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Posts by JAKraig

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  • Trump's trade war escalation has sent Chinese stocks tumbling to multi-year lows (gosh darn)

    06/19/2018 9:01:08 AM PDT · 21 of 23
    JAKraig to Pride in the USA

    What a great president. He has gonads, I don’t think he is afraid of anything.

    China has a lot of dollars they they were planning on using to hurt our economy with that they will have to use to prop up their economy but that is only a short term fix, it can’t last long. Soon they will have to reduce their tariffs and use the same market as everyone else. With the reduction of tariffs in China perhaps China will be a wonderful market for US goods, industry and manufacturing will soar to unbelievable heights if and when that happens.

  • 'When has it ever become legal to shoot someone because they’re pulling off in your car?'

    06/15/2018 6:26:29 AM PDT · 62 of 184
    JAKraig to babble-on

    Having your car stolen because you parked it with the keys in it and left it running is very irritating, but is not justifiable homicide.

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    If the Law in Illinois says it is not justifiable homicide then the law needs to be changed. It is likely that the shooter got off lucky because he was in government as a firefighter, had it been me I would probably be in jail.

    All that being said, the shooter did the community a big favor by getting a thief off the street. It is a shame that the only way to do it is by killing him.

    If you can’t do the time you shouldn’t do the crime. He won’t do the crime again. It is a hard lesson, hopefully someone who knew him will learn it.

  • The Real Economic Numbers: 21.5% Unemployment, 10% Inflation And Negative Economic Growth

    06/14/2018 8:48:52 AM PDT · 76 of 91
    JAKraig to Alberta's Child

    There is a lot of B.S. in this piece.

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    A whole lot of BS but, there is some truth too.

    The store closings are total BS, yes they are closing because Amazon has free shipping and lower prices. I’m not praising Amazon, I like stores but, The gas, wear and tear on the car and time cost a lot more than the $99 a year for Prime.

    I don’t want to see the stores go but the money not being spent in the stores is still being spent. There are a lot of people not working because they make money outside of taxes. Tax takes close to 50% of our earnings. We have Property, excise, sales, income, SSI, FICA and other taxes that added up really bite hard. It is no wonder that people that can make money outside of a W-2 do it. If you do a job for $1000 on the side it is the equivalent of $2000 if you don’t have to pay any tax on the money. That is why illegals are willing to work for so little, they won’t be paying any tax on it.

    If we got rid of all the illegals we wouldn’t have unemployment.

  • Here’s the Propaganda Movie Trump Showed Kim to Entice Dictator

    06/13/2018 11:17:47 AM PDT · 18 of 19
    JAKraig to SunkenCiv

    This is a most excellent movie that lets Kim know what Trump wants for his country. It inflates the ego of Kim to say that he is the one that can do it. Kim need his ego stroked and he gets it in this film that simply states the truth of what “could” be.

    I like it and I think it was a brilliant move on Trumps part.

  • Delingpole: Epic Renewables Fail as Solar Crashes and Wind Refuses to Blow

    06/10/2018 8:51:40 PM PDT · 23 of 23
    JAKraig to publius911

    Vague... vague... vague...
    But that’s understandable, because not even rich suckers enjoy being “taken.”

    What’s “expensive?” Does your amortization figures (or cash payment) allow for interest paid? Over what time?

    Smug generalities won’t cut it among informed citizens.

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    I certainly didn’t mean to hide any “facts” about my system. I am not a rich sucker but I have saved well over the years. I bought 36, 325 Watt 9.5 amp American made PV panels. I have a total of about 12KW. The simple cost of my system works out to about $1.00 per watt, or a few cents less. I wanted more than the simple system so I also got battery backup. I did a little more than most people in that I got a battery that would last me at least 15 days with no sun and no grid during worst case summer loads. I went even further than that, although if I had it to do over again I don’t think I would, I bought a generator that would charge the battery in 4 hours to run for two days.

    My house was pointed in the right direction for solar and I did have to remove one very large tree.

    Pay back is really hard to calculate. I like my electricity, I don’t like to conserve. I have 3 freezers full of food and I don’t want to lose it because of a power outage. I have electric (heat pump) heat and enjoy my
    A/C. I dry my clothes with electricity and cook my food with electricity and this year will buy and install a heat pump hot water heater which will get rid of nearly all my gas usage.

    I use about $300.00 a month average worth of electricity, but I don’t use any from the grid any more, although I still have to pay $12 a month to stay hooked up. I stay hooked up to avoid using the battery. Using the battery would start cutting into it’s life of 7-10 years of use. Sitting idle it may last for 30 years. The battery and charge controllers to go with it are pretty expensive. I’m in Kentucky where the utility company has to take any extra electricity I produce and give it back to me for free at night or any other time if I need it. I went a little overboard with inverter capacity at 16Kw but, I have no problem running the clothes dryer, heat pump or A/C while using the electric cook stove, 3 freezers and refrigerator and an assortment of much smaller loads. I live in a fairly large one story house of about 4000sqft.

    The cost of electricity has been increasing every year, perhaps now it will slow down but I doubt it. If there is no change I will have paid for my system in 7-10 years, likely it will be faster than that because the increase in rates. When I ordered my system components our electricity was $.07, now it is $.15.

    PV’s don’t mind hail, the Federal government in most countries specifies just how large and fast a hail stone they must survive, the US has good hail standards.

    I did not amortize, I don’t borrow money, and saving pays almost nothing. I do have real estate investments but I had money sitting around not doing anything anyway and this is something I always wanted to do. I’m not a tree hugger or climate change freak but I do like security and now I have a little more than I did before.

    Some people like to buy expensive cars, I’m not smug about their decisions, but I don’t buy expensive cars, our mini-vans go just as fast and as far as the Escalades but I certainly don’t begrudge anyone their Escalade.

    People over time will pay enough through electric rates to have purchased solar electric but most wouldn’t want to fool with it, there is some care and attention involved. I would love to own a 64 or 66 Vette but I wouldn’t want to have to take care of it, I don’t have one.

    I thoroughly enjoy my system, sometimes I will just go downstairs and listen to the inverters humm. It is fun when neighborhood lights go out and I don’t hear about it until the next day. I had a generator that I used to use in the event of a storm, I still have the little 5.5KW portable that goes through about 15 gallons of fuel per day of use. During one ice storm my generator blew itself apart after a few days of use, I was out of town, trying to get a replacement was impossible locally. I was in
    Chicago I bought one there and had it shipped overnight and had one of the kids hook it up for us, it was a pain in the butt. When the neighborhood lights go out now my lights don’t even flicker.

    Solar may not be for everybody but it does pay for itself if you are willing to do without your money for a while. It does provide some real security.

    Not everybody can afford to do solar, not everybody has a house that will support enough panels but then again not everybody can afford a 64 Vette or Escalade, sone that can’t afford them get them anyway.

  • Delingpole: Epic Renewables Fail as Solar Crashes and Wind Refuses to Blow

    06/10/2018 12:18:45 PM PDT · 11 of 23
    JAKraig to roadcat

    For powering my home and tools, I will never consider using solar. Not enough wattage for the effort and cost.

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    How do you know if you haven’t tried it?

    I have 11.7 KW of PV on my roof, it supplies all my power and then some.

    It was expensive, but it also pays for itself after several years. While it is paying for itself I have power when the rest of the neighborhood has none after storms.

    The equipment is not complicated, has a reputation for lasting decades and it just works. I would highly recommend it to anyone.

  • Trump says he’s considering pardon for Muhammad Ali

    06/08/2018 9:32:00 AM PDT · 40 of 41
    JAKraig to CondorFlight

    Citizenship imposes certain duties on all of us.

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    I detest Islam.

    I love liberty and freedom and the Constitution of the US says we can believe whatever we want.

    Before Ali converted to Islam he tried to join the Army, before he was a boxing champ. The army turned him down telling him his IQ was too low.

    Was Ali serious about his religion, I believe he was I’ll tell you a story:

    I lived in Louisville, Kentucky and managed property for the local government, the county that Louisville was located. There was a large open space building called “The Hall of Justice” which housed the courts and Jail of the county. My office was in that building.

    One day I got a knock at my office door. My secretary didn’t usually knock she would call first and tell me what she wanted, I hollered up, “it open, common in”, and when I looked up it was Ali with an escort. He had come to ask me a favor. He wanted to know if he could sit in the lobby and hand out Korans. I told him to go ahead and got him a table and chair. He sat there all day doing that. After a couple of hours having expected him to have left I went down to the lobby and there he was speaking to anybody who would come up to him and he would offer to give them a free Koran. Speaking was already very difficult for him, his speech was slow but he tried with anybody who was willing. His hand shake was weak, he shook when he walked with what looked like a lot of effort, but he did it. All this for his belief in Islam.

    I told one of the people that worked for me to get the Polaroid Camera we had in the office and take a picture of me with The Champ. I still have it and have the Koran he signed for me.

    I think Ali should have served but I believe he was wronged in being made to serve because of the above factors. The Army who had dismissed attempts to serve earlier wanted to get mileage out of his fame. People as old as Ali at the time were not being drafted, they wanted younger men. They abused the champ in my opinion

    Ali was a great guy who followed some bad people and got some bad information. I hope now that he is on the other side of life and knows the truth that he is not held accountable for his belief in Islam. He was truly a peaceful man. All the above transpired before the current Jihad nonsense.

    I love our president. I loved Reagan but I’m realizing Trump is better in many ways.

    I sent money to the Trump campaign but didn’t think he could win at the time. Before the election my opinions changed, I told my wife I thought he would get about 300 Electoral Votes. What a great guy. I hope he does Pardon Ali and apologizes to his family for the injustice that was done to him by the US. That is what I think a pardon would do.

  • Canon shutters 80-year history of film cameras

    05/31/2018 2:54:18 PM PDT · 32 of 47
    JAKraig to yarddog
    I used to shoot with a variety of film cameras, loved it and enjoyed pulling extra contrast using a variety of tricks in the darkroom, but no more. I don't miss the film. I have a son that still uses film but there is no longer any advantage to using film. Digital has a larger dynamic range than film ever had. My favorite camera right now has a dynamic range of over 14 stops, you could never do that with film, not even with medium format. My Nikon D810 has a resolution that pretty much equals most medium format film. At 36,000,000 pixels not much is missed.

    While telephoto lenses are great, I have several there is nothing like being able to crop a small area in a shot and blowing it up like it was shot telephoto.

    I don't have to wait go get my pictures back, I don't have to send them off. I can review in camera or in the computer and print them myself if I want. If I do happen to take a shot where the white balance is off or perhaps my exposure was a little high or low I can put the raw file in Photoshop and basically re-shoot it. If a picture has information in a shadow area, with over 14 stops of dynamic range I can pull the shadows out, that was one of the biggest problems with film, if it was lost in a shadow it was simply gone.

    I love my D810. I have a whole slew of nikon speed lights, or flash units, I almost never use them, I get good color depth and pretty good DR at 6400 ISO or even higher. The grip with it's extra battery gives me up to 7 FPS which is not a sports camera but it isn't slow either.

    I don't expect to ever really think of the good old days of film because today the film is cheap and I can take all the pictures I want. In the old days in college where I worked for the school as a photographer I could easily go through a couple 36 exposure rolls a quarter of a basket ball game and with the medium format a few rolls a game. Today I can take several hundred shots and as long as I get one good one I'm happy and it doesn't cost a cent more to take all the extras.

  • Judge Naomi Reice Buchwald Office Contact Info(Twitter Judge- Vanity)

    05/23/2018 12:43:25 PM PDT · 16 of 53
    JAKraig to Amendment10

    When I called and they hung up on me I kept calling and complained about their hanging up on me. Finally they listened on speaker phone while I made my polite comments about the judge being ill advised in her decision.

    Stupid libtards.

  • Woman who shot Wichita abortion doctor, bombed clinics in 1990s released from prison

    05/23/2018 12:39:21 PM PDT · 6 of 57
    JAKraig to lurk

    I don’t think I can condone shooting the doctors, but almost I can.

    What a brave committed woman. She will not have to be embarrassed when faces The Lord at judgment day. I wish I was as committed as her.

  • IAF commander: Israel first to use F-35 jet in combat

    05/22/2018 11:12:01 AM PDT · 16 of 16
    JAKraig to Paal Gulli

    New equipment always receives bad reviews from people who have never used the equipment in operation.

    I haven’t flown the F-35 but those who have love it.

    During WWII nobody wanted the P-38 when it came out because it was not very maneuverable, but it was VERY fast and had great armor. Properly used it could shoot down the enemy with ease. Top Aces in the Pacific shot down as many as 40 enemy in the Lightening. Later the maneuverability was enhanced but it was never meant to be a dog fighter. It was a quiet plane and could sneak up and strike before the enemy could do anything about it and disappear.

    While the Air Force name for the plane is Lightening II the pilots have named it the Panther. Either name is descriptive of what it can do.

    The F-35 is not meant for dog fighting. It is a stealth plane that can see but can’t be seen. It can get close enough to launch missiles before being detected and get away before the enemy even knows it was there. It can destroy ground radar without being detected, it is a magic plane.

  • Time to Stop Comparing CIA/FBI Coup Attempt to Watergate Nothing Like This Has Happened Before

    05/18/2018 10:31:33 AM PDT · 49 of 51
    JAKraig to Antipolitico
    “Sessions has the chance of going down as a great AG if he take the IG report and runs with it.” __________________________________________________________

    I have not made a decision about Sessions yet.

    There is some advantage in doing investigations on the QT.

    I think that treason is only punishable by death in war time. Treason is punishable by hefty fines and life inprisonment during peace time, they all deserve it. Comey, McCabe, Clapper, Lynch, Muller, Brennan, Hillary and Obummer. There are more but they were following orders and their time in prison should be a little less.

    My hope is that Sessions with his various investigators/prosecutors has put together air-tight cases against all these evil players that would thwart the will of the people who elected the president.

    Trump is an extremely intelligent person, high genius IQ, I doubt that anything gets past him. I have liked Sessions for a long time and have never considered him part of the swamp, I hope he is not. My hope is that the only thing Sessions has to do with the swamp is in draining it.

    Our Mainstream press is actually the 5th column of destruction. I don't know what the answer is to them. We need a free press but fake new is really bad. I think libel laws should not protect fake news.

  • IG Horowitz... “Reasonable Grounds” FBI Violated FEDERAL LAW in Bureau’s Handling of Hillary...

    05/17/2018 12:26:50 PM PDT · 116 of 395
    JAKraig to JAKraig
    All US attorneys report to RosenSwamp. While Sessions is recused on all Clinton connected matters, Rosenstein remains the top dog on all of those matters.

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    Actually, once the investigation is over Sessions has no reason for recussal, he can then prosecute.


    No, not really. Rosenstein is an assistant to Sessions and he is the assistant handling the special prosecutor, everyone reports to Sessions for everything except the election investigation.

    Sessions reports to Trump. Everyone acts like Trump is helpless in all this. Trump is not the helpless type, he is in charge and in control you can be assured of that. Trump likely has the highest IQ of any president since Thomas Jefferson, he thinks circles around everybody else.

    Having an investigator/prosecutor from outside Washington was genius. He doesn't have to worry about stepping on toes of his friends because these are people he knows the names of but doesn't really know.

  • IG Horowitz... “Reasonable Grounds” FBI Violated FEDERAL LAW in Bureau’s Handling of Hillary...

    05/17/2018 12:10:04 PM PDT · 107 of 395
    JAKraig to FreeReign

    All US attorneys report to RosenSwamp. While Sessions is recused on all Clinton connected matters, Rosenstein remains the top dog on all of those matters.

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    Actually, once the investigation is over Sessions has no reason for recussal, he can then prosecute.

  • Brief Filed in Federal Case Challenging “Winner-take-All” Election of Presidential Electors

    05/16/2018 6:46:23 AM PDT · 20 of 34
    JAKraig to unlearner

    The founders did not create a coalition government. They specified an electoral college which is allocated as states choose.

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    Your reply is correct but there are many states now trying to subvert the Constitution by having a compact between states to award all their electors to the person who wins the majority of votes in the Union, not the state. They would in the last election have awarded all the electors in their state to Hillary Clinton even if she had not received a single vote in their state. There are those who say it is up to the state to determine how they award those votes in their state but if my state were in the Compact I would sue to say my vote did not count.

  • Romney Tweet about Robert Jeffress Falsely Paints Faithful Christians as Bigoted Extremists

    05/15/2018 12:40:56 PM PDT · 31 of 36
    JAKraig to 2ndDivisionVet
    How is Mormonism not 19th Century Scientology?

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    I was going to keep my mouth shut but sometimes you just can't ignore a silly comment like we should.

    Mormonism is a religion with about the same number of worshipers perhaps a little more than Jewry, 16,000,000.

    I realize that numbers mean nothing, there are 1.2 billion worshipers in the satanic cult of Islam.

    Mormons believe in God, Jesus Christ and the Holy Ghost, Mormons believe there is only one name that can save, that of Jesus Christ. Mormons believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God, that God is indeed His Father and that is where they differ from “conventional” or “Catholic” Christianity.

    At the council of Nicaea a doctrine was adopted that said that Christ, God The Father and The Holy Ghost were one God. That Christ was not really the Son of God but that He was Eternal, the same as The Father, and that Christ and God The Father shared the same substance making them literally one God.

    Jews don't believe that Abraham or Jacob or Issac have anything to do with getting them to Heaven. Jews don't worship Abraham, Issac, Jacob, Elijah or Moses but revere them as prophets, literally representatives of God on earth.

    Jews believe in a Messiah they just don't believe that Jesus born of Mary was Him.

    I have never been close to Judaism so can't really say much about it accept to say that Jesus was a Jew and I doubt that Jews will go to Hell for being and following the religion of Judaism.

    Back to Mormons, I personally believe that Mormons are Christian. Certainly they are not main line or catholic (universal) christian because they won't adopt the Nicaean Creed sometimes referred to now as the Apostles Creed but never an Apostle spoke it. But Mormons make it plain what they do believe, this from Wikipedia:

    We believe in God, the Eternal Father, and in His Son, Jesus Christ, and in the Holy Ghost.

    We believe that men will be punished for their own sins, and not for Adam's transgression.

    We believe that through the Atonement of Christ, all mankind may be saved, by obedience to the laws and ordinances of the Gospel.

    We believe that these first principles and ordinances of the Gospel 1st, Faith in the Lord Jesus Christ; second, Repentance; third, Baptism by immersion for the remission of sins; fourth, Laying on of hands for the gift of the Holy Ghost.

    We believe that a man must be called of God by “prophecy, and by the laying on of hands” by those who are in authority to preach the Gospel and administer in the ordinances thereof.

    We believe in the same organization that existed in the Primitive Church, viz: namely, apostles, prophets, pastors, teachers, evangelists and so forth.

    We believe in the gift of tongues, prophecy, revelation, visions, healing, interpretation of tongues and so forth.

    We believe the Bible to be the word of God as far as it is translated correctly; we also believe the Book of Mormon to be the word of God.

    We believe all that God has revealed, all that He does now reveal, and we believe that He will yet reveal many great and important things pertaining to the Kingdom of God.

    We believe in the literal gathering of Israel and in the restoration of the Ten Tribes; that Zion (the New Jerusalem) will be built upon this the American continent; that Christ will reign personally upon the earth and that the earth will be renewed and receive its paradisiacal glory.

    We claim the privilege of worshiping Almighty God according to the dictates of our own conscience, and allow all men the same privilege, let them worship how, where, or what they may.

    We believe in being subject to kings, presidents, rulers, and magistrates, in obeying, honoring, and sustaining the law.

    #13
    We believe in being honest, true, chaste, benevolent, virtuous, and in doing good to all men; indeed, we may say that we follow the admonition of Paul —”We believe all things, we hope all things,” we have endured many things, and hope to be able to endure all things. If there is anything virtuous, lovely, or of good report or praise worthy praiseworthy, we seek after these things.

    After reading these things I realize that Romney cannot be a real Mormon, the last one, number 13, eliminates him. Romney is an opportunist double crossing liar who isn't worthy of tying the shoes of our current president.

  • EMP: An Elaborate Hoax or a Legitimate Threat?

    05/15/2018 11:38:18 AM PDT · 49 of 62
    JAKraig to Chainmail

    An idiot. If the author had spent a few days serving our country, he or she would have known that EMP is real enough.

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    She never said it wasn’t real, only that nobody really knows how real it could be.

    EMP is fickle, it depends on a lot of environmental conditions to be effective. The fix for protection from potential EMP is not terribly expensive and is a wise thing to do anyway to protect from a large solar flare.

    The major threat of an EMP is supposedly what it would do to our electrical distribution system, the “Grid”.

    If you really are afraid of an EMP go put a bunch of solar cells on your roof and a bunch of batteries in your basement. While that would be expensive to do enough to replace the grid it is not terribly expensive for minimal backup power to keep the frig going and charge your phones.

    I went whole hog with 12KW on the roof because I like my A/C in the summer and my heat pump in the winter. Most people don’t have the understanding it takes to maintain and operate something so large. To some it would seem too complicated, to me it is just fun.

    I don’t think we will ever be subjected to an EMP unless it is in concert with bombs dropping all over the place, it that event EMP will be the least of our worries.

  • The Singularity Is The Pandora’s Box Of Scientism

    05/15/2018 11:06:49 AM PDT · 9 of 15
    JAKraig to Artemis Webb

    I’d rather not read the whole article. It reads like Q but without the bad freeform verse.

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    Well I did read the entire article. A few interesting points but the most important point in my own opinion was totally missed by the writer.

    While the writer mentions space exploration and what will happen with the vanity of scientest creating AI that will eventually enslave us, perhaps eat us, it does not mention time.

    Time is where so many futurist miss the boat. They speak of godlessness without thinking. For instance: The universe was according to most scientest created with a big bang about 13-1/2 to 14 billion years ago. The sun about 4-1/2 or so billion years ago and the earth perhaps 4 billion years ago. In the last few hundred years the people of earth have progressed from knowing magnetism exists to harnessing it to subdue our world. The vast majority of that understanding and harnessing has happened in the last 50 years. Certainly there were great thinkers prior to 50 years ago and great discoveries but knowledge and understanding are moving faster than at any time in the history of mankind.

    There were other earths that were born and died before ours was even even contemplated, perhaps trillions of them. In 100 years there will be advances in sciences and engineering we can’t even contemplate but I’m really talking about societies that are not 100 years ahead of us, not a thousand or a million but billions of years ahead of us.

    If there was a living being with a billion year head start on us, if we met them we wouldn’t understand them except to believe that they were gods. I would think those societies managed their AI ok and got by, I have no reason to believe that we couldn’t do the same.

    I am not a particularly forward thinking man but I don’t see how philosophy cannot take time into consideration when coming to an opinion that concerns our future.

  • Former C-130 pilot studies plane crash video (#1 engine failure)

    05/14/2018 7:22:45 PM PDT · 21 of 39
    JAKraig to PAR35

    On take off, climb you are at a pretty low airspeed.

    Loss of an engine and torque compensation with rudder further reduces air speed. It looked to me like the left wing simply stalled. Some would ask how only one wing could stall but there are many situations where that can happen. The engine that failed would reduce air flow over the wing on the same side. Once the wing drops at low altitude your done.

    The proper course would have been to stop climb and lower the nose to get speed and then at least you go into the ground wheels down instead of burying the nose. It looked like he may have tried that and then tried to correct course with too much rudder, rudder can really kill airspeed.

  • NY Archdiocese Priest: Jesus Did Not Understand Homosexuality

    05/11/2018 8:53:33 AM PDT · 16 of 188
    JAKraig to Tanniker Smith

    Years ago I heard the definition of a zealot as someone who does what God would do if God had all the facts.

    Jesus didn’t understand homosexuality? And I’m sure someone could explain it to him, or just do what Jesus would do if were Jesus more informed on the matter.

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    There is, obviously no one who understand homosexuality better than the members of the Holy Trinity.

    It seems pretty obvious to me that God had a pretty good understanding of homosexuality back when he took care of the problem in Sodom and Gomorrah. Perhaps we need the same solution again.

    Anyone, priest or Pope who deigns to believe that they know more on any subject than God is an idiot.