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July 15, 2008

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The essence of this tragedy, it seems to me, derives from a fundamental absence of empathy on the part of the attackers: an inability to imagine, or connect with, the humanity and suffering of others. Such a failure of empathy, such numbness to the pain of a child or the desperation of a parent, is not innate; nor, history tells us, is it unique to a particular culture, religion, or ethnicity. It may find expression in a particular brand of violence, and may be channeled by particular demagogues or fanatics.

Hmmm...if you replace "attackers" with Bush, Cheney, or Addington, etc., that works just as well.

Ugh +5

Ugh +5

Seconded!

We had legal opinions that enabled us to do it.

And we paid damned good money for them, too!

Thanks -

"President Bush said Tuesday that he will not call on Americans to conserve gasoline despite the rising price of oil, saying consumers are "smart enough" to figure out for themselves that they should drive less."

What is this about, exactly; what is the purpose of this? Brand maintenance & differentiation? 'We're not the evil lefty conservationist tree-huggers who think you're too stupid to make your own choices"? Free market adulation to provide an excuse why nothing else needs to be done? Mindless out-of-touchness in regard to the folks who actually need to commute to&from work everyday, pick up kids, go shopping, etc. in areas where walking is not option and public transit may not be either (or may not be a very reasonable one, thanks to wasted opportunities)? All of the above?

Dan S.: I don't think it's any of that. I think it's this: If Americans stop buying gasoline, the President's constituency may stop enjoying record-breaking profits.

Those guys want us to keep emptying our wallets.

The Republican Party doesn't know what to make of the American people.

You've got your "whiners" and you've got your "smart enoughs".

More than 4000 Americans and countless other lesser beings have gone to their maker's mark defending my right to know when to be smart enough and when to whine.

This is why I tip my hat to America every time I fill up my car's gas tank by spilling a quart or two of gasoline on the tarmac.

I am blessed.

The other day I was sitting at a stop light listening to an NPR feature about a soldier who lost her legs in Iraq when her DOORLESS
Humvee hit a roadside bomb.

Idling next to me at the same stop light was a shiny new Hummer, fully doored and sucking up Iraqi crude in case there should be a rocket attack in the parking lot of the grocery store.

Stupidity is fungible. Especially the "fun" part.

It is a resource best allocated by the market and not to be fiddled with by the government.

P.S. What to make of a country who elevates to the Presidency by free choice a man who believes exercizing the bully pulpit is precisely equal in its curtailment of our precious bodily freedoms to the government "regulating" the economy through law?

The blessed hand of God is upon us and massages us and will giveth us a happy ending.


The Republican Party doesn't know what to make of the American people.

You've got your "whiners" and you've got your "smart enoughs".

More than 4000 Americans and countless other lesser beings have gone to their maker's mark defending my right to know when to be smart enough and when to whine.

This is why I tip my hat to America every time I fill up my car's gas tank by spilling a quart or two of gasoline on the tarmac.

I am blessed.

The other day I was sitting at a stop light listening to an NPR feature about a soldier who lost her legs in Iraq when her DOORLESS
Humvee hit a roadside bomb.

Idling next to me at the same stop light was a shiny new Hummer, fully doored and sucking up Iraqi crude in case there should be a rocket attack in the parking lot of the grocery store.

Stupidity is fungible. Especially the "fun" part.

It is a resource best allocated by the market and not to be fiddled with by the government.

P.S. What to make of a country who elevates to the Presidency by free choice a man who believes exercizing the bully pulpit is precisely equal in its curtailment of our precious bodily freedoms to the government "regulating" the economy through law?

The blessed hand of God is upon us and massages us and will giveth us a happy ending.


I liked it so much I went back for a second massage.

What to make of a country who elevates to the Presidency by free choice a man who believes exercizing the bully pulpit is precisely equal in its curtailment of our precious bodily freedoms to the government "regulating" the economy through law?

Can I point out to Americans of any political persuasion that every time I as a non-American hear the term 'bully pulpit' I automatically hear it as meaning the presidency is intended to be a pulpit for a bully to preach from and wonder why Americans are so keen to characterise their leaders in that way. (Yes, I've learned the original quotation now, but the obvious meaning of the phrase is completely different).

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That's what the internet is for! To find people to do your homework for you!

"Conserving gasoline" means making petroleum into jelly for your toast.

An "energy field" is one we can run through faster and faster the longer we run.

"The American way of life" = "teh gay."

"Leverage" refers to a TNT tv show.

And a "strategic connection" is something you make during sex.

Hope this helps!

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