• lilymc's Avatar
    Today, 10:42 PM
    I'm not distressed, it's not about me. It’s that unbelievers or people who are on the fence are continually being misled by this religion section. There's a lot more to be said about that, but the last thing I feel like doing right now is getting into an argument with you. Thank you for sharing your testimony. And thank you for speaking out on these threads. You're absolutely right that God is not a capricious, monster control freak puppetmaster, as Calvinists portray him. The funny thing is, they sound exactly like Christian hating hard-core atheists. Exactly.
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    Today, 10:20 PM
    Rex Tillerson harshly criticized Russian meddling in our hemisphere, accusing the Russians of equiping the Rastafarian State in Jamaica. The Russians issued a rebuttal and warned Holness must leave office, or there will be dire consequences.
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    Today, 07:12 PM
    The only reason they would have for erasing this stuff now is to stymie trials and cover ass. I mean, whatever data they had from those years has served it's evil purposes by now. Their apology would be insulting if it wasn't expected.
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    Today, 07:04 PM
    I mean another for the reading list. I do read some, not as much as I used to. I'm on call more often during winter, opposed to just normal hours, so my list is backed up more than usual. That's all.
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    Today, 06:53 PM
    I dont know about you guys, but today was at least as, if not more, productive for me than yesterday. Maybe there's something magic to this shutdown business... Is that you Christina Wilkie?
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    Today, 06:46 PM
    You guys and your books... :P There's another for the list.
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    Today, 06:30 PM
    Social. Gospel. ...? Sounds like a name somebody invented out of frustration, because they couldn't honestly admit their religion was flawed somewhere. The Social Gospel might be heresy, but its still a Christian one. For what its worth, I have no idea what Putin means by "very similar" - I take it "Christianity" to him is only EO/RO - which is why I never used "very". Also, if 19th cent. Papists were struggling internally with Progressivism and Socialism, that's interesting and didn't know that. I can see it in the 20th for sure.
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    Today, 06:01 PM
    Surely you don't mean we must be familiar with somebody to be influenced by them... Do you want me to detail in so many posts how Progressivism's conceits came to be over the centuries? Are you going to read and consider everything I post if I do? (Can I charge you for the service?) Because I'm not up to it, least of all for a man like Putin's sake. If you're up to it I cited a work which tackles the long development of Socialism, particularly it's midwife Christian heresy.
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    Today, 05:41 PM
    Men don't live long enough to corner the ideas market and stop others from adapting their bad ideas further. The 19th century's Progressives began in the low-church Protestant religions of America and England. It is what it is, sorry.
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    Today, 05:27 PM
    Dems are having a field day with this on social media... 954582373303308294
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    Today, 05:24 PM
    Once annually, MSM harness all their fear-mongering prowess to incite the hypochondriacs into panic.
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    Today, 05:13 PM
    I'm thinking NC was right and that we should throw out the whole religion section. It likely does more harm than it does good. And things never change around here.
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    Today, 04:55 PM
    Florida Still On Trump’s Draft Drilling Plan A senior official from the Interior Department (DOI) said Florida was still under official consideration for offshore drilling, despite an announcement by Secretary Ryan Zinke last week stating that the state would be granted an exemption from the draft drilling plan due to concerns about its potential to effect coastal tourism. Walter Cruickshank, the director of the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, made the statement at a congressional hearing on Friday, during which he was questioned by California Rep. Jared Huffman and Orlando Rep. Darren Soto. “ statement stands for itself, and we have no formal decision yet on what is in or out of the five-year program,” Cruickshank said in response to a question from Huffman. Florida Governor Rick Scott had met with Zinke the week before, after which the secretary clearly declared the southern state’s shores would not be open for drilling. “Cruikshank simply said BOEM will finish the legally required analysis of the planning areas, as is always done for all planning areas,” DOI spokesperson Heather Swift told The Orlando Sentinel in an email. More at: https://oilprice.com/Latest-Energy-News/World-News/Senior-Interior-Dept-Official-Says-Florida-Still-On-Trumps-Draft-Drilling-Plan.html
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    Today, 04:47 PM
    There is a growing consensus among many observers in Washington that the national security agencies have become completely politicized over the past seventeen years and are now pursuing selfish agendas that actually endanger what remains of American democracy. As Philip Giraldi notes, up until recently it has been habitual to refer to such activity as the Deep State, which is perhaps equivalent to the Establishment in that it includes financial services, the media, major foundations and constituencies, as well as lobbying groups, but we are now witnessing an evolutionary process in which the national security regime is exercising power independently. Nowhere is that "independence" of the 'state within a state' more evident than in the blatant and egregious news this week that The National Security Agency destroyed surveillance data it pledged to preserve in connection with pending lawsuits and apparently never took some of the steps it told a federal court it had taken to make sure the information wasn’t destroyed, according to recent court filings. As Politico reports,the agency tells a federal judge that it is investigating and "sincerely regrets its failure." Since 2007, the NSA has been under court orders to preserve data about certain of its surveillance efforts that came under legal attack following disclosures that President George W. Bush ordered warrantless wiretapping of international communications after the 2001 terrorist attacks on the U.S. In addition, the agency has made a series of representations in court over the years about how it is complying with its duties. However, the NSA told U.S. District Court Judge Jeffrey White in a filing on Thursday night and another little-noticed submission last year that the agency did not preserve the content of internet communications intercepted between 2001 and 2007 under the program Bush ordered. To make matters worse, backup tapes that might have mitigated the failure were erased in 2009, 2011 and 2016, the NSA said. More at: https://www.zerohedge.com/news/2018-01-20/nsa-sincerely-regrets-deleting-all-bush-era-surveillance-data-it-was-ordered
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    Today, 04:32 PM
    I think this is more of a move to avoid sanctions against the IRGC etc.
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    Today, 04:12 PM
    Kurdish media reported that Kurdish People’s Protection Units (YPG) repelled a ground offensive carried out by Turkish forces from Balbala town, in the countryside north of Afrin.The UK-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights reported that Turkish army and Kurdish forces exchanged shelling near Afrin. More at: https://www.yahoo.com/news/kurdish-forces-repel-turkish-ground-135812960.html
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    Today, 03:59 PM
    Khamenei reportedly has agreed that the armed forces and the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) should transfer their economic interests to the private sector, Defense Minister Gen. Amir Hatami said in a Jan. 20 interview with Iran Daily. More at: https://worldview.stratfor.com/situation-report/iran-supreme-leader-agrees-army-irgc-should-privatize-economic-interests-report
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    Today, 03:39 PM
    What are they being tested for? Does it have anything to do with climbing trees?
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    Today, 03:34 PM
    Foreigners are being asked by their respective governments to exercise extreme caution and stay within the perimeter of their resorts in Montego Bay, Jamaica, after a wave of out of control violence has overpowered local authorities. On Thursday, the country’s prime minister, Andrew Holness, declared the state of emergency in the St. James parish to “restore public safety,” and also thwart a mass exodus of international investment and tourism. In response, the government deployed the Jamaica Defense Forces onto the city streets in what is described as a “major military operation.” Maj. Gen. Antony Anderson, Jamaica’s national security advisor, told CTV News Channel on Friday that authorities imposed a military lockdown of the area, following 335 homicides in 2017, and as reported by CTV that is “twice the tally of any other parish” in the country. More at: https://www.zerohedge.com/news/2018-01-20/military-deployed-jamica-officials-declare-state-emergency
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    Today, 03:31 PM
    In a sharp escalation of Turkey's military campaign against the US-backed Syrian Kurdish YPG, on Saturday Turkish warplanes fired missiles and launched "massive bombing" of Kurdish targets in Syria's Afrin, NTV television reported. Airstrike after airstrike pounding Afrin right now. Massive shock and awe campaign underway. Big question is if Turkey can follow up with a competent ground campaign. pic.twitter.com/NEz8XgzwEc — Gissur Simonarson (@GissiSim) January 20, 2018 Moment where Turkish jets strike Aftin city center #Afrin pic.twitter.com/2yKtkNf8Iz — Mutlu Civiroglu (@mutludc) January 20, 2018 Turkey launches Afrin operation - LIVE COVERAGEhttps://t.co/b5jMmTwQ0M — ANADOLU AGENCY (ENG) (@anadoluagency) January 20, 2018 “The TSK (Turkish Armed Forces) has started airborne operations,” Prime Minister Binali Yildirim said at a party congress on Saturday, quoted by Hurriyet. Yildirim said eight F-16 aircraft were involved in the aerial sortie, which is ironic when one considers that Turkey is using US-made warplanes to bomb a US-backed military organization which has been provided with weapons made in the US. Turkish jets destroyed observation posts and many other targets of PYD/PKK terrorists in Afrin, Syria https://t.co/Z8wq2L74kP pic.twitter.com/FnlF237hsZ — ANADOLU AGENCY (ENG) (@anadoluagency) January 20, 2018 NTV showing dusk shots of heavy bombardment- this mountain where we were reporting opposite of all morning until army made us all leave- had shelled several positions on mountain throughout day #afrin pic.twitter.com/fBdMBRdwA0 — Stefanie Dekker (@StefanieDekker) January 20, 2018 Despite Assad's threats to shoot down Turkish planes, Turkish air force starts aerial bombardment of Afrin Canton in northwestern #Syria pic.twitter.com/BjL26JmWAh
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    Today, 03:15 PM
    I always will, but in our current state there is much more room for error in that direction than in the direction of government.
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    Today, 01:38 PM
    Good, I was afraid they were going to drop the case.
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    Today, 01:37 PM
    The wicked shall punish the wicked, it must be embarrassing for these professionals to have been beaten to a pulp at their own game by an amateur.
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    Today, 01:33 PM
    I made it the home page on my browser so I couldn't forget.
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    Today, 02:11 AM
    Sessions sounded downright giddy when he defended adoptive seizures: “I love that program. We had so much fun doing that, taking drug dealers’ money and passing it out to people trying to put drug dealers in jail.”
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    Today, 02:05 AM
    Multiple bills currently pending on the Hill would defund or eliminate many federal civil forfeiture programs. This notorious power enables law enforcement to permanently confiscate cash, cars, real estate and other valuable property without ever charging the owner with a crime. In a Kafkaesque twist, the property is the defendant in civil forfeiture cases, while owners must prove their innocence to recover what was taken. On Wednesday, Reps. Ted Lieu (D-CA) and Justin Amash (R-MI) re-introduced HR 4816, the “Stop Civil Asset Forfeiture Funding for Marijuana Suppression Act.” As its name suggests, the bill would ban the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) from using any federal forfeiture funds to support its Domestic Cannabis Eradication/Suppression Program. “Civil asset forfeiture is an unconstitutional practice whereby the government takes people’s property without due process,” Rep. Amash said in a statement. “The DEA’s use of proceeds acquired through civil asset forfeiture to expand marijuana enforcement—a state-level issue—makes the already unacceptable practice even worse.” Over the past five years, the DEA’s program has been responsible for nearly 30,000 arrests, the eradication of 21.6 million marijuana plants, and the seizure of more than $165 million worth of property nationwide. Controversially, the DEA has even funded law enforcement agencies to suppress marijuana in states that legalized the plant for medicinal or recreational use. “The DEA’s Domestic Cannabis Eradication/Suppression Program is a waste of time and money and runs contrary to the will of the people,” noted Rep. Lieu. Congressmen Lieu and Amash’s bill is just the latest example of Democrats and Republicans crossing the aisle to protect Americans’ constitutional rights from civil forfeiture. In September, as part of a massive appropriations bill, the House of Representatives unanimously adopted three amendments that would cut off funds for an immensely unpopular forfeiture program revitalized by Attorney General Jeff Sessions. More at: https://www.forbes.com/sites/instituteforjustice/2018/01/19/bipartisan-bills-in-congress-would-defund-federal-civil-forfeiture-dea-marijuana-seizures/#4a757d9842fc
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    Today, 01:58 AM
    The U.S. Supreme Court on Thursday blocked a lower court’s order for North Carolina to rework its congressional map because Republicans violated the Constitution by drawing electoral districts intended to maximize their party’s chances of winning. The conservative-majority court granted a bid by Republican legislators in North Carolina to suspend the Jan. 9 order by a federal court panel in Greensboro that gave the Republican-controlled General Assembly until Jan. 24 to come up with a new map for U.S. House of Representatives districts. Two liberal justices, Ruth Bader Ginsburg and Sonia Sotomayor, objected to the high court’s action. The Supreme Court’s decision to stay the order reduces the chance that the current district lines will be altered ahead of the November mid-term congressional elections. The court offered no reason for its decision. More at: https://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-court-election/supreme-court-blocks-redrawing-of-north-carolina-congressional-maps-idUSKBN1F73C1
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    Today, 01:43 AM
    Snoop Dogg announces plans to relocate to Uganda http://nairobinews.nation.co.ke/chillax/snoop-dogg-visit-uganda-meet-bobbi-wine/ We need more celebrities to do this and start a real trend.:)
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