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marmar Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Oct-05-10 08:46 AM
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Michael Moore: The Decline and Fall of the American Empire
October 4th, 2010 12:09 PM
The Decline and Fall of the American Empire

By Michael Moore


Just to help you kick your week off on a positive note, please enjoy this heartwarming story from the state of Tennessee:

Imagine your home catches fire but the local fire department won't respond, then watches it burn. That's exactly what happened to a local family tonight.

A local neighborhood is furious after firefighters watched as an Obion County, Tennessee, home burned to the ground.

The homeowner, Gene Cranick, said he offered to pay whatever it would take for firefighters to put out the flames, but was told it was too late. They wouldn't do anything to stop his house from burning.

Each year, Obion County residents must pay $75 if they want fire protection from the city of South Fulton. But the Cranicks did not pay.

The mayor said if homeowners don't pay, they're out of luck.


As our infrastructure crumbles -- while Wall Street just had its best September since 1939 -- let's take another moment to honor that great Roman Crassus and how he became so wealthy:

Marcus Licinius Crassus Dives was an influential Roman politician from the Late Republic...

His rise to political prominence was primarily due to his enormous wealth. Crassus wealth was acquired through a combination of his silver mines, trafficking in slaves, and the purchasing of land and houses. The latter was the foundation for his reputation for greed, as his real estate acquisitions occurred under unsavory clouds. Under Sullas reign of terror, Crassus benefited by purchasing the property of proscribed citizens at cutthroat prices. Even worse, in the eyes of his fellow citizens, was his habit of buying burning homes. Rome had no fire department at the time, and Crassus maintained a personal firefighting force that would rush to the site of a burning building along with Crassus himself. Once there, Crassus would bargain for the fiery structure, as well as for the buildings surrounding it. Once he had made as many deals as he deemed profitable, his army went to work extinguishing the flames.


Watch: http://www.michaelmoore.com/words/mike-friends-blog/dec...



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xchrom Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Oct-05-10 08:48 AM
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1. a canary no one is going to hear singing -- or the lack of it's singing. recommend. nt
Edited on Tue Oct-05-10 08:48 AM by xchrom
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Javaman Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Oct-05-10 10:08 AM
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6. The canary has been shot and stuffed.
It looks alive but is eerily silent.

and no, he's no pining for the fjords.
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Hubert Flottz Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Oct-05-10 08:51 AM
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2. But there's always money to rebuild the shit we bomb flat in the
Middle East?
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ewagner Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Oct-05-10 09:16 AM
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3. ahhh yes...
government al la carte....just like the conservatives want it...
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asjr Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Oct-05-10 09:25 AM
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4. Tennessee does not hold sole ownership
of the Stupid Medal, but this is another notch on it. If there are going to be "rules" governing a certain part of the county or city the powers that be should follow up on them on a regular basis. I do not know if this man knew of the rules or not, but it seems to me that actually seeing a home go up in flames and use that as an entertainment moment is off the wall. The fire could have engulfed an entire block. The city or country representatives need re-educating.
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Winterblues Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Oct-05-10 09:40 AM
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5. "USA"..."USA"..."USA"...
:shrug:
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