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    Using a fake dossier and low level flunkies to get a warrant doesn't bug you?
    It doesn't have any bearing on my views as to the scope of the Mueller investigation and its overall legitimacy.

    After all, even Trey Gowdy himself said:

    REP. GOWDY: I actually don't think it has any impact on the Russia probe for this reason —

    MARGARET BRENNAN: The memo has no impact on the Russia probe?

    REP. GOWDY: No— not to me, it doesn't — and I was pretty integrally involved in the drafting of it. There is a Russia investigation without a dossier. So to the extent the memo deals with the dossier and the FISA process, the dossier has nothing to do with the meeting at Trump Tower. The dossier has nothing to do with an email sent by Cambridge Analytica. The dossier really has nothing to do with George Papadopoulos' meeting in Great Britain. It also doesn't have anything to do with obstruction of justice. So there's going to be a Russia probe, even without a dossier.

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    Quote Originally Posted by snapper View Post
    Sorry to stoopid but what is "RINO" and a "yellow dog democrat"? Getting lost in Yank slang here.
    Someone who always votes for the Democrat candidate regardless of any other factor.

    "Better to vote for a yellow dog than a Republican"
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    Quote Originally Posted by snapper View Post
    Sorry to stoopid but what is "RINO" and a "yellow dog democrat"? Getting lost in Yank slang here.
    RINO: Republican In Name Only, i.e., [Moderator Edit] One of those nasty, evil moderates who’d raher govern than obstruct. Currently an endangered species, thanks to the NRA.
    Last edited by TopHatter; 12 Feb 18, at 17:46. Reason: Don't even think about making that comparison
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    Thankyou both.

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    by the way, the reason why most people haven't heard of the "yellow dog Democrat" label is because it arises from the old Southerners to denote that they'd never vote for the Party of Lincoln...so there's racial connotations to it.
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    In other news, the Obamas unveiled their final Whitehouse atrocity:

    https://www.nbcnews.com/politics/pol...veiled-n847111

    At least Barry's portrait looks like him. Michelle's portrait looks like a younger woman who might be her sister.

    Oh CNN, you try so hard, and shill so obviously:

    https://www.cnn.com/2018/02/12/polit...ait/index.html
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    it's pretty funny when they don't even bother to try to hide the racial connotations anymore.

    https://news.vice.com/en_us/article/...ent-has-wanted

    “The office of Sheriff is a critical part of the Anglo-American heritage of law enforcement,” said Sessions to the 400 attendees -- about 10 percent more than the usual attendance. “We must never erode this historic office.”
    There is a cult of ignorance in the United States, and there has always been. The strain of anti-intellectualism has been a constant thread winding its way through our political and cultural life, nurtured by the false notion that democracy means that "My ignorance is just as good as your knowledge."- Isaac Asimov

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    The office of the sheriff does date back to Anglo-Saxon England, which, like common law, is a medieval institution that survives to this day. What he is referring to is technically true in a historical/academic context. Whether or not it's a dog whistle... well, he is Jeff Sessions and he does have a pretty checkered past on the issue of race.

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    Yeah, so this is a total fantasy/delusion on his part. Nobody's going to put up $6.50 to get a $1 in federal matching funds for transportation. It's a total non-starter.

    Nobody, of course, really has the balls to take the most obvious route to raise funding for transportation: raise the federal fuel tax. Pegged at 16.4 cents since 1993, which means it's actually declined 42% since 1993.

    Trump launches $1.5 trillion sales pitch

    Trump is proposing to provide $200 billion for his plan over the next 10 years — “not a large amount,” he has conceded — paid for by unspecified cuts elsewhere in the budget proposal that the White House also plans to release Monday. That spending is meant to draw an additional $1.3 trillion or more in investments from cities, states, private investors and other sources.
    https://www.politico.com/story/2018/...rillion-403248
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    ironically, up until the late-19th century the idea of a standing police force was considered to be bizarre and ludicrous and authoritarian in most of the US. Boston/NYC led the way in the mainstreaming of police forces across the country...while the South had a different point of origin for their police forces, with the runaway slave patrols.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ironduke View Post
    Nobody, of course, really has the balls to take the most obvious route to raise funding for transportation: raise the federal fuel tax. Pegged at 16.4 cents since 1993, which means it's actually declined 42% since 1993.


    https://www.politico.com/story/2018/...rillion-403248
    http://www.washingtonexaminer.com/re...rticle/2648637

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    Quote Originally Posted by astralis View Post
    ironically, up until the late-19th century the idea of a standing police force was considered to be bizarre and ludicrous and authoritarian in most of the US. Boston/NYC led the way in the mainstreaming of police forces across the country...while the South had a different point of origin for their police forces, with the runaway slave patrols.
    Well, that is why we had the 2A. Not just as a guard against government, but when your neighbors got hit by Indians, brigands, pirates or red coats you'd all rally round and form a posse or call out the militia. Federal law enforcement has existed since the beginning with the founding of the US Marshals in 1789.

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    Quote Originally Posted by astralis View Post
    it's pretty funny when they don't even bother to try to hide the racial connotations anymore.

    https://news.vice.com/en_us/article/...ent-has-wanted
    OMG...no he didn't! I'm outraged, I tell you! OUTRAGED!!!

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    In other news:

    http://ktla.com/2018/02/12/gunmaker-...lumping-sales/

    The gun industry, which also includes publicly traded companies like American Outdoor Brands, owner of the Smith & Wesson brand, as well as Sturm Ruger & Co. and Vista Outdoor, has experienced slumping sales since the election of President Donald Trump.

    Gun sales surged to record levels in 2016, when Barack Obama was president and there were fears that Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton would implement gun controls.

    When Trump, a Republican endorsed by the National Rifle Association, was elected, those fears were alleviated. But sales also dropped off.
    All together now, awwwwww!

    I am sure it is the fault of DEmocrats, or Obama, or millenials
    "Is God willing to prevent evil, but not able? Then he is not omnipotent. Is he able, but not willing? Then he is malevolent. Is he both able and willing? Then whence cometh evil? Is he neither able nor willing? Then why call him God?" ~ Epicurus

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    Peanuts, compared to overall infrastructure needs. Something like $1/gallon would solve all funding problems.

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