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Israel Criminalizing America’s Freedom of Speech | February 10, 2016

Not content to criminalize dissent in Israel, the Israeli government is using state legislatures to do so in the United States.

Our close ally is undermining our freedom to protect their apartheid.
Those working for justice in Palestine must not be deterred from their activism by anti-boycott bills
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Texas Wants to Fix Shit On the US Constitution | February 3, 2016
 
Texas governor Greg Abbott wants to add nine amendments to the US Constitution.

Two of these amendments would impair the federal government’s ability to do its job:

III. Prohibit administrative agencies—and the unelected bureaucrats that staff them—from creating federal law.

IV. Prohibit administrative agencies—and the unelected bureaucrats that staff them—from preempting state law.

When administrative agencies create rules and regulations, they do so because they have been empowered by Congress. And Congress is elected. Without these powers the federal government couldn't function.

Two would weaken the authority of the US Supreme Court and seriously undermine the checks and balances of power that make the federal system work:

V. Allow a two-thirds majority of the States to override a U.S. Supreme Court decision.

VI. Require a seven-justice super-majority vote for U.S. Supreme Court decisions that invalidate a democratically enacted law.

And one:

IX. Allow a two-thirds majority of the States to override a federal law or regulation

Would negate the Supremacy Clause of the US Constitution (Article VI, Clause 2)

This Constitution, and the Laws of the United States which shall be made in Pursuance thereof; and all Treaties made, or which shall be made, under the Authority of the United States, shall be the supreme Law of the Land; and the Judges in every State shall be bound thereby, any Thing in the Constitution or Laws of any State to the Contrary notwithstanding.
I agree that the U.S. Constitution could use some tweaking, but before the governor takes on the immense task of fixing all that is wrong with our federal government, he should first fix what is wrong in Texas, starting with an amendment banning partisan gerrymandering.
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The Ten Commandments | January 26, 2016

Conservative Christians asseverate that America was founded on Judeo-Christian principles and that the Ten Commandments are the foundation of American law and morality.

This claim is supported by historical revisionism but not by historical reality.

The laws set forth in the Ten Commandments are in fact antithetical to modern American society. These include legally sanctioned gender discrimination, polygamy, rape and slavery; punishing thoughts, and absolutely no freedom of religion.

There’s also the question of which The Ten Commandments are they referring to? There’s more than one The Ten Commandments after all. And there’s a lot more than Ten of the them.

The Ten Many Commandments Ⅰ Exodus 20-23 http://www.kingjamesbibleonline.org/Exodus-20_23/
The Ten Commandments Ⅱ Exodus 34 http://www.kingjamesbibleonline.org/Exodus-Chapter-34/
The Ten Commandments Ⅲ Deuteronomy 5
http://www.kingjamesbibleonline.org/Deuteronomy-Chapter-5/

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Immigration and Population Decline | January 21, 2016

The populations of industrial countries are aging and declining. Even China, the most populous nation on Earth, will experience population decline in about 15-20 years and already has a shrinking workforce.*

This phenomenon is called Natural Decrease and it will create serious economic problems in the coming decades:

”Natural decrease doesn’t mean a country is in danger of dying out completely, but it can create major economic difficulties. A declining population will tend to grow older, leaving fewer people in the workforce. As the proportion of old people rises, younger workers must pay a higher tax burden to pay for higher retirement, pension, and healthcare costs.”

For the US though, the future doesn’t look quite as bad. Why not? You can thank immigrants:

”The future of natural decrease is “not entirely bleak” in the US, they write, thanks to Hispanic immigrants, who are often of childbearing age and have high fertility rates.”

*http://www.worldaffairsjournal.org/article/shrinking-china-demographic-crisis
Immigration will help, but won't solve the problem entirely.
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US Oil Production Eliminates Geopolitical Risks | January 18, 2016
 
Thanks to the American technological innovation of Hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, the United States has surpassed Russia and Saudi Arabia to become the world’s largest oil producer.

The US is producing so much oil in fact that Congress recently lifted the 40 year old ban on oil exports.

While this is definitely good for the US economy the benefits are global. Oil prices and production are no longer subject to the geopolitical risks that have made oil prices unstable. 
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State of the Union 2016 | January 12, 2016

(Never gonna be President) Trump says he wants to make America great again; which means that he doesn't think that America is great now.

(Two Term President) Obama just said that America is great and we can be even greater.

Obama looks to the future while Trump romanticizes an imaginary past.
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Israel’s Jim Crow laws | February 9, 2016

Since 1948 Israel has passed more than 50 laws that discriminate against Palestinian citizens of Israel.

Yet we’re told that Israel is the only democracy in the Middle East. The reality is that Tunisia is the only democracy in Middle East; Israel is actually a Democratic facade.*

The Human Rights Organization Adalah ("Justice" in Arabic) has compiled a database of Israel’s Jim Crow laws.

*http://www.economist.com/news/briefing/21606286-failures-arab-spring-were-long-time-making-tethered-history
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America Is Doing Just Fine | January 27, 2016

With all of the Doom and Gloom about America from the Republicans, you’d think we were a declining power, a has been, yesterdays news.

Au contraire! America is better and badder than ever before, our futures so bright we’re going need a lot of sunglasses. So stop crying and thank your god every morning when you wake up in America.

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Every 30 or 40 years, Americans become incredibly pessimistic. They begin to believe the nation is falling behind in competitiveness and innovation, that their children will not be as well off as t...
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Californians Dumping Anti-Vaccination Nonsense | January 24, 2016

Californians are finally abandoning their Liberal Superstitions and having their children inoculated against diseases that can cripple and kill.

Thank you for protecting children from dying needless deaths.
State health officials suspect California's big measles outbreak last year helped persuade parents to get their kids immunized against other illnesses, too.
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Lewis Black on Evolution | January 20, 2016
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No Link Between Immigrants and Crime | January 14, 2016

A study by the American Immigration Council shows that immigrants are less likely to commit crimes than native born Americans.

 From the report:

”The 2010 Census data reveals that incarceration rates among the young, less-educated Mexican, Salvadoran, and Guatemalan men who make up the bulk of the unauthorized population are significantly lower than the incarceration rate among native-born young men without a high-school diploma. In 2010, less-educated native-born men age 18-39 had an incarceration rate of 10.7 percent—more than triple the 2.8 percent rate among foreign-born Mexican men, and five times greater than the 1.7 percent rate among foreign-born Salvadoran and Guatemalan men”
For more than a century, innumerable studies have confirmed two simple yet powerful truths about the relationship between immigration and crime: immigrants are less likely to commit serious crimes or be behind bars than the native-born, and high rates of immigration are associated with lower rates of violent crime and property crime.
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C is for Creationism | January 11, 2016

In Episode four of Cosmos, Neil DeGrasse Tyson said we have proof that the Universe is more than 6,000 years old (The age according to the Bible) *. The Crab Nebula is 6,500 light years away and there wouldn't have been enough time for the light to have reached us. Yet it has.

Pretty good proof right? Not to believers in magic. Young Earth Creationists concocted a cockamamie theory that light travels at different speeds depending on whether it’s coming or going. What we think is C is actually both velocities divided by two.

Cosmos Review: “A Sky Full of Ghosts”
https://answersingenesis.org/reviews/tv/cosmos-review-sky-full-of-ghosts/

So evidently; when it’s coming our way light travels faster than when it’s going away from us. Which means it’s traveling faster than the speed of light (C). Therefore light from the Crab Nebula could travel 6,500 light years in less than 6,500 years.

But isn't the distance light travels in a year the definition of a light year? And isn't the speed of light a universal constant (and a changing value isn't exactly constant)?

Clearly not in a Demon-Haunted Universe.

* October 22 4004 BCE at 6 P.M.
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