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Well, I never. Ben Franklin wasn’t keen on non-British immigrants, particularly Germans into Pennsylvania.

Ben Franklin

Few of their children in the country learn English… The signs in our streets have inscriptions in both languages … Unless the stream of their importation could be turned they will soon so outnumber us that all the advantages we have will not be able to preserve our language, and even our government will become precarious.”

…the language so vexing to him was the German spoken by new arrivals to Pennsylvania in the 1750s, a wave of immigrants whom Franklin viewed as the “most stupid of their nation.”

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Commissioning Cristóbal Colón, aka Cristoforo Colombo, aka Christopher Columbus

April 17, 1492: Spain’s King Ferdinand and Queen Isabella give Christopher Columbus a commission to seek a westward ocean passage to Asia. Though he was also interested in wealth, Columbus saw himself as a “Christ-bearer” who would carry Christ across the ocean to people who had never heard the gospel.

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Peanut butter? No thanks. I prefer cookie butter.

Peanut butter is popular in the United States. It is everywhere. Plastic tubs of the stuff. For most American kids PB&J, peanut butter and jelly, sandwiches are a staple of childhood.

I, however, did not like it, and my parents, thankfully, somehow avoided the PB&J stereotype. We ate other stuff instead.

One such staple in our family for years was dry milk, which I think is disgusting. These days I only use dry milk for cooking and baking.

My hatred of peanut butter has waned. I will eat a PB&J sandwich occasionally and spread peanut butter on celery. But other than that I don’t eat much of it.

A few weeks back I found a tub of cookie butter mixed in with a horde of peanut butter. These tubs were the same size, shape, and with red lids, so it was understandable to have a mix up.

This particular cookie butter, brand name Lotus and made from Biscoff cookies, is from Belgium. And it is tasty.

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There’s a lot about China that’s fake

I don’t like it here.” — a resident of Tianducheng, a city in China made to look like Paris

The place is “a little strange,” she says. I wonder if she’s been arrested yet.

There’s so much graft and corruption and greed in China. There was the melamin in pet food. There was junk in baby formula.

I wouldn’t be surprised if some are dumping their industrial waste into products they export to America. I remember from years back the toxic smell leaching from the black plastic cases of the cheap DVDs at the dollar store.

Because of these problems and lax enforcement of food safety and other regulations, I fully support ending free trade with China. It’s past time to begin placing tariffs on certain imports and banning others altogether.

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