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  • Austin declares itself first ‘Freedom City’ in Texas, hopes to reduce deportations

    06/21/2018 4:24:47 PM PDT · by Enterprise · 25 replies ^ | June 20, 2018 | Jana J. Pruet
    What are the resolutions? One of the measures restricts officers from asking the status of immigrants without first permitting them to not answer the question. The other instructs officers to refrain from arresting people for low-level offenses such as smoking marijuana, possessing drug paraphernalia, petty theft, and other misdemeanors.
  • Oops, Trump almost had a $125 billion border wall

    06/21/2018 12:49:38 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 36 replies
    CNN Politics ^ | June 21, 2018 | Lauren Fox
    House Republicans had to scramble late Wednesday night to fix a drafting error in a conservative immigration bill that would have accidentally given President Donald Trump $125 billion for border security, including his wall instead of the $25 billion intended. The error, which happens occasionally during legislative drafting accidentally allocated $25 billion per year for five years rather than allocating the $25 billion over a five-year period. The error, first reported by Politico, was just one of the last-minute hiccups that's unfolded around the House's immigration votes, which will occur later today and aren't likely to pass. House Freedom Caucus...
  • California and the Hate List

    06/21/2018 8:49:18 AM PDT · by Oldpuppymax · 19 replies
    The Coach's Team ^ | 6/21/18 | Michael Bruno
    I generally am an upbeat guy, always trying to look on the bright side... I generally try to stay optimistic, empathetic, give everyone the benefit of the doubt and am generally quick to forgive when I'm slighted, etc., etc. But my recent visit to California, where I was forced, among other indignities, to endure the prattle of a queer communist bastard (my sister's best friend) explaining how "...we just have to tax the rich until there ARE no more rich... it's just what we have to do," at the Olive Garden--when I was paying the tab--has caused me to ruminate...
  • Hiring 716: make $200,000 a year without a college degree

    06/20/2018 11:06:41 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 9 replies
    WKBW-TV ^ | Ali Touhey
    Larkin Express Logistics is the new business on the block in Buffalo’s Allentown neighborhood. “We find trucks for people that need to move stuff,” explained company co-founder Don De Laria. The company opened earlier this year and it's already made $300,000 in revenue. Right now, the company has room to grow at the office space on Delaware Avenue. But, the goal is to expand beyond these walls in three years’ time. “We have designs to take this to a $125 million company in five to seven years. But, first De Laria said it needs to build a strong, and motivated...
  • South Korea crushes it in J.D. Power's 2018 Initial Quality Study (Top three rankings)

    06/20/2018 10:45:25 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 29 replies
    CNET ^ | June 20, 2018 | Kyle Hyatt
    The myth of Korean cars being cheaply made and problematic to own should, by now, be well and truly busted. But, if you've had your head in the sand for the last few years, here's some fairly definitive proof for you: J.D. Power's Initial Quality Study has Genesis, Kia and Hyundai in its top three spots. This is a big deal, too, because it represents the first time that the three Korean brands have topped the list. Kia is no stranger to the top, having been the top-ranked mass-market brand for the last four years. Genesis has only been an...
  • Watch: A’s catcher Bruce Maxwell berates police in arrest video

    06/20/2018 5:21:02 PM PDT · by GuavaCheesePuff · 26 replies
    Larry Brown Sports ^ | June 16, 2018 | Grey Papke
    Oakland Athletics catcher Bruce Maxwell, the first and to date only MLB player to kneel during the national anthem, was combative and foul-mouthed during his arrest for aggravated assault last October, video shows. TMZ Sports obtained video of Maxwell’s arrest after he allegedly brandished a gun at a Postmates driver. When police arrived, they found Maxwell shirtless and smelling of alcohol, and he began berating police, telling them “half of America is afraid of y’all” and “that’s the reason why I took a knee.” He also becomes emotional as he describes how he and his family received death threats for...
  • Is this a PLANNED Immigrant Children Crisis?

    06/20/2018 10:38:25 AM PDT · by Mr. K · 58 replies
    FreeRepublic ^ | 6/20/2018 | Mr. K the KnowItAll
    The sudden and overwhelming media attention given to the Child Immigrant 'crisis' does not match with any known event. There was nothing that happened that suddenly made people look at this, except... THE IG REPORT. This has gotten the IG report off the front page of all the major media, and they have recruited all the usual suspects to go full bore. They've even brought out... PETER FONDA (who? you might ask? exactly) This looks like they contacted everyone and said "The day after the IG report all we are going to talk about is Child Immigration"
  • Senate: Two-Tiered Justice System in FBI Clinton/Trump Investigations

    06/18/2018 4:30:40 PM PDT · by E. Pluribus Unum · 12 replies ^ | June 18, 2018 | Sara Carter
    Had Horowitz not discovered the anti-Trump texts between Strzok and Page, they would still be investigating the Trump campaign IG confirms his office is handling investigation into Comey’s leaking of personal memos to his friend and the New York Times There was a clear breakdown in the FBI culture, with senior agents being wined and dined by reporters Chairman Charles Grassley (R-IA) of the Senate Judiciary Committee outlined the stark double standard at Monday’s much anticipated hearing on the FBI’s handling of its investigations into Hillary Clinton’s use of a private server for government business and the bureau’s highly partisan...
  • A Doctor Worth His Salt

    06/18/2018 8:30:19 AM PDT · by Oldpuppymax · 2 replies
    The Coach's Team ^ | 6/18/18 | Unk
    Hat Tip: karinsue 1 A woman went to the emergency room where she was seen by a young, new doctor. After about 3 minutes in the examination room the doctor told her she was pregnant. She burst out of the room and ran down the corridor screaming. An older doctor stopped her and asked what the problem was. After listening to her story he calmed her down and sat her in another room. Then the doctor marched down the hallway to the first doctor's room. "What the hell's wrong with you?" he demanded. "This woman is 68 years old, she...
  • Don't Let "Child Immigrants" take the IG REPORT off the Front Page

    06/18/2018 5:55:44 AM PDT · by Mr. K · 25 replies ^ | 6/18/2018 | Mr.K the Know-it-all
    Children of ILLEGAL immigrants have been seperated from their parents WHILE THE PARENTS WERE IN JAIL since 2002. Democrats, under Bush (the increasingly shrub-like) 2, passed this into law. It is 16 years old. Trump did not just start doing this. Obama did the same thing for 8 years. What suddently made this issue deserve 24/7 news coverage? NOTHING. Except as a means to distract from talking about the IG report.
  • Iowa’s Employment Problem: Too Many Jobs, Not Enough People

    06/17/2018 6:17:51 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 63 replies
    The Wall Street Journal ^ | April 1, 2018 | Shayndi Raice and Eric Morath
    MASON CITY, Iowa—Manufacturers in northern Iowa are begging Terry Schumaker for freshly trained workers for their factories. The problem is he doesn’t have enough students to train. “It’s not like we have the people beating down our door to apply,” said Mr. Schumaker, a dean at the North Iowa Area Community College in Mason City. It is a problem playing out in many parts of the Midwest, a region with lower unemployment and higher job-opening rates than the rest of the country. Employers, especially in more rural areas, are finding that there are just too few workers. That upends a...
  • Quick lesson on speakin' when eatin' in Korea (Or in a Korean restaurant)

    06/17/2018 5:41:02 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 37 replies
    Stars and Stripes ^ | June 18, 2018 | Ted Adamson
    So you want to go out in town and try out a restaurant your friends told you about? Well, Here's some helpful tips on how to order, even if your Korean speaking skills are limited. Meats: When you go out to eat at a Korean restaurant with meat as the main dish, you will want to order a bit differently than you would at an American restaurant. Of course, if you are ordering a steak or a hamburger it is no different. However, if you are ordering meat to be grilled at your table you will normally order by the...
  • Oh, come on! Nobody's that bad!

    06/17/2018 12:50:04 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 14 replies
    The Rocket Miner ^ | June 16, 2018 | Dave Simpson, Guest Columnist
    I once worked in close proximity to a woman who never had one good thing to say about her low-down, deplorable cur of an ex-husband. Not one good thing. Every day there seemed to be some new piece of evidence of why this guy was a despicable worm, unfit to walk among decent folk, an indictment on the male gender in general. You could mention the nice weather to this person, and somehow, before you knew it, she had turned the conversation around to yet more evidence that her ex-husband deserved to be locked up. I never met the guy,...
  • Salon Writer Recommends Shunning Friends and Family Who Support Trump

    06/17/2018 12:08:14 PM PDT · by Diana in Wisconsin · 68 replies
    Louder With Crowder ^ | June 15, 2018 | Corey Stallings
    Here’s a shocker. Leftists aren’t all too crazy about riders of the Trump train. Progressive types are known for denying MAGA people real estate transactions. Banning them from their concerts. Attempting to crater their skulls with 2x4s. Then there’s this. A writer over at salon is recommending you shun all of your Trump-loving friends and family until they repent. Yeah, for reals: "If you have friends or relatives who support Donald Trump you should confront them. Explain to them that they are complicit with Trump’s cruelty and sadism. Then communicate that you will no longer speak with them, nor will...
  • 13 cooking tips and tricks for making the juiciest, tastiest pork chops

    06/16/2018 7:19:14 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 58 replies
    Today ^ | June 1, 2018 | Megan O. Steintrager
    If you've ever tried (and failed) to cook the juiciest, best tasting pork chops, the first thing you need to do is give up any notions you might have about pork being "the other white meat," as it was marketed in the fat-phobic 1980s. "To me, a lean pork chop is the saddest possible thing," Samin Nosrat, cooking teacher and author of the James Beard Award-winning cookbook "Salt, Fat, Acid, Heat: Mastering the Elements of Good Cooking," told TODAY Food. "The challenge of those tender cuts [like pork chops] is retaining that tenderness after you cook them," Nosrat explained. "In...
  • Rob Reiner Shreds Robert De Niro for His ‘F– Trump’ Outburst: ‘You’re Helping Trump’

    06/16/2018 6:32:36 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 26 replies
    The Wrap ^ | June 16, 2018 | Umberto Gonzalez
    Rob Reiner, a director and longtime advocate for liberal Democratic causes in Hollywood, ripped into Robert De Niro for his “F— Trump” outburst at last Sunday’s Tony Awards, calling the foul-mouthed speech counterproductive. “If you have any interest in trying to preserve the democracy, and put it in the hands of somebody who understands government, who isn’t self-dealing, who cares about this country and the people in this country, then you’re helping Trump,” Reiner said in an interview earlier this week on The Hill’s “Rising” TV show with co-hosts Krystal Ball and Buck Sexton. “You’re helping Trump by saying ‘F—...
  • Project Wing returning to Virginia to test appetite for real world drone delivery service

    06/16/2018 11:54:51 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 6 replies
    The Roanoke Times ^ | June 14, 2018 | Jacob Demmitt
    Backyards around Virginia — possibly in Wise, Loudoun, Montgomery and Roanoke counties — are poised to serve as the next proving grounds for drone delivery technology, as Google’s sister company prepares to return stateside after nearly a year of testing in Australia. But this time Project Wing says the experiments are less about whether or not it has the ability to airdrop deliveries onto your lawn in a matter of minutes — it already knows it can do that. The question now: Do people want it? “The reality is the technology has come a long way. We’ve done extensive testing,...
  • D.C. Area Witches Unite for Gun Control, Hurl Curses at the NRA

    06/16/2018 9:56:25 AM PDT · by PROCON · 48 replies ^ | June 15, 2018
    Gun control advocates can now boast of a new group of allies joining their dubious coalition: witches. It kind of makes sense. We all know that gun control is based mainly on magical thinking. Its advocates, after all, ask us to believe we’re just a few more “commonsense safety measures” away from a world in which evil people who are otherwise determined to kill others refrain from doing so for fear they might violate a gun control law somewhere along the way. A related premise is that gun control advocates hold the keys to ending violent behavior once and for...
  • 'We're so far away': The Cowboys are in a fight against time, mediocrity

    06/15/2018 7:10:18 PM PDT · by GuavaCheesePuff · 16 replies
    Yahoo Sports ^ | June 14, 2018 | Charles Robinson
    FRISCO, Texas – At one point this week, Dallas Cowboys quarterback Dak Prescott sat back at his locker and pulled a large box to his lap, flipping the top open and pulling out a crisp Stetson cowboy hat. Without removing the plastic wrapping, he pulled the brim down over his forehead and smiled. A perfect fit. One of the few for the Cowboys in this week’s minicamp, which may have been summed up most accurately by head coach Jason Garrett when he said the team (and the offense in particular) is nowhere near a finished product. “We’re so far away,”...
  • FLASHBACK: Comey Threatens ‘HUGE TROUBLE’ for FBI Agents Who Use GMAIL

    06/15/2018 6:47:48 PM PDT · by E. Pluribus Unum · 8 replies ^ | June 14, 2018 | Hannity Staff
    Former FBI Director James Comey found himself in hot-water Thursday after the IG report detailed his repeated use of a private gmail account to conduct bureau business; raising serious questions over his decision regarding Hillary’s private email server. According to CNBC, Comey was singing a different tune in the summer of 2016, when he threatened FBI agents with “huge trouble” should they use private email accounts to transfer FBI-related emails, even with fellow colleagues. “If I did what Hillary Clinton did I’d be in huge trouble,” asked an FBI employee. “If you used a personal email, Gmail or if you...