Saturday, December 16, 2017

Republican Tax Bill Takes Care of Children

Who says the Republicans are jerks - not me.  Let's look at children.

The tax bill takes care of children. For families that leave more than $10,000,000.00 (ten million) dollars to their children, the new tax bill removes all inheritance taxes. Before, those poor kids had to pay some percentage of taxes on everything over ten million. Now it is all tax free.
These kids no longer have to worry about someone taxing their inheritance over $10,000,000.00

There is, of course a trade off.  The Children's Health Insurance Program (or CHIP) ran out of money at the end of September. It effects only the children of working parents that make too much money to get any public assistance (like Medicare), but can't afford insurance for their Children. NOW, after this new tax plan - oops - there is no money for losers like working poor. As Orin Hatch said recently (highlights mine):

Of course I do. I don’t think I do everything on my own here. I’ve got to have good Democrat friends to do it. I don’t think you do either. But let me tell you something. We’re going to do CHIP, there’s no question about it in my mind. It has to be done the right way. But we -- the reason CHIP is having trouble is because we don’t have money anymore. We just add more and more spending and more and more spending, and you can look at the rest of the bill for the more and more spending. I happen to think CHIP has done a terrific job for for people who really needed the help. I have taken the position around here my whole Senate service. I believe in helping those who cannot help themselves but would if they could. I have a rough time wanting to spend billions and billions and trillions of dollars to help people who won’t help themselves, won’t lift a finger and expect the federal government to do everything.
Sorry takers - no more gifts to you losers that don't don't lift a finger to work.

Thursday, December 14, 2017

HOw Lucky Was I At Farinelli And The King

Mark Rylance - having a problem with "time"
I went yesterday to see Farinelli and the King with Mark Rylance (who is fantastic in everything I have seen so far!!!).

They tried to recreated, in a way, the candlelit theater in England. So the great majority of the lighting was Candlelight. In building the set, they have to adjust the front of the house a little and my seat ended up being front row center!
The view from my seat!!!! (Taken after the show)
Because of some scenes I was pointed out (as the poacher), danced with the Queen and shook the King's hand (Mr. Rylance!). I was a bit thrilled;  I hadn't expected that seat (I bought it a long time ago and didn't know where it was).

I was right in front of the usher standing in the middle
As for the show. Stupendous. Mark Rylance plays the brain addled King of Spain and Farinelli is the castrate opera star brought in to heal him. Sam Crane was great as Ferinelli, but the true winner was James Hall who sang the part (Mr. Crane plays the role, but when singing occurs, Mr. Hall comes out and belts the Operatic tune).

Mainly lit by candles.

Wednesday, December 13, 2017

The President Called Our Senator a Whore - In Case You Missed It

New York Senator Kristen Gillibrand has been out spoken proponent of challenging men who assault women. See was the first Senator to call for John Conyers to resign and for Al Franken to resign (both Democrats, as is Senator Gillibrand.

The other day she called on the President to step down or to face up to the charges against him. Instead he tweeted that she has begging him for donations and would do "anything" for them.

USA Today - as centrist as you can be - did not appreciate it...(link)

As for the President. His Sarah Gobbels-Sanders said that only someone who's mind is in the gutter would think there was anything to the comment.  This about her boss who is on tape about barging backstage during pageants to ogle the girls and bragged about kissing women right away and bragged about being able to " anything, grab them by the pussy..." because he is famous.

And we have our minds in the gutter.

Thank You Alabama

Thank you Alabama for rejecting tribalism for country. A state that gave President Trump a 30 point win just a year ago was always going to be a tough state for a non-Republican to win.

But you voted to elected Doug Jones - a Democrat that believes in a woman's right to choose - over a deeply, deeply flawed Republican candidate. That wasn't easy.

It helps reboot my belief that the people of this country love the country more than Republicans or Democrats.  We are Americans first.

Thank you.

Monday, December 11, 2017

This Happened on the Block of Our Old House - We Are All Fine

This happened near our old house. If you have any questions. We are fine.  It happened in the tunnel from the Port Authority to the Subway, where we have taken almost all of our friends.

Sunday, December 10, 2017

The Non-Profit I Work With

Project 1948 works on inter-generational trauma in Bosnia Herzegovina. I often have a difficult time explaining what they do, or why I care.  This short (13 minute) documentary shows it all.

It's embedded here, or YouTube LINK here.

Saturday, December 09, 2017

Saw Call Me By Your Name

I loved it. Armie was good, but the breakout was Timothee Chalamet.  He was stunning. They are both straight guys, but energy was believeable.  A fair amount of kissing, but not sex shown (so safe for your mom).


And Dad's speech at the end brought me to tears.

Friday, December 08, 2017

The First Vote Presidential Vote I Ever Cast....

John Anderson passed away this week.  For most people he is but a footnote in history. For me, he was the first Presidential vote I ever cast.

"But Scott", I hear you ask, "you hate throwing away your vote.  Why?!"

Well, I lived in California and voted after school and work. By the time I got to the polls - at 5:45 PM PDT, President Carter had already conceded to Ronald Reagan. Nimrod. So my vote wasn't wasted so much as useless before I voted. So I voted my heart.

Why vote at all, you ask. Well, there were down ballot races that were important - and probably changed when Carter conceded too early.

Back to John.  John Anderson was what was, at that time, a liberal Republican. We don't have those anymore. He was socially liberal / libertarian, but financial conservative. California had a shit-load of those until Pete Wilson screwed the pooch with the anti-Hispanic propositions.

Oddly, I was around when the amendment happened to drop the voting age to 18 (if they were old enough to fight in Vietnam, they were old enough to vote - went the saying). And, even odder, it didn't effect me at all. My first presidential election was when I turned 21.  The previous one was when I was 17.

I also remember my first vote period. It was in the 1980 Democratic primary. I selected 5 electors pledged to Jessie Jackson and 3 electors pledged to Jimmy Carter. An elector system that was only used once in California.