Non Sequitur

My U.S. conservative father, when alive, could not stand Mahatma Gandhi. Do other conservatives in the United States feel that way about Gandhi, and why?

Yes I do feel the same way. Gandhi was only successful because he fought an opponent with a conscience: the British. Had he be born under any other empire his non-violent approach would never have been successful. I’m also married to a woman of Jewish extraction. Gandhi’s views of the [Read More]

Non Sequitur

Other than American muscle cars, what other muscle cars do you find amazing?

American muscle cars define the term. Seriously, they do – according to Merriam-Webster: “Any of a group of American-made 2-door sports coupes with powerful engines designed for high-performance driving.” But to answer your question – which poses a rather interesting challenge – let’s remove the term “American-made” and what do [Read More]

Non Sequitur

As an Israeli who do you prefer more as an ally, the U.S or Russia?

I’m not Israeli but I’m a life-long friend of Israel. While the USA is a better ally, it doesn’t hurt Israel to maintain cordial relations with Russia. Many Israelis came from Russia (specifically, the USSR) and have maintained ties with Russia. For example, former Defense Minister Avi Lieberman was born [Read More]

Non Sequitur

Why do conservatives call Joe Biden a radical liberal, while progressives call him a neocon? Does this mean he’s a centrist?

No, because he’s both a radical liberal and a neocon. Biden is the Democrat’s Reagan. What this means is that Biden, a neo-con who supported American interventions from Panama to Syria and dedicated his decades of service to boosting the power and wealth of the banking industry, is going to [Read More]

Non Sequitur

Why is the AK 47 so powerful?

You want a powerful weapon? Here it is: Barrett .50 cal (source) This rifle is capable of taking out lightly armored vehicles and helicopters. And here’s why: Round Comparison (source) The AK-47 round is the 7.62×39 (4th from left). The .50 cal is the last round on right. I’m a [Read More]

Non Sequitur

China is going to kill an Australian citizen who smuggles drug in China. Should the US and other allies help Australia to rescue him?

Wow, I hadn’t realized the death penalty was so popular. All the comments so far have supported the Chinese government killing an Australian citizen even though we don’t know anything about the case. The attitude seems to be that anyone who travels to Asia should respect its laws, and if [Read More]

Non Sequitur

Is Ukraine committing a crime against humanity by stopping the water supply to the Crimean peninsula?

No Ukraine is not guilty of a “crime against humanity.” Russia should have considered the logistics of its illegal annexation and occupation BEFORE going through with it. It had no problem furnishing truck loads of soldiers wearing uniforms without insignia. Maybe it should have sent truckloads of water instead. Water [Read More]

Non Sequitur

Why Isn’t Israel Afraid of Iran?

Link to Iranian Air Force Commander Statement. I’ve followed Israel since the 1970s and visited there recently. While I wouldn’t say Israel isn’t afraid of Iran (you’ll get a lot of variance in attitudes among 8.7 million people, even in their government), I think they take the threat seriously and [Read More]

Non Sequitur

Is the best thing that could possibly happen the US right now, aside from a vaccine becoming available against C19, is for Trump to lose the election, so that the nation can heal, get back to decency, and bring people together after the great divide?

Were we divided prior to Trump’s election in 2016? The chart below shows presidential favorability percentages from Eisenhower through Obama. The source is a Pew Research article from January 2017 before Trump took office. The higher the bottom number, the less division. Note that prior to the Clinton era, the [Read More]

Non Sequitur

Why did Carthage refuse to support Hannibal when he was so close to conquering Rome?

Good question. Unfortunately it’s a difficult one to answer because we have little information from the Carthaginians themselves. Nearly everything we know about them comes from Greek and Roman sources. Those provide a view from the outside, and a biased one a that. TLDR: The Carthaginians didn’t view the Romans [Read More]

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Politics

Google-owned Quora: It’s Rude Not to Laugh at Dead Conservative Opponents

Evidently some liberal decided to take offense at the post below. The question: Is it karma or Irony that John McDaniel, a vocal protester against the Governor of Ohio’s shutdown orders, has recently died of COVID-19? One wonders if it’s okay for conservatives to mock women who die during abortions, [Read More]

War

Revisionist History Is Alive and Well on Social Media: Japan as Victim

Scott Kerwin, writing at Quora, takes on a common revisionist theme – that the US was responsible for the war with Japan, and ultimately the atomic bombings were war crimes perpetrated against an innocent people. This question garnered over 20k views, 3 shares and over 400 upvotes before Quora took [Read More]

Guns & 2nd Amendment

African-Americans and the Second Amendment

Scott Kerwin, writing at Quora, takes on the belief common on the Left that the African-American community supports gun control because they suffer from a disproportionate level of violence. But Kerwin points out that this same community also suffers a disproportionate level of state-sanctioned violence – racist actions by the [Read More]