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.

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LC Gunsniper
LC Gunsniper

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

LC Sir Rurik, K.o.E.
LC Sir Rurik, K.o.E.

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.

Tallulah
Tallulah

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… Read more »

Tallulah
Tallulah

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????

Tallulah
Tallulah

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.

LCBren
LCBren

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… Read more »

LCBren
LCBren

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

LC SecondMouse
LC SecondMouse

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… Read more »

Southern Libertarian
Southern Libertarian

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.

Southern Libertarian
Southern Libertarian

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… Read more »

FrankOK
FrankOK

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… Read more »

Kristophr, LC
Kristophr, LC

Ninth Circuit Court.

Enough said.

Mark12A
Mark12A

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.

LC Spare Parts
LC Spare Parts

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… Read more »

LC TerribleTroy
LC TerribleTroy

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… Read more »

LC Ogrrre - Imperial Heartless Bastard
LC Ogrrre - Imperial Heartless Bastard

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… Read more »

Fa Cube Itches
Fa Cube Itches

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.”

LC Sir Rurik, K.o.E.
LC Sir Rurik, K.o.E.

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.

LC Xystus
LC Xystus

LC Spare Parts:

The Left hates privilege above all else.

Except, of course, for itself.

Tallulah
Tallulah

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… Read more »

The Lone Haranguer
The Lone Haranguer

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.

ebrown2
ebrown2

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… Read more »

LC SecondMouse
LC SecondMouse

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… Read more »

ebrown2
ebrown2

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… Read more »