As we say in American English: WTF?

Astonishing. From Dr. Britt Minshall, " author of several books and a speaker on societal behaviors impacting politics, religion and wealth....He is also a former Security Agency operator and INTERPOL Officer. His police career was compromised when he became a Freedom Rider in the mid- sixties," writing in the UK Progressive:

For God’s Sake – The Diner Wars
...the money-profit, bunch hangs out at the Queen’s Diner, where owner John Boulous pontificates against the “do gooders” claiming he and his land owner groupies are losing fortunes in gas revenue. The Community Cafe (ironic name) is loaded with town folk, supporting the ban in favor of the environment and the peaceful community of the small town....
....Framed in Red, Queen’s Diner and their customers see life as money, profit, self interest and the accumulation of wealth. Plated on blue, the Community Cafe and its customers see life as moderation in wants, good air and water, sharing with others in fellowship, peace of mind and love of place....
Read the whole thing.  You'll be amazed...not only because the place is the Queen Diner, but also because the Community Cafe is a progressive clubhouse subsidized with Dryden taxpayer money while the Queen Diner (along with other privately-owned eateries in town) has to stand on its own two feet and has for years, thank you very much. So the juxtaposition of the two was appropriate in ways that the author of this screed couldn't have imagined. 
The author, as you have no doubt surmised, is an American Tory; the online progressive publication is British.
To misquote a certain First Lady, for the first time in my adult life I fully understand why we fought a War of Independence. 
Pip, pip, cheerio and all that.

Free radicals

Here at Redneck Mansion, there's always been a lot of haggling over definitions.  You know, like "It depends on what the meaning of the word 'is' is."  Or, "What does 'deficit' mean?"

Here's an interesting radical: an atom or group of atoms that has at least one unpaired electron and is therefore unstable and highly reactive. Free radicals can damage cells and are believed to accelerate the progression of cancer and cardiovascular and other diseases.
Hmmmm...hold that thought....
With respect to the Anschutz case...the Dryden town board are true believers when it comes to energy development (or more precisely, the lack of it) and probably only talk to fellow true believers.  It's likely that they and their supporters agree as to the strength of their case.
Or maybe they're just whistling past the graveyard.  Hard to say.
Town counsel, who gave his imprimatur to the ban language written by a board member, also an attorney (Shakespeare: "The first thing we do, let's kill all the lawyers.") may be at least somewhat excused for perhaps telling the board what they wanted to hear—after all, counsel is there at the sufferance of the board who effectively sign his paychecks.  
Since counsel is now getting paid to defend his legal reputation, he wins even if he loses....and the taxpayers get screwed no matter what happens.
Did the town board seek an independent, unbiased opinion as to the legal "niceties" and their chances of winning a lawsuit in this matter?  Apparently not, but it would have been wise since everyone involved—board members and counsel—was prejudiced.  Before spending $150K, investing $5K to get an unbiased presentation would have been the better and more reasonable course.
But it doesn't seem to have crossed their minds.  Naïveté...or arrogance...or something else?
If a private social services agency, say, faced a potential $150K lawsuit, it would tread very carefully indeed.  The possibility of ending up on the losing end after expending $150K of precious resources would loom large and might act as a deterrent to inviting such a suit. 
But what's $150K of taxpayer money?—there's always more where that came from.
Most importantly, though, defending leftist principles trumps everything else.
Words matter and language is important. The people defending those leftist principles, not just in Dryden but throughout Tompkins County and beyond, are way, way, way left of merely "liberal."  We should start changing the language we use to reflect that.  We could call them "progressives" (a historically correct term) or "leftists" or...something that more accurately reflects their really radical nature.  Wait—maybe that's it. Radicals...unstable, reactive, damaging.  They want to fundamentally change this country right down to the local, town level, something old-style "liberals" wouldn't have dreamed of.
And in context, the above quote from Shakespeare is even more apt:

God save your majesty!

I thank you, good people—there shall be no money; all shall eat
and drink on my score, and I will apparel them all in one livery,
that they may agree like brothers, and worship me their lord.

The first thing we do, let's kill all the lawyers.

Nay, that I mean to do.

Henry The Sixth, Part 2 Act 4, scene 2, 71–78

Look up Jack Cade.  Once the demagoguery begins, things never end well.
(more than a h/t: co-authored with TR)

Dueling Ithaca Tax Day protests and podcasts

Ed Weissman is a member of "Forward Thinking," the tea party group in Ithaca. They plan to protest outside of Rep. Hinchey's downtown Ithaca office at the corner of Green and Cayuga starting at noon today.  Listen to Ed's interview on WHCU today here.

And listen to Tompkins County Democratic Committee Chairwoman Irene Stein talk about a counter-protest across the street from the tea partiers in downtown Ithaca today here.


Not Tea Party Tea Party
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