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Louisiana Governor Booby Jindal's announcement that he was running for the Presidency struck many as a renunciation of his Indian background in favor of "whiteness," which sparked the Twitter hashtag #BobbyJindalIsSoWhite . While many of the tweets that I've seen under that hashtag are riffs on ethnic stereotypes or simply open mockery of the candidate, "#BobbyJindalIsSoWhite you can't see him in this selfie," presented along with a picture of the White House, is a brilliant and multilayered piece of satire.
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Heeheehee, Booby!

But seriously, having just stuck my head into the minefield of Civil War political history, I can't help but think of that quote by the eternally quotable Abraham Lincoln when he was talking about the "Know Nothings" a nativist secret society. -As a nation, we begin by declaring that "all men are created equal." We now practically read it "all men are created equal, except negroes." When the Know-Nothings get control, it will read "all men are created equal, except negroes, and foreigners, and catholics." - 

Funny how that one keeps coming back around. 
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There was going to be a philosophical post here, but sometimes, things are better left unpondered.
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Guess what, Ms. Delgado? The fact that this chap happens to be White Like You doesn't mean that you're at all responsible for his actions. I know that blaming people for things because they somewhat share a skintone someone who did something bad is really popular in the United States, but it's okay. No, really. You guys can share a great-great-great-great-great-great-great-great-great-great-great-great-great-great-great-great-great-great-great-great-great-great-great-great-great-great-grandparent or something and we'll still be cool. He could be your brother, and it would still be alright. You may have done some bad things of your own, but you're not guilty of his crimes. We're enlightened like that.

H/T: +Deborah Teramis Christian 
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REAGAN IN BERLIN,TAKE DOWN THAT WALL,THE AMERICAN PEOPLE TO GOV ON S.CAROLINA, TAKE DOWN THAT FLAG THE WAR IS OVER LONG AGO.LET IT GO LET IT GO PLS
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I'd like to plan an informal "Geek Flea Market/Swap-Meet" for the Seattle/Eastside area, sometime this Autumn. A chance to get rid of things that one doesn't have much use for anymore by selling and/or trading them to someone who would like to have them. (Therefore, it would also be a chance to pick some stuff up from a fellow geek.)

This is Step One: Gauge Interest.

If you're interested, please leave a note in the comments. If you have an idea of what sorts of things that you would like to pass along and/or obtain, that would also be welcome - it will help people decide if they're interested.

If you're already aware of such an event, feel free to mention it.

Thank you for your time.
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I'd be interested - I have some old CCG collections that might be worth something to somebody.
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The idea of removing a concept from the popular mind by "Newspeaking" it out of existence is quixotic, at best. Attempts to remove popular dysphemisms from everyday language only work for as long as it takes for another word, likely itself once a euphemism, to be drafted into serving.

Still, if given the chance, I'd try to rid English of the word "chump." That label, and our attempts to prevent it from being attached to us, directly interfere in many of our attempts to solve social problems here in the United States.
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Found object.
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It was ticking when I found it. And I think it had the right time. But I left it where I found it.
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Good evening, Internet.

After +State Farm Insurance repeatedly botched what should have been a routine claim for damage from a hit and run accident to my car, I'm in the market for a new insurance company.

So, if you have a decent insurer that operates in Washington State, please recommend them, and I'll give them a look. I'm in the market for Auto, Renters and general stuff insurance. Just to let you know, I'm not in the market for cheap insurance. It's been made abundantly clear to me that I already have that. I'm in the market for insurance that comes with a "Don't Suck" button. I already know that I'm going to pay extra, and likely significantly so, for acceptable service, given that I've been with State Farm since I got my first car, and I'm getting a pretty decent rate. But I'd rather pay what it costs to have an insurer that will reduce the chaos in my life, rather than actively add to it.

So if you have an insurer that you feel handles claims competently, and has people who understand their company's policies and procedures (and I will ask them), I'll be happy to talk to them.

Thank you very much for your time.
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Amica or Pemco, seconded.
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The expectation that the people who love and care for those that we understand to be racists will see them as the same sort of monsters that we often want to is unrealistic. Instead they will look for obvious monstrosities. And, seeing none, they will claim there are none to be found.

Racism is odious, to be sure. But if we insist on seeing it as a marker of ineffable evil, rather than an obnoxious, but mundane, character flaw, we create a space for it to hide in plain sight.
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I made a post a few days ago about my heritage being dishonored by the worship of the "Confederate" flag in the South. Your post certainly gives me food for thought. I don't always completely agree with you, but I always enjoy your reasoned and thoughtful writing.
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Leaving aside, just for a moment, the fact recent history makes the idea of the African-American population at large routinely carrying concealed weapons - just in case a mass shooting breaks out - seem really, REALLY dubious, equating carrying a firearm with being prepared to defend oneself in a life-or-death situation is absolutely moronic. If you want to score political points with fellow "conservative" paranoids who think that the President stays up nights plotting how to sneakily get your guns away from you or something (when he could, you know, simply have the CIA, FBI, NSA or Army do his dirty work for him), more power to you. (Although a good therapist might be more useful.)

But the United States already has a serious problem with people thinking that violence is simply the answer to everything wrong in their lives as it is. (Exhibit 17,2548,392: Dylann Roof.) The idea that the solution is for the rest of us to jump on that bandwagon makes no sense at all.
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Joby.intuative!
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I'm dying to see what "relentlessly gay" (which I have to admit is a really awesome term) dialed up to "11" looks like...

http://www.baltimoresun.com/features/gay-in-maryland/bal-relentlessly-gay-yard-20150617-story.html

#RelentlesslyGay
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I'm not terribly surprised by that.
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It's kind of a shame that Miss Sun no longer posts her work daily to Google+, because Connie to the Wonnie is a really nice, philosophical comic. For me, the most interesting thing about it is that it's sort of a time capsule. Granted, I wasn't a single Asian woman when I was in my thirties (one day, that's not going to sound like such a strange thing to say), but I remember having many of the same feelings and the same revelations.

There is a certain universality to wisdom that makes it accessible to all of us, even if we don't always have the wherewithal or the motivation to act on it. Therefore, there are multiple paths to it. Observing others walk those paths is helpful, even if for no other reason than it fosters the understanding that others are making their way to the same destination that you are.

I have all of the artistry of a stone (There are a lot of comparisons of me to a stone.), and even if I didn't, I've never been that open of a person, so I don't think that I could have created this kind of visual chronicle of my own journey, even had it occurred to me. But I think that there is value in sharing, and so I appreciate those people who are ready, willing and able to offer us a view into the paths they are charting.
Connie Sun: Asian-American cartoonist from CA, living in NYC. Works in higher education by day. Loves all things creative. Single Girl, Asian Daughter™. Cartooning daily, Mon-Fri. Contact: dearconnie at gmail. View my complete profile Follow @dearconnie ...
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AARON,THATS NOT TRUE ABOUT YOU AND THE STONE.IF YOU SEE IT YOU ARE PARTVAND PARCEL OF IT ALL,I ENJOY YOUR THINGS BUT DONT COMMENT AS MUCH AS I ONCE DID,STAY ON STAYIN ON,
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I think that one of the reasons that we see so many "Google+ is a ghost town" stories is that businesses don't promote themselves and engage with their customers here to the same degree that they do on Facebook. So when companies do plant a flag here, it's worth spreading the word.
 
You spoke. We listened. 
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IM HERE!
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I'm Nobody In Particular. Just Another Random American.
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My name is Aaron McLin. I'm a some time gamer, avid pen and paper RPG collector and Guy With A Camera.
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You know how Lily Tomlin said: "No matter how cynical you become, it's never enough to keep up?" I have the sinking feeling that not only have I managed to keep up, but I'm starting to pull ahead.
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