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    Today, 03:56 AM
    This thread kind of went in a different direction… But I want to get back to a couple earlier posts. I would put it a different way. I don't own you and you don't own me. I don't own your stuff and you don't own my stuff. I also agree, of course, that the government doesn't own you or me. So I agree, if we are talking about the proper relationship of man to man, in regard to force. That said, imo if you're basing an entire political philosophy on that one point, then you're going to have problems, because that is a very incomplete view of reality.
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    Today, 12:38 AM
    Worst song ever, and three stations play it all day in this stupid town. You'll hear it at least twice if you're up 12 hrs. Bad song. Very bad.
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  • Swordsmyth's Avatar
    Today, 12:11 AM
    Times change, now is not 1776 but the future will not be now.
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    Yesterday, 11:58 PM
    Is he a retired pilot? We'll need more like him if we're gonna "secede! secede! secede!" lol We'll need jets, gunships, refuelers, satellites, missiles, and a few nuclear subs... Sovereignty isn't won with magic talk and gooey feelings.
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    Yesterday, 11:53 PM
    And I don't want any more to die at Waco.
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    Yesterday, 11:49 PM
    I disagree. The real threat comes from subversive people within our government and the actual powers behind the scenes....not your average Joe schmo leftist. There's more to be said about this, but…I'll leave it at that for now.
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    Yesterday, 11:29 PM
    On a more serious note I'm worried about Danke.
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    Yesterday, 11:25 PM
    The people who start and fight for or against the rebellion. Wager of battle, which is why it is a last resort, but just the possibility helps keep the government from being as tyrannical.
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    Yesterday, 11:06 PM
    That goes against what the founders said. You disagree with the idea that the people have the right to throw off a tyrannical government and institute new government?
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    Yesterday, 10:54 PM
    You changed it. We need to be able to overthrow a tyrannical government.
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    Yesterday, 10:48 PM
    President Trump signed an executive order Friday allowing the Air Force to recall as many as 1,000 retired pilots to active duty to address a shortage in combat fliers, the White House and Pentagon announced.By law, only 25 retired officers can be brought back to serve in any one branch. Trump's order removes those caps by expanding a state of national emergency declared by President George W. Bush after 9/11, signaling what could be a significant escalation in the 16-year-old global war on terror. "We anticipate that the Secretary of Defense will delegate the authority to the Secretary of the Air Force to recall up to 1,000 retired pilots for up to three years," Navy Cdr. Gary Ross, a Pentagon spokesman, said in a statement. But the executive order itself is not specific to the Air Force, and could conceivably be used in the future to call up more officers and in other branches. More at: https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/politics/2017/10/20/air-force-recall-many-1-000-retired-pilots-address-serious-shortage/785344001/?utm_source=feedblitz&utm_medium=FeedBlitzRss&utm_campaign=usatoday-newstopstories
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    Yesterday, 10:47 PM
    Yes, but the limit is much higher than what we get now, pretty much anything man portable or crew served should be fair game, and almost anything bigger should be given to the militia.
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    Yesterday, 10:19 PM
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    Yesterday, 10:16 PM
    Seems to me Mexico should want better relations with Austin than DC.
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    Yesterday, 09:53 PM
    To get Harvey relief funds, residents of Dickinson must vow not to boycott Israelhttps://www.dallasnews.com/news/harvey/2017/10/19/get-harvey-relief-funds-residents-dickinson-must-vow-boycott-israel
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    Yesterday, 09:23 PM
    With the Afghanistan War in its 17th year and U.S. troops spread across the globe to combat terrorism, the Senate took a step late Thursday toward reviving the post-9/11 debate over where, when, how, why and on whose authority young Americans should go off to war. Those questions have new importance in the aftermath of the ambush that claimed the life of four U.S. servicemen in Niger.The Senate Foreign Relations Committee announced that Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis would testify at an Oct. 30 hearing on the Sept. 18, 2001, Authorization for the Use of Military Force (AUMF). That legislation greenlighted the invasion of Afghanistan and has been used by successive presidents as the legal justification for the global war on terrorism. (Technically, the question-and-answer session will also cover the 2002 AUMF that helped set up the invasion of Iraq, but that legislation plays a less consequential role in 2017.) “As we face a wide array of threats abroad, it is perhaps more important than ever that we have a sober national conversation about Congress’s constitutional role in authorizing the use of military force,” said Sen. Bob Corker, R.-Tenn., the committee’s chairman. More at: https://www.yahoo.com/news/amid-niger-questions-congress-calls-tillerson-mattis-testify-war-powers-debate-185234902.html
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    Yesterday, 09:16 PM
    For all his faults no president has done better since Coolidge.
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    Yesterday, 08:44 PM
    The government of Mexico has aligned itself with municipalities suing the state of Texas over a new law that, if implemented, would crack down on sanctuary cities, arguing that the state’s action hurts Mexico’s relationship with Washington. Lawyers for the Mexican government argue that Texas Senate Bill 4 creates unnecessary tension in relations between Mexico and the United States. It forces Mexico to treat Texas differently than other states and interferes with diplomatic interests and ongoing negotiations on a range of bilateral matters, from trade to security. “Given the importance of the international relationship between the U.S. and Mexico, it is essential that Mexico be able to approach its discussions with one consistent negotiating partner rather than having to enter into 50 different negotiations with each state regarding the type and extent of immigration enforcement that will occur in that state,” the Mexican government writes in an amicus brief filed late Thursday night. More at: http://www.mcclatchydc.com/news/politics-government/white-house/article179943541.html
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    Yesterday, 08:40 PM
    Swordsmyth replied to a thread Catalonia in World News & Affairs
    The dissolution of European states is the direct result of three things, the EU, NATO and the fall of the USSR. With no credible enemies near or far the various regional communities had no larger worries than their relationship to their cousins and no benefits for putting up with them.
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    Yesterday, 08:35 PM
    Swordsmyth replied to a thread Catalonia in World News & Affairs
    Following the vote on October 1, King Felipe VI made a rare appearance on national TV. He called on the Catalan government to return to constitutional legality and made no apologies for the terror campaign launched by the national police. Neither did he address his Catalan subjects in their own language. At that point Felipe stopped being the king of all Spaniards. As relations between Madrid and Barcelona continue to deteriorate, he would do well to consider making the ultimate sacrifice to save his country from itself. Keeping Catalonia in Spain by taking Spain out of Catalonia is therefore directly tied to making Felipe a regular citizen of the country like everybody else. His abdication would lead to the proclamation of the Third Spanish Republic, to new governments in Madrid and Barcelona, and to a constitutional assembly that could result in the creation of a multi-national federal state where Andalusians, Basques, Canarians, Castilians, Catalans and others could reconcile with their past as they look to reclaim and refashion the old notion of the many Spains, or Las Españas. Any other alternatives at this point would seem to lead nowhere but to saying goodbye to Spain. More at: http://www.newsweek.com/king-felipe-should-abdicate-solve-spains-constitutional-crisis-689346
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    Yesterday, 08:30 PM
    Say it to yourself with a sneering voice, the voice Dem minority losers apply as a filter to anything a white man says.
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    Yesterday, 08:28 PM
    But it might be PART of a primary campaign against Dump.
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    Yesterday, 08:27 PM
    An internal plot to overthrow Chinese President Xi Jinping has been revealed by the country's securities watchdog, officials said. Liu Shiyu, chairman of the China Securities Regulatory Commission, accused six party leaders on Thursday of plotting a coup against Xi. His comments came at a panel discussion that was part of the Chinese Communist Party's meeting in Beijing. They included congratulations to Xi on working to "save socialism" in China by foiling the plot. The meeting, held every five years, is regarded as a barometer of Chinese politics. Liu identified the former party boss of megacity Chongqing, Sun Zhengcai, as the leader of the plot. Sun was once a front runner for a place in the inner circle -- the Politburo Standing Committee. Xi "addressed the cases of Bo Xilai, Zhou Yongkang, Ling Jihua, Xu Caihou, Guo Boxiong and Sun Zhengcai. They had high positions and great power in the party, but they were hugely corrupt and plotted to usurp the party's leadership and seize state power," Liu said. On Thursday Liu became the first Chinese senior official to accuse Sun of trying to take over the party. Sun was expelled from the party "for serious discipline violations" and detained by judicial authorities, Xinhua reported in September. No other details have been revealed since. More at: https://www.upi.com/Top_News/World-News/2017/10/20/Plot-against-Chinese-president-foiled-party-official-says/5081508507073/
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