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  1. I think those are all good questions to ask, especially the one about honestly asking yourself if you reaction is tainted by political outlook. My observation is that women (I am not one so any females can correct me if I'm wrong) often gain strength from each other and in movements and I believe the #metoo movement has given courage to a lot of women to bring things up that they might not have in the past. There certainly can be a political aspect and I think the higher a person rises, the more public their statements are and the more likely it is to rub salt in the wounds of people who were victims thus prompting them to go public. I've been in management positions for too long to discard claims like this because I have had to interveen in situations where extremely pios talkers pulled stunts like this that were completely oposite of what the way they talked. Nothing surprises me anymore. In addition, we have a President who bragged about being able to walk through dressing rooms of beauty pageants and they had to let him because he was the owner so I can see how that could be an inspiration to other predators to not let their pasts keep them from public ambitions. As far as innocent until proven guilty is concerned, that is definitely applicable in a court of law but in everyday life you (especially if you are a parent) should feel free to use judgement that is not girded by that. I would never put my daughters in a situation where Roy Moore had power over them even though I didn't have the resources or information to prove him innocent. My two cents....
  2. The fact that the week between Christmas and New Year is one of/if not the largest giving weeks of the year points to the fact that people have their eye on their upcoming tax filing when they make end of the year gifts. I am like you in that my faith and beliefs guide who I support but since I itemize deductions, as I review my giving at the end of the year, if I realize that my giving is down but my tax withholding has been the same, I start weighing whether I want to support a few more causes or pay more in taxes. If my standard deduction is doubled, that incentive is gone. At least it would be for me since we have minimal mortage interest being towards the end of our mortgage. There are other reasons as well such as realizing I've fallen behind on church pledge, holiday spritit, etc... but taxes play a big part in overal philanthropy.
  3. I think another loser will be charities that depend on donations from middle class americans. Our country has a unique and long history of philanthropy but doubling the standard deduction will take away a key benefit of giving for the average person by effectively giving the benefit to everyone whether they contribute to charities or not.
  4. Trump: US troops are 'not going into Syria'

    This seems like a contradiction to his campaign Rhetoric where he claimed he would not play his cards like this in advance.
  5. The audit results are real, they just were not findings under Dr. Carson's watch. The reason the findings are much larger than their annual budget is because the findings relate to assets not operational financial statements. HUD's assets are far larger than it's annual operation budget in the same way that often a person's home and other assets are worth far more than what their annual household budget is.
  6. In a nutshell, the audit results were issued months before Trump took office and contained, a disclaimer by the auditors that HUD was not able to produced final consolidated financial statements for the years under audit. Subsequent to the original report, HUD provided those statements but the the overall audit findings still stood so they simply reissued the report in March 2017 with that disclaimer removed. The audit findings had nothing to do with Ben Carson - who is not even making the claim put forth here. https://www.hudoig.gov/reports-publications/audit-reports/fiscal-years-2016-and-2015-restated-us-department-of-housing-and Fake news by the daily wire.
  7. Haha. Well our landscapers would go out of business during the winter if they couldn't double up as snow plow drivers.
  8. For me the opinions of persons like yourself who live in border states hold quite a bit of value for me. It's easy for persons like me in northern states (I'm in Michigan) to be desensitized to boarder issues because, for me, my experience with Mexican immigrant communities where I live is that they are extremely hard working and do jobs that, frankly, many others won't do. But again, I don't experience the issue as up front and close as you do. For me, being opposed to the wall is about something more fundemental. I simply do not want to wall off the whole sourthern border of my country because what can be used to wall people out can also be used to wall people in. I am willing to accept some risk to ensure freedom. For me, it's not any different than second amendment advocates who are willing to accept some gun violence risk in defense of their second amendment rights and freedoms. It is a bit baffling to me to see people who proudly display bumper stickers that say "I love my country but fear my government" turn around and, in essence, say "Wall off the whole souther boarder so that 3/4 of our country is bound by either walls or ocean, sounds good to me!" Then when you combine that with having someone as President who I see as a bit of a lunatic while others are having second Sampson fantasies about him does not give me warm fuzzies. I agree with your comments about the debt (although I think you mean derivative market) but nobody is talking about the debt and I am hearing a lot about big spending (including the wall). My fear is that my kids don't even understand the danger our debt presents us because they have grown up with it. It is the single biggest threat to our freedom in my opinion. For the record. I did not cry during Old Yeller but I do get choked up sometimes at the end of It's a Wonderfull Life.
  9. I understand where you are coming from in that you are tired of illegal immigrants getting the same level of credence as legal immigrants but the definition of an immigrant is simply someone who comes to a country to live permanently. You are adding a bunch of other characteristics that simply are not actually part of the definition. Even some who come legally never fully come heart and sole. My wife's grandmother who immigrated from Europe after WWII paid taxes, ran a business, raised to sons who were job creators but her heart sole and loyalty really never left her mother-land and she always resented her family dragging her over here. Illegal immigrant is an accurate description.
  10. USA Today compares Steve Bannon to ISIS leadeer, Al Baghdadi

    I don't think even Steve Bannon would necessarily disagree with this article. What newsheist (and I appreciate the honesty in their self naming) spins it to make it seem like they are being compared as whole people when they are mearly pointing out a similarity in philosophy which happens to be true. Both Reformed Christians and Muslims believe in pre-destination. Does pointing that one similarity out mean I'm saying that I'm claiming they are similar religions? Newsheist is playing with words to generate clicks.
  11. Did we Make a Mistake

    Certainly you have a right to think this but to many of us the lazy and selfish cried "waa waa waa the government has forgotten us waa waa waa we can't compete in a global economy, waa waa waa we need someone to make it easier for us", and then when Trump came along and their guy got elected they stood behind him looking over his shoulder saying "hey snowflake". Good grief. Sorry but not buying responses that are based on the assumption that Trump is "God's choice."
  12. Did we Make a Mistake

    The violence, while reprehensible, is people accepting Trump as President. Look at Trump's campaign. He encouraged violence, even offered to pay the legal bills of those who assaulted protesters. He is now living in the bed he made. I'm sure the Trump apologists will show up shortly to claim that he was misrepresented but it is pretty obvious to thinking humans what he started with his campaign. Having said that, most people who don't like Trump are indeed waiting out his candidacy. In the information age it is very easy to make isolated incidents seem like wholesale riots. It sells and generates clicks.
  13. This is not fake news...

    And there were shepherds living out in the fields nearby, keeping watch over their flocks at night. 9 An angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were terrified. 10 But the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid. I bring you good news that will cause great joy for all the people. 11 Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is the Messiah, the Lord. 12 This will be a sign to you: You will find a baby wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger.” Merry Christmas all! Hope you all have a blessed Christmas wherever you are! We have packed our bags for a few days and left the enchanted mitten to visit our family in Ohio because, hey, who wouldn't want to spend the holidays in a swing state. SU
  14. You are asking a rhetorical political question in a news forum but I suppose since it is so close to the election it is connected to the news. Assuming you are asking in the context of recent election news, the question is a bit of a straw man because many of us don't believe for a minute that Trump is a pro-life candidate so it was not a factor in our vote. When asked how many abortions he has paid for her responded with "next question" and this is a man who never chooses not to speak when it can benefit him so if if had indeed never played a role in an abortion he would have jumped on answering that question. His dispassionate defense of being pro-life on 60 minutes only affirmed that this stance was an election pander and now is a quid pro quo with the Republican establishment. His loyalty towards it will disappear like Chris Christie as soon as he thinks he doesn't need it. It would also fly in the face of the many instances during this election year where posters have sited Biblical examples of people who God chose to lead despite their quilt of sins like murder as support for their candidate.

    When I first saw this I thought: "here we go again" but good to see people admitting that martial law is not eminent. I don't know if the website that created this fake news is one of them but there have been a number of recent articles about all the pro Trump fake news sites that are being run by teens and college students in the Balkans. https://www.yahoo.com/news/macedonia-become-haven-pro-trump-233500678.html