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15h29 UTC; SATURDAY, 10 DECEMBER 2011: Talk about the game of DARVO (Deny, Attack, Reverse Victim [and] Offender) being welded onto the Guiding Principle of Jucheism ("Man is the Master of Everything, and Decides Everything"): Pennsylvania's Liquor Control Board, the Keystone State's Government-Protected Monopoly on alcoholic beverage supply and marketing, has pulled at the request of womens' rights and sexual-abuse action groups a Public Service Message which seemed to imply by its tone and phrasing that those who habitually drink ought be held responsible and culpable for any acts, deeds or exploits of date rape by virtue of their consuming alcohol.

But then again, how much longer before Religiopolitical Right Zealotry and True Belief chides the Liquor Control Board for "disregarding common sense" in such manner as belies the Elmer Gantry element's misogynistic mindsets excused as Serving My G-d and My Country, not to mention Seeking to Reclaim Our Dear Lovely Nation to His Will and Command?

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Come to think of it: How much of the Christian Right's prolefeed is essentially a rehash of apartheid South African official policy and prolefeed which was streamed towards the "privileged" White minority, expecting them to "wholeheartedly" accept and rally round apartheid and its articles of faith as being the greatest thing since sliced bread for Instilling and Promoting White Patriot Love of Country and Pride in Fatherland and Race, not to mention expected to accept South Africa being G-d's Own Country?

It'll be interesting to see how close the parallels are to archived specimens of apartheid-era propaganda as above, including pamphlets, tracts, sermon material, school texts, propaganda films and newsreels and even radio and (after 1976) television broadcasts produced by the South African Government under apartheid rule.

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So much for GOP Presidential wannabe Newt Gingrich's suggestion about the Palestinians being an "invented people***intent on seeking the destruction of Israel" the other day: What he fails to realise, for one, is that Palestine was for years part of the impotent and decaying-from-within Ottoman Empire, and it was during that particular phase of history that Theodor Herzl began his campaign for the Jewish Diaspora across Europe, stifled as it was by discrimminatory policies and legislation, to reclaim their ancestral homeland of Israel as of natural religio-historical right and claim.

By 1918, the Balfour Declaration formalised the doctrine of the Jews being entitled as of "natural religio-historical right and precedent" to a "national home" within Palestine, so long as:
  • the "national home" respected the rights of those of other faiths so resident; and
  • in exchange, other nations recognised the rights of Jews resident within their sovereign territory.
As part of the Ottoman Empire's outright collapse and partition via the Versailles Treaty, Palestine and Transjordan were placed under British mandate, with technical obligation under the Mandate of the League of Nations to respect the Balfour Declaration ... which the British would eventually reduce to a farce by the time Hitler's Nazis came to power in Germany with their debauched anti-Semitic pogroms and the Nuremburg Laws reinforcing, with the British imposing blockades on attempts at Jewish migration and settlement, with the Exodus Incident showing just how awkward the campaign was (even if it meant such Jewish settlers managing to defy the blockades, commonly known as ma'aplim, being revered as heroes for their defiance).

In the end, it would be the Nazi regime's Holocaust, and its martyrdom of an estimated six million Jews in the name of the "Aryan Master Race" (which, come to think of it, amounts to an "invented people" right there), as forced the hand of international public opinion towards the ideal of a Jewish State in Palestine, which the United Nations called for in its November 25, 1947 resolution to that effect ... and which would become a reality on May 15, 1948, when the British Mandate in Palestine and Transjordan lapsed. (As a matter of fact, the United States was the first sovereign nation to recognise the sovereignty of the State of Israel, just hours after Israel declared its independence.) Which, to Palestinian Arabs, did not sit well, in effect launching the War of Israeli Independence soon afterwards, which Israel eventually won. (As a matter of fact, concurrent with the observance of Israeli Independence Day, Palestinian Arabs in their diaspora, and their sympathisers, observe what they call the Naqba--"the Calamity" they see as the "unlawful usurption" of Palestinian Sovereignty.)

Meneer Gingrich needs to reread his history a little more carefully and thoroughly for once.


And speaking of "invented peoples," so-called "Confederate Southern Americans" (i.e., overzealously "race-conscious" whites of extreme poverty, fecundity and stupidity resident in the territory of the Civil War-era Confederate States of America) deserve that appellation more so that Newt's appellation to the Palestinians. And for obvious reasons.

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Not that anybody beyond the Kanker Sisters' breeding and intellect would seriously consider it, but the Minnesota State Lottery, as part of its message display at lottery sales outlets, is urging people to not even think about giving as holiday gifts to the under-18's lottery tickets of any kind, citing the age-inapproriate nature thereof (in fact, State law and policy already prohibits sale of tickets to, and claiming any prizes therefrom by, anyone under 18 years of age) and the risk of such a choice of gift tending to develop bad moral choices in the impressionable.

But it was the sheer creativity of presentation that attracted my eye: Videlicet, showing a young girl sitting at a roulette table surrounded by gaming chips and lottery tickets to reinforce the message as above.

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There are probably some of a certain generation who, perhaps because of the general malaise as comes with advancing age, seem not to be in the right frame of mood or emotion at this time to get their Christmas cards sent by traditional letterposts, in particular such as are unable or otherwise incapable of adapting to Teh Innerwebz because of their having limited incomes and/or residence in country areas where affordable high-speed Innerwebz is limited or unavailable, with their suffering potentially adverse effects of planned degredation of Postal Service delivery standards (including extended transit times, closings of Post Offices in mostly country areas and discontinuing Saturday deliveries) all the more so.

Case in point: Mein Motherdear (90), now resident in an assisted-living home and having serious arm injuries to the extent that she needs to rest awhile after writing only a few minutes.

And speaking of assisted-living: Did you hear about the facility in Faribault, MN as was placed on sanctions (including its staff being given a lecture on dealing with sexuality in the elderly) after it emerged that a male resident of an otherwise locked dementia ward had suspected carnal relations with six female residents thereof (mostly fondling and caressing of breasts and groin areas and being seen nagoy in public areas of the facility; officials were uncertain if full-on intercourse ensued)?

In any case, the whole notion of the elderly in assisted-living and similar facilities being capable of having sexual feelings and/or experiences is emerging as a major area of concern for those who deal with geriatric care; as the Star Tribune (Minneapolis) explained in its reportage of the circumstances:
Experts generally agree there are gray areas in determining if sexual expression in nursing homes and other long-term care settings is appropriate.

"There aren't many rules, but there are two," said Iris Freeman, associate director of the Center for Elder Justice and Policy at William Mitchell College of Law in St. Paul: "Staff cannot have sexual contact with residents, and among residents, no always means no."

The key, she said, is figuring out what the resident wants, "and that can be tricky. Someone with dementia may not be able to answer specific questions. Do they appear happy in someone's presence? Happy about what? It's not always easy to figure this out."

Consulting family members doesn't always help because many are "squeamish about their parents' sexuality," Freeman said.

One national expert expressed support for the dismissed administrator and believes assessing whether a resident is comfortable in a sexual situation isn't so difficult.

"Even with someone with fairly advanced dementia, you often can tell that she doesn't like the food you offer her," said Dr. Robert Kane, director of the Center on Aging at the University of Minnesota. "You have to pay attention, but often you can tell if she likes the person she's snuggling with as well."
(Which brings to Your Correspondent's mind what Capt. James Cook's voyage of discovery in the Pacific encountered when they reached Tonga in 1777: King Lampetanka II thereof, still black-haired and well into his 80's, according to Capt. Cook's account, duly notes that since his accession to the Tongan throne at the age of 13, he considered it among regal duties to deflower native women coming into sexuality, acknowleding that he did so as much as 10-15 times/day and adding that he never saw the same girl twice.)

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One Thing More, perhaps: As if the occasional displays of contempt towards our troops and veterans from right-wing prolefeeders like Rush Limbaugh wasn't galling enough to the point of showing contempt and disrespect therefor (even excused as Serving G-d and Country when pressed to explain), not to mention the shock announcement at this week's 70th anniversary observance of the Pearl Harbour attacks as dragged the United States into World War II that the Pearl Harbour Survivors' Association was being wound up due to an aging and declining membership, perhaps it was time to call to mind Rudyard Kipling's response (as it were) to Alfred, Lord Tennyson's immortal "Charge of the Light Brigade" which he called "The Last of the Light Brigade" (ultimately from Wikipedia, as first published in the St. James's Gazette of London on April 28, 1890), where Kipling sought to explain the reduced circumstances as had befallen the remaining survivors of the Crimean War in the hope of inspiring the public to be ashamed of their plight enough to launch an appeal for funds in their hour of need (and which, come to think of it, ought serve as reminder for us to help needy veterans in whatever way we can):
There were thirty million English who talked of England's might,
There were twenty broken troopers who lacked a bed for the night.
They had neither food nor money, they had neither service nor trade;
They were only shiftless soldiers, the last of the Light Brigade.

They felt that life was fleeting; they knew not that art was long,
That though they were dying of famine, they lived in deathless song.
They asked for a little money to keep the wolf from the door;
And the thirty million English sent twenty pounds and four!

They laid their heads together that were scarred and lined and grey;
Keen were the Russian sabres, but want was keener than they;
And an old Troop-Sergeant muttered, "Let us go to the man who writes
The things on Balaclava the kiddies at school recites."

They went without bands or colours, a regiment ten-file strong,
To look for the Master-singer who had crowned them all in his song;
And, waiting his servant's order, by the garden gate they stayed,
A desolate little cluster, the last of the Light Brigade.

They strove to stand to attention, to straighten the toil-bowed back;
They drilled on an empty stomach, the loose-knit files fell slack;
With stooping of weary shoulders, in garments tattered and frayed,
They shambled into his presence, the last of the Light Brigade.

The old Troop-Sergeant was spokesman, and "Beggin' your pardon," he said,
"You wrote o' the Light Brigade, sir. Here's all that isn't dead.
An' it's all come true what you wrote, sir, regardin' the mouth of hell;
For we're all of us nigh to the workhouse, an' we thought we'd call an' tell.

"No, thank you, we don't want food, sir; but couldn't you take an' write
A sort of 'to be continued' and 'see next page' o' the fight?
We think that someone has blundered, an' couldn't you tell 'em how?
You wrote we were heroes once, sir. Please, write we are starving now."

The poor little army departed, limping and lean and forlorn.
And the heart of the Master-singer grew hot with "the scorn of scorn."
And he wrote for them wonderful verses that swept the land like flame,
Till the fatted souls of the English were scourged with the thing called Shame.

They sent a cheque to the felon that sprang from an Irish bog;
They healed the spavined cab-horse; they housed the homeless dog;
And they sent (you may call me a liar), when felon and beast were paid,
A cheque, for enough to live on, to the last of the Light Brigade.

O thirty million English that babble of England's might,
Behold there are twenty heroes who lack their food to-night;
Our children's children are lisping to "honour the charge they made - "
And we leave to the streets and the workhouse the charge of the Light Brigade!
(Incidentally, the penultimate stanza, as above, did appear in an earlier anthology of Kipling's poems, but for some reason or another would be deleted in later collections. As I said, it's the complete version, via Wikipedia. Whether such will serve its desired purpose as counter to the occasional calls from right-wing prolefeed for contempt towards our veterans, or otherwise casts same into an odious or disparaging light, by Warning from the Past, is anybody's guess.)

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