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HEY BEADY and sock puppet

Guayaquil, Ecuador

#98050 Jan 22, 2013
In the early years of the strip, Snoopy's doghouse was typically seen from the front or front plus one side, with the standard arched doorway of a doghouse, and Snoopy's name arched over the door. Snoopy would sleep in the doorway.

On December 12, 1958, Snoopy slept on top of his doghouse, rather than inside it, for the first time. Thereafter, Snoopy was seldom seen to venture inside the doghouse, except to retrieve something, instead spending the bulk of his time sitting or lying on its gable roof. One strip ascribed Snoopy's ability to sleep there to his ears, which—like the feet of a perching bird – "lock" him to the top so that he doesn't fall. How his typewriter balances there (let alone other neighbourhood kids) is never explained.

At this point, the side view of the doghouse became standard in the strip, which allowed the imagination of Schulz (and Snoopy) to expand this dwelling beyond the limits of a normal doghouse.

Despite Snoopy's tendency to stay outside in all weather (in some cases even allowing snow to accumulate on his supine body, or wearing a snorkel when it rains), a running gag established that the interior of Snoopy's doghouse was something extraordinary. It defied physics, being dramatically larger on the inside than the outside, much like the TARDIS on Doctor Who. Snoopy's doghouse had a carpeted foyer, a den, a library, a guest room, a stairway, a basement, a television, a bed (although he sleeps on the roof), a pool table, and an original Van Gogh. The first indication of the doghouse's unique layout occurred on January 31, 1954 when Charlie Brown was puzzled to see all his neighborhood friends crawling into it for a visit. The doghouse was destroyed several times over the years, being hit by a tree due to a chase over Linus's blanket (July 26, 1959), crushed by a large icicle (February 13, 1960), and finally burned to the ground (September 19, 1966; At the beginning of that year a fire damaged Schulz's studio). The doghouse also suffered damage from the particularly violent cat next door, World War II, who would swipe off a large portion of the doghouse, leaving a frightened Snoopy standing on the remaining strip on one foot (The Charlie Brown and Snoopy Show). In each case the doghouse was soon rebuilt. Although individual items were lost in the fire, each replacement doghouse appears to have retained the spaciousness and opulence of its predecessor.

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#98051 Jan 22, 2013
here in Indiana there is talk of curbing the Voucher program.
Cost of expanding Indiana school vouchers debated
Jan 12, 2013
INDIANAPOLIS — To supporters of school choice, Indiana’s voucher program is a runaway success that ought to be expanded.
But key lawmakers are concerned an expansion would cost the state too much money.
Since it was established by the legislature two years ago, the program that allows qualifying students to receive vouchers to redirect public dollars to pay for their private school tuition has grown quickly.
Participation more than doubled to 9,130 this year from 3,919 participants the first year. On state tests, students at many of the private schools accepting vouchers ranked among the best.
One of the program’s most appealing aspects is that it now costs the state no additional money — and actually saves the state as much as $3.4 million a year, advocates say.
But legislative proposals to expand the program could bring additional costs that key lawmakers — particularly Senate Appropriations Committee Chairman Luke Kenley, R-Noblesville — appear unwilling to swallow.
Currently, a student must first attend public school for at least one year to become eligible for a voucher.
State per-pupil aid varies by school district, from about $5,000 to $8,000. So voucher subsidies can range from as little as $2,500 to more than $7,000 per pupil. For those in elementary school, vouchers are capped at $4,500.
Those limits mean the state saves at least some money whenever a student leaves public school and uses a voucher for private school.
The average voucher covered $3,932 in private school tuition, meaning the state is spending less to educate those students than it was at their public schools.
The unused state aid is collected annually and redistributed to every school district in Indiana.
But lifting restrictions changes the equation quickly. And that’s what concerns Kenley.
He raised the issue Wednesday when the Senate education committee discussed a bill allowing siblings of students using vouchers to bypass public school altogether and immediately receive state money to attend private school.
“We passed the original bill on the assumption you go to public school first,” he said.“This changes the premise. It’s a pretty fundamental change.”
In the House, Education Committee Chairman Bob Behning, R-Indianapolis, said he expects a much more expansive bill will be heard in his committee that drops the $4,500 cap for elementary schools and removes the stipulation that voucher students attend public school first.
It also would make eligible qualifying children in special education, foster care or from families of active military personnel.
That could mean low-income students who never attended public school could start getting state aid to pay their private school tuition.
Senate education committee Chairman Dennis Kruse, R-Auburn, said the proposal’s passage in the Senate would be doubtful.
Joel Hand, executive director of the Coalition for Public Education, a group of educators and others who oppose vouchers, said the expansion would be fiscally irresponsible.
How much might a voucher expansion cost the state? There aren’t any official estimates yet, but Hand has done some rough calculations just on the bill to allow siblings of voucher students to also receive them.
Based on the $3,932 average voucher, he said, if just one in 10 of the 9,130 students in the program had a sibling not in public school who used a voucher next year it would cost Indiana about $3.5 million annually. If a quarter of the students had a sibling who used a voucher it would cost Indiana nearly $9 million a year.
Voucher proponents say the potential costs of the program are overblown.
Indianapolis-based Friedman Foundation, said any new costs would be more than compensated for by overall savings in the program.
http://www.courier-journal.com/article/201301...
HEY BEADY and sock puppet

Guayaquil, Ecuador

#98052 Jan 22, 2013
Snoopy, whose fictional birthday has been established as August 10, made his first appearance in the strip of October 4, 1950, two days after the strip premiered. He was first identified by name on November 10. Schulz was originally going to call him "Sniffy" (as described in the 25th anniversary book), until he discovered that name was used in a different comic strip. He changed it to "Snoopy" after remembering that his late mother Dena Schulz had commented that if their family were ever to acquire a third dog, it should be called Snoopy, an affectionate term in Norwegian (the actual term is "Snuppa").[3]

In earlier strips it is not clear to whom Snoopy belongs. For instance, in the February 2, 1951 strip, Charlie Brown accuses Snoopy of following him, only to be told by Patty that Snoopy isn't following Charlie Brown, but merely lives in the same direction.[4] Indeed many early strips show Snoopy interacting with Shermy (who is shown in one early strip running with Snoopy on his leash) and Patty without Charlie Brown, making Snoopy appear to belong to all of the neighborhood kids, similar to the dog Pete in the Our Gang comedies, who is everyone's dog.(Note: in days of yore, it was common for dogs to roam their local area and congregate with local children, and then return to their respective homes). Later, Charlie Brown states that his parents bought Snoopy for him at the Daisy Hill Puppy Farm, after another boy had dumped sand on him while playing in a sandbox.
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Chiang Mai, Thailand

#98053 Jan 22, 2013
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HEY BEADY and sock puppet

France

#98054 Jan 22, 2013
Schulz once said that the best idea he ever had in the strip was to move Snoopy from inside his doghouse to the rooftop[citation needed]. Preceding that, there was a gradual evolution of the character, from something like an actual dog to an anthropomorphic character, more like typical cartoon animals. He also thought that this would give a better image to children to use more of their imagination and characterized it as the Mary Poppins syndrome, by letting people believe that his doghouse could be anything he wanted it to be.

His earliest impersonation was of a bird on August 9, 1951. Later (starting November 17, 1955), Snoopy engaged in dead-on imitations of Violet, a pelican, Lucy, a moose, Beethoven and Mickey Mouse (to which Charlie Brown responded, "Frightening, isn't it?"). He would also pretend to be other animals, including a snake, rhinoceros, lion, and vulture. But his eccentricities did not stop there.

On June 28, 1957, Snoopy walked on his two hind legs, like a human, for the first time. This soon became so commonplace as to be almost unnoticeable, as Snoopy developed a variety of Walter Mitty-esque alter egos (often beginning "Here's the world-famous [name of occupation]"). Snoopy's transformation to walking to two feet also was accompanied by his larger snout and great body length. Furthermore, Snoopy takes his fantasies so seriously that he plays out even unpleasant elements of them such as taking lengthy penalties in hockey games or facing humiliating disciplinary actions for incompetence.

One of Snoopy's most famous alter-egos is as the World War I Flying Ace (first appearance, October 10, 1965), often seen battling his archenemy, Manfred von Richthofen,(the Red Baron). When assuming this personality, Snoopy would don goggles, a flying helmet and a scarf and climb on top of his doghouse, which he claimed was a Sopwith Camel. The Red Baron, like other adult figures in Peanuts, was never drawn in a strip; his presence was indicated through the bullet holes that would riddle the doghouse, and Snoopy's fist-shaking and cries of "Curse you, Red Baron!" while his "Sopwith Camel" doghouse plummeted to earth trailing smoke. In I Want a Dog for Christmas, Charlie Brown Charlie Brown's sister Sally Brown jumps on the doghouse and flies with Snoopy.


Joe Cool as depicted at the Universal Studios in Osaka, Japan
Snoopy also became "Joe Cool" as he put on sunglasses and leaned against the wall doing nothing. Snoopy has also been a famous writer (who was actually published once, in an October 1995 storyline, in which one copy of his unnamed novel was printed, but it failed to sell); a bow-tie wearing attorney (who once defended Peter Rabbit), a hockey player, an Olympic figure skater (who used to skate with Peggy Fleming before he became "big time"); a world famous grocery checkout clerk who operated from the top of his dog house in an apron; the "Lone Beagle" (the first dog to fly solo across the Atlantic – a play on Charles Lindbergh, "The Lone Eagle"); and even the first astronaut to land on the moon. In "It's Flashbeagle, Charlie Brown", Snoopy becomes a Flash dancer named "Flashbeagle".

Outside of his fantasy life, he plays shortstop on Charlie Brown's Little League team; he is the best player, nearly passing Babe Ruth on the career home run list, and an excellent fielder due to his ability to catch fly balls in his mouth. Snoopy is also a "Beagle Scout", the Peanuts version of Eagle Scout and is the Scout leader for a troop composed of Woodstock and his other bird friends, such as Bill, Harriet, and Conrad. This Scouting theme reappears throughout the comic strip.
HEY BEADY and sock puppet

France

#98055 Jan 22, 2013
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HEY BEADY and sock puppet

France

#98057 Jan 22, 2013
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HEY BEADY and sock puppet

France

#98058 Jan 22, 2013
Snoopy has his own little dance, variously known as The Beagle, the Suppertime Dance, or simply the Happy Snoopy Dance. Most often he dances at suppertime and has broken his foot from being too excited. One strip includes a joke that he has forgotten the steps and another includes the joke that he needs new steps. One time, Charlie Brown gleefully revealed that Snoopy missed his suppertime and did his own song and dance gloating at his dog's mistake while Snoopy looked on in astonishment. Snoopy has his own little dance, variously known as The Beagle, the Suppertime Dance, or simply the Happy Snoopy Dance. Most often he dances at suppertime and has broken his foot from being too excited. One strip includes a joke that he has forgotten the steps and another includes the joke that he needs new steps. One time, Charlie Brown gleefully revealed that Snoopy missed his suppertime and did his own song and dance gloating at his dog's mistake while Snoopy looked on in astonishment. Snoopy has his own little dance, variously known as The Beagle, the Suppertime Dance, or simply the Happy Snoopy Dance. Most often he dances at suppertime and has broken his foot from being too excited. One strip includes a joke that he has forgotten the steps and another includes the joke that he needs new steps. One time, Charlie Brown gleefully revealed that Snoopy missed his suppertime and did his own song and dance gloating at his dog's mistake while Snoopy looked on in astonishment. Snoopy has his own little dance, variously known as The Beagle, the Suppertime Dance, or simply the Happy Snoopy Dance. Most often he dances at suppertime and has broken his foot from being too excited. One strip includes a joke that he has forgotten the steps and another includes the joke that he needs new steps. One time, Charlie Brown gleefully revealed that Snoopy missed his suppertime and did his own song and dance gloating at his dog's mistake while Snoopy looked on in astonishment. Snoopy has his own little dance, variously known as The Beagle, the Suppertime Dance, or simply the Happy Snoopy Dance. Most often he dances at suppertime and has broken his foot from being too excited. One strip includes a joke that he has forgotten the steps and another includes the joke that he needs new steps. One time, Charlie Brown gleefully revealed that Snoopy missed his suppertime and did his own song and dance gloating at his dog's mistake while Snoopy looked on in astonishment. Snoopy has his own little dance, variously known as The Beagle, the Suppertime Dance, or simply the Happy Snoopy Dance. Most often he dances at suppertime and has broken his foot from being too excited. One strip includes a joke that he has forgotten the steps and another includes the joke that he needs new steps. One time, Charlie Brown gleefully revealed that Snoopy missed his suppertime and did his own song and dance gloating at his dog's mistake while Snoopy looked on in astonishment. Snoopy has his own little dance, variously known as The Beagle, the Suppertime Dance, or simply the Happy Snoopy Dance. Most often he dances at suppertime and has broken his foot from being too excited. One strip includes a joke that he has forgotten the steps and another includes the joke that he needs new steps. One time, Charlie Brown gleefully revealed that Snoopy missed his suppertime and did his own song and dance gloating at his dog's mistake while Snoopy looked on in astonishment. Snoopy has his own little dance, variously known as The Beagle, the Suppertime Dance, or simply the Happy Snoopy Dance. Most often he dances at suppertime and has broken his foot from being too excited. One strip includes a joke that he has forgotten the steps and another includes the joke that he needs new steps. One time, Charlie Brown gleefully revealed that Snoopy missed his suppertime and did his own song and dance gloating at his dog's mistake while Snoopy looked on in astonishment.
HEY BEADY and sock puppet

France

#98059 Jan 22, 2013
Snoopy is also adept at the accordion, although his repertoire is limited to "polkas, waltzes, and schottisches", the names of which billow from the instrument as he plays.

Snoopy climbed trees at least five times—once to rescue Schroeder's piano, once to rescue Linus's blanket, once to see a "strange creature" in Woodstock's nest which turned out to be an egg, once after Frieda's cat Faron, and once with Charlie Brown, Schroeder, and an unnamed Peanuts kid. He fell out of the tree almost every time.(Note: In his "vulture" persona and when visiting Woodstock's nest, Snoopy was depicted in trees many times.)

Every Veterans Day, Snoopy dresses as an army veteran and goes to army cartoonist Bill Mauldin's house to "quaff root beer and tell war stories."[6]

Snoopy has been as much a failure at love with female dogs as his owner Charlie Brown has been at baseball and kite flying. In early 1965, he met a girl beagle at an ice skating rink and fell in love. However, his girlfriend's father forbade marriage between the two; "he could never allow his daughter to marry an obedience school dropout", as Snoopy put it, and so turned to eating to attempt to forget her. It didn't work: "I'll always have a few memories and a fat stomach", he griped. Later that same year he met her again on the beach and tried surfing to impress her, only to wipe out. Charlie Brown told Snoopy he'd been making a fool of himself for nothing; the girl beagle in question had been seen walking on the beach with a golden retriever, which broke his heart all over again. In 1977, he met a female while serving as guard dog for Peppermint Patty, fell in love with her, and gave her a proposal of marriage. But he was crushed on his wedding day when she ran off with the "best beagle", Spike, although when they arrived in Needles, she left Spike for a coyote.(Snoopy's Getting Married, Charlie Brown follows this same storyline, except Snoopy's bride-to-be ran off with a golden retriever.) In 1970, he went to the Daisy Hill Puppy Farm (where he'd allegedly taught Sunday school at one point) to give a 4th of July speech. However, as he was about to begin, he was beaned with a supper dish by anti-Vietnam War protesters, and a full scale riot broke out, during which police used tear gas to control the crowd. In all the confusion, Snoopy ran off the podium and was lost in the crowd. While blinded by tear gas, he felt a girl beagle's paws, but the tear gas prevented him from seeing her. By the time Charlie Brown had tracked her down, the farm informed them that she'd been sold, thus breaking Snoopy's heart again. By this time, Snoopy had regained his vision. "What do you do?" Snoopy woefully asks, and then immediately answers: "Back to eating!" And in the TV special Life Is a Circus, Charlie Brown, Snoopy met a circus-performing female French poodle named Fifi and fell so hopelessly in love with her, he left Charlie Brown to join the circus as "Hugo the Great". But eventually, he tried to take Fifi with him when he ran away from the circus. Fifi, after considering a while, would have no part of it, feeling that her proper place was the circus. They parted ways, again leaving Snoopy brokenhearted. It is said that Snoopy's only regret was that he was not a Golden Retriever, as his loves usually fall for one. Snoopy frequently falls for Lucy van Pelt, and when he kisses Lucy, she yells in disgust about having been "kissed by a dog" and having "dog germs". However, he has also been seen kissing the other female characters, who are far more accepting of his gestures than Lucy is.
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HEY BEADY and sock puppet

France

#98060 Jan 22, 2013
Over the course of the strip's run, it was revealed that Snoopy had been born and raised at the Daisy Hill Puppy Farm. His father used to run with hunting dogs, but would secretly run ahead and warn the rabbits. His mother is famous for her tapioca pudding, and in a 1990s Peanuts strip, came over on a World War I-era troopship to visit Snoopy and Spike, who had been ill with the flu. Out of all his siblings, Snoopy's brother Olaf was sold last. Before they were sold, Snoopy and his brothers and sisters made a band and one by one each was sold. Snoopy's original owner was a little girl named Lila, who had to return him to 1Daisy Hill after her family moved to an apartment where dogs were forbidden.

Shortly after his return to the farm, Snoopy was selected by Charlie Brown's parents as a companion for him. In the strip for January 30, 1972, Charlie Brown says that his parents bought Snoopy for him to cheer him up after another child threw sand in his face while they were playing in a sandbox. In the strips for November, 1972, while accompanying Woodstock on his winter migration, Snoopy realizes he is near the Daisy Hill Puppy Farm. He decides to show Woodstock where he was born, only to find that the puppy farm has been replaced by a six-story parking garage, causing Snoopy to wail, "You stupid people! You're parking on my memories!" (November 24, 1972). This is also reflected in the 1991 animated special Snoopy's Reunion, where Snoopy and his siblings get together at the Daisy Hill Puppy Farm for a picnic, but sadly find out that it was demolished for a parking garage.

Snoopy is usually depicted as having seven siblings, five of whom appear at some point in the strip: Andy, Belle, Marbles, Olaf, and Spike. Most often seen is Spike, who lives in the desert (near the real-life locale of Needles, California). Sharing Snoopy's penchant for a fantasy life, he is friends with saguaro cacti. Spike is very thin, wears a fedora and has long whiskers.(Spike was the name of one of Schulz's childhood pet dogs.)

Andy looks like a disheveled version of Snoopy. Olaf, who wears a fur cap, is round in both body and face. Marbles is the smartest in the group. He has spots on his fur (making him look somewhat like a Dalmatian), wears shoes, and considers some of Snoopy's behavior very odd. Belle, who looks like Snoopy with long eyelashes, is most notable in that there was a Belle stuffed animal available for many years.

Although Snoopy often mentions that he was one of eight puppies, the two other siblings never appeared in the comic strip. According to the animated special Snoopy's Reunion, they are named Molly and Rover. They all play in a country band in that special, with Snoopy on the acoustic guitar.

In a 1965 strip, Snoopy set up a "family reunion" and it was stated that he had two brothers (one lived in Washington and the other in Texas) and three sisters (one in St.Louis, one in Hollywood and the last one in Kansas). After the reunion, Snoopy was apparently disappointed, for immediately after arriving home he stated, "The anticipation far exceeded the actual event."

Many years before his siblings appeared, Snoopy referred to himself as an "only dog" who had no brothers or sisters.

Like Snoopy, his siblings' thoughts are communicated via thought balloon
HEY BEADY and sock puppet

France

#98061 Jan 22, 2013
Lila was first mentioned in the strip in the 1960s. It was revealed that she had taken Snoopy home from the Daisy Hill Puppy Farm (where he was born and raised), but was forced to return him after her family moved to an apartment building where dogs were forbidden. While she was initially an unseen character who was only recollected by Snoopy in the third person, she eventually made an appearance in the strip in 1968.

In 1972 Lila appeared in the animated film Snoopy, Come Home, voiced by Johanna Baer. Seriously ill, she is unexpectedly reunited with Snoopy when he comes to visit her at a hospital in Nebraska, and now that she is recovering and will be released very soon, asks him to return to her (forcing him to choose between his "old" life with Lila or his "new" one with Charlie Brown). Snoopy initially leaves the hospital, but finally, out of love for Lila, Snoopy chooses to return to her. She tells him that he should go back and sell his belongings and say goodbye to his old friends, before going back to her. He ends up writing a will instead and goes back to Lila. At the same time, he also is heartbroken over leaving Charlie Brown. However, in an ironic twist when Snoopy arrives at Lila's new apartment, Snoopy finds out (to his surprise) that not only does Lila happen to have a pet cat, dogs aren't permitted in her apartment building either (which explains why her family had to return him). Snoopy bids Lila farewell and returns to Charlie Brown.

Lila later appeared again in Snoopy's Reunion.

Despite his history of conflicted loyalties and his occasionally disdainful attitude toward Charlie Brown, Snoopy has shown himself steadfastly loyal to his current owner. He joined Charlie Brown in walking out of a game of Ha-Ha Herman when Peppermint Patty crudely insulted Charlie Brown (though she was unaware that Charlie Brown was within earshot). He also helped Charlie Brown recover his autographed baseball when a bully had taken it and was challenging Charlie Brown to fight him for it. In He's a Bully, Charlie Brown, he teaches Charlie Brown to play marbles so Charlie Brown can win back the marbles Rerun lost to a bully at camp, Joe Agate, who cheated him. When Charlie Brown has to stop dedicating himself to making Snoopy happy, Snoopy replies, "Don't worry about it. I was already happy."
In the early years of the strip, Snoopy's doghouse was typically seen from the front or front plus one side, with the standard arched doorway of a doghouse, and Snoopy's name arched over the door. Snoopy would sleep in the doorway.

On December 12, 1958, Snoopy slept on top of his doghouse, rather than inside it, for the first time. Thereafter, Snoopy was seldom seen to venture inside the doghouse, except to retrieve something, instead spending the bulk of his time sitting or lying on its gable roof. One strip ascribed Snoopy's ability to sleep there to his ears, which—like the feet of a perching bird – "lock" him to the top so that he doesn't fall. How his typewriter balances there (let alone other neighbourhood kids) is never explained.

At this point, the side view of the doghouse became standard in the strip, which allowed the imagination of Schulz (and Snoopy) to expand this dwelling beyond the limits of a normal doghouse.
Frog

Ballwin, MO

#98062 Jan 22, 2013
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GoGoBar

Chiang Mai, Thailand

#98063 Jan 22, 2013
Running around robbing yanks
All wacked off of Snoopy Snacks!
Running around robbing yanks
All wacked off of Snoopy Snacks!

Since: Dec 10

Brisbane, Australia

#98064 Jan 22, 2013
Dr Freud wrote:
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"No they don't....if everyone believed in equal opportunity we would have it."
Precisely WHAT is 'equal opportunity?'
Is it 'equal opportunity' to succeed?
Or, is it equal opportunity to fail?
It is simply for any person to be free to strive in their lifes chosen field to suceed or fail at their own will, and not to be discriminated against in any way shape or form while in pursuit of that goal. To have that which exists for some but not all equally...
Frog

France

#98066 Jan 22, 2013
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GoGoBar

Chiang Mai, Thailand

#98067 Jan 22, 2013
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Just shake your booty
Let it all get loose.
Frog

Seattle, WA

#98068 Jan 22, 2013
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Seattle, WA

#98069 Jan 22, 2013
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Since: Dec 10

Brisbane, Australia

#98070 Jan 22, 2013
Teaman wrote:
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[Imposing] a single opinion on a nation with different opinions causes division. The founders were smart enough to leave social issues to the states.

A: It is the states who control how money is spent in regards to health and hopitals and police etc....but the federal government has the right to introduce policy to make health care more affordable or more accessible for those who don't have the money to afford it....and if the states are failing to acknowledge and rectify this....god knows it is the poor that will be robbing your house or stealing your car, so it is in everyone's benefit to see a society that takes proper care of those who need it the most... tree....
BTW, the French, Portuguese, Dutch also were slavers. Slaves were sold by other blacks in Africa. That's just the way the world was then.
A: We weren't arguing that what slave owners did was right we were disputing the hypochrisy of the founding fathers who believed all men should be free and then kept slave to enable then to keep the status quo....they were racists.
Also, some free blacks also owned black slaves. I don't know if you would call it racism.
http://americancivilwar.com/authors/black_sla...
They stopped short of outlawing it in the interest of preserving the country. Your link said as much. It finally came to a head in the 1860s that caused a civil war.

A: absolutely that is why they are racists...they also kept their own slaves so their interest wasn't just to save the south from arcing up bussiness men in the north would also have gone nuts and no one had the balls to attack these issues head on....as it was it came to a head and you had the civil war...had your founding fathers rectified the blacks and freed them the cost would have been the same...a civil war...so what did the have to lose ....had they have done the right thing they would not now be recognised as racists.
Frog

Seattle, WA

#98071 Jan 22, 2013
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