Andrew, please study the law pertaining to “adverse possession”. If you own property you must maintain it. This includes paying taxes, maintaining it to city and county etc code, and evicting someone if they are squatting. You don’t need to personally live on the property to claim adverse possession. For example, in my city a nonprofit group mowed the lawn and paid taxes for 30 years, until the city came along and upgraded the road and sewer. The city then billed the owner for the street upgrade, but it turned out that the county actually owned the property. The nonprofit group then claimed the property wasn’t theirs and they owed no more money. The city attorney then recommended that the city get an adverse possession ruling to force ownership on the nonprofit. (I’ll leave you in suspense as to the outcome)
Andrew, stealing is when you take something from somebody without permission or legal right. A squatter has a legal right (see “adverse possession”) as long as certain conditions are met.
February 25, 2016 at 12:14pm
She should see a lawyer and claim “adverse possession”. You don’t need to be a squatter to make that claim. It’s possible the owner was paying taxes all those years, but not likely, so the judgement should be in her favor. The city has no say in this litigation. Most likely if she stops paying taxes, the owner of the property also won’t pay, then after a few years the city would be able to claim the property for back taxes!
The Vikings held the citizens of Minnesota hostage to the idea that they would move to L.A. if they didn’t get a stadium paid for by tax payers. The question is, are these three teams trying to do the same thing?
Watch her speak to the families in Dover when the bodies were returned. “We have seen the heavy assault on our post in Benghazi that took the lives of those brave men. We’ve seen rage and violence directed at American embassies over an awful internet video that we had nothing to do with. It is hard for the American people to make sense of that because it is senseless and it is totally unacceptable. The people of Egypt, Libya, Yemen and Tunisia did not trade the tyranny of a dictator for the tyranny of a mob.”
THE CASE FOR CHRIST: Lee Strobel, the former legal editor of the CHICAGO TRIBUNE, draws upon his investigative skills in this compelling film that follows his two-year investigation of the Bible and the life of Jesus Christ. Topics include: the historical accuracy of the Gospels, the personal claims of Jesus, and His resurrection from the dead. THE CASE FOR FAITH: In this powerful Biblical apologetic, Lee Strobel tackles two of the most emotional questions posed about Christianity: “Why is Jesus the only way to God?” and, “How could a loving God exist if there is evil and suffering in the world?” THE CASE FOR A CREATOR: Does contemporary scientific evidence point toward or away from a supernatural Creator? Featuring interviews with scientists and scholars from
Strobel's books are far from compelling. I've been introduced to them and have basically gone through them.
 September 2, 2014 at 7:31pm
Calvin Coolidge’s speech on the sesquicentennial of the Declaration in 1926, which sets out why the Declaration remains authoritative in American political life:
About the Declaration there is a finality that is exceedingly restful. It is often asserted that the world has made a great deal of progress since 1776, that we have had new thoughts and new experiences which have given us a great advance over the people of that day, and that we may therefore very well discard their conclusions for something more modern. But that reasoning cannot be applied to this great charter. If all men are created equal, that is final. If they are endowed with inalienable rights, that is final. If governments derive their just powers from the consent of the governed, that is final. No advance, no progress can be made beyond these propositions. If anyone wishes to deny their truth or their soundness, the only direction in which he can proceed historically is not forward, but backward toward the time when there was no equality, no rights of the individual, no rule of the people. Those who wish to proceed in that direction can not lay claim to progress. They are reactionary. Their ideas are not more modern, but more ancient, than those of the Revolutionary fathers.
From the book review section: There are few books which written over 400 years ago are still applicable today; Martin Luther’s masterpiece, The Boncage of the Will, is one of those books. Anyone desiring to know more about the root of dissent between Luther and the Catholic Church must read this book.
In his treatise Luther systematically demolishes Erasmus’ arguments in favor of free-will. Luther brilliantly illustrates why the will is in total and complete bondage and enslavement to sin, and why free-will is a completely meaningless term. Luther argues that the only thing the will is free to do is to sin and rebel against God.
In 1525 Martin Luther proved to Erasmus that there is no such thing as man’s free will, in his classic book “On Bondage of the Will”. An excellent translation is ISBN# 9780800753429, with an historical preface. At the end he lays out a three part paradox that answers questions such as “why does God allow pain….”.
quote from Amazon.com: This classic refutation of what is alternately called “Arminianism” or “Pelagianism” is as powerful today as when Martin Luther wrote it almost 500 years ago. Written in response to the self defeating arguments of the “learned” D. Erasmus of Rotterdam, this book treats the extensive and amorphous arguments of those who claim Christian salvation is the result of human choice, or freedom within self-willpower to do good and choose righteousness over evil. Luther systematically disassembles and unmasks Erasmus’ reasoning to show it bare to the world for what it is; a heap of condradictions and rhetorical spin. Seasoned with a type of humor and force of personality unique to Luther, The Bondage of the Will invincibly forces the reader to think logically on the subject. I would highly recommend this work to anyone sincerely searching for an understanding of this difficult and often ill-treated subject.
October 7, 2012 at 5:01pm
Here are three free downloadable books that may be of interest, at the following web site:
A Closer Look At The Evidence (daily reader format)
Search For The Truth (daily reader format)
July 4, 2012 at 6:17pm
Subtitle for #28: “Optimizim”
June 7, 2012 at 5:14pm
“We are on the verge of legitimizing homosexual “marriage”; we cannot mention Jesus in public schools (except as a curse word); and every reminder of our Christian foundation is systematically being removed from public view. Why is our culture increasingly rejecting it’s Christian foundation? What caused the Christian Church to lose its moral authority? How can we make Jesus more relevant in today’s technology driven world? What can the Church do to restore America’s moral compass?”
What does Jesus mean to non Christians?
Send yer trolls to a parochial school.
First, Jesus is allowed to be mentioned in schools. You cannot evangelize though (which is what you really want. Indoctrinate children away from their parents. No different than progressives).
And Christianity never had any moral authority.