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  1. lonecat commented on Rebecca Hendin about 5 hours ago

    I love your cartoons. Thanks.

  2. lonecat commented on Mike Lester about 6 hours ago

    We should keep out legal immigrants, too, after all, some of them become criminals once they get here.

  3. lonecat commented on Chip Bok about 7 hours ago

    There’s a whole academic field called textual criticism which deals with errors of various sorts. Every text you read from the ancient world (and lots from the more modern world) has been worked over by textual critics. Ancient manuscripts abound in errors of various sorts, and these have to be corrected. Sometimes we are pretty sure about the corrections, but there are also hard choices. I don’t do textual criticism myself, but when I was in graduate school I had to take a course in textual criticism so I would know where the texts I work on came from and why they are the way they are. It’s actually quite a fascinating field, and I have a lot of respect for textual editors.

  4. lonecat commented on Michael Ramirez about 8 hours ago

    The Prime Minsiter of Greece from 2012 to January 2015 was Antonis Samaras, from the conservative New Democracy Party. Alexis Tsipras from the socialist Syriza party became Prime Minsiter in January. So Ramirez is wrong if he’s suggesting that the problems in Greece were created by socialists.

  5. lonecat commented on Matt Bors about 22 hours ago

    No, their other demand was that the North allow the South to institute a Jim Crow system that often wasn’t much better than slavery. As I have said before, everyone interested in US history should read “Slavery by Another Name” by Douglas Blackmon.

  6. lonecat commented on Clay Bennett about 22 hours ago

    My experience is that the South has evolved. Of course things aren’t perfect, but people in general have come a long way. And the North needs to evolve as well.

    When I was a kid in the shallow South back in the 1950s, I heard a lot of people say things like, “Well, slavery wasn’t so bad” and “Colored people were actually better off under slavery” and “Well, coloreds are genetically inferior, that’s obvious, just look at them” and of course, “It’s our problem, the North should leave it to us”. It was quite clear that there were people, not just a few, either, who wouldn’t have minded if slavery had been re-instituted. And they sure didn’t like the idea of integration and equality.

    You might come across someone like that here and there nowadays, but much much less than back in 1958 or 1960. I don’t mean to suggest that there’s no need to move forward, but I think it’s also important to recognize the improvement that has occurred, partly so that we can resolve to continue.

  7. lonecat commented on Rebecca Hendin 1 day ago

    Notice the flags. I think one meaning of the cartoon is that some things change and some things don’t.

  8. lonecat commented on Clay Bennett 2 days ago

    Read “Slavery by Another Name: The Re-Enslavement of Black Americans from the Civil War to World War II”, by Douglas A. Blackmon. You might then want to modify your claims.

  9. lonecat commented on Henry Payne 2 days ago

    I’m interested to see all the conservatives display their wealth envy.

  10. lonecat commented on Mike Luckovich 3 days ago

    I wonder if different levels of explanation are appropriate for different purposes. I’m pretty much a materialist, but I’m not opposed to explanations of behavior at the psychological level, the historical level, the social or cultural level, etc. If I’m trying to explain some aspect of Greek or Roman behavior (such as Why did the Romans of the Imperial period accept the cult of the Emperors? or Why did the Roman magistrates prosecute Christians who didn’t acknowledge the cult of the Emperors?) I don’t go to physical explanation, I go to historical and social explanation.