Jan 23 07:57

Charles Koch donated $500K to Ryan days after GOP tax plan passed

GOP mega-donor Charles Koch and his wife donated about $500,000 to Speaker Paul Ryan’s (R-Wis.) joint fundraising committee, just days after the GOP tax plan was passed.

Charles Koch made the donation 13 days after the plan was passed, which lowers the corporate tax rate and cuts estate taxes, the International Business Times reported.

He and his wife also gave $237,000 each to the National Republican Congressional Committee on the same day, according to the report.
Charles Koch and his brother David Koch were both major advocates for the tax plan, pouring millions of dollars into efforts to get the legislation passed.

Jan 22 20:52

LAUSD Teacher Strips Naked On Elementary School Playground, Chases Nearby Students

Cali: Land of fruit and Nutzs!

LOS ANGELES (CBSLA) — A physical education teacher at Carthay Center Elementary School outraged parents and upset students when he stripped naked on campus Friday and proceeded to chase nearby second-graders and fifth-graders.

Watch what happens next!

Jan 21 11:09

Armageddon’s Crumbs: Apple Unveils $2500 Tax Reform Bonuses, Largest US Auto Dealer Beefs Up Benefits

May that bold-font fact be repeated endlessly ---

We’ll circle back to Apple’s “crumbs” (now I’m hungry) in a moment:


Apple Gives Employees $2,500 Bonuses After New Tax Law

Jan 19 16:32

After Scoring Huge Tax Cuts, Charles Koch Floods Ryan With Cash

In the months leading up to the passage of the Republican Party’s long-awaited tax bill last year, the powerful political operation run by the billionaire Koch brothers was one of the strongest forces pressuring lawmakers to pass massive tax cuts for wealthy individuals and corporations.

“Republicans never hid the fact that this tax bill was about pleasing their big donors,” Adam Smith, communications director at campaign finance reform nonprofit Every Voice, told International Business Times. “And it looks like House Speaker [Paul] Ryan is quickly being rewarded for passing this legislation that overwhelmingly benefits the Kochs and billionaires like them.”

Jan 19 07:05

Wealthy exodus to escape new tax rules worries California Democrats

The Republican-backed federal tax bill flipped the tables on a never-ending question for California politicians: Will high taxes lead the state’s wealthiest residents to flee the Golden State for the comparable tax havens of Florida, Nevada and Texas?

Republicans reliably raise that alarm when Democrats advocate for tax increases, like the 2012 and 2016 ballot initiatives that levied a new income tax on very high-earning residents.

But now, with the federal tax bill cutting off deductions that benefited well-off Californians, the state’s Democrats suddenly are singing the GOP song about a potential millionaire exodus.

“People with higher incomes pay a lot more money, and some of them may be tempted to leave,” Gov. Jerry Brown said when he unveiled his 2018-19 budget proposal last week. “This was an assault by the Republicans in Congress against California.”

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Governor Brown, that last statement was pure bull-biscuits, sir, and you know it!!

In this country, every individual has the right to "vote with their feet", as a lot of well-to-do Californians have already done. When a state's tax burden becomes too high (as California's already is), and there is really nothing to show for the money spent, like a consistently dysfunctional educational system; health care which cannot deliver; a massive gap between wages and corporate profits; and the voluntary saddling of the state's infrastructure with illegal immigrants whose presence has bled the State of California dry, through entitlements, etc., you have.... a non-functional, failed US State.

And Governor Brown, this is precisely where California stands right now. In fact, if you have chosen NOT to read it, I highly commend the following article in the LA Times: Why is liberal California the poverty capital of America?

The hard and true reality is this; for quite some time, legislation made on the State level, has brought California to its knees, in terms of stopping it from being the kind of growth engine one wants to see, and should see, here.

And California, its citizens and businesses, are paying the price for many amazingly lousy legislative decisions made by people who do not have a clue how business works, and how they profit, because they have always had various jobs with the State before they run for public office.

So to those tax/infrastructure/fed up better-to-do Californians who are really ready to vote with their feet, let me encourage you to do so; the State of California has brought this upon itself, and if it cannot fix it, you have every right to leave for states with better, more sensible tax structures than does California.

Jan 18 15:11

Engineering Faster Planes in WWII: Kelly Johnson, the P-38 and the P-80

Clarence "Kelly" Johnson (BSE AeroE ’32, MSE ’33) was a bold an innovative aircraft designer. One of his earlier planes, the Lockheed P-38 Lightning, echoes that description well. It's unique twin-boom and central nacelle (for the cockpit) design gave it great stability and maneuverability at higher speeds than other planes offered... Until it entered a steep dive. Then things went south, fast.

Jan 18 15:09

Head Skunk

The name of the super-secret project was Suntan. It was to be the ultimate reconnaissance airplane, flying so high and so fast—it was to cruise above 100,000 feet at Mach 2—that detection would be unlikely and interception impossible. But it also would have been a giant winged thermos bottle, with a fuel tank full of liquid hydrogen at –400 degrees Fahrenheit and its outer skin baking at 350 degrees or more. A proposed hydrogen liquefaction plant dedicated to producing fuel for several of the airplanes would have sucked up 10 percent of the natural gas supply of Los Angeles in two years. Flying the highly unstable and explosive liquid to the airplanes’ bases would have required a fleet of heavy transports. An accident with one of the transports would have made the Hindenburg disaster look like a campfire.

Jan 14 09:56

DHS restarts Obama-era DACA amnesty after judge’s ruling

Amazing! Trump isn't allowed to rescind an executive order.I have never seen such a weak President.

DACA is back up and running, Homeland Security announced this weekend, saying President Trump’s attempt to phase out the Obama-era deportation amnesty is on hold while they fight a court case that ordered them to begin accepting applications again.

Only those among the 800,000 or so previously approved can submit applications for renewal, under the judger’s order. And those covered by DACA will no longer be granted advance parole, which had become a shortcut pathway to citizenship in the Obama administration.

But U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services said it will otherwise restore DACA as it was on Sept. 5, before Mr. Trump decided on a six-month phaseout, saying the program was illegal.

Jan 13 10:07

How Medicaid Takes Its Money Back After You Die

How the Medicaid Estate Recovery Program Works

Medicade the state-run health insurance program for low-income people, may take its money back from your estate after you die. Known as the Medicaid Estate Recovery Program, Medicaid can recover the money it spent on your healthcare from your estate.

Although the idea of Medicaid taking money that otherwise would have gone to your heirs is distasteful, it becomes more palatable when you look at the reasons behind the MERP program.


Jan 11 22:31

Nevada Bundy Prosecution Collapses: The Federal Government Spent a Quarter-Billion Dollars but Couldn’t Convict the Bundys of a Single Crime

In 2013 the federal Bureau of Land Management (BLM) obtained federal court orders authorizing the agency to “seize and remove to impound” hundreds of Cliven Bundy’s cattle on the public ranges around Bunkerville, Nevada. The agency interpreted these court orders broadly, and descended on the area in April 2014 with some 200 body-armor-wearing agents, semiautomatic weapons, sniper teams, undercover informants, and surveillance cameras aimed at the Bundy residence.

Jan 07 10:21

States Threaten "Economic Civil War" On Washington

The new year has only just begun, but already Democratic politicians in the country’s largest high-tax states are threatening lawsuits and publicly touting proposed workarounds to help compensate tax payers for the elimination of the state and local tax (SALT) deductions which were dramatically rolled back, along with deductions for mortgage interest, as part of the White House’s tax reform plan.

During his state of the state address earlier this week, New York Mayor Andrew Cuomo threatened to sue the federal government over the tax bill, claiming that the plan is unconstitutional and overly burdensome to New Yorkers.

Jan 06 08:25


When Donald Trump and the Republican party unveiled its precious tax legislation, outside analysts immediately noted that the bill seemed designed to favor a slim subset of Americans. The Institute on Taxation and Economic Policy, for example, found that almost a third of the plan’s benefits would go to the wealthiest 1 percent of Americans in 2018. But the president has repeatedly belied that fact as he’s plugged the policy, even claiming on a call to Senate Democrats that his accountant told him he would “get killed” as a result of the legislation. “The deal is so bad for rich people, I had to throw in the estate tax just to give them something,” he added.

Jan 05 11:24


The new U.S. tax code amends IRC Section 1031 (a)(1) regarding “like kind exchanges,” excluding all cryptocurrencies from a previous legal loophole and making all cryptocurrency trades a taxable event.

Dec 29 15:32

Tax Cuts Won't Stop The Economic Collapse

If anything, central banking has the most influence on markets – not the three branches of government or presidents.  

Dec 28 17:37

How To Prevent A Tax Levy

Dec 27 06:37

Video From The Guy Who Sent Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin A Gift-wrapped Box Of HorseShit

A psychologist who works for Los Angeles county says he's the one who sent a gift-wrapped box of manure to Mnuchin.

Dec 27 02:49

A Journey Through a Land of Extreme Poverty: Welcome to America

(*I appologize for this one .
Mike I understand if this one doesn't get promoted to the main page . The literary equivelent to a football player taking a knee . Off limits , taboo is off limits taboo .
Again; I totally apologize for this grotesque submission and it's unfair allocations .)

Dec 26 03:29

Video From The Guy Who Sent Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin A Gift-wrapped Box Of HorseShit

A psychologist who works for the County of Los Angeles says he's the one who sent Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin a box of horse shit in protest of the new tax bill.

Dec 25 05:33

Trump Signs Bill Adding Funds for Missile Defense, Destroyer Fixes

>$4 billion for missile defense programs at the Pentagon to combat the ballistic missile threat posed by North Korea, including $200 million to build a new missile field in Alaska;
>$2.1 billion for the Veteran Affairs Department's Veterans Choice Program; and
>$674 million for the Navy to repair the Arleigh Burke-class destroyers USS John S. McCain and USS Fitzgerald, both of which were damaged in separate collisions with commercial vessels in the Pacific this summer, resulting in the combined deaths of 17 sailors.

"We are ordering $4 billion worth of missile defense equipment and missiles," Trump said during a bill signing at the White House. "Very important. Top of the line. Best in the world. We make the best military product in the world, and nobody is even close."

The president added, "And so we're ordering $4 billion worth of missile defense, and that will be done by signing right here and also by notifying the Speaker of the House and President of the Senate, designating the missile defense as emergency defense fund. So it's $4 billion for that and $700 million for various other military forms of equipment. And I'm very honored to be doing that. Our military has been doing a fantastic job in so many ways, with ISIS. And everything they're touching lately has been working out. So we're signing that."


Dec 23 09:46

'I'm going to trickle my fat a** down to the jewelry store' for a new Rolex: Charles Barkley trashes $1.5 trillion tax cut because Republicans took care of 'us one percenters' but not the poor

TNT NBA analyst and Hall of Famer Charles Barkley didn't agree with the Republican Party's $1.5 trillion tax cut, but since he is one of its beneficiaries, he says he'll be getting himself a new watch.

'They say [the money is going to] trickle down,' Barkley said during TNT's 'Inside the NBA.' 'I'm going to trickle my fat a** down to the jewelry store and get me a new Rolex.'

Dec 23 08:57

National Park Service rolls back its free days

Bad news, nature lovers: the National Park Service has slashed its no-cost admission days by 60 percent for 2018.

(*not really , once we calculate our windfall profits from the 'All About The Working Class' Tax Break !)

Dec 23 07:31

3-(Mis)Statements About Tax Reform

Dec 23 06:30

What Will the Tax Law Do to Over-Indebted Corporate America?

A crackdown on excessive debt. Financial engineering gets more expensive.

Dec 23 04:40

Make ‘Em Pay’? Trump Spends $5 Billion on Europe’s Defense

The “European Defense Initiative” was launched after the US-backed coup in Ukraine to counter Russian “aggression” in the region. Its budget has quintupled to nearly $5 billion next year. Hundreds of millions will be spent to rebuild military bases in eastern Europe. What happened to making the Europeans pay for their own defense? On today’s Ron Paul Liberty Report:

Dec 21 09:51

Paul Ryan Asked If He's 'Living In A Fantasy World' Amid His Defense Of Tax Bill

Guthrie expressed skepticism that the bill would lead to higher pay for workers, and to buttress her point she quoted former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg:

“CEOs aren’t waiting on a tax cut to ‘jump-start the economy’ ? a favorite phrase of politicians who have never run a company ? or to hand out raises,” wrote Bloomberg in an op-ed earlier this month. “It’s pure fantasy to think that the tax bill will lead to significantly higher wages and growth.”

Dec 20 11:48

House sends sweeping GOP tax bill to Trump's desk

The House of Representatives gave final approval Wednesday afternoon to its major rewrite of the US tax code, voting a second time on the package after the Senate stripped out a couple of items early on Wednesday morning and sent the legislation back to the lower chamber.

Dec 20 06:03

Trump Is Pursuing a Defense Spending Hike and a Pentagon Audit at the Same Time?

Left unmentioned in the president’s speech on Monday regarding the National Security Strategy is that, under his direction, the Pentagon is undergoing its first audit in history. It’s not referenced in the document itself, either, though “restraining Federal spending” and “making government more efficient” are mentioned. The National Interest pointed out last week how little attention the audit is getting.

When the Republicans first made gains back in the Barack Obama era, they did so on the Tea Party wave. Now-forgotten is that many of those emerging political stars, like Rand Paul and Mike Lee, dissented from party orthodoxy on military spending. That legacy carries on, to some extent, today; Paul and Lee were among only eight senators to vote against the National Defense Authorization Act earlier this year.>>>

Dec 19 13:20

House GOP approves massive tax overhaul as Senate prepares to vote

House Republicans on Tuesday approved sweeping changes to the U.S. tax code, barreling toward the GOP goal of passing the first major tax overhaul in decades by the end of the year.

It passed the chamber by a 227-203 margin, with Republicans erupting in cheers when the bill garnered enough support. Twelve Republicans — all from high-tax blue states — opposed the plan. As House members voted on the legislation, chants of "shame!" came down from protesters in the chamber's gallery.

The House vote sends the broadly unpopular tax bill to the Senate, where Republicans are expected to push it through by Wednesday morning. With Senate passage, the legislation would go to President Donald Trump to sign it into law.

Dec 18 01:32

Half of Total Trump-GOP Tax Plan Benefits Go to Richest 5%

It's simple. Profit-hungry corporations get a permanent windfall and the rich receive massive cuts. Everyone else—sooner or later, like it or not—gets to help pay for it all.


Dec 18 01:25

US 'World Champion of Extreme Inequality', UN Envoy Warns

The United Nations monitor on poverty and human rights has issued a devastating report on the condition of America, accusing Donald Trump and the Republican leadership in Congress of attempting to turn the country into the “world champion of extreme inequality”.

Philip Alston, the UN special rapporteur on extreme poverty and human rights, has completed a two-week official tour of the US by releasing an excoriating attack on the direction of the nation. Not only does he warn that the tax bill currently being rushed through Congress will hugely increase already large disparities between rich and poor, he accuses Trump and his party of consciously distorting the shape of American society in a “bid to become the most unequal society in the world”.


Dec 16 14:10

Federal agent alleges U.S. misconduct, cover-up in Bundy Ranch trial

A federal investigator is alleging prosecutors in the Bundy Ranch standoff trial covered up misconduct by law enforcement agents who engaged in "likely policy, ethical and legal violations."

In an 18-page memo to the Assistant U.S. Attorney General, Special Agent Larry Wooten said he "routinely observed ... a widespread pattern of bad judgment, lack of discipline, incredible bias, unprofessionalism and misconduct" among agents involved in the 2014 armed standoff.

He said his investigation indicated federal agents engaged in excessive force, civil rights and policy violations.

Dec 16 11:02

Time for the GOP to rally to President Trump and the agenda that won 2016

As evidenced by the outcomes of both the Virginia gubernatorial race and the Alabama Senate special election, no matter what, Democrat voters are going to be extremely motivated in 2018 to take back Congress.

For, this is no time to panic.

Instead, it is time for Republicans to rally to President Trump and the agenda that won the election in 2016. That is, cut taxes, repeal Obamacare, appoint conservative judges, get better trade deals, slash regulations, curb illegal immigration and build the southern border wall. Also, no bad deals on DACA amnesty. The wall is not enough; chain migration has to be ended.

Dec 16 10:00

Protester with no legs is shot dead by Israeli troops along with two other Palestinians, as riots sparked by Trump's Jerusalem declaration continue in Gaza

Pictures and video of the man,including him making his living washing cars before the Israelis murdered him.
Trump just loves Israhell!

Israeli troops shot dead a wheelchair-bound man with no legs in Gaza today as three other Palestinians were killed during protests, medical officials said.

Another 150 were hurt as protests over US President Donald Trump's recognition of Jerusalem as Israel's capital enter their second week.

Disabled Ibrahim Abu Thurayeh, 29, was taken to al-Shifa hospital in Gaza City after being shot by troops but was later pronounced dead.

Dec 15 07:44

The Best Tax Incentive In The World

Dec 14 05:11

Do You Know What Is In The Tax Bill That Congress Is About To Pass?

A conference committee has been merging the tax bills that were passed by the House of Representatives and the Senate, and even though we could still see some minor changes, it looks like the major parameters of the final bill have now been agreed upon. 

Dec 13 06:51

The US Military Is the Biggest "Big Government" Entitlement Program on the Planet

The US economy is caught in a trap. That trap is the Department of Defense: an increasingly sticky wicket that relies on an annual, trillion-dollar redistribution of government-collected wealth. In fact, it's the biggest "big government" program on the planet, easily beating out China's People's Liberation Army in both size and cost. It is not only the "nation's largest employer," with 2.867 million people currently on the payroll, but it also provides government benefits to 2 million retirees and their family members. And it actively picks private sector winners by targeting billions of dollars to an elite group of profit-seeking contractors.

The top five overall recipients collectively pulled in $109.5 billion in FY2016, and their cohorts consistently dominate the government's list of top 100 contractors. They reap this yearly largesse through a Rube-Goldberg-like system of influence peddlers, revolving doors and wasteful taxpayer-funded boondoggles. Finally, it is all justified by a deadly feedback loop of perpetual warfare that is predicated on a predictable supply of blowback.

But this belligerent cash machine doesn't just produce haphazard interventions and shady partnerships>>>

Dec 13 01:26

Trump signs $700bn military funding bill

(*RELATED:) US 'Living Off 1950s Infrastructure,' Must Spend $2 Trillion to Modernize

Dec 12 16:31

The GOP Tax Bill Eliminates Critical Deductions for Disaster Victims

If devastating wildfires sweep across California again next year—not unlikely considering even Governor Jerry Brown has called it the “new normal”—the hardest hit may not be eligible for the same support as they are this year, thanks to the GOP’s fast-moving tax bill.

As Congress pushes full steam ahead with its controversial plan to cut taxes (mostly for the wealthy and corporations), analysts are finally getting a chance to look at the impact such drastic measures would have on the majority of Americans. One major issue is how the plan would limit taxpayers’ ability to write off damages from future disasters.