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  1. Apologies for putting my oar in this boat too. John 1:1 ESV 1 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. John 10:30 ESV 30 I and the Father are one.” Titus 2:13 ESV 13 waiting for our blessed hope, the appearing of the glory of our great God and Savior Jesus Christ, Good luck Mark, you've quote so much as evidence that Y'shua is God. 💕
  2. Shixjr, no OSHA or other Health & Safety type programs. Solely what we brought with us and included the local hires in our programs. Placed Ex-patriot, Third Country Nationals & Local hires under our work comp coverage. And if a government contract, then bought DBA (Defense Based Act) coverage. At that time I could only get AIG to step up for public work comp and CNA for DBA. AIG has done a lot for this country even though it makes you want to smack it because of attitude, but only way could get the peeps insured. Loved my job!
  3. shixjr, it'll be an automatic waiver and not offered- an exclusion just like war, insurrection etc. I wrote insurance in Iraq mid-2000 for the government projects involving public companies. Was interesting to say the least, could get liability and work comp but no auto or property coverage.
  4. Hi JonnyV, I'm poking fun at the fact it is 10000% "finished and done this next week" which he then countermands to not get fixed on a date. Kind of like "soon" etc. 😀😃🙂
  5. Interesting articles Umbertino. I never thought Italy got tornadoes. I live in tornado alley and expect them to happen and prayerfully not hit. Hard to think of Virgin Mary as a mafia gun moll and found it more interesting that it came about because of the mafia and papal collaboration against communism. That I did not know.
  6. Miraj & Caddieman, honest question here, why do you care if someone has a 50 caliber gun? If intent is to protect oneself and family? If not used for or by a criminal, or to perform criminal acts what difference does it make? Am asking you not to deflect but tell me why it matters to you. You can get rid of every gun possible and the criminals will still get them and have them.
  7. Yup yup yup "We have had confirmation that the RV is coming 10,000% next week but please don’t get fixed on dates." I sure won't get fixated on the dates.
  8. Smokey, unable to give a heart ❤ and a plus along with like! +++++💜💙🧡💚 and add term limits to your wish list.
  9. Mark, reading another article on this, 50% of the hospital staff have quit over this mandate. People are fed up, had enough of his tyrannical dictates. The very thing Trump was accused of doing, Biden does with reckless abandon. Apologies don't want to derail this thread; I think it important to realize there are many bucking his system. Thx!
  10. PP, made me tear up and thank you.
  11. Too much junk to attach.
  12. Hard to believe but biden's even worse than Jimmy Carter
  13. Is Shabs going to come back or is it a permanent ban? While it got old (some posts), I did enjoy sparring with him. Each to his/her opinion no matter how wrong it may be. 🤣😂😅😉
  14. Biden administration revenue proposal for 2022 would require banks to disclose all business and personal accounts who make deposits and transfers of over $600 to IRS. Biden’s $600 Financial Reporting Requirement Could Lead to Even More Violations of Taxpayer Rights Submitted by IMorales on Monday, July 19th, 2021, 4,45 PM The IRS Criminal Investigation Division (IRS-CI) regularly violated taxpayers’ rights and skirted or ignored due process requirements when investigating taxpayers for allegedly violating the $10,000 currency transaction reporting requirements, according to a 2017 report by the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration (TIGTA). In addition, less than one in ten investigations uncovered violations of tax law. These findings should be alarming to taxpayers given that President Biden has proposed creating a new comprehensive financial account information reporting regime which would force the disclosure of any business or personal account that exceeds $600. Not only would this include the bank, loan, and investment accounts of virtually every individual and business, but it would also include third-party providers like Venmo, CashApp, and PayPal. Under the Bank Secrecy Act, financial institutions are currently required to report transactions exceeding $10,000 or multiple transactions in aggregate of $10,000 in a single day. TIGTA examined 306 investigations undertaken by IRS-CI between 2012 and 2014 for violating this law, where a total of $55.3 million assets were seized. During the audit, the sample size was narrowed to 278 investigations, as several did not meet the criterion for inclusion. TIGTA found that only 8 percent of investigations uncovered violations of tax law. In many cases, IRS-CI had not considered reasonable explanations from those investigated, property owners were not adequately informed of their rights nor informed of seizure of their property, and outcomes in cases lacked consistency, violating the Eighth Amendment to the Constitution. Given these findings, a new reporting regime that includes the financial accounts of virtually every business and individual could see countless new cases of taxpayer abuse. Very few taxpayers investigated by IRS-CI were found to have violated tax law. Taxpayers investigated by IRS-CI were found to have violated tax law in just 21 of the 252 cases, or 8 percent. Similarly, out of the 278 cases, only 26, or 9 percent, of investigations established that funds came from an illegal source or was involved in another illegal activity. Instead of establishing tax crimes, it appears that many of these investigations were merely IRS-CI fishing expeditions. Businesses that dealt with a high number of currency transactions, such as retail, wholesale, service, automobile, restaurant, and gas stations were the primary targets for seizures. This involved the seizing of deposits into a bank account and blocking withdrawals from a bank account, which would likely have disrupted owners’ ability to run their business. Many of these owners explained that funds withdrawn were simply used for business purchases. Over 90 percent of them were telling the truth. Interviews with property owners were primarily conducted after seizures. TIGTA found that in 92 percent of cases, interviews were conducted after the seizure of the interviewee’s property, oftentimes on the same day. This is important, as judges did not receive any information from interviews before making their probable cause determination. In many cases, with explanations given by property owners, judges’ decisions would have been affected. This history of seizing property with little to no information outside of simple banking patterns should be alarming to taxpayers, given that the IRS is proposing to force the collection of new banking patterns. IRS-CI did not consider reasonable explanations given by property owners. In many cases, there was little or no evidence that property owners’ reasonable explanations were considered by the IRS-CI. In fact, in 54 of the 229 investigations, owners provided reasonable explanations, such as “depositing business funds, withdrawing funds for inventory purchases, or conducting transactions under $10,000 due to insurance policy restrictions.” In most instances, TIGTA found no evidence that CI attempted to verify the property owners’ explanations. In other cases, the property owners provided other types of reasonable explanations, such as “friends or unidentified bank representatives told them to conduct transactions under $10,000, they did not want to handle more than $10,000 cash due to the time and “hassle” of filling out forms, a desire to avoid bank fees, or for personal safety reasons.” Again, TIGTA found no evidence that CI considered the defense offered or tried to verify them. CI procedures require that all “realistic” defenses are considered before a seized asset is forfeited. Against the rights of these owners, CI agents failed to even verify realistic defenses. Given the failure to follow procedure here, there is a compelling case that these owners’ Fourth Amendment right against unreasonable searches and seizures was violated. Taxpayers under investigation were not adequately informed of pertinent information, such as the purpose of the interview, proper agent identification, and that a seizure of their property took place. In 171 of 229 cases, special agents did not properly identify themselves as assistants to the United States Attorneys’ Office (USAO) when they were assisting on an investigation or TIGTA did not find evidence they did. This violates the Internal Revenue Manuals (IRM), which states, “that IRS employees... should advise those contacted that they are acting as assistants to the attorney for the government in conjunction with an investigation.” In 106 of 229 cases, the agents did not state the purpose of the interview or TIGTA did not find evidence they did. IRM procedures in Title 26 cases require special agents to advise the property owner regarding the purpose of the contact. For 181 of 229 cases, TIGTA identified a problem with the information provided to the property owner about the seizure. In 110 cases, the property owners were not informed until the end of the interview that a seizure took place. In 60 cases, the property owners were not informed that a seizure took place. As the TIGTA report explains, “For Title 26 cases, the IRM procedures requires special agents to advise the property owner regarding the purposes of the contact, and we believe this also relates to the requirement in Title 26 cases for special agents to advise the property owner that a seizure took place.” Outcomes in cases lacked consistency, violating the Eighth Amendment to the Constitution. The Eighth Amendment to the Constitution of the United States, precludes excessive fines and requires that penalties be proportionate to the offense. Additionally, under 18 U.S.C. § 983(g)(1), “a court is required to consider whether a forfeiture is proportional to the gravity of the offense giving rise to it.” TIGTA explains that many of the individual outcomes in seizure cases were disproportionate to the conduct of the taxpayers and were disproportionate to the outcomes in cases of similarly situated taxpayers. Worse, outcomes did not appear to be consistently determined by the facts of the cases but rather by how willing a taxpayer was to engage in costly litigation against the government and the potential of a criminal prosecution if no settlement was reached. The few cases where structuring cash transaction was proven, often through owners’ own admission, is where the most disproportionate outcomes were identified: “The most disproportionate outcomes identified for our sample results included cases for which the property owners were criminally charged and entered into plea agreements solely for legal source structuring. In nine cases from our sample, legal businesses and their owners were indicted for structuring cash transactions for which there was no evidence of any unlawful conduct other than structuring. The businesses included water amusement parks, pharmacies, used car sales, and coin and stamp dealers.” Disproportionate outcomes are a tell-tale sign of a violation of Eighth Amendment rights, as these rights demand proportionate penalties for the offense itself. The IRS-CI’s practice of determining outcomes by taxpayers “risk tolerance” is a dreadful, egregious violation of their rights. TIGTA found numerous cases where IRS-CI failed to uncover tax crime, violated taxpayers’ due process rights, failed to notify taxpayers of pertinent information, and improperly determined outcomes in violation of the Constitution. Given that these investigations were conducted due to possible violations of the $10,000 currency transaction threshold, the Biden proposal to create an entirely new reporting regime for financial accounts that exceed $600 should be alarming to taxpayers. If this proposal is implemented, it is inevitable that we will see new cases of the IRS targeting and harassing taxpayers.
  15. Does that go along with the theory that bin Laden is not dead, and behind all of this? Latest theory on no bin Laden involvement: A Taliban spokesman claimed that “there is no evidence” that Osama bin Laden was behind the 9/11 attacks. It has been two decades since Al-Quaeda allegedly attacks the U.S. by two airplanes crashing into the buildings of TWC on September 11, 2001. According to the initial 9/11 Commission Report, the terrorist attacks were executed by the group led by bin Laden, who immediately became the terrorist number one in the world. After so many years of investigations, authorized and non-authorized reports, testimonies of the witnesses and survivals, and conspiracy theories many people are still deeply convinced that it was Osama bin Laden, who organized the attacks that changed the world on that tragic day. But still, no rock-solid evidence was provided to prove that Al-Queda was at least in some kind involved in the deadly events that brought the USA to invade Iraq and then Afghanistan. Only a lazy one didn’t try to dig a bit deeper into Osama bin Laden to learn who a founder of a pan-Islamic militant organization really was. And Zabihullan Mujahid, Taliban spokesman confirmed to NBC News Chief Foreign Correspondent Ricard Engel that Osama bin Laden had nothing to do with 9/11. Talking about whether Afghanistan in the hands of the Taliban will “ever again” become a new ground for terrorism and new attacks against the USA, Mujahid said: Instead, there was a lot of evidence confirming that the US government itself steered the 9/11 attacks and used them as a cause to invade Iraq.
  16. One angry, rightfully, and distraught mother. God bless her and Rylee.
  17. I read where while no saint, he's married to same woman and didn't rock as hard as the others. He wasn't sucked into the pit that Jagger, Wyman, Richards, Jones who eventually killed himself with drugs, were.
  18. Sands - The answer to this riddle is straight forward - “what” has four letters in it, “occasionally” has 12 letters, “always” has six letters, and “never” has five letters. The riddle is talking about the number of letters in the words – What, occasionally, always, never.
  19. Big amen! "None of this excuses the violent riot that happened on Jan. 6. The FBI has arrested 570 rioters and each and every one of them should be prosecuted to the full extent of the law. But that is what the event was: a riot, just like so many other riots." And let's be equal, the BLM & associated rioters plus starting with Minneapolis rioters on a separate matter, be likewise arrested, prosecuted.
  20. Vietnam War, Blood on both sides of the aisle, I lost several friends there and back home from their drug habits stemming from that war. None that returned came back in the same condition as left; young innocent men came back unable to cope. God bless them. Presidents involvement in the Vietnam War. They were: 1. Dwight D. Eisenhower (1953-1961) Following the French defeat in the First Indochina War and subsequently the Geneva Accords leading to a partition of Vietnam, President Eisenhower decided to support anti-communist leader Ngo Dinh Diem in consolidating power in the South. In September 1954, he created the Southeast Asia Treaty Organization (SEATO) in an attempt to block communist spread to Southeast Asia. SEATO essentially put Vietnam under its protection, which later became one of the major justifications for the U.S. intervention in Vietnam during the Vietnam War. In February 1955, President Eisenhower sent the first American military advisors to Vietnam to help build up Diem’s army. When Diem announced the formation of Republic of Vietnam (later known as South Vietnam) in October 1955, Eisenhower immediately recognized and offered military and economic assistance to the new nation. In fact, the MAAG Vietnam was reorganized from MAAG Indochina in November 1955 to train South Vietnamese Army. In July 1956, Diem under the U.S. support refused to participate in the unifying elections. The Eisenhower administration believed that the communists could have won the elections thanks to the popularity of their leader Ho Chi Minh, which was an unacceptable outcome for the U.S. Eisenhower pledged his continued support for Diem during Diem’s 10-day visit to the U.S. in May 1957 and remained committed to Diem’s government throughout his second term as president. As a matter of fact, he increased the number of U.S. military advisors in South Vietnam to around 900 men by 1960 owing to North Vietnam’s growing support of “uprisings” in the south. 2. John F. Kennedy (1961-1963) John F. Kennedy was an ardent believer in containing communism and “Domino Theory”. In his first speech as President in January 1961, Kennedy made it clear that he would continue the policy of the former President, Dwight Eisenhower, and support the government of Diem in South Vietnam. Kennedy also pledged more aid and military advisors to help train South Vietnamese Army. As a matter of fact, the U.S. provided $65 million in military equipment and $136 million in economic aid to Diem’s government by 1961. During Kennedy’s presidency, the Strategic Hamlet Program introduced by Diem and supported by the U.S. failed terribly, and as a result, drove a large number of South Vietnamese peasants into supporting the Viet Cong. In fact, the number of Viet Cong increased tremendously by 300% to 17,000 in just two years when the “Strategic Hamlet” was in operation. In response, Kennedy significantly increased U.S. military advisors in South Vietnam to 16,000 by 1963 compared to just 3,200 in 1961. Kennedy’s presidency also saw Diem’s repression of Buddhists after their public protests throughout South Vietnam owing to his religious favoritism and discrimination. As corruption, Buddhist crisis, and mounting successes by the Viet Cong weakened Diem’s regime and threatened the stability of South Vietnam, Kennedy became convinced that Diem could never unite South Vietnam to fight against the Viet Cong. On November 1, 1963, Kennedy tacitly approved a coup to overthrow Diem just three weeks before his assassination. 3. Lyndon B. Johnson (1963 – 1969) After assuming the presidency, Johnson was keen to continue supporting South Vietnam to fight against the Viet Cong. In the beginning, Johnson hesitated to commit U.S. troops to Vietnam as he was aware that U.S. military intervention might have an adverse impact on his chance of winning the 1964 election. In fact, during his campaign for President in 1964, he pledged not to send “American boys” to Vietnam and that South Vietnamese Army had to fight to protect its country. But then came the the Gulf of Tonkin incident. In response, Congress passed the Gulf of Tonkin Resolution on August 7, 1964 authorizing President Johnson to take any necessary measures against North Vietnam. Soon after Johnson won the 1964 presidential election by a landslide, he ordered a sustained bombing of North Vietnam called “Operation Rolling Thunder”, which lasted for more than 3 years (March 2, 1965 – November 1, 1968). He then sent the first combat troops to South Vietnam in March 1965 in response to a Viet Cong’s attack on U.S. air base in Pleiku. During his presidency, Johnson constantly increased the number of U.S. troops deployed to Vietnam, which peaked at more than 500,000 in 1968. Despite mounting U.S. casualties as well as massive nationwide protests against the draft and conflict in Vietnam, Johnson refused to bring the troops home stating that he did not want to become “the first American President to lose a war.” By the end of his second term as president, his approval rates plunged to an all-time low as the end of the Vietnam War was nowhere in sight after the Viet Cong’s Tet Offensive. On March 31, 1968, at the height of the Vietnam War, Johnson announced he would not seek reelection. In May 1968, Johnson announced formal peace talks would soon begin in Paris. The talks stalled during the last eight months of Johnson’s presidency, and the deadlock continued during the early years of Nixon’s administration. 4. Richard Nixon (1969 -1974) Richard Nixon took office in 1969 with the promise of bringing “peace with honor” to the unpopular conflict in Vietnam. His “secret plan” to end the Vietnam War included gradual withdrawals of the U.S. troops from Vietnam as part of the so-called “Vietnamization” program from June 1969. He also replaced the military draft with a lottery in December of that year. However, Nixon, at the same time, secretly escalated the war into Cambodia and Laos in 1970 and 1971 respectively in an attempt to destroy North Vietnamese supply through the Ho Chi Minh Trail to South Vietnam. Fallout from these incursions caused massive protests, which even escalated to violence at Kent State University on May 4, 1970. At the end of his first term as president, Nixon made a historic visit to China in February followed by a strategic Anti-Ballistic Missile Treaty with the Soviets in May 1972. These diplomatic breakthroughs with China and Soviet Union put pressure on North Vietnam to negotiate seriously and secured Nixon’s landslide victory in his re-election. Nixon ordered the “Christmas Bombing” later that year to keep North Vietnam at the negotiating table as well as to convince South Vietnam to sign a peace treaty, which had been negotiated for a few years. The Paris Peace Accords were eventually signed in January 1973 ending the American direct involvement in Vietnam. On March 29, 1973, the last U.S. combat troops left Vietnam although some military advisors and Marines remained in Saigon until its fall in April 1975. Nixon also ended military draft in his final year in office. Nixon became the first U.S. President ever to resign after the Watergate scandal in 1974. 5. Gerald R. Ford (1974 – 1977) Congress cut military aid to South Vietnam significantly during Ford’s presidency. In fact, it placed a $1 billion ceiling on military aid for fiscal year 1974 on August 4, which was trimmed further to $700 million by August 11, 1974. This was a huge cut in military aid as South Vietnam still received $2.8 billion in fiscal year 1973. In 1975, it would be dropped substantially to just $300 million. Although it had been promised by the Nixon administration, Congress also forbade further U.S. involvement in Vietnam, Laos and Cambodia even when North Vietnamese forces blatantly violated the settlement in early 1975. In April 1975, as South Vietnam was about to fall, President Ford made a last-ditch appeal to Congress asking for $722 million in military aid to essentially save the crumbling regime. However, in a face-to-face discussion between President Ford and Senate Foreign Relations Committee on April 14, 1975, the President’s request for aid was rejected. “I will give you large sums for evacuation, but not one nickel for military aid to Thieu.” – New York Senator Jacob Javits told President Ford during the meeting. On April 23, 1975, Ford declared the Vietnam War ended “as far as America is concerned”. Seven days later, Saigon was captured and South Vietnam fell to the communists.
  21. Owned dinar since 2005 or 2006; but didn't know about Dinar Vets until 2010 when I joined - been a long ride that I'd expected to be a very short one, based on early info. Don't regret this one bit, too much fun with getting to know the people on this site.
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