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  1. I didn't think they would admit defeat and I understand that. It takes time to admit you have been conned. It has happened to all of us at on time or another... B/A
  2. I never thought LGD was a supporter of the KKK. I think much more highly of LGD than that. We may disagree on politics, but I think we are on the same side when it comes to the human-kind. Personally I would have to say that no one on this board would support those sick mothers.. B/A
  3. You guys make me laugh... So the KKK isn't real, and they didn't meet... That's what LGD said... As for violence, like you clowns, I would run the KKK down with my giant RAM pick-up if they came down my street.... They have a right to march just like anybody, but if I'm going to be like you jerks, who want to run down anyone you disagree with, I guess I have the right to fantasize just like you. B/A
  4. I guess you missed the news yesterday. http://www.cnn.com/2017/07/08/us/kkk-rally-charlottesville-statues/ or the month before http://www.philly.com/philly/blogs/real-time/KKK-rally-to-be-held-in-Lancaster-County.html B/A
  5. Yup created by man to control man. Give them something to fear and something to give them hope and when combined you have control... B/A
  6. Seriously??? I'm not one of the people here who call for running protesters over with their big bad pick-ups, or want to beat up the protesters. Maybe those folks here who call for violence should read your post... I'm sure that you know the ones I'm talking about... I understand their anger, I feel it everyday when I see our elected officials act like school children, but I don't think running over crowds of protesters who are exercising their constitutional rights is the answer. In fact many of the whiners here would have stood against our founding fathers because they would have thought they were snowflakes for not agreeing with the king. The most beautiful thing about America is being able to protest without fear, but many here act more like the KKK than American patriots. B/A
  7. Not my poll, it's the one Trump loves... I just brought the story over and now people don't like it because they don't agree. It sounds like there are "snowflakes" on both sides of the aisle. B/A
  8. I couldn't agree more.... What kills me is that the same people who don't want to pay taxes are the ones that cry if the police don't show up. Or if the fire department doesn't come quickly. They are the ones who complain about potholes and bad bridges... And yet they are the ones who think corporate welfare will make America great. I think the income tax should be eliminated and a consumption tax should be the way the system works. If you, me or a company purchases anything we should all pay a flat tax. Fair, simple and balanced. Everyone pays 10% on what they spend and see what a difference it would make. B/A
  9. I'm not sure why you think people on the left don't have guns... I'm loaded for bear and ready for any dumb-ass lefty or righty to bring it on. America first and herd following idiots dead. Stop following the herd or you will run off the cliff with the rest of them. B/A
  10. One bad apple don't spoil the whole bunch too... Every religion has their bad people and their good people. Condemning Islam, Judaism, Christians or any other faith because of a few bad apples is never a good idea. Look at the KKK should we condemn all protestants? Of course not. B/A
  11. Definition of denial refusal to admit the truth or reality of something (such as a statement or charge) their denial of the divine right of kings (2) : assertion that an allegation is false
  12. Why wouldn't we want to save taxpayers money... Have you ever sat on a $640 toilet seat? That what you pay when our government buys one. $37 screws, a $7,622 coffee maker, $640 toilet seats; : suppliers to our military just won't be oversold JACK SMITH As a citizen who has always paid his taxes honestly and without complaint, I am sometimes depressed when I read in the paper about some corporation that has grossly overcharged the government for something I was helping to pay for. Of course most of our taxes go for weapons, and weapons are so expensive that few of us can feel that we are contributing in any substantial way to any one weapon. For example, I have been paying taxes for 40 years, but one day I was driving along the San Diego Freeway through Camp Pendleton when a Marine helicopter flew over the car; I realized then that all the taxes I had paid in all my life would not pay for that one helicopter. It makes you feel as if you aren't really taking part in our destiny. You may have read in the paper the other day that a division of Litton Industries and two of its former executives are accused of defrauding the government out of $6.3 million on military contracts. According to the U.S. attorney, the company "grossly inflated prices intentionally" on about 45 contracts from 1975 to 1984. It makes you wonder if all our weapons aren't overpriced. Remember when we found out that the government paid $640 each for plastic toilet seats for military airplanes? Now that was something I could feel that I personally paid for. I pay a good deal more than $640 in taxes every year, and I probably paid for several of those toilet seats. That is a concrete contribution that I can be proud of. A handy book for any taxpayer is "The Pentagon Catalog" (Workman), which describes and shows diagrams of numerous pieces of military hardware that authors Christopher Cerf and Henry Beard describe as "ordinary products at extraordinary prices." They claim that their firm, Pentagon Products, can supply any of these items to anyone at the prices our military paid for them, and they boast, "We will not be oversold." Anyone who buys this paperback for $4.95 gets a $2,043 nut free. The nut is glued to the inside of the back cover, in the upper right hand corner, and fits in a hole in the pages, so it goes through to the front. This nut, which is described as "a plain round nut," was made by McDonnell Douglas for the Navy at $2,043 each. But, as the book points out, wouldn't it be embarrassing if some big piece of equipment failed because of a spare part that cost only a few cents? We certainly don't want to risk our airplanes by fitting them with cheap nuts. The book also lists a claw hammer sold by Gould Simulation Systems to the Navy for $435. In the picture it looks like the kind you can buy at any hardware store for $10. Comparatively reasonable is McDonnell Douglas' price of only $37 for a screw. It appears in every respect to be an ordinary screw, but the book points out: "The fact is, a screw this expensive simply cannot get lost! How many times have you had a screw roll off your worktable and disappear, then just casually reached for another one because the missing fastener was too cheap to hunt for? Lots of times, right? Well, you can bet your bottom dollar . . . that if one of our screws rolls into some dark corner, you're going to conduct a full-scale search!" Other items offered in the catalogue include a $285 screwdriver, a $7,622 coffee maker, a $387 flat washer, a $469 wrench, a $214 flashlight, a $437 tape measure, a $2,228 monkey wrench, a $748 pair of duckbill pliers, a $74,165 aluminum ladder, a $659 ashtray and a $240- million airplane. Pentagon Products may be a fictional company, but these prices are not. They are documented. The authors point out that they were outraged by the cost of military hardware until they understood how military pricing works. A military thumbtack isn't like the ordinary old thumbtack that costs you two cents in the hardware store. "That's because the good old American competitive spirit that brings us a dime-store item like a thumbtack for just a couple of cents is primarily concerned with keeping its cost down, not with making sure that it can take it out there on the battlefield where there are no shopping malls to get some more thumbtacks from. After all, if a defective thumbtack falls off your kitchen bulletin board, you may lose a recipe, but if a defective thumbtack holding an all-important battle plan falls off the situation display in a command bunker, that's a recipe for disaster, because we may lose a war. . . ." That should comfort the secretary of defense when he's sitting on a $640 toilet seat. The success of Pentagon Products is based on simple principles, the authors say: no dog-eat-dog competitive bidding, no endless nit-picking over contracts, no pushy meddling in the bidding process, no penny-pinching bulk purchases, no unfair limits on corporate claims of proprietary rights, no settling for off-the-shelf products just to save a buck. Cheating the taxpayers is the American way.
  13. Thanks George. My guess is if corporations had total rule we would be slaves... JMHO B/A
  14. Sadly, laws are written and paid for by the minority "corporations" Great system... It's been working so well for the last 30 years. Do you think health insurance is so high because our elected officials wanted it that way? Do you believe health officials wanted aspartame legalized knowing it's direct link to Alzheimer's? Below is a little light reading on how allowing corporations into our election process has affected our government and lives as voters. How Corporate Lobbyists Conquered American Democracy Business didn't always have so much power in Washington. Jonathan Ernst/Reuters Something is out of balance in Washington. Corporations now spend about $2.6 billion a year on reported lobbying expenditures—more than the $2 billion we spend to fund the House ($1.18 billion) and Senate ($860 million). It’s a gap that has been widening since corporate lobbying began to regularly exceed the combined House-Senate budget in the early 2000s. Today, the biggest companies have upwards of 100 lobbyists representing them, allowing them to be everywhere, all the time. For every dollar spent on lobbying by labor unions and public-interest groups together, large corporations and their associations now spend $34. Of the 100 organizations that spend the most on lobbying, 95 consistently represent business. The self-reinforcing quality of corporate lobbying has increasingly come to overwhelm every other potentially countervailing force. One has to go back to the Gilded Age to find business in such a dominant political position in American politics. While it is true that even in the more pluralist 1950s and 1960s, political representation tilted towards the well-off, lobbying was almost balanced by today's standards. Labor unions were much more important, and the public-interest groups of the 1960s were much more significant actors. And very few companies had their own Washington lobbyists prior to the 1970s. To the extent that businesses did lobby in the 1950s and 1960s (typically through associations), they were clumsy and ineffective. “When we look at the typical lobby,” concluded three leading political scientists in their 1963 study, American Business and Public Policy, “we find its opportunities to maneuver are sharply limited, its staff mediocre, and its typical problem not the influencing of Congressional votes but finding the clients and contributors to enable it to survive at all.” Things are quite different today. The evolution of business lobbying from a sparse reactive force into a ubiquitous and increasingly proactive one is among the most important transformations in American politics over the last 40 years. Probing the history of this transformation reveals that there is no “normal” level of business lobbying in American democracy. Rather, business lobbying has built itself up over time, and the self-reinforcing quality of corporate lobbying has increasingly come to overwhelm every other potentially countervailing force. It has also fundamentally changed how corporations interact with government—rather than trying to keep government out of its business (as they did for a long time), companies are now increasingly bringing government in as a partner, looking to see what the country can do for them. If we set our time machine back to 1971, we’d find a leading corporate lawyer earnestly writing that, “As every business executive knows, few elements of American society today have as little influence in government as the American businessman, the corporation, or even the millions of corporate stockholders. If one doubts this, let him undertake the role of 'lobbyist' for the business point of view before Congressional committees.” That lawyer was soon-to-be Supreme Court Justice Lewis F. Powell Jr., whose now-famous “Powell Memorandum” is a telling insight into the frustration that many business leaders felt by the early 1970s. Congress had gone on a regulatory binge in the 1960s—spurred on by a new wave of public-interest groups. Large corporations had largely sat by idly, unsure of what to do. In 1972, against the backdrop of growing compliance costs, slowing economic growth and rising wages, a community of leading CEOs formed the Business Roundtable, an organization devoted explicitly to cultivating political influence. Alcoa CEO John Harper, one of the Roundtable’s founders, said at the time, “I think we all recognize that the time has come when we must stop talking about it, and get busy and do something about it.” This sense of an existential threat motivated the leading corporations to engage in serious political activity. Many began by hiring their first lobbyists. And they started winning. They killed a major labor law reform, rolled back regulation, lowered their taxes, and helped to move public opinion in favor of less government intervention in the economy. By the early 1980s, corporate leaders were “purring” (as a 1982 Harris Poll described it). Corporations could have declared victory and gone home, thus saving on the costs of political engagement. Instead, they stuck around and kept at it. Many deepened their commitments to politics. After all, they now had lobbyists to help them see all that was at stake in Washington, and all the ways in which staying politically active could help their businesses. Those lobbyists would go on to spend the 1980s teaching companies about the importance of political engagement. But it would take time for them to become fully convinced. As one company lobbyist I interviewed for my new book, The Business of America Is Lobbying, told me, “When I started [in 1983], people didn’t really understand government affairs. They questioned why you would need a Washington office, what does a Washington office do? I think they saw it as a necessary evil. All of our competitors had Washington offices, so it was more, well we need to have a presence there and it’s just something we had to do.” To make the sell, lobbyists had to go against the long-entrenched notion in corporate boardrooms that politics was a necessary evil to be avoided if possible. To get corporations to invest fully in politics, lobbyists had to convince companies that Washington could be a profit center. They had to convince them that lobbying was not just about keeping the government far away—it could also be about drawing government close. I hope everyone actually read this, but I know many have the attention span of a nat. Truth be told, we the people, have been hoodwinked. B/A
  15. A simple majority... That's how democracy is supposed to work. If no one receives 51% we have a run off... B/A
  16. Here are the official election results as per the government. Not the media, not some blogger, not slanted bs. Actual validated ballot numbers. And I don't think most here are going to like it... https://transition.fec.gov/pubrec/fe2016/2016presgeresults.pdf The majority of American did not vote for our president. Now explain why the system shouldn't be repaired. B/A
  17. US President Declines Pentagon’s Military Plan to Defeat IS US President Donald Trump rejected Pentagon’s plan for tackling the Islamic State (IS) in Syria and Iraq, as he believes it was too similar to Barak Obama’s plan. According to the recent reports by Daily Beast, which quoted two US officials and a senior administration official, the US military is reluctant to come up with a completely new plan, in regards to the ongoing war against IS in the Middle East. US Special Forces have killed about 50 IS leaders, since the start of Trump’s mandate in the White House. However, the number is yet smaller than the one reported in the last six months of Obama’s presidency. Trump has made a few changes to the US anti-IS strategy so far, but has promised repeatedly that there would be a new and comprehensive plan against the extremist group. Since the start of his election campaign, Trump claimed he had a plan for defeating IS completely, but refused to explain what exactly the plan was BasNews
  18. That must of been freaky... I have never felt an earthquake... B/A
  19. Thanks for proving my point. Now would you like wild cherry, or fruity punch flavored Kool-aid? B/A
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