Not a damn thing.
As long as special treatment is provided to ethnic/cultural groups, as long
as labeling of "African American", "Mexican American", "Asian American",
etc., continues to define individuals and groups, as long as these
individuals or groups are allowed their own organizations which apportions
other groups (Miss Black America, All black colleges, etc.,), the end of
segregation will NEVER transpire.
Well, I've wrinkled my brow for several minutes now and all I can come up
with is the canard that the war was about slavery. Slaves were black, Dr.
King was black, QED. In only three more iterations, we'd get to Kevin Bacon
(unless, of course, we get detoured to Idi Amin Dada). Of course all
thinking, rational, people realize that slavery was a complete fiction used
to stir up the Northerners.
The real reason behind the War of Norther Aggression was money. Cotton, at
that time, accounted for about 70% of the nation's exports. Without money
flowing in to the South for the purchase of their cotton, the South couldn't
buy the sub-standard manufactured goods supplied by the North. Without that
money, the northeners couldn't pay wages and would have to resort to slaves.
Giving credit where credit is due, however, the war material produced in the
North was sufficient to prevail.
That wouldn't help your teenage daughter, Tom. I find Letterman damned
near as creepy as I found MJ, but pounding on either one, while
satisfactory, would result in a jail term for what amounts to taking
out the garbage. Not worth it.
As was pointed out by the media, Jay Leno made a similar joke months
earlier. Are you gonna go out and beat up Jay Leno now too? Palin getting
up there and acting like she is the ultimate american family with out
fashioned values is a target that almost anybody will respond too. You
expect comedians to not take a shot?
And like it or not, they both get up and tell jokes every week night.
Attaching enormous significance to one joke is unhealthy. Comedy ain't
pretty. There are comics I can't stand. You know what I do when I find a
I pick up the remote and either change the channel or turn the TV off. And
if I do this successfuly, there is no blood involved.
Yep. Some get satisfaction in life from merely changing channels.
Me? I turn to religion.
Let us pray:
"... Help us to lay waste their humble homes with a hurricane of fire; help
us to wring the hearts of their unoffending widows with unavailing grief;
help us to turn them out roofless with little children to wander unfriended
the wastes of their desolated land in rags and hunger and thirst, sports of
the sun flames of summer and the icy winds of winter, broken in spirit, worn
with travail, imploring Thee for the refuge of the grave and denied it --
for our sakes who adore Thee, Lord, blast their hopes, blight their lives,
protract their bitter pilgrimage, make heavy their steps, water their way
with their tears, stain the white snow with the blood of their wounded feet!
We ask it, in the spirit of love, of Him Who is the Source of Love, and Who
is the ever-faithful refuge and friend of all that are sore beset and seek
His aid with humble and contrite hearts. Amen."
There have been few wars in history that were waged for moral purposes. Oh,
that's the reason given for many (i.e. the Crusades), but most wars have, at
the core, been fought for economic motives.
You have a good point about free trade vs excessive tariffs. The South was
opposed to tariffs because nobody was trying to import cotton! Conversely,
cheaper manufactured goods from, say, England, were attractive to southern
importers (and equally hateful to northern industry).
I'll dispute "lots... opposed to slavery." There were many in the
Abolitionist movement, true, but they were more of a nusiance rabble than an
effective political force and even within the movement, schisms developed
regarding female sufferage and other peripheral issues. Remember, Lincoln's
Emancipation Proclamations (Sept 1, 1862) came significantly after
hostilities commenced in April 1861. Further, the Emancipation Proclamation
did not apply to slave holdings in the non-secession states.
Interestingly, the Emancipation Proclamation specifically excluded Texas.
I'm told that parts of the Piney Woods in east Texas still cling to the old
I had the same question & decided to look it up:
"In 2009, the phrase "hiking the Appalachian Trail" began to be used
as a euphemism for having sex or having an affair, after South
Carolina governor Mark Sanford's aides claimed he was on the Trail
when he was actually having an affair abroad."
Ain't Jimbo's big bag of trivia wunnerful?
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