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Friday, December 15, 2017

One of the new White House appointees to a critical environmental panel once said that the air these days is just too clean to promote good health. Robert Phalen, an air pollution researcher at the Irvine campus of the University of California, said in 2012 that children need to breathe irritants so that their bodies learn how to ward them off. "Modern air," he told the American Association for the Advancement of Science, "is a little too clean for optimum health." read more

As the Republican tax plan continues to advance -- and morph -- with dizzying speed, those of us in the accounting business continue to be astonished by the thickening maze of loopholes emerging from the bill. As a CPA, I could be celebrating these loopholes. After all, I would be able to save my clients a lot on taxes and could be invited to fly along to, say, the Cayman Islands to set up an offshore account under the new regulations. Four days at the beach with a fully-stocked hotel minibar and all the HBO and Showtime programs I can watch -- all fully deductible for me and my client. Sounds nice, right? Wrong. As someone who has served small businesses for more than 30 years, and co-chair of an organization called Businesses for Responsible Tax Reform, I am not cheering. Small business owners aren't cheering the bill either. read more

Alex Jones seriously needs to start marketing his show as a comedy ... this is HILARIOUS. I'm crying laughing ... "Alexa ... are you connected to the CIA?" -- "Alexa ... you are lying to me." - Alex Jones' hard hitting back and forth interview with an Amazon Echo. -- He's not gonna let it get away with ANYTHING. -- Alexa, YOU WILL TELL ME THE TRUTH! YOU WORK FOR THE CIA! It was the gay frogs, right?! RIGHT?! We're not just crying laughing, we're dying. -- Tim Young: "If Alex Jones doesn't call me an evil globalist after this, it will have all been for nothing." -- Clearly, Tim is working for Alexa, duh. Tim, who programmed you! Jeff BEEZOS! WE KNEW IT! ZOMG! What is it about Alex Jones that makes us all end up writing in caps? Can I get an echo with Alex Jones voice? Cause that would be hilarious. That would be awesome. -- Alexa, what time is it? -- Alexa as Alex Jones: THE CIA PUT YOU UP TO THIS QUESTION EVIL GLOBALIST, GET A CLOCK! read more

Thursday, December 14, 2017

Ted Crockett, a spokesman for Republican Alabama Senate candidate Roy Moore, apparently just found out that lawmakers don't have to be sworn into office with a Christian Bible. The lesson was delivered during a Tuesday interview with CNN's Jake Tapper. When Tapper asked why Moore believed that Muslim Americans should be barred from Congress, Crockett said it was because the former judge thinks it's unethical for Muslims to swear on the Bible. "You have to swear on the Bible to be an elected official in the United States of America," Crockett claimed. Then Tapper informed the campaign spokesman that elected officials can be sworn in on any text of their choosing. Crockett, a former county commissioner, was left speechless. read more

Wednesday, December 13, 2017

A couple of members of President Donald Trump's family got rocked by the vote in last month's New York City mayoral election. Absentee votes cast by the president's wife, Melania, and daughter Ivanka Trump were not counted by city officials after both made mistakes with their ballots, a spokeswoman for the New York City Board of Elections confirmed to NBC News on Tuesday. The first lady did not sign the envelope that contained her completed absentee ballot before she sent it in, as is required by the New York City Board of Elections, said a board spokeswoman, Valerie Vasquez said. Ivanka Trump, for her part, didn't mail her absentee ballot in until Election Day, Nov. 7, Vasquez said, and it didn't arrive in time to be counted. read more


Lots of charities do this. I get phone calls weekly from all sorts of charities. The first question I ask is
"How much of each dollar does the charity get?" Most are honest, but some try to tell me the charity gets 100% of the money and then lie to me that the owner of the telemarketing firm is doing this free. Telemarketers are just barely more honest than debt collectors.

The ones that do answer honestly no more than 15% goes to the charity.

Charities do this because they believe 15% is better than nothing.

I will ask what the charity is, google it on my phone and make a donation directly while I am talking to the telemarketer. That way they get 100%.

The people I have a real problem with are "celebrities" like Slant Head Hannity that would demand private jets and hotel suites to go to Wounded Warrior funcitons.


" For the last several years, Sean Hannity and the Freedom Alliance "charity" have conducted "Freedom Concerts" across America. They've told you that they are raising money to pay for the college tuition of the children of fallen soldiers and to pay severely wounded war vets. And on Friday Night, Hannity will be honored with an award for this "Outstanding Community Service by a Radio Talk Show Host" at Talkers Magazine's convention.

But it's all a huge scam.

According to its 2006 tax returns, Freedom Alliance reported revenue of $10, 822, 785, but only $397,900–or a beyond-measly 3.68%–of that was given to the children of fallen troops as scholarships or as aid to severely injured soldiers.

Freedom Alliance's 2007 tax returns aren't much better. Out of $12,459,317 it raised that year, only $895,347–or just 7%–went to seriously wounded troops and scholarships for fallen troops. 53% went to expenses, including $1,464,627 in postage and $1,151,428 in printing. $604,995 went to "professional fees" and "consultants." Out of millions paid for Freedom Concert tickets and raised in fundraisers by Hannity listeners, only $596,500 went to college scholarships for soldiers who died in battle, and only $299,897 went to horribly injured troops. 208 student children of the fallen got an average of $2,868 apiece for tuition, though many got only $1,000 or less. 382 soldiers with serious injuries got an average of $785 each"


"The guy went on to tell me about Hannity's "Freedom Concerts," which are staged across the country with the proceeds going to children of slain soldiers. Of course, as the guy tells it, there'd be a lot more money every concert to go to the cause if Hannity didn't demand–and get–use of a Gulfstream 5 plane to fly him and his family/entourage to the concerts; a "fleet" (that's the word the guy used) of either Cadillac or Lincoln SUVs for him and his family/entourage; and several suites at really expensive hotels for him and his family/entourage. The promoter apparently values Hannity's star demands at well over $200,000 per event. The source says he heard that Oliver North pulled Hannity aside at one of the concerts and told him that this had to stop. But that may mean that, from now on, Hannity has to fly on a G4 instead of a G5, gets only a few luxury SUVs, and two or three suites"

Those are the real scams.

Donald trump is a reality TV star in a country that idolizes reality TV stars. He's where he is today as a result of his celebrity status.

It's not bad enough that the US did not learn last time they elected a celebrity and what he did to the structure of the United States but it seems that this time, the GOP decided that Reagan was not bad or crazy enough for the US and they decided to dredge the bottom to the cesspool even deeper.

They gambled that a narcissistic compulsively lying sociopath could tell everyone exactly what they wanted to hear and that no one would bother to notice that one days speech was 180 degrees opposite of the previous. The GOP saw that the voting public were desperate ignorant children that would gladly ignore a candidates history in exchange for the comfort of him telling them what they wanted to hear.

The American dream is not dead if you are lucky enough to be born to the 1%, but for the rest of us the GOP sure is trying really hard to strangle it out.

Look no further than the policies...

Taking 80% of a national park and preparing to hand it over to uranium miners.
Taking arctic wildlife refuge and handing it over to oil drillers.
Handing control of internet access to conglomerate ISPs.
Saying the "air is too clean for the public to be healthy".
Masquerading a tax cut of 85% to the 1% as a big gift for everyone, creating massive deficits in the process and then will use the deficits they created as a reason to gut social security and medicare.

There's a gift coming for the middle class.... bend over and take is the GOP's message.

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