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that church, African American or not, doesn't even deserve the bone of a later opening time (and noon means the congregation will walk out of the 11 am service into the maelstrom of ike's customers parking in their parking lot and standing happily in line).
ike's pays taxes. a church doesn't. all they produce is hot air.
i got my own reasons to dislike churches and organized religions, but you all need to tone down that "47%" shit and get it together.
churches are the one "social institution" that the rich like. opiate of the masses - gotta make sure they can continue to operate.
Ahhh, there we go. Finally, the truth.
Spoken like a true narcissist.
LOOK, THERE! EVIL PURE AND SIMPLE!
If you're going to write off all religious people you're writing off a huge percentage of minority and poor people in this country. But maybe you're OK with that.
Talk about tone-deafness. If the law specifically cites locations must be X feet from Y & Z institutions, and churches are not included on that list, then there's no violation, is there?
And FWIW people in this neighborhood have been complaining about "gentrification" ever since the first Duwamish walking between what we now call Elliott Bay and Lake Washington was confronted by a hostile white settler and accused of trespassing on "their" property. Change happens; it's inevitable. The only thing we have control over is the pace and scale of the change.
LOOK, THERE! EVIL PURE AND SIMPLE!
the "47%" comment, which directly referenced Mitt Romney (and thereby the Mormon church, a tax-exempt "social institution" of bizarre theology, demonstrable misogyny, immense wealth and malign influence) was particularly galling. big religion is all too happy to extend the tax-exempt franchise to the small fry like this congregation and their property if that's the price to keep their power.
or perhaps you take exception to "opiate of the masses"? in that case, take it up with Marx.
It's totally asinine to take this abstract opposition to organized religion and apply it to this very specific context. It's particularly ironic that you are quoting Marx, while ignoring the Marxist analysis of this situation that it isn't about religion or weed, it's about capital subsuming a new neighborhood, with support from the state (in the form of the silly pot zoning laws).
I find it really depressing how little sympathy liberals have for long-time residents of the CD regarding this whole Uncle Ike's thing, based on these misanthropic technocratic ideals, "Oh, weed is safer than alcohol so they should protest the liquor store!," "Religion is irrational!" etc. etc.
I guess I just had the unfortunate timing to see them before they were killfiled.
But you're making the assumption that many "long-time residents" (BTW, how long does one have to have lived here to fit your definition?), aside from the parishioners of Mt. Calvary, which I can assure you is a far greater number, are equally opposed to Uncle Ike's? I can only speak from an anecdotal perspective, but I note quite a few patrons WALK to Ike's, which would lead one to the reasonable conclusion they LIVE in the vicinity. and I think it's also reasonable to surmise they all didn't just move here in the last few months, either.
sounds an abstract opposition to capitalism applied to this specific context. and their specific objection is based on their religious morality, which was rejected as a basis for regulating intoxicants at the end of prohibition. so yes, the non-focus on the nearby liquor store. and the dropped lawsuit.
you seriously think that uncle ike's prefers this location over someplace on say, broadway? the silly pot zoning laws pushed them to this location. like it pushed the other stores into SODO, where no one lives and everyone has to drive to.
But they are extending the proverbial olive branch. Taking the "high road" if you will. And really Sunday mornings? It will probably cost them zero business. And make the church look like a bunch of dicks if they keep pressing the issue. I say kudos to Uncle Ike's for being neighborly, even if the church's fears/demands are ridiculous.
@25, tell it to the Feds. Pot is still a Schedule 1 narcotic to the Feds, same as heroin, which means NO BANKS, because of the FDIC, which means no debit cards, credit cards, or personal checks.
For those that are concerned about this, now is the time to let your congresscritters know you want them to support the bill just introduced by Sens. Booker, Gillibrand, and Paul to reschedule cannabis (should be lower than 2, but whatever).
"Paul said the bill would give marijuana businesses access to traditional banking services. A few credit unions have provided limited services to the marijuana industry, but some business owners have paid their taxes in cash, which they say is a security risk. In fact, the Washington Liquor Control Board had to retrofit its agency headquarters and build a secure cash room to protect its cash haul."
Please let her idiocy die instead of raking her over the coals. Repeating something this false just belittles everyone involved.
This being a race thing just doesn't pass the smell test.
Hypothetical Solution: Turn the other cheek.
Hypothetical Result: Loving their neighbor.
That's my theory, at least.
People who want to buy drugs.
@38- "WWJD?" Given his track record I'd say he'd make sure the bong on the end table was always packed no matter how many times someone hit it.
That's a patently stupid assumption. Ike's is making money quite literally hand-over-fist, so reducing labor overhead by a whopping 16 man-hours per week (based on an eight person headcount - 5 in the dispensary plus one security, and two in the head shop ) is hardly going to make much difference either positive or negative