I was going to wait and write about this topic at a future date, but after Monday night’s fiasco of a council meeting this must be discussed now.
OMG…..did you see the morality police out in full force at the meeting.? Talk of profanity, Miley Cyrus’s rear end, and obscene tweets and blogs dominated the discussion regarding the DDA appointment of Albert McWilliams.
It was an utter embarrassment to watch this display of moral outrage. Now, I have never met Mr. McWilliams, but I have looked up his blog. Yeah, it is snarky with some expletives. So what? It is not even that extreme. The entire internet is full of such things. However, the Teapublican Caucus1 jumped the shark with their moral outrage over McWilliam’s PERSONAL blog. Here are some of the ridiculous statements about this blog:
Kunselman said you wouldn’t want your mother reading his blog.
Peterson said he has pictures of Miley Cyrus’s rear end and he uses profanity on the internet.
Kailasapthy thought the blog was degrading to women.
Really? Judge for yourself. Here is his blog.
Is that a reason to disqualify a local businessman from sitting on a city board? A personal blog of someone whose JOB is observing and commenting on new media?
Now I can’t believe that Sumi, Sally, Stevie, Mikey and Janey were really all that offended by this blog. They must only watch reruns of Little House on the Prairie and the Disney channel at home. They must have never seen the endless coverage of Miley Cyrus twerking2 away at the MTV video music awards that was played on all the major TV networks.3 They must only go to PG rated movies…correction make that G rated movies.
My thinking is that this was a last ditch effort to find any reason to not vote for the Mayor’s choice for the nomination. It was just another obstructionist Tea Party method to interfere with the process. Although I am a little fearful that they might actually be shocked that people use profanity on the internet…..could they be that out of touch? At the 9/3/13 council meeting, the Teapublican Caucus tried to argue that McWilliams had a conflict of interest. They failed at it, but at least they did not sound as asinine as their discussion at the 9/16/13 meeting. Watch it for your self here ( advance to 3:13:40). I especially liked Councilmember Sabra Briere’s statement on this issue towards the end. (advance to 3:23:45)
Anyway, the true irony in all this is that the person who helped get the Teapublicans into office was Pat Lesko!! In fact Sumi and Mike (and future councilmember Jack Eaton) are BFF’s with Pat. You remember Pat don’t you? She is the one who tried to lie her way into political office. She would libel, slander, and defame everyone by using lies, half-truths and hyperbole. None of the Teapublican Caucus councilmembers had any problem with Lesko’s blog that was full of snarkiness and lies. They saw no problem with her made up stories. Personally, I would prefer truth (sprinkled with expletives) over snarky lies, but that’s just me I guess.
For those who don’t know Pat (her blog is basically dead), I will give a metaphorical example of how she would create a piece. Keeep in mind that this is an example and not actually one of her stories. First I will acknowledge that she is a good writer, much better than me–it is the content of her blog that is horrific.
Pat would take a fact such as the sky is blue and the sun is maize (yellow). That is an indisputable fact. She would then weave a conspiracy theory around that fact implying that the University of Michigan and God/the universe/mother nature…whichever you prefer…have a secret alliance. Maize and blue will shine throughout the world on most days to support the greatness of the UofM. No other school has their school colors in the sky on a continuous basis. The sky would change colors every day if other schools had equal opportunity. There must be a conspiracy….how could there not be? AND the Mayor of Ann Arbor must know about this conspiracy. How could he not? The only thing that makes sense is that he must be getting a kickback from the University to keep quiet.
The scary thing is that people believe this stuff. People read the indisputable fact and then believe that the story that she creates around the fact is actually true. She does this in a Rush Limbaugh style.
The Teapublican Caucus has had no problem with these lies and defamation tactics that were used to get them votes, yet they have issues with a few cuss words. Maybe Sumi’s real problem is that Al McWilliams didn’t vote for her. He wrote in another name…Admiral Akbar4 in her last election.
Maybe THAT is what she didn’t like about his blog. Hhmmmm….
It appears that they think it is ok to destroy the reputation of others in order to further their conservative political agenda. They want to stack the city boards and commissions with their type of people, even though the city charter clearly states that the Mayor gets to nominate the candidates. The council is only suppose to judge if the person is qualified to serve, not throw everything at the wall to see what sticks in order to disqualify the nominee. It is shameful.
Condemnant quod non intellegunt
1 The Ann Arbor City Council Teapublican Caucus is made up the following councilmemebrs: Mike Anglin, Stephen Kunselman, Sumi Kailasapathy, Jane Lumm, and Sally Peterson. (Based on his campaign platform and rhetoric, I assume Jack Eaton will be welcomed into this group once he takes office in November.)
2 Twerking (/twɜrkɪŋ/) is a type of dancing in which the dancer, usually a woman, shakes her hips in an up-and-down bouncing motion, causing the dancer’s buttocks to shake, “wobble” and “jiggle”. According to the Oxford Dictionary Online, to twerk is “to dance to popular music in a sexually provocative manner involving thrusting hip movements and a low, squatting stance” http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Twerking
3 Major networks reporting on Miley Cyrus. I guess major news outlets can comment on Miley Cyrus, but it is considered too immature for a potential DDA member to make a comment about her on a personal blog.
ABC News Miley Cyrus VMA performance stuns crowd
CBS News miley-cyrus-booty-shaking-vma-performance-gets-quite-the-reaction
NBC News miley-cyrus-twerks-her-way-top-twitter-300-000-tweets
4Admiral Akbar is a fictional character in the Star Wars science fiction saga. A member of the amphibious Mon Calamari species, Ackbar was the foremost military commander of the Rebel Alliance who led major combat operations against the Galactic Empire. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Admiral_Ackbar