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Re: “Incompatible Heavy Metal

Oh, the delicious irony. Slipek, who has consistently been one of the biggest fans of central planning suddenly dont like it none too much. LOL. You have made your own bed, Slipek, and now you must lie in it.

The source of Slipek's butt-hurt? Somebody with a different design aesthetic made a decision which Slipek doesn't like, and that person, not Slipek, is in charge and Slipek's only recourse is to whine about in the tabloid media. Insert sad trombone sfx here.

Slipek, now you know how the rest of us feel when one of you historical preservation whingers mouth off about what we ought to do with our own property. Enjoy the new boss, Slipek, because it seems that modernity is in and historicity is out. How's that central planning working out for you now, Slipek?

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Posted by TANSTAAFL on 05/31/2018 at 7:45 PM

Re: “OPINION: We don’t need a new baseball stadium or new coliseum, but we do need public art

There you have it, folks, the complete contempt which cultural elites like Wolf have for ordinary people. Normal people want a stadium, but Wolf is here to save us from our knuckle-dragging selves. What we really need, according to our self-appointed betters is more iron circles pretending to be artwork, more woke intersectional ballet. How dare that plumber presume to know whats best for himself? How dare the mechanic reject the forced cultural indoctrination offered to him by enlightened progressives? How dare the fry cook question why his hard-earned tax dollars be spent on art he finds incomprehensible if not downright offensive? How dare that working-poor family dream of being able to afford a weekend at Va Beach once a year when they should be happy to stay home and be enlightened by the artwork they are forced to fund with their tax dollars?

Im not a big fan of taxpayer-funded stadiums, colosseums OR artwork, but if I am to be forced to pay for any of the above, let it be infrastructure which can be used and enjoyed by the greatest number of people. But as long as you have taxpayer-funded arts and culture youre going to have people like Wolf try to shame the rest of us into spending our money on their pet projects.

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Posted by TANSTAAFL on 05/02/2018 at 6:22 PM

Re: “Updated: Mayor Opposed to Council Plans to Use Public-Art Funds

"It is sad that the arts and culture are the first on the chopping block."

LOL. No, it's not SG. Arts and "culture" (whatever you mean by that) are first on the chopping block because they are luxuries. What would you have us chop to preserve arts funding, SG? Police? Fire Department? Ambulance service? Water purification? Wastewater treatment?

And budget cuts do work. Duh. So, SG, when your family is going through hard times do you eat out and go to the movies more, or do you stay home and eat Hamburger Helper and watch that scratched DVD movie yet again? Right. And the same laws of economics that apply to your family apply to city government.

Scotty (aka Disappointed Constituent). Again, LOL. You came so close Scotty. So very close. Of course politicians view arts (and all the other budget categories) as slush funds. And the only way to nip that is to cut off the politicians' supply of tax dollars. And Scotty turns right around and declares that we need more better sources of money for politicians - the cigarette tax. No, Scotty, what we need is to starve leviathan. Put the politicians on a diet (looking at you, Parker). Cut off their tax dollars. Because every tax dollar the politicians have is an invitation to further mischief. Every tax dollar the politicians are denied is a win for the rest of us, whether you realize it or not.

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Posted by TANSTAAFL on 05/01/2018 at 6:49 PM

Re: “OPINION: It’s Past Time That We Changed the Names of Schools Honoring Confederate Leaders

We, the non-SJW taxpayers, have to insure ourselves against future griefer shenanigans, and the only way to do that is to rename each and every school and number them arbitrarily. Today progs want to rename JEB Stuart ES, but tomorrow it will be Ginter Park ES. You see, Lewis Ginter bought Confederate States of America bonds (ie, he financed the South in the Civil War), and he was also involved in the tobacco trade. And its quite possible that he was involved in a relation with an underage person. If anyone is allowed to be offended and demand the renaming of public facilities because of hurt feelings, then everyone must be allowed to be offended and to demand renames. So we must do this all at once and be done with it.

And it is unfair to make all taxpayers pay for this because taxpayers includes black people. Why should black people have to pay for the renaming of schools whose names they find offensive? Isnt that further victimizing them? So the only solution is voluntary contributions. Hop to it, progs! Set a good example for the rest of us. Show us how its done.

Keep an eye on this issue, people, because we all know its a rehearsal for the move-the-statues fight. If progs wont even pony up to rename the one elementary school they (currently) want to rename, then there is no way they will pay to move multiple statues.

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Posted by TANSTAAFL on 05/01/2018 at 6:28 PM

Re: “OPINION: It’s Past Time That We Changed the Names of Schools Honoring Confederate Leaders

This, folks, is a perfect example of progressives refusing negotiate in good faith. I offered a perfectly reasonable alternative - renaming ALL the schools with politically neutral names that will offend nobody. David Justice pretends that I do not wish to rename the schools at all - thats some impressive intellectual dishonesty there, DJ.

Then DJ turns right around and tries to hand-wave away the cost of renaming the schools. If its truly de minimis, DJ, how come you and your fellow progs arent ponying up those few dollars? Way to undermine your own argument, DJ.

How very revealing that that Ms. Wolf is comforted by intellectually dishonest arguments.

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Posted by TANSTAAFL on 04/30/2018 at 6:02 PM

Re: “OPINION: It’s Past Time That We Changed the Names of Schools Honoring Confederate Leaders

If Wolf's real objective is to end the alleged daily trauma of schoolchildren having to see the names of dead confederates on the schools they attend at taxpayer expense, then it shouldn't matter what we name the schools as long as they are not confederates (or slaveowners, or any of the other bogeymen of the SJW crowd). But notice how she quickly she moves from removing politically incorrect names to replacing those names with the names of people she likes, and thus revealing her true objective. The problem with that, Wolf, is that it's viewpoint discrimination. It was naming schools after historical figures which got us into this mess in the first place. If the schools must be renamed let them be Richmond Public School #1 through RPS #42, numbers assigned randomly. This will annoy everyone, but offend nobody. And it's completely fair.

And while we're on the topic of renaming, how are we to pay for this when the schools are said to be in desperate need of repair? Is this where the meals tax is going? Wolf, you and your fellow virtue-signallers want this, then you pay for it out of your own pockets. Show me your Kickstarter, show me your GoFundMe. I challenge you to start the fund with whatever Style Weekly paid you for your op-ed.

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Posted by TANSTAAFL on 04/26/2018 at 5:01 PM

Re: “OPINION: A Case for Integration

" In this season of re-examination, it is time to reject that defeatism and reclaim a goal that is not only desirable, but essential to a well-functioning democracy. School boards, city councils, lawyers and advocacy groups all need to focus their best efforts on spreading that gospel and dismantling barriers to integration."

Such a lovely word salad, Edds, but what are you asking for, exactly? Please define your goals precisely using numbers instead of vague, emotionally-laden terms. How much will this cost? How many children must attend schools on the other end of town to achieve your lofty but ill-defined goals?

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Posted by TANSTAAFL on 04/18/2018 at 6:37 PM

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