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Posts by Bubba Ho-Tep

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  • Scientists Map the ["inferred"] Dark Matter Around Millions of Galaxies

    04/17/2015 2:28:12 PM PDT · 6 of 28
    Bubba Ho-Tep to Secret Agent Man
    Factual science now involves “the unobserved but inferred”. It has to be there because our current worldview is that we believe it’s there.

    No, we theorize it's there because that's the only thing we can come up with that fits what we can observe. If you want to win a Nobel Prize, show that the measurable data fits another interpretation better.

  • Democrats’ civil war over free trade

    04/17/2015 1:48:31 PM PDT · 20 of 21
    Bubba Ho-Tep to Theoria
    A few months ago, WIkileaks published a leaked portion of the agreement,which included this on the cover page:
    20 January 2015

    This Document Contains TPP CONFIDENTIAL Information MODIFIED HANDLING AUTHORIZED* 12-1

    Derived from: Classification Guidance dated March 4, 2010

    Reason: 1.4(b)

    Declassify on: Four years from entry into force of the TPP agreement or, if no agreement enters into force, four years from the close of the negotiations.

    * This document must be protected from unauthorized disclosure, but may be mailed or transmitted over unclassified e-mail or fax, discussed over unsecured phone lines, and stored on unclassified computer systems. It must be stored in a locked or secured building, room, or container.

  • McInnish Appeal denied in Alabama {Obama Eligibility Case]

    04/17/2015 10:42:18 AM PDT · 175 of 175
    Bubba Ho-Tep to Red Steel

    Hey, it’s springtime again! Maybe Zullo meant by the end of Spring 2015, not 2014.

  • How can we stop farmer suicides?

    04/16/2015 2:27:11 PM PDT · 35 of 75
    Bubba Ho-Tep to wyowolf

    Yeah, ‘twas ever thus. Check out a book called “Wisconsin Death Trip” sometime. It’s a collection of news stories (and weird photos) from a small area of Wisconsin in the 1890s. Loads of farmer suicides. It’s a lonely, stressful job with everything riding on factors you can’t always control, debt and so on.

  • New Kickstarter Will Turn Your Rotting Corpse Into A Lovely Ficus

    04/16/2015 1:42:57 PM PDT · 31 of 31
    Bubba Ho-Tep to BipolarBob
    My spouse would have a problem with losing the possession thing.

    If you explain that, technically, she's supposed to be on the boat with you, singing your praises as the boat is set alight, she might reconsider.

    My funeral home would have some lame excuse about a lack of Viking longboats.

    Dude, that's why you have thegns. To build your longboat.

  • Newport Beach Film Festival Honors Orson Welles' Centennial

    04/16/2015 10:59:14 AM PDT · 17 of 21
    Bubba Ho-Tep to DemforBush
    I’ve never seen the Magnificent Ambersons. I’d always heard that the studio butchered it with editing, and the final product was far from what Welles’ had envisioned. On that basis, I always gave it a pass.

    It's well worth checking out, even with the extensive cuts and the happy ending the studio tacked on.

  • Newport Beach Film Festival Honors Orson Welles' Centennial

    04/16/2015 10:49:15 AM PDT · 15 of 21
    Bubba Ho-Tep to Poison Pill
    In the end he was a mess. I remember him from my childhood for wine commercials and the Muppet Movie.

    A friend of mine, a serious film buff, remembers his first day in L.A., driving down La Brea and seeing Orson Welles, in a motorized wheelchair with and oxygen tank and a toy poodle on his lap, sitting in front of Pink's Hot Dogs, stuffing a messy chili dog into his mouth.

    Another friend of mine, a screenwriter, owned the house Welles died in until a couple years ago. He used to throw some amazing parties there.

  • Newport Beach Film Festival Honors Orson Welles' Centennial

    04/16/2015 10:42:06 AM PDT · 12 of 21
    Bubba Ho-Tep to dfwgator

    I love the couple standing there with him. You wonder what’s going through their heads. Probably, “If this shoot runs past the meal break, we start getting double time.”

  • Newport Beach Film Festival Honors Orson Welles' Centennial

    04/16/2015 10:31:31 AM PDT · 6 of 21
    Bubba Ho-Tep to KC_Lion
    Aaaaaaaaah, the French…

  • New Kickstarter Will Turn Your Rotting Corpse Into A Lovely Ficus

    04/15/2015 5:08:05 PM PDT · 29 of 31
    Bubba Ho-Tep to BipolarBob
    Personally, I like the idea of being wrapped in a shroud and dropped in a hole, then a tree planted on top. Being embalmed, dressed in a suit, put in a fancy lined box that's then put inside a vault and buried seems like the most absurd, wasteful, narcissistic thing imaginable.

    Although a viking funeral, all my possessions stacked around me on a burning longship has its appeal.

  • Lincoln assassinated

    04/15/2015 3:42:54 PM PDT · 260 of 317
    Bubba Ho-Tep to DiogenesLamp
    In the context of a discussion regarding states, your "defined area" is a deliberate attempt to be flippant and assholish. It is a childish and deliberately argumentative method for ignoring or degrading a valid point.

    Okay, so contrary to what you said earlier, "defined area" isn't enough. It has to be a state.

    Why? What makes the state the magical level of sovereignty that's denied to any other entity?

    Straw man again.

    That's not a straw man. In words of the immortal Foghorn Leghorn, "I say, that's a joke, son."

    If the Declaration is the Document which founded the country, (and it is) then those who are "Rebelling" against it, are the ones who refuse to accept it's principles.

    So let me get this straight. By issuing a piece of paper with some magic words on it, the Americans rebelling against the British crown (something they'd been doing for over a year at that point) were no longer rebels, but instead the British opposing them were now the rebels.

  • Lincoln assassinated

    04/15/2015 3:00:52 PM PDT · 256 of 317
    Bubba Ho-Tep to central_va
    States can secede as they are in the Constitution and have a three branch government.

    Really? Where does it say that?

  • Lincoln assassinated

    04/15/2015 3:00:09 PM PDT · 255 of 317
    Bubba Ho-Tep to DiogenesLamp
    If you have a better debating method than strawman and mockery, I would suggest you pull it out and use it. We aren't playing "the Dozens" here.

    You're the one who said, "it would appear that the natural right to self determination would require the purposeful and knowledgeable consent of the majority of the voting populace in a defined area." My block is a defined area. I have the purposeful and knowledgeable consent of 11 of my 20 voting neighbors. Now, what part of your statement to you wish to amend to abridge our natural right of self determination by declaring ourselves to be the Free and Independent Nation of Bubba Ho-Tepia?

    As for feeling mocked, maybe you should secede since you feel that's sufficient reason.

    Again, our founders didn't think so.

    Because our founders invoked the Natural Right of Rebellion and overthrew their oppressors by force, not by legalistic invocations.

  • Lincoln assassinated

    04/15/2015 2:50:44 PM PDT · 252 of 317
    Bubba Ho-Tep to DiogenesLamp
    You minimize and mock the very real threat to their financial interests. It is not radically different from Obama's threats to the coal industry. It was an attack on those people's livelihood.

    So no one should ever have pointed out that slavery was a bad thing because people's financial interests might be hurt? Or because they might buy more slaves, just to spite the abolitionists? By that logic, we shouldn't say that heroin peddling is bad, because that's a threat to someone's financial interest and it might make them sell more heroin.

    You make less and less sense as you go.

    While this can be regarded as true after a fashion…

    Your grudging admission that slavery could maybe kinda possibly sorta be considered morally wrong is noted.

  • Lincoln assassinated

    04/15/2015 2:42:58 PM PDT · 249 of 317
    Bubba Ho-Tep to central_va
    Nope.

    The U.S. National Archives
    Ruins of Richmond, VA., 1865
    Original Caption: Ruins of Richmond, VA., 1865

    U.S. National Archives’ Local Identifier: 111-B-465

    From:: Series: Mathew Brady Photographs of Civil War-Era Personalities and Scenes, (Record Group 111)

    Photographer: Brady, Mathew, 1823 (ca.) - 1896

    Coverage Dates: ca. 1860 - ca. 1865
    Subjects:
    American Civil War, 1861-1865
    Brady National Photographic Art Gallery (Washington, D.C.)


    Repository: Still Picture Records Section, Special Media Archives Services Division (NWCS-S), National Archives at College Park, 8601 Adelphi Road, College Park, MD, 20740-6001.

    link

  • Lincoln assassinated

    04/15/2015 2:27:35 PM PDT · 246 of 317
    Bubba Ho-Tep to central_va

    Then you probably shouldn’t have used a picture of Richmond, fires the confederates started and the US Army put out.

  • Lincoln assassinated

    04/15/2015 2:22:19 PM PDT · 243 of 317
    Bubba Ho-Tep to central_va

    You do know that that’s Richmond, and that the confederates set it on fire themselves rather than let it fall intact into US hands, right?

  • Lincoln assassinated

    04/15/2015 2:15:34 PM PDT · 242 of 317
    Bubba Ho-Tep to DiogenesLamp
    If the examples we have had are any indication, it would appear that the natural right to self determination would require the purposeful and knowledgeable consent of the majority of the voting populace in a defined area.

    So if I can get 11 of the 20 people on my block to agree, we can declare ourselves to be a different country. Good to know.

    What was the recent defining criteria for Scottish Independence?

    Since you bring it up, the Scottish referendum of 2014 was agreed to by the British government after negotiations resulting in the Edinburgh Agreement of 2012 and received royal assent from the queen.

  • Lincoln assassinated

    04/15/2015 2:05:32 PM PDT · 240 of 317
    Bubba Ho-Tep to Ohioan
    Suggesting that putting down a murderous invasion of a State was "appeasement," certainly demonstrates your bias.

    And your reading that that line applied to Brown and not Webster's endorsement of the Compromise of 1850 demonstrates your lack of understanding of the concept of paragraphs.

    While the misrepresentations may have flown from both sides by the panic of 1857, they started as an attack on Southern society, well before the Southern "Fire-eaters" responded.

    What attack?

    The Washington quote, of course, absolutely presupposes the "mutual respect," that underlay the achievement of the unity he describes.

    Like a ghetto hoodlum, you seem to believe that gettin' dissed is reason to start shooting.

    …it is of infinite moment that you should properly estimate the immense value of your national union to your collective and individual happiness; that you should cherish a cordial, habitual, and immovable attachment to it; accustoming yourselves to think and speak of it as of the palladium of your political safety and prosperity; watching for its preservation with jealous anxiety; discountenancing whatever may suggest even a suspicion that it can in any event be abandoned; and indignantly frowning upon the first dawning of every attempt to alienate any portion of our country from the rest, or to enfeeble the sacred ties which now link together the various parts.--George Washington

  • Lincoln assassinated

    04/15/2015 1:06:44 PM PDT · 233 of 317
    Bubba Ho-Tep to Ohioan
    Well, consider this passage in the context of some radicals actually trying to justify John Brown's activities at Harper's Ferry.

    Gosh, as I recall, John Brown's activities at Harper's Ferry were put down by federal troops and Brown hanged. That some people justified his actions does not mean it was government policy.

    But again, it is really the grievance admitted by Webster, even in denouncing the very idea of disunion, in his classic 1850 address, which goes to the lack of respect for partners in a once honorable coming together.

    Proving how far the north was willing to go to appease the south. But that wasn't enough for them.

    People like Washington & the Virginia Lees, understood America as a project among honorable men, who respected one another & their respective contributions, but sometimes differing perspectives.

    That would be the Washington who said:

    The unity of government which constitutes you one people is also now dear to you. It is justly so, for it is a main pillar in the edifice of your real independence, the support of your tranquility at home, your peace abroad; of your safety; of your prosperity; of that very liberty which you so highly prize. But as it is easy to foresee that, from different causes and from different quarters, much pains will be taken, many artifices employed to weaken in your minds the conviction of this truth; as this is the point in your political fortress against which the batteries of internal and external enemies will be most constantly and actively (though often covertly and insidiously) directed, it is of infinite moment that you should properly estimate the immense value of your national union to your collective and individual happiness; that you should cherish a cordial, habitual, and immovable attachment to it; accustoming yourselves to think and speak of it as of the palladium of your political safety and prosperity; watching for its preservation with jealous anxiety; discountenancing whatever may suggest even a suspicion that it can in any event be abandoned; and indignantly frowning upon the first dawning of every attempt to alienate any portion of our country from the rest, or to enfeeble the sacred ties which now link together the various parts.

    For this you have every inducement of sympathy and interest. Citizens, by birth or choice, of a common country, that country has a right to concentrate your affections. The name of American, which belongs to you in your national capacity, must always exalt the just pride of patriotism more than any appellation derived from local discriminations. With slight shades of difference, you have the same religion, manners, habits, and political principles. You have in a common cause fought and triumphed together; the independence and liberty you possess are the work of joint counsels, and joint efforts of common dangers, sufferings, and successes.

    But these considerations, however powerfully they address themselves to your sensibility, are greatly outweighed by those which apply more immediately to your interest. Here every portion of our country finds the most commanding motives for carefully guarding and preserving the union of the whole.

  • Lincoln assassinated

    04/15/2015 12:00:41 PM PDT · 228 of 317
    Bubba Ho-Tep to Ohioan

    Then by all means, cite the specific complaints in the Declaration that were among the south’s reasons.

  • Who Was John Wilkes Booth Before He Became Lincoln's Assassin?

    04/15/2015 11:39:20 AM PDT · 32 of 94
    Bubba Ho-Tep to Theoria
    Sounds like something out of the Wolf Man.

    "Even an actor, pure of heart,
    who plays Romeo each night
    May shoot the president
    when play goes on
    and the footlights shine so bright."

  • These People Absolutely Crushed 7-Eleven’s BYO Slurpee Cup Day (Photos)

    04/15/2015 11:13:50 AM PDT · 8 of 23
    Bubba Ho-Tep to taterjay

    Refuse service? Hell, 7-Eleven probably took the picture and posted it. Slurpees are sugar water, cost them virtually nothing, and they’re getting tons of publicity out of a one-day stunt.

  • Lincoln assassinated

    04/15/2015 10:55:50 AM PDT · 226 of 317
    Bubba Ho-Tep to DiogenesLamp
    I am one who has long argued that "Precedent" represents solidified mistakes; That all disputes should be resolved by a resort to first principles, not a tu ququoe ad vericundiam of previous opinions.

    A notion that would result in legal chaos and utter uncertainty that two cases with identical circumstances would be decided in the same way. On a site that decries judicial activism, you're calling for every judge to interpret the law for himself every time, and undermine every decision that has come before.

  • Lincoln assassinated

    04/15/2015 10:42:57 AM PDT · 225 of 317
    Bubba Ho-Tep to Ohioan
    Interesting. So when the Declaration of Independence says,
    "Prudence, indeed, will dictate that Governments long established should not be changed for light and transient causes; and accordingly all experience hath shewn, that mankind are more disposed to suffer, while evils are sufferable, than to right themselves by abolishing the forms to which they are accustomed. But when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same Object evinces a design to reduce them under absolute Despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such Government, and to provide new Guards for their future security"
    they should have added, "or if your feelings are hurt because someone said it's not good for you to own slaves, then it's totally okay, too."
  • Lincoln assassinated

    04/15/2015 9:42:37 AM PDT · 217 of 317
    Bubba Ho-Tep to Ohioan
    When more & more of the posterity of their former allies & compatriots, instead turned to insult; many considered the moral bond from the great joint venture to be dissolved.

    What insult? And are you saying that they dissolved the union, raised an army and started a war because their feelings were hurt?

  • Lincoln assassinated

    04/15/2015 9:40:19 AM PDT · 214 of 317
    Bubba Ho-Tep to DiogenesLamp
    For someone who wants to be taken as a serious debater, you sure do resort to a lot of attempted mockery.

    It's just that you're such a good straight man, the Bud Abbot of FR.

  • Lincoln assassinated

    04/15/2015 9:38:56 AM PDT · 213 of 317
    Bubba Ho-Tep to DiogenesLamp

    So what are the magic words that transform an insurrection, of which the Constitution explicitly allows suppression, and a secession, which, according to you, invokes natural law and can’t be put down?

  • Lincoln assassinated

    04/15/2015 9:24:47 AM PDT · 207 of 317
    Bubba Ho-Tep to ek_hornbeck
    How is the horror many Americans (not only Confederates) felt at Lincoln's suspension of the writ of habeas corpus…

    You do know that the Constitution specifically allows for suspension of habeas, and that congress subsequently confirmed Lincoln's actions, right?

  • GAO reports warns hackers could bring down plane using passenger Wi-Fi

    04/15/2015 6:55:05 AM PDT · 5 of 9
    Bubba Ho-Tep to CGASMIA68

    It seems that a hacker wouldn’t even have to be aboard a plane, if what they’re saying is correct.

  • Why the Confederacy Lives

    04/14/2015 4:55:05 PM PDT · 526 of 533
    Bubba Ho-Tep to miss marmelstein

    You’re the one who waded into a Civil War thread. Do you deny that Rhett Butler rescues the poor Klansmen from the mean ol’ yankee ambush?

  • Lincoln assassinated

    04/14/2015 4:52:18 PM PDT · 167 of 317
    Bubba Ho-Tep to rustbucket

    I’m always curious about the difference between “The people” and just “People,” and what it is that makes the state the fundamental molecule of sovereignty, able, according to some, to declare itself to be a different country now, with others morally blocked from forcible objection by invocation of natural law (however that’s defined), but which is denied to counties, towns, the Elks Club or individuals.

  • Why the Confederacy Lives

    04/14/2015 3:00:00 PM PDT · 523 of 533
    Bubba Ho-Tep to miss marmelstein
    Certainly, Rhett Butler expresses his hatred towards that society.

    But he rescues Ashley Wilkes and the other Ku Klux Klan members when their raid on a shantytown runs into a Yankee ambush. Of course, poor Frank, Mr. Scarlett O'Hara #2, takes a yankee bullet in the head in that raid.

  • Punishing Putin: EU Leaders Snub Moscow World War II Commemorations

    04/14/2015 12:22:02 PM PDT · 27 of 28
    Bubba Ho-Tep to henkster

    I have, or had, a distant cousin from the part of the family that stayed in Italy. He ended up as a telegraph operator in one of the units Mussolini sent to the Russian front. And that’s all anyone knows. Disappeared, either a nameless body among the tens of thousands dead somewhere near Stalingrad, or one of the tens of thousands who died namelessly in Soviet captivity. There’s one photo I’ve seen, a little guy in a big wool uniform overcoat, looking tired and holding a cigarette.

  • Why the Confederacy Lives

    04/14/2015 11:24:44 AM PDT · 511 of 533
    Bubba Ho-Tep to DoodleDawg
    How many of them quote "Gone With The Wind" as history?

    Oh, fiddle dee dee!

  • Punishing Putin: EU Leaders Snub Moscow World War II Commemorations

    04/14/2015 11:17:46 AM PDT · 23 of 28
    Bubba Ho-Tep to henkster

    Incidentally, before the Germans were marched through Moscow, they were starved for a few days, then fed a thin cabbage soup heavily laced with laxatives. Just to entertain the crowd.

  • Punishing Putin: EU Leaders Snub Moscow World War II Commemorations

    04/14/2015 11:15:51 AM PDT · 21 of 28
    Bubba Ho-Tep to dfwgator
    A friend of mine, many years ago, was on a train somewhere in Europe. He gets talking to the guy in the compartment with him and it turns out he's a Yugoslavian army intelligence officer. Guy tells him that in Yugoslavia, they tell Albanian jokes--"Albanians are so dumb…." My friend says that in America, they tell Polish jokes. Yugoslavian says, "I know Polish joke"

    Image the rest in a Yugoslavian accent:

    Polish man is fishing, catch big fish. Fish say, "Don't eat me! Don't eat me! I am magic fish! I give you three wishes if you let me go.

    Polish man think, says "Okay, first wish, I want all people of China to come to Poland, then go home.

    Fish say, "Okay, all people of China come to Poland then go home. What is second wish?"

    Polish man say, "I want all people of China to come to Poland then go home again."

    Fish say, "Okay, all people of Poland come to Poland and go home again. What is third wish?"

    Polish man say, "I want all people of China to come to Poland then go home AGAIN!"

    Fish say, "Okay, all people of China come to Poland then go home again. But why do you wish same wish three times?"

    Polish man say, "All people of China come to Poland and go home three times, THEY GO THROUGH RUSSIA SIX TIMES!"

  • Punishing Putin: EU Leaders Snub Moscow World War II Commemorations

    04/14/2015 10:32:20 AM PDT · 9 of 28
    Bubba Ho-Tep to Olog-hai
    The Kremlin promptly retaliated. In late February, it published archive documents intended to prove that Poland had stabbed the Red Army in the back during Europe's liberation. According to the documents, the Polish underground army killed at least 700 members of the Soviet military in Polish territory from the end of 1944 to May 1945.

    No mention of Katyn, though.

  • Why the Confederacy Lives

    04/14/2015 9:55:01 AM PDT · 501 of 533
    Bubba Ho-Tep to miss marmelstein
    I never held up any particular scene as an accurate depiction of events.

    And you're not the one of the ones I'm talking about. And I'll certainly concede that the movie looks great.

  • Why the Confederacy Lives

    04/14/2015 9:43:42 AM PDT · 497 of 533
    Bubba Ho-Tep to miss marmelstein
    I hope audiences don't sit there with a checklist as to what is accurate and what is not.

    And yet we have people here holding up scenes from the movie as accurate depictions of events. You liked the movie? Fine. I didn't think it was great Scorsese, but then I think Scorsese hasn't made a great movie since about Casino.

  • Why the Confederacy Lives

    04/14/2015 9:37:58 AM PDT · 495 of 533
    Bubba Ho-Tep to DiogenesLamp
    Well what do you know? An Honest hypocrite.

    You asked me "Does the United States follow natural law when it suits its interests, but reject it when it doesn't?" In what way is my answer hypocritical? All rebellions are built on the rejection of written law in favor of resorting to the Natural Right of Rebellion.

    It wasn't a house, it was mounds of Rock

    It was a structure built and inhabited by men. Your continual efforts to make it seem like shelling it and setting it on fire was no big deal to the guys inside because, hey, no one actually died as 4000 guns fired on them for 34 hours, is the height of disingenuousness.

    That was an epic blunder and it cost them the moral high ground.

    Now who's being hypocritical? You can't on one hand say that it wasn't that big a deal because no one died, then say that it cost them the moral high ground.

  • Why the Confederacy Lives

    04/14/2015 9:29:00 AM PDT · 491 of 533
    Bubba Ho-Tep to miss marmelstein
    That movie is one of the best that Scorcese turned out

    Not even in the upper half.

  • Why the Confederacy Lives

    04/14/2015 9:23:40 AM PDT · 490 of 533
    Bubba Ho-Tep to miss marmelstein
    The Gangs of New York was taken from a non-fiction book (as well as the books of Luc Sante).

    The Leo DiCaprio character is a complete fiction. The real Bill the Butcher was dead almost a decade before the riots. The Old Brewery was torn down even before that. Unlike the movie, there were virtually no Chinese in New York until after the Civil War. And that's just a start of what the movie gets completely wrong.

    Frankly, serious historians don't put much stock in Asbury's book, The Gangs of New York , either. He was more of a journalist cranking out pop nonfiction than he was a historian.

  • Why the Confederacy Lives

    04/14/2015 9:11:29 AM PDT · 486 of 533
    Bubba Ho-Tep to DiogenesLamp
    So those riots didn't actually happen?

    Yes, the riot happened. But you were talking about the conscription on the docks, which did not.

    You also miss the point of conscripting immigrants. They hadn't yet had time to develop a patriotism for their new country. Those who were born here and who were citizens have certain obligations that foreigners do not have.

    Except that hundreds of thousands of immigrants volunteered for the US army before conscription ever began, despite the fact that "they hadn't yet had time to develop a patriotism for their new country."

  • Why the Confederacy Lives

    04/13/2015 11:09:14 PM PDT · 465 of 533
    Bubba Ho-Tep to Pelham
    There’s good reason the Posse Comitatus Act passed after the War.

    The Posse Comitatus act was passed as part of the dismantling of Reconstruction in return for southern support for the election of Rutherford B. Hayes.

  • Why the Confederacy Lives

    04/13/2015 11:02:17 PM PDT · 464 of 533
    Bubba Ho-Tep to DiogenesLamp
    It's been some years since I've seen it, but I seem to remember it showing the Union forces conscripting the Irish right off the boats.

    Which shows why you should never get your history from movies. That never happened. There may have been recruiters, but there was no conscription at the docks. In point of fact, only 2% of the US army were conscripts, with another 6% substitutes paid by draftees. Oh, and while we're talking about the inaccuracy of that movie, Bill the Butcher Poole, the Daniel Day-Lewis character, died eight years before the New York Draft Riots and the Old Brewery was torn down in 1852.

    I thought to myself that was a very sobering way to regard the situation they found themselves in. They were effectively Slaves at 1/3rd the price. Till they were killed anyway, and then they were worth nothing.

    Then I assume you also believe that the ten million American men conscripted into the US armed services during WW2 were just slaves, too.

  • Why the Confederacy Lives

    04/13/2015 10:15:27 PM PDT · 463 of 533
    Bubba Ho-Tep to DiogenesLamp
    To get any use out of the Declaration of Independence, you have to actually read it.

    Good idea. You should try it.

    But here's a question for you. Does the United States follow natural law when it suits its interests, but reject it when it doesn't?

    Yes.

    And yet nobody got hurt. Funny that.

    Yeah, it's hilarious when someone shoots at you and sets fire to your house until you're forced to surrender.

  • Bone-dry California dumps water to 'make fish happy'

    04/13/2015 9:45:26 PM PDT · 39 of 42
    Bubba Ho-Tep to jsanders2001
    Question # 1: where is that informstion coming from?

    You can find it easily from multiple sources if you bother to look. You can start with Wikipedia.Basically, 80% of the annual water use in California is agricultural irrigation. That leaves 20% for residential use. Of that, more than half goes to landscape watering, a good chunk of that to golf course in the Palm Springs area, and I think you will agree that illegal aliens don't typically have lush lawns. So about 8% goes to actual household use--toilets, showers, etc., with usage heavier in more affluent neighborhoods. Illegal aliens make up about 10% of the population. So, assuming that illegal aliens use the average amount of water, they account for less than 1% of the annual water used in the state.

    Quesion # 2: are you Hispanic?

    Mostly German and Italian heritage, with a few other things mixed in. You?

  • Bone-dry California dumps water to 'make fish happy'

    04/13/2015 4:10:11 PM PDT · 37 of 42
    Bubba Ho-Tep to HiTech RedNeck
    guess they will have to grow almonds and alfalfa elsewhere!

    The whole system is screwy. Farmers in California have to use their full allotment of water or lose it for the following year. So they grow crops that are already in excess, causing the prices to go down, triggering federal crop subsidies.

  • Why the Confederacy Lives

    04/13/2015 3:53:44 PM PDT · 447 of 533
    Bubba Ho-Tep to DiogenesLamp
    On this I refer you to the Declaration of Independence. Perhaps you've heard of it?

    Which doesn't remotely answer the question of why a state is permitted to do declare itself to be a country and seize property while a county, a township, a city block, the Elks Club or you and your neighbor can not. In fact, it would seem to argue that you and neighbor can do just that, being People and all.

    Ah but they did. They absolutely thought that what they were doing was legal and in accordance with the Highest authority.

    Okay, I'll be more specific, since you're being willfully obtuse. The Founding Fathers never pretended what they were doing was legal under British law or that they wouldn't have been hanged for treason had they lost. They resorted to the Natural Right of Rebellion.

    You may not have read the correspondence between Major Anderson and General Beauregard. It seemed quite civil to me. None of that childish "sturm and drang" like you bring to a discussion.

    I have read all of the correspondence between Anderson and Beauregard, and I've read all the correspondence between Beauregard and the confederate government, and among all the orders I've found nothing to Beauregard from the government or by Beauregard to his batteries that they try to avoid actually hurting anyone. On the contrary, I find Beauregard warning Anderson of the "effusion of blood" that will result when he is forced to "batter you to pieces" if Anderson refuses to surrender. That these threats are dressed up in the genteel language of the day makes them no less a threat of violence.