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Ah, inflation. I just paid $5.65 over the weekend for a jar of Smuckers organic peanut butter, which cost me $2.29 four years ago. My household income has definitely not more-than-doubled in the past four years. I know Krugman doesn't think inflation is a problem, so maybe he can start buying my groceries.

On a Florida-specific note, Jeff, maybe you can dig into the odd practice adopted by Volusia County Schools to discourage the use of our legal tender by charging a two- or three-dollar punishment fee to parents paying cash to watch their kids play sports. If you use GoFan (20% fee goes to GoFan) or pay with a credit card at the venue, your ticket costs (for track and field, for example) $6 or $7; if you pay cash, it's $9. The staff at both DeLand High School and Spruce Creek High School told me it was designed to discourage the use of cash. Let me note for the record that there is never a line when I enter a track meet. Since when is it the business of a school board to discourage the use of the world's reserve currency?

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Definitely start a complaint. Cash is currency.

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I've brought it to the attention of local media, but haven't gotten any traction. Last year, some venues wouldn't accept cash at all, which meant everyone was paying $6 for a $5 ticket, with the 20% fee going to GoFan, which had a monopoly. I understand that it's convenient to buy your ticket ahead of time online, but the fees alone were costing my husband and me $60 a year for our daughter's two sports. Also, GoFan doesn't provide anything that Square or ApplePay can't do, so their fees are only possible in a monopolistic environment. And US dollars are legal tender! It's bizarre to be told I can't use cash, for any reason other than safety. (Some FedEx offices won't accept cash because of their fear of being robbed--that's a practice going back decades, and I understand it.)

Florida clings to its freedom by the skin of its teeth. Any trespass by the PTB that doesn't bother people enough to fight it is a trespass that ends up succeeding.

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Sounds like a great deal for GoFan! How much of it's 20% stake gets kicked back to the one(s) who initially signed the contract with GoFan? Just me being skeptical and mistrusting.

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That thought crossed my mind, too. Hard to imagine there's not a kickback going on anywhere when you're charging $1 fee on a $5 ticket for every fan for every sport in at least my entire county (and obviously around the country). One more ridiculous thing is the claim that it's faster to do GoFan. When you're in a 50-car line of cross-country moms snaking around the entrance to a park at 5 a.m., and everyone's sleepily screwing around with her phone, hoping to get a signal, it is definitely not faster than each person pulling a $5 bill out of her wallet and handing it over. EZ Pass is actually faster than paying cash at a tollbooth. The three-step GoFan BS, which requires an internet connection, is not.

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GoFan charges a convenience fee:

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Set the ticket price for each event and keep all ticket revenue. GoFan adds a convenience fee for fans as low as $1 per ticket, and we cover all credit card fees. A bookkeeper’s best friend with no cash to count, streamlined account reconciliation, and transparent financial reports available on demand.

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LOLOL. The bot found this Substack. "As low as $1" means 20% when the base ticket price is $5. That's 20%. It's ludicrous.

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Yeah, those pesky customers are always trying to make it difficult for us office folks.

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Why is a school charging for parents to watch their kids play in sports?

I don't remember parents or friends paying to watch my swim meets in high school. There probably were fees for playing in the sport, but not for watching us play.

If they insist on charging, could they have you buy one season-long pass to minimize the fee going to the company?

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It’s ridiculous to charge a parent to watch their child play a sport. Parents should be encouraged to participate in their child’s life - not be punished for doing so. What about parents that can’t afford the fee? They’re missing out on an important part of their child’s life. It’s disgusting. People are getting so greedy. If they’re going to charge admission that money should go to the kids, lol.

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It gets pricey when you’d like to bring the whole family!

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But I'll bet a ticket to the High School Drag Queen Show is free....

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Oh, they have been charging for boys' football and basketball for decades...everything else was free because they wanted some type of fans to show up.

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It is a wonder to me that more people don't protest this sort of thing. Same story with bridge tolls and many city parking lots. Ditto airline meals. No cash.

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That’s a good question.

Exactly what will it take for America to start to walk back, talk back and take back.

When I ride by in the morning and again I see that long line wrapped around the drive thru at Starbucks well, I know right then it won’t be today.

I don’t recall anything speaking as loud as an empty stomach.

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Those same people in that line better not be:

1. complaining that they can't pay their bills. I can make a dozen pots of coffee for what one large foo foo coffee costs at that place.

2. Conservatives - (I won't give those woke jerks a dime)

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At least with EZ-Pass, when they introduced it, there was a *discount* for using it. The Verrazzano Bridge, for example, was $14 if you paid cash--which is what it had been--and a dollar or two less if you used EZ-Pass. This VCS policy is a straight-up increase in prices for cash buyers. But yeah. We ought to be able to pay cash for anything unless it's a situation where the customer service person has a high likelihood of being robbed at gunpoint.

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When they put FasTrak in for the bridge tolls in the SF Bay Area, they also offered it with a discount. Most people weren't objecting to paying the tolls. It was that they didn't want to be tracked. Which is kind of odd when you think about it considering most of the populace here fell for the Covid stuff hook line and sinker.

Everyone who goes over the bridges has their license plate photographed. So they know who you are even if you don't want to use the device. You get a bill in the mail.

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I am pretty sure all bridges and tunnels have cameras everywhere, regardless of tolls (even on the exit side, for example) installed under some anti-terrorism premise. It's like how the UK is coated with CCTV that dates back to the IRA. There's no end to what you can do to "oppose terrorism." I do recall quite a bit of opposition to being tracked via EZ-Pass and MetroCards in NYC, but that was 20+ years ago, and I think the generation that opposed tracking is mostly gone, replaced by safety-culture devotees who moved to the city from Ohio and have rich dads paying their rent.

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"the generation that opposed tracking is mostly gone"

Nah, still here saying "I told ya so!"

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I think you don't get a discount, but just pay more without the EZ Pass.

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Mildly illegal....?

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Hmmm . . . maybe I'll do Toll-By-Plate and go pay the bill in cash at my state DOT.

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Keep Cash Alive - the first step in the Global Walkout plan. Use it or lose it, as they say. Places like you mention would be much less likely to remove your ability to use cash if everybody used it. Now go fill up your wallet and put that credit card away.

https://globalwalkout.com/step-1/

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I boycott any store or venue that does not accept cash (as well as any venue that requires you to use QR codes).

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I pay the punishment fee for that very reason.

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We still have cash only businesses and those who charge more for using a card. And they didn't reject barefaced customers in 2020-2021 for some reason.

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And debit card

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Isn't there some kind of federal law that if you refuse payment of a debt using legal tender, the debt is null and void?

If so, then offer to pay in cash, and if they refuse to take it, say "then the debt is null and void" and walk in.

(There's an enormous likelihood that I'm talking out of the top of my hat.)

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Let's let the resident attorney weight in :-)

but I do love the idea of doing that. My money is on me getting arrested for trespassing and missing the entire track meet, plus having to pay a lawyer's fee, but (let's see what Jeff says) it might be worth it if I would win in court. I'll miss one track meet to end this BS forever.

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As to your comment about Jeff our resident lawyer, just my opinion since I do not know Jeff personal. I've read him since I first learned of his success fighting covid crazies in Gainesville. He's the sharpest lawyer around, he's a gem hidden in the Fl woods. My grandson is leaning towards law . This is his first yr in college. I suggested he contact Jeff to see if he took law students in the summers to train . Whether he does or not, or my grandson gets the courage to ask, just making a point . Any info or help Jeff offers on your issues ,I doubt you could get any better anywhere.

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I’ve read that it’s legal to not accept cash when buying something because no debt yet exists. However, unless contracted otherwise, once a debt is owed I believe an entity must accept cash as payment. It would be interesting to research the case law on this.

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From Quora:

Dana H. Shultz

Citizen of the USA my entire life (now a retired lawyer)Author has 11.1K answers and 17.5M answer viewsUpdated 3y

The U.S. Department of the Treasury has expressly addressed this issue (whether “legal tender” language requires that cash payments be accepted) at Legal Tender Status.

Quoting the relevant portion of that page (footnote and emphasis added):

The pertinent portion of law that applies to your question is the Coinage Act of 1965, specifically Section 31 U.S.C. 5103[1], entitled "Legal tender," which states: "United States coins and currency (including Federal reserve notes and circulating notes of Federal reserve banks and national banks) are legal tender for all debts, public charges, taxes, and dues."

This statute means that all United States money as identified above are a valid and legal offer of payment for debts when tendered to a creditor. There is, however, no Federal statute mandating that a private business, a person or an organization must accept currency or coins as for payment for goods and/or services. Private businesses are free to develop their own policies on whether or not to accept cash unless there is a State law which says otherwise. For example, a bus line may prohibit payment of fares in pennies or dollar bills. In addition, movie theaters, convenience stores and gas stations may refuse to accept large denomination currency (usually notes above $20) as a matter of policy.

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"Private businesses" does not include public schools.

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Yeah, I'd agree but I think it would be hard to win in court.

Another post from Quora:

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Why is it necessary for U.S. currency to include the phrase, "this note is legal tender for all debts, public and private"?

This was added to Federal Reserve Notes (FRNs) after the US went off of the Gold Standard. Many contracts were written with the requirement that payments be made in “gold”.

So, per an Executive Order by FDR, gold coinage was taken out of circulation (seized by force, in some circumstances) and folks were publicly notified that the FRNs must be accepted in place of gold for payment.

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Mar 14, 2023·edited Mar 14, 2023

(Federal Reserve Notes) FRNs are not United States currency. FRNs are private bank script parading fraudulently as United States dollars. FRNs are fraudulent imaginary money in a fraudulent Ponzi scheme. This is at the root of all of our Woke problems including the re-occuring systemic bank failure problems. Why? The below is vital and worth your time. It answers how you are continually fooled, farmed and abused by the central banking establishment.

(BANK RUNS) Inflation: The Biggest Scam In The History Of Mankind - Hidden Secrets of Money Ep 4 (10 million views)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iFDe5kUUyT0

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Yeah, it's just kinda wishful thinking on my part, trying to do something to shove it up their arses.

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I had thought that it was impossible to pay US federal income tax in cash. But it turns out that they do accept cash, but you must make an appointment. Specifics at https://www.irs.gov/payments/what-to-expect-when-you-pay-cash-at-an-irs-office

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Thank you!!

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Great info - thank you!!

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Mar 14, 2023·edited Mar 14, 2023

If there is a physical ticket involved, there would, I think, be a debt if the consumer has physical custody of the ticket.

So take the ticket, acknowledge the debt - "I owe you $x". Offer cash, when they refuse, mention to them that it is illegal to not accept cash in payment of debt.

Maybe that would work? But law doesn't always follow logic.

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So then first step across the threshold, into the arena or field or whatever. Now you owe a debt. You're in there. Offer to pay in cash.

Maybe?

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If there is, they made an exception for themselves. Several years ago, I went into the IRS office to pay a road tax for a semi and they wouldn’t take cash.

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That is ridiculous. My kids were never into sports (unfortunately) and now they’re grown up, but when did they start charging parents to go to games? My plumber was lamenting the same thing here in San Diego, his daughter was in basketball playoffs and it was costing him $8 per person to go and watch her games. Shouldn’t we be encouraging parents to attend their kids’ activities?

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The events cost money to put on, so someone has to pay. If fans don't pay--and there would be virtually no fans of a sport like cross-country if family members didn't go--then property taxpayers foot the bill. I'm OK with paying. I just want to pay cash without being charged a punishment fee.

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Like Wisconsin state parks--free for residents. Not free for other states. Fair to me. Also National Parks should charge more to visit. The upkeep is horrendous and the federal government yawns. If we want these lands available we have to pay to keep them open. Now, at the most popular parks you have to make a timed reservation. Ok with me.

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Mar 14, 2023·edited Mar 14, 2023

My kids were in sports throughout school, back in the '90s and early-aughts. Some of the events had cover charges, some did not. The outdoor ones, IIRC, did not. Soccer, football, baseball.

Indoor - basketball, hockey - did charge for attendance, again, IIRC.

But we could always pay in cash. Hell, back then, we could *only* pay in cash!

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Back in November 2020 (just before the stolen election) $25 would gas up my car full. Now, March 2023, same car I need $50 and it doesn't even fill up!

Maybe we should be asking those government types that claim inflation is not a problem to use their own money for a change and not the governments

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Yeah when you’re using taxpayer money to pay for everything and can give or get yourself a raise whenever you want, it doesn’t have much of an effect 😡

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What is shocking is those Biden supporters are not upset with how much they are paying for groceries. I'm sure it is Trump's fault. Lol Also, I read somewhere so I don't know if it is true, that the reported inflation rate does not include gas, utilities, and groceries which apparently is why the left thinks inflation is only at 8% or whatever lie they are telling. It's much, much, higher!

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The ones I know are well off, so it doesn’t affect them as much in terms of percent of budget. They’re the ones who are always crying about the poor and how the rich don’t pay their fair share and we need more government programs but when government policies make prices go up and poor people are struggling to pay for basics… crickets. Or worse, they clamor for more government intervention and programs to “help.” 🙄 And we all know how that turns out.

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Well, my mama always said, "Stupid is as stupid does." We are creating ignoramouses, so this is what happens.

Many public high school students can't tell time on an analog clock or know how many states there are... but they know genders... and those who support that ideology try to recruit others, and are rude if you don't join them.

My youngest child is a senior (it is only her 2nd year in public ed.). Private was a little better, but then you get the rich, entitled, mean girl drama.

The public curriculum is awful. This year...the history text left out important key info, economics taught that you should work and pay taxes and made the Federal Reserve sound federal when it is a private bank, the US Gov text makes the gov sound so righteous, and there was never discussions on opposing views on anything. Don't get me started on Science teaching theories as facts, and English Lit. was all gloomy with creepy occultish themes. Here is one title...

1666 The Year My House Burned Down and the activity was to identify relic items and say why they were important in an old painting that had a skull, a taxidermy animal, and a gold goblet. Weird.

I really feel she would have been better off NOT going, but she needs that diploma...

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It's some imaginary "poor" as they distance themselves from the poor, homeless, undocumented as far as possible. Donate online to purchase tons of useless masks and hand sanitizers for the homeless. Educate (confuse) Hispanic kids about BLM. But it's great to feel good about yourself.

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Yeah I love how those out of touch bureaucrats and politicians who are not affected by inflation like ordinary people are just shrug it off 😡 He should definitely have to buy your groceries 😁

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Yup.

My husband picked up a Half gallon of milk and a bag of plain tortillas- $13. In the great state of ‘Commi-Connecticut’

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Corrupticut is what I have called it since Sandy Hook

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I don't think they're out of touch with it. They had to give themselves a thirty percent pay raise recently.

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Well then financially unaffected by it, if you prefer.

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biden would just tell you to buy the store brand instead (facepalm)

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Hmm but what if you’re already buying the store brand 😕🙄 Biden is such a moron.

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He would then say "Eat bread. That's what my pop the coal miner would tell me when I asked for peanut butter!"

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I was reminded recently of the story my father told about eating mustard sandwiches after dinner when he was still hungry as a teenager while growing up during the Great Depression.

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Exactly!

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then stop eating jelly all together! duh. just eat a PB& instead!

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😆

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Mar 14, 2023·edited Mar 14, 2023

Convenience has replaced cash as king?? Now we must consider cards COINveniece even if cash is easier? Nope. 💰

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It's not even convenient. You have to stand there screwing around with your phone and tapping it three times, and that's even if you already did the order online at home. It's a nice way for consumers to be duped out of realizing they're spending money when they enter the event. And of course the concession stand only takes cash, because GoFan doesn't have a deal to cover that.

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I could pay my grocery bill at the store with my convenient card. I'm afraid if we do not use cash as often as we can ,we will lose the right to carry and use cash as we please. It's a fight for a small freedom I sense the government would like to abolish. I know it's time consuming to pay with cash instead of a card. We have already lost so many freedoms we once had in America. So I'll continue to hold up the line at the store by paying cash . It's my way of telling the federal government Let's Go Brandon!

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They charge you to go see your kids compete?

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All fans (not coaches) are charged. Different states do school sports different ways; I'm OK with there being a fee to watch, because otherwise, the cost of the event would be borne by property taxpayers. There's no reason my retired neighbor or the single guy next door should pay for high school sports events. I just want to be able to hand over a fiver and be done with it.

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It used to be that costs were covered by the school and a mix of fees, boosters, sales of things in school or during games and other fundraising (by children and parents). Regular school sports were not passed on to grannie thru property taxes. But keeping parents just making it financially from seeing their kids play? 2 parents plus a couple siblings could start getting pricey.

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Yes. I honestly don’t mind paying to see my kids play. It costs money to put on events, pay refs, etc but the move away from cash is annoying.

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Would you mind if you didn't have the money to go see your kids play?

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We paid back in the 80’s when our kid played. Didn’t mind doing it. Also band and other concerts, class plays. What’s the problem with that? It was cash of course.

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I too went to HS in the early 80's. Parents did not pay to see children participate in sports or concerts except for concerts where a big venue was rented. The problem is that many parents (especially now) cannot afford to pay the fee to see their child play. You WANT to encourage parents to go see their kids play. Parents of more affluent areas may not think of $8/p as a thing, but to parents who cannot afford the much grumbled about smuckers organic here on this comment section (I feel ya ppl!), $8 is a no go.

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Mar 14, 2023·edited Mar 14, 2023

Daughter went to a rural less than 300 student high school. I’m sure we didn’t pay much. Now she wouldn’t even be in a public school. My husband was a teacher there. We definitely paid something for the class plays. I just found her senior class musical poster from 1990. Brigadoon. $4.00 adults. 3.00 students and sr citizens. She had a leading roll. You would have a problem paying for that kind of school activity? Outside of any prices that is.

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Our parents didn't have to pay to see sports activities because they were conducted at our school or at other schools. When we had concerts that were held at venues (not at school), then parents paid a nominal fee to cover the venue cost.

We had to pay for uniforms and some equipment for sports. Away games we took a bus or drove and the fuel and bus was handled by the school. If kids went to AAU Jr. Olympics, they had to pay for it. Many couldn't afford it, but we fund raised and other parents and boosters covered the costs. Music - we bought our own instruments (or rented).

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I went to HS in podunk Iowa in the mid 1970s and people paid a fee to watch sports. If you were in sports or cheerleading you were required to buy an "activity ticket" which was like a season pass. Yes, even athletes paid something. In these small towns it was everyone's entertainment, and nobody expected to get in free. User fees are great. They pay for the refs, light and heat for the gym, etc. If you don't want to go you don't have to pay.

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They did this for our regional basketball tournament games here in Washington state too. For district and bi-district games, there were no options to use anything of there Go Fan...so frustrating.

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I'm wondering why GoFan slept with, to get this monopoly. Soapmakers at craft fairs have Square. The guy driving the taco truck on the beach takes ApplePay. Somehow, though, most high schools will only accept GoFan.

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Ohhhh good take !!! In California I would bet CIF-California Interscholastic Federation, is getting a little kickback from GoFan !!!

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Maybe some of the cash is suspected of being misappropriated? Our City dump also won't take cash. They insist on credit or debit cards. They didn't want the cash pocketed. Funny thing is the guy at the gate usually doesn't charge his friends anything.

Many of the restaurants in our small town quit accepting checks. Cash or card is fine.

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Well, as I mentioned in an earlier comment, the ticket sellers at both DeLand High School and Spruce Creek High School told me that the district is trying to discourage the use of cash, but they are still accepting it right now--and taking *more*... so there's more to misappropriate, if that were the issue. The DeLand woman told me that they're using the punishment fee to pay for the kids' team uniforms; it's not clear if the district has put any restrictions on what schools can/must do with the extra money. (We pay for our own uniforms, on my kid's team.)

If you don't have the infrastructure to verify identity and bank balances, checks can be a pain to accept. Cash? It's f'ing legal tender. Everyone should accept it, unless (as I mentioned earlier) there is a legitimate concern about the vendor being held up at gunpoint.

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Look at who owns/is invested in GoFans, and you'll find your answer.

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I was about to do exactly that.

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Very bizarre when retailers usually charge more when you want to charge something.

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Right, because the credit card processor charges a fee. The people selling the tickets made it clear to me (when I asked) that the extra $2 or $3 is a punishment fee to discourage people from using cash. Volusia County Schools is trying to end the use of cash at sporting events. I don't know why. It seems bad, and counter to the interests of normal people. It also seems unfair to people who don't have a smartphone, don't have a credit card, or are trying to minimize debit card use for budget or security reasons.

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I actually always ask what the cash price is for big ticket items...anything over $100 normally. If they say nothing I charge it (and earn my points/rewards from the card company) but usually they give me anywhere from 3-10% discount for the cash...I have gotten as much as an 18% discount!

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Agree!

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And, IINM, in the UK or maybe in the EU it's illegal to charge less for customers who pay in cash/charge more for customers who pay with cards.

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Wait, I thought inflation was only at 8%....hmmmm.....

It certainly does not take a math major to figure out that this is not the truth...painful....

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so painful

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Alachua county only uses gofan..no cash option for sports entry. Period.

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Thank you for weighing in. If everybody else who has kids in sports (and doesn't get in free) can mention where you live and what your payment options are, we can get some idea how entrenched this monopoly is (and how far the anti-legal tender secret game has gone). My daughter is in 10th grade, and only did church league sports before high school (which were volunteer-run and free to attend), but fellow high school parents tell me the GoFan incursion happened "during COVID," when people were afraid to touch cash. No problem touching someone's nasty phone, though.

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It cost me $10 per person PLUS $2 per person service fee for tickets to watch my son's football game at Santa Fe HS last year. In Chicago we had fundraisers to raise monies so there would never be cover charges for football games. We wanted the stadium packed in support of our kids. To bring all of my kids & grandkids to watch my youngest son's football game here would cost $132 per game. lol, we are not poor folks, but geez, we sure would be if we spent over $500/month to watch our son play football every week. This is not fair to the kids!

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Insanity! Strangely, this looks like part of the tracking business to me. Stinky.

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In Broward County, you can't even bring your purse into an event, so I don't go. They expect us to leave them in the car, but that encourages break ins. They don't have security for that, only for the parents who want to see their kid play.

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Wow. We went to a meet at Flagler that banned backpacks in the stadium, but purses were allowed. I'm not sure what you're supposed to do with feminine hygiene products for a six-hour meet. Cargo pants? I guess I wouldn't go, either, if I were in Broward. Man. I am sorry. Where is our recourse in situations like this? How many people would it take at a school board meeting to change these oppressive policies?

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Alachua. Say no more.

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Great point!! Same situation , private Christian school in California, we have to use GoFan for playoff games…no cash option.

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Mar 14, 2023Liked by Jeff Childers

I had not seen the clown faced death video from the Oregon Health Authority. Trapped in Portland in a mortgage with a double jabbed person who is .....how do I put this.....who believes what their told, who doesn't understand or care to know much about 'the outside world'. Feels like I have to chew a leg off to get out of this trap. They will never want to sell or leave and they cannot afford to buy me out. But I will be asking them anyway. Wish me luck.

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Reminds me of this: “Their smugness is disturbing - it's like watching people lined up for a gas chamber who are laughing at those of us who didn’t 'make the cut.”

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Brutal but yeah

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I’m in a similar situation. I watch for material far from wuflu that we can find common ground, like how smoking companies knew the healthy problems with their products, put doctors on commercials to say how good smoking is, and tried to censor. I start from a point far enough away to avoid triggering an unconsciously programmed hot button. For example: Monsanto’s terminator seeds, frontal lobotomy, bloodletting practice, Salem witch trials, thalidomide scandal, Tuskegee Syphilis experiment, indian thugee secret society, J&J baby powder, bayer glyphosphate settlement, Glaxosmithkline $3b criminal settlement, pfizer $2.3b settlement, incarnation childrens center experiments, Gardasil class action lawsuit, WHO sterility vaccine use in kenya. You can find sources for much material in “the real Anthony fauci”. The key is to start with something that won’t trigger them to shut down thinking and introduce more related material very slowly. When I find my wife getting triggered or overloaded I immediately stop and back off to avoid her digging in her heels.

One gem for much further down the line is this podcast with nurses talking about their experiences related to wuflu uncare:

https://open.spotify.com/episode/54tzFaBHITdEEMw97DnlI7?si=-nY5Wqh-Qdm4HA4E5LQhgA&context=spotify%3Ashow%3A4Pwk2YkC2jnXqSGzsPPrWF

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American Frontline Nurses is doing a series this month on things medicine got wrong. Short,quick articles and probably some you are not aware of.As a nurse I could off the top of my head name 25 "gold standards" that changed -some a lot-in the years I worked.There are many current practices that need to be ash heaped.

Link to their blog with the daily dose

https://www.americanfrontlinenurses.org/blog

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I editorialized on just that topic elsewhere this morning. The short answer is to avoid the medical system to the maximum extent possible. Useful services are available, but you will have to do your own "due diligence" to separate the wheat from the chaff.

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... our own hands

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Absolutely, it’s time to take our health into it in hand

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Sorry to hear that....you are not alone though. Many of us are in a roughly equivalent situation.

The military grade psyops have done a number on those who consider themselves too smart to be fooled....well, now we know.

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". . . those who consider themselves too smart to be fooled. . ." As Tucker Carlson would say, "So nicely put!"

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Only double-jabbed? If they catch up, you may not have to chew that leg off!

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You need more than "luck" dear Jacquelyn. I am there as well...I am living with a long-time friend (he lived with me for 6 1/2 years...then his heavy drinking prompted me to force him to get his own place). Now...11 years later...we are living together--yet again--this time in a place HE bought so we could "take care of each other". He basically lives upstairs in the loft that has a sitting room, bedroom and bathroom...I live downstairs and we "share" the kitchen. It was very, very bad for most of the PLANdemic--thankfully...I have prayer and my Lord Jesus Christ to comfort me when I am distressed (I also go into my bedroom and cry a lot). By His grace--we are both still alive and, thankfully, my friend thinks as I do about our draconian government and the PLANdemic--so we have that in common. Let us know if you have "escaped"!

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Condolences and best of luck,

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See what your rights are to sell, give them half and you both live with the consequences. Flee as soon as possible should be the goal as it doesn't look like circumstances will be changing in your favor any time soon. Hopefully you can get a good price. You shouldn't be a prisoner in your own home. Just go. Maybe someone can rent your half and pay you directly.

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thanks thats super constructive, blessings axons007 :|

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What a dilemma, hope you can resolve it soon. On the positive side, if he or she is double vaxxed, on the Portland sliding scale, that's practically Pure Blood!

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I hear they've got some really great prosthetic legs on the market now. . .

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Aren't you worried about shedding?

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Also, it has been widely noted that sharing bodily fluids passes the spike. I hope there is no engagement here.

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My own dishes, my own silverware, my own bed....but still, I do breath at home and so am likely screwed. Taking the ol nac and zinc, but as I was saying to another, any public place enclosed is capable of 'tranfecting', and few people are completely secluded.

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More than worried. Convinced. The whole point is transfection, but its achievable in any public place where the jabbed are. I don't think any can really escape it. It sucks and its gross and so few will discuss. Thanks Kathleen

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Unjabbed here. When I spend even a short time around the jabbed, I end up feeling "weird."

Headache (which I never normally get), sniffles, and a generally run down feeling.

This is only after an hour or two at the most...

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What happens to them if you walk away? Can they afford to pick up your share of the payment? There's some leverage.

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Depends on the deed, the mortgage, etc. Is there a marriage? That complicates things mightily. If two names are on the deed and/or the mortgage, it gets messy. The good (or bad) conduct of one party will reflect on the other. Son can't just move back in (unless both owners approve.) Stays too long, and he becomes a common-law tenant. See my travails below.

If a split is to be done, the optimal would be son (or other person) buy out the wants-to-leaver share. If unhappy party literally walks away, does he leave the other co-owner with more than (s)he can repay? Then eventually she gets foreclosed, her ass is out on the street and boxes at the curb, but both parties have a foreclosure on their record. And, depending on the state, creditors come after any assets they can attach, including those of the walk-away. Or, if there is little or no equity in the house, and the walk-away has few assets and doesn't really mind if he brings grief to the other, well, just walk away.

There is a lot to be said for sole ownership. I've had a few relatively minor bad experiences with two names on a lease or having to evict a former partner from my home (fortunately it was "my" home), so perhaps I'm a biased source. Never in my life have I heard a person regret NOT having co-signed a lease or a loan.

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Thanks Satans Doorknob; No marriage, but yes both names on the mortgage. I bought the house alone, they were added in recent years. So losing the house would suck for both our credit ratings, yes. I had cut them in the mortgage because I didn't want them to get stuck if I croaked randomly. Lots of equity, as things stand, so would be silly to forfeit. I think we both need to decide to sell and do it fast, so I really appreciate so many folks at least giving me some structure and direction. We gotta talk, and soon. best

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They would probably have their son move back in. But you are right, and its likely I may need to leave on short notice so its worth the angle you suggest. Best Politico Phil....

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Good luch. Souds like your mate likes Portland. Boy has it gone hill. I'm in Corvallis. So proud to see or "clown" in the headlines.

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Mar 14, 2023Liked by Jeff Childers

Sometimes I wonder if the people who unfriended me in 2020, 2021, and 2022 are starting to realize I was right.

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I used to be called "far right". Now it's "right so far."

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Yes!!!! This!

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I wonder too but if I were to bet I’d say no. I don’t think they will ever realize they’ve been duped.

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Yes they’re likely still in denial 😕

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No. Totally against human nature…people always find a way to justify, rationalize or deny.

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I sent my friends Naomi's substack. We'll see if they are willing to read it and then internalize the implications.

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Found out last weekend my brother still thinks my unvaxxed self belongs in a camp. Sample size of one, 100% think I am wrong!!

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Sounds like my sister but I’ll never know because I don’t talk to her anymore. Guess I’ll have to keep guessing what her current beliefs are now!

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That was the thing about Naomi Wolf's apology. Everyone who read it was probably wishing it was from their friends or relatives. I know I was.

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The only people who have told me I was right were never mad at me or held it against me that I said no, they just made a bad decision and regret it.

The ones who hate, they'll never apologize.

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😞

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Yeah finally got off FB because so many nasty names being called, by family and friends no less. For daring to question the narrative or offer reasonable debate/discussion on issues like judge Kavenaugh. The left has largely been radicalized, seems like they examined what happened to Islam and thought it was a great idea.

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Same here! I guess I’ll never know. I’m ok with that.

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I wonder the same thing.

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I wonder that a lot but really don’t want to be around them after being called a conspiracy nut and laughed at. Hurtful but eye opening and tragic in too many situations. They wanted to travel abroad. Guess I feel lucky I was a broad who opted ought.

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They might have "died suddenly."

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I’ve had a few start following me again. But only a few.

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LOL. Don't count on it.

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I lost a bunch of friends over the Covid nonsense. I refused to wear a mask, and when I couldn't I wore my fake mask. I refused to get the covid shot and encouraged others to not get it. I was accused of spreading misinformation and that it was killing people.

Yeah no.

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I’d like to think so

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Mar 14, 2023Liked by Jeff Childers

I stand with Elon Musk. Free Jacob Chansley!

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Why?

I wonder who paid him to dress up like that?

Pelosi and the RAT party?

No true Conservative or true Patriot would do that.

They need him dressed like that for the footage.....and their thugs in the media used it......a lot.

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Interesting thought

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Or storm the Bastille?

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Easy with the anti-semitisims /S.

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Mar 14, 2023Liked by Jeff Childers

Again Jeff, may I say how much I loved your speech from the Idaho conference. I have loved your substack since I found it later in 21. Your optimism is total and true and your Christianity is so special. Your writing ability, snark and all is the best. Thank you. Thank you.

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I was impressed with Jeff before now, but this week has shown me that he’s earned his Superman cape indeed! To rise early and publish an excellent blog under normal circumstances would be challenging enough, but to do that complicated by travel inconveniences, a 3 hour time change AND DST thrown in - is truly amazing! Just dealing with DST makes me almost incoherent for 2 weeks…but I can claim age related incapacity. 😂😂

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Mar 14, 2023·edited Mar 14, 2023

Do I hear a new "Baby Snark" song coming?

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😆

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I completely agree!!

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Do you know where I can find Jeff’s Idaho speech? If it was posted already, I missed it.

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Jeff posted the link to the speech in his blog on either Friday or Saturday. If I can find the link I'll post it.

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It seems the puppetmasters made a strategic blunder when they A-OK’ed the BLM riots as that jarring contradiction is also what snapped Tim Robbins out of his trance, as he explained in his Matt Taibbi interview:

“I totally understood it in the first year. I was compliant with everything. I locked down, I isolated, I was away from people for seven months. I bought into it. I demonized people. I was guilty of everything that I came to understand was not healthy. I was angry at people that weren’t wearing masks, and protesting about it in Orange County. Yet, a month later I was protesting for BLM in the streets with a mask on. A week after that, I kind of had to do a self-check on that. I knew there was a little bit of hypocrisy going on there.” (https://www.racket.news/p/tim-robbins-and-the-lost-art-of-finding)

Glad to hear Glenn interviewed DeSantis. He did a really enthusiastic reading of “Letter to a Mainstream Straddler” (https://margaretannaalice.substack.com/p/letter-to-a-mainstream-straddler) recently:

https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/warning-leftists-are-redefining-money-guests-donald/id620967489?i=1000602679601 (@27:19)

I’ll be talking to Glenn soon, too :-)

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Mar 14, 2023·edited Mar 14, 2023

The Floyd riots and their excuses for allowing huge crowds at his funeral procession, when so many, including my own family, were denied the ability to attend their loved ones’ funerals or to see their loved ones in the hospital or care homes, was a disgusting and infuriating hypocrisy and definitely part of the accumulated tipping point for me.

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All part of the psyops and the color revolution now occurring.

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MAA - you are an inspiring writer, thank you! I loved the Solzhenitsyn quote and Truth Sound,

“Heart of a lion I’m feeling like Aslan”….powerful stuff this!

The Covid narratives have created strange bedfellows to say the least. Last year I would have tuned out listening to the likes of Tim Robbins, Russell Brand, and even Woody Harrelson (for goodness sake!) When I find myself in agreement with these far left types I think the world has truly turned upside down. But it cheers me to hear truth spoken whatever the source may be, and it gives me a great hope that truth may be proclaimed, heard and believed far and wide!

God bless you for being one of the powerful voices!

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Mar 14, 2023·edited Mar 14, 2023

I know what you mean. I have enjoyed listening to Jimmy Dore's show every now and then. Just wanted to know what the other side was saying. But Jimmy is an honest liberal and does it in a way that conservatives seem to find interesting.

So imagine my amazement when I heard him give speeches at Stop the Mandates rallies, others' podcasts, etc. I never heard him say one thing about c19/shots that I disagreed with. Not one.

It is good when people coming from opposite sides of the spectrum can find 100% agreement on an issue. And that's the clue that that position is the correct one

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I like that he thinks for himself when it comes to US foreign policy. I would have never given him the time of day in the past but it’s remarkable how some lefties are able to see through the BS.if there were more liberals like him I would have hope but most of them are living in unreality.

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Aww, thank you for your gracious words, Freebird, and I love Lukas Lion!

I believe the left/right paradigm is rapidly disintegrating, and those traditionally on the left who genuinely care about free speech, free thought, respectful debate, bodily autonomy, anti-authoritarianism, and other classical liberal principles are now finding themselves classed as far right (😆) since the left has gone full-tilt fascist.

For me, the fundamental question is whether you are pro-tyranny or pro-freedom. Simple as that.

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Mar 16, 2023·edited Mar 16, 2023

Hopeful that it is that simple - but not sure. So many 'lefties' look at DeSantis and call him a fascist. I look at him as a guy protecting my freedoms. I see so many posts, and they see him as evil. I see it differently.

But..... there are many of these same "DeSantis is a fascist" folks are lining up in support of Hochul, and HER craziness :

https://unitingnys.com/governor-hochul-files-appeal-in-quarantine-camp-lawsuit/

To me ? SHE be the fascist - and those who would support her initiatives are more than a wee bit crazy.

Simple? I dunno. To me, yes. Problem will always be - point of view.

I HOPE that the left/right BS is, indeed, disintegrating ...... it is MUCH needed.

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re: "a little bit of hypocrisy" LoL

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Only a ‘bit’ of hypocrisy! How about full fledged assault on sanity and the constitution. How about you completely abused your bully pulpit to demonize people who were more informed and skeptical? We were all scared and confused and that was and is the plan to advance their Evil. Glad he wised up albeit alot late in the game.

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Mar 14, 2023Liked by Jeff Childers

This statement is SO spot on: DeSantis was also right that these germaphobic nutjobs have no business being in charge of other people. They can barely manage themselves. One of the greatest mistakes of the pandemic was suddenly handing these grotesque public health numbskulls the ability to order other people around because “emergency.”

But I have to ask, you say we can make a difference at the local level. I am becoming less and less convinced that this is even doable. I watched our school board meeting last night and I was absolutely furious. We spent countless hours and dollars doing everything we could to flip our board in Charleston and we did...now we have a 5-4 majority. And yet, we still cannot rid ourselves of the loathesome horrible ELA curriculum. The liberals on the board are out of control...they scream, they yell, they name call....it's utterly infuriating to watch. I don't know how our board members on our side maintain their sanity, I really don't. These people are mentally ill. I can think of so many examples of dealing with local liberals lately where I have thought to myself 'this person is sick". If you can argue with a straight face that gender reassignment surgery (aka mutilation) for elementary school kids is a good idea, you're sick. So my point is, at what point are we just going to say enough? We cannot find common ground with people who are mentally ill. We just cannot. So what are we to do? If this was a marriage, we would leave. You cannot stay married to someone who is sick and abuses you. So what are we supposed to do with these people?

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It’s funny, if conservatives acted like this I’m presuming they’d be escorted out? So why are the liberals allowed to do it?

It might be that conservative parents will just have to start massively pulling their kids out of the schools to get anywhere 😕

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Right? If I do recall they sicced the FBI on us. I still remember how my stomach turned watching the liberal moms cheer on those local message boards when AG Garland sent his nauseating letter out threatening parents. And we weren't doing a fraction of the things they're doing. I think you're right - we simply must break apart the education system. We need our own schools and we need our tax dollars freed up for those schools.

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Just what I was about to say - turn off the spigot. Hoping that’s what’s about to happen in TX, although too late for us after paying for 18 years of private school on top of school taxes for public schools our kids never set foot in.

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Mar 14, 2023·edited Mar 14, 2023

Taxes are one thing. But most schools also get state funding based on head count. California public schools are going to have their funding cut because so many people left the state and many more have decided to homeschool or send the kids to private schools.

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Same here. Homeschooling my second child now but both were only in private school for many years and so the public school is not really feeling any effect from us.

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Bravo to you for homeschooling for kiddos.

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Thank you 😊 It’s just one kiddo though, the other one is in college now.

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They just want to be on the right side of left.. no matter the facts.

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There will be a charter school opening near me for the 2024 school year. This is a step in the right direction: https://neocacademy.org/?utm_source=BenchmarkEmail&utm_campaign=Mar_13_2023_Email&utm_medium=email

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The problem is in how we’re looking at this.

They are not an illness.

Diabetes is an illness.

THIS is pure evil.

Did you notice the really STRONG push to trans children began right after the SCOTUS simply sent the abortion issue back to the states?

They want our children.

This is spiritual.

This is a WAR between good and evil.

Our Bible study group is now turning into a prayer and fasting group. Praying for out children and grandchildren. Now we are individually, or as couples, driving around our schools praying for everyone.....from the janitor to the cafeteria workers, to the students and teachers, to the administration and school boards.

This is a WAR meant to be fought on our knees, in prayer.

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I wish I knew how to edit my comments on here. My statement should have read:

“They do NOT have an illness”

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Under each post is the "Like" and "Reply" button - to the right of these are three dots you can click and an edit option should appear.

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I tried that. No edit option.

Three things come up:

Share link to comment

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Delete comment

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It will work in the website, but not the SS app. And I think there’s a time limit that has been recently enacted, if I read correctly.

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Bless your heart, it really does work.

Try again.

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You nailed it!

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I'm unconvinced that changing school board members is an answer to anything other than political parties' wishes for more influence and more money for school board races. What can be done (electing certain school board members) can be undone. It's not a solution, and it doesn't change who the (union-protected) teachers are, nor does it help students timely, who may be stuck in failing schools. The fast answer is universal school choice, in which the per-student tax dollars normally given to the government school are instead placed at the disposal of the families, for any legitimate educational expense, regardless of family income. That would place the government schools in direct competition with multiple competitors, limited only by families imaginations on how best to educate their children. Corey DeAngelis is a national proponent of school choice and a good account to follow.

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You’re halfway there! Congratulations on getting half the board. Next time you’ll get the rest of them. Keep up the great work. Meantime, prayer to carry your good board members through this.

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Thank you! That is encouraging! We get a new superintendent in July, so that will make a huge difference. Our last one was wonderful (the one the woke board fired), so I have hope that if we get another sane one put in there we can bring back some order to this county.

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Acting insane is a tactic, not an illness. Have you ever heard of a term “red terror”? It’s what bolsheviks did during 1917 revolution. They simply terrorized people into submission by murder and torture because no normal human being would accept communism and everything it entails. So our current liberals are using this same tactic (for now still civil) of terror to submit people into agreeing with their narratives/actions. Decades of practice have shown that this tactic works and unfortunately American conservatives are still shocked by it. But we have to stop being socked and have to stop thinking they are mentally sick and have to start responding to this terror in much more proactive way, otherwise we will loose just like Russia did in 1917.

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That's really interesting. I was not familiar with this and hadn't considered it. You're right though, we do have to respond to it in a more productive way.

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Look into it and then compare what you’ve learned to antifa actions and tactics and other liberal actions. Those are one and the same less murder (for now). Disclaimer: I refuse to capitalize words like antifa, communism, bolcheviks, etc. because they don’t deserve respect in any form.

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Mar 14, 2023Liked by Jeff Childers

“having less ammunition.”

Well, you know, there’s only so much ammo $100billion or so can buy...

My guess is that the bulk of the money for “Ukraine” is being siphoned off via selling the arms to our enemies on the black market.

The official story is that this is all about defeating the evil Putin. I have my doubts -- this story has had the stink of hogwash right from the start. I’m more inclined to believe that it’s part of the business model of the military/industrial complex. With the highly profitable “Afghanistan” quagmire over, quarterly profits were looking a little weak. And with the looming clouds of a financial collapse, they needed to make hay while the sun was shining. That’s all there is to it, really.

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Is Putin evil? Maybe but how about the evil people leading our country here? Shouldn’t we clean our own house first?

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Somebody a long time ago made a very good comment about judging someone or looking for the mote in the eye without taking the plank out of your eye.

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Some people have a lumber yard.

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Oh, I think we can judge someone’s action without a doubt. We make judgments every day about what we eat, who our friends are, about everything. We judge whether we think the man/woman running for office is worthy of our vote. The judging error is whether or not you judge someone for doing the same thing you do. Then judging others is against God’s law.

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Agreed. My comment was too curt. I was referencing how some people in knee-jerk fashion just automatically label Putin as evil. What our "leadership" is doing in this country is far more evil than what I see in Putin. Who is turning our entire Gov't into a Communist state?....Biden and the Dems. Who is systematically killing and psychologically disabling America's children?...The Woke Dems. Who is perpetrating a mass genocide on the American people?...The Biden Bolsheviks et al..... And they have the temerity to call Putin evil who is doing nothing more than defending the interests of the Russian people. I laugh at anyone who can stand there as an American and call Putin and the Russian people evil.

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It's pretty easy to see evil when we see it.

Russia threatens our allies, threatens us, and commits genocide in Ukraine while his armies rape, murder, loot, pillage, and torture.

The Russian people's interest is not in having Ukraine enslaved. How are they bettered from that? How many hundreds of thousands of dead and wounded Russians for an old man's pride and ego?

Calling Putin evil does not mean someone sticks up for Biden. He's less evil, but only in the fact he doesn't know what he's doing and is senile.

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Mar 15, 2023·edited Mar 15, 2023

OK, let's "see"....

"Russia threatens our allies"...Well, obviously, anyone that threatens the USG empire is evil even if the "ally" is a Nazi gov't the USG is using to further their NWO agenda, laundry billions of USD and also using as a test bed for GoF bio-weapon development. How dare they!

"threatens us"... Unspecified but OK, fits in the USG narrative and we all know the narrative can be trusted.

"and commits genocide in Ukraine"... Nice accusation! Distracts from the very real genocide by the USG against their OWN people.

"while his armies rape, murder, loot, pillage, and torture."... I like how you personalize it - "his" meaning Putin's personal armies. All right in line with the official narrative of the Neo-Cons and the Biden Regime.

Well done!

Oh, and least we forget, if it's "less" evil then that makes it all acceptable.

Obvious proof that all things Russian (Putin) is EVIL.

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Speaking of the evil Putin, I'm curious. Are people speaking of his immortal soul (like Joe Biden did) or his political behavior which is open for criticism? It's conventional wisdom at this point. I don't really get it.

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How about this question.

Who is the most evil, Biden or Putin?

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