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Yes, Michelle, It's Because You're Black

Roc1929 Wrote: Dec 18, 2014 9:09 AM
I'm white and back in the '50s I was in Macy's in Roosevelt Field Nassau, NY when a woman came up to me and asked me to do something because she thought that I was a Macy's employee. Who do I complain to for the insult? It was a white woman so, I guess, that I can't blame racism.
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Governing vs. Giving

Roc1929 Wrote: Dec 17, 2014 10:02 AM
When you receive help from the government you feel entitled and look for more: When you receive help from a neighbor you feel gratitude and roll up your sleeves. That's why government charity becomes generational while private charity helps people become independent.
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Termites At Work on American History

Roc1929 Wrote: Dec 12, 2014 8:06 AM
The main leg on which today's history classes stand is presentism: Judging the past by the standards of today. George Orwell said: "Who controls the past controls the future. Who controls the present controls the past." I first read 1984 in the mid ‘50s. I re-read it about 5 years ago. George Orwell is the most prescient person that I have ever come across. He foretold Brainwashing (stressing someone into compliance) as Winston was taught to love Big Brother. He said, “Power is in tearing human minds to pieces and putting them together again in new shapes of your own choosing.” He foretold politically correct speech: He called it Newspeak. He said, “Don’t you see that the whole aim of Newspeak is to narrow the range of thought? In the end we shall make thoughtcrime literally impossible, because there will be no words in which to express it.” He foretold the corruption of history in which what happened in the past was what Big Brother said happened. He said “He who controls the past controls the future. He who controls the present controls the past.” In 1984 he was more efficient. He did it by daily destroying every document created. We do it with lies and propaganda about the past. Orwell said,” The most effective way to destroy people is to deny and obliterate their own understanding of their history.” He foretold the corruption of language by redefining words. We redefine marriage, we redefine a baby in the womb, we redefine racism (only a white man can be racist) we redefine eminent domain, we redefine illegal aliens, we redefine taxes, etc. He said, “But if thought corrupts language, language can also corrupt thought.” He spoke of Doublethink: “…the power of holding two contradictory beliefs in one's mind simultaneously, and accepting both of them.” and we have examples of Doublethink such as, our economic recovery will succeed because Consumption is Production. Orwell said, “The great enemy of clear language is insincerity. When there is a gap between one's real and one's declared aims, one turns, as it were, instinctively to long words and exhausted idioms, like a cuttlefish squirting out ink.” President Obama tells the American people that if they like their healthcare plan that they can keep it. Click on the link to see what he tells his supporters: http://youtu.be/Kvg8qVKZYuM Orwell’s big mistake was in the title. Had he titled the book 2084 he would have been right on the money
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Black Crime and Police Killings

Roc1929 Wrote: Dec 07, 2014 8:25 PM
Pure sophistry: The only reliable indicator of crime is the murder rate. Most other crimes are over reported or under reported. Thomas Sowell has written that the crime rate was in steady decline until the '60s. I happen to know that in the early '60s the murder rate in NYC was about 1 a day. By the '90s it was about 6 a day. Sure you can show a decline in crime from the '90s but you can't show one from the '50s. By the way NYC is a good indicator because the population has been about 8 million plus or minus about 5 hundred thousand since around 1940. Also the highest crime rates are in Democrat controlled urban areas. So if you want the whites to share the blame it is the white Democrats keeping the blacks on what some have called the Democrat plantation.
You need to learn your history. I lived in NYC and Long Island most of my life. In the '40s and '50s NYC was solidly Democrat and Nassau County was solidly Republican. The Democrat voter made NYC a less than desirable place to live. High taxes high crime high housing costs thanks in part to rent control. Democrat voters started moving out to nearby Nassau but you don't change your politics just because you move. They started voting Democrat and Nassau began to change. I used to say to my Democrat neighbors: You ruined NYC by electing Democrats and now you are doing the same thing out here. Go back to NYC if you like the way Democrats do things. This is how the cancer spreads. Don't be surprised if red states turn purple and then blue. There is a history. Most people are dogmatic in their voting habits.
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Can Racial Discrimination Explain Much?

Roc1929 Wrote: Dec 03, 2014 11:08 AM
Why are we spending classroom time and and money on sex education years before puberty when the kids can' read, write and figure and have no self discipline. Duckworth & Seligman, 2005 indicates that self discipline is twice the indicator of scholastic success as IQ. As long as sophists are making education decisions schools will never improve.
Big 07: You're absolutely right. It's our job to help each other. It's the governments job to follow the Constitution and enforce the law. When you receive help from the government you feel entitled and look for more: When you receive help from a neighbor you feel gratitude and roll up your sleeves. That's why government charity becomes generational while private charity helps people become independent.
Tibby: Sorry to disagree. It can't be duplicated anywhere: Today, not even here, were we to start from scratch. Our Founders were successful in setting up the kind of government they did because the dominant cultural influence was the Ten Commandments, the Golden Rule and the Judeo/Christian Bible. Add to that a knowledge of philosophy as explained by Cicero, Lock, Montesquieu and many others. Without the average person acquiring such a base of reference they would not understand the principles that had to be understood to make the system work: Nor would the citizens of other areas of the world. Our Founders said that if we did not teach these principles to each generation our liberty would be lost in a couple of generations. Today, the vast majority of Americans have no idea why the Founders did what they did. On exiting the Constitutional Convention Franklin was asked: Sir what have you given us? He replied, A Republic Ma'am: If you can keep it.
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Elite Contempt for Ordinary Americans

Roc1929 Wrote: Nov 26, 2014 7:40 AM
“Those with the highest levels of education have the lowest exposure to people with conflicting points of view.” Diana Mutz: Professor of Political Science, University of Pennsylvania
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Poverty Causes Crime?

Roc1929 Wrote: Nov 19, 2014 9:29 AM
I don't know the latest statistic, but many years ago I read that the recidivism rate was 78%. That means that, theoretically, if every one who committed a crime were locked up forever you would get rid of 78% of crime. At some point, between then and now, sentencing became tougher and longer. As criminals age they tend to commit less crime. Keeping them in jail longer then tends to reduce the recidivism rate and therefore reduce crime.
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