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  1. Alabama_Al commented on Matt Bors about 19 hours ago

    Yes, many learned a lot of lessons from the 1938 Munich accords – almost all of them wrong. The fact is, most people haven’t the slightest idea what transpired in Munich except that somehow (and yes, I know what happened) British Prime Minister Neville Chamberlain “appeased” Führer of Germany Adolf Hitler. The word “appeasement” has, in many minds, come to be a synonym for “surrender” or “caving in”. But appeasement is often simply another term for the give and take of negotiation.
    To give an example, was it “appeasement” when in 1903, after a long series of negotiations between Great Britain and the United States, the British agreed to most of the American desires for how the coastal border between Alaska and British Columbia (then still a part of the British empire, not of Canada) was to be drawn? Many hard-liner Canadians saw it that way, since the agreement seeded almost half of what would be the potential Canadian Pacific coast to the U.S. But the U.S. did have a case for it’s boundary claims, and in the end Britain decided not to further risk damaging British-U.S. relations over this matter. Obviously, things were a lot different in Munich and with the Iran accords, but an agreement is not necessarily “appeasement” just because someone wants to be “tougher”.

  2. Alabama_Al commented on Tom the Dancing Bug about 20 hours ago

    You’re just now figuring that out?

  3. Alabama_Al commented on Non Sequitur 14 days ago

    There was a series this week on Slate.com reviewing a new book “The League of Regrettable Superheroes”, which displays actual comics from the 1930s onward of “super heroes” whose concepts were either ill-considered from the first or at least not adequately developed. “Pedantic Man” would fit right in.

  4. Alabama_Al commented on Perry Bible Fellowship 18 days ago

    How many of you initially noted the extra “S”?

  5. Alabama_Al commented on Brewster Rockit 19 days ago

    Yeah, I went through the TQM craze also. From day one the employees saw it as nothing more than a time wasting joke. It was simply management’s way of addressing problems without really doing anything. Any system that’s suppose to “change the business culture” is doomed to failure.

  6. Alabama_Al commented on Non Sequitur 19 days ago

    You don’t have to believe that displaying the Beauregard battle flag (to employ it’s seldom used proper name) on public grounds was a good idea to wince about how some people carried on about it. I personally didn’t support the displays. “Heritage” was just a later utilized smoke screen; a symbolic show of defiance to Federal mandates, particularly civil rights judgments, was the real motivation, as any serious Civil War enthusiast knows. However, the spectacle of people fearlessly attacking a straw man while ignoring the real issues which lead to the Charleston murders – the proliferation of firearms into the hands of known wackos and criminals being one – was, to me, simply a display of basic cowardliness and grandstanding. But the flag thing was safer – those NRA-types tend to argue back more forcefully than flag advocates.

  7. Alabama_Al commented on Luann 20 days ago

    “Pay cash as often as you can”? IF (a big if) you have the discipline to pay the cards off each month, paying cash today is insane. In retail stores and restaurants nowadays, consumers rarely get any break paying cash. If instead you charge the purchase you can on many cards get a rebate. Over a year even 1% can add up to a couple hundred dollars – money you’ll lose if you pay cash. However, for this to work YOU MUST PAY EACH MONTHLY STATEMENT IN FULL. If you carry a balance on your credit card, then forget it – use cash.

  8. Alabama_Al commented on Non Sequitur 21 days ago

    That’s what’s so quaint about most Conservatives: you actually believe that your quote and "Dogsniff"’s are equivalent.

  9. Alabama_Al commented on Doonesbury 27 days ago

    JJ isn’t looking too good. Notice what I assume are bags under her eyes? Also a generally weary appearance? Perhaps the “born live on cable” remark was a memory lapse intentionally shown by Trudeau. It appears Trudeau may well be preparing to wrap up the strip Doonesbury and is now setting up the demise of at least some of the characters.

  10. Alabama_Al commented on Matt Bors about 1 month ago

    Hmmmm … sounds vaguely familiar somehow …