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We should definitely challenge Ted Cruz’s citizenship if he is elected president
I agree. Actually, let's challenge his citizenship if he becomes the nominee. Or maybe even support Grayson in filing the suit now.

This stuff needs to get resolved, answered, settled, defined, done.
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+Ian Huey Good point. However, when I have to worry about my children's future, I don't think political rules matter at all.
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Be Smart, Be Safe, Be Prepared
One couple skipped the first two, but at least had the last one right. They went to buy a car that had been advertised on Craigslists. Once they got to the meeting place, the "sellers" pulled guns and demanded money. The female buyer was forced to use her own gun and kill one of the would-be thieves. The other got away.

As the Sheriff says in the video on this post - do your Craigslist transactions in a VERY public space, with a crowd. Use a sheriff's department parking lot.

And always be prepared.
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Yeah, I make exchanges in places with good, working cameras and very pubic, and large exchanges at police/substations. It's just a bad idea not to.
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Why Should We Not Trust Politicians?
This article explains. It also explains why we shouldn't get all wound up in the specifics of policy proposals.

The very best we can do, and what we, as informed voters,  must do, is try to discern a politician's motivations, how he reacts under influence, his general relationship with honesty, the amount of respect he has for the little people, and what is the underpinning of his "instintive reaction' on political questions.

Will the candidate do what you want him or her to do, for the most part? Sure, you'll disagree sometimes, but overall, will this person be persuaded to work on your behalf?

That's what to ask.
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My point was that IMO neither Cruz nor Rubio were being dishonest, although my snarkiness clouded that. The situation changed between what they said the first time and the second so their policy positions almost had to change. 
It was the predominant conservative position before Oberfill to say 'Leave it up to the states'. Even my favorite governor, Rick Perry, took that position. That was almost the entire argument. In fact, DOMA is based on just that premise. It was the standard until Overfill. Oberfill overturned that portion of DOMA and every state law concerning marriage, creating a new federal 'right to marriage to the one we love', whoever that might be. 
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Inoreader: RSS reader and info management tool
This is my first Christmas gift to myself this year - a Plus subscription to this tool I've been using since Google dumped reader.

WHY: I want to choose what I read, not let my social media network algorithm determine what mood they want to put me in. Yeah, I'm a control freak like that.

Inoreader has so many advanced features that push it beyond just an RSS reader, I'm continually impressed.

Recently, a site I would like to read, redesigned and abandoned RSS feeds, so I'm unable to read their content. Sure, they will send you the articles via email, but UGH. I want email in my email, and news in my feed reader.

Inreader solves that - create a tag, that tag has a unique email address. Give that address to the website and BOOM, the articles will go there.

Inreader has integrations with twitter, FB, G+, others - so you can subscribe to a social media feed and get the content in your reader. 

You can save web pages, add a bookmarklet to your browser and "click" to send that page to inreader for reading later.

Share anything you're reading in inoreader out to Pocket or Instapaper or FB or twitter. Save an article to dropbox.

And tons of help, view configuration options, rules and filters, integration with IFTTT, it just goes on.

Seriously. Seriously awesome stuff. For $30/year.
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Restore a culture of LEARNING to our Universities
Oklahoma Wesleyan is not a “safe place”, but rather, a place to learn: to learn that life isn’t about you, but about others; that the bad feeling you have while listening to a sermon is called guilt; that the way to address it is to repent of everything that’s wrong with you rather than blame others for everything that’s wrong with them. This is a place where you will quickly learn that you need to grow up!
In this Talking Points, Dr. Piper says OKWU is a place to learn: to learn that life isn't about you, but about others.
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Dear +Google+ team,

Thank you very much for the latest redesign. All that unused space on either side of my stream really reminds me how much I love my wide monitor.

Additionally, since the only way to make the new interface any slower would be to encase it in amber, it really makes me slow down and be mindful. You've done in one update what years of prayer and meditation failed to do.

Lastly, I love the super cool, hidden menus and obscure controls. What's life without a little mystery, eh?

If you need me, I'll be over on Facebook.

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Yeah, Microsoft learned a tablet /phone interface doesn't work on desktop. Google decided to copy their failure.

I'm all for a unified look and interface, however it has to allow full functionality of that said platform. 
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+Felicia Cravens made me sad.
She tweeted about discovering what a CAT FOLDER is.

I'm excited. I have a cat. I'm ready to discover this fun thing and then add it to my Amazon Wish list.

Oh. Cat Folder is NOT about Feline Origami.

She's talking about some satellite radio category thing.


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slipping out the back door in her fuzzy slippers hoping none of the pervs nice friendly people see her
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USA Freedom Act goes into effect Sunday
The U.S. National Security Agency will end its daily vacuuming of millions of Americans' phone records by Sunday and replace the practice with more tightly targeted surveillance methods, the Obama administration said on Friday.

This is a bit of good news. I firmly believe that targeted data collection is a valuable tool for our security services to have. I believe that it is BETTER to make them focus their efforts. 

Just as we argue that we'd have better airline security if TSA agents used behavioral targeting, selecting people for closer scrutiny based on other than random factors, we will have better data collection security by focusing on the data that they can get warrants for./
The U.S. National Security Agency will end its daily vacuuming of millions of Americans' phone records by Sunday and replace the practice with more tightly targeted surveillance methods, the Obama administration said on Friday.
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Yeah +Rogi Ocnorb more than likely, they have something to replace it, it would seem to me. 
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BLM Protesters blocking the Salvation Army bell ringer
Really people? Is this necessary? How does this win people over to your cause?
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Why aren't they protesting in Chicago where black kids are being slaughtered by black gangs? These people are anti-white, anti-Hispanic and anti-Asian. Nobody else's life matters!
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Give Thanks
Ben Domenech of the Federalist says it all better than I ever could.

It is difficult to give thanks in a time that seems so dark.
Yet we Americans should be thankful, very thankful, for our place within the world. Thanksgiving serves as a reminder that for us today, compared to the history of our country and the planet, all the problems of modern America are rich people problems. A lot of our problems are problems of choice. We have human and social capital and natural resources in great abundance that we simply choose not to use.
Yes, the status quo is broken. Yes, we are ruled by idiots. Yes, there is corruption and mismanagement and very real despair. But anyone wondering what to be thankful for just ought to look around
Our current leadership may not grasp the indispensability of America to the world — but Americans do. We did not seek the charge to stand against the foes of civilization and freedom. We never do. But we will do the job when the job comes to us.

So let us be thankful for this: that we are incredibly fortunate to be Americans. We have good fortune to live in these times, dumb as they are. We have the luck to be born at a time in history when anyone can prosper and thrive. We have the blessing and the privilege, whether born to deep roots or newly arrived from strange lands, of being the greatest people in the history of the man.

The world is dark. But there is a light in the darkness, and it is us.

(BTW - if you aren't reading The Federalist and listening to their podcast, you're missing out on fun and educational stuff. Also, Domenech WILL remind you of a Quiet Storm DJ)
Thanksgiving in a time of darkness is still an opportunity to recognize how much we have.
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Only Some Students Deserve a Safe Space
A Law School grad student had an article published in the WashTimes, unrelated to her schoolwork.

She got a threat via Facebook from another student. She reported the threat,

SHE was subjected to a critique and rebuke of her article, by three Deans, with no attention paid to the threat she received.

Her article dared to mention the fact of the exceedingly high (disproportionatley high) black abortion rate.

She rendered herself an undesireable, not deserving of the university's protection. Ideological conformity is the main goal. Period.

The entire university system is insanely corrupt.
Shame on +The Ohio State University and Moritz College of Law!
College needs to be, once again, a place of civil discourse...not some biased indoctrination summer camp!
All Madison Gesiotto wanted to do when she met with the dean of her law school was report a threat prompted by a newspaper column she wrote pointing out the high abortion rate in the black community.
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Updates to the new G+
G+ Web Preview Updates
As promised, we're continuing to listen and respond to feedback on the new Google+.

Today we're launching a number of updates to our Web preview including:
- Adding a 3 column stream view for very wide screens
- Adding the ability to reply to comments in context
- Removing the limit on circle streams in the menu (previously 6)
- Adding the option to view 'Posts from Circle' from the Following screen

These changes (which you can see in the image below) will be rolling out today. And look for more updates on Android, iOS, and the Web soon. Thanks~
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+Mo B. ...I'm absolutely SURE they do.
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I follow politics like most people follow sports. Small L libertarian, small-government conservative, Tea Partier, not sure what to call myself other than a big fan of freedom, liberty, responsibility, peace, and prosperity.

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If you use the f-word / drop an f-bomb, your comment WILL be deleted. That's simply how I choose to manage my threads. Figure out a different way to say what you want to say.

I do genealogy, and web stuff related to getting my genealogy and photo galleries online.

I crochet and bake and take care of sourdough starters - which makes me seem MUCH more girlie than I am. According to my nephews - Snickerdoodles and Toll House Cookies are my superpower.

I adore my rescue dog, though I wish he would let other people see his incredible personality. He's kind of autistic.

I tolerate two cats who have decided they'd rather be "my cats" than the neighborhood ferals. Somehow just because I had them fixed, they think I broke it, I bought it. Greedy bastards!

80's music is the best. Though the stuff from the 70s is pretty fun as well.

Oh, and I'm frighteningly un-photogenic, so the whole Profile Photo thing is stressing me out in a big way.

As far as the stuff I share here on G+ - I tend to share everything Public and it's usually politics, though I do have other interests...
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My neighborhood store for more than 10 years. It's the closest store to me, so my loyalty is really just convenience, but we've "grown together" so I use the stuff they stock, they stock the stuff I use. The people are really nice. UPDATE: They've remodeled, and stepped up their game. I've now been to this one and the two "signature" stores nearby. I'm sticking with this one. Better personnel management leads to friendly and helpful staff, always have a cart or basket available, don't mess up my order making me go to customer service counter before I leave. It's just a more pleasant experience than the other Krogers nearby. Happy to be a regular! Old review: I have noticed a fall-off in cleanliness over the last year or so, it's beginning to look dirty and a bit downscale, which is really I think a result of some slacking off on the cleanliness and upkeep. The Kroger Signature stores don't have the same problem, but just because this is a smaller store is no excuse for it to seem...junky.
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