Isn't it Weird That

1. Isn't It Weird That ... At a time when the nation is being rocked by high-profile instances of gun violence (Elliot Rodger in Santa Barbara, Aaron Ybarra here in Seattle, and a school shooting yesterday in Oregon), former NFL player-turned-Congressional candidate Clint Didier (he's running for the seat being vacated by retiring U.S. Rep. Doc Hastings, R-4), is  handing out guns, (as a fundraising stunt), including an AR-15 assault rifle? 

According to his web site, in what he's calling a "Freedom Fighters Gun Giveaway," Didier will give away two Ruger pistols and an AR-15 assault rifle "when we receive 10,000 LIKES on Facebook and/orFOLLOWS on Twitter OR on INDEPENDENCE DAY, whichever comes first."


2. Isn't it Weird that the Seattle Times thinks the screwup at city hall over the timing of charter amendments that has now foiled an anti-$15 minimum wage initiative (and perhaps gave false momentum to this year's discussions) was the result of a special "opinion" from the city attorney? In fact, the odd-years-only rule (which says that charter amendments can only go on the ballot in years when there is a general municipal election) is written into the city charter. 

Meanwhile, isn't it also a little weird that it took the Seattle Times so long to even pick up on this story, publishing the news four days after PubliCola broke it last week.

3. Isn't It Weird That ... The Seattle Times' cutline, on a photo accompanying a story about a proposed upzone in Mount Baker (Cola coverage here) reads: "The City Council plans to rezone the area around the Mount Baker light-rail station to bring more density to the north Rainier Valley. While some residents hope for a vibrant feel, others say the neighborhood needs jobs, education and public safety." 

Because obviously, jobs, education, and public safety are diametrically opposed to "a vibrant feel." 

(Speaking of disingenuous jutapositions: See also, this week's NYT headline which pits "environmentalists" against people who are "energy-friendly." Earth to the NYT: Environmentalists are energy friendly.)

4. Isn't It Weird That ...Eater Seattle's post on restaurateurs' response to the phased-in Seattle minimum wage, which won't even apply to small restaurants that rely on tips and provide their employees health care for another seven years, quotes, at length, a restaurant owner—Brendan McGill of Hitchcock on Bainbridge Island—who doesn't even operate in Seattle? 

McGill, who is free to continue paying his staff the statewide minimum wage of $9.32 an hour, says—as if he were actually having to pay the Seattle-only minimum wage on Bainbridge Island—"Without a tip credit or total compensation being considered for employees, we will have to dramatically change the way we staff, especially in the front of house. We operate on a very thin margin as it is, attempting to bring the finest foods to the table that our pool of sales allows." 

Maybe McGill is concerned that the living-wage movement will spread to Bainbridge? If so, Eater doesn't quote him saying so. And it's pretty hard to be sympathetic toward a restaurant owner whose entrees average around $25—surely super-high-end restaurant diners can afford to pay a buck or two more so the people serving them earn something approaching a living wage.

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