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« Reply #1500 on: December 10, 2015, 12:02:42 PM »

Looks interesting.  I just ordered it.
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« Reply #1501 on: December 15, 2015, 12:36:48 PM »

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/morning-mix/wp/2015/12/15/the-nra-strikes-back-at-ny-daily-news-linking-the-godless-left-and-the-wars-on-christmas-christianity-and-the-2nd-amendment/?postshare=481450195207595&tid=ss_fb-bottom
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« Reply #1502 on: December 20, 2015, 09:33:33 PM »

http://www.dailywire.com/news/1995/limbaugh-kill-gop-hank-berrien?utm_source=facebook&utm_medium=social&utm_content=121815-news&utm_campaign=dwbrand
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« Reply #1503 on: December 20, 2015, 10:17:45 PM »

Rush is so brilliant at expressing his thoughts.  He definitely does have a talent from God.  He verbalizes the thoughts and feelings of millions.

Yet the left has somewhat succeeded in marginalizing him.
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« Reply #1504 on: December 24, 2015, 09:26:06 AM »

Dave Barry, Miami Herald, Pulitzer Prize winner, argues that 2015 was worse than 1347 when the Bubonic Plague killed much of humanity and backs it up with facts mixed with humor including a month by month recap starting with January when the biggest story on earth was the below regulation air pressure of a Tom Brady football.

http://www.miamiherald.com/living/liv-columns-blogs/dave-barry/article51119880.html
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« Reply #1505 on: December 27, 2015, 02:53:36 PM »

Old racial shill payouts beget current urban landscape, san the improvements promised.

http://www.city-journal.org/2015/25_4_riots.html
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« Reply #1506 on: January 07, 2016, 05:31:41 PM »

Elected officials and leaders of the U.S. Intelligence Community (IC) must maintain the integrity of America’s vast intelligence enterprise as a lawful, neutral, independent and fair arbiter of facts. Recent news that the Obama White House obtained intelligence containing private conversations of members of Congress and American Jewish organizations from the National Security Agency (NSA) suggests the integrity of our intelligence agencies have been undermined.


The heads of the 17 organizations in the IC oversee a massive foreign data collection network that produces sensitive information on adversaries and allies.


It is an awesome capability for good, but it poses a threat to free society if exploited for political purposes.


The prospect of the White House – or any political element – using one of these agencies to mine information on members of Congress and U.S. citizens is frightening and criminal. So it is of grave concern to learn that the administration allegedly permitted the National Security Agency (NSA) to monitor American communications between the Israeli prime minister and U.S. Congressmen and members of Jewish organizations during the sensitive domestic political debate on the Iran nuclear agreement.


Lawmakers must respond quickly. This is about the NSA potentially violating constitutionally protected civil liberties.
The rules are clear. When the electronic communications of U.S. citizens are inadvertently swept up, which happens frequently, the NSA is required to immediately minimize them.


First, it needs to identify the phone number associated with the person and cease monitoring it. Second, any reference to the individual in collected data must be eliminated.


And there are special NSA rules if information about the discussions or communications of members of Congress is collected. Under NSA rules, this information is supposed to be destroyed unless the NSA Director issues a waiver to collect and disseminate this information because of a compelling foreign intelligence reason.


The administration likely failed on all of these counts. It apparently looked the other way and didn’t implement long established safeguards. That is why this issue is so serious.


The government can only retain content on Americans when it contains national security implications and must obtain a court warrant if it wants to maintain surveillance on an American person. Israel’s prime minister has no protections.
More to the point, this alleged surveillance was never about national security. The White House wanted to learn the strategies that opponents of the Iran nuclear agreement would use to attack the president’s political agenda.


Congress should demand a full accounting, which should not take long. The NSA has all of the information lawmakers need at its fingertips.


Here are seven questions that the administration needs to answer about the continued monitoring of U.S. persons by the NSA.

1.   Exactly how many and specifically which Americans were monitored?
2.   On which members of Congress did the NSA spy?
3.   How many conversations were collected and what did they disclose?
4.   Who within the IC knew about the ongoing and intentional collection of American communications with the Israeli prime minister? Did NSA Director Mike Rogers know? Who approved it?
5.   Who within the White House knew of this collection and who knew of its content? Did they attempt to stop this collection once they became aware that it was possibly illegal?
6.   How did the NSA justify and rationalize providing the White House with intelligence on the private conversations by members of Congress and American Jewish organizayions? At what security level was the information transferred to the White House?
7.   Did this surveillance practice extend to any other intelligence agencies?
8.   
There needs to be a full public accounting.


This is not an isolated instance of IC negligence. CENTCOM is under investigation for cooking the intelligence on the threat from ISIS.


Both are serious violations of the public trust, but the NSA case is potentially so egregious that it threatens the very credibility of the IC. Whether conservative, progressive, Republican, Democrat or Libertarian, all Americans fear the immense capability of government to target them. A proportional reaction is required because it extends to the very heart of constitutionally guaranteed protections.


I strongly disagreed with Edward Snowden’s actions and the substance of his allegations, but the NSA might have fulfilled his predictions that the government would unleash the IC capabilities for unlawful domestic purposes.


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« Reply #1507 on: January 07, 2016, 07:36:16 PM »

second post

http://www.thediplomad.com/2016/01/progressivism-crowd-funding-terrorism.html#pq=iIhzF9
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« Reply #1508 on: January 08, 2016, 12:38:04 PM »

My life's story is congruent with this piece:

http://captaincapitalism.blogspot.com/2016/01/hr-and-people-skills.html
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« Reply #1509 on: January 10, 2016, 10:09:05 PM »

Some of the "top" choices for a woman for the $10 dollar bill:

http://talkingpointsmemo.com/cafe/women-10-dollar-bill-candidates

Every one is basically not so much a champion for America as a champion for liberal causes.

Maybe we could have bills for liberals and bills for the rest of us.

Well what else would one expect from the most leftist President and his socialist appointees?




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« Reply #1510 on: January 10, 2016, 10:42:44 PM »

We need separate countries.


Some of the "top" choices for a woman for the $10 dollar bill:

http://talkingpointsmemo.com/cafe/women-10-dollar-bill-candidates

Every one is basically not so much a champion for America as a champion for liberal causes.

Maybe we could have bills for liberals and bills for the rest of us.

Well what else would one expect from the most leftist President and his socialist appointees?





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« Reply #1511 on: January 15, 2016, 08:49:05 AM »

I saw most of the debate last night. 

My biggest concern was when some candidates were asked about how they would solve the national debt and social security debts everyone but one sidestepped the issues.

I don't recall Christy commenting on the debt but he does have a plan to save social security one trillion. 

To me this is the largest threat to the US.   The progressive debt problems.   And no one (except for the one exception) even answered the questions and both moderators who were otherwise, I felt did a good job, pressed for answers.   

Indeed every candidate on that stage should have been forced to deal with those 2 issues.

 
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« Reply #1512 on: January 15, 2016, 06:43:52 PM »

Those of a liberal persuasion were snickering a couple years back over psychological surveys that claimed to demonstrate conservatives are more simpleminded than liberals. Someone has taken a deeper look at the survey techniques and resulting data:

http://reason.com/archives/2016/01/15/liberals-are-simple-minded
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« Reply #1513 on: January 15, 2016, 11:35:45 PM »

http://www.nationalreview.com/campaign-spot/386305/key-demographic-americas-wrong-information-voters-jim-geraghty

I'm less concerned about the impact of technology and far more concerned by the rise of stupidity in this country. We are becoming Idiocracy more and more every day.

https://www.yahoo.com/music/powerball-reimbursement-fund-page-created-235504618.html?soc_src=social-sh&soc_trk=fb

http://www.ifc.com/shows/comedy-bang-bang/blog/2015/03/10-things-idiocracy-got-right-about-the-future
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« Reply #1514 on: January 18, 2016, 10:06:37 AM »


When I was a boy, my father threw a head of cabbage at my head so hard it exploded, because I had failed to feed the animals. Right or wrong, I never forgot to feed the animals again.

Now.... we have Americans who, waste their money and start pages like this... all because we quit exploding heads of cabbage....

Is it any wonder? Goes hand in hand with Common Core schooling.

God help us.
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« Reply #1515 on: January 20, 2016, 07:30:38 AM »

Geller: The Nation That Gave the World the Magna Carta Is Dead

by PAMELA GELLER January 18, 2016

The British Parliament on Monday debated whether or not to ban Donald Trump from the country for the crime of saying that in light of jihad terrorist attacks, there should be a temporary moratorium on Muslim immigration into the U.S.

I did not expect for one moment that the Brits would ban the U.S. presidential candidate who may very well be the next President of the United States. A nation whose national self-esteem (or what’s left of it) is rooted deeply in its place in history would be infamous for having banned the leader of its closest ally, the one that saved her from the Nazi onslaught.

On the other hand, maybe they will ban Trump. After all, the British government banned me from entering the country for standing up against jihad terror. To ban Trump for calling for a temporary moratorium on Muslim immigration would just be more of the same. The British government, egged on by the left, seems determined to silence any and every voice against jihad terror and Islamization. The consequences for Britain will be catastrophic.

According to documents released in our lawsuit against the British government under the Duty of Candor, my support for Israel was also cited as grounds for the ban. An official in the Foreign and Commonwealth Office wrote that the dossier that the government had assembled as the case for banning me was “particularly citing pro-Israeli views.” If supporting Israel can get you banned from Britain, opposing the unrestricted entry of Muslims (including jihad terrorists) into the U.S. certainly can.

In not allowing me into the country solely because of our true and accurate statements about Islam and support of Israel, the British government was behaving like a de facto Islamic state.

By the time my ban was officially announced, however, the Home Office had scrubbed the material about it being because I was pro-Israel. The British government explicitly stated that I was banned because my presence was “not conducive to the public good” and that I represented a “threat to security of our society.” What were the criteria? CNN “journalist” Mona Eltahawy was soon afterward scheduled to speak in the UK at a women’s conference sponsored by two sharia-compliant media orgs, Reuters and the New York Times. Yet Mona Eltahawy was arrested after attacking a complete stranger in the New York subway and defacing our American Freedom Defense Initiative pro-Israel ad. Is that acceptable behavior and conducive to the public good? The British government apparently thinks so. They also let a notorious Muslim Brotherhood leader take refuge in London, and readily admit preachers of jihad terror.

The Home Office also cited security concerns – that is, if I were admitted, Muslims might riot, and rather than keep the Muslims rioting, they banned me. As Laura Rosen Cohen says, “security concerns” are the new “shut up.” My real crime was my principled dedication to freedom. I am a human rights activist dedicated to freedom of speech, freedom of conscience and individual rights for all before the law. I fiercely oppose violence and the persecution and oppression of minorities under supremacist law. I deplore violence and work for the preservation of freedom of speech to avoid violent conflict. I have never been convicted of any crime. I have never been arrested. I became a writer and activist in the wake of 9/11. For this, I am banned from Britain. I shed no tears. I am banned from Mecca, too.

Things have not improved in the two and a half years since I was banned. Monday’s Parliamentary “debate” was more like a clown contest, with Islamic apologists competing to see which one could out-bootlick Britain’s Islamic supremacists.

Why did this once great country agree to hold such a debate in the first place? Now in the birthplace of the principle of the freedom of speech, holding opinions that are unpopular with the elites can get you banned from the country. Apparently over 500,000 people signed a petition demanding that Trump be banned. Mind you, another petition calling for a halt to the massive Muslim migration into the United Kingdom gained a similar number of signers, but there was no Parliamentary debate, or any significant political discussion, of that one.

Where also is the Parliamentary debate about the hundreds of thousands, possibly as many as a million, young British girls who were brutalized by Muslim rape gangs? These girls were sacrificed on the altar of Islamic supremacism. For years these little British girls went to the authorities about these Muslim child sex trafficking gangs and the authorities did nothing for fear of appearing “Islamophobic” or racist. But they sprang into action and banned me when they heard I would be laying a wreath at the site of the Lee Rigby beheading on Armed Services Day.

What’s bitterly ironic is that Britain’s Prime Minister David Cameron, a lapdog of Islamic supremacists, has just called on immigrants to learn English within two-and-a-half years of arriving in Britain, or face deportation. If Trump had said that, the British left would be working up another petition denouncing him. Will Cameron be banned from the country?

The nation that gave the world the Magna Carta is dead.

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« Reply #1516 on: January 20, 2016, 01:40:04 PM »

ZURICH — Just get me talking about the world today and I can pretty well ruin any dinner party. I don’t mean to, but I find it hard not to look around and wonder whether the recent turmoil in international markets isn’t just the product of tremors but rather of seismic shifts in the foundational pillars of the global system, with highly unpredictable consequences.

What if a bunch of eras are ending all at once?

What if we’re at the end of the 30-plus-year era of high growth in China, and therefore China’s ability to fuel global growth through its imports, exports and purchases of commodities will be much less frothy and reliable in the future?
Thomas L. Friedman


“Now that this debt bubble is unwinding, growth in China is going offline,” Michael Pento, president of Pento Portfolio Strategies, wrote on CNBC.com last week. “The renminbi’s falling value, cascading Shanghai equity prices (down 40 percent since June 2014) and plummeting rail freight volumes (down 10.5 percent year over year) all clearly illustrate that China is not growing at the promulgated 7 percent, but rather isn’t growing at all. The problem is that China accounted for 34 percent of global growth, and the nation’s multiplier effect on emerging markets takes that number to over 50 percent.”

What if the $100-a-barrel oil price era is over and all these countries whose economies were directly or indirectly propped up by those prices will have to learn to grow the old-fashioned way — by making goods and services others want to buy? Thanks to steady technological advances in America for fracking, horizontal drilling and using big data to identify deposits, OPEC’s pricing power has disappeared. Countries that have set their budgets based on $80- to $100-a-barrel oil will find themselves vastly underfunded just when their populations — in places like Iran, Saudi Arabia, Nigeria, Indonesia and Venezuela — have surged.

What if average is over for countries? During the Cold War you could be an average, newly independent state with artificial borders drawn by colonial powers. There were two superpowers ready to throw foreign aid at you, educate your kids in America or Moscow, build up your armed forces and security services and buy your crummy manufactured exports or commodities.

But what if the rise of robots, software and automation mean that these countries can’t rely on manufacturing to create mass labor anymore, that the products they can make and sell can’t compete with Chinese goods, that climate change is pressuring their ecosystems and that neither Russia nor America wants to have anything to do with them because all either wins is a bill?

Many of these frail, artificial states don’t correspond to any ethnic, cultural, linguistic or demographic realities. They are caravan homes in a trailer park — built on slabs of concrete without real foundations or basements — and what you’re seeing today with the acceleration of technology, climate change stresses and globalization is the equivalent of a tornado going through a trailer park. Some of these states are just falling apart, and many of their people are now trying to cross the Mediterranean — to escape their world of disorder and get into the world of order, particularly the European Union.

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But what if the E.U. era is over? Reuters reported this week that Germany is telling other E.U. countries that if they don’t prevent the influx of more refugees into Europe from the Mediterranean and “relieve Berlin of the lonely task of housing refugees, Germany could shut its doors.” Some Germans even want a border fence. One senior conservative was quoted as saying, “If you build a fence, it’s the end of Europe as we know it.”

What if the era of Iranian isolation is over, just as the Arab system is collapsing and the two-state solution between Israelis and Palestinians is history? How will all those molecules interact?
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And what if all this is happening when the two-party system in America seems to be getting most of its energy from the far left and the far right? Bernie Sanders’s platform is that we can solve our most onerous economic problems if we just tax “The Man” more. Donald Trump and Ted Cruz are running on the theme that they are “The Man” — the strongman — who can magically fix everything.

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And what if all of this is happening at a time when our government’s ability to stimulate the economy through either monetary or fiscal policy is constrained? Unless we go to negative interest rates, the best the Fed can do now is rescind the tiny rate hike made in December. Meanwhile, after all the vital government spending to stimulate demand after the 2008 crisis, there is no consensus in the country for another big round.

These what-ifs constitute the real policy landscape that will confront the next president. But here’s the worst “what if”: What if we’re having a presidential election but no one is even asking these questions, let alone “what if” all of these tectonic plates move at once? How will we generate growth, jobs, security and resilience?

There’s still an opportunity for someone to lead by asking, and answering, all of these “what ifs,” but that time is quickly coming to an end, just like the last dinner party I ruined.
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« Reply #1517 on: January 20, 2016, 03:53:56 PM »

vote for an avowed communist like the Bern, just read this:

http://www.fox5ny.com/news/77757485-story

They will learn soon enough what the cost of freedom means.
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« Reply #1518 on: January 20, 2016, 04:04:06 PM »

vote for an avowed communist like the Bern, just read this:

http://www.fox5ny.com/news/77757485-story

They will learn soon enough what the cost of freedom means.

I read that earlier today. It isn't surprising. Kids and others don't know jack squat. People congratulating the DPRK because they got nukes.... people more concerned about pharmaceutical marijuana.... the list goes on and on....

It justifies rule through power and not law....otherwise, you have a bunch of people like these, voting for a bunch of Obamas and Clintons, when they couldn't name a sitting or former supreme court justice to save their lives.... and in the end, the stupid are so many, that you get their interpretation of the law.

Just round them up, put them in their own pasture of a country within the US, where they can't hurt anyone other than themselves, let them get high, pat each other on the ass and tell each other how great their Birkenstocks look, and discuss worthless degrees in Liberal Arts... and basically do themselves in.... just build a moat around it first, filled with saltwater crocs.

Works for me.

Rant over.
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« Reply #1519 on: January 21, 2016, 11:08:18 AM »

Of course the (C)rats are out in force making this into a national political issue against the Republican governor.  I have not heard that while 8,000 plus were "exposed" only 45 or so have tested positive elevated lead levels.   I don't hear Hillary saying that Brock refused to declare a state of emergency as requested by the Governor.  While this warrants and immediate reaction, cause for concern, and study, this is not the disaster the Dems want to make this out to.  Here we go with the class actions.

http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation-now/2016/01/19/michigan-flint-water-contamination/78996052/
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« Reply #1520 on: January 21, 2016, 11:10:34 AM »

Of course the (C)rats are out in force making this into a national political issue against the Republican governor.  I have not heard that while 8,000 plus were "exposed" only 45 or so have tested positive elevated lead levels.   I don't hear Hillary saying that Brock refused to declare a state of emergency as requested by the Governor.  While this warrants and immediate reaction, cause for concern, study this is not the disaster the Dems want to make this out to.  Here we go with the class actions.

http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation-now/2016/01/19/michigan-flint-water-contamination/78996052/

http://hotair.com/archives/2016/01/19/epa-chief-we-did-our-job-in-the-flint-water-disaster/

The same level of service you've come to expect!
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« Reply #1521 on: January 21, 2016, 01:44:15 PM »

Wrong thread for this gents.  Perhaps Political Economics or Bureaucracy in Action or , , , but not this thread.
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« Reply #1522 on: January 24, 2016, 05:14:32 PM »

A heterodox examination of the history of the American constitution from a libertarian perspective:


MARC:  Moved to the American Creed/Constitution thread.
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« Reply #1523 on: January 25, 2016, 10:20:17 AM »

https://www.conservativereview.com/commentary/2016/01/how-to-interview-a-candidate
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« Reply #1524 on: January 29, 2016, 04:17:56 PM »

https://www.mises.org/blog/cultural-marxism-explained-7-minutes
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« Reply #1525 on: January 29, 2016, 11:59:16 PM »

http://www.thenation.com/article/after-i-lived-in-norway-america-felt-backward-heres-why/
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