Archive for April, 2018

 

‘DIRTY DINNER’: White House Press Assoc. ‘APOLOGIZES’ for Dinner Disaster

Comedian Michelle Wolf performed at Saturday night’s White House Correspondents’ Dinner in Washington — but not all members of the audience stayed for the entire act.

Apparently offended by many of the comedian’s jabs at President Donald Trump and members of his administration, many attendees sat in silence, or simply got up and walked out, Politico reported.

President Donald Trump speaks during a campaign rally in Washington Township, Mich., Saturday, April 28, 2018. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya)
President Donald Trump speaks during a campaign-style rally in Washington, Mich., April 28, 2018. (Associated Press)

“President Trump isn’t here, if you haven’t noticed,” Wolf, 32, a writer for Comedy Central’s “The Daily Show with Trevor Noah,” told the gathering. “I would drag him here myself, but it turns out the president of the United States is the one p—- you’re not allowed to grab.”

Wolf’s reference to the notorious “Access Hollywood” tape from 2005, which went public prior to the 2016 presidential election, was just one wisecrack that many in attendance did not appreciate.

Trump opted to skip Saturday night’s event — choosing instead to hold his own campaign-style rally in Michigan, one of the states that were key to Trump’s 2016 election victory.

“Is this better than that phony Washington White House Correspondents’ dinner?” Trump asked Saturday night, drawing cheers from the crowd in Washington, Mich., about 39 miles north of Detroit.

It marked the second year in a row that Trump declined to attend the event where politicians have long hobnobbed with members of the media, as the president continues to blast “fake news” and “dishonest” reporters.

White House press secretary Sarah Sanders, however, attended as a representative of the Trump administration — and suffered through Wolf’s blistering critiques of her job performance, her appearance and even her Southern roots.

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Wolf took to Twitter to defend her jokes against Sanders. New York Times’ Maggie Haberman commended the White House press secretary for remaining at the Correspondents’ Dinner despite absorbing “intense criticism of her physical appearance, her job performance, and so forth.”

“Hey mags! All these jokes were about her despicable behavior. Sounds like you have some thoughts about her looks though?” Wolf tweeted.

Among Wolf’s less offensive one-liners:

— “Just a reminder to everyone, I’m here to make jokes, I have no agenda, I’m not trying to get anything accomplished, so everyone that’s here from Congress you should feel right at home.”

— “It is kinda crazy that the Trump campaign was in contact with Russia when the Hillary campaign wasn’t even in contact with Michigan.”

— “He wants to give teachers guns, and I support that because then they can sell them for things they need like supplies.”

Unlike last year, when Trump aides declined to attend, the Trump White House had its contingent, including counselor to the president Kellyanne Conway and Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross.
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Donald J. Trump responed on Twitter of course:

@realDonaldTrump
While Washington, Michigan, was a big success, Washington, D.C., just didn’t work. Everyone is talking about the fact that the White House Correspondents Dinner was a very big, boring bust…the so-called comedian really “bombed.” @greggutfeld should host next year! @PeteHegseth

for Sean Hannity post on this

 
 
 

House passes $41 Billion budget — another $1B annual spending increase

From CLT’s April 29th

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Ever wonder how many of those clamoring for a “millionaires tax” in Massachusetts are themselves willing to pay a few more bucks as their “fair share”?

The answer is, practically none — less than one-twentieth of one percent of Massachusetts taxpayers are voluntarily paying more for … the children … or the infrastructure … or something.

I know this because of that special box on state income tax forms. Checking this box allows the millions of Social Justice Warriors here in Massachusetts to reject paying the 5.1 percent rate favored by evil deplorables, irredeemables, bitter clingers and other assorted Trump voters.

How satisfying it must be for the “woke” among us to virtue-signal by voluntarily paying at the old Dukakis-era rate of 5.85 percent!

Considering recent election returns here, not to mention postings on social media, one would expect that at least two-thirds of the state’s filers would eagerly part with more of their hard-earned wages — er, strike that, Your Honor — I meant to say, the dividends from their trust funds or, if they’re illegal immigrants, their welfare handouts.

Surely these Democrats who endlessly talk the CNN/MSNBC talk would gladly walk the walk.

Actually no, they would not.

According to the state Department of Revenue’s most recent numbers, as of March 31, 2,027,928 income tax returns had been filed in the state and 894 taxpayers had opted to pay at Dukakis’ old 5.85 percent rate.

The added state revenue from those 894 generous souls came to, drumroll please, $121,361.

The Boston Herald
Sunday, April 22, 2018
Those who push ‘millionaires tax’ don’t volunteer extra funds on state forms
By Howie Carr

A new group made up largely of organized labor has formed to oppose a proposed ballot question that would reduce the state sales tax by 20 percent, further solidifying the campaign as one pitting unions against Bay State retailers.

The Save Our Pubic Services Committee warned that reducing the state sales tax from 6.25 percent to 5 percent would eliminate $1.25 billion in annual tax revenues collected by the state, jeopardizing funding for local schools, health programs and roads.

“If the sales tax cut passes, communities will be forced to lay off teachers, police officers, and firefighters. Mental health and addiction treatment programs will close, spending on parks and environmental protection will be cut, and important road and transit construction projects will be delayed for years,” said Deb Fastino, executive director of the Coalition for Social Justice, in a statement.

The opposition committee was founded by 1199SEIU, A Better City, AFSCME Council 93, American Federation of Teachers-Massachusetts, Boston Teachers Union, Coalition for Social Justice, Jewish Alliance for Law and Social Action, Mass. AFL-CIO, Massachusetts Communities Action Network, Massachusetts Teachers Association, Professional Fire Fighters of Massachusetts, Transportation for Massachusetts, SEIU Local 509, United Food and Commercial Workers Local 1445….

The ballot question has been pitched by the Retailers Association of Massachusetts.

In addition to competition from online sellers, RAM President Jon Hurst has said small business owners faced added pressure from the state’s earned sick time law and other questions moving toward the ballot to increase the minimum wage to $15 and institute a paid family and medical leave program.

The sales tax cut question, according to Hurst, is a response to multiple policy changes in the offing that could negatively impact retailers.

“Our members, small and large basically need two things to be successful: 1. Higher sales; and 2. Lower costs,” Hurst wrote in a recent email to major state business groups and chambers of commerce. “And given a combination of increased competition coupled with an aggressive public policy agenda driven largely by unionized interests those two objectives are increasingly harder to obtain.”

Hurst, in the March 19 email obtained by the News Service, described the decision to go to the ballot as “taking some pages out of the opposition’s playbook.”

“We don’t take this effort lightly, and have only taken this extraordinary step to protect our members from government imposed discriminatory policies, and the costly, anti-small business agendas put forward by certain special interest labor groups,” Hurst wrote.

State House News Service
Monday, April 23, 2018
Sales tax cut will force layoffs and service cuts, new oppo group says

The House rejected a pair of major tax cuts on Monday, including one that may be headed for this year’s ballot.

Without debate or opposition, the House voted against proposals by Billerica Republican Rep. Marc Lombardo to reduce the sales tax (108) and income tax rates (109) to 5 percent.

Currently at 5.1 percent, the income tax remains on track to eventually fall to 5 percent – the level voters approved in 2000 – if the state hits economic triggers.

Retailers are pushing a ballot question this year to reduce the sales tax rate from 6.25 percent to 5 percent and establish an annual sales tax holiday. The Legislature in 2009 raised the sales tax from 5 percent to 6.25 percent.

Before the tax votes, Boston Democrat Rep. Angelo Scaccia also pulled back the curtain on the House’s private budget deliberations, saying there was not enough money available in the budget to fund various priorities as he argued unsuccessfully to curb or eliminate the film tax credit.

State House News Service
Monday, April 23, 2018
House rejects major reductions in income, sales taxes

The Massachusetts House on Wednesday approved legislation doing away with a restriction that prohibits families from receiving an extra $100 per-month cash assistance for a baby conceived while the family was receiving public assistance.

An amendment released just before 3:45 p.m. included language to circumvent the so-called Cap on Kids and instead mandate that “aid shall be provided for each such child or children without regard to whether the child was conceived or born after the parent began receiving aid.” …

The measure was included in a consolidated amendment put together by House Democrats after brokering deals with representatives who filed a cumulative 1,400 amendments to the House’s $40.9 billion fiscal year 2019 spending plan (H 4400). The leadership-backed amendments receive swift approval. The consolidated amendment that included the change to the cap was adopted by a 152-0 roll call vote Tuesday….

Rep. Marjorie Decker, who had also filed standalone legislation to eliminate the cap, told her colleagues shortly before the change was approved that this marked “probably one of my proudest days to be here.”

“Today, we have made an historic change. Twenty years ago there was a movement around the country that suggested that women of under resources and low-income women shouldn’t have children,” she said.

The Cambridge Democrat said she was a legislative aide at the State House when the cap was initially put in place. She said the debate included “wrath and disdain that was expressed about why low-income women choose to have children” and suggestions that women would have more babies in an attempt to secure additional state aid.

State House News Service
Tuesday, April 24, 2018
House agrees to extra aid for babies born on public assistance

The House passed its roughly $41 billion fiscal 2019 budget on Thursday by a 150-4 vote, devoting billions towards perennial priorities and much smaller amounts toward pet projects favored by lawmakers.

Among the changes to the document made over the course of four days of debate is an increase in the earned income tax credit that assists the working poor, fewer restrictions on welfare for young families, and more tax credits to put land into conservation.

The budget bill now heads to the Senate. House lawmakers added $81.3 million in spending to the budget bill this week through amendments, according to Ways and Means, bringing the final tally to $41.065 billion

State House News Service
Thursday, April 26, 2017
House passes $41B budget after four days of deliberation

By Tuesday, legislators who don’t already know whether they have challengers will find out if they do. It’s the biennial deadline for candidates to file nomination signatures and it coincides with another tradition: an uptick in lawmaking among incumbents eager to show constituents that they have accomplished something since the last election. The super-majorities long held by Democrats in both branches do not appear at risk this year, despite a session that started out with controversial pay raises and has proceeded at times at a halting pace, punctuated by leadership turmoil, turnover and near-chaos in the Senate….

While candidates will meet Tuesday’s deadline to file signatures – 300 for Senate candidates and 150 for House – the Legislature is not poised to act by Wednesday on a series of high-profile ballot questions, which means petitioners will be free to begin collecting a second and final round of signatures needed to lock their questions in for the November ballot….

Major bills laying out new health care policies and addressing opioid addiction and housing production remain stalled at the committee level heading into the final three months of formal sessions. It’s possible that the House will soon advance a health care proposal now that it has wrapped up its fiscal 2019 budget deliberations … Senate leaders plan to unveil their annual budget on May 10, with debate planned the week before Memorial Day Weekend….

Tax collections are beating estimates over the first eight months of fiscal 2018 – April collection numbers are due out next week – and that’s fueling both desire to spend more and calls for restraint.

State House News Service
Friday, April 27, 2017
Advances – Week of April 29, 2018

Wyoming in 2017 was the most politically conservative state in the U.S. for the second consecutive year. Forty-six percent of Wyoming residents identified as conservative and 13% as liberal, yielding a net-conservative score of +33. At the other end of the spectrum, Vermont and Massachusetts were the least conservative states, with liberals outnumbering conservatives by double-digit margins.

Nine states are more liberal than conservative. Within this group, Maryland, Washington and Connecticut barely lean that way, while Massachusetts and Vermont have double-digit liberal advantages.

The map below indicates how each state’s net-conservative score compares with the national average of +9 . . .

Gallup
February 6, 2018
Wyoming Still Most Conservative; Vermont, Massachusetts Still Most Liberal

 
 
 

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North Korean Nuclear Test Site Has Collapsed, Explaining Kim’s “Suspension” Of Further Tests

This was published on Zerohedge and is a re-share

It finally happened.

Six months after a group of Chinese scientists warned that the North Korean Punggye-ri nuclear test site was on the verge of collapse, and following reports from Japan’s Asahi TV that more than 200 North Koreans had died when a tunnel collapsed at the test site, the South China Morning Post reported today that North Korea’s mountain nuclear test site has completely collapsed, putting China and other nearby nations at unprecedented risk of radioactive exposure, two separate groups of Chinese scientists studying the issue have confirmed

 
 
 

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4.14.18 Handling change

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April 14th 2018

 

Paul Hundley, A senior financial adviser from Lighthouse Capital joins us this morning to discuss personal finance and the things you should be thinking when thinking about retirement.

 

EVER THOUGHT ABOUT YOUR FIRST STEPS TOWARD THE WEALTH STRATEGY YOU WANT? THE TEAM AT LIGHTHOUSE CAPITAL IS HERE TO HELP. A REGISTERED INVESTMENT ADVISORY FIRM RIGHT HERE IN YOUR OWN BACKYARD. WITH OVER THIRTY YEARS OF COMPREHENSIVE FINANCIAL PLANNING STRATEGIES THAT HAVE THE TOOLS YOU NEED TO REACH YOUR GOALS. IN PARTNERSHIP WITH TD AMERITRADE THEY BRING OLD SCHOOL KNOWLEDGE AND NEW AGE TECHNOLOGY TO YOUR PORTFOLIO DESIGN. AS AN INVESTMENT ADVISORY FIRM THEY BRING A FIDUCIARY REQUIREMENT TO YOU THE CLIENT. MAKING YOU THE MOST IMPORTANT PART OF THE RELATIONSHIP. A LOCAL WEALTH MANAGEMENT TEAM THAT TREATS YOU THE WAY YOU WANT TO BE TREATED.

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Dear Boss Letter

LETTER TO THE BOSS

 

Dear Boss,

 

I have enjoyed working here these past several years.

 

You have paid me very well, given me benefits beyond belief. I have 3-4 months off per year and a pension plan that will pay my salary till the day I die and a health plan that most people can only dream  about.

 

Despite this I plan to take the next 12-18 months to find a new position.

 

During this time I will show up for work when it is  convenient. In addition I fully expect to draw my full salary and all the other perks associated with my current job.

 

Oh yes, if my search for this new job proves  fruitless, I will be back with no loss in pay or status. Before you say  anything, remember that you have no choice in the matter. I can and will do this.

 

Sincerely,

 

Every Senator or Congressman running for President.

 

Try that at your job and tell me how it works out.

 
 
 

Our Country’s Challenges

When will we wake up. Loose our country to progressive radicals at midnight.

It is 11:58!!

 

RECENT NEW YORK POST ARTICLE by CHARLES KRAUTHAMMER re: OFA

“There’s a reason why in New York Harbor we have the Statue of Liberty,
Not the Statue of Equality.”

I do not understand how living in a country with its democracy
established over 200 years ago, and now, for the first time in history,
suddenly we have one of our former presidents set up a group called
“Organizing for Action” (OFA).

OFA is 30,000+ strong and working to disrupt everything that our current
president’s administration is trying to do. This organization goes
against our Democracy, and it is an operation that will destroy our way
of governing. It goes against our Constitution, our laws, and the
processes established over 200 years ago If it is allowed to proceed then
we will be living in chaos very much like third world countries are run.
What good is it to have an established government if it is not going to
be respected and allowed to follow our laws?

If you had an army some 30,000 strong and a court system stacked over the decades
with judges who would allow you to break the laws, how much damage
could you do to a country?
 We are about to find out in America!
Our ex-president said he was going to stay involved through community organizing
and speak out on the issues and that appears to be one post-administration
promises he intends to keep. He has moved many of his administration’s
top dogs over to Organizing for Action.
OFA is behind the strategic and tactical implementation of the resistance 
to the Trump Administration that we are seeing across America, and
politically active courts are providing the leverage for this revolution.

OFA is dedicated to organizing communities for “progressive” change. Its 
issues are gun control, socialist health care, abortion, sexual equality,
climate change, and of course, immigration reform.

OFA members were propped up by the ex-president’s message from the
shadows: “Organizing is the building block of everything great we have
accomplished Organizers around the country are fighting for change in
their communities and OFA is one of the groups on the front lines..
Commit to this work in 2017 and beyond.”

OFA’s website says it obtained its “digital” assets from the
ex-president’s re-election effort and that he inspired the movement. In
short, it is the shadow government organization aimed at resisting and
tearing down the ConstitutionalRepublic we know as AMERICA …
Paul Sperry, writing for the New York Post, says, “The OFA will fight 
President Donald Trump at every turn of his presidency and the
ex-president will command them from a bunker less than two miles from the
White House.”

Sperry writes that, “The ex-president is setting up a shadow government
to sabotage the Trump administration through a network of non-profits led
by OFA, which is growing its war chest (more than $40 million) and has
some 250 offices nationwide.

The OFA IRS filings, according to Sperry,
indicate that the OFA has 32,525 (and growing) volunteers nationwide. The
ex-president and his wife will oversee the operation from their home/
office in Washington DC .

Think about how this works For example: Trump issues an immigration
executive order; the OFA signals for protests and statements from
pro-immigrant groups; the ACLU lawyers file lawsuits in jurisdictions
where activist judges obstruct the laws; volunteers are called to protest
at airports and Congressional town hall meetings; the leftist media
springs to action in support of these activities; the twitter sphere
lights up with social media; and violence follows. All of this happens
from the ex-president’s signal that he is heartened by the protests…

If Barack Obama did not do enough to destroy this country in the 8 years 
he was in office, it appears his future plans are to destroy the
foundation on which this country has operated on for the last 241 years.

If this does not scare you, then we are in worse trouble than you know.

So, do your part.

You have read it, so at least pass this on so others will know what we are up against.
We are losing our country and we are so compliant.

We are becoming a “PERFECT TARGET” for our enemy!
Charles Krauthammer

 

 
 
 

You might be in a Nation founded by geniuses but run by idiots

By Jeff Foxworthy:

 

If plastic water bottles are okay, but plastic bags are banned, — you might live in a nation (state) that was founded by geniuses but is run by idiots.

WE DO LIVE IN SUCH A DUMB COUNTRY!!

 

If you can get arrested for hunting or fishing without a license, but not for entering and remaining in the country illegally — you might live in a nation that was founded by geniuses but is run by idiots.

 

If you have to get your parents’ permission to go on a field trip or to take an aspirin in school, but not to get an abortion — you might live in a nation that was founded by geniuses but is run by idiots.

 

If you MUST show your identification to board an airplane, cash a check, buy liquor, or check out a library book and rent a video, but not to vote for who runs the government — you might live in a nation that was founded by geniuses but is run by idiots.

 

If the government wants to prevent stable, law-abiding citizens from owning gun magazines that hold more than ten rounds, but gives twenty F-16 fighter jets to the crazy new leaders in Egypt — you might live in a nation that was founded by geniuses but is run by idiots.

 

If, in the nation’s largest city, you can buy two 16-ounce sodas, but not one 24-ounce soda, because 24-ounces of a sugary drink might make you fat — you might live in a nation that was founded by geniuses but is run by idiots.

 

If an 80-year-old woman who is confined to a wheelchair or a three-year-old girl can be strip-searched by the TSA at the airport, but a woman in a burka or a hijab is only subject to having her neck and head searched — you might live in a nation that was founded by geniuses but is run by idiots.

 

If your government believes that the best way to eradicate trillions of dollars of debt is to spend trillions more — you might live in a nation that was founded by geniuses but is run by idiots.

 

If a seven-year-old boy can be thrown out of school for saying his teacher is “cute” but hosting a sexual exploration or diversity class in grade school is perfectly acceptable — you might live in a nation that was founded by geniuses but is run by idiots.

 

If hard work and success are met with higher taxes and more government regulation and intrusion while not working is rewarded with Food Stamps, WIC checks, Medicaid benefits, subsidized housing, and free cell phones — you might live in a nation that was founded by geniuses but is run by idiots.

 

If you pay your mortgage faithfully, denying yourself the newest big-screen TV, while your neighbor buys iPhones, time shares, a wall-sized do-it-all plasma screen TV and new cars, and the government forgives his debt when he defaults on his mortgage — you might live in a nation that was founded by geniuses but is run by idiots.

 

If being stripped of your Constitutional right to defend yourself makes you more “safe” according to the government — you might live in a nation that was founded by geniuses but is run by idiots.

 

THINK BEFORE YOU VOTE IN ALL UPCOMING ELECTIONS. MOST OF THE IDIOTS RUNNING THIS COUNTRY SAY ONE THING AND DO THE OPPOSITE KNOWING THAT THE PEOPLE WHO VOTED THEM IN DO NOT PAY ATTENTION

 

LET’S SEE IF I GOT THIS RIGHT!!!

 IF YOU CROSS THE NORTH KOREAN BORDER

 ILLEGALLY YOU GET 12 YEARS HARD LABOR.

IF YOU CROSS THE IRANIAN BORDER

ILLEGALLY YOU ARE DETAINED INDEFINITELY.

  IF YOU CROSS THE AFGHAN BORDER

ILLEGALLY, YOU GET SHOT.

IF YOU CROSS THE SAUDI ARABIAN BORDER

ILLEGALLY YOU WILL BE JAILED.

 IF YOU CROSS THE CHINESE BORDER

ILLEGALLY YOU MAY NEVER BE HEARD FROM AGAIN.

IF YOU CROSS THE VENEZUELAN BORDER

ILLEGALLY YOU WILL BE BRANDED A SPY AND YOUR FATE WILL BE SEALED.

  IF YOU CROSS THE CUBAN BORDER ILLEGALLY

YOU WILL BE THROWN INTO POLITICAL PRISON TO ROT.

IF YOU CROSS THE U.S. BORDER ILLEGALLY YOU GET ……. !!!

A JOB, A DRIVERS LICENSE,

SOCIAL SECURITY CARD, WELFARE,

FOOD STAMPS, CREDIT CARDS,

SUBSIDIZED RENT OR A LOAN TO BUY A HOUSE,

FREE EDUCATION, FREE HEALTH CARE,

A LOBBYIST IN WASHINGTON

BILLIONS OF DOLLARS WORTH OF PUBLIC DOCUMENTS PRINTED IN YOUR LANGUAGE

THE RIGHT TO CARRY YOUR COUNTRY’S FLAG WHILE YOU

PROTEST THAT YOU DON’T GET ENOUGH RESPECT

AND, IN MANY INSTANCES, YOU CAN VOTE.

I JUST WANTED TO MAKE SURE I HAD A FIRM GRASP ON THE SITUATION !!!

PLEASE KEEP THIS GOING!!! …… FORWARD TO ALL OF YOUR FRIENDS AND FAMILY

IT’S TIME TO WAKE UP AMERICA  !!!!!!!!!!!!

 

 
 
 

4.7.18 Handling Change with Paul Hundley

Hey folks.. you can hear Paul Hundley and Joe Mangiacotti on Handling change every Saturday morning at 7:30 am on WCRN am 830 am.

April 7 th, 2018

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EVER THOUGHT ABOUT YOUR FIRST STEPS TOWARD THE WEALTH STRATEGY YOU WANT? THE TEAM AT LIGHTHOUSE CAPITAL IS HERE TO HELP. A REGISTERED INVESTMENT ADVISORY FIRM RIGHT HERE IN YOUR OWN BACKYARD. WITH OVER THIRTY YEARS OF COMPREHENSIVE FINANCIAL PLANNING STRATEGIES THAT HAVE THE TOOLS YOU NEED TO REACH YOUR GOALS. IN PARTNERSHIP WITH TD AMERITRADE THEY BRING OLD SCHOOL KNOWLEDGE AND NEW AGE TECHNOLOGY TO YOUR PORTFOLIO DESIGN. AS AN INVESTMENT ADVISORY FIRM THEY BRING A FIDUCIARY REQUIREMENT TO YOU THE CLIENT. MAKING YOU THE MOST IMPORTANT PART OF THE RELATIONSHIP. A LOCAL WEALTH MANAGEMENT TEAM THAT TREATS YOU THE WAY YOU WANT TO BE TREATED.

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