CW13 is a clueless, humorless RWNJ. Never saw him post a rational argument. Ever. His kind are one of the main reasons I'm leaving Arizona forever. Adios.
Mother Teresa wa a saintly, wonderful woman.
Great article that caused me to remember 1970, when my younger son was born and it was the last year that the corporate and wealthy takers paid their fair share of American Taxes. It was the start of the great middle class wage reduction and the demise of organized labor as a force promoting equity in our capitalist society.
Best article from you in a long time. Thank you.
13---you asked what happened to the ape (thanks). He went off with your girlfriend.
13...It's because people know reading what you write is a waste of time. It's like swating a fly.
Dont have to look at it to know its useless and annoying.
You sound like a wanker but I agree completely with your article. I worked overseas for a decade and upon returning to the US I've found it is infested with dog fanatics. It wasn't like this before. There are so many irresponsible dog owners and no one to deal with their nonsense that I spend at least part of my day combing the real estate ads looking for properties out on the hinterland where I can get away from these cretins and all their accumulated nonsense. Good luck trying to steer the herd back to some sort of modicum of reasonableness.
I make an innocent ,harmless joke and get 37 dislikes. I love it. All people have to do is see my name and they hit dislike without even reading what I said.
Didn't Stone get 15 years for that ?
Did I tell you about the broad jumper Dwight Stones?
I'm sorry it was updated by Brian Sacks. He was a high jumper.
Look what I started. Good ones.
I thought he retired because he hurt his Canucks.
No. That was his sister Realley. She was a blocker for the LA Tbirds.
Henri Touche'. Wasn't he a forward with the Toronto Maple Leafs?
Kentop, I have read the articles of secession of several states. Yes, I know slavery was a part of life back then, I am not ignoring it and I am certainly not condoning it. I faced it straight on in Oct. last year when I went to S. Carolina for the first time to where my ancestors lived during the Civil War. There is a family museum there I knew about but had never seen, dedicated to Alamo defenders James Butler Bonham and William Barrett Travis, both from that little town, and both slave owners, at least Travis was and Bonham's father owned probably 100 slaves. I wanted to meet some of my current Bonham relatives. The Bonhams there were all black, no white Bonhams lived there. The blacks' ancestors had been slaves on Bonham plantations. They stayed with the Bonham families and took their name after emancipation. The only change was that they were free and they were then paid for their work. They are not threatened or concerned about Confederate flags. So you see, things worked out for the best in the end.
The North generally did not likes blacks and Union soldiers would not fight with them and would not have them in their units. The North didn't know what to do with them if they weren't slaves, but the South depended on them. Because blacks were not depended on or wanted in the North, I have read that former slaves who left the South didn't usually stay in the North, they went on to Canada. Many returned to the South. The South did have blacks in their predominately white units.
Slavery was only a part of the war, and you are stuck on it, as are suddenly a so many other people. This is 150 year old history, and if you don't like it, go read some other history. You can't change it!!! So why complain about it? I am proud of my Southern ancestors and so are millions of other people proud of theirs. No one is threatened by Southern history, so let is be! In trying to be what you think it trendy and politically correct, you are missing the point here and I realize nothing anyone can say to you will enlighten you.
Union General Grant owned slaves, conveniently said to belong to his wife, not to him. Thomas Jefferson owned many slaves. Slavery is not the issues here. The attempts to attack history to promote fading careers such as Jesse Jackson and fading groups such as the NAACP, is causing problems where none should exist. They want media face time.
This is stiring up bad feelings. Don't tell me that when blacks see the Battle Flag they are frightened. They are in no danger from that flag. But to try to stir up trouble where none exists is the problem. It seems blacks would be proud of all they have achieved and be proud of their ancestors.
Unfortunately, slavery still exists in many places in the world. That is where attention should be placed to end existing slavery.
Mr. Foote and other historians state that no soldier was fighting for slavery, neither north or south. Most of the Southern soldiers did not own slaves. The North was abusively taxing the South, the North was invading and occupying the South. If you read Foote's trilogy of The Civil War, you would know that Foote said the South fought the North"because they were down here and they are going to have me to fight." The South had taken all the abuse they could stand.
You say Foote was not a historian. Fortunately, he was a novelist. I have never met a history teacher who was as interesting and insightful as Foote, or as successful in researching and telling the stories of history. After Foote spent about 25 years researching, living and breathing Confederate history, I would consider him historian and novelist, the best.
I realize you are just looking for something to complain about, to find fault with, you cannot relax and accept history for what it is and learn from it, and leave it in the past. You and other complainers need to grow up and move on.
Barbara Duvall apparently has never read the articles of secession for each of the seceding states. She makes it sound like the southern states slave based economy was downright reasonable and the slaves didn't even mind being slaves because most of them stayed with their owners! Talk about revisionist claptrap. I've read Shelby Foote's trilogy and I hate to break the news to you but Mr. Foote is no historian. He's just a novelist. He has no formal training as a historian. I don't even think he has a college degree other than honorary. While I admire his work, he is certainly no authority on the Civil War and his trilogy glosses over what the south really was, and is strongly sympathetic towards the slave holding states. No historian worth his degree would write such a slanted "history".
Amen(the Vince of Darkness). We have been trained to ignore the obvious as it just simply can't be. When we see exactly what the problem is.
Tom, the historic, beloved by many, Confederate flag you are insulting is not the Stars and Bars. It is the Confederate Battle Flag, not one of the three Confederate govt. flags used in the WBTS.
Many Southerners bravely fought and died, against huge odds, for the battle flag that symbolized independence from the Union. None of the Southern soldiers or the Northern soldier were fighting for or against slavery.
The South believed they were fighting a second American revolution. The Declaration of Independence of the 13 Colonies begins, "When in the course of human events it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another and to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the laws of nature and nature's God entitle them, a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires they should declare the causes which impel them to the separation. .."
The heavy, abusive tax and tariffs by North on the South, plus the North was occupying the South, led to war. The South wanted to leave the North, and the North didn't want them to do it. After all, the Union derived 75% of its revenues from 4 Southern states: Virginia, Georgia, N and S Carolina. Lincoln said ugly things about blacks. He had no good regard for them, but he hoped freeing them would leave what farms and plantations the North had not burned to the ground without workers and the South would starve. A shrewd plan. Although most of the slaves stayed with their owners.
Lincoln's Emancipation Proc. did NOT free slaves in the North or in the Southern border states that did not leave the union.
I urge you to read WBTS history. Shelby Foote has written a respected trilogy titled The Civil War. It is considered the Civil War Iliad. He moer than 20 years writing it.
You are an intelligent man, you will learn a lot if you can suspend your prejudices, and you may want to temper your attacks on the Confederacy. I ask you to please see Shelby Foote on YouTube speaking about Gettysburg, Gen. Lee's biggest battle error. In this video, Foote states what the Battle Flag really stands for and how disgusting it is that wild, racist, rednecks have stolen the flag for their own bigotry and hate. I will try to email it to you if I can find your email address. The video also has interesting comments about William Faulkner.
Do none of you at The Weekly use a style manual? Ms. Palin was entirely correct. The addition of 'us' to the subject made 'none' a plural pronoun. The assumption that NUMEROUS members of Ms. Palin's tribe are far from perfect is perfectly plausible.
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