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Postby Helen_Davis » Wed December 26th, 2012, 8:07 pm

"MLE" wrote:You're kidding, right? The US stole that at gunpoint (well, we stole Texas after trouncing the Mexican army when they objected, and then we paid a dinky little pittance for California, Arizona, Nevada, and New Mexico). The Mexicans didn't like it, but seeing as the US had a great deal more firepower, there wasn't much they could do except grit their teeth and agree.

It isn't as though that has changed.

Not that I'm advocating any kind of reparations. Money given to the Mexican government goes into somebody's private bank account.
And I suppose it could be justified by the argument that the US has definitely provided better government to those areas than Mexico does for any of their citizens.

Besides, the law-abiding ranchers who own property along Southwestern border definitely need to hang on to their guns.

My mom said we would go to war if Mexico tried to do that and the US would win.

"The first time a book has gotten us close to Evita, in all her misery and all her splendor."
Excerpt from the Spanish summary of my novel

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Postby LoveHistory » Thu December 27th, 2012, 1:27 am

Mexico is not likely to try that, Helen.

Location: Arizona, USA

Postby Ash » Thu December 27th, 2012, 3:40 am

I think someone's been reading too many of those chain emails....

BTW best place to check a rumor or verify whether something you read on the net is true or not: Snopes.com

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Interest in HF: started in childhood with the classics, which, IMHO are HF even if they were contemporary when written.
Favorite HF book: Prince of Foxes, by Samuel Shellabarger
Preferred HF: Currently prefer 1600 and earlier, but I'll read anything that keeps me turning the page.
Location: California Bay Area

Postby MLE (Emily Cotton) » Tue January 15th, 2013, 2:11 am

Read this today.
Wow. Unvarnished honesty.
Yep, I've been there. Though at the moment in my family, things are calm, thank God.

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