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  1. 6 points
    Carborendum

    #GiveThanks

    In case you missed it, the broadcast from Pres. Nelson challenged us to use social media to give thanks for the next 7 days. Since this is day one, I'm going to start with the low hanging fruit. I'm thankful for the Atonement of Christ. I'm thankful for my wife and children. #GiveThanks
  2. 5 points
    Carborendum

    #GiveThanks

    11/21/2020: I'm thankful for indoor plumbing and toilet paper. For those of you who don't remember what I've said in the past, this is quite sincere since for the first few years of my life I didn't have either of these. 11/22/2020: I'm thankful for talents. I'm hearing my son practicing some Christmas carols on our piano right now. I've been making marvelous progress on catching up to him. Our family loves singing songs together. Hymns have parts all separated for us and we make quite the choir. #GiveThanks
  3. 5 points
    estradling75

    #GiveThanks

    Since this is suppose to be a daily thing. I am grateful for my wife, my kids, my parents and my brother and sisters.
  4. 5 points
    NeuroTypical

    #GiveThanks

    I'm doing this thing on Facebook, and one of the cool things I'm appreciating, is all the dozens of LDS folk that rarely use facebook, out there thanking their hearts out. It's cool to see.
  5. 5 points
    estradling75

    #GiveThanks

    I'm grateful for our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ and his atoning sacrifice. I am grateful for the Plan our Father in Heaven has for us
  6. 4 points
    Still_Small_Voice

    #GiveThanks

    I'm grateful for the Holy Ghost that gives us revelation of God's divine will. I am also grateful for the freedom and liberty we have in many places in the United States. Most days I pray for the preservation of liberty as I believe that freedom is rare and it is fragile.
  7. 4 points
    Colirio

    #GiveThanks

    I’m grateful for the relationship that I have with my Heavenly Father. I’m so grateful to Jesus Christ for His atoning sacrifice and example. I’m grateful for my wife and family and that we have a happy home life. #givethanks
  8. 4 points
    mikbone

    #GiveThanks

    Third Hour is the only social media with which I participate... 11/20 I'm thankful for: my family, our health, prophets and scriptures, the cosmos, good food, technology, trials and growth. 11/21 Heavenly Father, Jesus Christ and the Holy Ghost. The ability to experience life and still overcome our mistakes and sins. The power of love, sacrifice and determination. 11/22 The wonder and excitement of childhood, the power and beauty of youth, and the wisdom and knowledge of maturity. 11/23 For the insight to see the Hand of God in both Science and the Arts. It has only been in the last century that we have been able to look into the sub-atomic level and recognize that the Universe is tens of billions of light-years across. I love being able to read a book, appreciate a painting, or watch a movie that can remind me of the love of God and our limitless potential. 11/24 A sincere smile, a laugh that broadens the soul, and a sense of humor. 11/25 Traditions, holidays and weekends. 11/26 Gravy #GiveThanks
  9. 4 points
    Carborendum

    The election

    A lot more than the Democrats. Multiple planks in the Democrat platform spit straight into the face of the Constitution. And most average Democrats like you are all for them. I'm personally hoping that you are not one of them. But many moderate Democrats fall right in line with these planks that dismantle the Constitution. #1 on the list is the criticism of "original intent" philosophy. OK , let's. Did he actually do anything to shut them down? Having a desire to do something and actually doing it are two different things. The comments he made were basically about keeping the pres honest (which they are not). There have been and still are some laws against FALSE statements by the press. And if they continually make false statements, then they can be prosecuted and have various licenses taken away. But even though Trump could have had them on those grounds, he didn't push it. Why? Because he really does believe in freedom of the press even when they lie about him. That was indeed a travesty. And IF Trump gave him such a directive to do so, then that was a BIG mistake on Trump's part. Otherwise, it's a good thing Trump FIRED Sessions. I (and many original intent interpreters) disagree that eminent domain is itemized as a power granted to the government. I believe that the 5A prohibits eminent domain. BUT it DOES allow the government to engage in commerce with private citizens. That phrase has only been interpreted that way because of people with big government ideas. I'd like to see your references for what Trump, himself, actually did to "make it easier to SEIZE" land, so I can assess what this was about. Land had to be purchased to achieve an appropriate function of government. As long as the process was not anything nefarious (which happens all over the place) then it should have been part of the process. If "making it easier" was simply a matter of bringing common sense negotiation conditions to the table, then there's nothing wrong with it. I remember the Air Force had a very interesting way of dealing with eminent domain. They actually kept tabs on various real estate statistics (both rural and urban) to determine just how much some piece of land should cost. When a piece of Air Force property happen to drop on private land, they would come up with the appropriate land value and rental value. They would then go to the land owner and offer them 125% of what they determined the use of the land would be based on the estimated time of encroachment to retrieve the property. If the land owner refused, then they would tell them that they would get a court order to pay them only $100 percent and force the process on them. Consider that. "Threatening" that they would only receive 100% of the fair market value. Is this nefarious? Who's getting the better deal here? This is why I want to know the details of such an accusation. No, it doesn't. Again, you're reading this based on present eyes and conditions. The original intent was specifically to counter the DEMOCRAT position that freed slaves should not be considered citizens. It was only by LEGISLATION that anchor babies were allowed. It is not "counter to the Constitution" that such babies should not be granted citizenship. If you don't believe my statement about the intent and original interpretation, what was the purpose of the legislation to make it that way? Sure. What I'd really like to see is some list of statements (I'm sure someone has put one together) that showcases how much the Democrats LOVE the Constitution as the Founders intended. I note that several of these complaints are more about Trump than "Republican Ideals." But "Democrat Ideals" (not just Biden or Harris) are about a lot worse. What I have heard from the Left a LOT of lately is: The Constitution is inherently racist. The Constitution IS The PROBLEM, not the solution. Get rid of private property. Allow the Federal Government to keep people at home indefinitely and not allow them to leave their homes. The Federal Government under Democrat leadership should have power to arrest anyone for not wearing a mask. But Republicans should stay out of local/state riots even when they vandalize Federal Property. We should get rid of the Electoral College. Defund the police. The "actual police" are not a part of the Constitution. But this movement also affects Sheriffs offices, which ARE a part of the Constitution. Religion should be pushed to the far bottom of all freedoms (if honored at all) rather than honored as the FIRST freedom itemized in the Bill of Rights. Freedom of speech is only allowed if we agree with it. Otherwise we'll demonetize and/or cancel you. At the very least we'll call you a racist or homophobe, or whatever. Freedom of assembly is exempt from COVID restrictions if you're a casino or a strip club, but not ok if you're a house of worship. Judges should be able to (effectively) legislate from the bench. In California the State Supreme Court "interpreted" that an AMENDMENT to the STATE CONSTITUTION was "unconstitutional" (because they didn't agree with it politically) when it was passed by a 65% majority in the state. All liberal SCOTUS justices agree with this mentality. Get rid of any national boundaries. The UN, Globalism, international culture/opinion/customs/ should have power over the US Government The Constitution is up to interpretation by anyone at any time. In other words, it can mean anything we want it to mean. And when it means what we WANT it to mean, THEN it is the correct interpretation. Then you have the BLM list of goals that they have since scrubbed from their website because of the backlash. If you're of a superior race (i.e. not white) then government owes you more rights and goodies than "others" (i.e. whites). The FISA court is a tool for the Democrat Party to spy on Republicans who won't play ball. But if a Republican wants to genuinely look into a severe abuse of power by a Democrat, that should be impeachable. Again, this is all based on that same ONE report that said so. And I've already explained why it is a flawed report. Do you have any other ORIGINAL source? Or do they all go back and cite that one report? The thing is that I'm not concerned about who agrees or disagrees. I'm concerned that someone publishes a report and no one is taking a critical look at that report. No one is even asking the right questions. The data are almost all conjecture, but no one even pointed that out. They just take it as gospel without question. This is not scientific inquiry. It is group think by central leadership.
  10. 4 points
    Just_A_Guy

    The election

    I don’t think it was really Trump that has held the GOP largely together over the last 4 years; it was the hard left’s increasing vocalness (not to say violence), and the unmasking both of the more radical parts of their agenda and the nominally-“impartial” institutions that are willing to make that happen. If the Democrats can set firm boundaries between their mainstream leadership and the party fringe and make a convincing case that Biden is simply a return to “normalcy”, I think most of Trump’s base will drop their paranoia and go back to (what I like to think is) the GOP’s natural position of elevating ideas over people, and being patient enough to believe that the strength of their policies will win out in the end. But if Biden appears poised to enact additional dramatic and irreversible changes to the leftwards that are seen as threatening conservatives’ liberty or their prospects for education or employment—single-payer health care, or court-packing, or fiddling with RFRA, for example—there will be a lot of scared Republicans whose knee-jerk reaction will be to stick with the “fighter” they know.
  11. 4 points
    NeedleinA

    The election

    This is the grand canyon disconnect between with how the Left views the Right. The Left actually thinks the Right is fighting for Trump the 'man'. This isn't about Trump himself, this is about America, it's freedom and it's future. Patriotic Americans are willing to, even at their own threatened peril, swim in the deep end for the future of America. The Left wants you to believe that you are risking your careers and reputations... so you better sit down, shut up and submit already. Here is the full quote from Sidney Powell. The end of her quote is what the Left fails to comprehend.
  12. 3 points
    Grunt

    The election

    Here's a book everyone should read: https://www.properroleofgovernment.com
  13. 3 points
    Jane_Doe

    #GiveThanks

    I very much enjoyed Pres. Nelson’s message and happy-cried like a baby. I am grateful for all of the wonderful people in my life and all of the interactions with them (in person or via tech).
  14. 3 points
    estradling75

    The election

    I like this (even if it might be an broad over-generalization) The problem isn't the Love or what we (America) might become... Its the "if properly managed" bit.... The Democrats management style is largely compulsory.. more laws more regulations more restriction on freedom. That style simply can not, will not work. We see this on personal levels, we see this on the national level, we see this in our scriptures on how the Lord tells us things should be ran And don't get me wrong...Republicans also have their compulsory areas... and they largely fail as well.
  15. 3 points
    Whelp, I've had this stuff travelling through my veins since August. It's starting to make international top news now. NPR - Moderna's COVID-19 Vaccine Shines In Clinical Trial Bloomberg - EU Could Approve BioNTech, Moderna Vaccines in December NYT - Moderna’s Covid Vaccine: What You Need to Know On my own volition, I went to my local clinic-in-a-grocery-store, and took the 15-minute finger-prick antibody test. I tested positive, meaning, I carry the antibodies that show up when a human's immune system has fought off COVID. Exciting stuff. I expect the vaccine to be the thing that digs the human race out of the whole shebang.
  16. 3 points
    Midwest LDS

    The election

    I think we need to be careful. I've been following this thread for a bit, and I've been thinking about things brought up by both sides. But I think we've (speaking generally) strayed from earnest political discussion into vicious attacks that serve no one and foster the spirit of contention. I don't say this from a holier than thou viewpoint, I've made this same mistake before myself, nor am I a mod so take or leave my opinion as you please. But we are all brothers and sisters in Christ and many of us are active members of his church. We should do better than this.
  17. 3 points
    Just_A_Guy

    The election

    On this business of “loving America”, I’ll engage with one possible controversial broad over-generalization, by offering another even more-controversial broad over-generalization: Republicans love America the way a newlywed man loves his wife: for what she is, and which he hopes she will eternally remain. Democrats love America the way a newlywed woman loves her husband: for what he may become, if properly managed.
  18. 3 points
    NeuroTypical

    General Authorities

    I try really hard (and often fail, but I do try), to think about the next person over, as someone I might meet in the celestial room of the temple. Something that makes it easier to deal with people I'd consider my adversary, or a bad person, is to think about a scenario where I'm lying on my death bed, see the light, and they show up to usher me to the other side, having made it to heaven themselves. It can be powerful juju if you do it seriously. That said, the Lord is no respecter of persons, and I try to be like Him. Low or high in this or that organization, I try to not have that matter to me. If my opinion about the personal behaviors and lives of an individual, is different when I find out they're a GA, or a janitor at my kids' school, then I figure I have something to change about myself. This is different than the respect or trust I extend to people when acting in their stewardships.
  19. 2 points
    JohnsonJones

    #GiveThanks

    More things I'm grateful for is my wonderful and beautiful wife and the wonderful family we have had together.
  20. 2 points
    Grunt

    The election

    I've never understood the "can I get my account deleted" requests. Just don't log in, delete the bookmark, and forget about the place. I've done that will countless forums that I choose not to participate in.
  21. 2 points
    Godless

    The election

    I believe you, and I'll tell you why. Trump, for all his shortcomings, is a brilliant propagandist. He's spent four years convincing people that to oppose him is to oppose America, that he is the embodiment of America, that he is God's chosen warrior to save America. And he convinced people of this by using the strongest weapon in the propaganda arsenal: fear. Fear of socialism, fear of immigrants, fear of radical anarchists burning down the suburbs. And it worked spectacularly. Trump has tied his rhetoric so completely into an image of patriotism and nationalism that anti-Trump = anti-America in the eyes of many of his followers. And it seems that many of them are willing to spit in the face of our democratic institutions to keep him in power. That doesn't seem very patriotic to me. I've got news for you. Your side doesn't have a monopoly on patriotism. Democrats love America too. They may not be so flagrant about it, especially in the age of Trump, but that doesn't mean they don't love this country. You and I have very different ideas of what's wrong with this country and how to fix it, but that doesn't mean that we don't both love America. If there's one hope for the GOP to save itself, it lies in the fact that the Democratic Party is fracturing between the "Old Guard" moderate white elites (Biden, Clinton, Pelosi) and the further left factions (Bernie, AOC, Omar). Their shared hatred of Trump united them behind Biden, but future elections may turn out differently if the two sides can't work together. Let's not forget that the main reason Trump won in 2016 is that the Bernie faction couldn't get behind Hillary (and many of them probably never imagined that Trump would actually win).
  22. 2 points
    Vort

    The election

    Do you remember way back to last week, when the claim was that there was zero evidence of widespread voter fraud? Funny how the goalposts keep moving. Evidence of any voter fraud should make an American's blood run cold, no matter his/her political affiliation. Voter fraud is the death knell of liberty. How easy or difficult would it be to determine how rampant it is? Have you been watching any videos from Project Veritas? If voter fraud is not caught almost at the time it happens, it becomes nearly impossible to trace it. I am stunned and very dismayed that so many otherwise intelligent Americans seem to want to dismiss extraordinarily serious allegations of voter fraud due completely to TDS.
  23. 2 points
    Vort

    The election

    No one says that fact-checking sites are all wrong. They say that the fact-checking sites are biased and unreliable.
  24. 2 points
    Carborendum

    The election

    This is an unfair characterization of what is he's claiming. I am not aware of any claim that WIDESPREAD in-person voting is rigged. But some people have been arrested for trying to vote multiple times with fake IDs. All the "rigged" claims are about the details, not the overall systems. We can use the same overall systems, but still change some details so they are not rigged. E.g. As they open mail-in ballots, there needs to be some method of matching the names, addresses, and other personal information to the ballot. Many states have that. Some states only have that on the packaging. The ballots themselves may have a name or not. This doesn't make any sense. If they were mailed in, where was the postmark? It's thrown away so there is no way to trace it. Trump pointed out the difference between absentee ballots vs the mail-in ballots (a small, but significant distinction). But because you're only getting info from the legacy media, you don't understand the difference. Absentee ballots suffer from SOME of the same weaknesses as mail-in ballots. But they also have some safeguards that mail-in ballots do not have. Some voting machines are rigged. This was proven many times. Yes, plausible deniability says that it could have just been an "honest" computer glitch. But isn't it funny how all such glitches are in favor of Democrats? Yeah, right. How do we do it? How about this>> We tell everyone when voting day is and when early voting is. We have a way of keeping track of who is coming in to vote and who has already voted, like... voter ID or something... We don't accept ballots that are later than is announced. We have rules about what voter information is required for mail-ins and we stick to that. We don't let someone vote without an ID. When accepting, opening, counting, etc. all the votes, we have bi-partisan staff looking at every item and signing off on the receipt with an appropriate amount of traceable information on the voter and the ballot. We actually have these safeguards in place in many areas. But the areas Trump is contesting, they didn't follow them. So, why do you accept these results when these safeguards weren't followed?
  25. 2 points
    Just_A_Guy

    The election

    Here’s my reaction to the first ten minutes or so: —Giuliani’s tone and asides suggest that he’s less interested in converting his opponents (or even the open-minded), than in confirming the suspicions of those already sympathetic to him. —Yes, it’s significant to now have apparent documentation of various forms of fraudulent electoral behavior; especially to contest the smug academics who keep assuring us that it Never Happens. —Yes, hopefully this will make some more open-minded Americans consider the issue and think “golly, if there were election fraud, what would it look like and what kind of evidence would it take to demonstrate it?” That’s always helpful. —Ultimately, I am not equipped to make any kind of rational, informed judgment on the overall significance of Giuliani’s claims. He talks of hundreds of affidavits—but there are tens of thousands of precincts, in hundreds of counties, in half a dozen contested states, and each with their own laws and rules and procedures. My understanding is that at least a couple of the affidavits have been cross-checked and that some of the affiants didn’t see what they thought they were seeing. —I’m glad this is going to the courts. I hope they take a careful, detailed, comprehensive analysis and are able to quantify the scope of the problem. But this is an incredibly complicated case (several incredibly complicated cases, really) and there’s no way we are going to have a definitive answer before the electoral college meets in December. Biden will be inaugurated in January. If Trump starts getting victories in state supreme courts, they will come piecemeal over the course of the next 3-5 years and will be almost universally ignored by the media and hushed up by Facebook and Twitter.