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Amazing. Lefties will (somewhat grudgingly) acknowledge and accept charitable good works from Christian faith-based charities, but have a stroke if those performing those charitable good works dare mention the underlying faith which motivates them to perform those acts of kindness. Yet those same lefties refuse to condemn Jihadi violence, and insist, despite all evidence to the contrary, that Islam is a "religion of peace." How can they perform that many tortuous twists and turns and flips of reality and reason without giving themselves mental & spiritual hernias?! They are truly amazing contortionists.
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Lies, Damned Lies, and the IRS

Don7312 Wrote: Jun 27, 2014 7:21 PM
1) "Some animals are more equal than others" -- George Orwell, [Animal Farm]. 2) "Rules are for the little people" -- Leona Helmsley 3) "It's good to be the King" -- Mel Brooks, History of the World, Part __
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Lies, Damned Lies, and the IRS

Don7312 Wrote: Jun 27, 2014 7:21 PM
1) "Some animals are more equal than others" -- George Orwell, [Animal Farm]. 2) "Rules are for the little people" -- Leona Helmsley 3) "It's good to be the King" -- Mel Brooks, History of the World, Part __
The faceless bureaucracy paid a fine (with taxpayer $!). Big Fat Hairy Deal! Which individual people made the illegal disclosure? WHO, SPECIFICALLY, did this?! Are THEY being held to account for their illegal acts? Do they face any jail time, fines, etc., for breaking the law? None is indicated in this story, so I'm forced to assume the answer is "NO." They served an ideological or political aim, and suffered no personal penalty for their lawlessness. Like minded acted folks tempted to behave similarly will take note, take encouragement, and some will take similar action. This sort of thing WILL happen again. Behavior tolerated is behavior taught.
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Press Gets It Wrong Again on Mass Shooting

Don7312 Wrote: Apr 08, 2014 10:07 AM
With no intention of minimizing the importance of better mental health efforts as a preventative to mass shootings, I think responsive efforts also deserve consideration. The most effective responses to mass shootings that I can recall both occurred in Colorado. At Arapahoe HS, on-site resource officers received timely warning, acted immediately, and confronted the gunman in less than 2 minutes. Faced with armed police, the gunman took his own life. Second, and less recently, a shooter at a large Colorado Springs church was taken down by armed security personnel already on-site, whose armed presence and timely response limited the carnage. Compare these to the greater havoc at the shootings which occurred in gun-free zones at the Aurora Theatre, Newtown, and VA Tech University, where the shooters knew they were unlikely to face any armed resistance.
How much does that 7.1 million figure need to be discounted for folks who signed up but did not pay, and therefore have no coverage? How long will it take before that "bad debt allowance" figure is known? Will the success/failure of the launch get properly re-evaluated once more accurate figures (analogous to revisions of GDP, inflation, unemployment, etc. stats the gov't routinely issues, and later revises) become known? Plus, how many of those enrollments represent folks whose old plans got cancelled because they didn't have all the ACA mandated bells & whistles (which drove up the premiums too) vs. folks who had no insurance before ACA went into effect?
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