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NOBODY ANYWHERE should be exempt from paying taxes. When EVERY transaction is taxed at the SAME PERCENTAGE, then taxation is EQUAL. That goes for every non-profit, every for-profit, every individual, group, corporation, union...EVERYONE. Ready to support that?
Since this is a physical problem, it can be solved (at significant expense). The solution to this is to redesign bathrooms, of course, so that they are no longer communal. Every stall has its own exit to the hallway. Ditto locker rooms and shower stalls. Now add up the cost to do this across the state. It's $Blns. Where is that cash coming from??? The truly ugly part about this is that all of us taxpayers, not just those in CA, will have to pay for this waste (because like it or not a significant portion of every state budget comes from the Feds). This is yet another argument to end the command-control form of public education that we have depended on and instead voucher public education dollars to parents to spend on their kids (i.e. in the form of a credit card redeemable only at either a public or private place of education), and let them choose where to take those kids to be educated. If that were done then schools that cater to the trans-gender community would become available, and those who desired would go there. The command-control schooling model worked when we as a nation shared many moral values. We don't share anywhere near that many moral values any longer, and will not for at least the next 75 years or so. It would be better for us to admit the truth to each other and start figuring out how to sustain the nation with a deeply divided population (i.e. by having our government focus only on the absolutely essential things, and pushing the rest back to the citizenry) rather than keep pretending otherwise and eventually have the whole thing explode.
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The Looming Conflict

nomad5 Wrote: Jul 07, 2013 10:34 AM
The first example is a stretch. The second example is more likely, because it allows an entire church to be targeted and removed. It has the collateral advantage of being more likely to be useful as a tool to manipulate those who depend primarily on their emotions for guidance.
You missed the most important thing to do: Put the budget for all the border-control measures in the "mandatory" part of the budget, so that Congress can't fiddle with it year after year.
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Bert & Ernie Celebrate Gay Marriage

nomad5 Wrote: Jun 29, 2013 9:40 AM
@GL: Do you think Christianity is a "religion"? Not quite. It's a relationship with a living Lord. Either you have it, or you don't, and no amount of religious practice makes up for the lack. Neither does intellect, money, power, strength, or any ot the other things the world loves. When the walk here on Earth is done, that relationship is all that matters.
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A Roe by any Other Name

nomad5 Wrote: Jun 28, 2013 7:34 PM
Ah, but He is! "Every knee shall bow, and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father." And yes, that includes you, and me, and everyone who has ever lived, or will ever live.
Try this. You believe that humans have the authority to decide which products of human conception are human, and which are not. If it's a "choice", then before you can "choose", you have to assume the authority to do so. Your assumption of that authority can be extended to ANY products of human conception, at ANY age. You say you'd never use your "choice" that way??? How many people across this planet in the last 100 years made that same claim, and then wound up making all kinds of "choices" that rendered products of human conception very, very dead??? With the right persuasion, you'd expand your "choice" to all kinds of folks, because you have ALREADY made the critical decision...that you can decide what is and is not human
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Gay and Godless on the Public-School Stage

nomad5 Wrote: Mar 30, 2013 1:47 PM
I really wish Townhall would make it possible to write more in a block, because most of the things we discuss here don't fit in a single block (unless they are insults, which we could do without). Regards to all.
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Gay and Godless on the Public-School Stage

nomad5 Wrote: Mar 30, 2013 1:46 PM
(cont'd) 4. It is relatively easy, for example, to design science lessons not to champion evolution or to denigrate it, or to champion religious faith or denigrate it, but simply to present what is known, what is thought, and what is believed, and make it clear to the youngster that (a) he or she will decide what they think, and (b) there are consequences for that decision (as there are for ALL decisions).
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Gay and Godless on the Public-School Stage

nomad5 Wrote: Mar 30, 2013 1:44 PM
(cont'd) 3. This extends to how we educate children. It is not the business of public education to teach children to be in favor of or against religious faith or ANY OTHER PHILOSOPHY. It is the business of public education to teach children how to be responsible adult US citizens, and to educate themselves throughout the rest of their lives. Until the public educators actually DO this again, then their side excursions into various politically-correct topics is even more inappropriate than they would be otherwise.
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