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  •  My question was... (13+ / 0-)

    Whatever happened to not expecting EVERYONE you meet to be a bad person, just because you don't know them?  

    How do you not think "I wonder if he's lost?"...or "I wonder whose house he's looking for?", instead of "he's coming to rob us, and I'll shoot him!"????

    I just don't get it.

    Why isn't my IRA worth $100M???

    by Jill on Wed Jan 30, 2013 at 10:46:01 AM PST

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    •  Fear. It's a product. (10+ / 0-)

      And I'd bet my last dollar that Fox News was on in the living room.

      Our media, especially news media, sell us fear.

      Be afraid.  Be very afraid.  And WATCH THE NEWS!

      The central message in "Bowling For Columbine" was exactly that.  That our media gins up its own ratings by whiping our citizenry into a fearful froth.  

      So of course this guy thought these four young people were pulling into his driveway with the intent to drive their car through his wall and rampage through his home like something out of Mad Max.

      That's what he's been told day after day after day by both cable AND the local news stations.

      Hell, local news is often worse than Fox in this regard.

      It has always struck me as tragic that the single point of CAUSE that Micheal Moore illustrated in "Bowling for Columbine" has been consistently ignored by just about everyone.

      Just like the central cause of the Columbine massacres (boys who'd been tormented by the obscene and artificial social structures of our public school system) were ignored almost immediately in favor of talk about the NRA and Marilyn Manson.

      Friggin' tragic.

      *The administration has done virtually nothing designed to reward its partisans. - Kos 8/31/10*

      by Rick Aucoin on Wed Jan 30, 2013 at 11:15:39 AM PST

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      •  Yes (6+ / 0-)
        boys who'd been tormented by the obscene and artificial social structures of our public school system
        Exacerbated by standardized testing and zero tolerance behavior policies. Shoot someone who pulls into your driveway? It's Ok, you have a right to do that. Offer a Midol to your friend? Criminal charges and expulsion; you've violated the rules.

        I'm living in America, and in America you're on your own. America's not a country. It's just a business.

        by CFAmick on Wed Jan 30, 2013 at 12:45:58 PM PST

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    •  Saliors defense lawyer (0+ / 0-)

      Seriously?!   His defense lawyer?!  

      It's the man's job to find justifications for his client's actions.  

      He wasn't referring to you.  He was referring to the actions of his client in this particular situation, and he was erring on the side of justifying his client's actions, because that's his job.

      Interpreting these remarks to be related to you is called ideas of reference.

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