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Tuesday, October 22. 2019
Scientists 'may have crossed ethical line' in growing human brains
Biological Male Dominates at Women’s Masters Track Cycling World Championships – Wins Gold Medal
Why not let everybody compete together? Then you can get the best of every human flavor. Like marathons.
The Kenyan ghost writers doing 'lazy' Western students' work
How about banning politician performances?
The “Supermarket Sweep” - Addiction and decriminalization fuel a West Coast shoplifting boom.
The Clintons Coined The Phrase ‘Safe, Legal And Rare,’ But Abortion Activists Say This Is Stigmatizing
The American Melting Pot Isn’t Quite So Melty Anymore
Rand Paul: Rising Support for Socialism Among American Youth Is ‘Mind-Boggling’
Not really. Transitioning to independence is difficult for many.
The Supreme Court Is Poised to Strike Down a Major Obama-Era Agency
Supreme Court will take on 'fourth branch' of bureaucracies
All Nine House Intelligence Committee Republicans: Adam Schiff is Playing Games and Withholding Evidence
Hillary Now Blaming The DNC For Her Loss To Trump…
JUDICIAL WATCH: NEW BENGHAZI DOCUMENTS CONFIRM CLINTON EMAIL COVER-UP
Beto O’Rourke: ‘This Country… Is Still Racist At Its Foundation, At Its Core’ - Still auditioning for that MSNBC gig.
USA Today's Print Edition May Be Another Casualty of Dying Media - The buried lede is that the media is struggling to survive. And so it's going to war.
The New York Times Gets Neoclassicals, Austrians, And Schumpter Wrong...All In One Article
Like Him or Not, Trump is Uniquely Suited for Such a Time as This
Trump's Labeling of 'Fake News' Was an Understatement
CNN ANALYST JEFFREY TOOBIN SAYS HE REGRETS TALKING ABOUT CLINTON EMAILS
He didn't get the memo
Larry C. Johnson: FBI-DOJ Likely to Throw the CIA and Clapper Under the Bus
Barr Approved Expanded Scope Of Durham Probe — To Include Clapper And Brennan
It took too long to find Barr
About the Turks and the Kurds
Elizabeth Warren threatens Israel with aid cutoff but slammed Trump for cutting off aid to Palestinians
An ignorant question: Why does Israel need US aid, and why does US aid the Palis?
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To aid your ignorance: US aid to Israel is of strategic importance and major benefits to US. See for example: https://besacenter.org/perspectives-papers/dispelling-myth-israel-largest-beneficiary-us-military-aid/
Years ago Israel stopped receiving large-scale direct financial aid - the kind doled out to almost every other Middle-Eastern dictator to buy some influence until the guy is overthrown.
Most of American aid to Israel is structured as guarantees on loans (which Israel has not defaulted on, ever) and as cooperative tactical research/development funding that ultimately arms and protects US soldiers.
The American Melting Pot Isn’t Quite So Melty Anymore
It NEVER was so "melty"! Those who emigrated to America after the "Frontier" was tamed" in the 1870's, came to either: work and go home when their financial situation dictated (20-30% of those who came, went back to their countries of origin!) or came to work and become Americans!
Among those who stayed, acculturation was swift and non-stop! Names were changed; English adopted---with the native tongue usually only spoken between immigrant parents, who often refused to teach their native tongues to their First or Second Gen American offspring! (My mother lamented she never learned to speak German from her immigrant father; my wife the same, in that she never learned Polish from her immigrant grandparents!); American customs, culture and practices accepted and integrated into their homes. (Ever wonder why America never embraced soccer, until recently?)
Those immigrants wanted their families to succeed as "AMERICANS", not "German-Americans," Italian-Americans or "Polish-Americans."
Re: The Supreme Court Is Poised to Strike Down a Major Obama-Era Agency and Supreme Court will take on 'fourth branch' of bureaucracies
Not if John Roberts has any say in the matter. If you remember Roberts scolding Trump over the issue of whether there are such things as "Republican" justices and "Democrat" justices, you know that Roberts agrees with Elizabeth Warren that there is something magical in having your paycheck signed by the government that transforms mere mortals - subject to all the normal biases and self-interest and corruption of mortals - into impartial and unbiased angelic, humble, pure-hearted beings guided only by their passion for truth and justice and service to Mankind. This is why we should favor rule by experts acting purely by the laws of reason and science to the messy democracy of allowing just anybody with any old stupid and wrong opinion to have a say in governance. Warren's CFPB is the epitome of the idea that your moral and intellectual superiors in Washington, DC know better than you what's for your own good and just because you're too stupid to recognize how much more qualified Elizabeth Warren is to run your life than you are is all the more reason Elizabeth Warren is justified in cramming her opinions down your throat. For your own good.
gay ice cream cone: "C'mon, vanilla. Stop being a prude and let us fuck you."
vanilla ice cream cone: "Oh God help me!"
gay ice cream cone: "You know you want it."
vanilla ice cream cone: "Yes! I'm gay now!"
(depiction of group sex orgy)
Bill Nye: "That was cool, wasn't it?"
Re: Durham probe to include Clapper and Brennan
Certainly good news but wake me up when there are indictments.
I have hope with the new AG Barr and the special prosecutor Durham. But if the intent was to delay, obfuscate and prevent any real action on those crimes I wonder what would they do different. Another example is the DOJ IG Horowitz; his report was supposed to come out last week. After years of looking into this we were all looking forward to his report. But it was delayed indefinitely. Why wasn't it out two years ago or last year or last month? If the intent was to keep kicking the can down the road until Democrats once again have power what would he be doing differently??? Then there are our Republican congressmen who will often go on TV and declare that they will look into this or that or write a stern letter or demand documents; and then nothing happens. Meanwhile not a single Democrat is out of lockstep with their party. Pelosi gets here picture taken standing over 20 men including the president wagging her finger. She uses this to rally all women to her side because of chauvinism or something. (seriously, are all women this easily lead??) This was no accident. Clearly based on what people in that room said Pelosi did indeed have a meltdown and tramped out of the room in a huff rather than do the work she was hired for. But the media would have you believe she is Joan of Arc and not Benedict Arnold. Clapper and Brennan are still running their mouths and clearly telling lies about their time in office and does anyone think they will spend one second in jail? All of this is why the Republican party is called the stupid party.
Fourth branch bureaucracies ... With the SCOTUS moving ever closer to dismembering nanny state law and the Democrats loosing their grip on the institution they have controlled since FDR, they needed a backup plan that could make law just as their old Supreme Court accomplished for them. When the courts finally recognize nullification we will know that we are again a nation of laws and not laws of the elite.