Your 2.24.21 Playpen

One irritating thing about politicians, usually on the state or local level, is why they seem to go out of their way to court lawsuits.  Like this stupidity:

Tennessee Republicans are up in arms over a state college basketball team’s decision to kneel last week during the playing of “The Star-Spangled Banner,” prompting legislators to warn the public university system not to allow student athletes to do so again.

A firestorm of controversy has surrounded the action by players on the men’s East Tennessee State University basketball team, who during a Feb. 16 game at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga dropped to one knee on the court as the national anthem played.

Coach Jason Shay and ETSU president Brian Noland have said the team did not intend to disrespect that nation’s flag or military, but are seeking to prompt discussions about racial inequality.

After voicing their outrage in legislative meetings, local television news segments and social media posts over the players’ act of peaceful protest, Senate Republicans on Monday sent a letter to all presidents and chancellors of public Tennessee colleges and universities.

“To address this issue, we encourage each of you to adopt policies within your respective athletic departments to prohibit any such actions moving forward,” reads the letter, signed by all 27 members of the Senate Republican Caucus, including Lt. Gov. Randy McNally.

It’s an empty gesture.  Were it to be put into effect, it’s a guaranteed loser in court, despite astute constitutional scholarship like this:

“The First Amendment is sacrosanct,” said Sen. Janice Bowling who does not believe university athletes should be allowed to kneel during the anthem. “I would never resist anything that’s going to allow them to exercise their First Amendment on their own time, absolutely.

“They’re representing the school and the school represents Tennessee and Tennessee shows preference to our time-honored people and institutions who went before us. We respect our heritage and our history.”

Sen. Rusty Crowe questioned whether freedom of speech extends to athletes in uniform, while Sen. Mark Pody said he was concerned that student athletes would engage in an act of protest while “they’re taking state money, they’re in our state schools, in our state uniforms.”

The First Amendment is sacrosanct, except when it’s not.

This isn’t a left or right thing.  I’ve seen equally dumb stuff from liberal politicians.  But, not only is crap like this empty, it costs taxpayers money to defend the inevitable litigation it brings.  What’s the point?

Ah, hell, don’t answer that.  Thus endeth the vent.  Have at it in the comments.

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  1. Illini84

    Chew on this, “A trans woman from Ohio is facing decades in jail following her indictment on multiple charges relating to the storming of Congress on January 6. Jessica Watkins, a former Army Ranger and veteran of the war in Afghanistan, is currently in jail awaiting trial for her part in the assault. An active, dues paying member of the right-wing Oath Keepers militia group who formed her own local group named the Ohio State Regular Militia, Watkins was photographed in full tactical gear inside the Capitol and prosecutors released messages they claim she sent confirming and directing some of the actions that day.”

    https://www.out.com/news/2021/2/22/trans-woman-jessica-watkins-insurrection-capitol-assault-riot-oath-keepers-jail

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    • gurkhadawg

      Rangers lead the way! ( Can’t wait to see what RangerRuss has to say )

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      • Illini84

        Goddamn hippies!

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        • RangerRuss

          Cartman, is that you?

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          • RangerRuss

            Well Gurkhadawg, I think that’s odd. I’m talking about the entire gotdam situation. Selective arrests for criminal rioting, Epstein’s “suicide” with minimal investigation, doddering old idiots running the gooberment when at 60 I can’t even find my phone when I’m talking on it and Notre Dame getting in the playoffs.
            But what I find especially odd is trans males. I just can’t wrap my head around that. My feelings are more in line with Mr Paul Baker, a fine old gentleman I knew in the early 60’s in Rapidan, Va. Mr Paul was diagnosed with testicular cancer at 92. When faced with the choice of having the boys excised or eminent death he chose the latter. After confrontive consultation with his doctor he said, and I quote, “I was born with ’em and I’m gonna die with ’em. Besides, they just look so sporty hanging down there”.

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            • argondawg

              I imagine after 92 years if you gotta go out at least go out as a team. Take them boys with you.

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              • RangerRuss

                There it is, Argondawg. It’s sadly ironic when your three best friends, two nuts and that bald-headed, one-eyed idiot hanging around with them, lead to your ultimate demise.

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            • gurkhadawg

              Ranger, I’m with ya bother. Mr Baker sounds like a good guy to have a beer with.

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              • RangerRuss

                I went up there in 1991 and he had just passed. When I was a little chap he was our neighbor. He backed over my toy farm truck I left in his driveway and replaced it over my dad’s objections. Mr Paul kept it at his house and I could play with that truck any time I wanted and was always welcome. But I had to give it back to him when I finished.
                I learned a valuable lesson. Yes sir, I’d love to have a drink with him.

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    • scottrollins

      Quit playing the Banner before sporting events…

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  2. Illini84

    How about some cute meme’s?

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  3. Remember the Quincy

    To address the First Amendment issue, state legislators seem to forget that it prohibits the government (them) from restricting the rights of citizens (the student athletes) to speak freely. Speech includes kneeling for the anthem. The fact that the school they play for is a government owned school makes it even clearer that they can’t restrict that speech.

    But the coach should also decline to comment. Saying they want to “prompt discussions about racial inequality” is weak. There have been countless discussions over the last 12 months. The discussions continue to this day. And most media outlets, celebrities, and large companies have made it clear what they believe and project it daily on everyone they reach. There is no more prompting needed…the discussion has been going a long time.

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    • CB

      “Saying they want to “prompt discussions about racial inequality” is weak.”

      Why else would they be kneeling?

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      • Remember the Quincy

        To protest. Which is plenty of reason to do so. But pretending that anyone wants a discussion, which is mostly civil and involves two parties having an actual conversation, is laughable.

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  4. ronbreakfastfoodswanson

    While we are discussing government waste on issues that are sure losers, this reminds me of two recent impeachment trials.

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    • Yes, total waste of time and money. I mean, a simple wag of the finger would have been justified for inciting a riot on our capital. Impeachment was way overboard.

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      • ronbreakfastfoodswanson

        So Trump was convicted? Did I miss something? Otherwise, that’s exactly what we got, a “wag of the finger” and pearl clutching from people like you. Were you equally aghast in the summer when people were burning down cities and Kamala Harris was bailing them out?

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        • Illini84

          What “city” was burned down Q boy?

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        • Just because only 7 republican senators chose not to bend over backwards in anyway possible to prevent one man from wiping his behind with our constitution doesn’t mean that the most bipartisan impeachment in US history wasn’t justified and absolutely necessary.

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          • ronbreakfastfoodswanson

            Still missing the part where there was any actual consequence, or any reasonable chance of success, which was my original point. Since you are such an expert on the Constitution, please let me know where it says a former president can be impeached? Why do you think Justice Roberts wasn’t there?

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            • With regard to your last question, the Chief Justice only presides when a sitting POTUS is being tried.

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              • ronbreakfastfoodswanson

                Exactly. An “impeachment trial” that doesn’t and can’t follow the constitutional process because the POTUS is already out of office is nothing more than political theatre. And, “circling back”, as Jen Psaki likes to say, a waste of time and money.

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              • ronbreakfastfoodswanson

                Again, where does the Constitution say that you can try a former President? I’ll wait for as long as you need…..

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                • The Constitution gives Congress the authority to impeach and remove the President…

                  Impeach and remove are two separate items. Trump was impeached while in office. Nothing in the IC says an impeached federal official can’t be removed once out of office. Indeed, there is historical precedent for that.

                  If you don’t provide for that, then you essentially give federal officials a free out if things occur late enough. Again, nothing in the Constitution indicates that’s the intent.

                  Also, don’t forget that the case was presented to the Senate before Trump was out of office, but McConnell refused to call the Senate into session.

                  Look, I get that you have a partisan take on this. I’m not in the mood to pig wrestle today, so let’s just agree to disagree on this.

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                • ronbreakfastfoodswanson

                  I will agree to disagree, but not that my “take” is partisan. The constitution says “the President.” And by the time he was tried, he was not. You can argue intent all you want, but Justice Roberts certainly interpreted it literally, and he is much smarter than the both of us. Its moot now anyway.

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                • My other response answers all your questions.

                  If you want to argue semantics, Article 1 Section 3 Clause 6 states: The Senate shall have the sole Power to try all Impeachments. When sitting for that Purpose, they shall be on Oath or Affirmation. When the President of the United States is tried, the Chief Justice shall preside: And no Person shall be convicted without the Concurrence of two thirds of the Members present.

                  If you notice, it doesn’t limit this to current presidents as the senate shall have the sole power to try ALL impeachments. In fact, it even dictates that the Chief Justice shall preside when it’s a sitting President. Notice that this means that others beyond a sitting President can be impeached and in those cases someone besides the Chief Justice shall preside.

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                • ASEF

                  Republicans were demanding the impeachment of Hillary Clinton after the 2016 election so she couldn’t run again. They saw a Constitutional path then to impeach someone who had never been President and had been out of any elective office for years. Hmmmmm.

                  The Constitution is entirely clear that if the impeachment process starts when someone is in office, it has to be resolved before the impeaching Congress dissolves – which would be the next Congress in 2022.

                  But then again, this has become a “conservative movement” that’s basically playing Calvinball – making up whatever rules it wants along to the way to justify its toddler impulses.

                  Long time conservative here, I’m done ceding that term to the Republican Party, which is no longer even paying lip service to conservative values.

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                • Derek

                  Can you nuke San Francisco on 1/19/20 and then use that to be a shoe in for senator of Mississippi in 2022?

                  Ron says: why not?

                  Seems to me that the main reason to prevent such a thing would be that you’re an American patriot, but we all know that the Trump Terrorism Traitor Treason Cult doesn’t care about their country. They care about trump.

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            • I’m your huckleberry.

              Two answers to your first question:
              First, Trump was actually impeached (a process that the house performs), while Trump was in office. That will follow him regardless of the senate vote.
              Second, the very first impeachment that occurred in the United States was against William Blount, a traitorous senator from Tennessee, who was removed from office prior to his impeachment.

              As for your final question; the Supreme Court justice only presides over cases involving a sitting U.S president. In cases against others being impeached, the role falls to the Senate President pro-tempore.

              https://www.senate.gov/artandhistory/history/minute/The-First-Impeachment.htm

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              • The Senate dismissed the impeachment against Blount because it did not have jurisdiction.

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                • The quoted article mentions that the dismissal was ambiguous, although that is the argument that the defendant’s defense team made.

                  In another matter of precedent, the senate voted that they did have jurisdiction in the impeachment of William Belknap, who resigned from his post prior to his impeachment.

                  In fact in the federalist papers, the impeachment of former officers was used as an example of why the power of impeachment should even be included in the constitution.

                  This doesn’t even get started on the fact that Trump was impeached while he was in office and that the Senate voted that it did have jurisdiction at the beginning of the trial.

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                • The bottom line is that impeachment is a political process, not a legal one. Some people will be outraged that a former president is impeached. Some people will be outraged that House managers falsified evidence. But outrage is cheap and won’t buy you a 2/3 vote.

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        • I did’t enjoy it at all but i would have been much more upset if the folks burning and looting and rioting were instructed to do so by our president. There’s kind of a difference.

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        • My own level of aghastness rises greatly when it’s the President of the United States fomenting violence against his own nation.

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        • Brent Henry

          If the definition of “bailing them out” is tweeting support for Minnesota Freedom Fund which takes donations to pay the bail for non-violent crimes for lower income people, which has been backed by Republicans like Chris Christie in the past…
          Then yes, VP Harris bailed out all the protesters!

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    • CB

      Spending money to find out whether the GOP has a backbone is always a waste because the answer is always a resounding “no.” But given the excessive amounts of money that our government wastes on frivolities at least we got the entertainment of watching the GOP squirm in it’s own limp wristed hypocrisy.

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  5. PTC DAWG

    People have the right to be disrespectful, whether we like it or not. That said, when people are disrespectful, they will occasionally be called out on it.

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  6. KornDawg

    I’m a vet, and according to some, this is supposed to put me in an outrage. But I really don’t care. We were trained to honor the anthem, but that doesn’t apply to the general public. I honestly don’t care if they kneel or don’t kneel, it is a form of expression and it should be protected. I don’t have a problem with flag burning, either. If someone feels they need to do that to make a point, and it’s their flag, fire it up. I had a fellow Marine comment when the NFL kneeling issues was front and center that he’d never seen his beloved Dawgs do that. I had to tell him that in the 15 years I’ve been attending UGA games, I don’t once remember the team being on the field for the anthem. The Redcoats play it before they form the tunnel for the team to run through. I really think the best way to handle it is to just stop playing the anthem at sporting events, or play it before the team comes out. But then some people would find fault with that.

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  7. rigger92

    Timely post. Believe it or not, I have been reading up on the UK Parliament. I am actually worried about our government enough to explore how a Parliament in this country would work.

    Now, I know many of you are far more knowledgeable, poli-sci degrees and all, so bear with me. I’m just kind of worried and am exploring things.

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    • I think I’d like that. Of course, first we’d have to create some new political parties.

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    • The current mess the UK seems like a great argument that “more parties = better” isn’t necessarily the case. There’s no two-party stranglehold there, or presidential power, and they’re still stuck with Boris the clown. But I am jealous of the shorter election cycles. Think of the political ads they don’t have to watch!

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  8. gurkhadawg

    I have an honest question. Don’t many state Universities restrict the carrying of firearms on campus? Including UGA I believe. How can a university restrict 2nd amendment rights but not 1st.

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    • The short answer is that there is no such thing as a completely unfettered constitutional right. Courts are required to do balancing acts between competing interests.

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      • gurkhadawg

        So maybe those politicians are not so dumb?

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        • If you can’t see the difference between legitimate safety issues and politicians’ hurt fee-fees, I don’t think any explanation I could provide would help.

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          • RangerRuss

            Who was it invented the term hoplophobia?
            Anyone?
            Anyone?

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            • Derek

              John Dean Cooper, USMC

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              • RangerRuss

                Correctamundo! Give that man a lollipop, Margaret. Col Jeff Cooper. If everyone toting a firearm obeyed his four rules there would be NO deaths from negligent discharges. Zero. Nada. Zilch. It’s not asking too much for anyone carrying a firearm to obey those rules.
                Col Cooper was also known to be scared shitless of bears.

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                • Derek

                  I’d feel a whole lot better if concealed carry licensees and frankly anyone with a handgun or really anything more than a bolt action rifle or shotgun had to go through such training.

                  I have no issues with guns per se. I have lots of problems with people. We get reminded of why that people/guns combination is dangerous all too frequently.

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                • RangerRuss

                  Most people are too fuckn stupid to carry a firearm. They’re also too fuckn stupid to drive a motorized vehicle, but we somehow muddle along with what I reckon are acceptable casualties. I include myself amongst the fuckn stupid; therefore, I train when possible and pay attention as well as my ADD addled brain allows. I limit alcohol consumption when driving or handling firearms.
                  Horndog Hans and I are rough on each other and everyone else on the range and in the woods. I wish I had that much control over safety when on the highway.

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                • This is why we should require gun owners to carry liability insurance, just as we do for drivers.

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                • And every blogger should be required to have libel insurance.

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                • rigger92

                  Speaking of licensing, it continues to baffle me that a person doesnt need a permit to be a parent.

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                • RangerRuss

                  When driving becomes a constitutional right then…

                  No. Just no. To me that’s the same as mandatory firearms training. Training is a great idea and I endorse it. But mandatory training and insurance are simply another ploy to deny the poor and disenfranchised the opportunity to the protection and defense they deserve.

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                • Um… we have a constitutional right to travel under the 5A.

                  The poor are exactly the ones who should carry insurance because they’re the least able to pay for damages they cause.

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                • RangerRuss

                  Driving a motor vehicle is not a constitutional right. It’s a privilege.

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          • gurkhadawg

            Senator, I can’t see the difference because there is no difference. There are no legitimate safety issues. Exactly how many deaths or injuries have occurred as a result of someone on campus being legally armed?

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            • Derek

              Seung-Hui Cho

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            • That VT Asian cat that whacked like 27 people.

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              • Derek

                32, but whose counting? It was just a bad day for guns on campus. Otherwise, where’s the concern?

                Pretty soon they’ll prevent open carry in bank lobbies. I mean where does it all end?

                So long as I can walk freely onto any military base in America with my AR-15 locked and loaded we’ll be free, partially at least, right?

                Did you see where the shooting happened at the gun store in Metarie, LA? That guy wouldn’t have came armed to a gun store and starting shooting if’n they had guns in the gun store. I know because the nra told me guns is a deterrent and stuff.

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                • gurkhadawg

                  What about a 110 pound coed walking from class back to her dorm at night on UGA’s campus. ( my daughter). She’s been taught to always be aware of her surroundings. She can handle a gun and has a Ruger LCR .38 in a side pocket of her backpack. If she feel uncomfortable, she swings her backpack to one shoulder and places her hand in that side pocket. I sleep much better at night.

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    • If you think you can make a valid argument that a University telling you that you cannot come on campus armed is an infringement on your second amendment right, then you should take that fight all the way to the top sir.

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    • I always thought if you were doing a true originalist reading of the 2nd, there is no individual right to gun ownership, as it was framed “as part of a well-regulated militia” Scalia played fast a loose to get around that one.

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      • Derek

        Its the only Constitutional Right ever found that is only infringed when it is completely abrogated by statute. Not much of a right then it would seem.

        They don’t say you can restrict speech right up to the point of total muzzling then you’ve gone too far.

        Pretty warped “reasoning.” Made about as much sense as Bush v. Gore.

        Scalia will be the Justice Taney of the future.

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      • RangerRuss

        Research of the historical use and understanding of the term regulated from that time period would set to rest that falsehood.

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        • Derek

          Why did it take more than two centuries to get that “clarity?”

          Why is it the only right that can be restricted right up to complete banning?

          It seems to me that the Heller decision wasn’t textual or historical. It was political.

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      • PTC DAWG

        The militia back in the day was normal citizens.

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      • You think that when the framers wrote, “the right of the people to keep and bear Arms shall not be infringed,” they actually meant to write, “the right of the militia to keep and bear Arms shall not be infringed?”

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        • Can’t help but notice you’re leaving out how that sentence starts.
          But hey I’m a heathen who thinks basing an entire jurisprudicenal philosophy on the idea that guys who died 200 years ago could foresee centuries of weapons’ development is asinine (especially when a lot of those same people just ignore Washington’s farewell address.)

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          • I agree with the framers and others that the prefatory clause is less important than the operative clause. Nowhere else in the Constitution does, “the people” mean something other than the people.

            And given that the Constitution was written toward the beginning of the Industrial Revolution, I’m confident that the framers understood that technological advancement would continue in the future.

            Are you equally pessimistic that the First Amendment only applies to quill pens and pamphlets rather than television, radio, and the internet?

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    • Georgia colleges actually allow people to carry weapons on campus since the law changed in 2017. There are exceptions like stadiums, but general campus areas and most classrooms are open to people carrying firearms.

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    • The simple fact that words don’t murder people may be the answer here.

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  9. Russ

    Nope. I’ll pass this week. Y’all have fun.

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    • Got Cowdog

      I’ll join you at the bar…

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      • RangerRuss

        Aw hell, Unca Got. Let’s talk about the weather or fishing or shooting some furry varmints or growing green leafy substance. It’s the Playpen, man. I won’t be hijacking another thread today, which I would like to take this opportunity to apologize to anyone I’ve offended.

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        • Got Cowdog

          All right.
          I’ve got the worst case of spring fever ever, so I’m headed to the farm tomorrow to play with the tractors. Weather is chilly in the morning, warm and sunny in the afternoon. We don’t get many bluebird days like this so let’s get outside to play. It’ll take half a day to get all the implements swapped around and the sprayer calibrated, maybe after lunch it’ll be dry enough to get some plowing done. We’ll see what Got Sr. thinks about doing some spraying but I expect he’ll want to hold off with the coming rain.
          I just got a set of Hogue rosewood grips for my GP100, so I’ll have to run a few rounds through it.
          Still waiting for the proper legislation to pass but by the time the ground warms up we will be a go! Otherwise it’s a big ol’ truck plot garden, corn and peas. (I’m actually planting second generation potato’s this year, which is pretty cool)
          In fact, I can handle my afternoon from the cell phone. I might as well go get started on it today. I’ll check back in later this evening…

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          • RangerRuss

            Collards and cabbage are green leafy substance. Corn and peas too and taters also I reckon. Those crops simply don’t reap the profit you could earn with that other.
            It’s a shame.

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        • RangerRuss

          I’ll bite my own bait. Bears and AK47s. Never had much use for an over gassed Russian ripoff of the StG 44 and wasn’t concerned with bears. Then I saw some game cam pics from the fellow that lives about a mile behind my house. Bears. Big males, young males and sows with cubs. That’s what worries me; getting between a mama bear and her cubs. Her fault, my fault, nobodies fault. Yeah, she’s only a 200-250 lb black bear. But that’s 250 pounds of claws, teeth, hate, jabs and back-kicks that ain’t impressed with my credentials.
          This is a job for a battle rifle. I needed one cheap enough that I could leave out without worrying if it was stolen or got nasty. Something I could treat roughly like the peasant I am in my back yard. That was nothing like what I had in my inventory.
          Then I read about a hiker in Denali that took down a grizzly with an AK74. That rifle uses the 5.45×39 rather than the harder hitting 7.62×39. Took him thirteen rounds to get the job done. But, by Cthulhu, he stopped a charging half ton monster from mauling his girlfriend.
          So I broke my self-imposed exile to ATL area, went to the Eastman gun show and bought a Romanian AK47, a bag of East German mags and a bunch of cheap Russian ammo. Then I started training with it. Training is cheap because ammo was cheap 16 years ago. Especially compared to now. I still consider the AK inferior to my ARs. However, this one is much nicer than the rattletrap pieces of combat dropped shit we familiarized with in the 80’s. It has light recoil, gives me a fighting chance against ursine interlopers, has been death to armadillos and a few coyotes and would be hell to home invaders.
          Still, I’m scared shitless of bears. Did I ever mention that?

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          • Got Cowdog

            Got everything hooked up and ready to go, even had a couple of beers with Got Sr.
            I have an AR, and I really like it. It’s fitted with an ACOG, which may be the finest optic ever developed. Yes it was expensive and it was worth every penny. I have lots of room to shoot, the range finder put me at 472yds. With the ACOG I can put 10 rds in a 24 x24 target at that range using the hood of the truck as a rest. However…
            My go to truck/tractor rifle is an all weather 700 in .243 with a nikon scope. Slick and durable, puts a magazine in a quarter at 200yds. My go to handgun is an SP101 in .357. With the factory grips it was nearly uncontrollable, a set of Hogue grips fixed that. Even with heavy magnum loads it’s a pleasure to shoot.
            Not too worried about bears. Since I’m always on a tractor I figure I’ll treat Bre’r Bear the same as a potential carjacker should I run into one. Just run over him.

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            • RangerRuss

              My safe could be an advertisement for Hogue grips and stocks, Uncle Got. Bought the wife a stainless Ladysmith .38 Special years ago. Those tiny rosewood bunghole plugs that passed as grips hurt her hand causing her to shy from training. Wraparound pink Hogue grips were the trick. Have a similar set, black!, on my .357 S&W Chief. Palm swell right and slab left grip on the 1911. Swapped the mil spec buttstocks on my ARs for Hogue. Not about recoil management there. I just like the way they feel, same as the 1911. Where the rubber Hogue really shines is on the revolvers. Simply painful shooting that Chief with +P ammo with factory grips.
              Your ACOG is worth every penny you paid for it. I have an Aimpoint M2 on the POF 415 SBR only because I got a great deal on it. I’m happy with it but have ACOG envy.
              Once you have the trigger issues worked out on a 700 it’s as fine a rifle as there is. You DO know they make ’em in Mens calibers, right? .308 and up. The only modern bolt rifle I have is a bull barrel Savage 110FG in .308 my wife gifted me 30 years ago. I reckon she was counting on me slinging lead off the hood of my truck as I sure can’t hold it steady standing unsupported even with a sling. Mounted a Bausch & Lomb 3-9×50 I took in lieu of a debt. I don’t think B&L even makes scopes anymore. It has a surprisingly smooth action and sweet trigger, especially for the price. A real tack driver if I do my part. Of course it’s no good for close in work. That’s why I have an AK. I’ll have to fight bears as a dismounted Grunt because I don’t own a tractor. Hell, I don’t even own a riding lawn mower. Damn bears still hold the advantage with speed, surprise, violence of action and a wicked spinning back-kick. I think I mentioned that I’m scared shitless of bears.

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              • Got Cowdog

                You’re up late/early!
                I’m guessing it’s the moon and the warm weather…me too. I’ll catch a nap here shortly and beat the sun out of bed. Or brew a pot of coffee and ride it out…
                I learned to shoot the handgun with a notch and blade type sight. That’s why I’m so partial to the basics: My 1911 and SP101. Fixed sights and out to 50′ or so? Like pointing a finger. Anything farther requires too much thought and probably isn’t a real threat.
                I’ve taken my wife shooting, she doesn’t much care for it. She’ll do it but almost holding her nose…she likes edged weapons. She trains in an MA discipline I can’t pronounce, but her sword form is a sight to behold. There is a ridiculously sharp tanto in a fold of her purse.
                I have several 700’s, including a .250 Savage and an old .264 Winchester Magnum (that’s a hot round), you’re right… they have funky triggers. Thing is, they’re like Estwing hammers or Channellock pliers. Once you get used to them nothing else feels right. See the Remington 1100 as the shotgun example.
                Don’t be making fun of my .243. It just happens to be the caliber of the rifle I’ve become attached to.
                Also, “Bears are more afraid of you than you are of them. Sharks are too, probably…”

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  10. Hogbody Spradlin

    I’d like to think that anyone offended by the Tennessee Republicans actions is equally offended by Congressional Democrats issuing thinly veiled threats to organizations to de-platform things the Congressmen disagree with.

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  11. There was actually a Supreme Court case that will basically ensure that the student athletes can kneel. If anything, these senators are violating the first amendment rights of the athletes. It always amuses me that those who try to defend history are often those who don’t actually know it. https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/West_Virginia_State_Board_of_Education_v._Barnette

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  12. 46isnotmine

    Where is my $2000 that senile Joe promised once the stinking state of Georgia elected Warnock & Ossoff? “I promise you, elect W & O and you’ll have $2000 the next day”. Lying stooge!

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  13. Illini84

    Yea, “senile Joe ” isn’t personal is it schmuck?

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    • 46isnotmine

      Oh, I am sure our blog master will deliver my ten links with a wet noodle. ChuckDawg was belittled yesterday for envoking China Virus on a virus manufactured in a Chinese lab. And I’ve been pushed to exile probation for “Joe & the Ho”. God forbid someone’s feelings get hurt.

      BTW, you wreak of an old communist lib bastard.

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      • God forbid someone’s feelings get hurt.

        Besides yours, you mean.

        Again, if you don’t like the way I moderate comments, I’m sure there’s a comment section out there somewhere just dying to meet you.

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      • Illini84

        Yea motherfucker, a tour in Korea and a tour in Vietnam and I’m a “commie lib bastard”. Fuck you asshole.

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      • biggity ben

        Just so we’re clear (go back and look), I REQUESTED that he not use that phrase. I even said thank you. Just so we’re clear, I don’t believe that phrase has any business on this forum at all and I will call it out every time I see it. It’s horrible rhetoric that has inflamed members of our society to commit acts of violence and hate against Asians in America. My wife is Asian, which in turn, means my kids will be part asian. If you think I have no vested interest in protecting my future children against shit like that, well then you have another thing coming. I’m truly sorry if me protecting other people bothers you. Also, what if an Asian person who loves UGA sports comes on here and sees that. What will they think of us? It’s the same reason I object when people use G*yturd on here. You think every UGA sports fan is straight? I know this particular weekly post is an open forum, but I still can’t believe the Senator allows speech that is belittling and hateful on here, no matter what. That said, I’m sure I can find another blog if I don’t like how he runs it (saved you the post senator). Oh wait, I can’t, because all of our UGA blogs have some form of this on them. Joe and the Ho is dumb, not funny, not witty, but it likely has zero impact on anything. But spreading hate speech is shitty. If anyone thinks that’s ok, I got nothing for you. I can’t agree with you and I don’t think it’s ok. Bye hate spreading Felicas.

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        • gurkhadawg

          Ben, I’m pretty sure when someone on here says “China Virus”, the word “China” is referring to the Chinese Communist Party. Nobody has a problem with your wife. The Chinese Communist Party has a million Uyghurs in concentration camps where they are systematically tortured and raped. But I guess you don’t have a problem with that.

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          • The main reason someone on here uses the phrase “China Virus” is the same reason Trump started using it in the first place: to deflect attention/responsibility from Trump’s ineptitude in handling the pandemic crisis in the country.

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          • Texas Dawg

            Spanish Flu, German Measles, Ebola, West Nile Virus, Lyme disease, MERS, and the list goes on and on. Diseases are often named after assumed point of origin. It has never been an issue before. Why are China or Hunan off the table? As far as we know, that was the point of origin. The first case was identified in Wuhan, China, in December 2019. Whether natural or engineered that was where it was first identified. Why the sensitivity now?

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            • gurkhadawg

              You forgot the Hong Kong Flu. It’s one of the ways the medical field names diseases. It has nothing to do with race.

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            Well when Korean/Pacific Islanders/Japanese/Vietnamese/AND YES CHINESE people in America stop getting beat up/stabbed/told to go back to where they came from while some ignorant person blames them for a virus originating from a country they aren’t from, I’ll calm down I guess. Until then, it’s just hate speech. There are plenty of ways of condemning a government without hurting people. And yes, I’m talking about emotionally too. And to imply I don’t care about human atrocities because I don’t want Asian people in America hurt for something they didn’t do is mind boggling. So thanks for speaking up for the folks for what you’re ‘sure’ they mean, but I said what I said. Maybe try speaking up for the folks that aren’t getting the voice they ALSO deserve.

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            • Just curious, but how many people have been beaten and/or stabbed for their ethnic backgrounds surrounding C19?

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                Is one not enough?

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                • For what? Suspending civil liberties? Nah.

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                • RangerRuss

                  Lighten up, Francis.

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                • Texas Dawg

                  If we lowered the speed limit to 25MPH we would cut automobile deaths significantly but at what cost? Just like making a rule/law to save 1 person out of millions at the expense of all the rest. Common sense has been totally lost and feeling/emotions now rule the day.

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                • biggity ben

                  I’ll just assume that me not being able to reply to the comments below is by design, but since everyone has felt the need to take this down a different path I’ll respond here.

                  This isn’t a civil rights issue. I’m not denying him the ability to say it. I didn’t arrest him or illegally hold him captive over his words, thoughts, or feelings. I politely asked him to not use a phrase, that whether you like it or not, is inflammatory. Just because you CAN say something doesn’t mean you should or that you aren’t a dick for saying it. To say that phrase is not inflammatory, you have to be either dumb (which I don’t think most of the posters here are), or it’s some incredible cognitive dissonance to use the phrase knowing that it’s got insensitive undertones and then defending it by saying ‘it’s where it’s from’ when you are called out. Again, I said I didn’t think that THIS forum is the right place for it. YMMV.

                  I also don’t need to link out to some stat or tweet for what I see to be true with my own eyes and experience. Also, I’m not your assistant, google it since everyone here is so damn smart. I swear if people spent more time being slightly more kind to each other instead of ‘defendin’ muh liberties’, we’d be in a better space. But what do I know, I’m a snowflake lib. Carry on telling me how wrong I am.

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        • White nationalist Asian reporter Andy Ngo is trying to deflect from white nationalist black man Antoine Watson as just one in a spate of hate crimes in the hotbed of white nationalist Trump supporters, San Francisco. Just disgusting.

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        • Serious question. Is Trump to blame for the deaths in leftist countries as well? Or are those deaths in spite of the correct policies their leaders pursued?

          I’m totally on board with the “viruses respond to our whims” line of thinking. I’m just trying to deal with the cognitive dissonance.

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      • An informed ‘communist’ bastard is always preferable to an ignorant brainwashed rednek.

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  14. whybotherdude

    Wait, it’s basketball season? Does that show my level of care?

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  15. Texas Dawg

    I saw something yesterday that highlights how inexact the “science” of rating recruits is. Rivals has big Bear Alexander as the #4 prospect in the nation. Not the #4 DT, but the #4 OVERALL Meanwhile over at 24/7 they have him rated as the #140 overall prospect and the #9 DT. ESPN has him at #211 overall. I don’t remember a crazier disparity for a player between the ranking services.

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    • ASEF

      Some of these kids haven’t seen meaningful action in months. Nothing to evaluate. If summer camps happen, you’ll probably see rankings align more closely.

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      • That’s a good point. Some schools didn’t even play in the fall, practices everywhere were screwed up for a season, many camps cancelled…the ratings are as big a guessing game as they’ve been in years right now.

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        • Texas Dawg

          Texas played football. No little pandemic is going to stand in the way of Texas HS football. He may not have been to camps, but there is plenty if film on him and with him at Denton Ryan, he was playing against very high level competition. Had it been #4 on one and #37 on another I would not have questioned it, but a range of 4 to 211 is pretty whacky.

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  16. 123 Fake St

    Who TF cares about Tennessee?

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  18. ASEF

    State legislators setting piles of money on fire in pursuit of lawsuits they know they’re going to lose is a time-honored tradition, especially in the South. Taxpayers foot the bill, politicians get to grand-stand, and when the inevitable legal L comes down the pike, they can sputter some more.

    Because no one holds them accountable for setting money on fire in a pointless attempt to dismantle the Constitution.

    This has been going on my entire life. Started with school prayer, but hey, that one’s been all used up.

    God, I hate the culture wars. Inspires so much Stupid! at both ends of the political spectrum.

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  19. My first point:

    Let me start by saying that athletes have the right to express themselves, take a knee, etc. All decisions and actions have reactions, and expression like this will receive reactions, which is the whole point of an expression in the first place. Flags have been burned for quite some time, people have protested anthems, and we still seem to be chugging right along as a democratic republic, so rhetoric like the story mentioned above is continued politicizing of people’s passions and is aimed at dividing us even further. I’d be willing to say most of the people infuriated by this didn’t see the game, nor would ever watch it, so what does it matter outside of the scope of those attending and those who are playing. It really doesn’t, when you think about it. My granddad used to tell me that your rights end where my nose begins, and this isn’t an “in your nose” kind of thing. Requiring me to take a knee or burn a flag is another thing, and, again, this isn’t what’s being construed here. My guess is, the athletes who took the knee just got the reaction they were looking for, which is knee-jerk emotional reaction and furor that will point national attention to their protest and remind people of the cause that they are advocating for.

    My second point:

    Why aren’t more athletes still doing this now? Did the social problems that warranted the actions suddenly go away and have been rectified, because by my eye, they have not.

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  20. amurraycuh

    I am pretty close to this ETSU story. The local political outrage is a result of the local outrage shared via facebook posts on local media websites. The action raises more questions than it answers. For instance, this isnt the first time the team has taken a knee this season. Why is it an issue now? Not once has this happened on ETSU’s home court, all in road gyms.
    There has been a vocal declarations of local people never supporting the university again. The school president is very much a “brand” promoter and has made great strides increasing the schools image in the shadow of UT (which has been made easier as of late). I have a hard time wrapping my brain around the same group claiming constitutional violations when people are muzzled by social media companies but think a silent protest during the national anthem is not constitutionally allowed.
    Its a personal moral issue not a constitutional one.

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      • Derek

        If you peel away at the onion of right wing nuttery you’ll inevitably arrive in Anti-Semitism land each and every time.

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        • RangerRuss

          I think you’ll find as much anti-semitism from the far left as you will the far right. The difference is the left gets a pass from the Pravda media.

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            • Texas Dawg

              Biden using the anti-semitic slur ‘shylock’ (September 2014)
              “That’s one of the things that he finds was most in need when he was over there in Iraq for a year,” Biden said during remarks at the 40th anniversary of the Legal Services Corporation. “That people would come to him and talk about what was happening to them at home in terms of foreclosures, in terms of bad loans that were being … I mean these Shylocks who took advantage of, um, these women and men while overseas.” The term “shylock” is considered an anti-semitic slur by the Anti-Defamation League, and Biden was rebuked by the group for using the slur, prompting Biden to publicly apologize for his “poor choice of words.”

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              • Derek

                Pretty thin beef texas.

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                • Texas Dawg

                  No thinner than so many accusations of racisim, anti Semitism, anti (choose your offended group) made by the left.

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                • Derek

                  Screaming the “n-word” at Capitol police while carrying a confederate flag is such an equivalence, right?

                  Jewish space laser accusations from Rep. Greene (W-GA)? Nothing to see there.

                  Both sides and whataboutism arguments are weak as fuck.

                  Suggesting that there hasn’t been a consistent white supremacy, anti-semetic, racist thread throughout right wing politics in America is a flat lie. Equating the klan, the birchers, the white nationalists, etc. with an isolated utterance is just sad.

                  It has always been the left i.e., liberals who have tried to incorporate every gender, nationality and religion into American life fully as human beings as deserving of respect and as entitled to the rights of citizenship as anyone else and, yes, equal to those of the white Anglo-Saxon protestant man and it has always been the right that has resisted sharing that vaulted position suggesting that only they, due to breeding, culture, disposition etc…, are deserving of the full rights of citizenship. Furthermore they’ve consistently made clear that in their view any expansion of the definition of person, man or human is an existential threat. Don’t believe me? Watch Tucker Carlson.

                  One day we will be able to acknowledge that our Founders views of egalitarianism meant only people like themselves. And we will acknowledge that the people who have fought to expand the promise of America to everyone are called liberals. Often it is stated with utter disdain.

                  I think its better to be right than to be liked or to have power. Hence, I’m am anti-Republican.

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                • Derek

                  Ideological Muslims, like most religious zealots, tend to be creatures of the right. Like the Taliban and the Ayatollah and Southern Baptists.

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                • Texas Dawg

                  There are most certainly racist who are on the right. Just as certainly there are racist on the left. To deny either is to bury your head in the sand. Not everything that you disagree with is racist or anti Semitic or….. As an example, if you disagree with ILLEGAL immigration you are branded racist by the left and the media. 2 of my friends who are the most vocal critics of ILLEGAL immigration are LEGAL immigrants themselves. They were both educated in the US and had to return home (India and Brazil) and apply legally and wait for the slow wheels of bureaucracy to turn but they did it. They have family and friends in the pipeline but it taking a LONG time to do it the right way. They get livid when ILLEGAL immigrants move to the front of the line while their family and friends patiently wait to do it LEGALLY. They are both minorities. They both ABHORE ILLEGAL immigration and the move by the Democrats to reward illegal immigration drives them insane. Does that make them racist? In the eyes of the left and the media (pretty much the same thing) it does. Disagreeing with the left’s (democrats) policy does not make one a racist.

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                • Idlewild Dawg

                  derek, you damn sure talk a lot but you don’t say very much.

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                • Derek

                  Texas,

                  Some not racists are for tighter immigration controls. Happy?

                  Idlewild,

                  Deep man. Deep.

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                • Texas Dawg

                  Some on the left are not America hating socialist. You happy now?

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                • Derek

                  True dat texas.

                  Nothing tends to be absolutely false more than absolutism.

                  There are trends and tendencies tho. We’d be remiss not to take note.

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              • “Israel has hypnotized the world, may Allah awaken the people and help them see the evil doings of Israel.” – some right wing nutjob

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              • Definitions are important. Once we’ve defined Republicans to be racists, then even racist Democrats automatically become Republicans. Thus, our begging the question is validated!

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  22. benco04

    They issue as I see it, is that there is an entire group of people that claim to love America but seem to hate quite a few Americans. I can’t imagine a more nationalist agenda than that. And with the tossing out of the Fairness Doctrine back in 87 (btw, who was running the country and, I assume, the FCC at the time?), incentivized lying to an increasingly angered racial and religious majority began in earnest. Here we sit, mired in the muck.

    Far be it for people that claim to love the Constitution to, you know, actually support people saying things they don’t like. But what else is new? You’re mad. I’m mad. Let’s just be mad because it’s easier than actually listening to differences and compromising and being adults.

    That Tennessee politicians are capitalizing on the non-issue to galvanize support isn’t surprising. What’s surprising is that we continue to fall for it.

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  23. Jack Klompus

    The GOP has clearly demonstrated that they’ll do whatever it takes to stay in power, regardless of the outcome or impact on the US, states, people, etc. So, the real question is, If you’re the GOP then why not do it? Their clearly feeding their constituents the things they want to hear and signaling they’ll do what it takes to keep the “athletes” in line. What more could they want from an elected official?

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    • Derek

      No doubt. Its not that they care about being right. They know its good politics. Lots more anti-kneelers than kneelers in Tennessee. Why be on the side of the constitution when you can have political power by expressly ignoring its terms?

      Hell, it worked with the Fourth Amendment and the war on drugs. One had to go. And it did.

      “Those who would give up essential Liberty, to purchase a little temporary Safety, deserve neither Liberty nor Safety.”

      Benjamin Franklin

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    • One party only cares about winning. The other party sticks to principles and elects a demented child sniffer who can’t work past 10am. Because he’s the best leader in the world.

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  25. A sock puppet or sockpuppet is an online identity used for purposes of deception. The term, a reference to the manipulation of a simple hand puppet made from a sock, originally referred to a false identity assumed by a member of an Internet community who spoke to, or about, themselves while pretending to be another person

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  26. Previously Paul

    My Dad fought in WWII and spent 16 months in Stalag 1 after being shot down. He came home to a country with both a Nazi party and a Communist party. He taught me that if we do not protect the speech we most vehemently disagree with, then we don’t have freedom of speech at all.

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  34. rigger92

    Jesus, why do we need twitter?

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  35. Illini84

    A retired New York City cop and U.S. Marine wanted for allegedly assaulting a Washington, D.C., police officer with a metal flagpole during the Jan. 6 Capitol riot has surrendered on federal charges.

    Thomas Webster, 54, who once provided security for New York mayor and City Hall, according to news reports, turned himself in Monday on six counts related to the beating of the officer captured on body camera footage during the pro-Trump insurrection, according to a federal complaint.

    Webster was brought before U.S. Magistrate Judge Andrew Krause in White Plains, who reportedly expressed shock at video of the assault. He declared Webster may still be a threat to public safety and ordered him jailed without bail pending another hearing. The most serious charge ― forcible assault of an officer of the U.S. with a dangerous weapon ― carries a maximum of 20 years in prison if he’s convicted.

    The video footage appears to show Webster, who’s from the upstate New York town of Florida, first verbally berating the officer, who stands behind a metal gate, and then physically lunging at him with the pole and then his bare hands.

    Video appears to show Thomas Webster from Florida, New York, assaulting a Capitol police officer with his bare hands during the Jan. 6 insurrection in Washington.
    “You fucking piece of shit. You fucking Commie motherfuckers,” Webster tells the officer, according to the complaint. “Come on, take your shit off. Take your shit off.”

    Webster aggressively shoved the metal gate into the officer, then armed himself with a flagpole bearing a U.S. Marine Corps flag, which he used to strike the officer numerous times, knocking him to the ground, the complaint said. He then tried to yank off the officer’s face shield and gas mask, choking him with the chin strap, according to the complaint.

    Webster’s surrender comes nearly a month after the FBI asked for public help in identifying him through photos. People on social media labeled him #EyeGouger because of the video showing his violent grip on the officer’s face. Dozens of others involved in the riot are being sought.

    After first hitting the officer with a metal flagpole, Webster allegedly went after him with his barehands, giving him the ti

    After first hitting the officer with a metal flagpole, Webster allegedly went after him with his barehands, giving him the title of “eye gouger” on social media.
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    At Webster’s initial court appearance, Assistant U.S. Attorney Ben Gianforti reportedly described the charges against Webster as among the most serious he’s seen from the riot at the White Plains federal courthouse.

    “He goes after that cop like a junkyard dog. Like I said, fists bared, teeth clenched,” Gianforti said, according to The New York Daily News.

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  36. Illini84

    Sound familiar? “You fucking piece of shit. You fucking Commie motherfuckers,” Webster tells the officer, according to the complaint. “Come on, take your shit off. Take your shit off.”

    The “officer” is a police officer. See if these rabid morons don’t agree with you it doesn’t matter who you are.

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  37. Derek

    “We all must ask the important questions like is earth round?”

    Thomas Massie (W-KY)

    (Not really a quote.)

    He is the only guy who didn’t think we needed a covid relief bill last spring. Why? Because he is a moron of course.

    He also voted against a bill called the Emmett Till anti-lynching act.

    Guess who likes him?

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    • “Everything good must be coerced by the government.” – autistic middle schooler

      When the government destroys the economy by locking people in their homes and refusing to allow them to work, who do autistic middle schoolers trust to fix the problem it caused? Government!

      Critical thinking can lead to some conclusions like, maybe the people who caused a problem aren’t the best ones to fix it. Thus, critical thinking is racist and should never be done.
      #ObeyHarder
      #FaithInFasci

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    • Derek

      This is what some people call good government in action. Arresting people for violating the establishment’s traditions and observances.

      Ever hear a “conservative” argue that the police shouldn’t enforce such laws OR do they instead insist that the law as written must be respected and enforced by whatever means necessary, when it favors themselves anyway.

      You couldn’t have the Jim Crow laws some (see above) defend and ostensibly would love to return to normalcy without a big gubmit enforcement mechanism. You know, a cop with a badge, a billy club and a gun.

      When the law doesn’t benefit them? Raid the capitol and beat police with american flag poles!

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      • Right. Jim Crow laws were bad. Why were Jim Crow laws possible? Government force! What is the solution to Jim Crow laws? Government force!

        Government is the cause of, and solution to, all our problems. Once we get the correct people (demented child sniffers) in charge of unlimited power, there is no way that power could ever ben turned against us. Our middle school teachers told us so.

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          • Same logic. Government failed us. Only government can now save us from itself.
            #Brilliant

            P.S., I thought Russia hacked the power grid of Texas. Will our new government regulations stop Russian hackers? Or will we need a new state/federal Department of Russian Hacking to oversee absolutely everything in our lives?

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  39. rigger92

    I refuse to get mired in all this twitter bullshit. Simple truth is, libs want to force everything on all of us, conservatives want the public to “do the right thing” in all ways imagined without “force”. The American way is to do the right thing when nobody is looking. The Left will not lot that happen. The right wants it ALL to happen organically. This is the problem. The “evidence” from 60 years ago where all “right” thinking people are racists and supremacists has some truth to it, but not anymore. “We” just want the general public to do right by everyone, and that includes immigrants that do the entry legally. It’s the FED that screws that up, not those of us in random counties and states. Most of “us” want people to come here and live the dream of steady income, reward for being “good at what you do”. Hell, I pay a 24 year old kid with debilitating ADD $50K/year just so he can raise his kid, buy a house, and do an ok job in our organization. Yeah, I wish he could show up on time instead of 40 minutes late, but when he shows up he does a good job. It’s hard to manage, easy to accept when I know his wife and his now 6 year old daughter has a home and he pays his mortgage. It’s a big deal, but it’s not. Problem is that there are enough people in this world that would have fired him and the family would be split and on public funds. Our societal and government has become “we will help you but you may not like it”.

    I am truly offended by people that label me a supremacist solely because I believe that most of our “laws” have been created because liberals refuse to believe that the majority of citizens wouldn’t just do “the right thing” on their own, so we need the government to create vast agencies to employ and make useless laws to do what most of us have been doing anyway, and then, they make business more expensive to conduct, meaning not only do some of us do right by society, but, we have to be taxed higher to pay for those who don’t. We should, as a people, be on the same page. And, I think we are. It is a “we will make it a law” vs. “those of us that would do these things anyway at our own cost/benefit”. Resentment…….

    Furthermore, our FED government has been saturated so deeply that the American way I have stated is not possible. So, we are at an impasse. With our communication and tech, there is not a way for compromise, only ‘sides” says the dude from the hottest place on earth in the northern hemisphere. (Yeah, its not technically true but I dare anyone to hang out in Columbia, SC in August and September, arguably October).

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    • Derek

      A government of, by and for the people is a complete failure.

      Why try? Why participate?

      Just wait for your King to reappear so that you no longer are at the mercy of the whims of your countrymen.

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      • rigger92

        Fair enough. I am at the Fuck it stage. Our federal government is way past satisfying you or me. It is getting to the “look out for yourself” in the most realistic way. And most of us just want to be able to shoot clay targets, shoot squirrels that eat our pecans, and bust our asses doing what we do best in the public sector. But no, the masses in NY city, LA, MIA, and CHI get to choose our national policy. Looks like PHI too. All of those people have core identity differences than EVERYONE else that live in population centers that have less than 100 people per 100 square miles. Us “flyover” people do count. Well, we did until last year.

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      • Im just so happy to see this comment. You have so told on yourself. You are karl marx. A loser that lived with his parents, never created anything, never worked. G*d bless you Derek. You’re exactly the insane marxist we need. You’ve never served, never created, but by god you can argue on the internet.

        Youre a perfect marxist. And you’ve made my day.

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  40. Got Cowdog

    Yesterday was the anniversary of the killing of Ahmaud Arbery. Of all the shit that went down in 2020, this is the thing that bothers me the most.

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  41. And yall claim to be the smart people

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