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    Today, 03:26 PM
    You are the greedy one who wants what other people have created and earned and you will destroy everything you covet trying to take it.
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    Today, 03:24 PM
    The paper tiger rules the concrete jungle.
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    Today, 03:23 PM
    After the animals unwrap their gifts.
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    Today, 01:28 PM
    This a coup against President Trump!
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    Today, 03:03 AM
    Turkey and Libya have signed an expanded maritime, security and military cooperation agreement which gives Turkey the right to deploy troops there if requested by authorities in Tripoli, President Erdogan has told state-run TRT television in an interview on Monday. "In the event of such a call coming, it is Turkey's decision what kind of initiative it will take here." Erdogan said, as reported by Reuters. "We will not seek the permission of anyone on this," he underscored. This at a moment the country is still divided between Gen. Khalifa Haftar's advancing LNA forces and the UN-backed Government of National Accord (GNA) in Tripoli. Turkey has been the most aggressive backer of Tripoli, offering military equipment and even air power, while the UAE has provided most weaponry for Haftar's 'rebel' army in the developing proxy war. While Washington officially recognizes the GNA, the Trump administration has for months verbalized support for Haftar, long seen as the 'CIA's man in Libya'. "Haftar is nothing but a pirate," Erdogan said earlier this year after six Turkish sailors were briefly detained by pro-Haftar forces. Erdogan also claimed that based on the bilateral memorandum, signed on Nov. 27, Turkish forces entering Libyan territory or waters at the request of the GNA would not be a violation of the UN arms embargo on the war-torn country. "With this new agreement between Turkey and Libya, we can hold joint exploration operations in these exclusive economic zones that we determined. There is no problem," Erdogan said.
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    Today, 01:42 AM
    Rep. Tulsi Gabbard, D-Hawaii, announced late Monday that she won't be attending the Democrats' next debate "regardless" of whether she qualifies. Gabbard, who previously flirted with the idea of skipping an earlier debate, appeared more assertive about bowing out of the upcoming debate being hosted by PBS and Politico on Dec. 19. "For a number of reasons, I have decided not to attend the December 19th 'debate' — regardless of whether or not there are qualifying polls," Gabbard tweeted. "I instead choose to spend that precious time directly meeting with and hearing from the people of New Hampshire and South Carolina." Gabbard had met the donor requirement to qualify for the December debate but had yet to meet a requirement that she earn 4-percent support in at least four national or early-state polls approved by the Democratic National Committee -- or hit 6 percent in two approved early-state polls. The cutoff date: Dec. 12. More at: https://www.foxnews.com/politics/tulsi-gabbard-out-democrats-debate-polls
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    Today, 01:36 AM
    A Greek fighter jet allegedly obtained 'missile lock' on a Turkish frigate that was traveling off the coast of Cyprus on December 8, 2019, the Aviationist reported. Citing photos from the Twitter profile of journalist Yannis Nikitas, the Aviationist reported that a Greek Mirage 2000 jet targeted the Turkish frigate with Exocet anti-ship missiles during a show of force over the weekend. “In the photos we can see the HUD of a Mirage 2000, recognizable also by the characteristic Mirage refueling probe, as it gets a lock on a ship which, according to the caption, could be a Turkish frigate. On the left side of the HUD we can see a 'M39' label, showing that the pilot selected the AM-39 Exocet anti-ship to perform the lock on the ship,” the publication said. Relations between Greece and Turkey have been rocky this year after Ankara began drilling for oil off the coast of Cyprus.
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    Today, 01:15 AM
    The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday refused to hear an appeal by a convicted murderer who filed a civil rights lawsuit because Texas prison officials denied her request to be considered for gender reassignment surgery.The justices let stand a lower court's decision to reject the claim by inmate Vanessa Lynn Gibson that denying the surgery request violated the U.S. Constitution's Eighth Amendment prohibition against cruel and unusual punishment. More at: https://news.yahoo.com/u-supreme-court-rejects-inmates-155652774.html
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    Today, 01:14 AM
    The commander of the Wisconsin National Guard agreed to resign at Gov. Tony Evers' request Monday, following the release of a scathing federal report that found the Guard defied federal law, regulations and policies for years over the handling of soldiers' sexual assault and harassment complaints.The report from the National Guard Bureau in Washington, D.C., found the Guard allowed internal investigations in defiance of federal law as well as Department of Defense and bureau policy; investigators falsely presented themselves as working for the federal bureau; case records were mismanaged; and Guard sexual assault response policies were not in compliance with federal regulations for more than five years. Evers' office said in a statement that the governor asked the Guard's top leader, Maj. Gen. Donald Dunbar, to resign hours before his administration released the report Monday afternoon. Dunbar agreed to step down on Dec. 31. Evers appointed Brig. Gen. Gary Ebben — the assistant adjutant general of the Wisconsin Air National Guard — as interim commander and will choose a permanent replacement, his office said. The governor also ordered the Guard to implement all of the report's recommendations by September. More at: https://news.yahoo.com/wisconsin-national-guard-leader-briefed-143200355.html
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    Today, 01:12 AM
    Russian forces have entered Raqqa, the former de facto capital of the Islamic State caliphate, in one of the starkest examples yet of how Moscow has filled the vacuum created by President Donald Trump's decision to pull U.S. forces from northern Syria.Russian troops were shown in footage on the defence ministry's Zvezda TV channel shaking hands with Syrian children and unloading humanitarian aid bundles with the slogan "Russia is with you" from the back of trucks. Raqqa was captured two years ago by U.S. troops and their Kurdish-led Syrian allies in the biggest victory of Washington's campaign against Islamic State in Syria. But since Trump abruptly ordered a pull-out in October, Moscow has swiftly advanced into territory where U.S. troops had operated. Russia is a close battlefield ally of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad's government, which was invited by the Kurds into territory they controlled after Trump pulled his forces out of the way of a Turkish assault against Kurdish-held areas. Russian troops in Raqqa were handing out humanitarian aid and its military doctors were offering residents medical attention, Vladimir Varnavsky, a defence ministry officer, was quoted as saying by RIA news agency. "Work in the city to get rid of the rubble and clear the area (of bombs or mines) is not yet complete and there is a shortage of clean water, medicine and food," he said. More at: https://news.yahoo.com/russian-forces-enter-former-islamic-095207034.html
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    Today, 01:07 AM
    The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday left in place a Kentucky restriction requiring doctors to show and describe ultrasound images to women seeking an abortion, turning away a challenge arguing that the measure violates the free speech rights of physicians.The justices declined without comment to hear an appeal by the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) of a lower court ruling that upheld the law after a federal judge previously had struck it down as a violation of the U.S. Constitution's First Amendment guarantee of free speech. Kentucky Governor Matt Bevin, a Republican who led the defense of the law, applauded the decision, saying it "gives final affirmation to the commonsense notion that patients should be well equipped with relevant information before making important medical decisions." Kentucky requires a physician or qualified technician to perform the ultrasound and position the screen so the woman can view the images of the fetus. The medical staff are required to describe what the images show, including the size of the fetus and any organs or appendages visible. They are also required to make audible the sound of the fetal heartbeat. The law requires the physicians to continue with the process even if the patient objects and shows signs of distress. Doctors can be fined and referred to the state's medical licensing board if they fail to comply with the law. More at: https://news.yahoo.com/u-supreme-court-leaves-place-144456512.html
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    Today, 12:36 AM
    Yankees are pretty bad.
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    Today, 12:25 AM
    A 110.2 per cent increase in the price of pork from a year earlier led to a further rise in China’s consumer prices in November, as African swine fever continued to take a toll on the country’s pig population, data released on Tuesday showed. The consumer price index (CPI) rose to 4.5 per cent from a year earlier, up from a 3.8 per cent gain in October , the highest reading since reaching the same level in January 2012, according to the National Bureau of Statistics. China’s consumer prices have steadily increased all year having stood at 1.9 per cent in January. The highest CPI reading on record was the 8.2 per cent recorded in March 2008 during the global financial crisis. The November increase was above the 4.3 per cent increase expected by analysts in a survey by Bloomberg.
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    Today, 12:17 AM
    Some of the founders wanted a standing army to be the backbone of our forces and to train the militia/wartime volunteers. I agree with that. The foreign wars have to stop, America was never supposed to go abroad in search of monsters to destroy. If we do need to on occasion it should be like the Barbary Pirate expeditions and we should come home immediately. (that's another war we may have needed to have)
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    Today, 12:03 AM
    There is usually some good in all but the worst cultures and there are definitely worse cultures than Mexican culture, but there are definitely better cultures.
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    Yesterday, 11:54 PM
    You can declare victory and leave. Trump is trying to arrange that.
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    Yesterday, 11:47 PM
    Skimming through the mainstream media websites, one would find numerous articles decrying the plight of US farmers caught in the middle of the US-China trade war, such as these: "Farmers’ Despair Pushes States to Act", "Farm Bankruptcies Rise Again", "Amid Trump Tariffs, Farm Bankruptcies And Suicides Rise." However, there may be more here than meets the conventional eye. As Commodore Research managing director Jeffrey Landsberg writes, US farm income in 2019 is on pace for the highest income seen in six Years. This, Landsberg continues, "is very significant as US farmers are not faring nearly as poorly as many pundits and media outlets continue to state. As a result, US farmers collectively have not been in any real uproar and are not jeopardizing Trump’s re-election chances." The surging farm net income stands in stark contrast with the documented spike in bankruptcies, which has prompted some to whether this is a case of a handful of farmers pocketing the majority of the upside, or merely more farmers taking advantage of the political climate and filing bankruptcy for insurance or other tangential purposes. We present Commodore's full note below: Extremely noteworthy to us is that the United States Department of Agriculture recently announced that US net farm income this year will climb to its highest level since 2013. This is very significant as US farmers are not faring nearly as poorly as many pundits and media outlets continue to often report. As a result, US farmers collectively have not been in any real uproar and are not jeopardizing Trump’s re-election chances. US net farm income this year is on pace to total $92.5 billion. This would mark a year-on-year increase of $8.5 billion (10%) and would mark the highest income since 2013’s record $123.7 billion.
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    Yesterday, 11:41 PM
    We did pay for it. But it was a forced sale. Most other countries wouldn't have paid a penny. The problem with Mexico has always been Mexicans and always will be unless they fix their cultural issues.
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    Yesterday, 11:39 PM
    Q has proven a connection to Trump and the White House many times. The only question is how much he can be trusted, he admits to putting out disinformation at times to keep from giving the enemy too much information but the general message he send seems to be proving true, hopefully the part about bringing justice to the enemy will be true. The undertaking would be quite enormous and it would only make sense that it might take some time to set things up.
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    Yesterday, 11:35 PM
    "Open space" means Open to the public. It doesn't mean a vacant lot. It doesn't take long to unlock the doors and open them to the public. His only error may be in assuming that it had already been done.
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    Yesterday, 11:29 PM
    Everything between Texas and the Pacific. Except for a small strip of south west Arizona that was purchased later for a railroad line. I wish they had taken Baja at least, then Kalifornia wouldn't have a land border with Mexico and they probably would have taken the small strip that connects Baja to Mexico and Arizona would have a beach.
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    Yesterday, 11:22 PM
    The Alamo happened when Texas seceded from Mexico, the Mexican war happened when Mexico supposedly invaded Texas after it joined the union, some claim it was a lie that was used to excuse taking more territory.
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    Yesterday, 11:20 PM
    There is a reason that you have not seen more clips of AOC et al. sobbing uncontrollably at a fenced car park, or Nancy Pelosi and Chuck Schumer exclaiming "what about the children" in recent months. The Left's favorite talking point of the first half of 2019 - Trump is caging kids at the border because of his worse-than-Hitler, racist and inhumane immigration policies - has somehow evaporated in recent months... As The Wall Street Journal reports, arrests of people crossing the southwestern border have plummeted by 75% since May, marking one of the most dramatic drops in recent history. U.S. Customs and Border Protection said Monday that 33,510 people were arrested after illegally crossing the border in November, marking the sixth straight monthly decline since May, when 132,000 such apprehensions marked a 13-year high. In fact, The Journal notes that the May-November decline is the biggest in absolute numbers and second biggest by percentage of any six-month period this century.
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    Yesterday, 11:16 PM
    Just when you thought the "pedo guy" story couldn't get any stranger than a high priced lawyer striking out on what many believed to be a layup of a case against a billionaire, we get tonight's stunning Tweet and letter to the editor of Law.com from L. Lin Wood, Vern Unsworth's (former) lawyer. After losing at trial to Elon Musk, lawyer L. Lin Wood took to Twitter to explain - not why his client was wronged by the verdict - but rather, why the verdict against him was correct. It's an admission that, even if he believed it, would be a stunning slap in the face to his client and would have many questioning why Wood would take the case to begin with. Late on Monday night, Wood tweeted: Some reflections from lake. The verdict in Unsworth v. Musk spoke the truth. While written as possible libel, Elon Musk only intended an insult. Thus, no factual statements were intended. Truth removes any question marks as to Vern’s reputation. Truth wins. So do both parties. — Lin Wood (@LLinWood) December 10, 2019 To add insult to injury, Wood also published a letter to the editor at Law.com, congratulating Elon Musk and the lawyers on his team for winning the case. Wood opened the letter by saying: I congratulate Elon Musk and the lawyers on his team at Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan for their efforts to achieve a verdict for their client that spoke the truth. Alex Spiro and Bill Price are exceptional lawyers. Their efforts contributed greatly to the verdict that spoke the truth: Musk’s July 15, 2018, comments about Vernon Unsworth were nothing more and nothing less than an insult. Insults by definition do not convey fact. And truth, even in the hands of skilled lawyers, does not change. He then called Musk's lawyers "skilled legal adversaries":
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    Yesterday, 11:13 PM
    If its door were unlocked and thrown open to the public it wouldn't have taken much "storming", the only question is whether that was supposed to have happened already or whether it had just been planned and not implemented yet. He isn't the idiot.
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    Yesterday, 11:09 PM
    1812. The Mexican war was arguable depending on which claims you believe. Some of the injun wars. Maybe. That's about it, it's possible we should have invaded Mexico over Pancho Villa but we just sent a "punitive expedition" instead.
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    Yesterday, 09:29 PM
    There are some I would combine to reduce them.
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    Yesterday, 09:28 PM
    That has the ring of truth to it.
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