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A chat with Leslie Eastman and surviving nuclear bombs & other stories

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Guest: Leslie Eastman, contributor to Legal Insurrection……..what do you do to survive after a nuclear bomb is detonated…….. …….we will look at this debate over deleting history……..reactions to President Trump…and other stories….

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Source: A chat with Leslie Eastman and surviving nuclear bombs & other stories 08/17 by Silvio Canto Jr | News Podcasts

Maybe we should remove the Democrats running these communities!

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We’ve seen a few monuments come down this week.

My question is simple:  What improvements will African Americans see after they don’t have to see monuments honoring General Robert F. Lee, General Stonewall Jackson or anyone else from the Old South in their communities?

My quick answer is not much.   In other words, our African American communities have issues that will not be resolved by replacing monuments.

David Goldman wrote a very interesting post this week about the state of the African American man, as well as a bit of history about the confederate soldier.

To say the obvious, the confederate soldier is dead and remains a topic for historians.   As the article points out, 28% of Southern military age men were killed in the Civil War.    That is almost 1 of 3 men!   That’s a lot of southern heritage!    This is why the issue is so important to southern families.

On the other hand, today’s African American male is here and desperately in need of help, as Mr. Goldman points out:

We are left with a suppurating, unhealed national wound. Black America is in jeopardy. For every 100 black women of marrying age there are only 81 men: the rest are dead or in jail. Seventy-three percent of African-American children are born out of marriage.

Although universities admit blacks and whites in roughly equal proportions, only 40% of black men graduate within six years of matriculation. Agony over these circumstances motivates the witch-hunt against imagined “micro-aggression,” as I wrote two years ago.

The “micro-aggression” theory does not explain why African-American women (who presumably are doubly oppressed for being both black and female) have a much higher college graduation rate (50% as opposed to 40%) than black men.

So what do we do now?

We can continue to bring down monuments and divide the country.  Again, we repeat that most Americans do not want these monuments removed.   They see them as history not racism.

We could get the state out of the monument business, as Mr. Goldman recommends.   In other words, sell these monuments to private enterprises.   They can display them in private parks or areas.     It may be a reasonable compromise but then future generations will be denied the story of these men.

Or, we can get over all of this and worry about the real problems that African American communities are facing, specially the ones run by Democrats.    These communities desperately need better schools and jobs so that African American men can enjoy a better future.

Last but not least, maybe we should remove the Democrats running these communities!

P.S. You can listen to my show (Canto Talk) and follow me on Twitter.

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August 17, 2017 at 3:00 pm

A story about deleting history

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(My new American Thinker post)

My guess is that most of the people bringing down monuments are caught up in a rage and have not thought through just exactly what they are doing.   

After all, why would anyone bring down a statue that honors the Confederate soldier as just happened in Durham, North Carolina?   

We can disagree about the war, but can’t we honor the men who were drafted or volunteered to fight?  Isn’t that what The Vietnam Memorial is about?     

Speaking of deleting history, Cubans have a lot of experience on the topic. The entire story of Castro’s Cuba has been one chapter after another about the elimination of names, photos, or even monuments.     

Let me tell you the story of Carlos Franqui, who passed away in 2010:  


Carlos Franqui, who has died aged 88, was a Cuban writer, journalist and poet who played an influential role in the early years of the Cuban revolution. 

A close friend of Fidel Castro, he ran the revolution’s radio station, Radio Rebelde, during the guerrilla war in the 1950s, and was the editor of Revolución, the iconoclastic, free-ranging paper that charted events and arguments in the early years of Castro’s Cuba. 

Unhappy about the close relationship that Castro formed with the local Communist party and then with the Soviet Union, Franqui left for a diplomatic post in Italy in 1963 and broke definitively with the revolution in 1968, when Castro supported the Soviet invasion of Czechoslovakia. 

In permanent exile, he wrote several vivid accounts of his revolutionary experiences.

During the 1960s, Fidel Castro and Carlos Franqui had many debates. It ended up with the regime demanding total loyalty from writers and journalists:   

Castro was soon obliged to read the riot act, uttering his famous statement in June 1961 about the rights of artists and writers: “Inside the revolution everything; outside the revolution nothing.” 

Cultural producers were free to express themselves, but only under the conditions laid down.   

Franqui could not take it anymore. He eventually parted ways when Fidel Castro was forced to support the Soviet invasion of Czechoslovakia to maintain his annual subsidy. So Franqui managed to get out and spent the rest of his life as an enemy of the regime.

And then Franqui was deleted from Cuban history and photos. His image was erased in various photos with Castro, as we can see in this example. First, there is Franqui in the back and then there is no Franqui in the photo.

His role in the “revolution” was deleted and there was no more Carlos Franqui as far as the regime was concerned.  

And that’s what happens when you delete history. You deny future generations the whole story.

P.S. You can listen to my show (Canto Talk) and follow me on Twitter.


Written by scantojr

August 17, 2017 at 7:02 am