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    01-31-2017, 04:39 PM
    Seriously. No matter who we elect, we stay in the Middle East. Doesn't matter if they say they want "hope and change", to "make America great again", or "a pet goat", all we get are endless wars.
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    01-31-2017, 04:26 PM
    This is my take, as well. The left could have had an outsider, grassroots leader. Instead, they chose Clinton. The election imploded for them as a result. And yet, I still see MSM outlets and DNC insiders saying Clinton should run again in four years. These people are insane.
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    01-30-2017, 03:32 PM
    Fewer regulations would be great. I remain skeptical at this time.
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    01-30-2017, 03:12 PM
    That's hilarious!
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    01-30-2017, 03:09 PM
    See, this a reasonable and well-argued position regarding illegal aliens. I don't necessarily agree that the negatives outweigh the positives, but at least you have facts to back you up, and you aren't referring to the tired "OMG! Illegals cause crime waves! They're rapists and killers!" argument, which has been refuted by study after study. Trump's "alternate facts" get in the way of reasonable arguments.
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    01-30-2017, 08:25 AM
    Because he has a banner under his name which states he voted for neither Clinton nor Trump.
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    01-30-2017, 07:53 AM
    In fact, immigrants are less likely to commit violent crimes than native-born American citizens. That makes them less of a "problem" than US citizens. You fail to understand that. What if someone were to take your proposals seriously and the government, instead of focusing on lawbreakers, redirected its efforts to eradicating violence coming from illegal immigrants? The net result would be less focus on control of the criminal element among US citizens. And since studies show the proportions of violent crime are higher among US citizens than illegals, your argument would in fact cause more violent Americans to escape justice. Your analogy is confused because one group is supposed to serve the public, and is thus beholden to public opinion, while the other group has nothing to do with serving the public. You're comparing apples and oranges, but you refuse to see it. No, it means the proportion is lower. And advocating for going after a group with low levels of violence because a small proportion of them are "violent criminals" is senseless. It's the type of scapegoating which has happened far too often in history. It's lazy, and irresponsible.
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    01-30-2017, 03:11 AM
    Yes, I can read. Please spare me the "you deserve x" garbage. I think your analogy makes no sense. I feel I have the right to oppose police violence in great part because I pay their salary. I don't pay the salaries of violent illegals. Studies show that immigrants are less likely to commit crimes than US citizens. "This holds true for both legal immigrants and the unauthorized, regardless of their country of origin or level of education. In other words, the overwhelming majority of immigrants are not “criminals” by any commonly accepted definition of the term. Whole new classes of “felonies” have been created which apply only to immigrants, deportation has become a punishment for even minor offenses, and policies aimed at trying to end unauthorized immigration have been made more punitive rather than more rational and practical. In short, immigrants themselves are being criminalized."
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    01-30-2017, 02:00 AM
    It's pretty easy to blame things on "the other": someone different than you. That's how dictators have come to power. But the hillbilly redneck town in Arizona where I lived in for many years had wild packs of roaming dogs throughout the 1990s and early 2000s, trashy vehicles, rampant alcoholism and meth use, and heaps of garbage in most backyards, despite the fact that the town is 87% white. Blaming illegals for all the problems doesn't cut it, any more than blaming "the blacks".
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    01-30-2017, 01:40 AM
    I'm not sure what "never criticizing the police" has to do with illegals in the US. I've criticized the police repeatedly, both here and in real life, for acts of brutality committed against both US citizens and non-citizens, and I'll continue to do so. So go after the corrupt cops and go after the illegals that are harming people. But going after some guy because he's illegally here, causing no one harm, violates the non-aggression principle. Let the dude scrub toilets and mop floors in peace.
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    01-30-2017, 01:07 AM
    This is a most excellent article, and it underscores several things I've been telling Democratic friends since November: the Democratic elites utterly failed to live up to their promises for eight years, they sold out the middle class, they abandoned blue collar voters, they cheated during the primaries, and they still cannot understand why they lost the election. Thanks for the link to this article, Timosman.
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    01-30-2017, 12:51 AM
    Yes. I also have two friends who spent decades going through all the steps to become a US citizen. In both cases, the bureaucracy involved was utterly time-consuming and horribly daunting. My friend Phi came over from Kampuchea (now Cambodia) in the 1970s. He was a refugee, and had been tortured by the Khmer Rouge. (Among other things, they placed bamboo sticks between his fingers and then bound his hands tightly; he once demonstrated this for me, and I was glad it was only for a few minutes). He fled a forced-labor camp and was almost killed by a US serviceman near what he now believes was the Laos/Vietnam/Kampuchea border. But he was accepted as a refugee, and came to America. He's now a doctor (M.D.), and spends much of his time overseas helping refugees. He's received awards from the Vatican for his selflessness in helping others. Although he spent eight years in medical school, he told me two years ago that the process of becoming a doctor was far easier than becoming a U.S. citizen. That is fucked up! My friend Sylvia came to the US in 1968, from Mexico. She said as a schoolgirl in Mexico, she didn't even own shoes; her family came to America for a better life. She studied, and became a cataloging librarian in the 1970s, and she worked in some of the most prestigious libraries in the country while waiting to fully become a citizen, but she didn't actually become a US citizen until 2010. While waiting, she got married, had children, and even grandchildren. She said the process went at a snail's pace for years and years, in part because the bureau lost her application or proof of continuous residence multiple times. But she never gave up, and now there is a photo of her in my office, proudly waving the American flag, on the day she finally became an American.
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    01-30-2017, 12:03 AM
    I'm no hermit, but my rights have never been violated by an illegal, either. The illegals I've encountered are hard-working people who clean toilets, mop floors, and do other work most Americans absolutely refuse to do.
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    01-29-2017, 09:51 PM
    The President does not have the power to make laws. This order is as unconstitutional as the laws made under George W Bush and Barack Obama.
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    01-29-2017, 06:22 PM
    RJ Liberty replied to a thread Geography quiz in Open Discussion
    I only got 118, but I would have done much better if I hadn't wasted so much time trying to correctly spell French Guiana, Guyana, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, etc. Incidentally, the quiz won't accept the dash in Guinea-Bissau, which I think is a problem with the quiz.
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