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    Today, 07:16 PM
    It will drive the TDS crowd nuts, they will be hard pressed to find a way to say it's bad.
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    Today, 07:15 PM
    And neither TheCount nor Amash is stupid enough to think otherwise.
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    Today, 07:12 PM
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    Today, 07:05 PM
    Cities would never have been so large if the government didn't manipulate the marketplace.
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    Today, 07:03 PM
    RonZ doesn't care about justice, he just cares about hanging Trump and anyone connected to him.
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    Today, 06:53 PM
    The 1stA (or maybe the first part of the 1stA) is the only amendment with such a restriction. All of the others unquestionably are applied to the states by Article 6. And SCOTUS has already interpreted later amendments as applying the 1stA to the states so that's the end of that argument.
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    Today, 03:21 PM
    Brazil’s oil production jumped by 20.4 percent on the year to set a new production record of 3.168 million barrels per day (bpd) in January, thanks to the prolific pre-salt basin, oil regulator ANP said on Wednesday. Last month, Brazil’s total oil and natural gas production also set a new production record, exceeding 4 million barrels of oil equivalent per day (boe/d) for the first time ever, the regulator said, noting that combined oil and gas production stood at 4.041 million boe/d. Oil production in January 2020 rose by 2 percent compared to December 2019 and by 20.43 percent compared to January 2019, ANP said. More at: https://oilprice.com/Energy/Energy-General/Brazils-Oil-Production-Jumps-20-To-New-Record-In-January.html
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    Today, 03:01 PM
    The fact that some elements of the BoR may not be as fundamental or GOD given as others or the fact that what GOD commands us to do is not the same as what we have a legal right to do doesn't change the fact that the founders believed in fundamental GOD given rights that no level of government could violate. The founders absolutely intended states to be required to abide by the rights of their citizens Article six imposes the entire Constitution on the states including the BoR: A6: This Constitution, and the Laws of the United States which shall be made in Pursuance thereof; and all Treaties made, or which shall be made, under the Authority of the United States, shall be the supreme Law of the Land; and the Judges in every State shall be bound thereby, any Thing in the Constitution or Laws of any State to the Contrary notwithstanding. And the fact that slavery was tolerated was a known exception that the founders regretted having to deal with and wished to eliminate, that is why the prohibition on Congress barring the importation of more slaves had an end date.
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    Today, 02:27 PM
    A top official at the Pentagon is resigning at the request of President Trump. The request for John Rood, the under secretary of defense for policy, to step down was made through Defense Secretary Mark Esper, according to Rood's resignation letter. "It's my understanding from Secretary Esper that you requested my resignation from serving as Under Secretary of Defense for Policy. Senior administration officials appointed by the President serve at the pleasure of the President, and therefore, as you have requested, I am providing my resignation effective February 28, 2020." Rood was involved in certifying to Congress that Ukraine was eligible to receive $250 million in security assistance. The certification undercut the argument the Trump administration made for withholding the aid. Shortly after Trump spoke with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky on July 25, Rood emailed Secretary of Defense Mark Esper to fill him in on an upcoming meeting "to discuss the President's concern about endemic corruption in Ukraine and his reported view that US should cease providing security assistance," according to emails obtained by CNN. “Placing a hold on security assistance at this time would jeopardize this unique window of opportunity and undermine our defense priorities with a key partner in the strategic competition with Russia,” he wrote in one of the emails. Rood joined the administration in early 2018, working under then-Defense Secretary James Mattis. He has also served in several policy positions at the Pentagon in prior administrations and as an analyst for the CIA. Defense Department press secretary Alyssa Farah said James Anderson will take over Rood's responsibilities until a replacement is confirmed. More at: https://www.washingtonexaminer.com/news/top-pentagon-policy-official-involved-in-certifying-ukraine-aid-steps-down
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    Today, 02:25 PM
    Attorney General William Barr took aim Wednesday at a key legal protection for the tech industry, calling into question whether it is still needed as a small number of key tech players have reached a massive size and scale. Besides questions of anticompetitive behavior, Barr said at a Department of Justice workshop, the agency is considering what a concentrated tech market means for a legal immunity originally created to help small start-ups thrive. Barr convened the workshop to discuss Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act, which says tech companies cannot be held legally liable for content posted by third-party users. The law protects online platforms from being treated as publishers, which can be held legally liable for publishing misleading or harmful content, even if they choose to moderate or remove objectionable content from their platforms. The law has been massively important in allowing some of the biggest tech firms, including Facebook and Google, to grow while maintaining community standards on their platforms and without becoming buried by lawsuits. Tech executives argue that the law is still integral to their work, especially in allowing for “good faith” content moderation. But at the workshop, Barr said the industry Section 230 protects is no longer a fragile, emerging sector. “No longer are technology companies the underdog upstarts,” Barr said. “They have become titans of U.S. industry.” With that scale of power, Barr said, “valid questions have been raised as to whether Section 230′s broad immunity is still needed.” Those questions emerged from the DOJ’s broad review of market-leading online platforms, Barr said. The Antitrust Division has been probing Google and has jurisdiction to probe Apple, as reported by various outlets. Barr described the review of Section 230 as part of a “holistic approach” to the tech industry that recognizes “not all of the concerns raised about online platforms squarely fall within antitrust.” Still, the concentration of tech markets could complicate the importance of Section 230 since a small number of key players control a wide range of discourse, according to Barr. In the mid-1990s when the law was enacted, tech platforms hosted public bulletin boards, but today, they engage much more actively in serving content to users through algorithms and other mechanisms, Barr said. “With these new tools, the line between passively hosting third-party speech and actively curating and promoting speech starts to blur,” Barr said.
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    Today, 02:21 PM
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    Today, 02:19 PM
    Which will be deplatformed.
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    Today, 02:15 PM
    Just like e_d. Hmmmmmmmmmmmmm.........
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    Today, 02:13 PM
    I'll keep working with Republicans and sinners and let the libertarian scribes and pharisees sit around feeling holier than me while getting nothing done.
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    Today, 02:09 PM
    The spin begins: A lawyer for Julian Assange has claimed in court that President Trump offered to pardon Assange if the WikiLeaks founder agreed to help cover up Russia’s involvement in hacking emails from the Democratic National Committee. Assange’s lawyers said on Wednesday that former Republican congressman Dana Rohrabacher offered Assange the deal in 2017, a year after emails that damaged Hillary Clinton in the presidential race had been published. WikiLeaks posted the stolen DNC emails after they were hacked by Russian operatives. The claim that Rohrabacher acted as an emissary for the White House came during a pre-extradition hearing in London. Assange has argued that he should not be extradited to the U.S. because the American case against him is politically motivated. He spent almost seven years hiding in the Ecuadorian embassy in Central London claiming that he would be jailed in the U.S. if he wasn’t granted asylum. He was kicked out of the embassy last year. His lawyers told the court that Trump’s alleged offer to pardon Assange proved that this was no ordinary criminal investigation. Edward Fitzgerald, who was representing Assange in court, said he had evidence that a quid pro quo was put to Assange by Rohrabacher, who was known as Putin’s favorite congressman. More at: https://www.thedailybeast.com/trump-offered-assange-pardon-if-he-covered-up-russian-hack-court-hears
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    Today, 01:58 PM
    State sovereignty was never intended to extend to violating the basic GOD given rights of Americans. To not extend the BoR to the states does far more to fulfill the primary objective of the progressives than it does to hamper their secondary objective.
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    Today, 12:30 PM
    Democrats allow illegal aliens to vote!
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    Today, 10:45 AM
    No, I was thinking of specifically what I wrote: Communist revolutions. The French revolution was not Communist, though certainly it did seem to do the trick of killing off the existing elite, too. Various countries have undergone successful Commie revs. Coming to mind are: Russia China Cambodia In each instance, the tactic worked brilliantly: existing ruling class slaughtered. You can just follow the trail of rotted ruler bodies. Proof, meet pudding. Pudding, proof. Communism works.
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    Today, 10:22 AM
    Ron Paul is right on 95-98%. Trump is right on 60%-70%. Hillary is right on 0%. C- isn't bad that bad. Because I'm sure Ron Paul would give almost all presidents since FDR an F!
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    Today, 12:04 AM
    Or he was trapping a leaker.
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    Today, 12:03 AM
    A growing number of China’s private companies have cut wages, delayed paychecks or stopped paying staff completely, saying that the economic toll of the coronavirus has left them unable to cover their labor costs.To slow the spread of the virus that’s claimed more than 2,000 lives, Chinese authorities and big employers have encouraged people to stay home. Shopping malls and restaurants are empty; amusement parks and theaters are closed; non-essential travel is all but forbidden. What’s good for containment has been lousy for business. With classes canceled at a coding-and-robotics school in Hangzhou, employees will lose 30% to 50% of their wages. The Lionsgate Entertainment World theme park in Zhuhai is closed, and workers have been told to use up their paid vacation time and get ready for unpaid leave.“A week of unpaid leave is very painful,” said Jason Lam, 32, who was furloughed from his job as a chef in a high-end restaurant in Hong Kong’s Tsim Sha Tsui neighborhood. “I don’t have enough income to cover my spending this month.” Across China, companies are telling workers that there’s no money for them -- or that they shouldn’t have to pay full salaries to quarantined employees who don’t come to work. It’s too soon to say how many people have lost wages as a result of the outbreak, but in a survey of more than 9,500 workers by Chinese recruitment website Zhaopin, more than one-third said they were aware it was a possibility. The salary freezes are further evidence of the economic hit to China’s volatile private sector -- the fastest growing part of the world’s second-biggest economy -- and among small firms especially. It also suggests the stress will extend beyond the health risks to the financial pain that comes with job cuts and salary instability.“The coronavirus may hit Chinese consumption harder than SARS 17 years ago,” said Chang Shu, Chief Asia Economist for Bloomberg Intelligence. “And SARS walloped consumption.” By law, companies have to comply with a full pay cycle in February before cutting wages to the minimum, said Edgar Choi, a Shenzhen-based lawyer and author of “Commercial Law in a Minute.” For companies that aren’t making enough to cover payroll, it’s permissible to delay salaries, as long as staff get the money they’re owed eventually.Choi said he’s heard from thousands of foreign workers who say their payments have been cut in half this month or halted althogether. That, he said, is illegal. “A lot of these employees are foreigners, they don’t know Chinese,” he said. “Whatever their boss tells them, that’s it. It’s easy for them to get bullied.”NIO Inc., an electric car-maker based in Shanghai, recently delayed paychecks by a week. The company’s chairman William Li also encouraged employees to accept restricted stock units in lieu of a cash bonus. At Foxconn Technology Group’s Shenzhen factory, workers returning from the Lunar New Year break are quarantined in the dorms before they can return to work. They’re getting paid, but only about one-third of what they’d earn if they were working.Without full, regular paychecks and few places to spend them these days anyway, Chinese consumers could cut spending in some categories to zero, said Bloomberg’s Shu. And it may not bounce back: For example, she said, if you skip your daily latte for two months, you’re not likely to make up for those missed drinks later in the year. More at: https://finance.yahoo.com/news/chinese-companies-t-afford-pay-020241284.html
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    Yesterday, 11:54 PM
    I think I heard something about that but I don't know.
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    Yesterday, 11:53 PM
    I generally don't support the lesser of two evils but I can give you a scriptural example: Genesis Chapter 14 1 And it came to pass in the days of Amraphel king of Shinar, Arioch king of Ellasar, Chedorlaomer king of Elam, and Tidal king of nations; 2 That these made war with Bera king of Sodom, and with Birsha king of Gomorrah, Shinab king of Admah, and Shemeber king of Zeboiim, and the king of Bela, which is Zoar. 3 All these were joined together in the vale of Siddim, which is the salt sea. 4 Twelve years they served Chedorlaomer, and in the thirteenth year they rebelled. 5 And in the fourteenth year came Chedorlaomer, and the kings that were with him, and smote the Rephaims in Ashteroth Karnaim, and the Zuzims in Ham, and the Emims in Shaveh Kiriathaim,
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    Yesterday, 11:45 PM
    How about Nebuchadnezzar? Daniel served him and acknowledged him as GOD's choice to rule the region and he was FAR from perfect.
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    Yesterday, 11:39 PM
    You keep asking about the lesser of two evils, I don't support voting for the lesser of two evils. A least of all possible goods is a GOOD. Samson was an evil man and he was punished by GOD for his sins but he was used as GOD's instrument to deliver Israel. Trump has many faults but he isn't as bad as Samson. There are many places in scripture where we are admonished to support good and oppose evil. Christ ate with the publicans and sinners and called Matthew the publican to follow him, he also gave us the parable of the Prodigal Son. There are many examples in scripture of GOD using those who are very imperfect to do his work.
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    Yesterday, 11:22 PM
    George Zimmerman wants a day in court against two of the leading Democratic presidential contenders, accusing them of defamation. In a lawsuit filed Tuesday in Florida, the man who killed Trayvon Martin in self-defense in 2012 accused Pete Buttigieg and Sen. Elizabeth Warren of “maliciously defam” Mr. Zimmerman, using the killing “as a pretext to demagogue and falsely brand Zimmerman as a white supremacist and racist to their millions of Twitter followers.” Mr. Zimmerman was acquitted of all charges on traditional self-defense grounds, because Martin attacked him and beat his head against the ground, supposedly for profiling the black teen while on a neighborhood-watch shift. “The obvious intent of Buttigieg and Warren’s Tweets is alleged race baiting, in an attempt to draw African American votes during this Democrat presidential primary season,” Zimmerman attorney Larry Klayman said in an announcement of the lawsuit, according to WorldNetDaily. The suit was filed in the Circuit Court for the 10th Judicial Circuit in Polk County, Florida. It accuses Ms. Warren and Mr. Buttigieg of actual malice, a prerequisite to win a libel case if one is a public figure. “Both defendants, Buttigieg and Warren, are alleged in the complaint to have acted with actual malice, as it is widely known that Zimmerman was acquitted of murder based on self-defense,” the announcement said. The tweets in question both said Martin was killed because of “racism” or “white supremacy.”
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