Yeah, there are different ways to make that cut.
Some say Columbus, some say Fall of Byzantine…. I don’t think that you can make that up on one event. It happened around 1500, that’s good enough for me 🙂
I relly HATE to say it, but, “I told you so!”
Two day old news on front page of many newspapers across America.
“Our fear that Communism might some day take over most of the
world blinds us to the fact that anti-communism already has.”
Anonymous U.S. Analyst In 1967.
Quoted in “The Uses of Anticommunism,” vol. 21,
published in The Socialist Register (1985).
Freedom ain’t free. Ya gotta fight fer it. - Xi
The destruction of the WTC and other attacks are known as “9/11”. Its not an official holiday and no one calls pearl harbor “12/7” day because its not catchy or resonant. If we call it independence day, that’s an american-dependent reference; people from other countries are not likely to know (or care) when our independence was declared or why that particular day was chosen to commemorate a 7 year long war or a 30+ year struggle, and are likely to have their own “Independence Day”, in some countries it might ironically mark independence from the rule of the US (like Phil).
It’s like Canada Day. I have no idea why July 1 is marked that way on my desk calendar, it just is. Canada never fought a war of independence and it was peacefully and gradually partitioned off from its parent nation and so unless I open the wikipedia article I have abs. no idea (nor do I care) why or what that is or how its celebrated.
Take Boxing Day. To an american, its WTH is that? But to a UK resident, they’re like–that’s when you open presents. And we say, you mean Christmas? And they say, well no–we don’t open presents Christmas morning thats a custom thats not universal. It might be better called “unboxing day” but there was a point not so long ago when regular people were too poor to afford to give gifts at regular intervals and so such a holiday might have been exceptional in the past but a common and universal event today. The timing of that “feast” or exchange is…entirely customary.
Or Guy Fawkes Day. They set off fireworks–that must be when the UK became independent? How does that relate to a catholic plot to blow up Parliament? Because…well…fireworks? Or perhaps we just liked your July 4th celebration idea and its alot like chinese new year but the chinese are able to provide fireworks all year round–can we just arbitrarily choose a certain holiday then decide how to celebrate it at some other point?
Same halloween. In the UK they didn’t have a dress-up holiday, but they liked that idea when they saw it in the US and so now they do.
Because these are all cultural customs and without culture-specific knowledge, they’re all meaningless.
The fact that the study was authorized and sponsored by proponents of California Proposition 99(Anti-Smoking group)and then dropped because of the apparent survey outcome seems to balance the equation for me.
That’s akin to a district attorney gathering evidence that contradicts the outcome s/he wishes in a case. Then not turning the results of the investigation over to the defense attorney. The facts are hiden from the jury…
For a BJM overview and acces to a BJM abridged version of the survey, see…
Imperial Leader is calling other people “arrogant” . . . that’s pretty funny.
Are you saying this as an AMERICAN? Or as another citizen of the world? (please say American, please say American)
I am saying this as a US’an a term i learned from a good friend. From now on thats what im calling all European- Americans. You are blinded by the light… such arrogance is a trait of those nations and people still thinking they run things but have lost their clout a long time ago. No im not talking about you!
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Actually, there has been much debate about not only the lethality of a taser, but also the excessive employment of them. People have died from being tased, there are records showing that cops are more likely to use the taser since it is considered nonlethal.
I don’t know how the laws are inother places, but in AZ you can’t use “less than lethal” on someone unless it has been used on you. In other words the cops here have all been tazed and pepper sprayed. They know exactly what it does and how it works.
Unfortunately, we can’t just silence what we don’t want to hear. A discussion must include even the fringe arguments that are unlikely.
Yeah we can. You may have freedom of speech, but I also have the freedom to tell you to be quiet if I don’t want to hear it in my house. I can hold my hands over my ears, mI can turn off the TV/Radio. And if you’re on my property I can tell you to shut up or leave.