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Thursday, March 29. 2018
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The Coming Trans Medical Backlash
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Things That Fund Managers Don’t Say Enough
Why some of the flashiest Android phones aren't in the US
Can Roseanne Save America?
A Dreamer of the Golden Dream: Jerry Brown’s Future for Higher Education
California's Loopy 'Sanctuary State' Law — Is The Golden State Trying To Secede?
Betsy on Zinke's indifference to diversity
Let’s Repeal All the Amendments
There is no ‘epidemic of mass school shootings’ — children are more at risk when they ride in a car, swim in a pool, or put food in their mouths
No, The ‘March For Our Lives’ Isn’t Defining A Generation
Trump Would Deny Citizenship to Immigrants Who Accept Public Benefits
Devin Nunes: Obama Officials in the White House Were Being Briefed on the Trump Campaign by FBI
COLLUSION DELUSION: New Documents Show OBAMA Officials, FBI COORDINATED in Anti-Trump Probe - Former Sen. Harry Reid asked James Comey to investigate Trump
FBI doubles staff in response to subpoena for alleged FISA abuse, Hillary Clinton email probe documents
Afghanistan: 15 Years Of War: To Whose Benefit?
Strange Things Happen to European Countries Resisting George Soros" Assault
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It amazes me how it's generally the same people who complain about hormones in their food (which is a bullshit argument anyway) are on board with their kids being pumped full of hormones and drugs. As well as cutting things off.
One of the bad things about this is that it's like a bad tattoo, only much worse. You've damaged your body permanently and that knowledge will go with you all your life.
Transgenders would be a lot healthier simply living as cross dressing gays.
California. Who cares? I love California being just what it is as a bellwether for the rest of the country but I don't care enough to read stories about the state. I find more and more I skip stories or read just the first paragraph or so. I feel like I've been reading the same stories for the last 20 years.
Zinke's indifference to diversity...
The Left has now thoroughly reject MLK and that "judge a person by the content of his character" business.
If you DO pay attention to skin color, and you're white, you're racist.
If you DON'T pay attention to skin color, and you're white, you're a racist and you've sublimated your racism into microaggressions.
You can't win, you can't break even, and you can't get out of the game.
NJSoldier: The Left has now thoroughly reject MLK and that "judge a person by the content of his character" business.
You do realize that King supported affirmative action?
He might have back then but the conditions now are nowhere near as bad for minorities as they were in his day. To argue otherwise is to expose your ignorance, Soros-troll.
Dangerous Dean: He might have back then but the conditions now are nowhere near as bad for minorities as they were in his day.
There's no doubt that great progress has been made. And perfection is never achievable, so that shouldn't be the goal.
Dangerous Dean: To argue otherwise ...
We didn't argue otherwise. So the discussion turns on whether American society is sufficiently evolved to no longer need affirmative remedies, not on the claim that King thought such remedies were wrong.
Already done. That's assuming it was ever "needed."
You don't belong in our society, it's not yours. So stop corrupting it.
Yes, it has 'evolved.' You know why I say that? Better applicants for college, med school, law school are being denied in favor of 'minority' applicants...but not ALL minorities...only the 'preferred' minorities. So we now have a new problem. White men and asians are being discriminated against solely due to their race.
Also, please try to find me ONE scholarship that is for 'whites only' (except as a joke). You won't find one. Yet if you are black, hispanic, asian, gay, trans, etc. there are a plethora of scholarships for you.
The time is over for tipping the scales in one direction or the other. This is not 1960 America.
'Affirmative action' can take different forms.
Providing additional educational or even temporary financial help is one thing. Hiring to match a prescribed demographic is something else.
"California's Loopy 'Sanctuary State' Law"
Many California's politicians are expats from somewhere else. They don't see themselves as Americans but more as colonizers for their "tribe". Those who are Chinese want laws that allow more Chinese to come here legally or illegally they don't care. Those who are Mexican want more Mexicans. Those who are Korean want more Koreans, ad infinitum. This is an invasion. a reconquista, a colonization. What makes it even better is half of our politicians see this as empowering for their agenda so they fully support it.
Perhaps we should restrict all federal and state political positions to citizens who were born here.
DrTorch: And restrict voting until you're the 4th generation.
Then Donald Trump wouldn't be eligible to vote as his paternal grandparents were born in Germany, while his mother was born in Scotland. Nor could his children or grandchildren. Meanwhile, two of his three wives were foreign-born, resetting the clock on those lineages.
Of course, that would require a change to the U.S. Constitution, which explicitly grants that "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."
California's Loopy 'Sanctuary State' Law ... As we noted, the federal government sides with the denizens of Orange County, with Sessions putting California's refusal to obey federal immigration law on a par with the debate over secession in 1860. It's that bad.
Good point. It was established in the antebellum period that, under the 10th Amendment, even though states couldn't interfere with the federal government enforcing federal law, the federal government couldn't commandeer state resources to enforce the Fugitive Slave Act in non-cooperating states. See Prigg vs. Pennsylvania 1849. More recent Supreme Court decisions have affirmed that finding.
It's called the Supremacy Clause. It's the part of the Constitution that gives federal law supremacy over state law in all those things that the federal government is supposed to do.
The Tenth Amendment limits the Supremacy Clause. See New York vs. United States and Printz vs. United States 1997.
They've allowed their state to be taken over by people who, quite frankly, no longer believe in America, its Constitution or the rule of law.
Turns out that the Tenth Amendment is part of the Constitution, and has been since 1791.
The Tenth Amendment (and congratulations for rediscovering it, now please state how it allows the Federal government to run a health insurance program, but I digress) limits the Supremacy clause only in cases of unenumerated powers. Article 1, Section 8 specifically enumerates the power "To establish an uniform Rule of Naturalization" to Congress, thus the Federal government.
Printz v. US actually cuts against your argument. While a state government actor cannot be compelled to act in furtherance of a federal law, this case nowhere allows the state to compel an official or non-state actor to violate such a law. The California laws specifically command private businesses to deny access to Federal agents enforcing Federal laws in the normal course of their duties.
another guy named Dan: The California laws specifically command private businesses to deny access to Federal agents enforcing Federal laws in the normal course of their duties.
The records at issue include information private to individuals, not just to the employer. Under the Immigrant Worker Protection Act, federal officials need a warrant to search private records. Federal officials still have access to I-9 employment eligibility verification forms, however.
Re: FBI doubles staff in response to subpoena ...
This Wray fellow seems to be forthright.
Maybe we can keep him.
Re: Collusion Delusion
BTW, why was CIA Chief John Brennan briefing Harry Reid.
Smells like treason all the way up.
Where are the left's muckrakers? On the side of the muck. Got the muck's back(s), they do.
The best thing I've heard about California is that so many people are now leaving the state that they have run out of UHaul and other moving vans and trucks. Rental fees for moving out have skyrocketed, however; because of demand and shortage it now costs 4 times for the same distance as much to rent a truck going out of the state than to come in, also because they have to deadhead the trucks back in.