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  • Will Sen. Chris Murphy infect the entire US Senate with COVID-19?

    03/04/2020 6:13:41 PM PST · 83 of 93
    Degaston to metmom

    Pelosi is not in the Senate. Yes she tried to run the Senate on those 2 articles that she and Adam/Jerry got through the House. But she was trying to run them because she’s a busybody power hungry sleazeball; not because she’s a Senator.

  • Coronavirus Live Thread. No. 8

    03/02/2020 11:21:49 PM PST · 634 of 1,069
    Degaston to Degaston

    Correction: the proper name of the city and metro area is still Seattle. The name “New Wuhan” is just its nickname.

  • Coronavirus Live Thread. No. 8

    03/02/2020 11:19:50 PM PST · 633 of 1,069
    Degaston to 21twelve

    The New Wuhan area should definitely go on lockdown in canceling schools and any large group gatherings. Is Governor Inslee crazy?

  • Dual U.S.-Mexican Citizen Arrested For Violations Of The Kingpin Act

    03/02/2020 11:08:17 PM PST · 9 of 9
    Degaston to Pete from Shawnee Mission

    I agree that the focus should be on Transparency and Full Disclosure. This is especially important if some challenge comes up involving another country. Of course the official is going to need to stick up for truth, justice, and the American way. If they don’t they’ll lose their political clout in American and in Congress.

    It bothers me when people say “America is BAD because America did [list of bad things]” because every time on those list of bad things if they were done wrongly its because the principles of Americanism were grossly violated. The goal of America has always been to form a more perfect Union. So when people say “America has been bad” then our answer should be “bad things have been done in America, since the Constitution we have been trying to form a more perfect Union, we’ve made a lot of progress, and we will continue to do so if we stick with the Constitution and these principles.”

  • Dual U.S.-Mexican Citizen Arrested For Violations Of The Kingpin Act

    02/28/2020 7:48:56 PM PST · 7 of 9
    Degaston to Degaston

    Just to be clear - people who are trying to renounce their US citizenship to escape criminal prosecution won’t be able to use that process as an excuse to avoid prosecution/punishment.

    https://travel.state.gov/content/travel/en/legal/travel-legal-considerations/us-citizenship/Renunciation-US-Nationality-Abroad.html

  • Dual U.S.-Mexican Citizen Arrested For Violations Of The Kingpin Act

    02/28/2020 7:43:19 PM PST · 5 of 9
    Degaston to Pete from Shawnee Mission

    I have no problem with Dual Citizenship. In fact both of my children were natural born Dual Citizens and there is nothing they could do to change this status until they became Adults.

    What I have a problem with is when US citizens try to use citizenship with another country as an excuse to get away with breaking US laws. That’s unacceptable as US law only recognizes US citizenship for people and when they are naturalized they take an oath to renounce all allegiances to other countries.

    If they don’t want to obey US laws then go to a US consulate overseas and renounce their citizenship.

    Now as a practical matter (and there are many dummies in America who don’t understand this) they really can’t give up citizenship to the other countries (in the eyes of those countries) unless they go through the other countries’ process for renouncing citizenship. But that’s a matter for them to take care of with those other governments. We don’t need to have USA law enforcement agencies stationed overseas or at consulates/embassies verifying that everyone has gone through the renouncement process as that would open up a huge can of worms & liabilities that we don’t want to get involved with. If you think the “ICE Cages for Children” stories are bad just wait til you see what the ACLU would try to have the US military budget pay for (so our military can’t actually do its job) at various foreign governments’ offices in their own countries.

    As far as the US government (and all government agencies and non-government entities in the USA) is concerned they should only be considered as US citizens. The people take an oath of citizenship in a federal court saying they renounce. That’s a legal proceeding with full documentation and verifications.

  • Sanders releases list of how to pay for his proposals

    02/26/2020 5:56:39 PM PST · 88 of 90
    Degaston to Degaston

    Correction: 22.8% on all wages; not 19.9%

    2.9% Medicare + 12.4% Social Security + 7.5% Sanders Care

    Every penny of wages taxed at a floor of 22.8%.
    Of course at the super rich level of 10 million its 52%.
    However that 52% level can always trickle down to much lower wage levels. Look what happened to the original Income Tax of 115 years ago that was 2% on incomes over 5K (or 130K+ in today’s dollars). Any of the “super rich” having such a tax rate level?

  • Sanders releases list of how to pay for his proposals

    02/26/2020 5:52:08 PM PST · 87 of 90
    Degaston to karpov

    Correction: He is raising taxes on families making anything over $0.

    How does anyone think the 7.5% premium on employers will be paid? Through wage cuts of 7.5% is how. And most people, unfortunately due to the dumbed down K-12 system, won’t get it that their employer should’ve cut their salary by just 6.98% to make it break-even.

    In the short run the employers would just “eat it” on the 7.5% premium. However by the time such legislation could get through Congress, signed into law, and regulations go out to implement - we’re looking at January 2022 as the earliest it could take effect. Starting November 2020 (if he becomes President-Elect) we’ll see employers planning ahead on how to handle the impact and well before January 2022 this 7% cut in 2022 pay will be start being implemented. It’ll come in smaller or no raises at all. It’ll come in smaller bonuses or tightened rules. It’ll come in less employees being hired. It’ll come in pay cuts.

    As for the gray economy is concerned - its going to be a BOOM time. Currently it costs 12.4% for Social Security, 2.9% for Medicare, and even more than that for Middle/Upper wage workers. This Sanders plan will raise that this to 19.9% for every penny and then about 47.9% for middle imncomes with higher incomes having an even higher effective tax rate. Why will people continue to hire legal residents/citizens when they can just hire people under the table (some legal, some illegal) to do many jobs like agriculture, construction, nails/cosmetics/hair, deliveries, and a lot more? I expect to see more cash-based businesses growing in America if Sanders is elected President.

  • Bernie Sanders defends Fidel Castro's socialist Cuba: 'Unfair to simply say everything is bad'

    02/23/2020 10:02:25 PM PST · 65 of 120
    Degaston to stuck_in_new_orleans

    Hushhhh!! Be patient.

  • After Nevada Win, Bernie Sanders Can Only Be Stopped at Great Cost to Democrats

    02/23/2020 7:17:49 PM PST · 84 of 88
    Degaston to cgbg

    Haha!! You are spot on. Let’s target 170 :) Feel that bern.

  • Texas GOP accidentally emails Democrats their electoral strategy:

    12/01/2019 6:41:44 AM PST · 52 of 52
    Degaston to Tolerance Sucks Rocks

    Oh my!! The Democrats found out that the GOP wants to win the Election. Who would’ve guessed?

  • Q Anon: 11/08/19 Trust Trump’s Plan ~ Vol.189, Q Day 742

    11/09/2019 8:22:08 AM PST · 289 of 1,576
    Degaston to ransomnote

    What Plan by Trump? The National Debt has grown by over 3 trillion dollars since he took office. Who is going to pay it all back? From Day One he should’ve put the brakes on federal spending. He had a lot of discretionary authority to do so. But he failed.

  • House releases resolution formalizing Trump impeachment inquiry

    10/29/2019 6:01:51 PM PDT · 42 of 54
    Degaston to rolling_stone

    For members of Congress the process is “Expel” - go read the Constitution please.

  • BREAKING: Trump Should Have Shown More Respect For The Muslim Terrorist

    10/28/2019 4:30:16 PM PDT · 137 of 137
    Degaston to BenLurkin

    I will believe that when non Muslims are allowed in Mecca and when governments in Muslim Majority countries stop murdering people for being apostate or gay.

  • AOC gets choked up at climate forum: 'My dreams of motherhood are now bittersweet'

    10/12/2019 10:03:18 AM PDT · 30 of 89
    Degaston to Robert DeLong

    Lets give them PRexit so they can be an independent nation.

  • Dallas, TX - Incredible Testimony in Murder Trial of Former Dallas Police Officer Amber Guyger

    10/02/2019 8:17:23 PM PDT · 6 of 56
    Degaston to Degaston

    I’ve done the same thing in trying to get into what I thought was my apartment but it turns out I was at the wrong door.

    Nope I didn’t try to break the door in. What I did was start thinking about how I was going to contact the management to figure out what was wrong. And in the meantime I figured out that I was at the wrong apartment. That’s what normal people do.

    Now people with very bad attitudes and feelings of entitlement might do something else, like break in. And then when she saw the homeowner armed with a bowl of ice cream she killed him so he’d put down that weapon. Hmmm that can be a dangerous weapon if you eat too many bowls of it or give too many other people too many bowls but please don’t tell Ben/Jerry I said this because it might offend them.

  • Dallas, TX - Incredible Testimony in Murder Trial of Former Dallas Police Officer Amber Guyger

    10/02/2019 8:13:34 PM PDT · 4 of 56
    Degaston to FRinCanada2

    Good for him forgiving her. But there was no excuse for her to being focused on her “texting while driving” activities with her co-worker that she was having a sexual relationship with instead of concentrating on driving up to the correct floor for parking where her apartment was located.

    And then she breaks into the apartment instead of “calling a manager” or some other sensible solution first that people usually take if they notice they can’t get into an apartment.

    And then worst of all she shoots the “burglar” instead of following standard police procedures of distancing yourself and calling for backup.

    She was a bad cop with a really bad attitude and danger to society. She did 3 very reckless behaviors BEFORE she spotted the “burglar” and had plenty of opportunity to make sure that scenario wouldn’t have ever happened. And then worst of all she totally screwed up & then afterwards tried to make excuses dishonestly. She wasn’t your typical civilian. She was a cop with 4 years experience and should’ve known better.

    I’m a firm believer in protecting the Second Amendment rights of people. But in the case of her she should never be allowed anywhere near a gun again in this life.

  • Former Dallas Police Officer guilty of Murder

    10/01/2019 9:09:56 AM PDT · 40 of 350
    Degaston to CaptainK

    Yes she went in alone AFTER she broke into the apartment because her key didn’t work. I once did the same thing and the key didn’t work. However I didn’t try to break into the apartment on my own. I decided I was going to call a manager. But then I changed my mind when I realized that I was at the wrong door.

    This girl thought she was a tough cop and didn’t need to call any manager but that she would pull the “I am a cop” cocky attitude that is so common among Dallas PD officers. So she used her equipment to break in. And then when she noticed the “burglar” she again had this same attitude issue. And that’s when she made the tragic mistake. Any decent cop would have stepped away and called for backup, even if the have a big attitude & its their own place.

  • ...an ‘Illinois exodus.’ We took a closer look at the reality behind the chatter.

    09/28/2019 1:42:48 AM PDT · 44 of 44
    Degaston to The Antiyuppie

    In 1998 I paid 163K for a house in Chicago which I did 40K improvements and paid $2413 per annum property taxes my last 2 years. In 2003 I sold this house for 325K. Today Zillow makes a zestimate of 337K and looking at comparable sales this looks about right. The 2017 property taxes is $5953. The State income tax rate has gone from 3% to 5%. The Sales Tax rate has gone from about 8.25% up to 10.25%. And salaries have remained flat while prices are going up, up, and up. Families in Chicagoland have been getting squeezed the past 16 years bigtime. And now the pension crisis is well-known and not going to disappear.

    Its absurd to have any pension plan having an Assumed Return Rate over 3x the 10Y treasury rate. But that’s what we have in Chicago now. If they were to get realistic then they’d be shown to be even tens of billions more in the hole than they are presently.

    https://www.pionline.com/article/20180924/ONLINE/180929946/chicago-public-school-teachers-to-lower-assumed-return-rate-to-7-next-fiscal-year

    https://www.treasury.gov/resource-center/data-chart-center/interest-rates/pages/textview.aspx?data=yield

  • Trump Strikes Back

    09/28/2019 1:15:18 AM PDT · 104 of 213
    Degaston to Karl Spooner

    If he doesn’t get them all released before people vote in the 2020 Election Day then he’s an idiot. Don’t forget about Early Voting.