Thursday, July 10, 2008

READER COMMENTS

GOOD JULY FOURTHS

-- The best Fourth of July parade is "The Horribles" in Beverly Farms, Massachusetts. For a while my favorite float was one for Viagra, with lots of kids asking for explanations of white spurts coming from a cannon sized water gun. This was topped on my list by a Holyfield/Tyson fight with "Tyson" eating what appeared to be a large ear.

SWAMPOODLE REPORT: THE SUPREME COURT DOES SOMETHING GOOD

- - With the neocons dismantling the Republic and the Constitution, this ruling could not come at a better time.

-- It's funny. I logged on expecting to disagree with you on this topic but your commentary sums up exactly how I feel. A lot of my friends who call me liberal can't understand why I support the Supreme Court's decision. I tell them that with our government completely out of control, we need weapons as our last line of defense. They think that is a radical statement. I think it is a rational statement.

- - I think a much more radical notion would have been for us, the people, to do our duty in preventing our rights from being raped out from under us in the first place, as opposed to feeling we have to arm ourselves against the government now that the damage has already been done.

And if you really believe that your private arsenal is going to defend you and yours against their encroachments, I suggest you go back and take a good long look at two recentincidents that go by the name of Ruby Ridge and Waco.

Guns, guns, and more guns coupled with the Wild-West social mentality that they always seem to entail will never solve any of this, people.

- - "And how we burned in the camps later, thinking: What would things have been like if every security operative, when he went out at night to make an arrest, had been uncertain whether he would return alive and had to say good-bye to his family? Or if, during periods of mass arrests, as for example in Leningrad, when they arrested a quarter of the entire city, people had not simply sat there in their lairs, paling in terror at every bang of the downstairs door and at every step on the staircase, but had understood they had nothing left to lose and had boldly set up in the downstairs hall an ambush of half a dozen people with axes, hammers, pokers, or whatever else was at hand. . . The Organs would very quickly have suffered a shortage of officers and transport and, notwithstanding all of Stalin's thirst, the cursed machine would have ground to a halt!" -Alexander Solzhenitsyn, The Gulag Archipelago

- - "There is no doubt in my mind that millions of lives could have been saved if the people were not "brainwashed" about gun ownership and had been well armed. Hitler's thugs and goons were not very brave when confronted by a gun. Gun haters always want to forget the Warsaw Ghetto uprising, which is a perfect example of how a ragtag, half-starved group of Jews took up 10 handguns and made as**s out of the Nazis." -Holocaust Survivor Theodore Haas

- - It is so good to know, from long experience reading the Review, that there is at least one man on the left who is not an idiot. Keep it up, Sam. Who knows, the truth may win out yet. I very much appreciate your consistent publication of the truth, without regard to the privileged toes on which you trod.

- - You should know better than to use John R. Lott as a reference source. Not only are his analytical abilities questionable. . . A quick Google on the name ' Mary Rosh ' will give some insight into his ethical standards. Lott created a fictitious correspondent to bolster his claims and is an absolute tool of the gun lobbies.

- - If more gums = less crime, Sadr City should be the safest place on the planet.

- - I don't know why I always come away surprised by the exhibition of Wild West, "everybody grab yer piece" mentality from people who have the temerity to slap the label 'progressive' on themselves, and yet I still do. By the reasoning shown here, I guess we might just as well posthumously welcome that supreme cowboy, Ronnie Reagan, into the ranks.

- - Maybe some progressives remember the lessons of history. "Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it." -George Santayana

- - There is nothing 'progressive' whatsoever about a society where everyone is going around armed, and the only advantage one has is how quickly he/she can get the drop on another. Nothing progressive at all, folks, but you'll only find that out once you've gotten the utterly evil society so many of you are clearly longing for. Maybe when you feel you have no other natural advantages the thought of a society shaped along those lines can seem very attractive. Good luck to all of you.

- - It's ridiculous to hold gun ownership up as some cure to authoritarianism in our (or other) governments. Maybe it is true what some posters are saying about Nazi Germany, though I'm not entirely sure it is. But that was then, and this is now. Fat lot of good guns are going to do against our government when they turn the microwaves and tasers and tanks on its own citizens. The only thing that will stop that is educating everyone - including those operating the microwaves and tanks so they put them down and join us.

So, yeah, good decision by the Supremes. . . but considering all the horrible ones they've had in recent days to continue our descent into fascism, it doesn't really make me feel any better that we can have the symbolic power of our guns. Because that's all it is against the technology of the US government, a symbol with little real power.

SHOPPING CENTER CONSTRUCTION BOOMS AS STORES CLOSE

- - Rampant greed, ala the development booms, usually is untethered to anything resembling empirical realities. The pathologies of greed in corporations is really not so very different from the pathologies of greed in individuals, and has the same devastating results, albeit on a much larger scale of damage.

ART BUCHWALD VS. J EDGAR HOOVER

- - Never much cared for Buchwald's humour, but that Hoover story is pretty damn funny.

BUSH REGIME THREATENING BUS RIDES FOR CHILDREN

- - People fail to recognize that Bush, lame duck and as unpopular as he is, is still hell bent on reaping as much damage as he can before his term ends and he rides off into his wealthy, ruling class sunset.

HUNGER IN CITIES GROWING

- - "I understand the marketplace, but government is supposed to be here to redress the inequities of the marketplace, that's one of its functions. Not just to protect the nation, secure our security and all that shit. And not just to take care of great problems that are trans-state problems, that are national, but also to make sure that the inequalities of the marketplace are redressed by the acts of government. That's what welfare was about. There are people who really just don't have the tools, for whatever reason. Yes, there are lazy people. Yes, there are slackers. Yes, there's all of that. But there are also people who can't cut it, for any given reason, whether it's racism, or an educational opportunity, or poverty, or a fuckin' horrible home life, or a history of a horrible family life going back three generations, or whatever it is. They're crippled and they can't make it, and they deserve to rest at the commonweal. That's where my fuckin' passion lies."--George Carlin

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