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April 25, 2014

Did You Miss Irony Week?

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I have to admit, I missed it. Apparently it was Irony Week in the Municipality from May 5-11.

Luckily we have Mayor Dan Sullivan on the job, raising Irony Week to new heights of… well, irony.

This winter, hundreds of people – municipal workers of all stripes, and supporters from the community, filed into the Assembly chambers to protest the erosion of collective bargaining rights, and threats to the livelihood of public workers in the form of the Mayor’s Ordinance 37.

They stood in line, they waited in seats, they filled the lobby. They went on their day off, their night off, their free time. They brought their children, and their spouses. They stood before their elected officials and spoke about why they do what they do, why they love it, and why it’s important to feel that the City they love has entered into a mutual relationship of respect and support with the people they employ. There were cops, firefighters, 911 dispatchers, pothole fillers, park custodians, clerks, and bus drivers.

And Mayor Sullivan sat as the very personal and sometimes emotional stories were revealed, his attention unwavering, eyes riveted in fascination – at his Blackberry, his manicure, a spot somewhere in the middle distance of the room.

Eventually, the Mayor and the Assembly had heard enough from those people, and public testimony was cut off. Chair Ernie Hall had allowed enough testimony, he said. After a certain point, they all start to sound the same, you know? All they had to do was smile and nod for 15 hours and then they wouldn’t have to deal with it any more. So, hundreds were left, standing in line, testimony prepared, and voices silenced.

But that was OK, because they could finally just vote like they knew they were going to vote since before the first person uttered the first word. The ordinance passed.

Even now, the Assembly is going through the process of figuring out how to prevent a situation like this from ever happening again. Listening to everyone who wants to speak? They made it through that once, but clearly the Assembly shouldn’t have to tolerate this endless stream of people, with issues, who want to talk.

The solution? Limit public testimony, of course. Tuesday night’s Assembly meeting will continue to try to figure out exactly how this is going to happen.

And meanwhile, back in City Hall, a document was prepared. It was a proclamation, on fancy proclamation paper with a sticker at the bottom of the seal of the great city of Anchorage. So, it must be true.

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After reading the damp-eyed homage to the glory and honor of public employees from the Municipality,  we took the liberty of  preparing a proclamation of our very own. You can picture us flanked by trumpets and banners, unfurling our scroll.

Ahem…

PROCLAMATION!

Whereas the Mayor and the Assembly have an obligation in the city code to listen to the testimony of the people, and

Whereas this has been done in the past, and

Whereas this is really kind of annoying and inconvenient for the Mayor, and

Whereas the citizens of Anchorage are too opinionated and mouthy and disagreeable, and

Whereas the Mayor and the bulk of the Assembly would rather be home early on Tuesday nights, and

Whereas they already have a predetermined agenda which will happen without said “input” from the public, and

Whereas they are asshats but do not wish to look like asshats, and

Whereas the mayor has given public employees the middle finger in the form of a fancy letter with lots of “Whereases” and “therefores,” saying things that run exactly counter to everything he’s done,

NOW, Therefore we, The Mudflats proclaims May 20-24 to be

Municipal Irony Week in Anchorage

And encourage all citizens to remove the wool from over their eyes, attend Tuesday’s Assembly meeting, and revel in the wonders of the naked hypocrisy of the current Mayor, his administration, and his Assembly tools.

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10 Responses to “Did You Miss Irony Week?”
  1. aussiebluesky says:

    Sadly, I can’t see you removing that pack of thieves any time soon. I didn’t believe Anchorage would vote for Dirty Dan the first time, because he’s one of the sleaziest individuals in town – but if he’s what Anchorage wants then you have a bigger problem than just City Hall.

  2. John says:

    I think you should have posted a picture of Miss Irony.

  3. Zyxomma says:

    Fire them. With votes.

  4. mike from iowa says:

    Old fashioned recipe for irony: just add years of insults to economic injuries,mix in a smidgen of politics and old time religion,dump all on the little people and let fester until heat is unbearable and profess ignorance. Then repeat.

  5. AKblue says:

    Well, of course he signed the document. It costs a lot less than a fair wage!

    • slipstream says:

      Yep. Take away their right to collective bargaining, but give them a real pretty certificate!

      That seems fair! I mean, it has a gold border and everything!

    • mike from iowa says:

      If city jobs are privatized,they will cost much more than union workers,but at least in rwnj minds the right people will get the money. The new workers will get paid less but administrative costs will skyrocket just to line asshat Sully’s friends pockets with taxpayer dough.

  6. Ivan says:

    Remember what Sully says:

    Kick a homeless person today,
    it will reinforce your sense superiority.

  7. AKMagpie says:

    Ah yes, resplendid in his Chapeau de Gluteus Maximus, now adorned with peacock feathers, the lord high mayor doth proclaim:

    To all ye of this public service realm, henceforth all uniforms shall be of wrinkle-free fabric so that no irony shall be needed. ;- )

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