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My namesake... http://youtu.be/GgXzWhexJh0 ... If I were asked to recommend only one political / history book it would be this one... http://www.amazon.com/Treason-America-Anton-Chaitkin/dp/0943235006 ... Treason in America: from Aaron Burr to Averell Harriman, by Anton Chaitkin. I do NOT endorse all of the views by Chaitkin external to this book, nor all of his actions, nor all of his associations, but I DO highly recommend this book. It is one every US citizen and everyone interested in its history should read. It it well written, meticulously sourced, and it is eye-opening -- even for those who consider themselves already knowledgeable. If you have not read it before, you need to read it, it is need-to-know information, and what it has to say is not going to be found in many places, if anywhere, else. That is my tip for whoever is passing by.

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The best car ever made in my book

was the 1983 Datsun 280ZX Turbo 2+2 T-top automatic, the last year of the original body type, which was beautiful, fast, fun to drive, tough, and surprisingly practical.

I bought mine new, white with red leather and suede interior, and had it for 28 years. I had it rebuilt once and would've done it again if I could've afforded it.

No new car is nearly that cool, or ever will be again. I don't like the new Z's though, or any of the rounded-looking new models. I don't see the point of an intentionally ugly car, and I really hate the ones with almost no visibility out the rear window, as most seem to be now.

Posted by Waiting For Everyman | Thu Sep 17, 2015, 11:56 AM (3 replies)

Pentecostal churches are the most right wing.

Because those are the churches where the right wing political framework was originally set up as a base of operations (also the pentecostal doctrine provides a perfect "Trojan horse" vehicle for propagandizing people). It fanned out from there, with people from the pentecostal churches deliberately infiltrating the non-pentecostal churches of all denominations including Catholic (only they use the term "charismatic", same thing).

Pentecostals call non-pentecostal churches "dead", so look for a nice dead church, with no "Holy Spirit" activity: no speaking in tongues, etc. The very traditional churches like the Brethren for instance or Church of the Nazarene are usually good bets. Forget the big churches, they're always Pentecostal or influenced by them. Some of the traditional Lutheran ones are often good too, it just depends on where you are. Call up the pastor and ask if it's a "spirit filled" congregation. If they say yes, it's probably very right wing. The right wing/pentecostal churches are also, unsurprisingly, very anti-rational -- they're into mysticism, not reason.

Hope you find a good one.

p.s. If interested in the background of all this since @1980 when its current form got underway, check out the writing of Frank Schaeffer Jr., for one. His father, Francis Schaeffer was the main "philosopher" of the right-wing church movement, and foundational writer of its ideology. Frank Jr. realized how wrong it was as an adult and defected, and knows quite a bit about it, naturally, to write about. His autobiography is titled Crazy for God: How I Grew Up As One of the Elect, Helped Found the Religious Right and Lived to Take All (or Almost All) of It Back (2007). Don't know if he still does, but he used to write essays sometimes for HuffPo too.
Posted by Waiting For Everyman | Mon Sep 14, 2015, 07:53 AM (2 replies)

What an amazing dust storm

kicked up over not much.

A letter is sent to an easily obtainable address threatening more online alerts on DU a month+ from now (when the time out ends), by a supposed letter writer over 4,000 miles away.

I'm sure whoever wrote the letter(s) is very pleased with herself, having created an attention-seeker's jackpot of support, with the added bonus of seeming to validate the dubious notion of jury conspiracies. (Can we spell "convenient"?)

What a coincidence! I'm sure that's all it was, just a coincidence that the letter writer came right out and of all things in such a short letter, just happened to include a confession to rigging juries to get her hidden, and promising that any future hides would be from the same cause. Wow, Bravenak couldn't have gotten a letter to happen to help her out more if she had dictated that letter herself, could she? What a stroke of luck! that somebody who apparently dislikes her so much helped her out so much! Amazing isn't it? She is so lucky she ought to go to Vegas or play the lottery and cash in on that luck.

And isn't it just lucky too that Florida is so far away? Wow, lucky again!

But I'm sure "the truth will out" eventually.

DU, you're being played. I know, it's only working because of your big heart, but it's time to catch on now.
Posted by Waiting For Everyman | Sun Sep 13, 2015, 06:39 AM (2 replies)

I wondered how long it would take someone to say it.

Someone successful from inside the music industry. It's long overdue.

Thank you, Chrissie.

Posted by Waiting For Everyman | Thu Sep 10, 2015, 03:03 AM (0 replies)

That whole "identity politics" philosophy is absolutely empty.

Now I see that it's exactly the same thing that was hashed out here over and over for years in the HoF (History of Feminism Group) Wars. This is HoF 2.0, just change the feminist words for race terms. Bingo! Same deal all over again. The privilege crap can circle on down the toilet bowl to the same place the patriarchy crap went.

That puts it to bed for me. They can have their echo chamber to themselves.

(No I take that back. I won't "feed" threads beating the identity politics drum which are clearly of, by, and for the Echo Chamber, but I reserve the option to challenge or unmask this crap elsewhere when it seems necessary.) The main reason why I'm in this thread is that it's directing a question to the majority.

If any African Americans and PoC want to leave that bogus pseudo-philosophy behind and actually talk about what the problems are today and what can be done about it, I'm ready to pay attention for that.

Frankly I think this board is owed an apology. This identity politics schtick, as promoted first by HoF and now by AA, is nothing but a huge trolling philosophy. There's nothing about getting anything done in it. It's purely about creating fights and divisions. Academia should be ashamed for inventing it. But for them, it's a meal ticket so honesty doesn't count when there's money to be made. (For any who don't understand that, see Monk06's posts above.)
Posted by Waiting For Everyman | Wed Sep 9, 2015, 02:26 PM (2 replies)

"a secular version of original sin" ^Spot on post!^

A very apt description! They redefine the majority's individuals (men, whites, etc., fill in any blank) as pathological, simply asserting that redefinition without any actual reason, and use that as a foundational "premise" to proceed to further flights of logical absurdity. Nobody looks back and notices that there isn't any premise to begin with.

I don't know much about the "maoists" in academia, but I do know that what they're spouting as posted here on DU, is a load of hooey.

I've noticed that "discussions" are all about creating an opportunity to bring up the same hot air points (or more accurately accusations) over and over again as an end in itself, it's never about fixing anything, or making any actual progress. Anytime someone asks them, what specific things can be done to improve the situation, there's NEVER any answer. It's more or less: just accept that you're the problem and that you're sick.

No thanks, I'll pass.

From there apparently we're all supposed to sit and absorb their wisdom further detailing how sick we are. A few in the majority are into self-rejection enough to do that, and become almost like evangelical "converts", but most see that exercise for what it is... a transparent psychological manipulation game, an attempted gaslighting.

Actually, it reminds me of my one encounter (that's all I needed to see through it) with Scientology many years ago. It was abusive nonsense. Why anyone signs on for that, I do not know.

Just to be clear (cool pseudo-pun, eh) mostly for the other side in this thread: I'm not "uncomfortable", I'm not "fearful", I'm not on a "guilt trip", or any of the other possible attributed cover stories for most of DU's non-acceptance of this philosophy... I'm just not buying it.

The emperor isn't wearing any clothes.
Posted by Waiting For Everyman | Wed Sep 9, 2015, 02:35 AM (1 replies)

All that's wanted is an echo chamber.

That's a pointless waste of time.

There is a "my way or the highway" mindset about it, and I don't see why anyone should want to participate in that. I sure don't. I'm not interested in one-way conversations.

More and more, the "identity politics" way of thinking reminds me of a religious cult mentality. To anyone who is familiar with religious cult thinking, the patterns are definitely very similar.
Posted by Waiting For Everyman | Tue Sep 8, 2015, 01:23 PM (3 replies)

I care less than zip what somebody says.

Why should I care what they think, I care what I think. I define who I am, nobody else does. It doesn't matter what they say, and it doesn't matter what they accept or like.

Being a redhead, I discovered that truth as a little kid and throughout my life it has saved me from wasting a lot of time in the pointless neurotic head trips created by others, that I watched so many people get sucked into. Being offended is exactly that, it's playing along with a negative-attention-seeking game -- why give it the payoff they want? Indifference is what hurts them the most.

I say, be what you decide is cool to be and more often than not, people are drawn to you, you don't have to follow them and cater to their imposed "standards". It's true. It's human nature. Some people are going to like you and some won't no matter what you do. Don't worry about the ones who don't like you, think of them as background like wallpaper. Focus on the ones who "get" you, they're your people. The rest don't matter. Nobody is liked by everybody.

Btw, nitwits like this one in the OP feel even freer to ridicule thin people ("you're anorexic!"). It's open season on them because it's played off as a backhanded compliment. It isn't, it's just as nasty as slamming anybody else. I am intensely repulsed by people who enjoy tearing others down as a "tactic". In real life, I can usually make it backfire on them in a way that they don't soon forget. Sometimes online too.

Yes, empathy is a good thing. But don't depend on it. Don't let others' lack of it cost you.

Anyway, that's my 2 cents for today (for any who may need to hear it right now, or just want to).

Posted by Waiting For Everyman | Tue Sep 8, 2015, 12:18 PM (1 replies)

Shelter From The Storm

Posted by Waiting For Everyman | Sat Sep 5, 2015, 08:20 AM (0 replies)

People who teach others to nurse grievances

have a big share in the blame for an incident like this, whether they admit it (of course not!) or not.

We see it here every day: black vs. white, male vs. female, straight vs. gay, and on and on with the niche politics mindset. It's not only here, it's everywhere around us all the time. It's the mass fad psychology that pollutes every interaction today, micro to macro. It's what lets a person like this shooter believe that he's justified in doing something like this.

Enough already. Quit deepening the damn divides, and harping on the damn words. Enough with the you-offended-me tirades and the end-justifies-the-means mentality, and the rules don't apply to any who can run up a victim flag of some kind.

If DU didn't create that guy's mindset, it certainly could have. Are we going to look at that, for even half a millisecond, much less admit it? Oh, hell no! <Carry on, nothing to see here. Who me? I didn't do anything. Yeah, yeah, yeah. Because GUNS!>

Posted by Waiting For Everyman | Wed Aug 26, 2015, 02:27 PM (5 replies)
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