This evening, I found a web site in my hit counter that linked to this blog. As the URL was from PARD's domain (pullman-ard.org), I was naturally intrigued. I clicked on the link and discovered the prototype version of a new PARD web site. The site was taken offline shortly after I announced its existence. Ooops. The "double-secret prototype" wasn't so secret after all.
It contained all the same old tired neo-socialist drivel, unfortunately. For example, the main page titled "Welcome to PARD" stated: "Whether you are for or against the Wal-Mart coming to Pullman, please consider the goal of our organization..." Don't worry, T.V., we have considered the goal of your organization, and that is why so many Pullman citizens are foursquare against it.
The link to my blog was under "Related Pages" and was titled "Boob." The comment was not flattering, but I do appreciate the increased traffic the link has brought. Thanks guys! Although this is probably what people were expecting to see when they opened it. Click on the picture below to see the link as it appeared on the prototype "Welcome to PARD" page.
See, even though PARD says their purpose is "a more open process to bring in more input from Pullman citizens", they apparently only want input from people that agree with them. Anyone else, they ridicule and marginalize. For a bunch of PhDs, it's disappointing that they can't even come up with a witty pejorative.