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December 31, 2023

There's several interesting verses in the first chapter of James.

James 1:10-11

But the rich should take pride in their humiliation—since they will pass away like a wild flower. 11 For the sun rises with scorching heat and withers the plant; its blossom falls and its beauty is destroyed. In the same way, the rich will fade away even while they go about their business.

James 1:27

Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this: to look after orphans and widows in their distress and to keep oneself from being polluted by the world.

For clarification, I'm an atheist. I just found these two, especially James 1:27, would be useful when arguing with some Christians.

December 7, 2023

This is my 50,000 post on DU.

I want to thank EarlG and Eland for keeping DU available. I have posted from many different countries without a problem. The only lapse in availability was on election night 2016. DU was attacked, but wasn't killed off.
I want to say a warm thank you to everyone here. I enjoy political discussions, getting new recipes, and I watch as many animal videos as possible. DU covers all my bases and I enjoy being here almost every day.

August 28, 2023

Trump faces a crowded trial calendar. Here's a breakdown of the dates so far


Donald Trump and his lawyers may be the busiest people in the country next year. The former president faces criminal trials in four different cities — Washington, DC, New York, Atlanta and Ft. Pierce, Florida — as well as an active campaign schedule.

Here is a breakdown of the current calendar:

October 2, 2023 – Scheduled start of New York attorney general’s civil trial alleging fraud by Trump and Trump Organization
October 23, 2023 — District attorney's proposed start of state criminal trial in Georgia over 2020 election subversion
January 15, 2024 – Scheduled start of second defamation case brought by columnist E. Jean Carroll
March 4, 2024 – Scheduled start of federal criminal trial in 2020 election subversion case
March 25, 2024 – Scheduled start of state criminal trial in New York over 2016 hush money scheme
May 20, 2024 – Earliest scheduled start of federal criminal trial in Mar-a-Lago documents case
Remember: Most of these trials have been scheduled already, but one has a proposed trial date and its start could still change.
August 3, 2023

Want to see my 2023 State Fair Decorated Cake entry?

This is Victor, a koala I met in Australia last fall.

June 26, 2023

Can anyone identify this tree growing in my backyard in Central Illinois?

The leaves arearge and velvety. This one is 7 1/2 inches by 6 inches wide. It's full of these empty hulls. They are fairly thin but not papery. Tree is somewhere between 20 andv25 feet tall.


January 8, 2023

This looks like the 'Freedom Caucus' working document...


In 1980, David Koch ran for vice president with the Libertarian Party, an organization created by the real estate lobby to give an air of legitimacy to their efforts to outlaw rent control and end government regulation of their industry.

His platform included a whole series of positions that were specifically designed to roll back and gut FDR’s “big government” programs (along with those added on by both Nixon and LBJ’s Great Society) that had created and then sustained America’s 20th century middle class:

— “We urge the repeal of federal campaign finance laws, and the immediate abolition of the despotic Federal Election Commission.
— “We favor the abolition of Medicare and Medicaid programs.
— “We oppose any compulsory insurance or tax-supported plan to provide health services, including those which finance abortion services.
— “We also favor the deregulation of the medical insurance industry.
— “We favor the repeal of the fraudulent, virtually bankrupt, and increasingly oppressive Social Security system. Pending that repeal, participation in Social Security should be made voluntary.
— “We propose the abolition of the governmental Postal Service.
— “We oppose all personal and corporate income taxation, including capital gains taxes.
— “We support the eventual repeal of all taxation.
— “As an interim measure, all criminal and civil sanctions against tax evasion should be terminated immediately.
— “We support repeal of all law which impede the ability of any person to find employment, such as minimum wage laws.
— “We advocate the complete separation of education and State. Government schools lead to the indoctrination of children and interfere with the free choice of individuals. Government ownership, operation, regulation, and subsidy of schools and colleges should be ended.
— “We condemn compulsory education laws … and we call for the immediate repeal of such laws.
— “We support the repeal of all taxes on the income or property of private schools, whether profit or non-profit.
— “We support the abolition of the Environmental Protection Agency.”
— “We support abolition of the Department of Energy.
— “We call for the dissolution of all government agencies concerned with transportation, including the Department of Transportation.
— “We demand the return of America’s railroad system to private ownership. We call for the privatization of the public roads and national highway system.
— “We specifically oppose laws requiring an individual to buy or use so-called ‘self-protection’ equipment such as safety belts, air bags, or crash helmets.
— “We advocate the abolition of the Federal Aviation Administration.
— “We advocate the abolition of the Food and Drug Administration.
— “We support an end to all subsidies for child-bearing built into our present laws, including all welfare plans and the provision of tax-supported services for children.
— “We oppose all government welfare, relief projects, and ‘aid to the poor’ programs. All these government programs are privacy-invading, paternalistic, demeaning, and inefficient. The proper source of help for such persons is the voluntary efforts of private groups and individuals.
— “We call for the privatization of the inland waterways, and of the distribution system that brings water to industry, agriculture and households.
— “We call for the repeal of the Occupational Safety and Health Act.
— “We call for the abolition of the Consumer Product Safety Commission.
— “We support the repeal of all state usury laws.”

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