Happy Thanksgiving!

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Every Columbus Day and Thanksgiving I see this nonsense that’s supposed to make Americans feel guilty because some of our ancestors, hundreds of years ago, conquered the American Indians. Idiotic cartoons insinuate that we should abandon our immigration laws and quit celebrating holidays that celebrate our nationhood.

Granted, the American Indians were wronged in many instances, such as the trail of tears and Wounded Knee massacre. Forcing them onto reservations wasn’t cool either. None of that can be changed. Thankfully, many of them are still here and from what I can see with all these casinos, they’re doing better than they were in 1850. I hope they continue to thrive.

I don’t feel the slightest bit sorry for them in losing their land over 100 years ago (a good deal of which they sold ). Why, because I’m mean? No, because that’s the way the world has always been. People have conquered (and bought) the land of others throughout world history. Maps from the Roman Empire days bear little resemblance to modern maps. Archaeologists say the American Indians immigrated from Asia. Us white guys came from the Caucasus mountains of what is now southern Russia. Before all that, everyone (supposedly) started out in Africa. The past is history and I don’t have any more ties to Russia than a Cherokee has to China so who gives a shit?

To summarize: My ancestors came, they saw, they kicked ass. Some people lost. Oh well. The year is 2016. Eat, drink, and be merry!

Build the wall and save Mexico

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A wall on the southern border (along with patrols, of course) could be the best thing to ever happen to Mexico. By us taking in millions of their impoverished, they never have to change their ways.

What we’re doing now is called enabling. Just like the alcoholic’s spouse who’s constantly cleaning up the other’s messes.

Imagine a Mexico where the people get fed up and demand change. Imagine a Mexico that actually had to fix it’s own corruption. Now that’s a Mexico that can thrive, with real hope for a future besides being a third-world nation for a change.

But no, Democrats and Mexican politicians like things just the way they are. Democrats get new voters, some Americans get cheap labor, and Mexican politicians keep the peasants from forming an uprising. To say otherwise gets people like me labeled a “racist”, though race has nothing whatsoever to do with it. If we were being invaded by millions of Swedes, I’d demand their deportation as well.

The American people have spoken. We’ve had enough and we’re building the fucking wall whether brainwashed college students like it or not. Mexico will hate it. Their press will scream bloody murder. Ignore their propaganda. In the end, the Mexican people will win and the American people won’t have to put up with being a doormat to Mexico. It’s time to DRAIN THE MEXICAN SWAMP.

Who’s watching the watchers?

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This article
today on bbc.com is most troubling. Since you and I are apparently too dumb to check sources and make up our own minds, the partisans at Facebook and Google have anointed themselves judges of what’s “real news” and what’s “fake”.

If they just leave shit alone, it will work itself out in time as people realize when they’re being hoodwinked and stop visiting bullshit news sites. In my opinion, the Huffington Post publishes all kinds of nonsense, even outright lies. A few others immediately come to mind like Media Matters, factcheck.org, The Sierra Club. Somehow I doubt they’ll be included on that list of “fake” news sites. I saw just such a proposes list published today in the Los Angeles Times, written by a college professor. As > 90% of college professors are liberals, it wasn’t terribly surprising to find conservative news sites like Breitbart and RedState listed among the “fake”.

Who the hell are Google and Facebook to make these decisions? Their websites are, after all, private property so they can do whatever the hell they want. But when the majority of people search for answers to important questions on Google, I’m not at all comfortable with Google censoring out the answers they don’t like. Do we really want Facebook, another hyper-partisan company that has a poor reputation for honesty and transparency to be deciding what news is real and what’s nonsense?

It’s common knowledge that Google is, by far, the world’s leading search engine. As such, it has probably achieved that legal level we can call a monopoly. In the strict sense of the word, they are not a real monopoly because there are other search engines like Yahoo!, Bing, and DuckDuckGo. The problem with the others is that they don’t work as well. Google, for the most part, holds a virtual monopoly on information. And THAT is dangerous.

Back in ancient times, before the internet, if you wanted to get a message out, you had to either pay a publisher to run an ad or convince them to print your book. The internet gave everyone the ability to publish. It’s an information revolution the likes we haven’t seen since Gutenberg’s invention of the printing press. Now EVERYONE can have a printing press.

But when a small handful of companies like Google, Facebook, and Twitter decide what most people see when they go online, they need to think long and hard before they go injecting their own political biases into content that people trust to be non-partisan. There’s a reason most people don’t trust news media outlets in the first place. Unfortunately, most everyone seems to blindly trust these companies. If they, especially Google, are on the verge of violating the public’s trust. That usually follows with regulations and/or litigation. Do we need to split up Google like we did with AT&T in the 80s?

Democracy in historical context

“A democracy cannot exist as a permanent form of government. It can only exist until the voters discover that they can vote themselves largesse from the public treasury. From that moment on, the majority always votes for the candidates promising the most benefits from the public treasury with the result that a democracy always collapses over loose fiscal policy, always followed by a dictatorship. The average age of the world’s greatest civilizations has been 200 years.

Great nations rise and fall. The people go from bondage to spiritual truth, to great courage, from courage to liberty, from liberty to abundance, from abundance to selfishness, from selfishness to complacency, from complacency to apathy, from apathy to dependence, from dependence back again to bondage..”
–(attributed to Alexander Tyler, a Scottish history professor at the University of Edinburgh, 1887)

“Remember, democracy never lasts long. It soon wastes, exhausts and murders itself. There never was a democracy yet that did not commit suicide.”
–(John Adams, 2nd President of the USA)

“Republics decline into democracies and democracies degenerate into despotisms.”
— Aristotle