Friday, September 12, 2008

Another Serving of Humble Pie

Yesterday morning, I admitted I was wrong in failing to recognize Margaret Donnelly's strength as a candidate for Attorney General. I'm almost never mistaken on political matters, so it represented a kick to the self-esteem. The kick turned into a full-fledged stomping, though, at the Record Bar's weekly trivia contest last night.

I had no idea who the back-up quarterback for Tampa Bay is.

I forgot that Rosalind Shays fell to her death down an elevator shaft.

I was completely worthless in the "Director Cameos" category.

And, sadly, my team wasn't much better than I was. By midway through the first round, the other teams realized it was sound strategy to shift any reasonably challenging question to us, and garner the points when we failed to answer.

Despite the humiliating exposure of gaping holes in my intellectual data bank, I got to sit around with friends, drinking good beer (it was my first sighting of Bob's 47 this year!), and laughing a lot.

I never realized that the trivia world has its own circuit, but I ran into a friend there who says he plays several times a week at different bars.

Yet another thing I didn't know . . .

Despite the blows to my self-esteem, though, at least I get to feel a lot smarter than a dozen other Kansas Citians who voted yesterday for an unconstitutional ban on regularly giving advice to elected officials. That was really dumb.

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

Beth wouldn't do something dumb.

9/12/2008 7:17 AM  
Blogger DLC said...

I've gone to trivia plenty of times and still feel dumb with great regularity. Sometimes it just isn't your day.

9/12/2008 9:19 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Can you please explain how the ordinance is unconstitutional?

I'm hoping your being sarcastic and don't really believe that.

9/12/2008 9:32 AM  
Blogger A Librarian said...

Wish I would have known you were doing trivia night, I would have stopped by to cheer you on.

9/12/2008 9:56 AM  
Anonymous nuke said...

Mmm Bobs 47! I just came across this the other day for the first time. As I vaguely remembered a good review and was looking to find new beers to introduce a buddy to on his b-day I got a 6er. Pretty darn good.

Speaking of good beer, have you scheduled anything with 75th Street yet?

9/12/2008 12:20 PM  
Anonymous le mizerah said...

Humble pie is a dish best-served medium warm.

12-1 for the volunteer ordinance.

Not one person or group stood up for Funk.

Now, why would any mayor, any mayor, beg a city council to let his wife be at his side 8-5 every day at his office.

That's what you're fighting for Dan. And that is why your humble pie tastes soooooo Funky.

9/12/2008 8:33 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

This council needs a dose of Coyote wisdom!

9/12/2008 9:24 PM  
Anonymous mainstream said...


9/12/2008 9:46 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm starting to think that crow and humble pie aren't all that filling. No matter how much of it Dan and Funkee have to eat, there is always room for more.

9/13/2008 6:05 AM  
Anonymous Jayhoax said...

"a dozen other Kansas Citians who voted yesterday for an unconstitutional ban on regularly giving advice to elected officials."

Giving advice?

C'mon Dan, you can try to spin this any way you want, but "giving advice"?

"at least I get to feel a lot smarter"

I think instead of smarter, you meant to type smug....

9/13/2008 8:31 AM  
Blogger Dan said...

Anonymous 8:31 -

I can't blame you for your reaction - it really does seem beyond belief that the council would try to ban people from offering advice to elected officials. But, if you read the actual ordinance, they even specified that if you want to waste your time giving advice to this bunch, you'd better make sure you don't do it too often, or you'll be in violation of the law. "Volunteer means a person who, of his/her free will, provides services relating to the City, including consulting or advisory, in the offices of a City elected official without receiving monetary or material compensation." Anybody remember the days when the ability to communicate with our elected officials was a valued part of our citizenship, and protected by a Constitution?

9/13/2008 10:21 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

in the offices of a City elected official

You can give advice as much and as often as you want.


Come on Dan, we expect better spin from you.

Now how is this unconstitutional again? Maybe your law school was using a different case law from mine.

9/13/2008 11:21 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Maybe Dan's law school was based on Coyote wisdom?

Decide for yourself if that is good or bad.

9/13/2008 11:22 AM  
Blogger Dan said...

Where is advice given? What about written communications sent to a city councilperson, intended to be read in her office? Is that a reasonable "time place manner" restriction? And is it really appropriate to ban a concerned citizen from dropping by the council offices and offering his advice once a week? When did our council become so imperial?

And why, again, are we trying to act like this is not a targeted attack on the Mayor's office?

9/13/2008 11:49 AM  
Anonymous Jayhoax said...

I'm still waiting to hear how this whole thing is unconstitutional....

"When did our council become so imperial?"

When the Mayor had to bring his security blanket to work every day....

9/13/2008 1:05 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I am sure Judge Alito is going to have a lot of sympathy for the Funk.

9/13/2008 5:42 PM  
Blogger Phil Cardarella said...

Dan is right.

Like Gloria or not, it is a mistake for the Council to arrogate to itself control over the office of the Mayor. No place in the Charter can I find such an authority being given over the office of a separate elected official. Do they think they can legislate his choice of ties, too?

This City needs a strong mayor, not 12 weak ones. Bluntly, the Council has allowed The Star and a few members to work it up into anti-Funkhouser snit -- give a long-term contract to a Manager most of them wanted to get rid of -- and otherwise put the issue of the First Lady's political correctness (None of their business. The voters elected him) ahead of a myriad of more important issues.

If Gloria said something dumb, she made herself look foolish. The Council is making the City look that way.

9/15/2008 4:27 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Do they think they can legislate his choice of ties, too?

Its called checks and balances. We have a mayor, not a King. If you think the executive branch should be omnipotent, maybe you should move to someplace ruled by a dictator.

9/15/2008 6:11 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...


Are you saying Beth made a mistake?

9/15/2008 7:41 PM  
Anonymous mainstream said...

Phil, this is a volunteer ordinance that can and will withstand a challenge in court.

The Mayor, just as any other elected official (as well as any city employee in a position of authority) does not have the right to create any work environment he pleases.

The mayor can't do anything he wants regarding his staff, do you get that? Just like the CEO of Cerner can't create any workplace environment they would want - workplaces are subject to workplace protections because, guess what? People have abused their power in the past.

This is a workplace protection being put in place. And if, for the moment, it only affects one person who goes around the office asking her underlings

"betya'd like nine inches in ya!"

then I guess the law is doing what it should be doing - helping provide for a non-threatening, discrimination and harassment free workplace.

But Phil, if you want to defend an elected official's right to have their spouse supervise city employees, call her African-American underlings "mammy", and talk about sex in graphic terms on the 29th floor go ahead and argue the mayor's right to do that. To create that environment.

You'll have and Bill Drummond the ass-itcher standing right beside you.

But you'll never, ever be able successfully argue the mayor can do anything he wants with his staff.

9/15/2008 8:21 PM  
Anonymous mainstream said...

Lies, lies and lies.

Funk and squid maintain she is a volunteer. and now they're arguing she is anything but a volunteer.

Only one set of statements can be right.

Funk is on record, on braodcast radio, saying she said "mammy". and now in her court filing she says she didn't.

Only one statement can be right.

They're lying, plain and simple, and they're lying on the record.

This is very troubling behavior on the part of our Mayor.

9/16/2008 3:17 PM  
Anonymous mainstream said...

Humble pie, indeed.

Yael just posted something to the effect that Mark Funkhouser isn't being consistent in what he is saying.

The post is here:

Here's Mark's money quote in the 3/29/07 artucle in the star:

"Gloria will probably work in the mayor’s office as a volunteer. We won’t do any nepotism, thank you. I’m not paying Gloria."

There is another April 14th article to that affect. Actually, there are a ton of references to Gloria as a volunteer. Which will be highlighted when he sues the city once again.

Now Funk says that she is anything but a volunteer. That's downright dishonest.

And the amazing thing, is that Gloria could work at home very easly, and all of this could have been avoided.

9/16/2008 4:28 PM  
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