U Village, New Cat Cafe in Capitol Hill, and Seattle's Insatiable Appetite for Juice

Ramen and malls, now a Seattle area thing.
Ramen and malls, now a Seattle area thing. Hokkaido Ramen

Tonkatsu and Tiffany's: Hokkaido Ramen Comes to U Village

Japanese ramen chain Hokkaido Ramen Santouka opened its first free-standing US restaurant in Bellevue three years back. This summer marks the debut of their second Washington location, which will be located in the U-District, luring U-Dub students to University Village shopping center with their signature tonkotsu broth ramen. (The menu description says it's so good "you can slurp until the last drop" and "the red pickled plum on top hints at the woman with red lipstick on, adding feminine touch to the ramen." Sounds way sexier than it should.) This will be the 15th Santouka location overall. —Leilani Polk

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The Walking Dead Recap: BOOM! We Got Your Guns.

Grandma, stop! Youre embarrassing meeeeee!
"Grandma, stop! You're embarrassing meeeeee!" Courtesy AMC

Hey! Did you watch last night's episode of The Walking Dead? Are you ready to say "Screw you, I'm just going to take all your guns?" Then let's get ready for a second amendment-bustin', SPOILER-FILLED
recap! Let's get chitty-chatting!

Here's what I'm thinking about last night's episode, "Something They Need."

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The 32 Best Concerts in Seattle This Week: March 27-April 2, 2017

See SassyBlack (and several other local favorites) at the Fishermans Village Music Festival this weekend.
See SassyBlack (and several other local favorites) at the Fisherman's Village Music Festival this weekend. Kelly O

This week, our music critics recommend everything from longtime blues crooners and HBO soundtrackers (The Blind Boys of Alabama), to quite possibly the heroine of La Luz's darker timeline (Shana Falana), to a mid-2000s dance-mash Club Pop time capsule (The Hood Internet). Click through the links below to see more details, buy tickets, and listen to songs, and find even more options on our music calendar.

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Gaby Moreno with DJ Rosby
Guatemalan singer-songwriter Gaby Moreno has wide and varied influences that are reflected in her music, which is often lushly composed and evokes whatever genre she might be tackling at the moment. In Ilusión—her 2016 Grammy-nominated LP—she opens with the brass-splashed, Motown-imbued R&B of “Se Apagó,” switches gears to the bluesy shuffle of “Nobody to Love,” hits honky-tonk notes replete with loose swinging piano in “Pale Bright Lights,” and then goes straight up Johnny Cash guitar-twanging country in “Maldición/Bendición.” From song to song, she switches with ease between singing in English and Spanish, her vocal range varying from high and sweet songbird trill with light vibrato to lower more sultry intonations that prove she knows how to turn on the charm or amp up the ’tude as the need arises. LEILANI POLK

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What Local Art and Science Organizations Have to Gain from the Access for All Initiative

Children in the Seattle Symphonys Link Up program.
Children in the Seattle Symphony's Link Up program. Brandon Patoc

No one knows how to stretch a dollar better than non-profits. A little goes a long way, which is the idea behind Access for All, an initiative that was brought before the budgeting arm of the King County Council yesterday.

By raising the county sales tax just .1 percent (that’s one penny for every $10 spent on taxable items in the county), Access for All would increase funding for arts, science, and heritage organizations in King County by $70 million dollars. The focus of the initiative is to remove “barriers of access” that underserved communities face. Funding would be provided on the basis that at least 20 percent of funds received would be spent on public school access, and 30 percent on equity outcomes.

In a climate where arts, science, and education funding are on the chopping block on a national level, the revenue would go a long way for many local organizations to be able to grow and protect both their operating capacity, and programs that may be under threat.

We asked a few of them what they would do with the funding.

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Police Reports Illustrated: Woman Feels Barred In

Callan Berry
Callan Berry

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The Morning News: NYC Allows Dumb Fearless Girl Statue To Stay for a Year, Nordstrom Cutting 106 Jobs

Amazon hurting its neighbor, Nordstrom?
Amazon hurting its neighbor, Nordstrom? Charles Mudede

Nordstrom Cutting 106 Jobs: 30 of those jobs will be in Seattle, where the company is based. Seattle Times' sees the cuts as part of the current retail apocalypse that experts believe is mostly caused by the company a few blocks from Nordstrom's headquarters, Amazon. Seattle Times: "Nordstrom, which is faring better than its competitors but is nevertheless being affected by the retail storm battering department stores..." The company recently experienced a 41 percent drop in profits—but it's still making profits. And do not be surprised if those who lost jobs at the retail giant find new ones down the road.

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Two Openly Gay Candidates Are Running For Office Up In Anchorage—Or Is It Three? (UPDATE: It's Three.)

Originally posted Friday at 6:30 PM.

Despite the fact that the Anchorage Assembly—their city council—has long had "a dominant progressive bloc," as Alaska Dispatch News columnist Charles Wohlforth wrote in a recent column assessing the city's upcoming Assembly races, no openly gay person has ever been elected to the Anchorage Assembly. No openly gay person has ever been elected to public office anywhere in Alaska, ever:

Downtown a couple of progressive candidates are facing off for a seat that has never been lost by a liberal incumbent. Christopher Constant and David Dunsmore are splitting Democrats as their supporters, even within at least one political family. In Midtown, a young, gay, Hispanic candidate, Felix Rivera, is facing an old conservative, Don Smith, who as an Assembly member cast a critical vote against LGBT rights at the dawn of the municipality's existence 41 years ago. Rivera said that if either he or Constant win, Alaska will gain its first openly gay elected official. We're one of the last states not to have one, he said, citing research by the national Gay & Lesbian Victory Fund, which tracks these facts.

But Constant and Rivera may not be the only gay men running for Anchorage Assembly.

Wohlforth briefly mentions another Assembly race—for a seat in South Anchorage—where the conservative candidate, an Iraqi war vet named Albert Fogle, is highly favored to win. Fogle isn't mentioned along with the Constant and Rivera despite the fact that Fogle's campaign filing forms indicate that he is married to another man. Voter registration information available online indicate that Fogle and the man listed as his spouse live at the same address in South Anchorage.

Fogle, a Republican, cited "moral character" among his qualifications to hold elected office in a Q&A with the ADN. It's an odd phrase for someone who may be in a same-sex marriage to use. Gay people can have fine moral characters, of course, but conservative Republicans frequently use buzz phrases like "moral character" as anti-gay code. When a conservative candidate says he has a fine "moral character," he usually wants voters to hear, "I am straight and I oppose LGBT equality."

Fogle appears to be a Trump supporter. He posted a picture to his Facebook on election day showing him wearing an "I Voted Today" sticker along with the hashtag #TrumpTrain. Fogle also used some disturbingly Trumpian rhetoric in reference to immigrants at a public forum in Anchorage. Asked by the moderator if he thought the Anchorage Police Department should cooperate with federal immigration officers in rounding up undocumented immigrants, Fogle said he was "fully against making Anchorage a sanctuary city" and that he wanted the APD to "hand over any rapists, murderers, any type of criminals" to Immigration and Custom Enforcement (ICE) agents.

There's no mention of Fogle's spouse on his campaign website but if you click on "ABOUT ALBERT" you're taken to an information page with this photo splashed across the top:

From the Who Is Albert Fogle? section of Albert Fogles campaign website.
From the "Who Is Albert Fogle?" section of Albert Fogle's campaign website.

The other person in the photograph is not identified. In fairness, neither is the fish.

The Alaska Dispatch News says there are two gay candidates running for Assembly. But it would appear there may be three. Voters in Anchorage go to the polls—and could make a little gay history—on April 4.

UPDATE: Albert Fogle and I just spoke on the phone.

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Girls Recap, “The Bounce”: Elijah’s Triumphant Return

Craig Blankenhorn/HBO

Though Hannah had a resolution regarding her pregnancy, this was an Elijah episode all the way. We finally get to see the full range of Andrew Rannell’s dramatic and comedic acting chops, as he goes on an audition for the Broadway musical version of White Men Can’t Jump. Elijah, perhaps the least sportsy person on the show (even Hannah briefly took up running with Adam), dons a basketball jersey and heads to the audition, ready to do his monologue.

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Land of Mine Is Explosive Filmmaking (It's About Land Mines)

Released in Denmark in late 2015 as Under Sandet (“Under the Sand”), writer/director Martin Zandvliet’s World War II drama Land of Mine almost deserves the clunky, Anglicized title it’s been saddled with for American audiences. There are few surprises buried in its compact running time, offset by a couple of moments any savvy filmgoer will spot well before they arrive. It’s only due to the tension wired into the plot and the wisdom of its casting that it avoids ignominy.

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Weekend Read: Marti Jonjak's Exploration of the 2013 Twilight Exit Shooting

The patio of the Twilight Exit, a place writer Marti Jonjak cant quite forget.
The patio of the Twilight Exit, a place writer Marti Jonjak can't quite forget. Kelly O

On January 27, 2013, James Anderson walked into the Central District's Twilight Exit and shot two people: his 24-year-old girlfriend and bouncer Greg McCormick. Both of them survived. Anderson was later fatally shot by a police officer.

Stranger contributor Marti Jonjak was at the club the night of the shooting. She and a friend sat next to the woman at the bar and later found themselves crouching next to her when Anderson came into the bar with a gun.

Since then, Jonjak has chronicled the shooting through conversations with witnesses in a column for McSweeney's, with illustrations from Seattle artist Kelly Bjork.

Here's a snippet from her first column:

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