Tuesday, July 18, 2017

ORRIN HATCH ON “DEATH & TAXES” FOR THE MAJORITY, “OVER YOUR DEAD BODY”

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

ORRIN HATCH ON “DEATH & TAXES” FOR THE MAJORITY, “OVER YOUR DEAD BODY”

Here's To You Down the Hatch!



SEN ORRIN HATCH, CHAIRMAN OF SENATE FINANCE COMMITTEE IS GEARING UP FOR PUSHING FORTH LEGISLATION DISGUISED AS “TAX REFORM.”
THE REPUBLICAN AGENDA IS TO SERVE THE WEALTHY.  

THE PLAN IS MORE OF THE SAME; THE “FRACKING OF AMERICAN TAXPAYERS TO SQUEEZE YOUR LAST DIME.”

WE CAN NO LONGER ALLOW THEIR “BAIT & SWITCH” AND BURY TAX BREAKS FOR THE WEALTHIEST WITHIN A THOUSAND PAGE BILL


Millions of Americans received an email sponsored by ten different advocate groups urging you to sign on and respond to the call from Sen. Orrin Hatch for input on tax reform. The Senate Finance Committee writing a tax reform bill and they are not soliciting your views, opinions or objections but those of billionaires and mega-corporations as to what they would like to see in tax reform. It is the same as their health care bill. It is written behind closed doors without your input. This is the email I sent. It may have been received a day late. However, I felt compelled to be heard.

 “I may have been born late at night, but not last night.”

Here is my response to the Senate Finance Committee on Tax Reform and Chairman Orrin Hatch.

 To: Hon. Senator Orrin Hatch, Chairman of the Senate Finance Committee

(The suggested default wording in quotations precedes the comments I added in bold).

“I am a U.S. taxpayer, and I am opposed to Donald Trump’s and the GOP’s plan to give huge tax breaks to millionaires and wealthy corporations, which will be paid for by cutting Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid, education, and other critical services. Half of the Trump tax cuts will go to the richest 1%, while big corporations holding profits offshore get a huge tax cut. Instead, we need real tax reform to make sure the wealthy and big corporations pay their fair share.

 Here are our tax principles that we urge Congress to act on:

 a) No more tax cuts for the wealthy and big corporations. They should pay their fair share of taxes―a lot more than they pay now.

b) Invest those tax dollars in our country’s future―in public roads and transit systems; quality and affordable early childhood education; public schools and higher education; researching new medical cures; and ensuring a secure retirement for all of us by strengthening Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid.

c) Eliminate all tax breaks that encourage multinational corporations to shift jobs and profits offshore.

d) Require corporations to pay the $750 billion they owe on their $2.6 trillion in offshore profits. Use the funds to rebuild roads and bridges, improve schools and create millions of good-paying jobs.

More Americans are now paying close attention to bills that impact their lives. Do not slip in changes to Tax Law that is earmarked for a wealthy few putting additional burden on 98%. Watch groups will be scrutinizing every item.

One reminder proves the case. Once the American people learned repealing Obamacare recognized this is the Affordable Care Act. Republicans know their constituents faced angry and a unified electorate demanding the ACA remain and Congress is given the mandate to extend health care. The same outrage will occur if your Finance Committee introduces to the Senate floor huge tax breaks for individuals and corporations. We remind the Committee; Senators are expected to work for all of the American people. How much longer will you ignore your oath of office?

"Not a penny more for Tyranny!"


Link to a Call for Action for Citizens to advise Senator Orrin Hatch, Chairman Finance Committee


License To Lie Link:

https://www.dailykos.com/stories/2017/1/24/1624447/-Sen-Orrin-Hatch-craven-pathological-liar-or-amnesiac



Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Living on the Baseball Diamond and Learning to Throw a Change Up

June 27, 2017

THE MEAN REPUBLICAN HEALTH CARE

LET’S TAKE A BREATHER, CONSIDER THE HEALTH  of OUR TIGERS

Doug Fister (RHP) Boston Red Sox


Astute Detroit Tiger fans may have noticed a surprise this past Sunday when the MLB Network televised the Los Angeles Angels at Boston Red Sox game. Like most major league teams, the Red Sox are desperate for a pitcher, a good pitcher, a decent pitcher or a pitcher that can find home plate!

With one eye on the Internet and the television tuned to a game of little interest in normal Tiger seasons, I heard the broadcaster announce “Doug Fister takes his last warm-up and ready to throw his first pitch to the team that released him. Strike One!” Six of his first seven pitches were strikes and he set down the same team that gave up on him one-two-three.

The announcers went on to say that Fister was dropped from the Angel’s 40 man roster in the spring and assigned to an AAA team. From what I understand the one-time Tiger had to waive first his major league contract to “work out some mechanics” in the junior circuit. But, then Fister waived his minor league contract which released all ties to the Los Angeles Angels.

On Sunday, Fister pitched six strong innings, surrendering three earned runs to record an impressive first start and considered as a quality start. Fister stats for the game included 3 runs, 7 hits, 3 BB and 6 SO. Not bad for a first start of this season. He pitched a perfect first inning recording six of seven strikes. Only a blown double play with a wild throw led to 3-run 2nd inning for the Angels to take a 3-0 lead.

Had the Red Sox turned that double play, Fister just may have thrown a six inning shutout. The Angels ended up winning the game 4 – 2.  Fister and the Sox should have won the game. But coming close only counts in horseshoes. He left the game receiving a spontaneous ovation recognizing his courageous effort from Red Sox fans. They have a reputation as being as knowledgeable of the game as Tiger fans.

And Tiger Fans would without hesitation bet a Stroh’s (beer is back) that Jose Iglesias and Ian Kinsler would turn the double play with ease. “Two for the price of one as Ernie would say.

The MLB broadcasters described Fister as a pitcher who “throw strikes, induce ground balls with a number of double play opportunities, a proven ability to strike out batters in critical situations and he works fast from the mound. The batter hardly settles in at the plate. Doug Fister with his 6’ 8” frame can intimidate batters and is throwing at 91 mph.

Now a veteran pitcher at 33 years old then took a risk and “waived a Minor League contract” and essentially became available to any Major League for nothing! Any team could pick him up and give him a chance to rejoin “The Show” and hopefully return to form.

Doug Fister began to find himself in 2013 with the Detroit Tigers as they were winning division championships and a contender to win it all.

While under the tutelage of pitching coach, Jeff Jones and his sidekick Jim Leyland, Fister recorded 14 wins against 9 losses, 208 2/3 innings and 93/44 K/BB ratio and more importantly he threw strikes, rarely walked the first batter to start an inning, induced many double play opportunities.

Doug Fister settled into the fourth spot of a rotation consisting of Justin Verlander, Max Scherzer, Anibal Sanchez and this kid Rick Porcello. Not bad company to which he could turn to improve his game and confidence. In 2014 the Tigers moved him to the Washington Nationals where he compiled an even better season.

By now you may be saying, “Get to the point.” My question for the true Tiger Fan is what is one of the most critical needs for the team? It is pitching! Consistent pitching, reliable pitching, control, command and the ability to strike a batter out with 0–2 count. 

For the past five seasons Tiger fans will scream at the TV during a pitching change and think aloud “Oh no, Ausmus is bringing in Him. You gotta be kidding!” 

The Tiger front office is asleep. What is GM Al Avila thinking? There is no longer the time to wait and sort it out at the trade deadline. They need a new face now and one who just might help them end the team’s poor play and losing streak. “You can’t make this stuff up, folks” cries radio commentator Jim Price with every game now. “He walks the first batter, unbelievable!

The Tigers cannot retrieve Mickey Lolich with a roll around his middle and a rubbery arm rolling off strike after strike, throw 98 pitches, completing nine innings and ending the game in 2 hours, 15 minutes. Happy fans could exit Tiger Stadium at 10:15 PM and that was with an 8:00 start! Am I right Jim? (Hey Jim, got any idea where Mickey is right now?)

Doug Fister is a starter and I realize that. He is also an accomplished player with courage. Something the Tigers are lacking. However, in those crucial 6th innings the Detroit Tigers need somebody, anybody to get a ground ball, a double-play ball or a strike out to leave the bases loaded.  With an austerity program in place, why did they fail to see the advantage and upside in giving Fister a chance?

I mean to say that Republicans are planning a cut in Medicaid spending by $772 billion and throwing 22 million poor people off health care. Those are real numbers, real facts and not fake news. 

If only the course of the game they play in Washington could be reversed (just as the play at second base), Lives can be preserved and certainly lives can be saved.

All right, it’s too late to acquire Doug Fister. But, they need to look for an alternative real fact and real news. We only ask the Tigers front office one question. 

Why not spend a measly few million restore Tiger and Detroit’s Pride, preserve leads, save games and win?

Why fail Mr. I now? Restore the Roar!

Oh, by the way and you thought I would not mention politics? Look out for the next “yellow hammer.”




JOIN BERNIE AND ELIZABETH AND STOP TRUMP CARE!
You Might Even Call a Republican Senator YOU don't even know.

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

ALL THINGS DONALD TRUMP, NARCISSISM MAY BE ONE

Friday, June 16, 2017

A HOUSE DIVIDED 






PRESENCE OF PERSONALITY DISORDER?   




Today Washington D.C. and particularly the White House is often described by not one, not five but as many as thirty (30) "sources" the media has interacted anonymously, of course with a lower level staff trembling through no fault of their own are within earshot of the President. The image that comes to mind is these frightened employees have moments of a panic as they push shut their office doors or crawl under their cubicles. 

As if this is not enough we easily visualize the Commander-In-Chief stomping up and down the hall of the West Wing pausing only to scream at live cable news broadcasts throughout the workday. There must be a long bank of the latest HD/Ultra/4-D/Televisions one expects to see at a Best Buy. This optic only makes James Comey and the grandfather clock three times in his written narrative, later testimony. FBI Director Comey his adroit memory of his "very nice dinner" in the Oval Office followed by his instinctive transcription of his copious notes. 
  
As a workplace those who wish to avoid immediate termination live in an environment where chaos prevails by contradictory statements, directives and the opportunities to witness the verbose  dressing-down of key staff in the West Wing. As promised in his campaign, the West Wing has indeed undergone a transformation now as Trump World.  

A jobs recruiter may promote a pamphlet for prospective applicants for several vacancies. "Your time spent dedicated to serve promises a constant exposure to a deeply divided hierarchy vying for attention. You will bear witness to grown men arguing or in a panic mode due to a lack of concise policy and strategy.

Depending on rank or position you may have security clearance to issue your own policy statements, or retract, redact the President's statements without fear of retribution or even any reasonable explanation other than "I haven't had an opportunity to discuss that" or the fire sure retort, "the President's words speak for themselves" when a question is posed for which you have no comprehension. All of this with the unequivocal backing of Department of Justice and the most qualified attorneys going through the revolving door quietly advising you have "no need to retain personal legal counsel." 


   

Over the past year you have heard what the media describes that a certain individual in the highest official positions as being narcissistic. You may also describe the behavior as Alpha dog. However, the media often fails to adequately explore or specifically define the disorder. This is where some diligent research may provide an answer to what we witness on an almost daily basis.

While searching for DSM-IV definition and behavior associated and tuning a portable radio I stumbled upon a NPR (National Public Radio) broadcast interview with Robin A. Wright, Director of the Kirwin Institute, Ohio State University, Columbus Ohio. 

I feel the ground breaking work of the Kirwin Institute deserves attention and recognition as a resource for individual study.  In fact, I believe that listing the links to research below is not quite enough for those who possess more than usual psychological curosity. Therefore, you will find a page I reproduced from their website. (It should appear in the title bar).

This is a website dedicated to identifying the symptoms of mental disorders and treatment. I discovered this site while performing research on Narcissism. I wanted to learn the definition of Narcissism as a personality disorder, how to diagnose the symptoms and find treatment potential.

Anyone interested in mental health (especially your own) and personality disorders will find this site serves as an outstanding source of information. Some of the personality disorders appear on the left of the page in drop box defining a few. 

  • Alcohol / Substance Abuse, 
  • ADHD, 
  • Anxiety disorders, 
  • Bi-Polar disorder, 
  • Depression, 
  • Panic Attacks, 
  • Sexual Addiction 

I feel the groundbreaking research by the Kirwin Institute will shed some light on an inherent bias in everyone. A bias that overtime may interfere in a personality growth into a belief system of prejuidice and racism. 

You can read the definitions, symptomatic behaviors and judge for yourself and form your own opinion.

I encourage those of you who constantly attempt psychological diagnosis of your spouse or children to reference the Implicit Bias page and listen to the fascinating interview airing on NPR.


http://kirwaninstitute.osu.edu/kirwan-institutes-robin-wright-talking-about-implicit-bias-on-npr/
















Wednesday, June 14, 2017

SPEAKER PAUL RYAN & MINORITY LEADER NANCY PELOSI PLEAD FOR UNITY

Speaker Paul Ryan & Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi Call For Unity During Time of Tragic Shooting



 "On days like today, there are no Democrats or Republicans, only Americans" - Nancy Pelosi


"For all the noise and fury, we are a family. An attack on one of us is an attack on all of us." - Paul Ryan


The tragic shootings in Alexandria, VA this morning gave Speaker Paul Ryan a moment to pause and address the entire House in leading a prayer for Rep. Steven Scalise and the other victims of the lone gunman's attack on a baseball field. His words were poignant and heartfelt.

Similarly, Nancy Pelosi, House Democratic Minority Leader followed his lead. Pelosi used the metaphor of sports, in this case baseball to illustrate how the one-hundred year tradition of the two parties playing this annual charity event promoted good feelings, teamwork and competition.

Speaker Ryan and Rep Pelosi actually agreed that this is a time to "take pause" and reflect on our freedom and cherish the "open" lifestyle we all enjoy.

Let all Americans pray or reflect on this sad day that the sentiment of both Republican and Democratic leadership are not "mere words" spoken today and forgotten tomorrow.

This is not a time for deep partisan divide as Our Nation faces enemies both foreign and domestic. Let us pray the White House also reflects on these events and begins to experience that our government is composed of three separate but equal branches that work for one united people.

Tomorrow evening the two teams meet at the Washington Nats' stadium for their game. Let us hope for a successful event. But, the two sides leave all the curve balls, backdoor sliders and change ups out on the field. America has experienced enough of the hyperbole, rhetoric and untruths over the past several months.

They can begin in the Senate with an open debate and discussion of a health care bill that is inclusive of Democratic voices and amendments.

JUNE 14 IS FLAG DAY, NOT JUST THE PRESIDENT'S B-DAY -- ONE WAY TO HONOR LOYALTY TO COUNTRY

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

LOYALTY OATHS ARE  TO COUNTRY,

NOT TO THE PRESIDENT 



THE FLAG I PURCHASED THE DAY AFTER FBI DIRECTOR JAMES COMEY WAS FIRED
In light of the President firing then FBI Director James Comey and the ridiculous Cabinet meeting, it is clear Federal Employees should demonstrate where true loyalty lies as they labor everyday to protect Our Freedom and Democracy. 

I would suggest that at 3 PM today, all non-essential FBI, Department of Justice, NSA, CIA ... all Federal Employees take an extended break from their work, leave their desks and gather outside to demonstrate and send a message to President Trump and support James Comey, Susan Yates and Bob Mueller.

"WE DO NOT SUPPORT LOYALTY OATHS TO ANY ONE MAN, BUT ONE NATION"
where Justice for All prevails and no man is above the law.

And, Federal Employees don't make it a matter of protocol to suck up to the boss and tell him what we wants to hear. Our gratitude to General James Mattis.

Thursday, June 8, 2017

TALE OF THE TAPE: DONALD TRUMP vs. JAMES COMEY - WHO'S ON FIRST?

Thursday, June 08, 2017

 
Trump & Comey Meet at Center Ring 



In the event President Trump invites James Comey for a second dinner, who knows there, may be a confrontation. Here’s how they measure up.

TALE OF THE TAPE

DONALD TRUMP
JAMES COMEY
Age / Date of Birth
70 / June 14, 1946
56 / December 14, 1960
Height
6’ 2”
6’ 8”
Weight
253 lbs
225 lbs
Chest
44”
Unknown
Waist
38”
Unknown
Biceps
13”
Unknown
Body Type
Average
Trim / Fit
Eye Color
Blue
Moss Green
Hair Color
Blonde (Light Brown)
Brown
Birthplace
Queens, NY
Yonkers, NY
Residence
Manhattan, NY
Washington, DC
Washington, DC
Hometown: Allendale, NJ
Ethnicity
German/Scottish
Irish
Religion
Presbyterian
Born Catholic (now Methodist)
Sexual Orientation
Straight
Straight
Marital Status
Married
Married
Current Spouse
Melania
Patrice
Anniversary Date
January 22, 2005
29 years
Smokes?
No
Yes
Drinks?
No
Yes
Education
Kew-Forest School, Queens, New York City
Northern Highlands Regional H.S. Allendale, NJ

New York Military Academy
College of William & Mary  

Fordham University (2 years)
University of Chicago School of Law

Wharton School of Finance, Pennsylvania

Profession
Business Celebrity. President
Attorney, US Attorney, FBI Director
Diet
Junk Food
Healthy
Prior Marriages/Dating
(2) Ivana Trump
One Marriage

(3) Marla Maples

Girl Friends
Anna Nicole Smith

Affairs
Carla Bruni
None Known

Rowanne Brewer
Allison Giannini


Gabriela Sabatini
Karla Young

Nicknames
The Donald, 

Agent Orange,
Hair Fuhrer,
Prima Donald, Tangerine Jesus, Mango Mussolini, The Trumpster,
The Lord of the Wall Street Elite
Jim
Showboat
Nutjob
Note Taker
Distinctive Characteristics
Bizarre comb over Orange caked on makeup
Monosyllabic, Dullard Cadence
Bloated, doughy face and midsection

"Tower over Trump"
Copious Note Taker
Grandfather Clock Watcher



Trump & Comey Begin to Clench




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