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The Most Irritating person of 2019 is....
Post Date: 2019-12-30 10:54:29 by IbJensen
We are now looking at 2019 in our rear view mirrors, since it is time for those irritating The Best/Worst of the year lists. This past year was full of irritations, on many levels, from the shallow and superficial, to the rarest of rare political actions taken by the most irritating Congress in history. Lets start with some of the candidates: Speaking of shallow and superficial, there is that previously little-known actor Jussie Smollett. His claim to fame was as a character in the FOX TV show Empire. Smollett, a gay black man, became a hero portraying, you guessed it: a gay black man. He became irritating by falsely accusing MAGA hat-wearing white ...
Rep. Bill Posey's Opening Statement Re: Impeachment
Post Date: 2019-12-18 23:10:36 by IbJensen
Tonight the House of Representatives voted on Articles of Impeachment against President Trump. I voted NO and below is my House floor statement opposing this effort to overturn the results of the 2016 election: Madam Speaker, I rise to oppose the articles of impeachment that have been produced by this flawed process, which was based on hearsay and testimony largely collected from a closed-door, one-sided investigation. In fact, the only witness we heard from who had direct knowledge of the conversation in question, testified that President Trump did not want a quid pro quo and confirmed that the aid to Ukraine was released without the launching of any investigation that the ...
The Future of War, and How It Affects YOU (Multi-Domain Operations) - Smarter Every Day 211
Post Date: 2019-12-16 07:21:25 by A K A Stone
Bloomberg, Biden, Buttigieg and the bunch apologize. Should black voters listen, forgive and vote?
Post Date: 2019-11-23 11:10:21 by Anthem
Of course, Michael Bloomberg went there there being a black church to ask for forgiveness. As he tentatively dips his toe and his billions into the Democratic presidential race, joining a scrum that expands even as it shrinks, Bloomberg, perhaps realizing that the path to the presidency must include the enthusiastic support of black and brown voters, has rethought his enthusiastic support of stop and frisk. I got something important really wrong, he told the congregation at the Christian Cultural Center in Brooklyn on Sunday. I didnt understand back then the full impact that stops were having on the black and Latino communities. Click for ...
The United States Government is a Criminal Racket Writ Large
Post Date: 2019-11-21 16:09:10 by Deckard
A certain type of person strives to become a master over all, and to extend his force, his will to power, and to subdue all that resists it. But he encounters the power of others, and comes to an arrangement, a union, with those that are like him: thus they work together to serve the will to power. And the process goes on. ~ Friedrich Nietzsche The political class is made up of those that seek to gain power over others due to either an attitude of superiority, an inflated ego, a desire to advance a personal agenda, or a misplaced concern for the wretched majority that they believe through power can be molded to their way of thinking. These political types are of many ...
A-Bombs in the Neighbor’s Basement and the NAP
Post Date: 2019-11-20 17:52:02 by Deckard
Objections to the Libertarian foundational premise the non-aggression principle often raise outlandish, even hysterical scenarios designed to push the envelope of peoples fear tolerance . . . in order to get them to accept being restricted and punished for actions that have not directly or actually caused harm to others. Thus, the atom bomb in the neighbors basement and the speeder doing 120 in a cul-de-sac. Both scenarios are possibilities, of course. It would be silly to make the argument that, in the absence of laws prohibiting it, someone might decide to build himself an A bomb or drive 120 in a cul-de-sac. But heres the ...
The Bloomberg Factor [Full Thread]
Post Date: 2019-11-08 10:26:16 by Vicomte13
He might just do it. Michael Bloomberg, billionaire 38-times-over and former two-term successful Republican, then Independent, Mayor of New York, may enter the 2020 Presidential race. Apparently, he has been indicating to his inner circle that he does not want to run, and did not intend to, because he expected Joe Biden to be the Democrat nominee. But now that Biden is fading fast, and Elizabeth Warren with her very socialistic ideas appears poised to win the nomination, Bloomberg is apparently going to step in to run for the Democrat nominations. For my part, I have little doubt that if he does, he will win that nomination, and having done so, will then go on to win the presidency. ...
Not all trains have to be boondoggles
Post Date: 2019-10-30 17:30:04 by Deckard
Californias high-speed rail system has been a slow-motion train wreck since 2008, when voters approved an initiative providing nearly $10 billion in bonds to fund a starter segment of a system to connect San Francisco to Los Angeles. An Orange County Register columnist rightly termed it the very definition of a boondoggle. This bullet train has been plagued with cost overruns. Theres no need for it, given that Southwest Airlines already takes passengers from L.A. to the Bay Area quicker and cheaper than rail ever will. Gov. Gavin Newsom scaled it back to focus on a segment through the San Joaquin Valley. Its a far cry, though, from the original grandiose ...
Sign the PETITION TO SAVE THAT LITTLE BOY FROM GENDER CHANGE
Post Date: 2019-10-24 02:55:34 by WWG1WWA
PLEASE SIGN AND SPREAD THIS PETITION. Gov. Abbot is intervening to try to help this father after a jury denied him the right to stop his mother from giving him gender change injections. She wants him to become a girl. This can't be allowed in these United States. Please sign. https://lifepetitions.com/petition/i- support-the-father-of-6-year-old-boy-being-forced-to-live-as-a-girl
Privacy Is Over. We Must Fight Harder Than Ever To Protect Our Civil Liberties.
Post Date: 2019-10-06 04:44:53 by Deckard
June 9 protests, Hong Kong (Hf9631/Creative Commons) Once upon a time, privacy was everyone's default setting. Imagine an era when most letters and ledgers existed only in a single hard copy, when long-distance communication was slow and unreliable, when unpickable locks existed and cameras didn't.These are the conditions under which America's founding documents were written. It was far from a golden age, but there were undeniable upsides to a government that had neither the technology nor the resources to know what most people were up to most of the time.Those days are done. Privacy is dead. We have killed it, you and I.It happened slowly and then all at once, much like ...
[Bob] BARR: Intelligence Community Management Is Behind ‘Whistleblower’ Saboteurs
Post Date: 2019-10-01 15:11:25 by nolu chan
[Bob] BARR: Intelligence Community Management Is Behind Whistleblower Saboteurs Former Rep. Bob Barr Daily Caller Contributor September 30, 2019 10:00 AM ET The spectacle of House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff reading a made-up script of the July 25 phone call between President Trump and Ukraine President Volodymyr Zelensky would make it easy to dismiss the entire Ukrainegate matter as comic relief. But it appears to be the vehicle by which Speaker Nancy Pelosi and her House majority have decided to begin impeachment of a sitting president of the United States. There is a stench emanating from this episode that reveals it to be something far more ...
Joe Biden, What are you hiding?
Post Date: 2019-09-30 14:00:28 by nolu chan
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oWvyFxIcz1g Joe Biden, What are you hiding? Youtube GOP
Will More US Troops in Saudi Arabia Make America Great?
Post Date: 2019-09-25 06:58:29 by Deckard
President Trump deserves credit for resisting the war cries from neocons like Sen. Lindsey Graham and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo after last weeks attack on two Saudi oil facilities. Pompeo was eager to blame Iran because he wants war with Iran and anything that can trigger such a war is fine with him. So he put the president in a difficult spot by declaring Iran the culprit: suddenly the presidents options in the media and in Washington were limited to how to punish Iran.A week has now passed since the attack and Pompeos rush to judgement has been shown for what it was: war propaganda. That is because there has still been no determination of who launched ...
Elizabeth Warren’s Social Security Proposal Doesn’t Go Far Enough: It’s Time For A Basic (Retirement) Income
Post Date: 2019-09-15 11:36:59 by Willie Green
Senator and presidential candidate Elizabeth Warren has a new and expansive proposal for Social Security. Its a grab-bag of changes, as seems to be the norm these days, a list that includes the following:A $200 flat boost to all recipients benefits. (Is the $200 a one-time boost, or does it grow with inflation, and why not integrate that into the formula itself?)Cost-of-living increases based on the CPI-E, a version of the consumer price index thats based on a basket of goods of a typical older person, with more weight given to healthcare, for example.A caregiver credit based on the median wage, for each month an individual provides 80 hours of ...
Christine Blasey Ford's Father Privately Supported Brett Kavanaught's Confirmation
Post Date: 2019-09-12 14:06:09 by Tooconservative
The duo note the very weak and vague statement the father made on behalf of his daughter with the indelible hippocampus -- a strange and salient fact in and of itself. Then they get to the scoop: [I]t appears the Blasey family had significant doubts about what Ford was trying to accomplish by coming forward and making unsubstantiated allegations against Brett Kavanaugh. Within days of Kavanaugh's confirmation to the Supreme Court, a fascinating encounter took place. Brett Kavanaugh's father was approached by Fords father at the golf club where they are both members. Ralph Blasey, Fords father, went out of his way to offer to Ed Kavanaugh his support of Brett ...
The Bill of Rights Turns 230, and What Do We Have to Show for It? Nothing Good
Post Date: 2019-09-12 07:43:54 by Deckard
That was when they suspended the Constitution. They said it would be temporary. There wasn't even any rioting in the streets. People stayed home at night, watching television, looking for some direction. There wasn't even an enemy you could put your finger on.Margaret Atwood, The Handmaid's Tale Its been 230 years since James Madison drafted the Bill of Rightsthe first ten amendments to the Constitutionas a means of protecting the people against government tyranny, and what do we have to show for it? Nothing good. In America today, the government does whatever it wants, freedom be damned. We can pretend that the Constitution, which was ...
Life is like two board games
Post Date: 2019-09-06 07:44:21 by Deckard
Life is like two board games.One board game is called, Life®.One board game is called, MONOPOLY® which shall be referred to as DEATH.The object of the game of Life is to fulfill and live by the tantamount rule of, Love one another as I have loved you.The object of the game of the Death is to, Bankrupt all thy neighbors, at all cost, so that you can be declared the one and only winner; superior to all others.One cannot play the board game of Life®,by the rules of the board game of DEATH (Monopoly®).Likewise, one cannot play the board game of DEATH (Monopoly®)by the rules for the board game of Life®.For the two board ...
Paul Craig Roberts: I Feel Sorry For President Trump
Post Date: 2019-09-05 10:35:17 by Deckard
Authored by Paul Craig Roberts, Yes, I know. I am lining up on the wrong side. You are supposed to hate him. The presstitutes hate Trump. So does the Democratic Party, part of the Republican Party, the military/security complex, the entirety of the liberal/progressive/left, the universities, feminists, and Washingtons vassal states. No one likes him but the racist, white supremacist Trump deplorables. Nevertheless, I feel sorry for him. I started feeling sorry for him when he announced he would run for President of the United States. You see, I had inside information. I had held a presidential appointment from a President of the United ...
Is the U.S. Government the Enemy of the People? AmericaÂ’s Lost Liberties, Post-9/11
Post Date: 2019-09-04 09:18:09 by Deckard
These are the times that try mens souls. ― Thomas Paine, The American Crisis Take heed, America. Our losses are mounting with every passing day. What began with the post-9/11 passage of the USA Patriot Act has snowballed into the eradication of every vital safeguard against government overreach, corruption and abuse. The citizenrys unquestioning acquiescence to anything the government wants to do in exchange for the phantom promise of safety and security has resulted in a society where the nation is being locked down into a militarized, mechanized, hypersensitive, legalistic, self-righteous, goose-stepping antithesis of every principle ...
Cycling vs. Driving and the Death of Car Culture
Post Date: 2019-09-04 09:15:22 by Deckard
Theres North and South, liberals and conservatives; Star Trek people and Star Wars people . . . but few divides are greater than that which exists between drivers and cyclists. The etiology of the thing is interesting. It bugs some drivers that cyclists have the gall (as the drivers see it) to ride on roads which they the drivers consider their own or at least, not suitable for bicycles, because they arent able to keep up with the flow of traffic and thus slow down the flow of traffic. This is certainly true. Bikes sometimes cant keep up with the flow of traffic. It is equally true that slow-moving RVs, garbage trucks and commercial vehicles slow/impede ...
Republicans Choose Trumpism Over Property Rights and the Rule of Law
Post Date: 2019-09-03 07:39:22 by Deckard
Trump is just who he said he'd be four years ago. By rallying around him, Republicans are choosing to brand themselves in his image. (K.C. Alfred/TNS/Newscom) In more placid times, news that the president of the United States was encouraging aides to break the law by seizing swaths of private property along the southwestern border to build a wall might have caused more than a day's ripple.After all, legitimate controversy over the promiscuous threat of eminent domain (as well as illegitimate fears of a NAFTA Superhighway) dogged former Texas Gov. Rick Perry for a full decade, prompting him to eventually abandon his dreams of a Trans-Texas Corridor tollroad. ...
Where is the outrage about abortions?
Post Date: 2019-09-02 19:47:06 by Gatlin
It is such a shame that whenever an atrocity such as a mass shooting occurs there is outrage and calls for action. The recent shootings are indicative of acts committed by persons who are evil. Yet, there are calls to continue to regulate firearms ownership or as some would call for, the outright ban on firearms. Furthermore, the call for red flag laws which deny due process, property rights and firearm rights. However, there are constitutional rights addressing each of those. Where is the outrage and call for action for the approximately 600,000 children who are killed each year in the United States under the auspices of a mothers right to affordable ...
Deadly U.S. Police Culture: Barney Fife Thinks He’s the Punisher
Post Date: 2019-09-01 12:47:01 by Deckard
Barney Fife, of the celebrated 1960s sitcom The Andy Griffith Show, was the lovable, bumbling deputy with a heart of gold. His clumsiness was endearing and provided a large portion of the comic value of the show. Even when his gun accidentally discharged, the audience would chuckle, and no one ever got hurt. Yet Sheriff Andy Taylor, clearly aware of Fifes inadequacies, allowed him only one bullet, and kept him on a tight leash. Taylor, for his part, knew the damage such an accident-prone bumbler could cause when allowed too much power, even one as pure-hearted as Fife. If only every police department employed an Andy Taylor, someone with keen judgment and an understanding of the ...
Donald Trump, Democratic Dictator
Post Date: 2019-08-28 10:16:06 by Deckard
Some people think that the United States is safe from dictatorship because the country is a democracy. Its only in totalitarian countries, they hold, that people are subject to dictatorship.Nothing could be further from the truth. Such people are confusing how a ruler gets elected with the powers that the ruler has after being elected. A democratically elected ruler can wield and exercise dictatorial powers. Case in point: President Donald Trump. He is the democratically elected president of the United States. He also wields and exercises dictatorial power over the American people.The system of government that the Framers established with the Constitution provided for three branches ...
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