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  •  Tip Jar (17+ / 0-)

    "The nationalist not only does not disapprove of atrocities committed by his own side, but he has a remarkable capacity for not even hearing about them." ~George Orwell

    by MrBillOfRights on Wed Oct 10, 2012 at 10:58:34 AM PDT

  •  You should (8+ / 0-)

    probably tell the story of Ms. Dunaj, instead of just providing a link. This could be a good diary.

    I wonder what Markos thought when he started this blog? Sure, come for the politics, but stay for the friendship and cat pics!

    by The Pollster on Wed Oct 10, 2012 at 11:09:28 AM PDT

  •  Yet individual stories (7+ / 0-)
    It is unnecessary to detail Michelle Dunaj’s story, because the routine torture of the weakest among us has become normalized. It is policy
    are what counter "policy".   Generalities can always hide the ugly, that specifics reveal.

    "The extinction of the human race will come from its inability to EMOTIONALLY comprehend the exponential function." -- Edward Teller

    by lgmcp on Wed Oct 10, 2012 at 11:20:29 AM PDT

    •  The stories of the victims do not change the (1+ / 0-)
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      maybeeso in michigan

      behavior of the perpetrators, who consider themselves as obedient to and subservient to the law.
      Ever since the authoring of the Constitution in which some humans were redefined as 3/5 of a person because they'd been bought to be owned, the law has been used to intimidate and deprive, rather than insure justice.
      The "rule of law" is a deceptive phrase.  It implies justice when, in fact, it defines a system in which the subordination of humans is accomplished by written fiat, impersonal and immutable and virtually immortal, rather than by flesh and blood tyrants whose heads may be offed, if they are irrational.  What can we do about irrational laws?
      When we have scofflaws writing the laws, deprivation is bound to be the result. After all, crime is essentially the deprivation of human rights without just cause.  However, we have now seen plenty of evidence that the cause can be declared just at the drop of a plane.  The amendments to the Constitution were always qualified.  Rights were to be respected unless disrespect was/is warranted.  From there it is a short step to deciding that the undisputed interest/security of the nation warrants the suppression of individual rights. The instinct-driven aren't good with their hands, but their word-smithing is without question superior. Indeed, their practical incompetence probably leaves them little choice.  They either have to exact what they need legally or take it by force.  The less articulate obviously resort to the latter until it lands them in prison where their material needs will be automatically met.

      That being the case, it seems to me we'd be better off just supporting the freeloaders with some kind of modest stipend on condition that they make no complaint and no demand. Letting them run things is obviously a prescription for disaster.
      Willard can have his money, if he'll just shut up and leave us alone.

      We organize governments to provide benefits and prevent abuse.

      by hannah on Wed Oct 10, 2012 at 12:08:36 PM PDT

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  •  ghost planes, ghost ships, even (2+ / 0-)

    ghost islands, such as Diego Garcia, by the incomparable historiant, mi novio Unitary Moonbat, who always told the story.

  •  Jaysus Christ! (3+ / 0-)

    I heard about this but had no idea it happened at MY airport, 5 miles from my home!

    I was incensed by the story but now I am enraged!!!!!!!!

    As of 02/22/2012 in Washington State pharmacists can exercise their "religious freedom" by denying women access to Plan B because the judge thinks there aren't any bigots in this state.

    by FlamingoGrrl on Wed Oct 10, 2012 at 11:41:30 AM PDT

  •  I can't go to he debate party at the (5+ / 0-)

    Kossack HQ because to lift my arms on command would rip open fresh surgical incisions.

    My right to travel to a political event was stopped by the TSA because I can't subject myself to a gang tackle for not lifting my arms.

    "Til you're so fucking crazy you can't follow their rules" John Lennon - Working Class Hero

    by Horace Boothroyd III on Wed Oct 10, 2012 at 11:42:49 AM PDT

  •  Sad. Just, sad. n/t (2+ / 0-)
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    It's here they got the range/ and the machinery for change/ and it's here they got the spiritual thirst. --Leonard Cohen

    by karmsy on Wed Oct 10, 2012 at 11:53:09 AM PDT

    •  What we have forgotten and neglected to instill (1+ / 0-)
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      in our public servants is that individual behavior is to be presumed good until and unless it is proven wrong or injurious to another person. The presumption of probity applies to everyone and is the origin of the presumption of innocence which applies to those who are suspected of having done wrong. Our legal system has gotten used to assuming that innocence only starts when there's a suspicion of wrong because that's the point at which the agents of government are under specific obligations. So, in the typical human reaction to obligations (to evade them), our agents of law enforcement have learned to delay formalizing a suspicion as long as possible, enabling them to gather information on the sly, without the not-yet-suspect catching on. Which means, in practice, that everybody is considered with pre-suspicion. And from there it was natural that they moved to the agenda to prevent crime (supposedly).
      That the first crime by one person is never preventable so as we'd know it and that all we can hope for is to prevent a repetition just isn't enough for people who hire on because they want to be in charge.
      What constitutes a crime? Is it an act that's contrary to law or is it an act that's contrary to justice? If the latter, that's a much higher standard than we've ever had. Because, from the beginning, our laws have prohibited a whole host of natural human behaviors, legally violating human rights.


      Conditioning the exercise of these functions on the acquisition of symbolic artifacts (money) is an infringement by remote control, a denial of freedom. Giving some people property rights that restrict the access of everyone else to necessary sustenance doesn't make it any better.  It makes it worse, unless property rights come with an obligation to share the fruits thereof.

      Who knew that the demand for expanded civil and human rights would result in everyone being more restricted? Who considered that equal treatment is not necessarily better, but may well be equally shoddy? Who knew that the demand for identity cards from non-citizens would result in them being demanded from all persons? Equality is a two edged sword, but only because we have failed to insist that it applies to the agents of government; not the presumably virtuous persons.
      If individuals want an identity card, one must be issued. But, the issuing agency cannot insist that every person have one. Just as the requirement to issue marriage certificates to all applicants does not translate into every person being required to marry.

      Why do so many people have a hard time accurately relating cause and effect? Perhaps it's because lots of people don't see themselves as agents, but as reagents and reagents, being people who habitually do what they are told, are so well suited for corporate membership.

      We organize governments to provide benefits and prevent abuse.

      by hannah on Wed Oct 10, 2012 at 12:39:30 PM PDT

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  •  So much for the loudmouths (3+ / 0-)

    who say "drive or take the train". She was going to Hawaii.

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