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    Today, 07:25 PM
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    Today, 07:16 PM
    I think I've seen it. Now I'm curious.
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    Today, 07:13 PM
    What if I'm only kidding? Can I still renew my passport?
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    Today, 07:07 PM
    Ask a white nationalist if Jews are huwite. (That clip was disgusting.)
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  • Swordsmyth's Avatar
    Today, 07:02 PM
    Since you admit in your first sentence that you don't understand the 2ndA then the rest of what you say is to be expected.
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    Today, 06:59 PM
    I forgot to mention selling them liquor.
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    Today, 06:50 PM
    Selling guns to Injuns used to be a crime.........
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    Today, 06:37 PM
    Kermit the Frog sang “It’s not that easy bein’ green” — and it’s apparently not that easy being a green of the warmist persuasion, either. Because while the recent decades’ decline in frog populations has been blamed on “global warming,” it turns out there’s another culprit, perhaps the most embarrassing one the warmists could imagine. University of Utah professors Henry Harpending and Gregory Cochran provide some background at their blog “West Hunter,” writing, “Starting in late 80s, herpetologists began noticing that various kinds of frogs were declining and/or disappearing. There was & is a geographical pattern: Wiki says ‘Declines have been particularly intense in the western United States, Central America, South America, eastern Australia and Fiji.’” Researchers were befuddled by this, say Harpending and Cochran, because many of the frog declines couldn’t be attributed to human impact (deforestation, mining, etc.), as they were in remote areas such as the Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve in Costa Rica. So, unsurprisingly, scientists glommed onto fashionable new hypotheses. As anthropology professor Harpending and Professor Cochran, who has devoted himself to studying evolutionary biology and chronic disease, write: For a few years the herpetologists were concerned yet happy. Concerned, because many frog populations were crashing and some were going extinct. Happy, because confused puppies in Washington were giving them money, something that hardly ever happens to frogmen. The theory was that amphibians were ‘canaries in a coal mine’, uniquely sensitive to environmental degradation. Possibly frogs were being killed by an increase in UV radiation (from CFCs). Of course you could always put out a…ultraviolet photometer and measure the UV anywhere and anytime you wanted, but that would be the easy way out. Why do that when you could be paying graduate students to play with frogs? Herbicides were also blamed. But with this and the UV-ray hypothesis being, well, like, so ’90s, they were quickly supplanted by a later fashion, expressed by National Geographic in 2006 thus: “Global warming may cause widespread amphibian extinctions by triggering lethal epidemics, a new study reports.” But this fashion is fiction, too. As the professors inform: In 1993, people discovered an odd fungus Batrachochytrium dendrobatidis] infecting frogs in Queensland . Since then it has been linked to many dramatic population declines in “western North America, Central America, South America, eastern Australia, East Africa (Tanzania) and Dominica and Montserrat.” Some species it bops, others it exterminates. Frog species with few offspring and high parental investment, such as mouth-breeding frogs, seem particularly vulnerable. It works like an STD, which can propagate when population density is low. Frogs congregate in ponds to mate, which allows transmission, as long as the frogs mate at all. It took some time for herpetologists to admit that this chytrid fungus is the main culprit — some are still resisting. First, it was a lot like how doctors resisted Semmelweiss’ discoveries about the cause of puerperal fever — since doctors were the main method of transmission. How did this fungus get to the cloud forests of Costa Rica? On the boots of herpetologists, of course. In other words, the very scientists blaming global warming, and getting money for blaming global warming, were themselves killing the frogs — inadvertently.
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    Today, 06:30 PM
    You will not find me supporting the wall anywhere.
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    Today, 06:29 PM
    On January 2, Representative Thomas Massie (shown, R-Ky.) introduced H.R. 34, the Safe Students Act, to repeal the Gun-Free School Zones Act of 1990. In response to a question posed to him on his Facebook page on February 16 regarding his bill and the recent Florida high-school shooting, Massie insisted that had the bill been passed when he first submitted it, “many lives could have been saved.” The bill, originally introduced by Representative Ron Paul (R-Texas) in 2007, repeals the Gun-Free School Zones Act (GFSZA) of 1990, which makes it “unlawful for any individual knowingly to possess a firearm at a place that the individual knows, or has reasonable cause to believe, is a school zone.” In 1995, the Supreme Court held the GFSZA unconstitutional, which prompted Congress to amend the bill in 1996. The Supreme Court has not ruled on the constitutionality of the amended act. “Gun-free school zones are ineffective. They make people less safe by inviting criminals into target-rich, no-risk environments,” said Massie. “Gun-free zones prevent law-abiding citizens from protecting themselves, and create vulnerable populations that are targeted by criminals.” Massie’s explanation is logical and perhaps therein lies the difficulty in getting it passed in an era where feelings matter more than reason and where passion is substituted for informed deliberation. In light of the special rules on gun possession imposed by the GFSZA, one wonders why public schools are the only category of government buildings not protected by armed guards and metal detectors. One never hears congressmen calling for the removal of the scores of well-armed guards who protect every door leading into the Capitol Building, but they cry and clamor against any suggestion that schools be similarly protected. Let that sink in. More at: https://www.thenewamerican.com/usnews/congress/item/28315-massie-says-his-bill-would-have-saved-lives-in-florida-shooting
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    Today, 06:29 PM
    Most notably, the Florida massacre has revived interest in similar bills that have languished in committee, including Florida itself. Harold County (Texas) school superintendent David Thweatt put it well. When his district first allowed members of school staffs to start carrying sidearms on campus, “It was iffy … for the first several years that all changed in December 2012 after Sandy Hook. Suddenly it took on a whole new meaning.” So it has in Florida. A year ago Florida State Senator Dennis Baxley and State Representative Don Hahnfedit offered a bill to eliminate “gun free zones” on school campuses, but it was never adopted. Now, however, that bill has gained new life, and is scheduled for hearings by three separate committees. State Senator Greg Steube, who decided to bring the bill up for discussion, declared, “I don’t feel gun-free zones protect anyone but criminals and there is no evidence that says otherwise.” Similar pressure is being applied on the federal level for passage of the Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act (CCRA). It has already passed the House overwhelmingly but now advocates are telling the Wall Street Journal that getting the bill passed by the Senate is their top priority. This bill would allow people who legally carry in their own states to carry in every other state, similar to driver's licenses. The long war against guns and the Second Amendment is far from over, by any means. But at the moment, pressure by anti-gun groups to restrict those rights following ghastly atrocities, such as that in Florida last week, appear to be having exactly the opposite effect. More at: https://www.thenewamerican.com/usnews/constitution/item/28320-gun-rights-expanding-after-florida-shooting
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    Today, 06:18 PM
    Americans who are behind on their taxes could be denied a passport, or even have theirs revoked, unless they enter into a payment agreement -- a radical step that forms part of a crackdown on delinquent tax debt legislated by Congress. The IRS announced last month that it is beginning implementation of procedures aimed at cracking down on those with “seriously delinquent tax debts.” It defines that as someone owing more than $51,000 in back taxes, penalties and interest, for which the agency has issued a levy or filed a notice and the period to challenge has expired. The procedures stem from the 2015 Fixing America’s Surface Transportation (FAST) Act, which requires the IRS to inform the State Department of those who are seriously delinquent. In turn, the State Department is required to deny the application for or the renewal of a passport. More at: http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2018/02/20/americans-could-lose-passports-if-seriously-delinquent-on-taxes.html
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    Today, 06:17 PM
    A unique effort is underway in Georgia to safeguard elections by taking voting machines back to the future. “The most secure elections in the world are conducted with a piece of paper and a pencil,” said Georgia State Rep. Scot Turner. “It allows you to continue into the future to verify the result.” Turner has proposed a bill that would retire Georgia’s electronic touch-screen voting machines and switch to paper ballots that voters would fill out and then be counted by optical scan machines. The technology has been in use for decades to score standardized tests for grade-school students. More at: http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2018/02/19/georgia-looks-to-drop-electric-voting-machines-in-favor-paper-ballots.html
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    Today, 06:15 PM
    +Rep
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    Today, 06:13 PM
    Marx was white.
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    Today, 06:06 PM
    I'm surprised there aren't as many stories of looting from the Revolution as there were out of the Civil War. The Tories got plundered, but our armies had virtually no pay for a few stretches. Even when paid a commission, it was standard for soldiers to rob. Generals had to make dying worth their time.
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    Today, 06:00 PM
    Florida lawmakers have reportedly rejected an attempt to consider a bill that would ban assault rifles, less than a week after the shooting at a Parkland, Fla., high school. The Florida House on Tuesday voted 36-71 against a motion to consider a bill to ban assault rifles and large capacity magazines, according to the Associated Press. More at: http://thehill.com/homenews/state-watch/374724-florida-lawmakers-reject-motion-to-consider-bill-that-would-ban-assault
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    Today, 05:55 PM
    You didn't have youtube red? My song is Shaft, and they play it almost every morning, so I'm happy.
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    Today, 05:55 PM
    The Trump administration on Tuesday made a controversial move to expand access to health insurance plans that do not meet the requirements under ObamaCare. The proposed rules would allow people to buy short-term health insurance for up to 12 months, lifting restrictions from the Obama administration that limited the coverage to a maximum of three months. It’s the latest step taken by the Trump administration to open up cheaper, less-comprehensive insurance options as an alternative to people signing up for ObamaCare. Republicans say these options are needed to help people facing high costs under the health law. The short-term plans announced Tuesday differ from ObamaCare in one key respect: people with pre-existing conditions can be charged more. In addition, the plans to do not have to comply with ObamaCare mandates for covering certain services, such as mental health treatment or prescription drugs. More at: http://thehill.com/policy/healthcare/374599-trump-officials-move-to-expand-non-obamacare-insurance-plans
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    Today, 05:52 PM
    I mean the people fighting, the actual revolutionaries. Especially knowing they'd never get paid.
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    Today, 05:50 PM
    Yeah, if you've never heard a joke or a song before, even if they're ancient history, its still new. I can't be the only person who's used that expression. That's what I tell people when they ask why I listen to oldies if they aren't my generation. Because there's a lot of music, and if I never heard it before, its new to me.
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    Today, 05:40 PM
    Unless he is a control freak at heart.
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    Today, 05:38 PM
    Is Hagee a retarded Vulcan orphan?
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    Today, 05:31 PM
    United States of Jesus gon scoop up all da Jews an a lead em home. "Its in the Bible!"
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  • Swordsmyth's Avatar
    Today, 05:30 PM
    No, I provided an objective analysis of his behavior, then I criticized it.
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    Today, 05:26 PM
    I think Dr.3D is British. References to British guns, calling a dude "chap"... if I had a third clue that would go here.
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    Today, 05:21 PM
    China?
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    Today, 05:21 PM
    No, intent doesn't get you credit, you can't commend and criticize the same action. I said it was a bad idea, that is a dis-commendation.
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    Today, 05:17 PM
    It should read : RATS MEET CAT
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