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Evidently Ransom is a progressive. I do not understand conservatives who claim to be in favor of small government, and believe in a system of checks and balances, but then want to get rid of all defense attorneys. Who do you think will stand up for you when the IRS decides to come after you, when the EPA is shutting down your businesses, and when out of control prosecutors go off on their witch hunts? Sure there are some attorneys who give others a bad name, but look at what was happening here. The judge through a hissy fit because the lawyer would not waive the defendant's constitutional right to a speedy trial. The judge is a bully and has no business being on the bench. If Ransom had his way I guess he would rather the government have no opposition.
This thought-police attitude is pervasive on the left. My wife's uncle wanted to teach family counseling at the university level. Despite being immensely qualified, he was rejected by several schools because his religious views "wouldn't be a good fit" on the faculty. Leftist educators isolate themselves by refusing employment or tenure to conservative professors, and then use the lack of diverse political views as evidence that theirs is the only proper way to think. They also control peer-reviewed publications and block opposing sides from being published. They then use the lack of published peer-reviewed articles as evidence that theirs is the only valid position.
Completely off-topic, but yes, he did know. Which is why He prophesied exactly that he would be resurrected.
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Millionaires Need Your Help!

Matthew492 Wrote: Apr 03, 2014 11:09 AM
We need to change the law so that employers who knowingly hire illegal aliens get deported with the aliens. That would dry up the market in a hurry.
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We Are Not ‘All God’s Children’

Matthew492 Wrote: Feb 10, 2014 10:57 AM
This viewpoint is why I would have a hard time being Christian if I was not a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (Mormons). I believe that God is referred to as our Father because He is literally the Father of our spirits. Furthermore, God loves all of his children and wants us all to be saved. I could never understand how a loving Heavenyl Father would want to create billions of people for the sole purpose of damning them all to hell and eternal torment. Yet, that is exactly what you must believe in order to believe that God creates people, puts them in places like Africa, Asia, or the middle east, with little to no chance of them hearing the Word, and thereby damning them without a chance. To me, it makes far more sense that we are judged based on the knowledge that we have, and that those who never had a chance to hear of Christ will be given that opportunity in the next life.
Actually, you can join the military at 17 if you have parental consent and have graduated high school (waivers for GED have stopped recently). Since the minimum contract is two years, I think the 19 yo reference would be to people who are currently still on Active duty. However, you could leave early and still receive an Honorable discharge (such as medical retirement, hardship or education exemption, etc).
Our problem is that we keep trying to "fix" unfixable countries. We need to return our military to its proper purpose: destroying the enemy. I have no problem with the Iraq invasion, because Hussein was violating the terms of the Desert Storm cease-fire. He was also posturing that he had illegal WMDs. Whether he had them and shipped them to Syria or simply was making it up is irrelevant. He provided all the justification in the world for taking him out as a threat to our interests. However, once he was removed we should have said mission accomplished and LEFT. We should have let the Iraqis rebuild their government in any way they wanted with the understanding that if they became aggressors to our allies agian we'd kick their butts again. Same for Afghanistan. Once we overthrew the sitting government that was harboring Al Qaeda, we should have left. I don't care how they govern themselves as long as they are not allowing terrorists to use them as a staging ground to attack us. We should address threats as they arise, not try to fix every third-world country's problems.
"Under Kern's bill, students couldn't be punished for possessing small toy weapons or using writing utensils, fingers or their hands to simulate a weapon." I think this would cover it.
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Ok Let's Have Open Carry on Campus

Matthew492 Wrote: Jan 08, 2014 2:59 PM
"When will there be the next Newtown, Texas Massacre, Virginia Tech, infinitum." So, how well are those gun bans working to prevent these kinds of attacks? Crickets... You know what could actually make a difference? A good guy with a gun.
If Virginia votes for McAuliffe, they deserve the disaster they are going to get. Unfortunately, I live here and will have to put up with it as well. At least I get to move in the next 2-3 years when the Army says it's time to go. As for the rest, they will soon be having all the success of California and Detroit...
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No Compromises on a Sinking Ship

Matthew492 Wrote: Oct 15, 2013 1:19 PM
I think Williams has not been paying attention. I WISH the Republicans weren't compromising so much. Yes, in the beginning they wanted to defund and then delay Obamacare, but since then there have been several compromise offers, including simply getting rid fo the new additional taxes on prosthetics and pacemakers, and removing the Obamacare subsidies from Congress. They are a far cry from defund or else that Williams seems to portray.
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