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    Yesterday, 10:55 PM
    If taxes, welfare and regulations were reduced and eliminated people would have other options.
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    Yesterday, 10:53 PM
    Burning California looks more attractive every day.
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    Yesterday, 10:07 PM
    If welfare didn't exist then they would have to pay a decent wage to keep anyone.
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    Yesterday, 10:02 PM
    Prosecutorial discretion of course, only straights are capable of hate crimes.
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    Yesterday, 09:56 PM
    When you think about the censorship and outright banning of books and opinions, do you imagine the United States of America? Or, more likely, does that kind of suppression strike you more as the tactics of communists or fascists that America has frequently fought against? If liberal lawmakers in California get their way, that west coast state may be one step closer to being unrecognizable as part of the United States. A bill currently pending in the legislature would essentially ban the sale of books that include traditional Christian views on marriage and sexuality. Shockingly, the proposed law could even be construed to make it illegal to sell Bibles, since they include verses that the far left finds unacceptable. “Assembly Bill 2943 would make it an ‘unlawful business practice’ to engage in ‘a transaction intended to result or that results in the sale or lease of goods or services to any consumer’ that advertise, offer to engage in, or do engage in ‘sexual orientation change efforts with an individual,'” explained National Review. That’s a lot of legalese to digest, so let’s break it down. What the bill basically says is that anything that can be seen as trying to impact a person’s sexual orientation would be illegal to sell or offer.
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    Yesterday, 09:23 PM
    Something strange happened in the days immediately preceding Trump's airstrikes on Syria: first Germany, then Italy, refused to join the US-led effort, which ultimately also included the UK and France. Commenting on this curious split within the European core, we said that "there are at least two European nations who remember that when it gets cold in the winter, there is one country they call to provide the natural gas they need for heating. Russia" Fast forward two weeks, and it now appears that most of Europe has also remembered just how critical Russia is to the well-being of the continent, because according to the FT, a Europe-wide diplomatic push is under way to persuade the Trump administration to ease US sanctions targeting Russia, amid growing fears that the restrictions are so severe they threaten unleashing another economic recession across the continent. In a stark reminder that every political action has an unexpected - and usually unpleasant - reaction, Paris, which is in charge of coordinating the anti-sanction effort after business limits on Russian metals companies caused aluminium and nickel prices to soar, "is pushing allies including Berlin, London and Rome to make a joint representation in Washington." As the FT adds, the French-led initiative underscores the widening concern in Europe about the consequences that sanctions could have on key EU industries from cars to aerospace. Echoing what we said almost two weeks ago when commenting on the Rusal sanctions, a French official warned that the sanctions, which have crippled Russian aluminium producer Rusal, would have a “direct and major impact on the provisioning of key products” and that a number of industrial plants in Europe were threatened with closure. “They are not the kind which can be reopened overnight. So a solution is needed, and fast,” the official said. “Constructive engagement with the US is taking place.” More at: https://www.zerohedge.com/news/2018-04-22/surprise-twist-europe-now-pushing-trump-administration-ease-russian-sanctions
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    Yesterday, 09:17 PM
    lilymc replied to a thread What's for dinner? in Open Discussion
    Chili beans over rice. It was deeelicious.
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    Yesterday, 08:58 PM
    Over the next five years, it is projected that ConocoPhillips will be adding 100,000 barrels a day to the trans-Alaska pipeline for a total 650,000 barrels a day, an 18 percent increase. This is great news after years of dwindling volumes--to put today’s 550,000 barrels per day in perspective, when the pipeline peaked in 1988 it was funneling 2.1 million barrels of oil per day through Alaska, an economy that relies heavily on oil revenues but has been seeing volatile returns in the past years. The newfound interest in Alaskan oil is not limited to ConocoPhillips, however. Investors and developers from as far-flung places as Papua New Guinea (PNG) have moved in to get a piece of the action. Last month a PNG-based company called Oil Search took over operations with a $400 million stake in the Nanushuk field. The field is part of the massive Pikka unit, reportedly the state’s third largest with an estimated volume of 1.2 billion barrels of oil (some sources have even reported up to 3 billion barrels). Oil Search bought a large stake in the field from Denver-based Armstrong Oil and Gas, while Spanish-based Repsol owns another significant portion. Alaska’s State Department of Natural Resources Commissioner Andy Mack told the Associated Press saying that Pikka alone could reverse the extended decline in the trans-Alaska pipeline. Oil Search is equally bullish about the prospects, saying that the first planned development could account for an investment in the range of $4 billion to $6 billion, with a goal to have their oil flowing through the trans-Alaska pipeline by 2023. More at: https://oilprice.com/Energy/Crude-Oil/The-New-Alaskan-Oil-Rush.html
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    Yesterday, 08:07 PM
    When you don't have facts and can expect to never be given them pattern recognition can help you to identify danger and respond to it.
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    Yesterday, 08:01 PM
    Arizona lawmakers are debating legislation that would keep John McCain’s Senate successor off the ballot in November’s midterm elections, should the seat become open before the end of next month. The bill, which could come up for a vote this week, would change the state’s process for replacing members of Congress who resign or die in office. Though Democrats are expected to block the measure, the effort has renewed speculation about McCain’s health. McCain, a six-term Arizona senator and 2008 Republican presidential nominee, was diagnosed last summer with glioblastoma, an aggressive form of brain cancer. The 81-year-old has been with his family, absent from Washington, since December. State Democrats accused Republicans of playing politics with the bill by trying to eliminate the possibility of two open US Senate seats in a year when the state could determine control of Congress. Nationally, the historic unpopularity of Donald Trump is fueling talk of sweeping Democratic gains. Arizona Republicans are already defending the seat that will be vacated by retiring senator Jeff Flake. The battle to replace him is expected to be one of the fiercest – and most expensive – midterm races. “Where there’s smoke there’s fire,” Democratic state senator Steve Farley, the assistant minority leader, told the Guardian. “The effect of this bill would be to allow a Republican to serve in that Senate seat without standing for election in a year when things aren’t looking like they’re going well for Republicans.” Republicans say that is not the their intent. Steve Yarbrough, the Arizona senate president, did not immediately respond to a request for comment from the Guardian. But he recently told the Hill: “I think everybody was just trying to make this process fair. I think it’s unfortunately probably much ado about little. It’s not like this is going to create some advantage.”
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    Yesterday, 07:42 PM
    Maybe they don't want to be put on a list for when confiscation time comes.
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    Yesterday, 07:33 PM
    It must be amusing to the oligarchs to see that even some of the sheep that decry the dogs and the butcher defend the shearer.
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    Yesterday, 07:17 PM
    Amazon is an arm of the powers that be, the people who designed the system to socialize their costs and privatize all the profits, more government is not the solution but they deserve criticism and any private efforts to avoid using them. AnCaps are all too willing to defend the oligarchs' left hand as long as it wears a sock puppet that is labeled "private enterprise".
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    Yesterday, 06:33 PM
    Terrorists, Racists, Fascists...... The list goes on and on, take your pick.
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    Yesterday, 06:15 PM
    Swordsmyth replied to a thread Catalonia in World News & Affairs
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    Yesterday, 06:03 PM
    "We've never been at war with climate change."
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    Yesterday, 12:35 AM
    Swordsmyth replied to a thread MENDAX in U.S. Political News
    According to Q ES was a CIA plant in the NSA who leaked in order to help the CIA try take over total control, he has supposedly switched sides now after cutting a deal with Q. Spy games can get complicated so it is possible. But I still don't trust Q.
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    04-21-2018, 11:07 PM
    A top aide to Sen. Bernie Sanders's (I-Vt.) 2016 presidential campaign is circulating a letter to top Democrats, asking them to back an effort to remove superdelegates from the Democratic primary nomination system, BuzzFeed News reports. Jeff Weaver, who managed Sanders's campaign and went on to briefly run his spinoff group Our Revolution, is in talks with members of Hillary Clinton's 2016 campaign to build support for the petition. It urges the DNC to rely solely on delegates that follow the will of Democratic primary voters in determining the nomination. More at: http://thehill.com/homenews/campaign/384296-sanders-ally-pushes-dems-to-support-cutting-superdelegates
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    04-21-2018, 10:14 PM
    You want the mods to get ties that color?
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    04-21-2018, 09:50 PM
    The National Rifle Association’s political arm had a record spike in donations in March, even as students took part in demonstrations in Washington and around the country calling for stronger gun control. The NRA Political Victory Fund raised $2.4 million, up from $779,063 in February, according to its latest filing with the Federal Election Commission. That was more than it had raised in any month since at least 2000, a review of FEC records showed. In 2016, when the NRA spent $31 million either attacking Hillary Clinton or supporting the campaign of Donald Trump, its political action committee collected a little less than $1.5 million in its best fundraising month. The Political Victory Fund ended March with $5.8 million in the bank. More at: https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2018-04-20/donations-to-nra-s-political-action-committee-surge-in-march
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    04-21-2018, 09:48 PM
    Already, the Trump administration score on TPS is 4 to 2. It will phase out TPS for Salvadorans, Haitians, Nicaraguans and Sudanese, a group of more than 260,000. But in January, the government extended TPS for refugees from Syria, where a brutal war had killed about 400,000 and made refugees of about 5.6 million. The decision allows about 6,000 Syrians to remain in the U.S. It also extended TPS for a smaller group of South Sudanese, numbering about 100. Still remaining are decisions on Honduras and three other countries: Nepal, Somalia and Yemen. A decision on about 9,000 Nepalese TPS holders, who live mostly in New York, is expected by April 25. More at: https://www.dallasnews.com/news/immigration/2018/04/21/immigrants-may-face-deportation-trump-considers-ending-temporary-protection-hondurans-nepalese
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    04-21-2018, 09:43 PM
    President Trump's first state dinner will exclude congressional Democrats and members of the media in a sharp departure from tradition, Politico reported Friday. About 150 guests will join Trump in honoring French President Emmanuel Macron on Tuesday. The event stands in sharp contrast to the former President Barack Obama's first state dinner— a bipartisan, lavish affair that hosted upward of 350 guests on the South Lawn. According to Politico, four Republican members of Congress are set to attend Trump's first state dinner: House Speaker Paul Ryan, House Foreign Affairs Committee chairman Ed Royce, and Louisiana Sens. John Kennedy and Bill Cassidy. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell was also invited but will reportedly not be able to attend. More at: http://www.businessinsider.com/trump-state-dinner-no-democrats-or-media-2018-4
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    04-21-2018, 09:42 PM
    Good to hear. Glad to hear you aren't taking it easy, always run like you are 10 points behind.
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