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Mike Schilling

Mike has been a software engineer far longer than he would like to admit. He has strong opinions on baseball, software, science fiction, comedy, contract bridge, and European history, any of which he's willing to share with almost no prompting whatsoever.

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  1. Avatar Oscar Gordon
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  2. Avatar Bert The Turtle
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    You know, in a certain sense the Confederate flag is even worse than a swastika, since the hooked cross had other meanings prior to the Nazi appropriation of it. The Confederate flag has only ever been a symbol of white supremacy and treason.Report

    • Avatar Joe Sal in reply to Bert The Turtle
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      Damn, all those people who think the Confederate flag is THE symbol of rebellion are going to be filled with sorrow when someone informs them otherwise.

      Great job folks, I see more flags hoisted than ever these days. Hell, they are even selling bedsheets with the flag. A flag the size of a bed. I mean really, damnit. Peeps are fornicating and creating babies under this thing.Report

    • Avatar DavidTC in reply to Bert The Turtle
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      The Confederate flag has only ever been a symbol of white supremacy and treason.

      I think, technically, the actual Confederate flag has only been a symbol of *slavery* and treason, and the thing everyone is *currently* flying (Which is, IIRC, a misshapen battle flag) is just currently white supremacy and slight treason.

      I.e., there are two different things here, the actual Confederacy, and the Confederate flag *revival*, in the 1960s. Both of them are evil, but they’re technically *different* evils.

      This is almost the opposite direction of what happened with the swastika. It’s someone using a symbol of great evil for…slightly lesser evil in basically the same vein.

      The real problem, of course, is that a good section of the US population has decided it *wasn’t* evil. None of it.

      But I think this all raises an excellent question of why those people hate America?Report

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