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  • U.S. pushback against Muslim refugees 'growing'

    05/27/2015 11:59:36 AM PDT · 59 of 59
    Pelham to nycteacher

    Keiron Bone Dormegnie is the Membership & Events Director for Welcoming America. He has spent over 15 years in educational and artistic administration for programs focused on youth of diverse national, ethnic, and socio-economic origins. These organizations include U.C. Berkeley’s Center for Underrepresented Engineering Students, Oakland’s Savage Jazz Dance Company, and Atlanta’s National Black Arts Festival.

    Keiron is a graduate from Swarthmore College, Stanford University, and the Universite d’Aix-Marseille, with a M.A. in Administration of Cultural Institutions. He lives in Atlanta, Georgia and is passionate about art as a motor for personal and community transformation.

  • U.S. pushback against Muslim refugees 'growing'

    05/27/2015 11:53:31 AM PDT · 57 of 59
    Pelham to nycteacher

    Jared Feuer is the Chief Operating Officer for Welcoming America. Prior to joining Welcoming, Jared was the Deputy Director of Membership Mobilizations at Amnesty International USA where he built and managed the operations and organizing work of AIUSA’s field offices. Jared also served as the Southern Regional Director of Amnesty where he led campaigns on issues including preventing sexual violence against Native American women in Oklahoma, housing rights of Hurricane Katrina survivors and the death penalty case of Troy Davis. Prior to joining Amnesty, Jared worked for the American Civil Liberties Union where he built their national online advocacy program and opened a local office in Long Island that worked on immigrant rights in a very charged environment.

    Jared holds a BA from Brandeis University, a Masters degree in English from Georgetown University that focused on marginalized voices, and an MBA from the Georgia Institute of Technology with a specialization in business operations.

  • U.S. pushback against Muslim refugees 'growing'

    05/27/2015 11:50:40 AM PDT · 54 of 59
    Pelham to nycteacher

    As the Deputy Director, Rachel Peric works alongside the Executive Director to ensure the success of programs and operations, and to engage individuals and organizations around the country who share Welcoming America’s passion for building understanding and positive interactions between US and foreign born individuals. Prior to Welcoming America, she served as Executive Director of the Montgomery Coalition for Adult English Literacy (MCAEL), a capacity building and advocacy organization supporting adult ESOL and literacy programs in suburban Washington, DC.

    Her career includes work spanning a number of social and community building issues at the local and international level, including serving as a regional director with the United Way of the National Capital Area and managing international development programs with a private consulting firm, Management Systems International (MSI). The granddaughter of Holocaust survivors, Rachel also serves on the board of Art and Remembrance, a nonprofit devoted to using the power of personal narrative in various forms of art to illuminate the effects of war and intolerance.

    Rachel holds a BA in International Studies from Johns Hopkins University and a Masters in Public Management from the University of Maryland.

  • U.S. pushback against Muslim refugees 'growing'

    05/27/2015 11:47:01 AM PDT · 52 of 59
    Pelham to nycteacher

    David Lubell is the founder of Welcoming America and has been Executive Director since October of 2009. David is former Executive Director and founder of the Tennessee Immigrant and Refugee Rights Coalition (TIRRC). TIRRC is now considered a model for emerging immigrant’s rights coalitions forming across the U.S., and was named “Advocacy Affiliate of the Year” in 2008 by the National Council of La Raza (NCLR), the largest Latino civil rights organization in the U.S. While at TIRRC, David helped found Welcoming Tennessee, the model for all subsequent Welcoming projects. Before TIRRC, David was Advocacy and Organizing Director of Latino Memphis, a non-profit in Memphis, where he helped lead a successful organizing campaign to increase access to healthcare for Memphis’ growing LEP (Limited English Proficient) population.

    David received a Masters in Public Administration from the Harvard Kennedy School of Government, where he was a Reynolds Social Entrepreneurship Fellow. David also has a B.A. in history from Wesleyan University in Middletown, Connecticut, and received a Certificate in non-profit management from Georgetown University in Washington, D.C. David is a recipient of the Draper Richards Kaplan Social Entrepreneurship Fellowship, as well as the Cornerstone Social Justice award from Jewish Funds for Social Justice and the Community Change-Champion Award from the Center for Community Change. He is currently an Ashoka Fellow and was named one of Univision’s top ten social entrepreneurs in the Americas. David is based in Atlanta, GA.

  • Obama immigration policy encourages displacement of American high tech workers

    05/27/2015 11:37:41 AM PDT · 10 of 10
    Pelham to Theoria

    That’s truly unfortunate if Cruz is in their camp. A non-starter for me when it comes time to vote.

  • Obama immigration policy encourages displacement of American high tech workers

    05/27/2015 11:34:25 AM PDT · 8 of 10
    Pelham to ConservingFreedom

    ” The growing practice presents a quandary for the Republican presidential candidates. Marco Rubio and Jeb Bush, considered immigration reformists, are in favor of expanding the H-1B program.”

    forming the Obama-Marco-Jebster immigration caucus.

  • The Rick Santorum Record: The original Ted Cruz, but with George W. Bush baggage

    05/27/2015 11:32:50 AM PDT · 16 of 16
    Pelham to 2ndDivisionVet

    Arlen Specter. Mitt Romney.

    It seems to me that Santorum will mostly succeed in siphoning off votes that otherwise would go to a conservative. I wonder which RINO is paying him to do that?

  • U.S. pushback against Muslim refugees 'growing'

    05/27/2015 11:29:11 AM PDT · 33 of 59
    Pelham to DoughtyOne

    What could possibly go wrong..

    We had a couple of 20 something Muslims arrested last week in Orange County, CA as they were trying to go join ISIS.

  • U.S. pushback against Muslim refugees 'growing'

    05/27/2015 11:14:39 AM PDT · 29 of 59
    Pelham to Truth29

    “The opposition research needs to go both way. Employees of these “resettlement” agencies need to be identified and publicly exposed”

    Excellent idea.

  • The Rick Santorum Record: The original Ted Cruz, but with George W. Bush baggage

    05/27/2015 11:10:49 AM PDT · 12 of 16
    Pelham to tennmountainman

    “Santorum could not even win reelection to his senate seat.”

    And wasn’t that after he supported the vile Arlen Specter in 2004?

  • U.S. pushback against Muslim refugees 'growing'

    05/27/2015 10:47:55 AM PDT · 5 of 59
    Pelham to BenLurkin

    It really is the war of the political class vs the American people. And it’s not confined to just one party.

  • Bank Bashing, the Modern Nero's Fiddle [Holman W. Jenkins, Jr.]

    05/27/2015 10:41:30 AM PDT · 12 of 12
    Pelham to SunkenCiv

    “your fellow travelers at Huffpo:

    Nice. You’ve revealed yourself to be at the level of ad hominem argument. My guess is that your knowledge of finance is pretty meager if that’s your best shot.

    The Commodities Futures Modernization Act of 2000 allowed credit default swaps to be sold to parties not directly involved in the transaction. It allowed 3rd parties unlimited betting on whether or not contracts would fail.

    Bundled mortgages, CMOs, are the sort of contracts against which you could buy credit default swaps. If you happened to know that a particular CMO was filled with mortgages that the borrowers would default on then you had a guaranteed winner. You would know what’s in the CMO if you had funded and bundled the thing, asking the mortgage brokers at the front end to make the riskiest loans imaginable. Which is why you had strawberry pickers being loaned $800,000 in California. There was a logic behind the bad loans guaranteed to fail and a number of fortunes were made as a result. All legal, and most of it in the shadow banking system.

    The Glass-Steagall Act of 1933 had built a wall between investment banking and commercial banking and Graham-Leach-Bliley 1999 removed barriers between the two. Investment banking has a high-risk short-term focus in contrast to commercial lending. In the wake of the Depression it was believed that separating the two spheres of banking would provide some safety to the financial system.

    Over the years innovation had erased some of the walls between investment banking and commercial banking. But some observers predicted that trouble would surely follow in the wake of G-L-B stripping away the remaining barriers of Glass-Steagall. There is no doubt that investment banks were heavily involved in the 2008 crisis. They were prominent members of the shadow banking system but without any of the regulation that commercial banks comply with.

    Maybe those who predicted the demise of Glass-Steagall would end badly were just lucky. Or maybe their suspicions were right. Either way I didn’t notice you including the Glass-Steagall aspect of Graham-Leach-Bliley in your description of the bill.

  • Bob Woodward: Bush Didn't Lie

    05/27/2015 9:50:47 AM PDT · 30 of 30
    Pelham to TigersEye

    Well why don’t we compare your link to the CIA’s analysis of the Iraq Survey Group report:

    “Key Findings”

    “Iraq Survey Group (ISG) discovered further evidence of the maturity and significance of the pre-1991 Iraqi Nuclear Program but found that Iraq’s ability to reconstitute a nuclear weapons program progressively decayed after that date.

    “Saddam Husayn ended the nuclear program in 1991 following the Gulf war. ISG found no evidence to suggest concerted efforts to restart the program.

    “Although Saddam clearly assigned a high value to the nuclear progress and talent that had been developed up to the 1991 war, the program ended and the intellectual capital decayed in the succeeding years. “

    ” As with other WMD areas, Saddam’s ambitions in the nuclear area were secondary to his prime objective of ending UN sanctions.

    “Iraq, especially after the defection of Husayn Kamil in 1995, sought to persuade the IAEA that Iraq had met the UN’s disarmament requirements so sanctions would be lifted”

    ” ISG found a limited number of post-1995 activities that would have aided the reconstitution of the nuclear weapons program once sanctions were lifted.

    “The activities of the Iraqi Atomic Energy Commission sustained some talent and limited research with potential relevance to a reconstituted nuclear program.

    “Specific projects, with significant development, such as the efforts to build a rail gun and a copper vapor laser could have been useful in a future effort to restart a nuclear weapons program, but ISG found no indications of such purpose. As funding for the MIC and the IAEC increased after the introduction of the Oil-for-Food program, there was some growth in programs that involved former nuclear weapons scientists and engineers.

    “The Regime prevented scientists from the former nuclear weapons program from leaving either their jobs or Iraq. Moreover, in the late 1990s, personnel from both MIC and the IAEC received significant pay raises in a bid to retain them, and the Regime undertook new investments in university research in a bid to ensure that Iraq retained technical knowledge

    “Miscalculation (2002-2003)

    “In the year prior to Operation Iraqi Freedom (OIF), MIC undertook improvements to technology in several areas that could have been applied to a renewed centrifuge program for uranium enrichment. These dual-use technologies included projects to acquire a magnet production line at Al Tahadi, carbon fiber filament winding equipment for missile fabrication at al Karama, and the creation of a new Department of Rotating Machinery at Ibn Yunis. All of these projects were created to improve specific military or commercial products, but the technologies could have help support a centrifuge development project. ISG, however, has uncovered no indication that Iraq had resumed fissile material or nuclear weapon research and development activities since 1991.

    ” Results of ISG’s Investigation on Nuclear Issues

    “Iraq did not possess a nuclear device, nor had it tried to reconstitute a capability to produce nuclear weapons after 1991.

    “ISG has uncovered no information to support allegations of Iraqi pursuit of uranium from abroad in the post-Operation Desert Storm era.

    “Iraq did not reconstitute its indigenous ability to produce yellowcake. As a result of Desert Storm and IAEA inspection efforts, Iraq’s indigenous yellowcake production capability appears to have been eliminated.

    “Post-1991, Iraq had neither rebuilt any capability to convert uranium ore into a form suitable for enrichment nor reestablished other chemical processes related to handling fissile material for a weapons program

    “Available evidence leads ISG to judge that Iraq’s development of gas centrifuges for uranium enrichment essentially ended in 1991.

    “ISG also judges that Iraq continued work on none of the many other uranium enrichment programs explored or developed prior to 1991, such as EMIS or lasers.

    “It does not appear that Iraq took steps to advance its pre-1991 work in nuclear weapons design and development.

    “ISG has uncovered two instances in which scientists linked to Iraq’s pre-1991 uranium enrichment programs kept documentation and technology in anticipation of renewing these efforts—actions that they contend were officially sanctioned.

    “Furthermore, although all of the officials interviewed by ISG indicated Iraq had ended its pursuit of nuclear weapons in 1991, some suggested Saddam remained interested in reconstitution of the nuclear program after sanctions were lifted.

  • Bob Woodward: Bush Didn't Lie

    05/27/2015 9:35:58 AM PDT · 29 of 30
    Pelham to TigersEye

    Iran is certainly working at building a bomb. And unlike Iraq we know that Iran actually has banks of operating centrifuges. The same ones that the Israelis managed to sabotage with a computer virus.

  • Bob Woodward: Bush Didn't Lie

    05/27/2015 9:33:46 AM PDT · 28 of 30
    Pelham to TigersEye

    Well let’s take a close look at what’s actually found at your link. For reference anything below 20% U235 is low enriched uranium. Bomb grade HEU is 85% u 235 or greater.

    Electromagnetic Isotope Separation (EMIS):

    “According to Iraq’s declarations to U.N. inspectors, it managed to produce 640 grams of enriched uranium with an average enrichment of 7.2% at Tuwaitha and some 685 grams at an average enrichment of 3% at Al Tarmiya.”


    “Iraq also attempted to enrich uranium with high-speed centrifuges. This effort had lower priority than the EMIS program.”

    Everything listed under centrifuges is what Iraq ‘planned’ to do other than 1.9 kilogram they produced in 1990.

    Laser Isotopic Separation (LIS):

    “In May 1994 the IAEA received information indicating that Iraq had pursued laser uranium enrichment through both molecular and atomic vapor isotope separation. But the IAEA did not believe Iraq had made substantial progress in either. The IAEA had no evidence that these efforts achieved any isotopic separation, or that Iraq had developed even the most rudimentary capabilities. “

    ” Iraq’s AVLIS experiments in 1986 and 1989 were inconclusive, however, and Iraq claimed that further work was abandoned due to these failures and the low priority given to the laser program.”

    Chemical and Ion-Exchange Separation:

    ” The reason for chemical enrichment was to provide feedstock for the EMIS separators, so they could begin with low enriched uranium instead of natural uranium, thereby boosting efficiency.”

    “According to Iraq, the most promising project, though still at the conceptual design stage in late 1990, combined both enrichment methods in a hybrid process having a solvent extraction first stage and an ion exchange output stage, in order to produce up to 5 metric tons per year of 4 to 8% enriched uranium.”

    Gaseous Diffusion:

    “However, according to an Iraqi scientist, this activity, which was carried out in 1989, had not progressed beyond the qualification of a single barrier. In parallel to the barrier studies, Group I attempted to reverse-engineer compressors, in cooperation with Iraq’s Specialized Institute for Engineering Industries, but Iraq claimed that this attempt was not successful. According to Iraq, all activities related to gaseous diffusion ended in 1989 and priority was given instead to gas centrifuge enrichment. According to the former director of Iraq’s nuclear weapon program, Khidir Hamza, however, the Iraqis perfected the diffusion barrier in 1993, under the noses of the inspectors. Dr. Hamza believes that diffusion is the most likely path a reconstituted Iraqi nuclear program would take in order to enrich uranium for its bombs.

    There’s no record of them having produced any enriched uranium via gaseous diffusion if they even managed to get it to work.

    Diversion of Reactor Fuel:

    “After its invasion of Kuwait in 1990, Iraq intended to illegally divert to bomb-making a quantity of highly enriched uranium that was being inspected by the IAEA. The HEU was contained in the fuel of Iraq’s two research reactors at Tuwaitha. Iraq had at its disposal some 41 kg of U-235 in its supply of research reactor fuel from Russia and France. The effort to divert that fuel, known as Project 601, started shortly after Iraq’s invasion of Kuwait in August 1990. By December 1990, a chemical processing plant had been installed in the LAMA building at Tuwaitha which Iraq hoped would make available 26 kg of HEU within 2-3 months. The building was severely damaged, however, in the Gulf war, and plans were made to move a scaled-down project to Tarmiya. The IAEA’s decision to remove the reactor fuel, starting in November 1991, meant the end of the crash program.”

    At least in this instance there actually is a record of highly enriched uranium. Of course Iraq had gotten it from French and Russian reactors and hadn’t made it themselves.

    Plutonium Separation:

    “Because the plutonium isotope 239, which is used to fuel fission bombs, exists naturally only in trace amounts, it is necessary to manufacture plutonium in a nuclear reactor. This is done by bombarding U-238 with slow neutrons. When the U-238 captures a neutron, the U-239 isotope is produced, which decays into plutonium 239.

    Iraq used its Russian-supplied IRT-5000 research reactor to irradiate (noncontinuously - to avoid detection during IAEA inspections) three U-238 fuel elements manufactured from December 1988 to February 1989 at Iraq’s Experimental Fuel Fabrication Research Laboratory (known as ERFFL or EFFRL). Iraq also irradiated one element for 22 days between February and April 1989, and two additional elements for 50 days between September 1989 and January 1990. “

    And the amount of Plutonium produced was?


    “In 1995, Iraq admitted to the IAEA that it had considered several implosion-type bomb designs”

    “Iraq also admitted studying several approaches to building a neutron initiator, which supplies the neutrons necessary to set off a nuclear chain reaction. Iraq produced and recovered tritium by irradiating lithium, and produced and recovered polonium by irradiating bismuth. “

    ” In fact, the U.S. Departments of Defense and Energy helped train three Iraqi scientists from Al Qaqaa at a quadrennial international detonation conference in Portland, Oregon, where nuclear weapon detonation technology and flyer plate technology were presented. The latter is used to control the force and shape of implosive shock waves.”


    “Iraq mastered the key technique of creating an implosive shock wave, which squeezes a bomb’s nuclear material enough to trigger a chain reaction. The smaller Iraqi design also used a “flying tamper,” a refinement that “hammers” the nuclear material to squeeze it even harder, so that bombs can be made smaller without diminishing their explosive force. The inspectors determined that Iraq had managed to develop a successful bomb design and lacked only the fissile material to fuel it.”

    “Lacked only the fissile material fuel it”

    Well how could they lack fissile material if they were cranking out U 235 via all the techniques listed above from the site you linked to?

    Well they lacked the highly enriched U 235 because they hadn’t managed to make any despite fiddling around with it for years. Unlike Pakistan and North Korea, which actually do have bombs.

  • Tesla Motors Inc: Gigafactory To Be A Major Turning Point In Auto Market

    05/27/2015 12:32:55 AM PDT · 8 of 40
    Pelham to ckilmer

    I’ll take a high performance diesel, thank you very much.

  • Bob Woodward: Bush Didn't Lie

    05/27/2015 12:29:03 AM PDT · 23 of 30
    Pelham to TigersEye

    People see WMD and they think “nuclear bomb”. Nukes take centrifuges. Bombs require testing that can be detected. If we discovered gas centrifuges or recorded a blast test I’ve never seen it reported. It’s not in your list of links.

    What Saddam had was poison gas like sarin and sulfur mustard. He had used it on Iran and on the Kurds. The WMDs we found were artillery shells filled with poison gas and they may well have dated back before the first Gulf War.

  • National Review Endorses Sodomite "Marriage"

    05/26/2015 11:59:10 PM PDT · 67 of 95
    Pelham to WTFOVR

    “William F Buckley must be turning in his grave!”

    Somebody over at Chronicles Magazine began referring to the new version of NR as “The Goldberg Review” to spare Buckley’s once valuable journal from being connected to the current abomination.

    But the reality is that Buckley was a good deal responsible for handing over his magazine to the girly-boys and dimwits who trashed the place. Sic transit gloria mundi.

  • What If a New Constitutional Convention Overthrows the Federal Reserve Act because of Lois Lerner?

    05/26/2015 11:52:19 PM PDT · 4 of 9
    Pelham to CharlesOConnell

    “I heard a man speak on Tony Brown’s Journal in the 1980s, on the thesis that the Federal Reserve System is a tax-farming system, creating monies out of nothing, loaning them to the United States, charging interest that must be repaid with taxes. It sounds paranoiac,”

    Paranoic? No.

    Stupid? Yes.

    Facts are always optional when Fed conspiracy fans get going.

  • Bank Bashing, the Modern Nero's Fiddle [Holman W. Jenkins, Jr.]

    05/26/2015 11:42:57 PM PDT · 10 of 12
    Pelham to SunkenCiv

    “not by the rampant “deregulation” that many have imagined out of whole cloth. “

    Please explain how these two bills were imaginary:

    Financial Services Modernization Act of 1999 aka Graham-Leach-Bliley

    Commodities Futures Modernization Act of 2000

  • Vanity: Needing advice/info from FReepers who are using remote outdoor video security systems.

    05/26/2015 11:20:52 AM PDT · 23 of 37
    Pelham to Envisioning
    "For later. Do wired cameras have better resolution? Better video?"

    I have friend in the security video business who will only install wired systems, he doesn't consider wireless to be adequate or reliable. FLIR is one of the camera makes he works with. IIRC a ballpark quote for a typical eight camera system runs $5k professionally installed, obviously less if you're capable of doing it yourself.

  • How the Civil War Changed the World

    05/24/2015 7:23:39 PM PDT · 255 of 259
    Pelham to Bubba Ho-Tep

    Pretty much

  • Leaked Report Profiles Military, Police Members of Outlaw Motorcycle Gangs

    05/24/2015 5:45:57 PM PDT · 314 of 846
    Pelham to mac_truck; wardaddy

    “opposed to the 1964 Civil rights act,”

    Like Barry Goldwater and Ronald Reagan were?

  • How the Civil War Changed the World

    05/24/2015 5:40:16 PM PDT · 253 of 259
    Pelham to rockrr; dsc

    ‘To Purge This Land With Blood’, Stephen Oates, Univ of Massachusetts Press is a very detailed biography of John Brown.

    Large sections of it are available for free at google books:

    Even a cursory reading will dispel the idea that Brown was a “fringe loonie” with insignificant admirers. He was very well known within abolitionist circles. He had known Frederick Douglass since 1847, and spent a month living with him in 1858 as he was hatching his conspiracy. His supporters, Gerrit Smith for example, owned mansions. They were men of means and influence.

  • How the Civil War Changed the World

    05/24/2015 1:20:40 PM PDT · 251 of 259
    Pelham to dsc

    I’ve read a couple of biographies of John Brown. Otto Scott’s “Secret Six” being one of them, the title of the other escapes me at the moment.

  • How the Civil War Changed the World

    05/24/2015 1:18:52 PM PDT · 250 of 259
    Pelham to rockrr

    John Brown was personally known to Frederick Douglass, who declined to get involved in Brown’s terrorism. Brown was well known among abolitionists.

    The Secret Six were prominent men, rich men who supplied him with guns and pikes and wagons and whatever else he wanted. His past murders at Ossawatomie were known to them.

    Brown was championed by the Transcendentalists, the premier literary set of the time. Brown’s supporters were far from fringe. They were rich and influential, similar to today’s Hollywood and Silicon Valley radicals.

  • Leaked Report Profiles Military, Police Members of Outlaw Motorcycle Gangs

    05/24/2015 1:01:08 PM PDT · 239 of 846
    Pelham to TexasGator

    Link to a post where you listed the caveats I posted from the article.

  • Leaked Report Profiles Military, Police Members of Outlaw Motorcycle Gangs

    05/24/2015 12:33:59 PM PDT · 211 of 846
    Pelham to TexasGator; House Atreides; HiTech RedNeck
    Go read the Conservative Treehouse article and you'll see that it includes a list of caveats, none of which TexasGator bothered to include in his posts. Otherwise you might realize that Conservative Treehouse has misgivings about it:

    "Here are the notable issues within this witness outline as reported:

    ♦ First and foremost, it’s the Washington Post. Notorious for specific, activist and agenda-driven slanted stories.

    ♦ This story accounts for 3 of the 9 dead. What about the other six. Additionally there were a total of 27 shot/wounded. Nothing from the witness about how it became so extreme?

    ♦ This report goes from “punches” directly to “shots fired”; and doesn’t construct, outline or question the moment-by-moment scene, other than a chaos sentence after the first shot was fired, despite the reporter(s) expending exhaustive text on the backstory.

    ♦ Nothing at all within the story about police response. Just a big looming nothing.

    ♦ Prior affiliation outlines from MC’s, contradict the author’s source and say no Bandido’s were actually among the dead.

    ♦ No mention of anyone seeing the heavy police presence in the area. It doesn’t even come up in the article at all. Was it even questioned, or were they that well “hidden”.

    ♦ If you read the full article it builds up based on threats to government, and it finishes off based on threats to government. The factual bits in the middle are almost an afterthought, (that’s where the “all hat and no cattle” comes in) which highlights an agenda in the authorship.

  • How the Civil War Changed the World

    05/24/2015 11:54:36 AM PDT · 245 of 259
    Pelham to DoodleDawg

    It’s a difference of scale and not type. A thousand mile border would have been difficult to police compared to a port.

  • How the Civil War Changed the World

    05/24/2015 11:51:23 AM PDT · 244 of 259
    Pelham to rockrr

    John Brown’s backers:

    “John Brown has often come down to us as a lone nut, bent on an suicidal mission, but this is far from the truth. Brown was part of a larger movement to free slaves that grew with passage of the Fugitive Slave Act of 1850 (which required the return of escaped slaves to their masters with all its potential for torture and death at their hands) and the large Underground Railroad movement. It’s little understood that Brown was intimate with northern politicians, industrialists, ministers, and folks from all walks of life, including the leading intellectuals of the era – the Transcendentalists.”

  • How the Civil War Changed the World

    05/24/2015 11:46:55 AM PDT · 243 of 259
    Pelham to rockrr

    “You detract from your already flimsy case when you attempt to demagogue.”

    What I posted is a statement of fact- George Washington was one of the largest slaveowners of his day. You can call it demagoguery if you want, most would regard it as simple historical fact.

    “Well, there you go again. You overstate both Brown’s influence, his support, and his impact. If he was “widely praised as something akin to a Messiah” some of that praise should have survived to the present.”

    It’s not hard to find:

    “Just days after the raid, Brown’s trial began. It would take a week. On November 2, the jury deliberated for forty-five minutes and reached their verdict: guilty of murder, treason, and inciting slave insurrection. The South rejoiced in Brown’s execution. But hanging was not the end of John Brown; it was the beginning. Throughout the North, church bells tolled for him. In Massachusetts, Henry David Thoreau proclaimed, “Some 1800 years ago, Christ was crucified. This morning, Captain Brown was hung. He is not Old Brown any longer; he is an angel of light.” “

  • How the Civil War Changed the World

    05/24/2015 10:57:11 AM PDT · 241 of 259
    Pelham to DoodleDawg

    Goods bound for the American market as a whole could have gone to any port when tariffs were equal. Lower tariffs would draw off trade. This had been illustrated for years in New Orleans where the Baratarians ran a thriving smuggling business. The long border between a coastal Confederacy and its US neighbors would have been hard to police.

  • Leaked Report Profiles Military, Police Members of Outlaw Motorcycle Gangs

    05/24/2015 2:18:58 AM PDT · 105 of 846
    Pelham to wardaddy; Salamander
    Martin Niemöller -

    First they came for the Socialists and I said nothing because I wasn't a Socialist...

    Right now the powers that be have done a fine job of playing on the public's perception that bikers are criminals because they look scary, and are deserving of whatever they get, including being shot and killed.

    It's curious how little the press is doing to investigate this. Imagine if a whole lot of black groups had called a meeting, and couple of street gangs showed up as well. A fight breaks out between the two street gangs and nine people are shot to death, but everybody at the meeting gets arrested. Do you think there would be as little media interest in digging into the story? Would they simply accept not getting a chance to interview any of the two hundred people arrested?

  • How the Civil War Changed the World

    05/24/2015 1:50:07 AM PDT · 237 of 259
    Pelham to DoodleDawg

    “Why? Goods destined for Northern consumers would have to be delivered to a North eventually and the tariff would be collected then. “

    European shippers would choose lower tariff southern ports when possible. Previously tariffs were equal so there was no reason to make a choice based on price. European goods would also be less expensive for the South when tariffs were lower. Northern made goods would be less competitive. The lower tariff would have an impact, just as tax havens do today.

    “Whatever the goals of the Confederacy was, it is a fact that they started the war by firing on Sumter and that they seceded to protect their slave property.”

    Of course such property had been legal since before the Revolution, with George Washington being one of the larger practitioners in Colonial days.

    As we know in hindsight Southerners were correct in their suspicion that the North had decided to abrogate the idea of human property by force- any Constitutional remedy was moving too slowly. That plan was hardly a secret, a campaign of vilification and hatemongering had been waged on the ‘slaveocracy’ for decades in the run-up to the war, a situation well documented in Fleming’s recent “A Disease in the Public Mind”.

    By 1859 that vilification campaign flowered with John Brown’s murderous plan for a Haiti-style slave rebellion, financed by wealthy Northern abolitionists. There was no longer any doubt that Northerners were waging a guerrilla war against the South, with John Brown being widely praised as something akin to a Messiah.

    The election of 1860 confirmed that the country had divided. Lincoln received less than 40% of the popular vote and not one electoral vote south of the Mason-Dixon line. This was the most extreme example of sectional division in American political history.

  • State Nullification: What Is It?

    05/24/2015 12:25:50 AM PDT · 19 of 19
    Pelham to concernedcitizen76


  • A Hillary Match-Up With Marco Rubio Is a Scary for many Democrats

    05/24/2015 12:07:33 AM PDT · 29 of 59
    Pelham to Rembrandt; ObamahatesPACoal

    “Rubio Announces for President: Which Marco Rubio Would Show-Up For Inauguration Day?”

    “What we saw on Monday was the Marco Rubio of two years ago, who sat atop many early 2016 Republican presidential polls and who, by the way, regularly rated #1 or #2 in the CHQ 2016 presidential straw poll.

    We will refer to that Marco Rubio as the “pre-Gang of Eight” Marco Rubio.

    Then there is the “after the Gang of Eight” Marco Rubio, who is the one that is actually running for President.

    This is the Marco Rubio who betrayed the Tea Party movement and grassroots conservative voters who elevated him to the Senate over establishment Republican, turned Independent, and finally turned Democrat Charlie Crist.

    This is the Marco Rubio who became the chief spokesman and advocate for a bill that would have put millions of illegal aliens on the path to citizenship to eventually become part of a new Democratic-majority electorate....

  • A Hillary Match-Up With Marco Rubio Is a Scary for many Democrats

    05/24/2015 12:02:04 AM PDT · 28 of 59
    Pelham to Rembrandt; ObamahatesPACoal

    “The person you refer to as “token elected Hispanic” was elected as the Speaker of the House for the State of Florida, pinhead!”

    And Rubio used that position to prevent Florida conservatives from doing anything about illegal aliens.

    His Gang of Eight love affair with illegals wasn’t something new.

  • Self-Driving Trucks Are Going to Hit Us Like a Human-Driven Truck

    05/23/2015 11:52:46 PM PDT · 39 of 74
    Pelham to The_Reader_David

    Not a problem. The computers will kill us.

  • Self-Driving Trucks Are Going to Hit Us Like a Human-Driven Truck

    05/23/2015 11:51:27 PM PDT · 38 of 74
    Pelham to 9thLife

    “But then I remembered how, year or so ago, people kept saying, “If I see one of them drones, I’ll shoot it down! “

  • Taylor Swift, Privileged Daughter Of Wealthy Plutocrats: The 'Real Story' About Her 1% Upbringing

    05/23/2015 11:09:07 PM PDT · 110 of 115
    Pelham to wardaddy
    That's true. How could I forget Stevie Nicks?
  • The GOP's Southern discomfort (All of a sudden, Texas isn't Southern)

    05/23/2015 11:06:35 PM PDT · 22 of 27
    Pelham to wardaddy; CharleysPride

    You’ll find a good description of the Confederate New Mexico “campaign” in Shelby Foote’s trilogy. Pretty much a total disaster, they weren’t prepared for the terrain or weather IIRC, and the Union defenders let the land and heat do a lot of the fighting for them.

  • How the Civil War Changed the World

    05/23/2015 11:01:50 PM PDT · 236 of 259
    Pelham to x

    wiki has him running for office only the one time, for New Orleans mayor in 1858 with the support of both Whigs and Democrats. They cite this book in their footnote:

    Williams, T. Harry. ‘P.G.T. Beauregard: Napoleon in Gray.’ Baton Rouge: Louisiana State University Press,

  • Taylor Swift, Privileged Daughter Of Wealthy Plutocrats: The 'Real Story' About Her 1% Upbringing

    05/23/2015 10:55:27 PM PDT · 109 of 115
    Pelham to crabpott

    “Kellie Pickler”

    I had to look that one up. I don’t know much about Country unless it’s been around forever.

    Coming from money can give musicians a lot of free time to practice and access to good instruments, but it’s not going to give them talent. Not that talent seems to be required for a lot of performers...

  • Taylor Swift, Privileged Daughter Of Wealthy Plutocrats: The 'Real Story' About Her 1% Upbringing

    05/23/2015 12:23:34 PM PDT · 22 of 115
    Pelham to CharleysPride; wardaddy

    Linda Ronstadt came from an equally wealthy family. I don’t remember anyone saying that disqualified her as a singer.

  • How the Civil War Changed the World

    05/22/2015 11:52:43 AM PDT · 223 of 259
    Pelham to Bubba Ho-Tep

    We could look at what was happening when Spain held New Orleans for another possibility. States along the Ohio and Mississippi began talking of joining with Spain so that they would have access to New Orleans and the gulf. There’s a good book, “An Artist in Treason”, about a long forgotten Revolutionary War general, James Wilkinson, who was pretty much a double agent working for Spain in all of this when he was supposed to be our top general.

    Depending upon how the Confederacy ran the New Orleans port the traders might have been content just to ship their goods there as they always had done. Or they might have been tempted to join the Confederacy which would certainly have been a recipe for political trouble. I kind of doubt that railroads would have been a practical solution because they are a very expensive alternative to using the rivers.

  • How the Civil War Changed the World

    05/22/2015 11:37:16 AM PDT · 222 of 259
    Pelham to rockrr

    ” Most Americans are aware that Colonialists did not “secede” from the crown.”

    You may be right since they have managed to elect Obama twice. They are liable to believe anything.

    Prior to July 4 1776 Colonials were British subjects and the Colonies belonged to the United Kingdom. Then the colonials announced to the King that they were withdrawing from the UK and taking the colonies to form their own country. Let’s see how that comports with definitions of secession:

    “the action of withdrawing formally from membership of a federation or body, especially a political state.”

    That definition doesn’t include chaff about aggression and tyranny since the ‘why’ of leaving isn’t what determines secession. It’s the leaving itself that is secession.

    “Most Americans also knew that although the Constitution does not speak to an enumerated provision or process for secession, there was a reason for that silence. The reason was that the Republic was assembled in perpetuity and no Founder wished to be the author of its demise.”

    That may impress modern readers who know little about what was thought and taught regarding the Constitution prior to the Civil War and Lincoln’s insistence on perpetual union.

    But to learn what Americans of that era actually thought all we need do is look at William Rawle’s “A View of the Constitution”, the text used at West Point to teach government to the cadets.

    And here we have page 149 of Rawle’s text:

    ” the United States are authorized to oppose, and if possible, prevent every state in the Union from relinquishing the republican form of government, and as auxiliary means, they are expressly authorized and required to employ their force on the application of the constituted authorities of each state, “to repress domestic violence.”

    If a faction should attempt to subvert the government of a state for the purpose of destroying its republican form, the paternal power of the Union could thus be called forth to subdue it.

    Yet it is not to be understood, that its interposition would be justifiable, if the people of a state should determine to retire from the Union, whether they adopted another or retained the same form of government, or if they should, with the, express intention of seceding, expunge the representative system from their code, and thereby incapacitate themselves from concurring according to the mode now prescribed, in the choice of certain public officers of the United States.

    The principle of representation, although certainly the wisest and best, is not essential to the being of a republic, but to continue a member of the Union, it must be preserved, and therefore the guarantee must be so construed.

    It depends on the state itself to retain or abolish the principle of representation, because it depends on itself whether it will continue a member of the Union. To deny this right would be inconsistent with the principle on which all our political systems are founded, which is, that the people have in all cases, a right to determine how they will be governed”

  • How the Civil War Changed the World

    05/22/2015 10:35:52 AM PDT · 220 of 259
    Pelham to DoodleDawg

    “That Confederacy would have inconvenienced Mississippi River traffic but would have posed no other threat than perhaps an economic one of lower tariffs.”

    “How would that have posed a threat?”

    Before 1803 the Spanish used to restrict Mississippi river trade when they controlled New Orleans. Northern traders using the Ohio and Mississippi were always very concerned about being able to freely access New Orleans and the gulf.

    Lower tariffs in the South would have drawn trade away from northern ports, a real concern at a time when tariffs funded the government.

    “The balance of power in Congress would have shifted dramatically to the North.”

    “Without the southern states that would be pretty much a given.”

    That was my point. With seven southern states gone abolition would have passed easily in 1861. The North would have rid itself of the Fugitive Slave Act. The Underground Railway would

    “Only in the U.S. was one section of the country willing to go to war to protect slavery.”

    That must be why they called up 75,000 troops with the goal of forcing the North into the Confederacy.

  • How the Civil War Changed the World

    05/22/2015 2:00:14 AM PDT · 202 of 259
    Pelham to SunkenCiv

    “That the attack wasn’t too bright goes without saying — it was a Democratic Party idea.”

    The man who ordered the firing on Ft Sumter, General PGT Beauregard, had run for mayor of New Orleans in 1858. He was promoted by both the Whig and the Democratic Parties. The Whigs were Lincoln’s old party.

  • 3,400-pound shark Mary Lee continues to roam Virginia coast

    05/22/2015 1:47:50 AM PDT · 15 of 26
    Pelham to Veggie Todd


    “Japanese submarine slammed two torpedoes into our side, chief. It was comin’ back, from the island of Tinian to Leyte, just delivered the bomb. The Hiroshima bomb. Eleven hundred men went into the water. Vessel went down in twelve minutes. Didn’t see the first shark for about a half an hour. Tiger. Thirteen footer. You know how you know that when you’re in the water, chief? You tell by lookin’ from the dorsal to the tail. What we didn’t know... was our bomb mission had been so secret, no distress signal had been sent. Huh huh. They didn’t even list us overdue for a week.

    Very first light, chief. The sharks come cruisin’. So we formed ourselves into tight groups. You know it’s... kinda like ol’ squares in battle like a, you see on a calendar, like the battle of Waterloo. And the idea was, the shark comes to the nearest man and that man, he’d start poundin’ and hollerin’ and screamin’ and sometimes the shark would go away. Sometimes he wouldn’t go away. Sometimes that shark, he looks right into you. Right into your eyes. You know the thing about a shark, he’s got...lifeless eyes, black eyes, like a doll’s eye. When he comes at ya, doesn’t seem to be livin’. Until he bites ya and those black eyes roll over white. And then, ah then you hear that terrible high pitch screamin’ and the ocean turns red and spite of all the poundin’ and the hollerin’ they all come in and rip you to pieces.

    Y’know by the end of that first dawn, lost a hundred men! I don’t know how many sharks, maybe a thousand! I don’t know how many men, they averaged six an hour. On Thursday mornin’ chief, I bumped into a friend of mine, Herbie Robinson from Cleveland. Baseball player, boson’s mate. I thought he was asleep, reached over to wake him up. Bobbed up and down in the water, just like a kinda top. Up ended. Well... he’d been bitten in half below the waist.

    Noon the fifth day, Mr. Hooper, a Lockheed Ventura saw us, he swung in low and he saw us. He’s a young pilot, a lot younger than Mr. Hooper, anyway he saw us and come in low. And three hours later a big fat PBY comes down and start to pick us up. You know that was the time I was most frightened? Waitin’ for my turn. I’ll never put on a lifejacket again. So, eleven hundred men went in the water, three hundred and sixteen men come out, the sharks took the rest, June the 29, 1945. Anyway, we delivered the bomb.

  • Beany's Drive Thru - Long Beach, California - 1952-53

    05/21/2015 11:43:05 PM PDT · 53 of 55
    Pelham to Ebony

    In 1950, not long before you were born, the United States was the wealthiest country in the world. The other contenders for that title were still recovering from the wreckage of WWII.

    In 1950 the fourth largest city in the United States was Detroit. And although it was the fourth largest city, when it came to wages it was number one. Detroit had the highest standard of living in America, at the time that America had the highest standard of living in the world.

    Somehow in the next 20 years Detroit went from being one of the world’s great cities to being a disaster. And for whatever reason it happened it has been a tragedy for the people of Detroit and for America at large. The arsenal of democracy became a ruin.