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Martin Luther King Jr. believed in non-violence and the marches he led were peaceful and orderly. At the same time (and in opposition to MLK), the black power movement rose and encouraged violence and mayhem. There were several epic, civil rights demonstrations with little or no violence. But there were far more urban tumults, with looting, fires, gunfire and, in many cases, scores of deaths. I was a young man in the 1960s. They are over and they have always been over-rated.
Riffraff, I was a high school senior in Washington, DC in 1968. The riot in our nation's capital that spring was not about "significant issues". It was about looting and mayhem, just like the ones this week.
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The End of Dodd-Frank?

Mudslinger Wrote: Nov 17, 2014 2:40 PM
You got that right, OldTimer. I refinanced this year and it was an ordeal. I needed to borrow about half the assessed value of my home and my credit rating was over 750. In the past, it would have been a no-brainer for the bank. But, because I'm self-employed, I had to produce scores of documents, get a letter from my tenant, justify deposits in my bank account and do waste-of-time work on my house (to satisfy the FHA inspector). I feel like Dodd and Frank wrote up these ridiculous requirements to avoid admitting that the main reason the refinancing market collapsed was because the feds forced banks to make shaky loans to minorities. Also, liberals don't like people like me, who create their own jobs.
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Where Are the Angry White Folks?

Mudslinger Wrote: Oct 17, 2014 8:56 PM
" They’ll just bolt the doors a little tighter, and hope and pray the violence comes to an end without touching their lives." And, if they have a small business, they'll refrain from hiring blacks.
This match is definitely in the heavyweight division. Hopefully, it's not a Sumo match. The idea of either of them in that Japanese diaper thing is not a happy thought.
Let's be honest. Islam is a religion of pieces--as in body parts.
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Which Is the Weaker Party? Your Call

Mudslinger Wrote: Sep 19, 2014 9:24 AM
The educational establishment and the media are both in the pockets of the Democrats. That's a given. But the more important force is the popular culture. In movies, television and music, middle class whites are square, unfeeling, greedy, hypocritical and sometimes violent. Whether it's the clueless suburbanite man, the hypocritical preacher, the greedy businessman, the manipulative southern belle or the violent redneck, the stereotypes are repeated again and again. The main reason Mitt Romney lost was because of who he was: a handsome and successful white businessman with a beautiful white wife.
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Why Ezra Klein is an Idiot

Mudslinger Wrote: Sep 15, 2014 9:21 AM
I like the way you utilized the dictionary to advance the narrative. I've been trying to work the term "meme" into my posts but it's not in my dictionary, which I consider to be a scandal. I've come up with a cutting-edge name for this scandal: Wordergate. If it catches on I could have my fifteen minutes of fame and will be considered hip and clever by my friends.
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Stop Criminalizing Parenting

Mudslinger Wrote: Sep 14, 2014 12:50 PM
I feel sorry for kids today. I grew up in the fifties and sixties in a family of eight children. We weren't poor but we always seemed to be broke. My parents didn't have "good parenting skills" because that concept hadn't been invented yet. They raised their kids, for the most using a system of benign neglect. We had responsibilities and rules but aside from doing our chores, respecting our parents (and all adults) and staying out of trouble, we had tremendous freedom. We played baseball, built forts and organized money-making enterprises--all without any adult supervision. In the summer, my brothers and I went native and roamed free. Sometimes, horror of horrors, we'd get into fights with other boys. A lot of times, these guys would end up being our friends. We took care of bullies without adult intervention--just like Opie did on one episode of the Andy Griffith show.
I have walked out of a Subway because rap music was being played on the sound system. Apparently, it didn't occur to the manager, a young black male, that this "music" might turn customers away. It was both unpleasant and disrespectful to this middle aged white man. But his staff seemed to be having a good time.
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