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  • Are We A Republic or A Democracy?

    08/19/2018 6:01:51 AM PDT · by davikkm · 7 replies
    IWB ^ | Daniel Carter
    If you’ve tuned into the news lately, you have undoubtedly noticed quite the commotion over democracy. It is supposedly under attack by the Russians. It is also said to be under attack by Trump. And with the litany of daily articles and TV reports on these subjects, someone inevitably responds with “it’s a republic, not a democracy.” But I can’t help but think these comments are based on theory instead of reality. Yes, it is true that our government was originally set up as a republic. This basically meant that the dominant governing force was the US Constitution, which took...
  • Bunkerville Standoff: Free Greg Burleson

    08/19/2018 5:50:37 AM PDT · by Nextrush · 2 replies
    Nextrush Free ^ | 8/18/2018 | Nextrush/Self
    "I decided to go after I saw videos of the BLM using their heavy handed techniques of slamming a woman to the ground, whom I found out was Cliven Bundy's 60 year old sister...the tasing of Ammon Bundy and the assault of Davey Bundy by throwing him to the ground grinding his face in the dirt. I knew it was my Constitutional duty to come to the aid of my neighbor and stand with them against a tyrannical overreaching government..." Greg Burleson statement from prison My Friends, we cannot leave this man in prison" Ammon Bundy Facebook Video 8/16/2018 He...
  • Picture Of The Day: Trump Love

    08/19/2018 4:19:47 AM PDT · by gaggs · 26 replies
    One of the best pictures in modern history. This literally scares the crap out of the left. Day by day more Americans of all backgrounds feel like she feels.
  • Man Killed By Austin Police Was Up-And-Coming Louisiana Rapper

    08/19/2018 3:30:11 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 29 replies
    Patch ^ | August 17, 2018 | Tony Cantu
    AUSTIN, TX — A man shot dead by police early Friday on 6th Street has been identified by family members as a rapper from Baton Rouge, La. Aquantis Givens, 21, was shot behind the Terminal 6 bar on 6th Street after police responded at 1 a.m. to a report of shots fired. As police arrived, they took positions near the alley behind the bar when a man is said to have run towards them with a gun, police said. After repeatedly commanding Givens to drop the gun, eight officers opened fire, according to the official account. Givens was transported to...
  • Florida's medical marijuana industry is hiring, but stoners need not apply

    08/19/2018 1:55:48 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 26 replies
    The Orlando Sentinel ^ | August 18, 2018 | Kyle Arnold
    The hunt is on for budtenders, cannabis cultivators, weed botanists and dozens of other new jobs that have sprouted with Florida’s nascent medical marijuana industry. With dispensaries scouting locations across the state and 147,000 people signed up to use the now-legalized drug, the developing industry is quickly trying to recruit thousands of workers to develop, grow and sell medical cannabis. Medical marijuana businesses say stoners need not apply. A passion for smoking weed is a liability, and a criminal record involving drugs will almost certainly disqualify most candidates. “We get hundreds of applications for every job opening we have,” said...
  • Is Lockheed Martin Winning the Hypersonic Race?

    08/19/2018 12:56:03 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 10 replies
    Motley Fool ^ | August 18, 2018 | Lou Whiteman
    Hypersonic technology -- weapons and interceptors able to travel at least five times the speed of sound -- are a top Pentagon priority and an area where China and Russia are perceived to be ahead of U.S. military efforts. The Defense Department has committed to spend aggressively to catch up. Based on initial contract awards, it's becoming clear that Lockheed Martin (NYSE:LMT) is outpacing the competition in the battle to win the lion's share of those awards. Lockheed Martin earlier this month was awarded a $480 million contract to develop a hypersonic air-launched, rapid response weapon (ARRW). The award could...
  • U.S. Census Bureau hiring field reps

    08/18/2018 10:53:14 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 14 replies
    The Cherokee Phoenix ^ | August 17, 2018 | Staff
    The U.S. Census Bureau is hiring field representatives in areas across the country and is asking citizens for help. The Census Bureau conducts more than 130 surveys every year. “Our ability to conduct continuous surveys – other than the once-a-decade population count –depends on survey takers in the field and our Regional Offices are hiring these workers,” states a press release. “Even though we are gearing up to hire workers for the 2020 Census, we still need field representatives for our other ongoing surveys. This is where you can help.” According to the release, employment benefits include flexible hours, meeting...
  • Zullo:2 top intel people in 2 branches: "open secret" Obama NOT born in US!

    08/18/2018 10:38:48 PM PDT · by Seizethecarp · 79 replies
    Freedom Friday with Garl Gallups ^ | August 17, 2018 | Mike Zullo, Carl Gallups
    15:50: Aside from there never being a birth certificate at Kapiolani Medical Center...and I will never reveal the sources, however they are top intelligence people in two different branches of intelligence...it has been an open secret that Obama could never satisfy the constitutional requirement of being born on American soil. Now in our investigation we were not tasked with determining that. We were looking for evidence of a fraudulent document and perhaps the reason behind it, but the mission was never to find where he was or was not born. However, that's the open secret. Now that's the open secret...
  • Say Hello to Full Employment: Want to know where the economy is headed? Look at Des Moines.

    08/18/2018 8:16:05 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 38 replies
    The Atlantic ^ | July 6, 2018 | Annie Lowrey
    This morning, the Labor Department announced that the national unemployment rate ticked up to 4 percent in June for good reasons, as hundreds of thousands more Americans sought work. For the first time in recorded history, the number of job openings is higher than the number of people looking for a job. That has raised hopes that wage growth might finally begin to pick up, with employers bidding more to attract new workers and offering raises to retain their existing staff. Full employment — that magical economic state, in which everyone who wants work has it, and at a good...
  • Rand Paul reveals the real reason why Trump should have revoked John Brennan’s security clearance

    08/18/2018 8:15:07 PM PDT · by TBP · 20 replies
    The Blaze ^ | August 18, 2018 | Chris Enloe
    Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) suggested last month that President Donald Trump revoke the security clearance of former CIA Director John Brennan over his potential to profit from his privilege despite no longer holding an official government position. Trump agreed, and revoked Brennan’s clearance on Wednesday, more than a month after Paul’s suggestion. And while officially Trump acted because Brennan used his status “to make a series of unfounded and outrageous allegations” and “wild outbursts” about the Trump administration, Paul explained on Fox News Thursday that Brennan’s clearance should have been revoked for “cause” — if that wasn’t the reason, at...
  • Can You Decode the Quote.

    08/18/2018 8:00:47 PM PDT · by budj · 26 replies
    Great quotes ^ | 8/18/18 | self
    Below is an encoded quote from one of our favorite great Americans. The code is a simple, all capital, letter substitution - like the Cryptoquote in the newspaper. No numbers are used. It's the result of a JAVA program I wrote, and I'll be happy to do more if there's an interest. If you need a hint, I'll post one. LRK MNHL LKEEDTWDXB ONEZH DX LRK KXBYDHR YCXBFCBK CEK: D'M TENM LRK BNSKEXMKXL CXZ D'M RKEK LN RKYV. ENXCYZ EKCBCX
  • The Danger of Hitler Comparisons: Part 2

    08/18/2018 5:51:03 PM PDT · by pcottraux · 5 replies
    Depths of Pentecost ^ | August 18, 2018 | Philip Cottraux
    The Danger of Hitler Comparisons: Part 2 By Philip CottrauxClick here to read part 1. After I wrote about why it’s dangerous to compare your political enemies to Hitler (which is an epidemic right now), I thought I was done with the subject. In fact, last week I moved on to something else. But I started thinking more about it and realized that I still have much to say. While the first blog was about why it’s both dangerous and intellectually lazy to categorize a politician you didn’t vote for as “the next Hitler,” this week I want to explore...
  • NY Times Columnist: Trump ‘Would Certainly Like to’ Murder People Without Due Process

    08/18/2018 3:57:38 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 44 replies
    The Washington Free Beacon ^ | August 17, 2018 | Paul Crookston
    New York Times columnist Michelle Goldberg argued with her fellow panelists on MSNBC’s "Meet the Press Daily" Friday about whether President Donald Trump is the leader of the free world or an aspiring despot. RealClearPolitics reporter Caitlin Huey-Burns was criticizing Trump’s communication strategy when she called him "the leader of the free world." Goldberg interjected to say that, actually, German Chancellor Angela Merkel is the leader of the free world. "He’s not the leader of the free world, but, sorry," Goldberg said. "By default he’s the leader of the free world," Commentary magazine editor John Podhoretz replied. "Angela Merkel is...
  • Seoul wants U.S., China to formally declare an end to the Korean War

    08/18/2018 1:36:48 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 22 replies
    Legal Insurrection ^ | August 18, 2018 | Leslie Eastman
    Two Koreas seem to be ignoring international political squabbling and continuing with a “psychological” reunification. I have been watching events on the Korean Peninsula since the conclusion of the Singapore Summit between President Donald Trump and North Korea’s Kim Jong Un, trying to determine what the eventual outcome of that meeting would be. I have come to the conclusion that the two Koreas are like the children in a messy divorce, and are tired of being pawns in a larger political drama between the two “parents”. In part, that assessment comes from statements from South Korean officials that they want...
  • Why the US Is Waging Economic War on Turkey

    08/18/2018 12:05:24 PM PDT · by davikkm · 23 replies
    IWB ^ | Daniel Carter
    The 70+ year alliance between the US and Turkey has finally come to a dramatic end. But this turn of events was nowhere near unforeseen. In fact, I have been writing about the progression of this calamity for over a year. In April, I even wrote that Turkey was getting ready for economic warfare by repatriating its gold from the Federal Reserve. Well, now we are here. As the US rolled out economic sanctions against Turkey in recent days, the Turkish currency (lira) lost 35% of its value against the US dollar. This has caused inflation to skyrocket, which is...
  • Cuomo Brothers Chart Course for America's Future

    08/18/2018 11:09:43 AM PDT · by John Semmens · 21 replies
    Semi-News/Semi-Satire ^ | 19 August 2018 | John Semmens
    Chris Cuomo: “Antifa Violence” Justified CNN’s Chris Cuomo defended Antifa’s assaults on political opponents, calling it “a justifiable tactic to combat bigotry. The attempt to equate this with Nazi Brownshirts beating up Jews and political opponents is unfair. The Nazis were bigots. Their victims were innocent. Antifa’s victims are the right wing bigots who support the ‘bigot-in-chief’ who occupies the White House. Cracking their skulls is a socially beneficial use of violence for a good cause.” In related news, CNN filed a motion to unseal the names and addresses of the jurors in the Manafort trial. The motion asserted that...
  • Putin Cuts The Rug With Austrian Foreign Minister On Way To Meet Merkel For Talks

    08/18/2018 10:28:13 AM PDT · by Pavegecko · 9 replies
    Tsarizm.com ^ | 8/18/18 | L Todd Wood
    Russian President Vladimir Putin attended the Austrian foreign minister’s wedding and cut the rug with the newlywed in front of the local press. The move was seen as surprising due to Europe’s adversarial stance against Russia due to the Crimean annexation in 2014. Putin arrived in a car carrying a bouquet of flowers and accompanied, local media said, by a troupe of Cossack singers booked to serenade the newlyweds – on a stopover on his way to meet German Chancellor Angela Merkel outside Berlin. Photographs showed Kneissl, 53, smiling in a long white and cream “dirndl” dress and talking to...
  • Senator Introduces ‘Accountable Capitalism Act’ [semi-satire]

    08/18/2018 7:16:55 AM PDT · by John Semmens · 14 replies
    Semi-News/Semi-Satire ^ | 19 August 2018 | John Semmens
    Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass) is sponsoring legislation that would negate the control of corporate shareholders and transfer authority to government. Her bill—the “Accountable Capitalism Act”–is, in her words, “intended to replace greedy profiteering with the more socially beneficial guidance of government oversight.” The prime motive for the bill was her discovery that employees share of the income generated by businesses has fallen from 85% 20 years ago to “only” 75% today. “As Karl Marx conclusively proved more than 150 years ago, all the value created by businesses comes from labor,” Warren contended. “It is shameful that any of this value...
  • Is #TheResistance a Psyop?

    08/18/2018 6:54:19 AM PDT · by davikkm · 3 replies
    IWB ^ | Daniel Carter
    Psychological Operations (Psyop) are planned operations to convey selected information and indicators to audiences to influence their emotions, motives, and objective reasoning, and ultimately the behavior of governments, organizations, groups, and individuals. In other words, it is the government or other powerful groups creating and spreading specific narratives. The purpose of a Psyop is to induce or reinforce behavior favorable to US government objectives. First, let’s talk about which narratives the government would most likely want us to buy into, which would be narratives that are most beneficial to them. They would want us to despise their enemies, both foreign...
  • Trump administration charges Facebook with housing discrimination

    08/17/2018 8:52:50 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 27 replies
    The Politico ^ | August 17, 2018 | Patrick Temple-West
    The Trump administration today charged Facebook Inc. with violating housing discrimination laws. The social media company allows advertisers to divert housing listings away users who mention terms such as “assistance dog” and “mobility scooter,” or who live in certain zip codes, in violation of the Fair Housing Act, HUD alleged. In addition, the Justice Department today joined a lawsuit against Facebook, saying in a “statement of interest” that the company discriminates by helping advertisers pick preferred users. The Fair Housing Act prohibits discrimination in housing transactions including print and online advertisement on the basis of race, religion or sex, among...