• Origanalist's Avatar
    Today, 04:09 AM
    This is a good point. I wonder how many of them will be able to make that leap? What I mean by that is will they be able to understand that the federal government is too powerful or will they just blame Trump?
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  • Swordsmyth's Avatar
    Today, 01:33 AM
    Earlier,Leahy also pressed Nielsen on Trump’s reported remark that he would like more immigrants from Norway, rather than from Africa and Haiti. Nielsen responded: “I don’t believe he said that specifically.”
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  • Swordsmyth's Avatar
    Today, 01:31 AM
    Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen testified Tuesday that she did not hear President Donald Trump refer to African nations as “shithole” countries — remarks he reportedly made last week that triggered an international uproar and roiled ongoing immigration talks on Capitol Hill. More at: https://www.politico.com/story/2018/01/16/trump-shithole-dhs-secretary-kirstjen-nielsen-testify-341179
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  • goldenequity's Avatar
    Today, 01:26 AM
    The Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) has released a video showing the PKK attack in the area of Petrute in the Turkish southeastern province of Hakkari, aimed at a Turkish military Sikorsky S-70A helicopter but its pilot was able to dodge the missile. :eek:
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  • Swordsmyth's Avatar
    Today, 01:12 AM
    Three-quarters of the members of a federally chartered board advising the National Park Service abruptly quit Monday night out of frustration that Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke had refused to meet with them or convene a single meeting last year. The resignation of nine out of 12 National Park System Advisory Board members leaves the federal government without a functioning body to designate national historic or natural landmarks. It also underscores the extent to which federal advisory bodies have become marginalized under the Trump administration. In May 2017, Zinke suspended all outside committees while his staff reviewed their composition and work. In a letter to the secretary, departing board Chairman Tony Knowles, a former Alaska governor, wrote that he and eight other members "have stood by waiting for the chance to meet and continue the partnership ... as prescribed by law." All of the signatories had terms set to expire in May. "We understand the complexity of transition but our requests to engage have been ignored and the matters on which we wanted to brief the new Department team are clearly not part of its agenda," Knowles wrote. "I wish the National Park System and Service well and will always be dedicated to their success." In an email earlier this month inquiring about the status of the more than 200 boards that had come under review, Interior spokeswoman Heather Swift said, "Boards have restarted." She did not provide any further details and did not respond to an inquiry Tuesday. Some advisory bodies apparently are operating. But others are still frozen because the department has yet to approve their updated charters, as is legally required under the Federal Advisory Committee Act. Two of the Bureau of Land Management's 38 resource advisory councils (RAC) — Rocky Mountain and Southwest Colorado — had to postpone meetings scheduled for Thursday because their charters were out of date. More at: http://www.orlandosentinel.com/news/nationworld/ct-park-service-panel-resignations-20180116-story.html
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  • Swordsmyth's Avatar
    Today, 01:08 AM
    President Donald Trump's former chief strategist Steve Bannon declined on Tuesday to comply with a subpoena ordering him to answer questions from a U.S. House intelligence panel about his time at the White House as part of its investigation into allegations of Russian interference in the U.S. election. After Bannon initially refused to answer questions about the matter, Devin Nunes, the committee's Republican party chairman, authorized a subpoena during the meeting to press Bannon to respond. Even then, Bannon refused to answer questions after his lawyer had conferred with the White House and was told again to refuse to answer questions about the transition period immediately after Trump was elected, or Bannon's time in the administration, according to Representative Adam Schiff, the top Democrat on the committee. Separately,the New York Times reported that Bannon had been subpoenaed by Special Counsel Robert Mueller to testify before a grand jury in a probe of alleged ties between Russia and Trump's 2016 presidential campaign, on Tuesday. It was the first time Mueller is known to have used a subpoena against a member of Trump's inner circle, the Times said. It cited a person with direct knowledge of the matter. A spokesman for Mueller's office declined comment. Bill Burck, a lawyer for Bannon, could not immediately be reached for comment on the subpoena or his testimony before the House panel. The reported subpoena of Bannon does not mean he is a target of Mueller's criminal investigation.
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  • goldenequity's Avatar
    Today, 01:08 AM
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  • Swordsmyth's Avatar
    Today, 01:03 AM
    Maybe not all dogs go to heaven but more of them do than humans.
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  • Swordsmyth's Avatar
    Today, 01:00 AM
    Recreational marijuana might be having its moment, but that doesn't mean that all the kinks are worked out. Due to laws that still classify it as an illicit substance on the federal level, the banking industry has yet to warm up to the burgeoning weed business for fear of criminal liability. To alleviate those fears, a bipartisan group of 18 attorneys general from states with recreational and medical marijuana wants to bring the industry's financial side out of the shadows and they're asking Congress for help in a new letter: "The grey market makes it more difficult to track revenues for taxation purposes, contributes to a public safety threat as cash intensive businesses are often targets for criminal activity, and prevents proper tracking of large swaths of finances across the nation. "To address these challenges, we are requesting legislation that would provide a safe harbor for depository institutions that provide a financial product or service to a covered business in a state that has implemented laws and regulations that ensure accountability in the marijuana industry such as the SAFE Banking Act (S. 1152 and H.R. 2215) or similar legislation. This would bring billions of dollars into the banking sector, and give law enforcement the ability to monitor these transactions." The weed industry still largely relies on cash — every dispensary has an ATM in the corner — but a few creative solutions exist. One, a company called CanPay, heralds itself as the "first legitimate debit payment solution for the cannabis industry," offering consumers an app-based debit account linked to their regular banking accounts that circumvents the laws that discourage banks from working with marijuana retailers. More at: https://finance.yahoo.com/news/marijuana-friendly-states-ask-congress-203612284.html
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  • goldenequity's Avatar
    Today, 12:58 AM
    These are 'color of law' operations. The 'local' enforcement use them to simply obtain 'convictions'. The Feds via JTTF/Fusion Centers use these operations for entrapment, reprisals and intimidation. If you're 'important'... they 'own' you forever. If you're not 'important'.. they seize your assets. You're 'guilty' so you never say a word.
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  • NorthCarolinaLiberty's Avatar
    Today, 12:10 AM
    He died shortly after we discovered bone and lung cancer. I dreaded a discussion about euthanasia, but was so glad we did not. The funny thing is that the vet recommended it when discovering the illnesses. She gave us a quality of life evaluation. It was about this time that Fredo perked up and started prompting my wife and licking her face, as if to say Get me outa here! Well, I think taking him home turned out to be a good decision. We managed him with three medications, which seemingly put him as ease. A 4th medication was discontinued because it was likely causing GI bleeding. We could not detect any signs of significant pain or distress with the other 3 medicines. I don't know much about pain thresholds, but my wife has good instincts. Fredo died Tuesday with us by his side. I knew he was fading and woke my wife, who was dozing on the couch. He took his last breath at 1:15am. I hope this helps anyone who goes through the agony of making a decision about "letting go" of a pet. We had to sort of prompt the vet to increase the medication, since doctors often seem to be on the conservative side (I was really glad to have some old stash in the freezer to tide us over). One of the vets did not have much experience with one of the medications, but it worked out okay. I'd be glad to discuss the medications in this thread or a PM if anyone is going through this. It's not really that expensive and I think the extra care is worth it. Don't know if we will ever get another dog, but I'd like to hear others' experience with this.
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  • Swordsmyth's Avatar
    Today, 12:01 AM
    A former CIA officer suspected of helping China identify the US spy agency's informants was arrested at JFK International Airport on Monday on charges of unlawful retention of national defense information, according to the Department of Justice. Many of the agency's informants were killed in a "systematic dismantling of the C.I.A.'s spy network in China starting in 2010," according to the New York Times, which notes it was one of the American government's "worst intelligence failures in recent years." The arrest of the former agent, Jerry Chun Shing Lee, 53, capped an intense F.B.I. investigation that began around 2012 after the C.I.A. began losing its informants in China. Mr. Lee was at the center of a mole hunt in which some intelligence officials believed that he had betrayed the United States but others thought that the Chinese government had hacked the C.I.A.’s covert communications used to talk to foreign sources of information. -NYT "Jerry Chun Shing Lee, aka “Zhen Cheng Li”, 53 - a U.S. Citizen currently living in Hong Kong, began working for the CIA as a case officer in 1994, where he would spend the next 13 years with a Top Secret clearance and signing "numerous non-disclosure agreements," according to a DOJ press release. According to court documents, in August 2012, Lee and his family left Hong Kong to return to the United States to live in northern Virginia. While traveling back to the United States, Lee and his family had hotel stays in Hawaii and Virginia. During each of the hotel stays, FBI agents conducted court-authorized searches of Lee’s room and luggage, and found that Lee was in unauthorized possession of materials relating to the national defense. Specifically, agents found two small books containing handwritten notes that contained classified information, including but not limited to, true names and phone numbers of assets and covert CIA employees, operational notes from asset meetings, operational meeting locations and locations of covert facilities. Lee appeared in an New York courtroom Tuesday afternoon where he was ordered held without bail. He faces a maximum penalty of 10 years in prison if convicted. The case is being prosecuted by the U.S. Attorney's Office for the Eastern District of Virginia. Lee, 53, served in the U.S. Army from 1982 through 1986 and worked for the CIA between 1994 and 2007 according to an affidavit filed by an FBI agent.
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  • angelatc's Avatar
    Yesterday, 11:54 PM
    Well duh. If you pay people not to work that's what happens.
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  • Swordsmyth's Avatar
    Yesterday, 11:52 PM
    Are you claiming there aren't any victims of human trafficking in the illegal alien industry? If a federal law is within the federal government's Constitutional powers and not in violation of the citizens' rights the locals have a duty to cooperate with it's enforcement.
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  • NorthCarolinaLiberty's Avatar
    Yesterday, 11:47 PM
    Not sure if this was posted, but did not see anything. It was a few days ago.
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  • TheCount's Avatar
    Yesterday, 11:46 PM
    Human trafficking requires a victim. Doesn't matter. At issue is the ability of the local government to refuse to participate in a voluntary Federal program. Whether it's about guns, 64 oz Big Gulps, or speed limits is completely irrelevant.
    7 replies | 94 view(s)
  • NorthCarolinaLiberty's Avatar
    Yesterday, 11:43 PM
    Jo Jo White, Celtics great and NBA Hall of Famer, dies at 71
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  • Swordsmyth's Avatar
    Yesterday, 11:27 PM
    The feds are talking about human trafficking charges against the sanctuary jurisdiction officials that is entirely different than the immigration law that is voluntary, I haven't endorsed this approach since I haven't looked into the applicable laws and we already discussed the reason California can't be a sanctuary state per it's own constitution in another thread. No matter what you think about the illegal alien situation this is absolutely on firmer ground since it is protecting a GOD given Constitutionally protected right.
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  • AZJoe's Avatar
    Yesterday, 11:25 PM
    So now Hawaii and FEMA have a confirmation pop-up that asks, "Are you sure you want to send a message to every person in the entire state that their life may be obliterated in a matter of minutes?"
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  • AZJoe's Avatar
    Yesterday, 11:21 PM
    The government class is a protected privileged class. Can you imagine is a private citizen accidentally sent a message to say a hospital or school that there was a bomb there about to go off, and they freaked and evacuated the building. What would happen to that citizen? Would the government so, oh just a mistake, protect their identity? They'd be seeking long time prison terms. Yet, when a member of the elite government class commits the largest bomb scare ever, not only no charges, but no punishment and protect that person.
    64 replies | 1012 view(s)
  • TheCount's Avatar
    Yesterday, 11:19 PM
    Either local governments can refuse to participate in voluntary Federal programs or not. You can't have it both ways. This is the creeping statism that you endorse.
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  • Swordsmyth's Avatar
    Yesterday, 11:18 PM
    Mindless distraction, they have no just cause to remove him so they will grasp at any straw they can invent.
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  • Swordsmyth's Avatar
    Yesterday, 11:14 PM
    I don't know but the 2nd Amendment is a GOD given and Constitutionally protected right while immigration is not so the legal positions of the parties involved will be quite different if they do.
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  • Swordsmyth's Avatar
    Yesterday, 11:11 PM
    An important distinction.
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  • Origanalist's Avatar
    Yesterday, 11:01 PM
    There will be no more shitholes, or shitships. Get that voodoo out of here.
    34 replies | 415 view(s)
  • Swordsmyth's Avatar
    Yesterday, 10:59 PM
    If you want to debate my position on restricted immigration to avoid cultural and political suicide please respond to a post where I lay out that opinion. I didn't say anything about that here and neither did Trump, please tell me why we shouldn't prioritize English speakers who are not likely to go on welfare for immigration quota slots we have however many that is.
    34 replies | 415 view(s)
  • TheCount's Avatar
    Yesterday, 10:58 PM
    Will DOJ arrest Tennessee lawmakers if this passes?
    7 replies | 94 view(s)
  • AZJoe's Avatar
    Yesterday, 10:41 PM
    Washington's new proxy army inside Syria U.S.-led coalition spokesman Ryan Dillon announced the plan to establish a 30,000-strong new border security force with the SDF -- the U.S.-backed group that is largely controlled and manned by the PKK/PYD terrorist organization in Syria. Dillon mentioned that this army will be provided with both theoretical and technical information as well as military training and high-tech equipment. ... “Washington holds that Turkey's interests should be confined to Turkish borders, and the U.S. interests extend to the whole world. ... first and foremost, such a policy is directed against Iran. “But it's also against Turkey. Turkey is too independent, according to Washington ...
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  • AZJoe's Avatar
    Yesterday, 10:24 PM
    Erdogan: “A country we call an ally is insisting on forming a terror army on our borders. What can that terror army target but Turkey? Our mission is to strangle it before it’s even born.”
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  • AZJoe's Avatar
    Yesterday, 10:17 PM
    This nuclear first strike policy is insanely dangerous. Even if you trusted Trump and his advisers to exercise extreme wisdom, insight and judgment in the use of nuclear first strike (which no one should), this policy still opens the door for the next Trump or Hillary and every future president, administration or neocon infiltrated cabinet to initiate nuclear using nuclear weapons as a response to It is a propaganda campaign to make use of nuclear weapons acceptable to the public. As McAdams points out they call them "low yield" or tactical nukes to make it sound more acceptable for destroying other nations. Keep in mind the nightmare infernos dropped are Hiroshima and Nagasaki are super low yield nukes compared to today's technology. It sends a message to every other nation on the planet that they can be targeted with nuclear weapons by the US. It tells them they must get their own weapons. After witnessing Washington destruction of Libya, Syria, Yugoslavia, and regime changes in Ukraine and others, any nation that has ever disagreed with Washington policy on anything or ever may must get their own nuclear weapons as defense to Washington's nuclear first strike policy. This is worse than bad policy. It is obscenely insane.
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