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  1. Pretty much have to agree. They could go all SJW on him again. It's worth a shot.
  2. She would probably be a great propaganda tool to use to diminish the attractiveness of radical Islam. But she has already committed treason, I think. Tough call, but I think the greater good would be served by a nominal sentence and a job in some anti-radicalization program. It sounds like she was just young, indoctrinated, and stupid like most religious people. https://www.theguardian.com/world/2019/feb/17/us-woman-hoda-muthana-deeply-regrets-joining-isis-and-wants-return-home (Full article at above link) An American woman captured by Kurdish forces after fleeing the last pocket of land controlled by Islamic State says she “deeply regrets” travelling to Syria to join the terror group and has pleaded to be allowed to return to her family in Alabama. Once one of Isis’s most prominent online agitators who took to social media to call for the blood of Americans to be spilled, Hoda Muthana, 24, claims to have made a “big mistake” when she left the US four years ago and says she was brainwashed into doing so online. Speaking from al-Hawl refugee camp in northern Syria, while her 18-month-old son played at her feet, Muthana said she misunderstood her faith, and that friends she had at the time believed they were following Islamic tenets when they aligned themselves to Isis. “We were basically in the time of ignorance […] and then became jihadi, if you like to describe it that way,” she said. “I thought I was doing things correctly for the sake of God.” Muthana is the only American among an estimated 1,500 foreign women and children inside the sprawling camp of 39,000 people, which is situated about two hours from where a final battle to oust extremists is days from being completed. Her experience in the so-called caliphate tracks the arc of Isis’s shocking rise and precipitous collapse over five brutal years. Muthana fled her home and took a flight to Turkey in November 2014 after several months of planning, which she kept secret from her family. She settled into the Syrian city of Raqqa, then one of Isis’s two main hubs – the other being Mosul in Iraq – where she married an Australian jihadist, Suhan Rahman, the first of her three husbands. Rahman was killed in the town of Kobanî, and soon afterwards Muthana angrily tweeted: “Americans wake up! Men and women altogether. You have much to do while you live under our greatest enemy, enough of your sleeping! Go on drivebys, and spill all of their blood, or rent a big truck and drive all over them. Veterans, Patriots, Memorial, etc day … Kill them.” For many months in 2015, her Twitter feed was full of bloodcurdling incitement, and she says she remained a zealot until the following year. She now says her account was taken over by others. Soon after, she married her second husband, a Tunisian fighter, with whom she had her son, Adam. Her husband was killed in Mosul, and Muthana retreated with dozens of other women deeper into Isis’s ever-shrinking land, where she briefly married a Syrian fighter last year. Muthana says her family in Alabama were deeply conservative and placed restrictions on her movements and interactions, factors she claims contributed to her radicalisation. “You want to go out with your friends and I didn’t get any of that. I turned to my religion and went in too hard. I was self-taught and thought whatever I read, it was right. “I look back now and I think I was very arrogant. Now I’m worried about my son’s future. In the end I didn’t have many friends left, because the more I talked about the oppression of Isis the more I lost friends. I was brainwashed once and my friends are still brainwashed.” Six weeks ago, Muthana fled the village of Susa, not far from the current frontline in Baghuz. She said she slept in the desert for two nights with a group of Isis exiles. She was eventually captured by Kurdish forces who transferred her to al-Hawl, where she now mingles with wives and widows of fighters from around the world. The women cannot leave the camp and are escorted to meetings by armed guards. They have access to food and some aid. At al-Hawl, grudges from over the past four years have surfaced and new alliances and enmities have formed; the foreign women of the camp fall gang-like into three categories: Russians, Tunisians and other westerners, camp residents say. “They [Russians and Tunisians] are making life hell for us,” said a Swedish detainee, Lisa Andersson. “If you go outside the tent without your burqa, or say something to the management, they beat you or your children up. They threaten to burn your tent.” Andersson’s one-year-old daughter died in the camp a month ago, and she blames her death on substandard healthcare. Emphasising the desperate plight of some of the Isis children, Khadija Suleiman, a South African woman, has taken two German boys into her care. Their father is detained in a separate camp and their mother is dead. She is also caring for a French orphan. Muthana describes her experience with Isis as “very mind-blowing”. “It was like a movie. You read one book and think you know everything. I’m really traumatised by my experience. We starved and we literally ate grass.” Donald Trump on Sunday urged western countries to repatriate captured fighters, appearing to ignore the fact that his administration has shown little enthusiasm for doing so. “The United States is asking Britain, France, Germany and other European allies to take back over 800 Isis fighters that we captured in Syria and put them on trial,” the US president said. “The caliphate is ready to fall. The alternative is not a good one in that we will be forced to release them ...” Muthana said she had not been in contact with US officials since her capture. “I would tell them please forgive me for being so ignorant, and I was really young and ignorant and I was 19 when I decided to leave. I believe that America gives second chances. I want to return and I’ll never come back to the Middle East. America can take my passport and I wouldn’t mind.
  3. Warren is really coming after Trump. She'll probably dig up all the sexual misconduct accusations before too long. https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/politics/elizabeth-warren-endorses-use-of-25th-amendment-to-remove-trump-from-office/ar-BBTJSNv?ocid=spartanntp (Full article at above link) Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., a 2020 candidate for president, on Sunday endorsed the idea of President Trump's team invoking the 25th Amendment to remove him from office. “My point here is that if they believe that Donald Trump cannot fulfill the obligations of his office, then they have a constitutional responsibility to invoke the 25th Amendment,” Warren said during a press conference following a campaign rally in Las Vegas. “Their loyalty under law is not to him personally. It is to the Constitution of the United States and to the people of United States.” Warren, a frequent target of Trump's due to her dubious past claims to Native American ancestry, is increasingly defining herself as the 2020 candidate to use provocative comments to counter the president's bellicose brand of rhetoric. For instance, Warren told an Iowa crowd last week Trump "may not even be a free person" by the time the 2020 election comes around. Discussion about the 25th Amendment was rekindled last week after former FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe corroborated past reporting and testimony that Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein discussed removing Trump from the presidency with the help of the vice president and Trump's Cabinet in the days after Trump fired FBI Director James Comey.
  4. On Saturday’s show, “SNL” opened with a sketch featuring Alec Baldwin as Trump and mocking the president’s declaration of a national emergency to secure funding for a wall along the southern border. The skit skewered Trump’s Rose Garden announcement on Friday as a meandering series of pronouncements. “We need wall, because wall works. Wall makes safe. You don’t have to be smart to understand that, and in fact it’s even easier to understand if you’re not that smart.” LOL. That is hilarious. They got Trump's rhetoric down perfect in order to communicate to his base. Keep it simple for the stupid.
  5. To stop socialism in its tracks you have to universal healthcare, affordable education, and adequate social safety nets. Wealth inequality has to be addressed. Infrastructure must be maintained. Decriminalize victimless crimes, such as drug use, but discourage them. All for starters.
  6. It looks like he made up the whole thing. It sounded odd from the start.
  7. Does the Constitution entitle people to a laser sight whose sole purpose is to pinpoint the lethal shot? To help facilitate murder? It should be considered contraband. https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/us/shooter-in-deadly-aurora-rampage-had-a-gun-with-a-laser-sight-witness-says/ar-BBTFiDf?ocid=spartandhp (Full article at above link) A man who was being let go from his job at a manufacturing business went on a shooting rampage Friday at his workplace in Illinois, leaving five workers dead and five officers and an employee injured, police said. The gunman, 45-year-old Gary Martin, was killed while exchanging gunfire with law enforcement personnel, Aurora Police Chief Kristen Ziman said. All five employees who died -- and all of the injured -- were men, police said. Martin opened fire with a Smith & Wesson handgun at the Henry Pratt Co. in the Chicago suburb of the Aurora, shooting at terrified employees before engaging in the gunbattle with responding officers. Martin was being let go Friday from his job at the company, police said. They did not give more details about why he was losing his job or whether he'd been notified before the shooting. An employee who survived the shooting, told CNN affiliate WLS that the gunman was a coworker. He was "running down the aisle" with a pistol that had a green laser sight on it, John Probst said. "As soon as I saw the green thing and heard the shots, we left," said Probst, who's worked at the plant for 40 years. "He started opening up on the room, and he was just shooting everybody." Probst said one of the victims who ran out with his arm bleeding told him the gunman "went ballistic." It took about 90 minutes after the shooting rampage started to control the situation, police said. Calls about an active shooter started pouring in at 1:24 p.m., and police arrived at the scene four minutes later and surrounded the facility, Ziman said. When officers stormed the 29,000-square-foot building to look for the gunman, he fired at them with the gun with the laser sight.
  8. The anti-intellectual party grows more deplorable every day. Now we have the president's son calling our nations educators a bunch of 'losers' and telling kids not to listen to them. As if teachers jobs aren't hard enough. This spoiled brat pos who never came within a mile of a public school classroom, disses hard working Americans who are trying to make a positive impact on children's lives. This is just despicable. https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/opinion/why-donald-trump-jrs-loser-teachers-comment-was-a-chilling-moment-for-educators-around-the-world/ar-BBTG6ai?ocid=spartanntp (Full article at above link) You may recall that President Trump held a border wall rally in El Paso on Monday and that his eldest child, Donald Trump Jr., made a speech that roused the crowd. The president’s son drew cheers when he urged young conservatives to “bring it to your schools” because “you don’t have to be indoctrinated by these loser teachers that are trying to sell you on socialism from birth.” For teachers around the globe, this was a chilling moment. In a stadium filled with people chanting “USA, USA,” the son of the president of the United States called for hostility toward teachers because of their so-called political leanings. This is a message you would expect in an authoritarian regime, not at a rally for the U.S. president. As teachers, we come from varied backgrounds and political leanings, but there is an undeniable core to who we are and what we stand for. Teachers nurture, care and protect students. Teachers champion the pursuit of knowledge. By working daily with young people, teachers are the stewards of the future. Whether Democratic or Republican, liberal or conservative, right, left, center, blue or red — seeing and reinforcing the value of a teacher should be a national pillar that rises high above partisan politics and cheap applause. Throughout history, schools and teachers have always been among the first to be targeted by authoritarian regimes and extremists. Independent thinking, creativity, compassion and curiosity are threats to dogmatic beliefs and rule. Many of our colleagues in countries ravaged by war or in shackled societies teach in difficult circumstances. They are often ruthlessly persecuted and even killed for providing a well-balanced education to children, which should be a basic human right. Echoes of these authoritarian practices are increasingly being heard in democratic countries as well. In Germany, the radical right party Alternative for Germany has launched a website where students and parents can report “left-wing teachers.” We’ve seen overcrowded classrooms, long working hours, lack of professional development, burn out, low salaries, terrible retention rates and teachers across the United States striking to demand better teaching and learning conditions. How does Donald Trump Jr.’s description of teachers as “losers” and the encouragement of hostility toward us solve these problems? How does it ignite passion in a new generation to pursue the world’s most important profession? If we can be accused of anything, it is that we are on the front line of democracy. Education reformer John Dewey famously said, “Democracy has to be born again each generation and education is its midwife.” As members of a global profession, we reject the narrowing of the mind and we stand by our colleagues defending academic freedom. We call upon parents, teachers and politicians to stand with us. Our academic freedom is what allows our democracies to remain strong.
  9. That's too bad, cuz I'll light you up if you're in my way.
  10. That is a good point, and one that everyone should keep in mind when he makes decisions on all issues. This doesn't excuse bad decisions however.
  11. Right now the Dems are all about women, cultural diversity, and LGBTQ. My main problem with Republicans is wealth inequality (them gaming the system through lobbyists) and disregard for environment. I'm not an all-or-nothing agenda monkey like you.
  12. This has more to do with a dysfunctional underclass culture that whites are largely responsible for than intelligence. If you take any child, regardless of race, and raise them in a household with parents that value education and positive values, that child will, more often than not, thrive. We have all seen examples of this. Anyone that would discriminate against a person due to the shade of their skin is a complete imbecile. And if any of you are Bell Curve IQ fanatics, Asians outscore whites consistently. (It should go without saying: IQ is not a measure of likely success in life)
  13. Still sucking on Coulter's cock, cons? https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/politics/ann-coulter-fires-back-at-trump-the-only-national-emergency-is-that-our-president-is-an-idiot/ar-BBTEneJ?ocid=spartanntp (Full article at above link) Ann Coulter says she’s thankful President Trump distanced himself from her on Friday after he disappointed her once again by signing a bipartisan border deal while simultaneously declaring a national emergency to fund his wall. “I haven’t spoken to her. I don’t follow her. I don’t talk to her, but the press loves to bring up the name Ann Coulter,” Trump told reporters from the Rose Garden Friday morning. “Probably if I did speak to her, she would be very nice, but I just don’t have time to speak to her,” he added, before saying he thinks she’s gone “off the reservation” when it comes to her increasingly loud criticism of him. “He seems to think ‘the reservation’ is HIM, not his campaign promises,” Coulter tweeted following the press conference. But she had a lot more damning things to say during a radio interview with L.A.’s John Phillips and Jillian Barberie on KABC’s The Morning Drive show. “Thank God he’s relieved me any responsibility for what he’s been doing,” Coulter told the radio hosts. “That was the biggest favor anyone could do for me today.” Declaring that “the country is over” now, she said she didn’t need a Tarot card reader to know that Trump would “totally f-over his base.” The president's “mandate,” Coulter said, was to build the wall. And even though that’s what he plans to do by declaring a national emergency, she’s not happy about it. “The only national emergency is that our president is an idiot,” she said. During his press event, Trump similarly distanced himself from Fox News host Sean Hannity, who, unlike Coulter, specifically urged him to build the wall through use of an emergency order. “Sean Hannity has been a terrific, terrific supporter of what I do. Not of me. If I changed my views, he wouldn’t be with me,” Trump said, before insisting that right-wing pundits “don’t decide policy.” Coulter predicted that the courts will use the bill Trump just signed to block him from building the wall, once again calling him a “lazy” and “incompetent” president who is surrounded by “absolute morons” like son-in-law Jared Kushner and Ivanka Trump. As for Trump saying he “hardly knows” Coulter, she also retweeted a photo of herself speaking at his Iowa rally that aimed to debunk that claim.
  14. OP is fake news and a conspiracy theory.