Wednesday, December 17, 2008

My responses to the peanut gallery

Reading the comments1 at the Times-Call is always appalling, but today had some classics. I thought a few needed more pithy responses than the TC's 'moderators'2 would have allowed.

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First thing to eliminate should the be the ridiculuous amount of money going toward frivilous open space! Let the Boulder enviro-nuts bury themselves with these foolish spending programs, not us.
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'should the be' ? 'ridiculuous'? This one speaks for itself. Bad grammar and worse spelling = half-crocked winger. Must have been hurrying to get in front of the teevee for 'Wheel'
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Good thing they opened that ice rink!!
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That would be 'kept open' - since no private business has ever come forward with an offer to help - or compete. But always a standard play in the red-state playbook: spit on anything done for the 'little people' (especially if it's non-ivy-league kids). Bra-vo. (golfclap)
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Not to fear, since we just approved a couple hundred million in new taxes for the school district, which means our community will any day now see the enormously positive economic impact of this.
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"Any day now" being "this week" since all wingnut-driven tax increases instantly "bear fruit" and help us be "greeted as liberators" - oh, wait, I forgot, war GOOD, education BAD. Children exist only to feed the maw of the military ambitions of the bloody red staters.
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Is this any surprise. We should have seen this coming. With all the un-needed studies and such and than not doing anything to improve things in Longmont. Some our services are bad now and with new cuts I wonder what is going to suffer next. Maybe the council can take a cut. As always just my opinion.
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"Some our services" - write much?
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The budget was proposed in August. There were public hearings in September and October and they didn't adjust the budget then when we knew the slowdown had turned into a recession? Lame. What happens when many people have their property reassessed downward from May to June and property taxes go down?
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Wait a minute? Now it's a recession? I thought the economy was booming? Funny how the accountability creeps3 in.
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I wonder how many of the negative comments about the ice rink and tax money for the school district come from people with kids. The few positives for our youth seem to be the first things some want to throw out, how sad.
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I'd suspect a LOT of em. But remember, to many people, kids are great because they're a tax deduction and they can do scut work around the house4.
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I have kids and think the ice rink is a waste of tax payer money. Let a private party take it over. I do however feel that the schools are important and do need money.
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Hm. Obviously not a hockey mom5.
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In response to: "First thing to eliminate should the be the ridiculous amount of money going toward frivolous open space! Let the Boulder enviro-nuts bury themselves with these foolish spending programs, not us." I really like the open space, and think Longmont should increase funding to open space when possible. Look at the home values in Boulder, they are still going up last I checked.
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But, but... Longmont doesn't want to be like Boulder!!! (in a high-pitched screechy voice a la Gollum). Besides, no fair using facts, this is a Red Town6 dammit. That'll be enough of that.
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The situation is not as dire as "the sky is falling" folks are claiming. We can certainly live without the Martin Street expansion this next year, for example. That saves $3M right there. The budget is ballooned with other of these "nice to have" projects; delay them as needed.
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For the love of God! Think of the developers! (chokes back sob)(giggle)
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How about emulating Honda Motors cost cutting measures by having all city managers take a pay cut. Seems fair to me since they are steering the ship!
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This one actually makes sense. Why not tie size of raises to city budget? Seems reasonable.
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(skipped a couple that already get way more play than they deserve)7
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No worry are great socialist city council will just tax are way out of this mess.
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Ka-CHING! Right on time. PS. Blow me.
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Maybe it is time for the city to realize we can function without a bunch of government employees trying to run the show. Welcome to the real world and start cutting jobs, not funding. This city deserves what it reaps. The same thing for the federal government, God bless socialism. Idiots!
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How about 'We can function without a bunch of deep-pocket robber-barrons raping and pillaging nonstop' ? Yes, this city does deserve what it reaps - the right-wing elected Stoecker and Pirnack, now that the butcher's bill from their incompetence and cronyism comes due it isn't their meat on the block - yet the whining and bitching is more strident than ever. Personally I think it's because the bag men aren't getting their share anymore and that rankles. God bless socialism? God bless Democracy, another term of barkin-mad wingnuts would have sunk the whole country. Quit blaming socialism every time the pendulum swings7.
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Why is open space even on the table? Certainly there is money there for maintenance. Cuts simply mean we don't buy property. It has it's own tax and the budget would be based on what is collected. It isn't subsidized by general sales tax revenues. How do you expect the council to absorb millions of dollars by having them "take a cut"? They aren't paid. Tighten the belt folks. That what we are all doing (except me; now is the time to make money, if you are an investor).
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Whaddayanuts? Open space? A piece of land without something built on it? Why... why... that's sacrilege!!!! Freakin hippie! (grin)
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Oh heck, let's just have a bond election and a mill levy overide for the city that will take care of things. It's for the kids.
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Oh, I think we can forget about any more 'elections8' in Longmont, there's so much money stacked up under the counter now that the 'consultants' will have 'consultants' to park their towne cars.


1 If by 'comments' one is referring to 'semi-literate howls and screeches punctuated with dung-flinging barrages from right-wing loons helplessly watching their dreams of untramelled corruption going south faster than a beer boner in sub-freezing weather.
2 Because for some reason my best responses never seem to show. Maybe it's all the f-bombs. Go figger.
3 and I do mean 'creeps' - like leeeetle tiny rats with long, razor-sharp claws and needle-tipped teeth... but I digress
4 come on, admit it
5 Besides, schools are great for keepin the lil termites busy while you're downing a fifth of scotch and getting that 'special delivery' from the 'postman'
6 Bought and paid for! Dammit!
7 and whose comments will not be seen here either. GRIN. PS, bite me.
8 I'm just waiting for the media onslaught, should be starting any day now.

5 comments:

Stephanie Baum said...

So, when LIFT was behind 3A and 3B you were AGAINST them (because, God forbid you stand on the same side of an issue as business owners?) but twice here you ridicule those who are bashing the mill levy increase and School bond? Talk about contridiction. Next time, don't speak out against something you know that you support.

And I totally support this statement: "This one actually makes sense. Why not tie size of raises to city budget? Seems reasonable." as long as you realize that needs to be applied not only to the city workers but also to the public safety workers. What's good for one is good for all, right? Isn't that the socialist manifesto?

Doogman said...

You're a fine to talk about consistency. Until you come clean about LongmontReport's operator - you've admitted you know - you can stuff it. If the police raises had been tied to the budget all along they'd have had MORE raises over the years, not less. You realize every time you accuse me of being a socialist, you paint yourself as a fascist, right? But I suppose being a successful fascist is preferrable. *spit*

Stephanie Baum said...

Pu-leese, how am I inconsistant in not divulging a source who revealed themself to me in the trust that I would keep their identity secret? That's called honor my friend. But here's a clue for you, you don't know this person, never have heard of them and I'm quite certain never will. I had never heard of this person before we met and have only seen them once since the election. This person lays low, has NO desire to be in the public light at all, so you won't see them speaking at council or any other place that would damage their business prospects as without their business they can't feed their kids, put a shelter over their head, etc. So, that's not a risk they're willing to take and I'm not willing to risk destroying the business they have developed by putting that out there either.

Doogman said...

Well, the fact that you can't spell it is pretty telling. As for 'laying low' - excellent choice of words, for a coward.

Kaye Fissinger said...

Awww, aren't you honorable, Ms. Baum. "This person" alone has put himself and his business at "risk" by creating LongmontReport. Should his/her/their identity become known, he/she/they will have no one to blame but himself/herself/themselves. If the activity was worthy, there would have been no need to hide the identity. "This person" knew there would be blowback and is nothing more than a coward. And this assumes you've told the truth in your post -- something highly suspect.