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Wednesday, February 15, 2021

If you want a nice capsule look into the mentality of the chronically closed-minded, I offer up Hillsborough County Commissioner Ronda Storms and her telling comments toward St. Pete Times columnist Ernest Hooper:

“And that newspaper guy right there thinks there’s nothing wrong with them.”

I turned around and said, “Excuse me?”

She explained she was talking about nude bars. She said the fact that I had never written a column against strip clubs indicated I must be for them.

I don’t want Storms to be burdened with explaining to people how I feel about adult entertainment, so let me set the record straight.

Classy way for Hooper to deflect Storms’ idiotic statement — not to mention a great way to serve up material for his column. If it were me, I’d have directed Storms to pucker up her warped mouth and kiss my ass.

This is completely indicative of the if-not-for-us-then-against-us mindset that demagogues like Storms possess. For people like her, silence itself is incriminating. Flapping your mouth — regardless of whether or not you have anything substantial to say — is all that counts. It doesn’t occur to Storms that her sensationalist crusades aren’t imperative to everyone else.

As far as the idea of silence on a subject serving as endorsement, I’ve encountered that assumption in the blogging realm before. Admittedly, the rules are different for the news media: Reporters have a duty to write about current events, and don’t have the option of cherry-picking like bloggers do. Still, to extrapolate based on lack of commentary is nothing but faulty filling in of the blanks, and ultimately asinine.

- Costa Tsiokos, Wed 02/15/2006 01:11:23 PM
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  1. I also see that you haven’t spoken up on this issue you mons loving heathen. Weather has been great down here… Hope yours sucks. Come for a visit you know you miss it here.

    Comment by Rhonda Hunk Storms — 02/16/2006 @ 03:35:59 PM

  2. OK, to nail me down: A strip club on every corner. Make them so ubiquitous that the controversy dissolves. Besides, there’s already a strip joint on every corner in Tampa, right? That’s what everyone up here tells me ;)

    Warmed up to 50 degrees today; had to ditch my jacket!

    Comment by CT — 02/16/2006 @ 04:46:13 PM

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