So, I don’t really care about the World Cup at all, but I do care about schwancy internet doohickeys. The Guardian has an absolutely awesome visualization of what people were tweeting during all the matches so far. It reminds me of one I think the NY Times did for the Superbowl, but the scope of this one—plus how slick and simple it is—makes it a winner in my book.
Pardon me if I sound like a crotchety old man, but Monday’s unfortunate incident wherein an SPD officer punched a teenage girl interfering in an arrest seemed to be appropriate. It looks horrible—a white cop punching a black teenager—but she had started wrestling with him, and I think you should expect a cop to respond with some degree of force if you attack him first. I am disgusted by how the SPD has used excessive force in the past, particularly in situations that involved race or teenage girls. But this time, the officer used a single punch to subdue the teenager, and as far as I know, she’s still in good health. Deputy Chief Nick Metz made a good point at a news conference this morning:
Whether or not you think an arrest is lawful … does not give you the right to resist that arrest.
I can definitely understand having a problem with the arrest—it was for a jaywalking violation, after all—but that was not the right time to take issue with it. Especially if your method of doing so is attacking a cop.
Confidential to Citizen Videographers: It’s awesome that you’re keeping our police accountable, but try to do so with a steadier hand and less commentary. Thanks.
How can you possibly support someone purely because they are running against Patty Murray? Do you know where this man stands on certain issues?
Probably not, because Dino Rossi has no political stance whatsoever posted on his website, aside from a comment that
we’ll restore the American dream, keeping our country the free, strong, prosperous nation that our parents made for us.
You don’t even need to know what this man thinks, and you’ll support him. Way to take the discussion to a point where facts don’t matter at all.
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