Category: politics

Interesting US President facts

As candidate for the Socialist Party of America, Norman Thomas ran for office of President of the United States 6 times – 1928, 1932, 1936, 1940, 1944 and 1948 – without success. Forty-three other men had more influence, taking up the 44 presidencies since George Washington was inaugurated as President of the United States in 1789. There have […]

God and politics

Dorothy Parker famously stated, “If you want to know what God thinks of money, just look at the people he gave it to.” Although it also is attributed to G. K. Chesterton, who also said, “The men who really believe in themselves are all in lunatic asylums.” And that brings us to elections. In 1975, […]

Send all retirees to prison now!

Why should we send all the retirees to prison now? Because they gave us “free love” during the 1960s, and rock ‘n roll and Green Peace and suchlike things? No, we should send all the retirees (pensioners) to prison and all the criminals to nursing homes because… A guard would check on the retirees every […]

24 US States That Have Sweeping Self-Defense Laws Just Like Florida’s

“Stand Your Ground,” “Shoot First,” “Make My Day” – state laws asserting an expansive right to self-defense – have come into focus after the February 2012 killing of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin. In 2005, Florida became the first state to explicitly expand a person’s right to use deadly force for self-defense. Deadly force is justified if […]

The Hidden Hands in Redistricting: Corporations and Other Powerful Interests

Their names suggest selfless dedication to democracy. Fair Districts Mass. Protect Your Vote. The Center for a Better New Jersey. And their stated goals are unarguable: In the partisan fight to redraw congressional districts, states should stick to the principle of one person, one vote. But a ProPublica investigation has found that these groups and […]

“Kill the farmer” scandal

While black cultures in Africa were still referring to themselves by their tribal names, the white Europeans (mainly from the Netherlands and France) who emigrated to southern Africa in the 17th and 18th century were referred to after the continent in which they chose to settle, becoming the first to be called “Africans.”

The Wiki Week

“You show people what you’re willing to fight for when you fight your friends,” Hillary Clinton once said. If only all politicians will practice what they preach all the time the world might be, well, even more entertaining, as can gathered from the diplomatic cables released by WikiLeaks. What some US diplomats had to say […]

So you want a revolution?

The word revolution means “turning around,” meaning a rapid transformation. The most famous revolutions arguably are the American Revolution (1775–1783), the French Revolution (1789-1799) and the Russian Revolution of 1917. All these revolutions saw a change of power from the hideous monarchy system to the public. Even the English Revolution (1642–1651) – better known as […]

Santa cartoonist destroys politicians

Between 1860 and 1880, the illustrator Thomas Nast introduced Santa Claus as a jolly old man with a white beard and red outfit. He also invented the idea of Santa’s home-workshop, and Santa’s naughty-and-nice list. Being a talented caricaturist, Thomas Nast (1840 – 1902) also destroyed the Tweed Ring, a group of corrupt New York […]

Life, liberty, and property

In the 17th century, English philosopher John Locke wrote about freedom, life, liberty, property and the “pursuit of happiness.” The latter quoted from his 1693 Essay Concerning Human Understanding that “the highest perfection of intellectual nature lies in a careful and constant pursuit of true and solid happiness.” These were his concepts of inalienable rights. […]