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Jan 28 2019

Nonsense on Stilts

The expression “nonsense on stilts” has taken concrete form in Petaluma, California. San Francisco artist Brian Goggin has been commissioned to place five bathtubs atop stilts up to 24 feet high on a riverside esplanade.

“They should use this money to fix potholes.” said Julie Black, a bartender who stopped to check out a mock-up of Mr. Goggin’s installation.

As with most wasteful government spending, there are some who approve:

Mary Jarvis, a 70-year-old retiree, wore a button that urged, “Let the Tubs Rise.” She said: “I like the whimsy of it. It makes me laugh.”

Taxpayers won’t be laughing if one of the bathtubs comes down on someone’s head, prompting a $zillion lawsuit. The installation itself costs $150,000.

A fake tub was raised for the dry run mockup…

The action was accompanied by a man beating a drum. Once the canvas tub was in place, the drummer, Ed Holmes, turned to the crowd and said: “If you want to ponder, ‘What the hell does this mean?’ do so at this time.”

We know what it means; it means public money is frivolously wasted by lunatics.

When Goggin addressed the crowd by bullhorn in an attempt to win over skeptics,

A young man in the back shouted, “Go back to San Francisco!”

Too late. Like Los Angeles, San Francisco is so full of moonbattery that it is sloshing over the sides to flood the rest of the state — and the rest of the country.

A GoFundMe page by opponents of the bathtubs has raised over $4,000. But you can’t fight city hall.

On a tip from Varla.

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