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Re: Trump Our New President
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He scrubbed civil rights and LGBT issues. And his first executive order was to deny a 500 credit towards mortgages....ya know so those poor billionaires on WALL STREET can make a living too.

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And down goes our environment. The White House web page on climate change was removed and replaced with "An America First Energy Plan" to pilfer our federal lands and enrich the fossil fuel industry. Not one single mention of utilizing renewable energy.

https://www.whitehouse.gov/america-first-energy

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Re: Trump Our New President
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At least Trump is trying to MAKE AMERICA BEAUTIFUL AGAIN by shilling jewelry.

https://www.cnet.com/news/melania-trum ... lady-white-house-website/

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Re: Krispy Kreme to Hold Factory Hiring Event All Types of Jobs Available
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Can't wait for the Grove St. location to open, their donuts are way superior to DD. :)

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Re: Trump Our New President
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Enjoy your special day Trump supporters.....I hope you get what you deserve.

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Re: Holding an Event at Loews - Recommendations?
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Hi,

I recently attended a movie there for the first time. It was so fun. And the venue itself is gorgeous. I hope they remain independent.

For almost all events a fire marshal indeed is required.


201.798.6055 | info@friendofloews.org

Good LUCK!

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Happy New Year to all!

It so happens that several of my light fixtures/bulbs died on me.

I was able to put in LED bulbs for most of them with no problem. There is one light fixture on my ceiling that is a bit tricky.

This is it:

http://www.homedepot.com/p/Philips-4- ... -10-Pack-422675/203466573.

Id like to replace it with something more energy efficient. Doe anyone have any recommendations? It is pretty high on the ceiling....i just want to be able to put it in as i would with the one i have now.

I am complete doofus when it comes to home maintenance.

Thanks ALL!

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NOT OUR PRESIDENT
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What Trump Needs to Learn About Protests
By Margaret Talbot , November 11, 2016

http://www.newyorker.com/news/daily-c ... s-to-learn-about-protests

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Re: Trump Our New President
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This was a surprising result to say the least. I congratulate Trump because he pulled it off. An angry mass of people have spoken in large enough numbers...where they were heard. Basic democracy.

Whether or not choosing a candidate out of spite will solve our issues...only time will tell.

But If the Democrats roll over like the spinless Republican Party did with Adolf Trump.....both organizations deserve to perish.






Posted on: 2016/11/9 9:05
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Re: Republican Convention
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How about this for a zinger: Your orange fuhrer has lost the election.

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Wow... quite witty did you think this up all by yourself?

You are just not intelligent to have this sharp sense of humor, probably plagerized.

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Father who ‘repeatedly raped his 12-year old daughter’ gets 60-day sentence. Fury erupts.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/mo ... day-sentence-fury-erupts/



I hear that Drumpf wants to nominate this judge to the Supreme court or at the very least be the presiding judge at his own sexual assault/rape trials....

Posted on: 2016/10/21 18:52
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Re: Republican Convention
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Father who ‘repeatedly raped his 12-year old daughter’ gets 60-day sentence. Fury erupts.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/mo ... day-sentence-fury-erupts/



I hear that Drumpf wants to nominate this judge to the Supreme court or at the very least be the presiding judge at his own sexual assault/rape trials....

Posted on: 2016/10/19 20:40
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Re: Republican Convention
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Re: Republican Convention
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http://www.nydailynews.com/news/natio ... ebombed-article-1.2832967




North Carolina county GOP office attacked

Donald Trump blames "animals respresenting Hillary Clinton" for the firebombing.

Read more: http://www.politico.com/story/2016/10 ... cked-229865#ixzz4NIH0R6Sw
Follow us: @politico on Twitter | Politico on Facebook

http://www.politico.com/story/2016/10 ... op-office-attacked-229865

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Re: Republican Convention
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New Jersey Muslim Center Defaced With ‘Donald Trump,’ Racist Graffiti
“F**k Allah” and “F**k Arabs” were among the messages spray-painted on Bayonne’s Muslim Community Miraj Center.



http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/b ... _58013157e4b06e047594c812

Posted on: 2016/10/15 16:27
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Re: Republican Convention
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https://www.justice.gov/opa/pr/three-k ... omali-immigrant-community

Three Kansas Men Charged With Plotting a Bombing Attack Targeting the Local Somali Immigrant Community

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/po ... r/?utm_term=.8fe7406fa329

‘It will be a bloodbath’: Inside the Kansas militia plot to ignite a religious war

Posted on: 2016/10/15 16:24
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Re: Republican Convention
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Silly Matt, we already know about Drumpf's parenting approach. What i really want to know is how he feels about women!

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Trump bragged on hot mic about being able to grope women

By Jeremy Diamond, CNN
Updated 9:56 PM ET, Fri October 7, 2016

http://www.cnn.com/2016/10/07/politic ... p-women-vulgar/index.html



Really.... after all this time, what difference does it make?


"Grab them by the pussy." - Donald Trump

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Re: Large Explosion in Chelsea - 135 W. 23rd - Dumpster Destroyed
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I doubt they will watch this.


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NlVyaIS20PU

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Don't bother Bill. Most on this board won't watch it, and if they do they'll say every religion is bad. That's their answer.

Pathetic.

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Re: Large Explosion in Chelsea - 135 W. 23rd - Dumpster Destroyed
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I don't know if the video is real or not....especially since the poster is a right winger....who in his profile pic is all geared up for some hunting with this trusty assault rifle....but if it is true its scary.

The irony is that the only commenter on the video states:


gas, deport, idgaf every religious muslim has to leave the west forever?.

Nothing makes the world a better place than fighting hate with violence an more hate.



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Re: Large Explosion in Chelsea - 135 W. 23rd - Dumpster Destroyed
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http://content.time.com/time/magazine/article/0,9171,175987,00.html


There are 1.2 billion Muslims in the world, and Islam is the world's fastest-growing religion. If the evil carnage we witnessed on Sept. 11 were typical of the faith, and Islam truly inspired and justified such violence, its growth and the increasing presence of Muslims in both Europe and the U.S. would be a terrifying prospect. Fortunately, this is not the case.



The very word Islam, which means "surrender," is related to the Arabic salam, or peace. When the Prophet Muhammad brought the inspired scripture known as the Koran to the Arabs in the early 7th century A.D., a major part of his mission was devoted precisely to bringing an end to the kind of mass slaughter we witnessed in New York City and Washington. Pre-Islamic Arabia was caught up in a vicious cycle of warfare, in which tribe fought tribe in a pattern of vendetta and countervendetta. Muhammad himself survived several assassination attempts, and the early Muslim community narrowly escaped extermination by the powerful city of Mecca. The Prophet had to fight a deadly war in order to survive, but as soon as he felt his people were probably safe, he devoted his attention to building up a peaceful coalition of tribes and achieved victory by an ingenious and inspiring campaign of nonviolence. When he died in 632, he had almost single-handedly brought peace to war-torn Arabia.

Because the Koran was revealed in the context of an all-out war, several passages deal with the conduct of armed struggle. Warfare was a desperate business on the Arabian Peninsula. A chieftain was not expected to spare survivors after a battle, and some of the Koranic injunctions seem to share this spirit. Muslims are ordered by God to "slay [enemies] wherever you find them!" (4: 89). Extremists such as Osama bin Laden like to quote such verses but do so selectively. They do not include the exhortations to peace, which in almost every case follow these more ferocious passages: "Thus, if they let you be, and do not make war on you, and offer you peace, God does not allow you to harm them" (4: 90).

In the Koran, therefore, the only permissible war is one of self-defense. Muslims may not begin hostilities (2: 190). Warfare is always evil, but sometimes you have to fight in order to avoid the kind of persecution that Mecca inflicted on the Muslims (2: 191; 2: 217) or to preserve decent values (4: 75; 22: 40). The Koran quotes the Torah, the Jewish scriptures, which permits people to retaliate eye for eye, tooth for tooth, but like the Gospels, the Koran suggests that it is meritorious to forgo revenge in a spirit of charity (5: 45). Hostilities must be brought to an end as quickly as possible and must cease the minute the enemy sues for peace (2: 192-3).

Islam is not addicted to war, and jihad is not one of its "pillars," or essential practices. The primary meaning of the word jihad is not "holy war" but "struggle." It refers to the difficult effort that is needed to put God's will into practice at every level--personal and social as well as political. A very important and much quoted tradition has Muhammad telling his companions as they go home after a battle, "We are returning from the lesser jihad [the battle] to the greater jihad," the far more urgent and momentous task of extirpating wrongdoing from one's own society and one's own heart.

Islam did not impose itself by the sword. In a statement in which the Arabic is extremely emphatic, the Koran insists, "There must be no coercion in matters of faith!" (2: 256). Constantly Muslims are enjoined to respect Jews and Christians, the "People of the Book," who worship the same God (29: 46). In words quoted by Muhammad in one of his last public sermons, God tells all human beings, "O people! We have formed you into nations and tribes so that you may know one another" (49: 13)--not to conquer, convert, subjugate, revile or slaughter but to reach out toward others with intelligence and understanding.

So why the suicide bombing, the hijacking and the massacre of innocent civilians? Far from being endorsed by the Koran, this killing violates some of its most sacred precepts. But during the 20th century, the militant form of piety often known as fundamentalism erupted in every major religion as a rebellion against modernity. Every fundamentalist movement I have studied in Judaism, Christianity and Islam is convinced that liberal, secular society is determined to wipe out religion. Fighting, as they imagine, a battle for survival, fundamentalists often feel justified in ignoring the more compassionate principles of their faith. But in amplifying the more aggressive passages that exist in all our scriptures, they distort the tradition.

It would be as grave a mistake to see Osama bin Laden as an authentic representative of Islam as to consider James Kopp, the alleged killer of an abortion provider in Buffalo, N.Y., a typical Christian or Baruch Goldstein, who shot 29 worshipers in the Hebron mosque in 1994 and died in the attack, a true martyr of Israel. The vast majority of Muslims, who are horrified by the atrocity of Sept. 11, must reclaim their faith from those who have so violently hijacked it.

Karen Armstrong has written many books on religion, including Islam: A Short History, published last year by Modern Library

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You are correct. Christians have committed crimes. Some have even done so in the name of Christ. Some were politically motivated.

But let me make one clear distinction, because I find you're not making a fair argument and missing important point.

Unlike Islam, Christianity does not have an abundant hate filled doctrine or creed that proposes death and destruction to non-believers. In fact, they have to turn the other cheek. That's not to say they are above deplorable acts, (looking at you, priests and abortion clinic bombers) but it is in direct contradiction with New Testament scripture.

Islamic doctrine commands persuasion, subjugation, and if you're not a "people of the Book", then death. This is not a detail or a footnote. This is unfortunately, THE driving factor of the spread of this religion/ideology. In addition, it is many a devout Muslim's solemn duty to ultimately spread and instill Sharia. And unlike the West's, separation of Church and State, such a concept does not exist in political Islam.

As far as US based Islamic terrorism, I do agree with you. We should not be overly concerned or afraid of it here in the States. Not yet, anyway. But I can't help but sense you're downplaying the dangers of home based Islamic terror because criticizing it does not align with your liberal convictions.

What we should wake up to is the slow, deliberate, methodology that Islam continues to project on the West. We measure time with a watch. Islam measures with a calendar.

Let me be clear again, I am not suggesting all Muslim's share this view, therefore I am not vilifying all Muslims. But no one can deny their doctrine. And though I wish I knew more Muslim's personally, I would love to know how they contend with the hate espoused by Islam and square that in our open and free society.

Lastly, if Liberals openly criticize and ridicule Christianity, why are they so afraid to do the same for Islam? (Bill Maher the only exception I know.) Why? Because in my experience, today's Liberals will defend minorities at any cost, regardless of minorities' actions, creed and mindset.

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lol okay. Yeah.



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may you have a 1000 sons and each one be named Mohammed.

#Bismillah !




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BITCH PLEASE! She doesn't have to do a thing you say!

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There was also just an explosion in a Virginia mall.

And an earlier explosion in a garbage in NJ.

Could be ISIS or another Muslim group.


STOP - THERE IS NO EVIDENCE IT IS A MUSLIM GROUP - JUST STOP IT ALREADY!



You need to make an open apology to the group.



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I hope the owners gave you some sort of reward. Id have gotten you guys a ton of coffee. Thanks for being so kind.

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Thank you for being logical and awesome!

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Of course that was his name. Of course that was his religion.



When we hear about a mass shooting at a school, no one is surprised when it turns out to be a white Christian who is a natural-born citizen.

It wasn't that long ago that it was Irish Catholics bombing the UK, or white middle-class hippies bombing the US.

There are plenty of white conservative gun owners who have suggested resorting to violence if the government tries to seize their weapons (a policy that no one in the government has actually suggested btw).


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To deluded people like Jerseymom....

There is no "delusion" involved when someone says "wait for the evidence."


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People who are unwilling to integrate into our society and culture SHOULD NOT be allowed to immigrate.

1) In the 1920s, the Big Fear (specifically, the Red Scare) was over anarchists and Bolsheviks who were, wait for it... mostly immigrants of Italian descent. Today, for some strange reason, we regard Italians as thoroughly assimilated -- despite describing them in the same terms as we do Muslims today. What a surprise.

2) No, there is absolutely no requirement that immigrants absorb our culture -- nor is it clear what that means anyway. What they are required to do is the same thing as every other citizen and immigrant, namely obey the law.

And no, a tiny handful of the 3.3 million Muslims causing problems is not sufficient to bar entire communities.

3) It is unconstitutional and illegal to bar Muslims from the United States.


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Trump is right. Enlarging ghettos of Muslims does not advance American interests and in fact endangers us.

Trump has absolutely no idea what he's talking about. My cat is better qualified to deal with the problems of domestic terrorism than he is.

To wit: What exact policies does he offer, to stop a lone terrorist who plants several pressure cooker bombs? What would he do to prevent this? Is he going to denaturalize every single Muslim in the United States?

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BITCH PLEASE! She doesn't have to do a thing you say!

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There was also just an explosion in a Virginia mall.

And an earlier explosion in a garbage in NJ.

Could be ISIS or another Muslim group.


STOP - THERE IS NO EVIDENCE IT IS A MUSLIM GROUP - JUST STOP IT ALREADY!



You need to make an open apology to the group.



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It scares me to think DRUMPF might win. Hillary isn't really that better of a choice in my opinion. She is a war hawk on foreign policy and is influenced heavily by corporate and big business.

DRUMPF is a loser and a con....but if he is elected...then surely we deserve it.


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Of course we as a nation can stop supporting dictators that oppress their people. We could stop attacking or overthrowing democratically elected leaders an nations. We could stop selling arms to those very oppressive regimes.

I betcha there would be alot of less of these guys if we tried.



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Ahmad Khan Rahami has been arrested:

http://www.nytimes.com/2016/09/20/nyr ... mad-khan-rahami.html?_r=0


Of course that was his name. Of course that was his religion.

When most people woke up today and saw he was the suspect, deep down they were not surprised.

To deluded people like Jerseymom, stop feeling guilty over your growing concern over the Muslim problem. I know that's why you lashed out as you did. People who are unwilling to integrate into our society and culture SHOULD NOT be allowed to immigrate. Trump is right. Enlarging ghettos of Muslims does not advance American interests and in fact endangers us.

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Those two dummies won't ever try to steal again. Glad everyone is safe.

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Wow this is from the link....

"The Elizabeth incident unfolded after two men found the backpack in a waste basket on North Broad Street and Julian Place around 8 p.m. Sunday, the mayor said.

The men took the backpack "because they thought it was of some value," walked for a bit, then saw wires and a pipe, dropped the package and notified Elizabeth police, he said.

Bollwage told reporters the explosives were originally found in the trash can about 300 feet from the door of Wally's Pub near the train station in the city of about 125,000, which is also Union County seat.

"If that pub was crowded and there was a lot of people there, it could have severely injured, killed and maimed many, many people," Bollwage told reporters."

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Yvonne...you have some of the best made up stories ever! When is your book coming out ????

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Historically, the term 'terrorism' refers to a deadly act done in the name of political, racial, or religious ideology. Large-scale killings perpetuated for the sake of violence is not the same thing as terrorism, although both are reprehensible and both cause terror.

For this reason, it is customary for most officials to wait to label it until a motive is established.

It is fine to dispute the need for such distinctions, but you can't pretend that this distinction doesn't exist.

Personally, I don't see the harm in waiting to make pronouncements until more information is available. It's not as if every lead won't be examined, etc. To me, this just shows prudence and level-headedness on the part of authorities.




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We don't have a clue who did it, but Comrade de Blasio has no clue if he's saying that there is no link to terrorism. It may not be Muslims, or some right or left wing nutjob, but it was meant to cause terror.


I thought the same thing... on the one hand he states in no uncertain terms that the device and explosion were on purpose, but then goes on to deny it has any links to terrorism. I don't think he understands the meaning of that word. Perhaps he meant to say that there is no known link to terrorist organizations, or Islamic terrorism, but a premeditated bomb explosion is terrorism, no ifs or buts about it.


So you choose to ignore what happened in St. Cloud, where ISIS is claiming this person is their soldier and there is a link between the bombs in NY and NJ. Personally, I wish it is a kid playing with bombs, but it will not be the case. It wasn't in Boston, Orlando, and all the other places. No one wants to think terrorism is in their backyard. I have to say, people like you are just as scary as the terrorists. We cannot have a rational policy to protect this country because you are afraid of offending someone.

Many years ago, my brother drove a cab in California when he was attending college. One of drivers was Muslim and he said this country is stupid, he continued to say we will over take this country because of your freedom. Apparently, that driver was not boasting but telling the agenda of some who believe in martyrdom.

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Amen to Concilium Oecumenicum Vaticanum Secundum.

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A. We ‘re All Proselytizers.
Firstly, Rich- I have never subscribed to the idea that one should not proselytize. And in fact we all do it all the time. It basically means trying to bring people around to your point of view. It is, to my mind, the other side of the coin of seeking. We each try to figure out the mystery of this existence and if it means anything and if there is such a thing as good and evil, right or wrong.
The Cynics were a cult in ancient Greece but have followers everywhere at every time who sneer or yawn and say there is no truth. The objection to proselytizing is like the objection to talking about politics. Religion and politics are the most intense and meaning of all topics. True, one needs to give it a rest at time or even limit it. But not ban it.
The word itself, btw, is from ancient Greek (????- (pros-, toward) and the verb ??????? (érchomai, to come) in the form of ?????????? (prosélytos, a new comer).[3] Historically in the Koine Greek Septuagint and New Testament, the word proselyte denoted a gentile who was considering conversion to Judaism. Though the word proselytism originally referred to Early Christianity(and earlier Gentiles such as God-fearers), it now refers to the attempt of any religion or religious individuals to convert people to their beliefs, or any attempt to convert people to a different point of view, religious or not. Proselytism is illegal in some countries.
I don’t know but I have a theory about the anti-proselytizing point of view. It sort of took the Victoria rule to never address controversy or heated subjects. I think this is true when you have a guest. My Jewish, Protestant and Muslim friends are not subjected to sermons when they come to my house or if we are eating socially- unless they bring it up. But this does not apply to neutral ground, the public square, the office water cooler, etc. One just needs to respect others and not drive them nuts with your beliefs.
I think too there is a bizarre fallacy that exports concepts from the screwed up First Amendment jurisprudence on Church and State. In 1971, SCOTUS in Lemmon v. Kurtzman required that activities that the government support be secular, not religious. Leaving aside the myriad problems in this area, people someone think that one must reserve one’s religious faith to the private sphere. The opposite is true. The First Amendment protects Americans so that each of us can proselytize as well as pray. The US is the best at this. I suppose a place like North Korea is the worst.

B. Right to Be A Private Ninny
Dr. Riveria, you are correct. And I find Dan Falcone’ approach regrettable but it is absolutely his right. It makes no sense, however. I wonder what it takes to put something like this up? JCLIST has been around and has a purpose. Things like Next Door are pretty good. I have mostly avoided Facebook as it seems like a hole. Is there a more open forum now that I might find congenial. Btw, it took 48 hours for the press to admit the weekend bombings were Islamic terror. The press is private and they can censor too. Strange thought that things seem less open than they used even with all the new media. I spent Sunday with a friend who has been in China for 30 years. He asserts that the internet has made the government more tyrnaical than ever and that the average Chinese knowns nothing that the government does not want it to know and, on the other, the government knows everything about anyone who approaches dissidence. I asked my wife’s friend what she thought about the situation of Christians in China (I did not say persecution because I did not want to offend her). Although her English is pretty good (and even though she’s raising her kids Jewish), she said “what is a Christian.”

C. The Cross a Scandal, a Stumbling Block- and now, a Joke
Your joke ridicules the most sacred symbol in Christianity. To believers it is the sign of the incomprehensible love of the infinite and almighty God for each of us. To non believers, it represents a Jewish Rabbi cruelly executed 2000 years ago. Why the myrth in either case? You paint me and all Christians with the brush of neurotic self absorbed masochists. You should read Candida Moss, the Notre Dame tenured professor who makes her living denying the cult of martyrdom that is central in the Church’s understanding of itself. And, of course, you somehow reserve your wit from commenting on Islam.

D. Real and Objective Value of Catholicism
There has been other criticism that I am carried away or delusional when I assert the independent value of Catholic culture apart from the truth question. Rich, I think, thought my statement that Catholic music was without parallel to be ethno centric and wrong. It may be wrong but there is, nonetheless, a strong argument to be made for it. The entire system of modern tonality- intervals, the scales, the ideas of harmonic progression and the contemporary rejection of these all comes out of Catholic music. A music PhD from any top place spends half his time studying the Catholic Mass (pre 1970). Virtually ever great composer seeks to compose a Mass. Palestirina, Monteverdi, depress, Mozart, Bach, Beethoven, e Vaugh Williams, etc. I was dropping my sone off at his Ivy league college and remarked how pleasant the Catholic architecture was. He was bewildered. I explained that his dorm followed the design of a mediaeval Benedictine cloister. Modern philosophy and its rejection of realism can’t really be understood unless one understands the 13th century synthesis that Aquinas achieved. Europe may be dying but I hope European culture finds root in emerging countries perhaps, Africa above all and it can carry on what had been true, as expressed by Belloc, “Europe is the faith, and the faith is Europe.”
This value of Catholicism has always been recognized and even if one found its dogmas ridiculous or abhorrent, one still grudgingly gave credit where credit was due.

Yours,

Dan

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https://www.washingtonpost.com/nationa ... 6-b7bbd53d2b5d_story.html

In Jim Cooley’s open-carry America, even a trip to Walmart can require an AR-15

WINDER, Ga. —All Jim Cooley wants to do is buy some soda.

“You want to come to Walmart?” he asks his wife.

“No,” Maria says.

“Pretty please?” Jim asks.

“I’m not going to sit there and have the police called on you. I mean, I don’t want to see that crap,” Maria says, knowing what a trip to Walmart means. She knows her 51-year-old husband has two guns inside the house, and this afternoon it won’t be the 9mm, which he straps on with a round in the chamber when grabbing lunch at his favorite fast-food restaurant or visiting a friend’s auto shop. It’ll be the AR-15 semiautomatic rifle, which he brings when going somewhere he thinks is dangerous, like the Atlanta airport, where he’s taken it loaded with a 100-bullet drum, or Walmart, where he thinks crowds could pose easy targets for terrorists.

In a country of relaxing gun laws where it’s now legal to open-carry in 45 states and there are 14.5 million people with carry permits, every day seems to bring a new version of what open carry can mean. In Kentucky, it’s now legal to open-carry in city buildings. In downtown Cleveland, people carried military-style rifles during the Republican National Convention. In Howell, Mich., last month, a father went openly armed to his child’s middle-school orientation. In Mississippi, it’s now legal to open-carry without a permit at all. And in Georgia, which has passed a “guns everywhere” bill and has issued nearly 1 million carry permits, Jim Cooley is staking out his version of what’s acceptable as he keeps pleading with his wife.

“I got to get soda.”

Maria sighs. She worked the night before assembling air-conditioner compressors at a nearby factory, and in a few hours, she knows she’ll have to leave for another third shift.

“Yeah,” she says, giving in. “I might as well get this travesty out of the way.”

“What travesty?”

“You carrying a big ol’ rifle in the store, scaring the hell out of all the Walmart shoppers.”

“There’s no difference between carrying a rifle and carrying a handgun,” he says.

“You tried that last time, remember?” Maria says, stepping into a pair of flip-flops and running her fingers through her hair. “And what happened? Barrow County sheriffs. Three or four of them.”

“They can’t tell me what and what not to carry,” Jim says. “You know I wouldn’t listen to them anyway.”

“Well, you go one way in the store; I’ll go the other,” Maria says. “Then when they say, ‘Ma’am, do you know this person?’ I’ll say, ‘No, I’ve never seen him before in my life.’?”

He places a lit cigarette into an ashtray, walks into his bedroom, reaches behind its door, picks up the AR-15, snaps in a magazine with 15 rounds, and slings the rifle around his left shoulder so it rests against his torso.

“Ready?” he asks.

“Yeah,” she says, grabbing her purse and following her husband out the door for an afternoon trip to Walmart to buy soda.

***

The gun Jim Cooley carries is the ATI Omni-Hybrid Maxx AR-15 semiautomatic rifle. It cost him $579.99. It weighs 6.25 pounds, is 35 inches long, and fires bullets as fast as the trigger can be pulled, and, as Jim has learned, fits nicely between the front seats of a white minivan with peeling paint on the front and a bumper sticker on the back that says, “I ? Law.”

Jim goes everywhere now with a gun — if not the AR-15, then his sidearm — and is so reliant on one being close by that it surprises him to think the majority of his life was lived otherwise. He was raised in a working-class family in Chicago, where he can’t imagine living now because of its strict gun laws. But they didn’t bother him then. He didn’t hunt. He didn’t fear for his safety. If his dad had a gun, no one knew. He grew up without a gun, went to church without a gun, married Maria without a gun, began raising two children without a gun, and settled into a life that felt as safe as it was dependable.

But then it began unraveling, starting when he was fired from a trucking job days after telling Maria, who was pregnant with their first child, to quit her job and focus on the baby, that he could support them both. Their first bankruptcy filing wasn’t far behind, then the second, and the third, and then they were moving to Florida, where Maria had family and where Jim got a job with a grocery chain. It transferred him to Winder, and he moved the family into a middle-class neighborhood struggling with crime and drugs.

Jim now steers past the house of a neighbor who sold him his first gun — a .380 semiautomatic for $100 — so he could protect his family from that crime, then past Winder’s only gun shop where he took his dad so he could buy a gun, too. He lights a cigarette, feels the breeze from an open window because the air conditioner is broken, and takes a sip of soda from a big mug that says Athens Regional Medical Center.

It’s a memento of sorts from the day in late 2008 when he emerged from that hospital with three stents in his heart, debts worth $41,052.51 and a dawning realization he was now disabled, broke and would never work again. After the heart attack, he lost most of the circulation in his legs, received three more stents and started using an electric scooter whenever he had to walk long distances.

He told Maria he was all used up, a drag on the family. She should think about leaving him. But she wouldn’t, even after the hospital sued him for unpaid medical bills, even after he was arrested when he carried his .380 outside a school board meeting, even after he came home one day with an AR-15. He shot it at a nearby firing range and, feeling a sense of control that had gone missing in his life, told Maria he could now keep the family safe.

She now sits at his side, as always, in the passenger seat. At first, she didn’t understand the changes she saw in the man she married 24 years ago. Why did he suddenly want a gun when he never mentioned one before? Why did he want her to get one, too? Why did he put two four-inch knives inside the car’s ­passenger-side door? And why all the security cameras? Maria glances at a small screen beneath the rearview mirror: It shows feeds from surveillance cameras affixed inside the car that start recording when someone turns the ignition.


But Maria went along with all of it. She bought a .380 semi­automatic and has gotten used to taking it with her wherever she goes. She got used to the cameras, too, including the seven Jim placed around the house’s perimeter. She began to understand why he was so concerned about crime, about terrorists, about the need to protect their family because they couldn’t count on the government to do it for them. Last year, when he showed her his new AR-15 and asked her to shoot it, she did, feeling intimidated afterward. But then she did it again. And when he started bringing the rifle not just to the range, but to Atlanta, to the airport, inside Walmart, she eventually went along with that, too.

So much of her life involves accommodating him now, including just before they left for Walmart and he asked her to send a Facebook message to a local deputy about his plans. “What do you want me to tell him?” Maria had asked.

“Say, ‘Hey, buddy, I’m going to Walmart, and I’m going to have my AR with me, so if any call comes over the radio, you know it’s me,” Jim told her.

Maria sat at a laptop in a bedroom cluttered with stacks of documents, some of which detailed foreclosure proceedings against the house, and saw the browser had 35 tabs open. One was a YouTube video of something called “Police State 101.” Another showed the dictionary definition of the word “law.” Another was a fringe website her husband classifies as “underground,” the sort he started visiting more frequently after he joined a Georgia militia in late 2014 and decided it was up to him to protect his family from foreign and government threats.

She messaged the deputy, then looked at Jim’s Facebook page. It bore pictures of her husband carrying guns and posts about a country dissolving into chaos and videos about people stopping intruders with guns, people killing burglars with guns, people shooting big guns, small guns, all kinds of guns, that he watches late into the night.

She came back to the kitchen table, where Jim sat and smoked.

“At least I notified the sheriff’s department ahead of time,” he said. He looked at Maria. “Come on, come to Walmart with me,” he said. “I got to get soda.”

So she went along with that, too, and now here she is, pulling into a parking spot outside Walmart, and her husband is reaching for an AR-15 that he tells her sometimes he would have no problem using against a thief breaking into their house, or a violent protester in the streets of Milwaukee, or a terrorist in Syria, or, if necessary, even a stray dog on their lawn.

The Walmart Supercenter is outside of downtown Winder, next to the Subway, the Great Clips, the GameStop, and buffered by a parking lot that can easily fit hundreds of cars, but is rarely more than half-full on weekdays. There are two entrances. One is beside the landscaping section and says “Home and Garden” above the doorway. The other, which Jim now walks through, leads to another Subway, this one just inside the supercenter.

As Maria goes ahead, Jim veers to the right, where he climbs into a complimentary electric scooter, repositions his AR-15 so its barrel points toward the scuffed vinyl floor, and rolls into the store.

“Hey, Maria,” he calls when catching up to her. “Do we need any lunch meat?”

“I’ll go get some salami,” she says.

“All right,” he says, now alone, and accelerates the scooter deeper into the store, crossing into the grocery section. Two middle-aged women stand beside a refrigerator, talking. One of them looks at Jim, sees the gun around his neck and goes silent. The other woman turns, and when she sees the gun, her expression freezes, too. But it’s not the fearful looks that Jim notices as he rolls past. It’s a nearby sale. “Eighty-eight cents for a loaf,” he says and keeps moving toward the back of the store.

Not everyone sees his AR-15, which is partially obscured by the cart. One man walks past without a second look. So does a woman, making her way into the clothing section. One couple give Jim wide berth, their eyes on his scooter and, briefly, his gun. And then Jim gets where he’s going — the soda aisle — and sees what he’s looking for.

He reaches out and, grunting, pulls free a 24-pack of Diet Dr. Thunder. Trying not to jostle the AR-15, he leans forward and, twisting awkwardly, drops the box into the scooter’s front cart, accidentally tearing it open.

“They don’t make these things like they used to,” he says quietly and grabs another 24-pack of Diet Dr. Thunder, placing this one inside the cart more gently.

In search of Maria, he continues into the dairy section, where he wheels past a father and his young daughter who stares at his rifle, into aisle 9, where he puts a large can of Great Value Classic Roast Coffee into his cart, and finally back to the front of the supercenter, where he sees Maria ordering salami.

She takes the soda and coffee out of his cart and places it in her own. She gestures at a nearby cheesecake. “They got strawberry swirl,” she says.

He is leaning forward. The muzzle of the loaded gun is pressing against his shoe. Now it’s sliding under his shoelaces.

“Give me the strawberry swirl,” he says, and as Maria heads toward the checkout line with the cheesecake, the salami, the coffee and the soda, he straightens up and the muzzle slides free of his shoe.

He steers toward the front doors, parks the scooter, slowly stands and walks outside, and that’s when a group of employees standing just outside the entrance notices the gun.

“Is that what I see?” one will later recall saying.

“What do we do if he comes in the store?”

“If someone feels uncomfortable, what can we do?”

They continue staring as Jim walks into the parking lot toward the car.

“You know my grandfather was murdered, right?” one of the employees says, and as they launch into a discussion of a robbery and shooting that happened in 1973, they are in the midst of a late summer afternoon in 2016 with its own set of shootings.

In California, by the end of this day, a 61-year-old man will have been shot to death at a carwash.

In Virginia, an intruder will have burst into a home and killed a 24-year-old man inside.

In Missouri, a woman will have shot and killed a man she said was chasing her.

And meanwhile, in Georgia, Jim is braking hard on the ride home, causing his AR-15 to topple forward.

“Can you hold onto that for me, please?” he asks Maria.

“Yeah,” she says, putting the gun back where it was, and without further incident they continue on their way home, where Jim puts away his AR-15, sits down at the kitchen table and takes a drink of Diet Dr. Thunder.

Posted on: 2016/9/18 5:36
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Re: Censorship and Dhimmitude
#29
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I am not sure where you are getting this oppression of Christianity from but ...if that is ur view...it's your view.

Concerning your views on certain religions and or people..to me comes across as insidious.

I'll leave you with this:

If Tyranny and Oppression come to this land, it will be in the guise of fighting a foreign enemy. James Madison

Quote:

Mao wrote:
Dear Mr. Falcone:

Are you being disengenuous? You removed a discussion about a Muslim who had been arrested for desecrating OLV in Greenville. That is a type of censorship. It is your right to do so, I think, since this is a privately run site and there are no First Amendment rights here. Therefore, I simply asked why did you remove it? Perhaps you have some rules you could share with your loyal customers? I pointed out, further, that you clearly have no rule against attacks on Christianity and upon Christians even when the attacks are personal and vulgar.

Yes, functionally, this thread re-introduced the topic you had censored. Now you say you are going to remove it again. Why?

YOurs,

Maoi

Posted on: 2016/9/10 0:28
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Re: Censorship and Dhimmitude
#30
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All you hate filled people on this thread just come out and say this is what you really want:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FGVBn_3EjmE

Posted on: 2016/9/8 19:05
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