On the way into the hearing this morning, we were behind a car that had a "My other car is a broom" license plate frame. I figured it wasn't a Wal-Mart supporter. And sure enough, out stepped the "Boob" Master and Professor "Lower Socio-economic Class". I guess the "Wiccans Against Wal-Mart" bumper sticker is still under production. Based on today's wacky weather, you can almost believe that.
HUGE supporter turnout today!! I am so proud of the people of this town. The bad thing is that many supporters came hoping to speak and didn't get a chance to because of how poorly the hearing was run. But still many diehards stuck around to the bitter end, just to show their support. I met so many people that I had only known as names before, and lots of other new supporters. PARD is dying, our numbers are growing all the time!
I never want to hear the words "PM Peak" again.
PARD's delay tactics almost worked, but the common people of Pullman rose up against them. Yes, the media wasn't there to cover it (they weren't there for PARD's comments either), but the Hearing Examiner heard it, and it's not the newspapers that make the decision. Plus, we may have averted another useless day of public hearing. Now we need to finish the job and demand that PARD drop their appeals and delays.
Stupid Quote #1: An old hippie chick was eavesdropping on my conversation during a break with two ladies about the benefits cited in the fiscal impact study. "All that money just goes to Arkansas!", the hippie chick said as she stormed out, which at least freed up a seat for one of the ladies.
Stupid Quote #2: The PARD attorney (who reminded me of Doogie Howser a bit), asked the economist who conducted the fiscal study on behalf of Wal-Mart, "Did you also study the impact on the Moscow Wal-Mart?" Do we really care about that?
Stupid Quote #3: From TV Rerun, of course. Apparently, being head of PARD has imbued him with certain megalomaniacal tendencies. He pontificated today that if he found that a fiscal impact study showed that Wal-Mart was beneficial for Pullman, then he would tell all the 9,000 or so people who signed the petition that it is okay for them to shop at Wal-Mart. Sheesh, who does he think he is, Moses?
Speaking of the fiscal impact study, it was worth sitting through all of the stupefyingly boring testimony today to see the look on the PARDners faces when that data came out. Here is the thing they have been whining for the past six months. When they finally heard the results, you would have thought they were four-year olds that been told the family dog had just been run over by a car. This reveals the whole economic impact study thing is just a canard. They were already starting to tear it apart before they had even seen it, just because it says something they don't agree with. The only study they want, just like any of the others, is one that agrees with their narrow viewpoint.
Then there was the "Ice Cream Dude" that testified at the end. I don't really know what more to say about him. At least he felt strongly enough about it to come out.
I know a whole bunch of people now I'd gladly go into battle with: Russ and April Coggins, Joshua Coke, Steve Garl, Ray Lindquist, Steve Syms, Jim Hawkes, Fred Miller, Don Pelton, Dan Dornes, Fritz Hughes, Susie Johnson, and a bunch of others I'm sure I missed.
Speaking of Joshua, can anyone say "Senator Coke??" He did fantastic tonight.
It starts up again next Thursday, the 26th, at 10 AM. I have no idea what the format will be: More testimony? Does PARD get to rebut the new evidence? But I'll be sure to let you know as soon as I hear anything.