The Gross National Debt

Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Lenny? Lenny? Brother, I understand.


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By today's standards, the late Lenny Bruce's stand up comedy act was mild. Yet, he was repeatedly arrested for obscenity. At first, he took great delight in these arrests and was proud of it. As time moved on and his arrest record grew, he got increasingly weary of it.
Booking shot of Lenny Bruce

This week I have been, lightly in one instance, accused of being a troublemaker. I agree with that.

When you try and make people think you will be branded a malcontent, a troublemaker, a social anarchist and a whole buncha other pejoratives.

Hurt me baby make me write bad checks.

A society that gets rid of all its troublemakers goes downhill.
Robert A. Heinlein

This week I was also attacked verbally. Not the first time and no question it won't be the last.

Here's the briefly edited (you can see my edits) attack. Profanities are direct from the original writer, not me

Be very afraid
Half way thru building the first awning..big ben baker n _____ ________ pop up for a visit. Saying it was a state and city law that I was breaking because I didn't ask their permission before I dressed my building up. No additions, no concrete footers, just adding 4 awnings. The historical committee has been in action for 8 years and they have never told anyone NO on any improvements, yet they want me to hold off on work for almost 5 days so they can all get together and tell me if my awnings will be historically correct? Lol. If the answer is always yes, then why do u have to ask? Simple... power trip , egotistical bullshit. Why isn't there any new business in this town? I wonder. Why do businesses never come here? Hmmm. Wish the power trip bastards that constantly harass me would get the hell on. I guarantee one thing, if I ever get enough damn approval from these s.o.b.'s and manage to get open, there is gonna be a list posted on my door that will tell just who will not be allowed in my business. No matter how much money they may wanna spend, or how much they might wanna snoop, or take pictures, they ain't gonna be allowed. So write ur stupid ass stories in the paper, try to tell people another version all u want. People know bullshit when they see it...and there are two clowns in this town that are dripping with it.

You can read the thread on my page if you wish and with some navigation skills, find the other threads on other people's pages.

Let me ask what you'd have done under the circumstances, based on the information above. Pick a side. Either side. Tell me.

I point out here I went to the person in question and repeatedly asked he comply with the law. Asked. I was well within my rights to get a law enforcement officer, have the above gent charged with various infractions and haul everyone to court.

I asked. Repeatedly. I never swore, despite being sworn at.

Now what would you do? Has your opinion changed?


In the midst of being sworn at and insulted, I called a meeting of the board this man needed to appear before. I explained when the meeting was and what he needed to do. Later that evening the meeting was moved up to the next day.


The man in question came to the meeting and spent most of his time apparently looking at his cell phone. He answered a couple of questions. He got the approval he needed, unanimously.


What would you do? How would you have reacted? Did I do right or was I wrong?


In the aftermath, I have again been insulted and verbally attacked. It's damned all hard to restrain myself and not respond in kind, but I'm doing it. I was in the right and continue to be in the right.


As I have repeatedly said, if you don't like the laws, work to change them. To this statement I add, if you defy those laws, expect to pay the costs associated with your rebellion.


But to verbally attack, cuss at and denigrate the people who are asking you to comply with the law, ASKING not demanding ... well, dammitall yes. I've been there. I offer no excuse. I can be stupid too.


In this matter at least, I had the high road and I stuck to it. Or did I? Again, what would you have done?

I see these people insulting me and I wonder, if I treated them the same way they have treated me, how would they react? Actually, I know. There ain't no bottom to that pit.


As for those who are attacking me, well, Christ was spit upon as He carried the cross to save mankind. I reckon I'm in good company. So if you are one who has attacked me, know this - I forgive you. If I was out of line in any way, I ask you to forgive me.


In the meantime, I shall bear whatever lashes are laid upon me. But, Lenny old man, it sure doesn't feel good.

1 comment:

  1. Well ignoring the inarticulate articulation your opponent used in their letter/post (and believe me that is hard to do), here is the simple fact. Laws are laws and those laws should bind anyone and everyone equally (Whether they actually do is a subject for another rant). From what I got from these posts, complying with this law is not onerous in any fashion, so there was not any need for rage. Secondly, it always kills me when I see people raging against people trying to enforce said laws either civilian or government. The attitude always seems (and especially in the above case) that the "laws should apply to everyone else but not to me." You did right, brother and even went further than I ever would by actually trying to be civil as things degenerated. Keep being a troublemaker.

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