All posts in May 2021
Rewriting Inconvenient History
Claim 1: Nazis Weren’t Socialists
DON’T MAKE NAZI COMPARISONS!!!
Okay, now that I have that off my chest, if someone is dopey enough to do a Nazi comparison, the response should not be to try to rewrite history and say that the “Nationalsozialistische Deutsche Arbeiterpartei (National Socialist German Workers’ Party)” weren’t socialists.
The United States Holocaust Memorial Museum is non-partisan, and it describes the Nazi platform (in part) this way:
The 25 points combined extreme nationalism, racial antisemitism, and socialist concepts with German outrage over the Versailles peace settlement following their defeat in World War I.
But, you don’t have to trust their interpretation. Take a look at the 25 points yourself:
For instance, point 13 & 14:
13. We demand the nationalization of all businesses which have been formed into corporations (trusts).
14. We demand profit-sharing in large industrial enterprises.
Does this mean that modern socialists are Nazis? Of course not.
But, truth matters…and Nazis were socialists.
Claim #2: After the 60s, Democrats Became the Party of Lincoln
Now, I cannot blame any group with a repugnant history of racism for wanting to somehow disconnect from it, but another case of rewriting history is the idea that after the Republicans saved the Civil Rights Act in the 60s, their mantle as the “Party of Lincoln” switched over to the Democrats. This article does a thorough review of how that is not true:
Does this mean that modern Democrats are racist? No, and it’s not the purpose of this post to argue one way or another.
However, truth matters. The Democratic Party is not the “Party of Lincoln,” Republicans continue to be.
Albeit, far from perfectly. (Of course, Lincoln was far from perfect too. You and I come up far short too.)
Okay, this is funny…
— wilder (@wilderfortruth) May 29, 2021
Happy Memorial Day (2021)
Although these are stock images, I think they help remind us how many have made the ultimate sacrifice for our freedoms, along with how ubiquitous the sacrificial loss has been.
There is no way I can thank those who are no longer with us, but I can gratefully remember them…
And thank their loved ones who have given up so much so those I love (and I) can have the blessings that come with living in the greatest nation on earth.
God bless America.
Update: This was nice to see later in the day:
Thought for today: Learn what you really need to know
Thought for today: Use words, not spears
Tim Tebow been lifting more than just bibles 😳 pic.twitter.com/tUf7u76BFZ
— NFL Memes (@NFL_Memes) May 28, 2021
Acting Like You Have Something to Hide
If COVID-19 didn’t come from a lab, why was there so much effort put into making the discussion verboten?
P.S. We also have to stop treating scientists, doctors, and other “experts” like they aren’t human, and never have conflicts that affect their “expertise.”
When I was growing up, we were told to embrace other cultures…to be multicultural. Accusations of “Cultural Appropriation” are contrary to that…
Thought for today: Do not be proud of your wealth
Thought for today: Choose sayings that bring people together
Well, this Should Get My Blog Banned in China
Facebook (and Other Apps) Can Still Track You in iOS
Recently, Apple made it so that applications had to ask you for permission to track you. Facebook was especially hit hard.
And, as this article notes, if you upload photos with normal embedded data…they can still track you:
The article also shows you where you can turn off allowing the apps to even ask you, so it’s worth a read.
Thought for today: Don’t listen to people who always blame others
Thought for today: Don’t get lost in fundamentalism
This Is Disappointing
This Is Neat
Thought for today: You sum successes and failures, you don’t count them
A Thread Worth Reading
This thread from Sean Ono Lennon is worth a read (sorry about the immediate curse word):
When I was young ppl used to say racist shit about Asians around me all the time and then be like ‘Oh sorry! But you’re not reeeally Asian so…’ and I think they sincerely thought that would make me feel better. I’m not exactly sure why I brought that up but I think…
— Sean Ono Lennon (@seanonolennon) May 23, 2021
His last tweet in the thread is worthy of calling out separately:
And one more thing…just remember who benefits from the ‘divide and conquer’ paradigm. It ain’t us that’s for sure.
— Sean Ono Lennon (@seanonolennon) May 23, 2021
I wrote some public service advice. pic.twitter.com/wM4FyprWIM
— Andrew R (@ExcelPope) May 22, 2021
Thought for today: Start today
That’s One Cool Bird
Today I saw the impossible pic.twitter.com/GXc8RO1eyQ
— The Feel Good Page ❤️ (@FeelGoodPage11) April 24, 2021
My favorite was a front porch. You’ll know why when you see it. 🙂
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