The Poverty Man

How does he ‘splain this to Vermonters paying those outrageous taxes. One has to believe Bernie takes that “Hero” piece of tin seriously.

For second year, Sanders earns more than $1M

For the second year in a row, Sen. Bernie Sanders’ income topped seven figures.

A recent financial disclosure report shows the junior Vermont senator made nearly $1.06 million in 2017. Most of his income — $885,767 — came from advances and royalties, according to the report filed in May.

Sanders earned $174,000 for his service in the Senate.

The senator hit the $1 million mark for the first time in 2016. Most of his income came from a book deal “Our Revolution,” which came out after his failed bid for the Democratic nomination for president.

Sanders, an independent, historically has been among the least wealthy members of Congress. In 2014, for example, he earned little more than his congressional salary and had $330,000 in assets.

The 2016 presidential bid catapulted him to national prominence and paved the way for lucrative public speaking and publishing opportunities.

Throughout his political career and during his presidential run, Sanders has railed against “millionaires and billionaires” who don’t pay enough in taxes. [snip]

It is not clear if Sanders will contribute to two nonprofit organizations he founded in 2016 after his presidential bid — Our Revolution, a 501(c)4 political organization, and The Sanders Institute, a 501(c)3 nonprofit think tank co-founded by his wife and stepson.

Sanders formed his own “dark money” group at the same time he railed against 501(c)4s, which are not required to publicly disclose financial information, and have been effectively used by conservatives to influence elections and policymaking. [snip]

It will be interesting to see how Bernie uses tax loopholes to keep his money from the Feds and Vermont tax boys.
Bernie, show us just how much you paid as part of the richest 1%.

We’re taking bets now that he didn’t pay what he says the richest 1% should pay.

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We fought for this?

In just one day in one small spot, over 4000 Americans died so we could have THIS?

Obstructing Justice

Certified Loonies

Robert De Niro displayed a cogent picture of the vacuous position on the 2016 election and their inability to get, even with the limpid bias of the press, any traction for change.
Their actions are redolent of a 4 grade moronic tantrum: Profanity, fecal slinging, kicking kittens and blamestorming for explanations of their inadequacies. All tht is left to them is ad hominem attacks and a reducio ad absurdum position.

Robert De Niro Says ‘F— Trump’ at Tony Awards, Gets Standing Ovation

Robert De Niro had a few choice words for President Donald Trump while the legendary actor was on stage at Sunday’s Tony Awards to introduce Bruce Springsteen’s musical performance.

“I’m going to say one thing, F— Trump,” De Niro said while pumping his fists in the air. “It’s no longer ‘Down with Trump.’ It’s f— Trump.”

The political sentiment earned De Niro a standing ovation from the crowd at Radio City Music Hall, while CBS scrambled to bleep the audio on the live telecast. After the audience settled, De Niro got back to talking about Springsteen, who received a special Tony Award during Sunday night. The exclusive concert residency, “Springsteen on Broadway” — or as De Niro referred to it, “Jersey Boy” — features the Boss performing his music and sharing stories from his 2016 autobiography “Born to Run.” Tickets to the intimate concert are upwards of $850. The limited engagement run has been extended twice through Dec. 15. [snip]

Such a display of petulance is rarely seen outside a congregation of two year olds; it was thoroughly enjoyed by the Bozos in the balcony. Need one say more.

Observations

Snowflakes, you’re attending what is purported to be an institution of learning, obviously not higher, which should promote reasoning, logic and a predilection to learn from other’s experiences.

Please elaborate on how you can endorse Communism/Socialism when you can see first hand the finished product of that form of political idiocy, to wit: Venezuela

Venezuela’s Long Road to Ruin

Few countries have provided such a perfect example of socialist policies in practice.

Word from Caracas is that locals have taken to scouring city streets for plastic garbage bags full of rubbish and, when they find them, emptying the contents so that they can resell the bags.

This sounds absurd, but it is believable in a country where extreme poverty has spread like the plague. Human capital is fleeing. Oil production is plummeting, and the state-owned oil company is in default. The garbage bag, imported with dollars, is a thing of value.

If anything was more predictable than the mess created by Hugo Chávez’s Marxist Bolivarian Revolution, it is the pathetic effort by socialists to deny responsibility. The Socialist Party of Great Britain tweeted recently that Venezuela’s problem is that socialism has yet to be tried. It blamed the crisis on “a profit-driven capitalist economy under leftist state-control.” Even more preposterous is the claim by some academics that economic liberalism in the 1980s spawned the socialism that has destroyed the country.

Shopping in Caracas

Learning from history is impossible if the narrative is wrong. So let’s clear the record: By the time Chávez was elected, Venezuela already had 40 years of socialism under its belt and precious little, if any, experience with free markets. [snip]

When Venezuela promulgated its 1961 constitution, Betancourt immediately suspended Article 96, which read: “All can freely engage in the profitable activity of their choice, without any limitations other than those provided for in this Constitution and those established by law for security, health or other reasons of social interest.” [snip]

Rent control in Venezuela dates to 1939 but was not enforced by Pérez Jiménez. In August 1960 Betancourt revived it, passing a new rent-control law and prohibitions on eviction. Since then, “not one apartment rental building has been built,” writes Vladimir Chelminski in his 2017 book, “Venezuelan Society Checkmated.” The legendary slums that climb Caracas’s hillsides are a testament to this socialist stupidity. [snip]

Chávez was inaugurated in February 1999, in the midst of a recovery in oil prices and with the bolivar at 576 to the dollar. He tripled down on socialism, exacerbating a long history of destroying capital that would lead to today’s disaster.

According to the narrative Snowflakes believe, all the damage to the Country are caused by every and anything other than Socialism and it’s offshoots.

A perfect quote, from Robert Heinlein, fits well here.“A generation, which ignores history, has no past — and no future.”

Biased Agendas

Proving that American citizens are not first place with her, Pelosi scoffs at the newest employment rates for minorities and women. She sat on her hands not happy for her constituents.
In all fairness given her mental capacities, she may not have even known where she was.

Sour Pelosi poo-poos booming economy: ‘Strong employment numbers mean little’

The Trump economy is booming, but that’s not good enough for Nancy Pelosi.

The May unemployment rate was a stunningly low 3.8 percent, according to the Wall Street Journal.

Black unemployment is the lowest ever: 5.9 percent, the Washington Examiner reports.

But instead of celebrating the incredible economic activity, the House Speaker wannabe shrugged.

“May’s jobs report shows that strong employment numbers mean little to the families hit with soaring new costs under the Republicans’ watch,” the House Minority Leader said in a statement.

She added:

Republicans’ cruel, cynical health care sabotage campaign is already spiking families’ premiums by double digits and pushing millions off their coverage, according to the nonpartisan CBO. Big Pharma continues to hoard the benefits of the GOP tax scam, using their handouts to further enrich executives and shareholders instead of lowering prescription drug costs for seniors and sick kids. At the same time, the President’s reckless policies are exploding gas prices, wiping out the few meager gains that some families should have received from the GOP tax scam, as wages remain stagnant.

[snip]
As many stood to applaud, Pelosi remained seated with a sour look on her face.

Pelosi couldn’t find joy in dozens of companies passing along the tax cut savings onto employees in the form of bonuses, routinely calling the $1,000-or-more checks “crumbs.”

The Watermelon Brigade

Since they can’t save the planet, they’re going to save every specie on it.

Where were they when the dinosaurs need help?

Conservationists fight to save animals as mass extinction looms

Animal and plant species are vanishing at an accelerating pace around the world — sometimes even before we know that they exist — but conservationists are pushing back against the juggernaut of mass extinction.

From captive breeding to satellite tracking; restoring habitats to removing predators; shaming multinationals to nursing baby pandas and orangutans — in all these ways, scientists and others have given a second chance to creatures under threat. [snip]

The sixth mass extinction is happening now,” Craig Hilton-Taylor, head of the Red List, told AFP ahead of the International Day for Biological Diversity on May 22.

“But these conservation achievements highlight that there is still reason to be hopeful for the future of our planet, and that conservation does work.” [snip]

The progressive move to a viable planet occurs when some critter manages to run out of space and time in the earth’s habitable niches. The only creature that has proven to be able to keep it’s survival real is the cockroach. There is a winner.