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Wednesday, December 11, 2019

'Our values are the same. We disagree on policy, but we don't disagree on humanity. We don't disagree about love and compassion,' she said.

'I think that's true for all of us. It's just that we get lost in our fear of what's different.'

Tuesday, November 26, 2019

An 82-year-old female bodybuilder fought back against a man who broke through the door into her home, holding him down until police officers arrived...

What the suspect likely didn't realize is Murphy is an award-winning bodybuilder who works out at the YMCA almost every day. The athletic grandmother can deadlift 225 pounds...

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Thursday, October 03, 2019

This is the moment. A moment so very few have ever witnessed. The brother of a murder victim asking the judge to hug the person who took his brothers life. read more





...the report states that Horowitz is extremely concerned about the FBI's FISA abuses because, if they did not follow legal protocol in obtaining a surveillance warrant against a presidential campaign's aide, then to what lengths is the FBI going to obtain surveillance warrants against average Americans?

In fact, Horowitz is "so concerned about these problems" that he is opening a new investigation.

"We learned today the inspector general is now opening a new investigation into how the FBI gets these FISA warrants on American citizens," Williams reported.


Bernie Sanders supporters switched their allegiance to Donald Trump in large enough numbers... to sway the election for the real estate billionaire...

In each of the three states that ultimately swung the election for Trump"Michigan, Wisconsin and Pennsylvania"Trump's margin of victory over Clinton was smaller than the number of Sanders voters who gave him their vote.

Sanders -> Trump voters ...
WI: 51k
MI: 47k
PA: 116k

Trump win margin ...
WI: 22k
MI: 10k
PA: 44k

Often misinterpreted to mean that African Americans as individuals are considered three-fifths of a person or that they are three-fifths of a citizen of the U.S., the three-fifths clause (Article I, Section 2, of the U.S. Constitution of 1787) in fact declared that for purposes of representation in Congress, enslaved blacks in a state would be counted as three-fifths of the number of white inhabitants of that state.


The fewer slaves counted the fewer number of representatives. "It had NOTHING to do with the worth of a person and EVERYTHING to do with diminishing the power of" the pro-slavery Southern states.

If none of the slaves had been included in the population count for representation, as Northern delegates wanted, the slave states would have had only 41 percent of the seats in the House. If all the slaves had been included, as the pro-slave states wanted, the slave states would have had 50 percent of the seats. By agreeing to count slaves as three-fifths of a person for representation purposes, the slaveholding states ended up with a minority voting position"47 percent.


Uber isn't expecting to make a profit intil year 2021.


Right now, Uber is losing over a billion dollars per quarter.


For low income people, especially independent contractors, there are some nice benefits.

Take, for instance, an Uber driver earning $40,000 a year. First of all, the new 20% deduction for "pass thru" business takes $8,000 off the gross income. Pass thru businesses are companies or businesses that don't pay tax at the business level, but rather they pass the income to the individual owners. Independent contractors are considered sole proprietorships, and are therefore pass thru businesses-- meaning even low income contractors get the 20% deduction benefit.

Add to that, the near doubling of the standard deduction, which went up to $24,000 for married couples, and now that $40,000 gross gets a $32,000 deduction ($8,000 plus $24,000) BEFORE even figuring out expense deductions. That's now only $8,000 of income to worry about.

Before the new tax laws, the standard deduction was about $12,700. And there wasn't the 20% pass thru business deduction. That would leave $27,300 income subject to taxation instead of $8,000 under the new tax laws.

I just read that the standard deduction is going up another $400 for this year as well.

My point is, there are many low income independent contractors who are getting good benefits from this. Not all "businesses" are run by wealthy rich people. There's a ton of ridesharing drivers and delivery people out there, as just an example.

Oh, and considering also that the standard mileage deduction went up to .54 per mile, that $8,000 in the above example might very well be accounted for leaving a tax bill of zero.

Also, the child care credit doubled to $2,000 per child. And it is now a refundable credit. In other words, if you owe no taxes, a majority of the child care credit would become refundable, up to $1,400 per child, which clearly helps low income families. In addition, the income threshold increased allowing more people to be eligible to take the child care credit.

Using the above example, if that person had two kids, she could getting a $2,800 tax refund check.




Meanwhile, at the recent Democratic Socialist Convention. And, no, this isn't the Onion.


It's a short vid found by searching Democratic Socialist Convention on YouTube. You can find longer videos which are quite interesting as well.

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