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Friday, February 12. 2016
Friday morning links
Gravitational Waves Detected, Confirming Einstein’s Theory
If You See A Quarter On A Fallen Soldier's Grave, This Is What It Means
University Of Texas Police Give Preacher Citation For ‘Offending’ Students
Liberal intolerance is on the rise on America’s college campuses
Where is the bold free speech movement?
Why The Sugar-Tax is So Bitter.
Government subsidizes the growers, then taxes the buyers. What?
*The American Slave Coast*
Climate Alarmists Invent New Excuse: The Satellites Are Lying
New Bill Introduced in U.S. Congress to Block State-Level Efforts to Weaken Smartphone Encryption
ACLU Identifies 'Critical Civil Liberties Challenges Facing Our Country.' Does Not Include First Amendment - Is the ACLU going soft on the First Amendment?
The great money-in-politics myth
Bloomberg claimed that 95 percent of murders fall into a specific category: male, minority and between the ages of 15 and 25.
“Sexism has nothing to do with it”: Camille Paglia on Hillary
Who Influences Hillary Clinton on Israel?
Past Time for the GOP to Go Hard for the Black Vote
Top Republican: ‘Political Ineptitude' Caused Crash of Puerto Rico
North Korean Leader Kim Has His Military Chief Executed
The executions will continue until morale improves
Syrian Archbishop to West: “Why Are Your Bishops Silent?”
Christians, Gays And Women Fleeing Asylum Centres In Germany Over Growing Violence By Muslim Men…
Pentagon Kills Its Killer Drone Fleet
Ozzies solve migrant problem – for a while
Iran Infiltrates the West Bank
The Shift in Saudi Foreign Policy
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Regarding e-mails. Everyone in government service, with a security clearance, knows, from our initial and recurring training, that the letter of the law was broken. I've been "kicked out" of meetings because I didn't have a need to know about certain things. I can't see a proscecutorial discretion not to charge someone. My thought...the administration will drag this out until the next one, when it either dies on vine if a Democrat wins, or it becomes partisan, anti-women, Republican politics.
Thanks or the Camille Paglia link. I always enjoy anything she writes even when I don't agree with her.
With Christopher Hitchens gone, she is one of the few readable and engaging writers remaining on the left of the spectrum now.
The X-47B is an unmanned, stealthy light bomber that has demonstrated its ability to land on carriers. It has the potential to transform naval air. It is yet another victim of the F35.
Re: The American Slave Coast
Interesting stuff here. There is a lot that is not generally understood about slavery in the US and that ignorance redounds to the detriment of people like Jefferson. He is criticized for not freeing his slaves but what is not widely known is that slave owners who freed their slaves had to post a bond to cover costs in the event that the newly freed slave destroyed property. When Jefferson was governor of Virginia, he tried to outlaw slavery (which would presumably negate the need for the bond). Jefferson was broke. In fact he died $100,000 (in 1800 dollars) in debt. He couldn't afford to free his slaves. Not only because he couldn't afford the bond, but his creditors certainly would have regarded them as property and would not be happy about his giving away assets that could be sold to cover his debt.
Re: The GOP and the black vote.
The problem is the Democrats have created a welfare plantation and the only way to get the black vote is to offer them more free stuff. They don't want to hear the truth and will howl and call you names if you speak the truth.
If you want to help the blacks (and poor whites and Hispanics), than actively began an effort to find and deport illegal immigrants. Place a moratorium on legal immigrations including refugees. Fine and punish employers who hire illegal immigrants. END the H1-b fiasco. End it and send them all home. And finally end welfare. Welfare is a self-fulfilling prophecy. The reason we have 50 million people dependent on food stamps is because it's there. End the redistribution of wealth through our tax system and allow people to succeed or fail on their own.
A side note: I shop for steaks on the last Sunday of the month. Why? Because by then the food stamps have run out and the barbecues are over for the weekend. Now think about it. Our 'poor' eat steak with our tax money while our working class has to wait for a sale that happens when the 'poor' use up all their food stamps. Crazy, huh! But there is a kicker. In February the U.S. sells the most steak. Great T-bones and NY strips. Why? Because of the earned income tax credit. Every poor person you see out there especially if they have a baby or three just won the lottery. They trundled off to one of those in big box store tax preparers and filed their taxes and got thousands from other tax payer's pockets. Did you know that February is the best time of year to sell a used car? Thank you to the Liberals in congress redistributing YOUR money to 'poor' people who spend it on steaks and cars. And I might add the reason they can spend it on steaks and cars is because all of their basic needs are also paid for including housing. Is this a great country or what?
Re: Past Time for the GOP to Go Hard for the Black Vote''
Several years ago I had a conversation with a black Republican running for Congress in NC. My advice was to offer school choice to blacks who were getting the short end of the education stick. I don't think he took my advice and I don't know if that would have made a difference, but something like that would be a great start. There might be a chance to strip off some of the black support for Democrats if they can start to change the conversation from "what will you give me" to "what you can do for yourself".
It should be pretty clear by now that the ACLU has no interest in the Bill of Rights.
Please explain how can one not break the law when being "offended" is completely arbitrary. Maybe being given a citation is considered "offensive" by some cultures.
There was another police officer, they should have complained about it and had the offending office cited.
Just thinking...I don't think the officer can hand out a citation for something he didn't witness. You might check up on that one.
The policeman did issue the citation, but the citation was later voided. From the link at the link:
A university spokesperson confirmed that the citation was later “voided,” adding that the officer who originally responded to the complaint is currently in the training process.
Experienced policemen are pretty good at sorting out complaints into actionable complaints. This cop was in training.
They calculated that here an unemployed "single mother" with 3 kids can make $53,000 a year in welfare and government assistance and benefits. Is this a great country or what?
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