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Dan Gronlie

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  • Photo of the Day: Was St. Nicholas "White"?
    • I'm 43 and grew up in North Dakota, about as 'white' a state as exists in the US. I have reached that point at which I no longer can accept the legitimacy of such categorization of Americans as white, black, African-American, Asian-American, etc. Unless one is an American citizen with additional national citizenships, it makes no sense whatsoever to me to define individuals as '-American.' Additionally, all members of homo sapiens are genetically compatible with each other for purposes of procreation, so it is utterly illogical to define 'races' of human beings, as it merely describes very, very slight genetic differences which have developed as a result of periods in which people procreated in a somewhat isolated fashion in a particular area for a significant period of time. Most of these traits, after a few generations of procreation among human beings of different ancestral geographic origins, become visually undetectable, or blended into a different, interesting genetic makeup that can not be said to be 'racial' in the modern sense of the word. Americans live in the most ethnically diverse country in the world - why have we not reached the point where we can simply refer to 'racial' differences, which after all, are only based on appearance, as what they are - 'light/dark/moderate' skin tone, etc. When I mention 'dark skin tone' to family or friends, most look at me and say 'black, right?' I respond - 'no, I've never seen a black person in my life - I've seen a few white people, they're called albinos and it's rather unfortunate condition, but I've never seen a black person. I've seen people with all sorts of brown-ish hues of skin, and people with pink-ish hues of skin, and, of course, orange-ish tan, kind of khaki-ish tan, and a lot of other colors. I describe human beings with various skin tones as well as hair colors and attributes as People. I don't know any other way to think.' Some call me naive, some just smirk, and some pause a moment or two and give the matter some thought.

  • Top Ten Problems in South Carolina Lindsey Graham should worry more about than Benghazi
    • I think that the points raised by Juan should answer your question. The fact of the matter is that some parts of our country are populated inordinately by people with lower education levels, on average, than others, and have a greater rate of general violence than most of the country. South Carolina is one such place.

      What sort of person do such regions send to office, then?

  • Karl Rove's Regret (Jamiol Cartoon)
    • Unfortunately, although the cartoon is gratifying, it's not accurate at all. All that money serves to keep the most visible of our potentially progressive leaders away from the progressive stances that may be necessary to maintain a healthy republic. The money and the ads they buy promises progressives that, should they push just a little bit too far away from 'the middle,' they will be vigorously attacked as radicals. And it will cost them, dearly. It's astounding that a vulture capitalist, who would not reveal his tax returns, and who declared, in a frank moment, utter disdain for about half of the American people, essentially those who did not start out in life with considerable trust funds backing up their get-richer-at-any-cost business endeavors, came very close to becoming the President of the United States. Now, as a result, 'the new normal' in political dialogue includes massively overfunding the already bloated military establishment, ostracizing the poor to middle class as self-designated 'victims' ungratefully living off of the good graces of the rich, and the slow strangling of the civilian federal government through under-taxation. Mr. Rove knows fully well that he has earned his keep.

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