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Obama’s Son Looks Like Ferguson

David4 Wrote: Aug 15, 2014 1:07 PM
Someone has said it before: this predates Obama, and is the bitter harvest of black resentment towards the treatment they have received in the past. Evidence that Michael Brown committed a crime, and resisted arrest, matters less than the words "black", "police" and "killing". (We have the Mumia Abu Jamal precedent that if the policeman had died there wouldn't be so much outrage ...) One possible outcome is that there will be less policing of black neighborhoods. The residents don't want the police. There will be fewer businesses, and the businesses will either be fortresses stocking fewer goods, or they will be "street markets", again much fewer goods, operated by blacks and "protected by the Crips" or another gang.
Responding to Englishlass's "Hey jerk" post. Well, why not? Though I don't see any sentiment for it. Not now, not in the foreseeable future. I would bet on somewhat higher odd of Puerto Rico, or Hawaii, wanting out of the USA before any Hispanicized states choose to go for it. But I see Quebec wanting out of Canada before any other secession in this hemisphere.
What time frame are you Englishlass talking about. Czechoslovakia: Before Austro-Hungary's defeat in WW#1 Czech and Slovakia were both incorporated parts of Austro-Hungary. Czech was in the Austrian half, Slovakia was in the Hungarian half. I am not intimately familiar with what happened immediately after WW#1 defeat, but within a year a united Czechoslovakia was established. It was broken up by Germany in 1939, put back together again in 1945 and broke up again about 1990. Ukraine: Who knows what Kiev had firm control over before it was conquered by the Mongols in the 13th century. It was ruled by others until Russia's defeat in WW#1. There was a brief independent Ukraine until the USSR conquered it, by 1924. Under Russian rule and Soviet rule Crimea was part of Russia, not Ukraine, until 1954 when Khrushchev assigned it to Ukraine. The rest of Ukraine's borders were also drawn by the Russians, as they saw fit. The far west-southwest was once part of Czechoslovakia. Austro-Hungary: Hungary was an independent kingdom until conquered by the Turks. Austria almost got conquered too. Austria by force of arms took Hungary from Turkey. At least once, 1848, Hungary tried to win independence from Austria. After Austria's defeat in 1867 (Six Weeks War, Prussia) Austria had to agree to a new constitutional arrangement in order to hold their empire together, that is how the whole thing got renamed Austro-Hungary. Your last paragraph was gratuitous. I daresay I would get higher scores in history than you would.
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ISIL Will Take Over Kurdish Areas of Iraq

David4 Wrote: Aug 13, 2014 5:01 PM
ISIL is an English language acronym for Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant. ISIS is an English language acronym for Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham, or "and Syria". Either term refers to the same group. Google ISIS and you will see that there is a lot of confusion about which term to use. Even in Arabic. Recently THEY announced that hence forth they would be known as 'al-Dawla al-Islamiya', The Islamic State.
Barely mentioned in the article is that Ms. Nielsen-Dembe has a husband. How much is he contributing to buying that house? All the same, that house is too expensive. They can not afford it and should have shopped for something that leaves them something better than a so-called 'minimum-wage' existence. And the question we in our society must ask ourselves is why are such goods that SHOULD be affordable to most everyone, not affordable?
Looks like a business opportunity. Build small 2-3 bedroom homes for all the people who want them and can't afford what IS on the market. Before you take that opportunity, look at why nobody is building such homes already. I have heard that cities and counties are explicitly using zoning and building codes to discourage affordable housing. Part of it is their greed for higher property taxes and a supposedly lower-cost and better class of residents for their community. Part of it is explicit-exclusionary, wanting that better-class of people as residents. I am reminded of an article I read out of Japan. Japan at the time was in a bit of an economic boom, because young folks had concluded that they will NEVER be able to afford a home of their own, and were living the best life that they could, under the circumstances. That sounds more like an economic splurge, and not good for Japan's future. I am also reminded of a common situation in Post WW#1 Soviet Union, of mansions being seized and subdivided to provide housing for the people.
Well, Michael Schaus, I think some of the sarcasm in your first paragraphs was overdone. A divided Ukraine, good or bad? Look at Czechoslovakia, which is happier today as the Czech Republic and Slovakia than it had been back in the united day. Look at Yugoslavia. Pity there was so much fighting in the breakup, but they would rather BE broken up into 7 pieces than united. And we are marking one hundred years that led up to the breakup of Austro-Hungary. Too bad for the Habsburgs, but nobody wants to put THAT country back together. Perhaps Ukraine would be happier with fewer ties between its east, west and south. In the meantime, we can remind Russia that we know at least one part of it (Chechnya) that wants out. And a separate bit, given how immensely popular the AK-47 is, how come we don't have a factory to produce our own copies of the AK-47?
What CIA coup? If you are referring to the change in government in Kyiv earlier this year, I haven't heard of the CIA having a hand in it, except from conspiratorial bloggers. What I heard is that people-power in (western) Ukraine caused it. They were helped in that the capital, Kyiv, is located closer to them than to eastern Ukraine where the then Pres. Yanukovich had his support. Odds and incentives are that the US and Europe hadn't wanted such a change of government.
The report of 'dropping supplies w/o parachutes and they exploded on impact' is hard to believe, but not impossible. I would want to double check the story for accuracy. A historic example of our troops doing a stupid thing under orders: In 1970 we were honoring a 'no bombing' pledge on North Vietnam. We executed a raid on a prisoner of war camp. As a diversion Pres. Nixon ordered a 'bombing' attack from the other direction that was all flash no bang, to comply with the pledge. A lot of air crews that went into that 'bombing' attack were disgusted with their orders and swore to resign their commissions at the first opportunity. (No word on whether they changed their minds a day later when news of the Raid became public.)
To remark: This story was also reported on NPR's Weekend Edition either Saturday or Sunday. From their coverage comes a few additional details not mentioned above. * Before the Council near Bath began their roadwork it took about 8 minutes to go from A to B. After they began it the detour meant an hour. The new road reduces the delay. * The fellow got the idea after hearing the the local farmer was allowing a few people to cut across his field. -- Note that, so far, this is meant as only a temporary solution.
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The Invasion Of The Booty Snatchers

David4 Wrote: Aug 11, 2014 3:42 PM
From memory, my apologies for not getting the words exactly right: Two worthwhile quotes: * A nation can not long sustain BOTH open borders and a welfare state. -- Milton Frieman * That which cannot continue will stop. -- Herbert Stein
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