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Two vast and trunkless legs of stone stand in the desert.

Near them, on the sand, half sunk, a shattered visage lies
whose frown, and wrinkled lip, and sneer of cold command,
tell that its sculptor well those passions read...

And on the pedestal, these words appear:
“My name is Ozymandias, king of kings:
Look on my works, ye Mighty, and despair!”

Nothing beside remains.
Round the decay of that colossal wreck, boundless and bare
the lone and level sands stretch far away.

-- Percy Bysshe Shelley (1818)


Forget the goverment infrastructure -- what about the SOCIETAL infrastructure?

"I take umbrage at the suggestion that people don't start and build businesses," Maloney said.

That's NOT what Obama suggested. He suggested that people don't start and build businesses BY THEMSELVES, because it requires the direct or indirect help of OTHER people whether they're members of the government or not -- "SOMEBODY ELSE made that happen."

"I started out with 500 bucks..."

Unless you were born holding it in your hands, Mr. Maloney, you DID NOT "start out" with 500 bucks. "Somebody else" either gave you that money, bequeathed it to you, loaned it to you, or allowed you to earn it. If you found it, it's because "somebody else" lost it -- unless you found "somebody else" to steal it from!

"...and worked with my hands..."

"Somebody else" taught you how to work with your hands (either in person or through instructional materials), and "somebody else" invented and produced whatever tools you used.

"...to afford grad school at night."

"Somebody elses" developed your school, hired the teachers, set the curriculum, and decided to accept you. Not to mention the "somebody elses" who taught you how to read and write, and the "somebody elses" who taught THEM how to read and write -- and teach!

"My wife supported me."

By "supporting" you, do you mean that the "somebody else" you're married to gave you moral support, worked with you at building your business, or got herself hired by "somebody else" to provide a supplementary income?

"Started a little body shop and was able to bring together people, one at a time..."

"Somebody else" helped you obtain your body shop's office space, suppliers, subcontractors, equipment, business cards, insurance, advertising, marketing. When business got so good you that could no longer do all the work yourself, you hired "somebody elses" as employees. And of course, let's not forget the most important "somebody elses" of all -- the people who bought your products and services at a large enough volume that you can consider yourself successful.

And never mind the "somebody elses" in the government who organized the building of the roads -- what if "somebody else" HADN'T invented cars in the first place?


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Jeneba Tarmoh On Conceding Final Spot In (2012 US Olympic Team) 100 Meters

Dead Heat For Third Place

(6/23/12): Saturday night’s final of the women’s 100 meters at the 2012 Olympic Trials involved a photo-finish image to determine third place...

The outside camera is traditionally the one used in photo-finish images...(but it)...was inconclusive for determining third place due to athletes’ arms blocking a clear view of their torsos. Torso position is used to determine finishes and times...

Looking at the inside camera images, timers initially...posted Tarmoh as finishing third in unofficial results...The photo-finish image, shot at 3,000-frames-per-second, was then analyzed by timers and referees and unanimously ruled to be a dead heat...Tarmoh and Felix are both officially timed in 11.068 seconds...

Jeneba Tarmoh On Conceding Final Spot In 100 Meters

(Updated 7/4/12):...(A) day after conceding the spot to training partner Allyson Felix, Tarmoh was at peace with her choice not to participate in a runoff to break a third-place tie. She realizes that some will second-guess her decision..."If standing up for what I believe in and not running because I believe I earned that spot...(is) what makes you a quitter then I guess the definition of a quitter is misconstrued nowadays," Tarmoh told The Associated Press...

When she finished the original race, Tarmoh looked up to see her name on the scoreboard in the third spot behind winner Carmelita Jeter and runner-up Tianna Madison. She took a celebratory lap and soaked up the moment, hardly believing she was going to the Olympics in the 100. It was all taken away when she learned officials took a second look at the results and declared a dead heat...

The athletes and their agents met with USATF representatives Sunday, and Felix and Tarmoh announced they wanted settle matters on the track. The other options were a coin flip or one athlete conceding the spot...On Monday, hours before the winner-take-all race was scheduled to be take place and shown on NBC, Tarmoh threw in the towel...

"I worked really, really hard to earn that spot in the 100...It was more than me winning, it was me...cramping up in the middle of practice...throwing up at practices...getting mentally prepared, physically prepared...It was me knowing that when I crossed that finish line, that I put my all on the track...All of a sudden someone's telling me, 'Sorry, we changed our mind. You didn't get third. It's a dead heat.' It was an emotional roller coaster..."

Well, if that's the story, Jeneba, I have bad news for you -- you ARE a quitter.

Remember Paul Hamm, the 2004 Olympics gymnast who won a gold medal because the scores were calculated wrong? The officials said that nothing could be done about it because the rules forbade changing the final results. Hamm has held on to the medal, and I would, too: the OFFICIAL results say that he earned it. It's been suggested he return it anyway -- out of the kindness of his heart or good sportsmanship or something. But as long as the official results say that he won the gold medal, Hamm should keep it. The Olympic scorers made the mistake; THEY'RE the ones who should have to correct it.

Tarmoh's situation is different: this time, the judges DID do the right thing and corrected the official results when it was determined that a mistake had been made. She DIDN'T finish third officially; she tied. And if Tarmoh didn't want to race again (not a bad choice -- they both could have ended up injured), she should have requested the coin toss. Flip-flopping on the runoff makes her look like a bad sport as well as a quitter.

But this story does have a happy ending: Tarmoh is going to the Olympics, anyway, as a member of the 400-meter relay "pool." Here's hoping that she's emotionally strong enough to handle it.



"...Roberts was against the individual mandate when the justices took their initial votes following oral arguments in March. He, along with the other four Republican appointees, believed it was an inappropriate use of Congress’s power to regulate commerce...But the justices did not reach an agreement on how much of the law to strike down...(T)he conservative bloc pushed hard to throw out the entire statute...Roberts...voted to uphold the law...

Roberts did NOT "change his mind" about striking down the law, only the mandate. He upheld the mandate by defining it as a tax -- by CBS's own admission, Roberts was NEVER against the rest of ACA. Apparently leaks to sympathetic media was part of the "conservative bloc's" campaign to get Roberts to "switch views" -- up to and including insinuations about his health by referring to him as "wobbly." Most important, keep in mind that the "sources" for the CBS story could very well be the conservative judges themselves.

Another piece of political mythology is born, like Al Gore's invention of the Internet.

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