Welcome to DU! The truly grassroots left-of-center political community where regular people, not algorithms, drive the discussions and set the standards. Join the community: Create a free account Support DU (and get rid of ads!): Become a Star Member All Forums Issue Forums Culture Forums Alliance Forums Region Forums Support Forums Help & Search

Electric Larry

Electric Larry's Journal
Electric Larry's Journal
May 31, 2016

I've learned from long experience that commenting on what people choose to get outraged over, here

invariably turns into another outrage, and before you know it you are stuck in an outrage feedback loop.

So I'm just going to line my helmet with cottage cheese and go back to bed.

May 19, 2016

IT'S NOT LIKE HE DIDN'T WARN YOU.

HE WILL HAVE "SLACK"!

May 11, 2016

"shouting fire in a crowded theater" is perhaps the most torturously overused metaphor in existence

and it's also incorrect.

http://www.theatlantic.com/national/archive/2012/11/its-time-to-stop-using-the-fire-in-a-crowded-theater-quote/264449/

Oliver Wendell Holmes made the analogy during a controversial Supreme Court case that was overturned more than 40 years ago.


So let me flip it back on you, with the point I was making originally that you responded to- do you think it should be illegal for people to draw "blasphemous" cartoons?
May 10, 2016

That 18 trillion number is bullshit. Widely debunked.

The fact of the matter is it is disingenuous- to say the least- to claim that "18 trillion of free stuff" which includes suppsedly 17 trillion in health care spending, is somehow a logical asssement of the proposal when it negates the fact that a single payer plan would eliminate not just the overhead of the private insurance industry (estimated in some cases as up to 20% on top of the other costs) but would also take peoples' insurance premiums out of the equation entirely.

But according to the CDC, total health spending in the US is 3 Trillion dollars, more or less. So to believe this "17 trillion" bullshit, you would have to imagine that putting everyone in the country under a single payer plan would magically multiply total spending on health care costs by nearly SIX FUCKING TIMES.

health care isnt like grass-fed beef. People dont run out and get extra triple bypasses that they dont need just because now they can afford it. And if total spending would go up, what that means is there are a lot of people who ARENT getting the care they need, under the current arrangement.


But my main point is, "FREE STUFF WARRRRGGHHHBLLLLLL" is a boilerplate right wing meme, chief.

May 7, 2016

They're just waking up, I know just what they'll do! Their mouths will hang open a minute or two


Then the Whos down in Whoville will all cry, "Boo Hoo!"

That's a noise, (the Grinch said,) that I simply must hear!
Narrator: So he paused, And the Grinch put a hand to his ear.
And he did hear a sound rising over the snow.
It started in low.
Then it started to grow...
But this-- the sound wasn't sad.
Why, this sound sounded glad!




May 2, 2016

Obama paid respect to her, and got some zingers in on her, too

Specifically about how her campaign comes off like something thrown together by your well-meaning but massively out of touch grandparents, who still cant figure out how to operate the cable box.

Profile Information

Name: Danny Duberstein
Gender: Male
Hometown: Optional
Home country: Optional
Current location: Shouting “theater” in a crowded fire
Member since: Thu May 20, 2004, 04:02 AM
Number of posts: 80,708

About Electric Larry

So toss away stuff you don’t need in the end; but keep what’s important, and know who’s your friend

Journal Entries

Latest Discussions»Electric Larry's Journal