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I love DU; post after post of calm and reasoned rhetoric and I get..

Get a little ticked off and rant a bit and ...


Some things just never change..

The Ones Who Walk Away From Omelas..

My OP title is also the title of a speculative fiction story by Ursula K LeGuin..

The story concerns a beautiful city whose inhabitants enjoy an enriched and extremely pleasant lifestyle, the fly in the ointment is that in order for the city to exist as it does requires that one child must be kept completely alone in absolute squalor and misery. Each citizen of Omelas learns on their age of majority what the requirement is for their continued existence in a city of unparalleled luxury for all but one.

Those who accept the bargain, a life of unrelenting misery for one unimportant small child in return for a life of luxury of their own, they stay in Omelas. On the other hand those who find this bargain utterly repugnant walk away from Omelas into the countryside about which they know nothing at all..

Veronica Moser was six years old but she doesn't get to live a life of luxury, or a life of squalor and misery either for that matter. Veronica was murdered in cold blood at a movie premier while her mother fights for life in an ICU due to the same attack. I suspect Veronica's mother Ashley will wish that she too didn't survive when someone finally tells her that her beloved daughter is dead.. I know I would rather die than learn that my own child had been brutally murdered.

It becomes more obvious by the day which Americans would choose to walk away from Omelas and which ones wouldn't.


Twitter just too deep for you? You might be a Romney supporter...


There is probably a simple explanation for the fact that Mitt’s twitter minion list grew almost 10% since yesterday. I tend to think that it is because his Mittku (Lemon. Wet. Good.) has a certain appeal to a populace who increasingly find reading the whole 140 character thing to be both time-consuming and burdensome.

Good and effective security is a boutique, hand crafted product and is therefore expensive..

Competent security has to be tailored to a given place and time, no one system fits all situations, it takes professionals working in an atmosphere where they are given the authority to act as they see fit to get the job done properly. You can't get competent security from minimum wage part time help hired from the labor pool.

Those who are clamoring for stepped up security in group situations are ignoring the fact that such a stepped up security presence has a hefty price tag attached, a price tag that will be competing for funds with all the other things we need to do as a society, things like improved access to health care, including care for mental problems.

If it comes down to security versus mental health care anyone care to hazard a guess on which way our politicians will vote?

Kid's birthday party, I'm having a quiet conversation with another guy that ends up a bit political.

We pretty much agree and are winding up this portion of our conversation when wingnut mama comes over and loudly interjects her opposing opinion. I turn to wingnut mama and in a reasonable tone ask her why she holds the opinion she does at which point the family "Miss Anne" comes over and tells me I'm being argumentative and to just STFU..


It's a kid's birthday party, I'm not going to be the the one to turn it into WWIII over some stupid wingnut talking point but there are times I just want to go verbal Billy Jack on these people..

Somewhere, Newt Gingrich is sitting by a phone, bouncing a tennis ball against the wall… waiting.


Limbaugh: Romney sounded like Snow White with testicles at NAACP..


During his radio program Wednesday, conservative talker Rush Limbaugh had some rare words of praise for former Mitt Romney’s speech to the NAACP in Houston.

“Romney goes in there,” Limbaugh said shortly after the address about Romney’s remarks on Obamacare, “and he sounded like Snow White today with testicles.”

“That’s not what this bunch wants to hear.”

Limbaugh played the clip for his audience, complete with some in the NAACP audience booing Romney. The host wondered aloud what those booing audience members could be for if they seriously disapproved of the Republican’s message.

Joe the Printer gets air time on NPR.. Again..

Without of course NPR bothering to identify Joe the Printer's Koch-supported NFIB ties.. Again.

NPR, a wholly owned subsidiary of the 1%..


Joe Olivo owns a small printing press in New Jersey that employs 47 people. Olivo tells Raz that a higher minimum wage basically raises the whole wage scale and would force him to make cuts.

"What happens is the employee who's been here for 3 years and has more experience than a person making an entry-level wage, they will rightfully want more for their seniority," Olivo says. "So what it does to me as a business owner, by pushing up wage scale, it increases my expenses."

Olivo says that means he either has to increase revenues — difficult in the current economy — or he must find ways to cut expenses: cutting employees, not hiring new employees or bring in new technology to decrease the number of employees he needs.

"So it really hurts my current employees and it also prevents me from bringing on new ones," he says.

Results of my first and most likely last alert..

What I find most ironic is that all the jurors but one evidently agreed with me..

At Sun Jul 1, 2012, 08:41 PM you sent an alert on the following post:

That is poor people logic


This post is disruptive, hurtful, rude, insensitive, over-the-top, or otherwise inappropriate. (See <a href="http://www.democraticunderground.com/?com=aboutus#communitystandards" target="_blank">Community Standards</a>.)


I read this as a broad brush attack on the poor, asserting that all poor people are flawed in the same ways.

The single defining characteristic of poor people is that they have little or no money, to imply otherwise is bigotry.


A randomly-selected Jury of DU members completed their review of this alert at Sun Jul 1, 2012, 08:47 PM, and voted 3-3 to LEAVE IT ALONE.

Juror #1 voted to LEAVE IT ALONE and said: It is wrong headed and ignorant, but I don't think it breaks the rules. I hope the rest of the thread gives him hell for it.
Juror #2 voted to LEAVE IT ALONE and said: post is not really ok, but makes a point that some people believe to be true and really does need to be discussed as to why
Juror #3 voted to HIDE IT and said: Unnecessary broad-brush attack on a group of people
Juror #4 voted to HIDE IT and said: I agree with the reasoning of the person who sent the alert.
Juror #5 voted to LEAVE IT ALONE and said: Insulting, wrongheaded and arrogant but not against TOS. Best to answer this one rather than hide it.
Juror #6 voted to HIDE IT and said: It's a broad brush attack.

Thank you.

Life is like a box of chocolates..


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