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Wednesday, March 24. 2021
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True Liberal: Now Let Us Praise Naomi Wolf
One Year To Flatten Life As We Knew It
Former professor says Yale fired her over tweet on Trump, Dershowitz
On gender madness, don’t let Canada be the future
The Dubious Origins of Long Covid - Echoes of chronic fatigue in the effort to blame the coronavirus for a host of questionable symptoms.
Like "chronic Lyme"
As obesity rates in America soar, new weight loss drugs are in the offing that offer hope
Suspect in Boulder Mass Shooting Identified as Ahmad Al Aliwi Alissa: ‘Very Anti-Social’
Deranged, and antisocial
Media, Activists Assumed Colorado Shooter Was White, Delete Posts, Pivot When His Identity Revealed
White House directs all agencies to refer to 'Biden-Harris administration'
In Wake Of Another Tragedy, Democrats Once Again Prove Commitment To ‘Never Let A Crisis Go To Waste’
Babylon Bee is dangerous
There is no cure for stupid
Betsy DeVos’s campus sex-assault rules need a tweak, not an overhaul
The Democrat Party Has Declared War on America
Teaching kids to be neoracists
Kids As Young As 7 Are Being Sent Across The Border Alone By Their Parents
"First Tangible Step" - Evanston, Illinois, Becomes First City To Pay Reparations To Blacks
How black do you have to be to get $? This is a tricky one.
They missed the multicultural memo
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" The Democrat Party Has Declared War on America"
Socialists declared war on civilisation well over a century ago.
The Democrats have literally been taken over by communist. More than 50 currently serving Democrats in congress are active or former members of communist groups in America.
What I don't understand is why good Democrats go along with this communist takeover. My own Senator is a good example; Ron Wyden first ran for the House in 1980, I voted for him. I have met him and I have been to his town halls. He is a reasonable person. But of course he votes 100% with the Democrats no matter what the issue. That is required of Democrats in the congress. Why does he do it? He is a smart man, he can see the extraordinary turn to the left that the Democrat party has made and that their polices are both anti-constitutional and anti-American. He doesn't need the job if that is his fear. Why doesn't he stand up and speak out against the hijacking of the Democrat party by far left and dark money to pull them into the CCP circle???
Wasn't Wyden the candidate who didn't know the price of a loaf of bread or a gallon of milk? A real man of the people you got there...
So Bandy Lee has been fired and is claiming victim-hood. The psychiatrist who not only diagnosed an individual she had never met in person and hadn't interviewed, but also did it on national TV and in the print media, all in order to score political hits conforming with her views. And now she's flabbergasted that her professional credentials are being called into question, just because she violated (repeatedly) some basic rules of practicing medicine - claiming First Amendment protection.
It's amazing that these nutjob partisans are finally being called out. Now that Trump is safely gone, they are worth more as object lessons as the Democrats struggle to gather their shreds of decency. Note to Democrats: No it won't work, but carry on....
She wasn't "canceled." She was trying to cancel POTUS and half the country without meeting any of them.
This was malpractice both as an MD and as a DMin (her credentials are on her Twitter handle). And she had been warned.
"Suspect in Boulder Mass Shooting Identified as Ahmad Al Aliwi Alissa"
Hey! Diversity is our strength.
Illegal aliens kill about 10,000 people a year. Now THAT is some strength.
Our decision to import Muslims from radical Muslim countries was a mistake and has created thousands of ticking time bombs set to go off when least expected. There is no fix for this (at least no fix that we would ever choose to do). So we will just have to endure them as they happen and say "que sera sera" or "ala achbar" or something.
Don't forget every time something like this happens that your elected lawmakers in congress got paid under the table to allow this to happen. They didn't do it because they were stupid. They didn't do it out of some humanitarian imperative. They did it because someone offered them cash, future wealth or help in obtaining cash from another unrelated source. This is why it makes sense to spend $50 million to run for office that has a yearly salary of $174k annually. Congress has become a scam to steal legally or at least without penalty.
Is a Long-Dismissed Forgery Actually the Oldest Known Biblical Manuscript?
"Becomes First City To Pay Reparations To Blacks" I have a problem with the idea I am owed compensation because my ancestor three or four generations ago clerked for British Hong Kong for a bowl or rice a day and a flea-bitten doss at night. If, however, Her Majesty's government decided to cough up, how much should they pay? Assume that my [mythical] ancestor, had he been a Brit working for a private firm, would have left his heirs a wealth of X, but left only Y. The differential, X-Y, is what ALL his heirs were bereft. We know from Dickens' hyperbole that, absent a Scroogian epiphany, the Cratchit heirs get diddly. Therefore, that what Her Majesty owes me.
Whatever harm may have been done to blacks in this town pales in comparison to the harm to all tax payers in that town caused by this hairbrained scheme. It doesn't matter that the money (at least for now) comes from a tax on pot because IF that money was not needed (and apparently it wasn't) THEN it should have been given back to the taxpayers and not pissed away like this.
I think Betsy DeVos's campus sexual-assault rules do in fact need a major overhaul and not just a tweaking, as in why are universities allowed to take the lead in investigating these crimes in the first place rather than the police? The common complaint is that the police don't take the complaints "seriously" when in fact a large part of these complaints are "he said-she said" situations where there's nothing for the police to investigate. So the universities step in and investigate.....what? No matter what they do, it's going to be something subjective and biased and unfair. This is a case where "the experts" need to recognize their limits in solving all the problems in the world and admit that there's nothing they can do that isn't going to make the problem worse. Which is of course a foreign concept to "experts", all problems are simple and easily solvable if only the peasants would recognize the divine authority of the experts.
HELP PLEASE !!
Would someone please check the new Trillion dollar bill that was just approved by congress for me? I need to know if any of that money was earmarked to help the IRS deal with the additional work load of processing the covid payments, etc. They were mostly shut down in 2020 so processing 2019 tax forms is way behind and the payment of new funds is forcing the system into chaos. I have a loved one who tells me this: The IRS was destroyed when Trump was in office because he cut their budget and now there is not enough money for the IRS to hire new hands to help with the current situation!" GEEZ LOUISE--would someone please help me get the damn facts? PLEASE!
I believe what happened was this: The many deadlines in the tax system were stretched out and this caused a pileup of work that clogged the IRS pipeline. Second, many tax regulations and conventions were changed, abridged, left hanging, etc. causing more work, more mistakes, more refilings to correct mistakes caused by these changes. I'm not sure the problems are caused by a cut in the IRS budget but I could be wrong.
I spoke with one IRS employee who told me they had been almost completely shut down for most of 2020. I thought they were working from home. Is there anyway to find out how many tax returns were processed in 2019 and then again in 2020? It would help if we had a comparison.
I have been contacted by the IRS telling me that some bank I never heard of will send me a debit card for my covid payment. WTH is that about? We always use direct deposit with them. Was this special bank contracted speficially for covid payments?
The debit card is legit. Some got checks, some got direct deposit and some got debit cards. Just the whim of the IRS.
We know from Dickens' hyperbole that, absent a Scroogian epiphany, the Cratchit heirs get diddly. Therefore, that what Her Majesty owes me is a paper writer