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Monday, July 16, 2012

Rob McKenna's Assistant Kathlyn Ehl: "shut up and speak english #asians"

Posted by on Mon, Jul 16, 2012 at 6:07 PM

First posted at 12:35 p.m. and moved up with a statement from McKenna saying his aide's tweets were "offensive and inappropriate."

Kathlyn Ehl is a policy staffer for the Rob McKenna for Governor campaign, according to the campaign's Twitter staff list. Her own Twitter bio, which includes a regular patter of campaign updates, describes her as a "recent @uw grad and policy assistant for @robmckenna on the @mckennacampaign for #wagov."

So we know Ms. Ehl supports McKenna's Republican-Party-line positions on health care and gays. But does McKenna share her positions on Asians and the elderly? Let's look at some of her past tweets:

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Ehl has not replied to an attempt to reach her. And McKenna's entire campaign staff is in a meeting—literally every single one of them, the receptionist insists—so we left a message but they haven't responded.

But hey, Kathlyn! #classy.

UPDATE: Since posting this, Ehl has deleted dozens of tweets, including the two I posted as screen grabs. She had 213 tweets earlier today; that number is down to 176 tweets. So I suppose that means Ehl had 37 postings too unsavory for the campaign? While we haven't heard back from her, she's probably seen this post, given that one of her priorities at the campaign is "monitoring the media," according to her LinkedIn profile.

Meanwhile, it turns out McKenna's campaign actually told folks to follow Ehl on Twitter last Friday. But the McKenna campaign may soon delete that tweet, given that they have completely scrubbed Twitter of its staff list that I linked to earlier. So I've gone ahead and posted a screen grab of that tweet and the former web page—including Ehl's listing—after the jump. The McKenna campaign still has not commented.

UPDATE 2: We've captured Ehl's entire original Twitter history in this one .pdf. This means you can compare her full history to the 176 posts that remain to see which ones she scrubbed from her profile.

UPDATE 3: Rob McKenna has issued a statement saying, “The tweets sent by a member of my campaign staff, Kathlyn Ehl, which were reported today were offensive and inappropriate. I am glad to see that she has apologized for her actions."

Oddly, even though McKenna's comments respond directly to a story we broke, his campaign did not send the statement to The Stranger. Instead, we obtained them from another source.

McKenna's statement continued, "The fact that she made the comments before joining my campaign does not make them any less hurtful to Asian Americans and the elderly. They were insensitive and wrong regardless of their context. She has done the right thing by apologizing. I am hopeful that she has learned a humbling lesson that will give her greater perspective about having charity in her heart when considering the challenges faced by others.”

It's unclear where, exactly, Ehl apologized.

UPDATE 4: Earlier today, I'd asked Asian Counseling and Referral Service for their take on the matter. Here's the polite—but scathing—statement from spokesman Owen Lei:

We understand people sometimes make mistakes or tell inappropriate jokes. But as an organization that works regularly with marginalized people, many of whom rely on our programs precisely because they face language barriers most of us couldn't imagine, we can't help but be discouraged by comments like this.

Honestly, if it were that easy to "shut up and speak English," we wouldn't be helping tens of thousands of people a year with multilingual counseling services, ESL job training and legal translation to guide them through various roadblocks. If it were that easy to "get a wheelchair" we wouldn't be training hundreds of healthcare aides to care for homebound elderly.

That said, it appears the staffer in this incident was venting personal opinions and has since apologized for her actions. We will respect her apology, as long as it's based not in shame over potentially making her boss look bad, but rather in a genuine desire to understand the challenges of the groups she targeted and in her own clarity of how hurtful those comments can be.

UPDATE 5: Ehl sent her apology to the Seattle Times, which is backing McKenna's run for governor. “My actions were not just unfortunate, they were offensive,” she told the paper. “It is a lesson to others that social media comments made in frustration not only can hurt others, but they exist long after the moment has passed.” She'll reportedly keep her job.

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Kinison 1
When working retail, customer service or a public job, yeah sometimes its helpful for people to speak english. Otherwise im going to guess that you understood what I told you or hope you dont call back 3 more times asking the same freaking question because you understood nothing I said.

PS
No complaints from SLOG about Rahm Emanuel being a raging asshole, working as WH Chief of Staff for Obama.
Posted by Kinison http://www.holgatehawks.com on July 16, 2012 at 12:46 PM · Report this
TVDinner 2
#toostupid2tweet
Posted by TVDinner http:// on July 16, 2012 at 12:47 PM · Report this
Will in Seattle 3
@1 who?

The Mayor of Chicago?

Is this a post about Monorail?
Posted by Will in Seattle http://www.facebook.com/WillSeattle on July 16, 2012 at 12:49 PM · Report this
4
"10:30 AM - 26 Jan 12 via web"

Did someone go through months of old tweets for everyone listed on the campaign staff Twitter group?

This high bar isn't going to last forever as we approach the era when everyone grows up with social media and is recorded on the internet.
Posted by Lumpmoose on July 16, 2012 at 12:53 PM · Report this
rob! 5
Twitter and Facebook are great winnowing tools. Chaff, meet wind.
Posted by rob! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QZBdUceCL5U on July 16, 2012 at 12:54 PM · Report this
evilvolus 6
Clearly, every political campaign needs to include a mandatory interview question for all "staffers":

"Have you ever, ever, ever posted anything deeply stupid and fairly offensive to the internet?" "No, seriously...ever."

If she were a high-ranking driver of the campaign, maybe. But picking on the young'uns for writing stupid shit on the internet 6 months ago is going a little too far.
Posted by evilvolus on July 16, 2012 at 12:57 PM · Report this
michaelp 7
@4 - I think there is a certain expectation for folks officially tied to campaigns that they scrub their shit, or make everything super private, so as not to embarrass their candidate. McKenna (Rob) shouldn't be surrounding himself with racists and ageists. I suppose I am of the belief that a candidate does well to hire folks who are more aware of the world around them than the candidate is.

And as a policy assistant, I am curious how Ms. Ehl's bias toward the elderly and Asian Americans effects the advice that she is giving to the campaign and, potentially to a Rob McKenna administration.

This is not something that I want in my state. We deserve better than people like this.
Posted by michaelp on July 16, 2012 at 12:57 PM · Report this
Pope Peabrain 8
She must be his adviser on all matters legal. Crappy, crappy lawyer.
Posted by Pope Peabrain on July 16, 2012 at 12:58 PM · Report this
Baconcat 9
Already deleted. OH I GUESS IT MUST NOT HAVE MEANT ANYTHING AT ALL.
Posted by Baconcat on July 16, 2012 at 1:00 PM · Report this
Asparagus! 10
@4

The high bar of no casual racism.
Posted by Asparagus! on July 16, 2012 at 1:02 PM · Report this
Baconcat 11
If you watch Kathlyn's profile you'll see the number of tweets steadily drop. She's rushing to delete a few tweets before grubby reporters find out that McKenna's policy assistant might not give him good assistance on policies for the elderly or Asians.
Posted by Baconcat on July 16, 2012 at 1:03 PM · Report this
balderdash 12
Haha, seriously, Rob "GET A JOB" McKenna's campaign is staffed by tiny-minded bitter racists? Imagine that.

@1, Is that really the best you can do? "'Oh yeah? Well McKenna's not a dick! Because... uh, shit, who's some Demo-crap guy? Um. Rom... Ramm...' *google google google* 'RAHM EMMANUEL IS A DICK...ER!'" I mean, come on.
Posted by balderdash http://introverse.blogspot.com on July 16, 2012 at 1:04 PM · Report this
Ian Awesome 13
that's fucking ridiculous.
Posted by Ian Awesome http://oneangryqueer.blogspot.com on July 16, 2012 at 1:06 PM · Report this
Baconcat 14
20 tweets deleted so far and counting.
Posted by Baconcat on July 16, 2012 at 1:07 PM · Report this
seatackled 15
She retroactively never said anything racist, ever.
Posted by seatackled on July 16, 2012 at 1:08 PM · Report this
seatackled 16
So was she one of the College Republicans doing that affirmative action bake sale?
Posted by seatackled on July 16, 2012 at 1:09 PM · Report this
17
Girl is scrubbing her twitter. Deleting before MY VERY EYES.
Posted by Quincent on July 16, 2012 at 1:11 PM · Report this
TheRain 18
"If she were a high-ranking driver of the campaign, maybe. But picking on the young'uns for writing stupid shit on the internet 6 months ago is going a little too far. "

I have a hard time believing that 6 months ago she wasn't at least casually interested in politics, had some inkling that she might be doing campaign work, and thus is dumber than a box of rocks.
Posted by TheRain on July 16, 2012 at 1:12 PM · Report this
thatsnotright 19
all of the campaign staff are furiously deleting their entire accounts, which is why no one can come to the phone.
Posted by thatsnotright on July 16, 2012 at 1:16 PM · Report this
Max Solomon 20
particularly amusing when you consider that asians are the most conservative minority in the country. hearts & minds!
Posted by Max Solomon on July 16, 2012 at 1:18 PM · Report this
Pick1 21
@15 Thank you for the laugh.

I'm sure the joke will get done to death eventually but I'm still laughing at most of these.
Posted by Pick1 on July 16, 2012 at 1:20 PM · Report this
22
I checked out her Facebook page. She's pretty hot, in that extremely stupid beauty queen sorority Republican kind of way. She fits their cookie cutter pretty well.
Posted by c'mon girlfriend on July 16, 2012 at 1:20 PM · Report this
Asparagus! 23
@20

I guess it depends on how you define conservative, but I'd be willing to bet a greater portion of Jews are conservative voters, if for no other reason than the ultra-orthodox population.
Posted by Asparagus! on July 16, 2012 at 1:23 PM · Report this
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@20 - how many Asians do you know? I know many, covering both sides of the spectrum. But they largely reflect the community in which we live, and are overwhelmingly progressive. If you break it down by specific nationality, there are some that I would definately agree are more conservative than others, but I don't think your statement holds water.
Posted by TJ on July 16, 2012 at 1:28 PM · Report this
25
not sure if it's mckenna's main campaign office, but $5 says she works at the outpost of his at 6th and king.
Posted by captain underpants on July 16, 2012 at 1:31 PM · Report this
26
young republicans, in a nutshell. she should stand by her statements, but apparently she's a coward on top of being a racist asshole.
Posted by ian on July 16, 2012 at 1:31 PM · Report this
ItsAllOverNow 27
Social media has very rarely affected my perception of a person in a positive way.
Posted by ItsAllOverNow http://nowaybro.blogspot.com/ on July 16, 2012 at 1:39 PM · Report this
28
How is it racist to want people to speak English, now? Oh, that's right, it's SLOG. Racism is everywhere. I forgot.
Posted by catsnbanjos on July 16, 2012 at 1:39 PM · Report this
Allyn 29
@28 it may have something to do with the "#asians", don't you think?
Posted by Allyn on July 16, 2012 at 1:46 PM · Report this
seatackled 30
@28

Why do you want "people" to speak English? We're almost certainly talking about people having a private conversation within earshot of Ehl. Do you expect people around you to speak English for your benefit?
Posted by seatackled on July 16, 2012 at 1:46 PM · Report this
Zebes 31
@28

When you make a nasty complaint about an entire race, it's racism. You have to dig a little to find it, though. It's really really subtle!
Posted by Zebes http://www.badrap.org/rescue/index.html on July 16, 2012 at 1:51 PM · Report this
32
#white people
Posted by TheVripper on July 16, 2012 at 1:54 PM · Report this
Max Solomon 33
@24: i know maybe a hundred asian people by name. is that enough?

i based my statement on charts i've seen from charles blow discussing GOP outreach to hispanics. asians were more likely to support the GOP than other "racial" minorities.

but it was still not a majority - just a higher percentage than hispanics, who were more conservative than black americans.
Posted by Max Solomon on July 16, 2012 at 2:02 PM · Report this
the man who couldn't blog 34
Well, as long as she left this one up...
Posted by the man who couldn't blog http://happyrockisabook.tumblr.com on July 16, 2012 at 2:04 PM · Report this
My Other Car's the Tardis 35
@4: Wait, so if the tweets are less than 6 mos. old, it's ok that they're racist? Wow, thanks for clarifying that.
Posted by My Other Car's the Tardis on July 16, 2012 at 2:23 PM · Report this
36
I'm almost more offended by how it doesn't even make sense. Shut up AND speak? Oh, the whole thought isnt there. I think the long version must have been "shut up your ching chong talk and speak english #asians"
Posted by hereiswheremynamegoes on July 16, 2012 at 2:43 PM · Report this
Kinison 37
@12 "Is that really the best you can do?"

Ask yourself a question, is this the best way, which we can attack McKenna? Clearly it is not, one is better off attacking McKenna for the things he says. Because if he simply lets this staffer go, then you are right back to square one, which is looking, searching for ways to attack McKenna with. If all you have are petty things his staffer says, then you really dont have much to attack him with.

McGinn hired David Hiller, who said some nasty hyperbolic things about drivers, but I guess he didnt mean it, so he'll get a free pass. Right?
Posted by Kinison http://www.holgatehawks.com on July 16, 2012 at 2:54 PM · Report this
38
Just waiting for McKenna to channel Dmitri Medvedev and tell the media the guilty will be punished.
Posted by junipero on July 16, 2012 at 2:55 PM · Report this
Cato the Younger Younger 39
At least this never happened #retroactively
Posted by Cato the Younger Younger on July 16, 2012 at 3:01 PM · Report this
balderdash 40
Hahahahahaaaaa, Rob McKenna storms into an office full of campaign assistants and interns, frothing with hate and panic, and starts knocking over computers and yelling, "BURN IT ALL! BURN IT ALL NOW!"

:D :D :D
Posted by balderdash http://introverse.blogspot.com on July 16, 2012 at 3:05 PM · Report this
41
@23: You might want to think before you start writing: Jews have voted Democratic by over a 3-1 margin in virtually every election of the last 50 years.
Posted by Peri427 on July 16, 2012 at 3:30 PM · Report this
McGee 42
@37 Oh the pooooorrrrrr drivers. What ever shall they do? I hope their fragile psyches can handle being talked of negatively. Mayhaps we should check on them and help them dry the tears at their pity party caused by the horrible mean man who sad so much nasty stuff about the pooooor drivers. :(

You are the drizzling shits.

Posted by McGee on July 16, 2012 at 3:30 PM · Report this
dwightmoodyforgetsthings 43
And once again we learn the lesson: DON'T USE YOUR REAL NAME ON THE INTERNET.

Anyone who wants to be active in politics has got to realize they need to have two internet personas, the one with their real name and the one with their real life.

Posted by dwightmoodyforgetsthings http://www.reddit.com/r/spaceclop on July 16, 2012 at 3:47 PM · Report this
44
Most of the racism, I've encountered in my time in Seattle has come from Asian Americans--dirty looks in the workplace, nasty tones of voice from AA managers exceeding that to white employees, and one who said to me upon interviewing for a job "why did you have to come here?"

Not surprised it is one of the more if not the most conservative minority group, including the vast spectrum of ethnicities, particularly filipinos.
Posted by neo-realist on July 16, 2012 at 4:00 PM · Report this
Free Busch On Tuesday 45
I checked facebook and I am ashamed to say we have two mutual friends but the friends that are mutual don't surprise me.

One is a devout Christian since his mom suddenly was struck down in her sleep by the vengeful lord for being a normal person, so the natural reaction for him was to get more religious and conservative which must be how I mutually connect to racist fuck.
Posted by Free Busch On Tuesday on July 16, 2012 at 4:12 PM · Report this
46
@43 Or, you know, don't be an asshole.
Posted by for the price of fun on July 16, 2012 at 4:14 PM · Report this
Free Busch On Tuesday 47
@46 or a racist white privileged graduate of a state school.
Posted by Free Busch On Tuesday on July 16, 2012 at 4:19 PM · Report this
48
@ 20 Pew Survey says not too conservative
http://www.pewsocialtrends.org/2012/06/1…
Posted by Seattle14 on July 16, 2012 at 4:21 PM · Report this
49
Isn't "priveleged graduate of a state school" an oxymoron? Where would you graduate from if you were underprivileged? A state prison?
Actually my real point is you don't have to be priveleged to be racist.
Posted by Made By Mary on July 16, 2012 at 4:41 PM · Report this
50
I'll say I occasionally get annoyed at the poor English skills of some of the people I have to deal with. Granted, I work at a major university with a ton of foreign students and staff. And it can get very frustrating.

Then I remember I don't speak a word of Cantonese, Vietnamese, Japanese, etc. and I get over it. She's an idiot for posting, simple as that. And anyone interested in being involved in public policy, no matter how minor their role, should be smart enough not to post stupid shit on the Internet.
Posted by NateMan on July 16, 2012 at 4:58 PM · Report this
balderdash 51
@49, no, you don't have to; in fact a lot of powerless and poor people are the most violently, overtly racist. Privilege just lets you be racist without owning up to it, or, in many cases, even knowing it.

But no, for real, getting to go to college, even at a state school, is hells of privilege; if you were underprivileged, you wouldn't graduate from anywhere. Maybe you are not aware - and I mean that sincerely, not as a burn - but tuition has been increasing by several fold at public schools in recent years, while financial aid availability has dropped sharply. Higher education is getting to be even more of a privilege than it already was.
Posted by balderdash http://introverse.blogspot.com on July 16, 2012 at 4:58 PM · Report this
52

Sassy...but really not much worse than some of the regular SLOG commenters, both with username and anonymously, who you allow to post here.

I must assume that SLOG holds racist opinions (and we all know SLOG is ageist) for allowing these posters to continue without policing.
Posted by Supreme Ruler Of The Universe http://_ on July 16, 2012 at 5:05 PM · Report this
Paul Constant 53
Your comment is idiotic and not even worth addressing, but thank you for not fucking up a bold tag this time, @52. I'll take any progress I can get when it comes to you.

Stop by The Stranger offices and I'll give you a doggy biscuit for your (barely competent) efforts!
Posted by Paul Constant http://https://twitter.com/paulconstant on July 16, 2012 at 5:39 PM · Report this
passionate_jus 54
@20

Actually that's not true. Asians are, by and large, predominately Democratic and more likely to believe in a strong safety net, due to their culture of families sticking together and caring for one another.

http://www.businessweek.com/news/2012-06…

http://www.gallup.com/poll/125579/asian-…
Posted by passionate_jus on July 16, 2012 at 5:45 PM · Report this
passionate_jus 55
Well this definitely isn't a George Allen "macaca" moment, but it surely won't help McKenna's outreach program to seniors and Asians.
Posted by passionate_jus on July 16, 2012 at 5:47 PM · Report this
56
@31
Ehl wasn't talking about a "race," she was talking about her imagination. Asian is about as much of a "race" as North American is. When you make a comment that reduces a vast and extremely diverse part of the world's population to a single "race" because your ignorance and your imagination tells you that they all somehow look, talk, or live the same way... THAT'S racism.
Posted by Abcdef on July 16, 2012 at 5:58 PM · Report this
57

@54

likely to believe in a strong safety net, due to their culture of families sticking together and caring for one another.


Wait...who is the racist?

Posted by Supreme Ruler Of The Universe http://_ on July 16, 2012 at 5:59 PM · Report this
58

#53

First of all the sight my well muscled candy apple would drive the Stranger Staffers up walls, so I won't torture you in that way.

But I will say, that in a well written comments application, the parser should not allow an open tag. I mean, what are you doing, just taking the text in the TEXTAREA and appending it to the end as is. Tell me that's not what you're doing.
Posted by Supreme Ruler Of The Universe http://_ on July 16, 2012 at 6:01 PM · Report this
Zebes 59
@56

That is some pretty clever argumentative jujitsu, there. Does this standard apply to everybody, then? Can I start bellowing "GIT BACK TO YER RICE PADDIES, ASIANS!" and then call the people who call me on my bullshit the real racists?
Posted by Zebes http://www.badrap.org/rescue/index.html on July 16, 2012 at 6:17 PM · Report this
Zebes 60
@56, @59

Actually, 56 may not be as hostile as I interpreted it as, so I should have thought twice before snarking back. My mistake.
Posted by Zebes http://www.badrap.org/rescue/index.html on July 16, 2012 at 6:20 PM · Report this
south downtown 61
@37 "David Hiller, who said some nasty hyperbolic things about drivers, but I guess he didnt mean it, so he'll get a free pass."

David Hiller has said some nasty things about Seattle citizen activists. That certainly won't help his boss get re-elected. Fortunately for him he's drawing some uber-good salary for a couple of years that will tide him over when he's a bike messenger again...
Posted by south downtown on July 16, 2012 at 6:20 PM · Report this
Grrr 62
You either shut up or you speak. You can't do both simultaneously. Hmm...
Posted by Grrr on July 16, 2012 at 6:23 PM · Report this
keshmeshi 63
@50,

I kind of doubt that's what she's complaining about though. She's complaining about Asians speaking their native languages, not about their speaking English inaccurately.

I suspect, since she's a recent UW grad, that rant came about from overhearing Asian students talking among themselves and getting pissed that she couldn't understand them, while possibly assuming that they were trash-talking her.
Posted by keshmeshi on July 16, 2012 at 6:35 PM · Report this
64
Am I missing the link to her "apology" (referenced by McKenna and the Asian Counseling and Referral Service?

I am curious about her choice of words in the apology, although I suspect she probably had little hand in writing it.
Posted by karion on July 16, 2012 at 6:53 PM · Report this
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@kinison

That you "speak English", does not change the fact that you are apparently too stupid to breathe. News flash, lots of people (especially older people) have trouble with English and no, they are NOT gonna "just go back where they came from", they're going to stay here right where they are and you are just going to have to learn to accept that fact or else shut the fuck up.

As for Rahm Emanuael, who has nothing to do with this discussion, he's got more brain cells in his farts than you have in your whole freaking body.

"Surprise, surprise" -- RePUGNANTicans are, at their core, a bunch of raging batshit-crazy racist Tea Bagger punks who have declared ideological war on blacks, Asians, the elderly, the poor, unions, voting rights for non-whites, the right of women to choose not to carry unwanted pregnancies to term, social programs that benefit ANYONE OTHER THAN the rich - in short, anyone and anything that benefits anyone other than those who are Like Them - white, racist, wealthy, priveleged.

This actually should not come as a "surprise" to anyone, since ReTHUGs just can't resist the urge to keep trying futilely to repeal The New Deal, the Great Society and most of the second half of the 20th century. They get their fucking heads beaten in at the ballot box every single time but being RePUGs, they never, ever learn anything from their crushing defeats because that would be suspiciously like, you know, "communism" or something.

Remember this fact in November, and kick their asses up around their ears, AGAIN.
Posted by Wild WIlly on July 16, 2012 at 6:53 PM · Report this
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@kinison

That you "speak English", does not change the fact that you are apparently too stupid to breathe. News flash, lots of people (especially older people) have trouble with English and no, they are NOT gonna "just go back where they came from", they're going to stay here right where they are and you are just going to have to learn to accept that fact or else shut the fuck up.

As for Rahm Emanuael, who has nothing to do with this discussion, he's got more brain cells in his farts than you have in your whole freaking body.

"Surprise, surprise" -- RePUGNANTicans are, at their core, a bunch of raging batshit-crazy racist Tea Bagger punks who have declared ideological war on blacks, Asians, the elderly, the poor, unions, voting rights for non-whites, the right of women to choose not to carry unwanted pregnancies to term, social programs that benefit ANYONE OTHER THAN the rich - in short, anyone and anything that benefits anyone other than those who are Like Them - white, racist, wealthy, priveleged.

This actually should not come as a "surprise" to anyone, since ReTHUGs just can't resist the urge to keep trying futilely to repeal The New Deal, the Great Society and most of the second half of the 20th century. They get their fucking heads beaten in at the ballot box every single time but being RePUGs, they never, ever learn anything from their crushing defeats because that would be suspiciously like, you know, "communism" or something.

Remember this fact in November, and kick their asses up around their ears, AGAIN.
Posted by Wild WIlly on July 16, 2012 at 6:55 PM · Report this
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@58

Not argumentative jujitsu (nice "asian" ?? metaphor there), just common sense. The problem isn't whether you insult or protect (har), the problem is when you stereotype in the first place.

It amazes me the extent to which "asian" as a racial/racist category has been assimilated into popular discourse in the U.S. since, oh around the time when Bush/Cheney invaded the Orient. How is it OK to pretend that people from a such a huge variety of different nations and cultures scattered around a massive geographical region, as well as their relatives or descendents who have their own nationalities and live in totally different cultures, are all somehow essentially and especially similar, just because of the way you think they look or talk? Do we call black U.S. citizens and residents "Africans"? Do we call white Americans "Europeans"?

Ehl's tweet is offensive, and it makes her look like an ass. But it's even dumber to accept the terms of her slur and try to defend the same racist category that she's insulting.
Posted by Abcdef on July 16, 2012 at 7:00 PM · Report this
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It appears that she apologized via the Seattle Times:

In an email message to The Seattle Times, Ehl also apologized.

These insensitive comments were harmful not just to those groups which I mentioned in the tweets, but also to my family, friends and my co-workers,” she wrote. “For causing that pain, I am sorry.”

“My actions were not just unfortunate, they were offensive,” she wrote in the email. “It is a lesson to others that social media comments made in frustration not only can hurt others, but they exist long after the moment has passed.”
Posted by karion on July 16, 2012 at 7:03 PM · Report this
keshmeshi 69
Do we call black U.S. citizens and residents "Africans"? Do we call white Americans "Europeans"?


Yes, we do, pretty much. When was the last time you saw a comment on black Americans that referenced a specific African ethnicity?

And if saying "black" or "white" when describing people is perfectly fine with you, what color do you propose using for ethnicities from Asia?

It amazes me the extent to which "asian" as a racial/racist category has been assimilated into popular discourse in the U.S. since, oh around the time when Bush/Cheney invaded the Orient.


Are you fucking kidding me? How old are you? "Asian" as a descriptor of a race of human beings has been in common use for ages. It's still better than the olden days when all Asians were called "Chinamen" or, during WWII, when Asians in the U.S. were often assumed to be Japanese.
Posted by keshmeshi on July 16, 2012 at 7:12 PM · Report this
Free Lunch 70
@37 - Kinison: did Hiller say anything racist? That seems to be the topic here, if you didn't notice.

I was recently on a cruise to Alaska, and two guys were speaking a language I didn't recognize. Out of nowhere this man with a Texan drawl walks up to them and says, "We're in America; Speak English," over an over.

That we were in international waters off the Canadian coast is beside the point: I think most people consider that attitude racist. But I'm sure the Texan didn't see it that way, either.
Posted by Free Lunch on July 16, 2012 at 7:15 PM · Report this
keshmeshi 71
@67,

Also, you might want to contact these organizations to let them know they're being all racist and shit:

www.naaap.org
www.aaja.org
www.apex.org
www.asianamericanalliance.com
www.aawaa.net
Posted by keshmeshi on July 16, 2012 at 7:16 PM · Report this
seatackled 72
She hasn't been fired? I thought McKenna didn't tolerate abrasive personalities.
Posted by seatackled on July 16, 2012 at 7:19 PM · Report this
73
@42

WHAAAA the "poor, poor" cyclists who stupidly think they're gonna "take over" the city. News flash, the automobile is AND WILL REMAIN the primary method for commuting to anywhere.

And no, we who pay for the gas (and gas taxes) that keep this city's roads, bridges, underpasses, overpasses and highways from turning into muddy swamps ARE NOT gonna get "pushed out of our cars and onto buses".

Seeing as how we stomped your ass into the mud during the last ill-advised and outrageous transit-related referendum proposed by the numbnuts clown of a so-called "mayor", one would think you would have learned your lesson, but maybe you and the Tea Baggers are competing to see which of you can be the more psychotic, ideologically-blinded ideologues.
Posted by Wild WIlly on July 16, 2012 at 7:19 PM · Report this
seatackled 74
So would it be accurate to say that Ehl is currently the most prominent and famous member of UW's class of 2012? Way to embarrass one's school.
Posted by seatackled on July 16, 2012 at 7:21 PM · Report this
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A former news editor of the Stranger once stole a bottle of wine from QFC. Whom should we hold responsible? Tim Keck, the owner of the Stranger? What was the Stranger's response to that news?
Posted by This is story only in Dom's baked mind. on July 16, 2012 at 7:30 PM · Report this
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@71

Since they're not being "racist" in any way, shape or form, you might want to re-think your illogic.

Let's see if you can grasp this concept: You are undoubtedly white, possibly a right-wing RePUG conserva-puke, probably fairly well-off. Therefore you are part of THE MAJORITY in this country. You are part of the racial, ethnic and economic group that controls upwards of 80% of the wealth in this country, that has all of the advantages of race and class, that has the best of everything.

Therefore, because you are undoubtedly part of this group, YOU HAVE NO "RIGHT" AT ALL WHATSOEVER to EVER complain of being "discriminated against" or "put upon" by "those darn racial minorities". You have the best of everything, your group controls the vast majority of wealth in this country, therefore kindly sit down and shut the @## up.

When you are part of the racial, ethnic, religious and/or economic majority (as you quite obviously are) then whatever "issues" you may have are issues that have nothing whatsoever to do with race, ethnicity, religion or class. You have all of the advantages, you are the dominant group in this society, you control the majority of wealth, you've been accustomed to having everything go your way. Therefore you need to sit down, shut the #$$ up, quit whining and realize just how good you have it compared to everyone else.

When blacks get together to talk, as they do in the Congressional Black Caucus, they do so to talk about exclusively black issues, issues which you (being part of the dominant white socio-economic majority that holds the balance of power and the majority of wealth in this country) would not have the faintest or most remote understanding of. Therefore they have no reason and no requirement to "invite" white upper-class racists such as you to "join in" on meetings about issues which you do not have even the faintest understanding of and which quite clearly and obviously do not interest you in the slightest.

The same is true of religious minorities: White Christians are the dominant power-holders in this society. Therefore, they have no pressing "issues" since they are the dominant paradigm: they control the wealth, they control the balance of power, they are the dominant and domineering force in the USA. You would not have the faintest understanding of what it is like to be a religious, ethnic or racial minority in this country. You would not have the faintest understanding of what it is like to always be outnumbered, to always be dominated by a larger group, to always be the one being told that "YOU are the one who has to adopt to and acquiesce to OUR ways because WE are the dominant power in this society". Therefore you have no business even criticizing racial or religious minorities who get together to discuss THEIR issues.

The dominant and domineering majority that holds all the power in society has utterly no "right" whatsoever to whine about so-called "reverse racism", since ONLY the domineering and dominant group can ever really be guilty of racism.

That racism exists because it is used as a tool by the dominant and domineering majority to try to maintain its power-base and its dominance over the rest of society. In the 1800s thru a good part of the 1900s that racism was brutally explicit and took the form of white racist violence against racial, ethnic and religious minorities. The Ku Klux Klan was quite explicit about who it saw as its enemies: blacks, Jews, Muslims, Catholics, liberals -- in short, anyone who would stand up to and challenge the dominant white Christian power paradigm. When African-Americans and others began standing up to that power paradigm and demanding their rights under the Constitutional and began forcing the white power structure to agree to those rights under civil rights laws, that racist fear and violence became even more explicit and brutal. The reason was obvious: When blacks and other minorities gained the right to vote, they gained power at the ballot box to force change upon the larger white society, change which conservative and racist whites quite clearly were not prepared or willing to accept.

When members of that dominant and domineering group start whining about "black racism" or "Jewish exclusivity" or "Muslims gaining in numbers, it's invariably a sign and code-language that they recognize a threat to their continued dominance and domination of other, minority groups in Society.

And quite frankly and bluntly, it scares the living piece out of them.

Hence, their hatred toward and fear of the US's first-ever African-American President.
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Posted by Wild WIlly on July 16, 2012 at 7:41 PM · Report this
Ya Sure Ya Betcha 77
Ehl apolgogized to The Seattle Times, whom Goldy refers to as the state's newspaper of record:

http://blogs.seattletimes.com/politicsno…
Posted by Ya Sure Ya Betcha on July 16, 2012 at 7:42 PM · Report this
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OMG DTMFA!! I can't believe she hasn't been fired... She sounds like a small-hearted, entitled jerk.
Posted by downtownkitty on July 16, 2012 at 7:50 PM · Report this
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Asian writers are underrepresented at the Stranger. Unpaid interns are overrepresented at the Stranger.
Posted by Please do not walk on the glass. Get it? on July 16, 2012 at 7:55 PM · Report this
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Wow. She writes like a self-satisfied idiot.
Posted by neverbeenthere on July 16, 2012 at 8:06 PM · Report this
doloresdaphne 81
Not defending Ehl at all, because she sounds like... what @78 said; a small- hearted, entitled jerk.

But the difference in the price you pay for saying something via text vs. in person (assuming you're not being recorded) seems unfair to me. Not that I think this can be changed. Opinions on the record are opinions on the record.

But I think it's important that we ask ourselves what are the groups who have more voice; more place in the realm of power because of the democratising power of the internet and social media, that were invisible before this technology came along.

For hundreds of years, men had more voice in the public arena, and they got away with saying offensive shit because it was not recorded. Now more women are in the public arena and have voice (and partly due to the internet) but this arena is one where the price for saying offensive shit is so much higher.

I know this is a bit of a detour from the point of this post, but does this make any sense to anyone?
Posted by doloresdaphne on July 16, 2012 at 8:09 PM · Report this
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@69

"Yes, we do, pretty much. When was the last time you saw a comment on black Americans that referenced a specific African ethnicity?"

You claim that we do call black and white U.S. citizens Africans and Europeans, but your second sentence says that we don't. It was a rhetorical question anyway, but the obvious answer is no. Unless you're an immature right-winger who calls Obama an Kenyan as an attempt to get attention in an election year. So what do you think "Kenya" is? Is that a race, nation, or continent?

The last time I saw a comment on a black American it referenced that person's nationality--American.

But you say that you do... So when you go out wine tasting with your white American friends who have French great-great-great-grandparents, you call them European?! That's amazing.

How could you really think that "Asian" is a specific ethnicity? Asia covers a huge region of space, many different cultures, many different skin and hair colors, many different nations, many ethnicities. "Asian" is most of the population of the WORLD. And you think those peoples somehow fit under the same single label?

"Are you fucking kidding me? How old are you? "Asian" as a descriptor of a race of human beings has been in common use for ages."

You ignored the part where I wrote "the extent to which..."

Asian is a "descriptor of a race" in the sense that it is an arbitrary label applied (historically, often by colonial powers) to an imaginary group of Others that you (apparently) want to pretend has particular essential common characteristics based mostly on certain physical attributes that you can pick and choose to exaggerate and identify at will. That's called racism.

"... or, during WWII, when Asians in the U.S. were often assumed to be Japanese."

So, what, it was right to use that term? Is that the same World War II when, in Japan, "Asian" was used as a racist slur to _differentiate_ between Japan and the other races (as if "Japanese" were a race...) and countries it brutalized and colonized?

How old am I? Well thanks for asking, but probably older than you. It sounds like you should get cracking on that Race and Ethnicity 101 homework. . .
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Posted by Abcdef on July 16, 2012 at 8:12 PM · Report this
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One of Ehl's "achievements" was working for the Washington Policy Institute, which is a libertarian free market "think tank", spawn of Milton Friedman et al. Right wing fuckwads.
Posted by Bloke on July 16, 2012 at 8:27 PM · Report this
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She must be the scion of some well heeled Washington insider family.

The appropriate response is dismissal.
Posted by Supreme Ruler Of The Universe http://_ on July 16, 2012 at 8:39 PM · Report this
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#29

Speaking of which...was was the response of others on the #asians hashtag ? Surely, someone must have objected at the time...considering there would have been actual Asiatic People viewing the thread...
Posted by Supreme Ruler Of The Universe http://_ on July 16, 2012 at 8:49 PM · Report this
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From the KOMO news Facebook comments:

John Kurtis Lee: I don't blame her and I don't think it is racism, I am an Asian-American myself and people should learn how to speak English. My relatives who are native of Korea should learn how speak English. Since they have immigrated since 1978. Plus she is entiled to excercise her free speech.


Check out the dude's FB profile...he's pimping large!

https://www.facebook.com/CowboyJohnLee

Posted by Supreme Ruler Of The Universe http://_ on July 16, 2012 at 9:17 PM · Report this
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"I am curious how Ms. Ehl's bias toward the elderly and Asian Americans effects the advice that she is giving to the campaign and, potentially to a Rob McKenna administration. "

That may be her title but she's not giving anyone any advice. She's a typical fresh-out-of-school political type that, like most people that age, still has a lot to learn. I worked with her for awhile myself when she was an intern at another (non-conservative) organization and she was prompt, polite, and never had to be told how to do something twice. She was also quite nice, and I'm sure she'll learn from this.
Posted by Reader01 on July 16, 2012 at 9:41 PM · Report this
Sean Kinney 88
Rob McKenna likely had no knowledge of this beforehand, and her Twitter feed means DIDLEY SQUAT.

Twitter is bullshit.

Posted by Sean Kinney http:// on July 16, 2012 at 10:05 PM · Report this
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this story's fuckin retarded, hey I said, "retarded". who gives a fuck what some dipshit campaign worker says. You're a pathetic fuckin newspaper to think that what some dumbfuck working for someone has any fucking bearing on anything. Do some real reporting
Posted by ragamuffin on July 16, 2012 at 10:16 PM · Report this
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The girl is a new hire, someone who had been volunteering for the past few years and she was hired to do research. A terrible PR move by her, but people should know that her views has nothing to do with Rob's political views/decisions. She's a research assistant for an advisor for McKenna. Anyone who is the least bit informed about the McKenna campaign should know that his Seattle campaign office is IN the international district/Chinatown. Also, the face of his Seattle campaigning is a young Chinese woman. While I, an Asian-American, is dumbfounded by the ignorance of this girl, I don't hold it against the McKenna campaign at all. Someone can be the utmost professional, but be a totally different person away from their job. I believe this is one of those cases. While this won't sway anyone who's not well informed, it's definitely something that those who wish to be informed should know.
Posted by SeattleResident206 on July 16, 2012 at 11:19 PM · Report this
malcolmxy 91
Um...I kinda agree on the wheelchair thing. I do think Medicare should pay for it, though, if that counts for anything.
Posted by malcolmxy on July 16, 2012 at 11:21 PM · Report this
dwightmoodyforgetsthings 92
@46- Not being an asshole isn't good enough, you want a social network that isn't public. Privacy is a thing humans need, and if you socialize via the internet you need to build a big ass wall between your public and private lives. It's not just to protect the assholes, it's to protect you from the assholes.
Posted by dwightmoodyforgetsthings http://www.reddit.com/r/spaceclop on July 16, 2012 at 11:32 PM · Report this
balderdash 93
Wow. This really tweaked some of the fucking racists out there in comment-land. The thread must have wound up on a McKenna forum somewhere; it's absolutely crawling with pointless ad hominems. Or, wait, is it still an ad hominem if it's directed at a publication? Oh, no, wait: I don't care. It's still wrong and U STILL MAD LOL.

Also...

@70, not to discount the fact that the idiot was indeed an idiot - and an asshole xenophobic racist - but would you honestly be able to tell a Texan apart from, say, an Oklahoman, or a South Carolinian?

Don't get me wrong, I'm not drawing some kind of false equivalency here. I'm just curious. Unless you're pretty well confident, at least just say "Southerner" or even "rural-ass American" since frankly even Wyoming...ites can sound like honest hicks too. Ever since the Bushes went national everybody seems to want to pin all the nation's ass-backwards ills on Texas.

@73, wait, are you saying you're not a teabagger? Because, nothing personal, but you really kinda sound like one, with your car-supremacy rant and all.
Posted by balderdash http://introverse.blogspot.com on July 16, 2012 at 11:34 PM · Report this
seatackled 94
@90

Looks like you registered in the past hour and this is your first post. Welcome. Which McKenna staffer are you? Will you be asking Ms.Ehl to comment here?

@93

I think #70 identified the person as Texan by his speech rather than his appearance, for whatever that's worth.
Posted by seatackled on July 17, 2012 at 12:03 AM · Report this
Westlake, son! 95
WTF? I'd fire her in a heartbeat. Social media "expert" my ass.
Posted by Westlake, son! on July 17, 2012 at 1:26 AM · Report this
Dr_Awesome 96
@balderdash, I was wondering the same thi g about comment 73to from "wild willy".

@wild willy: fuck you. I commute via bicycle and transit every day. Between me and The Missus we own five licensed vehicles, on which we pay tax and upkeep. So we pay our fair share to use the roads, bicycle or otherwise. You may now go fuck yourself, wild willy.
Posted by Dr_Awesome on July 17, 2012 at 6:07 AM · Report this
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The personal is the political, baby.
Posted by natalie on July 17, 2012 at 7:06 AM · Report this
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Considering I identify myself as conservative and therefore republican, which is obviously a minority in this state, should I find these comments as poli-cist? I see more hate in this comment thread than I see in kathlyn's posts, sure the demographic is different, but the hate still seeps from them. When i see repugs and tea baggers and other explitives associated to anyone with a rational conservitive ideology, it raises my blood pressure, but it doesnt make me want to start lopping heads.
Posted by bendejo on July 17, 2012 at 8:09 AM · Report this
Jason Eckelman 99
This story is on Talking Points Memo! WOW! Go Stranger. Not only did you scoop every "legitimate" news desk in this city, you're getting nationally recognized for it. Awesome~
Posted by Jason Eckelman on July 17, 2012 at 8:18 AM · Report this
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Considering I identify myself as conservative and therefore republican, which is obviously a minority in this state, should I find these comments as poli-cist? I see more hate in this comment thread than I see in kathlyn's posts, sure the demographic is different, but the hate still seeps from them. When i see repugs and tea baggers and other explitives associated to anyone with a rational conservitive ideology, it raises my blood pressure, but it doesnt make me want to start lopping heads.
Posted by bendejo on July 17, 2012 at 8:36 AM · Report this
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This story was on NPR and TPM but no where that I can find in Seattle Times. Wow. Am I right? And it sounds like she apologized to the SEattle Times.
Posted by cwb on July 17, 2012 at 8:37 AM · Report this
seatackled 102
TPM is the big time!

@100: Thankfully for you, the ACA will lower the cost of your blood pressure meds.
Posted by seatackled on July 17, 2012 at 8:47 AM · Report this
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"Considering I identify myself as conservative and therefore republican"

@100, since it's entirely possible to be conservative and NOT Republican, I'm going to assume your political beliefs are equally well-thought-out as your political position.

Although your poor grammar and spelling do indicate Republican tendencies (shunning education and knowledge).

Good luck getting that all cleared up.
Posted by Stupid People Suck on July 17, 2012 at 8:49 AM · Report this
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@103, the poor grammer is contributed to writing from a frustratingly laggy android tablet while walking to work, not by lack of education. I am also aware that being conservative doesn't mean you're republican; but in my case, along with millions of others, they tend to go hand in hand.
All I was meaning to do was to make the case that everyone is guilty of writing ill thought comments from time to time, and it is clear that many in this comment section write just as nasty, if not nastier comments than the one mentioned by Kathlyn Ehl.
Posted by bendejo on July 17, 2012 at 9:01 AM · Report this
keshmeshi 105
@82,

You are literally the first person I've ever seen get worked up about using the word "Asian" to describe ethnicities from East and Southeast Asia, and most of my roommates, classmates, and friends in college were Asian; some Asian American, some actually born and raised on that continent.

You cutely ignored my question about what color we're supposed to use for "Asians" by the way. If it's okay to call people of European and African descent white and black respectively, what color do you propose we use to describe people from Asia?

The logical conclusion of your inane rant is that every American is supposed to be able to identify, by sight, every single Asian ethnicity under the sun, because obviously that's not going to cause even more outrage when a well-meaning white person misidentifies someone from Korea as Japanese, or someone from India as Pakistani.

Lastly, what is your explanation for why Asian Americans call *themselves* Asian?
Posted by keshmeshi on July 17, 2012 at 11:31 AM · Report this
106
Stand still and get over here, #Albanians!
Posted by tkc on July 17, 2012 at 11:35 AM · Report this
very bad homo 107
That was a really pathetic fake apology. We can't blame McKenna for what a staffer tweeted 6 months ago, but should he fire her? YES.
Posted by very bad homo on July 17, 2012 at 11:56 AM · Report this
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Stay classy, McKenna tribe......
Posted by sgt_doom on July 17, 2012 at 12:00 PM · Report this
McGee 109
@73. Slow your roll, water-head. You wildly misinterpreted that comment you reference. This isn't a cars vs bike or transit thing. That was a point to say that saying mean things being said about drivers is in no way the same as marginalizing and ethnic minority.

@90. OH! McKenna's HQ is in the International District. Well why didn't they say so in the first place? It's a good thing that liking affordable rent is exactly equal to having the Asian community's best interests at heart.
Posted by McGee on July 17, 2012 at 12:13 PM · Report this
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@ Dr_Awesome - I don't give a shit how "you" "choose" to commute, asswipe.

*I* am NOT going to be "pushed out of" my motor vehicle and onto buses, now or at any other time in the future. Get that through your thick skull.

So you own a motor vehicle and pay excise tax and gas taxes, big fucking deal, did you think you are some kind of "hero"?

News Flash for you, a**hole, you're only doing exactly what you're supposed to be doing and what any reasonable person would expect of you. No more, no less.

Just because you happen to "choose" to leave your multi-thousand-dollar vehicles sitting at home to rust while you pedal around showing your ass in tight skimpy shorts, doesn't mean anybody else will.

The whole point of having freedom is having choices. I *choose* not to take the bus, I *choose* to drive my car. And that CHOICE and the right to make it is NOT gonna be "taken away from me". I wil NOT be "pushed out of" my car by you or any other asswipe who happens to dislike my CHOICES.

You're not anybody's "example to follow", you're just some opinionated asswipe on a bike, and if you happen to get in front of my car you could end up being roadkill.
Posted by Wild WIlly on July 17, 2012 at 12:23 PM · Report this
Theodore Gorath 111
@90: You know, if you are going to come on here to astroturf for the guy that hired you, you could have thought up a better alias than "SeattleResident206."

"hmmm, how do I make sure they know I am a Seattle resident...oh! I know!"

Also, you may want to paraphrase what the PR people gave you to say, not just repeat it verbatim. If you rephrase it, it makes it look like a thought a person actually had.

This is the only blog where the trolling and astroturfing are done so poorly that I feel bad for them and try to help.
Posted by Theodore Gorath on July 17, 2012 at 12:29 PM · Report this
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@110 Wild Willy, as a equal time biker and driver, I'm pretty blown away by how defensive people can get about their transit choice. Lighten up, that lack of exercise is making itself clear. You should take a quick bike ride, it helps reduce stress which is what you're clearly suffering from.
If you really are threatening someone, you need to grow up. Internet tough guy is dumb, internet tough guy defending his car is fucking retarded.
Posted by CbytheSea on July 17, 2012 at 12:44 PM · Report this
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@111 It's a whole new flavor of spam.
Posted by CbytheSea on July 17, 2012 at 12:45 PM · Report this
balderdash 114
@110, are you really so overwrought about your entirely legal but arguably selfish choice to exercise your privilege to drive everywhere that you're going to make death threats?

I mean, really? You want to kill someone with your car because you're so mad that something he said might be construed as associating him with someone else who you think might have an agenda that includes encouraging forms of transportation other than single-passenger vehicles?

Have you considered seeing a psychiatrist? That level of rage is way out of control, dude. You're gonna hurt yourself.
Posted by balderdash http://introverse.blogspot.com on July 17, 2012 at 1:01 PM · Report this
McGee 115
Man. That Wild Willy, what an asshole.
Posted by McGee on July 17, 2012 at 1:18 PM · Report this
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@115 I wonder if there is a William in the McKenna staff...
Posted by CbytheSea on July 17, 2012 at 1:23 PM · Report this
Mrs. Norris 117
Speak Coast Salish or shut up, Kathlyn.
Posted by Mrs. Norris on July 17, 2012 at 3:44 PM · Report this
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I wonder who she must be related to in order to 1) get that job just out of college and 2) not be fired.
Posted by asdgadsha on July 17, 2012 at 3:45 PM · Report this
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It's not a plum position, @118

they're poorly paid and the hours are awful and pretty much anyone can get them

hell, I held a few
Posted by Reader01 on July 17, 2012 at 7:11 PM · Report this
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Shut up and then speak English you international students who stimulate a large part of our American economy and subsidize in-state tuitions because you pay a higher tuition in cash with converted curriencies that help keep bank jobs, rent apartments, purchase cars and pay our bloated sales tax even though the majority of Americans have the lowest rate of multi-lingualism and can be loudly heard speaking English in France, Italy, Japan, etc...

Is English the official language of the US? Yes it is. Do we live in a global society that benefits from international trade? Yes we do. Does Seattle and WA State benefit from Pacific trade and tourism? Definitely.

Should the McKenna Campaign fire Ms. Ehl? I leave that decision to the campaign leaders. What I would like to see is Ms. Ehl volunteer for an Asian Community Organization and Senior Community Org. I would rather see people engaged in communication and understanding than fired and left to seething and revenge.

@56 and 59
I understand what you are saying. The term "Asian" in the US refers to people from and descendant from anywhere between Pakistan to Hawaii. It is not geographic because we don't call Australians or New Zealanders Asians. 1 term for a group of people that pretty much comprise the majority of the world. That's pretty ignorant of us. We need to address race better in the US. I'm just glad we are starting to phase out Oriental.

Thanks for reading.

Posted by BridgeNBridge on July 17, 2012 at 7:43 PM · Report this
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"If it takes an entire green light for you to walk in front of my car..."

Isn't that what the GREEN light is for? Aren't you lucky enough it wasn't the entire Green, Yellow and RED cycle? If there were more wheel chairs there would be more laws governing construction and handiable access... thought Republicans want less regulations?

Tweets at 2:10 PM, wondering if you were tweeting and driving?
Posted by BridgeNBridge on July 17, 2012 at 7:53 PM · Report this
lauramae 122
Ehl is like some sorority chick who's dyed her hair one too many times.
Posted by lauramae on July 17, 2012 at 8:08 PM · Report this
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A Republican is racist and insensitive toward the elderly?
Next story...
Posted by killmenow on July 17, 2012 at 11:10 PM · Report this
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What a hateful little person. This is what we, on the left, are fighting against. The RNC has fallen to bigots and misogynists. This is what we need to defeat.
Posted by gelica8 on July 19, 2012 at 7:39 AM · Report this
tabathalphabet 125
What's funny is that America doesn't even have an official language. English is widely spoken, but it's not our "national language". We don't have one. Poop on that.
Posted by tabathalphabet on July 19, 2012 at 12:58 PM · Report this
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that tag line should be McKenna's new election slogan...

Shut Up and Speak English - McKenna 2012!
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