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19h40 UTC; WEDNESDAY, 30 NOVEMBER 2011: Mein Own Motherdear (90 and in assisted living, know) is of that generation which believes practicality and utility, rather than vanity and selfish pride, should be the guiding principles of holiday-season gift giving. Not just for Christmas, but also for Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, Festivus and New Year's, depending on when you exchange gifts to friends and loved ones at this general time of year.

Such may want to be said of how best to think of your coffee-loving Significant Other, for one.

And given the suggestion of some that due regard be given for practicality when it comes to our choice of gifts, perhaps it might be better to forsake those pod-based coffeemakers (as in Senseo, Keurig, Tassimo and Dolce Gusto) as can prove expensive and costly over time ... and instead consider taking some pride for once in roasting and grinding your very own green coffee beans (yes, such IS actually possible; when done carefully and properly, you could actually manage to produce some decent coffee rivalling such served in those fancy coffee houses, especially when brewed in the classic stylees such as the vacuum pot or cone-type filter pots such as those of Chemex and Melitta, with the brewing water prepared via electric kettles for the most part).

Is this not practicality and utility when the issue is one of satisfying your morning coffee cravings, with an eye to value for money in the end?


So much for the faltering GOP Presidential bid of Herman Cain (now considered to be "in reassessment" in the wake of a new Sexual Harrassment Allegation) suggesting that the media (and, by extension, the Great Unwashed Masses) has no worthwhile interest in such charges, and that such are best left alone--howbeit without any advice on what should be discussed in lieu, aside from generalised platitudes from third-party channels (cf. the likes of Anne Murray's 1983 quasi-hit "A Little Good News" and the sarcastically-inclined 1965 hit of Hedgehoppers Anonymous, "It's Good News Week!", for such needing insight.


And so much for the Ayn Randist-influenced prolefeed trope insisting that "undue tax and regulatory burden" is "needlessly hindering badly-needed jobs creation", especially absent credible documented evidence as could substantiate the interconnexion: How much longer before we hear of "taxpayer lawsuits" as are really little more than heavily-nuanced and manipulated Ayn Randist talking points challenging regulatory oversight as hindering jobs creation, only to be dismissed before trial as "frivolous, vexatious, tortious or otherwise unduly wasteful"?


In calling on President Obama to "repudiate the concept of the 99 and the 1", isn't GOP Presidential wannabe Newt Gingrich essentially promoting what the Nazi regime called die Gemeinschaft des Volk ("the Community of the Volk"), implying as it does that the People and the Nation are seen as a Greater Collective and Cohesive Whole United in the Greater Glory of Our Dear Lovely Nation?

(Or, as Afrikaner nationalists down South Africa way put it in the Afrikaans, 'n Volkseenheid--"a natural unity of the [Afrikaner] peoples," based on the guiding principles of 'n Volk red homself ["a people rescues itself"], through Reddingsdaad ["mutual aid"] preferably, towards the Final Achievement and Perfection of Volkskapitalisme ["people's capitalism"] "born out of the Volk to serve the Volk" towards sustained and continuing creation of jobs, wages, purchasing power ... and so on, and so on, To Infinity and Beyond, for the Greater Collective Good of the AmeriKKKan People and Nation United as a Common Whole.)


Would you give money to some class of a weird and unwholesome type issuing an Emergency Appeal for Funds with platitudes such as these:
I am free now, but a desperate fight is ahead of me for my rights and the rights of the people of Europe to hear me. They truly do want to hear me and they need to hear me and my message. I think by now that you know my spirit, that I simply cannot back down from aiding our brothers and sisters [sic] efforts for their heritage in our ancient homelands of Europe any more than I could cease the fight for America. This a global effort to destroy our people, and it requires a global effort on our part to win it.

Please remember me and this sacred struggle for our people at this beautiful time of year that is such an expression of our exquisite culture and values.… If you would use this link and send something right away because you are so much needed at this time.
Such are the pleas of American White Nationalist Zealot and True Believer-in-Exile David Duke by way of an e-mail appeal quoted in the Hatewatch blog of the Southern Poverty Law Centre in response to Duke's arrest last Friday in Cologne, Germany for Misuse of a Transit Visa as he was headed to an appearence at a white-supremacist rally there.

Setting aside the rather emotionally-driven appeals to White European-AmeriKKKan Cultural Heritage and Identity throughout, Hatewatch reminds us of Mr. Duke's record of misusing Other People's Money raised through quasi-emotional appeals to Racial Honour, Identity and Integrity:
[Duke's] newest plea for help should come as no surprise – for Duke is a veteran scam artist with a long history of persuading supporters to send him a buck. In 2002, he pleaded guilty to tax evasion and mail fraud for ripping off hundreds of thousands of dollars from white supremacist donors who thought they were helping save the white race – money that actually went to finance Duke’s gambling habit. He was sentenced to 15 months in prison and fined $10,000.

That was just the splashiest case. In the late 1970s, Duke lost the support of many comrades after he allegedly stole money from the Knights of the Ku Klux Klan, (the “kinder, gentler” Klan group he founded in 1975) and used it to refurbish his Louisiana home. In 1987, facing charges of reckless conduct after engaging in a shouting match with a black man, he raised at least $8,000 from backers who mistakenly believed they were helping 62 other white supremacists. He ultimately pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor and was fined $55. In 1995, the state of Louisiana fined him $1,111 for using illegal fundraising techniques during his unsuccessful run for governor four years earlier.

In 2000, even after federal authorities raided his home and carted away nearly two dozen boxes of papers, computer discs, credit card records and other documents – material that would be used to put him away three years later – Duke insisted on his innocence. “[T]his probe is nothing more than a political assassination on the part of government officials who are seeking to silence my voice on our European heritage and rights,” he wrote from his temporary home in Russia, where he was far beyond the reach of U.S. authorities.
And let's not forget about the vile and pungent odor of insincerity tending to the psychopathically emo as premeates such appeals to "European-American Honour, Heritage and Identity," which should be enough to raise warning flags about the whole concept of Ethno-National Integrity and Honour, European-American Model, enough to suggest their being best avoided.

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