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(Social Reader)   Chainsaw-wielding vigilante gardener, folk hero of the government shutdown, plans to start a militia of landscapers to be whatever Gotham needs them to be   (socialreader.com) divider line 36
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2013-11-14 01:42:44 PM  
Cough cough
 
2013-11-14 01:42:58 PM  
That headline made my brain hurt.
 
2013-11-14 01:44:30 PM  
I think I know this guy. Well, rather, met him once, when i was a kid.

My parents bought an owl from him. I think.

Something wooden and owl like. Maybe?
 
2013-11-14 01:46:45 PM  
That's a nice story, but that headline sucks!
 
2013-11-14 01:47:14 PM  
Anyway. Would it be feasible to go to a more volunteer-oriented approach to maintain monuments?

Seems there are people willing to do it, and it could save some money.
 
2013-11-14 01:48:56 PM  
"These buildings are our buildings," he said on Wednesday, gesturing around the Mall as assembled onlookers snapped his picture. "We are their stewards."

"But old people and sick kids can go f*ck themselves for all I care," added the grandstanding asshole.
 
2013-11-14 01:49:53 PM  

sendtodave: Anyway. Would it be feasible to go to a more volunteer-oriented approach to maintain monuments?

Seems there are people willing to do it, and it could save some money.


That's exactly what we need right now: less jobs.
 
2013-11-14 01:56:14 PM  
"I didn't set out to get this chain saw," said Cox, 45, accepting the saw on the steps not far from where Martin Luther King Jr. delivered his "I Have a Dream" speech. "But I'm flattered."

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2013-11-14 02:08:00 PM  

Wendy's Chili: sendtodave: Anyway. Would it be feasible to go to a more volunteer-oriented approach to maintain monuments?

Seems there are people willing to do it, and it could save some money.

That's exactly what we need right now: less jobs.


Oh, comon, you know that government "jobs" don't really count! That's like calling the time your dad paid you five bucks to clean your room "gainful employment!" You're still just sucking off the teat either way.

/I actually meant in that they'd be able to do something more productive than groundskeeper
 
2013-11-14 02:12:56 PM  
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2013-11-14 02:16:34 PM  
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2013-11-14 02:40:00 PM  
Sad how the same type of people that consider some guy who cuts the grass during the government shutdown a hero are the same people who demonize teachers as tax sucking leaches.
 
2013-11-14 02:40:00 PM  

sendtodave: I think I know this guy. Well, rather, met him once, when i was a kid.

My parents bought an owl from him. I think.

Something wooden and owl like. Maybe?



He's a pretty cool guy, he's friends with my aunts and uncles back in the the DC suburbs. I've had some conversations with him over a beer or two at cookouts and he's always got some interesting stories to tell.
 
2013-11-14 02:40:24 PM  
Stihl MS 660

WANT!
Love Stihl saws

/miss mine
//sniff
 
2013-11-14 02:45:18 PM  

sendtodave: I actually meant in that they'd be able to do something more productive than groundskeeper


We need to keep in mind that many of the people who do menial jobs in this country don't have the skills or qualifications to "do something more productive". Hell, in recent years, even the ones who do simply can't find those better jobs. More and more adults are working full-time and trying to support their families at Walmart and McDonald's. And people constantly shiat on them. People oppose raising the minimum wage because flipping burgers is "unskilled" labor, like time and money are only important to college grads. "They should better themselves," is a common refrain on Fark. What if they can't? What if they're just dumb farks who don't know how to do anything more complicated than piloting a riding mower? Do they deserve to live in squalor despite putting in their 40 hours or more? Should full-time workers be impoverished because they didn't do well in school? I say no. If a job needs doing, then the person who does it should be able to live off the wages it pays. It makes me sick when people look down on others for having less prestigious jobs.

Rant over.
 
2013-11-14 02:58:09 PM  

Wendy's Chili: "These buildings are our buildings," he said on Wednesday, gesturing around the Mall as assembled onlookers snapped his picture. "We are their stewards."

"But old people and sick kids can go f*ck themselves for all I care," added the grandstanding asshole.


Yep. Old people, sick children, cancer patients, poor people? Fark 'em.
Inconvenienced tourists? THIS IS AN OUTRAGE!
 
2013-11-14 02:58:27 PM  
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2013-11-14 03:05:20 PM  

Wendy's Chili: sendtodave: I actually meant in that they'd be able to do something more productive than groundskeeper

We need to keep in mind that many of the people who do menial jobs in this country don't have the skills or qualifications to "do something more productive". Hell, in recent years, even the ones who do simply can't find those better jobs. More and more adults are working full-time and trying to support their families at Walmart and McDonald's. And people constantly shiat on them. People oppose raising the minimum wage because flipping burgers is "unskilled" labor, like time and money are only important to college grads. "They should better themselves," is a common refrain on Fark. What if they can't? What if they're just dumb farks who don't know how to do anything more complicated than piloting a riding mower? Do they deserve to live in squalor despite putting in their 40 hours or more? Should full-time workers be impoverished because they didn't do well in school? I say no. If a job needs doing, then the person who does it should be able to live off the wages it pays. It makes me sick when people look down on others for having less prestigious jobs.

Rant over.


Hey, you remind me of me! When I'm drunk.

Are you drunk, too?
 
2013-11-14 03:36:06 PM  
Chris Cox, an artist with springy curls and an arsenal of power tools, gained folk-hero status during last month's government shutdown when, brandishing the South Carolina flag of his forefathers, he stormed the lawn of the closed-off Lincoln Memorial and single-handedly mowed it.

Oh, My GOD.... If I was a woman, I would be SO moist right now. You mean he MOWED a lawn? Wow.

"I didn't set out to get this chain saw," said Cox, 45, accepting the saw on the steps not far from where Martin Luther King Jr. delivered his "I Have a Dream" speech. "But I'm flattered."

I didn't think he could be more of a stud, now he admits that he didn't set out to get a chainsaw when mowing a lawn? Who'd a thunk it? This guy is the Joe The Plumber of 2013.

In case everyone's sarcasm detector is broken, I think this guy is a tool, the power tool company is a bunch of tools, TFA of TFA is a tool, and everyone who actually thinks that this guy is some kind of hero are tools...

Tools, I tell ya!
 
2013-11-14 03:39:30 PM  

Wendy's Chili: sendtodave: I actually meant in that they'd be able to do something more productive than groundskeeper

We need to keep in mind that many of the people who do menial jobs in this country don't have the skills or qualifications to "do something more productive". Hell, in recent years, even the ones who do simply can't find those better jobs. More and more adults are working full-time and trying to support their families at Walmart and McDonald's. And people constantly shiat on them. People oppose raising the minimum wage because flipping burgers is "unskilled" labor, like time and money are only important to college grads. "They should better themselves," is a common refrain on Fark. What if they can't? What if they're just dumb farks who don't know how to do anything more complicated than piloting a riding mower? Do they deserve to live in squalor despite putting in their 40 hours or more? Should full-time workers be impoverished because they didn't do well in school? I say no. If a job needs doing, then the person who does it should be able to live off the wages it pays. It makes me sick when people look down on others for having less prestigious jobs.

Rant over.


While I agree with the general sentiment, I do disagree that *every* job should pay like that. Some jobs - flipping burgers, for example - are (or should be) for youth (as in summer jobs/supplementary income), not adults. Presumably, their income is not life-critical.
 
2013-11-14 03:51:20 PM  

Exception Collection: Wendy's Chili: sendtodave: I actually meant in that they'd be able to do something more productive than groundskeeper

We need to keep in mind that many of the people who do menial jobs in this country don't have the skills or qualifications to "do something more productive". Hell, in recent years, even the ones who do simply can't find those better jobs. More and more adults are working full-time and trying to support their families at Walmart and McDonald's. And people constantly shiat on them. People oppose raising the minimum wage because flipping burgers is "unskilled" labor, like time and money are only important to college grads. "They should better themselves," is a common refrain on Fark. What if they can't? What if they're just dumb farks who don't know how to do anything more complicated than piloting a riding mower? Do they deserve to live in squalor despite putting in their 40 hours or more? Should full-time workers be impoverished because they didn't do well in school? I say no. If a job needs doing, then the person who does it should be able to live off the wages it pays. It makes me sick when people look down on others for having less prestigious jobs.

Rant over.

While I agree with the general sentiment, I do disagree that *every* job should pay like that. Some jobs - flipping burgers, for example - are (or should be) for youth (as in summer jobs/supplementary income), not adults. Presumably, their income is not life-critical.


Oh, so fast food workers (median age: 29) should live in poverty because you think they should. What a swell guy you are.
 
2013-11-14 04:00:37 PM  
Hero is a label awfully easy to achieve these days.
 
2013-11-14 04:14:21 PM  

LordJiro: Wendy's Chili: "These buildings are our buildings," he said on Wednesday, gesturing around the Mall as assembled onlookers snapped his picture. "We are their stewards."

"But old people and sick kids can go f*ck themselves for all I care," added the grandstanding asshole.

Yep. Old people, sick children, cancer patients, poor people? Fark 'em.
Inconvenienced tourists? THIS IS AN OUTRAGE!


Where did this guy once make this into right wing political statement or make this about health care? I get that it's FARK so you're going to be a snarky asshole but it seems really misplaced this time.

"for his new endeavor, the Memorial Militia. He wants "to continue to pay it forward."
The Memorial Militia will be a network of volunteers who take to the homes and yards of infirm veterans and perform random acts of lawn mowing, brush-clearing, tree-trimming and leaf-blowing."

Sounds like he's using this initial act of decency to help create something that helps old and the sick.

Or do you expect a chainsaw artist to personally provide them with medical care?
 
2013-11-14 04:23:21 PM  
Aw, Joe the Plumber ran out of fun, so they're looking for a new "everyman" hero...

The Memorial Militia will be a network of volunteers who take to the homes and yards of infirm veterans and perform random acts of lawn mowing, brush-clearing, tree-trimming and leaf-blowing. Some 1,800 people from around the country have contacted Cox via his Facebook page, expressing interest in participating.

OK, if he can pull that off, I'll gratefully retract my snark. Anyone willing to do community service, especially for those unable to do it themselves, gets a pass.
 
2013-11-14 04:34:50 PM  

EvilMonkeyBoy: LordJiro: Wendy's Chili: "These buildings are our buildings," he said on Wednesday, gesturing around the Mall as assembled onlookers snapped his picture. "We are their stewards."

"But old people and sick kids can go f*ck themselves for all I care," added the grandstanding asshole.

Yep. Old people, sick children, cancer patients, poor people? Fark 'em.
Inconvenienced tourists? THIS IS AN OUTRAGE!

Where did this guy once make this into right wing political statement or make this about health care? I get that it's FARK so you're going to be a snarky asshole but it seems really misplaced this time.

"for his new endeavor, the Memorial Militia. He wants "to continue to pay it forward."
The Memorial Militia will be a network of volunteers who take to the homes and yards of infirm veterans and perform random acts of lawn mowing, brush-clearing, tree-trimming and leaf-blowing."

Sounds like he's using this initial act of decency to help create something that helps old and the sick.

Or do you expect a chainsaw artist to personally provide them with medical care?


My point is more directed at the people cheering him as a "hero of the government shutdown.". The shutdown affected more than just the memorials; it set back cancer research and treatments, stopped payments that helped feed children in poverty, and otherwise harmed many people who had no choice BUT to depend on the government.

The memorials closing merely inconvenienced some tourists. Cleaning them up was a nice gesture, but nowhere near 'heroic'.
 
2013-11-14 04:50:18 PM  

LordJiro: EvilMonkeyBoy: LordJiro: Wendy's Chili: "These buildings are our buildings," he said on Wednesday, gesturing around the Mall as assembled onlookers snapped his picture. "We are their stewards."

"But old people and sick kids can go f*ck themselves for all I care," added the grandstanding asshole.

Yep. Old people, sick children, cancer patients, poor people? Fark 'em.
Inconvenienced tourists? THIS IS AN OUTRAGE!

Where did this guy once make this into right wing political statement or make this about health care? I get that it's FARK so you're going to be a snarky asshole but it seems really misplaced this time.

"for his new endeavor, the Memorial Militia. He wants "to continue to pay it forward."
The Memorial Militia will be a network of volunteers who take to the homes and yards of infirm veterans and perform random acts of lawn mowing, brush-clearing, tree-trimming and leaf-blowing."

Sounds like he's using this initial act of decency to help create something that helps old and the sick.

Or do you expect a chainsaw artist to personally provide them with medical care?

My point is more directed at the people cheering him as a "hero of the government shutdown.". The shutdown affected more than just the memorials; it set back cancer research and treatments, stopped payments that helped feed children in poverty, and otherwise harmed many people who had no choice BUT to depend on the government.

The memorials closing merely inconvenienced some tourists. Cleaning them up was a nice gesture, but nowhere near 'heroic'.


Alright, that's a fair point to make. I guess I should have responded to Wendy's Chili directly, since he was putting words and attitudes in the guys mouth that he's never once expressed. 

I'm also sure that Chris Cox views himself as someone who did something heroic, either. Just a good gesture towards the veterans that came to town to see the memorials.

If he is successful in turning it into what he says he likes to, a way to help veterans nationwide with personal property maintenance they are too old, sick, or destitute to do themselves, all the better.

But I'm with you that anyone trying to exploit his gesture can go fark themselves.
 
2013-11-14 05:17:02 PM  

sendtodave: Anyway. Would it be feasible to go to a more volunteer-oriented approach to maintain monuments?

Seems there are people willing to do it, and it could save some money.


You like interns, eh?
 
2013-11-14 05:39:24 PM  

minuslars: sendtodave: Anyway. Would it be feasible to go to a more volunteer-oriented approach to maintain monuments?

Seems there are people willing to do it, and it could save some money.

You like interns, eh?


You're thinking small.   Go Tom Sawyer mode (the whitewash fence scene) and make people pay to do it.

$100 to have your picture taken mowing the lawn in front of the Washington Monument.
 
2013-11-14 05:40:49 PM  

Vlad_the_Inaner: minuslars: sendtodave: Anyway. Would it be feasible to go to a more volunteer-oriented approach to maintain monuments?

Seems there are people willing to do it, and it could save some money.

You like interns, eh?

You're thinking small.   Go Tom Sawyer mode (the whitewash fence scene) and make people pay to do it.

$100 to have your picture taken mowing the lawn in front of the Washington Monument.


Nice.
 
2013-11-14 05:43:52 PM  

EvilMonkeyBoy: Or do you expect a chainsaw artist to personally provide them with medical care?


with a chainsaw

Mr. oldguy, I've come to take care of that knee pain you've been having *starts chainsaw*
 
2013-11-14 08:14:59 PM  
I don't know anything about this dude, but that is a nice saw.

/Stihl employee.
 
2013-11-14 09:47:47 PM  
The Memorial Militia will be a network of volunteers who take to the homes and yards of infirm veterans and perform random acts of lawn mowing, brush-clearing, tree-trimming and leaf-blowing. Some 1,800 people from around the country have contacted Cox via his Facebook page, expressing interest in participating.

THANK YOU!

That's a pretty awesome idea. I love it.
 
2013-11-14 10:49:59 PM  

EvilMonkeyBoy: Alright, that's a fair point to make. I guess I should have responded to Wendy's Chili directly, since he was putting words and attitudes in the guys mouth that he's never once expressed.


Gimme a break. This guy is a teabagging, Rand Pauling sonuva biatch if I've ever seen one. He's more likely to be a congressman next year than he is to be mowing lawns.
 
2013-11-15 12:25:21 AM  

dennysgod: Sad how the same type of people that consider some guy who cuts the grass during the government shutdown a hero are the same people who demonize teachers as tax sucking leaches.


This.
 
2013-11-15 02:10:48 AM  

Wendy's Chili: EvilMonkeyBoy: Alright, that's a fair point to make. I guess I should have responded to Wendy's Chili directly, since he was putting words and attitudes in the guys mouth that he's never once expressed.

Gimme a break. This guy is a teabagging, Rand Pauling sonuva biatch if I've ever seen one. He's more likely to be a congressman next year than he is to be mowing lawns.


I actually know the guy, he's really close with my aunts and uncles and he's the furthest thing you can get from political as you can get.

I'm as left wing liberal and proud of it as anyone I know and while his views are somewhat more conservative than mine, he's a pretty liberal guy, especially on social issues. I still like him.

Your cynicism is why I usuallyavoid the politics tab.
 
2013-11-15 04:02:39 AM  
Thank you for your service, brave landscaper-dude. I guess.
 
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