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    "the EU was failing to control the external border" Germany's new interior minister said. "Not that many border points in Germany are permanently occupied," Seehofer told German weekly newspaper Die Welt am Sonntag, adding: "We will now discuss whether that needs to change." Seehofer also appealed for the suspension of the Schengen Agreement, which allows free movement within the EU bloc: "Internal border checks must be in place so long as the EU fails to effectively control the external border," he said quoted by Deutsche Welle, adding: "I don't see it being able to do this in the near future." In short, long gone are the days of Merkel's "Open Door" policy which directly resulted in the sharp drop in support for Merkel's ruling coalition. Germany's temporarily reintroduced border controls continue until May 12 and have been imposed on the land border with Austria and on flight connections from Greece because of the "security situation in Europe and threats resulting from the continuous secondary movements," according to the European Commission. Seehofer's comments follow EU demands in February that Germany and four other Schengen members — Austria, Denmark, Sweden and Norway — lift their border controls when the current agreed terms run out in May. Germany was the first EU country to reintroduce internal controls in September 2015 when the country was flooded with over 1 million middle-eastern immigrants, mostly Syrian refugees. Authorities opened checkpoints along the border with Austria through which tens of thousands of refugees from the Middle East and North Africa were entering Germany. But wait, it gets better. In a stunning rebuke of Brussels hypocrisy, Seehofer also accused the EU of adopting an unhelpful and "lecturing tone" toward countries in eastern Europe over plans to distribute refugees throughout the bloc. He said a more productive approach could see eastern European countries sending more personnel to the external border or providing more financing for the border in exchange for accepting fewer refugees. The 68-year-old former Bavarian premier is one of the most conservative senior members of the Merkel's new coalition government with the Social Democrats. At this rate he may become the head of the AfD by the next elections...
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    Yesterday, 11:32 PM
    A poll conducted by Zogby Analytics during the last week of February showed how the combination of hypocrisy and real-world facts are negating Hollywood’s anti-gun message. When 869 likely voters were asked by Zogby, “When Hollywood actors and actresses speak out about gun control, does that make you want to support or oppose our constitutional right to bear arms (the 2nd Amendment to the Constitution?”, the response across every class, age group, and political party affiliation indicated that Hollywood’s anti-gun message is being increasingly rejected. Taken altogether, 56 percent of those polled said Hollywood’s anti-gun rants make them want either to “somewhat” support or “strongly support” the Second Amendment. Just 28 percent are reflecting the bias pitched by Hollywood, with 16 percent “strongly opposed” to the right guaranteed by the Second Amendment in the Constitution’s Bill of Rights, and 12 percent “somewhat opposed.” But support for the Second Amendment was strongest among Millennials: Among all age groups surveyed, supporting the Second Amendment was strongest among Millennials age 18-29 (65% support). A majority of all other age groups were also more likely to support the Second Amendment rather than oppose it when Hollywood talks about gun control. When it came to political party, equal percentages of Democrats and Independents (47 percent) support the Second Amendment, while Republicans were nearly off the charts at 86 percent support. As Zogby noted, this is not the response anti-gun types in Hollywood and the mainstream media were hoping for. And this is going to be especially dicey for Democrats in November: As we approach the November midterms, gun control will be a hot button issue but, according to data, Hollywood interjecting itself into the debate makes even the Democratic base want to bear arms. Rejection of the anti-gun message might have something to do with Hollywood’s hypocrisy: There could also be an element of hypocrisy driving the numbers, since many actors and actresses have body guards who carry guns. Hollywood churns out movies depicting guns and violence. The numbers among young voters, African Americans, Hispanics and even Democrats prove the gun debate could be a tricky strategy for Democrat looking to take back power in both houses of Congress in the 2018 midterm elections.
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    Yesterday, 11:26 PM
    Scientific American continues on its activist leftward path, diluting its scientific brand by transmitting biased anti-gun propaganda under the cover of academic sociology. The latest entry was posted Wednesday and has become a popular post: “Why Are White Men Stockpiling Guns? — Research suggests it’s largely because they’re anxious about their ability to protect their families, insecure about their place in the job market and beset by racial fears.” If that headline wasn’t a giveaway, writer Jeremy Adam Smith’s bio left little hope for an objective take: “….author or co-editor of four books, including The Compassionate Instinct and Are We Born Racist?” After pointing out that “Since the 2008 election of President Obama, the number of firearms manufactured in the U.S. has tripled….” Smith asked “So, who is buying all these guns — and why?” His answer, boiled down: Dumb racists. More at: https://www.newsbusters.org/blogs/nb/clay-waters/2018/03/17/scientific-american-why-are-white-men-stockpiling-guns-because
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    Yesterday, 11:17 PM
    Tesla has been doing this for years, and it’s very disturbing. Of course, the justification is that changes can be made to the car to fix things over the air, without the customer having to bring the car in for servicing. I get all of that. But many people don’t realize that the vehicles are also transmitting imagery from multiple video cameras back to Tesla. The new Model 3 has a driver facing camera inside the car! *pfft* you say. The number of vehicles Tesla is selling amounts to a noise level phenomenon. But Ford… That’s huge. My guess is that virtually nobody will be discouraged by these and many other privacy concerns, never mind the potential health issues. While you and I probably won’t ever buy such a car, just about everyone else will. This means that even those of us who refuse will be swept up in the surveillance networks that these vehicles will create. Via: Ars Technica: Ahead of this month’s New York International Auto Show, Ford released some info about its plans to adapt to the changing world of transportation. The Blue Oval says it’s “going all-in on hybrids,” including versions of the F-150 truck and Mustang sports car. The automaker is also readying six new battery electric vehicles (BEVs) by 2022, with the first due in 2020, and adding more performance versions of its SUV line up. Additionally, by the end of 2019, every new Ford will have 4G LTE connectivity, and the company is developing a new cloud platform that will deliver over-the-air updates. http://www.cryptogon.com/?p=52525
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    Yesterday, 11:10 PM
    The Trump administration is putting pressure on Senate Republicans to crack down on Democratic efforts to delay its agenda, fueling talk about the need for rules reform among Republicans on Capitol Hill. Republicans are in discussions with Democrats about bipartisan changes to Senate rules to speed up consideration of President Trump’s judicial and executive branch nominees, but if that effort flounders — as similar ones have in the past — they’re not ruling out unilateral action. White House patience with the Senate’s backlog of nominees is wearing out, as Vice President Pence made clear during a private meeting with the Senate Republican Conference on Tuesday, according to lawmakers who attended the discussion. White House legislative affairs director Marc Short on Friday accused Senate Democratic Leader Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) of “weaponizing” the rules to keep executive and judicial branch positions vacant. Short noted that Democrats have required Republicans to hold 79 cloture votes on nominees during Trump’s first 14 months in office. “That’s roughly five times the number of the last four administrations combined,” he said. A cloture vote ends dilatory action on a bill or nominee and is often used to end filibusters. It requires 60 votes to pass. During the first 14 months of the past four administrations — a span of 56 months under Presidents Obama, George W. Bush, Clinton and George H.W. Bush — the Senate held 17 such votes, according to Short.
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    Yesterday, 09:58 PM
    Maybe he can replace McMaster.
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    Yesterday, 05:44 PM
    The reason they have to go for cloture is because the Demoncrats are using the filibuster on an unprecedented number of nominations, that is the point of the article.
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    Yesterday, 01:48 AM
    The article seems a bit confused: It's still outrageous either way.
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    Yesterday, 01:44 AM
    White House Legislative Affairs Director Marc Short complained of Senate Democrats’ obstruction of President Donald Trump’s nominees, saying at this rate, it will take 11 and a half years for his nominees to be given an up-or-down vote. In the last four administrations combined, the Senate held 17 cloture votes of presidential nominees compared to the 79 cloture vote in the first 14 months of the Trump administration, Short noted. “At this point, in the past four administrations combined -- the last four administrations -- the Senate had conducted 17 cloture votes combined - cloture vote, in essence, being a filibuster on a nominee. Seventeen cloture votes in the last four administrations combined, at this point,” Short said. “Today, the Senate has had 79 cloture votes in the first 14 months of our administration. Seventeen, over the last four administrations, versus 79 in the first 14 months of our administration. That is roughly five times the number of the last four administrations combined,” Short said. He accused Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) of “weaponizing a Senate procedure and demanding cloture votes on our nominees that he even eventually supports.”
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    03-17-2018, 11:35 PM
    The holding hands bit is creepy.
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    03-17-2018, 10:21 PM
    One Southern California town is taking a stand against a state law that limits the cooperation between local police and federal immigration agents and encourages sanctuary cities to exist. The City of Los Alamitos will vote on an ordinance that would exempt it from the sanctuary city law that council members say conflicts with federal law. Members say that the state law “may be in direct conflict with federal laws and the Constitution,” not to mention going against the oath they took in taking office, The Orange County register reports. The council “finds that it is impossible to honor our oath to support and defend the Constitution of the United States,” according to the ordinance. More at: http://www.foxnews.com/us/2018/03/17/southern-california-town-wants-to-exempt-itself-from-sanctuary-city-law.html
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    03-17-2018, 08:08 PM
    Mark you this, Bassanio, The devil can cite Scripture for his purpose. An evil soul producing holy witness Is like a villain with a smiling cheek, A goodly apple rotten at the heart: O, what a goodly outside falsehood hath! William Shakespeare
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    03-17-2018, 06:42 PM
    If it was a liberal case you would support it, the libs have been making the same kind of claim lately so it will be hard for them to argue against it. It is however a dubious line of attack, civil disobedience will be required if they hope to achieve their aims without CALExit. The new state would be much better off and would quickly be more prosperous than Kalifornia.
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    03-17-2018, 04:43 PM
    Iran's semi-official ILNA news agency is reporting that authorities have detained a close ally of former hard-line President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. The Saturday report says the office of Tehran prosecutor's said police detained Esfandiar Rahim Mashaei for "investigations." It did not elaborate. On Thursday, Mashaei, in front of the British embassy in Tehran, burnt a copy of a court verdict sentencing Hamid Baghaei, another Ahmadinejad ally who was sentenced to 15 years for the misuse of public funds when he was a vice-president under Ahmadinejad. More at: http://www.foxnews.com/world/2018/03/17/iran-detains-close-ally-former-president-ahmadinejad.html
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    03-17-2018, 04:37 PM
    Gaza's Hamas rulers have shut the offices of a Qatari-Palestinian cellular provider in connection with its investigation into an explosion that targeted the visiting Palestinian prime minister. Hamas police spokesman Ayman Batniji said Saturday that Wataniya Mobile, a subsidiary of Qatar's Ooredoo, was being closed down for "refusing to cooperate" in the inquiry. A roadside bomb struck a convoy carrying Prime Minister Rami Hamdallah earlier this week after he crossed into Gaza from Israel, wounding some of his bodyguards. Local reports say a second bomb that failed to detonate contained a Wataniya SIM card. More at: http://www.foxnews.com/world/2018/03/17/hamas-shuts-qatari-cell-provider-in-gaza-after-convoy-attack.html?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%253A+foxnews%252Fworld+(Internal+-+World+Latest+-+Text)
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    03-17-2018, 04:34 PM
    Fighter pilots aren't cheap. The U.S. Air Force estimates that training a new pilot to fly a plane like the F-35 costs $11 million. And that doesn't count the priceless experience of a veteran pilot who has been flying for years. That's why the U.S. Air Force is willing to offer half-million-dollar bonuses to retain experienced fighter pilots. So a nation that throws its fighter pilots in jail is not just wasting money, but also an extremely valuable resource. Yet in the name of politics, Turkey's government has purged its air force so badly that it can barely fly its F-16 fighters. The trouble began on July 15, 2016, when members of Turkey’s military “allegedly” launched a coup to topple the Islamist government of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan. The word allegedly is used for a reason. Despite being pros at overthrowing civilian governments (with four successful coups between 1960 and 1997), the 2016 effort was laughable. Soldiers attempted to isolate Istanbul by erecting roadblocks on the Bosporus Bridge—but only blocked the lanes in one direction. Youtube video showed soldiers with Leopard tanks surrendering to police and civilians. As Erdogan was flying back to Istanbul from vacation, two Turkish Air Force F-16s had his aircraft in their sights—but failed to shoot it down. All of which had skeptics wondering whether the coup was actually a false-flag operation by the Turkish government, aimed at providing (or provoking) an excuse to quash secular Turkish generals and covert followers of exiled cleric Fethullah Gulen. Either way, the coup fizzled in less than an hour, and then Erdogan's government took its revenge. Numerous senior and field-grade officers were purged. More than 300 F-16 pilots were dismissed. This defanged the Turkish military as a political threat, and strengthened the increasingly authoritarian rule of Erdogan and his neo-Ottoman Justice and Development Party, which has imprisoned many journalists. But it left a gaping question: who would be left to fly Turkey's jet fighters? With war raging in Syria, and Turkish forces grabbing parts of northern Syria, Turkey's military is keeping busy (including an F-16 that shot down a Russian plane over Syria—the Turkish pilot who did it was one of those purged). It hardly seems a propitious time to decimate your pilot cadre. The Turkish government has been looking overseas to make up the shortfall. However, the Washington has rebuffed a request to send over U.S. flight instructors, though Turkish pilots are receiving basic flight training in the United States. Turkey has also sought assistance from Pakistan—which also flies F-16s—though training Turkish pilots could violate U.S. arms export rules. In a sign of desperation, "the Turkish government has issued a decree that threatens 330 former pilots with the revocation of their civil pilot license, unless they return to Air Force duty for four years," notes an Atlantic Council report. "It is unclear how the decision to compel a return to service will impact unit morale," the report added.
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    03-17-2018, 04:32 PM
    Christopher Steele, was ordered by an English court Friday to appear for a videotaped deposition in London to be used as trial testimony in ongoing civil litigation against Buzzfeed for publishing the unverified dossier. Evan Fray-Witzer, a Boston-based attorney representing Russian tech tycoon Aleksej Gubarev, told Fox News, “We’re thrilled that the English Court has ordered Mr. Steele to sit for his deposition. It was always amazing to us that he could talk as freely as he has to reporters around the world about the dossier, yet refuse to sit for a deposition about the same topics.” More at: http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2018/03/16/christopher-steele-must-appear-for-dossier-deposition-in-british-court.html
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    03-17-2018, 03:21 PM
    Still, I can’t help but remember that Attorney General Sessions had wanted to fire McCabe months ago, but back then FBI Director Wray threatened to cause a political s***storm by quitting himself if McCabe was fired. And that was before we found out about the missing Strzok/Page text messages which continued to be lost on Wray’s watch as well as about the unheeded warnings to the FBI which allowed the Parkland shooter to kill 17. Now, the Trump administration has a small window in which to fire Wray and they shouldn’t miss the opportunity. Any DOJ scumbag who would threaten to harm the administration in order to protect his/her fellow DOJ scumbag(s) needs to go. And if Wray were to be fired now, I doubt it would cause that much of a dust-up considering the above. Indeed, Florida Governor Rick Scott called for Wray’s departure after the Parkland tragedy. Wray picked his allies and made his bed. Now it’s time for him to lay in it. More at: https://www.infowars.com/fbi-director-wray-should-be-fired-next/
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    03-17-2018, 03:08 PM
    China said it will begin applying its so-called social credit system to flights and trains and stop people who have committed misdeeds from taking such transport for up to a year. People who would be put on the restricted lists included those found to have committed acts like spreading false information about terrorism and causing trouble on flights, as well as those who used expired tickets or smoked on trains, according to two statements issued on the National Development and Reform Commission’s website on Friday. Those found to have committed financial wrongdoings, such as employers who failed to pay social insurance or people who have failed to pay fines, would also face these restrictions, said the statements which were dated March 2. It added that the rules would come into effect on May 1. The move is in line with President’s Xi Jinping’s plan to construct a social credit system based on the principle of “once untrustworthy, always restricted”, said one of the notices which was signed by eight ministries, including the country’s aviation regulator and the Supreme People’s Court. More at: https://www.reuters.com/article/us-china-credit/china-to-bar-people-with-bad-social-credit-from-planes-trains-idUSKCN1GS10S
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    03-17-2018, 02:46 PM
    Adrian Lamo, best known as the computer hacker who exposed Army whistleblower Chelsea (then Bradley) Manning, died Friday at the age of 37. Lamo's father announced the news in a Facebook post, and the cause of death remains unclear. "With great sadness and a broken heart I have to let know all of Adrian’s friends and acquaintances that he is dead," Mario Lamo wrote. "A bright mind and compassionate soul is gone, he was my beloved son." A spokeswoman for Sedgwick county regional forensic center said that an autopsy is being conducted to determine the cause of death. Police official confirmed to me Adrian Lamo, @6, was found dead by officers on March 14th at around 4pm. His body was found in his apartment along the 4900 block of East Shadybrook in Wichita, Kansas. The coroner is investigating, but “there is nothing suspicious about his death” — Matthew Keys (@MatthewKeysLive) March 16, 2018 Lamo, known as the "homeless hacker" for his often transient lifestyle, first made waves in 2002 when he broke into the New York Times' intranet, where he added his name to a database of expert sources and then used their LexisNexis account to research high profile subjects. He pleaded guilty, paid a fine and was sentenced to six months of home detention. Adrian Lamo (left), Kevin Mitnick, Kevin Poulsen (2001)In a subsequent inteview with NBC to discuss the Times hack, Lamo was booted off the show by network lawyers after he cracked into NBC's servers. Lamo says NBC was taping him at Kinko's while he demonstrated security holes in a telecommunications company's systems, when the interviewer asked him if he'd be successful hacking NBC.
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    03-17-2018, 02:29 PM
    Following his termination late Friday night, former FBI deputy director Andrew McCabe declared that he was “singled out” after “unrelenting” attacks by President Trump and critics. McCabe’s objections are less than credible, given the virtually unprecedented recommendation of career officials to fire the one-time acting FBI director. However, McCabe may have rectified his “singled out” status with his long statement criticizing his termination: In the middle of it is a line that could be viewed as incriminating fired FBI director James Comey, not just in leaking sensitive information but also in lying to Congress. McCabe is accused of misleading investigators about allegedly giving information to a former Wall Street Journal reporter about the investigation of Hillary Clinton and the Clinton family’s charitable foundation. McCabe asserts in his post-firing statement that he not only had authority to “share” that information to the media but did so with the knowledge of “the director.” The FBI director at the time was Comey. ADVERTISEMENT “I chose to share with a reporter through my public affairs officer and a legal counselor,” McCabe stated. “As deputy director, I was one of only a few people who had the authority to do that. It was not a secret, it took place over several days, and others, including the director, were aware of the interaction with the reporter.”If the “interaction” means leaking the information, then McCabe’s statement would seem to directly contradict statements Comey made in a May 2017 congressional hearing. Asked if he had “ever been an anonymous source in news reports about matters relating to the Trump investigation or the Clinton investigation” or whether he had “ever authorized someone else at the FBI to be an anonymous source in news reports about the Trump investigation or the Clinton investigation,” Comey replied “never” and “no.” The McCabe controversy could also make life tougher for special counsel Robert Mueller. While McCabe lashed out at Trump in his statement, he may have just given Trump the long-sought cover to use his pardon power. If McCabe is not charged, Trump could cite that decision as the basis for pardoning Flynn, as a matter of equity and fairness. More at: http://thehill.com/opinion/judiciary/378919-mccabe-just-made-life-tough-for-comey-and-the-special-counsel
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    03-17-2018, 02:23 PM
    A Democratic lawmaker on Saturday offered to hire former FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe in an effort to help McCabe qualify to receive his pension after being fired from the agency two days before he qualified to receive it. Rep. Mark Pocan (D-Wis.) was responding to a tweet from NBC’s Andrea Mitchell, who said the former FBI official might still be able to receive his pension if he’s hired by a member of Congress. “Andrew call me. I could use a good two-day report on the biggest crime families in Washington, D.C.,” Pocan tweeted. More at: http://thehill.com/homenews/house/378923-dem-offers-to-hire-mccabe-to-help-him-qualify-for-his-pension
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    03-17-2018, 02:05 PM
    Liberals are insane and hypocritical, they will go for CALExit if sufficiently provoked and Trump has them most of the way there already.
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    03-17-2018, 01:56 PM
    She may have once had a spine and a brain (if she wasn't just someone's sock puppet) but she clearly has lost both since DJTvsg won.
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    03-17-2018, 01:43 PM
    Hitlery doesn't have any of those so it must be something else.
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