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Forcing religious believes on others....

The other day a quote from Hillary Clinton float by on this stream.  It said something to the affect "Christian leaders should update their doctrine to reflect modern beliefs about gay marriage."

In my opinion this is the crux of the issue.  If you believe that your religious laws are handed down by God then you are not allowed to change those laws.  Those are gods laws.  When some extremest screams that I should change my religious beliefs to match his he is forcing his religious beliefs.

It doesn't matter if this is some right wing nut job screaming about how doing work on the Sabbath is a sin and should be illegal or some left wing nut job screaming that I will change my definition of sin to match their definition they are both attempting to force their religious beliefs on me.

The hypocrisy that exists is deafening.  We have people that wont touch a cult because "religious freedom" and that wont condemn a religion that forces child marriages because "religious freedom" don't see that they are demanding changes in other peoples religion.
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Hillary and bill are emissaries of satan
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A few weeks ago I was watching a Bill Whittle(sp?) video about the best conservative movies.  One that was mentioned The Lives of Others.

It is the story of a Stasi "investigation" of a playwright.  It is very intense and very scary.  It took me a while to get through because it is only subtitled in English but the dialog is German.

I strongly suggest that people take some time and watch this movie. 
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0405094 http://www.amazon.com/Lives-Others-Martina-Gedeck/dp/B000XKZQ74

It will give you more insight into what it means to never know who is listening.
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The blame game:  When the sheeple realize that their health care is gone the politicians and media will likely paint Doctors as the cause.  Why?  Because they earn lots of money and don't seem to want to take charity cases (Medicaid and Medicare)
The Congressional Budget Office (CBO) released a report on March 9 projecting Obamacare premium prices to outpace both private insurance premiums and government spending between 2016 and 2018.
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Also, as +Pradheep Shanker has pointed out before, coverage != care
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I don't know what is going on in the CU these days.  There was a time I wanted to read every comment.  I wanted to read every posting.  This community was a safe place to hear something other than the slams of the main stream media.

This is no longer the case.

Earlier today I got to read some nurdle typing in all caps about how horrible the Republican's are as the "party of hate everybody". 

An hour later there is a comment that reads "Netanyahu. An arrogant Jew who used to be a terrorist."

Almost every other posting has some troll making this sort of (self censored word)/asinine  comment.  It adds nothing to the conversation.  It adds nothing to the community.  It adds nothing accept gas to the fire.

This isn't about being blind to other opinions, it is just tiring to have to decide "Am I going to do battle with this troll, again?"
+Leslie P +Pradheep Shanker +ed pluck 
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The CU is currently 7,898 members.  A mere 303 have been banned (3.6%).  When you see something you think is wrong, let the moderators know.
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Thomas Sowell's latest opinion piece talks about equality of opportunity vs equality of outcome.  Nice read.
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“There is nothing more unequal than the equal treatment of unequal people.”


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Making a tool to make a tool to make a tool?  Not really, just a tool to help with brake repairs.
Mounting the old fashioned way When you go to the shop to have brake work done they will sometimes come out, wipe their hands on a rag, look you in the eye and say, "Well, your rotors are looking a little worn.  We need to ...
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Nice.  Makes me smile every time I see you getting to use the shop tools.
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http://www.gopusa.com/news/2014/09/03/holder-takes-texas-to-court-over-voter-id-law/?subscriber=1

So I love the fact that in this document we have the following quote from the "first" witness for the state: __She said her monthly income mostly amounted to $321 in Social Security and that she cast a provisional ballot in November because she didn't have an accepted form of Texas ID. She said she couldn't submit proper documentation in time to make her provisional vote count. Among the biggest obstacles was the cost of getting a copy of her Mississippi birth certificate.

"I had to put $42 where it would do the most good," Bates said. "We couldn't eat the birth certificate."__

Note the following: http://msdh.ms.gov/msdhsite/_static/31,0,344.html _Birth certificates cost $15, with a $5 fee for additional copies of the same record._
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That is all good and well, but will the lawyers for OUR side present that information or will they roll over and get their bellies scratched?
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"You will be made to care" and "Chilling effect on free speech."

Last night I had a wonderful dinner with my lady.  What with kids, work for both of us and slightly different sleep schedules we've not had much "us" time.  We spent the date talking about lots of things but one of the things we did talk about was "The situation in Indiana".

"I'm afraid to say anything.  If I do I'm afraid Andria, Betty, Christine and Debby will attack me."

My lady was brought up by a moronic Fundy.  Think a slightly less obnoxious version of West Borough Baptist.  Most of the hate and fear mongering was kept internal to his family and the church where he had some sort of position of influence.  My lady really did start off at that place where everything was so couched in terms of evil that it took a long time for her to learn to be even a little bit tolerant.

By tolerant I mean things like people going to the wrong church were not going to burn in hell sort of tolerant.

She has gotten past the hate the sinner stage but still has strongly held beliefs on what is sin.

But in our very conservative little neck of the world it feels scary to to talk about Indiana right now.  If you aren't part of the lynch mob you better keep quiet.  Even at the restaurant I found that we were almost whispering anytime we said something that was not in agreement with "them". 

Those little furtive glances to see who is around to over hear.  Is that woman with the butch hair cut going to get in our face if she hears something she doesn't like?

You will be made to care.
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So last week I had to fly for the first time in 23ish years.  What an adventure.  I wasn't worried about flying I was worried about going through TSA security.

I'm one of these people that likes to come prepared.  That means things like a ferosteel rod in my left outside coat pocket.  Or the Leatherman Tool in my pants pocket.  Or the two BIC lighters I carry everywhere (mostly used for lighting the heater in my workshop).  What is and is not allowed?

I carry a "get home bag" in my car.  It has food, water, shelter, communications, firstaid and a bunch of other things.  If the car slid off the road in the ice and I could not get out that bag has enough to keep me alive for a few days till rescue arrives.  Or if I had to hike I can put that on my back and go.  Oh, in the winter it has a warm hat, warm socks and warm gloves, just in case.

So I shed about 25 pounds and my checked baggage got about 20 pounds heavier.  I get to the airport and as I'm passing through security I ask the TSA guy "Do you have any instructions?"

He gave me a wise ass answer, polite and joking but not an answer.  I looked at him and said "I've not flown in 20+ years, what do I need to do to get through your checkpoint?"  At that point he was polite and helpful.

There was no choice that I could see but going through the MM wave detector. I think there was a standard metal detector off to the side but wasn't going to make waves.  It was a business trip.  As I came through the TSA dude was very polite, explained he had to "clear my wallet"  (I knew to leave it in my pocket next time) and to pat down the buckles of my suspenders.

As I came through I was impressed.  These guys were acting in a professional manner and were not the groping TSA people of horror stories.

Coming back same thing except I left my wallet in my pocket and the throwaway tools in my coat.  I.e. if they had a fit I would have tossed them in the garbage without feeling hurt.  The TSA people were polite and respectful.

Then bad things happened....
Southwest Air didn't seem to know how to get a plane out of the gate on time because the overhead bins were full.  I kid you not, it took almost 35 minutes for them to deal with a full overhead bin situation.  This meant we were late into BWI.  Which meant we missed our flight home.  The plane was still sitting at the gate but they were not willing to hold the doors for 5 minutes... sigh

After a miserable night in a cheap hotel it was back to the airport for a 5:05AM check in.

Now I found the TSA of horror stories.  More interested in talking to each other.  Bitching about the passengers.  Touching people without warning.  I had decided to wear suspenders because I don't have to take them off to go through the scans.  I do have to take a belt off and as heavy (fat) as I am putting my belt back on takes way to long. 

This guy is complaining "always the suspenders, always the suspenders".  No curtsy at all.

So yes, another out of control government agency.
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+Al Lilianstrom was just through OKC last week Agreed, very nice.
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My first steam engine. Running on about 10-15 psi.

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wow - that's cool!
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A little bit of shop work.
Mounting the old fashioned way When you go to the shop to have brake work done they will sometimes come out, wipe their hands on a rag, look you in the eye and say, "Well, your rotors are looking a little worn.  We need to ...
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Local politics update.

I've been making it a habit of going to the local school board meetings.  I reported that it felt like it makes a difference.  Last night I learned that it DOES make a difference.

Here in NH school system budgets are broken into two parts, the "must do" and "Discretionary".  After the school board has a proposed budget it is put to "warrant" where the town people vote.

Interestingly enough the teacher's contract has to go to warrant.  So this year, first time in 15 years, the town voted to NOT accept the discretionary increase.  This put the school board in panic mode.

At an emergency meeting of the school board we learned that while teacher contracts have to be approved by the town administrative contracts do not.  Only the school board has say in that.  So at a time where teachers were not getting a pay raise the administrators were slated to get a 3% pay raise.

The school board voted to withhold that pay raise from the top earners. Those over 76K/year which means that the secretaries and such did get their pay raise.

So from that meeting forward I've been proposing at each and every meeting that administrative pay raises be tied to the town accepting the teacher pay raises. 

For three months, 7 meetings nothing.  I was being blown off. 

Last night my proposal was scheduled for discussion!  Before the next budget is proposed the school board will discuss and make a PUBLIC vote on whether to honor the towns intentions.

I'm excited.

Oh, I also called them lairs again.  We asked the same question 3 times.  We got two different answers.  One of them had to be a lie.

For some reason they don't like being called liars.  And the newspaper was there.  I might even get mentioned in the dang paper.

Come on people, get involved.  You can spend 6 to 8 hours a month making a difference!  Show up at the school board meetings.  Go to meetings of the town selectmen. Start small and make a difference!
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+Christopher Johnson we have that problem here in Phoenix.
The police department are getting slashed again. But they have money to aid illegals coming across the border.

We throw money at our schools for years and no progress. Children are not learning and teachers are frustrated. The administrators income are raised every year.
The pro are the elected officials and school administrators.
Now to educate the parents and community of that problem. 
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