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    My father was always a quiet "sober" man, in both...

    My father was always a quiet "sober" man, in both meanings of the word. He drank, but never showed it. My mom, on the other hand (bless her heart), was always the life of the party. I still remember...
  2. Poll: Yeah, that was my thought . . . And the last...

    Yeah, that was my thought . . .

    And the last thing I want to do is get in a back and forth about what some candidate said (or really meant).
  3. The French burned a lot of bridges (is that the...

    The French burned a lot of bridges (is that the right metaphor?) with the truly awful cars they exported to the US during the early VW Bug craze. The Renault Dauphine is a prime example. Those kind...
  4. Stop, you'll make me blush . . . As far as why...

    Stop, you'll make me blush . . .

    As far as why there are no more feminine lines in auto designs, per what I tried to say above, somehow we consumers changed. What we used to accept as simply...
  5. It's interesting that Volvos, when they were...

    It's interesting that Volvos, when they were ugly, were the favorite rides of college professors and social radicals. When they got pretty Volvo lost this audience, who now prefer Subarus (they're...
  6. In the past, if I may, feminine was defined by...

    In the past, if I may, feminine was defined by how the body contours of the car matched those of a woman. Thus a Jaguar XKE was feminine because its quarter panels mimicked the curve of a woman's...
  7. I believe many of the Roman gods were original...

    I believe many of the Roman gods were original creations, but they subsequently got associated with Greek gods; Minerva and Athena for instance. Greek culture just over powered the Roman. I think...
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    Interesting subject. I'm fond of a wide range...

    Interesting subject.

    I'm fond of a wide range of liqours but my wife likes gin, so winter/fall it's martinis or gibsons (I love pickled onions) and spring/summer it's bombay and tonic, usually...
  9. I think it's interesting how our ideas of...

    I think it's interesting how our ideas of feminine and masculine have changed. The original Jaguar XKE was and is considered one of the most beautiful cars ever designed. It was brought back in...
  10. Is that a humble brag? . . . :)

    Is that a humble brag? . . . :)
  11. Yes, death is a creepy thing. I remember reading...

    Yes, death is a creepy thing. I remember reading a report some years ago that, surprisingly, disturbed me. It was that as of some date perhaps 30 years ago, there were more dead people in the ground...
  12. Poll: I understand what you are saying vis-à-vis...

    I understand what you are saying vis-à-vis Northerner, but I prefer to accept the thing as stated and move on. Your duty as a Moderator probably won't allow you to do that.
  13. Poll: Thanks, I try. It's not much fun (arguing,...

    Thanks, I try. It's not much fun (arguing, disputing, having a conversation) with someone who agrees with everything you write.
  14. Poll: I suppose if I like Sanders at all it's because...

    I suppose if I like Sanders at all it's because he has been transparent, expressing unfiltered support for a lot of awful things I don't want to have happen to this country. But, none the less, he is...
  15. Poll: Amoral? Well, I don't know about that, but we...

    Amoral? Well, I don't know about that, but we tried a morally-preening President with Carter and what we got was chaos and incompetence. As I remember the Europeans disliked him as much as any other...
  16. Poll: Mud is in the eye of the beholder; they throw mud...

    Mud is in the eye of the beholder; they throw mud at my candidate, we tell the truth about theirs.

    And yes, Bernie is doing well because he's authentic, but also because he stands for something....
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    Amen to that. Life is good here, I hope it is for...

    Amen to that. Life is good here, I hope it is for Northerner as well . . .
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    So will we all, if we're honest . . .

    So will we all, if we're honest . . .
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    Well, my mom was a brunette with big brown eyes ....

    Well, my mom was a brunette with big brown eyes . . . and my wife is a brunette with big brown eyes . . . just sayin'.
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    I think you make an excellent point with this...

    I think you make an excellent point with this European example. This was the way America saw itself in 1783; a confederation of free states in which the smallest population states saw themselves as...
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    The Founders studied and understood everything...

    The Founders studied and understood everything they could; they had a big task and took it seriously. The point was, they weren't stupid. They created the current US system out of an abundance of...
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    Yes, yes, yes. The Founders studied the...

    Yes, yes, yes.

    The Founders studied the history of democracy (I suspect especially that of Athens) and knew that its great weakness was the tendency to mob rule. The myriad of checks and balances...
  23. I think it's enough to point out that slavery has...

    I think it's enough to point out that slavery has been with us for thousands of years (probably started in the Neolithic), has been practiced by most of the cultures of this world and accepted as...
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    The critique has come from many sides, including...

    The critique has come from many sides, including supporters of the President. At the grass roots level the Saudis are not generally popular. Why would they be?

    As to the Uighurs, many nations...
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    I can't say I know what you mean, but if you're...

    I can't say I know what you mean, but if you're asking if we have robust debate in this country, well yeah, we do.
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