Posts by Bubba Ho-Tep

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  • Mummified remains unearthed in Indiana

    06/29/2015 2:32:13 PM PDT · 21 of 24
    Bubba Ho-Tep to Alex Murphy

    That was a really bad night.

  • Yes, You're a Racist -- And a Traitor

    06/29/2015 1:48:17 PM PDT · 138 of 138
    Bubba Ho-Tep to KGeorge

    Sorry, but none of those links supports your assertion that the abolitionists were fans of Marx, or had even heard of him. Certainly Marx was a fan of the abolitionists, and it’s undisputed that Marx wrote a fan letter to Lincoln (which there’s no indication he ever saw, since the thank you note for it was written by the US ambassador to Great Britain on the same day it was delivered to him in London). The truth is that Marx was a pretty obscure character until the 1870s. The Communist Manifesto had only appeared in English serialized in one magazine in 1848 and wouldn’t be published in America until 1872.

  • The Communist Takeover Of America - 45 Declared Goals

    06/27/2015 9:08:00 AM PDT · 76 of 86
    Bubba Ho-Tep to E. Pluribus Unum

    It’s really in the Record, but there’s no evidence that it actually came from communists. As far as anyone can find, it was made up by Cleon Skousen in his 1958 book The Naked Communist.

  • Dylann Roof Chose Terrorism For This Specific Reason

    06/26/2015 5:10:24 PM PDT · 16 of 17
    Bubba Ho-Tep to IChing
    How many innocent whites were slaughtered by William Tecumseh Sherman and in other slave uprisings?

    Did slaves have a natural right to rebel?

  • As SCOTUS decision on Obamacare sinks in, momentum grows for Convention of States

    06/26/2015 3:29:15 PM PDT · 56 of 111
    Bubba Ho-Tep to cotton1706
    Had a convention of the states not taken place in 1789, the Bill of rights would not exist

    There was no convention of the states in 1789. There was the constitutional convention in 1787, the state ratification conventions, and the expressed concerns of the anti-federalists, which were addressed when James Madison proposed the Bill of Rights to congress on June 9, 1789.

  • SCOTUS: Marriage dead

    06/26/2015 3:14:47 PM PDT · 221 of 237
    Bubba Ho-Tep to DiogenesLamp
    20% loss of material with no reduction of price is ~20% inflation.

    And from a business standpoint, I can say from long experience, that isn't discussed as a way of keeping up with inflation and risings costs, but as a way of shaving input costs to increase the quarterly revenues and satisfy the shareholders, who demand constant growth of those numbers. Blame capitalism. Better yet, invest in the stock of those companies.

  • SCOTUS: Marriage dead

    06/26/2015 3:08:22 PM PDT · 219 of 237
    Bubba Ho-Tep to DiogenesLamp
    If you think concern over the value of US Debt and Currency is alarmist and unrealistic, I advise you to just keep doing whatever it is you do to provide yourself with income.

    There's a lot of territory between concern over government monetary policy and a belief that the United States is about to break up into six parts delineated almost 20 years ago by a former KGB agent turned "social scientist."

  • Dylann Roof Chose Terrorism For This Specific Reason

    06/26/2015 3:02:53 PM PDT · 13 of 17
    Bubba Ho-Tep to IChing
    The AME hurch has been behind all the rioting and mayhem in places like Sanford, Ferguson, Baltimore, etc., and Roof’s attack coincided with the anniversary of a black slave uprising/slaughter of whites led by Denmark Vesey who also helped found the AME church.

    Do you know how many whites were slaughtered in Vesey's uprising?


    Do you know how many blacks were executed in retaliation?


  • SCOTUS: Marriage dead

    06/26/2015 2:16:38 PM PDT · 205 of 237
    Bubba Ho-Tep to DiogenesLamp

    Let me ask you something. Do you work for a company that packages consumer goods? Have you ever been in a meeting where package sizes are discussed and numbers and market research analyzed? I have.

  • SCOTUS: Marriage dead

    06/26/2015 2:14:01 PM PDT · 204 of 237
    Bubba Ho-Tep to DiogenesLamp

    I think that people have been predicting an imminent collapse of one sort or another for a hundred years or more. Most of them are trying to sell me something.

  • SCOTUS: Marriage dead

    06/26/2015 1:23:58 PM PDT · 194 of 237
    Bubba Ho-Tep to DiogenesLamp
    Fuel more than doubled for awhile, and it's only as the result of improved extraction technology that the prices have come back down again, though still higher than 2008.

    There's a difference between the price of something rising because of scarcity and increased demand and inflation. One could just as easily argue that we have deflation because some things are cheaper now than they were. I remember REAL inflation, back in the 1970s, and this is nothing like that.

    Another trick I have noticed is that they reduce quantity of food items, while charging the same price. They are trying to sneak the inflation past the consumer.

    Businesses attempting to maximize their profits by manipulating package size are not the same as inflation.

    There *IS* no real data, or do you argue otherwise?

    "No, I don't have evidence. I just KNOW it."

  • SCOTUS: Marriage dead

    06/26/2015 12:59:50 PM PDT · 185 of 237
    Bubba Ho-Tep to DiogenesLamp
    You don't much keep up with this line of thinking it would appear, at least beyond the point of wailing about How bad slavery was when OTHER people had it.

    Well, I'll admit that my thinking on how secession should proceed is a little more involved than simply gathering a magical number of people somewhere between 1 and several million (since, as you say, it's not allowed for individuals and obviously allowed for several million) and then invoking the magic words "self evident truths" that instantly turns you into a different country and gives you all the property of the nation you've divided from that happens to be in whatever geographic area you now claim as your own.

    I see it proceeding just like that Russian Social Scientist predicted some years back. The US will break up into six parts along natural and existing demographic fracture lines, and for exactly the reasons he put forth.

    Why does it not surprise me that you're a fan of Putin's pet anti-American social scientist? You're aware that his prediction was that this should have happened five years ago, right?

  • SCOTUS: Marriage dead

    06/26/2015 12:29:17 PM PDT · 172 of 237
    Bubba Ho-Tep to DiogenesLamp
    What, you didn't buy stuff with money for the last 8 years?

    Yeah, I've bought stuff, and some things are somewhat more expensive. Other things, not so much. But in no way have the prices on everything nearly doubled overall as you claim. But you're just going on your feelings rather than actual data, aren't you?

  • SCOTUS: Marriage dead

    06/26/2015 12:13:26 PM PDT · 162 of 237
    Bubba Ho-Tep to DiogenesLamp
    Notice inflation has virtually doubled since Non American Citizen Odumbo has been letting his cronies play with money?

    By what measure? Show me the numbers.

  • SCOTUS: Marriage dead

    06/26/2015 12:01:18 PM PDT · 159 of 237
    Bubba Ho-Tep to DiogenesLamp

    So you think it’s delusional to want to see the idea of secession that you advance actually put to the people? How do you see it proceeding then?

  • SCOTUS: Marriage dead

    06/26/2015 11:40:17 AM PDT · 148 of 237
    Bubba Ho-Tep to DiogenesLamp
    I am coming to the conclusion that secession is tantamount to survival. The "Union" currency, and those who manipulate it are in the process of slowly getting us all killed.

    I look forward to the political campaigns where candidates run on that platform and put their ideas to the voters.

  • Do the roots of the racial economic gap run so deep that real solutions are out of reach?

    06/26/2015 11:01:25 AM PDT · 39 of 39
    Bubba Ho-Tep to central_va
    Low tariffs and open borders have done a job on the lower classes, blacks included. GloBULLism is very hard on the average bloke.

    You and I don't tend to agree on much here, but I agree with you here, at least in part. At the macro level, the problem is the decline of industrial jobs that didn't require much education or training, but paid a wage that would support a family. Over the last few generations, the percent of people employed in actual manufacturing has dropped from 30% to 5%, and I think that has hit blacks disproportionately hard just because they were disproportionately represented in that group, as a percentage of the population. Blacks came north to work those jobs, and now those jobs are gone.

  • Vatican Treaty Recognizes a Palestinian State

    06/26/2015 10:45:48 AM PDT · 14 of 28
    Bubba Ho-Tep to Army Air Corps
    Negotiating with a terrorist organization. Off to a great start, there…

    Israel has recognized and negotiated with the PLO since 1993.


    06/25/2015 11:51:03 AM PDT · 99 of 241
    Bubba Ho-Tep to dware

    Thank you for making a point I’ve often tried to make about term limits. They tend to be supported by people who don’t like how people in some other place are voting, and rather than replacing representatives by beating them at the ballot box, are looking for some easy fix that will simply make it illegal for them to retain the office their constituents wish them to hold.

  • Yes, You're a Racist -- And a Traitor

    06/25/2015 11:00:42 AM PDT · 135 of 138
    Bubba Ho-Tep to DiogenesLamp

    You keep saying goodbye, but you don’t leave.

  • Democrats Are Using the Confederate Flag (Which They Gave Us) to Destroy the GOP Southern Stronghold

    06/25/2015 10:59:30 AM PDT · 13 of 32
    Bubba Ho-Tep to rightwingintelligentsia
    By getting Republican Governors to agree to tear down the flag (that Democrats put up), they will disaffect enough Southerners against the GOP to get them to stay home in 2016, giving Hillary a clear path to the White House.

    And I'm thinking that this is the southern governors taking one for the team by taking this at-the-very-least distracting issue off the table before the presidential candidates start getting questioned about it. The core southern electoral votes are plenty safe for Republicans even if people who care about the flag issue stay home.

  • Democrats Are Using the Confederate Flag (Which They Gave Us) to Destroy the GOP Southern Stronghold

    06/25/2015 10:55:34 AM PDT · 10 of 32
    Bubba Ho-Tep to Farmer Dean
    Stupid leftists,the backlash from Southerners is going to be epic.

    What are they going to do, vote even more Republican?

  • Yes, You're a Racist -- And a Traitor

    06/25/2015 10:52:55 AM PDT · 133 of 138
    Bubba Ho-Tep to DiogenesLamp

    You’re sorta like Nixon’s Vietnam policy: Declare victory and leave.

  • Yes, You're a Racist -- And a Traitor

    06/25/2015 10:28:48 AM PDT · 131 of 138
    Bubba Ho-Tep to DiogenesLamp

    Perhaps someday you’ll defend your positions.

  • Yes, You're a Racist -- And a Traitor

    06/25/2015 9:39:30 AM PDT · 129 of 138
    Bubba Ho-Tep to DiogenesLamp
    That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it

    Sure, it's called the Natural Right of Rebellion. But you're the one who claims that this right only applies to a certain numerical or territorial threshold that you consistently refuse to define. What you seem to believe is a collective right, and not an individual right.

    The UNION most certainly did REBEL against those principles listed therein. They had no RIGHT to keep other people under their rule against their will. So says the Declaration. So says the foundation of our government.

    Then why does the Constitution give the government the power to put down insurrections? Again, you refuse to define what distinguishes an insurrection that can be put down with a right to declare yourself another country that cannot.

    I am not going to humor your childish argument that 11 states with a combined population five times bigger than all 13 colonies in 1776, was not sufficient to demand self determination. Sell this bullshit waste of time to someone stupid enough to give it credence.

    You're the one who says that an individual, or a city block, or some other group cannot, but that 11 states can. So the threshold is somewhere between those two but you won't say what it is. These are your stated beliefs that you consistently refuse to defend.

    The continued placement of Federal troops in the territory of a people who clearly have formed another nation and do not want them there is a deliberate provocation in and of itself.

    Saying that you're now a different country doesn't make it so, and shelling US Army troops tends not to end well for those who try it.

    11 states seeking self determination is not an insurrection.

    From the Militia Act of 1792:

    Sec. 2. And be it further enacted, That whenever the laws of the United States shall be opposed or the execution thereof obstructed, in any state, by combinations too powerful to be suppressed by the ordinary course of judicial proceedings, or by the powers vested in the marshals by this act, the same being notified to the President of the United States, by an associate justice or the district judge, it shall be lawful for the President of the United States to call forth the militia of such state to suppress such combinations, and to cause the laws to be duly executed. And if the militia of a state, where such combinations may happen, shall refuse, or be insufficient to suppress the same, it shall be lawful for the President, if the legislature of the United States be not in session, to call forth and employ such numbers of the militia of any other state or states most convenient thereto, as may be necessary, and the use of militia, so to be called forth, may be continued, if necessary, until the expiration of thirty days after the commencement of the ensuing session.

    You keep using it to IGNORE the more significant point that this aspect is irrelevant to the reasons the Union invaded.

    Look, I understand that the fact that the south launched their rebellion in order to preserve their economic interest in slavery is embarrassing to you and you'd rather not discuss it, instead focussing on just how UNFAIR it was that the slaver rebellion was defeated, but it's impossible to ignore the words of the people who led that rebellion when they said that slavery was EXACTLY why they did it, as much as you'd like to.

    You won't shut up about "Slavery" because that is the balm you use to salve your guilty conscious

    You think I have a guilty "conscious"? I guarantee you, I do not. But I think your constant insistence that the whole thing had absolutely nothing whatsoever to do with slavery, no matter what anyone at the time said, shows that you are clearly uncomfortable with that fact and would like nothing better than to remove it from the conversation.

  • Yes, You're a Racist -- And a Traitor

    06/24/2015 6:04:59 PM PDT · 127 of 138
    Bubba Ho-Tep to DiogenesLamp
    Which "four score and seven years ago" was regarded as a just cause, and referred to as "Independence". They even wrote about it.

    Just because you rebel doesn't make your cause righteous, or guarantee that it will succeed.

    Not on the Union side it wasn't.

    The United States did not rebel. It put down a rebellion. The distinction appears lost on you.

    As I have mentioned to you before, A D@mn I do not give about WHY one people wish to disassociate themselves from another, I simply believe that forced association is wrong.

    Except that as you've said before, an individual doesn't have that right, my block doesn't have that right, the Lion's Club doesn't have that right. It's only a right, as far as I understand your position, that only comes at some level of "the people" which you consistently appear to be unable or unwilling to define.

    ! It wasn't the SLAVERY that Washington D.C. found unacceptable, it was the DEFIANCE that Washington D.C. could not tolerate. (same as now.)

    It was rebellion, beginning with the shelling of a United States Army fort, that Washington found unacceptable. Are you saying they should have? Are you aware that the Constitution specifically gives the government the power to suppress insurrections?

    So why the F**k do you keep going on and on and on about slavery, when you keep inadvertently admitting that Slavery wasn't the reason Washington D.C. ordered armies into those states?

    Inadvertently? I've said it outright, over and over, and you keep acting like you've caught me in something. As for why slavery keeps coming up as an issue in these discussions, it's because it's the entire rationale that the southern states gave for their actions, as I've abundantly demonstrated. Like in Mississippi's declaration "Our position is thoroughly identified with the institution of slavery-- the greatest material interest of the world." THAT'S why these discussions always talk about slavery. Sorry that that's a problem for you.

  • Yes, You're a Racist -- And a Traitor

    06/24/2015 2:20:38 PM PDT · 117 of 138
    Bubba Ho-Tep to DiogenesLamp
    You don't want to talk about the five Union slave states that did not have the Union Army invade them to abolish slavery?

    As I've said over and over, the United States fought to end a rebellion. The rebellion was over slavery, as the rebels made very clear in their public statements. Some slave states did not rebel, therefore, no action was taken against them. You seem to have a great deal of difficulty with this concept, despite having it explained to you over and over.

  • Yes, You're a Racist -- And a Traitor

    06/24/2015 2:16:26 PM PDT · 116 of 138
    Bubba Ho-Tep to KGeorge

    If you don’t like the United States, there are planes leaving every hour. Let us know what utopia you settle on.

  • Yes, You're a Racist -- And a Traitor

    06/24/2015 2:15:15 PM PDT · 114 of 138
    Bubba Ho-Tep to DiogenesLamp

    Your position is clear: Slavery wasn’t really that bad and people who thought it was should have kept their mouths shut.

  • Yes, You're a Racist -- And a Traitor

    06/24/2015 2:12:09 PM PDT · 112 of 138
    Bubba Ho-Tep to DiogenesLamp
    Why it's almost as if they were more concerned about who was running things than whether or not slavery existed, especially when you notice they had no problem tolerating five slave states which remained in the Union.

    You just keep insisting on setting up that straw man, don't you? By the way, how is slavery doing in those states today?

  • Yes, You're a Racist -- And a Traitor

    06/24/2015 2:10:09 PM PDT · 111 of 138
    Bubba Ho-Tep to KGeorge
    Home owners & business owners have a stake in our country, whereas the others may have only a personal motivation.

    So the person who rents a $10,000 a month apartment in Manhattan is only out for themselves and should be stripped of their right to vote, while the person who inherited a shack somewhere will only have everyone's best interest at heart and should be part of the ruling class?

    Our military takes an oath to serve & protect our country. Do you trust them to have our country’s best interests at heart?

    Then why not just go to a military government, ruled by a junta of generals? The founders thought standing armies "dangerous to liberty" and took great pains to control them. You, on the other hand, think that their taking a vow make them worthy to rule.

    Why didn’t the ones who stayed behind & protected their “master’s” family while he & the older sons were away at war- just leave? They could have. They could have taken the gun left for that purpose & run off. Maybe some did, but some stayed…

    In point of fact, they left in their hundreds of thousands, making their way to the nearest US Army forces. And tens of thousands of them then put on the uniform of the United States and fought against those same "masters" who were off with their older sons at war. Many more simply refused to work any more. Read about what happened at Jefferson Davis's plantation. They picked up guns, alright, and used them to drive off a confederate cavalry patrol sent to take back control of their president's property. That's why the confederates were forced to enact the very unpopular measure of exempting the owners of a certain number of slaves fro the draft--in order to keep them working.

    You are correct that the children & grandchildren became “property” of the “owners”. Was that a bad thing or was it a guarantee that they would have housing, food, & medical care? Should they have been turned out- ripped from their mothers & fathers who loved them? I don’t think it was common practice to “sell” them. A decent person certainly wouldn’t.

    And yet that's what happened all the time. Thomas Jefferson wanted to free his slaves when he died, but because of debts, most of them were sold off, families broken up. Breaking up families was seen as unfortunate, but what else could you do when they were a capital asset, part of an estate? Tell your creditors that they're family?

    As much as you try to deny it, you're defending slavery and saying it really wasn't that bad, more like a benevolent welfare state than a heinous practice. You truly do long for an aristocracy--one of land, of title, of military rank--to rule over this country, don't you? Because that's what you're saying.

    The South will never “pay” enough to satisfy people like you, will we? Only when we are erased from the face of the earth. (Where have we heard that before?) That won’t end it, either. Revenge endures forever & harms the vengeful far more than the object.

    Oh, poor, pitiful victimized you.

  • Yes, You're a Racist -- And a Traitor

    06/24/2015 12:23:00 PM PDT · 104 of 138
    Bubba Ho-Tep to PapaBear3625
    The Civil War started with southerners firing on Fort Sumter. What was Fort Sumter? It was at the entrance to Charleston harbor to enforce collection of tariffs from ships entering the harbor.

    No, tariff enforcement was done at the Customs House in Charleston, near the docks. Ft. Sumter was built, at South Carolina's request, to protect the harbor from invasion after the War of 1812 showed the inadequacy of America's coastal defenses. Claiming that it had anything to do with tariff collection is simply false.

    Meanwhile, in March 1861, Congress passed the Corwin Amendment and sent it to the states for ratification. The amendment would have made slavery permanent in the US, and taken away the ability to ever abolish it.

    Except as it had already been done up to that time, by the states. But maybe you think it should have been a federal matter and not one left to the states.

  • Yes, You're a Racist -- And a Traitor

    06/24/2015 11:57:50 AM PDT · 103 of 138
    Bubba Ho-Tep to KGeorge
    Actually, I think that only landowners & business owners should be allowed to vote (& our military, of course).

    How exactly would that work? Would there be a minimum amount of land required to vote? What about a mortgage? Would you have to own the land free and clear? And what about the business ownership requirement? Would there be a minimum size for the business? Would it have to be turning a profit? And why do you think that the military should have a major influence in civil government while anyone who lives in an apartment should be disenfranchised?

    I think that, at that time, there were people who were just looking to undermine the social order. Just like now. If you look at the facts regarding what happened when Black people were freed &/or went north, it’s clear that the abolitionists weren’t their “benefactors” at all.

    And yet slaves continued to attempt to escape to the north, and I've never heard of one deciding that things were better in the south where they had "their needs provided for" and voluntarily returning to slavery. Instead I read numerous accounts of runaway slaves being aided by anti-slavery northerners to evade the slave catchers attempting to hunt them down. Why is that?

    That said, I don’t “support” slavery, but it had been in practice for hundreds- even more than a thousand years. It wasn’t confined to Blacks. My father’s American ancestors were indentured Irish.

    Maybe you don't see the difference between a system where an indentured servant served a limited time, protected by law, and was granted land and money at the end of that time, and a system that kept one in servitude for life, along with one's children, grandchildren and so on.

    With mechanization, it was coming to an end anyway.

    Cotton farming wasn't mechanized until the 1940s. Is that when slavery would have ended?

    Slavery continues to this day- in Africa & elsewhere. Where is the outrage for that, I wonder? And why is it only such an issue for America, when it was widespread?

    Plenty of people are outraged about slavery around the world and are working to end it. But maybe they're only trying to "undermine the social order" as you put it. As for why it's an issue in America, I'm guessing it's because it's our country, built on the principles laid out in the Declaration and the Constitution, but maybe I'm wrong there. Maybe there's no reason at all to try to hold the US to a higher standard than an African backwater.

  • Obama Says U.S. Won't Prosecute Ransom Payers...?

    06/24/2015 11:23:24 AM PDT · 4 of 28
    Bubba Ho-Tep to AngelesCrestHighway

    So when a family has a loved one kidnapped by terrorists and they raise money to pay the ransom themselves, they should be imprisoned?

  • Yes, You're a Racist -- And a Traitor

    06/24/2015 11:09:13 AM PDT · 99 of 138
    Bubba Ho-Tep to Texicanus
    BTW, Cleopatra had slaves and some say she was a beautiful black woman.

    Cleopatra was Macedonian, as were all the Ptolemys.

  • Yes, You're a Racist -- And a Traitor

    06/23/2015 11:34:16 PM PDT · 88 of 138
    Bubba Ho-Tep to generally
    My definition of slavery: having the fruits of your labor forcibly taken from you

    What society ever had no taxation?

  • Yes, You're a Racist -- And a Traitor

    06/23/2015 11:31:31 PM PDT · 87 of 138
    Bubba Ho-Tep to KGeorge
    Google is your friend, Bubba. (”abolitionists, Karl Marx”) So is (That’s where the truth is. Before it became propagandized.)

    Sorry, but all Google shows me is that Marx supported abolitionism, not that the abolitionists were fans of Marx. And I've been on enough Google snipe hunts trying to find evidence of yet another lost causer assertion to waste more time on it. You got proof? Post it.

    And judging from the rest of your post, I take it that you believe women shouldn't be allowed to vote and that people opposed to slavery should have kept their mouths shut.

  • Yes, You're a Racist -- And a Traitor

    06/23/2015 3:12:38 PM PDT · 75 of 138
    Bubba Ho-Tep to KGeorge
    (the Abolitionists were fans of Karl Marx).

    I'd be interested in seeing where any Abolitionist acknowledged ever having heard of Karl Marx.

  • Yes, You're a Racist -- And a Traitor

    06/23/2015 2:24:35 PM PDT · 72 of 138
    Bubba Ho-Tep to central_va
    Is there anything about the posted article you disagree with?

    Sure. "Gone With the WInd" bores me, but I don't hate it.

  • Yes, You're a Racist -- And a Traitor

    06/23/2015 2:01:55 PM PDT · 68 of 138
    Bubba Ho-Tep to DiogenesLamp
    Interesting theory you have there!

    Well, from the south's view it WAS all about slavery, as they made clear over and over and over. But from the United States' view, it was about preserving the union, as they made clear over and over. You might start with Lincoln's First Inaugural.

  • Yes, You're a Racist -- And a Traitor

    06/23/2015 1:50:06 PM PDT · 61 of 138
    Bubba Ho-Tep to DiogenesLamp
    So what about the Northern slave states of Maryland, Delaware, New Jersey, Kentucky, and Missouri?

    They didnt secede to protect slavery and then initiate war with the United States.

    If it it was about slavery, how come they weren't invaded and in ruins?

    Because they didn't secede to protect slavery and initiate war with the United States.

    Why was their slavery acceptable, but those other states not?

    Why was any slavery acceptable?

  • Man Toting Shotgun Opens Fire on Block Party, at Least 7, Including 18-Month-Old, Hurt [PA]

    06/22/2015 2:00:17 PM PDT · 28 of 28
    Bubba Ho-Tep to vette6387
    You are ten times more likely to be murdered in Detroit that anywhere else in the country

    Detroit actually comes in at number 7, per capita. East St. Louis is Number 1.

  • Pope: Why didn’t Allies bomb railway lines to Auschwitz?

    06/22/2015 1:39:27 PM PDT · 121 of 202
    Bubba Ho-Tep to Reno89519
    What has the Pope done to counter Islamic genocide of Christians and others?

    A few weeks ago, there was a thread here that said the Pope was being heretical by even acknowledging that Middle Eastern Christians are being persecuted for their faith, since they're heretics against the true church and therefore can't be considered Christian. There's a quote in there from Pope Pius XII from 1957: "To be Christian one must be Roman. One must recognize the oneness of Christ’s Church that is governed by one successor of the Prince of the Apostles who is the Bishop of Rome, Christ’s Vicar on earth”

    Introductory post: The “Bergoglio-Denzinger” on Francis’ ecumenism of blood

  • Entries in long-hidden notebook show Pete Rose bet on baseball as player

    06/22/2015 1:21:02 PM PDT · 42 of 68
    Bubba Ho-Tep to dware
    We will say quit whining about a baseball player betting on baseball, period. Sure is a whole lotta whining about this. It's baseball. I spose had he beat his wife in an elevator, he wouldn't be facing this. And I don't even watch baseball!

    It seems like the only ones whining are people who think it's unfair that "Charlie Hustle" has to pay the penalty for breaking the rules.


    06/22/2015 12:51:44 PM PDT · 55 of 59
    Bubba Ho-Tep to Ditter
    Could have been struck by lightning.

    There was a thunderstorm that afternoon, with 25 mph winds and temps in the 40s. If he wasn't prepared and got soaked, hypothermia could have gotten him, too.

  • California Has Never Experienced A Water Crisis Of This Magnitude – And The Worst Is Yet To Come

    06/19/2015 10:18:02 AM PDT · 86 of 106
    Bubba Ho-Tep to woodbutcher1963
    This also goes for Almond and Orange growers. I read that almond groves consume more water than every other crop.

    It takes a gallon of water to grow one almond. And we export most of the crop.

  • California Has Never Experienced A Water Crisis Of This Magnitude – And The Worst Is Yet To Come

    06/19/2015 10:15:23 AM PDT · 84 of 106
    Bubba Ho-Tep to SW6906

    First off, blame the feds for Endangered Species legislation that requires efforts to save the smelt. Second, it looks like the smelt will be extinct within a couple of years anyway. The latest count found exactly one. Third, pumping more water out of the river has the effect of allowing sea water to push inland. The brackish water is already further inland than ever before, and there’s salt buildup in the eastern delta because there’s almost nothing to flush it out to sea.

  • California Has Never Experienced A Water Crisis Of This Magnitude – And The Worst Is Yet To Come

    06/19/2015 9:28:39 AM PDT · 70 of 106
    Bubba Ho-Tep to x1stcav
    Deport 8-10 million illegals and the problem is solved.

    Hardly. By any serious calculation, illegals consume less than 1% of the water in California. 80% goes to agriculture, and of the 20% that's left, the majority goes to landscape watering. Actual human consumption--toilets, drinking, showers--is about 8%, with affluent areas using more than poorer, and illegals make up about 10% of the population.

    The fact is that California exports more water to China, locked as moisture content in alfalfa, than illegals consume.

  • Waterloo and the End of Napoleonic War

    06/18/2015 12:12:53 PM PDT · 14 of 17
    Bubba Ho-Tep to Rockingham
    In the ensuing decades, Europe's best minds and statesmen restored and renovated traditional political structures and practices. They turned away from revolutionary agitation and pursued practical reforms and innovations. The result was almost a century of peace and prosperity, coupled with increasing freedom and dramatic advances in science, technology, and the arts.

    Hmm. That's one way of putting it. Another way would be that the reactionary forces of the old aristocracy reestablished themselves, then created a fairly repressive regime to stamp out the ideas of "liberty, fraternity, equality," even as a middle class began to emerge who wanted some voice in their government, leading to the Revolutions of 1848.

    I listed to a BBC History Podcast a while back interviewing the author of "The Phantom Terror" a book about that period. Here's a Wall Street Journal review of the book.

    One of the things he talked about was that in Austria censorship was so severe--with all foreign mail opened and read by government agents--along with banning of foreign books and travel restrictions, along with a massive network of spies and informers and secret police, that a part of Europe that had been among the most enlightened and advanced became a backwater, a status it more or less retains to this day.

  • 5-Year-Old Played Dead And Survived Church Shooting That Killed 9 In Charleston

    06/18/2015 9:30:11 AM PDT · 13 of 40
    Bubba Ho-Tep to Defiant

    Incidentally, the number of black on white murders the last few years runs about 400 and some. So a little more than one a day.