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  • Joe Biden warns that the progressive democratic world order is at risk of collapse [tr]

    01/18/2017 6:36:46 AM PST · 44 of 44
    kabar to oblomov
    The gist of his speech was simple: At a time of "uncertainty" we must double down on the values that made Western democracies great, and not allow the "liberal world order" to be torn apart by destructive forces.

    The globalists are threatened by the people, whom they see as pawns to be manipulated for the benefit of corporatism. One of the values that made Western democracies great is the will of the people. The government works for the people, not the other way around. Biden can't accept that the people reject the views of the globalists. Biden wants to double down and impose his views regardless of what the people want.

  • Trump will consider ‘day one’ to be Monday, not his inauguration

    01/18/2017 5:24:52 AM PST · 30 of 31
    kabar to FlingWingFlyer

    Non-story. Trump is CIC the moment he is sworn in. There are no days off. He is at work 24/7 no matter where he is.

  • Obama has commuted Chelsea Manning’s prison sentence

    01/17/2017 1:37:56 PM PST · 27 of 253
    kabar to BradtotheBone

    Obama is gay and is protecting one of his own. So much for protecting our national security information. It is okay for Manning to leak documents to Wikileaks, but not the Russians. A difference without distinction.

  • Obama Commutes Bulk of [Bradley] Manning’s Sentence

    01/17/2017 1:35:51 PM PST · 19 of 21
    kabar to ErikJohnsky

    Obama is gay.

  • John Kerry Predicts Trump Administration Will Last "A Year, Two Years, Whatever"

    01/17/2017 1:17:07 PM PST · 32 of 60
    kabar to dirtboy

    Condi supported Obama over McCain.

  • Ex-Miss Hungary claims married Donald Trump invited her to his Moscow hotel room

    01/17/2017 9:29:51 AM PST · 7 of 87
    kabar to SeekAndFind
    She didn't go to the hotel room. All she has is a calling card from Trump with nothing written on it. More fake news from the Daily News.

  • “Statistical Evidence Not Required” (Heather MacDonald on DOJ and Chicago Police)

    01/17/2017 6:37:42 AM PST · 19 of 24
    kabar to KeyLargo
    From her article:

    Here is the data that you will never find in any Justice Department civil rights report. In 2014, a thoroughly representative year, blacks made up 79 percent of all known non-fatal shooting suspects in Chicago, 85 percent of all known robbery suspects, and 77 percent of all known murder suspects, according to police department records. Whites were 1 percent of known non-fatal shooting suspects in 2014, 2.5 percent of known robbery suspects, and 5 percent of known murder suspects, the latter category being composed almost exclusively of domestic violence incidents. Whites are virtually absent from the population of violent street criminals, which is the population against which police force is most likely to be used. There is no evidence, in other words, that the use of force is racially biased.

    The DOJ report argues at length that the only way to ensure necessary reforms of this blackguard department is via a court-enforced consent decree backed up by “an independent monitoring team . . . of policing and other experts.” The Obama administration is clearly nervous that the incoming administration of President-elect Donald Trump will be less enthusiastic about saddling financially struggling police departments with tens of millions of dollars in compliance costs in the service of statistically innumerate consent decrees. Simply paying a federal monitor and his team will likely cost Chicago taxpayers dearly. The LAPD spent about $40 million trying to comply with its consent decree in its first year in 2000 and $50 million a year for several years thereafter, for a total of about $300 million over 12 years, estimated Los Angeles’s chief legislative analyst in 2015.

    One of the first things that the Trump Justice Department should do is figure out how to lighten the burden of existing consent decrees on law enforcement agencies; next, it should decide whether to pull the plug on those decrees that have not yet been finalized, as in Chicago. Simply compiling the paperwork demanded by the Justice Department investigators required the full-time labor of a Chicago sergeant and five officers. Much more manpower would have to be ripped away from crime-fighting in order to feed the insatiable appetite of a federal monitor for endless reports. And what would the federal monitor use as his benchmark for constitutional policing anyway, since DOJ never revealed its standard for finding the CPD a constitutional reprobate?

    Chicago mayor Rahm Emanuel has said that he intends to sign a consent decree putting the CPD under federal management; Emanuel undoubtedly calculates that aligning himself with the expiring Obama Justice Department serves his future political career. If current CPD superintendent Eddie Johnson isn’t willing to oppose this costly and unnecessary burden, the best hope for the thousands of law-abiding residents of Chicago’s high-crime areas is a change in both tone and policy from the White House.

  • “Statistical Evidence Not Required” (Heather MacDonald on DOJ and Chicago Police)

    01/17/2017 5:15:27 AM PST · 13 of 24
    kabar to RoosterRedux

    Heather MacDonald is a national treasure.

  • Law would cut off aid to countries that refuse to accept illegal immigrant criminals

    01/16/2017 12:10:58 PM PST · 36 of 38
    kabar to Robert DeLong
    The point is we already have a law that can address the problem. I am sick of these congressmen who want to introduce more bills that may or may not pass. It is just another example of these bureaucrats trying to steal the spotlight.

    Cutting off foreign aid just makes passage that much more difficult. Stop issuing visas and they will accept their nationals back.

  • Law would cut off aid to countries that refuse to accept illegal immigrant criminals

    01/16/2017 12:06:31 PM PST · 35 of 38
    kabar to dljordan
    Wrong. We do send aid to China.

    Nonsense. List of foreign aid recipients

  • Law would cut off aid to countries that refuse to accept illegal immigrant criminals

    01/16/2017 9:44:04 AM PST · 20 of 38
    kabar to Robert DeLong
    Why Hillary Clinton & John Kerry Share Responsibility for Criminal Alien Releases

    However, federal law requires the Secretary of State to stop issuing visas to the citizens of any country that refuses to take back its nationals. Though it has rarely been invoked, the threat understandably has the effect of getting countries to cooperate, increasing the likelihood that the alien will be returned, and thereby allowing for detention longer than six months, if necessary. (Threatening to end the issuance of visas right at the outset has resulted in a country taking back its citizens within two months.) As the Supreme Court explained, its holding "does not mean that every alien not removed must be released after six months". It is really a matter of the executive branch showing that a significant likelihood of removable exists in the reasonably foreseeable future.

    Specifically the law states:

    On being notified by the [DHS Secretary] that the government of a foreign country denies or unreasonably delays accepting an alien who is a citizen, subject, national, or resident of that country after the [DHS Secretary] asks whether the government will accept the alien under this section, the Secretary of State shall order consular officers in that foreign country to discontinue granting immigrant visas or nonimmigrant visas, or both, to citizens, subjects, nationals, and residents of that country until the [DHS Secretary] notifies the Secretary that the country has accepted the alien. (8 U.S.C. § 1253(d); Emphasis added.)

  • Law would cut off aid to countries that refuse to accept illegal immigrant criminals

    01/16/2017 9:38:32 AM PST · 18 of 38
    kabar to Rusty0604

    I doubt you will get a law passed cutting off aid. And there are many countries that receive no aid from us like China, which refuses to take back their criminal aliens.

  • Law would cut off aid to countries that refuse to accept illegal immigrant criminals

    01/16/2017 9:36:57 AM PST · 17 of 38
    kabar to Robert DeLong

    The problem with trying to pass another law is that the Dems and some GOPe will try to stop or modify it. Let’s use the laws on the books that have already been passed.

  • Law would cut off aid to countries that refuse to accept illegal immigrant criminals

    01/16/2017 9:09:56 AM PST · 3 of 38
    kabar to ColdOne

    We already have a law that says that countries that refuse to take back their criminal aliens will have visas to the US cut off. This is a far more powerful tool that Obama refused to enforce.

  • Chaffetz: Clinton email probe to continue 'full throttle'

    01/15/2017 3:05:54 PM PST · 61 of 73
    kabar to Pilgrim's Progress

    Treason is very, very hard to prove. Too high a bar to catch the Clintonistas.

  • Sunday Morning Talk Show Thread 15 January 2017

    01/15/2017 8:40:08 AM PST · 148 of 196
    kabar to Fu-fu2

    You are correct. The career bureaucrats, and I was one, have become more and more politicized. They are the natural constituents of the Party of Big Government and view the Party of Limited Government as a personal threat. Change will be difficult to implement in four or even eight years.

  • Sunday Morning Talk Show Thread 15 January 2017

    01/15/2017 8:36:33 AM PST · 146 of 196
    kabar to rodguy911

    It will be a glorious day as the yoke of the Obama administration is lifted off the necks of the American people. Obama hates America and that will become more evident when he returns to being a private citizen. He is going to be the most divisive former President ever. He will return to his community organizer and communist roots. I hope that some dirt emerges on him to demolish his standing.

  • Sunday Morning Talk Show Thread 15 January 2017

    01/15/2017 8:29:43 AM PST · 140 of 196
    kabar to Bushbacker1
    When Ayotte was defeated, McNuts & Grahamnesty needed the third leg for their table and Indignant Little Marco became that third leg!

    True enough. When you only have 52 Reps in the Senate, this triumvirate will wield disproportionate power.

  • Sunday Morning Talk Show Thread 15 January 2017

    01/15/2017 8:23:10 AM PST · 136 of 196
    kabar to frnewsjunkie
    John Brennan failed to mention hillary selling 20% of our uranium to Russia and her affiliations with Russia and other foreign governments she sold whatever she could to them. Brennan failed to mention obama telling the Russian official that he would have more leeway with them after he won his second election. Brennan failed to mention the claim that Russia intervened in our election.. the hacking of the dems... was known by obama for a long time and as long as it elected hillary, it was fine.

    Brennan also failed to mention the Iran deal as a major accomplishment or a regret. Despite being a career intel officer, Brennan is highly partisan and a slime ball.

  • Sunday Morning Talk Show Thread 15 January 2017

    01/15/2017 8:18:35 AM PST · 134 of 196
    kabar to bray
    Now Brennen is taking umbrage at Trump calling the release something Nazi Germany would do.

    Woodward made some good points this morning about the IC. The fact that Hayden and Morrell were clearly partisan in their support of Hillary prior to the election and the despicable remarks they made about Trump being a fool co-opted by the Kremlin provides the context behind Trump's animosity towards the CIA and others like Clapper.

    I can imagine how embarrassing and degrading it must have been for Trump and Pence to be briefed in front of Obama and Biden by these clearly partisan intel chiefs who included these scurrilous and unfounded charges as an appendix to their briefing. It is just another example of the meanness and hatred Obama and his Administration have towards Trump. They are doing everything to sabotage Trump behind the scenes.

    I can't wait to watch Trump being sworn in while Obama and the Clintons look on. You can bet there will be a huge and probably violent protest demonstration to disrupt the ceremony, speech, and parade. The MSM will focus on that rather than what Trump says in his Inaugural address. There will be split screen coverage of the address and protests.

  • TANCREDO: REPORT REVEALS MASSIVE INDOCTRINATION OF STUDENTS AT UNIVERSITIES THROUGH TRANSFORMATIVE C

    01/15/2017 4:49:22 AM PST · 34 of 54
    kabar to ForYourChildren

    Bookmark

  • Chaffetz: Clinton email probe to continue 'full throttle'

    01/15/2017 4:37:55 AM PST · 24 of 73
    kabar to greeneyes

    This is setting the stage for an Obama pardon for Hillary and her staff.

  • Report: US Intel Met Secretly With Mossad, Plotting to Hide Intelligence From Trump

    01/14/2017 6:31:12 AM PST · 40 of 61
    kabar to HomerBohn

    Dumb article. General Michael Flynn headed DIA. He knows firsthand what is going on in the Intel community.

  • US envoy urges Trump not to cut UN funding and lose clout

    01/13/2017 9:11:30 PM PST · 13 of 109
    kabar to Olog-hai
    “We lead the world, in part, by leading at the United Nations,” Power stressed at her final press conference before leaving the U.S. Mission on Jan. 20 when Barack Obama’s presidency ends and Donald Trump is inaugurated as president.

    The US picks up 22% of the UN's operating costs and 27% of the peacekeeping costs. China pays 5.2% and Russia 2.4% of the operating costs. Uncle Sap is leading the world because we are picking up the tab.

  • Rep. Barbara Lee to skip Trump inauguration, vows resistance

    01/13/2017 8:07:38 AM PST · 59 of 66
    kabar to kevcol

    She will be sadly missed—not.

  • Obama administration scraps 'wet foot, dry foot' policy for Cubans

    01/13/2017 4:45:41 AM PST · 105 of 121
    kabar to Timpanagos1

    What country were you born in?

  • Obama administration scraps 'wet foot, dry foot' policy for Cubans

    01/12/2017 11:41:02 PM PST · 96 of 121
    kabar to Timpanagos1

    Many dual citizens have two passports. They use their US passport to travel from and to the US, but use their other passport for travel elsewhere. Having a passport from a EU country allows you to travel freely within the EU and you can work and stay for as long as you want.

    You can denounce your citizenship in the other country similar to what Ted Cruz did with his birthright citizenship in Canada.

  • Obama administration scraps 'wet foot, dry foot' policy for Cubans

    01/12/2017 11:30:09 PM PST · 95 of 121
    kabar to Tennessee Nana

    Read post #86.

  • U.S. to send 4,000 troops to Poland

    01/12/2017 10:54:02 PM PST · 4 of 29
    kabar to aquila48
    When Obama first took office in 2009, one of the first things he did was cancel the installation of anti-ballistic missile systems from Poland and the Czech Republic out of deference to Russia, which claimed it was a hostile act to place them there.

    The Poles and Czechs were furious with Obama for the cancellation of the missile installations. The leaders had sacrificed political capital and invited the wrath of the Russians by agreeing to the stationing of the systems on their soil.

    Now, at this late date, Obama sends tripwire troops to Poland. What an ass.

  • Obama administration scraps 'wet foot, dry foot' policy for Cubans

    01/12/2017 10:45:22 PM PST · 90 of 121
    kabar to Timpanagos1
    I’m an American and you are not going to revoke my U.S. citizenship.

    I can't do anything about your citizenship. As a matter of policy, I would like the US to establish the principle that anyone holding dual passports should be forced to choose one country or the other. In Germany, there is a policy that any naturalized Turks who are discovered also holding a Turkish passport will lose their German citizenship. This sounds like a reasonable policy to me.

  • Obama administration scraps 'wet foot, dry foot' policy for Cubans

    01/12/2017 10:35:06 PM PST · 88 of 121
    kabar to Tennessee Nana
    Although the U.S. government does not endorse dual citizenship as a matter of policy, it recognizes the existence of dual citizenship and completely tolerates the maintenance of multiple citizenship by U.S. citizens.
  • Obama administration scraps 'wet foot, dry foot' policy for Cubans

    01/12/2017 10:31:54 PM PST · 87 of 121
    kabar to Tennessee Nana
    See my post #86. There are many Jews in the US who hold both US and Israeli citizenship. There are also many Americans who hold EU country passports. Ireland will issue you an Irish passport under fairly liberal requirements.

    The US may not endorse dual nationality/citizenship, but it recognizes it. A distinction without a difference.

  • Obama administration scraps 'wet foot, dry foot' policy for Cubans

    01/12/2017 10:28:05 PM PST · 86 of 121
    kabar to alpo
    Afroyim v. Rusk

    Afroyim v. Rusk, 387 U.S. 253 (1967), is a major United States Supreme Court case in which the Court ruled that citizens of the United States may not be deprived of their citizenship involuntarily. The U.S. government had attempted to revoke the citizenship of Beys Afroyim, a man born in Poland, because he had cast a vote in an Israeli election after becoming a naturalized U.S. citizen. The Supreme Court decided that Afroyim's right to retain his citizenship was guaranteed by the Citizenship Clause of the Fourteenth Amendment to the Constitution. In so doing, the Court overruled one of its own precedents, Perez v. Brownell (1958), in which it had upheld loss of citizenship under similar circumstances less than a decade earlier.

    The Afroyim decision opened the way for a wider acceptance of dual (or multiple) citizenship in United States law. The Bancroft Treaties—a series of agreements between the United States and other nations which had sought to limit dual citizenship following naturalization—were eventually abandoned after the Carter administration concluded that Afroyim and other Supreme Court decisions had rendered them unenforceable.

    The impact of Afroyim v. Rusk was narrowed by a later case, Rogers v. Bellei (1971), in which the Court determined that the Fourteenth Amendment safeguarded citizenship only when a person was born or naturalized in the United States, and that Congress retained authority to regulate the citizenship status of a person who was born outside the United States to an American parent. However, the specific law at issue in Rogers v. Bellei—a requirement for a minimum period of U.S. residence that Bellei had failed to satisfy—was repealed by Congress in 1978. As a consequence of revised policies adopted in 1990 by the United States Department of State, it is now (in the words of one expert) "virtually impossible to lose American citizenship without formally and expressly renouncing it.

  • Obama administration scraps 'wet foot, dry foot' policy for Cubans

    01/12/2017 10:18:00 PM PST · 84 of 121
    kabar to Tennessee Nana
    See my post #83. Yes, we recognize dual citizenship/nationality.

    Based on the U.S. Department of State regulation on dual citizenship (7 FAM 1162), the Supreme Court of the United States has stated that dual citizenship is a "status long recognized in the law" and that "a person may have and exercise rights of nationality in two countries and be subject to the responsibilities of both. The mere fact he asserts the rights of one citizenship does not, without more, mean that he renounces the other", Kawakita v. U.S., 343 U.S. 717 (1952). In Schneider v. Rusk, 377 U.S. 163 (1964), the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that a naturalized U.S. citizen has the right to return to his native country and to resume his former citizenship, and also to remain a U.S. citizen even if he never returns to the United States.

    The Immigration and Nationality Act (INA) neither defines dual citizenship nor takes a position for it or against it. There has been no prohibition against dual citizenship, but some provisions of the INA and earlier U.S. nationality laws were designed to reduce situations in which dual citizenship exists. Although naturalizing citizens are required to undertake an oath renouncing previous allegiances, the oath has never been enforced to require the actual termination of original citizenship.

    Although the U.S. government does not endorse dual citizenship as a matter of policy, it recognizes the existence of dual citizenship and completely tolerates the maintenance of multiple citizenship by U.S. citizens. In the past, claims of other countries on dual-national U.S. citizens sometimes placed them in situations where their obligations to one country were in conflict with the laws of the other. However, as fewer countries require military service and most base other obligations (such as the payment of taxes) on residence and not citizenship, these conflicts have become less frequent.

    A U.S. citizen may lose his or her dual citizenship by obtaining naturalization in a foreign state, by taking an oath or making an affirmation or other formal declaration of allegiance to a foreign state or political subdivision thereof, by serving in the armed forces of a foreign state, or by performing certain other acts, but only if the act was performed "voluntarily and with the intention to relinquish U.S. nationality".

  • Obama administration scraps 'wet foot, dry foot' policy for Cubans

    01/12/2017 10:12:00 PM PST · 83 of 121
    kabar to Timpanagos1
    You can’t scrap Dual citizenship as the status of being a dual citizen is dependent upon the citizenship laws of other countries.

    Of course the US can scrap its current policy of recognizing dual nationality. We can simply say that anyone holding a US passport cannot hold a passport from another country. If they do, they lose their American passport.

    Here is our current policy on dual nationality:

    Dual nationality

    Section 101(a)(22) of the Immigration and Nationality Act (INA) states that “the term ‘national of the United States’ means (A) a citizen of the United States, or (B) a person who, though not a citizen of the United States, owes permanent allegiance to the United States.” Therefore, U.S. citizens are also U.S. nationals. Non-citizen nationality status refers only individuals who were born either in American Samoa or on Swains Island to parents who are not citizens of the United States. The concept of dual nationality means that a person is a national of two countries at the same time. Each country has its own nationality laws based on its own policy. Persons may have dual nationality by automatic operation of different laws rather than by choice. For example, a child born in a foreign country to U.S. national parents may be both a U.S. national and a national of the country of birth.

    A U.S. national may acquire foreign nationality by marriage, or a person naturalized as a U.S. national may not lose the nationality of the country of birth. U.S. law does not mention dual nationality or require a person to choose one nationality or another. Also, a person who is automatically granted another nationality does not risk losing U.S. nationality. However, a person who acquires a foreign nationality by applying for it may lose U.S. nationality. In order to lose U.S. nationality, the law requires that the person must apply for the foreign nationality voluntarily, by free choice, and with the intention to give up U.S. nationality.

    Intent can be shown by the person's statements or conduct. The U.S. Government recognizes that dual nationality exists but does not encourage it as a matter of policy because of the problems it may cause. Claims of other countries on dual national U.S. nationals may conflict with U.S. law, and dual nationality may limit U.S. Government efforts to assist nationals abroad. The country where a dual national is located generally has a stronger claim to that person's allegiance.

    However, dual nationals owe allegiance to both the United States and the foreign country. They are required to obey the laws of both countries. Either country has the right to enforce its laws, particularly if the person later travels there. Most U.S. nationals, including dual nationals, must use a U.S. passport to enter and leave the United States. Dual nationals may also be required by the foreign country to use its passport to enter and leave that country. Use of the foreign passport does not endanger U.S. nationality. Most countries permit a person to renounce or otherwise lose nationality.

    Information on losing foreign nationality can be obtained from the foreign country's embassy and consulates in the United States. Americans can renounce U.S. nationality in the proper form at U.S. embassies and consulates abroad.

  • Condoleeza Rice backs Sessions for AG: report

    01/11/2017 4:25:03 AM PST · 31 of 31
    kabar to Republican Wildcat

    See my post #29.

  • Mexico again says there is 'no way' it will pay for Trump wall

    01/10/2017 10:03:59 PM PST · 53 of 82
    kabar to 2ndDivisionVet

    It will not be up to Mexico to decide to pay or not. Trump can add a surcharge to visas or border crossing cards issued to Mexicans. He could levy a duty on goods imported from Mexico. There could be a tax on the remittances sent to Mexico, which total $22 billion a year. There are many ways to get the Mexicans to pay for the wall.

  • BOMBSHELL – CIA Agents Issue Major Threat to Trump, They Went TOO FAR

    01/10/2017 9:57:54 PM PST · 167 of 183
    kabar to bankwalker
    What is your gross to require 71000 in income taxes? What would a federal government employee possibly accomplish that is worth that much?

    I sold a rental property. Large capital gains. What does being a retired federal employee have to do with it?

    Now that the entire compensation structure is out of balance, it is set up to attract more people to government instead of the private sector. Government employees don’t produce, they consume. That is my point and that is why I used the term parasites. If it continues, the host will die.

    Even a dead host will require government employees including the military.

  • BOMBSHELL – CIA Agents Issue Major Threat to Trump, They Went TOO FAR

    01/10/2017 3:15:39 PM PST · 163 of 183
    kabar to bankwalker

    Sorry, what exactly is your point?

  • BOMBSHELL – CIA Agents Issue Major Threat to Trump, They Went TOO FAR

    01/10/2017 11:09:01 AM PST · 159 of 183
    kabar to hoosierham
    Sanctimonious? No,just a bit pissed off.

    Pissed off at whom?

    Thanks for your military service but I still don’t see that a reason for six figure pension for 30 years.

    I served 36 years, 8 years in the USN and 28 in the State Department. My pension is similar to what a three star flag officer receives. The reason is simple: It is the law of the land. Congress set the rules for how federal employees are compensated. The President signed the bills to make them law.

    Hell,I’ve gone months without electricity when we didn’t have money to pay.NO public assistance,either. I dragged 6 and 8”diameter tree limbs 250 yards across rough fields BY HAND while suffering with herniated back (uncompensated work injury) to the house so we(including my disabled father (non-smoker with COPD 30% lung function yet thrown off disability for two years)would be warm. Both in mild and in bitter freezing weather.I’ve wheelbarrowed cut pieces the same distance but uphill in other times.I’ve known what it is to eat cold food out of a can in the field and think it was GOOD!Not in ‘Nam though.I’ve gone to work hundreds of times with lunch a cheap pot pie or sandwich and little else. That WAS years ago in the 1980s.

    How is that relevant to my service as a federal employee? I can recite a personal history of growing up with little money. I started working as a paper boy at the age of 14. I always had a job working after school, on weekends, and during the summer ranging from washing dishes, working on a golf course, and in a supermarket. Lots of menial, hard labor.

    Not bragging,not whinging,just fact that a LOT of people who weren’t in the military/big government have had hardships yet don’t get to collect small fortunes for decades.

    Sounds like whining to me. You had a choice to work in government or join the military. I volunteered to enter the military during a war out of patriotic duty, not to collect a small fortune for decades.

    I’m glad to have a steady job now even though my gross is less than your AND MANY other GOVERNMENT retirees pensions.Oh yeah,I passed plenty of tests with high scores in my younger years but no few,including the Post Office will hire “a back injury claim waiting to happen”.

    And my gross is less than many other people. It is all relative. We all have our personal stories. I can only take responsibility for my choices and the consequences. As Jimmy Carter said, "Life isn't fair."

    You have already won life's lottery by being born in the US. I have seen real poverty and hopelessness in places like India, Bangladesh, Senegal, Ethiopia, etc. Emerson said this from his essay on self-reliance:

    There is a time in every man's education when he arrives at the conviction that envy is ignorance; that imitation is suicide; that he must take himself for better, for worse, as his portion; that though the wide universe is full of good, no kernel of nourishing corn can come to him but through his toil bestowed on that plot of ground which is given to him to till. The power which resides in him is new in nature, and none but he knows what that is which he can do, nor does he know until he has tried. Not for nothing one face, one character, one fact, makes much impression on him, and another none. This sculpture in the memory is not without preestablished harmony. The eye was placed where one ray should fall, that it might testify of that particular ray. We but half express ourselves, and are ashamed of that divine idea which each of us represents. It may be safely trusted as proportionate and of good issues, so it be faithfully imparted, but God will not have his work made manifest by cowards. A man is relieved and gay when he has put his heart into his work and done his best; but what he has said or done otherwise, shall give him no peace. It is a deliverance which does not deliver. In the attempt his genius deserts him; no muse befriends; no invention, no hope.

    Trust thyself: every heart vibrates to that iron string. Accept the place the divine providence has found for you, the society of your contemporaries, the connection of events. Great men have always done so, and confided themselves childlike to the genius of their age, betraying their perception that the absolutely trustworthy was seated at their heart, working through their hands, predominating in all their being. And we are now men, and must accept in the highest mind the same transcendent destiny; and not minors and invalids in a protected corner, not cowards fleeing before a revolution, but guides, redeemers, and benefactors, obeying the Almighty effort, and advancing on Chaos and the Dark.

  • BOMBSHELL – CIA Agents Issue Major Threat to Trump, They Went TOO FAR

    01/10/2017 10:22:26 AM PST · 154 of 183
    kabar to bankwalker
    I wonder how that happened over the last 40 years. The parasites voted themselves pay raises and voted us tax raises in parallel.

    I assume you mean Congress when you use the word "parasites." I don't consider myself to be a parasite. I paid $71,000 in income taxes last year.

  • BOMBSHELL – CIA Agents Issue Major Threat to Trump, They Went TOO FAR

    01/10/2017 9:48:23 AM PST · 153 of 183
    kabar to Right Brother

    Not as story, just the facts. I am not unique.

  • BOMBSHELL – CIA Agents Issue Major Threat to Trump, They Went TOO FAR

    01/10/2017 7:03:02 AM PST · 133 of 183
    kabar to Right Brother
    Uh, no. I'm still working with a healthy IRA. Cocky response. I and millions like me in the private sector help fund your bloated government pension at the same time we are trying to save for our own retirement. Do you contribute to my IRA?

    I contributed 7% of my income to help fund that pension. I also paid income tax on my salary as well as on my current pension. I also have an IRA that I funded like you have.

    I didn't make the rules on my "bloated pension." Our elected representatives did. You had the choice of working for the federal government. You chose not to despite the benefits. I am not embarrassed about collecting my pension. I earned it by putting myself in harm's way along with the many hardships endured by my family.

    I support government reform of the federal employment system. There are many ways to make it more equitable and not exceed the benefits available in the private sector. But don't castigate me personally for the benefits I receive as part of the contract I had with the federal government on my employment terms and conditions.

  • BOMBSHELL – CIA Agents Issue Major Threat to Trump, They Went TOO FAR

    01/10/2017 6:37:18 AM PST · 121 of 183
    kabar to Right Brother

    Pension envy?

  • BOMBSHELL – CIA Agents Issue Major Threat to Trump, They Went TOO FAR

    01/10/2017 6:32:13 AM PST · 115 of 183
    kabar to hoosierham
    Well,bully for you.I see you as part of the problem. The nation is burdened with far too many government retirees drawing obscene pension checks.Damn all those politicians who gave away the store for votes.

    Part of the problem? I didn't make the rules on pensions or federal benefits. I had to pass various tests to gain entry into the federal government.

    I served 8 years in the USN including a year in Vietnam (including during the Tet Offensive) and another nine months off the coast.

    I spent 28 years as a foreign service officer that included a almost two years in Iran during the fall of the Shah and the entrance of Khomeini. I was there when our Embassy was overrun the first time on February 14, 1979 and held hostage for several hours. I served 5 years in Saudi Artabia including during the entire Gulf War. I was in Poland during the days of Solidarnosc' and martial law.

    My family was evacuated twice during my various postings. I have served in hardship posts where we sometimes had electricity only 12 hours a day.

    What is obscene is your sanctimonious attitude and blaming those of us who served for decisions beyond our control. What have you done for God and country?

  • BOMBSHELL – CIA Agents Issue Major Threat to Trump, They Went TOO FAR

    01/10/2017 5:50:00 AM PST · 75 of 183
    kabar to FrdmLvr

    It is very, very difficult to fire a federal employee.

  • BOMBSHELL – CIA Agents Issue Major Threat to Trump, They Went TOO FAR

    01/10/2017 5:21:05 AM PST · 50 of 183
    kabar to HomerBohn
    There will be no mass resignations at the CIA or State Department. The salaries and benefits will be more than enough to retain the vast majority of bureaucrats. I say that advisedly having worked for the USG for over 36 years retiring at age 56 some 16 years ago. I have a six figure pension that is linked to the cost of living.

    I put this threat in the same league as the many celebrities who claimed they would leave the country if Trump was elected. A lot of hot air and bluster.

  • In Historic Move, Sen. Booker to Testify Against Sessions

    01/10/2017 4:56:08 AM PST · 44 of 91
    kabar to woweeitsme

    Among Dems a strong Booker performance at the confirmation hearings excoriating Sessions will raise his stock and visibility for 2020. This is clearly one of the motivating factors for Booker and the Dems who have a thin bench.

  • In Historic Move, Sen. Booker to Testify Against Sessions

    01/10/2017 4:50:58 AM PST · 38 of 91
    kabar to Castigar

    LOL. If you want to counter the race card, Diamond and Silk would be more effective than Rice.

  • Condoleeza Rice backs Sessions for AG: report

    01/10/2017 4:36:02 AM PST · 29 of 31
    kabar to trebb

    LOL. In the “real world” her “word” has no impact whatsoever. No one is changing their mind because a black RINO endorses a Rep. Justice Thomas’ blackness did not stop the Dems and the MSM from savaging him. Black Reps are called Uncle Toms.

    Who really values the Rice endorsement except for a few FReepers on this thread who buy into the myth that her skin color matters when it comes to influencing Sessions’ confirmation? What’s next? Breathless anticipation that Colin Powell will also endorse Sessions?