Wow, I really don't know where to begin. Unfortunately, great people in many organizations are seeing an untimely end. Ken Edelstein deserved a hell of a lot more than a walk down CL's memory ramp. I strongly believe that his passion, dedication, and unwillingness to succumb to those more interested in a bottom line than great literary work is the reason he was unceremoniously let go.
I have been a loyal CL reader ever since Mara's BMF trilogy. It was abundantly clear while reading parts 1, 2, and 3 that someone truly cared about CL's readers. How else do you explain the extensively researched figures and absence of grammatical and punctuation errors? Oh, and let me not forget to mention the perfectly prepared mix of tone, suspense, and appeal that left me yearning for the next installment. All characteristics of not only a gifted writer but a loving editor.
I am truly sad to see Ken go. I only hope that CL can maintain its reputation. Although, I have a sneaking suspicion Ken's legacy will not crumble so easily primarily due to his hand-picked legion of excellent writers.
It is truly mind boggling how a person can seriously believe that health care is not a right. We have a right to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. Is being healthy not a component of living a happy, liberating, life? It's truly pathetic that people would rather convince themselves health is a privilege than pay additional taxes for universal health care. The issue is not funding a universal health care system (the money is there, believe me). The issue is reallocating funds so more important line items (such as universal health care) will receive the most funding and less important line items (such as a bridge to nowhere) will receive little or (gasp!) no funding and be taken out of the budget completely.
Oh yeah, government regulation is needed. We do not need to become a socialistic nation but the hands off approach of good ole Bush obviously placed our country in several binds.
The "Street Code" I was referring to earlier is not some glorified honor. It is the invisible, omnipresent list of rules that governs the behavior of thugs, murderers, disrupters of peace, etc. It is the same list of rules that justifies the "do unto you before you do unto me" attitude the aforementioned persons adapt when trying to stay alive and out of jail. (Because the two are not mutually exclusive.)
In posting my first comment, I think some misinterpreted what I meant. I was in no way devaluing the innocent lives lost. The point I unsuccessfully was trying to make is this: the "Street Code" is unforgiving. Everyone is out for themselves. In times of imminent danger, no one is safe from these predators. They will sell their own family if it means staying alive and out of jail for another day. It is a harsh and frightening reality.
Good riddance to all of them. If you're going to be involved in the "Streets" you have to understand the "Street Code" - whatever you do is fair game to be done to you. Some people are lucky and never receive "Street" retribution. For those who get caught up, they understand and try to cover their asses the best way possible.
Okay Ladies and Gentlemen, what have we learned from yet another article about government bigwigs digging into our pockets? (Please, one person at a time). We've learned absolutely nothing! Why nothing, you ask? Because... wasteful spending is as common as flushing a toilet. (Pun definitely intended). Therefore, there was no new knowledge shared in this article. Just harsh facts that boil the blood and sting the eyes.
We manage to survive each pay check by adopting a hear no evil, see no evil attitude about the missing percentage of our check. We convince ourselves that if anyone is going to waste my money, then DAMMIT, it's going to be me! However, articles like this one that take the blinders off and force you to look the ugly, heartless, putrid truth in the eyes. Oh, John Sugg! Let me live in ignorance because it is such bliss. My God-fearing, trustworthy Legislators promised that my money is better spent by them and I would rather trust their intentions than imagine them squandering precious shelter, child-care, health insurance, food, clothing and gas money on self-fulfilling, my balls-are-bigger-than-yours initiatives.
If you have been paying attention, Svigor and me have had this ongoing posting relationship. I wonder if the dynamics will change now that Svigor is aware of my sex and race...
Wow, exhibit one in the ancient wisdom about arguing with fools:
Me: "Well, "you"* HAVE demonstrated my inability to ignore absurd posts addressed to me."
Hodgepodge: "This is you ignoring a post addressed to you, huh? Whoa, I would hate to see a response to a post youre interested in"
Reading is fundamental, kids. Stay in school. Don't do drugs.
lack of ability; lack of power, capacity, or means.
To the gallery: sorry for indulging this guy, I just don't want to give the simple-minded the idea that I have no valid response to his "arguments."
Now I have to cut Hodge Podge off, like a bartender with a drunk. If anyone ELSE would like me to answer any of his silliness that I've dismissed out of hand, please let me know. Please write cogently so I know you aren't Hodge Podge's sock puppet.
Svigor, like I've said all along - Your superiority complex smells as bad as your ass...
I can be man enough (or is it woman enough) to admit that I overlooked your "inability to ignore absurd posts addressed to me". In doing that, I got ahead of myself and made an ass of me rather than you (for once). However, the fact remains that all you've done is remain consistent in your INABILITY to address valid points made in my postings. Congrats to you for showing all of us just how IGNORANT you truly are.
In case you are not reading between my lines, I have now assumed your superiority complex.
Ladies and Gentleman, Svigor is exactly what you want to protect your children against. Simple-minded individuals are the ultimate downfall of whatever nation they propagate. Ignorance is a generational, inherited trait. If someone's parent(s) or guardian(s) were ignorant, it suffices to say he or she will be the same way.
Inability see definition above.
(All definitions found in The American Heritage Dictionary)
Ignorant without education or knowledge; exhibiting lack of education or knowledge;
Pay attention Svigor: Unaware or uninformed.
Propagate to cause (animals or plants) to multiply or breed; to breed (offspring); to transmit (characteristics) from one generation to another; to make known, publicize.
Just one more thought for Svigor. If you're ever open to the idea of delving past the surface of your beliefs and actually learning some truths, let me know. Unfortunately, I have the sneaking suspicion that you prefer to hide behind your biased facts. If that is the case, I can only wish you the best of luck in your quest for a White nation. (Dont come crawling back to multiracial America when you and your fellow cult members self-destruct.)
Sincerely, HodgePodge. A mixed-American proud to be a hodgepodge of Irish, German, African and Indian bloodlines.
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