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  •  I've done the same thing many times (5+ / 0-)

    myself. I get so caught up in my initial response that I don't look at the link first. Apologies for sounding snippy and holier than thou - unintended.

    “Human kindness has never weakened the stamina or softened the fiber of a free people. A nation does not have to be cruel to be tough.” FDR

    by Phoebe Loosinhouse on Mon Nov 04, 2013 at 07:22:30 AM PST

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    •  Linked article unclear. Bad either way. (7+ / 0-)

      From the linked article:

      She also pleaded guilty to four counts of sale of narcotics, which will be included in her prison sentence.

      In a separate case, she pleaded guilty on February 7 to selling drugs...

      McDowell was sentenced to 12 years in jail, suspended after she serves five years, and five years probation.

      It's not clear how much of her jail time was due to selling drugs and how much--if any--was due to the "wrong school" thing.

      Either way, you have to wonder--if we had a serious federal jobs program and a decent minimum wage, would she have had a home and a legit job?

      The law, in its majestic equality, forbids the rich as well as the poor to sleep under bridges, to beg in the streets, and to steal bread [or sell drugs].

      --Anatole France, The Red Lily, 1894, chapter 7

      "The true strength of our nation comes not from the might of our arms or the scale of our wealth, but from the enduring power of our ideals." - Barack Obama

      by HeyMikey on Mon Nov 04, 2013 at 07:36:56 AM PST

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    •  No offense taken (1+ / 0-)
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      Phoebe Loosinhouse

      I simply skipped over the sentencing part of the article, in my half-wakened state of unconsciousness!
      Going over to re-read the diary on sleep disorders now....
      ;-)

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