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Old 12-20-2005, 09:27 PM   #61
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Of course he was a bad man, but I honestly don't think the professor not going into detail about Mao's evil deeds is really the significant point of the article.
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I agree that the American political mindset is as ...although about Ireland I was under the impression that it was one of the more conservative of the European countries.
I think there is truth in this, but even still a political party advocating essentially unreconstructed socialism (arguably even revolutionary socialism) gets around 10% of the vote here. Personally I think they're nuts but that's just an opinion mind.

But if you add up the combined votes of the three main genuinely left wing parties over here, it's still only around 30%, maybe less, so your point has validity.

Then again compare that, for example, to the very small % that voted for Ralph Nader in '04, probably the closest thing to a socialist candidate.

Granted, Kerry had a pretty left leaning voting record.
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The individual politician cannot move mountains without support from his party and invariably this means that compromise must be sought. An example in Australia is the coalition because the nationals view towards subsidies is not in line with a classical liberal free trade agenda.
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I think there is truth in this, but even still a political party advocating essentially unreconstructed socialism (arguably even revolutionary socialism) gets around 10% of the vote here. Personally I think they're nuts but that's just an opinion mind.

Compare that, for example, to the very small % that voted for Ralph Nader in '04, probably the closest thing to a socialist candidate.

Granted, Kerry had a pretty left leaning voting record.
Yeah, as you can probably imagine it's virtually a crime to be a socialist here (I mean politically), but Kerry was pretty liberal for Americans and got 48% of the vote. Just like the small-government conservatives who rush to defend wire-tapping without a warrant. Basically the parties can stand for anything they want as long as they pretend to appeal to the hard-working, taxes=theft, up by the bootstraps mentality.

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Then it seems to me that he should have chosen his words a little more carefully. Mao murdered millions and showed no regret for it whatsoever and the sad thing is many people look at him like some kind of folk hero. Even though he is dead his ideas still live on...and they are dangerous ideas the same as Hitler's, Lenin's, and Stalin's.
See, this is what scares me about FYM...do you see the forest, or just some trees, Ft. Worth?

The point of the article is that Homeland Security chased down a college student who checked out a Communism book for a paper. Any agent with a brain should have been able to deduce that this was likely a history or political science student who was doing research. If he'd checked out "Uncle Fester's Cookbook" well, ok.

I study Russian history in college. I've checked out tons of books on Lenin, Trotsky and Stalin. I've downloaded articles and photos from Marxist.org. I emptied the shelves of Chechen war reports. Should they come knocking on my door? That's the question here.

But no, let's focus on a sound bite from a professor. Oh my god, he didn't condemn Mao. Do you realize that if he had launched a tirade, the newsreporter would have cut it out anyway? That's Journalism 101. Streamline your article so the important stuff is first, and the least important last.

Yes, this is what is scary about FYM debates anymore.
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http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/articleshow/msid-1336116,curpg-1.cms
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Oliver_North

'Oliver Laurence North (born October 7, 1943) was a member of the Marine Corps who achieved the rank of Lieutenant Colonel. He rose to national prominence because of the Iran-Contra Affair, during which he was a key official in the clandestine and illegal selling of weapons to Iran in order to earn money for the Contras during U.S. President Ronald Reagan's administration. Today, he is a conservative political commentator.'


Are the articles published by Oliver North on watch lists too?

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maybe the title of this thread should be changed to "It's Official- FYM has gone to HELL." Not that I think that by any means but it does seem to be a recurring theme
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Perfect description of this administration.

I hope his supporters are proud.
Shhh.... we shouldn't upset King George! He gets mad and may come on TV again to make another speech saying how he, King George, is responsible for the war and therefore we must win the war. Thanks to King George, we apparently are winning the war! All hail King George!
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Initially my attitude was wtf....

after reading the article and thinking about it....

It appears that there were multiple check points that triggered the investigation not just the book.

I think it was a good call.

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Do I dare read all the stuff after the first post and mine?
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How exactly has anyone's freedome been limited? If the person checking out the book had multiple hits on a homeland security checklist including the book, then he should be checked out.

I think we should all check out the book and see if it happens to us.
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See, this is what scares me about FYM...do you see the forest, or just some trees, Ft. Worth?

The point of the article is that Homeland Security chased down a college student who checked out a Communism book for a paper. Any agent with a brain should have been able to deduce that this was likely a history or political science student who was doing research. If he'd checked out "Uncle Fester's Cookbook" well, ok.

I study Russian history in college. I've checked out tons of books on Lenin, Trotsky and Stalin. I've downloaded articles and photos from Marxist.org. I emptied the shelves of Chechen war reports. Should they come knocking on my door? That's the question here.

But no, let's focus on a sound bite from a professor. Oh my god, he didn't condemn Mao. Do you realize that if he had launched a tirade, the newsreporter would have cut it out anyway? That's Journalism 101. Streamline your article so the important stuff is first, and the least important last.

Yes, this is what is scary about FYM debates anymore.


What's scary? All I did was comment on his apparent views toward Mao. Look, I have done some Russian history and bought books on Russian history too and it is apparent that the government does not give a darn about that or what you studied for that matter. If that was the case then there would probably be no Russian studies anywhere would there? It is pretty clear that the student was not just some random Joe Schmo from suburbia wearing his mandatory "Che Guevara is God" t-shirt.

I am not looking for a condemnation of Mao but he just seemed flippant about Mao which seems to be a mistake to me.
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Initially my attitude was wtf....

after reading the article and thinking about it....

It appears that there were multiple check points that triggered the investigation not just the book.

I think it was a good call.

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Do I dare read all the stuff after the first post and mine?


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the student was told by the agents that the book is on a "watch list," and that his background, which included significant time abroad, triggered them to investigate the student further.


The Little Red Book, is a collection of quotations and speech excerpts from Chinese leader Mao Tse-Tung.
In the 1950s and '60s, during the Cultural Revolution in China, it was required reading. Although there are abridged versions available, the student asked for a version translated directly from the original book.

the Homeland Security agents told him the book was on a "watch list." They brought the book with them, but did not leave it with the student, the professors said.

did i miss anything?


I asked myself the same questions you did



i came to a different conclusion
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If this guy has triggered alarm through other activities, it still doesn't make sense that they'd step in and make a fuss over the loan of this book. Am I the only one who thinks this? It's a weird point to step in, and a weird thing to step in over. You can only assume that the other activites that got notice were as trivial and insignificant as this. I mean, if they thought the guys stint overseas involved shady dealings or shady people, he would have been pulled over that, but he wasn't. He was pulled for loaning out a fucking book that is required reading for thousands and thousands of students. I mean, it's like they saw the book loan and went "Ha ha! We got you!!" If that's the best they've got.... seriously....
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It looks like there are issues of protocol involved, downside to enhancing any security apparatus and applying uniform checks and balances is that you see some wonderfully absurd examples of investigation.
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