They found us in Year 103

of the new Calendar.

It was totally unfair.

They were hovering over Earth, telling us, free people, that we had to exterminate lots of people.

They had determined, using their computers, unless we wiped out some of the people of the nations with the most aggressive recent histories, we'd never get along in the inter-galactic community.

So many people were killed. The English, the French, the Spanish, the Italian, the German, the Russians.

Then, with half the world's population gone, they told us they didn't need to do that. They only made us do it to show that they could.


I figure this is how it will happen

We'll send people into space, a colony ship.

Hopefully it will be the libertarians.

And as they are heading away, very fast

It might be 1000 years for us, and 50 for them

And so both mother and child

will have a claim

to being called



Why was "Victory" so very hard to define for the Bush administration to define in Iraq and Afghanistan

In his final State of the Union, Stephen Grover Cleveland spoke only about Cuba and this is one of the things he had to say about the insurgents fighting against Spain.

In a country where all that is indispensable to life in the way of food, clothing, and shelter is so easily obtainable, especially by those born and bred on the soil, it is obvious that there is hardly a limit to the time during which hostilities of this sort may be prolonged.

Here's a similar question. How could the Bush or Obama administrations have prevented the continuation of insurgent attacks in Iraq or Afghanistan, given any length of time?

I don't think there is any way to guarantee the end of the attacks. I don't think there is any way to stop the flow of funds to the insurgents.

So, how do you make sure it stops?

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