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During both world wars, it was mostly the “clueless Americans” from working class families throughout the middle of the country who gave their lives and bailed out Britain and France. After the end of WW II in 1947, the Truman Doctrine followed by the Marshall Plan pledged an enormous amount of American financial aid for a generous program of European economic recovery — money taken away from investing in our own needy citizens. This is why Europe and Britain were able to rebuild and afford social programs and national health care — while we go without! And international class bigots like Fowler dare to insult those same Americans? For the past 65 years, Europeans have enjoyed longer life expectancies and higher living standards on the dime of poor working class American’s tax dollars that benefited everyone else — except Americans. It was the tax dollars of working class Americans that funded the financial aid package to rebuild European nations after WW II. Who does that smug prick think paid for the Truman Doctrine and Marshall Plan, which made social benefits and socialized medicine affordable for Britain and France? The Tooth Fairy? Every day, 122 poor uninsured Americans die for lack of access to healthcare, 1 in 5 foreclosures are due to unaffordable medical bills, 1 in 4 bankruptcies are due to unaffordable medical bills and extremely high prices on medicine. Most Americans struggle just to afford cheap food and a roof over their heads and have never been able to afford to go on “holiday.” Stephen Fowler and the rest of Britain enjoy generous social programs and safety nets, made possible because of poor working class Americans whose taxes funded Europe’s economic recovery post-war. And for this, we are put down for our weight problems, our inability to afford university educations, healthy foods, and being “militaristic” and “fascist.” If it wasn’t for our military and our poorer people who have been deprived of opportunity and healthcare while our taxes funded the rebuilding of Britain and everyone else, Stephen Fowler would not have had the luxury of growing up with access to low-cost high quality medical and dental care so that his advanced education and opportunity to achieve economic success would have been possible. His parents would not have had a nice middle class life due to the security that comes with having access to health and dental care so that he could go to a prestigious university. And it would be Stephen Fowler, not the majority of struggling Americans, living in a “podunk town” with nothing. Britain would have remained a pile of rubble that ended up as Hitler’s outhouse. That effete popinjay owes ALL Americans a hell of a lot more than just a self-serving apology for coming here just to spit in all of our faces and lord his wealth and education over America’s working poor. He can begin repaying his fair share of his nation’s benefits made possible from American tax dollars funding the Marshall Plan.  (Oct 31, 2009 | post #202)

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Bad time to be rich? Only if you don't like taxes

Thank you. I hope you check out a copy of "Classism For Dimwits" because it deftly rebuts the myth that poverty is the fault of the poor. There is actually a religious element behind this deficit theory view of the poor that the "haves" bought into: Calvinism, the underpinning of American Protestant Christianity (Recall that "Protestant work ethic?" thing? If you work hard enough or try hard enough, you will get ahead?) Jacqueline S. Homan, Author: "Classism For Dimwits" "Eyes of a Monster" "Nothing You Can Possess" http://jacquelineh oman7.googlepages. com/nothingyoucanp ossess  (Aug 15, 2009 | post #516)

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PA Shooter George Sodini's Disturbing Video

Nice try. Nice job of not having your facts straight. Want to stay on topic? This is about ONE psycho misogynist with an entitlment attitude. Sodini was a maladjusted middle-aged man who felt ENTITLED to sex from young girls. Save your rhetoric for the pro-forced pregnancy/forced birth/anti-woman patriarchal Nazi goons who think women should all be relegated to poverty and childbirth chattel slavery under the iron-fisted control of a patriarchy, OK.  (Aug 10, 2009 | post #22)

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Bad time to be rich? Only if you don't like taxes

Thank you. Many won't listen or admit the truth of any of it because they simply don't care; they're greedy and self-absorbed. They don't want to admit that maybe they really didn't win all of life's social prizes and rewards fair and square. Everything is always all about them. They should have studied history, particularly the fall of the Roman Empire when most of the Romans were poor except for a few over-privileged elites at the top in the senatorial class who didn't pay taxes. Consequently, there was no money to pay the palatini, the Roman guards who guarded the palace and the emperor. Or money to pay for conscripted hoplite phalanx foot soldiers to deal with Alaric the Visigoth and Attila the Hun. Rome fell and plunged Europe into the Dark Ages because of too much greed at the top and nothing for the poorest of Romans who had no choice but to indenture themselves as slaves and serfs to wealthy Roman land-owning senators. The true measure of a society's greatness is its treatment of its least fortunate members. Jacqueline S. Homan, Author: "Classism For Dimwits" "Eyes of a Monster" "Nothing You Can Possess" http://jacquelineh oman7.googlepages. com/nothingyoucanp ossess  (Aug 10, 2009 | post #415)

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Bad time to be rich? Only if you don't like taxes

[CONT'D] 7. And ascribing negative pejoratives to poor women did not exactly encourage employers to want to hire them, now did it? The poor were always looked down on and therefore stood less of a chance in getting even a minimally adequate paying job because of negative stereotypes and prejudice against the poor. 8. You cannot punish people out of poverty, OK. 9. Also, under the Welfare Reform Act, poor adults without kids cannot get Medicaid in most states. So if you had piss-poor luck and find yourself without adequate income and healthcare coverage and end up with health and dental problems making you undesirable as a worker when you're trying to get a job, you're screwed. 10. Welfare Reform was about singling out and targeting POOR WOMEN blaming them for all of this nation's ills. But it did NOTHING to force responsibility on the male co-conceivers! 11. If the goal really was about reducing the amount of babies poor women were "popping out, the Hyde Amendment would have been repealed. And we would not be seeing increasing assaults on women's ability to access reliable contraceptives. 12. Under Religious Objection laws, pharmacists have increasingly REFUSED to fill women's birth control prescriptions — including for Plan B, even if the woman was raped. Gee, I can't imagine the uproar if it was POOR MEN whose sex lives was being micromanaged, and who were being denied their Viagra! 13. Plan B can now be sold by pharmacists without a prescription, but at $49 a pack, how many POOR women can scrape together the money to buy it within that critical 72 hour window? And under the Religious Objection laws, many women in poor, isolated rural parts of the country don't have a choice in pharmacies and if their pharmacist refuses to sell Plan B, they're S.O.L. But I suppose according to your logic, sex is a privilege (instead of a healthy human need) that only the "haves" are entitled to, right? 14. Then there's the issue with conservative legislators pushing things like "fetal personhood" laws — which would turn the clock back for women by 100 years because such laws criminalize abortion AND contraceptives. 15. The other erroneous claim you made about getting poor single mothers to work" is you assume that any minimum wage part-time job makes it AFFORDABLE to go to work. 16. If Welfare Reform was serious about promoting work, then Congress would have resurrected and funded CETA — the subsidized jobs program that (before Reaganomics) provided a leg up for traditionally disadvantaged people to get a toe hold in the labor market, from which they could springboard into regular non-subsidized employment and become successful members of the middle class. 17. Welfare Reform made NO provision for any guarantee that there would be adequate gainful employment for those women, and that the middle class would welcome them in the workplace. You talk about how the poor aren't entitled to have sex, or even be able to f*ckin' live. Well YOU are not entitled to get discounts off the backs of those with a hell of alot less than you —like th discounted rates of your utilities, auto insurance, and bank fees. YOU are not entitled to the good life at the expense of all the poor people who did NOT get a chance for that good job that you (or your husband) got — because someone else who needed that job, was just as deserving of that job did NOT get that job because YOU (or your husband) did. Every poor person is YOUR place-keeper. Q.E.D. Jacqueline S. Homan, Author: "Classism For Dimwits" "Nothing You Can Possess" "Eyes of a Monster' http://jacquelineh oman7.googlepages. com/nothingyoucanp ossess  (Aug 10, 2009 | post #414)

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Bad time to be rich? Only if you don't like taxes

Wrong, Lux! And BTW, California is much more generous with its poor than Pennsylvania is. In many states, the "reduced " utility bills are stil not reduced enough for what someone with an income of less than $13,000/yr can realistically afford. 1. The poor are charged 35% - 50% MORE for things like life-sustaining utilities (you know, gas and electric?) than their middle and upper class contemporaries. They're surcharged on their rates based on their credit score and when you're poor, you DON'T have enough income to be able to survive and pay your most basic bills, so your credit is going to be sh*t - DUH!!!! 2. The poor are surcharged 35% - 50% MORE for their auto insurance, given equal driving records and the same type of car. I know this because I worked in the property & casualty insurance business. The credit score determines the rate you pay. An 18 yr old kid with an accident on his/her record will get a better deal for auto insurance than a very low-income middle-aged jobless adult...because of credit scoring and also because of zip code profiling. People living in areas that are predominantly poor are charged more regardless of driving history. Fact!! 3. AFDC was part of the Social Security Act of 1935. It guaranteed some bare minimal subsistence to women and children who were deserted by the breadwinners — a common occurrence during the Great Depression. 4. The Welfare Reform Act of 1996 transformed it into block grants under a macabre "states' rights" program (which is why help varies from state to state) and it imposed a maximum 5 year lifetime benefit, regardless of ability to get a job that pays enough to afford childcare AND a roof over their heads. 5. Many women were not able to successfully get a job after being thrown off of welfare when their 5 yr lifetime benefit limit was up. 6. When people who have been marginalized try to compete for the jobs they need to acquire basic resources (you know, things like food, clothing, health and dental care, etc.), they usually lose out to those in society who have traditionally benefited from UNEARNED social class privilege. [to be CONT'D]  (Aug 10, 2009 | post #413)

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US Rep. gets death threat over health care reform

Hey, in case you didn't get the memo, Congress already DOES get socialized medical coverage — they get the best that money can buy, and guess who foots the bill for that? I'll tell you: Middle class taxpayers pay for that and so do all the working poor people and the poor unemployed people who are struggling that have NO healthcare for themselves who end up dying at age 37 from something like an abscessed tooth!  (Aug 10, 2009 | post #226)

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PA Shooter George Sodini's Disturbing Video

Since he was a selfish, self-absorbed dweeb, what good would his money and high-paying job do for ANY woman? Men who are selfish are NEVER a good catch. Any man with the attitude that everything is always all about him is not going to be a considerate lover or a generous provider, or a committed and supportive partner.  (Aug 10, 2009 | post #20)

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Bad time to be rich? Only if you don't like taxes

I have NO idea what the f*ckin' problem is with the posting mechanism, but PART 1 should have posted first and it does not appear, so here it is: Having read ALL 325 posts to date (excluding the one I am making here), some enlightenment about UNEARNED PRIVILEGE is in order: 1. In 2004, ABC's show, 20/20, investigated appearance discrimination in the job market. Women more than men suffer economically as a result of this as women still only get paid 78 cents for every dollar white males get to earn. Women deemed "overweight ", "too old", or “unattractive” are unemployed for much longer periods and when hired, are paid 12% less than their prettier, younger peers. Those who didn't luck out where looks are concerned and who lack money to fix it are S.O.L. 2. Women are far more likely to be poor than men because of lower wages, discrimination, and sex-segregated jobs where only "eye candy" need apply. 3. There are plenty of middle-aged people who did "all the right things" but still never got chances for good jobs and a shot at the good life. Getting a half-decent job when the game is rigged in a class-stratified society is more about who — not what — you know, and more about luck of the draw regarding health, gender, race and appearance. 4. "Poor choices" are not the main reasons some people remain poor and at the bottom. Middle and upper class people screw up, sometimes even more than the poor. But the outcomes are far different. 5. The Monty Hall Paradox and the Principle of Restricted Choice mathematically prove that making the right choices 100% of the time is impossible, and therefore an unrealistic expectation by the "haves" placed on the "have-nots. " The Principle of Restricted Choice states that the play of a particular card increases the likelihood that the player doesn't have another equivalent one. These are applications of Bayes' Theorem which relates the conditional and marginal probabilities of two random events. 6. Lack of enough jobs and discrimination, health problems, and social class are significant barriers to adequate gainful employment. But a large pool of desperate workers on society's bottom rung ensures that wages are suppressed. Those that do get ahead are the exception, not the rule. And mostly they were white males whose gender and race privileged them for the lion's share of good jobs while their Barbie doll trophy wives were able to escape poverty because they were able to "marry well." [Women are exclusively vulnerable to pregnancy and Christian patriarchal lawmakers' insistence on owning and controlling how women's bodies — particularly their uteruses — will be used.]  (Aug 8, 2009 | post #366)

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Bad time to be rich? Only if you don't like taxes

[CON'T] 7. According to the 2004 US Census data, 60 million Americans live on less than $7/day, but aren't "poor enough" to qualify for any help. 8. There are 37 million Americans officially classified as poor according to the antiquated guidelines used by the US Dept. of Health and Human Services. 9. Throughout the US, 16 million households suffer without one life-sustaining utility as a result of being priced out and unable to afford their utility bills in the wake of deregulation — even with help from LIHEAP. 10. The unemployment rate for those with disabling health problems (most likely among the poor who are uninsured) is 96%. No employer wants to hire you if you have ANY health problems at all. 11. Poor people are redlined out of job opportunities regularly due to negative labels and stereotypes about the poor (lazy, lack work ethic, irresponsible, likely to steal, etc.). Employers redline the poor out of adequate job opportunities by running credit checks. You must disclose your social security number on job applications and consent to this credit check as a condition for applying for the job; even for $6/hr no-benefit jobs at Wal-Mart's and McDogfood's. You can't "work hard" to get ahead (or at least support yourself on a survival level) if no one gives you a chance and hires you. 12. Poor people are charged 35% to 50% more for the same essential goods and services than the middle and upper classes. This applies to the unfair rate tiering schemes of auto insurance (which is mandatory in all 50 states, and in a society where a car is essential to getting and keeping a job). It also applies in utility company rates. Poor people are charged more for the status crime of being poor, since being poor means not having enough income to be able to survive, so they have poor credit as a result. So those who are lucky enough to be middle or upper class, you're getting a discount on your utilities and auto insurance and checking account services paid for by schemes that soak the poor. And you can thank 8 years of Reaganomics followed by Poppy Bush, and then Clinton (who threw poor single mothers under the bus for political gain with the Welfare Reform Act of 1996), followed by 8 years of Dubya and his punitive policies aimed at the poor — especially poor women with laws that allow pharmacists to refuse to fill prescriptions for contraceptives, including Plan B (even if the woman was raped), and legal assaults on women's access to safe legal abortion via "fetal personhood" laws. Any further questions? Jacqueline S. Homan, Author: "Classism For Dimwits" "Eyes of a Monster" "Nothing You Can Possess" http://jacquelineh oman7.googlepages. com/nothingyoucanp ossess  (Aug 8, 2009 | post #365)

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Bad time to be rich? Only if you don't like taxes

Having read ALL 325 posts to date (excluding the one I am making here), some enlightenment about UNEARNED PRIVILEGE is in order: 1. In 2004, ABC's show, 20/20, investigated appearance discrimination in the job market. Women more than men suffer economically as a result of this as women still only get paid 78 cents for every dollar white males get to earn. Women deemed "overweight ", "too old", or “unattractive” are unemployed for much longer periods and when hired, are paid 12% less than their prettier, younger peers. Those who didn't luck out where looks are concerned and who lack money to fix it are S.O.L. 2. Women are far more likely to be poor than men because of lower wages, discrimination, and sex-segregated jobs where only "eye candy" need apply. 3. There are plenty of middle-aged people who did "all the right things" but still never got chances for good jobs and a shot at the good life. Getting a half-decent job when the game is rigged in a class-stratified society is more about who — not what — you know, and more about luck of the draw regarding health, gender, race and appearance. 4. "Poor choices" are not the main reasons some people remain poor and at the bottom. Middle and upper class people screw up, sometimes even more than the poor. But the outcomes are far different. 5. The Monty Hall Paradox and the Principle of Restricted Choice mathematically prove that making the right choices 100% of the time is impossible, and therefore an unrealistic expectation by the "haves" placed on the "have-nots. " The Principle of Restricted Choice states that the play of a particular card increases the likelihood that the player doesn't have another equivalent one. These are applications of Bayes' Theorem which relates the conditional and marginal probabilities of two random events. 6. Lack of enough jobs and discrimination, health problems, and social class are significant barriers to adequate gainful employment. But a large pool of desperate workers on society's bottom rung ensures that wages are suppressed. Those that do get ahead are the exception, not the rule. And mostly they were white males whose gender and race privileged them for the lion's share of good jobs while their Barbie doll trophy wives were able to escape poverty because they were able to "marry well." [Women are exclusively vulnerable to pregnancy and Christian patriarchal lawmakers' insistence on owning and controlling how women's bodies — particularly their uteruses — will be used.] {to be cont'd next post]  (Aug 8, 2009 | post #364)

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PA Shooter George Sodini's Disturbing Video

Actually he did not live with his mother. He lived at 264 Orchard Dr. in an affluent Pittsburgh suburb. He had a net worth of $250,000 and his own house and a high-paying job as a systems analyst with a Pittsburgh law firm. He had money, he had economic security, he had his health, he had everything when so many others have so little. Hell...that boy was better off than 70% of Americans!  (Aug 8, 2009 | post #18)

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PA Shooter George Sodini's Disturbing Video

This guy didn't love women, he HATED women. He felt ENTITLED to getting women who are young "hotties " because average-looking women his own age just won't do, no! He wasn't lonely for love. All he wanted was sex with an obedient thin young Barbie doll willing to lay down and spread her legs on his command for his amusement until he got bored and discarded her and forgot about her like an old toy. Read his blog. He was just another spoiled rich white Christian male with an entitlement attitude. He threw a fatal temper tantrum because he wasn't getting a "possession " he felt ENTITLED to: a young "hottie" to serve as his own sperm recepticle. And when he felt cheated out of something that was rightfully his in his own perverse, twisted sad little mind, he planned to get revenge for not getting what he wanted handed to him. For the months that he blogged about his plan to carry out this shooting spree, he rationalized that it would all be OK in the end because all he had to do was hit the "Jesus Forgives Me" reset button. He didn't open fire on a room full of defenseless unarmed women (including the pregnant aerobics instructor) because he was obsessed over not getting laid. He specifically targeted women solely because they were women. And in our culture of pervasive misogyny, this loon's antics should not come as a surprise. Our society only values women based on youth, thinness, looks, sex appeal — in the job market as well as the dating game. WOmen are seen only as "trophies ", as possessions — not as human beings and US citizens deserving of equal rights, as people with their own hopes, dreams, and aspirations. George Sodini didn't know any of those women personally at the gym. He didn't know anything about them other than they had a Latin Impact aerobics dance class on a certain evening each week. If it were a group of only blacks, or Jews, or gays that were targeted for a shooting spree like this, no one would be trying to figure out how to further coddle or placate other haters out there with access to guns who are potential shooters and mass murderers. Call this crime what it is — a HATE CRIME. Jacqueline S. Homan, Author: "Classism For Dimwits" "Eyes of a Monster" "Nothing You Can Possess" http://jacquelineh oman7.googlepages. com/nothingyoucanp ossess  (Aug 8, 2009 | post #17)

Surgery

I want my labia cut off!

Actually, it IS a major issue because of the social engineering behind it...And no, our bodies are not ugly. BTW, all women's vulvas and labia have unique geometries. There is NO such thing as a "normal" looking one. Here is an article you should read about why this trend in design-a-vagina is really disturbing: http://womens-sexu al-health.suite101 .com/article.cfm/f emale_genital_cosm etic_surgery_fcgs ...it's like we've morphed into a Stepford nation. Jacqueline S. Homan, Author: "Classism For Dimwits" "Eyes of a Monster" "Nothing You Can Possess" http://jacquelineh oman7.googlepages. com/nothingyoucanp ossess http://www.suite10 1.com/writer_artic les.cfm/jacqueline _homan  (Apr 21, 2009 | post #117)

Q & A with Jacqueline Homan

Headline:

Leave the gun; take the canoli

Hometown:

Erie, PA

Neighborhood:

Lake Erie

Local Favorites:

Too many to name

I Belong To:

The greater scheme of things

When I'm Not on Topix:

Researching, storm chasing, swimming, writing, watching Monk, reading, and tending my organic garden.

Read My Forum Posts Because:

I can back them up

I'm Listening To:

Rolling Stones, Led Zeppelin

Read This Book:

Nothing You Can Possess

Favorite Things:

Take a wild guess

On My Mind:

space-time curvature

Blog / Website / Homepage:

http://jacquelinehoman7.googlepages.com/nothingyoucanpossess

I Believe In:

Not taking a stick to a gun fight.