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I couldn't possibly say anythng better than Sprite has said above. It is the first day of a new age. We have always had to be on guard of our liberties, but now we need to be always vigilant. We need to be unyielding in our defense of human rights. We need to have each other's backs. Whatever they can do to one of us, they can do to us all.
Alabama isn't the only place that things like this are happening. Between the Republican congress and state legislatures and the conservatives on the Supreme Court, the civil rights people worked hard for and achieved through centuries of struggle are being eroded. Pretty much any state with Republican majorities in their state's governments are making it harder for minorities to vote, while gerrymandering their states to increase their own power and using electronic voting machines to outright steal elections. Anyone who dares mention it gets shouted down as a conspiracy theorist.
If places like this are outlawed, where will I eat?
No one with a middle part?Not even her? http://img.izismile.com/img/img5/20120316/640/there_are_beautiful_girls_here_part_3_640_10.jpg If she can't join, I'm not joining either. That'll fix 'em.
Oddly, anytime a woman has shown me her pussy I didn't think about checking whether her nails were perfect.
A public school system is part of the bedrock of upward mobility and a strong middle class. If there is no public school system, poor people may just not educate their children, which would stratify society into the feudal lords and the underclass even more than it is already stratified. If there are just vouchers, then there needs to be regulation to insure schools actually teach something useful and more regulation so that teachers have at least some level of certification. If you are going to provide state money for vouchers and state regulation for certification of teachers and state regulation to insure useful things (not just religion) are taught in school, then you essentially have a public school system. I agree. The far right doesn't wan an equatable education system though, and the people who run things use the far right like hand puppets. They want to establish a system very much like feudalism, with a ruling aristocracy at the top and barely educated wage slaves at the bottom. Voucher programs leach money away from public education. The privatization of services that have previously been done by governments is a scam to move money from the tax payer's pockets to the pockets of the rich corporatist who own and control every aspect of our country from the city to federal level. Privatization of prisons have already proved corrupting. Consider the case of the judge, Mark Civarella. who was convicted of sentencing thousands of juveniles to jail time because he was being paid off by the private corporation that owned the juvenile facility. http://abcnews.go.com/US/mark-ciavarella-pa-juvenile-court-judge-convicted-alleged/story?id=12965182 The government isn't on your side because it has been bought. Now they want to use the government to buy up what remains of society. If you are a person who rents a home and think you aren't paying property taxes, you are fooling yourself. The county where you are living collects taxes from every piece of rental property. The money for paying that tax is coming out of the pockets of the tenants. It doesn't take a degree in economics to understand that.
This is more of the redemption theory, a series of lies and myths spread by followers of Roger Elvick, a white supremacist and anti-government extremist who spent most of the 90's in federal prison for his own 1099 OID process attempt, passing sight drafts which the government views as rubber checks. The IRS considers the use of the "strawman" claim as a frivolous claim on tax returns, and will give you a $5000 fine for using it. It is also considered fraud and might end up with you in jail. Like a lot of the beliefs of the far right, this one is based on nonsense, wishful thinking and outright lies.No one owns your strawman because there isn't one. The government didn't establish an account for $630,000 when you were born. The account doesn't exist so the possibility of getting any of it is zero. Our legislature, executive and judicial systems are all under the control of corporate interests that are well known and not in hiding. The Koch brothers don't have to hide their political affiliations, neither does George Soros. We live under the illusion that we are in a democratic republic, but the political parties are both indebted to private interests. This information is easy to find for anyone who wants to take time to look for it. Even the corporate media report on it on a daily basis. Things like the redemption theory just serve to confuse the true issue, which is that we are totally owned and controlled by major corporations. The Federal Reserve is a private institution, not a government one. The money you have in the bank or in your pockets is money printed by the Federal Reserve, not the Federal government. People like Roger Elvick and Sam Kennedy are useful to the people that really run things because they help to divide and control us along racial and economic lines. The reality of what the governments of the world are is much worse than any of the conspiracy theories they put out there to distract us.
Hey! I don't give a shit about the 700 Club but don't go knocking Coca-Cola!!!! It goes great with Jack Daniels and I am from Atlanta (Coca-Cola money helps a lot of us pay for the bills, pornography & sex toys.)<img src="/forum/images/emoticons/pintdrunk.gif" alt="Pint Drunk"> <img src="/forum/images/emoticons/laughing11.gif" alt="laughing9"> A lot of people in Georgia are buying porn with money earned from Coca-Cola or because of them. Nobody asks for a rum and Pepsi either. Nobody sane anyway.
I fail to see what lush has to do with hardcore pornography at all.Can someone enlighten me? <img src="/forum/images/emoticons/dontknow.gif" alt="dontknow"> What was hardcore pornography would be decided by the government, I suppose, rather than the reader or consumer. This is just another example of politicians thinking that they know what is best for all of us. I'm pretty sure that they wouldn't ask the opinion of Lush members before they started banning porn. Sooner or later they'll get around to the written word too, then political speech.
Retired people that own property should be exempt from paying property taxes on their homes. In most cases they have paid them for decades and now they are living on a fixed income. Sometimes the property taxes keep going up as these people get old and they cannot afford the new much higher the property taxes anymore. These old people lose their homes and have no where to live.PS. I do own commercial property and as landlord I have the constant cost of upkeep/repairs of the property. I cannot always raise the rent just because property taxes go up. Most rentals are actually leases at a fixed rate. Some renters do a lot of damage to the property and it is usually impossible to get damage fees out of those. The renters who are responsible are a true blessing. I usually give them a price break on their new lease. During hard times raising the rent to cover property tax increases or any expense increases doesn't work. I would just lose business and then lose money on empty rentals. I only rent/lease to businesses, so I am sure residential has many different and unique situations more like what StandingBear mentioned. Property taxes are usually raised on a yearly basis. Are you saying that you don't consider the property taxes you pay on rental property part of the cost of doing business? You know what the cost of a year's tax is on your property, you should divide it by 12 and add it to the price of the rent you charge, along with a percentage for maintenance, just as whoever rents commercial property from you adds the cost of rent to the prices they charge customers for whatever product or service they provide. Would you be charging the same amount if you had no property tax, or would you lower the rent? I also think that the elderly, those living below a certain level of income at any rate, should be exempt from taxes. Property taxes are very regressive in that they are a larger percentage of a low wage earners income than that of a high wage earner. A thousand dollars a year tax on someone making ten thousand a year is 10%, on someone making a hundred thousand a year it's 1%. The low wage earner is left with nine thousand to live on, the high wage earner with ninety thousand. Sales tax is also regressive. The less you make the higher percentage of your income it takes to pay your tax.Of course, with commercial property, you would be paying tax on the amount of profit you made from renting out your property. There are lots of deductions on rental property that will lower the amount of federal taxes you pay, including the cost of local and state taxes. If people leave you with damages consider small claims court. Sometimes just the threat of having to go to court will make them pay up.
Annie's Smile I remember her hair shining like gold, bright and lustrous as the sun that glowed on the waves where she stood, naked, and it seemed to me that it was her smile that lit the beach that day. And yes, I know I don't own her, but I owned that moment, and in that moment her smile was mine. She smiled for me. Not for those strangers on the sand, but for me alone. It was...
Added 02 Dec 2011 | Category Love Poems
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This story is a work of fiction, any resemblance to any person or organization is purely coincidental. Part one: I had no idea that the game I pitched against the Phillies would be the last game of my career. The Phillies game was my second start of the season. I had done okay in my first start, gave up seven hits scattered over seven innings and three runs while striking out four...
Added 20 Oct 2010 | Category Supernatural
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The cool Autumn air flowing through the open door disturbed the dusty webs of long dead spiders as we pushed the heavy wooden door inward. Only the whisper of the breeze, our breath, and the screech of the door's rusty hinges competed with the sound of my pounding heart as I stepped through the threshold into the house's foyer. It was evident that Madison and I were the first visitors in...
Added 09 Oct 2010 | Category Supernatural
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I have hidden myself in you, my love, but never from you. I am in your heart and you are my soul's companion, free of life's constraint. When you and I are apart a bit of me is with you. Your eyes hold the reflection of my dreams, and in them I seek the longing to be one that calls from your loving heart to mine. All the schemes that others use to lure or steal you from me are only...
Added 01 Oct 2010 | Category Love Poems
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