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Post  polka23dot on Fri Jun 27, 2014 7:19 pm

According to the national survey commissioned by the California Academy of Sciences: Only 53% of adults know how long it takes for the Earth to revolve around the Sun. Only 59% of adults know that the earliest humans and dinosaurs did not live at the same time. source: http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2009/03/090312115133.htm

Only 36 percent of Americans can name the three branches of government. source: http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/govbeat/wp/2014/09/18/only-36-percent-of-americans-can-name-the-three-branches-of-government/

U.S. activists lobby the United Nations to pay Detroit water bills. source: http://detroit.cbslocal.com/2014/06/23/nearly-half-of-detroit-water-customers-cant-pay-their-bill/

About 2.2 million Americans were incarcerated in 2012, accounting for one in every 108 adults, a figure that has more than quadrupled since 1980, leading state spending on incarceration to rise nearly as fast. America imprisons more people than any other country, and has the highest incarceration rate... In 2011, only 2 percent were admitted for murder, 0.7 percent for negligent manslaughter, and 5.4 percent for rape or sexual assault... 26.9 percent of state prisoners are there for robbery, assault, or another violent offense; 18.7 percent are there on non-robbery property crime charges, 16.6 percent on drug charges, and 10.6 percent on public order charges (which includes everything from weapons charges to drunk driving to contempt of court to prostitution). source: http://www.vox.com/2014/6/27/5845484/prisons-are-terrible-and-there-is-finally-a-way-to-get-rid-of-them

Eight (U.S.) state constitutions include restrictions on people who don’t believe in a supreme being... A 2014 Pew poll found 53 percent of Americans think it’s necessary to believe in God to be moral, and a 2012 Gallup poll found 43 percent of voters would not vote for a candidate who was atheist...
-Arkansas constitution: Article 19, section 1: “No person who denies the being of a God shall hold any office in the civil departments of this State, nor be competent to testify as a witness in any Court.”
-Maryland constitution: Article 37: “That no religious test ought ever to be required as a qualification for any office of profit or trust in this State, other than a declaration of belief in the existence of God; nor shall the Legislature prescribe any other oath of office than the oath prescribed by this Constitution.”
-Mississippi constitution: Article 14, section 265: “No person who denies the existence of a Supreme Being shall hold any office in this State.”
-North Carolina constitution: Article VI, section 8: “The following persons shall be disqualified for office: First, any person who shall deny the being of Almighty God.”
-Pennsylvania constitution: Article 1, section 4: “No person who acknowledges the being of a God and a future state of rewards and punishments shall, on account of his religious sentiments, be disqualified to hold any office or place of trust or profit under this Commonwealth.”
-South Carolina constitution: Article XVII, section 4: “No person who denies the existence of a Supreme Being shall hold any office under this Constitution.”
-Tennessee constitution: Article IX, section 2: “No person who denies the being of God, or a future state of rewards and punishment, shall hold any office in the civil department of this state.”
-Texas constitution: Article 1, section 4: “No religious test shall ever be required as a qualification to any office, or public trust, in this State; nor shall any one be excluded from holding office on account of his religious sentiments, provided he acknowledge the existence of a Supreme Being.”
source: http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/govbeat/wp/2014/07/08/there-are-states-where-you-technically-cant-hold-public-office-if-youre-an-atheist/

Gallup finds that 79 percent of Americans think government corruption is widespread – this is up 20 percentage points since 2006. In 2009 a senior FBI agent even warned that corruption is the number one criminal threat to the country. Our media are also corrupt. Only 7.1 percent of journalists report that they are Republicans, down from 25.7 percent in 1971. The media routinely slant the news, especially when it comes to race. Third-world immigration lowers wages for natives, which makes them more compliant. “Diversity” means social chaos, which gives government another excuse to increase police powers and further control our lives... Protests against illegal immigration continue in Murrieta, California. The protesters are ordinary people, not “activists.” They do not have the backing of non-profit organizations or political action committees. They have simply decided to show up and defy their government. Just as it did in the face of protesters at the Bundy Ranch, the government backs down when citizens stand up against it... If we want to save our country before it descends into Third-World corruption and tyranny, we must act now. source: http://www.amren.com/news/2014/07/open-acts-of-defiance/

When you total up all forms of U.S. debt including government debt, business debt, mortgage debt and consumer debt, we are 59.4 trillion dollars in debt: http://research.stlouisfed.org/fred2/series/TCMDO

Nick Gillespie - we need economic austerity: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Jiwwrkuvgo8

How cronyism and corruption brought down Detroit: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IuOEf-pNXUI

Ebola expert to CNN: We can’t ban flights from Liberia because of slavery. source: http://www.truthrevolt.org/news/ebola-expert-cnn-we-cant-ban-flights-liberia-because-slavery

Author and former Democratic political consultant Naomi Wolf published a series of Facebook posts on Saturday in which she questioned the veracity of the ISIS videos showing the murders and beheadings of two Americans and two Britons, strongly implying that the videos had been staged by the US government and that the victims and their parents were actors. Wolf published a separate Facebook post, also on Saturday, suggesting that the US was sending troops to West Africa not to assist with Ebola treatment but to bring Ebola back to the US to justify a military takeover of American society. She also suggested that the Scottish independence referendum, in which Scots voted to remain in the United Kingdom, had been faked. source: http://www.vox.com/2014/10/5/6909837/naomi-wolf-isis-ebola-scotland-conspiracy-theories

If the polls are to be believed, more than eight out of 10 Russians support Mr. Putin. An analysis by Radio Free Europe-Radio Liberty leads to the conclusion that most Russians value national pride and power over freedom and democracy... Within the United States, diversity is most loudly trumpeted on our campuses — ironic because a scholar with unfashionable ideas has about as much chance of getting tenure as winning the lottery. People forget that tenure was supposed to protect intellectual diversity, not abolish it. source: http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2014/oct/7/may-the-truth-about-diversity/

During the last six years, many Americans have sensed a steep decline in America’s prestige, military might and economic power in the world. They wake up every day to witness their country lurching from crisis to crisis in a rudderless ship. Jihadists are on the march, unchecked by President Obama’s tepid responses. Russian President Vladimir Putin openly thumbs his nose at the United States under Obama’s leadership. Iran is edging ever closer to achieving its ambition of becoming a nuclear-armed power, while the Obama administration bumbles along with fruitless negotiations and weakening of sanctions. Ebola is spreading, while the president refuses to take the common sense step of banning commercial flights from the most affected countries. In fact, according to Judicial Watch, “the Obama administration is actively formulating plans to admit Ebola-infected non-U.S. citizens into the United States for treatment,” apparently without seeking congressional approval. President Obama is also reportedly planning to issue an executive order after the mid-term elections that would effectively grant amnesty to millions of illegal immigrants in this country while the southern border remains vulnerable to the entry of terrorists and infected illegal immigrants. source: http://www.frontpagemag.com/2014/joseph-klein/fear-in-america/

10 examples of U.S. government's incompetence: endoftheamericandream.com/archives/10-examples-of-the-extreme-incompetence-that-now-pervades-the-federal-government

Fire Department of New York City dropped physical test requirement amid low female hiring rate: http://nypost.com/2014/12/11/fdny-drops-physical-test-requirement-amid-low-f emale-hiring-rate/

Egyptian engineer (Mostafa Ahmed Awwad) was arrested in November 2014 and charged with espionage. The engineer, who received a security clearance in August so he could work on the new Ford class aircraft carriers, promptly began stealing technical data on the Fords and passing it to Egyptian intelligence for cash. Awwad had married an American in 2007 and had applied to become a citizen. source: http://www.strategypage.com/htmw/htintel/articles/20150117.aspx

An American government official, Xiafen Chen, was arrested in October and charged with supplying China with classified data about American dams. This is part of a Chinese effort to collect detailed data on American infrastructure and other economic targets to support preparations for Internet based attacks on these facilities in wartime, or anytime. Xiafen Chen and her husband moved to the U.S. from China in 1992 and later became American citizens. source: http://www.strategypage.com/htmw/htiw/articles/20150121.aspx

Hillary Clinton destabilized the world: http://www.breitbart.com/national-security/2016/11/07/hillary-clinton-world-map/

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