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  • littler commented on the blog post Satire: NSA Quits Spying on Americans Out of Disgust

    2014-08-26 14:32:03View | Delete

    Happy to help!

  • “The police chief in Dellwood has also apparently issued an order to have each officer meet one new person each week and file a report on who they met.”

    I might be a little reticent about this, myself, all things considered. Especially that ‘file a report’ part. Otherwise, I like what Mayor Jones’ has to say.

  • The all too common predatory state at work. Back around 1997 through 2002 I worked as maintenance supervisor for a small town in Utah. The town clerk was always anxious to shut people’s water service down for non-payment. She also loved the idea of turning people in for it so that she could have their children taken away. Because they didn’t have water service. She loved it. Sick, twisted and demented.

    This same town clerk was eventually prosecuted for stealing town funds and falsifying public records. She was charged with stealing about $25000 dollars worth of public funds, was sentenced to spend some twenty days in jail, to be served at her convenience.

    Meanwhile I walked away from that job out of disgust, which meant walking away from our house and any stability I had managed to gain for my wife and me. We were homeless for several years after that. Add religion to that mix and it becomes something to behold.

    You want to ever address corruption in the US? Start in the little towns, because they can be absolutely as rotten as anything in DC.

    Seriously.

  • littler commented on the diary post The Torture Report by FeetToDaFire.

    2014-08-24 09:44:20View | Delete

    I guess they figure if it was good enough for Jesus…

  • littler commented on the diary post 15,000 March Across Staten Island to Protest Eric Garner’s Murder by Police by wendydavis.

    2014-08-23 20:36:48View | Delete

    I’ve long believed that the domestic/foreign policy distinction is illusory at best. What they will do to ‘them’ today, will be done to ‘us’ tomorrow. I’ve seen little to prove me wrong about that, so far.

  • littler commented on the diary post Mother’s Misdemeanors Manufactured by ‘Merica’s Marijuana Madness by patrick devlin.

    2014-08-23 20:25:06View | Delete

    “It seems almost as if these prohibitionist law enforcers are determined to bag as many ‘final scores’ as they can, sending as many kids to jail and confiscating as much property and cash as they can before the inevitable federal legalization of cannabis.” Yeah, almost . . . In fact, this is yet another example [...]

  • Yeah, I know that intellectually; it’s the emotional aspect that tends to get me. But! I’m working on it.

  • Thank you for your reporting on Ferguson, Kevin. This country has been heading into a very bad place for a very long time, and what passes for leadership seem to care little about making any positive changes. Bigots have been crawling out of the woodwork on every comment section of every blog I read. It’s disheartening, to say the least.

  • littler wrote a new diary post: File Under Negativism

    2014-07-11 23:30:19View | Delete

    Once in a while (full disclosure: quite often) I find myself getting hung up on a song for its message, its resonance with my own particular experience of life in these United States. This is one of those songs, by the late great Mr. Gadget. http://youtu.be/xpqM7TQIF48 So, then, here’s a question: Which song has a [...]

  • It’s not so much that unleashing mink is heroic per se, so much as keeping them in captivity to begin with is a reflection of a degraded humanity. I’ve lived with several ferrets over the years and have loved them all, as a species and as individuals. Where people fall down in the muck is to see such animals as mere resources to be harvested without regard to their very special and beautiful qualities. We try to force them into our sick sense of the world and as a result we suffer right along with them, whether we have the intelligence to recognize that fact or not. They are not ‘resources.’ They are a reflection of our own health, or the lack of it.

  • Rotten from the top to the bottom and from the inside out; that is the essential state of U.S. institutions today. That may have always been the case. The question is this – Are there any countervailing forces in effect today, or merely merely random individuals, ever expelled from any meaningful context from which to bring about any positive change?

    I become a bit more friendly towards the antinatalist/declinist philosophy with each passing day.

  • “Police found bolt cutters and and wire cutters. They charged the two with “possession of burglary tools,” a felony.”

    This kind of thing is always a worry to me as so many of us possess various tools and implements which can always be characterized as burglary tools (or worse) at law enforcement’s convenience.

    I can easily see my kitchen drawers as being said to be full of implements of murder what with a bone saw, meat cleaver and various knives to be found there.

    Paranoid? I kind of hope so.

  • littler commented on the blog post Congress Moves To Remove Disclosure For Privately Funded Trips

    2014-07-02 09:18:13View | Delete

    Evidently spitting in the face of the public is not only habit forming, but highly lucrative as well.

  • littler commented on the blog post US Mistakenly Bombs Own Troops In Afghanistan

    2014-06-10 09:05:00View | Delete

    Well, a coffin’s cheaper than a hospital bed, and the US couldn’t give less of a shit about suffering. Shit happens. A cousin of mine came back from Vietnam minus an arm. The same mortar (or whatever it was) took off another guy’s head. Joe would invite me to stick my finger in his pincher, which always creeped me the hell out when I was a kid. The Tate-La Bianca murders were in the news back then, along with the Zodiac killings. Quite a childhood. Wouldn’t trade it for anything. Okay, I might trade it for some semblance of sanity, but that was never available. Nor is it today, though we must go on, despite it all. I wonder if those dead soldiers haven’t got the better end of the deal in a way.

  • littler commented on the blog post What Did We Get For All That Money

    2014-06-08 18:46:22View | Delete

    This is why it’s so important to maintain a climate of fear and distrust at all times: divide and rule has been a highly successful tactic in these states that dare to call themselves ‘United.’ A state of perpetual chaos provides many opportunities for those who look to profit from every form of suffering, human and otherwise. There’s no other way to address any of it other than to reject the whole paradigm and to accept the sacrifice that entails. And that, of course, is the sticking point: we’ve been conditioned to except a certain level of material comfort for a very long time. I’m certainly not immune to any of that, myself; my wife, though, largely is. I’m pretty grateful for that fact.

  • littler commented on the diary post Saturday Art: Influential Authors: Edgar Allan Poe by dakine01.

    2014-06-08 10:06:15View | Delete

    True, perhaps, but so what?

    “His work is the sadomasochistic, blood-and-death-loving writhing of the American soul.” Is this not what we’re wrestling with up until the present day?

    Never had much use for James.

  • Witnessing the decline and fall of public institutions in the US is always fascinating. Sometimes I’m filled with dread; at others there is a glimmer of hope. Any semblance of justice always seems the first thing to go, doesn’t it? I wonder just why that should be, considering the legions of public servants who seldom hesitate to speak to the great virtue of the American way. I would almost appear to be by design, all that noble speech, intended, perhaps, only to mislead.

  • littler commented on the diary post Where’s The Outrage? The Way We Were Is Not Much Different Than the Way We Are by cmaukonen.

    2014-06-04 20:39:32View | Delete

    I’ve been wondering for some time now just where the tipping point is for the U.S. public; that threshold between apathy and declining prospects/comfort levels. Do people here possess the ability to take sane and organized action against proliferating outrages? Or will we devolve to ever-increasing levels of random madness and violence? I’m not very [...]

  • littler commented on the diary post Wednesday Watercooler by Kit OConnell.

    2014-06-04 20:06:34View | Delete

    Oh man, do I love Louis, along with Sidney Bechet, Fats Waller, and so many others from that era. Beautiful, soulful and spirited stuff. Many thanks!

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