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Loop Theater That Shows ‘Hamilton’ Was Bombed By Oscar López Rivera Group

By David Matthews | January 18, 2017 6:43am
@DavidLMatthews

THE LOOP — The [Chicago] Loop’s PrivateBank Theatre is where Lin-Manuel Miranda said he’ll perform in “Hamilton” one more time in honor of Puerto Rican activist Oscar Lopez Rivera.

It’s also where, on a fateful summer night more than 40 years ago, López Rivera’s group detonated sticks of dynamite in a spate of Downtown bombings that injured five.

The decision by President Barack Obama on Tuesday to reduce López Rivera’s 70-year sentence — and Miranda’s reaction — show that time in the eyes of some can heal all wounds, no matter how explosive their cause.

López Rivera — who once lived in Humboldt Park — is revered today as a mentor by U.S. Rep. Luis Gutierrez (D-Ill.) and exalted as a hero by local activists.

But in the 1970s, the Fuerzas Armadas de Liberación Nacional, or FALN, a group fighting to overthrow the federal government, was decried as extremist by officials combating scores of bombings that scared Americans across the country and killed six in New York. In the Chicago area alone, the group targeted busy sites such as the Merchandise Mart and Woodfield Mall. …

Five were injured on June 7, 1976, when FALN planted bombs outside prominent Chicago locales, including the John Hancock Center and the former Chicago police headquarters at 11th and State streets.

Another target? The corner of Monroe and Dearborn streets, right next to the theater now showing “Hamilton.” …

Markovitz and his mother had just seen Leonard Nimoy star in a production of “Sherlock Holmes” at the Shubert (now PrivateBank) Theatre, 18 W. Monroe St., when a bomb exploded in a trash can on the corner. Markovitz was punctured in his chest by debris and temporarily deafened by the blast. His mother, Lee, was treated for shock.

“It was an awful gust of stuff,” Albert Ross, another witness, told the Tribune. “There was a man lying on the sidewalk and his arm was bleeding. Another man — his chest was all blood. I didn’t see anybody running from it.”

The bomb exploded at 11 p.m., right as the crowd was leaving the theater. … López Rivera was never convicted for specific FALN attacks, but in 1981 was sentenced to 55 years in prison on federal conspiracy charges. …

Now the theater is in the news for selling out shows for “Hamilton,” a hit musical about America’s fight for independence that stars actors of color. …

López Rivera is set to leave prison in May, more than 30 years ahead of schedule.

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Spokespeople for “Hamilton” did not return messages seeking comment.

In other news, President Trump hung a portrait of Andrew Jackson in the Oval Office today.

 
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  1. Anonymous • Disclaimer says:

    OT: so super gay man matt drudge puts up a sex bomb pic of Mary Tyler Moore! Love those nipples hahaha. She was so hot long before she became the huge star.

    More great early pics on her wiki page.

    I put up another comment on another thread about her in the early TV show with van dyke….. most guys have no clue how hot she was in the early days.

    But she wasn’t so attractive to gay guys I don’t believe. Look at the hips and tits on her wiki page. Love her crazy hot American girl good looks in the Johnny Stacatto pic.

  2. Conspiracy is a pretty lame charge 5 years after the fact, especially to yield a 70 year sentence.

  3. Where is the outrage? Someday there will be a chronicle of the Obama years that will look at such events and will provide the results for all to see. That is of course in America’s post-delusional era.

  4. FALN: Just one more reason to support independence for Puerto Rico. Why America holds on to this impoverished, Spanish-speaking island I will never understand.

    • Replies: @whorefinder
    @anon

    Hint hint: Democrats get a lot of money and votes from Puerto Rico.

    Replies: @Kevin O'Keeffe

    , @Tom-in-VA
    @anon

    The Great White Fleet needs it as a coaling station?

    , @2Mintzin1
    @anon

    One Cuba is enough?

    , @MBlanc46
    @anon

    We should have given it to them then. What were we thinking?

    Replies: @George

    , @Diversity Heretic
    @anon

    It stands as an indispensable sentinel guarding the Panama Canal against Kaiser Billy's High Seas Fleet of Dreadnought battleships and the Dowager Empress's armada of Chinese junks.

    [sarc]

    Of course, PR ought to be independent--the sooner the better! Hawaii too.

  5. They glorify this shmuck because he tried to kill white people in the name of PR pride,but if you ask them about his cause,Rican independence, they will shudder in horror! “Independence?And give up the Gibs?!? Are you loco,amigo,you wanna get cut?”

    • Replies: @JohnnyD
    @Father O'Hara

    You obviously can't get more American than a Puerto Rican terrorist...

  6. @Father O'Hara
    They glorify this shmuck because he tried to kill white people in the name of PR pride,but if you ask them about his cause,Rican independence, they will shudder in horror! "Independence?And give up the Gibs?!? Are you loco,amigo,you wanna get cut?"

    Replies: @JohnnyD

    You obviously can’t get more American than a Puerto Rican terrorist…

  7. Lin’s revolutionary return to his starring role…

    • LOL: ic1000
  8. Donald Trump putting up Andrew Jackson’s (Old Hickory’s) portrait in the Oval Office is a nice touch. Andrew Jackson carried a scar for life from a British officer’s sabre when he refused to shine his boots, he is one of the founders of the Democratic Party (although the Jefferson-Jackson Day dinners are becoming an embarassment to the modern party), he killed a man in a duel in which he was wounded (he killed his adversary after having been wounded), he campaigned (militarily) vigorously against Indians, he defied a Supreme Court ruling (“Mr. Justice Marshall has made his ruling, now let him enforce it”) and was the first President elected by universal male suffrage.

    And he was a slave owner.

    Nice move, Mr. President Trump.

    Now put him back on the front of the $20!

    • Replies: @whorefinder
    @Diversity Heretic


    Now put him back on the front of the $20!
     
    He could try to jiu-jitsu the whole Harriet Tubman thing in a couple of ways:

    1. Put her on the $1 coin, where traditional diversity tokens go, claiming that we should honor all of our history together.

    2. Invent a new denomination (the $3 Bill? a $15 bill?) for Tubman.

    3. Replace Hamilton (ha!) on the $10 bill.

    4. Replace FDR on the dime.

    5. Replace JFK on the 50-cent piece.

    He could also just be Trump and say that he won't disrespect Jackson's legacy by replacing his greatness and that's that.

    Replies: @Steve Sailer

  9. @anon
    FALN: Just one more reason to support independence for Puerto Rico. Why America holds on to this impoverished, Spanish-speaking island I will never understand.

    Replies: @whorefinder, @Tom-in-VA, @2Mintzin1, @MBlanc46, @Diversity Heretic

    Hint hint: Democrats get a lot of money and votes from Puerto Rico.

    • Replies: @Kevin O'Keeffe
    @whorefinder


    Hint hint: Democrats get a lot of money and votes from Puerto Rico.
     
    Uh, no they don't. Puerto Rico has no representation in Congress, nor any Electoral Votes. They also don't have much in the way of well-heeled donors.

    Replies: @Steve Sailer, @anon, @whorefinder

  10. @anon
    FALN: Just one more reason to support independence for Puerto Rico. Why America holds on to this impoverished, Spanish-speaking island I will never understand.

    Replies: @whorefinder, @Tom-in-VA, @2Mintzin1, @MBlanc46, @Diversity Heretic

    The Great White Fleet needs it as a coaling station?

  11. So to recap the last week:

    Violent communist terrorists get presidential pardons and open adulation from the most elite members of our culture.

    A broad consensus develops that peaceful, law-abiding “nazis” who have never endorsed violence are legitimate targets for unprovoked assault and maybe more.

    I will leave the reader to draw their own conclusions.

  12. @anon
    FALN: Just one more reason to support independence for Puerto Rico. Why America holds on to this impoverished, Spanish-speaking island I will never understand.

    Replies: @whorefinder, @Tom-in-VA, @2Mintzin1, @MBlanc46, @Diversity Heretic

    One Cuba is enough?

  13. Not to mention Fraunces Tavern itself.

  14. “Irony Alert”

    Is that really irony, or is it just routine consecration of newly conquered territory?

    While Steve has amply documented the exquisite ironies of a transgressive minstrel show honoring an Enlightenment wig-wearer, I’ve never seen the slightest evidence that anyone involved in the show, indeed anyone on the Left at all, regards Hamilton as anything but another chapter in the ongoing heroic colored conquista of America.

    This newest event is simply the Puerto Rican equivalent of Sultan Mehmet II ordering his minion to recite the Muslim Shahada from the Hagia Sophia’s pulpit in the immediate aftermath of his conquest of Constantinople, even as his other minions were busily raping and pillaging the trapped worshippers, the last of the Byzantines.

    The irony that the greatest mosque in Islam wasn’t built by Muslims is not just lost on them, they actually think it enhances their glory that they took something from someone else that they could never build themselves. Allahu Akbar!

    This could be the epitaph of the post-Christian West:

    They got the real estate, the culture and the women, but we got the irony!

  15. Oscar Lopez Rivera is, of course, a disgusting terrorist, and whether he has served enough time for his dreadful crimes is debatable. But, while I certainly disagree with his methods, I do agree with his goal of independence for Puerto Rico. That unfortunate island was acquired from Spain as a result of the disastrous Spanish-American war, a splendid little war brought too us largely by the Hearst newspapers. The US won a ridiculously easy military victory over the decrepit Spanish empire and, as a result, acquired Puerto Rico, the Philippines, Guam and a few other goodies, such as Cuba, to which the US granted independence about a year later. For this, the Cubans have been eternally grateful to their Yankee liberators.

    The US occupied the Philippines rather than setting them free, resulting in a nasty decade of guerilla warfare that took thousands of (mostly Philippine) lives. US presence there was a major factor in Japan’s decision to go to war with America in 1941.

    The reasons for making Puerto Rico a US commonwealth are murkier, but protection of the yet to be built Panama Canal was certainly a consideration. The extremely influential Admiral Mahan saw the canal as essential to America’s ability to quickly move its rapidly expanding navy between Atlantic and Pacific bases. Puerto Rico made an ideal naval base for defense against such baddies as the Royal Navy (our ally for the last 100 years or so) and the German High Seas Fleet (which went out of business in 1918).

    So we’ve been stuck with Puerto Rico for over a century. Our naval threats have disappeared and we don’t even own the Panama Canal anymore. Yet Puerto Rico remains an American territory, an economic basket case able to survive only on handouts from Washington. The navy doesn’t even have a base there now. Time to end this lingering vestige of colonialism and set the oppressed Puerto Ricans free.

    • Replies: @anon
    @Black Death

    A very good post. A few far sighted Americans said as long ago as the end of the Spanish-American war that conflict with Japan was likely now that the USA had acquired so much territory so deep in the Pacific and also the Philippines. I would argue that both the Spanish-American war and the Pacific conflict with Japan were both avoidable and disastrous for America, even though it nominally 'won' both.

    Replies: @Black Death

  16. The collapse of the economy of America’s colony Puerto Rico is proof, the Puerto Rican nationalists were right.

    Official: Puerto Rico govt could collapse if no steps taken

    http://www.foxnews.com/world/2017/01/17/official-puerto-rico-govt-could-collapse-if-no-steps-taken.html

  17. @anon
    FALN: Just one more reason to support independence for Puerto Rico. Why America holds on to this impoverished, Spanish-speaking island I will never understand.

    Replies: @whorefinder, @Tom-in-VA, @2Mintzin1, @MBlanc46, @Diversity Heretic

    We should have given it to them then. What were we thinking?

    • Replies: @George
    @MBlanc46

    "What were we thinking?"

    We were thinking that's our island. If we let a bunch of Caribean terrorists change our policy, we will look week to the Soviets and Chi-coms.

  18. “In other news, President Trump hung a portrait of Andrew Jackson in the Oval Office today.”

    God bless Donald Trump. This country definitely needs the spirit of Ole Hickory revived and set loose.

  19. Miranda adds a strong touch of resect by referring to Rivera as “Don Oscar”, much like the mob referred to their Boss as the “Don.”

  20. Lots of our greatest leaders have troublesome personal details, many of which are mostly due to the times in which they lived. (There aren’t many political leaders from the American South who didn’t own slaves or benefit from slavery in some way. Doesn’t mean they weren’t great men.)

    But Jackson is problematic in entirely different ways, ways that are still meaningful. As much as it pains me to agree with SJWs on anything, I strongly disapprove of anything which glorifies the man. He should be held up as an example of what the US should NOT be about.

    Another Trump misstep… *sigh*

    • Replies: @Diversity Heretic
    @melendwyr

    What's your problem with Old Hickory? If I came up with a critique it would be that he was too wedded to the national government and insufficiently solicitious of the federal nature of the union (state powers), but I'm genuinely interested in why you don't like him.

    , @Ron Mexico
    @melendwyr

    "He should be held up as an example of what the US should NOT be about."

    Jackson was the very definition of an American Patriot. All of his actions were pro-American when viewed in their historical context. Trump should take inspiration from Jackson and make America First decisions.

    Give some reasons why Jackson is NOT what the US is about....

  21. @anon
    FALN: Just one more reason to support independence for Puerto Rico. Why America holds on to this impoverished, Spanish-speaking island I will never understand.

    Replies: @whorefinder, @Tom-in-VA, @2Mintzin1, @MBlanc46, @Diversity Heretic

    It stands as an indispensable sentinel guarding the Panama Canal against Kaiser Billy’s High Seas Fleet of Dreadnought battleships and the Dowager Empress’s armada of Chinese junks.

    [sarc]

    Of course, PR ought to be independent–the sooner the better! Hawaii too.

  22. @melendwyr
    Lots of our greatest leaders have troublesome personal details, many of which are mostly due to the times in which they lived. (There aren't many political leaders from the American South who didn't own slaves or benefit from slavery in some way. Doesn't mean they weren't great men.)

    But Jackson is problematic in entirely different ways, ways that are still meaningful. As much as it pains me to agree with SJWs on anything, I strongly disapprove of anything which glorifies the man. He should be held up as an example of what the US should NOT be about.

    Another Trump misstep... *sigh*

    Replies: @Diversity Heretic, @Ron Mexico

    What’s your problem with Old Hickory? If I came up with a critique it would be that he was too wedded to the national government and insufficiently solicitious of the federal nature of the union (state powers), but I’m genuinely interested in why you don’t like him.

  23. @whorefinder
    @anon

    Hint hint: Democrats get a lot of money and votes from Puerto Rico.

    Replies: @Kevin O'Keeffe

    Hint hint: Democrats get a lot of money and votes from Puerto Rico.

    Uh, no they don’t. Puerto Rico has no representation in Congress, nor any Electoral Votes. They also don’t have much in the way of well-heeled donors.

    • Replies: @Steve Sailer
    @Kevin O'Keeffe

    Democrats get a lot of votes in the key swing state of Florida by Puerto Rico running out of money and Puerto Ricans moving to Orlando. I really don't think PR is quite as hopeless as it has seemed lately. I suspect what's going on is that soon after the 2000 Recount in Florida, the Dems developed a strategy of letting PR fall apart so the Dems can win Florida.

    , @anon
    @Kevin O'Keeffe

    However a great many people from Puerto Rico move to the mainland USA and the vast majority of them do vote for the Democrats.

    , @whorefinder
    @Kevin O'Keeffe

    In addition to Steve's comment about Florida, don't forget about New York and New Jersey, where a lot of PR's settle and have been solid D's.

    And there's a lot of soft money for D's that come through Puerto Rico, due to the prevalent corruption and the the status as a territory and not a state. When Ted Kennedy ran for president, he got a ton of semi-legal tender when he went to Puerto Rico; later in the campaign, when the Kennedy was stalling and his money drying up, one aide wryly asked if they could just go to another fundraiser in Puerto Rico. (Source: The Senator: My Ten Years With Ted Kennedy)

  24. 1. Commuting the sentence of a murderer is a new low, but maybe one of this clown’s victims still has relatives who care and they’ll do to him what happened to 31-year-old Demarlon Thomas of Saginaw, another of Obama’s pardon recipients.

    2. I keep reading that PR is near bankruptcy. Let it go into foreclosure, do a “Louisiana Purchase” kind of thing, relocate the residents and then use PR as a nice penal colony.

    Anyone who simply insists on committing violent crimes (esp. illegal immigrants who do so) gets sterilized and one-way ticket there, with the admonition that should they find a way to return to the USA they’ll be shot on sight (with a bounty going to the hunter.) No need to let their care and maintenance costs fall on the taxpayers….

  25. @Kevin O'Keeffe
    @whorefinder


    Hint hint: Democrats get a lot of money and votes from Puerto Rico.
     
    Uh, no they don't. Puerto Rico has no representation in Congress, nor any Electoral Votes. They also don't have much in the way of well-heeled donors.

    Replies: @Steve Sailer, @anon, @whorefinder

    Democrats get a lot of votes in the key swing state of Florida by Puerto Rico running out of money and Puerto Ricans moving to Orlando. I really don’t think PR is quite as hopeless as it has seemed lately. I suspect what’s going on is that soon after the 2000 Recount in Florida, the Dems developed a strategy of letting PR fall apart so the Dems can win Florida.

  26. @MBlanc46
    @anon

    We should have given it to them then. What were we thinking?

    Replies: @George

    “What were we thinking?”

    We were thinking that’s our island. If we let a bunch of Caribean terrorists change our policy, we will look week to the Soviets and Chi-coms.

  27. @Kevin O'Keeffe
    @whorefinder


    Hint hint: Democrats get a lot of money and votes from Puerto Rico.
     
    Uh, no they don't. Puerto Rico has no representation in Congress, nor any Electoral Votes. They also don't have much in the way of well-heeled donors.

    Replies: @Steve Sailer, @anon, @whorefinder

    However a great many people from Puerto Rico move to the mainland USA and the vast majority of them do vote for the Democrats.

  28. anon • Disclaimer says:
    @Black Death
    Oscar Lopez Rivera is, of course, a disgusting terrorist, and whether he has served enough time for his dreadful crimes is debatable. But, while I certainly disagree with his methods, I do agree with his goal of independence for Puerto Rico. That unfortunate island was acquired from Spain as a result of the disastrous Spanish-American war, a splendid little war brought too us largely by the Hearst newspapers. The US won a ridiculously easy military victory over the decrepit Spanish empire and, as a result, acquired Puerto Rico, the Philippines, Guam and a few other goodies, such as Cuba, to which the US granted independence about a year later. For this, the Cubans have been eternally grateful to their Yankee liberators.

    The US occupied the Philippines rather than setting them free, resulting in a nasty decade of guerilla warfare that took thousands of (mostly Philippine) lives. US presence there was a major factor in Japan's decision to go to war with America in 1941.

    The reasons for making Puerto Rico a US commonwealth are murkier, but protection of the yet to be built Panama Canal was certainly a consideration. The extremely influential Admiral Mahan saw the canal as essential to America's ability to quickly move its rapidly expanding navy between Atlantic and Pacific bases. Puerto Rico made an ideal naval base for defense against such baddies as the Royal Navy (our ally for the last 100 years or so) and the German High Seas Fleet (which went out of business in 1918).

    So we've been stuck with Puerto Rico for over a century. Our naval threats have disappeared and we don't even own the Panama Canal anymore. Yet Puerto Rico remains an American territory, an economic basket case able to survive only on handouts from Washington. The navy doesn't even have a base there now. Time to end this lingering vestige of colonialism and set the oppressed Puerto Ricans free.

    Replies: @anon

    A very good post. A few far sighted Americans said as long ago as the end of the Spanish-American war that conflict with Japan was likely now that the USA had acquired so much territory so deep in the Pacific and also the Philippines. I would argue that both the Spanish-American war and the Pacific conflict with Japan were both avoidable and disastrous for America, even though it nominally ‘won’ both.

    • Replies: @Black Death
    @anon

    Thank you. I agree. The territories that the US acquired from Spain are today of little importance, and it is probable that the US possession of the Philippines was a factor in Japan's decision to attack in 1941. What Japan really wanted was the oil in Dutch Indonesia, especially after FDR placed an embargo on American oil shipments to Japan. Grabbing French Indochina and British Malaya, Hong Kong, Singapore and Burma were kind of throw-ins. France and the Netherlands were under German occupation in 1941, and Britain had its hands full in Europe and couldn't do much to protect its Asian colonies. So if the Philippines had been independent and had had no American military presence, Japan might have seen fit not to go through with the Pearl Harbor attack. The Japanese would have had to weigh the option of starting a war with the only power that could defeat them versus accepting the risk of leaving a powerful and growing American military in Hawaii and hoping that the Americans wouldn't attack them. Of course, the mood in America prior to December 7, 1941 was strongly isolationist. The US Congress wasn't going to vote for war with Japan over the possession of some Asian colonies that the US had no interest in anyway. The Japanese leadership, however, did not understand this, except for Admiral Yamamoto, who had lived in the US, attended Harvard and understood well the enormous military potential of the US. He opposed the war but was overruled and dutifully planned the Pearl Harbor attack. In the end, both Yamamoto and his country were destroyed by the Americans. Could this have all been avoided if the US had not held on the the Philippines (which were of little value anyway)? Who knows?

  29. @Kevin O'Keeffe
    @whorefinder


    Hint hint: Democrats get a lot of money and votes from Puerto Rico.
     
    Uh, no they don't. Puerto Rico has no representation in Congress, nor any Electoral Votes. They also don't have much in the way of well-heeled donors.

    Replies: @Steve Sailer, @anon, @whorefinder

    In addition to Steve’s comment about Florida, don’t forget about New York and New Jersey, where a lot of PR’s settle and have been solid D’s.

    And there’s a lot of soft money for D’s that come through Puerto Rico, due to the prevalent corruption and the the status as a territory and not a state. When Ted Kennedy ran for president, he got a ton of semi-legal tender when he went to Puerto Rico; later in the campaign, when the Kennedy was stalling and his money drying up, one aide wryly asked if they could just go to another fundraiser in Puerto Rico. (Source: The Senator: My Ten Years With Ted Kennedy)

  30. @Diversity Heretic
    Donald Trump putting up Andrew Jackson's (Old Hickory's) portrait in the Oval Office is a nice touch. Andrew Jackson carried a scar for life from a British officer's sabre when he refused to shine his boots, he is one of the founders of the Democratic Party (although the Jefferson-Jackson Day dinners are becoming an embarassment to the modern party), he killed a man in a duel in which he was wounded (he killed his adversary after having been wounded), he campaigned (militarily) vigorously against Indians, he defied a Supreme Court ruling ("Mr. Justice Marshall has made his ruling, now let him enforce it") and was the first President elected by universal male suffrage.

    And he was a slave owner.

    Nice move, Mr. President Trump.

    Now put him back on the front of the $20!

    Replies: @whorefinder

    Now put him back on the front of the $20!

    He could try to jiu-jitsu the whole Harriet Tubman thing in a couple of ways:

    1. Put her on the $1 coin, where traditional diversity tokens go, claiming that we should honor all of our history together.

    2. Invent a new denomination (the $3 Bill? a $15 bill?) for Tubman.

    3. Replace Hamilton (ha!) on the $10 bill.

    4. Replace FDR on the dime.

    5. Replace JFK on the 50-cent piece.

    He could also just be Trump and say that he won’t disrespect Jackson’s legacy by replacing his greatness and that’s that.

    • Replies: @Steve Sailer
    @whorefinder

    There are two sides to paper money: put Tubman on the back of the $20. And Trump should hire a black artist to imagine her as a beautiful 22 year old glamorously leading the Underground Railroad, rather than use a photograph from extreme old age.

    Replies: @whorefinder, @whorefinder

  31. @whorefinder
    @Diversity Heretic


    Now put him back on the front of the $20!
     
    He could try to jiu-jitsu the whole Harriet Tubman thing in a couple of ways:

    1. Put her on the $1 coin, where traditional diversity tokens go, claiming that we should honor all of our history together.

    2. Invent a new denomination (the $3 Bill? a $15 bill?) for Tubman.

    3. Replace Hamilton (ha!) on the $10 bill.

    4. Replace FDR on the dime.

    5. Replace JFK on the 50-cent piece.

    He could also just be Trump and say that he won't disrespect Jackson's legacy by replacing his greatness and that's that.

    Replies: @Steve Sailer

    There are two sides to paper money: put Tubman on the back of the $20. And Trump should hire a black artist to imagine her as a beautiful 22 year old glamorously leading the Underground Railroad, rather than use a photograph from extreme old age.

    • Replies: @whorefinder
    @Steve Sailer

    Beyonce as the model? Or will they go with the piece of trash from Scandal? Or maybe that black ballerina at the New York Ballet?

    No, the artist would probably go for Michele Obama as the model. Yecch.

    , @whorefinder
    @Steve Sailer

    On rethinking it, no way. Putting a black person on the back of ANYTHING will immediately cause marches and violence and references to Rosa Parks.

    "Ah, ha, hush that fuss, everybody move to the back of the bus...."

  32. @Steve Sailer
    @whorefinder

    There are two sides to paper money: put Tubman on the back of the $20. And Trump should hire a black artist to imagine her as a beautiful 22 year old glamorously leading the Underground Railroad, rather than use a photograph from extreme old age.

    Replies: @whorefinder, @whorefinder

    Beyonce as the model? Or will they go with the piece of trash from Scandal? Or maybe that black ballerina at the New York Ballet?

    No, the artist would probably go for Michele Obama as the model. Yecch.

  33. It’s pretty telling how Lin-Manuel Miranda doesn’t seem to want to take a firm position on the Puerto Rican question. For all the rhetoric and posturing, there are many advantages to the status quo. If Miranda comes out for statehood, he risks being labeled a sell-out and physical attacks from nutjobs like López Rivera; but if he supports independence and Puerto Rico actually gets it, people will wonder why he doesn’t permanently relocate to San Juan, where of course, he’ll earn a lot less money and enjoy far fewer diverse dining options…

  34. @melendwyr
    Lots of our greatest leaders have troublesome personal details, many of which are mostly due to the times in which they lived. (There aren't many political leaders from the American South who didn't own slaves or benefit from slavery in some way. Doesn't mean they weren't great men.)

    But Jackson is problematic in entirely different ways, ways that are still meaningful. As much as it pains me to agree with SJWs on anything, I strongly disapprove of anything which glorifies the man. He should be held up as an example of what the US should NOT be about.

    Another Trump misstep... *sigh*

    Replies: @Diversity Heretic, @Ron Mexico

    “He should be held up as an example of what the US should NOT be about.”

    Jackson was the very definition of an American Patriot. All of his actions were pro-American when viewed in their historical context. Trump should take inspiration from Jackson and make America First decisions.

    Give some reasons why Jackson is NOT what the US is about….

  35. @Steve Sailer
    @whorefinder

    There are two sides to paper money: put Tubman on the back of the $20. And Trump should hire a black artist to imagine her as a beautiful 22 year old glamorously leading the Underground Railroad, rather than use a photograph from extreme old age.

    Replies: @whorefinder, @whorefinder

    On rethinking it, no way. Putting a black person on the back of ANYTHING will immediately cause marches and violence and references to Rosa Parks.

    “Ah, ha, hush that fuss, everybody move to the back of the bus….”

  36. I like the last part-Andrew Jackson’s portrait is now hanging in the Oval Office. 🙂

  37. @anon
    @Black Death

    A very good post. A few far sighted Americans said as long ago as the end of the Spanish-American war that conflict with Japan was likely now that the USA had acquired so much territory so deep in the Pacific and also the Philippines. I would argue that both the Spanish-American war and the Pacific conflict with Japan were both avoidable and disastrous for America, even though it nominally 'won' both.

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    Thank you. I agree. The territories that the US acquired from Spain are today of little importance, and it is probable that the US possession of the Philippines was a factor in Japan’s decision to attack in 1941. What Japan really wanted was the oil in Dutch Indonesia, especially after FDR placed an embargo on American oil shipments to Japan. Grabbing French Indochina and British Malaya, Hong Kong, Singapore and Burma were kind of throw-ins. France and the Netherlands were under German occupation in 1941, and Britain had its hands full in Europe and couldn’t do much to protect its Asian colonies. So if the Philippines had been independent and had had no American military presence, Japan might have seen fit not to go through with the Pearl Harbor attack. The Japanese would have had to weigh the option of starting a war with the only power that could defeat them versus accepting the risk of leaving a powerful and growing American military in Hawaii and hoping that the Americans wouldn’t attack them. Of course, the mood in America prior to December 7, 1941 was strongly isolationist. The US Congress wasn’t going to vote for war with Japan over the possession of some Asian colonies that the US had no interest in anyway. The Japanese leadership, however, did not understand this, except for Admiral Yamamoto, who had lived in the US, attended Harvard and understood well the enormous military potential of the US. He opposed the war but was overruled and dutifully planned the Pearl Harbor attack. In the end, both Yamamoto and his country were destroyed by the Americans. Could this have all been avoided if the US had not held on the the Philippines (which were of little value anyway)? Who knows?

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