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  •  I didn't mention it in the diary, because I don't (2+ / 0-)
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    Paul Ferguson, PSzymeczek

    really know him, and I didn't want to "out" where he lives, and what he was doing at a City Council Meeting, but I have gradually become aware that stand-up comedian Doug Stanhope has been quite vocal about both subjects.  So, I feel like I can share a little more about the story of Tuesday night.

    Apparently, he has been "banned" from City Council meetings in the past, so he decided to come in cognito.  I don't think anyone had any doubt about his identity, but it was a special night, and in spite of his constant interjection, no one asked him to leave...though he did get a few requests to be quiet.

    He started before the meeting took place...a quote from his Facebook page: Bisbee! Show of force at city council tonight at 630 - churches are busing folk to protest gay marriage vote. Lets ruin their day!

    He and his (wife/girlfriend/partner) arrived in costume...she as someone that reminded me of The Church Lady from 70s SNL, and he as her nerdy husband. From his page:

    I was outside the window of the building for most of the meeting, but as the crowd thinned, I made it into the hallway, still outside the meeting room.  He was just inside the doorway, I was just outside.  

    As the more anti- speakers were making their points, he would make under-his-breath, disguised as a cough, comments throughout the proceedings.  He'd cough things like "Kha-bom-ination",  and "kher-vert", "kha-gobsmacked!", and once said "love it when your behavior hamstrings your own argument."  He was not subtle (but pretended to be!) And the Mayor would ask for quiet.

    He would reach up and scratch his head, and goof up his hairpiece, and once in a while she would reach over and grope his butt lasciviously...they were definitely the court jesters that made it all a bit more bearable.  At least for us...I doubt it made all the uptight people any less so.

    "We refuse to fight in a war started by men who refused to fight in a war." -freewayblogger

    by Bisbonian on Thu Apr 04, 2013 at 01:31:48 PM PDT

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