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Mar 29 2017

Open Thread

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Via Patriot Retort, on a tip from TED.




74 Responses to “Open Thread”

  1. Carriedrichardson says:

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  2. Bodhisattva says:

    And contracted HIV/AIDS on the way down…

  3. Bodhisattva says:

    About time:

    http://hosted.ap.org/dynamic/stories/U/US_CONGRESS_EPA?SITE=AP&SECTION=HOME&TEMPLATE=DEFAULT&CTIME=2017-03-29-17-56-41

    HOUSE APPROVES BILL TO FORCE PUBLIC RELEASE OF EPA SCIENCE (or lack thereof)

    WASHINGTON (AP) — House Republicans are taking aim at the Environmental Protection Agency, targeting the way officials use science to develop new regulations.

    A bill approved Wednesday by the GOP-controlled House would require that data used to support new regulations to protect human health and the environment be released to the public.

    Rep. Lamar Smith, R-Texas, said “the days of ‘trust me’ science are over,” adding that the House bill would restore confidence in the EPA’s decision-making process.

  4. Bodhisattva says:

    And it was 0% when it came to papers that supported AGW:

    http://www.breitbart.com/tech/2017/03/29/j-scott-armstrong-fraction-1-papers-scientific-journals-follow-scientific-method/

    Fewer Than 1 Percent Of Papers in Scientific Journals Follow Scientific Method

    Fewer than 1 percent of papers published in scientific journals follow the scientific method, according to research by Wharton School professor and forecasting expert J. Scott Armstrong.
    Professor Armstrong, who co-founded the peer-reviewed Journal of Forecasting in 1982 and the International Journal of Forecasting in 1985, made the claim in a presentation about what he considers to be “alarmism” from forecasters over man-made climate change.

    “We also go through journals and rate how well they conform to the scientific method. I used to think that maybe 10 percent of papers in my field … were maybe useful. Now it looks like maybe, one tenth of one percent follow the scientific method” said Armstrong in his presentation, which can be watched in full below. “People just don’t do it.”

    Papers that support AGW use the “because we say so” method that liberals used to replace the Scientific method in this and other fields, such as studies of homosexuality, for instance.

  5. Bodhisattva says:

    Judge who illegally blocked Trump’s revised travel EO illegally extends his illegal block.

    http://hosted.ap.org/dynamic/stories/U/US_TRAVEL_BAN_LAWSUITS?SITE=AP&SECTION=HOME&TEMPLATE=DEFAULT&CTIME=2017-03-30-00-15-13

    A LOOK AT LATEST RULING ON TRUMP ADMINISTRATION TRAVEL BAN

    A federal judge in Hawaii who temporarily blocked President Donald Trump’s revised travel ban hours before it was set to take effect issued a longer-lasting order Wednesday.

    U.S. District Judge Derrick Watson held a hearing Wednesday on Hawaii’s request to extend his temporary hold. Several hours later, he issued a 24-page order blocking the government from suspending new visas for travelers from six Muslim-majority countries and halting the U.S. refugee program.

    Chad Readler, a Department of Justice attorney defending Trump’s executive order, told the judge via telephone that Hawaii hasn’t shown how it is harmed by various provisions, including one that would suspend the nation’s refugee program.

    This month, Watson prevented the federal government from suspending new visas for people from six countries and freezing the nation’s refugee program. The ruling came just hours before the ban was to take effect.

    Watson, nominated to the bench by former President Barack Obama in 2012, agreed with Hawaii that the ban would hurt the state’s tourism-dependent economy and that it discriminates based on nationality and religion.

    Trump called the ruling an example of “unprecedented judicial overreach.”

    That it is… that it is.

  6. Bodhisattva says:

    https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/wonk/wp/2017/03/29/these-hispanic-contractors-offered-to-build-trumps-border-wall-then-the-death-threats-began/

    These Hispanic contractors offered to build Trump’s border wall. Then the death threats began

    They’ve received death threats and had profanities and rocks hurled at them. One company’s tractor was stolen.

    For the few Hispanic-owned construction firms daring to bid on building a piece of President Trump’s border wall, this is the emotional price of doing business.

    Owners say they have been accused of betraying their community. Some say they have had to swallow their own qualms about Trump’s contentious immigration policies.

    “A lot of people are saying, ‘You’re Latino. How can you build a wall to keep other Latinos out?’ We had to do a lot of soul-searching before we jumped into this because it’s obviously a very, very controversial topic,” said Michael Evangelista-Ysasaga, chief executive and owner of the Penna Group, a firm based in Fort Worth.

    Evangelista-Ysasaga, whose grandparents emigrated from Mexico, said he fielded five death threats one morning alone this week from “random people calling into the office and just screaming.”

    Every sovereign nation has a duty to defend its borders, he told callers. Unfortunately, he said, a “certain segment” of American Latinos have cast supporters of the border wall as “racist.”

    Work on the border wall has stirred such impassioned reactions that only a tiny fraction of the country’s nearly half-million Hispanic-owned construction firms are even considering profiting from Trump’s wall.

    Of the approximately 200 companies that have responded to the federal government’s two requests for proposals for a solid concrete border wall and another wall design, at least 32 companies are Hispanic-owned, according to a Washington Post analysis of a federal database. The deadline for proposals has been extended to April 4.

  7. Bodhisattva says:

    Well looky there…

    http://www.al.com/news/huntsville/index.ssf/2017/03/gun_falls_from_inmates_body_ca.html

    Stolen gun falls from inmate’s body cavity during search at north Alabama jail

    It’s not yet clear whether the owner wants it back.

    And I thought a watch would be painful… wait for it if you haven’t seen it – it is worth it.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I1ukjdwLAIc

  8. Bodhisattva says:

    Time to get medieval in them.

    http://www.breitbart.com/texas/2017/03/29/border-patrol-agents-assaulted-increasingly-aggressive-illegal-immigrants/

    Border Patrol Agents Assaulted by Increasingly Aggressive Illegal Immigrants

    Several illegal immigrants attacked Border Patrol agents assigned to the Rio Grande Valley Sector during a 24-hour period.
    Two agents assigned to the Rio Grande Valley Station sustained minor injuries when a Guatemalan national attacked them during an arrest. The man struck one agent in the neck with his elbow and kicked the other agents, according to information obtained by Breitbart Texas from U.S. Border Patrol Supervisory Agent Marlene Castro. The agents fought with the suspect and eventually placed him under arrest. The Guatemalan is charged with assault on a federal officer. The agents sustained minor injuries during the assault.

    At about that same time, a Mexican national “became aggressive” with agents attempting to take him into custody. The illegal alien charged the Weslaco Border Patrol Station agents after crossing the border near Progreso Lakes, Texas. After wrestling the Mexican national to the ground, the agents placed him in handcuffs and arrested him. While the agents marched the suspect to their vehicle, the Mexican man attacked them again by attempting to strike the agents. Castro did not indicate if there were any injuries sustained by the agents. Charges against the man are pending at this time.

    The following morning, another aggressive Mexican national attempted to escape custody by throwing dirt at an agent assigned to the McAllen Border Patrol Station. The dirt struck the agent in the face, leaving him temporarily blinded. The Mexican alien fled. Other agents searched for the suspect and eventually took him into custody. The agent was transported to a local hospital where he was “medically cleared,” Castro stated. Charges against the Mexican national are currently pending.

    “Apprehension levels began to decrease as law, policy, and strategy aligned. Unfortunately, we are now seeing an increase in assaults against our agents,” Chief Patrol Agent Manuel Padilla, Jr. said in a written statement. “Attacks against agents will not be tolerated and we will work to pursue prosecution against violators.”

    Just put out the word that aggression may be met with deadly force.

  9. Bodhisattva says:

    Economy is not crashing fast enough (so they can blame Trump) so…

    https://www.wsj.com/articles/fed-officials-say-they-may-need-to-pick-up-pace-of-rate-increases-1490824801

    Fed Officials Say They May Need to Pick Up Pace of Rate Increases
    Officials warn more than the 3 raises now projected for 2017 may be justified if the economy tops expectations.

    Most Federal Reserve officials expect to raise short-term interest rates two more times this year, but some are now warning a brightening economic outlook could prompt them to lift borrowing costs even more.

    Fed Vice Chairman Stanley Fischer, a close ally of Chairwoman Janet Yellen, reaffirmed the consensus view Tuesday, telling CNBC the central bank’s recent projection of two more rate increases this year in addition to the one earlier this month “seems to be about right, that is to say, it’s my forecast as well.”

    Some officials, however, say they see a good chance the economy will perform better than expected (thanks to Trump and the Republicans)—called upside risk in central-bank jargon—either because of its own strength or if it gets a boost from new tax, spending and regulatory policies sought by the Trump administration. If so, that could justify more Fed rate increases than currently envisioned to prevent the economy from overheating.

  10. Ferd Berfel says:

    because everyone knows that without the moo slime tourists the Hawaiian economy can’t exist

    https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/6971c1a2264328e6018fb1cc4fd56c8ed9e634c955364220aad27cd44d75332d.gif

  11. Ferd Berfel says:

    start with the 2.5 micron scam
    they just keep moving the goal posts to stay relevant

  12. MakeAmericaSaneAgain says:

    “Any person who knowing or in reckless disregard of the fact that an alien has come to, entered, or remains in the United States in violation of law, conceals, harbors, or shields from detection, or attempts to conceal, harbor, or shield from detection, such alien in any place, including any building or any means of transportation; …”
    … is in violation of a felony punishable by up to 5 years in prison!
    United States Code 8, Section 1324

  13. KirklesWorth says:

    That’s because all of the “nice” illegal aliens are already here. The second wave must be the dregs of their previous society.

  14. KirklesWorth says:

    Liberal Websites Current Last 5 Articles

    ABC News
    Casino mogul Phil Ruffin among Trump’s closest friends
    American Airlines pilot dies after medical episode on flight
    How Trump is tackling and drawing fire on women’s issues
    Dems: Red flags from Kushner sit-down with Russian banker
    Police investigate explosion outside courthouse in Saskatoon

    CNN
    How Henry VII can help Theresa May with Brexit
    Japan may take more aggressive military stance
    The House’s Russia hearing is a mess, but you should pay attention to the Senate’s
    This is what ‘deconstruction of the administrative state’ really means
    Straighten up, with some electronic nagging

    Daily Kos
    Morning Digest: Trump-loving Sheriff David Clarke may draw a challenger who could end his career
    Abbreviated pundit round-up: Missing black girls; Trump’s dump on climate initiatives
    Open thread for night owls: Undoing the Clean Power Plan won’t be as simple as the regime thinks
    Despite Trump rage tweets, Rexnord is still moving its Indianapolis plant to Mexico
    Sen. Ron Wyden to introduce bill nixing warrantless airport phone searches

    Huffington Post
    Aunt Viv Of ‘Fresh Prince’ Calls Co-Star A ‘Media Hoe’ After Reunion Photo
    Flying Turkey Smashes Through SUV’s Windshield On Indiana Highway
    Good Thing Disney Changed Nearly Everything About Elsa In ‘Frozen’
    Climate Change-Deniers ‘Spam’ Thousands Of Teachers With Anti-Global Warming Packages
    Please Stop Asking Morgan Freeman To Record Your Voicemail Messages

    Media Matters
    Monica Crowley: “What Happened To Me Is A Despicable Straight Up Political Hit Job”
    Newsmax CEO Embarrasses Himself While Denying Newsmax Reported On Trump Meeting With Russian Ambassador
    O’Reilly: Congress Must Investigate Obama For Subversion
    Fox’s Shep Smith Calls Out GOP’s Rushed Obamacare Alternative
    Morning Shows Don’t Push Back As Trump’s Budget Director Lies About GOP’s Health Care Plan

    Mother Jones
    Immigrants Are Going Hungry Because They’re Worried About Being Deported
    Yes, Of Course People on Obamacare Are Getting Lots of Medical Care
    Quote of the Day: What Bush Thought Of Trump’s Inaugeration
    Is It Really Illegal to Make Undercover Recordings in California?
    A Progressive Congressman Who Lost His Seat Because Of Obamacare Explains Why It Was Worth It

    MSNBC
    Trump prefers to keep power (literally)…
    Senate intel leader: No question Russia…
    Why we love John McCain
    ‘Impulsive, chaotic’
    Trump down to his core with 35 percent…

    NPR
    After Health Care Fight, House Freedom Caucus Considers Next Steps
    Former Chris Christie Aides Sentenced To Prison Over ‘Bridgegate’
    A Parody Politician Gains Serious Attention In Serbia
    Sen. Angus King On Russia Election Investigations
    Tillerson’s Task Ahead For Turkey Visit

    Salon
    Immigration crackdown: Despite defeats in court and deepening scandal, Trump’s crusade ramps up on many fronts
    Robert Reich: Trump’s technique for dealing with bad news involves a fog machine
    WATCH: Empower forward — NBA commissioner wants to expand opportunities for women in the league
    “Tear up Texas”: How the FBI played a central role in the first ISIS attack on U.S. soil
    Taking it to the states: Anti-Trump resistance goes granular with Our States, a map-based organizing project

    Slate
    Mean Streets
    I Have to Ask: The Elif Batuman Edition
    Why Engineers Should Refuse to Work on Trump’s Wall
    Bob Dylan Is a Great Singer
    What They Knew, and When They Knew It

    Time
    A Judge Extended the Block on Trump’s Travel Ban. Here’s What’s Happened and What Comes Next
    Unseen Apollo, The Experience of Going to the Moon
    Morgan Freeman Doesn’t Want to Record Your Voicemail Message
    Dictionary.com Adds ‘Alt-Right,’ ‘Slay’ and ‘Black Lives Matter’
    An American Airlines Pilot Died During a Landing

  15. WMD says:

    Reminds me of that stupid slag on the view who wondered if we get rid of immigrants who would clean her toilet?

  16. KirklesWorth says:

    https://youtu.be/cVGp2FZmVA4“>A former Obama administration official admitted on MSNBC Wednesday that her colleagues did work to gather intel on President Trump before he took office, per Fox News.

  17. Bodhisattva says:

    Seattle Files Lawsuit Over ‘Sanctuary Cities’ Funding Threat

    http://www.nbcnews.com/news/us-news/seattle-files-lawsuit-over-sanctuary-cities-funding-threat-n740331

    In any fair court it would be thrown out – Seattle hasn’t got a basis for the suit – haven’t been harmed yet.

    The city of Seattle on Wednesday announced a federal lawsuit over the Trump administration’s threat to withhold federal grants to so-called “sanctuary cities,” citing the 10th Amendment that deals with states’ rights.

    “Apparently the Trump administration, their war on facts, has now become a war on cities,” Seattle Mayor Ed Murray said. He said the goal of the suit is to have a judge declare the order unconstitutional.

    President Donald Trump on Jan. 25 signed an executive order directing the federal government to ensure that jurisdictions that refuse to cooperate with immigration officials are not eligible to receive some federal grants.

    “These jurisdictions have caused immeasurable harm to the American people and to the very fabric of our Republic,” Trump said in the executive order. Trump made illegal immigration a central issue of his campaign.

    On Monday, Attorney General Jeff Sessions said the Justice Department would require cities seeking some of $4.1 billion available in grant money to verify that they are in compliance with a section of federal law that allows information sharing with immigration officials.

  18. Bodhisattva says:

    Thanks Obama! Thanks Democrats! (and complicit Republicans)

    http://www.cnbc.com/2017/03/30/debt-and-deficits-are-going-to-explode-in-the-next-30-years-cbo-says.html

    Debt and deficits are going to explode in the next 30 years, CBO says

    Government debt and budget deficits are both set to spiral higher in the coming three decades if current patterns hold, according to new projections released Thursday by the Congressional Budget Office.

    The report warns that the rising debt and deficits risk another crisis.

    “The prospect of such large and growing debt poses substantial risks for the nation and presents policymakers with significant challenges,” the report said.

    Due largely to increases in Medicare and Social Security costs, federal debt will reach 150 percent of gross domestic product in 2047, the CBO report said.

    The total current debt held by the public of $14.3 trillion is 77 percent of GDP. The current total debt level of $18.8 trillion is about 101 percent of GDP (the CBO computes debt to GDP based on public debt). The debt-to-GDP ratio would rise to 89 percent in 2027, according to current projections.

  19. Bodhisattva says:

    The “ANGER ROOM” – a moonbat answer to not being able to control oneself.

    Instead of learning not to be violent and destructive, moonbats encourage their own to go the opposite way.

    http://www.cnn.com/2017/03/30/health/anger-room-stress-relief/index.html

    Let’s be honest with ourselves – it sometimes feels good to be bad.

    We’ve all experienced those moments of stress or anger when you’re so mad that you just want to break something. But can acting on those impulses help to relieve the stress and tension we feel in those moments?
    Well instead of destroying – and repairing or replacing – stuff at home or working to find the answer, there are businesses where, for a fee, you can wreak as much havoc as you want with no consequences.
    Anger rooms – as they’re called – have become all the rage for the high-strung person who needs a “safe space” to blow off some steam. When counting to ten, taking deep breaths, or the sage advice to ‘take a chill pill’ doesn’t manage to suppress your wrath, a controlled environment to get the aggression out of your system might do the trick.

  20. Bodhisattva says:

    And the moonbats claimed it was Trump who was endangering free speech:

    http://www.washingtonexaminer.com/john-podesta-slaps-the-daily-caller-with-a-cease-and-desist-letter/article/2618832

    John Podesta slaps the Daily Caller with a cease-and-desist letter

    The letter sent to publisher Neil Patel by Podesta’s counsel, Marc Elias, singles out a March 26 article titled, “EXCLUSIVE: John Podesta May Have Violated Federal Law By Not Disclosing 75,000 Stock Shares.” In it, reporter Richard Pollock wrote that Podesta “may have violated federal law by failing to disclose the receipt of 75,000 shares of stock from a Kremlin-financed company when he joined the Obama White House in 2014.”

    The punch line?

    Podesta and his clown team sent the letter to the wrong address. Even if it has ANY validity, which it doesn’t, because the article was 100% accurate, to have the desired legal validity and effect, it has to go to the right address.

  21. Bodhisattva says:

    I suspect somehow this will eventually be blamed on Trump/Republicans when in fact it’s the fault of Obama/Democrats:

    http://www.theglobeandmail.com/life/health-and-fitness/health/global-depression-rates-up-18-per-cent-since-2005-who/article34486920/

    The world has arguably become a much worse place thanks to 8 years of Obama and it’s showing in peoples’ attitudes.

    Depression is now the leading cause of ill health and disability worldwide, the World Health Organization (WHO) said on Thursday, with more than 300 million people suffering.

    Rates of depression have risen by more than 18 per cent since 2005, but a lack of support for the mental health combined with a common fear of stigma means many do not get the treatment they need to live healthy, productive lives.

    “These new figures are a wake-up call for all countries to re-think their approaches to mental health and to treat it with the urgency it deserves,” Margaret Chan, the WHO’s director-general, said in a statement from the U.N. agency’s Geneva headquarters.

    The WHO is running a mental health campaign to tackle stigma and misconceptions called “Depression: Let’s Talk.”

    “For someone living with depression, talking to a person they trust is often the first step towards treatment and recovery,” said Shekhar Saxena, director of the WHO’s mental health department.

  22. Bodhisattva says:

    SURPRISE!

    https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/the_americas/as-aylum-seekers-flee-us-for-canada-opposition-politicians-call-for-curbs/2017/03/29/fdaf13f0-1492-11e7-bb16-269934184168_story.html

    The Americas
    ‘Build that wall?’ Some Canadians are calling for more border control, too

    Meanwhile…

    https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/worldviews/wp/2017/03/29/a-mexican-man-was-cleared-of-raping-a-17-year-old-girl-because-he-didnt-enjoy-it/?tid=pm_world_pop

    In Mexico, a man was cleared of raping a 17-year-old girl because he acted without ‘carnal intent’

    It seemed as if Daphne might finally get something like justice. Instead, her father’s prediction came true. A judge found that Cruz had touched the victim’s breasts and penetrated her with his fingers. But, the judge said, that didn’t make Cruz guilty of assault, because he’d acted without “carnal intent.” The judge also found that while Daphne was forced into the car, she was never “helpless.” Cruz was deemed innocent.

    Well it could have been worse:

    https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/asia_pacific/an-indian-teenager-was-raped-by-her-father-village-elders-had-her-whipped/2016/05/09/f6d6c840-c531-11e5-8965-0607e0e265ce_story.html?utm_term=.a3e7c27635b9&tid=a_inl

    An Indian teen was raped by her father. Village elders had her whipped.

    In a scene captured on a cellphone video, one of the men wags his finger angrily at her. He rages: This girl must be punished.

    A villager ties her waist with rope, holding the other end, and lifts a tree branch into the air. She bows her head. The first lash comes, then another, then another. Ten in all. She lets out a wail.

    Eventually the crowd starts murmuring, “Enough, enough,” although nobody moves to stop the beating. Finally, the man throws down his stick. It’s over.

    She is 13 years old. Or maybe 15. Her family doesn’t know for sure. She has never set foot in a school and has spent most of her life doing chores at home, occasionally begging for food and performing in her father’s acrobatic show, for which she is given 20 rupees, about 30 cents.

  23. Bodhisattva says:

    Jane Fonda’s latest income stream – promoting homosexuality and masturbation:

    http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/live-feed/netflixs-grace-frankie-vibrator-billboard-has-la-drivers-doing-double-takes-989907

    Netflix’s ‘Grace and Frankie’ Vibrator Billboard Has L.A. Drivers Doing Double Takes

    A billboard in Hollywood for Netflix scripted comedy Grace and Frankie has drivers slowing down to gawk.

    On the giant advertisement, located on Vine Street just south of Santa Monica Boulevard, the show’s title characters, played respectively by Jane Fonda and Lily Tomlin, are holding large purple vibrators.

    What’s more, the ad for the third season of the comedy series from Friends creator Marta Kauffman comes with the tagline “Good Vibes.”

    It may seem outlandish to some, but then again they likely did not see the season three teaser, which dropped in February, and showed nothing but vibrators forming the March 23, the new season release date (watch below).

    The comedy, a critical favorite, revolves around the two friends whose respective husbands leave them for one another. Martin Sheen, Sam Waterston, Brooklyn Decker and Ethan Embry co-star.

  24. Torcer says:

    Constructing the Linear Political Spectrum/Compass Part II
    “The natural progress of things is for liberty to yield, and government to gain ground.” Thomas Jefferson

    The Linear Political spectrum is based on modern terminology with the Right signifying the desire for limited government and the Left signifying a desire for expanded government. The foundational basis for this spectrum will be a scale ranging from zero (0) to one hundred (100) indicating this modern construct of the Right – Left paradigm. The placement of each ideological term will be determined by a numerical value in the context of this modern paradigm.

    The Right end of the scale will begin with anarchism at zero (0) since this indicates an absence of government. The Left end of the scale will conclude with totalitarianism at one hundred (100) since this indicates total government. The middle of the scale will be set with center or moderate at fifty (50).

    While it may be difficult to determine a specific numerical value for all the ideological terms, most can be set within a certain range for an accurate and rational placement on the scale. Thus the spectrum will be set on a foundation of facts instead of preconceived and emotional biases.

    It should be noted that in general the political Right equates to Conservative or Conservatism defined as follows:

    The Oxford English dictionary defines the term Conservatism as:

    “The holding of political views that favour free enterprise, private ownership, and socially conservative ideas.”

    The Merriam Webster dictionary defines the term Conservatism as:

    “a philosophy calling for lower taxes, limited government regulation of business and investing, a strong national defense, and individual financial responsibility for personal needs”

    Thus the initial numerical value between fifty (50) and zero (0) can be set on the Right wing of the scale.

    [Since the factual dictionary definitions have Conservatism closely associated with the Right the term Conservative Right will be utilized]

    The Left wing of the scale is defined as follows:

    The Oxford English dictionary defines the term Left Wing as:

    The radical, reforming, or socialist section of a political party or system.

    The Merriam Webster dictionary defines the term Left wing as:

    “the part of a political group that consists of people who support liberal or socialist ideas and policies”

    Therefore a numerical range of fifty (50) to one hundred (100) can be set for this term.

    [Given that the dictionary definition closely associates Socialism with the Left the term Socialist-Left will be utilized]

    These are the general set points for the two ends of the spectrum. Working in from the right, the various ideological terms will be defined and numerical value ranges assigned.

    The Oxford English dictionary defines the term libertarianism as:
    “An extreme laissez-faire political philosophy advocating only minimal state intervention in the lives of citizens.”

    The Merriam Webster dictionary defines the term libertarian as follows:

    “a person who believes that people should be allowed to do and say what they want without any interference from the government”

    Clearly this should be placed at the right end of the scale next to anarchy such that there is a linear and logical progression from in essence zero (0) government to ‘minimal’ government.

    Comparing the definitional data with the scale places Conservatism next to libertarianism. This correlates to the overlap of Conservatism with libertarianism.
    https://conservatism20.wordpress.com/2017/03/07/constructing-the-linear-political-spectrumcompass-part-ii/

  25. Bodhisattva says:

    Oh yeah? Moonbats already trying it!

    EU could BREAK UP the US: Juncker in jaw-dropping threat to Trump over support for Brexit

    http://www.express.co.uk/news/politics/785813/European-Union-EU-boss-threatens-break-up-US-retaliation-Trump-Brexit-support

    Juncker forgets BREXIT had nothing to do with Trump and everything to do with Britain rejecting socialism, at least in that respect, if not others.

  26. Torcer says:

    NYC Got Rid Of Trash Cans In Bid To Reduce Trash, And It Backfired http://dailycaller.com/2017/03/30/nyc-got-rid-of-trash-cans-in-bid-to-reduce-trash-and-it-backfired/ via @dailycaller

  27. Torcer says:

    Can We Please Give CruzCare a Try?
    The Obama solution was to force insurance companies to accept anyone with a pre-existing condition. Obviously this is not going to work because people won’t buy insurance until they get sick and need someone else to pay their expensive bills. So to solve that dilemma, Obama ordered that all people buy health insurance whether they want it or not. Forcing people to buy it ostensibly allows insurance companies to make the money they need to cover all these pre-existing condition patients.

    It’s heavy-handed government planning and despite its good intentions, it’s not working. So here’s the Cruz idea in a nutshell:

    1. First, repeal Obamacare entirely. One simple law that ends it, perhaps with the stipulation that some of its provisions be phased out rather than abruptly halted. The phasing must be complete by the end of Trump’s first term, however, or you are inviting disaster.
    2. Mandate insurance be portable, meaning it isn’t tied to your employment. If you lose your job, you don’t lose your health insurance. You have the ability to continue the coverage without interruption as you find new work.
    3. Mandate insurance be continuous and renewable, meaning insurance companies are not allowed to jack up your rates or costs because you get sick – that defeats the whole purpose of insurance. If you have been paying a rate for your coverage, but then get very sick, you must be allowed to renew your insurance at the same premium you’ve been paying. This rewards and encourages responsibility.
    4. Open up the insurance market across state lines – competition will decrease costs as it always does.
    5. Allow people to buy low-cost catastrophic coverage, including the use of health savings accounts.

    This is the way forward and it can be done with full Republican support in Congress if leadership would leave their pride behind and get to work. Never mind your feelings and passions about whether Cruz would have been a better choice than Trump, whether he could have beaten Hillary, or any of that. It doesn’t matter.

    What does matter is the American people deserve a better healthcare system, Washington seems content with letting them suffer with the one we’ve been given, and Cruz is offering a great idea that deserves support.
    http://theresurgent.com/can-we-please-give-cruzcare-a-try/

  28. Bodhisattva says:

    Which is represented in the video I’ve been posting from time to time:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YGL8CiUtXF0

  29. Bodhisattva says:

    My only question is whether the authorities will stand by and let the thugs and anarchists rampage and destroy again, or will they do their jobs?

    At the very least, I hope there is some thought and planning that goes into how to respond appropriately when they start making trouble.

    http://sanfrancisco.cbslocal.com/2017/03/29/planned-ann-coulter-visit-to-uc-berkeley-has-organizers-fearing-another-backlash/

    Planned Ann Coulter Visit To UC Berkeley Has Organizers Fearing Another Backlash

    The planned visit by firebrand conservative commentator Ann Coulter to the University of California, Berkeley has officials and organizers worrying about a repeat of the rioting which greeted Breitbart editor Milo Yiannopoulos.

    Coulter’s visit to UC Berkeley isn’t for another month. But student organizers of the event say they are nervous that the visit from the outspoken conservative will spark another massive backlash.

    “We are pretty apprehensive right now about everything,” said Pranav Jandahyala, president of the nonpartisan student political organization BridgeCal. “But at the same time, what’s pushing us forward is our optimism. We truly believe we can put on a great event.”

    In January, college Republicans cancelled a talk by right-wing commentator Yiannopoulos after violent protesters smashed windows and started a fire outside the event.

    This time, the college Republicans are working with BridgeCal which says it’s hoping the university has a stronger security plan.

    “This time we are definitely going to push them to provide more security than they did last time,” said Jandahlyala. “More officers on the ground instead of in the balcony.”

    Coulter is expected to talk about immigration. Critics say she is anti-immigrant and her views racist.

  30. TED says:

    ROTFLMAO!!

  31. TED says:

    BINGO!!! He started early to avoid the rush on the LEFT! To the liberals it’s like musical chairs, they only have so many seats available, the rest must be satisfied being the common libtard.

  32. TED says:

    http://i.imgur.com/67xvvqM.jpg For the country’s good.

  33. TED says:

    http://i.imgur.com/yWlxurj.jpg I’ll be so glad when this TURD gets FLUSHED far enough down the sewer we won’t have to look at his monkey-ass any more!!

  34. TED says:

    http://i.imgur.com/nbgvrrz.jpg If the LEFT was restricted to using their OWN money all their talks of “compassion” would SOON disappear!!

  35. TED says:

    ANOTHER “Funny how that works”! http://i.imgur.com/FdC3qIe.jpg

  36. TED says:

    !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    https://pbs.twimg.com/media/C7-rx_yVwAAHP7w.jpg

  37. TED says:

    http://i.imgur.com/OA2Karn.jpg LEFTY PLOY 101, Ban it, call it a name and claim it’s hate…

  38. TED says:

    !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    http://i.imgur.com/UblyE5H.jpg

    But then THAT IS your AGENDA isn’t it?!!

  39. TED says:

    http://i.imgur.com/r4otFjo.jpg An EXCELLENT way to whittle that deficit down!!!!

  40. Torcer says:

    This is a rather interesting video socialists reacting to various political spectra graphics. It would seem like they don’t like the fact that the evil in the world is all clustered on the Left.

    Socialists React to Political Spectrum Charts
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PTO-MlF_x0M
    Red Star Videos

  41. Bodhisattva says:

    And a self proclaimed “Marxist” tries to explain and excuse it away:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vyl2DeKT-Vs

  42. Torcer says:

    Clear as mud.

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