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Comment Re:but but but (Score 2) 343

You can't tell facts about Lincoln or you are a racist.

Correct. Lincoln detractors are racists because Lincoln was sent from heaven to save the United States from their original sin. Him and his big blue ox. I learned it in government schools.

I will say then that I am not, nor ever have been in favor of bringing about in anyway the social and political equality of the white and black races - that I am not nor ever have been in favor of making voters or jurors of negroes, nor of qualifying them to hold office, nor to intermarry with white people; and I will say in addition to this that there is a physical difference between the white and black races which I believe will forever forbid the two races living together on terms of social and political equality. And inasmuch as they cannot so live, while they do remain together there must be the position of superior and inferior, and I, as much as any other man, am in favor of having the superior position assigned to the white race. I say upon this occasion I do not perceive that because the white man is to have the superior position the negro should be denied everything.
- Abraham Lincoln, 4th Lincoln/Douglas Debate, 1858

Comment Re:It was wrong. (Score 0) 343

Was he right or wrong? I really can't say, and it's a question I've struggled with

He was wrong because he assumed powers he did not have, taking away the 'consent of the governed' from his Presidency, thereby rendering it illegitimate.

Those mods giving you 'Troll' points, clearly haven't read The Real Lincoln and probably are defending the folklore version of Lincoln they were taught to revere in government schools. Because, hey, the socialist loyalty pledge they were forced to recite thousands of times says 'indivisible' and 'God', so it must be true.

Comment Re:Except, in that case there was an actual war (Score 3, Informative) 343

The simple fact is that, had the North lost, or not fought, millions of people would have been doomed to a life of slavery.

Complete and utter propaganda, entirely contradicted by the facts. The facts are that slavery was being abolished all over the world before the Civil War as mechanism replaced slaves, and economists have determined that slaves would have been unprofitable by 1890 without a war. Slavery ended in the rest of the world for that reason, not because they had bloody civil wars all over the world. Lincoln himself said that he would keep slavery if it would hold the Union together - his only concern was of keeping the economy of the North going by forcing the South to provide it with raw materials for its factories.

And those million people did die - the old estimates of 600,000 war casualties have been revised up over 900,000 based on recently discovered data.

And that's not counting the additional millions killed in subsequent wars by the all-power central government that arose from the end of the Republic of Republics and the beginning of the Corporate Empire.

Comment Re:Reusable lauching craft (Score 4, Insightful) 71

My biggest concern here is that the complexity may be the downfall. Historically, the cost of the increase in complexity of reusable rocket designs outpaced the value of returning the hardware.

But then they tried the Shuttle to reduce costs below that of rockets (hey, it looked good on papers with politically dictated calculations). Consider the complexity of *that* solution, especially the make-work landings at Edwards!

SpaceX has no motivation other than to deliver rocketry services to its internal and external customers at the most cost-effective price. It would be extraordinary if they hadn't considered the lifecycle costs.

Comment Re:It depends. (Score 4, Interesting) 303

If Obama woke up tomorrow and ordered that all Tea Party members be arrested, I would expect our military to essentially remove him from office -

How about if he just had all of the newspaper editors arrested and jailed who were publishing stories in opposition to his policies?

Because that's what Lincoln did and the Army supported him. Both used / would used 'continuity of government' as an excuse to violate the laws that authorize that government in the first place.

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