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Old 05-10-2011, 02:43 PM   #1
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Talking Politician's Mother Makes Him Apologize for Calling Neil Gaiman 'Pencil-Necked Weasel

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A Minnesota legislator had a bit of a jocks-vs-goths meltdown this week when he declared best-selling comic book writer and novelist Neil Gaiman to be a "pencil-necked little weasel who stole $45,000" from the state in the form of a speaking fee (that the writer ultimately donated to charity). The remark came from House Majority Leader Matt Dean, who is trying to pass new legislation changing the way programs for culture and the arts are funded in Minnesota. The Republican apologized after he was admonished by his mother.
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Old 05-10-2011, 02:59 PM   #2
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Old 05-10-2011, 04:49 PM   #3
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"....The remark came from House Majority Leader Matt Dean, who is trying to pass new legislation changing the way programs for culture and the arts are funded in Minnesota....."



Like, let's have a book-burning, destroy all art after the Sistine Chapel, ban actresses wearing trousers in popular dramatics and radiophonic & televisual presentions,(or skirts above the ankle), & close all museums that refuse to allow a McDonalds in the foyer ?

Yeah - let's get practical about culture ...............

Allegedly.

P'raps........
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Old 05-10-2011, 10:54 PM   #5
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Old 05-11-2011, 07:36 AM   #6
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Old 05-11-2011, 10:23 AM   #7
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Old 05-11-2011, 10:58 AM   #8
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Old 05-11-2011, 11:37 AM   #10
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I hope his apology also covered the "who stole..." part.

I don't have any problem with them limiting the amount of money they want to pay a guest speaker. Every one and every business and committee should have a workable budget. But don't say someone 'stole' money when they quote a price for their work and are accepted at that price.

If they're too expensive, find someone else. Don't whine later about how someone "stole" from you when you're the one who agree to pay the price.

Seriously, Mom didn't train her kid very well at all.
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His apology was only retracting the "pencil necked weasel". He isn't backing off his criticism of the payment of $45,000 to Gaiman itself.
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I hope his apology also covered the "who stole..." part.

I don't have any problem with them limiting the amount of money they want to pay a guest speaker. Every one and every business and committee should have a workable budget. But don't say someone 'stole' money when they quote a price for their work and are accepted at that price.

If they're too expensive, find someone else. Don't whine later about how someone "stole" from you when you're the one who agree to pay the price.

Seriously, Mom didn't train her kid very well at all.
Meh moms can only go so far. Can't blame her much for how her 40-60+ year old son acts. By then they have a mind of their own and had enough time to work out any issues their parents made them have.
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Old 05-11-2011, 12:56 PM   #14
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His apology was only retracting the "pencil necked weasel". He isn't backing off his criticism of the payment of $45,000 to Gaiman itself.
Criticizing the payment itself it not at all unreasonable - I'd certainly be disappointed if my cash-strapped library spent enough to pay a librarian for a year on bringing in a speaker for 4 hours - even someone like Gaiman, whom I like.

But none of this is Gaiman's fault at all.
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Well, did Neil actually speak at the event? If he took the money but bailed, then I could see why there would be people upset enough to make remarks like that in public. If he took the money and fulfilled his part of the agreement, well, a deal's a deal. If they didn't want to spend that much on a speaker, someone should have raised objections before they wrote out the check.
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