Monday, November 10, 2008

TWO PLUS TWO MAKES FIVE!

Really, Believe It:
TWO PLUS TWO MAKES FIVE!

TWO PLUS TWO MAKES FIVE!
TWO PLUS TWO MAKES FIVE!

There, That's Better!

Don't You Feel Better Now?

TWO PLUS TWO MAKES FIVE!*

You Can Believe It!

We Wouldn't Lie To You.

We Had A VISION!


Click here. Read the post and the linked posts, they will refresh your memory about what's going on . Then read Jackehammer's report:

On June 4, 2008, as the city and City Council were budget crunching for fiscal year 2008-09, I wrote, "Springfield Skatepark Association/Springfield-Greene County Parks Mitigation: Example of Open and Transparent Government." In that entry, I quoted from Jason Wert's blog, "Life of Jason,*" an update in which he quoted, in part, Public Information Director Louise Whall as making this statement:
"We have another round of mediation scheduled for January 8 (2008) and we are hopeful this matter can still settle. We want to work with these guys if at all possible. But we don’t feel its appropriate to air any details on the matter until we make this further attempt at mediation. After the January 8 meeting we should be in a position to discuss it more fully.”

We all know now that the city ended up filing suit to try to take ownership of the skatepark.

This story just gets more and more wicked.

We're supposed to believe the city and Park Board were seriously trying to negotiate and work with "these guys" in January, 2008, when they'd already budgeted to take over management of the skatepark 4 months before the agreement had even expired and stated outright the Skatepark Association was, "expected to cease operations and management of this facility in October 2007" in the budget document for fiscal year 2007-08?


Who is the villian here? "The City"? The Parks Department? or Jackehammer for reporting it?

BTW---A friend, with whom I have discussed this issue on previous occasions, sent me this in an email this morning: "This scenario vindicates my hunch a year ago that the Park Board action was a planned hostile takeover of the skate park, without good reason or adequate public discussion. And, of course, when I expressed this to councilman Gary Deaver earlier this year he had a hissy fit."

Mexan por riba de nós e temos que decir que chove."The Native had a great love of his country but remained suspicious of government" reads the caption on this photograph in Ozark Mountain Folk, These Were The Last, a portfolio of photographs by Townsend Godsey.

*The meaning of "two plus two makes five": George Orwell's Nineteen Eighty-Four used this slogan as an example of an obviously false staetments one must pretend (or even try) to believe, similar to other obviously false slogans by the Party in Nineteen Eighty-Four. It is contrasted with the phrase "two plus two makes four", the obvious -- but politically inexpedient -- truth.

If the State might declare "two plus two makes five" as a fact; if everybody believes in it, does that make it true?

btw: wtf? I thought she retired.

1 comment:

Jack said...

You read the craziest things, Bus. (I'm talking about the Carol Jones stuff).