Yes on public transport, no on Atlanta streetcar

I’ll admit to not having pored over the data about the alleged benefits of the Atlanta streetcar. To me, it seems like another bad idea for downtown aimed at our city’s favorite demographic — tourists.

How many Atlantans traverse between the King Center and Centennial Park? About as many who visit such downtown institutions as the Hard Rock Cafe and Hooter’s.

Is there any evidence the streetcar will alleviate traffic? Projections, maybe, but such estimations tend to be wildly optimistic. A claim that a streetcar will create “more than 5,600 jobs over the next 20 years” has already been debunked.

Hopefully I’m wrong, but, considering the recent history of downtown planning, you’d have to be naive not to be skeptical.

 

The folly of hate crimes legislation

More proof :

Three women identified by their lawyers as lesbians were arraigned yesterday on a hate crime charge for allegedly beating a gay man at the Forest Hills T station in an unusual case that experts say exposes the law’s flawed logic.

“My guess is that no sane jury would convict them under those circumstances, but what this really demonstrates is the idiocy of the hate-crime legislation,” said civil liberties lawyer Harvey Silverglate. “If you beat someone up, you’re guilty of assault and battery of a human being. Period. The idea of trying to break down human beings into categories is doomed to failure.” …

She said the victim, who suffered a broken nose, told cops he believed the attack was “motivated as a crime because of his sexual orientation” since the three women “called him insulting homophobic slurs.”

But attorney Helene Tomlinson, who represented Sanford, told the judge her client is “openly identified as a lesbian … so any homophobic (conduct) is unwarranted.” She said the alleged victim was the aggressor and used racial slurs: “He provoked them.”

What if they had been bi?

(via Andrew Sullivan)

Stop interbulating!

The random accusations are disturbing, of course (child molester, wife beater, etc.), but the Hubbard lexicon never fails to amuse — 4:23 mark.

1. interbulate
A word which was made up by the late L. Ron Hubbard (the former leader of a crazy cult called Scientology), and the word does NOT exist in ANY real dictionary. But in the brainwashed scientologist mind, it has the meaning of: interfering, interferance with members of the church.

The question the GOP fears most

Which Candidate Would You Rather Have a Beer With?

We hear this question every election, though, for me, there’s never been an obvious answer (save for Bob Dole).

I dare you to find one person who’d choose to down a cold one with Romney or Santorum. The Anchorman would try to assure you that, even though he doesn’t personally know any beer drinkers, he once met August Busch at a party at Adolph Coors’ estate. Meanwhile, Santorum would scream Bible verses at you about the evils of alcohol.

It’s a Brahmin thing, we wouldn’t understand

  • “Who among us doesn’t like NASCAR.” John Kerry, 2004 (though that’s not exactly what he said, it’s not far off)
  • Asked by the AP reporter if he follows NASCAR, Romney responded, “Not as closely as some of the most ardent fans. But I have some great friends who are NASCAR team owners.”

The first candidate who says, “actually, I find NASCAR boring as fuck” gets my vote. And the majority of Americans agree with that. Likewise, most people have never shot a gun.

I can understand a politician pandering to the majority but, thankfully, these people ain’t the 99 percent (well, maybe in north Florida).

God save us from gay geeks with crappy musical taste

Masochist that I am, I have nonetheless managed to avoid “Glee.” A troublemaking friend, mindful of my disdain for musicals and gay cliches, directed me to this clip just to get my reaction. Expletives deleted.

 

I’m embarrassed for us all.