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Reality check: Still NO EVIDENCE the kidnappings were ordered or executed by Hamas. More and more evidence every day that the Israeli's are recklessly targeting locations where non-combatants are likely to be killed. No evidence Israel is willing to explore ways of reducing the hardships caused by the border blockade. The casualty number don't lie. Maybe our younger adults are less influenced by commonly accepted myths dating from the 1940's.
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Let Us Now Praise Democratic Hypocrisy

David1454 Wrote: Aug 01, 2014 9:30 AM
CLearly, it is time for a constitutional convention. No lawyers. No sitting Congresspersons. Have lawyers on staff so that the wording of the various Amendments are legally defensible, but the members of the convention should be real people, who have actually had to work for aliving at least for a short time in their lives.
The best examples of bi-partisanship are always situations where Congress does something stupid in response to an imaginary crisis. The solution to incompetence and corruption in government is not MORE MONEY, it's competence and honesty (good management from the top down).
So Mark Davis doesn't like Jesse Ventura. So what? So the defamer was a war hero? Does he get a pass for defaming someone? I don't think so. As for whether this verdict takes money out of the mouths of babies...I think probably not. Ventura will probably just take the insurance money, pay his lawyers, and write off the rest.
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The Loophole is Obama

David1454 Wrote: Jul 31, 2014 7:49 AM
I wonder if it is a "high crime and/or misdemeanor" to flout one's oath of office, i.e., to overtly and purposefully violate the clear terms of the U.S. Constitution. Seems like a no-brainer to me.
The two most important provisions (for today) in the Constitution are Article I, Section 8, which details Congress' enumerated "powers," and the Tenth Amendment, which says that the powers not specifically delegated to the Federal Government are reserved to the states and the people. One should also understand that the longer a Supreme Court opinion is, the more likely it is that the opinion is justifying the subversion of Constitutional principles in a sea of devious sophistry. Most people who are uneducated in the law get hung up on the "general welfare" language of Section 8, concluding that it gives Congress the power to do anything it deems good for the "general welfare" of the country. But this is nonsense, as it renders the remainder of the section meaningless.
Consider one of the underlying assumptions of this article: Four of the 9 Supreme Court justices will CERTAINLY conclude that the federal subsidies are consistent with the law, and are "constitutional." The only question to be considered is which way Roberts and Kennedy will go. And Roberts chickened out last time around.
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Beau Bergdahl’s Duty—And Ours

David1454 Wrote: Jul 23, 2014 1:46 PM
As far as "duty" is concerned, isn't it perverse that the more [fouled]-up a country's government is, the more willing its soldiers are to die to defend it?
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Do Blacks Need Favors?

David1454 Wrote: Jul 23, 2014 9:38 AM
People who assert that "Black culture is simply different" ignore the fact that prior to the invention of "affirmative action" and the "war on poverty," the social and academic norms for "Negros" were not all that different from "whites," particularly in the working classes. HS graduation rates were comparable, illegitimacy rates were comparable, unemployment rates were comparable - even among teens. The net result of all of the programs designed to "help" American Blacks has been to create a culture of defeatism in which millions of minority citizens believe that they cannot succeed without some sort of special consideration or handout. And if you believe you can't succeed, you won't.
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The Armpit of Academia

David1454 Wrote: Jul 21, 2014 9:45 AM
Trouble is, people with "studies" degrees often go to work in Government, where they end up leveraging their idiocy to influence public policy.
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