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Jim Muncy
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degrees in philosophy, psychology, literature. Platonist, progressive, 68-years-old, 3 kids, 2 grandsons. Guitar-player since 1965. Led Zeppelin, Beatles, Cream, Jimi Hendrix.
degrees in philosophy, psychology, literature. Platonist, progressive, 68-years-old, 3 kids, 2 grandsons. Guitar-player since 1965. Led Zeppelin, Beatles, Cream, Jimi Hendrix.

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The president of the United States is a madman.  
He has serious emotional, psychological, and character issues.
So what can you, and do you, expect from such a man? Love, joy, peace, or wisdom? If you plant apple seeds, you get apples; if you plant hate, anger, and violence, that's what you will get. By their fruits, ye shall know them.
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There were 100,000 homeless students in New York City public schools during the 2015-16 school year, a number equal to the population of Albany.
[NYTimes 8/15/17]
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The Confederate States of America was a revolt against the legitimate government of the United States of America. These rebels allowed and supported the disgusting, heinous, and anti-American institution of slavery, and pledged never to give it up; therefore, the Confederates of old should not to be celebrated. On the contrary, they should be condemned for what they were: traitors to the United States of America.

Because the United States has been riddled with racists throughout our country, the former Confederate states have been allowed to rewrite their own history as a heroic fantasy about "states' rights," rather than the foul truth, which was that they wanted to continue to enslave other human beings and keep them as chattel. Those were the "rights" these states wanted to preserve.

The Confederate flag is a traitor's flag. It should be burned. And no public monuments should be erected in honor of rebels.
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Why Women Had Better Sex Under Socialism

"Women in Eastern Europe had more fulfilling lives during the Communist era. And they owed this quality of life, in part, to the fact that these regimes saw women’s emancipation as central to advanced scientific socialist societies."

[from NYTimes Sunday Review 8/13/17]

How bout them apples, Adam Smith?

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"Robert E. Lee was a great general and a great man, a hero to the southern states. But he fought to defend slavery.

Slavery up through much of the eighteenth century was considered normal and acceptable. As the human race evolved, however, we came to understand that slavery is wrong. Now, Robert E. Lee's statue, along with the statues of all the leaders of the confederacy, symbolizes the institutionalized contempt for human rights that slavery is. Slavery is an offense not only to every person of color in this country, but to every person who believes in the ideals our country was founded on: "all men (and women) are created equal"; "life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness."

Great as Lee and his compatriots might have been, they betrayed these ideals. So taking down the statue of Robert E. Lee is not done in disrespect to Lee; it's being done in respect to the freedom and dignity of every person alive. It's a statement that we no longer countenance slavery or even the symbolic approval of slavery in our society, because it's morally offensive to do so.

Those who want to keep the statue up ignore or minimize the offense that the statue gives to those whose families were victims of that immoral institution, to any whose families were once slaves, to any who were ever discriminated against, and to those who support justice for all."

[Written by MArk, Providence, RI, in NYTimes Comment Section 8/13/17]
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