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Dec 14, 2023·edited Dec 14, 2023

And when victims obtain a right to compensation after a trial, the same leaders claim they have no money.

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Just like the RCC. Which also hides their assets (eg, in cemetery maintenance and building cathedrals) and pleads poverty--like they've been doing for almost 2 millennia. They got a big head start on the Mormons.

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Kind of difficult to pay a judgment when all your money is tied up in real estate.

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Confiscation and auction.

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Just sell it to the leaser for half price. Two rights. Not that it fixes the wrong.

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“ “to generate long-term value to support the Church’s religious, charitable, and humanitarian good works,” said a Farmland Reserve spokesman. “

Tell me when that charitable and humanitarian good works start. I’d love to see that.

You know, the country is suffering from corporate greed raising prices on food and folks are suffering. The church has plenty of land and resources to alleviate the issue right now. There’s a humanitarian good work for ya.

Oh wait, this is just being bought up to pad their portfolio and increase the hoard they’re sitting on for a “rainy day”. Not for actual good works. There will never be a rainy day worthy of their aid, there will never be a chance for the church to spend a single penny on anyone in need.

Let’s not forget they fight being held responsible for the crimes they commit against their own followers, rape, child molestation, and harassment are never their responsibility. They cry poverty when any shred of justice is served.

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... 𝑡ℎ𝑖𝑠 𝑖𝑠𝑛’𝑡 𝑎 𝑟𝑒𝑙𝑖𝑔𝑖𝑜𝑛 𝑤𝑖𝑡ℎ 𝑎 𝑠𝑖𝑑𝑒 𝑏𝑢𝑠𝑖𝑛𝑒𝑠𝑠. 𝑇ℎ𝑖𝑠 𝑖𝑠 𝑎 𝑏𝑢𝑠𝑖𝑛𝑒𝑠𝑠 𝑤𝑖𝑡ℎ 𝑎 𝑠𝑖𝑑𝑒 𝑟𝑒𝑙𝑖𝑔𝑖𝑜𝑛.

And just how many businesses have a cash and investment reserve that borders on $300 billion?!? ANY private organization with access to that much money is potentially a threat to the stability of our government as it is, but when it's a church, never mind a church with some seriously problematic positions on certain social issues, there is a PROBLEM! And I'm hardly the first one to notice this. Consider:

𝑇ℎ𝑒 𝑙𝑖𝑏𝑒𝑟𝑡𝑦 𝑜𝑓 𝑎 𝑑𝑒𝑚𝑜𝑐𝑟𝑎𝑐𝑦 𝑖𝑠 𝑛𝑜𝑡 𝑠𝑎𝑓𝑒 𝑖𝑓 𝑡ℎ𝑒 𝑝𝑒𝑜𝑝𝑙𝑒 𝑡𝑜𝑙𝑒𝑟𝑎𝑡𝑒 𝑡ℎ𝑒 𝑔𝑟𝑜𝑤𝑡ℎ 𝑜𝑓 𝑝𝑟𝑖𝑣𝑎𝑡𝑒 𝑝𝑜𝑤𝑒𝑟 𝑡𝑜 𝑎 𝑝𝑜𝑖𝑛𝑡 𝑤ℎ𝑒𝑟𝑒 𝑖𝑡 𝑐𝑜𝑚𝑒𝑠 𝑠𝑡𝑟𝑜𝑛𝑔𝑒𝑟 𝑡ℎ𝑎𝑛 𝑡ℎ𝑒𝑖𝑟 𝑑𝑒𝑚𝑜𝑐𝑟𝑎𝑡𝑖𝑐 𝑠𝑡𝑎𝑡𝑒 𝑖𝑡𝑠𝑒𝑙𝑓. 𝑇ℎ𝑎𝑡 𝑖𝑛 𝑖𝑡𝑠 𝑒𝑠𝑠𝑒𝑛𝑐𝑒, 𝑖𝑠 𝑓𝑎𝑠𝑐𝑖𝑠𝑚 – 𝑜𝑤𝑛𝑒𝑟𝑠ℎ𝑖𝑝 𝑜𝑓 𝑔𝑜𝑣𝑒𝑟𝑛𝑚𝑒𝑛𝑡 𝑏𝑦 𝑎𝑛 𝑖𝑛𝑑𝑖𝑣𝑖𝑑𝑢𝑎𝑙, 𝑏𝑦 𝑎 𝑔𝑟𝑜𝑢𝑝.

-- Franklin Delano Roosevelt

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It is all a big con job allowed because we give a big pass to irrational beliefs because they are 'deeply-held religious beliefs'. No proof required and plenty of opportunities for profit.

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Such investments show 𝘱𝘳𝘦𝘤𝘪𝘴𝘦𝘭𝘺 how much faith the Mormon church has in that whole-ass planet their goddything is supposedly reserving for them.

Spoilers: it's the same amount of faith I have in it.

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A church/religion saving money for a rainy day demonstrates that they don't have much faith that their god is going to see to their needs through prayer.

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I think it's far worse than that. Considering what they COULD have done with those billions of dollars and HAVEN'T, I wonder at what long-term schemes the LDS church has for all that moola ... and I am NOT encouraged.

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It's not HAVEN'T.

It is WON'T.

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The irony being that their denial of global warming is why their rainy day may never happen while drought destroys their farmland.

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LDS is nothing but a tax dodge scheme.

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That's a basic feature of religion.

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When you read this after just listening to the recent episode of Reveal based on the following horrifying AP investigation it starts to feel even worse. Did you know 33 states have a loophole exempting Pastor Penitent Privilege from their Mandated Reporter laws? Is yours one of them? Mine is and I didn't know it until yesterday.

https://apnews.com/article/mormon-church-investigation-child-sex-abuse-9c301f750725c0f06344f948690caf16

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I live in Texas, I don't even have to look, to be pretty sure mine does. Actually, I wouldn't be surprised to find that my state doesn't *have* a Mandated Reporter law. I'm too lazy to look either up.

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Actually... I'm delighted to tell you your state is doing GOOD in this one instance. They don't have any loophole. It's amazing, I know.

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Must be from the Ann Richards days. Abbott's made it quite clear he doesn't care about children.

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Oh I miss Ann Richards and Molly Ivins. Kentucky has a good enough Democrat governor for another team (sworn in yesterday ❤️) but it was closer than I would like and the majority of the statehouse is 🤮.

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Unfortunately, Floriduh is one of them.

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OT : I went to the hospital today for a follow up. From the picture I saw the scaring should be minimal.

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That's good news.

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It seems my regeneration speed is faster than expected and is not impacted by my diabetes.

I am sorry the VAC didn't work as well for you.

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Well, they've had 16 years to improve the technology.

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Well, the monitor who beep day and night for no reason is not an improvement.

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That monitor only bothered me when the beep just kept going, like beeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeep. The doctors and nurses refused to let me continue my nap.

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It took me a few seconds to understand. T'es un grand malade 🤣

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The hoarding of lucre was exposed a few years ago, but the author of The Expanse had them nailed since 2011. The LDS built a spaceship designed to be a self sufficient planet type home for all Mormons, exposing the wealth the church had to have been hoarding since its inception.

Imagine if this is the true purpose for that money.

Seriously though, what good is a charity that builds temples of gold while displacing or paving over the unhoused and poverty stricken?

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About as good as a God that drowns millions of puppies and kittens because he's mad at the humans he created.

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Ahhh, but the prayer is free. Lunch costs money.

Honestly, at this point, I'd be happy if they brought school into a school.

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Dec 14, 2023·edited Dec 14, 2023

https://youtu.be/0KZRFIdbJzc

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It will never work. Those mormonauts aren't wearing magic underwear.

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Aren't they supposed to die to get rewarded Kolob?

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Just the men.

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I get "This video isn't available anymore"

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I fixed it fast. Refresh and give it another go.

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Really beautiful CGI. I haven't gotten into The Expanse, but I could consider it.

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The current value of farm land in Nebraska is $3835 per acre. Times 370,000 = $1.4 Billion.

Nice little nest/apocalypse egg you got there.

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I want to know, if the country falls apart, how exactly are they going to get all that food from Nebraska to Utah?

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With the money they have, they could maintain the Interstate Highway system between those two endpoints, PLUS cover the cost of tractor-trailers, drivers, loading and unloading, and probably have enough left to overturn the governments of a couple third-world countries.

The LDS church has a LOT of money ... and I STILL want to know what they want to do with it all.

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Take it with them, naturally.

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Yeah, but they've got to drive through millions of desperate, hungry people. Not to mention the greedy land pirates that will be born from disaster. The Rockies will make a good choke point.

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Bloody lovely. Let's create the Mad Max scenario, shall we?

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Thunderdome.

2 men enter, 1 man leaves.

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"Bust a deal, face The Wheel."

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We don't need another hero.

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It seems to me Republicans and Libertarians are working on that at a furious pace.

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Aren't Libertarians just Republicans that want legalized weed?

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Oh, they don't 𝘯𝘦𝘦𝘥 to get food from Nebraska to Utah on a constant basis. They only need to make one trip get upper management, and 𝘫𝘶𝘴𝘵 enough serfs- whoops, I mean 𝘤𝘩𝘰𝘴𝘦𝘯 𝘧𝘢𝘪𝘵𝘩𝘧𝘶𝘭- to work the land and clean their apocalypse bunkers, from Utah to Nebraska. Muuuch easier.

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Everyone thought the Big Real Estate Buyout was fun and games until China and the LDS Church went to war over water rights. Now Nebraska is a wasteland.

Well, it was always a wasteland. But now it’s a wasteland with a lot of dead bodies.

Well, it previous had a lot of dead bodies, but now more than just opioid deaths.

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I thought that there was a joke about Mormon's only buying white states in there somewhere, but then I realized that Oklahoma had a large native American population. So I guess there is a joke about buying only white states, while screwing over native Americans in there. I would take the time to write it, but some one beat me to it. It's called, "The Book of Mormon." I haven't read it, but I hear it turns into fan fict of the bible, but hovers around the "fifty-shades-of-grey-fan-fict" level of quality.

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I think it was Mark Twain who called The Book of Mormon "chloroform in print." I remember trying to read it, and found that Twain had understated the case.

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It was, indeed, Mr. Clemons who made that statement. Here's the full quote:

𝐴𝑙𝑙 𝑚𝑒𝑛 ℎ𝑎𝑣𝑒 ℎ𝑒𝑎𝑟𝑑 𝑜𝑓 𝑡ℎ𝑒 𝑀𝑜𝑟𝑚𝑜𝑛 𝐵𝑖𝑏𝑙𝑒, 𝑏𝑢𝑡 𝑓𝑒𝑤 𝑒𝑥𝑐𝑒𝑝𝑡 𝑡ℎ𝑒 '𝑒𝑙𝑒𝑐𝑡' ℎ𝑎𝑣𝑒 𝑠𝑒𝑒𝑛 𝑖𝑡, 𝑜𝑟, 𝑎𝑡 𝑙𝑒𝑎𝑠𝑡, 𝑡𝑎𝑘𝑒𝑛 𝑡ℎ𝑒 𝑡𝑟𝑜𝑢𝑏𝑙𝑒 𝑡𝑜 𝑟𝑒𝑎𝑑 𝑖𝑡. 𝐼 𝑏𝑟𝑜𝑢𝑔ℎ𝑡 𝑎𝑤𝑎𝑦 𝑎 𝑐𝑜𝑝𝑦 𝑓𝑟𝑜𝑚 𝑆𝑎𝑙𝑡 𝐿𝑎𝑘𝑒. 𝑇ℎ𝑒 𝑏𝑜𝑜𝑘 𝑖𝑠 𝑎 𝑐𝑢𝑟𝑖𝑜𝑠𝑖𝑡𝑦 𝑡𝑜 𝑚𝑒, 𝑖𝑡 𝑖𝑠 𝑠𝑢𝑐ℎ 𝑎 𝑝𝑟𝑒𝑡𝑒𝑛𝑡𝑖𝑜𝑢𝑠 𝑎𝑓𝑓𝑎𝑖𝑟, 𝑎𝑛𝑑 𝑦𝑒𝑡 𝑠𝑜 '𝑠𝑙𝑜𝑤', 𝑠𝑜 𝑠𝑙𝑒𝑒𝑝𝑦; 𝑠𝑢𝑐ℎ 𝑎𝑛 𝑖𝑛𝑠𝑖𝑝𝑖𝑑 𝑚𝑒𝑠𝑠 𝑜𝑓 𝑖𝑛𝑠𝑝𝑖𝑟𝑎𝑡𝑖𝑜𝑛. 𝐼𝑡 𝑖𝑠 𝑐ℎ𝑙𝑜𝑟𝑜𝑓𝑜𝑟𝑚 𝑖𝑛 𝑝𝑟𝑖𝑛𝑡. 𝐼𝑓 𝐽𝑜𝑠𝑒𝑝ℎ 𝑆𝑚𝑖𝑡ℎ 𝑐𝑜𝑚𝑝𝑜𝑠𝑒𝑑 𝑡ℎ𝑖𝑠 𝑏𝑜𝑜𝑘, 𝑡ℎ𝑒 𝑎𝑐𝑡 𝑤𝑎𝑠 𝑎 𝑚𝑖𝑟𝑎𝑐𝑙𝑒 — 𝑘𝑒𝑒𝑝𝑖𝑛𝑔 𝑎𝑤𝑎𝑘𝑒 𝑤ℎ𝑖𝑙𝑒 ℎ𝑒 𝑑𝑖𝑑 𝑖𝑡 𝑤𝑎𝑠, 𝑎𝑡 𝑎𝑛𝑦 𝑟𝑎𝑡𝑒.

-- Mark Twain

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Just like the crappy 19th century translation of the Bible that it's cribbed from. Fan fac of fan fic, if you will. Definitely sovereign remedies for insomnia.

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Dec 14, 2023·edited Dec 14, 2023

I've read it. After reading the bible multiple times, I've gotten good at sifting through bullshit.

If Joey had written "And it came to pass" one more time...

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You are misquoting him. It's...

"And lo! It came to pass..."

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Elsewhere, I quoted 1 Nephi 2:19-20 verbatim. No lo no how. :)

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How LO can you GO? 🤣🤣🤣

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Good heavens, why would you torture yourself like that when life is too short as it is to read all the stuff actually worth reading? That’s like hate scrolling dialed to 11.

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For shits and giggles? A small streak of masochism? Lots of free time?

Always good for a person to know what they're criticizing and why.

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I tried to read the Book of Mormon in college and after the first two pages I did a full Calvin and Hobbes on that nonsense- I was out the door before it hit the floor.

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OT (yesterday's topic):

Someone had a tantrum just a bit ago. Baphomet's been bashed!

https://twitter.com/TwentyFiveAlpha/status/1735383820357046612?t=vNsmsvepWf6CZNYQBfFuvQ&s=01

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Suspect #1, Joel Tenney.

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Sadly, I suppose that was inevitable, though can we hope that they had surveillance cameras covering that location? One can hope that the vandals can have some instant karma coming their way!

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I'm sure those cameras were conveniently undergoing maintenance.

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The building has magnetometers the public has to go through to enter the building. Staff do have access through other entrances but they do have to badge-in. There are cameras in the building. I'm looking forward to hearing how this is addressed by DAS, DPS, the governor & speaker and majority leader address this.

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They pretty much have to, now. This is Iowa, and at the moment in the bright national spotlight. This was already national news, and now it's only going to get more interesting.

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If there is one thing you can count on the Nat-C’s in charge to do, it is that they will do the wrong thing.

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Dude is a former Navy pilot, lost his run for Congress, drove to Des Moines from his home in Mississippi to commit this vandalism.

Wonder if the feds can intervene, push for hate crime that crosses state lines.

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Fucking out of state agitators!

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Cassidy will be represented by Davis Younts, an attorney and retired Air Force lieutenant colonel who served in the JAG Corps. “My client was motivated by his faith to peacefully protest a display that is a direct affront to God,” Younts told The Sentinel. “When others, including elected leaders, were unwilling to act, he peacefully removed the display. It is my hope that the citation will be dismissed when my client’s actions are understood and that he will not face prosecution because of his faith.”

Another nutjob, his "protest" was definitely not 𝒑𝒆𝒂𝒄𝒆𝒇𝒖𝒍.

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You caught that too, eh?

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It was just as obvious as le nez au milieu de la figure.

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I've been noticing a trend.

First, Jan 6 was a "peaceful tour". Now this vandalism is a "peaceful protest".

Next they'll be telling us that Auschwitz is a "peaceful village".

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Summer camp.

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Comparable to Club Med.

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𝑎𝑛𝑑 𝑡ℎ𝑎𝑡 ℎ𝑒 𝑤𝑖𝑙𝑙 𝑛𝑜𝑡 𝑓𝑎𝑐𝑒 𝑝𝑟𝑜𝑠𝑒𝑐𝑢𝑡𝑖𝑜𝑛 𝙗𝙚𝙘𝙖𝙪𝙨𝙚 𝙤𝙛 𝙝𝙞𝙨 𝙛𝙖𝙞𝙩𝙝.

Ahh, there we go. The religious immunity entitlement.

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Let an unbeliever destroy a Nativity scene. Guess what would happen to THEM?

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His campaign website describes him as a “Christian conservative who loves our nation and is committed to preserving the blessings of liberty.”

He just proved that is a lie.

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It's a typo, he forgot the end of the sentence "to harass others" and couldn't be bothered to correct it.

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Lying and Christianity go together like bacon and eggs.

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"My client was motivated by his faith to peacefully protest a display that is a direct affront to God,”

Dear lawyer a peaceful protest is sitting next the display with a sign saying why your client found it objectivable, not vandalising it.

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Dec 15, 2023·edited Dec 15, 2023

Oops! I'm getting "500. Cannot read properties of null (reading 'data.')

That he's an xtian is not shocking in the least.

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Couldn't have been one of those christians, could it?

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OT - DeNazi is a liar, film at eleven

𝐓𝐡𝐞 𝐃𝐞𝐒𝐚𝐧𝐭𝐢𝐬 𝐬𝐭𝐫𝐚𝐭𝐞𝐠𝐲: 𝐀𝐭𝐭𝐚𝐜𝐤, 𝐚𝐜𝐜𝐮𝐬𝐞, 𝐭𝐡𝐞𝐧 𝐡𝐨𝐩𝐞 𝐧𝐨 𝐨𝐧𝐞 𝐜𝐡𝐞𝐜𝐤𝐬 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐟𝐚𝐜𝐭𝐬

https://www.yahoo.com/news/desantis-strategy-attack-accuse-then-204200394.html

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Water is dry and lava is cold.

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Dry ice and cryolava.

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Then why don't polar bear plunges take place at volcanoes? 🤔

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Polar_bear_plunge

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Attack, accuse and hope nobody checks the facts has long been SOP with Christians as well as Republicans.

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The Repugs learned from them.

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This stuck out at me:

homeowners with flood insurance, which the Institute says fewer than 20% of Floridians have.

How do the mortgage lenders allow that to happen?

The rest of the article was SSDD and by no means limited to DeSantis.

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