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Sun Jun 01, 2014 at 01:36 PM PDT

It could have been me.

by DouglasH

There's so much I want to say here...so many thoughts, ideas, even memories floating through my head.

See, here's the thing.  There was a time in my life where I could have very easily turned into Elliot Rodger.  In truth, looking back?  I'm not entirely certain why I didn't.

Don't for a second think I'm not repulsed by what he did, or his words and actions leading up to what he did.  But with that said, on some level, as much as I hate that this is true, I understand.

Let me step below the orange discussion croissant and I'll tell you why.

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But honestly, we've hit one of those patches on DKos where apparently no disagreement is allowed.

So I'm going to disagree anyway.

In this case, I not only disagree, but I completely disagree with how the majority on here have nominated this Snowden cat for sainthood and a Nobel prize, all without any room for other opinions.

According to this the guy took the job under false pretenses, used his security clearance with the SPECIFIC desire to betray it, and then fled prosecution after knowingly breaking the law.

That isn't a damned hero folks!  It's not.  

In any other situation, if a guy stole four laptops full of data and took off for China, there wouldn't even be a debate about his guilt.  But suddenly this guy comes up with the excuse that he's doing it for our own good...and people bought it.

And the real kicker for me is that too many of the folks here who are totally on board with this guy are the same ones who shouted to the heavens that whoever leaked Valerie Plame's name was a "traitor".

See, I actually agree with that bit...but what I fail to see is a great distinction between that and Snowden.  Even the reason behind it was the same.  They both did it to serve themselves.

Snowden is a criminal.  

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Wed Dec 19, 2012 at 02:02 PM PST

Everyone Has An Opinion - Even Me

by DouglasH

Yes, yes, another gun diary.  I know they are getting somewhat repetitive, but I still want to put my thoughts on it down somewhere, and this is a place where at least it will be read a few times.

And no, this is neither an anti-gun rant, nor a pro-gun rant.  This is, in my mind at least, something of a middle ground.

Follow me down below the Glorious Orange Croissant, for my take on the whole thing.

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Mon Sep 17, 2012 at 08:36 AM PDT

My Voice

by DouglasH

So I have a confession to make, to all my Kossack friends here.

I'm not a true believer.

It's true, I'm not.  I'm a social liberal, but center-right on economics.

So why am I here?  That's a remarkably good question.  If y'all will follow me south of the orange croissant, I'll share some thoughts.

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Fri Aug 31, 2012 at 06:54 AM PDT

Why aren't more people ticked off?

by DouglasH

I'm sitting here, the morning after the clown college edition of a national convention, trying to figure out why ANYONE, right or left, is smiling today.

See, I'm not disappointed, nor am I happy that it makes "our" side look better.

I'm pissed off, furious, out of my head angry after that sad show.

Want to know why?  Follow me below the decorative orange croissant...

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Wed Mar 14, 2012 at 08:56 AM PDT

Help me out, Kossaks everywhere!

by DouglasH

So here's the deal.  I'm looking for ideas.  Lots of ideas.  Good ideas, bad ideas, whimsical ideas, doesn't matter.

I live in a town in south-eastern Indiana that is slowly but surely dying.  We have an aging population, an exodus of working age folks thanks to factory closures, an education system that has been beaten about the head and shoulders by decreases in tax revenue, and in many places a crumbling infrastructure (potholes, aging power supply lines, etc.)

Nothing about this is wholly unusual in the midwest these days, but this town is, in many ways, sort of in the heart of the shit storm.  

With that being said, I want to pick your brains for forward thinking ideas...  Ways to attract new business, ways to make the town greener and more efficient, more attractive to people looking for a place to call home.

Big ideas, small ideas, unworkable ideas that might lead to something else along the way.  

I'll throw out a few of my ideas below the pretty orange croissant.  Tear em apart, help me build them back up into something workable.  Hell, ignore them completely, and give me your ideas.  

I'm hoping, if there's enough interest, to make this a series of several diaries... Start with ideas, then we worry about how to pay for them, then we worry about how to sell them, then we worry about how to defend them, etc.  

Let's see if we can show folks the power of some Kossak groupthink!

And no, I'm not in government, but I am a concerned citizen...and in a small enough town that I can get myself heard if I need to.

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Wed Mar 07, 2012 at 02:26 PM PST

What About the Jobs??

by DouglasH

For those who don't know me, I'm from a very small town in south-east Indiana.  One of those towns that's been demolished by the movement of factory jobs.

Which leads us to today.  A company called Carbon Motors had agreed to take one of our empty factories and put it back to work.  In this case making custom, from the ground up, police cars using fuel efficient tech, and other less environmentally negative ideas.

Seems delightful, doesn't it?  Police get a vehicle designed from the ground up for policework (instead of using conversion kits to turn standard vehicles into police cruisers) and that vehicle is also considerably more fuel efficient and environmentally friendly to boot!

As you can tell by the title, that didn't quite play out.  More below the groovy orange croissant:

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Tue Feb 14, 2012 at 05:42 AM PST

What are they thinking?

by DouglasH

Ok, so I'll admit it.  This is me with my puzzled face on.

I don't understand what makes Santorum a viable candidate in anyone's mind...let alone popular enough to actually win a vote for anything more demanding than janitor.

I keep trying to find a single likable thing about this man, and I just can't do it.  He stands for everything I despise.  (No, not dislike, despise)

He is the modern equivalent of the so-called "moral majority" with a healthy dose of batshit crazy thrown in for good measure.

How can the moral, supposed Christian, candidate justify being out throwing campaign parties while he's got a child at home who is terribly sick?

How can he, with a straight face, not recognize the irony of his own position on "religious freedom"?  He doesn't support religious freedom.  He's the poster child for intolerant evangelicals!  Tolerance doesn't mean "My way or the highway".

How do voters not see that no matter how much he wraps himself in the flag, he's still supporting divisive, discriminatory policies towards anyone who's not a straight, white, christian male?

I just... I'm literally baffled here.

See, here's the thing.  I truly believe that our President is at his best when his back is against the wall.  I WANT him to have legitimate opposition.  I want to watch him passionately defend his policies and ideas.  I want to see that clarity of thought and word that we saw during the "Hope and Change" campaign.  

But instead, they give us Santorum... and now the debates will be the equivalent of having a battle of wits with an unarmed opponent.

And that, more than anything else, saddens me.  

A loyal opposition should be pushing our leaders towards greatness, through ideological debates.  I realize that might sound naive, but that doesn't make it any less true.

So what do they give us in opposition?  Santorum...

Please, someone, in the comments here, help me understand what group psychosis, or infectious disease, or whatever, makes people think this asshole is a viable candidate for any office, let alone the White House... Because I just don't understand at all.

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Mon Feb 06, 2012 at 09:32 AM PST

Small Town Liberal

by DouglasH

Yes, that's me, a middle aged liberal man in a very Red small town in southern Indiana.

Allow me to introduce myself, since this is my first Diary entry.  (And please understand, I'm in no way, shape or form a writer.  Anything I write is going to be fodder for the grammar police!)

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