The title of his post today definitely caught my eye:
Environmentalists Trash Madison Rights-Of-Way With Signage.
“Et tu, environmentalists!” I lamented. “Oh, no -- how could they sink so low? Not the environmentalists! What have they done now? We sure as hell better make them stop -- damn hypocrites!” My blood pressure sure was rising.
Then I saw what he was writing about.
Now come environmentally friendly organizations like the Wisconsin Bicycle Federation with one of the most massive sign pollution efforts in Dane County history. The safety campaign is meritorious; its method questionable.The Ghost Bikes campaign? These signs aren't clutter. They're more like traffic signs people actually pay attention to. It all goes to show -- MCHS creeps up on its victim in stages:
1) Distort somewhat to even get the word “environmentalists” into the headline. Leave out that the “Ghost Bike” campaign is really about safety, not the environment.Fortunately, MCHS -- not to be confused with a former Madison high school that no longer exists -- is not a serious illness. More like a one-day flu. The prognosis for Soglin is excellent, and he can be expected to resume his usual high standards at Waxing America soon.
2) Add a paragraph hyping the headline to your estimable but not otherwise eye-catching post about signage clutter. Crank up the volume with “environmentally friendly organizations like the Wisconsin Bicycle Federation” and “one of the most massive sign pollution efforts in Dane County history.”
3) Retire to bed with your blog fever and your traffic stats.