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Sunday, 10 February 2019
Race & Second Class Citizenship
Topic: Personal Stories


One of the many uncomfortable facts of being Black in America is having to deal with racial discrimination. One of the most profound moments in an African-American's life is that first moment when you learn the meaning of "second-class citizen." A person may not know the term but they definitely know the feeling. This initial lesson in American racism usually happens early in life, and it scars the memory!

We were a poor family. My mother was a single parent, and doing the best she could to provide for us in inner-city Chicago. Being poor, it was really a treat to go to the mall. These excursions usually consisted of lots of walking for my little legs, going to lots of stores that I wasn't interested in; but I was able to get a treat from time to time! On this particular day my mom had enough money left over for me to pick a place to eat. I was so excited-- and I was hungry too!

I don't know if their signs were made to attract kids, but my eyes were glued on the Orange Julius. Later on I learned that the restaurant was known for their drinks, but I had my eyes on the food. The Pizza Dog in particular! Funny thing is I didn't even like pizza...but I wanted that dog! My mother and I got in this long line, and it seemed like it took forever to make it to the front. With every step I took I tried to imagine what that pizza dog would taste like! My mouth was watering with anticipation when we finally reached the cashier. I looked up with joy as my mom tried to order. But, right then, the order taker looked right past us and took the order of the White family behind. My anticipation turned to anger as I saw my mother being ignored by the White employees. That's when the feeling of being a second-class citizen hit! Being treated less than simply because of race! We left as the White people there continued to order and eat... To this day I've never bought anything from an Orange Julius!

Years later, when I was married, I took my then-wife out for dinner to celebrate one of our anniversaries. We were in Kankakee, Illinois and I looked for her favorite food: Mexican! She asked me where we were going and me, loving to spring surprises, wouldn't tell her! When we pulled up in front of a Mexican restaurant her joy at my surprise was apparent -- We both loved steak tortas! For those not in the know a torta is a sandwich on a Mexican bun with lettuce, cilantro, onions, tomato, mayo or sour cream, sometimes refried beans and/or jalapeno peppers, and your choice of meat. They are absolutely delicious! And, after working up an appetite swimming, we were ready to crush some food! We went inside and walked up to the cashier to order. Just then Deja Vu! The Mexican employee behind the counter looked past us and took the order of the Mexicans behind. We waited and tried to order again. Again we got ignored in favor of the Mexicans behind us in line. I even tried to order in Spanish, and still got ignored. I was pissed! Not only were they disrespecting me, but they were disrespecting my wife -- and we were "Americans" both born here in America! Listening to the employees it was obvious that not all of them were. I finally got loud and screamed at them "Is anybody going to serve us?" Ignored!!! Refused service once again at a restaurant because of being Black! We left as the Mexican people there continued to order and eat...

Posted by Steven Whitehurst at 8:39 PM CST
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Tuesday, 24 July 2018
Battle For Atlantis Poll: Aquaman vs. Prince Namor: The Submariner
Topic: Visual Media


Who would win the Battle For Atlantis:
 
*Aquaman
 
*Prince Namor: The Submariner
 
 
 
 
 
 

Posted by Steven Whitehurst at 2:30 AM CDT
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Monday, 11 June 2018
Legends of Boxing Fight Poll: George Foreman vs. Mike Tyson
Topic: Sports


During George Foreman's comeback and second career he repeatedly called out Iron Mike Tyson for a shot at the title.  Regrettably this fight never happened.  Question:  If the fight had materialized WHO WOULD HAVE WON?
 
 
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Posted by Steven Whitehurst at 5:07 PM CDT
Updated: Monday, 11 June 2018 5:08 PM CDT
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Saturday, 24 February 2018
IRAN vs SAUDIA ARABIA: WHO WOULD WIN A WAR? War Sim & Poll
Topic: Military


Iran and Saudi Arabia are bitter rivals for a number of reasons.  Currently their animosity towards each others is playing out through proxy wars in Yemen, Syria and Iraq.  The Question is:  Who would win a war between the two Middle Eastern powers if the situation escalated to direct confrontation?  Binkov's Battlegrounds put together a war simulation to address that question.  Click the photo below to watch:


 
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Posted by Steven Whitehurst at 9:42 PM CST
Updated: Saturday, 24 February 2018 10:09 PM CST
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Thursday, 1 February 2018
Egypt vs. Israel: Who Would In A Conventional War Now? War Sim & Poll
Topic: Military


Israel and Egypt have gone to war a number of times since the mid 20th Century; the 1973 Yom Kippur War being the most recent.  The Question is:  Who would win a war between the two Middle Eastern powers now?  Binkov's Battlegrounds put together a war simulation to address that question.  Click the photo below to watch:
 
 

 
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Posted by Steven Whitehurst at 9:59 PM CST
Updated: Thursday, 1 February 2018 10:20 PM CST
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Sunday, 14 January 2018
Dungeons & Dragons: The Hidden Teaching Tool
Topic: Education


When I was a Freshman in college in 1984 I was introduced to Advanced Dungeons & Dragons, a popular roleplaying game (RPG).  I didn't know anything about it at first, but I soon learned to love it!  There was the very attractive blend of myth (ala Lord of The Rings) with very detailed and well researched elements of history (my college major).  Also, without realizing it, through playing the game, I was working on my math skills as a matter of course!  Long after my college days I held fond memories of my adventures in Ravenloft Castle and beyond. 
 
Turn the page two decades, and I found myself raising a daughter  and needing something to occupy her time.  I wanted to do something both fun and educational.  From personal experience I knew that education was more readily accepted by students when they found the subject interesting.    I decided to see how my 8 year-old would react to the game.  She loved animals and nature, so she became a Druid.  Holding to history -- and her interest in British accents -- the adventures took place in England.  I wanted her to learn something, so I had this take place around the time of the second Roman Invasion.  Also, wanting to reinforce strong gender role models, I wove in the story of Queen Boudica and her rebellion against the Romans.  I have to say it was a major success!  Whenever I had visitation, she wanted to play!  And she learned!  She learned decision making, worked on math to determine the range and duration of her spells, and was introduced to real history!  If you're parent or educator, this "game" may be a teaching tool worth looking into!
 
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Posted by Steven Whitehurst at 7:53 PM CST
Updated: Sunday, 14 January 2018 8:49 PM CST
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Saturday, 25 November 2017
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Topic: Business


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Posted by Steven Whitehurst at 12:08 PM CST
Updated: Saturday, 25 November 2017 12:11 PM CST
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Tuesday, 14 November 2017
The Sino-Vietnamese War: The Forgotten Vietnam War
Topic: History

Many have heard of the French-Indochina War; which culminated in a French defeat, and the end of French colonial power in Vietnam in 1954.  Many more are probably familiar with the Vietnam War, especially in the United States.  This war involved North Vietnam and America and ended in 1975 with a North Vietnamese victory; and the unification of the nation under Communist control.  What many in America and elsewhere do not know is that there was another "Vietnam War" later in the 20th Century:  The Sino-Vietnamese War of 1979!

 

The conflict was a result of a split between Communist allies China and the Soviet Union.  China backed Cambodia, while the Soviets supported Vietnam.   When Vietnam went to war with Cambodia, China invaded northern Vietnam on February 17, 1979.  After tens of thousands of casualties on both sides, and with Chinese forces facing the same determined resistance that American soldiers had faced earlier, the Chinese withdrew less than a month later.  Click the image below to watch a documentary on the war:




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For More on The Sino-Vietnamese War Read:

http://nationalinterest.org/blog/the-buzz/27-days-hell-when-china-vietnam-went-war-19596 ;

http://www.historynet.com/sino-vietnamese-war-1979.htm  ;

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sino-Vietnamese_War


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Posted by Steven Whitehurst at 6:10 PM CST
Updated: Tuesday, 14 November 2017 6:22 PM CST
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Friday, 10 November 2017
Pakistan vs. India: Who Would Win A Conventional War?
Topic: Military


Since their partition into separate countries, Pakistan and India have shared a very contentious history.  Fighting a number of wars in the 20th Century -- with the most recent being The Kargil War of 1999 -- the two longstanding enemies share what has been called the most dangerous border in the world.  Military enthusiasts have often discussed what a modern conventional war between them would look like.  Binkov's Battlefields creates war simulations, and this is one of the conflicts the channel has featured.  Click The Photo Below To Watch:

 

 






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Posted by Steven Whitehurst at 7:32 PM CST
Updated: Friday, 10 November 2017 7:59 PM CST
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Tuesday, 24 October 2017
Sign Petition To Impeach Trump
Topic: Politics


If you are one of the millions of Americans who believes that the time has come to end the Trump Presidency, you can make your voice heard NOW!  If you question Donald Trump's mental fitness to hold office; are tired of Trump's almost daily scandals; upset by his use of the Oval Office as a bully pulpit for lies and attacks; his attacks on the free press; his support for White supremacists; the rollbacks of environmental protections; his response to disasters; and his involvement and relationship with the Russians...LET YOUR FEELINGS BE KNOWN. 
 
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Posted by Steven Whitehurst at 4:57 PM CDT
Updated: Tuesday, 24 October 2017 7:27 PM CDT
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