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Can we please dispense with notion that Christianity (or perhaps any other brand of religion, but that is another topic) is all about peace, love, and charity? 

That’s a huge, counterfactual myth perpetrated by propagandists, from the Pope to local preachers. Christianity might be about peace and love, but only after they have colonized, conquered, and converted everyone in sight, usually after a bloodbath. 

Just look at the factual, empirical, historical record of North, Central, and South America since 1492: genocides and ethnic cleansing were perpetrated on the Indigenous peoples by the Christian (and capitalist) conquerors to get total control of all the lands and surviving people who converted to stay alive. Peace, love, and charity comes only after the Other has been been conquered, only after the bloodbath, not before. 

After its founding, God-fearing Texas was the site of a massive ethnic cleansing program to steal the lands from Native Americans. So, in the long-term view, Abbott's hateful behavior is the norm, not the exception. 

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Abbott's inauguration is on Tuesday. Open to the public at the Capitol. 

I'd actually love to go because I feel like it would be a cool event to witness. But I don't know that I could stand the sight of that guy or give the illusion that I'm there in support. 

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It is an interesting event to witness.  I even sat in the snow/freezing temps for Perry's in 2009 because my cousin scored some closeup seats.  There'll be plenty of people in the back protesting so don't feel too guilty sticking around.  The pageantry is for our whole state, not just this guy.  

Plus the lunch afterwards is always phenomenal.  This year it's like a "Taste of Texas" food court with a dozen restaurants of all different genres from across the state.  His last two galas were at Palmer (one was with Clint Black IIRC, some country legend who actually put on a really good show and that's not my cup of tea).  But they had to curtain about 1/2 of it off to make it look fuller.  I think they're done with that plus he's not terribly popular even by GOP standards so they moved it to ACL Live downtown which is much more intimate.  If I was still drinking, I'd go---the booze flows quite freely at those things.  But sober with Greg Abbott, and more importantly---his kraken of loyal followers?  No thanks.  Actually, there are a few friends and family I'd like to see...but then I remembered Dan Patrick will also be there.  So no.  God no.  I am gonna take my kids to his inaugural mass at Saint Mary's though on Monday.  I need more god in my life this year anyway.  May as well show them something different.  

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3 hours ago, tx 3 putt said:

Can people show up and ‘boo’ ?

I have an acquaintance who is thinking about borrowing a wheel chair and bringing it and carrying a sign that says "I stand with Greg Abbott", which would normally be extremely tacky, but when you consider how shitty Abbott is towards people like him who had serious accidents, and how much he worked to make sure they wouldn't get the same payout that he did, and how shitty he is to those born in the same country as his wife's grandparents....

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10 hours ago, FirstTimeCaller said:

Abbott's inauguration is on Tuesday. Open to the public at the Capitol. 

I'd actually love to go because I feel like it would be a cool event to witness. But I don't know that I could stand the sight of that guy or give the illusion that I'm there in support. 

Fuck that and fuck him. 

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4 hours ago, atomheartbevo said:

I have an acquaintance who is thinking about borrowing a wheel chair and bringing it and carrying a sign that says "I stand with Greg Abbott", which would normally be extremely tacky, 

Tacky?  Fuck tacky.  I'll pay the rent on the wheelchair if he'll do it.  That's hilarious.

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He's making his 3x/year appearance at Mass today.  4:30p at Saint Mary's downtown.  Only time you ever see him in church (save for funerals) is Christmas, Easter, and start to session/inauguration.  

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And the cosplay fatties are rolling through downtown to protect inauguration from protestors.  One sign said “to ensure the peaceful transfer of power.”  Almost pissed myself at the stoplight laughing at him. 

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Heard on the news this morning about a bill that would restrict companies and citizens of foreign countries, specifically China, Iran, North Korea (?), and Russia from purchasing land in Texas.  In light of what has happened in places like Vancouver, where foreign companies and citizens have bumrushed the real estate market, making it difficult for Canadians to buy homes, this really doesn't sound like that bad of an idea.  What am I missing?  Because surely I'm missing something.  Abbott doesn't do good things for this state.

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34 minutes ago, Biff Tannen said:

Heard on the news this morning about a bill that would restrict companies and citizens of foreign countries, specifically China, Iran, North Korea (?), and Russia from purchasing land in Texas.  In light of what has happened in places like Vancouver, where foreign companies and citizens have bumrushed the real estate market, making it difficult for Canadians to buy homes, this really doesn't sound like that bad of an idea.  What am I missing?  Because surely I'm missing something.  Abbott doesn't do good things for this state.

So immigrants can't buy land now?  Seems pretty xenophobic.  

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35 minutes ago, Biff Tannen said:

Heard on the news this morning about a bill that would restrict companies and citizens of foreign countries, specifically China, Iran, North Korea (?), and Russia from purchasing land in Texas.  In light of what has happened in places like Vancouver, where foreign companies and citizens have bumrushed the real estate market, making it difficult for Canadians to buy homes, this really doesn't sound like that bad of an idea.  What am I missing?  Because surely I'm missing something.  Abbott doesn't do good things for this state.

We really need to also regulate corporate ownership of residential housing. That's a HUGE driver of the housing crisis

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42 minutes ago, Biff Tannen said:

Heard on the news this morning about a bill that would restrict companies and citizens of foreign countries, specifically China, Iran, North Korea (?), and Russia from purchasing land in Texas.  In light of what has happened in places like Vancouver, where foreign companies and citizens have bumrushed the real estate market, making it difficult for Canadians to buy homes, this really doesn't sound like that bad of an idea.  What am I missing?  Because surely I'm missing something.  Abbott doesn't do good things for this state.

Most of the housing markets in this state are among the most affordable in the country.

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17 minutes ago, Longhornfan1024 said:

So immigrants can't buy land now?  Seems pretty xenophobic.  

From what I understand, it's not barring immigrants.  Just foreign companies and citizens (who are not planning on becoming citizens) from buying land as investments from outside the country.

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From what I understand, it's not barring immigrants.  Just foreign companies and citizens (who are not planning on becoming citizens) from buying land as investments from outside the country.

Cool. So, what happens when Large Agribusiness Inc, which writes LOTS of fat checks to the gov, owns thousands of acres of land, and is publicly traded, ends up majority owned by a foreign sovereign fund? Or hell, even when a private business that owns land wants to sell to a foreign sovereign fund? Even if all I own is my HQ building, can Brisket’s Tech Co sell to an enterprise that is majority foreign owned?
This is a stunt, which is all our state govt knows how to do.
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6 minutes ago, Brisketexan said:


Cool. So, what happens when Large Agribusiness Inc, which writes LOTS of fat checks to the gov, owns thousands of acres of land, and is publicly traded, ends up majority owned by a foreign sovereign fund? Or hell, even when a private business that owns land wants to sell to a foreign sovereign fund? Even if all I own is my HQ building, can Brisket’s Tech Co sell to an enterprise that is majority foreign owned?
This is a stunt, which is all our state govt knows how to do.

This is why I was asking.  Yes, those all seem problematic.

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2 hours ago, Captainant said:

We really need to also regulate corporate ownership of residential housing. That's a HUGE driver of the housing crisis

i don't mind small time investment rental properties. hell, i'd love to have the headaches of a small time landlord as someone buys me a house. i dont know where the line is but 10 properties feels about right. i could be argued off that number to another. but at some point, when we are talking affordable housing, we also need to talk about local ownership.

i don't have the solution, but corporate cash buyers are fucking this market sideways.

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1 hour ago, Brisketexan said:


Cool. So, what happens when Large Agribusiness Inc, which writes LOTS of fat checks to the gov, owns thousands of acres of land, and is publicly traded, ends up majority owned by a foreign sovereign fund? Or hell, even when a private business that owns land wants to sell to a foreign sovereign fund? Even if all I own is my HQ building, can Brisket’s Tech Co sell to an enterprise that is majority foreign owned?
This is a stunt, which is all our state govt knows how to do.

subject to the definition of 'foreign business,' in iowa they'd have to sell it or convert it to non-agricultural land within 5 years.

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4 hours ago, Brisketexan said:


Cool. So, what happens when Large Agribusiness Inc, which writes LOTS of fat checks to the gov, owns thousands of acres of land, and is publicly traded, ends up majority owned by a foreign sovereign fund? Or hell, even when a private business that owns land wants to sell to a foreign sovereign fund? Even if all I own is my HQ building, can Brisket’s Tech Co sell to an enterprise that is majority foreign owned?
This is a stunt, which is all our state govt knows how to do.

Uh, thread aside...we need to talk about your buddy/mentee.  Up and got engaged and getting married toot sweet.  This will actually, literally, have an effect on local and state GOP politics.  talk soon...

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6 hours ago, Longhornfan1024 said:

So immigrants can't buy land now?  Seems pretty xenophobic.  


fires up the maga base which is very anti Abbott 

next move will be banning all people without citizenship status from buying / owning land 

 

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