Then

Then

Okay....where was CNN, MSNBC, NBC, & CBS ON THIS STORY??

The United States Supreme Court has just issued a direct and final blow to the Islamic Indoctrination of the young in this nation.

The full panel of the United States Supreme Court which consists of 9 judges met to decide the fate of Islamic indoctrination in our American public schools. In a typical 5 X 4 decision, common sense won out, and we have sanity restored to our schools once again.

The United States Supreme Court was able to hand out this decision banning Sharia Law and Islam from being taught in classrooms because of the tie-breaking vote of the newly appointed Supreme Court Justice Neil Gorsuch.

Gorsuch went on to write about the decision:

“The government certainly has no business being involved in religion, but this isn’t a government issue or a religious issue. This is about the judicial branch interpreting the laws as they apply to the teaching of religion.


We shouldn't be teaching any religions in the public schools of this country

Amen, Justice Gorsuch, Amen!

Liberals are all about teaching Islam and Sharia Law but they have issues with “Under God” in the pledge of allegiance and “In God We Trust” on our currency.

This should have been a unanimous decision, not 5 to 4, but it seems like the 4 liberal judges on the Supreme Court don’t care about the constitution, nor our values.

Perhaps this is the start of restoring America to its founding glory.

Thank goodness for our new Supreme Court Justice Neil Gorsuch --- a great selection by President Trump.

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Why hasn’t the news media put this out?

Neil Gorsuch has only been on the Supreme Court for a short while. Recently he ignited the fire of liberty and broke 40 years of precedent when he refused to join the SCOTUS “cert pool.”

The cert pool was established in 1973 during the early days of the Burger Court, in order to efficiently review the near 8,000 petitions received each term. In practice, the petitions are apportioned among the Court’s law clerks, who then circulate a memo to the justices recommending a grant or denial. The obvious problem here is that this
gives the power in these 8000 cases to the law clerks instead of the Justices. It also, in theory, allows 3rd parties to unfairly influence a case through the clerks.

That is NOT how the Supreme Court was designed to operate. Neil Gorsuch just managed to set his foot down in the Supreme Court and say it is NOT okay to pass off judgments to the discretion of legal clerks. This is the kind of story everyone should be hearing or reading in the media, but obviously is not.

Fight on, Trump, “you magnificent bastard"! A meesage to my liberal friends !!!!

                               Fight on, Trump - "You magnificent bastard" 

Evan Douglas Sayet is a comedian and conservative speaker. He is the nation's leading conservative speaker, an in-demand Master of Ceremony for Republican events. Sayet is the author of The Kinder Garden Of Eden: How The Modern Liberal Thinks And Why He's Convinced That Ignorance Is Bliss.

HE FIGHTS. by Evan Sayet

My Leftist friends (as well as many ardent #Never Trumpers) constantly ask me if I'm not bothered by Donald Trump's lack of decorum.

They ask if I don't think his tweets are "beneath the dignity of the office." Here's my answer: We Right-thinking people have tried dignity. There could not have been a man of more quiet dignity than George W. Bush as he suffered the outrageous lies and politically motivated hatreds that undermined his presidency. We tried statesmanship.

Could there be another human being on this earth who so desperately prized "collegiality" as John McCain? We tried propriety: has there been a nicer human being ever than Mitt Romney? And the results were always the same.

This is because, while we were playing by the rules of dignity, collegiality and propriety, the Left has been, for the past 60 years, engaged in a knife fight where the only rules are those of Saul Alinsky and the Chicago mob.

I don't find anything "dignified," "collegial" or "proper" about Barack Obama's lying about what went down on the streets of Ferguson in order to ramp up racial hatreds simply because racial hatreds serve the Democratic Party.

I don't see anything "dignified" in lying about the deaths of four Americans in Benghazi and imprisoning an innocent filmmaker to cover your tracks. I don't see anything "statesman-like" in weaponizing the IRS to be used to destroy your political opponents and any dissent. Yes, Obama was "articulate" and "polished" but in no way was he in the least bit "dignified," "collegial" or "proper."


The Left has been engaged in a war against America since the rise of the Children of the '60s. To them, it has been an all-out war where nothing is held sacred and nothing is seen as beyond the pale. It has been a war they've fought with violence, the threat of violence, demagoguery and lies from day one of the violent take-over of the universities till today.

The problem is that, through these years, the Left has been the only side fighting this war. While the Left has been taking a knife to anyone who stands in their way, the Right has continued to act with dignity, collegiality and propriety. With Donald Trump, this all has come to an end. Donald Trump is America 's first wartime president in the Culture War.

During wartime, things like "dignity" and "collegiality" simply aren't the most essential qualities one looks for in warriors. Ulysses Grant was a drunk whose behavior in peacetime might well have seen him drummed out of the Army for conduct unbecoming.

Had Abraham Lincoln applied the peacetime rules of propriety and booted Grant, the Democrats might well still be holding their slaves today. Lincoln rightly recognized that, "I cannot spare this man. He fights..."

General George Patton was a vulgar-talking son-of-a-bitch. In peacetime, this might have seen him stripped of rank. But, had Franklin Roosevelt applied the normal rules of decorum then, Hitler and the Socialists would be five decades into their thousand-year Reich.


Trump is fighting. And what's particularly delicious is that, like Patton standing over the battlefield as his tanks obliterated Rommel's, he's shouting, "You magnificent bastard, I read your book!" That is just the icing on the cake, but it's wonderful to see that not only is Trump fighting, he's defeating the Left using their own tactics.

That book is Saul Alinsky's Rules for Radicals, a book so essential to the Liberals' war against America that it is
and was the playbook for the entire Obama administration and the subject of Hillary Clinton's senior thesis.
It is a book of such pure evil, just as the rest of us would dedicate our book to those we most love or those to whom we are most indebted.

Trump's tweets may seem rash and unconsidered but, in reality, he is doing exactly what Alinsky suggested his followers do. First, instead of going after "the fake media" (and they are so fake that they have literally gotten every single significant story of the past 60 years not just wrong, but diametrically opposed to the truth, from the Tet Offensive to Benghazi, to what really happened on the streets of Ferguson, Missouri) Trump isolated CNN. He made it personal.

Then, just as Alinsky suggests, he employs ridicule which Alinsky described as "the most powerful weapon of all." ... Most importantly, Trump's tweets have put CNN in an untenable and unwinnable position. ... They need to respond. This leaves them with only
two choices. They can either "go high" (as Hillary would disingenuously declare of herself and the fake news would disingenuously report as the truth) and begin to honestly and accurately report the news or they can double-down on their usual tactics and hope to defeat Trump with twice their usual hysteria and demagoguery. The problem for CNN (et al.) with the former is that if they were to start honestly reporting the news, that would be the end of the Democratic Party they serve.

It is nothing but the incessant use of fake news (read: propaganda) that keeps the Left alive.. Imagine, for example, if CNN had honestly and accurately reported then-candidate Barack Obama's close ties to foreign terrorists (Rashid Khalidi), domestic terrorists
(William Ayers), the mafia (Tony Rezko) or the true evils of his spiritual mentor, Jeremiah Wright's church. Imagine if they had honestly and accurately conveyed the evils of the Obama administration's weaponizing of the IRS to be used against their political opponents or his running of guns to the Mexican cartels or the truth about the murder of Ambassador Christopher Stevens and the Obama administration's cover-up.

So, to my friends on the Left and the #Never Trumpers as well: do I wish we lived in a time when our president could be "collegial" and "dignified" and "proper"? Of course I do. These aren't those times. This is war. And it's a war that the Left has been fighting without opposition for the past 50 years.

So, say anything you want about this president - I get it - he can be vulgar, he can be crude, he can be undignified at times. I don't care. I can't spare this warrior. He fights for America!                                           Fight on you magnificent bastard! 


A Benefits Question......

Dear Sir,
I have a very complicated benefits question.

Many years ago, I married a widow out of love who had an 18 year old daughter. After the wedding, my father, a widower, came to visit a number of times, and he fell in love with my step-daughter. My father eventually married her without my authorization. As a result my step-daughter became my step-mother and my father became my son-in-law.

My father's wife (also my step-daughter) and also my step-mother, gave birth to a son who is my grandchild because I am the husband of my step-daughter's mother. This boy is also my brother, as the son of my father.

As you can see, my wife became a grandmother, because she is the mother of my father's wife.Therefore it appears that I am also my wife's grandchild.

A short time after these events, my wife gave birth to a son, who became my father's brother-in-law, the step-son of my father's wife, and my uncle.

My son is also my step-mother’s brother, and through my step-mother, my wife has become a grandmother and I have become my own grandfather.

In light of the above mentioned, I would like to know the following:

Does my son, who is also my uncle, my father's son-in-law and my step-mother's brother fulfill the requirements for receiving childcare benefits?

Sincerely yours,

Mohammed

THE ANSWER:
Of course you qualify Mohammed! I have arranged to start mailing the checks to all of you just as soon as you arrive here in California.

Yours faithfully,

Governor Jerry Brown

Core Competency


These numbers you can review below will help explain why the last 8 years  under the Obama administration were disastrous for the USA. I read the last item and then looked at Trump's Cabinet. No wonder Washington, DC is in a turmoil. Trump's picks are bosses who expect their employees to work. These are Eye Opening Numbers. This is what bothers a lot of people about Trump. He won't accept a can't do attitude, or inexperienced, incompetent performance. He will get results; it just might not be smooth or pretty.   Obama's cabinet, and all around him were the traditional "Swamp Dwellers" sucking at the public trough.


Here are some amazing stats: Make sure you read to the bottom. An eye opener!

1. These 10 States now have more people on welfare than they do employed!

                                       California,New Mexico,Mississippi,Alabama,Illinois,Kentucky
                                       Ohio,New York,Maine, and South Carolina

2. The Senate Budget Committee recently reported that in fiscal year 2012, between food stamps, housing support, child care, Medicaid and other benefits, the average U.S. Household below the poverty line received $168.00 a day in government support.

What's the problem with that much support? Well the average household income in America is just over $50,000, which averages out to $137.13 a day.

To put it another way, being on welfare now pays the equivalent of $30.00 an hour for 40 hour week, while the average job pays $24.00 an hour.

3. Check the last set of statistics!!

The percentage of each past president's cabinet who had worked in the private business sector prior to their appointment to the cabinet. You know what the private business sector is: A real-life business not a government job

Here are the percentages:

38% T. Roosevelt
40% Taft
52% Wilson
49% Harding
48% Coolidge
42% Hoover
50% F. D. Roosevelt
50% Truman
57% Eisenhower
30% Kennedy
47% Johnson
53% Nixon
42% Ford
32% Carter
56% Reagan
51% GH Bush
39% Clinton
55% GW Bush
8% Obama
90% Trump

This helps explain the bias, if not the incompetence, of the last administration: ONLY 8% of them have ever worked in private business!  That's right! Only eight percent - the least, by far of the last 19 presidents! And these people tried to tell our corporations how to run their businesses?

How could Obama, president of a major nation and society, the one with the most successful economic system in world history, stand and talk about business when he's never worked for one? Or about jobs when he has never really had one? And, when it's the same for 92% of his senior staff and closest advisers? They spent most of their time in academia, government, and/or non-profit jobs or as "community organizers."

Probably a good idea to pass this on, because we'll NEVER see these facts in the main stream media, or from the alphabet networks.

  Any time you want to forward a Fred's Corner piece all you need to do is click on the little envelop at the end of  the subject and you can send it to anyone you wish.

This is worth Masters Degree in economics.. And it is free!!!.

An economics professor at a local college made a statement that he had never failed a single student before, but had recently failed an entire class. That class had insisted that Obama's socialism worked and that no one would be poor and no one would be rich, a great equalizer.

The professor then said, "OK, we will have an experiment in this class on Obama's plan". All grades will be averaged and everyone will receive the same grade so no one will fail and no one will receive an A.... (substituting grades for dollars - something closer to home and more readily understood by all).

After the first test, the grades were averaged and everyone got a B. The students who studied hard were upset and the students who studied little were happy. As the second test rolled around, the students who studied little had studied even less and the ones who studied hard decided they wanted a free ride too so they studied little.

The second test average was a D! No one was happy. When the 3rd test rolled around, the average was an F.

As the tests proceeded, the scores never increased as bickering, blame and name-calling all resulted in hard feelings and no one would study for the benefit of anyone else.

To their great surprise, ALL FAILED and the professor told them that socialism would also ultimately fail because when the reward is great, the effort to succeed is great, but when government takes all the reward away, no one will try or want to succeed.


These are possibly the 5 best sentences you'll ever read and all applicable to this experiment:

1. You cannot legislate the poor into prosperity by legislating the wealthy out of prosperity.

2. What one person receives without working for, another person must work for without receiving.

3. The government cannot give to anybody anything that the government does not first take from somebody else.

4. You cannot multiply wealth by dividing it!

When you look at all of the "swamps" across the United Stages weather they they are communities, state or cities, there is almost always an underlying common denominator.  In the predominant black communities that constantly complain about their financial grief or equality status you find that that same common denominator......THEY HAVE DEMOCRAT (aka:  Socialist, Liberal, Progressive) government entities.  The stupid thing is that they keep, generation after generation, VOTING themselves into poverty!!!  You can't fix stupid..


5. When half of the people get the idea that they do not have to work because the other half is going to take care of them, and when the other half gets the idea that it does no good to work because somebody else is going to get what they work for, that is the beginning of the end of any nation.

Can you think of a reason for not sharing this?
Neither could I.

F.

MadDog Mattis....




A wild eyed (and butt ugly) old woman walked into a crowded bar in downtown Washington, DC waiving an un-holstered pistol and yelled out,
"I have a .45 caliber Colt 1911, with a seven round magazine, plus one in the chamber. I want to know who's been sleeping with my husband?"

A female voice from the back of the room called out, "You Need More Ammo Hillary!"

A guy walks into a bar inNew York where all the bartenders are robots:

The guy sits down at the bar and the robot asks: “What will you have?
The guy replies, “Whiskey.” The robot brings back his drink and asks, “What’s your IQ?”

The guy say, “168”

The robot talks about physics, space exploration, and medical technology.

After the guy leaves, he pauses at the street corner and thinks about what he just encountered, and the more he thinks about it the more curious he gets, so he decides to go back.

The robot asks, “What’s your drink?” The guy answers, “Whiskey.”
The robot returns with his drink and asks, “What’s your IQ?”
This time the man replies, “100.”

The robot talks about Nascar, Budweiser, LSU and All-star Wrestling.

The man finishes his drink, leaves, but is so interested in this “experiment” that he decides he'll try again. He enters the bar and, as usual, the robot asks him what he wants to drink.

The man replies, “Whiskey.”

The robot brings the drink and asks, “What’s your IQ?” This time the man answers, “50.”

The robot leans in real close and slowly asks, "So, are you people still unhappy that Hillary lost?”

A smile for the weekend...

When I heard Al Sharpton and Jesse Jackson were guest preachers at a nearby
church, I decided to go there and check them out in person.

As soon as I sat down, Reverend Sharpton came over to me. I don't know why,
maybe it was because I was the only white person in the church?
He laid his hands on my shoulder and said: "By the will of Jesus the Lord
Almighty, and the will of God, you will walk today."

I told him I was not paralyzed.

Then Jesse Jackson came by and said: "By the Grace of God, and his Son
Jesus, the Lord Almighty, you will walk today."
I stepped outside and lo and behold ---

My car was gone !

Amen

History Lesson to explain the Electoral College.

EDITORS NOTE:  From my mailbag, this personal note below from friend and fraternity brother with regard of understanding the Electoral College.  The importance of it became very vivid in the 2016.  Especially, with the Democrats whining and tearing out their hair because our nation dumped Crooked Hillary.  


"Hi All,
All of you know or know of my old friend of many years Bill Stott. Recently he sent me an analogy of the 2016 election results comparing the popular vote to the Electoral College vote. the last . You will find it below.
It rminded me of all the bullshit that has been passed around for years that the Electoral College is antiquated and we should be using the popular vote for presidential elections. This propaganda has been around for years. A lot of it is generated in schools by teachers who either don't understand the consequences of what a popular vote could actually bring us or they are brained washed from their university teaching in the liberal tradition and parrot whatever they have been told.

Here is a little of my experience in this matter. The first presidential election I can remember is 1944. Franklin Roosevelt, Democrat, beat Thomas Dewey the Republican contender. During the 1948 elections I was in the 7th grade and remember that election very well. Dewey ran again, but Harry Truman won in a come from behind win. As I look back, I remember all of the teachers were telling us that we should do away with the Electoral College. One of the reasons was that it was only devised in the Constitution because of poor communication, travel conditions, etc. of the late 18th century and the votes couldn't be counted properly, I believe that reasoning is still around today.

Since all of you reside (except for Jessica) in a small state consider the ramifications of where a popular vote could put you in an election in the future no matter which side of the political fence you are on. I believe the attachment tells the story. Be sure and enlighten your kids.
Love,
Pop"



"Our Founders in their infinite wisdom created the Electoral College to ensure the STATES were fairly represented. Why should one or two densely populated areas speak for the whole of the nation?
The following list of statistics has been making the rounds on the Internet and it should finally put an end to the argument as to why the Electoral College makes sense."

There are 3,141 counties in the United States.
Trump won 3,084 of them.
Clinton won 57.
There are 62 counties in New York State.
Trump won 46 of them.
Clinton won 16.
Clinton won the popular vote by approx. 1.5 million votes.
In the 5 counties that encompass NYC, (Bronx, Brooklyn, Manhattan, Richmond & Queens) Clinton received well over 2 million more votes than Trump. (Clinton only won 4 of these counties; Trump won Richmond)
Therefore: These 5 counties alone, more than accounted for Clinton winning the popular vote of the entire country.
These 5 counties comprise 319 square miles.
The United States is comprised of 3, 797,000 square miles.
When you have a country that encompasses almost 4 million square miles of territory, it would be ludicrous to even suggest that the vote of those who inhabit a mere 319 square miles should dictate the outcome of a national election.
Large, densely populated Democrat cities (NYC, Chicago, LA, etc) don’t and shouldn’t speak for the rest of our country.

Share this with anyone you suspect was asleep during Jr. High School history class.  Click on the little envelop below to forward to them.



Why didn't he get the job done in 1995 and saved us all the trouble???

President Trump should run this video, ....and end it with his red hat on and simply say "I endorse this
message !"




From my mailbag. Thanks John R. our Georgia contributor.

I am now in my 80’s. Recently I received a questionnaire and request for money
from the Republican Party and strongly agree with every question as I have since Obama was elected.  Unfortunately the one question that was missing is: What have the  Republicans done for the American people?
  
We gave you a majority in the House and Senate, and you never  listened to us.
Now you want our money, my money, more money. You should be more concerned
about our votes, not our money. You are the establishment which means all you want is to save your jobs and line your pockets.
  
Well guess what? It's not going to happen. So far, TRUMP hasn't asked for a dime.
 
You might think we are fools because you feel Trump is on a self-destruct course,
but look beyond Washington and listen to the masses. Nobody has achieved what he has, especially in the state of New York .
  
Here's why I want Trump: Yes, he's a bit of an ass; yes, he's an  egomaniac;
but I don't care.
  
The country is a mess because politicians suck.
 The Republican Party is two-faced and gutless, and illegals are  everywhere.
  
I want it all fixed!
I don't care that Trump is crude.
I don't care that he insults people.
I don't care that he has changed positions.
I don't care that he's been married 3 times.
I don't care that he fights with Megan Kelly and Rosie O’Donnell.
I don't care that he doesn't know the name of some Muslim terrorist.
  
Our country has become weak, and bankrupt. Our enemies are making fun of us.
We are being invaded by illegals.
  
We are becoming a nation of victims where every Tom, Ricardo and Hassid is a special group with special rights to a point where we don't even recognize the country we were born and raised in,  "AND I JUST WANT IT FIXED."
 
 And Trump is the only guy who seems to understand what We The People want and need. 
  I'm sick of politicians, sick of the Democratic Party, sick of the Republican Party.
I just want this thing fixed.
 
 Trump may not be a saint, but he doesn't have lobbyist money controlling him;
he doesn't have political correctness restraining him;all you know is that he has been very successful; a good negotiator; he has built a lot of things; and,he's also not a politician.
  
He says he'll fix it.I believe him because he is too much of an egotist
to be proven wrong or looked at and called a liar.
  
I don't care if the guy has bad hair.
  
Thought for the Day: 

"No country can sustain, in idleness,more than a small percentage of its numbers.
The great majority must labor at something productive!"
  
P.S.  No Borders, No Language, No Culture = No Country.

PERSONAL NOTE:

EXPLAINS MY GOLF SWING.....!

Congress Scrambles To Protect Its Members From Paying Sex Harassment Claims

Senators and Congressmen are pushing for a flurry of measures whose overt purpose is to reform how Congress handles sexual harassment complaints. But the real purpose of this outpouring of outrage is to protect the slush fund that pays any fines that eventuate from harassment claims while, at the same time, seeking to insulate them publicly by calling for reform.
The fund, created by Congress, is managed by the Office of Compliance (OCC) established in 1995, and run by a five-member non-partisan board appointed by the Congressional leadership. Over the past twenty years the office has awarded $15.2 million to compensate victims of sexual harassment and discrimination by members of Congress. The OCC does not break out how many of these claims were for sexual harassment and how much for complaints regarding racial and religious discrimination, as well as discrimination against people with disabilities.
This fund, amounting to something between as “get out of jail free” card and a Papal indulgence, does not reveal the names of the offending Congressmen or their victims, supposedly to protect the victims’ confidentiality. But protecting the Congressman’s political career might have something to do with it too,
Now members of Congress are falling all over themselves to reform this process, But, with the sole exception of Congresswoman Jackie Speier (D-CA) nobody has fingered the need to eliminate the OOC fund and the protection if affords to offenders. So when a Congressman or Senator commits sexual harassment, it is all expenses paid by the taxpayer.
Congressmen and Senators are attempting to maintain the protection for offenders under the cloak of helping the victims. Proposals abound for sensitivity training on sexual harassment, allowing victims more time to file complaints and changing the evidential rules to help the victims. But nobody, other than Speier has zeroed in on holding members of Congress responsible to their own actions.

Hysterical Democrats mentally just cant get their brains around how the tax reform works....

Don’t Believe the Democrat Attacks on Tax Reform. Here Are the Facts. This is a good, simple and short class in the substance of the tax reform elements. It will surely be tweaked in conference committee but this is the essence of how it will end up. The 'dark side" is still committed to obstruction instead of working for advancing our economy and the people.
F.


The rhetoric during this year’s tax reform debate is producing more heat than light. While Democrats portray the tax reform bill as an all-out assault on the American middle class, members of the State Financial Officers Foundation have a different view. They believe tax reform is vital to growing our economy and empowering innovators in our states.

Regarding the middle class, Democrats fail to mention that under the new House plan, the standardized deduction would almost double from $6,350 to over $12,000 for single filers, and $12,700 to $24,000 for married couples filing jointly. That means the number of Americans who claim the standard deduction would likely go from 60 percent of all filers to 90 percent.  Critics also fail to mention that the tax credit per child would increase from $1,000 to $1,600.

Additionally, critics don’t admit that the impact of simplifying the tax code would disproportionately help lower- and middle-income taxpayers, most of whom would be able to file their taxes using a simple postcard.

Democrats are also arguing that higher education will be in shambles because students will no longer be able to deduct student loan interest. The current tax code allows a deduction up to $2,500 if your income is $65,000 or less.

However, this deduction goes away if your adjusted gross income is $80,000 or more. An analysis done by the American Enterprise Institute estimates the average benefit actually received by students is just $202.

The claim that losing the student loan interest deduction would prevent students from applying for new student loans and attending a college or university isn’t supported by facts. And frankly, if that were true, everyone should be pushing to eliminate the deduction, given that the student loan debt crisis in America has ballooned to an astonishing $1.3 trillion.

Democrats continue to argue that states with high taxes will be “destroyed” if state and local tax deductions are eliminated. New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo warned in a tweet earlier this month that “New York will be destroyed, if the deductibility of state and local taxes is included in any final plan that passes the House.”

Some claim eliminating the state and local tax deduction is a “revenue grab” on behalf of the federal government. But the reality is that repealing the deduction would allow $1.3 trillion to be used to reduce tax rates for all individuals and business. The state and local tax deduction is nothing more than an unfair federal subsidy of wealthier states with higher tax rates.

And lastly, Democrats argue that eliminating the mortgage interest deduction on mortgages worth up to $1 million is somehow a tax increase on the middle class.

Aside: It is humorous to most of us that live between the coasts that somehow someone with a $1 million mortgage is still considered to be middle class.

This disingenuous claim only impacts new mortgages. Homeowners who currently own a home would still be able to deduct their mortgage interest. And for new home purchases, one would still be able to deduct the interest up to the first $500,000 of the mortgage.

Given the analysis by the National Low Income Housing Coalition that fewer than 4 percent of mortgages in the United States are over $500,000, the “middle class” statistically has nothing to worry about when it comes to the proposed changes.

State leaders from the State Financial Officers Foundation act as the chief financial officers and chief financial literacy officers for their states. Tax reform is one of the most common issues that constituents bring up to these elected officials.

The complicated tax code has made millions of Americans hate April 15 and has required many to hire accountants and lawyers to help them maneuver through the system.

Americans haven’t seen serious changes to the tax code since the Reagan administration. America is long overdue for sweeping tax reform.

Thanks...To Them......


Each year I am hired to go to Washington, DC, with the eighth grade class from Clinton, WI where I grew up, to videotape their trip. I greatly enjoy visiting our nation's capital, and each year I take some special memories back with me. This fall's trip was especially memorable. 

On the last night of our trip, we stopped at the Iwo Jima memorial. This memorial is the largest bronze statue in the world and depicts one of the most famous photographs in history -- that of the six brave soldiers raising the American Flag at the top of a rocky hill on the island of Iwo Jima, Japan, during WW II .

Over one hundred students and chaperones piled off the buses and headed towards the memorial. I noticed a solitary figure at the base of the statue, and as I got closer he asked, 'Where are you guys from?' 


I told him that we were from Wisconsin. 'Hey, I'm a cheese head, too! Come gather around, cheese heads, and I will tell you a story.' 

(It was James Bradley who just happened to be in Washington, DC, to speak at the memorial the following day. He was there that night to say good night to his dad, who had passed away. He was just about to leave when he saw the buses pull up. I videotaped him as he spoke to us, and received his permission to share what he said from my videotape. It is one thing to tour the incredible monuments filled with history in Washington, DC, but it is quite another to get the kind of insight we received that night.


When all had gathered around, he reverently began to speak. (Here are his words that night.)


'My name is James Bradley and I'm from Antigo, Wisconsin.  My dad is on that statue, and I wrote a book called 'Flags of Our Fathers'. It is the story of the six boys you see behind me.


'Six boys raised the flag. The first guy putting the pole in the ground is Harlon Block. Harlon was an all-state football player. He enlisted in the Marine Corps with all the senior members of his football team. They were off to play another type of game. A game called 'War.' But it didn't turn out to be a game. Harlon, at the age of 21, died with his intestines in his hands. I don't say that to gross you out, I say that 

because there are people who stand in front of this statue and talk about the glory of war. You guys need to  know that most of the boys in Iwo Jima were 17, 18, and 19 years old - and it was so hard that the ones who did make it home never even would talk to their families about it.

(He pointed to the statue) 'You see this next guy? That's Rene Gagnon from New Hampshire. If you took Rene's helmet off at the moment this photo was taken and looked in the webbing of that helmet, you would find a photograph of his girlfriend Rene put that in there for protection because he was scared. He was 18 years old. It was just boys who won the battle of Iwo Jima. Boys.  Not old men. 

'The next guy here, the third guy in this tableau, was Sergeant Mike Strank. Mike is my hero. He was the hero of all these guys. They called him the 'old man' because he was so old. He was already 24. When Mike would motivate his boys in training camp, he didn't say, 'Let's go kill some Japanese' or 'Let's die for our country' He knew he was talking to little boys. Instead he would say, 'You do what I say, and I'll get you home to your mothers.' 

'The last guy on this side of the statue is Ira Hayes, a Pima Indian from Arizona. Ira Hayes was one of them who lived to walk off Iwo Jima. He went into the White House with my dad. President Truman told him, 'You're a hero.' He told reporters, 'How can I feel like a hero when 250 of my buddies hit the island with me and only 27 of us walked off alive?'

So you take your class at school, 250 of you spending a year together having fun, doing everything together. Then all 250 of you hit the beach, but only 27 of your classmates walk off alive. That was Ira Hayes. He had images of horror in his mind. Ira Hayes carried the pain home with him and eventually died dead drunk, face down, drowned in a very shallow puddle, at the age of 32 (ten years after this picture was taken). 

'The next guy, going around the statue, is Franklin Sousley from Hilltop, Kentucky . A fun-lovin' hillbilly boy. His best friend, who is now 70, told me, 'Yeah, you know, we took two cows up on the porch of the Hilltop General Store. Then we strung wire across the stairs so the cows couldn't get down. Then we fed them Epsom salts . 
Those cows crapped all night.' Yes, he was a fun-lovin' hillbilly boy. Franklin died osaltsn Iwo Jima at the age of 19. When the telegram came to tell his mother that he was dead, it went to the Hilltop General Store. A barefoot boy ran that telegram up to his mother's farm. The neighbors could hear her scream all night and into the morning. Those neighbors lived a quarter of a mile away 

'The next guy, as we continue to go around the statue, is my dad, John Bradley, from Antigo, Wisconsin, where I was raised. My dad lived until 1994, but he would never give interviews. When Walter Cronkite's producers or the New York Times would call, we were trained as little kids to say 'No, I'm sorry, sir, my dad's not here. He is in Canada fishing. No, there is no phone there, sir. No, we don't know when he is coming back.' My dad never fished or even went to Canada  Usually, he was sitting there right at the table eating his Campbell 's soup. But we had to tell the press that he was out fishing. He didn't want to talk to the press. 

'You see, like Ira Hayes, my dad didn't see himself as a hero. Everyone thinks these guys are heroes, 'cause they are in a photo and on a monument. My dad knew better. He was a medic. John Bradley from Wisconsin was a combat caregiver. On Iwo Jima he probably held over 200 boys as they died. And when boys died on Iwo Jima, they writhed and screamed, without any medication or help with the pain. 

'When I was a little boy, my third grade teacher told me that my dad was a hero. When I went home and told my dad that, he looked at me and said, 'I want you always to remember that the heroes of Iwo Jima are the guys who did not come back. Did NOT come back.'

'So that's the story about six nice young boys. Three died on  Iwo Jima, and three came back as national heroes. Overall, 7,000 boys died on Iwo Jima in the worst battle in the history of the Marine Corps. My voice is giving out, so I will end here. Thank you for your time.' 

Suddenly, the monument wasn't just a big old piece of metal with a flag sticking out of the top. It came to life before our eyes with the heartfelt words of a son who did indeed have a father who was a hero. Maybe not a hero for the reasons most people would believe, but a hero  nonetheless. 

One thing I learned while on tour with my 8th grade students in DC
that is not mentioned here is: if you look at the statue very closely 
and count the number of 'hands' raising the flag, there are 13. When the man who made the statue was asked why there were 13, he simply said the 13th hand was the hand of God.

AND THIS IS JUST ONE EXAMPLE OF WHY YOU STAND FOR THE FLAG AND THE NATIONAL ANTHEM !!


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On Nov 15, 2017, at 7:06 PM, Fred 

Just imagine the brainpower that was at work in the international incident with the Donald saving the asses of three dumbfucks....over in China playing basketball.
 
These three Afro-Americans (notice—no racial slurs used !) who are guests in China, and they are probably TWICE the height of the locals, totally different in skin color, totally disabled by no local language skills, and they start wandering around in a upscale exclusive jewelry store!!!  Can you imagine the eyes and cameras and disguised police shoppers with  ALL eyes upon them.....AND THEY START SHOP LIFTING !!   HOLY SHIT !!!!    And, now even with all of their apologies etc. the liberals and their pocketed press will find some way to excuse them !!!   Trump knew about the incident before the China President did...and had to tell him about it.   And, of course he made a deal to save their stupid butts.  He should have made a deal that instead of total rescue and free flight home.....they had to do a few months of Chinese jail time and public service teaching basketball at a local high school.   It will be interesting to hear what Al Sharpton has to say about it.    Probably blame it on Bush !
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Fred,
Compare this, with OBAMA effort to save the student captured and died of treatment in North Korea. But again, he wasn’t black. Maybe just a coincidence???

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