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    Today, 09:10 PM
    Governments are not run by people? The tools of government are not used by people? Who does run governments? Angels? Huh? Is there a point in there somewhere? Or is it just free association? Everybody in Florida thought so, because this wasn't their first mass shooting. And it isn't very damned likely to happen here, because there are way, way too many good guys with guns. The odds against a miscreant tripping on SSRIs being able to get three shots off without getting plugged themselves are so low, even the most addled by psychotropic poisons have enough sense to know they shouldn't even try.
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    Today, 09:02 PM
    And when has that ever happened? When has control of the money supply prevented corrections? When has it ever lessened their severity? Have we not had depressions since 1913 which have been more severe and longer-lasting than anything we had before--or, at least, anything we had since the Civil War? From what I can see, bubbles get blown which do delay the inevitable, but do not prevent it, and certainly do not lessen the severity. In fact, that in fact, the interference deepens the depression and delays proper recovery.
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    Today, 08:55 PM
    Washington: "If we decide to bomb your nation, you are not allowed to be able to defend yourselves."
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    Today, 08:54 PM
    It would only have had to influence the 'monetary policies' of individuals to have cut down the bleeding of the middle class. And truth be known, stripping the Fed of monopoly status could have gone quite a long way toward reigning in this out of control federal government, as the Fed enables them.
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    Today, 08:51 PM
    Good God. Is the new Zippy posting stuff that makes sense? When we get him/her/this AI on a subject where those employers at the Federal Reserve don't have to be defended, this one might not be so hard to take...
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    Today, 08:42 PM
    If the government was running out of gold to cover the gold certificates it had printed it was not using gold for money. It may have been pretending to use gold for money. But it would seem the money supply was not quite the same thing as the gold it had on hand. Bartering for silver is exceptionally simple and convenient. But, of course, you can't call that silver 'money' when you do it. You'll get arrested by the Federal Reserve's taxpayer-funded attack dogs. But the currency they wanted was not the central bank's constantly shrinking funny money. If they had wanted to keep using that crap, Jackson would likely never have won the election.
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    Today, 08:32 PM
    Do good nations with nuclear weapons add to the problem of scary nations having nuclear weapons? Dude, my state has some of the highest rates of gun ownership in the nation. We do not have mass shootings. Doesn't happen. Explain that. Stop spouting platitudes and explain that. Set your brainwashing aside and use logic to come up with a rational explanation for that simple, inalienable fact.
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    Today, 08:19 PM
    I'd accuse you of being a broken record, but that was your predecessor who was blathering that last week. So, I'll tell you you can click on your own user name, then click 'Find Latest Posts' there on the left. If you do, you'll find that "you" already asked that, and were told that the sheriff and the FBI got more than enough information to warrant posting a few extra guards at that school. And at least one of them just might have had cojones.
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    Today, 08:13 PM
    Suppose it is (and I'm not saying it's so). What of it? Do you think you have a monopoly on posting rubbish to this site? Mine aren't. I load them, I aim them, a hole appears in a paper target. No problem. The bullets couldn't possibly reach you from here. You're surely not stupid enough to come over here and pull a gun on me. What's your problem with it?
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    Today, 08:08 PM
    Has the U.S. not always minted silver coins? Wouldn't that amount to some kind or another of 'bi-metallic standard'? Didn't FDR recall gold coins during 1933? Is that your idea of the gold standard during the Depression? Seriously? Are you even going to acknowledge that currencies can and do compete? Are you even going to admit that people could still find a way to trade with no official currency at all?
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    Today, 07:40 PM
    Well, you know perfectly well it's a gold standard without a central bank. It's where you use gold as money. You know. Gold=money. You take gold, coin it, and use it to buy things. Like that. What has any of this to do with competing currencies?
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    Today, 05:07 PM
    Have not listened to her entire speech yet, but allegedly there have been claims of harassment without consent, intimidation also if recent reports are to be believed: Woman Accusing Trump Of Sexual Assault Wants The Tape To Prove It James Packard Feb 20, 2018 President Donald Trump denied Tuesday that he assaulted a woman who says he forcibly kissed her in Trump Tower in 2006. Tools of Trump’s Fixer: Payouts, Intimidation and the Tabloids
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    Today, 05:03 PM
    Could some of the media is hedging its bets? Foxnews is quite pro Trump but WSJ , also owned by Fox owner, has published reports on some very high profile alleged Trump sexual conduct scandals in past few weeks. Would concede that WaPo article may have some point in that Trump team would probably not prefer first of such two possible public hearings.
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    Today, 03:54 PM
    Selling all those beaches would pay up all the bills, fatten up the pension fund, and pay for the Boondoggle Rail Road besides. And it would get every surfer in the state registered to vote, too. And get 3/4 of Sacramento fired.
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    Today, 03:49 PM
    I thought that was his appeal among his core primary voters. 'Maybe if this slob is president, I can get laid too.'
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    Today, 03:46 PM
    Trump doesn't need anything. Republicans will 4Dchessplain away anything he does. They don't need him to do what they want. They don't even need his excuses -- they all spin it for him.
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    Today, 03:39 PM
    Well, was it a pure, unadulterated gold standard in place 16-26 years after the creation of the Fed or not? And what part of "competing currencies" was it that led you to believe I was advocating any kind of "standard"? Come on, new kid on the block. Your predessors could deflect away from answering those two in their sleep.
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    Today, 03:36 PM
    Bad enough sheriff Scott Israel is shown to be grossly incompetent, but his corruption runs deep as well. More on Broward County Incompetent Sheriff Scott Israel’s Corruption Israel was criticized in 2014 after a political action committee supporting his re-election campaign for sheriff accepted thousands of dollars in donations from a convicted felon. … Yoram Izhak, was indicted for allegedly being part of an organized crime ring known as the “Cuban Mafia” that “was allegedly involved in cocaine trafficking, arson, gambling and murder,” according to Local10. The sheriff has also faced corruption accusations: department employees routinely attended campaign events while on the clock for their taxpayer-funded positions, a Local10 investigation found in 2016. … the sheriff had routinely handed out taxpayer-funded jobs to political supporters. The sheriff’s response at the time: “lions don’t care about the opinions of sheep.” …
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    Today, 03:28 PM
    Florida Representative Bill Hager demands incompetent Sheriff Scott Israel's removal fro office: 967514469655023622
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    Today, 03:27 PM
    Yeah, it was just a campaign promise. Not like he had any intention of making it legal and/or making it work. But you dissected it nicely! Miss you...
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    Today, 03:22 PM
    More on Sheriff Scott Israel’s Public corruption: Israel hired his political supporters to do outreach for the police. Broward County Sheriff Scott Israel—the man whose agency failed to prevent the Parkland massacre despite having received a tip last November that Nikolas Cruz was plotting a mass shooting—has been accused of public corruption. Two years ago, the Sun Sentinel reported that Israel was rewarding top political supporters by giving them and their family members cushy jobs doing public relations and community outreach for the Broward County Sheriff's Office. One such position, outreach manager, paid out a salary of $78,489. The person who got that job was the husband of Israel's campaign manager. .. Israel's opponents say he's built a publicly funded political machine, paying back supporters with jobs and using them to keep him in office. … Asked about the allegations, Israel responded, … "Lions don't care about the opinions of sheep." … Given the appalling failures that took place at Israel's office, the "sheep" might like to ask the "lion" some questions. Perhaps he could answer them in a less condescending and authoritarian fashion.
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    Today, 03:16 PM
    More info the sheriff Scott Israel Israel has been the subject of 10 internal affairs complaints, mainly for excessive force … Israel has historically been vocal concerning gun violence, opposing open-carry legislation and one law that would allow concealed weapons on campuses. He began implementing body cameras for his deputies in 2016. … a police officer assigned to Stoneman Douglas resigned after failing to enter the Parkland school as a gunman opened fire … This isn’t the first time Israel’s agency has encountered trouble over its response to a mass shooting. Months after the Greater Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood Airport shooting, a 2017 Sun-Sentinel investigation revealed that Israel’s Broward Sheriff’s Office failed to “seize control and set up an effective command system” at the airport. BSO “erred from the very beginning in controlling the shooting scene in the baggage claim area of Terminal 2, where five people died and six others were wounded.” … Israel has also been scrutinized for his relationship with political operative Roger Stone. … Stone switched sides, helping Israel defeat Lamberti in the 2012 sheriff’s race. Since then, Israel “added to BSO’s payroll Stone's book-writing partner, Stone's book publicist and Stone's long-time executive assistant,” and even had “Stone's stepson transferred to detective.” ... As Israel significantly trailed Lamberti in the 2012 race, the Sun-Sentinel reported that a late infusion of attack-ad cash from former Aerosmith guitarist Richie Supa, of Plantation, and Massachusetts construction magnate Robert Pereira helped tip the election in Israel’s favor. … Pereira alone gave $245,000 …
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  • acptulsa's Avatar
    Today, 03:14 PM
    It has nothing to do with party. Rand Paul is and was a member of the GOP, and was held to a standard (he shouldn't have endored Romney) that Trump could never have dreamed of approaching (it's o.k. he used to endorse Hillary in her Senate days).
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    Today, 03:09 PM
    Why, yes. Yes I am. But at least I'm not using a rusty shank.
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    Today, 03:06 PM
    That's how it seems to you? And after a decade here? That's really how it seems to you? And what evidence do you have to offer? The fact that I asked sure you were how technically accurate a thing was that you pronounced technically accurate? A thing that, like you, seems to have not taken into account that some land is habitable, and some is, in the modern sense of the word, not habitable? Or are you just trying--and failing--to put words in my mouth the way an intellectually dishonest person would do?
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    Today, 03:04 PM
    When Sheriff Scott Israel chose to ignore all of the litany of reports to the sheriff of Nikolas Cruz's threats of violence, assault, murder, mass shooting; I guess the incompetent, inept Sheriff Scott Israel had good reason for his incompetent gross negligence decision to do nothing: But hey, give up your guns and trust the inept Scott Israel with your life.
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