Downton Abbey was BBC, not PBS (it aired on PBS). I enjoyed it because it had a solid plot that built characters I cared to be interested in, told a good story, explored more than one outlook and didn't rely on insults, ridicule or shame to communicate its messages. Our (American) shows are nothing more than a sound stage for the cause de jour in the derelict culture of lowest common denominator and everyone is a winner America. Could it be, Bill, that maybe some of us would like to spend an hour a week remebering how people used to behave rather than learn how to perceive woman as a perpetually victimized underclass of sexualized, hypersensitive waifs and men as bafoons and incompetent parents who express opinions and cares that only earn a laugh-track and an eye-roll from his self entitled children who know more than good ol' dad and his old fashioned misogyny? Could it be that we are looking for civilization and find in shows like D.A.?
Hey Ted, here's the website you are looking for. I'm pretty sure your paycheck could be better served by donating to the charity of government than anything you value or support through your own sensibilities. You can post the receipt here so we can judge the relative value of your philanthropy by our standard of right.
Another idea occured to me today, evey county gets one vote.
How about this, each state is allotted two votes (one for each senator) or no state may award all of its electoral votes to the majority candidate. It would necessarily work out to a proportion of the electors according to the proportion of the popular vote. I don't know that we are ready for pure democracy just yet but, it would be interesting to see what entre the wolves would vote for.
This is one example of why prisons should not be privatized. Punishment isn't something that can be efficient ( except swift execution ) in a civilized society. Changing behavior, which is the claimed goal, is a painstaking, expensive process. Return to the local and state government ( and taxpayers vote ) the job of criminal justice and then the elected class will not be able to avoid responsibility when these things happen. privatization is no different then the corporate veil that keeps the bankers out of jail.
Way to drum up support for hunting and trapping as a sport with ethics. Most trappers and hunters "dispatch" their prey quickly and cleanly. Now you get the to be the poster boy for evey anti-hunting/trapping group that needs a good visusal to stir emotions and get the non-sporting and "on-the-fence" public to rally against hunting. It might not be illegal but, it's what we in the industry call a d**k move.
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