We’re the Government, and We’re Here to Help!

So hand over those Nooks, right now, you evil, discriminating bastards! (h/t Jeff G.)

The U.S. Justice Department says it has reached a settlement with the Sacramento (California) Public Library over a trial program the library was conducting that let patrons borrow Barnes and Noble NOOK e-book readers.

DOJ and the National Federation of the Blind objected to the program on grounds that blind people could not use the NOOK e-readers for technological reasons.

OK, this is a joke, right? CNS is pulling our Imperial Leg, right? RIGHT???

The Justice Department said the settlement is aimed at stopping discrimination: “Emerging technologies like e-readers are changing the way we interact with the world around us and we need to ensure that people with disabilities are not excluded from the programs where these devices are used,” said Assistant Attorney General Thomas E. Perez in a news release.

We guess it isn’t a joke. So how do you propose that we ensure that blind people aren’t being “discriminated against” vis-a-vis the use of e-books, you mindless, moronic, bureaucrat butt-surfer? Huh? We suppose we could just cure their blindness, right? Quick, call your master, the Obamessiah, and have him come lay his holy hands on the blind. Surely he can cure blindness seeing as he, per his own claim, can make the waters recede and the planet heal. What he CAN’T do is get his golf handicap below triple digits, and L-rd knows that he’s worked hard enough on that.

So how about all of the other books in the library, that is to say the ones not in Braille? Surely you dragged those outside and burned them in a big jolly bonfire, just like your Teuton ideological predecessors used to do back in the 30s, right? After all, it’s highly discriminatory against the blind to have all of those books that people can’t read if they can’t see.

Or better still, as Jeff suggests, isn’t the very fact that some of us aren’t blind discriminatory against the blind? Shouldn’t we make blinding the newborn mandatory, just to be “fair?”

Bureaucrats. We’re seriously beginning to worry that we might run out of bullets before we’re done cleaning out the trash of this nation.

Thatisall.

25 comments

  1. 1
    LC Gunsniper growls and barks:

    Set up a couple of these puppies in the common reading area. Problem solved.

  2. 2
    LC Sir Rurik, K.o.E. growls and barks:

    The same officials are also planning to ban further research on breast cance because males are esxeedingly unlikely to benefit. except secondarily, and prostate cancer research because women ae certinly not going to benefit. Research funds will be switched to hangnail research.

  3. 3
    Tallulah growls and barks:

    You know, I used to feel for the handicapped. But not lately.

    Sod these bastards. They did the same shit in New York City: the city was going to install much-needed public pissoirs, or toilets: they put up a couple of really slick ones in Union Square.

    These things were amazing — they cleaned themselves after each customer, and blew themselves dry like inverted hair dryers! People were lining up to try them.

    Then the Angry Assholes of the Americans with Disabilities crowd showed up and said the same thing: if a fucking quadriplegic can’t use them, then NOBODY GETS TO GO TO THE BATHROOM! :em08:

    Well, shit. Now, since it was even MORE prohibitively expensive to install lifting machinery, insure the poor terlets against the greedy LAWYERS and liability suits, the whole thing was dropped.

    Status quo ante, folks. We still have piss on the streets, and shit in the grates. THANK YOU SO FUCKING MUCH, YOU SODDING ACTIVISTS.

    We never should have given in on the curb cuts: it just opened Pandora’s box, didn’t it? Assholes.

  4. 4
    Tallulah growls and barks:

    List of things the Activist Assholes for the Disabled will want to ban:

    ALL MUSIC OF ANY KIND.

    ALL ART OF ANY KIND.

    ALL DECORATIONS OF ANY KIND

    PERFUMES, ANY GOOD SMELLS (for those with smelling impairment)

    ALL SPORTS.

    ALL SEX.

    ALL FAIRGROUND RIDES.

    Oh, hell, you get the idea.

    Can we start calling them on their huge Malignant Envy problem????

  5. 5
    Tallulah growls and barks:

    OT but sorta important: did anyone else hear Romney say he’s going to “repeal and replace Obamacare“?

    Replace it with WHAT?????????????????

    Peeps, he’s still hanging onto his Romneycare idea.

    We
    Have
    Not
    Heard
    the Last
    of This.

  6. 6
    LCBrendan growls and barks:

    Misha: I have a Kindle, and there IS an issue with the fact that a lot of the Kindle and other databases aren’t including audio ebooks. More could be done in this area. As the devices become more popular, the authors will include audio books as well, Amazon has a growing list, and independent authors are doing the same.

    Some of the ebook readers dont HAVE audio capability.

    Not agreeing with these guys, but it would be good to see more in both ebook and audio ranges for those devices.

    Tallulah: quadriplegics use leg bags, and again more could be done re sanitary facilities with these issues. More space and a simple additional disabled toilet would help in designs for more buildings.

    Ease up a touch, will you?

  7. 7
    LCBrendan growls and barks:

    Uh Tallulah, trust me, no one wants sex banned :em07:

  8. 8
    LC SecondMouse growls and barks:

    Whiskey Tango Foxtrot, over?

    They tried to warn us. Benjamin Franklin, Thomas Jefferson, and many more. They left us little ‘breadcrumbs’ of virtuous knowledge along the path of freedom and prosperity. But no, we had to go and build the largest government that man had ever known, thinking that if we could just make it big enough, it would give us everything we wanted. For free.

    And so, in its most benign form, it gives us absurdities like this. But it is far from benign, and it continues to grow, infiltrating every aspect of our lives and, even now, may have passed a point beyond which the process cannot be reversed.

    Societies will always have activists championing their causes. This is not new. What is relatively new is a government so large and all-powerful that it has become a fearsome tool for the interests of the connected minority to impose its will upon the majority.

  9. 9
    Southern Libertarian growls and barks:

    Tallulah @ #4:

    With all due respect Tallulah, why do you believe that handicapped people want to ban those things? I don’t see enough evidence to suggest that.

  10. 10
    Southern Libertarian growls and barks:

    Emperor Misha I

    We guess it isn’t a joke. So how do you propose that we ensure that blind people aren’t being “discriminated against” vis-a-vis the use of e-books, you mindless, moronic, bureaucrat butt-surfer?

    Sir, the solution is simple. The free market is one of the greatest equalizers of all time. It is painfully obvious from this article that there is a market demand from the visually impaired to have an e-book reader that is handicapped accessible. Any enterprising capitalist with half a brain should be reading this story and saying to themselves ” How can I make a product to fulfill this demand?” Not to mention the added perk of creating jobs and turning a nice profit for any business smart enough to take this opportunity.

  11. 11
    FrankOK growls and barks:

    LC SecondMouse says:

    … snip

    Societies will always have activists championing their causes. This is not new.

    … snip

    No sir, it’s not new at all. What’s new is the twisted application of words such as racism, bigotry, etc. to instill guilt and imply these non-audio devices are the work of the devil.

    I’m tired of reading about these things – not being able to “hold the fort” (some fucking egghead in giverment decide it was racist) was the last straw.

    There are many fucking idiots that need to become worm food are hanging around looking for relevancy, wasting air and other valuable resources – there’s no way around it. Stupidity cannot be allowed to breed any longer nor train the youngsters already here.

  12. 12
    Kristophr, LC growls and barks:

    Ninth Circuit Court.

    Enough said.

  13. 13
    Mark12A growls and barks:

    Tallulah @ #:
    So it’s really important we take the Senate and the House, also. Romney can’t repeal and replace anything without Congress. Unless he wants to do an Obama and issue executive orders. Without gaining control of the White House and the Senate, this country is screwed.

  14. 14
    DJ Allyn growls and barks:

    Okay, my head hurts from trying to wrap my mind around this.
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  15. 15
    LC Spare Parts growls and barks:

    I’ve seen judicial blindness first hand; ear, eye, and Nose. Today it’s no longer just an oxymoron. It’s Official. Government lawyers now are so removed from reality it boggles the mind. But in the world of toddler lib, all that matters is that no underprivileged aggrieved ninny be denied some goodie he can’t use because it is a Right. The Left hates privilege above all else. Can’t see, can’t read, can’t use it, so what. I’m waiting for the real fun to start when the government sues all who can see because That’s Not Fair. They probably have a Judge who will decree we all have our eyes gouged out.

  16. 16
    LC TerribleTroy growls and barks:

    Seems to me that the actual decision makers should be identified by name and “outted” for their obvious insanely poor judgement skills. I’m talking from whoever initiated this to each and every facilitater all the way up. Allowing them to shelter under the umbrella their respective organizations provides cover for their personal responsibility. Bueracacy is made up of individuals. Make the individual accountable and we may see a slight cessation of this kind of nonsense. They defend this shit by acting as if each individual has no discretionary power. It is a false defense.

  17. 17
    LC Ogrrre growls and barks:

    LCBrendan @ #:7
    Wrong, Brendan. The Ecotard Assholes who want the human race to become extinct would just as soon no one ever had sex again. Then, there were in this country in the late 1800s, early 1900s certain religious sects that banned sex among their followers. Needless to say, those sects no longer exist. Those of their membership who practiced celibacy died childless, and there were not enough fools converting to keep the belief alive.
    As to the topic of the thread, it’s a shame that what should be done, can’t be done. Every time some whiny pansy gripes about something being unfair because of his/her/its handicap, they should be shot in the face. Every lawyer that takes such a case and files a suit should be shot in the face. Every judge that allows such a case to be filed in his/her court, who does not immediately throw the plaintiff and lawyer in jaile for contempt of court, should be shot in the face. You would be amazed at how quickly common sense would break out.

  18. 18
    Fa Cube Itches growls and barks:

    Bureaucrats. We’re seriously beginning to worry that we might run out of bullets before we’re done cleaning out the trash of this nation.

    Ford Fairlaine said it best: “So many assholes, so few bullets.”

  19. 19
    LC Sir Rurik, K.o.E. growls and barks:

    Southern Libertarian @ #10:

    Back during the 1980s, my father in his last years spent much time reading books into a tape recorder for distribution to the blind.

  20. 20
    LC Xystus growls and barks:

    LC Spare Parts:

    The Left hates privilege above all else.

    Except, of course, for itself.

  21. 21
    Tallulah growls and barks:

    Southern Libertarian @ #:

    Okay, I thought I was specific enough: It’s not the handicapped people as such who want to ban them: it’s the ASSHOLE ACTIVISTS for the disabled — who often are NOT disabled themselves — who make sure that, unless we make sure that even the most disabled person can use a public facility, they’ll shut it down for the rest of us.

    Which is exactly what happened to the public, inthestreet pissoirs in New York. See? Not only do the disabled not get to use such facilities, NO ONE will.

    The asshole activists win; everyone else loses.

  22. 22
    The Lone Haranguer growls and barks:

    I guess they should also sue the library to have the tens of thousands of books removed, since blind people can’t read those either.

  23. 23
    ebrown2 growls and barks:

    LC SecondMouse @ #:

    The French have the self-cleaning urinals, but we can’t…

    Once you (“you” being the typical leftie idiot) get the state to act in loco parentis for the citizenry, you will not avoid being treated like a child yourself if it is in the self-perceived interests of the state to do so. After all, by both your premises and your actions you assert the primacy of the collective over the individual.

    Also, the concentration of power in a centralized state necessarily entails such bureaucrats. There is nothing more dishonest than a leftist who promotes his vision of beautiful jackboot fascism while simultaneously decrying “bureacrats,” it’s willful self-contradiction.

  24. 24
    LC SecondMouse growls and barks:

    ebrown2 @ #23:

    I see by your avatar that I have met a fellow traveler who esteems M. Bastiat. He is certainly worthy of inclusion on any short list of those we all should seek to learn life’s great wisdom from. How much fun would we have forcing modern liberals to attempt to come to terms with Bastiat’s definition of ‘classical liberalism’?

    One of my favorites of his: “Everyone wants to live at the expense of the State. They forget that the State lives at the expense of everyone.”

    A shame that so many among us, in their mad dash toward the promise of their messiah’s perfect future, should find it so easy to discard, along with the rest of the past, the eternal truths, and the greatest teachers of them.

  25. 25
    ebrown2 growls and barks:

    LC SecondMouse wrote:

    I see by your avatar that I have met a fellow traveler who esteems M. Bastiat. He is certainly worthy of inclusion on any short list of those we all should seek to learn life’s great wisdom from. How much fun would we have forcing modern liberals to attempt to come to terms with Bastiat’s definition of ‘classical liberalism’?

    One of my favorites of his: “Everyone wants to live at the expense of the State. They forget that the State lives at the expense of everyone.”

    A shame that so many among us, in their mad dash toward the promise of their messiah’s perfect future, should find it so easy to discard, along with the rest of the past, the eternal truths, and the greatest teachers of them.

    Yes, THE LAW and “The Gods of the Copybook Headings” by Kipling should be required reading for all American citizens.