MANIPULATION or as we like to call it-lying- is a very popular practice here in Salisbury. Yes peasants, Holierthanthou and I have caught our Mayor, King James, trying to deceive the citizens yet again. But while most crooked monarchs have the foresight to spread out their evil schemes into multiple press releases, Jim isn't quite that clever.
In the very same letter we took issue with last week, his highness blames the ridiculously high crime rate on the city's lack of available resources. According to Jim, 4 code enforcement officers managed to log 10,000 violations within a 1 year period. Now, we admit that these numbers are initially shocking, but after a little bit of fact-checking on those estimates we came up with some rather upsetting numbers of our own:
Peasants, did you know that out of the 10,000 code violations Jim is talking about, 17% were written for exterior housing, 18% were for rubbish, and 37% were for tall grass/weeds in the side walk? Yep, it's true. And do you know what that means? It means that 72% of the 10,000 code violations our king is correlating to crime are based on aesthetics alone.
Remind us Sire, what do weeds in the sidewalk have to do with drug dealers? Are the rapists hiding in the tall grass? Because we really don't see a connection. It looks an awful lot like you are taking completely irrelevant code violations, purposely confusing them with verified calls for service, and then passing them off as a drain on resources in order to validate kicking renters out of the city. And that, people of Salisbury, is f'ed up.