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Wednesday, July 1. 2015
Irish Pastor Faces Prison for Criticizing Islam
Boston doesn't want the Olympics
'Employee' Label Would End Uber as We Know It
“Time to legalize polygamy”
“Time to legalize polygamy”
Justices take up dispute over union fees
Publishing Company Under Fire for Putting Warning Label on Constitution
Environmental Benefits from Driving Electric Vehicles?
Scholar Speaks on Obama’s Red Mentor
Bobby Jindal and Liberals’ Racist Double-Standard
Millennials in Shock Over Hillary's Cribs
Test Pilot Admits the F-35 Can’t Dogfight - New stealth fighter is dead meat in an air battle
Europe’s dream is dying in Greece
A Greek Default Would Be a Valuable Lesson in Basic Economics
There is no democracy left in Europe, people have no direct say anymore, there’s just a two-pronged dictatorship
Israel says Syria's Assad may be left with rump state
Who Lost Iraq? Did George W. Bush create the Islamic State? Did Barack Obama? We asked the insiders to tell us who’s to blame.
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Even washing a car is a "process", the "voting process" is also.
The sole reason that ID checks would be wrong is if checking for race or religion were being done. Which it is not. The sole reason to be afraid or ban any questioning or ID checks for citizenship and/or residency is if you intend to violate those requirements.
If the court can't understand or respect that I don't respect the court.
Isn't it enough that the Democrats are using government money to buy elections?
Was Mo A Suicide?
While analyzing scrolls dating back approximately to the year 630 A.D., Dr. Jummara Hashish, chief archeologist of the Islamabad Institute of Islamic Studies in Pakistan, says a hand-written note at the bottom of a common prayer scroll revealed that one of Mohammed's wives witnessed the suicide.
she reported that he doused himself in fuel oil and set himself ablaze, wrapped det cord around his neck and blew his head off before igniting his bomb vest.
Are we to take seriously that he killed himself (by attempting his own beheading!) because he drew a sketch of himself? It sounds like a Monty Python sketch to me.
Of course, that doesn't mean he wasn't a raving lunatic.
... I drew a picture of myself to send to my nephew in Benny al-Hill.
"Whiteness is terror..."
We should be thankful when stupid bigoted people expose themselves. We should also be smart enough to fire them when they do so.
"The F-35 can't dogfight"
Perhaps. New military aircraft are extremely complicated and and their design specs are often a wish list not necessarily reality. Some multi capability designs will perform certain missions extremely well and other missions not so well. It is the nature of designing an arms system to fulfill multiple functions. Often these new platforms are redesigned based on what is learned while testing them and cannot have been learned on the drawing board. Time will tell.
"Citizenship nt necessary for voting" in federal elections.
What the states should do is set a different election day to occur before the federal election for all state issues and require a proof of citizenship. If that alone doesn't dissuade voter fraud than do a cross check of the registered voters for both elections and check into the possibillity of voter fraud after the fact and follow up with prosecutions.
"What in the world can Chelsea Clinton tell people"
Nothing, but if you cross her palm with silver you will get a seat at the table in future administrations. Pure graft without even the attempt to hide it.
Re: Test Pilot Admits the F-35 Can’t Dogfight
this report is grossly misleading. It sets up a gunnery duel between an F-16 and F-35 at necessarily close range.
so these things aren't considered:
1. force multipliers like AWACS coordination which would let the F-35 exploit its stealthy air frame and without using its own search radar.
2. gun fighting between fighters is nonexistent or rare at best. the overwhelming number of shoot-downs in the Iran-Iraq war were were by missiles, and every fighter vs fighter shoot-down in Gulf War I was by missiles, mostly AIM-7s and -9s. I might be wrong on this brief survey, but the point is that performance in a single aircraft gun duel are overrated. Iraqi transports and helos were downed by gunfire, so retaining the cannon makes sense for that, and for ground attack.
3. where guns must be used, the leader and his wingman will use equalizing tactics, e.g., the Thach Weave tactic used by pairs of F4Fs against A6M2s. The Weave negated the Zero's superior maneuverability and speed, so that Wildcat and Zero losses were consistently balanced. in the article, the planes were matched individually, there were no wingmen as you'd expect in a typical combat situation. Also note that it is unlikely that F-35s will engage non-export F-16s.
I agree it certainly doesn't tell the whole picture, but it's still disconcerting that after $1T the F-35 can't beat the F-16 in everything.
there are always trade-offs.
the article wasn't classified for a reason - it doesn't tell you much.
look at it this way, an AgCat could outperform the F-16 for specific tasks.
Legitimize polygamy??? Millions of Americans cant even find ONE mate. Look at the existence of all the dating websites
"Europe's dream is dying in Greece" EU always seemed like an odd concept to me.
Olympics ought to be in Detroit. Good spot for them: plenty of existing stadiums, lots of (unused) roads, available airports, near water, work w/ Canada for International cooperation...
Olympic Detroit makes sense.
Re: Time to Legalize Polygamy
The first challenge to legalize polygamy began today in Montana, based on the new Supreme Court opinion.
Google "Montana polygamist family applies for marriage license" or something like "Collier marriage challenge."
Nathan Collier and his wives Victoria and Christine applied at the Yellowstone County Courthouse in Billings on Tuesday in an attempt to legitimize their polygamous marriage. Montana, like all 50 states, outlaws bigamy — holding multiple marriage licenses — but Collier said he plans to sue if the application is denied.
"It's about marriage equality," Collier told The Associated Press Wednesday. "You can't have this without polygamy."
The Supreme Court's ruling on Friday made gay marriages legal nationwide. Chief Justice John Roberts said in his dissent that people in polygamous relationships could make the same legal argument that not having the opportunity to marry disrespects and subordinates them.
Collier, 46, said that dissent inspired him.
RE: Nearly one in three Americans owns a gun.
Well, they just had on ABC news, of all places, two lucky Americans who are alive today because they own guns. A former CNN reporter and her husband (former military) were attacked by a gunman as they entered their motel room.
The gunman shot at them; but, the woman's husband shot at the gunman. She is alive, so is her husband (with three gunshot wounds); but, the gunman is dead.
So, yea, one in three owning a gun is a good thing.