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    Yesterday, 04:34 PM
    Become the Ron Paul of your country.
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    Yesterday, 04:32 PM
    No, what makes you a Communist and against free markets is calling for anti-free market economic protectionist laws that increase the power of the state to regulate and control the flow of human capital across international borders. In other words, you get called a communist because you're endorsing socialism, and the whole purpose of socialism is to lead to communism.
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    Yesterday, 04:29 PM
    Blame the State. Minimum wage laws and business regulations have made it cheaper to ship jobs and production overseas. That isn't an immigrants fault. Your beef is with the government.
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    Yesterday, 04:27 PM
    In fact there was a study fairly recently that said immigrants pay as much as $2 BILLION dollars a year in taxes. And since people on visas are ehre legally they pay income taxes as well. This article is absolutely moronic.
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    Yesterday, 04:24 PM
    Response sin bold. What a great example of doublethink. The only elites I see are the ones that favor giving regulatory power to control society over to a few politically connected powers and taking that power out of the hands of private people and businesses. In other words, people like you serve the needs of the elites quite well. Removing form the government the power to control who goes where when, why, and how would be shrinking the power of the State and taking power out of the hands of the elites.
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    Yesterday, 04:19 PM
    So the solution to having a mixed economy is to lean even harder into socialism and big government? Sorry, that is stupid. Immigration regulation by the government is nothing but socialism because it is the limiting of the free market through government regulations on the free movement of human capital. Supporting government regulation of immigration isn't just unconstitutional but it is socialism and if you support it then you are a socialist. The rest of the article is equally idiotic. Workers willing to work for less is a feature of the free market that keeps production low and point of sale costs even lower. Calling to "hire/buy American" and prevent economic competition among laborers is the kind of protectionist bullcrap that comes spewing out of Bernie Sander's mouth than any supporter of the free market. Companies aren't using this as a system to take advantage of anyone, if anything they're using the only outlet they have to escape burdensome government regulation. You have a problem with the government? Then get rid of the government and stop trying to force your dieals and beliefs about how teh world should work on everyone else through it, otherwise you're just another Progressive.
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    04-25-2017, 05:34 PM
    First, let us note that this is more than just someone using their free speech to call you a name and hurt your feelings. Keemstar attacked Tony's person, who he is. There is nothing more personal about a human being, nothing they own more, that who they are. When you undertake to destroy that then it is no different than if you were attacking their house, because their body and name are their property. Those are actually the fundamental properties, the ones all other property and liberties streams from. It is your personal humanity that demands your liberty and property be respected. That it was accidental is no excuse, just as it isn't an excuse when cops raid the wrong house or shoot the wrong people. When you do something you had best be ready to face the consequences and own up to the results. While I do not think the State should be involved because it is the worst monopoly conceivable, I do not think Tony would be in the wrong for demanding arbitration and some form of compensation for the wrong done to him. That said, the fact that Tony has let it go, that is a wonderful, kind thing. That is worthy of respect. I'll go watch his Twitch and give him a view or two just because he took the higher road here.
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    04-25-2017, 04:31 PM
    Well, the South is finally being truly Reconstructed. It is the fault of all the "AMERICA IS UH-MAZING AND CAN DO NO WRONG EVER!" conservatives as it is the delicate progressives though.
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    04-25-2017, 04:24 PM
    I disagree, and so would, I think, the most liberty oriented Founding Fathers. The President is the Commander-in-Chief of the armies according to the Constitution. But the Constitution does not allow for a standing army. Congress can raise one and fund it, but that in and of itself suggests that there isn't a permanent one which is why one needs to be raised. I would argue that the best constitutional interpretation is that the US could have a reserve army, one composed of trained militia that can be called up quickly to defend the country when invaded but who are otherwise dedicated to civilian life and its pursuits. My point? Depending on where you split hairs, true defense is not a necessary function of government. The Federal government has no authority to do so, just take over once the war has been declared, and we see today that private military forces are often trained equally as well as or better than government military forces. True defense was seen as being a role of the people. Considering that the military should only be active when the country is invaded, and then only active in defeating the invader, 100% of everything the US military is doing right now has nothing to do with defense.
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    04-24-2017, 05:55 PM
    Seriously, how dare I bring little things like facts and evidence into a discussion! And you can't even muster up an insult in return? Well, continue to glorify in your own stupidity. If you can't bother educating yourself and instead insist on remaining blind, you aren't worth wasting time on. Enjoy the ditch.
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    04-24-2017, 05:51 PM
    Oooh, the guy/girl calling other people intolerant is now calling people "retard;" did your snowflake sensibilities get triggered? And please, if you can't actually add to the actual discussion, which is about whether the government should have the power to execute people or not based on the American idea that government only has delegated powers, keep your man-child acting out to supermarkets where your mommy can give you a lollipop to keep you form thrashing around on the floor. But you did inadvertently destroy your own argument. If you can't lock up a person for life yourself, then you do not have the right to delegate that power to any other government agency or organization to act in your name. Therefore the entire prison and policing system, base don that assumption, is invalidated.
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    04-24-2017, 05:46 PM
    Facts say otherwise, Jimbo. First of all, you get rid of people involve din the drug war then you cut your prison population in half, right off the bat. Of the half that is left, somewhere between 10-20,000 people a year are innocent and convicted of crimes they didn't commit. That means that, in fact, the minority of people in prison are people locked up "who deserve it." Of those, you begin to look at why they are there and you realize that 10,000 number begins to look too small. Do yourself a favor, go read "You Have The Right To Remain Innocent" by James Duane. Or watch the video below. It is all about how the police lie, manipulate, and coerce legal but incorrect confessions out of people and then convict them of crimes they did not commit.
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    04-24-2017, 05:31 PM
    Wrong. You still do not own that person's life. And you never can own another person. To plan out the taking of that life and then to carry through with the premeditated, detailed, killing of another person, that is murder. You don't have that right and power and, as the government can only have powers delegated to it by the people, neither does the government. Killing in the heat of the moment self-defense is one thing. "Capital punishment" is just Orwellian doublespeak for state sponsored murder.
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    04-24-2017, 05:21 PM
    Imagine that, people act like animals when they spend everyday of their lives locked in a cage, beaten, and treated like animals. Get out of here with your police state bootlicker bullshit.
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    04-24-2017, 05:17 PM
    Correction, he was convicted of murdering another person. But studies have shown that at least 1 in 25 convictions is actually an innocent person convicted of a crime they did not commit. In a country with millions of criminal convictions a year and more than 2 million people behind bars, even 1 percent amounts to tens of thousands of tragic errors. In the specific case of Lee, the Innocence Project had this to say:
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    04-24-2017, 01:41 PM
    Yeah, but warfare is worse than welfare.
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    04-23-2017, 11:17 AM
    Someone threatening to murder a bunch of people may or may not be a crime (depending on the level of threat) but it is a serious social problem that should be addressed. Not by the government, but by us as a people.
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    04-21-2017, 06:48 PM
    Stump the Priest: Relics Question: "What is the basis for venerating the relics of saints?" Father John Whiteford responds: The veneration of the relics of the saints is rooted in several Biblical truths, as well as in the Tradition of the Church. 1). Unlike the pagan Greeks, we believe in the goodness of creation. As we are told in Genesis 1:31, when God completed his work of creation:
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    04-20-2017, 09:44 PM
    The First Miracle After the Lord's Resurrection - Entering a Room With Shut Doors By St. Cyril of Alexandria (Commentary on the Gospel of John) John 20:19, 20 - When therefore it was evening, on that day, the first day of the week, and when the doors were shut where the disciples were assembled, for fear of the Jews, Jesus came and stood in the midst, and said unto them, "Peace be unto you." And when He had said this, He showed unto them His hands and His side. On the selfsame day on which He had appeared unto Mary, and discoursed with her, He also showed Himself to the holy disciples, who dreaded the intolerable attacks of the impious Jews, and were, on that account, collected together in a certain house. For it was not likely that they who had been so instructed, and had often been bidden to make haste to escape from the wrath of their would-be murderers, would be found lacking in proper prudence. Christ miraculously appears unto them. For while the doors were shut, as the Apostle says, Christ unexpectedly stood in the midst, by His ineffable Divine power rising superior to the chain of cause and effect, and showing Himself able to dispense with the design and method appropriate to His action. For let no man say, "How did the Lord, Whose body was of solid flesh, enter without let or hindrance, though the doors were shut?" but rather let him reflect that the Evangelist is not here speaking of one of ourselves, but rather of Him Who is enthroned by the side of God the Father, and Who easily does whatsoever He will. For He that was by nature the true God, was of necessity not subject unto the sequences of cause and effect, as are the creatures that owe their being to Him; but rather does He exercise Lordship over necessity itself, and due and appropriate methods of performance. For how did He make the sea afford a footing unto His Feet, and walk thereon as upon dry land, though we are not so framed that we can tread upon the paths of the sea? And how did He perform the rest of His marvelous works with God-like power? All these things, you will say, surpass man's understanding. Put this miracle of Christ side by side with the rest, and do not, following the opinion of certain men, who, in the folly of their hearts, have been led astray to judge falsely, imagine on account of this very occurrence that Christ rose again without His human Body, wholly bereft thereof, and severed from the Temple that He had taken on Himself. For if you cannot understand the working of God's ineffable nature, why do you not rather cry out against the infirmity of man's reason -- for that would be the wiser course -- and then silently acquiesce in the limit prescribed to you by the Creator? For in rejecting the conclusion of wisdom, you do wrong to the great mystery of the Resurrection, on which all our reliance is fixed. For remember the exclamation of Paul: "If the dead are not raised, neither has Christ been raised; and if Christ has not been raised, your faith is vain, and you are yet in your sins." And again: "Yea, and we are found false witnesses of God; because we witnessed of God that He raised up Christ, Whom He raised not up, if so be that the dead are not raised." For what can be raised up save that which is fallen? Or what restored to life, save that which is bowed down in death? And how shall we expect to rise again, if so be that Christ raised not up His own Temple, making Himself, for us, the First-fruits of them which are asleep, and the First-born from the dead? Or how shall this mortal put on immortality, if, as some think, it be lost in total annihilation? For how shall it escape this fate if it have no hope of a new life? Do not, then, swerve from orthodoxy in the faith, because a miracle was accomplished; but rather be wise, and add this to the other marvelous works that Christ did.
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    04-20-2017, 05:32 PM
    Video of interview here https://vimeo.com/212755977?ref=em-v-share
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    04-20-2017, 05:31 PM
    This is an excellent question. Hopefully I can give you a good answer. I will probably use metaphors to get my point across, hopefully they aren't super confusing. My answer is similar to TER's, but different. TER is an Orthodox Christian and I am a Mormon, so our approaches are both similar and different. Where we most agree is about prayer and faith. But I would add study as well. Jesus Christ gave us this insight when questioned by Jewish leaders about how they could know what He taught was from God. His response, in John 7, was: If we wish to know something is of God, then we put it to the test. We learn about it, we study it, we learn what the promised blessing for it are, then we live it. If it is of God then He will keep His promises and the promised blessings will flow to us. In this endeavor study is essential, because how are you supposed to know what to do and how to recognize the result if you never learn about it?
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    04-20-2017, 05:26 PM
    Forgiveness: Muslims Moved as Coptic Christians Do the Unimaginable Amid ISIS attacks, faithful response inspires Egyptian society. JAYSON CASPER IN CAIRO | APRIL 2017 Twelve seconds of silence is an awkward eternity on television. Amr Adeeb, perhaps the most prominent talk show host in Egypt, leaned forward as he searched for a response. “The Copts of Egypt … are made of … steel!” he finally uttered.
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    04-20-2017, 02:36 PM
    But your concern remains. We may indeed delude ourselves. That is why we must check our thoughts and beliefs against what has been revealed and maintained and has endured. That which has stood the test of time and has not allowed the gates of hell to prevail over it. The pillar and foundation of the truth which we must run to so that we are not teaching things in vain which are erroneous, which will bring greater condemnation to ourselves. Prayer, fasting, and charity. Through these three we come closer to seeing truths once hidden from us.
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    04-20-2017, 02:32 PM
    The short answer is through greater prayer and greater faith. What we can rely on is that the Truth is eternal and is something people will sacrifice their lives for. Look for truths which defy time, such as fulfilled prophecies and age old traditions and belief. That is a great place to start. Then with pure prayer, made possible only in one with a humble and contrite heart, ask God to reveal His will to you. Science, using a sound method, is the way of learning truths about creation and the material world and properties in it. Prayer, with a humble and loving heart, is the way learning truths about divine truths, righteousness, and the spiritual world, and the reason for existence. Just as a bird needs two wings to fly, likewise a man must use his thinking mind and his spirit to raise to the heights of eternal truths and their realities.
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    04-20-2017, 12:43 PM
    Augustus Sol Invictus (roughly translatable as "The Exalted Unconquered Sun") cannot be that guy's birth name. Guy needs to go back to his Exalted or D&D group and stay out of politics until he gets his crap together. That said, animal sacrifice doesn't have to be sadistic. Hang it upside down, slit its throat, let the blood drain out, and other than the sharp knife pain the animal will feel very little pain and pass out before actually dying. Dismembering it when it is alive though? That does sound sadistic.
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    04-20-2017, 12:39 PM
    The big issue is timing. To put this out right before Easter suggests the LP can't tell the difference between good and bad publicity or that they have their head so far up their arseholes they didn't realize this would get them bad publicity.
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    04-20-2017, 12:37 PM
    This is exactly what I was trying to say in my blabbering post above. Thank you!
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    04-20-2017, 12:35 PM
    I am against hate crime legislation as I am against thought crime. But it is obvious that the use of pork products was an act of purposeful hatred. Muslims, like Jews, have a religious objection to pork. Using it as a way to make Muslims and Jews unclean is a hateful act, like if I pissed on a cross. That said, the trespassing, property damage, and her talking about wanting to follow Roof in murdering black people are serious criminal and social issues that should be addressed.
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“Maybe I forgot to mention something to you: I don’t believe in queens. You think freedom is something you can give and take on a whim. But to your people, freedom is as essential as air. And without it, there is no life. There is only darkness.” -Zaheer

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