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Theodore Barkley

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Two things I learned this month:

*Any restriction on abortion availability is a loss of a fundamental right guaranteed by the Constitution.

*If the government has you on a secret list, you shouldn't be able to purchase a firearm.
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ed pluck
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Found: Obama's Jobs Program
“To put this in perspective, it would take more than 94,200 employees working full-time (2,000 hours a year) to complete one year of EPA paperwork,” the report continued. “The agency’s burden has surged 23 percent since 2009 and 34 percent since 2002.”
The Environmental Protection Agency now imposes nearly 200 million hours of paperwork to comply with its regulations, as new rules have skyrocketed under the Obama administration. A new report rele
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Pradheep Shanker
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You can't institute an authoritarian state if its people are educated on their rights and liberties.
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Pradheep Shanker
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This is how every debate plays out stateside, as well. No one is innocent when it comes to manipulating voters with emotion. And no one includes a lot of Democrats. For those who see government as the font of all well-being, every political issue is transformed into a great moral crusade that allows scare tactics as justifiable. Unless, that is, liberals really believe all their accusations — which would make them paranoid.
No one is innocent when it comes to manipulating voters with emotion. That no one includes a lot of liberals.
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Kinda ironic cause the shooter was a registered Democrat 
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Phil Nelson

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This might explain why a certain well-known community activist, who apparently failed to learn even the most basic principles behind the US Constitution while getting a JD, Harvard Law, could have had a position as a lecturer at the University of Chicago Law School.
Seventh Circuit Judge Richard Posner sees “absolutely no value” in studying the U.S. Constitution because “eighteenth-century guys” couldn’t have possibly foreseen the culture and technology of today.
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+Larry Olson krytokrats, not autocrats. The support the rule judges plural, not a single leader here
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David Williams

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The opponents of "political correctness" sure don't like it when someone speaks their mind.
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+David Williams n general I agree with most of the things you've written. I also don't believe in tariffs as means for protecting jobs. And, if Trump were actually use them for this purpose I would object, and encourage Congress to take back the authority granted to Presidents in 1972 to act unilaterally.

What I actually think Trump intends on doing is to use the threat of tariffs to minimise dumping and the theft of intellectual property rights. BTW, the whole argument about "trade deficits" is a bogus one since trade deficits are offset dollar for dollar by capital excesses made possible by the trade deficits themselves.

Also, Mercantilism isn't balanced trade, it is an economic policy that calls for the use of tariffs and other non-tariff trade barriers to grow national wealth by ensuring that export value exceeds import spending.

www.google.com/search?gs_ivs=1&q=mercantilism#tts=0
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ed pluck
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If light rail were capable of providing a valuable service for commuters at an affordable price, private sector entrepreneurs would invest in the projects. The fact that light rail relies so heavily on taxpayer subsidies tells us that society values light rail services far less than the actual costs of providing the services. Jobs and other scarce resources wasted in building light rail projects should and could have been directed elsewhere by productive businesses and entrepreneurs who provide better value to society than light rail does.
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+Will Henry - Strangely enough, here in Osceola county, on the southern end of the Sunrail boondoggle, all of our county commissioners are either on the board of Sunrail or its partner, Lynx. Seems like a conflict of interest to me. 
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ed pluck
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A court-certified expert on extremism who once worked as an attorney for the Southern Poverty Law Center before becoming a criminology professor has a powerful message for academia: If it really supports diversity, let conservative students and speakers have their say on campus.
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It should be noted, Levin isn’t all talk and no action.

In February, Levin used his own body to shield a KKK protester at a rally when counter-protesters arrived to attack them. In describing the experience on the Huffington Post, Levin said he asked the man he saved from a brutal assault “how it felt to have his life possibly saved by a Jew.”
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+ed pluck 😄😃😀
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Steph StephanieSteph

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This USA attorney "threatened the community and media with federal prosecution if they “spread false information or inflammatory statements about the perpetrators.”

“The spread of false information or inflammatory or threatening statements about the perpetrators or the crime itself reduces public safety and may violate federal law. We have seen time and again that the spread of falsehoods about refugees divides our communities.

"By eliminating the focus on Islamic terrorism, however, many conservatives viewed the SCN initiative as an attempt to single out and silence conservatives under the guise of branding them “right wing extremists.”

Explosive new twist in Idaho sex assault case. http://tiny.iavian.net/axsa

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Idaho residents rally against refugee resettlement in a march through Twin Falls on Sunday, Oct. 19. The Obama-appointed U.S. attorney for Idaho has taken the highly unusual step of intervening in a local criminal case involving an alleged sexual assault by juvenile Muslim migrants and ...
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+Marla Hughes I'd feel the same exact way with that GWB example. Spreading rumors is prosecutiable? Lol. I've had rumors and hateful things spread against me which lead to people not liking me and threatening me. I never once wanted to sue them.

Do you really think saying hateful things against religion should be against the law?

Idc if people say hateful things against Christianity. 
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Ron Lewenberg

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The "right side of history " is the side that wins. To say that history will inevitably go a certain way is merely the presumption of leftists, one which should have ended in 1989.
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The UK will be better off in the long run.
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ed pluck
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Leftist diversity advocates and multiculturalists are right to argue that people of all races, religions and cultures should be equal in the eyes of the law. But their argument borders on idiocy when they argue that one set of cultural values cannot be judged superior to another and that to do so is Eurocentrism.
German Chancellor Angela Merkel declared that multiculturalism has
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Pradheep Shanker
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In Roe v. Wade, the Supreme Court usurped states’ power to regulate abortion within their own borders, with no justification in the text or original understanding of the Constitution. We hope for a day when a wiser court will overturn that decision and return the question of abortion to the people and their representatives, and we hope that they would work to protect the health of pregnant women and promote the dignity of the unborn. That should be the ultimate goal of those who value the right to “life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.”

Unfortunately, the Supreme Court seems to have other priorities.
In striking down a Texas abortion law, the Supreme Court restricted the rights of states to enforce health and safety standards.
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Pradheep Shanker
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The full Benghazi report.
Select Committee on Benghazi Releases Proposed Report 81 New Witnesses, 75,000 New Pages of Documents Reveal Significant New Information, Fundamentally Changes the Public’s Understanding of the 2012 Terrorist Attacks that Killed Four Americans Washington, D.C. – Select Committee on Benghazi Chairman Trey Gowdy (SC-04) released the following statement after the committee’s Majority released a mark of its investigative report:
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Confirmation of what folks on the ground always knew: don't make us look bad. If you die, don't bleed on the suits. 
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Pradheep Shanker
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If history is moving inexorably toward humanitarian universalism, then giving it a sharp shove forward every now and then might be necessary and even admirable. And it certainly won't meet any significant resistance. It will merely hasten the inevitable.

But what if progressivism isn't inevitable at all? What if people will always be inclined by nature to love their own — themselves, their families, their neighbors, members of their churches, their fellow citizens, their country — more than they love the placeless abstraction of "humanity"? In that case, the act of ignoring or even denigrating this love will have the effect of provoking its defensive wrath and ultimately making it stronger.

It makes perfect sense to be surprised, saddened, and concerned by the outcome of the Brexit vote. But shock? Fury? Disgust? Despair? That's what a person feels when he discovers that his most dearly held fundamental beliefs have led him astray.

Wake up, progressives! You have nothing to lose but your illusions._
This is what happens when a life-orienting system of belief gets smashed on the rocks of history
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+Shawn Dunne
I will quote Francis Fukuyama's later stuff, "People compete to cooperate, and cooperate to compete"
The End of History and The Last Man was terrible and smug, if religion is the opium of the people and socialism is the opium of the intellectuals then that book is the opium of the neocons and cruise missile liberals.
However Fukuyama has made some amends.
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John Gaudino

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Hussein Obama what a great leader!
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+Michael Yeager Obunghole and the #crookednastyskank of course... 
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Pradheep Shanker
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ed pluck
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It is generally after long civil troubles that tyranny is established, because it offers the hope of shelter to all the exhausted and timorous factions. Bonaparte said of himself with reason that he could play admirably upon the instrument of power. In truth, as he is attached to no principles, nor restrained by any obstacles, he presents himself in the arena of circumstances like a wrestler, no less supple than vigorous, and discovers at the first glance the points in every man or association of men which may promote his private designs. His scheme for arriving at the dominion of France rested upon three principal bases—
- to satisfy men’s interests at the expense of their virtues,
- to deprave public opinion by sophisms,
- and to give the nation war for an object instead of liberty._

#CUQUotes  
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vladislav Ivanov

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Because a lot of people do not understand the difference.
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It's still quite impressive. All the more reason to get out of the EU. 
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Benjamin Joseph Bruner

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So with all this talk about NATO, the UN, and the EU, what do you think about Interpol?
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I think of Zoolander 2.

Valentina Valencia: "Interpol, Global Fashion Division."

Hansel: "Fashion police? Hey, we're clean lady."
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Larry Olson

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Liberalism is a philosophy of consolation for Western Civilization as it commits suicide.
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