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December 19, 2017

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Bubarooni

Score!

Frau  Schuster

CNN? Whatnever!

lyle

Whatevs.

Thomas Collins

For those who don't have the desire to go through the tax bill's Conference Report (linked at the last thread), here is a summary of certain provisions.

https://www.journalofaccountancy.com/news/2017/dec/tax-reform-bill-changes-for-individuals-201718070.html

Most annoying word? Yep.

Most annoying phrase? Let's be proactive.

Most annoying sentence? I'm not religious, but I believe in spirituality.

Most annoying phrase to my wife that I continue to use? It's on my scope.

Man Tran

All news is suspect, but yesterday they inferred that the trailing unit was dead heading. I also heard Siemens mentioned, but it implied that the Talgo power car was theirs and that didn't make sense to me. (I haven't kept up with the genealogy of the pax stuff for a couple of decades.)

Beasts of England

I'm surprised 'President Trump' didn't make the list... :)

Extraneus

No way!

Stage and screen star Sir Ian McKellen has spoken out about the sex scandal in film and theatre,claiming women are partly responsible because some tell directors they'll sleep with them to win roles.

'People must be called out and it's sometimes very difficult for victims to do that,' the Lord Of The Rings star said in a talk at the Oxford Union recently.

'I hope we're going through a period that will help to eradicate it altogether. But from my own experience, when I was starting acting in the early Sixties, the director of the theatre I was working at showed me some photographs he got from women who were wanting jobs. . . some of them had at the bottom of their photograph 'DRR' — directors' rights respected. In other words, if you give me a job, you can have sex with me.

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-5192439/Sir-Ian-Women-partly-blame-showbiz-sex-scandal.html

Extraneus

New Jersey Imam Who Called for Death to Jews Gets One Month Suspension

A Jersey City imam was suspended after delivering a sermon in which he called for the death of Jews, calling on Allah to “kill them down to the very last one.” Aymen Elkasaby, imam at the Islamic Center of Jersey City, delivered the sermon on December 8, two days after U.S. President Donald Trump announced that the U.S. recognizes Jerusalem as Israel’s capital.

Jews “are the most cowardly of nations,” Elkasaby said, adding that “so long as the Al-Aqsa Mosque remains under the feet of the apes and pigs, this nation will remain humiliated.”

“Count them one by one, and kill them down to the very last one. Do not leave a single one on the face of the Earth,” Elkasaby added, according to a translation of his words published by the Middle East Media Research Institute, a nonprofit monitoring Middle Eastern media.

Frau  Schuster

Ext - Racist Elkasaby--who let him in the country?--used Clapper's revised "Trump is *figuratively* a Russian asset" to avoid condemnation.

Jack is Back!

Did I read that correctly that sec. 30D tax credits for electric vehicles has been deleted? If so, there goes Tesla.

James D.

If so, there goes Tesla.

Good!

exdemocrat

a simple truth from 'Rising serpent' on Twitter:

"..If the Galloping stock market is a direct consequence of Obama-era policy and changes [ed. as now being claimed by the left] why did the exact same people predict that the stock market would collapse as soon as Donald Trump became president?"

Example number infinity of why the Left is basically too stupid (and dishonest) to reason with.

Tom R

Alabama SecState initiates voting fraud investigation.

http://www.fox10tv.com/story/37094145/secretary-of-state-launches-investigation-into-voter-fraud-concerns-in-senate-special-election

I doubt anything comes of this but it does highlight one key point from the Moore vs Jones race: The Democrat's Voter ID talking point has been destroyed.

Democrats like to claim requiring a Voter ID in order to vote is racist and an attempt at black voter suppression. Alabama has one of the most stringent Voter ID laws in the country yet somehow black voters turned out in record numbers last week to vote for Jones. It should be fairly obvious they had no problems acquiring a valid photo ID in order to vote.

Captain Hate

With Egg McMuffin and the Fried Butter Gourmand on her side:

http://acecomments.mu.nu/?post=373001

Neo

People with knowledge of the usage of annoying words say ...

Frau Steinhehirn

Although new to the mosque and now infamous due to his sermon, Aymen Elkasaby's biography is not detailed online. I could find no mention of his homeland--Egypt?--or when he entered the US and on what basis.

I could use some (online) muscle here.
/s

Sue

“Just saying”. My husband hates it!!!

Miss Marple the Deplorable

I am home. We got done early because we worked an assembly line. Oatmeal-raisin, Mexican wedding cakes (probably there is now a PC term for that cookie) and bourbon balls. Then I asked to come home because the temperature in my sister's house is intentionally kept at 65 degrees and I felt like I was going to succumb to hypothermia since it is so damp outside today.

rse, Thanks for the link to the article about student loans still being deductible. (Interest, I mean.) That's a great help.

I am STILL cold. I bet it is colder than 65 in her house - my hands are still freezing. I may have to get in bed and cover up to warm up again.

Miss Marple the Deplorable

Donald J. Trump‏Verified account @realDonaldTrump
4h4 hours ago

A story in the @washingtonpost that I was close to “rescinding” the nomination of Justice Gorsuch prior to confirmation is FAKE NEWS. I never even wavered and am very proud of him and the job he is doing as a Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court. The unnamed sources don’t exist!

jimmyk

There was a question about the new tax bill at the end of the last thread. The guy who did the calculator has updated it:

http://taxplancalculator.com/

I'm not sure how accurate it is, as it now shows we more or less break even (compared to paying more under either plan before the conference).

Captain Hate

People with knowledge of the usage of annoying words say

I'm ok, you're ok.

kave

Sue,
“Just saying”. My husband hates it!!!

I use that same line, and yes my husband always says, I hate when you say that!!!

Tom R

Assuming the legislation gets enough votes and also assuming the taxplancalculator.com website is accurate, then I thank Santa Trump for a very nice Christmas present this year.

Sue

And like me you say it more? ::grin::

jimmyk

My mother chided me for saying "think outside the box." I agree that it's a cliche and overused, but I hardly ever say it, so I took umbrage at the criticism. Not my fault that everyone else overuses it!

mike in houston

OK, now I am going to show how old and set in my ways I am. The thing that grates on me to this day still is the misuse of the words "may" and "can". My mom drilled it in to me when I was young. I'm getting better though. I no longer ask the salesperson "if they have the ability to", when they ask if they "can" help me.

Extraneus

"At the end of the day" grates on my nerves big-time.

Jane

I am convinced that anyone who starts a sentence with "so" is about to tell a lie.

kave

Sue

Of course.😉

jimmyk

Starting sentences with "So" has become almost as common (though not quite as annoying) as inserting "like," and replacing "he said" with "he's like."

kave

Up here in Minnesota conversation is frequently started with "say".

exdemocrat

"literally" and/or "ironically", when misused, which is literally always.

Old Lurker

"Starting sentences with "So" has become almost as common"


Jimmy, I began to notice that as YL2 got to the end of Med School that she, her peers, and the interns in the programs they joined ALL seemed to start with "So.".

I actually asked them about it and she and her friends acknowledged they did it without realizing, but explained that they were so used (by then) to being grilled by senior docs (rounds etc) that it was a delay tactic that gave them a second or so to line up their mental cue cards before answering.

Made sense to me.

Yep. Just saying ...

:-)

jimmyk

Made sense to me.

So that works for med students. What about, like, everyone else?

Beasts of England

So, at the end of the day, we shouldn't use that term literally. Just sayin'...

exdemocrat

shocker:

http://dailycaller.com/2017/12/17/linda-sarsour-accused-of-enabling-sexual-assault-against-woman-who-worked-for-her/

lyle

Let's circle back.

lyle

At a granular level.

lyle

Let's purpose this.

Old Lurker

Thinkin outside the box there, Lyle.

Janet 🚬

I can't relate to this discussion. I don't think I use any phrases or words that are annoying.

jimmyk

The House passed the tax bill. Is it more or less certain the Senate will follow suit?

Will they have to wheel McCain out like Norman Bates's mother?

jimmyk

Who knew "Yep" was annoying? I've probably used that here. Tough crowd. No wonder I never won the "Poster of the Year" award.

Thomas Collins

It's a done deal, jimmyk.

Is "done deal" one of those annoying phrases?

henry

TC, yep.

jimmyk

Animation of the AMTRAK accident

No, not one of those Taiwanese ones. Pretty ugly.

Reminds me: When they were testing out the rail from Jamaica, Queens to JFK airport, the idiots at the Port Authority put a bunch of concrete blocks on the empty train to simulate the weight of passengers. At some point the train came to a (maybe sudden) stop and the poor operator at the front got crushed to death when all the blocks slid forward. Criminal.

Thomas Collins

So, ya gut me there, henry!

henry

May I offer the progressive glossary as annoying phrases:

Intersectionality, cisgender, LBGTALPHABET (plus variations thereof)

Old Lurker

Jimmy, inside the B'way it sure sounds done and done.

The Infamous Ignatz

The next person who says to me "it is what it is" is going to be punched in the nose, literally.

Extraneus

"Solution" as a verb is quite annoying as well.

Extraneus

http://dailycaller.com/2017/12/19/france-to-ban-all-oil-and-gas-drilling-by-2040/

Extraneus

http://www.washingtonexaminer.com/hillary-clintons-favorability-rating-hits-25-year-low/article/2643951

The public’s image of Hillary Clinton is the worst it’s ever been since Gallup started tracking her favorability more than two decades ago, according to a new poll.

Clinton, the 2016 Democratic presidential nominee, has a favorable rating of 36 percent, according to the poll from Gallup released Tuesday. Sixty-one percent of adults have an unfavorable view of Clinton, a new high.

The current favorable rating for the former secretary of state is a new low, and the worst it’s been since 1992 when Gallup first began tracking the public’s image of Clinton just before she became first lady.

Clinton’s previous low came at the end of August/early September during last year’s presidential campaign, when just 38 percent of adults polled had a positive image of her.

Her favorable rating also hit 38 percent in April 1992, according to Gallup.

Damned Russians!

henry

Ext, I assume that 36 % work for the government.

Extraneus

https://www.newsbusters.org/blogs/nb/chris-reeves/2017/12/19/mika-brzezinski-turns-metoo-over-al-frankens-resignation

On Tuesday’s Morning Joe, co-host Mika Brzezinski once again publicly attacked the #MeToo movement and its core demand for absolute belief of women who make sexual misconduct allegations. In the context of discussing Al Franken’s announced resignation from the Senate, Brzezinski lamented about how “right now, any woman can say anything and a man’s career is ruined.” She also explicitly doubted the evidence pointing to Franken as a sexual harasser, stating that “the evidence is – just hang on there, calm down – is debatable.” Apparently, Brzezinski does not believe that the following photographic evidence is enough to prove that Franken groped Leeann Tweeden on their flight home from a 2006 USO Tour to entertain American troops in the Middle East:

Neither do I.

Miss Marple the Deplorable

Donald J. Trump‏Verified account @realDonaldTrump
1h1 hour ago

Congratulations to Paul Ryan, Kevin McCarthy, Kevin Brady, Steve Scalise, Cathy McMorris Rodgers and all great House Republicans who voted in favor of cutting your taxes!

henry

Per CNBC Ryan fumbled and the House must vote again to pass the tax bill. No details provided.

Extraneus

http://www.theblaze.com/news/2017/12/19/report-pa-house-democrats-paid-248k-sexual-harassment-settlement-for-lawmaker

Pennsylvania state House Democrats paid nearly a quarter-million dollars in taxpayer money to settle a sexual harassment complaint against a state lawmaker, the Philadelphia Inquirer reported.

What happened?

The Inquirer reported that House Democrats paid $248,000 to secretly settle a 2015 complaint against state Rep. Thomas Caltagirone — a Democrat representing Berks County since 1977 — brought by a longtime legislative staffer. The settlement reportedly included a non-disclosure agreement.

How do I get in on this racket?

henry

Senate Dems say the tax bill violates the Senate's Byrd Rule. Mitch should erase that Klan artifact and jam this lukewarm tax bill down Schumer's throat.

Old Lurker

"Senate's Byrd Rule"

Please provide Art & Sec # from the Constitution, Jimmy.

Miss Marple the Deplorable

1. What is the Byrd Rule?

2. How come no one spoke up about this until now?

Signed,
Pissed off voter.

henry

From wiki: Encoded in section 313 of the Congressional Budget Act in 1990, the Byrd rule states that reconciliation bills -- like the Republican tax bill and the earlier attempt to repeal Obamacare -- cannot contain "extraneous" provisions.

henry

So extraneous, you get blamed for this.

Tom R

Fairly certain complying with the Byrd Rule is the only thing allowing the Senate to pass the tax reform legislation with just 50 votes. Without invoking the Byrd Rule it would be subject to a filibuster.

Gentlejim

I am once again way behind here. Had a trip down to Indy for a Supreme Court hearing with my bosses. Just wanted to post our menu for the foodies. Last night we had dinner at St Elmo's, which included their famous shrimp cocktail, navy bean soup, ribeye and smashed taters. There may have been some whiskey involved. Food was excellent. Today, after the hearing, a return trip to Shapiro's for a Reuben, mac-n-cheese and lemon cake. More good stuff. Sorry about the lack of a heads up Miss Marple.

Now to catch up and maybe post something topical.

henry

This is just Turtle and Weinermobile doing what they do... it's not like Mitch doesn't know the rules. He is fine with it, so is Ryan. Teamwork to screw Americans for their CoC globalist buddies.

Extraneus

I purposely spelled it differently in order to avoid the Byrd Rule.

Old Lurker

Byrd Rule and Recon w/50 not 60 have been on the table all along. I was hoping they would simply formally repeal the Byrd Rule and while they were at it, the stupid "must pay for it as scored by the CBO" silliness once and for all.

Tom R

Here is what Politico says in their update on the tax reform legislation:

Several provisions in the GOP's sweeping tax bill violate the Senate's procedural rules and will likely need to be removed, according to Senate aides.

This will force the House to vote again on Wednesday after the Senate votes. I would not be surprised at all if some RINO in the Senate now says they will not support the legislation.

Miss Marple the Deplorable

Gentlejim,

That's ok. I had to bake cookies today, anyway!

Glad you enjoyed your dinner at St. Elmo's. That place has been around since Prohibition, I think. My grandad used to eat there when he was a pressman for the Indianapolis Star, back when the Star was located downtown.

That shrimp cocktail is something, isn't it?

daddy

BREAKING NEWS on FOX.. The House has to revote tomorrow on the same damn Bill due to some Dem's pointing out some mild infraction by the Repub's of House Rules in today's Vote.

Old Lurker

"Several provisions in the GOP's sweeping tax bill violate the Senate's procedural rules and will likely need to be removed, according to Senate aides."

Notice how in DC there is always only one solution to a problem? "A provision of a proposed LAW violates a Senate RULE" means drop the provision; never occurs to them to change the rule instead. Sort of like "Budget doesn't balance? Raise taxes - couldn't consider cutting spending".

(Boy is it a crimp in my writing style to not use ...)

Miss Marple the Deplorable

1. If Cruz is so damn smart, he should have known that provision on 529's violated the rules and shouldn't have asked for it to be put in.

2. Surely, the provision for the college in Berea, KENTUCKY was known to McConnell, so why didn't HE point it out?

I bet President Trump has a few choice words to say about this. I know I do.

Signed (again)
Pissed off voter

Extraneus

Either these guys purposely did this or they're incompetent and should be fired on the spot. I'm leaning toward the former rather than the latter. How could they not know their own rules?

Old Lurker

BTW, you all know I trust, that it is not unknown for Leaders to agree to put some provision in a Bill in order to secure a vote from a relucatant member, knowing full well it will be discovered (sometimes by wink-wink to an opposing member) to be a huge problem before or after Conference Committee just so that the provision can be yanked out, daring the previously bought off member to do the honorable thing of withdrawing the vote he sold for that provision. Leaders know that fearing an honorable act by a member is not a big risk.

 Duda: Progressive and loving it!!

HAHAHAHAHAAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA....House has revote on the bill they just voted on...HAHAHAHAHAHAHAAAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA...that's brilliant!!!!!!!

Old Lurker

Now why would anyone associated with the Clintons think rules are for other people? Note how easily a lawyer helped break the law:

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-5192341/Bill-Clinton-snuck-White-House-visit-mistresses.html

jimmyk

just so that the provision can be yanked out, daring the previously bought off member to do the honorable thing of withdrawing the vote

Or maybe allowing the member to say to his constituents, "I tried my best!"?

Without invoking the Byrd Rule it would be subject to a filibuster.

I thought any rule can be changed with a majority vote. Incidentally, OL, that of course was henry, not I, who brought up the issue, but I have been complaining for weeks about Rs' submitting to the Byrd rule.

daddy

Former FBI Assistant Director James Kallstrom on FOX Business with the sensible red head:

Last time he was on he said Strzok should be in Leavenworth Prison. Today he said this (my transcript).

Kallstrom: I get literally hundreds of people (FBI Agents) depressed about this small group of people led by Comey and his sycophants. We don't know the size of that group. I'm guessing it's a small group. I hope its a small group. But they just went way over the line as you can see in those messages from Peter Strzok, about having a meeting in Andy's Office. Andy (McCabe) needs to be fired. Christopher Wray, his Testimony before Congress was less than enlightening. And the Testimony of the Deputy Atty General (Rosenstein) I thought was much, much less than enlightening and in fact it was aggravating and really disgusting I thought.

exdemocrat

love this sentence in Ambassador Haley's speech on vetoing the UN Security Council's resolution:

"What we witnessed here today in the Security Council is an insult. It won’t be forgotten. It’s one more example of the United Nations doing more harm than good in addressing the Israeli-Palestinian conflict."

henry

Finally. Scott Fitzgerald (WI Senate Majority leader) formally requested the AG to criminally investigate GAB, Chisholm, et. al. One vote for approval (should be a formality), and defense attorneys will be in high demand here. :)

http://host.madison.com/wsj/news/local/govt-and-politics/scott-fitzgerald-doj-should-expand-investigation-into-former-gab/article_1e0acaf5-865a-5b2f-a9fe-c5854cf7361d.html

jimmyk

Andy (McCabe) needs to be fired.

I read somewhere, probably here, that McCabe is a career civil servant, not a political appointee, and so it's harder to fire him than to square a circle.

exdemocrat

Has Schiff reported (/spun) the classified details of McCabe's testimony yet?

Skoot

So...:) the Alabama SoS said the write in ballots will be counted because they are in greater number than the margin of victory for Jones.

Moore needs to get Allred's handwriting analyst on the phone stat. I'm sure for the right price he can find 10,000 that say "Roy Moore." Add that to the military votes yet to be counted and you got something.

Enough to tie it up in the courts and keep #AbortionJones from being seated for awhile anyway.

 narcisoyea

So saw last Jedi, the spoilers were well hidden, those who try to take a middle course between good and evil end badly.

matt

The Bird Rule, as opposed to the Byrd Rule is "We have 51 votes so F**k You!".

It was most famously invoked on Christmas Eve 2010 when the Democrats passed the Affordable Care Act.

Miss Marple the Deplorable

Breaking911‏Verified account @Breaking911

BREAKING: Terrorism Not Ruled Out In Atlanta Airport Power Outage Incident, FBI Says - http://breaking911.com/breaking-terrorism-not-ruled-atlanta-airport-power-outage-incident-fbi-says/

Miss Marple the Deplorable

Nikki Haley‏Verified account @nikkihaley
55m55 minutes ago

At the UN we're always asked to do more & give more. So, when we make a decision, at the will of the American ppl, abt where to locate OUR embassy, we don't expect those we've helped to target us. On Thurs there'll be a vote criticizing our choice. The US will be taking names.

==================================

Best UN ambassador EVER. Looks great in St. John knits, too.

daddy

JimmyK's updated Tax Calculator still says we save about 18K.

Yippee!

Skoot

The fact that the fire took out the main grid AND the switch to the "redundant" system that just happened to be a single point failure is already 10E-6 suspicious in my thinking, MM

Jack is Back!

If Nikki wants to make a statement all she has to do is say that we will forgo our contribution to the UN budget until it decides if we are able to make decisions for America rather than the world. In fact, we should do that regardless and let Euroweenies, China and Russia take care of the rapists and Pali enablers.

Comanche Voter

Well if I listened to CNN--almost impossible to avoid if you are traveling through an airport, and I heard their usual load of codswallop, I might just have to say "whatever". Just because the Clown News Network says something doesn't make it true.

Miss Marple the Deplorable

Skoot,

Back after 9/11, when everyone was on high alert, I saw an add in the local paper that the airport was auctioning off surplus mechanics and attendants uniforms.

I got so concerned I called the FBI. I got some sort of clerk moron who listened to me and interrupted to brush me off. She didn't care, so no one else knew about it. It's been 16 years and I still think about that, my one and only brush with the FBI.

How hard would it be for someone to get the diagrams of ATL's electrical grid. For all we know, it's on the internet.

Get some surplus maintenance uniforms, and there you go.

Captain Hate

Nikki to UN: How's my ass taste? Get used to it or GTFO.

rse

http://greattransition.org/roundtable/problem-action-herman-greene has the new tax bill 'proving' we have returned to the age of oligarchy so eco-socialist revolution is the only answer.

Of course they get there by creating new forms of thinking, vision, and values using education. No wonder no one but me will explain how learning standrads really work.

 narcisoyea

Its not a new nation, in die hard 2, (1990)the bad guys this was pre internet found the junction box that provided power to communications and air traffic control.

daddy

Geez TM,

Miss Marple the Deplorable

https://www.dailywire.com/news/24810/production-suspended-morgan-spurlocks-feminist-paul-bois

Jack is Back!

rse,

Always been meaning to ask you, are the lonely voice in the desert or are there others writing, talking, arguing about education like you?

 narcisoyea

Interesting:
https://mobile.twitter.com/alimhaider/status/943206175478304769?p=v

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