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Comment: Yes. Secession is racism. (Score 2) 1163

by ishpeck (#41964405) Attached to: Secession Petitions Flood White House Website

It was racism that caused Americans to secede from the British crown. It was racism that caused the Yugoslavians to secede from the Soviet Union (just ask Trotsky!) It was racism that caused Indians to secede from Britain -- that racist jerk Gandhi needs to be put in his place! It is racism that causes Tibetans to want independence from China. It is racism that Indonesia is no longer a Dutch colony. Oh, and I bet you Prince Pedro was being racist when he decided to secede from Portugal, too.

I'm going to say something that is sure to get me negative kharma from the polemicists but couldn't it be possible that people are dissenting on the policies of the president rather than on the race of the president?

I got a lot of crap from my family when I told them that I was voting for Obama. Yeah, they were kind of bigots about it. But if you can't actually try to speculate on the rational reasons somebody might want to secede and just chalk it up to "they hate black people" that makes you guilty of bigotry, too.

Comment: Re:Maybe bullets first? (Score 1) 518

by ishpeck (#27305173) Attached to: German Police Union Chief Wants Violent Game Ban After Shooting

You've pretty much touched on the key difference between having a weapon and being armed. The NRA likes to pretend that just having the piece in your trousers will make you into Rambo or somesuch. That's silly.

Having a gun and thinking you're armed is like having a piano and thinking you're a virtuoso. You also need training to go with it.

That's what I'm advocating: Being CAPABLE and equipped. That includes "situational awareness" which makes you less shocked when the shot is finally fired.

Comment: Re:"Bailout Priorities" has the most votes? (Score 1) 1026

by ishpeck (#26553131) Attached to: What will Obama change most in the first 100 days?

There is no reason for us to make more physical goods. For the most part, other countries do it better and cheaper. We do what we're best at (capital aggregation)...

Except we're not even good at that anymore. All we have going for us now is that the dollar buys oil. But that's not going to last forever.

Comment: Re:World opinion (Score 1) 1026

by ishpeck (#26529293) Attached to: What will Obama change most in the first 100 days?

Obama's unlikely to change the important parts of American policy that validate the world's hate for us. Sure, Iraq was a big screw up -- but it's really more like the straw that broke the camel's back. We still live like kings here in the states while the rest of the world has children as indentured servants in factories abroad to feed our gluttonous lifestyles. America needs to get back to working hard, saving money, and exporting some usable capital to the rest of the world or we will continue to be resented by the rest of the world.

Never worry about theory as long as the machinery does what it's supposed to do. -- R. A. Heinlein