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    Today, 06:55 PM
    You are doing what I said. But to answer to your question Originally Posted by tod evans Try to define the 'job' of government...........Just one segment..........Then think about all the other segments of government that exist to support/justify and finance that one segment to do one thing.......If you get through that exercise then try to determine if that segment you looked at does its 'job' well.......Does it do its 'job' cost effectively? IT CAN.
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    Today, 06:47 PM
    The following quote If that doesn't say that you don't think that government should do anything, what does it mean? You are using questions to send the message that government can't do anything right or cost effectively.
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    Today, 06:41 PM
    as tensions reach breaking point, German government spokesman Steffen Seibert revealed EU aid payments to Turkey are now under threat. He said: "Unfortunately we have constant cause to talk to Turkey about civil and press freedoms. "We think it is important to review aid in light of the latest developments." Mr Seibert was referring to a package of assistance totalling three billion euros the EU has promised to Turkey to help stem flows of migrants, mostly from conflict zones in the Middle East, into Europe. More at: https://www.express.co.uk/news/world/830716/turkey-germany-arrests-merkel-erdogan-eu-suspensions
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    Today, 06:35 PM
    You don't believe that government should do anything, therefore you are an Anarchist. I didn't say you were an evil Anarchist or a crazy Anarchist so you should be proud of what you are, I am proud of what I am I believe I am right, if you don't like what you are you should rethink your philosophy.
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    Today, 06:28 PM
    Another Anarchist, this conversation is over.
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    Today, 06:20 PM
    The "law and order police state" is whatever you want it to be? If you mean that the "law and order police state" is having police and the law being enforced then I stand guilty as charged, but that is not what it is taken to mean in ordinary conversation, it is used to describe big brother always watching and pouncing on the smallest infraction, with too many laws to keep track of, and "police presence" omnipresent to keep the population submissive etc.
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    Today, 06:02 PM
    Donald Trump has nominated one of his long-time allies and a strident climate sceptic to serve in the top scientific post at the Agriculture Department. Sam Clovis, who has described the near universal consensus on the threat of climate change as “junk science”, was selected for the position of the USDA’s Research, Education and Economics division. His position, if confirmed, would involve the oversight of a portfolio worth around $3bn, and which is dedicated to research and education. He will also serve as the department’s chief scientist. More at: https://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/americas/us-politics/trump-climate-change-skeptic-sam-clovies-appointed-usda-science-junk-a7850991.html
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    Today, 05:56 PM
    If government failed to do a job that it is supposed to do then if it does that job it fixes the problem. QED
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    Today, 05:55 PM
    Photos and video footage that surfaced on Twitter and YouTube this week appear to show a convoy of flatbed trucks loaded with U.S.-made MRAP, M-ATVs, and up-armored bulldozers in Syria, Military Times reports . The Kurdish activists who posted the images on social media on July 18 claim the convoy was bound for the U.S.-backed Syrian Democratic Forces, or SDF, in Raqqa. The footage was purportedly taken while the convoy was passing through Qamishli, a city in northeast Syria situated near the borders of Turkey and Iraq. Guardian armored trucks and U.S. up-armored Humvees are included in the coalition aid to the SFD, and according to the Defense Department’s fiscal year 2018 request for funds for train-and-equip program for Syrian partner forces, armored bulldozers are also included in aid to “vetted” Syrian groups, Military Times reports . “Up-armored vehicles have been delivered to the SDF and as part of our existing authorities to enable them,” a spokesperson for Operation Inherent Resolve told Task & Purpose in an email. (The Syrian Arab Coalition, or SAC, is the Arab component of the SDF.) “Specifically, these vehicles will help them contend with ISIL’s IED threat in their current operation, and as they move to isolate Raqqah.” U.S armaments & military vehicles being delivered to SDF via trucks toward Raqqa. pic.twitter.com/x49JUOZK8I — Afarin Mamosta (@AfarinMamosta) July 19, 2017 However, the OIR spokesperson explained that M-ATVs and MRAPs are “not part of the package that is divested to the SDF.” And, as Military Times notes , neither are the Common Remotely Operated Weapon Station, or CROWs system, which appear mounted on the M-ATVs featured in the photographs. “These vehicles are for use by the Coalition to protect our forces from IEDs,” the spokesperson said.
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    Today, 05:47 PM
    That depends on how you think government caused the problem, omission or commission.
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    Today, 05:43 PM
    I was referring to my comments on this thread, the fact that I want enforcement of immigration laws that have been deliberately ignored for decades is not "being in favor of 'the law and order police state'".
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    Today, 05:33 PM
    Sports matches don't need umpires right?
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    Today, 05:29 PM
    I have never been in favor of the "law and order police state", all of my comments have favored a reduction of police numbers and activities. But advocating revolution against tyrannical corruption of the law and law enforcement agencies is not a declaration that the enforced law and order is unlawful and disorderly.
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    Today, 05:23 PM
    Swordsmyth replied to a thread He's back. in U.S. Political News
    Or Arnold S.
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    Today, 05:22 PM
    A little Revolution now and then....
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    Today, 04:59 PM
    Your unfair Neg-Rep and double response will not provoke me into further debate. You Anarchists can't learn, your idiotic theories would only lead to tribal savagery, subjective justice and the strong preying upon the weak. I will not discuss this further.
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    Today, 04:44 PM
    When a field becomes overgrown with weeds one does not reject all plants and salt it. We are most certainly neck deep in corruption and abuse that can happen to any necessary thing.
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    Today, 04:41 PM
    At lower population levels less is required (which is why excessive urbanization was one of the worst things to happen to this country), but the wild west for all it's freedom still had and needed Sheriffs and U.S. Marshalls and the U.S. Cavalry.
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    Today, 04:37 PM
    The options are political reform (the mission of this website), or revolt (which if and when it is appropriate would be discussed elsewhere for obvious reasons), or submission (Not an option as far as I am concerned).
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    Today, 04:28 PM
    Because they had a king and not some other form of government, the point is they have been expanded (and that may have been a bad thing) but governments have had law enforcement officers for centuries. Even ancient pre-monarchic Israel had the Judges. Government is necessary, laws are necessary, law enforcement officers are necessary, all things can be distorted and abused.
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    Today, 04:16 PM
    The word "sheriff" is a contraction of the term "shire reeve". The term, from the Old English scīrgerefa, designated a royal official responsible for keeping the peace (a "reeve") throughout a shire or county on behalf of the king. The term was preserved in England notwithstanding the Norman Conquest. From the Anglo-Saxon kingdoms, the term spread to several other regions, at an early point to Scotland, latterly to Ireland and to the United States. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sheriff
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    Today, 04:05 PM
    Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas Cuts Off Diplomatic Ties With Israelhttp://www.zerohedge.com/news/2017-07-21/palestinian-president-mahmoud-abbas-cuts-diplomatic-ties-israel
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    Today, 04:01 PM
    Russia is not "the good guy" on the world stage (there may not be one), and the Soviets were much worse, they invaded Poland in concert with the NAZIs and murdered the Polish officer POWs at Katyn woods.
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    Today, 03:55 PM
    Nonsense, they have been expanded (and that may have been a bad thing) but governments have had law enforcement officers for centuries.
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    Today, 03:09 PM
    Kadyrov said, “America is not really a strong enough state for us to regard it as an enemy of Russia. We have a strong government and are a nuclear state. Even if our government was completely destroyed, our nuclear missiles would be automatically deployed. We will put the whole world on its knees and screw it from behind.” That comment certainly puts the left’s insistence on a war with Russia in perspective. And Kadyrov is probably being more accurate than not in that statement. According to The New York Times, Russia built a system in the 1980s that could do what Kadyrov described, known as the Perimeter System. Bruce Blair, the former US nuclear officer who broke the story of the Perimeter System for The New York Times in 1993, told Business Insider that the system works when it detects nuclear explosions. Only a small crew, deep in a bunker, has a hand in the otherwise automated system, according to Blair. Essentially, if another country conducted a nuclear attack that would destroy the government of Russia or anything a 1980s-era system would perceive as a nuclear attack, an automated system would empty Russia’s missile silos in an immediate counterattack.
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    Today, 03:05 PM
    https://www.jbs.org/federal-legislative-action-alerts?vvsrc=%2fcampaigns%2f52430%2frespond https://www.jbs.org/nafta
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    Today, 03:01 PM
    President Trump’s lawyers and aides are scouring the professional and political backgrounds of investigators hired by the special counsel Robert S. Mueller III, looking for conflicts of interest they could use to discredit the investigation — or even build a case to fire Mr. Mueller or get some members of his team recused, according to three people with knowledge of the research effort. The search for potential conflicts is wide-ranging. It includes scrutinizing donations to Democratic candidates, investigators’ past clients and Mr. Mueller’s relationship with James B. Comey, whose firing as F.B.I. director is part of the special counsel’s investigation. The effort to investigate the investigators is another sign of a looming showdown between Mr. Trump and Mr. Mueller, who has assembled a team of high-powered prosecutors and agents to examine whether any of Mr. Trump’s advisers aided Russia’s campaign to disrupt last year’s presidential election. To seek a recusal, Trump’s lawyers can argue their case to Mueller or his boss, Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein. The Justice Department has explicit rules about what constitutes a conflict of interest. Prosecutors may not participate in investigations if they have “a personal or political relationship” with the subject of the case. Making campaign donations is not included on the list of things that would create a “political relationship.” Of course, these developments come as Mueller’s team has allegedly requested documents from the Internal Revenue Service related to Paul Manafort's criminal tax investigation that had been opened long before the Trump campaign began. Manafort was never charged in that case. Federal investigators have also contacted Deutsche Bank about Trump’s accounts, and the bank is expecting to provide information to Mueller.
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    Today, 02:40 PM
    Oil Prices Slip On Falling OPEC Compliancehttp://oilprice.com/Energy/Energy-General/Oil-Prices-Slip-On-Falling-OPEC-Compliance.html U.S. Oil Rig Count Falls By 1 As Canada Adds 15 Rigshttp://oilprice.com/Energy/Crude-Oil/US-Oil-Rig-Count-Falls-By-1-As-Canada-Adds-15-Rigs.html
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    Today, 02:38 PM
    I oppose prohibition but Immigration is not drugs or alcohol, your attempt to confuse the two and to ignore the fact that the deep state makes things illegal so they can profit by dominating the black market do nothing to help your position on Illegal Aliens, and your anarchist ramblings reveal your disconnect from reality. Immigration enforcement has a history of reducing Illegal Aliens.
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