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  • “Shocked shocked! I tell you”

    (I’m sorry, I know its lame but I just couldn’t help myself)

  • Tortoise commented on the blog post The GOP Push to Opt-Out of Medicaid Expansion Begins

    2012-07-02 10:56:19View | Delete

    I apologize for this off-topic comment, but for several weeks I have not received any response from FDL regarding my membership questions. So I will post my latest message here as well as members@firedoglake.com. I hope that a moderator will catch this and possibly forward it to somebody that will respond to me…

    Why does nobody answer my emails? Is there a technical problem, or is members@firedoglake.com the wrong email address for my membership questions? If not, as someone who has provided significant financial support to FDL and its causes over the last several years I am terribly disappointed by your failure to respond. I had always assumed that the FDL support staff, even though they are volunteers, would recognize how essential it is to conduct business in an impeccably professional manner, or risk being dismissed as just a bunch of hippie dreamers with no grasp of how the real world operates.

    For a long time, I was fooled into imagining that you guys actually had your act together. (Or maybe that’s just how I wanted to imagine it to be). I am desperately disappointed now to realize that my contributions have been so misguided. Keep my $1000. Do not bill me next year. If you do I will have my credit card company dispute the charges. I dont know why I expected better, I am usually pretty cynical about everything. Still a sucker after all these years. Is there some type of therapy for people who never learn from each pathetic disappointment?

  • You know, if he just gets his students to THINK he has performed a miracle. It really doesn’t matter what they thought, just that they had one is remarkable these days.

  • Tortoise commented on the blog post Lt. Pike Attends CNN’s GOP National Security Debate

    2011-11-23 13:09:13View | Delete

    Chekhov?

  • Tortoise commented on the blog post An Elegy for Berlusconi, the Man Who Ruined Italy (Again)

    2011-11-12 18:06:45View | Delete

    … than anyone since the country’s FIRST fascist dictator, Benito Mussolini.

  • Tortoise commented on the blog post Legal Worries for Paterno Don’t End After Firing

    2011-11-11 18:55:05View | Delete

    Thanks TalkingStick. But I’m OK now. I was able to deal with it (after a while) because I was an adult when it happened and I could make more sense of it (and I didn’t get HIV, which did worry me at the time). I was just angry, but it didn’t mess up my emotional development. That’s the real damage I think.

  • Tortoise commented on the blog post Legal Worries for Paterno Don’t End After Firing

    2011-11-11 15:16:27View | Delete

    Actually – the most horrible ways to kill him that I could conceive of. (As far as I know, he still lives).

  • Tortoise commented on the blog post Legal Worries for Paterno Don’t End After Firing

    2011-11-11 15:15:37View | Delete

    LOL. Everyone at PSU is in CYA mode now.

  • Tortoise commented on the blog post Legal Worries for Paterno Don’t End After Firing

    2011-11-11 15:09:58View | Delete

    Having been an angst-ridden young adolescent male and later butt-raped as an adult, it’s terrifying to consider how devastating it must be for a 10-13 year old.

  • Tortoise commented on the blog post Legal Worries for Paterno Don’t End After Firing

    2011-11-11 15:05:10View | Delete

    Blair, sorry.

  • Tortoise commented on the blog post Legal Worries for Paterno Don’t End After Firing

    2011-11-11 15:04:37View | Delete

    And now he is a Catholic. Who would have thought?

  • Tortoise commented on the blog post Legal Worries for Paterno Don’t End After Firing

    2011-11-11 14:47:29View | Delete

    Sandusky is a pervert, but it doesn’t seem like he was insane. So why did he take the boy to the PSU football team’s showers to rape him? Predators like him do tend to plan ahead to some extent, so presumably he could have found somewhere more private.

    Unless the boy (or the experience) was to be shared with others?

  • Tortoise commented on the blog post Occupy LA: Now Approaching Its Fourth Week Anniversary

    2011-10-25 18:36:17View | Delete

    I would like to help. How can I contact you? I can’t do Facebook and the like. I can do email. FDL presumably has mine – and its OK to use it.

  • Tortoise commented on the diary post Hey Oakland PD! Got Proof of Protesters Throwing Skillets at Cops? by spocko.

    2011-10-25 18:17:24View | Delete

    Now I remember EPU.

    Its so hard to keep up with the pace of things.

  • Tortoise commented on the diary post Hey Oakland PD! Got Proof of Protesters Throwing Skillets at Cops? by spocko.

    2011-10-25 18:15:38View | Delete

    Hey, anyone here remember TRex? He had the best method EVER of dealing with trolls. Why don’t we do that anymore?

  • Tortoise commented on the diary post Hey Oakland PD! Got Proof of Protesters Throwing Skillets at Cops? by spocko.

    2011-10-25 18:10:08View | Delete

    Sorry – that was a reply to the happy guy.

  • Tortoise commented on the diary post Hey Oakland PD! Got Proof of Protesters Throwing Skillets at Cops? by spocko.

    2011-10-25 18:09:03View | Delete

    Nobody said there are no bad apples, what are you talking about?

    Spocko suggested that it would be sensible to identify any agitators planted amongst the protestors, if present. Protests have been deliberately compromised before, so it’s a good idea to consider the possibility.

    Did you misunderstand, or are you deliberately missing the point?

  • It’s never too late for Plan B.

  • Tortoise commented on the blog post ‘We Are the 99 Percent’ Photo of the Day

    2011-10-21 21:38:42View | Delete

    Happy,

    I realize there is probably no point in providing you with an honest and considered response, but just on the small off chance you might stop to think about things:

    I am (now) the 1%. In fact more like 0.25%.

    But I started as a fruit picker. Moved up to dishwashing. Candy vendor. Next a factory job — moved up to QA. Then a supermarket shelf-stocker – worked up to inventory manager. Then to College, PhD in Bioengineering, Medical School, Post doc — Asst. Prof — Assoc Professor in Surgery at a Major University. Founded a Medical Device Company, now worth $100M+, currently employ 100 people.

    The point is – for two significant periods of my life I was completely dependent upon welfare. Receiving welfare is quite an experience – I don’t know if you have any idea? Like any citizen and (previous) taxpayer, you should at least be entitled to a certain statutory amount depending upon your circumstances, no?. So you would think, but in fact, they don’t ever actually provide even that small amount – ever. And you won’t receive shit until you have been suitably ignored, abused, disrespected, harassed, and personally insulted by staff far too stupid to hold down a job in any other department. Eventually they get you to the point where you will accept even their (deliberate?) inability to use a simple 4-function calculator, and thank them for whatever demeaning pittance they deign to provide. And beware – should you ever (correctly) question their math – you will invariably be reassessed at a lower amount each and every time. But be careful not to become irritated (they really enjoy this) and ask for a supervisor. Whoa! Might as well hang yourself immediately, because you are now officially gonna be f’d over for life!

    I can assure you that I would not have survived without even that meager assistance. And please do not try to argue that I had any choice but to submit to that miserable humiliation. You don’t know.

    I suspect that you may never have found yourself in a similar situation. Once you have been there — it becomes much more difficult to judge others (if you are capable of being honest with yourself.)

    I was lucky to be born very smart. Smarter than you most likely. Not everybody is so fortunate. And thanks to my wit, and a meager handout, I was able to become successful. But the truth is – everyone deserves the right to basic living standards, health care and education. Even those who are disadvantaged. Why the hell would you suggest otherwise?

  • Tortoise commented on the diary post You know how bad you think things are? They’re worse than that. by dakine01.

    2011-10-21 20:25:37View | Delete

    To quote the incomparable George Carlin: “Think of how stupid the average person is, and realize that half of them are stupider than that.”

    And they can vote!

    We are doomed.

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