I’m a Skeptical Customer

26 09 2016

Downtown

A clickbait rankings on a clickbait website, and we’re supposed to believe that St. Louis is more leftist that Cambridge, Mass., Berkeley, Calif., Boulder, Colo., and Evanston, Ill.

Come on now.

But this leaves us a few clues to how they came to this conclusion:

Along with election data and political activity, several touchstones of popular/consumer culture were used as factors, such as a person’s favorite television network, automobile brand, restaurant and magazine.

(For the record: St. Louis residents are most likely to watch HBO, drive a Subaru, read Maxim, shop at Victoria’s Secret and eat at California Pizza Kitchen.)

(snip)

Mayor Francis G. Slay, gets prominent kudos in the study, which notes that Slay, a Democrat, has been elected to four consecutive terms and also helped the city become one of just 25 (out of 291) cities to get a perfect score on the Human Rights Campaign’s “municipal equality index.”

Human Rights Campaign is all about the gay, all about the LGBTQetc.  And if that’s all they’re basing it on, then the case is plausible.  A few years ago, a famous gay mag rated St. Louis as gayer and more gay-friendly than San Francisco, and I can believe that.

The ironies in citing Slay in this are:  (1) Democrats win everything in St. Louis City, so it’s not special that one particular individual Democrat has won four consecutive terms as mayor, when Democrats are on their 17th consecutive term in that office; the last Republican to win that office off an election was about a month before V-E Day, and (2) By St. Louis City’s standards of its political homeostatic equilibrium, Slay is on the right.  Yeah, he’d be a solid liberal Democrat in state or Federal politics, but St. Louis City treats him as something of a conservative.  See also:  Emanuel, R. and Chicago.

I also don’t think it’s fair to compare known core cities to incorporated suburban or exurban college towns.





It Took Two Months

23 09 2016

Downtown

But I finally got an answer.

Me, July 28:

Why do I get the feeling that there’s an ulterior agenda afoot in Gateway Region’s decision to move the Downtown Y from 16th and Locust to 6th and Locust?

Oh yeah, my whitey sense is tingling.  Though it may also be a WRPT, that it being at 16th and Locust makes it easier for Y patrons to become accidental beneficiaries of Ujamaa, while moving it ten blocks east will deprive them of that good fortune.  Or there may be something at play here other than race.

What is making me think that there’s an ulterior agenda afoot is that the PR coming out of Gateway Region announcing this decision is suspiciously glitzy, yet the footprint of the relocated Downtown Y will be smaller, even though the PR is bragging about all the new amenities.

P-D, yesterday:

Responses showed people felt that safety and walkability were compromised by the Downtown Y’s proximity to the New Life Evangelistic Center, a shelter that serves the homeless.

And:

Despite concern from some critics that the transition is meant only to generate revenue and cater to young professionals, Helm said the facility’s motives hadn’t changed.

So it’s about getting away from Larry Rice’s vagabonds and getting closer to loft-dwellers.

As you can read in this article, a lot of people are now worried that the Y moving ten blocks east will somehow hurt diversity and be social injusticey, and be a blow to yoots.  Whoever is handing that out is using it as a front for some self-centered motivation.  If there was an endangered species of some sort on the building site on 6th and Locust, they’d be screaming about the environment.

Risque as it might be, I also think the brief mention that the new digs will have “private showers” can’t be overlooked.  Remember, part of this is about catering to downtown loft-dwelling millennial professionals, and in that way, they’re reserved. 





Change of Fortunes, Along With Venue

20 09 2016

Montgomery City

Trial moving from Montgomery County to St. Louis City.  Since it’s the prosecutors in Montgomery County that will be handling the case, in spite of the venue change, they will still pursue the death penalty.  However, the chances of that happening have gone way down because the jury will be a St. Louis City one.





Unwanted Stuff

19 09 2016

Downtown

Suspicious package on the south parking lot of City Hall.

What is it?  An ethics manual?





Voter Fraud Is an Extremely Minor Problem, You Say?

16 09 2016

St. Louis City

The do-over special election for House-78-D was today, and Bruce Franks easily won.

This is what happens when elections are honest.

Last month, the raw vote total was Penny Hubbard 2203, Franks 2113.  Tonight’s results are Franks 2234, Hubbard 701.  As you can see, Franks got about the same number of votes, maybe slightly more because a handful of people voted for him out of spite and out of sympathy for the first election being stolen from him; as it was, there were 314 votes last month for the token sacrificial lamb Republican in House-78-R, so some of those voted today for Franks.  However, the raw vote total for Penny Hubbard went way down, from 2203 to 701.  What percentage of that 1,500 vote margin was fraudulent in last month’s vote?  Let’s be generous and say half of it, for 750.  There are about 19,000 registered voters in House-78, so that’s close to 4% fraud over the total possible electorate, and 17% of last month’s actual turnout.  Extrapolate this over many precincts, and all I can say is that when blacks and others want to commit voter fraud, they can do it, very easily.  Yes, I’m thinking that a certain big election four years ago needs an asterisk.

One other thing we shouldn’t forget is that the only reason this do-over happened was because a black Democrat was the victim of black Democrat voter fraud.  If the victim was anything but, nobody would have cared.  How do I know?  Because there have been many such “anything but” victims in this town over the years, and nobody gave a shit then.

Now, Mr. Franks, let’s talk about your professional wardrobe.  Since we’ll be seeing each other often in the first four and a half months of next year, even though I very rarely have to deal with General Assembly Democrats, I don’t need to be seeing you in faded cartoon T-shirts.





A New Low

14 09 2016

CWE

A cab driver, at ten in the morning, on Kingshighway and Laclede.  That’s not exactly one in the morning on the corner of College and Carter.

Whichever ook did this is fucking brazen as hell.

Non-St. Louisans may notice that the name of the cab company and one of the names of the streets where this happened are the same, that being Laclede, and you may deduce that the name is locally significant.  And you would be correct.  Laclede Avenue is also the address dividing line for north-south drags that exist on both sides of Laclede, there is no dividing line for east-west drags.





In the Bag

14 09 2016

Creve Coeur

The Bayer buyout of Monsanto is going to happen, pending approval from about half the world’s national business regulatory agencies.

It also means the last of the traditional long-standing St. Louis-based corporations is going to be bought out.