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Monday, March 10th, 2008
8:26 pm
[swanny_minchu]
2008 political events
So----the Prelimenary votes are over.

Now we are looking forward to the actual voting day. Who do you think will win this year? Obama? Clinton? or McCain (IDK if McCain dropped out yet)?

Current Mood: amused
Tuesday, April 19th, 2005
8:39 pm
[bailey83221]
The 9/11-Iraq connection debate
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AUTHOR CONCEDES THAT 9/11 COMMISION FOUND NO LINKS TO 9/11 IRAQ CONNECTION.

Hmm Mondo...So how are we to determine if there truly was a 9/11 terrorist connection?

I read your article (Found here: http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,123124,00.html)

"9/11 Commission Fails to Connect Terror Dots” By Frank J. Gaffney, Jr.

It concedes in the first sentence: “The 9/11 Commission's conclusion that: We have no credible evidence that Iraq and Al Qaeda cooperated on attacks against the United States - does not augur well for the rest of the panel's inquiry.”

I must admit, if the 9/11 commission decided there WAS a connection, I don’t know whether or not I would believe it. I would like to think that I would. I would buttress my belief in the same way the author “Frank J. Gaffney, Jr” buttresses his own, but I hope that I would not do it in such an illogical way.

WHERE TO START?
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Monday, January 31st, 2005
10:58 am
[bailey83221]
Article: Strange, But Bush Really Does Sound a Lot Like Woodrow Wilson
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I must admit, I did not read this entire article, law school is killing me stress wise, and I am very selective with my free time (as we all are).

My free time (unfortunately for this group) does not currently include reading two books that [could be / are often] selected as text books. : (


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Friday, January 14th, 2005
10:24 am
[neocon_2004]
The perfect nemesis for Zinn's book
I just found this book review on Frontpagemag.com:
http://frontpagemag.com/Articles/ReadArticle.asp?ID=16583
The book is titled a Patriots History of the United States....I realize that history is only as authors write; but this would be fascinating to discuss both books chapter by chapter. This books argues about interpretations of the Columbian Era; the Jackson Era; Slavery; Robber Barons; Great Depression and WWII; Cold War and of course, Reagan.
This will be fun indeed, folks.

Anyway,Trav et al., I'll be in Tucson all next week in the field. I'll comment on Chapter 2 this weekend.....but I'm afraid I'll have to wait to talk about Chapter 3 of both books.

I hope Kerrysucks (I keep forgetting her new name here) and her family are alright after the mudslidesand evacuations in California. Let's hope she's fine through all this.
Monday, January 10th, 2005
12:07 pm
[thecause]
Sunday, January 9th, 2005
2:48 am
[bailey83221]
Chapter 3: Persons of Mean and Vile Condition; People's History of the US; Zinn
Write comments on the second chapter on this thread...

(This chapter covers the treatment of indentured servants and the Bacon Rebellion. This chapter, unlike the first two, begins the study of American History which was never taught in history class)

Wednesday, January 5th, 2005
6:43 pm
[bailey83221]
Chapter 3: From Universality to Equilibrium; Diplomacy Chapter 3
Write comments on the third chapter of Henry Kissinger's Diplomacy on this thread...

Friday, December 31st, 2004
10:33 am
[bailey83221]
Found the entire People's History of the United States by Zinn online.
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I found the entire People's History of the United States by Zinn online.

People's History of the United States

The last chapter is different than my addition, which covers the war on terror and the beginning of the Bush administration before the Iraq war.

Something can be said about idealists who are not concerned about book sales, and instead are interested in promoting an idea.


Many libraries have both books, although usually the books need to be placed on hold.


Used books online

Click here for more information...
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Thursday, December 30th, 2004
10:29 am
[bailey83221]
Chapter 2: Drawing the color line; People's History of the US; Zinn
Write comments on the second chapter on this thread...

10:50 am
[bailey83221]
Chapter 2: The Hinge: Teddy and Wilson; Diplomacy by Henry Kissinger
Write comments on the second chapter on this thread...

Wednesday, December 29th, 2004
6:40 pm
[memesoso2004]
I just joined this community because it does sound like a good idea, but at the same time, I am a poor college student being strapped with overpriced books, fees, etc. so please forgive me if I can't buy these books! I will try to keep up..

As a liberal, one conservative book that I have already read a little of is Ann Coulter's How to Talk to a Liberal (If You Must). Personally, I found that she tends to be more apt to throw out harsh and personal accusations than present a fair and structured argument. I understand that that was probably her intention, but I feel that she presents a very false perception of liberals and furthers negative stereotypes of them. I also understand that liberals are not exactly innocent from all stereotyping, but reading Coulter's book did sort of offend me because none of the things that she said about liberals (in the first section, anyway) applied to me at all. I don't want the nation thinking things like that about me strictly because of my beliefs, either, and especially not just because people like her have misled them to believe those things. Any thoughts on her arguments? I understand that I haven't read the whole book, but just on the first section?
Sunday, December 26th, 2004
12:18 pm
[bailey83221]
Chapter 1: The New World Order Diplomacy; Henry Kissinger
Write comments on the first chapter on this thread...

12:17 pm
[bailey83221]
Chapter 1: Columbus the Indians & Human Progress; People History of the US
Write comments on the first chapter on this thread...

11:59 am
[bailey83221]
Books to get: Diplomacy by Henry Kissinger; A People's History of the United States : 1492-Present
Final vote:

Conservative:

Diplomacy by Henry Kissinger 3 votes (wintch, neocon2004 and mondo)
Right Nation: 1 vote (kerry)


Liberal:
A People's History of the United States : 1492-Present 2 votes (mike, bailey83221)
Dominations and Powers George Santayana: 1 vote (recinutah)

I bought both books at Barnes and Noble tonight...

Diplomacy by Henry Kissinger $22.00

A People's History of the United States: 1492-Present by Zinn $18.95

Total with tax: $44.12
Monday, December 27th, 2004
2:34 pm
[thecause]
Maintaince Man.
Joined the community. I don't know how active in the cause itself I will be, but I am mostly here to help out the owner of the group, bailey83221. I set myself up as a maintaince man for it, so if this place needs a tune up drop me a line. I have over twenty communities thus far, so I can probably at least give a resource for any problems.

If the format or views are bad or anything is amiss just drop a line.

The latest post requested that it be deleted, so I did.

I also changed the user profile and the user icon. Now you can search for the community on the main page and find it.

If you want me to promote it then drop a line bailey83221.

Peace.
Thursday, December 23rd, 2004
12:02 am
[bailey83221]
Okay, here are the book choices, please vote....
Okay, here are the book choices, please vote....and we will decide based on votes on December 26th what books to buy.

CONSERVATIVE BOOKS:

The Right Nation. (Written by two british reporters working for the Economist.)

The Iraq War from John Keegan.

Diplomacy by Henry Kissinger

"Stolen Valor"?

Larry Elder's book "The Ten Things you can't Say in America",

Ann Coulter's "How to talk to a Liberal",



Laura Ingrhams, "Shut Up and Sing",

"Biased" by Bernard Goldberg

"I Might be Wrong, But I Doubt It" By Charles Barkley.


LIBERAL BOOKS

A People's History of the United States : 1492-Present

The Twentieth Century : A People's History (This is a shorter version of the above book)

Benevolent Assimilation: The American Conquest of the Philippines, 1899-1903

Dominations and Powers George Santayana


Please vote for ONE BOOK ONLY, dependant upon your political affiliation

(i.e. Liberal's choose a liberal book, and Conservatives choose a conservative book--independants e independant and choose what you like...)

Vote here by replying to this post.
12:50 am
[bailey83221]
A Day in the Life of Joe Republican
The post is getting way to big at http://azplace.net/index.php?itemid=460 I have dial up and gets slower and slower...So I decided, if you all like, to move it over here....

A Day in the Life of Joe Republican

Floating around the internet, reproduced for your edification here...

Joe gets up at 6 a.m. and fills his coffeepot with water to prepare his morning coffee. The water is clean and good because some tree-hugging liberal fought for minimum water-quality standards. With his first swallow of water, he takes his daily medication. His medications are safe to take because some stupid commie liberal fought to ensure their safety and that they work as advertised.

All but $10 of his medications are paid for by his employer's medical plan because some liberal union workers fought their employers for paid medical insurance - now Joe gets it too.

He prepares his morning breakfast, bacon and eggs. Joe's bacon is safe to eat because some girly-man liberal fought for laws to regulate the meat packing industry.

In the morning shower, Joe reaches for his shampoo. His bottle is properly labeled with each ingredient and its amount in the total contents because some crybaby liberal fought for his right to know what he was putting on his body and how much it contained.

Joe dresses, walks outside and takes a deep breath. The air he breathes is clean because some environmentalist wacko liberal fought for the laws to stop industries from polluting our air.

He walks on the government-provided sidewalk to subway station for his government-subsidized ride to work. It saves him considerable money in parking and transportation fees because some fancy-pants liberal fought for affordable public transportation, which gives everyone the opportunity to be a contributor.

Joe begins his work day. He has a good job with excellent pay, medical benefits, retirement, paid holidays and vacation because some lazy liberal union members fought and died for these working standards. Joe's employer pays these standards because Joe's employer doesn't want his employees to call the union.

If Joe is hurt on the job or becomes unemployed, he'll get a worker compensation or unemployment check because some stupid liberal didn't think he should lose his home because of his temporary misfortune.

It is noontime and Joe needs to make a bank deposit so he can pay some bills. Joe's deposit is federally insured by the FSLIC because some godless liberal wanted to protect Joe's money from unscrupulous bankers who ruined the banking system before the Great Depression.

Joe has to pay his Fannie Mae-underwritten mortgage and his below-market federal student loan because some elitist liberal decided that Joe and the government would be better off if he was educated and earned more money over his lifetime. Joe also forgets that his in addition to his federally subsidized student loans, he attended a state funded university.

Joe is home from work. He plans to visit his father this evening at his farm home in the country. He gets in his car for the drive. His car is among the safest in the world because some America-hating liberal fought for car safety standards to go along with the tax-payer funded roads.

He arrives at his boyhood home. His was the third generation to live in the house financed by Farmers' Home Administration because bankers didn't want to make rural loans.

The house didn't have electricity until some big-government liberal stuck his nose where it didn't belong and demanded rural electrification.

He is happy to see his father, who is now retired. His father lives on Social Security and a union pension because some wine-drinking, cheese-eating liberal made sure he could take care of himself so Joe wouldn't have to.

Joe gets back in his car for the ride home, and turns on a radio talk show. The radio host keeps saying that liberals are bad and conservatives are good. He doesn't mention that the beloved Republicans have fought against every protection and benefit Joe enjoys throughout his day. Joe agrees: "We don't need those big-government liberals ruining our lives! After all, I'm a self-made man who believes everyone should take care of themselves, just like I have."
Posted on 09/28/2004 at 22:14 by Naum - Section: Politics
12:05 am
[bailey83221]
My book
I am torn between:

A People's History of the United States : 1492-Present

The Twentieth Century : A People's History (This is a shorter version of the above book)

or

Benevolent Assimilation: The American Conquest of the Philippines, 1899-1903

I don't know, probably one of the first two...all three have there flaws...I don't agree with Zinn on a lot of points...

Suggested conservative book
From neocon_2004:

The book I have in mind is absolutely fascinating in its scope. Not really political at all, actually. But the author is despised among liberals, and probably makes modern conservatives wince. The book is "DIPLOMACY" by Henry Kissinger.

Again, this isn't really political, but it does connect the diplomatic dots between 1648-1914, revealing a complex, yet fallible system of foreign relations of Europe and America.

This is a must read in my opinion. It explains in detail why Europe went to war in 1914 and why it had to happen again in 1939.

It explains why Europe, though stable from 1648-1914, fought an incredible number of wars.

It explains Wilson's vision of American influence in the world that has been a mainstay of foreign policy since 1915.
12:04 am
[bailey83221]
Adopt a liberal / Adopt a conservative
THE OFFICIAL LIBERAL/CONSERVATIVE BRIDGES TO UNDERSTANDING PROJECT
AKA Adopt a liberal / Adopt a conservative

Simply because I need something to do to engage my mind this Christmas break since I won't allow myself (and my wife won't allow me) to buy Starcraft again.

Hey I got an idea.

Liberals pick a book: any book, which Liberals feel most strongly represents Liberal's political views.

Conservatives pick a book: any book, which Conservativesfeel most strongly
represents Conservative's political views.

Conservatives buy the liberal book, and liberal's buy conservatives book. If you have read neither book, you will probably need to buy bott.

Both Conservatives and Liberals read a chapter of each, and then we all report on what we think.
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