just like Master P in 1996
Can anyone explain why there aren't the votes at this point to simply handle this legislatively?
We're way overdue for marriage equality in this state (and everywhere else), but I hate the way the initiative process infantilizes the legislature.
Politicians don't have to take tough votes or sell policies to their constituents, and we all bear the consequences if a stupidly-worded initiative becomes law.
Barbara, you can take this as patronizing trolling, but my sincere goal is constructive. I've seen your standup, and you definitely have the raw materials to succeed, but your writing here is problematic.
1. You recast every interaction with an idiot into Babs Takes On Patriarchy. Being simplistic makes for boring reading and insults the intelligence of your audience.
2. Too often you just artlessly call bullshit on something. Hectoring may provide you catharsis, but it doesn't do much for us. The challenge we're here to see you rise to is finding new/creative/funny ways to call bullshit.
I used the word "artlessly" deliberately. Art is about communicating creatively towards some purpose. Simply telling people what they should think is not art and as you've seen, people really resist it.
That's because people's strongest beliefs are the ones they form themselves, and we're hard-wired to defend our core beliefs, no matter how ridiculous they may be. Our mental defenses are formidable, as they don't readily yield to facts or logic.
That means the artist's challenge is a benign manipulation: how do you use your art to get people to adopt new beliefs, but think they arrived at them independently? The best artists don't frontally assault our defenses, because they know they can't win. Instead, they sneak past them. They effect change in us by a variety of methods, e.g. surprise, subtlety and subterfuge ("we're just here to get a few laughs"). Effective art isn't a battering ram, it's a Trojan Horse.
3. Every week after you build up your straw man and kick it in the straw cock, you heartily congratulate yourself for your bravery, ideals and pluck. Knock it off. If you're doing your job as a writer correctly, you can trust your audience to glean values and give credit where and when it's due.
On the phone did you picture him as his Simpsons character?
@George, Really, really easily since I'm capable holding two different thoughts in my head.
For example, 2+2 = 4.
HOWEVER: 2(1+ 49) - 300 + 200 + 4 ALSO = 4.
I think it's fair to ask "why not just do 2+2," without in any way disparaging the number 4.
"I didn't notice Dig Dug's nutsack until the second time I thumbed through the book"
JEEZ SPOILER ALERT
My armchair, barely-informed reading of what Hales is doing is both an excellent job of covering his own ass by appearing to go way above and beyond, and also a complete waste of time since this weird land use won't be approved anywhere R2DToo wants or at a price the city will be ultimately be willing to pay, including the costs of legal challenges.
This Old Town lot for example - is the city really going to buy a derelict building and keep it derelict, i.e. make no seismic improvements and allow R2DToo to occupy only the bottom floor? What do the city's risk managers say about a situation where the city is pretty much admitting fault if the building collapses in an earthquake and kills "60-80 homeless people" and the volunteers serving them?
If you're going to build a shelter, build a shelter. This is just such a deeply weird way of going about things.
My brain hurts. Let's put aside for a second the humanitarian part of this - I'm otherwise very in favor of adequate access to services for the disadvantaged, this just seems procedurally bizarre.
What I'm trying to understand is how assessing fines against a landowner for allowing a homeless encampment on his land morphed into a situation where the fines are all waived and the city is essentially taking responsibility for establishing a permanent home for an ill-defined, zoning unicorn of an encampment, as well as defending its actions against all NIMBY comers (and their legal teams) in Old Town and the Pearl.
What am I missing here? If I get 30 speeding tickets, can I flip the script so the city buys me a new car?
Mark Kramer should open a firm specializing in similar legal Jiu Jitsu for other clients and call it "R2MeToo."
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