Language As A Marker of Political Division
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Sep 21, 2018 - 3:07pm
Language As A Marker of Political Division

The Balkan knows many languages: Croatian, Serbian, Bosnian, Albanian…Some, not all, but some are actually pseudo-languages. Serbo-Croatian does well enough to describe the lingo that is mutually understood by its speakers. The division comes with the ethnic divide and more so with the political divide. Words convey how a situation is seen by one group.   We see this also eating up the Western world. Unlike the Balkans, the West is not yet going to war over the divisions, but the language indicates the substantial division.   Before I start with German, I want to give an American example. Republicans see their political system as a republic like the founding fathers who drafted it. Democrats mean the same institutions but refer to it as a democracy. While democrats have no reason to fight the notion of a republic, it is s…

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Digital Tavern: The Grand Tour of Europe on a bicy…

It was August 1974. I had just finished my BA degree in mathematics at Cambridge. I already knew I had a First. I had been offered a place on “Part III”, a fourth year course unique to Cambridge mathematics, designed to get people to the frontiers of research as quickly as possible. I ha…

Sep 20, 2018 - 8:11pm
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Is groping a person a crime?

Today groping is a crime in several states but so rarely prosecuted that it might as well not be, and the way we look at it today is NOTHING like how society looked at it 30 years ago.    Look at all the old movies where the hero often grabs a struggling and protesting woman, forces himsel…

Sep 20, 2018 - 3:38pm
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My Most Memorable Teacher

I was inspired by Opher's article on "Another Favorite Teacher."  I don't have favorites, but I do have memorable teachers.  This article is about my most memorable one.   He had a presence about him.  He stood tall and large and had a full, bushy beard.  You might say that …

Sep 21, 2018 - 9:44am
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A Blow to PCness

I LAUGHED MY ASS OFF when I first saw the cartoon of tennis "star" Serena Williams blowing a gasket or two. Let me rephrase that; when I saw THE REACTION to the cartoon. When I read that the publication, rather than retracting the cartoon and issuing an apology, put it on their front page, I almost …

Sep 19, 2018 - 1:59pm
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Mutiny By Federal Government Against the President

This is an urgent call to Veterans that have taken an oath against ALL enemies foreign and domestic, and those who support the Constitutional Republic.   DISCLAIMER: THIS ARTICLE IS FOR ENTERTAINMENT PURPOSES ONLY. THIS IS MY INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY AND PROTECTED BY MY 1ST AMENDMENT RIGHTS AND T…

Sep 21, 2018 - 2:44pm
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Proof that liberals hate America

Question: A civil war is where two or more factions vie for political and cultural power within the same state. Since the US civil war was obviously a failed war for independence, why do liberals insist upon calling it a civil war?   Answer: Because to liberals that hate Americans and American …

Sep 21, 2018 - 1:00pm
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Race: A Parable

Written elsewhere by me in 2013, and reposted because I see no reason to reinvent the wheel. I wouldn’t say that I generally concentrate on race in my posts but response to my last post , “Race Question from 1969,” leads me to conclude that this would be a good addition to the curr…

Sep 17, 2018 - 8:43am
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Afghanistan

Introduction   In the 17 years since the September 11 Attacks, I have thought often of an  from Classical times.   Croesus of Lydia had a dispute with Cyrus of Persia.  Although he was not a Greek and did not worship their gods, Croesus queried the Python, the Priestess of Apoll…

Sep 20, 2018 - 11:16am
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The Kavanaugh conspiracy

There are similarities in the Clarence Thomas confirmation hearings and the Brett Kavanaugh hearings, and I think they should be lightly explored.   Yes, I know that I will be using some comparisons, and this is the reason that I am writing this.   First off, Thomas was nominated by George…

Sep 21, 2018 - 12:13pm
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AMERICA SCAMMED AGAIN!

As Tubularsock has mentioned before, Donald Trump is the symptom as well as the result of an America that has fallen off the tracks.   Any country that spends its time at war and not at peace is a sick country.   Americans have been willingly led down the primrose path by leaders that re…

Sep 19, 2018 - 7:21pm
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Are Fatherless Families a cause or symptom in poor…

I have come to the conclusion that fatherless families are not what causes many Blacks to remain in generational poverty, anymore than discrimination, I think the largest factor is the culture so many of them embrace.   Generationally poor Blacks generally grow up in predominantly Black neighbo…

Sep 19, 2018 - 10:43am
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Digital Tavern:  Europe on $5 a Day, 1974

My Y-chromosome friends seem to have been heavy into sex, drugs, and rock-and-roll in the early 1970s, but I only discovered that stuff later.  In the summer of 1974, I had just graduated from college and was working as a waitress at a seafood restaurant in Ocean City, Maryland.  We only m…

Sep 19, 2018 - 10:35pm
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Democrats with a chance to win the House

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Sep 21, 2018 - 7:45pm
 
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DIGITAL TAVERN: WHEN THE MUSIC'S (NOT) OVER

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Sep 22, 2018 - 7:02am
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Kavanaugh is a political operative masquerading as…

In this ongoing Kavanaugh confirmation saga, we see alarming things going on. It's not the media as portrayed here; it's the underlying stories that confound thinking Americans. Kavanaugh is a political operative masquerading as a judge. His positions reflect White House service under Bush2/Cheney a…

Sep 22, 2018 - 12:45am
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  • - Sep 22, 2018 - 11:54am
  • - by Bill H.
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Profiled
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First, A Story: Nine years ago, I left Houston Texas (as my place of residence) for good; moving back to the small East Texas town I grew up in.   I was driving on a particular stretch of highway in my hometown when I noticed a trooper behind me.  I knew this stretch of highway had a lower…

Sep 20, 2018 - 10:30am
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Making America Great and the World Safer

I have long listened to the disparaging of the academic capacity of a certain group of American children and even learned how at one time the pervasive racism led to the death, for want of a transfusion, of the Black scientist responsible for the invention behind of the life-saving b…

Sep 21, 2018 - 1:23am
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Another Favourite Teacher

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Sep 19, 2018 - 5:32am
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A Riddle !!

 Once upon a time, in a place not so far away, a poor traveler picked a few wonderful carrots off the trail and wandered into the local village. Here, carrots were worshiped for centuries as deities and he was rushed before the king to be sentenced to death for committing a capital offense. …

Sep 20, 2018 - 2:15pm
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Face down on the Potomac

A foul wind blows in the swamp this night. Pungent, fecund reminiscence of a time when this land was indeed a swamp; before it was claimed by pirates and other people with nicer manners, but who would still cut you for a shilling. Though it has been cleared away of the physical swamp, the modern day…

Sep 18, 2018 - 6:55pm
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  • - Sep 22, 2018 - 9:19am
  • - by Leroy
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SWITZERLAND - SENEGAL....DIFFERENCES

  As you might know, I'm leaving for Senegal on September 26. People here in Switzerland have been asking me what the difference is between Senegal and Switzerland. I usually reply by saying "You should better ask what the similarities are".   People there have black skin, I mean, really …

Sep 20, 2018 - 8:47am
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AT WHAT POINT

AT WHAT POINT   As far back as history is recorded it is replete with examples of humanity’s attempt to advance itself to another level of a higher plane. And yet throughout the hundreds of thousands of years humans have inhabited this planet we have scarcely scratched the surface. We ha…

Sep 20, 2018 - 3:43pm
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