(For politics, please scroll down)Enjoy Giuseppe Verdi’s String Quartet In E Minor: [from the excellent site Musical Musings: about this piece and its composer]
Friday afternoon, because there were not enough votes to pass the House of Representatives, Speaker of the House Paul Ryan pulled the bill for Phase One of the American Health Care Act (AHCA). Ryan stated:
“I don’t know what else to say other than Obamacare is the law of the land. It’ll remain law of the land until it’s replaced,” he said. “We’re going to be living with Obamacre for the foreseeable future.”
“It is not what any of us promised we were going to do, and it is built on a false premises that the parliamentarian was not going to allow what we promised we would do.”
For his part, President Trump and others maintain that ObamaCare is imploding.
On the opposite side of the aisle, Democrats maintain that the GOP health bill is worse than letting Obamacare implode.
Additional reading: Fiasco – Ryan’s from start to finish.
FEATURED QUESTION, in three parts: (1) Were the provisions of the AHCA any improvement over ObamaCare? (2) Did the Congressional GOP elites, many of whom despise Donald Trump and are still seething that he won the 2016 National Election, deliberately design a bill that would fail so as to promote the downfall of the Trump Presidency? (3) Is ObamaCare, as it is now configured, doomed to implode?
Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you’ve heard about this recent story: Rockville High School Rape Suspects In Country Illegally.Excerpt (emphases mine):Sanchez Milian [age 18] is originally from Guatemala and was attending the high school as a n…
|Mathematician, physicist, inventor, writer, philosopher Blaise Pascal (1626-1662)|
I didn’t watch all of FBI Director James Comey‘s March 20, 2017 testimony on Capitol Hill. Of course, I’ve seen snippets of video and the screeching headlines.
Is THIS accurate?
FBI’s Comey Doesn’t Deny the FBI Is Wiretapping Trump: ‘I just can’t talk about anything that relates to the FISA process in an open setting’
The FBI is leaving open the possibility it sought — and perhaps attained — a wiretap of Donald Trump’s communications.
When addressing the controversy over whether the Trump Tower was wiretapped during the Obama Administration, the FBI director, James Comey, tread carefully, acknowledging there is an investigation into Donald Trump’s campaign’s communications with Russia, but said there is “no evidence” to support Trump’s tweets exactly as written.
Comey notably left open the possibility that it had, or still is, monitoring Trump communications.
When asked whether the FBI sought a FISA court warrant to wiretap Trump’s team, Comey simply said he cannot comment on anything FISA related.
Here’s an excerpt from Comey’s question and answer session with Rep. Adam Schiff (D-Calif.):…
Read the rest HERE.
Another question: What facts were presented in Comey’s testimony?
Such as what the placard in this graphic expresses:The legacy of Howard Zinn, who, among others, made the term “American patriotism” a dirty word.See THIS and THIS about Howard Zinn.
(For politics, please scroll down)What are the odds that they’re looking at information about Rembrandt’s 1642 painting The Night Watch as opposed to checking their Facebook or Twitter status?Larger version of The Nightwatch below the fold.Click direct…
In my view, our Founders made what could well be a fatal mistake: no Constitutionally-mandated term limits for elected public servants.
The term-limits rules for the POTUS were added many years later — via the 22nd Amendment, ratified in 1951.
Do you see any possibility that the Congress will impose any term limits upon themselves? I don’t. They’re too busy getting the rake off!
Congress critters get elected once, and they’re set for life. At public expense (i.e., taxpayers’ dollars).
Evidently, there’s no there, there. But I have a few questions at the bottom of this blog post.
From CNBC (dated March 14, 2017):
On her Tuesday show, Rachel Maddow teased a scoop: She had Donald Trump’s 2005 tax returns. It was the first time his federal returns would be released.
Small digression: MSNBC’s Maddow didn’t have them. Investigative reporter David Cay Johnston got them, and went on her show to talk about it.
Anyway, when she finally revealed what was in the taxes, it was not a huge deal. Trump earned about $150 million in income in 2005, and paid $38 million in taxes….
Read the rest HERE.
According to today’s Drudge Report:
TRUMP PAID HIGHER TAX RATE [25%] THAN MSNBC COMCAST [24%]… MUCH HIGHER THAN OBAMA [19%]… AND BERNIE [13%]
According to this source:
…“It is totally illegal to steal and publish tax returns. The dishonest media can continue to make this part of their agenda, while the president will focus on his, which includes tax reform that will benefit all Americans,” the White House said in a statement.
Maddow, however, said that “for the record, the First Amendment gives us the right to publish the return.”…
Read the rest HERE.
According to Time, the two pages released are stamped “Client Copy.”
Question 1: Who leaked documents stamped as “Client Copy”? Trump himself? His accounting firm?
Question 2: Is it actually legal to leak a person’s tax return documents or any portion thereof without that person’s consent or without a subpoena?
The absurd promotion of “white guilt” continues apace — as does the creation of more fragile little snowflakes.
From Heat Street, dated March 2, 2017 (emphases mine):
Scripps College, a prestigious women’s school outside Los Angeles, is promoting the idea that non-white students must be given monetary compensation for the “emotional labor” of having to deal with so-called microaggressions.
Campus resident assistants at the school are hanging up two sets of posters titled “Emotional Labor 101”: one for whites, and another for minorities, whom the posters dub as “victims of emotional labor.”
The posters mirror what you might find on social media—where social justice warriors often demand financial recompense for calling people out, and yell at others to “educate themselves” when taken to task for their statements.
Read the rest of the Heat Street article HERE.
Just what America needs, right? More division.