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Actually, if you got of your butt and researched it you would see that Ron Paul has never been a finger-to-the-wind type. His opinions and actions have not changed since he was first elected in the 1970's. He does not make up things to get people to vote for him. He does sometimes speak on very deep subjects in a very technical way. Occasionally in his speeches he has to step back and give some rally cry to keep people engaged, but it is always things he believes in and has consistently for 40 years.
I always flag these as offensive. If everyone did this the ad would be removed and you wouldn't have a virus. You could also resist the urge to visit spammer sites.
The McMansions probably were completed in 2008 and spiked the values when they are sold. Now the owners are underwater and they will probably be sold by the banks at a fraction of the original price. What a great thing for the economy.
I suspect the spike has something to do with redevelopment. Here in my town (I live in Minnesota, but it could be anywhere) the city has decided to spend tax dollars to buy up properties, some of which are in poor condition. They tear down the homes and sell off the properties to developers at rock bottom prices and then the developer builds McMansions that don't fit in the neighborhood. Suckers buy up the houses in the "revitalized" neighborhood in 2008 and by 2010 they are complaining to the city that some of their neighbors aren't rich snobs like they are. So the city buys up more property, to sell at a loss to developers.
Racism is alive and raging here. It is also alive and raging everywhere else. Outside of the racism we still have the most freedom available.
We don't have to believe in their religion, but we should learn to allow others to believe as they do. As a Mormon I have seen an interesting phenomenon. Our faith started out with persecution and mob violence against us. In time we have become a more accepted religion, not totally accepted , but more accepted. Now there are Mormons who persecute other people for unpopular beliefs. Those who persecuted us were themselves descended from a persecuted religious group. Could we break the chain in our generation? Could we be the ones who learn to tolerate each other's beliefs. That would be a truly better society.
17) ...All people would be welcome to practice their religious faith with no official state-run religion, just as the Founding Fathers intended. So, yes, you could have a manger in front of the town hall at Christmas and the Ten Commandments on a court house wall, and teachers in public school could teach from the Bible in class when it was appropriate. This would be heaven on earth if it ever came to pass. Unfortunately religious tolerance in America has never been practiced. Everyone wants religious tolerance ... of their religion. I suppose if everyone was Christian, as this article implies, then we wouldn't have to tolerate Muslims, Jews, Buddhists, Hindus, etc. but we should as long as such exist among us.
Let's see how this works. Billy steals the candy bar. Cindy was on another aisle, but found out and reported it to mommy who decides not to tell the store employees. Johnny is sitting at home, trusting that everyone who went to the store is honest. So we 1) slap Billy on the wrist, 2) Kill mommy for being a bad parent, 3) forbid Cindy from possessing any candy for life, retroactive to birth, and 4) Make Johnny pay for the stolen candy bar and every other candy bar in the store for an entire year. Sounds equitable (apparently, according to Marybeth Hicks).
I am not, nor ever will be, a fan of Penn State. I am not a big sports fan, either. I couldn't care less if Penn State dies on the vine and never wins another game. That said I think the punishment does not fit the crime. Apparently Joe Paterno heard one allegation and reported it. He did not cover it up, he reported it. For this he loses his entire legacy, after he is dead and can't defend himself. Ms.Hicks, any parent who punishes innocent children to prove a point to the guilty ones is a BAD PARENT. If they do it unknowingly they are a negligent parent at best. If they KNOW they are punishing an innocent child they need lessons in parenting.
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