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    Today, 08:30 PM
    The male filing window or the female filing window?
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    Today, 07:25 PM
    A massive new gas tax passed by the California state legislature appeared to finally be a bridge too far for most residents of the state. A movement began to repeal the tax by referendum and a petition to do so quickly amassed far more than the needed number of signatures. Now, a new poll indicates that support for the repeal measure has reached majority numbers. But there’s more going on here than just the removal of a set of taxes and fees. As a new poll found a majority of California voters want to repeal increases to the state’s gas tax and vehicle fees, Gov. Jerry Brown has begun campaigning to preserve them, arguing the sacrifice is needed to fix long-neglected roads and bridges and improve mass transit. Repeal of the higher taxes and fees was supported by 51% of registered voters in the state, according to a new USC Dornsife/Los Angeles Times statewide poll. The survey found 38% of registered voters supported keeping the higher taxes, 9% hadn’t heard enough to say either way and 2% said they wouldn’t vote on the measure. The tax package looks like it’s about to be taken off life support, but Republicans in the state hope that the referendum delivers for them in another way. With some marginal House seats being considered in play this November, campaigning on support for the repeal measure should, in theory, boost GOP voter turnout, possibly turning back some of the “blue wave” that Democrats are looking for. It’s also left the Governor in the unenviable position of having to defend taxing his constituents more. He fumbled the first attempt at that when he resorted to name calling in an apparent fit of pique. At one news conference, he was quoted as saying, “The test of America’s strength is whether we defeat this stupid repeal measure, which is nothing more than a Republican stunt to get a few of their losers returned to Congress.”
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    Today, 06:53 PM
    Graphic video has emerged online showing a mob of baton-wielding Islamists attacking other Muslims in a refugee camp in Greece reportedly for not observing the Ramadan fast. Early unconfirmed Kurdish media reports claim 4 men were killed and many others injured as the group of attackers entered refugee tents with weapons Friday afternoon at a crowded camp in Moria on the eastern Aegean island of Lesbos. However, initial Greek media reporting indicates authorities are refuting rumors of the deaths, instead only confirming large clashes between Arab and Kurdish asylum seekers which resulted in injuries and evacuations. One Greek news broadcast showed seriously injured victims being carried out of the camp, while viral video of the attack itself appears to show up to three bloodied men lying motionless on the ground with attackers carrying large metal batons standing over them, which could suggest the early reports of fatalities are indeed accurate. The UK-based Kurdish Solidarity Campaign said the men were brutally attacked by Islamists in the refugee camp specifically "for not observing Ramadan." The Kurdish rights group identified at least three Kurds among the dead, while Iraq-based Kurdistan 24 identified a 60-year old man as among those brutally beaten, his legs broken after being hit with metal bars. Warning: graphic content Syrian Arabs, Iraqis, Algerians, Pakistanis and Afghans Arabs attacked Kurds in #Mitilini #Greece for NOT keeping Ramadan Islamic holidays. 3 killed and tens heavy injured. @AzadiRojava @vvanwilgenburg @macergifford @4rj1n @realDonaldTrump @brett_mcgurk @SalehMaslem @sinam56 pic.twitter.com/0v6SXYJTkD — Idris Al Oso (@IdrisAl_oso) May 25, 2018 Raman Ghavami, a freelance journalist and Jerusalem Post author, said the reports of deaths are accurate: "I was speaking to a member of EASO about the clashes in one of the refugees camps in Greece. She told me that 'some radical Muslims attacked Kurdish refugees (from Syria) who weren’t fasting with knives and metal bars. Three Kurds have lost their lives and 22 have been injured.'” More at: https://www.zerohedge.com/news/2018-05-26/caught-video-islamist-mob-attacks-refugees-greece-not-observing-ramadan
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    Today, 06:52 PM
    You beat me to it. More at the link in the OP.
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    Today, 06:47 PM
    What part of "A year in jail" don't you understand? Even if government gets involved the penalty is excessive, a small fine or a day in the county lockup would be more appropriate.
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    Today, 06:37 PM
    Tom Rogan implored the US’ newest Eastern European ally to hit Russia’s latest infrastructure project with airstrikes in order to render it temporarily unusable in a fantastical operation that he suggests could even receive American military support. "...Ukraine should now destroy elements of the bridge. While that course of action would be an escalation against Putin and … almost certainly spark Russian retaliation, this bridge is an outrageous affront to Ukraine’s very credibility as a nation. ...from Putin’s perspective that’s the whole point. The bridge cost Russia’s near-bankrupt government billions of dollars, but it offers Putin a formal physical and psychological appropriation of Ukrainian territory... Ukraine has the means to launch air strikes against the bridge in a manner that would render it at least temporarily unusable. Because of its significant length, the Ukrainian air force could strike the bridge while mitigating the risk of casualties by those traversing it..." While recognizing that Russia would almost certainly retaliate, Rogan believes that the soft power benefits outweigh the hard power costs because of the immense symbolism of Ukraine bombing the bridge, an ultra-extremist position that proves his ideological radicalism. He’s basically calling for Kiev to commit a terrorist attack against a civilian asset, an egregious crime that could in turn provoke an overwhelming Russian military response that obliterates the attacking party, and all of this just to make a propaganda point against President Putin. Apart from how strategically counterproductive Rogan’s suggestion is to the same cause of Ukrainian statehood that he purports to uphold, his rant for the Washington Examiner is an abuse of the freedom of speech because it’s being used to rationalize terrorism and preemptively excuse it. Not only that, but the author would certainly be investigated, if not immediately detained and interviewed by, the FBI if he publicly urged anyone to bomb an American bridge.
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    Today, 06:32 PM
    I am with you all the way but I will take some over none any day.
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    Today, 06:31 PM
    Then maybe the manager of the Denny's should ban him for life instead, a year in jail is ridiculous.
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    Today, 06:21 PM
    They might or maybe at least some of them will.
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    Today, 06:17 PM
    I agree but if the man is naughty then the proper response is a slap or a kick to the shins if the woman doesn't like it NOT a year in jail.
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    Today, 05:53 PM
    I note that you don't say how you responded.
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    Today, 05:41 PM
    I'm implying that he and everyone else may be lying and that other things are going on behind the scenes.
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    Today, 05:37 PM
    Do they really have nukes? If they do did they make them or have the capability to make more?
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    Today, 05:36 PM
    My thoughts exactly. But I do think this topic leads to some interesting discussions. And there is one thing about monarchy that hasn't really been talked about here, so I might start a new thread on it.
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    Today, 05:31 PM
    It isn't a public forum operated by the government. The ruling will not stand.
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    Today, 04:51 PM
    The revolution never ended it just went underground, some of the founding fathers were sincere and others wanted to make Americans think they were free so they could be manipulated with plausible deniability. For the most part the traitors have won.
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    Today, 04:40 PM
    Congressional Republicans appear poised to take another shot at repealing and replacing ObamaCare -- this, during a critical, election year in which Democrats are blaming the GOP for escalating health insurance costs. A coalition of conservative groups have for months purportedly been working behind the scenes to draft a measure that would pass in Congress, and more specifically one that would garner some bipartisan support and get through the Senate, where the repeal-replace effort led by President Trump and practically every elected Republican in Washington failed in July 2017. Several people familiar with the new effort said this week that they have senators ready to sponsor the legislation and expressed confidence that their state-based plan will pass where others have failed. The full details of the new repeal-replace effort by the coalition -- known as the Health Policy Consensus Group -- are expected to be released soon, according to The Wall Street Journal. However, the conservative think tank The Heritage Foundation, which has helped spearhead the effort, has already put out a “path forward” document on health care in 2018 that appears to be the legislative blueprint. The highlights include lowering costs and improving patient choices, giving states wide flexibility in offering plans, and establishing “federal guardrails” so Americans can choose private coverage if they don’t like the state options. The foundation also says the “new path” would build on the reform plan offered last year by GOP Sens. Lindsey Graham of South Carolina; Bill Cassidy of Louisiana; Ron Johnson of Wisconsin, and Dean Heller of Nevada. The plan is also reportedly backed by former Pennsylvania Republican Sen. Rick Santorum and was crafted with the help of the American Enterprise Institute and the Galen Institute.
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    Today, 04:34 PM
    When we have been sold out by leaders for as long as anyone can remember we have to break the old deals, anything else is less important. You might as well tell a slave that if he takes up arms against his master that no one will ever be able to trust him to do any work that he hires out to do.
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    Today, 04:27 PM
    So far the deals needed to be walked away from, if you don't walk away from bad deals you will never get a good one.
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    Today, 04:13 PM
    Originally Posted by Swordsmyth It isn't over yet.
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    Today, 04:07 PM
    The Chinese are reducing their tariffs on cars for one.
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    Today, 04:06 PM
    Venezuela on May 26 released a U.S. citizen who had been jailed on weapons charges for nearly two years, AP reported. U.S. President Donald Trump tweeted that Joshua Holt, a 26-year-old man from Utah, had been freed and was expected to arrive in Washington in the evening. More at: https://worldview.stratfor.com/situation-report/venezuela-government-releases-american-held-almost-2-years Trump wins some more.
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    Today, 03:58 PM
    Yes it is.
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    Today, 03:55 PM
    From what I hear it is just things the writers said, I don't think it is in the movie.
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    Today, 03:52 PM
    It isn't over yet.
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    Today, 03:50 PM
    It was an unauthorized message intended to undermine the administration, it was also wrong: Late on Friday Trump said that "we are having very productive talks with North Korea about reinstating the Summit which, if it does happen, will likely remain in Singapore on the same date, June 12th., and, if necessary, will be extended beyond that date." More at: https://www.zerohedge.com/news/2018-...president-moon The White House said on Saturday its pre-advance team for the U.S.-North Korea summit will head to Singapore as scheduled, signaling that the high-stakes meeting President Donald Trump abruptly cancelled just days ago could be back on track. More at: https://www.cnbc.com/2018/05/26/whit...scheduled.html
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    Today, 03:40 PM
    Trump just got them to out a leaker.
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    Today, 03:36 PM
    North Korea's president Kim Jong Un held a surprise two-hour second summit with South Korean President Moon Jae-in at the truce village of Panmunjom on Saturday afternoon to pave way for a summit between North Korea and the United States. The South Korean presidential office said the two leaders met at the DPRK side of the border village of Panmunjom from 3:00 pm to 5:00 pm local time on Saturday, where they "candidly discussed the potential Trump-Kim summit", and exchanged their opinions on implementing the April 27 Panmunjom Declaration. Moon will release the result of the summit at 10:00 a.m. local time on Sunday, South Korea's Blue House said, without elaborating further. The two leaders previously met on the South Korean side of Panmunjom on April 27, reaching a historic agreement on the complete denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula and the change of the current armistice agreement into a peace treaty. Their second summit came after U.S. President Donald Trump said on Friday that the United States will possibly reinstate the meeting with Kim. Late on Friday Trump said that "we are having very productive talks with North Korea about reinstating the Summit which, if it does happen, will likely remain in Singapore on the same date, June 12th., and, if necessary, will be extended beyond that date." More at: https://www.zerohedge.com/news/2018-...president-moon
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