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I was put in a time capsule in 1955. Just opened up and got out last week.

I tell ya, the future ain't what it used to be!

This new world is like a mixture of the worst things from my past added to new even worse things:

Viral pandemic is growing.

Minorities are still struggling.

Women are still struggling.

Too much of our budget is going to the D.O.D.

Income taxes on the wealthy are lower than ever, debt is higher than ever.

Education is still hard to come by.

Lowest wages are even lower.

Can no longer buy a house if you work at a local furniture store.

Gas is still highly subsidized and too cheap.

The Klan is now militarized and with no need to hide under masks and robes.

Vets are treated even worse.

School teachers are now a hated class of people.

Monopolies are in complete control of financial markets.

Only the wealthiest have no reason to worry.

Media is worse and dividing families even more.

Can't believe we failed to see the climate change issue coming.

So, what happened to the Republican Party?

California governor says he will use legal tactics of Texas abortion ban to implement gun control

(CNN) California Gov. Gavin Newsom expressed his "outrage" Saturday at a Supreme Court decision to allow the Texas six-week abortion ban to remain in effect and said he would use similar legal tactics to tackle gun control in his state.

"I am outraged by yesterday's US Supreme Court decision allowing Texas's ban on most abortion services to remain in place, and largely endorsing Texas's scheme to insulate its law from the fundamental protections of Roe v. Wade," Newsom said in a statement.

"But if states can now shield their laws from review by the federal courts that compare assault weapons to Swiss Army knives, then California will use that authority to protect people's lives, where Texas used it to put women in harm's way," the statement continued.

In light of the Supreme Court's decision, Newsom said he directed his staff to draft a bill that would allow private citizens to seek injunctive relief "against anyone who manufactures, distributes, or sells an assault weapon or ghost gun kit or parts in the State of California."

The bill would also provide for statutory damages of at least $10,000 in addition to attorney's fees, the governor's statement said.
"If the most efficient way to keep these devastating weapons off our streets is to add the threat of private lawsuits, we should do just that," Newsom said.


The Bible Tells Us When A Fetus Becomes A Living Being

The Bible Tells Us When A Fetus Becomes A Living Being

Many people think that a human being is created at the time of conception but this belief is not supported by the bible. The fact that a living sperm penetrates a living ovum resulting in the formation of a living fetus does not mean that the fetus is a living human being. According to the bible, a fetus is not a living person with a soul until after drawing its first breath.

After God formed man in Genesis 2, He “breathed into his nostrils the breath of life and it was then that the man became a living being”. Although the man was fully formed by God in all respects, he was not a living being until after taking his first breath.

In Job 33:4, it states: “The spirit of God has made me, and the breath of the Almighty gives me life.”

Again, to quote Ezekiel 37:5&6, “Thus says the Lord God to these bones: Behold, I will cause breath to enter you, and you shall live. And I will lay sinews upon you, and will cause flesh to come upon you, and cover you with skin, and put breath in you, and you shall live; and you shall know that I am the Lord.”

In Exodus 21:22 it states that if a man causes a woman to have a miscarriage, he shall be fined; however, if the woman dies then he will be put to death. It should be apparent from this that the aborted fetus is not considered a living human being since the resulting punishment for the abortion is nothing more than a fine; it is not classified by the bible as a capital offense.

According to the bible, destroying a living fetus does not equate to killing a living human being even though the fetus has the potential of becoming a human being. One can not kill something that has not been born and taken a breath. This means that a stillborn would not be considered a human being either. Of course, every living sperm has the potential of becoming a human being although not one in a million will make it; the rest are aborted.

- Found in archives. Best abortion argument I could find here at DU. Originally posted by "Itchingcarpenter".

National climate pledges are too weak to avoid catastrophic warming. (WaPo)


Most countries areon track to miss them anyway.

The global effort to combat climate change boils down to this: Bending a very stubborn curve.
By Harry Stevens and Brady Dennis

Originally published Nov. 1, 2021

At the upcoming U.N. climate summit in Glasgow, Scotland — COP26 for short — countries will face pressure to make more ambitious pledges to cut greenhouse gas emissions with the goal of keeping average global warming below 1.5 degrees Celsius, or 2.7 degrees Fahrenheit, compared to preindustrial levels.

An analysis of national climate pledges by Climate Action Tracker, an independent international collaboration of climate scientists, shows the policies of many countries are inconsistent with their public pledges to cut greenhouse gases.

Those pledges, in turn, are mostly too weak to collectively meet the goals forged as part of the 2015 Paris agreement: to keep global warming “well below” 2 degrees Celsius, or 3.6 degrees Fahrenheit, and, if possible, stop at 1.5 degrees Celsius.

Earth has warmed more than 1 degree Celsius on average over the past century, and many places have warmed by at least 2 degrees, a Washington Post analysis of multiple temperature data sets found. The United Nations warned in a recent report that the world is on a path to reach 2.7 degrees Celsius, or 4.9 degrees Fahrenheit, of warming over the course of the century.

The United States has pledged to further reduce its greenhouse gas emissions by 2030, but its emissions are currently projected to remain mostly unchanged over the coming decade, according to the Climate Action Tracker analysis. Altering that path would require significant shifts in the way Americans travel and power their homes and businesses, scientists say.


Yeah, I kind of think that we all figured this was the reality.

In the Old West, civilians were instructed by signs to turn their guns in at the Sheriff's office.

In the Old West, civilians were instructed by signs to turn their guns in at the Sheriff's office to be held until they left town.

Dodge City was one such town.


"""The laws of Tombstone at the time required visitors, upon entering town to disarm, either at a hotel or a lawman's office. (Residents of many famed cattle towns, such as Dodge City, Abilene, and Deadwood, had similar restrictions.) """


""Guns were obviously widespread on the frontier. Out in the untamed wilderness, you needed a gun to be safe from bandits, natives, and wildlife. In the cities and towns of the West, however, the law often prohibited people from toting their guns around. A visitor arriving in Wichita, Kansas in 1873, the heart of the Wild West era, would have seen signs declaring, "Leave Your Revolvers At Police Headquarters, and Get a Check."

A check? That's right. When you entered a frontier town, you were legally required to leave your guns at the stables on the outskirts of town or drop them off with the sheriff, who would give you a token in exchange. You checked your guns then like you'd check your overcoat today at a Boston restaurant in winter. Visitors were welcome, but their guns were not. """"

Me vs. every Evangelical that I meet.

Me: How old is the earth?

Evangelical: Seven thousand years old.

Me: How old is the universe?

Evangelical: We aren't sure, maybe seven thousand years old, maybe forever.

Me: How long has God been around?

Evangelical: Oh, well, God has been around forever.

Me: So, how can we human earth creatues be THAT important if God has been around for all time and we've only been around for seven thousand years?! How special are we? What was God doing with all of his free time?

* crickets *

A man died after getting attacked by bystanders when he drove his car onto a sidewalk in attempts to

Source: CNN

A man died after driving onto a sidewalk in attempts to strike pedestrians before bystanders pulled him out of the car and allegedly attacked him in California Saturday.

The driver was involved in a verbal altercation around midnight inside a business in Hawthorne, after which he was asked to leave, the Los Angeles Sheriff's Department (LASD) said in a news release. Hawthorne is about 15 miles from Los Angeles.
The man left but returned and drove his truck onto the sidewalk, nearly hitting multiple people, according to the release. He eventually lost control of his car and struck a tree.

Bystanders then tried to pull the man out of his truck but he was able to speed away before crashing into a building. The bystanders then pulled him out the car and a "physical altercation ensued," the release said.

"Hawthorne Police officers saw the driver lying on the ground, suffering what appeared to be blunt force trauma," the LASD said. "Paramedics provided life-saving measures, but he was pronounced deceased on scene."

Read more: https://www.cnn.com/2021/10/10/us/california-man-dies-drives-sidewalk-beaten-pedestrian/index.html

Hate begets hate.

Cable news viewership:

Aug 31, 2021

In the 25-54 demo, Fox News averaged 394,000 viewers, down 38%, compared to CNN with 191,000, down 58%, and MSNBC with 163,000, down 55%. In total day, Fox News averaged 1.42 million, down 20%, compared to MSNBC with 732,000, down 41%, and CNN with 621,000, down 39%.


I think with Dems mostly running things, lefty voters are taking a break and watching less news in general so it makes sense that the more left-leaning channels are losing viewership.

Explaining the need for a national vaccination mandate to 2nd Amendment extremists

and other patri-idiotics

"Present arms!"

Explaining the need for a national vaccination mandate to 2nd Amendment extremists and other patri-idiotics.

Before I get to that, let's not forget that 99.99 percent of we Americans have had our polio and small pox shots in the arms, and our kids have to receive more than a dozen immunizations before they can even step inside a school room. These successful national vaccination mandates are never mentioned by Fox News hosts and the conservative media.

The Reality: we are under siege . . . by a virus. The COVID virus makes it's way mostly unseen through cities, schools, factories, retail businesses, restaurants, homes and anywhere people gather. Those of us who have been "armed" with a vaccination are afforded some protection that the unvaccinated are not. However, the unvaccinated make life far more dangerous for everyone because the unvaccinated are unarmed against this invading virus. Being unarmed against this invader allows for COVID to spread out through homes, schools, sports teams and businesses rapidly. Once established in a populated area this viral invader camouflages itself as new variants to infect and potentially kill its victims while the unarmed and unvaccinated stand by and say "I'll never be attacked" or "the numbers are faked, doctors get paid more if they say victims were killed by COVID" or "Fox And Friends hosts know more about viruses than Ouchie Fauci" or "a friend of a friend of a friend got vaccinated and died!".

A Story for us all: Imagine an invading force of people with rifles and other firearms making their way through schools, factories, homes and businesses whose only goal is to kill us. The President of the United States takes a bold step and mandates that all citizens over twelve years old take up firearms to fight back against this invading force, but half of the population says, "No, we will NOT take up firearms to fight off this invading force who wants to kill us!" These unarmed (unvaccinated) citizens are a danger to everyone. The invading force wounds or kills them, then slips by with ease to kill other unarmed citizens, filling the hospitals with so many wounded, sick and dying citizens that there are no beds for cancer patients, accident victims, new mothers or others in need of emergency services not caused by the invading force. The unarmed (unvaccinated) are allowing the invading force to gain control of vast regions of 'pro-freedom / anti-mandate' counties and states, and crippling their economies. Job losses and production of goods comes to a halt in many sectors. More people are killed than during the entire Civil War. Those who are armed (vaccinated) and fighting off the invading force then blame the unarmed (unvaccinated) for the damage and death caused by them for not fighting back. Protests against the national mandate ensue. This causes an unnecessary culture war between the armed and unarmed, vaccinated and unvaccinated, masked and unmasked. This continuing culture war delays and hinders our collective need to fight against the invading force (ie: COVID) to this day.

A Quote For The Day

Animal factories are one more sign of the extent to which our technological capacities have advanced faster than our ethics. -Peter Singer, philosopher, professor of bioethics (b. 6 Jun 1946)

- Yah, and when man learned to create fire, that was another!
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