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I wonder how the Occupy Seattle people intend to vote on Initiative 1183, which is the liquor privatization measure on the Washington ballot this year.  I would like to take a poll of those who are participating in the Occupy Seattle movement.  First,  for those who do not already know, I would explain what the Initiative is designed to do (from the Secretary of State’s information so that my remarks are neutral, thank you), and then I would like to ask each of them individually how they are going to vote.

My hunch is that close to a majority of them will vote yes.  Perhaps even more.  Although a similar initiative failed to pass last year, the numbers in the Seattle metropolitan area/King County were pretty close (48.5% in favor and 51.5% against), and this year, the Initiative has been modified to address some public concerns and the advertising and information has been more straightforward.

After I get the Occupy Seattle people’s answers, I can’t wait–CANNOT WAIT–to share with them a tiny, little piece of information that they might find interesting:  Costco has donated nearly $10 million.  Last year’s numbers show huge corporate donations, too.

My point is not to argue that it is right to have the Initiative (or the voting) process controlled by corporate money.  No, no, no.  My point is KNOW YOUR CAUSE.  KNOW YOUR POLITICS.  And therein lies the problem with the Occupy movement for me.


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You Occupy people are on my last god damn nerve.  Today, some guy whose name I don’t care how to spell posted this “article” on a libertarian blog.  In short, the author believes that Seattle’s particular brand of everyday activism is quaint and that we are all a bunch of excessively privileged piglets.  My favorite neigh-blog picked it up and then asked for commentary.

Be careful what you ask for.  Especially from me.  Here goes (as posted on MyGreenLake earlier tonight):

“My thoughts?  So glad you asked, because my head wants to explode over this.  Honestly, Mr. Mad . . . Mr. Mad . . . however you spell it . . . let’s just call him Mr. Mad, shall we?  Mr. Mad’s diatribe about “Greenlake [sic] social activism” is just another reason why the Occupy movement has very little relevance to me.  How arrogant.  How misguided.  How very 1% of him, as in “My activism is better than 99% of the other people’s in the world,” like mine and the rest of my Green Lake (and elsewhere) cohorts’.  Newsflash, Mr. Mad:  The people of Green Lake are the socio-economic 99% that your beloved Occupy movement is allegedly fighting for.

Here is my problem with the Occupy movement:  I don’t have the time, the resources, or the patience to participate.  I don’t have all day to camp out at Westlake in the rain and try to develop a movement by consensus.  What do I mean by that?  Read this, which is the Occupy movement’s general plan for reaching consensus on every issue that the movement stands for.  As far as I can tell, the movement is about standing around, trying to come up with a coherent message.  I have bills to pay and a job and a family and other obligations and interests (including social and political) that not only require but deserve my time.  In fact, if I might, I would like to quote Mr. Mad, because he summed up my feelings about the Occupy activists perfectly:  “There are quite a few [Occupy] folks who . . . think that they’re great supporters of social change . . . .  These actions help them feel better about themselves, [and] think that they are great people . . . despite the fact that . . . their actions have almost no impact.”

To the extent that the Occupy activists are trying to make a point about a politically powerless electorate, I am in.  I get it, and I believe in their cause.  Standing in the rain trying to reach consensus with 1, 10, 100, or 1 million other people over the breadth of the movement, however, is a waste of time.  Instead, I prefer “Greenlake [sic] social activism,” which allows me to dedicate my time, talents, experience, education and resources to real social change.  I prefer to serve as a local volunteer for a major national gay rights organization, not to mention a board member of the organization on the national level.  I prefer to spend my time raising my children to be progressive, empathic, compassionate, and socially minded contributors to society.  I prefer to support, in various ways, political candidates who have my values.  And, I prefer to keep an eye on people like Mr. Mad, who believe that they have the corner on the market of political correctness and activism.

For more on the effectiveness (or lack thereof) of the Occupy movement, please see the coverage that the Stranger has been doing on its Slog, including this great piece by Dan Savage today about how the Occupy movement will be its own downfall, complete with illustrative video.

Love Always,


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You have heard me rant about Whole Foods before.  Admittedly, my attention span is short, but I have not forgotten how much I dislike Whole Foods or its holier-than-thou approach to food, health care, employee benefits, etc.  For example, remember this Horseknuckle Original Rant (TM) about the CEO’s position on health care.  Or this Horseknuckle Original Rant (TM) about Whole Foods scaled benefits based on employee weight (no, I’m not shitting you–you are my favorite turd).

Tonight, I offer you this amazingly crazy but heart-warming tale of the Whole Foods employee who quit in a snit, and the follow-up (or at least Part I of the follow-up) from other employees.  Gawker, if I could kiss you on the mouth, I would.


Post Script: Part 2 of Gawker’s story has been posted.  It’s a doozie.  Of course, there are two sides to every story, but in Whole Foods’s case, I believe the culture of bad leadership starts at the top and trickles down.  We have a failure of leadership in this country as a whole, and corporate America is one of the worst examples.  I will save that rant for another blog entry in the future.

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Oh yes, it’s true.  It’s not just your iPhone, your iPad, and your mother.  You are being watched.  Case in point:  Moi (of course).

Today, I was twatting from work.  Really, I was watching My Green Lake (hey, shout out to you, sister!) tweet live about a fire in my ‘hood.  I load up the Twitter, and out of the corner of my eye, at the bottom right corner of my screen under “Who To Follow,” I see her.  Just sitting there.  Smiling at me.  Looking all innocent.  Acting like she isn’t paying attention to me.

Who, you ask?  The milque-toast receptionist at the front desk of my PLACE OF EMPLOYMENT!  Lest you think I am a dunce who doesn’t understand how Twitter allegedly makes follow suggestions, let me fill you in on a little secret:

Horseknuckle not only doesn’t work, he has no place at work.  He’s rude, belligerent, offensive, and rubs people the wrong way.  He’s almost 100% always right, but his delivery sucks.  Horseknuckle is the alter ego of a fine, upstanding, professional gentleman who must use diplomacy, flattery, and brains in his day-to-day dealings with his public.  And his public doesn’t really need to know about his alter ego. 

Why do I tell you this?  Because Horseknuckle doesn’t post about work-related issues, follow others who post about work-related issues, or give a shit about work-related issues or people or places.  He follows some friends, the weather, local happenings and news, global happenings and news, wine-makers, the homosexual agenda and its adherents, and not less than two dozen dirty gay porn stars.  Nothing about the subjects that Horseknuckle spouts off about or the people or things he follows have anything to do with work or would lead Twitter to conclude that he should or would be interested in following the 65 year old receptionist at the front desk with 5 cats, a Christmas sweater collection that would give you hives, a 1993 Toyota Corolla with a dent in every quarter panel, and a collection of “miniature” everything.  A nice, grandmotherly woman who hasn’t actually sent a tweet since 2010.

First Question:  Do you know what that means?  Answer:  It means that Twitter connected us BASED ON OUR IP ADDRESS! *

Second Question:  Do you know what that means?  Answer: It means that when you are in a place where you are getting your tweet on–whether you want others to know you are there are not–you are probably showing up in the “follow” suggestions of the people around you. 

And now you ask, “What do you have to hide?”  To which I answer, “Not a damn thing.”  Remember, however, the first rule you learned when you finally got your first job:  Don’t bring your personal life to work, and don’t bring your work into your personal life.  Furthermore, as a BIG GIANT GAY, I have issues about other people outing me, no matter the circumstances.

So, Twitter, STOP FUCKING OUTING ME!  I don’t want to appear miraculously in the “Who to Follow” section of my co-workers’ Twitter page.  I don’t want them to think, “Horseknuckle?  WTF is that?” only to click and discover that my alter ego and the guy down the hall might be the same person.

Long story short:  Unless my 65 year old receptionist with the cats, the Corolla, the sweaters, and the miniatures has a penchant for hot, dirty, gay pornstars, Anderson Cooper (is that redundant), and Green Lake news [NTTAWWT], then Twitter:  We have a problem.

*And no, I do not use the “Add a Location” function when I tweet.  The baby jesus knows that I don’t need you bitches all up in my grill all the time.

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[F.U. = Fuck up, just in case you didn’t catch that.]

In my ongoing hatred for Whole Foods, I am proud to post this unbelievable piece of news that surfaced recently.  Let me summarize for those of you who are link-averse:  Whole Foods will give better employee discounts to employees based on their BMI (body mass index).  Put another way, fat people deserve to pay more for their food while skinny people, no matter how unhealthy they might be (bulimia, anyone?), pay less.

There are so many things wrong with this new perk that my head is spinning around on my big BMI body.  First, BMI is a flawed index.  Did you know that BMI has nothing to do with how fat or unhealthy you are?  SURPRISE!!  It is simply an index of what your weight should be based on your height (and not based on your actual percentage of fat, fitness, or lifestyle).  Here is a primer on BMI, which is a compelling read, particularly the section entitled “Limitations and Shortcomings.”

So, let’s take me for example.  I am 6’0″ tall and weigh about 185 pounds, with salt and pepper hair, steely blue eyes, and a big . . .  OBJECTION YOUR HONOR!  IRRELEVANT!  Based on my height and my weight only, my BMI is over 25.  And guess what kids?  According to the anorexics at the Body Mass Institute, I am overweight. 

[Hey, fatty!  Calculate your BMI.]

Yep.  Overweight.  Even though I am a fitness instructor, a runner, and I wear a size 32×34 pant (and by pant, I mean DESIGNER pant for those of you who are heading out to buy me a present–think Barneys).  And that means that I am going to pay more as an employee at Whole Foods than the crystal-meth-abusing bag boy with the ugly piercing at checkstand 5.

And because I have a first, I also need a second.  So, second, why wouldn’t Whole Foods want to give its fat employees a deeper discount?  They are buying IN BULK!  It’s the model upon which Costco was built!!  You know; buy more, pay less. 

Whole Foods:  wrong for health care, wrong for employees, wrong for fatties, and WRONG FOR YOUR FUCKING PAYCHECK!

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