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Yr Dok Zoom's Library! in Boise; not currently threatened by the Kochs. Yet.
Yr Dok Zoom’s Library! in Boise; not currently threatened by the Kochs. Yet.

When you think of Charles and David Koch and their dreams of remaking America into a libertarian paradise, you generally associate them with campaigns to elect rightwing candidates who promise to never raise taxes or regulate industry, but their tentacles extend much farther than national campaigns for candidates. As we’ve noted previously, their front group “Americans For Prosperity” (AFP — but not Agence France Presse) has also taken aim at local elections on public transit funding, because government should never be in the business of helping people for any reason. In 2015, they murdered a Nashville plan to improve transit, out of pure libertarian principle of course. They also fought against a funding measure for the local zoo in Columbus, Ohio. And now they’re going after public libraries, because if people want access to books and videos and computers and children’s story hours and public meeting spaces, they should damn well pay for them themselves, not leech taxpayer dollars for the “good” of the “community.”

In Illinois this fall, AFP went after a ballot measure to fund the building of a new library in West Dundee, a smallish outer suburb of Chicago, because All Taxes are Bad, and that’s why the Fox River Valley Public Library election was defeated. It would have been an impressive, 21st-Century library serving several area communities, but AFP spent a few thousand bucks on scary flyers saying TAX INCREASE, and that was that: no nice things.

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AFP also pushed a bill in the Illinois state legislature to eliminate the ability of local library boards to manage their own budgets, instead placing a “budget cap” on local governments that would force libraries to eliminate any improvements in services that might result in a higher budget. It hasn’t passed yet, but it’s just another of the ways the Kochs are working to make life difficult for small town libraries, which are of course a waste of money. In Plainfield, Illinois, another library referendum this spring was killed off, thanks in part to misleading robocalls from AFP claiming enormous tax increases were on the way — even though the property tax increases necessary would have been minuscule. They’ve also gone after public libraries in Kansas, because of course they have — Kansas is Koch Country.

Fans of libraries tend to be a prickly bunch, however, and so the group EveryLibrary has launched a funding drive to mobilize library supporters to fight Koch-funded anti-library measures. Their initial goal is a modest $10,000, which can actually go a pretty long way in small-town political campaigning. If you have a few bucks to spare, maybe you could go help ’em out. Libraries are good things, you know? Good enough to deserve an exclamation point, like the one on the sign for the Boise Public Library!

[Everylibrary / HuffPo / DailyKos / St Louis Post-Dispatch]

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  • TJ Barke

    We can vote the Kochs and all other right-libertardians from lampposts nao?

  • Ali | Cat of the Resistance

    I’m sure they also hate libraries because people who are homeless use the computers there to try to find housing and/or jobs. Oh, and to stay warm during the day in the winter. Fuck those people, wanting to not freeze to death and find a place to live and a way to pay the rent!

    • cmd

      Or use a public bathroom. We can’t have that.

      • Mr. Blobfish

        At least not for free.

      • Bear OmNomNom

        They shouldn’t have to. The homeless are soshulist, just like Kim Jong-il. Ergo, they neither urinate nor defecate.

    • GoutMachine

      Damn them, trying to pull themselves up by their bootstraps mooching off public resources.

      • Ali | Cat of the Resistance

        We recently renovated our city’s library, and people who I know damn well are never using it complain constantly that it’s “swamped” by homeless people and “not safe”. I never go there, because I’m lucky enough to have internet and a job that lets me feed my Kindle addiction, but the people I know who do say that’s a bunch of bullshit. The top floor computer lab usually is in use fairly constantly by homeless people or poor people who don’t have access to internet at home, but it’s the only place they can work on their resumes or apply for housing, and they’re actually fucking doing that. And this time of year, they do take advantage of it being open 12 hours a day and having free coffee/tea available, because they don’t want to freeze. I’m perfectly fine with my tax dollars going there. Since it opened, there has not been ONE incident of violence or any other issue involving homeless people. But snotty little shits make assumptions.

  • BearGHAZI

    Reading is for cucks anyway

  • boyblue123

    Koch Brothers will buy all the local fire depts and have the fire depts burn all the books at the local libraries

    • mrFawkes

      And control the water rights.
      Forget it, Jake. It’s Chinatown.

    • willi0000000

      i just moved a bit ago and this rule will be particularly easy in my new town . . . the library and the firehouse share a building.

      • Dazza

        I love me some Ray Bradbury.

        • willi0000000

          nothing to do with Bradbury . . . they really do occupy opposite ends of the same building.

          • Dazza

            Sorry, I was referring to Ray Bradbury’s classic Fahrenheit 451, in which the firefighters’ job is to BURN books in a scifi dystopia. I was going for old scifi snark, which didn’t come off very well.

    • Dazza

      Wait. There’s a book about that, isn’t there? I’ll just go to the library and check it out. Oooooh, I see what you did there. :-)

  • Koch motto: Keep the electorate illiterate and they will vote against their own self interest.

    Or, as the community say: We don’t need any of that fancy book learning here…

    • TJ Barke

      Also, keep them poor and desperate to make them cling to whatever shit jobs with shit wages they can get ahold of.

  • memzilla (Maquis Uni)

    Education and critical thinking skills are The Right’s worst enemies.

  • Resistance Fighter Callyson
  • tihond

    IT IS ON NOW!

  • Yr. Gma

    Greta Van Cesspool?

  • Mr. Blobfish

    Public radio and TV are sure to be included in The Dumbening.

  • MynameisBlarney

    Saive are lieberries!

    • TJ Barke

      Yor face is red like a strawbrary…

      • MynameisBlarney

        Idjit. its spelt rayud.

        • TJ Barke

          Dont be tellin me wut I no!

          • sw19womble

            Google it dumas!

          • Bear OmNomNom

            Get a brain! Morans. I bet y’all can’t even decide whether yew wants libety or tranny.

  • Resistance Fighter Callyson
    • diogenez

      And those gay librarians? They will FUCK YOU UP.

    • The Librarian

      This is truer than you’ll ever know…….?

  • XtremeFeministRodeoQueen MLG

    Assholes for Philistinism

  • Msgr_Moment

    It’s Time To Save ‘Libraries’ From The Koch Brothers, All You Four-Eyes Pointy-Headed Smarties!

    The correct term is ‘poindexter’, Sir.
    *shoves glasses up his snout*

  • MynameisBlarney
    • Bear OmNomNom

      It’s a triple word score if it used to be Polish or French.

  • Mr. Blobfish

    I damn the incurious to Blazes!

  • anwisok

    Oh, FOR FUCKS SAKE!!!!

  • Look Closer

    It’s not just libraries…

    “This increased funding in 2014 follows a recent Center for Public Integrity investigation that revealed the Koch brothers, Charles and David, consider the higher educational programs they fund a “fully integrated” part of a massive organizational network fighting to enact deregulatory government policies and elect conservative political candidates.”

    http://time.com/4148838/koch-brothers-colleges-universities/

  • Scooby

    Left leaning libertarian librarians leave looney losers libraries.

  • theblackdog

    Aw hell no! *goes off to research and possibly donate*

  • MynameisBlarney
    • Mr. Blobfish

      I promise to be quiet.

      • Shan – Mildly Depraved

        Good luck with that.

    • Bear OmNomNom

      Which topic would be at 420.69?

      • Zippy W Pinhead

        IIRC from my college work study days, languages

      • Linguistic science. So, tongue action.

    • HogeyeGrex

      I’ll be in my bunk the stacks.

    • willi0000000

      that’s no fun . . . i can only read one of the book titles.

  • Daisy

    Oooh, I can’t stand it when they mess with libraries. My hometown actually had quite a few, because we were the county seat, but when I left town, the one nearest to me was operating on three days a week. And those were improved hours.

    • Mary Sandoras

      I live in a very remote area and we got our first public library 5 years ago. Their operating hours were if the flag was flying on the flagpole, the library was open.

      • sw19womble

        Looks like they’re going to be flying that flag upside soon. :/

  • OneYieldRegular

    Even the f*cking robber barons of the great industrial age funded public libraries, if that’s any kind of measure of the kind of capitalists we’re dealing with now, and it is.

    • Royal Ugly Dude

      Andrew Carnegie was a cuck.

      • Resistance Fighter Callyson
        • Cathleenhgarcia

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          • Resistance Fighter Callyson

            Good morning ShyPixel: looks like Lauren moved on, but Cathleen took her place among the spammers who want us to believe this instant money crap.

        • Lefty Frizzell

          That’s so weird. I grew up in Dunfermline, birthplace of AC, where he is known as a bigly philanthropist. There is (or was?) a theatre, swimming pool, music institute, and a fund for every school kid in town to have a picnic last day before the summer break. He was born in a wee cottagey house that’s still there with a plaque by the door.

          You think you know someone….

    • Seek

      I’m wondering when the idea will spread to things like Fire and Police protection. If you got money your fire gets put out. If you got money you get police “protection”. It seems like the next logical step.

      • Naytch

        There are places still to this day that have subscription based fire service. Because freedumb!

        • Seek

          And it works so darned well that firemen watch people’s houses burn down because “Fuck yeah, why not?”

      • GoutMachine

        It’s the mafia, just in different clothing

    • Right? Who hates libraries? You might not like them, but why go out of your way to actively hurt them? Where else are the homeless going to spend their days?

      • GoutMachine

        They should just loiter outside Koch properties.

  • sw19womble

    ‘Americans For Stupidity’

  • Mr. Blobfish

    If it weren’t for libraries, I wouldn’t have developed my love of WWII military aircraft and UFOs, which may or may not be a good thing.

  • sw19womble

    This nascent development has left me discombobulated!

  • Moebym, Resistance Pilot

    Borrow this book from your local library:

    Dark Money: The Hidden History of the Billionaires Behind the Rise of the Radical Right, by Jane Mayer

    Or buy it. Whatevs.

  • The DepravedDemmeFatale

    how do these “people” sleep at night?!

    • XtremeFeministRodeoQueen MLG

      In coffins?

    • yyyaz

      Mattresses and pillows stuffed with sweet, sweet luchre.

    • HogeyeGrex

      Content with their bellies full of newborn infant?

  • Royal Ugly Dude

    Chris Griffin: “What’s a library, Dad?”
    Peter Griffin: “It’s a place where homeless people use the bathroom to go BM, son.”

  • yyyaz

    Why is it that the uber-villains’ idea of utopia makes Machine City look like a reasonable alternative?

  • TJ Barke

    For anyone that wants a thorough deconstruction of right-libertarianism/”anarcho”capitalism: http://infoshop.org/AnarchistFAQSectionF

  • XtremeFeministRodeoQueen MLG

    Shut up, Libtards. The only books you need are Atlas Shrugged and the Bible.

    • Mr. Blobfish

      Soon to include The Art of the Deal.

      • doktorzoom

        At least his ghostwriter (cowriter my ass) is donating every penny of his share of the royalties to refugee and pro-immigrant groups.

        http://time.com/4518668/donald-trump-art-of-the-deal-tony-schwartz-charity/

        • Zippy W Pinhead

          and was merciless in criticizing him during the campaign

        • Meccalopolis

          U don’t grudge any writer a paying gig

        • Edita Espinosa (Edith Prickly)

          Tony Schwarz needs to become Trump’s Craig Mazin – since Herr Orange Doofius is going to constantly be on the Twitter anyway.

  • Good_Gawd_Yall

    Okay. I give. That’s enough internet for today.

  • Lefty Frizzell

    I’m not sure there’s enough reading-Americans to make this a viable resistance movement.

    They’ll fight to the death to keep their fuckyou-sized sugar drinks, but not books.

  • Shibusa
  • Bear OmNomNom

    “They don’t gotta burn the books, they just remove ’em.” — An eerily prescient Rage Against the Machine, 1995

    • XtremeFeministRodeoQueen MLG

      A lot of Rage lyrics are getting ready to come to pass.

      • Jennifer R

        Stock up on shells.

  • Blackest Noobs

    as a person who has worked in both public and academic libraries, and now currently working in a public library, i have this to say:

    public libraries can go fuck themselves. they are completely fucking mismanaged and i wouldn’t want another fucking dime going to a public library.

    to give you a for instance: recently we had a patron, who’s issue was resolved at the local level, decided that wasn’t enough and contacted the director of our lovely library system. The issue was the patron had returned an item that was damaged. Usually in that case, we call up the person and ask did they damage the item. They for the most point never admit it and we just let it go…discard the items and move on. which is what happened in this case but this dick of a patron had to contact our useless library director.

    and guess what happened? the library director who doesn’t like being bothered by the public told us when we receive damaged items and the patron does not fest up to it when returning it to completely disregard our policies and not bill the person for the item or even question them about it….just throw it away and order another one.

    or better yet when they moved an older library into a newer building, they decided to discard ALL the books from the older library ( no weeding, just bye bye books) even ones that were BRAND FUCKING NEW. they told us it was to SAVE MONEY. i guess my library director gets his financial advise from Trumpian accountants.

    Anyway I stand by my words…FUCK PUBLIC LIBRARIES. run by a bunch of dickfaced bureaucrats more interested into making libraries like fucking Barnes and Noble than the actual noble pursuit of fucking knowledge and informational resources.

    FUCK YOU PUBLIC LIBRARIES…you deserve all the shit you get because you fucking suck. and managed by the worst people imaginable.

    • Dr. Rrrrrobotnik

      Not to devalue your experience, but it sounds like the one you worked in specifically kind of sucked. I’m not sold that they all do, tho.

      • Blackest Noobs

        well another example and this isn’t just my library but all the libraries in the system…librarians and branch managers, when they work a Saturday, they get that Friday off….however everyone else, you know the people who actually do the work and deal with all the fucking moronic assholes that come in here, have to work six days in a row when it’s our turn to work a Saturday. it’s some bullshit about how if we didn’t do it that way, on paper, it looks like we work overtime, which we physically do every other week.

        and this is in EVERY public library in my area…we have like four different library systems and they all SCREW the workers with this kind of bullshit.

        and that’s just one example.

        • yyyaz

          Is there an AFSCME rep anywhere you can contact?

        • Dr. Rrrrrobotnik

          Yeah, I’m going to agree with Jennifer R and say that it sounds like we just don’t need shitty managers. The idea of having freely available books in one place provided at public expense still appeals, tho.

          • HogeyeGrex

            It sort of sounds like being upset at government for not working when Republicans are in control. It’s easy and understandable to be pissed off at the symptom, but the real problem is a little deeper.

            I’m sure a lot of public libraries are run like shit. I’m sure a lot are run well. The problem doesn’t strike me as being inherently with public libraries.

        • Serai 1

          Jesus, you’re tiresome. Do you whine this much when they don’t have the flavor of soda you want at the corner store?

          • Blackest Noobs

            ah yes..you with the witless comebacks…so lovely.
            and what is that you do?

          • Serai 1

            I don’t sit around crying because NOBODY WILL LISTEN TO ME WHEN I TELL THEM HOW TO RUN THE WORLD, that’s for sure.

    • sw19womble
    • Jennifer R

      How about fuck shitty managers.

      • Blackest Noobs

        i would like to say it’s just that but everyone i work with is fucking spineless. the moment i said anything i was dubbed “difficult.” and fucking Human Resources was a fucking joke.

        like i said…wouldn’t care if the whole system failed…it deserves to.

        • puredog

          Sounds like you’ve got a baby/bathwater thing goin’ on.

          • C4TWOMAN

            I think he threw the bathtub out too.

          • Blackest Noobs

            and hilariously never had these issues when i worked in an academic library….yes support those but fuck public libraries

          • theCryptofishist

            I’m 6 blocks from a county library that has access to a reasonable collection. I am a walk, and a BART, and a walk from an academic library that would cost me $50 or 100 dollars a year. Or more. Sure it’s better. But when I add it up for me, the county is fine.

            But shit, I’m still made at San Francisco Public Library for tossing all those books when they got the new main building. That’s fucked up.

          • Blackest Noobs

            that is fucked up…like when they did that shit here, i was like, couldn’t we’ve donated them or sold them in a book sale…it all went on deaf ears.

            but not all university libraries are money grubbers….like one of our state institutions allow you a citizen of the state to check out items. and if that doesn’t work, you can always get a regional area library card from your local state library (ok that’s a public library but heads above water better than the fucking public libraries for you poor saps that don’t know any better)

          • kareemachan

            Not to mention the shower, hot tub, and dishwasher.

        • anon_the_great

          Take it to HR. Or your Union Rep.

          • Blackest Noobs

            my state has a right-to-work law, so yeah, Union don’t exist.

            but if they did…this shit wouldn’t have happened.

            as for HR…you are kidding, right? HR is good for pretty much nothing on the worker side of things…the only time you can get HR to jump to attention is if you mentioned oh by the way, i have a lawyer.

          • Claire

            This. It’s amazing to me how many people think that HR exists to help employees. HR gives exactly zero fucks about employees. They think all employees are fungible no matter what their level of skill, education, or experience. They’re there to protect the company from being sued, period. If you are a worker, HR is not your friend, and if you try to get them to act on your behalf you’re likely to find that out the hard way.

          • Serai 1

            So, again, you’re too jaded and gutless to actually do anything about the things you say.

          • Claire

            This guy’s point of view may or may not be accurate. I’m not a librarian, I can’t say. But how do you hang out on a liberal site and have such a weirdly unrealistic idea of how much can be done about work environments by the average Joe who needs his paycheck to pay his mortgage? What do you want him to do about it, exactly? He clearly doesn’t run the place. The fact of working life is that management makes the rules, and 99% of the time they’d rather replace you than replace whatever rule it is you’re objecting to. That’s life in right-to-work America. It sucks balls, but pretending that every worker is Norma Rae isn’t helping anyone or anything.

          • Serai 1

            Go tell it to your boyfriend, honey. Going around yelling LIBRARIES SHOULD GET NO MONEY because he had a bad experience at one, and he’s jealous that other people don’t want to give him a job (gee, I WONDER WHY), is basically pasting an I’M A RAGING ASSHOLE PLEASE KICK ME THX sign on his back. I’m surprised anyone could hang out HERE and think it isn’t. So clearly you’re just as ignorant about this site as he is.

        • Serai 1

          I’ve actually found in my work life that the people who whine and bitch about how NOBODY KNOWS ANYTHING BUT ME are usually the ones who are fucking everything up.

      • C4TWOMAN

        Oh but that would be logical.

    • Suse

      Our libraries in Alameda County are very well run.

      • puredog

        As is the (Portland) library in Multnomah County, Oregon. So much so that I have become a library patron again after not being one for decades.

    • yyyaz

      Sounds like the Koch-roaches already have their inside teams deployed.

    • C4TWOMAN

      Mkay. Or….we can investigate and remove incompetent administrators.

      Calm down before you give yourself a heart attack, buddy.

      • Blackest Noobs

        HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA oh god you’re so precious….investigate…yeah sure….as if that will do anything….

        • C4TWOMAN

          It certainly won’t if no one tries.

          • Blackest Noobs

            you assume I have not.

          • C4TWOMAN

            The phrasing of your comment implies that strongly. Come on, you typed a Tl:Dr rant about the situation; If you or someone had tried investigating, you’d have included that bit. It would make you story even more outrageous.
            Go big or go home.

          • Blackest Noobs

            believe what you wanna believe.

          • C4TWOMAN

            Instead of being passive aggressive, you could explain the steps you and/or your colleges took to try to fix things, or at least report malfeasance.

          • Blackest Noobs

            not a college library i am against…it’s public libraries, and most of them, because they have this asinine idea we should be like a business.

            they are a very few that are true to the cause…but i keep seeing this shit and it’s not gonna end well.

          • C4TWOMAN

            “it’s not gonna end well.” Really? You all but admitted you’re not doing anything except whinging with a very dodgy story online. What, are you going to rant and whinge on the steps with a bullhorn? Write your council member? How exactly won’t this “end well”?

        • anon_the_great

          Yannow, when a job sucks only a tenth as much as you feel yours does, a grown up quits.

          • Blackest Noobs

            again not that easy asshole. i have been in the field for over 20 years. i worked mostly in academic libraries but it’s actually pretty hard out there. like i was one of 3 candidates for an entry level archivist position, it went to a guy who was an archivist ( which is crazy why a seasoned archivist would want an entry level position)

            so yeah…fuck you.

          • anon_the_great

            1st World problems my friend.

          • kareemachan

            Sourgrape-itis is strong within this one.

          • Blackest Noobs

            say what you want….believe it or not…but it’s true public libraries blow chunks.

          • Serai 1

            Oh, FFS. Go home, troll. Go whine to your wingnut buddies, already.

          • Blackest Noobs

            ha ha not a wing nut i get it why they hate people like yourself.
            when exposed to a truth you just rather deny it.

          • Serai 1

            Jealousy mostly, I’d say.

          • Serai 1

            Oh, poor poor baby. Gee, I wonder why no one wants to give you a job? Couldn’t be your sparkling personality, could it?

          • Claire

            Not when a grown-up has bills to pay and no other job lined up, they don’t. And jobs in libraries are nowhere near as plentiful as you’d think. It’s actually a pretty awful field to try to make lateral moves in.

        • Serai 1

          Oh, you’re just a dickless weenie unwilling to make an effort.

          • Yr. Gma

            I don’t disagree with you, but I’m having trouble picturing a dickless weenie. Maybe our little troll can provide a photo?

    • anon_the_great

      Uh, no. Fuck you. Sorry your time with an anonymous public library in some undefined locale in an unverifiable job *troll* has soured you but as life long (got my 1st card from a bookmobile when I was 6) public library user your experience is completely at odds with mine.

      The thing is I don’t see you proposing anything better.

      • Blackest Noobs

        uh, no, fuck you. i have done so and got called difficult. when i brought the point to HR, they just ignored it.

        i even confronted the County Manager about it, and he was just like oh well….so fuck you dickwad.

        • anon_the_great

          Looks like you have done everything a reasonable person could do to address a workplace problem(s) so you have two choices: Accept the the results and/or move on.

          • Blackest Noobs

            been trying….even working on a Master’s.
            figured i had to up my game…and apparently graduate school is less difficult than i had assumed. though now, i’m wishing i went to law school instead. or database management…jesus who knew SQL wasn’t that difficult either….damn it.

            Student Graduate Program Summary

            GPA Hours: 12.00 Transfer/Test Hours Passed: 0.00

            Hours Earned: 15.00 Points: 47.100 GPA: 3.925

        • Serai 1

          Hey, fuck you, you ignorant pisspot. YOUR PROBLEMS DON’T RULE THE WORLD. It’s stupid shitheads like you, who assume that nothing is true unless YOU say it is, that have gotten us in the FUCKING MESS WE’RE IN NOW.

          So fuck you and everybody that looks like you, ball-clutching shit-fer-brains.

      • C4TWOMAN

        >The thing is I don’t see you proposing anything better.
        That also makes me doubtful about his story. His screen name doesn’t help…

    • kareemachan

      When a supposed library person can’t do spelling, grammar, punctuation, or capitalization, I’m getting a big, sour whiff of trollette.

      • anon_the_great

        Thinking about it I suspect Mr. Noobs to be a tipsy 50ish librarian dealing with the destruction of his profession.

      • Blackest Noobs

        make all the assumptions you want…i really don’t give a fuck. and im writing this on my phone…so yeah im not all that fucking concerned about grammar….so thanks GRAMMARR NAZI

        • Serai 1

          AHAHAHAAAAAA.

          Yep, poser. Pretty sad excuse for one, too.

          • Blackest Noobs

            poser? ok…whatever….apparently you like to make assumptions.

    • Thiazin Red

      Why weren’t you charging people who wrecked the books? Of course assholes deny it, they should still get charged.

      • Blackest Noobs

        i totally agree with you but in our system if the person complains enough or complains to the person at the top, all is forgiven.

        this never happens on an academic library. like once i had a kid who had paid for all his lost books ( well after we asked him to return them six months after they were due back) come to my academic library bring the “lost” books and asking for a refund….i had to explain to him the university doesn’t do refunds with these situations and he had every means to fix it but decided to ignore us until he got the bill and was told he wouldn’t graduate unless the items were returned or he paid…so he paid.

        and i got to say, yeah those books, you bought ’em, they’re yours now.

        • Serai 1

          Just can’t STAND to see someone get something you don’t get, can you? Jealous little toad. Get another fucking job and stop whining.

          • Blackest Noobs

            jealous of what? what the fuck? you made absolutely no fucking sense…huh?

          • Serai 1

            ——————————————————-> THE POINT
            your tiny little head

            http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v123/Serai/Comment%20pics/gifs/mock%20anger%20eyeroll/franknfurter%20eyebrow.gif

            Think hard, Sparky.

          • Blackest Noobs

            you made no points. and putting gifs or images doesn’t somehow magically make what you wrote make a lick of sense.

          • Blackest Noobs

            i was agreeing with Thiazin Red, that people who damaged things should pay for them. HOW IS THAT ME not standing for someone to get something you assume i cannot get…i work in the library, i can get those things as easy as our users…so again what the fuck was your point?

            and then i pointed out how on the university level that shit doesn’t fly.

            so fuck off you dumb fuckin asshole who has her higher than thou attitude…I am done with some fuck who jumps to fucking conclusions

        • C4TWOMAN

          I don’t know what planet your public library system is on, but in the academic example you gave that is exactly how the public library would handle it. The only time I know of the public library being flexible is if the patron INITIATES contact to explain a tricky situation. The they will work with you. Which is reasonable. I suspect you are labeling a compromise as “all is forgiven”.

          For instance, I had library books I accidentally packed into storage. When I realized my mistake and the unlikelyhood of me getting to them in less than six months, I insisted on buying the books. I would not mind owning them and it was cheaper than the fees.

          Maybe some of you “all is forgiven” situations were similar.

    • Serai 1

      So because one library you encountered was run by a fucking idiot, nobody should have them?

      Yeah – asshole. Just as I thought.

  • Resistance Fighter Callyson
    • XtremeFeministRodeoQueen MLG

      Hahahaaa!!! With ANY man who asked!

      • Us libtarts are easy that way

        • XtremeFeministRodeoQueen MLG

          I lost my mask of respectability from removing it so frequently.

          • Mine kept getting in the way of fun things

          • XtremeFeministRodeoQueen MLG

            Oh, damn! Those weren’t our masks, those were our panties!

          • They aren’t the same thing? Shit. Maybe i never had that mask one…

        • kareemachan

          Not to mention bibliotarts!

          • Zippy W Pinhead

            aren’t those made by Kelloggs?

      • Resistance Fighter Callyson

        “Unless he voted for Donald, of course!”

        – Nympho Librarian

        • XtremeFeministRodeoQueen MLG

          Such a turn off!

      • Dazza

        The ladies who asked didn’t get any? Oh, well at least it was conSENSUAL.

    • Zippy W Pinhead

      Marian really has changed…

      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7N9C2JS9mWc

  • The DepravedDemmeFatale

    next it will be the animal shelters.

    • Suse

      Who needs animals, anyway?

      • I like them better than people nearly all the time

        • XtremeFeministRodeoQueen MLG

          All the time, Katie.

        • Suse

          Me, too, also.

        • The DepravedDemmeFatale

          the only loved ones you actually choose.

      • YetAnotherRebecca

        *raises and frantically waves hands* Me me me!!

        these are my rescue babies and my life would be damn near unlivable most of the time without them. I’d go from needing a bottle of tequila per week to probably one just about every damn day.

        https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/bd32fd41413b2d55d10cfa9d8b64353b5ecd9638a681a055f7835ea21fdfa51b.jpg

        • Suse

          Sweet kibbers!

        • theCryptofishist

          See, those rescue animals are taking money out of the pockets of the tequila makers!

          • YetAnotherRebecca

            But the tequila makers are all messicans, so according to the right wing that’s probably allowable. If it was cutting into my Bourbon budget – well, that’d a different story entirely

          • theCryptofishist

            Yeah, but those Bourbons never really recovered from having Louis XVI’s head chopped off.

        • The DepravedDemmeFatale

          i have 2 rescue dogs.
          when they look like that, it’s so satisfying to see that they are living well fed, warm, and loved happy lives.

          • YetAnotherRebecca

            I feel the same way about my little ones. Even if everything else in the world has become a flaming mountain of shit, when I think about the how spoiled they are and how happy they must be with their fuzzy little lives it makes me feel a bit better. If nothing else I can make sure THEY have the best existence possible.

      • anon_the_great

        Without animals Long Pig gets tedious…

      • Resistance Fighter Callyson

        You do, honey!”

        – my two dogs, to me

      • Yr. Gma

        This is why the Humane Society is in my Resistance Donation Portfolio. I learned from watching the mess after Katrina. When the poor people are pitched out onto the street when they can’t pay their rent, their pets go with them. I know a bunch of people who would die themselves before they would give up their animals.

    • sw19womble

      But then where will Huckabee’s son get his “supplies” from?

      • The DepravedDemmeFatale

        this is what makes me nervous when shelters don’t charge enough for their animals.

    • Begin Anew Day

      Leave the Palin clan out of this.

    • Serai 1

      Nah, that’ll come after the public schools.

      • The DepravedDemmeFatale

        i fear they’ll use the animal shelters as a warm-up for the public schools.

        • Serai 1

          Nope. Pets are more important to people like that than… well, people. The doggies will get taken care of before the minority kids, count on it.

  • C4TWOMAN

    “and that’s why the Fox River Valley Public Library election was defeated.”

    Kinda surprised that worked. The one place otherwise anti socialist right reactionaries usually agree with us “pinko commies” on is the support of the public library. They carry all the alt right crazies’ books and have free meeting spaces.

  • mrFawkes
  • C4TWOMAN

    And AFP is also the acronym for an alt right organization known as the American Free Press:
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/American_Free_Press

    I suppose there’s a mathematical limit to how many three letter acronyms there can be beginning with the letter “A”…

  • JVisconti

    Donald will fix this by selling (at reduced rates) 100k copies of Art of the Deal to affected communities

  • Zippy W Pinhead
  • shastakoala
    • UnregisteredHijabi Rockstar

      The library booksale in Ithaca is LIT. Seriously, don’t get between a hippie mama and a $2 copy of the Moosewood Cookbook.

  • theCryptofishist

    Libertarians suffer from the delusion that we are not social animals, that we did not evolve as social animals, and are blind to the fact that we are most powerful as social animals.

    Fuck them.

    Or cuck them, I don’t care.

    • C4TWOMAN

      I read “librarians” instead of “Libertarians” and wondered WTF you were talking about. Heh…

      • Resistance Fighter Callyson

        I did the same thing and thought “WTF”?

        • C4TWOMAN

          I blame post election, stress induced, dyslexia. And perhaps coffee.
          =^-^=

    • Thiazin Red

      The biggest libertarians I’ve seen honestly don’t seem to get that empathy is a normal human thing.

      • C4TWOMAN

        There seem to be two types:
        the privileged intellectual young sheltered wankers who will either grow out of it, or become assimulated;

        and the naive populist left libertarian who might get informed or drift into the Green Party.

        • TJ Barke

          Left and right libertarianism are diametrically opposed.

          • Serai 1

            And equally coprocephalic.

          • TJ Barke

            Go. Fuck. Yourself.

          • Serai 1

            Ah, there’s that libertarian Complete Lack Of Humor. Thanks for outing yourself, bud.

          • C4TWOMAN

            Once you think about it or aren’t politically naive, sure. But for awhile, up to the 2008’s, the Big L party was still pretending they could all, left-l and right-L, be one happy family. Then Ron Paul’s racist newletters were exposed:
            https://newrepublic.com/article/61771/angry-white-man

            That drove away the bulk of the left-l, but it was too late to do damage. The Libertarian Party had leverage and legitimacy by then.

    • Dazza

      “Cuck.” Wouldn’t that require us to marry these idiots first? Ew.

      • theCryptofishist

        I was hoping we could fuck their wives brains out, myself. Or their rent boys. Whatever.

        • Dazza

          Hmmm. I doubt they have good taste in partners.

  • JVisconti

    Still have a Carnegie library (ok, it’s a fondue eatery now) in my town, but whatever happened to philanthropy Chuckie and Dave?

    • Thiazin Red

      I guess they only give money to things they personally like? They give a shitload of money to cultural stuff in NYC.

      • willi0000000

        no . . . they also give money to programs like NOVA on PBS . . . which is why NOVA expanded and got great production values a while back.

        [ then they threaten to cut off funding if there’s too much of that Darwin or other sciency stuff ]

    • Bub the Hoohah! loving Zombie

      We have a couple of Carnegie libraries in Winnipeg. As for the Kochs, they are only “philanthropists” when there is something in it for them. Read “Dark Money: The Hidden History of the Billionaires Behind the Rise of the Radical Right” by Jane Mayer. Eye opening.

    • Suse

      This is our Carnegie Library (2 cities over). It’s now a museum and art gallery. https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/75acf945bb2502b2add016e2c65db30d1d2ed27ac2d4c8ad2d1fd19eefdd895b.jpg

    • Yr. Gma

      There are a couple still left around here, both museums now. Both beautiful buildings.

  • Taxes are theft, man. Now, seizing unproductive “residences” under eminent domain for big property developers? That’s cool.

    • TJ Barke

      No, no, no, property is theft.

    • Scrofula

      With tax BREAKS for the developers.

  • Hey man, we’ve got an illiterate preznit now, it’s just plain patriotic to not read!

    • C4TWOMAN

      Good thing there are no comments here.

    • Suse

      My sister’s mother-in-law never read anything but the newspaper – no magazines and no books. She thought people who read books for pleasure were trying to escape reality, which was bad in her opinion.

      • C4TWOMAN

        We don’t want to escape so much as take a bit of a holiday. Though considering recent events, I’m updating my inter-dimensional passport. Next stop? Middle Earth.

        • Suse

          I’ve been reading lots of magical realism lately.

          • Thiazin Red

            Hard Boiled Wonderland is great. As is Half Made World, which isn’t pure magical realism, but has some elements of that in it.

          • Dazza

            Cool. Have you any recommendations? I am always on the prowl for a good author or a great new series.

      • Thiazin Red

        I knew people in college who said that they never read anything that wasn’t assigned. Its mystifying to me.

        • Suse

          Being able to read is such a gift. I can’t imagine life without literature.

      • Scrofula

        Or, you know, read non-fiction to educate themselves ABOUT reality.

      • Dazza

        I don’t know about that. The Murdoch newspapers have very little contact with reality.

  • Pierre_de_Fermat

    These people are depraved.

    • willi0000000

      . . . and they want the rest of us to be deprived.

  • I live in a tourist area, and the single most popular place in town during the summer is … the library. It’s the only place with reliable broadband wi-fi, so there’s usually a crowd there during the summer. I wonder how many of those tourists would be … happy … if they found out the library was closed, or couldn’t afford that broadband.

  • Ryan Denniston

    First they came for the librarians and I didn’t speak because… wait a moment.

    HOLY SHIT, at first they came for me!

    • Zippy W Pinhead

      I didn’t speak because the librarians kept shushing me

  • peekay

    So if the Cock Bros had spent the money on the library instead of the anti-library campaign…just sayin’…

  • Anna Rompage

    Who needs a building full of useless, random books when the only two that matter in the entire world are Atlas Shrugged, and the Bible…

    • cmd

      and Art of the Deal.

      • Anna Rompage

        Nah, even the Kock Bros know that’s a useless piece of shit of a book…

    • Beanz&Berryz

      And really just selected parts of both…

  • Cousin Itt de La Résistance

    And that library in Alexandria? Way overrated. ★★⭐︎⭐︎⭐︎ Sad. Didn’t even carry “The Art of the Deal.” https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/de319cf8d7c2866f0172b5b39f9d84e0474c15bf8bc14b648ca973bdab3c5ea4.jpg

    • C4TWOMAN

      Did you search under ” Et tu fac “?

  • Begin Anew Day

    Painfully, America doesn’t need any prodding from the Koch Brothers to turn down funding for new or improved Libraries.

    Here’s a recipe I learned long ago while I struggled to be free of a small town in Eastern New Mexico that had more horses and cattle than people.

    Two parts redneck turkey brains

    Three parts Baptist church bible study

    One part Evangelical prayer meeting

    One US AirForce base with large off base housing needs

    One library referendum (new building, renovation and remodeling will all do the trick)

    Stir the redneck turkey brains with the Baptist and Evangelical church stuff. Now add the Library referendum. Now tell everyone in town that the colored and jewish Air Force personnel will be using the new library too.

    Presto! One more ballot win for stupidity and ignorance.

    Serve with tears.

  • Anna Rompage

    Just wait until these goons start suggesting jack hammering out the roadways… Oh wait, they’d never do that, as they use that socialist commie funded infrastructure to transport their goods to the market…

    • TJ Barke

      They want to steal those roads, and privatize them. It will literally be impossible to move for the poor in the country these people envision. Imagine a world where every single action will be a transaction.

    • UncleTravelingMatt

      No need. A few months ago, a friend who is a County Commissioner in Idaho told me that because of a lack of state funding, he and other officials from various surrounding counties and road districts were stuck “prioritizing” maintenance. Some roads will get none. Some paved roads will be allowed to revert (decompose?) to gravel.

  • DahBoner

    Losing battle, unfortunately…

    Libraries still have internet connections where people can login to BookFace and read fake news.
    https://media4.giphy.com/media/26ufoOcaNTQTRKYeI/200_d.gif#6

  • SuspectedDemocrat
  • Public libraries were supported, built by, and endowed in perpetuity by the wealthiest robber barons of the Gilded Age. Koch Brothers: “Pffft, what a bunch of commies.”

    • Beanz&Berryz

      Pussies…

    • TX Taco Truck Brigade

      The must think Ben Franklin is the commiest of all commies.

      • LucindathePook

        Andrew Carnegie, also too

  • TX Taco Truck Brigade

    This enrages me…libraries help poor folk, poor young folk, poor middle age folk, and poor old folk.

    That obviously cannot stand.
    They should stroll through one sometime, there’s books on how to speak english (my local library does ESOL classes I believe) which is a thing the right always wants. There are books on history and the constitution, which they claim not enough people know about. There are plays and novels, you know, so perhaps those scary furreners can assimilate to “our culture”. There’s books on allll the military glory of our country, which the Right seems to have a hard on for. There’s books on learning how to program databases or pass your civil service exam so people can get jobs, better jobs.

    Fuckers.

    • TJ Barke

      Yeah, but not squeezing them for every penny for those things is communism.

      • TX Taco Truck Brigade

        Fuckers.

    • Scrofula

      Not to mention VITA–volunteer income tax assistance, which I did back in the day. We’d help (for free! and officially IRS-trained and sponsored) elderly and ESL folk do their federal returns. Fuck HR Block, it’s goddamned free for anyone. (Plus it’s a great feeling when a Sra. with almost no English comes in and I swing her a couple grand in EIC).

      • Shan – Mildly Depraved

        I used to do that, too. Not at a library, but at a local Interfaith Ministries location. Good stuff.

  • Lie Berries are what grow on Trumps Twitter bush.

    • proudgrampa

      You gotta be from Missouri. That’s exactly how my Mom pronounced “Lieberry!”

    • Ricky Gay

      those are pubic labiaries

      • Shan – Mildly Depraved
        • Ricky Gay

          Sawry :)

          • Shan – Mildly Depraved

            Oh, no apology necessary! I was just surprised to be left rather speechless since I normally consider myself a fairly cunning linguist.

          • Ricky Gay

            Is that at all like being a Fellatio Alger?

          • Shan – Mildly Depraved

            I dunno. How good is he at putting up tongue-in-groove siding?

          • Ricky Gay

            well he did write Ragged Dick

          • Shan – Mildly Depraved

            I’m gonna have to take your word for that one.

          • Ricky Gay

            it was an obscure reference, i grant you!

      • Beanz&Berryz

        Pubic labiaries. Damn. I’m gonna chuckle every time I go to one now. A labiary that is.

        • Beanz&Berryz

          And also too. I’m gonna have to keep straight various labiariae. Downtown. Albina. Belmont.

      • Beanz&Berryz

        And just dammit. Now I got the notion of labiarians in my head.

        • Ricky Gay

          they have hefty late fees…

          • Beanz&Berryz

            I been paying those for over 10 years. But only 5 to go!

    • Doug Langley

      You must have seen the old Batman series:

      “What kind of fruit never tells the truth?”
      “The lie-berry. Aha! Riddler plans to knock over the public library!”

  • georgiaburning

    If an immigrant wants help learning English and passing the citizenship test, public libraries are a good place to start. The Kochs understand quite well how to reduce participation in the democracy.

    • willi0000000

      . . . and the librarians will also teach you how to research and end up with verifiable facts and data.

      [ you might even get some critical thinking skills by osmosis ]

      • almaalum

        We’re already gearing up to figure out how to teach critical thinking once the students start pushing back on facts and reliable information. Why should they need that kind of information? The president doesn’t!

    • UncleTravelingMatt

      Reminds me of the Farm Bureau lobbying to keep money away from Legal Aid.

  • WiscoJoe

    I work at a library! Yeah for something relevant to my immediate existence (that doesn’t involve Scott Walker or Ronald Tromph).

    So right now the Mayor and City Council have been all like “Argh, why do your libraries have twice as many hours of operation as similar sized cities have? Too much costs for taxpayers! We will destroy you!”

    So we’re like, “OK, we have three separate library locations, which is pretty luxurious for a city our size, but people will murder us if we close one of the locations, so let’s keep our largest, centrally located building open for as many hours as possible, and then reduce hours at the two smaller, outskirt locations that no one uses anyway. Fiscal responsibility and sustainability FTW! Please don’t destroy us!”

    And then the NIMBY-ass activists that live near those small outskirt locations (but who don’t actually use them) are all like “How dare you cut hours in our neighborhood. Not enough services for taxpayers. We will destroy you!”

    So now we’re getting attacked by the people who think we’re spending too much money, and by the people who think we’re not spending enough money (in their specific neighborhood). Meanwhile, the people that rely on our services the most can’t be bothered to pay attention or speak out to protect their own self-interests. And because we’re a library, we have to maintain neutrality and pretend that everyone is equally special and informed and acting in good-faith.

    And that’s how shitweasals like the Koch Bros can take over. The center cannot hold, man. Divide and Conquer, 4 LYFE.

    • Scrofula

      Are those outskirt libraries in the suburbs? And the big one downtown? Yeah, keep the suburban ones open, you know, for property values, and close the one downtown where the actual users are; why, I bet the occasional grungy homeless person uses it, what with no home wifi to apply for jobs or aid.

      • WiscoJoe

        How did you guess???? Not suburbs, but our two smaller branches are both in residential neighborhoods, while the main branch (that people actually use) is downtown. One of the neighborhood branches is actually less than a mile from our main branch, but we still hear from people who refuse to come downtown because it’s “not safe” (aka, not everyone is white! Some people have facial piercings!) so they demand we keep the neighborhood branch open regardless. And then there are the people who’ve never actually used the library, but demand we keep the neighborhood branch open because it’s good for their property values. That’s why we thought it would be responsible to keep that location open, but reduce hours to the times of day when people are actually using it, but now that’s become controversial in itself. (“Why are you cutting OUR hours, but you’re not cutting hours for THOSE people?”)

    • Serai 1

      Plus, be sure to pay troll shills to run around badmouthing public libraries to try and erode public confidence in them. *points downthread*

      • WiscoJoe

        Public Libraries are great. They’re huge economic engines for local communities and their super important for democracy and quality of life (if you care about those things like a common American). In my experience, you don’t even need to pay trolls to badmouth public libraries. Just get some tell a group of cranky upper middle-class white people that the library “TAKING AWAY ALL YOUR BOOKS” in order to provide programs and services and other books for “THOSE PEOPLE IN THAT OTHER NEIGHBORHOOD” and they’ll bad mouth for free, even if they haven’t actually checked out a book in over a decade.

    • almaalum

      In addition to having to maintain neutrality, it was actually ILLEGAL in Michigan for public bodies like government agencies from distributing information about ballot proposals 60 days before the election including information about the library’s own millage. Snuck in the lame duck session between Thanksgiving and the new term with no public input or comment! Thankfully, it was voided by a federal court in April 2016, but still! Really? We can’t disseminate information about ballot proposals? Good God – are there no lengths to which these people won’t stoop?

      • Shan – Mildly Depraved

        WTF? Glad that got struck down, but the fact that they TRIED…

        …should really not surprise me at this point.

  • Scrofula

    I guess the Kochs, which fund stuff on PBS, and some other artsy civic stuff, figure “why make a penny a month property tax? Can’t you just tip your library a million bucks like we do?”

    • willi0000000

      there’s strings attached to PBS funding by the kock bros.

      [ like tamp down the science on NOVA ]

      • Greyhame

        I would say tentacles rather than strings, slithering in for a stranglehold.

  • elviouslyqueer

    Slightly OT but related: I went to a recent economic development shindig that was all “Mississippi is great and we don’t suck gigantic donkey dicks like the rest of the nation thinks we do, blah blah.” One of the items on the table, however, was our infrastructure, which even these same positivity pinheads actually admitted was somewhat of a complete fucking awful collapsing clusterfuck. Their response to aforesaid collapsing clusterfuck was not a tax increase. No no. It was a “funding adjustment.” Because saying “tax increase” is like uttering “Satan is my lord and savior and he does me goodly in the butt at least twice daily, and five times on Sunday during regularly scheduled church hours.” Or at least that’s the prevailing mindset down here.

  • Mavenmaven

    Trump can’t read, so no one needs to read.

    • Ricky Gay

      and he is preznut now so suckit librals!

  • Bitter Scribe

    Dear God. I had no idea about this, and West Dundee is the next town north of mine.

  • UncleTravelingMatt

    The right-wing rural Idaho utopia my parents (and Wonkette fav Sheryl Nuxoll) live in has a library. Kind of. They refuse to raise taxes, so the books and volunteer librarians/quilting enthusiasts have been temporarily housed in the basement of city hall for over 20 years. There used to be a sign with a thermometer on it to show the progress of the donations for the new library building, but they evidently dispensed with that sometime in the Oughts after the paint faded to illegibility.

    They don’t have a swimming pool either. The Job Corps was going to build them one — basically free of charge — in the Sixties, but the town fathers refused to accede to the Job Corps’ lone condition. They wanted the Job Corps kids to be allowed to use the pool. Even the black ones. No dice. No pool.

    • willi0000000

      nose, say hello to teeth . . . say goodby to face.

  • Panika MCD

    a) I’m a bibliophile and I don’t have four eyes, though I have thought about getting a fake pair so I can push them up my nose when I’m being extra wonky.

    b) though I support libraries, as Tomas Lux once said in a workshop, “Poets steal from libraries.” so I don’t go to them unless I’m making a donation, printing something out or they have a book sale.

    c) there’s another new thing AFP is doing: they started a group called The LIBRE Initiative (and I wouldn’t be surprised if there is an African-American counterpart) to dupe Hispanics into going to the lege with their talking points. as of recently, Peggy Venable (who, as I have mentioned, always seems like she’s been hitting the sauce), the AFP lobbyist at the TX lege, has been saying she’s testifying “as a private citizen” even though she’s still on AFP’s payroll as the state’s ED and lege director.

    d) speaking of Saucy Peggy and bonds for paying for things, this happened at the 9/22/16 TX House Elections Committee interim hearing:

    Rep. Goldman talked about how bonds should be split up into needs and wants because he doesn’t really think it’s right that a jumbo-tron slipped into a needs bond in his district. I agree with this notion. Saucy Peggy DOES NOT because she keeps losing her purse under the stands. I’m pretty sure that keeping track of your purse is one of those things that the AFP should file under PERSONAL RESPONSIBILITY, but I guess you have to have priorities and those priorities include taxpayer funded jumbo-trons so she doesn’t lose her purse.

    https://belltheblindtiger.wordpress.com/2016/09/22/of-petitions-bonds-and-voter-id/

  • Darkrose

    Well that’s cool to hear as I work on my final project for a class that’s counting toward my MLIS degree. My professional organization needs to get their asses in gear and fight against this shit instead of trying to grovel to the Drumpfenfuher.

    • proudgrampa

      proudgrampa, a long time ago, was very interested in Library Science and contemplated the career path.

      Congratulations to you as you approach completion of your Master’s! Librarians are awesome.

      • Darkrose

        Thank you! I’m actually pretty early in; it’s my third semester. The program at San Jose State University is all online, and so far, I’m really happy with it.

  • nightmoth

    Guys: don’t know if you’re familiar with the good work the public library did in Ferguson, Missouri, in 2014, after Michael Brown got shot, but it got them a special award. http://lj.libraryjournal.com/2015/06/awards/2015-galelj-library-of-the-year-ferguson-municipal-public-library-mo-courage-in-crisis/#_
    I threw a few dollars at them, as did many thousands of others, so I got one of those end-of-the-year appeals from them yesterday. You could do worse than help sponsor this “little library that could.”

  • tehbaddr

    Rat Fucking Bastards!!!11!1!1!1!!!!111!!!!

  • Objectifer
  • disqus_lWwzrwNaw6

    Democrats need to find themselves a couple of friendly billionaires willing to fund some grassroots level ass-kicking, and then start kicking ass.

    Especially at the local level. Forget Congress, at least for now, although it would be nice if Democrats could break their vow of purity long enough to vote next time, but they won’t, so oh well. At least they’ll still be pure, and it will all be Hillary’s fault, so yay.

    Meanwhile, people who actually love this country had better start to fight back while they still can. The place to fight back is every school board, every planning commission, every town council and county board in America; every local initiative (especially if it comes roaring up out of nowhere and is sponsored by Koch front organizations or includes Kochean red flags about how feeding kids is an attack on freedom, or teaching people to read will raise your taxes, or whatever.

    And fight back hard, especially now that Kellyanne Conway is getting big bucks from Rebekah Mercer to go under the radar and rouse up local lynch mobs and threaten death to every neghborhood dissident in America (that’s another story, but at the same time it’s also this story and EVERY story, for the foreseeable, Orwellian future).

    Those local fights can actually be won, if people are dogged enough and willing to get out there and talk to their neighbors. Plus, it’s amazing how easily punctured Koch propaganda is if somebody actually holds it up and waves it around and says, This is a lie, and here’s why.

    Democrats, for some reason, never did learn to be street-fighters. That turns out to have been really dumb, and also suicidal.

    As it turns out, this IS a street fight. Bring your zip guns and your chains. This fight really needs to be won by the good guys, for a change.

    • Dazza

      Zip guns of fact and chains of street protest?

  • Bridge Is Burned So Go Forward

    Sadly, libraries aren’t the only target.

    A few Congress critters are asking President-elect Trump to obliterate certain federally designated wilderness areas. Fortunately, they’re getting some push back. Quote from New Mexico Senator Martin Heinrich (D): “If any administration thinks they’re going to start divesting us of a hundred-year history of lands that belong to every American, they’re going to have to do it over my dead body.”

    Article link:

    http://www.lcsun-news.com/story/news/local/2016/11/25/trump-urged-abolish-organ-mountains-monument/94425036/

    • Doug Langley

      My, I’m so glad getting Trump into office will put an end to the divisiveness wrecking this country.

  • sw19womble
    • proudgrampa

      How cool is that?

    • Doug Langley

      Wow . . .

  • Spurning Beer

    Charles and David Koch do not like being told to “Shhhhhhhhhh!”

    • willi0000000

      well fuck them sideways then!

  • Alexander Stallwitz

    I had a funny joke abodut Libraries being den of sins but honestly fuck you Koch brothers , seriously fuck you

  • diogenez

    This librarian says: hands off the libraries, you scheming mutherfuckers.

    • almaalum

      ^^^^^ Endorsed by this librarian!

    • Begin Anew Day

      Librarians with death beam eyes?

      In my day the librarians had a glare that could scald the hair off a cat!

      I must admit that the death beams are a welcome new technology.

  • azeyote

    well here in douglas county oregon it already just happened – a 4 cent per thousand dollars property tax went down and now all the librarys will close – besides books the library was a safe place for homeless folks to get out of the weather – rich people could care less –

  • Edita Espinosa (Edith Prickly)

    Who posted that pic from Trading Places in another thread today? I want Dan Aykroyd and Eddie Murphy and Jamie Lee Curtis to cheat the Kochs out of all their munnies, because JESUS, what a pair of assholes.

    • Beanz&Berryz

      I bet He had just one.

  • Resistance Fighter MausFeet
  • UncleTravelingMatt

    Nice pic, Dok. Although, with the Library, the Anne Frank memorial, the Human Rights Center, the Black History Museum, and the lack of a Ten Commandments monument, that is literally the least Idahoan five acres in Idaho.

    • Beanz&Berryz

      Snort!

      Or the Sawtooths. Or the River of No Return Wilderness. Or Sun Valley.

      But then. Very many amazing places are the least (blank) of the places where they are.

      • UncleTravelingMatt

        On the other hand, there is Lewiston, where I am moving in a month. Very Idahoan. North Lewiston is practically the Distilled Essence of Idaho: a filthy collection of ramshackle businesses, grimy hovels, and truck parking where a bunch of Trump-voting retired Union millworkers and their probationer meth-addicted adult children spend all day drinking Keystone and bitching about the Indians and the Mexicans ruining Everything while they sit in a puddle of ass-sweat breathing something approximating air that sure-the-hell-isn’t-air-pollution.

        • Alan

          So you’re being kidnapped?

          • UncleTravelingMatt

            More or less. I already have an office there, but now my wife is going to be working there, so living in Pullman, WA (when we own a house in Lewiston) doesn’t make much sense.

        • Shan – Mildly Depraved

          Jesus HMS Christ, who did you piss off?

          • UncleTravelingMatt

            I’m pretty sure this is my penance for denying the divinity of Nate Silver on election night. I’m also losing my paralegal. Her husband finally graduates from college this month and has a job lined up in Seattle.

          • Shan – Mildly Depraved

            Seattle? I hope his job pays well, and also any job your paralegal can get, too. I left there 15+ years ago because the cost of living was insane.

          • UncleTravelingMatt

            She’s originally from Issaquah and he’s from Tacoma, so going back to the westside is important to them.

          • Shan – Mildly Depraved

            Holy shit. My parents lived in Issaquah!

        • bookish
        • Land Shark

          Damn, son. I just did a Google street view of Lewiston on the north side of the Clearwater River. Don’t they have asphalt out there?

          • UncleTravelingMatt

            I wouldn’t be surprised to hear they dug it up and traded it for a handful of hydros.

          • UncleTravelingMatt

            There are, however, such aminities as a truck-driving school, a Pepsi bottling plant, a Coke bottling plant, a joint that makes concrete burial vaults and septic tanks, some of the finest motel rooms $40 will buy, and what amounts to full-time surveillance by Idaho Probation and Parole.

        • Beanz&Berryz

          Oh my. I’ve ridden the trail of the cour d’alenes a couple times. Some of those old ministers my towns … And through Lewiston and clarkston. Clarkston as I recall from a few years ago wasn’t so north Lewistony. Is that right or am i misremembering? If I remember rightly, why such a difference just across the border into Washington? What takes you to Lewiston?

          • UncleTravelingMatt

            Most of Lewiston and Clarkston are fairly nice — unspeakably hot during the summer and the pulp mill is sometimes a little overpowering, but otherwise they are not bad for small towns.

          • Beanz&Berryz

            That’s my memory. Fairly nice and well off. And fucking hot.

  • Nounverb911

    If Andrew Carnegie were alive today (Yeah, he’d be real old), he’d toss the Koch Boyz in one of his coke ovens….

    • UncleTravelingMatt

      He’d probably have Henry Frick do it for him.

    • cat cafe

      You know how to get to one of the coke ovens? Practice.

    • Beanz&Berryz

      In his old age.

  • Them thar books might make people smart, s – m – r – t smart. Can’t have that! Need ta burn’em all, yessiree, to make the world safe for our cheetoh-faced pussy grabber!

    PS – and huzzah to the people who got To Kill A Mockingbird banned because it accurately depicted racists as, well, racists! How dare that Harper Lee lady accurately depict racists as evil!

  • cat cafe

    Oh, no, we can’t have people having access to KNOWLEDGE and INFORMATION!

    • starfanglednut

      Or joy. That’s right out.

      • cat cafe

        I know, it’s so weird, isn’t it?

  • cat cafe

    Oh, no, we can’t have people having access to KNOWLEDGE and INFORMATION! This is also just another reason why we in California should just have our own nation-state. #calexit

    • AnnieGetYerFun

      I am all about it, as long as I don’t have to be within ten miles of Anaheim.

      • cat cafe

        Maybe we should carve out Orange County and leave it behind with Arizona.

        • AnnieGetYerFun

          I can absolutely live with that.

    • Beanz&Berryz

      We in cascadia would take in you poor sun-scalded Callies.

    • Manders

      It’s called secession, and if Texas can’t do it, neither can California.

      Also, let’s not pretend that everyone in California is a Democrat.

      • Manders

        (I say this as someone from Massachusetts. It’s fun to pretend that MA is a liberal paradise, but we have our, er, Republicans, too.)

      • Shan – Mildly Depraved

        That’s what I’ve wondered about all these “Calexit” people. Everybody makes fun of Texas for bellowing like idiots about seceding so why is California any different kind of A Idiot? Sure, one is blue and one is red, a “giver” and a “taker” as far as Federal funds are concerned. But that’s not the ONLY state trade offs to consider. Texas wants to run off and be stupider than everybody else and California wants to run off and be smarter than everybody else. But we’re supposed to be the UNITED States. It doesn’t work that way. We’re supposed to balance each other out.

        • MC Planck

          There’s no balancing the racists.

          Look at it this way: suppose we did split the country. We’d have a big amnesty period – everybody could move to the place they wanted to be first. Obviously all the Leftists would move to California. Black people would abandon the Confederacy. But the thing is… nobody would leave California.

          If you offered the Right-wingers their own perfect utopia in Texas, virtually none of them would leave the socialist hell-hole of California for it.

          Which is why the entire notion of Calixeit is funny.

          • Shan – Mildly Depraved

            Yeah, I guess. California right-wingers aren’t going to abandon Cali for Texas because that would SUCK for them, and they know it so they stay and bitch because it costs them nothing. And most POC can’t AFFORD to abandon the Confederacy for better social climes or they would have DONE it by now.

          • Manders

            Yeah, and I personally have no desire to move to California, lefty utopia or no.

          • Shan – Mildly Depraved

            I have a “lefty utopia” available a 2hr drive away but it’s not feasible to pull my daughter out of school and sell my house and look for another job. People who say “just move if you don’t like it” are…unrealistic, to use the most charitable term I can think of.

        • Manders

          Agreed.

          Also, re: “calexit” – maybe don’t name your movement after the second-dumbest vote result this year.

        • akita96th

          I bet California would do better seceding from the union more than Texas would…

      • cat cafe

        Most of us are. That’s why our state is booming. And I’m fine with Texas seceding.

  • AnnieGetYerFun

    Oh, Nancy Pearl gonna cut a bitch. You do NOT fuck with librarians.

  • AnnieGetYerFun

    Kansas is Koch Country will look purty on the next edition of the state’s quarter.

  • nosuchuser

    Paging Mr. Carnegie, paging Mr. Carnegie, please pick up the white courtesy phone.

  • President in Exile Firefly

    Christ. Even robber baron Andrew Carnegie liked libraries. What’s next–no more animal shelters because a chihuahua once bit David Koch?

    • UncleTravelingMatt

      The chihuahua bit Koch. Suuuuuure.

      • bookish

        Koch prolly ate it. Picante.

  • Libraries offer free access to information. Information is education. Education is the nemesis of the Libertarian brand, which seeks to control not only the narrative but also is currently engaged in creating a big class of uneducated easily duped low wage drones.
    Libraries is only step one: Step two is public education in general. Bet on it.

    • starfanglednut

      Libraries are happiness. They’re against that too.

    • Sister Suffragette

      Someone told me that in Kansas, the right’s current tactic is to refer to public schools as “government schools,” in order to discredit them. So “government libraries” can’t be far behind.

      • Shan – Mildly Depraved

        This is the third time I’ve had to defend Kansas libraries in this thread. I’m starting to get a bit cheesed off with people who automatically presume we’re all anti-literate fuckwits here.

        http://lj.libraryjournal.com/2016/03/legislation/library-advocates-fend-off-kansas-legislative-threat/#_

        • Sister Suffragette

          Whoa, I didn’t mean that at all — sorry if it came across that way. The person who told me about the “government schools” thing was my raging liberal friend in Lawrence, so I’m well aware that there are plenty of good guys fighting the good fight in KS. I was just commenting on the bullshit that you guys are having to contend with under Brownback’s reign of terror.

          • Shan – Mildly Depraved

            Sorry about that. I grew up in a raging liberal family in Lawrence and went back there to go to college, so I get your friend. I guess I have a bit of a sore spot when it seems like people are randomly using Kansas as the prime example of deliberate ignorance. This was the 3rd post in a very short time on this article that looked to me like someone was saying “welp, rest of the country is about to be a dumbed-out as Kansas pretty soon” and it tweaked me.

            Again, sorry.

          • Sister Suffragette

            No problem at all — just don’t want anyone to think I’m bashing Kansas in a public forum. My friend would kill me. :)

            Also, there’s plenty of bashing to do at home here in VA.

          • Shan – Mildly Depraved

            I guess I’m just tired of the state-bashing, even when it’s our own. I mean, Kansans are used to automatically bagging on Oklahoma and I have to admit that I used to do that myself. But I just can’t any more. I feel like we all have to find a way to pull together if we’re going to get ourselves out of this Trump-infested quagmire. And we’re not going to do that if we keep smacking each other down.

            And I don’t just mean that as far as different states are concerned.

        • AncienReggie

          It must be pretty hard defending Kansas. I was born there, myself, but times have change: These days I’m a refugee from Texas — which i don’t even try to defend.

          • Shan – Mildly Depraved

            It’s hard to defend, yes. Frankly, there’s not a lot of good to say about it right now. But if I’m going to stay here (which I am), I should try to something good for the place.

      • OldMayfly

        Yes, that “government schools” business started with Karl Rove, etc. One of the Right-wing tactics was/is to denigrate every public service. Public schools formerly were referred to as “neighborhood schools.”

    • grindstone

      How else do we get all the jobs back? Remake us into a third world country and the other countries will ship their jobs back to us!

  • Alan

    Who the fuck votes against a library?

    • Morons.
      No, really. Morons. Raise yer taxes ZOMG!!!!!!
      We need to really push the narrative that paying taxes is the most patriotic someone who does not serve can do.
      BECAUSE IT SUPPORTS THE TROOPS. Among other things.

    • empf

      The assholes who run the GOP

    • Shan – Mildly Depraved

      Kansas lege, apparently, but the libraries fought back and won.

    • akita96th

      Stupid republicans vote no to library s….Like they fkn read anyway….Library’s are full of facts..something that scares the hell out of conservative think tanks….I can see why the Koch hate library’s….

    • Britpoptarts

      A person who thinks books are the devil and hasn’t read one for pleasure since, like, ever. Someone like Trump, who apparently likes to decorate with books by leaving a tome full of Hitler’s speeches by his bedside and bragging about it, but who apparently doesn’t have the attention span to read a longish memorandum or newspapers.

  • Lefty Wright

    If the Koch could figure out a way to make money off of libraries there would be one on every corner. Only they would be privately owned but paid for by government backed bonds, tax abatements, no worker protections and a guaranteed profit

  • Jeffery Campbell

    My 85-year old librarian mother is outraged and is on her way there. God help them…she looks like a really sweet old lady, but I expect there are tar and feathers in the trunk and she knows how to use them.

    • bookish

      Pics or it didn’t happen. Let us know if we need to chip in for bail.

      • Jeffery Campbell

        LOL. She thought “Oz” was the best thing on the teevee. She’d probably be fine in the hoosegow.

    • Wombat

      Let us know if she needs help running them out of town on a rail.

  • empf

    I’m getting sicker by the day–none of this affects me directly. Not the loss of the ACA, not the new Education secretary (my kids actually went to Catholic school and are out of school now), not Carson at HUD…none of it hits me personally, yet I feel nauseated by all this. I heard Jeffrey Lord today, wondering when Hillary will apologize for the KKK (cuz they were Dems…)–someone needs to tell that lardass that the KKK didn’t support Hillary.

    I know I sound unhinged but…

    • bookish

      Yesterday I was feeling unhinged too. It comes and goes. A few hours off not thinking of it helps. Take care of yourself.

    • eyelashviper

      Not unhinged at all, just cognizant of what we all face.

  • bookish

    We shall fight on the beaches, we shall fight on the landing grounds, we shall fight in the fields and in the streets, we shall fight in the hills; we shall never surrender,

  • Rasilom

    Funny thing. None of this shit so far will affect me. Some of it might benefit me. But all of it pisses me off. The extra 800 to 900 bucks a year I stand to put in my pocket is totally offset by the fucking over of people that are not in my positon. It will make it way wsy harder for people to break even much less get ahead. And for the record I am not married with a GF. My after tax income is between 65 and 85 K depending on personal motivation and the general rate of attrition of my clients computer systems. I would be totally willing to have my after tax income go down by 6 to 7 K if it was going to provide health care for all, good public schools and infrastructure improvments. Those things raise us all as a society and a country. Totally worth the cost. This from some one making less than 100k. But the bastards making billions are so worried about an extra 50 to 60K in taxes. percentage wise I am willing to give more to the common good that them. More importantly the extra amount they would need to pay in taxes would not even be noticed in their lives. They are a group of greedy, uncarring assholes that are so stuck on status and compairing dick size via income they can not.see that the route they are taking is actually the route that has led to the most brutally bloody revolutions in history. Fuck them all and fuck them hard (votes of course). When will these fucks see that success brings responcibility and should include compassion for those with less. I donate to charity. I pay attention in the fucking check out line at.the store, if I see some one culling their purchases of basic goods because they cant afford them I pay for them and give them to the person. I feel good, they know someone cares and life is better. Damn it just fuck these greedy uncaring bastards to hell (which ever one they believe in)!!!

    • mfp

      you’re so mid-20th century…we dont go for that kinda talk ’round this country here no more, stranger

    • GoutMachine

      Amen. I’ve got no children and a six-figure salary. I happily pay my taxes so others’ children can have access to schools and health care. HAPPILY, DAMN YOU ALL, because THAT’S HOW THIS WORKS.

      I read something somewhere about “provid[ing] for the common welfare.” Must’ve been in a Chick Tract.

    • I don’t want spam

      I totally agree with your sentiment. However, I see these people a little differently. I see them as having a constant voice in their heads saying that they are worthless and that the only way they have discovered to give themselves the love they so desperately crave is by obtaining more and more money and supposed power. It will never work, of course, and many of us will suffer in the meantime. Sad.

    • Jukesgrrl

      We also all benefit from a populace having at least a basic education. I live in Arizona and take care of my 90-year-old mother. The stupidity that I encounter every day taking my mother to her many medical appoints is shocking. People who lack reading and math skills working in doctors’ offices and hospitals is NOT a good idea. Citizens of Arizona don’t want to pay taxes but if they did it might increase their life spans. Literally.

  • ThunderCat

    Saying what I REALLY think of the Koch’s and their ilk would get me banned, so let me just say it in Cat:

    meow, meowmeow, meow–meow, meowmeow, meowmeow, meow!? meow, meow…meow, meow; meow, meowmeow, meowmeow, meow? meow, meowmeow, meow, meow, meow, meow, meow, meow, meowmeow, meowmeow, meow.

    And in conclusion: MEOW!

    • Shan – Mildly Depraved

      (with meow votes)

      • ThunderCat

        Natch! :)

        A bit OT: earlier today, Thunder, my 20 pound boy cat was meowing incessantly. Kept walking up to me, bumped his head against my legs, jumped on the desk.

        So, I got up, checked the water fountain: full … the dry food bowls: full … the Litter Robot: working/clean.

        I asked him: so, show me! What do you want?

        Kept meowing. And walking across the keyboard. O.k. I get the hint: we play a round with the feather toys and laser light? He’s not into THAT either.

        At noon, I have to go to the U and administer a final in one of my classes. While in class, I get this sudden illumination: the dry food bowls’ food content/level has hardly changed in about 3 days!! Now, for the other two cats, no big; they eat wet food, mostly, and just graze on the dry stuff. But Thunder eats ONLY dry! He has not eaten, except for some freeze dried chicken treats!

        So, apparently, he suddenly developed an intense dislike toward that insanely expensive dry stuff I feed them. I mean, truly more $$$ than prime rib. When I got home, I opened a new bag of dry, and put it in the bowls which he nearly knocked me over to get to.

        But the meowing stopped! LOL

        • Dazza

          Good grief. You stole my cat! She did the same to me.
          How did my tiny Burmese teleport to your house?

          • ThunderCat

            Well … cats, eh?

            Whatever laws of physics humans THINK apply to life here on earth, cats exist to remind us that we are wrong. :)

        • Shan – Mildly Depraved

          My cat doesn’t like food that’s been in the bowl for more than 42 seconds since he watched me put it there. So I only put about 16 kibbles in at a time.

          • ThunderCat

            I’ve come to believe that most cats are little fuzzy/furry balls of crazy.

            And that crazy expresses itself in different variations …

            Mine go nuts when they can see the bottom of the food bowl (even if it’s just the tiniest speck of bottom!), even tho there’s still plenty of kibble in there.

            (btw: cats also don’t like bowls that are small to the point where their whiskers touch the sides of the bowls, so that I had to larger, flatter bowls. But that also makes the problem of “no food on 1/2 a centimeter of bowl” more pronounced …)

    • Britpoptarts

      Needs more HISS and exclamation points. Perhaps even a coughed-up hairwad for emphasis. :)

  • oldmechanician

    They are not really worried about their tax money paying for a social safety net. What they are really protecting is a desperate, frightened, badly educated labor force. Libraries, good free education, and a good social safety net doesn’t serve to preserve the workforce that businesses like Walmart and fast food giants and hotels depend on. Good government amenities mean workers that are less exploitable. you know them by their actions. Taxes are a red herring. The actions taken all go towards the goal of insuring an exploitable labor force.

  • feral_calliecallie

    Completely OT, but this is the only possible forum in which I could possibly post this.
    – I have loved Robert Redford since I was like 12 years old and saw Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid in the theater with my parents (and just about died of embarrassment).
    – I have loved Sam Waterston since I was 14 and saw him in some PBS edition of Much Ado About Nothing; I stayed up late to see the credits and I spent a lot of years watching for his name, and I was very gratified by his eventual success. I sent him fan mail.
    – And I have loved Joe Biden since I was 30 something and he, as chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, presided over the hearings related to Clarence Thomas’ confirmation to the supreme court. I reiterate that a friend of mine from that time recently reminded me that I said then “Joe Biden could investigate me any time.”
    – And my husband comes in around about this time, and I love you honey, but…
    – I remember when our son was an infant I told him “I don’t care if Robert Fucking Redford is on the phone, if I am putting that baby to sleep, take a message!”

    20 years later…perspective.

    OHJB was on Colbert and I stayed up wayyyyy tooooo late to watch.
    – I’m sorry, Robert, Sam, and mr. calliecallie, if OHJB calls, if he comes to the door, even if all of you are right there with him, he’s the one that gets in. Is there a #JoeBiden? Because that guy is just a fucking rock star. I love you all, wonketeers. G’Night.

    • Mike Steele

      Lady MS here, applauding your taste in men. I, too, have had a bad case for OHJB since back in the day. Sent a get-well letter when he had his aneurysm and received a lovely handwritten thank-you note from Jill. They’re the classiest family in politics… ever.

    • Britpoptarts

      OHJB and Teddy Kennedy also kept Robert Bork out of SCOTUS, which made him have a tantrum and pretty much go away until he died, because even a pure-D spite demon gets tired eventually. Unfortunately, Thomas took Bork’s lower court seat and raised his profile thereby, and the rest is history.

  • The Librarian

    Well, you’ve got to guess I’m more than peeved about this situation. I just made my contribution. Libraries supply important services to every community: books, computer access, lectures open to everyone. Must be people gaining knowledge that’s the problem. :P pffft, also too.

    • Vacuous Virgina

      Gaining knowledge — Nailed it!!!!!

  • Goposaur

    What. The. Everlasting. Evil. Fuckery?

    May they be thrown in a circle of hell where they are stuck in a second rate amusement park where they are dope sick, have diarrhea cramps and sweats on a hot, humid day, feeling sticky and wet, forever looking for a nonexistent bathroom while wearing too tight and ill-fitting clothes while a swarm of deer flies are buzzing around biting all exposed bits and everyone pointing and laughing at their misery.

    • Sister the Resister!

      Excellent curse!

    • Vacuous Virgina

      Also, too. Boiled in a vat of Santorum ?

      Bless his heart.

    • PattyJM

      Diarrhea, cramps, sweats AND the dry heaves.

      • Goposaur

        fuck, I forgot the dry heaves. and menstrual cramps, thigh rashes, and swarms of no-see-ums and bees. many, many bees. Uncomfortable shoes, itchy, sweaty poly-blend clothes that don’t fit well. As well as being totally sticky from a quart of Mountain Dew that got pored over your head inciting the BEES, oh dear god no, not the BEES! All the while that every time you look at your watch, you realize you’re going to be there for yet another 10 hours with slimey shit stains getting worse, attracting even more BEEESSS.

    • Chris19741949

      And six whiny, loud kids surrounding them.

      • Goposaur

        you’re evil.

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  • Dazza

    Save the libraries, for sure. Also – can the taco trucks on every corner thing still be worked out? Perhaps taco vendors in a yuge wall around the besieged libraries, since RWNJs seem to be frightened of them? Hot sauce deployed ballistically at oncoming hordes of intemperate Koch supporters?

    • Belasaurius

      as a librarian, I wholehearted endorse your plan to surround my building with taco trucks. Furthermore I wish to be able to lower a bucket out my window and received tacos back

  • NastyBossetti

    “if people want access to books and videos and computers and children’s story hours and public meeting spaces, they should damn well pay for them themselves”
    I’m confused. I do pay for these things myself, with my tax dollars.

    • Oblios_Cap

      Using logic. What an elitist!

  • h4rr4r

    I saw the best documentary the other night on netflix. It is about fake wines, the part that made me smile is one of the Koch’s was ripped off for millions of dollars. It was really great.

    • Tofu_Killer

      ….and then you remembered that dropping a couple of million on wine is like you buying a coke from a vending machine to these monsters.

      • h4rr4r

        He was mad about, that is what mattered.

        • Mintie

          So basically something like this:

          Average Citizen: Hey, I put my money in a Coca-Cola machine and got an RC Cola, what gives? Oh, well, I’ll drink it anyway, it’s only a dollar.

          Rich Citizen: Hey, I put my money in a Coca-Cola machine and got an RC Cola, what gives? What do you mean, it was only a dollar? Yeah, it was a whole dollar! My dollar! Now give me my goddamned coke, you bastards!

          Moral of the story: The more money you have, the bigger an asshole you are about it.

  • Tony Prost

    God, I hate these people.

  • sgt. jmk of the résistance

    Why does this make me want to cry? And in a related question, how the fuck did we get here, to this horrible place in time…and how the fuck do we get back?

  • Ray in VT

    This is why we can’t have nice things.

  • Ray in VT

    True story: I once had some libertarian leaning Michael Savage fan give me some sort of line about how public libraries were some sort of creeping communism (or something) because they were paid for with public funds, and also he didn’t assent to his $5 or whatever in local taxes going to people checking out books without a charge.

    • Chris19741949

      Did you slap him upside the head?

      • Ray in VT

        No. I worked with him, and the boss would have frowned on that. I could only gaze in wonder at the absurdity of such a view. He eventually got let go because he was pushing his politics to the customers, which management didn’t like, making product decisions based upon his personal beliefs (and not upon what would sell), and he also shirked whatever tasks he didn’t like as often as he could.

  • Michael Loraine

    Four-eyed pointy-headed smarty? That’s me! And my first obligation as such is to point out that your we site really sucks from a functional perspective. I come for the content, but there’s only so much technical dysfunction which can be tolerated. E.g., your “Spoutable” x-box makes the tablet interface unusable. But that’s OK, because you know more than the generals, right?

    • alpacapunchbowl

      Bye bye then

    • JasmineStarlight

      Need ad blocker. Worthwhile article though. Sad days ahead

    • Belasaurius

      An ad-free subscription is $5.

    • Mike Steele

      we come for the content, as well, not to mention the good company… and manage to do it on a 1st gen iPad. if technobabble trumps ideas, perhaps you should, indeed, move on.

  • eyelashviper

    Well, the Koch Bros, ALEC, Fox, and other such fright wing groups have thus far almost eliminated public education, have fostered more fake news than real news, so now will attack one of the few bastions of knowledge left. Then comes the book burning, website destruction, and complete control over the internet and all technology.

  • Michael Loraine

    I have great affection for the libraries in my past. But they are obsolete. We need public data resources open to all citizens and visitors. Books are difficult to house and maintain. Digital files? Not so much.

    • Mintie

      Most libraries have large data resource centers that are open to all citizens and visitors. Also, too, paper books are coming back in popularity after a decade or so of e-book excitement, so maybe don’t burn all the ones on the shelves just yet.

    • undrgrndgirl

      clearly you haven’t been to a library recently.

    • Justine Cullinan

      It shouldn’t have to be an either/or …

    • Jencendiary

      You cannot replace the services of a reference librarian with Google.

      • Whiteguy

        Card catalog works ok

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