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Love and Hate of Country

What does it even mean to “love your county“? Certainly, not romantic love, nor familial love in the strict sense. Surely it is deeper than celebrating a piece of art or rejoicing over a sporting event, though for some people at some times, both can surely reflect a deep, love. But a country is so […]

The Elephant in Metro’s Room

Last Tuesday’s election was not a vote against “transit”; it was a vote against Metro and the status quo. The King County Council, the City of Seattle, FUSE, business communities, labor communities, social justice communities, transit advocates, Seattle Subway, STB, myself, and many, many others asked our neighbors to keep funding Metro near the level […]

One Way Out

John Boehner is a threat to national security. We could have avoided this crisis but for his ego. The House of Representatives could have passed a clean continuing resolution with a combination of Democratic and Republican votes soon after the government shutdown began, possibly before. It would simply take the Speaker of the House – […]

Seattle’s Next Mayor

Since July, I’ve had a bad feeling about the Seattle Mayor’s race. Ed Murray was collecting endorsements left and right, wealthy groups were funding a new PAC, and he had lined up the vast majority of official support from the Democratic party. Polls where trending his way and the other serious challengers fading with only […]

Time to Leave

The massacres across Egypt yesterday illustrate the tyranny of military rulers. Men who are taught, trained, and practice solving problems with violent tools will eventually fall back on those tools when confronting complex problems. Clearly the hope I felt at Morsi’s ouster was sorely misplaced. The irony that Morsi was displaced by the same authoritarian […]

The Syrian Do Nothing Option

One of the principles taught early in most – at least my two – engineering educations was that the “Do Nothing Option” is a legitimate course of action to address any problem. As options are considered, measured, and compared to one another, the results of taking no action should be considered. Of the pics piss-poor options […]

Conflicts of Memory

My middle name is Richard. I was named after my mother’s oldest brother – Richard Thomas Priddy –  who was killed on May 23rd, 1970 when the helicopter he was piloting crashed in Vietnam. I was born ten years later and grew up with the weight of his death. Though I’ve never been to war […]

Policy > Party

It’s educational and entertaining reading Ta-Nehisi tear Rand Paul apart for his speech at Howard University. Ta-Nehisi has the the racial and metaphysical analysis down cold, others can speculate on the political game theory, though IHMO, Paul merely aiming to appear open-mindedness given his actual closed minded response to the post-speech criticism. Defensiveness is never […]

Equal Protection of the Laws

I remember standing in my dinning room in 1996, reading about DOMA in Carson City’s morning paper, thinking that it wasn’t such a big deal and not understanding why it was controversial. I was 16, focused on school and swimming, lived a very homogenous corner of the US, and didn’t know any out gay people […]

Earworm vs Code

I was just listening to DJ Earworm’s United State of Pop 2012 (yes, again) and in a moment of awe and appreciation, thought to myself “a computer is never going to be able to figure this out”. That’s sweet and sentimental, but it’s probably wrong. Whatever process Earworm used to compose this piece, it probably […]