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Here's a solidily golden comment on the article, "Rep. Jayapal Met With Asylum Seekers Held at SeaTac Prison," written by Steven Hsieh. It comes from Ph'nglui mglw'nafh Cthulhu R'lyeh wgah'nagl fhtagn (I don't even try to pronounce it), on 6/10/18, and bears repeating:

" 'You don't see a need to limit immigration from impoverished third world countries?'

Is there a need to limit immigration from impoverished US states? Should Washington allow impoverished, uneducated job seekers from West Virginia or Louisiana flood into our state? How much longer can Seattle go on letting impoverished Spokane immigrants enter our city? They bring crime, drugs, they will work for nothing. We need barriers to keep them out. Right?

It makes no fucking sense. We have a whole huge country where people are free to move from A to B. And that's a good thing. Americans have been moving freely between rich and poor places for 230 years and it has made us great. You can grow up in benighted Appalachia or the bumfuck Palouse, and come to a cosmopolitan city with indoor plumbing and decent pho and all that that implies, and you can make something of yourself. That's America. Don't fuck with it. It works.

What difference does it make to me if someone comes here from bumfuck Wenatchee or actually less bumfuck Guatemala? Honestly, I'd say Wenatchee is the worse shithole of the two. At least Guatemala as a little style. But what the hell do I care whether they came from a shithole or not? Or perhaps none of these places is in fact a shithole. What the fuck difference does it make to me? I don't give a fuck where you came from. Why should I?

From the point of view of people like me, in an educated city, technically advanced, with a smoking hot economy, where we are building the future on the fly, anyfuckingbody is welcome. Any motherfucker. Come here and do your thing. It's competitive as fuck. Not for the faint of heart. But if you have something to offer, God bless you. We probably desperately need you.

Think about it. If there is a job opening in Seattle, and it wasn't filled yesterday, then any warm body that can actually do that job is urgently, urgently needed. If that warm body is from Uganda or Russia or God help me, even Oklahoma, whatever. Hire that motherfucker.

Borders are fucking bullshit. Borders exist for asshole loser cocksucker Trumpers who are terrified of their own shadow, and couldn't compete their way out of a wet paper bag. Borders are for entitled dead-enders whose entire life plan is to be a parasite on those of us who actually make shit and build shit. Parasites from cradle to grave, WASP pieces of shit. I wish we could FedEx every one of those fucks to Uganda or Mexico or anywhere, and trade them for literally anybody else. We welcome people from everywhere. Everywhere. Shithole towns, shithole states, and shithole countries. Or non-shithole places. We just don't have time to even care how shitty your home town was. Granted: it was shitty. That's all we need to know. How shitty is not something we have time to discuss.

If you feel the need to hide behind a border you're pathetic. Fuck off, pathetic parasite.

need to limit immigration from impoverished third world




This one rocks too: "Seeking asylum is a legal process, and supporting it
is a core American value. If you're un-American, get out of my country."
--Mtn. Beaver on June 9, 2018


“...Bunker’s sharp and cogent personal essay gives us a little more insight...”

No, it doesn’t, any more than the image of the airplane chosen to illustrate this story actually looks like the type which was stolen. The two men didn’t know each other, and all the essay told us, over and over and at great length, was the author thinks his job is terrible.

But many persons have jobs they don’t like, and almost all of them do those jobs, or quit and get other jobs, without even once committing a needless crime which could endanger themselves or others. This essay didn’t help us understand why this worker’s story ended with such a crime.


Chase, I have to disagree with you on Nathalie's Ted Bundy article. I don't think it's the least bit clever or funny at all to liken the violent hate crimes of a psychopath who went to the chair in January 1989 to the harmless antics of a Scooby-Doo cartoon villain. Were you or Nathalie even around back in the 70's and 80's when jilted UW law student and heartless serial killer Ted Bundy raped and murdered over three dozen women and girls? Please read my comments and those of VelvetBabeAgain. I for one found it highly inappropriate.


it’s pretty sad that “reader engagement” (read: trolling) is the metric by which a piece’s value is judged



But it certainly explains a lot about our current state of media and politics, doesn't it?


@6: The pieces are designed to be commercial products that garner attention to sell ad space to restaurants and weed dispensaries. How better would you judge them?




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