This just needs to be said.
When I was studying environmental science at Ramapo College, I had to take an introductory level course in environmental policy. It was a course designed to be a general education class, and many of the students in the class were not actually environmental science majors, but were taking the class to fulfill a gen ed requirement.
One evening in class, and I can't remember how we got on the subject, the conversation turned to some of the recent laws that had been passed by then-mayor Rudy Giuliani. Some of them seemed a bit arcane, and the teacher referred to Mr. Giuliani as a "fascist".
The girl sitting next to me giggled when she heard that word, looked at me and the boy next to her, and said, ">giggle< I don't even know what a fascist IS. >giggle<"
Something in my brain snapped. What she was doing was not cute. I looked right at her and said, "Buy a dictionary, Barbie. Look it up."
So, before ANYONE goes flinging that word "socialist" around again, do me (and yourselves) a favor.
Buy a dictionary. Look it up.
Now on to something better, like my beads for the day...