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By georgeha (Fri Feb 23, 2007 at 07:04:39 AM EST) PORN!, pandering, Republicans (all tags)
or cynically manipulative, who'da thunk it!

Plus, targeting big yellow, dinner plans, Husiback! and less!

Multipoll: Maggie Brooks is?...The Biggest Local Problem is...?



The latest flap in the news is that our Country Executive is upset that local libraries allow patrons, at the patrons request, unblocked access to the intarweb, with which they can possibly view porn! Porn! She wants to withhold most of the libraries funding until they no longer allow this.

My first thought was that I hoped she'd have the county kick in money for the inevitable ACLU lawsuit, surely one of the two most powerful politicians in the county would have done a little research before spouting off on this. But today's article says the she declares herself a journalist (former TV anchorperson, so I guess she doesn't know anything about research, and only needs to read a script) and not a lawyer, so why should she have any need to know about the Supreme Court. She also pulled out the protect the children, even if it means shredding the Constitution canard.

The newspaper bloggers have the usual nice range of opinions. I particularly enjoy the ones who tell the patrons they don't need the internet at the library, they can access it at home, and it's not mentioned in the Constitution! Hello, not everyone can afford the $10 a month for internet access. Mrs. Ha's job hunt has given me a lot of insight into how necessary the internet has become, many of her job applications and tests had to be done online. God forbid you want a job at Planned Parenthood and your library uses a web filter written by religious conservatives.

I'd like to live in Maggie Brook's county. I thought we lived in the same county (I recall seeing her name on the ballot), but I can think of a lot more pressing issues than an occasional pervert using a privacy screen to view porn, PORN! How about a very high tax rate, declining manufacturing base, a culture of poverty and violence in the city, a concentration of poverty in the city, a lack of well paying jobs for the high school educated, needless duplication of services, poor mass transit, well, I could go on.

Speaking of declining manufacturing bases, the business section of our local paper also talks about my $corp targeting $big_yellow's marketing niche, using $japanese_partner's expertise, recently aquired low end printers, and even $lesser_sibling_of_product. Local rep of $big_yellow talks like he welcomes the competition. The article also mentions $big_yellow's competitor to $product, which is so well thought of that $german_manufacturer sold the whole division to $big_yellow a few years ago.

I'm still waiting for former executives of $big_yellow to do the honorable thing, apologize to the tens of thousands of laid off employees for betting on film, betting against digital technology, and then committing seppeku. I think I shall be waiting a long time.

On a lighter note, we're going to a nice Greek restaurant tonight for my birthday, assuming my parents can get into the city (about six inches of snow over night, I started my day shoveling).

For today's Husiback, updates on Mrs. Ha's employment. The restaurant she works at is one of a pair owned by the family, the other is a local landmark in a converted dining car. Apparently the patriarch of this family is notorious for dipping in the till, and Mrs. Ha noticed him eying it often. I wonder just how many hostesses they go through for register problems.

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dipping in the till by sasquatchan (4.00 / 2) #1 Fri Feb 23, 2007 at 07:33:53 AM EST
wouldn't a nice friendly IRS man be able to help you along there, or at least an anonymous tip about tax cheats ?

We have our own Maggie Brook by lb008d (4.00 / 2) #2 Fri Feb 23, 2007 at 07:49:25 AM EST
Her name is Penny Lancaster. She's one of those people who is so anti-porn she has to have her own set of repressed kinks.

images.google on Penny Lancaster by georgeha (4.00 / 1) #4 Fri Feb 23, 2007 at 07:57:19 AM EST
with safe search off would not have led me to believe that.


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She knows Rod Stewart by cam (4.00 / 1) #5 Fri Feb 23, 2007 at 08:08:11 AM EST
I was once amused by riceowlguy (4.00 / 1) #11 Fri Feb 23, 2007 at 10:48:16 AM EST
to read some columnist or other describe the Meese Commission Report on Pornography as being so pornographic that she had to get herself off about five times while reading it.

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Also, I'm pretty sure that their conclusion by wumpus (2.00 / 0) #14 Sat Feb 24, 2007 at 03:51:01 PM EST
that pornography was dangerous couldn't be from any facts gained from their "research", but could only be lead from the fact that the crooks on the commission were about to get caught. The commission was named after Meese (vindication through lack of an indictment) since they reported to him, but run by a group lead by Charles Keating (and including at least one corrupt Bishop as well).


Wumpus


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To answer your question of by wiredog (4.00 / 2) #3 Fri Feb 23, 2007 at 07:51:42 AM EST
How about a very high tax rate, declining manufacturing base, a culture of poverty and violence in the city, a concentration of poverty in the city, a lack of well paying jobs for the high school educated, needless duplication of services, poor mass transit,

Those require doing things which might piss off large numbers of registered voters, while screaming about PORN IN THE LIBRARIES only pisses off the people who would never vote for her anyway.

Earth First!
(We can strip mine the rest later.)

The political campaign over values by cam (2.00 / 0) #6 Fri Feb 23, 2007 at 08:09:12 AM EST
which are not quantifiable, are malleable and avoid the scrutiny of actually campaigning on policy and a budget to implement that policy. Assholes.

cam
Freedom, liberty, equity and an Australian Republic

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R.I.P. fast ferry by spacejack (2.00 / 0) #7 Fri Feb 23, 2007 at 08:22:16 AM EST
So much for my dream of taking boat rides to Rochester for cycling day trips in the USA.

Yeah, there goes the dream of popping off to by georgeha (2.00 / 0) #8 Fri Feb 23, 2007 at 08:27:41 AM EST
Toronto for a fun big city weekend, though we sat in enough traffic this summer to make 8 hours on the QEW seem reasonable.


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wipo by alprazolam (2.00 / 0) #9 Fri Feb 23, 2007 at 09:45:05 AM EST
The biggest local problem is Maggie Brooks.

Oh and happy birthday (today?).

It is today by georgeha (2.00 / 0) #10 Fri Feb 23, 2007 at 09:59:00 AM EST
41, though I feel like I'm 81.

thanks!


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happy b-day mr. ha! by yankeehack (2.00 / 0) #12 Fri Feb 23, 2007 at 01:17:57 PM EST

"...she dares to indulge in the secret sport. You can't be a MILF with the F, at least in part because the M is predicated upon it."-CBB
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The Internet is for PORN! by yankeehack (4.00 / 1) #13 Fri Feb 23, 2007 at 01:27:51 PM EST
Obligatory WoW / Avenue Q link :
The Internet is for porn!

What was even funnier was miker2 singing this song to me at one time...good memories...
"...she dares to indulge in the secret sport. You can't be a MILF with the F, at least in part because the M is predicated upon it."-CBB

I worked at a public library by muchagecko (2.00 / 0) #15 Sat Feb 24, 2007 at 06:53:48 PM EST
for many years. You'd be surprised at the weird stuff that goes on.

If you take away the internet (porn) - what the hell are the stinky homeless guys gonna do all day?

Providing internet access to the public is important (I've been in tight spots where my only internet access was the library). But I've had the misfortune of sitting next to hard-breathing and excited creeps who were getting off on internet porn. I found it extremely disturbing.

Maybe our libraries should provide private internet viewing rooms with lotion and tissues?

The only people to get even with are those that have helped you.

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