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Happy Indigenous Peoples’ Day!

Joe425 Wrote: Oct 12, 2014 1:05 PM
According the book Guns, Germs and Steel, most of these diseases were transferred from domesticated animals to people. Over thousands of years European, Middle Eastern and Asian peoples gained partial immunity. Native Americans, with no domestic animals except the dog, had no immunity; the adjustment that had taken other groups thousands of years to achieve exploded and decimated the natives.
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Happy Indigenous Peoples’ Day!

Joe425 Wrote: Oct 12, 2014 12:57 PM
If there is information out there concerning Columbus’s negative actions let’s study them, but that’s not enough for the guilt-ridden and obtuse. They compulsively erect monuments to those they consider the polar opposites of those they seek to tear down. Exactly which indigenous people are we now celebrating? How about those peace-loving Caribes? They penned their Arawak captives, fattened them up like Thanksgiving turkeys, and then roasted and ate them. Or what about those liberty seeking Aztecs. The tore the still beating hearts out of their captives by the thousands. Then they skinned them, donned their still dripping skins and danced on the alters. This gave their captive audiences the impression that they had the power to bring the victims back to life, thereby reinforcing their power and plush lifestyles. Then there were the Comanches. They forged their Southwestern Empire by brutalizing and subduing the Tonkawas, Wichitas and other lesser tribes. In a truly ecumenical moment they hacked off the limbs of still-living Tonkawa captives and threw the screaming torsos into the fire until the ground ran thick with human fat. The Comanches maintained their empire by theft, torture and intimidation. They rode into Mexico on a regular schedule and stole women, children, horses and whatever else they needed, on occasion trading stolen cattle for additional goods. Their power was finally broken by the Texans and the US army. There were also the Hawaiians and many other groups, but this is not to excoriate indigenous people the way liberals do fellow whites. Every group has parts of its past they’d very much like to forget. If there is any race that we should be ashamed of it is our common human race. But justice, progress, and the way forward are not served by phony feel-good gimmicks and self-flagellation.
Robert Kennedy Jr. ran ads thanking and extolling Hugo Chavez, the Venezuelan dictator, ally of Castro and enemy of the US, for donating oil to Kennedy's charity. That comes close to treasonous behavior. I suppose fossil fuels are OK in the hands of our enemies but are destructive if they help the US.
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War -- Past, Present and Future

Joe425 Wrote: Sep 03, 2014 8:27 PM
It was clear before the 2008 election that the greatest danger of an Obama presidency, greater than his stifling the economy, greater than stocking his administration with incompetent ideologues, or even creating the very dangerous precedent of overreaching executive legislation, was, and is, showing so much weakness and indecision to enemies and potential enemies that a large war became likely. Weakness is tempting to savage dictators. The question is, can we survive for two years plus.
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Blacks Must Confront Reality

Joe425 Wrote: Aug 27, 2014 6:12 PM
It is a great tragedy that young black men are caught in this cycle. Without adult male guidance from birth, when these young men grow up they become too hard to handle. Eventually many or most run up against the police. Without respect for themselves or others, and acting out as they've been able to do up until then, they are arrested, injured or sometimes killed. Then it's the fault of everyone else. No group has ever prospered without harnessing the vitality, energy and drive of their young men. 70% illegitimacy rate indeed.
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Obama Satire? Still Objectionable

Joe425 Wrote: Aug 22, 2014 10:45 AM
The last TV comedy show to skewer both sides was Laugh-In, and that was almost fifty years ago. Those shows since have been lap dogs for the left. Criticism, satire and ridicule help keep politicians on course, just as wolves keep the deer herds healthy. That's just one reason we've gotten so far off course.
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Hillary Clinton “Shoulda Stood in Bed!”

Joe425 Wrote: Aug 12, 2014 11:41 AM
Remember "I was for it before I was against it?" Hillary does that one better. I helped craft the policy and then willingly put it into play before I was against it. Whatever it takes to back back into the big white house.
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Still Kicking Around Nixon

Joe425 Wrote: Aug 06, 2014 7:41 PM
Please, let's be fair. Obama is not the worst president since WWII. He's the worst president since James Buchanan left office in 1861.
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Where's That Inflation I Was Promised?

Joe425 Wrote: Jul 17, 2014 4:12 PM
Last time I checked, fuel (which has doubled in price in the past six years) and food, the price of which has skyrocketed, are necessary for life, but they're not included in the items used to compute inflation. Nice deflection of truth.
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The Paranoids are Back

Joe425 Wrote: Jun 28, 2014 4:40 PM
Why is someone paranoid to be against common core? Fifty years ago there was a raging debate whether the federal government should be involved in education at all. Where in the Constitution is the federal government given the right or the power to interfere with local government's control of local education? But I guess it's OK because it does so well balancing the budget, running the VA and the post office and managing foreign policy.
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