In 1961, the City, State and Fed cut big ass checks to rip the heart out the lower Hill District. In a political horror foretold by liberal economists since Adam Smith, the expenditure of government funds in the destruction of the Hill District kicked off 50 years of recriminations and guilt-inspired checks. Somewhere between 1961 and 2007, the failed logic of good intentions was perverted into the base logic of "That's a lotta money you got there. Gimme some of that."
In a shakedown that bests both Al Sharpton's audacity and Tom Wolfe's pen, the latter logic played out in naked absurdity. A hodge-podge mob of the entitled summoned local politicos to the Wesley Zion Mighty God Bank and Trust, where the 'Community' was seeking the next installment of payments for the wrongs done to the Hill. Only at the Darnnnews, the proposed terms:
- $10 Million in unmarked bills, for an undisclosed project by an undisclosed group with unknown goals and objectives.
- A yearly stipend of some large amount.
- A percentage of stadium revenues.
- All the city and county-owned land in the Hill free of charge, to the aforementioned undisclosed group.
Of course, the politicos are keen on paying for the sins of their fathers... even if they didn't know whom to make the check out to. Onorato was appropriately contrite when Ravenstahl was spotted wiping cum off his chin. I humbly request that the brazen leaders of the mob at least show a little more respect. At least JJ Gumberg and PNC make political contributions before a shakedown.