Tuesday, August 12, 2008

Fall of the House of Urine

A reader pointed me to this in last week's Westword:
When [city council member Doug] Linkhart was asked about the source of his information [about the Piss House] at the August 4 city council meeting, he said, "I was just quoting a firefighter. I trust him. Don't we all trust firefighters?"

Well, Westword tracked down Linkhart's source, a fire department union official who was more than a little embarrassed by how far the urine-house story has gone. He says it was mentioned to Linkhart in casual conversation, but he never intended it to be taken as cold, hard fact. The union rep says the whole thing came about in May, when he and other firefighters were hanging out at a Park Hill station after a meeting.

"This car pulls up, and there's some kids in there who needed directions to the highway to get back to Boulder," he says. The three individuals looked "hippyish," like possible activists. One said that they had been at a DNC protest meeting nearby and had been asked to urinate in a bucket that would be used against police. The statement was so casual that "we didn't think anything about it at the time," the union rep says. "We didn't get the license plate or anything, and we never asked where the house was."
Didn't think anything about it? Bizarre. Oh well, the council would still have passed the ordinance, and probably 12-0 again--just without the piss-bucket prohibition. But no, because of one council member's rumormongo-ing, honest working men now fear to carry their hard-earned buckets of piss home to their families.

Doug Linkhart is a halfwit.

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