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    Today, 02:25 AM
    I don't believe you, even SCOTUS isn't that out of touch with reality. Yours is the most bizarre open ended interpretation of "equal treatment under the law" I have ever heard, you could just as easily say that it required socialism to make my life equal to a rich man's.
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    Today, 02:10 AM
    Oh? Where? Where did they claim that "equal protection of the law" meant what you claim it does?
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    Today, 02:05 AM
    Error 1001 Ray ID: 47a872c7e3da71c7 • 2018-11-16 08:04:42 UTC DNS resolution error What happened? You've requested a page on a website (archive.fo) that is on the Cloudflare network. Cloudflare is currently unable to resolve your requested domain (archive.fo). There are two potential causes of this: Most likely: if the owner just signed up for Cloudflare it can take a few minutes for the website's information to be distributed to our global network. Less likely: something is wrong with this site's configuration. Usually this happens when accounts have been signed up with a partner organization (e.g., a hosting provider) and the provider's DNS fails.
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    Today, 01:59 AM
    :rolleyes: I've just spent hours explaining that it isn't unconstitutional and debating specific issues not defending nepotism in general. That is utter nonsense, that isn't what equal protection of the law means. You don't get to make armchair subjective judgements and claim that because you disagree with Trump about an appointee it means the appointment is unconstitutional. ETA: THIS is the only part that even mentions "equal treatment":
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    Today, 01:04 AM
    I'm not necessarily defending it, I don't like Ivanka at all but FLOTUS isn't an appointed position and appointing family member ISN'T "unconstitutional" as you claimed. What provision of the 14thA ("THIS ARTICLE") prohibits appointing family members? NONE That isn't the Constitution, if that law applies to the President and not just lower officials then you can claim it is illegal and you should write to the Demoncrats in Congress about it so that we can force Ivanka and her hubby out of the WH.
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    Today, 12:54 AM
    That is an acute threat but we can handle it if it flares up, the political demographic problem is a chronic illness that will kill us with absolute certainty if we don't cure it early, we are close to the point of no return now.
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    Today, 12:46 AM
    I see you believe in a "living" constitution. The 14thA says nothing about appointing family members: Article XIV (Amendment 14 - Rights Guaranteed: Privileges and Immunities of Citizenship, Due Process, and Equal Protection)1: All persons born or naturalized in the United States, and subject to the jurisdiction thereof, are citizens of the United States and of the State wherein they reside. No State shall make or enforce any law which shall abridge the privileges or immunities of citizens of the United States; nor shall any State deprive any person of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law; nor deny to any person within its jurisdiction the equal protection of the laws. 2: Representatives shall be apportioned among the several States according to their respective numbers, counting the whole number of persons in each State, excluding Indians not taxed. But when the right to vote at any election for the choice of electors for President and Vice President of the United States, Representatives in Congress, the Executive and Judicial officers of a State, or the members of the Legislature thereof, is denied to any of the male inhabitants of such State, being twenty-one years of age,15 and citizens of the United States, or in any way abridged, except for participation in rebellion, or other crime, the basis of representation therein shall be reduced in the proportion which the number of such male citizens shall bear to the whole number of male citizens twenty-one years of age in such State. affects 2 3: No person shall be a Senator or Representative in Congress, or elector of President and Vice President, or hold any office, civil or military, under the United States, or under any State, who, having previously taken an oath, as a member of Congress, or as an officer of the United States, or as a member of any State legislature, or as an executive or judicial officer of any State, to support the Constitution of the United States, shall have engaged in insurrection or rebellion against the same, or given aid or comfort to the enemies thereof. But Congress may by a vote of two-thirds of each House, remove such disability. 4: The validity of the public debt of the United States, authorized by law, including debts incurred for payment of pensions and bounties for services in suppressing insurrection or rebellion, shall not be questioned. But neither the United States nor any State shall assume or pay any debt or obligation incurred in aid of insurrection or rebellion against the United States, or any claim for the loss or emancipation of any slave; but all such debts, obligations and claims shall be held illegal and void. 5: The Congress shall have power to enforce, by appropriate legislation, the provisions of this article. ratified #14
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    Today, 12:42 AM
    There are lots of crimes that should be crimes that would create opportunities.
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    Today, 12:41 AM
    And crime is only a secondary concern anyway (although it is still a major one), it is what they do to our politics that is absolutely deadly.
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    Today, 12:30 AM
    What Constitution are you reading? My copy doesn't say anything about appointing family members one way or the other.
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    Today, 12:23 AM
    I used to be more critical of Trump before he exceeded my expectations.
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    Today, 12:22 AM
    You are stretching a point. Yes, one less Bolton crony is advising Trump and undermining Bolton's enemies, that could very well save lives foreign and domestic. Which isn't what she did.
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    Today, 12:15 AM
    I believe Trump does many wrong things, I have even been the first to post many of them, this isn't one of them.
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    Today, 12:13 AM
    U.S. Vice President Mike Pence said on Thursday President Donald Trump plans to meet North Korean leader Kim Jong Un in 2019 and will push for a concrete plan outlining Pyongyang's moves to end its arms programs.The United States and North Korea have been discussing a second meeting of their leaders after a June summit in Singapore to lay the groundwork for ending a nuclear standoff between the old foes. "The plans are ongoing. We believe that the summit will likely occur after the first of the year, but the when and the where of that is still being worked out," Pence told reporters after meeting South Korean President Moon Jae-in on the sidelines of an Asia-Pacific summit in Singapore. In a separate interview with NBC News, Pence said the United States would not require Pyongyang to provide a complete list of nuclear weapons and locations before the second summit but that the meeting must produce a concrete plan. "I think it will be absolutely imperative in this next summit that we come away with a plan for identifying all of the weapons in question, identifying all the development sites, allowing for inspections of the sites and the plan for dismantling nuclear weapons," Pence said. More at: https://www.yahoo.com/news/pence-says-trump-likely-meet-kim-2019-wont-050838225--business.html
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    Today, 12:07 AM
    A special European Union initiative to protect trade with Iran against newly reimposed U.S. sanctions faces possible collapse with no EU country willing to host the operation for fear of provoking U.S. punishment, EU diplomats said.The main European powers - Germany, France and Britain - will raise pressure on Luxembourg to host the so-called Special Purpose Vehicle (SPV) after Austria refused to manage the plan, threatening its viability. More at: https://www.yahoo.com/news/eu-plan-enable-non-dollar-iran-trade-oil-140507780--sector.html
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    Today, 12:06 AM
    You are confusing power with influence, she had no power to fire Ricardel. I defend him when he does good things, firing Ricardel is a good thing. She is qualified to express an opinion about a backstabbing snake.
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    Yesterday, 11:49 PM
    She doesn't have any power as FLOTUS and she probably does understand things like who is a treacherous backstabber. I voted for Ron Paul, I'd kill myself before I'd ever vote for McCain.
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    Yesterday, 11:32 PM
    Mia Love filed a lawsuit in Utah state court on Wednesday seeking to halt vote counting. She argued that election officials are not allowing poll monitors to challenge their findings during vote verification.Love was trailing Democratic challenger Ben McAdams by around 1,200 votes, less than 1 percentage point, with some ballots still uncounted. The lawsuit was brought against the county clerk in Salt Lake County, the only county of the four that are included in Utah's 4th congressional district where McAdams leads Love, according to a copy of the complaint. More at: https://www.yahoo.com/news/california-republican-concedes-utah-representative-sues-233158447.html
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    Yesterday, 11:24 PM
    How ZTE helps Venezuela create China-style social control Started by Swordsmyth, Yesterday
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    Yesterday, 11:24 PM
    What is the charge? Is Mueller making up another crime that doesn't exist?
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    Yesterday, 11:22 PM
    You refuse to understand or are incapable of understanding that those pictures were not significantly different than pictures of other well dressed people smiling and laughing that would have had the same effects. No, I said Melania was qualified to give advice on who was trustworthy because she is a person and not just a fashion expert. You keep confusing Ivanka and Melania throughout this conversation. I said Ivanka was just a pretty face and had no impact on diplomacy other than being diplomatic at a diplomatic party to open an embassy, it's not like she made the decision to move the embassy. Now you are just making things up.
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    Yesterday, 11:07 PM
    Israeli Finance Minister Moshe Kahlon and Interior Minister Aryeh Deri have called for the country to hold early elections in the wake of Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman's resignation, The Times of Israel reported Nov. 15. More at: https://worldview.stratfor.com/situation-report/israel-finance-interior-ministers-call-early-elections
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    Yesterday, 11:04 PM
    The Saudi-led coalition in Yemen has chosen to halt its offensive on the strategically important port city of al-Hudaydah following repeated calls for a cease-fire from the kingdom's Western allies, Reuters reported Nov. 15. More at: https://worldview.stratfor.com/situation-report/yemen-saudi-backed-coalition-halts-al-hudaydah-offensive-under-western-pressure
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    Yesterday, 10:57 PM
    On Wednesday morning, the temperature in San Antonio plummeted to just 23 degrees, and that absolutely shattered the old record… “This shatters the old record low of 28 degrees set back in 1916,” the National Weather Service tweeted of Wednesday’s weather. Tuesday night just before midnight, the city hit 28 degrees, breaking the previous record of 29 set in 1907, records show. Typically, November temperatures are significantly warmer. The average high for the month is about 71 degrees and the normal low is 51 degrees. San Antonio’s average low this year has been comparable to other years, but its average high, a cool 66.6 degrees, has been lower than normal. Over in Houston, things were even stranger. When Houston residents woke up on Wednesday morning, they were stunned to see snow on the ground… An incredible sight danced over the cities glistening skyscrapers of Houston this morning and likely caused many to rub their eyes and shake their heads. No, it wasn’t your lying eyes but rather the earliest snowfall ever observed in the city of Houston and surrounding areas. It’s official, according to the National Weather Service, that Houston has recorded it’s earliest snowfall ever observed — and not just by a day or two but by 10 days! The previous earliest trace snow was November 23rd, 1979. It isn’t supposed to snow in mid-November in Texas. Louisiana got snow too. On Twitter, one resident of West Monroe posted a photo of snow blanketing his vehicle on Wednesday morning, and it quickly went viral. More at: https://www.zerohedge.com/news/2018-11-15/november-snow-texas-experts-warn-decreased-solar-activity-will-shatter-all-global
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    Yesterday, 10:46 PM
    LOL is the only response your pathetic lies and propaganda deserve.
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    Yesterday, 10:44 PM
    No. Who is tariffing Chicago's exports?
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    Yesterday, 10:42 PM
    Wealth doesn't attract the greedy? Millions of immigrants didn't come to America in search of streets of gold?
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    Yesterday, 10:40 PM
    No difference of any significance. It wasn't national security policy, it was a staffing decision that MAY affect national security policy. (If it affects it at all it is likely to be a good thing considering the fact that she was a Bolton crony)
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    Yesterday, 10:29 PM
    If you say so, all I know is that results matter more than theory, if a theory brings the wrong results then something is wrong with it. :confused: My rep record doesn't show me giving rep to "tfurrh" in the last few days. But I'm sure you do things to deserve it. The problem is that this world is run by mortals who don't deserve unwavering faith.
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