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Fred
Sunrise in Paris
Born in the Blue Ridge, lived in the Conch Republic. Submariner and sometime adventurer.
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ISL, Nothing like a discredit, disqualify response to troll things up. The Russian's have had a base at Tartus Syria since the 1970s. They moved there after the US "persuaded" the Egyptians to move out of the sphere of influence of the USSR. The "nuclear deterent" related to any intervention in Syria by the US was discussed here in detail. It was public knowledge as well. Why do you think CJCS Dempsey convinced Obama not to intervene in 2013? https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Russian_naval_facility_in_Tartus http://turcopolier.typepad.com/sic_semper_tyrannis/2013/06/httpwwwbloombergcomnews2013-06-18pentagon-shoots-down-kerry-s-syria-airstrike-planhtml.html
ISL, Why don't you read this crap before you post some click-bait crap. "host up to 11 Russian warships, including those with a nuclear power plant. " Russian ships with "nuclear power" plants have been sailing the Med for years. You might be surprised to know they may or may not have nuclear weapons onboard even if they have a conventional power plant. That's been true for years too. Where have you and "ann" been for the last few decades to not know that.
Babak, "...you guys want to be free to indulge in your appetites and whims, all the while expecting us -... - to come in and either bail you out or to clean up after your mess." That's a very apt summary of a couple of generations of Americans.
Babak, "Marriage has been redefined among the Diocletians." That redefining is being done to Americans by the American left, not the Diocletians. The forbidden question is still "who, whom".
Babak, You mean all those other countries do not have skilled workforces or any other economic competitive advantage. Glad to know the Congressional Black Caucus was opposed to NAFTA, retroactively anyway.Remind me again why minority immigrants gain affirmative action benefits instantaneously when obtaining citizenship?
Babak, That's why they vote for Democrats.
Imagine, What is the immigration rate in Japan? "When the PTA can write multi-million-dollar PAC checks...." It takes mere seconds to find out how many millions of dollars teachers' unions have donated to politicians and which party affiliation they have: https://www.opensecrets.org/orgs/summary.php?id=d000000064 "...we'll see emphasis being put on schools and the next generation..." Have you seen the news about college campuses denying free speech? That's a direct assault on a founding principle of the Republic. "we get the country we deserve, because we let it happen" You sure did. That's how America got Trump.
JohnA, You failed to answer my question about the tax burden to support rail systems in Europe or what was not built in Europe because they spent their tax money on railroads.
JohnA, How many decades did it take to build? What kind of tax burden was required to build it? What is the tax burden to to maintain it? What did they sacrifice building over all those years so they could have nice railroads?
Decameron, You mean after eight years and a few trillion in spending the States and their subordinate governmental structures haven't fixed all the roads in the Republic? I'm shocked that the solution from the Clinton supporting former head of the DNC is more centralization. How did his successors in PA manage to let all the infrastructure he so adroitly maintained fall into disrepair so quickly and fail to get support from the Obama administration during those years? I wonder what these guys here were doing all that time: https://www.fhwa.dot.gov Would that bill Trump just got passed that's going to eliminate deductabiliy of state taxes from federal taxes have anything to do with this tired old cost shifting suggestion?
in the future please turn off the highlights.
kooshy, So they are buying obligation free citizenship.
Croesus, The bold needs to be turned off at the end of your comment.
hemeantwell, "... a subversive majority could develop, and if they are blocked by organized repression and indoctrination, their reopening may require apparently undemocratic means. They would include the withdrawal of toleration of speech and assembly from groups ..." That's Evergreen College and quite a few more in the US. "Liberating tolerance, then, would mean intolerance against movements from the Right and toleration of movements from the Left. As to the scope of this tolerance and intolerance: ... it would extend to the stage of action as well as of discussion and propaganda, of deed as well as of word. " That is hardly opening the universe of discourse. It is a philosophy that is currently being used for justifying the labeling of opponents as "repressive" and giving free reign to, to use the current phrase, "punch a nazi". Once the "oppressors" have been removed from power I'm sure the newly free oppressed will be able to re-educate the people with wrong think. Kind of like those intellectuals educated at the Grandes écoles, like Ieng Sary, helped Pol Pot do. Of course back then it was all about the bourgeoisie and the proletariat.
Mel, The failure to properly register property transfers was one of the numerous scandals during the mortgage meltdown in 2008-7 time frame. The Obama administration cut a deal with the too big to fail banks to avoid the real cost (to banks) and thus failed to provide real justice for Americans affected.
Jsn, Given that logic I would have to conclude that with their viewership the Kardashians the true leaders of the American left.
Lemur, "Herbert Marcuse was known only in select circles during the sixties." The other folks on the left disagree with you. https://www.brandeis.edu/marcuse2014/about.html Tell me, is Brandeis, where Marcuse taught for over a decade, just some kind of community college that's a step above an internet degree? http://www.brandeis.edu/about/alumni.html "gaining the strategic initiative and problem solving momentum." Right out of the Marcuse playbook. John Conyers must resign! Al Franken must resign! "The worst possible outcome is a preservation of the status quo, where...." men are considered innocent until proven guilty in a court of law before a jury of his peers. A seperate and parallel system of jurisprudence with different rules of evidence - such as we see on college campuses - is much preferable to the authoritarian left.
Origin, Why would they do that, other than to relieve Israel of the burden and to destroy the Kingdom of Jordan by making it a defacto Palestine? A better question would be to ask what Israel would do if next week Trump recognized Jerusalem as the capital of Palestine. Since he has already opened a can of worms he might as well take the bottom off with the top.
kooshy, "...most mandatory go to service ..., tough doing business with ..., not being treated equally, etc. but mainly insecurity issues made them all pay their way to move to LA." So they want a place with all the benefits of a modern industrial society without any obligations to the same?
SmoothieX12, Niiki Haley had the courage to remove the Confederate flag from the SC statehouse grounds. This is after she was supportive of said instrument. Which proves only that she is with the prevailing winds, even when they are from Vichy. She has the position by virtue of Trump removing her from interfering with SC politics, whatever those may be, and further distancing her from oval office potential. In that regard Trump probably did us all a favor.
Harper, Marcuse' essay reads like the play book of the left in action today. To quote the essay: "If it is necessary to break the established universe of meaning...." that explains "gay" marriage and gender identity movements. His idea that "liberating tolerance" means intolerance of the Right is plain to see on campus and off. I think we are going to be in for even more violence from the left.
LeaNder, "facts on the ground" like the recognition of the military conquest of East Jerusalem? I wonder what Rocketman thinks of that.
jdledell, "When Trump traveled the nation proclaiming..." I missed out on which elected office Trump held when he did so. Please remind me. "all is fair in War and politics". That appears to be the level of integrity of the Mueller investigative team.
Dr. George, And replace the investigative apparatus of the DOJ with what?
David, He was smart enough to get elected, defeating a dozen professional republicans and the Democratic machinery along with the MSM. "In the end you will see that he does not live up to your expectations." I thought he was a boor and a mediocre showman. In that regard he's exceeded mine by surviving this long.