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... Two vast and trunkless legs of stone stand in the desert.

Near them, on the sand, half sunk, a shattered visage lies
whose frown, and wrinkled lip, and sneer of cold command,
tell that its sculptor well those passions read, which yet survive...



And on the pedestal, these words appear:
“My name is Ozymandias, king of kings:
Look on my works, ye Mighty, and despair!”




Nothing beside remains.
Round the decay of that colossal wreck, boundless and bare
the lone and level sands stretch far away.


-- Percy Bysshe Shelley (1818)


rocktivity

Forget the goverment infrastructure -- what about the SOCIETAL infrastructure?

"I take umbrage at the suggestion that people don't start and build businesses," Maloney said.

That's NOT what Obama suggested. He suggested that people don't start and build businesses BY THEMSELVES, because it requires the direct or indirect help of OTHER people whether they're members of the government or not -- "SOMEBODY ELSE made that happen."


"I started out with 500 bucks..."

Unless you were born holding it in your hands, Mr. Maloney, you DID NOT "start out" with 500 bucks. "Somebody else" either gave you that money, bequeathed it to you, loaned it to you, or allowed you to earn it. If you found it, it's because "somebody else" lost it -- unless you found "somebody else" to steal it from!


"...and worked with my hands..."

"Somebody else" taught you how to work with your hands (either in person or through instructional materials), and "somebody else" invented and produced whatever tools you used.


"...to afford grad school at night."

"Somebody elses" developed your school, hired the teachers, set the curriculum, and decided to accept you. Not to mention the "somebody elses" who taught you how to read and write, and the "somebody elses" who taught THEM how to read and write -- and teach!


"My wife supported me."

By "supporting" you, do you mean that your wife (who is also a "somebody else") gave you moral support, worked with you at building your business, or got herself hired by "somebody else" to provide a supplementary income?


"Started a little body shop and was able to bring together people, one at a time..."

"Somebody else" helped you obtain your body shop's office space, suppliers, subcontractors, equipment, business cards, insurance, advertising, marketing. When business got so good you that could no longer do all the work yourself, you hired "somebody elses" as employees. And of course, let's not forget the most important "somebody elses" of all -- the people who bought your products and services at a large enough volume that you can consider yourself successful.

And never mind the "somebody elses" in the government who organized the building of the roads -- what if "somebody else" HADN'T invented cars in the first place?



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DU pout collection moved to Good Reads

http://www.democraticunderground.com/101689010

SWITCHED views?

"...Roberts was against the individual mandate when the justices took their initial votes following oral arguments in March. He, along with the other four Republican appointees, believed it was an inappropriate use of Congress’s power to regulate commerce...But the justices did not reach an agreement on how much of the law to strike down...(T)he conservative bloc pushed hard to throw out the entire statute...Roberts...voted to uphold the law...


Roberts did NOT "change his mind" about striking down the law, only the mandate. He upheld the mandate by defining it as a tax -- by CBS's own admission, Roberts was NEVER against the rest of ACA. Apparently leaks to sympathetic media was part of the "conservative bloc's" campaign to get Roberts to "switch views" -- up to and including insinuations about his health by referring to him as "wobbly." Most important, keep in mind that the "sources" for the CBS story could very well be the conservative judges themselves.

Another piece of political mythology is born, like Al Gore's invention of the Internet.


rocktivity

"Does it really matter if an insurance company or the government provides the coverage

if the care is the same?"

The difference with paying the private health industry is that the difference fattens the pockets of its execs, lobbyists, and stockholders while they invent excuses for not covering people (or even paying their employees) so they can turn an even bigger profit.

I don't mind paying for health care, which is why your post does not offend me. However, I do mind paying to further enrich those who do NOT "trickle down" the money via "job creation." I'd rather spend it on preventing EVERYONE from getting sicker than they need to -- and dying sooner than they ought to.


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DING DING DING! Spitfire, you're our grand prize winner!

What needed to happen was to make this guy an embarrassment to not only them but to the very concept of professional journalism.

Which Obama also did by refusing to take any additional questions once he was done: the military "if ONE of you has screwed up, then ALL OF YOU have screwed up" principal. Think of all the "evil eyes" Munro must have gotten after that -- even Fox News had to dump on him!


Liberals are at their best when they attack with humor because the Right Wing has no sense of humor.

Click here if you are not familiar with DUer Plaid Adder's superb post on the subject:

...(W)hy is it that so much right-wing political humor just plain doesn't work -- even for its target audience?...I think..(it)...has to do with the basic conflict between comedy and authority...(D)isrespect for authority is the foundation of real comedy...

Mocking the powerful has the positive effect of reminding everyone that though these figures may be powerful, they are not superhuman, and can be resisted/outwitted/defied; it also has the therapeutic effect of validating the anger and pain we feel as we suffer for these people, and reminding us that in fact, it's not us, it's them.

Mocking the vulnerable is just bullying, and all it does is pander to the audience's worst instincts. Right-wing pundits in the main either don't understand this rule, or have a seriously warped understanding of who's vulnerable and who's powerful...

Munro may have thought he was "defying and outwitting the powerful" by condemning the executive order before Obama was done explaining it. But in a textbook example of "seriously warped understanding," Munro ended up "mocking the vulnerable" by accusing Obama of issuing an order that made its recipients "more powerful" than "real" Americans.

This thread has thrived because it strangles Munro on his own rhetoric: you can thrust his arrogant posturing and obnoxious attitude into ANY situation (even the very birth of the universe!) -- and he comes across not as a passionate, professional truth-seeker, but as a self-serving, partisan, overgrown frat brat!


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They call him the S-word because it's literally the next best thing to the N-word

Saying that you shouldn't vote for Obama because he's black is not an option because it's as irrational as it is racist.

Saying that you shouldn't vote for Obama because he's a communist is not an option, either -- it's too obvious that you're saying it simply because you can't say that you shouldn't vote for Obama because he's black.

Calling him a socialist, however, splits the difference perfectly -- it gives you all the advantages of calling him both the N-word AND the C-word without actually using them. The S-word provides just the right touch of "reasonable doubt." And the mainstream media is either too chicken or profit-hungry to call anyone it -- after all, controversy sells.


rocktivity

Well, which of these scenarios sound more realistic?

Based on the bail revocation motion:

4/17: From Post #21:
In a prison conversation, he said, "I think my passport in is that bag"; she said, "I have one for you in safety deposit box"; and he said, "Okay, you hold onto that."

4/20: First passport (expiration May 2012) turned over to the court.

5/1 (approximately): Zimmerman and wife find second passport (valid through May 2014) while cleaning house, and give it to O'Mara.

6/1: Bail revocation motion filed. Bail revocation hearing. O'Mara says he has had the second passport for about a month, but forgot to turn it in. He turns it over to the court.

6/1: Bail revocation motion filed. O'Mara reads in the motion that Zimmerman has a second passport, plus "prison talk" which leaves the impression that it's being concealed deliberately. O'Mara contacts Zimmerman and shrieks, "GET THAT PASSPORT OVER HERE RIGHT THE !!#&#*%$ NOW!!!" O'Mara turns in passport at revocation hearing, and takes the rap in an effort to preserve Zimmerman's credibility.



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They call him a socialist because they can't call him a black guy

They can't say, "Don't vote for Obama because he's a black guy." But note how close R-Money comes to saying "Vote for me because I'm a white guy" in this commercial:



“...But there’s something more than legislation or new policy. It’s the feeling we’ll have that our country’s back, back on the right track. That’s what will be different about a Romney presidency.”


Since Mitt can longer run on his public sector record, his private sector record, his Olympic record, his religion, or his financial transparency, he's left on running on the promise of restoring the natural order of politics: with him as president, you will be able feel better about yourself and America's future because it will be a WHITE guy who is screwing you over. And if he can convince enough independent voters of that, he can win. Surely a lack of change from a white president is superior to a lack of change from a black one!


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This story is bizarre even by Moonie Washington Times standards

Sgt. Corrigan volunteered to serve for a year in Iraq from 2005-2006...Among other duties, the sergeant would go out on patrol with the Iraqis, clear routes of IEDs...Sgt. Corrigan never fully recovered emotionally from the combat and continues to have vivid nightmares that gave him insomnia...He says that in his daily life now, he’s still looking for the “IED triggerman”...The Veterans’ Affairs (VA) hospital gave him medication...(H)e was tasked to prepare a mental health manual for his soldiers on mild traumatic brain injury and suicide prevention.

Someone with problems that prevented him from being re-deployed and puts him on medication for nearly four years was asked to work on a suicide prevention project? They really ARE short-handed!


On a pamphlet from VA hospital, he saw a link to a website VeteransCrisisLine.net. On it, he found a number for a counseling hotline, which turned out to be a suicide hotline...When he called it a little before midnight...The woman asked for his name, address, phone number, whether he was active duty, if he was using alcohol or drugs, and his unit. Then she asked if he had any firearms...He had recently moved...but had not registered them because he thought the process was too convoluted and risky.

Nonetheless, if it was required by law, he should have done it. Or did he not want to take the "risk" of losing his weapons due to his mental condition?


“I told her, ‘I don’t have the gun out.’ And she kept saying, ‘Put down the gun.’ She talked like I had the gun in one hand and my cell phone in the other...She insisted I repeat the words, ‘The guns are down,’” he said. “I finally got agitated and said, ‘I shouldn’t have called’ and hung up.” Then, Sgt. Corrigan took a prescribed sleeping pill and went to bed. (He was) jolted awake four hours later...

I once called 911 when I meant to dial 411. I explained my mistake, apologized, and hung up. They called me right back. You'd think that someone allegedly studying crisis intervention would know better than to hang up on a hotline like that at midnight. And if the hotline operator was so sure that he was suicidal, how come it took four hours for the cops to turn up? I know that the Washington DC area isn't used to major snowstorms, but don't their response vehicles have all-weather tires?

Part 2 of the story, meanwhile, reads like an episode of Reno 911. I'm not unsympathetic towards the guy, and I hope that all charges are eventually dropped. But this arrest didn't happen out of the blue -- there's enough blame to go all around.


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