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    Today, 08:59 PM
    With that many let in the Demoncrats would not only help them vote illegally, they would start a campaign to grant them all citizenship. I can hear it now: "Republican racists want to keep brown people down as second class humans, end apartheid!" The communist in the OP is way ahead in the polls down there, even the social conservatives are socialists. It doesn't take all of them either, we are at risk from our own Demoncrats turning us into a communist country already.
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    Today, 08:49 PM
    They would vote Demoncrat and turn us into a communist country.
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    Today, 08:45 PM
    I'll start the nominations with New Jersey and Massachusetts.
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    Today, 08:43 PM
    I am totally serious, Rand or one of our other office holders needs to start pushing a Constitutional Amendment to expel several states. It won't be easy but it needs doing if the Republic is to be saved. If we get this going we can make a list here. States nominated should be entirely dominated by the Demoncrats and in flagrant violation of their citizens Constitutional Rights like the 2ndA.
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    Today, 08:39 PM
    I agree. I am totally serious, Rand or one of our other office holders needs to start pushing a Constitutional Amendment to expel NJ and several other states. It won't be easy but it needs doing if the Republic is to be saved.
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    Today, 08:27 PM
    In the presidential election, opinion polls suggest that President Erdogan is likely to fall just short of the 50% required to win in the first round (implying a second round run-off on July 8). In the parliamentary elections, opinion polls also point to a close result, with a high probability that the incumbent AKP-led Cumhur Alliance could lose its majority. While victory is likely for Erdogan (as we detailed here), as Live Oak Capital's Brad Hoff notes below, Erdogan is utilizing all his state powers to ensure his own success... Bloomberg reports "State TV TRT gives no air time to opposition's Istanbul rally" while multiple sources confirm a television blackout for the Republican People's Party (CHP) candidate Muharrem Ince as Erdogan's rival continues to reportedly draw immense crowds. So what will happen tomorrow? via Goldman Sachs, Turkey’s elections: Opinion polls point to a close result Turkey will hold presidential and parliamentary elections on Sunday, June 24. Voting will close at 5:00pm local time (3:00pm London time) and preliminary results will be announced on Monday. However, unofficial results are likely to be available on Sunday evening on media outlets. In the event that no presidential candidate achieves more than 50% of the vote in the first round, the two candidates with the largest number of votes will face a run-off on Sunday, July 8. The election will complete the transition to the new presidential system, with extensive new powers vested in the executive. Unlike previous Turkish elections, this time parties have been able to form alliances, with the 10% threshold for parliamentary representation applying to the alliance as a whole rather than to individual parties. In Exhibit 1, we summarise the policy positions of the government (Cumhur) and opposition (Millet) alliances on key issues. Exhibit 1: A summary of the government (Cumhur) and opposition (Millet) key policy positions
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    Today, 08:23 PM
    Would it be better to not do it at all? If O'Bummercare dies due to having holes poked in it will the next President be able to put humpty dumpty back together again? Rand and Trump are doing the best they can in spite of the RINOs and Demoncrats.
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    Today, 08:18 PM
    I did not say they weren't human, I said they had some rights as humans but no right to be here. You and the vampire don't get to twist my words to suit your prejudices.
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    Today, 07:51 PM
    This dismantling of long-established norms of global diplomacy has many wondering whether NATO, the alliance that has preserved global stability since the darkest days of the Cold War, is the next foundation block of the current world order that the President plans to uproot. “All of that left the friends and allies of the United States wondering, who is the leader of the democratic world?” Anders Fogh Rasmussen, the previous secretary general of NATO, tells TIME. “And if that is repeated in Brussels in July it would be no less than a disaster, not only for the Western democratic world but for the democratic world globally.” There are many targets of Donald Trump’s ire, but NATO has long played a key role in his narrative of the U.S. footing the bill for the rest of the world at the expense of its own citizens. He has repeatedly railed against the U.S. putting up a disproportionate amount of funding for NATO. The U.S. accounts for 22% of the NATO alliance’s common funding, which is spent on projects like military readiness, joint exercises, and initiatives to counter cyber-warfare, and is responsible for 70% of total defense spending among alliance members. Under pressure from Washington — and reacting to Russian aggression — NATO members agreed in 2014 to each increase defense spending to 2% of GDP by 2014. But progress has been slow; so far only eight NATO countries meet that target. While many Europeans, including Rasmussen, agree with Trump’s general point about defense spending, his method of expressing it is exasperating allies. On June 10, a day after the G7 summit, Trump launched a Twitter tirade clearly aimed at Europe, lamenting that the U.S. spends money “protecting many of these same countries that rip us off on trade”, and warning that “change is coming”. ....Germany pays 1% (slowly) of GDP towards NATO, while we pay 4% of a MUCH larger GDP. Does anybody believe that makes sense? We protect Europe (which is good) at great financial loss, and then get unfairly clobbered on Trade. Change is coming! — Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 11, 2018 On trade and the G7, European leaders are feeling empowered to punch back at the U.S. French President Emmanuel Macron said recently that the G7 could do without Trump, while on trade the E.U. this week retaliated with their own tariffs on US goods. “The initial idea of playing nice with Donald Trump, which several European leaders have tried, has been demonstrably proven to yield no benefits,” says Anthony Gardner, who acted as U.S. Ambassador to the E.U. from 2014 to 2017. But there is far more at stake when it comes to NATO, especially on the front line of the new antagonistic relationship with Russia. Since Putin annexed Crimea in 2014, nations along NATO’s eastern flank have been increasingly concerned by Russian aggression along their own borders, and still see the U.S. as the most important backer of their security. “Without the United States, European security would be in great danger,” Latvian Foreign Minister Edgars Rinkevics tells TIME. “We can’t simply build something that would exclude the United States – this is simply impossible: look at the resources, look at capabilities.” While he predicts “long, very difficult, very heated meetings” at the July summit, Rinkevics believes a consensus is still within reach.
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    Today, 06:59 PM
    It still isn't a human right without the welfare state.
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    Today, 06:58 PM
    On June 21, the Iranian Navy dispatched two warships to the Gulf of Aden, where a fierce battle is ongoing between the Ansar Allah movement (also known as the Houthis) and the Saudi-led coalition for the port city of al-Hudaydah. According to Iran’s Tasnim News Agency, Iran sent a helicopter-carrier and a naval destroyer. The deployment of Iranian warships in the area will likely further complicate relations between Riyadh and Teheran. However, two warships will not be enough to lift a naval blockade from al-Hudaydah. Meanwhile, the Houthis repelled another attempt by the Saudi-led coalition and its proxies to capture the al-Hudaydah airport in western Yemen recapturing most of the positions, which they had lost previously. A few dozens of Houthi fighters were killed or injured as result of attacks by the coalition and strikes by its air power. The coalition and its proxies lost at least 6 vehicles. The Houthis are currently building fortifications south and east of al-Hudaydah. In turn, pro-Saudi and pro-UAE sources claim that the coalition is posed to capture the port city by any means. Massive strikes of the Saudi Air Force on targets inside the city signs that these claims are true. Clashes also continued far south of al-Hudaydah, along supply lines of the coalition heading from southern Yemen. The Houthis carried out at least 5 hit and run attacks on the coalition’s supply lines over the past two days. So far, the Houthis have been able to counter the coalition’s efforts to capture the al-Hudaydah airport and to isolate the city. However, they suffer from a lack military equipment and supplies. The situation remains tense. *
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    Today, 06:21 PM
    I am not uncharitable, I didn't say fat people had no value or were prima facie bad or anything. How people gain weight is not my business and I am not condemning all fat people. There are many fat people who are far better human beings than many skinny or middle weight people. I didn't even say fat people are all ugly. I do not get to pretend I am as strong as Olympic weight lifters but that doesn't mean I am bad or worthless. Beauty is what it is and it isn't fat.
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    Today, 05:51 PM
    No, it is not a human right, we have a right to limit who comes here to protect out political culture and thereby our rights.
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    Today, 05:44 PM
    New Jersey's Democratic Governor Phil Murphy is floating a plan to increase taxes on buying and selling guns by up to 2,400%, according to guns.com. Murphy estimates that the state will take in an additional $2 million in revenue from the tax, which would include raising handgun purchase permits from $2 to $50, and firearms ID cards required to own a gun or buy ammunition from $5 to $100. Permits to carry a handgun would skyrocket from $50 to $400. In comparison, neighboring Delaware and Pennsylvania charge fees for carrying of $65 and $20 respectively. Such taxes, of course, would disproportionately affect the poor - as rich gun owners can simply pay up for personal protection. Given that the average salary of a New Jersey armed security officer is $19.42 an hour, Murphy's plan puts those who need to carry for their jobs under increased financial burden. In a public signing ceremony for a six-pack of gun control measures last week, Murphy slammed what he characterized as the low fees of firearm licensing in New Jersey. “We must please responsibly increase the fees for gun licenses and handgun permits,” he said. “It’s long past time we did this. The last time these fees were increased was 1966.” -Guns Gun dealers would also be affected by the change - with the cost of retail licenses to increase 10-fold from $50 to $500, while manufacturer licenses would jump from $150 to $1,500. The ATF charges similar fees of $200 and $150 respectively. More at: https://www.zerohedge.com/news/2018-06-23/nj-governor-pitches-2400-tax-increase-firearms
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    Today, 05:41 PM
    They want Mexico the way it is with America's wealth, they will either take America's wealth back to Mexico or turn America into Mexico. It won't last long either way but they don't understand that.
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    Today, 05:24 PM
    Allowing government to arbitrarily determine which substances human beings can put into their own bodies is one of the most idiotic things a society can do. As such, its no surprise Congress is salivating at the prospect of furthering this travesty by giving additional discretion on the matter to drug war-crazed loon, Attorney General Jeff Sessions. Reason published an excellent article on the topic in yesterday’s piece: Congress Wants To Give Jeff Sessions Unprecedented New Drug War Powers. Here are some key excerpts: If you think the Department of Justice has more than enough tools to wage the war on drugs, a bill passed by the House would create a fast-track scheduling system that could lead to the criminalization of kratom, nootropics, and pretty much anything that gives you a buzz and isn’t already illegal. The House of Representatives voted on Friday to create a new schedule of banned drugs under the Controlled Substances Act, called “Schedule A,” and to give Attorney General Jeff Sessions broad new powers to criminalize the manufacturing, importation, and sale of substances that are currently unregulated, but not illegal. The bill is now headed to the Senate, where co-sponsors Dianne Feinstein (D–Calif.) and Chuck Grassley (R–Iowa) will likely have little problem whipping votes. The Stop the Importation and Trafficking of Synthetic Analogs Act, or SITSA, is intended to crack down on drugs that closely resemble currently banned or regulated substances in either their chemical structure or intended effects. SITSA would also empower the attorney general (A.G.) to add drugs to this new schedule with few checks from other branches of government... While Department of Justice (DOJ) complaints about analogs aren’t new, the rise of fentanyl analogs have inspired Congress to act more aggressively and clumsily than usual. The Senate version of SITSA introduced by Feinstein and Grassley gives the attorney general unilateral and unchecked power to add a substance to Schedule A. It contains no congressional review provision and vests no authority in the Department of Health and Human Services to challenge the DOJ’s scheduling decision. When SITSA came up for a vote in the House, the House Liberty Caucus released a statement condemning the decision to “cede more of Congress’s legislative authority to the Attorney General and grant the AG more power to fight the war on drugs, which has eroded federalism, eviscerated numerous individual rights, entrenched severe discrimination in our criminal justice system, and failed to meaningfully limit the proliferation of illicit drugs”... Fans of the herbal opioid remedy kratom have expressed concerns about SITSA, as have nootropic users and research chemical enthusiasts. The combined vagueness and broadness of this bill should worry all of them. While the immediate justification for the bill is fentanyl, the legislation is so much broader than that. Were coffee and booze not historically entrenched in our culture, this bill would absolutely allow the DOJ to add both caffeine (as a stimulant) and alcohol (as a sedative) to Schedule A of the Controlled Substances Act.
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    Today, 05:17 PM
    Just 24 hours after OPEC appeared on the edge of splintering, Iran seemed to cave and in a deal that was described as a victory for everyone, OPEC member states and Russia provided a vague assurance they would boost output by striving to return to full compliance of the original production quotas as set in the 2016 Vienna production cut agreement. As Goldman summarized in its post-mortem, "no further details were provided, including no country level allocation, no guidance for non-OPEC participants or timeline for the increase." Furthermore, during the press conference following Friday's deal, the one question which never got an explicit answer is how much output would be boosted by, with little clarity shed beyond “targeting full compliance at the group level”. This suggests that there is room for countries with spare capacity to increase production above the individual quotas but also that such adjustments could not be resolved. As a result, Goldman's energy analyst Damien Courvalin said that he views today’s agreement "as masking disagreements within the group and a potential start to the unraveling of the deal, with core-OPEC and Russia looking to increase production but Iran opposing such an increase." Bloomberg's Javier Blas confirmed as much, noting that Friday’s agreement was a "fudge in the time-honored tradition of OPEC, committing to boost output without saying which countries would increase or by how much" a fudge which gave every member - especially Iran which by endorsing a production boost would have been seen as effectively approving of Trump's sanctions and allowing other states to take its market share - an "out" to save face, by sufficiently masking up the details so no explicit accusations of backtracking can be made. Importantly, "it gives Saudi Arabia the flexibility to respond to disruptions at a time when U.S. sanctions on Iran and Venezuela threaten to throw the oil market into turmoil." “It is very clear that Saudi Arabia, worried about prices running higher going forward, is trying to put in place a near-term cap on prices,” said Yasser Elguindi of Energy Aspects Ltd., a consultant. “Having secured its floor, Riyadh would like to see a near-term ceiling of $75.” Which, incidentally, is also the price above which Trump tends to take to twitter in bashing OPEC. And not only Trump: oil prices have recently gotten so high, they have led to political fallout among mostly Developing Nations such as India, whose petroleum minister rang Al-Falih last month and expressed “concern about rising prices.” A week later, it was the head of China’s National Energy Administration on the phone with the Saudi oil minister, asking Riyadh to guarantee adequate supplies. * * *
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    Today, 04:58 PM
    The Justice Department this week gave House Republicans some of the documents they seek related to the Russia election-meddling investigation and Hillary Clinton email probe -- after lawmakers threatened to hold officials in contempt for stonewalling. House Oversight Committee Chairman Trey Gowdy, R-S.C., said on "Fox News Sunday" that House Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wis., had warned that “there’s going to be action on the floor of the House this week if FBI and DOJ do not comply with our subpoena request.” The House Judiciary Committee and House Intelligence Committee had requested more than a million documents from the FBI and DOJ related to the Clinton investigation and surveillance of members of the Trump campaign during the 2016 presidential campaign. But a spokesperson for Ryan told The Associated Press on Saturday that the department had partially complied with the subpoenas and had turned over more than a thousand new documents. "Our efforts have resulted in the committees finally getting access to information that was sought months ago, but some important requests remain to be completed," the spokesperson, AshLee Strong, said in a statement Saturday. "Additional time has been requested for the outstanding items, and based on our understanding of the process we believe that request is reasonable. We expect the department to meet its full obligations to the two committees." House Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin Nunes, R-Calif., who has been a central figure in requesting the documents, was provided a classified letter about whether the FBI used “confidential human sources” before it started its investigation in Russia ties to the Trump campaign.
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    Today, 04:54 PM
    People can make, sell and wear whatever they want, I already said that. It is the campaign to pretend fat is beautiful that is the problem.
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    Today, 04:52 PM
    Mexican legislators this week proposed ending cooperation with the US on immigration, counterterrorism, and fighting organized crime "as long as President Donald Trump does not act with the respect that migrants deserve." The proposal was made on Wednesday by the Mexican Congress' Permanent Commission, which meets while Congress is in recess, and asks the executive branch to "consider the possibility of withdrawing from any bilateral cooperation scheme" with the US on those issues. Mexican legislators called on their US counterparts to "end the inhumane and criminal action of separating migrant families, taking into account the best interests of the children and giving priority to the respect of human rights." While announcing the proposal, Ernesto Cordero Arroyo, a senator for the conservative National Action Party, said the US "is a partner, allied in diverse causes and a friend that doesn't deserve a government like that of Donald Trump," adding that Mexico would not support a country that "systematically violates human rights and that doesn't have respect for the life and dignity of people." Cordero said Trump "incentivizes and defends a discourse of hate inside and outside of his country," encouraging racists groups and generating stereotypes of minorities, and that the US president has started a "trade war" through tariffs and rejected international cooperation, citing the US's withdrawal from the Paris climate accord. Other Mexican officials have criticized Trump's immigration policy. Foreign Minister Luis Videgaray, who has developed a close relationship with Trump's son-in-law and adviser Jared Kushner, condemned the separation policy as "cruel and inhumane" on Tuesday.
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    Today, 04:45 PM
    I am defending the ideal against those who seek to make themselves or others feel good by denying reality.
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    Today, 04:37 PM
    Adverse conditions can cause all sorts of mental derangements.
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    Today, 04:26 PM
    Voluntary certification, it works for accountants.
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    Today, 04:23 PM
    Immigration To The United States Is A "Human Right"
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    Today, 04:21 PM
    You missed Cohen's denial somehow.
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    Today, 04:21 PM
    I support splitting it in two, the big cities vs. the countryside, then the leftists in the urban part should be thrown out of the union or allowed to leave.
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    Today, 04:15 PM
    Many on this site agree.:rolleyes: This is a declaration of war.
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    Today, 04:10 PM
    Was it a hit?
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    Today, 04:08 PM
    They are confused because it never occurred to them that mere mortals would expect to be treated as equals to "The Middle Kingdom" between earth and heaven and superior to all others.
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