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At best, the “Next City” essay is an infomercial for UW; and a diatribe on the good and bad effects of governmental subsidies.

I don’t see the need for describing Tacoma in relation to any other city, in terms of history or economic resources. Tacoma has a free public school system that prepares students to determine which course of action is best for themselves and this city. If the educated and virtuous citizens of Tacoma decide to flee this city, it’s partly because of the need to avoid the

July 27 2015 Revitalizing Tacoma

Crisis is normal. Complexity can be fun. Why shouldn’t Tacoma contribute to the national effort toward energy-independence? Is it mostly because of a lack of confidence in people or technology? Down With Brains! Down With Trains!

Let’s take a head count of who wants to replace Tacoma’s tank farm with a commercial nuclear power plant. Majority Rules!

July 14 2015 Tacoma, "NW city most threatened by oil trains"

No doubt that there is a secondary economy of non-tax paying, illegitimate business dealings. Many such operations have a legitimate appearance. Other operations are merely overt disorganized crime, which the mass-media reports on daily. In either case, law breakers risk government prosecution and notoriety in the form of public records.

The primary axiom of economics is “Man Seeks Gain.”

Self-determination is an ideal worth pursuing; not subservience. Once the concept of legitimate

July 12 2015 Guest Article: Know15.com Direct to $15 is too EXTREME!

Picture a convicted felon working at your favorite Tacoma business. The Department of Corrections has finished processing him, so now he’s ready to serve our community. An extreme resource? Tacoma, you decide later. But right now employers can hire a processed felon and get a 40% tax break.


July 06 2015 Guest Article: Know15.com Direct to $15 is too EXTREME!

We could imagine that Old City Hall is a social good—that it offers something constructive to the spiritual well-being of Tacoma—it makes life worth living. Likewise, we could imagine that Old City Hall is an economic good—that it offers something constructive to the sustenance of old values and new horizons—and in real life, people pay money for those promises.

But history shows, that in real life, in secularist terms, Old City Hall is a market failure. In a competitive environment, OCH is

June 02 2015 City of Tacoma to Buy Old City Hall?

Of the three clock concepts, I choose the Ghost Clock. I think it’s a splendid combination of tradition and innovation.

I’ve been following the writings in popular science magazines regarding the post World War II evolution of hologram technology.

A hologram “Ghost Clock” projected beside the Amtrak Station would likely receive worldwide praise.

June 01 2015 Vote on the New Tacoma Amtrak Station Clocktower

So the question is something like, “Should we all just wish and hope that this curiosity will somehow attract the right benefactor at the right time?”

Isn’t it closer to the truth that rational minds would confront the challenge, would plan, would seek out the best possible steward to restore and maintain this artifact, if it has now, or if it has ever had any value?

But value is not a statement of material fact. This Old City Hall, abandoned for over fifty years, does not have a value,

May 31 2015 City of Tacoma to Buy Old City Hall?

Its beauty is worse than its bark.

May 29 2015 Luzon Park?

Is it too late to revise the design of the whole Amtrak Station to make it look like a traditional cuckoo clock?

May 28 2015 Vote on the New Tacoma Amtrak Station Clocktower

One new apartment complex near completion, and one in the planning stage. What’s the big idea? Are they mother-in-law apartments, or are they widower-grandpa meet & greet love lodges? Or maybe the buildings were designed to primarily house young families who have kids that may walk to school. I haven’t read about any sort of intended renters for the buildings. Even if the buildings housed a combination of all of the above types of people, then it seems that the personal character of the

May 18 2015 Proctor Building Boom of 2008, Seven Years Late...

“...Global Climate change and Ocean Acidification Global Holocaust thats actually happening in the Earth’s greatest sixth extinction event in geologic history due to human activity (motor vehicles and their moronic infrastructure are especially a large part of this ongoing global holocaust). Two LeMay Museums with one much more destructive and evil than the other (Hint it’s the car).”—RHTCCComedyfan

I’ll be the last man on earth to argue that exposure to Tacoma can lead to a defensible

May 18 2015 (Re)Defining Tacoma?


1)  Find Your Way Out Of Tacoma, Before It’s Too Late
2)  Lose Your Innocence In Tacoma
3)  FOUND: Your Favorite Roach Clip In Tacoma

May 13 2015 Find Yourself In Tacoma

Sometimes I look at photos of Beijing, China downtown intersections filled with hundreds of bicycles; and I close my eyes and cross my fingers and whisper, “What would a Tacoma-style bike share look like?”

May 13 2015 What Would a Tacoma-Style Bike Share Look Like?

New wrapping paper for an empty box.
How much longer until the street name Broadway is changed to Narrow Way?
The democratization of Tacoma is progressing in a theoretically sound fashion.

May 12 2015 Historic Winthrop Under New Ownership

The masses prohibit by majority rule.
The masses are ignorant.
This project is suffering from ignorant prohibition.

April 30 2015 Voters Will Get to Weigh-In on Pierce County Services Building

Tacoma…One of the world’s six major deep water ports; access to one of the world’s best intercontinental freight railway systems; access to one of the world’s best intercontinental highway systems; access to one of world’s best air freight systems—-in total, one of the world’s best distribution networks for hard goods.

TACOMA MESSAGE BOARD—-Wanted: Desk Jockeys and Mystical Dreamers. Can provide access to bicycle paths, light rail passenger service, free bus pass, local monuments that berate

April 27 2015 Hey Tech Companies: Move to Tacoma ...

Purchase Resolution on this week’s Tacoma City Council Agenda:
$2,000,000, plus sales tax, budgeted from various departmental funds, for Herman Miller furniture and services as needed, for a term of five years.

Meanwhile, over at the Economic Development Department, the whiz kids of affirmative action are jumping up and down and waving their arms trying to get the attention of companies that represent state-of-the-art records storage and management—-modern file clerks.

Hey! This is Tacoma,

April 27 2015 Hey Tech Companies: Move to Tacoma ...

“For true posterity maybe a mandatory monthly housing tour as a provision to the conservation district should be instated so the masses can enjoy these relics of the past? Maybe a rebuild/restoration of the Asiatic and African servants quarters with informative didactic displays for the children to take away how innovative this era really was?”—-Xeno

Annual Teriyaki Chicken & Watermelon Luncheon for Freed West Slope Maidservants and Manservants

April 15 2015 West Slope Conservation District Comment Opportunity

FOR SALE: Genuine Circa Mid-20th Century Tacoma West Slope Nobleman Essentials.
“Eli Whitney” brand Cotton Gin
Paperback guide: “How To Bid At Tobacco Auctions”
Cash offer, or trade for healthy youth of African or Asian descent; trained to operate California Trimmer RL20 reel mower.

April 15 2015 West Slope Conservation District Comment Opportunity

At one time, Bill Cosby and Connie Chung planned to open a business on the West Slope. The neighbors protested. The venture was advertised as the Afro-Asian Tennis Club, “Where The Only Thing White Is The Ball.”

For unknown reasons, the partnership failed and Chung later alleged that Cosby slipped her a mickey.

April 14 2015 West Slope Conservation District Comment Opportunity

Did You Know?...

For 74 consecutive years, the promoters of Ethnic Fest have refused to site their carnival on the West Slope.

April 14 2015 West Slope Conservation District Comment Opportunity

WTF! Who revised the district map? Now there’s no White Street, WASP Lane, Aryan Way, or Master Avenue.

April 14 2015 West Slope Conservation District Comment Opportunity

Wilson High School has always been a hotbed of activism. That’s somewhat understandable since part of the student population is comprised of the West Slope neighborhood. Prior to the 1968 Civil Rights Act, when the school mascot was changed to the ram, the administration was pressured to change the mascot three times. During the first ten years of the high school’s opening, the symbolic names used were the Wilson Cotton Pickers, Wilson Rice Eaters, and Wilson Crackers.

April 14 2015 West Slope Conservation District Comment Opportunity

Tartansky, until you make an effort to understand Western Civilization, the basis of its system of principles and processes which guide and govern society, including Tacoma, then you will have no reason to defend or subvert the system.

That’s where a large part of Tacoma is today—-Strangers living in a strange land. No point of reference. No compass. No convictions of the serious thinkers who have engaged in the pursuit of ideas and affairs which are rationally defensible.

April 13 2015 West Slope Conservation District Comment Opportunity

The descriptive truth underlies the prescriptive truth. The value of this neighborhood stands in relation to the theoretical soundness of the design, and on its authenticity—-socially and culturally the district has proved itself stable and influential, and the architecture is genuine to the historical period.

There has always been, and always will be a demand for good, limited resources. The goal of man, according to the ancient philosopher Socrates, is to find out what the “Good” is. I

April 13 2015 West Slope Conservation District Comment Opportunity

We live in a culture dominated by collective group rights.

April 09 2015 West Slope Conservation District Comment Opportunity

A lot of people misunderstand Tacoma, and life in general, because they’ve been misled by tabloids.

I was born and raised in Tacoma. All things are not bad. All things are not good. All things are not equal.

April 08 2015 West Slope Conservation District Comment Opportunity

Things change in a real city? I wonder how much we taxpayers are paying for growth and progress in other areas of Tacoma, for example Salishan, over on East Portland Avenue—-Police, Fire, ATF Special Agents, Swat Teams.

Does it really make sense to criticize the Narrowmoor Conservation District?

April 07 2015 West Slope Conservation District Comment Opportunity

Huh? No mention of flamboyant types?

April 07 2015 West Slope Conservation District Comment Opportunity

I’d prefer to set up a 3-martini lunch with Wave and directly negotiate my interests with a proposition in which a partial settlement may be reached through a stock swap.

April 06 2015 Public-Private Partnership Considered to Improve Click!

Territorial conflicts with rats, broken roads, dysfunctional public servants—-

Welcome All Peoples From Third World Countries. Tacoma Is Open For Business!

April 04 2015 Are King County Ex-Pats Turning Pierce County Into a Permanent Bedroom Community for Seattle?

A guy is walking past a big wooden fence at the insane asylum and he hears all the residents inside chanting, “Thirteen!, Thirteen!, Thirteen!” Quite curious about this, he finds a hole in the fence, and looks in. Someone inside pokes him in the eye. Then everyone inside the asylum starts chanting, “Fourteen!, Fourteen!, Fourteen!”

April 01 2015 Are King County Ex-Pats Turning Pierce County Into a Permanent Bedroom Community for Seattle?

It’s like there’s a primordial slag pit somewhere, and it’s the source of false compassion. Generation after generation of people raised there, in the same communal house of mirrors, eventually found their way to Tacoma. They were greeted by others like them who also believed in ascription, and that honesty is for suckers. Their foolish thoughts and bad habits spread by imitation. We know them by their deeds—-Gaming the system with a smiley face.

March 29 2015 A New Asia Pacific Cultural Center at Point Ruston?

For the sake of humanitarian compassion, would you clarify your opposition to my efforts to improve the well-being of individuals in Tacoma?

My position is that socioeconomic problems are likely the result of fundamental problems in the form and content of political, social, and economic institutions and philosophies.

March 29 2015 A New Asia Pacific Cultural Center at Point Ruston?

As a professional persuader, I make every effort to talk to people on their own level, in their own language, in an effort to promote clarity and understanding.

In the culture of F-tardia, if 51% of F-tardians voted that one of their tribe was more than an ordinary F-tard, would their majority vote make the claim true?

No. Neither majority vote, nor words, can change facts.

March 26 2015 A New Asia Pacific Cultural Center at Point Ruston?

What an F-tard.

March 26 2015 A New Asia Pacific Cultural Center at Point Ruston?

The only thing untrustworthy, according to directly observable data, is your powers of observation and interpretation.

If I was as mean as you infer, I’d send you a brain cell so that you would have two to rub together.

March 26 2015 A New Asia Pacific Cultural Center at Point Ruston?

Seattle represents the global retirement community of 1930’s English boarding school exiles—-a population chronically habituated to flogging and sexual detours.

March 23 2015 Engine House 9 Tacoma: The Changing Face of Washington Brewing, Part One

“APCC Executive Director Lua Pritchard says APCC will tap into the EB5 foreign investment program, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, the Washington State Department of Commerce, the Legislative Capital Budget, the Pierce County Development Block Grant, corporate sponsors, private foundations, and community fundraising.” “...the center to be completed so that the history of immigrants — whether they be from China, Korea, Japan, Hawaii, Pakistan, India or any of the 47

March 23 2015 A New Asia Pacific Cultural Center at Point Ruston?

“Where praise for vision is deserved, Mayor Strickland earned it on this project.”—-paolo

City Hall, like atheism, is a non-prophet organization.

March 16 2015 Pierce Transit & Developer in Negotiations for Transit-Oriented Development Near the Tacoma Dome

“The only thing left to be done is to also find ways to revitalize the housing project proposed before the 2009 financial crash that a North Carolina firm had slated for development in the old mattress factory east of the Tacoma Dome Station parking complex.”—-paolo

They Said It Couldn’t Be Built…They Were Wrong.
Coming Spring 2025: An industrial area gated community so progressive, it has security guard towers…“FLOPHOUSE 2009”

March 15 2015 Pierce Transit & Developer in Negotiations for Transit-Oriented Development Near the Tacoma Dome

The Public Philosophy. Can You Live It?...
Experience a wild new idea for interdiffusion housing in Tacoma’s oldest walkable neighborhood. Carefree urban chic a stone’s throw from the railroad freight yard AND boxcar free convenience when you want it.

Meet new and mysterious strangers as they arrive and depart from the best of all possible transportation hub’s—-greydog, free light rail, city buses, police cars and more.

It’s a life for the taking at Tacoma’s newest experimental housing

March 12 2015 Pierce Transit & Developer in Negotiations for Transit-Oriented Development Near the Tacoma Dome

From Superfund to Super Fun, the opportunities in Tacoma are staggering, like Dome District transients.

March 11 2015 Pierce Transit & Developer in Negotiations for Transit-Oriented Development Near the Tacoma Dome

PUBLIC NOTICE: City of Tacoma is seeking ideas for a transit-oriented mixed-use development. Prefer theme drawings of buildings that reference elements in the nearby area. For example: Stacked Shipping Containers.

March 11 2015 Pierce Transit & Developer in Negotiations for Transit-Oriented Development Near the Tacoma Dome

The administration(s) in question may have some of idea of how finance and markets relate to social justice. The key organizing principle for this administration, “cooperative values replace competitive values,” was noted by the Mayor directly as “put the greater good of the entire community ahead of our individual needs.” (minute 20:55 in the video).

A community is composed of many sectors, public and private. So which sectors in the entire community does the current administration favor to

March 09 2015 State of the City: "More Than Potholes... Deep Repairs..."

“...there are not going to be meany consulting firms that are capable of dealing with a mess such as we live in and making heads and tails of the situation.”—JDHasty

The realm of alternative progressive politics is essentially traditional liberal orthodoxy with an ever-changing twist on the practice of identity politics—-the practice of organizing coalitions to compete for public resources and influence public policy.

Here in Tacoma, we are now again experiencing the discriminatory effects

March 09 2015 State of the City: "More Than Potholes... Deep Repairs..."

JDHasty, your explanation of the situation is informative and persuasive. The scale and degree of roadwork needed forces the question: How much manpower is needed?

The infotainment offered from this media event is that the effect of Tacoma’s bureaucratic continuity sometimes results in government make-work programs. Is the Mayor asking the community to pay for a legacy project?



March 09 2015 State of the City: "More Than Potholes... Deep Repairs..."

Has there ever been or is there now such a thing as militancy among minorities and women?

March 06 2015 State of the City: "More Than Potholes... Deep Repairs..."

Okay Jesse, let’s kick around some ideas. The video of the address records more than a couple of audacious moments, but at least two which at best could be dismissed as high drama.

It is often the case with regards to formal speeches and informal discourse, that the parties involved in an exchange seldom remember the content offered at the midpoint of a communication. It is the content at the beginning, and at the end which is usually remembered.

Assuming that is true, how should one

March 04 2015 State of the City: "More Than Potholes... Deep Repairs..."

“And I say to you, ladies and gentlemen, the solution to Tacoma’s problem today is the SAME SOLUTION to any problem of any city at any place and at any time: MO MONEY!”

March 04 2015 State of the City: "More Than Potholes... Deep Repairs..."

“Why doesn’t the City just cough up the pavement assessment and report?  Is it that the Mayor was just using a number she pulled out of thin air?”—JDH

The Mayor is simply a politician—-someone who is paid to say things that people want to hear. The implication of the street repair proposal, regardless of the lack of/or supply of adequate reasoned evidence, is that whatever the cost for street repairs, citizens will witness one of the largest “make work” programs in Tacoma’s history.


March 02 2015 Mayor Strickland Announces $500 Million Plan to Fix All the Potholes

What do we know about CRS (Citizens for Responsible Spending), and how do we know it? The shadowy arena of subversion is often populated by self-proclaimed consumers of leisure. Gig Harbor resident Jerry Gibbs, who represents CRS, described the grassroots committee as “retired guys with too much time on our hands.”

Is this true? CRS is a bunch of retired guys living an unstructured life? Fair warning, my fellow Tacoma and Pierce County citizens: Chaos wastes a tremendous amount of time

March 02 2015 County Services Building Faces Another Challenge, a Possible Referendum

Mayor Strickland Announces $500 Million Plan to Fix All the Potholes

Plan Cancelled After Whole City Dies Laughing

March 01 2015 Mayor Strickland Announces $500 Million Plan to Fix All the Potholes

Two transients, window shopping in downtown Tacoma, approached each other midblock. The first transient said, “Do you know the difference between capitalism and socialism?”

The second transient said, “Let’s hear it.”

“Well, in a capitalist economic system, man exploits man.”

The second transient shook his head and said, “Ah, but in a socialist system it’s vice versa.”

February 23 2015 Pierce County Council Approves Lincoln District General Services Building Plan

The immediate benefit of this project is that one of the spookiest sections of Pacific Avenue will be razed. Then in a matter of months, a vibrant public services building will provide the citizens of Pierce County with both a center of opportunity for employment, and for services vital to regenerating and sustaining the local community and beyond.

If just that promise is achieved, if just those expectations are met, then the new “less is more” GS building should satisfy the most cynical

February 18 2015 Pierce County Council Approves Lincoln District General Services Building Plan

Yes ladies and whatever, the day the new GS building parking area opens, I plan to drive my privately owned car into that lot and park there for a few moments of silent prayer. I am so thankful that this city, this county, this republic still has the potential to live according to the ideals of the founding fathers. The citizenry of this new GS building will signify by its planned reduction of expenditures and personnel, that the ideal of limiting the role of government in private lives can and

February 04 2015 Pierce County General Services Building: Growing Plans

“Imagine today if the county’s administrative headquarters rose by the Tacoma Dome, with convenient transit links aboard Sounder for residents of Sumner, Puyallup, South Tacoma and Lakewood to reach the facility. ...Tacoma needs to create the people-activity on the streets that fuels private investments that create jobs—and the county’s adminiative complex near the Tacoma Dome could serve that objective.”—-Paolo

Where does anyone get the idea that it is the role of government to

February 02 2015 Pierce County General Services Building: Growing Plans

“People addicted to Methamphetamine or Heroin are little different that those that are
Motor Vehicle dependant/addicted.The difference is that the Motor Vehicle dependant addicted (most of the population) are much more destructive to the environment.
If we follow our current habits and lifestyles we stupidly will self destruct as a country,as a species and take most of the species on Earth into extinction.
It’s like a danger like the rise of Nazism,the Japanese WW2 empire and World War 2

February 02 2015 2015 Will Be the "Year of the Bike" in Tacoma

“This is not an imagined global catastrophe scientists already recognize the anthropocene termed era,the sixth mass extinction the greatest extinction event in Earth’s geologic history with events already occuring due to human activity (now an increased 150 to 200 species going extinct every day).”—-RHTCCComedyfan

Gee, I guess you and your subsidized transit comrades are right. Civilization is on trial.

Anyway, the daily business of guiding, governing, and guarding Pierce County is the

January 31 2015 Pierce County General Services Building: Growing Plans

“Some short videos here on why automobile centric transportation methods are gravely flawed.Whoever has created this GS Building Plan for their transportation study should have been retired as their methodology is obsolete and from the past.”—-RHTCCComedyfan

The assumption here is that people only buy cars for transportation.

Here’s some unsolicited advice: It’s easier to change location than to change people (and I don’t mean change the location of the GS building).

All the propaganda,

January 30 2015 Pierce County General Services Building: Growing Plans

“The problem is that in this plan there is substantial public subsidization in more parking and a defacto mindset that just about everyone will drive…Parking is not free.  It requires acquisition of land, materials for construction, and continued maintenance.”—-Chris

It’s a self-evident fact that Pierce Transit and Sound Transit has built Park-N-Ride surface lots all over Pierce County. Who subsidizes those lots plus the multi-level garages they’ve built?

The bureaucracy and costs of public

January 30 2015 Pierce County General Services Building: Growing Plans

POST-TRAUMATIC PARKING LOT STRESS DISORDER—-The Progressive Degenerative Disease That Tax Dollars Won’t Cure

January 29 2015 Pierce County General Services Building: Growing Plans

There are no growing plans that include renaming the site the Utopian Socialists Plaza.

January 29 2015 Pierce County General Services Building: Growing Plans

Travel to and from the Pierce County General Services Building is currently a matter of choice left to the individual.

January 28 2015 Pierce County General Services Building: Growing Plans

PROBLEM: A city loans a private developer $31 million dollars. The payback term is 30 years. The financial means of payback is contingent on the success and future profits from the developer’s proposed high density commercial and residential project.

AXIOM: Value is not a statement of material fact.

REMEMBER: The main principle in structuring liabilities is to match the repayment of debt with the borrower’s ability to repay.

PROBLEM: Density can signify both a place and a state of mind.

January 26 2015 Annexing Point Ruston

Jesse, your personal preference and intuition about what should built and where, is just that—-your personal preference. Every individual is concerned about his own economic future—-and many ambitious politicians have built their careers on promises of a future utopia.

All roads lead out of Tacoma for a reason. Call it economic justice. The pressures of daily life in a highly regulated, densely populated, blind leading the blind cultural pinpoint on the map of Earth is something to run from.

January 26 2015 Group Challenges Planned Pierce County Administration Building Location

The great thing about Tacoma? It’s always looking for a new Superfund Site to add to its collection.

January 25 2015 Annexing Point Ruston

“...if the Pierce County building, circa 1890’s, would have been built in the Proctor District.”—-Jesse

The Proctor District, for all its posturing, has never been anything more than a way station for Ruston bound travelers.

In contrast, Pacific Avenue, south of downtown Tacoma, has served the greater Tacoma area for over one-hundred years as a primary state highway—-State Route 7 was built to effectively and efficiently serve city and county travelers.

January 25 2015 Group Challenges Planned Pierce County Administration Building Location

When that condemned stretch of Pacific Avenue receives the wrecking ball, the only tears shed will be tears of joy.

January 22 2015 Group Challenges Planned Pierce County Administration Building Location

Armchair social engineering can be fun, especially in a mixed-up city like Tacoma. First of all, the key assumption here is that the overall population of Tacoma will increase. If so, then how should Tacoman’s greet the future? What would a better future really look like?

Submitted For Your Approval: High density multi-family buildings, stocked with government created, ordained and sustained public transit-dependent cultural slaves.

Some call this picture New Urbanism, but that’s really

January 19 2015 Reviewing Tacoma's Mixed Use Centers

Aesthetically speaking, the stature of the building blends naturally into the landscape of Pierce Transit Routes 28, 41, and 57. But nothing was left to chance. It was all calculated to please the eye; and if the building was placed along Pierce Transit Routes 11, or 16, then no amount of creative adaptation would ever soothe the refined sensibilities of the neighboring cultural elite.

January 18 2015 Group Challenges Planned Pierce County Administration Building Location

According to modern Systems Theory, in order to build a proper bureaucracy, one must first refer to a proper bus schedule for guidance.

January 16 2015 Group Challenges Planned Pierce County Administration Building Location

“Perhaps if the government (Federal,State and Local) wanted to phase out unsustainable personal motor vehicle dependancy/ownership with uber expensive infrastructure, they should offer free or reduced cost housing or a huge monitary bonus to individuals whom choose to not own these anthropocene holocaust species extinction machines.”


January 15 2015 Reviewing Tacoma's Mixed Use Centers

If all Tacoma is a stage, I want to operate the trap door.

January 14 2015 America's Got Talent Comes to Tacoma

“...how would Tacomans react if a Walmart Express decided to locate in downtown Tacoma? We know of at least one available storefront ...”—E133

Walmart stores are not union organized. This week, I got schooled by a union cashier at Fred Meyer store. She said that Walmart cashiers earn about $11.hr without benefits vs. union cashiers earning $19.hr plus benefits. That may be true, but the fact that a special interest group can provide some advantages for organized labor, means also that it can

January 13 2015 Millennials Moving to the City Bring Target Along

There could be some positive consequences to the establishment of a downtown outdoor recreation supply business. Particularly one located in a reclaimed industrial building near the intersection of Pacific Avenue and South Tacoma Way. The possible world that I have in mind involves young adventurous rich kids buying designer camp gear and gentrifying the woodlands surrounding the Tacoma Rescue Mission.

January 11 2015 Millennials Moving to the City Bring Target Along

Transient Window Shoppers: The Untold Story Of Tacoma’s Economic Miracle

January 09 2015 Millennials Moving to the City Bring Target Along

Whether or not the West Slope Neighborhood of Tacoma is the last refuge for Western Civilization is a closed question. Where else in Tacoma should one expect philosopher-kings to preside over the surrounding city-states?

Beyond a reasonable doubt, the West Kingdom has already forged a contingency plan to deal with the invading bus loads of climate-change barbarians. Furthermore, does anyone really believe that the increase in city-wide bicycle paths and mid-block crosswalks were constructed

January 05 2015 A Conservation District to Preserve Lack of Density?

There’s a place for multi-level trailer parks and taco trucks, and this ain’t it.

December 30 2014 A Conservation District to Preserve Lack of Density?

Imagine two people applying for a job that pays $15.00 an hour. One person has knowledge, skills, and experience. The other person has none of those qualities. Yet, according to the law, both individuals are equal—-An inadequate, misleading, and harmful official viewpoint has blurred the distinction between rights and personal responsibility.

Who would want live in such a negative utopia, besides tyrants commanding a propaganda machine and a standing army?

December 27 2014 $15 Now Tacoma?

If I understand the concern about plastic as a topic of investigation and evaluation by the Tacoma City Council, the real question at issue is the long term viability of the city dump.

Broadly speaking, plastic objects are everywhere. Likewise, potential city dumps are everywhere.

There is no plastic bag crisis in Tacoma. There is no city dump crisis in Tacoma.


December 26 2014 Paper or Plastic? Or Maybe Not...

Unity is a thing of many degrees. Given the cultural context of Tacoma, placing a Warhol inspired veil over the Tacoma Dome, and the local Walmart, and especially City Hall, would offer a far greater value per dollar risked. The social democrats of Tacoma have distinguished themselves as aesthetes loitering among the gleams in a fading city. Let their passions find their release in the glorification of their temples.

December 16 2014 Warhol Flower for the Tacoma Dome Update

Subversion of individual freedoms is alive and real in Tacoma.

It should be plain and simple to understand that using the legal system to force the transfer of wealth from private employers to employees will not improve the condition of workers or employers. Denying people their right to self-determination sounds like a scheme to promote unhappiness in people, if not outright rebellion.

What about the worker’s right to sell his labor at the price he determines? Suppose one is willing to

December 16 2014 $15 Now Tacoma?

Who wouldn’t want paid sick leave? That’s like saying who wouldn’t want hot lunches for orphans. So whatever the case, the money is not likely coming from some benevolent good witch.

The money is coming from the unwashed masses. That’s right. A vote for paid sick leave is a vote for a cost of living tax—-A regular guy tax. The cost of goods and services will increase in order to pay for any cost of doing business, including wages and benefits. No business owner will pay out one red cent of

October 31 2014 City Council May Consider Paid Sick Leave Requirement for Tacoma Businesses

AMENDMENT 13: Background Checks On All Internet Based Illustrators. VOTE YES.
“It’s A Matter Of Visual Justice.”

October 25 2014 How to Vote on Charter Amendments, A Few Opinions

I read the News Tribune viewpoint by Seago and Seinfeld, and found it helpful in defining the issues. Their conclusion is that the current council-manager form of government, if abandoned, would lead to a submersion of quality service for citizens.

Regarding Proposal 8, is it possible that the council sees a need to extend term limits because history shows that Tacoma’s individual council members rarely represent the form of a vigorous independent character who has the experience of a

October 20 2014 Tacoma City Charter Amendments: Arguments For & Against

Yes, ladies and gentlemen, the manufacture and distribution of arms is a significant economic driver.

Likewise true, sometimes bad things happen to good Tacoman’s.

Let modern science and technology record the confused intuitions of uncivil servants in favor of capitalism under an authoritarian regime.

September 22 2014 City Council Will Discuss Supporting Increased Gun Sale Background Check Requirements

There is no Smokey Bear. Smokey does not exist. Literally speaking, everything we say about Smokey is false. Smokey does not work for the U,S. Forest Service. Smokey does not roam the wilderness wearing a campaign hat, blue jeans, and carrying a shovel. Smokey is not a messenger of fire prevention.

But, we can say that there is a story we tell about Smokey Bear; and in that story it’s true that Smokey has those characteristics.

However, if someone thought that in the story,

September 18 2014 Black Bear Captured Near Puyallup Avenue & Dock Street in Tacoma

If cars are outlawed, then only outlaws will have cars.

September 15 2014 Help Fix Tacoma's Residential Parking Permit Program

“The bear is currently sleeping off the tranquilizer dart in the Metro Parks parking lot.”

Special care was taken to not disturb nearby employees sleeping off recreational tranquilizers.

September 14 2014 Black Bear Captured Near Puyallup Avenue & Dock Street in Tacoma

Smart questions, real questions should lead us well into the more practical problem: How can Tacoma acquire more public money to rebuild with style, finesse, and with a flourish?

September 07 2014 10 Ways Tacoma Can Improve Its Economic Outlook

Let’s all try to think this through. For starters, let’s assume that the City of Ruston can’t easily call a bank or a hard money lender and set up a line of credit. Yet, the City of Ruston has options. The former Ruston Way tunnel may be a potential asset.

When I read that the developer of Point Ruston has moved the site of an economic generator, a multiplex theatre from Ruston to Tacoma, the thought came to mind that maybe Tacoma could also gain by relocating the Ruston Way tunnel to the

August 18 2014 Point Ruston Threatens City of Ruston with $150 Million Lawsuit

August 11, 2014. Detroit Free Press staff writer Robert Allen.
Three suburban teenagers accused of spray-painting downtown Detroit buildings were arraigned today in Wayne County Circuit Court…The three teens are accused of spraying images such as hearts and the words “Welcome to Detroit” on buildings June 22 at Michigan Avenue and Griswold Street… Each of the defendants is charged with one count of malicious destruction of a building $1,000 to $20,000, a felony that carries up to five years

August 11 2014 Making a Statement: Tacoma Says "Enough!"

Whatever one wants to call/name the graphic expression accomplished at the Broadway Garages, or call/name whatever the Fab 5 accomplished in a likewise private setting, the consequences of those actions have nothing to do with graffiti, as the term is commonly understood.

It’s important to make a distinction between form and content, and furthermore distinguish the sphere of operations.

August 08 2014 Making a Statement: Tacoma Says "Enough!"

If a form of graphic expression defaces public property, say hosing City Hall with Silly String, then the Fab 5 gets a $10.00 commission to hose Starbucks corporate headquarters cubicles with Silly String, could a case be made that the Fab 5 are influencing the culture to a significant degree?

August 07 2014 Making a Statement: Tacoma Says "Enough!"

Aside from your commentary and mine on this topic about what is good for the culture, every other commentator claimed that the way things are is the way that things ought to be—the situation as it stands, cultural pluralism with its variations of truth, ought to be sustained and equated with a proper, correct, and viable way to think and act.

That relativistic view, championing unlimited personal preference and cultural differences, sounds all nice and fluffy, but it’s just bad thinking.

July 31 2014 "In God We Trust?"

I’ve been commenting on this blog since May, 2008.  I’ve sold cars in Tacoma since 2009. I’ve owned and operated a communications business in Tacoma since 1990. Whether any of that kind of action is useful or not is a relative question. So there are some things that are relative.

Just the same, there are some things that are absolute. For example, an absolute fool.

July 29 2014 "In God We Trust?"

“...tackle the REAL issues that plague this city.”—Sid

The realm of opinion by which most people define reality and make judgments and decide actions is a REAL issue, and a worthy target of philosophical inquiry.

The central issue of this debate is the nature of authority.

Let’s consider the testimony posted so far by the secular humanists—a political faction that is opposed to God and hostile to Christianity. No evidence has been put forth that proves the Christian worldview is

July 28 2014 "In God We Trust?"

Amazing But True! Secular Humanism is a religion.

July 28 2014 "In God We Trust?"

“Only a christian deals in absolutes.”—Brad Tankersley

Is that true? Are all mathematicians Christians?

July 28 2014 "In God We Trust?"
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