Saturday, November 11, 2017

11:00 HOUR of the 11th DAY of the 11th MONTH, WHEN AN ARMISTICE WITH GERMANY WENT INTO EFFECT

Thus, November 11TH is celebrated throughout Europe and other countries as "Armistice" or "Remembrance Day" to mark the anniversary of the end of major hostilities of the First World War. 


The 11th Artillery - Vietnam War - Gregory Grzymkowski's Unit

As this date was approaching I felt confident I knew the reason to remember and define the significance of this date as the end of The War To End All Wars. I felt equally confident that in those countries devastated by wayward and designed bombs and who lost homes and millions of lives both soldier and civilian, would never forget the grim reality, the horror of war and solemnity of a date: 11/11.  

After all, it marked some of the firsts in man's ceaseless desire to develop the most hideous ways to kill another. If those Brits and French in the trenches were not mowed down by the first automatic weapon in the machine gun, then rudimentary tanks were rolling over bodies the artillery may have missed and then there is the matter of "mustard gas."  It is today's equivalent of "nerve gas" employed by Syria's Assad and his Russian backers (and ally in Vladimir Putin). 

However, I began to wonder if Americans really know why November 11th is a Federal Holiday on the calendar and why so many government employees have a paid day off each year? 

So, I went to the source: Google, first to define Armistice and then Veterans DayI was shocked and mortified as to the results produced in tenths of a second. 

Which banks are open on Veteran's Day?

Which restaurants offer free meals to veterans? 

Results include: The Olive Garden and Krispy Kreme.

Which stores offer the largest discount for Veterans Day sales?

In my search for facts I found that in 1954, Armistice Day was formally changed to Veterans Day in the United States of America. Naturally, I thought why the change? 

And then I came across it in the ceasefire and demilitarized zone as part of the "armistice" that ended the Korean Conflict on 27 July, 1953. To all parties, North and South Korea and the United States and China, this was like hitting a pause button in Mortal Kombat. The formal armistice was simply a ceasefire in hostilities and not meant to be a permanent solution or peace. 

I looked no further. I know that somewhere among the brass in the Pentagon as well as some of the ass on Capitol Hill this label did not sit well as they would not stomach the Korean War to be connected to or, referred when the 11th hour, of the 11th day of the 11th month came around. They must have noted the knot in their stomach that first November, 1953 and acted quickly to replace armistice with veteran. As far as North Korea, then and now pause in the fighting and physical conflict" as defined in the use of armistice. This was not to be seen in our history as on par with the end of World War I.

Thus, the U.S. has maintained troops to defend the South all of these years. Now most Americans know this due to tweets about the Rocket Man and other posts they read on social media. Some even realize the real threat of a nuclear war due to circumstances within our government particularly those occupying The White House.

This day is to remember, pay respect and honor all those who protect and serve, especially those who made the ultimate sacrifice in giving their lives.

First, I can tell you what I found to read among my email this morning. This is not the day for any of the following as advertised by major retail chains.


"Beat the chill with Veterans Day doorbusters" or,

"We salute our veterans with 30% off Calvin Klein underwear."

However, the worst outrage is that on this date Breitbart News email delivered on behalf of their candidate a subject matter that includes the following: 

"We are in a spiritual battle ...with those who want to silence our message. 

The forces of evil will lie, cheat, steal — even inflict physical harm — if they believe it will silence and shut up Christian conservatives like you and me.

Their goal is to frustrate and slow down our campaign’s progress to help the Obama-Clinton Machine silence our conservative message.

I won't get into the details of their filthy and sleazy attacks. I refuse to repeat their lies.

That's why I must count on the help of God fearing conservatives like you to stand with me at this critical moment. 

I believe you and I have a duty to stand up and fight back the forces of evil waging an all-out war on our conservative values."

It goes on and attempts to exploit so-called Christian values and makes a plea.

"Will you stand and fight with me by chipping in a donation to my campaign's Victory Fund?" 

Sincerely,

Judge Roy Moore



So, why should we  commemorate today what took place in 1918 in a railroad carriage in France? We stand to fight:

To stop those who perpetrate crimes against children (or for that matter any of the vulnerable) using Southern charm, failure to recall and holy scripture as their defense. 

To end bigotry, violence and genocide against all people, not a chosen few. 

As we all know, four U.S. military lost their lives in Niger a few weeks back. And I believe if we were to ask those four young soldiers who were serving in Niger, in a country not even the President could explain, why they signed on for such duty? 

Or, if we were to ask Myeisha Johnson, the spouse of La David who was found two days later with his skull crushed and stripped to his underwear, as to why he so bravely served his country? 

And what of all 58,000 Vietnam veterans now dead, let us pose the question:

Did you serve and die to protect the freedoms of a man such as Alabama Judge Roy Moore to take improper and immoral advantage of teenage girls? 

The Answer is a Resounding NO!

As of 2:00PM November 11, Roy Moore maintains "all of this is fake news."


NEXT: I will attempt to bring you examples of those who honorably serve and deserve our thanks and remembrance. 

  
  

Monday, September 25, 2017

TAX REFORM 101: 1040EZ REVISION for those CAMPAIGN DONATIONS "Averaging $27.00" - Bernie Sanders

STEP ONE: OBTAIN A TAX CREDIT FOR SUPPORTING GRASSROOTS CANDIDATES & NON PROFIT PUBLICATIONS (Real Facts)

As we all are aware, the 2016 Presidential Campaign set new records for the rank and file, lunch bucket blue-collar and millennial voters to make affordable, reasonable donations to support the candidates and causes to which they hold dear. These are clearly tax-deductible contributions for those who do not qualify to itemize deductions cannot benefit like the big boys. The 1040-EZ form requires Congressional revision to allow legitimate political campaign donations and emergency disaster relief for the majority of taxpayers. 

The major revisions below are in lines 9a, 9b, 9c & 9d with line 10 as a dollar amount to be deducted directly from the total Tax owing as a credit. This is the White House Tax Reform Week, therefore in that spirit, a revision to the 1040EZ.

(Note: This is a facsimile of the IRS document not meant for use. This replica looks much better in its' origin)

Form
1040EZ DRAFT
Department of the Treasury
Income Tax Return for Single and
Joint Filers With No Dependents   (99)
2017


     OMB No. 545-0074
Your first name and initial
   Last name

Your social security number







If a joint return, spouse’s first name and initial
   Last name

Spouse’s social security number







Home address (number and street). If you have a P.O. box, see instructions.              Apt. no.
Make sure the SSN(s) above are correct
City, town or post office, state, and ZIP code. If you have a foreign address, also complete spaces below (see instructions
Presidential Election
Campaign C 
  You               Spouse


Foreign country name
Foreign province/state/county
Foreign postal code

Income
1
Wages, salaries, and tips. This should be shown in box 1 of your Form(s) W-2. Attach your Form(s) W-2.
1

Attach Form(s) W-2
2
Taxable interest. If the total is over $1,500, you cannot use Form 1040EZ.
2

here.
3
Unemployment compensation and Alaska Permanent Fund dividends (see instructions).
3


4
Add lines 1, 2, and 3. This is your adjusted gross income.
4

Enclose, but do not attach, any payment

5
If someone can claim you (or your spouse if a joint return) as a dependent, check the applicable box(es) below and enter the amount from the worksheet on back.
        You                   Spouse
If no one can claim you (or your spouse if a joint return), enter $10,350 if single; $20,700 if married filing jointly. See back for explanation.
5


6
Subtract line 5 from line 4. If line 5 is larger than line 4, enter -0-. This is your taxable income.                                                       

6

Payments,
7
Federal income tax withheld from Form(s) W-2 and 1099.

7

Credits,

8a
 Earned income credit (EIC) (see instructions)

8a

and Tax
8b
Nontaxable combat pay election

8b


9a
Small Political Campaign Donations made online to Political Candidate(s)

9a


9b
Small Donations made to Internet Tax Deductible Organization(s) & Publication(s)

9b


9c
Cash & Other Donations to Red Cross or other relief organizations in Declared National Emergency

9c



Add lines 8b, 9a- 9c Enter >

9d


10
Add lines 7,8a and 9c. These are your total payments and credits applied to total Tax.
10


11
Tax. Use the amount on line 6 above to find your tax in the tax table in the instructions. Then, enter the tax from the table on this line.
11


12
Subtract Amount on Line 10 from Line 11.
12


13
Health care: individual responsibility (see instructions)
Full-year coverage


14
Add lines 12 and 13. This is your total tax

13

(Note: Since tax forms are available online, there is NO reason that entries can be computed automatically eliminating purchase of software for many who file their own taxes. Simple computation errors would also be eliminated.)


IF WE ARE TO ENACT CHANGE THIS IS URGENT 

If America is to continue to invigorate a grassroots movement to reform the political campaign donation process where the wealthiest of the wealthy essentially buy elections, revisions to the tax code are the first target. This is one small first step to truly make campaign donations inclusive for all Americans. Line (9a) provides for those (i.e.) $27.00 campaign contributions.

The above revision in (9b) addresses the need to support the legitimate online watch dog groups and publications* out of the mainstream media dominated by corporations that only have their interest in mind, not yours. 

Equally important during the catastrophic devastation of hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria, small, large or in-between charitable donations in line (9c) to the Red Cross or other non-profits will be recognized as a direct credit that will serve to increase donations. These dollars are critical to volunteer groups that offer first and long-term relief. 

My goal is to reach as many mainstream Americans no matter their political leaning to give every individual some economic influence in elections other than their vote (which may be influenced by Super Pacs and the Koch brothers and their trusts).   

The majority of American tax filers fall in a large demographic group comprised of Single Individual taxpayers with no dependents and earn less than $20,700.00. 

In their infinite wisdom, IRS bureaucrats designed the tax forms to make it "easy" for this large group to complete their own returns quickly and without much stress.
Thus over a course of years, this single page form (once a half-page) with perhaps 15 relative line entries, is now complimented with a 46 page Instruction Booklet. This is no typo. The instructions to complete the standard 1040 is 106 pages. The standard 1040 and all of the loopholes and line entries that "adjust" taxable income also require a complete overhaul. This requires serious Congressional study.

MY GOAL IS TO GET THIS PROPOSED REVISION IN THE HAND OF EVERY SENATOR, REPRESENTATIVE IN WASHINGTON. 

If you agree, PLEASE pass along, attach to email a copy of this blog to your Congressional Representative and your State Legislators as well. 

*Publications 

Here are a partial list of "grass root" organizations and regular publications that deserve our support as they reflect our own First Amendment rights. 

Act Blue
Bernie Sanders Movement
Buzz Feed
Common Dreams
CREDO
Daily Beast
Daily Kos
DNCC
FRONTLINE
NPR
Nation of Change
PBS
Politico
Truthout


Please Note: My list does not include the KKK, neo-Nazi,NAZI or White Supremacists.








Tuesday, September 19, 2017

HARVEY, IRMA, JOSE, MARIA ...THEY ARE JUST THE BEGINNING

 HISTORY CHANNEL IS AIRING NOW A DOCUMENTARY

"TWO DEGREES: THE POINT OF NO RETURN" 



The EYE of IRMA


Over the past few weeks we have all read our own comments and questions about the devastation brought on by an earthquake in Mexico while Hurricane Harvey stalled over Houston almost simultaneously drowning the city with 50 inches of rain. 

Within a week the mother of all hurricanes, Irma had started as a tropical storm on the east coast of Africa and traversed half the globe over the Atlantic and transformed into a Category 5 hurricane. Irma became the poster child for Climate Change. Irma's quick ascendancy into a catastrophic hurricane shocked meteorologists at the National Weather Service, the Weather Channel and every television forecaster. 

All Americans here and in the Caribbean held our collective breath, praying for the best. We have all witnessed the destructive aftermath. However, Irma was not alone as the National Hurricane Center experts studied those tropical storms to follow: Jose and now Maria.

As I write, Jose has spared most of Florida by taking a new course up our eastern coast and now is battering shores of Long Island and New Jersey while planning a trip up to the Cape.

Worse, Maria is taking a similar path as Irma and has Puerto Rico dead in its eye. 

Upon viewing all of the cable news and weather service live reporting the weekend of Irma, I then noted the History Channel's upcoming airing of "Two Degrees: The Point of No Return." 

I have noticed post's on social media the concern and questioning of just "what is happening? Is this the end?" Are these horrific events the same as quoted in the Book of Revelations? I cannot answer those queries, but this documentary does present the history of climate change, the science of climatology and makes an impressive argument that the Earth is talking to us. The documentary should scare you. It presents all of the arguments that mankind has taken a toll on the global environment that will only bring more horrific storms, hurricanes, polar melting and the horrors these events will release. There will be the resurgence of disease as we already witness with zika virus and malaria. But, it gets worse as science explains. Medieval disease known as the "Black Plague" that wiped out more than half of Europe's population will make a comeback. These diseases were never eradicated or treated with a vaccine. 

The future looks dire with the erosion of the permafrost of the Antarctic. As global temperatures rise, the melting glaciers are unearthing the carcasses of animals who came to a quick demise in a Ice Age. Now, man's indifference to what we have released into the ozone and atmosphere is defrosting these forgotten diseases such as the "bubonic plague." 

It makes one think of Monty Python's Search for the Holy Grail and the scene where the town-crier is calling "bring out your dead!" Bong, as he beats a drum. And you see the cart stacked with bodies. Hilarious at the time. Comedic genius. But, this scene may one day play out in a neighborhood near you.

I highly recommend that everyone view and study "Two Degrees: The Point of No Return."   You can stream online or find on demand from the History Channel. I can guarantee you will not like some of the depicted horror of life on this planet Earth, but for the sake of future generations you will be informed and glad you spent the time. Time is in short supply, so we must all act now. 

It is not all doom as the film presents remedies available right now to counteract the effects. However, as optimistic as they appear the final solution to stop a rise of one more degree will rest with all peoples, all nations in reigning in the true causes of global warming. We have a battle ahead with those who protect with our lives the fortunes of the fossil fuel industry. 

Link: copy + paste in browser

http://www.history.com/specials/two-degrees-the-point-of-no-return/full-special