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  • Dr.3D's Avatar
    Yesterday, 10:33 PM
    Guess I feel sort of like the cat in the basket.
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    Yesterday, 03:31 PM
    Broccolini. It's broccoli's half-breed cousin.
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    Yesterday, 01:53 PM
    Cheese-filled ravioli, scallops scampi, and garlicky broccolini. Mom is not feeling too well so the garlic and shallots are a must, and so is the Vitamin C boost.
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  • TER's Avatar
    Yesterday, 08:02 AM
    Democracy in the Kingdom of God by Fr. Stephen Freeman LINK Nothing is equal because nothing is the same. All things are unique and unrepeatable. This is especially true of persons. Understanding this helps us deal with reality. But the mindset of our modern world suggests in a very seductive manner that things are quite different. It suggests that all things are indeed equal and that wherever inequality exists, it should be overthrown or corrected. Elsewhere, I have called this the “sin of democracy.” I do not mean that political arrangements that are democratic in nature are wrong. However, certain ideas in our modern world go far beyond political arrangements and suggest things about the nature of how things are. It is in these suggestions (and our accepting them as facts) that the “sin of democracy” can be found. A quick note on positive aspects of democracy. I have always understood the political advantages of democracy as the ability to vote someone out of office – it is a protection against tyranny. It is not, however, a guarantee of good government, the best government, or wise government. It just means that with the vote, I can organize and vote something out that I want to change (maybe). Having said that, I want to give my attention to the spiritual aspect of what I mean by the “sin of democracy.”
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    05-27-2016, 10:29 PM
    Buddhism and Eastern Asceticism Compared to Orthodox Christian Asceticism By Archimandrite Zacharias of Essex It is unfortunate that there is widespread confusion, not to mention delusion, in the inexperienced, whereby the Jesus Prayer is thought to be equivalent to yoga in Buddhism, or ‘transcendental meditation’, and other such Eastern exotica. Any similarity, however, is mostly external, and any inner convergence does not rise beyond the natural ‘anatomy’ of the human soul. The fundamental difference between Christianity and other beliefs and practices lies in the fact that the Jesus Prayer is based on the revelation of the One true living and personal God as Holy Trinity No other path admits any possibility of a living relationship between God and the person who prays. Eastern asceticism aims at divesting the mind of all that is relative and transitory, so that man may identify with the impersonal Absolute. This Absolute is believed to be man’s original ‘nature’, which suffered degradation and degeneration by entering a multiform and ever-changing earth-bound life. Ascetic practice like this is, above all, centered upon the self, and is totally dependent on man’s will. Its intellectual character betrays the fullness of human nature, in that it takes no account of the heart. Man’s main struggle is to return to the anonymous Supra-personal Absolute and to be dissolved in it. He must therefore aspire to efface the soul (Atman) in order to be one with this anonymous ocean of the Suprapersonal Absolute, and in this lies its basically negative purpose. In his struggle to divest himself of all suffering and instability connected with transient life, the eastern ascetic immerses himself in the abstract and intellectual sphere of so-called pure Existence, a negative and impersonal sphere in which no vision of God is possible, only man’s vision of himself. There is no place for the heart in this practice. Progress in this form of asceticism depends only on one’s individual will to succeed. The Upanishads do not say anywhere that pride is an obstacle to spiritual progress, or that humility is a virtue. The positive dimension of Christian asceticism, in which self-denial leads to one’s clothing with the heavenly man, to the assumption of a supernatural form of life, the Source of which is the One True, Self-revealing God, is obviously and totally absent. Even in its more noble expressions, the self-denial in Buddhism is only the insignificant half of the picture. In the mind’s desire to return to its merely ‘natural’ self, it beholds its own nakedness in a ‘cloud of divestiture’. But at this point there is a grave risk of obsession with itself, of its marvelling at its own luminous but created beauty, and worshipping the creature more than the Creator (Rom. 1:25). The mind has by now begun to deify or idolize its self and then, according to the words of the Lord, ‘the last state of that man is worse than the first’ (Matt. 12:45).
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  • MelissaWV's Avatar
    05-27-2016, 07:29 PM
    If you add up the basic numeric equivalents for each letter in my name, you get 123. If you use the 1-9 means of assigning numbers to those same letters, the total is 33 --- year of Christ. And yes, a lack of logic does cause me to reject information. It's in my nature I guess :) Or maybe I was born in 1947 (everyone born in that year is a spook).
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  • MelissaWV's Avatar
    05-27-2016, 07:04 PM
    I like the part about how people who watch Game of Thrones are messed up, which the author knows from not watching the show, but looking up a 16-minute montage of nude scenes. People who look up montages of nudity contained in shows they are too good to watch are definitely not messed up.
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  • MelissaWV's Avatar
    05-27-2016, 05:09 PM
    No, businesses (mostly restaurants) that only accept cash as payment. It's going well for them.
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  • MelissaWV's Avatar
    05-26-2016, 07:45 PM
    I've seen an uptick in cash only businesses here.
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  • MelissaWV's Avatar
    05-26-2016, 07:38 PM
    Not a problem. My issue is that a lot of the people who seem to object to me speaking Spanish in public seem completely incapable of stringing together a coherent sentence of their own. Personally, I prefer market solutions to language preference as I stated earlier. There are certain ethnic markets where you're almost required to speak whatever the shop's products' national origin demands. Hell, there are certain areas of the country where you might be better off speaking another language to order a soup or cup of coffee. From an official standpoint, I have no problem with English becoming the official language of documents and phone lines and other such Government services (since we have them at all). Groups could easily translate those materials if a certain area has a need for them. There's certainly no shortage of people who can guide others through a brochure or process, and perhaps for a very small acknowledgement on the back of a pamphlet, La Raza could do something other than race bait and give people ammo to extend the hatred that keeps the organization in business. Let me extend this to what you said in your response. When you go to the store and everyone else is speaking Spanish, the issue is twofold. The first is that the patrons are speaking Spanish, which really should not bother you unless you feel a strange need to know what everyone around you is saying. Eavesdropping? :p The second is actually far more serious, though, which is that you can't do business with employees who can't communicate with you. I have voiced concerns along those lines in the past at some delightful Asian markets with mixed success. If they want your money, a business is going to do its best to help you out. The school example goes back to what I just said. Official languages dictate how public schools should operate. There are going to be a LOT of kids whose English is subpar, and at that point they should be taught within their own communities or at least tutored on that specific issue. There will be many people who fail going through school that way, but the ones that emerge tend to be well-rounded, truly bilingual, and a step ahead of their peers. And as for the custard? Again, the owner should be able to install whatever policies he or she wishes, and for whatever reasons. Let's assume the guy really is just the biggest racist ever. The next action shouldn't be to grab a pitchfork and go after him. It should be to shrug my shoulders and say "Okay. So?" and either order some custard or go somewhere else :)
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  • Root's Avatar
    05-26-2016, 05:09 PM
    Wait, we spend $800,000,000,000 a year on military spending and now they want more??? :mad:
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    05-26-2016, 04:51 PM
    2,997 signed, including myself. Can we get 3 more from here?
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  • Dr.3D's Avatar
    05-25-2016, 11:02 PM
    I can remember when it was all about Jane, Sally, Dick, Spot and Puff.
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  • Christian Liberty's Avatar
    05-25-2016, 09:27 PM
    Really I don't consider baptists protestants at all. The radical reformation has a very different paradigm from Anglicans, Lutherans, and Reformed/
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  • MelissaWV's Avatar
    05-25-2016, 05:52 PM
    Idk. There's that one carpenter around 2000 years ago that's still pretty popular.
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  • MelissaWV's Avatar
    05-25-2016, 05:52 PM
    A couple of things to add. "Africa" is a very large place. Yeah, actually, a lot of it was pretty amazing for a very long time. The particular combination of resources and relative isolation of civilizations, though, made it ripe for other groups to come in and exploit those resources. The very first to exploit slaves, gold, and other resources were fellow Africans. From there, it was only a hop skip and jump for people to swoop in and mine, etc.. It doesn't mean that the people coming in were evil, or that the natives were all noble savages, or any similar idiocy. Also, I really don't mind racist as a label. I do think it would get tossed around a little less if it weren't the equivalent of shouting "fire" in a crowded theater. Most people are at least a little racist, and some are incredibly (almost comically) racist. Until they take steps to harm someone or institutionalize their hatred into depriving people of rights (real rights, btw, not "the right to free stuff" type rights), it's fine with me. Lynching someone --- ANYONE --- is pretty godawful. It wouldn't be any prettier if the victim were other-than-black. Calling someone a name, though, just reveals your true colors and the person on the receiving end gets to decide how to react to it. Remember that? When you had to decide whether to fight, walk away, or come up with a witty retort? Before people called the cops because their safe space was violated?
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  • MelissaWV's Avatar
    05-25-2016, 05:33 PM
    If there's an issue with foreigners learning English, the implication is that native speakers can at least "reach the peddles" and learn to speak properly. The person I was quoting was applauding the idea that foreigners don't "talk English good" and that it's a major part of the problem. It's merely a pet peeve of mine for some reason. Carry on.
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  • Root's Avatar
    05-24-2016, 07:51 PM
    Endless war. Most of the spending goes to fuel our global interventions around the world. Freedoms always decline during periods of war.
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  • Root's Avatar
    05-24-2016, 07:45 PM
    NJ is trying to do this too. $0.05 cents to the government for every bag in a supermarket.
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  • Root's Avatar
    05-24-2016, 07:41 PM
    Oh man... everytime someone brings this up, I just deflect to the wars, the debt, unfunded liabilities, inflation, weed prohibition. But nooooo lets get fired up over where a wannabe protected class gets to shit and piss. :mad:
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  • Root's Avatar
    05-24-2016, 07:38 PM
    If we enter an alternate reality more bizzaro than Frontrunner Trumprunner and Johnson landed in the white house... I have the most confidence that he would actually put an end to this ridiculous drug war.
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  • MelissaWV's Avatar
    05-24-2016, 05:08 PM
    My question back to DamianTV is "Why won't so many native speakers do that here?"
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  • Weston White's Avatar
    05-24-2016, 07:30 AM
    You know this is very similar to what law enforcement agencies commonly do to those they have instituted a clear cut case of excessive force upon, they will doctor their police report with lies, charge the individual with a variety of misdemeanor and felony charges, arrest and book them into jail, and then the DA will actually prosecute them--even when there is video supportive to the defendant, while pushing hard for a plea bargain or else know at least one or two of the charges will stick and in either instance shelter the municipality from what would have otherwise been a large payday civil suit. Ultimately, it is not about justice or necessary revenue generation, it's about maintaining the public's perception and presumptive authority of government.
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  • Weston White's Avatar
    05-24-2016, 06:38 AM
    There is no conspiracy to hide them, only to prevent them from being used as precedent (star decisis) in memorandums. The proof you seek is in the simple fact that USSC has refused certiorari (review) on every income tax case involving an individual arguing that their livelihoods and core renumeration is not taxable by the federal government without apportionment. The proof is staring you right in your pudgy, greasy face. Negative, that does not help you any: "when a return of tax is required under this title or regulations, the person required to make such return shall", as we are still stuck here at step-one.
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  • Weston White's Avatar
    05-24-2016, 05:57 AM
    Notice: “If any person liable to pay any tax”; thus by your liberal meaning, any tax, actually means EVERY tax, wherever. There are three key aspects considered by this Statute (1) levy on property or rights to such property, (2) liens for future payments of, and (3) ‘notices of levy’ upon—not the incomes, but the salaries or wages of—federal employees of every classification. And we know that Congress cannot abscond from it Constitutional (5th Amend.) requirements thereby as to “any person” in the positive and “no person” in the negative: “No person shall … be deprived of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law; nor shall private property be taken for public use, without just compensation.” It cannot be made any more clearer: “Levy may be made upon the accrued salary or wages of any officer, employee, or elected official, of the United States, the District of Columbia, or any agency or instrumentality of the United States or the District of Columbia, by serving a notice of levy on the employer (as defined in section 3401(d)) of such officer, employee, or elected official.”
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    05-24-2016, 04:15 AM
    What an utterly ignorant, insultingly tawdry article. Not sure your point of posting other than that you agree to the points of it--which casts you into the realm of being a jackass.
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Ron needs to quit playing defense and go on offense. It's not enough to say "the Soviet Union was worse than Iran." If he could point out the following documented facts it would shut the naysayer up for good or at least make them back-peddle.

1) In 2003 Iran was the only Muslim country to help us fight and remove the Taliban from power.

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This parody is an attempt to "rewrite" the bill of rights in keeping with the current application by our criminal government. Original text will be in italics followed by a list of possible options.


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Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the government

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by jmdrake on 05-15-2013 at 08:32 AM
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I ran across this information by accident (providence?) while looking for something else. The first link is an essay from Jude Wanniski who went with fed governor Wayne Angell to Moscow right after the collapse of the soviet union. Note that Angell advocated the new Russia to go to a gold backed currency! The second link is an online Google book from the Mises institute that talks about the same essay. I've excerpted the essay bellow. (It's too long to post directly). It's interesting to note

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