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Friday, April 3. 2015
Religious Liberty and the Left’s End Game
Forget gays, it is the religious freedom they hate
Housing and Wealth Inequality
Greenfield: This Culture War We're In
Ferguson, New York, and Now Indiana: Media’s Lies Always Result In Violence
Menendez indicted, but why?
Victimology and Multiculturalism in the United Kingdom
Iran Accuses U.S. of Lying About New Nuke Agreement - Says White House misleading Congress, American people with fact sheet
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Do yourselves a favor and download the Fulton Sheen app. His homilies and talks range widely, but the offerings for Passion Week are worth listening to. Especially today. Even if you're not Catholic his Good Friday homily is incredibly moving. The free version is working for me right now - at some point I will pony up the ten bucks for the upgrade and get them all. Wouldn't be surprised if you can find one of his video offerings for Good Friday on YouTube today.
re Memories Pizza Story Was Literally Fabricated Out of Nothing by an Axe-Grinding, Attention-Seeking Reporterette & Silly Shit Local TV News Station
Yes. That's all true. Here was a small business where the proprietors were minding their own business when the reporterette came in and asked them a hypothetical question.
Now they are being persecuted and maybe run out of business for what The Left sees as a thought crime.
The problem with thought crimes is like that of government regulations. They never stop. There will always be a new thought crime created. And another and another.
A question for any tax accountants out there.
According to Hot Air, the total sum of money donated to the pizza parlor owners is now up to $528,000.
Assuming none of these donations is over $10,000, these would constitute gifts, yes? As such, no taxes would be owed. Yes?
Re: Memories Pizza. Not everyone understood the real underlying issue when the baker refused to bake the cake for the gay wedding cake or when the photographer refused to take pictures at the gay wedding. No one really understood that these Christians were singled out in the hopes they could be baited into refusing to participate and approve of the gay lifestyle. But with Memories Pizza the real story came out of the closet. The gay activists are the al-shabab of America; singling out Christians and targeting them for destruction. They destroy them in public, take their business, their assets, their homes and their retirement income and the courts and lawmakers are complicit in this religious/cultural terrorism. Who's next?
housing and inequality, many zoning boards will admit their purpose is to drive up property values, so, shouldn't be a surprize. BTW, amusing to watch true blue suburbs freak out when a trailer park or section 8 housing is proposed nearby.
Iran, well, looks like we got a "don't hold me to it" agreement about what to talk about and a spin cycle Maytag would be proud of. One thing we forget haggling and smuggling are high art in the Middle East.
the culture war, religion, apple ,etc. Remember the 1984 apple commercial? Some think they are busty hammer throwing rebel while they are really the vid screen talking about a "garden of pure ideology".
Re: Dunkin Donuts and Starbucks.
I've never been to a Starbucks and haven't been to a Dunkin in years. When I was there it was for donuts, not coffee. I can not understand why people pay such amounts for coffee. Aside from the price, why do people wait until they are awake and on their way before they drink coffee? By the time I leave my house I have already drank a pot of coffee and don't need anymore. Am I the only one that feels this way?
Nope, you're not alone. I prefer my coffee made at home, where I can have complete control. Besides, the coffee is needed to get my butt in gear and get out the door - what's the point once I'm on my way? I may indeed have another 1/2 cup or so when I get to work, but I don't have to have it.
Starbucks coffee always tastes burnt (same with Peet's) and Dunkin coffee is sock juice. But I have fond childhood memories of Dunk's maple creme filled doughnuts. Do they still exist?
Haven't bought a cuppa since I left off working in Boston. (And my sister is the lease administrator for DD!) I think DD still has that doughnut, but it may be seasonal.
At one point DD introduced a Dark Roast coffee, at least they did in Boston, that was very nice. I like a coffee that introduces heart palpitations after two large cups.
I could never understand how Peet's stayed in business in Boston. The worst god-awful coffee in the world. Thin and sour at the same time.
Now I buy one large can of dark roast ($9.99) it lasts for two weeks of two cups of coffee every day, plus what my aunt drinks. At Boston prices (four years ago) that is two and a half large coffees.
I don't drink coffee, but I do like doughnuts and donuts. Usta be a DD in Tucson (at least one--saw it driving by ten years ago); apparently not now. Went looking for a list of them some time back; all east of the Mississippi IIRC.
I like Dunkin donut coffee and don't think it's "too" expensive. Living on the Left coast I don't get to try Dunkin very often, there is one in Las Vegas I go to when I'm there. Starbucks could be OK but I don't really know. I had some 25 years ago and it was too strong and burnt tasting for me. I understand Starbucks is pretty expensive as is Dutch brothers which I have also never tried. What I do enjoy is the Dunkin donuts coffee cake muffins and they do go well with a cup of coffee. I also like that Dunkins, even in Las Vegas, knows what "coffee regular" is.
i won't go to dd because they don't even make the donuts.
they ship them in. At least my local one does.
I know its chic to say that here, but you seriously can't think of any time the left tolerated dissent?
mindless statements like yours are why we conservatives as a whole consistently underestimate our enemies and constantly lose the public relations battles.
formwiz is quite right.
The Left NEVER tolerates dissent. They may have to live with it but that doesn't mean they tolerate it.
I'm glad we on the right are a shining example of tolerance.
I loved the Decline of Religion article, and do appreciate someone who uses more vocabulary than I in the normal course of writing. But I think he gets carried away: "...immerse themselves in diaphanous piffle about a multiverse..." is lovely, but rather a mixed metaphor.
Excellent article nonetheless. I am glad that some authors make distinctions between simple "atheists," of which there are many varieties and reasons, and the more "militant" type, who are indeed evangelisers.
Walmart: Only poor people go there. Apple: Well-off folks (and wannabees) like us go there. We don't mix with poor people. That's why they hate Walmart.
I would add that what I really think steams them is that Wal-Mart makes so doggone much money. An "obscene amount" to put it in their lingo.
In addition, it was started by one man that had all the skills and traits required to build it in to what it has become. Wal-Mart is the very antithesis of what The Left stands for.
Another thing about Apple: I just don't like the odd control-freakery of their marketing i.e., insisting on their own area and sales staff in Best Buy and the like.
I can't help thinking they're what Scientology would be if it were an IT company.
Though at least the post-Jobs Apple has moved away from creepy black everything all the time.
Menendez indicted (??)
What surprise? Menendez bucked the administration of the Leader. If we should have learned anything it is that Obama is not a Democrat anymore than he is a Republican. He is Law and Ego, for and by himself. "L'État, c'est moi" .
His is the party of Occupy, the Greens, the Multiculturalists, the Internationals. Or rather they are for him.
I am aged 65.