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wanted to confirm or deny something I heard today

Thank you for your time, sincerely.

A man said today that "a county in Texas" had mandated some type of gun ownership, and the crime rate went down dramatically. I realize I can do a Google search, but I figured you all would know the truth or lack thereof to this.

Thank you.


How is everyone doing ? Please check in

I'm about a 6 on 0-10 scale. Working on it as well as I can.

How about you ?

poll on background color for DU (an option only, not the default)


That thread sparked this poll. I'm asking about an OPTION, not the default. I realize brown or black background is unconventional.

Greece was occupied during WW2 by Germany, Italy, and Bulgaria



I'd say they might have a word with the Italians and Bulgarians, also. Does anyone have further facts to add to this ?

a piece of advice for brand new members, if I may


That thread may amuse you. If not, that does not surprise me. What's my overarching point ? You can post almost anything on DU, and you will get disagreement, unless something is a universally accepted fact, even by the right wing.

If you can't tolerate disagreement, and at times vigorous disagreement and intense debate, this site may not be for you. YMMV. HTH.


German army fights underground Nazi war machine hidden in Kiel pensioner's cellar

(yes original headline)


The German rozzers raided a villa in a wealthy suburb of Kiel on Wednesday (July 2), and found a Nazi tank from 1943 hidden in the cellar, alongside a torpedo and "other weaponry".

The Local reported that the raid took place under the orders of the town's prosecutors, who suspect the villa's owner held the Nazi-era weaponry illegally, due to a law controlling the possession of instruments of war.

Kiel's prosecutors were apparently alerted to the presence of the military hardware by Berlin prosecutors, who had searched the property about a month earlier for stolen Nazi art.

The villa owner's lawyer has claimed that, as the tank could no longer fire its weapons, he was therefore not in breach of any law, according to the Süddeutsche Zeitung. The newspaper also sourced a complaint from Alexander Orth, mayor of the nearby Keikendorf municipality, who said: "He was chugging around in that thing during the snow catastrophe in 1978."

Happy 4th of July/Independence Day!

something to think about

Hi Skinner, Elad and EarlG, and thanks again for a good board.

Something to think about: The forums at World of Warcraft are, in general, inferior to DU. I'll stipulate that upfront. However, they do one thing right IMHO. The background is brown and the letters are yellow. As a result, it's very easy to read for me. Granted, it's an unconventional design, but for my 56 year old eyes which have contacts on and sometimes prescription glasses (I'm nearsighted with astigmatism), it's very easy to read. I'd guess that most of our readers are at least 40 and many are over 50 and 60.

I really do prefer the brown style over white. At any rate... something to ponder. Happy 4th!


sincere question about a term the RW uses

The term is "race baiter". This link made me ask the question:


I know they are trying to insult the good Reverend when they say that, but what are they REALLY trying to say ? Do they mean, if you bring up race at all, you are automatically a race baiter in their eyes ?

Thanks for answering my sincere question. All the best to everyone in AA!


I'd prefer the term "unrealistic left"

I think it's great many on the left want to change the system, the nation, the economy, etc. However, barring a violent revolution, it will have to take place within the legal confines of our democratic system. That takes changing hearts and minds and getting people to vote consistently every election for progressive causes.

Ideals are fine. Just don't lose sight of unpleasant realities that must be transformed. All the best to you and your lovely family!
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