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Sun Jun 01, 2014 at 08:53 PM PDT

So We All have Warts

by LaEscapee

I'm no longer interested in the pie.

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Sat May 31, 2014 at 03:59 PM PDT

STFU, I Agree

by LaEscapee

Just not for the reasons you might imagine.

There are women I respect immensely, there are others I think are fucking idiots. There are men I respect immensely, there are others I think are fucking idiots. There are members of the LGBT community I respect immensely, others I think are fucking idiots. There are people of color that I respect immensely, others I think are fucking idiots.

In case you are not picking up what I am putting down allow me to lay it out in clear language.

There are people of all stripe that are fucking idiots. I speak only for myself when I say this, allow me to make that clear.

You know who else are fucking idiots? The people that attempt to use any ism with which they identify to discredit others with the broad brush approach. The people who use as a cudgel their identity and drive away their own allies in the process. They are fucking idiots.

I don't proclaim to know what others feel or have experienced, I only know my station in life and I would not assume to demand you adhere to my standards. We all have struggles, we all have different experiences. We can feel for one another and make the attempt to understand. We can listen but we can never actually know. Part of a conversation, in fact the very definition of a conversation is the exchange of ideas and observations seen by everyone involved and when that is shut down it stops any chance of each parties learning.

 I don't project my feelings on you all I ask is that you don't project yours on me.

In case you haven't noticed this is not directed at any certain group.

Other than fucking idiots..

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Fri May 30, 2014 at 08:02 PM PDT

Juan Cole is a Treasure

by LaEscapee

He is many things but "consistent" is what comes to mind when I read him'

Glenn L. Carle, a former Central Intelligence Agency officer who was a top counterterrorism official during the administration of President George W. Bush, said the White House at least twice asked intelligence officials to gather sensitive information on Juan Cole, a University of Michigan professor who writes an influential blog that criticized the war.

In an interview, Mr. Carle said his supervisor at the National Intelligence Council told him in 2005 that White House officials wanted “to get” Professor Cole, and made clear that he wanted Mr. Carle to collect information about him, an effort Mr. Carle rebuffed. Months later, Mr. Carle said, he confronted a C.I.A. official after learning of another attempt to collect information about Professor Cole. Mr. Carle said he contended at the time that such actions would have been unlawful.

Still speaking truth and ruffling feathers'
Mike McFaul, former U.S. ambassador to Russia and now at Stanford University embarrassed himself by answering the question of whether Snowden harmed anyone by saying that he hurt German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s feelings when she found out her personal cell phone was tapped.  Really, Mr. McFaul?  I think we were asking whether any NOCs got their identity revealed by Snowden as Bush-Cheney outed Valerie Plame, or whether any U.S. military personnel were endangered.  Snowden didn’t hurt Angela’s feelings.  The U.S. government did.
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Not only was this massive domestic spying operation going on with impunity, but it was carefully hidden from the American public, with brutal and unconstitutional methods.  Poor Sen. Ron Wyden (D-Or) got a whiff of some of it, but was forestalled by the [un-] Patriot Act from revealing it, even on the Senate floor.  When sitting senators are being muzzled from discussing a massive U.S. government program with the public, that is no longer a democracy.  Who do they think is paying for their national security state?  And when Wyden asked Director of National Intelligence James Clapper whether the NSA was spying on Americans, Clapper told a bald-faced lie.  No, he said.  He lied under oath.  Clinton was impeached for a white lie over oral sex.  Clapper lied to cover up a gargantuan violation of the constitution, but nothing has happened to him.
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We can debate till the cows come home about whether Snowden had any other choice but to make his reveal, or had any other avenue to do something about these violations.  Given that Barack Obama was briefed into them and let it go on, the likely answer is no.  For all we know, the intelligence agencies blackmailed him into acquiescence.  We know they spy on the other branches of government for their own purposes.  And if it went to the Tea Party Supreme Court, we have reason to suspect that Mssrs. Scalia and Roberts would be perfectly happy to assign a policeman to every bedroom in the U.S.

But now that Snowden’s revelations are there, the American state faces a profound crisis.  It can either return to constitutional values, or it can continue on its path to American Stalinism.  That so many Americans seem completely undisturbed by what was done makes me think it is too late for democracy.

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Thu May 29, 2014 at 06:40 PM PDT

Have you Felt this Way?

by LaEscapee

You trudge along and do all you feel you can do and it still seems there is nothing?

I do

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Wed May 28, 2014 at 06:16 PM PDT

I Heard a Story Today

by LaEscapee

I can't tell you what it was or who told it to me.

I'm like your government you see I only allow you to hear what I feel you should.

I say "sort of" because I am one they are many.

A Few lessons

Intellectual growth should commence at birth and cease only at death.

Never do anything against conscience even if the state demands it.

 It has become appallingly obvious that our technology has exceeded our humanity.

Force always attracts men of low morality.

One More
"The delusion is no longer marginal. It has come in from the fringe to sit at the seat of power.”
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Mon May 26, 2014 at 05:29 PM PDT

Blue Collar People

by LaEscapee

They actually have brains.

h/t UPWORTHY

Dan Phillips is not your average builder. He’s also not your typical TED speaker. But his point about how we treat houses like disposable goods is spot on. He had me at "consistency of the apperceptive mass." He also had me at "go suck an egg."
It's twenty minutes long but well worth it. Neitzsche was before our time but the truths still resound.
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Sun May 25, 2014 at 07:00 PM PDT

The World's not Fair

by LaEscapee

Discuss

Fri May 23, 2014 at 02:00 PM PDT

I had a Whole Diary

by LaEscapee

I was nowhere near a computer and had no pen or piece of paper on hand.

It sucks working out here in the land but we strive and we struggle because we are the chosen few.

I have two feet others don't

I am not better than you.

And neither me.

I love your heart and I love your soul.

I hope we both grow old.

Oh and Fuck You you prick

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Thu May 22, 2014 at 07:52 PM PDT

I Hate the World

by LaEscapee

I aint in the mood

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Wed May 21, 2014 at 01:56 PM PDT

I Think About Things

by LaEscapee

Sometimees my thoughts are wrong or misguided but I do enjoy when they come to fruition. I really don't mind people living on the dole, just don't pretend you aren't.

Bill and Hillary Clinton spent the final years of the Clinton presidency cash-strapped and buried in legal debts. But they weren't hurting for long: In her final days as first lady, Hillary landed a near-record $8 million advance for her memoir Living History, and by the time her 2008 presidential campaign was in full swing, the Clintons were flush, together having earned $109 million in the previous seven years.

When she left her position as secretary of state in February 2013, she had for the first time in decades something unusual: time off. She had a year or two to do whatever she wanted before deciding whether to run for the White House. In that period, she joined the family foundation and wrote a new memoir. She also hit the speaking circuit—and cashed in, pocketing speaking fees from businesses and trade groups that certainly have an interest in currying favor with a possible president.

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Tue May 20, 2014 at 06:54 PM PDT

I check LaEscapee

by LaEscapee

I have no interest in discussing how bad the other side is, when do we determine what is "the other side'?

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There is a state we all live in some are better than others. There is Massachusetts and there is Alabama, Florida is a state but so is Idaho, Oregon, Washington and California.

Personally I live in the state of confusion.

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