Chris: I used the word "amateur," not "chump," which I thought was apt (and non-offensive) since I assumed none of the testers make a profession of eating 'cue. You don't happen to know where one would sign up for that gig, do you?
I just like to tease you guys. Someone's gotta do it, right? Don't take it too seriously.
You mean to tell me the Flyer couldn't find anything more worthy as a cover story than the opinions of some amateur barbecue eaters? Really?
Chris: brilliant riff on police promptness. I was robbed at gunpoint a few years ago in front of a store on Union Avenue that's no more than 200 yards from the (now-vandalized) front door of the West Precinct, and it took the cops nearly 15 minutes to get to the scene, by which time (duh!) the robber was long gone.
One man's cultural dead-end is another man's cultural identity. I don't like what passes for "fashion" in the 'hood, either, but that doesn't give me the right to pass judgment on it, especially from my lofty, upper-middle-class, white perch.
I don't like rap, hip-hop, grills, jheri curls, or, for that matter, mullets, tats or piercings either, but I'm not going to be presumptuous enough to impose my values on the folks who like any of those, or suggest those trappings are responsible for what ails the subcultures who believe otherwise.
Participants in debates, on any level, frequently have a say in who does the questioning, so I don't think WW is completely out of line for objecting to Chanel 3's choices (even if he may be out of line for challenging their fairness).
I think WW should have the right to choose one of the questioners, Steve should have the right to choose the other and each of them should have the right to approve each other's choice. I'd be curious to know who WW thinks would be "fair" to him. Jackson Baker, maybe, who's nothing if not fair, and maybe Alex Coleman, who treated WW with kid gloves during the early morning show interview he conducted a couple months ago might be two possibilities.
I can't help but think, though, that this is a ploy by WW, designed as a pretext to avoid subjecting himself to what he has to know will be some tough questioning, no matter who does it. This way, he can say "see, I was willing to debate, but..."
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