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Happy belated Independence Day to our British members across the pond.

From a sovereignty standpoint it's great that they left. The EU was originally economic (which was why the Euro came to be their common currency sans the UK) but it has turned into an organization that abuses its power to dictate the trade and borders of its member states. It went from being exclusively economic (the European Economic Community from 1958) to essentially a superstate with the capital being Brussels. Basically, the EU controls the flow of migrants. Apparently even the UK has had enough!


Not only that, but the vote was divided between England and Wales voting to leave with N. Ireland and Scotland (as well as London) voting to stay.


Perhaps you're wondering how this has to do with conservatism. It does.... because liberals largely favored staying (except for Cameron, who resigned right after) and since they didn't get their way, they're pretty unhappy. The mayor of Calais suggested sending the migrants to the U.K. as a "consequence" for leaving. The younger, liberal voters suggested having more and more referendums until they get the result they want (after all, they said those old "leave" voters should be dead soon anyway). Talk about insanity! Not only that, but the media is doing their "the sky is falling!" song and dance routine.



They won't be the last country though. France, the Netherlands, Italy, Austria, Hungary, Portugal, Finland and Slovakia are all also considering leaving the EU.


http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2016-06-26/civil-uprising-escalates-8th-eu-nation-threatens-referendum



The EU has outlived its purpose. It does not exist for the betterment of their member states but only to eliminate their sovereignty slowly but surely. It has stopped being an economic community some time ago.





When Obama says one thing, you do the opposite. He told them to stay in the EU or they'll be at the back of the queue. Not that there's any doubt as to who's in the front of his queue (MB, BLM, and illegals of course).
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I forget what forum I first saw it in, but I guess it was influencial enough that at least one California papers has made the Gipper their endorsement.

And, heck, Reagan probably polls better than None-of-the-Above. If the goal of Renegades is to send the presidential election into the GOP-controlled house, Ronald Reagan, Jesus Christ, or Boaty McBoatface may all be popular enough to beat anyone on the ballot. But only one of those choices could deliver us the hologram Reagan we were promised four years ago. Dude, I was never a Tupac fan. Where's my hologram?

I've said before that I have no faith in the House picking a terribly gifted president, but at this point, punting to the House might be the best-case scenario. Living in the Sooner State, I can't write anybody in. Who is looking forward to a dull generic Republican president right now? 
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Well, every American 35 or over is entitled to run for the highest office, and I have no doubt Nancy French would be our best first lady in over a century. I'd like to help out by reminding the renegades of the Unity08 v. FEC decision, which frees a newly-formed party to unrestricted fundraising, no superPAC required.

Any amount of money from any entity from anywhere on the globe, all legal, directly into the treasury of the party created for the purpose of electing him. With no disclosure requirement. Of course, Hillary can break all of the rules without fear of prosecution, so that's only an advanage in theory.

Meanwhile, Gary Johnson is starved for cash. Did you know he accepted matching funds in 2012? 
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There's some imagination in the idea, which, by the way, I saw somebody post on Ricochet before Bill Kristol started running with it.

Question: when did a third party candidate ever win the American presidency? If you answer 1860, and only 1860, not so. Besides Lincoln's other win in 1864 under the National Union Party ticket, John Q. Adams won the 1824 election without winning the nomination of a political party (And if we want to get super-technical, George Washington wasn't formally in a party during his elections).

Quincy won without having a majority or even a plurality of the popular or electorial vote, being, to date, the only recipient of the presidency via the House of Representatives.

So, anyway, like Cruz winning delegates without voters, a small group with Bill Kristol at the center are considering playing Calvinball, the game, immortalized in a comic strip, where the rules keep changing. The term became popular in conservative politics after Ace of Spades pointed out that we keep losing the way the "game" of politics is currently "played".

The Renegade concept seeks by design to exploit the same tie-breaker rule as Quincy by conceding that a splinter party can't reach the requisite 270 electorial votes to win outright, but can win enough to keep any party from reaching the magic number.
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Still, the idea of kicking an election to the house is worth kicking around, for this cycle, or a future one (assuming our constitutional regime persists). One Ricochet poster went wild with the idea, and created a "house party" concept. I prefer to call it the "favorite son" strategy.

Forfeiting the idea of winning outright, and setting the goal at denying others outright victory, we draft "favorite sons" state by state, or region by region, so that we could have as many as fifty electoral college winners. We can nominate someone popular in Texas to win Texas, and so on.

Nice, but the flaw is selling anybody on the idea that the House of Representatives will elect a good president. Who, we must ask, can we trust to whip congress into selecting a good person? How, we must ask, can we trust even the good congressmen to reach a concensus, and themselves not splinter? Why, we must ask, are we supposed to expect House Republicans to vote for a Renegade, rather than their own party nominee? And where, we must ask, was this Renegade nominee back when the Republicans were still in the nomination process?

I doubt Kristol's team can do it, but maybe the folks that whipped the delegates for a hypothetical second ballot victory could. Yep, if the Kristol team handed the keys to the former Cruz Campaign*, the odds of a victory become more possible. As a Bill Kristol vanity project, it fails.

Supposing the right team drafted the right ticket, the effort and risk might be worthwhile. But putting that kind of effort into a constitional convention could be more worthwhile. A convention could be a good channel for all that pent up energy.

*I realize, do to the fealty pledge, Cruz himself wouldn't be invited.
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Cruz and Kasich have dropped out, leaving Trump as the last man standing. Great.... just great. The last thing I wanted was Trump and Hillary in the general election. Trump, like Hillary, is such a flip-flopper it's not even funny.

http://www.usnews.com/news/blogs/ken-walshs-washington/2016/04/04/trump-continues-to-flip-flop-on-key-issues


Trump is now sinking so low he's looking up to see the bottom. Lyin' Don's latest stunt linked Cruz father to JFK's assassination. It is a baseless, flat-out lie. Cruz is right.... he is a pathological liar and a narcissist.


Sure, politics are dirty and have always been so, but Trump's little smear campaign of anyone he dislikes has gone on long enough!


However, what will the Left do given that most of them conduct violent protests (but given their privilege, it's apparently okay)?

http://www.thegatewaypundit.com/2016/03/will-liberal-media-ever-report-on-violent-leftist-mob-at-every-single-trump-event/


I know they won't take too kindly to Trump being the nominee, and guess what? Neither do I! I never liked Trump to begin with! Sure, I didn't like the Bernie Bums' actions at his Chicago rally a couple months ago, but it didn't automatically mean I liked Trump! Trust me, the conservatism members of my friends list can attest to that. ;)


So what happens now? Writing in a candidate in November may sound like the right thing to do (as many of us don't want a Hillary presidency), but what's that going to do anyway? Probably nothing!


Where's a third-party when you need one?
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One thing not appreciated in our culture is the nature of "morning drive" programs. Some morning drives are driven by actual shock jocks, and then some aspired to teach American civics and actually air a program of value. Morning In America, hosted by former Reagan Administration Secretary of Education William Bennett, could occassionally be what it aspired to be.

There were a few hosts that demonstrated that commercial radio could carry intellectual conversations. Bill was among the best nationally-syndicated ones, while plenty of metros had their own great brains on the air, like Chicago's Milt Rosenberg. I don't think the era of smart radio is over, but I've been wrong a few times.

I meant to post a few months back about changes in satellite radio, with the King Dude, Mike Church leaving Sirius/XM Patriot, to be replaced by Breitbart. Church, interestingly enough, is the only radio host I can think of that clinged to the geocentric model of the universe.

At the same time, Patriot dropped The Blaze for their hourly news updates in favor of Salem Radio Network news. 
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While Congressman Gowdy, the FBI, and others continue to recover all files wiped with a sponge or something, I would hope we have some brave journalists who remember that somebody dumped all the diplomatic cables to a WikiLeaks server during Clinton's term as SecDef.

Besides the cables released to WikiLeaks in 2010 and '11, I've got to wonder if anybody is willing to drop more. After the death of Aaron Swartz, I almost wonder if anyone is brave enough to. And if there is, I'm wondering if there are many people left that can make it news. I've lost a lot of faith in conservative media lately. And I'll tell, you, I'll feel betrayed if I find out conservative media is witholding from dropping something on Clinton during the primaries, where she's vulnerable.

Jeb!, you just assumed you'd sail through these primaries! Where's your opposition research on Clinton? We've got to believe all these defunct presidential campaigns have files on Clinton scandals. Heck, Obama and Edwards '08 campaigns may have Clinton files the public hasn't seen. Maybe Rudy '08 does. Like Jeb!, he just assumed he'd win the primaries, remember? McCain probably had a file, as he didn't know Obama would win until late. Probably everybody from Fred Thompson to Scott Walker had a Clinton research team on the payroll. Where are your files?

So low is my opinion of journalism that I consider it likely those campaigns uncovered things we haven't seen before. And I doubt any news outlets even thought to start contacting defunct campaigns and PACs for Clinton dirt.

And, while we're at it, how about contacting foreign intelligence agencies and foreign diplomats (but I repeat myself). There are probably a few out there looking for revenge over the contents of some of those cables. The UN is a high concentration of individuals that might not feel too good about her.

I doubt many of you are giddy about a President Sanders, but if anybody is sitting on a stash of documents, this is the moment to sink Clinton, when doubts about her can still sink in.
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I actually find myself moved to post about the fancy of brokering the Republican convention. Just about all the talk I'd seen about it has been from the point-of-view of all parties contra-Trump, so I took the mental exercise of thinking about an alternative Trump supporters may actually prefer to their very flawed champion.

There are people, after all, who have publicly held the views that attracted voters to The Donald in the first place. Not all of them ran for president as Reform Party candidates. There actually was a guy at CNN other than Pat Buchanan that held those views. His was the last show of any popularity (documentaries about whales excluded, of course) on that network.

Yes, folks, good ol' folksy Lou Dobbs has publicly expressed the same views on immigration and trade that Donald only recently latched onto. And he did it consistantly on radio, television, and print. And he's done it without all the headscratching behavior.

He isn't really a compromise candidate, policy-wise. He gives away everything to Trump supporters, really. But, up to this point, haven't they had all the advantages, anyway? I think I can promise Republicans that he won't embarrass them with any sort of crude behavior, and will be as electable as these policies possibly can be. There's a lot less down-side, electorally, to him. And less damage to the party brand, in many ways.

Bill Kristol would cry, but if I understand the NeverTrump stuff, most of those folks are most angry about the personality and character of Donald Trump, right? Lou Dobbs might still be a bit of a crap sandwich to many of them, but is he a little more digestible?
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I know this is a little late but i have other things to focus on (like college graduation). ;)

Anyway, obviously you know about protesters interrupting and shutting down a Trump rally in chicago a while ago. Many were Bernie Bums and a few even had "professionally-made" signs, suggesting it was well-orchestrated. As a matter of fact, MoveOn was part of it and a local activist helped organize it (chicago, community organizer, hmmmmmm, does that ring a bell).


It all boils down to one thing: had they simply protested outside the venue the whole time without interrupting Trump's rally, then there would've no problem.

Leftists generally don't operate that way. instead, the thugs barged into a ticketed rally (no ticket= no entry), disrupted it, shut it down (one guy even rushed the stage), and stopped Trump's supporters from peaceably assembling, then it turned into a huge fight and got violent at times.



Look, i'm no trump supporter (as i most certainly did not vote for him, i'll say that much), but he and his supporters have a right to PEACEABLY assemble no matter how much some of us don't like what he says. Same goes for any other candidate.
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It's probably a dumb question, but is it really unusual to have most if not all of your family have different political views than you? I'm just wondering.
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Seeing recent events, I flashed back to how Andrew handled much the same thing back in 2010. I can anticipate what you're thinking, and yes, I think it would be possible to look "presidential" and mix it up with a crowd.
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2 old feminist hags (for lack of a better term) bashed women who wouldn't vote for hillary.


Gloria steinem accused young women of voting for bernie "just for the boys" and madeleine albright said that there's a special place in hell for women who don't support hillary. Spoken by peaceful, loving, tolerant liberals.

Not only that, but hillary defended their comments! You know what those 3 are? There's a certain c-word that describes them.... chumps. :O)


So you have liberals who call black republicans "uncle toms" and "house n-words" but i guess they do the same to republican women. Then again, intimidation and guilt-tripping people into voting for them is the left's game.
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If you live long enough, every fact you stored about the world will become wrong. A most relevant case in point is the facts about the "democratic socialist" wonder-states of Scandenavia.

Who here has seen the 2015 Forbes list of most business-friendly countries?

The days of Hong Kong and Singapore on top are sadly gone, and today Denmark tops the list. Good old New Zealand holds its traditional spot among the top tier, but then Norway is third, Sweden at five, Finland (a fairly gun-friendly place, by-the-way) at six, and the Netherlands at nine.

I don't know the Forbes methodology, and I can guess their definition of "business-friendly" might not completely mesh with a good conception of free-market capitalism, but it is easy to find plenty of anecdotes about northern Europe roaring back toward capitalism, and as the famous economist said, the plural of anecdote is data.

This is important stuff. The stated ideal of the American progressive movement is the system that they believe is working in the Scandenavian countries. They are right that these countries are working and thriving, but the facts they know about the region's economic system are now decades out of date. I am happy to report that Sweden even refused a bailout of Saab at a time when America established a social safety net for corporations.

I do hope our world facts soon become up-to-date. I'd love to hear a different kind of talk about embracing the Swedish model.
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So Obama wanted to bypass Congress (imagine that) in order to make it harder to acquire guns.


Basically, gun dealers need a Federal Firearms License (FFL) and must conduct background checks on potential buyers. These FFLs take several months to process. What obama's trying to do is make the definition of a gun dealer more broad and vague (though the interpretation should be the court's job, not obama's) to where that means even selling one or two firearms every now and then means you'll be classified as a firearms dealer (and must get a FFL and conduct a background check). Not following those rules can get them prosecuted.


Just another abuse of executive power by the President.... regardless of party, this kind of sidestepping around congress is not ok.
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On New Year's Eve, in a cologne train station and outside the iconic cologne cathedral, 1000 "arab and north african men" (according to the city's police chief) robbed, sexually assaulted and/or raped 90 different women in one night, one of those being right next to the cathedral. There were additional attacks in the st. Pauli area of hamburg as well as stuttgart. Almost all of them in cologne were young men who spoke no english or german.


I'm afraid this is only the beginning of the consequences of letting 1.2 million of these refugees into europe last year alone.
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1. Why aren't these refugees (mostly muslim) going to other muslim middle eastern countries?

2. Why is it that when some of those middle eastern countries closed their borders to them no one batted an eye, but when poland, hungary and croatia did the same everyone lost their minds?


Then again, those questions pretty much answer themselves.
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I originally posted the following in another community in response who believes that American Democracy merely exists on paper. I really like what came out of me in this post, and I have decided to post it here.

People seem to think that in an ideal democratic society, everyone just sits around all day and sucks in the nectar of liberty. This is not so. Democracy is, and always has been a debate -- sometimes a violent debate.
In the United States, sometimes big business has had all the power, for instance in the Gilded age that lasted between 1865-1920's, and that age's more modern version characterized by things like the Supreme Court's <i>Citizens United</i> decision.  Sometimes a more populist form of government took charge in the Progressive era, started by Theodore Roosevelt, or in the era of the New Deal, Initiated by his cousin Franklin. Other democratic reforms (in the sense of those citizens other than the rich), occurred under Lyndon Johnson, in the form the the Great Society. Under Johnson, the Civil Rights laws were passed, and Jim Crow was outlawed.
There have been people who assisted democracy in finding it's way. People like Alexander Hamilton, James Madison, Thomas Jefferson, and at a later date, people like Henry Clay and Abraham Lincoln. The Emancipation Proclamation was more than "just on paper", was it not?
No doubt, in your post, you are referring to the modern status of US politics. Right now, the rich are ruling things. But there are movements afoot that are re-asserting the rights of the 99%, for instance Occupy Wall Street,  the populism of the Tea Party and of the supporters of people like Bernie Sanders. Although I have many, many objections to the Tea Party and to the followers of Donald Trump, I am also aware that they are a response to the elitism that has taken control of the US. However, I am sure that eventually, the primitive form of populism that exists in the US will iron itself out, and will manifest in rational changes to our society.
One final point. I live in Brooklyn, NY. In my neighborhood there is a great deal of cultural diversity. We have Hassidic Jews, Middle Easterners, people from the former Soviet Union, Carribeans, and those of us of Western European descent. Despite the ravings of Trump and his followers, in my neighborhood, all of these cultural types get along just find. We respect each others customs, and believe that each culture has a right to see the world as it does. That is democracy in the US. It is why people from all over the world want to come here: they know that ultimately they will be given a fair shake -- at least they will receive fairer treatment than they would almost anywhere else in the world. And that is proof that democracy does not exist only on paper.

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Even if you don't celebrate christmas, merry christmas anyway! Here, take this eggnog!

To the SJW snowflakes who were ever so slightly offended, i'll keep you all in my prayers.

I'll post about BLM blocking off malls and airports later, but for now, hope the holidays are going good for all of you! :)
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Well, guys, we Americans pressured out one speaker, and now I'm seeing rumbles about Speaker Ryan, who, I remind everyone, stated in public that he didn't want the job in the first place.

I've read little beyone headlines about the bill that Drudge claims is basically a Democrat bill, but if it is so bad, than, it once again makes sense to search the world for a better House Speaker, and I can't help but notice that, since my last post on Australia's Tony Abbott, that Stephen Harper is no longer leading our northern neighbors. Oh, he's still an MP, but no longer PM, so we do have a promotion to offer him, if our own grassroots were interested.

Like Abbott, he did govern over a nation more economically free than our own, and, again like Abbott, governed more conservatively than we American are used to. So, he could be our man.

I'm disenchanted with our domestic options enough that I'd like to draft both of them. 
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Tip of the hat to melvin_udall and justgoto for finding this.

Anyway, why is that the title and who am i referring to? Loretta Lynch said that this shooting is a "wonderful opportunity" to make drastic changes. Sound familiar to rahm emanuel's "never let a good crisis go to waste"? The left are using these tragedies to demonize the NRA and anyone they disagree with, every... single... time.


Here is the quote:

We’re at the point where these issues have come together really like never before in law enforcement thought and in our nation’s history and it gives us a wonderful opportunity and a wonderful moment to really make significant change,” said Lynch.


Oh yeah, then there's this:

After touting the numbers of "investigations into acts of anti-Muslim hatred" and "bigoted actions" against Muslims launched by her DOJ, Lynch suggested the Constitution does not protect "actions predicated on violent talk" and pledged to prosecute those responsible for such actions. 



Will this "violent talk" includes the BLM movement, oh wait, they largely disobey the law so i guess not. Liberal Privilege allows liberals and minorities to say what they want without consequence. When's the last time they lost their job over something they said?



So obama wants to let in all these refugees without checking who they are first, wants to arrest anyone who says anything bad about islam (you know that's going to happen given that obama and lynch stand with muslims), refuses to do anything about "sanctuary cities", refuses to call islamic terrorism terrorism, and WE are the problem, not the muslim bigots who largely refuse to assimilate and hate non-muslims? We've really gone to hell in a handbasket!
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What happened near Estade de Paris tonight should make our blood boil (apart from the mob mentality in Missouri).

Islamic terrorists killed and took hostages and the death toll's rising.

Perhaps Europe needs to close their borders and send the thousands and thousands of "refugees" back ASAP but one thing's for sure, this was an Islamic attack.


Tonight we are all French. Keep them in your thoughts and prayers.


Update: Imagine that, leftists like Bill Maher are already blaming the victims for "provoking" the attack. They would defend Islam to the bitter end. Now you know who's selling out Europe for the sake of "diversity"...at the expense of those already living there.
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As conservatives, we always say less government.


The real question we must ask each other is what needs to be regulated and what doesn't? Just taking one of the main conservative and libertarian viewpoints a step further.
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..... then why do they only show up when a white cop does it (and they usually kill thugs with rather long criminal records who are no angels, such as trayvon and michael brown but don't let facts get in the way of the emotion-driven left)? Granted, cops aren't perfect as nobody is, but would you rather have them around or thugs?

If black lives mattered to BLM, why do they ignore the high number of black-on-black crimes in their cities like new york, chicago, st. Louis, memphis, oakland, and baltimore among others?

If BLM is soooo peaceful, why were they chanting "pigs in a blanket, fry 'em like bacon" and "what do we want, dead cops! When? Now!"

The answer is simple: obama, sharpton,jackson, holder, de blasio et al are anti-cop. Once again obama proved this by defending the BLM while always criticizing police almost right from the start.


Yes, BLM promotes violence, like member Joseph thomas Johnson-shanks who killed kentucky state trooper Joseph cameron ponder after getting caught driving with an expired license.


Yes, i believe all lives matter.... but the BLM movement doesn't believe so.


BLM was all started by the lie of hands up, don't shoot and it'll take years to undo the damage.
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Not by a conservative. A bang-up job.

And she captures the neurosis of our time: "The world is not responding to events in this country, but rather to the description of these events by news organizations."

- http://www.tabletmag.com/jewish-news-and-politics/183033/israel-insider-guide
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So, last week, the Liberal Party- the center-right coalition in Australia- voted to sack their prime minister, who at the time was probably the most conservative head-of-state in the Anglosphere.

I'm not an Australian, and didn't follow Australian politics especially closely, but Mr Abbott seems to be the sort American conservatives can appreciate. His words and deeds on immigration would make UKIP proud. He was a lion against the carbon tax and cap-and-trade. He is a proud conservative Catholic in a country not terribly religious. He saught to liberalize the economy in a country that already has the USA licked in the 'economic freedom' rankings.

If it wasn't for firearms, I'd say he was perfect for a leadership position in American politics. But even with that blemish, I've got to wonder if American conservatives would perfer him to their current House Speaker and Senate Majority Leader. Neither position, I understand, requires American citizenship, nor election to the house or senate.

I've looked beyond American shores ever since I heard Mark Levin rally for Governor Scott Walker to take the house speakership. I thought, if we could look beyond the house, we could also look beyond America for that special talent. We could get a capable former head-of-state. Lee Kuan Yew and Margaret Thatcher are dead. Stephen Harper will lead Canada for some time still. What about Abbott?
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So what did you all make of it? I know, nothing much comes of these debates at this point in time, but it's still good to discuss tonight's debate.

Any candidates stand out to you? Anything they said? If the primary was today, who would you vote for? It's ok if you don't know the answers to those questions, but it gets you thinking a little bit.
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When the Sun News Network died,I'd hoped that their stable of talents would improve the lineups of FNC rivals like Newsmax and One America. But until then, I'm interested in seeing the provocative commentary 'The Rebel' can turn out. 
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Taken by me in April, 1980. Partial restoration from original slide.
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If I were governor of Kentucky, I would pardon the homely arrested lady. Even though I've thought pardons should be abolished ever since Clinton sold them for cash.

Discuss? 
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So multiple times i've heard socialists say jesus was a socialist. As you may have heard, kasich (i know, he's a republican candidate) recently quoted matthew 25 "for i was hungry and you fed me, for i was sick and in prison and you took care of me", etc.)

What he doesn't understand is that there's a difference between charity and socialism. Last time i checked, the salvation army doesn't put a gun to your face in order for you to put that change in the bucket and socialists and communists don't say, "oh, you can give most of your things to us if you want to, whenever you have a chance".


So to those that say jesus was a socialist, charity is voluntary and socialism is forced redistribution. The socialists' doublethink here is saying jesus was one of them while the majority of them are atheists. Basically, they're saying a God they don't even believe in in the first place is one of them.
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