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Re: “Yes, death panels are back

Baptist has been noted for adminstering wallet biopcies prior to service. Even they can't turn away someone dying on the doorstep, but if you are not in the final throes of death you get shipped out from all the best and worst hospitals in the state , except University -- we already have defacto public health care.

Posted by Janus on 12/29/2010 at 4:35 PM

Re: “California's anti-tobacco campaign

APF, what a dumb ass reason for not supporting a total ban on smoking anyplace the public gathers. What does bankruptcy, water and Arnold have to do with anything related to tobacco restrictions? Having lived in California for a number of years I can testify to the clean, healthy environment in every bar, restaurant, office, etc. in the state. If we had any "leaders" with vision this state would have followed suit years ago. Instead we are cursed with parochial representatives at every level concerned more with keeping things the same --- and pedestrian citizens who tank up on fried foods, smoke, and act totally dumb about what they are doing to their bodies.

Posted by Janus on 12/27/2010 at 10:18 AM

Re: “Civil War, contd.

Yes, on one level it was silly. What it masks however, is not silly; its a psychic fantasy that holds in place things long buried by history. That is dangerous. Ask the Germans at the end of the Weimar Republic.

Posted by Janus on 12/22/2010 at 8:40 AM

Re: “Airport Commission: What's not to like? UPDATE

I wish I knew what really happened to Debra Schwartz because the more the current drama unfolds the more it looks like racism. Not the type we usually see in these parts but the type born of more layered motivations.
Take the largely white crowd of guys coming in this morning shucking and jiving about the star airport manager they have. [It is interesting to note the historical comparison, since s&j was a tactic used by slaves for both survival and resistance. Amusing to see the staid white guys doing it, likely without any understanding of the significance of what they were doing. History is rich isn’t it?]
That kind of performance tends to mask what is really going on which the power structure is too ignorant and/or too reluctant to address. The guy has committed, if not court pursuable illegalities, at least incompetency enough to be fired. But, they can’t bring themselves to do that because he is black. It’s racism through the back door – the racism of low expectations. So they are going to do him a favor by keeping him on, which is no favor at all because he learns nothing except that an apology will get him off the hot spot. I imagine that only confirms previous behavior. Therefore, his expectation is that it will work again; and there will be an again.
When we are finally able to assess performance and act accordingly without reference to a person’s gender, race, creed, sexual orientation, physical qualities, etc., then we will have achieved not only an important goal of our Republic but an honesty among relationships that is so lacking in this current situation.

Posted by Janus on 12/21/2010 at 1:50 PM

Re: “Let the hostilities resume

APF: No, not everything is chance. Although being born into the lucky sperm club sure helps. Being born into a household of low intellect limited income sure does not help. Play the game Star Power sometime. The words of the Billie Holiday song come to mind, "them that's got, gets; them that don't, don't." The impact of wealth and breeding are far more deterministic than anything else you have mentioned. Play the Star Power game, it's a model of real life, not like we tend to idealize about the opportunities for upward mobility.

Posted by Janus on 12/20/2010 at 3:14 PM

Re: “When cameras are outlawed ...

Monkeybone, I thought the same thing about the music. I'd sue for noise pollution. Maybe it was his music that made the "deputy" forget about the Constitution.
I am disturbed about the decision of the LR Civil Service Commission. I was involved in a similar incident back in the early 90's when a white cop showed up in black face carrying a watermelon and "N" word t-shirt. I testified before the civil service commission during that cop's hearing about the damage done by words and symbols on members of oppressed groups, not to mention the incivility of it all. Was the Commission not looking for such evidence? or were they just anxious to make the issue go away? I am pleased that the Chief is challenging the decision.

Posted by Janus on 12/20/2010 at 2:46 PM

Re: “Airport moves to clean up

A cell phone lot would be too sensible. Only progressive cities do that. Our Commissioners and hired help are too busy looking for junkets and ways to boost their own egos by making contriubtions with our money. Resign, all of you.

Posted by Janus on 12/17/2010 at 4:41 PM

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