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Posts posted by Swithin

  1. For a very long time, Blacks were subject to the "one drop" rule, as a rather extreme method of racism.  But today, when some of those people (who have a lot more of "Black blood" than one drop) identify as Black (or African American) as a point of pride, a sort of inverted racism doesn't want them to do that. They did it to Obama; now they're trying to do it to Kamala Harris. I think it's another form of racism.

    To some extent, it's related to the expectation that people from a group should act like the expected stereotypes assigned to that group. For example, in 19th century Germany, where there was anti-Semitism, people felt threatened not as much by Jewish people who wore long gabardine coats and sported side curls, but by those more assimilated Jews, who dressed and looked more like the wider community.

    This all speaks to a rather primitive tribalism and means of trying to control people.


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  2. 2 minutes ago, LsDoorMat said:

    There are cultural issues at work in West Virginia too. The folks there are largely fundamentalist Christians with a very accelerated lifescript. For example, a couple of years ago I met a young woman from there who mentioned that she waited until she was older to get married.  She got married when she was 21. 

    It's like that line in Daisy Mae's song from Li'l Abner: "I'm past my prime, and I'm losin' time. Seventeen last spring, still without a ring!."


  3. 11 minutes ago, hamradio said:


    I say give them a choice, WORK or FORGET getting unemployment!  Poor todays generation, might break a nail. 

    Tell that to the coal miners in West Virginia, who think that it's their inalienable right to mine coal, which is becoming obsolete.  One of the most Democratic states in America turned Republican largely because Trump promised them a return to a robust coal-mining economy. That's never going to happen. You think those miners will be willing to pick fruit?


  4. 9 minutes ago, Bogie56 said:

    You are blaming last week's jobless numbers when Trump was still President on Joe Biden?

    News flash: Joe Biden became President yesterday and has not even had his cabinet confirmed as yet.

    Even though Biden hasn't gone golfing yet I am very surprised that you are haven't started to complain about that too.

    Donald Trump checked out being President months ago and why anyone would want the fat idiot back is incredible.

    An article from Forbes, 2019:

    "Exactly 11 years ago today, February 17, 2009, President Obama signed the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 or the Recovery Act into law. The $831 billion in spending kicked off the longest period of economic growth and job creation in American history."



  5. 6 minutes ago, mr6666 said:


    That didn't surprise me. As vile as these people are, many of them have jobs and lives and don't want the publicity that will now always come from their shenanigans.  Hopefully they will retreat back into the shadows, where they will always be part of the Republican "silent majority." Hillary Clinton got into trouble by calling these people Trump's "basket of deplorables." But that's what they are.

    On the other hand, the Democratic Party has to show that it has a place for the non-college educated working class white man; that it's in the party's and the country's interest to bring them back into the fold. That's not going to appease the white supremacists, but it will make the party more diverse and weaken the Republican base.

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  6. 1 hour ago, NipkowDisc said:

    google is about as much help as teets on a boar.

    question: is the covid vaccine mandatory?

    I wanted to find out whether teets on a boar might be helpful and came across this titbit on Google, although I didn't look for the customary three unrelated sources that would lead me to believe that this was true. But if it's true, than teets might be helpful on a wild pig.

    "Pig, hog and boar essentially describe the same animal, but there are some distinctions. A boar is an uncastrated male domestic pig, but it also means a wild pig of any gender. A hog often means a domestic pig that weighs more than 120 lbs."

    Regarding the vaccine, they may make it mandatory for air travel at some point. 

  7. 35 minutes ago, Dargo said:

    Now Swithin. Don't you know that fat boy's words there are taken out of context?

    Remember here, fat boy PREFACED that comment and many OTHER comments he made while his fat butt was parked in the White House with the words, "I've heard".

    And so, by his use of those two words, any and all comments following those two words would by default remove any and all responsibility he'd have for either the truthfulness or lack thereof which those following words would convey to the public.

    And so in closing, I must say that I'm surprised that such a learned man as yourself would stoop to such tactics as this in order to make a point.

    (...AND that evidently YOU must be a regular viewer of CNN, TOO!)  ;)


    Dargo old man, if you thought he prefaced the remark with I've heard," I'm afraid that was an incorrect rumour. Here, in all candour, is the exact quote:


  8. This is partly off topic, but I was just watching the news. The Mayor of Trenton, NJ was interviewed about preparations to protect the capitol (Trenton is the capital of New Jersey). He seemed very good and well prepared.  Ruth Donnelly's uncle (Frederick W. Donnelly) was the longtime (20 years) Mayor of Trenton, once upon a time (1911-1931). I wonder how he would have taken care of the situation? Would he have enlisted the help of his niece, who played a few tough lady roles?  Ruth was married to the President of the AC Spark Plug company, now part of ACDelco. Would that have played into the situation?


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