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  •  It rains and it flames on the just and unjust... (5+ / 0-)


    I'm not cheering about a fire, no matter who it hits.

    •  Who's cheering? (4+ / 0-)
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      NNadir, Iberian, yella dawg, caul

      I'm not.

    •  re: the just and the unjust (4+ / 0-)
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      Fresno, caul, devis1, cassandracarolina
      The rain it raineth on the just,
      and also on the unjust fellow-
      but moreso on the just because
      the unjust has stolen the just's umbrella.
      I learned that as a child from the Golden Book of Fun and Nonsense.
    •  Yes, a few of my former colleagues (5+ / 0-)

      and friends live in Mountain Shadows.  One in particular, a school nurse, and her family were evacuated.  She and her husband happen to be strong and active liberals.  

      I understand the need to point out the hypocrisy. Believe me, the last few years, as the city gov shut off a third of city lights and stopped watering the parks, I wanted to drag some mouthy conservatives who I knew to the once beautiful parks and center islands downtown to walk through the weeds.   While ugliness of of weedy areas of city, areas once blooming with beautiful flowers, are not of the utmost importance to survival, they were a visual reminder of what people were taking away.

      And I have to tell you....the taxes in the city on housing is SO LOW.   These people b*tch about taxes and honestly they were so low.  Of course we had/have lousy public transportation.   And as a teacher, I was frustrated for 25 freaking years of citizens refusing to vote for mill levy increases for education.  One year in the late 80s, the school I was in had so many leaks in the roof, we had ten to 12 buckets all around the school to deal with water leaking onto the floors.  I believe 1999 was the first year we were able to pass a good mill levy (partly because it was technology connected).  I can tell you this.  Doug Bruce was a great tool for motivating teachers to activism because he consistently trashed teachers publicly.   Still though more than a few teachers remained ignorant and inactive, by choice, until the Devos people (Amway, Koch connected) stealthily put money into getting an extreme, right wing, anti public education BOE elected.  I had retired by then, but their power scared even the most sedentary apolitical types because it was clear their mission was to use Colorado Springs as an example of "how to privatize" public education.  We were able to recall two of the four and regain the majority on the BOE.  
      But still we could not get enough people in the Springs to stop voting against their own interest.

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