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Thursday, February 21. 2019
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Catholic cardinals urge end of 'homosexual agenda'
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Accused College Students Deserve the Presumption of Innocence. Nineteen attorneys general are lobbying against extending that right in Title IX cases on campus.
Most Americans Can’t Pass a Basic Citizenship Test. Here’s Why We Should Be Worried.
The ‘Times’ and Israel: A Review of 2018. The bottom line: Not good.
Gillibrand To Activist: You’re Right, The Border Wall Would Cut Off “Indigenous” People From The U.S.
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Census: Highest immigrant population in 100 years, over half Latinos
Governing by National Emergency - What norms?
Get ready for the 'Free Jussie' protests. You can be sure CNN will be there!
Jussie Smollett Wrote The Racist Letter That Led To The Alleged Fake Hate Crime Against Him
CNN Staffers Angry at Network’s Decision to Hire GOP Operative as Political Editor
The Media ‘Think They’re Living in a Cartoon and White Men Are the Villains’
Bruce Ohr Says He Ferried Another Hillary Clinton-Financed Dossier to the FBI, This One Written By His Fusion GPS Employed Wife
John Solomon’s Revelation Of A Third Dossier Is The Latest Sign The Assault Against Trump Has Reached A Tipping Point
Majority of Voters Want a Special Prosecutor to Investigate Attempted Coup Against Trump
Trump signs bill blocking transfer of F-35 fighter jets to Turkey
China's new roads are remarkable:
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Basic Citizenship Test: It was ever thus. I recall a news story from the 1970s of people unwilling to sign a petition to pass the Bill of Rights - not for any objection, but because people didn't recognize the document and were suspicious of some of it.
Americans have never done well at these tests. Nor do people from other countries, about their own governments. Even if they learned them for the test in school, people don't retain information they don't use, and most people don't use this.
Our memories and impressions play us false on this. People commenting on general government issues on this blog covering a wide variety of topics are not a representative sample. Not close. What we remember from school is even less representative, because of who we were and who we hung around with then. And memory is also far less good than we pretend.
China's roads. They've overbuilt a lot of infrastructure, and those roads looked pretty empty. I have also read that they still haven't figured out things like Quality Control WRT things like, oh, steel, for example. That might matter.
Bought a well-known , well-respected brand of front door for my house, with Chinese-made hardware for the door knob, lock and latch!
Instead of top quality hardware made of solid steel, the stuff was basically brittle, honeycombed "pot metal" which BROKE any time pressure was applied in normal operation of the door!
And since the manufacturers of US military hardware are forced to rely upon imported Chinese steel, the number of operational failures has skyrocketed!
It's almost as if it were planned that our military is reliant on crappy Chinese steel!
When I was still in business I used to have to buy hardware like sturdy picture hangers and heavy duty wire for hanging large paintings. Could only find Chinese made wire one time the was supposed to be 100 pound test. Just in case I decided to test it before hanging a relatively expensive painting (for most people). When I pulled it between my hands it snapped in short order. Same for their brass. Soft and twists in stead of holding any weight. Utter garbage. And to think some important construction is put together with Chinese steel is frightening.
What, I thought the DOD acquisitions, flowed down dfar clauses and DOD contractors had to comply with the Berry Amendment, although that applies to alloys.
My memory tells me that I learned a lot of civics in high school, but if I'm more careful, I can dredge up memories of law school, when I was 25 years old, and a lot of the information I was getting about the Bill of Rights was brand-new.
The citizenship test or a civics test should be a requirement to be able to vote.
I would be happy with proof of citizenship, and proof that you only voted once. Don’t let dead people vote democrat!
Re: Accused College Students Deserve the Presumption of Innocence. Nineteen attorneys general are lobbying against extending that right in Title IX cases on campus.
This and the circus that was the Demonrats at the Brett Kavanaugh hearings who believed Ford before any evidence was presented should tell you all you need to know about where this country is headed. The presumption of innocence, as well as every other basic right that our government is supposed to defend in under attack, mostly from the left. Will this be turned around! is there another civil war in our future or will we just roll over?
Most Americans Can’t Pass a Basic Citizenship Test. Here’s Why We Should Be Worried
Americans who wish to register to vote and exercise that right, should be required to pass a a slightly dumbed-down version of the citizenship test.
With rights come duties and responsibilities. If you want to affect policy, you should understand the system in which you are operating!
Heck, just make voters successfully ID the POTUS and VP and their party, their governors and US senators and US reps.
Bet the number who can do that, is now at only 30% of all voters ; maybe less.
PROOF. ABSOLUTE VISIBLE PROOF that our Schools of Journalism have long ago abandoned a curriculum (pedagogy ?) based on the search for and reporting of facts. Here is what a failing very liberal public university is doing to it's
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If the Chinese can build 6,000 miles of highways per year, America should hire them to build The Wall. Hell, they built our railroads, didn't they?
The problem with imported labor is that they don't go home when they are done.
So... We should use that in our favor. Hire Mexico to build the wall from the Mexican side. Mandate in the contract that they can only use illegal aliens from within our country to do the work on their side of the wall. Write the contract so that the pay rate is good enough to attract the illegals to the job. Once finished deny them re-entry.
Re: China's new roads are remarkable
If what Clarkson says is accurate, China finally broke the record for the longest bridge eclipsing the Pontchartrain Causeway in Louisiana which was built in 1956.
CNN Staffers Angry about GOP Staffer: Of course they are! Said staffer will HARSH THEIR MELLOW.
I’ve been reminiscing about 1968 and, not to be overly dramatic, I shudder at how reckless Smollett was. I would imagine that if this claim was ginned up enough someone could have been hurt, an innocent person in retribution or CPD personnel.
What is Smollett had been smart and competent?
Jeremy Clarkson suffers from the same mental illness as Tom Friedman:
One-party autocracy certainly has its drawbacks. But when it is led by a reasonably enlightened group of people, as China is today, it can also have great advantages… It is not an accident that China is committed to overtaking us in electric cars, solar power, energy efficiency, batteries, nuclear power and wind power.
The New York Times, 8 Sep 2009
I'd hazard a guess that China is using Uyghurs as slave labor to build those fancy new roads in Xinjiang Province.
I saw that GT China episode. The Chinese are over-building at a crazy rate. Their bubble is going to burst badly.