Melvin_Blubber

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Is there etiquette for taking pictures on…

Melvin_Blubber

It's symptomatic of a larger obliviousness to others and general rudeness. It's the people who have their shopping cart blocking the grocery aisle and give you a dirty look when you say, "Excuse me." It's the people who walk two or three abreast on path after a dozen joggers and cyclists have had to ask them to move over. It's the person planted in the passing lane with a line of cars behind them. We're all living in THEIR world.

The tediously harmonized falsetto of a…

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replied to: Let me guess, you play in a band? The…

Makes perfect sense. Until you meet someone who doesn't conform to your tastes yet isn't part of any band, of course. Then it's back to the drawing board.

The tediously harmonized falsetto of a…

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replied to: Dude, nobody cares about your taste in…

If no one's opinion of the band matters, why even write stories about them?

I'm always fascinated by the relativist belief system, particularly when applied to pop culture. So the Beatles have no greater musical value or, if you wish, are no "better" than Taylor Swift or Bruno Mars? It's all merely a matter of "taste?" Interesting. Out of curiosity are any posts here better than others or should I regard your response to the not-down-with-Bon Iver-poster the same as I regard a grizzly fart in the forest?

I've noticed that some opinions here that go against popular orthodoxy of the hip crowd are not only unwanted, but discouraged. That's an interesting mindset.

NEW IMAGES: Haymarket Plaza Concept

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replied to: How come so much grass???? In original…

Nothing...and I do mean nothing...beautifies a piece of land like power outlets. Throw in some more blacktop too, for crying out loud. And I couldn't agree more about grass. If there's one thing that lacks resilience it would have to be grass. It would never hold up, what with all the feet that will be beating paths down to the Haymarket Plaza for shopping and such, just like all the retail businesses that have been beating a path to open in Haymarket Plaza.

Instead of keeping family members out of…

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Maintaining a crime scene 24 hours after a murder is important. What would you do if it was your responsibility to do just that and someone refused to do that, to the point of using force to try to enter the scene?

Also, at what intersections are you seeing most "red light runners?"

Over 4 Years Later, Confluence Project…

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replied to: The headline should be "ONLY 4 Years…

Indeed. It really should be placed up there on the mantel shelf next to putting a man in space in a few short years of a space program or Yahweh's creation of the universe in less than a week.

Over 4 Years Later, Confluence Project…

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replied to: awww....fragile masculinity much? "Real…

Pat back much?

Say, I take it that Haymarket must now been filled after several months, right?

"Shut up and get in line!"

"Do you know how many balloons I blew for this project?!?!"

The really heavy lifting. As we all know, few things are heavier than funds raised on the backs of others.

Does anyone know what shops they're…

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replied to: The Haymarket is owned privately and the…

No, the taxpayers will have picked up the tab if/when their investment is not returned. That may happen if the boutiques sit empty and are eventually converted into non-commercial spaces.

Do you think this venture is highly likely to succeed? If so, upon what do you base this conclusion?

People are supposed to be skeptical, particularly when it involves several million dollars. In a culture where people no longer deal well with criticism, "skepticism" is regarded as a derogatory term.
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Reviewed: Pizza Ranch

Hard to believe a place called "The Pizza Ranch" offers sub-par food and is lacking in atmosphere. Next someone will tell me that "Golden Corral" isn't a dining experience to behold.

Council Gives Final OK to Confluence…

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replied to: Not a one-shot deal, indeed. Just this…

Ah, you're talking about the beautiful human being who pled "no contest" to violating the state's hazardous waste laws in 1997. And because we live in a system of rich man's justice vs. poor man's justice, he got hit with a $1.5 million fine, which he makes in what, a week? What a guy. The allegation, by the way, in that case, was that Menard was personally disposing of toxic chemicals in his garbage. What do you think would happen if a poor person was going around, recklessly or deliberately exposing them to poison?

And I can't express how much disdain I have for the gutless, spineless cowards in local and state government who kowtow to this man. 'Cuz, you know, like, "jobs." At what price to community with having toxic waste around? And, in this case, the "toxic waste" to which I refer is not the matter lying on the bed of the pickup truck.

http://urbanmilwaukee.com/2013/06/20/murphys-law-the-strange-life-of-john-menard/

http://www.milwaukeemag.com/2011/02/01/johnmenard_retailbizarro/

http://www.jsonline.com/business/114143619.html

I really wish people wouldn't ride bikes…

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replied to: What is going to be worse? A bike running…

Actually, there are more accidents riding on sidewalks, both with pedestrians and cars. You are less visible to drivers on the sidewalk as you approach intersections, even when the crosswalk is a "go."

Most cyclists are sufficiently out of the way for vehicles to easily pass them. The problem in those occasions is the incompetency of the driver. All they have to do is move two feet towards the center line or momentarily move past the center line. That, unfortunately, is too complicated for many drivers, who then direct their misplaced frustration at cyclists instead of at their own incompetence. I can recall perhaps two occasions in my entire life where I got annoyed with cyclists. Bumbling, clueless drivers? Every other day.

Council Gives Final OK to Confluence…

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replied to: The ward totals for the county referendum…

I certainly don't blame them. The yups who who have come to expect these things have been out of college for at least four or five years.

Say, do you know if you're supposed to wax a paddleboard?

Council Gives Final OK to Confluence…

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replied to: Melvin, I know you pulled your law degree…

Some fine non sequiturs in your post. I also lack an accounting degree. I have no idea what that has to do with my objection to wealth transfers from the poor to the rich via art centers and boutiques, but I'll let you clear that up in a subsequent post. Of course, I never once claimed that there was anything illegal in the process. I'm calling into question the morality of forcing low-income folks to subsidize things like this. For the life of me, I've never understood why so many struggle to make that delineation.

I also did not in any way liken the Confluence Project to the civil rights struggle in terms of substance. I did, however, make a procedural comparison in how such laws are created. I was obviously taking issue with your premise that once something has become law, those who opposed it should shut up, because, you know, "Scoreboard!" If you would like me to use a different example that provides you with less of an opportunity to distract from the point, I'm perfectly amenable to that. How about Act 10? Should the folks who opposed that have just looked at the scoreboard and shut up, too? Wait, on second thought, don't answer that one.

Wait a second...hold the phone...with regards to your pat-on-the-back in your last comment. Since property taxes were raised before you complained the last time, that means you should have already accepted the previous property tax increase and thus were not "acting like an adult" by the time it was raised again. You do know that this will not be a one-shot deal, right? They will inevitably come to the taxpayers with their hands out again. Are we allowed to be vocal against that, or would that render us mean poopypants, again? Or do we have to wait until the point they come back to the taxpayers for more money before opponents should speak again? This is an awfully, awfully, complicated process all because some folks just can't take any criticism. I swear, at some point, we are going to have a righteously indiginant post that goes, "Do you have any idea how long we spent printing flyers and blowing up balloons for this project???"

Council Gives Final OK to Confluence…

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replied to: There were referenda on both the county…

I take it you apply the same "logic" when the voters in a particular state protect the right of businesses to discriminate against homosexuals and others? "Scoreboard!" And then you tell anyone critical of the voters to "deal with it?" Yes, I'm sure you do. The logic here apparently is that once something has been decided in an election, don't be critical of it. Oh, that's brilliant.

Council Gives Final OK to Confluence…

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replied to: I've quite a few places in my life and…

Sorry, I got my toys incorrect. That should read, "paddleboard." I believe (chuckling) that is one of the proposals for the Project, right? A place to store our paddleboards? You know, that activity that really serves a broad spectrum of people across the economic spectrum. Then they can stop by for an espresso afterwards or buy a new cashmere sweater in one of the boutiques.