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...and last night that old hypocrite and unrepentant perv (yes, one still is very much a sinner, culpable of whatever transgressions that one committed until one gets redemption from egregious sins -- and then only upon repentance with a firm resolve to never commit such sins again) who made an appearance in a revival meeting in which he expressed his concern that America was going to ruin until it went back to God and Jesus. Filthy hypocrite!

And this is a former DA and judge, responsible for the administration of justice, one of the most important functions that anyone can ever do. Such requires that one must refrain from abusing power. I can imagine what potential this man had for abusing people. Sure, his messing around with teenagers happened in the 1970s when America was much more tolerant of such than it is now. Except for acceptance of homosexual rights (and those are limited to sex and marriage among consenting adults and the right to adopt and raise children), America is much more repressive on sex than it was forty years ago. Gays and lesbians got their rights by throwing the pervs under the bus, so to speak. What Roy Moore did is inexcusable; it is now good for a long prison term and registry as a sex offender.

Does anyone want to bet that Judge Moore has sentenced many adult men who messed around with underage girls to long prison terms? So would I were I a judge. But I know well that the adolescent world has not been mine since I left adolescence. At most I can guide adolescents toward the finer attractions of the adult world, as in "This is Schubert", "This is Vermeer", or "This is Dostoevsky". But they are not ready for sex even with fellow adolescents, let alone with adults.

Plenty of people have renounced drugs and alcoholism, reckless adventures, promiscuity, extremist causes, and juvenile delinquency. Such people can be fair warnings to the rest of us.
"The fool doth think he is wise, but the wise man knows himself to be a fool" -- William Shakespeare, As You Like It, V.i


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Well, maybe if he wins Moore can be the first senator required to wear one of those ankle bracelets.
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Can anyone really believe that trickle-down economics doesn't cause a huge increase in the national debt? Given the record of the Reagan and George W. Bush administrations, and their trickle-down economics policies? And can anyone really believe that adding more trillions of dollars in debt, as Trump and his Republicans want to do now, is good for the USA?
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(11-24-2017, 06:50 PM)Eric the Green Wrote: Can anyone really believe that trickle-down economics doesn't cause a huge increase in the national debt? Given the record of the Reagan and George W. Bush administrations, and their trickle-down economics policies? And can anyone really believe that adding more trillions of dollars in debt, as Trump and his Republicans want to do now, is good for the USA?

Actually, trickle down economics biggest failing is its manifest inefficiency.  Every other negative derives from that.  Even in times where investing in the supply side may have some value, (not that this has happened in a long time, mind you), the fact that all gains must be achieved by the trickle that makes it into the hands of those who will spend it makes it useless as policy.
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ALABAMA HAS THE WORST POVERTY IN THE DEVELOPED WORLD, U.N. OFFICIAL SAYS
BY CARLOS BALLESTEROS ON 12/10/17 AT 10:21 AM
http://www.newsweek.com/alabama-un-pover...ism-743601

A United Nations official investigating poverty in the United States was shocked at the level of environmental degradation in some areas of rural Alabama, saying he had never seen anything like it in the developed world.

"I think it's very uncommon in the First World. This is not a sight that one normally sees. I'd have to say that I haven't seen this," Philip Alston, the U.N.'s Special Rapporteur on extreme poverty and human rights, told Connor Sheets of AL.com earlier this week as they toured a community in Butler County where "raw sewage flows from homes through exposed PVC pipes and into open trenches and pits."

The tour through Alabama's rural communities is part of a two-week investigation by the U.N. on poverty and human rights abuses in the United States. So far, U.N. investigators have visited cities and towns in California and Alabama, and will soon travel to Puerto Rico, Washington, D.C., and West Virginia.

Of particular concern to Alston are specific poverty-related issues that have surfaced across the country in recent years, such as an outbreak of hookworm in Alabama in 2017—a disease typically found in nations with substandard sanitary conditions in South Asia and sub-Saharan Africa, as reported by The Guardian.

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A pedestrian walks through a neighborhood with rundown homes on March 6, 2015, in Selma, Alabama.
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The U.N. investigation aims to study the effects of systemic poverty in a prosperous nation like the United States.

According to the Census Bureau, nearly 41 million people in the U.S. live in poverty. That's second-highest rate of poverty among rich countries, as measured by the percentage of people earning less than half the national median income, according to Quartz.

These income and wealth disparities affect minorities the most. Black, Hispanic, and Native American children, for example, are two to three times more likely to live in poverty than white kids, according to a study using Census data by the Annie E. Casey Foundation. Minorities in the United States have also historically had higher rates of unemployment, worked longer hours, and gotten paid less than their white counterparts on average, as reported in a 2013 article in The Atlantic that analyzed data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics stretching back to 1975.

Economic inequality and racial discrimination have also been linked with civil rights abuses, particularly in Alabama and other states across the South. Police shootings of unarmed black men and women are also of deep concern to the U.N.

Alston, who's also a law professor at New York University, said in a statement announcing the start of the U.N. investigation that poverty in the U.S. has been overlooked for too long.

“Some might ask why a U.N. Special Rapporteur on extreme poverty and human rights would visit a country as rich as the United States," Alston said. "But despite great wealth in the U.S., there also exists great poverty and inequality.”

Alston also pointed out that the U.S. "has been very keen" on other countries being investigated by the U.N. for civil and human rights issues.

"Now, it's the turn to look at what's going on in the U.S.," Alston said. "There are pretty extreme levels of poverty in the United States given the wealth of the country. And that does have significant human rights implications.”

Despite these concerns, the Republican Party, which controls all three branches of the federal government, is on course to pass a tax bill before the end of the year that will increase the federal deficit by $1 trillion in 10 years—costs that GOP leaders have said will be offset by reducing an already-weakened social safety net.

For Alston, these political decisions are at the root of systemic poverty in the U.S.

“The idea of human rights is that people have basic dignity and that it’s the role of the government—yes, the government!—to ensure that no one falls below the decent level,” he said. “Civilized society doesn’t say for people to go and make it on your own and if you can’t, bad luck.”

“Politicians who say, ‘There’s nothing I can do about that’ are simply wrong,” Alston told WKMS 91.3 FM, a public radio station in Ohio near one of the other sites under investigation by the U.N.
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