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Half-baked Republican Presidential Fruitcakes (and fellow confections)

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  • Registered Users Posts: 26,070 ✭✭✭✭ Hotblack Desiato


    Hard to describe some churches as non-profits when their leaders are whizzing around the globe in private jets.

    There is massive abuse of this exemption, everybody knows setting up a church in the US is can be a quick way to get very rich. But the "secular" state just doesn't want to go there, it seems.

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  • Moderators, Society & Culture Moderators Posts: 24,239 Mod ✭✭✭✭ robindch


    Off the top of my head - the designation "non-profit" just means that surplus cash at the end of the year doesn't go to shareholders/directors/partners etc, but must be reinvested back into whatever it is that the organization does - whether it's a sports + social club, an apartment-management company, or a church and so on.

    A non-profit can apply for tax-exempt status in which case, it's got to work in a small number of areas which the US considers "charitable", which list includes religion, but there are dozens more too.

    Tax-exempt means that the organization doesn't pay things like sales tax (VAT here) or property taxes (LPT here), though they do pay payroll taxes (PRSI and income tax here). Where the organization is designated charitable - that's 501(3)(c) organizations in the US - then donations to the organization are tax-exempt on the donor's side. There are similar designations here in Ireland, though here, if the donation is more than €250, then the receiving charity can claim back the tax that you would have paid on that - this is why, for example, schools look for donations of more than €250.

    https://www.revenue.ie/en/companies-and-charities/charities-and-sports-bodies/charitable-donation-scheme/index.aspx


  • Moderators, Society & Culture Moderators Posts: 15,307 Mod ✭✭✭✭ smacl


    robindch wrote: »
    Off the top of my head - the designation "non-profit" just means that surplus cash at the end of the year doesn't go to shareholders/directors/partners etc, but must be reinvested back into whatever it is that the organization does - whether it's a sports + social club, an apartment-management company, or a church and so on.

    A non-profit can apply for tax-exempt status in which case, it's got to work in a small number of areas which the US considers "charitable", which list includes religion, but there are dozens more too.

    Tax-exempt means that the organization doesn't pay things like sales tax (VAT here) or property taxes (LPT here), though they do pay payroll taxes (PRSI and income tax here). Where the organization is designated charitable - that's 501(3)(c) organizations in the US - then donations to the organization are tax-exempt on the donor's side. There are similar designations here in Ireland, though here, if the donation is more than €250, then the receiving charity can claim back the tax that you would have paid on that - this is why, for example, schools look for donations of more than €250.

    https://www.revenue.ie/en/companies-and-charities/charities-and-sports-bodies/charitable-donation-scheme/index.aspx

    Given as a private company you reclaim VAT paid on company purchases, and most other costs are allowable against profit from a point of view of corporation tax, being a tax-exempt as a non-profit organisation wouldn't seem to have that many advantages in this neck of the woods. The main tax we're dealing with here is corporation tax which only applies to profits.


  • Moderators, Society & Culture Moderators Posts: 24,239 Mod ✭✭✭✭ robindch


    As the votes continue to dribble in, hopefully leading to a victory for Biden, let's take a moment to appreciate the special talents of Paula White, the lady tasked with being Trump's "Spiritual Advisor":

    https://twitter.com/OxfordDiplomat/status/1324271038226698240


  • Registered Users Posts: 334 ✭✭ 8mv


    robindch wrote: »
    As the votes continue to dribble in, hopefully leading to a victory for Biden, let's take a moment to appreciate the special talents of Paula White, the lady tasked with being Trump's "Spiritual Advisor":

    Well, she seems to have it all in hand there. Can't see how that could possibly fail...


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  • Registered Users Posts: 26,070 ✭✭✭✭ Hotblack Desiato


    F**kin' fruitcake.

    WTF is that guy doing though?!??

    Make our National Maternity Hospital Public and Secular

    #MakeNMHOurs

    Nuns Nuns Reverse Reverse!



  • Administrators, Technology & Internet Moderators Posts: 28,541 Admin ✭✭✭✭✭ oscarBravo




  • Moderators, Society & Culture Moderators Posts: 24,239 Mod ✭✭✭✭ robindch


    The BBC reports on #45's last presser before the networks announced that #45 had lost the election.

    Warning - this clip may contain some Rudolf Giuliani. FWIW, for all of Saturday, I thought this was a hoax, but Sunday dawned and the balance of probabilities suggested that yes, it really happened.

    https://twitter.com/BBCRosAtkins/status/1325905080189669381


  • Registered Users Posts: 23,325 ✭✭✭✭ Peregrinus


    So the Trump presidency, which began in the glitz and fakery of Trump Tower, died in the squalor of a garden centre parking lot, between a dildo emporium and a crematorium.

    I know this is the Atheism and Agnosticism forum but, c'mon, I defy anybody not to see providence at work there. :)


  • Registered Users Posts: 11,424 ✭✭✭✭ PopePalpatine


    The crematorium is the creepiest part of that.


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  • Moderators, Society & Culture Moderators Posts: 24,239 Mod ✭✭✭✭ robindch


    As some twitteratus pointed out, the subtext of a sex shop and a crematorium presumably amounting to "F*ck you and die".


  • Moderators, Society & Culture Moderators Posts: 24,239 Mod ✭✭✭✭ robindch


    Nathan Poe's gonna have a hard time getting to sleep this evening when he learns that 60% of the people "auditing" the results from Arizona in the 2020 US presidential election have - unfortunately - come down with Covid-19.

    The sad news was announced a short while ago by the President of the Arizona Senate, a Republican named Fann, first name Karen.




  • Moderators, Society & Culture Moderators Posts: 15,307 Mod ✭✭✭✭ smacl


    I only got the four, still guess it must be a bit important! :)



  • Moderators, Society & Culture Moderators Posts: 24,239 Mod ✭✭✭✭ robindch


    Feeling very left out - didn't get a single notification!



  • Moderators, Society & Culture Moderators Posts: 19,009 Mod ✭✭✭✭ Bannasidhe




  • Registered Users Posts: 21,805 ✭✭✭✭ endacl




  • Moderators, Society & Culture Moderators Posts: 24,239 Mod ✭✭✭✭ robindch


    I've just received three.

    This new version of boards is very strange indeed.



  • Moderators, Society & Culture Moderators Posts: 19,009 Mod ✭✭✭✭ Bannasidhe


    I got none for this.

    It's existence was a complete surprise.



  • Registered Users Posts: 26,070 ✭✭✭✭ Hotblack Desiato


    This doesn't really belong in "Funnies"...


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  • Moderators, Society & Culture Moderators Posts: 24,239 Mod ✭✭✭✭ robindch


    Republican congressional candidate, Van Taylor, seems to have misinterpreted US policy to f*ck ISIS, and has withdrawn his candidacy, following revelations that he had a nine-month affair with Tania Joya, the ex-wife of an ISIS terrorist.

    Mr Taylor's website continues to describe him as "a family man", without appearing to specify which family he's referring to.

    https://www.vantaylor.com/about/



  • Registered Users Posts: 26,070 ✭✭✭✭ Hotblack Desiato


     A meeting of the Oireachtas Committee on International Surrogacy was suspended twice after a Senator was accused of being “disrespectful” towards witnesses.

    Independent Senator Sharon Keogan told the witnesses that she “wholeheartedly objects to the commercialisation of the human child and the relegation of women to the status of simply incubator or wombs for hire irrespective of whether you are heterosexual, single, lesbian gay or trans”.

    “Surrogacy I believe is harmful, it is exploitative and it is unethical. I don’t believe it is everyone’s right to have a child. It is a privilege to give birth and it can be dangerous even to those with the best medical attention.”

    She said she did not want to see the birth mother “airbrushed” or “whitewashed” out of the process.

    Elaine Cohalan, chairperson of the Assisted Human Reproduction Coalition, said committee members had a responsibility to lead the debate in a “dignified way”.

    “Inflammatory language and using undefined terms don’t benefit the debate. Our members are ordinary people who have been in some cases through harrowing experiences. We are Irish citizens, your constituents, you are our representatives.”

    Ciara Merrigan, a representative of Irish Families Through Surrogacy, said she talks to her children every day about their surrogate mother. “We honour her every day. She is part of our lives.” She said Ms Keogan’s comments could be “slightly insulting to me and to my colleagues”.

    Senator Lynn Ruane said it took an emotional toll for the witnesses to tell their story.

    “Outright opposing something because of a personal bigotry or belief is not critically engaging with a topic,” she said.

    Ms Funchion said she would have to suspend the meeting despite the fact people had waited a long time for it to happen. She told Ms Keogan “you know yourself you have been disrespectful at times over the last number of meetings”.

    Ms Keogan told Mr Gearoid Kenny Moore, the representative for Irish Gay Dads, “Gearoid, you are extremely lucky to be here today. You don’t know how lucky you are to be here today. I’ll tell you why.”

    The meeting was then suspended.

    After it was resumed, Ms Keogan said she wanted to finish her statement and she said there was a different group with 1,500 followers who wanted to appear but the “committee would not allow them...so when I made that comment, I was saying how lucky you are.”

    Ms Keogan said she did not believe she had to apologise and believed she was the subject of “vicious personal attacks”. She was asked to leave and the meeting was again suspended.


    Keogan made national headlines in January 2020, after she posted on her Facebook account asking whether disabled children should be microchipped following the death of Nóra Quoirin in Malaysia.

    In September 2021 Keogan was criticised after she stated that there is "an organised takeover at every level in our society" by the LGBT community in response to the Katherine Zappone Affair. Keogan went on to indicate that she believed that "governments around the world" are trying to "catapult" LGBT people into high-level jobs. Former Leas-Chathaoirleach of Seanad Éireann Jerry Buttimer responded that "She is entitled to her own opinions but she can also be asked to explain herself and to be challenged" and criticised her statement as suggesting there is some kind of on-going conspiracy and for echoing far-right sentiments. The Meath branches of the Social Democrats and People before Profit also issued statements condemning Keogan's assertations, with the Meath-based President of Ógra Fianna Fáil Bryan Mallon stated that Keogh had looked at ZapponeGate and had “added 2 + 2 together and got 5, ridiculously using it as an opportunity to dismiss the issues that members of the LGBTQIA+ community suffer daily, not least fair representation in government". In a statement given to The Times, Keogan claimed she had "an established record in supporting and participating in LGBT education programmes within my community" but was "opposed to governments, whether the Biden administration or the Irish government, appointing personnel based on their sexual orientation".

    Where do they get these people?

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