South High School In Minneapolis Aims To Be Politically Correct

But they fail with the word, ‘Yoof’, to mean, ‘Youth’. Is this what you want for your teenagers?

SUSOSH PRESENTS: Racial Justice Day – May 23, 2016

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JUSTICE WORKSHOPS

Yoof Activism and Engagement!
What does it mean to be an activist? This workshop centers around what it means to be a yoof activist in the Twin cities, as well as a discussion on the state of policing and criminalization here in Minneapolis. This is a discussion based workshop, will require audience participation. Come if you are interested in getting more involved with activism, or victim of police discrimination of any kind!”

This and a lot more at the school’s website

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I Don’t Understand Why The Mexican Government Doesn’t File Criminal Charges Against the Obama Administration

Bringing guns or ammunition into Mexico is a serious crime. If you or I did it we would be in the slammer for years. Even if we never fired a shot. Now there are documented killings of Mexican nationals using guns senth there under ‘Operation Fast and Furious’.

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“Justice Department Documents Reveal Widespread Use of Fast and Furious Weapons by Major Mexican Drug Cartels – Linked to at least 69 Killings”

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Judicial Watch obtained the documents last month in response to a March 17, 2016, Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request to Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives seeking the following:

All records identifying the locations (including, but not limited to, crime scenes and the locations of seizures) at which firearms – that were identified during the course of or due to Operation Fast and Furious – have been recovered by law enforcement personnel.
The documents show 94 Fast and Furious firearms were seized, 20 were identified as being involved in “violent recoveries.” The “violent recoveries” involved several mass killings:

June 30, 2014 — One 7.62mm rifle recovered in Tlatlaya, Estado de Mexico. This is the reported date and location of a shootout in which 22 people were killed.

May 22, 2015 — Two 7.62mm rifles recovered from the site of a massive shootout in Rancho el Sol, Michoacán, that left one Mexican Federal Police officer and 42 suspected cartel members dead.

August 7, 2015 — One 7.62mm rifle was among five firearms reported as recovered from an abandoned stolen vehicle in which three dead shooting victims were found in Parral, Chihuahua.

January 29, 2013 — One 7.62mm rifle seized in Hostotipaquillo, Jalisco is reportedly related to the assassination of the town police chief, Luis Lucio Astorga and his bodyguard.

January 11, 2016 — One .50 caliber rifle seized from the Joaquin “Chapo” Guzman’s hideout in Los Mochis, Sinaloa, where he was (re)arrested.

In October 2014, Judicial Watch uncovered the fact that an AK 47 rifle used in a July 29, 2013, gang-style assault on an apartment building that left two people wounded was part of the Obama Department of Justice’s Fast and Furious gunrunning program.”

Read the rest at Judicial Watch

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What’s up with Libertarian Candidate Gary Johnson?

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With the high negatives of both Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton, it seems likely that the Libertarian Party will get more votes in this election than it usually does.

I decided to see how much I agree and disagree with the libertarian party candidate Gary Johnson. I pulled his positions on the issues from this site.

Each item below is color coded. If I agree and I think most Revoistas would agree, I coded it green. Disagreement is coded red. If an item is coded yellow, I have either no opinion, a mixed response or don’t fully understand the point of the item.

Have a look.

ABORTION

Don’t require insurers to provide birth control. (May 2012)
No federal funding for stem cell research. (Jan 2012)
Women’s right to choose until fetal viability. (Jun 2011)
Right to choose up until viability of the fetus. (May 2011)
Leave the decision up to the woman. (Jan 2001)

ECONOMY

National debt, approaching $20 trillion, is bankrupting us. (Jan 2016)
National debt of $20 trillion is obscene & unsustainable. (Jan 2016)
Lay out a process for state bankruptcies. (Aug 2012)
No bank bailout; no farm subsidies; no stimulus. (May 2012)
Cut federal budget by 43% to bring it into balance. (Feb 2012)
Trillion-dollar stimulus failed; so will another $450B? (Sep 2011)
We could have avoided default without raising debt ceiling. (Aug 2011)
Ending the fed OK, but that’s only part of the solution. (Aug 2011)
Stop incurring more debt; balanced budget by 2013. (Jul 2011)
Our debt is greatest threat to our national security. (Jul 2011)
Opposed TARP, stimulus & Fannie Mae bailout. (Jul 2011)
End the Fed; they’ve devalued the dollar by printing money. (May 2011)
On verge of financial collapse unless we balance budget. (May 2011)
Balance budget by cutting entitlements AND Defense. (Apr 2011)
Uphold commitments to states before other spending. (Sep 2001)

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Awright!

So far two of the officers have been acquitted by the court. What would be the cost of their legal defense? It would break most people’s finances. We knew when Mosby filed charges against the six cops that they were almost surely false. This should end Mosby’s career.

“Two officers in Freddie Gray case sue Marilyn Mosby for defamation”

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Two officers charged in the death of Freddie Gray are suing Baltimore State’s Attorney Marilyn Mosby for defamation and invasion of privacy.

Sgt. Alicia White and Officer William Porter, who are facing charges of involuntary manslaughter in the 25-year-old’s death last April, filed the lawsuit against Mosby, Baltimore sheriff’s office Maj. Sam Cogen and the state of Maryland on May 2, according to Baltimore Circuit Court records made public Wednesday.

The officers claim that Mosby and Cogen knew the statement of charges filed against the officers and other statements made by Mosby at a May 1, 2015, news conference announcing the charges “were false.”

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Officers Alicia White and William Porter

“These among other statements were made not for the purpose of prosecuting crimes that had allegedly been committed by White and Porter, but rather for purposes of quelling the riots in Baltimore,” the suit alleges.”

Read the rest at the Baltimore Sun

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AOL: “America is about to have a 3rd-party nominee: Gary Johnson”

Johnson says he agrees with Bernie Sanders 73 percent of the time. WTF? What has happened to the Libertarian party?

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This Memorial Day weekend, former New Mexico Gov. Gary Johnson is expected to become the Libertarian Party’s nominee for president — and Johnson’s clinching of the nomination might have a bigger effect than you think.

“The Libertarian Party is gonna be on the ballot in all 50 states. If I’m the Libertarian Party nominee, I hope to be, I’m going to be the only third party on the ballot in all 50 states,” Johnson said on ABC’s “This Week.”

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As for which current presidential candidate Johnson could pull voters from? According to an online political quiz, he says he’s most like Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders.

“I side with myself 99 percent of the time, but then the next politician that I most align with is Bernie Sanders at 73 percent,” Johnson explained on MSNBC.

More here

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Watch Katie Couric perpetuate a fraud

Couric interviewed a group of gun rights supporters and asked them a question to which they seemed to have no response. Watch.

What Couric did was deceptively edit in other video the the gun rights supporters sitting quietly to make it look as though they had no response. This technique was standard practice to create yucks on the Daily Show.

“Look at the rubes! Ask them a tough question and they sit there like idiots.”

The thing is, they did have responses. Several of them. Give a listen.

This is clearly journalistic fraud. People who have legitimate arguments do not engage in fraud. Couric and the gun grabbers have no such legitimate arguments.

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The Washington Post turns on Hillary Clinton

The editorial board of the WaPo harshly criticizes Clinton’s reckless disregard for security.

HILLARY CLINTON’S use of a private email server while secretary of state from 2009 to 2013 has been justifiably criticized as an error of judgment. What the new report from the State Department inspector general makes clear is that it also was not a casual oversight. Ms. Clinton had plenty of warnings to use official government communications methods, so as to make sure that her records were properly preserved and to minimize cybersecurity risks. She ignored them.

The 83-page report declares that “beginning in late 2005 and continuing through 2011,” the department revised its Foreign Affairs Manual and “issued various memoranda specifically discussing the obligation to use Department systems in most circumstances and identifying the risks of not doing so.” Ms. Clinton didn’t.

If Clinton has lost the Washington Post, she is in trouble. The Post, however, is still telling us that willful mishandling of federal documents is just a rules violation, not a crime. That can only be true for those above the law… Like Clinton. For normals, it is definitely a high crime.

Read it all.

Also: The 9 biggest revelations in the State IG report on Clinton’s emails

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TSA created this crowd of people…

This is a Transportation Security Administration created crowd. This crowd wouldn’t exist if TSA could do the job Americans have spent billions for TSA to do.

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What do we know about this crowd that TSA created? Well, we know that they are carrying backpacks and pulling roll-on luggage. We know that they are packed together in a tight area. We know that none of them have been screened.

If you were an ISIS handler of a suicide bomber, what would you see? You would see a target rich environment and the opportunity to shut down America’s airports for months.

Why, it’s almost like TSA is setting them up so ISIS can knock them down, isn’t it?

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State Dept. Inspector General states the obvious…

The Clinton Crime Family did not exclude cyber crime from their repertoire of criminal acts.

The State Department’s independent watchdog has issued a highly critical analysis of Hillary Clinton’s email practices while running the department, concluding that she failed to seek legal approval for her use of a private email server and that department staff would not have given its blessing because of the “security risks in doing so.”

The inspector general, in a long awaited review obtained Wednesday by The Washington Post in advance of its publication, found that Clinton’s use of private email for public business was “not an appropriate method” of preserving documents and that her practices failed to comply with department policies meant to ensure that federal record laws are followed.

The report says Clinton, who is the Democratic presidential front-runner, should have printed and saved her emails during her four years in office or surrendered her work-related correspondence immediately upon stepping down in February 2013. Instead, Clinton provided those records in December 2014, nearly two years after leaving office.

A “Normal” would be in prison.

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American workers are not being replaced by Chinese workers..

They are being replaced by robots.

Of course they might be replaced byChinese robots…

Apple and Samsung supplier Foxconn has reportedly replaced 60,000 factory workers with robots.

One factory has “reduced employee strength from 110,000 to 50,000 thanks to the introduction of robots”, a government official told the South China Morning Post.

Xu Yulian, head of publicity for the Kunshan region, added: “More companies are likely to follow suit.”

China is investing heavily in a robot workforce.

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“Dems discuss dropping Wasserman Schultz”

Bernie has already said if he were elected he would replace her.

My new favorite image of Debbie Downer

My new favorite image of Debbie Downer

It used to be my favorite was this close-up:

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Debbie Wasserman-Schultz

Democrats on Capitol Hill are discussing whether Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz should step down as Democratic National Committee (DNC) chairwoman before the party’s national convention in July.

Democrats backing likely presidential nominee Hillary Clinton worry Wasserman Schultz has become too divisive a figure to unify the party in 2016, which they say is crucial to defeating presumptive GOP nominee Donald Trump in November.”

Read the rest at The Hill

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Is everyone a plant?

Mexican national Anti-Trump protesters in Albuquerque do their best to help Trump. What could be more beneficial to the Trump campaign than lawless Mexicans spouting profanity? If they were Trump plants, they couldn’t have helped him more.

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The strange paradox of the Trump campaign is that his most enthusiastic alt-right supporters actually help Hillary and his most angry opponents make the best case for him.

It is a very strange election year.

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Two Stories Today About Vegans Going Too Far

First, there is a story about Vegan activists in Spain who took off their clothes and got wrapped up like supermarket meat. Then the people who didn’t take off their clothes harangued the leering crowd about the evils of eating meat.

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There is a video here

Second, a vegan woman has died on Mount Everest while trying to prove that vegans can do anything non-vegans can do. This sad outcome was preventable.

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Maria Strydom and Robert Gropel climbing together in a photo published on social media in December 2015 Facebook

For Maria Strydom and her husband Robert Gropel, climbing Everest while adhering to a strict vegan diet was their “own personal Everest.”

The 34-year-old Strydom, a lecturer at Monash Business School in Melbourne, had a message she wanted to share with the world: Veganism is not a handicap.

She and her husband Robert Gropel, a Melbourne veterinarian with Ivanhoe East Veterinary Hospital, both stuck closely to the rigorous diet required by vegans — no animal products whatsoever, which extends from scrambled eggs to most chocolate chip cookies — for which they experienced criticism. Some believed they didn’t receive enough iron and protein in their diet for such strenuous physical activity.

“It seems that people have this warped idea of vegans being malnourished and weak,” Strydom said in an interview on Monash’s blog. “By climbing the seven summits we want to prove that vegans can do anything and more.”

Read the rest at the National Post

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It’s Nothing. Just An ATF Agent Having Fun

At least now we know what they call fun.

“Driver of unmarked ATF vehicle prompts complaint, investigation”

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Anchorage police have identified the federal agency that owns the unmarked vehicle as the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms.

APD spokeswoman Jennifer Castro said a citizen complaint on the driver’s conduct has been forwarded to the ATF and the agency will be conducting a personnel investigation regarding the incident.

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APD has been able to confirm the vehicle is assigned to a law enforcement agency. The agency acknowledged the vehicle was on official business at the time of the incident,” Anchorage police wrote in a statement Monday.

A citizen called police last week to report that the white unmarked SUV, equipped with red and blue interior dash lights, had attempted to pull him over on the Glenn Highway at around 5:30 p.m. on Thursday.

“As the motorist yielded, the driver sped past him, laughed, and flipped him the middle finger,” police wrote at the time. “The complainant observed this occur three other times with the same results.”

Read the rest at KTUU, Anchorage

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An inconvenient truth…

In the US, there have been fewer strong hurricane strikes than any time since records have been kept.

The last major hurricane (defined as a Category 3 or above) to hit the U.S. mainland was Hurricane Wilma, which made landfall in Florida on Oct. 24, 2005.

Although a major hurricane typically strikes the U.S. about once every two years, no major hurricanes have made landfall in the U.S. for more than 10 and a half years.

The second longest stretch between major hurricane strikes was between the major hurricane that struck in August 1860 and the one that struck in September 1869, NOAA records show. The third longest stretch was between the major hurricane that struck in September 1900 and the one that struck in October 1906.

Down the Memory Hole to 2005…

Three new reports authored by prominent scientists — published in the journals “Nature” and “Science” — bolster that theory’s credibility.

“There’s good evidence to show that Category 4 and 5 storms indeed are becoming more common and a bigger part of the overall pictures of the hurricanes in the world,” said Kevin Trenberth, a scientist at the government-funded National Center for Atmospheric Research.

Trenberth is the author of one of the papers, which links stronger hurricanes to warmer seas and global warming caused by humans. Global warming, he says, has caused increases in sea levels and in the temperature of the oceans, which increases water vapor in the atmosphere and provides fuel for massive storms.

Don’t worry. When the next big hurricane hits, the AGW alarmists will be there to say, “See? Told you so!”

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Rise of the Fast Food Machines

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As I have said many times, if you are an unskilled worker, it won’t be a foreigner who takes your job. It will be a machine.

A former McDonald’s CEO warned that robots will take over staff jobs at the fast food empire – because it’s cheaper than employing humans.

Ed Rensi has said that buying highly skilled robotics is a cheaper alternative than employing people on minimum wage to work in the company’s worldwide restaurants.

He warned that huge job losses are imminent, and commented that it would be ‘common sense’ to replace humans in the workplace.

About to be schooled in workplace automation

About to be schooled in workplace automation

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We have, yet again, let Obama down…

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In Vietnam, Obama explains the ways in which Americans have disappointed him.

In an address to the people of communist-ruled Vietnam on Tuesday, President Obama made a case for the importance of upholding human rights, prefacing it by saying that the United States, too, “is still striving to live up to our founding ideals.”

“No nation is perfect,” he said at the National Convention Center in Hanoi. “Two centuries on, the United States is still trying to striving to live up to our founding ideals.”

“We still deal with our shortcomings – too much money in politics, and rising economic inequality,” Obama continued. “Racial bias in our criminal justice system. Women still not being paid as much as men doing the same job. We still have problems and we’re not immune from criticism – I promise you, I hear it every day.”

He is attempting to be self-effacing as he leads up to criticizing Vietnam’s one-party human rights violation. It is a common rhetorical device. The thing is, there is no moral equivalence between America’s founders and the communist party of Vietnam. None.

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This might be something: Gary Johnson is pulling 10%

Ten percent is a lot for a third party candidate.

A Morning Consult survey published Tuesday and found Clinton getting 38 percent of the vote, Trump 35 and Johnson 10, with 17 percent undecided. A Fox News poll conducted from May 14-17 showed Trump leading over Clinton, 42 percent to 39 percent, but Johnson at 10 percent as well. Lest you think this is some fluky May development, a Monmouth University survey conducted in mid-March — while the political universe was still busy wringing its hands over the Republican nomination — found that in a three-way race, Clinton would get 42 percent, Trump 34 percent and Johnson 11 percent.

Given that Trump and Clinton are sporting historically high negative ratings, Johnson’s polling makes a fair bit of sense; Gary Johnson is neither Donald Trump nor Hillary Clinton. He might not win a state, but he could make some noise.

If this took off and he won a few states thus denying any candidate 270 electoral votes, it would put the election in the House of Representatives. That has only happened twice before. It would be raw entertainment and damned good TV. The chances of that happening, however, are infinitesimally small.

Still, Americans have never disliked candidates like they dislike the two major parties’ presumptive nominees this time around.

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The Left Hand Is Strong. Keep An Eye On It.

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Hawaii is trying to go full retard.

HONOLULU (AP) — Hawaii could become the first state in the United States to enter gun owners into an FBI database that will automatically notify police if an island resident is arrested anywhere else in the country.

Most people entered in the “Rap Back” database elsewhere in the U.S. are those in “positions of trust,” such as school teachers and bus drivers, said Stephen Fischer of the FBI’s Criminal Justice Information Services Division. Hawaii could be the first state to add gun owners.

“I don’t like the idea of us being entered into a database. It basically tells us that they know where the guns are, they can go grab them” said Jerry Ilo, a firearm and hunting instructor for the state. “We get the feeling that Big Brother is watching us.” Supporters say the law would make Hawaii a leader in safe gun laws. Allison Anderman, a staff attorney at the Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence, said the bill was “groundbreaking,” and that she hadn’t heard of other states introducing similar measures.

So, if this abortion of individual liberty passes, how many criminals will it prevent from complying with the law? (Yeah, I know):

“We were only discovering things by accident,” said Robinson, who helped draft the bill. “They happen to come register another firearm, we run another background check, and then we find out they’re a prohibited person.”

That happens about 20 times each year, he said.

You read that right. About 20 people each year try to legally register a firearm (in compliance with the law) and are found to be a “prohibited person”. Every gun owner in Hawaii will be entered into a database – AT THE FEDERAL LEVEL – so that the state can continue to catch people who are trying to follow the law anyway. A federal database is completely legal, so long as the state initiates the requirement.

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Good Wealth vs Bad Wealth

Former U.S. presidential candidate Romney speaks to the Conservative Political Action Conference in National Harbor, Maryland

Mitt Romney is a capitalist. So is Donald Trump. Trump is the hero of certain segments of the white working class. These same people had nothing but contempt for Romney’s capitalist and corporate credentials. Why does the working class fear the capitalism of Mitt Romney and embrace the supposed business savvy of Donald Trump?

There are many reasons why the working class prefers the personality of Trump. He is a shock-jock approved churl who isn’t afraid to engage in vulgarities such as discussing sex with his wives or the attractiveness of his daughter’s body. He is a reality television star who is a purveyor of high prole entertainment such as Miss Universe and The Apprentice.

Mitt Romney carries an air of high-brow haughtiness and sincere religiosity that is not well received by the proletarian white working class. They sneer at what they see as snobbery and puritanical priggishness. These are most certainly not, on the other hand prejudices faced by Mr. Trump.

Let’s isolate the differences in Romney and Trump as capitalists, however. Even here, the two men are seen by Trump supporters in a very different light.

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Hive Mind and the Inevitable Failure of Central Planners

This post is from the archives. It was originally posted on November 16, 2013. I am posting it again for two reasons. First, because I am really proud of it. 🙂 Secondly, I am posting because it is background for another post that I have queued up for later today.

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“What we’re also discovering is that insurance is complicated to buy.” ~Obama, 11/14/13

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If schadenfreude was corn flakes, last week would have been General Mills. For four years conservatives have been telling the world exactly what would happen with the implementation of Obamacare and, by golly, it is happening. It turns out that a bunch of Ivy League trained apparatchiks cannot, in fact, stay up all night and, between bong hits, effectively reorder the lives of hundreds of millions of people. Last week, the leftist belief that central planning can make you a better person ran headlong into the iron laws of economics. It was a beautiful thing.

F.A. Hayak called their jackassery the “Fatal Conceit” and famously said, “The curious task of economics is to demonstrate to men how little they really know about what they imagine they can design.” Last week was just such a demonstration.

To understand the Fatal Conceit, let’s talk about honey bees. Honey bees are able to do some pretty amazing things. They can form swarms and move from place to place, they can form hives, they can divide labor, they can care for and feed their queen, they can find pollen and communicate its location to other bees based on the position of the sun, they can heat and cool their hive as necessary, they can build wax combs, they can make and store honey, they can care for larva and much more. Bees are pretty amazing. It’s like they have this whole, complicated social industrial complex.

The thing is, no bee can go into business for himself. No bee brain contains an understanding of how to do all of the things listed above. Yet, as a group, they do it. Complex bee behaviors are accomplished through a principle called “hive mind”. While no bee can organize the hive, all of the bees together can. There was no plan for the bees, no blueprint, no white papers, no legislation, no bureaucracy and no Ivy League elites producing five year plans. Bees, somehow, know how to run the hive not individually, but across the minds of thousands of bees. The knowledge to run the hive is distributed. There is no centralized control structure dictating how individual bees should behave. Localized interactions between bees lead to the emergence of “intelligent” global behavior that is incomprehensible to individual bees. It isn’t just bees that have access to the hive mind, however.

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Talk About Contempt Of Congress…

“IRS Chief Skips Own Impeachment Hearing”

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IRS Chief John Koskinen

IRS Commissioner John Koskinen will not appear Tuesday at a “misconduct” hearing at which Republicans will lay out a case to impeach him for allegedly failing to comply with a congressional subpoena, the IRS told POLITICO.”

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Of Course She Did

She knows her limitations. Or, at least her handlers do. Hillary Rodham Clinton doesn’t even give a prepared speech well. She is completely unprepared to deal with challenges from either Bernie or the moderators. Her team would not have control over either one so she can not risk it.

Clinton knows what she does poorly and what she does best. She will not allow herself to be placed in a position where she must deal with actual Questions.

“Hillary Clinton Says No Thanks to Fox News Debate With Bernie Sanders”

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Hillary Clinton has declined an invitation to take part in a Fox News debate with Bernie Sanders, her campaign announced Monday.”

More at Time

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Black Powder Cannons – From Golf Ball Size To Bowling Ball Size – For Sale

Many of us experimented with things like this when we were young. Now old farts can continue the youthful pursuits. A company in Utah is making and selling black powder cannons for every budget. Prices start at $170 for the basic 5 inch golf ball cannon:

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If you don’t want to build a carriage for it they are $89 extra.

They also make them to fire billiard balls:

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They start at $379.

For the ‘Bigger equals better’ crowd they make them to fire bowling balls:

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Starting at $949 less carriage.

Lots of videos at Coaches Club Cannons

The bowling ball mortars look like they are made from compressed gas cylinders.

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Sen Sessions: 2nd Amendment Extinct If Hillary Elected

Sorry for the broken link.

This type of talk requires an armed populace to willingly surrender their firearms. I would posit that millions of Americans didn’t spend billions of dollars buying weapons and ammunition over the past 8 years, just to give them away. The chosen language shows a fundamental misunderstanding of the word “right”, thus:

Natural rights: actions endowed to us by our Creator in which one is free to engage in a state of nature
Constitutional rights: actions protected under the Constitution (including via Amendment)
Human rights: a fantasy word create by those who seek to subjugate the individual to a “collective” or “common good”

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