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  1. soot

    Barack Obama breaks silence on Trump presidency to condemn migration ban

    To be fair, 66% of the 50 states voted for Trump, and since our system of government provides for the election of presidents by states through their electors rather than by popular vote it is very much appropriate to announce to the outside world that "America picked Trump". It's impossible to...
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    Sore losers

    Kathleen Parker isn't a Republican. She's a (self-admitted) Democrat turned independent who writes with a marginally conservative policy slant (because that's her job at the extreme-left-wing WaPo) while slamming all major Republican political figures since Nixon. The most rational comment...
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    Meryl Streep Quietly Shreds the King of Self Importance

    It's not original. Just me relating the truth as revealed through news sources that weren't coordinating with the Clinton campaign.
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    Meryl Streep Quietly Shreds the King of Self Importance

    And he also has a long, rich history of donating generously to causes related to people with physical and mental disabilities.
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    Meryl Streep Quietly Shreds the King of Self Importance

    If Trump were familiar enough with Kovaleski's disability to "specifically" mock it, as you allege, he would know that Kovaleski does not flail his arms around at all, especially not the disabled arm which is essentially stationary. But you're gonna believe whatever harebrained nonsense you...
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    Meryl Streep Quietly Shreds the King of Self Importance

    It's not true at all. Trump uses that "arms flailing" gesture whenever he's talking about anyone who backtracks on comments he's made and then flails around claiming to not remember his initial comments. He's used it when talking about Ted Cruz, he's used it, at the very same rally at which...
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    EPA Tells Alaskans to Freeze Rather than Burn Wood

    They scrub the emissions somehow. It's new-fangled. Just as an example, since I have no idea how accurate or authoritative this source is: Vermont Castings | Catalytic and Non Catalytic Combustion
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    EPA Tells Alaskans to Freeze Rather than Burn Wood

    My buddy in New Hampshire just spent $5000 on a new wood stove, blower, installation, the new duct work, and removal of the old stove. Hearth and sidewall protection didn't need replaced. I don't know how much more or less expensive having a stove shipped to and installed in AK may or may not...
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    EPA Tells Alaskans to Freeze Rather than Burn Wood

    Can we get a mod to issue a warning for this unprovoked personal attack. Thanks.
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    Drug makers now spend $5 billion a year on advertising. Here’s what that buys.

    I'm kind of torn. There are still "gatekeepers" in the loop here (doctors) who are capable of, and ethically/professionally responsible for, limiting the access to these pharmaceuticals to only those people who need them out of medical necessity. All these ads can do is drive people to...
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    4 Black Men Kidnapp and Beat White Man

    I disagree. They didn't target this individual because he was special needs - they targeted him because he was white. From the article: They weren't shouting "f*ck special needs people". This crime was motivated by racism, as is evidenced by the comments of the attackers. (Note: I am not...
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    District Attorney Kim Ogg: No jail for marijuana misdemeanors

    Speaking as a recovered alcoholic, if I had been insulated from the consequences of all of my actions I would never have been motivated to get sober. For me, and I would imagine for a lot of alcoholics/drug addicts, my "drug" wasn't the "problem", it was the "solution" to all of the other...
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    District Attorney Kim Ogg: No jail for marijuana misdemeanors

    The law doesn't include mandatory jail time. According to TX law, possession of marijuana under 2 oz. is classed as a "B" misdemeanor. All Class "B" misdemeanors, regardless of the nature of the offense, carry the same penalty, not more than 180 days in a county jail and/or a fine of not...
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    District Attorney Kim Ogg: No jail for marijuana misdemeanors

    Harris County (where Houston is located) has a similar program, STAR (Success Through Addiction Recovery), which includes a drug court as well as diversion to treatment, aftercare, a network of "halfway house" facilities, trauma counseling, and job training/employment assistance. But there is...
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    District Attorney Kim Ogg: No jail for marijuana misdemeanors

    She's a law enforcement official, not the legislature or The Queen. She doesn't have a choice in whether or not it's a criminal offense or what the penalties are. If she refuses to charge, or refuses to seek any penalties at all, she can get herself in a bunch of hot water. What she's doing...
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    Journalists Exposed By WikiLeaks Will Now Cover Trump White House

    I was supporting Trump and sending him money back when everyone else in this thread was probably still supporting Cruz and Rubio so don't take this the wrong way but... The MSM is going to have their political correspondents cover the White House? Who woulda thunk?
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    American Dress Code?

    Idiotic. Has Trump proposed any of those things? No. Is there any indication that such measures will meet with necessary, to say nothing of widespread, support among rank and file Republicans? No. To paint an entire administration with the brush of the rumblings of a few of a party's...
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    The futility of Prayer

    I don't think the criticism is so much of atheists, there are plenty of people who are atheist without feeling a constant daily need to bully the religious on the Internet. Then on the other hand there are the small minority of atheists who do enjoy bullying. The first group, atheists who...
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    Should ex felons have the right to vote?

    Amendment 14, § 2:
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