For those of you with strong stomachs, follow me into the amusing mind of Johnny-be-Hood to find out what North Carolina's own Smart Dope Art Pope is spending his hard earned money on today.
Let me set the story. Little Johnny is writing while on a visit to the left coast . . . opining about all things free and easy, extolling the virtues of being rich and having unrestrained opportunities to exploit whatever common good Smart Dope happens to have in his sites this week.
And you won't be surpised to discover he's dealing in lies.
PASADENA – I’m here in Los Angeles County, the exemplar of all that is said to be wasteful and disastrous about urban sprawl in the United States. The soaring mountains ringing the valley are hard to see clearly through the mid-afternoon haze. But do I feel like Dante exploring a sprawling level of Hell? Not in the slightest.
Ummm. Excuse me Johnny, but exactly who (besides you and your nutcase patron) consider LA to be "a sprawling level of hell?" I thought LA was SIN city . . . hell itself, the source of all evil. Hmmmm. Maybe you should stay there.
. . . the Smart Growth minions who warn about the Los Angelezation of their own cities suffer from a fundamental misunderstanding. They believe L.A.’s traffic and other problems stem from a low-density, inadequately planned development strategy too fixated on the automobile to the exclusion of other forms of transportation. In reality, Los Angeles, at more than 7,000 residents per square mile, is by far the most densely settled metropolitan area in North America.
Listen, if you're going to lie, you might want to at least create the illusion of truth by choosing facts that aren't so easy to check. LA has 7,000 residents per square mile. And you're saying that's the most densely populated metropolitan area in North America? Gee golly, John, you need to brush up on your geography. Or have you forgotten about these seven other cities that have higher density per square mile?
Manhattan - 26,000
Chicago - 12,000
Philadelphia - 11,000
San Francisco - 16,000
Boston - 12,000
Washington DC - 9000
Miami Beach - 12,000
It's tempting to abandon a serious critique of Hood's nonsense after exposing these lies, but there are two more points I can't ignore.
Low-density, auto-based settlement patterns – what critics call “sprawl’ and I prefer to describe as “freedom” – are hardly limited to the modern American context. They are preferred by most consumers in Europe, Asia, and elsewhere (which is not to say that all can yet act on their preference).
So not only is little Johnny an expert in la-la land, he also knows the minds of "most consumers" in Europe! Sort of like King George knows Putin's mind? Have you looked into their eyes and measured their souls, John? Or are you just making up more self-fulfilling bullshit?
This is the kind of crap that spills from right wing sewers every single day. And, sadly, is swept up by the so-called main stream media as though it represents reality.
And finally this:
Wouldn’t it be great, they ask, if people could have the option of a Manhattan lifestyle in downtown Charlotte or Raleigh? Perhaps, just as it would be great if I didn’t have to hear a single bar of rap music for the rest of my life. But to accomplish my aesthetic goal, I’d have to make lots of other people sacrifice something they strongly prefer. I have no right to demand that, nor any reasonable expectation of success.
This is where the wingnuts go from amusing to dangerous. They don't understand why anyone should ever have to sacrifice something they strongly prefer. And when your sugar daddy is Smart Dope, why would you think otherwise?These people have no sense of the common good. Rape the environment, destroy the air, subsidize the oil industry, help the rich get richer and fuck the poor. Nothing could be finer, right?
Do us all a favor, Johnny. Don't come back.
PS Put on your rubber gloves and hold your nose. Here's the link.