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Friday, January 25. 2019
What Was New Atheism?
Most expensive home in US history sells for $238M in NYC
1,500 Private Jets Descend on Davos Carrying Globalist Elite for Climate Talks
Podcast on US higher education’s growing ‘diversity industry’
Report: AI Is Coming For 36 Million Jobs, And Sooner Than You Think
Gun foe Bloomberg accused of hypocrisy after calling for armed private force at Johns Hopkins U.
I guarantee that he and his family have armed security
A High School Teacher Was Suspended For Showing A Fox News Documentary. Now His Story Is Getting National Attention.
Vermont Bill Pushes Abortion Without Limit
3 Reasons Why the March for Life Was So Much Bigger Than the Women's March
Facebook Slides After Report Claims 50% Of Its Users Are Fake
" The best argument in favor of Trump’s presidency is what Trump’s presidency has taught us about the character of the people who oppose him, and who would be wielding power if he weren’t."
When did patriotism become racism?
It's been chic to hate the US for a generation or two.
The Democratic Party Is Alienated from and Hates the USA
CNN’s Angela Rye Compares MAGA Hat To KKK Hood: I’m ‘So Triggered’ By The ‘Hatred’ It Represents…
Small business owners are feeling very optimistic right now but could House Democrats change all that?
Elizabeth Warren Introduces ‘Wealth Tax’ Aimed at America’s Billionaires
First billionaires' assets, then millionaires', then your IRA. That's how taxing works
Media Matters: A Perfect Storm of Media Malpractice
The press gets a needed lesson in truth-telling
Thus far, the Trump-Russia non-story
How the Clinton machine flooded the FBI with Trump-Russia dirt … until agents bit
How communism is dooming China’s economy
Venezuela’s catastrophic experiment with Bernie Sanders/Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez style socialism appears to be drawing to a close
Venezuela's Opposition Is Now a Serious Threat to Maduro
SWEDEN BOMBING CRISIS: Four Explosions in 24 Hours!
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MAGA hats cannot be provocative, Clothing cannot trigger someone -- just ask any feminist.
Presidential hopeful Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) is proposing a new “wealth tax” on Americans with more than $50 million in assets, along with a significant increase in funding for the Internal Revenue Service (IRS), in an effort to curb income and wealth inequality in America.
Not being snarky or anything, but I guess we now have a pretty good handle on her net worth.
What a clever idea! Skew the tax system to rely heavily on people with high incomes and then encourage them to leave by stealing their investments. Brilliant!
I should have said "give them more encouragement to leave."
Oh, how I wish Maggie's Farm had an upvote button. All ya'll get a thumbs up.
Aggie: Not being snarky or anything, but I guess we now have a pretty good handle on her net worth.
Warren's net worth is in the neighborhood of $10 million. She makes considerable money through writing. Warren has released her tax returns from her time in public office. Her 2017 adjusted gross income with her husband was $913,000. They paid about 1/3 in taxes, and 1/10 in charitable donations.
But -Garrsh- Planet Z, isn't that a 2015 CNN article? Haven't we had 4 years of record-breaking bull markets since then, including the 2 years of frosted Trump MAGA goodness on top? I'd bet Fauxcahontas' net wampum is much closer to $25 million by now, seeing as she would having the very Boston-Brahmin best in prudent financial advice. But hey - nobody conservative would say she can't aim for $50 million. That's what capitalism is all about. Right? [/sarc]
Aggie: But -Garrsh- Planet Z, isn't that a 2015 CNN article?
The Dow Jones has increased about 35% since then. A variety of sources report her net worth to be no more than $10 million.
Aggie: Haven't we had 4 years of record-breaking bull markets since then, including the 2 years of frosted Trump MAGA goodness on top?
The current bull market started March 9, 2009.
When you've reach the bottom there's nowhere to go but up.
For the sake of argument, I'll accept the $10M number. That being the case, she will not be subject to her new tax.
Sort of like Ted Kennedy not worrying about raising taxes. If he had most of his money in municipal bonds, his tax liability would be minimal.
Planet Z, I think you've gotten sidetracked and fallen into a Common Core New Math trap
CNN article: Jan 8th 2015
Trump Inauguration: Jan 20th 2017
Today's date: Jan 25th 2019
How many years has the greedy capitalist been expertly increasing her net worth since the published estimate?
2019 - 2015 = 4 years, 2 of them virtuous Trump years
An "honest" oversight I'm sure. Far be it for the kiddiez to mislead.
Gasbot could be diligently working on the problem of dismembering living human infants without using any of those words.
SWEDEN BOMBING CRISIS: Four Explosions in 24 Hours!
Sweden's Quaker community is acting up again?
My guess is that smirking white folks are behind it all. Nothing that a little more diversity and government intervention cannot cure.
Beyond Beyond BuzzFeed
For some reason I can't post the url to Sharyl Attkisson's article on the 68 media "mistakes" during the Trump era. It's on her website at sharyl attkisson dot com.
Beyond BuzzFeed: The 10 Worst, Most Embarrassing U.S. Media Failures on the Trump-Russia Story
Here's a doozy: An aide to the president was one of five high-ranking presidential associates authorized to approve payments from a secret campaign cash fund, according to federal investigators and accounts of sworn testimony before the grand jury.
Woodward and Bernstein, no less. Even the best reporters sometimes get it wrong. Nothing new about that. Deep Throat said, "You’ve got people feeling sorry for Haldeman. I didn’t think that was possible.”
Z: Woodward and Bernstein, no less...
What, are they journalism gods? They probably lied about their sources during Watergate. Bernstein was a red diaper baby who never got beyond it. Give me a break!
mudbug: They probably lied about their sources during Watergate.
Deep Throat was revealed to be FBI Associate Director, Mark Felt. Do you have evidence to support your claim? It's clear their reporting was largely correct, even though they made some missteps: The break-in of the DNC was perpetrated by White House operatives.
Woodward and Bernstein gathered/stole most of their reportage from the New York Times.
re $238 million home
So how much are the property taxes every year?
"The Democratic Party Is Alienated from and Hates the USA"
Wake up Democrats. Your party has turned communist on you.
"Bloomberg accused of hypocrisy"
Make no mistake, this is NOT hypocrisy. This is a fascist left wing gun grab that they must have in order to continue with their master plan. The left likes guns just fine thank you. But they fear guns in the hands of law abiding people who are not useful idiots. Look at Venezuela, prior to Chavez law abiding Venezuelans could own guns. Most Venezuelans were not worried when guns were banned because Chavez was freely spreading the nations wealth that had been taken from oil producers. The "promise" of socialism had not yet come face to face with the reality of socialism. When that happened and the people began to starve to death as their money endured inflation rates in excess of a million percent. But what could they do? By then the government had the only guns and the people had only rocks. Now Venezuelans are being killed and disappeared with no recourse.
"Hold onto your AR-15's. Their magic must be very powerful or they would not want them."
As of 10:50 or so, all of the comments are great! Exactly why I read Maggie's Farm--all of you really smart people, plus the links to great articles.
The actions of hypocrites may be despicable but those actions do not invalidate hypocrites' ideas. Accusations of hypocrisy are therefore pointless.
If you read "A date gone wrong quickly" from yesterday and the comment thread you may have noticed the discussion around the baffling rise of the "political non-sequitur." I've experienced this and love the naming of it. It's when you are talking about some mundane thing and someone suddenly blurts out some rah rah orange man bad or feminist thing or MSM cause of the moment and everyone is suppose to grunt enthusiastic agreement. It's a bonding thing. I had an aha moment reading this "Bad Crazy" post off of Ace. https://accordingtohoyt.com/2019/01/18/bad-crazy/ Its a little long but she really gets going 2/3 through. ['The latest insistence on doing everything the feminine way has got us “feminine business” and “feminine politics” where everything is run on image, innuendo and gossip: the female version of toxicity. You’re either with the group or out, and if you’re out we’ll demonize you.'] THIS. It's a familiar girl social thing but I hadn't seen it in the overall context of the change in our culture. Hence the rise of the "political non-sequitur."
New atheism? How is/was it different fro the old atheism, and why should I care?
AI Coming: I'm retired, so I'm safe. The Gang of Z may have different thoughts.
Bloomberg? A hypocrite? But of course!
When did patriotism become racism? When the Left became unpatriotic.
CNN’s Angela Rye Compares MAGA Hat To KKK Hood: I’m ‘So Triggered’ By The ‘Hatred’ It Represents… Leftist idiot.
Journalists should have listened to Gerard Baker. If they had, there'd be less (but not none; oh no, not none) fake news.
The Press and Truth-Telling: "The aphorism that “a lie can travel halfway around the world before the truth gets its boots on” is true, but it needs an update. Truth can’t get its boots on because it can’t find them." No, it's because those boots have been stolen, on purpose.
"CNN’s Angela Rye Compares MAGA Hat To KKK Hood"
Lets just call this what it is, fascism. It is the relabeling of everything you oppose to be terrible and therefore must be fought against even using the Brown Shirts (or Antifa black shirts) to beat you up. This is EXACTLY what was happening in Europe in the 30's and exactly what was happening in Russia in the 20's and before. This is what happened in various South and Central America countries during our lifetime. This is how you overthrow governments, by scaring and silencing enough people. It now requires great strength and fearlessness to wear a MAGA hat and that was exactly what they wanted. Any discussion is abruptly ended by labeling you as a racist AND it allows/encourages the useful idiots to attack you either on social sites or in person. Expect more of this not less. Next step will be government sanctioned/encouraged assaults on people with a smirk or punchable face.
The left is going full communist on us.
I don't know who I am paraphrasing but someone said "Revolutions happen when the people realize that they are not alone." I did not expect Trump to win, but now we know that at least 62 million voters were not satisfied with the status quo.
I was having my car inspected just before the 2016 election. The people, in the waiting room, gave off signals to each other and when they realized it would be safe to do so, talked about the upcoming vote. That's when I realized that Trump had a lot of support. Unlike the media's insinuations, the waiting room was not occupied by drugged up, toothless, gun toting, foul mouthed, illiterates but normal, articulate, civilized, working suburbanites, who vote. The media and the political class hit the submerged part of the iceberg, when they stifled free expression. That's the price of self deception
I can't believe that there will not be a backlash due to this week's tsunami of child and Catholic bashing. I was awed by the blatancy of the deceitful coverage. Some of the material I saw and read was so grotesque, it's what I imagine lynch mob mentality to be like. I am looking at you Ruth Graham. If you haven't read her creepy screed, do so; it is Himalayan in its malice and projection.
It appears that the Sandmann family will be represented by a top libel lawyer. Go, L. Lin Wood.
More good news. I read on another blog that the Covington diocese is cooperating with prosecutors too preserve evidence. The diocese, as most are aware, didn't cover itself with glory and has apologized for caving to media pressure. Not to defend it, but the spokes people were ambushed.
In other news, young hockey players, in Fort McMurray AB, were also subjected to a social media lynch mob for appropriating First Nations dancing and drumming, despite being Metis themselves. Maybe Professor Peterson will weigh in on this.