Fat, grumpy, intolerant ex-mayors ought to be shot. Get some exercise, asshole.
December 7, 2007
"There is a certain artistry to writing a post for a blog, and I had carefully woven in (self-effacing) references to calcified hippies"..."
Said Paul Soglin — Madison's former mayor, after blogging that people who bike on the streets in the snow should be shot. You might think it was a strange thing to write just as a teacher elsewhere in Wisconsin was getting arrested for writing that teachers should be shot. Soglin and the teacher (James Buss) were — to their own way of thinking — wielding that thing we call humor, but not everyone can hear the humor in writing and some people have a sharp ear for hearing hostility in the humor. Soglin actually intended his comment to be understood as a reference to the notorious Buss bust: "I thought this would be a subtle way of linking together all of us in the cheddarsphere." Subtle, after Buss was arrested when people didn't get his joke? I guess arrests aren't much of a deterrent. Not only did Soglin feel free to jokingly recommend shooting people, but his commenters felt free to recommend that Soglin be shot: