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The Nightmare of a Defenseless America

Nik L Wrote: May 01, 2014 7:20 AM
The article reads, “The President’s senior military advisor was a general, chosen for the job not because of a sterling combat record but for being the Public Affairs section’s telegenic face of ‘The New Military.’” Note the “retirements” yesterday of two (more) generals, and note that they are just the most recent of what could be characterized as a continuing purge that began ~ 5 years ago. Note also that there was no military response to the attack on the Benghazi consulate despite in-theatre capability and the attack lasting for many hours.
These are not the first (and probably will not be the last). The number of conspicuous retirements of senior military officers over the past 5 years begins to look like a purge – reminiscent of the purge ordered by Stalin in the 1930s (although those retirements were a bit more severe on the affected individuals). That purge had devastating consequences for the USSR when Nazi Germany invaded in 1941.
Will someone please specify exactly what "fundamental right" is being denied to those who identify themselves as gay?
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Bureaucracy, Boondoggles, and Bad Behavior

Nik L Wrote: Mar 30, 2014 9:01 AM
It continues to amaze, with so much evidence in our everyday lives and over history, that government is effective in so few things and is inefficient, incompetent, corrupt, or all three in everything else, that people continue to, not only have faith in government, but advocate that it do more, have more power, and spend more money.
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More Fraudulent Science From EPA

Nik L Wrote: Mar 30, 2014 8:53 AM
Odd. As recently as a year ago, many “scientists” were strongly advocating the intentional injection of sulphur dioxide into the atmosphere to combat global warming (by intentionally attenuating sunlight). Odd, too, is that the same people who wail about the health of “the children” are political pals of those who insist on an unrestricted right to abortion ((including “partial birth,” and viable fetuses).
Great column, John. Not to put too fine a point on it, though, the original, original meaning of racism was: to ascribe characteristics or capabilities to an individual based solely on the individual’s race, with an overtone that the individual is consequently inferior in some way. For example, assuming that a given white man would not play basketball well because of a belief that all white men cannot jump would be an example of racism. The “hate” aspect is a recent development.
Today (and since the Internet was founded), $10, a name, and an email address would get you a domain name (assuming it wasn’t already taken). That’s it. If the US relinquishes control, getting a domain name will soon require you to justify why you need one, demonstrate financial wherewithal, describe what you will do with/on your site, etc. – that is, for example, you will have to provide financial records, define/describe your content, and identify who your associates are, etc. Those who don’t measure up to the agency’s standards (which will be broad and subject to bureaucratic whim) will not get their domain name, or it will take so long as to have the same effect as a denial. (Sound familiar? Think IRS, only with all the enhanced speed, reliability, courtesy, security, and fairness of, say, the USSR, North Korea, or Iran.) And do not be surprised if you will also have to pay an initial fee of $1000, and pay annual fees (taxes) of $100, plus 10% of the gross receipts your site generates (and be prepared to prove your numbers). Failure to comply will result in the loss of your domain name. (And the agency will be monitoring.)
“Indiana withdrawing from Common Core standards.” Tell it to Jeb Bush and the rest of the GOP establishment.
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A Pilot on Hijacking of MH370

Nik L Wrote: Mar 17, 2014 8:22 AM
Sounds plausible. However, authorities should also be looking for the purchase and transport of large quantities of jet fuel by those who do not ordinarily buy/transport it, to places it would ordinarily not be transported.
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Win Lose or Draw

Nik L Wrote: Mar 17, 2014 8:07 AM
Done (prayers offered).
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