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201  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / China continues to flex on: July 11, 2016, 11:29:00 AM

No worries, Team Smartpower is on it!
202  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Re: Sonnie Johnson on: July 11, 2016, 11:20:52 AM

I prefer to call progressives what they really are. Oppressives.
203  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / The Onion gets very close to reality on: July 11, 2016, 11:12:53 AM

FBI Uncovers Al-Qaeda Plot To Just Sit Back And Enjoy Collapse Of United States
A recent al-Qaeda video shows a militant training to carry out his mission of lying back and watching America’s status as a superpower erode
April 15, 2014
Vol 50 Issue 15    News · Terrorism · World · Government · Al-Qaeda

WASHINGTON—Putting the nation on alert against what it has described as a “highly credible terrorist threat,” the FBI announced today that it has uncovered a plot by members of al-Qaeda to sit back and enjoy themselves while the United States collapses of its own accord.

Multiple intelligence agencies confirmed that the militant Islamist organization and its numerous affiliates intend to carry out a massive, coordinated plan to stand aside and watch America’s increasingly rapid decline, with terrorist operatives across the globe reportedly mobilizing to take it easy, relax, and savor the spectacle as it unfolds.

“We have intercepted electronic communication indicating that al-Qaeda members are actively plotting to stay out of the way while America as we know it gradually crumbles under the weight of its own self-inflicted debt and disrepair,” FBI Deputy Director Mark F. Giuliano told the assembled press corps. “If this plan succeeds, it will leave behind a nation with a completely dysfunctional economy, collapsing infrastructure, and a catastrophic health crisis afflicting millions across the nation. We want to emphasize that this danger is very real.”

“And unfortunately, based on information we have from intelligence assets on the ground, this plot is already well under way,” he added.

A recently declassified CIA report confirmed that all known al-Qaeda-affiliated organizations—from Pakistan to Yemen, and from Somalia to Algeria—have been instructed to kick back and enjoy the show as the United States’ federal government, energy grid, and industrial sector are rendered impotent by internal dissent, decay, and mismanagement. According to statements made by top-level informants and corroborated by leading Western terrorism experts, if seen through to its conclusion, al-Qaeda’s current plot could wreak far more damage than the events of 9/11.

In the past year, money transfers to al-Qaeda cells around the world have reportedly been accompanied by instructions to use the funds to outfit safe houses with the proper equipment to receive American cable news broadcasts and view top U.S. news websites, allowing terrorists to fully relish each detail of the impending demise of the last global superpower.

Additionally, FBI officials made public an internal al-Qaeda video today in which the terrorist organization’s leader Ayman al-Zawahiri chillingly exhorts his followers to “take a load off” and “unwind” in the name of jihad, and really cherish the victory over their enemy.

“Praise Allah, for soon every American city shall be plagued with disaster and hardship,” al-Zawahiri said in the video, which includes several minutes of footage of young, masked al-Qaeda militants casually sipping beverages as they thumb through the latest issues of Time and U.S. News And World Report. “The infidels have brought this pain and destruction upon themselves through their arrogance and callousness. Soon, the United States will watch in horror as its bridges crumble, its desperate citizens suffer in want of medicine and paying employment, and its once vast riches are reduced to naught. The righteous warriors among our ranks must now unite, get comfortable, and look on from afar at the calamity unfolding in the West.”

“We vow that we will not cease sitting around and laughing it up until America is reduced to rubble,” he continued.

Al-Zawahiri, who is seen in the video reclining back in his chair, putting his feet up, and flipping on CNN, later shouts “Allahu Akbar!” when a story is aired about the decade-long trend of stagnant wages among American workers.

The FBI has also warned that numerous al-Qaeda agents may have established sleeper cells for the purpose of “getting a kick out of” the nation’s downfall on American soil. The bureau urged U.S. residents to use caution around schools, hospitals, legislative bodies, prisons, and other decaying institutions whose imminent failure terrorists may wish to observe up close.

Speaking on condition of anonymity, one high-ranking U.S. counterterrorism official has described the present situation as a massive failure of intelligence.

“The warning signs were there all along, but unfortunately we failed to heed them,” said the official, who advised Americans to brace for widespread devastation. “If we’d listened to experts or even our own common sense, we would’ve realized that this plot was being actively orchestrated within our own borders. But we didn’t, and now every one of our citizens and our very way of life is at risk from this threat.”

“Sadly, al-Qaeda has us right where they want us,” the official added, “and at this point, I fear it is too late to do anything about it.”

Responding to the allegations, a spokesperson for al-Qaeda reportedly confirmed the terror group’s plot and praised the American people as martyrs of the highest order.
204  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Re: Liberal fascism: Thomas Sowell expains, Obama is fascist, not socialist on: July 11, 2016, 10:54:16 AM
It's more of a national socialism.

This should be called, famous people reading the forum, where we already have a thread on this theme!

Nobody expains it better than Thomas Sowell:

It bothers me a little when conservatives call Barack Obama a "socialist." He certainly is an enemy of the free market, and wants politicians and bureaucrats to make the fundamental decisions about the economy. But that does not mean that he wants government ownership of the means of production, which has long been a standard definition of socialism.

What President Obama has been pushing for, and moving toward, is more insidious: government control of the economy, while leaving ownership in private hands. That way, politicians get to call the shots but, when their bright ideas lead to disaster, they can always blame those who own businesses in the private sector.

Politically, it is heads-I-win when things go right, and tails-you-lose when things go wrong. This is far preferable, from Obama's point of view, since it gives him a variety of scapegoats for all his failed policies, without having to use President Bush as a scapegoat all the time.

Government ownership of the means of production means that politicians also own the consequences of their policies, and have to face responsibility when those consequences are disastrous -- something that Barack Obama avoids like the plague.

Thus the Obama administration can arbitrarily force insurance companies to cover the children of their customers until the children are 26 years old. Obviously, this creates favorable publicity for President Obama. But if this and other government edicts cause insurance premiums to rise, then that is something that can be blamed on the "greed" of the insurance companies.

The same principle, or lack of principle, applies to many other privately owned businesses. It is a very successful political ploy that can be adapted to all sorts of situations.

One of the reasons why both pro-Obama and anti-Obama observers may be reluctant to see him as fascist is that both tend to accept the prevailing notion that fascism is on the political right, while it is obvious that Obama is on the political left.

Back in the 1920s, however, when fascism was a new political development, it was widely -- and correctly -- regarded as being on the political left. Jonah Goldberg's great book "Liberal Fascism" cites overwhelming evidence of the fascists' consistent pursuit of the goals of the left, and of the left's embrace of the fascists as one of their own during the 1920s.

Mussolini, the originator of fascism, was lionized by the left, both in Europe and in America, during the 1920s. Even Hitler, who adopted fascist ideas in the 1920s, was seen by some, including W.E.B. Du Bois, as a man of the left.

It was in the 1930s, when ugly internal and international actions by Hitler and Mussolini repelled the world, that the left distanced themselves from fascism and its Nazi offshoot -- and verbally transferred these totalitarian dictatorships to the right, saddling their opponents with these pariahs.

What socialism, fascism and other ideologies of the left have in common is an assumption that some very wise people -- like themselves -- need to take decisions out of the hands of lesser people, like the rest of us, and impose those decisions by government fiat.

The left's vision is not only a vision of the world, but also a vision of themselves, as superior beings pursuing superior ends. In the United States, however, this vision conflicts with a Constitution that begins, "We the People..."

That is why the left has for more than a century been trying to get the Constitution's limitations on government loosened or evaded by judges' new interpretations, based on notions of "a living Constitution" that will take decisions out of the hands of "We the People," and transfer those decisions to our betters.

The self-flattery of the vision of the left also gives its true believers a huge ego stake in that vision, which means that mere facts are unlikely to make them reconsider, regardless of what evidence piles up against the vision of the left, and regardless of its disastrous consequences.

Only our own awareness of the huge stakes involved can save us from the rampaging presumptions of our betters, whether they are called socialists or fascists. So long as we buy their heady rhetoric, we are selling our birthright of freedom.
205  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Re: social justice wars , SJ warriors, Violence in St. Paul MN on: July 11, 2016, 10:37:31 AM  Also is stuff about homosexuality and feminism (what does this have to do with racism against blacks?  Basically it is a radical Left organization  probably getting money from the likes of Soros and LBTG and feminist groups:

Yes.  I wondered how this overlaps with Occupy Wall Street and all the rest.  First, we are on a fight and second, it doesn't really matter what we call the fight.

A friend of a friend was at the protest in St. Paul, a white, liberal, urban, middle aged, professional, NPR donating female, wanting to do good and do right.  Friendly police enabled the protesters to block traffic on Summit Avenue in front of the Governor's Mansion.  They were protesting our Governor who incidentally agrees with them.  Meanwhile, the protest turns violent on the freeway with hate crime terrorists attacking the police and injuring 21 of them.  Strange bedfellows, we have gays and Jews siding with the Sharia Law people and we have NPR classical music donors siding with the rock and bomb throwing,  police sniper crowd.

Here is some advice to the peaceful social justice warriors who want to distance themselves from over-the-top violence:  Stop inciting them with your acceptance of a false narrative of police and racial facts and distance yourself from the hatred part of the hate crime, not just the violence.

We wonder how people stood by and watched Germany turn into the nazi state and didn't flee the impending doom. We are watching that now.
206  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Re: One more CA anti-gun bill on: July 11, 2016, 09:42:53 AM

Time to vote with your feet.
207  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Science, Culture, & Humanities / Re: MLK in 1961 on: July 10, 2016, 02:29:01 PM
In 1961 Martin Luther King Jf. said in a church in St. Louis:

"Negroes are 10% of the city of St. Louis and are responsible for 58% of its crimes.  We have to face that.  And we have to do something about our moral standards.  We know that there are many things wrong in the white world but there are many things wrong in the black world too.  We can't keep on blaming the white man.  There are things we must do ourselves."

You won't hear that at any BLM marches.
208  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / The motivations of shooters, then and now on: July 10, 2016, 09:19:19 AM

209  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Science, Culture, & Humanities / Re: Pre-Modern Manliness & the Emasculation of Men In Contempory Society on: July 09, 2016, 10:21:01 PM
"If you don't have a government that works under the rule of law, you will end up with your local version of Tony Soprano calling the shots."

We already do have that.

Clinton and their backers.

I agree. The dems have become an ongoing criminal enterprise. They have killed the rule of law in this country. Sadly, most citizens don't even grasp what the rule of law means.

They are about to learn how societies can crumble into chaos and brutality at a shockingly rapid pace.
210  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Science, Culture, & Humanities / Re: Pre-Modern Manliness & the Emasculation of Men In Contempory Society on: July 09, 2016, 09:21:04 PM

The article is mostly accurate.

Some people have always intuitively known this. I'd add "The cop leaned over and said to the spindly kid, “do you have any doubt in your mind about whether or not I could break your arms and take that book away from you if I felt like it?” I have a doubt, because I'd kill someone (using weapons) that attempted to harm me. If the kid had pulled out a pistol and shot the officer, he would have answered the question of "or else what?" for himself. People don't like that, because it challenges the place they have obtained for themselves within society, but it is true.

To me, everyone should be their own protector, stupid and a holes should be allowed to die off through their own demise.

Good article.

The rule of law is a valuable creation. This invention is one we will miss terribly. It allows for advanced, high trust societies. Without it, you end up with China, or Mexico or Afghanistan. There is never a power vacuum. If you don't have a government that works under the rule of law, you will end up with your local version of Tony Soprano calling the shots.

What the article says about violence is quite true.
211  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Re: Drones/UAV/UAS/Bots - 1st Law Enforcement Use of Bot to Eliminate a Threat on: July 08, 2016, 06:54:22 PM

First time using an explosive device, but I believe that bots armed with firearms have been used before, though I can't cite a case off the top of my head.
212  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Re: Dallas Shooter was a Veteran on: July 08, 2016, 02:34:52 PM
Obama built this.

The video I saw of a suspect engaging a DPD officer and killing him looked to me someone trained in CQB. So the military background isn't a surprise.

Most definitely.

I'm trying to come back and fix things so that I can work undercover there, and I'm not being a jerk saying this, because it's the truth and it will save lives. There are a LOT of people who think they're hard targets, and they're not... at all. I'm not  hard target. No one is.

People really need to rethink their training and change their mentality. Mexico has made that obvious as hell to me. Nothing worse than thinking you're invulnerable or "Operator as Fuck" when you're not, and even if you are, you're not the only one. None of us are.

Interesting to note a couple of things:

1. The perp was the first one where explosives were used to dispatch him. They couldn't safely get to him due to the structure being used (very good planning and tactics on the suspect's part).

2. People online are calling this a victory. How so?

This was a heavy loss and a GD shame.

I'll end with, this entire mess starts right from the top. Comey coming right out and slamming Clinton, Gowdy having it repeated to him, and not a single person in Congress does a GD thing about it.... The US is going to be no different than where I live and work shortly, because people put up with this from politicians.

Principles.... FFS

Edit: This just happened just now:

Edit II : Another just now:

213  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Re: Dallas Shooter was a Veteran on: July 08, 2016, 11:33:50 AM

The video I saw of a suspect engaging a DPD officer and killing him looked to me someone trained in CQB. So the military background isn't a surprise.
214  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Denial Dies in Dallas on: July 08, 2016, 10:14:43 AM

Denial Dies in Dallas
By Richard Fernandez July 7, 2016

Beware, really beware

The dry branches were piled high on the forest floor waiting for a spark. The City Journal wrote:

    Violence in Chicago is reaching epidemic proportions. In the first five months of 2016, someone was shot every two and a half hours and someone murdered every 14 hours, for a total of nearly 1,400 nonfatal shooting victims and 240 fatalities. Over Memorial Day weekend, 69 people were shot, nearly one per hour, dwarfing the previous year’s tally of 53 shootings over the same period. The violence is spilling over from the city’s gang-infested South and West Sides into the downtown business district; Lake Shore Drive has seen drive-by shootings and robberies.

The crime wave in Chicago illustrates how politicians trapped themselves in a vise of conflicting expectations from which there is no escape. It has proved impossible to do something and its opposite simultaneously, in this case withdraw the police and protect the community. It may prove just as impossible to require transgender bathrooms and guarantee no sexual harassment takes place or open the borders while promising there will be no terror attacks. When one thinks of it, making health care "affordable" while opening it to high risk groups was always a unlikely proposition.

Impossible, yet Big Tent constituencies are routinely green-lighted on both ends of a one way street and told to floor the pedal. For a while they could spin it with smoke and mirrors. But in the end, illusion does not last.

“What if I told you,” asks a Matrix-themed photo meme circulating on Facebook, “that you can be against cops murdering citizens and citizens murdering cops at the same time?” To that one might reply that the America in which that was possible might have died in Dallas, Texas in the last few hours. The age of the zero sum game may have arrived with a vengeance.

    Dallas police say four officers have died after at least two snipers opened fire during protests downtown. Seven other officers were wounded.

    Police Chief David O. Brown said police have a suspect cornered in a garage and are negotiating with that person. He says the snipers fired upon officers "ambush style."

    Brown had said three officers were killed, and police issued a tweet later saying a fourth officer had died. Brown says snipers shot from "elevated positions" during a protest over two recent fatal police shootings.

Was terrorism involved? Were the ideas of Ferguson taken to their final, frightening conclusion? While the individual culprits of the shooting have yet to be identified, the factors which have turned the summer of 2016 into a witches' brew were clear for all to see. It is the culmination of decades of identity politics, the fruit of open borders, the outcome of an unwarranted disdain for Islamic extremism, the destruction of everything once held in common. Most of all it is the product of a collapse in legitimacy that has soured the public on nearly every institution: the political parties, the Supreme Court, the presidency, the police and the FBI. Now at the very moment when the public needs to trust someone the question is: whom can you trust?

The security system of America is trust, which manifests itself in legitimacy which in turn makes it possible to govern a huge nation largely on consent. The mistake was to believe it was possible to play the identity card endlessly, to set one against another, to destroy trust -- without consequences.

The public is suddenly face to face with the realization that the solid status quo is a fragile facade that might at any moment dissolve into something unrecognizable.  It's a veneer masking a crumbling structure. Donald and Hillary are not freaks. They are monsters from our Id. If any proof were needed that the discontent sweeping Europe and the United States is all too real, that the can has reached the end of the road, it may be provided in the next few weeks.

Dallas leaves the Narrative with no place to go. What'll it be? Withdraw the police from the streets? Crack down on the usual suspects? Announce this was the work of that Jayvee team, ISIS? Close the borders? Confiscate the guns? Call in the FBI?

Or maybe we can listen to another speech about how hatred is on its last legs? There's nowhere to turn without admitting failure. Or perhaps we can just change the subject and talk about the war on women and Christian hatred? What'll it be? It's always worked before, maybe it'll work again.

For once the Narrative will find this can't be spun, though it will try, this time in the growing realization that lies may only make it worse, as the former lies have worsened things till now. The roots of discontent run deep. The status quo has been living on borrowed money and borrowed truth. It is now living on borrowed time.

Denial will no longer work. That is the single most important thing to understand.


Dallas chief of police David Brown described the motive of one attacker. He "wanted to kill white people", especially police., as the Washington Post reports.  It's a sad outcome.  The Narrative truly has nowhere left to go.
215  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Re: Law Enforcement on: July 08, 2016, 09:24:37 AM
"Our President was backing the protesters, not the police."

As had DOJ under Holder although I don't know about Lynch.

Of course Obama is immediately turning this into a gun control issue.

Of course. Obama built this.
216  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Re: Theory: Comey ordered to let her off, decided to make her guilt clear on: July 07, 2016, 12:36:12 PM

If he had an ounce of integrity, he would have told the truth and resigned.
217  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Re: The war on the rule of law on: July 07, 2016, 11:27:42 AM
We might have to re-name this thread, there is no rule of law.

True. It's dead and buried in an unmarked grave.

It is the only war that Obama has won.
218  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Re: The war on the rule of law on: July 07, 2016, 08:16:56 AM
We might have to re-name this thread, there is no rule of law.

True. It's dead and buried in an unmarked grave.
219  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Re: Somali threats in MN on: July 06, 2016, 11:46:13 PM

Strange, I thought the Somalis were famous for their friendliness and civility. Members of the religion of peace as well!
220  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / No charges for Cersei on: July 06, 2016, 11:39:56 PM

The Clintons make the Lannisters look decent and ethical.
221  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Re: How come Clinton's lawyers can get away with destroying evidence? on: July 06, 2016, 10:08:37 PM
"In his comments on Tuesday, Comey declared, “The FBI … discovered several thousand work-related e-mails that were not in the group of 30,000 that were returned by Secretary Clinton to State in 2014.” We also already know that some of those work-related emails could be permanently deleted. Indeed, according to Comey, “It is also likely that there are other work-related e-mails that [Clinton and her team] did not produce to State and that we did not find elsewhere, and that are now gone because they deleted all emails they did not return to State, and the lawyers cleaned their devices in such a way as to preclude complete forensic recovery.”

Why are not these lawyers who knew exactly what they were doing when they had thousands of emails permanently removed from their devices not liable for obstruction of justice?

Why do we not hear anything about this?

Because she and her attorneys are above the laws that you and I live under.
222  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Re: The war on the rule of law on: July 05, 2016, 09:44:32 PM
America has been fundamentally transformed.
223  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / The day the rule of law died on: July 05, 2016, 08:45:45 PM
224  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Gangster government on: July 05, 2016, 03:03:16 PM
225  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Saddest things obituary of my life on: July 05, 2016, 10:54:31 AM
07/05/2016 The rule of law and the American republic R.I.P.
226  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Re: July 4, 1776 on: July 04, 2016, 09:11:54 PM

Independence Day!
227  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Re: 10,000 unvetteed "Syrian" Sunnis by September on: July 03, 2016, 05:08:37 PM

No worries, only 10% will actively wage jihad.
228  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / The MSM is uninterested for some reason on: July 03, 2016, 02:01:30 PM

Missing: Noor Salman, and the media's interest in her.
229  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Re: Is this a fair rejoinder? on: July 03, 2016, 01:53:15 PM

Wapo's "fact checker" has been proven to be a leftist spin machine over and over again.
230  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Re: Huff post on: July 02, 2016, 08:49:37 PM

I never knew Joe Arapaio was Jewish!
231  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / I present the qualified Jeh Johnson! on: July 01, 2016, 12:54:32 PM

BigDog unavailable for comment.
232  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Re: Money, the Fed, Banking, Monetary Policy, Dollar & other currencies, Gold/Silver on: July 01, 2016, 11:41:23 AM
They let you post there, despite not having a Trump colored koolaid ring around your mouth?
233  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / What has gone wrong on campus and in society on: June 30, 2016, 07:39:04 AM

Alcohol and rape culture on campus
234  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / There are things Obama's DOJ will prosecute on: June 29, 2016, 09:55:45 PM

Watch what you say.
235  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Re: The war on the rule of law on: June 29, 2016, 09:40:53 PM
At the moment it looks murky. 

IF the gun was outside OFF, then I'm guessing this will be used as proof of the need for the controls suggested by the proposed UN Small Arms Treaty.

There are already laws governing the import/export of weapons, which I doubt were followed, but that has never stopped them before. So, I guess that is how it will be spun.
236  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Re: The Hillbillary Clintons long, sordid, and often criminal history on: June 29, 2016, 09:01:34 PM
And stay off of aircraft.
237  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Re: The Hillbillary Clintons long, sordid, and often criminal history on: June 29, 2016, 05:47:18 PM
Chicago style corruption at the federal level? Who could have foreseen this?
238  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Re: Paris guns from Operation Fast & Furious?!? on: June 29, 2016, 05:01:12 PM
Second post

Not yet confirmed, but there would appear to be considerable smoke , , ,

I'm sure the MSM will jump right on this story!
239  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Re: The Australian Example on: June 29, 2016, 03:48:25 PM

240  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Get out while you can on: June 29, 2016, 06:22:47 AM

Tick tock.
241  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Elites are revolting on: June 27, 2016, 08:46:22 PM

Revolting, indeed.
242  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Re: Milo to March in Muslim neighborhood in Sweden on: June 27, 2016, 11:43:34 AM

Brave. I hope he has an armed protection detail.
243  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Science, Culture, & Humanities / Yes, this is an actual person on: June 24, 2016, 08:37:18 AM

The article that inspired the parody above.
244  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Brexit! on: June 23, 2016, 10:58:05 PM
England isn't quite dead yet.

Happy to see this.
245  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Gun owning dems protest you having guns on: June 23, 2016, 08:33:22 PM

While protesting in a building protected by men with guns, including AR type rifles.
246  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Re: The electoral process, vote fraud, SEIU/ACORN et al, etc. on: June 23, 2016, 05:24:56 PM
It is enough that the people know there was an election. The people who cast the votes decide nothing. The people who count the votes decide everything.-Joseph Stalin

Read more at:
247  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Democrats Abandon Due Process on: June 23, 2016, 04:01:32 PM
Democrats Abandon Due Process

 by KEVIN D. WILLIAMSON   June 23, 2016 1:50 PM @KEVINNR

 First the First, second the Second and the Fifth Amendments In September of 2014, Senate Democrats voted to repeal the First Amendment. They were enraged by a Supreme Court decision holding that ordinary constitutional protections for free speech prohibited the government from punishing political activists who had shown a film critical of Hillary Rodham Clinton in the run-up to the 2008 presidential election. This was a straightforward case of classical political speech — critics of Mrs. Clinton arguing that she’d make a poor president and distributing a film making that case — and Democrats, including every single Democrat in the Senate, insisted that that isn’t what the First Amendment is intended to protect. They started at the beginning, and are making their way down the Bill of Rights, with the Second Amendment and the Fifth Amendment. The Second Amendment holds that “the right of the People to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed,” while the Fifth provides that no one may “be deprived of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law.”

These are what are known as civil rights, meaning the rights associated with citizenship, rights having to do with the relationship between people — or “the People” as the Constitution puts it — and their government. Many Americans do not think of the right to keep and bear arms as a civil right, but they are mistaken. It helps to understand things from the point of view of the Founders and the 18th-century radical liberals whose ideas shaped our republic. Prior to the American founding, the right to keep and bear arms was generally limited to the aristocracy; it was, like the possession of a title or a coat of arms (coat of what?), a bright and dramatic dividing line between the ruling class and the ruled classes, between the Whos and Whoms of society. Arguments about licensing the carry of weapons are hardly new: Caravaggio was arrested for carrying without a license (a sword, in his case) in 1598 near the Piazza Navona in Rome at 3 a.m.

 The bearing of arms is a sign of citizenship, which is to say, of being a full participant in government who acts through it, as opposed to subjectship, the state of being a passive being who does not act through government but who is acted upon. In that sense, it is like the ability to vote or to be eligible for service in government. Frederick Douglass understood this linkage perfectly, inasmuch as these ideas were much better understood in those more literate days. “A man’s rights rest in three boxes,” he said. “The ballot box, jury box, and the cartridge box. Let no man be kept from the ballot box because of his color. Let no woman be kept from the ballot box because of her sex.” The militias contemplated by the Second Amendment were armed citizen volunteers who could act to use the force of arms to keep the peace in an emergency; they are entitled to act in the peacekeeping role generally reserved for the state because, being the citizens of a republic, they are the state, the very seat of its sovereignty. The formal government is a provisional arrangement (hence regular elections) constituted as a convenience. While the Second Amendment may not codify a “right of revolution,” as some put it, the idea of armed citizens pushing out a government that had become inconvenient, a burden on their liberties rather than a guarantor of them, could hardly have been alien to a group of men who had just risked their lives, fortunes, and sacred honor doing just that.

The Democrat party has abandoned the notion of procedural justice in pursuit of substantive outcomes demanded by its supporters, the rule of law be damned. The Fifth Amendment, with its emphasis on process, is an expression of the republican ideal of justice, which is oriented toward process rather than outcomes. The classical liberal view is that justice has two components, a procedural one and a substantive one, and that the law is organized to ensure procedural justice, i.e., that all men are treated equally and that no one is penalized without the formal criteria of the law having been satisfied. This is why even the worst criminals, caught red-handed in the act, are given trials with legal representation, the presentation of evidence, a robust defense, and the consideration of a jury rather than being torn to pieces in the street. Lynching a child molester might satisfy substantive justice in that the offender did indeed deserve to die for his crimes, but it does not satisfy procedural justice, which is what the law concerns itself with. Because mobs are prone to error and easily misled, one of the functions of procedural justice is to protect substantive justice (beyond a reasonable doubt and all that), but it also exists to ensure the orderly functioning of a society under the rule of law, which is why we generally accept the enforcement of unjust or unwise laws (e.g., the prohibition of marijuana) while we work to change them.

It is a measure of the corruption of the Democratic party and its ability to inspire corruption in others that John Lewis, once a civil-rights leader, is today leading a movement to strip Americans of their civil rights based on secret lists of subversives compiled by police agencies and the military. Perhaps it has not occurred to Representative Lewis that his mentor, the Reverend Martin Luther King Jr., also was on a secret government list, as indeed was Lewis himself under the watchful eye of J. Edgar Hoover.  The Democrats demand that Americans be stripped of their Second Amendment rights with no attention paid to the Fifth Amendment, to due process. They propose that Americans be stripped of their legal protections under the Bill of Rights even when they have not been charged with, much less convicted of, a crime. They propose that this be done on the basis of a series of secret government lists, whose contents, criteria, and keepers are treated as state secrets. You cannot call yourself a “liberal” and endorse that. You cannot call yourself a “liberal” and endure that.

 The Democratic party in 2016 is not a liberal party. It is a party that is working diligently to rescind free-speech rights on one front and to undermine due-process protections on another. It has abandoned the notion of procedural justice in pursuit of substantive outcomes demanded by its supporters, the rule of law be damned. There is a term for the armed pursuit of justice, real or perceived, outside the rule of law, and that term is “lynching.” The Democrats have lynching in their political DNA, and they seem to be unable to evolve past it. Ironically, their abandonment of due process and their flirtation with tyranny are reminders of one of the reasons why the Founders believed it necessary to have an armed citizenry. That is an unpleasant thing to contemplate. Better that all of us, conservatives and the genuinely liberal alike, should demand the rule of law, due process and all, even for our political opponents, even when we do not like the outcome. — Kevin D. Williamson is National Review’s roving correspondent.

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248  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Re: British vote today on: June 23, 2016, 03:54:10 PM
"The real question is whether that same wealthy minority which is influencing bookie odds will also be able to manipulate the final Referendum outcome in less than 24 hours."

Yup.  We will never know.

Remember what Stalin said about voting.
249  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Marshals: Innocent People Placed On 'Watch List' To Meet Quota on: June 23, 2016, 01:37:55 PM

Marshals: Innocent People Placed On 'Watch List' To Meet Quota
Marshals Say They Must File One Surveillance Detection Report, Or SDR, Per Month

10:56 AM, Jul 21, 2006


Air Marshals Say SDR Quota Puts Pressure To Label People As 'Suspicious'

You could be on a secret government database or watch list for simply taking a picture on an airplane. Some federal air marshals say they're reporting your actions to meet a quota, even though some top officials deny it.
The air marshals, whose identities are being concealed, told 7NEWS that they're required to submit at least one report a month. If they don't, there's no raise, no bonus, no awards and no special assignments.

"Innocent passengers are being entered into an international intelligence database as suspicious persons, acting in a suspicious manner on an aircraft ... and they did nothing wrong," said one federal air marshal.

These unknowing passengers who are doing nothing wrong are landing in a secret government document called a Surveillance Detection Report, or SDR. Air marshals told 7NEWS that managers in Las Vegas created and continue to maintain this potentially dangerous quota system.

"Do these reports have real life impacts on the people who are identified as potential terrorists?" 7NEWS Investigator Tony Kovaleski asked.

"Absolutely," a federal air marshal replied.

7NEWS obtained an internal Homeland Security document defining an SDR as a report designed to identify terrorist surveillance activity.

"When you see a decision like this, for these reports, who loses here?" Kovaleski asked.

"The people we're supposed to protect -- the American public," an air marshal said.

What kind of impact would it have for a flying individual to be named in an SDR?

"That could have serious impact ... They could be placed on a watch list. They could wind up on databases that identify them as potential terrorists or a threat to an aircraft. It could be very serious," said Don Strange, a former agent in charge of air marshals in Atlanta. He lost his job attempting to change policies inside the agency.

That's why several air marshals object to a July 2004 memo from top management in the Las Vegas office, a memo that reminded air marshals of the SDR requirement.

The body of the memo said, "Each federal air marshal is now expected to generate at least one SDR per month."

"Does that memo read to you that Federal Air Marshal headquarters has set a quota on these reports?" Kovaleski asked.

"Absolutely, no doubt," an air marshal replied.

A second management memo, also dated July 2004, said, "There may come an occasion when you just don't see anything out of the ordinary for a month at a time, but I'm sure that if you are looking for it, you'll see something."

Another federal air marshal said that not only is there a quota in Las Vegas for SDRs, but that "it directly reflects on (their) performance evaluations" and on how much money they make.

The director of the Air Marshal Service, Dana Brown, declined 7NEWS' request for an interview on the quota system. But the agency points to a memo from August 2004 that said there is not a quota for submitting SDRs and which goes on to say, "I do not expect reports that are inaccurate or frivolous."

But, Las Vegas-based air marshals say the quota system remains in force, now more than two years after managers sent the original memos, and that it's a mandate from management that impacts annual raises, bonuses, awards and special assignments.

"To meet this quota, to get their raises, do you think federal air marshals in Las Vegas are making some of this stuff up?" Kovaleski asked.

"I know they are. It's a joke," an air marshal replied.

"Have marshals in the Las Vegas office, I don't want to say fabricated, but 'created' reports?" Kovaleski asked.

"Creative writing -- stretching a long ways the truth, yes," an air marshal replied.

One example, according to air marshals, occurred on one flight leaving Las Vegas, when an unknowing passenger, most likely a tourist, was identified in an SDR for doing nothing more than taking a photo of the Las Vegas skyline as his plane rolled down the runway.

"You're saying that was not an accurate portrayal of a potential terrorist activity?" Kovaleski asked.

"No, it was not," an air marshal said.

"It was a marshal trying to meet a quota ..." Kovaleski said.

"Yes, he was," the air marshal replied.

Strange said he didn't have a quota in the Atlanta office when he was in charge.

"I would never have done that ... You are going to have people reporting every suspicious looking activity they come across, whether they in their heart feel like it's a threat, just to meet the quota," Strange said.

Strange and other air marshals said the quota allows the government to fill a database with bad information.

A Las Vegas air marshal said he didn't write an SDR every month for exactly that reason.

"Well, it's intelligence information, and like any system, if you put garbage in, you get garbage out," the air marshal said.

"I would like to see an investigation -- a real investigation conducted into the ways things are done here," the air marshal in Las Vegas said.

Although the agency strongly denies any presence of a quota system, Las Vegas-based air marshals have produced documents that show their performance review is directly linked to producing SDRs.
250  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Re: Ministry of Truth's allies in Hollywood on: June 23, 2016, 12:50:57 PM

Japanese atrocities in WWII are well documented, not sure why Yon is trying to tie pandering to China to that.
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