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    Quote Originally Posted by Slick
    having protected god given rights
    At least ya spelled god with a small "g"...

    Ya think we're bein' "monitored," here?...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cujo View Post
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    Sadly it is US government militaristic foreign policies and racist domestic laws
    What racist laws does the U.S. Have? Give us one example.
    Ok:

    The Violent Crime Control and Law Enforcement Act, enacted in 28 U.S.C. 994 note Sec. 280003, requires the United States Sentencing Commission to increase the penalties for hate crimes committed on the basis of the actual or perceived race, color, religion, national origin, ethnicity, or gender of any person.
    Guess which race gets all the increased penalties...

    or this

    Supreme Court upholds affirmative action in university admissions

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    From the Sun Sentinel


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    In the months before accused shooter Esteban Santiago went on a rampage inside the Fort Lauderdale airport, he was living a life on the edge in this Alaskan town, sleeping in spartan quarters, washing his clothes in a laundry and meeting people who lived close to the street, according to several Alaskans who said they knew him.

    FBI agents spent Sunday afternoon digging through the dumpster at the Qupqugiaq Inn, a motel in midtown Anchorage where Santiago appears to have been residing shortly before he flew to Fort Lauderdale.

    "I thought he was a really nice guy," said Patricia Welch, 47, who was staying in a nearby Anchorage flophouse when Santiago, a former Alaska Army National Guard soldier, met her at a corner laundry. "We talked about getting a pizza together." 

    Welch and a trio of Qupqugiaq Inn residents said that Santiago rented a $30-per-night "Japanese-styled sleeping pod" in the month before he flew to Fort Lauderdale.

    Declining to identify themselves, they confirmed many of Welch's details, describing Santiago as a "loner" and a "recluse" who also did not appear violent.

    Alaska Guard spokeswoman Lt. Col. Candis A. Olmstead has said that Esteban served nearly a decade in the military, beginning with the Puerto Army National Guard before later transferring to the Army Reserve. He joined the Alaska Army National Guard in late 2014.

    Santiago received commendations for his service, including six medals, but was involuntarily discharged five months ago at the rank of private first class for unsatisfactory service. Olmstead has not specified why Guard leaders felt the combat engineer's service fell short of standards.

    While in Iraq, two soldiers in Santiago's unit were killed by a roadside bomb. Santiago's relatives have said he returned from there a changed man, beginning a long spiral into mental illness.

    Authorities have not identified a motive for the shootings, but on Saturday Marlin Ritzman, the Special Agent in Charge of the Anchorage field office, said that Santiago shared "disjointed comments about mind control" by the federal government, triggering a call to city police officers and a brief stay at an undisclosed treatment center in Alaska. 

    Anchorage police confiscated the firearm that Santiago had left in his vehicle, but Santiago reclaimed it on Dec. 8. Officials said they had no choice under the law but to return the firearm. Officials initially said Santiago left his newborn in the car with the gun but on Sunday clarified that the baby was safely in FBI care.

    Santiago had lived in a trailer park up a hill from West Dimond Boulevard in Anchorage but was evicted in 2015, according to Alaska court records.

    He listed Signal 88 Security as his employer on an October 2015 court document, KTUU-TV in Anchorage reported.

    Alaska law requires security guards be licensed and mentally sound. The state conducts a criminal background check, and applicants are required to certify they are "free from any psychopathic condition or mental illness that may impair my powers of memory, reason, judgment, or perception."

    In Florida, anyone with a history of mental illness must submit a statement from a psychiatrist or psychologist to become an armed security guard. That became an issue with mass murderer Omar Mateen, who killed 49 people at an Orlando nightclub in June and also worked as a security guard.

    His employer certified to the state that Mateen had passed a psychological evaluation, but the psychologist whose signature was on the form no longer lived or worked in Florida. The company blamed a clerical error and said he had been evaluated by a different psychologist.

    Alaska state officials could not be reached for comment Sunday on Santiago's application or even whether he was licensed.

    Maybe a little more than snippets
    Keep your friends close and your enemies closer.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Troy View Post
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    Where does it say he is a Christian?
    It did in the Latin Times but that has since been deleted. However, being Puerto Rican, there's a 93% chance he's a Christian...

    ...not that it matters one iota...
    It was deleted you claim.

    In Latin America many people I knew who said they were Christian were actually not.

    They did not practice nor attend church services.

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