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Re: “Under Threat

Charles Bloomer, agree.
These letters ceased to be merely malicious and protected by the First Amendment when they crossed a _legal_ threshold of free-for-all speech comment.
Operative sentences, "In her testimony, she presented letters that Saeler sent to her employer, which claimed that because of her affiliation with this nonprofit, she was helping illegal immigrants, terrorists and drug traffickers cross into the US and was using library resources to do so.

After looking into the claim, the library's staff concluded that Jacobson's work as a volunteer for People Helping People was conducted away from library property..."

Right off the bat, this individual appears to have committed a tortious interference with a working contract, between employee and employer. This individual libeled Ms Jacobson to achieve this end. In libel, truth is a defense. The library's investigation disclosed no such _truth_. The individual made up falsehoods about Ms Jacobson seemingly out of whole cloth and left himself open for a massive lawsuit, especially as this libel specifically targeted the employer-employee contract. Hmm.
It seems to me that some years ago some smart folks in Idaho, exhausted by wing-nut "militia" harassment, sued the local, armed "militia." As a result of the suit, the wing-nuts lost their multi-acre compound to the vindicated, formerly-harassed plaintiffs.
This situation may call for a similar remedy. It seems that some folks only appreciate the severity of their transgressions when the law demands severe economic sanctions.
I consider myself an unreconstructed defender of free speech. Every one of us has the First Amendment right to be as tasteless, moronic, bigoted and ignorant as we choose and express ourselves accordingly, allowing the world to "read" our minds (I hope and pray to God that someone out there who reads my bilge brings a lantern and guides me out of my particular, phenomenological _darkness_). Let the market-place of ideas determine the rational and irrational ones, the ones we choose and those that reflect our deepest, cherished values.
Lying about people in order to get them fired sure ain't one of them.
Be well.

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Posted by socrates2 on 07/14/2018 at 12:02 PM

Re: “Never Going Back to Tucson

Not a bad piece, the life of an angst-riddled yuppie who never quite found his place in the universe once he opted for exile from his dad's strata. And it can get lonely but for those childhood networks and friendships one manages to hang on to. That said, I got a kick with some of Stuart's lines such as,
"I was living some sort of lie worse than any addiction, stone-cold sober and completely lost. Hometowns are cruel beasts; it's rarely a good idea to return, unless there's a final reckoning to be had, as if such a thing is possible." A decent homage to Chandler (Raymond, not the burg).
That said, get over that first song and move on to the second and third. "Never Going Back" may be repetitive and lacking in inventive structure as pop songs go, but damn, after one listening it's already ear worm!
Good luck in your pursuit of happiness, an elusive mirage "out there" but a zen moment in here, Mr. Stuart. You're a man with heart and soul. I, too, miss Tucson. And I only spent my formative, impressionable U of A days there! But its good vibes, loving women, needed friendships, and memories dug into my soul like a fistful of fine, but painful cholla needles, and they're never coming out...
Be well.

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Posted by socrates2 on 06/21/2018 at 9:54 AM

Re: “Danehy

Damn, Mr. Danehy,

My older, wiser brother (who by the way, a few decades back always kicked my butt in Trivial Pursuit by a meager point/wedge or two) and I find those trivia/info-filled four paragraphs definitely worth the read! The author of _Childhood's End_ in gay exile in Ceylon? The "Earthrise" photo tilted for esthetic, expectation reasons? Frank Borman, former Tucson High quarterback! Who knew? President Tyler's longevity genes! So the man was a fertile septuagenarian. As for the Dakota state controversy: that's always good for a decent bar bet or two... Thanks.
Be well.

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Posted by socrates2 on 06/07/2018 at 12:44 PM

Re: “Danehy

As a card carrying (truth be told, I lost my card sometime in the late 60's, but not my allegiance to his wit!) member of Hudson's Commandos, I feel somewhat slighted that "Emperor" Bob Hudson of KRLA was not even mentioned among D.J. "royalty." Sure KHJ and KRLA were rivals in L.A., much like KTKT and KIKX in Tucson back in the late 60's and early 70's. But preferring the wonderful KHJ crew is no reason to ignore his Emperor-ness.
That said, thanks for the memories. Yes, due to the hysteria of "Beatlemania" and shrieking, teary teeny-boppers who went for the celebrity-ness of it all and not to hear the music, I drifted to the Animals, the Kinks, and the Stones--more noteworthy in their day for their rebellious streak--the essence of rock--and social consciousness lyrics than the acceptance/bourgeois-conscious Beatles whose backers wanted to sell a wholesome image along with hit records.
Still, "it takes all kinds, etc."
Be well.

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Posted by socrates2 on 05/10/2018 at 9:10 AM

Re: “The Pros and Cons of Being Fat

NarcoleptcSaxon, allow me to add a contra. The problem with our society is that, due to seriously embedded cultural delusions, we entirely misdirect shame to things not worth shaming. In case you have any doubts, shame can be used as a socio-psychological coercive force to impose serious cultural, political, and economic policies. And it's destroying us all (at least the "other" 99%).
For further illumination on this topic, I refer you to Jacques Ellul's classic, _Propaganda_.
Above all, Ms Baker remains a human being, trapped in the body of a female whose body evolution has endowed with a propensity to store any amount of sugar(s) and carbohydrates into reservoirs of adipose tissue (fat). Whether the typical male in 21st century western post-industrial culture can appreciate these simple facts beyond passing judgments of shame is for each individual to decide. Her body mass or size, either way is certainly not my business to judge... And isn't that the point of the piece? Didn't MLK remind us about "content of character?" Or is this cultural meme-phrase just more excess mental baggage to be trotted out every third Monday in January, one that leaves little trace in our consciousness once Tuesday arrives?
Be well.

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Posted by socrates2 on 05/03/2018 at 11:32 AM

Re: “Danehy

Kentop, a big AMEN to your thoughts. Merely allow me to add, "It is difficult to get a man to understand something when his salary depends on his not understanding it." - Upton Sinclair.
First, last, ALWAYS: Follow the money (and here I was believing that Robert Towne put it in J.J. Gittes mouth in "Chinatown...").
Yep, all these "converts" to legal pot, I suspect, have either received lobbyist "funding" for their re-election campaigns or in the alternative they and relatives have acquired shares in said ventures.
A very normal suspicion to have in these times, eh, my friend?
Be well.

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Posted by socrates2 on 04/12/2018 at 10:15 AM

Re: “The Tucson Connection in the Alabama Election

As a true believer in our Constitutional form of government, I live by the latin phrase, "Vox Populi, Vox Dei."
All political power derives from the voters, the citizens of this country. The Constitution, our national social contract, reflects this truism. Anyone who obstructs the will of the voters commits _treason_ against us all and betrays the principles enshrined in our Constitution. (Hence my contempt for the abominable _Citizens United_ decision--which _usurped_ the will of the flesh and blood majority in favor of corporate "persons.")
The republic was established to defend the Constitution. Why anyone would want to obstruct knowledge of the truth reflected in the ballot eludes me--unless they have committed, or intend to commit, electoral fraud. To me it smacks of treason.
Be well.

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Posted by socrates2 on 12/21/2017 at 1:39 PM

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