Saturday, November 18, 2017

OUR LAST SATURDAY



Couch weekend,  must enjoy because according to Fox news Nibro is going to destroy  Earth this weekend: :”Conspiracy theorists are claiming that a rogue planet will disrupt Earth’s orbit this Sunday and bring about a series of catastrophic earthquakes that could decimate life as we know it.
Nibiru, also known as Planet X, was originally supposed to destroy our world on Sept. 23 according to a Christian "numerologist" who said it was to collide with Earth, according to a recent report by the Daily Mail.

But that day came and went without an apocalypse in sight.  Now theorists say that Nibiru will come near our planet this weekend and throw off our gravitational forces and with it, bring hellfire and brimstone.
 
Nibiru is a hypothesized planet located on the outer edges of our solar system that allegedly completes one orbit around the sun every 3,600 years and theorists believe that its gravitational influence has disrupted the orbits of other planets in the solar system over hundreds of years ago and that Earth’s time is nigh.

It’s also claimed that this alleged planet sends plasmatic energy particles through our solar system and that the flow of energy can disrupt the core flows of the earth and trigger drastic and dangerous changes in the climate.

The conspiracy theory has gained so much traction as of late that NASA officials were forced to comment on the improbability of Nibiru.

"There is no credible evidence whatever for the existence of Nibiru,” Dr. David Morrison, a scientist with NASA, said to the U.K.’s  

Better yet enjoy these:


Friday, November 17, 2017

ADDEDENDUM TAXES

Any tax plan must preserve essential entitlements without increasing national debt. Our future is already mortgage  beyond redemption therefore tax reductions are a figment of political imagination. Somewhere along the line taxes must be increased. More later for  now the cartoons of the day.









Thursday, November 16, 2017

TAXES TO BE




The GOP leaders seem to have a weird concept of tax reform. By all accounts both the present House and Senate versions may be designed to be beneficial to the extremely poor and those above the upper middle class.

At present even after the differences in the two proposed bills are armed out the middle class will suffer by ultimate increases in federal taxes.

Those of us who live in the high property tax states such as New Jersey, as well as NY and California, are going to be hit hard by the proposed elimination of the present tax deductions as part of the itemized tax change to a standard personal deduction. Likewise the elderly especially will miss health care deductions.

The Senate” version would among other things eliminate deductions for state, local and sales taxes, mortgage interest payments, health costs including insurance premiums, charitable donations.

There has been talk of a sop by allowing up to $10,000.00 in property tax deductions but not state income.

These bills are supposed to be business friendly with substantial cuts in tax rates. The present Senate version makes tax cuts for corporation’s permanent, but let individual tax cuts sunset at the end of 2025. The expiration would also affect small businesses whose owners use tax law to pay some of their income at the individual rate. This change could unfairly penalize small businesses.

A big kicker is the inclusion of a clause eliminating the Obamacare mandated insurance coverage.

The Washington Post flashed “The House passed its version of the Republican tax overhaul Thursday (TODAY), voting through a measure that would cut taxes for corporations and the wealthy while also offering some temporary tax relief for some middle-class and working-class households.”

The middle class also suffers in 2027 because the Republican plan is structured in a way that causes more and more Americans to pay higher tax rates as time goes on. At the moment, tax brackets are based on income and those brackets rise a bit by inflation every year. But the GOP wants to change that to a slower inflation measure, meaning more people will fall into higher brackets each year.

If the Senate passes its version, which seems unlikely, due to the inclusion of repeal for mandatory health insurance the two will have to get together and write a bill that would be acceptable to both bodies.

There will have to be a miracle to get this done before Xmas.



Wednesday, November 15, 2017

TIME BEING

Some of today's political cartoons as a sop until I am less harried and can sit down to write an apropos blog reflecting  the present political screen relating to three front runner subjects.





Tuesday, November 14, 2017

MORALITY POLITICAL





All of sudden there has been an explosion of sexual abusive charges against prominent men for acts that may have taken place 20 or more years ago, not recent ones.


There is a limit to “boys will be boys”.  Probably every male has at some time “made a move” but has accepted expressed rejection and not resorted to a forcible encounter. Some consideration must be given to limited youthful indiscretions.


However most unacceptable is acts involving underage girls. Nor is “exposure” at any age considered proper behavior. These and lifetime ongoing patterns should be punished.


One should not be shocked at the well-known Hollywood “casting couch” activities of many in the entertainment field or activity in various businesses including politics which have recently made the headlines. Circumstances may change but if it did not take two to tangle this could never have become an issue.


But the moral issues are prominent in the case of Alabama  Republican Senator candidate Roy Moore who as a 30ish year old Assistant DA focused on teen age girls as young as 14. Now about 70 he would be a shoo in to win the December Special Election.


Reaction has been varied. Some Republicans led by Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, and including Jeff Flake, David Perdue, John Thune, Cory Gardner and Pat Toomey. Sen. John McCain feel that he should not become a Senator. despite the fact if he vacated his slot and it is too late to substitute, a Democrat would replace him. That would make the Republic majority an unsafe one.


“Mike Pence has already cast five tie-breaking votes in 2017. That’s more than any other vice president during their first year of office in U.S. history. Without Strange in the Alabama seat, Republicans would not have been able to repeal the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau’s arbitration rule last month. They wouldn’t have been able to open floor debate on the repeal of Obamacare in July. They wouldn’t have been able to reverse an Obama administration rule that prevented states from withholding family-planning dollars from Planned Parenthood and other clinics that provide abortions. And they wouldn’t have been able to confirm Betsy DeVos as secretary of education in February.”

Remarkably the reaction in Alabama has been partisan. From articles in the Washington Post.

The Republican National Committeeman from Alabama, Paul Reynolds, said that he trusts Vladimir Putin more than Moore’s accusers. “My gosh, it's The Washington Post. If I’ve got a choice of putting my welfare into the hands of Putin or The Washington Post, Putin wins every time,” “This is going to make Roy Moore supporters step up to the plate and give more, work more and pray more.”

“The chairman of the Bibb County Republican Party, Jerry Pow, said that he’d vote for Moore even if it was proven he committed a sex crime against an underage girl.”


“Samuel H. Givhan, the senior vice chairman of the Alabama Republican Party said; I’m not sure Sen. McConnell has any say so in this.”

And the one I love best; from the Post : “Alabama State Auditor Jim Zeigler, dismissed the allegations by saying that there was also an age gap between the biblical Joseph and Mary. “Mary was a teenager and Joseph was an adult carpenter. They became parents of Jesus,” he told The Washington Examiner. “There’s just nothing immoral or illegal here. Maybe just a little bit unusual.”


Zeigler said the allegations, even if true, are “much ado about nothing.” As part of his defense, he argued that Moore “fell in love with one of the younger women” and noted that the woman he wound up marrying later on is 14 years younger than him. “There is nothing to see here,” Zeigler said, predicting that voters would be angrier at The Washington Post for writing the story than at Moore for his behavior. He made another biblical reference: “Zachariah was extremely old to marry Elizabeth and they became the parents of John the Baptist,”


Will morality overcome political expediency remains to be seen?