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    Today, 03:24 PM
    There's an additional problem not on anyone's radar. I own my home in Northern VA. If I cashed out and moved to Southern MD, I could even-swap to a home that is at least 50% bigger and probably get more land, too. Up around Philadelphia, I might be able to get a home that's 2x the size. That's how much more housing prices are generally in Northern Virginia. And the reason is simple: Lower property tax burden. When you buy a house, you're not just taking on the 30 years of payments to the banks, and not just taking on the lifetime of repairs & upgrades. You're taking on the tax liability. And that's factored into the price of the home by the marketplace. It's just not as readily visible anywhere like it is right here, where you have lots of adjacent jurisdictions to examine and some with high taxes and some with low.
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  • acptulsa's Avatar
    Today, 03:10 PM
    If you're going to commit a forum rules violation over it, you could at least listen again and make sure Trump not only didn't say "degree" --twice--but that he did not also say "diploma" (something which confers and confirms a guess what when awarded by a college or university). You're not only lying about that, you're lying about how the word lying is spelled. I guess we just don't find this inaccurate from of "enlightenment" enlightening.
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    Today, 02:59 PM
    Nope. I see a bunch of people who know these people would never spend this much effort and money on an obvious plan that leaves us an easy way out, but are desperate to believe Trump's obvious bullshit because they're so brainwashed that they think this is an insurmountable problem: I also remember when Ron Paul delegates in Tampa in '12 were given the long ride on the short bus, and I know they have enough brains to cover their bases. I also know Trump was not only not given anything remotely resembling the Ron Paul Treatment, he has essentially been gifted the nomination three times in a row. And I've known for decades that only happens to reliable figureheads. Sun Tsu knows better than you.
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    Today, 01:41 PM
    Anyone who looks at the political landscape in the Western world and says "what we need is to encourage more college" is absolutely, positively, without fail NEVER going to get my vote.
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    Today, 01:06 PM
    Quantum Dark Matter Wormhole Chess.
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    Today, 12:54 PM
    You'd also let them find their own way here and sink or swim, instead of having their fare, room and board paid by taxpayers. Republicans keep forgetting that these things are even things. Yes, your government does these things, and Trump doesn't sound like he'll do any more to stop it than he did last time. More recruiters to bring them just means more cops are needed to stop and frisk them -- and us -- after they arrive. Suits Trump. In fact, he almost sounds like he'll forgive their student loans.
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    Today, 12:13 PM
    He accomplishes a lot. He has accomplished more since he got on Trump's shit list than he had accomplished before that. It's your priority that he take your orange god by the hand and try to make something useful out of him, not Massie's. Massie, having met the man, obviously has less derangement than you do about whether that's even possible.
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    Today, 11:50 AM
    If Massie says that's what existing law says, that's an educated statement. If he thinks that's the only kind of legislation we could expect from Congress, that's an assessment born of experience. And if he thinks Trump could settle for such just so he can say he signed something, based on his record, I say that's a good call. The man said what he said, and said it outright. Given the state of colleges and universities in this nation today, I don't know how he could propose letting them be the sole arbiters and de facto gatekeepers with a straight face, but he did. If you want to argue that your candidate doesn't know what the hell he's saying half the time, go ahead. It's a big club; the vast majority of Democrats are doing the exact same thing.
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    Today, 11:32 AM
    Sure it is. Come on, man. These people run games inside of games inside of games. And you're going to sit there and tell me that they are going to run a full naked Marxist revolution with an incredibly weak "leader" going out of his way to piss people off, and without any plan whatsoever to provide controlled opposition? How naive is that? I mean really, how severely does that underestimate this cabal? This clown show good cop/bad cop routine is aimed at people who get mad when they're watching a Western and it turns out one of the guys wearing a white hat is one of the bad guys. It's cult psychology. Rise above it already.
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    Today, 09:25 AM
    So do we blame Trump? Or is this yet another of those situations where if they do something “good” Trump gets the credit and praise, but if tyey do something “bad” t’s not his fault?
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    Today, 09:20 AM
    Prior to GCA68 they did.
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  • acptulsa's Avatar
    Today, 09:07 AM
    I remember it, but one of the minor details seems off. Are you sure it wasn't another one of those deep state puppets who did that?
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    Today, 08:57 AM
    I've only voted for president twice as a multi-issue voter, both times for Ron Paul. Every other time it was a single issue that got my vote. TBH I haven't voted for president since 2012 because I haven't had a multi-issue candidate to vote for and the single issue I used to vote on was guns, and we're winning that irrespective who is in the white house. If there was an End-the-fed candidate, or an Abolish-public-schools candidate, or a Milei-style Destroy-nine-federal-agencies candidate, this would be a no-brainer. But I think I've found something that rises pretty close to that level. There is a You-don't-get-to-simply-call-him-a-conspiracy-theorist-and-shut-down-conversation candidate. Some of us here don't remember Ron Paul standing on a stage with Ralph bloody Nader and encouraging his supporters to look into him. Ron Paul worked regularly with Kucinich. Massie just did interviews where he talks about working with AOC. If we accept the state as how we are going to order society (and to be clear, I absolutely don't accept it as valid) then anything that gets done within that system is going to be a result of cooperating with strange bedfellows.
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    Today, 08:38 AM
    This is the same reasoning the NRA used for 50 years WRT gun control. Our agenda isn't going to pass so don't bother. And the second people stopped paying attention to the NRA and pushing things back, the gun argument started getting permanently won. The only break in its stride was when Joe Biden directed his ATF to find a way to ban bump stocks without any new legislation. Remember that? Remember when Joe Biden did that? 'Cause that was a pretty huge abuse of power.
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    Today, 08:06 AM
    Leaked AI graphic of a climate change modeling calculator... Note that once all three levels of BS are forcibly mingled, twisted and intertwined, it becomes a huge spinning pile of BS.
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  • acptulsa's Avatar
    Today, 07:50 AM
    But the "Alt" -Right MSM has programmed him to keep repeating the phrase until people think it is a thing. Just like this person does.
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    Today, 07:49 AM
    I'm still trying to figure out why it matters to the ethics or desirability of property taxes whether the land is being used for some purpose or another. But I do know that "the land must be used for the greater prosperity" line of thinking is remarkably Stalinesque.
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    Today, 07:36 AM
    NO SUCH THING
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    Today, 06:57 AM
    Trump is the deep state puppet who only had one veto overridden. What did you think I meant when I said that happened twice as often to Carter as Trump? That Trump only vetoed half of one bill? The line-item veto is unconstitutional, bud. Crack open a book and stop making an ass of yourself.
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    Today, 06:54 AM
    He's trying to lecture me on history and he has never heard of a land grant. Never heard of a land grant college, never heard of a land grant railroad, and presumes himself professor.
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    Today, 06:52 AM
    And Trump wants tariffs to stifle our economy with high prices too. Too bad you don't have any more principle than Trump does. You might spend less time contradicting the living snot out of yourself.
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    Today, 06:49 AM
    The fact that you think so doesn't speak well of your grasp of history -- or your ability to read. Carter had cojones enough to veto three times as many bills and force Congress to do the work of overriding him twice as often. https://www.parkspresidentsandparks.com/blog-page/2021/10/15/the-presidential-veto-1977-1980 I guess that means he had balls two or three times bigger than Trump's.
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    Today, 06:37 AM
    That's twice you've talked like nobody has land to sell but the government.
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    Today, 06:31 AM
    Is that why he vetoed the repeal of a tariff on imported oil in 1980, just to have Congress override him? History exists, and this site isn't traditionally a place where you can rewrite it to suit yourself. And I don't know why I'd waste my time trying to make you laugh. I've never seen the slightest sign you have a sense of humor.
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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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by acptulsa on 06-15-2016 at 10:08 AM
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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

...Police Chief John Mina has also admitted that some of the victims may have been hit by officers' gun fire.

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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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by acptulsa on 06-26-2011 at 08:29 AM
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