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Posts by fruser1

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  • The tragic plight of Germans in AMERICA during the First World War I

    10/18/2017 11:23:45 AM PDT · 144 of 265
    fruser1 to Jewbacca

    My great grandfather came from germany in the 1880s to Kingston NY. He worked as a maritime engineer on tugboats on the Hudson. He was in that town until he died in the 30s.

    Many germans in that town at that time. Church there had german bibles.

    No one sent to camps or deported as far as I know so I don’t think the bad news was as ubiquitous as the article indicates.

    He did, however, ensure my grandfather enlisted because he was concerned folks would question their loyalty.

    He went over in naval reserves as an officer since he was a maritime engineer as well. Only in it for a a month or two since they didn’t call him up until near the end.

  • Tree Company Fined Whopping $95 Million for Hiring Illegal Immigrants

    10/04/2017 9:00:10 AM PDT · 29 of 101
    fruser1 to Maceman

    “$95 million fine”

    Now they have an idea of how much they’re supposed to be donating to campaigns.

    The fact that congress is not serious about controlling immigration tells you the fine really has nothing to do with punishing them for using illegals.

  • 45-foot-tall statue of nude woman to stand on National Mall

    10/02/2017 9:41:15 AM PDT · 57 of 71
    fruser1 to Sopater

    So when there’s a light drizzle, the water will work its way down along the statue until it gets to the crotch and start dripping.

  • Parshat Korach: Arguments for the Sake of Heaven

    09/28/2017 5:14:34 AM PDT · 1 of 2
    I cut out about half of the paragraphs from the article.

    This is a good exposition on the nature of argument in biblical and rabbinical history that can be applied any time to politics and power.

    If you ever think you're not informed enough to pick "which side" is speaking the truth, this might be a good tool for you to use to help you spot the liars...


    They came as a group to oppose Moses and Aaron and said to them, “You have gone too far! The whole community is holy, every one of them, and the LORD is with them. Why then do you set yourselves above the LORD’s assembly?”

    Moses also said to Korah, “Now listen, you Levites! Isn’t it enough for you that the G-d of Israel has separated you from the rest of the Israelite community and brought you near himself to do the work at the LORD’s tabernacle and to stand before the community and minister to them? He has brought you and all your fellow Levites near himself, but now you are trying to get the priesthood too . . .”

    The rebels’ rhetoric was pure incitement. They did not mean it, and he knew they did not mean it. Like the Russian revolutionaries in 1917, though they spoke the language of equality, what they wanted was power. This was argument not for the sake of truth but for the sake of victory.

    What the entire episode shows is the destructive nature of argument not for the sake of heaven – that is, argument for the sake of victory. In such a conflict what is at stake is not truth but power, and the result is that both sides suffer. If you win, I lose. But if I win, I also lose, because in diminishing you, I diminish myself. Even a Moses is brought low, laying himself open to the charge that “You have killed the Lord’s people.”

    The opposite is the case when the argument is for the sake of truth. If I win, I win. But if I lose I also win – because being defeated by the truth is the only form of defeat that is also a victory. There is a magnificent passage in the Talmud that gives expression to this idea:

    Shimon the Imsonite – others state, Nehemiah the Imsonite – used to interpret every eth in the Torah, but when he came to the verse You shall fear [eth] the Lord your G-d, he retracted. His disciples said to him: “Master, what is to become of all the ethin you have interpreted?” He replied, “Just as I received reward for the exposition, so I will receive reward for the retraction.” When R. Akiba, however, came, he taught: ‘Thou shalt fear eth the Lord thy G-d’ implies that the scholarly disciples are also to be feared.

    Shimon, a contemporary of Rabbi Akiva, held that no word in the Torah is superfluous. What then of the word eth, whose only function is to indicate the object of a verb, but which has no meaning in and of itself? Shimon’s answer was simple. In each case, eth came to include something not explicitly stated in the text. He used this principle successfully in a long series of interpretations – until he came to the command, “You shall fear [eth] the Lord your G-d.” Here, he suddenly realized, the principle broke down. What else could one include in this verse? To place the fear of something else alongside the fear of G-d was surely blasphemy.

    Like a true scientist, Shimon realized that a single counter-example refutes a rule. Not only did he admit defeat in this case, but drew the logical conclusion that if the rule was refuted, he would have to retract all other interpretations based on it. In effect, he jettisoned his entire life’s work.

    All who genuinely seek to learn, whether atheist or believer, scientist or mystic, are united in having not a faith, but faith itself. Its token is reverence, its habit to respect the eloquence of silence. For G-d’s hand may be a human hand, if you reach out in loving kindness, and G-d’s voice your voice, if you but speak the truth.

    How can the very attribute that is the virtue of its texts be the vice of its people? The answer lies in the teaching with which we began. It depends on the nature of the argument. Is it, or is it not, “for the sake of heaven”? Is it a battle for truth or for victory? In the battle for truth, both sides win. In the struggle for victory, both sides lose.

    The difference is not mysterious or elusive. In an argument for the sake of truth, each side is willing to listen to the views of its opponents and take them seriously. Each uses reason, logic, shared texts and shared reverence for texts. Neither uses ad hominem arguments, abuse, contempt, or disingenuous appeals to emotion. Each is willing, if refuted, to say, “I was wrong.” There is no triumphalism in victory, no anger or anguish in defeat. The story of Korach remains the classic example of how argument can be dishonoured. The schools of Hillel and Shammai remind us that there is another way. “Argument for the sake of heaven” is one of Judaism’s noblest ideals – conflict resolution by honouring both sides of the conflict and by humility in the pursuit of truth.

  • Resurfacing Project on I-270 Could Cause Lane Closures Through Late Fall

    09/21/2017 4:16:52 AM PDT · 8 of 9
    fruser1 to Tolerance Sucks Rocks

    The best thing to improve traffic there would be to get rid of HOV.

  • US Defence Firms Seek Key Assurance Over Make-In-India Plans

    09/19/2017 11:39:11 AM PDT · 3 of 4
    fruser1 to sukhoi-30mki

    “won’t have to part with proprietary technology”

    Consider that one a given.

    Even w/US manufacturing, foreign nationals slip in to that environment.

  • France slams Silicon Valley for skirting tax in Europe

    09/16/2017 3:18:11 PM PDT · 25 of 25
    fruser1 to Olog-hai

    If you said Hilary was skirting the law, it’d be a sexist comment.

    Of course, she actually broke it on many occasions but there’s no humor in that.

  • Hogan dedicates ICC to former Maryland governor Robert Ehrlich

    09/16/2017 3:11:55 PM PDT · 7 of 8
    fruser1 to Tolerance Sucks Rocks

    If they got rid of the tolls, cops, and stop lights at the exits, it might actually do something to alleviate traffic in the area.

    Part of the “deal” to get the Inter County Clusterfck going was that it’d have it’s own police force.

    So guess what those cops do all day.

  • My proposed IMMIGRATION AMNESTY ACT of 2017

    09/16/2017 3:07:14 PM PDT · 29 of 35
    fruser1 to Brian Griffin

    I’m sure all those doing it legally will appreciate this. Maybe they can read the full text while they’re waiting.

  • PA's first diverging diamond interchange finished

    09/16/2017 3:01:48 PM PDT · 24 of 57
    fruser1 to Tolerance Sucks Rocks

    Can’t beat a full clover leaf.

    I think roundabouts are great but for some reason some folks can’t stand them. I’ve never seen a backup at a roundabout.

  • College Park’s measure to let noncitizens vote did not actually pass

    09/16/2017 7:56:27 AM PDT · 12 of 31
    fruser1 to COBOL2Java

    There are already a couple of incorporated areas in MD that allow illegals to vote in local elections.

    In the infamous monkey county, there’s Takoma Park and Garrett Park.

  • Russia probes leave Trump associates struggling with huge legal bills

    09/16/2017 7:54:49 AM PDT · 14 of 52
    fruser1 to huldah1776

    Any reason they just can’t “take the fifth” on every inquiry like Hillary?

  • Northern Virginia Counties Not Happy With State Changes to Zoning Laws

    09/12/2017 5:28:35 AM PDT · 17 of 19
    fruser1 to Lorianne

    I’m not buying it either. Included above is a reference to requiring affordable housing being included. The law prevents that.

    Another good thing.

    If you haven’t heard elsewhere, real-estate wise, the DC Metro area is considered “overvalued”, meaning home prices are not keeping up with income.

    THAT’S what’s slowing development. No point in building if the market’s not buying.

  • Naples city manager: Irma caused "very little structural damage"

    09/11/2017 7:12:59 AM PDT · 7 of 27
    fruser1 to governsleastgovernsbest

    The news effectively gets paid for ratings so is drama.

    I watched storm hitting down there on snapchat map vids so had “normal” perspective.

  • Black Lives Matter Saving the Day (vanity)

    09/08/2017 8:35:42 AM PDT · 1 of 9
    Photo of BLM convoy heading to hurricane ravaged areas to help black people rebuild their communities.
  • Peppa Pig 'spiders can't hurt you' episode pulled off air in Australia – again

    09/07/2017 4:40:56 PM PDT · 17 of 28
    fruser1 to nickcarraway

    Is Peppa Pig a scientific educational show, or entertainment?

    Is Al Gore’s movie allwed there?

  • Naked pensioners trash luxury hotel in late night rampage

    09/07/2017 10:17:04 AM PDT · 32 of 55
    fruser1 to Gamecock

    Does their skin make flapping noises as they run?

  • Sailor denied 'Clinton deal' released from prison

    09/07/2017 5:58:40 AM PDT · 7 of 11
    fruser1 to deplorableindc

    This is how it works in a communist country.

    Friends of the regime need not follow laws, everyone else does.

    And if you’re an enemy of the regime, they’ll find a law you broke.

  • Racism: The Ineradicable Sin?

    09/07/2017 5:56:56 AM PDT · 12 of 26
    fruser1 to Kaslin

    I’d put racism, or more generally, bigotry, below murder, rape, and robbery? When are we going to fight to eradicate that?

    According to Jesus, the worst sin was not obeying the first commandment (actually, he said first was most important).

  • Report: Florida Facing Gas Shortages Ahead of Hurricane Irma

    09/07/2017 3:33:20 AM PDT · 1 of 14
    Another "anti-gouging" law, another shortage. When will people learn.

    What's a business owner to do? Order replacements at higher price and be sued for selling at a higher price, or sell at a loss and go into the red? Actually they choose a third option which is to simply put up the "no gas" sign. Much safer way to operate.

    For those who expect businesses to act charitably in the time of crisis, especially those hourly and salaried types, I ask you - will you be working at a discount?