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Why Wealthy Folks don’t need tax Breaks!

2 Apr

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Actresses Felicity Huffman and Lori Loughlin were among dozens of people recently charged by the FBI in an elite college admission scheme…Surprise! Surprise! Rich people use their excess wealth to bribe and influence people to get what they want! Who would have thunk it?

 

The Hollywood stars joined CEOs of private and public companies, real estate professionals and a fashion designer in paying up to 6 million dollars in bribes to ensure that their children were accepted to schools such as Yale and Georgetown. Most of the parents paid $250,000 to $400,000 per student.

Imagine being able to spend all of that money sending your kids to schools that they are really not going to attend anyway! Couldn’t you think of a much better way to spend that kind of money on your children…or yourself…or your family? And do you remember how hard it was to put yourself or your children or to have your family pay to put you through school? You might even still be paying for it…and at 8% interest! (Thank you Congress!)

 

The scheme, which the FBI called a “nationwide conspiracy,” allowed parents to pay for their children to cheat on exams and apply to elite schools as student athletes, regardless of their actual skills. Top college coaches at the schools are also among those charged, but authorities said they are not investigating the schools themselves.

Of course not! Why investigate the schools? We wouldn’t want to put schools out of the “rich family schooling business” would we? Even if they qualify and sanction ne’re-do-well rich kids as bonafide scholars, it’s still great business…and an education for us all. Money Talks! It really, really does. It talks so much that even our U.S. Supreme Court, a fine collection of 9 “scholars” themselves, has declared money to be free speech…just like the kind of speech that we humans invented and which sets us apart from the lower animals.

But I digress because The bribery ring got its start several years ago when William Rick Singer founded a for-profit college admissions company in Newport Beach, California, that masqueraded as a not-for-profit group. This “sham charity” allowed him to conceal the nature of the payments made by parents, who could then take a tax write-off at the end of the year!

So the rich parents not only paid millions of dollars to get their children into colleges in which they didn’t belong and had no qualifications to attend but they were then able to write off the expense as a charitable one for a charity that didn’t exist! (unless of course you consider yourself to be a charity case) Holy Catholic sex offender restitution program, Batman!!! …This is what the wealthy do with their money!

And we thought they used it to help the poor! Instead they use it to trickle down on the likes of : Yale, Stanford, the University of Texas, USC, UCLA, the University of San Diego and Wake Forest University…to name a few of the struggling institutions that these wealthy parents sought to help…  and Some parents even paid for someone to pose as their child during entrance exams ― and even during classes ― with those scores submitted as part of the college application…and Other cases involved exam administrators allegedly providing students with answers during the tests or correcting wrong answers afterward. 

 

And it gets even worse because some parents also falsely claimed that their children had learning disabilities, requiring extra time on the exams, and that those claims were bolstered by notes from therapists! Holy Tax Reform, Bat Girl! Is there no end to what rich people will do to get even richer?

According to one witness in the scam, the one rationale that most parents accepted as they prepared to cheat their children’s way into a “good school” was

“Everybody’s doing it” …and… “The whole world is scamming the system!” Oops! That’s 2 rationales!…but whoever paid attention in school anyway?

Which brings us full circle and back to our own current United States Secretary of Education, Betsy Devos, who believes that our public schools are “a dead end” and who has said that her education advocacy would “advance God’s kingdom.” And that “my generation hasn’t done a great job when it comes to dealing with one another in grace.”

What she wants to gracefully do is cut overall federal funding to public education for the third year in a row (7 billion dollars)…and she wants to cut the entire budget for the Special Olympics, which is about 18 million dollars. Ms. Devos and her family have a net worth of 5.4 billion dollars of which 18 million dollars would constitute less than 1% or .0033 to be exact. To put that in perspective, if you earned a minimum wage of $15 per hour (a wage that rich folks think is far too much for poor folks to earn by the way) then you could save the Special Olympics by donating $102.96 of your salary.

Would you spend that kind of money to save the Special Olympics? I bet you would. But an incredibly wealthy (and devoutly Christian) person like Betsy Devos wouldn’t because she has 10 yachts and 2 helicopters to feed. (besides her mortal soul)

And that is why we should never give tax breaks to wealthy people! That and because they will never show you their tax returns… nor their college grades neither!… And yet we still wonder why? (Hint: It’s not because they are being audited…by anyone)

 

Do Earthlings Know Science?

15 Feb

Well, at least American Earthlings…Do they know science? Duh, Is the globe warming? And of course your answer to that probably depends upon how you answer these questions on the National Science Foundation Exam. I first posted this blog in 2014 under the title Galileo Gali…fianakis? and even though the NSF re-issues this survey to Americans every 2 years, and it is now 4 years later…the results haven’t changed! So here it is again. If you’d like you can take the survey at the end and see how you do.

Galileo Gali…fianakis?

1.Does the Earth go around the Sun, or the Sun go around the Earth; and how long does this journey take?

2.Did Zack Galifianakis appear in the movie The Hangover; and did he appear in a sequel to that movie?

Odds are that if these questions were asked as part of a national survey, question #2 would receive more correct responses than question #1, because in a recent survey conducted by the National Science Foundation only 73% of those surveyed knew that the Earth revolves around the sun…and of those only 71% also knew that it takes 1 year for the Earth to complete said journey.

Wow! And why do we suppose that is?

Is it because only 74% of America’s science teachers in America’s public schools have ever mentioned or illustrated this amazing fact to America’s students?

Is it because only 74% of America’s parents have ever had “that talk” with their children about where the sun goes at night?

Is it because we are a Christian country and as such only 74 of us will ever believe in both god and science?

There must be an answer because the National Science Foundation has been conducting this survey with these exact same questions every two years over the past 20 years as part of a report that the National Science Board presents to the President and Congress and guess what?…According to their own report, “Generally speaking, the percentages have had little variation over the past twenty years.”

So 20 years ago one quarter of those surveyed did not know that the Earth revolves around the sun…and 20 years later one quarter of the U.S. population still doesn’t know this simple and basic fact…nor have any of the other questions received any significant increase in the number of correct responses.

What gives? 25% of Americans just can’t learn? Ever? Or is there something uniquely American when it comes to taking tests? I taught high school students for 33 years and every year I would meet children who could recite countless hip-hop songs from memory yet couldn’t remember 2 words on a vocabulary test. I had students who could surf their way through the internet on the newest computers with the greatest of ease but could not master the basics of Algebra I, even after 4 years in Freshman level Algebra! There were classes filled with young adults who could program and operate through their complicated cell phone menus and send and receive text messages using just their thumbs on a keypad smaller than Thumbelina’s purse and yet they could not write a coherent introductory paragraph for an essay question while using a pen and notebook, no matter how hard they tried…

And no matter how many standardized tests we gave them…and no matter how important we told them these tests were…and no matter how many times we revised the curriculum…and no matter how many times we developed new and improved learning strategies…and no matter how many times we replaced the Superintendent and Principal or revamped the teaching staff or asked the parents to please get involved or threatened the students with failure and the withholding of diplomas…or declared nationally that we would “Leave No Child Behind”…their test scores little improved.

I’m willing to bet that just about every American knows that the Earth goes around the sun. It’s just that a certain percentage of us just don’t see the importance of remembering that fact or in paying attention to someone who wants to ask us such a stupid question to see if we know it. Does the Earth or Sun care? They’re still going to be doing their thing whether I answer that question correctly or not, right? And don’t you have something better to do than ask me that?

We’re Americans after all…and we’re busy! We’re a nation of seriously professional consumers who have been trained literally from birth to buy and sell and entertain and be entertained and consume and waste and innovate and reinvent and get bored if all of that takes too long.

The question and answer test, especially in pencil. paper and booklet form, is just no longer relevant to the 21st century world and I believe that we 20th century minded educators are the ones who have to get out of the way and stop worrying about numbers on tests as the only way to discern and/or prove whether or not learning is taking place.

Here’s the National Science Foundation’s test. Take it and see how well you score. Then ask yourself how many times these answers were given to you over the course of your lifetime by your teachers and parents and how many times these topics were probably covered during your schooling or lifetime… And then ask yourself if how well you did or did not just score on this test has any bearing or relevance to your present life or living conditions, even if it once did. When you’re playing on your X-Box do you really need to still be tested on your Atari skills? If you score better than a 7 on the following test then…you’re not average…and maybe even not American?

Physical Science

  1. True or False: The center of the Earth is very hot.
  2. True or False: The continents on which we live have been moving their locations for millions of years and will continue to move in the future.
  3. Does the Earth go around the Sun, or the Sun go around the Earth; and how long does this journey take?
  4. True or False: All radioactivity is man-made.
  5. True or False: Electrons are smaller than atoms.
  6. True or False: Lasers work by focusing sound waves.
  7. True or False: The universe began with a huge explosion.

Biological Science

  1. True or False: It is the father’s gene that decides whether the baby is a boy or a girl.
  2. True or False: Antibiotics kill viruses as well as bacteria.
  3. True or False: Human beings, as we know them today, developed from earlier species of animals.

Leggo My Wall!

30 Jan

I received this add in my Email the other day from a website known as keepandbear.com…perhaps you’ve heard of it? Apparently their newest “toy” has been removed from their website by what they call a “large overseas toy company with deep pockets and lawyers” (Could it be Lego?)

And they have been threatened with a “devastating lawsuit”  (could it be because their toy is a rip off of Lego?) and finally even Facebook terminated their advertising account! (is that because Lego has a copyright on its blocks?)

And of course it is all a leftist, liberal conspiracy (trying to keep the toy wall from being built since the real wall has been terminated?) and an attempt to prevent maga children everywhere from building a miniature wall of their own while fantasizing no doubt about keeping fiendish immigrants away from themselves.

But don’t despair because they have set up a temporary on-line store for you to find and where you can purchase the “Build the Wall” play-set. It’s on sale for 30 bucks ($29.95) if you act now! And don’t just buy 1 buy 2 or 3! It’s certain to become a collector’s item. (I have no doubt about that!) They even have a GoFundMe page!

There are 101 pieces! Looks like it comes with 1 black base, 1 miniature President Trump, and 99 gray pieces of wall! (No illegal aliens included…miniatures, that is) So hurry! While supplies last! (I included the link if you’d like to check it out for yourself) It looks like a great imaginative toy for the inquisitive child who “just wants to build a big gray wall” and nothing else…

https://magafun.com/product/pre-order-build-the-wall-maga-building-blocks-toy/

I also included this T-shirt that’s also on sale (they have lots of Tees for you to peruse) because it just seems so apropos of the Trump supporter. Heaven has strict immigration policies? And a wall? (where is that written?) So I can’t even sneak in? Damn it!

Why is it that I have no doubt that all Trump voters believe that they already have their ticket to Heaven punched because they voted for the man that they believe is the Second coming of Christ? (BTW I recently saw the Reverend Franklin Graham being interviewed on MSNBC and he stated that he had absolutely no knowledge of President Trump ever telling a lie!…I kid you not) Their Heaven just sounds too easy to me. How about you?

Who’s A Liberal?

29 Jan

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I don’t know if I can stay on Facebook much longer. Originally for me it was a great way to stay in contact with friends and former students to find out what they were doing, how they were doing, sharing memories, remembering birthdays and giving a shout out once in a while too.

Now it’s a seemingly endless wasteland of dysfunction and hatred…not always of course and not for all people who are members there, but it is getting awfully hard to scroll through the posts without developing agita from the toxicity of many of the comments and memes posted there.

Especially if you’re a liberal. As a liberal I like to see and listen to what others are thinking and then I like to offer up a different idea or present what I know to be facts or sometimes challenge ideas and statements that are presented there. I try to be polite but I do admit to sometimes being a bit sarcastic and probably too much so for my own good on occasion.

But do so called “Conservatives” really have to post things like, “All Liberals want to do is kill babies!” or ask “Why do Liberals hate America?” or post memes like “Liberals and Luciferism! The same thing!” And must they always try to equate being a liberal with being stupid or ugly or anti-American? Who died and made Conservatives boss and what in the hell is Luciferism and why do they know about it and I’ve never heard of it???

Anyway, my point is, has someone who considers themselves a “conservative” ever once wondered where they’d be without Liberals?!

They certainly wouldn’t be in the United States of America now would they? What is more liberal than Liberty?! And the concept of freedom? Being able to do as you please? Come and go when you want to. Not having to bow down to the whims of a king or queen or religious zealot or dictator? The Tories were the conservatives who didn’t want change so what did that make the Patriots? Liberals!

The Statue of Liberty??? Is she a Liberal??? “Come and get it. Mama’s here!” Does that sound like a “Conservative” to you?

Would Conservatives even be Christians without Liberals? Christianity was a pretty liberal idea wasn’t it? Love thy neighbor? The Golden Rule? Forgiveness of sins? Sharing? If there’s one thing I’ve noticed about Conservatives it’s that they are not very big on forgiveness, unless there’s a punishment first,  nor sharing…which they consider evil socialism. And yet they always like to post about how people and the world need to be more Christian just like they, “conservatives”, are…

Jesus chastised the rich, suggested reform for the clergy, fed the poor, healed the sick, comforted the weary, lonely and down trodden… Did he ever present a bill? Talk about Obamacare? Conservatives would really hate JesusCare wouldn’t they?

I went to a very Conservative Christian wedding once. No singing, no dancing, no alcohol…just marrying. That’s fine with me if that’s what you like and everyone there was happy and polite and enjoying themselves (except me 😦 … but let’s face it…Liberals invented fun!

Did you ever have a Liberal tell you to stop having fun because you were annoying him or her or because it was unseemly or because you were just having too much of a damn good time or you were playing the wrong kind of music or were not dressed properly enough?

Here are the antonyms of fun according to Merriam-Webster: boring, drab, dreary, dull, flat, heavy, humdrum, jading, leaden, monotonous, pedestrian, pleasure-less, ponderous, stodgy, stuffy, tedious, tiresome, tiring, wearisome, wearying… you get the picture. Does it sound like a conservative you know? Who do you invite to a party if you want to enjoy yourself? A Liberal that’s who! If you want an earful about what’s wrong with everything and why it can’t be yesterday… then you invite a Conservative.

How about the Superbowl? Do you love to watch the Superbowl? Well, you can thank Liberals for that too! The old NFL wanted no part of the AFL and a combined championship and league until the AFL with their passing game and new offensive approach blew the NFL away in 2 consecutive championships! Now we are about to have Superbowl 53 (or LIII for you Conservatives) the greatest sports spectacle and moneymaker for Conservative fat cat owners in the history of sports!

Without Liberals there’d be no Tom Brady and certainly no Tom Anybody throwing for 505 passing yards in a single game or the 1,151 total yards of combined yardage we saw between last years Superbowl teams. There’d be no 3 point shot in basketball. No Jackie Robinson ever in baseball! No women’s sports! Would we even be watching sports today if “conservative” rules hadn’t been liberalized?

And how about fire? Do you like light and warmth? If it were up to Conservatives we’d still be hanging out in the cave waiting for lightning to strike somewhere so we could have heat and warmth the way the Almighty intended us to.  Without a Liberal around to declare that we could take two rocks and smack them together whenever we wanted fire or what some conservative probably once proclaimed  to be “satanic sunshine”  where would we be today??? We’d be walking around saying things like, “don’t drop that ember you idiot, it’s all the creator left us to keep ourselves warm!” and/or Brrrrrrrrrrrrr.

And how about creation itself? Are you a fan of that? In the beginning there was dark and void and nothingness and what did the Creator say? Let there be light! And He said that before anyone had ever seen anything before including himself? (Herself? I am a liberal you know! Whereas a conservative would say: Ha! No way God could have been a woman) Light? What a Liberal idea? Change? Exploration? Difference? A Conservative God would have said “Turn off the light! You’re wasting electricity! Where’s my glasses?!”

And then God goes on to create the heavens and the Earth and all living creatures with such great care and intelligent design and then he adds us and watches for 6 millennia (conservative math)  as we humans set about to destroy, defile, pollute, dig up and use just about everything he’s created…and he doesn’t even stop us! Why? Free will!!!! He gave us Free Will… and we can settle up with him later?!!!!!

Talk about being a Liberal!?… Thank God! So if you “conservatives” out there want to rule the world all by yourself, just remember it will be a cold, dark and lonely place without any liberals around to keep you moving in the… “left”… direction.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Mr. Gorbachev, How Do You Build a Wall?

23 Jan

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“It is indeed an honor to be in this city, which stands as a symbol of the divisions of men on the face of the earth. For here on either side of the wall are God’s children and no man-made barrier can obliterate that fact. Whether it be East or West, men and women search for meaning, hope for fulfillment, yearn for faith in something beyond themselves, and cry desperately for love and community to support them in this pilgrim journey.”

-Martin Luther King (West Berlin, 1964)

And yet here in the USA, the greatest country in the history of countries, The richest country in the history of countries, perhaps the most diverse country in the history of countries, the country that beckons the world with give us your “tired, your poor, your huddled masses yearning to be free”, and despite all that, the country that yearns to somehow make itself great again…

Fears people who desperately want to come to America to be free and to try to make a better life for their families and children.

Now we want to make America great again by building a wall to keep people out? People we don’t want? People we don’t like? People who are poor, hungry, starving, alone…because we are afraid that they might take what we have, or want to share what we have, or for some reason that we can’t quite explain, want to come here to destroy what we have just for shits and giggles…?

Now we are separating thousands of children from their parents in the hopes of what? Making America a place where no one would want to come?

Now we are shutting down the Government and holding hundreds of thousands of working American Citizens financially hostage for what? Making America a place where everyone would like to leave?

Now we are spending 1 billion dollars each week to pretend that we are arguing over a wall that Republicans could have built already if they had really wanted it,  so they can now blame those who never wanted it when we already owe 22 trillion dollars as a nation for what? Making America a place where we can only pretend to be wealthy while thousands of our citizens go without food, clean water, homes, educations and health care?

“Here at our sea-washed, sunset gates shall stand
A mighty woman with a torch, whose flame
Is the imprisoned lightning, and her name
MOTHER OF EXILES. From her beacon-hand
Glows world-wide welcome;”

It is the “Mother of Exiles” who stands at the entrance to our great country and All of us who live here have in our past an exiled, banished, evicted, escaping, displaced, ostracized, fleeing, hopeful, dream-filled,  wandering or wondering immigrant member(s) of our ancestral family…who hoped to find a better place for their children and future ancestors to come.

Have we all forgotten that? Do our standards of excellence and honor and goodness here in America no longer apply? Is it just too crowded for us to share, or help anyone else anymore? Are we afraid that our melting pot has melted too much? Are there too many colors blending together to make America pretty anymore?

So our only alternative is to be Mean? Tough? Unrelentingly stubborn? cruel? Indifferent? Petty?…Maybe we should just dismantle the Statue of Liberty and every other monument to and symbol of our great republic and dump them all in great heaps along our borders with signs affixed that say “keep out!” and “go away!”

Or are we all God’s children? Really? Are we? Or do you think some other, lesser god made all of those folks that we don’t like? Like the devil perhaps? He’s a lesser god isn’t he? It’s tough being great isn’t it…because you have so few peers…and when you spend so much time among the other great ones, there really isn’t any other place to go, except…

So here we are; The greatest Country on Earth…now just the greatest Show on Earth? And The rest of the world is watching… but sadly,  I don’t think that most of us are seeing what they are seeing… And isn’t that the real tragedy?

 

Here Today…

9 Apr

God Tomorrow?

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That’s life!…According to a study from Harvard University, the Higgs boson particle, also known as the “God particle”, because it helps give mass to all elementary particles that have mass, (don’t ask me how) such as electrons and protons, could one day cause the complete destruction of our Universe!

 

And just how will it do that? Well, a negative energy bubble could cause the collapse of our Universe, (who knew?)…but according to researchers… it is likely that the process of the destruction of said Universe… has already begun! (Say what?)
But don’t worry because all that will need to happen is the collision of the famous (infamous?) Higgs boson particle with aforesaid ball of negative energy…so please let’s just keep it from opening a Facebook account!
Scientists think that this is a rather amusing idea since the Higgs boson particle is also known as the “God Particle”… and the thought that the fundamental particle that gives mass (and life?) to all the matter contained in the Universe is also capable of one day causing the complete destruction of that universe…is, well, rather funny…to scientists…that is…
And you thought that the Universe would just go about its prolonged collapse and disappearance over a few gazillion years or so? Now you know that it is just as likely to all disappear just as fast as it came…in the blink of an eye…and the process say researchers, may have already begun???????
Silly scientists! This is what we regular humans call old age and death. Did not the process begin just as soon as we were big bang smacked and led kicking and screaming into this existence? And might it not now all just end any………………….

It’s Just Business America, Just Business…

9 Oct

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Today, President Trump’s campaign announced an “exclusive Columbus Day sale,” offering 25% off Trump-branded merchandise.

The Email sent to Trump campaign subscribers wrote: “As leftists push harder and harder to erase our nation’s past, there’s never been a better time to celebrate our history. America’s past is being vilified and stripped away by liberals in the media and our schools — but we won’t stand for it.” …

So there is nothing like enjoying a discount to make you feel better is there?!… Just use code 1492. (for all of you history buffs out there) I kid you not…this is too true to make up.

This of course is not the first time that a President has made a speech on Columbus Day to honor the old explorer, but it is the first time that a POTUS has done his best to profit from it by selling his own merchandise (at discount prices no less!) as though he were representing Macy’s or K-Mart rather than the United States of America…and while bashing at least half of all Americans in the process!

Nothing is worse for America than liberals the media and schools! So let’s all work to make America Great Again by shopping on-line for hats and other crap with our President’s name on it!

Because everyone knows that good old Chris Columbus was not looking for a new world (with Liberals, Leftists, Natives, Immigrants, Newsmen, Scholars, Protesters, Africans, Latinos and Jews in it!!!) He was looking for a way to get to the other side of the OLD world…

…So he could go shopping, of course! MAGA!

 

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