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When you say "sent here" you aren't imagining you're in Australia, are you? I would ask you to define your terms. If you are working off of a coy definition of "criminal ", then yes, all "founders " and rebels were "criminal ". If you're making broad assertions of the country's population in 1775, behind the poetic license in a vague use of "many", I would disagree strongly.  (6 hrs ago | post #180470)

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Oh, I can't agree with that. There was a penal colony in Georgia. It was not unusual to face "transportati on" to any colony in lieu of imprisonment. All rebels were of course, technically "criminals ". But I think it's a reeeeealy broad brush to say that all, or even most, immigrants to America were "the lowest sort of criminals" I do think there's an argument to be made that policy then and now is nothing more than "structuring of a country's population". In fact I'd think that would be self-evident. Far-righties reveal their true guiding lights when they bleat that one out in stoking the fear of the women and children's "army".  (6 hrs ago | post #180469)

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Yet you had nothing add to the criticism that the President contributed to the problem other than, "Well, he's President! So it's his fault!"  (6 hrs ago | post #180467)

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This conversation wallows back and forth between immigration policy and the concept of "assimilation ". Let's try and keep that in mind. As for the inevitable injection of political motive, I have yet to see the tangible evidence of a POTUS effect besides the number of deportations and agents, which don't support the criticism. In fact, the only answer I received was from the also inevitable, "That's a lie! Here are the real numbers!" followed up by an intentional reformatting of my post, thus revealing the lack of scruples in that particular individual.  (Monday | post #180407)

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It doesn't matter what I want, this is just the way it is in post-"discove ry" era nations, such as the Americas and Australia. We have no legitimate ancient national heritage beyond our founding charters and our laws. If these lands get "taken over" by a nationality or race that's different than at it's founding, well, that's the natural course of history, ain't it? If their "values" don't comport with our own, the law doesn't care so long as it doesn't violate the Constitution. If there is a looming crisis on the horizon, it was built into our inception, not unlike the seemingly eternal states rights vs national sovereignty tensions. If this is a flaw, it was a fundamental flaw since birth. I've always said, America has been called The Great Experiment, and the experiment is ongoing. Every generation proves in it's own time whether the experiment is a success or failure. If it inevitably fails, then it was "written " to be so. Regarding the warnings of the great evil of immigration, I wish we here could remember these same warnings have been coming down since before the conclusion of the Revolution. Are these more "real: today? Hmm. The only thing I see different is these people have a decidedly different cast to their skin. In that same light, but a little closer to the European ancestry comfort zone, I have an interesting book I found at a sale. It's called "The Book Of Knowledge" and is one of those general kind of things produced for the grade school level reader, and likely found in the reference section of school libraries. It's a thick, dictionary-sized book, published in 1906, with articles like, "How A Telegraph Works" and "Building A Motor Car". In it's pages is found an interesting article about immigration. It strikes a simplistic solid line diagonally across Europe. Everything east of that line is shaded and here we find Russia, the Slovakian countries, Italy, Greece, and so on. The article warns of the impending danger of the immigration coming from "The Dark Side" of Europe and it's warnings are eerily similar to yours - non-assimilation, ghettos, crime waves, factionalism, ignorance, poverty, indiscriminate "breeding ", incompatible "values" - all the things cited today as the doom of The Great Experiment. That's why I'm skeptical of your claims. We'll either survive as is, or we'll change, or, most likely as before, a little of both. I don't know if that's what the Founding Fathers intended (tho' Jefferson arguably predicted and encouraged it), but that is the legacy they left us.  (Monday | post #180388)

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Just about any source of news has it's value provided one is aware and on-guard against manipulation. Even a source with a slant can inform on a social level as to why a certain story resonates with certain groups of people. Case in point with regards to our current "crisis" on the border - Last night on the local 1/2 hour news, there was the story about Kevin McCarthy who will be House Majority Leader come Aug. 1. In a sound-bite I heard McCarthy mouth the phrase, "Secure The Border", and I thought, "Aha! So that's where that meaningless phrase comes from." Not from McCarthy per se, but just that it has been ginned up by the Assertive But Substantially Meaningless Phrase Division that every politician and ideologues seem to employ, and once such phrases resonate and get picked up in the general parlance, it's here to stay. I think there's a host of relatively independent news sources in truth, as long as you're not talking about their op/ed pages. One thing to watch for are sources that people from either side criticize as "too liberal/conservati ve". It's amusing to see folks criticize the NYT, when we recall that it was their reporting/commenta ry that were so instrumental in selling the invasion of Iraq. PBS is another that gets criticized by both sides. Politifact has earned the especial ire of certain liberals, and just as much from conservatives, so they've got that going for them. I haven't seen any slant from FactCheck.com or Snopes.com. I don't think you can go wrong when you stick to facts. Mediaite.com is kind of a gossip-rag version of political reporting that skewers everyone equally, so long as it's lascivious enough. As for general news, I think you're onto something with Reuters. I don't believe foreign-based orgs are necessarily more balanced, so much as they are foreign-based and so don't get on the radar of those who have a vested interest in convincing us to trust no one but them. BBC would fit in the same mold. As I said, I think any source has it's value so long as you keep your own innate skeptic filter up and running. I believe most people have the capability, it's just a matter of how "balanced " one personally wants it. A whole lot of people on all points of the political compass just want to hear what they want to hear. Anything that resonates with their leaning is regarded as "fair and balanced" and the rest that don't comport with their pre-disposition is rejected as "slanted ".  (Monday | post #180387)

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Right. Either that or trying to lead you by the nose to where he wants you to go. I don't see anybody here that'll fall for that one.  (Sunday Jul 20 | post #180325)

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Ah, that's your tack, hmm? If you ain't the guy I thought you were, you sure as heck went to the same school. No, you hyper-selected a short piece, and wrote a response to that selection that made it look different. I'm pretty sure you know that. If you don't, you might be a perfect candidate as copy checker for Breitbart or Newsmax - a little too wiffle-ball for Fox. That's ok. I can play on about any field so long as I know the hometeam rules. Got it.  (Sunday Jul 20 | post #180324)

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It just occurred to me - your "style" is veeeery similar to a poster who commonly frequents another site or two. Straight up, are you using two (or more) different user names?  (Sunday Jul 20 | post #180319)

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If you read the total of his posts, then yes he has been talking about the "dangers " of multiculturalism in general, which is why both "sides" have been skeptical and questioning of his ultimate point.  (Sunday Jul 20 | post #180318)

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Editing a post for clarity of response is common and appreciated. Editing a post to "make" it say something different than the writer intended is dishonest. If that's not obvious enough, topix recognizes there are people who were raised deficient in simple honesty, and have made it a violation of topix TOS. I've never been one to run to tattle, so, no, you won't hear "You've been reported." I'll just ask you to please don't do so to my posts. Thanks in advance.  (Sunday Jul 20 | post #180317)

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Since Clearwater has the habit of riding a horse long after it's dead and rotten, this above is likely to continue to come up long after anyone knows what the hell he's talking about. Since it's not my job to fill in where his primary education failed, I'll just say that the references were in a clear format in the original post as in, "Jack and Jill went up the hill. THEY fetched a pail of water". There was also no reference between "they" and the lack of a good work ethic. In fact, it was just the opposite. Clearwater could not understand even such simple construction, but instead of reading it again, he intends now to use it again and again as an example of some perceived deficiency in those who have embarrassed him once too often for his simple comfort. And that's all I got to say about that. Ya'll have a great day.  (Sunday Jul 20 | post #180310)

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Blah blah blah blah blah. The entire world is a dangerous place nowadays duma$$. Open those 2 windows in your hat rack.  (Saturday Jul 19 | post #180290)

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An excellent response for all those who fret about illegals, terrorists, and gangs, all of which came up today. Go, bad bobTell it, preacher man, tell it.  (Saturday Jul 19 | post #180281)

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Wow! I get it. Call the official numbers a lie, replace with numbers of your own from any ol' place that looks really serious and official-like. I didn't realize how one-size-fits-all this is. We've seen the exact same strategic fuzzy math for: Unemployment Federal Deficit Oil exploration permits Budget projections Legislative impacts Diplomatic security requests Economic benchmarks Atmospheric carbon Fuel prices And now, deportation numbers. Border agents What did I miss, boys? Shoot, so many more I can't think of them all. Same exact argument for each and every one. Ya'll have come up with a sure-fire plug and play argument. So easy any idiot can work it, and they do. Brilliant.  (Saturday Jul 19 | post #180280)

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