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Interesting fact I just learned about Christmas in America.

Every year, conservatives bemoan the fact that while this has "always" been a nation "Under God", some people these days do not say "Merry Christmas".

In reading my latest acquisition from the public library, a book called "The English and their history", I came upon a part dealing with the English Civil War where it is said that the Puritans actually outlawed Christmas in areas under their control.

This had me look up our early American history, and sure enough the Puritan settlers (i.e. the epitome of American colonists in our own popular histories) did not celebrate Christmas and indeed outlawed it.

Thus, when us gosh-durned libruls have the temerity to utter "Happy Holidays", we are actually following the very first Christmas tradition of our own country. Conservatives who demand we say "Merry Christmas" are actually demanding that we deviate from our earliest Christmas traditions!

The whole UCLA player shoplifting thing...

Let me understand this. The UCLA players did in fact commit a crime, and Trump got them off the hook with no consequences (in China, at least)? Are we supposed to applaud Trump's use of a "get-out-of-jail-free" card in this instance? Something doesn't feel right about that to me. I mean, if these kids had done this on UCLA's campus, and were given a pass based on their status as athletes, we wouldn't be cool with that, right?

Is it because China's punishment may have been harsher than for a similar circumstance in the US?

John McCain is wrong on the general question of the draft.**

**This is not about Trump's specific situation, which is that of a draft-dodger-turned-hawk.

McCain said: “If we’re going to ask every American to serve, every American should serve.”

This is BS. The draft is a form of slavery and was in no way "asking" for young men to go to their deaths. I believe we should hold draft-dodgers in high regard, as many were upholding a very liberal principle.

I do not for a second blame anyone, rich or poor, for avoiding such slavery.

So many people here defending Columbus...

Regardless of whether or not Columbus actually "discovered" our fair nation (that had numerous peoples already living in it at the time), he was undoubtedly involved in the rape of the West Indies and a participant in the slave trade.

Columbus established Spanish colonies that forced natives to surrender gold to the crown.
Columbus led an expedition against the Taino people of Hispaniola.
Columbus enslaved native people and sent them to Spain.

We rightfully deplore the continuing government support of Confederate statues, even those of common soldiers who did not own slaves. However, for some reason various folks here at DU continue to support statues and other honors for Columbus, a man who was actually a slaver.


http://www2.fiu.edu/~cookn/cuneo1.pdf
http://www.nytimes.com/1989/11/04/opinion/l-slavery-and-colonialism-make-up-the-true-legacy-of-columbus-866089.html
https://www.britannica.com/biography/Christopher-Columbus/The-first-voyage#toc25449

I don't understand why we all love John McCain now...

He voted against "skinny repeal" because he wants to go further and enact legislation replacing Ocare with something more republican-y. He is not our friend in this matter...

"An armed society is a polite society"...

I bet this recent grad will think twice the next time she attempts to merge when another car is also merging. Oh wait, she is dead so guess that's out the window.


"http://www.nbcphiladelphia.com/news/local/West-Goshen-Township-Road-Rage-Teen-Girl-Route-100-Deadly-Crash-431600963.html"

Good thing Steve Scalise has health insurance!

Man, it would suck if Steve Scalise was one of those losers who cannot afford health insurance, then my hard-earned-yet-stolen tax dollars would have to cover the ER bill for his wounding. Or perhaps the doctors would refuse to help him without assurances of payment, and then where would we be as a society?

If Mr. Scalise ever wakes up, I hope he sees how having health insurance not only protects the person covered, but also protects society as well...

Help me know more things: Why is Trump referred to as

45/140?

Thanks in advance!
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