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    DamianTV replied to a thread Democracy in U.S. Political News
    They did the same thing with application and definition for Democracy also. People are TRICKED into thinking that Democracy is Freedom, Voting, and partaking in the processes of government. The REAL effect of Democracy is nothing short of DEATH OF NATIONS. Next time you hear them say "we must support Democracy" recall what the founding fathers said: Democracies have ever been spectacles of turbulence and contention; have ever been found incompatible with personal security, or the rights of property; and have in general been as short in their lives, as they have been violent in their deaths.
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    This whole thing is also low-key a big excuse to buy a Festool Domino jointer. :D But yeah, I'm factoring that in. My 50 year old Parks planer is a buttkicker machine but it's not what's going to run a business. I had already decided to ditch the table saw and get a panel saw, and I'm reading stuff (from older guys particularly) who swear that's the way to go to prevent wear & tear on the body. Plus it'll reclaim a bunch of square footage in the shop. Thanks for the advice!
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    Today, 09:23 AM
    So, the wife and I watched the first half of Godzilla Minus One last night. Watch this movie. That's all I'm gonna say. Watch it. And periodically remind yourself as you're watching it, "this cost $15 million to make".
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    Today, 09:13 AM
    Yeah I'm really trying to find prefinished panels and I'll probably buy a big grow tent with an exhaust system for an indoor booth for when I need to. :D Thanks for the advice!
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    And turbo-cancer, suddenly appearing because we've been using something for a hundred years...
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    Wake me up when he does that despite a liberty candidate being in the race. Until then I'll be marking this up to having all the intellectual and moral weight of a child on the playground yelling, "I know you are but what am I?!"
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    Today, 07:31 AM
    Yeah, I had it pointed out recently that all these tax preparation professionals and companies get taxed on their labor and revenue, so there's zero reason to get anyone to the point where they can do it without hiring. That's why my brother and sister-in-law are looking to get out - they just can't take writing quarterly checks anymore. Yep that's the idea - keep the health insurance and the dead-end IT job for the moment, and hopefully get to the point where I can walk TF away. Thanks for the advice! IOU a rep
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    Today, 07:20 AM
    My wife was a hair stylist and we used to own a salon. For me, the biggest issue was insurance and taxes. There was really no way for me to figure out the hoops and hurdles, so I paid someone to help us with that piece. (part of the cost of doing business, I guess) Employees are another pain - we had 5 stylists, my wife, and a receptionist on the payroll. I would have never figured out the paperwork on that stuff, but was REALLY surprised by how much employees cost - even ones that only get paid based on how many clients they serve. When my wife got pregnant with our youngest, we sold the business and the equipment to one of the other stylists. We never really made any money from the endeavor, but it kept my wife busy. So, if you're starting out as just you, I'd recommend building your network of contractors that do kitchen/bath remodels and work as a sub. Let them find the jobs and hire you. We set up our salon as a LLC, but that was just based off the recommendations we got - not sure if that's the best. If you already have a network, you could do piece work under the table. That'd be my preferred method, but it will limit your work. Do it as side work until you can't manage the work load. Good luck!
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    Today, 07:07 AM
    Again. There is no such thing as "veto proof". Only too weak to force them to override his veto.
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    Today, 07:02 AM
    That's not only a very vague assertion (near as I can tell, it's a bag of air) but it's ironic coming from a guy who's constantly trying to sell us a proven loser by asserting that he had nothing to gain by tossing in a genuine monkey wrench called the veto.
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    Today, 06:58 AM
    So, you think the good ones should fall on their swords just to protest the fact that the bad ones won't? You think that's a matter of principle? Keep trying to convince us to shoot ourselves in the feet. It's enlightening...
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    Today, 06:42 AM
    Actual cuts in discretionary spending. He gets more cuts in discretionary spending holding a single House seat than Trump did as president and holder of the (dusty) veto pen.
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    Today, 06:33 AM
    I already have a business in mind - becoming a cabinetmaker. So I'm not looking for advice on what kind of business to create, and I'm not looking for irrelevant advice - e.g. my sister in law told me recently the worst part is getting customers to pay invoices, and I replied, well when I get on 50% down and 50% due on delivery, there's no invoice, so that's not a problem. I talked a bit with my friend who runs an outdoor kids program, and tried to ask questions like "how do you deal with taxes and insurance and stuff" but he's a lot more of the 'let the universe just wash over me' kinda guy and he just deals with it when it comes up. I know there's a market, because I live near DC and they've been raping the country and pumping all the money here for over two decades now, and there's a lot more money than sense in this part of the country. I am good friends with a contractor who specializes in kitchen remodels, and he was telling me that he's both drowning in work and having trouble finding cabinets he can get sooner than 5 weeks, so that's what got me down this road. I had another friend with a business talk to me about marketing and remind me that the work isn't going to find me, and I actually have to fish for it. I went to the craft fair down the street at the beginning of the month, and I counted eight woodworker tents there, and six of them were only making cutting boards - so locally this seems to be an area full of fellow 40+ types who are trying their hand at running a business but who only know how to do one or two things (one of the remaining tents was laser cut chotchkys that were probably all patterns sold on etsy). I'm a hand-cut dovetail guy, so there's very little actual competition in the craft market that I can't destroy, as an additional revenue stream. I'm under zero illusions about what I have to learn (and buy) to be able to crank out cabinets - and what I'm worried about is that's where my attention is going right now.
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by acptulsa on 07-02-2017 at 08:46 AM
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So, you take a sniff, mistake an anti-Fed argument for a minimum wage argument, and jump off board? Do you think victims of inflation and the systematic destruction of manufacturing jobs should be stripped of the right to vote, but corporations should get to vote even though they are things, not people? You say government is the problem, not the corporations, but I don't see you acknowledging who or what it is that is paying the lobbyists to make the particular bribes they make.

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Did a delay in response give the gunman more time? Cops face questions over why it took three hours for SWAT teams to storm Orlando nightclub as police chief admits officers may have shot some of the VICTIMS

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We're So Lucky to Have Such Great Choices

by acptulsa on 09-23-2012 at 10:16 AM
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I just can't decide who to vote for in the presidential race. They're both just so perfect! I can't believe it. Things are just going so well I never considered firing the president, but this Romney guy is just such a temptation!

Romney promises us more war. Obama promised us just the opposite, but that's ok, because he saw Dubya's two wars and raised us three police actions. I think that's a wonderful thing, and can't wait for the next one. I heard somewhere that with six you

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by acptulsa on 09-23-2012 at 10:14 AM
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Once upon a time, there was a thing called the Interstate Commerce Commission. It was founded to prevent kamikaze capitalism amongst railroads in a day when their efficiencies and primitive technology pretty much guaranteed them a monopoly in viable transportation.

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'What your daddy did to you was abuse.'

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What has it to do with politics? Everything. Politicians piss us off, then try to misdirect our anger 'across the aisle' to people who are fundamentally exactly the same, but wear a different party label. The game is age old, but still works.

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