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Of course, this comes as a surprise to precisely no-one, but I was surprised that it was being trumpeted so loudly, so soon after the historic cave-in to the NRA in the Senate.

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What is the Second Amendment about?

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Wed Mar 20, 2013 at 09:09 AM PDT

He Started Hitting...

by Freelance Escapologist

Our son recently completed an O.S.S for dislocating his teacher's knee.

He is autistic.

Of course, autism is no excuse, and I do not seek to excuse his behavior. He understands that what he did is wrong. He was saddened and distressed when I explained why he could not attend school last week, and apologized to his teacher on Monday.

The educational side of the school understands this, and says they will not hold his actions against him. The only reason an O.S.S was given was because the teacher had to go to the doctor for the injury. Again, I have no issue with this. Andrew understands what he did is wrong.

However, I believe the fault lies mainly with the school's Special Services Department, and I will explain why after the fold.


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Fri Jan 11, 2013 at 08:53 AM PST

Rights and Needs

by Freelance Escapologist

This diary, as with so many on this site, began as a comment to this diary. Unfortunately, it became something of a drive-by (no pun intended), as the exigencies of life intruded on my desire for debate. And so, after a couple of days of thinking about it, I decided to pen these thoughts.

The first reply to the comment was this:

Your question is wrong. (7+ / 0-)
Rights aren't based on needs.

Why do you need to practice religion? Throughout the years, theism has caused more damage than firearms have (I'm looking at the worldview here).

Why do you need free speech?

Why do you need free press?

What do you need your 4th or 5th amendment rights (what's left of them)?

I disagree.

And that is what this diary is about. Follow me over the curlicue d'kos for more.

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This is the first of a possibly ongoing series of diaries in which I shall showcase (if that's the word for unwarranted showing off of not-terribly good skills) some of my compositions, throwing the door wide open to discussions of one's own favorite music. Feel free to add your own compositions, or favorites of yours, in the comments.


Do you want to hear more?

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... that much is certain.

That's what the doctor said, calmly, carefully. He's a psychiatrist, so he was carefully gauging the reactions of both my wife and myself.

Andrew sat in his chair, smiling, watching us with his careful eyes. He'd been giggling a moment before, but fell quiet when the doctor spoke.

And in that moment, everything, and nothing, changed.

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A lot can change in four years.

I've been gone (more or less, unless one counts some really determined lurking) for 784 days. Pretty sure nobody really noticed (not self-pity, just knowing that everyone had much bigger fish to fry in that time!). So what has happened since then? Follow me across the stylish break (nice design cue, BTW).

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Sat Dec 20, 2008 at 07:42 AM PST

Mary's Room

by Freelance Escapologist

Mary is a brilliant scientist who is, for whatever reason, forced to investigate the world from a black and white room via a black and white television monitor. She specializes in the neurophysiology of vision and acquires, let us suppose, all the physical information there is to obtain about what goes on when we see ripe tomatoes, or the sky, and use terms like ‘red’, ‘blue’, and so on. She discovers, for example, just which wavelength combinations from the sky stimulate the retina, and exactly how this produces via the central nervous system the contraction of the vocal cords and expulsion of air from the lungs that results in the uttering of the sentence ‘The sky is blue’. [...] What will happen when Mary is released from her black and white room or is given a color television monitor? Will she learn anything or not?

-- Frank Jackson, "Epiphenomenal Qualia", Philosophical Quarterly 32, p. 130

OK, I hear you ask; what is this and why is it here, in a political community?  Follow me over the fold and see...


What do you think?

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A great con, perhaps The Great Con, has been perpetrated on the American People, if not the whole world.  This con has destroyed lives and economies, and brought a once-proud nation to its knees.

I am not talking about Credit Default Swaps, or its effects on the Global financial markets, although that it a symptom of the con itself, a side-effect, a footnote in history; nothing more.

This con is the Republican Party, a pyramid scheme of such depth and elegance that it will go down in the annals of this country as the greatest pulling the wool over the eyes of a people ever achieved.

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Sun Dec 14, 2008 at 06:23 AM PST

AP Crossing A Line?

by Freelance Escapologist

This is, perhaps, my first "serious" diary here.  I'm stunned by this article.  Simply stunned.  Am I over-reacting?  Look at the tag for the story - "obama_s_not_black".



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Fri Dec 05, 2008 at 06:13 AM PST

A Quiet Hero

by Freelance Escapologist

"Can you hear me?"

The voice was distant, cold; he struggled to understand it, meaning sifted from the noise until the question settled in his mind.

"Yes," he croaked, an old man’s voice, not his at all, but it must have been.

"Do you know where you are?"

He thought a moment; he had been sailing that day, cutting classes at the Police Academy (it was only PT anyway, and he was already a medal-winner, so it had been all right) to spend a lazy spring afternoon on the Thames in a little dinghy.  But after that... No; there was nothing.  A terrible blank spot.

"You’re in the hospital; you had an accident."

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Sat Nov 08, 2008 at 06:43 AM PST

...And So It Begins

by Freelance Escapologist

What did you expect?

Be honest.  November 5th rolled around, and we woke up, spontaneous grins breaking out across the Nation as we emerged like the Munchkins in The Wizard of Oz after Dorothy's place crashed down on the Wicked Witch of the East.

And then the backbiting set in.  Oh; of course it did.


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Mon Nov 03, 2008 at 06:09 AM PST

Meet the In-Laws

by Freelance Escapologist

I'm English, but now I live in rural Missouri - the "Heartland", that odd part of the coutnry where they can vote straight-ticket Democrat and Republican for President.  The place where they can, with a straight face, say they won't put a "n****r" in the White House.  The place where hunting is a way of life, and the Second Amendment means armor-piercing bullets to take on those particularly nasty White-Tailed deer.

I've been here five years now.  In that time, I've gone from "City Boy" (their words) to "Good Ol' Boy" (within limits).

Each Saturday, I help Uncle Ron butcher a dozen rabbits, which he sells so he can buy his diabetes medication.  Each afternoon, I lug 200lbs of chicken feed to my mother-in-law's so she can feed the chickens that provide us with eggs and meat to save on grocery prices.

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