Posts by ThotuWasAToad

    You confuse tolerate with accept.

    No, I don't confuse them, but yes it's not as simple as 'acceptance'.


    IMO a lot of today's 'tolerance' is a product of a decades-long pro-LGBTXYZ cultural campaign. A lot of today's acceptance and even tolerance is driven more by peer pressure than any real respect for individual Americans.


    You may not liie it, but that 'militant retardation' has been highly effective. It's even affected you.

    Tolerance vs Acceptance and varying degrees of both. The degree of my hatefulness depends on the amount of militant retardation shown to me.

    I can understand this. I said much the same as an angry young 'conservative'.


    But think about that 'militant retardation' and how long it's been going on. It's been the main tactic of the gay rights movement for most of my life. And considering their now legally sanctioned right to marry- and broad cultural acceptance even in a cesspol like this forum... you gotta admit that the 'militant retardation' tactic has been wildly effective.

    shame one is constitutionally codified the other not so much.

    I'm sure you understand that I ultimately don't care what is or is not written on a particular piece of paper.


    If you can't respect something as fundamental as privacy and bodily autonomy, don't expect me or a majority of Americans to care about your petty bullshit.


    That vigilante-litigant mechanism that Republicans are so fond of these days in their culture-war fights? It can and will be used against you.

    Funny you bring that up. The right to keep and bear arms is Constitutionally guaranteed in this country. There's an amendment that specifically relates to it. So to fall under the same legal framework, you can propose a Constitutional amendment to guarantee this "right" . . . but right now, there isn't one. That is your strictly legal recourse if you want a one-size-fits-all approach handed down from DC. Without it, it falls under the 10th and is left to the States.

    Once again, a solid argument. I like you SW- you're a real outlier in this cesspool.


    But my point still stands regardless of said constitutional argument. If you don't respect the rights of others, they won't respect your rights. It's just a fact of life.

    You're welcome, But your second comment is incorrect. A woman has and maintains autonomy over her body. She has every right to choose to either engage in a behavior that may result in pregnancy, take measures to make a pregnancy extremely unlikely, or not engage in the behavior at all.


    Restricting a practicing physician from performing a medical procedure that can cause harm has nothing to do with the woman's autonomy.

    Cool. You have the right to bear arms. But buying/selling firearms will range from illegal to prohibitively expensive.

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    Why not simply avoid moralistic reasoning entirely and stick with the easier to define legalistic standpoint. If a woman miscarries or does something to herself that causes her to "spontaneously abort" like throw herself down a flight of stairs, she shouldn't be held liable. Whether her body acting on its own (which happens in an appallingly large number of cases), or by harming herself, that remains in the legal realm of having dominion over one's own body. Same goes if I wish to refuse a blood transfusion or what could be a life-saving procedure of some kind. That's dominion over my body, too.


    Government can and does regulate / limit what people do to each other, even if they are "consenting." I can tell the world that I want to die, but if my wife pulls the trigger, she will absolutely be in legal trouble. I can sign a paper with my doctor asking for the fifteen pound growth on my neck be removed, and we can give it a fancy sounding name like "cranial amputation." Perhaps even convince some idiot PhD somewhere to write a paper that people who experience this procedure experience the most euphoric bliss and so it's a kindness to allow it. But it is still murder on the doctor's part if he does it as it is completely known no one survives the procedure.


    So, a government making it illegal for a doctor to perform a procedure that will result in the death of a human is perfectly sound from a legal standpoint. Whether that person is in utero or on their deathbed doesn't change that.

    This is a good argument. Maybe the only sincere one I've come across here, and thanks for that.


    But what you're arguing here is a de facto denial of womens' bodily autonomy.


    They don't need you to agree. But we're about to watch millions of Women teach ya'll a lesson about minding your own business. It's gonna be entertaining to watch.


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    Why not allow the states to legislate against or in favor of abortion.


    Murder and fraud and a whole bunch of other crimes and non-crimes are state issues why not abortion?

    Why not defend the rights of all Americans to make their own personal decisions? Rather than turning ignorant bible-thumpers loose with government power over womens' bodies?


    I mean who cares about your right to arm bears? We'll just gun retailers as business model.

    Never worked for the gubment, (though they were often the 'customer') Outside of cops, I find most public employees rude and entitled

    Ok, so you just work for a government contractor, rather than as a direct employee? I can identify with that :)


    I thought you'd been in the military. But I've been wrong before.

    Laz you are punctual if nothing else :)


    I gotta say that this is a surprisingly good start for the Student Loan Jubilee (a biblically sound concept, btw).


    But it's only a start. Dems know where there bred is budderd.

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    • The Education Department has canceled around $6.8 billion in student debt for more than 110,000 borrowers through the public service loan forgiveness waiver.
    • Here's what you need to know about how to get the relief, too.

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    Temporary changes to the troubled Public Service Loan Forgiveness Program have resulted in more than 110,000 people with student debt getting around $6.8 billion in relief.

    The new figures from the U.S. Department of Education show how many borrowers are benefiting from the policy fixes announced by the Biden administration last year. Hundreds of thousands more could still see their debt discharged as part of the effort. The average amount of debt reduction per borrower is close to $60,000, according to the Education Department.

    The public service loan forgiveness was signed into law by then-President George W. Bush in 2007, and allows nonprofit and government employees to have their federal student loans canceled after 10 years, or 120 payments. The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau estimates that one-quarter of American workers could be eligible.

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    However, the program has been plagued by problems, making people who actually get the relief a rarity.

    Borrowers often believe they're paying their way to loan cancellation only to discover at some point in the process that they don't qualify, usually for confusing technical reasons. Lenders have been blamed for misleading borrowers and botching their timelines.

    The reforms under the Biden administration include reassessing borrowers' timelines and counting some payments that were previously ineligible because, say, a borrower was unwittingly in a nonqualifying repayment plan.

    How can I benefit from the new rules?

    To begin, you want to act quickly, said Mark Kantrowitz, a higher education expert.

    That's because the Biden administration's new rules for public service loan forgiveness are slated to expire on Oct. 31.

    If you have either a Federal Family Education Loan (FFEL) or a Federal Perkins Loan, which don't normally count for public service loan forgiveness but now temporarily do, you'll need to consolidate those into direct loans with your servicer.

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    "It typically takes 30 days to 45 days for the consolidation to occur," Kantrowitz said.

    "Borrowers should do this even if they don't expect to have 120 payments by the deadline, as the previously ineligible payments will count only if they do this," he added.

    In addition, borrowers will also have to prove that their work was considered public service for any stretch of time that they're trying to get counted toward forgiveness. To do so, you'll want to file with your servicer a so-called employer certification form for each job you've had throughout your timeline.

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    Borrowers currently jobless or not working in public service may still qualify for forgiveness now, so long as they've made 120 qualifying payments in the past, Kantrowitz added.

    Also, keep in mind that months during the government's payment pause and interest waiver on federal student loans, which has been in effect since March 2020, count toward the program, even if you haven't been paying.

    Some borrowers seem to be getting forgiveness automatically after the government's auditing of these accounts.

    Still, taking these steps will make sure you benefit.

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