July 4, 2020, 8:32 am
In the 1770s and 1780s, a ragtag collection of citizen soldiers waged a war of independence against the most powerful empire on the planet…
…and defeated them.
Two hundred forty-four years ago today marked the start of this wonderful, aspirational, fantastic, heaven-blessed, messy, delightful, powerful, flawed, and glorious experiment called the United States of America which has delivered unimaginable levels of freedom to hundreds of millions of people here in the US of A and contributed massively to the freedom of hundreds and hundreds of millions more around the world.
That experiment had multiple severe flaws baked into the design which are taking a long time to correct, yet the aspirational dreams then drove and still drive that wonderful experiment to constant improvement.
Before our independence, anything resembling a democracy had been absent for so many long centuries. Apart from the ruling elite, ordinary people were merely the subjects of their ‘betters.’ Common folk only had the very few rights and freedoms that those born to power consented to give them, like crumbs thrown from the table. You and I would only have been able to do what those controlling us allowed us to do.
And then came those rabble-rousing founding fathers.
The results of this grand experiment in self-government, not tried before, has produced fabulous results.
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December 18, 2015, 8:37 am
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The IRS announced the standard mileage rates for
2015. , oops, 2016. You can find the official announcement in Notice 2016-01.
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June 13, 2014, 7:40 am
Clifton Larson Allen provides six great ideas to put on your to-do list.
Check out Six Finance Tips for Religious Organizations.
1. Correctly account for contributions
2. Develop a gift acceptance policy
3. Consider offering online giving
4. Address risk management
5. Understand the housing allowance
6. Establish a finance committee
Check out the article for more detail. It will be worth every moment of your time. By the way, this is one of those wish-I-had-written-it articles.
April 20, 2014, 6:00 am
Jerry Bowyer has the report from Jerusalem. It is in the very early edition of today’s paper. Apparently that seditious rabble-rouser from Nazareth got his just due Friday past when the Sanhedrin and Roman government both agreed to address treason as treason ought be addressed.
The article’s first paragraph,
Jesus of Nazareth was executed today on the orders of the Roman State. Method of execution: Crucifixion. The charge under Roman law was treason, and under Herodian law blasphemy against the Temple. The evidence against this anarchist was so strong that authorities of both the Roman State and the Kingdom of Herod concurred with the arrest and execution, and he was subjected to trial by both governments. And in a rare uprising of spontaneous collective justice, the mass of people who were gathered for Passover called for his execution as well. The mob affirmed their loyalty to the state, chanting, “We have no king but Caesar.”
For the rest of the story, check out the full news report in Forbes: Jesus of Nazareth, Enemy Of The State, Executed For Treason.
After reading the full article, I’m sure you will agree with me that we shall never hear of his name again.
The paperboy is shouting something about an extra edition….Let me go get a copy of the paper to see what happened since sunrise.
December 31, 2013, 11:14 am
…check out the post at Nonprofit GPS – Properly Recording Gifts-In-Kind.
Article is a good overview in non-technical language if you need it.
If you are already aware of the major issue going on around the NPO community, the article still frames up the issue quite well.
November 21, 2013, 9:47 am
Fraud has tragic effects on innocent people who didn’t commit the fraud. The person who did the deed will pay a severe price far beyond what the judge imposes. Just like a stone thrown into a pond causes ripples all across the water, so a fraud ripples out to cause all sorts of harm.
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October 14, 2013, 11:04 pm
(Cross-post from my other blog, Outrun Change.)
My friend, John Bredehoft, celebrates his tenth blogiversary today at Empoprise-BI. His post highlighting that achievement is Ten-year anniversary of my first blog post.
He writes five blogs each addressing a different topic, one of which I mention here frequently: tymshft
That’s quite an achievement. Congratulations John!