Melvin_Blubber

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Melvin_Blubber

replied to: Melvin_Blubber, you should change your…

Let's see: I support raising the minimum wage, re-instituting Glass-Steagall (I'll let you look that up), protecting Social Security from privatization, protecting public lands from being sold, single-payer...yeah...it's ridiculous for me to claim to be a Democrat.

You have a bunch of logical fallacies here. First, you use the argument from authority: "If you don't have a PhD in poli sci or economics, your idea can't be valid!" Most of the people for whom you voted and the people whose ideas you support lack such credentials. Second, you use argument by assertion: "You're wrong because I say you're wrong!" without providing any counter-evidence. Finally, you use strawman arguments. At no point did I write about "MY country." Arguing against Antifa thugs and what can best be described as the cult gives birth to Antifa and speech codes and safe spaces and microagressions quite obviously does not equate to wishing for Jim Crow, but then you already knew that before you pecked out that "talking point."

Going beyond the nonsense, I'd be interested in hearing how flooding the country with low-skilled immigrants helps the working class. I'd also be interested in how it helps the environment. As a corollary, how does it improve our quality of life as we lose more and more space to development to accommodate all these people? Thanks in advance.

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Melvin_Blubber

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It's not a twist of any sort...it's precisely what has been repeated by candidates and talking heads for years. I generally subscribe to Dem positions on regulation of the economy. Where the Dems miss the boat is in their support of more immigration. The working class is not served by bringing in more and more unskilled labor with which to compete. It's no mystery why the elites love it: they benefit from this system, whether it's their cheap au pair or the extra profits they can make on the back of these immigrants. Nevermind the insanity of our current immigration system which will put us at half a billion people by the end of the century at this rate. It's unsustainable environmentally. But I can't express how tone deaf it is to project this message that if you're here illegally and you haven't killed anyone, we're going to offer you services, partially subsidized by our working poor and lower-middle class citizens. How in the world do we think American citizens just scraping by will react to this sort of policy? Between that, the absolutist position on abortion rights that is gospel within the party and gun control, this is why you see that massive ocean of red across 80% of the country when you look at the voting maps by county.

And let's not kid ourselves here: there is massive "duping" perpetrated by both parties against a voting populace that is unusually ignorant and uninformed. You can cite particular nonsense that the right believes and they can justifiably respond with the "gender pay gap" and all sorts of nonsense perpetuated by Dem candidates that is sheer baloney.

All my life I've been accused of being a contrarian. The idea that I am repulsed by people rejecting my ideas is comical. To the contrary: I've always thrived on that.

"Backwards" is subjective in this context. Limiting free speech, as the left is, sadly, pushing more and more, is regressive and taking us backwards. Defining people by their superficial characteristics, which has become an obsession on the left with their knee-jerk "privilege" piffle, is also regressive and destructive. (The campuses with the most racial strife are precisely those in which the thought police and diversity-indoctrination industry are strongest.)

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Melvin_Blubber

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Yep, a "tea bagger" who voted for Bernie. Apparently, if you value free speech and dislike violence, you're a right-winger. Nothing has been more politically disconcerting than the reaction by the left to Trump's election. I'm left wondering what happened to the true liberals who valued free speech, did not look down upon working people, loved the basic precepts of western civilization and generally embraced the idea of judging people as individuals rather than basing their assessments of based upon their membership in self-defined oppressed groups. I could go on for eight days straight with all my beefs with the GOP, but I'm not a GOPer and it's more disturbing when my party goes down the path it's going. I would think just what's happened to the party here in Wisconsin would serve as some sort of lesson for all Dems, but there's nary a scintilla of self-evaluation, just more of: "Why can't you stupid people see what's good for you?!?!" How's that working for them?

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Melvin_Blubber

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I say we protest. Is there a local chapter of Antifa available for some peaceful picketing. I feel as if downtown EC is no longer a "safe space."

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Melvin_Blubber

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It's readily apparent whom the "fragile" individual is in this discussion.

Haymarket Landing area should be a popular…

Melvin_Blubber

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Barbara: it's been a year now. We're well past "immediately." One tenant? Do you honestly believe a business would hesitate to snap up prime commercial space and risk losing it to someone else because of construction?

We'll be here next year in mostly the same situation, with the same excuses offered. Such are the symptoms of this Ostrich Syndrome.

Haymarket Landing area should be a popular…

Melvin_Blubber

Yeah, it's shocking that grown adults don't want to live next to or even shop next to student housing. Flawless planning!

The foundation for any revitalization program is built upon restaurants, hotels and yoga/crossfit centers. Those have staying power. After all, how often do restaurants or hotels go out of business?

Viva Bon Mexico

Melvin_Blubber

Am I the only who would find the idea of a vacation with 2500 other people slightly less pleasant than passing 2500 jagged kidney stones?

I love the Chippewa Valley, but the dating…

Melvin_Blubber

Do single LGBTQ folks over 30 not read the same magazines everyone else does? Or do they require different selling points? This sort of reminds me of when guilty white liberals on college campuses announce that the school must sell itself to blacks better. It couldn't sound more condescending and patronizing.

My hunch is that gay folks have all the information everyone else does. For obvious reasons, they tend to shy away from smaller towns/cities.

Another peaceful summer evening shattered…

Melvin_Blubber

We lose more pets on Independence Day than any other day because of the "It blowed up good" entertainment. Personally, I've never gotten the appeal of "It blowed up good," but to each his own. But even if I did take a shine to "It blowed up good," I wouldn't have much trouble closing that avenue of entertainment to save a lot of pets and keep things more peaceful.

Eau Claire Is Making National Headlines.…

Melvin_Blubber

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I wish you all the luck in the world, but I would caution you to be a little reserved when it comes to comments on our diets. Few things go over worse than Californians lecturing Midwesterners about what they're doing wrong or how ignorant or unsophisticated they are.

Is Eau Claire the new "it" city for artsy…

Melvin_Blubber

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A bit harsh, even for me. I suspect many of these folks are yuppies rather than the hipsters you reference and yuppies spend money and add to the tax base. It's a conformity thing: "I go where others like me go." Not how I live my life but there's no question that you need to attract younger people with money to build a city.

I agree completely about sprawl, but frankly, no one cares about that anymore. Even my liberal colleagues give blank stares when I lament the loss of countryside and the spread of development. People don't care. We're on at least two generations now that simply have no connection to nature and being outside.

The thought of "what about the poor people" doesn't even occur to the folks who dream up these plans until someone forces them to think about it. If it was never raised, they would never consider them.

Haymarket Landing has now been open for…

Melvin_Blubber

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A nerve has clearly been touched.

We've done this dance before, Sparky. Some prefer to signal their virtues in plain view, while others just try to be virtuous without the plaudits.

Haymarket Landing has now been open for…

Melvin_Blubber

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Yeah, you're sure "effing with me." My father had a phrase for what's going on: "He thinks he's three steps ahead and he's really five steps behind."

Not that this should matter, but I voted for Bernie and consider myself a Democrat. As I've said all along, I have a problem with wealthy people using lower-income taxpayers to subsidize their preferred leisure activities. Ir rubs me the wrong way. That's who drives efforts like this project. You don't find hordes of working-class people clamoring for new arts centers and boutiques. The pie is finite. At a time when Eau Claire teachers' salaries are abysmal and streets look like mine fields, certain things should take precedence over giving millions to projects like this.

We can cast nearly any sort of criticism as "whining." In fact, you're kind of whining right now, if I may be so liberal with the term as you are. You can employ whatever ad hominem you wish, but you and I both know that nine months in, it's kind of bad that 80% of that building sits vacant. Not kind of bad. Just bad. And anyone with much experience in life and open eyes probably should have figured this and more like it would be coming, particularly with the hyperbolic, lofty projections that invariably turn out to be horse hockey. Skepticism is in short supply these days and when you're playing with the money of mostly middle, lower-middle and lower class taxpayers, skepticism isn't just a good idea, it's imperative. This entire project proceeded with limited skepticism and, as near as I could tell, anyone who did offer some was met with the sort of silliness you're trying (and failing) to use to silence skeptics.

Haymarket Landing has now been open for…

Melvin_Blubber

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Of course. Somebody needs to dust the empty counters and keep the ghosts of Eau Claire past company.

"Helloooooooo! Echoooooooooo! Helloooooooo! Echo!!!!!!"

I think my favorite bit of propaganda with this whole boondoggle was the stat on the "population" downtown during daylight hours. Also known as "working hours." Brilliant! After all, if there are more people downtown at 10 AM on a Monday, that must mean that those folks will be itching to stop in at the boutique or do some yoga. Hey, how about a paddleboard, too?!?!