I flip out about the downtown partnership forum on pan-handling I went to last night, and then calm down a bit.

I am beginning to think it's true what the rest of the world says about Americans. We've become a nation of inveterate cry-babies. The quickness with which people seem to be leaping to legislate away behaviour that offends or scares them is truly frightening. I may have more to say about this when I have more free time.


(Get it? PANdemic?)

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  • Ginger

    I got it! Good one. :)

  • t. rev

    I don’t think that’s what the rest of the world says about Americans.

  • Chris

    It is — I asked them.

  • aaron

    well, when I was out of the country I more often heard them call us “fat and loud”, but the cry-baby thing was kinda understood I think…

  • Louis

    Your comments offend and scare me. I’m reporting you to the local branch of HUAC or TIPS or whatever it’s called now.

  • Chris

    The best would be to report me to ICE — they have these awesome black t-shirts and they report to the department of homeland security.

  • Louis

    Dang, you can gets one of them black t-shirts? I’m gonna report myself.

  • Lindsey

    There’s a lot of handwringing about Memphis’ downtown PANdemic, too. Which, I guess, is an improvement over all the problems downtown had just a few years ago. There are a couple of good posts about downtowners growing thicker skin here, if you’re interested.

  • Chris

    Great post — thanks!