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Human beings will be happier - not when they cure cancer or get to Mars or eliminate racial prejudice or flush Lake Erie but when they find ways to inhabit primitive communities again. That's my utopia.
~Kurt Vonnegut
Tuesday, November 22, 2005

I'm Not Laughing

As Bob called me on in my comments today, the letter to the editor copied below, Some Don't Need a Vaccine, was a tasteless bit of humor, not very well placed.
I have to wonder if the reason it rubbed him the wrong way was because it was very similar to the tactics right-wingers impose when attacking the left, failing to look at deeper causes and employing off-the-cuff sarcasm, unlike the usual sarcasm in a snarky lefty post.

Tasteless, yes, but there is something more to it. It's like the misplaced joking of an insensitive leader, one who would joke about finding the WMD's. "Where are the weapons of mass destruction, are they under here?", or more recently, a desire of Bush's to bomb Al-Jazeera written off, not very successfully, as humor. CNN Video

Sorry, but I don't believe it was a joke.
Poverty, lack of education and medical care, war, lethal injections and killing journalists are not laughing matters.
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