Council-member Lauren Walker shows TRUE GRIT while husband trapped in Ingmar Bergman Film

An appeal for human decency among hick TEA Party Tacoma News Tribune readers.
posted Mar 1, 2011
Lauren Walker, Tacoma City Council, Marcus Walker, Tacomic
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Council-member Lauren Walker shows TRUE GRIT.  I first began admiring Walker after reading an article in the Tacoma Weekly describing the results of her food stamp challenge experiment.  I read that article while enjoying a pepperoni and pineapple pizza at our beloved Puget Sound Pizza restaurant.  I had later commented online that our pizza was more expensive than Lauren Walker's week budget which Jim, the owner of Puget Sound Pizza at the time, saw and then gifted Frost Park Challenge with a sponsorship coupon out of guilt... yet I digress.  My point is that Lauren Walker is going through some REAL TIME heavy sh!t right now. Fighting for the comfort/dignity of her astonishingly multi-faceted husband Marcus.  So when the bile-sucking MORAINS over on the News Tribune comment thread ripped into her for showing some genuine emotion I got the idea for drawing this thoroughly researched cartoon.  Let's cut Lauren some SLACK, OK? 

by cisserosmiley on 3/1/2011 @ 3:19am
i watched council member walker's testimony on medical cannabis and was touched.

by NineInchNachos on 3/1/2011 @ 8:12am
Marcus is a cool guy. He worked as auctioneer for Ms. Darcy's preschool fundraiser events... and even married the owner of Comic Book Ink to his present wife (my ex-roommates best friend!)

by fredo on 3/1/2011 @ 8:18am
Lauren Walker is a very nice person and probably capable in many ways. However, people need to recognize when some personal issue is affecting their public life, especially when they serve in an elected capacity. It's better for Lauren to take some time off or recuse herself from further decision making at city hall while she gets her affairs in order.

by captiveyak on 3/1/2011 @ 8:19am
That movie is unnerving and challenging, much like Walker's situation. Good cartoon, and nice to see genuine empathy.

by NineInchNachos on 3/1/2011 @ 8:27am
even a Waiting for Godot tree!

Fredo, "I can't go on, I'll go on" ever hear that expression? No? you need more art, drama and culture in your life.

by fredo on 3/1/2011 @ 8:49am
I thought your drawing was fine, I didn't get all the references but I am kind of a hick.

Don't know why the fulfillment of a social contract between a husband and wife would be surprising to people. You need more real world experience in your life.

by Urban E on 3/1/2011 @ 9:13am
I have to agree with Fredo, the newly renamed Hilltop Business Association hasn't seen Council Member Walker in nearly a year and as the Hilltops council person I find that a little unacceptable. At the very least there should have been some effort to ask another elected official to fill in during her absence. Not to be insensitive but the city's business still needs to be conducted and if there is time to be deputy mayor surely there could have been a few minutes to ask one of our at large council members to fill in.

by NineInchNachos on 3/1/2011 @ 9:29am
no more Upper Tacoma ?

by NineInchNachos on 3/1/2011 @ 9:31am
is this them?

by NineInchNachos on 3/1/2011 @ 9:37am ?

have you guys tried connecting on facebook?

by Urban E on 3/1/2011 @ 9:58am
No more UTBA.. we just got a new domain name and will be getting a new webpage and making a fb page shortly. There is still some work to do, like possibly going to council to get a resolution to abolish Upper Tacoma completely, and be on the look out for new Hilltop Business District banners down MLK. not sure who the is.

by Alison7613 on 3/1/2011 @ 10:20am
Lauren Walker seems like a super duper nice person. I think it's fine she showed emotion. Does the Trib expect everyone to act like robots?

by NineInchNachos on 3/1/2011 @ 10:28am
the Tacomic will support any effort to abolish the snooty 'upper tacoma' meme

by fredo on 3/1/2011 @ 10:29am
Yes, it's OK to show emotion. But to ask fellow councilmen to truncate a discussion of a spending decision because it hurts your feelings is a thinly veiled form of bullying. I'll bet someone is very adept at using tears to get their way.

by NineInchNachos on 3/1/2011 @ 10:44am
hmm. maybe I need to do a civility Tacomic.

by Jesse on 3/1/2011 @ 11:47am
This article is an example why commenters have little right to bitch about decisions made, taxes, or gov't as we very often don't know the whole story. Know that our comments are based out of what is PUBLICLY known about the subject at hand and therefore may not even be relevant.

by fredo on 3/1/2011 @ 11:48am
Well here are some characteristics of bullying. If the shoe fits, wear it.

"Often bullying takes place in the presence of a large group of relatively uninvolved bystanders. In many cases, it is the bully's ability to create the illusion that he or she has the support of the majority present, that instills the fear of 'speaking out' in protestation of the bullying activities being observed by the group. Unless the 'bully mentality' is effectively challenged in any given group in its earlier stages, often the 'bully mentality' becomes an accepted norm within the group."

Source: Wikipedia

by NineInchNachos on 3/1/2011 @ 11:56am
yes commentators in the TNT threads are text-book bullies.

by fredo on 3/1/2011 @ 11:57am
easier to turn off a bullying message you're reading on line than it is to turn off a bullying message you're recieving while you're attending a required meeting.

by fredo on 3/1/2011 @ 12:04pm
"It asks all Americans to commit to making this a more civil society, one in which people across the political spectrum can engage in intelligent debate" US Conference of Mayors Civility Accord.

OK for Mayor Strickland to endorse the accord as long as she isn't required to demand it.

by NineInchNachos on 3/1/2011 @ 12:10pm
Are you suggesting the mayor is not an "all Americans" ?

Have you no decency?

by fredo on 3/1/2011 @ 2:27pm
Walker and Manthou tried to shame their fellow councilmembers into silence, even though the Mayors Civility Accord advises mayors to encourage intelligent debate.

The mayor should have called out both Walker and Manthou, even tabling debate until the following council meeting. Instead she allowed bullies to take control of the meeting. Time and time again the mayor is unable to pull the trigger on her imaginary leadership abilities.

by NineInchNachos on 3/11/2011 @ 6:28pm

heart goes out to Council-member Lauren Walker & Family

by fredo on 3/11/2011 @ 8:03pm
The guy was only 54. That kind of sucks. Well, condolences to the rest of the Walkers.

by NineInchNachos on 3/18/2011 @ 1:34pm