Roll another one

Tattoo shops? Sure. Massage parlors? No prob’. Adult bookstores? You betcha. Predatory lenders, pawn shops and payday-loan outfits? Why not? Grog shops, alehouses and “smoker friendly” death merchants? Damn’ straight.

But retail marijuana sales? Hell, no. Are you nuts? That’s a jobs-killer, man!

No, sir. What we need here is a downtown baseball stadium, an Olympic museum, a new Air Force Academy visitors center, a shitload more Kum & Gos and. …

Uh, Mr. Mayor? Can we have a hit off whatever it is that you’re smoking? We’re gonna need an appetite to choke down all this pie in the sky you and your developer pals are pushing on us.

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31 Responses to “Roll another one”

  1. khal spencer Says:

    Yeah. Just keep picking our pockets and putting the money into get rich quick developer’s. Meanwhile, I am sure your Mayor is getting plenty of campaign contributions from these creeps.

    Same old shit, different day.

    • Patrick O'Grady Says:

      The developers have always owned this whorehouse, lock, stock and barrel. They’d steal the pennies off their dead grannies’ eyes and sell you the dirt off the back of your own neck, swear to God.

  2. John in GJ Says:

    There was talk a few years ago here in Dysfunction Junction of building a sports arena in the hope that a minor league hockey team would then come to town. I shit you not. Who the hell “hopes” for minor league hockey? It was about the dumbest idea I ever heard, a 100% guaranteed budget buster for the town. I was amazed that it idea stuck around as long as it did, a real tribute to the utility of well placed campaign contributions. Fortunately for all, the bust of ’08 hit and the idea died.

    Or, more likely, went dormant, Dumb, yet profitable, ideas have a way of getting resurrected.

    • Steve O Says:

      These numb nuts don’t even listen to their own warped, mal-aligned, incoherent, and scatterbrained rhetoric. They just read the distilled soundbite handed to them by their press secretary.

      If that guy over there wants it, it’s a gawd damned special interest. But if I want it, then it’s a constitutionally supported and appropriate use of government.

      • John in GJ Says:

        “If that guy over there wants it, it’s a gawd damned special interest. But if I want it, then it’s a constitutionally supported and appropriate use of government.”

        Sure you don’t live next door to me? Sure sounds to me like you understand the locals quite well. Maybe too well.

      • SO Says:

        Reminds me of George Carlin’s idiots and maniacs.

      • Patrick O'Grady Says:

        Ah, George. We need him now more than ever. Maybe we can get him to reincarnate and bring Richard Pryor and Bill Hicks back with him.

  3. Patrick O'Brien Says:

    You sure Bibleburg ain’t in Arizona? A new pawn shop opened here yesterday, and the payday loan folks are having a field day. We got store front churches springing up around here like toads after a good monsoon rain. They are yet another group of parasites to screw the ignorant and desperate out of their last buck. BOHICA all you poor folks.

  4. Larry T. Says:

    Same s__t, different place. I came back to Sioux City to find streets blocked off and buildings condemned in the city center so they can build us a Hardrock Cafe – as in CASINO. Just what we need here, more ways for fools to throw their money away and more minimum-wage service jobs!

  5. Derek Says:

    The Kum & Go they want in Old Colorado City will turn Colorado Ave into permanent RV parking for the summer.

    • Larry T. Says:

      Is it just me or does the name “Kum & Go” kind of remind anyone else of a drive-in fellatio service? “Stop & Rob” would be more descriptive.

      • Patrick O'Brien Says:

        I’m glad you said it first. If I was CEO of that outfit, a name change would be the first agenda item at the next staff meeting.

      • Libby Says:

        I thought it was PO’G-speak! Still didn’t believe it was real when I clicked on the link and saw the logo. Started reading then I believed.

    • Patrick O'Grady Says:

      Truly awful. Sounds like a whorehouse with a mortuary business on the side.

  6. Patrick O'Brien Says:

    And to really make my day, different subject but similar political bait and switch tactics, the other O’Grady took a taste back in 1998.
    Also, does someone in the French senate have a beef with ASO?
    Seems like the shit doesn’t stop today with Eric Cantor saying “actions speak louder that word” when asked about the President’s speech today. He’s in our congress right?

    • Khal Spencer Says:

      Ok, time to trot out the well worn Captain Renault schtick.

      I’m shocked, SHOCKED, to discover that Julich, Pantani, and Ulrich may have doped in the 1998 Tour de France!!! And all this time I figured it was just the Festina team…you know..a few bad apples!

      • Patrick O'Brien Says:

        Yea, but Stuey? Dragging the family name through the dirt like that. I bet the Mad Dog is on a plane right now to settle that one. No wait, he needs a new garage roof. Guess Stuey is safe for now.

        I am starting to think that Froome is the ONLY clean winner of the last 100 years of that little ride around France. I also wonder why they didn’t go back to the Badger’s samples. Shit, they should test the Shroud of Turin for traces of EPO or other banned substances.

      • Larry T. Says:

        And WHY do you think Froome is clean? These folks are far from convinced.

      • John in GJ Says:

        Okay, wait….I’m confused. Which O’Grady was on drugs again?

      • Patrick O'Brien Says:

        Larry T. that was an interesting read! I really don’t know if Froome is clean other than he passed the controls so far. My opinion is this, clean or not, they are employees and people and as such have rights either under law, the sanctioning rules, or both to be treated fairly. It chaps my hide, and I certainly would have challenged it on the spot, for someone like LeMond to shake Froome’s hand in one hour and in the next imply that he is a cheat because he won’t release data on his performance. Business kept him from confronting LeMond in public, but I hope he had a terse exchange with him in private. So, for now anyway, Froome won it clean.

      • Larry T. Says:

        Yeah, just like BigTex? SKY and Froome talk a LOT about transparency..but when it comes to actually BEING transparent we hear complaints about “pseudo-scientists” and other claptrap. If they have nothing to hide, why does it seem like they’re hiding something? They refused to let the VN boyz take measurements from Froome’s Pinarello, for Pietro’s sake!!!

      • John in GJ Says:

        If I recall correctly, at the beginning of last year Team Sky at first promised Kimmage (back when he had a job) of complete and unfettered access to their operation for a week. Then (supposedly) Wiggins changed his mind and the whole thing was called off. So the headline that everyone read was “Sky is Transparent”, but then in little writing a week or two later “Nevermind”.

        Needless to say, the whole incident did nothing to enhance Kimmage’s confidence in the team. Nor mine. Or anyone else’s who was paying attention.

        As an aside, Team Garmin did allow Kimmage full access for a week, Kimmage was basically embedded with the team. He came away from that saying (at the time) that he thought Garmin was the real deal and sincere with their anti-doping rhetoric.

      • Khal Spencer Says:

        Fascinating article.Thanks for the link, Larry.

      • Patrick O'Brien Says:

        Gee, if you have nothing to hide, then let the NSA listen in? Let VN guys measure your bike? Sounds like guilty until proven innocent to me. That argument don’t make it. Ever. So, let’s just agree to disagree on that one.

    • Larry T. Says:

      Just like with BigTex, suspicion is one thing, proof another, so all we can do is wait and see. But remind me of the last (or any) time someone wiped the floor with his competitors in a display like this and wasn’t later found to be doped.

    • Patrick O'Grady Says:

      Yeah, the hits just keep coming, don’t they? It’s tough to crank up the requisite outrage anymore.

      As to who is or isn’t clean in the modern peloton, that’s an unanswerable question, I’m afraid. Paul Kimmage is suspicious, but David Walsh apparently is not, and he’s spent some time hanging around with Sky this season.

      But these guys are journalists, not scientists. As a representative of the latter community, Khal might be able to speak to the difficulty of trying to distinguish between a stellar performance and an enhanced one. As a representative of the former, I can assure you that for the rest of us it’s a matter of suspicion and ill-informed opinion.

      Fifteen years from now we could be hearing Froome confess to gene therapy, cloning or voodoo. Who knows? Not me, brother.

      That said, I think given what we’ve seen over the past few decades, it’s reasonable to question amazing performances, for the fans and for the press. But the press will always spend more time and money covering the performance than on what goes on backstage. The fans prefer the mythology, too, though there’s a growing undercurrent of cynicism in that crowd.

      Remember your Hollywood, gents, specifically “The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance,” from which comes the motto: “When the legend becomes fact, print the legend.”

      • Patrick O'Brien Says:

        It seems the hits are more painful as time goes on. Testing 15 year old samples and destroying a man’s palmares without any way to defend himself just seems wrong to me. Who’s next? Stuey got shit on the day he was going to get his gold watch. What did that accomplish?

      • Larry T. Says:

        I’m happy these cheaters are being outed. If some considering cheating today see that even 15 years later you could be “caught” and publicly shamed – how can that be a bad thing? The innocent ’til proven guilty is baloney as a) nobody’s going to jail, they don’t even have to give the money back b) the banned substance was present in their sample, in amounts beyond threshold levels set well in advance.
        I am dismayed by the current situation with SKY – guys like David Walsh, one of BigTex’ biggest detractors and other Brits are acting just like the Yanks did with BigTex. Blinded by jingoism and a desire for pro cycling to be saved…one of ’em told me “well, you have to believe in something”. Where have we heard that before?

      • Khal Spencer Says:

        I was hoping to see some data on watts expended/average speeds for the top riders and everyone else. That would be a statistical way to estimate whether folks like Froome are riding beyond what they should be doing with normal human chemistry. My theory is that overall cycling speeds should be coming down from the speeds reached during the AA Fuel Era. That of course assumes an identical course and conditions. Its a vexing problem, given the number of variables.

        I skimmed the link Larry provided and want to find the “more technical” reference. Operative word is skimmed. Right now I’ve been nursing a cold and some high stress work at the bomb factory. Barely time to ride a bike or drink beer.

  7. Martin Says:

    Reblogged this on 4:20 Smokers Blog.

  8. Derek Says:

    Our Mayor proving the point that he is a grovelling money grubbing @@@@.

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