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Letters to the Editor Friday, Nov. 18 – Three from readers in Glenville and Ballston Spa

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Another Trump presidency would be death knell for democracy

Russia is a dictatorship, a police state ruled by a psychopathic billionaire tyrant who controls all media and the military. He is supported by an oligarchy of billionaires who control the economy. Should Donald Trump succeed in regaining the U.S. presidency, America will be dangerously close to that form of government.

We already have the oligarchy. Throughout this century, there has been a rapid growth in the concentration of wealth in the hands of the few and a steady decline for the middle class.  Today, three multibillionaires own more wealth than the entire bottom half of American society. Three people, compared to 160 million! According to the Rand Corporation, $50 trillion in wealth has gone from the bottom 50% of the population (that’s you and me) to the top 1% over the past 47 years.

And these are the people whose PACs are supporting the bulk of the campaign contributions for those in Congress and whose wealth goes into buying up the media.

This, at a time when the United States has among the highest rates of childhood poverty among so-called developed nations. In one relatively small local suburban school district, two churches are providing weekly backpacks of food to over 100 children.  Another church and high school provide food pantries. Imagine the numbers of families with “food insecurity” in major cities.

Should the new American oligarchy succeed in placing their fellow billionaire back in the White House, it will be the end of what’s left of American democracy.

Richard W. Lewis, Jr.
Glenville

 

Ballston Spa mayor aims to hike water, sewer fees without input

Everyone agrees: the Village of Ballston Spa needs funding for water and sewer maintenance and improvement. To be effective, we must understand the full extent of our needs. Unfortunately, our mayor, Frank Rossi, continues to stifle attempts to gather information and stonewall efforts at compromise.

The mayor added a motion to the Nov. 14 meeting agenda proposing a 10% increase on water and sewer fees over a 2-year period without notifying all of his colleagues. While the board agrees on the need for increases, the mayor failed to provide any analysis or data prior to the meeting and nothing but hand-waving remarks about inflation during it. How can our trustees vote on a motion without understanding how it was reached? Should it be less? More? No data was forthcoming.

Over 90 minutes of discussion on this one topic, the mayor implied that sharing information about water usage and associated tax ID information with his colleagues would be akin to making confidential information public. This is a gross misrepresentation of how the data would be used to make the best decisions for residents. What should have been a sensible compromise proposed by several trustees, table the water fee increase while further information is gathered and increase sewer fees alone, became an unnecessary argument with underhanded allegations made about integrity and ethics.

The disrespect shown by the mayor toward his equals on the board astounds many of us in the village. Progress on key issues cannot be made until his apparent inability to compromise is overcome.

Jared Iacolucci
Ballston Spa

 

Thanks to our local Lorax for ‘speaking for the trees’

The Lorax is a Dr. Seuss character who famously “speaks for the trees.” So, too, does letter writer Paul Mantica. In his Nov. 15 letter (“A tree so beautiful they had to cut it down”), he eloquently expressed his horror and sadness, which I share, at the killing of the majestic 90-year-old Norway spruce and schlepping it downstate so that people who celebrate one religion could festoon it with trinkets for a few weeks, as it perishes. Ditto the doomed trees atop cars and then tossed to the curb weeks later. When I bring this up on Facebook, I get lectures on the business of growing and selling trees. Paul Mantica is certain to hear about all the wonderful uses of the dismembered and pulverized giant spruce.

The uprooted conifer symbolizes a larger concern. Why does our sensitivity to diversity not extend to religion, or the choice not to follow one? We are not all Christian. I wish local media would recognize and honor that fact.

So thank you, Paul Mantica, our local Lorax.

Ricki Lewis
Glenville

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letsgobrandon

Another Trump presidency is exactly what we need. Richard Lewis has made a case of what our current government is. Trump ran on his own money, not like the Democratic Socialist and rino Republicans use Pact money. Fact the average salary of congress person and senators annually is around $174k annually. Tell me how Nancy Pelosi has a net worth of 120 MILLION on a salary of $223k a year. Our current government is pay to play. They beholding to corporate entities and dark money from foreign countries. He speaks of oligarchy style government? How about quid pro quo Joe and Hunters dealing with Burisma and China. The sorted details are coming out. The big guy gets 10% according to Hunter. How about the Clintons Obama, Bush, Cheney, Gore the entire system is filled with dirty money. Mitch the turtle McConnell net worth $155 MILLION they are all dirty. Term limits is the cure. This is the biggest organized crime syndicate in the world. All on the back of tax payers. George Soros, Bill Gates, Charles Schwab FTX corporation and all multi billionaires fueling the Democratic Socialist party. The donkey clowns will be along shortly to support your misguided post. If you want to call out the money people, at least look at where the money of current members of government get their funding. Trump is trying to call out these money grabbers. The Democratic Socialist treat the American tax payers like Marie Antoinette,”let them eat cake”. The day of reckoning is coming and these deep state criminals will be exposed for their ill gotten gains. And up next the donkey clowns of DG comment page.

Bill Marincic

The nastiest piece of garbage in the donkey clowns is GV the keyboard warrior that says things that if said in person to someone would find him in a world of trouble.

Yesterday:
Bill Marincic
November 17th, 2022
This is an angry old man that can only insult because of his limited knowledge of common sense and decency.

LOUIS RESTIFO
November 17th, 2022
Just wondering if calling someone “an angry old man” is a compliment or insult?
Just wondering stating someone has “limited knowledge of common sense and decency” is a compliment or insult?

Do you see who you really are? If not look up the word hypocrite.
Reply

So farToday:
Bill Marincic
November 18th, 2022
The nastiest piece of garbage in the donkey clowns is GV the keyboard warrior that says things that if said in person to someone would find him in a world of trouble.

Bill Marincic
November 18th, 2022
I kind of like the title of donkey clowns that lgBrandon gave ya’ll, its perfectly fitting.

Bill Marincic
November 18th, 2022
All I can say is I hope it never happens to your children or grandchildren. That is if you ever found someone of the opposite sex that liked you enough. That in itself is highly doubtable and debatable.

No insults from you, eh Bill.

Bill Marincic, you constantly call people out for what you believe to be insults being directed at you. On more than one occasion you’ve brought this to the attention of the DG.

If you consider me calling you a hypocrite an insult, then so be it.
Regardless of whether or not it is an insult, it is a fact, and your above posts certainly prove that.

Furthermore you saying ; “says things that if said in person to someone would find him in a world of trouble.” can be interpreted as a threat.
Not good Mr. Marincic. Get a grip man!

Perhaps you may, but I doubt it, get a better understanding as to why the DG didn’t print your nasty editorial letter and previously put a screen on your posts on this form.

As GV would say, have a nice day.

Bill Marincic

First off the angry old man was in response to a personal insult, get it straight.

The second one about the children was in response to Guy Varoma making fun of my daughter being molested.

The 3rd one was not a treat it was a simple statement that some of the things said here could get people in trouble.

So you can sit on your high and mighty horse and insult people all day every day BTW when you have one finger pointing at someone you have four pointing back at you.

Just my observation; but between your “F___ you Biden” name, and that your comments don’t follow any organized thought process, your contributions really don’t rise much above a punk with a can of spray paint. But that’s just my observation.

Is that the point?

christophe Stalka

Let’s go Brandon just like your ridiculous moniker your quest for a second Damsel Donnie presidency will prove to be the swing and a wiff it is even his former allies are turning on the Damsel. He was a failure twice you go for three dude ain’t gonnaxhappen.

Mr. Brandon I don’t know where you get your information from. But Trump didm’t run on his own money. He bilked the weak minded and Corps to donate ….He begs for money to this day….In his initial 2016 campaign he spent 66 million, but that was paid back to him when he became the nominee. In his second run in 2020 he spent 1.3 billion dollars ..yes billion….not of which was his money. Stop believing in the Trump myth. Everything he tells you bears scrutiny….research a little or bear looking like a fool for him………Have a nice day

ANTHONY J SANTO

Before the election, the MAGA leaders told us that the main problems facing America were inflation, crime, and the “open” border. They made it clear that the crimes they were talking about were violent crimes affecting everyday people, muggings, assaults, gun violence etc.

Now that they have a slim majority in the House we hear a different agenda: “Investigating the Biden family will be the FIRST ORDER (emphasis mine) of business, top Republicans indicated Thursday at a news conference just hours after clinching the House majority.” (DG 11/18, p. A6 “Slim House…)

Once again, MAGA-ites put bitter partisanship and revenge over the common good. What a terrible pack of cheats and liars, bowing before the altar of the the Con Man King.

Also from the above article “If past is prologue, the small House majority … will cut off Ukraine aid and try to ban abortion and do all the other things that will repel a majority of the country and put Democrats back in charge…” Whit Ayres a GOP political consultant said, “during a post-election forum at the American Enterprise Institute, a conservative think tank.”

ANTHONY J SANTO

Combine the MAGA desire to stop our aid to Ukraine with the information outlined in Mr. Lewis’ letter to the editor today and the goal of a second Trump presidency becomes crystal clear.

Trump wants to form an unholy alliance between the autocratic oligarchy he envisions for America and the autocratic oligarchy of Putin’s Russia. He craves a world with two centers of power: Trump’s Washington and Putin’s Moscow. He sees himself and Putin gaining total control over global wealth. This is his narcissistic megalomaniacal dream.

No sooner than the results of the Congressional races were final did Rep. Gym Jordan trot out his coarse personality and start braying about “Brandongate”. It looks like 2 more years of meaningless hearings to divert the sheeple as they kill off the programs most necessary to the health and well-being of the poor and middle class voter. Amerika you can’t make this @#$& up.

Bill Marincic

No fake name, it is the truth, it’s like this;
Trump all of the investigations none of the proof!
Biden all of the proof none of the investigations!!

Bill Marincic

Maybe I don’t care about LGB, maybe I have a feeling of who he is from past posts. As a highly intelligent person used to say here.

I hope you like it, I hope you don’t

Louis Restifo: I’m not phased by Marincic’s issue with my pseudonym: it’s deflection.

Bill Marincic

I kind of like the title of donkey clowns that lgBrandon gave ya’ll, its perfectly fitting.

Just as I said yesterday…mr bill lives in upside-down land. The Jan 6th did an amazing job proving 45 committed sedition with Republican witnesses, and the American people paid attention.
For godś sake, Bill…45 was ok with killing the Speaker of the House and his own VP! What is WRONG with you?

ANTHONY J SANTO

The MAGA-ite “conservatives” are very wrong about the source of the actual sexual assault on our children. It would be interesting to hear any attempted response from our “culturally conservative” posters:

November 18, 2022

The Associated Press reports:

An investigation by Maryland’s attorney general identified 158 Roman Catholic priests in the Archdiocese of Baltimore who have been accused of sexually and physically abusing more than 600 victims over the past 80 years, according to court records filed Thursday.

Attorney General Brian Frosh announced that his office has completed a 463-page report on the investigation, which began in 2019. He filed a motion in Baltimore Circuit Court to make the report public. Court permission is required because the report contains information from grand jury subpoenas. It’s unclear when the court will make a decision.

“For decades, survivors reported sexual abuse perpetrated by Catholic priests and for decades the Church covered up the abuse rather than holding the abusers accountable and protecting its congregations,” according to the court filing. “The Archdiocese of Baltimore was no exception.”

The Washington Post reports:

David Lorenz, Maryland leader of SNAP, an organization that advocates for church abuse victims, said he was struggling to digest the scope of abuse and called the report “disturbing.”

“This is the tip of the iceberg,” he said, “and I just wish I could reach out to each of [the victims] and say: ‘It’s okay, it’s not your fault. Please seek help. There are people out there helping, who want to help, who will believe you, who won’t ridicule you, who won’t deny what happened to you. No matter how bad you think it is, it was never your fault.’”

Lorenz added that, despite his outrage, he doesn’t expect this report to land with the same effect that previous disclosures did, partly because people have been desensitized.

Bill Marincic

If those Priests are still alive they need to be excommunicated and tried and sentenced to prison for the rest of their lives because unfortunately, we don’t have a death penalty for child rapists.

divinity.uchicago DOT edu/sightings/articles/reckoning-re-education-christianitys-role-native-american-boarding-schools
July 6, 2022

Last month the United States Department of the Interior published the first volume of the Federal Indian Boarding School Initiative Investigative Report. The report confirms, in shocking detail, the US Government’s deployment of boarding schools as a tool to culturally assimilate American Indian, Alaska Native, and Native Hawaiian children and to facilitate Indian territorial dispossession. More than four hundred of these institutions are documented, in operation between 1819 and 1969.

Perhaps most disturbingly, the report also identifies 53 burial sites for children across the Federal Indian boarding school system—with more expected to be discovered.

-wkipedia

Catholic Church sexual abuse cases by country

“In 2004, the John Jay Report tabulated a total of 4,392 priests and deacons in the U.S. against whom allegations of sexual abuse had been made. The numbers of reported abuse allegations and court cases has increased worldwide since then. “

-wikipedia

Boy Scouts of America sex abuse cases

Over 92,000 sexual abuse claims were filed with the bankruptcy court before November 16, 2020. There were nearly 2,000 reported cases of abuse within the Boy Scouts of America prior to 1994, and at least one abuse incident as recent as 2006. The high risk of volunteer youth organizations has been recognized and, in 1988, the BSA created a sex abuse education and prevention program called the Youth Protection program to help address the problem.

In 2010, a jury ordered that the Scouts pay $18.5 million to a Scout who was abused in the 1980s—it was the largest punitive damages award to a single plaintiff in a child abuse case in the US.

On February 18, 2020 the Boy Scouts of America filed for a Chapter 11 financial restructuring to offer “equitable compensation” to survivors and their families. The BSA cited approximately 200 lawsuits pending in state and federal district courts across the United States and 1700 potential claimants in total. In May of that same year, the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the District of Delaware set November 16, 2020 at 5pm EST as the bar date for all survivors of sexual abuse. 82,000 sexual abuse claims were filed with the bankruptcy court before the November 16 deadline to receive claims.[9] Normally in bankruptcy, the organization would at this point face liquidation, but the Boy Scouts of America National Council, along with the local councils, council camps and chartered organizations over the years carried various policies of general liability insurance with no annual aggregate amount: leading to believe that each survivor will have their individual claims liquidated through insurance settlements in full.

Who are the groomers, Bill and the rest of you MAGA?

I was raised in a family immersed in the Reformed Church tradition, surrounded by men of faith both Reformed Church pastors and Jesuit priests. All with various degrees of socially liberal sensibility.
I never. once. ever. felt. threatened by any of these people nor was there ever any rumor amongst my friends of needing to worry about the weird habits of any of these people. Abuse of children was a non-issue. These were good Christian men.

And while we have to suffer the fake outrage like Marincic’s above, and the finger-pointing at the liberal sinners and their child sexualization ways, what I’ve posted above are the facts. The reality based world. The so-called conservative, fake Christian leaders on the right will have much to answer for at the time of their storied Armageddon.

Maybe you should take a look at a book called “The Inferno”. It’s a Comedy!

Bill Marincic

What you said makes zero sense as usual. The Catholic church and the Jesuits are very liberal, they are all for open borders amongst a host of other liberal ideas.

Bill Marincic

Jared Lacolucci according to Reuters 9/28/2020 WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Income inequality in the United States narrowed in the first three years of the Trump administration as rising wages and a low unemployment rate fueled gains for lower-income and less educated families, according to U.S. Federal Reserve data released on Monday.

Mr. Bill why did you leave the over a decade part out? And the last year of Trump?

Wealth inequality was largely unchanged, with the top 10% of families holding about 71% of family wealth in 2019, roughly the same as in 2016, the Fed found in its latest Survey of Consumer Finances, conducted every three years.

The survey provides a snapshot of how income, assets and debt are distributed across the population, and in this case how the benefits of the final years of a decade-long economic expansion had begun flowing to typically less advantaged

In the article they mentioned the pandemic ,,,I believe in 2020 Trump was president during that time…Which most financial historians say Trump screwed up royally…Stop picking corn out of the manure

ANTHONY J SANTO

From Gallup: Now for the facts, in other words, the truth:

PRINCETON, NJ — Politically, the wealthiest 1% of Americans — those in households earning $500,000 or more annually — are somewhat to the right of the remaining 99%, but more in terms of party identification than self-professed ideology. One-third of the nation’s “1%” identify themselves as Republicans, 41% as independents, and 26% as Democrats. This is a mirror image of the “99%,” a third of whom are Democrats, with 39% independents and a quarter Republicans.

Bill Marincic

Yes, the pandemic brought on by Biden’s handlers. If not for this then we sure have had Trump again and I could point out six years of growth by the middle and lower class.

ANTHONY J SANTO

Claim: “The top 0.1 percent … own about the same wealth as 90 percent of America.”
Claimed by: Elizabeth Warren
Fact check by PolitiFact: Mostly True

The persistence of drastic wealth inequality in this country is why I favor the policies of PROGRESSIVE Democrats. Many moderate and conservative Democrats are involved in and beneficiaries of an unfair economic system, as of course, are all MAGA elite and conservative Republicans. That’s why they are conservatives; they like the status quo.

There is no way of justifying this kind of wealth disparity and a society suffering from it is doomed to failure.

ANTHONY J SANTO

Of the 50 richest families, 28 mainly donate to Republicans and only seven contribute mainly to Democrats. Not all families stay on the same side of the political spectrum — 15 support candidates from both parties. from Forbes

Bill Marincic

In Pew Research Center surveys conducted in 2017, 37% of registered voters identified as independents, 33% as Democrats and 26% as Republicans. When the partisan leanings of independents are taken into account, 50% either identify as Democrats or lean Democratic; 42% identify as Republicans or lean Republican.

Realize all political views and issues from abortion, climate change, LGBQT, immigration, racism, religion, guns, to saving a butterfly will become irrelevant if the MAGA (bowel) movement mindset prevails in US government. – Without democracy the 1st amendment will only be a longed for memory. – America will become part of the big three, along with Russia and China. It’s not an impossibility.

ANTHONY J SANTO

From Lieff, Cabrase, and Heimann, Attorneys at Law:

Many Southern Baptists have dismissed sexual abuse as a problem caused by “corrupt Hollywood” or “liberal theology,” but that’s just untrue and a reckoning has arrived

Lieff Cabraser is investigating reports of widespread child abuse in evangelical churches, Southern Baptist churches, and so-called Mega Churches. Nearly 400 Southern Baptist leaders, from youth pastors to top ministers, have pleaded guilty or been convicted of sex crimes against more than 700 victims since 1998, according to a recent investigation by The Houston Chronicle and The San Antonio Express-News. Superstar pastors like Bill Hybels and Andy Savage have been forced to resign over allegations of misconduct. The New York Times also published a recent expose on the “sexual abuse crisis” at Evangelical churches.

While some churches have apologized for the abuse, few victims have seen any restitution or justice. What’s more, many churches work to protect themselves against the interests of their parishioners, and those victims who do seek justice or even just protection find themselves faced with aggressive legal maneuvering from the churches, many of which use written membership agreements to enforce silence and prohibit any public investigation.

ANTHONY J SANTO

“Paige Patterson, the president of Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, was forced into early retirement this month after reports that he’d told a rape victim to forgive her assailant rather than call the police.” WP

Bill Marincic

He should be charged, I had a daughter molested when she was four by a next-door neighbor. If I could have gotten to him and trust me I tried I would have and I doubt I would be typing this.

Are you sure it happened Bill? I mean you don’t believe all the women who claim Trump abused them….what makes you so sure now?

Bill Marincic

I don’t know maybe it was the trip to the emergency room when she couldn’t breathe and almost died and they found a handful of cotton stuck in both of her nostrils restricting her breathing. This four-year-old figured out that if she couldn’t breathe because something was in her mouth then she wouldn’t have to do it. Are you sufficiently excited now? It takes a special kind of person to say what you did but it’s expected out of the looney left.

Bill Marincic

All I can say is I hope it never happens to your children or grandchildren. That is if you ever found someone of the opposite sex that liked you enough. That in itself is highly doubtable and debatable.

Yep, not buyin’ it.
Nothing this guy will lie about surprises me any more. Even this. Nothing’s off-limits.

ANTHONY J SANTO

Guy, A man who claims to be 1/16th Black and to have a transsexual brother when it suits his narrative is never to be taken at his word w/o evidence.

I copied from above, another false post with corrections:

Bill Marincic
November 18th, 2022
What’s really funny is that almost all of those super wealthy 1% are democrats.

Reply
ANTHONY J SANTO
November 18th, 2022
Of the 50 richest families, 28 mainly donate to Republicans and only seven contribute mainly to Democrats. Not all families stay on the same side of the political spectrum — 15 support candidates from both parties. from Forbes

ANTHONY J SANTO
November 18th, 2022
From Gallup: Now for the facts, in other words, the truth:

PRINCETON, NJ — Politically, the wealthiest 1% of Americans — those in households earning $500,000 or more annually — are somewhat to the right of the remaining 99%, but more in terms of party identification than self-professed ideology. One-third of the nation’s “1%” identify themselves as Republicans, 41% as independents, and 26% as Democrats. This is a mirror image of the “99%,” a third of whom are Democrats, with 39% independents and a quarter Republicans.

Bill Marincic

In Pew Research Center surveys conducted in 2017, 37% of registered voters identified as independents, 33% as Democrats and 26% as Republicans. When the partisan leanings of independents are taken into account, 50% either identify as Democrats or lean Democratic; 42% identify as Republicans or lean Republican.

When we talk about race you’re 17 percent, or thereabouts, black. When we talk about LGBTQ issues, you have a transsexual brother. When we talk about child molestation, you have an abused child.

Perhaps we should talk about insanity. Because of your personal behavioral patterns , we would be more inclined to accept your opinion.

Bill Marincic

The truth hurts doesn’t it maybe if you stopped and thought that might be why I know so much about those issues, also I was a Democrat for most of my life except the last 22 years, so I know all there is to know about the democrat liberal party. It’s no fun is it, all you can do is say things are not true and use some liberal source to back it up or you can insult and use that. I just say whatever. The only reason I come on here is to not allow the lies the left spew to not be left unchallenged.

All I can say is that I hope your daughter gave you her permission to use her as part of your story. I sure as hell would not even consider exposing my kids that way.

Bill Marincic

My daughter talks about it she is an example to girls and children who have been molested.

Don’t believe much of anything Bill M writes politically, etc., but usually people don’t lie about their own or a family member’s sexual assault. I’d leave that alone.

I would for any other person. But Mr. Bill has posted fabricated stories before, What kind of man would say he’s 17% black to try and prove he is not a racist. What kind of man would push a story the Paul Pelosi and 82 year old man who got his skull cracked open by a MAGA nut say it’s suspicious because of broken glass fell on the outside and not the inside. To me it’s a man that would say anything to try a prove a false point of his. There are many other claims he made that were proven untrue too. No pass for him as far as i’m concerned

ANTHONY J SANTO

Guy and Bill, none of us can know for certain if his claims are true. But, we can infer they are likely false because he seems willing to disregard facts and the truth whenever they contradict what he wants to believe. Therefore, it is likely he makes things up to support whatever his narrative is at the time. As Lou points out, he is quick to engage in the condemnation of slurs and name-calling while constantly engaging in that behavior.

He uses his real name, and is willing to disclose something as personal and as likely traumatic as this, not about him but allegedly about his daughter. In my mind he’s either really that sick of a ticket to expose his children that way, or a fabricator (still, using his daughter who he’s talked about here before).

Do you think his daughter gave him permission to use her to make his narrative real? Would you expose your daughter that way?
I cannot imagine being so foolish, but then I would never use the 1/64th Native American genetics I carry to claim I’m a person of color.

ANTHONY J SANTO

CNN:

“The Boy Scouts of America believed more than 7,800 of its former leaders were involved in sexually abusing children over the course of 72 years, according to newly exposed court testimony – about 2,800 more leaders than previously known publicly.

The Boy Scouts identified more than 12,000 alleged victims in that time period, from 1944 through 2016, according to the testimony, which was publicized Tuesday by attorney Jeff Anderson, who specializes in representing sexual abuse victims.

The numbers, Anderson said, come from what the BSA calls its volunteer screening database – a list of volunteers and others that the Boy Scouts removed and banned from its organization over accusations of policy violations, including allegations of sexual abuse.”

Why isn’t the radical right concentrating on this as well as drag queens READING TO CHILDREN, in the open with nothing to hide?

Wilhelm M.

I still don’t believe you …..You are the reason why people voted Trump out …the far right wing of the Republican Party is dangerous and use propaganda not unlike Joseph Goebbels did in the 1930-40s Nazi Germany did. …oh and I’m glad you left the Democratic Party 22 years ago …I would be associated with any Political Party you belong to.

ANTHONY J SANTO

Lou, another one of his transparent tactics was on display today. He claimed that the wealthiest 1% were almost all Democrats. When I proved him wrong with evidence from both Gallup and Forbes, he posted this, twice:

Bill Marincic
November 18th, 2022
In Pew Research Center surveys conducted in 2017, 37% of registered voters identified as independents, 33% as Democrats and 26% as Republicans. When the partisan leanings of independents are taken into account, 50% either identify as Democrats or lean Democratic; 42% identify as Republicans or lean Republican.

He tries to leave the impression that this makes him correct in his original assertion when it has nothing to do with it.

Yep, irrelevant, along with lie, is a word that describes his attempt at coming up with a response when debating an issue. It pretty sad is because I don’t believe he realizes what he is doing, which is something that goes beyond the immediate issue at hand. It’s about the big picture, being his dirty contribution to the possible demise of democracy

ANTHONY J SANTO

I’ve always wondered how Christian Nationalists and other evangelicals justify their adoration of men like the Koch brothers, Elon Musk, and Donald Trump in light of this scriptural verse:

“… It is easier for a camel to go through a needle’s eye than for a rich man to enter the kingdom of God.”

MAGA have fixed that, Mr. Santo.
Now the “prosperous” Christians will go first.
Many tell me they’ll soon be releasing their new version of the Bible which will fix many of the things they have trouble understanding. It’ll be a graphical, comic book formatted Bible too because “good Christians” have no use for things like reading skills.

Later will come the theme park and a feature length movie based on the Real Life of Jesus (spoiler alert: they’re getting rid of that dirty immaculate conception stuff which was put there by liberals).

I don’t know if it’s true, just what many are saying…

I heard they’re collaborating with McDonald’s on his new bible deal and you get a coupon for a free McJesus burger with every purchase of this new-new really new testament.

Well Toni and ChuckI guess I’ll see you both in hell.

ANTHONY J SANTO

Not to get maudlin, but I would rather spend eternity in Hell with you and others on this site like you, than one minute in heaven with BM, G–F—Biden, Ignatius P. Reilly, Steve Flynn et. al. Now, that would be HELL.

It makes me laugh until my sides hurt to think that people fear the god they describe as good and merciful; a god who has no trouble hearing you scream in agony as Hell fire consumes your ever re-generating flesh for time w/o end! Do they believe Santa Claus comes down to put gifts under our tree every Christmas and that illness is caused by evil spirits? Hire an exorcist you who really believe all this craziness. You must need one.

I can’t stop. They believe the best plan their all-powerful, knowing, and present god could come up with to expunge our sins was to become a man by having relations with the Virgin Mary, who gave birth to him, and allowed us to torture him to death as payment for the “sins” we committed against him?

I am so glad life’s path led me to be a freethinker and secular humanist unbound by religious dogma of any sort.

Exactly Tony! I remember my daughter once saying, when on the topic of death, heaven and hell; “When I die, I want to go to hell, so I can be with my friends and relatives.” It was a gut buster for me.

Highly recommend a play/movie called “Steambath” if you’re not already familiar with it. I know the righties are getting all breathy thinking about what it might be about, but they’d be disappointed. Very thought provoking.

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