- Detroit, MI, USA
- member since September 20, 2007
terrell67’s last login was Wednesday, November 17, 2010.
Aha! Now I know why Nash Bridges sounds vaguely familiar! Unfortunately (or fortunately) my wife and I did not own a television set for the first 20 years of our marriage - - therefore I missed a lot of shows during that era. Perhaps I will try to see if there are any episodes on NetFlix . . . thanks for the recommendation!
Sounds like some interesting reading - - I've not heard of Nash Bridges or Don Johnson, though the names sound familiar. What's the deal with them?
I'm currently reading Luis Alberto Urrea's "Devil's Highway," the true story about the 2001 death of 14 (out of 26) persons crossing the Mexican/United States border. This book highlights the problems associated with our current immigration policies, IMHO. I'm still slugging my way through a 1,000 page tome, "Albion's Seed," which is actually quite interesting. It's a sociological study of the four early major immigration waves into colonial America (Puritans into New England, Royalist Episcopalians into Virginia, Quakers into New Jersey/Pennsylvannia, Scotch-Irish Presbyterians into the Appalachians). I'm also about to start reading a biography of Martin Van Buren by John Nevin as part of my chronological reads of American presidents - - I was certainly 'challenged' by the previous Andrew Jackson read.
Thanks for your thoughts - - we are not too far apart on these issues. The only difference would be that I am not a socialist so I don't find the solution to these problems in nationalization. I think we can (and must!) find viable alternatives to fossil fuels and still maintain private ownership of companies.
Regarding the recent Arizona immigration law, I am again pretty much on board with your thoughts. Here's what I post on the BTS board regarding this subject:
"If America cuts off immigration, I believe we will experience a gentrification and ensuing lack of productivity. America has always depended on an immigrant labor force willing to perform hard, low-paying tasks. Conversely, the immigrant hope is that they, or their children, will be able to rise above their humble beginnings via hard work and education. Cut off the flow of immigration, and I predict America will find itself becoming an aging, homogeneous middle class society - - and one without laborers.
I also strongly support immigration reform - - as opposed to one-time amnesties or current draconian measures. In my "perfect society" immigration would be legal, albeit probationary. Allow anyone who has a 'clean' record to register, immigrate, work, and pay taxes. After 5 years of work history sans major criminal activity, they become eligible for full citizenship."
I am in favor of legalized medical marijuana. But then I am in favor of legalizing marijuana altogether, even apart from medical use. I am not a believer in prohibition. However I admit that I still struggle with legalizing some of the "harder drugs" (heroin, crack, etc.) - - but that is simply because I don't want to see folks hurt by them. However I can be convinced otherwise.
I just started reading American Lion as part of a presidential biography series. Yes, I'm aware of Jackson's horrendous position on slavery. In the prologue, Meacham sagely noted, "Yet of the great early presidents and Founders, Andrew Jackson is in many ways the most like us . . . To understand him and his time helps us to understand America's perenially competing impulses . . . shaped by the struggle between grace and rage, generosity and violence, justice and cruelty." Meacham states it well.
Regarding the gulf coast oil nightmare, I think we will continue to deal with horrific oil spills until we take seriously the need to find and use fossil fuel alternatives. It's difficult for me to blame the "evil" oil companies when they are supplying what we demand. Personally, my wife and I are trying to do everything we can to minimize this demand - - we just installed solar panels on our roof and we are planning for our next car to be a "hybrid-hybrid," meaning that it can be charged from the solar panels allowing about 85 miles/trip without gas, but for longer trips it can cut over to a gas/battery hybrid. I also take mass transit as much as possible. What do you think about the gulf spill crisis?
My turn for a question: what do you think of the recent Arizona immigration legislation?
Ha ha - - I certainly don't blame you for not reading dark histories before bedtime, I could never do that!
Also, you have mentioned numerous times about your Marxist beliefs. Can you recommend any books that most influenced you? Have you by any chance read anything about liberation theology (Gustavo Gutiérrez, Fernando Cardenal, etc.)? I do not have a Roman Catholic background, but studied the Protestant version of "Christian Communism" under Robert McAfee Brown while attending UC Berkeley many years ago. Just curious regarding your thoughts on this subject.
I'm not much into sci-fi, but when I lived in Utah, I got to know L. E. Modesitt, Jr. He has some interesting science fiction that deals with topics on the world political situation, especially the role of religion and war. Check out The Parafaith War and The Ethos Effect. The first deals with the problems created by religious zealots and war, the second book-just so you don't think secularism is the answer--deals with secular society and war
Yep, I couldn't think of Buster Keaton's name--it's a funny movie--I love it when he's eating his lunch on the driving bars and the train starts to move and he's going up and down. i don't think I've seen the Disney version and probably wouldn't care for it.
Stealing the General does sounds like an interesting book. Thanks for the recommendation. I've been to the museum in Kennesaw GA where the "chase" began. There is a classic silent movie on the chase--I forget the actor, but he does a wonderful job with his comic moves as he (the engineer) chases down the General after it was stolen.