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Thursday, August 11. 2016
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Public university warns against saying ‘you guys’
Clemson protesters call free speech 'garbage,' plan to shut down Milo event
The FDA's New Rules for E-Cigarettes Are Already Hurting Vape Shops - New regs took affect on Monday and could be too costly for small companies to compete with Big Tobacco.
‘Like Hogs at the Trough,’ Lobbyists Feast on Farm Bill for Subsidies, Food Stamps
‘Substantial’ Number of Syrian Refugee Applicants Have Been Rejected
Europe's Wave of Migration Brought Too Many Men
Chris Christie Can't Escape Bridgegate
It's the most trivial of stories. For real scandals, the Clintons
Clinton accused of aiding Moscow ops with push for 'Russian Silicon Valley'
Bloomberg, Daily Caller: Bombshells in top Clinton aides’ e-mails tie back to former Marc Rich partner
Hillary Clinton: The devil the media knows
Of Course Hillary Wants to ‘Abolish’ the Second Amendment
Fears of a 'Calais in Italy' as migrants keep flooding across the Mediterranean
A leading U.S. general pressured his intelligence analysts into playing down the ISIS and al Qaeda threats, according to a congressional task force.
Iran-Backed Rebels Use Hospitals as Human Shields
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After finding out that morrell works for a subsidiary of clinton foundation, I would be interested to know how many of those 50 "intel experts" are now on the clinton payroll. Any real investigative reporters out there?
No. They'll suddenly rediscover those skills when / if Trump wins, though.
WAS THE RUSSIAN MILITARY A STEAMROLLER? FROM WORLD WAR II TO TODAY
If it was, you can thank FDR and his "co-Presiden"t Harry Hopkins, who was very likely a paid Soviet agent! Those two gave Soviet Russia billions in war supplies, weapons, trucks and planes. They even favored the Russians over US troops, as far as providing war material.
Then, when the Soviets demanded return of million of Soviet citizens who had defected to the Allies because they hated Stalin and the Soviets, FDR gave them up to Uncle Joe; wwho then promptly turned almost all of them into slaves in the Soviet Gulags.
FDR was the most evil US POTUS, ever! (Wilson was a close second) A fine precursor to the equally evil and traitorous Hillary! Democrats all! Go figure!
"If it was, you can thank FDR and his 'co-Presidennt' Harry Hopkins [who] gave Soviet Russia billions in war supplies, weapons, trucks and planes."
Yeah, how dare they arm an ally in the struggle against Nazi Germany!
And darn, because the Red Army bore the brunt of the fighting in the east, the US lost the chance to have hundreds of thousands more glorious American dead!
UC-Davis recommends "Y'all" because "Youse guys" is hurtful. The world turned upside down.
Most amazing (not really) the media will not let such a pathetic story (bridge gate) go. Yet right in front of their nose, is the biggest scandal in the history of American politics, Hillary and her server; a big collective yawn from the national media. Obama payed billions for hostages - yawn. The very foundation of America - religious liberty, free association, freedom of speech - is collectively being eroded, and attacked on college campuses everywhere, with hardly a murmur from the media, or either political party. Liberty loving souls are in a dreadful position.
Here is a story of a sitting judge, in Wyoming of all places, under attack for her religious beliefs: http://www.americanthinker.com/articles/2016/08/who_is_judge_ruth_neely_from_pinedale_wy_.html
B Hammer: Here is a story of a sitting judge, in Wyoming of all places, under attack for her religious beliefs: http://www.americanthinker.com/articles/2016/08/who_is_judge_ruth_neely_from_pinedale_wy_.html
After a federal ruling that mixed-race couples have the right to marry, a reporter asked whether he would marry a mixed-race couple in his capacity as magistrate (a government position). He said his religious convictions prohibit marriage between the races, and he could not in good conscience preside over such a marriage.
Ignoring the pleas of LGBT citizens in the small town of Pinedale, Wyoming, a state agency is demanding that – after over 20 years of sterling service – Judge Ruth Neely be banned for life from the judiciary and pay up to $40,000 in fines merely for stating that her faith prevents her from personally performing same-sex weddings. Even though small-town magistrates like Judge Neely aren’t required or even paid by the state to perform weddings, the state agency concluded that Judge Neely “manifested a bias” and is therefore permanently unfit to serve as a judge.
This judge did not fail to marry a couple. She merely stated that her religious beliefs would preclude her from doing so. She was convicted of a thought crime.
"This judge did not fail to marry a couple. She merely stated that her religious beliefs would preclude her from doing so. She was convicted of a thought crime."
Nope. A magistrate is not a private individual and cannot refuse to perform their lawful duties on religious grounds (try to imagine a police constable who failed to shoot a terrorist attacking people in a shopping mall because "killing is against my religious beliefs").
What this judge should have done was to resign in protest. Then, as a private individual, she could have led a move to overturn such laws.
By remaining in office, she chose to have her cake and eat it too.
She never refused to do her duty. The question came up in an interview. If I say I am going to go rob the liquor store, is that a crime? Even though I am just talking smack? You may not know that, I might be a good bullshiter.
I read the article and the quoted requirement that Wyoming magistrates are NOT required to preform any marriage. Where was the crime?
Your opinion seems to state that magistrates are not allowed to have private thoughts. Someday, we might see what happens to a Muslim magistrate with the same opinions. I won't hold my breath.
B Hammer: If I say I am going to go rob the liquor store, is that a crime?
Then you probably shouldn't be a magistrate.
"Your opinion seems to state that magistrates are not allowed to have private thoughts."
Nonsense. Don't attempt to put words in my mouth.
The private thoughts of a magistrate are irrelevant - and unknowable.
A magistrate's statement that their religious beliefs would preclude them from conducting some aspect of their duties and responsibilities is not a "private thought".
It is interesting to know that a majority of people of color oppose interracial marriage while most people of pallor could really care less.
What is next forcing us to accept sharia marriages of 6 year old girls to 50 year old men? Perhaps, Zach, your religion doesn't oppose that.
"What is next forcing us to accept sharia marriages of 6 year old girls to 50 year old men?"
Is such an eventuality likely under US law?
And if so, why has it not made the news?
GoneWithTheWind: It is interesting to know that a majority of people of color oppose interracial marriage while most people of pallor could really care less.
Wrong again. "Blacks' approval of black-white marriage (96%) is now nearly universal, while whites' approval is 12 percentage points lower, at 84%. Blacks' approval has consistently been higher than whites' over the decades"
GoneWithTheWind: What is next forcing us to accept sharia marriages of 6 year old girls to 50 year old men?
Marriage requires legal consent of the individual, and minors cannot give legal consent.
Clemson: Dissent and Diversity of opinion WILL NOT be tolerated!
FDA and e-cigs: Not getting millions from e-cig makers. Can't put the real cig makers out of business; need those taxes and "reparations".
Help me out here I don't understand this. Why is the FDA coming down on E-cigs? Aren't they supposed to be "harmless" and yet help cigarette smokers kick the habit? Does the FDA feel the same way about nicotine gum? Not being a smoker or knowing anyone who 'vapes' I really don't know the problem here.
The problem is that something (a) looks like smoking and (b) isn't providing tax revenue. I really don't see what the problem is either.
You'd think they'd WANT people to have a non-tobacco substitute. But I guess that sweet, sweet tax money is just too tempting.
I watched the last two minutes of the Howdy Doody Show live, when it happened. Chewing on a bubble gum cigar and crying because my favorite show was going off the air.