Friday, March 05, 2004
The Sky's Not Falling (We're Doomed)A sunny forecast on Social Security from Paul Krugman:
The annual report of the Social Security system's trustees reveals a system in pretty good financial shape. In fact, it would take only modest injections of money to maintain that system's current benefit levels for at least the next 75 years. Other reports, however, appear to portray a system in deep financial trouble. For example, a 2002 Treasury study, described on Tuesday in The New York Times, claims that Social Security and Medicare are $44 trillion in the red. What's the truth?The outlook's always grim if you're pessimistic about the effort. Seems to me that this whole question is not really about the perceived flatlining of Social Security or about how the market could do it so much better—though those are the talking points. Underscoring the debate, the bedrock question is whether or not by political function the government can override a contract with itself that involves this sort of multigenerational commitment. My assessment is sort of subsumed under category #2 of Brad DeLong's diagnosis of the argument, though it's presented as a reason for privitization:
And it's just bunk that the market can offer more stability than US Treasury bonds. And Halliburton/DynCorps have more or less proven that privatizing government functions (in this case, defense) can lead to cost inflation, favoritism, maybe outright cronyism—there's a thousand reasons not even related to economics why this is a bad idea, but as I try not to froth before lunch, I'll stop there.
If I'm still around by 2077 I better be getting my damned check.
posted by kriston at 9:00 AM........
Rising StarMichael Chabon, author of the charming The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay, is going places. He had a hand in Spiderman 2 (though, you know how these Hollywood gigs go) and was approached for the X-Men films. Comic-book nerd, yes; but in his novel in introduces a WWII-era Prague Jewish expat's story by way of the creation of a comic book, which sort of existed in a tiny print run way back when and has now been published by Dark Horse. (Fiction crossing history, it's what the kids cry out for.) The Escapist, featuring work by Howard Chaykin, Jim Starlin, and other luminaries, might be the first comic I know of that was more or less invented by a novel.
Check it out.
posted by kriston at 6:46 AM........
Thursday, March 04, 2004
The One That Got AwayHow concerned should we be that the Bush administration let Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, a ricin-armed and al-Qaeda connected terrorist, escape multiple times—on purpose?
In June 2002, U.S. officials say intelligence had revealed that Zarqawi and members of al-Qaida had set up a weapons lab at Kirma, in northern Iraq, producing deadly ricin and cyanide.I find that shocking. To give a pass to a bona fide aggressor like Zarqawi is unacceptable. The more I read about the justifications, strategies, and executions of the war in Iraq and its reconstruction the more I'm led to believe that the chances are better that the aftermath of Iraq will prove antithetical to the war on terror. I am still deeply convinced that we have far more fronts in that battle, and our commitment to a tertiary effort limited our ability to wage that war.
Had Bush attacked and nabbed Zarqawi before the (lip-service) diplomatic gestures were completed, I would have been deeply skeptical, and most liberals would have decried Bush as a tyrant. But Bush would have the backing of the Pentagon and eventually the assent of the people, who are still invested in the front against al-Qaeda.
UPDATE: I've been thinking about it, and I'm waffling on this report. I think that if President Bush had this job in his hands with someone telling him that there's a bad guy and X marks the spot, he'd take it. There were no doubt many communications shooting back and forth between the WH, State, Defense, and the Pentagon (though three chances is an awful lot.) I'm going to hold off on assigning him both jumpy foolhardiness and paralyzing indecision, but this is a question that should be pushed further. (Three chances is an awful lot.)
Makes you wonder who Tom Cole's taking about when he says a vote against Bush is a vote for the enemy.
posted by kriston at 11:51 PM........
Wednesday, March 03, 2004
iBook: RIPThe ol' Macintosh seems to have the consumption. I came home today to a frozen laptop and even ultimate Force Quit couldn't stir it. It's especially brutal to restart a paralyzed Mac—for the iBook you have to physically pull out its guts and put them back in. (The battery, anyway.) After the operation, not only was I greeted with that nasty harbinger of downtime, Sad Mac Face, but also a portent of forsaken data, Question Mark Folder. My pulse matched their alternating doomsaying: Sad Mac Face, Question Mark Folder, Sad Mac Face, etc. And as that pendulum swings this weblog will probably suffer.
Godspeed, iBook—I hope those shamans in California or wherever I'm sending you can revive you and send you back to me!
Lord knows I paid enough in insurance.
posted by kriston at 8:58 PM........
Cheney Makes a PointHere I think he's onto something:
Bush administration officials counter that yesterday's attacks are a byproduct of U.S. progress. "What it is more than anything else is major desperation on their part, as we get closer and closer to standing up a new government in Iraq," Cheney told MSNBC yesterday. He also pointed to a "fairly significant decline in American casualties in the last couple of months."He's right: Insurgents, if that's what we're still calling them, have mobilized their attacks toward Iraqi institutions, particularly the fledgling police force. I don't think that the Bush administration's wilfull portrayal of attacks in Iraq as a positive for the US is going to play well with voters. Where we may be ambivalent about our obligation to Haiti—I haven't seen a public outcry for or against intervention there—everything that happens next in Iraq will be seen as our responsibility. It is our responsibility. With Iraq far from stability and the US transition of authority imminent, I think that our departure and the random elements it looses will be seen as more of a political liability than if we had stayed the course.
I do wonder, though, if the decline in American casualties comes partly from better security or better anticipation of violence or if the entire insurgency decided to suddenly change the nature of their targets. If the former is true then it's a real shame we're transferring authority when, by hook or by crook, we have begun to get a handle on violence against American troops.
Surprising no one, the damning headline article is by Dana Milbank.
posted by kriston at 8:33 AM........
Dick Cheney Blinded Me with ScienceThis'll put the curves in your pringle-shaped universe. Dick Cheney:
If the Democratic policies had been pursued over the last two or three years, the kind of tax increases that both Kerry and Edwards have talked about, we would not have had the kind of job growth that we've had.Josh Marshall clarifies:
First of all Cheney seems to be caught in some sort of weird mental causality loop since what Kerry and Edwards support is a repeal of the 2001 Bush tax cuts (or most of them). So if their policies had been pursued over the last three years that means that the cuts simply never would have happpened at all, not that there would have been big tax increases.If Cheney clicks his ruby-red slippers together and believes... there's no place like home, there's no place like home, there's no place like home....
I'm afraid I've given up on thoughtful critique of our veep.
posted by kriston at 8:15 AM........
Middle Georgia: Also Filled with OrcsGeorgia voters have spoken—they'll be keeping the Confederate flags in the attic:
With 86 percent of the state's precincts reporting, voters were favoring the 2003 flag, 75 percent to 25 percent.You have to wonder how this initiative made it to the ballot in the first place if it was so unpopular, but vocal minorities have a way of making their issues known. And I don't know anything about it but "Middle Georgia" sounds like a shithole of shitholes.
Regardless, this is a good thing. I think there are still plenty of good years left in Georgia's current flag.
Though the ol' Yosemite Sam flag could always make a comeback....
posted by kriston at 8:02 AM........
Playing with Numbers?I don't need to tell you that Josh Marshall is a smart guy—but what's he getting at with this post on today's devastation in Iraq?
Iraq has a population of just under 25 million. The United States is home to a tad over 290 million. In other words, there are well over ten times as many Americans as Iraqis.Isn't that odd? I mean, I kind of appreciate what he's trying to get at, but the impact of terrorism doesn't scale that way. The tiny island nation of Grenada has a population of under 100K, so by Josh's gradient, if 14 people stub their toes, it's a 9/11 to them. Furthermore, suicide terrorism doesn't scale either: Were those attacks done in similarly dense cities in America, the casualty rate would be similar. And the number of victims are less terrifying, frankly, than the dramatic nature of coordinated suicide attacks.
I probably sound clinical, but I don't think you need to resort to questionable proportions to illustrate the gravity of these attacks. And really, it's a bit clinical and cynical of Marshall to assume that the numbers need to be in the thousands to register on our radar. At first I thought he might try to bring home the fact that these attacks were scheduled for Ashura (what if it were here on Easter?) or that they were coordinated in multiple cities (obvious enough), but somewhere he derailed.
No doubt, he'll get right back on.
posted by kriston at 12:31 AM........
Tuesday, March 02, 2004
If p is Such That I Start Snoring....I typically steer clear of the pointy-headed territory through which Brian Weatherson is slogging over at Crooked Timber. In a discussion on approaching expertise as outsiders, Weatherson cautions the argument by invoking Kripke's paradox:
Assume p is something I know. So any evidence against p is evidence for something false. Evidence for something false is misleading evidence. It?s bad to attend to misleading evidence. So I shouldn?t attend to evidence against p. So more generally I should ignore evidence that tells against things I know.Here I thought I was on decent ground, since Kripke's Wittgenstein on Rules and Private Language was one of the three or four books I read in college, but I'm not even passingly familiar with that particular 'dox. Still, I have vague memories of the problems of pomo specialization blah blah snore, so maybe it is Kripke's material and I missed it somewhere.
Anyway, if you subscribe to Kripke's thinking, then you don't have to read, for example, Dr. Michael Behe's "irreducible complexity" defense of intelligent design education. Or, say, the more quotable Dr. Paul Cameron:
"Untrammeled homosexuality can take over and destroy a social system," says Cameron. "If you isolate sexuality as something solely for one's own personal amusement, and all you want is the most satisfying orgasm you can get- and that is what homosexuality seems to be-then homosexuality seems too powerful to resist. The evidence is that men do a better job on men and women on women, if all you are looking for is orgasm." So powerful is the allure of gays, Cameron believes, that if society approves that gay people, more and more heterosexuals will be inexorably drawn into homosexuality. "I'm convinced that lesbians are particularly good seducers," says Cameron. "People in homosexuality are incredibly evangelical," he adds, sounding evangelical himself. "It's pure sexuality. It's almost like pure heroin. It's such a rush. They are committed in almost a religious way. And they'll take enormous risks, do anything." He says that for married men and women, gay sex would be irresistible. "Martial sex tends toward the boring end," he points out. "Generally, it doesn't deliver the kind of sheer sexual pleasure that homosexual sex does" So, Cameron believes, within a few generations homosexuality would be come the dominant form of sexual behavior.And perhaps if you're cut from a different political cloth than I am, you can put down, let's see, Paul Krugman. Done and done—we're not reading the experts with whom we intuitively disagree, and in general we're staying away from topics in which we don't have doctoral experience.
There's another way of looking at what Weatherson's discussing—a better way—and that's through acknowledging authority and expertise without prescribing incuriosity. After all expertise is a shifty concept. Karl Popper made a clear but unintuitive contribution to the philosophy of science with his observations on "falsifiability," which goes something along the lines of stating that every test to confirm a theory is an attempt to falsify it, so a theory is only valid if it is potentially falsifiable. Two of the three people I mentioned above as examples are 1) assholes, and 2) putting forth theories that are not falsifiable. (And that's certainly the least of reasons why these two ventures fail.) I'm certainly no expert in evo-biology or, uh, bigotry; but without much more expertise than "$1.50 in late charges at the public library," anyone should be able to tell you how these arguments are specious.
Note also that there's a substantial political/power component to expertise, and you know this already if you agree that both of those guys are 1) assholes and 2) not up to your preferred intellectual/expert par. They're both experts in many people's hearts, yet they're dead wrong. I think there's a social obligation (a need, anyway) to cast our skeptical nets beyond our expert arenas, even if it means acknowledging that you may not be able to go toe-to-toe on the nitty-gritty stats stuff in some particular field. Someone in Crooked Timber's comments section quoted Voltaire: The perfect is the enemy of the good. It's paralyzing to debate to insist on identical contexts from all parties involved.
One more point: There is a class of thinkers that pledge to Kripke's paradox paradoxically, and those are exemplified by the critics of the theory of evolution in education. No one is more dedicated than ID advocates to blinding themselves to all data that contradicts their intuitive beliefs, all the while rabidly criticizing the theory of evolution for perceived holes without a hint of actual data to support their own "theory." (Runner-up in this category is the Bush Administration.)
A modem will suffice in lieu of a library card.
posted by kriston at 11:10 PM........
Orrin's Got a GunBut not gun legislation: Just after Senate Republicans abandoned the proviso that would have repealed DC's gun ownership laws, the same decided to scrap the immunity bill entirely after Senate Democrats successfully appended measures extending the assault-weapons ban and the gun-show measures.
A little more on that DC effort: One of the problems with measuring any effects of gun legislation on DC is Virginia, which has lax gun-control laws and more or less bleeds into the District and surrounding Maryland. Nearby Baltimore has strict measures like DC—and gun crime, shipped in from the lowest-common denominator neighbor. Still, the Old Dominion's gun legislation suits most of the (rural) state—just not the NoVA part the borders DC. (In a twist that's enough to resurrect the state of irony, wealthy NoVA isn't touched by gun crime at all.)
Reminds me of a story I heard about Boston's smoking ban when it went into effect: The entire city's bars fought against it, but only Cambridge (I think) was successful in staving off the ban—at which point all the other bars insisted on the primacy of the rule over all of Boston. During that period those Cambridge bars were more packed then ever. Bans tend to be all or nothing issues.
More bad legislation shot down; what happened to the Republicans owning the legislative branch?
posted by kriston at 8:19 PM........
Flawless VictoryJohn Edwards cedes the challenge in the field of Primary Kombat. An honorary contender! Now, John Kerry, you will move on to face the mysterio "W" in the Ultimate General Field of Honor! Ultimate generaaaaaaaal! Look out Kerry—it is your challenger to meet! Are you prepared??
Press Start to CHALLENGE!
posted by kriston at 7:32 PM........
Where the Governor's TrueJack Shafer with the early exit-poll numbers from a less-than-Super Tuesday: Kerry's leading in every contesting state but Vermont—and everyone thought Dean's last stand would be online.
Ryan Lizza has the wrap-up on the Kerry/Edwards contest, and he says that Edwards's steely candidacy tempered John Kerry. Lizza's right. Kerry is going to walk away from the primary season tested, unscathed, and supported by one of the several strong VP candidates out there. Lizza's last graf might be cause for some concern:
Some Kerry aides argue that Edwards's persistence in staying in the race has ticked off Kerry and harmed the North Carolina senator's chances of becoming vice president. But Kerry should be thanking Edwards, not punishing him. The main rap against Kerry since Iowa has been that he is simply the default beneficiary of the Dean implosion, a candidate who remains untested. By trying and failing to topple Kerry, Edwards may have put that argument to rest.I haven't heard the calls for Edwards to drop out, and I doubt that with such strong positioning Kerry has any good reasons for being ticked. By hook or by crook I think that the overwhelming antipathy for President Bush has coalesced into the sort of candidate that the Democrats wanted to see: Defense-minded, experienced, and un-novel in every fashion. Kerry's victory signs great Democratic confidence in Bush's negatives.
Kerry may be a Massachusetts liberal but he's certainly the most boring one you'll find there.
posted by kriston at 6:20 PM........
Fort SumterHow do you not conclude from today's bloodletting in Iraq that the nation is on the path toward civil war? With 143 dead at Shiite locations on the first observance of Ashura in decades—it was banned under Saddam Hussein—I think we're seeing a transition in attacks in premonition of the transfer of power. The feeble institutions we're promoting are the new targets—how will they last when the US aegis is lifted?
It's just a dreadful state. I don't see how Iraq will be a more peaceful place post-Saddam.
Stopping there for fear of repeating myself.
posted by kriston at 1:27 PM........
Guns Don't Kill People, Linguistics DoEveryone's talking about guns today: Marc sounds off on immunity for gun manufacturers/dealers, and I think he nails why immunity is a bad idea. Sue and Not U and Matthew Yglesias [doesn't that sound like an X-Man squaring off against a little Mexican kid? -ed] are on opposite sides of today's WaPo editorial decrying the congressional efforts to overturn DC's gun bans. It's frustrating that anyone with an (R-Utah) after his name should be spearheading this effort. Orrin Hatch says he wants to try vigilantism in the District—who is to oppose him? Only those Dems who can get a leg up at home by refusing any lax gun initiatives. It is an unsatisfying feature of the District's lack of representation: The likelihood of the passage of a District measure is based on national preferences as represented through Congress. Any other place in the nation would be outraged at this prospect.
All of which... doesn't bring us to the Second Amendment, but that's the next stop. Generally I think the gun debate would probably dissipate if it were not touched at the national level at all; this is one issue in which the federalist approach is the best choice, because gun use is to an extent predicated by regional values, geography, and demographics and is best left to local regulation. (Local, not Utah-an.) Unfortunately, there's that small little Second Amendment that keeps shuttling it up to the top. As TCB noted in comments at Yglesias, what's in an Amendment?
Grammatically speaking, the Second Amendment is a textbook example of a Nominative Absolute, one of the most difficult syntactic features of the English language. Absent any adverbial sign-posts, N.A.'s can be read circumstantially in any of the following four ways:The original is "A well-regulated militia, being necessary..." for those of you who left your NRA license/pocket Constitution back at the range. However you want to interpret your rights, I don't see that equipping DC residents with firearms is going to get the job done. None of the crimes that make us the homicide capital will be prevented by the gun in the nightstand/bullets in the closet; though I see the logic of weaponizing your home against intrusion, fetishistic and fantasy-based as it is, that's not what's happening here. Decriminalizing gun ownership will only remove the barriers that prevent knife- and brick-carrying criminals from arming, which sounds enough like endorsing a "well-regulated militia" from the streets.
Orrin Hatch—reason #54 for District congressional representation.
posted by kriston at 11:22 AM........
Monday, March 01, 2004
Haiti: Clearly, a Constitutional CrisisPresident Bush today:
President Aristide resigned. He has left his country. The Constitution of Haiti is working. There is an interim President, as per the Constitution, in place.Anyone else twitch at that part about the Constitution working, you know, what with a violent revolution in the air? That's a quite generous interpretation of events. And one that would appear to no longer apply, according to Atrios:
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The United States scrambled on Monday to create a "council of elders" to run Haiti, organize early elections and disarm rebels after Washington pressured President Jean-Bertrand Aristide to quit in the face of a deadly revolt, a U.S. official said.There's more:
Multiple sources that just spoke with Haitian President Jean-Bertrand Aristide told Democracy Now! that Aristide says he was "kidnapped" and taken by force to the Central African Republic. Congressmember Maxine Waters said she received a call from Aristide at 9am EST. "He's surrounded by military. It's like he is in jail, he said. He says he was kidnapped," said Waters. She said he had been threatened by what he called US diplomats. According to Waters, the diplomats reportedly told the Haitian president that if he did not leave Haiti, paramilitary leader Guy Philippe would storm the palace and Aristide would be killed. According to Waters, Aristide was told by the US that they were withdrawing Aristide's US security.Jesus, can I not get a bloody coup on my evening television? Do we always have to interfere in that process?
Seriously, though, Maxine Waters has a great deal of credibility that I doubt she'd want to risk on a questionable call, unlike, say, some guy who calls himself "Grammar.police" online. I mean, I can't even tell you what that's supposed to mean. But I have little reason to doubt Maxine Waters—so what's going on? I forgive President Bush for not being a foremost expert on democratizing third-world nations—though wouldn't it be nice?—and I'll even give him the tentative pass right now. I assume that what they're doing is in efforts to forestall a wetworks operation—that's worth it—and, well, it's Haiti, and no one outside of Haiti has thought about them in decades. Sorry, Haiti. We're in the game now, and if he's prudent, Bush will have a plan forthcoming—yet I'm discouraged by the fact that from step one there's already an apparent disconnect between what Bush says is happening and Bush is actually pursuing. I think that's just the way they do business.
Lots of Dems out there criticizing Bush's Haiti moves now... but ultimately, stopping violent overthrows is worth whatever quickly devised plans are necessary to stop them.
posted by kriston at 1:50 PM........
Cosmic FetishCould this guy's space erection be more engorged? Apparently they'll be announcing something huge about the Mars findings next week (bigger than hematite?! I don't believe it for one second) and probably humanity will be shaken to its core, a Martian Testament will be uncovered thereabouts, Total Recall will be refiled under "documentaries," etc.
Since Viking there's been speculation that Mars not only was once wet but is still, splotched with cherry slush that behaves a bit differently than our water. That's the slippery slope to life and space-nerds have a hard-on for Mars expeditions becase there's the assumption that if life is possible anywhere on Mars, the planet is probably teeming with it. We'll see. Link via the Poor Man.
A big announcement might add an attractive dimension to Bush's Mars initiative, which I think will be chalked up as a diversionary tactic/poison pill if NASA doesn't come up with something big.
posted by kriston at 12:35 PM........
Down, Down, Down, and the Flames Get HigherThis is old news but I had no time to mention it on the first pass: The Council of Economic Advisers suggested in their Economic Report to the President that fast-food jobs could be reclassified as manufacturing. Put simply, manufacturing is a key indicator for the health of the economy, and while "traditional" manufacturing has the flu, the fast-food industry is a rapidly growing sector. Americans are ginormous; they must consume many Atkins meals each day to fuel their drives to their desks, where they sit. From those desks they will not notice when President Bush and the CEA Chairman N. Gregory Mankiw move the goal posts.
That, I gather, is the logic, and it wasn't lost on Rep. John Dingell (D-MI) who shot back with this firing line. Nope—out of work auto-manufacturers aren't going to be pleased to hear that they have bright futures as poultry transportation engineers, but sketchier to me is that these prominent economists will go out of their way to suck off President Bush's reelection campaign. It's not an easy trick to reclassify a subindustry: for example, were this shuffle to take place, when tax initiatives or regulatory policies aimed at manufacturing come down the line they would also affect fast-food. Because they're apples and oranges in the first place is why they're treated as apples and oranges.
I think Mankiw took too much flak from Dems after he said that outsourcing could be positive for the economy, but I don't see the purpose of this shell game except insofar as it inflates Bush's numbers. But, whatever—it won't make the economy better. This and that awful job prediction ploy: down, down, down.
It's sort of hard to argue that McDonald's burgers aren't industrial product.
posted by kriston at 10:29 AM........
Fear Douglas GordonSaturday night I went to the Hirshhorn Museum for the opening of Douglas Gordon's arrival to North America. In honor of Gordon's 24-Hour Psycho (1993)—which is a projection of the film Psycho slowed down so that it plays entirely in (yep) 24 hours—the Hirshhorn held an all-night party. "Party" might be a strong word for it, since no alcohol was involved and thus plenty of early-high-school students were; more like a "lock-in." Still, bands played, and it was loud and festive inside a museum which was all sorts of improper, and Douglas Gordon was scaring people, and I'm pretty sure people were getting it on in the lights-off portions of the exhibit. Museums Gone Wild.
At one point there's a room in which Gordon's set up two screens that cover opposing walls, and both are playing a clip from Taxi Driver, which diverts your attention from the tricky mirror-play happening at both the entrance and the exit to the room. I watched this poor little Asian girl struggle for a good 10 seconds trying to get around herself as she attempted to walk through the mirror. It was seriously hilarious—she looked like some dumb, frantic insect. This is what art can do for you.
You may not be able to tell, but that's a ton of tape scrunching up his face.
posted by kriston at 9:50 AM........
Inverted Civil Disobedience IIIAgain with the gay marriage... courtesy of Atrios, Rosie O'Donnell brings up a less-discussed component of the specific marriage rights that are being discriminatorily applied: She believes that she was specifically denied the spousal immunity privilege and the privilege for marital communications (they're distinct) in her recent, multi-million dollar trial against Gruner & Jahr, whose attorneys compelled private letters and other evidence from Rosie's longtime partner, Kelli Carpenter.
Now, I won't vouch for Rosie—Lord knows I hope this is the last reason I'm given to write about her—but if what she says is true, or taken hypothetically, it's a clear-cut example of how that sacred institution of heteros is a set of rights, and to not grant it to all couples is discriminatory. Maybe some of you—Newsom's critics, I'm looking in your direction—glanced at this and thought momentarily that this case could've made great grounds for civil disobedience. Perhaps O'Donnell/Carpenter could refuse to produce the required documents or what-have-you, claiming hunny-confidentiality. The thing is, they weren't married, as the judge, the prosecution, the defense, and they themselves could see—you can't substantiate the claim. Who knows if they even wanted to before now?
The lack of a plausible sphere for relevant private-actor civil disobedience is abundantly clear, and Mayor Newsom's full faith argument makes up for the squirmy feeling we all get from having a civic officer disobey the law. In San Francisco that law was a house of cards and Newsom was the first bare wind to pass by.
No more Rosie, that I promise.
posted by kriston at 9:23 AM........
Pardon Our ProgressSo my all-night conga line-forming neighbor has been served notice of eviction—the party's over when you don't pay rent. Sorry boys! The buffet is closed! I have a feeling that his many 'friends' are going to be showing up at our door for a long time. 'S okay, they can mingle with the frantic at the end of the block screaming for Joe.
Something I didn't know about evicition: My landlord explained to me that had my neighbor been gone by the time they came by with the papers, they would've just changed his locks and tossed his stuff DJ Jazzy Jeff-style into the street. The place is called abandoned and that's that. But since he was home, acting like he couldn't hear the landlords/police banging on his door, he's now responsible for the entire contract. My landlords told me that they called ahead of time (from a number he wouldn't recognize) to try to tip him off so they wouldn't have to go through the rigamarole. He just gets to take off, they get him out of their hair, but he didn't play ball so now they'll go through the court stuff. Hell of a way to run a railroad, eh?
Ah, dear L_____, you fucking freak, I won't miss you at all. Anyone interested in half of a handsome duplex just beyond the edge of the wave of gentrification?
You can't be a worse neighbor....
posted by kriston at 9:09 AM........