"And the Birkenstocks You Waddled In On!" Uncivil Discussions with My Neighbors

If being civil means letting these tards spew their nonsense unchallenged, fuck that. If a few have a heart attack, even better.

Posted by BUTCH at July 5, 2011 4:37 PM

Careful...you'll get a reputation...you'll be found out!

They allowed me to live up on Highland a few years back when I was a part of the progressive hive-mind, but no more.
I assume you have read "The Stand"? Watch your step or you may be summoned before "The Riding Dude" McSchwinn to answer for your crimes.

Posted by westsoundmodern at July 5, 2011 4:45 PM

I wish I had your patience with moon-bats.

Posted by ChiefTestPilot at July 5, 2011 4:54 PM

Cause them strokes! Then tell them that their health care went tits up four minutes ago. All agony is justified in a Proggy milieu.

Posted by Peccable at July 5, 2011 4:57 PM

I think I'll become "The Walkin' Dude" of Queen Anne instead.

Posted by vanderleun at July 5, 2011 5:56 PM

The gloves were off when he used the worst insult he could conceive: Republican.

Posted by StephenB at July 5, 2011 6:17 PM

Give 'em hell, Vanderleun! It's good to shake these progs out of their torpor of smug elitism.

Posted by Jimmy J. at July 5, 2011 6:49 PM

The early AM click, click, click of worn boot heels on wet concrete. A man, walking, wearing glasses and a Panama Optimo advances on a lone prog retreating to his McGraw St. studio after an all-nighter at Targy's arguing modern gender roles in the context of his new job as pre-school nanny. He turns to face his stalker and sees only a misty apparition of Sarah Palin dissipating in the orange glow of a street lamp...winking. He hears a voice. "Buy a gun. Kill something and eat it. It'll make you feel better, you bethcha'...and get a real job." Shaking his head the voice fades. He pauses at his apartment door, digging keys from a pocket. Looking up, the walkin' dude wearing a Panama hat and glasses rounds the corner onto Queen Anne Ave and is gone.

"I gotta' get a grip" snivels the "manny". "It's just that weird guy who lives down by the bridges on a houseboat. What harm can he do?"

Posted by westsoundmodern at July 5, 2011 6:59 PM

How I wish I could have been a witness of that conversation. I'd pay money.

Posted by flyoverpilgrim at July 5, 2011 7:04 PM

The dude wore a faded Obama 08 t-shirt. He wasn't even worth spitting on. I give you credit for even having the patience of having a conversation with him. I would have had to go to the nearest bar and wait out the time until the library opened.

Posted by Cilla Mitchell, Galveston Texas at July 5, 2011 7:09 PM

Three cheers Gerard! It's about time people fight the power of the commie-libs. Your actions should serve as the model of how to handle EVERY encounter with a commie-lib. If one isn't fighting back against the commie-lib in line at the store, in the movie theater, in the conference room, at a concert, etc then you are part of the problem.

Commie-libs give the impression they are the majority even as we outnumber them 2-3 to 1. They do this by making noise and presenting a united front in media/academia and we do our part by slinking away from every confrontation while we imagine some conversation with them.

The commie-libs hate us. They hate you. They will not hate you one bit more because stand up to them than if you stay silent. By fighting back you show the others around you they are not alone. Your example give the others hope and courage to fight back.

Never miss an opportunity to correct the commie-lib and give them no more than one polite correction before you turn up the heat. The goal is to make them shut up and to feel uncomfortable so they won't do this again. Being a conservative you're going to feel like you've turned into a barbarian just because you speak in public and risk being seen as a troublemaker. You are not a troublemaker you are an non-commissioned officer in America's home front militia during the culture war. Lead and encourage others to take action.

Go Get 'Em!

Posted by Scott M at July 5, 2011 7:25 PM

Here's some more verbal nitroglycerine for your shaggy pal:

"Bummer about that [Obama '08] shirt, dude."

"Why'd your mom make you wear your f*ckup shirt to the library?"

Posted by Mike Anderson at July 5, 2011 7:35 PM

...you're going to feel like you've turned into a barbarian...

You say that like it's a *bad* thing...

Posted by BillT at July 5, 2011 9:23 PM

By the way, the kids in that video are fuckin wonderful.

The ironic little head gesture, the devastating scorn of the adolescent, the uncontainable fury....all note-perfect.


Posted by Rob De Witt at July 5, 2011 11:55 PM

And not a single fuck was given by Gerard that day.

Posted by Jewel at July 6, 2011 12:06 AM

I think I know that guy at the library. In fact, I think he is my uncle who spent his formidable years in California. If you think he sounds crazy at your library, you should hear him in rural South Carolina where he has retired, Birkis in tow.

Posted by RedCarolina at July 6, 2011 5:13 AM

Good for you!

Posted by Mikey NTH at July 6, 2011 7:53 AM

That's one of those "diversity" guys I can do without.

He sounds uniformed and stupid. His vote screws Seattle, WA and the USA.

Posted by mare at July 6, 2011 9:43 AM

So delightful, I had to read it a second time.

Posted by Deborah at July 6, 2011 9:54 AM

The kids in the video are being satirical/sarcastic, right? They're certainly throwing out a lot of clues to that effect. Very funny.

Posted by Don Rodrigo at July 6, 2011 1:22 PM

At least you guys don't live in Indianapolis/Marion County. Libraries are on a "rotation close for the day" because a 50 MILLION DOLLAR OVERBUDGET construction project for the Downtown library. Morons on the board of directors and bad construction. The poor things didn't get their way either, no tax increase because of their bad math. GO FIGURE!

Posted by LibraryMom at July 6, 2011 1:29 PM

Great video! That needs to be spread far and wide.

BTW, I still wear Birkenstocks. It's a holdover from the before time, in the long, long ago.

Posted by rickl at July 6, 2011 5:09 PM

How those damn Republicans do it: Metro Library System, operated by Oklahoma County, Oklahoma, a red rectangle in a state bordering on infrared, is not only within its budget, it's running a surplus, which will be banked for the future. (This despite the ongoing construction of one new branch.)

Posted by CGHill at July 6, 2011 5:49 PM

Pure gold.

Yes, cut the defense budget to the bone. Then, open the library. Oh, and when you do open it, you'll have to burn all the books that tell the story of how America became what she is: the land of the free, and the home of the brave.

Better yet, rewrite the books. Tell how unjust we have been, and how guv'mint is going to right the wrongs of white male patriarchy ( or some such BS ).

Posted by Casey at July 6, 2011 9:20 PM

Time to start memorizing books.

Posted by Jewel at July 6, 2011 9:56 PM

A girl came by and rang the bell this afternoon.

Carrying a clipboard she want me to sign a petition against evil corn syrup and the other bad food that is making America's children fat.

She had asked the wrong guy. I explained to her that there was no such thing as bad food, only bad people. I also told her that I am not fat because I am stupid, but that she was stupid for asking the Fat Man to oppose fat people.

She left in tears. We can only hope, she goes home, has a good cry, and throws away the clipboard.

Posted by Fat Man at July 7, 2011 2:19 PM

I have one response whenever someone tries to convince me of the superiority of communism. "You know, my grandfather's Cambodian, he told me all I need to know about it."

Takes 'em about a minute to get it.

Posted by Blademonkey at July 11, 2011 8:42 PM

My hero!

Posted by Joan of Argghh! at July 7, 2014 3:59 AM

I wish I had the fortitude to have a conversation like this when I find myself listening to some libtard try to "educate me" I usually just lock down and wonder to myself how people can be so stupid. I'm in the healthcare industry--full of libtards. I've convinced myself it's for career survival that I just keep my mouth shut. Good on you, Gerard. Keep preaching. I'll keep voting.

Posted by Suz at July 7, 2014 5:06 AM

I mostly with you, but why do you think the taxpayers need to fund your reading habits?

Buy the book or do without.

Posted by Fred Z at July 7, 2014 6:49 AM

"he is my uncle who spent his formidable years in California"

I think you meant 'formative', as in 'the years that formed his personality, since 'formidable' means 'powerful' or 'dangerous'. Of course you could have meant 'back in the day when he was not a geezer'. :-)

Posted by pst314 at July 7, 2014 7:13 AM

That sh!t never gets old.

I've reduced progs to drooling infarction-inducing impotent rage on several occasions...All it takes is dissent - and the ability to back it up.

The truth will do.

Posted by monkeyfan at July 7, 2014 8:45 AM

""" At a safe distance, he turns around and flings one last epithet, "Republican!" Then he stomps off up the sidewalk.

I glance at my cell phone. "Hey, don't go away. It's only twenty minutes until the library opens."""

That's Christian, Capitalist, Conservative, Caucasian, Male, Birkenstock-Boy.

Dang, I wish I was there.

Sounds like you had some fun. :)

Posted by Cond0011 at July 7, 2014 9:04 AM

I wish I coulda seen that video. Sounds like it was pretty wonderful. It went 'private'.

Posted by Jewel at July 7, 2014 10:22 AM

I second that, Jewel. :D

Posted by Cond0011 at July 7, 2014 10:36 AM

"It went 'private'."

So is the fine courageous prog boy ashamed of his words? :-)

Posted by pst314 at July 7, 2014 11:00 AM

Hey Gerard! There's no better place on QA than its library to guarantee these encounters with bookish geezers. I had a run-in with a soccer dad from our daughter's team who was the leader of the progtard soccer mom pack. They travel in a pack and he's their leader. A stock broker in his late 60's who wears purple-framed glasses and the latest from Tommy Hilfiger. He's very hip and cool. He used to email me the latest synthetic outrage tripe from the Leftist hopper and for the sake of peace among the soccer parent brigade (I couldn't drink his cocoa on the sidelines and insult him at the same time), I just tagged it as spam and ignored it. Until one day when his tract jumped the idiocy shark and I unloaded on him with the facts. He sputtered like a two stroke boat motor in need of a new spark plug. Now he avoids me. I don't miss him at all. His glasses frames are now pink, I think.

Posted by AbigailAdams at July 7, 2014 11:30 AM

A few years ago I received one of those types of emails. Normally I too, ignore them. I hate getting into Internet arguments, but this one went too far beyond the bounds of ordinary stupidity.
After pacing the floor while yelling at the computer and running into the living room to rant at my wife, I responded and pointed out a few facts the writer missed (or ignored). Since the sender didn't send it BCC, I responded to everyone on the list.
One recipient accused me of saying things I never said, but I let it go. One asked to opt out of future responses. And while some of them still speak to me on occasion, it's less often and it's never about politics.

Posted by Harry at July 7, 2014 12:50 PM

I'm getting the message THIS VIDEO IS PRIVATE.
Can you get us another link, please?

Posted by Kauf Buch at July 7, 2014 1:38 PM

Sorry but I could not find a "public" version of the video so I had to swap it out.

Posted by vanderleun at July 7, 2014 4:53 PM

Wait! I was going to made espresso!

Posted by On the North River at July 7, 2014 4:59 PM

You are wasting your breath.

Posted by Glenn at July 7, 2014 5:01 PM

Should have just slapped him and said, "sounding like a dumbass is insulting."

Posted by gary at July 7, 2014 5:21 PM

"I mostly with you, but why do you think the taxpayers need to fund your reading habits? Buy the book or do without."

Let me guess: You're a Randite.

Posted by pst314 at July 7, 2014 6:54 PM

Liberals are everywhere up here--whole schools of them. It's fish in a barrel kind of stuff. Great place to visit--you can bag some some real lunkers, and there are no limits!

Posted by Estoy Listo at July 7, 2014 7:21 PM

What do you think it will take to wake these type of people the hell up ? It obviously isn't reality.

Thanks for all that you do.

Posted by grace at July 8, 2014 5:22 AM

The frightening thing is that he is hardly alone.

Posted by Terry Kirkpatrick at July 8, 2014 5:42 AM

Grace, only one thing will wake a leftist up. Reality, and for each of these idiots it must be the thing closest to their personal bones, the slash at the core that might finally light up their puny, underused minds.

For most of them, that reality bite will never come. But on the rare occasions that it does, it's a mental orgasm to see.

For 15 years I listened to a childhood friend parrot every inanity the radical feminists could hallucinate up. She was utterly immune to reason. Then her brother, who she quite rightly loved and admired, was the victim of a bitter soon-to-be-ex. My friend, her brother, and their entire extended family lost all rights to and contact with his children. He lost his home and his job, was dragged into court dozens of times, was accused of sexual abuse, had his friends walk away from him and his endless struggle.

In helpless fury my friend flailed about, desperately seeking some magic button that would bring justice while protecting her feminist fantasy. Something that would restore a good and loving father to his children while recognizing still that all men are monsters. And the more she tried, and the more her little nieces suffered from their mother's frenzied jihad, the more her feminist friends demanded that she "stop working for the patriarchy here."

Eventually the STBX went too far even for the pansy family court judge who'd been enabling her, and she was jailed for two weeks, enjoined from suing the brother again, and had to settle for shared custody. My former feminist friend is now a city council member of the Republican persuasion. Her brother has remarried, made a million in the patriarchal swamp that is technology, and essentially BOUGHT full custody of his daughters from their bitchy, greedy, manipulative mother.

If you are trying to get a leftist to see reason, setting up or praying for a similar Road to Damascus event is your best, only, and very forlorn hope. So just walk away and use your time to wash dishes or get drunk. Redeeming leftists from their own cluelessness is less likely than straining all the salt from the sea with a coffee filter. Adopt a puppy instead. They give unconditional love and are relentless realists, and thus perfect conservatives and patriots.

Posted by raincityjazz at July 8, 2014 11:44 PM

I love the notes on your little outings. Fresh air seems to agree with you.

Posted by DeAnn at July 9, 2014 5:17 AM

The Birkenstock dude is what passes for intelligence in Seattle. Seattle is a leftist cliche. I've had this same conversation a million times here with family friends and unknowns...

Posted by Dex Quire at July 9, 2014 12:16 PM