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Leslie P
Redheaded, lefthanded, native Texan.
Redheaded, lefthanded, native Texan.


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How Tax Reform Became a Fast Track to Drain the Swamp
In a more rational world, tax reform could have been bipartisan. But once Democrats declared they would be unified obstructionists on tax reform, there was no reason to throw a bone to the “resistance movement.” Playing nice with Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., won’t buy any votes, so why bother?

It’s hard not to be impressed with how Republicans have instead suddenly gotten very smart on the “pay fors” in their tax bill. Three of these revenue raisers are welcome policy changes, and they help defund the left.

* Start with the elimination of the state and local tax deduction.
* Next is the decision by Republicans to offset the cost of the tax cut by eliminating the individual mandate tax imposed mostly on moderate-income Americans.
* Finally, there is the proposed tax on college endowments.

The best indication that this is all working is the rise of what I call the “tax-bill crybaby caucus.” This group consists of health insurance companies, Obamacare supporters, public employee unions, state and local officials, the welfare lobby, municipal bond traders, lobbyists and, most of all, the liberal politicians who are funded by all of the above.

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Redrawing Districts Is the Job of Elected Leaders, Not Judges
We should not transfer authority for drawing political boundaries to unaccountable federal judges who, unlike legislators, can’t be voted out if we don’t like what they did.

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Never Mind ‘Trumpism’: What is ‘Deplorablism’?
Startling conclusion:
The departure from conservatism is not what the once liberal Democrat Trump has done since January, but what those who oppose him might likely do in his place.

It makes sense once you read the argument.

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Sex Scandals Reveal How The Left Uses Shame To Destroy Morality
Shame, we are now told, is back in vogue, particularly if it’s directed towards those deemed a threat to sexual consent. The truth, however, is that the Left has been appropriating shame to serve its ideological objectives for generations. The focus on sexual harassment — albeit long overdue — is yet the latest manifestation of liberals’ unprincipled approach to morality.

the progressivist agenda counsels everyone to “feel no shame,” whether they be “gay or transgender or overweight; having had an abortion; having survived rape or childhood sexual abuse; or struggling with mental illness or addiction.”

Yet, Burgo argues, “shame may also serve as a force for good when we direct it at behavior damaging to the social fabric.” It sure can — and it has. Although Burgo doesn’t say it, the Left has engaged in aggressive public shaming programs for years.

liberals have certainly employed shame for certain pet causes, usually related to environmentalism or the sexual revolution

Yet our culture, media, and dominant institutions have not only abandoned any kind of shame attached to divorce, cohabitation, or other deleterious side-effects of the sexual revolution (e.g. abortion on demand, pornography); we promote them as an intrinsic part of our freedom to pursue our own life goals and self-actualization.

Curiously, the only elements of the sexual revolution mainstream culture seems focused on attacking are those perceived to violate consent — harassment, rape, etc. Even here the hypocrisy runs deep: children from divorced families don’t consent to broken homes; the approximately 650,000 American babies aborted every year don’t consent to their conception or subsequent murder; and most parents have not consented to a culture where children are exposed on average to pornography at the age of 11.

We would all do well to think things through for ourselves a bit. Shame is a very useful thing for societies, it can also be damaging. Look at your own life honestly and try to be consistent.

Burgo’s article goes on to provide a methodology for appropriately applying shame. It must not only humiliate, “it should leave room for those who have violated our standards to experience remorse and then to make amends.” The ultimate goal is to “ease the shaming” and allow violators of our culture’s mores to reintegrate into society. Shame, public penance, forgiveness, and reintegration. This also should sound familiar.

Prior to the secularization and atomization of Western society, this is the way our communities, either through the judicial system or churches, dealt with crimes against society.

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Let’s Restart the Adoption Movement
You must read this - because Arthur Brooks shares the story of the day he met his daughter. Brought a tear to my eye.

And then, the depressing facts -
The year we adopted turned out to be the high-water mark in foreign adoptions and the number has dropped ever since. By 2016 it had fallen 77 percent from its peak, to 5,372. This is the lowest total in three and half decades.

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Trump: Elephant Trophy Importing Decision on Hold Until I Review Conservation Facts
* putting the decision on hold while facts are reviewed
* would reverse a ban that has only been in effect since 2014
* ban prohibits hunters from bringing home the trophies from their hunts
* could bring home trophy if proved that hunting benefits conservation for that species
* hefty fees were required, and paid to those governments (Zimbabwe and Zambia)

Glad it's being reviewed, but do beware of the OUTRAGE!!!! commentary, look for facts and discussion of both sides, look to understand the US and the African perspective. Learn first, then think more than you feel.

So much spam - here's how you can help.
Hello dear members. There's been an uptick in the amount of spam here lately. Fortunately, most of the time it's caught in the spam trap and you guys never see it. We end up deleting upwards of 50 spam posts a day it seems. But...

Some of these posts make it to the main page, no one knows why. In those instances, it could sit there in the community for all to see until one of us sees it and removes it. There's something you can do...

On every post there is a three dot menu in the upper right.
* Click those three dots
* Click SPAM

If you see a spam post, you can report it as spam. If enough of you do that, it MIGHT put the post back in the spam filter so no one else has to see it until we can make it go away. You also have the satisfaction of knowing that you "tattled to Google" about some spammer, so that's nice.

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Dave Brat's HR 4340: 3 GREAT Bills in One
THIS is what the people want. This is why we elected Republicans. This is what we want them to do.

Brat's bill is quite simple and does nothing more than combine three bill favorites into a single bill we all need to be rallying behind.

1. End chain migration
2. End Visa lottery
3. Mandate E-verify

Simple. Easy to rally around. LET'S DO THIS!

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More than 200 MS-13 members were arrested in a major Trump administration gang sweep
Beyond the headlines in OldMedia, good things are actually happening.

President Donald Trump has directed federal law enforcement officials to focus resources on combating transnational gangs, including MS-13

Officials from the Department of Homeland Security and Justice Department said "Operation Raging Bull" was conducted across the United States from Oct. 8 to Nov. 11, and concluded with the arrest of 214 members of MS-13.

This was the second phase of a federal effort to target MS-13. The first phase involved 53 arrests in El Salvador in September after an 18-month investigation.

In a statement, Attorney General Jeff Sessions said more than 1,200 gang members have been convicted so far this year, and about 4,000 have been arrested and charged. He said the arrests will help make the country safer "by taking MS-13 off our streets for good."

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Lately I've been washing a lot of programs and movie on the Hallmark Channel in my cable. Even though I'm Jewish, I have been enjoying a lot of Hallmark program because of its simple and yet beautiful stories. It doesn't matter whether you are Jewish or Buddhist I know that the majority of people will enjoy this channel. I recommend anyone who like a simple and wholesome story to wash the Hallmark Channel during this season. I do advise that this is not for everyone for it requires intelligent and a heart that doesn't have hatred, but the full of love and hope. So this will pretty much exclude liberal progressive and fake new supporter.

Feel free to share this with other and support the Hallmark Channel.
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