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Anyone who works in customer service or retail can confirm that half of the American public is just plain fucking crazy.

Posted by Original Andrew | October 17, 2008 1:14 PM

@1 That's been my experience. When I worked that kind of job one summer in college a guy called me a "stupid fucking monkey" because I refused to give him a credit to his account he didn't deserve.

Posted by pragmatic | October 17, 2008 1:18 PM

Was angry tire sculpture guy a delusional plumber by any chance?

Posted by kinaidos | October 17, 2008 1:21 PM

i determined some years ago that if you scratch the surface of your average joe or josette (plumber, six pack, whatever) you'll discover a raving lunatic one out of three times. it's a rough average--results may vary on a given day.

Posted by ellarosa | October 17, 2008 1:24 PM

I think I might have a match.
Could it be the singing tires at the Shoreline Recycling Facility that he's referring to?

You can also skip straight to the YouTube, but BE CAREFUL NOT TO WORK YOURSELF UP INTO A FRENZIED RAGE!!

Posted by shoreline perhaps? | October 17, 2008 1:30 PM

Are you sure he wasn't talking about the recycled truck tires lining the entrance to the dump, er, um, transfer station in Shoreline? According to the website they "emit recorded natural and urban sounds" but mostly they just sound like flushing toilets.

Posted by heywhatsit | October 17, 2008 1:31 PM

Sorry, Eli! For some reason I was thinking that was a post by Dan.

Posted by whoops! | October 17, 2008 1:32 PM

@5 beat me to it and WINS!

Posted by heywhatsit | October 17, 2008 1:33 PM

The public art project was at a newly built waste station...maybe Shoreline? I think it was completed last year. It was four or so large tires (different color hubcaps) and the sounds of nature whistled through them so you could listen while you waited in line.

Wow....of all the issues we're facing, that's the one that was a tipping point for someone???

Posted by SP | October 17, 2008 1:34 PM

People like that make me want to punch babies. And I even *like* babies.

Posted by lily | October 17, 2008 1:36 PM

I can't see the frenzied rage, but that is indeed pretty irritating public "art". Why can't the dump just be the dump?

It doesn't make me want to vote for Rossi one iota, though.

Posted by Fnarf | October 17, 2008 1:38 PM

I turned on my radio just before that guy called in and said "I'm not a Democrat or a Republican, I'm an American" and I just burst out laughing.
I'm a Moderate, does that make me un-American? Maybe we should create an American Party and make it have really offensive positions on everything so people will stop and think before they blindly spurt out "I'm an American!".

Posted by Enigma | October 17, 2008 1:43 PM

the Republicans' appropriation of the American flag pretty much already has that effect...

Posted by -- | October 17, 2008 1:46 PM

The invitation of reporters from such downscale, vulgur publications as The Stranger attract a different kind of listener to KUOW. Eli thinks of himself as one of the liberal elite, but his presence alone tends to draw kooks, and liberal kooks in particular.

Posted by Effete snob | October 17, 2008 1:51 PM

A little off topic, but...

The Chicago Tribune endorsed Obama today. The Trib has never, ever endorsed a Democrat for president since the paper's founding in the mid 1800's.

It persuaded my mom, a Republican ever since voting for Goldwater, to go with Obama this time.

Posted by Joe M | October 17, 2008 2:00 PM

I always vote against incumbents unless there's some good reason not to.

Posted by Chris in Tampa | October 17, 2008 2:00 PM

Chris in Tampa...please stay there.

Regarding the comments in the voter contact effort, "undecided voters" and anyone who is voting for Obama and then for Rossi:

Let us remember that with folks voting in high numbers and doing so from home, that we are getting a much higher percentage of, well, just stupid voters. Here in our state with the Governors race so close millions will be spent trying to gain votes from these stupid voters.

I can accept that 35% or so of registered voters will support Dino Rossi even though he has no moral compass and had acted unethically as an elected official, as a candidate and in business. These folks will vote for Dino because some issues are so key to them that they would support a crook anyway.

Right now, another 12% to 13% of registered voters are supporting Rossi because they are unable to see through his sales pitch and blindly accept what Rossi and the BIAW put out there for them to lap up. These folks are hard to take since they are ignorant and lazy.

And anyone who has made an informed decision to vote for Obama and plans to vote for Dino is either a skitzoid nut or one of those stupid voters I mentioned above. time left to pull punches.

Posted by Particle Man | October 17, 2008 2:33 PM

I have met many people who want to throw out all incumbents because of:

a) schools. the low funding and bad management of seattle schools is apparently appalling (i dont have kids in school so i dont know first hand). My friends have to pay extra money for paper, pens, ink, etc for a public school in north seattle. I am not talk their kids supplies either. They are pissed, and rightfully so.

b) the sonics. People are pissed about it, and gregiore didnt do anything/enough to keep them here and people are mad as hell

c) I can't give them 1 thing that gregiore did that benefitted them. Sure, she stood up to the pharmacy's, but what else? i need good reasons and i haven't got them.

d) people who dont on party, i think, are awesome. they arent bound to someone because of a r or d. to get these people, you have to convince them that you are better and gregiore isnt making her case, and lord knows i cant figure out how either.

So Stranger, please give us talking points as to why she will BENEFIT parents and schools. I could sway some votes if I had some ideas....

Posted by Original Monique | October 17, 2008 3:24 PM

@18: The clear funding shortfall should be reason enough. A good portion of Rossi's 18 billion (2007 numbers, not YOE) transportation plan and I-985 will come from the general fund with I-985 being the most aggregious since it hurts areas outside of Seattle the most.

Another issue is that Gregoire is unwilling to give up ground on education funding. None. It's one reason she's not too keen on transportation funding since it has a way of sapping the General Fund unless it's done like Sound Transit.

It should be noted that while Seattle schools may be marginally underfunded in some cases, the city is indeed top of the heap in the state with none of its schools classified as "dropout factories" versus almost 2 dozen throughout the state.

Posted by AJ | October 17, 2008 3:37 PM

fnarf, you don't get art if you cant see the merits of that sculpture. If you need explanation you'll never get it.

Posted by Bellevue Ave | October 17, 2008 4:08 PM

I would love to see the theme for this project. Let's see, it probably went something like this: "Artwork should reflect the artist's creative input for recycling and bring attention to the Transfer Station as an important part of this process." OK... get some big fucking tires, paint the hubs and stick a speaker in them. Collect $$$$$. Is it any wonder that initiative 985 is going to pass?

Posted by crazycatguy | October 17, 2008 4:47 PM

I know, BA, I know. I sit here broken-hearted, in my underpants and novelty bow tie, doomed to watch Three's Company reruns and never understand a thing about art.

Posted by Fnarf | October 17, 2008 8:02 PM

I think the Dems for Dino vote is non-existent.

Some portion of independents will vote Obama and Rossi, soley on change.

But I recently had dinner with a well known Republican, who is voting Gregoire. He says that most of his friends are voting for McCain, but none of them are voting for Rossi. They are King County Republicans that think Dino is 1) an empty suit; 2) downright fringe like; 3) lacking in any real business experience; and 4) They would rather McKenna get it in 4 years.

So not all Republicans are with the new GOP

Posted by Jenny | October 17, 2008 11:58 PM

(by the same logic) Vote Mussolini--He Made The Trains Run On Time

Posted by Andy Niable | October 18, 2008 8:55 AM

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