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.