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  • Attention-seeking half-brother of Obama posts image of ex-president's 'Kenyan birth certificate'

    04/28/2017 2:45:27 PM PDT · 98 of 113
    x to Brown Deer
    Why would you expect a different date format?

    Because Kenya was still part of the British Empire or Commonwealth at the time.

    Eight years ago, I posted multiple examples of the same date formats from Kenya during that same time era.

    Those would be exceptions, possibly fakes, but certainly outliers.

    The fact is, 0bama had another BC because he wrote about it in his book.

    Maybe, but the Kenyan birth story isn't very credible.

    Apart from all that, consider: not producing a birth certificate early on didn't cost him a single vote, so there was no motivation for him to release it.

    All the to-do about his being born in Kenya was something Obama used to make his critics look silly, so it paid off for him to withhold his documents for as long as he did.

  • Attention-seeking half-brother of Obama posts image of ex-president's 'Kenyan birth certificate'

    04/28/2017 2:29:20 PM PDT · 97 of 113
    x to rxsid

    So a document from fifty years before somehow proves the obviously fake document posted here is real?

  • Teen arrested in killing of 86-year-old woman on Highlands High track

    04/28/2017 2:26:34 PM PDT · 47 of 73
    x to Uncle Lonny
    Certainly, racial hatred is involved but it's not the only factor.

    Young men who rape elderly women have to be sick in the head. Theft is often involved, and may be a major motive in some cases.

    Another factor is that there are many elderly white women who live alone in neighborhoods that have become predominantly black and few elderly black women living alone in neighborhoods that are predominantly white.

  • Attention-seeking half-brother of Obama posts image of ex-president's 'Kenyan birth certificate'

    04/28/2017 1:43:49 PM PDT · 92 of 113
    x to Brown Deer
    So then it's not the original, but a copy made decades later?

    Also, look at the dates. They're done US fashion (Month/Day/Year), not the expected UK or European way (Day/Month/Year). Obviously fake.

    Your other certificate is fake as well. No stamps is a dead giveaway. Why all those strange blank spaces? Why the double XX's? Why is the "II" after the first name, not the last? No penciled-in coding numbers is also suspicious.

    A Hawaiian birth certificate issued for somebody not born in Hawaii is not very believable. If it were issued at all, the state would probably want more information than just "Unknown -- Kenya, Africa".

  • Denmark maintains press freedoms in 'post-truth' era

    04/27/2017 5:42:49 PM PDT · 2 of 4
    x to Olog-hai
    The press freedom map, which is distributed in print and digital versions, offers a visual overview of the sitution in each country in the Index.

    The colour categories are assigned as follows: good (white), fairly good (yellow), problematic (yellow), bad (red) and very bad (black).

    Okay, so we know they're racists.

    What else?

  • Ridley Scott: Aliens exist and they will come for us

    04/27/2017 5:32:30 PM PDT · 32 of 82
    x to Mariner
    Well, we'd better be ready for them.

    It would take them thousands of years to get here.

    Maybe when they started Sigourney was still a sex symbol.

  • Canada says don't blame it for Wisconsin dairy woes

    04/27/2017 5:18:58 PM PDT · 33 of 33
    x to Diana in Wisconsin
    Nobody's tried to sell moose milk in the lower 48, but apparently they do drink it in Russia. It's also made and sold in Alaska.

    I don't really know about Canada. It definitely sounds like something they'd drink up there, but it looks like "moose milk" is only the name of a cocktail for most Canadians.

  • Maxine Waters: ‘92 L.A. Rebellion Was A ‘Defining Moment’ For Black Resistance

    04/27/2017 5:04:21 PM PDT · 28 of 65
    x to Soul of the South
    Why Maxine versus a young rising minority politician?

    Because they don't have to choose. They don't have to say, "Do we want Corey Booker or Kamala Harris -- or Warren or Gillibrand or Castro or Cuomo?

    Promoting Maxine is like promoting John Lewis -- neither of them is going to run for president, so the media can give them some airtime without committing themselves to one candidate and rejecting all the others.

  • Canada says don't blame it for Wisconsin dairy woes

    04/27/2017 4:47:58 PM PDT · 31 of 33
    x to Diana in Wisconsin

    Only because moose milk never sold very well in the US ...

  • The Mystery of Viking Ruler Rollo Continues-- Surprising Discovery in Ancient Grave

    04/27/2017 4:45:57 PM PDT · 19 of 30
    x to BenLurkin
    Thousands of these strange sculpted figures were buried with Rollo to accompany, serve, and protect him in the afterlife:

  • Democrats introduce bill to ban pastors from ministering to homosexuals

    04/27/2017 4:40:30 PM PDT · 22 of 39
    x to Sean_Anthony
    How is this a federal issue?
  • Attention-seeking half-brother of Obama posts image of ex-president's 'Kenyan birth certificate'

    04/27/2017 4:31:34 PM PDT · 63 of 113
    x to Brown Deer
    Look at the stamp in the upper left part of the document.

    It says "Helton Maganga Chief Administrator."

    Maganga was the Chief Administrator of the hospital in Mombasa in 2009, not in 1961.

  • Attention-seeking half-brother of Obama posts image of ex-president's 'Kenyan birth certificate'

    04/27/2017 4:29:04 PM PDT · 62 of 113
    x to bgill
    Ralph Nader wasn’t a NBC, either.

    How so? If his parents had become citizens before he was born, nobody would seriously contest his natural born citizenship, would they? Does anybody know when they were naturalized? FWIW: Nader's 2004 running mate Peter Camejo didn't pass the birther's criterion for NBC status.

  • New Orleans Starts Tearing Down Confederate Monuments, Sparking Protest

    04/27/2017 2:29:09 PM PDT · 283 of 306
    x to WVMnteer
    The South needed centralized power to protect their interests. Without that, the entire region was one large uprising away from becoming Haiti.

    Good point. You'll hear people saying that Lincoln was willing to offer never to do anything against Southern slavery, so therefore secession and war couldn't be about slavery.

    But the secessionists didn't trust him. They didn't believe that their slave property would be secure in a country that was half-slave and half-free.

    Plus, they had unrealistic expectations about how a new Southern Confederacy could expand slave territory into Central America or the Caribbean.

  • New Orleans Starts Tearing Down Confederate Monuments, Sparking Protest

    04/27/2017 2:23:05 PM PDT · 282 of 306
    x to DiogenesLamp; BroJoeK
    It is clear Lincoln intended to trigger hostile action, because his agent sent to fort Pickens expected to be sunk. If he hadn't gotten a war started at Sumter, he was going to get one started at Pickens.

    Nonsense. What should Lincoln have done? You probably believe that any effort to stand in the way of the secessionists, any effort to hold on to some federal property was an act of war or an act justifying war by the other side. Jefferson Davis thought the same way.

    But any US president worth his salt wouldn't simply stand back and let the rebels seize all federal property. First of all, some firmness was needed to hold off the panicked rush to secession or rebellion. If the US did nothing, it would invite still bolder grabs by seditionists. Secondly, any president would want to stand firm in hopes that the rebellion itself might crumble. At the time, the breadth and depth of secessionist sentiment wasn't clear, and firmness on the part of the federal government Could provide a rallying point for unionists. Third, the US would need bargaining chips in any future settlement. Fourth, the country and the president would need to save face by holding on to some shred of dignity, and doing something they could take pride in. Fifth, maintaining positions in the rebel states would allow the government to maintain that secession hadn't, didn't, and couldn't happen -- grasping at straws, perhaps, but that's what people do in desperate times. Sixth, the federal government bought the land -- in Sumter's case they even made the land -- the forts stood on and built the forts, so they were federal territory. Seventh, given the uncertainty of the situation, it wasn't advisable to surrender the fortifications at a time when foreign powers might exploit America's troubles.

    So that's seven reasons why Lincoln might want to retain Sumter or Pickens, and none of them involve provoking a war. People who remember the Cold War will understand these reasons. Superpowers took bold, defiant stands and feared losing face. They were willing to go to the brink of war without actually making war. You can see that way of thinking reflected in Lincoln's actions. Davis, by contrast, apparently believed that not getting what he wanted when he wanted it was cause for war. He was playing a much simpler game than Lincoln. What was wrong with the man? He'd been Secretary of War. He'd fought in the Mexican War. He knew that any US president would put obstacles in his way. That was what governments do in tense situations. That was the way the US operates in foreign affairs. But still he regarded what he had every reason to expect Lincoln to do as a casus belli. It's as if he wanted war and wanted to blame it on Lincoln.

  • New Orleans Starts Tearing Down Confederate Monuments, Sparking Protest

    04/27/2017 1:45:27 PM PDT · 278 of 306
    x to DiogenesLamp
    You point out that there was unimaginable Wealth in the South, and this is true, and if you've studied mankind for any length of time, you start to notice that "unimaginable wealth" is sort of a root cause for Liberalism. People cannot seem to help it. The second generations of "Unimaginable Wealth" always seem to support Liberal ideas, and I have little doubt that the same would have become true of the children of the Wealthy people in the South. They would have eventually started putting "social welfare" ideas ahead of their own financial self interests. It has happened all over history, and I regard it as a constant in human behavior.

    That's a fallacy. If you wait long enough, just about anything can happen, but "unimaginable wealth" didn't end apartheid until other factors came into play.

    And of course, that wealth wasn't going to last. Cotton prices were bound to fall sooner or later, and with them, the wealth of the planters. That would leave Southern elites, struggling to hold on to power.

    But also, it's surprising that your Marxist analysis leaves out another possibility -- with great wealth comes expansionist tendencies and the desire to conquer new territories abroad. Social welfare ideologies usually come into their own after geographic and economic expansion falters.

    So it was that we acquired overseas colonies just before turning to progressive and social gospel ideas, and wealthy European countries devoted more energy to imperialism and militarism than to social policy -- up to the point where those wars and colonies became too costly.

  • NATIONAL BABE RUTH DAY

    04/27/2017 1:33:21 PM PDT · 13 of 26
    x to heterosupremacist

    If we celebrate it like the Babe did, how many years will it take off our lives?

  • ‘Sexist Pig!’ Albert Einstein Slammed for Sexism After Premiere of NatGeo’s ‘Genius’

    04/27/2017 1:31:19 PM PDT · 46 of 81
    x to C19fan
    If you're expecting Einstein to be some furry saint in a sweatshirt, you're going to be disappointed. And if you expect him to be some kind of a demon, you'll either be pleased or disappointed that he isn't.

    Like most people he was somewhere in between -- or maybe a little bit of both. You can get an emotional reaction playing one extreme off against the other, but neither side has the whole picture.

    Remember when Princess Diana died. People on line went crazy mourning her. Then the people criticizing the emotional outpouring went too far in the other direction. If you got sick of all the weepers, eventually you got sick of the cynics as well.

    The Internet (and modern culture, I guess) is like that -- always careening from one extreme to the other.

  • The Reason Right Wing Memes Are The Most Popular

    04/26/2017 5:47:27 PM PDT · 6 of 17
    x to Bon mots
    The stuff he's talking about isn't "the most popular" or even very popular at all.

    The racist messages she's apparently talking about don't spread very far outside a small group.

    Certainly, negative or hate messages do circulate faster on the Internet than positive ones, but it would be foolish or biased to argue that liberal messages are all positive.

  • New Biography: Young Obama ‘Considered Gayness’

    04/26/2017 5:35:42 PM PDT · 38 of 128
    x to chiller
    This is tantamount to declaring his sexuality, is it not ? Why bring it up ? It’s his way of coming out of the closet.

    I don't think it's Obama bringing it up.

    It sounds like it's a writer interpreting a letter Obama wrote 30 years ago in light of conversations with people who knew Obama in those days.